Spirit of Unity
Who ARE You, Anyway?

Blessings to You!
That would be me in the picture above.  If you saw the whole picture, you would see that I was sporting a little plaid skirt with the striped jersey. Yep! Rather than being 'fashion forward,' I tend to be 'fashion awkward."

As my 70th birthday approaches, I've had ample opportunities to reflect on the past 69 years. I've reflected on joys and successes; on sorrows and mistakes. Through it all, I discovered something I believe many people miss...that most of our suffering is caused by not honoring who we truly are.

I remember holding my first child in my arms. "This is like a little lump of clay, and I am going to shape him into someone wonderful" I thought. Granted, my son is wonderful, but it did not take very long to realize that there would not be a whole lot of shaping going on. He came in with his own very distinct ideas. As did his twin brothers, and sister!

The more I thought about it, the more complex the problem seemed to be. What is a parents' role in the outcome of their child's lives. We've heard both horror stories and praise regarding parenting. I certainly believe my parents influenced me to a degree. And my teachers, priests, ministers, and a celebrity or two, truth be told.

Simply put, we are each unique, wonderful expressions of God. Within each of is a spark of divinity that makes us God's children (Spirit). This divinity has a human body to function through, and consciousness (Mind) that we use to run the show.

The challenge is that the mind is pivotal. It can look at the world, and think, feel and act as it directs, or to God, and think, feel and act as Spirit directs. In the Bible we are advised about this: " Do not be conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind." Rom. 12:2

This really hit home for me one day recently when I contacted someone from my past. We've been chatting on FaceBook, catching up on 50 years of two very different lives. I realized in the course of our conversations, that even though we spent several years at the skating rink in classes, rehearsals and shows, he really had no idea who I am. You see, I was very busy trying to be what I thought I had to be for other people to like me.

He may have known my "personality," the mask I put on to be acceptable to others, but he had no clue to my true essence. Since that "aha" moment, I've had many more. I've realized how many times I hid that precious Spirit within; how many times I did not stand up for myself, or even just enjoy being my 'real' self. If you think about it, you may find that you've had the same experience.

It is important that you don't get me wrong here. I'm not whining and sniveling. I'm sharing a real wake-up moment that has changed my life. Neither you, nor I have to be the figment of someone else's expectation!

Whenever you are NOT being the shining light you were born to be, you are wasting precious moments. And if YOU won't be the light you were intended to be, who will? As for me, I plan to honor my inner being.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said, "As the true Christ (Spiritual) self emerges, personality decreases. The real self, the individuality, begins to express. "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30)."

My friends, you do not need a mask (persona) to be accepted in the world. You do not need implants, or liposuction, or even dental-whitening. Hygiene, yes, surgery, no. You are amazing just the way you are. Yes, there are those of us who could refine our wardrobe, but that does not DEFINE who we are, nor does it determine our value.

Have a blessed day, RevAli


Rev. Alicia Leslie
Spirit of Unity

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