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The Philosophy of Inclusivity

The basic premise of Inclusivity is that we are One. We are not separate from each other any more than we are separate from God.
The implications are huge. Holding this worldview means that we advocate for the whole, rather than for any one part. The truth is, our fates are linked. We depend on each other in ways we cannot see or even imagine. Every action (and every non-action) reverberates throughout the whole. What happens to any one of us, in some way, happens to all of us.
When we practice Inclusivity we recognize that building relationships is more important than solving problems. Inclusivity means we can experience connection, interaction and community with everyone – even with potential adversaries.
So how do we create community and meaningful interactions with those we consider ‘Other’? The first step is to recognize that the underlying issue in any encounter with the Other is fear.

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Perfect

Have you ever done something that you regret? That you wish you could take back? I know I have, and it has been hard to learn to forgive myself. At other times, I have been on the receiving end of a hurt. People have said and done things that I have spent years coming to terms with, and it has been hard for me to forgive them.
I know I am not alone in these experiences. It seems to be part of being human. The sacred scriptures of the world are full of stories of people trying to figure out how to handle the pain we cause each other.
Unfortunately, in our humanness, we often turn to blame and shame. Sometimes, we are sure others are judging us, and we try to change to please them. Other times, we are the ones judging others. After all, if I focus on fixing you, I don’t have to work on my own stuff. Hmmm. Sometimes, we are blaming and shaming ourselves.
The truth is, all of this human experience arises from the fact that we have forgotten who and what we really are. We are expressions of God. At our core, we are whole, perfect and complete.
What does it mean to call each other and ourselves ‘perfect’?

 

All You Need Is Love – A Metaphysical Interpretation

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By Rev. Lauri Boyd, Minister, Unity of Columbia, MO

 

The song All You Need is Love was written by John Lennon in 1967 for a television special called Our World, which was the very first live international satellite television production ever. The broadcast took place at the height of the Vietnam War, and the Beatles wanted to use the opportunity to convey a positive message expressing a philosophy of love. John Lennon said, “I’m a revolutionary artist. My art is dedicated to change.”

The lyrics consist of 3 stanzas of 3 lines each, interspersed with a chorus. The first stanza is…

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.

Nothing you can say, but you can learn how to play the game. It’s easy.

The first time I heard this song I was 10 or 11 years old, and I remember thinking basically, ‘What?’ I mean, I got whole ‘All you need is love’ thing. It was a fairly typical sentiment for songs of that era. But what did they mean by, There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done? Continue reading All You Need Is Love – A Metaphysical Interpretation

The Art of Manifesting

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By Rev. Lauri Boyd, Minister, Unity of Columbia, MO

In this age of ever present violence in our nation and in our world, I find myself in search of a meaningful way to respond. It is important to me that I do not devolve into simplistic finger-pointing, but acknowledge the deeply complex nature of our present circumstances. I do not find it helpful to paint entire groups of people with a broad brush of judgment for the actions of a small number of people within those groups. I also do not find it helpful to deny the anger and pain I feel toward the actions of that small number of people. I am looking for a way to respond that promotes healing, rather than more violence. I am asking myself, ‘What can I personally do to create a better world?’

I have recently been contemplating the art of manifesting. The word ‘manifesting’ refers to the process by which an idea is brought forth into tangible reality. The theory suggests that everything in our human experience begins as an idea held in mind, and then is brought into tangible expression by our efforts. It is easy to see this process at work with tangible objects. I imagine a quilt and sew it. I imagine a house and build it.

This process is equally valid, though harder to observe, with intangible creations. The art of manifesting is also the process we use to bring ideas of ultimate truth into expression in our daily experience. These ideas include universal human values such as love, wisdom, and compassion. Continue reading The Art of Manifesting

What does Peace mean to you?

“In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors.’” Luke: 2:1-14

Today is the second Sunday of the Advent season, and the focus of this day and the week that follows is Peace.

So, as I’ve been preparing to give this lesson, I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about peace. What do we mean when we say ‘peace’? If you ask most people, they will agree that they want peace, that peace is a good thing. But if you dig deeper, you will find that people have very different ideas as to what that peace looks like.

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