Freedom is more than the absence of bondage. Freedom is the activity of a free Soul or Spirit that knows the truth of its own identity and functions in the Creator’s plan of universal good. To be free we must accept and exercise the freedom to be free. As an individual each one has the right of self-choice which constitutes individuality. .
The opening chapter of Emilie Cady’s classic book Lessons in Truth, poses the timeless question…“Bondage or Liberty, Which?” All suffering is the result of the belief that we are in bondage to the things and circumstances of the world. True freedom is a choice we make to live our lives in the spiritual awareness of the Infinite Presence indwelling.
Many times during each day we make conscious choices to live in freedom and not to succumb to negative thoughts or beliefs. Freedom is ours because we do not give control of our lives to another person or to any circumstance. The external world can and does present great challenges to us which have a tendency to get our attention and distract us from the purpose of life.
“Freedom is the quality or state of being without thought of restraint, bondage, limitation or repression; having a sense of complete well-being. It is the result of regulating one’s life according to Principle, not according to what anyone else may think or say.” – Charles Fillmore.
Freedom is a demanding discipline and requires great responsibility. Understanding tells us we must be prepared to meet the requirements in order to maintain a perfect relationship with the universe. This will help us experience the deepest of personal freedom providing the place through which the Infinite flows always leading us into paths of peace, harmony, and prosperity. I AM FREE WITH THE FREEDOM OF SPIRIT!
Prosperity has its beginning stage within the family unit. Past history, tradition, religious concepts, and a belief system are passed on from generation to generation. It takes faith and courage to step out of established patterns and break free. Individuals are challenged to take the risk in claiming personal freedom.
Some discover there is a vast difference between spiritual prosperity and world prosperity. This discovery requires us to release all sense of selfishness and develop a universal consciousness. In time, this transition should bring us joy, peace, and spiritual growth.
Through spiritual education we recognize divinity in all creation. We discover THE ONE that is all.
Scripture tells us “With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you.” We question ourselves where we stand in generosity and our willingness to give. “Give and it shall be given unto you.” We do not give for recognition, but we give because it is the law of receiving. In spiritual understanding we soon learn to enjoy the freedom in giving and receiving graciously without all the fanfare.
Let us know together, “THE CHRIST WITHIN IS MY POWER TO PROSPER.” The Christ within is our well of abundance, where we draw our good on a daily basis. It is indeed “our daily bread.”
Like David of old, we too, can say, “My cup runneth over.” The Christ within refines our personality, opens the circle of experience, and prospers us in all areas of living.
Let us remember as we travel this journey of the SOUL, “God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Rev. Richard Billings
Unity of Oak Park is dedicated to teaching Spiritual Truth; awakening individuals to the indwelling Christ - I AM; and putting into practice Universal Laws of Love, Peace, Prosperity, and Healing.