Each of us who is going through a transition is a potential hero, for we are leaving our old familiar world to venture into unmapped territory, not knowing what fate befalls us. Like the ancient mythological heroes, we will encounter the “dragons” of fear and self-doubt; we will engage fierce battles within our soul, and ultimately, we will, if we persist, discover “the treasure,” the Holy Grail, the wonderful gift of freedom and power that each transition promises us if we but have the heart to take the journey.
Finding Yourself in Transition, Chapter Three
Each of you engaging in our series, Finding Yourself in Transition, is, in my book, a hero/heroine. The heroic path is the narrow way, described in the Gospel of Matthew, as “the path that leads to Life.” The wide path is easy; it asks nothing of us. The narrow way is the way of intentionality, mindfulness. For each of you who have chosen to engage in this path of Life, I am very grateful.
This Sunday, we welcome Rev. Eileen Ramsey to the conversation. Rev. Eileen has deep roots in New Thought and has taught this book many times. Please read Chapter three and ponder the reflection questions Rev. Eileen has provided below, if you can. And if you don’t have time—join us anyway! We will make sure that each week is “self contained” so you can join the conversation at any time. And if you have not already done so, please consider joining us in our conversation breakout rooms during the service. I have gained so much from participating in these the last two weeks. This is definitely an intentional action we can take to build our spiritual companion network—a network that will serve us well as we navigate the many transitions offered to us at this time.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday! Stay safe! Love, Linda
|From Rev. Eileen Ramsey |
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
When we find ourselves in the midst of change, whether expected or unexpected, we may tend to mourn our life as it was – before the diagnosis, before the kids moved out, before the job ended, before the loved one passed. Hidden in our mourning is an opportunity for us to experience life in a new way. We need to honor our need to grieve, and at the same time, open our hearts to a new understanding of life and our relationship with it. In his book, Finding Yourself in Transition, Rev. Brumet gives us clues leading us to that new understanding.
The scripture quoted above is from the section titled, “The Beatitudes.” The word “Beatitude” comes from the Latin word, “beatitudo,” meaning “blessedness.” If we think of Jesus’ words as “blessedness,” we find hope and comfort addressed to those men and women who were living under Roman occupation. Some of them had lost family members and loved ones, fighting to free their country from these oppressors. Some were burdened by the harsh conditions imposed by King Herod and his imperial rule. And some had just lost faith in their political and religious leaders, who appeared to do nothing to improve their lot.
That same hope and comfort is addressed to us today, who are experiencing our own version of those conditions and circumstances. Jesus was giving the people who had suffered loss not only comfort and support, but a new way of living, thinking, and feeling. The Roman armies could never be overthrown by sword or bow. So Jesus taught them new tools, love and compassion, to overcome their oppressors. It might be a slower conquest, but it would be surer.
Brumet gives us the same hope, support and comfort, sharing with us new tools to address today’s changes and challenges and to overcome our “inner oppressors.” Are you ready for the sure, steady conquest in your own journey to a new understanding?
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Rev. Eileen Ramsey
Read Chapter Three in Finding Yourself in Transition, by Robert Brumet, BEFORE THIS Sunday’s (June 28st) service and come prepared to share your reflections and observations. Each chapter has a summary at the end. Your participation in this series will be greatly enhanced by reading the material, but that may not be possible for everyone. If staying up with the reading is not possible at this time, join us anyway! Each week will be configured so that everyone can join in the conversation!
|Considering all the changes you are witnessing today (Covid-19, racial injustice, political climate, personal health challenges, etc.,) select one change. Gently reflect on how you feel about the change. Ask yourself if that’s how you really feel about the change. Scan your body so your “mind” isn’t answering the question. Are you holding tension in any bodily area when you ask yourself how you feel about that change? If so, ask that area what it really feels. Remain open and receptive to the feelings your body wants to share with you.|
Think about your major life changes. If helpful, draw a horizontal line on paper and divide it into 10-year segments. Reflect on each decade and record major life occurrences, those changes that made your life take a definite turn. How did you feel about the changes at the time they occurred? Upon reflection, was there a gift in the changes?