Manifesting – Support on Your Journey, Pt. 1

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been talking about different aspects of the manifestation process, about bringing our wants, needs and desires into visibility in our own life experience.

We want to achieve the wholeness that we seek, the fulfillment of the activity of Spirit within us. We want to experience a real movement toward our outer goals in life and experience living in increasingly more desirable conditions, with more joy, more happiness, more wisdom, the ability to function better in all areas of responsibility.

In order to advance into that experience, you must seek a conscious contact with an advanced state of mind, with the super-conscious mind, the Christ Mind, the Master Mind.

In order to have this experience you must believe that this dimension of mind does exist and become enthusiastic about the possibilities that exist for you right now as you establish your own personal contact with the source of all good.

You must know without a doubt that you are one with the flow of all good into your own inner experience and through you out into the world and that it will change any condition, any situation, for the good of all concerned.

Once in that state you must fulfill the conditions to remain there and that’s what the support of a Master Mind group is all about. Thinking, by itself, is not enough. Feeling must be there. And though you can make some headway in your spiritual growth praying by yourself, it can be greatly enhanced and accelerated when we do this together.

In his book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill said, “The Master Mind may be defined as: ‘Coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.’” He then stated, “No individual may have great power without availing himself of the Master Mind.”

In Matthew 18:19-20 we read, “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Napoleon Hill may have been meditating upon this scripture when he made this very significant statement: “No two minds ever come together without thereby creating a third, invisible, intangible force which may be likened to a third mind.”

There are some natural Master Mind relationships that can already exist between two people, such as in a marriage or love relationship, or in true friendship, between business partners, and sometimes in families as a whole. Where those relationships are truly functioning as a Master Mind relationship they are a powerful influence on each other and of all people that come in contact with them.

But we can do more than just take the natural Master Mind relationships that already exist and turn them around and give them positive power.

If you should choose to do so, you can develop a small group of like-minded people, people that you love and enjoy and appreciate, people with whom you experience a perfect harmony of consciousness, as a super Master Mind group.

You only need one person to start your group, start as a very small band of people and let it expand slowly to probably no more than six people. Let new members be added by merit of their consciousness, by virtue of what you feel they can contribute by virtue of their consciousness. Once you have two or three members of the group, the next member can only be added by the approval of the whole group, because you must have perfect harmony, a spirit of harmony and love.

Perfect harmony is essential. The increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual in the group but the group must be established in perfect harmony.

Your goal will be to achieve first of all spiritual wholeness, to establish your conscious contact with God, to make your dedication and your covenant, and to achieve a measure of success, happiness and prosperity, and effectiveness in living.

You must also remember that a Master Mind group is not a brainstorming group of individuals, nor is it a counseling or advisory group. You will be a prayer-based group, a Christ Mind group whose energy will be synergistically multiplied as you pray together, believing for each other more than the individual can believe for himself or herself. Your prayer power will be greatly enhanced by praying for one another.

The Master Mind is the Mind of God appearing in the human being. It has a tendency or need to respond to any individual that becomes aware of it inside them. This is a fourth dimensional mind, experience, and power. And Christ is a name for that level of consciousness which is seeking to unfold itself in the mind and the experience of each of us.

When a person has the experience of the Christ, he or she becomes a new person. And this is the rebirth or regeneration that you and I have been seeking. The Master Mind, then, is another name for the Christ or the Christ Mind.

The super-consciousness, the Christ consciousness, is a person’s only sure guide through life on this earth. And by trusting the infallibility of this guide, you and I know that we are trusting the Mind of God in us – not another spirit, not another person, not another teacher, but the spirit of you, the activity of God within you. This knowing gives you the freedom to open yourself to the inspiration of the Almighty, the infinite presence of God within your own being.

This connection is made through the process that we call meditation, going into the Silence, prayer and meditation, and speaking the word.

Prayer is an activity of the mind, an activity that is consciously and deliberately entered into consistently and regularly. The spontaneous prayer prayed from time to time in some crisis has some value, but it is not a life-changing experience; it will not get you up into the dimension of power and momentum that you want to generate.

Prayer is something that you return to again and again and in a disciplined way, never on our own terms but on the terms of the Mind that we are seeking to be united with.

Prayer is a person taking charge of their inner life, taking charge of their life at both levels of thinking and of feeling. Prayer is deliberately thinking what you should think and deliberately feeling what you should feel simultaneously.

(To be continued in Part 2)

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

P.S. I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude for the work done by the late Rev. Jack Boland on the Master Mind principles which I drew upon in part to provide the inspiration for Part 1 of this article.

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Manifesting – Taking Action

“Happiness and personal fulfillment are the natural consequences of doing the right thing.” – Epictetus

An important part of manifesting anything is to take action. Without action of some kind, manifestation just doesn’t happen. But it is inspired action that brings about the highest results.

I’ve been reading the book Zero Limits, by Joe Vitale and Ihaleakala Hew Len, and I was struck by Dr. Hew Len’s assertion that “you are coming from either memory or inspiration – that’s it!”

Your choice is to clean yourself, or not, of the old memories and programs you’ve adopted and unconsciously live from.

He says, “If you are clear, then when inspiration comes, you just act. You don’t think about it. If you think about it, then you are comparing the inspiration to something, and what you are comparing it to is a memory. Clear the memory and you don’t have choice. You just have inspiration and you act on it without thinking. It just is.”

That reminded me of a wonderful letter from a friend and a true testimony to the power of inspiration in moving us to action.

“I often shop the Goodwill and Salvation Army Thrift Stores. I would suggest others stop in those stores not only to see what ‘bargains and treasures’ you can find, but also once in awhile you will encounter someone who might be shopping for clothing for their children, as I once did.  After watching him holding shirts and pants up to his three children to see if they’d fit, he went to the checkout counter, and I got in line behind him.  When he was told the total amount of his purchases, I handed the clerk the money to pay for his children’s clothing.  Of course, he didn’t want me to pay his bill, but I insisted.  I knew in my soul that I was making a difference in someone else’s life.

