Seven Abominations

This morning, I am going to discuss the seven abominations that are counter to the Ways of the Lord, or the Laws of God, as listed in Proverbs 6:16-19.

Deep in the soul of every human being is the desire — the need — to become fully aligned with the Law and Order of God, as one with his Divine Plan of Goodness and Abundance.  It is this lack of attunement that begets dis-ease, the feeling of discontent, incompleteness, that there is something more.  The spiritual soul sees this need evidenced in the hustle and bustle of today’s world, the extremes to which people will go to be stimulated, to get their own way, the idea that progress can only come through constant activity.  Yet, mankind has at its fingertips the way of righteous living, indeed, we live and move and have our being in the Order of God — His Truth.  If we had no written word, observance of the visible world, obedience to decency, kindness and givingness and the quietude to recognize divine hunches would lead us to the kingdom of heavenly existence.

I quote from Proverbs: “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto Him.”

“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

“An heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Seven Abominations

Well, those sound simple enough to understand, but as we examine them in detail, we find there are aspects and nuances that may reveal to us that we have not quite cleansed ourselves of all resistances to God’s Perfect Law.

“A proud look”, or haughty eyes, as my Bible clarifies: There is more to this than meets the eye at first reading.  If our eye be focused on our own ambitions and achievements and the recognition thereof by others, then we have a proud look, a desire for adulation, a longing to feel important.  Jesus reminded: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single (on God, in Good), thy whole body shall be full of light.” Our purpose of being is to serve God, be one with Him, be His hands and feet to bring forth (express) His Kingdom wherever we are, period.

Until we have fully unfolded our Christ nature, the human part of us does need encouragement; we all are grateful for appreciation of our efforts, and we have “haughty eyes” if we cannot easily pat our fellow man on the back, calm apprehensions he may be harboring as to his worthiness.  This is not being insincere; there is always something to praise when sincere effort is made.

As we make our happy way toward mastery, we’d do well to remind ourselves that though we be joyous at the progress we have made, there are yet those great Ones that have experienced beyond where we are.  We know more than some and less than some.  What is vital is how well we live in the Father’s image and likeness each moment, right where we are.  Two spiritual axioms to remember: “He who is truly loving can be bold,” and “No soul shall ever attain mastery until his tongue has lost the power to wound…” which leads us to the second abomination.

“A lying tongue”, There are obvious prevaricators and there are subtle ones.  God spoke the Word and worlds came into being.  Patterned after His Holy Likeness, how careful we must be in what we speak or infer.  Thoughts are unspoken words and will eventually reveal themselves through our attitudes or actions.  I give you a point to ponder: I may say of another that he is expressing a certain undesirable habit, and I am truthful if I report it accurately; however, if I imply that the individual is a hopeless case and always behaves in that manner, I am untruthful in failing to recognize the possibility of the marked change that will assuredly, one day, take place in his endless eternal life and that there are times, even now, that he resists the temptation so to act.

I shall be brief about little white lies.  A lie is a lie is a lie, as is any misleading of another.  The soul who is scrupulously honest, accurate (neither exaggerating nor understating), and upfront sleeps peaceably and does not eat the bread of sorrows.  Misleading always ends in distrust, and will be found out in the end.

“Hands that shed innocent blood…” Hands are symbolic of our power to do, and blood is the carrier of the life force throughout the body.  This abomination speaks of our responsibility to use our powers in a protective and compassionate manner in dealing with our fellow man.  It does not say that we should not hold miscreants accountable, but that as we do so we are aware of their need to know of their divine potential, be treated decently as a child of God.  The Seed of God that gives all life is innocent of wrong-doing and we do not want to be guilty of denying that inner promise even as personalities are punished by their sins.

To shed the life blood or energy of hope in a person — to put him down — is a breach of the law of love. And in reality, reveals to the wise the insecurity of the perpetrator.  There is a lot of rubbing one another the wrong way as we humans all try to fit on this globe of Earth and fulfil our needs and desires, so there is work for each of us to generate peace, harmony, forgiveness and helpfulness.

The fourth grave error is “possesses a heart that devises wicked imaginations…”  Any true seeker on the Path will discipline what he puts in his mind- be clean and pure in choosing what he reads or listens to, etc.  As well as those with whom he keeps company.  There is a subtler form of wicked imaginings which begs mention.  It is the picturing of oneself as a victim, creating colorful scenarios of unhappy things other might be thinking of us, exaggerating misspoken words as having more malice than was probably intended.  Even when we become recipients of slighting remarks, we have the choice to refrain from responding on that level; the old saw “stick and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is, in reality, true.  Imagine yourself, and be, a divine being and no one and no thing can deter your right expression and place in life.  The Law of God is exact: everyone reaps what he sows, good or not-so-good, to the last jot and tittle.

We are to guard against “feet that be swift in running to mischief…”

As teenagers, we can all remember knowing at least one “life of the party” type of person – there’s always one in any group of any size.  They are fun-loving, often witty, charming and usually available, for they lack purpose and the wisdom of looking before they leap.  They are gung ho to go…!  They make fun dates but often poor marriage partners.

We are meant to learn and grow- mature- that we may express the fullness of our true divine nature.  The foundation for success in this world, and any other, is to know and practice the Way of God, realize our Christ Sonship.  Understanding His Order of the Universe leads to the abundant joyous life.

In the spiritual life, we gain most by hastening slowly, perfecting each level to build higher and higher, broader and broader.  We need to lead orderly lives and make balanced effort to keep larger order in the world, but the permanent eternal work is done in the temporal; the only assurance of rightful changes and progress is through time and inspired hearts leading the way.

Woe unto “a false witness that speaketh lies…”  A lying tongue was the second listed abomination; this sixth is a false witness that speaketh lies.

It takes spiritual confidence to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, a deep and abiding sense of one’s own personal worth.  The success of someone else, their ill-behavior, whether or not they agree or disagree with my viewpoint, does not take away my inner source of abundant good, nor the fact that I am an eternal being, destined to experience glories not yet imagined.

I share with you a charming thought:

“Why is a windshield so large and the rearview mirror so small?

“So we can look ahead and move on”

We hear gossip, political accusations are spinning beyond belief every day; people are amusing, interesting and irritating, so the temptation is great to speak our piece or pass on what someone else has said.  It is God-given to be able to communicate and engage in lively conversation. The soul who will be listened to and revered in the end, is the one whose words are refined by passing through the gate of integrity and selflessness.

The final grave error is to be “he that soweth discord among brethren…”, Our Savior declared this of the attributes of divine being: “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.”  A true peacemaker is “strong in the LORD and the power of His might,” for peacemaking does not mean capitulation to wrong doing, but the radiating of love and good will in establishing a higher and better order through calmness, the serenity of standing in the holy place of righteousness.  It requires steady strength and an awareness of who we really are- Lords of the heavens and earth.

Nobody likes a trouble maker, for they cannot be trusted…The world is greatly conflicted now; how we need those of “a soft answer that turneth away wrath!”

This political season has been so soul-wearying for all of us who take our voting privileges seriously.  Why?  The difference in the two presidential candidates are very distinct, so the choice should not be that difficult; it is the endless spinning, haranguing and tearing down that is so wearing.  Every human being deserves to be treated truthfully…

Jesus warned of the difficulties to be faced in times like these, in the cyclic changes of reaping and sowing, moving through the overlapping and interacting energies of a passing age and the vibratory radiations of a new age dispensation.  He said, “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, that shall show great signs and wonders, in so much that if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”

Isn’t it encouraging that the elect of the Christ- those that strive with all their being to live The Way, The Truth and The Life- shall see behind smoke screens, recognize how God’s right and pure principles apply to all matters of the earth?

Autumn gives us a particularly dramatic display of the changing cycles of nature.  The chemical processes responding to the lessening hours of sunlight, which results in the brilliant coloration of leaves before they drop, provide an interesting thought to ponder concerning our own cycles of growth.  As we practice the unfolding of divine virtues in ourselves, go through the sowing of righteousness (spring cycle), weed and water, till and tend (summer cycle), master the desired attribute (reap in autumn), I picture a wondrous flame of color and brilliance in the aura of our being as it celebrates the victory; the beautiful leaves of Fall glow and so do we!   It is the soul’s great rejoicing as our newly developed power of goodness must, in the winter cycle, set to work preparing the soil of our awareness to plant a richer and more abundant crop of blessings of a new Spring cycle-  a higher level of living.

Sound, number and color produce form.  As we say in the metaphysical movement, “Thoughts are things” — the unspoken or spoken word creates!  Thus, we easily may see how vital it is that we conquer all aspects of those activities that are an abomination, or opposed, to the Loving Law and Order of God.  If we do not, we generate chaos for ourselves, others, the world systems and this living, giving planet on which we dwell.  Sound (the word), according to the note (or number) of vibrations, produce color; by the interaction of these three is form created.
It is awesome and humbling to realize the power our Heavenly Father has entrusted to us.  In praise and appreciation, let us willingly heed the Word and Way of God, every day, seek with all heart, mind and soul to eradicate our short-comings and intensify all goodness, within and without.

2016—The Freeing Year of Forgiveness

by Rev. Mary Jane Morical

Given January 3, 2016

 

We are yet basking in this holy season of hope and promise and good will generated by the birth of the Christ Child, so it is apropos that we begin to consider the cosmic energies of this new year.

I have titled this message “2016—The Freeing Year of Forgiveness,” for its digits add to nine, the culminating number of the mathematical system of this earthly plane. Its esoteric watchword is “forgiveness,” the final overcoming that allows divine love to find fulfillment in us.

I recap briefly: The Science of Numbers was delineated by Pythagoras, one of the philosophers of ancient Europe, who was born around 590 B.C. There were two phases in his teachings:  The Science of Numbers including arithmetic and musical harmony, and the second, The Theory of Magnitude, which included geometry and magnitude in motion, or astronomy.

Numbers emit specific energies and affect all areas of creation, all kingdoms. Aware of the nature of each number’s energy, we can harmonize with, and utilize their particular qualities in our personal lives to coordinate with the movements of the ongoing cycle of the Cosmos. We are truly children of the Universe, each an integral individual part, and the more we recognize this, the easier do we handle the affairs of life.

The nine numerical energy cycle is a most significant one, a summing up of the previous eight years, or cycles, a karma cleanser, a spiritual closet cleaning, a time to resolve and release, to make ready for greater opportunities of unfoldment and new beginnings. If we add together the first eight numbers, they total thirty-six, which reduces to nine, therefore the number nine contains the outstanding energy characteristics of all the preceding digits. This cycle requires much to fulfill in our personal journey of attainment, but its accumulated balance of all numerical vibrations offers ready support of whatever influences may be needed by any individual.

The Cosmic Pattern of the number nine is:  It is the Force of the outgoing number One, the Light and the Peace of the number Two, the Imagination of the number Three, the Form and Order of the number Four, the Life and Progress of the number Five, the Responsibility of the number Six, the Intelligence and Perfection of the number Seven, the Judgment of the number Eight, the Compassion and Benevolence of the number Nine.

Then we come to the Circle and the One, the repeat of the numerical vibration which added emphasis.

The number Nine represents mankind’s last earthly lesson: “Forgiveness.” As the all-encompassing number energy, the ideals and principles of the Universe are more clearly in their harmony and balance to individuals who are truly sincere in approaching life with only loving intent. The nine influence does strengthen the larger impersonal view, our seeking of the greater good in all matters.

