Rev. Virginia Walsh: October 18, 2015
Awakening to Abundant Life — 40 Days to a more abundant life
Introduction and Week 1 – Intention
“The degree to which your Consciousness expands, is the degree to which you understand yourself and the universe.” – Gina Charles
In these 40 days before Thanksgiving you have the opportunity to create real change in your life. The number 40 is an important spiritual number that occurs many times in the Bible. Metaphysically the number 4 symbolizes “balance” and “foundation”. Zeros after a number indicate amplification. This 40 day practice over a period of 6 weeks is designed to expand your consciousness so that you may awaken to greater self-realization and experience a more abundant life.
As with anything, the more we give ourselves to the process, the more effective it will be. If you are ready to awaken to the infinite life and truth within, it’s time to make a commitment to follow this life enhancing program for the next 40 days.
Each week we’ll offer a different spiritual awakening practice that will enrich our consciousness and produce a new, expanded experience of the abundant life promised in Jesus’ teachings. There will be a new handout every week, with spiritual principles, questions to help you find clarity about it, and exercises to help you put it into practice. On the back is a commitment agreement. Sign it only if you are ready for a life that is abundantly blessed with all the riches of Spirit. Read the statement everyday to integrate the ideas into your consciousness, allowing them to awaken you to greater peace and joy!
“We are awakening far beyond the little “i” to recognize ourselves as the “We” of ever-flowing Creation.”
– Cary Ellis, 21st Century Superhuman
Awakening to Abundant Life — My Commitment
Today I commit to expanding my consciousness of who I am as a spiritual being, so I can awaken to a more abundant life. I no longer believe that anything, any one, or any situation can keep my good from me.
I no longer surrender my power and authority, I now know myself as an extension and expression of the all-powerful Creator of all that exists.
At times in the past I have believed in lack, sickness, unworthiness, doubt and fear. In the past I believed I was powerless to create the life I desired. Because I receive as I believe, I have not lived the abundant life
I was intended to have. Through my faith in the physical world and material things I gave my power away to conditions, events and other people. I accepted the negative, limiting, false beliefs of the collective consciousness and my early life programming. In the past I limited that which is Unlimited.
I now renounce all erroneous, limiting beliefs.
I now claim my divine inheritance as a powerful, loving and joyful spiritual being! I am one with the Power that created me, and this Power has given me the power to create my own life experience.
I am now completely open and fully receptive to the infinite richness of Divine Life, manifesting as abundant life, expressing as me, now!
Awakening to Abundant Life
Week 1 – Intention
The point of power is always in the present moment. Change happens right here and now, in our own minds. It doesn’t matter how long a negative pattern has been showing up in your life, you are the power and authority in your life. Each moment is a new beginning. Take hold of your ideal. What do you want to awaken in your life? Healing? Financial increase? Your life partner? Peace of mind? Truly knowing yourself as an eternal spiritual being? A greater knowing of your oneness with God?
“There is no definite place in life for you while you keep your mind purposeless. Your objective is what you supremely wish to do; what you most ardently wish to become; what with the utmost passion of your soul you endeavor to achieve within yourself. Pray for spiritual knowing now, to choose what will last, and what will increasingly bless and enrich you. Permit nothing to come between you and your purpose.” (From “What Are You?” by Unity minister Imelda Shanklin.)
What we don’t like about our life right now is a good starting place to define our intentions about what we want to experience. To get clear about what you really want, begin with what you don’t want. Write a list of things that you don’t like in yourself and in your life. Then think about the opposite of each one of these. Write an affirmation to empower that idea.
One formula for effective affirmations is to start with “I am grateful that…”: “I am grateful that I have all the money I want.” “I am deeply grateful that I am healthy and full of vitality.” This is an act of faith, to be thankful in advance of the manifestation. Remember, it’s not “I’ll believe it when I see it”, but “I believe it now, so that I will see it manifest.
Another way to create an affirmation is to start with “I know that…” “I know that God is my source, and I am always provided for abundantly.” “I know that Divine Love is active in every cell of my body is healing me now.”
We can also start an affirmation with a name for God and add the desired action or outcome. “Spirit is clearly guiding me now to my wonderful new job.” “My Christ Within gives me strength and vitality.”
“I am” statements are also very effective: “I am prosperous beyond my wildest dreams.” “I am loved unconditionally, and I am loving and kind.” You may also want to read through a Daily Word to look for affirmations that speak to you.
When you have an affirmation that causes a positive response in you, stand in front of a mirror, look yourself in the eye and say the affirmation. During the day repeat it 200-400 times.
Louise Hay recommends sitting at least once a day with your arms extended out to the side, with palms open and turned upward, as you say out loud: “I am open and receptive to all the good and all abundance in the universe.” Try it!
Meditation for Guidance – To be clear about what intention you want to work with, you may want go into meditation and ask your Higher Self – the Christ Mind in you – for guidance. Sit comfortably and relax with 3 slow deep breaths. Begin to hum a low pitched, steady tone. Think about rising up above your physical self. Visualize moving up through the ceiling, the roof, the atmosphere, above even the stars. Feel yourself connecting to more energy as you move through a web of energy. As you are rising, gradually raise the pitch of your hum. Continue to raise the pitch to higher and higher tones, even letting the sound go beyond the limits of audible tones. Imagine all your cells vibrating to your hum, all in unison.
When you are relaxed and centered in this higher vibration, ask yourself a question about what your spirit wants to express. You will receive guidance from all the connections that you have including your connection to this field of all information. This is your intuition, your personal internal, guidance system. A regular meditation practice will allow you to discover your intuitive self.
Clear intention requires synchronizing conscious and subconscious thought patterns in order to invoke change. Self inquiry, journaling, affirmations, meditation and visualizations are some of the ways we synchronize the different aspects of consciousness.
“Speaking the word with conviction and maintaining that conviction with faith is the complete chain of manifestation from the thought to the thing.” – U. S. Andersen