Message from the Minister December 2021

The Advent of Christ Consciousness

This holiday season I am reminded that the birth of the Christ is a journey, a process of awakening and rebirth that may look different for every person. Emerging from limited consciousness into Christ Consciousness is the journey each of us will make in time; but the truth remains that the light is in us now, the awareness of oneness and perfection is already in our spiritual memory. The remembering will depend simply on how much we want it.

There will come a time in the evolution of every human being when we begin to look for a better way, a brighter reality and a greater sense of joy and purpose. There will be a time when you finally say, I am tired of the anger, uncertainty and pain. There will come a time when you have just had enough of separation, fear and judgment. Perhaps that time is now! Perhaps the birth of Christ Consciousness in you will be more desirable than the constant struggle you feel each day you spend in littleness and limitation.

No longer are we waiting for some “divine intervention” or someone outside of us to come and save us from our unawareness. The birth of the Christ in us is always now, always waiting upon our decision. The only think that seems to block our path to this transformation is the value we place on our ideas, our beliefs and our limited perceptions. What we are clinging to is the very thing that is hurting us. We are addicted to our point of view, even though that point of view is constantly changing.

Let’s look at the birth of the Christ as a metamorphosis. There is no possibility we can understand how the butterfly experiences the world from the perspective of the caterpillar. The caterpillar has no experience of having wings and flying, there is no way it could imagine such things. It is the same with spiritual awakening and transformation. Our unawareness of Christ Consciousness does not negate its reality or its inevitability in our evolution.

The fact that Yeshua, the one we call Jesus, achieved awakened consciousness proves that all human beings have the same destiny; but it is not a destiny bestowed upon us by some being in the skies, it is a decision we make to focus our hearts and minds on the goal of awakening, and the truth within us. There could be no greater goal this holiday season than to allow for the transformation from separate being to the living Christ.

The gift I would offer each and every one of you this Christmas is the gift of your own true Self and the remembrance of the eternal, loving spirit residing at the very center of your being. It will be up to you to open that gift.

Merry Christmas
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister November 2021

The Gratitude Response

 

What a wonderful time of year to reflect on our blessings and prepare for the many opportunities to give during the holiday season. Holding a grateful heart for all the blessings in our life will surely bring more of the same. This is the law of mind action, “thoughts, feelings and beliefs held in mind will produce more of their kind.” It is commonly referred to as, like attracts like. However, there is a deeper spiritual law at work here. The law of giving and receiving.

The first step in giving is that we must fully receive the gifts offered us with gratitude and grace. The action of holding in hearts the energy of that which has come to us allows us to experience life on a deeper level, we begin to feel gratitude for everything in our world whether big or small. In fact, as we cultivate our gratitude response, we begin to see the entire universe in each and every simple expression of life. This is the moment life returns to our awareness as a wondrous adventure rather than a trail of trials and tribulations.

For me, the key to cultivating the gratitude response was releasing expectations, releasing what I thought I wanted, needed, or deserved, releasing expectations of others and the world acting a certain way, accepting what is without attachment. The moment I cleared my mind and heart of these expectations I found something of infinite value beneath the surface of my limited perceptions. I found all the gifts I have been given were still there waiting for me in the storehouse of my inner being. Behind the veil of my fears and judgments remained the true experience of a loving universe, caring and supporting me every step of my journey, no matter how far I strayed from Truth. I found that the one thing that blocked my awareness of my blessings was only my own fearful interpretation of the world around me, and my less than generous view of myself. It was only my lack of gratitude that closed my eyes to the unlimited universe in which I live and move and have my being.

The moment I took the smallest step in truly being grateful, that bright and beautiful universe opened up to me once again as if I had never seen it before, I felt reborn and alive with glorious anticipation of the next miracle coming my way. Responding with gratitude opened up possibilities I never dreamed of before. Now, in my mind and heart, I could honestly see my purpose in the world and the gifts I had to give. This is a huge shift in consciousness, one many will still say is impossible to make; but perhaps that is why we call it a miracle.

The miracle of which I speak is the recognition that what you have to offer is exactly what the world needs at this very moment. The gift you have to offer is the one ingredient necessary for the evolution of human consciousness. The gift you have to offer is you, completely awake and aware, full of compassion and power, shining the light and being the light of the world. The big shift in consciousness comes from flipping the script on yourself from, “What do I need?” to, “What can I give?” Instead of telling the universe what you need, you are accepting you have been given everything already, and by giving it away, you realize it was within you all along.

When I respond to my world with gratitude and generosity it begins to look more like Heaven on earth, which reminds me of a line from The Lord’s Prayer, the line which says, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” Isn’t that the whole point of the spiritual/religious life? You may have said those lines a thousand times; but not once did you consider it to be a real possibility. I discovered that only thing missing from the equation was my absolute and unconditional gratitude.

 

Always yours in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

 

Message From the Minister October 2021

Calming the Inner Storm

 

Once again, the seasons are changing, summer is slipping into autumn, the birds are heading south and soon to follow, many of our friends. The world always is in constant flux and flow, expansion and contraction, death and rebirth; but there is one thing which always remains the same, the unchanging, never-ending love of God-within and all around us.

This divine center of constant calm is seat of our soul and the ground of our being. It is the still, but powerful voice of God-within which keeps us centered through each and every change we experience. Eventually, we learn to embrace the changes as a necessary part of the divine flow, instead of losing our balance each time change comes.

I remember a time in my life when the seasons changed from summer to autumn, I would always experience some sort of upheaval in my life. I would see relationships come to an end, I might contract an illness or get into some kind of accident. I would suddenly be struggling with money problems or have to find a new place to live. The list went on and on, and this continued for many years, well into my thirties and forties. You could count on my catastrophes as regularly as the change of the weather. What was going on within my sub-conscious mind that I would experience constant conflict when the world around me changed?

What I came to understand is that I based my reality almost exclusively in the world outside me instead of within. Consequently, my inner state was reacting to the outside world instead of the other way around. When the changes came, my thoughts, my emotions and my reactions were already programmed by past experience of separation, fear, anxiety and even personal trauma. It seemed like it had control of my life, not the spirit of the living God within me. What could I do?

The first step in calming the inner storm was to admit it was there. Accepting the appearance of conflict and confusion consistently showing up in my life. I had to admit I was not happy, not living up to my highest potential and greatest good. The second step was humbly asking for help and turning my will and my life over to my higher power. Miraculously, I discovered that power also lived in me. So, the third step was the big transformation, allowing the Christ in me to lead my life instead of the ego.

The ego is by definition, a separate self, born of fear and based in the world of conflict, perpetuating that conflict by projection of it. The Christ in me is the child of God, created in love and creating more of the same by extension of itself. The second principle of Unity states that this Christ light is within each and every one of us, therefore we are inherently good and inherently God.

Here is the shift which calms the inner and the outer storms. Since the third principle is the fact that we create our experiences by the activity of our thinking and feeling or inner state of consciousness… then it becomes apparent the only way to experience peace in the world is to find that peace within. Easy to say; but not always easily done.

This is why I have been on a spiritual path and have adopted many spiritual practices over the years. The transformation of the human mind requires continuous forward movement. The teachings of truth have to be lived and experienced on a moment by moment basis. Yes, I can say it is my predominate way of life; but the spiritual life is not a static condition. In order to maintain heightened spiritual awareness and experience, the Christ has to be in control of our thoughts, words, actions and ultimately extension of love and creation of the world we live in. The words we use, “From the pure substance of Love, I bring into manifestation, my world according to divine law,” has now become my inner response and direction of my creative energy in this world.

No longer do I experience these great unexpected disruptions in my life. I truly experience a divine flow, divine order and grace and ease in through the most difficult of times. I have a secret formula for living through the Christ within rather than the ego. Well, it’s not so secret, but it is something many people disregard as a way of life. Here it is… step back and let the God in you lead the way. The ego usually speaks first. So, stop and take a breath, go within, pray, meditate and ask with humility and patience before taking the next step. Allow the Holy Spirit of all good and all peace and all power to have full control of each and every decision you make. Relinquish the idea that you must act upon that fear, that anger or that “logical” conclusion. Remember the miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love, so acting out of love is always enough. It is my experience that when I teach only love is when I truly experience that love is what I am, not a moment sooner. When I teach only love, I discover God is love. When I teach only love, I discover that my brothers and sisters are also inherently good. When my inner storm has been calmed, the storms of the world will also subside.

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39)

Be blessed and Be a Blessing

Rev. Tony

 

Message from the Minster September 2021

The Greatest Need

 

 

When you honestly examine the state of the world in which you find yourself, can you say with any degree certainty that all is in divine order, flowing with grace and ease for highest good of all? Is this your authentic experience, or are you merely repeating the words in hopeful petition to the Universe? Do you live the principles you know, or are they simply intellectual concepts, stored neatly in the data banks of your brain along with the rest of what you may define as your reality?

What I have been shown through deep spiritual experience is the inconvenient truth that the world I see through the lens of separation has nothing at all to do with reality. The greatest miracle that proceeds from this knowledge is awakening to the real world, and this, in my humble opinion, is the greatest need of human beings, awakening to their own magnificent reality. Spiritual awakening is our most urgent dedication and our most precious achievement.

In one of his final prayers, recorded in the Gospel of John, Jesus prays the affirmation, “glorify me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” (John 17:5) Essentially, he is affirming both that he is an eternal being, one with God, and he is in truth the same as his creator. He is acknowledging the return to light or “glory”, and he existed before the world was, his being does not begin and end with time and form. He speaks of the whole process of awakening to our own glory and our inherent oneness with God. This process is the same for each of us as we too remember who we really are.

Our need therefore is simply one of remembering, allowing our spiritual consciousness to have preeminent rule of our hearts and minds. To surrender to reality should be the easiest thing for us to do, however, just the opposite seems to be true in our earthly experience. We prefer the illusion of separation and the charade of self-identity, the importance of the ego. The New Testament also tells the sad story of Man’s tendency to favor the illusion… “That light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light.” (John 3;19)

Our greatest fulfillment in the awakening can therefore be seen as the return to the light, the acceptance of the light in us and the experience of the light as our true nature. The light can be remembered as spiritual energy. It can be seen as within us and all around us; but most of all, it is us. Our very being is made up of this invisible force of divine energy. We truly are eternal beings, ever expanding into greater expression of God within. This illumination, this awakening is not just a shift in perspective within our human concepts. It is really a fundamental change in the source of our thinking, a return to the ground of our being, an immersion into the divine light of Truth. It is the one thing that can shift us out of fear and into love forever, and I firmly believe it is our greatest need!

May your every need be met with grace and ease, but most of all, may you accept the glory of your being, the glory you had before the foundation of the world. Once this need is met, you will have no others.

Always yours in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister, August 2021

Demand Nothing, Receive Everything

Over the years I have encountered thousands of people just like you and me struggling to make sense of this life, trying to find their purpose, seeking greater meaning, abundance and love. I have watched various twists and turns in the teachings of truth in an effort to gain this awareness; but inevitably the seekers would fall short of achieving the deeper levels of experience because of one unnoticed error in their thinking.

Without exception, every individual I saw falling short of their goals had this one thing in common. Each person had a rigid idea of how their good was to show up. They were so focused on the outward manifestation they had forgotten the key ingredient which opens the gate to never-ending abundance, joy and peace which surpasses all understanding. That spiritual key is the practice of non-attachment.

Holding mental and emotional attachments is the way we limit or even imprison ourselves within the confines what we think we want. These attachments make demands of God, which may not always be in our highest interest. Instead of, “thy will be done,” we say, “give me what I want.” Attached to what we think we want; we cannot see our highest good which is within us and all around us. In fact, we build a version of reality in our heads that quite often retains little or no resemblance to reality at all. When we defend this illusion of reality, we cannot receive the unlimited blessings available to us every moment of every day.

Let’s take this bleak picture of human nature, our habitual patterns of attachment, and turn it around. What if we open our minds to the wonder of life, ask for awareness of reality and the spiritual vision to see our good in every situation, the Christ in every person? We can train our minds to let go of the past and all we thought was holding us back, and thus receive countless blessings we did not notice before. When we approach life as a gift, the burdens we once thought weighed us down become steppingstones to greater peace and inner strength.

Take for example the burden we may feel taking care of an aging loved one; how we put our lives “on hold” to care for their every need, sometimes feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, only to suddenly discover the miracle of sharing the final years, months and days they have on earth. You realize the incredible honor bestowed upon us that we were chosen to share their final moments of this life. A powerful shift occurs the instant you choose to receive rather than judge, to accept rather than retain your grievance with God.

In this holy instant of release and acceptance we begin to see just how much we are loved and just how much is waiting for us in the other side of our attachments. Instead of demanding we are now open to receiving, demanding nothing we now realize we have already been given everything. We realize that every good and perfect gift or divine manifestation is already waiting for us in the field of pure potential… what the Bible sometimes calls the Father, the Father of lights which is also known as the higher or universal mind.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

Your higher mind is the light of your consciousness, and the Universal Mind, being the source of all light is holding all things that can contribute to your highest good. Come into this day knowing where your good resides and remember always that whatever you desire is yours already.

 

Always yours in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister, July 2021

Cultivating Spiritual Freedom

 

 

If we are already free in the spirit, why do why need to cultivate freedom. The answer is this; although we may be completely free and unlimited, we experience ourselves as limited and bound by our circumstances. In truth we are forever free, but it is our awareness which might by blocked by our false perceptions and mis-guided opinions. As children of God, we have free will. We are free to think whatever we choose, but we are not free from the results of our thinking. This is why we must grow and mature a thought system of spiritual freedom. We are, as the third principle of Unity states, creating our experiences by the activity of what we choose to think, feel, and believe.

Just as we are the ones responsible for our own happiness, we also are responsible for choosing thoughts, feelings and beliefs which block our freedom and happiness. When we accept responsibility for our experiences, freedom is ours. We have taken back our power and we have joined our will with the will of love. It is at this point the great adventure of life really begins. At this point in our spiritual growth, we understand our freedom is not in fighting against the world, but in surrender to a higher consciousness. Just as the eagle surrenders to the wind in order to soar to greater heights, we also must surrender to the infinite power of the Divine.

There is so much freedom in letting go and letting God, and we can let go with confidence when we feel the winds of the Spirit beneath our wings. We can let go with ease and grace, always knowing the outcome will be for the highest good. We can let go into the great mystery of Universal Love.

Our independence from the continuing drama and conflicts of this world helps to heal the world and bring it closer to Heaven, as we are lifted into that rare air of divine order, perfect peace, and unspeakable joy. Individually, and collectively, we move toward that perfect expression of our Christ-self.

Charles Fillmore spoke of a new race of Men and Women who, having attained an integrated level of consciousness, now draw all people unto the perfect Christ idea in them. This is the new man Paul spoke of in Corinthians, the transformation of the Adam man to the Christ. We all have the freedom to choose this as our path. Historically, this hasn’t been the popular choice among humans, so we ended up with a false freedom we somehow had to fight for, not knowing we were already free.

Finally, the choice for our own freedom cannot come at the expense of others. It must be something that brings more freedom and compassion and prosperity to everyone in the world. If I genuinely want to cultivate a deeper awareness of freedom in myself, I have to offer it to others. I will cultivate a freedom which is all inclusive and extends to everyone everywhere. If we are to celebrate freedom and independence this season, let us celebrate our freedom from judgement and projection, our independence from blame, shame and guilt, and our complete dependence on a loving source, which created you and me and everything in creation forever free in the Spirit.

 

Happy Independence Day

 

Rev. Tony Cryer

 

Message from The Minister, June 2021

Summer of Abundance

 

In the past few years, and especially during the months of the pandemic, I have come to a new understanding of the meaning of abundance. I always knew the law of prosperity had nothing to do with accumulating money and things. The experience of abundance of love was really the most important aspect of life for me. However, I seemed to find myself following a pattern of lack and frustration in bringing more love into the world. The necessity of survival; making money to pay the rent, putting food on the table, gas in the car and paying for all the other activities of just being here on the planet consumed my time and my energy. There never seemed to be time left over for my spiritual work. Even though I knew my purpose was to bring more love and light into the world, I felt stifled by the continued struggle to “make money” and/or “be successful” in the world. I had somehow separated my inner purpose from my outer expression. In other words, I was consumed with the idea of getting instead of giving.

My outer expression became one of fulfilling worldly needs and desires. Of course, fulfilling those needs and desires is the definition of success as the world defines it. Accumulation of money, or numbers in a bank account, (not any real substance) has become the standard for measuring abundance and prosperity in this world. Deep in my heart I knew this had nothing to do with real prosperity. Divine substance was made of love, not of numbers in a bank account. I also knew that money represents energy, it represents where my attention goes, because there my energy flows. Consequently, I knew that I could only increase the flow of divine love and healing energy in my life if I put my money where my heart was.

In order to illustrate my point accurately, I have to go back to my first summer of really feeling abundant. It was about six or seven years ago, when my wife and I first came to live on Cape Cod. We had very little money, but an abundance of love between us. We had no employment. We moved in with my 84-year-old mother and began to look for work and an apartment. With a broken-down van, a knee brace, back brace and a bottle of Advil in my toolbox, I went back to what I had always known, carpentry and painting houses. My wife went to interviews for jobs she knew she didn’t want. We spent our spare time developing workshops in the basement of my mom’s house; but rarely had time to offer them. When we would go to the beach or visit some amazing place, I remembered from growing up on the Cape, I couldn’t feel or see the beauty anymore. “What has happened to me?” I thought to myself. I couldn’t even experience the beauty and abundance of nature, which was free and all around me, a gift from God. “Why couldn’t I feel it anymore?” I suddenly was gripped by fear, which was even more concerning than the numb condition of my soul. I was afraid it would never come back, and I wouldn’t be able to experience the wonder of life again as I had as a child. What could I do? How could I regain my awareness of magic of life again?

It was no accident that the answer to both my problems; the one of my inner awareness and the one my outer expression were to be solved by the same spiritual law, the law of abundance! Change the way I looked at work and money and the inner block to experiencing my connection to life would be gone… But where do I start? It might seem crazy, but it started with quitting my job and giving away my money. It started with practicing the spiritual law of abundance; giving, getting clear about what I wanted, forgiveness and getting on with my spiritual purpose in life. All other things had to be removed from my mind. It was an absolute necessity at that point. If I wanted to feel joy in my life again, I had to discover how to practice this all-important spiritual law.

The first step I took was to begin tithing, yes, 10% of everything that came in I tithed to the source of my spiritual food. If I received ten dollars that week, one dollar went toward my tithe. This opened the door to receiving more and more, and I happy to report, just six years later I went from tithing that one dollar to tithing (as a Family) almost eleven thousand dollars in 2020. For the full details of that story, you will have to attend one of our prosperity classes.

The second thing I did was to engage in work that filled my soul and nothing else. I would no longer be working for money, but to serve others. I offered classes and workshops with my wife, I spoke at various Unity churches and centers, I would teach A Course in Miracles, offer coaching, counseling or healing sessions; but I would not be doing anything that was not aligned with my soul’s purpose. I knew I wanted to be a Unity minister. It was a dream of mine since I was sixteen years old; but the process seemed to be too long, involved and expensive. I was already ordained twice in other organizations. I thought there must be an express method for me. Spirit had other ideas. It soon became clear I had to go through the entire program with Unity Worldwide Ministries. There would be no shortcuts for me in this process, and I am so happy there were none. Each moment in a Unity class, workshop, intensive or interview was a huge blessing and another example of the abundance principle at work.

What I have come to realize over the past few years is to fully experience each moment as it comes, to receive completely each and every day as the most important day of my life, to see each and ever person as a messenger from God and to reap the abundant blessings of divine love available in this very moment. The abundance of love I feel is overflowing, and as it does so is the availability of substance needed to share that love.

When love is the goal, the means are always provided, and in abundant measure. When sharing is the purpose, the substance flows to where it needs to go without struggle or strain. When gratitude is the response to all the gifts this day brings, the heart is happy, and the body is well. When the goal is to give, there is no limit on what you will receive.

This summer, we are coming out of a time of reflection. For many of us, we cannot go back to the world we left behind before the lessons learned from the pandemic. For life is too precious to trade it for things, people are too precious to trade them for the gifts of the ego. There is too much to be grateful for in this now moment, to go back to a past that was only blocking the sight of our abundance. I am well aware now of everything this moment holds out to me, as a gift from the universe. I am so filled with the experience once again of the magic of life, I do not have time to consider myself lacking for anything. Indeed, my mind has changed, not just about what abundance means; but also, about who and what I am, what my true purpose is here on this earth, and how I can help you discover the same thing for yourself.

Here’s to your summer of abundance!

Always yours in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister, May 2021

The Seeds of Love

 

 

As we celebrate the changing seasons and coming of a new spring, we can start to shake off the past with greater joy and gratitude. Gratitude for the end of winter; yet even more grateful for the light at the end of the tunnel concerning our travail with the pandemic and enduring the growing pains of humanity as we shed our differences and judgments of one another.

While venturing outdoors this season, I am impressed by the emerging flowers and leaves on the trees, the warmth of the sun in the afternoon and the brilliance of the sparkle of the sunlight on the ocean. I am constantly amazed at the various  bird songs and the variety of species in our little corner of the world.

It reminds me as well of the people around me who are emerging in their spiritual growth, the warmth of the smiles as our masks are both literally and figuratively removed, and of the brilliance of the light that shines from the beautiful people in my little corner of the world. It also reminds me of the great variety of expressions of the Divine which surround us each moment if we care to take notice. It warms my heart to notice the seeds of love that were planted during this long season of separation begin to sprout into strong and healthy expressions of God.

We frequently hear about sowing the seeds of love; this spring let us harvest the fruits of those seeds and reap a bountiful harvest of love in our individual lives, in our families, in our communities and in our world. When it seems all too popular to blame others for our circumstances, let us take responsibility for our own happiness. In these times when projection of our fears seems to be at an all-time high, let us transform that fear into faith. When it has become more comfortable to judge those with whom we do not agree, let us be the ones to listen and include those around us. When the divide between people appears to grow wider and wider, let us be the ones who stand in the gap and bring people together as one.

No longer can we hide our light in the comfortable corners of our individual worlds;  but the changing seasons demand we grow and flourish in the open sun. The call of Spirit is drawing us out of our safe places and our comfortable womb and is now ready to give birth to a new order of being, one based on truth, understanding, compassion and love. We are being born into a new world, powerfully transformed and molded by our necessity to evolve spiritually and awaken from our dream of separation.

Indeed, if you are feeling this incredible shift in consciousness along with me, you are well aware that no seed planted in love will ever fail to grow, no act of kindness will fail to bring healing, and no child of God can ever forget who they really are. Every sign of growth is bringing great joy to us now, as we emerge from our sleep and give thanks for the ever-increasing flow of divine substance within us and all around us. This spring let us remember that we are blessed beyond measure and we are here to be a blessing in this world.

Happy Spring my Friends,

Rev. Tony

 

Message from The Minister April 2021

Overcoming the World of Illusion

 

During these changing times, I often remind myself that the mind of God never changes. It is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. It expands in love and acceptance; but the fundamental nature of God cannot change into something else. Darkness cannot become light; abundance will never offer loss and hate cannot become love. The light will cause the darkness to disappear; loss cannot be a possibility in the experience of prosperity and hate will cease to exist when love has been revealed.

The greatest need of humankind right now is for the individual to break free from the world of illusion and lies. We live in an unlimited and glorious universe, filled with power and potential for each of us to discover. Imagine if we join in this discovery together, consciously, purposefully and prayerfully. Imagine the world we would see and experience when we truly dedicate our whole selves to our spiritual awakening and unfoldment, and when we focus on bringing out the Christ nature in everyone we encounter along the way.

Imagine that world of peace and light, abundance and equality as our reality right now! Feel what it is like to be perfectly cared for, infinitely connected and living in the truth of oneness today. Just for today act as if this is your reality. Just for today be aware of the beauty all around you, the spirit of the Christ moving within you; divine light guiding your every thought, your every word and your every action. This is what resurrection feels like.

No longer are you moving with every impulse of the ego, reacting to the world through fear, anger or resentment. You are now responding with love. You have moved beyond your illusions of pain and sacrifice, separation and attack. Living in the reality of your own healing and resurrection, you have accepted the truth about yourself and the fact that your true Self could never be altered by the changing circumstances of this world. You have reached beyond the veil, past the sea of meaningless thoughts which occupy the separated mind, into the constancy of the universal mind of God.

This is Eastertime, the time your resurrection, the moment of transition from the illusion of separation, into the reality of oneness and eternal life. This is your moment of rebirth and overcoming of all ideas of limitation and death. This is the moment when you realize the Christ is you; “for the same spirit which raised Jesus from the dead, also dwells in you, and will give life to your mortal body as well. (Paul’s letter to letter to the Romans 8:11)

The demonstration of Jesus in the resurrection was not only that he could overcome death; it was that there is no death, that nothing can alter your divine nature, nothing can touch your spirit and turn you into something you are not. He shared an experience with us of moving beyond the veil of illusion, into the reality of eternal life; and he showed us that his overcoming is also our own, waiting there for us to choose.

The power is in our hands to choose resurrection over the ideas of crucifixion, and the truth of oneness over the seeming world of separation. When Jesus said, “All power has been given me in Heaven and on earth,” (Matt: 28:18) it was after his resurrection. This was the realization that the experience of transformation is necessary in order to use the full power of God within you. When you come into the realm of the infinite miracles become the natural order of things, and earth and Heaven become as one. In your personal resurrection the illusion of separation disappears into the nothingness from which it began, and now you stand in the light of your own true reality once again. Welcome Home my friends, welcome home!

Happy Easter

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister, March 2021

The Thunder of  Silence

 

 

About twenty-five years ago I read one of my first New Thought books, ‘The Thunder of Silence,’ by Joel Goldsmith, a leading voice in Christian Science and metaphysical philosophy, and prolific spiritual healer for more than thirty years. What inspired me most was the experience I had whenever I would venture into the silence. Indeed, the thunder of God’s voice came rushing into my consciousness, replacing all the meaningless fears and fractured images usually occupying the surface of my mind.

Without the consciously chosen moment of silence, the constant flow of spiritual energy goes unnoticed and unseen by the human mind. Even though it is always there, the voice of God falls on deaf ears, the vision of Christ remains obscured by the illusions of the ego. The real world of beauty, abundance, joy and eternal Love will not be perceived as a possibility by those who do not have ears to hear the thunder of the silence. The perfection of the Universe will not be a welcome sight to those who look through the glass of perception darkly.

Direct experience is the only way one will ever see and hear and feel the glory being revealed in us. Direct awareness of God in us remains our highest goal as human beings; to tap into our spiritual power and express it in the world as did our way shower, Yeshua. Identification with the Father/Mother, divine creator, source of all there is our quest, and why we enter into the silence with such enthusiastic anticipation.

Isaiah 40:31 Reminds us:  “They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Silence is a spiritual sacrament we engage in as we indeed ‘Wait upon the Lord’ in the sacred chamber of our inner consciousness. We go within and wait for the experience. We refrain from telling Spirit how it should appear to us. We have the assurance of rising up and mounting the challenges of the day with happy resolve as we surrender all to the unfailing power of our creator. We run towards the goal of Christ Consciousness and the sure unfoldment of our true nature as the thundering voice of eternal love leads the way.

When we choose to consciously evolve spiritually, when we put all our effort into releasing effort, when we step aside and allow the great flow of the universe to fashion our steps forward, we no longer cling to doubts and perceptions as our guide, we no longer use fear as a motivation for action. Instead, we are like the sky, observing the wind come and go, knowing there are much greater forces in charge of life itself. We become quiet and listen, listening and waiting for the experience which cannot be described by concepts of the human mind. Perhaps we have been given an opportunity to wait upon the Lord, to rise up again with new wings. For now, I am content to wait, here in the silence, here in the thunder of pure spiritual experience.

 

Rev. Tony