April 10, 2018
What follows is a copy of the talk I gave April 1, 2018 at the Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia.
The talk gives a slightly different way of thinking about death and the mind.
Today is one of the high holy days of the Christian Calendar. The truth is Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday is a high holy day for the rest of us, too.
You see, more than two thousand years ago, a very significant change in belief happened that impacted everyone on our planet, no matter their traditions or where they live.
Over two thousand years ago, at this time of year, Ernest Holmes tells us that we ended our belief in death. (p. 630 The Science of Mind)
Until I read this quote I hadn’t thought of death as a belief. I thought of it as a truth, something that never changes.
Death will always be with us or so I thought.
Holmes tells us that what Easter and the Resurrection is really about is ending our belief in death thus ending our fear of it thus ending the power anyone who threatens us with it has.
This belief should have been so thoroughly deleted that when someone threatens us with total annihilation, we have compassion for that person while we think, “Impossible. You are not God. God created us. Only God can destroy us. God has no interest in destroying us. God is only interested in our success in all areas of life including health, finances, relationships and career/work.
Besides, there is no death. Death is a belief belonging to the age we just left. The age we just left is the Age of Pisces, the age of the fish.
We are in a new age, the Age of Aquarius, the age that celebrates life, renewal, and rebirth, that has as its symbol ever flowing water. Ever flowing water as we humans are ever flowing with life and wholeness.”
Now, we would never say those words to such persons who are threatening us. Those words would only increase their anger and frustration. They are not ready to know truth.
Instead, we go about the business of celebrating life, of knowing that our belief in death is gone; therefore, death is gone.
This is so because we know that we don’t get what we want, we get what we believe; and, we believe that we have eternal life.
Yes, people leave their bodies and, as far as we know, they leave this planet.
This leaving is part of the pattern of this planet.
Someday, that pattern may change. Almost daily, scientists announce some progress toward this change, but for now, leaving our bodies is something all of us do; for now, we simply accept, let fear go and embrace the will of God for each of us.
Now, most of us halfway accept that there is no death, that we live forever, that we have eternal life.
And, we somewhat accept that God’s will for us is success in every piece of life including fun and adventure.
The problem is we have difficulty remembering that appearances are deceiving. Just because the body no longer functions doesn’t mean that we no longer function.
Just because it appears that the 2nd Amendment or certain groups are the cause of gun violence doesn’t mean that this appearance is correct.
To solve this thing of being deceived by appearances, we do what Holmes tells us (p 148, The Science of Mind) quote “We expand our thought until it realizes all good and then cuts through all that appears to be.” unquote
So we are to expand our thought until it sees and knows all good and until we see and know beyond the mere appearance of a thing.
Most of us understand expanding our thought but—- this cutting though appearances business. How do we do that?
We do that by following the rules of the mind, the rules that Centers for Spiritual Living teaches.
If you’ve hung around this teaching for a while, then you know that
- each of us was given a mind that we are to use to create the life we desire
- we are in charge of this mind and not the mind in charge of us
- we know that the mind expects us to choose our thoughts and our emotions as well as our results
- we know that we can expand our thoughts to know a greater circumstance or situation
- and, that we can choose the higher emotions instead of the lower ones.
We know that Ernest Holmes taught: quote “Words and affirmations give shape to thought; they are not creative. Feeling is creative. The more feeling we put into the word, the greater the power that word will have.” ( page 69, Creative Mind and Success) unquote
This quote is the recipe for bringing forth the desires of our heart: thought plus feeling equals creation.
Now. If we don’t know and practice the rules of the mind, then ending death such as the death of poor health, the death of not enough money, the death of bad relationships, the death of career/work that harms the planet and the people is impossible.
If we don’t cut through appearances than when folks blame the 2nd Amendment to our Constitution or certain groups for gun violence then no one says, “Now wait a minute. That’s what appearances say. What does truth say?”
If we aren’t following and practicing the rules of the mind, we aren’t doing the will of Spirit: we aren’t being successful in all that we be, do and have.
One of the rules of the mind is that we have choice, but we have to make clear to our mind that we have actually made a choice.
So knowing that:
- mind hears every word we say; therefore, there is no privacy,
- knowing that the mind doesn’t understand joking or statements like we didn’t mean what we just said,
- knowing that the mind believes every word we say and accepts what we say as the truth,
- knowing that the mind brings into physical reality everything we say
then we make our choices clear by making statements like:
I have chosen to have success in every area of life and I choose to feel great about this.
I have chosen to experience joy, happiness and peace every moment of my life and I choose to feel fabulous about this.
I have chosen to plan a life that lasts a hundred years or more, a life that has a hundred years or more of more than enough health, money, harmony, peace and all good; and I choose to feel joyful and peaceful about this.
I have chosen to be healthy, to be filled with energy, vim, vigor and vitality and I choose to feel great about this.
I have chosen to have a mind that has instant recall, that thinks clearly, that solves problems, that is happy and at peace. And, I choose to feel fabulous about this.
I have chosen to have money constantly filling my accounts, my containers, my pockets, my mailbox, my car and my home and I choose to feel great about this
Let’s take a moment to practice this. Choose something that you want and within the quiet of your mind, use the pattern of words I just gave you—I have chosen such and such– and then immediately add a higher emotion such as I choose to feel great about this.
I have chosen to add one thousand dollars or more a month to my income and I choose to feel great about this.
I have chosen to be gainfully employed and I choose to feel wonderful about this.
I have chosen to have perfect posture and I choose to feel empowered by this
I have chosen water as my favorite beverage and I choose to feel great about this.
Now it’s your turn. In the quiet of your mind, practice this.
When we select these kinds of higher thoughts, and these kinds of higher emotions, we are doing a mini spiritual mind treatment.
When we do a spiritual mind treatment, we are giving our mind greater thoughts to bring forth and giving it greater emotions with which to energize itself.
So our job is to train ourselves to notice every time we think a death thought such as I have the flu or he/she/they/them did this to me or I haven’t enough money or those people are to blame or I am afraid of that new idea.
As soon as we recognize our death thought, we train our self to immediately switch to a higher thought, a success thought, and then to match that greater thought with a greater feeling such as joy or love or harmony.
We remember to use the greatest tools known to us humans: the mind, the emotions and the mouth.
And we celebrate the death of limitation because we recognize that everyone is a creator, and can choose to be a maker of a great life,
Everyone can choose greater thoughts and greater emotions.
We recognize that everyone has the tools that can bring forth success. a mind, emotions and a mouth.
We recognize we and all others are humans doing what humans do best: bringing forth excellence, expanding into the greater, leaving behind the old and embracing the new.
So in this coming week,
We choose to know the highest and best, to say the highest and best and to feel the highest and best.
We choose to celebrate the greatness of life and the greatness of us.
We choose to feel great about this.
And so it is
On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia