September 01, 2017
We recently had an opportunity to hold our "Spiritual Friday" at Unity Church and spent most of the day together exploring the question "What Is G-d?" We watched a beautiful documentary called "Oh My G-d." Here is the movie synopsis:
"In every corner of the world, there's one question that can never be definitively answered, yet stirs up equals parts of passion, curiosity, self reflection and often wild imagination: ‘What Is G-d?’ Filmmaker Peter Rodger set out on a global quest to understand what G-d really means to people from all walks of life. The result is a stunningly beautiful film featuring inviting faces and personalities who are a touching reminder of the melting pot that we call humanity, and the mystery that we have given many names."
I love the "mystery we have given many names". A few weeks ago we watched a beautiful film on gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg who described G-d this way: "G-d the is that personal journey we all want to be on – to be inspired."
So many of our patients feel lost and confused in their search for a power greater than themselves. So many of them feel doubtful that they are even capable of being on an inspiring journey, but all of us are on that journey, we just don't know it. I love what Teresa of Avila said, "...the biggest obstacle to finding G-d is our assumptions about what we are looking for..."
I've linked a couple of clips from the film. You can watch the whole movie online. The patients really loved it – it sparked their interest, caused them to question, and brought them together for some interesting and inspiring conversations in small groups.
What is G-d for you?
Has your idea of understanding of G-d changed since childhood?
Have you ever witnessed something or felt something so awesome, powerful...you just knew it had to come from a higher power?
What, if anything, confused or angered you in the film?
Have you ever been to any of the places in the film?
What did you hear or see that touched you or inspired you?
Can we really define G-d?
Before we broke up into small groups, we had our usual opening with the ringing of Tibetan bells, prayers from the Aborignese and Native Americans, readings, "gratitudes," music and reflective time. Spiritual leader Charlene played her crystal bowl and led us in meditation. Here are some of our readings:
"I Am There", a beautiful poem/prayer that at this very moment is on the moon. On the Apollo 15 Mission, Astronaut James Irwin left a copy of it in the time capsule. It was his mother's favorite prayer and she handed it to him as she said good-bye.
It is not only in the relative world that it can be said, when the student is ready, the master will come. There are hidden teachers who walk with us. There are ancestors who wait to support us, spirits whose work it is to help us. Call this support what you will: angels, guides, the Higher Self, the Holy Spirit. That which we need is with us at all times. We can sense the Presence through our intuition. We have but to be still, listen and hear." ~ Ann Mortifee
When I dip my hand into the ocean, each drop that rolls off the tip of my finger is part of the ocean and the ocean is part of it. And yet it is an individual droplet, in and of itself.
I am much like the drop of seawater. I am part of G-d, and G-d is part of me, and the same is true for each being on the planet. We are also a piece of the whole that is humanity, and it is part of us. We are each connected to one another, united in spirit, one in consciousness.
One positive thought, one act of kindness contributes to the good of all people. So I choose to honor my divine connection by doing all I can to be a blessing.
~ Daily Word June 2017
It's all G-d!
Read this as your gazing up at the moon!
I Am There
Do you need Me?
I am there.
You cannot see Me, yet I am the light you see by.
You cannot hear Me, yet I speak through your voice.
You cannot feel Me, yet I am the power at work in your hands.
I am at work, though you do not understand My ways.
I am at work, though you do not recognize My works.
I am not strange visions. I am not mysteries.
Only in absolute stillness, beyond self, can you know Me as I am, and then but as a feeling and a faith.
Yet I am there. Yet I hear. Yet I answer.
When you need Me, I am there.
Even if you deny Me, I am there.
Even when you feel most alone, I am there.
Even in your fears, I am there.
Even in your pain, I am there.
I am there when you pray and when you do not pray.
I am in you, and you are in Me.
Only in your mind can you feel separate from Me, for only in your mind are the mists of “yours” and “mine.”
Yet only with your mind can you know Me and experience Me.
Empty your heart of empty fears.
When you get yourself out of the way, I am there.
You can of yourself do nothing, but I can do all.
And I am in all.
Though you may not see the good, good is there, for I am there.
I am there because I have to be, because I am.
Only in Me does the world have meaning; only out of Me does the world take form; only because of Me does the world go forward.
I am the law on which the movement of the stars and the growth of living cells are founded.
I am the love that is the law's fulfilling. I am assurance. I am peace. I am oneness. I am the law that you can live by. I am the love that you can cling to. I am your assurance. I am your peace. I am one with you. I am.
Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you.
Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you.
Beloved, I am there.