“It was at this point that Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that afterward were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.”
Even if you’re not familiar with ‘The Hobbit,’ by JRR Tolkien, I’m sure you can still relate to that quote. “He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone…” speaks to one of those moments in our lives where that which is to be overcome is not that which is without, but that which is within ourselves, something with its toes dug deep into fear. Something that holds us back from stepping fully into ourselves.
Welcome to Unity. This is what we teach here. Rising above our limitations into the fullest expression of who and what we are. We support each other on Sunday mornings and in classes, in small groups and while in service to our community. We dialogue and share and explore and inspire each other so that we can each do the real work, that real work which takes place in our own consciousness.
And that work can only be done by each one of us, “in the tunnel, alone”.
It takes courage. It takes real bravery to go up against our most cherished beliefs, our own fire breathing dragons, and question them: Do you serve me still? Do you support me in being my best and bravest and highest self? My highest expression of God as me? It takes courage to meet our fears, look them in the eye and embrace them, and see that they no longer serve us.
As we do so, we come closer, step by step, to knowing with absolute unshakeable, unwavering certainty that we are One with an Infinite God. That we cannot be outside of Infinite. And as we move closer to that unwavering certainty of knowing, of being-ness, we know with increasing steadfastness that All That God is, we are.
As we more deeply remember that we are One with Infinite Life, we come to know that we can draw on the One well of Wisdom, the One well of Life, the One well of Creativity, the One well of Love, the One well of Intelligence and that we can draw and draw and draw upon this well and never exhaust it.
Boundless and infinite, It is the source of us, the source of all. Bask in that for a moment if you will. Really take it in. That inexhaustible Love is the source of You! That boundless Wisdom is the Source of You! In that dark tunnel, where you encounter that which holds you back, know that the same immense Power that moves the planets in perfect harmony is the Source of You.
From that place in consciousness, we come to know that we have all that we need within us to meet whatever it is that is before us, for all that we could ever possibly need is what sources us.