Reading & Meditation “I Am” by Rev. Christine Emmerling 1/14/2024
Today I’m reading from Divine Science Its Principle and Practice, the chapter titled God and Man are One.
There is only one Mind, one Substance, one Source, one Presence, one Power, one Life – All Good. Although Truth is omnipresent and changeless; although man lives, moves and has his being in God, the All Good; although he dwells in the kingdom of heaven, if he is not conscious of it, he may go on his way lacking many things and losing the blessedness that IS his.
“Heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ,” Romans 8:17, men may, through ignorance of the truth, be slaves of misery, doubt, and poverty. It is KNOWING the truth that makes man free. Man gives a sense of reality and power to evil when he fails to recognize that his source, his life, his very existence through time and eternity is God the Good. Truth must be recognized in order to be realized and to become a power in the lives of men.
Ignorance of the truth of his Being does not alter man’s true nature, for the REALITY of man never changes. Ignorance is the seeming great delusion of the world. It unknowingly takes things for what they are not; that is, takes the expression for the Expresser, the body for the source of Self, the brain for the source of Mind, the letter for the Spirit and, in general, causes a sense of disorder or disease...
The divine nature can never be lost for it is an eternal truth, and sooner or later everyone must awaken to its presence within him. Eventually each one will be able to say, “I am because God is, God is the reason or cause of my being, the source of my existence. All that I am must be found in God, and most truly I cannot be something that my source is not. My source decides my nature. The stream is like the fountain from which it flows.”
Begin each day with an acknowledgment of Omnipresent good. Think of yourself as a son of God. Think of your children, your friends, and all persons, not as they seem by observation, but as they are in God...
Meditation “I Am”
We shall now move into meditation on “I Am.” Let us turn inward to our holy temple, breathe deeply and slowly, and quiet our thoughts. As I speak to take within these words for yourself.
Omnipresence! This Infinite everywhere Presence is all there is. It is the all knowing, all powerful, all loving, all good and source of all creation. It is the very life of creation. This Divine Presence is ever alive within and as my being. It is my guiding light, my inspiration to seek and know this Infinite Presence that I Am. I listen and know:
I Am the Presence within you. (Repeat)
I am the joy within you. I am the beauty within you. I am the wisdom and knowing within you. I am the love within you. I am the strength within you. I am the healing power within you. I am all the good within you. I am the ever-unfolding Divine within you.
Let us take a few moments in silence to experience this inner Presence...
And so it is. As we begin to bring our attention back we take a few moments to have gratitude. We are grateful for these mindful words of truth. And for these moments knowing our at-one-ment. We give thanks for this expanded awareness. Amen.