Spring in Florida is beautiful. While the rest of the country is resting under blankets of snow and ice, waiting for the first buds of spring to break through Mother Earth, we Floridians are out enjoying the days before we face the humidity, the higher temperatures and storms they can bring.
No matter where one lives, if we could notice the external weather patterns and atmosphere are similar patterns of our inner consciousness. Inwardly, we have within us the ability to self-regulate. Externally, we have within us the intelligence to move inside for air conditioning or heat. Inwardly, we can cultivate the wisdom to take care of ourselves when we face an inner disturbance. And likewise, we can cultivate the wisdom to live in challenging outer weather patterns.
The question is, can we participate in our own Evolution and Soul growth by seeing the connection between the way we live our lives and our climate? Soul growth is about moving from my comfort, my toys, my way, which is perfectly acceptable behavior for a two year old, into becoming a more mature and wise Soul who can move from me and mine to we and ours.
When Jesus taught us to pray, he did not say “My Father…” he said “Our Father.” Emmet Fox writes that The Lord’s Prayer, The Great Prayer, is a compact formula for the development of the Soul. It is designed with the utmost care, for a specific purpose; so that those who use it regularly, with understanding, will experience a real change of Soul .”
Unity teachings are all about Soul development, so that we can live in a more humane and civilized way. Increasing and developing our awareness of our Soul allows us to treat each other and our environment with respect because we understand there is no me and no mine, there is only we and ours and that whatever we do to another we do to ourselves.
Wisdom shows us this. Oneness is glimpsed in the “Our.” So, consider as you interact with another that Souls are all at different levels of consciousness. John the Baptist talks of this Soul development when we read in (John 3:30) “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The ego, personality must decrease so our Soul, our individualized expression of Spirit, can increase.
Join us this Sunday at 10 Am, either in our sanctuary or on Facebook Live as we call forth the Power and Light of Wisdom to shine through us.