This morning, though, a remembrance sunk in when I went outside under the Three Sisters and sunk my bare feet into the wet, cold duff of pine needles and cones. It's the core of my addiction--a disconnection from the divine. Or a perception of disconnection, as we can't be separated from that which we are.
As I brought my prayerful hands to my heart and the energy quickly warmed up and tingled, I easily remembered how wonderful conscious divine connection feels. Far better than any drug--even sugar and chocolate--could feel.
Somewhat lost on what to do next, I found my way back to the Lord's Prayer, which I've only recently become reacquainted with.
I was raised on the Lord's Prayer, but abandoned it at a young age, when I abandoned my religion of origin, Catholicism. After this abandonment, the search for the truth brought me to virtually all religions and science, and in doing so, I've come to see the common thread of truth in them all.
One Saturday, while attending a healing ceremony with the John of God healing group that comes through Unity in Lower Lake, we sat for multiple hours reciting the Lord's Prayer as participants took their turns to meet with the healers and receive the prayers.
Since it had been so many years since hearing this and so many years of exposure to other spiritual and religious traditions, I found it interesting to see how my mind was able to interpret the prayer with this deeper and broader spectrum of knowledge. It became clearer to me what the truth was about the prayer and subsequently, it has now gained incredible power for me.
As a result of the day at Unity, the prayer has been reworked over and over in my mind to better reflect my understanding of its intention. I'm sharing it with you now, but want you to know that it is intended with the deepest reverence for all faiths (science included) and traditions:
Affirmation to the Creator
Oh Creator of all that is, who is everywhere in everything,
Haloed be Thy name.
The unfolding is ever present
With power second to none
In the Manifest as it is in Your intention
Thank you for giving us this day
our daily bread and
Forgiving us our trespasses
Please, let us forgive those
Who trespass against us.
Lead us not into our individual ego's calling
But deliver us from the perception of separation from You
For Thine is all that that which is created arises within
The Energy behind the created
The Manifestation of all that is created
Forever and ever
And so it is
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy Kingdom come
Thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven
Give us this day
Our daily bread and
Forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those
who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the Kingdom
And the Power
And the Glory
Forever and ever
This reconnection this morning gives me hope that I will remember who I am--a part of the All That Is that is to be cherished, reverenced and held tenderly and dear.
Loneliness is one of my biggest triggers for reaching out in compulsive ways. It's even more challenging with the shortened days and the cold, rainy weather. But, as this morning proved, taking steps to consciously stay connected with the aliveness of the All That Is that is only present in this moment, and of which I'm a part, helps me not feel so alone and isolated.
Can you share with me? What is the one thing that today helps you know that you are connected to the divine?