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A Miracle A Day, Day 67

OnenessONENESS is the miracle that underlies all of Life.  A miracle is defined as something unexpected that transcends physical law.  Certainly, in a world where we are continually bombarded with evidence of our differences, the notion that we are all ONE is an astonishing idea.  And yet, it is true.  Although we inhabit separate bodies that are infinitely unique, we each spring forth from the same Source of Life.  We are first, spiritual beings and second, physical beings.  In Spirit, we are ONE.  Awareness of ONENESS in the midst of diversity is the key to transcending the experience of conflict.  If ONENESS is true, conflict with another is conflict with ourselves.  If peace and harmony are our deepest desire, then peace and harmony with ourselves can bring peace and harmony to the whole.  To live in an awareness of ONENESS is to recognize that all we project on another we project on ourselves.  When Jesus spoke about loving our neighbor as ourselves he was acknowledging the miraculous truth of ONENESS, for to love another IS loving ourselves, and this is the key to living from Heaven consciousness. 

A Miracle A Day, Day 65

HAIR.CC.FLICKER.9419227780_a54578ce96_m.jpgHAIR in its many colors and textures is a richly unique and self-expressive physical characteristic.  HAIR is miraculous in its ability to protect us from harsh elements and it ability to interpret the environment and communicate a variety to signals to the brain.  It may stand on end when there is a potential for danger or send a ripple of wonder through us at an especially synchronous moment.  HAIR may send a tingling sensation through the entire body when particularly moving words, thoughts or experiences connect us with an awareness of something greater than ourselves.  HAIR is an extension of both the physical and the energetic body.  Metaphysically, HAIR symbolizes our thoughts and the energy patterns we exude. Even those with no hair on their heads emanate strands of thought energy. In Luke 12:7 Jesus says, “But even the hairs of your head are all counted. Do not be afraid …” If we consider HAIR as thoughts, we might find the statement unsettling, as if each thought was predestined by an esoteric God.  However, when we consider God as indwelling and everywhere present, we discover the divine nature within that precedes all thought, all experience, all that we have come to believe about ourselves.  This is a Self that knows our joy. This is a Self that know our pain.  And this is a Self that knew us before we were born, before there was anything but the perfect pattern of wholeness at the very root of being.  Perhaps HAIR is simply the physical manifestation of our reaching out from the very root of our being and perhaps this root is a Self that would be worth getting to know.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 64

imageFAITH is the ability to know that what one hopes for is not only possible, but assured. FAITH is the power that pulls us forward when fear and anger seek to freeze us in our tracks. It is the ability to know that peace and wholeness are indeed our birthright and destiny despite what our physical senses are experiencing. To know that something greater exists without seeing it with our eyes is indeed miraculous. No matter how shaken, no matter how small this power may feel, the tiniest amount can fuel our ability to overcome the greatest of obstacles. “… if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Peter, the first disciple called by Jesus is symbolic of the innate capacity. When Jesus told Peter that he was the rock on which he would build his church, he was referring to his capacity for FAITH. A church, despite the immediate images that come to mind, is not a building. It is a body of people with a common belief. FAITH is the rock or foundation upon which all other spiritual faculties are built or brought into an awakened state of being.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 56

fire.dreamstimefree_272482FIRE, the miracle of combustion that fuels heat to keep us warm in inclement weather has long been held as magical and mystical by humankind.  I recall the movie “Quest for FIRE,” in which the role of Fire Keeper was revered by prehistoric tribes.  FIRE was vital to their survival and not easily produced if the flame went out.  The miracle of FIRE continues to be vital to our wellbeing, but it is so more than a chemical process producing heat and light. FIRE is given a mystical role in the story of Moses as he stands before the burning bush which is not consumed.  FIRE is associated with Spirit when Jesus predicts a baptism of FIRE imbued by the Holy Spirit.  Metaphysically we use FIRE to describe an inner desire, a deep inner urging of the soul to express the talents, gifts and qualities written upon the heart.  This is a FIRE that is not consumed but burns within saying “remove the sandals from your feet, for the ground upon which you stand is holy.”   Everywhere we stand is holy ground when remove the attachments of the personal will and allow the FIRE of Spirit, that which is Holy and Divine in us, to be expressed.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

I Love A Parade

paradeI Love a parade! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day; and the Rose Bowl Parade they all have these three things in common; the sights, the sounds and the motion.

