UNITY OF VANCOUVER
“How To Get Out of the Dumps”
Reverend Bernadette Voorhees
May 18. 2008
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The Father & I are One. This is a truth for you. Looking at others in your life, you sense certain qualities you admire so much in them. Yet, the inward voice reminds you that to sense those qualities in others is to possess the potential for them within yourself. You honor the qualities of Spirit, wherever they may be sensed, when you attend to their potential within yourself.
In your deepening sense of Unity with the one Presence in your world, you are willing to own those qualities that are yours. They live within your being like gold buried deep in the earth waiting to be brought into the open, refined & given expression. You are enriched by the new creation of your being as these qualities are made manifest through you.
Where there has been a sense of alienation, there is a potential for love. As you attend to that sense of being connected to God in all life you feel a new sense of belonging to the family of God. Where you have closed yourself to receiving, there is a potential to be open to God’s gifts being drawn to & through you. As you attend to your capacity to receive good & only good & honor your God connection you respond to God & others with wisdom & loving appreciation.
Where there has been a sense of being deprived & having unmet needs, there is a potential to experience the fullness of being wonderfully human. Do you know that you live in the midst of infinite love? Do you know that it is not possible for you to stray outside the boundaries of love – for God’s love is boundless. Let go of fear & confusion. They are illusions & hinder love. Do not allow the pain of the past to mar the beauty in the present. Do not isolate yourself from the joy of living this day in total love. Faith & knowledge are supported by infinite love, so surrender your heart upward into the infinite love of God so that divine love may be complete in you in the silence. . .
All creation is an expression of divine love & you are a part of that creation. God is the love that you now know as your own being. God is the love that you now let motivate you to create & express love intentionally with words & actions to yourself & the others in your life. Love is just a dream when it is a feeling, but love is real when it is lived. Take another moment in the silence to silently give life to divine love through the thoughts you think, the emotions you feel, the words you speak & the services your render today & everyday. Choose today to live the dream & love. “The light of god surrounds us, the love of god enfolds us, the power of god protects us, the presence of God watches over us. Wherever we are God is & all is forever illumined & bless. Amen.
How To Get Out of The Dumps
Sir Robert Watson Watt, the Scotsman who invented radar was awarded, $140,000; the highest award ever made for a wartime invention. But, while driving in Canada, years later, he was arrested for speeding, caught in a radar trap. He wrote a little poem about it.
Each morning when you get up, you open your eyes, put your feet on the floor & begin to invent what the day is going to be. No outer circumstance or person determines what it’s going to be. It is you creating it, inside yourself. Is today going to be heaven or hell?
As co-creators with God, every moment inside of ourselves, we are inventing our own lives. But like Sir Robert Watson, are we a victim of our own invention?
What are you going to invent in your life today, this week? Is your life going to be in a down period & are you going to be in a slump & depressed about it? Or is going to be the day when you decide to climb up & stay up & out of the dumps forever.
Story: Many years ago, there was a man who was a baking powder salesman. No matter how hard he tried, the sales of baking powder were going down. Well, he had the same kind of responsibilities that we all have. He had a wife, a couple of kids, a mortgage & bills that needed to be paid. But how could they be paid if baking powder wasn’t selling?
He prayed for ideas saying,“Dear God, what will make this baking powder sell?”& in prayer he got the idea to give chewing gum with the baking powder. He did this & everyone loved the chewing gum. Everybody wanted the chewing gum, but they didn’t like the baking powder. The man got more & more depressed. He wondered, ‘What am I to do.” One day, he just hit bottom. He got down on his knees & prayed harder than he’d ever prayed before, asking God to give him some new ideas. And the message came to him: “The new ideas are staring you right in the face.” And he got the idea to drop the baking powder & start selling the gum. & that’s exactly what he did & why you’re probably familiar with his name, William Wrigley.
Everybody gets into a slump at sometime in his or her life, even ministers. A fellow minister tells this story, “15 years ago, I was in a severe slump. I was a success at my career & had everything that I thought I wanted in my life only to discover it wasn’t what I really wanted. I didn’t like what I was doing. But I had it & wondered, “What in the world am I going to do with my life now?” I’ve been in that situation & can say it’s very distressing.
He said, “I began to realize that when I turned to God I would begin to feel good for a while & then I’d slip back into worrying & distress almost without realizing it. It’s almost as if a spring was on my back. I would walk towards God, & then without realizing it, the minute I let my defenses down I’d spring back into my worries & the mountain of problems I thought were in front of me. & I thought to myself. “How crazy. Its almost as if the negativity had a magnetic pull on me.”& I wondered,“Why do I keep doing this?” So, I’d pray more & when I was praying I felt great, but then I’d slip back fast. Then, after worrying & having great anxiety for a while, I would wake up again & say, “What in the world am I doing to myself?”
Can you relate to his story? Maybe you’re like this right now in your life.
He said, “Slowly, through prayer, I started to realize that I was king over my own mind. That my mind doesn’t rule over me, I rule over my own mind. I could make the choices of what I’m going to experience, of what I’m going to invent in my day.
I was in a slump when I first started going to Unity & like many of you one of the first things I did was visit the Bookstore & Lending Library, picking up any book that looked like it might help me to get a grip on my life. One of those books was “What Are You?” by Imelda Shanklin. These words helped me transform my life. She writes,“You will have the right kind of confidence in yourself when you have developed a consciousness of your identity with God & His identity with you. Encompass yourself with the certainty of God.” I thought about those words, “You are encompassed, not separated from God. God is not far off. You are encompassed in God. That means that you are completely sealed in God’s protection & God’s good & God’s love.”
Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore said,“We can’t help but think that a wise & loving Creator must have planned more permanent good for His offspring.” Well, in Truth, God has so planned, but this power lies in our ability to possess & mold our thoughts so that the good God has planned for us can come through & that means remembering that we live, move & have our being in God & living life to its fullest.
Sometimes even though we make every effort to be positive & stay on top of things, we still fall into a slump of discouragement, negativity, & depression, so let’s look at some of the causes for slumps & what we need to do to get out of one.
The cycles of ebb & flow are natural throughout nature. Nature is always in balance. Nature doesn’t push itself like we do. Emerson observing this said, “The finite alone worries & suffers while the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.
Every person here has the same week ahead of them & that week works out to 168 hours. To keep from getting in a slump or to get out of one, you need to lead a balanced life. Henry Thoreau wrote this formula for living a balanced life while at Walden Pond.
There are 16 hours left. That is for non-activity. Non-activity is that time in your life where you process. That’s like when you get up in the morning & stare into your mirror & wonder, “Who am I?” or that time before going to be at night. Everybody needs that time. Time to just be.
Luke 11:34 says, “When the eye is single, focused on the glory of God, the whole body is then full of light.” So make your eye single upon God & you’ll constantly be pulled back to God’s good.
There’s a great story that you may not have heard about Thoreau that I’m going to close with. As Thoreau lie dying in his home, a pious neighbor called on him & solemnly asked him, “Henry, have you made peace with your God?” Thoreau smiled up at him & replied, “Why? We have never argued.”
God bless you & have a great day!
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