April 3, 2016 – A Flow of Love and Abundance

Rev. David McArthur
“A Flow of Love and Abundance”

Are you open to more money, better health, more people that love you? Joel Hartman was a homeless man in Atlanta. He was looking through the garbage behind a luxury hotel to find something to sell, when he found a wallet! But he began to worry about the man who lost it. Was he away from home without ID or money? So he went inside to turn it in. Management was so impressed they put Joel up for a couple of nights with all the amenities, and issued a press release about it. Joel’s family saw the news. They had been looking for him for years. They got him into the mental health treatment he needed.

There is a principle so powerful that it aligns us to the nature of God. It is to give. Divine flow by its nature would flow into each of our lives, but we slow it down. Joel’s compassionate response for someone he didn’t even know changed his life. Learn to open to the law, to the flow.

Jesus, the symbol of the spiritual power we have within, of law and how to use the law, taught the laws so well. In the gospel of Matthew, a crowd had followed Jesus, but had not brought any food and were hungry. One of the apostles brought a boy to Jesus who had five loaves of bread and two fish. The first expression of that beautiful powerful principle of giving comes from the boy who gave what he had to eat to Jesus. The boy symbolizes that part of us which wants to learn, to connect with the experience of life. Jesus looked to heaven, to source, where power goes from limited to unlimited. And five thousand men and others were fed! Jesus taught “give and it will be given unto you”.

Look to the expression of unlimited source beyond the knowledge of the mind. How do we practice it? When you are in contraction, limited flow, whether within the body or in your finances, and are in fear, step into giving. A greater flow creates a consciousness of generosity.

A wealthy friend, as a young man, had found himself blocked in his fortunes. He ran into Charles Fillmore’s thinking on the consciousness of generosity. If he saw source as unlimited, he could be a channel for that unlimited flow! He prospered not only financially, but he was blessed with a beautiful family. The day he retired he asked the CEO for an envelope he could give to each of the 35 employees, but that his id be kept secret. If they asked who gave them the envelope, the CEO was told to just say to each, “You are appreciated.” Each envelope had in it $1000.

When we step into generosity we grow. We came here to know who we really are, to be guided by this intelligence, to play in the big leagues, to play with these spiritual laws and have God’s goodness flow through us. It happened with the homeless man and with the wealthy man. God’s goodness flows through me. Feel its potential. Let it expand in your life. You are a divine instrument here to bless God’s world. God’s goodness flows through me. Are you open to where you can be that blessing? God’s goodness flows through me. My friend was not a person who got wealthy and then got generous; he got generous and then wealthy. Isn’t it time to go to a better place where generosity and abundance flow?

April 3, 2016 – A Flow of Love and Abundance

Rev. David McArthur
“A Flow of Love and Abundance”

Are you open to more money, better health, more people that love you? Joel Hartman was a homeless man in Atlanta. He was looking through the garbage behind a luxury hotel to find something to sell, when he found a wallet! But he began to worry about the man who lost it. Was he away from home without ID or money? So he went inside to turn it in. Management was so impressed they put Joel up for a couple of nights with all the amenities, and issued a press release about it. Joel’s family saw the news. They had been looking for him for years. They got him into the mental health treatment he needed.

There is a principle so powerful that it aligns us to the nature of God. It is to give. Divine flow by its nature would flow into each of our lives, but we slow it down. Joel’s compassionate response for someone he didn’t even know changed his life. Learn to open to the law, to the flow.

Jesus, the symbol of the spiritual power we have within, of law and how to use the law, taught the laws so well. In the gospel of Matthew, a crowd had followed Jesus, but had not brought any food and were hungry. One of the apostles brought a boy to Jesus who had five loaves of bread and two fish. The first expression of that beautiful powerful principle of giving comes from the boy who gave what he had to eat to Jesus. The boy symbolizes that part of us which wants to learn, to connect with the experience of life. Jesus looked to heaven, to source, where power goes from limited to unlimited. And five thousand men and others were fed! Jesus taught “give and it will be given unto you”.

Look to the expression of unlimited source beyond the knowledge of the mind. How do we practice it? When you are in contraction, limited flow, whether within the body or in your finances, and are in fear, step into giving. A greater flow creates a consciousness of generosity.

A wealthy friend, as a young man, had found himself blocked in his fortunes. He ran into Charles Fillmore’s thinking on the consciousness of generosity. If he saw source as unlimited, he could be a channel for that unlimited flow! He prospered not only financially, but he was blessed with a beautiful family. The day he retired he asked the CEO for an envelope he could give to each of the 35 employees, but that his id be kept secret. If they asked who gave them the envelope, the CEO was told to just say to each, “You are appreciated.” Each envelope had in it $1000.

