July | Strength

AFFIRMATION:

“I AM STRONG IN THE LORD, AND THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.”
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS IN CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME.”

SUBJECTS:
Courage, persistance, resiliency, energy, responsibility, endurance,

The above subjects can become issues for healing during this course whether or not you’re doing it in July. The monthly associations are especially helpful for further attuning to the energy . For instance, July is traditionally the month of our “Declaration ofIndependence,” freedom, courage, and strength.

BODY ASSOCIATIONS:

Back, spine, hip, groin, and leg problems, hypoglycemia, diabetes, adrenals, and related conditions.

Working with this Strength Power Center can heal many mental and physical conditions. Read Catherine Ponder’s book, “Healing Secret of the Ages” for further explanation.

SUGGESTED SONGS:
“He”
“Bridge Over Troubled Waters”
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”

SUPPLEMENTARY READING

“Twelve Powers of Man” Charles Fillmore
“Strength — Stablility — Steadfastness”

“Christ Enthroned In Man” Cora Fillmore
Chapter 3

“Healing Secret Of The Ages” Catherine Ponder
“Your Healing Power Of Strength”

“Your God Given Potential” Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann
“Be Strong”

-How To Use Your Twelve Gifts From God” William Warch
“Strength”

“Your Power to Be” Sig Paulson
“Your Power To Be: Strength”

BOOKS ON THE TWELVE POWERS AND RELATED SUBJECTS:
Twelve Powers of Man — Charles Fillmore
Healing Secret of the Ages –Catherine Ponder
Your Power to Be — Sig Paulson
How to Use Your Twelve Gifts From God — William March
Your God-Given Potential — Winifred Hausmann
Christ Enthroned in Man — Cora Fillmore
Twelve Powers of Man (6-cassette set of tapes)–Ed Rabel
The Jesus Story–Ann Ree Colton
Twelve Apostles–Robert Brownrigg
Thirteen Men Who Changed the World–H.S. Vigeveno
“Why Me?” Arlean Lorrance
“The Greatest Miracle in The World” Og Mandino
“Est–60 Hours That Transform Your Life- Adelaide Brey
The Bible”

There are innumerable books on many subjects that also apply to the above subjects under the headings of: Prosperity, Self-Help, Psychology, Healing, Health, Mind Power, Dreams, Life after Death, Prayer, Color, and many, many, others.

HOME STUDY ACTIVITIES

THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES INTENSIFY THE EXPERIENCE OF THESE LESSONS. SELECT THE ONES THAT INTEREST YOU. THE MORE TIME AND EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THEM THE MORE LASTING IMPRESSION UPON YOUR CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS. APPLY THEM FOR AT LEAST ONE MONTH. KEEP A JOURNAL TO RECORD YOUR EXPERIENCES AND FEELINGS.

MESSAGE FROM ANDREW:

1. How did Andrew’s “Message” affect you?
2.What was your “Message From Andrew”?

PROCESSES: Strength (Rock) Process: The Lord’s Supper:

3.Describe the Energy of the Strength Process.
4.What did Jesus Communicate to you?

RESPONSIBILITY:

5. Look at the areas of your life where you are not taking Responsibility; or you’re not being responsible — money, relationships, jobs, Commitments, Agreements, yourself!
6. What would happen if you were to take responsibility for your life.
7. What does “Responsibility” bring up for you?
8. Read Bible passages referring to Strength.
9. Listen to songs relating to Strength.
10. Read magazine articles or books about Strength.
11. Write down your experience about coloring your mandala.

POSTER SUGGESTIONS: Light green background Pictures pertaining to inner Strength, outer Strength; Responsibility, Integrity, Courage of Convictions, pictures of rocks, the Rock of Gibraltor, folded hands of Prayer, God or spiritual Strength, Prayer.

WRITE DOWN YOUR EXPERIENCE ABOUT PREPARING YOUR POSTER.

ANDREW: THE BROTHER OF PETER

The Bible often refers to Andrew, the disciple who represents Strength, as “the brother of Peter.” He could easily have developed an ‘also ran’ complex considering that Peter, the number one Disciple, always controlled and dominated the scene. However, Andrew was actually called first. He said to Peter, We have found the Messiah.” (John 1:41.)

In the gospels of Matthew and Mark we read, “And passing along by the Sea of Galilee He (Jesus) saw Simon (Peter) and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.’ And immediately they left their nets and followed him.” From this we learn that Faith and Strength must be called together. Often when our Faith is low it’s necessary to call upon Strength. Sometimes with a feeble cry, “Help.” From my limited human perspective I’d felt sympathy for Andrew in his secondary position. However, while preparing this course I tuned into Andrew and asked his input. He guided me through the preparations and gave me a new understanding. Andrew was a strong man with a sense of his own integrity and identity. He was not threatened by Peter. In fact, he supported Peter’s place in the limelight, actually guiding and keeping him on course. God knew Peter’s human frailties and gave him a brother with great inner strength and courage.

While writing this course in 1980 I felt Andrew’s energies of Strength and Love. I understood he had encouraged and supported Peter through his many trials and tribulations just as we need strength when our faith is lagging as we doubt and vacillate. I knew Andrew to be a man of quiet strength and courage. When I asked him for a message for this course, he confirmed the authenticity of my feelings.

A “MESSAGE FROM ANDREW”
The following “Message” from Andrew came through me in a meditation during my “Garden of Gethsemane” Process.

“If you come from Integrity, true to who and what you are, you will never have to answer to anyone either in this lifetime or the hereafter. Others may or may not respond favorably to your actions. However, that’s their responsibility and not yours. This may seem to give everyone license to do anything and everything without any responsibility for their actions. on the contrary, it gives full responsibility for your actions. You see, no one has to account for your life but you. Yes, there is a Judgement Day; and you are the judge. Every day is Judgment Day and every day you are sitting in judgment of your actions; and every day you are judged and condemned, or rewarded. No one “does it to you” but yourself. You are simply fulfilling the Law of Compensation; also known as Cause and Effect, which simply worded says what you give out is what you get back. This is not true because I, Andrew, say this, nor because Jesus or Buddha, or any other master says so, but because it is true; so be it. “Now, I have more to say concerning Strength. You have heard it said, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ You need but call upon the Christ strength and it will manifest in the form of every need being fulfilled. Simply Speak the word or make the affirmation. Or as Jesus said, ‘Ask in my name, believeing, without doubt, and it will be given to you.’

“You have reached this level of Integrity and Responsibility that you may ask and it will be given to you. And you will also have the responsibility of dealing with whatever you have requested, therefore take care; for you will surely receive. This is true on all levels. You are now held accountable for your thoughts; and the results will surely manifest. This is the fullest sense of the term, “You’d better ‘clean up your act.'” I do not say this to lay a trip on you. I say it because it is true. I say it that you may have the knowledge and guidance to use your new-found tools of power in a responsible and productive manner. “You have asked for a more clearly defined explanation of Surrender. Yes, truly this term pushes the buttons of many. It is releasing; or letting go and letting God. Yes, but it is so much more. It’s living from the highest and fullest degree of Integrity as directed by your Higher Self. It’s being who you really are with the full merging of your Conscious, Subconscious, and Superconscious in perfect Agreement. Then you find all your needs or desires are fulfilled. This involves certain modifications on the part of your Subconscious (emotional nature). And adjustments from your Conscious (intellectual side) in order to cooperate with the Superconscious (spiritual). It becomes a mutual Agreement and is done effortlesssly and almost painlessly. You do not have to make it happen, but it naturally occurs from your newly evolving consciousness as you keep centered by living from the I AM.

“You say, ‘Well then, if a person wanted to harm another that would be okay?’ I say to you ‘Would that be coming from Integrity?’ Come now, let us reason together. Have I not already explained to you concerning the Day of Judgment? Is there need to expound further on this subject when you have the intelligence and intuition to tell you in all logic and reason what is the inevitable conclusion that states, ‘With what measure ou give out is the measure that you get back?’

“It well behooves us, therefore, to let Love be our measure of giving; in that Love, therefore, will be our measure of getting. Is this not, in reality what we all are seeking? Why else do we do the things we do? Did we not say, at another time, that the main communication in life is, ‘Please love me’ as number one and ‘Please accept my love,’ as number two? Even our acts of hate and aggression are done out of a need to be loved and to have our love accepted. Therefore, let love be your Strength. ‘I can do all things in Love which strengthens me.’ This is my message of Strength and Love to you. I love you.”

Not much is mentioned in the Bible about Andrew, other than in the story of the Loavesand Fishes where he presented to Jesus the little boy with the basket of barley loaves and fishes that fed the five-thousand. And during the feast before Passover at Lazarus’s home, some Greeks wanted to meet Jesus, so Philip and Andrew asked Jesus. However, He gave His famous dissertation about eternal life. There’s no further mention of the Greeks, so we must look to the metaphysical symbology of this incident. We can assume that when one is confronted by intellectual reasonings (symbolized by the Greeks) Faith and Strength come together to present them to the Christ Presence for Illumination. And the response is rising above the intellectual to the spiritual in unison with Faith and Strength. Because I wanted to learn more about Andrew, I researched several books, and found more historical background on Andrew than most of the disciples. It’s a fascinating story.

I am grateful to Ronald Brownrigg’s book “The Twelve Apostles and his extensive and thorough research of Andrew’s missionary work with the “primitive people” where he ministered with other Apostles including Peter. Andrew performed many miracles of healing and exorcism. He also did missionary work in Greece. Maybe his introduction to the Greeks, in the Bible passage mentioned earlier, was a precursor to his future work with them. Greece is also where he he was thrown to the wild beasts but miracuously escaped.

Toward the end of his missionary days Andrew had a vision of his brother Peter saying to him, “Draw near to me, stretch out thy hands so as to join them unto mine, and put thy head by my head. I am the word of the cross whereon thou shalt hang shortly, for His name’s sake whom thou preachest.” Andrew then set sail for Patras in Achaia where he healed Maximilla, the wife of the proconsul Aegeates. She then became converted and alienated from her husband, which incited him to crucify Andrew. Mr. Brownrigg gives a vivid and detailed account of this event if you’re inclined to pursue the subject.
However, I’ll move along. Andrew was crucified on an “X” shaped cross without nails, nor his legs broken. This caused him more suffering, which was the intention of the angered husband, Aegeates.
It is said Andrew approached the cross, knelt and prayed the “Prayer of the Cross”:

Hail, precious cross! You have been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with his limbs as rich jewels. I come to you exulting and glad. Receive me with joy into your arms, 0 good cross, you have received beauty from our Lord’s limbs. I have ardently loved you. Long have I desired and sought you. Now you are found by me, and made ready for my longing soul. Receive me into your arms; take me up from among men, and present me to my Master, that he who redeemed me on you may receive me by you.”

One version ends, “Come hither, ye ministers of joy unto me, ye servants of Aegeates; accomplish the desire of us both, and bind the lamb unto the wood of the offering, the man unto the maker, the soul unto the Saviour.” Andrew practised his Master’s teachings: “Agree with thine adversary.” Under these unbearable conditions on the cross Andrew continued teaching and preaching the crowd for two days without food or water. Later by popular demand by the crowd Aegeates considered releasing Andrew. But he requested not to be released with the words, -Let no one release me in any way from these bonds. For there has been allotted me this destiny: to depart out of the body and to live with the Lord, with whom I am even being crucified.” And then when it looked as if Aegeates would still release him to please the demand of the crowds, Andrew loudly cried out, “Do not permit, Lord, that Andrew who has been bound up to thy cross should be set free … Father, let his little one no longer humiliate him who has known thy greatness, Jesus Christ, whom I have seen, whom I love, in whom I am and will be,receive me in peace into thy eternal tabernacles that through my exodus the many who are akin (in nature) to me may enter to thee and may rest in thy majesty.”

The account goes on to say that after Andrew died Maximilla and Stratocles, the brother of her husband, took the body from the cross and buried him. His coffin and bones were moved from one place to another. They were even visited by St. Francis of Assisi and St. Bridget of Sweden. Pope John XXIII gave a reliquary (container or shrine in which sacred relics are contained) containing the face bones of St. Andrew to the Greek Orthodox Church. In the seventh century it’s said a monk named Regulus pillaged some of the bones from the relics of St. Andrew in Constantinople, and became the first bishop of St. Andrews, and the ruins of this magnificent church still exist. In a battle between the Picts, lead by King Hungus, and the English, Andrew appeared to King Hungus to promise him victory over the English. The next day a silver cross (similar to the one on which Andrew was crucified), appeared in the sky. The Picts went into battle with the cry, “St. Andrew, our patron, be our guide!” The English were so terrified over the cross in the sky they were defeated.

Andrew has been the patron saint of the Scots since about 750 A.D. with the white cross on a sky-blue background as their standard. The remaining relics of Andrew were transferred to Rome about the same time and they are said to lie beneath those of his brother Peter. Under the famous dome of Michelangelo there is a fifteen foot statue of Andrew along with the famous bronze figure of Peter in a marble chair. As I said, I felt Andrew’s energies with me through-out the original writing of these words in 1980. And his strength and love have been with me every time I’ve worked with this Strength chapter. Even now as I’m tuned into his energies again I feel his presence. I’ve also called on him when enduring personal challenges or crisis. I recall a time in my life after a marriage had ended. I felt depressed, fearful, unstable, alone. And God guided me to Unity Village for another two-week training session toward attaining my teacher’s license.

One evening I went for a walk as the locusts screeched along the tree-lined walkway. Yet I could clearly hear the whispering fountains softly lending their voice to the evening. And the fragrance of spraying water wafted through the air with the sweet aroma from the nearby Rose Garden. I sat on a bench to capture the moment and looked toward the soft blue light glowing from the adminis-tration building which was flanked by the moon and stars. Knowing prayer is strength, I felt inspired to pray for stability in my shaken life, and a peaceful feeling came over me.

As I got up and slowly moved across the grounds I stood beneath the light radiating from the Silent Unity window where prayers continued as they had for eighty years. I felt God’s presence, and taking a deep breath I drew upon that Strength. As I continued walking around the building I saw before me the words “Thou dost keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee” emblazoned across a picture I’d drawn in class the day before: the Rock of Gibraltor in a green ocean for Strength, to symbolize what I needed to fulfill my life.

When I returned to my room I looked up this unfamiliar passage in The Bible. Tears came to my eyes as I read, “Thou dost keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusts in thee. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” So God had given me the symbol of the Rock of Strength.

ROCK PROCESS

The Rock Process evolved from that experience. When I first began using this process I stopped by the Prudential Life Insurance Company for a picture of their symbol, the Rock of Gibraltor. It wasn’t quite what I had in mind, so I went to the library. I was shocked to learn the Rock of Gibraltor isn’t solid at all, but is made of limestone and honeycombed with manmade caverns. I realized the true “Rock” for our Strength is God. You may select a special small stone to hold in your hand during this process (or imagine one).

The Rock Process will assist you in feeling Strength energies; and also the Strength of Andrew and his Love joined with Jesus’s Love.

Become comfortable, close your eyes, take a deep breath, relax, release, and let go. Focus your attention in the small of your back, the center for Strength. Visualize a light green energy in that area and feel it gently swirl throughout your back, hips and adrenal glands. If you have any health problems in any of these muscles or organs allow extra time for the green energy to massage here. Affirm -I AM STRENGTH, I AM STRENGTH, I AM STRENGTH.

Become aware of the intensity of this light green energy so you can call it forth whenever you need healing or strengthening. As it continues swirling throughout your entire body affirm -I am strong in the Lord and the power of his might and -I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.” As the green Light continues swirling use its energy for internally massaging any parts that need healing. Take as long as necessary for this Process. When you feel complete allow its energy to merge with the rock you are holding in your hand. Imagine that the energy has moved into the symbol and feel its strength, solidness, and stability. Now, to complete this process imagine that Andrew is holding the hand that holds your rock, and Jesus is holding the other hand. Become aware of the Strength and Love emanating from these two% Feel their energies permeate your body giving a charge to the swirling green energy that now saturates you. Continue with this Process until you notice Jesus and Andrew have joined hands and the three of you have merged into One, I AM. Feel the higher degree of the I AM energies. Use this energy any way you choose; to heal yourself or others, or release
into the universe to be used as needed. When you feel complete with this Process gradually become aware of the room and when you are ready open your eyes.

TWELVE POWERS OF MAN

Charles Fillmore writes in Twelve Powers of Man, “One who has studied man as an aggregation of personalities readily identifies the ‘strong man’ as one of the twelve foundation powers that make up the manifest man. Among the apostles of Jesus the strong man is designated as Andrew, brother of Peter.” The Greek meaning of Andrew is ‘strong man.’

Mr. Fillmore goes on to say, “The ‘strong man fully armed’ referred to by Jesus is the strength and stability in man. In the natural man he is manifested as physical strength, but in the regeneration he is overcome and his possesions are divided or given to the other faculties as a nucleus around which the higher forces gather. “Supreme strength as demonstrated by Jesus can be attained by one who trusts in Spirit and conserves his vital substance. The strength of Spirit is necessary to the perpetuation of soul and body and to the overcoming of death.”

RESPONSIBILITY

I once conducted a memorial service for Robert, a man I didn’t know. So I decided to tune into him as I do Jesus and the disciples. I’ve also done this with others who have passed to the other side. I just meditate, focus on that person, and ask them to be with me. Then I talk with them and listen for their quiet response. It usually comes as an awareness, but some people may hear their voice. Robert came through quite clear and I received a definite impression of his energies. I shared the results with his wife before the service, and she was amazed that I had captured the essence of her husband without ever knowing him. She gave me a poem he’d cherished to read at the Service. I was touched to see it was a poem I’d once kept above my sink, but had lost. I’d prayed to find another copy, and now here it was. I read it during Robert’s Memorial Service:

DON’T QUIT
When things go wrong,
As they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high.
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit–
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than It seems to a faint and faltering man; Often the struggler
has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worse that you mustn’t quit.”

I then continued: “Life does not begin when we are born; nor does it cease when we die. It is simply passing through a door, out of sight, into the next room. ‘In my Father’s house are many mansions–if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

“Life is eternal. this is not wishful thinking, but fact. The Bible gives many references to eternal life. Books are written on the subject. Yet we doubt. Nature gives us countless vivid examples of the continuity of life. Our most beautiful example is the butterfly emerging from its tomblike chrysalis after having died as a caterpillar. Transformed into its glorious splendor it spreads its wings and flies into its new existence. This we believe because we see. Why can we not believe what we do not see? That life continues as we shed this earthly body and move on into our new existence with our spiritual body. Because it is unseen by us makes it no less real. Life is eternal.”

I went on to say: “Robert was a man who knew God in his inner being, and especially when he was close to nature. Not according to structured religions, dogmas, or creeds, but according to his own Integrity. He was a kind and considerate man. He loved to fish, golf, or just work in his garden, which he cherished. But as a Navy man he felt closest to God when he was at sea. He felt that when you’re at sea with nothing but the sky, the ocean, and that hunk of metal called a ship you really come to know God. And that personal relationship with God always sustained him.”

To conclude the service I played a tape of the song “He” by Damon Younger. It occurred to me after the Service that a ten to fifteen minute tribute to a man’s life seemed a tremendous responsibility. I realized that in reality no one is adequate for the responsibility to memorialize a person’s life but the person himself. And that is done by living life fully according to his own integrity and consciousness. This man had lived and loved his life.

THE RESPONSIBILITY FACTOR

Taking responsibility for one’s own life is a matter of integrity. They are no longer saying, “Someone did it to me,” “It’s all their fault,” or “I didn’t know what I was doing.” if you are holding onto your favorite “But….. please take time with your Subconscious and Superconscious to recreate such an event: what everyone said and did, how you felt before, after, and during. Then honestly write in your notebook your underlying reason for the behavior and words.

You may be surprised to discover under your feelings a desire to hurt or punish yourself or someone, or perhaps to get even or “show them.” Perhaps you feel a need to dominate, manipulate, get attention, give or receive love or sympathy. Or perhaps underlying your actions was a desire to avoid responsibility. (Further discussion on Responsibility appears in my book, Saying Yes to Outer Freedom (Not completed).

THE LORD’S SUPPER PROCESS

This Process will assist you getting in touch with subjects we’ve been discussing. First let me remind you that The Lord’s Supper or Last Supper as it’s sometimes called, was originally held in observance of the Passover in the time of Moses during the Death of the First-born Plague in Egypt. Anyone who’s seen the movie “The Ten Commandments” will never forget the dreadful scenes. You may remember, however, the Israelites were commanded to place lamb’s blood on their doorsill to protect them from the pestilence.

So Jesus and his twelve disciples gathered in the upper room where they observed this celebration of Unleavened Bread.

Now become comfortable, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax. Call
forth the light green energy and allow it to assist you in visualizing yourself in that upper
room with Jesus and the disciples. Picture the scene as it comes to mind. See them
around Jesus listening intently as He speaks. Join them and hear His words. “I have
earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you I shall not eat
it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”

Now quietly observe as He prepares and performs the ritual that has become known as Communion, and says, “You are those who have continued with me in my trials; as my Father appointed a kingdom for me, so do I appoint for you that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Although Jesus did not explain at that scene the exact meaning of His words, we know He refers to each of the twelve disciples representing a Power Center. These are the twelve thrones.” Charles Fillmore gives further explanation in his book, The Twelve Powers of Man.

Andrew has explained to me that each disciple has an area of responsibility assisting those who are activating these Powers. And we can call upon them just as we do Jesus. So look around the upper room until you recognize Andrew. He will motion to you to sit beside him. Sometimes this happens more as an awareness than actually seeing. Greet him and ask if he has any communications for you about this lesson. If you have any conditions requiring Strength, either physical or spiritual, just let Andrew infill you with a surge of the Strength energy.

When you feel complete ask Andrew to assist you looking at your Responsibility Factor and ask him for realizations that will be helpful. If you are ready to hear them, youcan ask him to show you your copouts or set-ups. If you have any lower back problems or adrenalin conditions ask him for insights about causes or healing. Take time to talk with him and to listen.

When you have completed your visit you may participate in the Communion service by partaking of the bread and wine, or by partaking of the spiritual food presented in Jesus’s Discourse. You may even be privileged to hear words meant just for you.

Take as long as you wish for this Process. When you feel ready open your eyes and color your mandala. Or you may want to write in your notebook, or simply continue meditating upon your experience, then go forth and live life fully.