12 POWERS: Life
Claim God's Gift of Life
By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann
Many people, in considering the 12 disciples and the powers they represent in life, would like to forget about Judas Iscariot, the man who betrayed Jesus Christ. But Judas had a necessary role in the Messiah story, and the quality he represents—life—plays an important part in our development of the perfect-person idea.
Even though Judas committed suicide after he betrayed Jesus, he wasn't out of the picture completely. After the Resurrection, the other 11 disciples met and chose a successor to Judas to bring their number back to 12. So the faculty of life, operating on a higher plane, continues to work with the powers for the lifting up of the whole being.
… In developing our God-given potential, we cannot ignore Judas. We must learn to recognize his weaknesses and limitations and cope with them by lifting the life idea to a higher plane of consciousness.
… All people are expressing the life idea to a greater or lesser degree, but only those who are keeping this power under the direction of the Christ can enjoy the fullness of life that is their God-given potential. We are to experience life as an idea that not only enriches the soul, but also lifts the physical body into a perfect expression of the pattern God implanted in it from the beginning.
… It takes much cleansing to refine the life idea in soul and body. The selfishness and acquisitiveness of Iscariot must be purified. Life must learn to draw its own sustenance from the universe freely and easily, without the covetousness and hostility that close it in and limit it. Life works best when it is able to flow throughout the whole being as radiant energy, devoted to the Christ activity and governed by the Christ wisdom and order.
Never deny the life idea or think of any part of your body as unclean. Rather, awaken the life faculty at its center and then feel its animating action radiating through all the cells and atoms of your being as a greater expression of God. This is the way in which death of the physical body will finally be overcome.
… Something begins to take place in our minds and bodies as we praise the Spirit that gives us life and give thanks for its divine activity within us.
… The statements for your progressive development of spiritual life are these:
Recognition: My life is God-life—whole and free.
Sensation: I am alive, alert, awake, joyous, and enthusiastic about life and living.
Appropriation: I accept God's life as a pure stream, healing and harmonizing every part of my being.
Transmutation: I praise the Spirit that gives me life, and I give thanks for divine activity within me.
Regeneration: I am renewed, restored, and reborn through the activity of Christ in me.
Resurrection: I am lifted into eternal life by the Christ within my own being.
Immortality: I am alive eternally in God.
Appreciate your gift of life. Praise it. Bless it. Give thanks for it, and you will find that the supply of life is unlimited and everlasting!