What Were you Thinking?

                                                                                                         What Were You Thinking?
                                                                                                              February 16, 2020
                                                                                                          Su Podraza-Nagle LUT

We continue our exploration into the Five Principles today with Principle Three-
•    “Humans beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.”
•    It’s The formative Power of thought
•    We create our experiences by what we choose to think and what we feel and believe.
•    We are co‐creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
All of these are examples of the 3rd Principle.
Consider this true story:
There was a young lady who, was ill most of her life, due to tuberculosis and bouts of malaria, when she decided to take this Principle into her consciousness and every little cell of her being and eventually healed herself.
According to stories written about her, she was given 6 months to live, was at the end of her rope so to speak and a friend suggested she attend a lecture on “New Thought” given by a gentleman by the name of Dr. Weeks. After attending the lecture, she came away with one sentence that resonated with her so deeply, it breathed new life into her very being. “I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness.” This young lady was 86 years young when she passed on.
Her husband, who needed to walk with a leg brace and had other health conditions also,  upon seeing his wife’s transformation, and being a little skeptical, to the doctrine of “New Thought,” began to study and come to terms with this idea.
His statement,” In this babel I will go to headquarters. If I am spirit and this God they talk about so much is Spirit, we can somehow communicate, or this whole thing is a fraud.”
As he practiced the third Principle, “going to headquarters” as he called it, he too was healed of many of his health challenges and the rest is history.
This is the story Charles and Myrtle Filmore. The Founders of Unity.
Jesus, our Way-shower and Master teacher told his disciples and us in John 14: 12, “Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these…”
As we live in our Christ consciousness, that divine aspect of ourselves which I spoke about last week, we also do great works.
We are co‐creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
Think of the power we have within ourselves. We are not passive entities tossed about by circumstance and fate.
We are co-creators in this magnus of Omnipotence!
What are you thinking?!!
“We create our experiences by what we choose to think and what we feel and believe.”
How we greet the day sets our tone from the beginning to the end. Did you wake up feeling excited to greet the possibilities of the day, or determine that you got up on the wrong side of the bed?
What were you thinking? What were you feeling?
We are co-creators. If we don’t like a situation in our lives, we can change it. But it’s an inside job. We first need to acknowledge that we have the power to choose. We have the spiritual power of Power and we own it. We need to stay consciously connected to it. Feel it. Put that divine energy behind it.
Ellen Debenport states in, The Five Principles, “In recent decades, we have learned that feeling has more to do with creating our experience than thought. …The Universe doesn’t speak English…. It operates as a field of energy and so do we. Our feelings set up a vibrational tone.”
That energy carries over into every thought we think and every word we say.
Consider the energy behind the thought you are thinking, as the spark to create the words or images in your mind. Which in turn creates your world view.
Be conscious of you power of thought.
Consider the Ice Crystal photos by Dr. Masaru Emoto.

There is a difference in the photos of the ice crystals when spoken to negatively vs. kindly.
If your interested in more info, it is in his book, “Hidden Messages in Water.”
What are our thoughts/ feelings creating in us?
Really listen to your inner voice and how you speak to yourself. Is the voice self- critical? Sarcastic? Angry?
What are we thinking when we are bombarded by advertisements for cold and flu remedies? Do we affirm our health and radiant glow or do we remind ourselves to pick up an extra container of “XYZ” just in case.
Do you realize that’s it’s just as easy to have an inner cheerleader, to have gentle thoughts of kindness toward a behavior that you may want to change within you?
To have an optimistic energetic thought within that says, “Oops! That’s ok, try again! I got this!”
What about those life experiences we didn’t want and we believe just “happened” How did co-creating in thought bring this to fruition?  Perhaps, there’s a nugget of spiritual evolution occurring. Ask yourself, what did you learn? Were you called to action? Physically move toward changing yourself or the environment around you? See a situation with “new eyes” Perhaps compassion? Perhaps you were the teacher to those around you.  Maybe, it involved how to even meet a challenge head on and meet that challenge with grace.
Here’s and example of meeting a challenge with grace.
Paul wrote to the Phillipians from his jail cell after hearing about some squabbling from a group of followers of “The Way” better known today as Christianity. Paul had been jailed because he was considered a public nuisance and he’s facing imminent death for spreading Jesus’s teachings.
Here’s what he wrote:
This is from Philippians 4: 8-9

 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
You, beloveds are honorable, you are pure in heart, you are commendable.
We are all an Each-ness in the All-ness created, breathing, and living day to day as the image and likeness of the One Power the One Presence, the All good.
We are co‐creators with God, creating reality through thoughts held in mind.
We continue to live this third principle daily.