Myrtle Fillmore and Healing
September 12, 2015
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Your GPS (God Positioning System)

In the years I flew helicopters around Alaska, I rarely knew exactly where I was. We had maps, but being precise about your location while traveling at 130 miles per hour was difficult and unnecessary. It was unnecessary because I used landmarks to measure my progress and keep me on my path.

When I began flying in the Gulf of Mexico, we plotted a path from shore to a platform or a rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Some of those paths involved flying over open water without any reference point for more than an hour. We simply set our course and flew the amount of time we thought it should take based on winds. What a change from having a general idea of my location to having no idea! I was uneasy with this flying, but got pretty good at it after a few thousand hours. Later, I flew aircraft with accurate navigation systems and my last five years flying EMS was spent using Global Positioning Satellite navigation.

How well do you navigate your spiritual path?

My first thought about my path is it’s more like flying over the water in the Gulf of Mexico. Further reflection, suggests it’s more like flying in Alaska. There are signs and landmarks everywhere. Think about Unity’s five principles and possible signs suggesting we’re off the path:

  1. God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. Where is our faith? Is it in God within, without, or in something outside of ourselves? Money? Power? Approval?
  2. We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. How are you doing in relationships? With yourself? Family? Friends? Neighbors? That guy that killed all those people?
  3. We create our life experiences through our thoughts, intentions, and feelings. Quick, what do you think about rapists and murderers?
  4. There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our awareness of God. Do you only pray when you’re in trouble? Needing something? When you have a need, how soon do you pray?
  5. Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them. Time to do a little inventory—not just a gratitude list. Look for areas where your life isn’t going so well. I bet there’s a spot where you’re not steering by principles.

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