Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Find me one person who is for something and against nothing, who is redeemed enough not to condemn others out of the burden of his soul, and I will find another savior, another Jesus, and an exalted human being.” ~ Ernest Holmes ~

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” Each day I see the Christ in all Its distressing disguises.”
~ Mother Teresa ~ 

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Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” ~ John 15:13 ~

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When one encounters a disagreement with someone, especially when it seems obvious that the other’s way of thinking is not in alignment with what is believed to be spiritually, morally, ethically or legally sound; the first reaction may be confrontation, making it clear “the other” is wrong. When being so tempted, don’t forget: “A man convinced against his will, is of the same opinion still.”

Of course, there may be times when speaking up about issues that affect the whole are appropriate; otherwise, “to be silent is to be complicit.” After all, we’re all in this thing called life together. However, in so doing, remember, there is an art and a science to the igniting of the Power for Good that is the heart’s sincere desire.  While it may be easy to say what we are against; it takes quiet contemplation to tell the soul what we are “for.” There is a subtle difference here when it comes to the energy being unleashed, because, “Where attention goes, energy flows.” 

The Law of Life, which makes all things out of Itself (Pure Energy), is an Intelligence that is governed by the nature of our feelings. Like all laws of nature, It does not judge the impulses It receives as right or wrong, good or bad. It is a Power that simply responds by corresponding. In due season, the evidence of our thoughts and feelings is fulfilled. 

Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are examples of the exalted human beings that Ernest Holmes envisioned. Just like Mother Teresa, they had spiritually illumined eyes that saw The Christ at the center of all beings. I believe their motive for inclusivity is what John, the disciple of Love is saying, and their intention gave them the courage to set aside their personal lives for a while, and give the fullness of themselves to their convictions.

This Season for Non-Violence 1 is a wonderful time to practice unleashing the energy of Unconditional Love that Gandhi and King advocated. The process may begin by asking., What is it I really stand for, whenever I say what I am against? It is from this perspective that we begin acknowledging the Presence of God individualized (The Christ) as those we otherwise judge, criticize, or condemn. When our perception shifts from transitory images of our family and friends work associates, bosses, and co-workers; our neighbors and strangers, those we encounter next door and those we encounter in traffic, and begin to embody the spiritual traits that are everlasting, we are contributing to a world that works for everyone.

“Nonviolence is a way of life for courageous people.” (King)

“Be the change you desire to see in the world.” (Gandhi)

The Association for Global New Thought 2 offers a program for SNV that you may do at home during your reflective time. 

This Week’s Affirmation

“Today I practice compassion and honor everyone’s right to be who they are.”

By Judy Hilley


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