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CREATING OUTSIDE THE BOX OF CONVENTIONALITY By Cecilia Loving

It’s easy to say God is good but more difficult to be good to God.  Being good to God requires us to be good to the divine ideas that God gives us.  Being good to God requires us to tap into the Universe’s unlimited potential – expressed as our gifts and talents.  When we don’t share our gifts and talents, they dissipate.  A singer who doesn’t sing loses their vocal ability.  An artist who doesn’t paint loses their technique.  A dancer who doesn’t move loses their flexibility.  Pamela D. Jones, Master Quilter extraordinaire, is a perfect example of someone who is good to God because she shares her gifts and talents.  Her phenomenal quilts are exhibited everywhere – from Ethiopia to Detroit to Dallas – and will be a perfect complement to next week’s “Creating Outside the Box of Conventionality” Retreat at the Mariandale Conference Center.

When  her brother, the late jazz poet, hip hop-ologist, author and journalist Kenneth Jones, used to sit behind me at Cass Tech in 1972 and pull my pony tail, I had no idea that his little sister was at home designing doll clothes.  Detroit has an extraordinary creative energy, a magnetism of vision that vibrates even deeper than Motown, even more profound than futuristic car sculpting, even more daring than Xhibit’s sonorous voice or David Alan Grier’s genius – as it keeps expanding into endless forms of artistic expression.  Pam’s artistic expression first took shape in her wearable art fashion line called “Fashions for Sisters with Attitudes Today” which was featured at major department stores and praised by the Michigan Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune and other papers.  But when she began quilting, she was hooked.

A new “quilt-ology” emerges from this registered nurse and Masters of Divinity candidate at New York Theological Seminary.  I call her work “quilt-ology” because it blends healing, regeneration and Spirit into cloth that not only covers us or hangs for our pleasure but also anoints us, prophesies for us and summons us to see as well as listen.  Ms. Jones’ quilts force us to go within and realize that God is here because we witness in them the craftsmanship of the Kingdom.  We know the divine moves through her quilts because they sing scripture and they dance devotion and they even shout hallelujah through color, imagination and intricate, delicate stitching.

Her quilt called “Awakening” was featured on the cover of “The York College Commemorative Quilt” book.  Her “Women of Masi” was featured as the promotional quilt for the Citicorp Quilting and Art Exhibition.  Harvard University School of Divinity, the Black Christian Women’s Conference, and the State Office Building in Harlem are just a few venues that have recognized Pam’s amazing talent through display.  She is Chair of the Maafa  Quilters at St. Paul Community Baptist Church in Brooklyn who shares Pam’s passion for healing deep wombs of oppression and liberating souls from suffering.  She is also the lead instructor for “Black Men Who Quilt”, the only known Black male quilting guild in the country.  My favorite collection is Pam’s “Living Waters: Women of the Bible” series, which consists of 20 quilts depicting some of the women in the bible and their stories.  I love her work because it buries victimhood and celebrates triumph.  She creates outside of the box of tradition through a soul that resonates with victory.

Pam’s quilts tell a new story of victory.  Her witness testifies through texture and shape and form to preach the parables of creation, love and hope in a way that doesn’t just inform us but delivers us.  She says “Art is instinctive to me. It is a talent, which I feel, is best expressed through my quilts.  I enjoy painting but prefer letting the various fabrics I use be my color pallet, expressing the boundless contemplation and evolution of divine ideas.  Spirit always leads me to a mixture of fabrics from hand dyed to African prints, as well as more traditional American fabrics to blend the tapestries of my ancestral inclusions from Native American to Africa.”

She says “beadwork and shells embellish my quilts and work along with embroidery to add dimensions and life to them.  Sometime I also use paint to for added dimension as well.”  Each quilt magically anoints the viewer with a positive and peaceful state, in part, because Pam often creates them as she recites scripture.  These quilts wear the blessing and bring it into new shape and form and texture.  “When starting a new piece, I never really know what it will look like in the end,” she says.  “I see each one emerging like a mystery novel.  I must keep reading – keep adding fabric – in order to reach the end of the plot. Most times the true meaning of the piece is not revealed to me until it’s finished.  Quilt design is my way of allowing my imagination to soar.”

In the book God is a Brown Girl Too, God reminds us to let our imaginations soar – to embrace each moment with poems, hugs and twitters, to radiate new joy, solve new equations and fulfill new prophecies.  When we are daring enough to go with the flow of wherever creativity takes us, we find ourselves giving shape to form and substance well beyond convention or norm – to the miraculous and the genius and the divine.  Being made in “God’s image and likeness” means that we, too, are co-creators with light, energy and power.  We carry the notes of the musician giving birth to new music, the harmony of the rapper reaping hip hop beats, the whisper of the writer typing word magic, the ministry of the sculptor shaping faith from blocks, the prophecy of the painter blending answered prayers, the stitch of a quilter moving beyond ordinary squares to extraordinary surprises.  When we take time to listen to Spirit and allow it to direct our path, we realize that the things we devote most of our time to are not the most important.  We have to bold enough to move beyond the margins, to bend them into something beautiful, to create a master-piece by coloring outside the lines. Creating outside the box of conventionality is what really sustains us because we are here — not just to be good for ourselves but to be good for God.  Being good for God only happens when we allow God to use us – in the basic, simple, honest, most extraordinary ways.

If we listen, we can hear God saying move out of your way:  “I will open new doors.  I will send new ideas.  I will bless you with the wisdom that you need.  I will lift you to dance into and leap out of my realm of infinite possibilities.”

Artists like Pamela Jones remind us that using the gifts that only God can give us is a starting place, a foundation for a triumph that will flourish so much, it will become the ground upon which we stand – but only when we give way to it.

© 2011 Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, at 213 West 58th Street.

WE NEED TO CLAIM GOD FOR OURSELVES By Cecilia Loving

I finally moved myself out of the way and let Spirit finish God is a Brown Girl Too through me.  I was surprised by the outcome.  It was not what I expected Spirit to do.  I thought that “I” was supposed to narrate the book.  But God pushed me aside and told “me” to shut up.  Instead of “me” reading chapter and verse, or some other character from the spiritual ethers speaking, God speaks directly through the souls of women of color.  God is our voice.  It should come as no surprise that God doesn’t speak in monologues or sermons.  God speaking as a brown girl does not speak through the belts and suspenders of tradition but as bold new teachings, mythical scrolls and poetry.   “Move beyond the sound where your voice asks God, and go to the space where your soul listens,” God tells women of color everywhere.

We need to believe in ourselves again, rather than what someone else says, or what someone else thinks, or what someone else does.  We, as temples of a living God, must begin again to see beyond traditions that marginalize and denigrate us. We need to claim God for ourselves.   If we don’t, we will always think of ourselves as less than, as unworthy, as scorned.  We have been denigrated for long, despised for so long, marginalized for so long that if we don’t embrace our divinity – that kingdom of God that Jesus says is within us – we will never receive the salvation that we need for true deliverance.

“This is not a story,” the book begins.  “This is the truth. This is how we glue the pieces back together that have fallen from our center of spiritual oneness. This is how we re-member ourselves. This is how we get back on our feet. This is how we believe again.”

The following is an excerpt from God is a Brown Girl Too, on love, from a chapter entitled “Love with a New Heart.”

I bless you with the power of regenerating love and by so doing, I ask that you love with every aspect of your new heart. Your new heart does not carry condemnation. Your new heart is only filled with love and its presence and its power. With a new heart beating as me, you will breathe love as your breath, love as your energy, love as the me that you exude, radiating exquisite beauty.

Your new heart will remind you of who you are. Your true roots are not of a place or a people; they are the energy out of which you were formed and made –
and that energy is love. You are not limited; you can shape and mold and create out of anything that I give you.

Your new heart will not allow you to sit on the power that you are. That’s what is creating the shake-up that you are experiencing in the physical realm right
now. You have given your power away. Balance will not be restored until you love with a new heart – by using your ability to create, to manifest, to produce, to generate. The universe needs you.

I am not talking about romance. I am not talking about sex. I am not talking about the glitz and glamour of your exploitation of the gifts that I have given you. I am talking about the deep penetrating love that you must have for yourself, for your proper place in my kingdom. All of my children must stand hand-in-hand, side-by-side in the deliverance of this world. Only the harmony that you create will calm the raging seas and stop the global shifts, not to mention the pointless wars, the hunger, the health epidemics and the despair.

You have become complacent consumers – collectors of stuff – someone who just lives to purchase shoes and bags and designer wigs – forgetting your own callings. You have become lazy couch potatoes, zoned out internet surfers – greedy, selfish, and foolish enough to think that someone else should create for you and be loving for you – instead of tapping into the deepest powers of the universe that are always there – awaiting your instruction.

You are the love that you seek. You do exist to give without an agenda. Your love is secure. It has no need to scheme because it is not here to take – or to profit from anyone. Your love is here to give.

But you have forgotten who gave you birth.  You have forgotten your parents.  You have forgotten that the world around you in the flesh is an illusion because  you really dwell in one place, and that is in my heart.  You are not separate from the infinite force and inexhaustible source of creative energy that called you into being to express the love that I AM – everywhere present and emanating from every pore and every divine vibration and every spirit-infused idea that gives shape to you.  How can you refrain from being anything less than the love that created you.  When you emanate in the powerful energy of all that Love is and allow yourself to be its co-creative channel of good – it will open way to all that you need, and all that you want, and all that you desire.  When you love with a new heart, you will always be filled with my good.

When you shine your light as Love, the love that you seek CANNOT be withheld from you.  If someone is bothering you, send love their way and watch what happens.  If you have an injury or an ailment, send love its way and watch what happens.  If you have a desire or a dream or a goal, keep sending love its way and watch what happens.  If you want a divine partner, send love to the universe and the right person will manifest for you.  Love cannot withhold from you what you need.  Withholding your good defies the very nature of all that love is; it cannot happen.  The good that you seek through the power of love will always be radiated back to you. Love cannot help but attract the right people, situations and circumstances to you.

If you love with a new heart, one that doesn’t hold back, it will infuse you with a bliss that you have never felt before.  Because you won’t hold back, neither will I.

© 2011 By Cecilia Loving

I am grateful to unveil the book at this year’s God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat “Creating Outside the Box of Conventionality.” It is going to be held at the Mariandale Retreat Center, right outside NYC, during the weekend of April 1 -3, 2011.  We are going to have a fabulous time, so I hope that you can join us during this three-day celebration of the divine in us on the peaceful pastures of the lovely paradise overlooking the Hudson River.  For more information, go to
www.godisabrowngirltoo.webs.com.   You can also pre-order the book there.  Also stop by SPIRITMUV, www.spiritmuv.com, 213 West 58th Street in NYC, where we always uplift the God within — each Sunday from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

HEAVEN IS HERE — THE TIME IS NOW by Cecilia Loving

If times appear difficult and you experience one struggle after the next, it is only because the time for your transformation is here. The days may appear bleak but your challenges are your blessings. Spirit is always here to pull you through the rough times —  to encourage you to surrender to  its limitless supply and inexhaustible source.

