Thursday, September 12 is Unity World Day of Prayer and we will celebrate with a Prayer Service at 7pm. The World Day of Prayer 2019 theme is Infinite Presence, Unlimited Potential; and the Affirmation is:
I celebrate the vast possibilities for my life.
I love the synchronicity of celebrating new possibilities during the month when our theme is Embracing Change. Affirm with me, “My life is enlivened and enriched by a new perspective.” Sometimes, gathering information to broaden one’s perspective can bring about positive change. Yet, all that’s really required is a broadening of one’s own vantage point. The lens through which we normally gaze upon the world can be mired with biases, disappointments, and challenges to overcome. But when we Release control and expectations, a clear path emerges.
Please enjoy this article from unity.org, Embracing Change:
By Elaine Meyer
“When you know that you are Spirit, you are not afraid, for you know that nothing can hurt or harm or destroy the indestructible Spirit in you.”—Martha Smock
After resigning recently from the organization where I had spent more than 30 years, the hours seemed to zip by with my last day looming large on the horizon.
The trepidation of releasing a steady paycheck nagged at me to the point that I wasn’t able to relax or even reflect on the cherished memories I would forever hold close.
Then I had an epiphany. Rather than viewing the last day as the horizon, I should change my vantage point to look beyond this life change.
As Eric Butterworth stated (I’m paraphrasing here), “Change your thinking; change your life.”
My view of the horizon now includes visions of spending more time with my granddaughter, Finley, creating numerous quilts, knitting gifts for loved ones, and practicing my culinary skills. As Marianne Williamson once said, “Let go of your story so the Universe can write a new one for you.”
How to Navigate the Great Unknown
Rarely does complaining about change make it stop or make it happen. Change is simply part of life.
If the event is positive, then embracing it with open arms is easy enough to do. Should the change be a significant and unexpected life event—the death of a loved one, being released from a job, a health challenge—finding peace with the change may take time.
So how do you embrace change rather than be fearful of the unknown? Try the following suggestions to help you navigate the major changes in life:
• Have faith. Rest into your faith and remain there—centered in the presence of God.
• Remember that you are not alone. If feelings of restlessness steal your peace of mind, turn within for comfort and reassurance by connecting with the one presence and power.
• Think differently. Consider the situation from a higher, spiritual viewpoint and look for any hope or positivity from this new perspective.
• Get by with a little help from a friend. Seek the company of others if you find yourself depressed or despondent. Friends help each other—whether it’s through church, community groups, or your prayer partners in Silent Unity®.
What It Means to “Let Go, Let God”
As difficult as it may feel to let go of the familiar and to embrace change, remind yourself that you are a spiritual being, living a human existence, capable of resiliency. Learn to embrace change while resisting the fear.
I leave you with these inspirational words from a Daily Word article by life coach and Unity minister Carla McClellan:
Be willing to say “yes” to what is—even those situations that are causing you discomfort.
When you say “yes,” you are accepting the facts of the situation, but not its power over you. Acceptance opens us up to the field of possibilities, and we see there are many choices before us.
Dag Hammarskjöld, former head of the United Nations, once said, “To everything that has been, I say, ‘Thank you.’ To everything before me, I say, ‘Yes!’” Yes changes the energy in our body, and our courageous heart opens up to expressing something creative and different.
Through willingness, self-reflection, observation, and acceptance, we are able to take authentic action and live lives filled with meaning, courage, and possibilities.
And so, dear friends, I invite you to come apart for a while and join us at Unity of the Sierra this Sunday for our 10AM service. Say, “yes” so you may experience being held in loving-kindness.
Toni King, Spiritual Advisor
Toni’s schedule for the upcoming week:
Tues., 9/17, & Fri., 9/20, @ 8-11am