Friday, September 16, 2005

Something that has become quite clear to me with the current events of the world is how we humans still have the propensity to make enemies.

When stuff happens in our lives, we look for someone to blame. A hurricane occurs, lives are lost, homes are destroyed, chaos reigns … suddenly the U.S. government is at fault. Our employments ends … we fixate on our boss being too greedy, or too demanding. Our relationship ends and our mind is full of what they did or didn’t do that ruined it. Something happens in our circle of influence, and suddenly we start feeling like people are out to get us.

Granted, many of us in New Thought, move beyond that enemy-making period and take responsibility for our part in the event … but that first response bothers me. How can we get past making them wrong?

Perhaps we have to get honest. Nothing is really about the other person or people – it is about ourselves. Taking responsibility for our creations is partly how we choose to respond to what we’ve created. I remember the last year of my marriage – feeling like I was on a hamster-wheel of resentment. I had a litany of grievances that went through my mind constantly – the main one being “He’s so emotionally unavailable.” It wasn’t until I had moved 3,000 miles away that I realized I was unavailable. Then I tried to blame it on him – “If he wasn’t so unavailable, I wouldn’t have shut down.” In getting honest with myself, I realized that I chose to withdraw in retaliation. And it wasn’t until I realized my choices that I was able to stop making him the enemy and forgive – not only him, but myself.

Colin Tipping, founder of the wonderful Radical Forgiveness technique, sent an e-letter suggesting that we forgive the hurricane. Here’s a link to his example:
Perhaps we could use this for other situations in our world, globally or personally.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote “He prayeth best who loveth best all things both great and small.” Many of us are praying daily for the survivors and their families of not only Hurricane Katrina, but the people in the Middle East, and in our own neighborhoods. Have a look at where you have created enemies before you sit down to pray today. Praying without forgiveness is not loving all things great and small.

Grateful Blessings, Rev. Angelica

There is only One Heart – the compassionate heart of The Divine. There is only One Mind – the infinitely intelligent Divine Mind. These things are absolutely everywhere – not separate, but One – One incredibly impeccable Creative Energy that flows though and is all things, including me.
I now choose to be open to knowing where I have created enemies in my heart and mind, and I release them. I forgive and I let go. Infinite Intelligence moves through me, guiding me in the right choices, the right responses to my world.
I open my heart to the One Heart, and I love all life, big and little. I let my life be a blessing to my world. One moment at a time, I choose to see the perfection of The Divine in all Its manifestations.
Gratefully I release these words, knowing they are already so, and so it is.

Last night a friend and I attended a Red Hat Society dinner meeting in a restaurant in Coquitlam. About half way through dinner, as I looked around the room at 30 different red hats and the women wearing them, I just had to smile. We are all so unique and beautiful.

We learned there are now 40 thousand chapters globally -- Over a million members! The movement has grown from a woman’s idea using a poem and a red hat as a gift to her best friend, and then other friends, just 5 years ago!! Now there are Red Hat sections in Hallmark Cards and other stores!

Now who was it that sang that song “Girls just want to have fun!” ?

I believe this movement became so popular not just because women of a certain age wanted to have more fun in their lives, but because Life wants to flaunt Itself authentically and outrageously. As children we play and laugh and think nothing of it … now we take our lives so seriously we have to schedule in play!

Another reason is that there is an unconditional acceptance of who we are and our age. It doesn’t matter if one has a loud laugh, is married or divorced, is working or not, is slender or voluptuous, blond, brown, red or grey - indeed, the idea is to be authentically alive older women who just want to have fun!!

Do you have to wait until 50 to live life authentically and unconditionally? No way! The time is NOW! My teacher, the late Rev. Helen Street used to say that the belief humanity has that this dimension is a school where we’re enrolled to learn spiritual lessons is wrong. We are all the Spirit we are ever going to be – we’re here to learn how to be fully human. Rev. Carol Carnes wrote me in an e-mail the other day:
“Oh Yeah, I am on that page of us all being fully human… compassionate, passionate, alive, juicy, feeling, reverent, in awe ...laughing at ourselves, aware of something greater, creative and playful! To me, that is the whole thing. .. .we have always been spiritual but human is a whole new opportunity to experience God....”

If anything, the Truth is – if this is school – this is recess!! Let’s Play!!

Blessings of laughter, Rev. Angelica

Oh Great Spirit of Joy, fill my heart with laughter!
With a grateful heart, I realize the Truth of my being. All there is – is God. The Divine Energy of Life that fills the atmosphere of the Universe and more. It is the Source of all things, the animating Lifeforce in all things. It is my own Self.
Today I let go of my need to take life so seriously. This does not mean I am in denial of the people or events that need my compassionate presence. It does mean that I am willing and ready to experience it all authentically. I am co-creating my experiences with Divine Energy, and from this moment on, I choose to create them in the Spirit of Joy.
I can now laugh at myself and the things I have created with ease. How great and powerful I am!! How delightful that I can choose at every moment to move into the center of my being where Joy resides, and create again.
I am so grateful that I have uncovered Joy in my life – it is my natural state of being. I know this because I know Joy is an attribute of God … and whatever God is, I am. I celebrate Life today!! And so it is.