Via Transformativa: Practical Magic — Magic of Awareness

By: JUBILEE! Minister Candace Chellew-Hodge

If today’s reading from the apostle Paul (Philippians 4:4-8) could be summed up in a song title it would be “Change Your Mind!” This is the entire purpose of his message to the early Christian church and is yet more instruction on how we can invoke the magic of awareness right now by using the 90% of our lives that we live inside of ego to our advantage.

As Bill said a couple of weeks ago, one of the steps to loving our ego is to take responsibility for it. We do that by training it to stop obsessing about the evil in the world and start obsessing about everything good in the world. In short, we change our mind. If, indeed, what we think on grows, then why not train our ego to think about peace and compassion instead of war and hatred? If it’s true the ego is in charge 90% of the time, this simple change of mind can totally transform our lives!

How do we do this? Paul outlines it for us very clearly when he says: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our minds switch off when we hear this religious gobbly-de-gook, so let’s unpack it. “Rejoice in the Lord,” simply means “to thrive.” If we want to thrive, Paul says, we must bring our full attention back to the true self where the Holy dwells within us. We do that by giving up what the ego worries about — money, reputation, success and all that —  and simply asking  — with a profound sense of gratitude — that God lead us back to our true self.

And the peace of God — that knowing of everything which appears when we connect to the Holy — will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

Remember that the Christ is the higher consciousness we all have and what Paul is telling us is that when we step into that higher Christ consciousness, both our “hearts and our minds” — both our true self and our ego — are brought into the divine safety of this Holy place.

To experience the magic of awareness, then, involves acknowledging our desire to thrive in this life by connecting to the Holy.

We then ask the Holy to lead us to that true self above our ego, we give thanks, knowing that if we seek our divinity we will find it, and then we simply experience that peace of God — that knowing that we live in a universe of abundance, compassion and love.

But, Paul says, just like weight loss, this will take both work and time. We have to first become aware of our ego’s habit of worry and obsession so we can use it to our advantage. The ego lives to worry about everything from running out of toilet paper to the coming zombie apocalypse. Worry, worry, worry. Our days are filled with it. The ego won’t shut up about it.

So, Paul says, if you want to obsess, train your obsessive ego to constantly chatter about different things … about what is true and honorable, what is just and pure, what is pleasing and praise-worthy. Use your ego’s obsessive nature to your advantage.

If you want to worry about something, how about worrying that you’re not being loving or compassionate or peaceful enough? If you want to worry about your reputation or success in this world, worry that the world may see you as uncaring or detached or stingy. These are things worth worrying about, because they bring you back to thoughts of what is true, honorable, just and pure.

This is not a Polly-Anna, affirmation-repeating exercise like the Law of Attraction has become for so many, though. This is hard, serious work. If you’ve ever tried to change your mind and think positive thoughts, you’ve surely notice the ego is right there alongside those thoughts giving its negative opinion.

But, if you’re up for the work, it’s well worth it. I was once told by certain people that I was too negative on Facebook.

I would post about everything that was wrong in the world from war to discrimination to the oppression of the poor, women and other minorities. I would rage against everything, and everyone, I felt were evil in this world.

That comment stopped me cold, so I changed my mind — and my postings. Instead of negative things, now I post inspiring quotes and funny one liners. When I do post about politics, I try to find stories of people working to make a difference, or find a constructive way to present stories about those who I believe appear to be working against the common good.

The difference is astounding. Now, whenever people see me out in real life, they always, to a person, say, “I love reading your Facebook page. It’s so inspiring and funny!”

Why? Because now I focus on what is true, honorable, pure, pleasing, commendable and worthy of praise. And this new focus hasn’t just changed my Facebook page … it’s changed me. My ego chatters far less about what’s wrong with the world these days and far more about what is right and true and pure.

If you want to be somebody else, Jubilants, it’s pretty easy. Change your mind.  Breathe deeply.

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