We are in the midst of an amazing week in the Lenten Season. Daily themes celebrated by Unity Truth Students around the world this week are Consciousness, Spiritual Healing, Nonresistance, the Kingdom of Heaven, God as Principle, and Miracles. Dang, these topics are fearless! Unity published Charles Fillmore’s book Keeping a True Lent 65 years ago when these themes were first linked to daily reflections for Lent. Over time, these topics have held up not just because they’re based in spiritual principles, but because they speak to the inner core in each of us. That deep place within where we commune with our own divinity and connect to Source. And, what could be better than that?! To make the most of this week, let’s look deeper at the daily topics:
Simply stated, “CONSCIOUSNESS is the sense of awareness, of knowing. It is our knowing that we know. The ideas that are held in mind are the basis of all consciousness. The nature of the ideas upon which consciousness is formed gives character to it.” – Charles Fillmore, Dynamics For Living. We can tell from this definition that consciousness is fluid. Ideas held in mind can be let loose. Consciousness is “formed by ideas” that can change. Growing in consciousness is a choice we can expand into, becoming the Highest versions of ourselves! “It is the composite of ideas, thoughts, emotions, sensation, and knowledge that makes up the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious phases of mind. It includes all that man is aware of in spirit, soul, and body. The harmonious working together of these three is necessary to the bringing forth of the latent possibilities of man.”(Ibid)
SPIRITUAL HEALING occurs naturally when consciousness is unrestrained by ideas that do not serve our Highest good. Physical healing will not endure without Spiritual Healing. Divine Intelligence working at a cellular level repairs skin and bone when uninterrupted by negative thinking. We do not have to be aware of the healing that takes place every night as we slip into unconsciousness in order for it to happen. But we do have to do the inner work of forgiveness and release for a Spiritual Healing to occur, and when we do this we enable God in our spirit, soul, and body, where healing is completed. “You have the power to heal yourself, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds. Claim and consciously use your power.” – Louise Hay
NONRESISTANCE opens us to nonduality. The third dimensional relative earth plane we live in is filled with opposites: up/down, dark/light, love/hate. But in the Absolute, there is only One Power and Love has no opposite because it is not something that you do or don’t do, it is what you are. When you give Love, you give yourSelf. The Principle of Oneness teaches us that giving and receiving are the same. We cannot resist what we are not, any more than we can resist what we are. And in Oneness, we are simply refractions of the same Light. I have no enemies because nothing and no one is against me. “When there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” – African proverb
“The KINGDOM OF HEAVEN is the realm of divine ideas, producing their expression, perfect harmony. It is within man.” – Charles Fillmore, Revealing Word. Mind (Father), Idea (Son), Expression (Holy Spirit). The Creative Process; the Holy Trinity. This is the totality of the Universe that is ebbing and flowing; fluctuating consciousness into manifestation. It’s the consciousness of the unified field, and it is all happening within us!
GOD AS PRINCIPLE may not initially sound like the ooey-gooey God you keep in your pocket or imagine to be the best friend who you confide in and tell your troubles to. But God as Principle is your constant companion when you realize that Law is constant, eternal, and everywhere present. There is no escaping Truth, and God is Truth. Source, All-That-Is, Mind, is the Presence that you feel as well as the unchangeable Principle you rely upon when stepping out in Faith, in right-action. How could we ever know our worthiness to God if the rules were shifting with each circumstance? We would be lost with an Old-Testament-like God that decides our fate by judging us. Truthfully, the only one who can judge us to the point of preventing the manifestation of a desire is ourselves. Connecting with God within IS connecting with Principle.
Open your eyes to the MIRACLES that are all around you every day! The unexpected God-moment that awakens your soul to Joy. The unexplainable situation that seemingly, as if by magic, unfolds before you. The unexpected simplicity of an innocent moment that slows time and allows you to pause and enjoy life. A smile, a kind word, a hug when you needed it; a rainbow, a promise fulfilled, a secret desire that brings peace; human connection, compassion, forgiveness, release, healing . . .
You are (and have) the Power that shifts your own consciousness, that experiences a spiritual healing, that stands in nonresistance, that resides in the Kingdom of Heaven, that rests in God as Principle and still feels loved and loving, and that chooses the awe and wonder of daily miracles. And if you need a reminder, or if you need a helping hand up into your own Power, then please know that you are invited to continue the conversation this Sunday as we discuss this Sunday’s Lenten theme, Overcoming. Please join us as we look at “Overcoming” obstacles that prevent us from knowing the Truth of What We Are, and keep us from our Good.
May All of God’s Blessings Be Bestowed Upon You!
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor