The Chard & Stripes Declaration of Prosperity
WHEN in the Course of human Events it becomes necessary for one Person to dissolve the Mental Bands which have connected her with others, …a decent Respect to the Enlightenment of Humankind infers that she might declare the causes which impel her to the Separation.
When a woman feels compelled to say things that risk her getting scorned from the left, right and center, humankind (or some humans) might be served by her explaining where she’s coming from. So here we go.
I, Founding Mother of Chard & Stripes, hold these truths to be biblically evident:
Words start worlds.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
JESUS; MATTHEW 12:37
God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Our creative power is on par with Jesus.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also;
and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
JESUS; JOHN 14:12
BY USING WORDS TO CALL OUT WHAT COULD BE—NOT WHAT IS—EACH OF US HAS THE POWER TO MAKE MIRACLES AND START A NEW LIFE & WORLD.
But words don’t create, consciousness does.
Or, our way of thinking / inner talk—fueled by the way we feel—creates our physical reality.
AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT.
To make heaven on earth, our work is to go unto our Father—or unto the kingdom of Christ consciousness, like through meditation—and align our default thoughts, words, deeds and emotions with that higher awareness.
By trying to make heaven by resisting hell, we unwittingly keep hell alive by keeping it front and center in our minds, which starves the heaven that could be of our imagination, or creative power.
Therefore, I say that…
Resistance impedes prosperity making.
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil
JESUS; MATTHEW 5:38-39
This is not a call to roll over. Jesus understood that a spirit of resistance bars us from stillness, which allows us to go unto the Father, or the higher state of mind we need to make heaven on earth. In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (The Revealing Word), Charles Fillmore writes:
“The greatest disintegrating element in the human consciousness is resistance. Beware of every form of fighting, and of all thoughts of a destructive character. Thoughts build or destroy, and they will work in your mind and body in an adverse way and tear down the good you desire to build up if you do not form them with care.”
And per Jesus, I hold evident that…
Meekness is the pathway to true power and making widespread prosperity.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth
JESUS; MATTHEW 5:5
Meekness doesn’t mean submissiveness. Charles Fillmore defines the meek as “Anyone highly trained to react to all negative stimuli with love instead of with “an eye for an eye.”” Love is the most healing and harmonizing POWER of all, and is the polar opposite of fear, which sits at the core of resistance.
UNPROVOKABLE PEOPLE FUELED BY LOVE,
AND A VISION OF WHAT COULD BE, SHALL PREVAIL.
Founding Father Thomas Paine rightly said, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again.” By understanding the meaning of meekness and other words—sin, repentance and righteousness—we can better use the Bible to begin a prosperous world for all.
Sin means error thinking—that which robs our inner peace—or “missing the mark” putting love, and related qualities, into practice.
Repentance means to have a radical change of mind, or to “turn away” from sin—error thinking—toward a belief in the way of Spirit: the way of pleasantness (and nonresistance).
Righteous means “right thinking.” Righteousness means “harmony in consciousness.”
Ultimately, righteous indignation is a contradiction in terms. It may feel just and spur us into action, but in the end cuts us off from the righteousness—mental harmony—we need to receive divine guidance to create desired outcomes without the struggle.
Per the Bible, I also hold evident that…
Mental harmony is the key to true prosperity.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you.
JESUS; MATTHEW 6:33
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.
True prosperity means living fully alive.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have IT more abundantly.
JESUS; JOHN 10:10
True prosperity is as near as we decide.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
JESUS; MATTHEW 5:38-39
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’?
Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!
JESUS; JOHN 4:35
Joyfulness is the fast track to true prosperity.
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
JESUS; MATTHEW 18:3-4
“Turn” here refers to repentance: turning away from thinking that robs our inner peace, or having a radical change of mind. Becoming like children means becoming more imaginative, playful, preoccupied with our hearts’ desires, open to possibilities and unencumbered by history.
High spirits, not a spirit of resistance, put us in place to enter the kingdom of higher consciousness that allows “all these things”—visions, ideas, impulses, intuitions etc.—to be added unto us to bring our hearts’ desires to life.
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
Neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
ENJOYING LIFE IS THE GREATEST SERVICE WE CAN PAY
OURSELVES & SOCIETY.
By enjoying life, we serve as breathing examples of what’s possible for others. And like viruses, our moods and emotions are infectious and can go viral with global impact.
Sadly, fear and outrage are spreading and we may resist expressing our joy when many others are struggling emotionally or otherwise. But remember: the JOY of the Lord is our strength, and resistance will work on us in bad ways if kept up.
Plus, our unhappiness never lightens the load of another.
The History of the present United States is a History of repeated Injuries and Usurpations, all having sin—error thinking—as the cause, including our own. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid World:
We don’t follow God’s lead and call forth light and what could be, but instead use our words—our commands to start worlds—to affirm the supremacy of others and their power to shape our lives.
We worship Jesus instead of heeding what he said:
We seek first to be RIGHT, not righteousness—harmony in consciousness—to allow all these things to be added unto us with ease and grace.
And from our mental conflict, …
We unintentionally—yet effectively—pass down our burdens:
We teach our children, who teach their children, that the odds are stacked against them, which thwarts their innate ability to dwell in the kingdom of heaven—the higher awareness required to make lives they love and break generational chains.
Or, we misstep in our attempts to be allies of “the oppressed”:
We become hyper-zealous about calling out discrimination—real or imagined—and unwittingly plant notions of superiority in children’s minds (and ours) by using our words to affirm our supposed privilege.
And we insist on being RIGHT and to RESIST, not to repent and be meek—emotionally unprovokable—and wind up getting mired in offense at what is and thereby forfeit inheriting the earth.
Joshua 24:15 contains the edict to “choose you this day whom ye will serve.”
Who shall it be for you?
Personalities, including your own, who affirm the power of others and your need to fight?
Or your soul who’s calling you to lay down your arms and enjoy yourself?
To spread peace and prosperity, we must use the things we can’t accept not as cause to fight but to create: to imagine the lives and world we want as the first step toward making them.
If any of this speaks to you and you’re ready to prosper and change lives, I, Mary-Elizabeth, Founding Mother of Chard & Stripes, invite you to sign up for Chard Mail and join me on a journey to be not conformed to this world, but to transform our lives and communities by the renewing of our minds and doing work we love.
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