From frivolity, to politics, to honor, parades have a rich and colorful history dating back as far as Mesopotamian rulers who paraded their conquests as a show of power.  One rather famous parade of power is that of the Israelites around the city of Jericho causing the wall of the city to tumble down.  

The parade was led by seven priests, carrying seven trumpets, parading around the city for seven days, and then seven times on the seventh day. Seven indicates completion.  In the description of the Jericho parade, seven appears five times suggesting all levels of being and all senses aligned, marching together, in a harmonious movement, shouting words of power.

Imagine the sight of the Israelite priests in their priestly garb following a great golden ark like a float in a parade.  Imagine the movement of this assembly along a unified route around and around the city. Imagine the sound of the trumpets playing and the shouts of the people.  Imagine a vibration so profound that the walls of the city begin to vibrate and disintegrate.  That is a display of Power!

The battle of Jericho is an intriguing event in the history of the Israelites.  But the more interesting story is the one beyond the historical account.  The metaphysics of the story reveal a powerful tool for spiritual unfoldment.

The priests are Levites, the tribe that does not own land, that which is not attached to matter.  The repetition of the number seven represents all levels of being and all physical senses working in unison.  The seven trumpets, blown on the seventh day represent the WORD, the vibration, an affirmation of all that is Spiritual and whole.   

Jericho was the first Israelite conquest following forty years in the wilderness escaping bondage in Egypt.  From bondage to victory, Israel continued conquering other lands, always preparing for the next battle.  Until Jesus, the one who was to save them, who turned out not to be a warrior. Jesus held a higher ideal than victory.  He demonstrated being a vessel of God with no sides, no judgment, no battle.  Out of this vessel consciousness awakens the CHRIST, fully at one with Spirit.

Today we stand at the edge of an awakening Christ consciousness, knowing that in Spirit there is no land to conquer, only harmony and wholeness to be revealed. Let the walls of resistance come tumbling down. Form a parade of Sights, Sounds and Movement at all levels of being.  See only floats of oneness.  March in alignment with Truth at all levels of being.   Sound the trumpets, affirming Truth in all that you speak.  Let the walls come tumbling down to reveal our oneness in the kingdom that has no ends, no walls, and no-thing to conquer.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

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

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 42

wellThe WELLSPRING within is the miracle of Oneness with Spirit, the source of Life, Harmony and Joy.  Deep within each of us is a place where joy never ceases, where peace and harmony are the constant state of being.  When we draw on this invisible Source, we access the Water of Life that Jesus spoke of to the Samaritan woman at the well.   This powerful conversation is often understood as Jesus’ demonstration of inclusiveness.  Although it is certainly that, the conversation reveals much more.  Ultimately, this conversation reveals a whole new perspective of God as Spirit, as comforter, as the quencher of all thirst. As we come to understand that the Christ Mind that was in Jesus is also in each of us we find that the WELLSPRING that quenches all thirst is within us and it never runs dry. This is the miracle we will explore at tonight’s Meditation and Metaphysical Musings service at Unity of Livonia at 7:00 pm.  Come rest awhile in the WELLSPRING within and experience the miracle within you.

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 26

heart.dreamstimefree_63126LOVE, it is said “makes the world go ‘round.”  LOVE is the miracle of life in expression, harmonizing the divine feminine and divine masculine energies of the Universe.  LOVE is central to a variety of spiritual teachings and it is at the core of the teachings of Jesus. 

LOVE is the magical feeling that comes over us as we see a newborn infant, the smiling face of a young child, or the pure joy of two young people ‘In LOVE.’    According the Gospel of John, God is LOVE. God is continually expressed through the various ways that we experience LOVE; parental love, brotherly love, romantic love and the greatest of these, the ability to hold an energy of LOVE for all of humankind. 

LOVE, in the words of Charles Fillmore, “… is the great harmonizer of the universe.”  It is the key that unlocks the flow of God in our hearts and minds.  It is indeed the key to peace on earth.  It is the most powerful of all weapons, as directed toward an enemy, it awakens the presence of God in them and harmony is the inevitable result.  LOVE is a miracle. Perhaps it is THE miracle that makes the world go “whole.”

© 2016. Rev. Eileen Patra.

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It Never Hurts To Ask

As infants we cry and most often our needs are fulfilled. As we mature, however, this vital step to receiving is sometimes conditioned out of us and we must be reminded that “It Never Hurts To Ask.”  I often heard this from my mother-in-law.  Olga was never afraid to ask.  When she purchased a matress that was too firm, she asked for another.  When the next one didn’t meet her expectations, she asked for another. When the woodgrain of her new dining room table didn’t line up with the leaf inserted, she asked for another. And another. And another.  Olga was persistent in asking until she received what she desired.

