Teachings of the Law of Unexpected Good
“Stand Tall and Proud, Go Out on a Limb, Remember Your Roots, Drink Plenty of Water, Be Content with Your Unique Natural Beauty, Enjoy the View.”
– Advice from a Tree by Ilan Shamir
Have you ever noticed that there are no holidays in August? Every month has at least 1 except for this month. Earth Day occurs in April, but since Centers for Spiritual Living has designated the month of August for expressing all things regarding Nature, I thought I’d give some attention to our Great-Grandmother Earth.
Throughout time, indigenous tribes from all parts of the globe have noticed their absolute dependence on the earth for sustenance, warm coverings and shelter, along with protection from predators, like caves and forests. They had to study and understand their earth home and the skies in order to survive. Much later, they also looked to it in order to thrive as well. It’s not only a good idea to study and understand our home, but at this point it’s absolutely essential for a healthy and robust future for everyone. Indigenous tribes from many parts of the globe have long urged their people to seriously weigh the effects and outcomes of our inter-relationship with this home for seven generations into the future. Because our planet is fundamental to our existence, we are in an inescapable relationship with it in all its dimensions. As Religious Scientists, we can claim that this relationship is not only essential, but it may also be joyous and healing as Nature yields its gifts and teaches us many lessons.
Native American traditions teach younger generations about honoring all of nature and recognizing the Divine in each unfoldment, and that each expression has its particular gift for us as we approach with reverence, humility, wonder and the expectation of Good that pours forth abundantly from life’s innate nature of Givingness. God is the ultimate gift of Itself through all of Its creations, and it is only through our recognition of this that we may be the grateful recipients of Its generosity and grace. Yes, the Bible has preached of man being caretakers of our world, but we must also know that Wholeness includes our recognition of the ways in which nature is also the caretaker for all of us. As we can never escape the two-dimensional reality of our physical nature which falls under the Law of Duality, our Yin-Yang relationship with all that is part of the physical requires a fundamental balance. As we care for the natural world, it cares for us; as nature cares for us, we care for it.
As we kick off our program of “Blue Abundance” which incorporates the “Law of Unexpected Good”, let us learn from all teachings how to live in gratitude and amazement at the richness and generosity of the natural world, and celebrate our kinship with it. We live in a world made of gifts, so if we cultivate an expectation of receiving all that is Good, kind, loving and even revelatory, the Law sets it into motion, and it becomes so. Our lives become richer, fuller, and more gracious as we pass on this Good to others and expand our gratitude for it all. We begin to live in the realization of Balance, Harmony, Wholeness and Oneness as it unfolds uniquely for each of us. Our lives affect the lives of both friends and strangers, and if we walk with that consciousness, then we are truly citizens of the world who contribute to the good of all.
Let us step into our greater-yet-to-be and live the expanded life we were meant to live.
In loving gratitude,
Rachel Rosen, RScP
Rachel has been a member of the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living since September 2001 and has been a licensed Practitioner for over ten years. She is committed to being an instrument for helping others in bringing forth their own highest and best Good, whatever that may be. Having retired first as a pianist and then a massage therapist, her desire is to inspire and engage others in their own unique spiritual inquiry through prayer and inspirational writings and teaching.