TEN "DEMANDMENTS" OF ABUNDANCE
You can't pass a gas station without seeing the price of fuel up another few cents. Every time you pick up a newspaper you read about the housing and mortgage industry problems. There isn't one state in the Union where you can afford to rent a place on minimum wage.
Wow! All that could get a person down.
But what about the promise offered by the Master Teacher Jesus in Luke 12: "Observe the ravens; for they do not sow or reap and they have no storerooms and barns; and yet God feeds them . . . Observe the flowers, how they grow; for they do not toil nor do they spin; but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. And if God clothes in such fashion the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow falls into the fireplace; how much more is he to you, oh ye of little faith. So do not be anxious about what you will eat or what you will drink and let not your mind be disturbed by these things. For worldly people seek after all these things and your Father knows that these things are also necessary for you. But seek the Kingdom of God, and all of these things shall be added to you. Do not be afraid, oh little flock; for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom."a
Take a moment, if you will, to be with these opposing concepts. First, think on the idea of a rising economic crisis, with talk and evidence of it everywhere around you - what does that do inside of you? Make a mental note.
Next think on the promise made by arguably the greatest spiritual teacher who has ever walked the planet, which in a nutshell was: don't worry, God's got your back! Now, what does that do inside of you? Make a mental note.
Notice any difference? Of course, there's a difference!
So, knowing that you are a creative being - knowing that the word you speak and the feelings you have are backed by an invisible force that receives the direct impress of them and acts upon them, in which place do YOU want to spend time? The answer to that is obvious.
This month we are going to focus each week on how we can live in the space of knowing that God's got our backs - all the time, 24/7, even when the outward appearance is scary. In fact, we are going to go deeper than that by using this "scary" time as an instrument for intensifying our faith and conviction that what Jesus said was true! And that as long as we keep our faith, our focus and our eyes on God, we will be absolutely OK - better that OK! OK??
So, today is entitled "The Ten 'Demandments' of Abundance (Part I)." There is no typographical error in this talk title. The word really is "demandments," because this week and next, we are going to look at ten states of consciousness that are demanded of us if we want to be immune from the effects of a questionable economy. Today, we will explore the first five; next week the second five.
Perhaps it seems a bit presumptuous of me to say these are demandments. Who do I think I am anyway? God on top of Mt. Sinai speaking to Moses!
Let me be clear -- I am not demanding them of you; Unity Church of Castro Valley isn't demanding them of you; Unity isn't demanding them of you; But the Universe is.
These are the things it takes to get us into spiritual alignment with the eternal substance that is ever available; that feeds the ravens and clothes the flowers.
So here are five of the Ten Demandments of Abundance to take a permanent recess money worries.
1. THOU SHALL MAKE NO GRAVEN MENTAL IMAGES OF LACK
1. Thou shall make no graven mental images of lack.
In other words, do not focus on lack and limitation. The anticipation of lack, of not having enough money for anything you need or earnestly desire, of course, creates the very circumstance of 'lack and not enough' that you are afraid of.
What you pay attention to is important. Admittedly things may be snugger than you would like right now. But if that is what you focus on and live in fear that you will never have enough, that is what you will get more of!
For example, would you look at a baby who cannot walk or talk and think, he's never going to walk or talk because he isn't currently doing it? So too, you must not think of yourself as being without simply because you may not currently demonstrate it at the level you desire.
Stop thinking that there is only so much financial abundance to go around. I've heard it said that there are only so many slices the pie can be cut into. What do you suppose happens when you allow yourself to begin thinking like that? You guessed it - not much!
With every one of these demandments, you are going to have an assignment. Now I often give you assignments for the week and I know that you don't always follow them. You forget them; life takes over; you go asleep again and that's OK. But I urge you, not to do that this time. You need to do this for you - you need to do this for all of us!
When some lack or limitation wants to get your attention, whether it be a personal situation for yourself or whether you read something in the paper or hear something on the news - I want you to do what the little old lady down south did.
This little old lady had the reputation for being a miraculous healer. People would come from miles around to meet with her on her front porch. They would pour out their troubles, problems, illnesses and she would simply sit there and rock in her rocking chair.
She wouldn't say a word. She would just smile at them. Eventually, they would leave and, low and behold, their problems, illnesses, challenges would be gone!
A newspaper reporter learned of this miracle healer and went to her for an interview, asking what she did - since she appeared to be doing nothing! She said as the people were telling their sorrows, woes, hurts and ills she was saying to herself, "taint so!"
EXERCISE Task 1: So, that is your first assignment - when your attention turns to lack and limitation, you will say to yourself - "taint so!"
2. THOU SHALT NOT SPEAK THE WORD OF LACK OR LIMITATION
2. Thou shalt not speak the word of lack or limitation.
The Bible says: "Declare a thing and it shall be established unto thee."b
Only claim what you want. If you say, "I haven't got enough," you may be sure you will have just that, "not enough."
There are words that we can eliminate from our vocabulary: Some are:
"I can't afford it."
"I don't have enough money to do that,"
"I shouldn't spend the money,"
"I'm on a limited or fixed income."
Here's another phrase that may seem innocuous, but it really isn't.
"I hope I can pay all my bills this month."