There is no need to wait for a “9/11” or for some catastrophic event to take place in order for you to know that God has your back. You don’t need to wait to experience the Kingdom of Heaven in the hereafter.  Jesus teaches you that it is here and now.   Heaven  is a consciousness that is always available to you.

The word “heaven” used in the Bible means expanding. Your dreams, your goals, your commitment to doing what Spirit has called you to do is part of your expansion. Heaven is always expanding to embrace you.  You expand by releasing lack, frustration and despair and believing instead in the omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence of Spirit in you.

You lost your job? So what. You lost that opportunity you had staked your hope in? So what.  God is trying to make you realize that there is something better in store. God is trying to make you aim higher than before.  You can wear the biggest hat, hold the most prestigious position, and kneel in a temple made of pure gold, but it means nothing if you don’t recognize the Kingdom within.

The time to move away from appearances is now. The time to move away from confusion is now. The time to move forward as a full expression of Spirit is now.

Take the road that makes a difference by looking at yourself in the mirror and telling you how much you love you just the way you are.

If you don’t love yourself, then no matter what road you take, you will be lost. There is so much in you that wants to be and needs to be loved. But part of loving who you are is being honest about what you need to do to be your best.

Ask yourself: How can I feel even better about myself? How can I slowly begin to take the steps that make me appreciate who I am? How can I slow down long enough to connect with the Divine Source that will lead me in the right direction? How can I enjoy each aspect of living and moving and being as part of the seamless energy that makes me uniquely me? How can I be about my business — without worrying about what anyone else thinks? How can I trust the love leading me — from my own heart?

When you begin to see the truth for yourself — that you hold the map to the best path and you can follow your own faith to the Kingdom of Heaven — you will find that place where all of the power, all of the peace, all of the joy that you need is already expanding. Trust me, and allow heaven to expand in you. There is no need to wait for a new season, the time is now.

Copyrighted 2011 by Reverend Cecilia Loving
All rights reserved.

[from the new God is a Brown Girl Too book, which can be ordered at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.webs.com.]

Join us every Sunday at SPIRITMUV, 213 West 58th Street, NYC, between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM and lift up the divine in you.

NOT AGAIN By Cecilia Loving

Okay, I admit it.  Just before Christmas, I prayed for snow.  It wasn’t a long or involved prayer — just a mantra that I kept on the edge of my tongue, a vision that lingered at the forefront of my thoughts.  And perhaps just once, I actually said: “I wish it would snow.”  Or maybe I said it twice.  At this point, I can’t remember because now I just wish it would stop.  Yes, I am actually knee-deep in the answer to my prayers sighing — “not again.”

Prayer opens a spigot of God’s good that can’t be turned off at whim.  The Universe wants to give us what we want — especially if there is no harm to anyone else.  Why shouldn’t we want snow?  Agriculturalists tell us that it is an excellent insulator for gardens, protecting natural landscape and animal inhabitants against low temperatures. 

We may get tired of putting on our UGGS, but the wintery white stuff provides the necessary moisture to plants that would be at a risk of injury without it.

My favorite drink is water, which is also what I use in my showers and baths — not to mention for cleaning dishes and doing laundry.  While some may think that 10 inches of snow equals 1 inch of rain, it can actually contain as much as 5 inches, depending on the snowflake’s crystal structure.   Slow snow melts cause trickles that seep into the earth to purify water for drinking.

Calm winter snows wrap God’s grace around us, reminding us to go within.  Beneath the snow, we transform.  We wait.  We learn to ask for what we want and to be courageous enough to receive it.  We remember that we are no more than tiny specks in the cosmic flow of spiritual breath.  We slow down, like each unique crystal dancing from heaven to the ground, realizing that we need to enjoy the process before we melt in the crack of someone’s boot.  Our journey shows us the presence of God in everything: laughter at falls when we know we can get up again; releasing the past when we trust that we just move forward; brushing ourselves off when we discover patience with each step that we take.

Proverbs doesn’t say “not again”; it says “[s]he is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.”  When we are clothed in the Spirit, we have all of the protection that we need.  I was outside yesterday when the first flake fell. I saw the Holy Ghost pull the good out of souls, saw them help each other push cars, balance over piles and navigate subway stairways.

Isaiah doesn’t say “not again”; he says “[m]y word . . . is like  . . . snow.  It will not come back to me without results, but it will accomplish whatever I want and achieve whatever I send it to do.”  When we speak God’s word, it always returns a blessing.  When we give of ourselves, God throws “open the floodgates of heaven and pour[s] out so much good that there is not room enough to receive it.”

How are you embracing this extraordinary manna of God?  Are you ready for living water to fall into your life?  Do you stop long enough to grin at the spectacular show of new life unfolding in the air around you?  Watch what you say and what you wish for: words always have a way of returning.  The universal ethers are full of your hopeful longings, just waiting for the right nudge into manifestation.

So when you see the snowflakes cover every shape and form, say with assurance “in God we live and move and have our being.”  When you feel the first flakes melt on your tongue, say “be still and know that I am God.”  When you realize that you are knee-deep in Absolute Good, refrain from mumbling “not again” — just spin an angel out of flapping arms, fashion white balls of cold slush, or step gracefully through the abundance of this season, and say “glory, glory, hallelujah.”

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO®   “CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility.   

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are sellling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

WHERE IS YOUR GOLDEN VOICE? By Cecilia Loving

Ted Williams, “the man with the golden voice,” is teaching all of us something from his meteoric rise to fame.  Everyone seems to be holding their breath for his success.  We pray that he is redeemed from self-destruction because we don’t want an unhappy ending to this modern day miracle.  We pray that God will not only protect him from his own demons but also from the vultures that have lined up, patiently awaiting.

