Thursday, December 25, 2008

Cooperative Creation

· Great stuff is being invented all the time
· We are all creative – cannot put it aside
· create consciously, not by default
· move from independence to partnership w God

I sometimes wonder about the world my grandchildren and the next generation of children is going to be inheriting. What natural resources will they have, how will they live, what will be the state of world economics etc. I can easily slide into a state of anxiety about this – and I realized that that feeling is based on the assumption that nothing new is going to be discovered or invented. That is the same kind of thinking that caused Charles Duell, Director of the US Patent office in 1899 to say: “Everything that can be invented has been invented.”

And in 1927 when someone presented a new idea to Harry Warner – Warner Bros, his response was: “Who the heck wants to hear actors talk?”

Just recently I had the opportunity to be AMAZED and even excited about what is being discovered and invented - these days – right now - and it came to me in the form of this magazine: Popular Science issue Dec 2007.

Luckily God did not wait for me to pick this up at the newsstand to give me the good news. I was travelling with my 23 year old son and he bought this magazine and he read to me while I drove.

· An earpiece that detects movement in the mouth that can direct wheelchair movement with 90% accuracy
· Solar sheets – not panels that flexible, then as a coat of paint and as cheap as a newspaper
· A microwave machine that turns plastic and rubber back into oil

And he also read to me about the latest car paint and engines and diving watches and stuff.

Everything that can be invented has NOT been invented. It didn’t stop in 1899 why would it stop now?

Creative imaginative people are working on their ideas right now – in all areas of life: medicine, the environment, resources, communication.

Do you consider yourself a creative person?

We may think – creativity is for some – but I was just not born with that gift. I am not really a creative person. We can appreciate the results of the creativity of others – incredible art work, music, sewing, knitting, weaving, architecture, and have lots of admiration for people who are so creative.

Every year we do Ukrainian Easter eggs with our family and friends. We all gather around the table with the pots of various dyes and a bowl of white eggs.

One friend of the family has a predictable approach. Before she even begins, my she spends a few minutes, looking at each egg, looking at the shapes and sizes until she finds one that she wants. Then she sits quietly looking at the egg and I can see that she is in the process of imaging what she is going to create.

Her results are beautiful, imaginative, colourful and it takes her hours to do one egg.

Now me - I grab an egg and start applying the wax, dipping it into the different colours and the results are…………OK. I have fun but I am more enjoying the fellowship around the able. But there is MY thought - I am just not that creative.

Now if we want to watch creativity in action – just watch small children with finger-paint. They don’t have any hesitation, they do not stop to think – I hope I do a good job.

They cover paper after paper. And we put them on our fridges and praise them. We make more - and somewhere along the line we lose that confidence. Perhaps we had experiences with paper and crayons and creating something that either did not look the way we wanted, or that others made fun of, or we were not happy about. And we decided – I can’t do this and we set our creativity aside.

The truth is, creativity is not something we can put aside. Its not like saying – I am not a good driver, so I am going to take the bus, or I am not very good at baking, so I am going to buy goodies at the bakery.

We cannot give up or put aside our creativity, because the fact is - we are ALL creative beings. We are all creating all the time. Every moment of the day.

At a deep level, it is impossible not to lead a spiritual life. You and I are as deeply engaged in making the world as a saint. You can’t be fired from the job of creating a world. And you can’t resign even when you refuse to show up. The universe is creating through you at this very moment. Chopra p. 101

And the scary part is = that most of the time we are unaware that we are doing this. SO our creations are unconscious, haphazard and with mixed results.

Right now, at this moment and each day, we are living the results of our creations. Because we create not only with our hands and bodies – we create with our minds, with our thoughts. Our thoughts have power beyond our imagination. The power of our thought cannot be overestimated. It is through our thoughts that we create the experience of our world. The power of thought linked with the power of the word is a mighty tool to change our experience of the world and to demonstrate what we want. We affect our environment all the time with our thoughts and consequently our actions.

So wouldn’t it be a good thing to recognize that we are creating all the time and to be more conscious of what we are doing, certainly be more careful with the power that we wield every moment of the day.

We have the power – let’s use it consciously and constructively, not absent mindedly or carelessly.

There is no limit of what a human being can think about and bring into reality. Everything has not been invented or thought of yet. There is no limit because our minds are linked with Infinite Mind. Yes, infinite!

God Mind is Infinite and we are One with that Mind. When we say Divine Mind – it is Head and Heart, not intellect only. Divine Mind encompasses all our wisdom which includes our heart wisdom.

Why don’t we use our Divine Mind in a conscious way? Why aren’t we engaging Divine Mind every time we begin a new endeavour?

There is a very common phrase that 2 year olds use and I think sometimes we still carry it along into adulthood: “me do it”

Sometimes we hold on to that independent stance throughout our entire lives – I can do it – I don’t need any help. We have so many sayings: if I don’t do it – no one else will. IF I want it done right – I need to do it myself.

we take pride in our independence and own resources.
And because we are strong, resourceful and determined – we can go a long time operating on our own humans resources. – and be quite successful in many areas.

PAUSE And then comes the time when we get stuck. We run out of energy, we run out of ideas. And we tell ourselves – just work harder, just do it longer, just keep pushing.

You’ve heard the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

And sometimes that gets so painful that we finally stop – we are brought to our knees. And for some of us – that is the first time we think – perhaps there is a higher power that can help me through this. Maybe I do need help. Maybe I can’t do this by myself.

So we have these 2 ways of moving forward in life:
1. we get an idea, we go for it, we push til we are exhausted and discouraged and then we ask for help.

OR – how about this approach. Spend time in the Silence, get an idea, align ourselves with Spirit and then we move forward in partnership with Divine Mind.

What happens when we connect ourselves with God’s energy and infinite possibility? We transcend limitations, people, and current possibilities.

We live inspired lives. Wayne Dyer says:
By deciding to live an inspired life, I’m choosing to be in balance with a Creative Force that responds to my thoughts. I know that thoughts are energy and that those thoughts, harmonizing with Spirit, will align to activate the creation process. P.248

So let’s activate that creation process in alignment with Spirit – in partnership with Divine Mind – co-creating with Infinite Possibility.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Consecration to the Highest

As we continue in the book Secret of Being Great we come to a chapter on Consecration.

Wattles talks about dedicating ourselves to the highest and best that we can imagine. To make a commitment to living a life that is fulfilling and wholesome, that brings out the best in ourselves AND uplifts those around us.

And so why don’t we do that? Sounds good to me…..

“By going back to your own center you can always find the pure idea of right. To be great and have power it is only necessary to dedicate your life to the pure ideas as you find them in the GREAT WITHIN” And then he goes on to say: “There are many ideas you have outgrown, and which, from force of habit, you still permit to dictate the actions of your life.” P 212

Uhmmm - that line really caught my attention and in the Wednesday class we looked at that really deeply. What are the ideas in my life, that through habit, I allow to continue to dictate my actions? And why don’t I change them? That is really the big question. What keeps us from doing things differently? From leaving behind old ideas? From stepping out into a new way? Often we see that change is necessary, but we don’t take the steps to bring about that change. What keeps us there? On reflection the only thing I come up with is: fear. Fear of the unknown.

we are afraid. Living life differently means releasing something that we are doing or have now. Living life differently means letting go of something so that we can reach out for something else.

And our minds get in there and start asking the questions that paralyze us: You don’t have the fill-in-the-blank to do that. you’ve never done that before. You’ve always fill-in-the-blank. How will you live if you let go of fill-in-the-blank. Let this go when you don’t know what will take its place? are you crazy?

It would be jumping into a boat and starting to row out to sea - with no idea where we are going, how long it going to take, and how far the shore is, what it will look like when we get there.

Anyone been there besides me?

We stay…. in the habit of our old ways……not always comfortable, but definitely familiar!

What is the answer - how do we move forward when it seems scary and there is no shore in sight?

I love to read about other people’s experiences - because….they inspire me AND I get to see I am not the first one to face this dilemma.

There is a story in the Bible that reflects this human situation perfectly and it is the story of Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery and into the Promised Land.

Now I know that 15 years ago if I was sitting where you are sitting right now, I would be thinking - oh no - please, not the Bible! Old stories, weird languaging, irrelevant. Lucky for me - although I did not consider myself lucky at the time, my Unity teachers made me study and read the Bible…and so I did.

And the one thing that turned Bible study around for me was the use of metaphysical interpretation. Metaphysics - meta - deeper, beyond, physics - the physical or material world. We are looking for what lies behind the words, the events, the characters.

For instance when we see a child - what do we think of……, innocence, trust, vulnerability. When we think of a fortress what comes to mind? Strong, old, defensive, protected. When studying bible stories and we come to a child in the story - we know it is not just the child speaking - it is the voice of innocence, wonder, trust. When we come across a fortress in a Bible story we know we are not just reading about a building, we are looking at a symbol of strength, defense, and protection.

When we read the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho - we are not reading a story of a general who lived 3000 years ago who conquered a fortress. We are hearing OUR story - of us when we approach those hardened and sealed off places in our hearts……

So how about desert - what might desert represent? Harsh, unknown, lacking in sustenance - see you are all doing metaphysical interpretation already!

So we have the story of Moses - or a small part of the Moses story to look at today and see how that relates to the position we are in or have been in many times in our lives - especially as we contemplate change.

The Hebrew people have been living for about 400 years in slavery to the Egyptians. Many generations of slavery. We do this too. We live with old ideas, with restrictions, chained to an old way of life. As Wattles says: old habits that dictate our actions. Please do not look at these habits as right or wrong its what worked for us at one time, begins to shackle us and keep us from living a full and happy life.

Moses - out in the desert - is attracted to a burning bush and hears the voice of God tell him to go to Egypt and bring the Hebrew people out of slavery and into the Promised Land. And what does Moses say - I don’t think so. Then there is some ‘discussion’ with God - have you ever done that? Heard a higher voice urging you to do something and you have - right at your fingertips - all the reasons why it can’t be done and you are not the person to do this……….God surely must be mistaken. This voice of divine wisdom we hear must be incorrect. Well that is the kind of conversation Moses had with God, and in the end he listened and went to Egypt - he got the people out of slavery and then they wandered in the desert for 40 years.

And this is where we come to the part of the unknowing - of the fear - of the unknown. 40 years of wandering in the desert, not living safely in their familiar homes and not yet in the Promised Land.

Reflect for a moment if there has been a time in your life when you were in a state like this…………..a place where we have left what is not working for us and we cannot see where we are going or how we will survive… It actually has a name…we call it a desert experience or a wilderness experience.

And we begin to question - why did I do this? The Hebrews question Moses: what are we going to eat? How will we find water? They even said - it would be better to be a slave to the Egyptians than to die in the desert.

In our own human story and experience, remember this: once we have made a choice - there is always a part of us that will look back - that will start to even whine a bit - you know things weren’t THAT bad. This is a natural part of this wilderness experience.

And several things happen while the People are wandering the desert with their leader Moses. They begin to trust God for their sustenance - for their daily bread. They begin to trust Moses - their leader. They learn to listen for divine guidance and follow it. They DO survive and as a matter of fact - they even begin to thrive. Slowly a transformation takes place. it happened in the story and it happens in us. One of the profound results of this time in the desert is that for the first time the Hebrews look upon themselves as a People - as a Tribe. All the parts come together and Wholeness is experienced for the first time.

And this is exactly what can happen to us, when we enter into a wilderness experience.

This story has helped me get through some tough times - helped me - not to just survive, but to thrive. I share it with you for several reasons:
we all get stuck
we all get afraid
when we leave the known and enter the unknown, we all question ourselves

That is our human experience. That’s the “physical” part.

And looking at this story metaphysically shows us that
The wilderness experience is part of our spiritual growth
That it is possible to move from surviving to thriving
We can come to know and rely on Divine Power, God
That there is a Promised Land - our new life

Wattles gives us some words of dedication - Let’s use these in our closing in prayer:
“I surrender my body to be ruled by my mind, I surrender my mind to be governed by my soul, and I surrender my soul to the guidance of God”. P.213

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Our Thoughts are Prayers

What’s good? What’s bad? Its all how we look at it isn’t it? Its all how we choose to look at things.
This is something that we are looking at in these past and next few weeks. How do we use this powerful thing we call our mind? Do we use it to panic or to pray? To focus on what is not working, or on what is?

What we pay attention to – expands.

Stop your mind sometime and look at where your thoughts have been. Its scary sometimes. Since working more consciously with the Law of Attraction I have thought to myself – now there was a whole lot of time spend focusing on something I do NOT want more of.

Our minds are so incredible – imaginative and creative. They are active – really going all the time aren’t they? Perhaps stopping for mediation and or sleep is gthe only time they are still.

We are surrounded by information – input all the time. Whether it is listening to the radio or TV, overhearing a conversation on the bus, talking to your friend on the phone…….all this information coming towards us.

Ask yourself – what is my selection process for deciding what comes in and what doesn’t? Do you have one? Or do you let everything you are exposed to and surrounded by – just come in? I like to envision my mind as a home. If I leave all the doors and windows open, everything comes in without screening. If I don’t choose, everything stays in – and that’s when all hell breaks loose. My positive hopeful ideas and running into my discouraging helpless thoughts. So much friction. so much tension. a little war zone – all in here.

When all this quarrelling is going on – I have leaned to stop myself and reflect – am I trying to hold opposing beliefs in the same household? Am I trying to be loving and angry at the same time? Appreciative and defensive? No wonder there is all this …craziness.

The good news is – we get to choose! It is our household! It is our mind! no one else is going to come in and do the housecleaning! only we can do it. And we might want ot look at doing that routinely.

Now the other thing I have learned about this mental housecleaning is that – slowly does it. Running around sweeping and brooming makes a lot of dust and mess.

So as you are looking into your interior household – see what needs to be shown the door and gently escort it out. There is no need for pushing and fighting. You let it in – you can let it out. without condemnation, without judgment, with patience and kindness – just show it the door.

This is not thought control – that implies work and resistance. It is simply guiding or allowing these thoughts to pass out of our field of attention.

“And when you see those things that you are not wanting in your experience, do not talk about them, do not write about them, do not push against them." Esther Hicks – Abraham

“Remove your attention from the things that you do not want while you give your undivided attention to the things you do want.”

So often we are focusing or thinking about the things we do not want…..

The more energy we focus on something the bigger it becomes. Our attention ADDS power to it, not lessens it. Have you ever tried to untangle a knotted show lace and the harder you wrestle with it the worse it gets?

So we have a choice. What do we want to focus on – poverty? disaster? world peace? joy?

So how do we take what we hear or read about it live with it. Because we are surrounded by “bad news”. I am not saying – don’t read the papers, don’t know what is going on in the world.

Yes we need to be informed – but do we need to watch the same newclip over and over again – of suffering and disaster. of violence and people hurting each other.

Yes I understand that there is war in this world. And I even know where it is happening. How do I want to feel when I direct my attention there? Hopeless, angry?

The word is focus - how do we use our thoughts and feelings?

This is where Unity I think has a great gift ot offer – a new way to focus our attention. This is how Unity affirmative prayer works. We focus our loving attention on the situation. We see the Light and Love of God expanding in that situation. In every situation we know that God is there – our First Principle.

Every week our Prayer Team receives your prayer requests. The Prayer Team does not focus on the problems, the illness, the lack. It hold the person in the Light – seeing God and all that God is – surrounding the situation.

Let’s try that – right now…………….bring something to your mind that has been worrying you. Something that when you think of it – your heart dips, the energy goes down.

When you become practiced in this – you can do it any time – all the time.

Its shifting our inner attention away from one thing to another -
You know what this is called? repentance.

re-thinking. We have this power – no one else does. No one can make us – only we – each one of us can do that for ourselves.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Oneness of All Life

In the cycle of events at Unity Church of Victoria every fall we offer you the opportunity to make a commitment to your spiritual growth and we do that in the form of membership. And I know that before we become a member of anything – whether it is a political party or a health club – we want to know what it stands for. What are its guiding principles, what are its core values.

So each Sunday this month we are exploring and articulating the Guiding Principles of our Unity world wide organization.

This week are looking at this one: We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. We act from a place of wholeness and a spirit of unity.

We may be considering becoming a member of this spiritual community but the truth is – we already a part of a spiritual community and that is the community of all life on this planet. we are already interacting with and in contact with each other. We are already in relationship with each other.

There was that movie years ago called “Six Degrees of Separation” and it was based on this fact. That we all know so many people and they all know so many people – that’s Two Degrees, and all those people know others – that 3 Degrees and so on – and by 6 Degrees we all have a relationship with each other.

I remember one time I was traveling down to California and I stopped in a hotel outside of San Francisco. I was using the pool and the hot tub and as I was sitting in the hot tub talking to a couple we exchanged where we were from. They said they were from Rochester New York – which is pretty amazing because that is where I was raised. When we started narrowing down which part of town they lived – we had a shock. This couple – sitting in a hot tub with me in San Francisco – had bought the house that we had sold when we moved in 1967.

What I really believe is that this is going on all around us all the time. I was on a boat with my boyfriend on Lake Victoria in Kenya and as we were coming off the boat – someone called him and it was his kindergarten teacher from Illinois.

Its happening all the time all around us and we are just not aware. We really are part of one human family.

And the more we recognize that and aware of that – the more harmony there will be on this planet.

There is no ‘them’ and ‘us’. And that kind of separation thinking is what people use to justify acts against other human beings. We all impact each other. Who we vote for, where we shop, how we invest, how we use our earthly resources - all affects everything – for there really is no separation.

GANDHI QUOTE “I believe in the essential unity of all people and for that matter, for all lives. Therefore I believe that if one person gains spiritually the whole world gains, and if one person falls, the whole world falls to that extent. I do not help others without at the same time helping myself.”

There is no separation.

Now don’t know everyone on the planet directly – we probably will only meet a very small percentage of people on the planet – so where is the connection? In Spirit.

we are all divine Beings

Remember, that we, as expressions of God, have a divine nature. All of us. No exceptions. I know if you are like me, at times, we look at the way someone has spoken or acted and thought: that is God in expression? Doesn’t look like God, doesn’t sound like God. Must be an exception. No. No exceptions.

We all have the same qualities of God - as a child of God, we inherit them. Qualities such as: peace, love, strength, kindness, wisdom, faith……..We might think - well some people have more than others. No. God does not play favorites. There is absolutely no difference, no more or less peace in you than in me. Or more wisdom in me than in you. This is the great thing about God as Principle. As children of God we all inherit all that God is - right now, we already have it all. And so does everyone else. And we all use it differently.

see the divinity in others
¨ powerful
¨ life transforming
¨ sometimes hard!

So then what would make a divine being speak and act angrily or meanly? We can probably all think of someone that is really prickly or difficult. Someone who we see on have to interact with – that is such a jerk sometimes.

We are going to this picture of wholeness in potential. In potential mans that it is there – ready ot spring into action when called upon.

Have you ever asked yourself - What makes them act less than a true expression of God? Have you ever reflected on your own behaviour and asked yourself the same question – why did I just act like that – or say that? anybody have that experience?

All kinds of things - human things like fear, distrust, worry, anger, loneliness …….

What about seeing past the behavior and looking into the eyes of a divine being. That’s what NAMASTE is.

Remember the Core Value: We believe that all people are created with sacred worth.

This does not mean we are doormats. This does not mean that we allow people to misuse or abuse us. We take care of ourselves - we respect ourselves and remove ourselves from harmful situations. That’s on the physical level.

Sometimes we cannot have a relationship with someone on the physical level. Perhaps they are not in the same city as us, sometimes we cannot be in the same place as them – how then can we relate? On a spiritual level.

Beholding the Christ in an individual is one of the most powerful, life-transforming things you can do for yourself and for another.

For instance: Have you ever looked into a window of a car and seen your own reflection? And then if you keep looking you can actually see things on the inside of the car. You are looking at the same thing - you have not shifted your eyes, you have just looked differently. You have looked with eyes that are open to seeing all that there is, no just what is right in front of us, or what is most obvious.

When we were at Unity Village we learned a very simple 4 line song. It goes like this: You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, You are a part of me, You are the face of God.

You are the face of God,
I hold you in my heart,
You are a part of me,
You are the face of God.

When Charles and Myrtle Fillmore started their spiritual practice they were adamant that it would be realistic and practical. For a long time the Unity movement was called the School of Practical Christianity. Because they knew that learning something new, being open to insights and divine wisdom was only part of the story.

What is equally important is how do we practice it? How do we bring it out into real life situations? How do we take it from our minds to our world?

Our 5th Unity Principle says: Take the Truth you know and live it. Make a positive difference in the world!

And sometimes that can seem like a daunting task. We can look into the world and see so much that could be better or different. Where do we start?

LEO TOLSTOY “I now understand that my welfare is only possible if I acknowledge my unity with all the people of the world with no exception.”

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Divine Appointments or Coincidence

1. Simultaneous happenings – shift in consciousness – its out there – ready to be discovered – once our minds have developed to the place where we can believe it/see it then it happens
2. we see it as a miracle or synchronicity because we do not can not see the whole picture - miracles are the natural outworking of Spirit
3. we are part of this fabric – One-ness
4. what we do and think and say affects the One
5. Jesus did miracles and so can we

How is it that at the same time that Darwin was writing his ideas about his travels that a man 1000 of miles away had an intuitive thought and came to the same conclusion?

How is it that after decades of declaring it was impossible for a human being to run a mile in a minute, that six weeks after Jim Bannister did it, an Australian did the same thing?

How could it be that a man in Paris, France, and another one in Ohio, made nearly simultaneous, yet independent discoveries of the same process of refining aluminum?

is it a coincidence?

Synchronous events happen. We have probably all experienced receiving a phone call from someone we were just thinking about. Or needing to find some information about a topic and there is an article in the paper the next day. Simple things like this. One just happened to me yesterday – a friend brought me a 50 year old Unity pamphlet on a topic I am teaching soon.

Is it just a coincidence? I went on the internet and researched “simultaneous events” and found there are 1.8 million sites that address or mention this.

If we try to calculate the odds of these events – for instance, someone finding a long lost article and giving it to me just as I am teaching a class – you will find numbers like millions against one. More like – it is impossible.

Yet this does happen and not just occasionally. How many people here have experienced an unexplained coincidence? So that is ??? 50%. Fifty percent of the people in this room have had a virtually impossible event happen to them!

What is the explanation for something to happen that against all odds is virtually impossible?

There is something greater at work than we can see or calculate.

These mysterious events, we commonly call coincidences, are more powerful and meaningful to our lives then we realize. They are testimonies of a universal spirit that is operating and communicating with all its creatures, anywhere, anytime and often simultaneously.

I believe all of creation is more keenly linked and tied together than we can imagine.

People have described it in many ways – a thing that is difficult to put into words that we are linked together in ways we can hardly imagine– so listen to these …

Hippocrates, c. 460–c.370 BCE Hippocrates is considered the father of medicine.
"There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy. The whole organism and each one of its parts are working in conjunction for the same purpose.” And he is not talking about a human body – he is talking about life.

Deepak Chopra: ... I believe that all coincidences are messages from the unmanifest – they are like angels without wings, so to speak. At synchronous moments, you get a peek at just how connected your life is, how completely it is woven into the infinite tapestry of existence.

None of these mention God, mention a divine power at work – just simple observation of their surroundings and the activities within. To these people – their conclusions are not based on faith or trust – but on their observations of the world around them. Not based on the invisible world – but the visible physical world. These are scientists who have made this observation.

there is an interwoven delicate connection that we are all a part of. That is at work around us all the time and We just are not paying attention.

We are all contributors and recipients of the One-ness of experience.

Our Mission statement says – we express universal principles of love, truth and one-ness as a way of life.

One-ness as a way of life.

Sometimes when coincidences are brought to our attention we call them miracles.

One Saturday night I was driving up to Courtenay to do their Sunday service in the morning. It was about 10 pm – raining and dark. I arrived safely – did the service in the morning – and headed back down to Victoria in the afternoon. For those of you who travel this super highway you know that there is a spot north of Nanaimo where all the traffic slows to 50 km. At this point my car jerked abruptly to the side, there was a place to pull over – and just then my tire totally disintegrated.

I was near help – and was back on the road within an hour. safe and sound.

Why didn’t it happen at 10 pm when I was going 100 km on a lonely stretch of highway far from home?

A coincidence? We could call it a miracle. Unexplained – but only to us.

We can’t possibly see the whole picture of all people and events interconnecting and interacting with each other. We see only a small part and so we call it a miracle.

Miracles only look that way because they seem so out of the ordinary.

Is it possible that we are surrounded by extraordinary events all the time and we just have not recognized them.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, says that miracles are the natural outworking of Spirit. That miracles can be an every day experience.

Where do we see many stories of miracles? In the Bible.

You know in the Bible there are many many stories of miracles – parting the Red Sea, healing leprosy, resurrection - about 65 in the Old Testament and Jesus has about 60 to his name – feeding the 5 thousand, raising the dead, healing the lame and blind.

I believe Jesus was paying attention to the One-ness of life. That he was in the flow – using it and working with it.

He not only recognized that there was a divine flow or One-ness of life – he also recognized that he was part of it. Just as we are.

Is it possible that we too can be an instrument of a miracle? Absolutely and probably all the time.

everything we do and say and think has an affect on this pulse – this breath – this fabric. Something we do today could create a “miracle’ in someone else’s life tomorrow.

And we would never know it and they would never know our part in it.

Is it possible that we are all miracle-workers?

But you know there is a very powerful sentence that Jesus speaks near the end of his life – quoted in John 14. He says “you will also do the works that I do, and in fact will do greater works than these.”

If we are all connected by this web, this One-ness, then this is possible.

The One-ness of all life is the miracle. Let’s wake up to that – pay attention – and work everyday miracles in our lives and others.