"Many Hands Make Light Work"
Weekly Meditation by Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones
February 9, 2020
Greetings! You are the ones who carry a Light burden, and because you are, the world is becoming increasingly lighter.
As we move into the Silent and the Deep, Spirit invites us to consider a time when we were engaged in profound worry or stress over a person or a situation. It doesn't matter if we were burdened with worry over something as small as the change in our pockets or as large as the change in our climate. Whatever it was that worried us enough to make us feel burdened will do.
When we have isolated the burden of worry that we are either carrying today or have carried in the past, Spirit invites us to imagine that we can put the burden down, open it up, and unpack its contents. If we look with our gentle hearts, Spirit suggests that what we will discover in the contents of our burdens may very well surprise and delight us, for at the very core of every burden is a desire to bring Love where Love appears not to be and Light where darkness seems to be. Spirit invites us to sit with the knowing that our deepest desire is just this: to bring Love where Love appears not to be and Light where darkness seems to be.
Spirit invites us into this Promise of Ages: when we remember what our deepest desire is, we will be able to see Light everywhere, even in the deepest recesses and corners of those heavy burdens we carry. And suddenly, our burden will be Light.
And this, dear friends, is what Lightens the world.
Thank you, dear Souls. Because you are willing to carry your Light Burden high, the burden of the world has become nothing more than an opening to Light.
February 2, 2020
Bless you! You are the Name of Divinity, and because you are, the whole world is Divine!
As we move into the Silent and the Infinite, Spirit invites us to consider a time when we knew absolutely that we were capable of doing great things. Perhaps it was the first tine we climbed a tree, or jumped into a pool.
Perhaps it was the time we saw just how deeply we could forgive or how passionately we could love.
Perhaps it was the first time we noticed that if we really focused and centered our being, we could meditate, fly a kite, ride a bicycle, write a play, or build a house.
Whatever comes to our Loving Mind as a beautiful example of our knowing and expressing our Divinity will do perfectly.
Next, we are encouraged to focus our attention on this particular time (and it may be right now!) and see it as an Absolute Expression of our Divinity. If we are open, trusting, and willing, we will hear at least one Name of our Divinity. Spirit invites to go in very deeply - right now - and hear one of our Divine Names.
When we emerge with the imprint of a Divine Name of ours, Spirit invites us to share it with the world by hearing ourselves say: "I am ___________, and so are you!"
Bless you, Gods and Goddesses. Your Holy Name is all the awakening the world needs.
January 26, 2020
Bless you! You are the Ones that Speak Truth, and because you are, we are True and Free!
As we move into the Sacred Well of our Being, Spirit invites us to imagine that we are butterflies, and we are newly emerged from our cocoon. We are invited to feel the unfolding of our wings and the utter lightness of our Being. We can go anywhere and be anything in this new, astonishing state of consciousness.
Spirit then suggests that there is something we have left in the cocoon which we may believe we need in order to truly thrive in our new way of Being. Whatever it is, it will resemble something in our present lives that we believe we cannot survive without. In order to fit back in the cocoon, and retrieve it, we will have to fold up our wings. And the only way for that to happen is for us to lie about what we are.
What lie will we choose? That we are not good enough? Or not spiritual enough? Will we chose to lie and say that we are too young or too old? Will we lie and say we are too poor or too uneducated? Will we lie and say we are too sick, too preoccupied, too full of resentment, or too damaged ?
Spirit hears us and agrees that whatever it was that we once thought we couldn't survive without, it's not worth the lie to go back into the cocoon and get it. The Sky is open above us, and we have so much to explore.
Spirit invites us, therefore, to freely inhabit the Truth of our Being. And as we do, to notice how very Free we are.
Bless you, Truth Tellers! Let Freedom Ring!
January 19, 2020
Bless you! You are the Ones Who Cry Love, and because you are, Love is at the Door.
As we move into the Silent and the Deep, Spirit invites us to remember a time when we were frightened by someone or something we did not understand.
As we engage with the memory of the someone or the something that filled us with fear, Spirit invites us to turn into the memory as deeply as we can, so that we are facing it with all our Being.
When we are face to face with what once frightened us, we are invited to ask the being or energy before us " Where does it hurt?"
Spirit assures us that we will be able to hear and see what is causing our wolf to suffer, and that when we do, we will be able to cry with them, so much so, that we will cry Love into existence.
Thank you, dear Souls! You are the Ones Who Cry Love, and because you Are, what once frightened us now calls us to be heard.
January 12, 2020
Bless you! You are the dance in the fire, and because you are, the child of love is safe and sound.
As we move into the Depth of our True Being, Spirit invites us to consider a situation during which tempers flared. Perhaps it happened suddenly while we were driving, or perhaps it happened slowly at home as the result of a silent resentment. Whatever the size or the scope of the brush fire, all that matters for today is that we felt ourselves or someone else to be dangerously out of control.
When we have located the event within us, Spirit invites us to imagine it as an actual fire, and to know that we can walk right into the midst of it.
As we walk in, we will find many others who have joined us in search of a child of love who was last seen in the middle of the fire. The child is surely there, and surely, we will find it.
Spirit invites us to see the Child of Love now, dancing in the middle of the fire, alive and well. We thought we had come here to rescue, but now we see that we are here to join Love in the dance. And so we do.
We dance with Love in the middle of the fire, and as we do, what was once dangerous and frightening becomes clarifying. No longer afraid, we are now the calm place in the fire that is ready to bring Love out into the world for all to see.
Bless you, dear Souls. Your willingness to dance in the flame is what brings Love home.
January 5, 2020
Loving greetings to you all! You are the Good Shepherds, and because you are, we are able to lie down in green pastures.
As we gather our consciousness in the loving awareness that is our True Nature, Spirit invites us to feel ourselves as shepherds upon a hillside in the Middle East.
We are invited to gaze upon our flock with the care of a loving parent, noticing that we love each one equally. This one has a black face; that one has a white face. This one has large ears; that one has small ears. This one is old; that one has just been born. They are all precious to us, so precious, that we have given them names. One is named Iran, and one is named Iraq. We named this one The United States, and that one we named Russia. This one is named Turkey, and that one is named Syria. One is named Israel, and the other we have named Palestine. This one is named Lebanon, and this one we decided to call Egypt. We called this one Saudi Arabia, and this one we named Yemen. This one here we named Jordon and this one is named Qatar. There are many others in our flock, and we love them just as well. All of them have names; all of them are precious.
Having brought our loving focus to all of the sheep in our flock, Spirit invites us to remember that we have been sent to the hillside with a purpose. We are here to guide our sheep to a green pasture where they can lie down and rest. Yet if we are to guide them, we must first guide ourselves, and so if there is any thought within us of disturbance or unrest, we must take the time now to quiet these thoughts. We can do this by lifting these thoughts to our heart the way we would a baby lamb. Spirit invites to hold all of our thoughts of unrest now.
And now, it is time to lead our flock. Guiding them gently, we bring them all to a lush and green pasture where there is plenty for all.
Peace is our Shepherd, there is naught else we need. Peace makes us lie down in green pastures. Peace leads us beside the still waters. Peace restores our souls. Peace leads us in the paths of right thinking for Peace's sake. We may walk through the appearance of deepest darkness, but there is no need to fear. The Rod and Staff of Peace comfort us. Peace prepares a table before us in the presence of everything that frightens us. Peace anoints our consciousness with Peace; our cups of Love overflow. Surely, goodness and mercy will follow us, all the days of our lives, and we will live in the consciousness of Peace forever.
Bless you, Dear and Good Shepherds. Keep leading us to Peace.
December 29, 2019
Bless you! Yours is the story that repairs the world, and because this is so, the human story is repairing as well.
As we move into the Deep and Sacred Knowing of our True Nature, Spirit invites us to consider a personal story of ours from this past year that is aching to be repaired. It could be a story of lingering resentment, acute bitterness, or broken trust. Or it might be a story about the loss of a job, a home, or a way of life. Or it might be a story about a loved one who has been lost, either to addiction or to death itself. Whatever story our Heart brings us to be repaired will do.
Next, we are invited to imagine that our story in need of repair appears to us in the form of a broken object. We may see a broken plate, or a watch, or a laptop or a car. Whatever object comes to mind will do perfectly. We are invited to put the broken object, no matter how small or large it may be, on a table in front of us. What will we use to repair the object with?
Spirit assures us that we already possess within us the necessary ingredient to make such a repair. With loving hands, we are invited to reach deeply within our heart chakras where we will find all the Love we need. We will be able to feel this Love as a Substance, a Divine Substance that can be used like a glue. And of course, we now know what to do.
Once we have glued our story back together with Love, Spirit invites us to rise up above, far above the earth, and bear witness as our healed story heals the stories of countless others.
Many thanks, Dear Souls. Yours is the story that heals the world.
December 22, 2019
Bless you! You are the new movement forward, and you transform the longest night into the longest day!
As we move our consciousness deep and down, Spirit invites us to know that we are the planet earth, and that it is time to tilt our axis once again.
As we engage our consciousness and begin to focus on the work at hand, we will hear a question from Spirit: "What are you tilting towards this time?"
We are invited to sit in that question for as long as it takes until we can feel the answer in all of our mountains, oceans, valleys, deserts, rivers, and plains. And we are invited to wait once again, until we can feel the answer in every creature that swims and flies and crawls. And we are invited to wait once again, until we can hear the answer in the very heart of humanity. Whether we are on the South Pole or on the North Pole, every aspect of the planet we are is once again tilting towards something. What is it this time?
While we may not yet know the specifics, there is one thing we do know: we are tilting forward. It is now time to hear the next question from Spirit: "What does forward look like?"
Again, we are invited to sit in this question for as long as it takes, until we know what "forward" looks like for us individually. Spirit suggests that "forward" will take the visual form of a sunrise, bringing light to an area of our life that we would like to bring into the day.
And now, Spirit requests that we all hold our "forward" in our hands as if we were holding the sun as it rises on the new day. And give that lovely sun to planet earth. To ourselves. To every mountain and grain of sand. To every ocean, river, valley, and plain. To every creature that lives. To all of humanity.
Bless you, dear Souls! You are our new day, and because you are, you bring us all forward.
December 15, 2019
Bless you! You are the Candle Lighters, and because you are, the darkness is no longer cursed.
As we move into the Sacred Truth of our Infinite Being, Spirit will give us the name of one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, seven years ago.
One of these names will be given to you to light as a candle seven times. Let your Heart pull you to the name you know intuitively is yours to partner with, and trust that Spirit will provide for every name.
Olivia Engle, Daniel Barden, Josephine Gray, Madeline Hsu, James Mattiolli, Jessica Rekos, Avielle Richman, Allison Wyatt, Dylan Hockley, Jack Pinto, Noah Pozner, Lauren Rousseau, Rachel D'Avina, Dawn Hochsprung, Chase Kowalski, Anna Marquez, Catherine Hubbard, Benjamin Wheeler, Emilie Parker, Charlotte Bacon, Jesse Lewis, Grace McDonnell, Caroline Previdi, Anne Murray Murphy, Mary Sherlach, Victoria Soto.
Once we have lit our seven candles for the Soul we have been led to partner with, Spirit invites us to bring our consciousness and our candles to Newtown, Connecticut, where we will be met by millions of other Souls with their candles. The light will be so bright that it may very well feel as though the Heart of the entire Universe is lit within us.
Many Thanks, Dear Souls. Your work today denies the curse and lights the entire world with a Blessing.