Nov. 16, 2023 – TODAY I LIVE

NOVEMBER 16         


He who knows this grand completion does not seek for it; he loses nothing and abandons nothing; he does not change himself with regards to (external) things; he turns in on himself, and finds there an inexhaustible store.

The Texts of Taoism

The wisest man who ever lived told us that the knowledge of truth shall make us free.  All books of spiritual wisdom have taught us that it is not the one who makes the mistake whom we should seek to destroy; it is the mistake itself which must be erased.  This means that evil has no existence in itself and has no history.  No matter what the negations of yesterday may have been, the affirmations of today rise triumphant and transcendent over them.  Thus all the evils of our yesterdays disappear into their native nothingness.

If we behold beauty instead of ugliness, then beauty will appear.  If we persist in seeing the true rather than the false, then that which is true will appear.  Let us, then, cease weeping over the shortcomings and mistakes and evils of our yesterdays, and steadfastly beholding the face of the great and divine Reality, let us resolve to walk in the light wherein there is no darkness.

Definitely I know that every negative condition of the past is cleared from my consciousness.  I no longer think about it, see it, or believe in it.  Nor do I believe that it has any effect whatsoever in my experience.  Yesterday is not, tomorrow is not, but today, bright with hope and filled with promise, is mine.  Today I live.

I now surrender every doubt and fear, every thought of confusion or uncertainty, into the keeping of the Divine Spirit.  I lose all sense of limitation, lack and want into the Divine Abundance.  I lift up the bowl of my acceptance and know that it is filled from the wholeness of plenty.  I let God, the supreme Intelligence, guide and direct me.   

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




Infinite is that, infinite is this.  From the infinite one proceeds the infinite one.  On taking the infinity of the infinite one, there is left infinity.

Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

My body, and every part of it, is made of pure Substance – God. It cannot deteriorate.  This instant this Infinite Substance within me, that is constantly flowing through me, takes form in the likeness of perfect, whole, complete cells.  Every cell of my body is strong and healthy, filled with life and vitality, strength and cleanliness.  My body (Spirit in form) knows no time, knows no degree; it knows only to express fully, instantaneously.

The Divine Presence, being everywhere and filling all space, must be in me.  It must be that which I really am.  I recognize It is within me and It is that which I am. I let this recognition of my indwelling Divinity flow through my entire consciousness.

I know that my body is renewed, revitalized, remade.  All the energy, action and vitality in the universe is pouring through it, and I know every action, every organ and function of this body is created in the wisdom of God and maintained by the power of God. 

I let this thought reach down into the very depths of my being.  I rejoice in my Divinity.  I am now made vigorous and hardy.  I have the stamina of the Infinite.  I am sturdy and robust.  I am fortified with God’s perfection and right action.  I am whole and able bodied.  Al the life of the universe is my life.  All the strength of the universe is my strength.  All the power of the universe is my power.  Every breath I draw fills me with perfection, vitalizes, upbuilds and renews every cell of my body.  I am born in Spirit and of Spirit, and I am Spirit made manifest this instant. 

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker



Now, when the thought of doing good has arisen in a man’s mind, though the good be not yet done, the good Spirits are in attendance on him.

The Texts of Taoism 

After long meditation and much deep reflection, having passed through the confusion of human experience, Job finally arrived at the conclusion that the Spirit of God was within him and that the breath of God was his life.  We all have traveled this same pathway of experience, the journey of the soul to “the heights above,” and always there has been a deep inquiry in our minds – What is it all about?  Does life make sense?  What is the meaning of birth, human experience and the final transition from this plane which we call death?  Somewhere along the line we too must exclaim with Job, “The spirit of God hath made me and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.”  Nothing can be nearer to us than that which is the very essence of our own being.  Our external search after Reality culminates in the greatest of all possible discoveries – Reality is at the center of our own being; life is from within out.

I feel that my search is over.  I feel that I have discovered the Great Reality.  I am not evolving into it, I am merely awakening to the realization of what it means.  There is but one Life.  This Life I am living.  Today I speak this Reality into every experience I have.  Today I see Him reflected in every form, back of every   countenance, moving in every act.

This is my deliberate choice.  This is my secret desire.  This is the sole ambition of my heart and mind and soul, that I shall walk with God, and walking with God, that I shall so manifest His nature that everything around me shall be blessed.     

