The new blank page is ever daunting and now is blank no more! Hooray!
So what is alive for me now?
The need to formulate my faith ‘credo’…my own personal faith beliefs that sit and fit well for me now. We will be sharing these in the last group session of the ‘Build your own Theology’ course this Sunday…after an incubation of many months. Unitarians believe that this process of faith development is ongoing, growing and changing throughout life. Allowing this to happen, needs wriggle room, needs doubt and dissonance. Not always easy so having others share this journey is a comfort and support.
In fact I found a good Shakespearian quote from my namesake play, Troilus and C…it goes:
‘Modest doubt is call’d the beacon of the wise.’
So let me cheekly steal this as my first ‘credo’ belief.
My next moves more into the nature of the Divine unity as I know her, him …it. In fact it was the following description by Emerson that best summed it up for me: “…within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object are one. We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.” His use of the term ‘oversoul’ equates to the divine deep within all of us. And I am reminded that Emerson wrote this well before Eistein formulated his theory of quantam physics.
How is the ‘eternal one’ expressed? Here words inspired by Teresa of Avila come to mind:
The Divine has no body on earth but mine.
The Divine has no hands on earth but mine.
Mine are the eyes through which the Divine
Streams compassion to the world.
Mine are the hands with which the Divine
Is to bless all beings.
May I have the grace to know this mystery,
The courage to give myself to it entirely,
And the strength to enact its truth in the world.
This reminds me that we all have a deep responsibility to enact our divine nature, to serve and connect. And hearing this morning of more earth quakes in Nepal is a call to act on this in whatever way we can.
I am now going to click that scary button labelled ‘publish’…and connect.