FOR PEACE SAKE

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

I fretted, became frustrated, exhausted and finally, just plain spent. You see, even the most skilled IT Technician could not retrieve that Word Document I so desperately needed. It was lost forever. 

In the midst of feeling stuck in a cycle of self-blame and ridicule for not doing my part to save the precious text, I heard a still small voice within me say, “The same intelligence that flowed through you, creating that document, is still available.” Unconsciously I was being re-aligned with the Truth, the promise of freedom, the ability to begin again. The decision to accept the gift of letting go of the mistake and moving on, equated to self-forgiveness.

You would think I would immediately follow this divine guidance. It was my choice. Nonetheless, I continued to struggle, punishing myself a little longer. It was as if an opposing thought said, ‘self-forgiveness is for more serious issues, like the one shared by the woman who had been physically imprisoned for her mistakes.’ 

Limiting self-talk keeps us locked into what is already the past.

The woman, like me, heard the still small voice within her that promised a new beginning. Determined to create a new story of her life, she adhered to the divine guidance of this Inner Knower. While today she passionately disavows the behavior that once identified her; she nonetheless acknowledges her journey of awakening and moves forward.

Now awake, she is a conduit for healing.  She tells her clients,” You don’t have to experience what I have; I’ve already done all that for you.”  When her clients tell her of their troubling experiences; she says, “Thanks for doing that for me, now I do not have to experience the consequences you have encountered.”

I GOT IT!!!

The principle of forgiveness does not favor one condition over another. It simply dissolves the emotional energy of condemnation, shame or blame. The Self/giving-ness of Divine Love energizes the entire being with the wisdom to move forward, to begin again.  In many ways our self-forgiveness and ability to move forward support fellow travelers. It is another way of creating a world that works for everyone.

There is no “big” or “small” in the Infinite Mind of the Divine. Even the slightest condemnation of one’s self, and that of another, blocks the free-flowing energy of Spirit, causing emotional imprisonment and limits self-expression. 

The Self-giving-ness of the Divine One is Grace. It is the ever-flowing presence of healing Love.

John Newton, the converted slave trader of the 1700’s wrote: “How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.”

Thank goodness for the practice of meditation and prayer. My realization was swift. The next day my creative juices were flowing again. The replacement document that I created was better than the first. And I saved it.


This Weeks Affirmation

Today I release the past and know perfect peace through the Grace of God.
by Judy Hilley 

PONDER

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

It is clear to me that a reaction of fear, morbidity, and ain’t it awful in response to the facts about the global experience of Covid19 does not serve my intention to move through this “time” with ease and grace. 

I am also clear that my peaceful attitude does not exempt me from experiencing deep sadness for the sudden and sobering loss that has taken place on the planet. The pandemic impacts all of us at various degrees as we stand together at the threshold of uncertainty in the midst of suffering and grief. 

I like being informed by the medical experts’ findings and recommendations. The reports of their scientific studies support me in the decisions I make as I straddle the fence of being in this world but not of it.  In other words, I take seriously what is going on and at the same time I heed Ernest Holmes’ words: “to desert the Truth in the hour of need is to prove that we do not know the Truth.” 

Seeming contradictions cause me to reflect on my beliefs about life and the substantiality of my faith. 

So, I ponder, …is there some deep lesson the virus is trying to teach us, or:

These inquiries into Truth illumine my consciousness.
My human nature concludes: ‘I just don’t know…I have no answers.’
My spiritual nature whispers: 
I AM.

Embracing the mystical I AM, I find myself being lifted even higher into the cloud of unknowing – no longer dividing myself in parts, i.e., my human nature and my spiritual nature; but rather, identifying with something that is so vast that it is beyond words and concepts.

I AMis high mysticism.
It is the perfect rose that takes a statuesque stance in Robbin’s garden with no evidence of its origin.

I AM is the exquisite beauty of the cardinal that perches itself on a limb near my patio and watches me with great interest as I go about my chores.

I AM is the announcement that affirms: There is only One Life – that Life is God.

I AM is Perfect Peace. 

I believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty;
One Indestructible, Absolute, and Self Existent Cause.
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So, I ponder, … What is mine to do? 



This Weeks Affirmation

God magnifies Itself in a most magnificent way through my existence.
by Robbin G. Ruffner, RScP Emeritus

TOGETHER

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“We envision a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sector, providing sustainable structures to further the emerging global consciousness.”

