HOPE, THE SPARK OF LIFE

Have you ever gotten an ear worm where a song or a phrase won’t let you go?  This happened to me this week, only it wasn’t a song, but the word hope.   For many yearsIMG_0363 I have wondered what hope really is.  In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul writes, “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  

 

We often talk about the power of faith and love.  These qualities are innate within us.  So, what is this hope that abides?  The dictionary defines hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for something. I looked up the Greek word which is Elpis: joyful and confident expectation.  

One idea about hope is that it is mere wishing and wanting something to be different than it is without seeing a possibility for change.  Yet, I have begun to see it in a new light.   For me, hope is the seed that carries within it the elements of what is desiring to be experienced or expressed in and through our lives.  This seed is ripe with divine ideas and the energy necessary to activate every innate quality needed to bring forth a full harvest.  True joy activates within us a joyful and confident expectation of fulfillment.  

What is the difference between a joyful and confident expectation of good and faith?  Faith is the assurance of things hoped for.  Hope must come first and then we feed our hope with our faith.   Without hope there is no need for faith, because there is no desire for anything.  People who experience hopelessness are desireless. 

Through the power of meditation, study, and connecting with others, we prepare the soil of our mind to receive seeds of hope.  These seeds are continually being planted in our subconscious mind.  Just as when we plant a seed in well prepared earth there is a spark of life that puts into motion the full unfolding of the seed, we too, through the spark of hope unfold into our highest nature. 

ONE SPIRIT

There is a lot of exciting talk these days about women stepping into their power, and a bit of fear that if we do, we will be taking power away from the men. Because, isn’t there only so much power to go around?  This is, like a lot of fears that come up in change, not true.  The Truth is there is one power and it is both male and female and neither male nor female.

Earnest Holmes in Science of Mind says: “ONE SPIRIT, ONE MIND, AND ONE SUBSTANCE; ONE LAW BUT MANY THOUGHTS; ONE POWER, BUT MANY WAYS OF USING IT; ONE GOD IN WHOM WE ALL LIVE, AND ONE LAW WHICH ALL OPERATE; ONE, ONE, ONE.  NO GREATER UNITY COULD BE GIVEN THAN THAT WHICH IS ALREADY VOUCHSAFED TO MANKIND.”

One Power with many expressions.  Some of these expressions we would interpret as female and some as male.  With more attention being put on empowering our feminine nature, we may experience a bit of fear that the pendulum is swinging too far from masculine to feminine; that we will find ourselves out of balance again just on the other side.   I don’t believe this has to be true.  We can change the story.  Anytime we experience a change in our energies, the ego pops up and tells us to be afraid.  What if we don’t come from fear and breathe into the possibility of balance?

The question becomes, what does balance look like, and how do I obtain this balance?  We are taught that we are co-creators with Spirit, but the Truth is, we don’t create anything.  Creating means that we start with nothing and bring something into form.   What we actually do is use the law of the universe and combine the right ingredients (qualities within us) to bring into form that which we want.   When I am baking a pie, I don’t create the flour, butter, sugar, fruit, oven and heat.  I use the necessary ingredients in the appropriate amounts, and wala, I have pie.  If I leave any ingredients out, or use too little or too much of an ingredient the results are less desirable. This is true with our lives also, it is because we are in Spirit and Spirit is in us that we have the ability to make whatever it is we want in life.  The key is knowing the ingredients that we have available to us.

Myrtle Fillmore says in How To Let God Help You:  ” God – my Father and your Father – has made me to know that no matter what I have done or what others have done to me, He has implanted within me the pattern of perfection. He has given me the life, power, intelligence, and substance out of which I may recreate my soul qualities and my physical structures, and so come forth a new creature. You, too, by studying and proving this Truth can do the same.”

Within me is the pattern of perfection for me to fully express that which my soul desires to express.  The qualities that are within me may be described as male or female.  The important piece is that we develop these qualities by calling them forth and using them to obtain our desired results.  When we call forth these energies, we free our mind from having to figure it all out.  Decisions become easier with incredible outcomes.

Life is not male vs female, us vs them and it is not about comparing ourselves with others.  Life is the experience we are making by combining our innate spiritual qualities, gifts and talents to live life full on, full out, right here right now.

I Am Willing To…

It feels as if it has been a long time since I have written anything, my journal, this blog…  I sit and question myself, why?  The answer that comes back to me is that there is a belief that if I write, it has to be earth shaking, mind blowing, the most inspirational writing or teaching that has come along.  No ego here.  At the same time, however, there is an awareness that there is something moving deeper within that is guiding me.  The thought comes that maybe being silent has been important.  If I am always speaking, I cannot hear the voice of my own soul.

My study of the women who supported Jesus has continued to be with me.  Mother Mary is the first support.  She represents willingness and the power of saying yes.  Willingness is more than an attitude.  Willingness is the energy that opens the doorway of consciousness.  To be willing means surrendering to a power beyond us that expresses through us.  To be willing means moving beyond the thinking process.  We hear about a challenge that someone is facing and willingness is the energy that gets us off the couch to take action.

As with all expressions of individuality, there are varying degrees of willingness.  On one end of the spectrum subservience is doing what we think others want us to do just to keep the peace.  On the other end of the spectrum there is the need to be in control at all times, not only of ourselves, but everyone and everything.  Willingness is the energy that moves us into the varying degrees of these two polarities in appropriate ways.  To engage in life willingly, we must listen deeply within ourselves to the inner voice that is always guiding us.  This takes practice, courage, and faith and is not as much work as one might suspect.

In New Thought, we are taught that we are creators of our experience.  This is not just a self-serving experience of me.  Our mind which is in the omnipresent omnipotent Mind of God, creates experience and since we are all one, we create this world the way it is.  When I first came to this understanding, I didn’t want to go there.  It’s too much responsibility.  I wanted to think of myself as an Island unto myself.  I create my experience, you create yours.  When we know there is One Presence, One Power, we understand that what we believe affects the whole. Jesus said, Let it be done unto you according to your faith.  In other words, according to what you believe to be true.  If I hold a resentment against someone else, I empower others to hold resentment.  The other is true also, if I forgive someone a perceived wrong, I empower others to forgive.

Willingness is the first step in any spiritual transformation.  We express that we are willing to see, hear, and/or experience life in a new way.  This is what Mother Mary brought to us: the possibility of birthing a new way of life.

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is the next woman who is mentioned by name in the Gospels.  In Luke chapter 8 it says, The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities.  Mary, called Magdalene, from who seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s nephew Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.” (NRSV)

There are many stories about Mary Magdalene and I think I may have read most of them; fictional and historical.  She is a woman of mystery which is a trait of the Divine Feminine.  Humankind has striven to know God for as long as we have been, and yet, God is bigger than what we can imagine.  We think we have it.  God is_____! And then, God reveals itself as more, or different than we previously thought.  Is this not also true of ourselves.  We have striven for years to know ourselves.  We study under teachers, we pray for revelations, we sit and listen in the Silence.  Who am I really?  We think we know.  I am ____! And then, Spirit reveals other aspects of ourselves that we did not even know existed.  For me, that is what the study of these powerful women is all about: discovering the mystery within ourselves.

Magdalene means tower.  The idea that resonates the best for me, is that Magdalene is a title that was given to Mary from Jesus.  Just as Mary is a title of spiritual status, Magdalene is a title that denotes a person who has achieved a state of higher consciousness. This could possibly be the feminine for Christ consciousness.  The invitation is to contemplate what it means to you to be a tower.

There are so many things about Mary Magdalene that intrigue me.  1. She is the first woman to be named among the women of Jesus, and is named in all of the resurrection accounts as being the first person Jesus reveals himself to.   2. Some religious teachers felt the need to discredit her to such a degree that many still believe her to be whore. Was this because her status as a teacher and healer was growing too much following the death and resurrection of Jesus?  If so, what was she teaching?  3.  Mary was a mother, not only of the children of Jesus, but of the Christian church in France.  The stories tell us she sailed to France following Jesus death for her own safety and that of her children.  She taught to large crowds of people including royalty.

So, the question arises; what part of ourselves does Mary Magdalene represent?  Hearing the stories is great fun, but what is the point if they do not uncover some aspect of ourselves that is calling us to step out of our comfort zone and into a life beyond what our limited mind can imagine.  Mary represents the energy within us that is always calling us to a higher state of consciousness.  She represents the Divine Feminine nature of healing.  Being a Mary, she would have been trained in the herbal arts and midwifery.  Being the Magdalene of Jesus, she would demonstrate the spiritual power that we all have access to as we step more fully into a state of unified consciousness: a consciousness of oneness.

Mary is healed of seven demons.  Seven is the number that represents spiritual completion.  It is the number of major energy centers (Chakras)  in our body.  Being healed by the Christ consciousness awakened her to her own Divinity and the knowing that there is no separation between us and God, us and ourselves, or us and anyone or anything else.  There is no other. There is only One.

