DIY SPIRITUALITY: Shifting Your Own Gears

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

Dr. Robert Schuller taught, “If it’s going to be it’s up to me.” Matthew Fox, translating the works of the 14th Century mystic, Meister Eckhart, said: “And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and if I am not also full of grace?”  In both instances, these gentlemen are speaking to the idea of practical spirituality.

Spirituality, in the context of applying definite universal principles as a way of life, has become a widespread concept. The Soul of those who “catch” this idea, leaps for joy, arousing sweet memories that have been lying dormant.

In many ways the awakening is like stepping onto the next rung of the ever-expanding, upward-spiraling journey of life. In many instances, it is religion, a disciplined practice of reading and studying the lives of enlightened ones who have performed seeming miracles and influenced the masses, that leads one to this point of self-realization.

Like all new adventures, there is much to be learned while becoming familiar with the terrain of self-reliance. For example, while spirituality is the common thread running through all religions as well as the fundamental foundation of them all; it transcends the practice itself. 

Spirituality is awakening to the Indwelling Presence of one’s own being. It is the aligning oneself with the self- governing power within us that is ready to be unleashed as Peace, Love, Wholeness, Harmony, Wisdom, Joy and Unlimited Supply. However, we have to shift our own gears from limited thinking to possibility thinking.  

In a very real sense, the nature of spirituality is scientific; inasmuch as it is absolute and infallible, therefore reliable and dependable. It goes without saying that in order to experience the benefits of any science, we must first obey its principles. Mystics of all time have made it plain, that ultimately, the universe does not play favorites; i.e., “What It’s done for others, It will do for you.” 

When old limiting beliefs began to shift to a new way of seeing things, it is a result of our own efforts. No one else can do that for us; yet they can teach us that it is through changing our thinking that our life begins to change. 

 How wonderful it is to find ourselves in a community where we can turn to the spiritual leader and practitioners to support us as we learn to apply spiritual principles in our lives. Their expertise in this field of study, based on the data they have accumulated, tested, and proved firsthand, is truly a blessing.

However, in the final analysis, it is always your very own acceptance of the good/the healing declared on your behalf that sets in motion the Perfect Law of Life. Ultimately, no matter how you slice it, the path of conscious spirituality is always a Do It Yourself endeavor.  

Spirituality is a mental atmosphere of one’s awareness of its unity with the Divine. I love contemplating the far-reaching implication in the declaration: “I AM the way, the truth, and the life.”


This Week’s Affirmation

My eyes have seen the Glory within, and I consciously direct, celebrate, and give thanks for life’s possibilities for good.

By Angela “Chris” Beam


A Tribute for Paula

The blink of an eye. Often that’s how change appears to happen – particularly to others. Yet the blink may take months, even years.

 I can still hear Paula complaining about everything – whether it flew, it crawled, it laid there or it walked. In the blink of an eye, I heard her express care, concern and gratitude for the people, places and things that came her way. 

As she went from project to project there were hiccups but she had learned to express appreciation for what worked…. thereby opening the doors to the abundance that was hers to claim. 

What a beautiful butterfly Paula Clancy morphed into. She spread her wings and her colors shone brightly. Now she has flown away in the blink of an eye. 

~ submitted by Clarice Martin 8/31/2021 ~


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