Are you calling me an alien?

If you believe that what Jesus said is true for you, then yes you are an 'alien' in this world. 

Speaking to mortal consciousness, Christ Jesus said: "You are of this world; I am not of this world." Christ Jesus "had come from God and was returning to God" (John 13:3). And before the crucifixion, when praying for his disciples (and all who followed his teachings), he said: "They are not of the world, even as I am not of it" (John 17:16).

The consciousness of Truth and Love brought to light in Jesus' realizations and teachings are not of mortal, limited or worldly consciousness. Divine consciousness has no relationship with biological or material theories, besides being their opposite.

You, as an emanation of divine Mind, are alien to thinking and living that includes limitation, fear, pain and disease. These by-products of worldly consciousness are foreign to your natural awareness. Where you come from and where you are going includes no fault, pain, accident, pressure or decay. You were born and you are destined to be present in the consciousness of complete, ever-rejuvenating Love.

You are at home, in heaven, in the consciousness of your at-one-ment with Life's wisdom, intelligence and grace. This is your homeland. You are a foreigner, an alien, anywhere else.

Bring heaven (divine consciousness) to earth (our present experience) today by seeing our home right here -- spiritual ideas and concepts as present facts.

Reality is here

I adore the oft-quoted passage in 1 Cor. 13:12. The King James Bible has it this way:

“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” –1 Cor. 13:12, KJV

The Message Bible renders the same verse like this:

“We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”

Whether we're looking "through a glass, darkly" or "squinting in a fog, peering through a mist" the point remains: reality is here, but there's a filter that's distorting or obscuring our view of it.

This is a super important point. This is what Jesus came to say -- the Kingdom of God is here, at hand. But we need to repent. We need to see things differently to experience it. Reality, heaven, harmony, health, perfection: these aren't for a later time. They aren't based on age or human circumstance. They're natural, they are now. We can understand this and break through dark glass of materialism with prevailing reality-thoughts. We can warm up the scene by reflecting Life's sweet agape and burn up the mist of doubt and dis-ease.

The reality is that life is God-made and being so, it's forever good.

We can awaken to the truth that nothing is irredeemable, we're worthy and nothing can change the harmony of being. All thought and therefore experience is from Love. God governs and it's right to yield to Love's demands and see it.

Reality is here.

 

P.S. If you're struggling today, I hope this message meets you with a tide of warm love. "...it won’t be long before the weather clears." 

Shameless audacity

Let's be BOLD with our prayers today. Demand good. Demand healing. Demand progress. Let's knock on the doors of heaven until we find entrance. Pure persistence wins.

Jesus recommended that we pray with (as the NIV translation has it) shameless audacity

According to Dictionary.com, "audacity" is defined as "boldness or daring, especially with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions."

In other translations "shameless audacity" is rendered as  "shamelessness," "shameless persistence," "sheer persistence," "impudence," or "importunity."

"Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’ And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
-Luke 11:5-13

Eternal friendship

Friendship is one of the joys of life. Like anything real, real friendship is eternal. I actually believe our relationship with every individual is a relationship of eternal friendship. There's a unique way that each of us relates that is forever beautiful.

It's rare to come across a great song about friendship. Even more rare is finding a song about pals who unite in a Christian love. This Baptist/Methodist hymn hits the mark for me. Below is a modern version of it by Sara Groves.

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Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father’s throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
Our comforts and our cares.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way;
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free,
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.

Words: John Faw­cett, Hymns Adapt­ed to the Cir­cum­stance of Pub­lic Wor­ship (Leeds, Eng­land: 1782). Music: Den­nis, Hans G. Nä­ge­li (1773-1836); ar­ranged by Low­ell Ma­son in The Psalt­ery, 1845 (MI­DI, score).



 

Asking nothing in return

Real love asks for nothing. It is what it is. It is giving.

“Even after all this time the Sun never says to the Earth, "You owe me." Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.” -Hafez, 14th Century Persian Poet
"Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back." -Jesus, Luke 6:30

The blessing of missing out

Ever feel like you're missing out? Like someone or some group of people have something that you don't? Ever feel envious or jealous? No need. 

I doubt that Jesus would have walked on water if he owned a boat.

Looking back on my life, it's clear that most of my treasured moments came as a result of lacking something and relying on God instead of the comforts of matter. Experiencing the power of divine Love to care for me -- even in small ways -- has always meant the world to me.

If we seem to be missing out on something today -- whether it's joy, health, home, friends, etc -- this apparent need is a blessing in disguise. As we rely on God more deeply, we'll progress as individuals. We'll develop more compassion, selfless love, objectless calm, spiritual logic, God-hereness. These are things that remain with us regardless of what's going on and they're the basis of real health.

We can joyfully drop the 'fear of missing out' mentality. Desires and things come and go. The nature of God and our expression of God remain forever. Glimpsing this is glimpsing heaven. It's the biggest blessing of all.

 

As I Began to Love Myself

In my healing practice, I meet many people who are struggling with self-confidence. What healing comes when we stop defining ourselves as the world does - by personal opinions, memories of the past, physical bodies - and love who we really are! Each of us has a beautiful and unique way of expressing God. Let's celebrate it and love our true selves.

 

"As I Began To Love Myself" by Charlie Chaplin

As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is Authenticity.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today, I call it Respect.

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today, I call it Maturity.

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I could be calm. Today, I call it Self-Confidence.

