ALIGNING WITH INFINITE GOOD
January is back to basics month - and we have been looking at four basic Spiritual Truths at the core of all New Thought teachings. I want to spend a couple of minutes in review of where we've been so far this month, before we move forward.
Truth 1: We are Divine, Spiritual Beings, or as we like to say, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. And, at any moment, any moment!, we can AWAKEN to this Truth - to the Truth of our own Divinity. In fact, that is really why we are here -- To AWAKEN to this Truth.
On the first Sunday of the month we looked at some concrete ways to awaken. Remember the "ego self-assessment" we took? That was very, very enlightening and I encourage you, if you weren't here that Sunday, to go online to our website and download the document or listen to it and take the assessment.
We then looked at four ways to facilitate awakening:
Noticing is the first step to awakening;
In every moment, remembering who you are;
Making friends with the present moment and
Praying every day for an expansion of consciousness out of the egoic mind and into the Awakened Self.
Truth 2: God is ALWAYS present in our lives, because everything is God - God is the creator, the creative process and the creation of all that is. There is nothing that is not God - or said another way, it is ALL GOD, and in the blink of an eye, we can become AWARE of this Presence. We learned two new phrases to help us stay aware of God's presence. Does anyone remember what they were?
When something fabulous, wonderful, "miraculous" happens, rather than be in disbelief, say: Oh, how usual!
And when something doesn't quite go your way, look at it, smile and say: That's just great!
Truth 3 (covered last week): God's Power of creation is constantly at work through a creative process we call "The Law." This creative process works through us and in us constantly and with each breath, we can become AVAILABLE to work in harmony with it. You become available to work in complete harmony with it when, you don't say anything that you would not want to have returned to you in your life.
Remember this rash statement: there is only ONE thing standing between you and the life of your dreams -- the thoughts you have between now and then. We choose to use this Affirmative statement: "Only God's good enters my life."
GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME
That brings us to our focus for today:
Truth 4: God is good all the time - 24/7 - and God's infinite goodness is available to us in abundant form, simply because of who we are. We are heirs to the kingdom of God and in a heartbeat, we can ALIGN ourselves with this Infinite Good!
God makes a promise to us in the Scripture. It is written "Before they call, I will answer."a This statement is a promise that all the answers we could ever need, all the good we could ever want, all the joy we could ever desire, all the dreams we could ever wish to experience - all of this is already provided to us.
I have a question for all of you this morning. What do you want? What do you really want? What do you really, really want? Anyone remember the song by the Spice Girls of that same name?
Every one of those desires - whether it's to HAVE something, to EXPERIENCE something, or to BE something -- every one of those desires has been planted in you by the Infinite Creator; the Energy of all Life; Divine Mind; this Thing we call God. And every one of them is attained by right of CONSCIOUSNESS!
Emerson says that man surrounds himself with the image of himself, and if that image is faulty, then the world we create for ourselves is going to have many flaws. We must know the person to understand the world, and having accomplished this we recognize that each of us lives in a world of his own thinking-formed, shaped, and transformed by the action and renewal of his mind.b That is a simple definition of the Law of Attraction.
This morning we are going to look at the idea of aligning our consciousness with our goal --- Happiness; compassion; enlightenment, health -- ultimately, it really means to align with God!
Although we'd prefer that everything go perfectly straight from beginning to end, in a nice steady pace forward, our journey through life seldom is like that, is it?
In fact, the "straight" route is completely unnatural. Did you know there are no perfectly straight lines in the universe? Everything is energy. Energy travels in waves. Therefore a straight line doesn't even exist. Yet, notice how when things go a little off course, we get frustrated, get down, and want to give up.
The simple truth is that the journey of life is full of twists, turns, ups, downs, stops and reverses. By fully understanding this fact, you can now begin or continue your journey knowing that you, like everyone else on this planet, will have to "zig zag" your way through it -- but if you stay aligned with the end intention, if you stay aligned with the Source of all Good, you WILL get there!
