Editor’s Note: Contributor Christine Moughamian is blogging each day of Lent about her progress becoming “one brave Christian.” Follow her experiment on Twitter @1bravechristian.
Jesus didn’t call it anything.
He taught and demonstrated, by his actions, the one spiritual truth that governs creation:
“The Universe responds!”
This morning, prompted by Sam Teague’s “brave Christian” selected scripture, I read Mark 11:24, where Jesus says:
“Therefore I say to you, ‘Anything that you pray for and ask, believe that you will receive it, and it will be done to you.’”
To place the scripture back in context, I read the whole chapter. In Mark
11:13, I was reminded of the story of the fig tree cursed by Jesus: “From now on and forever let no man eat of your fruit.” His disciples heard but had to wait until the next morning for proof. “And in the morning, as they were passing, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots.” (Mark 11:20)
I can imagine the surprise of the disciples. They had seen their teacher heal the sick and the lame. But a tree? The people who were healed had faith in Jesus who kept telling them: “Your faith has healed you.”
But what about a tree?
An inanimate object, a “thing,” could not possibly have faith, could it? So what was it that caused the tree to wither nonetheless?
Puzzled, Simon asked and Jesus answered: “If you have faith in God, truly I say to you, ‘Whosoever should say to this mountain, Be moved and fall into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will be done, it will be done to them.’” (Mark 11:22-23)
Sharp focus backed with strong emotion – or faith – places the order. The Universe delivers.
Upon reading the whole story, what I found interesting was Jesus did not command the tree to bear fruit out of season but to wither and die. I had to ask myself the obvious:
“If we are made in the image of God, does it mean that we, too, have the power to heal AND to kill?”
If that were true, wouldn’t it explain why, sometimes, we seem to “attract” or “create” the very situations we DON’T want?
Who hasn’t harbored resentment at someone only to find that very person gets the promotion we coveted? Or blamed an unhappy childhood to justify a substance addiction? Or, in some way, made the weather “out there” the cause of our inner micro-climate, with all its storms and withered trees?
Whether we are conscious of it or not, our wish is our command.
Whether we are people like the blind man who chose to put his faith in God and was healed, or whether we behave like a tree, an unconscious “thing,” and keep holding pity parties, we create our reality.
At Unity church, we say, “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.”
This could be a depressing proposition. Fortunately, Jesus gives us the keys to the kingdom of happiness.
“And when you stand up to pray, forgive whatever you have against any man, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your trespasses. But if you will not forgive, even your Father in heaven will not forgive you your trespasses.” (Mark 11:25-26)
We cannot put energy behind one thought and expect its opposite to come true. The thought with the most emotional force will manifest. Such is the power of mind over matter. Forgiveness removes all obstacles within so that our Father in heaven, our crown chakra, can open the doors of the kingdom.
Today, for an abundant harvest of sweet figs, let us use our wand wisely.
The Universe responds!