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Loaves & Fishes

“Loaves & Fishes” by Rev. Christine 4/6/14 My talk today is about the law of multiplication and materialization. The law of multiplication takes something that is already here in the manifest world, and increases it. Materialization is the drawing forth from the invisible realms, and brings it forth into the manifest world. We have a great example of law of multiplication in the wonderful story of the “Loaves and Fishes.” We find this story in all four of the New Testament gospels. Today I’ll use Luke 9:10, Jesus had taken the disciples to a lonely place in Bethsaida. When the people found out, they went after him; and he received them, and spoke to them concerning the kingdom of God, and he healed those who were in need of healing. “And when the day began to wane, his disciples came up and said to him, Dismiss the people, that they may go to the villages around us and to the farms, to lodge there and find food for themselves, because we are in a lonely place. Jesus said to them, You give them to eat. But they said, We do not have more than 5 loaves of bread and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all this people; For there were about 5,000 men. “Jesus said to them, Make them sit down in groups, 50 men in each group. The disciples did so, making them all sit down. And Jesus took the 5 loaves of bread and the two fish, and looked up to heaven and blessed them, and broke and gave them to his disciples to set before the people. And they all ate and were filled; and they took up fragments of what was left over, 12 baskets.” In Luke’s version we have the following elements for interpreting: the city Bethsaida, 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish, the 5,000 the men seated in groups of 50 also giving the number of groups as 100, the blessing, and 12 baskets full. Metaphysically Bethsaida means a consciousness of increase of ideas, of gathering substance; a state of thought that is continually searching after new ideas; and endeavors to gain knowledge, by every possible means. The Greek meaning from Hebrew is the house of fishing; place of hunting; place of nets; a fishing and hunting town. So we gather spiritual ideas and increase thoughts about Truth principle. Bread, means universal substance; as Jesus said, I do not live by bread alone, but by Spirit. Fish represents the ideas of multiplication, and symbolical of the mental side of eating, which is the appropriation of ideas. Jesus used these ideas to represent the inexhaustible, everywhere present abundance. Jesus now looks up to heaven; this is acknowledging God as the true source. Then blesses this food. Blessing is knowing it is good, being thankful and full of praise for what is at hand. Blessing is an act of love and gratitude for all that is set before us. Then Jesus breaks the bread. The breaking of bread means the stirring into action, in consciousness, of the inner substance of Spirit, and the concentrating of mind upon it as the real possession. The exercise of Faith in the principle. It is done! The Christ has activated the principle of increase, and the disciples; our spiritual powers serve the spiritual nourishment or food. We are to waste not, and pick up all that is left over into baskets, giving 12 full baskets. Baskets are containers, and are holding the spiritual substance not digested, and it doesn’t go to waste for in time it will all be understood. Now for the numbers beginning with 5. 5 is a number of manifestation, evolution, and transformation: the spirit resurrected from the tomb of matter; darkness into light, matter into spirit; and death into eternal life. In ancient Hebrew 5 represents a window in consciousness. 50 represents fish (ideas), and 5,000 the great increase. It also represents the spiritual ideas greatly increased to overflowing. Its interesting to me that the symbol for Christianity is the fish; and fish live in water and swim in schools, meaning the teaching of deep spiritual mysteries. Number 2 represents the descent of spirit into matter. The masculine principle of God working in conjunction with powers of the feminine principle; mental and feeling. In Hebrew 2 represents the foundation of the house of consciousness. The number 12, represents the 12 spiritual powers of man, and when reduced it is a 3, the trinity which is the law of creation; creator, creative action, creation. These 12 baskets were filled even after 5,000 had eaten, it was inexhaustible. I always find it interesting in how we find the similarities between the meanings numbers, and proper names and objects. Another Bible story is of the fish and coin. In Matthew 17:24-27, They arrived to Capernaum, those who collect two coins of silver as head tax came to Peter and said to him, Would not your master give his two coins? He said to them, Yes. And when Peter entered the house, Jesus anticipated and said to him, What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect custom duties and head tax? From their sons, or from strangers? Simon aid to him, from strangers. Jesus said to him, Then the sons are free. But so as not to offend them, go to the sea, and throw out a hook, and the first fish which comes up, open its mouth and you will find a coin; take it and give it for me and for you. Peter represents Faith, and Simon represents one how listens and obeys. Again we have the fish, meaning the ideas of multiplication. The sea represents spirit or subconsciousness. A fish-hook is used to lure, to attract the fish. This is the law of materialization. In faith you follow inner guidance, and capture the idea of abundance, truly knowing and feeling abundance. Out of the activity of Spirit substance the coin appears. This reminds me of the story in Gregg Brandon’s book “The Isaiah Effect.” He shares an experience of prayer he had with a Native American friend, David. David announced today we pray rain. They went out into the desert to a place where there was a circle of rocks - a medicine wheel. Coincidently, we are having a re-activation of our medicine wheel today at 1pm. David explained that the power was not in the wheel of rocks, but serves as a place of focus for the one invoking the prayer. You could think of it as a map. A map between humans and the forces of this world. He took off his shoes, walked around the circle in silence for 2-3 minutes. Then said “Let’s go, our work is finished here.” That afternoon the weather changed – after months of drought, it started to pour. The drought cycle was broken. David doesn’t take credit but knows prayer works. David shares that when he was young his elders passed on to him the secret of prayer. The secret is that when we ask for something, we acknowledge what we do not have. Continuing to ask only gives power to what has never come to pass. The path between man and the forces of this world begins in our hearts. It is here that our feeling world is married to our thinking world. He goes on, I began with the feeling of gratitude for all that is and all that has come to pass. I gave thanks for the desert wind, the heat, and the drought, for that is the way of it, until now. It is not good. It is not bad. It has been our medicine. Then I chose a new medicine. I began to have the feeling of what rain feels like. I felt the feeling of rain upon my body. Standing in the stone circle, I imagined that I was in the plaza of our village, barefoot in the rain. I felt the feeling of wet earth oozing between my naked toes. I smelled the smell of rain on the straw-and-mud walls of our village after the storms. I felt what it feels like walking through the fields of corn growing up to my chest because the rains have been so plentiful. The old ones remind us that this is how we choose our path in this world. We must first have the feelings of what we wish to experience. This is how we plant the seeds of a new way. From that point forward our prayer becomes a prayer of thanks for what we may have created. Creation is already complete. Our prayer becomes a prayer of thanks for the opportunity to choose which creation we experience. Through our thanks, we honor all possibilities and bring the ones we choose into the world. The feeling of desired condition is an important part to attracting into your experience. Remember when we sang “I Dreamed of Rain,” and we took a few minutes to feel rain, it was soon after that the drought had broken. When having to do with prosperity, to open the flow we give. To many this may seem strange. It is the principle of priming the pump. We are reminded that God gives us 100%, and only asks for 10% given to continue the flow of spirit, and we get to keep the other 90%. The importance is in the gratitude for having received our 100%. Not a bad deal. The following is an affirmation that Nona used frequently: “I live in a universe that abounds; it shares itself with me.”

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