“Last week while shopping Goodwill, I got behind an obviously very poor mom.  She had a baby and two toddlers, and it was just past lunch time.  She had a small bag of potato chips for the three children to share.  The toddlers were all looking at the candy and potato chips on the display case and begging for more to eat.  They handed her several bags of treats, which she put back.  I picked up several little bags of candy/treats, gave them to her with $3.00 to pay for them.  She thanked me profusely.  When I got home, I went to my mailbox and there was a completely unexpected check for a consulting job I had done about 6 months previously which I had forgotten about.  The amount of the check…………….. $300.00 I was ‘paid back.’   Unbelievable how the Universe takes care of us, maybe not always with money, but with JOY to our soul”. – Carole

In speaking of inspired action, author Alan Cohen says, “Every situation gives us a chance to shine, if we recognize our power as creative spirits. No situation is any one way, except what we make it. You can make anything out of anything. So why not make it perfect?

“The story is told about a man who was walking along a city street when a flowerpot fell off a sill above him and crashed at his feet, missing him by inches. There are four paths of response the man might take. First, the path of knee-jerk reaction: he would yell a curse toward the window or perhaps dash up the stairs, find the owner, and punch him out. Second, the path of the victim: this experience would confirm his belief that the world is out to get him, and he would go about the rest of his day protecting himself from evil, retelling his story many times. Third, the path of detachment: he would rationalize that this was his karma, do nothing, and just keep walking. Finally, the path of love: he would go to the flower store on the corner, buy a new plant, and deliver it to the person whose plant had been blown off the sill by the wind.”

So here are some tips for the next seven days, even if you’re just sitting on your favorite couch. An idea takes time to form in your head and is always at work while you are busy sitting, and positive thinking can help you realize and manifest things that are often thought impossible.

1. Take passionate action toward living your life by design. Talk is cheap. Action puts deposits in the bank of a passionately authentic future. Without action, passion is void.

This is what dreams are made of, where you start by tinkering with your mind, then with your hands. And if the idea weakens, you can always go back to it later until you finish it.

2. Commit to yourself as well as those you love to create powerfully a life you can love. Instead of reacting, commit to creating from your heart and soul, out of love rather than fear. But a dream will still be a dream without motion. Be amazed as the transformation begins.

3. Recognize and embrace the thought that each moment is perfect regardless of its outcome. Every time you hit on something that may appear too extreme, why not give it a shot and see if it will work. You will be surprised to see that there are other ways to get the task done in time. If you are not pleased with the outcome, decide to use that moment to learn from and to make the appropriate shift.

4. Dwell completely in a place of gratitude. Learn to utilize what you have in your hands and make use of it in the most constructive way. Slipping into neediness will become less of a habit when you repeatedly shift toward gratitude, away from a poverty consciousness.

5. Use a passion formula of recognize/re-evaluate/restore in place of the shoulda/woulda/coulda whirlwind. The former is based in increased knowledge and abundance while the latter focuses on scarcity and lack. As you face people or tasks that may seem harder then scaling the summit of the Himalayas, allow yourself to realize that the task is just as important as giving out orders to your subordinates. You would rather be richly passionate!

6. Keep humor at the forefront of thought, laughing at and with yourself when possible. You may find yourself quite entertaining when you loosen up! I am yet to see a comedian ever go hungry even though his jokes are as “old as great-grandma.” Life has so much more to offer than to allow you to mope around in self pity. Humor is very attractive, very passionate and life-giving.

7. Believe that you are the architect of your destiny. No one can take your passionate future from you except for you! Create your life authentically. As long as there’s still breath in your body, there is no end to how much you can accomplish in a lifetime. The concept of thinking big is all about enjoying your work, which will lead to celebrating a discovery that is born within your hands. Watch everything flow into place with perfect, passionate precision.

Without positive thinking in your life, you’ll just be a dim bulb in a dark corner. So instead of subjecting yourself to thoughts of what your life is doomed for, open your mind for divine inspiration and make your path by taking the first step with a positive attitude. Enjoy!

Now check out this video by Dr. Joe Vitale  – click here!

And remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Manifesting – The Art of Believing

In our video at the end of this article Dr. Joe Vitale refers to Neville, a former spiritual teacher and author who referred to himself only by his first name. I have a book in my library written by Neville and I was led to refer to it as I reviewed the video for publication as a part of this article.

The first section of the book has the title Prayer – The Art of Believing. I’d like to share some of his realizations with you in conjunction with the words of Jesus in order to, as Neville says, “point out the conditions on which prayers are answered, and without which they cannot be answered.”

He speaks of the universal law of reversibility as being the foundation on which its claims are based and that this law is of the highest importance, because it enables you to foresee the inverse transformation once the direct transformation is verified. If this sounds complicated, he follows it with this statement:

“If you knew how you would feel were you to realize your objective, then, inversely, you would know what state you could realize were you to awaken in yourself such feeling.”

In Mark 11:24 it is recorded that Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Neville says, “The injunction, to pray believing that you already possess what you pray for, is based upon a knowledge of the law of inverse transformation. If your realized prayer produces in you a definite feeling or state of consciousness, then, inversely, that particular feeling or state of consciousness must produce your realized prayer.

“Because all transformations of force are reversible, you should always assume the feeling of your fulfilled wish. You should awaken within you the feeling that you are and have that which heretofore you desired to be and possess. This is easily done by contemplating the joy that would be yours were your objective an accomplished fact, so that you live and move and have your being in the feeling that your wish is realized.

“Assume the feeling of your wish fulfilled and continue feeling that it is fulfilled until that which you feel objectifies itself.”

In a later section titled Feeling is the Secret, Neville speaks of the importance of feeling the wish fulfilled before you drop off to sleep.

The feeling which comes in response to the question “How would I feel were my wish realized?” is the feeling which should monopolize and immobilize your attention as you relax into sleep.

He says, “You must be in the consciousness of being or having that which you want to be or have before you drop off to sleep. Feel as you would were you in possession of your wish and quietly relax into unconsciousness.

“Night after night you should assume the feeling of being, having and witnessing that which you seek to be, possess and see manifested.

“Never go to sleep feeling discouraged or dissatisfied. Never sleep in the consciousness of failure. Your subconscious, whose natural state is sleep, sees you as you believe yourself to be, and whether it be good, bad, or indifferent, the subconscious will faithfully embody your belief.

“The subconscious receives impressions only through the feelings and in a way known only to itself gives these impressions form and expression.

“Do not waste one moment in regret, for to think feelingly of the mistakes of the past is to reinfect yourself. Turn from appearances and assume the feeling that would be yours were you already the one you wish to be.

“Feeling a state produces that state. The part you play on the world’s stage is determined by your conception of yourself. By feeling your wish fulfilled and quietly relaxing into sleep, you cast yourself in a star role to be played on earth tomorrow, and while asleep you are rehearsed and instructed in your part.”

In the book, The Game of Life and How to Play It, author Florence Scovel Shinn suggests that when you wake up in the morning, you start your day off with an affirmation. An affirmation is a declaration of how that day is to be in your relationship with God and with the world.

One of the affirmations she uses is this: “Thy will be done this day. Today is a day of completion. I give thanks for this perfect day. Miracle shall follow miracle and wonders shall never cease.”

It’s a good way to start the day. She’s focusing upon the directions that are given us in the scriptures: “Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee.”

So we decree it. To decree is to claim the Truth. And our decree is in the present tense, as though we have already received that which we’re asking for. This day, “miracle follows miracle and wonders never cease.” Get into the feeling of joy, feeling your wish fulfilled.

We’re one with the flow of creative thought. It’s always working. What we feel within ourselves, what we establish within ourselves, what we decree within ourselves, will be established on the outer.

May Rowland was the director of the Silent Unity prayer ministry for over fifty years. If ever you went to her with a problem she would wave her little lace handkerchief and say “Just cast it on the waters!” There’s a beautiful and similar phrase in Psalms 55:22, which says “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.”

If you have a problem then, you can say “I cast this burden upon the Christ within. I let go of it. I am free.” So you let go of it. And the creative spirit can begin to work for you as you establish yourself in your good.

Spirit works in strange little ways too when we are “in tune” with the infinite. Florence Scovel Shinn tells of a woman who was walking to a friend’s house; it was raining and blustery and she had an umbrella up. Suddenly, the umbrella turned inside out. It wasn’t her umbrella, she had borrowed it, and so she couldn’t just throw it away.

She didn’t know what to do, so she said, “I don’t know what to do with this umbrella. God, I give it to you.” Right then, someone behind her said to her, “Ma’am, can I help you with that umbrella? I work with umbrellas and mend them.” So it says in the book that she gave him the umbrella, went into her friend’s house, and the man was standing there with the umbrella mended for her when she came out again.

But, Florence Scovel Shinn says, the important thing is that there is always an “umbrella man” waiting for you in every situation, always ready to take that problem and mend it. It doesn’t matter what the situation is – you can give it to God. You can give it to God, knowing that the right outcome will take place.

Remember that true spirituality is a way of life. So don’t forget that it applies in practical ways in our lives. We must walk in the consciousness of abundance and in our world at the same time. But we must keep our consciousness centered upon God, the source of all our good. As we keep centered within we see the manifest results of assuming the feeling of our wish fulfilled.

Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Manifesting – Learning to Let Go, Part 2

(Continued from Part 1)

Exercise: Forgiveness

Now we are ready to forgive. Do this exercise with a partner if you can, or do it out loud if you are alone.

Again, sit quietly with your eyes closed and say, “The person I need to forgive is ___________ and I forgive you for ___________.”

Do this over and over. You will have many things to forgive some for and only one or two to forgive others for. If you have a partner, let him say to you, “Thank you, I set you free now.”  If you do not, then imagine the person you are forgiving saying it to you. Do this for at least five or ten minutes.  Search your heart for the injustices you still carry. Then let them go.

When you have cleared as much as you can for now, turn your attention to yourself. Say out loud to yourself, “I forgive myself for ___________.”

Do this for another five minutes or so. These are powerful exercises and good to do at least once a week to clear out any remaining rubbish. Some experiences are easy to let go and some we have to chip away at, until suddenly one day they let go and dissolve,

Exercise: Visualization

Here’s another good exercise. Have someone read this one to you if you can, or put it on tape and listen to it.

Begin to visualize yourself as a little child of five or six. Look deeply into this little child’s eyes. See the longing that is there and realize that there is only one thing this little child wants from you, and that is love. So reach out your arms and embrace this child. Hold it with love and tenderness. Tell it how much you love it, how much you care.  Admire everything about this child and say that it’s okay to make mistakes while learning. Promise that you will always be there no matter what.

Now let this little child get very small, until it is just the size to fit into your heart. Put it there so whenever you look down, you can see this little face looking up at you, and you can give it lots of love.

Now visualize your mother as a little girl of four or five, frightened and looking for love and not knowing where to find it. Reach out your arms and hold this little girl and let her know how much you love her, how much you care. Let her know she can rely on you to always be there, no matter what. When she quiets down and begins to feel safe, let her get very small, just the size to fit into your heart. Put her there with  your own little child. Let them give each other lots of love.

Now imagine your father as a little boy of three or four, frightened, crying, and looking for love. See the tears rolling down his little face when he doesn’t know where to turn. You have become good at comforting frightened little children, so reach out your arms and hold his trembling little body. Comfort him. Croon to him. Let him feel how much you love him. Let him feel that you will always be there for him.

When his tears are dry, and you feel the love and peace in his little  body, let him get very small, just the size to fit into your heart. Put him there so those three little children can give each other lots of love and you can love them all.

There is so much love in your heart that you could heal the entire planet. But just for now let us use this love to heal you. Feel a warmth beginning to glow in your heart center, a softness, a gentleness. Let this feeling begin to change the way you think and talk about yourself.

In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete.  Change is the natural law of my life. I welcome change. I am willing to change. I choose to change my thinking. I choose to change the words I use. I move from the old to the new with ease and with joy. It is easier for me to forgive than I thought.

Forgiving makes me feel free and light. It is with joy that I learn to love myself more and more. The more resentment I release, the more love I have to express. Changing my thoughts makes me feel good. I am learning to choose to make today a pleasure to experience. All is well in my world.

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About the Author Excerpted from You Can Heal Your Life, ©1999 by Louise L. Hay. Louise L. Hay is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher and the best selling author of 27 books, including You Can Heal Your Life and Empowering Women. Her works have been translated into 25 different languages in 33 countries throughout the world.

Since beginning her career as a Science of Mind minister in 1981, Louise has assisted thousands of people in discovering and using the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. Louise is the owner and founder of Hay House, Inc., a publishing company that disseminates books, audios and videos that contribute to the healing of the planet. To learn more, visit Hay House.

http://www.hayhouse.com

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Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Manifesting – Learning to Let Go, Part 1

Today we have the start of a powerful two-part article by guest contributor, Louise L. Hay, with special exercises to help you let go and clear your way to greater good. At the end of the second part of the article we have an amazing video by Dr. Joe Vitale which relates to the article and will open your mind to new possibilities. Enjoy!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

Held Back By Your Past? – By Louise L. Hay

Many people come to me and say they cannot enjoy today because of something that happened in the past.

Because they did not do something or do it in a certain way in the past, they cannot live a full life today…

Because they no longer have something they had in the past, they cannot enjoy today…

Because they were hurt in the past, they will not accept love now…

Because something unpleasant happened when they did something once, they are sure it will happen again today…

Because they once did something that they are sorry for, they are sure they are bad people forever…

Because once someone did something to them, it is now all the other person’s fault that their life is not where they want it to be…

Because they became angry over a situation in the past, they will hold on to that self-righteousness…

Because of some very old experience where they were treated badly, they will never forgive and forget…

Because I did not get invited to the high school prom, I cannot enjoy life today.

Because I did poorly at my first audition, I will be terrified of auditions forever.

Because I am no longer married, I cannot live a full life today.

Because I was hurt by a remark once, I will never trust anyone again.

Because I stole something once, I must punish myself forever.

Because I was poor as a child, I will never get anywhere.

What we often refuse to realize is that holding on to the past, no matter what it was or how awful it was, is ONLY HURTING US. They really don’t care. Usually, they are not even aware. We are only hurting ourselves by refusing to live in this moment to the fullest.

The past is over and done and cannot be changed. This is the only moment we can experience. Even when we lament about the past, we  are experiencing our memory of it in this moment, and losing the real  experience of this moment in the process.

Exercise: Releasing

Let us now clean up the past in our minds. Release the emotional attachment to it. Allow the memories to be just memories.

If you think back to what you used to wear in the third grade, usually there is no emotional attachment. It’s just a memory.

It can be the same for all of the past events in our lives.

As we let go, we become free to use all of our mental power to enjoy this moment and to create a great future.

List all the things you are willing to let go of. How willing are you to do this? Notice your reactions. What will you have to do to let these things go? How willing are you to do so? What is your resistance level?

Next step, forgiveness. Forgiveness of ourselves and of others releases us from the past. The Course in Miracles says over and over that forgiveness is the answer to almost everything.  I know that when we are stuck, it usually means there is some more forgiving to be done. When we do not flow freely with life in the present moment, it usually means we are holding on to a past moment. It can be regret, sadness, hurt, fear, or guilt, blame, anger, resentment, and sometimes even the desire for revenge. Each one of these states comes from a space of unforgiveness, a refusal to let go and come into the present moment.

Love is always the answer to healing of any sort. And the pathway to love is forgiveness. Forgiveness dissolves resentment.  There are several ways in which I approach this.

Exercise: Dissolving Resentment

There is an old Emmet Fox exercise for dissolving resentment that always works. He recommends that you sit quietly, close your eyes,  and allow your mind and body to relax. Then, imagine yourself sitting in a darkened theater, and in front of you is a small stage. On that stage, place the person you resent the most. It could be someone in the past or present, living or dead. When you see this person clearly, visualize good things happening to this person, things that would be meaningful to her. See her smiling and happy.

Hold this image for a few minutes, and then let it fade away. I like to add another step. As this person leaves the stage, put yourself up there. See good things happening to you. See yourself smiling and happy. Be aware that the abundance of the Universe is available to all of us.

The above exercise dissolves the dark clouds of resentment most of us carry. For some, it will be very difficult to do. Each time you do it, you may get a different person. Do it once a day for a month, and notice how much lighter you feel.

Exercise: Revenge

Those on the spiritual pathway know the importance of forgiveness.  For some of us, there is a step that is necessary before we can totally forgive. Sometimes the little kid in us needs to have revenge before it is free to forgive. For that, this exercise is very helpful.

Close your eyes, sit quietly and peacefully. Think of the people who are hardest to forgive. What would you really like to do to them?  What do they need to do to get your forgiveness?  Imagine that happening now. Get into the details. How long do you want them to suffer or do penance?

When you feel complete, condense time and let it be over forever.  Usually at this point you feel lighter, and it is easier to think about forgiveness. To indulge in this every day would not be good for you. To do it once as a closing exercise can be freeing.

(To be continued in Part 2)

Know that God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Manifesting – Gratitude Clears the Way

There are certain states of being which bring certain beneficial results. Gratitude is such a state. It arises from the feeling that we have been blessed, we have received something or we are receiving, or that we have something or we are something.

Given that what we focus on expands, living from a grateful heart makes good sense. We cannot feel grateful and upset at the same time. As we view the world through the lens of gratitude, everything changes. Gratitude cures anger, neediness, high blood pressure, resentment, bitterness, upset stomach, apathy, disappointment, worry, pessimism and general sourpuss-ness.

I strongly urge you to choose gratitude as a way of life. Even in the challenging times. Sure, it’s easy enough to appreciate new kittens, a fast car, warm sunshine, and a pile of cash or a delicious meal. But how do you appreciate two of the kittens dying, a speeding ticket or two weeks of gloomy, gray days?

Let’s look at that. Take the kittens for example. Even though two of them die, I can feel grateful for the time I had with them or for the one that lived or for more intimately knowing the life/death cycle. Or, I can fixate on the unfairness of life because the two kittens died. I can become cynical and close my heart. I truly do have a choice. Choosing a life of gratitude, regardless of the circumstances, creates a far richer, happier life.

While we can’t always control what happens – like kittens dying – we can always control our response. What would your life be like if you chose to live from gratitude? If you chose to find the good in all situations? If you appreciated challenges for the opportunities they hold?

In the scriptures we read, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances.” (Thess. 5:16)

And a French proverb says, “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.” I just love that!

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity movement, says, “It has been found by experience that a person increases his blessings by being grateful for what he has. Gratitude even on the mental plane is a great magnet, and when gratitude is expressed from the spiritual standpoint it is powerfully augmented.”

A grateful heart is an open heart – open to all the magic, wonder and glory life has to offer.

Gratitude, a deep inner gratitude for what you have, is an important factor in the manifestation process and is a powerful magnet for bringing greater good into your life.

You may remember the story of the widow in the scriptures who fell into debt after her husband died; the creditors were about to take her sons away into slavery as payment. She went to the prophet Elisha for help and he said to her, “What do you have in the house?” She replied that she had nothing in the house except a jar of oil. He told her to have her sons go to their neighbors and borrow as many jars as they could, then to pour the oil into the jars. It was only when all the many jars were full that the oil stopped flowing. When she told Elisha, he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

What do you have? Be grateful for that which you have, and let your gratitude for what you have be poured out. You’ll be amazed at how your blessings are multiplied when, instead of focusing on what you don’t have, you are grateful for what you have.

