A GOOD FRIDAY EXERCISE
The following contemplative activity is being offered to replace our usual team led Good Friday service, especially for those with limited computer access and/or data limits.
Traditionally, Good Friday services focus on the crucifixion of Jesus as a lesson on forgiveness, love and yielding the personal ego’s will to the will and wisdom of Infinite Being. In Unity, we add awareness that the crucifixion process that Jesus demonstrated so dramatically is a process that all people, as individual expressions of Christ, can follow in consciousness.
What is the purpose of the process?
This quote from Robert Browning, which the Fillmores cited in their work, points to the answer:
“Truth is within ourselves, it takes no rise from outward things, what’er you may believe. There is an in most center in us all, where truth abides in fullness… and, to know, rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without.”
The experience of the fullness of our innate divinity can be blocked by false beliefs, negative feelings and ignorance of Truth. Unity gives us tools to address these things.
Reverend Catherine Ponder writes in her books about forgiveness as a practice for making space for good. Rather than investing mental and emotional energy into perpetuating what you do not want she advocates releasing your grip on the error, and its effects, and opening yourself to a better experience by using denials and affirmations. The Fillmores taught that denials are akin to baptism for cleansing ourselves, not of original sin, but of errors in consciousness we have built up or accepted from the world around us. They encouraged people to use their power, expressed through words, to release errors and to create more abundant lives.
I invite you to use this Good Friday as a time to create a denial and affirmation treatment for yourself for whatever you want to transform in yourself or in your life. Examples of some formats you may want to use are provided below:
“I am a child of God, therefore I do not inherit sickness.”
“God is not poor, confused or afraid. I am a child of God, strong, well and joyful.”
“I am defined by my divinity, not by outer negativity.”
“I do not limit Love. I let it flow through me and all people and situations to heal whatever needs to be healed.”
“I release _____, to the highest good.”
Blessings, Debbie Walker, Licensed Unity Teacher