The Law Is On My Side Part 4 – Tithing Around the World

Anytime there’s a discussion of prosperity in a faith community, the subject of tithing will necessarily be a part of the conversation.  There are truly some masterful teachers who introduce tithing in ways that inspire individuals to want to engage in this spiritual practice.  Then there are those teachers who teach “give till it hurts,” and hurt it does!  They actually do more harm than good.

The long and short of the practice, as taught in Christianity, is that one is give 10% of his/her income to God – namely in support one’s church, or as Charles Fillmore says in Prosperity “spiritual work or workers.”  But one question that arises is this:  do other faith traditions also teach tithing?  If we broaden the definition to include charity, the answer is an absolute YES!    Here’s a brief overview f the tithing/charity teachings of the world’s six largest faith communities.

Christianity – about 2.1 billion adherents around the world

Central to the tithing philosophy found in Christianity is this except from the Hebrew Scriptures:

“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:8-12

There is no reference in the Christian scriptures to Jesus addressing the subject of tithing.  The closest thing is his injunction found Mark to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar, and to God the things that are God’s.”  Mark 12:17

Paul, the evangelist, said that one should: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Islam – 1.5 billion adherents around the world

So the test of charity lies not in giving away something we have discarded but the things that we value greatly, something that we love. It is unselfishness that God demands. It may be in any form – one’s personal efforts, talents, skill, learning, property or possessions.

The Qur’an states: ‘Of their wealth take alms to purify and sanctify them’ (Tauba 9:103). Thus Zakah is looked upon as a means of spiritual purification; therefore, it is an obligation whether or not there are needy members of the community. Zakah acts to remind the Muslim of Allah’s gift of wealth bestowed upon them, and of those others not so fortunate.

http://www.irfi.org/articles/articles_101_150/charity_in_islam.htm

28 July 2012

Hinduism – 900 million adherents, most in India

The ten niyamas – the observances or practices that every ideal Hindu should follow – as interpreted by Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami.

The third observance, Giving or charity (dana) – giving generously without thought of reward.

Be generous to a fault, giving liberally without thought of reward. Tithe, offering one-tenth of your gross income (dasamamsa) as God’s money, to temples, ashrams and spiritual organizations. Approach the temple with offerings. Visit gurus with gifts in hand. Donate religious literature. Feed and give to those in need. Bestow your time and talents without seeking praise. Treat guests as God.

http://hinduism.about.com/od/basics/ss/ten_niyamas_3.htm      28 July 2012

Buddhism – 376 million adherents, most in Southeast Asia

Buddhism views charity as an act to reduce personal greed which is an unwholesome mental state which hinders spiritual progress. A person who is on his way to spiritual growth must try to reduce his own selfishness and his strong desire for acquiring more and more. He should reduce his strong attachment to possessions which, if he is not mindful, can enslave him to greed. What he owns or has should instead be used for the benefit and happiness of others: his loved ones as well as those who need his help.

Charity in Buddhism http://www.budsas.org/ebud/whatbudbeliev/168.htm     28 July 2012

Sikhism – 23 million adherents, most in India

Vand Chakna (Sharing): The Sikhs are asked to share their wealth within the community and outside by practicing charity (Daan). Sikhism instructs to “Share and consume together”.

Seva (Selfless Service): It is the duty of every Sikh to engage in Seva whenever there is a possibility. A Sikh can volunteer at Gurdwara Sahib; community centre; senior living centers; care centers, major world disasters, etc. Seva is important to Sikhs because it helps build a better community and also keeps the Sikhs humble by suppressing ego.


Judaism – 14 million adherents, most in Israel and the United States

Giving to the poor is an obligation in Judaism, a duty that cannot be forsaken even by those who are themselves in need. Some sages have said that tzedakah is the highest of all commandments, equal to all of them combined, and that a person who does not perform tzedakah is equivalent to an idol worshipper. This is probably hyperbole, but it illustrates the importance of tzedakah in Jewish thought. Tzedakah is one of the three acts that gain us forgiveness from our sins. The High Holiday liturgy repeatedly states that G-d has inscribed a judgment against all who have sinned, but teshuvah (repentance), tefilah (prayer) and tzedakah can alleviate the decree.