Forgiveness is a big commission to fulfill, for in this complicated life on earth, there is much to forgive. The word “forgive” means to “Absolve, release, exempt, set free from binding restriction.” We tend to think of forgiveness as relating to persons, because we all are creators of conditions. However, to be happy and not care filled, we need a broader understanding of what this virtue entails. We humans put up far more resistances to life’s happenings than we realize — in matters of health, circumstances, natural divine outworkings, dissatisfactions with ourselves and others, and, yes, even questions of “Why, God?” How easy it is to imprison our good through thinking we know best, by clinging to what we want rather than humbly seeking our Heavenly Father’s guidance to fulfill the purpose for which we incarnated at this time.

In his epistle to the Romans, the great apostle Paul reiterates the Christ teaching which so plainly defines the requirements to pass the final earthly lesson for forgiveness I quote:

“Let not your love be deceitful. Abhor that which is evil; hold fast to that which is good,

“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor (showing preference to) one another.

“Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing instant in prayer.

“Distributing to the necessity (needs) of saints, given to hospitality.

“Bless them that persecute you; bless and curse not.

“Rejoice with them who rejoice, and weep with them who weep. (empathy)

“Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not vain glory, but associate with those who are humble. Be not wise in your own conceits.

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. But be diligent to do things before the presence of all men.

“If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather restrain your wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will execute justice for you, said the Lord.

“Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing, you shall reap coals of fire on his head.

“Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

After speaking and teaching, on more than one occasion, our Savior Wayshower Jesus concluded with the words, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Also he said to his disciples, “. . . blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears for they hear.”

Cosmic events are moving rapidly, historical prophecies of dramatic changes being fulfilled all about us. Even those who have not been active seekers of divine understanding are noticing and asking, “What is going on?” Well, wondrous things, in the larger picture, temporal tribulations in the necessary adjustments in all of the kingdoms of this planet. Inspired individuals are adding more definite detail and interpretation, albeit there are, indeed, many false prophets in the mix.

The December 22, 2015, issue of the Spokesman Review newspaper featured an article on the earthquakes that occurred last spring in the Sandpoint area. It was a short article, but one statement really stood out — it was as if I realized the widespread ramifications of such an happening. Daisuke (dui I suki) Kobayashi, a doctoral student in the University of Idaho’s geological sciences program stated: “For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, much of the landmass in the Northwest is slowly rotating clockwise . . .” Is it not interesting to contemplate the mysterious movements literally going on beneath our feet. Such large variations out side the normal patterns of structural motion can affect so-called “natural” wind direction, for instance, as well as countless smaller ebbs and flows in the physical kingdoms of earth.

Esoteric knowledge tells us that these times are earth’s greatest as of yet, and that we are privileged to be a part of them. They are, and will be, dramatic, but our Savior told us not to be afraid but to realize who we are — eternal spiritual beings — and, in so knowing, be of cheer that we are one with God. Fulfill the attributes of the number Nine vibrations, and we will abide in safety, for the number Nine is divinely protected.

We humans look for magical methods to gain the promised spiritual authority that triumphs over sin, sickness and death, that insures abundant life, when the wonder is that we already possess the way, the truth, and the life latent in the God-seed that animates us — all that is needed is persistent will to listen and learn, to submit to the ready guidance of the Inner spirit.

The world of real estate trumpets the slogan, “location, location, location,” the heavenly chorus chants the invitation, “connection, connection, connection.” It is indeed a delightful day when we get our priorities straight, realize our true position in Creation, that we ourselves are visitors to the earth from higher realms, here with the purpose to enjoy the planet and assist it in its evolving. Viewed from that perspective, the challenges of living here do seem less burdensome, fears are lessened and confidence and faith increased.

This coming Wednesday, January 6th, is the Epiphany, Twelfth-day, the Little Christmas, the anniversary of the coming of the Three Wise Men to honor the infant Jesus at Bethlehem. It closes the celebration of this sacred season. Let us share the Biblical account:

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

“When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.

“And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

“And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,

“And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

“Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

“And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.

“When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

”And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

The wise men of old and the prophets believed and made the divine connection and wonders were revealed to them as well as protective warnings — they experienced the perfect love of the Heavenly Father.

We have spread before us a new yearly cycle, bringing with it the influence of the number Nine energy with its grand outlook, its cosmic urge to rise up bigger and better, to make right past wrongs, to enlarge the thinking of humankind to include the Universal rather than the merely personal, to forgive all, that we may embrace all the glories unfolding, that the heavenly may be seen and heard as of old.

May the year of 2016 bring to each of you heightened hope, deepest joy, the light of greater and greater illumination, and the lightheartedness of a beloved child of God who knows they are cared for and that all is well

The Prodigal Son Parable

Today we are going to talk about that most famous parable of the Master Jesus: The Prodigal Son. This is the parable of the son who asked for his inheritance and left for the “far country” He “blew” his inheritance by “riotous living” in that far country. He finds himself feeding pigs to survive, and decides to return home to his father. Most of us understand that the parable of this wayward son is the story of the human race. That is pretty generic. This parable must also be understood in the cultural setting in which it was first given to fully appreciate the significance of what the Master Jesus was telling them and us. Another reason for examining this is to explore what the parable says to each of us on a personal level.

The basic concept of this parable is found in the Old Testament in the story of the two brothers Jacob and Esau. This idea of leaving the Father or Source is dealt with in a story from one of the schools of the Egyptian Mysteries called The Two Brothers. The metaphysical writer Corrine Helene puts it this way:

They all deal with unhappy experiences that follow upon rejection of the true heritage of the spirit. The husks of a mundane life and the appetites of the senses leave the spirit hungry and faint. After a time, the emptiness and the weariness of such a life of the senses cause the spirit to turn from the material to the spiritual, from the false to the true, from the unreal to the real.

Ernest Holmes comments that Jesus was telling the story of human evolution in the story of the Prodigal Son, the unfoldment of every individual.

Everyone knows the basic elements of the parable but what we are going to explore is the permutations of the story and how it applies in your life and my life. We know the parable is not literal.

We understand the father in the parable is God, but there are some questions we need to explore to be clear about the meaning of the story. First, there are two sons in this parable — the younger son who leaves and the older son who stays home. Who is the younger son? Who is the older stay-at-home son? And why was he angry when his brother returned?

What was the inheritance (spiritually) that the father gave the younger son when he asked for it?
If the parable was spiritual, what does the famine in the far country represent?

What is the “far country”?

Another question is what did the son have to do to return to the Father?

Why didn’t the father express disappointment to his wayward son upon his return?

Okay, now let’s answer some questions. Before we get into the particulars of the parable let us note that there are two levels this powerful story applies — personal and for all humankind. If we are to appreciate the nuances of the story we need to know the cultural context in which it was told. How did Jesus’ audience of that time hear the story as opposed to how you and I might hear it? We will find it useful to understand the biblical context of the story.
Let’s start with the scriptural context of the story. One bible commentator explains it this way:

The parable of the Prodigal Son appears in the middle of Luke’s “Travel Narrative” or “Central Section” (9:51-19:27). Throughout this section, Jesus has been journeying to Jerusalem. Along the way He delivers some of His most famous parables, including the Good Samaritan, the Rich Fool, the Great Banquet, and the Rich Man and Lazarus. Most of these parables have themes similar to that of the Prodigal Son: God’s love for the lowly, humble and lost. This section is sometimes called the “Gospel for the Outcast.”

Now let’s look at the cultural milieu of when the Master told this story. Jesus was talking to mostly Jews with possibly a sprinkling of Roman citizens and a few people who came in on the trade caravans from the East. His Jewish listeners would have been astonished that the younger son had the “moxy” to ask for his inheritance. In that society that was simply not done. Those same Jews would have seen the humor, if not the irony of a Jewish boy descending to such a low estate as to be feeding pork, for God’s sake. One could say he started out “high on the hog,” and wound up slopping pork on the hoof! How low can a Jewish boy go? That same audience would have been astonished at the idea that the father came running to greet is returned son. A patriarch of that time would never do such an undignified thing as run. He would have sent servants to bring the boy into his presence. Those contrasts made the story even more remarkable.

Some of his audience may have been hearing the concept entailed in this teaching but there were also probably some educated men who would have understood that the wanderings of the twelve tribes of Israel was the same idea. That same concept of estrangement from God and returning back to our source through trials and tests is entailed . . . “in the wanderings of Ulysses, or the Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor. The same general meaning also may be discovered in the legends of the twelve labors of Hercules, who reappeared in Jewish tradition as Samson, whose name is also a thinly veiled reference to the sun.”

We have no problem understanding that the father in the story is metaphorically God. Interestingly enough in the Aquarian Gospel the father and the mother greet the returning son.

There are two brothers in the parable — the one who left home and the one who stayed home. In my research I was fascinated with the different interpretations of what each brother represents. There is some consensus that the brother who left home is humanity, and in particular, you and me. We are currently in the “far country.” Some mainstream Christianity interprets the younger son as representing the “outsiders” to whom Jesus has been ministering—the poor, sick, demonized, outcasts, sinners and tax-collectors — not Christians themselves. To them the older son represents the religious leaders who reject Jesus message. There are other Christians who think the older, stay-at-home son represents the angels.

Charles Fillmore gives a kind of Jekyll and Hyde rendering of the soul in the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary:

The “two sons” of Luke 15:11 are the two departments of the soul, or consciousness. The son who stayed at home is the religious or moral nature; the son who went into the far country is the human phase of the soul, in which are the appetites and passions. Going into a “far country” is separating the consciousness from the parent Source.

Corrine Heline agrees with Fillmore. She says:

The Parable of the Prodigal Son contains the whole story of our human evolution. Within every individual are the two natures of contrary tendency, as Faust laments, represented in this Parable as the two sons. The Higher Self never fails. As the Father says, “Thou art ever with me; all that I have is thine.” The younger son represents the lower nature, which in our present stage of evolution has taken a journey into a far country and there wasted its substance (life force) in riotous living.

What does the “fleshpots of Egypt” represent? To the metaphysical bible student that’s an easy one. Throughout the Bible Egypt represents the lower nature or consciousness. The Bible is not condemning the actual country of Egypt. The word fleshpots represents our sensuousness — the five senses. Fillmore says: Like the prodigal son, we had gone into a country far from the Father, and there was a famine in that land. We were starving for the divine substance and got no satisfaction out of the husks, the food of the swine.
At the start of this message I asked the question: What was the inheritance (spiritually) that the father gave the younger son when he asked for it? What do you think it was? My best answer to that question is that the younger son left home with the intuitive ability to hear the Father speak to him in his heart. Perhaps, without analyzing it, he understood he is one with the All. He had the power to create by the use of his mind and heart. He may not have questioned that he was a “little g” god. He had been created in his Father’s image, which made him powerful. He was an eternal spirit. According to esoteric writings the early spirits who came to this planet could enter or leave the body at will and then we lost that ability the more we became immersed in the physical to the exclusion of the spiritual. We loved on another. If we took the time to think about it we would probably compile an amazing number of spiritual gifts we the son, had.
The Master Jesus tells us the wayward son entered the “fleshpots”. Sensations and appetites began to rule us. We learned of jealousy, greed, anger and selfishness. We learned to see our brother/sister as separate and different than us and learned to alienate ourselves from one another. We learned to murder and thereby gained the “mark of Cain.” We learned and practiced lust. We had dissipated our inheritance. We wasted it in fleshpots of sin to ourselves and our siblings.

