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CONSCIOUS OBSERVATION

At the beginning of this year Unity of Oak Park set an intention of imaging (or imagining) and visioning through a more intense focus on clearly seeing life from the realm of the Christ Consciousness. In my pledge to actively live my life with this intention in mind, Spirit led me in the way of conscious observation. And, this conscious observation has brought and continues to bring many blessings.

 

So, what is conscious observation, you may ask? It is what is referred to in scripture as “praying and watching.” As we render our prayers unto God, we must also render the outcome to God with an understanding that our way is not God’s way. Watching or consciously observing the things that occur before and after prayer keep us in solemn remembrance that there is a power greater than ourselves. This power is very much at work in all situations. It also means we give up clinging to the outcome we feel is right, and know that whatever God allows to unfold is for the greater good of all—no matter what is looks like to us in this carnal world.

 

In Ephesians 6:18 (KJV), the Apostle Paul tells us that we are to “always pray with all prayer and supplication in Spirit, and to watch with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” Metaphysically, this means that we must always firmly pray in earnest to move from the human (or carnal) sense to the pureness of our God-sense, whether we are praying for ourselves or others. Stated another way, we must be persistent in our pursuit of Truth, even when it appears we are witnessing or outwardly experiencing something that does not look, feel, or appear to be Truth in any way.

 

Not only does scripture instruct us to pray and watch, it tells us we must do so with thanksgiving (see Colossians 4:2). Giving thanks is one of the highest forms of praise to God. This instruction is so brilliantly stated by Paul in 1st Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV), “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” One of the wonderful reasons for giving thanks is that it affirms our faith in a just God and helps us remain firm in our commitment to Truth, with a real expectation of an outcome that brings all-good for everyone into manifestation.

 

Although there may be times when it seems that which is unrighteous has gotten the victory, scripture also tells us to “be not deceived.” This is telling us to consciously observe our own thoughts and feelings –our mind and heart-- as we maneuver the waters of the human expression. We are to rely upon our innate intuition to know that which is of God, and that which is false, because the victory is always God’s. In addition, it is reminding us to follow Paul’s words of wisdom in Galatians 6:9 (KJV), “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

 

Conscious observation brings conscious awareness of the power and presence of God, as we keep our minds stayed on Him who has created all. When we pray and watch, let us hold the words in Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) in mind and prayerful meditation, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

 

Christine Randle, LUT

 

 

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UNITY OF OAK PARK
405 N Euclid Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302

Phone: 708-848-0960
Fax: 708-848-0158
E-Mail: unity@unityoakpark.org

KAHLIL GIBRAN 'ON CHILDREN'

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters

of Life's longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you

yet they belong not to you.

 

You may give them your love but not

your thoughts,

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,

which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

 

You may strive to be like them,

but seek not to make them like you,

For life goes not backward

nor tarries with yesterday.

 

You are the bows from which your children

as living arrows are sent forth;

The archer sees the mark

upon the path of the infinite,

and He bends you with His might that

His arrows may go swift and far.

 

Let your bending in the archer's hand

be for gladness;

For even as He loves the arrow that flies,

So He loves also the bow that is stable.

 

1923, Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

MISSION STATEMENT

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.


Affiliated with Unity Institute and Seminary,   Unity Village, MO

Member of The Association of Unity Churches

UPCOMING SUNDAY SERVICES

9:00 AM & 11:00 AM SERVICES


MAY

6

Dreams (can) Come True
Rev. Sandy Diamond, Guest Speaker

13

Resurrecting the Divine Mother
Christine Garza, Ministerial Candidate

20

Here I GROW Again
Stanley Griffin, Guest Speaker

27

The Season of NOW

Ryan Priester, LUT-C

 

 


JUNE

3

Unbounded Thinking
Rev. Patty Pipia, Guest Speaker

10

The Real Understanding
Sharon Wood, Chaplain Coordinator & LUT

17

God Got This
Christine Randle, LUT

24

Where God IS

Rev. Patty Pipia, Guest Speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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