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"Love Is The Key Part3:
Connecting With Others, Growing In Spiritual Community" 02-25-24
“Connecting Together In Spiritual Community Enriches, Uplifts & Inspires Us” sv
Romans 8:39 (NIV)
39 Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God…
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NRSV)
13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Romans 1:11-12 (NRSV)
11 For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— 12 or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours & mine.
1 John 1:7 (NKJV)
7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
Romans 12:6 (NKJV)
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them…
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV) 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Whether a biological family or an extended family of people attracted to each other based on heart resonance and mutual support, the word "family" (Community) implies warmth, a place where the core feelings of the heart are nurtured. While we have differences, we remain "family" (Community) by virtue of our heart connection. Family provides necessary security and support, and acts as a buffer against external problems. A family (Community) made up of secure people generates a magnetic power that can get things done. They are the hope for real security in a stressful world.
--Doc Childre and Howard Martin, The HeartMath Solution
Love is the greatest force of healing that exists in the universe. Love heals everything it touches.
Love is within us. It cannot be destroyed. Denying love is our only problem, and embracing it is the only answer. Through the power of love, we can let go of past history and begin again. Love heals, forgives, and makes whole.
Simply being with other people who are also seekers and who are involved in the same quest you are is very meaningful.
When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as
we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
--Margaret J. Wheatley
This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.
The soul is awakened through service.
Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not [only] for ourselves but for one another.
“Love Is The Key Part 2:
Black History Month…A Time To Remember & Honor" 02-18-24
“Using Universal Love Principles We Live Into Healing, Inclusivity & Oneness ” sv
1 John 2:9-10 (NIV)
9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. 10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.
Galatians 3:28 (ESV)
3There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one…
Hebrews 10:24 (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…
Galatians 6:10 (NRSV)
10 So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all…
2 John 1:6b (NIV)
6b …As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
Romans 13:8b (NIV)
8b…for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.
The Black History month honors African American people’s rich range of experiences, struggles and achievements throughout history and into the modern day… It’s a tribute to African American men and women who have made significant contributions to America and the rest of the world in the fields of science, politics, law, sports, the arts, entertainment, and many other fields.
While Black History Month is synonymous with prominent figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., there are countless other African Americans who've made a profound impact in history: self-made millionaire Madam C.J. Walker, astronaut Mae C. Jemison, open-heart surgeon Daniel Hale Williams, inventor Garret Morgan, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and "Father of Black History" Carter G. Woodson, who lobbied extensively to establish Black History Month as a nationwide celebration, among many others.
Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination & forgiveness. Your willingness ro wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
--Martin Luther King Jr.
There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
We must never forget that Black History is American History. The achievements of African Americans have contributed to our nation's greatness.
Won't it be wonderful when Black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.
Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
--Martin Luther King Jr.
We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.
--Carter G. Woodson
My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.
“Love Is The Key…Forgiving Self & Others” Part 1 02-11-24
“Releasing Anger, Hurt & Shame Opens Us To Love’s Healing Power” sv
1 John 4:16b (ESV)
16 …God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
Mark 12:31 (NRSV)
31 The second [commandment] is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Proverbs 28:13 (NASB)
13 One who conceals his wrongdoings will not prosper, But one who confesses and abandons them will find compassion.
Proverbs 10:12 (NRSV)
12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you… 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love…
1 Peter 4:8 (NCV)
8 Most importantly, love each other deeply, because love will cause people to forgive each other….
A lack of forgiveness comes in many forms. Unexpected breakups, family trauma, or betrayal of any kind can easily cause resentment to take root in our hearts. It can be an unimaginably hard task to choose to let go of past hurts and begin to heal, but the decision to forgive will ultimately lead to a happier and more fulfilling life. It's important to understand that deciding to forgive doesn't mean you're dismissing or justifying the pain someone has caused you; it will however create space in your mind and heart for true joy.
Learning to forgive has benefits that are far greater than we may think. Grudges are like toxins within our emotions. When you learn to eliminate these toxins, your body begins to heal… Forgiving and healing are gifts we give to ourselves in the forms of internal peace and stability… Forgiveness triggers healing automatically.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.
