Bible Overview Part Two on Palm Sunday

Lesson given by Rev. Cecilia Loving at SPIRITMUV on March 29, 2015, at the Unity Center of New York Center

This is Part Two of the Spiritual (or Metaphysical) Bible Overview, which covers part of the First Testament, told from the perspective of Palm Sunday.

Hosanna, I AM Christ Transforming as Love in Me: In this Palm Sunday, I shout the glory of God’s infinite good, knowing that my harvest is the inexhaustible supply of the universe blessing me beyond the appearances of my fate.

Nothing in this world can deny me the presence and power of God’s grace.

Hosanna, The Christ in Me is King: David symbolizes the divine consciousness of God assuming the head of our lives.
As long as I stay tapped in and turned on the infinite power of God in me nothing can interfere with my greatest good, nothing can deny me God’s favor.

Hosanna, Even If I Stumble,I Do Not Fall: I ride the colt of impatience.
I ride the colt of negative discrimination and hatred.
I ride the colt of pettiness.
I ride the colt of ego.
I ride the colt of indignation and arrogance.
I ride the colt appearances, and I am free.

Hosanna, I AM Free From Greed: How grateful God am I to be in your wholeness, to be embraced by the glory of your love shining through me.
I let go of trying to control the outcomes because I know that you are blessing me in ways that I cannot even imagine.
Hosanna, I ride the energy of your wisdom and your love.

Hosanna, I am liberated in Christ: I ride the infinite stream of grace
And allow it to heal me,
And prosper me,
And restore my good.
I ride the power of the universe radiating as the Christ in me, and through God’s power, I bring nothing but the well-stream of blessings, and healing, and grace.

Ibzan, Elon and Abdon (Judges 12)

Spiritmuv continues its journey through the Bible on April 15, 2015, in the Book of Judges.

Elizabeth Walker presents a study on Ibzan, Elon and Abdon from the perspective of the divine power within us. Are these minor judges? Liz says no, they are major influences on our conscious transformation.

 

SAMSON

Lesson given by Cassius Titus at SPIRITMUV on April 26, 2015, at the Unity Center of New York Center.

This is Part One of the Spiritual (or Metaphysical) Bible Overview, which covers SAMSON, one of the Judges.

The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (see http://www.truthunity.net) says:

“The life of Samson, as given in Judges, represents the different movements of strength in human consciousness, and its betrayal and end. Samson did all kinds of athletic stunts. but was finally robbed of his strength by Delilah, a Philistine woman, who had his head shaved while he slept on her knees. Hair represents vitality. When the vital principle is taken away the strength goes with it. This weakens the body and it finally perishes. Eve took away the strength of Adam in like manner, and every man who gives up the vital essence of his body for the pleasure of sensation commits suicide, as did Samson.”

JOHN 7

In JOHN 7, Reverend Loving explores the power of the I AM, as well as Jesus and the Father as one. She talks about the importance of not being “in the world” but being in the Spirit. When we rise in consciousness, we transcend time and space. Spirit is beyond words and thoughts, as Joel Goldsmith would say. We have to judge, as Jesus says in John 7:24, by righteous judgment rather than by appearances. We have to unlearn the teachings that no longer serve us.

This video includes a short excerpt from a recording at the end the session by Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai. Their music can be purchased at http://www.peterkater.com/site/ or from i-Tunes. They have created some of the best meditation music available, which is why we love to use it for our meditations.

GALILEE IS HERE (The Resurrection)

“A Christ consciousness, a miracle-making consciousness, a mind lifted in grace realizes the most incredible notion yet — that regardless of what is going on around us, Galilee is here.”

RESURRECTING POWER (Acts 1 and John 14)

The Bible teaches us in Acts Chapter 1, Verse 1, after Jesus was crucified, he was resurrected and he appeared over a period of forty days to his apostles and during that period, he spoke about the Kingdom of God. It was during this time that Jesus told his apostles not to leave Jerusalem but to wait to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

We know from the book of John, in Chapter 14, Jesus promised that another counselor would be sent after he was gone. Jesus called this counselor the Spirit of Truth, the One that the world would not see with the physical eye but who would live with you and would be in you. Jesus called this counselor within us the Holy Spirit.

Later, in the book of Acts, when Jesus came back — after the crucifixion, when he was resurrected, Jesus was even more explicit, he said “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

FINISHING THE TEMPLE (Exodus 26-40)

Reverend Loving continues the metaphysical bible journey.

“In Exodus 26 through 40, there is a recurring theme on how to build the tabernacle, what to put in it, and how we use it, so I’m going to take the radical step of combining these recurring themes into one lesson, so that we can benefit from the detail as opposed to getting lost in them.
I’m going to use Exodus 40 as a fulcrum because it covers all aspects of the tabernacle. There, we learn that
1 the LORD said to Moses: 2 “Set up the tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the first month.

This is about more than building a tent, it is about building a temple of power within.”

BUILDING A TEMPLE OF SPIRIT (Exodus 25)

Reverend Loving continues a metaphysical journey through the Bible in Exodus 25.

When we read Exodus 25, we have to keep in mind what Jesus said in Luke 17:21, that the Kingdom of God is neither here nor there, the kingdom of God is within us.

When we read Exodus 25, we have to keep in mind what Jesus said in John 14:20: “I am in my Father and you are in me, and I am in you.”

When we read Exodus 25, we have to acknowledge what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19 — he said “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.”

In 2 Corinthians 6:16, Paul said “we are temples of the living God.”
Our journey through Exodus 25 allows us to open our awareness to accept ourselves as temples of the living God.
In the scripture, we learn that God says to Moses: “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering — and not just from anyone but from those who hearts prompt them to give.”
Let’s resonant with that for a moment: what is this offering that God asks us to open our hearts to give?
Is Spirit telling us to bring bullocks and sheep to burn at the altar? Or to use a modern day analogy, is God saying bring the whole tithe into the storehouse? Is the universe telling us to release the flesh and take up instead the things of Spirit?
Yes.

LIFTED IN THE CLOUD OF SPIRIT (Exodus 21-24)

On March 2, 2014, we continued our journey through the wilderness with Moses, transcending the flesh to be lifted in the Spirit.

Here is a cloud of infinite possibilities.  Join us there, as we re-discover the spiritual significance of divine laws and how they operate in our daily lives.

How can we embody the eternal commands of Spirit expressing as us?
Here is food for thought.

CARRIED ON EAGLES’ WINGS (Exodus 19-20)

This is the consciousness in which Moses received spiritual law that is so profound it can be interpreted on many levels.

If you are not yet aware of Spirit, then you will receive the Ten Commandments simply as a list of rules for your conduct.  But if you have discovered power within, you realize the Ten Commandments are not restraints on your conduct but a guide for greater wisdom and exalted manifestation.

Since this is black history month, I want to pay tribute to those African Americans whose lives embody the spiritual principles of these commandments and have not only soared to great heights on eagle’s wings but inspire us to do the same.

POWER OF LOVE PT. I (Exodus 5-12)

Rev. Loving continued a journey through Exodus on February 9, 2014, focusing on the liberating power of love. As John said, God is love.

“Pharaoh is the energy, the ego that keeps dragging us down into the lower depths of insecurity and pride and separation. Moses is the energy that frees us.
The battle is within ourselves.
We work consciously and unconsciously for Pharaoh — standing in the way of our good — enslaved in a lower state of consciousness, enslaved by lack and regret and unforgiveness, enslaved by despair and doubt and fear, enslaved by gossip and worry

THE BURNING BUSH (Genesis 3)

On January 12, 2014, Minister Marlon Cromwell lectures on the meaning of Moses and the Burning Bush.

I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 1-2)

Rev. Loving continues the metaphysical journey through the Bible in Exodus 1-2 on January 17, 2014, lifting up the Spirit of the I AM THAT I AM.

Let me transcend the shackles on my soul, the limitations on my vision, the boundaries that I have placed on my very being — so that I can be lifted in the I AM THAT I AM.
Go down Moses, waaaaay down in Egypt Land and tell ole Pharaoh that I am not just trying to reach the Promised Land, I am here.

A WAY OUT OF NO WAY (Exodus 4-6)

Rev. Loving continues a metaphysical exploration of the Bible in the book of Exodus on February 2, 2014, in Exodus 4-6.

WHEN WE BELIEVE THAT THE FLESH — OUTER PEOPLE AND CIRCUMSTANCES AND EXPERIENCES CONTROL US, WE ARE ENSLAVED TO THEM, WE ARE IN BONDAGE TO THEM, WE ARE LIMITED BY THEM. THE MOSES CONSCIOUSNESS IS OUR WAY OUT OF BONDAGE TO THE MATERIAL — PHARAOH.

BALANCING THE GIFT (Genesis 23-28)

On December 22, 2013, the metaphysical bible journey covered Genesis 23-28, when Jacob steals Esau’s birthright.

Rev. Loving discusses a metaphysical interpretation of the scripture, including that we cannot merely embody Christ through the intellect but through every aspect of our being — mind, body and soul. The name Jacob means “supplanter” — to uproot or take the place of — but his name is later changed because his purpose is greater than to deceive. It is to give.

ABRAM TO ABRAHAM (Genesis 17)

On November 17, 2013, Spiritmuv studied Genesis 17 where Abram is obedient and his name changes to Abraham, the Father of Faith.

“Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.”

WHO IS DINAH? (Genesis 34)

The journey continues in GENESIS 34, when on January 5, 2014, Rev. Loving shared a new witness of Dinah.

“We cannot and will not gloss over Dinah’s story because it is imperative that we hear her voice as our own — not ’cause we are women but because we are always speaking as God’s voice but we fail to listen.
What am I talking about?

Dinah, as Liz shared with us, was the daughter of Jacob, who went to the Canaanite city of Shechem, and ‘When Shechem the son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the region, saw her, the Bible says that he raped her. And of course, all 12 brothers were outraged — and in order to make peace, Shechem’s father, Hamor, then proposes a marriage between the families, because now Shechem wants to make Dinah his wife. Dinah’s brothers agree but insist that, if the men of Canaan want to lie with and marry Hebrew women, they must all be circumcised. The Canaanite men agree, but as they are healing from the circumcision, the brothers entered the city and ‘kill all the males, take their flocks, herds, wealth, children, and their wives.
To me one of the most important things about this story is not the atrocious acts being performed on both sides — because of lust, because of greed, because of power, because of rage, because of revenge, because of shame, but what is not being said.

Because the question raised by all is What does Dinah say through all of this?

Nothing. Nothing.

She is not given a voice.. . .”

I AM JOSEPH (Genesis 36-50)

Rev. Loving discusses the story of Joseph when the metaphysical journey of the Bible continued in Genesis 36-50 on January 19, 2014.

“I AM JOSEPH.
I AM THAT PART OF YOU THAT GOD ADDS TO, INCREASES, DEVELOPS, UPLIFTS, AND BLESSES THROUGH YOUR DIVINE IMAGINATION AND CO-CREATIVE COOPERATION WITH SPIRIT EXPRESSING AS YOU.
I AM not only the dreamer and the interpreter of dreams but also is that energy in YOU that makes Your dreams come true.

Rather than just re-tell MY story, which you can read for yourselves in any Bible, I want to teach you what I learned so that you can re-commit yourselves to being the amazing dreamer and unlimited co-creative power with God that you are.”

I WILL NOT LET GO (Genesis 29-32)

The journey continued in GENESIS 29-32, on December 29, 2014, when Rev. Loving discussed Jacob and the importance of balancing mind, body and soul.

“NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS ON THE OUTSIDE, I WILL NOT LOSE FAITH ON THE INSIDE. I WILL KEEP GOING. I WILL KEEP PUSHING. I WILL NOT LET GO. I WILL NOT LET GO. I WILL NOT LET GO UNTIL I SEE MY BLESSINGS TAKE SHAPE.

I WILL KEEP DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I WILL KEEP RUNNING THE RACE. I WILL KEEP STAYING THE COURSE. I WILL KEEP KNOWING THAT ABSOLUTE GOOD IS MY BIRTHRIGHT. I WILL KEEP CELEBRATING SPIRIT AS MY TRUE SELF. I WILL KEEP RADIATING THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD THAT I AM — BOLD AND COURAGEOUS AND ENERGIZED AND SUCCESSFUL AS I WANT TO BE.”

SODOM AND GOMORRAH (Genesis 19-22)

The journey covered GENESIS 19-22 on December 15, 2013.

“In Genesis 19, we see that two angels come to visit Lot, and he takes them in and then, the men of Sodom beg him to let them out.

The Scripture says that all kinds of men — young and old — ALL FORMS — surrounded the house called to Lot demanding that he bring them that they might “know them.”
Now it’s interesting that Abraham saw God as three men: Mind, Body and Spirit, but Lot only saw God as two: Mind and Body — leaving the Holy Spirit out.
When we leave Spirit out, what happens? We get into trouble.”

POWER OF LOVE PT. II (Exodus 13-18)

Rev. Loving continued a metaphysical journey through EXODUS 13-18, on February 16, 2014, realizing that liberation is not only about our bodies, it is also about our spirit.

“Love is in our veins, in the ethers, in every atom of our planet, in every particle of the universe — always blessing us, and restoring us, and liberating us — even if there is resistance — like worry and fear.
Our resistance to change is just a part of life loving us so that we can learn that God’s image and likeness expresses as us:

As long as we put love first
• Love will give us the divine ideas that we need.
• Love will guide us through every difficulty.
• Love will protect us no matter what the circumstance.
• Love will prosper us even in the wilderness.
• Love’s substance is unlimited.
• Unlimited substance provides unconditional patience”.