From a Sermon given Winter Solstice Worship Service December 23, 2018
Almost exactly one year ago today, this meditation community had its Winter Solstice Service here. We explored the topic of moving towards a world based on Love rather than the corruption of power. I talked about how corruption is a word that not only refers to political processes but at its essence just means something that is changed from its original intended use to something that is used incorrectly, and in doing so, is debased.
I talked about the fact that God is Love; and as the children of God we are meant to create our lives and the world around us through Love. . .but that too many of us had succumbed to the temptations of the material world, and forgotten that all true Power comes from the divine and all energy is meant to be used in the service of the divine.
So here it is a year later. I think we can all agree that it’s been quite a year. I imagine we could also agree that the year has been characterized by a society and a world absolutely awash in the vibration of hatred. In our country and around the world hatred has far too often been the key driver of our interactions with each other.
Hate has always had a big presence on Planet Earth, of course. But people saying and doing hateful things towards each other has never been more common.
The difference lately has been that it has taken center stage in the human drama. It was looking like hatred had become acceptable as a social convention, as a way for people to engage with each other. Acting in a hateful manner towards another person was no longer being seen as a maladjustment for a few aberrant individuals. It was increasingly being accepted as an open and unrepentant option for segments of our society to use in opposition to other segments.
Fortunately, this year has also seen the rise of influences from other energy streams in human society to counterbalance the hatred, energy streams that are more prone to unification than the kind of disintegration that happens with the vibration of hatred.
Chief among these has been the amazingly rapid shift from the male to female perspective. Each of us is capable of allowing our sacred female to lead the way, no matter what gender body we hold; and vast numbers of us decided to do so, almost overnight.
We have also seen the phenomenally sudden stepping-up-to-the-plate of younger generations who have grown up in the digital age where diversity and inclusion are more the norm.
Again, children have always led the way energetically. We tend to forget our spiritual nature as we age so children have always quietly protected our rightful heritage, almost always in an invisible manner.
This year, the younger ones among us began to step out of the shadows and told the adults to share the leadership of the material world. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
So where are we now that 2018 is coming to an end? I know that most of us are still feeling a kind of vertigo as the vibrations continue to transform the air around us, the Earth beneath our feet and the very molecules of our bodies. Many of us are at best uneasy, at worst sick at heart at what is happening to our world. As I have mentioned previously, just in recent memory the planet itself has begun running kundalini energy in increasing amounts to help human animals wake to our true nature.
Lately I’ve been noticing how many people are physically getting sick and experiencing confusing and often painful symptoms in their body, symptoms with which medical professionals are having trouble understanding or addressing, in part because of this massive influx of kundalini.
Most of the time people seem to just see their illness processes and discomfort as just their individual situation. A lot of people chalk their symptoms up to some ubiquitous process called “stress.” Many judge themselves as having made stupid choices about their health status, or being otherwise somehow flawed.
Little do they know that the “growing pains” that they are experiencing is a requirement, a mandatory edict from Mother Earth if you will. Kundalini energy brings to the surface all that has been contained. It’s not a judgment but it is a very high vibration that is hard for many physical beings to experience if they are not used to vibrating at such a frequency. In other words, it does require action to weather it in a way that minimizes suffering. It’s part of the kicking-us-on-our-ass that is happening worldwide. The universe is over it, in regards to the human learning curve. We will either be taking a huge leap forward in our consciousness, or we will be invited to go elsewhere. We will not be remaining the caretakers of this gorgeous planet unless we can do better by it.
But here’s the rub: many of us are indeed waking up. This year-2018—the year I have been calling the Year of Transformation–has done its thing. The energy has indeed transformed.
I’m not talking here about the chaos of our political and economic systems falling apart. That spectacular amount of destruction is ongoing, with plenty more to come. I’m talking about the underlying energy. I’m talking about the fact that in just the last few days, a scant few weeks, the energy of what is called the “consensus reality” has shifted dramatically.
The “consensus reality” is not an easy concept to understand, so I thought at this point in the presentation, we should step back and take a moment to review it.
Each of us as an individual soul creates our own reality. Ultimately we decide everything about our life. On a spiritual level we establish a game plan before we are born, and then we get here and see if we can carry it out. We learn lessons as we go, and may make adjustments as we need. This is the precious gift of free will that our Creator gives us.
Sometimes challenges look really interesting to us before we incarnate, and then when we get into the body, things look very different. Sometimes those same challenges don’t look nearly as interesting. We are like the kid who decides we want to be a doctor, a professional athlete or a famous musician when we grow up. And then as we grow older, we discover that it actually takes hundreds of hours of tedious study, cramping body parts and boring repetitive scales before our mind or muscles or fingers will produce the desired results. Creating as spirit in the material world requires much more effort and all-too often body turmoil than it would seem from a purely spiritual perspective.
When the lessons we are trying to learn require interactions with other humans, as most do, then free will dictates that we have to enter into an agreement with that other person or persons with whom we are trying to create. This process can be very complicated and take considerable time, particularly if the lessons involve large numbers of individuals. Luckily time does not exist on the spiritual level but some individual souls have to create a number of experiences in the physical world before they can sign on to a larger spiritually based group contract, and that does take time.
