In the Mbuti myth of the Congo, they say that God made man and woman and put them in the forest, where they had everything that they could possibly desire.  But God warned them not to eat the forbidden fruit of the tahu tree.  And, according to this myth, millions of years ago, our ancestors in Africa did eat of the tree, thereby tasting their divinity, and becoming godlike through the knowledge of good and evil.  But here’s the thing, the Mbuti do not consider their separation from the forest as a fall from grace or some original sin, but more like an original blessing.

In The Hero With An African Face, Clyde Ford says that the Mbuti saw man and woman leaving the forest as a separation of human consciousness from God, which was not a bad thing, but was necessary to create the distance that humanity needed to see the beauty of God’s creation.  With the Mbuti’s ability to be human and yet experience the divine, they are able to honor the sacred everywhere, revering the movement of Spirit in the trees, in the soil, in the sky, in every single grain of sand.

The only difference between the Mbuti and many of us is there awareness of the power and source of the Master Mind, the realization of our divine connection to the unlimited source of absolute good – everywhere present in the air that we breathe and the space that we take up, in every grain of sand.  This consciousness is not one of separation but the realization of our oneness, our divine connection.  That’s what happens in this circle of Spirit.

In Matthew 18:12, Jesus said “where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”  This is the power of the Master Mind, the acceptance of the power of our oneness with God by joining with others in the expression of our divinity.

Over the next eight weeks, I am going to talk about the eight steps that Jack Boland taught were essential to attaining the consciousness of the Master Mind.

The First Master Mind Step, that I want to address today, is “I surrender.”

In John 5:30, Jesus said, ”I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

We increase our strength and our power by letting go and by surrendering to the understanding that the Universe does the work.

In the Book of Job, Chapter 23, Verses 8 through 14, he says: “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:   On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.”

God performs the things that God appoints us to do.  So we must surrender to the understanding that I, of myself – my ego, my personality, can do nothing.

It is the Higher Self; it is the Christ Consciousness; what the Mbuti would call the divinity that I am only partially separated from  – Spirit that does the work that we are called to do.

It is the Master Mind, a power far greater than who we are – a power that knows what we have need of – before we even ask.  All we have to do is surrender.

I surrender – not by resisting change but by accepting all of the good that the universe has in store for me.

I surrender  — not by drowning in the self-pity of doubt but by being patient, by trusting that all things are working together for my good in perfect, divine order. 

I surrender – not by holding onto what once was but by releasing old habits and patterns, by letting go of any criticism that I have of myself, by stepping out of the shackles of the past.  I surrender to the knowledge that before I call, God will answer.

I surrender every effort, every attempt, every struggle – and I open my consciousness this day to receive the Kingdom of God. I surrender every fear, every pain, every worry, every failure, every guilt, every shame. 

I surrender every decision, every choice, every fork in every path, knowing that God directs my course.  I surrender not to my order but to Divine Order, knowing that the right people, the right circumstances, the right opportunities are in my midst at all times to help my good come to pass. 

Sojourner Truth – born into slavery was able to experience the liberating power of God by surrendering.  She had run away from her so-called Master and one day she had a vision that he would find her – and he did.

But she picked up her baby and walked toward him and the omnipotence, the omnipresence, the omniscience of God flooded her consciousness.  She said from that moment forward, she realized that there was no place where God was not – she surrendered to the peace and protection and the liberty that Spirit would bless her with; and when she became aware of her physical surroundings again, that man, her former Master was gone.

Nehemiah prayed:  “Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor  ….”

I surrender, knowing that the awesome power of Spirit is not of this world and nothing in this world can defeat it and I am one with God, born in God’s image and likeness.

I surrender to the power of Spirit that heals all, demonstrates all, blesses all, anoints all, makes a way out of no way for all.

I trust that the power, the promise and the magnificence of Spirit are always here; that we are always blessed by being both human and divine; that when we surrender to Divine Source, we are to enter the forest again, where we always receive whatever is for our highest good, and always taste the incredible sweetness of all that Spirit blesses us with.



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