Eric Butterworth

Monday Muse: Acceptance & Renewal for Easter!

Totality Reverend Eric Butterworth, Unity minister and author, speaks of the totality of life as being all of life-the ‘whole of things.’ We live in the present, the now of life that is all together. Remember that Beatles song: All Together Now? That’s the best way I can think of to contemplate the happy thought of a unified world. Rev. Butterworth tells us not to think in terms of separation, absence, and doing ‘all sorts of magical things that you think are going to cause something out here to come into you.’ “Be still and know that I am” tells us that God is present all around us and within us. And within our Spirit lies the divine spark.  If we can allow the spirit to express itself, we can relax and know that it will hear us, guide us and direct our lives to unfold according to divine order. Acceptance It is hard to do what we speak of with Reverend Butterworth! Just relaxing and allowing the divine order to come to us is difficult. It’s hard to accept our lives sometimes. We were brought up to believe acceptance of our fate is a very passive posture that brings with it the notion that we have failed. Yet when we acknowledge the reality of our lives, we can say yes and open the door to our hearts and our spirits that will allow new ideas and new wisdom to enter into our lives. It is argued that active acceptance really does require not just incredible faith but strength of character.  To have a loving acceptance in all aspects, in the totality of our lives, it then allows for the divine presence of God’s everlasting love. We can use that love to pay it forward in our own thoughts and words and actions. We accept God’s presence in the totality of our lives. Renewal That is the word of the day when we think of Easter Sunday. We think of renewals and endless possibilities in our own lives. “The old is gone. The new is yet to be. With Steadfast faith, I rest, knowing that my Spirit is being renewed” These are the words of a young woman minister from South Florida, Reverend Elizabeth Longo. Reverend Longo speaks of reveling in the process where her body, mind and soul are being renewed-resurrected from the tomb of self-pity. And then delighting in the creation that is unfolding. We can think of endless possibilities in the totality of our lives when we not only accept God’s presence, but begin to renew our own souls and revive our spirits daily. We can then begin feasting on the word and living with the promise before us. That is the promise that we gain from celebrating Easter and the new beginnings we seek. Mantra This week I will be still and Know that I am in the presence of a divine spirit. When I accept the possibilities before me by opening up my heart and soul to God’s love and presence, I will begin to renew my own spirit and revive that spark that I had as a Child of God. Bible Verse …The Mystery hidden for ages and generations….which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”- Colossians 1:26:27

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Monday Mojo from The 6 Degrees Writer: Grace…Forgiveness & Perspectives

Mantra: I am growing in God’s grace and understanding the amazing grace more each day; my burden becomes lighter as I forgive myself and others; and I will perceive my life every day through a wider lens to open my heart and mind to healing and the amazing Grace I find in God’s love. By Grace we are saved. Through the grace of God, we are all saved. It’s amazing how much we say we love the song, “Amazing Grace” and how little we actually understand the concept in which it is sung!  By Grace we are all saved, and we always look at the word from the perspective of God’s grace towards us. The author Eric Butterworth explains grace by saying with God’s desire for your grace-‘…you always reap more good than you sow. THIS is grace.” If Grace is God’s gift to us, we need to extend the courtesy in our lives to others. We need to grow in God’s grace, and to then focus on the healing and guiding presence of His grace in our lives. Finally, we need to extend that grace to others. Forgiveness is a major part of extending this grace. It is a powerful act to be able to forgive others. Perhaps the most powerful recent example was from the parishioners of the Emanuel AME Episcopal Church in Charleston who forgave the young man who shot and killed the church members while they worshiped one evening. It was an amazing act of grace and forgiveness that only those who practice their faith and follow the teachings of Jesus might comprehend fully. If they can forgive someone who commits such a horrific act of violence, why cannot we forgive others who do less than this to us? And even further, why cannot we forgive ourselves as we are all  Children of God? We are all mortal, and we all have failings. We can live at peace when we are able to touch on this…. Finally, the Perspective in which we look at ourselves and our lives is part of our own journey in spiritual healing. Remember the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” and the climactic moment when Scout stands on the porch of Boo Radley?  She finally realizes she can see things from his perspective. We need to open ourselves to dealing with our lives, our grievances, and our sorrows in this prism of different perspectives. When we can see the world through another lens, just for a few moments in time, we begin the process of healing and spiritual awakening Your Exercises for this week:  Monday & Tuesday: I will read the words of Amazing Grace with a different lens; using the words as part of my mantra to understand what it is to know grace and then to bestow grace upon others; Wed & Thursday: I will focus on forgiveness; past grievances I hold; I will take a stone and let it go; dropping the heavy load from my own body and soul; then writing down the sins of my past either on paper or in my head; and then dropping the stone; will let the past go with a forgiving touch of the hand to your heart Friday through the Weekend: Growing in God’s grace, I will literally stand and figuratively feel the perspective of others as I begin to perceive things from a different angle or lens-looking at perceptions of things in that way, where issues such as politics or religion may take on a different tone. I work to forgive, to extend God’s grace, and then to perceive my life through a different lens, as I heal and grow in God’s love. Whoever is from God hears the words of God-John 8:47

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