Dear Light Group,

Jim Goure said, “To explore life, we must stop exploring death.”  At first that might seem like a strange statement.  Exploring death?  What in the world did he mean by that?
 
Let’s start to answer that question by looking at the opposite of death, by asking ourselves what type of behavior is life-affirming.  The Bible has given us guidance: Don’t judge.  Love God.  Love your neighbor.  Love yourself.
 
So, how are we doing?  Have we stopped judging?  Hmmm…maybe not.  Do we love our neighbors?  Well, at least some of them.  What about ourselves?  Do we love ourselves?  Or are we constantly judging ourselves?
 
An original sin was to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  How much of human behavior is still an exploration of evil?  How much of the content of our movies, our websites, our advertisements, our political discourse, and our daily conversations is an exploration of good and evil?  
 
And then there are the constant reminders of death.  Death in nature.  Death of the physical body.  The presence of skulls on T-shirts, car decals, record labels.
 
So maybe Jim was right: we do spend a great deal of energy exploring death.
 
What is the opposite of this?  Recognizing that there is only Life.  Recognizing that Jesus and other masters have shown us that there is no death.  Recognizing that there is only the Life of the Divine.  
 
That Life of the Divine is within us…and within everyone and everything else.  We recognize that Life of the Divine when we flip the switch, when we flip the switch from exploring death to creating Life, to creating Good.  It is said in the Bible that we have been created in the image and likeness of the Divine.  The Divine is a creator.  So, if what the Bible says is true, then we, too, are creators, and we have the power to create Good.
 
This Saturday, let us explore life and let us reaffirm ourselves as Creators.  To do so, you might want to try a prayer such as:
 
Thank you, God, for Life.  Thank you, God, for Thy eternal Life.  Thank you, God, for that eternal Life living within me.  With that eternal Life, I create Good.  I create Good throughout my entire being.  In everyone and everything, I create Good.  There is only that Good, the Good of the Divine, expanding forever, singing the praises of the Divine.  Thank you, God, for making it so.  Amen.
 
Love and Light,
Tully