Say 'Yes' to what W.O.R.K.s
This Labor Day month we are taking fresh look at creating a life that works without all the hard labor. And, I have said each week, that when we:
* live from certain spiritual principles,
* apply certain spiritual practices and
* then leave the rest to the Divine,
. . . . life really can work, even in those moments when it doesn't look like it is!
We have collectively defined a life that works as one in which:
* 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.
And we see this "life that works" not only for ourselves, but for all humanity. All humanity, everywhere!!
The focus of our time together this morning is . . . What are you saying "yes" to in your life? And it may surprise you to know that you say "yes" to a lot of things that actually make your life MORE challenging, MORE difficult, MORE work than you want.
Why is that so? Well, once you say "yes", God does the rest. And while that concept absolutely encourages us to trust Source (remember, trust is our third thing to do to create a life that works) . . . to trust Source to take care of the rest when we plant seeds of positive intention, but because the Law is neutral and doesn't judge what is put into it, it also says "yes" to what we don't want. If we give a strong "yes" to anything, the Law will do the rest!
I have often heard the Law described as electricity. You can use it to cook a meal or cook a man. The Law is neutral. It's how we use it that makes all the difference.
So, today, we will say "yes" to four ideas that W.O.R.K. together to create a life that works with a lot less work!
W - WORD POWER
There is great, great power in words. Particularly holy words. Let me give you an example.
A businessman was in a great deal of trouble. His business was failing. He had put everything he had into the business, he owed everybody, his home, car and all his personal possessions were in jeopardy -- it was so bad he didn't think he could go on. As a last resort, he went to a local minister (why is that always the LAST resort? But that's another story). He went to a local minister and poured out his story of tears and woe.
When he had finished, the minister said, "Here's what I want you to do: Put a beach chair and your Bible in your car and drive down to the beach. Take the beach chair and the Bible to the water's edge. Sit down in the chair, and put the Bible in your lap. Just sit there for some time. Allow your mind to clear. Just sit and absorb the beauty of God's earth for a while.
And then, once you are calm and serene, open the Bible and let the wind turn the pages. Eventually, the Bible will come to rest on a page. Look down at the page and read the first thing your eyes fall on. Trust that the words you read are your answer.
Trust in that instant, God is speaking to you directly and telling you what to do. And have the strength and fortitude to do whatever you are guided to do."
And with that advice, the businessman left. Almost a year later, he went back to the minister. This time he brought his wife and children with him. The man was in a new custom-tailored suit, his wife dripping in jewels, the children shining.
The businessman pulled an envelope stuffed with money out of his pocket and gave it to the minister as a thank you for his advice a year before.
The minister recognized the benefactor, and was curious. "You did as I suggested?" he asked.
"Absolutely," replied the businessman.
"You went to the beach?" "I did."
"You sat in a beach chair with the Bible in your lap?" "Yes."
"You let the wind turn the pages until they stopped?" "You betcha."
"And you looked down and knew that the first words you saw were your answer?" "Yup," he said.
"And then you took action based on those words?" "I surely did!"
"Well, keep me in suspense no longer. What were those first words?"
OK, there is tremendous power in words, and perhaps . . . just perhaps . . . not those words! But the truth remains, words are the most powerful agents of the mind.
We speak in New Thought a lot about "change your thinking, change your life," but did you know that science suggests we have about 60,000 thoughts running through our minds every, EVERY, day.
OK, that's a lot of thoughts to change. And add to that the fact that a good deal of them hang out below the level of our conscious awareness. So that can get a little tricky. How about if we start with what we are conscious of? And those are the words that actually come out of our mouths. It is actually easier to shift your words than it is your thoughts, and your thoughts will follow your words.
Most of us are pretty conscious of the words that come out of our mouths, yes? And yet we say a lot of stuff unconsciously! Unconscious to the fact that our words are creating our life!
I love these words from Florence Scovel Shinn in The Game of Life & How to Play It: "All the good that is to be made manifest in our life is already an accomplished fact in divine mind, and is released through our recognition, or spoken word, so we must be careful to decree that only the Divine Idea be made manifest, for often, we decree, through our 'idle words,' failure or misfortune."a
Let's stop decreeing failure and misfortune and decree a life that works!
In This Thing Called You, Holmes tells us: "When the time comes that nothing goes forth from you other than that which you would be glad to have return, then you will have reached your heaven."b
Heaven - that sounds like a life that works, doesn't it?
There is an old saying, "if we take care of the pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves." And it is the same with our words. If we take care of the relatively few words that we speak each day, the 60,000 thoughts in our mind will shift.
