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March 29, 2020
Lent and the 23rd Psalm
Rev. Laura MacLachlan
Do you think the Master Jesus was the only one who has been crucified? We have all been “crucified” at one time or another. We have our Judas figures in our past who betrayed us. We have been the object of scorn or prejudice for the way we think or believe. We die symbolic deaths at the hands of those we may have loved or trusted. Perhaps it was the end of a relationship or the firing from a job we put our heart and soul into. We go through financial catastrophe, or suffer an emotional crisis of some kind. Our life lessons can take many different forms.
We as Metaphysicians strive to see these times as opportunities for our souls to grow, to rise to the occasion. We are called upon to really work at this business of keeping things in perspective, regaining our footing, to rise from the ashes like a Phoenix. We still have to keep moving forward.
We find instruction for surviving and thriving through these harshest of life lessons in the 23rd Psalm. Since we are here in the 5th Sunday of Lent, which as we discussed last week is related to the symbolic number 40 (a time of preparation for a new spiritual awakening) I thought it would be timely to look at that wisdom again.
Let’s assume, like the Master Jesus in his meditations in the Garden of Gethsemane (“Place of pressure”) that we know the axe is going to fall in some area of our life crying out for change. If this were a spread using the Viking Runes, it would be the Signal rune. We heard the pulling of the trigger of the cosmic starter pistol of a new life lesson at hand.
When this happened for the Master Jesus, he said, “If this cup cannot be taken from me, thy will be done.” This change for us, like him, announces the death of something in our lives which is equal to a personal crucifixion. We can easily be in shock–after all—we’re human! Yet action is called for. How do we handle this? It is the nature of our soul’s push toward more light to proceed no matter what. We may grieve, we may be frightened of what might happen next, but our higher self keeps whispering to us, “Go forward.”
Perhaps we go to our Guides in meditation and seek guidance. What if in that silent, sacred space you began to hear the 23rd Psalm?
“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” A Ha! The Lord—the “Law”! Natural Law! We are asked to look to Natural Law to help us find our way out of the darkness of our emotions. It’s a wonderful tool for getting a handle on what we are feeling at a time like this.
“He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters.” Yes! I can rest (Or, according to Dr. Rocco Errico in his Aramaic translations of scripture, “He makes me dwell in pastures of strength.”) Green pastures nourish the flock. This is symbolic for spiritual nourishment. We find food for the soul as we rejoin the flow of Divine Love and Order by letting goes, lying down, resting. When we lie down and rest, we stop resisting the flow of Divine Mind and simply merge with it. It is in this release and submission we find our true spiritual strength. As we do that, the waters of our emotions become still and calm. We become peaceful within our own heart and mind. As we fill ourselves with this inner calm, it is reflected in our perception of our outer reality. We as a being resonate not with turmoil, but with peace and acceptance of the changes at hand. It’s Natural Law at work.
“He restores my soul.” With that foundation in place, we are then prepared to reclaim our place as co creating children of God. We are not just reacting to circumstances out of fear or anger, we are instead becoming calm and centered. Now we can address what is happening from a place of peace and prospective, not emotionality.
“He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Now, from this calm, centered prospective, we can see what is brought before us through our spiritual eyes, or from the perspective of an Awakening Christ. A Christed being always works within the parameters of Natural and Spiritual Law. Those laws are the keys to the kingdom! “Right thinking, right action and ethical behavior” in the words of Peggy Barnes, in times of personal pressure is the path of harmony for our highest good. It is the way of Divine Love and Order.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.” It is all too human to see such a challenge as this may be as the darkest time in our lives, but we still strive to not backslide in our focus on seeing this challenge as the next perfect step in our soul’s evolution. Can we stay in the flow of Divine Mind? Can we wait for the inspiration to move forward in a positive way? Can we learn more by talking less and instead listening for perfect guidance? Can we allow the universe to work without our efforts to manipulate outcomes prematurely?
“Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” Our security comes from our awareness that Natural Law is always at work. The rod and staff, symbols for self discipline of our own thoughts (our “sheep”) which pushes, blocks, redirects our thoughts about what is happening to positive ones. We live and die by the sword-and the sword is our tongue! What are we “decreeing” about this challenge? That it will “kill” us? That we can never be happy again? Nope. We can’t indulge in putting that kind declaration out on the ethers as our personal truth. Remember, all the way back in Genesis we are given the power to “name things.” If we name it something horrible, so it is. Our own inner rod and staff steers us away from that kind of worst case scenario thinking.
