27 Apr Don’t Waste a Good Crisis!
By Kimberly Kelley, Spiritual Director
at Center of Universal Light
on April 26, 2020
Times of crisis provide us a great opportunity to practice our humanity . . . strengthen our faith in the Divine . . . to understand that while we don’t control the forces that created this virus, we do have the agency of our perception of what it means.
Maybe we spent too much time focusing on our lifestyle, having more, bigger, better, buying we want instead of need. I’m not saying we shouldn’t want or have those things, but maybe we should shift our FOCUS on something lasting, something that really makes a difference in OUR lives and the lives of others . . . practicing humanity.
Omar Ricci Islamic Center of Southern California is quoted as saying: “The Quran says trials will come and to be prepared for them,” Ricci says. “So how do we react – do we go off and hoard toilet paper? Or do we take care of others?”
When you wake up tomorrow morning ask yourself, as Wayne Dyer taught us, “How can I serve?”
I don’t believe anyone can feel anxious, angry, stressed, or worried when you simply say, “How can I serve?” If that’s too big of a chunk to bite off or too nebulous, just break it down to “How can I serve my family or my community this morning”. Then, go about your morning. Be in a thoughtful, humble space just till noon and listen . . . listen for an answer because every single act of humanity strengthens our community, your family, and your own connection with the god of YOUR understanding. Do this anytime you feel anxious or stressed and allow the compassion and wisdom of the Universe wash over you with inspiration.
You see, here’s the thing. What we’re experiencing now in the world is causing us to slow down and ask better questions. What do I believe in? These are questions I’ve been guiding my clients and congregants through over the past 6 weeks. . . Is there a God, or is there something else we call the Divine? Where do I fit into it and what is my purpose?
All great questions.
Cause one day we were just rolling along, and then all of a sudden, BAM, the train screeches to a grinding halt, we all got off the train, we ran into our homes, locked the doors and what did that get us?
All the research shows that people who are more connected are happier and healthier in the long run. And while we’ve all known this, now we really know it.
The World Health Organization has even changed “social distancing” to “physical distancing” for just this reason—because this has been super difficult for a lot of us. We’re doing it, but it’s not natural or pleasant.
And having done it will help us in the future realize how critical the “village” is, and how lovely it feels to interact—to shake hands, hug, snuggle, and all the other acts of social closeness that make us human.
So even though now we’re worrying about other things, some good things have come out of this, hasn’t it? You get more time with people that you love? You learn FaceTime, Zoom, GoTo Meeting. You can use these to visit with your family (and you don’t even have to cook for them). Have you learned a new hobby that you’re really good at? What are you waiting for? Maybe it’ll spark something just amazing inside of you.
Maybe you’ve discovered that you are really good at encouraging others and helping other people.
You know what else I think is good. . .just for the record . . . Boredom. You know, I think some of the most creative things will happen because of this pause in our economy and this pause in our life. People are getting creative, aren’t they? Our elders are learning more about technology than they ever thought they’d need. For Pete’s sake, my 95-year-old mom has an iPhone, talks to us via FaceTime, and connects with us on Zoom. I’m so proud of her and look where you all have come to! You are learning how to Zoom with us for Sunday morning Gatherings, presentations, classes, talks, and more. We’ve got this!
Kids are getting more quality time with their parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents through home-schooling, and let’s face it maybe those parents, grandparents, and great grandparents are gaining a whole new appreciation for teachers and our bricks and mortar schools, don’t you think?
You see, there’s something about this that has simplified our lives.
We are learning what we actually need and we’re learning what we don’t absolutely need.
We’re also discovering what we really believe about ourselves, the world around us, and our spirituality.
There’s a new level of dependence that’s been created. Dependence on ourselves, dependence on others, and dependence on something greater than ourselves. That’s a good thing that’s come out of this. You know what else?
This has reminded me that our church, more accurately our spiritual center, is not about a building, it’s about the people that collectively want to come together, and make a difference in each other’s lives.
So, we’re gonna use video conferencing more and technology more to connect with people because it’s becoming normal.
I don’t want you to hear me say that your fears, your troubles, your losses should be minimized. This is hard, This is a tough time, but I think maybe the Universe is redirecting us because I believe there is a bigger story than the Coronavirus and maybe something even better is happening.
In order to get to that something better, we CANNOT go back to the way things were. We have to move forward in faith, recognizing that something is happening on a global scale, even a universal scale to change the way we live and to upgrade Humanity.
Please share this content so that something I said may encourage others.
We’ll probably never see anything like this again in our lifetime, at least probably not in my lifetime, so, let’s don’t waste a good crisis!
Let’s see what the Universe can do. . . in us and thru us collectively as the Center of Universal Light.