Newsletter – December 2018 / January 2019

“There is always a Spiritual Solution.”

Dear Friends

As we get older – and aging really is a gift – it is an opportunity to experience another aspect of life on this planet. What was important before, in many instances, does not count for anything now.

You see, aging (in the world) is deemed something to avoid and there are many so-called “solutions” to prevent it – face creams, herbal remedies to ingest, and so on and so on. And I do not believe that it is aging so much, that we try to avoid, but that it seems to bring us closer to dying; and then what happens next? If it seems the end of the road, we need to realize that the “road” never ends, and we do not die! And of course, when I say: “we do not die,” I am referring to the eternality of who we are in truth – spirit/soul. And we do not have to die physically either, to realize this.

Whether we realize it or not, we all share the same heritage – the same spiritual heritage. I share the following words from Nona Brooks (one of the founders of Divine Science), who states: What you and I think does not change the truth of Life. Divine Law is working irrespective of our opinions; let us cooperate with the working of law. If we depend upon our inner heritage, the outer will take care of itself.

Now, this guidance or advice seems so simple does it not? And we keep coming back to the principle that Jesus used and taught: “It is the Father within that doeth the work – I, of mine own self, can do nothing.” The Father he was referring to is the indwelling Presence, present in us; in fact, omnipresent in all creation. Yet we continue to depend on the outer – things of the world, opinions, judgements, guarantees……and what is being proved all around us? The outer things of the world cannot be depended upon!

You see, we are having to go one step further than believing in God. Many people know about God, but how many people KNOW GOD? How many experience God; that inner Presence? How many are willing to trust, and surrender to the only power in the universe – God?

Every problem, every situation and circumstance, has a spiritual solution; in our humanness we strive so hard, at times to fix things; while in the eyes of God there is nothing to be fixed. We keep turning to humanity to fix our problems; “money will solve everything;” “if I could just get a new job;” “once I have achieved, this, that or the other; or a new party will rule, or the drought will end, and, and, and…” life will be different.

We mostly turn to God to fix the very things that human consciousness has created, which has nothing to do with God. There is no power in conditions – yet by our very thinking, emotional attachment, and perhaps even our resistance, we give situations and conditions power. We forget that the kingdom of God is within. In fact we have It all in consciousness – but in order to experience It, we need to mindfully recognize and embrace It – allow It.

Although we cannot hide from the trials and tribulations of the world, we can remember that Jesus referred to these things as appearances and instructed: “Judge not according to appearance but judge righteous judgment.” (John 7:24) There is no power or presence apart from God; and when we get caught up in world issues, we are, perhaps without realizing it, entertaining the idea of a power other than God.

 

In closing…………

There is no power in conditions. There is no power in personality. Even my own misguided thinking can no longer hurt me as I see it as false. I turn to the Infinite Wisdom within for clarification.

The Truth is revealed to me and this Truth is my healing. God speaks to me, in my own mind…coming through something I read or the spoken word of others. I no longer resist criticism. It may be God speaking to me through one of God’s other children.

Nothing can stand in the way of Truth. It cuts through my mistaken thinking as a strong light pierces the darkness. I am willing to have the Truth revealed to me though it shatters my ego.

 God alone has power over me, and this power is Love. It will not fail me or forsake me and I am continually grateful that this is so.

– Malinda Cramer –

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – November 2018

Let us BE on Purpose

Dear Friends

We all need purpose in Life. In scripture we read: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” I prefer to use the word purpose, in place of vision. If we consider nature – especially now in Spring – we cannot help but be aware of the purpose of each season – when it seems that that which has been nurtured within is ready to wake up and come forth into expression.

In Genesis, we have the creation story where we are told God brought forth all creation and saw that it was good. And it is still so today; and our purpose in Life is to allow that which God imaged, to come forth through individual consciousness.

Each of us has a purpose in Life – a role to play; and if some of us have difficulty with that; perhaps are unable to identify a specific purpose in Life right now, or feel hopeless about it all, then let us take note together of what we do have to work with. And in doing so, hopefully come to a place where we can feel motivated by Truth.

According to the text book:
Divine Science Its Principle and Practice: “The purpose of creation is that the Creator may express, and the purpose of individual creation is that the Creator may be expressed through and by the individual. Man is created to carry on the work of the Creator and he should know that he too, is a triune being, that he is cause, action, and result on his plane of existence, in his world of experiences, conditions and affairs. The Law of Expression works through man as certainly as it does in God’s process of creation.”

And there we have it: we will always be part of the creative process, whether we are aware of it or not. Of course, awareness is so important; it is only through awareness that we can make conscious choices and not get carried along on the tide of human opinion.

A little story: A king rode through a forest one day and saw that many of the trees had targets on them, and on every target was an arrow smack in the middle. The king was most impressed and proceeded to look for the archer who, when found, told him the secret of his success. He would first shoot the arrow and then draw the target around it.

Well at least the man was honest. Many of us are inclined to focus on the area surrounding the target, and any little distraction becomes a wonderful excuse for delaying the moment of truth. If we really want to hit the target, then why are we putting it off? In this new season of purpose let us become more purposeful. As nature expresses from the inner to the outer, let us from that place of inner awareness bring forth the purpose of God; allowing the Creator expression through each one of us. God has a plan and each of us is part of the plan. Each has a purpose in this plan.

We have all come forth as divine ideas imagined first in the mind of God – the originating Source of all creation. How aware are we that this same infinite intelligence that created us, is still living us? And are we aligning ourselves with the idea that there is a divine purpose in all creation?

As Gibran states: we are the bows from which the arrows go forth. Are we allowing our arrows to fly with intention; with purpose? The arrows are our thoughts—are we hitting the target, staying focussed on Truth with our thinking? We have been given a purpose by the Creator– not to sit on the side-lines but to carry an awareness of Spirit throughout the day and during all our tasks.

 In closing……

 Jesus was the example—the teacher—who showed us the way and affirmed that it was not his mission but that of “the Father that sent me for I of mine own self am nothing.” He stated that he was bearing witness to the Presence and Power of God. And the way to bear witness is to be still and know.

 This is our true purpose: Be in the Presence, by being still, taking no thought. And of course, this demands of us that we stay focused on the “arrows” or thoughts we are sending out. Are they heading for all the things of the world, or are they aligning with the Inner Presence?

 Like the archer we need to aim our arrows (thoughts and attention) on God first, at the centre of our lives, and then concern ourselves with the outer circles of the target—outer activities of life.

 
Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

New – October 2018

Striving for the Kingdom not of this World

Dear Friends

So often our biggest struggle in life is when we try to change the world; or try to bring the Kingdom not of this world to this world. And this is simply because we do not really want to let go of this world. Even with all its problems and upheavals and struggles and at times painful issues, we still hang on for dear life.

We have become so dependent on this world, that very often we don’t even realize that it is we who are denying our inheritance – our birth-right. In fact we could go as far as to say that we struggle against ourselves.

Mostly we find it difficult to believe that each is a divine child come forth from the One Creator, the One Source of all creation. It – this Source of All, cannot be perceived with the human eye; it cannot be explained in words – it is more than, and beyond, all these human definitions. And perhaps this is where our greatest difficulty lies. We are so tuned in to our five senses; are so captured or mesmerised by what we can see, taste, touch, hear or smell, that we miss out on the deeper and more meaningful aspects of life.

None of our striving can ever change who and what we are in truth. No amount of intellectual thinking or scientific experimentation can uncover truth. It is within – IT IS. Wars can be fought, prices can go up, climates can change, our bodies can age, but Truth is constant.

Each of us is on his or her, very own sacred path – it is unique. We do not have to strive to be like others, but what would help us, is if we stick to the true script along the way. And again this requires acceptance of truth. What would be the point or purpose of the incarnation of Jesus, or Buddha or any of the other way-showers or avatars, if what they taught and shared only applied to themselves, one time around?

Yet, we stray from the script, and we create so often our own interpretations of life. And these interpretations rely on non-acceptance of truth. We formulate our own scripts – our own dramas if you like – where we may cast ourselves as victims or martyrs, and life continues as a struggle. If we do this, then it also means that we do not believe in One Creative Source in the universe.

The interesting point to realize here is that in order to change the story, we need to be willing to accept the truth that is the same for all.

It is all about STRIVING for the realization of that which we already are and have. In order to change, we have to let go! And acceptance is the first part, or step in the process of letting, letting what is, BE. It is not a case of letting go once………it is a continual process.

Over and over, we may find ourselves resisting certain things in life; and we have to remind ourselves of what it is we are “struggling against” or resisting.

The idea of letting go, and going with the flow, is allowing the accepted truth to flow through us. It does the work; our work is to align with it.

The interesting aspect when considered, is that we are all “striving” for the same thing…..the return home to truth. It does not matter what your story is; it does not matter what my story is; the only story that really holds up, as it were, is the story common to all – your truth and mine are equal.

 

In closing……

The reason we struggle is that we do not accept….We do not fully accept who we are in truth; we keep trying to prove that we are good enough, clever enough, and we even try to stay young in these bodies—forgetting that our souls are eternal.

We struggle to live up to the expectations of the world.

I really resonate with the quote from the story of The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – September 2018

“Where, Or What, Is The Promised Land?”

Dear Friends

The greatest stories, I believe, that have been passed down through the ages; spoken and written – are how to live life to the full. They are about who we are in truth, and the abundance and joy of living when we know and understand this. All the stories in the Old and New Testaments are instructions for truly living life, moving from the love of law to the law of love.

We tell a child not to do “something” because then “something else” – (the consequence) will take place, and they go ahead and do it their way anyway. Are we not perhaps all like that at times? Maybe it is because we are in fact living/creating our own stories and experiences. Then we say to others: “I’ve been there, done that…..I know what I am talking about.” It does not mean a thing! Each soul on its own individual journey through life cannot be denied the opportunity for its own unique experience.

We are going to briefly re-visit the story of Moses leading the people out of Egypt to the Promised Land. We know the story, it happened so long ago………..so we might ask: “really, what does that have to do with me?”
I do believe that each of us is on our own particular path or ‘mission,’ if you like, to reach a so-called ‘promised land’.

What is it we are we all doing, or working towards, even seeking, perhaps? We read the story in the book of Exodus and begin at the point where Moses leads the people out of Egypt. In essence he leads them from a lower state of conscious – with Egypt representing the lower consciousness, narrow places – in which they are in bondage, ignorant and enslaved. They are ignorant of spiritual truth; in bondage to the physical sense of bodily pains and bodily pleasure with belief in the power of material forms.

Moses’ purpose is to lead them to the Promised Land: that point of awakening to spiritual truth. In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, we read that the Israelites represent our thoughts that are always endeavouring to waken to spiritual truth. The Israelites in Egyptian slavery represent thoughts that once had the illumination of Spirit but have gone down into, and have become obscured by, matter and material conditions.

Each of us in our personal journeys to a deeper understanding, and coming out of bondage to ignorance of truth, finds a “Moses” or steward to guide us. This may be in the form of a book or a teacher. In our eagerness we do sometimes lose sight of, or give up on trusting, the process that is in a constant state of unfoldment. The book or teacher will not take us to the “promised land” – these are mere guides/stewards.

We may find as we journey from our own Egypt (narrow place of limited understanding) that we move forward and then at times find ourselves moving back into “slavery.” This is our ‘desert experience’ which may include vacillating between illness and health, joy and sadness, lack and abundance.

We align with the words of Jesus: My kingdom is not of this world, when we come into that state of spiritual awareness in consciousness where we drop faith and dependency on things in the external.

The story of Moses is a guide in life, on our respective paths—it is your story and mine too. The story never ends. “They lived happily ever after,”… is the beginning of the next chapter! I believe it is the destiny of each individual soul to travel the spiritual path. Yet the Promised Land is not a destination, but a realization and experience, moment to moment; and not any one is exempt from the journey.

The Promised Land—My Kingdom—is not of this world, and we need to stop looking for it in the world. We will find it in those moments of silent communion when we understand (no matter how briefly) that the I Am of me is God. Stop! Be Still—And Know—That I Am God.

 

In closing……

 We cannot use our human minds to define the Absolute, and when we speak of the Promised Land, we are speaking of perhaps even a momentary experience of it.

Our difficulty lies in trying to define everything at the level of humanity, when the Promised Land is the experience of God Consciousness.

It is the experience we have in a flash of realization that defies explanation. But it stays with us in consciousness

 

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

Newsletter – August 2018

“Do We See God in All?”

