Prayer of Faith – Metaphysical Talk

This is a recording of my talk on August 26, 2012, at Unity of Reading. Below are companion readings.

From the book Teach us to Pray

by Charles Fillmore

from “Healing Through the Prayer of Faith”

The prayer of faith is not supplication, a begging God to give things to man. Prayer at its highest is the entry of the ego through faith into a realm of mind forces that when rightly contacted change the character of every cell in brain and body. One who has mastered even the primary technique of prayer has made contact with the spiritual ethers that connect all minds, high and low, and by means of which great reforms for the good of man can be projected into the world’s thought ether.

When Jesus prayed, sometimes the whole night long, He did not plead with God over and over to do what He asked. Through positive faith Jesus was laying hold of new ideas, which through His spiritual understanding He incorporated into His consciousness, which included both soul and body. Through this mental process He became a living demonstration of spiritual man.

Today Jesus Christ is our helper and teacher. Every man when he prays should recognize and take advantage of this truth. He can profit much by realizing that the same Spirit is in him that was in Jesus, who became the Christ. Paul wrote, “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwelleth in you, he that raised up Christ Jesus from the dead shall give life also to your mortal bodies through his Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

Jesus is teaching us today that to pray effectively we must believe and know that there is a dispenser of the thing asked for and that by reaching out in prayer we can receive it from the one great source. This is truly the prayer of faith. “All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

The Prayer of Faith

God is my help in every need;
God does my every hunger feed;
God walks beside me, guides my way
Through every moment of the day.

I now am wise, I now am true,
Patient, kind, and loving, too;
All things I am, can do, and be,
Through Christ the Truth, that is in me.

God is my health, I can’t be sick;
God is my strength, unfailing, quick;
God is my all, I know no fear,
Since God and Love and Truth are here
–Hannah More Kohaus

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Faith – Spiritual Song

This song has a
companion talk.

Recording Updated 2015
Instrument: Brio – Red Cedar Concert Ukulele

(A)
1. Faith is believing in things you don’t see… yet!
Faith is a knowing with calm certainty.
And all you need is the size of a mustard seed of
Faith… to move mountains in life.
2. Faith is the feeling that all needs are met… now!
Faith is the giving of something you get.
Because there’s always enough when you just say yes to
Faith… and remove fear and doubt.

(B)
1. Because you know you’re provided for,
Even if you don’t understand how.
And you know that there is a Source
That loves and keeps you now and always.

(A)
3. Faith is expecting that all things are done… well!
Faith is accepting the gift of each one,
And the confidence that you deserve life abundant.
Faith… the assurance of peace.

(B)
2. Because you know you’re provided for,
Even if you don’t understand how.
And you know that God is the Source
That loves and keeps you now and always.

Repeat (A) 1.

Faith… to remove fear and doubt.
Faith… the assurance of peace.
Faith! Faith! Faith!

Tune up and Fanfare: Playing Life in Tune

All religions fundamentally teach the same thing:

Treat others the way you want to be treated. You reap what you sew. What you give, you receive in return.

The Law of Attraction, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Wicca, Judaism – and these are just some world religions – each one has its way of teaching that like attracts like.

Tuning an instrument is a good example. Now stay with me here…

You choose another instrument, an electronic tuner, a tuning fork, or your own sense of “perfect” (absolute) pitch as a tool. That tool gives out a vibration of the note you need to tune your instrument. Using that vibration as a guide, you tune your instrument, and forever play in peace and harmony… I mean in tune.

We are no different. As spiritual beings living in a human world, we forget what our tools are sometimes – awareness, feelings, intuition. But we have them, and they put out vibrations. We can choose to tune our thoughts, emotions, words, actions and reactions with those positive vibrations. If we do, we play in tune. If not, we create, by our own choice, discord.

Are you playing in tune today? No matter what you did yesterday, you can always choose to be in tune today. And even if you woke up discordant this morning, you can be in tune now.

There’s a reason why the piece is called Tune up and Fanfare… Because when we’re tuned up, it creates beautiful, triumphant, exciting music. This is the symphony of your own life, with all your parts in tune with the universal mind and spirit.

Divine Guidance Positive Prayer Poem

Use this positive, effective prayer when you desire guidance of any kind.

