September 1, 2013 – From Beauty to Christopher Robin to Presence

9/1/13 Rev. David McArthur
From Beauty to Christopher Robin to Presence

One morning on my back deck I stopped and observed the beauty of the early sun and of shadow, colors, and textures all around me, and I felt something more, something greater. In prayer, I call this The Presence. At times it is so alive, but it is not seen “out there”, it is in here, inside. Then I got it: the questions and thoughts in my mind from years of exploring great teachers and scriptures are about going through an experience but are not the experience itself. This experience that we call “God”, which makes us all misunderstand but which we’ve all felt—this beautiful sacred presence in us which lives through us, is us. Beauty opens us and is part of the journey.

In Winnie the Pooh the images are so pure. One morning Pooh is singing a rhyme and sees a hole in a bank. Could it be Rabbit’s hole? “Is there anybody home?” he asks. “Nobody home!” is the reply. Rabbit is a great picture of mind, always asking “What if…?” and when he lets Pooh in he says, “You can’t be too careful.” He offers Pooh bread and honey. When all the honey is gone, Pooh makes his goodbyes, but cannot get back out through the rabbit hole. He is stuck. Pooh is an excellent image of the soul’s journey—entering into the world and then getting stuck. Christopher Robin is the Christ Self; it’s his Hundred Acre Wood and all the animals are under his care. He said Pooh had to stay stuck until he got thinner. So he reads to Pooh every day until he’s thin enough to get out of the hole. It’s like that moment for us of being with the One, conscious of the relationship with that Presence in our lives. This is a picture of life, with all the things that go down, all the struggles and conflict; there is the intelligence and care there right in the middle of life, which responds. Knowledge supports us in our journey, but it’s not important. What is important is the relationship with the divine.

In the experience on the deck I became aware that I was grateful. “Thank you Father!” for the beauty, for the experience of being in it, of it. My response was “I am grateful!”—one with the gratitude and tremendous beauty that unfolds. I am grateful! I am grateful! I am grateful! In this moment you are immersed in beauty! It is in the people all around you (although sometimes very cleverly disguised). I am grateful for all that’s there! You are beautiful, and for that I am grateful!

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September 1, 2013 – From Beauty to Christopher Robin to Presence

9/1/13 Rev. David McArthur
From Beauty to Christopher Robin to Presence

One morning on my back deck I stopped and observed the beauty of the early sun and of shadow, colors, and textures all around me, and I felt something more, something greater. In prayer, I call this The Presence. At times it is so alive, but it is not seen “out there”, it is in here, inside. Then I got it: the questions and thoughts in my mind from years of exploring great teachers and scriptures are about going through an experience but are not the experience itself. This experience that we call “God”, which makes us all misunderstand but which we’ve all felt—this beautiful sacred presence in us which lives through us, is us. Beauty opens us and is part of the journey.

In Winnie the Pooh the images are so pure. One morning Pooh is singing a rhyme and sees a hole in a bank. Could it be Rabbit’s hole? “Is there anybody home?” he asks. “Nobody home!” is the reply. Rabbit is a great picture of mind, always asking “What if…?” and when he lets Pooh in he says, “You can’t be too careful.” He offers Pooh bread and honey. When all the honey is gone, Pooh makes his goodbyes, but cannot get back out through the rabbit hole. He is stuck. Pooh is an excellent image of the soul’s journey—entering into the world and then getting stuck. Christopher Robin is the Christ Self; it’s his Hundred Acre Wood and all the animals are under his care. He said Pooh had to stay stuck until he got thinner. So he reads to Pooh every day until he’s thin enough to get out of the hole. It’s like that moment for us of being with the One, conscious of the relationship with that Presence in our lives. This is a picture of life, with all the things that go down, all the struggles and conflict; there is the intelligence and care there right in the middle of life, which responds. Knowledge supports us in our journey, but it’s not important. What is important is the relationship with the divine.

In the experience on the deck I became aware that I was grateful. “Thank you Father!” for the beauty, for the experience of being in it, of it. My response was “I am grateful!”—one with the gratitude and tremendous beauty that unfolds. I am grateful! I am grateful! I am grateful! In this moment you are immersed in beauty! It is in the people all around you (although sometimes very cleverly disguised). I am grateful for all that’s there! You are beautiful, and for that I am grateful!

February 21, 2010 – Prosperity Principles: Thank You God


Rev. David McArthur

“If you pour your words of faith into the omni-present substance, you will be prospered though all the banks in the world be closed.” –Charles Fillmore.

Our journey to prosperity thus far has 6 steps. Today they are united in the 7th. The 6 are:

Be clear of your purpose, which is defined by your passion – those things that are important to you. The Universe is as committed to your success as you are, providing all that you need to manifest it.

Through healing and forgiveness clear away that which blocks your success from coming to you.

Jump into the flow of God’s giving nature by your giving – your tithing.

Attune to God’s goodness through the power of prayer. Since that which we affirm with our focus is manifested, strive to live complaint free.

Use your powers for good.

Our caring actions bring into manifestation the love of God in this 3D world.

The 7th step is to express your gratitude for God’s goodness, even in the face of challenges. Do not “Thank God” as a victim as that will attract more of the same. Know that there is no thought of lack in God’s mind. As spiritual, creative beings we know there is something good, something wonderful and whole coming. Often we can’t see it, but we know it’s got to be there.

“Thank You, God, for the goodness that is there that must come forth. “If you are willing to let God’s goodness flow in and through your life, even when facing challenges, say, “Thank You, God!”

November 15, 2009 – Cinderella (part 3): Steps to Happily Ever After


Rev. David McArthur

“…The divine essence within me, is my guide to spiritual living… Whether in an established time of prayer or a moment’s sigh of release, I am lifted into the light of divine potential where I receive guidance and inspiration. I consciously connect with the Christ and prepare to meet my good, to succeed and to prosper in my endeavors… ‘God chose to make known how great… are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.’–Colossians 1:27” Daily Word- October 15, 2009

Thank you Rev. David for the “how to”:

Begin with being grateful for the people, animal friends, or events in your life which take you right to that place within that feels closest to God. Then acknowledge the power and love that flows through your heart. Now feel your conscious union of mind and heart with God.

You empower your knowledge with your feeling. You “enliven” it. Now you can live it.  God bless.

— Your Prayer Team

Music

“Lord’s Prayer” – Traditional, modified for Unity

“Walking in the Light” – Traditional, modified for Unity

“Peace Song” – Jill Jackson, Sy Miller