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Did Jesus Teach Reincarnation?

The Case for Reincarnation

There are no known limits to personal expression. Whatever you believe you can be, you can be.

Yet, all that we accomplish must unfold according to spiritual principle. Even the most elaborate dream finds expression through the timeless formula of

thought —> feeling —> word —> action —> reaction

We may experience rapid growth at one point in life and mind-numbing inertia at another point in life. But whether you move through experience swiftly or slowly, you still move from thought to feeling to word to action to reaction.

Sometimes you may move so slowly that you wonder whether you will have time to accomplish all that lies in your heart. Are we not meant to express all that lies within our hearts to do? Or, could there be another possible explanation for how we are the release the treasure that has been housed in these earthen vessels?

Reincarnation may provide a plausible explanation for how it is that we may become perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect.

Does Jesus Say Anything About Reincarnation?

Jesus never explicitly taught reincarnation. However, our Gospels contain several instances where Jesus appears to allow for the belief in reincarnation. Let’s look at those instances:

Matthew 11:13-14 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come.

Speaking of John the Baptist, Jesus calls him the reincarnation of Elijah. Now, one may argue that Jesus spoke metaphorically. But what evidence do we have that his statement should be considered metaphor and not explicit declaration?

Mark 9:11-13 Then they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said to them, “Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.”

In this passage, Jesus makes the claim about John the Baptist even more explicit. “It would be hard to state any more clearly that John the Baptist was the reincarnation of Elijah” (Butterworth).

Before we consider what to do with these two verses, let us consider a few more.

Matthew 16:13-15 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Emphasis for this passage has always been placed on Peter’s response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” Let us back up and notice that Jesus does not confirm or reject this obvious belief in reincarnation.

For someone who easily denounced that which he felt passionately against, Jesus remains curiously quiet on reincarnation. Instead, he presses for an understanding of how his disciples see him.

John 9:1-3 As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.

Jesus does not reject the idea of reincarnation, which may mean that he accepted it or at least was open-minded about it. Let us keep in mind that Jesus is not a character who refuses to speak against that which he does not believe or support. We have plenty of instances where he speaks against a teaching or a belief. But on the subject of reincarnation, when it is presented to him, Jesus remains silent.

Scholars tell us that we can consider his relative silence in a couple of ways:

  1. Even though reincarnation is a widely held belief in his lifetime, Jesus never takes a position on reincarnation; or,
  2. The belief in reincarnation was so common and widely accepted that Jesus had no reason to comment for or against it.

Do My Past Lives Matter?

I agree with Eric Butterworth, the only thing that impacts your future is the seed you sow today. Launching into an in-depth search for who you may have been in a past life may reveal some interesting facts. But none of what you uncover will make your life better today. The only thing to improve your present condition will be a positive action taken in the present moment.

You may have been a queen and held land in multiple countries but unless you act in a queenly way right now, you can be certain that you shall not lay claim to any kingdom.

“The life you once lived can only be found in the life you now express. You could conceivably find a long chain of tombstones and possessions and niches in history, but the wave has moved…Launching into an ‘age-regression’ search into our past could conceivably produce evidence of a past life or lives, but it could not really tell me anything about the moving projection of life into visibility that passed through each point and is now manifest as me” (Butterworth).

So, do your past lives matter? In my opinion, they do not. What matters is the same thing that has always mattered: What thought are you thinking right now? What action are you taking right now? What feeling is most dominant in your soul right now?

Everything turns on this present moment.

So, Why Talk About Reincarnation If My Past Life Does Not Matter?

Perhaps we should not think of reincarnation as this big thing that one must understand; but rather we should consider it the process by which we fulfill Jesus’ command that we be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect.

In Matthew 5:48, Jesus reveals the purpose of life: “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” When you consider the way life flows, the often snail-like pace at which consciousness unfolds, how else would we be able to fulfill this daunting edict?

I do not ask that you accept or reject reincarnation.

