Posts Tagged ‘Affirmation’


Spiraling downwards becomes easy when you take the first step of living into the false you. Jerusalem circa 62-69 CE when James put these words out was a time of uncertainty, but also a time of exclusion. As religiosity took hold over the Empire, but as noted the Empire was waiting for revenge. It was a time of uncertainty for the mostly unknown sect within the synagogues and what it meant for them.

It is where he begins to tie in the mysterious introductory allusion to Job, to be quite direct about it. As the early gatherers struggle, it becomes an affirmation for them as individuals, but more importantly as a community for it shows the interdependence that James’ elder brother, Jesus of Nazareth taught. The echoing of the Great Commandments, love of God (whose Holy Breath created life); love of self as the image bearer, and love of neighbour who is connected to us within and through the Holy Breath.

Be patient, therefore, brothers,[a] until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

-Epistle of James 5:7-12 (English Standard Version)

It is about creating the world that is the Kingdom. For the gospel was about shattering the oppressive world structures, and building a new world. It is why the Nativity story happens at the darkest time of year, overlaying the ancient holiday of the Winter Solstice.

The connection.

The connection by denying the false self, that one that has been corrupted by the pursuit of the love of money, power, etc… to being the person created to be. Affirming the Holy, and living out the vocation we are designed to embrace. Knowing that the journey of life brings challenges, speed bumps if you will. But it is within the challenges that the choice is laid before us, to exist within the false, or step into the true.

As James’ reminds of the Sermon on the Mount, ancient words that he heard, and that he is now imparting to his followers. The ideal of not being the false show that props up oppressive power, but being the authentic self.

What does your no need to be no about?

More importantly, what does your yes need to be yes about to be truly you?

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Psychologically speaking denial is the conscious or unconscious act of avoidance or locking away of the negative (or positive in some cases) experiences/emotions that will cause detriment to one’s mental, emotional or physical well-being. The extension of this denial can actually trigger unconsciously and systematically that which it is trying to avoid. Metaphysically and holistically denial in spiritual work is something different. And that is where the Skype conversation at book club (due to Calgary’s snow day) commenced. It is a practice many spiritualists already have if not named.

Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett’s work is the pre-course to becoming a prayer chaplain in the Unity Movement. For anyone who does prayer work, energy work or holistic work I would suggest her 2011 How to Pray Without Talking to God: Moment by Moment Choice by Choice for its constant reminder that we are within the Divine (Holy Spirit) and that is where our identity and self is anchored. I will be more blunt than her eloquent words, but we are not the labels placed upon us by society. Contrary to many “money makers” of religion, spirituality or metaphysics– we do not manifest the negative in our lives. Well duh.

Which brings us into the conversation on denial in this context. It is not avoidance or suppression, it is cleansing, or in Martella-Whitsett’s words (p.83):

Constipation in the body is relieved by following a treatment plan. First, you ingest a purgative that rouses the organs of elimination. Second, you await the outcome in a supportive environment, however many hours it takes. Third, you sit on the pot, relax and release. Finally, you flush. 

This is the way we deal with a physical blockage in our systems. Spiritual denial is the same kind of process as she writes (p.84):

First, you are provoked by a niggling realization that you are filled with false beliefs. Second, you heighten your spiritual awareness through study, prayer and meditation. Third, you cultivate a consciousness of denial by your words, leading to elimination of false beliefs. Finally, you flush- it is finished- with an emphatic Amen.

Denial is doing the work to rid yourself of the destructive shadow. It is

bookthe gremlins-saboteurs laid bare and flushed out through laxative of the soul. It is the soul work that with other care (medical, mental health, spiritual) can create a healthy you. It is the system flushing that allows for authentic affirmation work. Not the trite- fake it til you make it- post it note to believably- catch all. Though within this stage the post it notes will be more real to you.

As the Rev. takes us through more soul work, this gem is found on page 94 in regards to affirmations (post system flushing or to have regular up keep on said system):

Feelings must be engaged. … If your intellect crafts wonderful words, but your heart does not believe them, your affirmation frustrates rather than supports. You experience inner conflict rather than inspiration.

For authentic denial is the flushing of the false shadow self, authentic (realization) affirmation (thinking) is tapping into our true Divine Self/Nature/Truth. It is the hardest soul work, for all these words must grow out of our whole being (heart and mind) not just an intellectual exercise.

When it happens it is beautiful, healing, and igniting of a (re)newed you. It can also reveal the new path the labyrinth of life is taking you too.

Or as Charles Fillmore (Co-Founder of Unity) would say:

I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me. (from Atom Smashing Power of Mind, 1949).

Where is the sizzle in your life to do what ought to be done by you?


It is amazing

when one first realizes

that a piece of our own eternal

internal

freedom

is the release of

responsibility

self-imposed

for another’s choices and actions

these are made

in real time

and we

as observers

need to simply observer through the heart lens

of soul & love without judgment

and release the choice of the other

and ourselves

to be free

and know

that each of us,

has the internal volition

for a different choice