Finding Clarity No Matter What!

This posting is about spiritual principle delivered at times with words your spiritual leader may not be using at your Sunday morning service. If that offends you, please move on to another blog posting. Thanks!

In Spirit, Truth, and Playfulness,
Rev. Dr. Terry Drew Karanen

I awoke this morning confused, unsettled, and anxious. From what I see on social media and hear from friends I’m apparently not alone. But that’s not the way I live my life.

When these feelings arise – and it happens to all of us at some point – we have two choices:

Buy into the feelings, ruin our day, and fuel the fires raging around us,

or

Step back, take a breath, and know the truth.

The truth, beloveds, is that we are in the midst of a shit show of an experience. At the very least COVID-19 and the over-stressed health systems around the world in first, second, and third world countries has turned our lives upside down.

How can we find our foundation, our source, our truth, in the midst of what seems to be constant confusion?

Step back, take a breath, and know the truth.

Fine. “But how the hell am I supposed to DO that?” you may be asking yourself.

Having a routine, spiritual practice, especially in the face of the challenges of COVID-19 centers us, provides stability, and allows us to move forward with confidence, even in the face of adversity.

I don’t know what that routine is for you, but I would like to share what it was for me this morning – or rather how my normal routine was adapted to the situation.

My actions this morning were a series of things, but I always, always, ALWAYS, start with spiritual mind treatment. This morning, however, that treatment was my standard, go-to-in-the-midst-of-a-crisis, “Goddamnit” treatment I learned from the late Rev. Helen Street when I was a ministerial student:

Goddamnit I deserve to know the TRUTH in this!

God is in charge and all is well!

You won’t find that in the Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes, but I assure you it’s effective. I can imagine Emma Curtis Hopkins saying it, but I digress.

Next I got up, made coffee, fed the cats, dressed to go outside (it’s still cold here in south central Pennsylvania) to get the Sunday paper and something out of the freezer for my family for breakfast, but all the while repeating Helen’s treatment. If nothing else, it made me smile.

Then I took my coffee and self to my office, pulled out my Gratitude Journal, and wrote down all the things for which I am grateful. I received the clarity I needed to move on to yet another day where life can be about, if you and I choose to allow it, buying into a barrage of negative thinking and conflicting news.

Again, having a routine, a spiritual practice, especially in the face of the challenges of COVID-19 centers us, provides stability, and allows us to move forward with confidence, even in the face of adversity.

My regular subscribers and readers know about my Grandma Esther, and the book I released in 2017 about her life and wisdom. If you would like a brief respite from CNN or Facebook, click here for the full, unabridged chapter about “Clarity.” I hope it will bring a smile to your face.

Know that you are loved, that you are in my treatments, and that God IS in charge and all is well, even if that may not be apparent to us at times.

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