When we step into generosity we grow. We came here to know who we really are, to be guided by this intelligence, to play in the big leagues, to play with these spiritual laws and have God’s goodness flow through us. It happened with the homeless man and with the wealthy man. God’s goodness flows through me. Feel its potential. Let it expand in your life. You are a divine instrument here to bless God’s world. God’s goodness flows through me. Are you open to where you can be that blessing? God’s goodness flows through me. My friend was not a person who got wealthy and then got generous; he got generous and then wealthy. Isn’t it time to go to a better place where generosity and abundance flow?

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December 27, 2015 – Appreciation: Key To Letting Go

12/27/15  Rev. David McArthur
Appreciation: Key To Letting Go

At Thanksgiving we open our hearts with appreciation; with Christmas we go even deeper into our hearts. Then we step into New Years and say yes to the energy we have built up to bring something new in. But we have to let go of something old. It’s the Law of Closets and Bookcases. That’s the reason for the Burning Bowl ceremony.

Paul Simon wrote about letting go in “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” “You Just slip out the back, Jack…Just get yourself free… get yourself free.” Don’t you wish it worked that way? But this isn’t just a 3D world. “I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual world governed by spiritual law.” Real change comes from within.

This is when I go to my teacher, Jesus. In the story of the man blind from birth, the disciples (us learners) asked Jesus who sinned that the man was born blind, his parents or him? At this time Judaism was examining the laws of Karma and Reincarnation. It was taught that if you followed the rules as written, you were righteous and prospered in health, finances, and relationships. To have suffering meant you weren’t righteous; you weren’t in alignment with God. Jesus’ answer was that neither this soul nor his parents had sinned, but that people showing suffering did so as an invitation for all to awaken to the greater pattern within the being. (He never did say, “I have healed you’” He always said, “Your faith has healed you.”) He spat on the ground and took the mud (as if to say yes, we are in the 3D world) and by putting it into the blind man’s eyes meant the awareness of the spiritual gives us sight.

A woman I have known for a long time, Edwene Gaines, grew steadily in this knowledge. Her husband of a short time had walked out on her, saying he didn’t love her any more. Left alone, 6 months pregnant with little money in Hong Kong, her reaction was understandably anger, hatred and resentment.

It literally became a cancer inside her. Her doctor told her to write her will. Her spiritual advisor told her she had a choice: to forgive or to die. She found that the more she forgave the more her cancer subsided. She says that what her ex had done to her seemed to be the worst thing anyone could do. However, she is now truly grateful for it. “Without it I may never have learned the power of forgiveness.” She now can experience her own wholeness with others. There’s no victim in that.

How did she know she had accomplished forgiveness? Appreciation. With appreciation, we retain the learning but free ourselves. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. That’s how we get free. That’s the experience of the spiritual being.

Receive it. Hold it. You are a conscious spiritual being. You have learned. You are wise. It is illumination. Your light shines!

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December 27, 2015 – Appreciation: Key To Letting Go

12/27/15  Rev. David McArthur
Appreciation: Key To Letting Go

At Thanksgiving we open our hearts with appreciation; with Christmas we go even deeper into our hearts. Then we step into New Years and say yes to the energy we have built up to bring something new in. But we have to let go of something old. It’s the Law of Closets and Bookcases. That’s the reason for the Burning Bowl ceremony.

Paul Simon wrote about letting go in “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover.” “You Just slip out the back, Jack…Just get yourself free… get yourself free.” Don’t you wish it worked that way? But this isn’t just a 3D world. “I am a spiritual being living in a spiritual world governed by spiritual law.” Real change comes from within.

This is when I go to my teacher, Jesus. In the story of the man blind from birth, the disciples (us learners) asked Jesus who sinned that the man was born blind, his parents or him? At this time Judaism was examining the laws of Karma and Reincarnation. It was taught that if you followed the rules as written, you were righteous and prospered in health, finances, and relationships. To have suffering meant you weren’t righteous; you weren’t in alignment with God. Jesus’ answer was that neither this soul nor his parents had sinned, but that people showing suffering did so as an invitation for all to awaken to the greater pattern within the being. (He never did say, “I have healed you’” He always said, “Your faith has healed you.”) He spat on the ground and took the mud (as if to say yes, we are in the 3D world) and by putting it into the blind man’s eyes meant the awareness of the spiritual gives us sight.

A woman I have known for a long time, Edwene Gaines, grew steadily in this knowledge. Her husband of a short time had walked out on her, saying he didn’t love her any more. Left alone, 6 months pregnant with little money in Hong Kong, her reaction was understandably anger, hatred and resentment.

It literally became a cancer inside her. Her doctor told her to write her will. Her spiritual advisor told her she had a choice: to forgive or to die. She found that the more she forgave the more her cancer subsided. She says that what her ex had done to her seemed to be the worst thing anyone could do. However, she is now truly grateful for it. “Without it I may never have learned the power of forgiveness.” She now can experience her own wholeness with others. There’s no victim in that.

