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Spirituality Gets Practical: Practicing the Peter Phenomenon

September 25, 2012

The Christ as Jesus told Peter 2,000 years ago that “upon this rock, I will build my church.” Unfortunately, mainstream Christianity has misinterpreted Jesus’ assertion to mean that the man Peter is the cornerstone of the organized church. From a Unity perspective, this is what we believe Jesus meant: Metaphysically speaking, “rock” symbolizes absolute faith in the Universal truth that we are God expressing in human form as us.

“Church” is a universal symbol for Christ Consciousness. So, from our perspective Jesus was assuring us that our ability to achieve Christ Consciousness depends on our knowing without a doubt that we are God expressing in human form as us. Once you know that Universal Truth you have the power to change the world – if you faithfully listen when Spirit turns up the volume.

The increase in volume can take the form of an inside voice. It can be a strong inner urge to surrender to your CoreSelf. It is an unmistakable feeling of an end of a cycle, or the beginning of one,  or that your current work is complete. It is a feeling of absolute trust in Spirit. And that complete trust, that unwavering faith is called the Peter Phenomenon.

Have you ever been on your cell phone, and the person you’re talking to is really irritating you? So you say: You’re breaking up! I can’t hear you. I’ll call you back later!” Even though you could hear them perfectly? That’s how it is sometimes with that testy Spirit call! Sometimes when Spirit turns up the volume, you really do want to disconnect! Claim bad connections … or dead zones! But the funny thing about Spirit is: IF you’re listening, the connection is always strong and there is never a dead zone! And when we practice the Peter Phenomenon, we not only hear those messages, we act on them in Faith! And that’s what Peter represents! But Peter didn’t always come out looking so great!

So often, the story of Peter walking on the water is used to symbolize faith — but if you remember that story, Peter lost his focus on the Christ Principle, and began focusing on the world of appearance, noticing the waves, the storm, and the deep water, and he began to sink into the emotions of fear and doubt and panic.

We’ve all experienced this “Early Peter” syndrome in our spiritual journey, where we get excited about the Principles, we jump in wanting to try them out, but at the least little bobble, we panic, we lose our focus and our trust, and we sink into the world of appearance with gusto! We want guarantees. We want proof. But ultimately, we, like Peter, are able to reconnect and rise above the world of appearance.

But there’s another Peter story we love— it doesn’t get used nearly as often. It demonstrates the difference between Blind Faith (the early Peter Syndrome) and Understanding Faith/Dominion — as we grow into the awareness of our Oneness, our discernment that Truth is immutable, unchangeable, and constant!

This story comes from  the 3rd chapter of ActsOne day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. [Peter and John represent the powerful union of Faith and Love, which together are a mighty force! Prayer: connection with Domain of Divine; 3 is the Trinity of Mind, Idea, Expression] Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. [We  can see our human selves in this man – we are so tied up in being needy, in seeking our good from out there, that we are unable to stand in the very Truth principles we know. We feel like things are hopeless, and we cannot move forward on our own. So this man is asking for money, just as we so often choose some material thing or some specific person to save us  from our problems]  Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk… [The union of Faith and Love recognize that there is a force far more powerful than money, or anything material. It is the life force of Truth at work, bringing the Divine Ideas and fueling the 12 Divine Powers within you that can work acts that appear to be miraculous! When we grasp this understanding, we can literally stand tall, firmly planted in the Truth.]

This is the Peter Phenomenon at work at the highest, most elevated level! And we can all call on this incredible power for our own spiritual enrichment.

Here’s your “take away” that can ensure you are always practicing your Peter Phenomenon, at the highest level to ensure your dominion over the world of appearance: With every word you are about to say, every thing you are about to do, every decision you are about to make, STOP! First use these five words: I claim FAITH and LOVE! Remember: The union of Faith and Love generate the life force of Truth at work, opening the flow of Divine Ideas and fueling the 12 Divine Powers within you that can work acts that appear to be miraculous!

For example: If you find yourself experiencing doubts, say “I claim Faith & Love” Immediately I realize that I can plant my feet firmly in the Divine Power of Faith, and know everything I need is already here for me to be successful! As I participate in a discussion about something a little difficult, sensing potential conflict, I first say “I claim Faith & Love.” From that awareness, my words and ideas will bring a harmonizing effect to the discussion.

Our 12 Powers are our currency of Truth, and Faith and Love set the stage for us to live, move, and have our being practicing the Peter Phenomenon — faithfully listening to Spirit and acting in love on what we hear! When we do that, we will always be walking the spiritual path on practical feet!

(based on Truth Talk by Revs. Bil & Cher Holton)

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Faith It Till You Make It!

