WHAT STATION ARE YOU TUNED INTO?
It is a fundamental spiritual tenet of our Unity teachings that we are made in the image and likeness of the Divine.
I love what Ernest Holmes said in his book It's Up to You: "This whole philosophy . . . is based on the assumption that . . . standing within and back of each one of us is God, the eternal Presence as us."a
". . . God, the eternal Presence as us." Do you agree with that?
Say with me: "God, the eternal presence as me!"
Since we agree that that is true, then that must mean that each and every one of us (no exceptions here - so that means you too!) must contain all the attributes of God, the eternal Presence.
Charles Fillmore, Talks on Truth: "I have proved to my own satisfaction that when Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you," He meant it literally and not figuratively. There is within everyone a place, a conscious sphere of mind, having all the attractions described or imagined as belonging to heaven."b
And we could say that every "attraction described or imagined as belonging to heaven" or we could refer to, say every "quality of God" is part of the kingdom of God that is within us - right! What do you say to that? Do you agree? Can I get an 'amen'?
And there are a lot of qualities, aren't there? In fact, we could run through the alphabet several, several times with qualities, couldn't we?
How about . . . .Abundance, Beauty, Compassion, Delight, Eternality, Freedom, Grace, Harmony, Intelligence, Joy, Knowing, Love, Magnitude, Never-ending, Order, Peace, Quiet, Resilience, Steadfastness, Truth, Unity, Vision, Wholeness, X - Exquisiteness (OK, I had to cheat there; there aren't that many words that start with "X"!), Yumm-i-ness and Zeal. Whew!
And we could run that again with a different set of words: Absolute, Bounty, Creativity -- ok, actually, we will stop spinning the wheel there, because it just landed on the Divine Quality for the month! Creativity.
One of our Divine Attributes is most certainly our creative nature. And, here's a little secret. When we are intentionally creating, we are really, really happy. Why would that be? Because we are aligned with the Source of Life.
Interestingly, the PROCESS OF creation and making PROGRESS IN creation are what bring us the most joy. Not necessarily the end result. . . although that's cool too, but as soon as we've done that, we are off to something else, right?!
So the question of the month is "Where are you on your joy meter?" If it isn't as high as you would like, you might want to look at how you are doing with your PROCESS OF and PROGRESS IN expressing your Divine Quality of Creativity. Where are you intentionally creating your life?
Each week this month, we offer some new insights on how to increase your joy through intentional creation. Today, those insights are wrapped around this question: What Station Are You Tuned Into?
Because, here's the deal: Unless we are asleep, in a deep state of meditation or perhaps in a coma, we are tuned in to one of three internal radio stations.
Two of them WEAKEN the PROCESS OF intentional creation and definitely BOG DOWN the PROGRESS IN it. And one of them ENHANCES the PROCESS and EXPEDITES the PROGRESS of intentional creation, which ups our joy meter! Again, the question is "Which one are you turned into?"
I guess you need to know what they are before you can answer that question, right? So, before I share them with you, I want you to hear this. And please hear it very, very clearly. This is not about making you feel badly about yourself. This question is not meant to cause you to think you aren't spiritual enough or, Heaven forbid, an unworthy person! But facing what isn't working is actually a powerful point for expansion and change.
But just so we anchor in Truth before looking at the three stations, say aloud with me please: "I love myself . . . the way I am . . . and still I want to grow."
Um, those could be lyrics to a song, couldn't they? Oh, they are and we just heard it a couple of months ago. Remember the first verse?
"I love myself the way I am and still I want to grow.
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know
I'm beautiful and capable, of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."
So, in that self-love, coupled with a desire to expand and grow in consciousness to be the highest expression of the Eternal Presence that we can be, let's look at the three radio stations. The first is called Gloomy FM.
Kind of self-evident what is playing on that station, isn't it? The world - or my world - take your pick -- is breaking down! Everything is going to hell in a hand basket!Life is hard and it's always going to be hard; it fact, I can foretell all the ways in which it is going to get harder.They may be successful, but I never will be!
Christof Kis-lousky (Krzysztof Kieslowski), an influential Polish film director and screenwriter of the mid 1990's once said: "I have one good characteristic: I'm a pessimist, so I always imagine the worst - always. To me, the future is a black hole."c
That, my friends, is being tuned in to Gloomy FM, but just in case you don't quite get it yet, here are a couple more examples
Imagine a scene with Eeyore walking down a foggy road as he says, "End of the road.
Nothing to do.
And no hope of things getting better.
Sounds like Saturday night at my house."
Or imagine a scene in a Woody Allen movie where he is saying to a girl in a bookstore, "I'm going to buy you these books because I think you should read them."
And the Woman says, "That's pretty serious stuff."
To which he replies, "I'm obsessed with death, big subject with me.
You should know this about me if we are going to go out.
I have a very pessimistic view of life.
I feel like life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
Those are the two categories, you know?
The horrible would be like, you know, terminal cases and blind people, crippled, I don't know how they get through life, it's amazing to me.
And the miserable is everyone else. So you should be thankful that you're miserable."
OK, we really don't want to be there, do we? Not much creation is happening and certainly not much joy! So let's find a different station.
Oh here's one. It might be better. It's called Reality FM.