As I began to love myself, I quit steeling my own time, and I stopped designing huge projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm. Today, I call it Simplicity.

As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health - food, people, things, situations and everything that drew me down and away from myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today, I know it is Love of Oneself.

As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since, I was wrong less of the time. Today, I discovered that is Modesty.

As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where Everything is happening. Today, I live each day, day by day, and I call it Fulfilment.

As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But, as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally. Today, I call this connection Wisdom of the Heart.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born. Today, I know... That Is Life.

The miracle of sharing

When Christ Jesus faced a crowd of four thousand people who hadn't eaten in three days, he took seven loaves of bread and a few small fish into his hands and gave thanks. Trusting God, he broke the bread and fish and passed them on. In the remote mountains where food was scarce, these starving people took their share and passed the food on. This is one of two times Jesus fed thousands when supply appeared limited. That's the miracle most see here and rightfully so. 

Today, I'm inspired by this miracle: these starving families had nothing to eat for three days and then with little food, they shared.

Where in your life today does there seem to be a deficiency? Are you hungry for love? Patience? Connection? Generosity? Has it been days since you've taken in deep inspiration or experienced complete health? What about thinking about this miracle story and affirming that right where lacks appears to be, the Christ is feeding you, satisfying you. The power of Love is fully present multiplying your awareness of good. Eat of that truth until you feel nourished. And here's the kicker: share that feeling/knowing/care.

Not only do I have sufficient love, patience, health, inspiration, benevolence, spiritual understanding - my daily bread - but I can share these God-qualities and see that they are nourishing, filling, satisfying everyone I encounter too. 

Love multiplies in our awareness and experience as we give it away. So share. Take part in the miracle of sharing today. Sharing is great. 

 

Flip the script

No matter how much evil is going on the best reaction is not judgment, hatred or revenge. The best reaction is to flip the script, do the unexpected and love. Regardless of the affront, the outside-picture, the questions throw at you, the answer is always love. Love heals. Love restores. Love wins because love is actually the basis of life.

This hour-long podcast is extraordinary. A must-listen. It's the best secular illustration of Jesus' love-your-enemies teaching that I've heard in a long time. 

LISTEN TO Invisibilia's "Flip the script" podcast.

Prayer is evidence of God

Prayer is the voicing of beautiful, true thought. Prayer is the desire or intention for good. Prayer is asserting and utilizing Life's law of harmony. Prayer is knowing and feeling our unbreakable oneness with Love. Prayer eases the heart and heals mind and body. Prayer begins with God and is expressed in us -- prayer is actually proof of God at work in our lives. I love how Helen Wood Bauman, a long-time editor of The Christian Science Journal, once put it:

"The very impulse to turn to God in prayer illustrates the incessant motion of divine law, uniting Mind and its expression in the infinite purposes of good. True prayer originates in God, not in self, and is inseparable from the one infinite Mind, the Principle of all that is true. Both prayer and answer, desire and fulfillment, evidence the presence and power of one all-inclusive God, good."

Here's the whole article: "Prayer and law" (1948) by Helen Wood Bauman.

Let's pray joyously, intuitively, consistently throughout the day. Prayer is evidence of God developing our character and expanding our awareness of love and health. Let prayer happen and let prayer heal.

Thoughts on Love

A beautiful poem for you:

From the May 9, 1903 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

LOVE is the sweetness of a life hid with Christ in God.
Love is the ripened fruit of spiritual manhood and womanhood.
Love is active, positive, not negative or passive.
Love is the center and circumference of being.
Love is the practice of prayer.
Love germinates in the soil of self-forgetfulness, self-sacrifice, and humility.
Love realized, is heaven come to earth.

-WILLIAM H. RUSSELL

 

The Sermon on the Mount reorganized

Christ Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 is a collection of Jesus' core teachings. Most scholars agree that it wasn't a one-time sermon, but instead a compilation of Jesus' ideas shared throughout his ministry. Recently, I was challenged to reorganize this 'sermon' in a way that made more sense to me. Here's my first attempt. I used the NIV translation. It's amazing to see how ideas in this collection pop out when you look at it in a different order! This sermon of all sermons inspires, uplifts and heals me every time I read it.

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When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:

Do Not Worry (He began by allaying their fear)

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

 

How to pray and how to fast

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

“When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”

“This, then, is how you should pray:
Our Father in heaven, 

hallowed be your name, 

your kingdom come, 

your will be done, 

on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us today our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, 

as we also have forgiven our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, 

but deliver us from the evil one.”

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”

 

“And when you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

 

Update of Mosaic law: The morality of unconditional love

Love your enemies

“Now, you have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

Overcome all anger

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”

Live generously at all times

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”

 

Heal relationship problems quickly

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”

Overcome lust

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”

Do not divorce unethically

“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”

 

Do not make oaths

“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’ But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

Do not worship money (No other gods before God)

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

New Commandments

Do not treasure material possessions

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Do not judge others

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 

Forgive others

“Forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

 

 

Christ is fulfilling the law

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”

The Golden Rule

“In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

 

Be watchful & wise

Give only to those who are ready

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

 

The road to destruction

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

 

Beware of false prophets

“And, watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

 

Be a true disciple

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
 

 

Build your life on these teachings

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

 

A blessing/benediction

Be-atitudes

 

Now Jesus gave all a blessing. He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

   for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

   for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

   for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

   for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

   for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

   for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

   for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”