Weekly Meditation by Rev. Carolyn

"Many Hands Make Light Work"

Weekly Meditation by Rev. Carolyn Swift Jones

 

August 2, 2020

Dear Souls, 
 
Bless you! You are the Ones who stay and guard the memory of Love, and because you are, Love endures forever.
 
As we move into the Silent Truth of our Being, Spirit invites us to see before us a lifeless soldier, lying in a casket with an American Flag draped on top of it. As we stand in solemn silence, Spirit invites us to hear all of the memories of Love that surround the fallen soldier. 
 
If we will keep standing and listening, bearing witness to this soldier's courage in the face of adversity and to the Love that sustained him, Spirit assures us that the dead man will rise and stand next to us. And when we feel his shoulder touching ours, we will hear him ask us a question. 
 
"What will you do to honor the memory of Love?" 
 
What will we do to carry the memory of Love forward? Spirit assures us that the very decision to honor Love's memory is enough to make Loving Soldiers of us all. And we are now sent forth to love and serve the world, doing everything in living memory of the Love that has made heroes of us all.
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

July 26, 2020

Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the ones who see others as they Truly are, and because you see Truly, no one is inferior to you.
 
As we move into the Reality of our Being, Spirit invites to take a gentle look within. We are guided to lovingly ask ourselves where, when, how, and if we have judged others to be inferior to us. If we do come across places in our consciousness where we have made this kind of judgment, Spirit holds us closely and asks us to be compassionate with ourselves.
 
When we are compassionately aware of our inner geography, Spirit suggests that we see those places where we have judged others to be inferior as stretches of empty desert, where nothing and no one is growing. 
 
Next, we are invited to open our Hearts and allow rivers of Love to flow through these arid places, filling them with all kinds of fruitful vegetation and amazing growth.
 
When our desert places have become green and growing, Spirit invites us to notice that there are Shining Gatekeepers, and they stand before these gardens of Eden. Everyone and everything we have ever judged to be inferior to us is one of these Shining Gatekeepers, and we must ask their permission before we walk into Eden. 
 
How wonderful! For when we hear Their resounding "Yes", we will all be in Eden together, and all of us will be equally innocent in the garden we have created.
 
Bless you, Dear Souls! Your True Seeing has made us all equaly innocent. Now we can begin again!
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

July 19, 2020

Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the ones who make Goodness possible, and because you are, Goodness is blooming in the most impossible places.
 
As we move into the Depth of our Being where there is no "there", Spirit invites us to gaze inward at the vast reaches of "Here". Our gaze will at first include what is most obviously "Here"- such as our bodies, and the places and rooms that we are sitting or standing in. 
 
As we notice that we are Here in our bodies and in the space we are in, Spirit invites us to intone silently, " This is good." It is good to be Here in our bodies and it is good to be Here in this space. 
 
We are next invited to expand our sense of "Here" by allowing our True Selves to be present beyond the perimeters of our bodies and our rooms. We will feel ourselves expanding outside of our skin, our apartments, houses or cars. "Here" is now a much larger place. When we have expanded, let's all say silently  "This is good." It is good to be Here outside of our bodies and this space.
 
And we are invited to expand once again, and this time we are invited to be present in the entire region we live in. It's good to be Here in the region we live in. "This is good." 
 
And still the invitation to expand urges us to be present beyond the boundaries of our region. It's good to be Here, beyond a city or state line. "This is good." 
 
And we are quick to hear the invitation to be present in an even larger way. We are now everywhere on our dear planet. It's good to be Here and Everywhere. "This is good". 
 
And as the Here and Everywhere We Are, Spirit brings our attention to the Goodness we have made from everything, even the things that we had thought to be impossibly bad.
 
Bless you, dear Souls. This isn't just common lemonade which you have made. This is Goodness, and its Light pierces the darkness and can never be extinguished.
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn
 
Dedicated to John Lewis, a good man who believed Goodness was always possible.
 

 

July 12, 2020

Dearest Souls,

Bless you! You are the New Creation! Listen as the All-ness of the Universe sings your New Name.

