Daily Inspiration: 4/17/2018

#DailyWord: LET GO, LET GOD

#Affirmation: I LIVE, MOVE, AND HAVE MY BEING IN THE SPIRIT OF GOD

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I live in the spirit of answered prayer. If I have a question in mind and heart or have a need that concerns me, I give thanks that divine life is the answer to every question. Then, as I sleep, rise, and live through my day, I let go. I release concerns knowing that my right answer is emerging in time and with grace and peace.

Letting go requires that I no longer hold on to my problem out of doubt or fear. As I exercise this new kind of faith, I release any worry or concern and know that my needs are met in a divinely ordered way. My life flows with ease. I go forward with confidence to meet my perfect solution, and my right answer comes rushing forth to greet me. I live, move, and have my being in the spirit of God.

Source: Daily Word for Tuesday April 17th 2018

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You’re my cave to hide in,
    my cliff to climb.
Be my safe leader,
    be my true mountain guide.
—The Psalmist David

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“The seekers of The Light are one” – May Rowland

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Daily Inspiration: 4/16/2018

#DailyWord: GUIDANCE

#Affirmation: I SEEK THE GUIDANCE OF SPIRIT, AND I MOVE FORWARD CONFIDENTLY

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There are times in life I walk ahead with absolute confidence. There are also times I might feel adrift when considering my next step. During those times, I rely on the Truth that God is all, and I am a part of that Allness. As such, I have absolute faith I am never further away from the guidance of Spirit than the simple act of returning my attention to Truth.

I may be human, but I am also divine. My human eyes might see separation or lack, but when I look through the eyes of Spirit, I see Truth. I see possibility and unity, and I see the path ahead with clarity. I know what is mine to do, and I move forward with courage and conviction.

Source: DailyWord for April 16th 2018

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Ancient Wisdom New Thought

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. The Psalmist

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My Views On God

Letting Go of Outmoded Views

Growing when my parents were upset or aggravated with me they would say: “Do you think God is happy with you?” At that age I didn’t really understand who or what God was. My first exposure to God was through sermons at Church. God was presented as an angry judge who was ever ready to punish people. It was God who destroyed the violent world with a flood, it was God who rained fire and sulfur down on Sodom and Gomorrah, it was God who had killed the firstborn Egyptians, and it was God who was going to come punish everyone for each of their sins, flaws, and mistakes.

Any time my parents didn’t approve of a song I was listening to, the way I cut my hair, the clothing choices I made, or eventually my spiritual beliefs – they would pull the old “Do you think God is happy with you?” card.  I realize now it was a veiled threat. It was a call to fear. It was a question designed to make me second guess myself, and then to fear punishment at either Armageddon, Judgement Day, or in a fiery hell.

After years of my parents attempting to use God as a fear-based control mechanism I eventually became angry at the concept of God, and began to profess atheism. During this period in my early adulthood I hated religion and God. I agreed with Karl Marx’s statement that ‘religion is the opiate of the people’, that God was at a best a wishful delusion and at worst a destructive control mechanism, and that religion needed to be eradicated for the betterment of humanity. I read Richard Dawkins‘ God Delusion. I watched Religulous with Bill Maher. I listened to atheist videos and podcasts with Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris.

I learned a lot from all these men. I learned to think critically and not to blindly accept what others present as truth. I learned to question everything. I learned that blind faith in dogmas and institutions can lead to humans committing evil acts in the name of good. I learned about the violent history of organized religion, and the absurdity of many of its of teachings.

I learned many valuable things while exploring atheism, but learning that many of the ideas I had been taught were false was not enough for me. I needed something more. Atheistic nihilism did not satisfying my spiritual needs, it did not fill my hunger for mysticism. I needed something practical. Some of ideas felt just as rigid as the fundamentalism I was seeking to escape. I eventually found myself seeking a deeper understanding. I seemed to be missing something, another side of the story perhaps.

Discovering Another Way

In my seeking I found myself exploring the ideas of secular humanisma philosophy or life stance that embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, super-naturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of morality and decision making.

Secular humanism eventually led me to Unitarian Universalism, a religion which was originally founded on the idea of universal salvation, the idea that a truly loving God would and could not damn anyone to eternal punishment. Unitarian Universalism in modern times has become a fellowship open to all, not based upon dogmas or creeds, but instead is based on 7 principles. One of those principles is a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

While exploring secular humanism within Unitarian Universalism I was exposed to new ideas about God. One talk in particular changed the way I would eventually come to view God, “God Revised” by Rev. Galen Guengerich.

‘The traditional view of God is simply wrong… Traditional views of God must be revised. The presence of god as a patriarchal puppet-master…is wreaking havoc everywhere, especially on women, gays, and the environment; and the absence of god in the lives of those who rightly reject such a God is depriving many of the benefits of religious community precisely when they are needed most…I believe that today’s atheists are 100 % half right. I do not believe in the god they don’t believe in either, but the traditional religionists are also 100 % half right. Just because God isn’t supernatural doesn’t mean that God is a fantasy and that religion is a farce.’ – Rev. Galen Guengerich

 

Alternative Ideas About God

After being exposed to new concepts of God, and exploring God as a principle not a person, my searching then led me to a 19th century philosophy known as New Thought. New Thought holds that Infinite Intelligence or God is omnipotent and omnipresent, Spirit is the ultimate reality, true human self-hood is divine, divinely attuned thought is a positive force for good, all disease is mental in origin, and right thinking has a healing effect.

New Thought is neither monolithic or dogmatic. It is a loosely allied group of religious denominations, authors, philosophers, and individuals who share a set of beliefs concerning metaphysics, positive thinking, the law of attraction, healing, life force, creative visualization, and personal power.

The largest religious affiliations to come out of the New Thought movement are Unity, Religious Science, Centers for Spiritual Living, and Christian Science.

Influential Quotes about God:

Here are some quotes that have influenced my views and beliefs about God.

GOD IS SPIRIT

God is sheer being itself — Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.Jesus Christ

 

IN GOD WE LIVE, MOVE, AND HAVE OUR BEING

‘In [God] we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his progeny.’ – The Apostle Paul

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GOD IS LOVE

The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God IS love — so you can’t know him if you don’t love. – The Apostle John

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GOD IS NOT A PERSON

God is not a person who has set creation in motion and gone away and left it to run down like a clock. God is Spirit, infinite Mind, the immanent force and intelligence everywhere manifest in nature. God is the silent voice that speaks into visibility all the life there is.Charles Fillmore, co-founder of UnityCharles Fillmore

 

 

GOD AS PRINCIPLE

We are studying [New Thought] to get a broader conception of God, rather than holding to the view that he is a personal being with parts like man, a being subject to change and capable of varying moods. Though personal to each one of us, God is an it; neither male nor female, but Principle. God is not a cold, senseless principle like that of mathematics, but the Principle of life, love, and Intelligence. God is All-Intelligence; there is but the one Mind and in reality there are no separate [individuals].

Sometimes we pray to a God outside of ourselves. It is the God in the midst of us that frees and heals. Myrtle Page Fillmore, co-founder of UnityMyrtle Fillmore

 

GOD IS LIGHT, LIFE, LOVE, INTELLIGENCE, SUBSTANCE, OMNISCIENCE, OMNIPRESENCE, OMNIPOTENCE

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[When Jesus was talking with the Samaritan woman at the well, he said to her, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” …

Webster in his definition of spirit says: “An animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms. A supernatural being or essence; the Holy Spirit.”

God, then, is NOT, as many of us have been taught to believe, a big personage or man residing somewhere in a beautiful region in the sky, called “heaven,” where good people go when they die, and see Him clothed in ineffable glory; nor is He a stern, angry judge only awaiting opportunity somewhere to punish bad people who have failed to live a perfect life here.

God is Spirit, or the creative energy that is the cause of all visible things. God as Spirit is the invisible life and intelligence underlying all physical things. There could be no body, or visible part, to anything unless there were first Spirit as creative cause. God is not a being or person having life, intelligence, love, power. God is that invisible, intangible, but very real, something we call life. God is perfect love and infinite power. God is the total of these; the total of all good, whether manifested or unexpressed: There is but one God in the universe, but one source of all the different forms of life or intelligence that we see, whether they be men, animals, trees, or rocks.

God is Spirit. We cannot see Spirit with these fleshly eyes; but when Spirit clothes itself with a body, when Spirit makes itself visible or manifest through a material form, then we recognize it. You do not see the living, thinking “me” when you look at my body. You see only the form that I am manifesting.

God is love. We cannot see love, nor grasp any comprehension of what love is, except as love is clothed with a form. All the love in the universe is God. The love between husband and wife, between parents and children, is just the least little bit of God, as pushed forth through visible form into manifestation. A mother’s love, so infinitely tender, so unfailing, is God’s love, only manifested in greater degree by the mother.

God is wisdom and intelligence. All the wisdom and intelligence that we see in the universe is God — is wisdom projected through a visible form.

To educate (from the Latin educare: to lead forth) never means to force into from the outside but always means to draw out from within something already existing there. God as infinite wisdom lies within every human being, only waiting to be led forth into manifestation. This is true education.

Heretofore we have sought knowledge and help from outside sources, not knowing that the source of all knowledge, the very Spirit of Truth, is lying latent within each one of us, waiting to be called on to teach us the truth about all things — most marvelous of teachers, and everywhere present, without money or price!

God is power. Not simply God has power, but God is power. In other words, all the power there is to do anything is God. God, the source of our existence every moment, is not simply omnipotent (all-powerful); God is omnipotence (all power). God is not alone omniscient (all-knowing); God is omniscience (all knowledge). God is not only omnipresent, but more —omnipresence. God is not a being having qualities, but God is the good itself. Everything you can think of that is good, when in its absolute perfection, goes to make up that invisible being we call God.

God is the substance (from the Latin sub: under, and stare: to stand), or the real thing standing under every visible form of life, love, intelligence, or power. Each rock, tree, animal, every visible thing, is a manifestation of the one Spirit — god — differing only in degree of manifestation; and each of the numberless modes of manifestation or individualities, however insignificant, contains the whole.

One drop of water taken from the ocean is just as perfect ocean water as the whole great body. The constituent elements of water are exactly the same, and they are combined in precisely the same ratio or perfect relation to each other, whether we consider one drop…a barrel, or the entire ocean out of which the lesser quantities are taken; each is complete in itself; they differ only in quantity or degree. Each contains the whole, and yet no one would make the mistake of supposing from this statement that each drop is the entire ocean…

Broader and more learned minds are always cramped by the thought of God as a person, for personality limits to place and time.

God is the name we give to that unchangeable, inexorable principle at the source of all existence. To the individual consciousness, God takes on personality, but as the creative underlying cause of all things, God is principle, impersonal. As expressed in each individual, God becomes personal to that one — a personal, loving, all-giving Father-Mother.] – Harriet Emilie Cady wrote in Lessons In Truth

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SEVEN SYNONYMS FOR GOD

God is incorporeal, Divine, Supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love. – Mary Baker-Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, wrote in her book Science and Health background-mary-baker-eddy

 

NEVER BE FORMAL WITH GOD

Never be formal with God. He cares no more for forms and ceremonies than do the principles of mathematics for fine figures or elaborate blackboards.

You can not use God too often. He loves to be used, and the more you use Him the more easily you use Him and the more pleasant His help becomes.Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity myrtle-charles-fillmore-1925

 

I believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty; one, indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.

I believe in the incarnation of the Spirit in all, and that we are all incarnations of the One Spirit.

I believe in my own soul, my own spirit, and my own destiny; for I understand that the life I live is God. –  Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science and Science of Mind magazine

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Daily Inspiration: 4/15/2018

#DailyWord: PROSPERITY

#Affirmation: I AM OPEN TO DIVINE IDEAS.

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Divine ideas are like seeds of hope

Divine ideas are like seeds of hope planted in my heart. When they are properly nurtured and tended, they produce the manifestations in my life that represent abundance and prosperity to my own mind and soul.

I might be surprised at some of the ideas that pop into my mind and might not see how they could possibly come about. Being open to divine ideas involves a large degree of surrender to the Source of those ideas within me.

My prosperity is not dependent on my limited mortal mind. I make the choice for prosperity, open my mind to divine ideas, and allow them to guide me to next steps and new possibilities.

Source: DailyWord April 15th 2018

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#AncientWisdomNewThought

We‘re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health – that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul!

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Daily Inspiration: 4/13/2018

#Affirmation: I AM FREE TO RESPOND AFFIRMATIVELY TO GOD’S CONSTANT OUTPOURING OF SUSTENANCE.

God has placed within my heart the power to choose life. I am free to choose the path of love. I am free to remember that the very light of Christ reigns in my heart.

Although I may sometimes lose sight of the glory in my soul, Jesus’ invitation is always before me to behold the light of the Christ within my heart—and within each person’s heart.

Even when I am facing challenges that seem insurmountable, I am free to spend a few minutes in quietude and remind myself that all that God is lies within me. God’s steadfast help is always available and nothing can take away my ability to respond affirmatively with a wholehearted “Yes!”

Source: DailyWord April 13th 2018

 

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God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face.The Apostle Paul

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Daily Inspiration: 4/12/2018

#DailyWord: WHOLENESS

#Affirmation: I AM A BEING OF DIVINE ENERGY. I AM CENTERED AND WHOLE.

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I am a being of energy—filled with abundant life. I am whole in mind, body, and spirit. Even though I know the truth about my spiritual power, there are times when I lose touch with this energy. If ever I feel my power ebbing, I recharge my spiritual batteries through prayer. As I center myself, I am transported into a peaceful, restful place where I become more aware of the pure life energy flowing through my body. Here I reconnect with my Source of life and energy.

My mind and heart open to the idea of wholeness and to the truth that no matter where I am or what I am doing, I am one with my Source. I am centered and whole.

Source: DailyWord for April 12th 2018

 

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#AncientWisdomNewThought

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
  they walk and don’t lag behind.

The Prophet Isaiah

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What is Gnosis?

What is gnosis?

Gnosis is a Greek word which means knowledge. Over the centuries it came to mean not just ordinary, everyday knowledge, but hidden spiritual knowledge. This type of knowledge cannot be learned through books or word of mouth, but can only be experienced personally. Gnosis is a personal experience of the divine within ourselves.

Jesus Christ is recorded as saying to his disciples:

And this is life eternal, that they should know thee the only true God. –John 17:3

The word that Jesus uses there in Greek is ginósko the root word of which is gno or gnosis. It means properly, to know, especially through personal experience.

Gnosis is often lumped together with the term Gnosticism, a relatively modern label used to distinguish early groups of progressive Christians and spiritualists who were interested in the mystical and practical aspects of Christ’s teachings, as opposed to the state-friendly orthodoxy which was heavily focused on the worship of the person of Jesus.

Gnosticism has become an umbrella term that is used to describe a spectrum philosophies and sects from the early 1st century. The diversity of these groups and their esoteric teachings is vast, but one thing they share in common is a Christianity more concerned with the mental, mystical aspect of life; and not to a literal, fundamentalist ideology focused on the life and death of the man, Jesus of Nazareth. They point us to an early Christianity that was very diverse and open to new ideas.

Thus, when I use the word gnosis, I mean a hidden spiritual experience that one can achieve through applying the practical principles taught by Jesus, a Christian “science” if you will [science used in the sense of a body of practical knowledge].

Christians throughout the ages have tended to focus on the physical man, Jesus. They have sought to find physical ruins and relics of his human experience. In contrast, gnosis is focused on is finding an inner knowledge of self and an experience of the divine. It is focused on following the metaphysical teachings of Jesus Christ, not the cult worship of his personality.

Christ said to “come follow me”. He said that if we did then we would be able to achieve the very things he did, and greater! [John 14:12]

Daily Inspiration 3/31/2018

#DailyWord: REVELATION

#Affirmation: HOPE AND POSSIBILITIES AWAKEN ME TO THE GLORIOUS REVELATIONS OF THE DIVINE.

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After the crucifixion of Jesus, his stunned students were bereft. They had no idea they were about to witness a glorious revelation of the divinity in every human being. All seemed lost.

At times we, too, may feel that sense of hopelessness when life as we knew it has ended. It can feel unsettling not knowing what’s coming next. Imagine how the disciples could have relaxed—even rejoiced—had they known they were about to see physical death revealed as nothing but transition to a new form. We “die” to some aspect of life that has been obstructing our true self, so that we can move forward with more freedom than ever before.

I hold to the possibility that I will awaken to a glorious revelation of the Divine.

 

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Every detail of your body and soul—even the hairs of your head!—is in my care; nothing of you will be lost. Staying with it—that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved. Jesus Christ

 

 

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Welcome to Occupy Gnosis

Welcome to Occupy Gnosis!

This blog is an experiment.
Previously I had been using Facebook as a kind of journal for my thoughts, musings, and ideas. A place for me to think, write, collect my thoughts, and bounce ideas around in my mind. Unfortunately, I no longer enjoy using Facebook, not to mention their issues with privacy. I’ve chosen to take a Facebook fast. Occupy Gnosis is an attempt to start a new space, independent of Facebook for me to share thoughts, ideas, and links that I find uplifting, inspirational, and above all helpful.

One of my primary goals with this blog is to take abstract, metaphysical teachings and to make them practical and accessible to myself and others.

I was initially inspired by the scripture in the new testament that describes Christ as now “living in unapproachable light”. Taking that verse as my inspiration I visited Thesaurus.com. After reading through the various synonyms for living and light I settled on occupy and gnosis.

The second definition of occupy in Google’s dictionary is:

Fill or preoccupy (the mind or thoughts).

The definition given for gnosis is:

Knowledge of spiritual mysteries.

When you put both definitions together you get: Fill or preoccupy the mind or thoughts [with] knowledge of spiritual mysteries.

Hence the name: Occupy Gnosis.

I hope you will join me on my spiritual journey.

Love and Light.

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