"Many Hands Make Light Work"
Weekly Meditation by Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones
September 15, 2019
Bless you! You are the ones who no longer look for blame, and hence, the world has become innocent once again.
As we move into the Silent and the Deep, Spirit invites us to bring forward into our gentle focus an event from our past in which we blamed someone or something for our unhappiness.
Perhaps we blamed another driver, or a spouse. Perhaps we blamed a parent, or a teacher, or an employer. We might have blamed the weather, the government, or our own physical bodies. Whatever comes up into our gentle focus will be perfect.
When we have located the blamed person or thing, Spirit invites us to engage with the blamed energy as if it is a long lost puppy, kitten, or beloved child, and to hold it to our hearts as closely as we can.
Holding what we once blamed, Spirit invites us to look at the Dear One until we can see the purity of their Being and to say " I am You, and We are innocent ."
Next, we are invited to call our future self into our gentle focus. This is the self we will be ages from now, the self that will be the result of every thought we think today. It may be that our future self will be tempted to blame us for having to reap the harvest of our thoughts, words, and deeds. Spirit invites us to notice, however, that our future self is greeting us as if we were long lost kittens, puppies, or children. And yes, we can hear our future self say, "I am You, and We are innocent."
Bless you, dear Souls. Thank you for reminding us that we are all innocent...
September 8, 2019
Bless you! You are the new growth on the fallen tree, and because you are, the entire world is growing into new possibilities...
As we move into the Truest and the Deepest Heart of our Being, Spirit invites us to bring into our focus something that we hold sadness around. It could be the loss of a relationship, a child, a job, an aspect of the physical body, or a culture we once knew.
Once we have brought the issue over which we mourn into focus, Spirit invites us to reinvent this particular sadness into a vision of a fallen tree. Once we have established that the issue has become a fallen tree, Spirit invites us to go to the beloved tree and sit upon it.
Scientists tell us that fallen trees are still very much alive, and Spirit invites us to bring that scientific knowing to our own fallen tree. Spirit promises that if we gaze lovingly, we will begin to notice places where our fallen tree is sprouting new growth. We might begin to see the most beautiful lichen or moss beginning to grow on the once vertical trunk. Or we might even begin to see a tiny baby seedling of a brand new tree making its way through the fibers of the fallen mother tree. We are invited to rest in the knowing that new growth is indeed happening, and that when our eyes are soft and loving, we will indeed experience this new growth as a shift in our Deepest Heart.
Once again, we are growing. Once again, the morning after the storm is breaking across the horizon of our consciousness. Once again, all of our fallen trees are bringing forth new life. Once again, we remember that the Universe loves to evolve forward. And once again, the devastation of a hurricane brings about new ways of seeing things so that, once again, we ourselves evolve.
And all is well.
Bless you, dear Souls. Because you are willing to look with soft and loving eyes, every fallen tree is now birthing new possibilities, and the entire world evolves forward. You truly are the calm in the center of the storm.
September 1, 2019
Bless you! You are the I of the storm, and because you Are, We Are Peace.
As we move our focus inward to the place where all is still and deeply quiet, Spirit invites us to permit the image of Hurricane Dorian - or any hurricane - to fill the landscape of our consciousness.
Once we can see the image of the hurricane, we are next invited to find our way into the very center of the hurricane - the eye - where everything is just as still and quiet as we are. Breathing with the absolute stillness that is the center of the hurricane, we are invited to think with every inhalation, "I am Peace", and again, "I am Peace" with every exhalation.
We are invited to do this for as long as it takes for us to believe that this is true: Despite the wind, rain, and lightening, here in the I, We Are Peace.
Once we are saturated with the knowing that We Are Peace, Spirit invites us to look through our closed eyelids at a forever landscape of Absolute Calm. Because We Are Peace, we are now seeing Peace where a hurricane used to be. All is well.
Next, we are invited to call in an image of another kind of storm - an emotional storm from our past that left us frightened and exhausted. Once we have located the storm that once blew us over, we are invited to walk right into the very center of that gale force energy and to keep going until we have arrived at the center - the eye - or the I, of the storm. When we are at the center, we will be astonished at how utterly calm things are. And once again, we are invited to inhale with the words, "I am Peace", and to exhale with the same words, " I am Peace."
When we are saturated with the knowing that we truly are Peace, Spirit invites us to look again through our closed eyelids at what has become a landscape of breathtakingly tranquil equanimity. What was once a storm is now Peace. And all is well.
Bless you, dear travelers. You are the I of the storm, and because you Are, We Are Peace.
August 25, 2019
Bless you! You are the Lungs of the Planet, and you are breathing Living Water.
As we move into the Silent and the Deep, Spirit invites to consider a time when we have felt as though we could not breathe.
This could have been as a result of hearing some shocking news, or because of a stifling work environment. Perhaps it was a political or religious atmosphere that made it hard to breathe. Or perhaps a relationship became tight and constricting.
Or...perhaps it was as a result of physically not being able to breathe.
