This weeks Message of Faith submitted by Rev. Joanne Rowden
In early March, a photo made its rounds on the internet with the news that it was the first photo to capture light in its dual nature as both a particle and a wave. Sir Isaac Newton held the theory that light traveled as a particle. However, for many years, the prevailing theory was that light behaved as a wave. At the turn of the 20th century, however, evidence mounted that light acted as both a particle and a wave. Albert Einstein wrote, “It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do.” Light has a dual nature. It has been proven to be both a particle and a wave.
You and I, like light, have a dual nature. We are both human and divine. For some, this contradictory picture also offers a difficulty. Which do I embrace? Which do I reveal? When am I acting as human and when as divine? We, too, have two contradictory pictures of reality. We can take a lesson from light, however, and realize that we too are both. It is not an either/or decision.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of, “This is just the way I am.” I am a worrier. My mother worried, my grandmother worried and I worry. It’s just the way I am. I am sensitive. I’ve always been sensitive. I will always be sensitive. That’s just the way I am. Heart disease runs in my family. It’s just the way I am. You get the idea. We can fall into the illusion that we are human, with a body, and there is nothing to be done with what is experienced as a human.
It is also easy to fall into the trap of, “The world is just illusion anyway. I don’t have to deal with this stuff that is just illusion.” A woman once told me, “I know I need to forgive him, but this is all an illusion anyway so I’m not going to expend my energy on this.” We may think we need to go somewhere or do something special in order to “be spiritual.”
You and I are not sometimes human and sometimes spiritual. We are both human and divine at the same time. There is nothing that we need to do to become more spiritual. There is nothing that we need to do to become more human. We already are both!
So often I hear, “I’m trying to be more spiritual”; or “I’m trying to meditate”; or “I’m trying to forgive”; or “I’m trying to exercise and eat right.” Jesus once spoke these words, “Let your yes be a yes, and your no be a no.” Master Yoda put it this way, “Do or do not. There is no try.” Commit to being both human and divine and let go of the idea that you are trying!
What would this look like in your life? When you find yourself worrying, take a breath. Recognize that you are not limited by this human condition. Realize the worry has no power over you. Connect to the Spirit of God within you and affirm, “The God of my being is greater than this condition!” Integrate your human and divine nature and meet the moment in grace! When you find yourself in fear because of the heart disease that runs in your family, know as Myrtle Fillmore did, “I am a child of God and as such I do not inherit sickness!” Listen within for the Divine Ideas that are present to support you in making healthy choices around diet and exercise. Integrate your Divine and Human nature. As you shrug off the need to forgive remember that a gift is here before you. The mirror of life is showing you where the healing power of forgiveness can free you from the story that has created the conflict to begin with! Integrate the human and divine.
As you commit to living this idea that you are both human and divine in nature, your life will begin to transform. You will discover that every moment of every day provides you with an abundance of opportunity to practice these spiritual principles and ideals. Your spiritual nature will move out of an intellectual knowing to a heart-felt understanding. You will no longer be limited by your human nature but uplifted to a greater vision of your spiritual nature fully integrating with your every day ordinary life.
Our spiritual practice this week is to honor your commitments. Be someone on whom others can depend. Don’t make a commitment unless you know you can carry it out, and then don’t let anything stand in the way of your commitment. Be on time. Avoid telling people maybe. Show up fully without distraction. Commit to being both spiritual and human by integrating your spirituality into the everyday ordinary experiences of your life.
Abundant peace and blessings… Rev. Joanne
Rev. Joanne Rowden is the senior minister at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, OH. She served as the minister at Unity in Edinboro for 13 years before taking on this new position on November 1, 2014. She lives in Hinckley, OH with her husband.