Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey —
Oh my gosh… I think we are finally getting the weather we have all been waiting for! May is my all time favorite month as it calls forth my desire to awaken to all that I have come here to be. I want to be like the daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and the blooming bushes who show their beauty unabashedly. They know who they are, and they have no problem letting their beauty express.
We have great events happening over the next few weeks. It begins with a Kirtan concert on Friday night at 7. Join Ashok and his group, Swan Kirtan, as they perform for us and express their beauty through music.
I am continuing the Sunday messages with my all-time favorite book I of the Storm. This past week was about filling in the gaps. We are meaning- making machines and if we don’t have all the information – and most of the time we don’t – we fill it in with our own perceptions and experiences to make it mean something for us.
I told a couple of wonderful stories that I know you will be able to relate to and will probably see yourself in them. They illustrate just how we do this. So, in these stories there is potential for conflict to arise. I want to take a moment and look at conflict from a different perspective. If I were to ask you on a scale of one to ten, one being, “I don’t do conflict at all” and 10 being “I love conflict,” most of us would be in the low numbers. We don’t like conflict and we most often avoid it at any cost. So here is a different way to see it.
Conflict is a signal that our soul is reaching for something higher. Conflict takes us to the edge of our resourcefulness. Conflict encourages us to try it a different way. We all know the definition of insanity,
“Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.”
Conflict places us in relationship with the parts of ourselves that are not connected to who we are as spiritual beings. Gary Simmons, author of the book, writes: Our soul moves us into areas of unrealized potential, i.e. our soul knows what we need to learn.
We sometimes use the phrase “they’ve conspired against me.” Conspire comes from the Latin meaning “to breath together.” In effect, when you are in conflict with someone, you are breathing together with that person with the intention to move into a more authentic expression of God. In other words, conflict motivates you. Whatever is going on in your life is there to bring you into greater alignment with the Truth of who you are. What do you think – does that change how you view conflict?
Our darkness and insecurities reveal themselves – not as weaknesses, but as areas of potential. Conflict leads to rebirth and transformation. It leads to us being the beautiful children of God that we have come here to be.
Much of what I have written here is not in the message I gave on Sunday, so listen to the message for more good stuff from I of the Storm.
This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we have two very special guests with us to share from India. Mangesh and Soni are from Sr. Lucy’s organization “Maher” (in the Marathi language) means “Mother’s Home”: a haven of hope, belonging and understanding. Their mission is to help destitute women, children and men from all over India exercise their right to a higher quality of life, irrespective of gender, caste, creed or religion. Come and hear the stories of these two young people who have overcome odds that many of us will never experience in our lifetime.
One last request: If you have some time on Saturday to attend our “clean-up day,” that would be wonderful. It begins at 9 and ends at 1. Come for as long as you are able. Many hands make light work.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey