Are You Waiting?

In my heart, I am embracing the idea of living in the unknown. I never quite understood what it meant as I do now in this time of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

In my past, I would make plans, set goals, get up every morning and do what I do. I knew the sun would rise. When I went to sleep at night, I trusted that my workplace would be there the next day. I worked toward goals that I knew I would fulfill. I knew if I worked hard enough in school, I would walk down the aisle in a graduation with my friends and family cheering me on. I knew that when I went to the doctor, I could expect a certain type of visit and physical exam. I knew that when I woke up in the morning, I could spontaneously choose to go out to breakfast at my favorite restaurant. I anticipated trips to see my family, and knew when I paid for my ticket, I’d get on an airplane and I would arrive to the hugs of those I loved.

However, as I think of it all now, all the things I have mentioned above were not knowns. Although fooled into thinking, perhaps, that each had a likely outcome, I would say that I have lived a life of a false known, until now.

After the seeming unexpected coming of COVID 19, birthed from the ethers of space and time, through what I believe is consciousness, everything changed and the truth unveiled itself. I really do not know what is happening next. It seems I am suspended in space and time waiting. Suddenly, I am thrust into a world where I am waiting for someone or something to tell me it is okay to proceed and I’m not sure when that “okay” will come. I am in an unknown that is reliant on some outside source. I do not like it one bit.

As I sit here waiting for the days of quarantine to be over, for the slow opening of places of business, for the children to be able to go back to school, and for CSL Kaua`i to be given permission to open, I sit in the unknown. Will I be able to move freely without my mask? And, someday, when that happens, what then? I must be healed now. I must consciously proceed to know in the unknown, in the quiet of inaction.

So now,  I ask myself the question: Am I waiting to live as I want to live? Am I still using my consciousness to plan my life in spite of what I see in the world of effects? Am I taking this idea of the unknown and really using it to maximize what I know is the truth: that the unknown is the most powerful place because it is the true place of unlimited potential? Am I truly living there or am I still waiting for a signal from the outside that everything is okay?

I ponder and contemplate this and ask myself this question everyday to make sure I am not getting swept into the consciousness of waiting.  I am truly pondering what my life is now and deepening my knowing of who I am, because I believe that who I believe I am will be the determining factor in the life I live now and from this place forward.

Do I know that Infinite Intelligence dwells in and as me? Do I know that I have a power that when called upon by me can do anything I set my mind to? When Jesus said, “In my Father’s house, there are many mansions,” he wasn’t talking about physical houses. He was talking about planes of consciousness. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt for myself that how I choose to experience this world now, will be according to my consciousness.

The most important thing is what I choose to experience. I can choose the world of conspiracies. I can choose the world of unlimited potential in the present moment. I can build my own world of love or I can sink to the depths of despair. I can raise my vibration to a level of attracting like vibration or I can sink down into depression. I know that it is my choice or I would not be a spontaneous spiritual being. The world is to me what I think it is.

In the Seminar Lectures, one of the later books of mystic and teacher, Ernest Holmes, he wrote, “The Absolute is the relative at the level of the of the relative.” This means that everything and everyone is expressing the Absolute, another word for the Infinite Field, God, at the level of their consciousness. There is no such thing as this and the Absolute. Everything is created from the same thing according to the Cause aback of it. There is something in the soil of creation that give us back exactly what we put into it whether it is a rose seed or a tomato seed.

What does your relative world look like to you? What are you experiencing? You are experiencing what you are equal to in consciousness or the seed you are planting. This is only good news to me. I am watching people thrive during this time and I am watching people crash. We are all consciousness and we all experiencing the effects of our consciousness uniquely.

I am making sure where my consciousness is and I am making sure it is not based on anything anyone else tells me. I am creating my next moment now. Is this easy? Not always, but I know it is possible My freedom as a conscious being is the freedom of choice, the freedom that flows through me as an attitude that infiltrates my experience.

Trained thought is more powerful than untrained thought, wrote Ernest Holmes. I train my thought through the use of Spiritual Mind Treatment.  I am determined to be hardwired for joy and success now, not when I think everything matches up to that consciousness. I know that I am in charge of my mental household. Ernest Holmes wrote: “I conquer my mental household and cast out all fear and doubt. Let my Word cast out all sense of fear and doubt and let my thoughts be lifted through the Spirit that lives within and as me. My word shall guard my thought and make me receive only that which is Good and Perfect. I control my life.”

We control our life through the control of our thoughts and the ability to change our beliefs about ourselves and our world. These are the building blocks of our consciousness.

The mystics of all ages have always stated,  “Know Thyself.” I am my most powerful because I am God. That is how I choose to know myself. God is love. God is all Power and God is in everything. We are each that All that Is.

The Homestretch is defined as the portion of a racetrack from the last turn to the finish line or the last moments of any endeavor. What I know about the homestretch from running a marathon or in any difficult endeavor is that it is when you give your best, your most energy. We are in that place right now in our evolution as a species. We are in the homestretch. It is the time finally to give our best. We are stretching ourselves further than we ever have before in our own unique way. The Absolute showing up in our relative experience is letting us know just how much we are stretching.

We are born to grow and we should know that we can always grow and stretch a little more right from where we are. Our conscious grows as we learn to rely on the All that is, which is right where we are. As Ernest Holmes wrote, “The Universe is inexhaustible; It is limitless. It knows no bounds and has no confines. We are not depending on a reed shaken by the wind, but on the Principle of Life Itself, for all that we have or ever shall need. It is not some power, or a great power, it is ALL POWER. All we have to do is to believe, never wavering, no matter what happens. As we do this, we shall find that things are steadily coming our way and that they are coming without that awful effort which destroys the peace of mind of the majority of the race. We know that there can be no failure in God’s Mind, and this Mind is the Power on which we are depending.”

This is the truth of what we are working with, of what is possible, of who we are. If we needed to start anywhere, this is the place. I invite us to stop waiting, to stop looking outside of ourselves and to look within for the infinite gift of ourselves, our consciousness and the unlimited scope of which we can stretch it home and upward.

In Love and Truth,

Rev. Rita


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