August 16, 2015 – Giving is Abundance

08/16/15  Rev. David McArthur

Giving Is Abundance

We get to play with creative spirit by giving—choosing where divine abundance goes. In a story Jesus told, wealthy men passed by the treasury and dropped in large donations from their abundance. A poor woman’s small gift “was all she had to live on.” She gave everything. As a woman, she represents our feminine, our feeling side, which was experiencing poverty, lack. Jesus, the Christ, the Atman, our one-ness with the divine, sees her act as a transition from a place of poverty to “It’s all God”, our consciousness expanding into this awareness.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving as growth in spiritual awareness. It’s our true nature. Often young people haven’t gotten into adult patterns yet. A six year old walking to school with his mother passed a homeless lady with a sign “I’m hungry. Please help.” Without hesitation he took out his lunch and gave her half of his sandwich. It was a natural thing for him to do. The child says, “Of course. We’re all one. I can rectify this; I have and you don’t.”

A nurse helping with a food line somewhere in Africa saw a young girl get only a single slice of bread. The nurse knew it was all the food the girl would have that day. But she had to hide her tears when she saw the girl tear it in two and hand the larger half to her little brother. That’s who we are. Of course!

It feels good to give because we are experiencing the divine within us which we truly are. It’s the nature of the divine to give. No giving “when you get your act together”. We experience that divine presence in a very beautiful form moving through us.

And it comes back multiplied, blessing us. We don’t know how it will happen. On his way to work, a young man stopped to buy his lunch. The woman behind him was obviously very nervous and worried. So he paid the cashier and grabbed a single rose at the checkout. Giving it to the woman behind him he told her to have a good day. Later he was called to a meeting to meet a new corporate executive and it was the same woman! She was very thankful for his gift; this was her first day. You never know how you will experience the flow!

Sometimes you think you cannot give. A homeless man on the street was trying to care for some kittens but couldn’t find enough food for them. A man with a dog gave him some money and the homeless man explained he needed to find a better home for the kittens. So the donor took them to his vet. She was so touched she found the homeless man and gave him a part time job and a place to sleep.

God’s blessings flow generously through me. God’s blessings flow generously through me. God’s blessings flow generously through me. As we experience that it’s part of what we call fun!

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August 16, 2015 – Giving is Abundance

08/16/15 Rev. David McArthur
Giving Is Abundance
 
We get to play with creative spirit by giving—choosing where divine abundance goes. In a story Jesus told, wealthy men passed by the treasury and dropped in large donations from their abundance. A poor woman’s small gift “was all she had to live on.” She gave everything. As a woman, she represents our feminine, our feeling side, which was experiencing poverty, lack. Jesus, the Christ, the Atman, our one-ness with the divine, sees her act as a transition from a place of poverty to “It’s all God”, our consciousness expanding into this awareness.

One of the Five Pillars of Islam is giving as growth in spiritual awareness. It’s our true nature. Often young people haven’t gotten into adult patterns yet. A six year old walking to school with his mother passed a homeless lady with a sign “I’m hungry. Please help.” Without hesitation he took out his lunch and gave her half of his sandwich. It was a natural thing for him to do. The child says, “Of course. We’re all one. I can rectify this; I have and you don’t.”

A nurse helping with a food line somewhere in Africa saw a young girl get only a single slice of bread. The nurse knew it was all the food the girl would have that day. But she had to hide her tears when she saw the girl tear it in two and hand the larger half to her little brother. That’s who we are. Of course!

It feels good to give because we are experiencing the divine within us which we truly are. It’s the nature of the divine to give. No giving “when you get your act together”. We experience that divine presence in a very beautiful form moving through us.

And it comes back multiplied, blessing us. We don’t know how it will happen. On his way to work, a young man stopped to buy his lunch. The woman behind him was obviously very nervous and worried. So he paid the cashier and grabbed a single rose at the checkout. Giving it to the woman behind him he told her to have a good day. Later he was called to a meeting to meet a new corporate executive and it was the same woman! She was very thankful for his gift; this was her first day. You never know how you will experience the flow!

Sometimes you think you cannot give. A homeless man on the street was trying to care for some kittens but couldn’t find enough food for them. A man with a dog gave him some money and the homeless man explained he needed to find a better home for the kittens. So the donor took them to his vet. She was so touched she found the homeless man and gave him a part time job and a place to sleep.

God’s blessings flow generously through me. God’s blessings flow generously through me. God’s blessings flow generously through me. As we experience that it’s part of what we call fun!
 

 

June 21, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 3: Source


06/21/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 3: Source

It’s wonderful to recall the blessing a father is! But in the Gospel of John, “I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Jesus was speaking of a oneness, a spiritual divine presence he was discovering in himself. A giving Spirit. “Fear not…for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Imagine that divine desire to give. We tap into it as parents and grandparents.

One way to experience divine love is to open to abundance and let it flow into your life by opening to the discovery of your purpose. We have also looked at being co-creators, making choices to call what we need into our lives. Thirdly, today, we look at the experience of God as our source, as the provider of all we give and receive.

Last week Matthew Fox, quoting Howard Thurman, said “In the presence of God a human soul is stripped to its essence.” It is part of our journey of abundance. Look at your true core beliefs; discover the spirituality at the core of your experience. People came to Jesus with disease, a belief that the materiality of the body controls life, but he called forth the spirit of wholeness within them. With the loaves and fishes he overcame belief in lack by calling forth the spirit of abundance. And when people died he overcame death by calling forth the spirit within.

In the parable of The Prodigal Son, Jesus drew a beautiful picture of what is there. The father (God) is the source of all his sons’ abundance. One son asks for his inheritance. Without argument, “It is given.” The son goes to a far land. (Our perception shifts from our Father, God, to the world.) With his attention “out there” it leads to lack, even famine (fulfillment is not out there). He ends up hungry and full of guilt. So do we. We say, “I blew it. I am not worthy.” The son “comes to himself” (our growing consciousness within). He recalls his father. (We remember, “I am a child of the divine.” Divine is source, but we feel too guilty to let ourselves receive much.) So the prodigal son heads home. On seeing his son approach, the father goes out to him and embraces him. The son says, “I am not worthy,” but his father just calls for celebration. There is no punishment, no “pay it back later.”

You are loved. Source has no requirements of us, no limit put on it. All the mistakes we make are paid for in advance. Wouldn’t it be dumb for a god to send us out and not expect mistakes? We are here to learn and the tuition is paid! God holds for us the pattern of who we really are, and allows us to learn. When we let that in, we find that we are really blessed. We let love in. We let in abundance and health into this physical world. We let in the stimulation of our mental faculties. Emotionally we find peace and harmony and joy. At the spiritual level we have love. Know God is my source; I am richly blessed. God is my source; I am richly blessed. God is my source; I am richly blessed. And I know a secret that God knows: you deserve it!
 

June 21, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 3: Source

06/21/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 3: Source

It’s wonderful to recall the blessing a father is! But in the Gospel of John, “I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” Jesus was speaking of a oneness, a spiritual divine presence he was discovering in himself. A giving Spirit. “Fear not…for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Imagine that divine desire to give. We tap into it as parents and grandparents.

One way to experience divine love is to open to abundance and let it flow into your life by opening to the discovery of your purpose. We have also looked at being co-creators, making choices to call what we need into our lives. Thirdly, today, we look at the experience of God as our source, as the provider of all we give and receive.

Last week Matthew Fox, quoting Howard Thurman, said “In the presence of God a human soul is stripped to its essence.” It is part of our journey of abundance. Look at your true core beliefs; discover the spirituality at the core of your experience. People came to Jesus with disease, a belief that the materiality of the body controls life, but he called forth the spirit of wholeness within them. With the loaves and fishes he overcame belief in lack by calling forth the spirit of abundance. And when people died he overcame death by calling forth the spirit within.

In the parable of The Prodigal Son, Jesus drew a beautiful picture of what is there. The father (God) is the source of all his sons’ abundance. One son asks for his inheritance. Without argument, “It is given.” The son goes to a far land. (Our perception shifts from our Father, God, to the world.) With his attention “out there” it leads to lack, even famine (fulfillment is not out there). He ends up hungry and full of guilt. So do we. We say, “I blew it. I am not worthy.” The son “comes to himself” (our growing consciousness within). He recalls his father. (We remember, “I am a child of the divine.” Divine is source, but we feel too guilty to let ourselves receive much.) So the prodigal son heads home. On seeing his son approach, the father goes out to him and embraces him. The son says, “I am not worthy,” but his father just calls for celebration. There is no punishment, no “pay it back later.”

You are loved. Source has no requirements of us, no limit put on it. All the mistakes we make are paid for in advance. Wouldn’t it be dumb for a god to send us out and not expect mistakes? We are here to learn and the tuition is paid! God holds for us the pattern of who we really are, and allows us to learn. When we let that in, we find that we are really blessed. We let love in. We let in abundance and health into this physical world. We let in the stimulation of our mental faculties. Emotionally we find peace and harmony and joy. At the spiritual level we have love. Know God is my source; I am richly blessed. God is my source; I am richly blessed. God is my source; I am richly blessed. And I know a secret that God knows: you deserve it!

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June 7, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 2: Co-Creator

06/07/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 2: Co-Creator

Divine nature is pure love and gives us all. How do we open to let this flow take place? One important way is to say yes to our purpose. It constantly invites us to open to the flow. Another is opening to the desire to have things, like buying a house, which fulfills nurturing and spiritual needs.

Judeo-Christian religions focus on world affirmation. Judaism teaches if one is in alignment with the spiritual, the material comes. Jesus taught of the flow of material blessings—water to wine, the loaves and fishes, the gold coin from the fish’s mouth, etc. But he put a limitation on it. He told the wealthy young man to give his money to the poor and “follow me.” But the young man didn’t know that with God as our source, it all comes back. Jesus then told the parable that a rich man getting into heaven is as likely as a camel passing through the “eye of the needle” (a gate in the city wall of Jerusalem so narrow a camel could only pass through if its cargo were removed, something a rich man wouldn’t do). When we perceive through the brain, it wants what is “mine”. To take the goods off a camel to pass through shows non-attachment to material things, to see through love, through the heart.

It’s all right to have good stuff. It lets you be more flexible. Use spiritual energy to call into your life that which is good. “Ask and it will be given to you… For everyone who asks receives… Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? …If you…though…evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Edwene Gaines says there is this assignment for spiritual beings to set clear attainable goals. Don’t make it a game of 20 questions. State clearly, three times a day, “I’d like ____.” And each time ask, “What do I need to change to be open to that happening?” Ooops—a change of consciousness is needed! Change the consciousness of “asking is selfish” or “having things for myself is not spiritual”. Or use the hologram technique from HeartMath. It’s a powerful way of filling your asking with love. It opens us to that flow. The only assignment really is to take care of yourself. So ask.

And in the end, what happens? We are guided to say yes to something, to recognize more and more, God is my source. There is an old Unity affirmation, God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! It makes it much easier to open to the flow.

A friend, in his meditation, was remembering a perfect day he had had when he was drawn to a book on a shelf. As he opened it out fell a piece of paper, a list he had written in college long before entitled “My Perfect Day”. He had just lived that day, everything on the list! We are co-creators. Allow yourself to have. We create the life before us, and as we do we grow less and less attached. God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! And as far as I can tell, when they show up, are they really about having fun?!

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June 7, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 2: Co-Creator


06/07/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 2: Co-Creator

Divine nature is pure love and gives us all. How do we open to let this flow take place? One important way is to say yes to our purpose. It constantly invites us to open to the flow. Another is opening to the desire to have things, like buying a house, which fulfills nurturing and spiritual needs.

Judeo-Christian religions focus on world affirmation. Judaism teaches if one is in alignment with the spiritual, the material comes. Jesus taught of the flow of material blessings—water to wine, the loaves and fishes, the gold coin from the fish’s mouth, etc. But he put a limitation on it. He told the wealthy young man to give his money to the poor and “follow me.” But the young man didn’t know that with God as our source, it all comes back. Jesus then told the parable that a rich man getting into heaven is as likely as a camel passing through the “eye of the needle” (a gate in the city wall of Jerusalem so narrow a camel could only pass through if its cargo were removed, something a rich man wouldn’t do). When we perceive through the brain, it wants what is “mine”. To take the goods off a camel to pass through shows non-attachment to material things, to see through love, through the heart.

It’s all right to have good stuff. It lets you be more flexible. Use spiritual energy to call into your life that which is good. “Ask and it will be given to you… For everyone who asks receives… Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? …If you…though…evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Edwene Gaines says there is this assignment for spiritual beings to set clear attainable goals. Don’t make it a game of 20 questions. State clearly, three times a day, “I’d like ____.” And each time ask, “What do I need to change to be open to that happening?” Ooops—a change of consciousness is needed! Change the consciousness of “asking is selfish” or “having things for myself is not spiritual”. Or use the hologram technique from HeartMath. It’s a powerful way of filling your asking with love. It opens us to that flow. The only assignment really is to take care of yourself. So ask.

And in the end, what happens? We are guided to say yes to something, to recognize more and more, God is my source. There is an old Unity affirmation, God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! It makes it much easier to open to the flow.

A friend, in his meditation, was remembering a perfect day he had had when he was drawn to a book on a shelf. As he opened it out fell a piece of paper, a list he had written in college long before entitled “My Perfect Day”. He had just lived that day, everything on the list! We are co-creators. Allow yourself to have. We create the life before us, and as we do we grow less and less attached. God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! God is my instant, constant, abundant supply! And as far as I can tell, when they show up, are they really about having fun?!
 

May 31, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 1: Purpose


05/31/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 1: Purpose

We keep running into the parts of us where we are not whole, individually and together, but there’s a drive within us to go further. In Unity we understand that we always have the capacity to open to greater abundance, in relationship, health, or finances. We’ll look at several ways, but I thought I’d start with the hard one—purpose.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What in the world are you doing here in this Earth experience?! —again?” Well, we all do the learn and grow thing and know we are co-creators, that we came in this time to give, to lift the consciousness to a higher level. But what is my purpose? I know the more I am aligned with it the more enthusiastically the universe pours my blessings in. The more we open to it, the more easy it comes. Divine intelligence is extremely efficient.

Edwene Gaines teaches we are children of God, but children grow up. When we live according to our purpose, it is part of growing up. She says God gave us an inner guidance system—it is the part of us that feels joy. Good news! It is the part that makes your heart sing!

I shared with you meeting Reverend Mary Wessel. How when I stepped into her room I saw the love flowing out from her. She was 105! As a young mother she had come down with a terminal illness. Unity publications told her how we can direct divine power in our bodies and heal, and she found healing. She joyously shared this with others all around Montana, and Unity churches were established. Once on the train she shared with a gentleman who turned out to be the owner of the railroad. He gave her a free pass to travel anywhere on his railroad in support of her work. This doesn’t happen if you’re looking the other way! She was on her purpose. It’s a conspiracy of the universe. God is on your side! Jesus taught, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘ ?…I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.” You can’t get it if you’re going in another direction!

As we get on purpose we open wider. Edwene Gaines says to get out of the daily grind. Find solitude. Listen to that which you long to do, to the yearnings of your soul. For Mary Wessel it was first being a mother, then healing, sharing it, then being in her room in prayer. What I did was to imagine I was at the end of my life thinking of the things I had done. Some were beautiful, some were “so what!” If you’re not ready for change don’t do this. If you are ready, ask, “What’s yours?” You’ll see ways to let the flow in, how it will provide for you. In the stillness throughout the coming week, say “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” It’s just an opening to let it come. It is joyful. “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” You came here to bless, to leave the world with greater consciousness than when you entered. For you to be willing to do this, I thank you!
 

May 31, 2015 – Principles of Abundance Part 1: Purpose

05/31/15 Rev. David McArthur
Principles of Abundance Part 1: Purpose

We keep running into the parts of us where we are not whole, individually and together, but there’s a drive within us to go further. In Unity we understand that we always have the capacity to open to greater abundance, in relationship, health, or finances. We’ll look at several ways, but I thought I’d start with the hard one—purpose.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What in the world are you doing here in this Earth experience?! —again?” Well, we all do the learn and grow thing and know we are co-creators, that we came in this time to give, to lift the consciousness to a higher level. But what is my purpose? I know the more I am aligned with it the more enthusiastically the universe pours my blessings in. The more we open to it, the more easy it comes. Divine intelligence is extremely efficient.

Edwene Gaines teaches we are children of God, but children grow up. When we live according to our purpose, it is part of growing up. She says God gave us an inner guidance system—it is the part of us that feels joy. Good news! It is the part that makes your heart sing!

I shared with you meeting Reverend Mary Wessel. How when I stepped into her room I saw the love flowing out from her. She was 105! As a young mother she had come down with a terminal illness. Unity publications told her how we can direct divine power in our bodies and heal, and she found healing. She joyously shared this with others all around Montana, and Unity churches were established. Once on the train she shared with a gentleman who turned out to be the owner of the railroad. He gave her a free pass to travel anywhere on his railroad in support of her work. This doesn’t happen if you’re looking the other way! She was on her purpose. It’s a conspiracy of the universe. God is on your side! Jesus taught, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ‘ ?…I have come that you may have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.” You can’t get it if you’re going in another direction!

As we get on purpose we open wider. Edwene Gaines says to get out of the daily grind. Find solitude. Listen to that which you long to do, to the yearnings of your soul. For Mary Wessel it was first being a mother, then healing, sharing it, then being in her room in prayer. What I did was to imagine I was at the end of my life thinking of the things I had done. Some were beautiful, some were “so what!” If you’re not ready for change don’t do this. If you are ready, ask, “What’s yours?” You’ll see ways to let the flow in, how it will provide for you. In the stillness throughout the coming week, say “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” It’s just an opening to let it come. It is joyful. “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” “Joyfully, I understand my purpose.” You came here to bless, to leave the world with greater consciousness than when you entered. For you to be willing to do this, I thank you!

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May 3, 2015 – Secret to Greater Spiritual Growth

05/03/15 Rev. David McArthur
Secret To Greater Spiritual Growth

I saw how my parents grew by sharing with others what was valuable to them. Every time we give spiritual support to another we open ourselves to spiritual growth. When I was drawn to Unity, I found it was all right to be appreciative of different ways to grow. But it was a while before I could share because I carried pain from my experiences. I had to heal. So often the first inflow of spiritual energy goes to healing. I had to fill to overflowing before I could share. That’s when it becomes the instrument of our growth. It’s a spiritual truth. It must happen. That beautiful flow through us is a principle which always works. This overflowing energy draws to us those who are quickened by it (but there are those in our lives we know not to share it with).

Jesus spoke this truth: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He was not so much teaching as sharing a truth, and it’s more about the attitude you use is the attitude it will be given to you.
Lao Tsu, “If you want to be given everything give everything up.” When we give beyond ourselves, when we give up “it’s mine”, we open to the flow. “To be lived by the Tao,” the divine presence, is to be living by what’s most important to us. Then can we be taken to who we really are. Every time we give we give to ourselves.

Walking aimlessly in Reno, Sherry Maddox was awed by an astounding sunset. She wanted to share it, but everyone just shuffled by. So she grabbed a saleslady just inside a store and insisted she step out to see the sunset. They looked for several seconds when Sherry said, “God is in his heaven and all’s right with the world.” A few years later, divorced and living in a trailer park, Sherry was doing her laundry in the laundry room. She picked up a Unity magazine and read a story by a saleslady that had been pulled out into the street in Reno to see a gorgeous sunset. The lady wrote that the truth that was shared with her turned her life around. That turned Sherry’s life around! It comes back!

It’s a heart commitment, not with everyone, but those who value it. I share freely and I receive joyously! I share freely and I receive joyously! I share freely and I receive joyously! It comes back! What a way to live! It unfolds again and again. We really are one, and we know who we are giving to. What a delightful way to live!

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May 3, 2015 – Secret to Greater Spiritual Growth


05/03/15 Rev. David McArthur
Secret To Greater Spiritual Growth

I saw how my parents grew by sharing with others what was valuable to them. Every time we give spiritual support to another we open ourselves to spiritual growth. When I was drawn to Unity, I found it was all right to be appreciative of different ways to grow. But it was a while before I could share because I carried pain from my experiences. I had to heal. So often the first inflow of spiritual energy goes to healing. I had to fill to overflowing before I could share. That’s when it becomes the instrument of our growth. It’s a spiritual truth. It must happen. That beautiful flow through us is a principle which always works. This overflowing energy draws to us those who are quickened by it (but there are those in our lives we know not to share it with).

Jesus spoke this truth: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” He was not so much teaching as sharing a truth, and it’s more about the attitude you use is the attitude it will be given to you.

Lao Tsu, “If you want to be given everything give everything up.” When we give beyond ourselves, when we give up “it’s mine”, we open to the flow. “To be lived by the Tao,” the divine presence, is to be living by what’s most important to us. Then can we be taken to who we really are. Every time we give we give to ourselves.

Walking aimlessly in Reno, Sherry Maddox was awed by an astounding sunset. She wanted to share it, but everyone just shuffled by. So she grabbed a saleslady just inside a store and insisted she step out to see the sunset. They looked for several seconds when Sherry said, “God is in his heaven and all’s right with the world.” A few years later, divorced and living in a trailer park, Sherry was doing her laundry in the laundry room. She picked up a Unity magazine and read a story by a saleslady that had been pulled out into the street in Reno to see a gorgeous sunset. The lady wrote that the truth that was shared with her turned her life around. That turned Sherry’s life around! It comes back!

It’s a heart commitment, not with everyone, but those who value it. I share freely and I receive joyously! I share freely and I receive joyously! I share freely and I receive joyously! It comes back! What a way to live! It unfolds again and again. We really are one, and we know who we are giving to. What a delightful way to live!