Please understand that the error here was not that of having become physical but of having gotten out of balance by turning our backs on the balancing factor of our spiritual side. We can only suffer so much self-inflicted pain before we have had enough. Our wayward hero comes to himself and realizes that he is responsible, not his Father, for where he was living and sleeping with the lowest forms of depravity. He yearns to go home. How can he do that? Jesus gives us a hint. The son begins to express meekness. His reasoning is that even if his father treats him as a servant it would be better that the pride that got him into this mess. The attitude of the prodigal son at the decision to return to the Father was illustrating what the Bible means by the “meek.”
Psalm 37:11. But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Matthew 5:5. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Alice Bailey makes an interesting observation at this juncture in our story as it relates to humanity.

The race is at a point where the prodigal son is conscious of the husks and of the futility of earthly life. He is ready for a careful consideration of the Buddha’s message, and he is ready because he has been devoured for centuries by war and famine, by desire and by the economic struggle. The vista he sees before him appears black and forbidding and full of cataclysmic disaster.

In other words the human race is starting to awaken to the fact that its time to go back to an awareness we lost. Alice Baily further comments:

It must be remembered that the Law . . . . by reason of its activity . . . draws the prodigal son back to the Father’s home. It causes him to “arise and go.” But we must remember that, when Christ was relating this story, He made it abundantly clear that there was no impulse to return until the pilgrim in the far country had come to himself or to his senses, as a result of satisfied desire, through riotous living. This was followed by consequent satiety and loss of contentment, and then by a period of intense suffering, which broke his will to wander or to desire. A study of this story will be found revealing. In no Scripture is the sequence of events (as they deal with the pilgrim’s existence and life in a far country and his return) so concisely or so beautifully treated. Seek out your Bibles, and study this tale, and read for yourselves the pilgrim’s way.

“Returning to the father,” is a metaphor for awakening to whom and what we really are. The secret here is that the son is the Father’s treasure. The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary has this great line in it: “When we make unity between the outer sense and the inner Spirit (the return of the prodigal son to the Father’s house), there is great rejoicing; the outer is flooded with the vitality (robe), unending power is put into his hand (ring), and his understanding (feet) is strengthened. The “fatted calf” is the richness of strength always awaiting the needy soul. When all these relations have been established between the within and the without, there is rejoicing. The dead man of sense is made alive in the consciousness of Spirit–the lost is found.”

Manly Hall explains it well when he writes about why the fatted calf was killed for the son’s return: “For him, the feast was prepared because he had been lost and had been found again; had died and was alive again. In spite of his numerous sins and failings, the estate of the prodigal was higher than that of his virtuous brothers, for he had gained experience, wisdom, and understanding, and had chosen to restore a virtuous way of life while his brothers had remained secure in the house of their father—their heavenly home.
About the return to the Father forgive me for quoting some else again, this time Paramahansa Yogananda:

“The Heavenly Father thus received back the prodigal devotee into His glorious astral kingdom where countless advanced and liberated devotees reigned with His Heavenly Majesty. The Heavenly Father commanded His angels to bring forth for the young devotee the best robes of astral lights and inner perceptions to decorate his soul. The devotee was adorned with the diamond ring of truth; his feet shod with eternal power. There was festivity in the astral world for the return of the prodigal devotee, and he was offered the fatted calf of wisdom and divine bliss. The Heavenly Father told his angels, ‘Let us all rejoice in communion with this devotee, for this My prodigal son was spiritually dead and is alive again evermore in My Cosmic Consciousness. He was lost in delusion and now is found, having retraced his consciousness to My home of Cosmic Consciousness.’ And they all communed in the joy of blessedness.

Why is it important to understand this incredible parable? We understand how it applies on the large scale of the human race. What does it me to you and me? Chances are if you are in this church you are on the spiritual path. Maybe you are feeding the lowest consciousness with the husks of despair. It’s time to go back home.
I thought it would be appropriate to end this message with a quote from our own Gladys Grier. In my research I was delighted to discover Gladys had weighed in with her comments. Here is what she said:

We all, like the prodigal son in Jesus’ parable, have left the Father’s house [conscious oneness with God], and have wandered into the far country of mortal thinking and false concepts about life and about ourselves. We have squandered our birthright in “riotous living,” we have believed that joy and satisfaction came through pandering to the desires and the demands of the sense man. We have wasted our substance on the things which did not and could not satisfy the heart’s hunger for love and harmony, for peace and satisfaction. Pursuing the shadow instead of the substance, we have at length found ourselves in abject poverty of soul. Cutoff from its source, even what seems like an abundant supply is soon exhausted. But even “if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” God is omnipresent and His help is ever at hand. When we come to ourselves and determine to “arise and go to the Father,” we make conscious at-one-ment with God, the rich and unfailing Source of every good, and life begins, then and there, to express joy, abundance, health, and harmony.

Sooner or later we will return to that ancient place of our creation. We will, one by one, and as the entire race of humanity, return to the condition called Heaven. My spiritual bags are packed — I will see you there someday.

Blessings Shall Overtake Thee

Welcome to this special day of thanks wherein we praise God for this fellowship, this church and this work, count the miracles of living experienced individually and collectively in this year that is coming to a close.

The words of this title are found in the Biblical book of Deuteronomy wherein the LORD God outlined His covenant with Israel. That solemn agreement is with you and me, for we are all Israelites in scriptural symbology; the nation of Israel, in its highest significance, represents spiritual consciousness, the Holy Land of divine awareness. The meaning of the name “Israel” is “contender for God: striving for God; who prevails with God; a prince with God; dominion with God; rulership with God.” Should we not be happy to number ourselves as members of that special community?

Times of revolutionary and evolutionary change do bring forth those of great foresight, ordered mind, who perceive the heart of matters and are able to clarify confusions, keep the vision of a redeeming way.

Our world and this planet can relate to the words of Thomas Paine, so influential in the shaping of our nation, when he uttered his famous words, “These are times that try men’s souls”... This great American patriot was speaking of the difficulty of establishing a nation truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. Today, they apply worldwide and have always expressed the “two steps forward and one back” progression on the personal path to spiritual perfection. How vital it is for every soul to know and prove the glorious promises of the Word of God, to have those truths written in the heart that it cannot tremble or fail in the tribulations that affect us all on this learning place of the planet earth.

Thomas Paine was of the universal nature. It was said of him that he was “English by birth, a French citizen by decree, and American by adoption.”

I share with you the first six verses of Deuteronomy, Chapter 28, declaring the blessings provided for those who seek communion with God and His righteousness: “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

“Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine (calves), and the flocks of thy sheep.

“Blessed shalt thou be thy basket and thy store.

“Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.”

Two verses stand out: One, “And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee…” No need to beg, force, or fret, — good will overflow, immerse us, when we abide in the spiritual nature –be selfless, pure, and humble in thought, word, and deed, when we stay attuned.

Secondly, “Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.” No matter what be the circumstances of our birth, or coming in, or our going out, transition to the next realm or dimension, our way shall be blessed, the caring of our Father-Mother God and divine helpers shall attend us. From birth to rebirth and all that transpires in between, we shall not be left comfortless.

Wonders never cease, miracles happen at a stunning rate if we but have eyes to see, and ears to hear. Two mind-stretching happenings have been brought to my attention recently: On Wednesday, November 12th, a European spacecraft landed on the surface of a speeding comet, with a bounce, after traveling 4 billion miles and a decade-long journey. What a voyage for a craft only the size of a washing machine! But something even more meaningful to us has been slowly revealing itself to scientists, bit by bit although partially understood by metaphysicians for over a century, masters and mystics much longer, and fully grasped and utilized by the Christed Savior, Jesus.

In 1938, The Science of Mind, written by Ernest Holmes, was published and contained this paragraph: “We all look forward to the day when science and religion shall walk hand in hand through the visible to the invisible.”

I well remember when humanity was amazed at the tremendous power packed in the smallness of the atom, a half million of which “lined up shoulder to shoulder could hide behind a human hair.” Dissection by dissection, particles got smaller and smaller and began behaving contrary to established scientific principles as well as causing some noted scientists to lament the findings lest it throw many of their theories out the window. They had to enlarge their thinking but found that the puzzle of creation did fit together.

Dr. Deepak Chopra describes the realm of these quantum or almost invisible particles as “the transitional place between Spirit …and the material world.” That’s where the Power and Wisdom that undergirds and permeates the universe moves into physical manifestation.

Blessings, indeed, shall overtake mankind… Scientists actually entered the quantum world, where thoughts became things, by accident. As they probed deeper to find elementary particles, they found it almost unbelievable that the sub-atomic particles seemed to know what the observer wanted them to do and did it. If the investigator was expecting a particular activity, that is what he got. If he changed his mind, the particles would respond to the new idea or expectation. Scientists had entered a dimension they could not measure and obtain consistent results, define it with any certainty. In other words, the world of divine potentiality. Our Savior did not speak lightly when He declared, “With God, all things are possible.”

Jesus said, “… as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” We all came into being through processings of sub-atomic particles obeying the ideations of the Creator. We are His Children, in His image and likeness, destined to create personal worlds, as we are now doing, and capable of doing much, much more as awareness of already existing greater dimensions unfold their secrets.

Our Savior Wayshower Jesus easily traversed from one realm to another; He, Elijah and Enoch ascended or translated; Revelation speaks of a new heaven and a new earth, an evolvement when “God shall wipe away all tears from (human) eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Spiritually-attuned seekers have achieved a high connection through the mind, and are approaching the conscious knowing of where and how the spiritual and material merge. When we experience that ultimate illumined place, we shall fulfill the Savior’s promise, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…”

God’s creation, His Universe, is a universe envisioned by love, governed by perfect laws; our divine authority springs from understanding, obeying, and being that which is very good. Our dominant desires, attitudes, and thought patterns turn into the .things of life. We determine our level of living, and when we realize this, we are ready to receive the blessings that want to overtake us, to allow the heavenly to flow through us, to add our unique gift of holy expression to the stream of goodness to further disseminate truth and light upon the earth.

We are children of the Universe, connected in every aspect of being through the cells of our physical bodies, our thoughts, our feelings, our heart desires, the spark of God within that gives each of us life. We cannot express anything –even just breath — but what we create a causes ripple that reverberates in countless ways to affect the workings of creation.

Can you not see why we must truly perfect love before we can attune to and use spiritual laws of the highest and most powerful authority? We are charged to forgive and bless, think and revere purity that we cannot exploit.

Scientists must now join the mystics, prophets, the Savior, in proclaiming that thoughts become things, activated from the realm of the Spirit down to the visible physical.

Think of the miracles of healing possible when we can let go of fear, truly believe and trust that mind can remake our world and discipline ourselves to love and expect the blessings promised to overtake us. What a treasure we have to share!

And now, I am issuing you an invitation to share in a group effort to just believe that ways and means to take care of several very needed improvements in this, our beloved little church are already forthcoming. It has served, without interruption, for ninety-three years. I am simply asking each of you to see, in your mind’s eye, and feel in your heart, its beauty and beautification, envision it from a new perspective as a spiritual sanctuary rather than a material structure.

