Weekly Meditation by Rev. Carolyn

"Many Hands Make Light Work"

Weekly Meditation by Reverend Carolyn Swift Jones
 
 
April 18, 2021
Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are in the Inherent Dignity in all Being, and because you are, everyone and everything is Dignified.
 
As we close our eyes and allow ourselves to be the Fullness of our Entire Being, Spirit invites us to bring Loving Recognition to a time and place when we felt as though our dignity had been taken from us. 
 
Once we can see this apparent loss of dignity with loving neutrality, Spirit invites us to imagine that we are an enormous Bird and that we are hovering over this loss of dignity with tremendous devotion and nurturing care.
 
As we hover over what was once a loss of dignity, Spirit invites us to feel these words emerging from our Being: Let There Be Light. We are invited to stay in the feeling of these words until we feel this Light within us, illuminating what was a loss of dignity, until Dignity is returned.
 
Once we are saturated with the Light we are, Spirit invites us to energetically go where it appears that dignity has been stolen.
 
We have enormous wings, and we can indeed hover over this loss of dignity with all the Love the Universe has to give. We can indeed allow the Light of Truth to shine so brightly that what was once a loss of dignity is now a found state of Healing Grace for one and all. Alleluia, everyone and everything is the fullness of Dignity.
 
Bless you, Dear Souls! While there is much work to be done, the Light you are is the beginning of Dignity for one and all.  
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
April 11, 2021
Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the Radical Allowing which allows Love to be seen!
 
As we merge gently with the Source of our Being, Spirit invites us to walk imaginatively to a Sacred Tree which we have visited many times before. This Tree knows us. And we, in turn, know this Tree.
 
When we are standing before our Sacred Tree, Spirit invites us to allow our Tree radical access to the entirety of our Being. Our roots which are not seen, our leafing not yet expressed, our bark which the world sees, our branches which we have believed to have defined us, and our deepest inner core, where all the circles of our journeys have begun and which no-one has ever seen. All of what we are, have been, or will ever be; all that we think we know about ourselves and all that we don't know; all and more-we are invited to allow our Sacred Tree radical access to it all.
 
And when we know that we have radically allowed ourselves to be seen at every level of our Being, Spirit invites us to notice that our Sacred Tree is making the same radical allowing with us. "See Me", whispers our Sacred Tree.
 
And as we see and are seen, Spirit invites us to notice how Love is moving through us with little to no obstruction. We truly are a Radical Allowing, allowing Love to be seen. And all because we gave Life radical access to all that we are and can be. What will we allow next? 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
 
April 4, 2021

Dear Souls,

Bless you! You are the Living Presence, guiding us into the Holy Question, and because you are, the world is rising up into a softer, gentler place.

As we move into the precious Dark and Unknown of our Inner Being, Spirit invites us to listen to these ancient Hebrew words: Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adonai, Tzevaot...

They mean:  Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts.

This is the beginning of the great Hebrew prayer called the Kedushah, which proclaims that the whole earth is glowing with a Living Presence which some have called God… and some have called The Lord of Hosts, and some have called Principle…and some have called the All That Is.

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh…We might imagine that we are lifting our heals every time we hear the word: Kadosh…or Holy …and that as we lift our heals we can see the feet of a Great Teacher, whose heals are also lifted…We know that we are invited take a whole and holy walk with him or her...and that this whole and holy walk, (Kadosh, Kadosh , Kadosh), will bring us to the very core of our Being.

And so we walk along the path with our Teacher….(Adonai Tzevaot)…, and as the ground beneath us is whole and holy, we are invited to remove our shoes…. And as we do, we can feel all our former understandings gradually dissolve into Light. These former understandings…have helped us walk along for many years. But they are tied into everything we thought life should look like before the pandemic. As we undo the laces of our shoes, we find that we can let go of what we use to know about ourselves, each other, and the world itself. Lo, the former things are passing away, and…Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, everything is whole and holy…

Our Teacher beckons us forward along the path, and invites us to remove our armor… anything we have held up as a barrier between ourselves and the manifest world during this past year… anything we have done to push the world away or to defend ourselves against the perceived enemy … whether the enemy has been COVID… or a lack of employment….or depression…or hopelessness…or politics…or racism…or the weather…or ourselves…or even God Itself …

We may experience this removal of armor as a literal softening of our chests and bellies…allowing us to feel the blessed breath of Love dropping gently into our bodies…or we may see a wall of bricks around our hearts dissolve and crumble away…and as  this armor… is released…it may feel as though a gentle rain is falling on us… and through us...and as us…a rain of Grace...

