In metaphysical studies, we learn that everything is in the One Mind and that we have access to It as we are part of the One (all of us – you too!). Therefore, technically-speaking, when we lose something, we may have dropped it, misplaced it, forgotten where we put it, or – in the case of my grandchildren’s cat – it may have wandered off of its own accord; but it is never truly LOST.
Several years ago after moving across town, ‘Figgy’ the cat had slipped out of my daughter’s house. Instead of returning shortly after his escape as he usually did, he remained gone for several weeks. The family was heart-broken and so was I. My grandchildren missed their cat. My grandson drew a picture of Figgy to hang over his bed to remember him, because Figgy slept with him at night, moving back and forth between his and his sister's beds.
I was sad that the poor thing was lost, and could only imagine all the outcomes – most were not pleasant – and yet something deep inside of me kept saying that he was alive and well. I continued to drive past their old house on the chance that he had made his way across 2 boroughs to his old stomping grounds, but no luck, and no Figgy. We were about 4 weeks into him being gone when someone introduced me to the Golden Thread technique.
There are several ways to initiate the Golden Thread technique. Some people use affirmative prayer as a precursor, while others use meditation. Which opening technique used is less important than the intention behind it. I know people who have found lost cars, keys, wallets, and even $10,000 cash that was misplaced in a house for almost a year. I used the Golden Thread technique to find my grandchildren's cat and though he was a rescued stray, I know that he was worth way more than $10,000 to them. He had been a part of their family since he was a tiny kitten.
Here’s the Golden Thread technique that I used to bring Figgy home.
As I mentioned above, there is One collective conscious Mind and everything (knowledge, or Truth) is contained in that Mind. As individual expressions of this conscious Mind, we have access to that “everything” so we have access to the location of lost things.
I spoke my word for finding Figgy and at the end of the Treatment/prayer, in my mind I imagined tying a thin, golden thread around him like a harness. I imagined it in detail - a thin cord, metallic-gold in color and texture; like sewing or craft thread. I then imagined gently pulling that harness toward me, nudging the wayward kitty back toward our family.
Afterward I went about my day, but each time Figgy crossed my mind, I would mentally tug on that golden thread, pulling him closer and closer.
I kept this up, and continued to affirm that Figgy was home, stating the desired outcome as if it had already occurred. Several days went by, then a week. I continued to tug on that harness every time that wandering cat came into my thoughts.
One Thursday my entire family left town. My parents were visiting my sister on the other side of the state, and my kids had gone north to visit their father’s family. They had all been gone about a day when my cell phone rang. It was my daughter.
Animal control had Figgy in "custody" in the neighboring borough and the officer would be there for the next hour if I wanted to go pick him up. The microchip that the Veterinarian had implanted in Figgy when they first adopted him led to the notification, so I sped down to the “holding cell” where a very grateful, but tentative Figgy came out from under the bench and nuzzled my hand.
After more than 6 weeks missing, many people were sure Figgy was a goner; many people - but not me.
The next time you lose something, try the Golden Thread technique. You don’t have to ascribe to a particular belief system to use it, but it helps if you are able to keep an open mind, and speak affirmatively about the outcome that you want (as if it was already true), instead of begging or asking for it to be true.
If you're new to these teachings, you can reach out to one of the Blackbirds Rising Practitioners to do Spiritual Mind Treatment for you to kick-start your Golden Thread experience. This stuff works - for me, for many others, and it can work for you, too!
And so it is.
About Rebecca Harmon, RScP
Rebecca believes that we find our sacred Truth when we remain open and continue seeking until we find the teaching(s) that resonate within our hearts. She calls herself "a Practitioner of time and space" because she has seen both (time & space) altered in miraculous ways by the understanding and intentional use of affirmative (scientific) prayer.
An incident happened recently that has really made me think about integrity and personal responsibility.
We had just pulled into our favorite campground. It was dark so we decided to pull off to the left side in a lighted area, to disengage our tow vehicle. I look up and there is another motor home going by us on the left (so close that I thought we might get baby motor homes). Then I hear glass break, and our side mirror shattered.
We had friends already at this campground on their way to meet us with flashlights. I immediately texted them to get the license plate and why (now, if I had only realized I was holding a camera and taken the picture, but I digress). They saw him, he quickly pulled into his spot. They called the Rangers and local law enforcement. We explained, showed the time stamp on the text (here is where that picture is worth a thousand words).