Listen to Ernest Holmes's comments about that phrase in a column entitled "Inflation and Economic News" that appeared in each month's SOM magazine many years ago: "'I hope I can pay all my bills this month.' Is that your attitude and word about money? Is it the feeling you share with family and friends? Is it the idea that roams around in your mind at night when you contemplate finances? If it is, I know that your motives are the best. And yet, there is a subtle destructive concept hidden in your hopes. "Hope" implies your belief that things might not work out, the possibility that your intentions may not be fulfilled. You're not dealing with spiritual truth, but with fear and uncertainty. If you truly believe in abundance and unlimited supply, there's no "hope" that your bills will be paid. You know they'll be paid!"c
When you consciously watch for limiting words coming out of your mouth, you can begin to weed them out. But you may have to really start paying attention.
EXERCISE Task 2: Pay attention and weed out words of lack and limitation!
3. THOU SHALT TRUST THE PROMISE OF ABUNDANCE
3. Thou shalt trust the promise of abundance.
There is an old story about a man who was afraid to fly and who one day found himself unable to avoid a journey by flight. Nervously, he boarded the plane. Several hours later, he arrived at his destination and was met by a friend, who inquired as to his state of mind during the flight.
"Well," said the man, "I was able to relax a little as time when on, but I want you to know, I never did put my full weight down."
In that same column as I referred to before, Ernest Holmes said: "Do you ever find yourself in a state of continual anxiety by "never putting your full weight down" with your feelings about money, forgetting that the universe is already supporting you? Of course, you can keep your anxiety as long as you wish, but you can also let it go, trusting that spiritual law will bring you the equivalent of your belief about money. Say this, and make it your belief: "I trust life. All that I need comes to me.""d
Let's say that together. "I trust life. All that I need comes to me."
Meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was once talking about a very large and expensive world peace project he envisioned when somebody asked him, "Where is all the money going to come from?" And he replied without skipping a beat, "From wherever it is at the moment."e
Now that's letting go and trusting the promise of abundance, and that is the movement in consciousness that puts us in and keeps us in the flow.
EXERCISE Task 3: Breath and let go, put your full weight down in the promise of abundance and make as your mantra this month:
"I trust life. All that I need comes to me."
4. THOU SHALT LISTEN FOR AND FOLLOW SPIRIT'S LEAD
4. Thou shalt listen for and follow Spirit's lead
One of the things I hear the most often when people are in crisis is, "I just don't know what to do!" Have you ever reached a point where you just didn't know what to do? And have any of you ever asked and listened and then been guided to a course of action that was exactly right for you? It may not have been a thunderbolt out of the sky, but a quiet series of events that led you right where you needed to be?
That is what happens when we stop long enough to listen. Listen to what? To that Presence within you. To that Inner Voice whose pleasure it is to give you the Kingdom.
When you need guidance in your life with decisions or for ideas that prosper, ask, listen and you shall receive.
Emerson said: "There is one mind common to all . . the one miracle, which God works evermore, is in nature and imparting itself to the mind . . . and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word."f
Sometimes we can't hear because the answer we are getting isn't consistent with how we think things should go. The answer doesn't exactly fit our picture, so we resist it.
EXERCISE Task 4: Open your heart and mind to Spirit and listen! Then follow.
5. THOU SHALT REGULARLY ATTEND TO FORGIVENESS
5. Thou shalt regularly attend to forgiveness.
A simple spiritual truth. Very, very simple -- unforgiveness blocks the flow of God's abundance in and through your life.
We talk about forgiveness often here, and it is just as relevant in a discussion about prosperity as it is in a discussion about love. Unforgiveness blocks the flow of God through us.
EXERCISE Task 5: Every evening before you fall asleep, ask yourself "who have I put out of my heart today?" Forgive and bless.
And so there you have the first five of our Ten Demandments of Abundance and related tasks. As a summary, here are the tasks:
[ ] Task 1: When your attention turns to lack and limitation, you will say to yourself - "taint so!"
[ ] Task 2: Pay attention and weed out words of lack and limitation from your vocabulary!
[ ] Task 3 - Breath and put your full weight down in the promise of abundance and make as your mantra:
I trust life. All that I need comes to me.
[ ] Task 4: Open your heart and mind to Spirit and listen! Then follow.
[ ] Task 5: Every evening before you fall asleep, ask yourself, "who have I put out of my heart today?" Forgive and bless.
Do those things my friend and you are on the road to taking a permanent recess from this and any other recession that may come along!
Let this be your prayer this week:
"It is the Father's good pleasure to give me the Kingdom of Heaven, harmony and abundance. Today God opens to me the blessings of infinite and eternal treasure, inviting me to dip deeply into it. As I believe in my heart, so it is done unto me in all things. As I ask, so do I receive a full measure unto my faith, pressed down and running over. These and other Divine promises and assurances sing in me; the Still Small Voice reminds me that all that the Father hath is mine. This day I listen deeply to that Still, Small Voice and believe Its promises. I fear nothing - neither lack, limitation, disappointment nor distress of any kind, for is not the Father always with me? It no long matters to me what is the appearance of today, or what has gone before. Today is new, and I am newly awakened in it, and I believe with dauntless faith that my good, in full measure, comes to me from God today. I now believe that it is, indeed, the Father's good pleasure to give me of His bounty. I know that God gives as I ask, without question or limit, and I am ready to receive. The Gifts of God Are Mine Today."g
aLuke 12:24-32 (from the Lamsa Bible)
cErnest Holmes "Inflation and Economic News" SOM magazine
dErnest Holmes "Inflation and Economic News" SOM magazine
eCreating Affluence, Deepok Chopra, p. 56
fRalph Waldo Emerson
gErnest Holmes Science Of Mind, p. 556