From Rev. Linda:
Knowing the Light comes from making the darkness conscious. — Carl Jung
My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind . . . know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. — From the Epistle of James, Chapter 1
Unity minister and teacher Robert Brumet, author of Finding Yourself in Transition, does not shy away from the idea of endings. There is no spiritual bypass in this book. Brumet understands that “knowing the truth”—in the case of undergoing a transition, acknowledging that an ending has occurred—really is the beginning of freedom. But that requires courage and discernment. In discussions with many of you during this series, I have heard a reticence for looking at endings, a preference instead for “focusing on the light.” I understand the temptation, but am concerned about the ultimate efficacy of the choice, if focusing on the light stems from avoidance, rather than “truth facing” or consciousness. When Unity author Emmet Fox proposed his “Golden Key”—not focusing on the problem, but rather focusing on God, I have a really hard time thinking that Fox was advocating avoiding the truth of a situation. Denial in Unity is not about whether or not an event has happened, but rather about the power that event has on you. The power of an event is diminished to the extent that it is faced and brought to the light as Jung suggests, brought to the light for healing and conscious awareness, and transformation. Last Sunday during our service we took time to list the endings we face. What is crucial in the process Brumet outlines—using transitions for spiritual awakening—is that we don’t avoid the endings or rush to “fix” them. The rush to figure out what’s next stems from the egoic operating system, not Spirit. Spirit has a process and it will not be rushed. Spirit’s process is the crucible of transformation. It is not for the faint of heart and it is not easy. I admire your courage in undertaking this journey. I hope you will join us this Sunday as we enter the next phase on our journey of finding ourselves in transition—a step into the “Void.” It’s not as scary as it sounds and it is that place where Spirit gets to work in ways we’ve never even imagined.
With so much love, Linda
This Sunday we have an opportunity to reframe our idea of “The Void,” that space between “what was and is no more” and what is yet to come. At first, it may seem flat and empty. But before we can experience our newness, we can boldly see what we have been unwilling to see – about ourselves and our contribution to all life. The Void can then be appreciated as the passageway to becoming truly alive and fully awake. Even if you are not reading along in our study of Finding Yourself in Transition, join us!
Reading for this Week
This week we are reading Chapter 6 in Finding Yourself in Transition. If you are not reading along, no worries. Join us anyway! Each lesson is a stand-alone lesson!
- Before reading this book, had you considered the idea that the soul, like nature, has seasons? Each has periods when something “dies” and is reborn. Is this idea helpful? Why or why not?
- Do you find it possible to, as the author suggests, see your life more clearly during times spent in The Void?