Active Living – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service Reflection

Active Living – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service Reflection

Active Living – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service

Written Reflection

Active Living

Seedling by Ray_Lac

We look to Nature to help us better understand the ways in which we can live as Spirit. Nature offers us a look at pure Spirit, no ego, no rule of the mind, just pure existence whether a tree or a bird, they simply are and live purely.

Today I thought we would reflect on the notion of Active Lively as it shows up in Nature.

Do you know that expression, Nature abhors a vacuum? It means if there is an empty space in Nature, Nature will absorb it.

Have you ever seen those photos of old abandoned towns and buildings that Nature reabsorbs with plants and trees? It’s really quite amazing and powerful when you think about.

That’s why the way many people garden is a challenge. Gardeners create manicured garden plots with bare soil. You know what Nature does with anything ‘bare?’ It fills it. It fills it with a plant, or a weed in the eyes of the gardener, but Nature is just doing what it does. Taking advantage of a bare space to continue to grow.

So I want you to think about that for a minute – Nature looks for the opportunities to keep itself growing and producing. Any bare spot it finds, it will grab and start growing there. Read more

Rooting to The Earth

Rooting to The Earth

Rooting to the Earth: Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service

RootingOur reflection today is on rooting ourselves to the Earth.

If we look to Nature with regard to being rooted to the Earth, Trees are the most obvious place where we can see the benefits and power in being rooted.

When I began looking to Nature for guidance and insight into how we can live more purely as Spirit, the first tool I augmented was that of Grounding.

During the grounding practice, we would send a beam of light down into the Earth and then put the beam of light on ‘release’ which allows for energy within us, that we don’t need anymore, to release through the grounding chord.

I started to make a shift after I had done my New Year Meditation several years ago. When I do my New Year Meditation, I begin by looking at the Earth to see what she is working on, because as part of the macro/micro, whatever she is working on, we will be working on in our own way. So during this meditation, the Earth showed me taking back her energy and no longer providing for humanity without anything given back. As the weeks went on and I continued to practice grounding to the Earth, I was increasingly aware of the fact that this tool was one-sided and there was nothing that the Earth received from me during this process. That’s when I began playing with the idea of rooting to the Earth instead. Read more

Conscious Food Choices – Animals in Our Lives

Conscious Food Choices – Animals in Our Lives

Conscious Choices –  Animals in Our Lives

Animals

Today is our monthly Animal Blessings Service and I want to talk about incongruities in the way we think, act and behave toward animals. Not all animals, just some animals and it predominantly stems from a level of unconsciousness.

Yesterday I noticed someone had posted on Facebook an article that was entitled something like ‘Scientists believe Lobsters May Feel Pain When Being Boiled.’

So let’s consider this – there isn’t a creature on the planet that I know of that doesn’t exhibit fight or flight behavior which indicates that they want to survive. They have a desire to be here, to preserve their own lives and the lives of their families.

That’s every animal that I can think of.

A lobster being boiled alive, whether it feels pain or not, is going to feel the need to escape, so it’s feeling something.

We love and demand ethical treatment for cats and dogs. We are disgusted by nations that eat horses and dogs; yet we don’t have the same awareness about our own behaviors.

I became a vegetarian when I was 22. I had gone to Disney World and was in their petting zoo. They had a cow there named ‘Minney Moo.’  As I stood at the fence to her pen she came over to me and nudged her head toward me. I put my hand out and she nudged her head under it. As I began petting her head, she closed her eyes and made a little sound of comfort.

It was clear to me that this animal had feelings, felt comfort, enjoyed being touched. The thought of then turning around and eating beef was disgusting to me.  I returned home a vegetarian.

That was more than 25 years ago.

Someone recently asked me ‘what the deal was with veganism?’ They understand someone being a vegetarian, but why veganism?’

Here’s the deal about veganism – where dairy is concerned, cows give birth and their babies are taken away from them so that the cow continues to give milk. The calves are typically killed or used for veal. So that’s why vegans don’t consume anything dairy related. The process of obtaining milk from a cow is unconsciousionable.  Dairy has been off my list for almost as long as meat.

Eggs? Factory farms are machines. The chickens’ only purpose is to lay eggs for our consumption. Several months ago, a chicken came to us for refuge. We aren’t sure where she came from, but she wasn’t well when she arrived. Her beak had been clipped, so she was most likely from a farm. The clipping was so she wouldn’t peck at the others. Just as I experienced with Minnie Moo, I learned that chickens are funny, they are smart, they recognize you, they like community and they certainly demonstrate an awareness of the life they live.  I no longer eat eggs now either.

What about honey? This one seems to be difficult for people to understand. They are bees, they make honey, what’s the big deal? Well, many honey purveyors, as they are only in it for the honey, will clean out the hives of all of the honey and leave the bees with sugar water for food. Not only is this unhealthy for the bees, it is indicative of one of the many things wrong with humanity; the belief that all things big and small are here for our benefit. Vegans believe that this is not true, that we should not be stealing honey form the bees, and especially, leaving them without anything.

