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 “How Unity Heals”
 Reverend Bernadette Voorhees
June 20, 2010
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MEDITATION 

As we enter into prayer, let your consciousness drift away from the human mind & its problems, away from fear, worry & lower thoughts. Thought is power. Turn your thoughts now to the one presence & power as the eternal spirit of God in the midst of you. Affirm: My Father & I are one. 

This moment, accept this truth, not as a distant truth apart from you, but a truth that is with you and within you.  It is the truth of every cell of your physical body temple, the truth of your mind, the truth of your eyes that see all good, the truth of your voice that speaks your truth, the truth of your ears that hear the voice of God saying ‘this is my beloved child in whom I am well pleased” in the silence . .

In the silence, you are empowered with new knowledge about yourself of who you are and what you can become, knowledge that God is with you, knowledge that you are related—never separate, a family, one body of the Christ.
You are a child of love, a child of possibility, a child of life and healing, a child of youth, a child of clear thinking and guidance.  The power of God is at work in everything; it is at work in you.  Rest for another moment in the silence and accept what is already yours . . .

In our oneness with God, we’re linked Spirit to Spirit so now let us turn our thoughts to the earthly Fathers who have loved us & love us still often overlooking nourishing themselves. There’s no time or space in prayer so your thoughts of love now reach out and touch those who have been a father, grandfather or served to nurture you in any way.  Silently say, “Thank you for all that you give & tried to give to me.   In the name and nature of our divine Fathers we do give thanks. Amen.

HOW UNITY HEALS

On Mother’s day I talked about Myrtle Fillmore, mother of Unity & her healing. So today I'm going to talk about Charles Fillmore--the co founder & father of Unity. Myrtle was taught from birth that she would inherit T.B. She absolutely believed what her father told her, “Everyone in our family gets TB & dies young.” & it appeared to be true. Myrtle was down to about 88 pounds & sick to death from tuberculosis when she & Charles attend a workshop by E.B. Weeks & heard the words, “You are a child of God and did not inherit weakness or sickness but health & wholeness.”

Myrtle grabbed onto those words like someone might grab onto a life preserver after falling off a ship in the middle of the ocean or like someone would grab for a breath after having their head held under water.  She set aside a place of private prayer where she sat daily to pray in the presence of Jesus Christ. Charles was an intellectual, a skeptic & scientifically minded. He watched her healing take place over a period of 2 years. He watched in amazement as his wife stopped declining & began radiating vibrant life. He watched from his own broken body; a body that had been in continuous severe pain since he’d been injured in a skating accident as a child. Charles like Myrtle, had known pain all his life.  I'm reading his exact words from his book, Dynamics for Living. “When I was a boy of ten, I was taken with what was as first diagnosed as rheumatism, but developed into a very serious case of hip disease.  I was in bed for over a year.

Can you imagine being a 10 yr old sick in bed for a year  & in constant pain?  I can.  I identify with the Fillmore’s because I too was sick as a child & spent almost a year in bed. The room was kept dark & I could overhear my family talking about how sick I was & that I might not make it. It was back in the days when doctors still made house calls.  Everyday Dr. Rittenhouse would come to the house & give me a shot.  He was convinced that if I went to the hospital I would die. It was bad but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

When Charles was a sick child doctors believed that in order to get a disease out of the body the body had to be drained or bled.  They used a razor blade, but not a single blade. The tool had 5 blades in a row & with it they cut into the most diseased area & 'bled' the patient believing it allowed the disease to drain out of the body. They performed this inhumane procedure to his leg in over 150 locations during that year.  It's a miracle that he survived it.  Charles said: “From that time, I was an invalid. I was in constant pain for 25 years, until I began application of Divine Law.” 

How do you learn to live with unrelenting illness & pain? This was something that Charles & Myrtle had in common; a high pain threshold & an unwillingness to just give up & curl up into a ball.  They refused to let pain limit their lives. Charles didn’t deny the physical reality he acknowledged it. He said, “Two very large abscesses developed at the head of the hip bone, which the doctors said would finally drain away my life.  But I managed to get about on crutches with a 4-inch extension of steel & cork, which made my one leg almost the same length as the other. My hip bone was out of the socket and very stiff.” 