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




When all desires dwelling in the heart have been quitted, then the mortal becomes immortal; (then) he enjoys here Brahma.

Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad

The Talmud says that unhappy conditions arise when we mistake shadow for substance.  Even the valley of the shadow of death causes no fear when we arrive at the consciousness of the Psalmist who, from the exaltation of his Divine deliverance, proclaimed, “…thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  The rod and staff of Truth is the realization of the substantiality and the permanence of that which cannot change.

I am believing that we are identifying ourselves with success and happiness.  This is what we are decreeing. This is what Life is doing for us now.  We know that goodness and mercy shall follow us all the days of our lives: and we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

We are ever renewed by the passage of the Divine Light through our consciousness.  The revitalizing, regenerative power of Spirit flows from the consciousness of wholeness into our physical organism, and into every objective act when we give the realization of the Divine Presence free passage through our thought.

I know that every apparent death is a resurrection.  Therefore, today, gladly I die to everything that is unlike the good.  Joyfully I am resurrected into that which is beautiful, enduring and true. Silently I pass from less to more, from isolation into inclusion, from separation into oneness.  The perfect Law of Good is operating through me.  Joyfully I accept it.  Joyfully I permit its action in everything that I do.  I know that my recognize of good is the substance of the good which I recognize and I know that this good is ever taking form in my experience.  It is impossible for me to be separated from my good.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker

Sunday Worship Experience – November 12, 2023

Sermon given by Rev. Sheree Thompson

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Sermon Series: Fall Freestyle

Sermon Title: The Secret Place

Key Message:

You have built a fortress of fear around your desires. It’s time to tear it down.

Scripture: Numbers 13:27-28, 30-33

And they reported to him and said, “We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large, and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we.” So they brought to the Israelites an unfavorable report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land that we have gone through as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great size. There we saw the Nephilim (the Anakites come from the Nephilim), and to ourselves we seemed like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

Spiritual Mind Treatment: Psalm 91

You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,[a]
will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”

For he will deliver you from the snare of the hunter
and from the deadly pestilence;
he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and defense.

You will not fear the terror of the night
or the arrow that flies by day
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness
or the destruction that wastes at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[b]
the Most High your dwelling place,
no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

Those who love me, I will deliver;
I will protect those who know my name.
When they call to me, I will answer them;
I will be with them in trouble;
I will rescue them and honor them.
With long life I will satisfy them
and show them my salvation.

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

My knowledge that the great I Am is ever available gives me an increasing capacity to draw upon It and to become inwardly aware of the presence of Spirit.  Through the quiet contemplation of the Omniaction of Spirit, I learn to look quietly and calmly upon every false condition, seeing through it to the other side of the invisible Reality which molds conditions and re-creates all of my affairs after a more nearly Divine pattern. With a penetrating spiritual vision I dissipate any obstruction, remove all obstacles, dissolve all wrong conditions.  Standing still I watch the sure salvation of the Law.

Today I see peace instead of confusion.  I entertain faith instead of doubt.  I feel the impact of an all-enveloping Presence.  I know that there is a power of good operating in human affairs.

I now claim health instead of sickness, wealth instead of poverty, happiness instead of misery.  In such degree as I gain mastery over the sense of negation, whether it be pain or poverty, I am proving the Law of Good.  Every thought of fear or limitation is removed from my consciousness.  I know that my word transmutes every energy into constructive action, producing health, harmony, happiness and success.  I know there is something at the center of my being which is absolutely certain of itself. It has complete assurance and it gives me complete assurance that all is well.  I maintain my position as a Divine Being, here and now.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God.

Job 22:21,26

Right action means that every legitimate and constructive purpose I have in mind shall be successfully executed.  It means that I shall know what to do, how to think, how to act, how to proceed.  I definitely declare that since my word is in accord with the Divine Nature, it actually is the Law of God in my experience, enforcing Itself.  Hence, there is nothing in me or around me which can limit this word.  The power of this Law is with me and the action which results from this power produces harmony, peace, joy and success.

Recognizing that there is but one Power, one Presence and one Life, I so unite myself with this Life that all things become possible to me through faith.  Humbly, reverently, but with complete conviction, I accept the gift of heaven, that life which is complete and perfect, here and now.

