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Sunday Message for September 11, 2017

BE THE CHANGE

This Labor Day month we are taking a fresh look at creating a life that works without all the hard labor.

Last week, we collectively defined a life that works as one in which:
* We have the wherewithal to cover all expenses and more.
* We have the presence of mind to turn to God, always.
* we are waking up grateful with prosperity enough to give back and not worry.
* we change negative attitudes to positive attitudes.
* we are feeling fulfilled.
* we are feeling connected.
* we are the health of God.
* we are passionate about doing and make a difference in others lives.
* we are a creative outlet of God.

Did I miss anything we said?

And, as I said last week, here's the deal . . .
* when we LIVE FROM certain spiritual PRINCIPLES,
* when we APPLY certain spiritual PRACTICES and
* when we then leave the rest to the Divine,. . .
. .. life really can work like that.

Now, I want to be clear that I'm not saying:
* we won't ever have a challenge or
* we won't ever experience what looks like a setback or
* we will never have before us an obstacle that appears to be a brick wall. . .

. . . but, again,
* when we LIVE FROM certain spiritual PRINCIPLES,
* when we APPLY certain spiritual PRACTICES and
* when we then leave the rest to the Divine,. . .
. . . those things that look like challenges, setbacks and obstacles really become building blocks for that life!

BE THE CHANGE

This morning, I want to add one thing to our definition of a life that works . . . and that is the concept of a life that works for everyone, not just for you and for me. But for everyone and for all beings on this planet.

Wouldn't that be a good addition to our list? I think that is something every individual who has begun to personally awaken, desires; whether or not we immediately think of it when asked to define a life that works.

Life truly works when . . .
* We all have the wherewithal to cover all expenses and more
* We all have the presence of mind to turn to God, always.
* we are all waking up grateful with prosperity enough to give back and not worry.
* we all change negative attitudes to positive attitudes.
* we are all feeling fulfilled.
* we are all feeling connected
* we all are the health of God.
* we are all passionate about doing and make a difference in all others lives.
* we are all creative outlets of God.

As we recognize that 15 years ago this month terrorism hit the United States in a profoundly painful way, and how if we look at what has transpired in our world over the last 15 years, it is abundantly clear that we have a considerable way to go before we have a life that works for everyone as there certainly is still a great deal of strife and pain and terrorism in our world.

And some people are called to move into social and political action to bring about changes to support these ideals. And I applaud those who are so moved. Today, however, sitting in this room, I want us to look at what we can do here - in here (self). Not with a lot of external hard labor, but in here and right now, so we are going to explore the very famous line from Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."a

Or, wait? Did he actually say that? We all think he did. It's on enough posters, bumper stickers, Facebook memes and coffee mugs! Ministers, including this one, have quoted it often enough, but what is interesting is that if we dig a bit, we will discover that he didn't actually say those words.

Now that statement is profound wisdom, and even though he didn't say it the way we attribute it to him, I believe he'd support the idea. This notion of being the change does a couple of powerful things when we adopt it:
1. It stops us from judging and complaining about others; and
2. It calls us to a high level of personal responsibility.
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

And these ideas are so very consistent with our New Thought beliefs about our responsibility for the way we show up in life.

In the Science Of Mind Holmes wrote: "... in the use that we make of the Law of cause and effect in our individual experience we are responsible."b

So, the idea of "being the change we wish to see in the world" is a powerful, powerful thought and will take us far to create a life that works for everyone, but there is something even more powerful, deeper, in the words that Gandhi actually said.

Would you like to hear it? I thought you would. Here's the actual quote: "We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do."c

Whoa! That's powerful. Here are the first three sentences again: "We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change."

Reading the original quote, we can understand how or why it might have been paraphrased to "be the change you want to see in the world" but doing so only gives us part of the story.

His original statement speaks to our fundamental spiritual principle. That of Oneness. We are one. As Holmes said in The Science of Mind: "The Unity of Good is a revelation of the greatest importance, for it teaches us that we are One with the Whole and One with each other. The Fatherhood of God and the actual Brotherhood of Man will be made apparent on earth to the degree that man realizes true Unity."d

So what goes on inside of me, absolutely and completely affects what goes on not just in my world, but in our world. Gandhi's power came from his inner work to arrive at this Truth. And that is what we accept as true here at Unity of Castro Valley in everything we do. Through our time together on Sunday, through our classes, workshops, groups - we are about inner transformation, which affects not just us. No, it affects the world.

