Shady Ladies of the Bible: Delilah

Sunday Mesage by Rev. Pat Bessey

It was great to be back with you on Sunday. The Peace Literacy training with Paul K. Chappell was for me an opportunity to deepen the principles of Peace Literacy that I have been studying since Paul’s visit in March of 2015 and a renewed commitment to further this work. Stay tuned!

I continued the series “Shady Ladies of the Bible” with the story of Samson and Delilah. The story in the Bible is found in the Book of Judges, Chapters 13 – 16. This is another story of a couple who are unable to have children and an Angel of the Lord comes to tell Samson’s mother that she will have a son. He will be consecrated to God.

In this story, the main characters are Samson, Delilah and the Philistines. Unity teaches that all the characters in the Bible are aspects of our own consciousness. A way to think of this also is that the Bible is an evolution of our own story. We move through the Old Testament and it is a time when we are very much in the world… it is an-eye-for-an-eye consciousness. As we move into the New Testament and begin to follow the teachings of Jesus, we then move into a higher state of consciousness, and love, compassion and forgiveness become our way of expressing in the world.

Now let us look at what Samson, Delilah and the Philistines represent in us. The long hair worn by Samson represents a spiritual power that grows from the mind of a person operating from an elevated consciousness.

In other words, Samson’s hair is the spiritual force (spirit of the Lord) growing from the higher mind. Unfortunately, Samson identified his strength with the outer being his hair rather that his inner spiritual power.

A question to ask yourself: Where do I see my power coming from? Is it outside myself – perhaps in my good looks, my intelligence or my wealth? If so, what happens if it is taken away?

Delilah represents emotions: poured out; exhausted; weak; pining with desire; lustful pining; languishing; longing.

“Delilahs” are anything we let get in the way of our soul’s purpose, like:
• distractions,
• temptations,
• laziness…
• what saps your strength…
• drugs, alcohol, food… television…
• staying too busy…
• living unconscious…

The trouble is that a lot of these things are attractive – at least at first – and they don’t wave the banner saying, “I am your destruction.”

The act of cutting Samson’s hair is symbolic of our emotions cutting off the Higher Mind (Spirit) ruling our lives. We all know that emotions play a strong role in our decision-making process. But we were never meant to be ruled by emotions. We’re to be ruled by the Spirit, or Higher Mind.

And then we have the Philistines. They represent negative thoughts that become our enemies.

From Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary: When the five-sense man gives himself up to sense desires and makes no attempt to live in spiritual consciousness he is ruled by Philistine thoughts. This is a suppression of the real man, and if such living is continued the soul will finally be crowded out of its rightful domain, the land of Israel.

When we react from our emotions, our thoughts truly become the greatest enemy we could have. Thoughts and emotions seemingly have this synergistic relationship that can spiral out of control and send us into the whirlwinds of a stressful life.

How do we give up our strength to thoughts that become our enemies? Being plugged in to the news all day or living in a state of fear about money or health?

So the moral of this story is that our true power comes from the divine within. We can lose our hair, our brains, our looks and still be expressions of Spirit… your ultimate identity is Divine… you are the Strength of God… so don’t let anything get in the way of that.

Next week we will look at David and Bathsheba.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey



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