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CLAIM YOUR GOOD By Cecilia Loving

One of the most profound spiritual teachers of our times once said, “Don’t ask what the New Year has in store for you, instead affirm what you have in store for the New Year.”  The first time I heard the late Eric Butterworth say this was at the beginning of the New Year in 1986, when I  started attending the Unity Center of New York City’s Sunday Worth-Ship Services at Avery Fisher Hall.  I had studied Unity’s spiritual teachings since 1974 in Detroit, but that New Year’s Service marked the beginning of my commitment to join a spiritual community.   My life changed forever.  Every year since 1986, I have reflected upon Eric’s prophetic lesson:  “You don’t need to go to a fortune teller.  You don’t need a crystal ball.  Instead of asking someone what the future has in store for you, you need to decide what you have in store for the future.” 

 Every year we need to remind ourselves of these words, to take charge of our lives.   Every year, we need a new spiritual tune-up.   We need to take stock of whether we are in alignment with God’s divine purpose — or simply going through the motions.  So this year, Spiritmuv members are spending the first few months dedicated to Spiritual Fitness.  We have a new Spiritual Fitness Journal to use as a tool to keep the promises that we make to ourselves this year. We plan to dig deep into our God-appointed goals and re-prioritize our lives like never before.  We will get focused by being obedient to the Holy Spirit. 

 We know that if we haven’t seen the changes that we want to take place in our lives, it is only because we haven’t chosen to do so.  We have asked Spirit to reveal our life’s purpose and have committed to moving forward in the direction of our goals.  We know that God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves.  We are living witnesses that God will show us a way out of no way.  Spirit will bless us with the right people and resources and ideas to do the work that we are appointed to do.  No matter how old we are, if we are present in this life form, it is because God has anointed we are a blessing to others. 

 This is the year to stop second-guessing our divine potential; to stop spending our energy telling everybody else what we plan to do; to stop talking about what everybody else is doing; to stop being jealous of what someone else has; to stop doing anything that doesn’t contribute to our greatest good. This is the year to know that God is an awesome God that cannot fail.  This is the year to know that God’s Kingdom is not here or there; it is within us. 

 This is the year to stop being preoccupied with what you will wear and what you will drink and what you eat.  Jesus tried to teach us not to become lost in superficial things.  If we seek first the Kingdom of God — if we tap in and turn on the power of God within us, all that we need will be provided.  Let’s give our energy to God’s seeds of infinite growth and vision, live a life with integrity and purpose, and transcend the appearances of lack by giving thanks for the abundance of Divine Source. 

This is the year to not merely knock on the door of God’s Kingdom of unlimited good, but to go in — to drink from that well-spring of joy and carry its divine vibration in our heart.  This is the year to love.  Love like there was nothing else.  And we will find that God will meet us on the path of our faith.  The things that we once believed were impossible will come to fruition.  The dreams that we once whispered with caution will awaken us with praise.  This is the year to give with our heart, mind and soul to whatever we want to see take shape. 

 Have no doubt that when you exercise the love and faith of your divine will, the Universe will manifest your divine desires.  This is the future that we affirm for you:  one that realizes that Spirit is constantly moving to manifest your unlimited victory and infinite blessings of peace and success. 

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

 

 

NOT JUST FOR COLORED GIRLS ONLY By Cecilia Loving

For Colored Girls FourTyler Perry’s superb resurrection of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf reminds us that its message is not just for colored girls.  It is a lesson for all of us — that God is not merely in us, but God is the divine energy that keeps co-creating as us, that part of us that  continues to be transformed by the Spirit revealing pure possibility as us.  No matter what our challenges are, we are not here in this experience that we call “life” to just go through the motions.  We are not just here to flirt with life but to be better than ourselves by allowing God to use us.

So what is holding us back?  Are we — like Ntozake Shange wrote — “half notes scattered without rhythm/no tune”?  Are we “distraught laughter fallin’ over our shoulder”?  Are “we whispering don’t tell nobody?  don’t tell a soul — because we [just] dancing on beer can and shingles”? Do we even realize that the Love of God embraces us with a joy that runs from the bottom of our feet to the top of our heads?  Do we even know that the magnitude of God radiates through us as the glorious light of truth and the everlasting energy of divine ideas?

In the Book of Matthew, the 6th Chapter, the 8th Verse, it says that God knows what we have need of before we even ask.  The good that we seek is already part of the endless energy of God.  The only person standing in the way of that good is us — when we give our power away to people and events and the appearances of stuff.

As Loretta Divine, the Lady in Green from Perry’s For Colored Girls movie, says “somebody almost walked off with alla my stuff — not my poems or a dance i gave up in the street — but somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff — like a kleptomaniac workin hard and forgettin while stealin — this is mine!  this ain’t your stuff!”  The question that Ntozake so ingeniously raises is how do we keep our stuff — and baptize it in the Spirit and fill it with the Holy Ghost power of who we are — so that we can grow and soar as a divine expression of God?

