By Alli Mifflin-Groce, Communications Team Member
I am honored as always to share with my Unity CommUNITY. Today I get to share about one of my favorite topics, book studies! I was asked to share about my experiences in the Point of Power book study facilitated by our own LUT (Licensed Unity Teacher) in training Birdie Shawker. If you have never attended one of the many classes, book studies, meditations, or special events offered by Unity of SA, I truly hope you will in the future. Not only are these fantastic ways to meet like-minded seekers in our community, but they are also amazing opportunities for spiritual growth and connection. These connections may be internal as well as external. I have learned so much about myself and my path by expanding my heart, mind, and soul while participating in many of these activities.
Fellowship is, I believe, an integral part of any spiritual journey even those taken alone. In the book Point of Power Rev. Paul Hasselbeck begins by illustrating how there are many parts or (selves) within each of us that determine how we approach life. These selves range from our purest “heart centered” self to the “assumed” self-based solely on the perceptions of others. To say the least (and without too many spoilers) there’s a lot going on inside each of us on a daily basis. These different parts of us sometimes make it very difficult to decipher our own thoughts and feelings, much less communicate with anyone else effectively.
When Rev. Paul calls each of us a Point of Power what he wants us to realize that by doing the work to interpret all of these aspects of our personality, we access our Divine Power. This can truly affect change from within. Citing the Law of Mind Action, Rev. Paul reminds us that we alone have to power to decide how external events will affect us and how far an errant thought will take us. Let’s be honest for a moment. What would happen if we dwelt upon, or worse, acted on, every thought we have while sitting in rush hour traffic or waiting in line at the grocery store? That’s a world I don’t want to think about.
This is where fellowship comes into action. We are often given Divine opportunities to sit down with a trusted loved one for a heart to heart. Sometimes we are even able to hash things out with a difficult rival. But how often do we sit down and have a heart talk with ourselves? I believe that each of our “selves” has something important to say. Something that speaks to a deeper desire, meaning or purpose for each of us. For example, maybe that grouchy voice that’s chanting about how much they hate traffic is suggesting that we take a different route? Or accept that job offer closer to home? Perhaps it’s recognizing that we have a long commute that could be put to better use? Better uses might include prayer, meditation, or denials and affirmations. Other examples might include audio journaling, catching up with friends or loved ones, dictating your first novel or memoirs, just to name a few.
I myself am learning so much from Rev. Paul’s warm gentle humor and honest, heartfelt storytelling that I couldn’t possibly share it all in one article. There is an important takeaway from Rev. Paul’s work and our class discussions for me. It’s that only when I take a moment to check in with “me, myself and I” (so to speak) do I truly see myself as the Point of Power. I was created to be a Point of Power, Divine and whole in all of my selves. I can choose which thoughts I will continue to give power to, and which I will release. This “inner fellowship” I’ve discovered? It doesn’t get more empowering than that to me!