According to Jewish law, we are required to give one-tenth of our income to the poor. This is generally interpreted as one-tenth of our net income after payment of taxes. Taxes themselves do not fulfill our obligation to give tzedakah, even though a significant portion of tax revenues in America and many other countries are used to provide for the poor and needy. Those who are dependent on public assistance or living on the edge of subsistence may give less, but must still give to the extent they are able; however, no person should give so much that he would become a public burden.

The Obligation of Tzedakah  http://www.jewfaq.org/tzedakah.htm 28 July 2012

So, based on the numbers noted above, 5 billion people (more being added every day!) are taught by faith communities the importance and spiritual value in keeping money in circulation.  The benefits that accrue to the individual and the community are truly priceless!

Tithing Around the World

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Charlie’s Law… an antidote to Murphy’s Law

First Unity was blessed by the love and wisdom of Charlie Ware for a number of years. One of blessings he gave was something called “Charlie’s Law.” Its the perfect antidote to the spurious teaching called “Murphy’s Law.” You are invited to memorize it, and share it often:

Charlie’s Law
by Charles H. Ware 1991

Everything turns out right… when you let it.

If you need something, it will come to you.
Just when you think you’ve run out of time, you’re done.
When faced with a difficult task, start.
You are the person you’d like to become.
Everything you do that comes from love, works.
When life seems overwhelming, do less.
If you reach the end of your rope, let go and fly.
When you choose peace, you get peace.
Live each day as if it were your first.
When you let go, you feel joy.

Special thanks to Judy A. for sharing this with our “The Law Is On My Side” class.

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The Law Is On My Side – Part 3 “It’s a sin to be poor!”

Yikes!  What do you mean, “It’s a sin to be poor”?  Here’s Charles Fillmore’s words on the subject from page 62 of Prosperity:  We cannot be very happy if we are poor, and nobody needs to be poor.  It is a sin to be poor.”  In his teaching on the subject, he’s calling us to remember that our wealth comes ideas… and there’s never a shortage of ideas in the Universe.  Every one of is is using our ideas to shape and form substance.  Moreover, as he says on page 98, “Some of us have in a measure inherited ‘hard times’ by entertaining the race thought so prevalent around us.  Do not allow yourself to do this.  Remember your identity, that you are a son of God and that your inheritance is from Him.”  (Don’t let the male-centric language throw you; it was the style of the day.  He meant both men and women.)

One idea to ponder this week is the law of increase.  Here’s what he says about that on page 81: “There is a universal law of increase.  It is not confined to bank accounts but operates on every plane of manifestation.  The conscious co-operation of man is necessary to the fullest results in the working of this law.  You must use your talent, whatever it may be, in order to increase it.  Have faith in the law.  do not reason too much but forge ahead in faith and boldness.  If you let yourself think of any person or any outer condition as hindering your increase, this becomes a hindrance to you, for you have applied the law of increase to it.”

Wow!  Could it be that those who are “poor,” or by extension, “sick,” “lonely,” “fearful,” etc. are cementing that experience in their lives by focusing their attention what isn’t working or the problems in their lives?  It would appear so.

So this week, use the law of increase to manifest what you do want.  Focus on the things in your life that are working, satisfying, productive.  Give your attention to finding the good in your life and you’ll keep finding more of it!

Unity Village, MO

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The Law Is On My Side – Part 2: “Feel the Faith!”

Do not take anyone's word for it, but try the law for yourself.

This is the second installment in our exploration of key prosperity concepts found in “Prosperity” by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore. The focus now is on faith, as in “feel the faith, baby!”

Last time we examined the idea of “substance” (aka “energy”), and the fact that both Unity and science agree that everything is energy. Charles Fillmore defined faith as: the perceiving power of the mind linked with a power to shape and form substance. In other words, you thoughts (we might say “consciousness”) is directing energy and therefore creating something.

