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:
Inspired by Dan Zadra's book 5 - Where Will You Be Five Years From Today?, Dr. Patrick looks at three areas of focus:
- Chunk it---break the goal or intention down into manageable pieces.
- Your success team---gathering the people and support around you to help you achieve your goals.
- The amazing you---a call to see your true essence, creativity, potential, and unlimited capacity. Yes you can!
Focusing on the classic Science of Mind textbook authored by Dr. Ernest Holmes, Dr. Patrick looks at Chapter 3, "What It Does". He discusses three main points:
- Energy unceasingly seeking an outlet.
- This power requires our receptivity.
- Our embodied belief is the only signal this Infinite Intelligence can and will respond to.
If we seek to alter conditions and experiences, then it must first begin with our own consciousness. We practice the releasing the old to make way for the new possibility and opportunity.
For years, the Centre for Spiritual Living Edmonton has had two services each Sunday: one at 10:00 am and one at 11:30 am. Starting in 2018, Dr. Patrick will be giving two different messages. The early services will focus on the fundamentals taught by our founder, Ernest Holmes, and the Science of Mind textbook. Today, we discuss the second chapter entitled "The Way It Works."
How does the creative process respond to the individual's level of faith, receptivity, and collaboration?
Using Dan Zadra's book 5 - Where Will You Be 5 Years from Today?, Dr. Patrick looks at the importance of writing down our personal mission statement. Only we can write it, and only we can live it. It should be grounded upon our top five values. Write it with the awareness that mindfulness and balance are important. Be specific, and think big!
The best day of our life is the day that we claim it as our own. To take responsibility for the direction that our lives will take.
Everybody needs a mission statement.
Goals and Dreams. Where will we be five years from today? What will we do with the time we have over the next five years? What are our top five values? Research shows the importance of writing down our goals and consistently revisiting them.