As always Sunday was an uplifting, wonderful service. Our fabulous talented Music Director Deana Ingraham-Gurney brought in singer-songwriter Tom Acousti as a guest musician, and he was great! Thank you, Tom, for sharing the gift of God within you. Our master chef Ingrid also was in tune with it being a holiday weekend, and we had a picnic featuring hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. It was fun!
This week the Powers I shared were Life and Imagination. This is in continuation with the series The Twelve Powers in You. The scripture I am using is from II Timothy 1:6, “Stir up the gift of God that is in you.”
Life is located in the generative organs. The color is red and the disciple is Judas. Life is the faculty which gives us the consciousness of life on the material, sensual level of existence.
Underbalanced symptoms: hypochondriac, impotence, enjoys poor health, etc.
Overbalanced symptoms: sexual, lust, health fanatic, etc.
I shared this story… An Eastern Legend tells of a fair maiden who was offered a rare gift by the king of the land. The king presented her with a bag of pearls and promised her she could keep the largest, most perfect pearl she could find in the bag. However, he set down some conditions: she must choose only one pearl; she must remove one pearl at a time from the bag and either accept it or reject it; she could not pick that pearl up again once it had been rejected.
So, joyously, she began taking the pearls, one at a time from the bag. In the process, she saw and held many large and perfect pearls. But she was looking for the one gem that would be just a little larger and a little more perfect. So she passed up many special treasures.
As she delved more deeply into the bag, the pearls became smaller and of poorer quality.
Occasionally she found pebbles instead of pearls. Not being able to go back to the pearls she had formerly discarded, she had to keep on looking. The pearls continued to become smaller and less valuable. When the maiden reached the bottom of the bag, she sadly went away as empty-handed as when she arrived at the palace.
This legend can also portray us when we may sometimes rush through life seeking to get a better job, a bigger house, a better mate, a more glamorous social life or whatever; we miss the great pearls of abundance all around us every day. We may be searching for the kingdom of heaven, which is right within us all the time, yet often we recognize it not.
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said: “When you experience any kind of in-harmony, you can be certain that you are entertaining some kind of false illusion. We have the priceless pearl of truth right in front of us, but are we willing to sell all to obtain it. Are we ready to give up the false illusions and lead straight for truth?”
Affirmation: I claim LIFE now. I use Life to energize and enliven my pursuit of being the best person I can be.
Imagination is located between the eyes, the color is light blue and the disciple is Nathanael (Bartholomew). Imagination is the faculty which gives form to unformed mental energy or substance.
Underbalanced symptoms: pessimist, literal-minded, poor self-image
Overbalanced symptoms: day-dreamer, exaggerates, fantasy world
It has been wisely said that each one of us is the ruler of the greatest nation on earth: our imagination. Call forth divine imagination to see your body perfect or your life perfect or your relationship perfect. See it! You have to see it in mind first before you can co-create with God and build it.
Affirmation: I claim IMAGINATION now. I claim Divine Ideas, then visualize and imagine being the best person I can be.
Next week the series concludes with the Powers of Love and Elimination/Renunciation.
You are a blessing in my life,