A Rough Couple of Days

A Rough Couple of Days
by Rev. Karen Linsley, M.A., Interim Minister

It’s been a rough couple of days.  I’ve felt anger, rage, frustration and sadness, all at various times and at various levels, all in response to the news that Roe vs Wade has been repealed.  I feel like a second class citizen. And because I am a minister, I know I have a responsibility to do my inner work to move back to peace and equanimity, because without that I am not much able to do my work with others. And yet, having some moments of joy in my life the last couple of days when so much tragedy is going on has made me feel guilty.  And so I do what is mine to do, my inner work, because everything begins within.  And I know that in so doing I will be much more effective at any outer responses I choose to make to this devastating decision.  And I am comforted at times like these by this statement from our Spiritual Leader, Rev. Edward Viljoen and Rev. Sunday Cote: “ With Sorrow for Loss of Constitutional Protection, by Dr. Edward Viljoen and Rev. Sunday Cote.

Extract:

Reproductive rights remain a highly polarized issue, with many differing points of view within each family and spiritual community. Centers for Spiritual Living’s North Star is our Global Vision, our organizational shared values, and our Science of Mind statement of belief, all of which speak directly to liberty, equality, equity, inclusion, human rights, compassion, safety, self-determination, and spiritual living. For that reason, we are unambiguously in support of the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; unambiguously in support of gender equity and equality; unambiguously in support of LGBTQi+ lives, and unambiguously in support of women being sole decision-makers about their lives, wellbeing, dignity, and choices.”

And so I pray:

Today I am grateful for reminders that god is indeed everywhere present, and that god lives and works and moves in and as and through me.

Because I know that it is only because of partnership, this oneness with the One, that I can be effective in this human bag of skin.

And because I am one with the One, I can state my word and know that it has power.  And so I speak now to my own sense of strength, power, peace and equanimity.  I am all these things.  And I am willing to do what is necessary to keep being these things.  No matter what.  And because I am strength, power, peace and equanimity, I can better respond to tragedy.  I can better respond to the consequences of that tragedy.  I can better support the victims of that tragedy.  I am effective in my life and in my work, because I am strength, power, peace and equanimity.

I release my words with great gratitude, knowing that they are already being acted upon by that law that always says yes.

And I anchor:  and so it is.