Sunday, October 4, 2009

Divine Wait

The last few times I talked we were looking at the idea of Tilling the Spiritual Soil. We talked about how lasting change happens from the inside out – not by changing our outer circumstances – but by making a shift in here.

We talked about preparing the soil – our minds – for change and growth. Gently removing rocks and weeds – those unwanted beliefs in our minds and hearts that are getting in the way of our growth and fulfillment.

We talked about going within – to God – for connection with the divine as we move ahead in our lives. Choosing the seeds that we want to grow. Remember Myrtle Fillmore’s quote – “When you talk “hard times”, you are sowing “hard times” seed. By the natural law of growth and yield, what kind of harvest will you reap?”

So we plant the seeds. The new thoughts related to what we want to change in our life experience. Perhaps seeds of prosperity, hope, harmony, peace, good health.

And then we wait, we wait for something to happen, something to change. We wait – expectantly…and sometimes we end up in that place where - NOTHING IS HAPPENING!

Anybody been there? Decide to make a change – do the work and then – how come nothing is happening? What happenstehn ? We may begin to doubt ourselves. We start to question. Do we wait – do we push ahead? How long does it take to see some result of my prayers? Is there something else I need to do? Did I do it wrong? Did I forget something?

Just like planting a seed…… we plant the seed and then there comes a time of ______________? Waiting. Can’t see if anything is happening. Don’t know if it is growing or not. May even be tempted to dig up a little around the seed and see if it is starting to ‘do something’.

It’s one thing to wait when we know when something is going to happen and what it will be. As a child, or perhaps even as adults, we might be looking forward to Christmas or a birthday. Well, we can look at the calendar and know how long it is going to be before that day arrives. We can tick off each day – or in the case of Christmas, open the little doors on the Advent calendar and then – the day arrives. No more waiting.

But what about when we are waiting for something that we don’t know when it will show up and often we do not even know in what form it will show up.

There are a couple of things that we can consider while we are in this ‘waiting period.’ of the creative process. Because that is what we are doing – creating something. A new way of being, a new way of living, a new way of looking at life, a new perspective.

One of the things that this time calls for us is to be more human beings, and less human doings.

For those of us who tend to get active when we want something to happen, this can be quite a challenge. We wait and watch, we watch, we wait.

If it was really a seed, we would be in that time of waiting for that first little bit of green to break through the surface. Some evidence, some outward sign that something is going on. I suspect some of us are better at this than others.

There are ways we can approach this time that are helpful and empowering – and there are ways that are not so enjoyable. Since we have probably experienced the not so great ones: impatience, frustration, doubt, worry – let’s talk about the alternatives.

In Unity we talk about our Twelve Powers and there are two that really come to my mind when I think about this ‘waiting’ period. The first is the power of Faith.

We all have faith. Faith is one of the 12 Powers we were born with. You cannot have more faith than you have right now. The question is: how are you using your power of faith? Do we see the news about the environment, the conflict, the crime and put our faith in those things? Do we think about them, add our emotion power to them, roll them over and over in our minds?……………then that is where we are putting our power of faith.

So as we spend time in the ‘waiting’ be aware how you are using your divine power of Faith. Pay attention to what thoughts you are surrounding your new idea with. Thoughts of expectancy, of joy… or thoughts of doubt and worry. Remember WE direct our faith.

Faith is multi=directional – like a flashlight. It will shine wherever we point it. And what we point it to will become more real and stronger in our life experience. Be mindful about where you are pointing your faith. It is unlimited. Invest it wisely.

And the other power that I think really comes into play during these time of waiting is Divine Order.

Divine Order, another one of our 12 Powers, means the perfect outworking of any situation. It does not mean Vicki’s idea of the perfect outworking of the situation. It is the perfect outworking of Spirit, of God, of the highest good for EVERYONE involved.

The activity of the divine, of God, is so powerful. It works for our highest good even without our being able to observe it. It is working away in the seed underground and it is working in us in ways we can observe and in ways we cannot. Divine Order is always at work in our lives.

Divine Order is putting me in the right and perfect place. Trusting that Divine Order is at work in us and in our world ALL the time. Even when we think it should be different.

Sometimes we think “God, could you work a little faster please?” We can see exactly what we want – why isn’t it coming now?

Picture this: in the middle of a deep cold winter day you see a moth at the window, desperately trying to get outside. It is very clear to the moth that outside is where it wants to be! But what do we know—as we stand aside and watch the scene. We know that if the moth were to have its desire and get outside— it would perish immediately.

I suspect Divine Order is working in our lives in the same way. Protecting us until the time is right—even as we beat our wings against an inexplicable invisible barrier.

Every few years I plant avocado pits. In the past I have had huge trees that cover a whole corner of the dining room. One year I put the toothpicks in and put it in a glass of water and left it, knowing it would take e its time to send up a sprout and some roots. Several months later I noticed something. I had placed the pit in upside down and in a most determined way, the root that had come out of the top was making its way down to the water and the poor shoot that had sprouted under water was making its way up to the light.

Within the avocado is an inner intelligence that directs the roots and the shoots and they know which way to go - even when everything around them would tell them otherwise.

There is a divine intelligence working within us that is more wise and powerful than we can even imagine.

So in this waiting period – we can direct our power of faith to divine order and its perfect outworking in our lives. We don’t need to see it – we KNOW it!

And there is one last thing we can do while we ‘wait’.

Give thanks… in advance. Give thanks that everything is unfolding as it should - for the highest good of all.

When a gardener plants seeds they know what to expect and when. And I am quite sure they use that time of waiting – not in doubt and turmoil, but in the anticipation of the new crop. Of the sweet apples, the flowers, the lettuce. They picture it, feel it, taste it and see it.

I realize that when we are planting a new seed – a new idea – it is not so straight forward. Things, people and ideas need time to grow. However I do know that if we can spend this time with the same feelings of anticipation, expectancy, seeing the good, feeling it, tasting it – the results will be influenced by this powerful way of being.

This simple prayer says it well:

Dear God
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the pain in my body disappears,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until I understand every experience in my life,
I am thanking you right now.

I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier,
I am thanking you right now.

REMEMBER: direct your Faith wisely, know that Divine Order is at work in our life even when we can’t see it and always give thanks in advance!