Source: Sherman Publications

Spiritual matters
Wholeness natural state for God’s people

July 13, 2011

On the fourth of July we finally made it into the Clarkston Parade.

We have talked about it for a couple of years and this year we actually rallied the energy to do it. Our presence was a simple expression that peace begins with all of us, peace is patriotic.

The Pledge of Allegiance includes the declaration that we are “one nation under God.”

Jesus told us “Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9) which tells me that if I am to truly be the child of God that I am, and be “under God,” I must be a peacemaker. Peace is Patriotic.

I want to know “the peace of God which passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) in the midst of all the noise in my life.

I want to know peace when a loved one is angry. I want to know peace when the doctor says what the doctor says.

I want to know peace when the bank account says what the bank account says.

I want to know peace when I am in traffic and the idiot does what the idiot does.

To the extent that I can connect with the wholeness which is God, which is an awareness of the infinite, unlimited eternal presence and power that is God, I can be peace in this now moment.

I was thinking about the 4th of July Parade again and our little part in it.

If we had been walking down the street by ourselves with no other floats, no farm equipment, no bands, no classic cars, I doubt thousands of people would have stood on the side of the road and cheered us on. We would have been largely ignored.

But, in the context of the whole parade, we were an integral part of the whole.

Every part is necessary for the whole, and “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” (Aristotle)

The parade would not have been the same if any of the parts had been missing and yet if any of the parts were missing the parade would still be whole.

So it is with each one of us, although there is often a consciousness piece that is missing.

We don’t feel whole; we may be sick or tired or in pain. We don’t think we are whole; someone else has more or better stuff than we do.

We don’t realize that we are whole; our attention is on what appears missing not on the reality of God’s all sufficiency in all things.

To realize and actualize our wholeness simply requires an out picturing of the power of faith as directed by our belief system.

“Your faith has made you whole.” (Mark 5:34)

“Believe you have received it and it will be yours.” (Mark 11:24)

We can accomplish all things through the power of faith when guided rightly by our beliefs.

If we believe we are whole, we tend to attract and express wholeness.

If we believe we are peaceful we tend to attract and express peace.

If we believe we are prosperous, we tend to attract and express prosperity.

If we believe we are divinely guided and inspired, we tend to attract and express new and creative ways of being.

Examine your beliefs about yourself and the world by asking two questions.

1) Is it true? By which I mean, is it absolutely true, constant, unchanging, and eternally true?

2) Is it helpful? By which I mean, does it contribute to your participation or experience in the greater whole?

Matthew E. Long is senior minister

at Peace Unity Church & Holistic Center.