Let's look at a couple of examples.
Remember the movie Forest Gump? The school principle is talking to Forest's mother:
"I want to show you something Mrs. Gump."
He holds up a graph on IQs.
"Now this is normal, Forest is right here."
As he points to an area below normal.
"The state requires a minimum IQ of 80 to attend a public school, Mrs. Gump. He's going to have to go to a special school. Now he'll be just fine."
Well, you know how that turned out.
Or the movie Fences. The son is asking the Father to get a TV.
The father says, "Now how much does this TV cost?"
The son replies, "Oh I don't know, about $200."
The father says, "$200.?"
And the son replies, "That aint that much money pop."
The father says, "No, that's just $200. You see that roof that you got sitting over your head at night? It's been 10 years since that roof was fixed. See now, the snow come this winter, sit upon that roof like it is, it's going to seep inside, just a little bit, you aint going to hardly notice it. Then the next thing you know it's going to be leaking all over the house, then the wood rots from all that water, and the next thing you know you are going to need a whole new roof. Now how much you think it costs to get that roof fixed?"
The son replies, "I don't know."
Then the father says, "$264.00, cash money!" While you be thinking about the TV, I got to be thinking about the roof, or whatever else go wrong around here."
Here I'm tuned in to the "what is" in my current reality and the "what is" only. Looking at current conditions and believing they are all that will ever be. Frankly, this is not much better than gloomy FM.
Reality FM is about what has been created up to right now with no thought for what could be. We keep ourselves in Reality FM when we keep repeating the story of what is.
Can you see how this station isn't really much better than Gloomy FM? Now, I'm not saying to be oblivious to your reality, but you don't have to let it limit you, and when you listen to Reality FM all the time, you are limiting yourself!
So for the past few minutes, we've been tuned into Gloomy and Reality FM. Touch in. Where's your joy meter? Just off the charts, right! You all feel really inspired and fired up to go live your dreams right now, don't you? Not!
So clearly, when we are listening to either Gloomy or Reality FM we are WEAKENING the PROCESS of intentional creation and definitely BOGGING DOWN the PROGRESS of it. We are not living in alignment with Source. We are not giving "The eternal Presence as us" room to express Itself through our creative nature!
Thankfully, there is another station.
And this is the station that enhances the PROCESS and expedites the PROGRESS of intentional creation. It's the station that aligns you with Source and allows the Eternal Presence to express Itself through you!
It is called Potential FM.
Potential FM is not about what's happening right now in this moment, but rather what is possible. Potential FM is living in an expanded state of who you are. Potential FM is about vision and seeing beyond the horizon. It's about seeing what you can't yet see!
Do you remember the words God said to Abram: "Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever."d
When we lift up our eyes from the place where we are to a higher place, we can see beyond this moment. We have an extended view of the horizon. All the land that you see is yours.
In The Science of Mind, Holmes says: "As we bring ourselves to a greater vision, we induce a greater concept and thereby demonstrate more in our experience. In this way, there is a continuous growth and unfoldment taking place."e
Here is an example of Potential FM
In a Ted talk the man was saying,
"One of the greatest poets of the last century in the US, Wallace Stevens, wrote a line that has stayed with me, 'After the final NO, there comes a Yes. And on that YES the future world depends.'
When the abolitionist started their movement they met with no after no after no, and then came a yes. The women's suffrage and women's rights movement met endless no's until finally there was a yes. The civil rights movement, the movement against apartheid and more recent the movement for gay and lesbian rights here in the United States and elsewhere after the final no comes a yes.
When any great moral challenge is ultimately resolved into a binary choice between what is right and what is wrong the outcome is foreordained because of who we are as human beings. 99% of us. That is where we are now and is why we are going to win this. We have everything we need, some still doubt that we have the will to act but I say the will to act is itself a renewable resource."
That is the place of Potential FM, and Potential FM holds everything we ever want, need or desire.
Heller Keller once said: "No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."f
It is only in Potential FM that those things occur.
So, my friends, what station are you tuned into? If you find yourself on either Gloomy FM or even Reality FM other than to take care of what you need to take care of in the moment, I suggest you make a conscious decision to turn the dial to Potential FM. So do that in your mind's eye right now. Turn the dial to Potential FM.
I want to end this morning in a state of Potential FM. Close your eyes and come with me on a journey for our spiritual community.
Just relax in your seat and go within to that sacred space where you touch the God presence.
Rest there and imagine what this church could be and do. Envision the pews filled with people who embrace this teaching. See them! See the color of their clothes, see the different ages that are present, see the different colors of hair, see the different skin colors.
Hear them! Children's voices, adults voices, senior's voices. All different, and rich, and alive.
Feel the intense love that emanates from all of them. Feel what it is like to have this church full and thriving.
Imagine how alive and vibrant our church is. How many new programs spring up with all these ideas. Imagine volunteers helping out. Imagine a large prayer chaplain program. Imagine how many people we could help in our community.
Envision this church being all it can be and more!
Then come back to the here and now, without forgetting that vision.
Amen and Amen
aErnest Holmes It's Up to You p 33
bCharles Fillmore Talks on Truth p. 34
dGenesis 13: 14-15
eErnest Holmes The Science of Mind,, p. 282