Spirit of Unity Meta-Musing
Lessons in Letting Go
Blessings to you!

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This year has been...for me...what we in Unity call  "Interesting." It is what we call people, places, things and circumstances we do not want, or cannot "name" good or bad; positive or negative. It has been, and will for some time be, a year of change. Not the everyday little changes, but big sweeping changes. I have come face to face with the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes...

Ecclesiastes 3:1-

1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every
matter under heaven:

During the holidays, my granddaughter, who has lived with me most of her life, told me she and her Fiance would be moving to their own apartment. While I was a little knocked off center at first, it truly was time. After all they are both almost 24 years old.

This would mean that it would be time for me to be moving also, as I chose not to continue to pay rent on a place that is too large for my needs. But...where to? How would this impact my ministry? My life? My relationships? 

2 a time to be born, and a time to die...a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

On February 20th, we found out that there would be a great-grandchild on the way...

On February 27th, we lost my sister Melissa...

On March 1st my granddaughter was told an apartment was available. They would be moving by April 1st. And so would I.

Such great change in so little time can be daunting. In life, change is inevitable. It is important to remember when facing change that every new beginning is preceded by an ending. It is necessary to let go of what was to receive what will be. We can treasure the memories, but must not live in the past.

I am quite an experienced mover, having moved thirteen times in twenty eight years. The move might just have been to a larger apartment or home, or to a new ministry, but every move has one thing in common...letting go.

The move that I am now making is underscored by the depth and breadth of the impact it will have on "life as I know it." It is necessary to come to terms with the fact that while life may be eternal, this particular life experience is temporal.

I have come to realize that it is time to dig into the great "bucket list," sorting out what matters most; freeing myself from the burden of unrealistic expectations, and making room for new opportunities.

3     a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build...


In this sense, to "kill" is to let go of completely, and to "heal" is to come to wholeness and mastery...

It is time to let go...
      Of my role as "parental unit" to the last of my "charges."
      Of the earthly relationship with my sister Melissa.
      Of my countless plans and schemes, dreams and ideas that I have neither the time and energy, nor the inclination to bring to fruition.
      Of books it will take me an eternity to read.
      Of clothing that only takes up space in my closet.
      Of material possessions that have languished on shelves ...called 'treasures' but never used.
     Of ministry as I once knew it, leading a church.
     Of the real or perceived security the things I am letting go of provided.

In the letting go, I am open to receive...
      A new role as adult support system, but not 'responsible party.'
      A new level of relationship with my sister, across the veil we call "life and death."
      Time to devote to the dreams and ideas that are most meaningful to me.
      Freedom to read the books I have kept, and to write the ones that live within me.
      The delight of having only clothes I really like, and room to put new ones.
      The joy of sharing family treasures with my children, and releasing other items to people who will be blessed by them.
      The new mission and vision of ministry I am creating in cyberspace and for Unity ministers and churches.
      A new level of Spiritual Mastery, trusting God to a higher degree than ever before, knowing and giving thanks that the Spirit of the Lord goes before me, and my success is assured!

The entire passage of Ecclesiastes 3 is a priceless statement of Truth about life on Planet Earth. I invite you to meditate on all of the verses, asking how each one applies to you and your life... 

4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the sons of men to be busy with.

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man's mind, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

Rev. Alicia Leslie
Spirit of Unity

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