Aug. 22, 2017
I said these words for Opening Prayer Sunday. I hope they give you a new way to think about what happened in Charlottesville, VA, US this past week.
It’s a gorgeous day and both the end and the beginning of an interesting week. This past week affirmed for me that the self-healing work I’ve been doing is very much needed.
Most of you know that I have the intention of deleting asthma from my life. You may or may not know that the medical profession says this condition is incurable so I’ve had to depend totally on Spirit for guidance on what to do and what not to do.
I was led to Deborah King, a spiritual teacher and energy healer.
One of her assignments is to consider a daily question and journal about it. So every day I copy the daily question and I journal.
In the beginning, as I was copying the question, I would think, “this has nothing to do with me. I’m not like this. I’ve not experienced this or that”; and then, as soon as my pen hit the line where I put down my thoughts and feelings, all this “hate, frustration, depression, confusion, all this blame game, it isn’t my fault, I’m oh so innocent” comes pouring out.
So, when Charlottesville happened, Spirit very quickly reminded me of the Law of Reflection which states that what I see out there is what’s going on in here and if I want to change what’s going on out there, I have to change what’s going on in here first.
When I started to protest and say I wasn’t one of them, Spirit quickly showed me all the journaling I’ve been doing.
I recalled my mother teaching me that “point a finger at someone else, see three pointing back at me” which was her way of teaching the Jesus teaching that says “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” and her way of teaching “to remove the telephone pole from my own eye before attempting to remove the splinter from my brothers”.
Wow. What a call to action. I thought of my Czechoslovakian grandmother and German grandfather and knew that I had to stop blaming the elite, the communists, the capitalists and everyone else for what happened to them in their old countries, and on the way to the US and in the US.
I thought of my Appalachian ancestors and realized that I had to stop blaming the elite, the mine owners, the capitalists and everyone else for what happened to them.
I thought of what it took to pass the amendments that give everyone the right to vote and the fight that ended in defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 70’s and early 80’s.
I have to let go of my despair, my judgments, my hate, my absolute hatred of silk stocking row.
This is a work in progress. No not easy, but absolutely essential.
It is time to do what the Founding Fathers of the US—Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and the Iroquois Confederacy and the others— are depending on me to do: take responsibility for what happened.
It is the same for all of us. The only way our country can heal—and Charlottesville shows that we are in need of self-healing—is for each of us to do the work of self-healing.
No one gets excused. No one is let off the hook.
Just as we have to love our self before we can love anyone else, we have to heal our self before we can heal anyone or anything else.
We begin this process as we always do—with affirmative prayer: If you would join me now. If you would follow along silently, changing whatever you wish, letting go of what you’re not ready to do or don’t agree with
Simply acknowledge the presence of Spirit. Allow Spirit to speak to and with you.
This is what I know:
I know there is one Universal Source of all there is, was and will be. I know this Source is all knowing, all powerful, all giving and forgiving and everywhere present.
This Source, this Universal Intelligence, this Power for Good, this Spirit is right here, right now. Always has been, always will be.
It flows in, as and through me. I breathe it in and breathe it out. I have my beingness, doingness and havingness within its energy field. Nothing separates me from it, or it from me.
I am one with Source Energy or Universal Intelligence or whatever the preferred name for Spirit is. I am one with all life.
I focus on Spirit, on truth and on love. And, at the same time, I recognize that I have darkness.
It is only when I recognize that I have darkness that I can bring it into my awareness and then, with the help of Spirit, transform that darkness into Light. The transformation of darkness into Light is the true meaning of healing.
I am able to heal. I was given this ability when I was created. I use this ability now.
I root out the true cause of darkness. I asked Spirit to go to the very first time the ideas, feelings, beliefs, habits and practices that allowed darkness to enter my beingness, my DNA, my family’s DNA and my ancestral lineage and remove those causes.
Every belief that says it’s okay to be abused or to be the abuser, every feeling that says I’m not worthy or someone else is not worthy, every action that says I or anyone else isn’t good enough, doesn’t know enough, is not made of the same materials as me, every thought that says I or someone else doesn’t come from Source, every teaching that says there’s not enough with plenty left over is hereby uprooted and permanently removed.
In the vacuum created by that removal is placed the ideas, feelings, beliefs, thoughts, habits, practices and traditions that produce all good, that produces the experiences of Oneness with all there is, that produces self-responsibility and self-governance, that produces instant recognition of truth and that allows real love to blossom, flourish and spread to all on our planet and into every star system no matter how distant.
I stand in the sweetness of inclusion, of prosperity, of health and of wholeness. I welcome all to join me. I welcome Spirit.
I stand in total love and in total truth. I love myself, treat myself with respect and sweetness and then treat all life with love, respect and sweetness.
I recognize and honor my worthiness, my deservingness, my connection to Spirit and to all life; and then I treat all life as worthy, deserving and connected to Spirit and all life.
I am grateful for the installation of acceptance, of compassion, of empathy. I am grateful for the experience of inclusion, of truth and of love. I am grateful for right actions, for right being, for right thinking, for right having. I am grateful for wisdom and intelligence.
I am grateful for all that I am, for all that I do and for all that I have. I am grateful for the eternal presence of Spirit.
I release this word into the Mind of Spirit and into the action of Universal Law.
And so it is.