I was sitting at breakfast with my mother and my wife in a quaint bed-and-breakfast in Wales in the late 1970s when the words “The Beholder” came strongly into my mind. At first I got the idea of God being The Beholder as God seeing everything with a cosmic perspective. Almost immediately I became aware that I, too, was The Beholder. There was something within me that saw clearly and dispassionately, yet with great love. This something was not my ego or my human perception but rather a witness to myself and to the world. This witness beheld everything with a tender embrace.
For thousands of years, humanity has believed prayer is something we do, but this is not true. If prayer is an experience of God's presence and it comes through grace, prayer is what God does. We practice; God perfects. We wait, God lifts.
While we wait, we learn humility, compassion, nonresistance, patience, acceptance, and self-love. These are the qualities we value most in other people and in the world. We may strive to live this way and express these qualities, but we fail. We fail because these qualities cannot live in the world until they live in us.
Unity minister Michael Maday tells the story of a Zen master who said to his large monastery one day that he had a number of tasks to complete. Said the monk, “I have so much to do, I’ll have to meditate an extra half-hour today.”
The moral of the story is that the busier we are, the more we need to “center” in our true nature. When we are centered, we are at our most effective. We gravitate to this center through meditation, which stills the mind, enlivens the body, and opens the heart.
Christianity has been exclusive and sectarian, but if Jesus' concept of the Divinity of Man could be clearly understood and widely disseminated, His teaching would sweep the world and create a great spiritual revolution. He taught, "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). Man hungers for freedom from want, from sickness, from oppression, and most of all from his own fears. The religion about Jesus has failed to open the way to this freedom. However, in the simple but dynamic teachings of Jesus, we have a message that is universal and practical. It contains the keys to the kingdom of health and prosperity and peace and freedom. …
Few words in Christian theology are used more or understood less than the word grace. Often heard are such phrases as God's grace and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. What does the word mean? How does it work in our lives? In theology the word is surrounded by an air of mystery. Actually it is a very simple explanation of the natural flow of the creative process in the individual.
A spiritual approach to living does not make you immune to stress. However, choosing to practice spiritual awareness can shorten the time in which you experience seeming moments of pressure or tension. As author Thomas Moore powerfully reminds us, “It is by submerging yourself into the experiences of life, work, marriage and family that you truly engage in spiritual practice.”
The key word is practice. Spiritual practice is a repetitive, habitual expression you consciously engage in every day. Furthermore, there isn’t a right or wrong way of “practicing”; your soul will guide you into experiences that are in alignment with your need to grow and evolve.
The most important way to discipline the mind, and thus connect with Truth, is to spend regular time in prayer and meditation. Charles and Myrtle Fillmore knew firsthand what a tremendous difference prayer can make in life. If we all applied ourselves to prayer, we could free ourselves of the ills of humanity.
“Prayer is man's steady effort to know God,” said Charles. “There is an intimate connecting spirit that logically unites man and his source.”
One of the most important aspects of the study of Truth is training the eyes to see properly. Since infancy we have been using our eyes in progressive degrees of perceptiveness. However, a person is never really mature until he or she understands the basic process of visualization. We have been conditioned to believe that life is lived from outside-in. We see things "out there," and we react with attitudes and feelings about them. Without question, what we see is as it is. Seeing is believing! This may give rise to defeatist comments, such as, "What are you going to do? It's just the way things are!"
Vibration is everywhere, at the root of all things. Even the "simple" act of voice communication is really not so simple. Thought vibrations in one person lead to vibrating vocal cords sending forth sound waves that vibrate another's ear drums; then the vibrations are decoded into some kind of awareness leading to thought vibrations in the other person. ...
Squeeze out all the space of your body and you will have the bulk of a speck of dust. And yet, when those particles are singing their songs of life, you have a body that breathes and walks and talks and dances. You are a vibration.
... We can never understand Truth or life until we give up, once and for all, the idea of favoritism in the universe, and until we stop praying to be forgiven before we have changed our own attitudes. God plays no favorites. If you have your finger in a socket and are being shocked, you can pray all you want but nothing will happen until you remove your finger.