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

Message from the Minister, February 3, 2021

Who do You Say that I Am?

 

 

One of my favorite stories in the New Testament is when Jesus asked his friends, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. “The first thing Jesus said to him was, flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but the Father who is in heaven.” In other words, you have realized this truth through spiritual discernment, not through your limited human understanding.

Jesus went on to say, “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” This statement gives us the foundation for the law of mind action… “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.” Whatever thoughts we hold on to will be held in our consciousness, the realm of mind referred to as “the heavens.” And of course, the thoughts we let go of will not be held in consciousness and therefore will not be manifest in our kingdom.

The key to understanding the power of our minds to create our reality was given us in this scripture. The important thing for us to remember is that heaven and earth do not exist as separate states. The spiritual vision experienced by Simon Peter in witnessing the Christ in his brother Jesus was the same vision which perceives the Christ in ourselves.

In Unity we often teach about the Christ in us, but we also have to be clear of the process of mind which brings about this spiritual revelation. First, we look at what the human mind is telling us. You are this, or you are that; but in our authentic, spiritual experience we are so much more than all of those things. At the core of our being is the light, the Christ-self, the essence of God. We perhaps are showing up in human form, but that form cannot limit our experience, and the ways Christ is manifest also cannot be limited to any one form or person.

This is why the story of Simon Peter’s revelation ends with Jesus telling his friends, “they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.” The master knew this type of experience had to come from within. The revelation of the Christ within is the single most important teaching of this man from Nazareth.

With experience of the Christ within comes the transformation of each individual to a recognition of oneness and identification with Spirit It opens us up to our spiritual awareness, beyond the sum total of our concepts and our conceptual observations, beyond our attachments to time and form. Once I see the Christ in any one person, I will see it in myself and all others. Yes, I may forget who I really am at times; but I will count on you to remind me when I forget. Just remember to give an honest answer to that voice within you that asks the question, “Who do you say that I am?” And remember as well, the answer you give your brother or sister, you are giving to yourself.

I love you; I Bless you and I Behold the Christ as You!

Rev. Tony

 

Message from the Minister, January 2021

HAPPY NEW YOU!

 

There are so many people ready to say goodbye and perhaps good riddance to the year 2020. However, the challenges which presented themselves this past year only served to open our eyes to all that needs to be healed in the human family. If we want things to change for the better, we will have to first change ourselves. Everybody wants change, but most do not want to change.

I love the idea put forth by Mother Theresa, when she said, “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know prayer changes us and we change things.” Instead of praying for things to change in 2021, I believe it is us who must make some fundamental changes in the way we think. Let this year be one in which we get closer to the essence of who we are, an identity set by God, and held in perfect potential within each of us at all times, ready to bless the world with miracles.

The change I am talking about is how we see ourselves in relationship to others, to the planet and to life as a whole. Wayne Dyer once said, “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” If the year 2020 has shown us anything, it is that we cannot keep living from the same perspective and the same old thought system of separation and attack and expect anything to change.

A Course in Miracles has taught me that I am basing my “reality” on a thought system that is hurting me, one I no longer want. It goes on to ask the question, “Would I not rather join the thinking of the universe?” Yes, there is a universal thought system based on oneness, eternal love and divine mind. It is not a symbolic system, which relies on words, definitions and judgments based on partial evidence. It is a direct extension of light energy emanating from our shared Christ-consciousness, creating only love, shining forever in the perfection of our source.

The world which is seen through divine mind and the eyes of Christ can only bless and heal, comfort and prosper. This is the year we can choose to give our whole self to the Christ-within and think with the mind of God. We have such a great opportunity to bring the vision of Christ to all we meet and live in the truth of our being without reservation or doubt. We are all called once again to put our fears aside and boldly demonstrate the higher order of things. It is another chance to discover the power of God within us and trust that power to heal our minds and guide our lives.

As you allow the new thought system to take hold in your consciousness, something wonderful appears, a new you. The Buddha was quoted as saying, “watch your thoughts, for what you think you become.” Well, if our thoughts are coming from divine mind, filled with love and charity, what will happen to us? If you allow the mind of Christ to be your mind, continually growing in light and love, then there will always be a new you, a person continually growing in light and love. No matter how far you have come, if you are following a spiritual path and remain committed to your soul-growth, you will always have reason to celebrate. In this new year, now more than ever, I celebrate the emergence of the Christ in you. Let us carry our true Self into the new year and be witness to the return of light in our lives.

Today and everyday… Happy New You!

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister December 2020

The Birth of a New Consciousness

 

 

Christmas season is here once again, and once again it is time to welcome the birth of Christ Consciousness in us. It is not a new idea that the divine nature lives in each and every individual; but it is a revolutionary idea that the consciousness of Christ can become the dominate mind in our world.

As early as the thirteenth century Meister Eckhart wrote, “Every creature, every man, woman and child has a soul and it is the destiny of all to see as God sees, to know as God knows, to feel as God feels, to be as God is.”

What better way to celebrate the birth of Jesus than to allow the mind he used to be our mind as well. “Let that mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 2:5) What better way to honor your Spirit than to actually live in the consciousness of Spirit, rather than acting from the illusion of separation.

Even if we are one in truth, if we are acting as if we are separate, that will be our truth and our reality. We can know intellectually the real truth of our being and the true nature of reality; but if we do not practice living from that truth, we can go right back to attack and defense as our default reaction to the world and to our brothers and sisters as well.

A Course in Miracles has a wonderful reminder in the workbook, “I am affected only by my thoughts.” The birth of a new consciousness would therefore necessarily come from thoughts aligned with the Truth and focused on the Reality of our eternal, loving nature. This nature is the ground of our being and the essence of humanity, despite all other claims opposing this fact. We are born in love and meant to bring more love into the world. We are predisposed toward cooperation and not competition. We are destined to discover our oneness and dependence upon one another and cannot continue to destroy one another and still hope to survive as a species.

If our thoughts create the world we see and the emotional response to the world as well, a rebirth of the Christ consciousness is just what the doctor ordered. I remember a friend of mine who had a mysterious illness, a pain around his heart that would not go away. He went from doctor to doctor seeking a remedy. He underwent several medical tests and was prescribed countless pills; but the dull and constant pain seemed to never go away, until one day he saw an old friend who had become a small-town doctor in the rural community where my friend grew up. He asked his doctor friend if he could prescribe something for his condition. After examining him he said, “There is only one thing that can cure your illness, and that is love. Love is the best medicine. Go out and love and let yourself be loved.” What if it doesn’t work,” my friend asked? The doctor looked him in the eye and said, “then increase the dose.”

This Christmas season may we increase the dose of love in us and in all the world and give birth to a new and magnificent level of Christ Consciousness, growing in us, flowing through us and demonstrated as us. This is the greatest gift we can give to the world and to ourselves.

Merry Christmas one and all,

Rev. Tony

Message from the minister November 2020

I Vote for Truth

 

 

I cannot believe the negativity and animosity surrounding this year’s elections in the United States. It seems like most people are voting against someone or something, instead of voting for positive advancement of the human race as a whole. There is so much blaming, shaming and distraction from the real issues facing humanity. There has been so much lying, deceit and attack. If we cannot agree on the fundamental needs and equal rights of every individual in our nation and in our world, we have very little chance of evolving in a positive direction.

However, there is a way to escape the sea of despair and anger once and for all; and that solution is found in changing the focus of your mind from the temporal to the eternal. I am not talking about using spiritual concepts to bypass your apparent conflicts. I am suggesting we adopt the radical spiritual solutions of our way shower, Yeshua, who told us to love our enemies. Well, how about we start with loving our neighbors? How about starting with acceptance and tolerance, then we can find our way to inclusion and embracing one another as sisters and brothers. Sometimes, just a little common curtesy and respect would do the trick.

Whatever the problem, I feel Love is always the solution. Whatever the outward man projects into the world, the Christ within has a better way. So, the goal remains to awaken the Christ within me and within others as well. In reality, this is our only truth, all else will be forgotten in the end. I am making the suggestion that we forget it now. Let us cast our vote for truth, the truth which sets us free.

The first step we must take is to turn our attention inward, to that which unites us and defines us as whole, perfect and complete children of God, every one of us. Second, I would suggest we acknowledge those who are genuinely concerned with the well-being of others, those who have put their own self-interests aside in an effort to bring out the good in others, rather than stir up their primitive instincts of attack and defense. I would suggest joining with kind and giving people and identify with the awesome power of charity. Corinthians (13:4-7) reminds us, “Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity does not envy; charity does not raise itself, is not puffed up, does not behave unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil;  rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, remains hopeful in all things, endures all things.”

The other word for charity is love; but charity is a specific type of love, the love that giving, the love that caring, the love that is selfless and moral, the love which seeks to rise exclusively in the act of lifting up others. These are the qualities I vote for, in myself and others. These are the qualities we must also search out when considering who to place in our governments, giving them charge to serve the people of our nation.

Finally, our vote comes from how we live our lives, how we treat one another and how we respect the planet on which we live. Today I cast my vote for the awakening of humankind. I am voting for the Christ, the Christ in you and the Christ in me. I am voting for compassion and unconditional love. I am voting for inclusion and diversity. Yes, I am voting in the country’s election; but more importantly, I am casting my vote in Heaven, where only my highest good can be the result. I cast my vote in peace and certainty, that the universe is actually governed by divine laws which always proceed from the pure substance of love. I cast my vote for healing and help for those who tragically don’t know who they really are. I cast my vote to see the divinity in every one of God’s creations and to treat each one as the magnificent spiritual being that they are. In the deepest place of my heart and the furthest reach of my mind, I claim a blessing for our sisters and brothers across this nation and all those around the world as well. I vote for their healing and health, their comfort and security, their joy and their happiness; and most of all I vote that each and every person discover the brilliant light and love they possess within. The one thing I passionately desire for every individual soul is they discover the truth about themselves. Yes, this is what I am voting for. I vote for Truth!

 

Message From the Minister October 2020

Let This Mind Be in You

 

 

The single most important aspect of our awakening experience is the ability to train our minds. Lesson 45 in the workbook of A Course in Miracles says, “God is the mind with which I think.” This is an affirmation of our higher mind, and a statement of truth. However, when we attempt to understand the universe through limited perspective, our thinking suffers. We become convinced the world we see through the darkened lens of human perception is the truth.

The Bible tells us, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)  We cannot possibly experience our own Christ mind if we don’t practice the same kind of thinking demonstrated by Jesus and other awakened masters. Spiritual thinking requires a constant and persistent affirmation of the truth, an energetic expression of positive energy from your mind into your world. Much like Unity’s definition of prayer as creative thinking, we are, as Charles Fillmore would say, stepping up our mental activity until it becomes synchronized with the Christ mind.” It is what I like to call our higher mind.

The key to letting this mind be in you is realizing that it is already in you. In A Course in Miracles this is referred to as our “real” thoughts. It says, “My real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them.” It asks us to go past all the unreal thoughts that cover the truth in our mind and reach to the eternal.

Wow, I can use my mind to reach to the eternal! This is one of the most powerful messages I can learn. This teaching points to the unlimited power and scope of my own mind when it is synchronized with the Christ mind. Of course, this is a totally different kind of thinking and a different kind of thought. To think with the mind of God has been a fundamental quest of mystics and masters throughout time, yet this quest can be undertaken by anyone at any time. We all carry this mind with us within our own consciousness. We are all infinite spiritual beings, unlimited in every way, with all power given each of us in heaven and earth.

There can be no doubt or confusion that this is exactly what the man from Nazareth was teaching; that we all can access and demonstrate the same power he discovered for himself, that the same divine nature lives in everyone in equal amount. The only difference perhaps, between the master and the student is one of focus of the mind upon the unlimited consciousness of God within.

If you are in Unity or following any path to spiritual awakening, you have made a decision to discover your true identity and true power, you have perhaps determined to follow the guidance of a higher power or the divine intuition of your higher mind. You have opened yourself up to the ways of Spirit and now release all that no longer serves you. You are beginning to see and experience the light and extend that light to others. You are praying in an affirmative manner and claim the unlimited blessings which are already being poured out upon you.

If you are happy, joyous and free, more abundant and prosperous, healed, whole and full of hope then I am sure you are practicing the principle of The Christ Mind. I am confident that you will find your way to greater truth, and I celebrate with you as well that you are indeed letting the higher mind be the mind with which you think.

Be Blessed my friends and remember to be a blessing!

Rev. Tony