“The House of God is a figure of speech that turns out to be much more than that. On the spiritual level, there is a house and it is our shelter. “May you dwell in the House of the Lord forever” is more than a symbolic statement. It means, may your perception of what’s real and what’s not real be based only on God’s eternal realities, every moment…Love is the only absolute reality, which never changes
and never dies. Dwelling on that which does not change, while things around us are changing all the time, is our key to inner peace.” — from The Gift of Change by Marianne Williamson.
If you were with me on Sunday, you remember that we talked about the movie Monsters Inc.
You may remember the premise. In the city of Monstropolis, the local utility company was Monsters Inc. The company created energy by dispatching the staff monsters, including our heroes James P. Sullivan (AKA Sully) and Mike Wazowski, out to the closets of small children, and collecting their screams when they jumped out and scared them. The screams were then converted into power.
This got me to thinking: are our lives powered by fear, or powered by love?
Often and frequently, we are offered the opportunity to be afraid. The economy, health issues, the new health insurance coverage, etc. etc. For example, as I write this, the stock market is up. But at any moment, investors could hear a new report about almost anything, turn cranky, and the market would go south.
When we base our happiness and joy on something outside ourselves, there is the possibility of fear and disorder. When, instead, we remember that Spirit, which dwells within us, is the source of all our Good, we can relax, and allow our lives to be powered by love.
Then we can look at our monsters full-faced and see that not only are they not scary or threatening, but they can even be kind of cute. (Remember the big, white, furry Abominable Snowman from the movie? Very cute.)
Love feels so much better.
(Click on the link below to listen to my inspirational message on this subject from Sunday!)