Luke's telling of the Christmas story is a message of hope. Drawing from the work of Alexander Shaia's interpretation of this gospel, we hear Luke's voice saying, "When you think there is no turnaround, keep going."
Invoked or not, God is present.
We are about moving into leadership in a way that is powerful, that is spiritual. We are here, taking a stand, making a declaration to create a new reality, to move from resignation to new possibility. We need to learn to internalize our capacity for moving from resignation to new possibility. This is the soul experience. It is spiritual because it has to do with the human heart.
Most of us have learned from society that there is something wrong with us. We can easily become caught up in a hundred fears which constrict us and our energy. When we are consumed by our fears, we forget the universal principle of more. We are seeking to increase our capacity for responsiveness, for aliveness, for connection---we just forget how.
Those who cannot change their thoughts cannot change anything. -- George Bernard Shaw
The ones who think they are crazy enough to change the world are the ones that do. -- Steve Jobs
We are crazy enough to believe in the unitive field of oneness. We are crazy enough to believe that we are all connected.
We shift consciousness by not engaging in the language and behaviour of separateness or fear. Matt Damon said, "Please find what you can do to make a difference." Learn something, and then share it with someone else.
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.