Friday, February 12, 2010
The other day, I re-read the Book of Love Notes that were written by my congregation in Langley BC and given to me at my going away party. Two words that were written the most were "loving" and "generous."
As I was reading I looked up and noticed the first decorative piece I purchased for my new home. It is a life sized statue of a pair of hands. The two hands are joined with little fingers together, palms up and open. They are open in a gesture of offering.
I've been enamored with hands for years. I've collected pictures of hands of all ages and sizes. I've watched the graceful hands of hula dancers telling a story. I've studied Mudras, which are spiritual gestures in Hinduism and Buddhism. I learned how to get my hands involved in my Visions with Jean Huston, and how to get them involved in my prayers with Dr. Jim Turrell. How delighted I was to find a brain research paper published in the National Academy of Sciences in November 2009, which proved that hand gestures stimulate the same regions of the brain as language.
The statue's gesture is my personal symbol -- it represents offering myself in service.
All my life I have been of service to people, animals and plants. When I was younger, it was unconscious. (It could even have been part of being a "people pleaser.") When I started my spiritual Path, it became a more conscious act, then as I have continued along that Path, it became just what I do and who I am.
I started thinking about how generous and loving so many people have been since I arrived in Baltimore. From a place for me and my kitties to live for awhile, a car to drive, things I needed for my new home, to the car being dug out of the snow, I am constantly being provided for. At first I was a little overwhelmed at the generosity. Yet, as I look at this statue of offering hands, I realize that because I give, I am given to. We are each other's mirrors.
Ernest Holmes writes: "Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it. The more spiritual the thought, the higher its manifestation. Spiritual thought means an absolute belief in, and reliance upon, Truth. This is both natural and normal."
What was my thought? I am always provided for. When I first started my ministry 24 years ago, I read that Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, who founded Unity Church, literally wrote a contract with God, stating that their part would be to carry out their ministry with love and integrity, and practice the principles to the best of their ability, and in return God's part would be to sustain them in finance, health, and peace of mind. They signed the contract and lived by it.
So I wrote a contract as well. With an absolute belief in, and reliance upon Truth, I can serve without worrying about anything because I have a contract with the Universe. I am always provided for. So 96% of the time I get to hang out in Gratitude - and I'm working on it being 100%!
Love to all this Valentine's Day, and thank you, thank you, thank you!!
SPIRITUAL MIND TREATMENT
There is only One Life and It is living through me and all things. It is the Source and substance of all there is. It is a Divine Energy that responds to every thought and feeling. It is both Love and Law.
Knowing this, I now declare I am willing and ready to embody this Truth. I am willing to be all I can be, in love and integrity, living in accordance with Spiritual Law, and in return, I know The One supports me fully. No longer do I need be concerned about anything for I know It provides for me in ways I can hardly imagine, and they are all good.
I celebrate my awareness and my use of Spiritual Law. I know the Law works!! I release these words with a grateful heart. And so It is.