Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Psalm 23 Green Pastures

Green Pastures.
Green Pastures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Green is term we use to describe those who are inexperienced and childlike in understanding. But “green-ness” is critical to a fresh perspective and new understanding. Although many of us desperately cling to the “same-ness” and stability in our lives, living is about change and transformation. If we fight to stay the same, we find everything continues changing around us. It is in the new that we are best able to embody those childlike qualities, we desire. When we can drop the facade of expertise and knowledge, we allow ourselves to just experience what is. The excitement and anticipation in facing the unknown is palpable.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Psalm 4 Changing Your Thinking

The divine essence
The process of transformation is always marked by upheaval. This is the challenge of the intermediate seeker, one who has successfully begun to re-orient their life towards God. Just as the death of the seed precedes the growth of the sprout; there must be a death of the old ways of being, so that the new can emerge. We often do not understand the changes taking place, so that the appearance is that there is chaos in our lives. None of the things that we used to rely on work anymore. When we try to help we end up making things worse. Even our valiant attempts to pray more faithfully seem fruitless.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Psalm 133 Oneness

Oneness R 77 - 2010
When we begin to understand our spiritual heritage, our entire perspective is changed forever. The commonwealth of God is only experienced from the perspective of unity. It is godly (good) to recognize and embrace the oneness of all things (live together in unity). Because we are all of God, we are all one. Spiritual consciousness is the recognition and experience of unity, the oneness of everything and everybody in God. From the unified perspective nothing but love exists, for we are all God and we are all one.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Psalm 118 Rebirth

(stumpy) christ of the ozarks
We celebrate the resurrection of the Christ this week. This triumphant story has a profound connection to our own walk with God. We experience death when we become overly attached to the world and the external. The creative power of God (right hand) raises us up and out of the confusion of our physical and mental fixations. If we open our hearts and minds, Spirit can show us the straight and narrow path (open to me the gates of righteousness), the way to our inner Christ. Only when we surrender our lives to God can we enter into our spiritual domain. It is important to give thanks for each step along the spiritual journey, because thanksgiving makes our experiences more fruitful. As we make this shift, we repossess our spiritual inheritance of abundance, health and happiness (salvation).