Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. 

If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.”

~ Oriah Mountain Dreamer ~

The phrase “I have absolutely no choice in the matter,” is not an uncommon one. This false belief arises during those times in life when it seems as though there are little to no options regarding a particular situation. Or, when the foreseeable possibilities come with such unfavorable consequences that it’s not worth the risk. 

The imagined risks quite often involve the fear that certain choices will damage a meaningful relationship. For example, one might say:  I cannot accept that promotion because my co-worker … I cannot go on that luxury trip because my family … I cannot engage in certain healing modalities because my spouse believes … I cannot change my mind because it will disappoint … I cannot associate with that community because my friends will judge … etc., etc., etc. 

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There is a natural inclination to be mindful of one another; and, of course, there are times when it is appropriate to seek counsel of our loved ones. However, I have noticed that whenever I make an honest assessment, moving through all my own emotional reactions, and finally arrive at what I know is truly my highest good in any given situation, the choices I make for my life are always the highest good for everyone concerned. This is a process anchored in, and perfectly aligned with, an unwavering faith in spiritual principle.

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Faith is more than simply saying, “There is only One Life; that Life is God, and that Life is my life right now.” It is accepting, believing, sensing, and feeling the statement to the degree that even in the face of seeming duality; there is no longer a subjective belief of “them and us” that has a tendency to pull one off course.

Faith anchors itself in a consciousness within one’s own self, that says spiritual principle does not contradict itself. It is a conclusion based on what makes perfect sense. Otherwise, according to the wise adage, “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

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Radical faith is believing in one’s soul to lead, guide, and direct all conscious choices.

Radical faith is an inherent awareness that the choices that are truly for your highest good, are spontaneously and simultaneously the highest good for everyone involved. This conclusion is a result of knowing there is only One Life… One Presence, One Soul living through all.

Radical faith is being fully alive, awake, and active in the world, while at the same time being acutely aware of not being of the world; that the true Self is always living in a vibration of Love and Light. 

Radical faith is a soul-searching and complete surrender that God’s Will (the highest idea of good imaginable) is taking place in all individual life and in concert with the one collective life.

Radical faith is loving one’s neighbor as one’s self. It is affirming that all life-enhancing choices create a world that works for everyone.

This Week’s Affirmation

“Perfect God. Perfect Man. Perfect Being.”
~ Ernest Holmes ~ 

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