Are you conscious of your creating? Are you affirming Murphy’s “law” and making that your reality? Or are you affirming spiritual Truth and making that your reality? Your choice… just be sure to make it a conscious choice! Recall the words from page 15 of the text: “We are always decreeing, sometimes consciously, often unconsciously, and with every thought and word we are increasing or diminishing the threefold activity of substance. The resulting manifestation conforms to our thought…

It’s important to realize, as Fillmore says, that “a continuity of effort is sometimes necessary. If your prosperity does not become manifest as soon as you pray and affirm God as your substance, your supply and yours support, refuse to give up. Show your faith by keeping up the work.”

So, be sure to feel the faith. Don’t let despair get in the way of your demonstration.

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The Law Is On My Side – Part 1

Welcome, everyone, to the re-ignited russellheiland.com blog!  I’m grateful you’ve stopped by and encourage you to do so often.

Yesterday I shared with my classes that my blog and I had grown apart… that happens in relationship sometimes.  Now, however, we’ve found a renewed flame and are committed to working together to teach and inspire.

For the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing notes, comments, questions and and answers that emerge in my class “The Law Is On My Side” at First Unity of St. Petersburg.  The material for this class is the book Prosperity by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore.  You don’t need to be in the class to follow along – it’s my affirmation that everyone who reads these posts will find value in them.   You may purchase the book at Wings Bookstore located on our campus at 4500 4th Street North in St. Petersburg.  I could not continue if I did not give a “shout out” to Unity Institute for doing such an amazing job providing Unity ministers and licensed teachers with course preparation materials.  So, thanks, Unity Institute!

In the first class (this is a five class series that runs from July 10 to August 7), we looked at three main points:  1.) the definition of “prosperity,” 2.) substance, 3.) the Trinity.  The Trinity?! you might be thinking?  Why, yes… explanation found below.

1.) Prosperity

Charles Fillmore said (in chapter 6 of the book – I peeked): “… prosperity is not in the possession of things, but in the recognition of supply and the knowledge of free and open access to an inexhaustible storehouse of all that is good or desirable.”  That’s a definition that will get you thinking, to be sure!  Many people think of prosperity as an accumulation of stuff.  This is a whole new spin for a lot of folks.  Are you willing to adopt this definition?  What attitudes and beliefs would need to change if you did?  Are you ready to affirm:  I am living in the flow of prosperity!  Try it… it feels wonderful!

2.)  Substance

In Unity we say that spiritual substance is the divine energy without which nothing can come into being.  Substance is not something that God created – it actually is God.  Whoa… what’s that?  You mean God isn’t a man in the sky playing puppet-master with our lives?  Golly, no!  The Divine is much larger than that… It infuses everything with Itself.  As human beings, we co-create with God (aka Spirit, the Universe, …the names for God are limitless) with the thoughts we think, feelings we feel and actions we take.  In other words, we direct and shape energy, thereby directing and shaping our world.  The concept of substance alone could fill several blogs.  And although the concept is very impersonal, the ways in which we experience the Divine are often very personal and intimate.

The key to using/shaping/directing substance is to understand ourselves… what we think, feel, do and why.  The good, no – great!, news is that once we understand spiritual principles and laws, we can work with them to create lives of prosperity, whatever that term means to us.  Could be loving relationships, healthy self-esteem, vitality in body, opportunities for amazing experiences, and yes, stuff, good quality stuff!

3.) The Trinity

The Christian concept of the Trinity – that there are three aspects of God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) doesn’t usually come into play in discussing prosperity.  Except in Unity, but there’s a twist.  Our take on the Trinity is that the Father equates to “mind,” the Son represents “idea” and the Holy Spirit equates to “expression.”  So, to put that in a sentence; From the mind comes ideas that are then given expression.  From the Father comes the Son who does the work.  In a prosperity context you could say that from your mind comes ideas that you put into action.

Prosperity, by Charles Fillmore

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg of inspiration from the forward and chapters I – III of Prosperity.  Class members, what inspiration or insights have you had?  Feel free to post them.  If anyone has questions or comments, please share.

And may everyone call into being new experiences of prosperity this week!

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How Many Christmas Stories Are There?

When people think about the narratives that describe the birth of Jesus, they usually think of the Bible. That’s quite natural; but what is surprising is that not all of the gospels make reference to the birth of Jesus.  Odder still is the fact that the oldest Christian writings, those of Paul, the evangelist to the Gentiles (non-Jews), doesn’t mention the birth of Jesus at all.

What is not commonly known is that Paul’s letters were written roughly between the years 50 c.e. and 65 c.e. (C.E. means “common era” and in scholarly circles has replaced A.D. – anno domini – Latin meaning “year of our Lord).  And even though in Galatians chapter 1 he mentions that he spent 15 days with James, the brother of the Lord, there’s no mention of Jesus’ birth. That raises some interesting questions.

The first of the gospels to be written was Mark in roughly the year 70 c.e.  It opens with the baptism of Jesus by John.  Again, nothing about Jesus’ birth.

The second gospel to be written was Matthew in roughly the year 80 c.e., about 50 years after the crucifixion and 80 years after Jesus’ birth.  The birth narrative of Jesus is found in Matthew chapters 1 and 2. In this account, the Holy Family has to flee into Egypt to escape the wrath of King Herod.

The third gospel, Luke, was written in roughly 90 c.e. and it too has a birth narrative.  This is the account that most people are familiar with, maybe because part of it is spoken by Linus in the classic “Charlie Brown Christmas” from the 1960’s.  This is the account where the shepherds are startled by angels singing “glory to God in the highest!”

The two accounts, it should be noted, were not written by eyewitnesses, nor do they tell the same story.  More questions.

John, the fourth gospel was written around 100 c.e. and does not contain a birth narrative.  Rather, it opens with Jesus being identified as the Word of God, with God from the beginning.  This word “became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Why bring this up?  Not to discount the beautiful story, but to encourage critical study of the Bible.  It’s an amazing text about people’s encounter with the divine.  The encounter with the divine in the Nativity is not only about the birth of Jesus, it is about your birth and the birth and re-birth of the Christ in you.

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Jesus and His Teachings – 2: Josephus, Pliny and Tacitus

In the first entry 0f this series we considered what historical information about Jesus was found in the Bible itself.  In this posting, we’ll examine what the non-Biblical historical writings reveal about the historical Jesus.  And, as we saw before, the answer is… not much.

That being said, we have to consider that any writings that have survived into the modern age have had significant challenges to their survival.  First, they had to be hand copied and second they had to some how survive for 2,000 years in climates, that in many instances, were not conducive to their survival.  At least we have some documents, and those documents are telling.

Flavius Josephus

Flavius Josephus was a Jewish historian who is most famous for his book Jewish Antiquities in which he wrote about the Jewish-Roman wars.  In his writing from the year 78 c.e. (common era, formerly referred to as A.D.), he makes two references to Jesus one of which is is considered authentic, the second is questionable.  Note that this is about 50 years after the crucifixion.

The first from Jewish Antiquities 20.9.1:

“but the younger Ananus who, as we have said, received the high priesthood, was of a bold disposition and exceptionally daring; he followed the party of the Sadducees, who are serve in judgment and above all the Jews, as we have already shown.  As therefore Ananus as of such a disposition, he thought he had now a good opportunity, as Festus was now dead, and Albinus was still on the road; so he assembled a council of judges, and brought before it the brother of Jesus the so-called Christ, whose name was James, together with some others, and having accused them as lawbreakers, he delivered them over to be stoned.”

History records that Ananus was a high priest who unlawfully ordered the death of James, the brother of Jesus, “the so-called Christ.”  That was in 62 c.e.  This entry does indicate that Jesus as the Christ was known to Josephus.

Whether or not the second reference is authentic is debated by scholars because of its credal tone.  Josephus was a Jew who did not join the Jesus movement; however, the languaging of this section makes it suspicious.  Another bit of history is helpful here as well.  During the Jewish-Roman war, Josephus was captured by the general Trajan.  When brought before Trajan, Josephus claimed he had a vision that Trajan would become emperor.  His life was spared, and Trajan did not forget the prophecy.  When, in fact, Trajan did become emperor, he provided Josephus with a stipend and a job.  To Jews he was considered a traitor, and his writings we not copied by Jews, but by pagans or Christians.

