(No audio) Last Sunday (June 17) concluded the series from the book I of the Storm. Let me review some of the important points that will change how you view conflict in the future. For most of us, even the word conflict sends us running; however, author Rev. Gary Simmons helps us to see conflict not as something to fear but welcoming it as an opportunity for growth.
Often, we find ourselves in the midst of conflict without any warning. Here are some cues to know when we are in conflict: We need to be right, we need to be in control, we are either resisting or avoiding something or someone. If any of these situations show up in your life, there’s a good chance you are in a potentially conflicting situation. A positive step to take when you find yourself in any one of these is to move out of your head and move into your heart.
There are four factors that contribute to conflict in our lives. They are separation, misperception, competition, and defensiveness. Separation is when we feel separate from one another and the opposite of separation is communion. We feel communion when we go to our heart and remember our spiritual principles.
There is only one Presence and one Power in the Universe and in my Life: God, the Good, Omnipotent. I am a beloved child of God. I am one with God; therefore, I am one with all Creation. No one or no thing is against me.
Misperception occurs when we don’t remember our spiritual principles. All of a sudden, we find that everything out there is the cause of everything that happens in our life. The beliefs and customs that we adopt from the physical world lead us to believe that the fault lies out there. Misperception can be changed as we go back to our heart and to principle. Principle is to see it right, not make it right.
Competition is when we believe that there is not enough to go around and that we need to fight for everything we get. The principle of competition is purpose. Your real purpose is not about getting enough; it is about being the way, the Truth and the life of God.
Defensiveness occurs when we feel we are being criticized or judged. Our tendency is to push away – which never works. Resistance moves quickly into defensiveness and self-protection.
Nonresistance is the principle of defensiveness.
I will conclude with this from the chapter “A Call to Make Peace:” “From the I of the Storm, you bring the attributes of wholeness to the experience of the storm. The purpose of your center is not to make the storm go away. The purpose of taking life into your center is to get what you need in order to become fully present to the storm. Being fully present in the midst of the storm enables you to be the connecting link between God and the circumstances that support the storm.”
Next week I begin a series from Unity author and Vice President of Silent Unity Linda Martella-Whitsett using her book, Divine Audacity. Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul and The Lotus and the Lily, said, “Read Divine Audacity and embrace the practices and you can’t help but start showing up as who you really are – the light of the world.”
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey