Last night, one of our Practitioners at CSL Kaua’i, RoseAnne Jones gave a presentation on the great mind and person – Ralph Waldo Emerson. She had a great passion for him and it showed up in her presentation. It was contagious and I left with a deeper love and value for this great spiritual being – Waldo.

Much of Waldo’s early life was filled with trials and loss. However, it did not deter him from his Idealist view and standing for the dignity and wholeness of humanity. It did not deter him from, not just speaking, but acting from a new paradigm in a world caught and cemented in old ways. He really was a quantum thinker. He lived his life and wrote from a new world view.

One story particularly stuck with me and when I heard it I wept. His Concord Library had caught fire in 1872. Louisa May Alcott, his friend and fellow Transcendentalist rushed to his side to offer support and told him how sorry she was for what was happening. She wrote  this:

“When Emerson’s library was burning at Concord, I went to him as he stood with the firelight on his strong, sweet face, and endeavored to express my sympathy for the loss of his most valued possessions, but he answered cheerily,    ‘Never mind, Louisa, see what a beautiful blaze they make! We will enjoy that now.’”   

Now, I don’t know about you, but this one statement tells it all. It brought tears to my eyes – tears of deep recognition of Truth. It brought home the concept of being in the moment, finding the beauty in life at its worst, and being really present with oneself in the midst of what would send some of us into a downward spiral of which we would take years to lift ourselves out of.

I am so grateful for my own resilient spirit. I am so grateful for my ability to find the good where it is – everywhere. I am so grateful for all the experiences of life – sometimes seemingly sad, but always just that – experiences that are my soul’s journey on the way to Reality.

It isn’t really a physical path getting to Reality. It is a state of mind. Reality is here. It is living in the present with intention, clarity and a surrender to our True Divine Identity. It happens when we allow ourselves to leap out of the old familiar ways that no longer serve us. It’s not about going through life trying to avoid the mine fields along the way. It’s about bringing our Divine Power to everything that we encounter in life and walking through it from that place. Waldo was an example of that to me in that moment of his loss.

There is more to us than all the things we collect in life and all the wisdom of the world can never be taken from us. It lies within us.

I give gratitude for RoseAnne Jones RScP who brought us Waldo last night. That was her goal and she accomplished it.

Love and Aloha,

Rev. Rita



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