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Volume 6 Issue 3 ISSN# 1708-3265

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Change Happens
by Rev. Cheryl Jewett

Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Many of us literally live by the clock, whether it's a Grandfather's clock with a swinging pendulum, an intricately carved Black Forest Cuckoo clock, an alarm clock, whatever you use to keep you on track. Our ancestors used nature; the moon, sun, and the seasons.

Yet, time is a perception. Sometimes, it seems to be speeding on by, and other times, it seems to be moving as slow as a turtle. When I was much younger, older people would tell me that with each year, time goes by faster. And, it does! But, I remember when I was a child, time seemed to drag.

Time, being as intangible and ephemeral as it is, ticks on. I sense a profound change in the world; a sense of hope, of a new beginning - an excitement in the air. A sincere hope that this movement into the future will finally be that great peace march we all so yearn for.

Stop. Listen. Look around you. Nothing you see or hear is permanent or fixed. It is on loan to you from the Universe. That includes your house, car, entertainment centre, furniture, books, pets, and other household accessories. Even your loved ones. You don't own any of it or any of them. Really. When you're gone, someone else will be living in your house, driving your car, using your things. Conversely someday your house may not be there at all due to a devastating storm or what is known as 'progress' - tear down a house and make a parking lot.

Now, look in the mirror. The person you are looking at is also NOT permanent. Consider yourself to be merely a body enwrapped in a set of clothes for the environment you find yourself in. Much like the space suits astronauts wear. And, you will shed your clothes upon your demise from this earthly abode, just like you take off your sweater when you don't need it anymore. You won't need a body on the Other Side - the spiritual side rather than this physical side of life.

Does this concept of impermanence sadden or frighten you? No need to feel that way. Instead, let it cultivate an expanding sense of wonder for the places you've lived, the people you've known, the situations you have found yourself in, both challenging and easy to handle. You chose this life, so live it with curiosity and enthusiasm, knowing when you return to your Heavenly Home, you will have learned your lessons well and enjoyed life, to the best of your ability, this time around.

Speaking of life this time around, life can be like a ship tossed erratically at sea with no answers or resolutions. On the other hand, life can be those peaceful, still waters filled with wisdom after a rough ride. Life is like that. You take it one day at a time, making do with what arises, some expected - some unexpected. Life definitely can be unpredictable, to say the least. Buddhists see impermanence as just one of three marks of existence. The other two are egolessness, and dissatisfaction. Learning to lose the need for ego, that arrogant know-it-all, superior attitude and building some humility into your life while learning to reject dissatisfaction is what these lessons teach us. Every night, remind yourself of how much you already have to be thankful for, and over time bounteous gratitude will be yours. It will grow exponentially until you will wonder what could possibly make your life better.

Remember, by fighting change, you will spend your entire life struggling with impermanence. Find a way to embrace the ephemeral aspects of life, or just plain accept it. If you want a steady-as-you-go presence in your life, turn to the God-Spirit for guidance and peace. You will never be let down… ever. God bless.  

Cheryl, from Michigan, says, "Having had Multiple Sclerosis for almost thirty years, I've learned much about adapting and squeezing joy out of life. Therefore, I am a metaphysical minister who believes God is in everything, everywhere. And, the Sweet God-Spirit surely lives in my little Maya-puppy, who kept me connected with life after my youngest son was killed in a freak automobile accident ten years ago."

Cheryl seeks to inspire healing, so she developed a website dedicated to those who are grieving.

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