May | Understanding

Each of the Twelve Powers is coordinated with a month, color, disciple and the body location, as listed above. When focusing on the Power of Understanding above the right eye, visualize the color gold, call upon the Disciple Thomas for guidance and support, and repeat the following affirmations:

AFFIRMATION:
“I KNOW WHO I AM; I AM GOD EXPRESSING THROUGH ME” “I LISTEN, I HEAR I UNDERSTAND, I FOLLOW” “I LOOK, I SEE, I PERCEIVE, I PREPARE, I DO”

SUBJECTS:
Understanding: Know thyself, “Who am I?, I AM, Identity, Mental Telepathy, Intuiton, Spiritual Powers, Perception, Knowledge, Awareness, Realizations, Life is Consciousness

The above subjects can become issues for healing during this course whether or not you’re doing it in May. The monthly associations are especially helpful for further attuning to the energies. For instance, understanding, and knowing yourself are meaningful in May.

BODY ASSOCIATIONS;
Eyes (inner vision) ears (inner knowing), (see Will: allowing willfulness, wanting own way to control) Working with this Understanding Power Center can heal many mental and physical conditions. Read Catherine Ponder’s book, Healing Secret of the Ages” for further explanation.

IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION OF UNDERSTANDING SELF AND OTHERS IN “SAYING YES TO MYSELF” BY JOYANNA FREELAND (See Book List).

MANDALA FOR UNDERSTANDING

Color the Mandala for Understanding, using gold or golden yellow as the predominant color, and other colors as you feel guided (any color is okay; there’s no right or wrong). If you don’t have a gold color you can use orange and color over it with yellow. Whatever feels right to you is the way to do it. Since Understanding must guide Will, you can use gold for the greater or larger areas of the cross and gray or silver (The color for Will), for the smaller areas.” It’s importait to color the mandala. Do not avoid it as -kid “stuff.” That’s exactly the reason it’s beneficial. It will work when nothing else will. The subconscious loves mandalas and becomes very cooperative, so if you have problems starting or completing the processes or answering the questions, you can color a mandala. You can feel the child at play as you color. Let go and enjoy! This is also an excellent time to communicate or listen to your conscious, However, do not limit yourself by allowing your intellect, logic and reason to interfere. If you are having misunderstandings with anyone, you can use affirmations as you color, such as, “There is nothing between us but love and understanding.” The superconscious also finds the mandala a helpful means of communication. Bring anything that has to do with Understanding -God, self, relationships, jobs, problems -into your consciousness as you color. Ask your Superconscious mind to assist or give answers. Ask your intuitive guidance to reveal to you what’s appropriate pertaining to understanding, intuition, intellect, your conscious, subconscious, superconscious; whatever things came up for you during the burning bush process (or you can do this process while coloring).

SONGS-MUSIC:
“Getting To Know You” (The King And I)
“Just The Way You Are” Englebert Humperdink
“You Are So Beautiful”
“I Love Myself The Way I Am”
“I’ve Gotta Be Me”
“Desiderata”
“The Need To Be”
“Reflections” (Lost Horizons) Burt Bacharach
“Masquerade” Karen Carpenter

SUPPLEMENTARY READING:

TWELVE POWERS BOOKS:

“Twelve Powers Of Man” Charles Fillmore Understanding”

“Christ Enthroned In Man” Cora Fillmore
Chapter 8

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

“Your God Given Potential” Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann
Build Something To Stand On”

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

“Your Power To Be’ Sig Paulson
“Your Power To Be: Understanding”

BOOKS RELATING TO SUBJECT:
Dare To Be Yourself” Alan Cohen
“Handbook To Higher Consciousness” Ken Keyes
“Illusions” Richard Bach
“Prosperity” (or any book) Charles Fillmore
“Prosperity Secret Of The Ages” Catherine Ponder
“Revealing Word” Unity
Life Is Consciousness” Emmet Fox
“We Are All Doing Time” Bo Lozoff
“God’s Phone Number” Robert Trask
Books By Louse Hay, John Bradshaw
Books On Recovery, Inner Child, or Twelve Steps

HOME STUDY ACTIVITIES
UNDERSTANDING

THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES INTENSIFY THE EXPERIENCES OF THIS LESSON. SELECT THE ONES THAT INTEREST YOU. THE MORE TIME AND EFFORT YOU PUT INTO THEM THE MORE LASTING IMPRESSION UPON YOUR CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS. WORK WITH THEM AT LEAST ONE MONTH. JOURNAL-WRITE YOUR FEELINGS AND EXPERIENCES.

“I SAID, ‘YE ARE GODS.'”

Write out your identity story that answers the question “Who Am I?”

1.Who are you? Is that who you REALLY are? Or is it who you think you should be; perhaps to please someone else?
2.What would you do differently if you were being who you really want to be? Why aren’t you doing/being it?
3.Have you experienced your true identity of I AM?
4.Are you willing to accept the responsibility of being a god?
5.What would that responsibility be?

MIRROR PROCESS:
1.How does your self-image compare to the image in the mirror?
2.What “childish ways” are you still indulging yourself in am an adult? Are you willing to give them up?
3.What memories, emotions, reactions did you experience as in result of the poem “Children Learn What They Live”?
4.What do you iow “see” or “understand” more clearly?
5.How do you feel about your new self-image?

BURNING BUSH PROCESS: PART 2 OF “MIRROR PROCESS”)

Read the story of Moses and the Burning Bush.
1.What is the “Burning Bush”?
2. Have you ever experienced the “Burning Bush”? Describe.
3. Who does the “Burning Bush” say that you are?
4.Who does the “Burning Bush” say that it is?
6.What happened when you looked in the mirror the second time?
7.How does Moses’ identity crisis affect you?
8.What does “Put off your shoes from your feet” mean? What is “Holy Ground”?
8.What name did God tell Moses that he should be called?
9.Where can you find “I AM”? (See “I Am There” poem).

INTUITION:

1. How important is it to you to “Understand” something? Do you feel this to be an activity of the intellect?
2. How do you perceive “intuition-?
3. Keep track of the “happenings” that could be termed “intuitive.” Are you “giving credit where credit is due” for these happenings?
4. Are you “listening, hearing, understanding and following” your “inner guidance”? Are you aware of the difference?
5. In what ways are you refusing to “listen, to hear, to understand, to follow”? Why? What are you afraid of?
6. Why was Thomas called “Doubting Thomas”?

ACCORDING TO YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS:

1. If “life is consciousness”, what is your Consciousness?
2. If “life is consciousness”, what is your life?
3. What patterns are you creating “according to your consciousness”?
4. How can you change those patterns?
5. What do you need to do to change your consciousness so you will enjoy the life you would like to create?

FURTHER SEMINAR SUGGESTIONS:

Prepare a poster using magazines and newspapers relating to “Understanding” subjects on gold poster-board or colors. You can place on your poster: A small mirror, pictures that suggest understanding between self and/or others and/or God, pictures of children with parents, a picture of the “Burning Bush,” pictures of getting acquainted; or the poem “I Am There” or “Please Hear What I’m Not Saying.” As you personalize your own poster you’ll feel greater depths of Understanding.

Write down your feelings and experiences about your Understanding poster.

Color your understanding mandala and write down your experience.

Listen to songs about subjects discussed in Understanding

Read Bible passages referring to these subjects.

Read magazine articles and books about these subjects.

WHY DID THOMAS DOUBT?

Thomas may seem a strange disciple to represent Understanding because he’s known as “Doubting Thomas.” But we should be grateful that he questioned, for like Peter who wavered, Thomas’s doubts make him seem more human. Also, his questionings gave important answers and explanations by Jesus.For instance, as the story goes, after Jesus’s crucifixion and resurrection, Thomas was out of the room when Jesus visited the disciples. As John tells the story, he seems to delight in mentioning that the door was closed, “Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He showed them His hands and added, ‘As the Father has sent me even so I send you, receive the Holy spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sin of any, they are retained.” When Thomas returned the other disciples said, “We have seen The Lord.” And Thomas is forever known for his response, “Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe.” Doesn’t that sound familiar? Who among us wouldn’t have said the same thing under the circumstances? “Don’t kid me, I saw him crucified, stabbed in the side, and placed in the tomb with a huge boulder rolled in front. Now you’re going to tell me he was here in this room, Ha! I’ll believe that when I see it.” So Thomas originated “Seeing is believing.” Eight days later they reassembled, including Thomas, and again the doors were shut. The Bible says “But Jesus came and stood among them, and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.’ Thomas answered Him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'” You’ll notice Thomas did not have to place his finger in the mark of nails, or his hand in His side before acknowledging Jesus. Metaphysical teachings say Jesus did not ignore Thomas’s demand for physical evidence of His identity, but respected it. Without Thomas’s questioning and Jesus’s proof, we would not have the evidence that defies dispute. And Thomas’s questioning gave us one of the most revered Bible passages: Jesus said, “Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. 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? I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am, you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.” We can thank Thomas for asking: “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?”

I don’t blame him. If Jesus had made that statement to me, I would not have let it pass without being made perfectly clear where He was going that we could follow. Then Jesus spoke those memorable words, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to The Father, but by me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him.'” Thank God for Thomas’s doubts and questions.

INTUITIVE GUIDANCE

I once said to God, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s an experience?” The answer came loud and clear, “An experience needs no words.” However, because I’m a writer I use many words in varied descriptions to bring you to your own experience of Intuitive Guidance so it’s real for you. It can happen instantaneously, or it may take longer. But remember, God is within every atom of your body. There is no place you have to go to reach Him. And one day your realization of oneness will occur. But your Intuitive Guidance can be developed daily, and it’s important to recognize it in small details. Then it will be increased. A spiritual teacher once told me to learn to recognize and appreciate the first little indications of Intuitive Guidance and follow it, if we wish to receive more in important matters. She said, “If our guidance says ‘Change the color of your toilet paper,’ we don’t argue, we do it. The reason is to learn obedience over this, so when a message comes for something that could be life-saving, you will follow.” I’ve never forgotten this lesson.

This is especially true in counseling. Often my intuition tells me to say or do one thing, and my intellect objects. “Oh, I would feel foolish saying that.” But I’ve learned to listen, hear, and follow my inner guidance, and miraculous results have occurred. Mostly, however, it’s the daily routines where I enjoy its benefits. For instance, I had neglected mailing a letter so I took it with me on some errands. Because of my tight schedule, I asked for a handy mail-box. And as I came out of the meat market I passed a mailman, so asked him to take my letter, which he gladly did. I thanked him, then said a silent “Thank You,” to my Guidance. This may seem insignificant, but we’ve been told in the Bible, “Be faithful over little, I’ll put you over much;”

Soon after having given this lesson, and while reading through a Newsletter from the “Love Project” organization, I noticed a letter from a prison inmate asking for pen-pals. Ordinarily I would not have responded because this is not for me. It’s for someone else, right? Wrong. My guidance said, “Write him!” So I did, and promptly forgot about it, as I continued preparing to teach Prosperity lessons. Then several weeks later, while checking my Post Office box, I saw an unfamiliar handwritten letter from Al Vaillancourt. Today he’s my #1 con in my God-called ministry. We remain correspondents after fourteen years; and he’s still incarcerated. But he always says my letters and support through the years have made it more endurable. Al may be in prison, but he became my first Freedomer, a name I call those seeking inner freedom. He’s found an inner freedom, and I’m always uplifted from his letters. This was the beginning of my Inner Freedom Ministry that’s still the focus of my life and my writings. Had I belligerently insisted on pursuing the Prosperity Seminars I’d have missed a vital part of my life, the Freedomers, many who have become lifetime friends, even after release. And I still listen and follow my Intuitive Guidance whether writing a letter, a book, or a grocery list. And I’ve learned God guides my vacations, weekends, and Disneyland just as faithfully as my ministry and writing. He constantly says, “I’m here, use Me.” One may ask, “How do I know it’s really God?” I think Trust is an important factor in listening to and following our Inner Guidance. Perhaps that’s the reason it first comes about with insignificant things, so we can learn to trust before blindly following something life-changing, such as my ministry.

Intuitive Guidance prompted the disciple Peter to say to Jesus, “You are tie Christ, son of the living God!” And Jesus gave us the explanation of this inner knowing when He said “…for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in Heaven.” He often called the still, small voice of Intuitive Guidance (also known as the Holy Spirit), “Father.” This awareness comes through our Superconscious, so when we’ve learned to merge, and cooperate with these levels of ourself, we have entered the kingdom within.

If you’re still wondering how to make this contact, perhaps the example given in the First Book of Samuel in the Old Testament will be helpful. Samuel’s mother had been unable to conceive a child, so she made a petition (“vowed a vow”) that if God would give her a son, she would give him to the Lord. She did have a son whom she named Samuel. When Samuel was weaned his mother took him to the temple and left him with the priest, Eli, to be of service to the Lord. In the Bible account describing Samuel’s visitation from the Lord, it states, “And the word of the Lord was rare In those days; there was no frequent vision.” The truth then, as now, people just didn’t recognize the spiritual guidance. The Bible continues, “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not been revealed to him.” This is not a comment in an ancient Bible story. It’s as true for you and me as for Samuel. As you read that Bible story, you’ll see that he had already fulfilled the first two steps, Agreement and Commitment, on a piritual path. He was ready, but he didn’t understand what was happening.

Three times the voice of the Lord came to Samuel, but he thought it was El , the elderly priest. Yet Eli hadn’t called. Finally, the third time, Eli “perceived that the Lord was calling the boy” and told him to lie down, then when the voice called to say, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.” So you’ll notice Samuel didn’t argue or deny, or refuse as we so often do. Samuel “went and lay down in his place,” and when the voice came again he said; “Speak, Lord, for thy servant hears.” The message from the Lord concerned punishment to Eli and his sons for their iniquities. And Samuel didn’t want to tell Eli this message any more than we’re willing to deliver negative news. But Eli threatened him if he didn’t, so the message was delivered. You can read the Books of Samuel in the Bible account for further results. But this relevant information gives the aforementioned steps: listen, hear, understand, follow. Do what you have been told to do, as did Samuel. “And Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.” Samuel eventually became a wise prophet and judge of Israel.” I could not write these books were it not for my Intuitive Guidance. I simply write as the words come through me. And you can use this unfailing Guidance for whatever you do.

“I SAID, ‘YE ARE GODS.'”

“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly,” so asked the Jews of Jesus as they walked in the portico of Solomon at the Feast of the Dedication of Jerusalem. “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me; but you do not believe because you do not belong to my sheep.” Jesus, quite simply, was saying, “I buy you books and buy you books, and all you do is chew the covers.” Some people hear, yet do not understand. Jesus used every then-known method of communication including example, illustration, parables, and miracles to convey a Truth; yet they heard it not. We are just now beginning to hear His message: “I said, ‘ye are gods,'” referring to Psalm 82:6, “I say, ‘ye are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you.'” Have you forgotten? What will it take to remember? Are you willing to accept responsibility of being a god?

Perhaps it is easier to believe that someone else can do it for us. The belief that because Jesus died for our sins we have no further obligation, is a fallacy. In the beginning, God created everything out of Himself, giving us that incipient spark, and then He rested. Now, it is up to us. We are co-creaters with God, through the power of our thoughts, desires, and actions. If we create chaos, then our part is to clear it up. How much better not to do it in the first place. Yet through our mistakes we learn. However, there is a shortcut: to realize we are gods, and accept our godship. Because of these teachings Jesus was crucified, and his message died with Him. But in these enlightened times there are those of us who would dare say again, “You are gods.” And again the modern-day equivalent of the Pharisees and Sadduces nail the Truth to the cross with its own words, and so Truth teachers shut up, or go underground.

