It’s spring! I love to garden, and before winter had ended, I was contemplating what I would grow this year. I looked through my leftover seeds, poured over seed catalogs, visited my local nursery early and often. I made my plan and carefully chose the varieties of seeds I would plant, imagining the mature plants and the harvest I would enjoy and share. Oh, what potential is in each of those very small seeds!
My thoughts are seeds with an even greater potential than those I bury in the soil of my garden. Sadly, it has not been my habit to contemplate which thoughts I would sow in my consciousness, and correspondingly the harvest that I reaped from my thoughts has been meager. I have not produced anything of great significance.
I am, however, establishing the habit of choosing thoughts. I am not content with letting grow whatever will. I am unsatisfied with a meager thought harvest. I want to experience the potential of my considered thought. These days I bring the sowing of my thoughts to my awareness often. I’m going for a great harvest and intentionally planting the thoughts I choose in the soil of my consciousness.
“And so it is,” I regularly say as I close my prayers. I say that because I pray in faith, affirming that which I desire, resonating with the truth that I know.
So is such a little word, but a powerful one. I like the Old English meaning…”in this way.” For me it’s very positive and affirmative. ‘So’ indicates that what I am seeing with spiritual eyes, what I am intending, and what I am believing comes from what I am knowing deep within. It is real in that way, contrary to how it may seem to the senses.
Sounds pretty presumptuous, doesn’t it? But why not “so it is?” So much of what I have thought to be real was illusory. So much that I thought to be absolute has withered in the byways of relativity.
These days, I try to see beyond the problems, through the circumstances, and past what seems to be so.
I see differently…I see the real, the opportunities that transcend appearances.
And SO it is!
I like to think about myself this way…I am two selves, a Master Self and a servant self. If they could both act in concert with their true roles, all would go smoothly, and serious progress would be made. But alas, it has not always been so.
My Master Self can direct, control, even take dominion over me and my affairs. That requires wisdom, strength, and initiative. I have regularly been lacking in those abilities, or at least I have not recognized them in myself and employed them. I have let my servant-self take the lead.
My servant-self pretends to mastery and ends up causing a mess. Though it has many skills, it is more than a bit selfish and not a bit wise.
The two are really one with different functions, of which they may or may not be aware. They are like horse and rider, the horse the servant, and the rider the master. If the rider doesn’t take control and dominate the horse, the horse (my servant-self) may run away leaving the rider (my Master Self) stranded.
When that happens, there is no telling when the horse will come back to the barn. It may cause all sorts of damage and amends may be required.
Better for rider to be rider and horse to be horse, Master Self and servant-self. The result is likable…smooth and productive.
(What is your take on this? I’d love to begin a conversation…please comment!)
It’s common parlance in 21st century conversation to promise a response by saying…’I’ll reach out to you soon.’ And indeed, the promise may be kept and the connection made…or not.
Outreach is an older term that indicates a planned connection, usually for the benefit of the person or entity doing the outreach. Whether it’s a sales call, a marketing pitch, an invitation, or an information blast, outreach and reaching out are most frequently a mental construct with a specific outcome in mind.
Nothing wrong with that, it just seems incomplete to me. I plan my outreach and hope for the best result possible. These days, I’m opting for another approach…reaching in before reaching out.
When I take the time to reach in, refresh my memory of who I am, and look for what is mine to say or do in the quiet of my soul, my reaching out is whole and authentic. It takes some time, requires some quiet and often involves some mystery.
I choose to live that way. It’s both exciting and calming to my mind. I get stellar results, if don’t judge too quickly, and the outcome is often surprising.
I say, reach in before you reach out! It’s a gratifying way to live.
And that’s the problem for me.
unity CHURCH of payson
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