The Masks we wear

I hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  I love Halloween – love dressing up in a costume and being someone else for a day.  However, we often don’t just don a mask for a holiday, but wear a mask every day. 

According to Carl Jung, psychologist, we all wear a “mask” which he called our “persona”.  The persona is the part of us we show to the world.  It allows us to hide our true selves and play a part we believe we need to survive.  Jung says, “One could say, with a little exaggeration, that the persona is that which in reality one is not, but which oneself as well as others think one is.”

Have you ever asked yourself, “who is the real me?”  We often are so accustomed to wearing our persona (mask) that we forget who we truly are.  I believe we are part of God and God is part of us.  We often lose sight of our Divine Nature because we are so wrapped up in keeping appearances we believe we need.

In Unity, we believe that there is One Presence and One Power and that Presence and Power are within all of us.  Too often we forget that.  We forget that whatever life may be giving us – including pandemics, economic difficulties, health challenges, etc. – we can walk through it knowing that we have that Presence and Power within us.  There is nothing, nothing, that we have to do alone.  

Maybe it is time to remove our masks, put down our attachment to our persona, and allow ourselves to truly be who we were created to be, part of the One and the One a part of us – to carry our light into the world to help light the way of others.  Knowing that, and BELIEVING that, makes all things possible no matter how impossible they may seem.

Quote of the Week

“…the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” 

Carl Jung

The Summers of California

I don’t know about anyone else but for me, there are two summers, and we are in the midst of summer 2.  I see summer as divided into summer 1 and summer 2 and they are both different in the weather of the world and the weather of our spirit.

Summer 1 begins on Memorial Day weekend and ends around the middle of July.  Summer 1 gives many opportunities to find joy in a world of beauty.  Flowers abound in color, scent, and beauty in our gardens and our vegetables abound in abundance.  In this part of summer, it is a pleasure to be outside enjoying the warm summer breezes and evenings outside in the sun of longer days.

Here in CA the sun feels good after the June gloom but that feeling and the novelty of summer usually runs its course by August in the midst of summer 2.  In summer 2 all things change.

Our plants have either gone to seed or are burnt to crispy ends because of the lack of rain and the long days in the summer sun.  It is too hot to enjoy being outside after 8 in the morning.  Lawns are filled with all kinds of weeds, which unlike our plants, seem to thrive in the heat of midsummer sun.

However, it does have its good points.  The heat means we need to retreat to either AC or the pool or cool waves of the ocean.  It also gives us an excuse to enter the cool dark environment of a movie theater.  There is something wonderful about escaping into a movie theater in the middle of a hot summer day to escape into the fantasy of the big screen and the cool temperatures.  

Summer 2 gives us the choice of being active or inactive and knowing both are ok!

Quote of the Week

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”  

Sam Keen

Ready, Set, Summer!

For some of us, summer begins with Memorial Day while others see the Summer Solstice as the official beginning go summer.  Whichever group you find yourself in, there is something about June that says summer is here!

Summer!  The word makes us smile.  It brings images of ice cream, swimming pools, and beaches, not to mention long days and short nights.  More time to enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer us.  It is no wonder we associate it with feeling happy, carefree, and young.  It is also good for health because we get more vitamin D and we tend to eat more fresh foods especially fruits and vegetables.

Summer brings out our inner child and children have a natural faith, hope, and wonder that we all can use.  Such things bring us closer to God because children have that inner joy that can make our imagination find fun and joy in the simplest things in life.

S,o here’s to summer – after last summer with the confines it brought, may this summer bring out the child in all of us.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.”

John Steinbeck

What Am I?

Humans are made up of 3 parts – Spirit. Soul and Body.  Our Spirit nature is that of God. Like a wave in the ocean, we are part of God and It is part of us. But that does mean that we are God no more than the wave is the ocean.

The Soul is the part of us that is our emotional and mental self.  It is the part of us where all our growth and development occur.  However, the soul does not have the 5 senses, hence we need the body to be the eyes, ears, hands, and feet of God.

It is in the soul that all of our big changes occur.  For instance, the body can work out in order to change, but the decision to want that change and the determination to do what it needs to do comes from the soul. Without it, at the first discomfort, the body would say – forget this!

We connect with God through the spirit side of ourselves, but it is the soul that decides to take the time needed to have that connection.

So, what is your soul yearning for you to be, to truly express the aspect of God that is unique in you?  In the movie, Soul, Joe finally realizes that the best part of living isn’t chasing ambition or catching hold of a fleeting dream, but to truly live every minute.

That sounds like something God created us for – to appreciate life and to live it fully

Quote of the Week

I’m going to live every minute of it [life].”

From the movie, “Soul”.