How do we do Easter as metaphysicians? We interpret scripture metaphorically and metaphysically. There is a meaning upon the words.
It's all Spirit, it's all God. In this dualistic world that we fall asleep in, what is happening is that this Icon, this Idea, is giving Itself to the world to bring forth the light of Radiance into the world and to reveal that nothing is separate from Divinity.
Following Derek Rydall's Emergence, Dr. Patrick leads us through an exercise of activating our "emerginations", to help us discover and process our soul's purpose.
He then gifts us with a Rumi poem about breaking up the soil, a metaphor on how breaking our old patterns is necessary to cultivate the life energy of our soul.
"Our spirit needs to follow the changes happening in the spacious place it knows about. There, the scene is always new, a clairvoyant river of picturing, more beautiful than any on earth."
To the scientific mind, the will of God is manifest in the immutable laws of the universe. For the overzealous religious, their definition of the will of God appears to come through some special revelation giving birth to a certain spiritual system of thought which forever after is to be taken dogmatically and accepted without question, a truth and a faith once and for all delivered. But it is evident that God's will and God's nature must be identical. If the nature of God is limitation and bondage, then the will of God must be limitation and bondage.
We, like all others, are seeking the joy of living. This urge is in every individual; it is in every thing.
Life has entered into us and, with it, the irresistible impulse to create. Socrates called it Spirit. Jesus called it Father in Heaven. Some ancients called it Atman. Why not just call it Me? The Complete Me. This is the Infinite Presence, and we are It.
This Sunday, Rev. Tammie Banting considers the difference between and the merits of worshipping the God we believe in or the God Who Is. The God who is believed in is, at times, some part of the God Who Is. Therefore whatever God we believe in---provided we believe this God is already in us---must respond to us at the level of our belief. It is done unto each of us as we believe. The principle is infallible. The practice is what we make it.
She also asks whether we see Dr. Patrick as an ordinary professional minister or as a spiritual superhero---red tights, cape, and all!
Belief is a certain way of thinking, it is an activity of consciousness.
Faith is an affirmative mode of thought that says "I can" as opposed to "I can't" or "I shall not".
In today's talk, Dr. Patrick touches on the artist's mentality, the experience, and how to take offense the right way.
Spirituality is a rather elusive thing. We can touch it through an artist's mentality. The Artist feels beauty, senses its presence, and to a degree communes with it. In the same way, we can find a communion with the Invisible Harmony, the Supreme Being, the Mind, the Heart of God, or the Creative Essence.
We are the ever-expanding Principle of Conscious Intelligence. -- Ernest Holmes
Today's talk is given by Dr. Jane Simmons, an ordained Unity minister, author of You Can't Sleep Through Your Awakening.
She reminds us, as Gurdjieff wrote, "We can't unconsciously become conscious." Let us not forget, we are spiritual beings having spiritual business to transact on this physical plane.
We came here to really embody this truth, that we are Spirit expressing Itself in a body.
Digging into Ernest Holmes' book Living the Science of Mind Dr. Patrick looks at the chapter entitled "Self-Awareness is Not Enough".
The three main points are: paradox, self-awareness, and self expression. A paradox is a statement or situation that defies logic. Our big paradox is that we are human and yet we are divine.
We are here in complete freedom. We can choose to be a vessel for Spirit or not. Self-awareness clears the track for right action---self-expression.
Three key areas of focus: