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“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…
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