Tag Archives: Christ

A Miracle A Day, Day 44

face-985964_960_720EMPATHY, the ability to share another’s feelings as if they are our own lifts us into a higher realm of consciousness that more fully manifests our oneness.  Aligned with this higher realm of principle, EMPATHY has all the attributes of a miracle. Last night I witnessed an incredible display of this aspect of human consciousness as hundreds, if not thousands of people responded to a prayer request on Facebook.  It was clear that everyone responding could feel the feelings of the person requesting prayer.  Each person could imagine themselves in the same experience.  The outpouring of love and prayer and affirmations for healing was incredible.  EMPATHY drew together a massive number of people into a common prayer intention.  In the words of Jesus “… where two or more of you are gathered in my name, there I AM…”  This drawing together through the power of EMPATHY made visible a conscious communion with the Christ in each responder.  The power of this collective prayer consciousness is right now manifesting in right and perfect ways, drawing the wholeness of those involved into visible form.  EMPATHY is a miracle that draws together that which is already one, so that our oneness in Spirit is made more visible.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.  To view the entire Miracle A Day series, visit her Facebook page.

A Miracle A DAy, Day 37

Blue Sky Day

SKY, the blue dome which covers the earth of my perception is a miracle that takes form in my mind.  The SKY after all is not a dome at all.  Its domed shape is an illusion created by my finite view of what is infinite.  The brilliant blue of the SKY on a sunny day is a result of molecules scattering blue light from the sun. It gives us a sense of spatial balance and boundaries as it caps the earth we walk upon. And yet, in its ability to be a covering for our comfort and visual delight, it is a topless ceiling.  It is in fact the infinite ethers of space in which the planets and stars travel at unfathomable speeds. Like the SKY, there is a firmament in my mind that easily scatters the blue Light that represents Faith. The firmament in my mind an unbound boundary that allows me to be me, and at once, be one with the cosmic Christ. The SKY is a miracle within and without that I ponder with fascination and joy.

© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra

The King In Me

crownA king is one who has ultimate authority in a kingdom, a domain or a consciousness in which one lives.   Here, there are often two would-be kings vying for our attention.  One represents the personal will, the personality or ego consciousness.  It is often fearful, ready for battle and rules from a limited belief system.  It relies heavily on the five physical senses designed to process information and to keep us safe.  But these senses are limited and often misinterpret the information they gather.

The other would-be king in us has a much more sophisticated intelligence team with the additional senses of intuition and telepathy.  This king sees the unseen and feels the interconnectedness of all things.  This king is the spiritual consciousness, the “I AM” of us.  This is the consciousness or Mind that was in Christ Jesus.  It is this King that the residents of Jerusalem recognized on Palm Sunday laying down their cloaks and palms.  Metaphorically, removing one’s cloak would be like removing the persona that we wear.  Laying down the cloaks for Jesus to walk upon represents a willingness to lay down the personal will and allow a greater, Divine Will to be the authority in our minds, hearts and affairs.

In the Jewish Festival of the Booths, palms were twined together with willow and myrtle.  The bundle was waved in the six directions; north, south, east, west, up and down, acknowledging the presence of God in all directions.  Laying down palms as Jesus entered Jerusalem was highly significant.  It meant that they recognized God embodied in this gentle soul who taught peace, love, kindness and the transcendence of the physical senses.   This was a pivotal moment; for God now dwelt among us and in us.  Jesus conveyed it this way, “… I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” John 14:20

Jesus was much more than the King of the Jews.  Jesus is the Christ in us.  He represents that aspect of consciousness that draws out our greater spiritual being.  The Christ is God expressing in, through and as us.  Jesus demonstrates this higher consciousness in us, the one who would be King.

In an old Cherokee legend two wolves are fighting.  One represents darkness, despair, fear, anger, hopelessness and separation.   The other represents Light, hope, love, kindness, and oneness.  The story presents the question, ‘which one will win’?  The answer is, ‘the one you feed.’

There are two would-be kings in us.  They are often in conflict, fighting for our attention.  It is our choice, which one we feed; which we will crown.  When you feel conflict of any kind in your mind; gently move your attention to your heart. Take a moment to be still and hear the voice of the Christ in you lifting your awareness to higher consciousness.  Giving your attention and allegiance to this greater aspect of you, you crown the Christ in you; your hope of glory.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an Ordained Unity Minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, MI

 

Calming the Storm: A Prequel

The story of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:36-41) is a pretty well known one. Crossing the Sea of Galilee after a long day preaching to the crowds, Jesus falls asleep in the stern of the boat. As they travel across the sea, a storm comes up and the disciples fear they will drown. Frightened, they awaken Jesus who stands up and commands the wind and sea to be quiet and the storm is stilled. The astonished disciples ask “Who is this man who commands the wind and seas and they obey?”

A familiar story that at first glance seems to be another account of the miraculous power of Jesus. What you may not be familiar with is the prequel to this story. As Jesus and the disciples approach the boat Thomas asks Jesus “where do you want to go Teacher?” And Jesus, settling into the stern of the boat replies, “oh, I don’t care. Where do all of you want to go?”

Thus begins a virtual whirlwind of thoughts, opinions and commentary by the disciples. Peter begins with “I think we should stay right where we are. There’s no telling how much danger might be lurking out there.”

John responds with “we could go to Magdala. Everyone loves us there. Surely it can’t be dangerous there. But I don’t want to make waves. Wherever everyone else wants to go I’m ok with that.”

Judas gets a worried look and states “we shouldn’t go anywhere without life jackets!” To which Thaddeus adds we better patch up those holes before we go too. A boat should be tight letting nothing in .. Or out for that matter.”

Jesus begins to nod off just as Bartholomew shares that he has seen a vision of a peaceful beach where the fishing is good and everything is calm. “I’m not sure of course,” he says, “but I’m pretty sure. It’s to the east a bit. At least I think it is.”

“No, No, no.” Shouts Thomas. You’re always talking about these visions. There’s no way of knowing for sure. Let’s go to Hippas. I hear all kinds of deep thinking comes from there and I want to see for myself what these great thinkers look like.

James, son of Zebedee joins in with a grunt of dismissal. “None of you know what you are talking about. I know where to go. I know the people in all these places. I know the winds and fishing. It really should be up to me. And if you would all just stop talking I could figure it out.”

By now, Jesus is fast asleep as Andrew shouts that they should row against the wind as there is better fishing over there and surely they are strong enough to fight the wind. Then James, the son of Alpheus speaks up saying “I think we should go east. We always go west. Let’s try something different.” Philip just wanted to be heard and kept interjecting quite loudly that no one ever listened to him. Matthew stated that he was going to Philoteria, “… come hell or high water.” Simon thought they were wasting their time talking and just needed to start rowing or they would never get anywhere at all.

And so the disciples cast off with Jesus sound asleep in the stern of the boat and no decision about what direction they should go. And well, you know the rest, a great storm ensued.

When Jesus awakens to calm the storm we are given a glimpse into the power and presence of God demonstrated by Jesus. But on a metaphysical level the story invites us to reflect on how being awake to the presence of God within us, right here in our very own vessel of life, helps us to quiet the stormy seas of life, to calm the whirling of thoughts that swirl through our minds.

The disciples are a cross section of the prevailing society and represent the different aspects of human consciousness, sometimes awaken and often asleep. In this prequel they exhibit what might occur in our own minds when we are asleep to the Christ within us. They become like the voice inside our head that schemes, debates, worries, judges, clings to the past and fears the future.

The scriptural story exemplifies the power of God within Jesus to calm the storms of life. But when we remember that Jesus told us the Father was in him as He was in us we find a deeper message. We discover that the disciples represent the power of God working through us when we are awakened to the Christ within us. This awakened Self stands firm in the midst of turbulence and tells the fearful voice to be still and know that God “is,” and all is well.

When the storm had settled, the Disciples pondered, “Who is this Man who commands the wind and seas and they obey?” The apostle Paul answers; this is “… Christ in you, your hope of glory.” This is truly Christ in you, awakened to the peaceful Power of God expressing as you.

© 2015 Eileen Patra