How did she know she had accomplished forgiveness? Appreciation. With appreciation, we retain the learning but free ourselves. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. I appreciate the wisdom I have gained. That’s how we get free. That’s the experience of the spiritual being.

Receive it. Hold it. You are a conscious spiritual being. You have learned. You are wise. It is illumination. Your light shines!

August 30, 2015 – Finding Our Laffin’ Place

I have had interactions in my life in which I have made the connection to my heart; I have made it into my heart. I saw that the blame thing was gone (as much fun as it can be) and I made the connection to the compassion in my heart for the other person. But there was still something uncomfortable in my heart. I knew it was time for the graduate course.

Symbols are often more effective than just words alone, and the tales of Uncle Remus have plenty of symbols. Today Br’er Rabbit is snoozin’ in the woods. Awaking slowly he realizes he’s not in the woods any more, but a deep dark cave, and there’s a fire cracklin’! There’s Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear and he’s tied up and they’re talkin’ ’bout eatin’ him for dinner! Br’er Rabbit symbolizes the part of ourselves that can shift our awareness. The cave symbolizes our subconscience. Something captures us in there. We’re fearful and it controls us. Br’er Rabbit shifts his attention to a place where he is free. He opens his mouth and laughs out loud.

Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear are stunned. “We tole you we gonna roast you on this here fire! You otta be skeered!” Rabbit laughs even louder. “Why you laffin’!?” “Oh, I been to my secret place.” Now what happens when you say you’ve got a secret? Yup, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear just have to see this secret place. They mostly untie Br’er Rabbit, but leave a long rope to keep hold of. He leads them out of the cave into the woods all the way to an old tree with a big hole in it. Laughing loudly he cries, “There it is! My laffin’ place!” Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear say they don’t feel like laffin’. Rabbit has them stick their heads way deep inside. “Do you hear?” They heard the buzzing of thousands of bumbly bees! With the bees swarming after them they bolt from the tree and drop the rope. The bumble bees, an angel symbol, are small but cause the release, symbolically, of what controls us. They go to places of beauty between the upper and lower. The rope is dropped and we are free.

It’s a part of life to have fear and discomfort in our subconscience. But we can be free, no longer caught by that stuff, by focusing our attention on the divine. From the Bhagavad Gita, “Therefore, having been born in this transient and forlorn world, give all your love to me. Fill your mind with me; love me… always…”

It is a connection with the divine. Jesus said, “Our father that is in heaven” (“heaven” symbolizes the exhaulted state of consciousness greater than we know on Earth) “hallowed be thy name.” (Name” is the nature of something; “hallowed” is the divine, the pure love) “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” We experience that connection all the way down to where we are and what we’re doing.

What helps me make that journey going down the road tied to the rope is gratitude. I am grateful for all the loving goodness of God always waiting for me. I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God! I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God! I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God!

It puts us in touch with who we truly are—that oneness. Lao Tsu said that when you realize where you come from, you become tolerant…kind as a grandmother, and you can deal with whatever life brings you. Tolerant. Free.

Have fun at your “laffin’ place”!

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August 30, 2015 – Finding Our Laffin’ Place

08/30/15 Rev. David McArthur
Finding Our Laffin’ Place

I have made the connection to my heart; I have made it into my heart. I saw that the blame thing was gone (as much fun as it can be) and I made the connection to the compassion in my heart for the other person. But there was still something uncomfortable in my heart. I knew it was time for the graduate course.

Symbols are often more effective than just words alone. Today Br’er Rabbit is snoozin’ in the woods. Awaking slowly he realizes he’s not in the woods any more, but a deep dark cave and there’s a fire cracklin’! There’s Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear and he’s tied up and they’re talkin’ ’bout eatin’ him for dinner! Now Br’er Rabbit symbolizes the part of ourselves that can shift our awareness. The cave symbolizes our subconscious. Something captures us in there. We’re fearful and it controls us. Br’er Rabbit shifts his attention to a place where he is free. He opens his mouth and laughs out loud.

Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear are stunned. “We tole you we gonna roast you on this here fire! You otta be skeered!” Rabbit laughs even louder. “Why you laffin’!?” “Oh, I been to my secret place.” Now what happens when you say you’ve got a secret? Yup, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear just have to see this secret place. They mostly untie Br’er Rabbit, but leave a long rope to keep hold of. He leads them out of the cave into the woods all the way to an old tree with a big hole in it. Laughing loudly he cries, “There it is! My laffin’ place!” Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear say they don’t feel like laffin’. Rabbit has them stick their heads way deep inside. “Do you hear?” They heard the buzzing of thousands of bumbly bees! With the bees swarming after them they bolt from the tree and drop the rope. The bumble bees are small but cause the release, symbolically, of what controls us. They go to places of beauty between the upper and lower. The rope is dropped and we are free.

It’s a part of life to have fear and discomfort in our subconscious. But we can be free, no longer caught by that stuff, by focusing our attention on the divine. From the Bhagavad-Gita, “Therefore, having been born in this transient and forlorn world, give all your love to me. Fill your mind with me; love me… always…”

It is a connection with the divine. Jesus said, “Our father that is in heaven” (“heaven” symbolizes the exulted state of consciousness greater than we know on Earth) “hallowed be thy name.” (Name” is the nature of something; “hallowed” is the divine, the pure love.) “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven.” We experience that connection all the way down to where we are and what we’re doing.

What helps me make that journey going down the road tied to the rope is gratitude. I am grateful for all the loving goodness of God always waiting for me. I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God! I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God! I am grateful for the all-loving goodness of God!

It puts us in touch with who we truly are—that oneness. Lao Tzu said that when you realize where you come from, you become tolerant…kind as a grandmother, and you can deal with whatever life brings you. Tolerant. Free.

Have fun at your “laffin’ place”!
 

 

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!
 

 

November 30, 2014 – Gratitude

11/30/14 Rev. David McArthur with Rob Seidenspinner
Gratitude

Native Americans walk with gratitude all the time. With them it is deeper than simply thankfulness. Feel gratitude for someone is a blessing to and for that person. Let’s join with others in feeling gratitude for someone special to them. Together, the power of that gratitude is increased. It is much more. Meister Eckhart, the great mystic of the thirteenth century, said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”
Among the many expressions of gratitude from the congregation: I am grateful

–for people in my life who, channeling Spirit, poke me when there’s something I need to heal
–for my wife bringing my life from black and white into Technicolor
–for my wife who prods me on, makes me grow, and is the light of my life
–for my Unity family and friends
–for the inspiration from this community
–for this attitude of gratitude
–for the prayers on this healing journey
–for my mother’s good health and for wisdom and love from my partner
–for the smiles and hugs I get here
–for everyone of you who touch my heart
–for HeartMath
–for my family and coming here to join them and find this community as I make my transition and for good books about this to study and for the spirituality coming from quantum physics
–for David and Kathryn
–for the experience of sharing someone’s last year as they make their passing
–for finding here that I was not alone, I am never alone, and I never would be alone
–for coming back after months of traveling and still having your love as if I’d not ever gone
–for kundalini meditation and the insight it taught me to use in so many ways: “I wish to grow.”
–for the Heart Ministry here that helped me through the darkest night of my soul
–for the happy trees today that made me cry

Feel this deep beautiful gratitude in your heart throughout the week. Say, “I am grateful!” When traffic comes to a stop ahead of you, look at all the cars and say, “I am grateful!” Look at that person in the mirror and say “I am grateful for getting to be that person!” And for those magnificent people in your life, “I am grateful!”

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November 30, 2014 – Gratitude


11/30/14 Rev. David McArthur with Rob Seidenspinner
Gratitude

Native Americans walk with gratitude all the time. With them it is deeper than simply thankfulness. Feel gratitude for someone is a blessing to and for that person. Let’s join with others in feeling gratitude for someone special to them. Together, the power of that gratitude is increased. It is much more. Meister Eckhart, the great mystic of the thirteenth century, said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

Among the many expressions of gratitude from the congregation: I am grateful

–for people in my life who, channeling Spirit, poke me when there’s something I need to heal
–for my wife bringing my life from black and white into Technicolor
–for my wife who prods me on, makes me grow, and is the light of my life
–for my Unity family and friends
–for the inspiration from this community
–for this attitude of gratitude
–for the prayers on this healing journey
–for my mother’s good health and for wisdom and love from my partner
–for the smiles and hugs I get here
–for everyone of you who touch my heart
–for HeartMath
–for my family and coming here to join them and find this community as I make my transition and for good books about this to study and for the spirituality coming from quantum physics
–for David and Kathryn
–for the experience of sharing someone’s last year as they make their passing
–for finding here that I was not alone, I am never alone, and I never would be alone
–for coming back after months of traveling and still having your love as if I’d not ever gone
–for kundalini meditation and the insight it taught me to use in so many ways: “I wish to grow.”
–for the Heart Ministry here that helped me through the darkest night of my soul
–for the happy trees today that made me cry

Feel this deep beautiful gratitude in your heart throughout the week. Say, “I am grateful!” When traffic comes to a stop ahead of you, look at all the cars and say, “I am grateful!” Look at that person in the mirror and say “I am grateful for getting to be that person!” And for those magnificent people in your life, “I am grateful!”