Right now I am sure the “shelter in place” feels isolating, many of us haven’t seen family, friends or our spiritual family for the last month. It is a different world we are experiencing and perhaps more time that we are used to having. In truth, we can never go back to where we came from, for all of us are forever changed by this experience. But one thing in our lives we know as a constant is God. It is the one thing that never changes. We are the ones that shift and look at things with a different understanding. Our relationship to it might shift but God the power and the presence of all that is is the light that is held for us to see by when we feel we are in the darkness. Darkness is merely a shadow we cast, because what lies ahead is unknown. It is what we interpret as what we can’t see ahead. This is when we have the opportunity to practice the presence.
So, practicing the presence is taking the time within yourself and your day to reflect, restore, maybe even have a revelation of what is appearing in your life right now. Many of us question, what is next when all of this is over? Have you ever thought, you have a choice to create “the next choice”?Over the past few weeks I have been asked, “what is mine to do Rev?” And I ask you, "Why does there have to be something to do? Why not just be?"
I’m not saying being a couch potato is a life ambition, but I look at this time for all of us to really look at what we have been “doing” in our world. For me, I didn’t realize what a crazy, rushed existence I was living until I had to be in the quiet. Yes, the last month has been both challenging and enlightening. Both personally and here at our spiritual home. Personally, I have taken the time to breathe, sleep in a little, and allow those things that call to me to do. Our spiritual home has been a blessing as well. With the Leadership Council we have reorganized, looked at our financial picture and done yard work. Each day I step into the world with the opportunity to contribute not only to my life but the world. What God calls us to is we do not need to chase a life purpose to be worthy of living. We are certainly not devoid of purpose in any way shape or form.
Our purpose is to listen to the voice, that which excites us, gives us joy and be the heart and hands of the divine. We are co-creators with the divine. Everything we do is with the divine acting through us, and come into our minds and out through our hands Ernest Holmes our Founder said, "You must not define yourself by experiences or conditions, for while these are tools you can use, they are not who you are. You are Spirit, a fiery, heavenly intelligence created by God and unlimited in nature." Victor Frankl, was a psychologist who was a Jew and along with his wife was placed in a Jewish concentration camp. Through-out is time there - He searched for his purpose and life’s meaning. At the end of the war he was released and with it, he experienced a moment that released him also from his past - He discovered - Life’s meaning - Is the meaning you give it. What he further discovered was his purpose was to help those as best he could through the experience they were all having. He made a difference. There is a great story about a man walking along the beach one day and he noticed another man throwing starfish that had washed up on the beach during an overnight storm, back into the ocean. As he approached him he asked, What are you doing?And the man replied, why are you throwing the starfish one by one back into the ocean? Surely you don’t think you can make a difference? There are too many.The man looked at him, and as he did he threw another starfish into the ocean and said, “ I made a difference in that one” That is also how God works in our lives. God doesn’t give up on us, it has this amazing divine love that is already installed that we can tap into when we need it.To Tap into that divine love is saying - my relationship with the Divine makes a difference within me. It allows me to see things in a positive way, that no matter what I feel I can’t do. The Divine will somehow show me the what I CAN DO.The love connection we have, makes a difference.There is no wrong when we are on the spiritual path, no matter what we claim that as.There maybe over 1000 religions/faith connections but there is ONE Divine Universal power. If you don’t want to call it God, call it Love, Elohim, Yahweh, Source, whatever feels comfortable to you. Jesus called God “Abba” - heavenly father. It was like saying “daddy” in our English language. That was the connection Jesus the Christ had with God. He knew that whatever he did in his life was driven by his connection to the divine source.
There is a place within us that lies open to the infinite
As you move beyond this time together and head out into this coming week.
Notice what stirs you.
Notice what puts that divine spark within you
I renew my life’s purpose each and every day by allowing the divine spark to guide what’s mine to do in the world.