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"Spirituality as Accountability"
In staying with this month’s theme of “Spirituality As Accountability,” I understand that to create and sustain a culture of accountability takes our pro-activeness and our commitment. Center for Spiritual Living is the Triune Nature of God – Body, Mind and Spirit. We see ourselves and others with the eyes of the Divine. We see love, compassion and forgiveness. We are open and honest with one another. God gives us the faith, the strength, the love and empowerment to do this. When we live from Principle, we build each other up, we grow in faith and maturity and we become a more loving community. Accountability is not just for a time. It is for all times and requires our discipline and dedication to keep at it. Commitment is essential to making anything that is precious work. I am in a committed relationship with Spirit and with all of you. I believe Life is not accountable to us. We are accountable to Life, ourselves and each other.
And so the value for this month makes me think of this journey I began in April – “Happy Easter, you have breast cancer.” It occurred to me that I could think myself into being unhappy and depressed, or I could think myself into finding the reason why this was happening. Here was an opportunity for me to grow spiritually, to find the gift in what was occurring.
On May 3, the day of my surgery, I felt courageous. As I endured the 5-hour bilateral mastectomy and felt the pain and numbness that followed, I affirmed “this too shall pass.” After all, this was my body. My Spirit was intact and I felt the Presence, my angels, my guides. I felt the support of my husband, his family, my family, the support of an amazing hospital staff and the support of my spiritual family – your kind words of encouragement through your cards, phone calls, texts, home visits, gifts, food deliveries – all so appreciated. I felt the support of Rev. Hannah Rothlin, my friend and colleague, who volunteered to be Interim Spiritual Director for Center for Spiritual Living during my absence. Rev. Hannah, who will be the speaker on June 18, will hold a Community Meeting/Workshop after Sunday service to bring you up-to-date and answer your questions. It is now one month since my surgery and as I face the next step in this journey, I reman filled with love and gratitude – the lessons of learning to receive are many.
I enter treatment with new facts about my health challenge – my oncologist informs me that I have stage 3 cancer. A PET scan shows the cancer has not spread to my lungs, liver or bones. It does, however, show that there is an additional lymph node infected under my right arm. My treatment, beginning June 9 requires 18 weeks of chemo, 6 treatments of radiation and finally, 5 years of hormone treatment.
Prayer fills my days and more than that, I am learning the lessons of Life. Affirming daily, “I move into my daily Life experiencing the sacredness of everything I do.” I am reminded to learn to think of Life as flowing through my every action and to discover that the things I give attention to are quickened with new energy, for I am breathing the very essence of Being into them.
I am mindful of my thinking and I focus on good. I learn to think about what I wish to become. I think of my organs and functions of my body as activities of Life. I am a center where Life, passing through me, becomes definite, distinct, uniquely individual. There is no one else like me in the universe. I take time daily to sense the presence of Life within me, to believe in it, to accept it. I know that it will not be long before this experience will disappear and something new will be born – a bigger, better and more perfect me. I will pass from a health challenge into wholeness, into the realization of oneness with everything, and I will rejoice in this oneness ...
In prayer, I affirm my gratitude and acceptance of this health challenge. In the silent communion of my soul with Source, I believe in the Law of Good doing the rest. I am in divine partnership with the Giver of all life – God the Living Spirit, almighty and ever-present. I quietly say to myself with deep conviction:
“I accept my divine birthright. I enter into my partnership with Love, with Joy, with Peace, with God. I experience the Infinite Presence closely around me. I feel something living in which I am enveloped.”
Rev. Josie De Los Santos
Center for Spiritual Living St. George (CSLSG) is an open, loving and inclusive community that supports thinking creatively and living a deeply spiritual life. We are an official chapter of Centers for Spiritual Living. Located among the beautiful red rocks, warm sunshine and blue skies of southern Utah, we welcome all paths to spirituality. Come celebrate life with us!