LET DOWN YOUR NET
Today is the last Sunday for our theme: "Taking a Recess from the Recession." During August, we had been exploring the idea that when we keep our consciousness open to abundance, we shall be abundant, regardless of what is going on around us. In fact, when we really keep our consciousness open to abundance, we can be a catalyst for change in our economic situation!
Today, we will conclude this theme by going deeper and even deeper into our spiritual practices that support our living the Ten Demandments of Abundance (if you don't know what I mean by that, go to our website for talks from the last 3 weeks!) and truly walking the talk so as to create an abundant flow of good in our lives.
And how do we do that? Well, how about by "Letting Down Our Nets." Those of you who came from Christian backgrounds know what this phrase means! But because I know that not everyone here had that religious upbringing, let me share with you the story as found in Luke 5:1-7 (apparently, I've got a thing for Luke this month! I've quoted from that book of the Bible each Sunday.).
LETTING DOWN YOUR NETS DEEPLY
Jesus was at the height of his ministry and he was very, very popular. Hoards of people were coming to see him, and since he's somewhat of a celebrity, people wanted to be close to him, to touch him.
On this one particularly day, he was surrounded by a throng of people closing in on him. Perhaps he began feeling a bit claustrophobic and being near the shore, he saw a way to escape being squashed by stepping into the boat of Simon Peter. And here is what is written in the 5th Chapter of Luke:
And so He got into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, "Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net." And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so much that they began to sink.a
This was called a miracle. But was it a miracle or simply a spiritual Truth being made visible? In order to experience the fullness of life; in order to receive an abundance of all that we desire and deserve as perfect Children of God, we must cast our nets deeply into the sea of receptivity (to use a phrase of Dr. Holmes).
Simon and the other fishermen had been casting out their nets to no avail. But how deep had they been going? Obviously not enough! How deeply are you casting your spiritual net? Well the answer to that question lies in the results. Are your nets coming up full or empty?
And this is absolutely the time to cast your nets as deeply as you can!
If our nets are not coming up as full as we would like them, let me suggest two solutions:
Perhaps it's time to deepen your net of faith.
And perhaps its time to deepen your net of spiritual practices.
1. DEEPENING YOUR FAITH
Deepening your faith -- faith in what? Faith in what we discussed last week: It is the "Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."b
I want you to hear me now and hear me later! (remember Hans and Franz from Saturday Night Live many, many years ago?): God's desire for you is absolute and only good.
This morning release anything that suggests that God's will is toward suffering; that God punishes in any way. No! No! No!
And faith that God's good is contained within every situation.
There was a Get Fuzzy cartoon: Rob says to his dog, Satchel: Crud, I forgot I have to work next weekend. Well, at least my boss won't be in. Every cloud has a silver lining, eh?
Satchel: What does that mean?
Rob: Um . . . Like how even in a bad situation, there's some good.
Satchel: Ah. It's like the old dog expression.
Rob: What's that?
Satchel: For every trip to the vet, there's a ride in the car.
Steven Lane Taylor in his great little book, Row, Row, Row Your Boat: A guide for living in the divine flow: "Everything in the end is good; if it's not good, then it's not the end!"c
Say with me: God's desire for me is absolute Good.
God makes no judgment about whether it's spiritual enough; or whether it's too material. If the desire is planted in your heart and it is LIFE AFFIRMING (Ernest Holmes, said, "harms no one"d), then it is God's desire for you to be, do and have it.
Emma Curtis Hopkins in Scientific Christian Mental Practice: "God is Life. Thus, we are to have confidence in Life as the outcome. Life will win. We must be firm on this point. God is Truth. We must believe that the truth about the Good will always act. We must be sure of it."e
Well-placed faith is the faith that says: "Yes, there is a power for good in the Universe!"
About faith: Ernest Holmes wrote: "When we learn to trust the Universe, we shall be happy, prosperous and well. We must learn to come under that Divine Government, and accept the fact that Nature's table is ever filled. Never was there a Cosmic famine . . . God is always God. No matter what our emotional storm or what our objective situation may be, there is always a something hidden in the inner being that has never been violated. We may stumble, but always there is that Eternal Voice, forever whispering within our ear, that thing which causes the eternal quest, that thing which forever sings and sings."f
Do you have faith in these words the same way you have faith that tomorrow the sun will rise and that the next breath of air we take will be available? And if you cannot honestly say, "yes" to that today, will then today is the day to set your intention to develop that kind of faith.
How? By consciously choosing to have just a little more faith than you have right now in the Goodness of all Life. By choosing today to have just a little more confidence that there is a Power for Good surrounding you, in you and as you, desiring only for the fullness of who you are to express. Choose today to open your consciousness just a little bit more to this idea and then watch what happens.
Are you ready, this morning, to cast your net into this deeper level of faith?
2. DEEPENING YOUR SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Good, then are you also ready to cast your net into a deeper level of spiritual practices? What does that mean -- a deeper level of spiritual practice? You get to help me create this part of the message.
What are some spiritual practices that have served you to deepen your abundance consciousness and experiences?
There you have it, my friends - Four weeks on how to not let the appearance of a recession affect you. Stick with these ideas, stick with these practices. Do not leave them, even if things look scary.
I would like to read you a passage from the Science of Mind textbook:. These are my parting words for you today: "Stay with the One and never deviate from It, never leave It for a moment. Nothing else can equal this attitude. TO DESERT THE TRUTH IN THE HOUR OF NEED IS TO PROVE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTH. When things look the worst, that is the supreme moment to demonstrate, to ourselves, that there are no obstructions to the operation of Truth. When things look the worst is the best time to work, the most satisfying time. The person who can throw himself with a complete abandon into that Limitless Sea of Receptivity, having cut loose from all apparent moorings, is the one who will always receive the greatest reward."g
And so it is! Namaste.
aLuke 5:1 - 7
cSteven Lane Taylor Row, Row, Row Your Boat: A guide for living in the divine flow
eEmma Curtis Hopkins Scientific Christian Mental Practice
fErnest Holmes Science of Mind p. 33
gErnest Holmes Science of Mind p. 282