A good example of what I'm talking about is the mission to the moon in 1969. During that extraordinarily successful flight, do you know how often the spacecraft was actually "on course"? Believe it or not, it was straight on the path to the moon only 3 percent of the time. That means it spent 97 percent of the time "off course"! That also means it spent the majority of its time zig zagging.
The same holds true for the spiritual journey. Expect to spend a fair amount of your time, zig zagging, "correcting".
The truth is, most people are afraid of the zig zagging - because the zig sagging looks like MISTAKES!! And who likes to make mistakes? Do you? Of course, not! It's no wonder, since many of us grew up being embarrassed or "punished" for our mistakes. Yet if you want to succeed, if you want to move forward to living the life that God has in mind for you, you must be willing to accept mistakes and inefficiencies as part of the journey.
I'm sure you've heard of Babe Ruth. He was known as the home run king of baseball. What many people don't know, however, is that he was also the "strike out" king!
Those things we call "mistakes" are our natural way of learning. They are the "feedback" we need for correction.
In a Unity Correspondence School lesson it says: "God's Plan is all-inclusive of good and part of this Plan is giving man unlimited opportunities to become conscious of who and what he is -- a spiritual being -- and to make "the great demonstration" of Truth here and now."c Life zig zags. Get used to it.
Eric Butterworth from Essays on Abundant Living wrote: "What does the word "success" mean to you? When is a person really successful? Someone said recently that success is "making more money to meet obligations you wouldn't have if you didn't have so much money." A better definition might be "the art of making mistakes while no one else is looking.""d
And, if your internal compass is aligned with God and the dreams and desires planted there by Spirit, you will get to where you want to go!
You all told me before some things you wanted, really, really wanted - but I'd like to take us deeper for the next few minutes in a process we call visioning. I know many of you are familiar with it - have done it personally or with us here at the church.
This morning we will do a short version to help you align with God's highest good for you!
So, get comfortable, close your eyes, and imagine sitting in a movie theater. The lights dim and the movie starts. It is a movie of you doing perfectly whatever it is that you want, whatever brings you joy in life. See as much detail as you can create, including your clothing, the expression on your face, small body movements, the environment and any other people that might be around. Add in the sounds you would be hearing - traffic, music, other people talking, cheering. And finally recreate in your body any feelings you think you would be experiencing as you engage in this activity.
Now get out of your chair, walk up to the screen, open a door in the screen, and enter into the movie. Now experience the whole thing again from inside of yourself, looking out through your eyes. This is an "embodied image" rather than a "distant image." It will deepen the impact of the experience. Again, see everything in vivid detail, hear the sounds you would hear, and feel the feelings you would feel.
Finally, walk back out of the screen that is still showing the picture of you performing perfectly, return to your seat in the theater, reach out and grab the screen and shrink it down to the size of a cracker. Then, bring this miniature screen up to your mouth, chew it up and swallow it. Imagine that each tiny piece - just like a hologram - contains the full picture of you performing well. Imagine all these little screens traveling down into your stomach and out through the bloodstream into every cell of your body. Then imagine that every cell of your body is lit up with a movie of you performing perfectly. It's like one of those appliance store windows where 50 televisions are all tuned to the same channel.
And now we say 'thank you God for always saying yes to our needs and desires.' And open your eyes and return to this room.
Someone once said: Success is not found in what you have achieved, but rather in Who you have become.
And that is what our journey through life is really about, isn't it? It is a journey of becoming . . .
- Awake to our Divinity;
- Aware of God's Presence in our lives 24/7;
- Available to work in harmony with God's perfect Law; and
- Aligned with God's great good!
And remember that when we stay AWAKE, AWARE, AVAILABLE and ALIGNED, this journey we call life, and who we become in the process, will knock your socks off!
bRalph Waldo Emerson
cUnity Correspondence School lesson 6
dEric Butterworth Essays on Abundant Living