I would like to begin this inspirational message with the Scriptural reading from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 28 verses 16 – 20
16. The eleven disciples then went to Galilee to a mountain where Jesus had promised to meet them.
17. And when they saw him, they worshiped him; but some of them were doubtful.
18. And Jesus came up and spoke with them, and said to them, All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Just as my Father has sent me I am also sending you.
19. Go, therefore, and convert all nations; and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit;
20. And teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, to the end of the world.
The Unity Spiritual Ability of Power
We might typically think of power as meaning a form of strength. It can also mean the ability to act; or we might refer to power as thinking or willing something – using our power of concentration to make a change or accomplish a goal. And it can also refer to an energy or force applied to work, as in mechanical or electric power.
Power is associated with an activity of some kind. And in its many forms, such as electrical, solar, wind and water to name a few, it can be uncontrolled and destructive or it can be used for a specific purpose to add much benefit to our lives.
Our Unity Spiritual Ability of Power is no exception. Power, like the other eleven Unity Spiritual Abilities, is already present within us, waiting for us to develop it, to help us build our realization of our oneness within the Allness of God. And also like the other 11 Abilities, we need to enter the silence to call on our Ability of Power. We need to plug into (align our state of being with) God’s Power and into the realization that God’s Power works through us. And when we do that, we can use God’s Power, working through us, for a specific purpose to add much benefit to our lives, and to the lives of those around us.
“It’s All God”
Unity Principles remind us of God’s Power when we say that God is the One Power everywhere active in the universe and in our lives. And because we are made in God’s image, since our essence is of God, we have the ability to use this Power. But we need to plug into (align with) the Power in order to use it for a specific purpose.
The Spiritual Ability of Power, then, is our ability to claim dominion over our own thoughts, emotions and feelings, and narrow perspectives on life. As we control our personal, limited world view, we come into a greater awareness of God. And isn’t that really our purpose on this earth plane? After all, Jesus said to the disciples, “Just as my Father has sent me I am also sending you.”
Jesus Commissions the Disciples
The setting for the Scriptural passage takes place after Jesus rises up on Easter. In Matthew’s version, Jesus doesn’t appear magically in the locked upper room to the eleven disciples and no one is singled out as the doubter like in Luke’s Gospel.
Looking to the allegorical and metaphysical interpretations for guidance in which every person, place and circumstance in the Bible represents something important to our own spiritual journey, we see that Jesus arranges to meet the disciples on a mountain in Galilee. In the Scriptures, Mountains are understood to represent to represent high places. Metaphysically, they refer to a high plane of consciousness, a state of spiritual realization – our prayer and meditation time when we plug into Spirit and realize our unity with God.
And Galilee refers to the energy of life, soul energy; power, force and energy, acting in conjunction with substance. When we plug into God, and realize the Divine Power already working through us, and we call it forth with the Word (God’s thought, expressed,) we use that Power to bring forth God’s ideas on earth. In other words, we set in motion the process of transforming Spirit Energy into substance, or physical matter.
So in this high state of spiritual realization Jesus said to the disciples, “All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Just as my Father has sent me I am also sending you. Go, therefore, and convert all nations; and baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; And teach them to obey everything that I have commanded you.
He wasn’t telling them to go make the world Christian. He was telling them to teach the world how to plug into Spiritual Power and to use it for a specific purpose. The fundamental idea taught by the Scriptures was not that we must repent and convert, but rather that we must undergo a change – not just in conduct but in our thinking. (Repent means to change your mind!) That change is the realization of our Spiritual nature and of our relationship of oneness with God. The water baptism was an outward symbol of washing away the old ideas of our separation from God, revealing our true nature as Spiritual beings.
Jesus told the disciples and is telling us to live, act and speak as He did – in the constant realization of God’s Power always working through us, creating our world by what we choose to think, feel and believe and by what we declare to Spirit to create! Are we using our words to enhance our lives or to create more discord and chaos?
When we start working with this transformative energy, we might use it to find handy parking spaces. That’s an easy first step in using God’s Power consciously to manifest something to benefit our lives for a specific purpose.
But there is so much more we can do for ourselves and for our world when we choose to plug into Spirit to develop this particular Ability. It’s our ability to heal, to change our environment, and to draw perfect health, prosperity, and right relationships into our experience. And it all begins with our willingness to control our personal thoughts, feelings and emotions.
Why Pray and Meditate?
The fourth Unity Principle tells us how to plug in by using Prayer and Meditation to heighten our awareness of our union with God. We are already connected but Prayer and Meditation help us realize and understand that connection, that oneness. In any conversation, there is a time for talking and time for listening. We can think of prayer as our communication to God and meditation as listening for God’s response to us.
