Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Repent means choose again

"When evil men (and women) plot,
good men (and women) plan.

When evil men (and women) burn and bomb,
good men (and women) must build and bind.

When evil men (and women) shout ugly words of hatred,
good men (and women) commit themselves to the glories of love.

Where evil men (and women) would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo,
good men (and women) must seek to bring into being a real order of justice."
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
and from the SOM reading for today:

“No appearance can prevent us from arriving at the realization of our innate perfection and beauty.” Michael Beckwith

“The principle governing faith is that when the one praying becomes convinced, his prayer will automatically be answered.” SOM p. 157

I enjoy turning within and allowing my body, the physical manifestation of the spirit to which I turn, to heal itself. I also use vitamins, exercise and doctors. Because spirit’s givingness is everywhere equally present, there are many methods by which divine wholeness is revealed.

I do not ignore the physical conditions, the death, horror and destruction, disease, hate and blaming, but I realize that the opposites of these things are also true and so I focus on them. I give thanks for the realization that the wholeness, beauty, health and goodness in us as individuals, communities and a nation are greater than any condition. That is why it is called a ‘condition,’ it is not permanent, will pass, like clouds across the face of the sun, but the innate inherent reality of life as spirit, is the sun and will never pass, because no matter how dark the night, the sun is shining somewhere.

When we release our attachment to conditions and physical reality, to matter and material forms, we automatically come into direct contact with wholeness itself. We need to let appearances and conditions pass and allow the systems for healing that we already have within us as individuals, communities and a nation to flow forth. We need to say Enough! to what isn’t working and choose what will work, what deep down we know will work; what every prophet and teacher from Moses, thru Jesus to Gandhi and MLK has told us will work.

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