"Our 12 Powers Series pt 1- Faith & Strength" by Rev. Christine Emmerling 3/6/2022 (Text)
“Our 12 Powers Faith & Strength” by Rev. Christine 3/6/2022
This being the season of Lent we are beginning a new series based on the book “Twelve Powers of Man” by Charles Fillmore. Other books referenced are Cora Fillmore’s “Christ Enthroned in Man”; Charles Roth “A Twelve-Power Mediation Exercise” and William Warch’s “How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God.”
After Christ Jesus’ baptism he prepared in the desert for 40 days and passing the temptations. This marked the beginning of his ministry. He then began to call forth his disciples, 12 in all. Each one of these disciples is associated to one of the twelve powers. Briefly, I shall name the 12 disciples and their associated power:
1. Peter is Faith
2. Andrew is Strength
3. James of Zebedee is Wisdom
4. John is Love
5. Philip is Power
6. Bartholomew is Imagination
7. Thomas is Understanding
8. Matthew is Will
9. James son of Alphaeus is Order
10. Simon the Cananaean is Zeal or enthusiasm
11. Thadeaus is Renunciation or Elimination
12. Judas is Life Conserver
13. Above the head at the crown is the “I Am Christ”
When the twelve powers are fully activated spiritually, mentally, and actively, they create the new mankind fully regenerated known as the Christ. This is a state of consciousness known as the Christ. Fillmore says, “Regeneration follows generation in the development of man. Generation sustains and perpetuates the human; regeneration unfolds and glorifies the divine.”
Jesus the Christ is the model. We are shown the way through his healing works, teachings, resurrection and ascension. When Jesus the Christ ascended, he was glorified with a radiant golden body of the higher dimensions or “kingdom of the heavens.” We too are to transform our physical body and become a glorified radiant body of light as did Christ Jesus.
In this series, each week we are covering two powers in the order in which Jesus the Christ called forth his disciples. We will share a little background to each power and then follow with a meditative exercise calling forth our disciple within us and its attribute. We will do this by directing our focus of mind to the power center’s associated ganglionic (nerve) or glandular center of our physical body, image its color and tone its sound, and then tune in to how we can bring forth this power into our life. We are reminded that these powers are always available in an unrealized state, but it is the prepared consciousness that has the actualization of these powers to be brought forth in their life’s work.
This earthly world is our playground for our creative expression. It is where we learn and do our good works — unfolding and demonstrating our powers. Just as Christ Jesus; he taught those seeking greater truth; fed the hungry, walked on water, stilled the storm, healed the sick and raised the dead, resurrected and ascended. This world was his realm to demonstrate the Christ as the new race of humanity. It is time for us, as Paul taught “This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
The powers we are covering today are Peter as Faith and Andrew as Strength. Beginning with Faith. The first disciple that Jesus called to be with him was Simon Peter; meaning Faith must first be cultivated. Peter represents faith in the spiritual invisible realms of God.
In Matthew 16:15-19, “He said to them, Who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered, saying, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered, saying to him, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but my father in heaven. I tell you also that you are the stone, and upon this stone I will build my church; and the doors of Sheol shall not shut upon it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
From this time forward Simon Peter was known as Peter which means Faith. Peter had exercised faith in speaking what others did not or knew not. A stone means truth, the Christ is the truth and foundation, and spiritual faith is the way. From 1st Corinthians 6:19, “Do you not know that your body is the temple of The Spirit of Holiness who dwells within you, whom you have received from God, and you are not your own?” Church as Jesus meant it are the “called out ones” or those that recognize that God indwells them. Our church, holy temple, is within us. The keys are given to those that exercise their faith by denying false appearances and affirm that which is the Truth.
It is faith that allows us to believe in that which we cannot see. Many say that they must see, touch, and feel before believing. Yet it is just the opposite, they have “the cart before the horse.” First we believe then see. We must first have faith in order to believe and see. It is Faith that recognizes the Christ within, the living son of God. It is Faith that knows to take that next breath, even though we cannot see air, we trust and take in that deep breath and breathe. Paul said in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Faith is the power behind believing, seeing, and confident action. Faith is like a muscle; the more we use it the stronger our faith gets. Faith is our ability to say “Yes” to God. Practice often saying, “Yes” having a yes attitude to life. The more positive affirming thoughts, the more our subconscious is filled with them, and thus our mind reflects these in our life experiences.
When faith is weak, declare “Doubt and fear have no place in my mind or heart. Now affirm “Christ in me, brings forth only good into the world, and I rejoice thank you God.”
Next is our Power center of Strength and disciple Andrew brother of Peter. These two go together and support each other. Andrew means “strong man” and this power is located at the small of the back in the loins near the adrenal glands. When someone feels over burdened, physically or emotionally, their back can be known to hurt.