Jewish Antiquities 18.3.3

“Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it can be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure.  he drew over to him both many of the Jews, and many of the Gentiles.  hew as the Christ, and when Pilate, a the suggestion of the principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him a the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him.  And the tribe of Christians so named for him are not extinct at this day.”

Clearly the tone of this entry reads more like a statement of faith than a recounting of history.  Many scholars argue this is the hand of a Christian believer, rather than a Jewish historian.

Pliny the Younger

The oldest extant pagan reference to Christians comes from the Roman historian and governor Pliny the Younger.  (His uncle is referred to as Pliny the Elder.)  In his correspondence to the Roman emperor Trajan from the year 112 c.e. there is a question about the legality of putting to death Christians who do not recant their faith.  Pliny asks the Emperor for direction.  Jesus, as a person, is not specifically noted

Tacitus

Three years later in 115 c.e. the Roman historian Tacitus makes a reference to the crucifixion of Jesus in his writings.  In his Annals, he mentions the blaming of Christians by the Emperor Nero for the burning of the city of Rome.

Tacitus Annals 15:44

“…Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace.  Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius a the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome…”

Note:  the “superstiton” was the sighting of the post-resurrection risen Jesus.

In this recording, we find a Roman who seems to verify the story of the crucifixion under Pontius Pilate and that the stories of the risen Christ seemed to have been spreading.  Tacitus does not record anything about what Christus (Jesus) taught, and we have to note that this document dates from roughly 85 years after the crucifixion.

Although these three authors are ancient by our standards, none of them was contemporary with Jesus.  Paul, as we saw in the prior entry, wrote roughly 25 years after the crucifixion, but did not know Jesus the man.

What are we to do with this information?  My answer:  embrace it.  Ultimately, faith is not a matter of history.  It is much deeper than that.  We sometimes say in Unity, quoting the great storytellers of indigenous peoples, “This story may not have really happened, but it is a True story.”  So as we examine the teachings of Jesus, we must ask ourselves, what is the Truth that is being taught?  How does it relate to my life?

Additionally, we have to ask ourselves who wrote the story?  And why?

More on that next time…

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Jesus and His Teachings – 1: What do we know about Jesus the man?

On October 7 I began teaching the class “Jesus and His Teachings” at First Unity of St. Petersburg.  In this class, we’re exploring the man Jesus and his teachings from a variety of angles – most notably  history and New Thought metaphysics.  In this series of posts, I’ll be presenting what I have shared in class and providing links so that you can further your own study on the topic.  Please note that you could, and many have, earned a PhD in this topic! Fortunately, there is an amazing array of resources available to laypeople to guide your independent study.

The first question to address when studying Jesus is:  What do we really know about the historical person Jesus? In other words, beyond the Bible, what records exist that document his existence?  To some people, merely asking the question is tantamount to heresy, but to those of us Unity, we understand that asking questions leads to greater understanding.

The short answer to the question is: not much. Since most people are familiar with the Bible, let’s start with that; however, I’ll put the Gospels and the writings of Paul in chronological order (the order in which they were written).  This order is generally accepted among both academicians and theologians.  What you’ll immediately note is that the order is different than what is found in the Bible.

The letters of Paul:    mid 50’s – mid 60’s c.e. (c.e. = common era)

Mark: about 70 c.e.

Matthew: about 80 c.e.

Luke/Acts: about 85 c.e. (Same author of both books.  Acts is generally believed to be a continuation of Luke)

John:  about 90 c.e.

