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Are You Good Soil?

In previous posts, I talked about the First Law of Increase (as you sow so shall you reap) and the Second Law of Increase (the spirit in which you sow multiplies the result). It’s not just the seed you sow and how you sow it, it’s also important to understand the quality of the soil in which you sow.

Here are the 3 keys to the laws of increase:

  1. What you sow
  2. How you sow
  3. Soil quality

But here’s the thing: Your life is the soil into which you sow.

Yes, you want to sow the right seed for the right purposes. But you also want to sow in the right kind of soil. Before we sow seed, let us test the soil. Perhaps we have the right seeds and the right attitude but we sow in poor soil.

The Parable of the Sower Can Help Us Test the Soil

You will find the Parable of the Sower in the 13th Chapter of Matthew:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty…

Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.

Newsflash: You Are the Sower

I’ve always read this parable with the understanding that God is the sower and I am the soil, standing in receipt of the seed being sown. But you and me — we are the sowers in our lives, specifically and in the world, generally.

We begin each day with 40,000 – 60,000 seeds. These seeds are the thoughts — both conscious and unconscious — that pass through our minds. By day’s end, we have broadcast tens of thousands of seed thoughts.

Some kind of garden has been sown.

Our job, as taught by Jesus, is to be the light of of the world (see Matthew 5:14).

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, how would you rate yourself as being the light of the world?

Gut Check: You Can Be Spiritual And Still Have A Consciousness Like a Footpath

The Parable of the Sower can help us understand the character of the soil we have cultivated.

When I’d previously considered this parable, I always thought of the foot path, the rocky ground, and the shallow ground as being representative of people who were not actively working on their spiritual development or perhaps not yet committed to their spiritual growth and expansion.

In Your Life, McArthur talks about the different types of soil from the perspective of one who is actively developing himself or herself. Speaking of the footpath for one who may be a teacher of spiritual things:

I often find myself in this position when I have too many books to read or lectures to attend or trips to take or others things to do. My life, then, is like the footpath because I allow unimportant activities to take my time and energy, leaving nothing for the seeds of the Spirit which have been sown.

Those of us who serve others must make sure that our days are not so packed with lesson planning and teaching and speaking and counseling that we do not have time to nurture ourselves.

When we have overextended ourselves in this way, the soil of lives is like the footpath. The seeds fall on it but all the activities we’re engaged in eat up the seed. It never gets a chance to get in the ground of our lives and become something.

Gut Check: Don’t Be Rocky Ground

I appreciated McArthur’s effort to make this lesson practical for the serious spiritual student. When you’ve made a serious commitment to spiritual study, you can become blind to the ways that you are not taking care of yourself.

About the rocky ground, McArthur writes:

The “rocky ground” occurs in my life, when though I may be enthusiastic to apply new truth in my life, I fail to make the commitment or discipline myself to study, to work with, and to follow through. In other words, there is no depth to the soil in which I have sown this seed. Therefore, there is no growth.

When you do not see the growth that you know must come by law, perhaps the reason you do not see growth is that you are “rocky ground.” There may be a level of discipline and consistency that needs to be implemented in your life to begin to see the results you believe you should have.

Gut Check: Keep the Thistles of Life in Perspective

There’s a great book called Even Mystics Have Bills to PayIn the kind of work that we do as spiritual entrepreneurs, it can be challenging to balance the giving with the receiving. Even though we lead businesses that serve people and make life better, we still have bills to pay.

About the thistles of life, McArthur writes:

The “thistles” in my life, as the parable indicates, are the worldly cares about job, family, home, and health. All are valid concerns, but they become thistles if I allow them to choke out the seeds of the Spirit. The thistles of “false glamour of wealth” are ones that grow when we let desire for money, position, or power deprive us of time for nourishment of the seeds of the Spirit.

Spiritual entrepreneurs must make self-care a much higher priority. In addition to the daily spiritual work that you do to nourish yourself, you need regular time away to just be.

What things do you do just for the purpose of creating joy in your life? Do you have time to think? On scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, what is your capacity to handle just one more thing?

Perhaps there are some things to take off your plate so that you have time to gain perspective on the things that create pressure in your life.

Gut Check: Good Soil Produces Fruit

In truth, we really don’t have to wonder whether we have cultivated good soil. Our lives prove to us the kind of soil we are. But, often we have gone blind to the ways that we are showing up in life. And, even though we receive evidence that bad seed has been sown or that we have not sown in the right spirit, we cannot see what needs to change.

When that happens, it’s best to remember that good soil produces fruit. About good soil, McArthur writes:

The “good soil,” Jesus says, is the life of a person who hears the word (is awake and listening for truth) and understands it (gives it priority and applies it). To do that, the person keeps life in balance so that “other” aspects do not devour nor choke out nor destroy the seeds of truth. Since there always seems to be more to do than we have time for, such a life requires assigning value to what we consider important and eliminating those items of lower value. At the very least, it requires giving precedence to and adhering to specific periods each day for work on our spiritual growth.