We have both physical and spiritual strength. We relate physical strength to physical power as in lifting weights, fighting, running a marathon, or in an emergency suddenly able to lift a car. This power center is an inner Spiritual kind of Strength; it is in the stillness and silence that we become strong. We relate spiritual Strength as being calm, patient, tolerant, steadfast, and balanced. When faced with a problem being calm, patient, tolerant, steadfast, and balanced are required to allow for God’s timing to unfold the perfect solution.
Balancing ones thinking, feelings and doing is so very important in maintaining one’s physical and spiritual strength. Negative thinking brings fear and doubt, and actions that bring chaos, pain, wasted energy and weakness. To empower strength we deny any sense of weakness or despair. We affirm “Divine Strength surges through me now as energy, encouragement, patience and balanced.”
Strength and Faith combined brings great courage to go forth even when we can’t see a solution, but we trust the Presence of God to always guide us to our higher good. Perseverance to keep us seeking within for our answers while ignoring all outer appearances; for the truth is yet to be revealed.
We dare to do what others say is impossible or call us crazy for trying. Taking that quantum leap in faith; trusting God, the invisible Presence, and Spirit Substance to supply all our needs. Even during an emergency to know we are safe even if the walls are collapsing all around us. To know in facing an illness or death there is more life regardless of the appearance. To know through Christ within that we are truly indestructible, and that even a greater expression of humankind is coming forth.
This kind of Strength requires no action, but to abide in the silence of God, to “Be still and know that I Am God”; God is all there is both invisible and visible. This is our Faith and Strength.
We shall now begin to call forth and activate the powers of Faith and Strength. Let’s take a moment to stretch, and get comfortable. Take a few good deep breaths. Relax. Let us center our attention at the our crown of our head. Now we connect with our super conscious, or Christ mind. (Pause)
We affirm: “The Christ of God is awakening within me... The Christ of God is awakening within me now.” The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a soft golden white light of pure intelligence is filling our entire body.
Now bring this golden light to the front forehead, the seat of the conscious mind. We Affirm: “I am aware that the Christ of God is awakening within me. (Repeat) I AM grateful that the Christ of God is being quickened in me now.” (Repeat)
This golden light is penetrating and permeating every function and cell of soul and body; down even into the hands and feet. Consciously follow it down into the feet and even beneath the feet... With our attention centered in the feet, realize that the windows of our soul are open toward the heavens of our mind. We are saturated in this holy light.
There is an ascending current rising from the earth through the feet to the tip of the spine. The descending current of Spirit, enters through the crown, and connects with the earthly current; Spirit is tempering and harmonizing all undisciplined race thoughts and transforms our error beliefs.
Now bring your conscious awareness to the center back of your heart and upper stomach. The Christ mind is setting up a throne of dominion here. These twelve powers are entering the soul consciousness and are organizing themselves as substance. We are now laying the foundation of the new Christ body or temple of God within us.
We affirm: “I am now in the presence of pure Being, immersed in the Holy Spirit of Life, love, and wisdom. I acknowledge Thy presence and power. I bring my world into manifestation according to Thy perfect law.”
Let us call forth our disciple, “The Christ in me calls forth Peter my disciple-faculty of faith. We now bring our attention to the center of the head, to our power center of Faith and declare: “The Christ of God through faith is awakening within me. (Repeat)
Now realize: “Through Christ the faith of almighty God is quickened within me.” (repeat) Let us tone the sound “AYE” (3x), and see a glowing deep blue at the power center of Faith. Now bring the golden light to the Love power center at the heart, and we declare: “Faith works through love. I am being lifted out of fear and doubt. I AM secure in the protective love and power of God! I AM grateful.”
We shall now call forth our next disciple: “The Christ in me calls forth Andrew my disciple-faculty of strength.” Now bring the golden light to the small of the back. Affirm: I am one with infinite strength. (Repeat) and realize that the light of Spirit is descending from the crown of the head and organizing itself at the small of the back. Hold the thought: I am one with infinite strength. A new strength is now awakening within us.
Next bring the golden light to the Power center at the root of the tongue. Silently hold this thought: I have power to express the sustaining strength of Spirit. We now bring the golden light to the Life power center at the lowest part of the abdomen. There affirm: The pure, undefiled life of Christ is expressed in and through me, and I am strengthened and sustained in all my ways...
Now allow our focus to return to the back of the heart and stomach, as we affirm: “The joy of the Lord is a wellspring within me, and I am established in divine strength... I AM grateful!”
Returning our focus to the small of our back we tone the sound of “OH” (3x), and see the Strength power center as a glowing green. We feel new strength flowing to every part of our being. Our body temple is the garden of God and that every cell and fiber is made strong by this baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We now bring the Presence of Spirit to the feet and into the palms of our hands, realizing that faith and strength must always be accompanied with works, that nothing is ours unless we express it. We now shall take a few moments in silence to contemplate how we will express our powers of Faith and Strength in our new awakened life. (Pause)
We will close with the Aramaic Translation of the Lord’s Prayer by Lamsa. “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven so on earth. Give us bread for our needs from day to day. And forgive us our offences, as we have forgiven our offenders. And do not let us enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.