Your ability to manifest does not rest in your willingness to accept this concept as a belief. As Charles Fillmore says, “The study of reincarnation is not profitable to the study of higher thought…Not what you have been but what you now are is the issue.”

What Fascinates Me About Reincarnation

Before I close this post, I will share with you what helped me develop an ease with this topic.

I first began studying New Thought in 1997. At that time, I had no openness to the topic of reincarnation and was quite pleased to discover that no one asked me to accept reincarnation as a tenet of the faith.

In fact, I was told quite the opposite through books and teachers: “Do not believe simply because you heard me say it. Believe only because it is true for you.”

So, for years, I taught over and around reincarnation. I only addressed it if it came up in a chapter for a book that I was teaching. Other than that, I left the topic alone.

A few years ago, Rev. Della used to host a class on Wednesday nights in her home. One night she read to the class from a book (that she never identified and refused to share) about the topic of reincarnation. What she read created the first opening in my heart for this topic and I have since come to believe that we just may reincarnate.

What I Heard That Changed My Mind About Reincarnation

I should mention that, at this point in my spiritual journey, I have an unshakable belief in spiritual principle and universal law. I know that God is unchanging, that you reap what you sow, and that everything in the 3-dimensional world has its opposite. So, up has down; left has right; in has outmale has female.

Because God is unchanging, this thing of opposites repeats across all of life. Everything in the 3-dimensional world works on this ebb and flow cycle. So, for death to be the final expression of experience would mean that it would be the one outlier in all of experience.

Essentially, the question the book posed is whether there could be in a perfectly balanced universe, organized by an unchanging Universal Presence, a circumstance where you would have one thing — life — that did not have its corresponding counterpart — in this case, death.

For life and death not to move in the same way that in and out, up and down, left and right move, it would mean that it was the only outlier in this infallible, unchanging, consistent kingdom. That was the first time I heard something that made me say, “Hmmm…”

So, I opened my mind to reincarnation. I won’t say that I believe in reincarnation but I no longer hold the rigid position against reincarnation that I once held.

 

The Resurrection Revisited: An Alternative Point of View

Rethinking Jesus’ Resurrection

Last week I asked you to consider Judas in a new light. This week I ask you to consider Jesus’ resurrection in a new light. You don’t have to put away your understanding of the resurrection and what it represents for you. Instead, I will ask as my spiritual mother, Rev. Della always does: “Have you thought about it this way?”

(The backdrop for this conversation will be Chapter 16 in Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth: “The Great Demonstration.”)

Whether or not you believe in the resurrection, we can probably agree that something happened. More than 2,000 years have passed and we are still talking about that something. Whatever happened, it was powerful enough to keep the conversation going for centuries.

Today, I want to explore that something beyond the traditional ways we have been taught to think of Jesus’ resurrection. I want to play in a new spiritual dimension.

Thinking in a New Spiritual Dimension

The resurrection does not make sense to the mind that sees only in three dimensions. We overreach when we consider Jesus’ last moments in a corporeal body according to the laws of our physical universe.

Just as “we wouldn’t expect to understand calculus until we had learned to add two plus two and multiply three times three” (Butterworth), let us consider that the resurrection represents spiritual law working at a much higher level of consciousness than we now operate.

The real question to be asked is not whether the resurrection happened but rather how we should think about this reported event.

Here’s the thing: No one can say with certainty that any of the reported events in our Bible happened as written.

But we can look at the fruit and draw some reasonable conclusions. Whatever happened 2,000 years ago, it resonated so deeply within the collective human consciousness that we shifted our entire dating system. We now speak of time according to the era before Jesus was born and the era after his birth.

Clearly, something happened.

Seeing In a New Spiritual Dimension

To be “born again” is an interesting phenomenon because “when we are ‘born again,’ nothing really happens to us in a three-dimensional sense. Everything is really the same, but we see it differently, we see in a new spiritual dimension” (Butterworth).

Isn’t that what makes it so difficult to explain your awakening to friends and family? Outwardly, you are the same person. You live in the same house, you drive the same car, and you work the same job. So, to those who know you, you are the same person.

But you are not the same.

As you grow in your awakening, the way you see the world continues to change until one day you wake up and the people you believed were closest to you seem the farthest away. You still love them; they still love you. But, you’re different because you see differently.

It is at this point that you need the courage to keep walking your spiritual path without giving into the temptation toward self-righteousness. Most people turn back. They cannot see clearly where the road leads and the fear of walking alone causes them to withdraw their gaze from the spiritual realm and start looking at the world again.

Traveling in a New Spiritual Dimension

For most people — including so-called New Thought Christians — the resurrection represents a concept to think about during the Spring of each year. We go to church and spend an hour hearing about this exciting event from 2,000 years ago.

But nothing in us changes.

A modern equivalent might be “contemplating for one day the mysteries of calculus without ever having conditioned ourselves to understand the basic two plus two. We take out our calculus book and we read it over (with no real comprehension) and we say, ‘It is so beautiful.’ Then we return it to the high place on the bookshelf where it will remain for another year. We tell ourselves that it was a wonderful experience to think about it for a day” (Butterworth).

Most people stop when they find themselves worlds apart in consciousness from family and friends. Let me invite you to continue traveling in this new spiritual dimension. Do not be afraid to come up a little higher. Do not shy away from reaching for the greater part.

Understanding the Resurrection in a New Spiritual Dimension

While we are still mastering the basics of arithmetic, calculus looks hard, even impossible. While we master the mundane aspects of life, moving beyond death to our own resurrection looks hard, even impossible.

But that does not mean it cannot be done.

With the resurrection, Jesus proved the Divinity of Humankind. He proved that life neither begins nor ends in the body. “The keynote of the Great Demonstration of Easter is that you are divine. No matter what you have thought of yourself, no matter what you have done in your life or with it, no matter how limited your experience has seemed to be — you are divine…The divinity of you is that of you that is eternal, ageless, deathless, whole and complete” (Butterworth).

In this new spiritual dimension, Jesus’ resurrection does not represent the impossible becoming possible, it proves what you and I can do right now. Do not be swayed by the seeming impossibility of it. Keep your head down and do the spiritual work in front of you today.

Loving Jesus in a New Spiritual Dimension

When Jesus “returned from the dead,” he proved more than the overcoming in his own life. When he got up, he proved that you and I can get up. And, if we love him, then we will get up. We will get up from the limited thinking that has heretofore held us back. We will get up from the belief that we are only human.

What I know for sure is that when you love someone deeply, it shows up in your behavior. Everything about you changes. How has your love for Jesus shown up in your life? What has changed in you? Are you still gazing at the cross and thinking about the resurrection, talking about how wonderful it is?

Or, are you putting one foot in front of the other to follow Jesus into this new spiritual dimension beyond time and space? Have you accepted that what he proved with his life, you, too, can accomplish?

Before you reach a thing, you must come to know that it is possible for you. Without the belief that it can be so, you have nothing to pull you forward, nothing to make you reach beyond where you are. In the new spiritual dimension, loving Jesus means reaching for our own overcoming; it means doing the spiritual work that will take us through our own cross and beyond.

Living in the New Spiritual Dimension

“We downgrade Jesus and the Great Demonstration when we think of the Easter ‘happening’ as a miracle of God instead of the revelation of the depth-potential of [humankind]” (Butterworth).

Chances are that if you’re reading this blog post, you’ve already traveled spiritually beyond the limits of your family and peers. For you, there is more to Christianity and living the Christian life than thinking about Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The average person thinks of life as a series of actions — being born, experiencing emotions, eating, drinking, growing up, getting married, sleeping, worrying, hating, fighting, hoarding, getting disappointed and finally dying. But you know that life holds more for you. You believe with Butterworth that “life is God and life is boundless.”

Well, then, you must also know that no one becomes a saint in his sleep.

Now is the appointed hour for you to do your spiritual work.