I believe that Thandi Newton, the Lady in Yellow in Perry’s For Colored Girls, hits it on the head when she says: “bein alive & bein a woman [and I add bein’ a man] & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma i haven’t quite conquered yet/ do you see the point that my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender…”  Our spirits are too ancient to understand that we can’t drag around misery.  That doesn’t belong to us.  We can’t give our power to being victims.  That ain’t good enough for us.  We can’t worry about what somebody -sposed to be doin.’  That’s too toxic for us.   We have to realize that who we are in the flesh is a compliment to who we are in the Spirit.  We have to recognize that we are the good in everything that we experience.

We need to breathe good into everything and everyone just like the sugar that you put in something to make it sweet.  We need  to sweeten our consciousness.  The difference with spiritual sweetness or goodness is that it doesn’t backfire with excess calories or fat or diabetes.  It is all good for this reason: you will get out of everything what you put into it.  So we are going to make a conscious effort to put good into every situation.  The metaphysical dilemma, you see, is that someone else has painted us as weak, when we are strong.  Someone else has painted us as less than, when we are more than worthy.  Someone else claims to have the power when the power is in God.

We need to keep our mind stayed on God and move on.  The Lady in Blue from For Colored Girls says: “one thing i don’t need is any more apologies.  i got sorry greeting me at my front door.  you can keep yours . . . iI can’t get to the clothes in my closet for alla the sorries . . . .i’m gonna do exactly what i want to & i won’t be sorry for none of it.”  In other words,  I am not about wrath.  I am not about vengeance.  I am not about regret.  I am not about holding onto who you are in consciousness because I am liberating, freeing, empowering who I am in the Spirit — and I am not sorry for any of it.   Because when I can’t release your crap, it becomes my crap. I am bigger than you — the hell in you, the craziness in you, the disrespect in you!  So, here’s what I’m gonna do:  I am going to forgive all of your nonsense seventy times seven, and I’m going let it go.

We need to radiate the love within.  For Colored Girls demonstrates something very important — that the love that each one of the women needed, they had within.  They said — “my love is too beautiful to have thrown back in my face; my love is too sanctified to have thrown back in my face; my love is too magic to have thrown back in my face; my love is too music to have thrown back in my face.”  We relate to love on a human level — based on what we give and receive.  But on a spiritual level, love is not giving or receiving — love  simply is.  We evolve in it.  We create out of it.  We are reborn in it.  We are sanctified by it.  We are saved as it.  Love is the only  salvation that there is.  It doesn’t worry about receiving because it is constantly giving.  It doesn’t worry about giving because it is always being blessed.  There is nothing that it needs or lacks because Love is divine source.

We need to praise our power.  Prayer works because it realizes that its deliverance is part of the divine order of the universe.  Prayer works because it is not simply us speaking, it is Absolute Good.  As soon as we ask, we begin the process of receiving.  The only way that we shut the door — is by not believing.  When we give praise and thanks for the manifestation of our good, then we allow it to take shape.

What people rarely focus on in For Colored Girls is that at the end of the play, it says “& for this is for colored girls who have considered suicide/ BUT are moving to the ends of their own rainbows.” (Emphasis Added.)  You see, they are not tragically ending life but have come to the realization that they are the covenant between humanity and God — all the colors of the rainbow.  When we realize that we can breathe good into everything; when we know that nobody has the power to walk off with all of our stuff;  when we radiate the love within;  when we praise our power — we watch life give shape to us — a more spectacular us than we could ever imagine.  And then, only then can we say —  “i found god in myself, and i loved her[/him] fiercely.”

 i saw good radiating from me like endless streams of light bouncing off the edge of all possibility.
just as my stuff was about to walk off, i realized that it was mine, and i claimed it!
i began again and witnessed my own love as the ultimate salvation.
and just as i was about to give up, i saw prayers swinging from trees and heard blessings break branches and scatter to the wind, answering everyone and everything, saying nothing is impossible.

 i moved to the end of my rainbow, and i was born again!  

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

 

DEMONSTRATING OUR GOOD: CONNECTING WITH THE SOURCE By Cecilia Loving

Matthew 7:7-8 reminds us that we have the power to demonstrate our good.  In fact, Jesus explains just how simple it is.  “Ask,” he says, “and it will be given to you.”  He says, “Seek, and you will find.”  And just in case, you don’t get that, he says “knock and the door will be opened to you.”  Yet, we over-complicate things.  We deny the power of God’s image and likeness.  We suffocate our good with constant worries.  We say that we are devout followers of the Word and yet, we still complain about the appearances of things.  We undermine God’s absolute good, even though the Universe begins the process of demonstrating it as soon as we ask.

As Tyler Perry said in his recent performance of Madea’s Big Happy Family at Madison Square Garden, God has a geographical positioning system that clicks on as soon as we ask.  In the big “GPS” of life, God zooms in our good and begins to direct us to exactly where it is located.  The major challenge that we face is that things may not happen when we want them to.  The person who we thought was Mr. or Mrs. Right wasn’t the one at all.  We don’t get the job that we thought was perfect for us.  The money that we anticipated does not manifest when we believed it would.  The apartment that we hoped that we would remain in forever is destroyed by a storm.  Just when we were soaring to the height of our fitness goals, a health challenge presents itself.

