Ash Wednesday

Beauty for Ashes

Blessings to You!

Today, in the traditional church, is Ash Wednesday. It is the official start of the Lenten season, which is Spiritual Preparation for Easter. Whether you have never heard of this day before, or you have wondered what it is all about, watching your Catholic friends appear with black smudges on their foreheads on this day, I invite you to explore the possibilities it may have for enhancing your Spiritual life.

Isaiah 61:3  

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn. To appoint them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD that he might be glorified.      



Unity Wisdom

 Lent, then, is a church institution embodying an exalted idea, the idea of cleansing and disciplining both mind and body toward the end of making them more receptive to the Christ ideas. Like many other religious practices it is too often observed in letter but not in spirit.

Georgiana Tree West, foreword "Keep A True Lent" by Charles Fillmore 

A Metaphysical Perspective on Lent 


You will not find Lent in the Bible. This is a tradition that comes from the church; our religious and spiritual history. In early Biblical times, if a person was in mourning they would tear their clothes and put ashes on their heads to note their grief. In the Christian tradition the ashes represent acknowledgment of our sins...or the errors we have made in our thoughts, words and actions.


Lent is rich in metaphysical teachings. I would like to point out a few. The period of Lent is 40 days. During this time we are instructed to pray, meditate, fast, and repent of our sins...or errors. It is not surprising that scientists have determined the amount of time required to cleanse impurities from our body is roughly six weeks...40 days. In 40 days we can find freedom from a habitual thought, belief, action or feeling that blocks or impedes our transformation, and expressing all we are meant to be.


The ashes are "imposed" on the forehead of those who come desiring forgiveness, cleansing or transformation. Metaphysically; the head, which is where the thinking process takes place, represents acknowledgment of error thinking and grief for the problems this causes. Most of us desire change in our lives. We may have habits or emotions that we would like to change. We cannot change what we do not acknowledge. Ashes indicate a desire and willingness for repentance. The word repentance means re-thinking, changing our thoughts, therefore changing our lives.


The ashes are "imposed" in the sign of the cross, which acknowledges our sorrow for offending God, or Christ. In Unity we see ashes as a reminder that we are "crossing out" our negative thoughts, words, actions and beliefs.


Another way that Unity or New Thought churches in general differ from traditional religion, is that we do not see ourselves as inherently evil. Just because we make mistakes in life does not reduce our standing as God's own children. It empowers us, to know that we CAN change our thoughts and change our lives through Christ...which is the spark of divinity within us...that part of us that is One with God.


We teach there is only One presence and One power in the Universe and in our lives. God...the good...Omnipotent. God has blessed us with the gift of free will. We are free to think and act as we wish. When we do not align our will with the will of God however, pain and suffering result. Our dreams turn to ashes of mourning. But as we change our minds...change our thoughts...our feelings...repent as it were...the ashes turn to beauty.


                       Personal Lenten Observation Suggestion


1. Begin each day with prayer, meditation and/or inspirational reading.*

2. Find a negative habit or thought to release.

3. Each day strive to BE the change you want in your life and the world.  

4. Starting today, create a Lenten Journal to reflect on your process. 


* Reading Suggestion: Just click on this link to read Charles Fillmore's Keep a True Lent for free. The book includes great Metaphysical teachings, and at the back of the book daily lesson. Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore 


The Mission of Spirit of Unity is to touch hearts and change lives by learning, living and sharing the Universal Principles of Truth as taught and demonstrated by Jesus Christ. We pray that today's message has touched your heart and inspired you to the life changes you desire.

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May love and light bless your day,

Rev. Alicia-Leslie

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