Maryland and other states along the East Coast are preparing for the worst. Hurricane Irene is heading for us.
In the Declaration of Principles of Religious Science, Dr. Ernest Holmes writes:
"We believe in the control of conditions through the power of this Mind."
This is not something new. The ancient Hawaiians and other indigenous peoples believed their Shaman, Medicine Man or Holy Person could control conditions. Weather is just a condition.
I went out to get cat food at noon. I was so surprised to see the amount of traffic! The market had long lines. A lot of the shelves, especially with water and batteries, were empty. The energy is thick with fear. We're afraid of a condition.
If you read these Friday Messages, I know you believe in the Truth of the Principles we teach. So I'm going to ask you to participate in an activity with me. Every time you hear or think about the hurricane, imagine it swirling its way out into deeper water. Maybe you could even imagine standing with thousands of others, blowing the hurricane out to sea.
Am I saying don't prepare? No, we have to work at the level of our belief. However, I am reminded of the story of the Midwestern town that hadn't had rain in months and months, and the Pastor was asked to lead an outdoor prayer service. One little girl brought an umbrella - she believed.
The weather maps we see on TV are projections, based on past experiences -- no one really knows what will happen in the long run. Holmes also wrote "Principle is not bound by precedent." Just because something happened a certain way before, doesn't mean it has to happen that way again.
So I am going to be like the Kahunas of old - I'm going to stand on Principle and declare we are all safe. I see the hurricane weakening and heading out to the sea. The State Fair, the weddings, the parties, and yes, church on Sunday morning will still be held. I ask you to join me.
And again, we all have to work at the level of our belief. If you can't imagine the hurricane swerving off course, please join in this Spiritual Mind Treatment written by Dr. Arlene Bump of the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Center for Spiritual Living:
"This is what I know: There is an Infinite Intelligence in the Universe that is everywhere present and in action at all times. We know for every person, place or thing in the path of Hurricane Irene that they are in perfect alignment of wholeness and unity which expresses as safety, balance, harmony and community with everyone using their inner wisdom as a guide for their action and activities.
We affirm that all governmental agencies are functioning quickly, safely, efficiently and on time to fulfill every need and want in order and ease. There is perfect alignment and clear communication as everyone comes together as ONE to be guided, guarded, directed and protected in rightness and wholeness during this time -- not only before and during the Hurricane, but also in the aftermath as each one is mindfully conscious of their inner guidance, safety and support as creation and re-creation takes place. Divine Infinite Intelligence functions perfectly, on time and in order for everyone and everything.
I know this word is being joined with all prayers everywhere as we hold a high watch for the unfoldment of this word in every way and in every place. Each one is mindful of their spiritual wholeness and this conscious awareness guides all in a path of safety. This word manifests as a perfect experience as we send blessings and affirmations of our heart into the energy of each one. This word is released now to the law of Mind that knows what to do and how to do it. We know, accept and take the action of that acceptance for all."