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					Summary of LOVE BINDS AND FREES                                                            encompasses all energy, or what we call „God.‟ Intent is life itself; it is
Sunday Lesson on October 12, 2008 * Reverend John Strickland                               unconditional love. The Mastery of Intent is therefore the Mastery of Love”
Bible Verses: Luke 18: 15 -17.                                                             (P. 108). Rev. John: I believe an intent of pure love will conquer every challenge we
                                                                                           have in life. Without a pure intent, really, what is the purpose of life?
We have reached the 6th and final lesson of our fall program based on The Four             6. “The freedom we seek is to use our own mind and body, to live our own life,
Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I have learned a great deal and I trust that you have       instead of the life of the belief system” (P. 110). Rev. John: We always live and
too. I also have derived great benefit from the fellowship of the program. Today’s         experience in the outer world what is in our belief system. We must become aware of
lesson really combines two themes: freedom and love. Let me say this about love: it        that belief system and change it. Changing our belief system is a lifelong process.
both binds and frees. Love binds our good to us and frees us from past mistakes and        Think about it-- what else should you be doing for the rest of your life?
suffering. There cannot be love without freedom and I don’t believe there can be true      7. “One way to change your beliefs is to focus your attention on all those
freedom without love. Let’s go to the teaching of Don Miguel Ruiz for our final            agreements and beliefs, and change the agreements with yourself. In doing this
lesson.                                                                                    you are using your attention for the second time, thus creating the dream of the
                                                                                           second attention or the new dream” (P. 114). Rev. John: The problem we have is
1. “Who stops us from being free? We blame the government, ...the weather, ...             not that we did not learn our lessons well enough. We learned our lessons too well.
our parents, ... religion, ... God. Who really stops us from being free? We stop           That is the problem. And they were the wrong lessons. Now we have the opportunity
ourselves” (P. 102). Rev. John: We are the only ones who truly stop ourselves. We          to un-learn the false lessons and unhealthy agreements and start over!
do not have control over others or outer conditions. But we can control our thoughts,      8. “Forgiveness is the only way to heal. We can choose to forgive because we
we can change our beliefs and our agreements. And it takes practice!                       feel compassion for ourselves. We can let go of resentment and declare, „That‟s
2. “There is no need to blame your parents or anyone who abused you in your                enough! I will no longer be the big Judge that goes against myself. I will no
life, including yourself. But it is time to stop the abuse. It is time to free yourself    longer beat myself up and abuse myself. I will no longer be the Victim”
of the tyranny of the Judge by changing the foundation of your own agreements.             (Pp. 122-123). Rev. John: Charles Fillmore taught that we could be healed of any
 It is time to be free from the role of the Victim” (P. 104). Rev. John: We seem to        illness known to man by practicing daily forgiveness. I do not see forgiveness as a
be a ‘blaming’ society. And others believe our story and reinforce our need to blame.      one-time-only thing. I see it as a lifelong process.
 Yes, what happened did happen, but if we live in that old story we relive and re-feel     9. “The final way to attain personal freedom is to prepare ourselves for the
the abuse. Let’s change the story and be free from this point forward.                     initiation of the dead... The angel of death can teach us to live every day as if it is
3. “The real you is still a little child who never grew up. Sometimes that little          the last day of our lives... We can begin each day by saying, “I am awake, I see
child comes out when you are having fun or playing, when you feel happy, when              the sun. I am going to give my gratitude to the sun and to everything and
you are painting, writing poetry, or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in          everyone, because I am still alive. One more day to be myself” (Pp. 126-127).
some way. These are the happiest moments of your life ... You are childlike” (P.           Rev. John: Following this practice will make us more alive than we have grown
105). Rev. John: A lot of us, maybe all of us, did not get what we felt we needed and      accustomed to being. Every day is a gift. Take it, use it, bless it, give thanks for it.
were entitled to when we were children. The good news is that we are now the               10. “You can be loving all the time. This is your choice. You may not have a
parents of that inner child for the rest of our lives. From this point forward it is our   reason to love, but you can love because it makes you so happy... You can see
responsibility to love and nurture the beautiful child inside us.                          everything with eyes of love... This way of life is possible, and it‟s in your
4. “Most of us are not even aware that we are not free... Awareness is always              hands... Moses called it the Promised Land, Buddha called it Nirvana, Jesus
the first step because if you are not aware, there is nothing you can change. If           called it Heaven, and the Toltecs call it a New Dream.. The only reason you are
you are not aware that your mind is full of wounds and emotional pain, you                 happy is because you chose to be happy. Happiness is a choice” (Pp. 138-139).
cannot begin to clean and heal the wounds and you will continue to suffer. There           Rev. John: Freedom is having choices. You have a choice. You can choose to be
is no reason to suffer” (Pp. 106 -107). Friends, in Unity we like to dwell on the          happy now, regardless of circumstances . No one else can choose for you.
positive, the good, the beautiful, and the prosperous. This is a good practice, but we     11. “Maybe we cannot escape the destiny of the human, but we have a choice: to
can grow faster if we will also become aware of the agreements or beliefs that have        suffer our destiny or to enjoy our destiny... My choice is to live in heaven. What
not been good. We can then clean them out and move forward faster.                         is yours?” (P. 138). Rev. John: That says it all! Choose wisely, my friends!
5. “There are three masteries that lead people to become Toltecs. First is the
Mastery of Awareness. This is to be aware of who we really are. The second is
the Mastery of Transformation–how to change. The third is Mastery of Intent.
Intent from the Toltec point of view is that part of life that makes
transformation of energy possible; it is the one living thing that seamlessly