Principles of Prosperity 1

“Principles of Prosperity: Foundation, The basic Building Block”

First in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey

During the Season for Nonviolence in early 2019 we created 1000 cranes for our tree in the sanctuary. The cranes are a symbol of peace. Each week when I see that tree, I am reminded of the story of Saduko. Saduko was just two years old when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on her home country of Japan. She survived the explosion however at the age of 11 years old she discovered that she had leukemia, a form of cancer many people called the ‘atom bomb disease’. The leukemia was a result of radiation poisoning from the bomb.

I am retelling you this story because August 6 – 9 is the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The cranes as a symbol of peace are just as relevant today as they were back in 1954 when they were first created as a call for peace.

On Sunday was the first talk of the series Prosperity Principles and its focus was “Whatever I believe in will come to pass”. This is the gateway to the infinite, the wondrous key, the open sesame! What you believe in your heart is what you get. “All things are possible to him that believeth” … Mark 9:33 (KJV)

Unity minister Eric Butterworth says in his book “Spiritual Economics, “There is no way that you can really begin to understand ‘spiritual economics’ (prosperity) or to make it work until you are free from the sense of God ‘up there’ and be on fire with the awareness of the Presence of God within.”

This is where faith comes into play. Butterworth defines faith as consciousness centered in the universal source.

Faith is not the magic wand that makes God work nor does it release some kind of miracle power. Faith is not a vague process of believing in something out there. It is a positive act of turning on the faith that is already within each of us.

Prosperity is possible for everyone. However, true prosperity can only be built on a firm foundation of a clear belief system.

What is meant by a clear belief system? There are two important questions we have to answer to get that clarity…

1. What we believe is the nature of God
2. What we believe is the nature of humankind…

And the relationship between the two…

Our belief system is our very own personal conviction of the nature of God, not what society tells us or what our parents believed, and the same is true for the nature of humankind.

Our belief about God and humankind has two aspects…

• Intellectual
• Emotional

The intellect leads us to a decision, the emotions move it into our experience, and the desire for the experience may be a powerful factor in our decision- making process.

The intellectual belief that prosperity is possible combined with an emotional belief that you are not worthy of prosperity will result in poverty every time. When the emotions and intellect argue, the emotions always win.

A clear belief system is the melding of the intellectual and emotional sides of our nature, unifying the creative with the logical, pulling us together as a whole.

In Sunday’s talk I give examples of how the intellect and the emotions work. To listen click here…to go even deeper into this subject please join me tonight at 6:30 – 8:00 and every Wednesday for the next six weeks.

Most of us tend to prefer either the intellectual/cognitive or emotional/intuitive sides of our natures, and our need is to balance the two.

Here is a good thought to take with you through the week and spend some time meditating on…
God is the source of all abundance.
God can do no more through me than I am willing to experience.

Next Sunday will be “Relationships: Our Place in an Abundant Universe.” I hope you will join me. Julie Thompson will be with us as our guest vocalist.

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

A Flow of Abundant Good

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Just imagine that you have fed 40 plus people and then begin the cleanup to find out you have no hot water. This is the situation that Ingrid and her team experienced on Sunday morning. As they prepared to do the dishes the water never got hot. It is our hope that a new water heater will be installed this week. These are the kinds of things that happen when you own a home like we do. Unexpected expenses pop up. Which leads right into the talk on Sunday, which was titled “A Flow of Abundant Good.”

The message was focused on what are the thoughts we hold about abundance in our own lives. One of Unity’s core teachings is prosperity, and yet we find ourselves often living in lack. There were two areas that I would be looking at, and the first is looking at new ways to be in relationship with abundance and second what might need to change in order to have a new relationship with abundance.

In her book Trance of Scarcity, author Victoria Castle writes: “We often think of abundance as being like a river: flowing but moving only in one direction. That image is misleading because abundance is much smarter than that. Abundance renews and replenishes itself, flowing in a circular pattern the same way the breath moves. Each part of the cycle naturally makes way for the next.”

So, imagine, if you will, a circle. It is the Circle of Abundance. And this Circle of Abundance is like a clock, in that we will start at the top and work our way around clockwise.

12 o’clock, high noon is ALIGNING. We must start by aligning. Aligning with what? Aligning with the realization that we are already in the Circle of Abundance. Always have been; always will be. We can’t not be! When we recognize that we already belong in the Circle simply because of who we are, we will awaken to inspiration and opportunities and ideas, which are God’s first currency.

The second stop around our Circle of Abundance, at approximately 2 o’clock is the idea of GENEROSITY because when we are aligned, sharing/giving come naturally. We are made in the image and likeness of the Infinite Giver. To give, to be generous of spirit, is our Divine Nature.

GENEROSITY then sends us to our next stop around the Circle of Abundance at about 5 o’clock. That stop is ATTRACTING. A generous soul is a soul that is attractive to its good. Why, because generosity comes from a place of sufficiency; I have more than enough, so I give. And knowing that we already have is the key to attracting what we desire!

ALIGN with Spiritual Truth, be GENEROUS of Spirit not out of obligation but out of a knowing that supply is unlimited and ATTRACT our good by knowing it is already here.

To be a powerful ATTRACTOR even when circumstances do not appear to be abundant, we must realize that the absence of evidence is NOT the evidence of absence.

Then we move to 7 o’clock, which is RECEIVING. Receiving is the depth of inhalation. Ernest Holmes wrote: “[Principle] is ready to fill everything, because It is infinite. So, it is not a question of Its willingness, nor of Its ability; it is entirely a question of our own receptivity.”

And finally, at approximately 10 o’clock is GRATITUDE. If we receive fully, gratitude follows naturally. Gratitude is a generative energy that acknowledges our connectedness. Eckhart Tolle wrote: “It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.”

And, of course, when the spiritual dimension of life opens, we are beautifully and powerfully aligned, so we have returned full circle back to 12 o’clock, to ALIGNMENT.

Alignment—Generosity – Attracting – Receiving – Gratitude – back to Alignment.

That’s the Circle of Abundance. Today, I invite you into a relationship with the Circle.

I look forward to hearing the success you have using the Circle of Abundance. I am also seeing it work with a new water heater. We are open to receive an inflow of unexpected income to more than cover the cost of the heater and installation.

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