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Inborn gift

I know we have choices and can choose to entertain happy, courageous mental experiences, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like an easy thing to do, choose. The physical experience keeps nabbing, or jabbing me mentally and pulls me away from self-control.

But, there is a part of me that resonates with this verse from II Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

The term “gift,” in the Greek, means gratuity, deliverance (from danger), spiritual endowment and qualification. We “fan into flame the gift of God,” mentally. It’s a mental experience. It’s inborn, not received.

The gift isn’t a physical thing, but a power, a right, as God’s image. Self-control is ours by God’s nature of infinitely imaging forth, us.

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Cautious open mindedness

I try to be open-minded without absorbing useless information.

Why?

Because I don’t know everything. And, there is a lot of useless information available.

We human beings tread on forces of incomplete knowledge; new knowledge is being revealed each day.

The knowledge in my head is incomplete, so to speak. It’s like a mathematics student who learns the principle of addition. The student gets addition correct but isn’t yet aware of subtraction, division and so on.

Or, the knowledge about my physical body is incomplete. I learn something new each day about the body and even though the body is impressive, it’s still an incomplete, immature idea in knowledge.

So, I need to be open-minded. I need to be open to receiving the knowledge I need for each moment. I can do this with an all-knowing divine Mind, ever revealing useful ideas.

The all-knowing isn’t defined as a mind that knows all at once, all data and statistics and truths. It’s defined more so as a mind always knowing true ideas exactly when needed.

Divine Mind doesn’t know or create incomplete ideas. Therefore, the all-knowing Mind didn’t create physical bodies. Mind created all the right ideas about a body, but not the physical body in and of itself because it always includes an unknown.

We were created to embody complete, spiritual, harmonious, beautiful ideas.

This eliminates the stress that comes with trying to make an imperfect body into a perfect body. We can instead know, and act on, what the all-knowing Mind is knowing, holy, just, purposeful, humble, grateful, honest ideas.

Have you ever experienced a time when you did something unexpected and later discovered it kept you safe? The idea came from divine Mind. Those ideas are present and powerful all the time.

  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.–Isaiah 30:21, ESV

What really is connected?

Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. Until the batteries die.

But, the idea of connectivity has taken hold on consciousness. It’s logical to believe to we all are connected by something. What I do or think affects others, what they do and think affects me, and so on around the world. Most of the time.

So, in thinking about this, I’m concluding that connectivity isn’t between material particles and quantum energy, but between truths.

I think the ideas of honesty, health, holiness, and harmony are all connected.

I think the ideas of dishonesty, disease, hate, and disorder never connect. At least not for long. They seem to always self-destruct.

I watched the film, “I Am,” directed by Tom Shadyac, the other night. “I Am” is a documentary about Shadyac’s pursuit of truth. After an accident, he realized there was more to life than money and fame.

Shadyac interviews prominent thinkers, including Howard Zinn, Desmond Tutu, Lynn McTaggart, for their insights into truth. It becomes obvious to him that there is more good going on in the world, than bad.

An experiment with a bowl of yogurt demonstrated how our emotions and thoughts can influence living beings and things. They discussed the mounting data being collected to verify the power of the human consciousness.

I think the data is only a symbol of the greater reality. The consciousness of good will maintain connectivity, while the consciousness off bad, will disconnect and self-destruct.

Isaiah 55: 8-9, ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

All-knowing Mind

I was taught, or rather, I learned, that God is all-knowing. God was also defined as divine Mind. The all-knowing divine Mind.

This is not the same as those times when I get bossy and think I know everything. No, it’s much more. It’s a Mind that doesn’t get stymied by fact and fiction. In fact, divine Mind goes untouched by, by what?

To answer this question, I needed to come up with an algorithm I could work out.

With my religious background, I pulled in life experiences. I separated the divine Mind from the human mind.

The human mind is made up of human knowledge. Some brilliant facts, some good knowledge, some bad. Facts and fiction, all swirling around in the human mind.

But greater, even greater than all the human minds in the world put together is the all-knowing divine Mind. This Mind is made up of divine knowledge. All good.

Divine knowledge radiates truthfulness. Ideas of the divine Mind are those really good ideas that pop into our heads exactly when we need them, if not before.

From the Bible, in Isaiah, I’ll read, “Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Finding those oases

Spiritual power can sometimes be oases in the middle of the big desert of birth, maturity, decay, death, fear, gain, and loss.

Our life journey takes us from one oasis to another as we look for that heightened consciousness that controls the physical world with goodness, healing, and strength.

It’s a letdown when moving toward an oasis, only to find it is a mirage.

This is when we can tap into our reserves. Like the body. It starts breaking down fat when famine is the case.

My reserves can come in the form of memories. Because I don’t want to live in the past, my memories aren’t necessarily brought up often. But when I feel desolate, I can choose to remember when I felt forces of love.

As much as I’m convinced I love my children, I can apply that conviction to a God who loves me. A God who can do anything for me to make my life full of grace. I find an oasis and am revived to move on in the infinite.

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
the splendor of our God.

—Isaiah 35: 1-2

desert oasis

The resurrection

From 21st Century Science and Health:

Through experience, the disciples became more spiritual and better understood what the Teacher had taught. Jesus’ resurrection was also their resurrection. The resurrection was a critical revival, for soon their dear Master would rise again in what has since been called the ascension, when Jesus was no longer heard or seen physically. Jesus’ ascension was the reward for his faithfulness. The resurrection advances individual and collective consciousness. It moves the people’s thoughts out of spiritual dullness and blind belief into the perception of infinite possibilities.

What a contrast between our Lord’s last supper before the crucifixion, and the spiritual breakfast with his disciples after the resurrection. In the bright morning hours on the shore of the Galilean Sea, his misery was seen to have passed away. Majesty prevailed. The disciples’ grief transformed into repentance. Their arrogance was rebuked and their hearts were renewed. Convinced of their unprofitable toil in the dark, and wakened by their Teacher’s voice, they changed their methods, turned away from temporal things, and threw their net on the right side. Their new understanding of Christ, Truth, gave them a new perspective on life in divine Mind, rather than in human mind.

We commemorate, in the dawn of a new light, this spiritual meeting with Christ. We bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of Spirit’s reappearing. We commune silently with the divine Principle, Love. We celebrate Christ’s victory over death, his probation in the flesh, and his final ascension above matter (flesh).

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Every piece of the quilt is important

I met a man who quilts. Superbly.

He went into part-time retirement and got bored so he watched his wife, a quilter, and decided to give it a go himself. He’s made a dozen stunning quilts over the last 6 years.

A stone cutter by trade, he loves to challenge himself with geometric designs.

“Some of the quilts I make have more than 2,500 pieces,” he said. “The pieces are so small I can lose them.” But he finds all the pieces and completes his projects.

It reminds me of something from the Bible: Jesus said, And a “woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’”—Luke 15: 8-9

Jim Byrden shows his Twisted Ribbon triangle quilt at Franklin Train Museum cropped

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