There is an amazing analogy of the power of this in H. B. Jeffery's Principles of Healing. The analogy is based, first on this premise, which is a spiritual principle we teach here all the time: "When you know the Truth, there will be a freeing from untruth. The freeing will come forth because you have waked up out of sleep, because you know that God is always All in all and that there is never any other presence or power or substance or intelligence [that's the Truth as referred to in the first sentence]. When you see that, you will not try to heal. Practitioners who make a great labor of healing by working on their patients do not get along very fast, because they are trying to do something that does not need to be done. God is all there is, and you cannot change God. You cannot do anything with God or to God or for God. You can only walk in God's Presence, and be awake and alive to that Presence. But when you know God's Presence, there will be that something in you, with you and about you which is called 'mastership.'"e

Here's the analogy of this type of "mastership." Suppose that there is only one singer in a whole choir who has the proper note and key, and that all the rest are off key. That is akin to the person who knows God's Presence; who is awake and alive to that Presence.

If that one person in the choir will keep to the true key and tempo, ignoring all the rest and singing correctly, the entire choir will swing into the right way and soon be together with that one.

This will happen, not because the true singer has given any attention to the others' lack of musical accuracy, but because he has kept his own accuracy, because he has maintained his knowledge and his expression of the principle of music.

Jeffery's writes: "Thus it is in spiritual science. If you can keep to the Divine Principle yourself, you will find that the seeming discords of others will pass away."f

Why? Because: "We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body."

What can you do TODAY...this very moment? In here (within you) and we in here (in this room)?

I know what won't support life that works for everyone. Anger, hurt, or hate. Deepak Chopra wrote a brilliant letter immediately after 9/11. Here's an excerpt from it: "In this moment of shock I don't think anyone of us has the answers. It is imperative that we pray and offer solace and help to each other. But if you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world."g

So how in this morning can we contribute to the healing / revealing of wholeness in our world so that:
* We all have the wherewithal to cover all expenses and more
* We all have the presence of mind to turn to God, always.
* we are all waking up grateful with prosperity enough to give back and not worry.
* we all change negative attitudes to positive attitudes.
* we are all feeling fulfilled.
* we are all feeling connected
* we all are the health of God.
* we are all passionate about doing and make a difference in all others lives.
* we are all creative outlets of God.

An incredible spiritual practice to engage in is the prayer of "Ho oponopono," an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness, made famous by Dr. Hew Len and his work in a prison for the criminally insane.

Many of you already know what that is. Some may not. Simply put, Ho'oponopono is based on the knowledge that anything that happens to you or that you perceive, the entire world where you live is your own creation and thus, it is entirely your responsibility. A hundred percent, no exceptions.
Your boss is a tyrant? It's your responsibility.
Your children are not good students? It's your responsibility.
Terrorist acts still occur. Your responsibility.
You see that children around the world are hungry and malnourished if not starving? Their want is your responsibility.
No exceptions. Literally, the world is your world, it is your creation. As Dr. Hew Len points out: didn't you notice that whenever you experience a problem you are there?

"It's your responsibility" doesn't mean it's your fault, it means that you are responsible for healing yourself in order to heal whatever or whoever it is that appears to you as a problem.

In its purest form it is "I'm sorry; I love you."

And I want us to engage in this spiritual practice this morning, but precede it by a poem, a poem written on the evening of 9/11 We will move from this into Ho oponopono.

What I Know by Kim Davies
What I know is that God's presence is everywhere.
What I know is that you and I and our loved ones are always wrapped in the arms of Divine Love.
What I know is that faith is more enormous and massive than the horrifying tragedy of this week.
What I know is that there is already great healing and forgiveness and peace in my heart.
What I know is that I can depend on love.
What I know is that prayer is my power and my connection to all of life.
What I know is that I am loving you today and everyday.
What I know is that together, if we take a stand for Truth, for Light, for Love, for ONENESS we can bring heaven here on earth. Together we can do it.

So our Ho oponopono prayer is:
"I'm sorry
Please forgive me
I thank you
I love you"
Amen



aGandhi
bErnest Holmes Science Of Mind, p. 395
cGandhi
dErnest Holmes Science Of Mind, p. 332
eH. B. Jeffery Principles of Healing
fH. B. Jeffery Principles of Healing p. 70
gDeepak Chopra



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