My Dearest Friends,
Be Love, Bring Love, Share Love this was the sermon that I offered on Homecoming Sunday in September; LOVE is the foundation that we must endeavor to build upon. In my experience there are two root emotions from which all other emotions stem, Love or Fear. If you feel hurt or angry or lost, in some way or another, when traced back to the root emotion one will most likely find fear. The same is true of love… if one feels happy, confident, inspired when traced back the feeling one usually comes to is love. Reading an article on the website psychcentral.com
I uncovered this wisdom, “When it comes to love versus fear, the only way to is through. In other words, I must first acknowledge and allow myself to deeply FEEL my fear before I have any actual chance of – not replacing but transforming – the fear into an experience of love.”
My hope for this fall has been to cultivate within us a sense of loving kindness for oneself and for all other beings on this planet – it is a tall order but it needs to be done. I endeavor, on a daily basis, to cultivate a sense of wonder and love. The teachings for September centered on seeking and finding love in our respective communities and lives; love for oneself particularly. October held the key to forgiveness as a means to personal healing, how without forgiveness we can have little personal peace and spiritual advancement. November’s teachings coalesced with taking risks in our lives as a means to cultivate love in this world – sitting in our fear until we transform it. During November we faced our fear of the other and handed out LOVED buttons to friends, family and strangers. I also encouraged us to not remain silent about what you believe to instead share our passions, risky for sure. If you were unable to attend all of the worship services this fall I would recommend that you check out our website and the worship archive. Since September we have been conciously building towards December’s theme, Embodiment.
Embodiment is about taking all of the learnings and experiences that we have cultivated in our lives and mindfully assimilating them into a way of being, to truly embody them. This month we begin with Joy and Awareness in our Revels service, then we move into a place of realization and acceptance of our spiritual connection with all beings and to answer the call to be what I am calling an “Earth Angel.” You know those people who inherently know what their call to action and are inspired to follow that call towards action, inspired by loving kindness, compassion, and mission. All fall we have been working towards this moment of embodiment… To let go of all of those things that hold us back, to truly heal and then to begin the work of healing a broken world one person at a time. Through the work of unpacking and re-membering our lives we will have an opportunity for transformation of fear and all of its resultant emotions into love. First and foremost on this journey we begin by realizing, accepting and stepping into the fear of self and others. Instead of expecting to be disappointed in others as a means of protection let us accept the call to let go of the fear and instead embrace our vulnerability – risky yes but absolutely transformative.
I invite us, over the next week or so, to catch up on or review the teachings held within the sermons from this fall and participate fully during the month of December. This is the foundation that we will need to enter into the work of the new year fully “charged” and ready to be the agents of change, the earth angels, of our time.
If you feel slighted or if you do not feel loved take this moment to imagine and realize that you truly are LOVED.
I am including a mediation on personal transformation:
Release the harsh and pointed inner
voice. it’s just a throwback to the past,
and holds no truth about this moment.
Let go of self-judgment, the old,
learned ways of beating yourself up
for each imagined inadequacy.
Allow the dialogue within the mind
to grow friendlier, and quiet. Shift
out of inner criticism and life
suddenly looks very different.
i can say this only because I make
the choice a hundred times a day to release the voice that refuses to
acknowledge the real me.
What’s needed here isn’t more prodding toward perfection, but
intimacy – seeing clearly, and
embracing what I see.
Love, not judgment, sows the
seeds of tranquility and change.
Peace and Love,