“… and when you have the willingness to accept who you are, you become aware of an internal flame that burns with a fire that is unquenchable. It’s your acceptance that dispels fears and inadequacies.” Gregge Tiffen (Open Secrets: Sacred Passageways, December 2011)
As I continued my year-end reflections this week, my attention turned to faith, and Gregge’s words seemed to summarize my interpretation of The Force in the current Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.
The Force is not some ‘thing out there’. Rather it is our inner knowing of the power we have each and every one been given in this Universe. Perhaps the success of the Star Wars franchise over the decades is that it reminds us of who we are by touching that place within us that knows the truth of our power, a truth that seems forgotten by so many.
Its seed is within us all. As you ring in 2016, I invite you to join me in nourishing your faith in the 365 days that lie ahead.
Perhaps this prayer, one of my favorites of Gregge’s writing, will support you to deepen your faith in you and in understanding just how important you are in the Universal scheme of things.
Let me never forget how important I am to the Universal Picture. Without me there would be a blank space where there should be color.
Let me understand that the challenges of life are just that and not battles. I am not out there to win or to loose, only to develop my skills as an on-going student in an omnipotent school.
Let me understand that the difference between people is one of the wondrous realities of an infinite Universe. Giving those differences space to be is far more important than comparing them to my set of beliefs.
Let me be proud of what I do. To whatever my hand touches, let me remind myself that it was my effort that added to the result. Perfection is not my goal. Creativity is.
Let me remind myself that most of what I take seriously about myself also qualifies for a good laugh. Let me remember to be kind to myself. Loving companions are one of life’s treats, but they are not responsible for my care. Self-kindness can heal almost any hurt.
Let me take responsibility as a gift and not a burden. Within that effort is the grandest sense of accomplishment I could achieve.
Let me be patient with life. Nature does not produce the flower before the roots have taken hold. If I recognize that the place I am in is the right place at the right time, it will always be the right place at the right time.
Gregge Tiffen (The Significance of Beginning, January 2007)