Faith moves us from feelings of despair into trusting God’s goodness. Reading, learning and practicing spiritual strategies helps us find hope and strength to continue working through stressful times.
Spiritual tools help us see our stressful world, yet position our conscious minds to know something better is coming. Positive thinking spiritually lifts us from a perspective of hurtful defeat.
At this time in history, fear of the unknown, isolation and worry can make us feel overwhelmed. If you use social media, chances are you see stressful negative posts from others, too.
It’s not the end of the world, even if it feels like it. History is filled with difficult times, but the world did not end then, and neither will it now.
We are seven months into a worldwide pandemic, and experiencing the most chaotic presidential campaign in this country’s 244-year history. Students are learning online. Some workers at home may not return to their place of employment. Families avoid gathering to halt spread of infection. Life is uncertain.
My mom and I laughed about building a tent with a sheet, as kids do, and hiding inside until the pandemic — and election — are over. It sounds like a way to experience peace and calm.
For me, the first couple of days in October threw any peace and calm right out the window.
I watched in disbelief as educated people who knew they had been exposed to a once-in-a-lifetime worldwide pandemic went about without face masks. For me it was surreal!
Living life as a spiritual walk, we raise our thinking to be in balance with the actions of another. In the past seven months, I have been watchful spread of a virus with the potential to make people very ill or die. I was careful of my actions. To hear that others knew they had been exposed and chose not to take precautions to protect others — well, I felt that emotion more on a soul level.
People acted as if it was business as usual, yet 215,000 have died and many more will live with disease damage for the rest of their lives.
To be balanced and stay on my path of spiritual goodness and positive thinking required extra time in prayer and meditation. Think back to March when our only wellness weapon was to stay home and stay safe. If you went out and were exposed to this coronavirus, the directions were to quarantine yourself for 14 days. Why would someone think their desire was more important than the lives of others they might infect?
It defies spiritual logic that anyone would choose to share a once-in-a-lifetime virus with others without their permission.
It might be too big for me, but it’s not too big for God, so I had a chat with God. I explained that I can forgive their trespasses as well as my own trespasses against their choices. But, God, we need some teamwork to keep this virus from finding people as hosts!
This is of personal importance to me because I have elderly parents, a church to run, daily posts and columns to create supporting others with spiritual goodness. In my home is an elementary teacher. Every day, 31 fourth-grade students and 62 parents rely on her to teach the children so they can be successful in life. Unity’s Children’s Church meets every Saturday through Zoom meetings and they depend on her.
God, it’s time for you to correct this!
When living as a spiritual walk, we still question what society is doing. It is important to take the higher road, which is the expression of positive, loving thoughts. But, when it defies Jesus’ teachings, which we know on a soul level, it’s time to dig into our spiritual tools and spend time cleansing our soul.
2 Timothy 3:2-5 (ESV) says, “But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
If one of your spiritual tools is a book,open it to any page. Chances are you will find exactly what can free you from the materialization of this physical world. It will enliven your faith center, expand your thinking, and provide awareness of being supported by life itself. This is taking the higher road — a spiritual walk.
We have entered a new era. Be at peace knowing the balance you seek was granted to others before you. Trust history, have faith, harmonize your consciousness to all that is happening in and around you.
Looking forward to enjoying the new era with you!
Linda La Croix Is the Unity Director & Prayer Chaplain at Unity of Lake Orion Find positive and uplifting posts on her Facebook Page: A Spiritual Walk or Aspiritualwalk.com.