This weeks Message of Faith submitted by Rev. Joanne Rowden
Reclaiming Your Divinity
By the time you read this, the election will be finished. We will know who will be our next president. You may be filled with relief. You may be filled with upset. Can you reclaim your divinity in this moment and trust that what is unfolding is the right and perfect experience for where we are as a country in our current state of consciousness? Can you allow your heart to open in love? Can you remember that only love prevails?
In the final chapter of Mastery of Love, Don Miguel Ruiz tells us, “The teachings that come from Toltecs, the Christians, the Greeks—from societies all over the world—come from the same truth. They talk about reclaiming your Divinity and finding God within you. They talk about having your heart completely open and becoming wise. Can you imagine what kind of world this would be if all humans opened their hearts and found the love inside? Of course we can do it. Everyone can do it in his own way.” Do you know that you are Divine? Have you claimed this Divinity? What would it look like to live from the experience of your Divine Nature?
In Unity, we call this Divine Nature your Christ Spirit. This Christ Spirit is the perfect idea of you in the Divine Mind that is God. Everyone has the potential to be and express from this Divine Christ Spirit since that spirit is within everyone. Our society does not encourage us to live from our Divinity which knows God as Source, love as our expression, and Oneness as our Reality. Instead we are taught ideas of lack and limitation which separate us in consciousness from God as the Source of our supply. We are taught competition and fear of others which gives power to the collective consciousness of error thoughts rather than love. We are taught to believe in separation and have forgotten the unlimited possibility of our Oneness with God and each other. It is time to reclaim your Divinity!
How do you reclaim your Divinity? The first step is to realize that you are Divine and so is everyone else in your experience of life. This realization will open your heart in love. You will see that when you, or others, are expressing from an idea that is less than the fullness of this Truth, error occurs. That error might take the form of victimhood, blame, fear, worry, doubt, anger, frustration, and hurt. With an open heart, you can heal that error. You can look upon the actions of yourself and others with compassion. You can choose to respond from love and experience peace.
Many have expressed fear and concern about this current election cycle. Families have split and friendships have ended. Each side thinks the other candidate is the worst. Some have said they feel they have to choose between bad and worse. How do you see such a situation from the experience of reclaiming your divinity?
Going back to step one, we remember that each candidate, and the now current president elect, is an expression of the Divine, made in the image of God. The Divinity that you are is one with the Divinity of each of them. Allow yourself to breathe in that realization. Can you release any thought you hold about them that does not align with that understanding? Can you understand that any expression less than that is simply an expression of error? Are you willing to heal your part in the relationship? Are you willing to open your heart in love? Are you willing to know that in absolute reality all is well?
You see, reclaiming your divinity is a day by day, moment by moment choice. Life continues to give us opportunity after opportunity to love and to heal. Every second we get to remember that only love prevails. Whatever the current moment looks like, the Truth is that the harmonizing power that is love will triumph. You and I can allow ourselves to be a conduit of that love, and thus allow the healing to be demonstrated.
Explore the web-site, www.openheart.com. Its purpose is to be a stand for peace and love and it is seeking 90,000 people willing to be part of an experiment to see if we can shift the world’s perception of good and evil to a perception of love. It costs nothing. Whenever you perceive that a negative event is occurring say the words, “ONLY LOVE PREVAILS.” This phrase sends positive energy to the perceived negative event as you stand as an observer in non-judgment.
Watch your thoughts. Pay attention to your conversations. Engage in conscious action. Live the idea, “only love prevails” and become a master of love. It is why you are here.
Join us Sunday at 9 or 11 a.m. as we have our second annual cardboard testimonials. Our congregants will share powerfully about the transformations occurring in their lives.
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.