… IF PRACTICE IS WHAT WE PURSUE
Rev. Ogun Holder is an
ordained Unity minister
as well as a speaker,
teacher, author, blogger,
musician, parent, social
geek. He cohosts the
Pub Theology Live
podcast at pubtheology.
com/ptlive and blogs
weekly at uotr.org.
Holder is the author
of the spiritual memoir
Rants to Revelations:
Reflections on Life,
Spirituality, and the
Meaning of God (Unity
Books, 2012). For more,
CONTINUE TO BE
GOD IN ACTION,
NO MATTER THE
MASTERY DOES NOT
BRING AN END TO
MORE PRACTICE …
As 2017 comes to a close, we can all probably
agree that this was a year for the record books.
We endured many challenges (personal, spiritual,
political, national, and global)—challenges that
likely gave rise to doubts that love is the answer.
My moments of doubt arose when I regressed
to an embedded belief that life is lived from the
outside in. It’s a commonly held cultural (if not
global) notion that we are victims of external
circumstances, and we must find ways to adapt
to survive. For more than a hundred years,
however, Unity has taught us that a meaningful,
fulfilling, abundant life is one that is lived from
the inside out.
Instead of labeling situations as good or bad,
or attempting to avoid fearful outcomes, our
goal is always to remain centered in, and living
from, our Christ Self. Whenever we set aside
time for meditation, affirmative prayer, gratitude,
denying the power of external circumstances, or
connecting with our Twelve Powers, we keep our
spiritual self fit and our spiritual mind sharp. If
those tools seem too basic, I invite you to know
that before we need advanced teachings, we need
Mastery is achieved when a well-practiced
method becomes second nature. I would even
posit that it becomes our new first nature! We
then will remember that we determine our
experience of anything we deem a life crisis. We
will bypass the temptation to assign meaning
or titles to events and instead welcome them as
opportunities for practice.
Mastery does not bring an end to practice—it
inspires more practice because we have repeated
proof that living in and from God is the only way
to stay in love and peace. It might seem tiring to
be on a constant spiritual high watch, but only
if we think this is about physicality. Instead, this
is about spirituality, and God-within (our Christ
Nature) is our limitless Source.
The Bible reminds us that “… this day is holy to
our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the
Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8: 10). The Bible
also reminds us that, “Those who wait for the
Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount
up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not
be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah
to listen to the voice of Spirit, the ever-present
divine wisdom that shows us how we can be the
visible Presence of God wherever we are.
When we only see ourselves as the Presence,
we will not worry about anything. Remember,
worry is nothing more than a misuse of our power
of imagination. Unity author and teacher Eric
Butterworth invited us to know that we are “not
in the world to set it right, but to see it rightly.”
This doesn’t mean we embrace naive and wishful
thinking. It means we look as if it were God
looking, and we only see good; we understand as
if it were God understanding, and we know there
is only opportunity; we love as if it were God
loving, because there is only love.
On a personal note, this will be my last
“Contemporary View.” Writing this column has
given me an amazing opportunity to share my
thoughts and my spiritual journey. The column
will continue with other writers. For me, this
has been an experience of getting clear about my
beliefs and finding the words to articulate them,
as well as working with classic Unity teachings I
might have otherwise missed. I was a student as
much as a teacher.
It also gave me the chance to experience God
seeing me through firsthand. While writing
this column was sometimes difficult, I relied
on my Divine Power of Wisdom for inspiration
whenever I was stuck. This approach never failed.
So I leave you with this invitation: Continue
to be God in Action, no matter the challenge.
Continue to practice toward mastery. God will
see you through.