In this final talk for the year, Rev. Patrick discusses setting intentions and how we measure success around those intentions.
In reflecting upon our lives, we need to understand where we are before we head off in a new direction.
If we don't create a blueprint for what we would like our lives to express, then we become subject to the law of averages.
Finding the Christ is about the birthing of a consciousness. Finding the Christ is the universality of sonship, embodied in any individual who recognizes that sonship. It is available to us if we're available to It. The Eternal is forever begetting that which is the realization of Its own perfection. Spirit is always looking for more expression. We must develop the spiritual awareness and the capacity for Spirit's expression.
"Our divine inheritance is self-sufficiency, perfection, peace, wholeness, and this must include abundance, self-expression, accomplishment, and happiness. The nature of happiness is peace. The nature of peace is harmony. The nature of harmony is joy..." -- Ernest Holmes
Rev. Catherine McLeod tells of meeting John of God, as well as stories from the life of Nelson Mandela.
If we look at everyone we meet as a holy person, we will be happy.
Each one of us is a holy person. We must live our lives in such a way that we remember that we are holy.
Let us step outside our belief system and live in our "don't know" mind. Let us become our own guru. Once we've found our own inner power, let us live from inside out.
It is one of the most difficult things, not to change society, but to change oneself.
Franz Kafka once wrote, "Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
How has our life changed in the past year? What is our part to play in our own transformation? For example, say we wish to experience more beauty. In order to move into beauty, we need order. So it is our part to find ways to bring more order into our lives.
There is a difference between being motivated by desire versus acting from inspiration.
This mystical experience of the awareness of the Divine within us sometimes happens in glimpses, like getting a peek through the window of the possibility that life holds for us. But it takes doing our spiritual work, our preparation, to release ourselves from the obstacles of our error of belief, to clear the path, that that which is always within us may flow freely through us. And it's not by our choice---we don't choose what day the snow arrives---which day Spirit chooses to enter and fill us with that bliss of Its being.
On the theme of what we really want for our children, Rev. Connie Nissen focuses on the Centre's youth programme by interviewing two youth leaders and a parent/advisor.
The youth ministry in our Centre and around the world has become a youth-led ministry. The youth are helping each other learn to value themselves, to be risk takers, to be self-reliant, to be free from stress and anxiety, to have peaceful lives, to celebrate the present moment, to experience a lifetime of wellness, to be creative, to fulfill their higher needs, and to feel a sense of purpose in their life.
Like a mechanical pump which must be primed, so are our lives. We have to "give something up," such as when one pours water into the top of a pump to prime it. What does this mean in our spiritual lives?
It means we choose to pick things up energetically from a Higher Source. It means we take time to learn and to look at things until they have no more power over us. It means we do the releasing work we must do in order to grow. It means in order to have financial abundance, we tithe.
The key, as it is with everything, is the attitude, or consciousness, we act from.
As thinking beings, we have the capacity to futurize, to forecast events in our lives. But often, this gives us a constant state of stress, because our forecasting is one of doom and gloom, and this can lead to disease in our lives.
The challenge is to believe in a greater future compared to where we've come from.
If we have memorized negativity, lack and limitation, then those become our way of being. The shift requires willingness to step into a new possibility. If we don't take responsibility for our lives, who will? This requires more than positive thinking.