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Shift Your Gaze

Shift Your Gaze

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Shift Your Gaze 
by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
February 22, 2019

You can change your life by shifting your gaze.  Perspective is everything.

When I was a young girl, the bedroom set in my room had a vanity set with three mirrors, and a large dresser with a mirror set facing each other, from across the room. One day I was standing in front of one of the mirrors combing my hair when I shifted my gaze to what was beyond my image looking back at me. I was amazed at what I saw. I saw the reflection of me looking into the mirror and then the reflection of the reflection of me, on and on forever to infinity.

For the next few days, I loved returning here to look beyond, to see if I could find the end, but it was unending. The reflections became smaller and smaller, of course, yet they seemed to go on forever and ever. I never found the end. That was one of my first experiences of the Infinite.

We are infinite beings of love and light. There is that within us which goes on and on forever, to infinity.

How often do we get caught up in the trials and tribulations that this human experience brings to us all?  Fretting and suffering about this or that?  Too short, too tall, overqualified, under-qualified, not enough, too much, why that person said what they did when they did, and so forth.

If you were to shift your gaze to the Infinite Presence which goes on and on for eternity, a whole new world would open up to you.  Your awareness will expand to all that is possible for yourself and your life, your heart will open, and inspiration will come.  Doesn’t that seem much more compelling and fascinating than focusing on the thoughts of yesterday?

You can start where you are right now.  It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, this morning or even five minutes ago.  Every moment you are given an opportunity to begin again.  Why not start right now by shifting your gaze from whatever your focus is currently on?  Shift your gaze from whatever is immediately in front of you, to the Infinite Presence of light and love.  Dwell in that space.

Consider this Infinite Presence that is here right now, and in and through all of creation.  It has breathed Itself into existence as you, for such a time as this.  It wants to live through you, love through you, and do mighty and magnificent work through and as you.  Are you available?  Knowing that this Infinite Presence is a powerful force for good that is greater than you are and you have access to it, will you use it?

Today I shift my gaze to the Infinite Presence of Spirit. I take rest in the comfort of knowing that It does go on and on forever to infinity, and It resides here now, at the very center of my being.

And so it is.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley

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