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Rev. Patrick leads us in a mudra (a chant with hand motions) of the Ho'oponopono: "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you." He then leads a prayer and a ceremony to clear out an old idea by setting it on fire using flash paper. The white stone ceremony follows, which helps us give ourselves a clean slate and a new name.
Note: To see the hand motions of the mudra, refer to this YouTube video.
Note: The talks from December 12 and 19 are unavailable because of a recording problem.
This week's talk focuses on Laura Berman Fortgang's book The Little Book on Meaning.
"To attempt a meaningful life is to embrace that which can only be measured within ourselves."
We are attached to our labels. But we are not our labels. We are the Infinite, individually expressed!
"We are not the pain. We are not the tragedy. We are the soul, and the soul is eternal."
Let us have practices in our lives that make us feel better. Let us keep our conversations in heaven. Let us find the perfect. Surrender. Find the perfect. See what arises.
In this week's talk, Rev. Patrick compares the practice of affirmative prayer with Dr. Ihalekala Hew Len's practice of cleaning. It is a practice of taking 100% responsibility in all things and in all situations by saying, "I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you."
The "I love you" is the recognition of the Oneness of Life, common to all, which we recognize as the first step of an affirmative prayer.
Sometimes we are tempted to just wait for inspiration before taking any action. If we intend to meditate every day but are having a hard time actually doing it—perhaps waiting for inspiration—it can help to act from a place of devotion instead of dedication. Think of beauty instead of intellect. Choose to be an artist instead of a fundamentalist.
Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, says "the more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more resistance we will feel towards pursuing it." So what are we really afraid of? Pursue it, not like an amateur waiting for the fear to be gone before taking any step, but like a professional, knowing that there will always be fear, but doing it anyway.
The process of spiritual growth is not about shifting or changing anything—but of revealing. The perfection that we are, collectively and individually, already exists. Our opportunity for life is that each day is not about perfection, but simply about progress.
Simply accepting that life is difficult means that we can transcend the influence of this truth over us. Life is no longer difficult—it's just life.
Rev. Patrick begins with the story of Phineas Quimby, a healer and philosopher who formulated the beginnings of the New Thought movement. Quimby stated that "Mind is matter in solution. Matter is mind in form." He was the first to teach the Christ Principle and the Science of Christ. Quimby reasoned that since dis-ease is a belief or an opinion, it can be changed through changing the belief or the opinion.
Next, Rev. Patrick focuses on the present-day Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist who teaches about the biology of belief. Lipton used to think that we were born with a certain set of genes, and that was fixed. But he found that what influences a cell is perception and environment. In humans, perception is our belief. So our thinking creates seeds of possibility to change our perception by changing our belief. This is exactly what Quimby was teaching in the 1800s.
We either live life by inspiration, or by default.
Rev. Patrick examines how we live our life of genius. We begin with the affirmation: "I commit to living in my zone of genius, now and forever."
We're born with the capacity—beyond the rational mind—to imagine, to have intuition, to have memory, to have will, and to have the power of perception. We need to start to relate to that part of us that is eternal, infinite. We must pay attention to what we're paying attention to. This is the commitment to living in the zone of genius.
Rev. Patrick closes with the ultimate success mantra:
I expand in abundance, success, and love every day, as I inspire those around me to do the same.
The world needs awake people. Inspired by the chapter "Building a New Home in Your Zone of Genius" in the book The Big Leap, Rev. Patrick guides us to discover and create our zone of genius.
We begin to find our genius by asking the following questions: What do we love to do most? What work do we do that doesn't seem like work? In our work, what produces the highest ratio of abundance and satisfaction to the amount of time spent? And finally, what is our unique ability?
In the development of our genius, we can use these steps as taught by Emma Curtis Hopkins:
- Think it through. ("What is our genius?")
- Write it down.
- Use our word. (Working with the phrase: "I commit to living in my zone of genius, now and forever.")
- Take the action.
We belong. Rev. Patrick reminds us of our teaching that There is one Life, Spirit's Life, my Life, right here, right now. It is coming back, it is healing that separation. If we understand who we are and whose we are, we come home. Our vow is to be honourable and true to the best persons we can be, to ourselves, first and foremost.
The great mistake is to act this drama—this life—as if we were alone. When we feel like we don't belong, we feel isolated because we're separated. But as Ernest Holmes showed us, we can know: There's one Life, and that's my Life! We are not alone. We belong.
The Thanksgiving message, of course, is about gratitude! Rev. Patrick shares seven characteristics of evolved people, including "evolved people give thanks for what most people take for granted." Also "evolved people give without agenda," and "evolved people understand the value of downtime." We can practice letting rather than getting... stepping into the ocean of life. Rev. Patrick quotes a David Whyte poem "Four Horses."
Rev. Patrick re-introduces The Big Leap, a book we had studied back in January. Its major theme is the moving out of our level of incompetence to our level of competence to our level of excellence and into our level of genius.
- Will: An attitude of "must" and "should". "White-knuckling" the situation.
- Willing: Giving it a try. Seeing what happens.
- Willingness: The readiness, the enthusiasm, the keenness, the promptness, the haste, the swiftness, the dispatch, the speed.
Everything starts with willingness. Are we willing to feel good in our lives all the time? The only way to move out of our level of excellence and into our level of genius is through a big leap of consciousness. If we simply focus for a moment, we can always find a place in us that feels good right now. And allowing that feeling to exist and to expand in us, is the process that starts the big shift in our consciousness.
Ask yourself this week, "Am I willing to feel good in my life all the time?"
Since the best talks are lived, not preached, Rev. Catherine McLeod shares stories from her life, and the ways that life is stretching her to grow. She is currently learning ways to build a bigger boat:
- Be mindful—This is compassion and awareness. Awareness of our feelings and our responses to things.
- Stay open—Open to messages that don't fit with our current model of the world.
- Treat everything and everyone as a teacher.
Before we wake up to our lives and begin asking the important questions, we're in a fog, and sometimes we're even attached to the fog. To seek a new clarity, Rev. Patrick discusses attachment and how it can become our god. What are we nailed to? What are we attached to?
The prayer work we do is transformative. It changes and shifts lives. So we become as bright as possible and as capable as possible. This is the art of becoming. A journey that never ends.
We are all connected. In our daily lives, are we communicating from our brilliance? For God is interested in our capacity to love. We are each other.
To learn how to think is to learn how to live. – Ernest Holmes
In the movie Parenthood, one of the characters states, "Life is either a merry-go-round or a roller coaster." In the former case, it's like we're doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results. But the only way that our conditions shift and change with any degree of sustainability is through a shift in consciousness.
When we bring ourselves back, over and over again, to the immediate present, to do so, we must become present with what we are feeling and thinking. We must honour what we are thinking and how we are feeling. Let us make the declaration: "Here am I". Here am I, even in the spinning, in the frustration of things breaking down.
Through meditation, we find a place to stand in the Oneness, to bring us back to that Oneness. We then become a gift to everyone when we are fully present in the moment.
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick gives an explanation of our spiritual community and highlights what we teach and practice. He touches on the six pillars of our teaching: Meditation, Visioning, Celebration, Circulation (money as a spiritual idea), Education, and Service.
What is entirely in our hands is the quality of our inner dedication to becoming conscious. So we ask ourselves, have we learned anything new lately? When was the last time we did anything new? This is evidence of the expansion of consciousness.
As a community, we seek a direct connection with the Divine for personal and global transformation.
Rev. Patrick shares some wisdom from 29 Questions for the Ordinary Life by Norman Bouchard: "When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny." Naming your good is part of walking with purpose. Bouchard also says, "When you're invested in answers, you always meet a dead end."
We work on ourselves first, but when someone is afraid, we can come alongside and ask why. We can live our best life and help others to do the same. Find your joy and let it lead you to your good!
What would we do today if we were brave? Bravery is not what we think. E.E. Cummings said simply, "It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are." The brave choice is to be aware, moment by moment, of the thoughts that limit us and then going ahead and doing whatever scares us anyway.
The great poet Keats said, "Of this I am certain: the holiness of the heart's affection and the truth of the imagination." When we listen to our hearts and our imagination, we are in the flow—our imagination will lead us to the truth.
How can some of the poorest people living on the planet be so happy? Abundance is being satisfied with what we have today. Rev. Patrick explains the six steps that follow the first, most important step to abundant living—to name our good.
Where our mind goes, our whole life will follow. Our minds can be so easily triggered that, if we don't pay attention, our thoughts can run away from us and we forget what we had originally intended to manifest.
Only you can change your mind, to become more skillful in how you use your mind. The simple, daily things make the most difference.
We are all unique; we all have our own path and our own questions. One very important question is, "What is my Good?" What makes me smile? What makes me thrive? Is this Good guiding me toward my genius? David Whyte said, "The universe is holding its breath, waiting for us to take our rightful place," and that place is to stop struggling and thrive.
Incredible things happen when we name our Good and activate the principle of thriving.
Today's talk features guest speaker and musician Ester Nicholson.
Dwelling in gratitude and practicing the presence is so important. God is not in the healing business. It is in the "is-ness" business. God does not need to heal what it cannot know, what doesn't exist. What needs healing... what are we afraid of? Nothing. When we return to Reality, what isn't real goes away. But when we are unconscious, we can't tell the difference between the true and the false. All we have to do is practice the presence and when we go a little astray, we'll come back easily.
Don't tell God about your problems, tell your problems about God.
We are not who we think we are. Hardly anyone is.
Most people's spiritual practice is this: "The more that I can beat myself up, the better I'll be."—This is insanity.
So end the search for more and better. Let authenticity—not trying to be good—begin to infuse our actions. We are already whole. There is no test to pass, no race to finish. Recognize that love is there where it appears to be absent.
Rev. Patrick continues his discussion of Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God. In the chapter entitled "Married to Amazement", Geneen concludes that the mind is mad. But once we accept the madness, we can pay attention to what isn't mad. And this is one of the main purposes of meditation. To focus upon what isn't mad.
Why meditate? Our incessantly thinking mind is useful when we need to conceptualize, plan, and theorize. But, when we depend on our mind to guide our inner lives, we're lost. So the practice of meditation gradually brings our inner guidance closer, so that we can recognize it clearly when we need it the most.
Rev. Patrick returns from a retreat at the Omega Institute in New York spent with Elizabeth Lesser and Thomas Moore.
While there, he explored the two complementary aspects of Soulfulness and Spirituality. Soulfulness is like the experience of having a wonderful meal together. Soulfulness is about heart, about connection. Spirituality is anyone's longing to understand life, understand themselves, and understand the mystery beyond this life. Spirituality is truly a mystery.
We come to alignment with ourselves through the practice of Inquiry—of being present in this moment, of not trying to figure things out.
Our lives are either an expression of our spiritual magnificence or of our unhealed past. Any unmet feeling restricts our ability to know ourselves. Where do we carry that feeling in our bodies?
We want to know who we are when we aren't being driven by our past. We want to penetrate the unknown and comprehend the incomprehensible. When we evoke curiosity and openness with a lack of judgement, we align ourselves with beauty, delight, and love.
Rev. Patrick ends his talk with the following affirmation:
My life is an amazing spiritual adventure.
I see good everywhere I look.
I am grateful for yesterday,
Loving this moment,
And celebrating my amazing future.
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal returns from teen camp in California: A week in love, in peace, and in joy (and a little bit of chaos). The theme of the week was "Strip Away and Enter Great", and with any growth experience that we undergo, part of the work is to "integrate" that growth back into our daily lives.
What do we need to strip away to enter into the the Greatness that we are? We may find peace around that integration. We are invited to integrate who we are into our life experience.
Birds learn to fly by falling and falling again. And in their falling, they're given wings. – Rumi
All of our longings are inevitable. Re-engage, look, ask the questions, examine the challenges and the opportunities. The things that are going on in our lives right now are a result of our consciousness. And that consciousness is evolved over time, into what we call our lives. As Ernest Holmes said, to live in health, and to live in balance, and to live in harmony is our divine heritage.
We find an emancipation of the mind from every form of bondage through a new concept of God, which causes the heart to beat with joy and gladness. The healing process is simply the becoming conscious of this eternal truth.
Sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness. Are we living from loveliness?
The value of a human spirit has never been measurable by a number on a scale. We are unrepeatable beings of light, space, and water. We practice radical self-care.
Rev. Patrick weaves an inspirational Father's Day message from the writings of Geneen Roth, Dr. Ernest Holmes, and A. H. Almaas. The biblical story of the prodigal son reminds us that we are always welcome to return to our divine nature, which dwells in us, and all is forgiven. The Ultimate Father won't hear anything about the "bad" things we have done, and only welcomes us back home.
In Women Food and God, we learn that our obsessions can become like a religion; we won't be worthy or have any value as a person unless/until we do what we obsess about. When we learn to accept and respect ourselves, see our beautiful soul within, and stop fighting with the way things are, we enter a space of infinite goodness, free-floating joy and bliss.
Rev. Patrick continues discussing Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God. Sometimes we want to bolt, to run. Or we may obsess about something as a way of escaping the pain we feel. Staying with what we are feeling/sensing—not bolting—is the first step to ending an obsession. Life is more real, more vibrant, and breathtaking when we don't "leave ourselves" by obsessing; we are able to stay with the pain we feel when we remember that our essence isn't something that can be annihilated, and we are able to feel vulnerable and tender.