September 19, 2012

If we planted an apple seed, would you believe we would actually get an apple tree?

If we squeezed an orange, would you believe we’d actually get orange juice?

If we visualize an abundant flow of prosperity flowing through our connection with Divine Substance, would you believe we would actually see a manifestation of prosperity?

Why is it so easy to believe, without doubt, that apple seeds produce apple trees, and oranges produce orange juice — but so difficult to believe that divine Substance produces everything we ever need in terms of our supply? Maybe it has something to do with what we have actually seen and experienced, versus what we have been told, but haven’t actually experienced.

This truly is the foundation of Faith!  In John 20:29, Jesus said to Thomas, “…because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they who have not seen, and yet have believed.”

Believing even when we have not seen: that’s faith. But it is really important to recognize that Faith is a powerful essence which we can develop and grow. We get critical of ourselves when it appears we don’t have the faith we think we should, and beat ourselves up. But look at how you handle other growth areas in your life.

If you decide to learn to play the piano, do you sit down and expect to play Mozart perfectly on your first sitting? If you decide to take up golf or tennis, do you expect to walk in and hit the perfect drive or land the perfect serve on your first lesson? If you decide to take up ballroom dancing, do you expect to go out on the dance floor and do a professional-level routine your first day out? Of course not! Whenever we take up a new skill or hobby, we realize there is a learning curve, and we go in expecting — and allowing — ourselves to be bad before we get good! We know we will go through a period of seeing our ability grow, as we willingly put in the time to practice and learn. And we also discover that with each thing we learn, there is another level to tackle. There’s always more to learn. Even professionals work with coaches, and continue to refine and perfect their skills, always pushing the envelop and discovering new and better ways to do things in their chosen field.

Why should our development of our Faith faculty be any different? So here’s what you need to know about faith. First of all: You never have no faith! That’s a convoluted sentence, isn’t it? But think about it. Faith is one of the Divine powers inherent within us. It is our responsibility to quicken or strengthen it. So we are really being incorrect when we say, “I lost my faith or I don’t have any faith.” You cannot lose your faith — you might just have forgotten how to use it. The comforting knowledge is that your faith is always there, just waiting to be developed.

Emilie Cady, in her masterpiece Lessons In Truth, talks about the different levels of faith. From her work, we have created a kind of continuum of faith, which helps us identify where we are in a certain situation—and also helps us recognize the Truth of where we can be. Here’s how it works:

We begin with HOPE. Hope takes a lot of flack in spiritual circles as a kind of cop out, but I wan tot go on record saying hope is an important element on our spiritual journey, because hope provides the stimulus to keep someone moving forward when otherwise they may give up. It’s kind of like our training wheels! And when we don’t have a really strengthened Faith faculty, hope is the light at the end of the tunnel that keeps our journey going in the right direction! You hear people say things like, “Don’t give them false hope.” I personally believe there is no such thing as false hope. There are lies, and wishful thinking, but if there is hope, it is real and powerful and affirming.

So why don’t we just want to operate at the hope level? When we work from a basis of hope, we tend to live in a fearful state, concerned that we may or may not receive. And in the Hope state, we fall into the habit of seeing our affirmations, dream boards, and visualizations as magic bullets. If we don’t say it just right, or create it perfectly, we won’t manifest the result. But it’s a start, and we’ve all been there (at different times in different situations, we may even revisit!)

We want to move up the Faith Ladder, moving into Blind Faith.  Blind faith is where we move forward, instinctively feeling that wherever we are, God is, and all is well. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and we don’t know how or why, but we just believe things will work out. This Blind Faith is higher than hope on our continuum, because it is based on Truth, but we may find ourselves having to reassure ourselves often that it will work, it may be hit and miss, and we may question it often when we don’t see the results we expect as quickly as we expect them. But the important thing is that we persist, and continue to hold strong to the Truth we believe and use the tools, even if we aren’t sure why. Blind faith is kind of like magic — it is only magic until we know how it is done! As we grow and learn …

We are able to move to the higher level  of Faith—Understanding Faith. This is where we know and understand that there are spiritual laws as immutable as physical laws. For example, we know that the law of gravity just is, and when someone is jumping off a building, the law does not question who the person is, what job they have, or how much money or power they possess. The law operates as it operates. If the person jumps, they fall. They will have a hard, maybe fatal landing, or if they chose to have the right equipment, they will experience an amazing planned adventure. It wasn’t the law’s decision — the law operated. The people involved knew the law, and chose how they would use it!

