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.
This week, Rev. Patrick explores ideas around healing. For years, we have lived in wrong thought. Our thinking is undisciplined, so we fall into old patterns of experience. Hence we need spiritual practice. For example, with meditation, we are able to sit with what is bubbling up for us and look at it. Furthermore, through gratitude, we are able to shift our thoughts in a new direction.
Preparation is an important part of the spiritual journey. So in today's talk, Rev. Patrick outlines six tools that help us to prepare: Meditation, education, circulation, service, affirmative prayer, and celebration.
Were we to fully undertake these practices, we would live today in a sense of confidence, peace, and joyful expectancy.
Spirit is Changeless Reality. That which we call personality is the instrument through with Spirit operates. But Spirit can operate for the individual only by operating through him/her. The degree to which we open ourselves to that activity is the degree to which we experience shifts and changes toward our desired outcome.
Our teaching is mystical and practical. It must be practical because mysticism is about living the Divine.
In his own life, Carmien Owen has begun engaging with the news as a spiritual practice, to apply the principles of our teaching to what others observe in the world. For example, regarding the latest major conflict in the news, he concludes: To presume that there must be violence to end violence in Syria, is to see Syrians as lesser than they truly are.