What we do in our spiritual practice is heal the pain/separation from spirit we feel, so that we are connected to our passion and we truly live.
Today's talk introduces Geneen Roth's book Women Food and God: An unexpected path to almost everything. In it, she discusses the process of her retreats. She encourages us to look at our lives, how we act, and how we respond to what's in our lives. Look at it with curiosity, inquisitiveness, and gentleness.
Waking up, we wake up to everything. The point and the process is to be in our lives with greater clarity. And clarity is power.
Rev. Patrick teaches us the finer points of the Fifth Agreement: "Be skeptical, but learn to listen." It is a balancing act, to listen compassionately, but know that when someone speaks, it is from their perspective—it's their story. To be skeptical doesn't mean we don't care, it just means that we ask, "Is it true or not true for me?"
There are three stages, represented in some form in every culture and religion: victim, warrior, and master. We reach master when we have made the last judgment, of ourselves or others. With no judgment, we find peace.
Rev. Patrick ends his talk with a video of a little girl, Jessica, as a great example of how to start our day right!
This week, Rev. Patrick speaks on Don Miguel Ruiz' fourth agreement: "Always do your best." In fact, we are always doing our best—it is the only thing we can do! We must practice the other agreements—being impeccable with our word, not taking things personally, and not making assumptions. Part of practicing and doing our best is not putting ourselves down or working against ourselves. Putting yourself down does not lead to enlightenment, but thinking less does. We need to learn how to go beyond the rational mind and step into the trust—trusting and surrendering to that Greater Power that knows, and loves.
There is nothing as powerful, or as sweet, or as rewarding... than the decision to love.
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Third Agreement—don't make assumptions. When we make assumptions, we go astray from what is true. Perhaps we get caught up in our own opinion, a story, something we learned as children, or in society. Assumptions have to do with what we believe. Truth is whatever is freeing.
Don Miguel Ruiz emphasizes not believing what others tell us, or what we tell ourselves. Instead, learn to listen and pick out whatever is valuable in the words we are hearing.
Embody the simple ideas. Anything is possible. To believe otherwise is to believe a story someone told us. Perfection is this moment. Many of us have misconceptions about what's perfect—in reality, perfection is right now, today, us exactly as we are now.
Continuing from the book The Fifth Agreement, Rev. Patrick discusses the Second Agreement—don't take anything personally. What people think of us is none of our business. Gossip and blame need not affect us, since it isn't about us. Just let the dogs bark.
There is no private good; likewise, there is no private criticism. Criticism of others is criticism of the Self.
We are each here to live our highest potential, to give birth to consciousness. To get better at not taking things personally, or being impeccable with our word, we simply need to become aware and put space between the experience and our response.
Don Miguel Ruiz, in his book The Fifth Agreement describes that, at age 5, we were wild and free. Then our society "domesticated" us. From there, through events in our lives, we make up stories about our selves. This is our "virtual reality". Such a story has nothing to do with Truth, but it is our story and we become masters at living from that perspective. At any time, however, we can move beyond our story and grow a higher, larger vision for our lives.
Today's guest speaker Rev. Patrick Harbula, author of The Magic of the Soul, speaks to us about living in freedom and joy and unfolding love.
He begins with the story of the Hundredth-Monkey Syndrome, saying that, as a planet, we have reached the critical mass in the consciousness of Oneness. It used to take years of study and concentration for individuals to experience Oneness, but now people are beginning their conscious spiritual journeys from a much higher level.
He then quotes Dr. Earl Barnum, who spoke of who we truly are: "Our natural state is one of love flowing through us, unimpeded, effortlessly." In fact, it takes the setting up of a barrier—either consciously or unconsciously—to stop that God-force from flowing through us, and it requires tremendous energy to hold that barrier in place. So, all we have to do in order to be that Source is to let go.
What does it take to be in freedom and joy and unfolding love? Sai Ram. We are love unfolding love: We are love; and we are unfolding more love.
How do we be this on a consistent basis? It takes a conscious decision to step out from that which is holding us back and to slip into being love unfolding love. Look for the magic in every experience, look for the opportunity for growth in every situation.
One significant way to unblock the energy of love so that it can flow again in our lives is to consciously align our intention and action. Simply do what we intend to do. Let us do the "big vision" things in our lives, live our dreams and our highest forms of self-expression.
We all need mentors. Carolyn Myss, in Entering the Castle, says "There are four passions of the Soul: joy, grief, hope and fear."
We are born with a beautiful consciousness. But it must be nurtured, and our mentors do that. When it's nurtured, we learn to direct which of the four passions we focus on—joy and hope, or grief and fear.
In contemplation, we enter into our "castle"—we meet our soul—and we stimulate our relationship to the divine. We learn compassion, generosity, abundance, and joy.
The YouTube video that Rev. Patrick plays during the talk can be viewed here: I'm Yours (ukulele).
Rev. Patrick introduces the new book of the month, Ernest Holmes' This Thing Called Life. He teaches three pieces of wisdom:
- There is one God, common to all, in and through all of us.
- There is a universe that responds with mechanical regularity to the spontaneity of our thoughts.
- The eleventh commandment: Thou shalt love one another as I have loved you.
One of Carolyn Myss' books, Entering the Castle: An Inner Path to God and Your Soul, talks of how we sometimes avoid meeting God/Spirit because it makes life much more uncomfortable. We might not feel like we are ready to be fully conscious. What does being conscious mean? To be unconscious is to pretend to be unaware of the consequences of our actions, and the incongruency with our beliefs. Yet we may feel overwhelmed at the idea of living a fully conscious life. What can we do? Just practice. There is nothing to fear. Just step in; we are all interconnected.
Rev. Patrick ends the message with a powerful story about his father. It reminds us that we are all accountable to the generations before us, our ancestors who brought us here, to do our best to reach our soul's purpose, to live a deeper experience and to help others.
Rev. Patrick shares some ideas that come from Jesus and his teachings. First, we hear the concept of consciousness, illustrated in the story of the loaves and the fishes. The Christ-consciousness inspires people to give and share, and teaches us about sufficiency. Our challenge is to look out into the world and to believe—despite what we see—that "I am enough" and "There is enough".
The way Jesus turned water into wine reminds us that the everyday things can be extraordinary.
Rev. Patrick reminds us that without betrayal there would be no resurrection.
Jesus lived and showed us unconditional love; so when Peter cut off the guard's ear, Jesus healed it. Rev. Patrick leads us all in an exercise of unconditional love, to remind us we are not alone, and then sings a short song about God loving us even when we feel broken.