Once we realize that spiritual laws operate the same way, we move into that powerful level of Understanding Faith, where we can be just as certain that when we apply spiritual laws, we are assured of the results that will follow. And that brings us to one other similarity between our apple seed and our orange analogies: you have to do something to get the desired  result.

To quote Emilie Cady: One of the unerring truths in the universe is that the supply of every good always awaits the demand. Another truth is that the demand must be made before the supply can come forth. (You could have a bank account filled with money, but the only way to access it is to request a withdrawal.) To recognize these two statements of Truth and to affirm them are the whole secret of understanding faith—faith based on principle!”

When we operate from Understanding Faith, we can say, “We will have the funds and resources necessary to  move forward with this project” with as much conviction as we say, “We will squeeze this orange and get orange juice!”

As you move forward on your spiritual journey, recognize it is a process of growing and developing your Faith Quotient — Faithing it till you make it through practice: affirming the Truth of what you know, denying any power to doubt, moving forward claiming the good that is yours by right of consciousness! And become aware! Bless the inflow and outflow of everything in your life, knowing that it is good.

I believe that children have that Understanding Faith, until we train it out of them. Then we have to redevelop it as  adults. Here’s a great example of Understanding Faith in action, in a story from Guidepost Magazine. It is about a little girl named Scoop. Her family had recently moved to a new house, and used every cent they had to make the move. One of the great things about the new house was a little garden shed out back, that Scoop could use as a playhouse. She loved being out there, with her dolls, creating little tea parties and pretend sewing circles. She decided she would like the playhouse better if it had a real floor, instead of the dirt floor which made things dusty and dirty. But her mom just said, “We can’t afford to put a new floor in there right now. Maybe later.” And Scoop, her eyes gleaming, said, “I know I am going to have a real floor in that play house!” And every day, Scoop would go out to the playhouse, tell her dolls that they were getting ready for the new floor that was coming, and she would diligently sweep the dirt floor to get it looking as good as possible.

One day, Scoop’s mother hear her yelling, “Mom, come quick!” She ran out to the playhouse, and looked in amazement! Sure enough, showing up underneath the layers and layers of years of dirt that had accumulated, the original brick floor of the playhouse was beginning to appear. That “real floor” had been there all along, but only through the belief and diligence of a little girl, who KNEW she would have that floor and did everything to prepare for it by her constant sweeping, was the floor able to emerge!

Our abundance, inner peace, and joy is here, right now, right in front of us. We can know it, because Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly!” And He directed us, “Ask, believing you have received…” We can KNOW, without any doubt, that we can Faith it till we make it as we walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

Spiritual Junk Pile Management ~ A Spiritual Enrichment Technique

January 17, 2012

Spiritual Junk Pile Management is a great technique to help you eliminate what is no longer serving you in your spiritual journey! It is not easy, and it takes some time to accomplish — but it is worth it in terms of your spiritual enrichment. Here are the directions:

Write at the top of a postcard or Post It Note the following statement: The most demeaning, annoying, and humiliating self-imposed rules, personal habits, assumptions, inclinations, addictions, or beliefs I have allowed to block my greater good are

Write ‘self-imposed rules’ at the top of a postcard or Post It Note, then write ‘personal habits’ at the top of another; and ‘assumptions’ at the top … (you get the picture).

Spend the next 30 to 45 minutes conducting a no-nonsense self-assessment by listing as many of those demeaning and humiliating annoyances as you can on each card. If you have to use a second card or Post It Note for each category.

At the end of the time you have allotted leave the postcards or Post It Notes on the table or desktop where you’ve been working. During the rest of the day add to the lists as you think of annoyances that fit the categories. The collection of demeaning and humiliating annoyances is your ‘junk pile.’

Allow the ‘junk pile’ to simmer over night. In the morning, after your second cup of coffee or tea, sit in front of your junk pile with a sheet of paper (one for each postcard or Post It Note) and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is it about these annoyances that has kept me attached to them for so long?
  • How do they interfere with my spiritual growth and human happiness?
  • How have they blocked my greater good?
  • Why have I allowed myself to be held hostage by them?

Record your answers on the sheet of paper.

Select one demeaning or humiliating annoyance from each postcard or Post It Note. Do what you need to do to eliminate each of the initial set of annoyances. Once you’ve eliminated the initial set of annoyances select the second set of annoyances and repeat the process.

Continue to downsize the junk pile until you have eliminated all of the annoyances. (Yes, this is quite a process. So, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible).

Your spiritual growth and human happiness will rise exponentially every time you eliminate an annoyance. Each annoyance represents a layer of crust that keeps your inner light from shinning. It’s a manifestation of the negativity bias that needs to go, so you can walk the Spiritual path on practical feet!

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.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com

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!