Here are some facts of note:

  • Although Paul says in Galatians 1:18-24 that he spent 15 days with “James, the Lord’s brother,” Paul never mentions the details of Jesus’ birth or death.  All he says about Jesus’ birth is that “God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.” Galatians 4:4-5.  In other words, Jesus was born a Jew (under the law) and had a mother.  In fact, Paul’s theology is based on his experience of the risen Christ, not the teachings of Jesus the man. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15 that “Christ died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day raised.”  No details about the betrayal, trial, etc.
  • Mark doesn’t mention details of Jesus’ birth either.  And, Mark’s gospel ends with the crucifixion; however, Mark has two endings.  The second ending is believed to be a later addition to the original.  The shorter version is believed to be how the gospel was written.
  • Matthew and Luke have the birth narratives and genealogies.  Matthew’s genealogy goes back to King David.  Matthew is making the point that Jews who follow Jesus are truly in alignment with the prophecy that the Messiah will come from David’s lineage.  Luke’s genealogy goes back to Adam, making Luke’s point that Jesus is related to everyone.  Luke has a more universal tone than the other gospels.
  • Also note that 90% of the content of Mark is repeated verbatim in both Matthew and Luke.
  • Mark, Matthew and Luke are called synoptic gospels from the Greek term meaning “with the same eye, or perspective.”  They tell the story of Jesus’ life and ministry from similar perspectives.
  • John is so different in its perspective that it is often considered a “mystical” interpretation of the life of Jesus.  It was also written nearly 70 years after the crucifixion.  There is no birth narrative in John; however, it opens with an apparent identification of Jesus as the “word” who was with God from the beginning.
  • Forty years passed between the crucifixion of Jesus and the writing of the first gospel, Mark.  So, the stories of Jesus were passed orally for 40 years before they were written.
  • None of the gospel writers was a disciple or an eyewitness to the life of Jesus.  This is the biggest misconception people have about the Bible.

To sum up the above, the Bible gives scant information about the historical man Jesus.  In the next entry, we’ll examine what historical non-Bible references say about the man Jesus.

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Spirit Expressing Week 7 – Commitment

“Christ in you, your hope of glory.”  Colossians 1:27

If ever there was one single statement that sums up the Unity movement, this is it.  It comes from Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and although the verbiage is decidedly Christian, the archetypal truth it expresses in universal.  The sages and mystics, ordinary people and heroes have all said in some way or another that deep within every one of us is that “something” that can propel any of us to overcome anything, to manifest our dreams, and to change the world.

The challenge we as human being run into is that many of us were not, and are not, encouraged to find this inner champion; no, rather we’re taught to look outside ourselves for strength, validation and direction.  For a time, the world may actually provide these things, but after awhile they may be withdrawn.

Any meaningful goal we set for ourselves – whether out of desire or need- will require us to draw on this inner fount of strength.  The commitments we make in life will often be challenged, but the Spirit within is mightier than circumstances.

We come to a place like Unity in order to affirm one another in our empowerment, not to affirm weakness.  My commitment, as is the commitment of the Unity movement, is to continue to affirm what is good in the world, what is good in people, and by doing so to draw it out to be made manifest.

In the course of First Unity’s Spirit Expressing 2010 program we have encouraged people to clarify their mission statements.  Mine, which I’ve had for several years has served me well:

I am a man of power, surrendered to the Holy Spirit, dedicated to teaching Truth principles and the establishment of peace on earth.

What’s yours?  The world needs you to be your best self, to be a part of the solutions to the problems you see and to allow Christ in you expression.

Peace be with you!

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Spirit Expressing Week 6 – Expressing Through the Arts

First Unity honors the creative process as a spiritual practice.  We provide the teachings and environment that encourage individuals to experience the divine through a variety of artistic endeavors and experiences.

Often when people think about spiritual practices, they think of prayer, meditation, contemplation, Scripture study… and these things are indeed spiritual practices; however, as artists of all kinds will acknowledge, engaging in the creative process is also a spiritual practice.  Within the Unity Movement, the creative process and the creative power of thoughts and words have a place of high regard in our teaching.

Everyone has some kind of creative talent.  Everyone is an outlet for the creative power of God.  The problem we often run into is that we start judging what we’ve made as good or bad, discounting the fact that life is an evolving process.  Our practice is to allow Spirit to flow through us.  The first thing is to simply allow – and enjoy! – the expression of our creativity.

In November, First Unity will host 11:11 – Three Days of Spiritual Art, Music and Performance in which all participants will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of spiritually-inspiring creative endeavors.  If you’re ready to have your mind and heart opened to a new vibration of spiritual practice, visit the website to find out more.

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