As we move into the Radical Stillness of our True Nature, Spirit invites us to notice that we are ready to give up being right so that we can be Love.

We are invited to turn our focus to our many yesterdays, not only in this life, but in the millions of others, and looking for the victory of Love rather than the victory of being right, consider deeply the knowing that we are now ready to retain only our victories in Love. 

And we are invited to turn our focus forward to our many tomorrows, not only in this life, but in all of our many incarnations to come, and in those many rising suns, see ourselves as souls for whom being right is a distant memory, difficult to conceive of and barely plausible. 

And we are invited to bring our focus to this now moment, bringing awareness to where we need "to be right" today. Spirit invites us to turn deeply in, listening, seeing, and feeling with all of the subtle depth we are. And when we are deeply and subtly turned in, we are invited to ask ourselves: what makes us feel safe - being right, or being Love?

Oh, the magnificent freedom of only being Love! Listen as our New Name recreates the world.

Now that we no longer need to be right, what will we do with our magnificent, only Being Love Selves?


Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn


July 5, 2020

Dear Radiant Ones,
 
Bless you! You are the voice of Freedom, and because you are, Freedom is always and everywhere possible.
 
As we move into the Silent Truth of our Being, Spirit invites us to recall a time when we did not share our freedom with those around us. Perhaps we did not share the highway we drove so freely on, or perhaps we did not share our gifts we have so freely been given. Perhaps we did not share a microphone placed freely in our hand, or a friendship that freely graced our life, or even an idea that appeared to have flown freely from heaven onto our shoulder. 
 
When we have located that time when we did not share that which was freely given, Spirit asks us to consider what it would have been like if we had shared whatever freedom we had. 
 
And when we are completely in love with what things would have looked like if we had shared our freedoms, Spirit asks that we find a way to describe this vision in such a way that it appears to be happening right now. Let's speak this into being: Right now, we are sharing our freedom with each other in such a way as to create heaven on earth. Right now, we are sharing what is freely the right TO BE, just as we are. Right now, we are freely sharing the breath of life, circulating in and among and as us all. 
 
Thank you, Voices of Freedom. You are what makes Freedom possible. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

June 28, 2020

Dearest Souls, 
 
Bless you! You are the ones who deserve Love, and as you deserve, you make room for everyone else to deserve the very highest and best that Love offers.
 
As we move into the Deep Remembrance of our True Nature, Spirit invites us to coax forward any parts of our Being that we may have relegated to "the undeserving". It may take some time to allow these frightened thoughts to come forward from the shadows of our Innermost, but if we are gentle and kind with ourselves, eventually these neglected aspects will come forward like lost or strayed children, hungry for Love.
 
Once we are face to face with our "undeservings", those places that we have decided have no merit or worth, we are invited to ask them what it is they want. This also might take some time. The undeservings aren't used to being asked what it is they want. We may have to wait for them to trust the Love we are.  
 
If we will listen carefully, Spirit assures us that we will hear our undeservings ask for a seat at our table.
 
And although we may not be in the habit of serving Love to those places we have decided are too frightening to engage with, Spirit promises that once we start serving the undeserving in us, we will become a Tree of deserving fruit, not just for ourselves, but for everyone around us.
 
Bless you, oh worthy Deservings! The room you have made for yourselves makes room for all.
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

June 21, 2020

Dear Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the Fathers of a New Nation! 
 
As we move into the Sacred Depth of Being where there is no map, Spirit invites us to listen to a Voice that calls us to move from what is familiar to what is unfamiliar; a Voice that calls us to the very edge of mystery.
 
If we listen with all of our hearts, we will hear a Voice that says something like “ Go to a land I will show you.”  There are no directions to follow. There is no script. No syllabus, no outline, no itinerary.  Nothing that says, “X marks the spot.” Just a Voice, calling us to a land that we will be shown if we begin to move out of what we know. 
 
As we are called out of our familiar, Spirit invites us to notice what comes up for us. Are we afraid? Do we resent being called from our comfortable, known place? Are we suddenly extremely weary and feel the need to take a nap? Or are we eager to see what is beyond the edge of what we know? Whatever comes up to be noticed will be perfect.  
 
