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Monthly Archive July 2020

Initiate the transport sequence

by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
July 23, 2020

It’s almost the end of July, and we’ve been sheltered at home for more than four months now.  Have you secretly wondered at least once: Will this pandemic ever end?  Will I be ok? Will the economy bounce back?  What will happen to local businesses?  Where do we go from here?  Will my family be ok?

If so, you are not alone. These are the questions everyone is asking.  And in our innocent desire to go out and live the life we’ve grown so accustomed to living, if we think someone is preventing us from moving forward, we get angry. I’ve heard the most interesting things lately that I never imagined I might hear.  For example, those eight people are sitting too close together and not wearing masks, or I went for a walk and saw people outside without masks on. It’s all their fault the number of new cases is rising.  Or, the unmasked are from out of town, they must be.

Then we share our anger and upset with our friends, family, loved ones, and anyone who will listen.  Like attracts like and more outrage ensues.

Meanwhile, everyone is waiting patiently for something to change.  Everyone is tender with a magnitude of thoughts, and unanswerable questions intensified into deep feelings as we process the current state of affairs in our world.  Then one tiny thing happens, and the wheels of the bus fall off.  Now what?

When the characters in a Star Trek, Next Generation episode are away from their ship and want to get back on board, they say the word, energize, and they’re transported back to the USS Enterprise starship.

This is where we are, friends. You’ve been entertaining and indulging yourself in anger, upset, fear, worry, and unanswerable questions for far too long. It’s time to come back to the ship of Truth.  Are you ready to return to your perfect, whole, and complete self?

The Absolute, undivided, indivisible, sparkly, magnificent, beautiful, wise, prosperous, blissful, loving, compassionate, forgiving, being of light that you are?

Let us stop waiting, wondering, wishing, and hoping that things will be different and step into our greatness now.  Radiate your spiritual magnificence, right where you are.  Shine your light and allow the world to be lit up by your loving essence.

You’ve got the Divine Sparkle of light within you, waiting for your recognition.

Energize is a felicitous word for such a time as this as when used as an intransitive verb, it means to put forth energy or to act.  Snap yourself out of your need to be angry or upset, afraid or worried, and jump into the vibration of Absolute Truth.

Remember who you are.  Stand in the authority of your Divine nature, while simultaneously taking action to dismantle systemic racism in the United States.  Keep your foot on the gas, joyfully wear your mask, and do your part to stop the spread of COIVD-19.

Energize!

And so it is.

Free at last

by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
July 11, 2020

When I hear the words free at last, I immediately think of the powerful, historic, “I have a dream” speech, delivered by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963.  Dr. King concluded his transformative speech with the words, “Free at last, free at last.  Thank God almighty we are free at last.”

Freedom is sure to be attained by all once we truly get that the freedom that we enjoy must be given to everyone, regardless of race, color, creed, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  It includes the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.  We have work to do, don’t we?

Also, in Dr. King’s speech, the phrase “let freedom ring” comes directly from the patriotic song “America.” You know the verse: My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring.

Freedom already has inherent within it the impetus to ring.  Our task is to yield to the Divine and allow it to be. To let something be, it is helpful to clarify what it looks like and what it means.  What an excellent opportunity it is to contemplate freedom.  What does it mean to you to be free?

In Science of Mind, WE BELIEVE the ultimate goal of life to be complete freedom from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.

The best place to begin is right within your mind.  You have the power to free yourself from the lack and limitation ingrained in you since you were born into the world.

True freedom — true liberty — has something cosmic behind it.  It is boundless, infinite potentiality.  When we come to the place within us where we understand that we indeed are one, then we will experience this cosmic freedom.  As we realize we are all connected to one indivisible unity, our whole attitude toward life will be transformed.

To embody oneness is to move through the world as a unified whole, understanding that there is only one thing happening: the Divine.  If you are hurting, I am hurting.  Consider your body, for example.  Say you have a cut on one of your fingers.  You can’t separate yourself from the finger if you tried.  If other humans are hurting, so are we.

When the declaration of independence was ratified on July 4, 1775, it held self-evident truths that all men were created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, including Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.  At the time, women were not allowed to vote, and slavery was common.

The bottom line is that all humans were created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights by their Creator.  Let’s embody that and be free at last.

And so it is.

Mindful Speech

By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
June 25, 2020

What you say matters. In the Bible, it is written, “In the beginning, was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” (John 1:1) “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” (Genesis 1:3)

I’m not saying you alone are God.  I am saying that your word has as much power as you believe it does. I invite you to be so clear with your word that when you name and claim something to be made manifest and revealed in your life, it is revealed instantly.

You have to believe in the power of your word. I know you’ve heard it said that talk is cheap. I’m afraid I have to disagree with that. It seems to me that people cheapen talk. They do so by not keeping their word, breaking agreements, and building up mountains of unfinished business.

There’s nothing bad or wrong with that; it’s human nature. The scattered psychic energy, however, leaves you drained and exhausted. You might be left wondering why your affirmative prayers are left unanswered.

It’s because of the diminished power of your word. Now is the time to clean it up and make new promises. A ship with a small hole is still a sinking ship. Back in the day, contracts were made with the word and a handshake.

You can restore your belief in the power of your word by scanning your life right now. Look for any area where you said you would do something and didn’t do it. Here are a few examples: phone calls, bills, tax returns, back taxes, credit cards, junk drawers, meetings, punctuality, gym commitments, healthy eating, etc.

Some individuals committed to working out at the gym three times a week are now merely sponsoring that gym. Keep the promises you make to yourself. Your word has as much power as your belief in it. By cleaning up these areas where you allowed your word to be disempowered, you restore power by believing in it.

When the loose ends are tied up, you begin to have clarity on your next steps and are free to forge ahead with conviction and authority.

As metaphysicians, we are called to be mindful of the words we speak, not out of superstition, but from a conscious consideration of what we desire to generate in the world. What you’re thinking about right now is creating your reality. Our words literally create worlds.  What kind of world are you creating?

During this powerful revolution for racial equity and racial justice, let us discover the courage, fortitude, and meddle within that propels us forward in doing our work. Don’t be a bystander in this movement for transformation. Join me in using the power of your word to describe the world one year from now. Let’s now describe with conviction and authority, using the power of our word, a world of equality that truly works for everyone.

And so it is.