Fear & Promises

In my meditation this morning I was reminded of the promises of protection in the Hebrew Scriptures – some of the most profound and direct promises in the biblical canon; and promises that are broad enough to cover many circumstances, and yet specific enough to grant peace.

Psalm 91:4 is a powerful one, and as I shared in an earlier post, inspired me to add it to a photo of a perfect, white feather that had arrived in my driveway one morning.

The 27th chapter of Psalms also has some powerful protection language, and is worth committing to memory for times of distress.

For (God) will hide me in (a holy) shelter in the day of trouble;
(God) will conceal me under the cover of (a holy) tent;
(God) will lift me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:4

The fear that can inspire an outreach for spiritual support is in many cases, non-specific and the language of the Psalms is helpful in addressing these needs. In addition, an affirmation that reinforces the knowing that “All is Well” can be helpful. Karen Drucker’s song (YouTube video below) is one that puts a wonderful affirmation to music.

Here are the words:

All is well – I can rest – I am safe – All is well. 

Karen Drucker

When affirmations, music and the reading of a scripture verse seem to fall short, a direct Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) may be in order. Here’s one that you can use at anytime when you are feeling the need to take action and speak your word that all is well.

There is One power, One presence; One omnipotent and omnipresent Spirit – the Alpha, Omega; the only, the all. Spirit is the inexhaustible, unlimited Source, ever expressing, in every moment across space and time.

I am one with this infinite Spirit – contained in, a part of and expressing as God in all that I am, and all that I do. As I accept that I am an individualized expression of God and a unique idea in the One Mind, I am always aware that where God is, I am and where I am, God is – no matter the outward appearance.

Right here, right now I make the declaration that I am safe from harm, knowing that God is my shield, and that I am protected under the wings of Spirit. Regardless of what I am facing, I feel calm in the knowing that God hides me in a sacred shelter in time of trouble; concealing me under the cover of holy safety. God lifts me out of danger, and onto high ground – safe from that which rages below. I know that regardless of the circumstance, the appearance of things, the history, or what others may say; I am protected, provided and safe.

I am grateful for this Truth, and as I embrace it I release my word into the Infinite Law, knowing this is already manifest in my life. I know it, I speak it, I let it go – and so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

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Psalm 121 as an affirmation

Few verses of biblical scripture bestow more comfort than the words in Psalms 121.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Psalms 121

In other translations/versions, such as the New International Version, verse 3 says “He will not let your foot slip“.

One of the most common questions I have heard over the years from those who question the benefits of walking a spiritual path, is if spirituality is such a good thing, why do spiritual people still have messy life issues like everyone else.

When we read verses like this one, which promises some robust protections, it’s understandable that some might question the veracity of spiritual teachings.

We all experience life in all its wonder – good stuff, and some not-so-good stuff. The assumption that a spiritual practice prevents all negative experiences is flawed and, well,…wrong.

Those walking the spiritual path absolutely experience all the ups and downs that come with living on this planet, but there is a difference in the way they respond to such events, so I’ve decided to create a Top Ten list to explain some basics.

10: People walking a spiritual path understand that there is a Power for Good in the Universe – greater than we are – and know that they can use it.

9: They understand that life is a mirror and will reflect back to them what they think into it and so are impeccable with their thinking and thoughts.

8: They know that some of the most challenging circumstances, situations and people are opportunities to learn. Instead of cursing a negative event or happening, they are very likely to turn inward to seek the Truth that lies at the core of the happening.

7: They know that the more grateful they are for what is right here, right now in their lives – the more they will have to be grateful for down the line. They can ALWAYS find something to be grateful for – no matter what is taking place around them.

6: They understand that spiritual laws are universal and impersonal. Gravity works equally on Nuns and Criminals. Similarly, spiritual law works in our lives whether we are conscious of It or not.

5: They know without a shadow of a doubt that the energy they put out into the world will come back to them. As a result of this knowing (that often comes after some hard lessons), they are quite careful in the way they show up in the world.

4: They comprehend that while many people are spiritual, the lessons are individual. Therefore, spiritual people are highly unlikely to proselytize – regardless of the opportunities that abound. They know that when the student (family, friend) is ready; the teacher will show up for them and they know not to push that timeline.

3: They understand that there need not be any sense of hurry or worry – just a calm, peaceful sense of reality. They allow the Law to work through and express Itself in, their experiences.

2: They believe wholeheartedly that giving opens the way for receiving, and so they give generously and regularly.

1: They accept that whatever it is that they seek, is seeking them. They understand the power of intention to attract into their lives that which they desire.

A spiritual friend of mine once described it as this:

Spiritual people drop their sandwiches on the ground like everyone else; theirs just tend to land jelly-side up more often.

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I haven’t done any research to validate the jelly sandwich statistic, but I do know that things in my own life did a 180 when I began to study spirituality in depth and walk a more spiritual path.

And I think that’s the essence of much of the teaching found in wisdom texts like the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Dao de Ching and others and taught by enlightened men and women across the centuries.

Spiritual people know that their help indeed comes from spiritual Law (e.g. the Lord in traditional texts); they know that these Laws are constant – that the Power for Good in the Universe does not slumber nor sleep; that they are covered by the grace of their alignment with spiritual Law. They know that the Law can and will preserve them from evil; that It is ever present in their coming and going – from this time forth, and for evermore.

And so it is.

(C) 2019 Practitioner's Path

Quotes derived from the writings of Ernest Holmes, Florence Scovel Shinn, Wayne Dyer, Mary Baker Eddy and others.

No weapon

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Some subscribe to the Abraham-Hicks counsel to be careful with our “vibration” while others say “Vaya con Dios” – go with God. Christians talk about walking with Jesus and New Thought spiritual teachers speak of being “in the flow“.

All of these refer to the concept of living in alignment with Spiritual Law; staying connected to the Creator. This advice can seem trite – something we say as we leave a gathering of like-minded friends. But is there more to this than it seems on the surface?

The late Louise Hay taught that as we come into alignment with Spirit, we begin to get the “green lights and parking spaces“. She is referring to the way that life opens up in front of us and things begin to work in our favor when we connect with Source and walk a spiritual path.

This is not new advice. It hearkens back to ancient wisdom texts, such as the Hebrew scriptures. 

17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.

Isaiah 54:17

In a previous blog I wrote about leaving paybacks/revenge to spiritual law. This past week I had the opportunity to see a long-ago wrong righted in a very public way.  The individuals involved had behaved abominably toward me and a number of my colleagues and friends in a previous job. Their reign of terror seemed to be one that would go unpunished and yet, just last month both met a public reckoning that was past due.

I found the timing to be most poignant. Although late on a human timeline, the action coincides almost perfectly with my own spiritual evolution – as if I needed to get my head and heart in the right place before the karmic justice could be meted out. It’s not a stretch to say that I have grown immensely since leaving that job and matured spiritually in ways that I could not have foreseen or even understood at that time.

Appreciating the timing and reminder that all things work together for Good helps me to stay in alignment which means that more and more these days I avoid meeting anger with anger; wishing ill for those who have no good intentions for me; plotting the demise of those who work to undermine my success. I have learned first hand that my job is to stay in peace, and let spiritual law exact the balance on things. And it always does. The Universe keeps a perfect balance sheet.

This is what the prophet Isaiah was telling the Hebrew people in chapter 54 verse 17 (above). Metaphysically, we could revise the statement as follows:

No weapon formed against me will succeed; and every word spoken against me in anger, jealousy, and viciousness will not harm me but will impact those who speak against me (because they are vibrating at a lower level and attracting the negativity they want to throw my way, into their own lives). This is the way life works.

Knowing this has stopped me from reacting in anger; from getting even with people – even when I had a perfect opportunity, it would have been easy to do and I thought they really deserved it (I’ve struggled with some of these things, I admit!). And the more I make the peaceful pivot – the more things work out for me in wonderful and miraculous ways.

Learning this has allowed me to remain in peace when I learn that things are moving in ways that appear to put me at risk or in a difficult position. I know that regardless of appearances, I can relax; I am safe and truly – all is well.  This has worked for me in financial circumstances, work scenarios, and more.

I’ve been so successful employing this peaceful pivot and reaping the benefits that when someone starts throwing shade my way or getting a ‘tude with me, I want to gently say, “you don’t want to go there – it’s not going to work out well for you,…” 

But I don’t. We all must evolve on our own timeline and in our own ways. I’m responsible for me, and so knowing what I do, I walk away in peace, assured that no weapon (or word) formed against me – no matter who aims it, no matter what it is – will be successful. 

And so it it.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path

Metaphysical bible story #7

SMA-2 (color)In writing about the story of the 3 Hebrew teens, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah I remembered the imagery from the story that I learned as a small child in Sunday School and carried with me all these years. I knew that it would become my next Kid’s Sheet or metaphysical bible story activity sheet.

Like the stories of Daniel, Abraham & Sarah, David & Goliath, Jonah and the Whale, Elijah and the Widow and the Widow and the Oil – the story of Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah (better known in Western culture as Shadrach, Meschach and Abednago) teaches simple but profound spiritual Truths.

The imagery of the golden idol, the angry King, the hotter-than-hot furnace and the miraculous emergence of the 3 teens without so much as a hair on their head being singed is a strong tool for teaching children that no matter what they are facing in life, they are never alone and that staying connected with a strong faith in the Divine can work miracles in the face of what might seem like certain doom.

While the teachings of Ernest Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson and other New Thought giants are wonderful for the adult crowd, there’s nothing like a good, old-fashioned Bible story with the rich imagery of the Hebrew Scriptures or Christian texts to create a connection to a universal Truth that will persist over decades.

Today’s kids face increasing awareness and access to “scary adult stuff“. Providing spiritual tools they can use to know the Truth is the best gift we can give – and it’s a gift that will last a lifetime.

Here’s a copy of the Kid’s Sheet for the story of Shadrach-Meschach and Abednago (kids sheets). 

Like the other Kid’s Sheets, these are free to use with attribution (please acknowledge this website/blog): www.practitionerspath.com

If you use this or any of my other Kid’s Sheets, I hope you’ll share your feedback (here’s my email)!

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path



Prayer of protection

Sometimes when in deep despair or turmoil, the standard affirmative prayer can feel a little lacking. I ‘m not saying that affirmative prayer IS lacking, but it has been my experience at times that the standard 5-step (or 6 or 7 step) Spiritual Mind Treatment can feel a little prescribed in times of deepest fear and great despair.

Enter Joseph Murphy. His writings and lectures are filled with demonstrations of prayer that intercedes in a way that not only produced great results time and again, but that feel a little more targeted (to me anyway).Refuge (feather)

If you, like me, feel that there is some room for more “oomph” to the prayers we feel compelled to offer when awoken in the middle of the night with a nagging feeling; or when concerned with the immediate safety and security of a loved one that is far away from us, I offer this (only slightly) edited prayer from the archives of Joseph Murphy.

“(person’s name) is known in Divine Mind. S/he’s in the secret place of the Most High and s/he abides in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord – God is (person’s name) refuge and fortress – in God I place my trust. I know with certainty that (person’s name) is surrounded by the sacred circle of God’s eternal love, and the whole armor of God surrounds her/him. S/He is watched over by the overshadowing Presence of God; immunized from harm and filled to overflowing with the Divine!”

Similarly, we can use this prayer for ourselves, as follows:

“I Am known in Divine Mind. I Am in the secret place of the Most High and I abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord – God is my refuge and fortress – in God I place my trust. I know with certainty that I Am is surrounded by the sacred circle of God’s eternal love, and the whole armor of God surrounds me. I Am watched over by the overshadowing Presence of God; immunized from harm and filled to overflowing with the Divine!”

Whether we are praying for our children, grandchildren, other family or friends – this is a powerful prayer of protection. Use it as often as you need.

Blessings – and so it is.

(C) 2018 Practitioner's Path