Unity of Monroe
The Courage to Imagine: I Am Healthy
August 5, 2018
A woman walks up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch and says, "I couldn't help noticing how happy you look. What's your secret for a long happy life?" The little old man replies, "I smoke three packs of cigarettes a day, drink a case of whiskey a week, eat fatty foods, and never exercise." The woman says back, "That's amazing and if you don’t mind me asking, how old are you?" He looks at her and replies, “26.” Well, we know that such a diet might not be the best for us and our health and well being, that’s for sure. It’s the first Sunday of August as we continue our once-a-month theme series The Courage to Imagine. This has been a series of Sunday lessons that knows and affirms: I Express The Courage to Imagine. Courage being defined as that which comes from the heart and it takes great heart to image the kind of life and health we wish to have especially in the face of an illness of any kind. As we affirm or firm up our own thoughts about health, what kind of images do we perceive? We always pray that we are crafting images that are beholden to our highest and best about how we feel, see and behold ourselves in Oneness with God-Life. Yet there are times when we behold what might be called graven images that are unhealthy and non-supportive. When we think of graven images we might remember the 2nd of the 10 Commandments, “You shall not make yourself a graven image.” On the surface it may have referred to how the people of the Exodus worshiped idols and such but to the modern metaphysician this is a vital insight because the word graven means “carved” and there may be some things we “carve” out in our consciousness about ourselves. What kind of carved image have we cut out for ourselves when it comes to imagine who we are and the wonder and awe of how our body/mind/soul connects and is integrated?
Today we boldly state, The Courage to Imagine: I Am Healthy. So let’s stop right where we are as we take a moment to affirm I Am Healthy. Now what came up for you as you spoke those words? Do you believe it, feel it? There have been times when I’ve said such things and the next thought or word that came out of me was, Yeah, right! Immediately the power within that intention was blocked as if I was trying to shoot a basketball and someone stuffed it back in my face. Rejected! In effect then, I made a graven image of my lack of belief or understanding of my body/mind connection. A few years back Carol taught the Eric Butterworth book originally titled Metamorality but since retitled Breaking the 10 Commandments, a more provocative title that would certainly rile up more than a few who choose to think it’s about not honoring those edicts rather than see it as breaking open or breaking through to the divine insight. According to Butterworth, the spiritual breakthrough is that, “No matter where you are in consciousness, or how poor your evaluation of yourself, you do not need a new self-image. What you need is to let go of the graven image of yourself that you have carved into the fabric of your subconscious mind, and to know and release your own divine image.” Our work then is to not get a new self-image but to release our true God-image. The God image of wholeness, peacefulness and all the spiritual qualities imaged as us in Spirit. To let God be God in us as God unfolds within us.
We allow God to be God in us in each moment and in helpful, peaceful moments of quiet, of prayer and contemplation. First and foremost we rethink how we view our prayers/thoughts in that they are a consciousness-raising tool. Our first concern, when we pray or think about our health, is not to heal our body, but to heal our attitude toward our body and toward any condition in our life prompting stress or limitation. In other words, what graven image do I believe about my body and mind and am I ready to release it and let it go? To affirm I Am Healthy, perhaps we need to release our graven image of how we think health looks and feels or think we have to do it all to one where we allow that flow of health and wholeness to work through us. To let God be God in us.
Maybe then we need a new definition of what it means to be healthy. Dr. Gerry Jampolsky, author and founder of the Center for Attitudinal Healing, who I had the honor of hosting for several events out at Unity Village and in Kansas City, stated that he sees health as inner peace and healing as letting go of fear. Dr. Jampolsky teaches that the number one principle he teaches in Attitudinal Healing is that the very essence of our being is love. While working primarily with children, they work in support groups with all ages for those who want to incorporate attitudinal healing principles into their life. Jamplosky tells a story of love and support surrounding one young boy who had been hit by a truck while riding his bike suffering severe brain damage and in a coma. His parents decided the best care for him was home care with the family instead of putting him in long-term care. After gaining consciousness he went home, then came to the Attitudinal Healing Center where, in a support group of other teens, it took him more than ten minutes just to speak his name and tell a simple joke. But everyone in the support group listened with love and non-judgment as Jampolsky stated, “Those children at the center are our teachers because they demonstrated that love is really listening.” They had the courage, the heart, to listen with love. Several years since that accident has passed the young man now drives, ski’s cross-country and holds down a full time job while giving back to others who have gone through the same trauma as he had. We too can experience that light of love when it comes to loving who we are and our way toward peace of mind. Yes, even in the midst of the pain of illness we can listen with a heart wisdom of love.
So here then are some keys thoughts on what might be called Attitudinal Healing. It is about the idea of Health as we think and pray as an elevation of our consciousness and not just effects:
1. My Desire for Health: That which is desire is that which is already desiring me for the word De-Sire means “of the heavens” or “of God.” It is the gift of wholeness that Spirit is always breaking through to us in the form of a desire for health. Myrtle Fillmore, who had her own life-altering healing wrote, “Whenever we have an experience of sickness, it is evidence that we have been letting go of our hold on the gifts of God.”
2. The Ebb and Flow of Spiritual Growth: Perhaps we have forgotten that we are whole, peaceful and blessed beings of God in the ebb and flow of spiritual growth. What do I mean by ebb and flow? Well, there may be times when we hit occasional dry spells in our journey and feel like we are failing to make progress. We may end up discouraged in our efforts to grow. I know of no one who hasn’t gone through this from time to time. What may be even more frustrating is when we know the higher truths but for some reason, choose to make a graven image out of those lesser ideals. Like Paul wrote in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Who does not understand what Paul means by this when we know the truth but can’t be set free cause we’re overrun by negative feelings and emotions we’ve carved into stone. Which brings us to this third idea of Attitudinal Healing for the body
3. Healing Our Attitude Toward Our Body: Our thoughts and prayers, especially when centered around health, is first and foremost a consciousness-raising thing. It’s not about healing, it’s about healing our attitude toward our body and toward any condition that brings stress or minimization. When you think about this then health is not something we really get physically, in pills, potions, or metaphysically in prayers or treatments. In those cases we get treatments for our symptoms but they really don’t supply us with health. We can’t get health - we can only be HEALTH. Health is the reality of life not something God does only when we ask. It is an awakening to that which God is and which we are in spirit and in Truth. Healing is not trying to change the body. It is pure substance and needs no changing. It is not trying to become something we are not, but becoming to a greater degree what we are and always have been. It is not a matter of improving what you are, but improving our thought about who we are. So it all comes down to the condition of our consciousness each day.
We can thus demonstrate any kind of life we choose but the ways of expressing health come as we know we are being called to build a consciousness for that which we desire cause it is desiring to be expressed through us. And we must be willing to give forth of ourselves and be the mighty crafter of our life. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is the art of demonstration the science of prayers, affirmations and health. Practice in the art goes a long way, a way of life and living through all the ebbs and flows of our spiritual journey. Take those moments in quiet and contemplation as the means by which we can successfully carry us through the challenge before us and into the manifestation that is moving us ever onward.
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