Monthly Archives: May 2012

Peace of Mind

I started this blog specifically with the idea of “Pondering New Paradigms,” reflecting on my experience of making intentional change to bring about a complete shift in my life. With each day I expand my realization that this is a huge (and amazing) commitment—one that is no longer optional.

I had a deep conviction that if I wanted to change the way my physical body is manifesting, changing what actually goes into my body was part of the equation. When I didn’t follow through in as timely a manner as my body would have liked, I receive a diagnosis of prednisone induced diabetes. Okay—incorporated that into my experience and things seemed to be going well—and then no! My body decides I’m not listening, and my gall bladder begins to dysfunction. The solution? A plant based, vegan diet. I realized recently that I had moved on to this new experience without incorporating the previous change.  If a complete shift is what I strive for, I must remember one of the most important lessons from Ministerial School…to transcend and include.

Which brings me to the next change I envision, something I know is extremely important to this experience—meditation. I’m talking meditation, not prayer. I pray a lot—meditate, not so much. Well, that’s not exactly the truth. I do meditate quite a bit when in the hospital. Maybe that’s why I’ve ended up back there a few times? Not listening so my body had to show me?? Maybe. I’m listening now.

The thing is, I had to pick up the current meditation book I am reading several times before I could get past their use of the word ‘mind.’ It’s a great book, and it’s reminding me of what I know to be capital-T Truth. The true power in the work I have been doing is spiritual, requiring a shift in my spiritual energy. A work in process…let’s get back to the use of that word.

It’s an age old discussion, and many of those reading this may choose to disagree with my definition, yet for me it is really important to this discussion. A paradigm shift comes when we make holistic changes, which requires a holistic understanding of mind. The popular practice is to use the words mind and brain or even mind and thought (or even feeling) interchangeable. I’ve invested many years of ‘thought’ to realize that this just doesn’t work for me. The mind is so much more than the brain, as are thoughts and feelings. In fact, while the heart is amazing, the mind is much more than the heart. The mind is much more than the entire body.

In Atom Smashing Power of Mind, Charles Fillmore (co-founder of Unity) says:
“God is Mind, and man [who is] made in the image and likeness of God is Mind, because there is but one Mind, and that [one Mind is] the Mind of God.” (p 93)

Notice the capitalization of the letter “M”— this meant Charles was talking about the absolute realm or Divine Mind. We—all of humanity—exist in unity with the one eternal Mind out of which our temporal or relative experience is made manifest. Our mind is the Beingness of God; our life and experience the beingness of mind. We have a threefold nature—spirit, soul, and body—and mind encompasses our entire being.

So, where is this little rant going? It’s taking me to a deeper understanding of the importance and power of meditation in the healing process. Healing is not just about the body, it is about our entire beingness. I know this, and yet I have found it easy to act as if I’ve forgotten. Perfect health requires a coherency that expresses throughout the mind—connecting spirit-soul-body as a coherent expression of Divine Mind. It’s not just about the spirit-mind connection or the body-mind connection—it’s all of the above, and so much more.

My concept of mind is the combined electromagnetic field generated around the body. It’s when this field is in a state of coherence that lasting paradigm shifts can take place and we can express our full Beingness. This also works as we join together in groups, as we combine our energy fields into one field. In fact, it works for me when talking about the energy field of all that is and ever will be.

Would love to hear your thoughts as you join me in pondering new paradigms…

Namaste’

When “Stuff” Happens

Started writing a blog last week and didn’t post it, as the experience still had something to teach me. The question that has dogged me—as much as I don’t want to admit it—is WHY?  Why do bad things keep happening?

Normally, I really don’t find “Why” to be a helpful question, as it keeps the focus on the past—and what we focus on we create (and re-create). I was explaining this to a friend at lunch last week and her reply was something like, “The question to ask yourself is not why things happen—it’s more like okay—what do I do now?”  My thoughts exactly…and then here comes that question again…WHY??? What did I do to attract this in to my life??  Oh yeah…right…let’s focus on what I choose to do now…though my BFF said it well on the phone today…sometimes it feels like it just sucks to be human.

That’s what I needed. To honor that feeling. I didn’t need to know Why, that was just the question guiding my awareness to the feeling that was stuffed somewhere beneath my experience of the past week. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the intention to see the world through the eyes of God that we forget that things don’t always feel perfect in our human world. Stuff happens.

Stuff like coming home from work to find my apartment flooded because my upstairs neighbor ran a huge amount of rice through the drain OR waking up to find I (temporarily) couldn’t see out of my left eye. Or the gift of having my landlord, his wife, and the maintenance person respond in person to help me at 1 in the morning, the eye doctor who says to me “you’re in the family now, and we are here for you,” a best friend who calls because her radar says Patty needs a call, and so much more. So much great ‘stuff’!

When you look for it, there’s always more to be grateful for, though when you’re in the middle of feeling like life sucks you can’t always see that. Here’s the thing I learned (again) this week—I get frustrated when my world seems to be out of my control. In fact, at some level I become a control freak. So what’s that all about? It’s about fear—or as Charles Fillmore (co-founder of Unity) called it “False Evidence Appearing Real.” I know that I am not the experiences in my life—though sometimes it definately feels that way.  

In the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous it talks about how when we harbor fear it will control our lives. When we emotionally or mentally buy into the false evidence of our experiences, we are making the choice to give our power over to fear rather than live our lives from a place of love. What would our world be like if we were to give Love the reigns to create our experience? Love is the creative energy of expressing our oneness with God, whereas fear is a destructive energy that perpetuates a false idea that we can even be separate from God.  

Love is the paradigm I choose. Anything else is a delusion—including the illusion of chaos in my life this past week. It is all God. There can be nothing other than the one presence and power of Love that we call God. When it feels like life sucks, I’ve wrestled the reigns of life from God and am struggling with the false identity of separation. What do I do now? Find something to be grateful for, to realign my thoughts with God. As I choose to experience my life from a consciousness of Oneness, I can trust the Divine Order present in the midst of chaos bringing forth the highest good. You can, too.

It’s great to be alive!

Namaste’