We seemed to be on the right course, headed in the right direction.  But as soon as we thought we were well under way, we hit a pothole.  But delay doesn’t mean that our prayers are not being answered.  It doesn’t mean that we have strayed off course.  It simply means that we may not arrive when we anticipated.  But we will be in our right place, at our right time, in perfect divine order.  It means that in order to recognize Mr. Right, we have to first meet Mr. Wrong.  It means that in order for us to be directed to the best, God needs to close a few doors first.  It means that our manna is flowing to us from channels that we cannot even imagine. It means that there is a better living environment awaiting us.  It means that we have to slow down, and listen to our bodies.

We are not only blessed by what we ask for but by the process of its manifestation.  The journey blesses us, as well as our final destination.  We never are who we were when we set out.  We deepen our faith by allowing God to do whatever is necessary to help our dreams take shape.  We learn to believe by growing in trust.  A detour is not a sign to throw in the towel but a push to move us beyond our comfort zones — to go where we least expected, to reach for something that we never imagined.

Life is a teacher of endless possibilities and a universe of unlimited source.  We are connected to infinite channels of good, not merely connected to the one that we had the capacity to imagine.  We have to be fooled sometimes, only so we learn not be a fool.  We have to be outsmarted, so that we become smart.  We have to remain silent, so that we learn when to speak up.  Our good may not look as perfect as we anticipated but we aren’t perfect either: whatever or whoever it is — is what or who is perfect for us.  Whatever the situation, we cannot stop short of our good just because we are confronted with a challenge.

We need to remember that we are here to co-create with the consciousness that we were born with.  God is not just God above, or God as judge, or God as answer, or even simply God as love.  God is transformational energy that is constantly creating as us.  God is the force that pushes us to the finished line. All we have to do — Tyler Perry was saying — is stay the course!

In Philippians 3:14, Paul said forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.  Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Jesus Christ.  He was saying, I’m not there yet, but I am going to stay focused on the power pulling me toward the attainment of my goals.  Our desires are from the same spiritual ethers that give us life; they are God’s good seeking us.  They awaken us, and they give energy and power and strength to move throughout the universe as Spirit’s infinite seeds of God, waiting to take shape.

We are part of the creative evolution of the universe, called here to not only be the living manifestation of good but to be the continuous flow of good for others.  We are the trajectory of God’s creation, and the good that we long for — the things and the people and the desires that we have — are here because the Universe needs us to bring them forth.  God doesn’t want us to be deprived of anything.

Our goals are not our own, they are God’s vision of good for us.  Our dreams are not our own, they are God’s good transforming us. Even our victory — the prize that we are reaching for — is not our own; it is part of the universal fabric that nurtures God’s soul as us.  We are incredible because we are the wind.  Nothing stands in the way of our success.  Every rock and crevice and stone that we must climb is made of us.  We are the living foundation of the door upon which we knock.  We stand on the shoulders of so many ancestors that if we really wanted to — we could walk on thin air.

We want a sure thing: we ask for it.  Well, Jesus simply says look within.  Seek and you will find.  Jesus says this again and again, but most profoundly in Luke 17:21 — when he says “the Kingdom of God is within you.”  What does that mean? It means that there is the YOU that you see in the flesh, the YOU that is part of the third dimension of texture and form and shape and depth.  But there is also the YOU that always present in the unseen world.  There is part of YOU that is not subject to the limitations of the physical but is the manifesting energy of the invisible, the unknown, the unattained, and the infinite: that part of YOU realizes its oneness with God.

We are not simply worthy to know God, we are worthy to be the temples of God that we are.  Without God, we would not exist; and we exist to give meaning and fulfillment to God’s purpose.   So, why are we afraid of not having enough — when God’s storehouse is unlimited?!  Give the goodness that is you, and the prophet Malachi says God will open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

We are the dream that created us.  We are the endless possibility that life is breathing into our veins.  Our good is God seeking us.  Just as much as we want the transformation, our good wants to take shape.  Source is flowing from the Kingdom within; all we have to do is connect with it.  All we have to do is trust that ultimately Spirit will move us over the rough terrain, up the rocky mountains, and across the deep waters toward our destination — until we look up one day — and find ourselves experiencing not only what we asked for but something soooooooo much better.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

 

YOUR RESURRECTION IS HERE By Cecilia Loving

We are in the season of shaking off the old, shedding the past, and releasing our baggage.  We are in the season of the power that we call renunciation.  The poet Rainer Maria Rilke said, “Lord, it is time.  The summer was very big.  [But] lay thy shadow on the sundials, and on the meadows let the winds go loose.  Command the last fruits that they shall be full; give them another two more southerly days, press them on to fulfillment and drive the last sweetiness into the heavenly wine.”

When we let go, we discover that we don’t lose anything at all.  When we let the chips fall as they may, we realize that the truth will be revealed.  We learn that our good comes from amazing new channels, from far corners and places that we could not have even anticipated.  And when the dust finally settles, we see that the resurrection that we needed was just waiting.  Poet John Muir says “The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”

Valentin wrote that “Summer is already better, but the best is autumn.   It is mature, reasonable and serious, it glows moderately and not frivolously … It cools down, clears up, makes you reasonable …”  A season of reasonableness gives us the clarity to see past the things that we have been struggling with, to press beyond whatever held us back, to let go so that we can gather our harvest, and turn over new leaves that will heal our souls.  A season of reasonableness if not simply for moving forward, but for slowing down, and listening.

The story of Noah is about listening.  If he was not listening, he would have been wiped out with every other living thing on the face of the earth.  Noah means release — rest in spiritual consciousness — letting go — so that God can bless us.  Genesis 7 teaches us that when the season of cleansing was upon Noah, he let go of whatever was not essential and loaded everything else on an ark.

The ideas that were important to keep — every aspect of them — the male and the female — they took with them — the whole idea with its ability to co-create.  The Bible says “Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.”  And after they gathered the essential ideas around them — the pure ideas of being — and went within — they centered in the Spirit as the cleansing took place.  Physically, we see destruction; metaphysically, we see the cleansing energy of God.  When we are cleansed in the outer, we have to be girded in strength on the inner.

We grow through our autumns, our shedding of the past — our cleansing of the unnecessary — the things and the people and the situations that were not in accordance with our individual soul’s purpose.  The Bible says that rain fell upon the earth 40 days and 40 nights.  Metaphysically, 40 means as long as it takes.  Healing and releasing is a process.  Sometimes, we have to go through a process of release for years.  But regardless of how long it takes us to learn what we need to know, when we are ready, we are ready.  You see, it’s not the end result that matters as much as what we learn in the process.  A lot of times we think that we are learning one thing and when we look back, we were really learning another.  The Universe will give us the trials and the tribulations that are essential for our growth.

It’s kinda like the bed bug epidemic.  Undoubtedly, those pests are going to force millions of us to clean up our lives and get rid of the things that no longer served us.  Apparently, the imports from factories abroad have helped cause the infestation.  Hmmmmm.  What if Americans actually used Americans as labor?  That would drastically reduce our importation of bed bugs, as well as help the country’s unemployment statistics.  Hmmmmm.  If I get bedbugs as a bonus from the malls, it also makes me even more reluctant to buy what I don’t need.  Hmmmmm.  Maybe I need to clean up underneath the bed and in every crack and crevice anyway.

This is the season to surround ourselves with only what is essential.  The stuff that is not worthy of us needs to be cleansed by the flood.  This may not even be other people, it may be our thoughts.  Our own thoughts are harder to release than what we see in the flesh.  We don’t want to admit that there is some stuff in us that shouldn’t be allowed on the ark.  There’s some stuff in us that we need to give up.  Renunciation is our starting place.

In John 8:21, Jesus told the Pharisees “Where I go, you cannot come.”  There is a time in our lives when we have to tell those things and those thoughts and those people who no longer serve God’s good for us — NO, I don’t want you to come with me.  I’m really good doing this alone.  I’m going to a higher place.  Jesus told them: “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.”

I am going to a higher place.

What you intended for evil — God meant for good.

There’s something better ahead.  I thought we were going to do this together but God has something better in store.  And I can do whatever it takes to get there — I can ride out the storm.  I can be blessed by the changes in the seasons.  I can be honored by a me that is fresh and empowered and prophetic with the cleansing energy of God.

I can release as many times as it takes — 77 times 7 — for as many days as it takes through as many rains as it takes — through as many leaves that have to fall and keep falling until my tree is bare and my heart has surrendered.

I can take my power back, and rise again — like a phoenix from the ashes because there is something good in store for me.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

Reverend Cecilia Loving is the spiritual leader of SPIRITMUV®, a trans-denominational church.  Spiritmuv transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are sellling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

SPIRITUAL FITNESS: BACK TO BASICS By Cecilia Loving

Every now and then, I have to listen to the song by Ginuwine, when he sings “I’m going back to the basics, yeah.  I’m going back to the basics.”  It’s a definite reminder to take a step back to see the big picture — what we are doing, why we are doing it, what we need to improve upon — to do, and more importantly — to be the people we were called to be in the first place.

Back to basics doesn’t mean returning to the past, it means using the trajectory of what we’ve experienced to catapult into fullness of now.   It means back to school, back to work, back to church, back to work-outs, back to goals that we had so clearly intended to accomplish somewhere along the path — in the beginning of the year, last year, the year before last,  when we were younger, or before we got too old.  Back to basics requires us to dust off our dreams — so that we can move forward with the fullness of all of God’s gifts to accomplish them.

September 11 is a reminder not to take life frivolously.  It is a reminder to honor what we are here to do.  In January, we take the requisite steps toward the completion of our goals.  In the spring, we dive into them wholeheartedly.   But when we have nearly accomplished them — summer arrives like a thief in the night.  Many of us surrender to the holidays and barbeques — until the coolness of the air, the sun-kissed leaves and the back-to-school sales remind us that we need to take care of business.  September reminds us to roll up our sleeves with renewed dedication.  Only when we fail to attend to our goals does winter find us in remorse, scrambling at the last minute.

If we would get back to basics — especially when the first leaves fall, we could tap into the vortex of inexhaustible supply and open our consciousness to the Kingdom of all of God’s good.  We would realize that we can do all things through the power of God, and that these and greater things shall we do.  Oh, if we could just go back to the basics, we would remember to say “I can” rather than “I wish.”  We would know to listen to the breath of God within, that is our counselor, and teacher, and guide.

The breath of God speaks in basic terms, in simple words, in straightforward cadence.  It does not take an advanced degree in theology to hear the Spirit.  We are neither saints nor sinners, we are the “good news” that Jesus preached to every kingdom.  We are, as the African proverb says, the wise aiming at boundaries beyond the appearances.  We are the anointed — blessed with new visions.  We are the faithful — transcending the circle of our beginnings.  We are bigger and wiser and stronger in the Spirit than we could ever imagine in the flesh.  We are not here to await the return of Christ, but as Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President of New York Theological Seminary puts it — we are here to “provoke resurrection.”  When we listen, we know that the most important resurrection is within.  Christ rises again and again, when we consistently practice the presence of God in everything we do.

We can lift the heavy weights.  We can use proper form.  We can simplify our tasks.  We can walk — without getting weary.  We can move out of the way of our own victory.  Back to basics is remembering that what is good for us is good for the entire universe.

We can make better choices.  We can choose to eat all of the divine vibrations of earth — its green leaves, its red and blue berries, its sweet orange potatoes, its yellow squash, its brown oats.  Back to basics is simple science: if we eat well, we become what we eat.  We can choose to drink fresh water, get plenty of  sunshine and sufficient sleep — all of which will allow us to do the work that we must do in this lifetime.

We can be patient.  The work that we need to do will not be done in one day or one week or one year.  In fact, it may take forty days, or forty weeks or forty years, or forty lifetimes — or as long as it takes.   So we have to regenerate and rejuvenate our body with cycles of rest and work, rest and work.  We have to slow down long enough to learn from the Kingdom within.  We have to tap in and turn on the messages from the universe through our dreams, awaken fresh to be attentive to Spirit, and listen with our hearts.

Back to basics requires that we remember that we are not made in the image and likeness of man.  We are made in the image and likeness of love.  Love is the Kingdom that lives in us.  We are in love and love is in us.  If we remember each day to awaken with love as our teacher, our counselor and our guide, we won’t make as many mistakes, and if we do — we will be loving enough to accept their guidance and their lessons.   Back to basics reminds us that love isn’t a religion. Religion may confuse people into believing that they can burn other folk’s sacred books; but love is receptive to all.  Religion may wrongly seek to exclude those of different faiths; but love transcends boundaries.  Religion may err by turning to hatred; but love is unconditional goodness.

When we begin our day by centering in love — through prayer, silence, meditation, affirmations, journaling, or visualizing — whatever works for you, we open our hearts to the constant connection that God is simply being our most basic self.

Back to basics simply requires that we breathe.  Just take a moment, when you first awaken in the morning — and just breeeaaaaatttttthhhhhhheeeeeee.  Breath slowly and exhale with your mouth open.  Breathe deeply 5-10 times and remember that you are a child of God.  You are good news.  You are the light that will shine forever.  You are the truth and the way.

When Langston Hughes wrote “I’ve known rivers:  I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers,”  he had gone back to basics.  He was blessing us with the truth that we are as young as fresh seeds but as old as the eternal soil of endless possibilities that we plant them in.

What we have come here to do here is not our own will but is part of Spirit’s divine plan.  The universe will insist that we accomplish each and every one of our desires.  If we don’t follow our heart’s desire when we are young, it will find us when we are older.  Either then or now, we will have to return to the source of Absolute Good — and put our noses to eternal grindstone of life, and press our ears to the pulsation of our beating hearts or our aching guts — pushing us back in the direction that we must move in.

Going back to basics requires us to be honest with ourselves and with others.  Are we being the best that we can be, or are we simply going through the motions?  Have we been obedient to God’s plan, or have we strayed off course?  Do we know what our vision is or has our true dream been concealed by someone else’s opinion?  Do we really believe that God’s channels of good are infinite, and have we taken the time to open them?  Can we be brave enough to start again — wherever we are — and trust that the basics are always enough?

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

 

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO®
“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the
Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.  All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility.  The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

ON WHOSE SHOULDERS DO YOU STAND?

Neddy, a childhood friend, caught up with me through Facebook.  Even though I could not remember her presence, I felt her loving spirit.  We laughed like old friends for hours about the memories that we shared about our life in the Jefferies Housing Project in Detroit — forty years ago.  Friendship is good that way, and lasting.  It made me remember the hope that carried us through the appearance of lack.  Back then, we didn’t need as much in the external to know inside that God was always lifting us up the rough side of the mountain.  Spirit was always calling us to demonstrate Absolute Good.  All we had to do was stand on the shoulders of God and peer out over the freeway at the vibrant colors of golden rays turning indigo skies magical colors in the Detroit sky — just glowing with the rising sun of a new day.

