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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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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All The World Is A Stage

We all play roles in our lives all the time and this includes the one you are playing right now.  It is important to clarify your roles in each situation of 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 role playing and believe this is who you are. 

The daily social roles are the easiest to get stuck on, such as mother, daughter, grandmother, spouse, partner, friend, and caregiver.  The occupational roles such as Doctor, Lawyer, Mason, or Chef are also something that many identify with and this can be both stifling and liberating depending on how you view them. 

“You” is a broad term and as you grow spiritually you 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. 

Knowing this is important because if you get caught up in a role it will rule your life instead of you being in charge.  It is like putting the cart before the horse.  When you know who you are and come from this core place you always have a strong foundation on which to stand. 

You are not this occupation or that social role but a Divine Child of the Creator and an heir to the throne.  You are a humble servant of the Most High.  How you serve now can take any form and will change often from moment to moment.  You may be a beautiful woman, mother, spouse, daughter, and lawyer all at the same time!  The trick is to allow yourself to be each fully while in that role.  While on the phone with your daughter be the mother that you are fully and completely.  As soon as you hang up with her you are back to being the lawyer so you give that your all.  A co-worker compliments you on being beautiful and in that moment you experience gratitude and humility.  The joy of the moment will stay with you but your role in the next moment will change back to being the top lawyer. 

The important aspect of role playing is when you are in a role you allow Divine Spirit to flow through in that role and no other.  When in another role you focus only on that role.  It is in the moment living that truly empowers you to live your life to the fullest.  As we all know, there is only one time and that is now.

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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