Spiritual Enrichment: How to Walk a Labyrinth

March 15, 2011

What is a Labyrinth?

A labyrinth is a single path tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. The true labyrinth has no false pathways or dead ends to confuse those who follow its winding course. The mouth is where you enter. You walk on the paths or circuits. The walls keep you on the path. The goal is in the middle of the labyrinth. When you reach it, you have gone half the way. You need to turn around and walk out.

Walking the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination (we know we are going to get to the center),

it is about being rather than doing, integrating body, mind and spirit into Oneness.

How to Walk a Labyrinth

There are as many different ways to walk the labyrinth as there are individuals. When we walk the labyrinth, we discover our sacred inner space. We are attracted to healing tools such as labyrinth because they deepen our self-knowledge and empower our creativity. Walking the labyrinth clears the mind and gives insight into the life journey.

 It calms those in the throes of transition, and helps us to see life in the context of a path. We realize we are not humans on a spiritual path, but rather spiritual beings on a human path. It urges actions and stirs creative fires. To those who are in sorrow, it gives solace and peace. The journey is different for everyone , as is life, for we each bring different raw material to the labyrinth. We bring our uniqueness, and often depart with a greater sense of oneness and unity. So, walk as you are , with the understanding that you can access the truth in your soul.

Maintain a relaxed pace and allow adequate time for meditation / relaxation while at the center. Each movement entering and departing should be controlled, focused, and done in silence. Allow your other senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch) to be heightened throughout each stage of the exercise. At the conclusion of the walk of the labyrinth, you should experience a sense of being centered, having a strong ki flow, and conscious of a clear and relaxed mental state.

People have different experiences walking the labyrinth. As with all practices of prayer or meditation, your experience will grow and deepen the more you do it. There is no “right” experience. Some people feel a sense of peace. Others find old memories rising up as they walk. Others find themselves thinking about an immediate situation or person. Others walk at varying speeds as different thoughts and emotions come and go. Some people experience physical sensations, perhaps become light-headed, or have a feeling of floating above, a feeling of weight, or of great warmth. Some people have profound insights. Others have very small experiences or none at all. The experience of walking the labyrinth is different for each person, each time. Whatever you experience, it is your experience. Relax and see what happens.

A BASIC WALKING EXERCISE

Think of a question or concern, clear your mind of conscious thought, and just walk mindfully through the labyrinth. Feel the inherent power in the sacred design and notice how you feel when you reach the center. Pause in the center, and listen to your inner Spirit for answers and insights. When you feel ready, begin your mindful walk out of the labyrinth. Pay attention to your emotions and feelings as you walk, and especially as you  emerge from the labyrinth.

The Labyrinth as a Method of Problem Solving

The three basic parts of the labyrinth are the entrance, the circuits, and the center. 

 Pause at the entrance and think of a problem or concern. It is important that you stay open to receiving a solution. The labyrinth is entered on circuit number 3. When you have your issue clearly identified, begin your silent walk into the labyrinth. Walk at a slow pace, not stopping until you reach the center.

Each path is associated with a feeling or attitude about the problem or concern.

As you walk, focus your attention on the following:

Circuit 3 – Explore what “you “think” about the problem.

Circuit 2 – Explore what you “feel” about the problem.

Circuit 1 – Explore how this problem affects you in your physical world. (i.e. money, possessions, health).

Circuit 4 – How does this affect your spiritual life? Does it aid in spiritual growth? Does it inhibit spiritual growth.

Circuit 7 – Ask your Higher Self/God to walk with you. Place the problem in the hands of your Higher Self/God and be thankful.

Circuit 6 – Ask for vision — a solution to your problem. When it comes, accept it without judgment. Accept the idea of a solution that you have been given.

Circuit 5 – Ask yourself, “What is the first step?” Let it come.

Goal (Center) – This is the place for just pausing and letting the solution you have been given settle in. Just be with it. This is the first half of your walk.

Circuit 5 – Look at the first step you were given with non-judgment.

Circuit 6 – Keep looking at answer you were given in a non-judgmental way.

Circuit 7 – Thank your Higher Self/God for giving you this awareness.

Circuit 4 – How will this solution affect your spiritual life? Will it help you grow or inhibit you?

Circuit 1 – How will this solution affect your physical life —your body, your health?

Circuit 2 – How does this solution make you feel?

Circuit 3 – What do you think about the solution? If it still just doesn’t seem like the right solution, try walking again later! You might try asking the question in a little different way.

 At the entrance to the labyrinth, turn and give thanks for the guidance you received. Notice how you feel as you emerge from the labyrinth. Use the labyrinth as a helpful tool for growth!


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