Rev. Mindy's April Newsletter Article

Welcome to the Easter season and to the long awaited (by me) arrival of Spring!  This year we explore the theme of ‘joy rising’ and what it takes to deepen our experience of the divine joy that lives within each and every one of us. What is in between you and deepening your innate joy?
   
When I think about the in between, my imagination leads me straight to giant, hairy, scary obstacles.  Can anyone who has made the choices I have in the past deserve a limitless amount of joy?  Can anyone who has fallen short of society’s definition of perfect be worthy of true joy?  Can anyone who has been in a toxic environment ever become free and clean, and seen as whole, lovable and valuable?
   
Our Master Teacher Jesus said, “Forgive them, Father! They don’t know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
   
Forgiving ourselves and others is just about the most powerful way to remove obstacles in our way.  Forgiving cleanses our hearts and minds.   In the past, I made the best decisions I knew how to make.  The ultimate deserve-ability of God resides in me.  My ideas of what society thinks is perfect, or not, have no impact upon my worthiness.  As I recognize my wholeness and purity, obstacles are rolled away and divine joy rises within me.
   
On April 22 we, as a spiritual community, are engaging in a worldwide consciousness raising movement called The You Matter Compassion Project:
    
“Everyone wants to matter to someone. It’s a fundamental part of who we are. Feeling like we are alone in the world or that our lives are inconsequential is untrue and debilitating. It’s important to remember that people are not a reflection of their situations. Even in our darkest hours, we are capable of goodness and kindness. Suffering can be a powerful catalyst to change your outlook, make a difference and inspire others to do the same. Saying ‘You Matter’ can lift someone’s spirits, brighten someone’s outlook and even save someone’s life.”
    
As metaphysicians (Unity people), we know there is a tremendous power in the word, that words are backed by thoughts which are the creative energy of the mind.  Are you willing to be mindful of your words, speaking constructive words of love and support to yourself and others in your life?  This is a huge shift from behaviors of criticizing, condemning and complaining.  You Matter is an uplifting invitation to see how deeply worthy we are, deeply loved, and deeply deserving of JOY!

Rev. Mindy