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Practical Spirituality for a Modern Life

 

Portrait of Rev. William Livingston, Minister Unity of Melbourne
Welcome to Unity of Melbourne!

 

Greetings Fellow Traveler’s on the Path,

Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding.

(Proverbs 4 : 7 ).

Already we have travelled half way through 2017 and our study of THE TWELVE POWERS. So far we have studied FAITH - STRENGTH - WISDOM/JUDGMENT - LOVE - POWER and

IMAGINATION. This MONTH (July) we examine the Power of UNDERSTANDING.

Charles Fillmore in his reference to the power of Understanding states that the dictionary shows the words Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge and Intelligence are so “closely related that their definitions overlap in a most confusing way.”

One definition of understanding in the dictionary (used as a verb)) is given as “perceive the intended meaning of (words, a language, or a speaker). as in “She understood what he was saying.”

“There are two ways to understand understanding. One is by following the guidance of Spirit that dwells within, and the other is to go blindly ahead and learn by hard experience… Intellectual understanding of “Truth” is a tremendous step in advance of sense consciousness, and its possession brings a temptation to use for selfish ends the sophistication and power thereby revealed.

Spiritual understanding is the ability of the mind to apprehend and realise the laws of thought and the relation of ideas one to another” (The Revealing Word…Charles Fillmore.)

Intellectual understanding, represented by John the Baptist is a step on the way. Jesus after receiving this baptism, was aware the power this initiation/awareness had given him. He was free to use this power in any way he wanted. For a moment, he was tempted to use it for worldly fame and gain over those less aware.

It was at this point he rejected the use of this power for temporary satisfaction and realized that   “in my Father’s house are many mansions(John 14 : 2 )) he would now express life from the Christ Consciousness part of Mind in him which is eternal.

To reach this part of consciousness we go within our body temple and in silence wait for the “voice” of wisdom to unfold from within illuminating our conscious awareness. We use our understanding to not let the intellect (outer) to reason away what we have received within. Understanding gained within in this way is to be put into practical use in our daily lives. The fifth Unity Principle states “Knowing and understanding the Laws of life also called Truth, are not enough. We must also live the truth that he or she knows.

Over this month as we study together Understanding, here are some questions to ask ourselves.

Do wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and intelligence all mean the same thing?

Why do we have to be careful in distinguishing between true inspiration and our intellectual reasoning?

Explain the relationship between John the Baptist and Jesus.

Does mankind have the privilege of attaining eternal life?

I recommend that you have a copy of “The Twelve Powers of Man” by Charles Fillmore in your library as this contains answers to most of the above questions.

 

Blessings
Rev. William Livingston
 
   
 
 
 
 

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