We’ve all been there before — perhaps not in Ted’s infamous shoes.  But when opportunity presented itself, there was something in us that longed to return to the cozy familiar.  Perhaps we resolved to change our lives forever, never to make the same mistakes again.   Perhaps we felt the fresh breath of triumph in our lungs and breathed it as long as we could — until we faltered and eventually needed the strength of something stronger than flesh.  Somewhere in the distance, we heard our golden voice but it seemed to fade, die out, or just not sound like us anymore. 

We were so eager for Ted Williams to tell our story that we summoned him from obscurity to speak with his golden voice.  We root for Ted because we are rooting for our own success.  He can do it — he can do it — he can do it!  Or if we are the negative sort, we moan that he’ll fail, he’s a con artist — or the most inspiring — once a drug addict always a drug addict.  We know that Ted needs help.  Gratefully, Dr. Phil has offered him at least 90 days of treatment at a remote rehabilitation facility.  But the real question is not what Ted is going to do, it is what are you going to do?  Where is your golden voice?  What talents are you allowing to go to waste?  What dreams do you need to dust off?  What resolutions have you made year after year that now lie buried on a journal page?

Ted Williams teaches us a few lessons about using our God-given talent.

First, the gifts that God blesses us with can survive the greatest storm.  Ted Williams had been at rock bottom, strung out on crack, addicted to alcohol and homeless.  But despite the odds, he still persevered and God sent him an angel.  A reporter from The Columbus Dispatch posted a 97-second clip of him on its website, holding a handwritten cardboard sign, which read I have the “God-given gift of voice.”

Second, God opens the doors that need to be opened.  The Columbus Dispatch video was posted to YouTube by an anonymous user.  Within 48 hours, the video went viral, receiving over 13 million page views.   This lead to numerous morning show appearances and potential job offers to do advertising, sporting events and even a potential spot on Oprah’s new OWN Network.

Third, if we don’t put God first, our good will disappear just as quickly as we receive it. Putting God first is a daily process.  It’s not something that we do once and never worry about again.  Salvation is not a one-time experience.  Salvation is an ongoing process.  Being tapped into and turned on to God is an everyday ritual of meditation, prayer, affirmation, study, and silence.  Williams showed us that if we don’t put God first, we will more easily revert back to our old ways.   (He got drunk and fought but hopefully will resist in the days to come.)

Fourth, Ted Williams is proof that we all have a golden voice.  We just need to use it.  By our “golden voice,” I don’t mean how we sound but the inner gifts that we each uniquely bear.  Ted’s children attempted to shame him by asking “where have you been?”  But that is the same question they need to be asking themselves.  We come not from our parents but through them to be the best that we can be.  The irony is that our challenges ultimately become our gifts.  We have the capacity to become better people because of them.

No one tells this story better than Wayne Dyer about his alcoholic father.  Dyer’s father abandoned his family and he and his siblings sometimes lived in foster homes.  But Dyer says that his father’s own dysfunction became his greatest teacher. “Growing up in Detroit orphanages I was immersed in opportunities to learn self-sufficiency at an early age,” Dyer says.  “Of course, so were all the other children around me. It’s just that I was already aware, by age 10, that whatever happened to me, my own destiny was right in my very own little hands and in nobody else’s.” 

Dyer says that true healing comes from making a conscious choice to “live your life based on the notion that there are no justified resentments.”  What a liberating concept: there are no justified resentments.  I do not have the right to be resentful against anyone or anything.  What I do have the right to do is to dance to my own music, create my own rhythm, find my own golden voice.  Dyer said that when he stood at his father’s grave, he didn’t curse him, he sent his father love — and in that instant, he was liberated.

Every day gives us an opportunity to heal and be restored in the righteousness of God.  There is no need to hold onto the past; or worry about what we did or didn’t do.  There comes a time when we have to shake the dust off our feet, and keep on moving.

We send you love Ted Williams.  We know you have been the best that you had the capacity to be under the circumstances.  Now, we pray for you to put on a new self.

No matter what, we are glad that we heard your golden voice.  You are living proof that this is our season.  We are taking shape and creating form in the cosmic ethers like fresh seed falling on new earth.  Just like in the Garden of Eden, the true manna of God Source is all around us.  Thank you for reminding us that we each have the gift to listen to God and to hear a golden voice inside of us.  Perhaps it is singing “I ain’t gonna study war no more.”  Perhaps it is testifying, “I’m gonna touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.”  Perhaps it is praying,  “I’m gonna rise like Lazarus.”  It doesn’t matter.  The most important thing is that we listen, and hear ourselves taking charge in a new way.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility.   

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are sellling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

NOT JUST FOR COLORED GIRLS ONLY By Cecilia Loving

For Colored Girls FourTyler Perry’s superb resurrection of Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf reminds us that its message is not just for colored girls.  It is a lesson for all of us — that God is not merely in us, but God is the divine energy that keeps co-creating as us, that part of us that  continues to be transformed by the Spirit revealing pure possibility as us.  No matter what our challenges are, we are not here in this experience that we call “life” to just go through the motions.  We are not just here to flirt with life but to be better than ourselves by allowing God to use us.

So what is holding us back?  Are we — like Ntozake Shange wrote — “half notes scattered without rhythm/no tune”?  Are we “distraught laughter fallin’ over our shoulder”?  Are “we whispering don’t tell nobody?  don’t tell a soul — because we [just] dancing on beer can and shingles”? Do we even realize that the Love of God embraces us with a joy that runs from the bottom of our feet to the top of our heads?  Do we even know that the magnitude of God radiates through us as the glorious light of truth and the everlasting energy of divine ideas?

