Using the G word differently

I read the Daily Word, every day, a Silent Unity publication. It is the equivalent of the Fundy Christian Daily Word.

Today’s portion was interesting, in that it used the G (god) word more than usual. When I read this line:

I am protected at all times, safe and secure in the all-encompassing presence of God.

My reaction was, “Yeah, right. As if god will keep me safe if I get hit by a car.”

Then I realized that I could interpret that as inner strength. As in, “I am strong inside, and I remain cool and collected no matter what happens. I protect myself.  If anyone insults, patronize me, racially discriminate me, I protect myself by not taking it personally.”
I can draw that interpretation because I know that by “god” they mean ME–the perfect person I was before life ran all over me and shred me to pieces. I’ve read so in their literature (they actually mean the universe, of which I’m part). Then I went through the entire passage with that in mind, and what do you know? In the psychological realm, it all made sense. The portion contains positive words to live by, even if includes the G word that the majority uses so differently.
I guess the trick is to understand that all inspiration is strictly spiritual. And it is just that inspiration for inner strength. Once we’re pumped up, we go out there and “break” a leg.
PROTECTED
I am safely centered in God.

Spirit within guides my steps and lights my way. I am protected at all times, safe and secure in the all-encompassing presence of God.

Circumstances in the outer world cause me no fear, because my heart is full of God’s love, full of God’s presence. I acknowledge this powerful Presence, give thanks and center myself in its peace.

Where love, peace and confidence prevail, no harm can enter. God within me is a fortress of power and protection. My thoughts are positive and my words affirmative as I recognize my security in God within. I am calm and self-assured, helping others to feel safe and secure as well.

Imaginary conversations

Over the weekend, being around so many people, I got hurt by a couple of them. The offenses, if any, wouldn’t account to anything if the subject hadn’t been me.  Two females whom I liked and saw as potential friends snobbed me at a party.

I don’t know why I get so hurt when someone snobbs me, but I do. I believe it has to do with the empty love tank I came out with from childhood. But I was sad to the point of tears.

Then later, reading an Ernest Holmes bit on Facebook, I came across the idea that we all think with the same mind, since we’re all one. The sum of all our thoughts IS the thoughts of god. Interesting, I thought.

I don’t know that I believe that’s true. But that’s what I love about metaphysics. The stuff doesn’t have to be true to be helpful. It could be all bonkers for all I care, but if the the idea works at a practical level, then it is at worse psychology.

Then I remembered something a Unity minister told me once: “You can talk to people in your mind. Tell then whatever you want. They’ll hear you. Send them love. Tell them that you forgive them.”

So, I had a conversation with the women I felt hurt by over the weekend. I talked to a lot of people last night, actually. I said, “You know, it’s OK if you don’t want to be friends. It’s your right not to choose me. I’m just sorry I misinterpreted your friendliness. I get the message now, though. I can see that I am just an acquaintance, and I am getting out of your way. I send you love and forgiveness. Be well.”

I shed a couple of tears. I let go of the feeling that no-one wants to be my friend, and went to sleep. This morning I felt great, if just for a couple of minutes.

Is it true that there is a universal consciousness and that the sum of our minds is the mind of god? I don’t know. Does it help having imaginary conversations with people? You’d better believe it does.

 

There is one ultimate Thinker, yet this Thinker thinks through all of us. That is why our thought is creative. That is why we think at all. The universal Mind is incarnated in everyone. Every man has access to It; every man uses It, either in ignorance or in conscious knowledge. In other words, the mind of each one of us is the Mind of God functioning at the level of our perception of life. Consciously using It, we bring into our experience today something we did not appear to have yesterday—a better environment, a happier circumstance, more friendship, more joy. These manifestations are of the nature of Reality.

Holmes, Ernest (2010-12-30). It’s Up to You (p. 48). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.