As we enter into a New Year, may is be blessed by the energy of Mary Magdalene and those who worked with her to heal the world. 

PEACE

On Sunday I spoke at Unity of Payson on the subject of Peace.  Being the second week of Advent, it was the natural topic.  As I contemplated the subject over the week before, I came up with an acronym for Peace: Presence, Empowered, Allowing, Creative, Effortless.  Then everything went flat.  I tried and tried to make something happen by talking a little on each of these subjects.  It just didn’t feel complete.  I texted a friend and told her it felt flat and she texted back “You are guided, you are guided, you are guided.”  And I believe I was.  In fact, I want to share with you what came to life.

Presence: In Unity’s text book, Your Hope of Glory, Elizabeth Sand Turner says that Mary Mary and angelwas born to Joachim and Anna late.  They dedicated her to God and gave her to the temple at the age of 2 where she lived and learned until the age of 12.  She was very spiritual and illumined in her mind.  Mary represents that part of us that is illumined and connected to the Indwelling Presence of God.  She represents our ability to hear and know the Presence and hear the still small voice that illumines our mind.  This Presence brings a message to us this Advent season saying, ” Greetings favored one, the Lord is with you… you will conceive in your womb  and bear a son, and you will name him

 

Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.  He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”    What divine quality, idea, attribute are you carrying in your womb that will be called the son of the Most High, the daughter of God, what attribute will sit on the throne of your being and reign with power and justice?

Empowered: We have within us the power of the Universe.  Just breathe that in for a moment, the same power that holds the stars in heaven and created all that is resides in you.  How often in our lives, or for that matter in one day, do we forget this Truth, and try to put aside that Divine Idea because we don’t have the money, time, talent, education, social status, whatever to fulfill it?  Joseph wanted to put Mary and the baby aside.  He too listened to the angel in his mind who told him to be of good courage, take the risk and support this birth.  When are we the Joseph for someone else?  When are we called to see the Divine in someone else when they cannot see it in themselves?

Allowing: Mary’s response to the angel is “Let it be done unto me as you have said.”  Allowing is exercising our capacity for faith, trust, and openness to Divine Order.  When we stop fighting what we are against, and stand for what we believe in, we will transform the consciousness of this planet.  When we stop fighting ourselves, and looking out there for someone or something to blame for what is, we open ourselves to new answers.

journey-to-bethlehemCreative: Our nature is to create and we are creating all of the time.  What are you creating through the power of your thoughts?  Are you creating more woe and worry? Are you creating more Peace, Love and Joy?  Mary and Joseph did not understand the full effect of their yes, and we do not understand the full effect of our yes.  Just as they stepped out in faith, we too are invited to say YES.  We too have the power within us to step out in faith to  live fully as the presence in expression.

Effortless:  This is a paradox, because in the story it appears as anything but effortless.  Mary travels with Joseph to Bethlehem walking long distances while she’s 9 months pregnant.  Stories show her riding on the back of a donkey.  I’m sorry, I can’t imagine what it would be like to be 9 months pregnant bouncing up and down on the back of a donkey…. I’d rather walk.  This walking represents the journey we undertake as a result of our YES.  The key is surrender.  When we engage the other steps of PEACE, we are creating a new experience from a place of experiencing the power and presence of God.  We know we are not alone.  We know we do not need to strive and make it happen; that’s God’s job.

Imagine sitting on a hillside with your buds, and a glorious light appears.  An angel is before you and says, Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who ismanger Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you; you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with who he is pleased.”  And when the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known unto us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manager.

Jesus came into the world to demonstrate peace not in the way the world understands peace as the absence of conflict, but peace that demonstrates the Presence, Empowered, Allowing, Creative, Effortless Spirit of God active in through and as each and every one of us.

A Mother Knows

When I think about the super powers that come with being a mother, I think of heightened senses.  At different points during the growing years of our children, we have the ability to hear the inaudible, see the invisible, and know the unknowable.  More than once I was accused of having eyes in the back of my head.   After the children grow and leave home, there may be the thought that we no longer have to have such a heightened awareness of our surroundings and let these powers lapse.  The Truth is, the feminine nature within us is always birthing and raising up new aspects of our nature into the fullness of Christ Consciousness.  These powers are always available to assist us, and as we consciously exercise them they develop into true super powers.

When I was raising my children, having the ability to hear what no one intended for me to hear, on a conscious level, saved the life of a child on more than one occasion.   They were busy playing and unaware that I was in the room, or they thought they were saying it so softly that I couldn’t hear.  My ears always seemed to be tuned to hear what I needed to know to assist me in supporting and celebrating the life that was unfolding through my children.

The mistake that can be made is to think that after the children are raised we no longer need this heightened sense of hearing.  And yet, it is this same sense that allows us to hear our Self;  the soul qualities and characteristics that we are birthing and nurturing into spiritual adulthood.  We may hear thoughts that no longer serve us, but rather than focusing on them, we have the power within us to just dismiss them as having no place in our lives. More and more we will find ourselves hearing thoughts that are of a new higher vibration moving us into new awareness of the Truth of who we are and what we are here to give.  These thoughts remind us of our magnificence and beauty, and open us to see and feel…

When I was raising my children, my eyes were always on them.  Where were they, who were they with, what were they doing?  I have to admit, I didn’t always have the answer to those questions, but my intuition always told me when they were in trouble.  I remember once my own mother coming to me and asking me if I knew who was in trouble.  She told me she knew one of her children was in trouble, but she didn’t know which one.  I did, and I told her who, what and where.  This was not really tattling.  It was one of her grown children, and she needed help.  My mom reached out and probably saved her life.

The inner eyes of the mother have the capacity to notice what is happening both within our souls and in our surroundings.  These eyes have the capacity to see beyond appearance into the Truth.  When the appearance is such that our thoughts move to lack and limitation, our inner eyes can give a new perspective and change our mind.  Developing the power of sight allows us to see the good in the world.  We are inundated by news of what is wrong, what we need to be afraid of. Developing our inner eyes allows us to see the love that is being expressed in the world in more ways than ever before in history.

Our intuition is activated by our inner ears and eyes.  This is the power of being in-formed.  When we listen with our inner ears to the still small voice that resides within us, and open our eyes to see beyond appearance, there is a knowing that forms within us that instructs and guides us into right action.  Our spiritual senses open us to see the magnificence that lies within us.   There is a lot of talk these days about looking at your shadow.  If we are looking at our shadow, we don’t have the ability to see the beauty that is all around us and within us.

One way to activate these inner senses is through the practice of mindfulness meditation.  In mindfulness meditation we are invited to sit, breathe deeply into the moment, and allow ourselves to hear whatever noise is happening in the moment without resisting or focusing on it.  Just being aware that it is there.

We may also become aware of what we are feeling.  What feelings are moving through your body in this moment?  Without resistance or focus, allow them to be.  Again listening, hear the thoughts that move through your mind.  Don’t resist, judge or focus on them, just notice.  You may want to open your eyes partially and allow yourself to take in your surroundings without resistance, judgment, or focus.  Allowing your eyes to take in these surroundings activates your eyes to see beyond how your mind normally interprets the world.  Breathing into this sacredness for several minutes, bring your awareness fully to your body temple.

By allowing things to be as they are, we open ourselves to know things in a new way.  We can open ourselves to hear with new ears when someone speaks to us.  We can open ourselves to see a situation from a new perspective, one that is more joyful.  We may know a deeper connection with the Divine Presence within us and what being created in the image and likeness of God really means.

You are magnificent. You are beautiful.  You are the glory of God in this world.

Gracefilled Blessings,

Rev. Charli

Mary and the Birth of Jesus

A few weeks ago we looked at Mother Mary from the view of virgin whom the angel comes to.  The Divine Idea that is implanted into a mind that is free from preconceived ideas.

Then life goes on.  We go about daily business, and as we do so the idea continues to grow within us until it is ready to be born into form.  This process may be a few minutes or several years. It is the perfect timing for the development of the child within us.  I have met many ministers who tell me, like me, they too first thought of being a minister as a young child.  It took a life journey to bring it into form.  Everything that has happened and that we continue to experience in life is a witness and part of the process of developing us into who we are today.

So it is with the Mary within us that makes space for the Christ consciousness to grow and develop.  There are many diagrams and philosophies about what this development looks like.  My experience is that it is an individual process, and that the power we have in this forming is simply to be present.

In the gospel stories, Matthew and Luke, there are several people who come to visit when the baby is born.  The three wise men, the shepherds, and the angels.  The gospel says, Mary pondered these things in her heart.  Luke 2:19 & 51

What does it mean to ponder?  To ponder is to let a thought be.  A professor in a seminary once asked his students what the most important word in the New Testament is.  They had many answers: love, salvation, redemption.  He told them it is the word let.  To let something is not just to allow, but it issues an invitation that opens a doorway to experiencing God in deeper and more meaningful ways, even when those ways do not necessarily make sense in the moment.

As I write this, I find that I want to change my words.  I want to write something that says that life is always bright and beautiful. That if we hold the right thoughts, do the right things, nothing negative will ever happen to us or those we love.  We will all live happily ever after.  The fact is, we all face difficult situations.  When we enter into a state of letting, of pondering the will and the power of God moving in through and as our lives, we open ourselves to birth a greater understanding of who we have come here to be.

There is within each of us the Christ consciousness that is developing our soul and reminding us of the Truth.  We are made in the image and after the likeness of God.  Male and Female we are created.  For myself, I believe that the Christ within is calling for the feminine voice.  Not a weak and submissive voice that I was taught about so many years ago, but a clear solid voice of nurturing compassion.  A voice that is honest and kind.  A voice of unconditional love.

 

 

Grace-filled Blessings,
Rev. Charli Tupper

Mary, The Mother of Christ Consciousness

As we begin this metaphysical journey, I will be giving metaphysical interpretations for names and places that will add meaning to the stories.  As we look at these women and the role they play in the awakening of our own Divine Feminine, we can look to the stories to instruct us as to where we are in our own journey and how we are fully supported by Spirit as we step into our True Self.   I welcome comments and insights as we make this journey together.  We can learn from each other.

Mother Mary

 

Mary: ” The feminine the soul., the affectional and emotional phase of humankind’s being, both when seemingly bound and limited by sensate thought, and in its freed, exalted state.   (Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)

 

 

And so, our journey begins with a virgin ( a heart that has no preconceived ideas of what lies ahead) who is betrothed to a man named Joseph ( The state of consciousness in which we increase in character along all lines: … Joseph represents form).  When the angel Gabriel (Divine ideas) appears to Mary (the divine motherhood of Love), she is frightened and confused.  When the angel tells her she will give birth, her first response is, this is not possible, and then surrenders and is willing to step into the Truth of who she is.

Have you ever had an idea that came to you in a moment of quiet, mine often happen when I am doing things like driving or blow drying my hair, that your immediate next thought is “No Way”.  The ego mind comes up with all sorts of ideas of why that cannot happen and wants to know how could this be?  I know for myself, when these thoughts arise, I am to sit down and pay attention to what is underneath them.  Almost always it is fear: fear of the unknown, lack of faith in God and myself, lack of understanding of the out-workings of spiritual law.  These thoughts can bind us, and yet, as we surrender as Mary did, we can step into a new power and awaken to new expressions of who we are.

One of these moments for me recently was stepping down from pulpit ministry.  This decision was one of the most difficult for me in all of my life.  And, yet, I knew I was being called into an expression of Spirit that I could not do and still do church ministry.  Over the course of the past 6 months, I have spent a lot of time in prayer and study contemplating where Spirit is leading me.  This blog, these women is part of  my answer.

When Divine ideas come into our awareness, they do not leave easily.  They come and if we ignore them, they return at another time.  Spirit is always nudging and drawing us closer to the Truth of who we are, and who we are here to be.  OH, and who we are here to be is always greater than what our ego mind thinks.   We are not here to play small, or to remain young children.  Just as Mary raised up Jesus to be a man, we too can call upon the Mary within us to raise us up to be adult children of God.

The question arises:  What is the Divine idea that the angel Gabriel is bringing into your heart?   What are the excuses that come to mind that would prevent you from pursuing this greater expression of who you are? This is the time to call upon the power of the divine feminine; the power of willingness to surrender and participate in the birthing and unfolding of our own divine nature.

Mary knows she needs support in strengthening her faith.  She goes to visit Elisabeth, her kinswoman, who in her old age is pregnant.  Join me next week as we visit the special relationship between these women and what we can learn from them as we continue this exploration of awakening consciousness as a process not an event.

Grace-filled Blessings,

Rev. Charli Tupper

Walking In The Garden Of Eden

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The light sprays through the trees like glistening rays of gold illuminating the path before you.  It is a familiar path and yet seems new with each step you take.  You are not alone on this path.  There is a Presence with you that emanates love, life and power.  You have entered the garden.  The promised land.  The Garden of Eden: into the Genesis that is happening in all of our lives in this now moment.

Being in this garden is a choice.  And if you are reading this right now, you have said yes to the indwelling voice that speaks within your heart saying, come along with me.  This invitation is an invitation to live from the awareness of Spirit’s infinite Presence with you always.

What does the word Genesis actually mean?  According to Webster’s it is: the origin or coming into being of something.   According to Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (MBD),  Genesis points to a new birth, and to the perfection of man in the regeneration.   Eden according to the MBD is, A pleasant, harmonious, productive state of consciousness in which are all possibilities of growth.  When man is expressing in harmony with Divine Mind, bringing forth the qualities of Being in divine order, he dwells in Eden. 

A new birth into perfection and a consciousness of where all possibilities exist.  Genesis is where Adam and Eve walked and talked with God without shame.  They were naked, meaning they did not have anything to hide.  There was no small self telling them they weren’t enough or did it wrong.  They were born into perfection, and we too are invited into this life.

What might life look like if you didn’t experience shame?  What might life look like if we knew at the depths of our being that we have the power to create a pleasant and harmonious life?  What if we knew we could create this harmonious life not only for ourselves, but as we join together, we can create it for the world.

One of the challenges in writing about living in Eden at this time is that it is difficult to imagine when there is so much unrest and so many natural disasters.  Yet, living in Eden is a state of consciousness that frees us from the tyranny of the small self that only sees what’s wrong.  This consciousness of Eden has the potential to awaken the creative process within us to bring into form new ways of being in the world.  New creative ways of being with each other when difficult times happen.  We are created in the image and likeness of God.  We have the power, we are the love, we are the life that is awakening the potential within our own minds to creative solutions.  It all starts with one small thought.  What new thought will you follow today that will open your heart, mind, and soul?  What divine idea will you take into action that will make a difference in someone’s life?

Living from the awareness of the indwelling love, life and power of Spirit, I make a difference in the world.

Grace-filled Blessings,

Rev. Charli

 

Saying No, Making Space, Waking Up

A few months ago, I was speaking with a friend and she was talking about the spiritual principle of being selective about saying yes.  This was particularly meaningful to me, because I was constantly saying yes, often because it sounded like so much fun.  When we feel the urge to say yes, we might first want to ask the question: by saying yes to this, what might I be saying no to?   It is amazing what can happen when we shift the question a bit.  It allows us to take the question to a deeper place within, because it is easier to by-pass the initial automatic response.  Asking the question of what might I be saying no to, opens a space for us to consider what is seeking to express through and as us at this time.

A few weeks ago, I said I wanted to stop asking the questions, why and how.   By consciously asking different questions, I find my mind shifting to more creative answers.  By asking new questions, rather than the same questions I have always asked, I am holding open a doorway for not only a new vision of life, but also, the awakening of an ancient Truth of who I am.

There is a power in the open question.  One of the most important pieces is that there is no right answer.  All too often I  thought I had the answer, no matter what the question.  I’d like to say it was the answers for my life.  Truth be told, I may have thought I had the answers for others too.  The mind tells us our way of thinking is logical and anyone who doesn’t agree with us….well, they just need to rethink the situation from our point of view.  This rigid thinking has been the foundation for many conflicts throughout history, and many conflicts within my own life.  When we drop down into our hearts and listen, even for just a moment, we can listen for the still small voice within that always allows for more than one opinion or thought.

In the book Anam Cara, John O’Donohue says: In your thoughts, the silent universe seeks echo.  It is by going within to the secret place of the most High, that we empty ourselves of everything that stands in the way of hearing that sacred and beloved voice deep within our souls.

Over these past few months, I have been in a place of having sacred space.  I have to admit, one of my first reactions was to fill the void with anything.  The thought that I would not be a minister was terrifying.  If I don’t go to church everyday, who am I?  Yet, every time I tried to just blankly fill the void, doors would close.  People would ask me to do services or classes and then back down.  Space, it was all about space.  Opening a space to learn for the first time in my life what it looks like to honor my Self by not doing.  As I quit running, slowly more and more old false beliefs fell away.  I was able to hear what the thoughts in my mind were really saying to me, and it wasn’t always pretty.

I don’t know exactly the moment of awakening, I just know the freedom that comes with it.  A freedom to be wholly my Self.  No need for approval.  No need to wear the mask of know it all or its counter part, small and unintelligent.  The Truth is, I am no one special.  I am a human being just like everyone else.

I will close with another quote from Anam Cara, When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy, where before there was fear, now there is courage, where before in your life was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness, where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebrith, a new beginning. 

Namaste’,  May God’s grace awaken and fill your heart, mind and soul,

Rev. Charli