Sermon for Comm-Unity On the Hill Congregation, Washington, D.C.* May 24, 2009
Rev. Robbins S. Hopkins, Ed.D.
Spirit of the Living God, we open to the Presence of Love within us and among us, as we gather here today. Our thanks for the blessings of our lives and for this time of worship and reflection together. And So It Is. Amen.
I am so happy to be here with you, today. I have been earnestly looking for a spiritual congregation for three years where I might worship and share my talents. I fortunately have had a lot of signposts and help along the way. At the Sacred Circles Conference in February of this year at the National Cathedral, four different people told me of this congregation. In fact, the workshop for that conference which I gave was held in this very room.
After those four different conversations, I imagined a loud voice saying rather pointedly to me, “Robbins, are you getting this? This is the place you have been looking for.” I just laughed. I rarely get messages which are that emphatic and pointed. It would have been most unwise for me to ignore that. So, I have been happily coming here since the end of February.
I am also so pleased to have been asked to speak with you. I am a minister of spiritual healing. Among other things, this may be the very first place in years perhaps ever, really, that I could say this out loud, from the pulpit and not wonder if a significant number from the congregation might actually get up and leave. This is the absolute truth.
As a minister of spiritual healing, I work with unseen energies. I work with energies in our mind, in our hearts, in our bodies, in our relationships, in our spirit, and in our Universe. Unseen energy includes feelings like fear, anger, love or appreciation. Unseen energy also includes the energy of my passed mother, my relationship with my brothers, a client’s depression, loss or cancer, the energy of Ascended Masters like Jesus and Buddha, the nature spirits, energy of our ancestors and the presence of the Angelic Host, to name a few.
All these unseen energies and our relationship to them manifest in many ways in our daily life and in our bodies. Some energies like fear, anger, blame, criticism, and shame separate us from feeling connected with All That Is, with God. Other unseen energies help us to love more by their example, like a good relationship with our father or close friend.
Still other unseen energies from the Divine Realm, like Angels, Ascended Masters and Divine Cosmic Light Beings, teach us about God, help us meditate, and even save us from danger, at times. I work in the realm of unseen energies.
The experience we just had in meditation is one way to access unseen energies.** There are many others, such as walking in nature, gardening, swimming, sitting in silent meditation, creating, appreciating others, praying, and singing. We spend a great deal of time with unseen energy. I’d like to speak with you about intentionally becoming more conscious of unseen energy which is separating us from God, from our own True Selves, from our own Beloved I AM Energy.
God is All Knowing, All Powerful and Everywhere Present. These attributes are not a maybe or a possibility. These are Truths of the Universe. Imagine, if we were able to fully embrace these Truths without doubt, unworthiness energy, or the energy of fear. What lives we would have!!!
Even more astounding is that there is really, really only One Power, One Source, One All That Is. And, we are completely and wholly a part of that One Power, One Source. However, when we come into body on Earth, we can play out any scenario we want to while here with all the ensuing consequences of those choices. We can isolate ourselves by our thoughts and feelings from Divine Oneness or we can fully embrace anything that feels like God and Divine Light. Or we can choose more in-between options. The choice is ours.
The challenge for many of us is that we may have had very little training in consciously embracing the Light in our daily lives. How do we partner with All That Is? How do we embrace our own True Selves in the face of all the fears, we have and all the responsibilities and relationships we have in a given lifetime? That is the question. What works? What will enable us to make progress, to increasingly see the Light in all aspects of our lives and to co-create with God enabling us to seek a greater Consciousness, a state of peacefulness and take charge of what we are saying, doing, thinking and feeling?
Today’s meditation was a step in that direction.** All things seen and unseen are made of energy. All things eternal are of God. God is. God is constant. God never changes. Therefore, energies such as anger, fear, rage, jealousy, self-judgment, greed, resentment, punishment, etc. are not of God. They are unseen energies we give our power and attention to, by our own choice. In other words, they are humanly made, nurtured, grown, fed and watered because we make the choice to cultivate these energies.