Dear Friends

Fear is perhaps the most ‘lucrative commodity’ in the world right now; but remember the words of the Master: “My kingdom is not of this world.” If we truly understand His teachings how then can we at the same time know fear, lack, or limitation? We cannot have a foot in both camps.

I refer now to Albert Einstein who stated: “We live in a world of problems which can no longer be solved by the level of thinking which created them.” Although this is a well-known quote, and we may shrug it off because we have heard it many times before; it does not mean that it does not apply to each of us, and to every situation, currently.

In our thinking (and believing) we are setting up (or making) laws for ourselves. How often are we allowing fear to become the dictator in our lives? And when we stop to consider, there is much business to be made from, and through, fear. Security in the world comes at high cost – and this can be viewed not only in money, but also at cost to our souls. We are losing perhaps, our faith; our belief, so are “giving it away” to those in the world, to ‘protect’ us.

Perhaps the biggest loss through all of this is the joy of seeing God in All. What has happened to the joy that springs spontaneously and unbidden from inside of us? Now, interestingly, this past month our meditation focus was: “The Silence” and Father Thomas Keating stated in one of his well-known quotes: “The language of God is Silence, all else is poor translation.”

It is only in the Silence (not just the absence of sound) but in that truly deep, deep, stillness where these is no intrusion from the outer, that the pure language of God is heard.   Turning inward to that still, inmost sacred space, takes no effort, yet is the most uplifting “activity” we can do for ourselves. And it becomes the easiest and simplest habit – just a few minutes, at any time during the day: Be still. It costs nothing.

In a queue at a supermarket outlet the other day, I got chatting to a young man behind me who during the conversation quoted from Zephaniah, saying: “I will change the speech of my returning people to pure speech.” He asked me if I knew of Zephaniah, and I was happy to be able to answer in the affirmative. Zephaniah was one of the prophets in Judah who warned the people about getting involved with, or being distracted by, things of the world instead of maintaining their focus on God.

The prophets throughout the Old Testament – were telling the people that they were straying away from their Truth; that all their woes were caused by the distractions as they focused on the outer, forgetting the One that is in and as, All.

Those who saw the recent full moon (followed by the eclipse) will know what I am talking about when I say how awesome it was. A huge big golden orb slowly becoming a blood moon. When we see the moon like that, a rainbow, or anything particularly in nature that grabs us, how can we not fall in love with Creation all over again. That which is expressing through all Creation, is expressing through you and me. It is God living through each one of us; through each leaf and drop of dew.

It does not matter where we turn we are always brought back to God. And again, the question arises: Are we seeing God in All? Are we seeing God in the problem, as crazy as that may seem? Each situation or challenge can be a reminder that this is an opportunity – not to be distracted by the situation or problem – but to remember who we are in truth and turn to God, in stillness.

“Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing.” Zeph.3:17 A beautiful promise: God in the midst of thee……..

Are we seeing God in All?

In closing……

“The most beautiful emotion we can experience is the mystical. It is the power of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive form—this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong in the rank of devoutly religious men. Albert Einstein

Bountiful blessings,

 Mallory

Newsletter – July 2018

“Don’t Get Into The Quicksand Of Life”

Dear Friends

When I talk about not getting into the “quicksand” of life, I am not referring to literal quicksand, but to those times when we may feel we are facing what seem to be inextricable circumstances; not knowing which way to turn; not being able to even conceive of a solution.

Have you ever been seemingly mistreated or mis-understood, and then those around you (in your so-called best interests) have egged you on to… take action – fight back, do something, don’t take whatever it is, lying down? To me, this is getting into the quick-sand.

I refer briefly now to Job, and we had a whole class devoted to Job, in our Old Testament Class last year; because there is so much we can learn from his situation. Most know the story where it seemed this upright man of the community who appeared to “have it all” was losing everything. One disaster after another befell him, even to the extent that he was beset with boils, so could hardly sit. To put it bluntly, according to world view, his life was in tatters.

His friends, with their “good advice” were getting into the “quicksand” with him. Through it all though, he held to his faith in God: and this was his neutral point. During what was going on around him, and seemingly to him, he kept his focus on truth. And as we know, through his faith and holding to truth and a new understanding, Job came through it all.

We do not help anyone at all by “getting into the quicksand with them.” We assist most when we maintain that aligned position in Truth; that position in spiritual understanding that knows that vacillating between opposites exists at the level of the world; and will always exist until consciousness is raised to perceive and understand we cannot harness or create a brand-new energy or change our respective experiences, if we continue to hold onto where we currently are now.

You see we come back so often, to that point where we trust what we perceive in the world, not realizing that even that, is limited to our human perception. Our emotions, together with our thoughts are all too often governed by what we perceive in the world, supported by mass consciousness. Are we allowing that in our lives? This is getting into the quicksand – and being stuck in it. The only thing new then is the location of the quicksand.

Don’t get involved at the level of the daily “up and down” issues; rather make time to turn within and be mindful of the sacredness of Life at Its originating point. Follow the teaching and example of the Master, understanding what he meant by the words: “I have overcome the world.”

In closing……
Contemplate these words from “The Way Out”:
“In the Impersonal all is one. When you can enter into the oneness of the Impersonal consciousness and can abide there at will, you will have entered into My Kingdom and have found God; and thereafter will be able to see and know Him in all His creations.
For the Impersonal Consciousness is My Consciousness; It is My Kingdom, the realm of My Being; and as I AM the Life of all things, once having entered this realm you become one with Me, and therefore one with all beings; and you can go in and out and find pasture.
For I will feed you with the Bread of the Spirit, and the Wine of Life will flow through you in rivers of Living Love, blessing you in all ways and likewise all whom you contact.”
(author of The Impersonal Life)
 
Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – June 2018

Dear Friends

“What Bread Are We Casting Upon the Water?”

We read in Ecclesiastes 11:1… “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Over many years we have been programmed to believe that all we desire and need, comes to us from the outer world. In other words: someone out there can make me happy; my job can bring me wealth; wealth will bring me comfort; and what I own will determine how high I am held in esteem by others; and so on, and on.

We have more than enough instances when the “world” tells us how we should live and what we should achieve. So, let us get to the so-called nitty-gritty of the message. When it comes to casting our bread upon the waters, we can almost visualize the action of little boys rolling small pieces of bread to put on the hooks at the end of their lines, and casting into the river. Has anyone ever done that in a dam or river? In anticipation of catching something?

Well, we are doing this whether we realize it or not – each, and every waking moment of every day, we are casting ‘something’ into life. When we believe that we have a need, then that is the belief or idea that we are sending out, and we will get back more need; because what we give out in thought, word and deed, (belief) does come back to us. Without realizing it, we own these ideas and beliefs.

Let us consider for a moment the metaphysical meaning of “bread.” Metaphysically speaking, bread represents universal substance; therefore, the bread that we are being exhorted to cast upon the waters is to come from what we have and are within; what we have in truth. And we can only do this, when we realize that we are not ultimately reliant on the world for that which really counts in life.

The spider is a wonderful example. It spins its web from within – it is not reliant on an outside delivery of silk thread. And so too, does our good unfold from within, when we accept the idea in consciousness.

When we begin to realize that the kingdom of God is within us, then from a point of wisdom we also need to realize that is must flow from us. This is God expressing through Its creation.

Tying in perfectly with the message are these words from Dr Al Salazar: “Whatever it is that we dwell upon on a consistent basis, or whatever it is that we habitually think with feeling, sooner or later will mirror itself in our environment. It is our own attitudes and beliefs that have a way of projecting themselves into our world of personal experiences. We are dealing with law and not with luck, fate or chance.”

God’s law is giving; God’s law is outpouring and expressing. And money is simply one of the facets. We are to pour out forgiveness and understanding, love and compassion, without thought of any return. Again, it needs to be emphasised that it is God giving through us.

There is but one Source of supply in creation, and this Source uses us as a means through which to express Its infinite love, peace, and wisdom…and in fact all that we need, according to our consciousness.

Each one is a child of God – an expression of the Divine, and it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Yet, according to the teaching of Jesus – it is up to each one to experience this divine heritage by loving all, blessing all, doing good to all; understanding that in Spirit we are one.

It is up to each one of us. So let us cast our bread upon the waters in the most mindful way, as we live each day, aware of the Presence that is with us always.

In closing……

“What you put into this life is what you will take out. What you put into your spiritual practice is what you will take out. What you give and cast on the water of the bread of life is what is going to come back to you, pressed down and running over.”  

Joel Goldsmith

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – May 2018

“The Spiritual Principle of Supply”

Dear Friends

Many years ago, I remember coming in to contact with individuals, at different times and circumstances, who seemed to “have it all,” and I wanted what they had.

This had nothing to do with anything on the material level, but it seemed that from within they were living life fully, filled with an inner joy and zest for living.

We come to realize though, that we cannot get from anyone, what we already do have. This needs to be realized and accessed within ourselves, understanding that each, and everyone, has the same God-given gifts.

In Ecclesiastes we read that “nothing can be added unto you and nothing can be taken away.” This passage calls for us to begin understanding who we are in truth; identifying ourselves as spiritual beings in temporary form. We are also called then, in consciousness, to place our reliance on the Invisible Source of all Creation—God.

How many depend on a monthly salary, pension, or trust fund benefit—a limited amount? When we rely on the Infinite Source of All Supply, we are relying on Something intangible; and this Something, is the Grace of God. Are we prepared to do that?

When we glibly state: “my needs are always met,” or “thy Grace is my sufficiency,” what do we mean? What is supply?

Is money supply? – No! Is food supply? – No! Are gold bars supply? – No! These are just some of the symbols of supply. Supply is invisible and, we are told, within us.

Joel Goldsmith gives a clear example of this when he uses the example of an orange tree. He states that a crop of fruit from the tree is not supply, but that supply is operating inside of the tree and will appear each season as the fruit. The fruit being the symbol of supply of the orange tree.

How many of us have been brought up to believe that money is supply? Well it is this very belief, which continues today, and is the cause of all lack and limitation that is seen around us today.

Consciousness is supply, as is Spirit, or the Infinite Invisible Source of all creation. What belief are we sowing from because, as we sow we reap. According to Paul: “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap

According to Paul: “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Gal.6:8

Well, the consequences of sowing to the flesh is evidenced often in news headlines.

We talk about and teach that each of us is endowed with the spiritual qualities or inherencies of Love, Peace, Joy, Beauty, Wisdom, Understanding and Knowledge.

We have also embodied within us the spiritual quality of Supply. All gifts to be realized in consciousness; we don’t need to pray to get, or have them, added to us. They are already ours, waiting to be realized and embraced in consciousness.

Within each individual is the innate desire to bring forth the fruits of that which we are in truth. There will always come a stirring from within, urging us to connect with the truth of our being. When we heed it, we discover for ourselves, that…. “no-thing can be added unto us, and nothing can be taken away” from that which is whole and complete—perfect at its Source.

 

In closing…..

Let us keep our thinking true to the principle of God and God in action as the basis for our thinking. God and God in action then, is the Universe. Eternal evolution is the law of Being. We have within us the power to unfold continuously in the realization of God-Consciousness. We are alive in God, the eternal Creator expressing as Creation.”

Nona L. Brooks –  Mysteries

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory

Newsletter – April 2018

The Key to Life:  A Consciousness of God

 I begin with a quote from Jean Pierre. de Caussade: “Complete self-abandonment is as simple a thing as its effects are wonderful. It is a secret without a secret – an art without an art. This road of faith leads us to find God in every moment.”

 In our Divine Science Classes, once we have the basic understanding of the “material” – it may well be the Basic Principle Class, or Meditation, or Bible Mystery and Meaning in Old or New Testament; but once we have gone through investigating the notes, and had discussion, it is of no value to us until, and unless, we move it “up a notch” to the experience.

In our New Testament Class, we are carrying through a “thread of wisdom,” based on Jesus’ teaching using the passage from Luke 12:22-32, to tie all ten weeks together. And the passage begins: “take no thought,” and really what it means is that human thoughts are not spiritual; cannot produce spirituality. For me, this is the foundation upon which I view the lessons of the New Testament. What we already are cannot be changed by “taking thought..”

 We need to understand that we are not consciously in the spiritual realm or kingdom of God, until we rise above human thoughts and things of this world. Being aware of our thoughts, realizing that we can on the mental level change our thinking and perception of Life is a starting point – then we move beyond that to the point where we begin to understand that “taking thought,” cannot bring us closer to what we already are.

