“Order is your ability to keep, ‘God first,’ in your continuous development. If you can place God first, in any situation, that situation has no choice but to fall into order. You are in your right place, at the right time, studying the perfect lesson right now. You are in perfect Order.”
Our August theme for One Humanity is Being Present, which is a great pair with Order. At Unity of the Sierra, we are delving into ‘living in the Now’, and ‘staying in the moment’.
This past Sunday, we talked a lot (and practiced!) noticing when our thoughts were not of the present but were rather in the past or future (what did I learn in the past that will better protect me in the future?). This Sunday, we’ll look at emotions, too.
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.
From Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now:
“Love, joy and peace are deep states of Being or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind. Emotions, on the other hand, being part of the dualistic mind, are subject to the law of opposites. This simply means that you cannot have good without bad. So in the unenlightened, mind-identified condition, what is sometimes wrongly called joy is the usually short-lived pleasure side of the continuously alternating pain/pleasure cycle. Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
The “no opposite” part is in alignment with The Course in Miracles, but then this section of the book takes us to an elevated place that almost seems unattainable, but I assure you it is not unattainable. Yes, masters can choose experiences of elevated states of consciousness, but as our Teacher chides, ““I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father(God-within).”
We, too, have the Power to experience higher states of consciousness. When we put “God first” we are in divine Order, and our master teacher, Jesus the Christ, has laid out a process for us to achieve these states at will! Won’t you please join us this Sunday as we walk together through the process of finding the place within that is a wellspring of Love, joy, and peace.
Please join us throughout the month for an entire series on Living In the Present, at Unity of the Sierra.
Our Affirmation for the month of August for our Being Present theme is:
I live in the now, and divine understanding is active in me.
Toni king, Spiritual Advisor
Toni’s schedule for the upcoming week:
W, 8/14, & F,8/16, 8-11:00am