Midweek Faith Lift
Sept. 5, 2018
“Practical Metaphysics: A New Insight to Truth”
Su Podraza-Nagle, LUT
It’s a wonderful day in my consciousness! A Metaphysics Instructor at Unity Village would say that many times during the course of his classes.
It’s a WONDERFUL DAY in my consciousness!
I’d like to introduce you to, the book, “Practical Metaphysics: A New Insight in Truth” transcribed from Eric Butterworth’s teachings of, “A Course in Practical Metaphysics” by Mark Hicks LUT and founder of TruthUnity.net.
In the coming weeks, Rev Deb will assist us in diving into our Truth…
I have been blessed with the opportunity to pique` your interest.
Metaphysics, the definition short form would be “other than the physical”
Paul Hasselbeck, author of many Unity books and a leading Metaphysics authority, states,
“Metaphysics is the branch of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of Reality and Being. In its broadest sense, the study of metaphysics explores areas that are considered to be above and beyond the physical science.” – Heart Centered Metaphysics
You may be thinking to yourself, ok Su, that’s all well and good but, I have absolutely no comprehension of what you just said.
We are going to put on our Practical Metaphysical glasses to help us see through the physical and explore our Truth.
Our reality and Being.
We all understand that we are Spiritual beings having human experiences here, on this planet, this physical realm.
We are going to explore, acknowledge that inner light that shines. The Christ Consciousness that we are and have our being.
To look beyond the physical to find deeper meanings.
Here’s a passage from the book…………………
A symbol is like a pane of glass, something to be seen through, not to be looked at. When it gets old, dusty and opaque, then it becomes the object instead of the medium. Successive generations come to the window through which their ancestors, or perhaps only the keen-eyed mystic, formerly saw the light of heaven. But in the course of centuries the glass has been darkened and become obscured by neglect to keep it clean, or encrusted with the gold and gems with which the pious devotees have adorned it. Still many have come, knelt before the window, and gone away pretending that they, too, have seen the heavenly vision; and some go away sneering and because they see nothing through the glass now, they say nobody ever did, that the first man was a liar and the rest were hypocrites. -E.E. Slosson
With our Metaphysical lenses on, consider; what could possibly be a symbol that we may, look at and not through? An item while physical in appearance, has a vast collection of divine thoughts, ideas, and history.
What have we, in religious and spiritual traditions, used for centuries, and have memorized favorite passages, learned great parables, and allegories and are taught to recite verse by rote?
Did you guess that symbol as being the Bible? You guessed correctly.
The Book of Books is filled with information of our spiritual unfoldment.
How does this happen?
To give you an example-
I took a short story from the Bible, put on my metaphysical lenses to create a new insight in Truth for me. Understand, this is an example of my unfoldment. Each person’s journey may be different.
This story is about Jesus finding his first disciples, which we in Unity call our spiritual faculties and are also part of our 12 powers.
Luke 5:1-11New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus Calls the First Disciples
5 Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, 2 he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.” 6 When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. 8 But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.” 11 When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.
Using this story as a metaphysical “symbol” and looking through it, not just at it, here is what the passage says to me. See if you can hear when the Disciples enter into my journey of Truth.
The I Am, in me, knows the Truth; that Spirit is doing it’s perfect work and there was no cause for alarm. While I have many thoughts and feelings within my spiritual consciousness, they were unformed and I may feel like my soul is sinking.
With One Presence and one Power, Divine Mind once again moves me to go deeper within. I find much more substance, so much so, I am amazed.
I deny any error of thought, walking in the Substance of Faith, (Simon/Peter) Judgment (James) and Love (John) and affirm good judgment and faith (Simon/Peter) uniting my moral nature and spiritual self.
I am raised to divine understanding within me and welcome the call to help others find their light.
And if I wish to make that an affirmation:
As I have come to know and affirm the One Presence and One Power within me, I move forward with Substance of Faith, Judgment and Love to help others find their truth.
WOW! A mind-awakening moment!
Eric Butterworth says,
“Practical metaphysics is about developing and supporting the business of fully expressing our God nature, each of us doing what Jesus suggested we do with our lives, following in his footsteps, knowing that all he did we can do too, and more.”
Sometimes, in the day-to-day comings and goings, we need to remind ourselves of who we are, take a really good look, through that window, into our soul and spirit and honor our Christ Consciousness.
Su Podraza-Nagle, LUT