This Week's Sunday Message
Are You Manifesting Your Good?
This month we are celebrating the Divine Masculine, those qualities of God as Father. Many of us did not have a father in our lives as we grew up. But often we had a father-figure, an uncle, cousin, brother or friend who modeled what it means to be a man. For me, this father-figure was my Uncle Donald. He was my Mother's older brother. When I was 9 years old, my appendix ruptured and I was taken to the emergency room at the local hospital. Back in those days, if you didn't have money, the hospital didn't have to take you, despite an emergency. We were a very poor family, barely making ends meet from pay check to pay check. We had no extra money, no money in savings, but here I was needing an immediate emergency operation. My Mother called my Uncle and he came down to the hospital right away with $200 in hand to get the hospital to admit me. That was a lot of money and I don't know whether my Mother ever paid him back, but that act of kindness reflected in that $200 saved my life.
I had to stay in the hospital for several weeks after the operation as the poison from the rupture had leaked into my other systems. All I had to eat was tea and chicken broth and liquid Jello for every meal. I was hungry all the time. I can't remember who gave me the jewelry kit with the beads made out of macaroni, but I can remember how delicious they tasted. I ate them in secret when the hunger became unbearable. Maybe that's why I love pasta today.
My Uncle came to visit me while I was recuperating. He brought me a Cinderella watch, the most expensive gift I had ever received. I kept the fancy box under my pillow. He wrote me a funny letter that I read over and over. He used a picture for some of the words like the head of a deer at the beginning of the letter – the deer head picture and then my name. I treasured that letter and am sad today to have lost it.
He was always my hero after that. When I turned 14, he again came to my rescue by taking my sister and me into his house for a whole summer when my Mother and Step-father had some serious personal issues. He fed us and bought clothes for us and treated us as part of his family. Of course, my Aunt was there to guide and teach us too and I appreciate all that she did, including figuring out how to feed five teenagers who were hungry all the time. Every Saturday night, she fixed giant pancakes in her biggest skillet to feed us.
After that summer, my sister and I rejoined our parents and moved to Northern California. I can remember wanting very much to be adopted by my Uncle, but he had three other children to take care of. We stayed close even after I moved back to Los Angeles after high school graduation to live with my other Uncle and go to college.
My Uncle Donald modeled the qualities of compassion, love for his family, including my Mother, responsibility for taking care of those in need, and doing what he could to provide basic necessities for his nieces. I know that he also helped many other people in his life. He was in the army during the war and I always liked to look at the old photos of him and my other uncles dressed in their uniforms proudly standing with their mother, my grandmother.
Marianne Williamson, the famous spiritual author and teacher, wrote the words to our invocation this morning and I was inspired to read, "We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us." That is what I believe is one of the qualities of men, who are here to teach us how to manifest the glory of God that is within us. I learned so much from my Uncle Donald. I did not know at the time that he was manifesting the glory of God within. All I knew was he was manifesting first money, $200 to save my life, gifts and letters to cheer up a sick child, and then manifesting a home, food, clothes, and love for two desperate and needy young girls who were starving for all the things he provided.
In looking back, I realize that as much as he may have wanted to manifest a real home for us, that was beyond his reach. Our place was with our Mother and our destiny was not his path. It is one of the great gifts of men that they can see reality, the reality of this earthly realm. It is also a gift to be able to let go and know that all will be well. My Uncle Donald was a practicing Christian Scientist, firmly anchored in the principles of spiritual thinking. I know that he prayed for my sister and I, that is he held the Truth that we were beloved children of God and I am certain that his prayers had a great impact on our new life in Northern California. It improved a lot.
One of the things my Uncle taught me was that I had possibilities, not through great lectures, but in the way in which he treated us. He did not treat us as poor in spirit just because we were poor in worldly goods. He treated us with respect. From that I learned that I could garner respect from other people that came into my life by first learning to respect myself.
I think that manifesting the glory of God within is about manifesting our good. Marianne Williamson also said, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us." The Light that men bring into the world is a different aspect of the Light that women bring. This Light of men is powerful, full of strength of character, integrity, and assurance. What I learned from my Uncle's Light was that I had the power to change my life and become anything I wanted, despite my poor circumstances. Somehow in that summer I found my voice, my inner power, a lesson in compassion, and the importance of being there for family.
Now I understand that family means all of creation. Now I understand that positive thoughts can make a difference in someone else's life. Now I understand that we are to help each other manifest our good. We are fearful about our power, not our inadequacies. I was afraid of my inner power, afraid it would only bring me more trouble. I could stay an inadequate little girl or I could claim my power and start to grow up, take my life in my own hands, and make my own choices. I can't say that the whole process was easy, for there were many times I felt inadequate again, but through it all I gained more power than I ever thought imaginable.
I ask you today to look at your life and see what you are manifesting in it? Are you manifesting your good through drawing on your power (the power of the Divine Masculine) or falling back on your imagined inadequacies? We are powerful beyond measure. Our Light shines so brightly that anyone with eyes can see it. We are here to manifest our good and more. Perhaps in this day and age, when everything seems to scary and we don't know what the future will hold, it might be a good time to think about the kind of good you want in your life. Make a list, not of what you already have, but of what your heart desires, the best good you can think of. Then set about manifesting that good. We all have the ability to manifest. It is a gift from our Creator. Think about those father-figures in your own life who supported you, who taught you about living in the world, and who modeled what it is to be a spiritual man. Remember what they taught you and use those inspired insights to manifest your good right now. Namaste.
Let us pray: Creator of All Life, we affirm that we are powerful creatures, created by you to use our power in the world for good. We are grateful for the blessings that you continue to bring into our lives and for the blessing of manifesting what we desire. Thank you for these gifts and for all the gifts you give to us your beloved children of the Light. And so it is.
Marianne Williamson, the famous spiritual author and teacher of the Course of Miracles, says, "We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.