One day a man approaches God and says to him, “Lord, we don’t need you anymore. We humans have finally figured out a way to create life out of nothing. In other words, we can now do what you did in the beginning.” “Oh, is that so? Tell me,” replies God. “Well,” says the man, “we can take dirt and form it into your likeness and breathe life into it, thus creating humans.” God says, “Well, that’s interesting. Show me.” So the man bends down to the earth and starts to mold the soil. “Oh no, no, no, wait a minute, wait a minute,” interrupts God. “Make your own dirt.”
We humans are funny – we have the idea that we are to be totally self-reliant, not to need anyone or anything beyond ourselves. However, that’s impossible for we live as part of a universe that is fully alive—that is inherently creative, interactive, co-operative, amazing. It’s impossible for us to be alone or isolated for we are part of life! We and all creation are expressions of God! If we are going to live fully, we’ve got to be practical mystics. That means being aware of, listening to, and creating our experiences from the Presence of God within. The Apostle Paul told the Athenians when he talked with them about this God of life, “In him we live, move, and have our being.” Acts 17:28
We can put this awareness of God’s Presence within us and all of creation into constructive action as we think about the challenges our beautiful Earth home is facing—global warming and climate change. We have the inherent spiritual power to work toward effective solutions. A recent Washington Post article notes that a significant number of young people feel frightened to the point of overwhelm about climate change. I might add that this is likely also the case for many adults. The teachers and counselors who work with teens and young adults recommend the focus be placed on personal responsibility and empowerment. They realize that taking some personal action toward “greener” habits can move us out of paralysis. This helps us realize that there are solutions and we can be part of them. Dr. Haase, a founding member of the ad hoc group Climate Psychiatry Alliance offers patients and doctors advice on discussing climate anxiety. She has seen that people can end up either focusing on catastrophe or ignoring the problem. Dr. Haase recommends that recognizing the middle space instead, “can open up your thoughts. By going back and forth, it creates a larger space for you to think in and feel in, and out of that come innovative solutions.”
Now that sounds a lot like our Unity teachings! When we open ourselves to God’s spaciousness and wisdom, God’s energy and abundance, we move out of the narrow tunnel vision of fear. We then can see how to create effective solutions. God works in us, through us, and as us. Earth is our home and the power of God, our indwelling Christ, is guiding us to bless her. Let’s get to it! We have the power within us!
In the Love and Light of the Christ,