I dislocated my hip a few years ago & experienced excruciating pain. This went on for months until a chiropractor popped it back into place.  But by the time that happened, I had a bunch of other problems as a result.  

This was also true for Charles Fillmore but multiplied by 25 years. Over time his leg shriveled to about 4 inches in diameter. It was inches shorter than the other leg because of the bone degeneration & was extremely abscessed. The whole right side of his body was affected by continual infection. His right ear became deaf & his right eye became so weak that today he’d be declared legally blind in that eye.

So, here he is. He's practically blind in one eye, deaf in one ear, with a shriveled leg. He's been in terrible pain for 25 years, which is more than enough time for his physical limitation to be deeply impressed on his consciousness. More than enough time for the thought “This is the way it is & the way it always will be” to become crystallized in his consciousness. But after witnessing Myrtle’s healing, Charles decided to experiment with himself. He said, “I began to apply spiritual treatment.  There was, for a long time, only a very slight response in the leg.” Often when we pray, we put incredible pressure on ourselves for immediate change & when nothing appears to be happening or it appears to happening too slow, we think we must not be as good as others or not worthy of God’s attention. We are tempted to give up. Whenever I find myself feeling this way, I ask myself,  “Do I want the gifts of the kingdom of heaven or do I want the kingdom of heaven?”
It took Charles a long time to be healed but he never doubted that he would be healed & he never gave up. He said,  ‘Even though there was only a slight response in the leg, but I felt better. & I found that I started to hear again with my right ear. This was my first indication that something miraculous was happening. Then gradually, I noticed that I had more feeling in my leg.  Then, as the years went by, the joint began to become limber in the leg & the shrunken flesh filled out until my right leg was almost equal to the other.  Then, I discarded the cork & steel extension & wore an ordinary shoe with a double heel about an inch in height. The leg became almost as large as the other & the muscles were restored. I'm giving the smallest details of my healing because it would be considered a medical impossibility & a miracle from a medical standpoint. However, I have watched the restoration year after year as I applied the power of thought.  I know it is under Divine Law so I am satisfied that here is proof of the law that the mind builds the body and can restore it.”

Ernest Wilson & Charles Fillmore were friends & often traveled & lectured together. Ernest Wilson said that the most amazing thing he ever saw was when he was on tour with Charles Fillmore in California & they stayed in the same motel room.  He saw Charles without his pants -- so he could see both legs & he said both legs were filled out & full.  In fact, very little was said about it in Unity until Ernest Wilson saw the 'healing' & urged Charles to write about what he went through. Charles had the most amazing growth in his leg when he was past the age of 75.  Many people think life is pretty much over by then. We think that we can't heal, that the body accelerates its decline. Life is all downhill. But Charles Fillmore & science says that we are constantly replacing cells & regenerating the body.  If you have a 1921 Ford out in the parking lot, but you have replaced all the parts of the car, is it really a 1921 Ford or is it a brand new car? 

Unity teaches that you are not your age.  You are brand new because your body is constantly rebuilding itself. Not only that but every cell in your body is responding to the directions you give it, either positive & constructive or negative & destructive. There are no neutral thoughts. If you aren’t using the power of the spoken word as affirmative prayer to identify with healing life, then what are you identifying with? There are no neutral thoughts &  “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.”  We give something energy by focusing our attention on it. So we must learn to give right-minded attention to what we want to increase & stop giving attention to what we want to decrease & eliminate.

Richard Jafolla author of the book “Nourishing the Life Force” said, "When we speak we have the largest listening audience in the world.  We have 100 trillion cells.  These cells are awake inside of us.  They are saying, "Okay, what do you want me to do today?" If we tell them we want them to regenerate & we I’D with God Life, they’ll do it.  It will be as you desire."  When Jofolla was head of our Silent Unity Prayer Ministry he said, “The majority of people who come to Unity seeking healing belong to a class of people called the discouraged. They come to us as a last resort saying, "I’ve been to doctors & healers but no one can help me. You are my last resort.” 

There’s a story about this in the Gospel of Luke 8:43. This is the gospel that records the most healings. The story is about a discouraged woman who had spent all her money on physicians but could not be healed. When she heard that Jesus was a healer & that he was coming to town she thought, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment I will be healed.” This isn’t meant to be taken literally. Metaphysically, the idiom 'touch the hem of his garment, means “to get into the consciousness of healing."  A conscious of healing is based on spiritual understanding. Understanding that God is the only presence & power standing under everything, everywhere. The healing we desire comes when we focus our thoughts on God rather than on the 'illness.' She 'touched the hem of his garment.’ She got into the consciousness of Oneness with God & all that God is, just for a moment & that was time enough. "YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU Whole" Jesus didn't say ‘Your healing is going to take some time.”  He said your ‘faith has made you whole.’ When you get into a consciousness of healing you have gone back to the Cause & created a window of entry for the pure life of God to flow in & through you to feed every cell of your physical body temple. 

Many of us who come into Unity from other religions find that we must learn an entirely new way of thinking & praying. Prayer isn’t begging & pleading with God to be healed.  In fact, that is the wrong way to pray because it focuses our attention on what we don’t want & actually creates more of what we don’t want. God created you & I in his image & likeness & has never changed his mind toward us.  God is always perfection & is ever ready to flow through you but you must train your mind to THINK with the mind of God & to THINK thoughts of HEALTH & wholeness.

Charles Fillmore said, "With every thought there is a radiation of energy.'People with cancer often have radiation treatment.  He’s saying that you can give it to yourself from the inside.  You can radiate your body & life with your God thought energy.  Whatever you are thinking about radiates through the body.  If you’re thinking negative thoughts & ID’ing yourself with limitation you will feel worn out.  Your vital energy is depleted & you may not understand why.

But if you can change your thoughts & begin to talk to your body as you would talk to a close friend. If you can begin to honor your body & apologize to your body for the limited thoughts you've held about it in the past & for life giving thoughts you have forgotten to hold  & begin to apply Divine energy to every part of your body temple you will not just be ‘cured’, you will ‘be healed’ of the condition that causes all forms of lack in our lives.  The belief that we are separate from God & the source of the solution to our need.

Your body is made up of millions of individual cells & those individual cells are not as old as you think they are.  They are not as sick as you think they are & that 'you' might be.  They are new cells.  They are healthy cells.  They are young cells.  They are vital cells.  But they are also OBEDIENT CELLS & they are listening & responding to whatever you call them to be. Charles Fillmore says, “The presiding ego of the I AM in each organism determines the particular kind of impulse that the cells shall radiate.” The presiding ego of a cell iseither the 'human' or "I AM' which is Christ. In our bodies, some cells are in a radiating state & some cells are in a crystallized state.  The Crystallizing of cells or disease is a result of wrong 'affirmations' being held in our mind.

As we begin to think of ourselves as eternal children of God & in prayer & meditation become receptive & open our minds & hearts to a steady stream of life energy, those crystals begin to break down & are released, eliminated from our bodies in the normal way.  
According to Charles Fillmore, “All healing is based on 'mental cleansing’& when the mind is free of error thought, harmony in the body results."  Permanent healing is never accomplished until the mental cause of the disease (the error thought) is removed.  The true way to healing is to find the mental cause & eliminate it forever just as Charles and Myrtle Fillmore did.

In conclusion, Charles says, "If we talk wrong about our body, this in the end can shatter the strongest organism. If we talk right about or body, we will change whatever is going on in our organism and change our body temple for an entire manifestation of a lifetime.”
Bonus Jokes

Three boys were overheard in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy said, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50."

The 2nd boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100."

The 3rd boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon... and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"

 

Subject: Giving for a Hymn
    
    One Sunday a minister told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate.  He said that whoever gave the most would be able to pick out three hymns.

After the offering plates were passed, the minister glanced down and noticed that someone had placed a $1,000 bill in offering.  He was so excited that he immediately shared his joy with his congregation and said he'd like to personally thank the person who placed the money in the plate.

A very quiet, elderly, saintly lady all the way in the back shyly raised her hand.  The minister asked her to come to the front.  Slowly she made her way up to the minister.
    
He told her how wonderful it was that she gave so much and in thanksgiving asked her to pick out three hymns.

Her eyes brightened, as she looked over the congregation, pointing to the 3 handsomest men in the building she said, "I'll take him and him and him."

 



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