Persistence is is embedded in Jesus’ teaching, “Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (Matt 7:7-8) His words illustrate for us a three-part, persistent prayer process assuring us whatever we ask for, God will give us. 

But this is not always our experience.  I know personally, I’m still waiting for the pony I asked for when I was five!  It seems that some things we ask for are given and others are not.  How do we reconcile this assurance with our experience?

First, let’s look at what we are asking for.  Are we asking for what we truly need or for something that we think will fill an underlying need?   Perhaps our true desire is freedom, security, happiness, peace, love, and a deeper connection with Spirit. Additionally, asking is not intended to stand alone.  It is a first and essential step in a three-part prayer process.  Asking in prayer quiets the ego invoking a deeper connection with the Divine.  Asking clarifies our needs in our own minds and informs those who might be able to fulfill them.  

Part two is “Seek and you will find;” another assurance that God will provide.  What we are looking for will show up.   In the Gospel of Thomas, however, Jesus says “Seek and do not cease seeking UNTIL you find.” Seek UNTIL you find encourages persistence. In affirmative prayer, we seek or see only the good; only the answered prayer until it is made manifest.  If we are seeking peace, prosperity, or healing, what are we seeing?  What image are we holding?  See yourself as whole, healed, and peaceful UNTIL it is what you are experiencing.

Part three, “Knock and the door will be opened,” suggests a sound must be made. A knock is a loud noise announcing our presence.  To knock is to AFFIRM the truth in our own minds and in the universe.  It sets the stage for a door to be opened. But what is opened? Is it door number three where the pony is hiding? Or is it the door to our hearts and minds that opens allowing the creative power of God to flow through us?   

 It never hurts to ask. In fact, asking is the first and most vital key to invoking a connection with God and opening our hearts and minds to receive.  When combined with seeing only the answered prayer and affirming it as done, every door within us becomes open to receive. 

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity Minister, currently serving as the senior minister of Unity of Livonia, Livonia, MI 

A Miracle A Day

MIRACLES.dreamstime_xs_54350453Every day is filled with miracles. Some are profound like near-death experiences or the miracles of scripture.  Others are simple like the smile of an infant or a tiny flower pushing its way through volcanic ash. Miracles are all around us but often, we fail to see them.

What we call miracles are occurrences that seem to manipulate the laws of physics; making the impossible, possible.  But in Truth, they are the working out Spiritual Law revealing what was already there but not visible to our human eyes.

In my work as a graphic designer for automotive dealer announcement shows, I witnessed a great number of on-stage car reveals.  Although the cars seemed to miraculously appear, they were already there, just beneath the stage, or just beyond the smoke and mirrors.

Such are the miracles of life.  The smiling infant reminds us that there is joy, love and comfort just beneath the surface.  The budding flower in the unlikely setting of volcanic ash reminds us of the grand circle of life continuously renewing itself.  Witnessing miracles in everyday life fills us with a sense of wonder, connection and oneness.  Seeing what appears as miraculous expands our awareness of Spirit at work, perpetually making the invisible, visible.

Albert Einstein said “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”  Choosing the latter, we are reminded that miracles are everywhere and that even death is a miracle when we behold it as such.

Anita Moorjani, the author of “Dying to Be Me,” chose to return to earthly life following a near-death experience.  She now views the cancer that nearly killed her as a miracle that actually saved her life.  During her out-of-body experience, her vision expanded in every direction and she found she could be anywhere simply by thinking about it.  She thought about her brother and she was instantly beside him as he boarded a plane anticipating her death.  Wherever she focused her attention, there she was.

Wherever we focus our attention, there we are.  Choosing to live as if everything is a miracle requires that we focus our attention on the miracles all around us.  The apostle Paul said “…whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report…think on these things.” As we point our attention to miracles all around us, we experience the miraculous.  As we think upon these things we shift our own consciousness and that of the world aound us.  Commit yourself to living as though everything is a miracle.  Commit to looking for a miracle every day.  Focus your thoughts on what is is pure, what is lovely, what is miraculous, and there you are.  Think about a miracle today.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen Patra is the senior minister at Unity of Livonia.    To join Rev. Eileen in witnessing A Miracle A Day, please follow her Facebook page.