When Jesus told us: I am the Truth, the Life and the Way; what he was indicating is that the Christ Consciousness – the I Am within each, and every individual, is that. His mission was to reveal this truth for mankind. In fact, it is the destiny of all mankind to express the Christ, for this cosmic principle within each individual soul is “the way, the truth, and the life.”

The true individual life is an expression of the Infinite Life, God. According to the law of expression like produces like, thus affirming for all mankind that each soul has come forth from the One Infinite Source of all creation—each an expression, a child of God.

Christ is the divinity, or light in every soul, making each, and everyone, a son or daughter; sharing the same birth-right – in Spirit. We can be told this in classes; we can read it in books; but then, in order for it to be proved in our own lives, we need to experience this within consciousness.

We read in Philippians 2:5,6 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.” And it does not really matter whether we call it Christ Consciousness, or Buddha Consciousness, or the consciousness of other way-showers who knew and aligned with their truth. It is not about the names, it is about aligning with the Presence in the present moment.

As de Caussade says: The road of faith leads us to find God in every moment. And he lived by filling the present with the Presence.

 In Closing

Divine Science is revealing to us two things: first, that healing is not a physical process but, spiritual realization: and second, that health is not a condition of physical well-being only but the realization of a state of wholeness in the individual. Healing is the turning from the belief in disease to the realization of Gods Presence and Perfect Activity. God is health. Do I hear you asking, Since God is health and God is omnipresent, what is there to be healed? There is only one condition to be healedour misconceptions.
Nona L. Brooks –  Mysteries

Bountiful blessings,
Mallory

 

Newsletter – March 2018

“Silence: Transcending All and Uniting All, in Spirit.”

Dear Friends

Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote, “The aim of the contemplative life is not to teach a person to say prayers, but to live in God.” That last phrase “to live in God,” is really our objective or purpose and is the very heart of our teaching here at ACT.

So let us pay attention to what silence is, and when we are told: “be still….” What it really means. Be still – not, do still. It does not require that we try or force ourselves. Our intention then, or purpose, is not to enter into the Silence for any specific reason but to experience IT. And the IT I refer to is God.

Jesus said: “Take no thought….,” in other words, take no human thought. He went into that silent inner place frequently to “listen.” In the silence we are directed when we put aside all human thought and issues; and without expectation, just BE.

It only really becomes meaningful when we partake of It; when we find It in the silence. And this silence of which we speak, is available to all at any time and any place. In mindfulness, at any time, we can find ourselves on ‘holy ground.’

In “A Course in Miracles,” we read: “Be still and listen to the truth today. For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear.”

You see, whenever we become still; whenever we commune with truth in the silence, it is not for ourselves, but for all. And continuing with “A Course in Miracles,” we find the words: “Let every voice but God’s be still in me.”

In many teachings, the core is Silence. And the examples I have shared with you are to illustrate this; all coming back to the admonition of Jesus to “go into the closet and shut the door…….” Although we are in this busy world and the rapid, noisy way we live in it seems normal, more and more, there is an emerging desire for stillness, for peace, for the silence. It calls to each one of us.

And what is interesting is that we cannot bring this silence of the kingdom into the world; we connect with it, partake of it, in consciousness. The more we practise being still, even for short spells during the day, the easier it becomes. There is no effort and no expectation. Silence…. The deep, deep, inner Silence is not distracted by the noises of the world. It is far beyond that. It dissolves language barriers, and territorial boundaries, and age differences. It pays no heed to culture or human opinion. It needs never to compare or compete; in fact it is a new language.

Be still; and partake in the universal language of Silence.

In closing……..

 Within everyone is the Secret Place of the Most High. “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?” Within everyone is that inner chamber where dwelleth the High I AM. “I said, ye are gods, and all of you sons of the Most High.” That is the way the Christ speaks, but He speaks only to the Christ in you. Christ comrades with your Christhood. Christ communes with your Christhood.

When you have let go of all desire, wish, want, and every thought that concerns yourself, when you have abandoned all temporal things and given the attention of your heart to the Eternal Spirit, you will be in the place of revelation and understanding.

 H.B Jeffery – The Spirit of Prayer

 

Bountiful blessings,

Mallory