Let the Healing Begin

Greetings Friends,
 

I don’t know if this is true for you, but for me this summer has been an emotional roller coaster ride-and not necessarily in a good way. We began with the destructive tornadoes on Memorial Day weekend. In August, we moved through the deadly and traumatizing mass shooting in the Oregon District. As I write this, our neighbors in the Bahamas are being pummeled by a massive, deadly hurricane. Each trauma reactivates the pain of previous life traumas, and though it may be difficult, Spirit is inviting us to be healed at depth so that we may be helpers and healers. 

 
The healing begins when we learn that none of us needs to go through hardship alone. We are here for each other. Tragedy has a way of stripping away our differences and freeing us to be our most compassionate, vulnerable, heroic selves. News stories tell of volunteers showing up with chainsaws to remove downed trees from a stranger’s yard. Youtube videos show everyday people risking their lives to save a terrified dog from drowning. People left with almost nothing demonstrate radical generosity by sharing what little they have. 
 
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, wrote, “True giving is the love and generosity of the Spirit-quickened heart responding to the love and generosity of the Father’s heart. Without giving the soul shrivels. When giving is practiced the soul expands and becomes Godlike in the grace of liberality and generosity.” 
 
I look forward to the day when we can heal our sense of separation from one another and from God–when our love and generosity come from Spirit-quickened hearts without the motivation of external trauma and tragedy. Imagine a world where neighbor helps neighbor in a spirit of cooperation for the highest good of all. Now, imagine a world where corporations place more value on service than on profit. Finally, imagine a world where governments work to create the space for “liberality and generosity” among their citizens. As John Lennon sang, “Imagine all the people, living life in peace.”  
 
You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Through all of life’s experiences, our souls are expanding and becoming Godlike. Let us join our hearts and hands and grow through this together. I hope you’ll join us this Sunday at Unity. Let the healing begin.     
 
Love and peace, 

   

Rev. Cindy

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