Motivational speaker Chalene Johnson offers a great exercise to see where you are. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being excellent and 1 indicating a strong need for improvement, she asks you to rate yourself in 10 different areas of life:

  • Physical health
  • Mental wellness
  • Quality of Your Surroundings
  • Things You Do Just for Pure Joy
  • Romance
  • Key Friends and Family Relationships
  • Financial Situation
  • Living Out Your Calling/Purpose
  • Spirituality
  • Personal Growth

Your numbers may vary from area to area. However, as good soil, you want to cultivate a life of balance.

Run the Soil Test

How can you tell you’ve got good soil? McArthur has a suggestion:

As a practical exercise and a test of the kind of soil your life is, do a good deed for someone each day. Make a commitment to yourself to do it consistently over a reasonable period of time and keep a written record. If you can do it consistently, you have good soil. If you cannot do it consistently, you need to revise your life to eliminate the footpaths, rocky ground and thistles until you develop good soil.

I actually tried something like this experiment last year. I’d read Jeff Olson’s The Slight Edge. He recommended a few daily disciplines:

  1. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for
  2. Journal 2 minutes each day about a positive event from the day before, and
  3. Complete 1 random act of kindness for someone each day.

Well, it’s been about 1 year since I read the book and only 2 of the recommended disciplines stuck. I keep a gratitude journal and spend 2 minutes each day writing about a positive event from the day before. Doing a good deed every day proved to be much harder than I thought. Often, I’d forget to do it. Or, I’d get to the end of the day and run out of time. Most often, I couldn’t think of what to do. 🙁

Eventually, I eliminated the random act of kindness from my daily non-negotiables list.

But I think it’s time to add it back. I want good soil and I bet you do too! For the next 30 days, I challenge you and me to commit 1 random act of kindness (or good deed) every day. We can check in on my Facebook page.


Do you know the #1 reason most people lack peace of mind around money? They have the WRONG ATTITUDE, which chases money away — a reality few people can afford in the new ‘gig economy’ where many adults who work hold multiple jobs just to piece together a full time living.

With 20th century job security gone, we must respond differently. People everywhere keep asking, “How can I begin to plan to my life? How can I know I’ll have enough work to put a meal on the table for my kids, to pay bills, let alone to save for a mortgage or get a roof over my own head?”

Nearly 50% of the workforce lacks a full-time job. The gig economy’s feast or famine cycle demands a new attitude. The Money Poems will teach you the right attitude toward money.

When Shall the Kingdom Come? Rethinking the Second Coming…

Some theological concepts have been with us for so long that we may have difficulty seeing them as anything other than ultimate truth. The doctrine of the “second coming” is one of those concepts. I won’t go into the development of the doctrine of the second coming or the process by which Jesus became God. Instead, I will point you Dr. Bart Ehrman’s excellent research for that:

Misquoting Jesus

How Jesus Became God

For this post, I want to simply consider another way to see the Universe and think about what may lie behind the perpetual reach for a better time to come.

All Manifestation Unfolds According to Spiritual Law

For all of the scary imagery to be found in Revelation, you can rest easy that nations do not fall because of divine intervention. “Civilizations have never been destroyed by outer conquest or by divine fiat. Civilizations have risen and fallen by the rise and fall of human consciousness” (Butterworth).

If the world shall come to an end, it will not happen via a single catastrophic event. Rather, it shall happen the way everything else in the physical world happens — by the unfoldment of human thinking and feeling into physical expression.

Never forget that a faithful God always acts faithfully.

Every apocalyptic belief system seems to miss two very important things: 1) God’s will is unchanging. The Absolute Good that God wills stands forever and all time. And, 2) Universal Law has never — for one instant — failed to operate as it always has:

Thought –> Feeling –> Word –> Action –> Reaction

Any “end” that comes about shall always work according to the above formula because God is unchanging.

So, relax. We shall not be checking out because of the wrath of God. If we go out, it will be “because of the darkness in the minds of men. The danger is not in the atom, but in the Adam man who is frustrating his inherent potential” (Butterworth).

Human Darkness May Obscure But It Cannot Eliminate

Rest assured that the mind that was in Christ Jesus lies within each of us. Acknowledged or ignored, this mind remains an essential, indispensable element of our divine make-up. The darkness we witness in ourselves or in others only obscures the Light within; but it can never eliminate that Light.

The moment any one of us wakes up to the Light within, the darkness begins to clear for us and, by extension, all the people we influence.

Because we are always stronger than our most entrenched fear and greater than our most seemingly intractable weakness, even the challenges that seem to be fixtures in our lives must bow down and eventually give way to the Light that indwells us.

“There is no outside source of wisdom…; you alone are your wisest teacher. Deep inside, you already know all you need to know” (Carter-Scott).

So, take heart. Whatever seems to hold you captive can be overcome. Give your full attention to the Light of God within you and it must flee.

Responding to the Inequities of Life With a Different Attitude

Could the doctrine of the second coming be the result of a collective resistance to the present moment? Butterworth raises this possibility:

“Since primitive times men have rationalized inequities of this life by the dream of a future life where all things are made right. In all cultures we find reference to such places as ‘beyond the blue,’ ‘the happy hunting grounds,’ ‘the Elysian fields.'”

When you think about it the fact that Jesus never spoke of “streets of gold” or “pearly gates” manned by St. Peter, you have to wonder how the belief in an afterlife arose. Go back and study His words. He said the Kingdom of God as being “at hand” (see Luke 17:20-21). “The ‘green pastures’ kind of heaven has evolved as a result of man’s speculation upon Jesus’ concept” (Butterworth).

Whoa!

When most people think about themselves — their personality, likes, dislikes — they often conclude, “That’s just how I am” and they dream of a time when life will look different or looked different. When they think about the direction of the world — what’s happening in the political arena, the challenges with co-workers, how things are faring in  his family — they deduce, “That’s just how life works” and they wish for a time when things will be better or were better.

In both instances, the underlying belief is that life is static.

The religion of Jesus calls for a new viewpoint toward life: “It really doesn’t matter what happens around you or to you. These things are in the world, and you can overcome the world. All that really matters is what happens in you — your thoughts about conditions and people. And you can control your thoughts, for you are the master of your mind — or you can be” (Butterworth).

Embracing the Right Now Moment

If the Kingdom of Heaven is “at hand,” perhaps Jesus does not refer to a place we go to after we die. And, if Heaven is not a place we go to but rather a reality we must realize (or manifest), then perhaps we can get rid of the belief in a better time to come.

Think about it: If now is the only moment, what purpose would a doctrine of the “second coming” serve? You only need a doctrine of a better life to come when you resist the present moment.

In the 13th chapter of Matthew, Jesus describes the Kingdom of Heaven via a series of parables. He uses such illustrations “as the sower going forth to sow, the mustard seed, the ‘little leaven that leaveneth the whole lump.’ A strange lot of illustrations if He is talking about some place in the skies to which we go at some future time” (Butterworth).

In the religion about Jesus, belief in the second coming ranks above all else. But in the religion of Jesus — the spiritual practice Jesus maintained while living physically on Earth — the emphasis seems to be squarely on living your best life for now is the only time there is.

Experiencing Peace in All Seasons

You may ask, “But what about all the destruction and evil we find in the world? Surely, this spiritual philosophy falls down in the face of the chaos happening around us.” And, I respond with a quote from Butterworth: “No matter what condition the world is in, you can find and express peace within yourself, for the Kingdom of God is within you.”

We have conflated worry with concern. We think we cannot be concerned without also being worried. When we think about the challenges our world faces, we cannot see them without also imagining a doomsday scenario where everything falls apart unless something miraculous happens.

Worry and concern are not the same thing. When I worry, I storytell. I take the facts and build a worst case scenario based on the story I have told myself about the facts. Often, I base my decisions about how to act off the story I’ve told myself about the facts. Worry has an obscuring effect. The good we would do becomes marred by our inability (or unwillingness) to see a situation as it is — not worse than it is or better than it is but as it is.

Concern, on the other hand, considers the challenge without building a story. When I am concerned, I care about the parties involved and I listen for the whispering of God’s voice within me for the right response to the circumstances that appear.

I believe that if we would become more concerned about the challenges in our world and worried about them less, we would become more effective change agents for good.

Engaging in Spiritual Advocacy

To be clear: Expressing peace no matter what the conditions of the world seem to be is not a pass to check out. I see it as a challenge to check in.

The peace you inherit from giving your attention to the Light within must be passed back out to your fellow citizens. “You must become a peacemaker, an influence for peace among men” (Butterworth).

We do not get for the satisfaction of getting; we get for the opportunity to give and we learn for the opportunity to teach. Many Christians talk of being ‘saved,’ which usually means removing themselves from worldly things.

But the world needs what we have. Instead of isolating ourselves away from the world, we must get engaged in supporting people, places and things that make life better for others. We must stand up when we see wrong being done and we must speak out when we perceive unfair differences that do not consider the value and worth of all people.

Putting a New Eschatology Into Practice

The time has come for new ideas about living the Christian life. Most of what passes for “being a Christian” seems to be about belonging to the right spiritual group or the right church.

I want to challenge you to be right through following the religion of Jesus. In this spiritual practice, the focus rests on service to humankind. You will be asked to go deep within yourself to understand who you really are. And, as you discover that divinity that Jesus proved, you then must release that beautiful light into expression.

“No matter where you are on the ladder of life, no matter what you may be experiencing, no matter how many heartaches you have had or how many conflicts you have right now — there is more in you, there is a divinity in you, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Butterworth).

Perhaps the “second coming” is not so much about Jesus coming back in the flesh as it is about his spiritual practice coming alive in you. Are you up for the challenge?


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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.


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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.


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