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.” We are called upon to affirm with conviction that in the midst of what may look like a hostile, destructive time in our lives, we can choose to stay in the flow of positive love energy of God and continue to be nourished, inspired, sustained and supported. We can make a conscious choice to remain open and ready for the next step to be impressed upon us. God energy is pure love, creative and perfect. In the face of our trials and tribulations, we are never somewhere God energy is not. We can always begin again.
“Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” When we are “anointed” in a ceremony, where does it usually happen? Over our third eye! Think of the Christian Church and Ash Wednesday. The smudge goes right on our foreheads, the symbolic place of our third eye. The oil—medium for creation of light, allows our inner vision to become more clear. The wisdom we attain through this life lesson anoints us, like an Ordination, to go forward and share our new found wisdom with others who also struggle with similar problems. We are light bearers for others on the path with us. We are challenged to use what we have acquired to help someone else heal and move forward. “My cup runneth over”—I have no more capacity for further learning until I give some of what I know now away to others.
“Surely thy goodness and mercy shall follow me all of my days and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” This is our ultimate goal. Our life lessons, which we scripted right into our charts for this lifetime, offered us exactly what we needed for our soul’s perfect progression. We now have new tools in our “tool bags” for mastery of the earth plane leading to awakening Christhood. We get closer and closer with every successful outcome. Karma gets balanced, lessons get learned, we find it easier and easier to live in the flow of Divine Love and Order. We find that living the truth of Natural and Spiritual Law becomes more and more effortless, however many lifetimes it takes.
The Master Jesus saw exactly what was ahead in his time in Gethsemane, yet he went forward anyway. He knew he had to finish the final demonstration of his earth plane ministry-the survival of bodily death via crucifixion. We release, or let die, old, out dated ways of thinking and acting with every earth plane lesson we master. Our vibration raises, we are less and less about living out of our lower three chakras with every step. Our mantra becomes “This, too, shall pass. With that, we are transformed.
Blessings to each of you on your journey!
March 22, 2020
Lent- A Time of Preparation, Purification and Revelation
Rev. Laura MacLachlan
We have entered into the Lenten season. It is, for us, a time of preparation for a new level of unfoldment, a new level of understanding. It represents a lengthening of days, the anticipation of new life at hand. Even though there is no sign of “Lent” in the New Testament, there is a hint of this lesson in new levels of spiritual understanding in the color chosen in the Christian church to symbolize this season: Purple, which is the color of our crown chakra. So, we who are trained to look beneath the surface of these spiritual teachings for hidden wisdom, are shown that to fully absorb the lessons of the Lenten season, we are invited to move up into our crown chakra to view the story through our spiritual eyes.
Lent, like so many other monumental events in the Bible, is 40 days long. The Sundays of Lent weren’t counted because they were already feast days. We know from our studies that whenever we see the number 40 we are about to read something about a new spiritual awakening. In numerology, the number 40 reduces to 4—our foundation. The wisdom we are about to receive will allow us to create for ourselves a new foundation for our further spiritual growth. Before we can grow as souls at this point in time, we must have a rock solid foundation in our understanding of our nature as sparks of the Divine. Jesus spoke of Peter, the Apostle who represents “Faith” when he said, “Upon this rock I shall build my church.” Not a literal church building, but the symbolic “church”-a place from which one explores their relationship with and worship of God.
To us, our foundation for unfoldment includes faith in things unseen; even God itself, which we see as a pure love energy and not a person on a throne. We strive to live in the flow of this Divine love energy, as demonstrated so beautifully when Jesus the man attained Christ Consciousness.
When Jesus was contemplating what was to come in the Garden of Gethsemane, he was fully aware that his final physical demonstration, the reason behind all his teachings, was culminating with the survival of bodily death. That human part of us would shudder at the thought of how that would play out. Yet he was able to say, “If this cup cannot be taken from me, thy will be done.” That is the response of a Christed being! It is the embodiment of “faith in things unseen.” It is the kind of faith that has an open hand that does not strive to control or divert from oneself all pain or suffering. There are several theories about when the man Jesus actually attained Christ Consciousness. This is one, the other is while on the cross he said “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”
The Christian church stresses sacrifice during the Lenten season. What are we willing to “give up” as we prepare for this new awakening? However, we as Divine Spiritual Metaphysicians know this is a symbolic act far more than a literal one. Jesus didn’t attain Christ Consciousness because he gave up Hershey bars for 40 days! It is about giving up one’s belief in the material plane as “all there is.” It is a time of inward preparation. It is a time of clearing one’s mind of outer conditions and return to that sacred space within us where the spark of the Divine awaits so that we might observe our soul’s progression from a higher perspective. Let’s look at some other Biblical examples of this meditative and contemplative time.
Moses and his 40 year search for the “promised land” is an excellent allegory. He led the Israelites, those seeking spiritual enlightenment, out of Egypt, a place where one is enslaved by our lower, material nature, into the Promised Land. That was another way of saying their awakening. Remember, we are EVERYONE in these Bible stories. This is our own process, through many lifetimes. All the struggles, all the accomplishments, all the battles—they are OUR struggles, battles and accomplishments. Ultimately, we are our own Moses for our own Israelite state of consciousness!
Exodus 24:18 talks about Moses going up Mt. Sinai, a “place of higher consciousness” and received the Ten Commandments. What was so significant about going to a mountaintop? He was going into a higher state of consciousness! He was in deep Meditation! Why Ten Commandments? Ten in numerology reduces to one. The number one signifies New Beginnings. A time which called for a new spiritually based understanding of the One God concept. Can you see how that was to be their “new foundation”? The Earth plane at that time was filled with young souls who had to understand first, as their foundation for future spiritual growth, that they had to obey basic rules of civility and spirituality.
Jesus the man “wandered in the desert for 40 days” before the start of his Ministry. He did not immerge from that experience ready for his Ministry because he said “no” to turning rocks into bread! Let’s look deeper…He went into physical “retreat” from the distractions of the material plane. A desert is a place where nothing appearing to be going on there. A blank canvas. The backdrop for “fasting” from physical, daily irritants, ego judgments, destructive patterns. Jesus said, when the thought (not a physical devil) came to him to take a shortcut in this time of contemplation by turning his attention to physical food (bread) instead of the spiritual food found in his deep meditations. He said to himself, “Get thee behind me, Satan!” Satan, “you deceiver you” is our own inner voice of doubt, fear, lower chakra state of being. It wasn’t about food at that moment, it was about focus!
Our last example is Noah and the Flood, which lasted 40 days. This is the first lesson in balance within us to achieve soul growth. Symbolized by the gathering of all the “animals” (our lower chakra, animal nature) we see a balance created in these male and female energies. When the waters of emotion flood our psyches, when we feel like we are drowning in anger, fear or destructive thoughts, we build our “ark” (new foundation) to stay above the fray–ride upon the top of those waters of emotions. It leads us back onto solid footing. Helps us keep our balance when these life lessons come to call.
We will all have our Gethsemane moments in life. Remember Peter, who kept falling asleep when Jesus asked him to stay awake and watch with him through the night? He saw, finally, that Peter couldn’t take this journey with him. He finally said, “Sleep on.” There are times when we hope our friends will be there for us as we go through our life lessons, but that isn’t always possible. We hope our own faith is strong enough to sustain us when the chips are down, but we are a work in progress. There are times when we have to forgive ourselves for our own shortcomings. But the guidance we find all through the Bible says it’s always darkest before the dawn. Remain steadfast. Fast from all the inner turmoil that tries to take our eyes off the goal of soul growth leading to a new spiritual awakening. More light is soon to come. The dove (inner peace) came to Noah bearing a twig of green leaves. New life is at hand.
Our soul essence longs for the time when we return to our Divine Source of all. Biblically, it’s those times when we read of those who “go up in a pillar of light and are no more.” After each new step toward that goal, our soul yearns for more. Standing still is not an option. Lent is not a destination, oneness with God is. Lent is the starting point for another lesson in awakening the dormant Christ potential within us.
Prayer and deep meditation is key to your success. Opening up, listening to that Divine wisdom, becoming one with the energy of All That Is. Wow, does that require focus and self discipline! We work to let go of all the ego stuff that blocks our way. We open our hands and say, “Not my will but thy will be done,” even if it’s just for one day, one hour, one moment at a time.
Then, like our Wayshower, the Master Jesus, we can emerge from that quiet, contemplative time prepared for whatever lies ahead. We can feel like we are more powerful, focused, activated light workers who are ready to serve and fulfill our soul’