Recommit to your daily meditation and personal development. Re-establish your spiritual discipline if you have let it go. Take your eyes off the cross and do the work that will move you through your own cross.

Make your spiritual development your highest priority and let nothing forsake it.

Can We Have a Real Conversation About Abundance?

Abundance Depends Upon How We See Ourselves

As someone who studies abundance closely, I want to debunk several myths that we carry in our hearts and minds about wealth, rich people and money. For most people — even New Thought-ers — abundance equates to having lots of money. On the surface, they will tell you plainly, “Abundance is far more than money.” But dig a little deeper — just talk to them long enough — and you will discover that abundance may be more than money but, for them, it’s only money.

In his chapter, “The Miracle of Abundance,” Butterworth lays it out: “The Universe in which we live is strangely and wonderfully accommodating. Because we are all unique particularizations of the Infinite, because we are all part of this accommodating Universe, asking it tantamount to receiving, seeking is actually finding, and knocking is the opening of the door.”

In other words, if you haven’t received, you haven’t asked; if you haven’t found, you haven’t sought; and, if no door has opened, then you haven’t knocked. That may be a tough pill to swallow and you may protest. But God delivers in lavish abundance…every time. If you are settling, then it’s not God.

Only  you know whether you are settling. No one can judge that for you.

You must know your own divinity. How do you see yourself? Because what you receive from the Universe reflects your own self-understanding. Abundance depends upon how we see ourselves. Expand your self-concept and your world expands correspondingly. Restrict your self-concept and your world follows suit.

There Is No Supernatural

You may have to work with this statement: “There is no supernatural; there is only God’s great natural. There is no miracle; there is only the ever-present possibility of laying hold of divine law on higher and higher levels” (Butterworth).

What most people call a miracle refers to an abrogation of divine law. In a Universe full of consistency and faithfulness — which God is at Its core — there can be no side-stepping divine law. Can you imagine the chaos if sometimes you can depend on the law of gravity and other times you cannot? No one would ever get on a plane again if we could depend upon the law of aerodynamics to faithfully deliver a plane that cooperates with its principles through the air.

When we study Jesus’ miracles, we must remember that “the important lessons in the miracle stories…is that we live in a Universe that is opulent, limitless, and accommodating” (Butterworth). We experience plenty of miracle-like things that we do not always understand. Everyday we make use of electricity; yet, very few of us, if any, truly understand how electricity works. We just know that if we flip the switch in our homes, light emanates from the bulbs. Period.

Every so-called miracle represents a tapping of the Universe at a level that we do not consciously understand. And, that is good news. I can benefit from God even before I understand how the benefit works. God never withholds Itself from us.

All Poverty is Of the Mind

“There is no absence of God in the Universe, and there is no shortage in God. The only lack in life is the thought of lack. You are always as rich as you think you are, and the only poverty is of the spirit” (Butterworth).

Even the person who devotes time and resources to explain to you why certain groups of people are poorer than other groups of people or have less than other groups of people makes use of the very energy of God to spew such nonsense.

The energy of God will shape Itself into whatever form you can receive, including the appearance of lack. Let us now discover how to transmute energy wrapped up in lack and limitation back into light so that we may use it for good and worthwhile purposes.

One of my favorite lines from Robin Thicke’s “Magic,” is “All I got it concrete all around me, but I can see the countryside. You can be rich when you’re poor…poor when you’re rich. It can be raining and I can make the sun shine.”

You may say, “But what of the people starving right now?” And, I say, “There is no absence of God in the Universe.” Study closely the story of Achenyo Idachaba and you will find that even what seems to be the cause of one’s demise can become the source of one’s greatest demonstration of abundance. The question we must all ask: can we open our eyes to the spiritual resources at hand?

There Is No Difference Between Two Million and Two Cent

Now, you probably think I am crazy! Ha!

But consider this: is not a drop of water the same in make-up as a bucket? Or an ocean? So, the difference lies not in the thing itself but in the way it has pressed out into expression. The two million can be a symbol of lack and the two cent can be a symbol of abundance. Its means lies in the mind of the holder.

Can you look at what you have and see beyond the appearance to the divine idea that stands underneath it?

If you can, then here’s the divine promise: get to (and embrace) the idea back of the thing and you can have the thing. “There is no more substance in a million dollars than in a penny, for there is no quantity in spirit” (Butterworth). It takes no more energy for God to manifest one million dollars through you than it takes for God to manifest one penny through you.

The principles of manifestation remain the same. The laws that govern expression do not change. The only change lies in your use of them.

The magic lies in blessing what you have. “Whatever you have, no matter how seemingly inadequate, bless it. Even if you have no money and no food, bless your hands, your mind, your skills, your friends, the air you breathe, the sun that brings light. Bless everything, and your life will be blessed with riches hitherto undreamed of” (Butterworth).

Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want

Take action in a bold way. You have no reason to hesitate. The Universe — aka God — has your back. So, get going right now.

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!”

― William Hutchison Murray

You cannot really be stranded in a Universe that is so accommodating (Butterworth). The lack you perceive anywhere is really an illusion. You just may be living a limited experience but that limited experience has no permanence. The moment you lay hold to the abundance idea, you can have an experience of that abundance. Two plus two equals four whether you have a pencil to work the problem or not. The equation does not wait until you get paper and pencil to add up. It already is. And, so is your abundance.

When you begin now to lean toward your good with everything that you have, your good leans back toward you until finally…one day soon…that which you truly desire tips out of the invisible and into the visible. And, you will know…with clarity…that lack is but an attitude of mind.

How Is None of  Your Business

One of my first prosperity teachers — Edwene Gaines — taught me that how is none of my business. I am not required to know how my good shall come. The only job I have it to put myself into a position of expectancy. People have focused on Jesus’ miracles on one of two ways: 1) they focus on his ability to do it and think it something that he can do, or 2) they view them with skepticism, believing that religion is all about brainwashing so that you can perform the miracle of handing over your hard-earned money to the preacher.

The miracle lies not in the way it manifests, but in the “ever-availability of ideas, of guidance, of all things working together for good” (Butterworth). Your miracles should not look like Jesus’ miracles because you are not Jesus. But that doesn’t change your ability to make contact with the Infinite and draw out exactly what you want and need.

We get off track when we become consumed with understanding how it works. I don’t need to know how.

How many blessings have been missed because we needed to know how it would come before we would open our hearts to receive? Write this sentence down and post it on your bathroom mirror: how is none of my business. I free Spirit to bring my good in whatever way Spirit deems appropriate. Right now, I am open, receptive and moving in a state of complete expectancy.

The Miracle of Abundance Works Through Your Consciousness

Your good arrives according to your ability to accept it.

If a chemist prays for guidance, ideas come about chemistry. If a physicist prays for guidance, ideas come about physics. If the poor man prays for prosperity, the answer may come in a ‘handout.’ If the rich man prays for prosperity, the answer may come in a million-dollar windfall on the stock market. The answer always comes to you in the divine prompting, ‘Son, thou art ever with me and all that is mine is thine.’ But the degree or form or shape of the manifestation depends upon your faith, your vision, your ability to accept the opulence of the Universe (Butterworth).

Are you praying from the position of the beggar or the rich man? The victim or the victor? The Universe will accommodate whichever role you decide to play.

Stand up now as the champion you were designed to be. Claim your inheritance as a spiritual being. I was reminded this morning that “I am a divine expression of unlimited potential in a world of infinite possibilities! I must live this Truth.”

The next time you pray for prosperity, pray as one who already has. Pray as one who deserves all the riches of the universe. Pray as one who knows that you are well cared for.

My Call To Action

Become the person who can receive what you want. You are not waiting for your dreams to come true; your dreams are waiting for you to come true. When you sit in your prayer closet today, speak to Spirit as the realized person that you are. Do not approach the throne of grace timidly, hoping for a handout. Go boldly into the quiet of your being and stake your claim on those riches that only you can claim.

 

Are You Open and Receptive to a Spiritual Healing?

Would it be okay if life just got better? That may seem to be a strange question but when you consider the taboo nature of spiritual healing found in most Christian churches, you may reconsider the question.

Have you ever considered the fact that over 1/3 of the Gospel record concentrates on Jesus’ practice of  healing or his conversations about healing? That’s a lot. If sickness ever could be the will of God, then Jesus would be chief among sinners.

In many churches, the quickest way to get the side eye is to speak about spiritual healing. “In the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus, there is no room for a healing principle” (Butterworth). It’s almost as if duplicating Jesus’ miracles would somehow degrade them.

Many people suffer silently, believing that the illness manifesting in their bodies, or in their finances, or in their relationships is somehow God’s will. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is deeply interested in your health along all lines.

A healthy you means another pair of hands and feet to carry out the divine plan.

We Need a New Mindset About Miracles

We live in an orderly universe. What we typically call a miracle is an occurrence that takes advantage of spiritual laws we may not yet understand. “If a healing is accomplished, whether by Jesus or a medical practitioner, it is a demonstration of the remarkable wholeness of life. Exceptional as the case may be, it cannot be called a miracle” (Butterworth).

Peruse any self-help section of the bookstore or Amazon.com and you will find tons of books on living the miraculous life. Heck, I even have a book planned called “I AM My Own Miracle!”

The word miracle trips up so many people because it seems to suggest that something can happen in this world that bypasses spiritual law. And, often when we pray for a so-called miracle, that’s really what we’re asking: “God, please step in and change the course of events based on the seeds that I’ve sown.”

Whatever healing takes place must happen according to spiritual principle or it cannot happen at all.

Health Is Your Birthright

That was the phrase that caught Rev. Dr. Johnnie Colemon’s attention in the early 1950s. Only in her 30s at the time, she’d been given a diagnosis of six months to live. As she was walking through the foyer of her home, a pamphlet from Unity fell on the floor. She picked it up and read the sentence: “Health is your birthright; you cannot be sick.”

Wanting to understand who could ever write such a thing when she’d just been given a 6-month death sentence, Rev. Johnnie went on to discover the principles that underlie spiritual healing and apply them in her life.

Today, we have the same opportunity. “Spiritual healing is not an attempt to gain special favor with God or to abrogate the divine or natural law. We do not use a different set of laws in spiritual healing than those used in medical or surgical healing…Whether the life principle’s energy is activated by meditation or by medication makes no difference” (Butterworth).

You have a right to be healthy.

God Does Not Will Sickness

I often bite my tongue when I hear people say things like, “God took me through that so that He could get the glory!” Oh my goodness! The work it takes to keep quiet.

God will never take you where He cannot keep you.

If God ever gave you a sickness, there’d be nothing you or anyone else could do to eliminate that sickness. Whatever God ever does, God always does. In other words, Spirit cannot in one breath will sickness and in another breath will its exact opposite. To do so would require God to be changing.

We may not be satisfied with the explanation that humankind creates its own experience but that does not mean that God must be author of the ills we experience in this life.

You Are Whole Even Now

We live in 2 worlds concurrently — the visible and the invisible. We call the visible world our physical experience. That experience may vary. Today, we may be manifesting ill health. But we also live in the invisible world — that is our spiritual experience. In the spiritual world, we exist in total perfection.

No matter what happens to us externally, our inner spiritual body never changes. We are whole even when we experience sickness. And, we can be healed because we are whole. “Beyond the appearances…is the total person you are in spirit” (Butterworth).

Butterworth goes on to explain: “There is that of you that is greater than your weakness, stronger than your fears, the four-dimensional creature that is whole even within your sickness.”

Even now you are whole.

Make the Report of Your Health From Your Divine Side

When we think about or speak about our health, we have a choice as to which side of our being — visible or invisible, physical or spiritual — that we will report from. Most people make the report from their physical side. If you ask them how they are doing, they will often respond with a litany of things that describe what they are currently experiencing or anticipate experiencing in the body.

That’s one option.

You have a second option: respond from your divine nature. “On the physical level you might say, ‘I am not feeling so good today.’ But from the level of the divinity within you, you could reply, ‘I am the perfect expression of Infinite Life'” (Butterworth).

Rev. Della taught me that. Whenever I ask her how she’s doing, she always offers a list of positive attributes that represent the truth of her being. She often fell back on one phrase in particular: “I’m getting better and better every day.”

The next time someone asks you how you’re doing, respond from your divine side and watch the results in your life, world, and affairs improve along all lines.

Yes, There Is Sickness; Yes, There Is Pain

“Spiritual healing…is not based on a Pollyana philosophy that ‘There is no sickness, there is not pain.’ Anyone who has ever walked through the wards of a modern hospital knows full well that there is a lot of sickness in our world, and much of it is excruciatingly painful” (Butterworth).

Spiritual healing is based on being able to look at a condition for what it is — not better than it is or worse than it is. Just see it without judgment or emotion. And, when you can look at it dispassionately, you now have a chance to release it.

The illnesses that persist in our lives do so because we become emotionally involved with them. Pull back. Observe them without fear. They have no ultimate power. “Realize that within you, in the Kingdom of Heaven within, there is power and life and substance that is sufficient to establish you in wholeness and abundant living” (Butterworth).

Become convicted with the idea that you shall be well. Move with the decided awareness that nothing shall keep your health from you. I will have what I want and that’s how it’s going to be. Period.

God Only Wills Health

Whenever you get a cut on your body, it immediately begins to heal itself even before you dress the wound. All of nature behaves like that. Everything — when an obstruction has been removed — returns to its original, pristine form.

Everything in your life is always trying to get back to one (with one representing perfection). A cut on your finger heals relatively quickly. Provided you do not pick the wound, it will heal without interruption. This principle repeats across all life — every aspect of your life is self-healing.

What keeps illness alive is a picking of the wound. We understand what that means physically. But we miss it mentally. We “pick the wound” of conditions in our lives through worrying about them, fretting about them, running worst case scenarios in our minds about them. The moment we let go, the healing principle works without failure.

Do You Want to Be Well?

The question we must ask ourselves is whether we want to be well. Very often the sickness we have “works for us” for it gives us an escape route from really diving in to life. This belief may lie beneath your conscious awareness.

With the conditions that persist in our lives, we must ask ourselves: what’s working for me about this? If it’s here, it must be doing something for me. What need is this physical expression meeting for me?

Do not allow a physical condition to frustrate you; instead, let it fascinate you. Develop a curiosity about what you’re seeing. On the one hand, you will remove the power from the appearance. And, on the other hand, you will begin to create distance between you and it. Once you know that it is not who you are but simply what you are experiencing right now, you can listen for the next logical step for releasing it.

So, I ask you: do you want to be well? Yes? Then look at your persistent conditions with emotionless objectivity and ask for a divine idea to move beyond the experience.

See Beyond the Appearances

Through faith, we see beyond the appearances. This powerful faculty of the mind allows us to look beyond what is and see what can be. “Faith is the eye that sees the Spirit, the hand that clings to the Spirit and the receiving power that appropriates the Spirit. Open your eyes and see. Through faith you will see beyond the appearance and accept and claim your wholeness” (Butterworth).

Once you decide to be well, then you must see yourself well. Often the reason we are not healed, even though we have great faith, is that we sit waiting for the miracle.

Begin to act as if what you want is already yours. Walk like someone who is manifesting full health. Talk like someone who is manifesting full health. You believe in happiness, progress and prosperity. Then talk only happiness; talk only progress; talk only prosperity.

My Call to Action

Spiritual healing is available to anyone. Do not be afraid to use medicine. Incorporate whatever practices you find — medical or spiritual — that activate the life principle in you. You do not have to make a choice between meditation or medication. Just make the choice for the one that you can believe in and get started with.