When we are secure with the image and the feeling of the time that we could not breathe, Spirit invites us to deepen our awareness of our breathing is this now moment. And to allow ourselves to hear as we breathe in: "I am breathing Living Water." And when we breathe out, to hear: "Living Water is breathing me." With each inhale and exhale, we will feel our lungs growing in their capacity to receive and to give Living Water, a Living Water that heals us and those around us, body and soul.
Next, we are invited to join hands energetically and bring ourselves to the Amazon Rainforest, which is filled with smoke. Spirit invites us to stand together with all of the other Light Workers who will be waiting for us. Once we are there, we are invited to breathe in as One with the words "We are breathing Living Water". And then to breathe out as One with the words: "Living Water is breathing us."
Every cleansing breath we take with the Rainforest will create a small pocket of healing rest for the lungs of our planet, and eventually, she will heal. It may not be in our lifetimes. But she will heal.
Bless you, dear Souls! Your breathing makes conscious Beings of us all.
August 18, 2019
Bless you! You are the happy return, and because you are, everyone is coming home.
As we move into the Silent and the True, Spirit invites us to think of something that we saw once upon a time that flew away when we came near. Perhaps we saw a beautiful butterfly, or a hummingbird, or a smile, or a rainbow, or a child, or a heavenly idea. Whatever we saw that pierced our hearts with loveliness and then flew away as we approached it will do.
Once we have our loving and soft focus on the loveliness that flew away, we are invited to float with it down the deepest rivers of our Being until we arrive at the still water we come from. And when we are there, Spirit invites us to hold the loveliness gently over the still water until we can see its mirror image shining back to us.
If we keep our focus soft and gentle, loving and true, Spirit promises we will come to see that the bird or butterfly, the smile or rainbow, the child or the heavenly idea has always had its beginning here, in the still water. We thought it was the other way around - but no. Everything that we thought had flown away is actually a reflection of what is always and constantly here, in the Deepest and the Truest Recesses of our Being.
Now we are the hummingbird. We are the butterfly. We are the rainbow, the smile, the child, and the heavenly idea. And we are flying home to ourselves.
And because we are, everyone and everything is home.
Bless you, dear souls! Your happy return makes happy days for us all.
August 11, 2019
Bless you! You are the Bare Foot Ones who bring the new religion in.
As we move into the Silent and the Deep that is the Truth of our Being, Spirit invites us to hear the call to prayer coming from a Mosque nearby. We are being invited to pray with our Muslim brothers and sisters. Let's take our shoes off and go inside with our loved ones and pray on holy ground.
Spirit now invites us to hear the sound of bells coming from a Buddhist Temple. We are being invited to pray with our Buddhist brothers and sisters. Let's take our preconceptions off and go inside with our loved ones and pray on holy ground.
And now we are invited to hear the sound of the shofar coming from a Jewish temple. We are being invited to pray with our Jewish brothers and sisters. Let's take our prejudgment off and go inside with our loved ones and pray on holy ground.
We can now smell the incense coming from a Hindu temple. We are being invited to bring our offerings of flowers to lay outside the temple. Let's take off our intolerance and go there with our loved ones and pray on holy ground.
We can now hear the organ playing the opening hymn in a Christian church. We are being invited to pray with our Christian brothers and sisters. Let's remove our prejudice and go inside with our loved ones and pray on holy ground.
Bless you, Bare Foot Ones! Your willingness to gain new understanding brings forth the new religion of peace, tolerance, and unity. And look - people all over the world are taking their shoes off, and everywhere is holy ground.
August 4, 2019
Bless you. You are the ones who keep your eye on the Light and your feet on the pathway of Love, because this is so, we are always moving forward.
Before we move into the Silence that is the Truth of our Being, Spirit is here to let us know that our exhaustion over yet more mass shootings is understandable. And at the same, Spirit invites us to turn our exhaustion into a faithful witnessing of Light where darkness seems to be, and Love where Love appears not to be. It's time, dear soldiers of Love, to move out of our bunkers, and once again, march forward.
As we move into the Clarity of our Inner Peace, Spirit invites us to bear witness to all of the times and places wherein we have brought a higher vision of life to our dear planet. Perhaps we held a door for a stranger, or picked up lost money on the street and turned it in so that the rightful owner could claim it. Perhaps we found and nurtured a stray animal or human being. Or perhaps we prayed for someone that was our "enemy". Whatever we have done to lighten and brighten the world, Spirit invites us to contemplate these actions in our hearts, and as we contemplate them, to know that every kindness of ours has already had an enormous effect on the world.
Next, we are invited to energetically visit either El Paso or Dayton or both, bringing all of our acts of Loving Kindness with us, and once we are there, to commit to multiplying the number of our acts of Love on a daily basis. Once we have made the promise to multiply the number of our actions that demonstrate Love where Love appears not to be and Light where darkness seems to be, Spirit invites us to place these actions energetically into the ground in El Paso and Dayton.
We have now made a promise, and the Power of Love that is the Truth of our Being will not rest until our promises are fulfilled.
Bless you, Soldiers of Love. These are the times we have come to serve by keeping our eyes on the Light and keeping our feet on Love's pathway. And what we do ... matters.