Today's talk centres around untying the knots that limit our magnificence and abundance.
We are enough, just as we are: There is a perfection that lives within each and every person. We don't obtain it---we reveal it. Ernest Holmes put it this way, "I am guided by the same intelligence and inspired by the same imagination which scattered the moonbeams across the waves and holds the force of nature in its grasp."
We are a community of possibility thinkers. We are powerful beyond measure, and there is nothing that we cannot become.
If we want to do a thing that is really worth doing, we must mentally grow until we are that thing which we want to see made flesh. This may take time, but we should be glad to use all of the time necessary to reach the desired outcome. -- Ernest Holmes
Inspired by the book Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Dr. Patrick speaks about the power of abundance.
Abundance is not just about finances, but about the fullness of life.
Jean Houston wrote, "We have no choice but to democratize greatness and utilize the whole continuum of human and Divine potential. The Science of Mind says this is not only possible, it is what is expected of us."
"A mind that has been stretched to a new idea will never go back to its old condition." -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
In studying The Abundance Book by John Randolph Price, we realize the power of ideas as seeds in our lives. We must honour our ideas and then set a clear intention and a clear ask. We then move into living our true nature; we are only scratching the surface of what we are capable of.
When we are living from our heart, the tone of the room changes.
Charles Holt, in sharing his story, speaks about the compelling pull of the hero's journey. We start life by acquiescing to others' wishes for us. But we seek to find our own life and to start living it. We begin finding the place where we can say, "I'm home!"
The promise is given to us. The journey turns from inward to outward. The performance art transforms into a healing art. We learn we are here to be an inspiration, to be a healing tone for someone and for ourselves.
Prayer grounds us. It connects us to something larger than ourselves. Whatever we believe, our prayer should bring energy into our lives. The whole purpose of prayer is to open us up to a Divine Energy. Prayer connects us to faith.
We find that prayer is essential to happiness. For righteous prayer sets the Law of Spirit in motion for our good. Prayer is essential to the conscious well-being of our souls.
"Without constant Divine help, grace, illumination, and strength, no one can be a sacred activist." -- Andrew Harvey
Both Andrew Harvey and our founder, Ernest Holmes, emphasize the importance of turning to the One---God, Source---before starting any sacred activism. Our true nature is perfect, but we must partner with God to remove our imperfect cloak of limiting ideas.
"Each time a person stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he or she sends out a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance." -- Robert Kennedy
We start to learn how to create those ripples by studying Andrew Harvey's book The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism.
Sometimes we have to look at a thing long enough to realize that it no longer has power over us.
What we are praying for is already happening. Whatever we desire and hope for is already within us. To be accepting of it is to allow it to move through us.
How we long for that simple trust in life which children have. In their minds there are no doubts. They have not yet been told they are sinners, that they are destitute of divine guidance and spiritual life. The life of the child is lived in natural goodness, and God's nature is Natural Goodness.
Always be inquisitive about life. Learn early that there is truly nothing to fear. Know that you are the individualized expression of the One God.