So as we come together today to honor the animals of the world; let’s start by having greater awareness of our own behaviors.

For many people the food they eat is a place of unconsciousness. We only see the end product, so there is no connection to the animal that once was. We are disconnected from their life or their experience. But that’s unconsciousness, and we do this in many places in our lives.

When my son was four years old we spent 3 month walking to Summer Camp in NYC, there and back, and he would ask me where different foods came from. I would tell him. At the end of the 3 months he said to me ‘I don’t want to eat meat,’ and I said O.K.  I see this level of awareness in many kids today. They put two and two together. It doesn’t make sense to them, it doesn’t make sense to me.

I think we all have these pockets of unconsciousness in our lives and our opportunity, our challenge, is to be on the lookout for them, to constantly strive to shed light on our incongruities and to always stretch ourselves to grow.

Today is our Animal Blessings Service where we honor, celebrate and remember the animals in our lives.

Today is good day to bring greater awareness into your own choices.

Your ripple opportunity this week is to bring a deeper level of conscious awareness into your food choices. Choose what you choose, but from a place of awareness.

 

Rev Christine, Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service Reflection for August 7, 2016

 

Grow Wildly, Be Abundantly Green

Grow WildlyGrow Wildly, Be Abundantly Green: Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service Written Reflection and Archive

I was walking around our property yesterday and had to acknowledge that we have reached the heart of Summer. The Heart of Summer is that time when everything is so green and lush that growth is wild and abundant.

Everywhere you go on our property you will find flowers in bloom, bushes full with life and their greenness, and berries ripe on their vines. The songs of the birds are loud and playful and butterflies and other pollinators flit by. The night is taken over by croaking frogs and chirping crickets and the silent communication of the fireflies. No matter the time of day or night, life is full and present.

During Summer we can draw encouragement from the constant and sometimes wild growing that is going on around us. Nature never stops growing, and when given the right environment it will grow beyond our wildest imagination. Last year I planted day lilies, white sage and echinacea along the side of our house that gets full direct sun. The plants were relatively small, yet even newly planted they flowered and provided a lovely visual experience. This year the plants have all grown exponentially and the color explosion is amazing. Between the sun and the rain, they are flourishing. We can draw encouragement from that. If we offer ourselves the right environment, we too can grow exponentially and even grow wildly. Summer offers us that reminder.

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You Can Be Fear, or You Can Be Light, The Choice is Yours. Reflection for July 17, 2016

You Can Be Fear, or You Can Be Light, The Choice is Yours. Reflection for July 17, 2016

Light of Being Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service for July 17, 2016


A few weeks ago I took a look at what was going on energetically with humanity and the primary thing that I saw was a bottleneck of people trying to push through a hole to move from darkness into light. That darkness is made up of fear.

I was guided to speak about the hermetic principle of Mentalism today – the notion that what we think is what we create.

I once heard a scientist complain about ‘new age’ people talking about ‘different realities’ because he insisted that there is only one reality. It was a funny tirade in-and-of itself because his perception was indeed his own reality, one in which the composition of the world resulted in a definitive structure unquestionable by anyone.   Through our minds we conjure up what the world looks like and ultimately is. How I see a tree, is different from how you see a tree. The color red is my mind’s understanding of the color red. Each of our worlds is created by our own minds; what we see, how we see it, how we interpret it, that all becomes the essence of our individual worlds or realities.

If your world is open and expansive, you experience life in that way. If your world is closed and constricted, you experience life in that way. Read more

Soaring – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service – July 3, 2016

Soaring – Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service – July 3, 2016

Soaring: Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service July 3 2016

Soaring

Soaring – today’s reflection from Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service.

This past week we had some intense weather which included high winds, heavy thunderstorms and tornado watches.

As the weather cleared, the winds remained a bit stronger than usual.

I happened to catch two pigeons flying and was amazed at their ability to utilize the wind to soar with little effort. I know it isn’t always like that for our feathered friends. Sometimes I seem them flying head long into strong winds and battling the forces of nature. But at this moment, it was pure beauty to see these two pigeons using the wind to soar.

I found myself thinking about birds and their ability to fly. These two were so at ease, slightly shifting their wings to lift and glide and eventually gently land at their chosen destination, but my thoughts turned to ‘did they learn this? Or is it instinctual?’ I have seen baby birds learning to fly, so I think that it isn’t something they just ‘know,’ but it does seem to be something they quickly get the hang of. Read more

The Solitude of Nature

The Solitude of Nature

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
George Gordon Byron (Lord Byron)

This Sunday, Nature’s Sanctuary Sunday Service focuses on The SolitudeofNatureSolitude of Nature.

Often solitude is associated with loneliness but solitude can also be the peace that comes from finding some quiet, alone time. Read more