When we begin to have a larger sense of proportion and wider perspective on life as a series of impermanent, uncontrollable events, then we can begin to appreciate the truth that each moment offers us a choice- to transcend ordinary life and reach for the sacred. It’s right there- wherever we are!
The 12 Power banner for Imagination that hangs in our sanctuary says: envision good unfolding in every area of my life. But what if imagination is even bigger and better than that? Pam Grout sees imagination as a power that frees us. It can free us from ruts, from boredom and from a life lived too safely. If we are created in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe, shouldn’t we claim our destiny as the creative, magical beings we were meant to be? Today, we will explore some baby steps to unlocking the creative genius that lives in us all!
The worlds biggest problems may not be able to be solved by any one of us, but each of us can relieve a part of the problem for someone. It takes a willingness to bless big through kindness and the commitment to make a difference.
Marianne Williamson’s famous quotation about not living small never fails to stir our hearts. Pam Grouts book, Living Big, is the manual that takes Marianne’s famous quote and gives us the practices that invite, encourage and enable us to expand our lives.
Every page is an exhortation to live our greatness. Every role model were ever had is proof positive that it can be done. If one person can do it, the rest of us can, too!
The final talk in our Summer of Joy series is The Soul of Generosity. The generous soul can best be described by the Dalai Lama as wise selfishâ€ because it recognizes that through helping others we are helping ourselves. Archbishop Tutu relates it to the philosophical, classical African concept denoted by the word “ubunto”. At its core, ubuntu is an ethical or humanist ideology, referring to the necessity of unity and the removal of self-serving practices in order for the human race to evolve, to exist peacefully, and especially to prosper. (capetownmagazine.com)
Ultimately, our joy is found in understanding that a person is a person through other persons, and that cultivating soul generosity is the best way to bring more joy into our own lives.
The 4th Pillar of Joy is. Most of us know a thing or two about this spiritual practice. Lately, there’s been a lot of human energy moving in the direction of resistance. This makes sense if we see ourselves as living in and being of the world.But as spiritual beings, were living in, and not being OF the world. How to accept the unacceptable: By building on the first 3 pillars perspective, humility and humor.
The root of the word humility, which we studied last week, is the same as the one for humanity. And, it’s the same as the one for humor. The Third Pillar of Joy is humor. The root word is “humus” meaning “soil” or “earth.” Humor that doesn’t put anyone down, that illustrates our shared ridiculousness, is an invitation to all who hear it to join the human race on a great adventure. When we can use humor to unite us in our shared humanity, heaven and earth get a little bit closer. Transforming our work through love, one laugh at a time!
The second Pillar of Joy is Humility from the Dalai Lama. The funny thing about humility is that as soon as we think we’ve got it — we don’t! Reducing our attachment to our identity can help us grow in humility. Also, having a learner’s attitude to life can be helpful. Both of our spiritual teachers from The Book of Joy share their perspectives (Remember “perspective”? It’s the first Pillar of Joy) on humility.
“Even glow sticks have to be broken before they will shine.”
Cristian, remind us of Unity’s second Basic Belief:
Our Essence is of God; therefore, we are inherently Good.
The world is full of negativity: despair, loneliness, envy, death. This shouldn’t blind us to the good that exists in the world and in ourselves! When tempted to give in and give up, our best course of action is to GIVE of ourselves.
Spiritual giants from time immemorial have taught us the futility of chasing after the wind. We cannot catch the wind and hold it any more than we can catch and hold joy by chasing it. In this modern day, it’s even harder to find joy when we’re bombarded by all manner of influences designed to keep us hungering after more, more, more! The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu both teach us that the outer world will not satisfy us nor bring us joy. They direct us to the inner life and inner values. The nature of true joy is our own true nature. As we come to identify with and become one with the divinity within, joy become our true expression of life on earth.