In the Book of Matthew, the 6th Chapter, the 8th Verse, it says that God knows what we have need of before we even ask.  The good that we seek is already part of the endless energy of God.  The only person standing in the way of that good is us — when we give our power away to people and events and the appearances of stuff.

As Loretta Divine, the Lady in Green from Perry’s For Colored Girls movie, says “somebody almost walked off with alla my stuff — not my poems or a dance i gave up in the street — but somebody almost walked off wid alla my stuff — like a kleptomaniac workin hard and forgettin while stealin — this is mine!  this ain’t your stuff!”  The question that Ntozake so ingeniously raises is how do we keep our stuff — and baptize it in the Spirit and fill it with the Holy Ghost power of who we are — so that we can grow and soar as a divine expression of God?

I believe that Thandi Newton, the Lady in Yellow in Perry’s For Colored Girls, hits it on the head when she says: “bein alive & bein a woman [and I add bein’ a man] & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma i haven’t quite conquered yet/ do you see the point that my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of soul & gender…”  Our spirits are too ancient to understand that we can’t drag around misery.  That doesn’t belong to us.  We can’t give our power to being victims.  That ain’t good enough for us.  We can’t worry about what somebody -sposed to be doin.’  That’s too toxic for us.   We have to realize that who we are in the flesh is a compliment to who we are in the Spirit.  We have to recognize that we are the good in everything that we experience.

We need to breathe good into everything and everyone just like the sugar that you put in something to make it sweet.  We need  to sweeten our consciousness.  The difference with spiritual sweetness or goodness is that it doesn’t backfire with excess calories or fat or diabetes.  It is all good for this reason: you will get out of everything what you put into it.  So we are going to make a conscious effort to put good into every situation.  The metaphysical dilemma, you see, is that someone else has painted us as weak, when we are strong.  Someone else has painted us as less than, when we are more than worthy.  Someone else claims to have the power when the power is in God.

We need to keep our mind stayed on God and move on.  The Lady in Blue from For Colored Girls says: “one thing i don’t need is any more apologies.  i got sorry greeting me at my front door.  you can keep yours . . . iI can’t get to the clothes in my closet for alla the sorries . . . .i’m gonna do exactly what i want to & i won’t be sorry for none of it.”  In other words,  I am not about wrath.  I am not about vengeance.  I am not about regret.  I am not about holding onto who you are in consciousness because I am liberating, freeing, empowering who I am in the Spirit — and I am not sorry for any of it.   Because when I can’t release your crap, it becomes my crap. I am bigger than you — the hell in you, the craziness in you, the disrespect in you!  So, here’s what I’m gonna do:  I am going to forgive all of your nonsense seventy times seven, and I’m going let it go.

We need to radiate the love within.  For Colored Girls demonstrates something very important — that the love that each one of the women needed, they had within.  They said — “my love is too beautiful to have thrown back in my face; my love is too sanctified to have thrown back in my face; my love is too magic to have thrown back in my face; my love is too music to have thrown back in my face.”  We relate to love on a human level — based on what we give and receive.  But on a spiritual level, love is not giving or receiving — love  simply is.  We evolve in it.  We create out of it.  We are reborn in it.  We are sanctified by it.  We are saved as it.  Love is the only  salvation that there is.  It doesn’t worry about receiving because it is constantly giving.  It doesn’t worry about giving because it is always being blessed.  There is nothing that it needs or lacks because Love is divine source.

We need to praise our power.  Prayer works because it realizes that its deliverance is part of the divine order of the universe.  Prayer works because it is not simply us speaking, it is Absolute Good.  As soon as we ask, we begin the process of receiving.  The only way that we shut the door — is by not believing.  When we give praise and thanks for the manifestation of our good, then we allow it to take shape.

What people rarely focus on in For Colored Girls is that at the end of the play, it says “& for this is for colored girls who have considered suicide/ BUT are moving to the ends of their own rainbows.” (Emphasis Added.)  You see, they are not tragically ending life but have come to the realization that they are the covenant between humanity and God — all the colors of the rainbow.  When we realize that we can breathe good into everything; when we know that nobody has the power to walk off with all of our stuff;  when we radiate the love within;  when we praise our power — we watch life give shape to us — a more spectacular us than we could ever imagine.  And then, only then can we say —  “i found god in myself, and i loved her[/him] fiercely.”

 i saw good radiating from me like endless streams of light bouncing off the edge of all possibility.
just as my stuff was about to walk off, i realized that it was mine, and i claimed it!
i began again and witnessed my own love as the ultimate salvation.
and just as i was about to give up, i saw prayers swinging from trees and heard blessings break branches and scatter to the wind, answering everyone and everything, saying nothing is impossible.

 i moved to the end of my rainbow, and i was born again!  

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

 The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

 

GET YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER By Cecilia Loving

There’s a lot of discussion these days on the controversy surrounding Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church,  who has been accused in a series of civil lawsuits of sexual misconduct with young male parishioners.   Although Bishop Long — revered husband and father of four — vowed from the pulpit to thousands of supportive congregants that he would contest the accusations, his battle seems lost before it could ever possibly be won.

According to court papers, Bishop Long engaged in private ceremonies to consecrate his “Spiritual Sons” where via candlelight, they exchanged vows while Long covenanted that he — spiritual Father — would protect them forever.  Long’s Longfellow Youth Academy supposedly trained young men to love, lead and proceed on their “masculine journey” through commitment, leadership and integrity, but it sounds more like a inner sanctum created to satisfy Long’s fleshly desires.  Long’s spandex-wearing photographs, emailed to his accusers’ cell phones, would probably be Exhibit A in establishing the type of misconduct punishable by criminal laws in states that have discerned the need to protect congregants from their own clergy’s antics.

Unfortunately, allegations of clergy sexual misconduct are not new.  The potential for abuse of power and betrayal of trust is so prevalent that a “mega church” would be foolish not to create adequate safeguards — like educating clergy and congregation on the law,  raising awareness of potential for abuse; providing mechanisms for reporting misconduct, including the investigation of complaints and sufficient response mechanisms; as well as dedicating therapeutic systems to re-build trust in the event of malfeasance.  Otherwise, the church inadvertently sanctions the hatred, violence, abuse, and destruction it should exist to condemn.  Jamal Parris’ complaint against Long, New Birth and Longfellow lists the people at the church who knew that he shared a bedroom with the Bishop.

The unraveling of Bishop Long is not just about problems inherent in black churches.  It is about the responsibility of churches, clergy, congregants, and people everywhere to get their houses in order.  There is a reason why the states of Minnesota, Alaska, Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, and Utah have criminals statutes to prevent clergy from engaging in sexual acts while giving spiritual counsel.   These rules are not limited to black folks, they are for clergy of all colors and all faiths because of an ongoing abuse of authority.  When God’s shepherd is shrouded with both the glorification of his pastoral position and the celebrity of his church, there is an even greater potential for not only his abuse, but also his flock’s acquiescence.  Sadly, most of us are star-struck.  Self-proclaimed Christians seem to ignore most of the commandments, even the one where God says have no other idols before me.

This case is hardly just about gay rights.  In 2004, Long led a march to Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave site in support of a Georgia constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.   Like many “Christians,” he speaks out against homosexuality — completely dismissing the fact that Jesus said love one another.  But gay rights pertains to sex between consenting adults.  This isn’t a case where Bishop Long simply engaged in a sexual relationship with a consenting male companion from — let’s say another church.  Long’s hand-picked disciples from the Longfellow Youth Academy could hardly be said to “consent.”  Many courts do not even allow “consent” as a defense to what is clearly a breach of “the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive” — the fiduciary duty of a church to protect the  pastor’s flock from everyone, even himself.

This case is much deeper than sex.  Sadly, it is about greed and grandiose power gone astray in what supposedly began as a spiritual ascension of faith.  If the allegations are true, Eddie Long is a mirror of what goes wrong with each and every one of us when we stop being true to God.  I would not be surprised if he, too, was the subject of abuse — years before he ascended to the throne.  It may be that his entire life has been one of pain that he never adequately dealt with and instead inflicted upon others.  When we say we believe in God but our practice is inconsistent, we are bound to come face to face with our own demons, eventually.   I don’t say this while sitting on some self-proclaimed high horse either.  I don’t believe that anyone in the flesh is capable of casting stones at a sinner.

In the 69th Psalm, the Psalmist said “O God, You know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from You. . . . Shame has covered my face.  I have become a stranger to my brothers, and an alien to my mother’s children; because zeal for Your house has eaten me up.”

Jesus demonstrated this holy zeal when He cleaned out the temple.  John, Chapter 2 says Jesus found  those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business there — and he made a whip of cords.  He drove all of them out of the temple,  overturned the tables, and screamed “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” Then, His disciples remembered what the Psalmist said, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.”   God’s cleansing power goes deep into the veins and the inner parts for true confession.

Jesus knew the Holy Ghost so well that he said “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:13-22)  We think that Jesus is talking about the church, but he was talking about the temple of his body.  He was saying his body vessel of muscle and bones and nerves and skin is just an outer garment.  His persona, position and title was just the human temple.  He existed for the greater mission of being resurrected in the Spirit.  He came to teach us that we, too, are governed by a Holy Ghost power that is greater than what you see in the flesh — a presence so powerful that it is in us — a Spirit of Truth to teach us all things, as our counselor, our teacher, and our guide.

Jesus  came to show us that Zeal — the pure presence of God — holds us accountable for our stuff regardless of  where we are on the path or what we have manifested for ourselves  —  whether we have a mega church or an infant church; whether we just go the park and have silent walk on Sundays; whether we practice yoga on a mat or run in the street; whether we sleep in or have brunch — it doesn’t matter.  We are accountable for our behavior — for anything that we do that is inconsistent with Spirit.

We try to fool ourselves, but the truth is that no matter how holy you profess to be — abuse and God don’t live in the same house.  Hatred and God don’t live in the same house.  Hatred includes homophobia, sexism, racism — and all of the other -isms.  Lies and God don’t live in the same house.  Cheating and God don’t live in the same house.  Jealousy and God don’t live in the same house.  Resentment and God don’t live in the same house.  Idols and God don’t live in the same house.

When we find these things present in our consciousness, we have to step up to the plate and correct our wrong.  It doesn’t matter whether we are Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Taoist , Muslim, Nondenominational, or Atheist  — the zeal of God’s house will “eat up” anything that is not in alignment with Spirit.  We cannot hide from it — under neither the masquerade of redeemed saint nor the cloak of skeptical nonbeliever.  We will always be held accountable.

Spiritual leaders  need to get their houses in order.  Teachers need to get their houses in order.  Politicians need to get their lives in order.  Corporate executives need to get their lives in order.  Churches and their parishioners need to get their lives in order.  We all need to clean out our temples so well that we become so honest and forthright — that only God remains.

I always try to see a blessing in the appearance of destruction, knowing that the lesson of redemption is  not just for the accused, it holds truth for us all.  Here, one blessing is a reminder of the cleansing power of God.

We need to do our own self-inventory and make sure that we are acting with commitment, leadership and integrity.  We need to be honest with ourselves.  There may be some lies that we don’t want to come terms with.  There may even be some bones that we need to shake out of our closets.  We have to stop trying to fool ourselves.  Our loved ones and friends need to stop trying to look the other way.  We need to stop trying to hold onto the past.  We have to stop giving our power to people or relationships or situations that are toxic.  We can no longer get stuck in the mire of bad habits, abusive appetites, or somebody else’s stuff.  We need to clean out the contradictions that undermine our faith; and we need to remain vigilant to destroy any ousted enemy that tries to sneak back through our thoughts, words or deeds.

Otherwise, we may not find ourselves on CNN or the Tom Joiner Radio Show defending our dirty laundry, but we will wake up one morning and our mess will be piled so high that we can’t even step over it.  We will be forced to finally see what’s there, and hopefully we will come face to face — not with our demons — but with our everlasting love for God — an earth-shattering zeal lashing out from the universal ethers — to do nothing more than get our house in order.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

 

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO® 

“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M. 

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.   All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility. 

The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

 Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 11 rooms left.

SPIRITUAL FITNESS: BACK TO BASICS By Cecilia Loving

Every now and then, I have to listen to the song by Ginuwine, when he sings “I’m going back to the basics, yeah.  I’m going back to the basics.”  It’s a definite reminder to take a step back to see the big picture — what we are doing, why we are doing it, what we need to improve upon — to do, and more importantly — to be the people we were called to be in the first place.

Back to basics doesn’t mean returning to the past, it means using the trajectory of what we’ve experienced to catapult into fullness of now.   It means back to school, back to work, back to church, back to work-outs, back to goals that we had so clearly intended to accomplish somewhere along the path — in the beginning of the year, last year, the year before last,  when we were younger, or before we got too old.  Back to basics requires us to dust off our dreams — so that we can move forward with the fullness of all of God’s gifts to accomplish them.

September 11 is a reminder not to take life frivolously.  It is a reminder to honor what we are here to do.  In January, we take the requisite steps toward the completion of our goals.  In the spring, we dive into them wholeheartedly.   But when we have nearly accomplished them — summer arrives like a thief in the night.  Many of us surrender to the holidays and barbeques — until the coolness of the air, the sun-kissed leaves and the back-to-school sales remind us that we need to take care of business.  September reminds us to roll up our sleeves with renewed dedication.  Only when we fail to attend to our goals does winter find us in remorse, scrambling at the last minute.

If we would get back to basics — especially when the first leaves fall, we could tap into the vortex of inexhaustible supply and open our consciousness to the Kingdom of all of God’s good.  We would realize that we can do all things through the power of God, and that these and greater things shall we do.  Oh, if we could just go back to the basics, we would remember to say “I can” rather than “I wish.”  We would know to listen to the breath of God within, that is our counselor, and teacher, and guide.

The breath of God speaks in basic terms, in simple words, in straightforward cadence.  It does not take an advanced degree in theology to hear the Spirit.  We are neither saints nor sinners, we are the “good news” that Jesus preached to every kingdom.  We are, as the African proverb says, the wise aiming at boundaries beyond the appearances.  We are the anointed — blessed with new visions.  We are the faithful — transcending the circle of our beginnings.  We are bigger and wiser and stronger in the Spirit than we could ever imagine in the flesh.  We are not here to await the return of Christ, but as Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President of New York Theological Seminary puts it — we are here to “provoke resurrection.”  When we listen, we know that the most important resurrection is within.  Christ rises again and again, when we consistently practice the presence of God in everything we do.

We can lift the heavy weights.  We can use proper form.  We can simplify our tasks.  We can walk — without getting weary.  We can move out of the way of our own victory.  Back to basics is remembering that what is good for us is good for the entire universe.

We can make better choices.  We can choose to eat all of the divine vibrations of earth — its green leaves, its red and blue berries, its sweet orange potatoes, its yellow squash, its brown oats.  Back to basics is simple science: if we eat well, we become what we eat.  We can choose to drink fresh water, get plenty of  sunshine and sufficient sleep — all of which will allow us to do the work that we must do in this lifetime.

We can be patient.  The work that we need to do will not be done in one day or one week or one year.  In fact, it may take forty days, or forty weeks or forty years, or forty lifetimes — or as long as it takes.   So we have to regenerate and rejuvenate our body with cycles of rest and work, rest and work.  We have to slow down long enough to learn from the Kingdom within.  We have to tap in and turn on the messages from the universe through our dreams, awaken fresh to be attentive to Spirit, and listen with our hearts.

Back to basics requires that we remember that we are not made in the image and likeness of man.  We are made in the image and likeness of love.  Love is the Kingdom that lives in us.  We are in love and love is in us.  If we remember each day to awaken with love as our teacher, our counselor and our guide, we won’t make as many mistakes, and if we do — we will be loving enough to accept their guidance and their lessons.   Back to basics reminds us that love isn’t a religion. Religion may confuse people into believing that they can burn other folk’s sacred books; but love is receptive to all.  Religion may wrongly seek to exclude those of different faiths; but love transcends boundaries.  Religion may err by turning to hatred; but love is unconditional goodness.

When we begin our day by centering in love — through prayer, silence, meditation, affirmations, journaling, or visualizing — whatever works for you, we open our hearts to the constant connection that God is simply being our most basic self.

Back to basics simply requires that we breathe.  Just take a moment, when you first awaken in the morning — and just breeeaaaaatttttthhhhhhheeeeeee.  Breath slowly and exhale with your mouth open.  Breathe deeply 5-10 times and remember that you are a child of God.  You are good news.  You are the light that will shine forever.  You are the truth and the way.

