Rev. Kristin Powell
Twelve Powers of Humankind Series, (Part 3 of 12)
8/4/13 Rev. David McArthur
Care Awakens Bre’r Rabbit Wisdom
I have been very frustrated trying to make peace, harmony and plenty in the Earth happen. Then I was given the way in which it can be done. The way is care. The mind sees so many problems which we don’t think we can do anything about. But care is not in our minds, but a feeling in our hearts, and when we respond to it, there is a flow of greater wisdom into our lives.
Uncle Remus tells of one hot ole summer when all the water holes dried up ‘cept for a spring in the woods. King Lion took it over for hisself and kept all the others away. Br’er Rabbit got an idea [care]. He ran to the hole panting, out of breath, and hollered that the lion better run for cover to save hisself from the coming “hurry-cane” [care]. Br’er Rabbit said he was going to tie himself to a tree till the hurry-cane blew over, and offered to tie up Lion first. Br’er Rabbit tied him very tightly. Then all the others came to the spring and drank [care]! When we feel we don’t have enough, the problem is we have King Lions (our fears)! There’s no care in fear. Through care, Br’er Rabbit got an idea, an answer. There is a way we can get to that place of answers. Care is a movement of the power of love within us. Get a new kind of wisdom and tie up that King Lion of fear.
Harriet Tubman, born a slave, was told there were things she couldn’t change. Her father would point to the North Star and tell her it was a place where there was no slavery. She fled one night, following the North Star. Night after night she followed it until she crossed into where she was free. Then, because she cared, she risked her new freedom and her life to go back 15 times to lead others to freedom. Did she end all slavery? No. But she freed over 300 people! Care causes us to act. It’s a core way we experience and grow in our oneness.
Care is a powerful ability to access the wisdom within ourselves. There are things that our minds tell us we can’t do anything about. But in your heart let yourself feel the care about those things. Acknowledge “I do care and my heart knows the answer.” “I do care and my heart knows the answer.” “I do care and my heart knows the answer.” The time has come for humankind to wake up. Our care will move us to that deep place of wisdom because we all have that beautiful Br’er Rabbit wisdom!
4/14/13 Rev. David McArthur
From Complaint To Wisdom In 3 Breaths
In Unity, we know we’re the ones that create our lives, so when there is something in our lives to complain about, we can’t blame it on the devil! Since thoughts in mind produce after their kind, we have to ask at such a time, “Where is our focus? What are we affirming in our thoughts and in our lives?”
We might think we’ve figured out where God blew it, and feel smart and that we’re right. (I used to like feeling smarter than “them”, but not any more.) Now, when we see we are complaining more, we are uncomfortable with that. We know God is good all the time, so how do we shift away from complaining and having things to complain about?
Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life… Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? …[S]eek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you…” These teachings show up in all faiths. Lao Tsu said, “Watch the turmoil of beings, but contemplate their return…to the common source. [T]he source is serenity… When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king. Immersed in the wonder of the Tao, you can deal with whatever life brings you…”
Bring to mind a recent major complaint. To shift quickly, try taking 3 breaths. The first is the Heart Breath. The heart is the doorway to the deep expression of Spirit. Second is the Hug Breath. Breath it in—grandma hugs, mommy hugs, little ones hugs—so marvelous. Remember one; breath it in. Third is the Wisdom Breath. Breath in the wise place in you. You have been there. You understand how to take care that is wise. Open. Receive the beautiful spiritual power we work with. That infinite intelligence is there to guide you. It is you. It is ready to lead you with beauty. Not one other person has any more wisdom than you. Take that Wisdom Breath. We have walked to that knowing place where you know how this can unfold for you. In that moment thoughts in mind produce after their kind. Life and wisdom center in you. You are in the Tao, the Kingdom. It is simple; it is the love you are. Being that wisdom is who you are!