Archive for October, 2011

Spiritual Cornucopia of Stuff ~ Phase 2

October 25, 2011

In Phase 1, we asked you to go into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff, and choose five things to release. (Here’s a link to Spiritual Cornucopia, Phase 1, in case you missed it.) Now it’s time for Phase 2!

Go once again into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff! This time, choose five things you definitely, intentionally want to keep! ONLY FIVE!

Sit a few moments and reflect on each of the five items you selected. Use the following questions as a template as you spend some time with each of the five items:

  1. What memories do I have related to this item?
  2. Why do I feel so strongly that I want to keep it?
  3. What can I do with this item (and where can I put it) so I honor it, and use it with love?
  4. How is this item like something within me: some thought, attitude, belief that I want to be sure to keep so I can feel more spiritually enriched?
  5.  What action can I take to ensure I strengthen this inner thought, attitude, or belief?

Now allow yourself to feel abundant joy flow through your total being as you lovingly and happily put the five items you selected to good use, allowing each one to serve you in a powerful way!

We would love to hear about your experiences as you practice this Spiritual enrichment Activity!

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Spiritual Enrichment Activity: A Cornucopia of “Stuff” — Phase 1

October 19, 2011

 

This is a great activity to do in the fall, with the exciting energy of change blowing in on crisp air and colored leaves! Here’s the process:

 

Go into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff! Choose five things to release. ONLY FIVE! You can choose to throw them away, give them away, or sell them — your choice. But just choose five things.

 

Before you take action on releasing them, sit a few moments and reflect on the five items you selected. Use the following questions as a template as you spend some time with each of the five items:

 

 

  1. What memories do I have related to this item?
  2. How does it make me feel when I think about releasing it?
  3. How is this item like something within me: some thought, attitude, belief that I want to release so I can feel more spiritually enriched?
  4. What action can I take in my spiritual life that is similar to releasing this item?
  5. How do I feel as I decide to take that action?

 

Then allow yourself to feel abundant joy flow through your total being as you lovingly and happily let the five items you selected go!

 

We would love to hear about your experiences as you practice this Spiritual enrichment Activity!


Spiritual Consciousness-Raising Affirmation Template

October 17, 2011

We in Unity havelong understood the power of affirmations and denials. But with this blog, we want to take it to a new level, as we encourage you to Shoot From the Lip!

First, let’s clarify what we mean by SHOOT from the Lip. SHOOT is an acronym, standing for: Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth! Every affirmation must be grounded in the Truth of No Separation. We are the physical expressions of One God, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omni-active. So here is a template that can literally transform the way you use affirmations in your life!

I have now transcended all patterns of ________________________________ (whatever the focus of your current experience is — this is your denial statement)

I’m free and _____________________________________________________ (statement of the end result, grounded in Truth Principles, which you are affirming)

My mind and body now manifest Divine _______________________________ (essence of the power of your affirmation desire)

I _______________________________________________________________ (statement of action – what you are doing that reflects the essence of your focus area)

I _______________________________________________________________ (follow-up statement of action, along with the benefit of performing the action)

 I give thanks for ever increasing ______________________________________ (statement of the beneficial results)

I am a radiant expression of God! (final affirmation of the Truth of who you are!)

Here are a few examples:

Prosperity:

I have now transcended all patterns of lack.
I’m free and prosperous!
My mind and body now manifest Divine abundance.
I stand in the infinite flow of Divine riches.
I give and receive joyfully, as money flows to me easily and effortlessly..
I give thanks for ever increasing prosperity, knowing bills are paid with plenty to share and plenty to spare.
I am a radiant expression of God! 

Confidence:

I have now transcended all patterns of fear.
I’m free and open to all experiences!
My mind and body now manifest Divine peace.
I face new opportunities with faith and anticipation.
I eagerly embrace new challenges and experience dramatic growth—personally, professionally, and spiritually.
I give thanks for ever increasing confidence, excitement, and growth.
I am a radiant expression of God!
 

Now … are you ready for a mega-boost in Consciousness?  As we focused on our SHOOT acronym:Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth, we had a Divine Idea that energetically boosts everything to a whole new level! If the “ONE TRUTH” is that there is no separation and our ultimate purpose is to be the best Christ we can be—and if we are striving to be in 100% alignment between our Christ Self and our human self, then why not go for the whole enchilada? Instead of separating out each area of our life we want to work on, why not use this template to affirm the Absolute, All-encompassing Truth of who we are? So here’s a first “shot” of our Mega-Boost SHOOT from the Lip:

I have now transcended all patterns of error and separation.
I’m free and Divine!
My mind and body are in sync with Spirit.
I think, speak, and act at my highest, most elevated level of Consciousness.
I am Divine, I am Worthy, I am One with my Christ Self. I live life abundantly, peacefully, and joyfully.
I give thanks for the perfect alignment of my human self with my Divine Nature.
I am God expressing through the Christ as me. 

This may be a little too “out there” for now – so feel free to start with the separate, specific areas you want to deal with. Wherever you are in Consciousness, this template can help you create a dynamic, power-packed affirmation that is Truth centered. Never forget that you are God expressing, and you can do everything Jesus as the Christ did … and more! He told us that! When you truly believe it, and make a habit of Shooting from the Lip … Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth with everything you say, you really can walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

Feel free to download our worksheet, which has additional examples as well:

ShootFromLip-Handout

We’d like to hear your examples as you write your own power-packed Shoot From the Lip affirmations using this template. We invite you to share them on this blog site!

About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined Revs. Bil & Cher Holton, the dynamic duo who serve as co-ministers for Unity Spiritual Life Center, Durham, NC. This exciting couple bring their love for Truth Principles to everything they do, and work together to create a center that lives its vision and mission in everything it does.They are prolific authors, and share their metaphysical and spiritual principles through their website: http://www.TheMetaphysicalBible.com

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MORE! A Spiritual Enrichment Activity to Build Prosperity Consciousness

October 11, 2011

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MORE! We all make thousands of choices every day, and all too often we make those choices by default rather than by intention. Just hang out at Starbucks, and you will realize that lots of people spend more energy and time choosing how they want their coffee fix than they do choosing how they want to experience their life! But it is time to turn that around! Over the years, we have learned one critically important lesson: It doesn’t really matter what your values are. It doesn’t even matter what your beliefs are—or your goals. What is truly important—what makes the difference—is each and every choice you make!

If that sounds a little harsh, let’s test it out. Do you believe–really believe—in the value of good health? Very wise!! Now, did you honestly make wise, healthy choices in every single thing you ate over the last week? [Very few people can say YES to this!] It’s one thing to believe in or value something—and quite another to make the choices that support those beliefs or values.

This is particularly true as we look at the power of our choices as they relate to our prosperity experience. We can SAY we believe we live in an abundant universe, that we always have everything we need at the point of need, that there is plenty to share and plenty to spare … but if our choices don’t support and feed those beliefs, we will not see them manifest in our life! In order to experience the highest, most elevated manifestation of our spiritual laws of prosperity and abundance, we need to make conscious choices, with serious intention. So here’s our Spiritual eeny, meeny, miny, MORE approach:

  • Eenychoose to look at your current situation, and acknowledge the facts.
  • Meeny — choose to deny emotional power to the negative facts.
  • Miny — Choose to approach the situation from Truth Principles.
  • MORE — Choose to Think Prosperously, Speak Prosperously, and Act Prosperously.

Let’s look at an example so you know what we mean. Let’s suppose you go through an experience that leaves you with a large debt. What you DON’T want to do is ignore the fact that you have a debt, say a few positive affirmations, and then go out and buy a new car because you “believe you are living in an abundant flow that will always provide for you.” This is not only irresponsible — it is what we lovingly call metaphysical malpractice! Choosing to Think Prosperously, Speak Prosperously, and Act Prosperously does NOT mean you go around with rose colored glasses, in total denial of what may be happening in your world of appearance! It means acknowledging the facts of your current situation, then planting your feet firmly in the ground of Truth to deal with it from a Consciousness of our Spiritual Prosperity Principles.

So, let’s make a wiser choice and apply our “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MORE” Spiritual approach:

Eenychoose to look at your current situation, and acknowledge the facts. (One of my favorite quotes: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored!”) So the facts in our example case might be: I am currently in debt and have three credit cards maxed out! My current income does not cover the amount of all my monthly payments. My car is old, unreliable, and barely adequate.

Meeny — choose to deny emotional power to the negative facts. Here, in our example case, the individual could say: “While I realize what my situation is, I refuse to give any power or energy to the consciousness of lack. Worry and fretting do nothing to help the situation, so I let those emotions go!”

Miny — Choose to approach the situation from Truth Principles. Eric Butterworth so aptly says in Spiritual Economics, (p. 80), “Where you are in Consciousness has everything to do with what you see in experience…. to pray for prosperity out of a sense of complaint or discouragement is to effectively compound the problem.” So our person in our example case could spend time examining their level of Consciousness, and call on their 12 Divine Powers for help; they can stand in the Truth of the Law of Giving and Receiving, acknowledging their awareness of the power of gratitude, regardless of outer appearance.

MORE — Choose to Think Prosperously, Speak Prosperously, and Act Prosperously as you move through your current situation with Divine Wisdom and Understanding. Choosing to THINK prosperously is actually the foundation for everything else, because if you don’t think prosperously, you cannot authentically speak or act prosperously. (This is why people so often claim their affirmations don’t “work.” Actually, affirmations always work, in that our outer experience reflects the energy of our thinking. Every thought and word is a reflection of what we are giving energy to — so if you give 90% of your energy to error thinking and negative talk (whining, complaining, discussions about how bad things are…), and then throw in 10% positive affirmations, why would you be surprised when your experience outpictures in the negative way? I’m just saying . . .)

So, in our example case, the individual might spend time at Headquarters, solidifying their awareness  of Oneness with Divine Truth. Then, whenever they notice their thoughts being affected by outer appearances, they can immediately call upon Truth principles to pull their thinking back into alignment.

We aren’t saying it’s easy – but we are saying it’s possible!

Next is choosing to speak prosperously, from a consciousness of abundance. For example, instead of saying “I can’t afford that” try saying “I choose to use my money in another way.” Remove the word “only” from your vocabulary: Instead of “I only have $10 till the end of the month” say “I have $10 till the end of the month.” Instead of “I only have 2 days of vacation time left” say “I have 2 days of vacation time left!” Hear (and feel) the difference? Instead of reflecting on your debt, talk about your dreams and gifts, and how you are moving forward. You are not ignoring the facts — just choosing to see them in a different perspective!

Finally,  look for ways to ACT prosperously. This doesn’t mean going out spending money you don’t have. It means that in the midst of experiencing an “ebb” rather than a “flow” you continue to believe in your future prosperity. Focus on your abundance rather than your lack; pay gladly to reduce your debt in any way you can; forgive yourself if you feel badly about the debt you have incurred; give thanks for your worth — and never, ever confuse your net worth with your self worth!

Jesus as the Christ said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly!” From a spiritual perspective, this means that when we align our human self with the Divine Truth of who we really are, we live at the speed of our Christ Consciousness and are always standing in the flow of Divine Abundance. We truly do have everything we need, and more! Our abundance flows through us, and we generously give and receive. When we experience anything other than this Truth, it is a signal to us to go back to square one, and say with conviction, “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, MORE!” And as we choose to Think Prosperously, Speak Prosperously, and Act Prosperously, we will experience transformation as we walk the spiritual path on practical, prosperous feet!

Activity Report for Adult Spiritual Education for September

October 10, 2011

Adult Spiritual Education ~ Monthly Activity Report, September 2011

September 11 ~ Integrative Healing Class: Intro to Reflexology

September 7, 14, 21, 28 ~ Metaphysical Bible Study Classes

September 18 ~ Teacher Training

September 21, 28 ~ 1st two sessions of 12-week Artist’s Way Book Study Class

September 24 ~ Building a Prayer Consciousness

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Postings to Adult Spiritual Education Blog.

Created on-line class entitled Unanswered Prayer Answered, on Udemy.com

Prep and planning for October: Coming in October are Board Training, Metaphysical Bible Study; Artist’s Way Book Study; Animal Healing … and our Talent Show!

 

 

 

Blessings,

Cher & Bil

 

Drs. Bil & Cher Holton

Spiritual Leaders—Unity Spiritual Life Center

2604-H Carver Street, Durham, NC 27705-2796

Church Office Phone: 919.471.3504

Home Office Phone: 919.767.9620

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