THE GIFT OF CHANGE
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This has been a big change for us in Unity. Have you noticed that change is the one constant in the universe? We can almost guarantee that, just as we think our lives are sorted out and going in the right direction, they change again! This is something I have experienced repeatedly.
Sometimes it is exciting and something we want. However sometimes it feels like it is the last thing we want. We may resist what is happening and may even rile against our fate! We may cry, ‘Why did this happen?’ or ‘Why did God not stop this from happening?’ We may even pray for the old situation to return, perhaps feeling frightened and overwhelmed. If this is your experience, it is important to acknowledge your feelings without believing the thoughts that go with them.
However, just as seasons change to keep the natural world healthy, in balance, so our lives must change to keep us healthy, and in balance, even though it may not feel like it at the time. Continuous growth in ourselves as human and spiritual beings is part of our soul desire. This growth often involves challenges and change – yet it is the call higher.
For in each event that we experience, we are being invited to go deeper into our True, Christ self. This to release the inner splendour that has always been within us, yet sometimes only really experienced when life seems to throw us a curve ball!
If something is happening in our lives, like Covid-19 and its consequences, that we cannot control, we can go within, to our deeper self, and ask to see how we can respond in a way that loves, empowers and connects us with each other and our world in a more positive, graceful way.
We can practice releasing our old ways of responding; loving and letting go of the part of us that wants life to be a certain way; opening instead to the limitless possibilities that are inherent in each moment in time and point in space, this to reveal our inner beauty and depth of being. Suddenly, we can be present to ourselves and each other in ways never experienced before. From this viewpoint, we can now see the change as an opportunity to know ourselves as the next best version of who we came here to be.
If you are going through change and uncertainty, we warmly invite you to join our first Unity home retreat. Its focus is to help us move from uncertainty to faith through the experience of being always at home with God.
Further, with Lent starting this month, our Unity Lent booklet is designed to support us in releasing the old responses we wish to let go of, to reveal our true, beautiful and graceful self. So join us through Lent with our daily readings, and let the inner change in ourselves bless our world and all we experience together.
Rev Kimerie Mapletoft
Director of Silent Unity and Daily Word UK
Unity in the UK