So often we are busy sending love and healing to others, that we forget to send healing to ourselves. Most people, when allowed to aid someone in need, are anxious to do whatever they can to be of service. Those of us who have chosen to make healing the world a vocation are grateful for any occasion to send light and love to people in our immediate spheres of influence and beyond. As we apply our passion and our principles to this altruistic endeavor, we often forget to send ourselves the same bountiful gifts of wellness, though we overlook ourselves, not because we forget, but because we fear that focusing on the self is an indicator of selfishness. It is moreover much more difficult to heal oneself than to heal others because the seeds of uncertainty are more easily banished when we act on another’s behalf. When we send healing light to ourselves, our intentions and our self-trust must be stronger than ever to counteract doubt.💥
As we bless ourselves in this way, we serve as both an active channel and a passive destination. This should not change the way we interact with the valuable energy we wish to receive, however. Though we may be tempted to consciously direct or influence how light impacts our lives because we know ourselves most intimately, we should not try to control its path. When we draw the white light of protection and purity to our bodies, taking it into ourselves with each inhalation, our belief in the fact that it will naturally move toward areas of dysfunction will ensure that it flows through every muscle and organ. And when we fill our spaces with this light, our environments are cleared of all the negative energy that can sap our strength and our spirit. Surrounded inside and out with healing light, we feel safe and protected, healthy, relaxed, and content just as those who regularly receive such loving gifts from us do.💥
If you sincerely believe that there is a part of yourself that exists independently of upset and illness, the love and light you send yourself will help you connect with it. You will see the affirmative impact of this connection almost immediately when you include yourself in the recipients of your healing gifts, as life’s frustrations become more tolerable and your bliss becomes ever more palpable.💥
Man became royal when Christ became human. Man was exalted when Christ was humiliated. Man may go up to God now that God has come down to man.
ADVENT WEEK THREE: REDEMPTION – DAY SEVEN
December 18, 2021
Isaiah 64:1; John 6:33, 38; 14:3; Philippians 2:6–7
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
May We Be More Like Him Each Christmas
Ephesians 4:15; 1 John 3:2
May each Christmas, as it comes, find us more and more like Him, who as at this time became a little child for our sake—more simple-minded, more humble, more holy, more affectionate, more resigned, more happy, more full of God.
John Henry Newman (1801–1890)
Matthew 2:1–15; Luke 2:1–7
Immensity cloistered in thy dear womb,
Now leaves his well beloved imprisonment,
There he hath made himself to his intent
Weak enough, now into our world to come;
But Oh, for thee, for him, hath the inn no room!
Yet lay him in this stall, and from the Orient,
Stars, and wise men will travel to prevent
The effects of Herod’s jealous general doom;
Seest thou, my soul, with thy faith’s eyes, how he
Which fills all place, yet none holds him, doth lie!
Was not his pity towards thee wondrous high,
That would have need to be pitied by thee!
Kiss him, and with him into Egypt go,
With his kind mother, who partakes thy woe.
John Donne (1572–1631)
Not an Abstract God, but a God Who Became Human
We adore our God as an incarnate human Lord. All blessings come to us through Him. We do not adore an abstract or distant or unthinkable being, but one whom we invest with human attributes.
William Burt Pope (1822–1903)
On the One Hand Being, on the Other Becoming
John 1:1–5, 14–18; 1 John 4:9
God was manifested to man by birth. On the one hand Being, and eternally Being, of the Eternal Being, above cause and word, for there was no word before the Word; and on the other hand for our sakes also Becoming, that He who gives us our being might also give us our Well-being, or rather might restore us by His Incarnation, when we had by wickedness fallen from well-being. The name Theophany is given to it in reference to the Manifestation, and that of Birthday in respect of His Birth.
