March 2014

Dear Friends,

“Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet……”

I had always been under the impression that chameleons changed colour to fit in, or blend with, the particular or current environment they occupied. Further investigation proved me wrong.  Most of the reason chameleons change colour is as a signal, a visual signal of mood and aggression, territory and mating behaviour. So a calm chameleon is a pale greeny colour.  When it gets angry, it might go bright yellow, and when it wants to mate, it basically turns on every possible colour it can which shows that it’s in the mood.  This is not unique to chameleons.  Other animals also have these chromatophores. Cuttlefish are another very elegant example of how this works.  So it’s not so much to do with camouflage.  It’s more to do with communication.
Now you may be wondering where I am going with this, and I can assure you that it is not a biology lesson.  Rather, I want to illustrate how it is that we too, like the chameleon, “change colour.”  We change to suit our daily occupations: as accountants, lawyers, wives, mothers, bosses, shop assistants, mechanics, teachers, and there are many other examples.  We also change when we are faced with challenges, fears, and threats.  We change when we are feeling safe, secure and loved.  And of course I am not talking about anything as dramatic as the chameleon – we do not change colour.
When the chameleon is calm (centred) it is a pale greeny colour as that is its natural state; when we are connected to our inner truth – our Source, to the ‘Kingdom that is not of this world,’ then our calmness, our stillness comes through. And it is from this place of connectedness in consciousness that we maintain our true identities as we partake in the world, in our occupations whatever they might be;  our natural state – as children  come forth from the One Originating Source of all Life.

Now, last month, I referred to three different individuals as sources of mysticism.  But for the purpose of this message I am going back to an old favourite – Joel Goldsmith:
“Try to see how difficult it is to stop praying for yourself, for your life, for what you shall eat or what you shall drink, or where-with-all you shall be clothed, or what transportation you shall have or what home you shall have, or what companionship you shall have. Think of wiping all of those things from your thought in order that you may be children of God. In order that you might seek the realm of God, the kingdom of God — my kingdom which is not of this world. You cannot apply my kingdom, my grace, my power, my peace to this world.
Therefore, we must be healed of this world as the Master was. “I have overcome this world.” I haven’t improved it. I haven’t enriched it. I haven’t made it free. I haven’t rid it of war. I have overcome it. I have wiped out of consciousness both the good and the evil. The evil and the good. Why? Because in seeking the kingdom of God, I am not seeking the kingdom of good humanhood. I am not seeking the realm of better human experience. In seeking the kingdom of God, I am seeking the kingdom of God. What is the kingdom of God? You do not know. And you never will know until you get there.

The question is, “Why should we seek it?” And indeed it’s a good question. And as long as that question is in our thought we shouldn’t seek it. It involves a life of dedication. And there we again come up against the practical ones. “I don’t have that much time.” “I’m not free enough.” As long as those excuses are in the thought it is better to follow them. It is folly to try to succeed while making excuses. If there is anything present in your thought greater than the attainment of the kingdom of God, the kingdom of God will not be attained. It is the pearl of great price. It is that for which you exchange everything — all of your time, all of your energy, all of your effort. And yet no one has ever been called upon to neglect the duty to their family, to their nation, to their community. Strange but it is so.”

In our teaching of the Omnipresence of God, it is emphasized that there is no space where God is not. God is the substance of all form – in, through, and as all form. In order to understand this, it needs to be realized in consciousness.

We have it stated in the words by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in his poem: Higher Pantheism, “Closer is He than breathing, and nearer than hands and feet,… and the ear of man cannot hear, and the eye of man cannot see.”  Every breath we take, we are breathing in Life, God.  Every breath is a prayer of gratitude, because without breath we have no life.   And Tennyson is saying what we read in 1 Cor:2-9:  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

In Francois du Toit’s book – God believes in You, he states:  “Nothing makes you more vulnerable than to be driven by a sense of need or lack.  Nothing makes you more beautiful than a sense of total fulfillment.  The awareness of who we really are and considering the greatness that dwells in us is out of all proportion to the lie of lack and need.”
You see he is saying what Goldsmith is saying – what Jesus taught – what so many others who have experienced this truth for themselves, are sharing.  God is an experience in consciousness and as we realize this and practice the awareness of this presence, we will know His grace as our sufficiency.

I began by talking about the chameleon changing colour, yet the pale green being its normal colour.  We do the same; we change too, only we do it with our identities when we believe that we are not children of God – heirs to the kingdom; when we believe that we have to strive for, fix, and create a kingdom in the world. We either believe who we are in truth or we don’t.  And it needs to be a conscious realization that can only be “achieved” when we experience it for ourselves.
God’s grace is my sufficiency – it is up to me to realize this truth.

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.
Meditation      –    09:30 to 09:45
Service                –    09:45 to 10:30
Childcare is available except during school holidays.

SPEAKERS – MARCH:
02– Rev Mallory Kretzmann
09– Rosemary Batchelor
16 – Rev Mallory Kretzmann
23 – Sylvia van Zyl
30 – Special Service
Please note this roster is subject to change without notice.

SPECIAL SERVICE 30 MARCH 09:30:  We invite you to join us as the status of Minister Emeritus is conferred on Rev. Helen Penfold marking her official retirement.  There will be tea and fellowship after the service, where we will be presenting Helen with a gift towards which many have already so thoughtfully contributed.

ABUNDANCE CLUB:
The Abundance Club draw for the February winner, will take place after the service on Sunday 02 March.  Put yourselves in line to win R1000.00 in the monthly draws; there is still time to sign up.  It is R250.00 for the five draws from February to June inclusive; then R250-00 for the next five months, July to November.  Some folk prefer to pay R500.00 up front for the year, and we thank those who have already supported the Centre in this way!

ACT WALK:  We had a most enjoyable walk from Kini Bay to Lawries Bay in February.  It is always so good to spend time in nature – food for the soul.  The details for the March walk were not available at time of going to print but you will be informed in due course.  The walks are a wonderful opportunity to get to know other members and friends and folk are always filled with new energy and enthusiasm after participating.
For more information please call Marlene on: 076-3093781

In closing…………

It is the destiny of 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 for by the law of expression like produces like, and thus is made plain the principle of omnipresence – All is One.
Christ is the divinity, “the light that lighteth every man,” and, being universal, and formed in all, makes everyone a son.  This does not lessen the divinity of Jesus but reveals the divinity of all mankind.
Divine Science – Its Principle and Practice

AN EXPRESSION OF DEEP GRATITUDE to my dear friend and colleague, Helen.  We have worked, and grown together in service to ACT and Truth for nearly twenty years.  It has been such a privilege to share the journey with one who holds dear, and keeps to, the purity of the Teaching.
As folk have already stated, Helen will always be a part of ACT, and it is inevitable that the seeds she has planted will bear fruit.  As we move forward and continue to uphold our purpose for the Centre, we know that Helen, in turn, in her retirement, will be upheld in consciousness by us all.

Bountiful blessings,

MALLORY