Message from Board President, Jeff McFarland

2019 - 20 BOARD PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Jeff McFarland
 
 
 
 
Living in the Questions
 
What are your thoughts and feelings about what is presently happening in the world, in our society, and in ourselves?  Does it not seem that much of what has brought stability and certainty into our daily lives is in flux?  Schools, churches, family life and our very social fabric have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many have died.  And it seems many more have suffered.  And yet, many have also found this to be a period of reflection – about health, life, relationships, and ultimately what’s important.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  I suspect that the answer to that question is likely “Yes.”  We choose what we think, what things mean to us, and what we create.  The third of the 5 basic Unity principles states: “Human beings create their experiences by the activity of their thinking. Everything in the manifest realm has its beginning in thought.  So—
  • What has your experience looked and felt like lately?
  • Have you felt peaceful and happy or anxious, upset, and worried?  If the latter, have you been tempted to blame something outside you or someone else?
Our present reality is that we are spiritual beings seeking to awaken from our dream of powerlessness – of being only human.  We are on a journey of reclaiming the awareness of who we are.  And this process of awakening can be very painful.  How did you answer the preceding questions?  Have you felt challenged or even battered by your experience of life?  Poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote “Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”  Understanding of what? Well, ultimately your spiritual nature.  Unity minister and teacher Eric Butterworth was fond of reminding us that I am and you are an each-ness in the All-ness of the Universe – that the “will of God must always be the ceaseless longing of the Creator to express itself in that which it has created … It’s a force that is always seeking to press itself out into visibility as life, as wholeness, as success.”  This is our potential greatness.  It is available to us in every moment.  And yet, that truth is easily forgotten in the busy-ness of our everyday challenges and conflicts, and in our worries over the sufficiency of our resources and what will happen to our schools, churches, and other institutions.
 
So, what can we do?  
  1. We become response-able for what we create by our thinking.  We consciously choose our thoughts and emotions and create our experiences.
  2. Through prayer and meditation, we practice and develop a deeper experience of God.  This enables us to think, speak, and act from spiritual awareness instead of conditioned, survival responses.
  3. Treat each other kindly and respectfully.  By seeing past appearances of our seeming differences and disagreements, we remind ourselves and each other that we are awakening spiritual beings.
  4. Remember that we do not always perceive the larger meaning of our circumstances.  In the midst of a challenge, we may be tempted to think that it is the worst thing imaginable.  Yet, it may turn out to be a huge blessing or the catalyst for our highest good.
As we go forward during these challenging times, let’s support each other in living these questions—
  • Am I making myself unhappy by expecting people and situations to be a certain way?
  • In this moment, what experience do I want to create for myself?
  • From a place of center, what am I guided to think, say, and do?
  • Can I believe that there is Divine Order beyond the appearance of conflict, chaos, and disaster?
Please feel free to send me your thoughts about these uncertain times and how you feel they are impacting you.  How about Unity of Harrisburg?  How are you choosing to deal with them?   You can reach me by e-mail at jeff@renewingofyourmind.com or by phone/text at (717) 778-7247.  Thank you and please remember that you are important to me.
 
Blessings,
Jeff
Jeff McFarland
President
Board of Trustees
Unity of Harrisburg