The other Sunday I was driving to Sunday Services and I passed a new building in a medical complex. The name of the building was “The Center”. Then yesterday, I was driving down Pima in Tucson and saw another new sign on a building. It also was called, simply, “The Center”. Why am I seeing this now?
I was reminded of a story I’d heard about an idea that had been held by a Board President long before I came to CSL Tucson. He thought we should rebrand ourselves as The Center, a clever triple play on words. The Center where people learn about their own divine center (or nature), the central hub where people come together to experience the joy and aliveness of life in community, and the quote from Ernest Holmes describing the Infinite (The Science of Mind 330.2-3), “The Infinite is, therefore indivisible and consequently a Perfect Unit… That Whose Center is everywhere and Whose Circumference is nowhere. All of It is present at any and every point within Itself. It is not approaching a point, nor receding from it, but it is always at the point. The whole of God is present at any and every point within God. It was to this Indwelling Spirit that Jesus prayed, for God is within man as well as throughout all creation.”
This notion that each of us already is a center of divinity can sometimes feel like a tough pill to swallow, because we tend to think of ourselves as less than perfect expressions of the Divine. But what if we are not “less than”? What if we actually live, move and have our being as the perfect expression of Divinity Itself, as we understand it? Our beliefs about ourselves, and how our world works, color our life experience to such an extent that we have to have a limited experience, because we have limiting beliefs.
The facilitators and I are working through the curriculum for the exciting upcoming home group book study of Eric Butterworth’s Spiritual Economics. I forgot how splendidly lovely this material is, until I cracked the book open again and re-read it. Butterworth is consistently very clear. On p. 23 he wrote, “Claim your entitlement. I am a child of the Universe, richly endowed with the fullness of the All Good.” He continues on the same page, “You are an expression of the infinite creative flow, entitled to as constant a support as the lilies of the field. You see, the basis of entitlement is the startling assertion: The Universe owes you a living! Yes, we are saying owes you a living. Note: We are not saying the world owes you a living. Actually, the world owes you nothing. You are a creative expression of the Universe, with the responsibility to let your light shine. Thus you owe the world a life.”
Oh, there’s the rub. We have all the support of the Universe standing with us, in us, and as us, and we have the responsibility to own that authority and act/live/move from that place. So yes, we already are the center of our own wheel, the individualized hub of our own interactions and life expression, and we choose from our point of view.
And yet, I am encouraged by Butterworth’s words, because he gives us a roadmap that we can choose to use to guide us on this path. On p. 19 he wrote, “A person who keeps conscious that the divine flow is ever centered (there’s that word again… centered) within one, has faith that limitless substance will find expression through him or her in the form of creative ideas, ingenuity, the will to work, and a security of work opportunities. It could be said that when you realize your relationship to the dynamic Universe, you are forever in a field where you can drill for oil and bring in a gusher every time.”
Every time. I totally like those odds. Pick a host home location that works for you and join us in this awesome city-wide Spiritual Economics home group book study that starts next week, won’t you?
By Rev Janis Farmer