Monday, September 14, 2009
If You Can Believe
I took this sunset photo on my way to Unity Church for World Prayer Day Sept. 10th.
I love parables or stories. Here's one out of Spiritual Economics: the prosperity process by Eric Butterworth (borrowed from the church library)
pg.73 "In his classic work 'Wind, Sand, and Stars,' St. Exupery tells the story of a pilot who was downed in the rugged, snow-blocked region of the Andes. He trudged through the snow for days, only to find his way hopelessly blocked by a yawning crevice in the ice. He quickly concluded that he had three choices: (1) Give up and die of exposure; (2) Make an attempt to jump across the fissure, knowing full-well that it was impossible to do so; (3) Convince himself that he could jump across, and make an attempt out of the conviction.
When considered in this kind of logic, the choice was clear. So, he backed away a few yards, closed his eyes in a moment of inner communion, then, loudly shouting, 'I can! I can!' he ran and jumped, and barely reached safety on the other side. Trudging off down the mountain, he was finally found and saved.
Now, faith was no magic bridge. This was no miracle of God picking him up and depositing him bodily on the other side. What the man did was accomplished with his own concentrated mind and by special effort by his own muscles. But his believing attitude released a flow of energy from his own inner God-potential."
"No miracles are required. It is the way you have been created. You are a rich and creative spiritual being. You can never be less than this. You may frustrate your potential. You may identify with that which is less than what you can be. But within you now and always is the unborn possibility of a limitless experience of inner stability and outer treasure, and yours is the privilege of giving birth to it. And you will, if you can believe."