We all have the capacity to change our individual and collective dream. We can change our society's "dream" of materialism to one of reverence for, respect toward, and affirmation of life. We can take a stand to see the world become a better place. When we do this, we are empowered, lifted up, and we snap out of apathy. We must not get discouraged; always believe that we can make a difference.
Rev. Patrick highlights three keys from Lynne Twist's book The Soul of Money:
- Money is like water: When we are grounded in sufficiency, the movement of money is easy and natural.
- What you appreciate appreciates: For example, the intention with which you give is very important.
- Collaboration creates prosperity: Collaboration is the circuit that flows sufficiency. It says, "By working together, we have more than enough. Let's see what we can do with it together."
The spiritual path depends on knowing and living from the idea that anything is possible with God. We ground ourselves in this reality, even in our money and finances.
In Lynne Twist's book, The Soul of Money, we read, "There is a natural law of abundance which pervades the entire universe, but it will not flow through a doorway of lack and limitation." So how do we open the doorway?
Lynne identifies three myths (lies) that are popular in our culture:
- There is not enough. — Hence, we compete to get more, and live in fear.
- More is better. — This distances us from experiencing the deep value of what we have.
- That's just the way it is. — This leads to resignation and cynicism.
The antidote to the above myths is found in the principle of sufficiency. Sufficiency isn't an amount at all—it is an experience. It is a declaration: Knowing that there is enough. Knowing that we are enough.
Sufficiency is a new place to stand.
A new month means a new book—The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist. Rev. Patrick reviews the eight traps that distort our understanding of life, and their antidotes, such as Anger/Serenity, and Self-Pity/Right Action. It's very important to realize that we all have a dark side, and if we are truly honest with ourselves, truth causes change. We have to build stamina to be able to handle the power of the truth. We must not gloss over issues in our lives that pop up, or try and pray them away, but choose to build stamina instead.
The mind-body-spirit trinity is a complex one. Caroline Myss in her book Defying Gravity: Healing Beyond the Bounds of Reason says that often, when people pray for physical healing of an illness, they forget about the spiritual aspect. Healing is giving up the fear and darkness we all have—it's a mystical act of surrender.
A final thought: What do I need to be to fulfill the commitments I've made?
Rev. Patrick speaks about the importance of listening deeply to each other's stories. Even more important is not getting caught up in them, or believing they are the truth; they are only facts. When you hear someone's story, be compassionate to their hurts but know that there is more.
"The only thing we can offer one another is inspiration." – Kennedy Shultz
Rev. Patrick talks about love and loss. When people we love make their transition—pass away—they are still with us. In supporting others, sometimes all we can do is be lovingly present.
In grieving, or at any time, we need to be able to ask for help. When we learn to take responsibility for our own lives, we start to think that we don't need others. But we do, more than ever. We all help shape each others' lives. Life is loss, transformation, and transition; this teaching is more about letting go than about gaining things. There is nothing to lose, only a bigger idea to step into.
Rev. Kathryn Cardinal weaves together four stories of young people—some only 12 years old—who made a big difference in the world, promoting peace and taking action against extreme poverty. They accomplished this by believing in their dream, never giving up, and following the spark of inspiration. A little idea can become a big idea! Have the courage to allow your magnificence to be expressed.
About 27 minutes into this talk, Rev. Kathryn shows an inspiring video, from one of the stories, about promoting global peace through children's sports.
Rev. Patrick speaks passionately about falling in love with our future, and falling in love with ourselves in a new way. Emma Curtis Hopkins said, "Everything is really full of love for you... The good that is for you loves you as much as you love it. The good that is for you seeks you and will come flying to you if you see that what you love is love itself. All people will change when you know that they are love. We shall change towards all people when we know that we ourselves are formed out of love. All is love. There is nothing in all the universe but love."
How much love will you accept into your life? If you are going to love another deeply, you must love yourself deeply. Life comes to find us as much as we go to find it. Deep calls unto deep. "Life can only find you if you are paying real attention to something other than your own concerns." – David Whyte.
We need to learn how to handle more positive energy, success, and love in our lives. Rev. Patrick reminds us about the three questions from Gay Hendrick's book, The Big Leap:
- Am I willing to increase the amount of time every day that I feel good inside?
- Am I willing to increase the amount of time that my whole life goes well?
- Am I willing to feel good and have my life go well all the time?
All we must do is be willing, to agree! We may have to give up some things from our old way. We must become aware of when we complain about time, and stop declaring we don't have enough—we are the source of time, it's not a pressure from outside, and we can make as much time as we need. We can tithe—or give up—our resentment, jealousy, anxiety, and unforgiveness... We can decide where we are going to spend our energy.
We must take ownership of our lives, saying, "This is my problem and I am committed to resolving it."
Rev. Patrick weaves a powerful message, speaking from The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks and referring to the poetry and writing of David Whyte. Whyte says there are three reactions we can have to events in our lives: we deny what's happened, we tell a story about how we are a victim, or we can be conscious enough to look it in the eye. At times, we feel like we're on a plateau, but that's where we do a lot of our learning, where we learn to live in our genius.
Living in your genius is not doing more; it's simply doing what is true to you. It's finding deep rest. It's looking your situation in the face. As French philosopher Camus said, "Always live close to tears."
The Ultimate Success Mantra: "I expand in abundance, success, and love every day as I inspire those around me to do the same."
Rev. Patrick reminds us that stepping into our genius depends on how well we stay conscious, live in the moment, and learn to be professional thinkers.
We have to take 100% responsibility for the way our thoughts create our lives.
We each have a "toolbox" full of thought/word/tools that we use—some serve to build us up; others create a limited experience. We can learn to start using the tools that serve us.
This week, Rev. Patrick continues the discussion of the upper-limit challenge from Gay Hendrick's book, The Big Leap.
In the book, we learn the four barriers that keep us from living our best life—from living in our genius—and how to move beyond them:
- Feeling fundamentally flawed
- Disloyalty and Abandonment
- Believing that more success brings a bigger burden
- The Crime of Outshining
Let us allow ourselves to be transformed—to teach and demonstrate living from Spirit.
Let us play the most beautiful game we can play—of service, of wisdom, of clarity.
The Universe wants nothing more than to celebrate our lives—in, through, and as us.
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick discusses the upper-limit challenge: As far along as we are on our journey, the very next thing we need to grow through is our upper-limit challenge.
Using the wisdom from Gay Hendrick's latest book, The Big Leap, we need to ask ourselves:
- Am I willing to increase the time every day that I feel good inside?
- Am I willing to increase the time that my life goes well?
- Am I willing to feel good and have my life go well all of the time?
We choose to dwell on something that's working—instead of worry and fret.
We find willingness to clean stuff out of our lives, whatever no longer serves us.
We ask ourselves: "How much love and abundance am I willing to allow?" and, "How am I getting in my own way?"
