Jesus has often been dismissed through centuries as someone who sort of drifted through life with his head in the clouds—someone whose teachings are lovely but vague and not very practical. Even many of his immediate followers had trouble seeing how his spiritual teachings could be of much practical use.
As we move forward into a new year with a Burning Bowl service this Sunday at Unity in the City (Boston), I find myself thinking of … well …thinking! Specifically, the thinking activities we call prayer and meditation.
Some years ago I was driving around Chicago with a visiting friend, showing off the energy and variety of my favorite city. It was the Christmas season, and festive decorations were everywhere—on stores, on streets and on many, if not most, of the homes we drove past.
It doesn’t matter. We don’t earn divine Love through obedience to the details of the Law. It isn’t even a question of good works. It’s about simply accepting the Love available to us as soon as we are able to perceive it. It is then that we spiritually grow into awareness and
Emily Cady begins her wonderful Lessons in Truth with a simple, direct and timeless challenge aimed at each of us as we awaken to our spiritual Selves. She titles the book’s first lesson, “Bondage or Liberty, Which?”
“Every man,” she writes, “believes himself to be in bondage to the flesh and to the things of the flesh. All suffering is the result of this belief.”
“God is not a power over evil, and we have no power over evil.” This is a typically surprising statement from Joel Goldsmith, the great metaphysical teacher who loved to state his convictions in a way guaranteed to shock. “God is not a power over evil,” he writes in Realization of Oneness.
“To believe that God is a power over evil,” he adds, “is to believe that evil has an existence. And