John 8.31-59 Some insights into spiritual growth 3

“I tell you for certain anyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (v.34)

Jesus’ mission was to preach the Good News which is: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

In this passage from Luke 4.18-19 Jesus is letting us know that we are slaves, poor, captives, blind and oppressed. The remedy is the “acceptable year of the Lord” which can be understood as the Kingdom of God. Can you imagine there being bondage of any kind in the Kingdom of God? He says: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand (right here right now); repent (change your mind), and believe in the gospel (good news).” Mark 1:15

We find Jesus talking here to believers (v.31) who do not understand what he is saying. Sound familiar? (v.43), “why can’t you understand what I’m talking about?” I’m reminded of Jesus’ statement on the cross “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” Luke 23.34

What is the sin we are slaves to? Sin from the Greek; hamartia means to miss the mark. The commentator from the online Blue Letter Bible says of this word; “It is the most comprehensive term for moral obliquity.” Maybe what this commentator is pointing out here is that the word hamartia itself is a morally oblique term. It is very possible this word is used on purpose to describe an amoral condition of blindness or ignorance. That we have not offended God for the simple reason we are unable to reason. We cannot see the target (God) and we have no clue as to how get there. Is this a moral failing or just the condition we find ourselves in?

Some of the synonyms for obliquity are: ambiguous, darkness, inscrutability, murkiness, mysteriousness, and opaqueness. Of course we keep missing the mark because we cannot see the mark. Is it not inscrutable that theologians would take such a morally ambiguous word and create an entire moral system based on the idea that God hates what spiritually blind people do? Of course God does not hate anyone and he is no more offended by our actions then we are of mentally compromised people. We just don’t know what we are doing. And this ignorance has us imprisoned, slaves to our insanity. There are no Venal sins, no mortal sins, no sins of omission and no sins of commission. These theological terms describe only one condition our inability to see.

There really is only one sin from which all our mistakes have their root. We mistakenly believe we are separate from ALL there is. God. We believe in the impossible. We believe in something that can never be. There are not thousands of choices for our happiness there is only one; choose God or we are stuck in our blindness.

Here is what Jesus’ contemporary theologians had to say:

39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”

40 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?”

41 Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. (John 9 NIV)

This was said after healing the man born blind.

What we have done is cloak our ignorance in the fig leaves of theological thinking and convinced ourselves we can see. “Abraham is our father.” “We have just one father, and he is God.” said the people. Because of what they were taught they believed they could see.

For many of us our minds are full of theological theories and because we accept them and have called them MINE we are very attached to them. Did you know that your most important possessions are your beliefs? Aren’t we willing to kill for them even die for them? Unfortunately history proves this all to true. With this insight we see that the people in Jesus’ day were just like us. I find it interesting that at the end of Luke 4 and the end of John 8 the people are trying to kill Jesus. Isn’t this something we need to watch for in our lives? How do we react when someone threatens our theology? Do we demonize them? Once we do it is a very short path to the killing fields.

For the past 20 years I ave been a professional caregiver mostly working with people with Alzheimers and dementia. During this time I have been hit, accused of stealing, thrown up on, yelled at, told to leave etc. I would have not lasted very long in this work if I had taken any of this personally. These people no longer know what they are doing. In comparing our intelligence and spiritual insight to the creator of the known universe does it not seem that the human race has a case of Alzheimers? Now into this scenario comes a caregiver, a comforter who tells us we aren’t in our right minds. And why? because we have made a mistake, we believe that we are separate from God. This belief has given us dementia and we now think we are OK. However deep down inside there is a small bit of remembrance of how things used to be. It is this memory that Jesus is speaking to. It is like during those times of clarity when the one with Alzheimers remembers the name of her husband and begins to talk of all the wonderful things they used to do together.

What keeps us a prisoner? My mistaken belief that I can get back to God without help—”I can see.” This is where all of our insane actions (sins/mistakes) come from. I will have more than I need if I steal it. And we have forgotten we are sons of the King. I will have more love in my life with just one more lover. And we have forgotten that God is Love.

