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:
"I am thankful for the spiritual power of Strength, and the ability to persevere, endure and accomplish my highest good, with ease and grace today." Clive deLaporte
Keep a True Lent by Charles Fillmore
Strength is freedom from weakness; stability of character; it is the force or power to do, capacity to accomplish. Strength originates in Spirit; the thought and the word spiritually expressed bring the manifestation.
Strength by Rev. Jacquelyn Hawkins
I know my strength as I trust in the divine power that sustains me. Listening to my inner voice—the voice of Spirit—gives me the direction I need. Similarly, the presence of Spirit in me—the I AM of my being—gives me the strength to do what I am called to do, no matter how difficult. I am strengthened as I trust in the guidance of Spirit. I recognize the many ways in which divine power appears in my life and expresses through me. In his book Keep a True Lent, Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore said, “Strength is freedom from weakness” as well as “the force or power to do; [the] capacity to accomplish.” I AM an expression of strength as I stand in my divinely created power, affirming my capacity to accomplish what is mine to do. My strength lies in knowing who I AM.
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 the good you have affirmed and its coming manifestation in your life.
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