If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better.
Forgiveness is for you—not the other person. It’s something you do inside yourself that you feel in your body and heart that releases you from your past and frees you to live life fully.
--Barbara J. Hunt
I think the first step is to understand that forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator. Forgiveness liberates the
victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.
Forgiveness is a reflection of loving yourself enough to move on.
--Dr. Steve Maraboli
Love is our essential nutrient. Without it, life has little meaning. It’s the best thing we have to give and the most valuable thing we receive… You will learn a lot about yourself if you stretch in the direction of goodness, of bigness, of kindness, of forgiveness, of emotional bravery. Be a warrior for love.
By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better.
Let the good in me connect with the good in others, until all the world is transformed through the compelling power of love.
--Nachman of Breslov
"The Power Of Creative Visioning” 02-04-24
“Aligned In Oneness With All Creative BEING, We Manifest Our Vision” sv
John 10:30 (NRSV)
30”The Father and I are one.”
Ephesians 4:4-6 (NASB)
4 There is one body and one Spirit… 5 one Lord, one faith… 6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
Acts 17:28 (NKJV)
28 For in Him we live and move and have our being…
Matthew 6:33 (ESV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God & his righteousness, & all these things will be added to you.
Charles Fillmore on Matthew 7:7-8 (NKJV)
The highest exercise of the mind is prayer, and prayer is accumulative… This is the teaching of Jesus, and we find that it is good metaphysical law, 7"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
11 Now faith is the assurance of things expected, the evidence of things not seen.
Deuteronomy 28:12 (NIV)
12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands…
We find there is in man a knowing capacity transcending intellectual knowledge … When we discover in ourselves a flow of thought that seems to have been evolved independently of the reasoning process (intellectual brain), we are often puzzled about its origin. In its beginnings this seemingly strange source of knowledge is often turned aside as a daydream… One should give attention to this usually faint whispering of Spirit in man. It is not of the intellect and does not originate in the skull (brain). It is the development in man of a greater capacity to know himself and understand creation.
--Charles Fillmore The 12 Powers Of Man
Prayer is dynamic and accentuates the spiritual ethers that interpenetrate all substance. Prayer is related directly to the
creative laws of God, and when man adjusts his mind and body in harmony with those laws, his prayers will always be
effective and far-reaching…
--Charles Fillmore Jesus Christ Heals
There is only One Presence and One Power active as the Universe & in My Life, God All Good Omnipotence.
-- Unity/Truth Principle
All things are linked with one another, and this oneness is sacred; there is nothing that is not interconnected with everything else. For things are interdependent, and they combine to form this universal order. There is only one
universe made up of all things, and one creator who pervades them; there is one substance and one law…
Through prayer and meditation, we align our heart-mind with God.
Affirmative prayer is a completely different form of prayer. The teaching of Oneness - meaning there is only one divine power and therefore God and Humanity are ONE in absolute truth - changes prayer(Envisioning). Rather than presuming the power we seek is outside and separate from us, affirmative prayer empowers us to respond to life circumstances by drawing upon the truth of oneness.
We are co-creators with God, creating and manifesting through thoughts held in Mind.
-- Unity/Truth Principle
Faith talks in the language of God. Doubt talks in the language of man.
Nothing happens unless first we dream.
It's not your work to make anything happen. It's your work to dream it and let it happen… Within the seed of your desire is everything necessary for it to blossom to fulfillment. And Law of Attraction is the engine that does the work. Your work is just to give it a fertile growing place in order to expand.
Create the highest grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
"Greater Soul-Self…Letter To God 2024" 1-28-24
“Let Your Soul-Self Fly Free, Unencumbered By Should’s, Have-To’s, & Doubts” sv
1 Corinthians 3:16 (NRSVUE)
16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
Psalm 139:14 (NASB)
14 I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all contentment in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
2 Timothy 4:7 (NASB)
7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith…
John 15:5 (NRSVUE)
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit…
Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
8 …whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence & if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
Metaphysicians have discovered that words which express thanks, gratitude and praise release energy of mind and Soul… Let your words of praise and thanksgiving be to Spirit… The resources of Spirit are beyond our highest flight of imagination.
--Charles Fillmore Jesus Christ Heals
There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible.
There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.
--'A Course In Miracles' Foundation For Inner Peace
Count your blessings. Once you realize how valuable you are and how much you have going for you, the smiles will return, the sun will break out, the music will play, and you will finally be able to move forward with the life that God intended for you with grace, strength, courage, and confidence.
Dream and give yourself permission to envision a You that you choose to be.
Our imagination is God’s ingenious gift that hands us the privilege of romping and playing in realities that we can’t see only because we’ve yet to create them.
--Craig D. Lounsbrough
Envision possibility. Don't worry who else believes in it; the universe is only looking for instructions from you.
“Visioning Forward: A New Name…The White Stone Experience” 01-21-24
The White Stone Experience…
“Visioning Your New Design & The Forward Expression Of Your Greater Soul Being” sv
Romans 7:6 (ESV)
But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit...
Ephesians 2:10 (ESV)
10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Romans 12:2a (NRSV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds…
17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says... To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
Proverbs 1:5 (NIV)
5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance…
Psalm 143:8b (NASB)
8…Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift up my soul.
We find there is in man a knowing capacity transcending intellectual knowledge …p.88 ….One should give attention to this…whispering of Spirit in man. It is not of the intellect and does not originate in the skull. It is the development, in man, of a greater capacity to know himself…
--Charles Fillmore 12 Powers Of Man
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.
The visionary starts with a clean sheet of paper, and re-imagines the world.
A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.
--Rosabeth Moss Kanter
In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into
If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.
“The Unity Movement…Current Day Spirituality (Encore)” 01.17.24
“Current Day Spirituality Focuses On Inner Self-Awareness & Positive Life Changes.” sv
John 13:34 (NKJV) 34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
1 Corinthians 16:14 (ESV) 14 Let all that you do be done in love.
Acts 17:27-28 (ESV) 27 …They should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, 28 for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’…
Proverbs 3:3 (NASB) 3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.
Matthew 23:26 (NIV) 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Colossians 3:14 (ESV) 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
In general, modern-day adherents of New Thought believe that "God" or "Infinite Intelligence" is "supreme, universal, and everlasting", that divinity dwells within each person, that all people are spiritual beings, that "the highest spiritual principle is loving one another unconditionally, teaching and healing one another, and that our mental states are carried forward into manifestation and become our experience in daily living. New Thought also believes that each person is divinely endowed with the right to happiness and the power of choice, enjoying equal access to the creative potential of spiritual and metaphysical laws. www.newthoughtwisdom.com/about-new-thought.html
My impression of the Fillmore family, Charles, Myrtle, Lowell, Rickert and Royal…They were not exceptional people following an ordinary pattern, but ordinary people dedicated to a pattern exceptionally extraordinary. Marcus Bach The Unity Way
The teaching of Jesus as presented in the New Testament, was the central building block of the Fillmores work. It constitutes a great deal of how “Unity” differs from other “New Thought” and Eastern Spiritual teachings. www.Unity.org
“Truth is not the formulated doctrine of any church, nor the creed of any sect…Truth is written in the inner sanctuary of every soul, and all know it without external formulas. It is the intuitive perception of what is right...’” Charles [Fillmore] referred to this inner knowing as “The Spirit of truth”. Eric Butterworth
Your mind cannot possibly understand God. Your heart already knows. Emmanuel
Religion commonly refers to an institution that has a set of organized practices and a structured belief system shared by and among those who are members of the institution. Their beliefs, are based on either a formally documented creed or established cultural practices.
Spirituality is about one's soul and inner self. Being spiritual involves holding one's personal set of beliefs and practices and searching for the purpose of life. Each person's own definition of spirituality can vary throughout their lifetime… The goal of spirituality is to realize one's inherent power to combat life's challenges, and connect with something greater than oneself. www.HappierHuman.com/difference-religion-spirituality/
Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
The great awareness comes slowly, piece by piece. The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning. M. Scott Peck