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‘We’re all in this together” is a common phrase that began with the outbreak of Covid-19. It describes the unique relationship and the universal affect and effect we experience while interacting with one another. The subsequent outbreak of the chronic disorder of racism reinforces the significance of the saying.

While the gardener does not physically see the interaction that takes place between the seed she plants and the soil in which it is placed; nonetheless, in due season not only does the gardener see the evidence in full bloom, everyone does. The flower, fruit, or vegetable yield its color, its fragrance, its taste and its texture to all alike. Yes, we are all in this together.  We each have the power to plant seeds that produce the highest good for everyone. 

Likewise, there is a similar activity that takes place in the mental realm of humanity. For example, our beliefs, feelings, and emotions unconsciously fall into the energy of the one creative mind, like seeds being planted in soil. In due season these vibratory sensations are evidenced in the physical realm where they are experienced. Everyone who resonates with the mindset, are subject to them. We are all in this together. Our state of consciousness has the power to comfort and heal when we let it.  

Every choice we make, consciously or subconsciously, affects everyone, to some degree.

The Master Teacher, Jesus, understood the interconnectivity of humanity. He provided a simple lesson to support us in our quest for well- being in our lives. It is a lesson of good will toward all. He taught: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, …” 2  This mandate suggests the necessity of mindfulness. It suggests making conscious choices. Yes, we each have the power to choose the physical seeds we plant AS WELL AS the mental beliefs, feelings, and emotions we embrace. 

From this perspective of interdependence, we may say yes, we are our brother’s keeper. From the high mysticism of Oneness, we may affirm I AM my brother.

As we step into the greater-yet-to be that awaits us, and when our masks of separation are finally removed, the emerging consciousness affirms a resounding yes!  as citizens of the planet, we’re all in this together.


This Weeks Affirmation

I know that the positive thoughts I think everyday produce the highest good for everyone.
By Mary Jane LaBonte, RScP

STAY THE COURSE

Rev. Mary Louise Ruffner

“Liberty and justice for all” is a divine idea – pure essence. It is universal potential and unformed creation. It lives within the “one mind common to all individual men.”1 When one affirms this idea, movement within the cosmic field of infinite possibilities begins to formulate it into existence.  Depending on the embodiment 2 of the affirmation, and coupled with ensuing action, the idea becomes a universal experience.   

I notice whenever I see the slightest evidence of my faith being realized, I have a tendency to retreat to my comfort zone, affirming all is well. To the degree that I withdraw, the motion of creation subsides.   I must stay the course.

For example, several years ago a labyrinth was created for my backyard.  As I traveled the circling path in meditation, I would sometimes imagine all the people on earth walking with me. Together we would chant:

We Are One! We Are One! ~ In the Spirit, we are One!
Let the love flow, So, the world will know, ~ We are one in Love.
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In time, the structure began to reflect the wear and tear of the seasons of wind, rain and storm.  Not liking how it looked, I uprooted it and covered all the twists and turns of my daily walk with topsoil.

 Recently, Chris and I were talking about my yard (called, “the sanctuary”) and she said to me, “you know, even though you cannot see the labyrinth, it is still there.”   Those words catapulted me into a contemplative meditation. 

 I asked myself, where did you leave off in the process-in-healing; or, have you forgotten? When the atmosphere of your soul got scary, what unresolved feelings and emotions were covered up, so everything would look pretty and in place? 

With many feelings and emotions still well-covered I practice the art and science of Spiritual Mind Treatment 4 for the purpose of peace on earth and good will towards all people. I affirm ‘there is only One Infinite Life; that Life is Love and that Life of Love is my life right now and is the life of everyone.’ In moments of realization, I KNOW there is no separation; all apparent inequities are the out picturing of ignorance and limitation.   The limerick of my childhood affirms this awakened awareness:

Red, brown, yellow, Black and white;
They are all precious In His sight.
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Then I am reminded of Ernest Holmes’ words, “(Treatment) is not a process of saying ‘Peace’ when there is no peace.6   I THINK I GOT IT!!! In other words, until my word of truth is seen by all, my work is incomplete.

So, I return to the sanctuary of my being. I walk the labyrinth of life and my path intertwines with all of the so-called “others.” I hear their stories and I tell them mine. Though painful, my unexamined feelings and emotions are now exposed to the Light. We say to one another, “I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it, or fade it, or fix it.” 7

I stay the course.

I affirm the truth; I meditate on the truth; I do spiritual mind treatment about truth.

And, I ask myself, what is mine to do?


This Weeks Affirmation


I know that my good is always wherever I am.
By Keith Childers