The resurrection story isn’t a literal story about God overcoming death. A story about a God who overcomes death isn’t that big a deal anyway. Any real God should be able to do that with one hand tied behind its back. If we see Easter as the story of a god who rolled back a big stone and walked out of a tomb, that may be very impressive, but it doesn’t do anything for our spiritual growth. There has to be something there we can learn or use. If we see this story as showing us the ability of the world, and the ability of you and me, to renew our spirit in the face of any obstacle, to transform ourselves from despair and limitation into a consciousness of joy and possibility, no matter what happened in the past, that’s definitely something to get excited about.
We need to take more time to laugh at ourselves. I don’t mean making fun of ourselves, or laughing at what we call our failures or our stupidity (of which we all have an abundance). I mean we should be laughing at how seriously we take things, and laughing with joy at our ability to live and love and play and create. We should be laughing at all the different avenues open to us to enjoy ourselves. We should be laughing with joy at how much we have to offer the world, and how much the world is always offering us.
In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, it says, “Every word we say has in back of it an idea, and the power of the word is primarily in that idea. We give that word additional power according to our oneness with that idea and the force of our thought.” In other words, the faith and conviction we have ABOUT our belief, in whatever area of our life it happens to be, amplifies the power of our word when we finally speak it. You can see this power at work in the speeches of Dr. King, or Winston Churchill, or even in the quiet words of Mother Theresa. Their words are powerful, not just because they’re eloquent and wise and passionate, but because of the consciousness behind those words.
Everything that exists, in the past, present or future, has a beginning and an end. It comes from consciousness. It exists as long as it is supported by consciousness. And when consciousness shifts, that which previously existed either changes or it disappears. That's the way Life works. That's the way it works in the world at large, and that's the way it works in our own individual lives. Or as Dr. Holmes writes in the Science of Mind, "Creation is always beginning but never ending. The slightest thought of Intelligence sets power in motion through the Law, producing a corresponding thing. Things may come and things may go, but Creation goes on forever.
Grace is largely a Christian term, thought of as the love of God shown to the unlovely, the peace of God given to the restless and the unmerited favor of God. The truth is, grace isn’t something God gives us if we do something right; it’s something we always have access to (in us), but we have to choose to be open to it. Grace is the givingness of Spirit to Its creation, and the entire secret of harmonious existence as far as we are individually concerned is in the attaining of a ‘consciousness of grace.
When someone leaves our life unexpectedly, before we’re ready (and we’re never really ready), the feelings we have can be overwhelming. Fear, despair, anger, resentment, all those things are perfectly natural, perfectly normal reactions — for awhile. No one can say for how long, but they’re not meant to last forever. We need to be able to stand in the center of our grief and to see ourselves going through it, and to feel whatever it is that we feel. But somehow, eventually, we have to be able to reach inside and to touch our center, our inner core, and to release the person we love so much to something greater. Because that’s what death is.
People who are able to look past judgment and blame, people who look at every other person as their equal in the sight of God, have a special place in the world. They have a sense of peace, a sense of calm. They have a firm conviction that all of life is important, however it’s being expressed. This gives them power over those of us who get caught up in appearances, those of us who guard our time and our money so closely, because someone might take advantage of us. But these people don’t have anything that you and I don’t have; they’re simply seeing something that we’ve forgotten to look for — they see God in every other person. They are truly ‘in this world but not of it.~
Some of us assume that whatever we want for ourselves is good for us, and whatever is good for us must be good for everyone else, too. That doesn’t take into consideration the fact that what we want is not always the best for us, so it may not be good for others, either. It may even be a good idea for us to examine those things we think we want in life and see if they really are something that would be appropriate to impose on others. We may find that we’re selling ourselves short, and not seeking or expecting anything near to what we might be able to acquire or achieve. If that’s the case, then we may not only be short-changing ourselves; we may be short-changing the people around us, too.
If we are looking for reasons to stay trapped in a situation that's not helping us live life to the fullest, we can always find all the reasons we need. But we have to understand that finding reasons for a problem only prolongs the problem. We can never find a way out of a negative or unhealthy situation if we spend all our time and energy looking for reasons to justify it. When things aren't working in our life, there's a tendency to keep our consciousness focused on limitation-producing conditions, not because those conditions need to be limiting, but because we allow them to limit us. We accept them as cold, hard facts. That's what the world tells us is normal, rational thinking; but the world is wrong.
We need to change the way we think about love. In fact, until we’re able to change the way we understand both love and life (and the two DO go hand-in-hand; nobody ever needs to be living a life without love) — until we begin to accept that both life and love are exquisitely designed by a Perfect Loving Intelligence to expand and enrich our experience of living, we may very well find ourselves wandering without direction (emotionally, if not physically), feeling unhappy and unloved and helpless to change it, when we should be feeling just the opposite. This is true about every kind of love, but it is especially true about romantic love