Dear Friends, First, I’m eager to share the exciting news (well, exciting to me, at least) that I am rejoining the energy of Unity on Line Radio this season with a weekly program focused on the Bible! I’ll be recording a twenty-minute segment each week—Thursdays at 2:00 pm Central Time. You can hear it live at that time, or download it at any time through the archives, through itunes, and in a number of other venues.
The new title is Bible FAQs, and it will be in a Q&A format, drawing from the wealth of material I’ve developed during many years of answering questions submitted to Interpret This through the unity.org website – plus new questions that will (I hope) come in from all of you. I hope you’ll check it out, and let me know what you think.
And on another topic, I’m sure I’m not the only person still contemplating the remarkable energy of last week’s visit from Pope Francis—especially his historic appearance before the two houses of Congress. It was the clearest example I can remember of the importance of speaking Truth to power.
Standing there, with so many chaotic energies swirling around him, he reminded me of St. Francis of Assisi in the utter simplicity of his message.
Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.
Pope Francis reminded us that this clear, simple expression of spiritual guidance can be found in every major religion in the world. In Christianity we refer to it as The Golden Rule.
What makes it so unique, I think, is that it is an instruction that even my ever-suspicious ego mind can accept. It makes sense! How should I behave to others? Well, I should treat them as I would want them to treat me. That’s only logical! If we were to apply this sort of enlightened self-interest to all our interactions with each other, the world would be a more accepting, less confrontational place.
And yet, in its simplicity, it it hardly seems powerful enough to be perhaps the most universally quoted spiritual truth in the world. It’s a little too obvious, too simple. Is there more to it than that? Well yes, there is.
The Golden Rule is not simply a n instruction for proper behavior. It’s a key to embracing the deepest Truth the universe can offer: our true spiritual Oneness with each other, and, indeed, with the very Presence and Power of Life itself. We don’t treat others lovingly just because it is beneficial for them, but because it is equally beneficial for us. “As ye sow” Jesus taught, “so shall ye reap.” Or as Twelve-Step recovery programs express it, “To keep it you must give it away.”
Do I want to feel loved? If I extend love out to others, I will be blessed with an abundance of love from which to give. It’s the essence of the Law of Attraction, and it is the key to joy and fulfillment in every area of life.
Today I will remember to behave toward every expression of life I encounter as lovingly and supportively as I want to be treated myself, and I appreciate the blessings and heart-centered peace I receive in return.