I remember how exciting it was to experience my first luxury cruise. Late one night I wandered up to the top deck of the ship. I had never seen a darker night. It was pitch black except for the stars above, and perhaps moonlight. I was in awe. It was like being in the womb of eternity as the ship rolled peacefully along the black waters.
I imagine that prehistoric people gazed into the darkness as well as the light above with a bit of trepidation. However, there was always faith that the rising sun would yield the light of a brand-new day. This was their normal way of life.
I imagine as they gazed deeply into Life, a breakthrough in consciousness occurred. They began to illumine the darkness with candles, a new normal; to oil lamps, a new normal; to kerosene lamps, a new normal; to the light bulb, a new normal. In the language of spirituality, one might say evolution is always moving humanity from glory to glory.
Moving from darkness to light through self-awareness is quite a feat.
In moments of discontent, by means of meditation, I wander to the top deck of the ship of Zion1, a metaphor for my consciousness. Here I gaze deeply into nature until I see the flickering Light hovering above. While I do not deny my experience in the world; I begin to use the apparent facts to determine what it is, in contrast, that is my true desire. The color and tone of my mind moves from sense-consciousness to spiritual consciousness. I no longer act as if I am a spectator watching a movie, wondering what is going to happen next. No, instead I act as if I am the Director. I affirm the Truth.
Flashes of Light, such as: “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world…” 2 inspires me. I remind myself there is only One Power, the Great IAM; and, this Presence is individualized in me, through me, and as me. Moment by moment, the spirt that indwells me is the power that either sustains that which is in the world, or re-directs the energy of my attention, initiating a new normal.
I embrace the teaching of Ancient Wisdom that says: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” 3 Soon, there is a breakthrough, a new normal. Morning is broken.
Ernest Holmes teaches: “There is one power in the Universe and we can all use it.” I notice when I am hanging out in the upper room of consciousness and gazing deeply into the nature of Peace, Harmony, Love, Wisdom, Oneness, and Wholeness; there is an up-leveling, or a breakthrough, if you will. The new normal beckons me to follow the beacon of light that guides me from glory to glory.
In Loving Memory
Mamie E. Love
September 11, 1919 – January 12, 2021
The Indwelling Spirit provides a space for a new normal of Oneness and Wholeness in my consciousness.
By Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP