We have just returned from a very successful Unity retreat, and what a joy it was to be with everyone. It was gentle, loving, informative, prayerful and joyful, with lots of singing, good sleep, fresh air and walks by the sea. Rev Tom Thorpe, as our key speaker, spoke with authority and humility, testifying to his spiritual power, and this is no easy feat.
Jesus was the perfect example of spiritual power at work. In Matthew 28:18 it is written,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
It is also written,
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.” John 14:10
For us in Unity, Jesus Christ was not the great exception, but the great example. All he taught, lived and came to tell us, was to encourage us to know the same power that is in him, is in us also.
“Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12
To claim our spiritual authority can feel wrong, as there is an inner knowing that this can easily slip into the thinking that it is me, as the person, who has the power. But as we say in Silent Unity at the beginning of our prayer service, “It is not I, but the Christ within who does the work.” We are in fact, allowing ourselves to let the power use us.
Marianne Williamson is famously quoted as saying we are more scared of our light than our darkness. Thus claiming our spiritual power and authority, may feel scary – where will this lead us? What will people think? Who am I? The answer – you are a child, an expression, of God.
For me, stepping up has been a concerning thought, as I have witnessed some wise and loving people get lost in their ego personalities, falling into the thinking it was their own personal power being expressed, and seeing the damage this can cause. Yet I know that this is blocking God at work through me and as me. So mine is to keep knowing and affirming that the same authority that is in Jesus Christ is in me – and it is not my power but God-Power expressing as me. To enable this, with humility, mine is to get still in prayer and meditation each day, stay ‘tuned-in’ to God, like we tune a radio into the station we want to hear. And then, with courage and conviction, do all that is mine to do. This takes self-mastery, love and wisdom, and is a life-long journey. Yet it is one for all of us to take, so that each of us can know we are ‘the hands and feet’ of God, sharing, enabling, loving and encouraging every person to know the same truth for themselves.
We give thanks to Tom, for being an example to witness this. And we honour and recognise the Christ presence in and as each of you, as together we become the light of the world.