When the officers spoke with this man (for gentleman he was not) he flat out lied; told the FWC agent that he, too, was former law enforcement (fired on ethics charges no doubt) and lied three times. The thing is, the Rangers and FWC know us and our friends (hehe not because we are bad - we Volunteer here) they knew we told the truth, but their hands were tied.
My angst comes from the fact that this man lied to the law enforcement in front of his two young sons (7-10 age) they knew what he did - they knew he lied. To the law.
Got me thinking about our world of effects today. How lies fly around like birds in Florida (abundantly). How we don’t have much leadership in the integrity department. I looked at my life. Where do I not tell the truth? Only when I say mean things to myself - but THAT is a different topic for a different day.
Would I have spoken up and told the truth if I were in the opposite shoes? Well, honestly, I wouldn’t have done what he did - so hard to say... But I like to think I would. I remember being a kid and taking a pack of gum, I remember my mom marching me back to apologize, give it back and pay for it out of my allowance (and not get to keep the bubble gum) I remember that lesson in telling the truth. I think of who I became because of that (honest). I am saddened to think about who these boys will become because of this incident. The lessons they have learned, what life will have in store for them. I believe in forgiveness, but I also believe in honesty.
I realize it is what we DO that makes the difference. Not what we say or even believe but DO that makes for a better world.
Let’s all make a pact to live in integrity to stand up for what’s right, no matter what.
Let’s create the world we want.
As Gandhi said:
As we change our own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards us. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.
Truth and integrity will win out. Who is with me?
About Patrice Rivera, RScP
Patrice Rivera was told at 8-years old that she had no artistic talent. Nevertheless, she has always wanted to be an artist. [more]
Fresh polls by organizations such as the Pew Research Center and Gallup, Inc. show that the number of Americans who do not identify with any particular religion continues to grow. However, they also report that many identify as being spiritual in some way.
Of these religiously unaffiliated Americans, 37% classify themselves as "spiritual but not religious." They have not all become atheists. They have not lost their faith in God, although they may be redefining what “God” actually means to them. Many of these "church refugees" say they are done with church, but not with God. They are not leaving spirituality, which they feel is personal and intuitive; they are leaving traditional church religion, which they have found to be impersonal and dogmatic.
Put another way, it’s not "church" that bothers them so much as what is expected of them there. Quite a few actually love the community connection they get in their church, and their departure is a very reluctant one. Quite a few are looking for an alternative approach to a spiritual life – one that makes sense to them, doesn’t make everybody else wrong, and doesn’t claim to be the only "right way" to experience the divine in their lives.
A "spiritual but not religious" philosophy that has been offering that alternative for more than a century can be found in the churches and centers of the New Thought movement. For many, these organizations offer a fresher, deeper meaning to the traditional Christian teachings; one where spiritual principles are taught instead of spiritual rules and regulations. This approach to spiritual living resonates very strongly with spiritual but not religious people looking for a less dogmatic, more accessible religious philosophy. New Thought churches and centers such as the Centers for Spiritual Living, Unity and Divine Science, provide a more tolerant, personal and inclusive blending of changeless ancient wisdom and practical, modern spiritual living.
The New Thought movement began at the end of the 19th century as an alternative perception of traditional Christianity. In this view, attention is given to the teachings of Jesus, rather than the teachings about Jesus. He is not considered the literal, special Son of God, but rather a powerfully gifted, mystical way-shower; a great example, rather than a great exception. Since its inception at the end of the 19th century, New Thought has expanded its original Christian viewpoint to accept that all religions have some degree of truth and some degree of error, but there is no one "right way" to experience the Divine in our lives.
However, although New Thought contains within it the meaningful principles of spiritual life in so many different religions, it is not simply a faddish grab-bag of new age trends.
New Thought is not new age, and its denominations are very well structured. They have solid curricula that have been providing a proven track to run on for more than 100 years, and they produce highly competent ministers and leaders. So many people who find their way to a New Thought community are pleasantly surprised that such a spiritual teaching exists. They frequently express that they feel they’ve finally "come home."
I know I have.
About Rev Shaun Furlong