However we feel this, the experience is Holy, Holy, Holy, and we are becoming lighter and lighter… Kadosh, Kadosh Kadosh, Adonai Tzevaot …Lo, the former defenses are passing… and we are now safe in our defenselessness … and everything is whole and holy…

Our Teacher beckons us forward along the path and invites us to remove a crown of thorns from our heads… a crown that sits too heavily upon our heads… a crown which is made out of the stinging thoughts that we may have used to accuse ourselves…or one another with…a crown that is made from our need to be right, rather than to be love; a worldly, heavy crown...created from our need to set things right, rather than a need to see things right….Holy, Holy, Holy, we are invited to remove it….

And as we do, we feel ourselves increasingly lighter and lighter…whole and holy… 

Our Teacher now invites us to sit closely with her or him in what we have called the tomb. Our defenses are released and we are nothing more than light. As we sit with our Teacher in the tomb, we are invited to watch our light play upon the walls of carved rock – the bedrock of our beliefs…the foundation of all we think we know…

Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh….  The Teacher invites us to consider… what is on the other side of our tomb? ….What is on the other side of the bedrock of our beliefs? ...

And he or she asks , "Of all the things you have removed today, is there anything you need back?" The Teacher holds the crown of thorns before us …."Do you need this?" The Teacher holds up the armor …"Do you need this?"  The Teacher holds up the shoes…."Do you need these?"

Before we can answer, the Teacher puts his or her fingers on our lips…"Don’t say anything.", The Teacher whispers."The power is not in the answer... The power is in question.  The question itself is Holy…Holy…Holy….Kadosh…Kadosh…Kadosh…"

And right there, right in the tomb…in the bedrock of our beliefs, with three holy questions hanging in the dark air, The Teacher  holds out her or his hands.  “Let’s dance”, he or she urges.

“Let’s dance in the dark with these holy questions and keep dancing until we are ready to greet the dawn… 
Let’s dance until we are at the very edge of mystery…
For the Mystery of Becoming is already Whole and Holy…” 
And we answer:  “Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh, Adonai Tzevaot …”
And dance with Our Teacher at the Edge of Mystery…

Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn 


March 28, 2021
Dearest Light Workers,
 
Bless you! The very small acts of love you perform help to create a Great Net of Care and Compassion, and even though the world grows smaller, its Heart is growing larger.
 
As we drift inward to our Infinite Dwelling Space, Spirit invites us to imagine that we are growing smaller and smaller. With every breath, we are invited to know that our outer geography is becoming tinier... and tinier... and... tinier still.
 
We will reach a point where we have become so infinitesimal that we are just a tiny dot of light. When we are willing to be a tiny light dot, Spirit invites us notice that even though we are a tiny point of Light, we are also a part of a Continuous Wave. We are both the very small point of Light and the Gigantic Continuum. And this is Very Good. 
 
From this place of the miniature that is beyond microscopic and the continuous that is beyond the horizon of magnitude, Spirit invites us to think of one small thing we can do to help make this world a better place. We may imagine picking up a piece of trash or smiling at a stranger in the street. Whatever small act comes through our consciousness will be perfect. 
 
As we imagine ourselves performing this small act, Spirit invites us to hold the act in our tiny selves and our continuous selves at the same time. This might feel like being one note in an enormous symphony. Or one molecule of water in a huge wave. Spirit assures us that this simultaneous holding is happening, whether we know it or not. 
 
And now that we have held our tiny act from our Small and our Enormous, Spirit invites us to notice what is happening. All over our dear planet, tiny points of Light are merging to create a continuous Net of Light, a Net that holds everyone and everything together in Loving Union. And all because... our very small was enough. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
 
March 21, 2021
 
Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the Unbinding, and because you are, a Giant Shift in Consciousness is underway! 
 
As we shift our awareness towards our True nature, Spirit invites us to imagine that we are a Giant, and that we have fallen asleep on a beach. 
 
Spirit invites us to feel the warm sand beneath our enormous bodies and hear the lulling sound of waves meeting the beach by our feet. It's good to be a Giant asleep on a beach. There is a sense of profound bliss here, and Spirit invites us to feel deeply into it. 
 
