We must look at a thing long enough until it has no more power over us.
In this talk, the community undertakes a cleansing and visioning exercise to help break through old patterns and fears.
Our task is this: to mine the depths of our being and become more informed and intimately connected with the truth of our being. And in so doing, we will be guided in our journey. In other words, when we know who we are, we begin to live out of inspiration.
Ernest Holmes, our founder, said, "Our natural state of being is abundance and freedom." Wouldn't it be amazing to live more from our natural state? We can, if we are willing to do the following:
This year's theme is the Year of Spiritual Practice, and this month's word is study.
Inside our mind's "land of editing", we have to decide what's going to be a diamond and what's going to be a rock. We are geared for discovery, and we're designed to decide which experiences we will label as good and as bad.
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.