“The spiritual path is simply the journey of living our lives. Everyone is on a spiritual path; most people just don't know it.” ~ Marianne Williamson
“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.” ~ Erol Ozan
“Overcoming negative tendencies and enhancing positive potential are the very essence of the spiritual path.” ~ Dalai Lama
As we move along in the sheltering-in and at the same time closer to reopening Unity Church in Redding, I feel gratitude for both. The time of greater seclusion fits well with who I am. When I was twenty-one years old I read this verse from Isaiah in Daily Word: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15) I knew that would be a cornerstone for my spiritual growth. I was young and didn’t know exactly what that meant, but I knew it was true. As the years have passed, again and again I’ve returned to the verse knowing that it is only through leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life and returning within to rest that I will be saved, that I will have the opportunity to return to my Christ self.
Of course falling off the path happens. When it does and we listen to our inner voice, we recognize that Spirit is always calling us back, waiting for us to return. Part of what we need to learn when we miss the mark, or fall off the path, is not to be hard on ourselves but to recognize that it is a growing moment. Many of you know that I love finding quotations to enhance what I am writing about. It’s particularly fun to find an apt quote in an unexpected place. This anonymous quote was on the string attached to my morning tea bag. “Don’t carry your mistakes around. Instead place them under your feet to use as stepping stones.” Isn’t that a beautiful description of how to use our mistakes as a way to grow? When we use them as stepping stones, we can see the value they played in the unfolding of all we were created to be; used as stepping stones toward our Christ self. I encourage you to look for wisdom in all that you do and come across in your daily life. Its’ fun, and you might find that wisdom is all around you. Just open your eyes!
This morning I was driving and heard the song “Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes” by Paul Simon. One line in the song goes, “She got diamonds on the soles of her shoes. Well that's one way to lose these walking blues.” There are guesses about what Simon meant when he wrote the song, but for me it tied into the quote about placing your mistakes under your feet to use as stepping stones. What if we walked on the stepping stones of our mistakes with diamonds on the soles of our shoes? We could walk knowing we are rich and abundant beyond belief in all our experiences, even if we label them as a mistake. We could imagine that we are walking in the Kingdom, which Jesus our Way Shower told us is all around as well as inside of us.
During June we will continue to record our mini-services until we officially reopen our doors. Then we will make a decision as to how to carry on. Soon you will receive a letter in the mail describing how we plan for your safety when we do return to in-church services. Your level of comfort and safety is our primary desire, and you can rest assured that we will do everything possible toward that end.
Until we do meet again in person, have fun walking on the path of your mistakes with diamonds on the soles of your shoes. It’s a fun way of moving through life lightly instead of carrying errors like a heavy burden. Remember, joy is your inheritance, your birthright from God.