Let us not think of shabby spots, but enjoy its special characteristics. I marvel at the durability of the paint in this sanctuary and the evidence of its architecture that it was built by ordinary but loving hands that sought to provide a home for seeking pilgrims.

Thoughts are things; enthusiasm and expectation intensify the action of Spirit to manifest in the physical. As we willingly tend to the small things, we are laying the foundation for rulership over larger matters.

The calls and distractions of the world make it difficult, at times, to keep our priorities straight. I love the story a minister tells on herself. When new in the field, a seasoned minister dropped by and asked how her day was going. She replied, “I am so frustrated. I have a newsletter to work on, my sermon to write, and all these other things to do — but people keep calling with all these interruptions.” The senior minister just looked at her and quietly said, “The interruptions are your ministry. The rest is just paperwork.”

In closing, please bow your heads: “Dear Father, We thank you for life, for one another, for all the wonders you have given, your love, your protection, your guidance, and sing with joy for what lies ahead.”

Amen

Salvation is Action – Within, Without and All About

I have titled this message “Salvation is Action –Within, Without and All About.”  In the preparatory season of Lent wherein we believers soberly assess themselves, meditate on the teachings of the Saviour Wayshower Jesus and seek to celebrate in purity His victory over death and the sins and tribulations of this world, it will be for us to share in the wondrous accounts of the tremendous works He accomplished in three short years.  He perfectly demonstrated that salvation is action, on all three levels of our triune nature — body, soul-mind and spirit.  It is doing and receiving good that God be glorified in all of life.
New thoughts-testaments-brought to humanity through a Saviour, prophets or other inspired beings always bring opposition, for they threaten the status quo, and change does cause some trepidation in even the faithful; adjustment to the previously unknown requires confidence and courage even as we see it is for the best.  Those with power and prestige, satisfaction in their lifestyle, do not want it disrupted!  As Jesus instructed His disciples on their mission, He said, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth, but a sword”, signifying the cutting away of misconceptions, which were imprisoning humankind, by the sharp word of truth that would free them and bring them the peace and prosperity so deeply desired in the heart and soul that remember the heavenly bliss from which they sprung.
Shortly thereafter, the Pharisees (or religionists) who detested His teachings, challenged Jesus by asking Him to produce a sign (or phenomenon) to prove His authority; Jesus answered:  “An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of the prophet (Jonah):
“For as (Jonah) was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
“The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it:  because they repented at the preaching of (Jonah); and, behold, a greater than (Jonah) is here.
“The queen of the south (Sheba) shall rise up in judgment with this generation and shall condemn it:  for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out  of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
“Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept and garnished.
“The goeth  he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and  dwell there:  and the last state of that man is worse than the first.  Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” (unquote)
Salvation is action – the ever onward and upward movement of accepting truth and living it.  Rituals and complacency without the daily infusion of spirit do result in a worse condition than before, for it closes the mind to the real change that becoming the truth must generate.  If we do not consciously seek progress after an enlightening experience, we shall undoubtedly revert to old patters of familiar thought and strengthen them by renewed attention (taking on seven other spirits-worse than before).
I share with you a somewhat amusing but poignant story:  A self-assertive, cell phone-in-the-ear type of woman was closely following a car which abruptly stopped at an intersection when the light turned to yellow rather than racing through which would have allowed her to try to beat the odds that the signal would not turn red before she could get through.  She reacted by honking her horn, shaking her fist, and yelling invectives at the absolutely legal and wise driver ahead.
When the traffic light turned green, both cars moved through the intersection and she immediately heard a police siren bidding her to pull over.  The officer approached her window and she demanded to know what she had done wrong.  After calmly checking her registration and driver’s license, he quietly replied:
“Madam, I was right behind you when the light turned yellow and the driver in front of you obeyed the traffic rules and stopped.  I noted the emblems on your car – a fish with the names of Jesus emblazoned on it and two bumper stickers proclaiming He is the way of salvation and love.  Then when you so violently responded to the lawful driver, I was sure you were driving a stolen car”
Oh!  How our beloved Saviour longed and longs for we humans to be  born again into the authority and joy of a Christed being, filled with confidence and purpose, peaceful warriors of God and Good    .  I use the word “warrior” because this earth is a learning place, subject to many challenges created by erroneous understandings and self-centered attitudes of yet unawakened souls.  Large numbers do not want to hear all of the teachings – those that conflict with so-called pleasurable, stullefying habits.  It takes a spiritual soldier to apply the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth to himself and thus be prepared to go forth to declare to others that which is unpalatable to human egos but nectar to those who are willing to be made whole.
Jesus spoke of the dry places a soul walks through as it is cleansed through the refining of life’s experiences, and the necessity of filling the void with not only the positive understanding of higher ways of conduct, but also connecting with the Flow of God Life and those who dwell and serve therein.  We must come to know we are a vital part in a magnificent Grand Plan, seek our rightful purpose, give our all to it, recognize the same for all others and always be helpful in whatever way best forwards divine activity.  In this attitude, we draw fellow workers to sustain and assist, both in the seen and the unseen.
The Lenten Season would not be complete without this parable, given in Jesus’ final year on earth as He sat down to eat with sinners and publicans and immediately drew criticism from the Pharisus and scribes. He said, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
“And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
“I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
“Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
“And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
“Likewise, I say unto you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
It is well for we seekers, teachers, preachers, disciples, apostles, and warriors of Christ–for we each are all of these things–to think on and envision the great beings and powers in the higher realms who are working right beside us, lending their might and love to our rightful endeavors.We are not alone, but compassed by everlasting care and guidance.
Salvation is action-within, without, and all about! I had to smile at the additional parable of Jesus concerning the woman losing one of her ten pieces of silver and the industry with which she went about finding it-lighting a candle to illumine every dark place and then sweeping the whole house. It brought to mind that the first day of spring begins this coming Sunday. Why the connection? Well, we humans think of spring cleaning, tidying up winter’s debris in yard and garden, painting, restoring, renewing and planting. As do the angels of God and the hosts of heaven rejoice over one sinner brought home to the fold, so do we peoples of the world find goodness in the first new growth after winter’s snow.
The days of longer light does cause stirrings in the human body and nature. With me, every year I seem to feel the urge to change something in my house-to rearrange or beautify it in some way. A new houseplant, a towel set or a little knick-knack seems to satisfy my creative urges. We live in a material world and it is spiritual to appreciate things that are lovely and in balance wherever found. Order and beauty are a salve to the soul and of the spiritual nature. It is impossible to have authority over disorder.
One of the most familiar accounts of our Savior literally taking action is of His overthrowing the tables of the money-changers in the temple at Jerusalem. It is interesting that the Gospel of John relate this as happening at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, shortly after His first miracle of turning water into wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galileo. The gospels of Matthew and Mark record the same event as taking place on the Monday of the last week of His earthly life. Perhaps this type of purging occurred twice; I quote from John’s writing: “After this (the first miracle of the wine at Cana) He (Jesus) went down to Capernaum, He, and His mother, and his brethren, and His disciples: and they continued there not many days.
“And the Jews Passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
“And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
“And when He had made a scourge of small cords, He drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changer’s money, and overthrew the tables;
“And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise.
“Then answered the Jews…What sign showest Thou unto us, seeing Thou doest these things?
“Jesus answered…Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
“Then said the Jews, forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt Thou rear it up in three days?
“But He spoke of the temple of His body.
“When therefore He was risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this…and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.”
Much is to be gleaned from this scriptural account. The way of life that leads to salvation (or safety, which is the root meaning) is not for timid; we must be willing to do the right thing no matter what the temporary cost, speak up and out, but always from a heart of love and compassion. Nothing is more loving than to help another to know the truth.
Listen to and imagine the authority of a Christed Being! Right there at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus foretold the culmination-His resurrection. How wondrous is our destiny that me, too, should know our purpose, the plan of our lives, and he fearless and at peace, knowing that no person, place or thing can really deny the fulfilling of our rightful expression nor do us harm.
Let us begin, this very day, to see ourselves as victors, marching forth to serve and joy with the Great Ones, truly believing that we are in the company of angels, alive in the Spirit of God, within, without, and all about!

The Light Which Lighteth Every Man

I have titled this message, "The Light Which Lighteth Every Man"; I shall begin by quoting from the Gospel of Saint John, verses 6 through 14:
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
"The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
"He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that light.
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
"He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
"He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
"But as many received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
"Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." (unquote)
Well, several sermons could easily be written on the aspects of just those nine verses, but the train of though of this message stems from the wondrous promise that the true Light lights every human that comes into the world, who is born on this earth. Looking only at the outer appearances, this would not seem to be so, because so many do not really take to heart nor fully understand the statement "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name (nature): Which were born not of blood, nor the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God." It is the new man in the Christ nature–the Divine Self inherent in each of us that expresses these powers to the degree our will allows. So it is the human will, subject to the personality shortcomings and self-centered desires, that must be disciplined and redeemed to come into joyous union with the ageless, spiritual, wise, risen Son of God that is heir to Heavenly Kingdom of the Father Creator the Christ Light hidden within. (pause)
Light is illumination, warmth, healing, sent from the loving heart of God; therefore, we cannot be friendless nor helpless, without strength and power to accomplish, if we are willing to receive it, give it permission to do its work. Our Savior Warphower Jesus, the living Word, charged us: "If ye love me, keep my Commandments," thereby giving us the way to opening the doors of heaven, here and now. (pause)
We, in the Northern Hemisphere, are now really beginning to notice the lessening of daylight since the summer solstice on June 21st. We know the sun has not diminished but rather that the earth is in its natural cycle of positioning. We can relate this to ourselves as we travel on our journey to unfold the Christ Son in fullness, learn to better and better "Let (our) light so shine before men, that they may see (our) good works, and glorify (our) Father which is in heaven." (Our spiritual progress is a great deal of "two step forward; one back" as we gain understanding through overcoming karma, refining our desires and attitudes, learning to love as God loves–with wisdom and perfect caring.
As with the physical sun, the Light of the Christ is ever radiating, although at times seemingly obscured by clouds of doubt and discord. "Let there be light" is a wonderful prayer and affirmation. In all situations–good or bad, easy or hard–let us ever see ourselves as surrounded by the Light that is without limitation, God’s wisdom, loving warmth, healing power. Daily, may we pray for its clarity and guidance that we may be lifted and also be lifters.
I am rereading Starr Daily’s book "Love Can Open Prison Doors" and recently read his second book, "Release." Starr Daily was a career criminal who, through redemption, proved the power of love to clear one’s way to victory and to literally open prison doors, not only freeing him from the imprisonment of a mind attuned to crime, but also working its mystic ways to engender his release before his sentence was finally served. His prison mentor was an incredibly wise old lifer, who had mastered the deeper meanings of scripture, and patiently taught those who would listen.
God is Love, and the Light emanating from Him is perfect, divine love…
Starr Daily prefaced his first book with this poem:

Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage;
He is not free who beats his wings
In bitterness and rags:
That man alone in free who loves
Creative virtue’s way,
But dares to reach a hand to those
In the clutches of decay.
Richard Lovelace

Starr Daily went from career criminal, lengthy imprisonment, to freedom and finishing his life span as an author and active minister, a blessing to the world. (pause)
Starr Daily relates that he never met a prisoner who didn’t blame someone else or society for his predicament. Not facing the truth is the reason for the high rate of relapse among ex-convicts-no one can be helped who is not willing to ask himself, "Was it you or was it me?" That question is a necessary yardstick in the spiritual progress of any of us as we meet life’s challenges and inharmonious situations. Unless we can sincerely do so, we do not really want to know and live in truth and will be unable to fulfill the Command of our Savior Wayshower Jesus to "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
We all have been, and still are to some extent, imprisoned by demons of the mind–regrets, hurts, and even deeper and probably unrecognized feelings of inadequacy and disappointments in some areas. Our response determines our state of being, whether we are peaceful, cheerful, and expectant, or whether we live in the unsettled realm of "what ifs?"
Did you ever think about the fact that if we didn’t have regrets we would never learn nor advance? So, we can objectively examine our regrets, correct what we can, and go forward, leaving the rest behind with a blessing for the understanding it provided. (pause)
Most of us, at some time, have been put down or treated unfairly, because we live on this learning plane of earth, the planet in our solar system where past mistakes are worked out. With vastly differing levels of understanding, humans can and do afflict one another grievously and true justice is frequently not forthcoming in Man’s world. Our hope for the satisfying abundant life promised in Scripture must lie in our own hands, in realizing that the Light which lighteth every man, an exemplified by Jesus, is present and powerful within us, making it possible to rise above any circumstance to the pleasant place our Heavenly Father has prepared for us. We can reason and remake our personal world. The way of illumination is to dig deep and resist neither outwardly nor inwardly but overcome through the guidance of the Light. Action there will be, but righteous victory comes through God’s hand. It is most encouraging to keep these words of the LORD God to the embattled Israelites: "Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s.
"Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah (praise) and Jerusalem…(habitation of peace). In peace and praise do we walk in the Light!" (pause)
In confrontation or disharmony of any kind, it is enlightening to follow our response clear to the inner care of our being. What caused me to react in this way? Would it measure up to the Christ yardstick? Was it appropriate or did it reveal a lack in me, an unattractive attitude, a less than loving nature?
Starr Daily relates that, after his personal epiphany, he was fired up that he would drive out all his demons of bad habits in one full swoop. Well, the harder he resisted them, the more they enticed him, and he soon felt overwhelmed and discouraged. His wise old lifer cellmate, known as Dad Trueblood, quietly reminded him, "Lose the old bad habit by replacing it with a new good one." Soon the old ones drop away from neglect. (pause)
God is love, and love is probably the most misunderstood expression of life. Emotional caring, based on human personality desires is the prevailing definition of love on earth at this time. Divine love embodies much, much more. It is the perfect blend of wisdom and nurturing, its expression always just and healing, blessing and balancing all.
An example of the shortcomings of shallow thinking: I heard of a school district that decided to give elementary students a satisfactory grade in mathematics if they appeared to be using the right method of arriving at an answer, even if it was wrong. Mathematics is an exact science, and somewhere along the road to maturity, these students are going to run into reality. It is doing them no favor to give them a pass; such practices deny their capabilities and the pleasure of gaining competency in a very important area of knowledge. I would love to ask the authors of this misguided theory how they would feel if, in the future, their students were in the position to figure their monthly paycheck and shorted them to $100 or so. Would that be okay? After all, they seemed to be using the correct method of computation!
Jesus proclaimed, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." The Light emanating from the heart of God is of the higher and finer–penetrating–but vibrating with the precious love of the Heavenly Father. We worship and glorify Him by claiming our heritage as His children–rising above the earth, earthy, in heavenly awareness letting our light warm and heal, permeate all matters. (pause)
An interesting aside: The medical community is said to be paying more attention to the ancient understanding that fevers have a purpose–they assist in killing germs–and are prescribing fever reducers with more caution, controlling fevers rather than aggressively eliminating them. (pause)
The Light that lighteth every man is peaceful. Our Savior said of the attitudes of being: "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the Children of God." To be a peacemaker, we first must make peace with our circumstances and ourselves. One by one, we consider the sore spots, forgive the happening and those involved, rid ourselves of their power to hurt. In so doing, being a peacemaker for others and the world comes naturally and we are connected to the Light, which guides us to think and act in the highest way possible.
The Light that illuminates you and me is the Light of the world, its hope and healing. This Divine Light is warm with love, bright with energy to inspire and empower, the white shining beam of clarity–all that we need to experience peace and plenty–the pleasant Path of Perfection that life eternal is destined to be.

Righteousness and Good Works are Always in Season

This coming Thursday marks the beginning of the fall season, ushered in by the occurring of the autumnal equinox, and of the two times of the year when the sun crosses the equator, and day and night are of equal length.

In our part of the world, fall is markedly beautiful season with leaves turning into brilliant colors and a definite feeling of change of pace- nature is slowing down, laying before us its harvest for us to assess and use. There is something so quieting in taking time, on a sunny autumn day, to observe leaves gently detaching themselves from their mother tree to float leisurely to the ground, leaving behind their active life cycle to become absorbed into the larger earth kingdom. (pause)

Our Creator’s cyclic order is exact, but being engendered by His Perfect Love, it is also designed for a wondrous harmony and ever-expanding abundant expression of life. We humans make exra laws unto ourselves, through our limited understanding, which create restrictions, distress, oppositions, and conflict. Life becomes so much more joyful and simple when we have eyes to see and ears to hear the Divine Way and abide in it in all areas of our existence. Job reproved his critical friends who were so freely giving out their personal advice: "But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and the shall tell thee:

"Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

"Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the LORD hath wrought this?

"In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." (pause)

I have titled this message, "Righteousness and Good Works are Always in Season."

As is the world of nature, seeds planted in the sowing time of spring in due season, must come into their fruition, season of harvest, reveal what they have developed, so is it with the creations of thought, word, and deed put forth by each of us. We humans emulate the cycle of seasons- spring, summer, autumn, and winter- over and over in our life sowings. (pause)

This earth plane is said to offer the most diverse experiences of the recognized planes of existence- the greatest opportunities to refine and grow in understanding. What an uplifting way to think of life’s challenges! The scriptural Great One, Job, found this jewel of truth in his almost unbearable trials and tribulations. He exclaimed, "But he (God) knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold." (pause)

With such varied levels of understanding and the huge differences in the development of peoples and nations, the truth seeker must ever be sifting and weighing what is righteous and what is not. The more of the Christ Son within that we unfold, of course, the easier this becomes, but, as in the time of our Savior Jesus, the unenlightened continue to press and strive to stomp out that which they do not understand. I quote:

"At that time, (after commanding His disciples and He was visiting their cities) Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and His disciples were…hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat.

"But when Pharisus saw it, they said unto Him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day.

"But He (answered), Have ye not read what David did, when he was…hungered, and the were with him;

"How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

"Or have ye not read in the law, how on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple (fulfill obligations of their office on) the Sabbath, and are blameless?

"But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

"But if ye had known what this (means) I (want) mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the quiltless.

For the Son of man (the Christ nature in Jesus and humanity) is Lord even of the Sabbath day. (Not subject to ritual but only the will and way of God)

"And when He was departed…he went into their synagogue:

"And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked Him…Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? That they might accuse Him.

"And He (answered), What man shall be there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

"How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.

"Then (said) He to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other." (unquote)

Note: There is a vital clue to healing in the words of Jesus to the afflicted man: He said, "Stretch forth thine hand," not "Stretch forth thine withered hand." Jesus could heal, because He saw the eternal truth of the perfectness of the Christ Self of the man- Jesus knew that what was true of Himself was true of every person when there was the faith and acceptance to bring it forth. (pause)

In reading the Gospels, we see how constantly Jesus had to deal with political correctness, the foolishness and shortsightedness of much of human reasoning. Our Heavenly Father’s order of truth is always loving and practical, fair and burdenless. (pause)

Jesus, as well as the Old Testament prophets spoke of "last days" tribulations, the end of a cosmic cycle for this planet. Passing from one age to another with their differing energies, reapings, and new sowings, always brings upheavals, both physical and psychological. These conditions do affect our mortal bodies and our responses can either add to the diseases or mitigate them. It is up to us.

The Apostle Paul elaborated on these times, and they certainly are identifiable in our world today. He said, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

"For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemous, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

"Without natural affection, trucebreakers false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.

"Traitors, heady, high-minded (arrogant), lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God;

"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away…

"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." (unquote)

There is one statement that particularly leaps out at me in the discourse of Paul’s. It is: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

There are many, many good people who are earnest seekers, who are moral, upright, generous and loving, who know much about God and love Jesus, yet who deny themselves the fullness of the promised abundant life because they cannot quite believe the power and perfection that the Heavenly Father has destined them to be. They are not lost, are beloved and appreciate by hosts in heaven, but they are delayed in finding their spiritual ease and freedom. All of us who are not yet Christed are denying our full authority. From such limitation we are to turn away, and strive, day by day, to rid our mental and oral vocabulary of anything that causes us to feel and be negative. (pause)

Good works are always in season and truly the reason for our being. Joyful, indeed, are those who arise each morning in the attitude of "What can I do today to make life better, not just for myself but also for those who shall cross my path?" To be in such a state of mind, we have to get the bigger picture of the Universe; this does not diminish us, but rather opens to us the realization of the point of power and light each of us are, that Creation needs you and me to do our divine part. (pause)

We gain in wholeness, on holiness, by seeing and rejoicing in the handiwork of God in which we live and move and have our being. We cannot go beyond the stars or the earth, live without the air we breathe. All are gifts of God, our dwelling place that He has prepared for our new experience. Let us therefore realize that we are in the midst of His glorious works, enfolded by His creative love. I resolve to be thankful when I find myself raking the beauty of our maple tree.

The human nature is very adept at readjusting its practice of righteousness, tolerating a little here, a little there, until large errors become the norm. A common comment is "But, this is the twenty-first century!" To which saints echo the words found in the Biblical book of Hebrews: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever," who said, "If you love me, keep my Commandments."

Jesus and His apostles lived in a world of opposition, as do His followers today. They were strong in the LORD and the power of His might because they had risen above limited personal opinion, living and giving the order of the Universe and the place of humankind in it. The Christ-centered individual is flexible in forgiving, always loving, inflexible in standing on right divine principle. (pause)

The Apostle Paul’s advice to his fellow apostle, Timothy, obtains in this season on earth as surely as it did when written. He charged: "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall the leap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned (toward) fables.

"But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of (your) ministry.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

"Henceforth there is up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." (unquote)

The enlightened world, with its contrary human situational ethics and aggressive self-centered motives, can cause true apostles and disciples to, at times, feel that they are love voices crying in the wilderness. Ralph Waldo Emerson gives poetic comfort in this thought: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." (pause)

May nature’s lovely autumn season of harvesting remind each of us that even greater beauties and glories lie ahead, worlds we can experience in our inner spiritual awareness, now, through the door of divine love, righteousness, and good works.

Life is a Gift to be Received and Given Again

Mar 24, 1996
Mar 14, 2010

The title of my message, this morning, is "Life in Gift to be Received and Given Again." We are approaching the day of celebration of the supreme victory of resurrection experienced by the greatest One who ever lived, the Saviour of the world, Christ Jesus. He, our wayshower, received the gift of life from our Heavenly Father, as have you and I. Look what He did with His gift! At some point, the soul Jesus realized that His nature had to be of the Father, so He began emulating the Father, finding that the more like Him He became , loving, generous, giving, the more abundant did life give back to Him. There is a saying, "You can’t outgive God"–the more we give of ourselves, our time to Him, share our goods to bless others, the more of all good things does the Father pour into our lives.

How blessed are we to receive the touch of the Master’s Garment, the impress He made as He walked on earth, the radiation of love and caring. He now sends without ceasing, and will, until it is fulfilled, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." How glad must be our hearts, this Lenten Season, that the being Jesus knew that life from God is to be received in fullness, joy and glory, and given again in the same measure that God’s Goodness be established in all of Creation, that all of His children desire to use their free will to be one with Him, enter into the flow of abundant life. Those who have unfolded the Christ nature in themselves cannot be anything but happy givers — they are so joyous in discovering their own true victorious nature that they want everyone else to find it, too, share in the wondrous realization that the world can be made bright and right and beautiful when more and more souls know their Christ potential, and live in their God nature.

Masters and saints and heavenly beings hold back nothing in their giving — there are no "untouchables" in their ministrations. The Saviour assured us that every soul is precious to the Father, worthy of leading to the Light. Jesus concluded the parable of the ninety and nine sheep being left in the wilderness while the shepherd sought out the one lost, by saying, "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repented more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."

The nature of divine and true love is to give freely; love is not love without sharing…think about that…Jesus, who is one with the Father is love, received life in Himself fully and gave it to us that we might once again be made whole, or holy.

The Apostle Paul was not a follower of Jesus when He walked the earth, and, as Saul, violently apposed His disciples in their work of spreading the gospel, or good news. Yet, it only took one encounter with the risen Jesus to completely change Paul’s nature, make of him the foremost interpreter of the Saviour’s word. Oh. Let us never be discouraged by sickness, short comings in ourselves, any lack in our world; remember what the Divine Touch did to Paul!

Paul preached to the Romans, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ,nor things present, nor things to come.
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Quite a revelation from a learned religionist! Paul was a student of the famed Pharisee philosopher, Gamaliel; although a self-righteous intellectual in his earlier days, Paul possessed one quality which enabled him to receive enlightenment when intercepted by the Master Paul loved the Word of God, and was sincere in his seeking and worship. There he was, on the road to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter to round-up the followers of Jesus, bind them, and bring them back to Jerusalem; "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

"And he fell to earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?
"And he said, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

How loving is the Saviour and the personal Christ of each of us! To a would-be slayer, "…it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks…" Why are you, doing this, hurting yourself and others? How potent is the power of perfect love that does not contend, but speaks the truth, unfailingly and unfalteringly, but with compassion!…All error bows before it…what a blessing for Paul that he was stopped in his tracks, that he would shortly come to realize that he could be a rightful conqueror of life through the Christ that loves that nothing can separate us from the love of God, who delivers us through the nature of the Christ Son revealed in ourselves!

Let us affirm these saving words when challenged in any way: "Nothing can separate me from the love and deliverance of God."

Jesus cam as the Saviour to show us what is required to bring forth the full nature of the Christ in ourselves. Every event, as well as His teachings, demonstrate the steps we must all take.

So what of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion? Must we endure this also? Yes, in a symbolic way, for it teaches us of the final victory of the resurrected Christ over the limitations we put on ourselves in believing the self of flesh and mortality are all that we are. For the final emergence of the fullness of the Christ in ourselves, we must crucify, or cross out, the hampering personality ego that the Christ individuality can reign supreme. And do all the things belonging to the selfishness and 5-sense oriented human nature ever fight this new being we are becoming! But only the mortal can be killed _all that is one with the father remains. Jesus’ seeming mortal body was, of course, perfect and one with His eternal Christ Self; He endured then temporary crucifixion of it to prove that when all mortal beliefs and desires are relinguished, our whole being is resurrected and we are really lords of heaven. His apparent physical body was, in reality, a body of Light.

Scripture records, of Jesus’ trial: "And the whole multitude of them (who sought to detroy him) arose, and led Him unto Pilate (the procurator of Judea).
"And they began to accuse Him, saying, we found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.
"And Pilate, late asked Him, saying, Art thou King of the Jews? And He answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
"Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man."

Those people who do not wish to see the light of truth are persistent; likewise, in ourselves, our unwise habits an ego-pleasing beliefs do not give way easily.

When Pilate heard mention of Galilean; told that he was Pilate knew this matter was of Herod’s jurisdiction an sent Jesus to Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem.
"And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad: for he was desirous to see Him of a long season (or time), because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.
"Then he questioned with Him in many worlds; but (Jesus) answered (Herod) nothing.
After Herod and his men of war mocked Jesus, they sent Him back to Pilate arrayed in a gorgeous robe. But a strange thing happened; Herod had sought to see a miracle and one occurred. Pilate and Herod had been enemies, but that day, they were made friends! Jesus said not a word to accomplish this; He just stood before each of them and radiated love! Pilate and Herod found nothing worthy of death in the actions of Jesus, but the resistant people cried, "Crucify Him!, crucify Him…"

The mortal mentality knows only limitation and destruction; then Immortal Christ Self, knows only resurrection, everlasting abundant life. Cross out the old, arise in the new. Think of the lesson in Jesus’ trial; He didn’t resist the evil and try to defend Himself with words, knowing that the unenlightened have no desire to hear the truth, but rather He let the Perfect Love in Himself do the work, Pilate and Herod responded to the point that they released the enmity between them… Jesus calmly and courageously demonstrated outwardly the necessary giving up of the lesser self that the higher can manifest its awesome power and authority. Oh! How gloriously did he prove, ":The truth shall make you free!" Free from fear, from bondage within and without; free from death.!

In this message, I have spoken of just three individuals who felt the tremendous love radiating from the Christed Saviour, Jesus. Paul went forth to become one of the greatest apostles __revered; and whose writings are cherished by millions today, centuries and centuries later. Pilate and Herod were furthered in their soul walk, for we cannot forgive and not be bettered. Jesus proved the effectiveness of divine love that is patient, kind, does not behave itself unseemly, thinks no evil seeks not for itself, rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, believes and hopes all good things, never fails to heal and make whole.

Life is a gift to be received and given again __ lived to the fullest, lovely, loving, uplifting, glorifying God by showing the abundant good He gives to His children.

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, and the works of my hands, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength and My Redeemer."

Jesus is the Living Word __ He preached His Sermon of Life every moment of every day by just being perfect as our Father in heaving is perfect.

Harry Emerson Fosdick said it well: "Vital religion is like good music. It needs no defense, only rendition. A wrangling controversy in support of religion is as if the members of an orchestra should beat folks over the head with their violins to prove that music is beautiful."

Life is beautiful and abundant as our Heavenly Father envisions it for us. He loved us enough to give us free will, the privilege of choosing from myriad ways to express our life energy. And when humanity strayed off the good path, He sent His Christed Son Jesus to lead us back. We cannot fail, in any way, when we resolve to give back to life the untold blessings we have already received.

Affirmative Meditation on Psalm 121

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

I envision the majesty of our earth’s mountains, their lovely trees, some snow-capped, and I give thanks to the creator who made them, His strength so out pictured drawing my attention above the imbalances of man’s world, lifting my spirit to the higher and finer and more expressions of life.

"My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

I seek to ever joyously obey the LORD, or Law and Order of God, for it is established through love and for my wellbeing.

"He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that heepeth thee will not slumber.
"Behold,He that heepeth (those who seek Him) shall neither slumber nor sleep."

My love of the Father, desire to know Him, and my faith in His Word keep me in sweet peace, my feet (or understanding) unmoved by any temptations or tribulations.

"The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD (will protect you with His right hand)"

I live harmoniously in the Order of God and the righteous power of that balance guides and protests me inj all ways. I rejoice and rest in this caring.

"The sun shall not smite theee by day, nor the moon by night."

The revealed Light of Truth shall not overwhelm me nor the reflected light of human reasoning or emotion unsettle me. I am kept pointed in divine perfection

"The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve they soul.
"The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
I am always free in that fair and lovely world of God as I go in and out of this earth experience, pass from one realm to another. For this I praise and give thanks every day.

And so it is.

Bring into our circle of love those whom you especially wish to bless this morning.

In All Things Give Thanks

Once again, the national holiday of Thanksgiving is in the offing, a time for both celebrating and sober reflection. It is awe-inspiring to think of all that has transpired in this country since the first solemn observation of a day of thanksgiving, in 1620, by settlers in what is now the State of Virginia. In just 390 years, an undeveloped continent provided the resources for courageous and visionary peoples to form a might nation that put a man on the moon! And yet, wonder of wonders, scripture declared that it has not entered the mind of man the things even that God has prepared for His Children to do and enjoy. How can we not be filled with praise and gratefulness as we ponder these progressions and promises?

I have titled this message “In All Things Give Thanks”, an exhortation of the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the faithful in Thessalonica.

It requires steadfast discipline to truly give thanks in all things – in the hard places especially. Yoked with this instruction of Paul is our Savior’s command to “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you…”

The hang-up in our human reasoning and the difficulty in really doing what Jesus asked of us, is that it seems we are tolerating injustice, letting the crooked ones go free. Not so, at all! To pray and release all vengeance also releases the power the perpetrator has over our thoughts and feelings, clearing a channel for Heavenly inspirations of guidance which will bring about the highest solution possible. As we pray for enlightenment of wrongdoers, we are also praying to be shown our own lack of understanding that was a factor in creating the problem in which leads to a particular virtue I wish to emphasize, one which produces deep humbleness and appreciation when we truly allow it to be established in our being. That wondrous attribute is righteous judgment.

These times of worldwide tribulation starkly reveal the urgent need for humankind to seek divine direction, to return to the Path of Holiness-wholeness- that is the only salvation. The way out of this wilderness of sin, sickness, and death is already prepared – why are we not filled with joy, every day, that this is so? For the wise ones who do seek, little by little, the Light of God glows brighter, the burdens of life, lighter, and their hearts begin to expand with peace and love, and they find themselves praising and saying, “thank you”, many times a day. I am reminded of my grandson, Caleb, when he was ten and had arrived at a familiar campground here in Idaho, coming from Kansas for their annual summer vacation. He jumped out of his dad’s pickup and fairly shouted, “I’m so happy to be here I could jump up and down!” Well, our Heavenly Father wants us all to feel that childlike exuberance for life!

In our quest to “in all things give thanks”, let us first give gratitude for the promised potentiality that Paul spoke of to the Philippians: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” In this state of being, our every decision would be aligned with divine purpose, would bring us peace and satisfaction, the bliss of knowing we were blessing and uplifting others and the world. With the Christ Mind in charge, we shall find it natural to fulfill the commandment of our Savior Warpower Jesus: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” I share with you a family experience concerning this spiritual instruction:

Several weeks ago, my sister and I at tended a memorial service for the second husband of a cousin of ours. This cousin had been left high and dry by her first husband, with their three children to raise by herself. She was devastated and went through a terribly bleak time, both emotionally and financially. Her husband was a CPA, so could have eased the adjustment for her and his children, but chose to shift the burden to her parents, who were of average means and retired.

At the service, she and her children gave eulogies for the second husband and she revealed quite an amusing aspect of their getting together.

As I said earlier, the first husband was not supportive during the breakup and she was really scrambling for the means to meet necessary expenses. Our cousin was a dental technician, but with a toddler and distraught other two children, it was not possible to work full-time even if a position were open. So, for a temporary job, she took in laundry for individuals and a restaurant that used high-quality napery.

Into this picture came an ex-Army man, World War II veteran, heavily bearded, smoking a smelly green cigar, and a heavy drinker to boot, with dirty clothes that needed to be done regularly.

Our cousin is a very devout, fundamentalist Christian and felt very keenly that children need both the father and mother influence. She longed for this for the children and herself, realizing what a privilege and responsibility parenthood is in the Divine Plan, and prayed that, if it be God’s Will, there would be someone to grace her life.

Well, Ed kept coming in with his laundry, they would chat a bit, and she found him quite interesting and sensed the same feeling in him toward her. So, one night she had a conversation with God, and said, “Dear Lord, this can’t be the one you sent – this bearded, cigar-smoking tippler!” No immediate answer…

Shortly thereafter, one Wednesday evening as Ed[s picking up his laundry was taking longer and longer, our cousin was due for services at her church. She finally told Ed she had to leave but that he was welcome to go with her. He did, and that night he answered the altar call. Our cousin sensed that he wanted to please her, but it was sincere enough to start the process of redemption. Later, he told her that when he went home that Wednesday night, he got down on his knees and asked the Lord to take over his life. That was when the true conversion came; he got up, tossed all his cigars in the fireplace, threw any liquor bottles in the trash can and was never tempted again and his beard disappeared shortly after he and my cousin began dating. She concluded her eulogy: “He was the best thing that ever happened in my life.” He adopted her three children; they had a daughter, and were married over forty years. He became a pillar in their church, ministering in a low-key way, for he was a quiet man. He shared the gospel with six Bible verses that he treasured, simply saying, “This will solve your problem.”

Our cousin’s oldest child, a son, bore the brunt of the hardships of the family breakup with his mother, and lost his way for a long, long time, causing a good deal of grief to her and his step-father, and his own two children. They kept praying and being there for him, and in his late thirties managed to kick his drug habit and become a certified electrician. He presented the most touching eulogy, saying, “Ed was the best thing that ever happened to our family.”

In all things give thanks…Our Bible speaks of thanks or thanksgiving well over a hundred times and in the last year of His earthly ministry, taught, through the following healing episode, the necessity of continual appreciation if we are to attain and maintain wholeness in mind, body and affairs, I quote: “And it came to pass, as He (Jesus) went to Jerusalem, that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
“And as He entered into a certain village, there met Him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
“And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us”
“And when He saw them, He said, unto them, Go (show) yourselves unto the priest’s. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
“And fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks and he was a Samaritan.
“And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?
“There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
“ And He said unto him, Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole”

Thankfulness quickens and strengthens our faith because it opens our eyes to all the holy activity that is going on around us every moment of every day, how often the Hand of God works in our behalf and we fail to recognize it. Why do even the most earnest of seekers miss the mark in this regard at times? It is because solutions or answers do not come in the way they expect or humanly desire. The capacity to praise and let go, to listen to the still, small voice is a most precious attainment, a huge step on the Path to Perfection that Jesus taught and demonstrated.

Simpler societies often seem to grasp this aspect of attunement with the divine natural sources more readily because they do not intellectualize nor question as much as the more intricately organized cultures. Marlo Morgan, who lived with the Aborigines of Australia and wrote the book, “Mutant Message Down Under”, tells of an experience about a group of Aborigines floating on a raft near the Coastline of the ocean. Once she made contact with them, she asked why they didn’t use paddles to help guide and move the raft in the direction they were headed. They said, “If we used paddles, we might end up somewhere other than where we’re supposed to be going.” They knew the raft would take them to where they needed to go. They trusted the Universal flow of life.

Won’t it be truly wonderful when our faith reaches that kind of steadfastness? When we can live in a sea of thankfulness and surety that our way is guided and guarded, that loving unseen forces ever surround us?

In another way, scripture reinforces the need to be grateful and gracious: the Apostle Paul charges the faithful converts in Rome, “…bless, and curse not.” Lamenting and resisting life’s challenges, castigating those who make our lives more difficult, causes disease in our bodies, unsettles the mind so that our thinking is often emotional and unbalanced, and there is no peace in the soul and spirit. Very few have risen above the need to work on their responses to this very confused and disorderly world. The beautiful wonder of God is that the more we seek to see His Order underlying all creation and align with it, the easier it is to unfold it in our own being, to uplift our little corner of creation. Good multiplies good in miraculous ways!

W.G. Cameron gives us an insightful thought on thanksgiving. He writes: “It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” (unquote)

I wish you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

LANGUAGE OF THE HEART

One of the things I most love to do is to walk my dog along the railroad tracks down by the creek. The town lays on one side of the path, while on the other the lake lies shimmering and surrounded by snow-capped mountains; the air is clean and fresh and being there does my heart good! 

What do you think I mean when I say, “It does my heart good?”  Do I mean that there is some actual effect on my physical heart?  Maybe.  If  it makes me smile, that activates the muscles that generate the “happy hormones” (dopamine, I think they’re called.) At the same time the blood vessels in the back of the neck release their tension and the blood pressure is lowered.  Since blood pressure and heart problems are related, it seems that smiling and feeling happy actually do do the heart good.  But as many people as there are hearing this question, there are probably almost as many ideas of what that means.  Language is so marvelous.  It allows us to express ourselves and define ourselves, and our world and our thought lives, and everything we can perceive as far as our sensitivity extends.  It’s a way of sharing and communicating everything; and our language, the English language, is especially elastic, creative and magical.  We have adopted and continue to adopt tens of thousands of words from other languages and therefore, ours is expanding constantly. 

The person who most taught me that and to whom I am very grateful was Richard Burton (tell about his writing).  He illuminated the language and taught me that language can transport or move the senses and thought beyond words toward the wordless source of meaning.  He beckoned me to the study of human speech.  He made me search for what makes a word reverberate so that it comes alive in us, thus becoming word made flesh.  The power of mantra and affirmations is that correctly recited, they can become the objects they represent.  They are literally “seed sounds” that grow and draw substance to themselves with repetition.  And of course, in moments of heightened consciousness, speech gives way to silence, which is its own language, as is nature or music.

In the 4th and 5th centuries, pilgrims visiting the hermitage of the Desert Fathers, who practiced long silences, would always open their dialogues by saying, “Give me a word that I might live.” So today I want to give you one word, the word “heart”, as in “it does my heart good.”  I’m not profound, nor a desert father, so I’m thinking of it as a word game to play with you.  I want it to be fun and playful, so I’ll try to make it “light-hearted.”  Now what on earth do you suppose  I mean by that?  Is it literal?  Or a feeling?  A holdover from childhood when we tripped the light fantastic?  I’d sure rather be light/hearted than light/minded.  No one wants to be thought of as a mental lightweight.  But then nobody wants to be “heavy hearted.”

For most people, lighthearted probably simply means “happy”.  I believe it means feeling light, maybe even a little floaty, no heavy burdens weighing one down; no reservoir at the moment of unfinished business; no dark shadows lurking around.  Just joy, laughter, fun.  This state of heart increases circulation throughout the body, carrying oxygen to all the cells, sweeping away obstacles to free-flowing energy.  So, lightheartedness is truly related to optimum health.  Many verses in the Old Testament reinforce this concept.  “Gladness of Heart” and “letting the heart rejoice” are mentioned in both Psalms and Job.  When doing spiritual healing, the healer should be able to lift the spirits of the patient — to make him or her more light-hearted.  It is necessary that the afflicted one be able to lift his or her vision up and away from the body so that his thoughts present no impediment to incoming streams of healing energy.  That’s why patients are often encouraged to talk or think about other things when receiving an energy balancing, massage, or other forms of healing ministry.  And the healer needs to work from his or her own center of Joy.  The bible teaches this view with the Proverb, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  And an old Irish saying proclaims, “If I keep a green bough in my heart, a singing bird will come.”

The opposite of this, of course, is heavy-hearted.  What does that mean?  That the physical heart actually gains in weight?  Or that one simply “feels” heavier?  Where does he feel it?  In his mind?  In the emotions?  In his everything?  If so, why do we call it “heavy-hearted?”  And what about “hearty”?  Which is neither light or heavy.  If neither, then what is it?  When we want to be strong, we eat heartily — a hearty meal.  Is that about the heart?  Or about stomach hunger?  What’s the relationship?  And if we laugh a hearty laugh, aren’t we really doing a big belly laugh?  Not from the heart at all?  Yes — but again it’s about how we feel, so the heart in all these examples is related to feelings.  The Bible says, in St. Luke, 21:26, “Men’s hearts are failing them for fear of those things that are coming upon the world.”  I think this means, very clearly, that fear weakens one’s heart.  When we say, “Take heart!”, we’re saying, “Be strong, be bold, Be confident.  You can do it!”  “There is a power in you greater than whatever stands in your way.”  This has to do with courage.   The word courage comes from the Latin “core” or old French “coeur”, which both mean heart.  When I hear the word courage, I usually think of Daniel in the lion’s den.  Daniel must have been afraid — how could he not be?  Yet he literally rose above his emotions of fear and dread and faced the beasts with a peaceful heart.  Where did this courage to rise above his emotions and enter into peace come from?  I believe from his habit of daily prayer and his steadfast faith in God.  The Bible tells us that Daniel prayed morning, noon and night “as he had aforetimes,” meaning “as was his habit.”  From this I surmise that courage, as a heart quality, can be cultivated through prayer and the exercise of faith.  What do you think?  Can you think of others meanings related to “taking heart”?

One of humanity’s frequent references to the heart is “brokenhearted.”  BROKEN HEARTED.  (I loved you truly but you got away; melancholy baby; romance, passion, and sex that lost their promise, but never their allure.  The bluebird of happiness — maybe next time.)  Desire of all kinds.  We know that strong emotions and desires are generated from the solar plexus and sometimes from even lower places in the anatomy that have nothing to do with the heart.  So why the confusion in calling unfulfilled desire “heartbreak”?  The answer lies in the understanding of the development of the etheric centers.  Up to the Atlantean period of mankind’s development, there was a powerful interplay between the solar plexus and the sacral (sexual) centers.  They were very close together and the “petals” of each faced and vibrated toward the other.  This interplay of vibration within their shared magnetic field can still be noted in the mass consciousness when in the heat of strong emotions, like anger, people use language that refers to the lower extremities of the body.  Think about what unrefined people say when they are angry.  (You don’t know anyone like that?  Okay, you can skip that part.)

During the Atlantean period and thereafter, humanity began to purify and control its emotional nature, which had the effect of lifting the solar plexus energies up towards the etheric heart center.  The petals of the solar plexus center began to reverse and turn upward while the petals of the heart center were still turned downward.  Thus began a growing interplay between solar plexus and heart.  This, as always was reflected in the language.  Lower desire was linguistically transmuted into “heartfelt desire.”  Mankind’s consciousness has been registering and expressing this upliftment by attributing to the heart more noble and aesthetic aspects of love than raw emotion.  Strong, self-preserving emotions such as fanatic loyalty (my country, right or wrong) are lifted by the heart into more tolerant and universal loyalties.  The “my” softens into “our”.  My world becomes the world and “I” yields to “we”.  The ego becomes decentralized, no longer the center of “my” universe.  This is the stage of transformation I believe  Kahlil Gibran had in mind when he said, “Say not ‘God is in my heart’, rather ‘I am in the heart of God’”. Ponder on this, for it represents a subtle but major shift in consciousness.

What about “Have a heart!”  What are we talking about here?  Have sympathy, empathy, sharing, caring — neighborhood, community; being sensitive to others’ needs, where one’s interests become broader?  At this place in consciousness, competition (I win but you lose) dissolves into cooperation (we all gain) and companionship (which literally means walking together.)  And a person who has a lot of heart, whose heart is stretched to encompass and love and serve broadly, could break.  He or she could have a heart attack.  Our heart never attacks us, but we could possible stretch its sensitivity so far and so fast that the physical heart cannot endure the pressure.  Negative, fearful and angry thoughts and emotions can attack our hearts.  We read in Proverbs, "the foolishness of man perverteth his way, and his heart fretteth against the Lord."  Lord here actually translates into the word “law” and the whole statement is a perfect description of high stress.

 Today, the heart center of mass humanity is sufficiently activated that most qualities associated with it are considered good.  Stouthearted (strong and courageous) is good.  Pure-hearted (without deception) is good.  Hardhearted and heartless are not good.  Let’s see what some of the scriptures say about these qualities.  “Keep thy heart pure with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life” from Proverbs 4:43.  What does that mean — to keep the heart pure?  Pure from what?  Or with what?  How?  I’m not sure I know, but it must be important because it’s very clear that the Creator wants us to do it.  Proverbs 22:11 talks about “He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.”  So, pure-heartedness is important — to be sought after.  Another counsel, from Chronicles 28:9 is “Know thou the God of Thy Father, and serve him with perfect heart and with willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands all the imaginations of your thoughts.”  This would indicate that the purity of heart which we were questioning has to do with intent or motive.  From an esoteric point of view, these qualities of heart — empathy, sharing, compassion, community, sensitivity, etc. — mark a very important position in our evolving consciousness; for until those qualities are fixed in a person’s character, there cannot begin a corresponding opening of what is called in much spiritual literature the “cave of the heart”, the 12-petalled lotus at the center of the Brahmaranda, the 1000-petalled lotus, which is the exact replica of the etheric heart center in the energy matrix of the human body.  And it is there, in the heart center on the mental plane, where the soul works and will work for the next 2500 years at least, in the field of relationships.

Throughout esoteric literature, the heart represents the life of the group.  The Sun (the heart of the solar system) is Life to its group of planets, just as the heart within the body is life-giving to its group of major organs and energy centers.  This is an accurate analogy.  The heart of any efficient working group is a 3-pointed nucleus (visioner, energizer, organizer) on which the others depend for sustenance.  The heart represents the Source of Life, not only to the group, but to humanity.  As a source, it is also the center — the deepest, most hidden, yet most real part of us.  The language reflects our consciousness of this in such phrases as “Deep in my heart”, “At the heart of the matter” or “the heart of the city”.  If the Source is within the center, and God is within the center, and the Heart is within the center, then there is a major connection between the three:  God, the Source, and the Heart.  The heart can then be seen as a contact point between man and God.  See the Bhagavad Gita for more exposition on this concept.

When man’s mind begins to develop and to register consciousness (including memory) the heart and mind come into close association.  We then can learn things “by heart.”  The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah recognized that heart learning was more lasting than intellectual learning and told his students, “Lay up my words in your heart.”  (Memorize them and use them until they become part of you).  The love of the heart interpenetrating with the light of mind leads to what Solomon called, “Thinking in the Heart.”  No matter how educated or intellectual a person is, no matter how many facts he may have stored in his memory, he cannot be wise unless his heart center is functioning freely.  This may be one meaning behind IITimothy 2:7 which refers to those who are always learning but never able to come to an accurate knowledge of Truth.  The intellect is one-dimensional and by itself is never whole.  In the same respect, the feelings and emotions of the love nature alone are never whole.  Wisdom watches over Love.  When the head and heart cooperate and vibrate together, the result is this “Thinking in the heart” — conscious, lighted, aware thinking.  When someone says, “I know it in my heart,” they’re pretty sure that they know that they know.  They may not be able to prove it, reproduce it. or convince anyone else, but they know.

The heart of anything is its innermost part.  We say we want to get to the heart of the matter.  When we learn something by heart, we have learned it right to the core of our being.  So to think in the heart is to know it in the center of one’s being.  The reason some people say, “I know it in my gut”, or “I just have a gut feeling” is that our language has not quite caught up to our consciousness.  They really do know it in their heart, but still fall back on the old concept of the solar plexus being the centermost part of our being; 18,000 years of development of that center has impacted our language very strongly.

In her book, “Esoteric Healing”, Alice Bailey says, quoting the Tibetan master, Djwal Khul, “Thinking in the heart becomes truly possible only when the mental faculties have become adequately developed and have reached a fairly high stage of unfoldment.  The ability to think in the heart is the result of the process of transmuting desire into love during the stage of elevating the forces of the solar plexus into the heart center.”  Obviously, this heart thinking is very potent.  For Solomon’s teaching — “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” is universally accepted as the key to one’s liberation into a truly spiritual life.

During the current phase of humanity’s evolution, the soul has begun to infuse the personality with its qualities of Light and Love, and our language is once again growing to encompass and reflect this.  The heart center on the mental plane is the agent through which this fusion takes place, and this activity causes great impact on the etheric heart center.  For these two great centers — the center of fusion on the mental plane and the organ of circulation on the physical plane are very closely related.  The petals of the etheric heart center have now turned and face upward, vibrating into the soul’s field of activity.  About this, the Tibetan says that “the heart center corresponds to the heart of the sun, and therefore to the spiritual source of light and love.  It is brought into functioning activity after the emotional nature is brought under soul control and the desires of the personal lower self have been transmuted into true love.  The energy thus made available will bring about the regeneration of humanity.  The human heart’s transforming, magnetic and radiatory power is essential for the reconstruction of the world and for the establishment of the new world order.  Upon the unfoldment of the heart center…with the consequent response of man to the energy of love, …. all are asked at this time to ponder and reflect, for ‘as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he’.” 

The primary distinction between emotion and heart quality is that the former is inherently personal, while the latter is inherently impersonal.  Personal energy is reactive, can be both attractive and repulsive and tends to form attachments via the astral/emotional plane.  But the emotions refined , disciplined and qualified by heart energy are non-reactive, and therefore can be used as a means of relating effectively with a humanity as yet unable to respond intelligently to higher spiritual impressions from the intuitional level.  Thus, the spiritually poised individual of considerable heart quality is an instrument of impersonal, unconditional love, compassion and goodwill, who can achieve an intelligent rapport with humanity while remaining poised and detached.  Not detached from others, but from his own ego.

The soul infused heart is always group and inter-group conscious because all souls constitute one Group.  Was this possibly God’s’s meaning when, through Ezekial (ll:19)  He said, “I will give them One Heart and I will put a new Spirit within them, and I will take the stone heart out of their flesh and will give them a heart of flesh that they may walk in my statutes and keep my ordinances and do them and they shall be my people and I will be their God”?  It seems obvious to me from this verse and the other quoted passages that this Love and Goodwill, associated with the heart, are God’s Will for his people, and that the heart center is associated with the soul’s qualities of Light and Love.  This is reiterated in the epic Indian poem, the MAHABARATA, which counsels us, “If your heart breaks or closes up, if it becomes bitter, dark or dry, Thy Light is lost.”  And of course we know that a love-starved heart can neither teach nor heal.

Sensing this evolving destiny, man’s language again casts the shadows of future, yet imminent, events.  We hear phrases such as “Heart and Soul”, “Wisdom of the Heart” and so on.  In the last few years we’ve begun to received an immense amount of information about the heart through books, music, visualizations, meditations, healings, sermons — everything.  This is a wonderful sign for humanity because it means that we Humanity, the One Son of God and the One World Disciple, are lifting our collective consciousness up from the solar plexus and the lower centers, which govern family life and all that makes up the personality, into the higher, more communal consciousness.  We’re hearing words like commune, communication, community, and the petals of the heart center are collectively turning upward toward the world soul so that we are hearing references to the spiritual heart center, and the twin heart within the Brahmaranda.  I make a special point of the communality of this spiritual movement because while we are all so very common, and must work and live as part of the whole body of mankind until the full transition of forces carries us, liberates us, into a new realm of service.

We could go on with this — it is nearly endless.  But why don’t you continue to play with this idea?  What can you say about “wholehearted”, “with all my heart”, “cold-hearted”, “heart-felt”, or others?  In his book, COSMIC CONSCIOUSNESS, Dr. Richard Maurice Bucke expounds on the evolution of language as it parallels the evolution of consciousness.  In our own lifetimes we have seen an entire language base created around space explorations and discoveries, computer science, and wholistic healing practices.  You might want to look into “language watching” because it is really useful.  Language is a record of consciousness.  The first Hermetic law, “Energy follows thought” is followed closely by “The mind is father to the word.”  When you hear the consciousness people are experiencing underneath the words, it is said you are “reading people.”  You have become a better listener — and therefore a better communicator.  Should you have been in consciousness where they now are, your life and consciousness can be a light on their path.  Should you read by their light that you have not yet been where they now are, you may gather therefrom wisdom relating to your path.  This does not apply just to individuals; one can also learn to read groups, public opinion, etc.  The process of understanding one’s language is very consciousness-expanding.  So even though this little word game has been “in fun”, it may also be useful and practical. 

In conclusion, I’d like to speak of the heart, and all that we have just talked about in relation to healing.  To see how the heart relates specifically to healing, let’s review how the Soul is connected to the body.  The consciousness aspect is anchored in the brain, and from there permeates the cerebral/spinal nervous system.  The Life aspect is anchored in the heart, and is permeated with God consciousnesss, which it circulates throughout the circulatory and sympathetic nervous system.  When one’s heart is tranquil and open to the inestimable power of God’s Love, which is Life Itself, healing and regeneration take place.  It is nourishment, not only to and from our Souls, but to our bodies.  It is the Bread of Life, and the Source of all that is Good, and good for us.  And we increase these powerful energies through conscious use of them, and in being connected with the spiritual will.

Take these forces, these truths, into the Silence, where the greatest blessings and healings are to be found.  Learn to open your heart to Divine Power and gratefully send it forth to be shared with all Humanity.  And so shall the heart of man be healed and the heart of the nations be opened to Justice, through Love, the Universal Life Principle.

The Tibetan wrote, “The Sun is the Heart of the Solar System; so also the heart of man is the sun of his being.” and;

“It is precisely the quality of the magnet that is inherent in the heart.  Verily, the silver thread which links the Teacher with the disciple is the great magnet of the heart.”

“Not egotism dwells in the heart, but universality.  Thus the heart is verily an international organ.”

I hope you will consider this time we’ve had together lighthearted and lightminded.  It has after all, been a playground for thought — not a thesis.  Psalms tells us “be glad in the Lord and rejoice you that are upright in heart.” Oh, gosh, what does that mean — upright in heart?  Enjoy figuring it out.  My heartfelt love is with you now and always.