Saturday, July 9, 2016

The Consciousness of Wholeness

Today's reading from "The Science of Mind" is an example of an affirmative prayer for transformation of consciousness - often referred to as a "Treatment" in New Thought terminology. 

"I know there is a Spirit in me which unfolds Itself to me; and I know that this Spirit—or Infinite Wisdom and Divine Love and Perfect Law—enlightens my consciousness and awakens within me, within the personal, the knowledge of Its meaning, the realization of Its Presence, and the power of Its Law. I am conscious that this Universal IT is an ever-present Being to me and to every man, because where the Universe personifies, It becomes personal. Therefore, there is within me an immediate Presence, the Infinite of the finite self, all-knowing, all-wise, and forever perfect. It is this Real Me that I seek to vision in my thought, that I seek to embody in my consciousness. It is that ME that cannot be sick, knows no lack, has no limitation, never suffered want, and cannot experience fear." - p. 554

Ernest Holmes teaches that true prayer is an affirming process; an acknowledgement of that which is real in God's mind; the ONE MIND of the universe.

Our level of consciousness is out of alignment with reality. Holmes discovered the timeless truth that reveals that our  sense of "sinfulness," our sense of "falling short" of perfection, is due to the holding of false belief in being separate and disconnected from God.  

We are conditioned by our ignorant perception of reality. 

We falsely believe that God's personal presence is unobtainable; that our consciousness is limited by our apparent separateness.

By affirming the actual truth - that Spirit is within us in totality and that we are the "individualization" of infinite Divine Spirit - the "personification of the Universe," we can open up our minds to the very consciousness of God. In reality, there is only ONE MIND - ONE CONSCIOUSNESS, we have divided it by our lack of understanding. 

The Bible tells us:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
- Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 

We cannot trust our own understanding of reality but we can trust and lean into the understanding of God in every situation or circumstance.

God is the Source of ALL good and has given us a "sound mind" that we might employ it to lean into the reality of God's ways; to simply allow God's vision to be our own. 

The simple truth is this:

1. God Loves Me (You, Us)
2. God is Guiding Me (You, Us)
3. God is Showing Me (You, Us) the way.

- Source - Affirmation by Rev. Gaylon McDowell, 
Bodhi Spiritual Center, June 19th, 2016

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