Last Sunday at SPIRITMUV, we had a great time shaking the dust off our feet.
We shook off fear.
We shook off resentment.
We shook off distractions.
We shook off worries.
We followed the teachings of Jesus Christ and shook off anyone and anything not in alignment with our greatest good.
In Mark 6:8-13, the scripture teaches us that Jesus instructed his twelve disciples as they went around teaching from village to village that if “any place will not welcome [them] or listen to [them], leave that place and shake the dust off [their] feet as a testimony against them.”
Shaking off the dust gives us the freedom to rid ourselves of relationships that are toxic; mistakes that we believe we made; illnesses that seem to persist; habits that are bad for us; lousy memories of the past; jobs that don’t allow us to grow; bitterness, arrogance, resentment, frustration, misery, pain – anything that blocks us from experiencing the best.
Jesus tells us to release these things because if we don’t they will suck the life out of us. Even our adversaries should be agreed with quickly because otherwise, we give them dominion and power over us. If we are giving our energy to our so-called issues – as opposed focusing on our divine ideas, we are not open and receptive to the Good that God is trying to bless us with.
We pile up so much in our lives as we move through the day-to-day moments of expression. We take so much for granted. We don’t even see the full expansion of life that we have been blessed with because we are so busy going through the motions of existence — that it is not until we slow down to clean the debris that has collected that we remember we are here.
We are here — we are actually part of an incredible magnificent creative process that is remarkably filled with divine ideas and endless energy and abundant beauty and magical grace. We are here — not just to collect issues and problems and challenges but to be part of the powerful unfolding of something greater.
That’s what the New Year acknowledges. It reminds us to clean up, to take stock, to make lists, to chart goals, to re-commit, to promise ourselves to remember that we are here — not to just go through the motions but to get up off our individual and collective butts and do something with our lives — to be that better person, to raise our grades, to finish what we started, to begin something new, to chart our course, to reach for the stars, to have the courage to do what we have always wanted to do.
We teach Genesis as the beginning of all beginnings — falling to realize that God didn’t just create a world in seven days and stop. God is constantly creating through us. The New Year reminds us of this awesome responsibility — that God unfolds as we create through the infinite power of all that God is. The New Year gives us new canvas, new colors, new brushes, new sounds, new music, new movements, new drums, new keys, new beats.
The truth is — as Jesus says, it is written in our laws — that we are gods — more Spirit than flesh, endowed with the unlimited capacity to create — blessed with the creative vision to imagine our good and watch it take shape — given the ability to speak into existence whatever we want to see take shape in our lives.
We are the God that we pray to — Think about that. Think about what you would do for you if you really believed that you were praying to yourself.
What if you really believed that you were here to give unlimited expression to our Oneness with the divine power of creation? You would shake the dust off your feet and move forward with your life – strong, radiant and rich with the unlimited good that God has blessed you with.
Jesus is teaching us to do just that – to realize that the God in us frees us from everything in our humanness that is blocking the flow of Spirit, or our good, of our divine energy; to stop second-guessing our divine potential; to realize that whatever needs to take shape is already manifesting; to trust that the Universe will give us the guidance that we need whenever we ask for it; to know that God is always sending us the ideas and the people and the situations that we need to do what we are called to do — and that we should never limit ourselves to a particular channel.