As good as it is to be a Giant asleep on a beach, we may begin to yearn for something else. Spirit therefore invites us to notice an inner restlessness, which may be our cue to begin to rouse ourselves. As our eyelids flutter and we begin to stretch our limbs, Spirit invites us to notice that something unusual has happened while we were sleeping. Thousands of tiny little beings have tied strings all around us which restrict and bind us into place. The more we struggle against the bindings, the tighter they become.
 
And so, Spirit invites us to do something else, and instead of resisting the bindings, we are invited to thank each and every string and each and every tiny being that has participated in tying us down. Spirit assures us that we will feel the binding loosen with every giving of thanks we make, until we are all at once free. 
 
It was good to be a Giant asleep on a beach. And now Spirit asks us, "Is it good to be an awakened Giant on a beach? Or would you rather go back to sleep?" There is no need to answer the question right away. Spirit promises that if we simply ponder the question, we will have already begun the unbinding process and are in the process of a Giant awakening. And for this, Spirit rejoices.
 
Bless you, fellow Giants.
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
March 14, 2021
Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the ones who are willing to grow new wings, and because you are, a weary world is finding its True Strength. 
 
As we guide ourselves inward towards the Vast and the Eternal, Spirit invites us to a nest of our choosing. We may find ourselves in an actual bird's nest made of twigs and mud, or our nest may be in a cave, or a car, or a bed, or on a cloud of our imagination. Whatever nest we provide for ourselves will be perfect.
 
>Once we are tucked serenely in our nests and are assured of the support and privacy we have given ourselves , Spirit invites us to notice that we may be letting go of events, false promises, false identities, and unwritten rules that no longer make any sense. These may appear to us as old feathers, gradually and easily molting from our Being.
 
This process of letting go may make us feel especially vulnerable, and if it does, Spirit reminds us of the nest we have provided for ourselves- strong, sturdy, and private. As our old feathers continue to shed, Spirit invites us to notice new feathers growing in their place, and how extraordinary they are.
 
We are these new feathers, aren't we? And because we are, Spirit invites us to notice that our strength is being renewed, that our feathers are growing into enormous wings, that we can run and never tire, that we can walk on and not be weary.
 
Bless you, Dear Souls! Your willingness to grow new wings lifts us all to greater and greater heights, and we are now stronger than ever - and all because you let go, and let yourself grow. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
 
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall grow wings like the eagles, shall run and shall not tire, walk on and not be weary. Isaiah 40:31
 
March 7, 2021
 
Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the rule breakers and because you are, the rule of fear is breaking!
 
As we allow ourselves to move gently inwards, towards the Deep and Always Loving, Spirit invites us to imagine that we are on a crowded elevator. No one is talking. Everyone is staring up as the numbers of the floors flash by. The air feels heavy and oppressive. 
 
Next, we are invited to imagine the elevator doors opening and a little toddler walking in with a big bunch of balloons that rattle and shake and take up precious room in our already crowded elevator.
 
Spirit invites us to notice as this sweet toddler gives each person a balloon. One by one, each person breaks the rule of silence in the elevator by saying "Thank you". Soon, everyone is talking with each other and the elevator is filled with laughter and smiles. 
 
And now, the elevator has reached its destination. Everyone exits with a huge grin on their face. Everyone, except the toddler. Spirit smiles as each of us come to recognize that the toddler's face is our own. We have come to break the rule of fear so that the Law of Love may reign supreme. 
 
And now, Beloveds, Spirit asks us all: Are you ready to take your next elevator ride? Do you have your balloons? Are you ready to shake things up and bring joy? 
 
And we answer, Yes. Yes. Yes. And again - Yes.
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

February 28, 2021

Dearest Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the wound where the flowers grow, and because you are, the world is a garden.
 
As we move downward and inward, Spirit invites us to gently notice a place in our hearts that has the appearance of a wound. 
 
If we will move in closely, we will begin to observe something beautiful happening in the wounded place. A tiny flower is growing up through the cracks of what has hurt us. 
 
Spirit invites us to draw close to the tiny flower, so close that we can see all of the many potential flowers that it holds within it.
 
We are invited even farther in, until we can see all of the potential flowers in the flower, blooming on a vast, uninterrupted field, a pasture of glowing and growing loveliness.
 
Spirit reminds us that the field of flowers is also known as the Field of Potential, and it is the Truth of our Being. We are invited now to hold hands energetically in this mighty Field of Potential, and rising up above a wounded world, look for the places where the flowers are growing in the wounds of humanity. Once again, we are invited to zoom in so that every flower we see, growing upon through wounded earth, is in and of itself a field of flowers. 
 
Bless you and thank you, dear Souls! Your willingness to bloom where it hurts is the garden of potential that heals the world. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

February 21, 2021

Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are willing to walk with the wounded, and because you are, a wounded world can heal.
 
As we move into our Sacred and Inner, Spirit invites us to notice whatever wounds we might have that come up for our loving attention. The wound might be as small as a slight scratch, a tiny hurt feeling, or a momentary discomfort. Or, the wound might present as historically ancient and vast as the Grand Canyon. Whatever wound that presents itself will be perfect.
 
When we can feel the edges of our wound, Spirit invites us to move within it and once inside, to ask the wound if it would like to go for a walk, promising to take it somewhere new, some place where this wound has never been to before.
 
Where will we walk with our wound? Will we traverse the highest mountain or take our wound to the very bottom of the deepest sea? Will we walk the unknown edges of the Outer Space or will we walk to the farthest, unknown edge of Inner Space? Will we visit a garden in France or a museum in London? Where will we go with our wound, what is the place that we have never been to which beckons us now?
 
Once we have travelled with our wound to parts unknown, Spirit invites us to consider someone or something that has been wounded that needs a walking partner. It might be someone who was attacked in public and then left by themselves. It might be the stranger with the sad face we saw in passing yesterday. It might be a family member or a friend; an animal, a rock, or a tree. We will know who to walk with.
 
And as we walk together, Spirit invites us to notice that our journey is taking us both to a place neither of us have never been before. A delightful and divine curiosity wells up between us, and heart to heart, wound to wound, we set our faces to the East, to the energy of new beginnings. And as we do, our wounds become the womb that holds, heals, and births a new world.
 
Bless you, dear Ones. Your willingness to share the wounded experience is the very change the world longs to see. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

February 14, 2021

Dear Souls,

 
Bless you! You are The Found, and because you are, the world is finding its Balance.
 
As we move into the Deep and the Still, Spirit urges us to dive deeper than we are usually prepared to go. Today, we are invited past our former and familiar "Deep" and softly drift down until we find what feels like a shell within our depths. 
 
When we have found our shell, Spirit counsels us not to judge it or name it, but simply to hold it and wait for it to open. Our shell may be rough or smooth, warm or cold, silent or humming. However it presents, it is ours, and it contains a treasure. Next, we are invited to notice that the shell is indeed opening easily and that we have energetically passed inside it. Here we are invited to linger as long as is needed until we find what it is that brings us balance.
 
Moving gently back through all the layers of Depth we are, Spirit invites us to bring with us what we expected and what we didn't expect to find. And when we are ready to be present in the world, to offer both together as a present to the world.
 
Bless you, dear Souls! Your Finding is the Balance the world has been asking for. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

February 7, 2021

Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the Prophets of Peace, and because you are, the world is Looking Forward as Peace Itself.
 
As we allow ourselves to move gently into the Sacred Depths of our Being, Spirit invites us to a battlefield that we may have been ignoring or pushing to the side.  It may be that we have been battling with our weight, our finances, a sense of self, a depression, another human being, circumstance, or fear itself. Any battlefield will do. 
 
When we have located our battlefield, we are invited to walk in it and toward the "enemy" until we see the image of a Being in armor that looks remarkably familiar, although we may not know why.
 
We are invited to come closer to this Being, as close as we can, until we can see Light moving through the cracks in the Being's armor.
 
As we fasten our Prophetic Focus on the Light coming through the armor in front of us, Spirit invites us to notice that our own armor is beginning to crack apart as well. And as it does, we can easily notice that the Light before us is the same Light within us. This is Peace. We have seen It with our Prophetic Eyes. We have brought It with our Prophetic Vision. And now, with every thought we think, every word we speak, and every step we take, we can boldly Prophesy Peace. And as - and when - we do, the world can Look Forward.
 
Bless you, Dear Prophets! Your willingness to see what is behind the battlefield is the Vision that moves us Forward.  
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn