Tag Archives: Emotional Sobriety

Choosing Joy As My Compass

ImageThis past week I attended the Unity Institute Ministerial Student’s prayer service for Unity’s World Day of Prayer—grateful for the opportunity to be there with friends from Unity Church of Manhattan who were visiting Unity Village. Ever since that service I have been exploring the idea of what it means to be among “The Chosen.”

With world affairs like they are right now, and the chaos that has taken place in my life and the life of my dear ones, it has been a fascinating reflection. For many throughout history this idea of being among “The” Chosen has been indicative of some form of superiority—whether it be racial, religious, cultural, or otherwise—also implying inferiority for the ‘un’-Chosen. That just doesn’t work for me, and isn’t working for the world at large.

Throughout history, especially in religious thought, we have evolved our thought processes with some form of this concept of being chosen—individually and/or collectively. The Chosen One or The Chosen People—even The Chosen Land—seem to be universal archetypes. It’s time that we evolve our understanding of this archetype even further. We are stuck in old paradigms of thought  that no longer serve our greater good. I suggest we develop a new understanding based on knowing the truth of our oneness, removing all concepts of superiority and inferiority.

While all archetypes have positive and negative aspects, in and of themselves they are neutral and it’s our choice what aspects of an archetype we choose to express. How do we choose differently? Through prayer we align ourselves with God and get out of the way of our innate divinity expressing.

“The call of the Universe is the call to come up higher, to take charge of your life, to release your imprisoned splendor… In our praying we are hearing the call of the universe and responding to it” (Eric Butterworth, “The Universe is Calling”)

We are each and every one of us called and “The Chosen” are simply those who choose to say yes to expressing their divine calling in this life experience. This is not a choice we make once and ‘whallah’ we are “The Chosen One.” Jesus invested a liftime in learning to make this choice with his every thought, word and action so that he could be the means by which God came into expression through his life experience–and it’s our job to do the same. We must continue to say yes to embodying the call of the universe with every choice we make.

That is part of the reason you haven’t heard from me of late. I have been investing energy into looking at times in my life when I chose not to say yes to the call, to recognizing and removing the perceived roadblocks that those choices may have placed in my way of being the expression of God in the world. It seemed to me that the rheostat of my emotional nature needed some adjustment. Years ago, while doing some work with the tools taught by the Institute of HeartMath, I realized that a huge piece of my purpose here in this experience is “to experience life in all its joy and glory”–yet it seemed to me from my life that my emotional rheostat was set to a different experience. I’ve set about readjusting the rheostat of my emotional nature to those frequencies that I consider expressions of the positive aspects of this archetype—most specifically joy.

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was blessed with the opportunity for several summers to spend a week in retreat with the author Alan Cohen who hammered home the idea of holding joy as your compass in life’s choices

Joy is not the result of getting what you want; it is the way to get what you want. In the deepest sense, joy is what you want. (Alan Cohen) 

I’ve been recalibrating my emotional rheostat AND my internal compass to joy—choosing to say YES to making a positive impact on our shared experience. Care to join me in that choice?