We could see past appearances and feel the dawning of divine ideas and dreams awakening so well back then — that it makes me wonder what ever happened to hope.  Have all the trappings of good times and the parties of plenty made it even more difficult to trust that we are not controlled by appearances — good or bad?  Some will tell you that the stock market has plunged; 401(k) pension plans have diminished;  old jobs have been lost and new jobs are hard to find; merchandise isn’t moving; and the real estate market is in a slump.  But those are the appearances of things.  The Psalmist asks, “if the Lord is the Strength of my life, of whom [and what] shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27)

There is nothing to fear when we realize that God gives us all of the Strength that we need.  When we stand in the Spirit, we stand on the shoulders of the universe, realizing that our spiritual roots reach down to the belly of the earth but do not stop there.  We realize that the earth, like the rest of the universe, girds us with a strength and a power that never loses its connection.  We “stand on our own two feet.”  We “stand up for ourselves.”  We “stand up for what we believe in.”  We “stand our ground” with purpose, power and vision.

We see this in the story of David and Goliath.  Goliath represents physical strength and prowess.  Goliath is what we see in the flesh — the circumstances that appear so much greater than us.  In the physical realm, if we judge by appearances, we believe that we cannot overcome what is bigger than us.  But when we dig deep, we find the spiritual strength that gives us the ability to fight the good fight.

Strength is really a conscious decision to be One with Absolute Good — no matter what the outer circumstances are, the present is where Absolute Good is.  Our helmets and armor and javelins and swords are how we stand in consciousness.

It is important that David, a boy, came forward.  We have to contrast David — the small and seemingly insignificant aspects of our own lives  — with the Goliath of lack, the Goliath of loss, the Goliath of fear — and use the power of the “little” that we have.   David was saying, I don’t have a spear and I don’t have a helmet.   I don’t  even have a shield.  But I’ve got my raggedly shepherd’s cloth.  I’ve got my staff.  I’ve got my slingshot — that I have fashioned from a tree branch.  I have the earth under my feet — and all that the earth is made of.  But most importantly I stand on the strength of God — a love that is invincible, a power that never leaves me, a protector that can never be defeated.

William Stafford says, “I have woven a parachute out of everything broken.”  Patrick Overton says:  “When you come to the edge of all the light that you have, and must take a step into the darkness of the unknown, believe that one of two things will happen to you: either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.”  The Bible says put on the whole armor of God.  Stand on victory.  Stand on faith.  Stand on power.  Stand on strength.

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.  Without hesitation, David ran to face his adversary head on!  He didn’t have to be as big or as tall as Goliath because he stood on the shoulders of God.  Reaching into his bag for one of the stones that he had gathered, David took it out and struck the Philistine on the forehead.  The stone sank into Goliath’s forehead, and Goliath fell facedown on the ground.  The fear, the doubt, the lack, the limitation were defeated in a single shot — by a kid and a slingshot.

Metaphysically, we can say that David — spiritual strength — struck the center of those blockages on our path that seem so insurmountable.  The biblical witness is firm that Goliath was struck in the center of his head — that part of our body connected to the pineal gland where the third eye of spiritual discernment gives us vision beyond flesh.  It is easy to think of David and Goliath as separate beings, but in our Oneness, we know that we are all parts of a whole.  If there is anything that needs conquering in our consciousness, we have the ability to conquer it — to stop standing in our own way and defeat the monsters of our own making.

The story of David and Goliath reminds us that we stand on something greater than what is in this world — a power that is greater than religion.  As One, we are greater than our differences.  We are greater than a name or a group that defines itself as Christian or Muslim or Hindu or Buddhist or Jew.  When we see with Spirit, we know that we stand on the power of Spirit.  Spirit is not locked in a steeple or a bell or pew or a pulpit.  Spirit is infinite, inexhaustible source and endless potential.  Spirit is divine ideas and unceasing love.  Spirit is always blessing us — despite the way things appear in the external.

Spirit gives us the strength to ask the universe for whatever it is that we desire.  We just have to be strong enough to trust that there is nothing that God cannot do through us.  Nothing is too big for God to bless us with.  Nothing is too big for God to remove.  Nothing is powerful enough to block us from the attainment of our good.  All we have to do is stand on the shoulders of the omnipotence of God.  When we do, we can look above the row houses and the high rises and the by-ways and the bridges — and see that there is a vast expanse of Kingdom that awaits our gifts and talents.  There is a Universe calling us past the battleground of our fears to re-connect with its inexhaustible supply.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

POWER PRAYER FOR HEALTH, WHOLENESS AND PROSPERITY By Cecilia Loving

Center yourself for a moment in the silence,
breathing in and breathing out the divine presence,
in which we live and move and have our being.
And allow yourself to turn on and tap into a prayerful state of being One with all of the Goodness and Greatness that God Is.

When we are really centered in Oneness, we realize that we do not have to pray for God to make an appearance.
We do not have to hope that we will be given Wholeness and Health and Realization of our Greatest Good.
We do not have to long for Prosperity and Riches and Divine Ideas.
We do not even have to worry about the right relationships and loved ones.
We only have to realize that God is here.
Spirit is here.
Love is here.
Perfect health and wholeness is here.
Infinite and inexhaustible source is here.
It is as the Apostle Paul said,
the Divine Source that
we live and move and have our being in.

Feel the love of the Oneness of Spirit engulf you and uplift you
and vibrate within every cell of your being.
Know that the power of your potential and your talents and your gifts
radiate out from you to attract the right person
and the right circumstances
and the right channels for you to be blessed
with good that is greater than you could ever imagine.

If there is health and wholeness that you want,
it is embracing you right now.
If there are divine opportunities that you want,
they are knocking at your door right now.
If there is hope that you need,
it is giving way to deeper understanding right now.
As Jesus said, don’t worry about what you will eat,
and what you will drink,
and what you will wear.
The Father-Mother-Everything-Almighty Love that
is never separate from you already knows what
you have need of — before you even ask.
Yes, we have judged by appearances.
We have sat by the pool of Bethesda,
and even when the water was stirred,
we refused to get in.
We have been afraid to walk the water
even when we held Spirit’s hand as our own.

We have asked — not believing.
We have sought — not to find, and
we have knocked — seriously doubting that the door would be opened.
But today, in this season of your birth, we will turn a new leaf.

We will open our hearts to the Kingdom of God is within us.
We will do the things that we never believed possible.
We will be restored the years that the locust has eaten.
We will trust that our Father and our Mother God
will fill us with the awesome power of new dimensions,
bless us with the miraculous promise of new heights, and
anoint us with the holy salvation of greatness.

We will open our hearts to receive the perfect health, wisdom and truth,
of all that Love is.
We will learn to walk on the water of Faith,
and ride the wings of Spirit’s might.
We will reach more and more and more of our goals,
and know the hallelujah of an answered prayer — again,
and again,
and again.

We will wear our blessings well
because we already flow with the unlimited
power of the universe —
manifesting it’s good in all shape and form.
We will wear the transformation of a new freedom
— to really express our being as the children of the most High
and the prophets of a New Age.

We will sing songs of gratitude without end,
and worship because we are worthy.

We will thank the earth for its strength, the universe for its ideas, the vortex for its vision,
and the love that radiates as life —
for teaching us that there is nothing that we cannot do,
nothing that we cannot imagine,
nothing that we cannot be with the power of God.
We will ride the storm.
We will weather the tide.
We will prevail against the mighty waves.

We will be reborn in the glory of strength, wisdom, and success.
We will thank Jesus for teaching us that we are gods.
We will really remember that the Holy Spirit is in us,
and so is the Father,
and so is He.

We are the joyful season of promise —
ageless in our task and unlimited in our mission.
We are the seeds of pure possibility —
rising through lack to claim our abundance.
We are the hope of change —
full of God’s good health,
Spirit’s unlimited movement,
and Love’s infinite strength.

We are the new joy of a day.

And so it is, and so be it.

 

 

 

 

All of the materials in SPIRITMUV ® messages are copyrighted by and may not be used without the written permission of Cecilia Loving.

Register for the God is a Brown Retreat next April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat Center by going to http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com.  You don’t want to miss it!

Rev. Cecilia Loving is the Spiritual Leader of Spiritmuv, which holds its services at the Unity Center of NYC, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, located at 213 W. 58th Street.

THE MAGIC IS HERE

love9When I began working on God is a Brown Girl, Too, I could not imagine how it would take shape, but I knew that I was called to create it.  When we are called to do something, spirit-moved into action, soul-motivated to be obedient to the Holy Spirit, we don’t have to worry about how it will take shape.  God goes before us to do the work that we are appointed us to do.  All of the pieces fall into place.  The right people show up to help us.  Mentors appear from seemingly out of nowhere to guide us.  New ideas bless us with creative expressions of divine source.  Resources that we had never imagined unfold our unlimited blessings.  And we witness the magic of the universe giving shape to something bigger than who we are in the flesh.

love For example, this weekend at the Awaken to Love Retreat, we will enjoy the magic of God is a Brown Girl Too unfolding a new story that recognizes that God is not limited but is constantly creating through an endless stream of love.  Gospel Songstress Sonya Johnson will bless us with some beautiful music from her album, Opera Singer Malesha Jessie will uplift us with her music ministry, Worship Leader Celestine Walker will bless us with her ministry, and beautiful and talented actor Aakhu Tuah Nera Freeman will perform selections from the God is a Brown Girl Too script.  And tomorrow evening, the magic begins.  Hope you will be joining us.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a multimillionaire from Scarsdale or a brown girl from the South Bronx, the magic begins the moment you realize God is blessing you from a wellspring of inexhaustible source.  Look not to your life, nor to your right — just know that the magic is here.  The love of God is within our body temples, our soul auras and our minds re-wakening, just waiting to unfold good as us.   Some call it grace, some call it a miracle, some call it luck, some call it the silence.  Some simply say, “It is done.”

When you truly believe that it is done and you speak with a god-is-a-brown-girl-too-2010-listeningconsciousness of power and faith, Spirit will embrace  you with an abundance of success.  You will know without a doubt that all of those things that you need in the material world are manifesting right now.   You will start recognizing the pure potential that God is expressing as you.  You will no longer fear a retreat into the silence because you will know that God is always speaking to us: all we have to do is listen.

god-is-a-brown-girl-too-2010-awaken-to-love-threeStop tip-toeing around the periphery of your greatness and allow your magic to begin with the understanding that Spirit is the omnipotent creator of the shape and form and texture of everything in your midst!  Open your heart to the power that is never separate from who you are in Spirit.  Jesus said that you are such a magnificent heir to the throne that all you have to do is ask, and it is done.

god-is-a-brown-girl-too-2010-awaken-to-loveAwaken to the truth that that the Kingdom of God is within us.  Awaken to power of Love — anointing you and cleansing you and expressing as you.  The magic, the Kingdom that you have long prayed for, is here.  It is done!  Judge not by the appearances of less or the vision of lack.  See rightly the success that is always shining its light through you.  We do not need the economic appearances of health, the promises of others, the limited resources that we see in the physical world.  The only thing that we need is the full and complete understanding of our divine nature.

Namaste,  Reverend Cecilia Loving

All of the materials in God is a Brown Girl Too® email messages are copyrighted by and may not be used without the written permission of Cecilia Loving. 

Register for the God is a Brown Retreat this July 16-18, at the Mariandale Retreat Center by going to http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com.  You don’t want to miss it!

Rev. Loving is the Spiritual Leader of Spiritmuv, which holds its services at the Unity Center of NYC, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, located at 213 W. 58th Street.  Except this Sunday, July 18, 2010, its services will be held at the Mariandale Retreat Center.

WE ALL HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO GOD

I am grateful for the number of people who have supported the upcoming God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat.  Regardless of race, religion or ethnicity — people of all cultures, ages and sexes have given their support for an organization that dispenses with the notion that God is an old man in the sky and embraces the truth that we all have the Kingdom of God within us.   With the retreat less than ten days away, the commitment from family and friends to honor the fact that we are all made in God’s image and likeness is not something that I take lightly.  In this season of holidays and barbeques, it is sometimes easier to just put our feet up and do nothing rather than make a concerted effort to center in the Spirit within.

But when we want to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others, we have to take advantage of the gift that we all have — to choose.   We can choose to transform our consciousness, choose to move beyond where we are now, choose to move to where we want to be.  It is through divine choice that this country was able to pursue life, liberty and happiness.  It is through divine choice that we have all been called to rise up and live out the true meaning of the creed that we are all created equal.  We all have equal access to God.

Regardless of what we are doing, or where we choose to go ,or do, or be, we can tap into the Spirit that lives in us, that is — as Jesus said — our counselor, teacher, and  guide.  Regardless of what the appearances are in the physical, we all have the same ability to slow down long enough to hear the divine vibrations that are centered in each one of us — as the temple of a living God.  Regardless of whether you are attending the God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat or not — find the space to re-connect with your divine self this summer.

Some of my best meditations are walking along Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, or feeling the breeze on the Brooklyn Bridge.  It was on the subway that it occurred to me that the truth that our so-called Founding Fathers had — is equally available to each one of us — to be pioneers of something wonderful, in mind, body or spirit.  In fact, I don’t believe they had any idea of the magnitude of what they were memorializing in 1776; it was much bigger than who they were in the physical.  The Spirit that led them surpassed  their time-space reality, their own boundaries of socio-political-economic dynamics.  But because they were obedient to their calling, we all benefit from their Declaration of Independence today.

god-will-see-you-through-thirteenWe are only a fragment of what God expresses through us.  In 1942, Mahatma Gandhi said “I am a Christian, and a Hindu and a Muslim, and a Jew.”  I have moved beyond the superficiality of race and religion and class to fulfill God’s divine appointment as an expression of love for all humanity.

god-will-see-you-through-elevenTake a moment in the celebration of sunshine and warmth and plant the seeds of a new story.  The harvest of autumn will arrive before you know it, so center in the consciousness that will restore and recharge you, so that you can move forward re-energized and renewed — ready to reap God’s good as you.

We will be praying without ceasing next week — July 16 through 18 — during our retreat at the Mariandale Retreat Center.  Make a divine choice to meditate with us, move with us, sing with us, shout with us, dance with us, create with us, heal with us.   But most importantly, listen with us.  God is always speaking — everywhere — at once.  And we all have equal access to God’s voice.

All of the materials in God is a Brown Girl Too® email messages are copyrighted by and may not be used without the written permission of Cecilia Loving. 

Register for the God is a Brown Retreat this July 16-18, at the Mariandale Retreat Center by going to http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com.  You don’t want to miss it!

This Sunday, JOIN SPIRITMUV FOR THE LAST SEGMENT OF OUR 7-PART SERIES ON TERRIE COLE-WHITAKER’S BOOK, What You Think of Me is None of My Business, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M., at the Unity Center of NYC, 213 West 58th Street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue.  NOTE THAT SPIRITMUV’S SERVICE WILL BE AT THE MARIANDALE RETREAT CENTER ON SUNDAY, JULY 18.