Also, a grateful person is an attractive person. Think about it. Who do you gravitate toward? The person who’s often complaining or the one who has a fun, interesting or heart-warming story to tell? So, the more gratitude you share, the more attractive you are. The more attractive you are the more people you connect with and the more opportunities come your way.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? If so, congratulations! Keep writing in it daily. If not, start one this week. Every day, simply jot down five or ten things for which you feel gratitude.

When you find yourself in a challenging situation, look for something about which you can be grateful. Focus on that.

Also, this week, take some time to meditate on what you have. Let your attention dwell upon something you already have in the physical. It can be anything; something as simple as stroking your pet or watching a sunset, or it can be your house, a room in the house, a favorite chair, your car, or a person. As you rest your attention on whatever it is you have chosen, let the gratitude rise up within you with the feeling, “I just love that!” Let it deepen 100%.

Then, for a few moments, take your attention away from that something and just rest in the clarity of your awareness.

Next, focus on something non-physical that you have or that you are, perhaps a particular quality or ability, again something about which you can say, “I just love that!” Let the feeling of gratitude rise up within you and deepen even more and feel “I am that!” Let it be 100%. Now, shift your focus slightly and realize, “I am conscious awareness!” Let the gratitude deepen as you realize all the qualities of your conscious awareness, the beauty, the love, the wonder, the power, the strength, the clarity, the grace. “I am conscious awareness!” Allow and accept and enjoy the deep gratitude of “I have” and “I am.” Then take a deep breath, smile, and gently open your eyes.

Gratitude sets up the necessary elements for our exploration of manifestation beautifully and gracefully, with very little effort or struggle. And in all cases, alignment with awareness brings us gently into the Truth of God, infinite and ever-present, the Source of abundance in our life. It is a rich unending supply of divine ideas, love, joy, healing, understanding, compassion, wisdom and strength; these and other gifts already lie within us, and they are always available.

Yes, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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Manifesting – Your Changing Consciousness

Manifesting – Your Changing Consciousness
The apostle Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). To renew means to make new again, to restore, to begin afresh. This is how transformation happens, through the renewal of our mind.
It is helpful to clarify what we want to change, and why. If we can identify what we want to change and why we want to change it, that will reveal to us our attitude toward transformation; it reveals to us the present thinking that has brought us to our current life circumstances and the results we are currently experiencing, which helps bring clarity about what we want to change.
As an example, for a long time I wanted to change a belief from boyhood that was embedded in my subconscious When I was a young boy the insurance man used to come to our house each month to collect a payment. After one such incident my mother remarked to me, “We always have just enough.”
That remark stuck in my mind and conditioned me to “always have just enough” in my own life experience. I have worked over the years to eliminate the “just enough” and change it to “enough” or “more than enough” or, in other words, to have a renewal of my mind.
How often we have withheld moving forward because of what people have said to us? How often have we forfeited learning something because we didn’t want to look foolish? Perhaps our parents made us look foolish at times or gave us the impression that we were not to do things that would make us look foolish.
I remember way back if I cried being told, “Big boys don’t cry!” So if you made a mistake you weren’t supposed to cry, or if you got hurt you weren’t supposed to cry? All of those kinds of things have an effect upon us. Fortunately I overcame that one, and I cry very easily and freely anymore.
But think about the things that perhaps you learned in school. Maybe one morning you wanted to be free and sing a song and the teacher said, “You’re not supposed to sing a song at this time. You’re supposed to be quiet and listen to me.” And your spirit wanted to be free and playful.
Of course, our approach to education is changing beautifully now and we know that in the early days learning is best done through play. And that is true all through our lives too; we learn best through play. We learn best by being willing to be foolish, to step out into something new and not be locked in.
Every human being has an inborn desire to be in alignment with the good, with our true identity, to feel a sense of connectedness while experiencing and exhibiting positive qualities. We all have that desire in the depths of our being; the desire comes from existence itself. It is the “will of God.” It is that desire for the good which leads us to seek to transform that which doesn’t feel aligned to that which is.
We have a feedback system which tells us when we are in alignment and when we are not. It works through our feelings. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling?” If we are in alignment, there is a feeling of expansion; if we are not in alignment, there is a feeling of contraction.
Paul says for transformation to happen, we need to have a renewal of mind. This is because our everyday mind has been conditioned and formatted by our old beliefs and limiting thoughts. Our mind is a vessel, it accepts whatever we put in it then reflects that back to us in experience.
The mind is not going to be able to navigate in the territory that is going to give you accurate information.
How many times have you said to yourself or had the thought, “My life begins for me today!” when you started on a new project or moved in a new direction for your life?
Perhaps you wrote a new resolution for yourself then started on the path and you’re beginning to feel good about yourself. You’ve told your friends about it and things are working, you’re feeling good; you’re looking good, you’re happy about yourself. And then, you backslide. Have you ever had that experience?
I think we’ve all had that experience. Falling short of what we want to change, or backsliding, is a universal condition; it is a condition of equilibrium, of resistance to change.
The question is, then, how do we make it easier for change to happen for us? How do we move through this and how do we make it last? Change does occur; we do make changes, individually and in families and organizationally and in entire cultures. So how do we bring about those changes?
Think about the story of the disciple Peter walking on the water (Matt. 14:23-33). Is there any greater image of that sinking feeling when you feel like you’re backsliding, than Peter sinking in the waves? We walk on the water for a while, then something happens and we begin to sink; our faith doesn’t carry us through.
But I want you to remember this, that because Peter had willingness he experienced two things. He got to experience the glory of those steps, of moving forward, and then he got to experience the lifting presence of the grace of God. The grace of God lifts us up into a new understanding and the realization of our true self and the union of Spirit and matter.
Realization re-orders the influences coming into the mind. It works on the subconscious to change those erroneous thoughts and emotions with which you previously formatted your mind. It re-writes your subconscious.
Paul says, “We have the mind of Christ.” (I Cor. 2:16) This is God-mind or universal mind and intelligence individualized in us. It is in this level of being that we are able to “renew our mind” by the quality of our intention-directed thought.
Let awareness be the dominant influence over your thoughts, emotions and matter. Let go into your true identity. Be willing to be in alignment and embrace change. Then see what waits for you on the other side of willingness.
Willing and allowing are crucial factors in creating what we desire. Allow your thoughts and your whole being to be infused with expansion, light and harmony. We have to allow it, to know that the experience will come.
Allowing is the kind of action that is really non-action. Most people think if they want something, they just have to pedal harder. If we are really allowing an experience to come into being, that allowing already demonstrates that we understand the mechanics of creation, and we relax into it rather than pushing into it. Allowing is letting our subatomic particles reorganize into the pattern we are willing to experience.
There’s an intention behind willing and allowing that facilitates change and movement. Then we can accept whatever is there in the present moment; allow and accept.
And keep a sense of humor. The process of change requires trial and error, and that we try things on again and again. If you have a realization, it may not yet be fully integrated, so you have to continue to apply it and apply it.
In order to embrace change, in order to transform, you must trust. Have trust and faith in existence, in your own being. Don’t externalize your faith in God; remember that you are always one with God within you.
Remember the quote from a Franciscan prayer book I shared with you in the last article:
“The night has passed and the day lies open before us. As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, may the light of your Presence, O God, set our hearts on fire for you now and forever.”
I said that the key line for me was “the day lies open before us.”
If we can approach each day realizing that the day lies open before us with all of its gifts and all of its promises, and if we have willingness toward God, then certainly life begins for us today . . . and every day.
Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!
Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham
P.S. Click Here for another short video by Dr. Joe Vitale
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The apostle Paul said, “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2). To renew means to make new again, to restore, to begin afresh. This is how transformation happens, through the renewal of our mind.

It is helpful to clarify what we want to change, and why. If we can identify what we want to change and why we want to change it, that will reveal to us our attitude toward transformation; it reveals to us the present thinking that has brought us to our current life circumstances and the results we are currently experiencing, which helps bring clarity about what we want to change.
As an example, for a long time I wanted to change a belief from boyhood that was embedded in my subconscious. When I was a young boy the insurance man used to come to our house each month to collect a payment. After one such incident my mother remarked to me, “We always have just enough.”
That remark stuck in my mind and conditioned me to “always have just enough” in my own life experience. I have worked over the years to eliminate the “just enough” and change it to “enough” or “more than enough” or, in other words, to have a renewal of my mind.
How often we have withheld moving forward because of what people have said to us? How often have we forfeited learning something because we didn’t want to look foolish? Perhaps our parents made us look foolish at times or gave us the impression that we were not to do things that would make us look foolish.
I remember way back if I cried being told, “Big boys don’t cry!” So if you made a mistake you weren’t supposed to cry, or if you got hurt you weren’t supposed to cry? All of those kinds of things have an effect upon us. Fortunately I overcame that one, and I cry very easily and freely anymore.
But think about the things that perhaps you learned in school. Maybe one morning you wanted to be free and sing a song and the teacher said, “You’re not supposed to sing a song at this time. You’re supposed to be quiet and listen to me.” And your spirit wanted to be free and playful.
Of course, our approach to education is changing beautifully now and we know that in the early days learning is best done through play. And that is true all through our lives too; we learn best through play. We learn best by being willing to be foolish, to step out into something new and not be locked in.
Every human being has an inborn desire to be in alignment with the good, with our true identity, to feel a sense of connectedness while experiencing and exhibiting positive qualities. We all have that desire in the depths of our being; the desire comes from existence itself. It is the “will of God.” It is that desire for the good which leads us to seek to transform that which doesn’t feel aligned to that which is.
We have a feedback system which tells us when we are in alignment and when we are not. It works through our feelings. Ask yourself, “What am I feeling?” If we are in alignment, there is a feeling of expansion; if we are not in alignment, there is a feeling of contraction.
Paul says for transformation to happen, we need to have a renewal of mind. This is because our everyday mind has been conditioned and formatted by our old beliefs and limiting thoughts. Our mind is a vessel, it accepts whatever we put in it then reflects that back to us in experience.
The mind is not going to be able to navigate in the territory that is going to give you accurate information.
How many times have you said to yourself or had the thought, “My life begins for me today!” when you started on a new project or moved in a new direction for your life?
Perhaps you wrote a new resolution for yourself then started on the path and you’re beginning to feel good about yourself. You’ve told your friends about it and things are working, you’re feeling good; you’re looking good, you’re happy about yourself. And then, you backslide. Have you ever had that experience?
I think we’ve all had that experience. Falling short of what we want to change, or backsliding, is a universal condition; it is a condition of equilibrium, of resistance to change.
The question is, then, how do we make it easier for change to happen for us? How do we move through this change and how do we make it last? Change does occur; we do make changes, individually and in families and organizationally and in entire cultures. So how do we bring about those changes?
Think about the story of the disciple Peter walking on the water (Matt. 14:23-33). Is there any greater image of that sinking feeling when you feel like you’re backsliding, than Peter sinking in the waves? We walk on the water for a while, then something happens and we begin to sink; our faith doesn’t carry us through.
But I want you to remember this, that because Peter had willingness he experienced two things. He got to experience the glory of those steps, of moving forward, and then he got to experience the lifting presence of the grace of God. The grace of God lifts us up into a new understanding and the realization of our true self and the union of Spirit and matter.
Realization re-orders the influences coming into the mind. It works on the subconscious to change those erroneous thoughts and emotions with which you previously formatted your mind. It re-writes your subconscious.
Paul says, “We have the mind of Christ.” (I Cor. 2:16) This is God-mind or universal mind and intelligence individualized in us. It is in this level of being that we are able to “renew our mind” by the quality of our intention-directed thought.
Let awareness be the dominant influence over your thoughts, emotions and matter. Let go into your true identity. Be willing to be in alignment and embrace change. Then see what waits for you on the other side of willingness.
Willing and allowing are crucial factors in creating what we desire. Allow your thoughts and your whole being to be infused with expansion, light and harmony. We have to allow it, to know that the experience will come.
Allowing is the kind of action that is really non-action. Most people think if they want something, they just have to pedal harder. If we are really allowing an experience to come into being, that allowing already demonstrates that we understand the mechanics of creation, and we relax into it rather than pushing into it. Allowing is letting our subatomic particles reorganize into the pattern we are willing to experience.
There’s an intention behind willing and allowing that facilitates change and movement. Then we can accept whatever is there in the present moment; allow and accept.
And keep a sense of humor. The process of change requires trial and error, and that we try things on again and again. If you have a realization, it may not yet be fully integrated, so you have to continue to apply it and apply it.
In order to embrace change, in order to transform, you must trust. Have trust and faith in existence, in your own being. Don’t externalize your faith in God; remember that you are always one with God within you.
Remember the quote from a Franciscan prayer book I shared with you in the last article:
“The night has passed and the day lies open before us. As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, may the light of your Presence, O God, set our hearts on fire for you now and forever.”
I said that the key line for me was “the day lies open before us.”
If we can approach each day realizing that the day lies open before us with all of its gifts and all of its promises, and if we have willingness toward God, then certainly life begins for us today . . . and every day.
Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!
Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham
P.S. Click Here for another short video by Dr. Joe Vitale
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Manifesting – Setting Your Intention

A morning prayer in a Franciscan prayer book says:

“The night has passed and the day lies open before us. As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, may the light of your Presence, O God, set our hearts on fire for you now and forever.”

The key line for me in this is “the day lies open before us.”

This day lies open before you right now. The rest of your life lies open before you today. What do you want your life to look like from this moment on? What would you like to experience?

After putting your attention on what you want to experience in your life, you then need to set your intention for its manifestation.

As you seek to set your intention I’d like to suggest seven steps for you to take and apply to yourself:

1. Sit quietly and relax your mind, calm your whole being – because this doesn’t happen if you get anxious about it. Your intentions are interrupted by your anxieties, worries, and doubts. We have to be relaxed in mind and in a very natural way just focus our attention.

2. Intend the outcome that you want. Be specific about it. What is it you want? And do it in a natural way, in a gentle way, such as visualizing it or maybe verbalizing it through an affirmation (I have more vigor, more energy, greater health, etc.) You are intending an outcome.

3. Don’t get bogged down in the details of how it’s going to come about. Don’t force it or concentrate too hard. Just let it be very natural as though you were getting a glass of water or lifting your arm or whatever, just a natural movement of intending that outcome.

(See the five-minute video by author and Miracles coach, Joe Vitale, on a cool way of setting your intention – click on the link at the end of this article.)

4. Expect and believe in the outcome, know that it is certain.

5. Realize that doubt and worry and attachment interfere with the process, interfere with your success. Those are the three biggest obstacles in us achieving our desires: worry, anxiety, and doubt. So we need to eliminate those.

6. Let go of the desire. Let go of it once you’ve identified it, you’ve put it out there. It’s like mailing a letter; you don’t have to do it twice. Just let it go, and wait for the result to come back.

7. This is a very important step. Be open to the feedback you receive. That’s where your awareness comes in again, because sometimes feedback comes in unexpected ways and can come either from within us or from our environment. But remember that any feedback you get, it is you who has elicited that feedback. It is coming because of the intention you put out.

These are the steps, and that last step is really important.

This awareness is one of the healing secrets of the universe. One of your highest purposes is to be clear in your awareness of your oneness with the underlying reality of your life, the very presence of the living God. Be aware of that, and be aware of what you are giving attention to; then follow that by giving your intention to what you want to have happen in your life.

“Every good desire of the heart shall be fulfilled, either in ways we anticipate or in other ways that in God’s sight are even better.” – Ernest Wilson

God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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An Instrument of Joy -2

(Continued from An Instrument of Joy – Part 1)

For the second step I want to take you through a story of the children of Israel coming to the Promised Land. You’ll remember that Moses brought them through dangers to the edge of the Promised Land. And from there they had to cross the River Jordan to get into the Promised Land.

So Moses sent twelve spies into the Promised Land to spy out the land and see what was going on there, then to come back and report. Twelve spies went in and twelve spies came back. Two of them were very excited, and they were Caleb and Joshua. The other ten were not excited. All of them said, “It’s a good land,” and they came back with a great rod of fruit carried on their shoulders; they had grapes and pomegranates and all kinds of fruit. They said, “This is a land flowing with milk and honey; it’s a good land.”

But the ten who were negative said, “However, the fortifications are strong and the people are like giants; we were like grasshoppers next to them. We would not want to venture in there.” And all the people said, “Oh, right, we can’t venture in there.”

You notice when the majority is saying, “There’s no way we can do that,” everybody else joins in. So they didn’t join in with the two who were excited about going in, but they joined in with the ten who were negative about the whole thing. They began to murmur among themselves and they got angry and said, “We were better off in Egypt, even though we were slaves, even though we were in bondage, we were better off then. Now we’re here and we can’t go into this Promised Land. What are we going to do? Maybe we can return to Egypt. We would rather go back into bondage than cross the river into the Promised Land.”

Do you ever do that? You see the Promised Land, you see a new life for yourself, but you can’t release the past? It may have been a horrible past of torture and being torn apart, but you can’t release it because it’s what you know. So you want to return to that, you want to return to what you know instead of the unknown, even though it’s a good land, flowing with milk and honey. You don’t want to take the risk of losing what you have or think you have.

The second step is to release the past; you must release the past if you are to move into a more fortunate future. And you must release any bitterness or resentment about anyone. You may say something like, “That boss of mine was so mean and he fired me for no reason,” or “What about that former spouse who abused me?” You have to let it go, you have to release it because there’s no movement forward unless you release. Don’t be like the people of Israel who stayed on the wilderness side when they could have crossed the Jordan and gone into the Promised Land.

The third step is to move into a definiteness of your purpose and being. I’ve had people ask me, “How do I find my life’s purpose; how do I find the purpose in my life?” Well, I’ll make it easy for you. You don’t have to find your purpose in life, because your purpose in life is finding you. You see, the true purpose in life is simply to awaken, to awaken to the Truth of your being and to grow in the livingness of the being that you are, to grow in the Truth of what you already are.

That’s your true inner purpose, your spiritual purpose that will bring you joy; it will move you into that joy feeling which begins to rise up within you. Then when you find that inner purpose, when you recognize the inner purpose then the outer purpose takes care of itself. And it will move each of us in our own unique and wonderful path which is right for us individually; as long as we keep centered on our inner purpose to awaken.

What happens is that we begin to listen to the guidance that is there; we align ourselves with the Spirit that is unfolding through us. All you need to do when you get caught up in anxiety is to take a deep breath, breathe; and especially notice the gaps when you exhale and when you inhale. Notice the gaps, because in those gaps there is no thought, there’s just openness. We let those gaps grow; we get out of our thoughts and we move into the stillness and the movement of Spirit.

We are guided in right directions, we’ll know what to do; God will put the words into our mouth, we will know what to say. We will know how to answer the questions of life. We need not fear, because God is with us always; we are a part of God. Our true nature is that we are divine beings, spiritual beings living in a spiritual universe, governed by spiritual laws, and going through a human experience.

So the third step is moving into our purpose, our inner purpose. And the outer purpose comes forth all by itself.

The fourth and final step is to get ready for your good. Get ready to receive your good. We have to open ourselves for that, we have to open our mind and heart and say, “I’m worthy of this good.”

There’s a true story of a young man who was the son of a very poor farmer. His father kept saying to him, “You know, son, you’re going to inherit this farm, but I can’t promise you much because the soil is not good and the work is hard. But you’ll be able to eke out a living; it won’t be much but you’ll be here and you’ll work hard and you’ll be OK, I guess.”

The son was rather taken aback by this. He thought, “What am I going to do about this? I want more than that; that’s not enough for me.” He ran across a book that contained Truth principles, and he began to read it. He read words he had never read before, about consciousness, and thanksgiving, and releasing, and opening your heart. In reading the book he was drawn to go to a particular church that expressed these same ideas.

He kept going to the church and he began to apply in his life the principles he was learning, he began to believe the Truth that was emerging from his own being. You know that feeling, it’s like an Ah-ha moment, and you recognize that moment.

He began to nurture the Truth he was feeling within himself, and he began to pray in a special way. He wrote out a prayer for himself and he would repeat it over and over and time and time again. His prayer was simply, “Lord, I am ready!” He kept saying that over and over, “Lord, I am ready!”

Through that readiness, the Spirit unfolded in him and he was able to work his way through college, he got a degree, and now he’s a very successful man. With a sense of joy, he still tells his story because he knows that the inner purpose is the first thing, “Lord, I am ready!”

Those are the four steps, the dance of abundance.

You see, when we stand on the edge of the Promised Land and we’re in fear, we are then in another city. And that city is called Scare-city. All sadness really comes from a scare-city consciousness where we don’t have what we think we need; we don’t have what we want.

But a joy consciousness comes from appreciation of what we do have, of gratitude. The gratitude wells up within us and begins to overflow in our life. And gratitude has a way of attracting good to us; it’s like a magnet. When we are grateful, then good comes to us.

If you notice, Jesus is always giving thanks. He gives thanks first before the manifestation of the good, he gives thanks because he knows he’s one with God and that everything is there for us.

Remember the story of the prodigal son and the elder brother who stayed at home? He was mad because his father was giving a party for the younger son who had gone out and spent his inheritance and then came back. He was really upset, and his father said to him, “Son, you have always been with me and everything I have is yours.”

Everything! Is there anything left out of everything? No. “Everything I have is yours.” And we have to know that for ourselves. Everything that God has is ours, wisdom, peace, the Truth of our being that we are made in the image and likeness of God.

We must know that God is our source, we must release the past, we must move into our inner purpose, we must hold to the vision, and we must get ready for our good.

And if you will do that, if you will trust the presence and power of God moving through you, you will find that God gives you the words to speak, God gives you creativity in your hands, God will guide you every step of the way, and God will provide for you a blessing that is just about impossible to contain.

And Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

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An Instrument of Joy – 1

You can trust the movement of Spirit. You don’t have to be concerned; everything is unfolding as it should. The wind, or breath, and Spirit come from the same root word, Ruach, which means breath or Spirit.

The movement of breath through you is also the movement of Spirit you can connect with.

The prophet Isaiah talked about that movement of Spirit in us. In Isaiah 61 we read, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, to comfort all who mourn, to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.”

Some hundreds of years later, there was a man from Nazareth, in Galilee, who came into an awakening. From that awakening he was led into the wilderness to deal with the temptations that would call him to use that new power in ways that were not spiritual but ways that were material. He was able to resist those temptations because he had set his mind to his purpose for being.

He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up; and he went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. And he stood up to read; and there was given to him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

And he closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Jesus took upon himself the mantle of Spirit that the prophet spoke about. He said in effect, “I am here as my purpose for being.” And that scripture was his description of the purpose that he saw for himself.

At other times, he said, “I am come that you may have life, and have it abundantly,” and “I am come that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”

The Spirit moved through him and touched many people throughout the ages and they, too, took upon themselves the mantle of Spirit and the mantle of the prophet. They, too, spoke from the depths of their heart and from the Spirit within them.

One of those was Francis, of Assisi. He opened his mind and his heart to the Spirit in him and a prayer spoke through him:

“Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love:
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”

This article is the last in our series based upon that prayer. We take the line that is in the first section of the prayer, “Where there is sadness, joy,” and we seek to move from sadness into joy. Not only to move ourselves into joy, but to be a bringer of joy to others. Where there is sadness, let me sow seeds of joy, let me be an instrument of joy.

Sadness comes from a lingering feeling of loss, rejection, of defeat and failure. Sadness is like silt that gathers in a salt estuary, and it covers the true self within us like a blanket, a blanket of defeat. We are not able to see through that blanket, through that silt, through that covering; we are not able to see that our true nature is of God’s presence, that our true self is shining there. We are not able to see that our true self and our true nature is love, joy, peace, and wisdom; it gets covered up.

Then we process our world and we see our world through sadness; we process it through a feeling of lack and limitation. Of course, our world responds in kind.

On the other hand, joy brings us into the realization of God’s living presence within us and we begin to appreciate all that we are, all that we can be, and all that we can do. We begin to let that presence of God express in and through us and touch the hearts and minds of others in simple and yet profound ways.

So, we want to make that movement from sadness to joy. And I want to share with you four steps you can take to make that shift. I call it a dance, a-bun-dance. And it means that you have to get your buns moving in order to be in the flow.

The first step in this dance is to know God as your source, to know God as the source of your good. It is to awaken to your true self. That’s where joy begins, true spiritual joy is when you begin to awaken more and more to the Truth of whom and what you are, that God is the source of all of your good. There are many channels but only one source.

We so often think “My good has to come from this particular channel.” But when we do that, we cut off our good. God is our source. And don’t just take my word for this, you have to apply it in your own life; you have to experience it so that you know for yourself. You don’t just know about, or just think about, but you know for yourself that God is your source.

When you know that, then you needn’t worry about anything that comes along in life, because if God is your source you always have available to you everything that you need, everything. And your life will unfold in right ways if you stay centered on that knowing.

Moses, as he led the children of Israel toward the Promised Land said this to them, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he that gives you the power to get wealth.” And, of course, wealth includes every aspect of the richness of life.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said, “We must not fix the avenues through which our supply is to come. Trying to fix the channels through which our good must come is one of the ways in which we cut off our own supply.” And Jesus said, “O come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world.” It has always been there for us, always. God is our source.

And God is Blessing You, Right Now!

Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham

(To be continued in Part 2 of An Instrument of Joy)

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