Monday, June 28, 2010

It's a Novel idea

All I can say is, it's a good thing I read Chapter 8, Choose Consciously, in Living in Grace - The Shift to Spiritual Perception by Beca Lewis before embarking on my professional education self-study yesterday!  Phew, talk about World View, Ltd!  (aka DWAB)  Several courses are devoted to dealing with the financial crisis, economic crisis, whatever the fiction writers are calling it this week.  If I hadn't read the chapter first, as well as reading the entire book several times and participating in 100s of The Shift® calls and discussions with Beca Lewis over the past five years, I might have just shut down the computer and crawled into bed, put the covers over my head and NEVER come out!

But I did read the chapter, and kept this passage firmly in Mind as I "studied":  (p. 90)

"The truth is, we are all wealthy and no one is poor, but that is not what the world has told us.  Remember, the Earth state of mind is a game about overcoming the belief of lack.  It has created a system of buying and selling, and therefore we must be 'sold' on the belief that there is never enough.  It really is time be aware of the game and then to know and act from the Truth of One Mind.
As we work through the GRACIOUS steps, we discover that we have always received and always will receive all that we need.  As we awaken to the Truth about who we are and the truth that this is not a material, physical, mental, or mystical universe, but a Spiritual one, we will see the evidence of this in our daily lives."

Then, on page 93, "Prayer brings our awareness and perception to God, not God to us."

Today's assignment, should you wish to accept it, is this -

There's a story going around out there.  It's called An Economic Crisis.  It's a novel.  It's a work of fiction. DO NOT AGREE TO IT. Under any circumstances at all.  If it were true, everyone in the universe would be completely without.  There is abundance, infinite wealth.  Tap it, use it, take what you need and pass it on.  That's why they call it "trade."



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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday morning sermon

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
James Baldwin

When I was a kid, I went to church most Sundays with my parents.  I can remember being young and spending time in the church basement with the other kids, although I don't remember much except play and watching the other kids.  I can remember squirming in the pew between my parents, uncomfortable with the stillness required, and the joy I felt when it was time to sing a hymn, especially if I knew it.

When I was old enough to ask the question, "Why do I have to go to church?" my mother said, "We want you to go to church with us until you are 12.  Then you can make your own decision.  But we want you to have something to choose from."

When I was 12, I promptly opted for sleeping in on Sundays rather than going to church, except on Easter and Christmas, when I went and joyfully sang my favorite hymns.

I spent years questioning the existence of God, the necessity of going to church to find God, and the hypocrisy I noted in religion throughout history.  For instance, the Crusades......  Blowing up abortion clinics and killing people to save lives.....  all that stuff we have all read about, and a lot of personal stuff we've experienced "in the name of religion, in the name of God."

When my mother was diagnosed with cancer in the mid 80s, I went back to church.  The minister of our local church was visiting her, and I figured it was the least I could do to return the favor.  I liked him. I really liked him.  He spent his sermon time defining passages in the Bible in terms of the language of the time when those passages were written.  For the first time I actually understood what some of those passages meant.  And for the first time, I made the choice to go to church, rather than going because I was told.  And for a long time I attended church on a regular basis.

I don't have children of my own.  If I did, I'm sorry to say that I probably would not have required them to go to church until they were 12, because I probably would not have been willing to go with them.  That's sad, because a lot of people are raising children, or have raised children, without any awareness of God, or whatever their societal name for a higher being is.  

That's not to say that hundreds of thousands of people are willing - I know several families who happily attend their chosen church.

But what about us?  What about the ones who question a conventional, traditional church?  Where can we find God?  

I believe there is a growing need for Spiritual haven and understanding.  I believe there is a universal need to know that there is something out there 'bigger than us.' I believe there is a thirst in many of us to drink from a well of spiritual guidance, who don't find solace in traditional religious orders, due to lack of understanding, lack of awareness (not having had to "go to church until they are 12") or simply a bad experience in some church or another which colors their view of "religion."

If you are one of those who are experiencing that thirst, go looking for a spiritual drink.  Start reading some of the many 'higher awareness' books out there.  It really doesn't matter where you start, whether in a traditional church, Protestant, Catholic, Temple, Christian Science, Muslim, or countless others.  Or maybe a  moving practice which combines body and soul - tai chi, yoga and the like.  Or just a book, there are so many that I don't even want to list one, because it is your choice.

I believe there is one premise that is the basis for every spiritual practice out there, except the practice of evil.  If it's good, it's God. If it's not good, it's not God.  (I don't know if that's a quote or not, but I know I've heard it spoken just like that. I do not take credit for the words, I only have infinite faith in them.)

Give it a try.  It just might catch on.

Thanks for listening this morning.  

By the way, personally speaking, I found spiritual guidance that works for me (after three decades of searching) at  in the words of Beca Lewis, founder of The Shift® System. If you're not sure where to start, you can always start there.  I am a Certified Shift® Trainer now, so you'll see me somewhere around there now, but that's not why I'm writing this this morning.  Or maybe it is!