Letters to the Divine Within
January 1, 2012
Rev. Jan Chase
The holiday party season is upon us, so please be safe and take a cab . . . or bus. To emphasize how important I think it is that you do, I share an experience with you all, about drinking and driving. A couple of nights ago, a man was out for a few drinks with some friends and had a few too many beers and some rather nice Merlot. Knowing full well he may have been slightly over the limit, he did something he’s never done before - He took a bus home.
He arrived home safely and without incident, which was a real surprise, as he had never driven a bus before and was not sure where he got this one. (sent in by Jim Marshall – smile in his direction!)
Happy New Year 2012!
This is the time when our minds automatically look at what changes we want to make in our lives. What do we want that is different? And what are we willing to change to bring about that different result?
When I look at my health, I know I want to change the way I eat and exercise.
When I look at my stress and success, I know I want to incorporate more meditation and spiritual guidance into my days.
When I look at my stuff, I know I need less and want more order.
When I look at my relationships, I know I want to live more from the compassionate wisdom of my heart.
When I look at my mindset, I know I want to be more grateful for what is.
When I look at the challenges facing the world around me, I know I want to be more effective at spreading tools for Inner and Outer Peace. I want to co-create a world that works for all!
And when I get too serious, too overwhelmed, I remember that I need to play, to relax, to BE HERE NOW and enjoy it all.
Yet, as I make these choices and as I ask you to consider what changes you might want to incorporate in your life, I ask you to remember who you are.
FROM MIKE DOOLEY:
If it's not yet obvious to you, the real reason for this, and all seasons, is you, Beloved. A more perfect child of the Universe has never lived. Until now, only celebrations cloaked in myth and mystery could hint at your divine heritage and sacred destiny. You are life's prayer of becoming and its answer. The first light at the dawn of eternity, drawn from the ether, so that I might know my own depth, discover new heights, and revel in seas of blessed emotion.
A pioneer into illusion, an adventurer into the unknown, and a lifter of veils. Courageous, heroic, and exalted by legions in the unseen.
To give beyond reason, to care beyond hope, to love without limit; to reach, stretch, and dream, in spite of your fears. These are the hallmarks of divinity - traits of the immortal - your badges of honor. May you wear them with a pride as great as the immeasurable pride we feel for you.
Your light has illuminated darkened paths, your gaze has lifted broken spirits, and already your life has changed the course of history.
This is the time of year we celebrate (Your Name).
Bowing before Greatness,
It is easy for us to forget our divine nature and the power that is inherent within us.
It is easy for us to go along with the outer world’s illusions of superficiality, lack and limitation and negativity.
Those of us in the New Thought Movement are called to remember and to help others remember who we are as spiritual beings with the power to live our lives with focus and meaning which brings great joy to ourselves and to the world!
The New Year is not the only time to make changes. We can and do make them all year round. However, this is a good time to release old patterns that keep us stuck by trying on new habits, setting new priorities and seeing how they work, how they feel, how they improve our lives and how they allow the DIVINE WITHIN us to FLOW more easily through us. This could be called REBIRTH or Being Born from above!
John 3:1 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God."
3 Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above."
4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, "You must be born from above.' “
Unity’s co-founder Charles Fillmore defines “new birth --The realization by man of his spiritual identity, with the fullness of power and glory that follows.
A birth is a coming into a state of being. Man first is born, or comes into a state of physical being; he thinks of himself as flesh, material. The "new birth" is the coming into a higher state of being that is alive to the fact that man is like God, one with God.”
Next week we will look at what we no longer need to hang on to as we put thoughts that don’t serve us into the Burning Bowl.
Last year we wrote letters to God and some of you have gotten then back. Jacqi has some here to give you. I encourage you to open them and read them and notice how well your intensions were met this year. Sometimes we get though things quickly, other years it takes longer. As we open our minds to set intensions, our being aligns around those intensions to manifest them.
I encourage you to use your wonderful IMAGININATION to picture yourself expressing your divine essence.
You have an abundance of GIFTS within you that are excited about being expressed in new ways.
As you Align your Mind with Divine Mind within you, you are guided in new ways to express yourself and to express the Divine: MIND IDEA EXPRESSION.
And then you will fly like a butterfly, released from the limitations of old cocoons of habits and patterns of thinking and doing.
It is important to be gentle on yourself, and allow yourself to make small changes that open new channels for the Divine in you to express more freely.
You may want to make them in a number of areas or just in one area. The key is to listen to the Divine within You.
There are a number of areas that I have identified to listen to for instructive wisdom.
The first and the last involves an intention to BE HERE NOW, which is exemplified in Jacqi’s banner CONSIDER THE LILIES OF THE FIELD.
When we set an intention to be total present of each now moment as it unfolds, we open ourselves to be ONE with ALL that is and JOY dances through our senses.
When we sent an intention to spend time in the SILENCE, to meditate on a regular basis, we open ourselves to commune with our Divine Essence. Deep healing occurs at all levels and wise guidance springs forth. Even if we begin by committing one minute a day, we are acknowledging the Sacred within us and we will be blessed.
As we are present and connected to our inner essence, we become aware of the blessings all around us and within us. We move into a consciousness of GRATITUDE where we can GIVE THANKS IN ALL THINGS. This is a high state of consciousness that brings even more awareness and joy.
This week while I was visiting old friends and mentors in Kansas City, a prayer was said for me that invoked focus. It made me think about the ORDER of things. Intention and focus without attachment to outcome allow all things in the universe to work together for Good in our lives and the world. They are connected. I also know that as I get my things in order, my life flows more easily.
What we eat affects how we feel? Do you want to eat more consciously? How? I find I feel better when I have 2 meals instead of 3, so I plan to modify my eating patterns.
How we move our bodies affects our health. They say exercise is the best thing you can do not only for your body but for your brain. Do you want to commit to move in new ways. I want to incorporate YOGA movements and more walking into my daily routine.
Allowing ourselves to play creatively and consciously and to enjoy our play is important to bringing balance our lives. Let us learn to play together. Let us teach the world to play together in new ways. Let us relax and love life and laughter.
All blessings flow from GOD and bring us various kinds of PROSPERITY. As we align with the FLOW of LIFE and are willing to ACCEPT the GIFTS, to Love What Is, that sometimes come as challenges, we find enormous blessings. What prosperities are there? health, money, friends, work, play, food, rest, etc.
And then there are RELATIONSHIPS. These sometimes seem like a blessing and sometimes like a curse, the same ones. Relationships are often our growing point, challenging us to be in our heart, where we can truly hear what another is saying. Our relationships here in this church community Bless us deeply as we share our ups and downs, as we encourage each other by seeing the Christ within each other.
But I have discovered that happiness comes mostly from SERVICE, from meaningful giving. When I feel I am making a difference in your lives, when I feel I am helping Peace bloom within us and in our community and world. Then JOY radiates out.
One of my heros, Albert Schweitzer said: In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Schweitzer also said: I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
AS WE WORK TO CO-CREATE A WORLD THAT WORKS FOR ALL, PEACE SPRINGS FORTH and All is Well.
In Oprah’s New Year’s email she writes:
Stop resisting what is. Either change it or find a way to move with the flow.
That is my new goal: to become what a Sufi teacher recently shared with me "A Feather on the Breath of God." Flowing where I can best be used in service to my calling.
You are here on a spiritual mission, whether you remember it or not. The world awaits your joyous spirit playing its song, dancing its dance.
What does your spirit call you to in this new year?
We will write a letter to our DIVINE selves during meditation, a LOVE LETTER asking for support and Guidance in various areas of our lives.
Know that your sacred I AM Essence is there for you, is in fact you. As you call it forth in new ways, relax and enjoy the ride.
Sun, January 1, 2012
by Rev. Jan Chase