A Checklist for Action
Some people hold an image of the spiritually-devoted individual as one who becomes reclusive, removing himself from society while meditating on a distant mountain top.
While Unity students certainly value the spiritual significance of solitude, stillness and silence, we also to embody a very practical, action-oriented way of life. We believe that actions inspired by inner guidance and rooted in spiritual principle are highly effective and efficient as a means of supporting personal and global awakening.
It’s very important to check in with ourselves before taking action. All too often our actions are actually reactions, meaning that they are knee jerk, ego-based responses based on defensiveness, fear, anger or self-preservation.
As we continue our study of Rev. Ellen Debenport’s book, “The Five Principles,” we discover a helpful list of questions we can ask ourselves to ensure that our actions in life are coming from a place of spiritual clarity and power.
When deciding how or if to take action in any situation, begin by taking a deep breath and calling upon the infinite intelligence within you. Now ask these questions of yourself:
- Do I affirm divine intelligence and love in this situation?
- Do I remember my own divinity and that of others involved?
- Do I take responsibility for attracting this situation into my experience and know that its outcome for me will match my thoughts and feelings about it?
- Have I aligned myself with God, the universe, the Good, and received guidance before I act?
When we take the time to ensure that our actions are born of spiritual discernment, we never need to worry about the results that will follow. We may also find our actions become far more powerful and impactful. When we know an action is right for us, unparalleled levels of certainty and strength may rush through us. We know that we are doing what we must do, regardless of the opinions or reactions of others. Get into the healthy habit of always pausing before taking action in your life.
Remember that you have the resource of divine intelligence available to you always.
Rev. Chris Jackson
Unity on the Bay Senior Minister