Awaken to Spring
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest. ~Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spring is on the horizon. Daylight savings times commencing on Sunday, March 13, 2016, and the Spring Equinox on Sunday, March 20, 2016, mark the beginning of an annual shift in the length of days and nights, whereas, the days will grow increasingly longer and the nights will become shorter. The warmth of the spring sun calls forth an awakening in nature. Many of our furry friends wake up from a long winter’s nap, and our winged companions return from the South to delight us with their song. Fields thaw and a green hue begins to color the terrain while young, fragrant buds begin to tantalize the senses as they wink at onlookers. Buds planted in autumn begin to rise up and express themselves. Yes, new life copiously permeates the landscape imbuing within us hope and promise of our ability to abundantly create beauty on the canvas of our own lives.
Principle Three, one of the 5 foundational tenets of Unity, deals with the power of Mind Action. The premise of this Principle is that individuals create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. More simply put, whatever we consistently focus our thoughts and feelings upon, manifests in our lives. Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, professed, “Thoughts and words are seeds, and when dropped into the invisible spiritual substance, they grow and bring forth after their kind.” What seeds have you planted this winter? Look at what is blooming…out picturing in your life and you will see what kind of garden you have planted.
As you take a look at what you are experiencing within your body, relationships, finances, and day to day activities you will have a clue as to how you have been seeding your life. Are you experiencing vitality, harmony, love, and joy as you share your spiritual gifts with the Universe? Those who are able to live from this consciousness realize that external situations are powerless over them and have come to the realization that, “For as he thinketh is his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7 AV). As you look and see and discover that some or many of your experiences are characterized with discord, lack, dis-ease, loneliness, regret, and/or stagnation be gentle with yourself. The first step is to gain awareness and be truthful. Being hard on yourself does not serve you and only prolongs pain and suffering. Next, know that at any moment you have a choice to cull your garden by releasing self-limiting beliefs and behaviors, resentments, pity, and situations and relationships that no longer serve you. After you weed through your thoughts and beliefs you can plant new seeds by affirming that God, the unseen power and substance behind all creation, is greater than any challenge you are experiencing. God operates in the universe according to the law of Mind Action and through Spiritual Understanding and Faith you can affirm with Zeal that which you desire, Love, in your heart. Once life affirming seeds are planted you must tend to your garden regularly by participating in prayer and meditation and by taking actions in the direction of your aspirations. Remember to be that what you desire in your life, for you are the love and joy that you seek. Aligned in Spiritual consciousness your world will begin to flourish in ways you never dreamed possible!
Love and Light,
Angela Denton MA; P.D. MFT; LUT