Adapted from the Unity Worldwide Ministries Booklet - LENT 2016.
“Lent is a season of spiritual growth, a time for progressive unfoldment, to lift us into a higher, purer, more spiritual state.” Charles Fillmore
Today's True Lent Affirmation:
"Higher thinking and altruistic thoughts are the keys to the kingdom of Heaven."
The Kingdom of Heaven by Rev. Kelly Isola
I experience the kingdom of heaven within me. The kingdom of heaven is often thought of as a “nice” place to get to—an outer paradise. However, Jesus taught that the kingdom of heaven is within. He described the kingdom of heaven through his parables, which were short metaphorical stories describing God’s role in our everyday lives. What is the kingdom of heaven like? Jesus said it was like a mustard seed (a tiny seed that grows into an enormous plant) and the leaven (simple yeast placed into something holy and sacred). Who is part of this kingdom? Everyone, he said, including the Samaritan, the prodigal son, the laborers, as well as the least expected, most despised, and marginalized of society. The kingdom of heaven can manifest in everyday life through the most ordinary experiences. It is evidenced when we demon- strate a caring heart and a perceptive mind. It emerges through those who are most unlike us, and those we hold most dear. The kingdom of heaven is unfolding through our joys and sorrows, our crucifixions and resurrections, and our challenges and triumphs, through the love and grace of God.
The Daily True Lent Practice:
The Keeping of a True Lent is the dedicated daily practice of true: Repentance, Fasting and Prayer. Take time to begin each new day of Lent by reading the lesson and setting your affirmation in prayer for the day. In the evening dedicate a few minutes to review and reflect on your True Lent experience for that day. Release all that is not your best and highest good, and affirm the growing awareness of that which is your best and highest good. Take time for gratitude and silence.
The Practice of True Repentance: Charles Fillmore
Repentance is a turning from a belief in error to a belief in truth and righteousness. A process of giving up the false for the true. Repentance means denial; it is a relinquishment out of consciousness of old error thoughts. Repentance is forgiveness. It is through forgiveness that true spiritual healing is accomplished.
The Practice of True Fasting: Charles Fillmore
Fast from the false, and feast, feed your faith on the true and good. Fasting means abstinence. In fasting, abstain from error thinking and meditate on spiritual Truth until incorporated into the consciousness of oneness with the Father. To fast from all unworthy thought and feast on the good and the true.
The practice of True Prayer: Charles Fillmore
In true prayer we take with us words of Truth, a statement of Truth, or an affirmation, and turn our attention within to the very center of our being, where the awareness of the Divine dwells. We affirm these words of Truth and meditate on them, then get very still and wait in the silence for God to make them real to us.
The Five Step Affirmative Prayer Practice:
Firstly, assume a comfortable prayer position; relax the body, calm the mind and quieten the spirit. Secondly, concentrate on the awareness of oneness with the presence and power of the Divine within. Thirdly, say the affirmation of truth that you desire to come into realization in you, demonstration through you, and into material manifestation in your life. Say the affirmation of truth with faith and a feeling of deep assurance. Fourthly, enter into the sacred space of silence. As thoughts distract you, acknowledge and release them, return your awareness to the silence. Lastly, end with a feeling of thankfulness and gratitude for the good you have affirmed and its coming manifestation in your life.
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