Step 3: Through Introspection I Identify the Thoughts I Hold That Create My Experience
My intent in writing this is to give you something personal that either we have experienced or from my interactions with you. However, this morning I am rather stumped. What I am finding, and many of you may be also, is that my days look about the same and so not much newsworthy is happening. I am taking an online class with Mirabai Starr which I am enjoying. The course is called Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics
and Goddesses. Taking this class makes me realize how blessed we will be when she comes here in November. She is a real wealth of information and inspiration. The homework for this week is to write for 10 minutes starting with this carrier phrase “When I grow still…”. I invite you to take 10 minutes in your day, set a timer, and see what nuggets reveal themselves. I found it very helpful.
I am also doing some work with Mary Reed. You may remember when Mary came a year ago this past fall and she delighted us with her presence and mystical teachings. You can find her on YouTube and her website, unwittingmystic.com. She has a course offered for free or love offering called Divine 444. Check it out.
On Sunday I continued with the series “6 Steps to Spiritual Maturity,” which I had begun prior the Easter season. This Sunday was Step 3:Through Introspection I Identify the Thoughts I Hold that Create My Experience. Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. This is the law of mind action, and with it we make our own world.
Charles Fillmore, in his book The Twelve Powers of Man, says: “Man is the power of God in action. To man is given the highest power in the universe, the conscious power of thought.”
Think on this quote a moment… we are all God’s creation and have been given the conscious power of thought. Fillmore also says in Keep a True Lent that: “The thinking faculty in man makes him a free agent, because it is his creative center; in and through this one power, he establishes his consciousness—he builds his world.” We have been given free will and with that free will we get to build our world.
If God has the power to give us the ability to form our thoughts, have you ever wondered why our thoughts aren’t all good. H. Emilee Cady, author of Lessons in Truth, a primary Unity teaching, gives a very clear answer to this question.
She says, “Is it difficult for you to understand why, if God lives in us all the time, He does not keep our thoughts right instead of permitting us through ignorance to drift into wrong thoughts, and so bring trouble on ourselves? Well, we are not automatons. Your children will never learn to walk alone if you always do their walking. Because you recognize that the only way for them to be strong, self-reliant in all things — in other words, to become independent adults — is to throw them on themselves, and let them, through experience, come to a knowledge of things for themselves, you are not willing to make a mere puppet of them by taking the steps for them, even though you know that they will fall down many times and give themselves severe bumps in their ongoing toward perfect physical adulthood.”
I quoted many other pearls of wisdom from her on Sunday as well.
As you go through your days, only allow thoughts that build you and others up stay in your mind because thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.
Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
Let the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable — build up the world. In thy sight and in yours.
Next Sunday will be Step 4: Using denials and affirmations, I cleanse my consciousness of all error thoughts.
It is not too late to join the class tomorrow on Unity from the Inside Out… contact me right now, and I will send you the material needed for tomorrow’s class.
Dear One, know that you are loved, and I am sending you a virtual hug…
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey