Tag Archives: Growth

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.



cc-evolutionSome would say that EVOLUTION is not a miracle; it’s just the nature of things.  Some might even be opposed to the concept of EVOLUTION as it challenges their religious beliefs. But in Truth, EVOLUTION is not only a miracle, EVOLUTION IS God.  God is the One Power, One Presence, One Activity of the universe.  God is Omnipotence, All-Power.  Without the Activity of EVOLUTION, life would be stagnant, unchanging, not alive. God is Life itself, infinitely moving, breathing, unfolding in and through all that we call creation.  EVOLUTION is the miracle of God continuously renewing Life.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

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

A Miracle A Day, Day 91

roots.cc.ReflectedSerendipity.475890948_4657e915a4_qROOTS.  A Tree or plant is nurtured by its roots which absorb nutrients and moisture from the soil in which is planted.  This is the miracle of nature, the miracle of life; seeking, growing, expanding, thriving and then being fruitful and multiplying.  Like a tree, I have roots. When I get back to my roots, I get back to that which feeds me, that which nourishes me.  When the roots of a tree are trimmed, the tree responds.  An expertly trimmed bonsai will result in an exquisite replication of the roots.

My roots may sometimes grow in cramped places. I may get root bound. Or, I may trim what is no longer needed in the roots of my consciousness and see an exquisite result in my life.  I may choose to return to my spiritual roots and be nourished in body, mind and soul.  My spiritual roots are never bound, they are infinitely and unequivocally intertwined with the wholeness of God.  When I get back to this point of origin, to the wholeness of God from which I spring forth and expand, I am nourished, fortified and revitalized.  I find the space to grow and expand.  In the stillness I discover that all that I need, I already am; for I am an expression of God in the face and form of what I call me.  Reaching in to this place of wholeness, I am fed, I am nourished, I am whole and I am free.  ROOTS are the miracle that keep me infinitely entwined with the heart and mind of God.

© 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 71

strengthSTRENGTH is a miraculous faculty continually evolving and emerging through our life experiences.  STRENGTH appears in a variety of forms such as physical STRENGTH, spiritual STRENGTH, moral STRENGTH and STRENGTH of character.  Each provide the ability to overcome something of substantial size or weight.  Each are cultivated through the choice to exercise them.  But Spiritual STRENGTH differs in that the soul draws to itself experiences that command its development.  Every day, in every way, you are by nature, growing in spiritual STRENGTH and stature. What seems substantial in size and weight today is the catalyst for the spiritual STRENGTH that supports you in your next adventure.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 69

WATERMELON.dreamstimefree_172818WATERMELON.  A juicy, delightful miracle of fruit.  I recall watermelon as the highlight of picnic lunches and family reunions as a child.  It was not an everyday occurrence so it seemed extravagant and especially exciting to see those juicy red slabs ringed with white then green, dotted here and there with large, inedible seeds. Today I think about the relatively small size of those seeds and how they contrast with the enormous fruit that stems from them.  It is miraculous to me that one small seed can produce so much fruit, juice, excitement, and joy.  As I ponder what my next thought might be I consider how like the watermelon seed my thoughts are.  One small seed can produce a day filled with joy and glory.  And one small seed can, if I allow it, produce a day of challenge and struggle.  The WATERMELON is a delightful miracle of pink pulp, sweet juice and seeds.  My thoughts are also a miracle producing experiences enfolded within their nature.  And even more miraculous is my ability to witness and choose the thoughts I hold in mind.  I can see them crop up and choose to plant only the ones that will produce what is joyful, enormous, fruitful, delightful, sweet, and extravagant.  Planting delightful WATERMELON seeds in my mind and in the world today.  Affirming the same for you.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra


A Miracle A Day, Day 36

color pencils.dreamstimefree_218525ART; visual, musical, written and performing, all are a MIRACLE that allow one to express their innermost feelings, beliefs, ideals, pain, questions, wonderings, hopes and dreams in a way that lets others in.  Through the many forms of ART, we create openings to one another’s soul.  We catch a glimpse of the Divine through another’s eyes.  When we can see through another’s eyes, we reinforce the invisible network that is our connectedness in the whole of consciousness.  We are all artists, creating the masterpiece of our lives through our thoughts, our beliefs and our actions.  The palette we paint from is infinite in possibility and potential.  It is the wholeness of God allowing us to choose what we will express in each moment. Will we choose one color or frequency of light over another? Or will we combine a selection of colors, an array of harmonious thoughts and energies that lift us and others to a higher expression of the whole?  ART is a glorious and miraculous means of sharing the innermost Truth of beingness.  What will you paint next?

© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra

Rev. Eileen is an Ordained Unity Minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, MI.  To view the entire “A Miracle A Day Series” please visit Rev. Eileen’s Facebook Page

A Miracle A Day, Day 28

butterfly.dreamstimefree_72904An exquisite demonstration of rebirth, BUTTERFLIES always bring a special joy to my heart. Delicate, brilliant messengers of Life, they sip on nectar and carry life generating pollen from flower to flower.  BUTTERFLIES also remind us that change can be uncomfortable but the end result is one of beauty, purpose and freedom. The caterpillar no doubt believes it is the end of the world just before she emerges as the miraculous winged creature she was destined to be.  I greet this day with joy and anticipation for whatever miraculous essence of me is emerging.  I recognize that in each and every moment there is a winged being in me continuously coaxing me to be the spiritual being I AM.

© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra

Planting Me

plant.dreamstimefree_194667At times, Mother Nature seems to play tricks on us.  Just when we think its planting time she throws a fresh blanket of snow on the emerging crocuses and sends us running for our winter coats.  And such is life when we find ourselves ready to plant a new habit, or newfound spiritual idea in our lives.  We’ve just attended the most amazing workshop or read an outstanding book, or visited with a great spiritual teacher.  We’ve kicked some old habit or limiting belief.  We greet each day with a newfound sense of balance and harmony and authenticity.  Then wham! A fresh blanket of snow falls.  Some unexpected circumstance has us seeking the old worn out coat, the old habit, the limiting belief, and we can barely believe the words being uttered from our mouths.

Despite the erratic climate, it’s time to think about planting; whether it’s crops, or flowers, or a more authentic version of ourselves.  ‘Planting Me,’ is showing up as the most authentic version of self; becoming embedded in that; and living, growing and thriving from that consciousness.  ‘Planting Me,’ is planting my highest self in the garden of consciousness.

The earliest spiritual writings utilize the metaphor of gardens, seeds and trees to illustrate the infinite, eternal nature of life and the role of humankind in it.  The Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) contribute to our yearning to explain the beginning of the finite world with the story of the Garden of Eden, filled with lush plant life and various trees.  Two of the trees are named; The Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The Tree of Life, God suggests, humankind should use for nourishment and sustenance.  It is the tree that represents life, wholeness and harmony.  The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil however, is the most well known in the Judeo-Christian culture, and the one that humankind chooses to taste.  It is the perception of Good and Evil that leads us out of the experience of wholeness to one of  judgment, division, separation and conflict.

As the story goes, the gates of Eden are then closed to humankind and guarded by angels.  However, if we see recognize angels as divine ideas or messengers of God, we find that the return to wholeness is just a divine thought away.  Like a seed that falls from a tree, we contain all of the characteristics of our Source.  To plant an authentic version of ourselves in the garden of consciousness is to return our thoughts to the image and likeness of God imprinted upon our very being, and to embed that in every thought, every word, and every action.

By turning our thoughts to the wholeness of God, our own minds and hearts are opened.  Eden, the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil are within us.  The choice from which to eat or be nourished is ours in any given moment.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity Minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia, Livonia, MI

Fully Human, Fully Divine

There is a deep and burning desire within the heart of humankind that calls us toward the Divine. Jesus teaches us that the Divine, the Kingdom of Heaven, the immeasurable Source of all life whom He called Father, was within us. Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. Through his teachings we discover that we too are both fully human and fully divine.

In our search for this indwelling divinity, we spend a great deal of time and energy trying to be more spiritual; trying to attain or utilize the Power of God within us. As we focus our attention on attaining spiritual power we tend to affirm a false belief that it is outside of us, that to be more spiritual we must become less human. But perhaps, to be more Divine, we must first become more fully human. Becoming fully human is to reach our FULL human potential; it is to unfold to one’s Divine nature; to develop and integrate the innate spiritual Self into all aspects of being.

Cindy Wigglesworth, author of “SQ21: 21 Skills of Spiritual Intelligence” tells us that Spiritual Intelligence differs from Spirituality. Spirituality is inborn. It is the Divine Potential within each of us. Spiritual Intelligence however is developed over time just as we develop other human skills and areas of intelligence. Each of us are hardwired with the ability to develop Spiritual Intelligence just as we can develop other types of intelligences; such as mathematical, linguistic, musical and various others.

In her book, Cindy identifies four key intelligences as essential for a happy and meaningful life. The four areas to be developed in our quest for becoming more Fully Human are Physical, Cognitive, Emotional and Spiritual. Development of these intelligences is sometimes simultaneous but they are largely built one upon the other.

As infants, our first task is to develop our Physical Intelligence. The early months inhabiting these human bodies are focused on simply learning to control the body and grasp the environment. Cognitive skills form simultaneously as an infant learns how to have its needs met. As time goes on Cognitive Intelligence moves to the forefront; as we learn to think, reason and make choices. Emotional Intelligence follows as we learn to understand feelings and develop skills such as empathy allowing us to understand another’s feelings. The stage is then set for developing Spiritual Intelligence.

The ministry of Jesus encompassed all four of these key intelligences. Jesus ministered to physical needs. He healed the sick, fed the hungry and encouraged us to clothe and care for those who were in need. Jesus stirred our cognitive skills by provoking a deeper level of thought through untraditional statements and teachings. Jesus opened the emotional hearts of those with ears to hear embracing those who were different; the Samaritans, sinners, tax collectors, and sentries. The ministry of Jesus was ultimately spiritual bringing the concept of God from an invisible, judgmental ruler to a deeply personal, loving and indwelling presence. “The kingdom of heaven is within you.” “The father and I are one.” “The father is in me as I am in you,” words that affirm the indwelling nature of God; that God, the Divine is in us.

We have been marvelously made. We, like Jesus, are fully human and fully divine. If we are to follow the teachings of Jesus and unfold to our innate Divinity, we would do well to become more fully human. For in becoming more fully human, we lay a foundation for the Divine in us to be more fully expressed.
© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra

The Apple and the Tin Man

As I reviewed a clip from the Wizard of Oz last week I observed something I had never noticed before.  Dorothy discovered the Tin Man as a result of chasing an apple.  She had been picking apples when the trees came to life and refused to give away their fruit.  The brainless scarecrow developed a scheme to trick the trees into throwing the apples at them.  Chasing after the discarded apples, Dorothy discovered the Tin Man.

An apple is symbolic of many things.  It is a tasty fruit ascribed with the power to “keep the doctor away.”  When cooked in a pie it is has come to be known as “all that is American.”  But to the spiritual seeker one cannot help but recall the symbolism of the forbidden fruit.  An apple does not appear in the story of Adam and Eve, but it has come to symbolize the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

God warned Adam not to eat of this tree “…for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” But who and what die? Adam and Eve do not die.  They do however find themselves naked, without cover, fear and doubt made visible.  They find themselves outside of the place of wholeness in which the Tree of Life grows.  They find themselves not dead, but disconnected from their Source.  They feel empty, alone, hollow.  What has died is their sense of wholeness.

Chasing after the ill-gotten fruit, Dorothy discovers a man made of tin.  He is hollow, not truly alive.  He is apparently without a heart, the life-giving organ that circulates blood, oxygen and vital nutrients to the whole body.  He is made of tin, a pliable metal, not easily corroded. Yet the tin man has been frozen in time, rusted and unable to move.

To eat something is to take it on, to make it a part of you.  In eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, knowledge of what is divided or not whole becomes a part of one’s consciousness. As spiritual beings it is not possible for us to be outside of the wholeness of God. But it is very much possible to perceive that we are outside of God.  It is possible to listen to an inner voice that seeks an ill-gotten fruit, nourishment from the outer sense consciousness.  It is possible to put on a clothing or identity that is metallic in nature, resistant to the flow of Spiritual life.  It is possible to believe ourselves as hollow, empty, imperfect, unable to give or receive love.

But the heart is never missing.  We may have allowed fear or ego to close the heart.  But opening the heart is a simple matter.  It begins by breathing.  Yes, I said breathing!  Paying attention to our breath, we bring our focus to the area of the physical heart and the heart energy.  Here, we draw our attention away from whatever seeks to cause us pain.  Here we allow God to breathe through us.

God breathing through us is like the oil applied to the Tin Man.  It loosens our stuck parts.  It allows us to rediscover our authentic voice.  It allows us to open our hearts to God’s presence in us and in all things.  It allows us to leave behind the story that has frozen us in time and begin an inner journey to wholeness.  As you breathe right now in this moment, imagine that it is truly God breathing through your heart.  As God breathes through you all your parts, all your thoughts are oiled and renewed. The heart opens wide to let God in. The heart is never missing.  It simply needs to be opened to the inflow of God, the Tree of Life.

© 2015 Rev. Eileen Patra