The Ideal: TRUTH

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

In spite of the struggle humanity is currently moving through; I am, nonetheless, awe-inspired by the unconstrained beauty that springtime yields. Over and over, I am called to reconcile my awareness of God’s magnificence all around, juxtaposed to the pain and suffering I see in the world. 

I allow myself to move into the higher realms of consciousness that transcend these paradoxes; the hypnotic spell of ‘us and them.’ I am ready to wake up fully; and know, understand, sense, feel and experience the presence of God right here and right now.  

So, I ask, do I ignore what is going on and retreat within myself, saying it has nothing to do with me; declaring all is well? Jesus sure didn’t when he saw the “mis-creation” out-picturing at the Temple in Jerusalem. No, I’m not satisfied to simply say ‘it is what it is.’ Something within me just won’t let me do that.  Something within me says, there is an answer, just listen. 

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In her book, Entering the Castle, Caroline Myss describes the soul as “your calm eye in the hurricane of a chaotic world.”  I begin thinking of all the enlightened ones throughout the ages who faced the atrocities of ignorance. The story of Jesus includes his looking out at his persecutors, and praying: “Forgive them father, for they know not what they do.” Then there’s the Sufi story of a great master being stoned to death, yet still smiling, he says to the crowd, ‘I am not deceived by you – I know who you are.’ In both instances these enlightened ones understood the true nature of their perpetrators, even though the culprits themselves, did not. The enlightened had a calm eye in troubling times.

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So, what does this wisdom of the enlightened impart? One thing I glean is, I must become proficient in distinguishing the deed from the doer. One is governed by “Man’s Law” and the other is governed by “Spiritual Law;” and, humanity is composed of spiritual beings having human experiences. The consequences of anti-social behavior are not the action of a punishing God, but are the logical outcome of an infallible and neutral law, whose rain falls on the just and the unjust, and Its sun shines on all alike. 

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Spiritual Law is a universal principle of Cause and Effect. This Creative Law of Mind transforms the energy of thoughts/and become the experiences the thinker encounters with  people, places, and things. 

The violent thoughts and deeds that out-picture in the world can be likened to weeds that obstruct the growth of a beautiful garden.

The peaceful thoughts of Love and Light that out-picture in the world can be likened to the beautiful springtime, bursting forth in all of God’s magnificence. 

I am a contributor to the collective consciousness and experience of humanity. I have the power to choose the thoughts I offer the world.

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I contemplate these things. I learn lessons about right thinking and right living. I forgive myself and others for all “mistaken identity.” I envision a world where humanity expresses its true nature of freedom, peace, harmony, love and joy. I am shown moment by moment the weeds of my consciousness that must be uprooted. I do what is mine to do to bring all issues of discord back into alignment with the ideal, the truth. 

This Week’s Affirmation

God is Good, and God is All There Is.
My faith in Spirit is greater than any appearance of duality.

By Angela “Chris” Beam

1 thought on “The Ideal: TRUTH

  1. Thank you Rev Mary. Your words are a reminder how easy it is for my thoughts to focus on the doer. It is not a helpful place to be.


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