This way of interpreting hamartia in the light that God is not offended in any way brings us to a place where we must take another look at the death of Jesus and its purpose. But that is for future posts. Why if God is not offended did all those animals have to be sacrificed and why did Jesus have to be “sacrificed”? Just something to think about. And what of guilt?

Day 40 of the 40-Day Prosperity Plan

Not for us because of us, to prove life never ends.

Not for us because of us, to prove life never ends.

Day 40 of the 40-Day Prosperity Plan

Well I made it. At the beginning I had my doubts about committing publicly to doing this 40 day prosperity plan however as it turns out it was my thoughts of you, my readers, that has kept me going until the end. So thank you for participating with me and joining my journey in exploring new thoughts of creativity and prosperity. Your likes and followings have kept me encouraged along the way. This is not the end of course but a beginning in the continued application of what I have learned until I have reached full mastery of the topics covered in theses past forty days. As one follower reminded me in her blog we are on the path from “Glory to Glory.”

” I keep my mind and thoughts off “this world” and I place my entire focus on God within as the only cause of my prosperity. I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible. I place my faith in the Principle of Abundance in action within me.”

“…my entire focus on God within…” The Spiritual path requires nothing short of complete capitulation to God. Every religious tradition I’ve read agrees on this point. Total, unequivocal, surrender.

On this last formal day of working the Plan each morning, it is right to know, this past 40 days is just the beginning. What I have learned is, this is a continual process of dedication to God alone and constant observation of ALL that is right in my world now.

How I see my world and how I see God are the same. The God I surrender to is the one of Love and only Love. The God who “requires mercy and not sacrifice.” The God who says “cast your cares on me because I care for you.” She is the constant provider of ALL Grace, Truth, Joy, Peace, Comfort, Guidance, Abundance, All under the heading of Love.

“…the stern, condemning, dictator-God fell from the sky along with his big black book listing our sins and shortcomings. The man-made god was dead, and in its place was the Universal Reality of love that had been present with us, in us, and as us from the beginning.” from, The Superbeings.

Choose this day whom you will serve, the worlds god of poverty, condemnation, sin and death or the God of Abundance, Forgiveness and Life.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10.10

The God I see wants to show me everything that is right with me, every good thing in me and my world. All of the things that are lovely, beautiful, good and true. The constant splendor of overflowing abundance right here in front of my face. This God wants to open my eyes to see the Kingdom of God paved with streets of gold and verdant pastures and the tree of Life. This and an infinite variety of Good is All that is Real and is in me and through me, surrounds me and is me. I am a Son of God, God expressing herself here and now.

Again thanks and blessings to all of you. I shall be gone for a couple of days to Mexico for a photo shoot. I’ll post again when I get back.

David

Day 32 of The 40-Day of Prosperity Plan

Infusion of Light

Infusion of Light

Day 32 of The 40-Day of Prosperity Plan

“I lift my mind and heart to be aware to understand, and to know that the Divine Presence IAM is the Source and Substance of all my good.”

How can I come to understand that the Divine Presence I AM is the source and substance except by constant reminding, and paying attention to my thoughts. Re-minding-to do it again, and again, and again, over and over. Maybe to write on the white board of my mind 100 or 1000 times;

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

God is my Source, there is no fear in God. God is in me and is my constant supply.

Well you get the point. It takes a lot of reprogramming to get the fear messages we were raised with out of our consciousness. The spiritual path is about retraining the mind. Every religious tradition says so. In Christianity the New Testament is full of reminders to reprogram our mind. Mindfulness is the way to grab hold of wayward thoughts and replace them with God thoughts.

“Blessed is the man who’s mind is constantly on Me.” Well this is from the Old Testament.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.” Philippians 4:8-9 The Message

“Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.” Rom 12.2

“Every time I think of you, I thank my God.” Philippians 1.3

Theses are just a few of the multitudes of verses from every religion that tells us to pay attention to our minds and reprogram them from the negativity so prevalent to the worlds system.

I’ll make a bold statement here and say that every Holy Book of every religion has this one purpose to help us retrain our mind.

Day 31 of The 40 Day Prosperity Plan

Borrego, Slot Canyon

Borrego, Slot Canyon

Day 31 of The 40 Day Prosperity Plan

“God is lavish, unfailing Abundance, the rich, omnipresent substance of the universe. This All-Providing Source of infinite prosperity is individualized as me-The Reality of me.”

What else is there but God? It has been said that the difference between Jesus and us is that for Jesus there was only God. He saw no difference and no separation between him and his Father. He said; “I only do what I see the Father doing.” and “I don’t do anything on my own, the Father does all things through me.” also, “I and the Father are one.” For Jesus there was no other Life, no other relationship and saw only God in everything.

Some people in recent times have tried to ‘prove’ Jesus never existed or they say they are searching for the ‘historical Jesus’ a Jesus less than is recounted in the stories of the New Testament, a more human non miraculous being. They claim the Apostles made up, embellished and surrounded with superstition the actual person of Jesus.

But I think it would take a person or several, in this case, who were themselves at or above the consciousness level of the one they created to have had such a long standing effect upon the history of the world. How could a first grader just learning math write a fiction about such a person as Einstein. And if they made Him up or embellished the events why would they die for a fiction?

Of course there are many theologies written about Him; who he was and his actual relationship to God but these are mans attempts to understand someone incomprehensible. What did he mean when he said; “I and the father are one.”? The beauty of Jesus is that we can decide for ourselves. We don’t have to subscribe to any particular ideology. He does say we can do the same and greater things by following his example of relationship with the Source of all Life.

The only thing that mattered to him was God and then he said you go and do the same. When nothing else matters but God we to can write the ‘story’ of Jesus as expressed through me, “the Reality of me”

This is the Word/Substance becoming flesh in us.

My Dedication to The 40 Days of Prosperity Plan

Being Still in the Garden 2

Being Still in the Garden 2

As I was re-reading the beginning of Mr Price’s book I realized I did not copy this commitment into my journal when I started as he requested I do on the first day. Well better late than never. God’s timing is always perfect because at the beginning this wouldn’t have meant as much to me as it does now.

“This day 11/25/2014 I cease believing in visible money as my supply and my support, and I view the world of effect as it truly is…simply an out picturing of my former beliefs. I believed in the power of money, therefore I surrendered my God-given power and authority to an objectified belief. I believed in the possibility of lack, thus causing a separation in consciousness from the Source of my supply. I believed in mortal man and carnal conditions, and through this faith gave man and conditions power over me. I believed in the mortal illusion created by the collective consciousness of error thoughts, and in doing so, I have limited the Unlimited. No more! This day I renounce my so-called humanhood and claim my divine inheritance as a Be-ing of God. This day I acknowledge God and only God as my substance, my supply and my support.”

Day 25 of the 40 day Prosperity Plan

Full of Light 1

Full of Light 1

“Money is not my supply. No person, place or condition is my supply. My awareness, understanding and knowledge of the all-providing activity of the Divine Mind within me is my supply. My Consciousness of this Truth is unlimited, therefore, my supply is unlimited.”

You are full of light, so full of light that if it were not contained in this vessel it would blind the world. There is no end or beginning of this light. When the light passes thru the prism of the mental and physical we see its component colors of Love, Compassion, Joy, abundance, peace, all in unlimited abundant supply a blinding sun of perfection, complete and whole without any darkness at all.

You are full of light.

You are full of joy.

You are full of peace.

You are full of love.

You are full of grace.

You are full of Truth.

You are full of generosity.

You are full of money.

You are full and have no needs.

This is abundance, Unlimited God.

“Whom the Son sets free shall be free indeed.”

I am free of all limitation of all darkness of vision, all lack and groveling. I am free of all worry, all fear, and all anger. I am free of all poverty and emptiness of every kind.

I am full of Light.

I am full of every kind of goodness.

I am full of God.

I am so full that people want what I have.

I am so full that what I contribute is a blessing for all those connected to me.

I am full and completely compensated in finances for my contribution to every project. Money flows thru me in a constant river, blessing myself and others. There are no dams, upstream or down stream.

Thank you Father/Mother God you are my Source from which my fullness flows.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Day 22 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

SRF Garden 6 2294 Orange flower getting the last rays of the sun

SRF Garden 6 2294 Orange flower getting the last rays of the sun

Day 22 of 40 day Prosperity Plan

“I lift up my mind and heart to be aware, to understand and to know that the Divine Presence I AM is the Source and Substance of ALL my Good.”

The following quote from The Course in Miracles is my lesson for today:

Lesson 267 – My heart is beating in the peace of God

Surrounding me is all the life that God created in His Love. It calls to me in every heartbeat and in every breath; in every action and in every thought. Peace fills my heart, and floods my body with the purpose of forgiveness. Now my mind is healed, and all I need to save the world is given me. Each heartbeat brings me peace; each breath infuses me with strength. I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name, and everyone is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.

“Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home.”

There is a sense of security in the idea of ‘Home’. The ideal Home is a place of belonging, welcoming, always provided for, a place of Peace and comfort and the feeling of being unconditionally loved and accepted. At home as a child I feel connected to “…the source and substance of all my good”

How this is experienced for each of us depends on the level of consciousness of the parents at the time they were raising us.

I think deep within every being is implanted the notion of “Home”. The exceptions to this ideal only proves its presence by the longings we feel in life for its fulfillment. We try in marriage to build what was lacking in our growing up and hope to gain unconditional love, Peace, acceptance, joy and goodness only to find we fall short of this feeling here as well.

Many of us came to the spiritual path looking for the fulfillment of this promise. After trying many different sources of comfort and experiencing failure we turn to God the Father/Mother of a new family.

As a friend told me about her experience in Church: “They all seemed so happy there.”

Thank you Mother/Father God for taking me in.

Day 20 of 40 days of Prosperity

Abundance 1

Abundance 1

Day 20 of 40 days of Prosperity.

“I keep my mind and thoughts off “this world” and I place my entire focus on the God within as the only cause of my prosperity. I acknowledge the Inner Presence as the only activity in my financial affairs, as the substance of all things visible. I place my faith in the Principle of Abundance in action within me.”

What is “this world”? All outer circumstances without exception. These outer circumstances start very close to home–my body and my thoughts. My body is currently a 65 year old vessel and extending out to the rest of the physical world with its challenges.

At the moment I’m facing the challenge of my body as applies to my profession as a caregiver. It turns out the position I was looking forward to I must turn down because it involves lifting more weight than I can safely do at this point in my life. I was so excited about and saw as an answer to my prayer for work and as a source of income is not what I thought.

Once again I’m directed inward to the true Source of God within me.

This is also a reminder and inspiration to continue to pursue my other creative activities as ways for the Divine to flow through me to produce income.

My ‘job’ is to keep centered and focused on the “Only Cause of my Prosperity”. This is really the only goal in life from the spiritual point of view; to become one with God. Everything I see now as potential source of income must be surrendered to God. As I pursue my creativity I must remain open to all possibilities. The unexpected has happened many times in the past. I’m reminded of last month when unexpected income flowed in during a very trying time of separation and divorce, finding another place to live with very little income on hand and how everything fell into place. Most of which I had very little to do with except to accept and walk right into it.

Thank you God. You are the Source, the giver and substance of all life. Thank you for being One with me. You are all I need.

Gods perfect work and provision are now on its way to me. There is nothing to keep this from happening because what you want you get. Your desire is for your children to be safe and happy and to live in your abundance and not have a care in the world. You are the perfect source of supply.

I surrender my needs to you and let all my cares go into your loving arms.

Thank you God for all your love and warmth and giving, to me this moment, and for each and every moment through out time.

Blessings to everyone.

Day 19 of 40 days of Prosperity

Day 19 of 40 days of Prosperity.

Ranunculus Yellow macro focus stacked

Ranunculus Yellow macro focus stacked

” When I am aware of the God-Self within me as my total fulfillment, I am totally fulfilled. I am now aware of this Truth. I have found the secret of life and I relax in the knowledge that the Activity of Divine Abundance is eternally operating in my life. I simply have to be aware of the flow, the radiation, of the Creative Energy, which is effortlessly pouring forth from my Divine Consciousness. I am now aware. I am now in the flow.”

It is. Everything is, right here right now, perfect. When Jesus said; ‘take no thought for tomorrow.’ he wasn’t necessarily talking about a literal 24 hours from now. He was talking about the tomorrow that is in the next second. Tomorrow is made up of countless future seconds. If I need not worry about the next second then the next 24 hours will certainly take care of itself.

If everything, every need is Abundantly and Divinely taken care of now, this instant, then it will continue on into the next and the next, on and on and on.

I am not blind to the issues we all face in this world, and I know that all those seeming troubles will be more easily solved through an attitude of surrender to this instant of perfection. If something is going wrong or traumatic our previous instants of surrender will have been good practice during those tough times.

Do I make plans for the future? of course I do. I also have needs and obligations to attend to. My past experience has taught me that all will go easier, smoother and lighter by surrendering this instant and the next and the next……..

As the lesson for today points out; “I have found the secret of life, and I relax in the knowledge that the Activity of Divine Abundance is eternally operating in my life.”

The spiritual life is one of relaxation. Here is a paraphrase from the Message of Matthew 11:28-30, Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus

The proof of this in my life is that at 65 I’m still here and as I look back I can see how God has provided and protected and cared for me every step of the way. I could point out and argue about all the things that may seem negative about the past, or in the present for that matter, but that would be to easy to do. I had lessons to learn, however I’m still in the flow of Divine Perfection–old school theology calls it Divine Providence.

For a rose to produce a flower, every instant until the bloom, must be perfection. This also includes all the instants after the bloom, as the petals fall and decay to fertilize the ground to prepare the ground for the next flower. This is Perfection and Providence at work.

Blessings to all of you.

Day 17 of 40 days of Prosperity

Mexican Bird Of Paradise taken in Borrego, CA at Sunrise

Mexican Bird Of Paradise taken in Borrego, CA at Sunrise

Day 17 of 40 days of Prosperity

Goodness holds life from the Lord within it; truth does not possess any life except what comes through goodness, so that goodness is the soul of truth. Emanuel Swedenborg

“The Divine Consciousness that I am is forever expressing its true nature of Abundance. This is its responsibility not mine. My only responsibility is to be aware of this Truth. Therefore, I am totally confident in letting go and letting God appear as the Abundant all-sufficiency in my life and affairs.” John Randolph Price

There are two parts of us: one is dead and has no life of its own, Paul calls it ‘the body of death.’ however our entire life we have believed it is alive. The other part of us is Alive. This is the part that energizes the non-living part. As was pointed out in a couple previous posts, (here and here) a ‘live wire’ is only alive when electricity is flowing thru it. The copper and plastic have no electricity of its own. If you have ever seen a dead person you will know what I’m talking about.

“I live in God. In Him I find my refuge and my strength. In him is my identity. In him is everlasting Peace. And only there will I remember who I really am.” ACIM lesson 261

“The Divine consciousness that I am”, is the Real me. “It is Christ in me the hope of glory”, and another from Paul; “Never the less I live yet not I but Christ in me.”

Above I said there are two of me. There are not really two of me, I just think there is because I’m still attached to the old idea that my body is me, it is not. It is because my Divine Self is connected eternally to the Supreme Divinity that I can have total confidence that when I surrender to Divinity in ALL its manifestations I can rest in Peace that God will bring to me the means and the result of Abundance in my life Now.

The work and the fruit of the work are already here and everything that happens today are for my abundant benefit. All work I do is a benefit to others and there is no big or small about it. My work is perfect and complete in itself. It radiates Abundance, Goodness, Love, Peace and Joy to everyone I contact today and because of it we are all blessed. This is the fruit of the real me, The Kingdom of God within me.

As Swedenborg pointed out above the Truth has no life in it without Goodness. Abundance is the Goodness of God. If God were to point out these truths to us and never gave, this would indeed be a dead world. For God goodness and truth always act together. On that level of consciousness when we recognize the Truth of the Abundance of God’s Goodness we will manifest both.

An update: I have received employment as a caregiver which has been my work for the last 19 years and will start my next assignment this Saturday. Also I have been asked to add another day to the photo shoot I’m doing in Rosarito on December 4th this will be on the 6th in Ensenada. This is not finalized yet. God is abundantly providing and I am looking forward to more blessings from my offerings on RedBubble.