A Note from the Universe said: "Psssssst... Not that YOU ever would, but when someone tells their best friend about their difficult day, or how tricky relationships have been, or that they have a jolly good life in most regards except financially, not only do they relive the unpleasantness, but they commission all the elements to project into their future whatever they've been claiming. Besides, you'd never say, 'jolly.' But it's just better to whisper sweet nothings, The Universe"c
So, the first thing we want to say "yes" to is WORDS that affirm and confirm a life that works!
Second, is "O," and our look at the "O" is going to be a bit of a review for some of you, new to others. But it is so powerful, we are going to revisit it!
O - ONE THING
One Sunday last month, we explored a book entitled, The One Thing. Remember? And on that Sunday, you were invited to ask yourself a powerful, powerful question. Does anyone remember it? "What is the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"d
Asking this question causes us to focus our hearts and our minds to this NOW moment. This NOW moment where God resides.
As Charles Fillmore, wrote in Talks on Truth: "Let us live in God's world - not a world to be tomorrow, next month, next year, or next century, but here and now. God's beautiful universe is all about us, only awaiting our acknowledgement of its presence. Let us know God and live - live with love and joy, health and peace, here [and now]."e
Asking "the ONE thing" question brings us in alignment with where we need to be to live with God's love and joy, health and peace, here and now.
But let me ask you this, how many of you are multitaskers? We pride ourselves in our ability to multitask, don't we? It makes us so much more efficient. We get so much more done in less time.
Ah! Wrong! Research suggests that the extra time it takes to switch back and forth from one thing to the next can range from between an additional 25 percent to an additional 100% or more depending on the complexity of the tasks we are performing.f
From The One Thing, by Gerry Keller and Jay Papasan: "Poet laureate Billy Collins once said this about multitasking: 'We call it multitasking, which makes it sound like an ability to do lots of things at the same time . . . [but] A Buddhist would call this monkey mind.' We think we're mastering multitasking, but [really] we're just driving ourselves bananas.'g
So, stop driving yourself bananas and making life more work, by saying "yes" to the ONE Thing question applied to whatever you are doing in the moment.
Here are some examples of Focusing Questions within the context of different areas:
For Your Spiritual Life:
* What's the ONE Thing I can do to deepen my connection with Source such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
For Your Physical Health . . .
* What's the ONE Thing I can do to achieve my greater health and vitality such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
For your Key Relationships:
* What's the ONE Thing I can do to show more love to my partner/spouse such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
At your Job:
* What's the ONE Thing I can do right in this moment that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
For your Finances:
* What's the ONE Thing I can do to support my financial freedom such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
So, we now have two of the qualities that W.O.R.K. together to create a life that works with a little less work! They are:
* Word Power and
* The One Thing
. . . that takes us to the R and the K, which actually work together very well!
R - RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
First, the "R", which stands for something so basic and so fundamental that I wish the word "WORK" started with an "R" so we could have started there. Do you remember in our list of what constitutes a life that works what one of our things were?
* We feel deeply connected to Source
Our "R" stands for our Relationship with God. How is your relationship with God? Are you and God good, really, really good? If not, I can guarantee your life is not working like it could! And so, the question is:
"What is the ONE Thing you could do to deepen your relationship to Source such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"
Ponder that question as we dovetail into our final letter, "K," which is "Knowing."
K - KNOWING
Knowing who and whose you are!
Knowing God to the best of your ability!
Knowing your Oneness with God.
Knowing your right to Abundance and Flow.
Knowing you are Love and you deserve Love.
Knowing the Pattern of Divine Perfection that resides at your core.
Sometimes we can't stand in the knowing when we are faced with a challenge. That's when other people can support us and there are so many supportive people in this spiritual family here at our church. Plus you have the Prayer Chaplains, Maxine and Jarrett that you can consult with.
So, my friends, if you want to create a life that works without all the hard work, remember:
"W" - Word Power
Your words have tremendous power, so let nothing pass from your lips that you don't want to have returned in your life. Let's change that to be:
"I only let words pass from my lips that I gladly, joyously and eagerly welcome back into my life!"
That sounds like an affirmation. Let's make it one:
"I only let words pass from my lips . . . that I gladly, joyously and eagerly . . . welcome back into my life!"
"O" - The ONE Thing
Focus on the ONE thing by asking the ONE thing question. Say it with me.
"What is the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?"
"R" - Relationship with God
Make sure your relationship with God is good, really, really good. Say:
"My relationship with God is good, really, really good . . . because . . .
"K" - Knowing
". . . I know who and whose I am."
When we WORK in harmony with those ideas, our lives well definitely work!
aFlorence Scovel Shinn The Game of Life & How to Play It, p. 81
bErnest Holmes This Thing Called You, p. 22
cThe Universe © www.tut.com ®
dThe ONE Thing Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
eCharles Fillmore, Talks on Truth, p. 100
fThe ONE Thing Gary Keller and Jay Papasan p 48
gThe ONE Thing Gary Keller and Jay Papasan