We bypass the media and other false prophets, knowing that when the students are ready the teacher appears, and vice versa. As those hearers hear the words of deliverance, “I and the Father are one,” they will remember that Jesus also told us, “Anything I can do you can do, and better.” It soon becomes apparent what Jesus meant when He continued His conversation. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” Jesus is saying that only those who listen and hear will receive the Truth, and their reward is eternal life.

His words were rejected as are ours today by those who call out “Antichrist.” But He was the Christ personified, Whom they did not recognize. And today the persecutions of those who teach His truths continue. So, they attempted to stone Him, and he said, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” They replied that they weren’t stoning Him for His “good works,” but for calling Himself God. Jesus quoted scripture as He replied, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.'” Who I am is the Christ, the Father Within that Jesus promised. So to deny any aspect of myself is to deny that part of God expressing through me.

RECLAIMING MY LIFE

Getting to know oneself as a separate identity begins in early childhood when we first claim our life as an individual. I am not my mother, nor my father, nor who they wanted me to be. I am a divine original. I have an identity: ME. And “Me” encompasses all that I am. Ultimately we recognize the name given us by our Creator: “I AM” as revealed by Paul: “The Mystery Hidden for Ages … Christ in you, your hope of glory”(Col.1:27).

MIRROR PROCESS

This next process is not designed to be comfortable. In fact, if you’re not uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally, you’re not doing it right. The purpose of this process is to get in touch with and release hidden feelings from childhood that stand in the way of your understanding and intuitive guidance. Imagine that you’re standing in front of a full-length mirror in a dimly lit room so you can barely see yourself. If you have a real mirror, cover it with window spray which you can later wipe off. Now speak the following words and allow them to permeate your consciousness, “When I was a child I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now I see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.”

Still your conscious, reasoning mind and do not try to figure out the meaning of those words, even if they are familiar and you think you know exactly what they mean. Repeat them several times. As you are looking in the mirror, visualize a golden beam of Light (Understanding Energy) centering above your right forehead. Take a deep breath and inhale so you internalize the golden Light. Now begin gently swirling the golden Energy through your head and affirm, “I am Understanding.” Continue doing this slowly until the golden Light has swirled throughout your entire body and you are experiencing yourself as a radiating center of golden Energy. You are aware of its texture, smell, and taste so it’s very real for you and you can tune in, or recreate it anytime by simply affirming, “I am Understanding.”

As this process continues, see your clear and radiant reflection in the mirror as the entire room glows from your Light. (Wipe off your window spray to symbolize this clarification). Now to your clear image in the mirror repeat the words, “When I was a child I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now I see in part, then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.” Ask your intuitive guidance to reveal their meaning while you look into the mirror.

Focus your attention on your reflection. Notice every detail of your entire body: how you hold yourself, your posture and body language. What is it telling you? Does it project your desired image? What about your hair? Clothes? Don’t be critical, but simply observant. As you’re looking at your radiant, glowing self, realize no one else can qualify for the job of being you. There is only one you. So look and see if you are fulfilling the job as capably as you wish it filled. Just be there with you. Affirm “Getting to know you, getting to know all about YOU.” (If you have this song, play it now) Continue with this process until you feel ready to move on. Then read over and over the following poem and allow your emotions to surface and burst forth if there are tears. It may take some time, and you may wish to sit down if you’re still standing.

CHILDREN LEARN WHAT THEY LIVE

If a child lives with criticism,
He learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility,
He learns to fight.

If a child lives with ridicule,
He learns to be shy.

If a child lives with shame,
He learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with tolerance,
He learns to be patient.

If a child lives with encouragement,
He learns confidence.

If a child lives with praise,
He learns to appreciate.

If a child lives with fairness,
He learns justice.

If a child lives with security,
He learns to have faith.

If a child lives with approval,
He learns to like himself.

If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,
He learns to find love in the world.

When you’re ready, stand and again look in the mirror. Really see yourself, and then say, “This is me ——— (say your name). I love myself.” As you’re looking in the mirror, ask your inner child to become visible. See her (or him), your very own self as a little child, reflecting back. And speak to your child. Ask for the name it likes to be called. Now just talk to her (or him) in the mirror. Ask if there’s anything you can do to help, or that she/he wants. Take as long as you wish with this process. When you are complete, write down your experience, and your feelings. This is a powerful, deep process and can be used often to contact your inner child, and to get deeper in touch with yourself. Also for intensifying the Understanding energies.

Affirm “I am willing to see clearly and to understand what God reveals to/through me.” As you’re writing ask yourself, “Have I truly given up childish ways, or am I bringing those things from my childhood into my present life? Am I bringing those resentments, hurts, fears, accusations, and childish feelings into my life today? Don’t let your conscious mind answer these questions, but rather allow your inner child, subconscious, and Superconscious to assist with the answers. Stay with your writing until everything is clear. Then return to the mirror, and if it’s still blurry begin swirling the Golden Energy as a wiping cloth and remove any remaining covering. Ask if there’s anything else you need to understand at this time. (You may continue with this process, or you may stop here. Before continuing
another time you would need to repeat the opening steps of recreating the golden Light. And then continue). When the Mirror is clear and radiant, become aware of the golden Energy that has been gently swirling through your body during this process. Feel its intensity and power. As you’re looking in the mirror, feel the radiation become as the rays of the sun’s brilliance: so intense and powerful that you must close your eyes.

BURNING BUSH PROCESS
(As preparation for this process read the Bible story of the Burning Bush in Exodus 3.)

Now, imagine yourself as the brilliance and radiance of the Burning Bush, which symbolically represents Intuitive Understanding or the “Light within.” Your Light is not coming from without, but from within. The experience of Moses before the Burning Bush is an experience in Cosmic Consciousness — a full realization of the Divine Presence. This happens when we are in a high place, or an exalted state of consciousness. Now, as the Light revealed to Moses, so let it reveal to you your true identity. First ask the Light, “Who are You?” Let the Light of Intuitive Understanding reveal the answer, Then allow the answer to be revealed as you ask, “Who am I?” Continue asking the Light any questions you wish. Be willing to let the answers be revealed through your Intuitive Understanding. Affirm “I listen, I hear, I understand, I follow.” When you are ready, look at yourself again in the full Light of Understanding. Allow about one minute to see yourself reflected in the radiant mirror as who you really are — your true identity revealed by the Light Within.

Symbolically the statement spoken by God to Moses, “Put off your shoes from your feet,” means to uncover your Understanding; be willing to experience and understand the Truth and guidance as revealed through (our Intuitive Understanding. It may not be what you want to hear, or the way you think it ought to be, but “listen, hear, understand, and follow.”

God’s words to Moses, “For the place on which you are standing is holy ground,” spoken during the Burning Bush scene in the Bible, leaves no doubt. He did not say, if you go to the nearest temple, church, or synagogue. He did not say, it’s the Burning Bush itself. He said, “The place right where you are now is the place that’s holy. If you’ll simply be open and receptive to that inner guidance then you don’t have to search for the literal Burning Bush on Mt. Horeb in the Holyland. The answer is within you; from your Inner Light of Intuitive Understanding.

We read in this Bible story that Moses, by now in his eighties, had learned humility during his exile sojourn in the desert. In his younger years he would have ridden off in a cloud of dust, but now he’s more cautious as he asks, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘what is your name?’ What shall I say to them?”

A fair question. Can you just imagine Moses at the age of eighty-something walking up to Pharaoh and saying, “Oh excuse me, but God told me that you are to release the six-hundred-thousand men, plus women, children, and animals to me to take them back to Canaan”? Hardly. As the story goes it took ten terrible plagues to finally convince Pharaoh, and even then he had a change of heart and took out after them until the Red Sea episode changed his plans. (See Journey to Inner Freedom, The Plagues for this horrific story that we all must go through on our inner journey).

Moses listened attentively as God, through the Burning Bush (Intuitive Understanding) said to him, “I AM THAT I AM.” And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel, I AM has sent me to you …this is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” This name I AM, had been a well-known secret word for power to the Israelites, and was not unfamiliar. As a matter of fact, the words appear on the walls of the Egyptian temples. As the biblical story unfolds, we read that Moses had several considerations about this “Word of God,” telling him to lead this mass Exodus. But God assured him as He assures us, “I will be with you, I will guide you, I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” Moses finally understood and returned to Egypt to fulfill God’s commandment, and he released the Israelites (Journey to Inner Freedom, tells the metaphysical symbology of this journey in our daily lives). So God speaks to us through our Intuitive Guidance and guides us along our own Journey to Inner Freedom, when we remove the roadblocks and bypass the detours of discovering and accepting our wonderful God-selves.

LIFE IS CONSCIOUSNESS

“Ask anything in my name and it shall be given unto you.” What does it mean to “Ask in the name of Jesus”? Is it His name that brings the magical results? There are those who believe just saying His name is all that’s necessary, but I think we must ask “according to the consciousness” of Jesus. In other words we must not only have faith and believe, but we must purify ourselves as He did to achieve the desired results. Or we must align ourselves “in faith, without doubt,” as the Bible says, then speaking His name will bring answered prayers.

You may ask, “What does this have to do with consciousness? Everything! Jesus lived in the consciousness of prayer. When we realize that our life is our prayer, we can readily see that our consciousness means our thinking, feeling, believing, and our experiences. In other words, “who we are.” We do create our universe and our reality “according to our consciousness.” How could it be otherwise? God created his universe “according to His Consciousness.” What then does that tell us about our universe?

Emmet Fox, a renowned metaphysical author wrote a pamphlet, “Life Is Consciousness,” in which he states that’s the answer to all our problems and triumphs. He says people try to change outer conditions without changing their consciousness, and it doesn’t work. When we fully understand this enormous Truth, and then decide what to do with this key to life’s doors, we’ll have the secret of the universe.
The Dictionary says consciousness is “The state of being conscious. The aggregate of the conscious states in an individual or a group of persons.” Conscious means “mentally aware of one’s inner thoughts and feelings, and also of things external to oneself.” Therefore we can assume consciousness includes our thinking, feeling, and believing. In other words it’s who we are at this present time, in our current awareness and understanding, which encompasses all we’ve been and experienced until now. I often use the term “according to your consciousness,” which means according to your present understanding and ability to create your reality. We do create our reality, so if we want to be healthy, we must develop a health consciousness; prosperity requires a prosperity consciousness, and harmonious relationships come from a consciousness of harmony.

Many who read or hear these words say, “Darn! Isn’t there an easier way? I don’t want to change all my negative habits and attitudes. It’s too hard. Forget it.” Right. That’s why most people don’t make the necessary changes for a different lifestyle. It’s too much work. So, I’ll give you the information, but the rest is up to you. At least you’ll no longer have the excuse of not knowing. There are some who would rather not have that enlightenment … they prefer the excuse of not knowing.

But for those who want to change, the next question is “How do I start?” You’ve already started. If you do the Home Study Activities you’ll move way ahead, and then apply these teachings in your daily life. I don’t know any quick-fix. I’ve incorporated everything I’ve gleaned through my years of pursuing this quest, and I do know these teachings work. But, of course these things are according to my consciousness. You’ll want to incorporate what appeals to you into your own reality as you keep on with your Transformation Process.