Father is Us

Yesterday was Father’s Day and no matter our childhood, our relationship with our father or what kind of father we think we are, it is a sacred day, especially right now. I want to celebrate all the fathers, including my own, the Forefathers of this Country, the Forefathers of New Thought and any Father who has given birth to a new idea or a child, or anyone who has fathered a child of his own, or has fathered someone else’s biological child. I celebrate the Father Principle in all of us. The creator within each of us.

I have turned Father’s Day into my own sacred celebration of the Divine within me. This Father within me is a Divine Presence that is the great comforter. It is where I go that I may feel peace and safety. It never leaves me and when I allow it to do so, it is the great guide in me also. It guards, guides and protects. In Truth, it isn’t masculine or feminine, it is a Presence, it is Love and Law. I have been calling upon it a lot lately for guidance, direction and wisdom.

This is why, although I have moments of distraction, I am not afraid right now. When I say moments of distractions, I mean any time I get caught up in the consciousness that is running rampant right now, the undercurrents that burst forward in violence and anger and fear. Any time I think that something is greater than the God Presence within me, I am distracted and I am worshipping false Gods.

It can be easy to get caught up in this consciousness if we are only looking to appearances. But, underneath it all, there is something magnificent happening. I believe in this. We are cradled in the arms of Truth, which can never be destroyed and right now it is going through the pangs of birth, which is painful and can be long and test us beyond what we think we can take.

There is a quote that has been one of my favorites and a favorite of many of my brothers and sisters in ministry that was given to us by the Rev. Donna Michael. What she said was, “I have often found that when one is poised and ready to move past something once and for all, it fights like hell to stay in our experience and maintain its grip over us. It’s the last gasp of a dying fear.”

I can certainly identify with this, as many times in my life when I’m passing through something and trying really hard to get over it by changing a belief about it, things seems to get worse. Everything turns up to let me know that what I’m trying to do will never work. However, when I hold on long enough to my vision and keep working in mind and heart, I move through whatever it is to the glorious other side of the experience.

I believe we are experiencing the “last gasp of a dying fear” right now.  It is not coincidental that COVID 19 and the death of George Floyd by strangulation is centered on the loss of breath. We are smack in the middle of the last gasp of a dying fear. We are gasping in fear. But, what is the last dying fear? This is the question that needs to be answered and finally and once and for all eradicated from our experience.

Ernest Holmes writes, “Fear is the great enemy of humanity. But fear is a mental attitude and as such can be converted into something else. Fear is the reverse mental attitude to faith, and is a result of the lack of faith. Fear brings limitation and lack in its wake and destroys the happiness and possibility of a greater degree of livingness to those who suffer from it. …Fear arises from that mental attitude which limits the possibility and the willingness of Spirit to give us the good we so greatly desire. …Fear is a belief in limitation, a denial that the Divine is the Center and the source of all good. We must do all in our power to overcome it.” Then he gives the remedy, “‘Perfect love casts out fear,’ …To overcome fear is the greatest adventure of the mind of man.”

So, I ask, of what are we afraid? Are we afraid that we are going to die? Are we afraid of being poor and destitute? Are we afraid of going hungry? Are we afraid of losing our loved ones? This attitude of fear must be deeply investigated by each of us.

Everything is coming to a head right now and Rev. Michael puts it perfectly, “It is the last gasp of a dying fear.” The fear is that we are alone on this planet and that there is nothing to save us. We look to leaders and they fail us. We look to ourselves and we feel weak.

But, can’t you see that it is all changing now? Look at what is happening! Focus on the good that is coming from all of this. The bravery of so many, the generosity of so many, the persistence of not taking no for an answer.

We do not have a God that is far away from us. We are Infinite Consciousness. That is all the God we need. It is us. It is our Consciousness that will save us through the power of Love rising in the hearts of so many. We feel it because we are all connected in the one Field.  

The best and only way through fear is to say no to it, to walk through it, and say yes to love. No matter how scared we might feel about the world and what is coming and what might come, we have to stay firm in our Identity and all the Power we have in that Identity. Dr. Holmes wrote, “We should contact a larger field of faith. This is done by understanding that Spirit is the giver and the sustainer of human life and expression. Spirit is all there is. It is substance and supply.” We must learn to accept this and to use this innate Power that we have to think aright about everything. It will give us faith and it will carry us through.

“Love alone can overcome fear because love surrenders itself to the object of its adoration.” Can you surrender to Love today? Can you surrender to the Presence of the Divine within you that knows all, that is all, that makes all possible? If you can do this and walk into this world with that Power, you will succeed. We must reverse the thoughts of fear and transmute them right now into faith.

We are working in the great Subconscious, the great Collective Consciousness of the Spirit of LIfe. We are riding the storm with Love right now into a new era. Nothing can harm us besides our own fear. Our love is far greater than fear and will win.

As we celebrate Father’s Day, let us express that Father, that Presence within each of us that is unique to us that can never be duplicated, that has just the right thing to make all things good and all things new. That Father within us that is our provider, our guide, our very breath.

“When things look the worst is the best time to work, the most satisfying time. The person who can throw himself with a complete abandon into the Limitless Sea of Receptivity, having cut loose from all moorings, is the one who will always receive the greatest reward.”

That is us. I have faith in us.

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita

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