Until we quiet ourselves and listen to God’s guidance and direction, we will not master the use of God’s Ability of Power for a specific purpose. Our ability to bring God’s ideas forth into the physical plane will still occur, because God’s Power is always working through us, but it will show up in random ways and not as the specific purpose we intended.
For example, we might pray for peace in our world. But if we don’t still our minds and hearts in God’s peace, receiving the inspiration to bless those in the traffic around us instead of yelling at them or commenting on their bad driving skills, we will continue to draw more experiences of non-peace into our lives. When we watch the news about the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are we plugging in to God for inspiration on how to consciously direct peace to the region?
Or if we pray for right relationships and then neglect to go into the Silence for guidance, are we able to automatically wrap that irritating, opinionated, know-it-all person we can’t stand to be around in God’s unconditional love, or do we tell everyone who will listen just how that person continues to irritate us? If not, we will continue to attract irritating relationships into our lives and wonder why God’s not answering our prayers.
If we only realized just how powerful we really are! We can, when we plug into God. Our prayer and meditation time heightens our awareness of our oneness with God. During this silence, we learn how to trust the Power, and we receive the guidance and direction we need to transform energy for a specific purpose. We discover that we always know what we need to know in any given circumstance. By plugging in, the direction comes, just at the right time.
The interesting thing about Spiritual Power is that it activates when we convert it into vibrations or when we convert our thoughts into the Word (God’s idea or thought, expressed.) When we speak our word (small “w” – our personal thought, expressed,) we name the form in which Spirit shows up in our lives. Divine energy becomes anything we believe, particularly when we believe it with emotion.
Are we naming the form for Spirit to show up as peace or chaos? As love, or hate? As compassion or anger? The choice is ours. We want to guard our thoughts, beliefs, feelings and words very carefully so that we can use the Ability of Power to work a million miracles in our lives, and in our world too!
In his book, “The Twelve Powers,” Unity’s co-founder, Charles Fillmore, places each Spiritual Ability in certain centers of our bodies and the Spiritual Ability of Power is located in the throat and voice box area. He describes Power this way:
The power center in the throat controls all the vibratory energies of the organism. It is the open door between the formless and the formed worlds of vibrations pertaining to the expression of sound. Every word that goes forth receives its specific character from the power faculty. (p. 62)
“I Choose Life!”
Dr. Caroline Myss, author of many books including “Anatomy of the Spirit” and “Invisible Acts of Power”, tells a story about a young boy, 7 – 8 years old, who had a cancerous brain tumor. As he said his prayers one night, a voice said to him – “So, do you want to live or die?”
The boy said, “I choose life!” The voice answered “okay, but there aren’t any guarantees.”
The boy did his part of the agreement with the voice. He did the chemotherapy, and the visualizations. The tumor looked like a meatball to him, so he imagined he was Luke Skywalker in a fighter space ship, shooting at “Planet Meatball”.
One day, he was doing his visualization, and his guns jammed. He radioed to the tower for help. The voice responded, “We know. We are sending in reinforcements.” As he watched, still in his visualization, a missile came out of nowhere, and destroyed the “Planet Meatball”.
He got up, went to his mother, and announced, “The tumor was gone.” And it was.
Every word that goes forth from our mouths, spoken with great emotion, receives its specific character from the Ability of Power. Spiritual Power is activated when we convert our thoughts into Words. When we speak our Word, we name the form in which Spirit shows up in our lives. Divine energy becomes anything we come to believe, so it is important to watch your thoughts, beliefs, and words very carefully. Are we controlling our words to enhance our lives or are we carelessly contributing to the world’s chaos?
The boy in the story spoke his Word when he said, “I choose life!” By doing so, he aligned himself with the energy from the Spirit realm, which acted on the physical realm to dissolve the brain tumor. The Power of the Universe, God’s Power, worked through him to destroy “Planet Meatball”. He could very easily have said a different response and had a very different result.
In “How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God”, Rev. William Warch said, “Silence is pure Power. Thought is our formed Power, and the Word is our expressed Power which becomes manifest.”
There is a power in the Universe greater than us. And by plugging into God’s Ability of Power as Jesus instructed the disciples, and just like the little boy in the story, we can consciously use it by declaring our Word into Spirit, creating miracles in our lives and in our world.
Here are two helpful short, affirmative prayers to help us expand our Spiritual Ability of Power:
God is the one and only Power in my life. (Repeat three times, with feeling!)
Divine Power moves through me now, lifting me up and changing my life! (Repeat three times, with feeling!)
And so it is! And so we let it be! Amen!
Thank you and may you always stay plugged into Spiritual Power!