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I went to church on Sunday. It was my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary and it felt good to be joining them and honoring their years together in the Catholic church that inspires them and gives them peace of mind.
I was raised a Catholic but don’t consider myself part of that group anymore. When I was a teenager I began to question the validity of Catholic doctrine and eventually found spiritual teachings that suit me much better.
As I sat through the mass I was fascinated by the vocabulary that was used throughout the service. One line really caught my attention:
“Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.”
I listened as people all around me declared that to each other and to God.
“I am not worthy.” I know that line. I’ve heard myself say it to myself and others in exactly that way and in a million other ways.
“Is anyone really hearing those words?” I wondered as I looked around. “Is anyone questioning those words? Do the people in this church believe that they are unworthy?”
Those statements are repeated in churches all over the world. What affect is that having?
Louise Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life and a revolutionary in the field of personal development has said “Every thought we think is creating our future.” If we continue to tell ourselves and the world that we are not worthy, what kind of future are we creating?
This morning I decided to change that ‘I am not worthy’ statement into something that made me feel good:
“Lord, I am so worthy to receive you. Help me to say more good words so that more good may be revealed.”
Try this Fishing for Soul Practice:
For one week, pay very close attention to what comes out of your mouth. Are you affirming something positive or something negative? Are you feeding the hungry ghosts of the past or laying a strong, empowered foundation for the future? How will you change the negative to a positive?
Today I am grateful for my parents and siblings, my nieces and nephews, my aunts and uncles, an opportunity to revisit my childhood home and stomping grounds, NJ Transit, SEPTA, my driver’s license, morning workouts, eggs, my Blackberry, my cat, positive abundace of all kinds, my weekend Creativity Time, new clients and business opportunities, cash in hand.
Thanks and peace!
Barrack Obama, President of the United States. Ahh… The day is here. The time has come. Let’s all take a deep breath and celebrate the ushering in of newness – new energy, new light, new possibilities. My dream for this new administration is that they all assume the collective responsibility, the higher calling, of their offices and that we, as a nation, do not pin all of our hopes on one man.
During a channeling session on Sunday afternoon, the group was asked to imagine what it would be like if, before a Cabinet meeting, or before a vote in the Senate, our leaders took a moment to pause and take a breath (or two, three, four, five) together as a way of grounding themselves and clearing away any mental clutter, thereby bringing clarity and cohesion to the group consciousness and to the tasks ahead of them. I’ll keep envisioning that process as I breathe the Obama dream of hope and prosperity.