I know that in this consciousness of Reality is the supply for my every need – physical, mental or spiritual – and I accept that supply in deepest gratitude. I am thankful that this is the way Life fulfills my needs, through the doorway of my inner self, and I am thankful that I know how to use this perfect Law.  I come to this great Fountain of Supply, in the very center of my being, to absorb that for which I have need, mentally and physically, and I am filled with the sense of the Reality of that which I desire, As I am filled with Reality I permit It to flow into my world of thought and action, knowing that It brings peace and harmony and order all around me.  There arises within me limitless faith in the unconquerable Presence, the perfect Law and the Divine Action. 

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




The Tao cannot be heard; what can be heard is not It.  The Tao cannot be seen; what can be seen is not It.

The Texts of Taoism

The Chinese tell us that Tao (meaning Spirit) produces everything, nourishes everything and maintains everything.  It spreads itself over everything.  It flows through everything and is in all things.  Indeed, being all that is, there can be nothing outside It.  There is a mystical Presence which pervades the Universe, and this Presence, welling up in our consciousness, evermore proclaims Itself as the source and root of all.  The enlightened of the ages have told us that it is this God within us that recognizes Itself, or Himself, in everything we are.

I know that as there is One Mind, and that Mind is God and that mind is my mind, so also there is one Body, that Body is spiritual and that Body is my body.  Every organ, every function, every action and reaction of my body is in harmony with the Divine Creative Spirit.  I have both “the mind of Christ” and the Body of God.  I could not ask for more and greater could not be given.  I now seek to realize the spiritual significance of the One Mind and the One Body.

Every function, organ and cell of my body responds to the magnetic pull of wholeness, of unlimited energy, of prefect life.  As my thoughts are so put in order, all fear, doubt and uncertainty are banished into nothingness.

I live in the One Mind and act through the One Body, in accord with divine harmony, perfection and poise.  Every organ of my body moves in accord with perfect harmony.  The Divine circulates through me automatically, spontaneously and perfectly.  Every atom of my being is animated by the Divine Perfection. 

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 188:6

I know that Spirit fills all space and animates every form, therefore, Spirit is the true actor in everything.  But I also know that Spirit can only act for me by acting through me.  This means simply that God can give me only what I take.  I am conscious that as I daily enter into my Divine inheritance, in my thought and in the Spirit, I am entering into the realm of Absolute Causation and I completely believe that from this secret place of the Most High within me, there shall be projected an objective manifestation of my every legitimate desire.

Hope rises within me and sings a song of joy.  Love goes before me and embraces everything.  Peace accompanies me on my way, while doubt and fear vanish as mist before the light.

Am I really accepting abundance?  Is my thought really animating my experience with plenty?  Am I affirming that Divine Substance is forever flowing to me as supply?

Today I praise the abundance in all things.  I animate everything with the idea of abundance.  I am remembering only the good.  I acknowledge the good working everywhere.  I give thanks that this good is flowing into my experience in ever-increasing volume.  There is that within me that sees, knows and understands this truth, which completely accepts it.  There is good enough to go around.  Therefore I do not withhold this good from myself or others, but constantly proclaim Spiritual Substance is forever flowing to each and all as supply.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker




And as He thinketh all things manifest, He manifests through all things and in all, and most of all in whatsoever things He wills to manifest.

Thrice-Greatest Hermes

All laws are laws of God.  Whatever Reality is, Its nature is One.  If I wish to demonstrate my good I must faithfully and fervently declare that the Law of the Lord is perfect and that this Law is operating in my experience now.  I believe that it is the nature of thought to externalize itself, to bring about conditions which exactly correspond to the thought. Therefore, I turn resolutely from every sense of lack, want and limitation, and declare the perfect Law, knowing that even though I am dealing with an invisible Principle it will be made manifest in my experience.

Therefore, today I declare that the Law of the Lord is perfect in everything I do.  It will externalize happiness; it will bring every good thing to me.  Today I am inwardly aware that there is a secret way of the soul, there is a secret pathway of peace, there is an invisible Presence forever externalizing itself for me and through me.  Today I believe in Divine Guidance.  Today I believe that underneath are the everlasting arms.  Today I rest in this divine assurance and this divine security.  I know that not only all is well with my soul, my spirit and my mind; all is well with my affairs.   

I sincerely believe that there is a Divine Presence and a Law of Good which attracts every person and everything to me, that belongs to me, and which, flowing through me, reaches out to everything in my life with love, with consideration, in joy and gladness.

Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker