I’ve been saying this a lot lately: This path of spiritual understanding is the most difficult path you will ever encounter. It is also, absolutely, the most rewarding.
I think, however, that you often give up too easily. You will say this isn’t working and try something different. I have done it myself many times. You try and you try. You pray so hard for something to change and then give up because nothing seems to be changing at all. You are still in the same rut, but now the angst about everything is at an all-time high.
Let me assure you that everything is, indeed, changing. It’s just not changing the way the ego would like it to. Yeah, I know – not what you wanted to hear. No one said this was easy. Like I said, walking a spiritual path is the most challenging thing you will ever do.
I often talk about letting go, directing your attention to the God of your understanding, allowing things to follow their natural path, and, still, you don’t understand. You think you need to control this, and when everything is out of control, you freak out, throw in the towel, and go back to your old “ways.”
Can you see what’s going on? Maria Nemeth, in The Energy of Money, talks about “trouble at the border,” the time between the creative idea and the culmination of that idea. It is the point where many of us get stuck because we realize a few things: the idea will take work, it may take on a different form than our original dream, and we are afraid we are not up to the task. So, we stay stuck. The spiritual path is much like this. You want to bask in the Glory but are afraid of moving from the dream to the reality of that dream – especially when you realize there are old patterns that must change for you to move forward.
You gotta let go, my friend. You must put one foot in front of the other. It’s not easy. Not easy at all and, yes, it will be painful. Keep your mind focused ONLY on the reward: Peace as gentle and as beautiful as the flowers of summer.
This is the Unity Effect.
Our five principles sound very basic when you read them. Putting them into practice is much more challenging and ultimately more rewarding. It is a never-ending journey with many twists and turns. In Unity, we are not given a guidebook or a set of rules. We are given tools, and we are asked to use them to find our personal God, the God that lives and breathes, thinks and acts as each one of us.
It takes work and practice, and much stumbling occurs along the way. But this is what I know for sure: God exists within me just as God exists in the keyboard I am typing on. The Source is all there is, and it manifests in infinite ways.
My journey to here has been a long one with many years of searching and many years of letting it all go. What I have learned is that in the times of letting go, of giving up, of being very quiet about my confused beliefs, I learned the most about God. God shows up when I’m not looking. When I stepped away from the Catholic Church, God walked with me out the door. When I left the Ashram that was much a part of my life, God held the door and came with me. When I spent time without “church,” God lay with me, gently holding me while I healed. When I entered the doors of Unity North, God sat with me and smiled. The God of my understanding silently, blissfully lives as me, allowing me to grow stronger the more deeply I am rooted in knowing that this Source is everywhere I look, in everything I do, and in every emotion I have.
The Unity Effect.
And then there’s the Unity North Effect. My husband and I came to Unity North in 2005, and Dan worked here for ten years starting in 2008. Our daughter, Meghan, led the Nursery for a few years. Our son, Danny, graduated from Y.O.U. and has performed his music here many times. Both our kids helped with summer camp and Kidsmas. After volunteering for years, I joined the staff in 2014 and am blessed to continue to witness how these teachings change lives. Unity North has had an incredible impact on my family, and I will be forever grateful for the loving, open arms of the people here. I have learned much from each of you. I have grown more deeply into my spiritual self as a result of words exchanged, ideas discussed, and, most certainly, tears and laughter shared. We are a unique bunch, aren’t we? Many different paths, all welcomed, all embraced. We recognize and learn from many Spiritual Masters – even those that we meet in the hallway or in the garden. Source/God/Universe – we are all that. We are all manifestations of that, and so, we are Masters, each of us.
On this journey I, like you, have read many books about spirituality, but there are times that I like to return to the basic Unity teachings of H. Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth. Her words are always fresh, poignant, and thought provoking. So, I will leave you with a quote from Dr. Cady: We have come to a place now where our search for Truth must no longer be for the rewards; it must no longer be our seeking a creed to follow, but it must be our living a life.
Did you know that our official name is Unity Church of Practical Christianity? Yes, practical spirituality – it is a way of life. I invite you to embrace all it has to offer you.
From my heart to yours, Diane