Gregory of Nazianzus (ca. 329–389)
One Physician of Flesh and Spirit
Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; Luke 5:31
There is one Physician who is possessed both of flesh and spirit; both made and not made; God existing in flesh; true life in death; both of Mary and of God; first possible and then impossible—even Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ignatius of Antioch (died ca. 115)
Only Jesus’ Humility Releases Us from Our Chains
We could not otherwise be released from the chains of eternal death but by Him becoming humble in our nature who remained almighty in His own.
Leo the Great (ca. 400–461)
Our Christmas Celebrations Reflect Its Origins
Matthew 2:1–12; Luke 2:7, 24
Why are we so kind to children at this time especially but because Christ was made a little child for us, and has consecrated the age, the habits, all the delightful little ways of infancy and early childhood, by exhibiting them all in His divine person? What are our gifts to each other and our twelfth-night entertainments but a memorial of the coming of the Magi with their threefold offerings of gold and frankincense and myrrh? Do we not consider the poor at this season especially, because Joseph and the Blessed Virgin were of such low estate? And all our festivity, what is it but the natural expression of our joy, even though we may have half forgotten the Fountain from which it flows?
John Burgon (1813–1888)
Our Divine Savior Really Took Human Nature
Matthew 26:39; Mark 14:36; Luke 2:52; Galatians 4:4; 1 Timothy 1:15
Our divine Savior really took human nature upon Him, in order to save sinners. He really became a man like ourselves in all things, sin only excepted. Like ourselves, he was born of a woman, though born in a miraculous manner. Like ourselves, He grew from infancy to boyhood, and from boyhood to man’s estate, both in wisdom and in stature. Like ourselves, he hungered, thirsted, ate, drank, slept, was wearied, felt pain, wept, rejoiced, marveled, was moved to anger and compassion. Having become flesh, and taken a body, He prayed, read the Scriptures, suffered being tempted, and submitted His human will to the will of God the Father. And finally, in the same body, He really suffered and shed His blood, really died, was really buried, really rose again, and really ascended up into heaven. And yet all this time He was God as well as man!
R. C. Ryle (1816–1900)
Our King Took On Our Poverty, Sickness, and Sorrow
John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6–7
Kings may, for various reasons, visit their subjects. But they do not think of taking upon themselves their poverty, their sickness, or their sorrow. They could not if they would, and they would not if they could. But our divine Lord, when He came here, took upon Himself our flesh.
The Bible never wants to make us fearful. God does not want people to be afraid—not even of the last judgment. Rather, he wants to let human beings know everything, so that they will know all about life and its meaning. He lets people know even today, so that they may already live their lives openly and in the light of the last judgment. He lets us know solely for one reason: so that we may find the way to Jesus Christ, so that we may turn away from our evil way and try to find him, Jesus Christ. God does not want to frighten people. He sends us the word of judgment only so that we will reach all the more passionately, all the more avidly, for the promise of grace, so that we will know that we cannot prevail before God on our own strength, that before him we would have to pass away, but that in spite of everything he does not want our death, but our life.… Christ judges, that is, grace is judge and forgiveness and love—whoever clings to it is already set free.
Repentance means turning away from one’s own work to the mercy of God. The whole Bible calls to us and cheers us: Turn back, turn back! Return—where to? To the everlasting grace of God, who does not leave us.… God will be merciful—so come, judgment day! Lord Jesus, make us ready. We rejoice. Amen.
Bonhoeffer’s sermon for Repentance
Sunday, November 19, 1933
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
All That Can Be Seen of God Is in Christ
John 10:30; 14:9; Hebrews 10:20; 2 Peter 3:18; Jude 25
You have only to read the Gospels, and to look with willing eyes, and you shall behold in Christ all that can possibly be seen of God. It is veiled in human flesh, as it must be; for the glory of God is not to be seen by us absolutely. It is toned down to these dim eyes of ours; but the Godhead is there, the perfect Godhead in union with the perfect manhood of Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory forever and ever.
Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892)
Free Your People from the Mouth of the Lion
Psalm 22:18, Daniel 6:22; Matthew 27:35; Mark 15:24; Luke 23:34; John 19:23; Hebrews 11:33
who is the source of mercy,
who for us descended into the womb of the Virgin,
was nailed to the Cross,
saw your garments divided,
rose victor from hell:
We ask you that you,
remembering this your life among us,
would free your people from the mouth of the lion,
as you did once deliver their fathers that hoped in you.
The average individual knows nothing of mental forces, and, although he may suffer from the effects of unconscious wrong thinking, yet he is in no danger of making deliberate misuse of the inner powers. One, however, who has learned how to use these interior forces must be very careful to use them right or he will find that the invisible powers of mind and spirit are far more powerful and destructive than dynamite. It is not meant by this that he can blow himself up thereby, but it does mean that he can injure himself, not only in this life, but for ages to come, and, in addition, seriously retard his spiritual evolution.
All use of the mind to coerce other people or to influence them using suggestion, not for their benefit, but your advantage, is highly destructive, not to them actually, but to you. On the face of it, it looks like an easy road to success and prosperity, but it leads to failure and poverty. The misuse of the mental powers in this way is a form of black magic, and the fate of all black magicians is very terrible. Even the use of the mind to coerce other people for their good is not desirable. It never does any real good, although it may seem beneficial for a time, and its use, therefore, is to be deprecated. Healing, so-called, by hetero-suggestion, is not permanent, for as soon as the healer ceases to “pump” suggestion into the patient the latter begins to relapse into his former state. Far better results accrue if the patient is taught to use auto or self-suggestion for himself. It is seen, then, that the use of the mind to influence others is distinctly harmful if it is used selfishly, and of no real use if used unselfishly. Hypnotism is harmful, no matter which way it is used, and is also detrimental to the patient. Because of this some of our more thoughtful neurologists have given up its use.
We have no right to endeavor to influence other people by the use of our inner forces, even if our object is their good. Each soul has the right to live its life in its way and choose for itself either good or evil. That is the object of life so that each evolving soul should learn wisdom through the lessons learned as a result of its own mistakes. Far worse is it if others are coerced, not to help them, but to defraud them or to make them buy goods they do not require or sign agreements they would not otherwise put their name to.
One who mis-uses his mental and spiritual powers literally smashes his life up. He works against the laws of life and the universe, and encompasses his own ruin.
There is, however, a far more subtle way of mis-using the mental and spiritual forces than by coercion, mental domination, and hetero-suggestion. This method is equally destructive, and if persisted in builds up a painful future. With this method, other people are not influenced or dominated, but the finer forces of Nature are coerced by the human will. Mental demands are made on the invisible substance from which, we are told, all things are made, and wealth is compelled to appear. In addition to this, sickness, so it is claimed, is banished, and the invisible forces of life are compelled to operate in such a way as to make life’s pathway a bed of roses, without thorns, so that life becomes shorn of all its discipline and experience.
It was devotees “enter the Silence,” and there visualize exactly what they think they want, and compel it to appear, in material form, by the strength of their desire or through the exercise of their will.
Some followers of this cult may be able to make an apparent success of it, but I have never yet met any. If they do, however, they will live to regret it, for they are merely practitioners of black magic. Their efforts are of the same nature as a sorcery. All such methods build up a heavy debt of future suffering and seriously hinder the soul in its evolutionary journey.
Entering the Silence is a good thing: it is entering the inner silence of the soul, the inner sanctuary where the Divine Spirit abides in fullness. To misuse this inward power for selfish and material ends, and for forcing our human will upon life, to make it conform to what we think it ought to be is a crime of the first magnitude, which can result only in ultimate failure and disaster.
Cherish time, your most valuable resource. You can never make up the time you lose. It’s the most important value for any productive happy individual and is the only limitation to all accomplishments. To waste time is to waste your life. The most important choices you’ll ever make are how you use your time.