Category Archives: Transformation

An Unexpected Journey, part 1

cc.14132367384_525d253cb5_zFor those of you who generally follow my posts you may have noticed I’ve been on a blogging hiatus.  I’ve found myself on a path I could not have predicted as my husband’s journey of healing has taken the spotlight in our lives.  As a firm believer in the power of the mind to create our experiences and of the natural state of wholeness that underlies any appearance of illness, a sudden health challenge should be a simple matter, right? Well, in fact, it is simple, but the mind is a complicated aspect of our consciousness, not easily harnessed. It can be like a wild horse taking flight … in a variety of possible directions. 

As I sit here this afternoon, I find myself excited at returning to the keyboard, ready to write about this journey.  Even though it is not yet complete, the experience has already been and filled with underlying blessings, invisible to many, and often hidden from that runaway horse.  It has been peppered with moments of enlightenment, and moments of the runaway horse heading into a darkening sunset.  But the moments of enlightenment are the moments I am eager to explore and ready to being sharing. 

In November, after a visit with my brother who had been diagnosed with ALS, I returned to find that my husband’s doctor had discovered a suspicious nodule on his lung.  The nodule turned out to be nothing, but the tests revealed a mass in his other lung, and that has led us into this current journey; from Xray, to CT scan, to biopsy, to the severe complications from the biopsy which postponed the recommended surgery.  Now, one could get very upset on this journey. Fear could be the destination of the runaway horse. Or, one could find the blessings along the path.  We have, for the most part, chosen the blessings.  And they are many.  A prolonged wait time for surgery provides more time for his energetic body to return to wholeness; more time for prayer and spiritual healing.  The demands of his current treatment have given us a rare opportunity to spend time together.  It has given us multiple opportunities to witness the face of God in friends, family, and health care professionals. It has given us the opportunity to truly practice our Truth.  And, the dis-ease itself can be seen as a catalyst for a much greater healing that has nothing to do with tumors or lesions or PET scans at all. This healing is of the heart and soul. This healing is a joint venture between two souls committed to a common path; committed to their role in the evolution of the planet.  This healing is an opportunity for growth and transformation in unexpected and miraculous ways.  This healing is a miracle unfolding and I am excited at all that is being revealed.  I look forward to my first Sunday back at Unity of Livonia on March 12, 2017 (EDT) when I share some of the experiences of this journey in my talk titled “Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…”

©2017. Rev. Eileen DeRosia Patra. 

MOVEMENT: A Miraculous Activity

dominoes-ccc-21496317363_a2a99d7fcf_mMOVEMENT is the activity of continuous motion, miraculously at work at all times.  Nothing is ever not moving. Nothing is ever truly static.  Though it may seem at times that nothing is happening, we are breathing, the planet we stand upon is moving, the universe is continuously expanding, everything in fact is moving all of the time.  That this occurs is more fact than miracle but the awareness of MOVEMENT in what seems to be static is miraculous indeed.  When it seems that nothing will change, that the things of the world are too big, too cumbersome, outside of our control; we would do well to tune into this activity, for it is Spirit that continuously moves through us.  Stepping into an awareness of the movement of Spirit within us reminds us that there is no “thing” more powerful than the power of God within us.  Remembering that everything is always in motion reminds us that change, evolution and transcendence are always at hand.  It reminds us that all things of matter are transient, impermanent. What is permanent and unchanging is God and our awareness of our oneness in the Source of all that lives, moves and has being. That is powerful and miraculous indeed.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

What’s Budding in You?

fall-colorsThe Changing Leaves are always a miraculous sight for those of us in climates that provide this annual display of colorful foliage.  The predictable transformation has become synonymous with change and a reminder that there is always new life, new growth just beyond what appears to be death.  What is truly remarkable about the process is what causes the change in colors.  As the hours of daylight become less, the tree responds to an inner signal.  The signal is not to drop its leaves although that is what occurs.  The signal is to begin new growth.  The tree begins to direct its resources to new growth, to the buds that will occur in the spring.  This focus on the new growth in turn diminishes the flow of nutrients to the current leaves and they respond by fading, falling and preparing the space for the new buds.  As always, when I look at the falling leaves I know that new life will occur in the spring but today I recognize that the forming of new buds has already begun.  In life, as I see something fading away, I know on an inner level that something new is forming within me. What falls away prepares the space for what is being called forth in me.  This is the miracle of transformation that occurs in the trees, in my life and in the world. 

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.

 

The Miracle of Hope

hope-dreamstimefree_30348689HOPE is a doorway to the miraculous.  HOPE is our ability to expect a positive outcome when there seems to be little evidence of it.  HOPE is the first glimmer of Faith that causes us to take action.  The woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ garment HOPED that she would be healed.  After 12 years of hemorrhaging, she saw a glimmer of HOPE in Him and His growing reputation as a miraculous healer. Jesus told her that her Faith had made her well.  Faith is HOPE in action. It is HOPE that causes the quickening of Faith, Strength and Will.  When we look out into the world and wonder how we can stop the hemorrhaging, it is this miraculous ability to have HOPE that stirs the greater power of the Christ in us to take positive action in order to manifest the peace, harmony and wholeness we wish to see and experience.  Through HOPE we know that our prayer intentions are more than just a plea to a chaotic universe.  Through HOPE we establish ourselves in the power and presence of the invisible Source of all peace and harmony.  We align our minds and hearts with the All-ness of God and our Faith returns us to the wholeness from which we come.  Today is the day to have HOPE and move in the direction of this miraculous stimulus for healing.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.

The Fossils in our Souls

IMG_5921FOSSILS, petrified bits of earthly history, are miraculous vessels of time.  They provide a peek into the past of our planet giving us a three-dimensional snapshot to all that transpired before us.  They are fascinating to behold and sometimes offer us clues to living more harmoniously with our environment than the lifeforms that preceded us.  The soul of humankind, the individualized expression of God is also a vessel of time. The soul holds all the experiences of a person, each thought and emotion captured and stored for our review.  Unlike a FOSSIL though, we are not petrified.  What we hold in the history of our beingness is not written in stone.  What has been written in our minds and hearts can be changed, evolved, transformed and even dissolved. That thought, that belief you’ve lived with for so long that leaves a heavy, uncomfortable imprint in you? What would it look like if you changed it? What would it look like if you evolved it, allowed it to grow into something more affirming and whole?  What would you look like if you simply let it go?

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.

A Magnet with Choice?

magnet-cc-10330622805_f9e64832eb_qMAGNETS are miraculous objects that attract various substances with a mysterious and often powerful force.  MAGNETS are useful for lifting, holding, separating, retrieving, and sensing. They are found in everyday objects and tools such as speakers, doorbells, microwaves, televisions, compasses and, of course, on the door of many American refrigerators.   Like a MAGNET, we draw to us a variety of experiences.  Our thoughts, feelings and emotions create a field of energy which draws to us similar energies.  Unlike a MAGNET, we can choose our thoughts, move through our feelings and emotions, consciously creating our energy field to attract that which we desire.  When we fall asleep to this inner power of choice, or we give this power away to the challenges that appear before us, we attract whatever is showing up and we allow it to multiply in our consciousness.  A MAGNET has no apparent choice in what it attracts, but we do. What will you choose to attract today?  What thought or belief will you release in order to stop attracting something?  What will you focus on with all your heart and mind that will attract a more powerful, harmonious experience in your life?  What will you hold in mind and place your faith in that is a more powerful MAGNET for good? 

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.

The Miracle of Change

autumn-square-epThe CHANGING COLORS of leaves in the northern autumn season are a miraculous display of life renewing itself.  Today I saw just three leaves on our maple tree that had turned a brilliant, maize.  The brightly colored foliage was nested in a ground of deep, green leaves that had not yet begun to turn.  Change, whether the color of leaves, or the unfolding of our lives, often occurs just a little at a time.  Why rush when the real beauty lies in beholding the process?  The leaves will change according their own perfect timing.  Each stage will be a glorious sight to see.  Our own transformation often begins with just a glimpse of something small but brighter.  This process too is beautiful to behold and will unfold according to its own innate and perfect timing.  The CHANGING COLORS are beautiful, and remind me of the miracles at work continuously within me.  

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.