If we want to have a closer relationship with All That Is, the Great Oneness, God, we have to release that which in our minds is separating us from the Divine Presence. We are never really separate from All That Is but we THINK we are if we are feeling angry, depressed, guilty, afraid of failure or estranged from loved ones. All these low vibrating energies which we carry around on our back from ages past is what separates us from Divine Peace, Light, Balance and Wholeness. The less fear we carry, the more connection is possible with All That Is, God, the GREAT Oneness.
We literally can expand our consciousness by letting go of unseen feelings and thoughts in our energy field which are not of GOD. In my practice, I used to measure every client’s level of consciousness before they released a negative emotion and then recalibrate those levels after each clearing. After doing this, hundreds of times, I realized that every single time we called forth Divine Presence to consume some negative thought or feeling, the person’s consciousness went up. This is because consciousness is the degree to which we know God. When we release that which is not of God from our field, we create more space to know God fully. After a few years, I stopped taking consciousness calibrations because they were always higher after releasing negative energies.
We are like boats which travel through the water collecting barnacles. The older we are, the more barnacles we have had time to collect in our journeys. What happens to old boats which have never had their barnacles cleaned off? They can’t float. They are too weighed down with the extra weight. The same is true for us. If we don’t clean off the energy barnacles from our lives, we are too weighed down to float as well. We are more likely to moor ourselves in some quiet harbor and spend the rest of our days, nursing our barnacles and feeling separated from God, to boot.
Jesus said to enter the kingdom of God we need to become as a young child. Young children don’t have any accumulated barnacles. They stay focused in the present. They do not worry about tomorrow as today is fully captivating for them. They are delighted in the present which is full of possibilities and wonder.
When was the last time you felt that the present was full of possibilities and wonder? It is hard to feel that way if we are dragging around our painstakingly collected set of barnacles. We have all those old relationships which we never cleared up, old feelings or resentment and failure, or pain from loss and perhaps betrayal, and on and on. Any thoughts, feelings, actions or emotions that are not of love, separate us from being able to more fully enter into God consciousness. It is as if we have to clear off the barnacles and lighten our load to be able to sail into a higher lock. Weighed down, we simply can’t enter that higher lock, the boat is too heavy.
Intentional partnering with God is what I am speaking about here. We are already co-creators and partners but we may not know this. For intentional partnering with God to actually manifest in our daily lives, we have to claim this partnership, affirm it, seek it, attend to it and do our part in the partnership.
We are each individual manifestations of God, made in the same image as God, with complete free will, even coming here already with the promise of “joint-heirs to the throne”. However, if we choose to give our power to that which is passing, to humanly created energies which will pass away with this life, we will not be light enough, to reach the higher lock where more and more of that Presence can be revealed, shared and reveled in.
What does intentional partnering with God look like for us??
- Be still and know that I AM God.
- Identify negative feelings, thoughts, motivations, memories, actions and experiences in your energy field, frequently.
- Cleanse your energetic being daily of negative energies with love and positive regard for self. (Command them out, with love.)
- Declare frequently, I am not these negative thoughts, feelings and actions which I have manifest. I AM of the Light.
- Ask for forgiveness where needed and grant forgiveness to those who have treated us badly.
- Give thanks for the blessings given to all of us, regardless of our specific day.
If we desire an intentional partnership with God, we have to clean up our act as humans. We won’t have a viable partnership if we show up once every other year when life has hit some rough spot. Every time we take a step to clean up our act, we expand in consciousness and in our knowing of God. It makes for good relations. It is the fulfillment of the Word. It is the hope of the future and the manifestation of the promise. It is the key to the kingdom. And so it is. I thank you.
* Comm-Unity on the Hill is a Unity Congregation. All are welcome.
** This sermon was preceded by a guided meditation for the congregation.