“Can the recent acts in Charleston inspire humanity to its Divinity?"
Rev. Chris Jackson, Senior Minister
Our current “Mystical Minds” class is exploring the book, “The Untethered Soul,” by Michael Singer. Here’s a passage from the book: “Life creates situations that push you to your edges, all with the effect of removing what is blocked inside of you.” He goes on to say that whatever is buried and blocked within you forms the root of fear, and that fear is the cause of every problem.
As humanity is inspired to its divinity, we are finding that life is pushing many of us to our edges – sometimes through tragedies like the occurrence in Charleston. On the surface, we witness a ruthless act of violence and lives lost in vain. If, in the midst of our personal response to this act, we can look within ourselves, I believe we will find a host of internalized fears that, when brought into awareness through the tragedy, can be examined, healed and released.
Since the collective, human psyche is the sum total of the psyche of each of us, our willingness to face, heal and release our own fears reduces the level of fear in the collective human psyche. It also frees us up to ask of the Divine, “What is mine to do to inspire change in the world?” Or we might ask, “How can I better enact my part in God’s will to move the human family beyond fear into a state of harmony and peace?” When we do this, no life is lost in vain.
It is important to remember that everything is our world is happening in order to capture our undivided attention and move us into the work of personal healing and transformation so that we can contribute to the healing and transformation of humanity. Thus we become agents inspiring humanity toward the awareness of its divinity.
Rev. Elizabeth Longo, Associate Minister
I believe the goodness of God is always present and available. If there is only one presence and one power in the entire universe then there is no place where God is not. Yet in the human condition this is not always so apparent.
We may not ever understand why such tragedies occur like the shooting that took place in Charleston, South Carolina, and through prayer, and unshakable faith, we can tap into the peace that passes all understanding. The mercy of God carries us through.
The mind might never receive the answers it is searching for, but the heart knows the love and the power of God. And might even whisper, "thank you, God, for carrying me in my darkest hours."
Through the grace of God we can find the strength to forgive and rise above the tragedies of the world.