Oneness Ministry

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Labels, Good or Bad?

The labels we speak of today are the ones we put on our identity and the identity of others.  We are not discussing if it is a good idea to label our food with contents and source, although that is always a good idea in my humble opinion.  Upon further reflection though maybe we are talking about all the labels we use whether they are for food, pets, neighbors, or house plants.

This world is obsessed with labeling everything!!  Even “Good” or “Bad” are labels, so let’s begin by considering what label means.  The meaning we discuss here is “to put in a certain class; classify.” (Dictionary.com)  Consider the role labels play in Gender Identity and any identity really.  What about roles and role playing?

Everyone plays roles and sometimes more than one at a time.  Mother, Father, Child, Engineer, Doctor, Maid, Saint, Sinner, Biscuit eater!  Roles and thus labels provide definition in life.  Imagine an actor being asked to act without a script or a director.  How would that movie turn out?  It could be good, but most likely it would be confusing and you would not even watch.  Life is a one person show!

You are the writer, director and actor!  This means the labels you choose are personal.  If you choose labels others can relate to then you will find popularity and acceptance, however if you choose labels others see as absurd then your experience will be very different.  Have you ever seen a cat that acts like a dog?  Following you around, fetching a ball, and chewing on shoes?  I have and it is funny, although it also sends a message that labels always fall short on accuracy.  Why?  Because life is personal, and of your creation so each person will experience life differently.

Labels do serve to provide a point of reference and provide a suggested experience, but they do not determine the outcome, that is up to the individual.  Try this exercise, go for a walk in the woods or anywhere really, and let go of your definitions of the world around you.  Label nothing and instead find an object and become it by saying “I am that, I am”.  The maple tree becomes you, and you become a maple tree.  Feel the energy and imagine the processes going on inside you (just as you probably do with your human body).  Feel the sap flowing, the sun energizing your leaves and the wind moving your branches!  Labels suddenly lose their importance, and Spiritual essence takes over.

Yes, labels serve the purpose of defining life, but do you really want to have everything boxed up and neat?  What about the joy of discovery?  The surprise in finding a treasure you never knew existed!  As my mom always told me, there is a time and place for everything.  Be careful how you use labels.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

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All The World Is A Stage

We have all heard the famous quote by William Shakespeare but have you really considered its meaning in your life?  Please read on and I will share my insights.

Each person you meet is playing a role just as any actor would do on stage or on camera.  This person brings personality to that role however it is still a role you as observer are creating.  Your thoughts, feelings and actions are the fuel for this creation and there is a delayed effect so that what you thought yesterday or last week is creating today…this varies.  With practice and intention you can reduce this time lag to seconds!

The time lag is for your own protection by the way.  We wouldn’t want you to kill your boss or rape your sister.  Not to stray too far here, I just need to point out that your thoughts are not yours!  Until you claim them that is.  You are sitting on the banks of a stream of consciousness and your fishing pole is extended.  You are catching thoughts by the second and each one has to be evaluated and either kept or discarded!  The mind is an incredible computer and crunches this data so fast you often do not even realize it is doing so.  Your conscious will can be utilized here to keep the thoughts you like and discard those which are not an expression of who you are?

Returning to the actors or persons in your life… they may change either by death, geography, marriage, or other circumstance.  Over the course of your life the individuals change, but the roles do not!  For example your aunt that inspired you as a youth shows up in your adult life as a dear friend who inspires and comforts you just as she did.  Or you find a father figure in a friend at work.  Getting the picture?

Certain archetypes exist in our life from time to time, so look closely at the people in your life whom you have daily interaction with.  Ask what role they play?  Have they always played this role?  Is someone else playing it now?  How do you interact with them?  For more on Archetypes please see this website.

Take the idea of archetypes to a broader level and see that your current life probably fits into a story line and when the entire span of your life is considered you may see a series of archetypal patterns emerge.  This is your evolutionary journey or your life lessons.

What this understanding has done for me is to make living a purposeful life easier as well as making it easier to love any person I meet in the first moment of introduction.  I immediately see that person as another member of the family and not only do I feel more comfortable but they do as well, because I am radiating Love!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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A Minister Is

A minister is a person who is acting as the agent or instrument of another to administer or apply a service, care or aid, as in attending to the wants or necessities that contribute to the comfort and happiness of everyone. Now this is the dictionary definition and I would like to look at this from a spiritual perspective and how it affects each of us. 

We all play roles in our lives all the time and this includes the one you are playing right now as you read this. It is important to clarify roles in each situation of your life so that you may more fully experience life. Even more important is to realize that you are not the roles that you play. It is easy to get caught up in your roles and indentify with them. The daily social roles are the easiest to get stuck on, such as mother, daughter, grandmother, spouse, partner, friend, and caregiver. The occupational roles are also something that many identify with and this can be just as stifling. “You” is a broad term and as you grow spiritually you will realize that there is a lot more to “you” than you realized. There is the individual you, the roles you play as you, the larger you that is connected through community and there is the Universal One you, which is the only “real” you there is. 

Minister is a role, but it is also a lot more than that, because there is a lot more to “you”.   It is a title you can use to describe your daily activities. Each and every person is a “minister” to their own life! This means that everyone ministers every day. Now think about this and review the definition offered at the top of this article. How does this apply to your daily life? You don’t have to be religious to be a minister. Don’t forget that it is a root word for administer, so I am suggesting here that it is each and every persons’ responsibility to minister consciously each day! Awaken to your inner being and allow your Loving soul to lead you.  Since many people have no idea how to minister, use these suggestions below.

This is what it means to be a minister;

  • To see the good in every person you meet. As much as God is in and of everything, so too is God expressing thru each person you meet. They are God extended and there is nothing a person can do, say or think that will change this. 
  • Remember that we are always teaching. Our very actions set an example to others as to what and how to think, speak and act. Do unto others as you would have done unto you, because they will!
  • To comfort those who come to us in need without seeing them as needy. Our function is to be in the world, but not of it. Acknowledge what is presented without accepting it as so. Be the observer and judge not, acting with Love and never re-acting.
  • To be the Peace. As a minister of your life the amount and quality of peace you experience is up to you. The amount of drama does not matter because peace exists always and all ways. To the extent we center ourselves in Peace by meditating (formally or not), by not re-acting to situations, and by focusing on the Peace that is present, we are the Peace!
  • Share your Joy with the world by shining your inner light on everyone you meet. Notice when you are happy and be grateful. Happiness is something that comes to us from within and is not dependant on outer circumstances, unless you make it so. Meaning that it is an inner choice to be happy. Be aware of your feelings and allow them to flow. If you are sad, that is fine, just relax, it will pass soon, all discomforts are temporary. Being a person of Peace and Joy is what ministry is all about!

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

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