In the United States there were lots of individuals who knew right off the bat that we did not want to create a world based on hatred when we were encouraged to do so by certain political and religious leaders. But there were also lots of individuals who had to create some up-close-and-personal encounters with hatred in their personal life to make a more clear decision that this was not what they wanted to experience. Many knew better “intellectually” than to support the vibration of hatred. . .but old karmic influences or energy from traumatic childhoods still needed to be cleared before they could definitively opt out of creating a world based on hatred. Thus, it took nearly two years for the “consensus reality” in the United States to shift to an agreement that we were not going to choose hatred as a way of life.
The good news, the very good news in my mind, is that the energy of the consensual reality has shifted. As a group of humans who have been given seniority by our Creator, or what is called in religious circles dominion over life on Earth, we’ve decided something big. I’m not sure what it is. . .exactly. But I’m pretty sure it has to do with Love.
So congratulations, folks. Congratulations to all of us. Congratulations to those of us who were here a year ago helping the consensus reality shift by together imagining a world based on Love and not corruption of power. Congratulations to those of you who were not here a year ago but were part of getting the Church of the Harvest to that point previously or are creating a connection now to continue this critical work. (After all, spirit knows no time).
And congratulations to all the millions of other people in the world, particularly in the United States where the battle involving hatred has been at it’s most intense. Congratulations to the many Americans who may have had sufficient resources but who have nonetheless emotionally gone through a kind of virtual hell on Earth this past couple of years, in order to work through what they had to work through for all of us to make it to this point.
We all contributed to the place we are in now. We made a decisive, life-affirming choice. Now we just have to figure out what that choice is all about. And begin to shape it, fine tune it so to speak.
You all are meditators so you have had the experience of going through a particularly gnarly growth period or two. Growth periods come in all shapes and sizes. In the biggest growth periods though, the ones that involve moving to a higher level of consciousness there is often just confusion. The old ways no longer fit at all who one is, but the new ways have not yet shown up. The fabric of one’s most essential self identity changes and we become unrecognizable.
That is kind of where we’re at right now energetically in this country and in the world. But even though we don’t really know where we are going in this new direction we are taking, it’s probably a good idea to talk with each other about what we do notice, and share our thoughts and dreams and whatever insights we have as we stumble around in the new landscape.
So along those lines I have a few insights to get the dialogue going, to hopefully help us move towards creating a world based on Love and not corruption of the power God has given us.
First of all, Keep up the dreaming. If you run across a situation involving injustice, hatred, corruption, by all means take whatever action you can to stop it. But keep in mind that right now it is Winter. Its the season to prioritize resting our weary bodies.
Its the time for letting our minds wander in whatever direction they happen to go. Do puzzles. Make art and go see good movies. Build things and craft things and exercise that incredible God-given creativity of yours in everyday life.
The direction we ultimately will need to go is not going to be clear for awhile. In all of human history we’ve never been at this point before. We will be shown by spiritual forces we cannot even imagine the best path forward when it is time. Meanwhile, give yourself permission to give your imagination free rein. Creativity can be like a muscle that needs to be exercised. Enjoy where the dreaming takes you and watch.
Second of all, Welcome in the New World in the New Year! No matter what it is. Please don’t get lost to any perfect pictures. Its not going to be clear sailing. The destruction of our world is ongoing. Horrific pain and suffering abounds and may very well intensify. In 2019 we may feel like we just went from the pan into the fire. If humans survive at all, it will be months or years or decades before things are OK.
But the worst thing we can do is resist. You get what you resist, in greater measure and with greater suffering. You know why we have been having so much trouble with hatred this year? Hatred is simply a particularly intense form of fear. Fear of change. Fear of death. The world is changing faster than the present level of human consciousness can process. Fear levels have gone up exponentially, and thus, so has the hatred. You can make a personal contribution to cutting down the hatred simply by not resisting whatever awful as well as wonderful things come our way.
As individuals and as a society first and foremost we need to learn to lean into the change. Lean into the destruction even. Ultimately it is far easier than digging in one’s heels about what is going to change whether we want it to or not.
Third of all, along the same lines: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. And pray for those who mistreat you. Why? Because the energy you put out comes back to you. Right now we are all needing to learn unconditional love. In the days ahead you’re going to want all the love and the good and the blessings that you can create; and you create them by giving them to others.
However, Fourth of all. Do not go gently into the night. I never really understood Dylan Thomas’s redemptive poem until recently. I thought it was about resisting death. Its not. Its about celebrating life by leaning into death. Thomas tells us to burn with life when we are near the end.
We are near the end of human life on this planet. It still remains to be seen whether or not humans as a species will make it through the upcoming days. That part of things the consensus reality has yet to decide. Meanwhile, let us burn brightly as we decide where our Love will take us. Burning brightly is the way of Love.
So how do we not go gently into the night on a practical level? Astrologists tell us that we just are emerging from a very long cycle dominated by the energy of the Wounded Healer. As individuals and as a society we’ve all just gone through a deep cleaning of toxic energies. We are more poised to turn away from other people who are harmful to us. Do let’s not dirty ourselves up again with toxic people and situations. Yes, love your enemies but whenever possible from afar.
Do good for those who hate you but stop showing up for people who are indifferent about your presence. Bless those who curse you, but you don’t have to have conversations with people who deny you respect.
Enjoy the people around you with whom you can share your dreams. Be a willing vehicle through which the Love of the divine can operate.
Love God and glory in all of it’s manifestations: in nature, in plants and animals including other humans, in the rivers and oceans and most particularly in the divine dwelling within you, the God of your heart. Happy holidays everyone.
Copyright 2018 by Rev. Dr. Resa Eileen Raven