“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.” ~ Seneca
“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there's a big disappointment, we don't know if that's the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don't know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don't know.” ~ Pema Chödrön
“Life stands before me like an eternal spring with new and brilliant clothes.”
~ Carl Friedrich Gauss
Last Sunday I spoke on beginning anew. Those words hold such hope and such power. When we begin anew, we begin with a fresh slate, an opportunity to recreate our life in exactly the way we would like. And we can do that in any moment. In fact, we can do it moment by moment. Isn’t that an empoweringthought?How can I begin anew when I’m living in my current conditions, you may ask. In Unity we know that we begin again by changing our minds. Our thoughts create how we experience our life. Even if our conditions don’t seem ideal, we can choose to see beauty, love, kindness wherever we look. When we see those lovely qualities, our conditions begin to look different. We see hope where we may have felt desperate. We see possibility where we may have thought all doors were closed. We feel courage when we may have felt weak.
I have thought a lot about beginning anew this past eight weeks. When we begin anew, we don’t erase our past or our feelings about it, but we become observers as if we were watching a movie. We watch and let go without attachment. This takes practice, because we can easily get caught up in our stories. If we truly want to begin anew, we must avoid that temptation. Our stories are seductive and draw us in. Unless we use our Power of Strength, one of our Twelve Powers, and avoid that pitfall, we cannot begin anew. We stay stuck right where we are.
As we move into the rich season of autumn with all it’s beautiful colors and cooler air, let us become invigorated, even intoxicated, by the idea of beginning anew. Let us, like Pema Chodron says in her quote above, leave room for not knowing. Let us take the adventure of beginning anew with fresh eyes and open hearts. God is all and God is good. The goodness that God is, has already opened the door for you to accept whatever great newness awaits you.
I hold each of you in my love and in my heart always. I look forward to seeing you at our 10:30 service on Sunday mornings.