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Peace of mind in Divine Mind



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May 08, 2013 - 2012 was the warmest year on record. Ice caps and glaciers are shrinking. Sea levels are rising. Carbon Dioxide levels are at record highs and growing rapidly. Global climate change is being demonstrated through record droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, weather pattern changes of all sorts. "Something's happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear" Stephen Stills.

We all have choices in how we respond to this information. We can deny it or believe it's a liberal conspiracy. We can pretend it doesn't exist, burying our heads in the sand. We can react in fear losing sleep or crying to our neighbors, or in anger protesting to those who will listen. We can run, but we can't hide forever.

Another option is to respond with the strength of faith. We can place our faith in the Divine Spirit, by whatever name we choose to call it, that will lead us through any adversity. "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, 'My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.'" Psalms 91:1-2. All things do work together in divine order and divine timing, not my order nor my timing.

This does not mean that we do nothing. No, rather, it means that we check in with our Source through prayer and meditation, find the light of inspiration, the firmament of faith, the seeds of ideas and follow through by putting feet to our prayers. Ask, seek and knock (see Matthew 7:7-8), we must act on our guidance.

I spent this past weekend in a workshop with Jean Houston discovering the "Wizard of Us." We explored the Wizard of Oz as an archetypal story of human transformation. Whether it's Gilgamesh, Jason, Noah, Arjuna, or other Mythological tale; these archetypal stories speak to the hero or heroine in all of us. In one part of the workshop, we endeavored to make contact with our transcendent brain, heart and courage. Like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, we all must awaken to these divine aspects of self in order to return home.

We all have our parts to play in this great drama/comedy of life. We each have our destiny to fulfill, the potential for greatness that is within each one of us. "You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you." Psalms 82:6. Our home is in God, in Love. "He who abides in love, abides in God." 1John 4:16. And from this abiding in God, in Love, we can more effectively play our part in a divinely ordered, fulfilling and sustaining way.

Fear, anger and denial, although serving a purpose in the proper circumstances, are unhealthy as a long term strategy. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives." John 14:27. We overcome or transcend the world through the peace of mind that comes through our connection with Divine Mind. In Divine Mind are all the divine ideas for expression; we can appropriate God's guidance, inspiration and directions for living in an awareness and expression of divine order and divine timing. We make and sustain this connection through prayer and meditation.

Whatever is happening here, I have faith that Divine Order and Divine Timing are active in the Universe and in our lives. You may be the person with the ideas that will solve the problems or lead to the solutions. You may be the person who funds the ideas, or supports their development, or raises the awareness of others, or holds the spiritual space for the blessings to pour forth.

We each have our spiritual gifts to express. "For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." Romans 12:4-5. It is in our expression of these gifts that we bless each other and our selves.

Blessings of peace, joy & love.

The Matthew E. Long is senior minister

at Peace Unity Community

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