October 16, 2015
October is absolutely my favorite month. It’s always an opportunity to practice staying in the present—enjoying the cooling temperatures without thinking about what may come in the months ahead. The fall colors are almost absurd. I mean, what spiritual Power would be so profligate with reds and oranges and yellows? Clearly ‘restraint’ is not one of the Twelve spiritual Powers through which we embrace and express our infinite creative Spirit. Actually, this time of year offers an excellent opportunity to take another look at the Twelve Powers. It’s been nearly a century since Charles Fillmore first defined them; are they still relevant? Do they continue to serve us as we grow in spiritual awareness and expression?
This will be a theme at our Spirit Expressing Gathering this Sunday morning at 10 am. At least I think it will; as always, the discussion will go wherever Spirit guides us. Once again we’ll be in the roomy and comfortable living room of the Center for Progressive Therapies, at 192 Hartford Road in Manchester. I hope you’ll join us to appreciate the beauty and blessings of autumn.
Meanwhile, here’s one of my thoughts and affirmations that I've found useful recently. Perhaps it may be relevant to something in your life this weekend.
IT’S THE PRINCIPLE
There are certain signs, certain thoughts or attitudes that we can recognize immediately as roadblocks on our spiritual path. At least, we can recognize them immediately if we choose to; sometimes we seem to prefer the roadblock message of fear and judgment. But it gets easier with practice to dissolve the roadblock and move on.
There is one statement that I have learned to recognize within me as a clear warning that I am choosing the roadblock, instead of the road forward. That statement is this: “It’s the principle of the thing!” It means that I can’t forgive; I need to judge. I need to hang on to anger or resentment because “It’s the principle of the thing.”
A Course in Miracles asks the pointed question, “Would you rather be right — or be happy?” When I am clinging self-righteously to “the principle of the thing,” I am adamantly insisting on being right, at the tremendous expense of feeling very unhappy.
This is not an efficient use of my life, my energy or the power of my heart. “The principle of the thing” may cause me to seek to the choices of someone else, but by far the greatest damage is done to me.
Today I release my eagerness to judge according to rigid, fear-based principle. I center myself in the Power of my heart, and I see everything and everyone from God’s perspective of love. Thank you, God.