Awareness – Our Most Valuable Currency
Life offers us opportunities at every moment; opportunities to be mindful and alert or not. Today we are possibly feeling rather heartened as our currency gains strength on international markets. Yet it is only too obvious that the currency rests on world issues as to whether it gains or loses value.
The divine supply rests perpetually within us as a part of our spiritual nature, and cannot be measured with the yardstick of the world, because it is infinite. Awareness is our most valuable currency, as it is through awareness that we connect with, and know that it is part of our spiritual nature.
It is our awareness in consciousness that is so valuable as, according to spiritual law and principle, everything has its beginning in the invisible. Or we may say: “first in mind, then in manifestation” and whatever it is cannot come into being without it first being in consciousness.
Jesus and Isaiah (examples to us all) each gave their respective messages publicly to all who would listen, but it was also not about the messengers; it was the message (the teaching) that so few really understood. Neither one watered down the truth to suit the tastes or the mood of the masses, yet all were invited to partake and benefit.
When we pay heed to the teaching of truth first, then all else shall be added. But so often it is the pull of the “all else” that grabs us and we look so often for the ‘short cut’ to that.
When we are looking at making the world a better place, then we are paying heed to human evolution – not evolution in spiritual consciousness. Human consciousness alone has not yet “saved” the world.
It is time to count ourselves as part of Isaiah’s remnant who while experiencing life on the planet, know that there is no higher goal attainable than communion with the Inner Presence. Individuals make up the masses / majority; individuals make up the Remnant – individuals who realize that awareness is the most valuable currency.
Jesus’ teaching reminds us of our individual responsibility. In mindfully playing our part, we see past the things of the world to that which is truth, and in spiritual truth we do not depend on things of the world. Isaiah and Jesus served God not for personal glory but to be used to bring the message of truth to all who would hear.
Through awareness, let us invest in the Inner Presence.
SUNDAY SERVICES: All are welcome to join us each week as we take time to Be Still, in Silent Meditation, and then share a Lesson in Truth Principles. NB. Childcare is available if you phone us on Friday before 10:00am to arrange.
Meditation – 09:30 to 09:45
Service – 09:45 to 10:30
04 Rev. Elizabeth Dugmore
11 Rosemary Batchelor
18 Rev. Mallory Kretzmann
25 Sylvia van Zyl
12:00 NOON – MEDITATION: Our Sanctuary is open Tuesday to Friday from 12 noon to 1pm for meditation. We invite you to join us for an hour or any part thereof. Come in, light a candle…. Be Still and Know. Our focus for this month is: Purifying our motives. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matt.5:8
ACT MEMBERS’ MARKET: The market this month will be held on Sunday 18 September. Once again the market will be held indoors. Members who have “wares” to sell are welcome to do so on the allocated Sunday, but it is important that set-up is before the Service commences. Should you wish to participate call us on 041-5813309 for details. Sellers to tithe 10% of their sales towards the renovation project.
THE SECRETS OF SYMBOLS: (Part One: The Water Symbol). Join us for a Social/supper evening at ACT for a talk and power-point presentation by Louise Luders. A Delicious simple meal will be served, with complimentary sherry, surprise dessert, as we take a peek at some of the world’s most ancient and well known symbols. Friday 09 September; time 6:00pm for 6:30pm. R60-00 per person. Space is limited and bookings have now almost exceeded the number we can accommodate, but we can put you on the list in case of last-minute cancellations.
WEDNESDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Join Mallory for the follow-on of the guided meditations in the tradition of the Kabbalah. The duration of the meditation is 45 minutes, to be followed by discussion and your donation includes tea / coffee. Commences: 14 September at 10:00am, and continues over a period of seven weeks.
TRIP TO ADDO ELEPHANT PARK: September, being heritage month here in South Africa, the park is open free to the public from Monday 12 September to Friday 16 September. We are taking advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the natural vegetation and wildlife right on our doorstep, and invite you to join us on a day trip to the park with a group from ACT. Seats in vehicles are limited and if you are able to use your own vehicle and offer someone a seat it will be appreciated. Please bring own packed lunches and water for a picnic lunch. For any more details kindly contact Sylvia van Zyl on: 083-7082857. Cost towards fuel for those getting a lift is R60-00 per person.
ACT LIBRARY: The Library continues to serve the members and books are being processed and catalogued continuously to add to the already vast selection on offer. Members may enjoy this facility during the hours of 09:00 to 12 noon from Tuesday to Friday each week, and after the Service on a Sunday morning. CD’s of the Sunday lessons are available to order directly after the Service in the Library.
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL: Renewal reminders were sent out recently and we thank you for your enthusiastic response. We have also been approached by several individuals who have suggested that we include our banking details in the newsletter, making it possible for those who wish, from time to time, to make an additional donation or tithe. Your support in consciousness and kind, assists us in maintaining the Centre, and being here as a “pillar of truth” in the community, and we thank those individuals who are mindful of this. Banking details are: Account name: Association of Creative Thought; Nedbank account number: 1215008392; branch code: 121517.
DIVINE SCIENCE U.K. – Revs. Dave and Ishbel Bailey – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 01892 752085
In Closing …..
“Then there is Sir James Jeans, who says that the universe is “just God.” He says that there isn’t anything in the universe but God; that all the power there is, is God; that all the intelligence, all the substance there is, is God; that there is nothing else. So, you see, he quite agrees with the Apostle Paul, who said, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” We live in the One Power; we move in the One Substance; we have our being in the One Intelligence.
We are in the midst of a vast dynamic Power, which is greater than anything we can possibly imagine. That Power is in us. We are charged with It. It is not far off. There is no separation of It from us. It is in the midst of us and we are in the midst of It. It lives, and moves and has Its being in man. It works through man to will and to do. Nothing is impossible to this God Power.”
H.B. Jeffery – The Spirit of Prayer