The new month brings with it a new theme under The Courage to Imagine annual theme, and that is “I Am Confident”. We don’t often think of confidence when pondering our spiritual nature. I usually think of confidence in terms of my interactions with the outside world and how I present myself to that world. And yet as I write this, I am realizing that the word “present” shares etymology with the word “presence”.
To know myself to be in and of the Presence, and to live, move, and have my being through and as that Presence, gives me a sense of inner strength, peace, and confidence. When I present myself to the world as That, confidence is the natural order. Not a haughty confidence, but a divine confidence that allows for all expressions of God from all walks of life.
Our Affirmation for June is “I am bold and confident. I live with divine audacity.”
Having The Courage to Imagine Confidence is having the courage to imagine my life without the restrictions placed upon me by society, family and friends, and myself. This vision courageously asks, what are you willing to do to be free? What restrictions are self-imposed, and how can I live differently, better, as if there are no restrictions placed upon me by anyone or any construct?
“Confidence grows as we dare to imagine the difference our presence makes.”
– Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett
Please enjoy this excerpt from Rev. Linda’s book Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World :
With divine audacity, I AM the light of the world, shining brightly. In my presence, others remember their Divine Identity. In my presence, others heal the illusion of separation. In my presence, others stand tall and behave humanely; they snap back from self-pity and self-derision to claim their spiritual capacities. In my presence, others sense, and act from, their essential goodness. In my presence, others come home to themselves, to the Self that is not their personality but their Divine Identity.
You don’t have to be a superhero to express divine audacity. You don’t have to be a superstar, or a super-anyone. You only have to attune to your essential nature, which is goodness, or GODness, and follow its lead in all things. Divine audacity is not reserved for life-or-death situations or singularly religious matters. Divine audacity is relevant in the nitty gritty situations we face every day.
You are invited to join us at Unity of the Sierra this Sunday morning to ponder your place in the universe, world, and your own life by asking, “How can I live audaciously with spiritual confidence?” See you there!
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor