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Spiritual Matters
Now is time for new beginning in peace and harmony

August 29, 2012

There is a new energy and excitement in the air. It's not politics or religion, it's not in church or in state; but in consciousness. A New Birth is preparing to emerge, not only individually or locally but universally, in all of humanity.

The pregnancy is obvious to those of us with eyes to see. Change is occurring at every level of experience. It can be uncomfortable, sometimes painful.

The human mind, the ego or local self, is full of fear, doubt and worry. Outer appearances don't necessarily look the way we want them to look. If we are unaware of the divine process that is occurring within us we may think something is wrong, bad or sinful.

We may try to hide, run or fix it.

If we are aware of the divine process that is occurring within us we can move forward with confident assurance that God is in charge and that things are coming together in divine order and divine timing. Truly, "all things work together for good" (Romans 8:28.)

I recently attended a conference where futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard was the keynote speaker.

She spoke on "A New Vision for Humanity", the vision of humanity's conscious evolution into a universal human, from ego to essence, a co-creator of new worlds.

We are combining efforts for a Planetary Birth Day Party on December 22, 2012. Much of the world is warily anticipating the end of the world as we know it on December 21st, the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Knowing the truth that this is not an ending but a new beginning we are planning for a celebration to welcome the new birth.

The vision for a planetary new birth is the coming shift: an evolutionary quantum leap in consciousness from Ego or Local Self based living to Essence or Universal Self expression, from creature to co-creator.

We can transcend the limitations of Egoic sense consciousness, rising into the Essence of universal consciousness.

We normally observe the world through our physical senses of sight, sound, taste, touch and smell. Here we experience the appearance of separation.

The plants, the animals, people, places and things all appear to be separate from us. There is the appearance of lack and limitation such as when Jesus was challenged by his disciples about how they were to feed the multitudes of people who were gathered on the hillside to be in his presence and to hear him speak.

There were only five loaves of barley bread and two fish offered up by the young man. "But what are they among so many people?" (John 6:9,) asked his disciples. Five is symbolic of the darkness of sense consciousness; the appearance of lack and limitation where there is never enough.

The addition of two raises us to seven, symbolic of physical completion, the addition of the psychic senses of clairvoyance and intuition. Now we begin to sense the connecting link between all of creation and of the creator.

Clairvoyance is the inner sense connection between all conscious beings and intuition is our inner sense connection with the infinite, unlimited, eternal, God-Mind: the creative power, the spiritual presence, the ultimate reality that is the essence and the source of all that is, has been and can be.

Jesus was operating from an awareness of the infinite, unlimited, eternal, God-Mind when he had the people sit down to receive what he already knew had been prepared for them.

He gave thanks for what had been made apparent and for the bounty he knew was readily available.

The combined act of the young man's generosity and Jesus' blessing inspired those who had plenty to share with those who were without and all were satisfied.

Twelve baskets were utilized to gather the remnants of the feast.

Twelve is symbolic of spiritual completion or our twelve spiritual faculties of faith, understanding, will, imagination, zeal, power, strength, love, wisdom, order, elimination and life.

When these are filled with the substance of spirit: God-Mind, a consciousness of oneness with all needed good is achieved and all things are possible. "For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible" (Matthew 19:26.)

These are exciting times and we choose to be at peace living in harmony with all that is, knowing and living in unity; conscious of our oneness with God and with each other. Thank you God, for so it is. Amen!

Blessings of peace, joy & love

The Rev. Matthew E. Long is senior minister of Peace Unity Community