August 18, 2017
During our last few Fridays, we have explored several topics that seemed of interest to our patient community. These topics sparked conversation and also caused many of us to question our beliefs, our faith, our understanding, and our acceptance of who we really are. I'm so grateful that we are able to provide a "space" and time where all of our patients are supported, loved, and honored, whatever their spiritual beliefs are (or aren’t).
One of the topics was F.E.A.R. (Future Events Aren't Real). We spoke about fears and using our "spiritual tools" to walk through our fears. These tools include prayer, meditation, reaching out, forgiveness, present moment living, love, and reading inspirational words such as these:
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of G-d. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of G-d that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." ~ Marianne Williamson
Many patients could relate to these powerful words and many admitted that they were indeed afraid to "shine," afraid of failure and success. They also were grateful for the idea that we all have within us the "glory of G-d". That regardless of what we have done, where we have been, or what we have believed about ourselves, there is good, there is G-d, and there is love within us. And it’s been said:
"Perfect love casts out all fear" John 4:18
Perfect love is G-d’s love, and with that love within us we can dispel the darkness of our fears. We can walk through any fear into the light of new life.
"If you had any idea Who walks beside you everyday...you would never doubt or fear anything ever again." ~ Wayne Dyer
"...when we lose contact with our Higher Power, we begin to take control of our own lives, refusing the care of the G-d of our understanding. If we do not make a daily decision to surrender our lives, to the care of our Higher Power, we may become overwhelmed with the fear of life.
As we draw closer to a living G-d we become more conscious of our higher power, and the more G-d conscious we are...the less we fear.
~Just For Today
It seems that every topic we explore on Spiritual Fridays somehow always takes us back to love. It's always the answer. My prayer is that our patients leave us on Fridays hearing, feeling, and knowing more about the greatest power in the Universe and the greatest power in them – love.
What are your biggest fears right now?
What do you do when you feel afraid?
What fears have you walked through while at CR?
How does fear hurt you and your recovery?
How are your fear today different from the fears you experienced using?
How can your HP help you?
Who is the G-d of your understanding?
I leave you with one of my most favorite prayers, especially when I'm experiencing fear or feeling a need for calm reassurance that all is well.
MY LORD G-D, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
~ Through the Year With Thomas Merton