Spirit invites us to hold our hands out to whatever has come up for us, and invite the energy to travel with us as we move without knowing where we are going.
 
And as we travel, Spirit invites us to notice that we are coming to a place where an old nation ends, and a new nation begins. Yet there is a caveat. In order to cross over into the new nation, we must be willing to parent it. We must be willing to guide it the way a strong father would. We must be willing to keep our Father Light strong and high, providing a constant beacon that always inspires this new fledgling nation to be the very best it can be. And we must never give up. We are Fathers now, Fathers of a new nation, a nation of liberty and justice, not just for a select few, but for all. 
 
And if we will keep to our quest, refusing to stay in the comfort of what has been, willing ourselves to the discomfort of a journey without a map save for what is written in our hearts, then we really can all be a Father Abraham. A Father whose descendants are stars of bright light, stars so numerous that they cannot be counted by the human eye. 
 
Bless you, dear Souls. And Happy Father’s Day!
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

June 14, 2020

Dearest Souls,
 
Bless you! You are the mending, and because you are, a nation's true flag is beginning to wave.
 
 As we move into the Silent Truth of our Endless Being, Spirit invites us to consider the image of the American flag, with its stars on one side and its stripes on the other.
 
 And as we gaze upon this image, Spirit invites us to contemplate where we want to camp out under this flag. Are we looking up at the stars? Or have we pitched our tent where the stripes are? Wherever we find ourselves is right and perfect for the purpose of our meditation. And if by chance we find that we are camping out in betwixt and between both star and stripe, well , that is also perfect. 
 
When we have pitched our tent, Spirit invites us to notice that there are holes in our tent that need to be mended. But there is a caveat. If we have pitched underneath the stars, we can only mend with fabric from the striped corner of the sky. And if we have pitched out under the stripes, we can only mend with the fabric from the starry part of the sky. If we have pitched in betwixt and between, then we can only mend with fabric from both parts of the sky. 
 
Once our tents are mended, Spirit invites us to notice how enormous they have suddenly become. Where once there was room only for one, now there is room for everyone, spacious room, with spacious sky, a sky that is beautiful and full of promise. 
 
And under that promise, we can feel a wave of Love moving through us, and we become a new nation, under Love, with liberty and justice for all.
 
Bless you, dear Menders. Your willingness to pitch your beliefs under a sky that includes everyone is the flag America is meant to be. Long may she wave. 
 
Much Love,
Reverend Carolyn

June 7, 2020

Dearest Light Workers,
 
Bless you! Your courageous examinations of your own souls is what births compassion in our time. For today's meditation, we will be using a reflection written by Leslye Colvin, a woman of color who is both a contemplative and activist. As she is a Catholic, it is written through the lens of the Catholic prayer, "Lord Have Mercy, Christ Have Mercy". If you are not Catholic or are triggered by that vibration, I invite you to see the words "Lord, Christ, and Mercy " as attributes of your own Being. Whether we are Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Christian or none of the above, we are all the Lords of our Being. And as the Lords of our Being, we have the power to bring our focus to where the Light is needed most. And as we are all called to be the change the world longs to see, we are the Christ of our Being, ready to be the embodiment of Peace. And as the embodiment of Peace, we all have the capacity to both have and demonstrate a powerful mercy that brings forth True Justice. 
 
And so I invite you to sit with these words today, words with no embellishment - no images or pictures - just words; words that invite us to hear at so deep a level, that we can transform  from passive observers of our own complicity to active demonstrators of our willingness to be the crucible from which Peace is born.
 
Lord, have mercy.
George Floyd of Minnesota.
Your nation failed you.
Rest in God's peace.
Kyrie eleison.
 
Christ, have mercy.
Breonna Taylor of Kentucky.
Your nation failed you.
Rest in God's peace.
Christe eleison.
 
Lord, have mercy.
Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia.
Your nation failed you.
Rest in God's peace.
Kyrie eleison.
 
Christ, have mercy.
Tony McDade of Florida.
Your nation failed you.
Rest in God’s peace.
Christe eleison.
 
In Solidarity,
Reverend Carolyn