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Sunday Message for March 7, 2021


Let us start with prayer: Mother, Father, God; centered in God, our source of spiritual strength, we steady our thoughts in prayer. We enter the sanctuary of silence within, devoting precious time toward unifying our mind, heart, and being with God, our source. Our human thoughts are now elevated, and we know the truth that is spiritual strength. AMEN.

In 1984, Tina Turner released a song that became an instant classic rock song entitled, "What's Love Got To Do With It?" Spiritually, we could answer that by saying "Just about everything!"

This month, we will take the same question, change just one word and ask, "What's luck got to do with it?" And since you are sharp cookies, your immediate answer to that question might be only one word different from "Just about everything" and would be . . . "Just about nothing!"

And you are, of course, right. Luck doesn't have anything to do with anything, but there are a lot of notions out there in the world that say it does!

I mean how many common sayings are there about luck? Think about it.
The luck of the draw.
This is my lucky day.
OR This just isn't my lucky day!
He got a lucky break.
Thank my lucky stars.
If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all.
As luck would have it
What rotten luck!
Beginner's luck
Don't push your luck

OK, here's a trivia question. Who knows what the blank is in this saying:
"Lucky in ??? , unlucky in love"?
Right, cards. Lucky in cards, unlucky in love.

"You really lucked out!" is another phrase we often hear. And, of course, we hear it when a random happy coincidence has just occurred, or a disaster was "luckily" averted.

My question is: What does scientific research have to say about how we can luck out more often? That is what we will explore this entire month, but first, I want to lay a little spiritual groundwork.

Someone pretty important once gave us the wise counsel, which was to "be IN this world but not be OF this world." Remember that? The Master Teacher Jesus told us that. What did he mean by that? "Be IN this world but not be OF this world."

Well, we can't go back and ask him, but here's what I think it means. "Be in this world" means to acknowledge that we live in a world of physicality -- of needs, wants, desires, challenges, accomplishments, experiences. And this physical world is a world of polarity, there is . . .

up/down          in/out
right/left          success/defeat
happiness/sadness          republicans/democrats
sickness/health          love/hate
wealth/lack          even life/death

. . . and the list could go on and on and on. Right? That's all in this physical world, and until we evolve some more, we all live in this physical world and therefore we experience these things!

So, we need to BE in this world - meaning we need to BE present for it and all that it has to offer. It doesn't serve us to spiritually bypass the physical, human experience.

Our hearts ache when a loved one passes or when we learn of yet another school shooting; Our bodies don't always do what we want them to; and Sometimes there's more month at the end of the paycheck than paycheck at the end of the month. Am I right?

You know what spiritual bypass is, right? Immediately jumping to "it's all good" when in that moment things really, really suck!

But the wisdom of the master teacher was to not be OF it! In other words, to know that in the midst of the physicality and the polarity of this world and even in the midst of that thing in front of you that may right now really suck, there is something more, something higher, something greater beyond this world.

Not being OF this world means in the midst of polarity you know there is really only God. There is God and nothing else. The Truth is that it really is all good because there is only God's Wholeness, Love and Abundance.

Personally, I am eternally grateful to know this. I feel lucky (ha!) to know this because it helps me BE in the world with a whole different attitude. A lot of the world doesn't know this and gets thrown around pretty violently! They can feel pretty unlucky a lot of the time!

Here's a good analogy for being able to be IN but not OF the world.

Think of it like the door jamb that stands solid, stationary and strong, even though the door swings open and closed.

The door may swing a little, it may swing a lot, it may slam violently shut, it may be flung open - but the door jamb just stays still.

That's a great analogy for being in this world of physicality and polarity but not being swayed off center by it!

So that's our spiritual foundation for our work this month with the concept of "luck" and a scientific study that was done over the course of ten years with thousands of volunteers who considered themselves lucky or unlucky. This research was done by Dr. Richard Wiseman and he then wrote a book entitled The Luck Factor.

And out of that body of research, he concluded that there are four simple attitudes that are proven to help you increase your luck!a We would say attitudes that support us in being in this world but not of it!

Each week we will take one of those attitudes to explore and today's is that . . .

Lucky People Expect Good Fortune Or to fit the title of today's talk, people who have "good luck," expect to luck out!

OK, before going any further in this conversation about luck, I need to reiterate our conversation at the beginning of this time together. While I'm going to use the terms "lucky" and "unlucky," we know that luck has nothing to do with it! Nothing happens by chance or by luck.

In a lecture, "It is good to be made whole" by Charles Fillmore, he said: "If you know the law of the power of the word, your own thought, to bring about that convincing condition in your mind, use that instead of depending upon these transitory superstitious things."b

Robert Frost writes: "First thing I do in the morning is make up my bed, then I make up my mind."c This was the key to his optimism. Identify ourselves with infinite divine mind each day.

What Dr. Wiseman refers to as lucky people are merely those who are aligned with Source - whether they are aware of it or not - in some specific ways.

What he refers to as "good luck" is simply the automatic workings of the Law based on the consciousness of the individuals.

So again, this first attitude of "lucky" people is that they have positive expectations about their future.

You have probably heard the expression "We don't always get what we desire, but we always get what we expect." Our deep-down expectations.

I think one of the greatest stories about expectations is this.

There was a small town that had historically been 'dry,' but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. The congregation from a local church was concerned and planned an all-night prayer vigil to ask God to intervene.

Shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground.

The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were certainly not responsible.

After his initial review of the case, the presiding judge, a man wiser than most, stated:

No matter how this case comes out, one thing is obvious.

When asked what that was, the judge said:

It is evident that the tavern owner believes a lot more in the power of prayer than church-goers do."

What did the church goers REALLY expect??

What do you REALLY expect from your prayers, from your life? "Lucky" people expect their good to come to them -- and it does.

New Thought Author Eric Butterworth wrote: " You do not receive what you want or even what you pray for -- you receive what you expect. . . . most of us expect so little! Most of us go through life holding a small tin cup under the Niagara Falls of God's plenty. This manifests as a string-saving, make-do, can't afford it consciousness. It is marginal living at best. We prepare for problems and are rarely disappointed. We are in tune with the indefinite instead of the infinite; we are practicing the absence instead of the presence of God."d

But what if you really are expecting something and it still doesn't happen. What about that? Does that mean there is a flaw in this system, which we teach is infallible?

There is something even deeper than expectations. Difference between saying the words and expecting them to bring about whatever it is and being an embodiment of the words you say.

In Teach Us To Pray by Charles & Cora Fillmore it says: "There is a vast difference between the thought images of an intellectual thinker and those of one who has got access to the spiritual substance and life within. One may make brilliant pictures in the ether, but they are without the substance and life that is so essential to the structure of things eternal. Jesus illustrated this in His comparison of the man who builds upon rock with the man who builds upon sand. The house built upon sand soon falls, but the one built on rock (substance) endures when the winds and floods descend upon it.e"

It's an embodiment of the thing. It's an energetic connection to the thing.

How do you become a living embodiment of your thoughts when you aren't? You can't force it, right? Well the first thing to do is to pray about it or get prayer. Don't pray to get "the thing" but pray to be the embodiment of the thing! That's a really good place to start!

So, the first attitude that science has proven to have that will increase our "luck" is to expect the best and I add to that to really check in and see whether you have become a living embodiment of it!

We will look at the other three attitudes as this month unfolds.

For now, let me leave you with a story of the power of positive expectations/embodiment in your own life and in the lives of others:

It's a story of teacher who has a new room of students. By their name appeared a number, such as 145, 155, 143, 141, 158, etc.

This teacher thinks the numbers are the students' IQs, and she is so excited that she finally has a room full of geniuses. So, she treats them like geniuses, she respects them, she gives them challenging work, she nurtures them and guides them throughout the entire year. She expects them to excel!

At the end of the school year, the principal comes to her and asks her how in the world she did what she did. "What do you mean?" she asked.

"The students all got A's and B's and did so well," he said.

And she said, "Oh, it's easy when you have a room full of such smart kids."

"Smart kids!" the principal said. "Those weren't smart kids. In fact, they were the worst of the worst, the most challenged kids!"

"I don't understand," said the teacher, "right by their names were their IQs -- 145, 158, 141."

He says, "IQ? Those weren't their IQ's -- those were their locker numbers!"

So let's end in prayer: Father, Mother, God; help us to expect and embody all those things that we want in our life. Help us remember that we can go to the Niagara Falls of Gods plenty with buckets to receive all that is ours. Help us to embody and expect in ourselves and in our nation health and well-being. AMEN.

aDr. Richard Wiseman The Luck Factor
bLecture, "It is good to be made whole" Charles Fillmore
cRobert Frost
dEric Butterworth
eTeach Us To Pray Charles & Cora Fillmore

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