Though all guidance comes from within yourself, your mind, feelings and circumstances can block you from hearing the truth you already know.

Prayers, affirmations, poems and meditations like this all-in-one help get past the surface, down deep to the truth. This highest truth will never fail you, never lead you astray, and is always within you.

All you need to do is ask, then listen for the answer. It may come as a feeling, imagined words, images, someone physically saying something to you throughout your day, or in any number of ways. It doesn’t need to be a lightning bolt… Just be open to the guidance you asked for, and unattached to how you receive it.

Prayer for Divine Guidance

You, the knower of all things,
Source and substance, guiding star,
I unite my mind with you;
I am wisdom as you are.

Quietly I listen now,
Hearing in me perfect truth.
I receive the word I seek,
Thinking now at one with you.

When to speak and what to say,
All of this I clearly see.
Where to go along my way,
Everything is here in me.

Lovingly I now release
All confusion, fear and doubt.
They are gone and I’m at peace,
Knowing what to carry out.

Thank you, bless-ed voice of all,
Loving, knowing, guiding light,
Flowing like a waterfall,
Never ending, day or night.

I have asked and I receive
That which I have sought to know.
I release this into law,
Where it manifests and flows.
Amen.

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Handwoven Shapeshifter Bag

This bag looks like a child’s drawing of a house – a tall rectangle with a triangular top.

It started out as a long, narrow strip of woven cloth. I wove this to test a thicker warp (vertical threads) and thinner weft (horizontal threads). When it worked, I put the strip away, not knowing what to do with it at the time.

I pulled it out again when I decided to use cloth I’d already woven to make bags for Angel Days (see previous post). But how do you go from a long, narrow strip to a bag about 6″ wide and 10″ tall? Without extreme sewing that is… 😮

Enter Noreen Crone-Findlay, a wonderful weaver who is aware that she can create anything she imagines! Noreen developed a mitered loop technique that was perfect for this project.

Basically, it works like this:

1. Weave a long, narrow strip of cloth. (You’ll have dimensions if you know what it will be in the end 🙂 )

2. Tie off the weaving to keep it together, and trim fringe close to knots.

3. Sew the ends of the strip together to form a loop.

4. Lay the loop on a flat surface, and fold it outward. It will be twice as wide and half as long as the original strip, with a point at each end. (This is not as hard as it sounds, really!)

5. Sew the center seam and the top and bottom seams, securing the pointed ends. Press with hot iron.

Noreen stops here, since she created a scarf with this technique. But I continued by folding the new shape – this pointed-end fabric – in half, and sewing the side seams.

The completed bag is twice the width and 1/4 the length of the original strip – remember, that “useless test strip”?

The Shapeshifter Bag, and a patterned shawl I didn’t get a picture of before someone joyfully claimed it, are my favorite projects so far.

Takeaways

No matter what shape your life is in, you can create a better shape starting now! Decide to transform the past into a beautiful and useful future through your conscious thoughts, prayers, emotions, reactions, and awareness and acknowledgement of your feelings.

You can do this, because your Spirit is the One who creates all things and continues to live eternally through each one!

Fun at Angel Days

Angel Day is celebrated nationally every year on August 22. In honor of the angels and all of us, the Angel Days Spiritual Holistic Fair was held on August 4-5 in Leesport, PA.

Unity of Reading, Center for Spiritual Growth and Positive Living donated lots of delicious, nutritious food… Thus my first picture here of breakfast time. 😀

In the second picture, I’m offering a guest one of our 5 Principles of Unity cards. I also spoke about the principles on Saturday, people asked questions about how to apply them practically in daily life, and I offered insights from Unity, Metaphysical Science, and personal experience.

The third picture is one I took of part of the Unity table. You can see the flowers and part of a basket my son made. There were hair scrunchies in the basket that I crocheted and knitted, but I don’t think you can see them here.

I can’t see a thing, but I love taking pictures! I figure the more I take and the more familiar I am with how the camera works, how much it “sees” in a picture, etc, the better my pictures will turn out!

Angel Days was wonderful! Besides helping out at the Unity table, I offered some handwovens, and received some truly relaxing and invigorating foot reflexology. It was something I’d been meaning to try for a long time… So I finally jumped at the chance this weekend. I’m glad I did, and it won’t be my last reflexology experience!