End with this truth: "I am the thinker that thinks the thought that plants the seed that creates my life."
"I expand in abundance, success, and love every day."
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Centre's new vision statement and tells some more stories about his recent experiences at the Parliament of the World's Religions.
The world is changing fast, and that can be scary. When we are centered and know who we are, we are less afraid. We can, however, get caught up in too much spiritual work and self-actualization, and forget that we need community and service also. Or we can end up thinking we are so exceptional, we have nothing left to learn! It's not about how good we are, it's about how good we want to be. We are only limited in our growth by our own thinking. Ernest Homes said, "to learn how to think is to learn how to live."
Rev. Patrick speaks briefly about his trip to Australia for the Parliament of the World's Religions. He reminds us of the importance of gratitude and growing in consciousness.
Through the telling of the life stories of Nelson Mandela, Buddha, Jesus, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, The Dalai Lama, and Peace Pilgrim, Rev. Catherine McLeod shows how the life moments of these leaders serve to inspire us about how life works and what we are really able to do.
Accepting fully their messages of peace and love, we believe that the Universe is safe, loving, friendly, abundant, and benevolent. We trust the power of good in the Universe.
Rev. Connie Nissen shares how events in her life have unfolded to allow an amazing unity between her work life and spiritual life.
We are each a unique idea in the Mind of the One, we have unique abilities and there is something that needs to be spoken through us. Get ready to listen and be in the right place to take action and express this unique idea in synchronicity with the One.
Incredible things happen when we are open to being the magician's apprentice—to allowing Spirit, the Mystery, to work in and through us. The power for Good is a divine organizing intelligence that works for the good of everyone.
We attract things in our lives according to our thoughts and vibrations. But it's more than that—we are like a receiving and transmitting station, tuned to a certain frequency in this incredible "soup" of energy. Dr. Wayne Dyer says we attract who we are.
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When we ask, "How may I serve?", the Universe responds with a resounding, "How may I serve you?"
"We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring shall be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." – T.S. Eliot
Do you ever feel like you'd just like to coast through life for a while? Or do you want to continually learn and experience new things?
We are living in the lap of immense intelligence.
Using Dr. Michael Beckwith's book, Spiritual Liberation, Rev. Patrick reminds us that happiness is our true nature—our natural state is joy! Step out of the role of cynic, and step into happiness. We realize happiness at whatever our level of understanding is. The more we open up to the possibilities, the better! We are here to live beyond self-imposed boundaries.
From Spiritual Liberation come the 4 C's of Happiness:
- Conversation—keep it in heaven
- Company—bringing out the best in you
- Challenges—help us unleash our highest potential
- Commitment—like Yoda says: do, there is no try!
Rev. Patrick, drawing from Michael Beckwith's book Spiritual Liberation, reminds us that we can all set the intention to be transformed. We are all enlightened; we don't need to add anything to ourselves. Poet Mary Oliver said: "You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for hundreds of miles through the desert repenting, you only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves..."
We are transformed through our energy; Rev. Patrick introduces us to a powerful shapeshifting energy exercise. Bring consciousness to everything you do and everywhere you go, and be transformed.
Guest speaker Dr. Ganz Ferrance teaches us how our subconscious mind works. We can use the law of repetition to "seed" our brain by repeating important phrases like, "It is my right and my responsibility to live a big life," and "I am a vital expression of the divine. The world would not be the same without me in it." When we fully grasp who we are, we can do amazing things.
We can make use of the paradox principle: What we think we need to do, we need to do the opposite. The harder we try, the worse we do. Release yourself to your fear or anxiety and do whatever you need to do anyway. The principle of involution says that we have inside us the seed for everything we need to be.
Rev. Patrick begins with a quote from Bishop Desmond Tutu: "We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea, and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew. Human beings are actually created for the transcendent, for the sublime, for the beautiful, for the truthful, and all of us are given the task of trying to make this world a little more hospitable to these beautiful things."
Could it be that we are here on this planet, simply to listen to the music, appreciate beauty, and watch the progression of life? Rev. Patrick, sharing and expounding on points from Rev. Michael Beckwith's book, helps us understand how evolved people think and function.
The "symbol of Canada" Rev. Patrick reveals is none other than a snow shovel. :)
Rev. Patrick talks about Dr. Michael Beckwith's presentation and his message of being spiritually free—free from fear, lack, worry, and limitation. We can have an emergence without having an emergency. Not getting, but letting.
There are five different "tribes", stages, or evolutions:
- "Life sucks" (people in prisons, gangs, hating all life)—2% of the population
- "My life sucks" (people who have taken a little responsibility in the word "my")—25%
- "I'm great, you're not" (bragging, cheering at a hockey game)—48%
- "We're great" (unique situations of teamwork and collaboration)—22%
- "Life is great" (what we are working towards)—2%
There has never been a problem we have not solved on the planet.
Do you ever hope that life will get easier, but it doesn't? When you are overwhelmed, stop and ask yourself, "What did I come here to be? What does what I am making this moment mean for me?" We are here to share a wholeness, and to help each other. Rev. Patrick gives us three tools we can use to remind ourselves that everything is here for us. So, even though life doesn't get easier, it gets clearer.
An outlook of gratitude is so powerful: We can't be in gratitude and resentment at the same time. We cannot be of two minds.
Gratitude means being fully alive and in Conscious Oneness with God. Gratitude is the great multiplier.
In today's talk, through Elizabeth Lesser's story of the Workshop Angel, we learn that all of our difficulties make us who we are supposed to be. Our problems are friendly. They want to make us strong.
So we are grateful this day for our problems, for the difficult people, for our addictions. These are the things that we are ready to move through.
In today's talk, Rev. Patrick calls us to connect with and own our entire being.
He touches on obsessive/compulsive behaviour and how to work with it, to find something more interesting to think about.
The talk then shifts to a discussion of Carl Jung's statement, "I would rather be whole than good." This ties in with the story of Beowulf, which is about diving into the depths of our being—where we're struggling, where we're challenged—and owning it. The re-owning of our dark aspects is an absolute, essential, ethical act. We admit to our weaknesses so that they become our strengths.
Rev. Patrick reminds us of our connection with Spirit. We do this by healing our perception, which gives us opportunity to connect to freedom and meaning.
Because our consciousness proceeds our experience, we take the perception of our experience and transform it into something new and powerful.
How can we live a more devoted life? Show up in situations with this thought: How can I help? It is devotion instead of discipline. Devotion is bringing your whole being to something. And the challenge? Letting more love in.
To heal our perception is to open the door to give birth to freedom and meaning.
Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like there's something wrong with you, that you aren't good enough, and that you just aren't okay? Drawing from several authors and poets, Rev. Patrick again encourages us that despite our surroundings—facts about our life—we are okay. Our spirit is untouchable, perfect, and full of joy.
