Living the Unity Way of Free Unlimitedness is Proverbial

Two verses in the Old Testament book of Proverbs, exactly one chapter apart, sum up all that you and I need to know in order to live a thriving life. One of the verses is rather popular. The other verse is not. The popular verse is Proverbs 23:7, which, adjusting for sexist language, could read like this: "As a person thinketh in his or her heart, so is he or she." That would be an adaptation of the King James Version. Do not try this in the Revised Standard Version (look up 23:7 in both versions to see why).

Thinking in your heart is a good way to be balanced. When our souls decide to become planetary by taking on physicality for awhile, they acquire the useful bodily tools of thinking and feeling. When both are used together, team fashion, we "thinketh in our heart," and we are fully functioning. If instead we allow our head or our heart to override our feeling or thinking nature, we are unbalanced. In a state of imbalance, we tend to ignore the proverbial wisdom found one chapter earlier in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 22:7 says: "The borrower is the slave of the lender." In an unbalanced state of coming entirely from head or entirely from heart, we could succumb to the temptation to borrow from another, and not just in terms of money. There can also be borrowings of empowerment and direction. Any of these borrowings will enslave us for the duration of the loan. Being enslaved to the lender means being dependent on the lender. We souls came into this physical realm free and unlimited. We give up our birthright to freedom and liberty when we indenture ourselves to a slaver. We only do this when we ignore Proverbs 23:7 by not teaming our thinking with our feeling.

Naturally, home mortgage loans are unavoidable for home owners who have done little to earn an income large enough to pay cash for their house. Because your church has done little to earn a large enough income, the building in which we meet carries a mortgage. However, as a church, we also spent some time enslaved to a bank by maintaining a line of credit loan. It felt necessary to us at the time, but over time, the bank did not think it wise to continue extending the loan. We were cut off. Being cut off from a line of credit loan did not create a problem. It created the way--even the necessity-for us to live within our means. May this serve as a lesson for us all.

By using our tools of thinking and feeling together as a team, we develop ways and means for avoiding enslavement. By staying clear of attachments, we live and move with the freedom of Spirit, and we do not encumber ourselves by enslaving others.

As a church, we look forward to the day when we will once again be mortgage free, for neither a borrower nor a lender do we choose to be. By choosing to be that way yourself, you will think and feel your way to the proverbial freedom meant for you.

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