When Langston Hughes wrote “I’ve known rivers:  I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers,”  he had gone back to basics.  He was blessing us with the truth that we are as young as fresh seeds but as old as the eternal soil of endless possibilities that we plant them in.

What we have come here to do here is not our own will but is part of Spirit’s divine plan.  The universe will insist that we accomplish each and every one of our desires.  If we don’t follow our heart’s desire when we are young, it will find us when we are older.  Either then or now, we will have to return to the source of Absolute Good — and put our noses to eternal grindstone of life, and press our ears to the pulsation of our beating hearts or our aching guts — pushing us back in the direction that we must move in.

Going back to basics requires us to be honest with ourselves and with others.  Are we being the best that we can be, or are we simply going through the motions?  Have we been obedient to God’s plan, or have we strayed off course?  Do we know what our vision is or has our true dream been concealed by someone else’s opinion?  Do we really believe that God’s channels of good are infinite, and have we taken the time to open them?  Can we be brave enough to start again — wherever we are — and trust that the basics are always enough?

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

None of the content herein may be copied or otherwise used except with Reverend Loving’s written permission.

Join the Spiritmuv  Community at www.Spiritmuv.ning.com for special postings by Rev. Loving.

 

GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO®
“CREATING  BEYOND THE  BOX  OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the
Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York.  All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility.  The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00.  There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00. 

Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231.  But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.

A MIRACLE OF FAITH

At church last Sunday, we were blessed with a powerful testimony of faith.

After leaving the God is a Brown Girl Too® Retreat, a number of participants stopped by a gas station on their way through Manhattan.  Between the excitement of saying good-byes, giving directions and jumping back into cars, someone lost their wallet.  She didn’t realize it until she got back into her car and was approaching Brooklyn.

Unfortunately, by the time her attention turned to the wallet, she had been maneuvering through traffic on I-95 and the last time she had seen the wallet was when she laid it on the hood of her convertible.

 A car hood is a vulnerable place to have a wallet sitting on any moving vehicle — not to mention on top of one in fast-moving traffic on a NYC highway.  The steps that one would have to retrace to locate it would be impossible to recreate.  Here, the various scenarios of it flying off into oblivion would be too numerous to imagine, especially because the last point of contact — the gas station — was miles away in the distance.   But after such an extraordinary women’s retreat, only faith filled the hearts of the passengers concerned about the missing wallet.

Charged with faith, one of the passengers called the gas station.  One counseled the driver to have faith that the wallet would manifest.  Another passenger used her faith to pray for a favorable outcome.  And after she was ministered to, the driver decided not to worry about her wallet.  With faith, she continued driving to Brooklyn and left the matter in the hands of the universe.

When she faithfully got out of the car to drop off her first passenger, she witnessed what she called a “miracle.”  Her wallet was still sitting where she had put it — not in a fold or a crease — but right on her hood!  It was as though divine order had converged the centrifugal force of space and time and gravity to suspend the wallet in its right place — so that it was not thrown or tossed, but simply rode atop the car — with all of its contents intact.

Faith is not a power to be taken lightly.

Faith pushes us out of the realm of appearances and posits us in the reality of unlimited good.  Faith pulls us away from the consciousness where we simply ask God — and connects with the super-consciousness where our good has already manifested.  Faith catapults us beyond asking to believing that whatever we ask for, we receive.  Faith blesses us with a patience beyond human comprehension — to know that our good is here.

Faith is one of the 12 powers we are studying.  Although the foundation for our study is a book that Charles Fillmore wrote in 1930, entitled The Twelve Powers of Man (Unity Books), we are now able to expand our interpretation of the 12 powers within according to the teachings of our more ancient ancestors  — who developed a basis for spiritual power centers thousands of years before Fillmore was born.

The pineal gland — located in the brain behind the eyes — is said to be the physical entry of spiritual enlightenment, and through that illumination, it is also known as the gateway to faith.  It is the home of higher consciousness, healing power, and psychic perception.  In her book, Opening to Spirit, Caroline Shola Arewa, an expert on African teachings on the healing power of the   chakras, says that melatonin is excreted by the pineal gland, which encourages receptivity to the creative consciousness of Spirit.  Melatonin levels, Arewa says, are at their highest between the hours of 4 A.M. and 6 A.M., producing the best consciousness to create, meditate, and be more open and receptive to Spirit.

Our Faith Power is associated with deep indigo blue energy, which is said to be the color associated with the deep blue of midnight — an energy that radiates outward and encompasses all things with compassion and connection to all life.  It is in the evening, through dreams that Jacob receives spiritual messages.

The Bible says, in that place called “Peniel” (or Pineal), he “sees God face-to-face” — and his life is spared.  He is reborn in a new consciousness.  In the Spirit, one could say that his Pineal gland was opened.  The Bible says that the sun rose above him as he passed Peniel.  He saw with new light.  When we tap into and turn on the power associated with our Pineal Gland, our Faith organ, we see God face-to-face. 

Peter represents Faith in the Bible.  He sometimes faltered, but he was also more steadfast than the other disciples.  He was the only one who actually tried to walk the water.

Whenever Jesus heals an affliction, he tells the person healed that it was their Faith that made them whole.  Through Faith, we know that God goes before us to make easy, joyous and successful our way — regardless of the appearances.  Through Faith, we can trust — like our sister who recovered her wallet on the top of her hood — that even what seems to have been lost will be restored.  Through Faith, we know that we are blessed and thus realize our blessings.

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

 About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Ghandi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops.  The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.

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