What about fear? If you can step into it and bring your awareness to it, you'll find that the fear of something happening is worse than the actual thing happening. Become aware of where you carry fear in your body, and don't deny its existence. Your openness is more powerful than whatever feeling you are opening to.
What we think, we become. What we believe, accept, and dwell upon becomes a part of our being. We can focus on excellence in everything we do, from the grocery store to the drive-thru. We don't need to be Mother Teresa; small things matter, too.
There are lots of people who are looking for a really great spiritual teacher. They think that someone else can teach them, but it isn't true—we teach ourselves. We are equipped with everything we need. We cannot change anyone else—only ourselves. Put down what others are struggling with, and make peace with it.
What can we do in the face of pain, handicap, and tragedy? Rev. Patrick reminds us that sometimes all we need to do is hold someone's hand and be the consciousness, to love unconditionally. Our teaching helps us touch spirit, live in the moment, go beyond our ego, and find our own answers. We can live our calling, and be in the flow in everything we do.
This week, the youth relay their experiences at youth camp in southern California. They experienced incredible unity, unconditional love, and deep friendship.
Guest speaker Elisabeth Fayt gives us insight on how to use the law of attraction in every thought. The universe doesn't know "no"—it says yes to whatever we think or say. Everything we think is a "pre-pave" to how our lives unfold. The first waking thought is an important one, because it sets the tone for the day. Why not think "Something wonderful is going to happen today"? Why not answer the common question "How are you?" with impact?—"I'm working on balance" or "I'm blissfully productive".
The energy behind every word and thought attracts more of that energy!
Learning to re-parent ourselves is a great way to grow and manifest new things in our lives. Rev. Patrick discusses the five stages, and the importance of empathy as we connect and communicate with our world. Men often struggle with some of the softer, right-brain skills, but they are so important.
Everything we think is some kind of prayer. We think with our left brain, but we tap into creativity with our right brain. Music is so amazing because it keeps us in the present moment. We are drawn to its artistry and duplicate it in our hearts. If you want a creative life, do what you "can't" and experience the beauty of the mistakes you make.
We know that Heaven isn't a destination—Heaven is now. We are Heaven.
There isn't always a reason for everything that happens. Two hundred years ago, scientists fell in love with logic, and so now we tend to think there must be a reason for everything. But for many tragedies, there is no answer to the question "Why did this happen?".
Rev. Patrick reminds us what Dr. Holmes originally taught us: turn away from the condition that you see and don't get caught in the delusions of life... like the delusion of tragedies that don't have a reason. When you do, remind yourself that:
There is One Life,
That Life is God's life,
That Life is perfect,
That Life is my life now!
You are beautiful and extraordinary and there's not a thing you can do about it!
Until we experience Spirit, we don't know Spirit. We must live It to move from the left-brain understanding of the intellect to the right-brain understanding of actually experiencing It.
It is more important to live Spirit, to be Spirit, and to taste Spirit. We do this by living Life and living Life fully, for we are the outlet of the Divine, each and every one of us.
We need to ask ourselves: How are we designing our lives? For we know that this moment leads to the next moment, creating the life we experience. We are here to design our lives. We are here to choose wisely.
What does it mean to reach for the higher concept, higher touch, bigger idea? It means connecting to our right-brain wisdom and abilities. Our abundant world is evolving toward an age of enlightenment or transcendence, where the right-brain rules. Left-brain IQ is not very important in success; more important than IQ is imagination, joyfulness, and social dexterity. Have a higher opinion of yourself! Be alive while you are alive!
Ernest Holmes said: "To learn how to think is to learn how to live." Rev. Patrick continues to explore left-right brain intelligence and why we need both brains. The left brain gives us language, analysis, logic, and connects to the Law. The right brain appreciates beauty, spirituality, purpose, understanding context, and connects to Love. We need both the Law and the Love. Let's stop and think, and stop believing everything we think—some of our thoughts are flawed!
"Now stop ignorantly and stupidly denying your own capacity." – Ernest Holmes
Rev. Patrick discusses balancing the two sides of our brain; the left side tends toward fear and anxiety, and the right side is our awareness and grounding. We have a choice in each moment how to live, and we can choose to have faith.
Faith is the capacity to meet fear without hope. If we require hope, how can we say we have faith? Hoping it will get better doesn't help! We must be confident we have everything we need to move through our situation. This doesn't mean we never have fear, but we don't lose touch with our grounding/awareness. We can learn strategies to help, and stay in community—friends who remind us who we really are.
Generosity and giving are wonderful spiritual practices. When something happens in our lives, we can choose to judge it or celebrate it. Generosity of spirit helps us celebrate.
Life is about being aware of what seeds we are planting, not just getting rid of weeds.
Ginger the dog teaches us about being permeable, accessible, and available to the good in and around us. The ugly alternative is control. But we do not need to be in control, we need to be connected. For once we are connected, we are in control of everything.
We seek to develop the capacity to connect deeply with whatever is going on around us (i.e., to connect with Life), then Life has the power and opportunity to enrich us.
We are learning to align with Spirit, and attract what we want. Our spiritual practice is not "wanting harder". It's learning to expect great good, and yet not being attached to the outcome. It's being honest, not forcing things, and simply stepping back into the present, into the flow.
Rev. Patrick begins today's talk with the parable of the jock strap and what it teaches us about the evolution of consciousness. Then, through the story of a recent, powerful reunion with a figure from his past, he shows how he outlived his dream only to discover his true calling. It is a story of moving from failure to failure and placing ourselves in the flow.
Flow is standing in the peace, in the knowing, and the groundedness that everything is okay. We get in touch with our calling by getting in touch with the flow.
All we have to offer is in this present moment and the seeds we plant in each moment. We are more powerful than we imagine.
Our first guest speaker, comedian Suzanne Whang, tells her amazing story of how a simple act done with great love allowed her to introduce the ground-breaking movie "The Secret" to Oprah Winfrey in 2007.
Our second guest speaker, psychologist and success coach Dr. Ganz Ferrance, equips us with the tools we need to reprogram our subconscious, enabling us to transform our journey into a powerfully-lived one.
He begins with the importance of the subconscious and how we default to accepting a "consensus view" of reality. In this default mode, we may have yielded to a desire to be normal or to a belief that there is virtue in suffering. Contrary to this, we can skew our reality in a more positive direction:
- It is my right and my responsibility to live a big life
- There is no precedent for my life
We are encouraged to soak up the abundance that we have, and allow it in, so that we can naturally produce what we want in life.
"Money and real estate occupy the body, but all the heart wants is expanding friendship." – Rumi
Rev. Patrick asks, "Are we a good friend to ourselves, or are we hard on ourselves?" We often find ways to punish ourselves if that's what we think we deserve; we sabotage ourselves because we think we need to be punished. We live out the stories we tell ourselves. Why not instead give ourselves some slack, and love ourselves? Step into the circle, the attitude of ease and abundance.
Our task this week is to check in with ourselves three times a day, and release our old stories and tension.
We are expert story makers, so much so that often when we have questions in our lives, we'd rather have a made-up answer than no answer at all. It's important for us to recognize the stories for what they are, and realize that we may be limiting ourselves by believing them; we can expand our capacity for blessings by being aware. We can only receive that which we are ready for; consciousness precedes experience.
Let's be fearless in our journey—everything is for our good.
The Centre celebrates Mother's Day with three special musical performances by talented young adults, as well as a musical number by the children's group. We appreciate our mothers, and lift up the motherless around us and love them.
Rev. Patrick introduces this month's book The Trance of Scarcity, by Victoria Castle. We can choose to breathe into the circle of abundance—generosity of spirit/sharing, giving, aligning, openness, gratitude, receiving, and attracting. We don't need to earn anything, we are completely deserving, we belong here, and we just have to consent to enter the circle of abundance. We may believe that the tighter we are, the more protected we are. But when we're physically tense, it's because we are out of the circle—we're hanging on to things instead of letting go. The more we second-guess our decisions, the less happy we tend to be. We often want to change our circumstances, but we need to learn to find blessings wherever we are now.
When memories push their way into our lives, it is our opportunity to
reframe them and turn them into a spiritual practice.
We have everything we need to grow. We own our stories, realize they are only stories, and we decide:
- Can I let go?
- Will I let go?
- When will I let go?
Gradually we do this more and more in the moment.
Guest speaker Dr. Rick Moss helps us remove the blocks that our subconscious mind has put up, which get in the way of what our conscious mind is trying to create. He leads us in a powerful visualization to access and heal our misaligned subconscious. Carl Jung said "when our inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate."
We celebrate the life of the Christ this Easter by welcoming the musical group
Then, using helium balloons as a metaphor, Rev. Patrick encourages volunteers from the audience to pop the balloons, releasing concepts such as scarcity and fear. He then gives each person a mustard seed to represent faith and willingness to have a new idea. We need to make room for new growth!
Rev. Patrick explores the beautiful, profound poetry of Rumi—"Water is searching for the thirsty. The water is the active force, and we belong to the water." We may have been conditioned to think that God is somewhere out there, but having that belief limits us; heaven is right here. To deepen our spiritual practice, each day, each moment, we can ask ourselves, "What am I saying yes to?" or, "What am I saying no to right now?"
Rev. Patrick speaks about the Buddhist concept of Tonglen—activating the awakened heart—which is practiced during heartache, struggle, or pain. Tonglen is not like compassion (to suffer with), but to dwell in the heartache, take it in and transform it into a higher consciousness. As we grow in consciousness, we are in service to one another, and to ourselves.
August Gold, teacher and author, reminds us that we can say yes to everything, because it is all here for us. Every person in our lives is here to be a teacher to us.
Using stories of Rumi and Michael Richards, Rev. Patrick speaks about loneliness. We often run from it and avoid it at all costs, yet it is important to face it.
Loneliness and heartbreak crack us open, and make us available to change for the better. When the consciousness is ready, it shows up. Pema Chodron says, "... In the moment of sadness and longing, can you relax and touch the limitless space of the human heart?"
Rev. Patrick guides us in a continued exploration of Pema Chodron's book When Things Fall Apart. When life is tough and we get down on ourselves and feel like giving up, the best thing we can do is stay in the present, accept our situation, and know that the best is for us. We may feel like quitting, but we need to forgive and be kind to ourselves and just keep trying.
When we step out of the drama of our situation and become less attached to it and its outcome, we are able to relax in the present moment. We can then make better choices and not let fear hold us in its grip. Let's watch our conversation; we are having conversations all the time, so let's keep them in heaven!
To pursue the radiant life... Rev. Patrick reveals how facing fear and issues from our past helps us to break the repetitive cycles we're in and live a radiant life, joyfully in the present moment.
Pema Chodron's book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times teaches that to live radiantly is to accept ourselves fully, not declaring war on the parts of ourselves we don't like. The role of consciousness is to help us face our "demons" and realize that we are not alone.
In honour of Valentine's Day, Rev. Patrick explores the power of a successful covenant, whether it be with another person or with ourselves. When we partner with someone, we often share his/her burdens and pain. We can either run from the pain or become a healer; to stand in the fire with someone is a powerful thing, but you must be complete in who you are. To be truly compassionate, you must not get caught in another's pain, but face the pain with love—even Sufi love, exquisite and radiant.
The Dynamic Laws of Prayer by Catherine Ponder discusses things we can focus on for more spiritual growth in our lives. Bill Gole says, "It is easier to act yourself into good thinking than to think yourself into good acting." At the end of his talk, Reverend Patrick leads us in a vow to love ourselves.
Rev. Patrick begins today's talk by discussing strategies for being a leader in our lives, using a framework from Tony Robbins. In life, there are two areas to master: (1) achievement, which is us moving about in the world, building homes, relationships, cars, and jobs, etc; and (2) fulfillment, which we gain through appreciation and contribution.
The middle part of the talk features the parable of the Economic Bailouts and the Monkey Strategy.
To illustrate giving beyond oneself, Rev. Patrick tells the story of Three Cups of Tea, a book by Greg Mortenson, whose personal quest in climbing the mountain K2 led him to begin building schools in the villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rev. Patrick speaks of the Centre's commitment to support a different local charity each month, by bringing them to the Centre to honour them and support their work.
We are all powerful beyond our imagination.
Rev. Patrick teaches us how to use the power of our mind and union with the God-spirit. Our minds can get trapped in the paralysis of analysis—of what our problem is, how it happened, how victimized we are—and we pour our energy into that. So what we focus on is what we are going to see.
Our job here is not to deal with the stuff in our lives; our job is to look at what's going on around us and see the gift in it. We are the outlet for the Infinite to express itself through, and every day we plant seeds of thought. We plant new seeds with our words, and our words have power.
Rev. Patrick has an on-stage conversation with Linda Watson, a visiting practitioner from the Agape International Spiritual Center in California.
She speaks about what it means to be a practitioner, the healing power of being truly listened to, and the unique partnership formed between the practitioner and client. She further discusses the awesome power of visioning—at the Centres, in the denomination, and in our personal lives.
The talk concludes with the induction ceremony of six new practitioners at the Centre. And so we are uplifted.
Our spiritual leader, Rev. Patrick Cameron, discusses the second chapter of Dr. Ernest Holmes' book The Science of Mind. As we learn how to think, we learn how to live. Our lives are the journal of our thoughts, and to have a new outcome, we must work at—i.e., practice—choosing a new thought. Everything is for our good. Dr. Holmes said, "We take our good wherever we find it, and we make it our own, insofar as we understand it." It's important—now more than ever—to be keepers of consciousness in spite of the chaos around us. To bring more peace into the world, we must also stop the war within ourselves.
We echo what Ernest Holmes said: "How much more good can I let into my life today than yesterday?"
We're starting a new year, free from the captivity of our old ideas and learning to listen with our spiritual ears. In today's talk, everyone in the audience was given a white rock, which symbolizes freedom, letting go, and accepting the hidden manna, which is our provision, our source of energy and spiritual nourishment. The white rock also represents a new identity, or a new name with spiritual meaning, meant only for us. The colour white represents joy, victory and purification. Meditate on what the white rock means for you, what new quality or name is coming through.
Whenever we ask, there is always an answer. Prayer is a movement of thought, along a specific meditation with a specific result in mind.
Sometimes we get ourselves, our brains, into a rut, and that makes it harder to move forward, to be passionate and to learn new thinking. We are a teaching of new thought! We need to learn something new, to be alive!
Reverend Patrick reviews some valuable lessons that we've learned this year. The first book we studied was The Prayer Chest by August Gold where we learned the 3 laws of prayer—Prayer is answered through us; prayer is answered when we listen; prayer is answered when we say yes to everything. Then we dove into a second book, A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. In every moment of our lives we are Divinity seeking expression. Next, we read Mastering Life's Energies by Maria Nemeth, where she speaks of marrying the metaphysical with the physical. We need vision and action, attitude balanced with behaviour.
In the next book, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, the young man, Santiago, has recurring dreams, chases treasure, goes on a journey, and trusts his intuition. Next, we explored Dr. Eric Butterworth's book, The Universe is Calling, which is all about listening to the conversation and embodying the consciousness. The final book of 2008 was The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity by Catherine Ponder. Her six pillars are the same as ours: celebration, circulation, education, service, meditation, and affirmative prayer.
Reverend Patrick speaks briefly on looking at the Bible and the Christmas story as a metaphor for spiritual life, and how the birth of Christ applies to you and me. Jesus is the Great Example, not the Great Exception. We are practical mystics; we don't have to convert anyone. If we move our own mind, and change our own consciousness, we have done our work. We make this time of year special and celebrate having a generous spirit.
Guest speaker Wayne Lee gives us a motivational talk on the power of persistence. It is the principle of never giving up, always moving forward, and always resolving to reach our dreams. He gives us some tools to remain grounded in our own thought and not be distracted by the noise of the world. His favourite tool, the GPS of Life, is a simple, three-step process to realizing our goals.
Today's talk centers around inviting the right people into our lives. Life is a journey of love, and our lives are shaped by those that love us and by those that do not love us. So it is important that we consciously invite the right people into our experience: "New, sincere friends and loved ones now enter my life, showering me with goodness, and I shower them with my goodness. The world is full of charming people who now lovingly help me in every way, and I lovingly help them in every way."
Later in the talk, we are blessed to witness the marriage of a young couple, Darren and Teresa, as they commit their lives to one another, surrounded by the friends and loved ones who have been their goodness. The vows they share form the following affirmative prayer:
I know that there is not two, but one. We are on the same journey, sharing the same love for each other. I share everything, hold nothing back, love completely and without reservation. I do now, and will always, believe the best in you, speak the truth in love, and hold you in perfect prayer. I love you with the deepest love I know. I rest in this love, which is in you and me, and everything, and I am full of joy and gratitude.
Our journey of spiritual unfoldment continues from this day, originating from the same Source, fueled by the same Love, nurtured by the same unending commitment to our mutual growth in Spirit.
And so it is.
Rev. Patrick continues his discussion of the book "The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity" by Catherine Ponder. The major theme of his talk is that the opportunity in life is not to discover ourselves but to create ourselves. This occurs moment by moment, by our thoughts.
In our lives, we often experience a "sense of spaciousness", where we are pulled out of our ordinary sense of self in everyday life. This is a necessary step to creating and experiencing abundance. To illustrate this idea, Rev. Patrick tells the Hindu story of Abu and the Drum.
The principle is that Nature abhors a vacuum. It always fills wherever there is space in our lives. We must get rid of what we don't want to make room for what we do want. Clear out clutter. Clear out entrenched ideas.
For whatever problems persist in our lives, forgiveness is always the answer. Most times it is self-forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of old ideas. This creates the vacuum for new things to flow in.
Rev. Patrick continues his series on the book "The Universe is Calling" by Dr. Eric Butterworth. In it, he outlines a strategy for handling the problems that come up for us in our lives. It is not important how we call the Infinite, but that we call it. This Infinite Intelligence we live in receives the imprint of our every thought. And it is always informing us as we navigate our lives. How do we listen? By letting go of our problem, becoming still and getting grounded. And we can project any energy that comes to us and use it for our good, and ultimately for the good of all.
Dr. Eric Butterworth's book "The Universe is Calling" reminds us that the only place we have influence over is inside us. Prayer is not bargaining, begging or pleading. It is connecting with creative consciousness—affirmation not supplication.
Sometimes we forget who we are, and we have an "SOS"—a sense of separation. We feel resistance and fall asleep to the larger reality of ourselves: We are at one with the Universe. Life always gives us what we ask for.
Continuing his exploration of "The Alchemist", Rev. Patrick discusses the journey, synchronicity, intention, revelations, and paying attention. He encourages us to remember that everything happens for the greatest good. Our treasure is here now.
Today's talk is given by Rev. Dr. Gail Schultz, the founder of our Centre in 1983, now ministering at the Centre for Spiritual Awareness in Victoria, BC.
She notes that self awareness is of no value unless it is lived.
Her talk is structured around the following three points:
- Is the Infinite Presence and Power enjoying life as you?
- Let us audaciously examine every area of our life to see if we are being courageous.
- It's never too late (or too soon) for us to say "yes" to life in a greater, grander way than we have in the past.
Rev. Patrick reminds us that everything is God in expression and that the Universe is always conspiring for us, even in the face of death and personal tragedy. He gives a live demonstration of affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, to show us how it is done and how we work with it.
Taking spontaneous questions from the audience, Rev. Patrick explains the basics of the Science of Mind teaching, how spiritual mind treatment works, the principle of praying for "this or something better", a story of seeking unconditional love, and how all of life is conspiring for our fulfillment.
- How can we answer when our friends ask, "What religion are you?"
- What about fate?
- What about Christian Science?
- How do I hold onto my positive affirmations when my inner critic confronts them with "reality"?
- What about the existence of natural disasters and suffering?
- Do we believe in life after death?