Alan Alda said “you have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”
If you were with me on Sunday, you know that my topic was “Coming Out to Ourselves.” I believe that often, in the “closet” that is our mind, we keep hurts, resentments, bitterness, ideas that we are less than, and other scary monsters hidden. We may do a really good job of keeping them back behind the shoes and the winter coats. But every once in a while, they work their way up to the front to hurt us again.
It is difficult to live with a secret, especially when we are afraid that if someone finds out, they will abandon us. The problem is that if we are not true to ourselves, and honor ourselves as the beloved of God, we are abandoning ourselves. Because even if we have everyone else’s approval, we cannot be truly at peace until we have our own.
Every day is new and fresh. No matter what happened, each moment holds an opportunity to move forward in peace and joy.
Grace allows us to “clean out the closet”—to look at those hurts and judgments, forgive them, and release them. Because we know Spirit (or God or The Universe or Our Higher Power) loves us and never judges us, we can remember the only judgment that matters is our own. Each of us is beloved, sacred and worthy.