By Rev. Lauri Boyd, Minister, Unity of Columbia, MO
“Today is a day of new beginnings.” No matter who you are this statement is probably true for you to some degree. New Beginnings happen in our lives as a result of change, and change is the one constant in this human experience.
Though we experience many types of changes over the course of our lives, some challenge us to redefine who we are and how we relate to the world around us. We call these changes ‘transitions’.
Each transition actually begins, not with a New Beginning, but with an Ending. In order to redefine who we are, we must first let go of our old definition of ourselves. The great spiritual teacher Jesus of Nazareth understood this. He taught, “Truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24)
And, like a seed, we do not move immediately from an Ending into a New Beginning. When a seed falls, it goes into the soil and remains there for a time. It experiences a time of incubation, sometimes called The Void. During our time of incubation, we make contact with Spirit, with our Higher Self. This encounter enriches us with renewed clarity, deeper wisdom and an infusion of strength and power. This is a deeply important part of any journey of transformation.
Having experienced the Ending and the Void, we are finally ready for a New Beginning, but what do we do? One of the best ways to dive into a New Beginning is ask yourself:
- What is my passion?
- What is alive in me in this moment?
- What qualities am I being called to express?
- Who am I being called to be in this moment?
One of my favorite expressions of this call to ‘be’ is an adaptation created by Rev. David LeBeau of James Dillet Freeman’s Prayer for Protection. I call it ‘Our Purpose’.
We are here to glow as the Light of God. We are the Light of God.
We are here to embrace as the Love of God. We are the Love of God.
We are here to stand in Truth as the Power of God. We are the Power of God.
We are here to radiate as the Presence of God. We are the Presence of God.
Wherever we are, God is.
And so it is!
As you contemplate the New Beginnings unfolding in your life, I invite you to consider, “Who are you being called to be in this now moment?”