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Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Speak To Me, Holy Spirit

Reprinted from Atom-Smashing Power of Mind

We may take it for granted on the basis of many Scripture passages that all of us who accept God as an associate in life are consciously in intimate contact with the Holy Spirit. However it will strengthen our faith and greatly add to the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit in its work with us if we understand its character and the law under which it cooperates with us in the development of mind, body, and affairs.

God, Is That You Calling?

God, Is That You Calling?

Reprinted  from the March 1997 issue of Unity Magazine®.

Imagine your spouse walks into the kitchen one day and says: "Honey, I'm going to the lumber store. God told me to build an ark."

Imagine the day Zipporah was cooking over the campfire, and her husband Moses ambled in from the wilderness. "Listen, I was out with the sheep today when I saw this burning bush," he begins, "So pack up the kids. We're heading to Egypt so I can lead the Hebrews out of slavery."

Sure, Moses! Get washed up for supper.

Creative Risk Taking

Creative Risk Taking

Have you ever noticed how at times you want to feel secure and settled, but at other times you long for a great adventure? From time to time even the most conservative of us have that restless feeling of the unknown calling us, enticing us with the possibility of having a great adventure.

Adventure has to do with uncertain outcomes. And inherent in any adventure is a risk. And, of course, the perceived risk involved is what keeps many of us from embarking on an adventure. Security can pull on us so heavily that, although we may think about the adventure, sometimes even long for it, we do not take the risk.

Calling It Good!

Excerpted from the past Unity Magazine® column "Metaphysically Speaking."

One person's junk is another person's treasure. Anyone who has ever been to a garage sale or flea market knows that. My wife Chris likes to have garage sales. We never sell everything, so I guess it's also true sometimes that one person's junk is just ... junk!

Almost everybody thinks they know what good is and what is good. One thing I learned from studying philosophy is that almost everybody is mistaken on this point. There are a lot of opinions and beliefs about what is good, but no definitive proof that is persuasive to everyone.

The Little-Used Power of Praise

The Little-Used Power of Praise

Native Americans daily recognized and kept closely attuned throughout the day with the Unseen, the Eternal. Ohiyesa, the Santee Dakota physician and author once said that in the life of the Indian there was only one inevitable duty—the duty of prayer.

In describing the manner in which his people worshiped, Ohiyesa told how each morning the Indian would bathe in a stream and, after getting out of the water, would face the sun to offer unspoken praise.

Journey to the Heart of God

Journey to the Heart of God

I sat in prayer this morning at the bedside of a precious, kind, loving woman, who was sleeping soundly on the first morning after surgery for cervical cancer. She is a student of metaphysics; a woman who studies, prays, and meditates daily and who has been an active Unity member for a number of years.

She was struck with terror two weeks previously when, without any prior indication as to her physical diagnosis, her primary care physician had sent her to another doctor, who proposed several possible dates for surgery. Dumbfounded and puzzled, she asked, "Why in heaven's name do I need surgery?"

The doctor replied, "Didn't your primary care physician tell you why you were coming to see me?"

Choose the Path to Forgiveness

Choose the Path of Forgiveness

As we look at our complex and conflicted world, we might agree that the one most needed ingredient to bring forth universal peace and harmony is the attribute of forgiveness.

When we study the history of civilizations, we see that there are old resentments, old hatreds, old injustices, which continually stir the fires of revenge simmering somewhere in the human psyche.

There are religious feuds, ethnic feuds, family feuds—feuds that continue from generation to generation. The memories of past injustices roll down through the ages, and few people seem willing to forgive or forget.

So to heal our world, we human beings must learn the art of forgiveness. And the healing process must begin with us.

God's Love Made Visible

God's Love Made Visible

Mother Teresa once referred to herself as a pencil in the hand of a writing God. I've always liked that image, because it seems to capture so well the idea of God's love expressing itself. We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God who is sending love letters to the world.

I was reminded of this recently when I heard that teachers at a local high school were collecting funds to purchase glasses for a student who couldn't see well enough to read the texts. I remembered it when a friend told me that a local church was looking for volunteers to work in an inner-city soup kitchen. Kindness is God's love in expression.

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