Time To Look In The Mirror

Time To Look In The Mirror

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We, The People of the United States – It is time to look in the mirror

Rev. Nicole Von Atsingen

If you are anything like me, you read the title of this piece and thought, how rude or the heck, I do not want to talk about politics. It’s November let’s talk gratitude. But alas, here we are, and although there is much to be grateful for, writing about gratitude would be entirely spiritual, bypassing everything we are collectively experiencing. All of this to say, if the title triggers you, this might be worth reading.

We cannot afford to hold personal animosities or enmities against the world or individual members of society.
– Ernest Holmes –

On Spirituality & Politics

Spirituality and Politics let’s break them down and see what’s what. The meaning of Spirituality involves recognizing a feeling, sense, or belief that there is something greater than myself, something more to being human than sensory experience and that the greater whole of which we are a part is divine in nature. In my experience, being spiritual means finding the sacred in my everyday life and the lives around me. On the other hand, politics comes from a Greek word meaning affairs of the cities’ and is considered a set of activities associated with making decisions in groups, such as distributing resources. When I read the meaning of these words together, I feel they are probably brother and sister. When I remember that all of life this whole shebang is and extensively the Divine’s urge to know itself through humanity, I can see politics and Spirituality as vital to one another. My 15-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter still experience sibling rivalry. They bicker and fight, and both pull for my attention, so I am always trying to split them up. But occasionally, they come together and work as a team, and when they do, I tell you, there is nothing they cannot accomplish.

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own, but the great man is he who amid the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance –

On Polarizing & Dehumanizing

If we feel attacked or victimized, if we feel hatred or disgust or any other radically harmful energy towards our self or others, it’s because, at some level, we collectively said yes to dehumanizing everyone who opposes us. We have said yes to the polarization not just in Washington but in our hearts. The central theme here, the root cause behind hatred and blame, fear and self-righteousness, is a fundamental belief in dualism, fear and lack. Dehumanizing of everyone who opposes us makes us, them. I have heard one person after another both within our community and, of course, outside of it dehumanize another in the name of what? What’s RIGHT? In his book The Reunited States, Mark Gerzon writes, “This isn’t about government. This is about us. This is about us as America’s one big dysfunctional family, and divorce is not an option. We have to figure this out.” I am not saying it is an easy feat, but we, the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, that’s what we strive for.

That is our intention, our mission: We are a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome. We celebrate the abundance of life through study, inspiration, gratitude, and service. With open hearts and minds, we participate in self-transformation for a world that works for everyone.

On Moving Forward

Beloved, I urge you to conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evil doers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God“. 1 Peter 2:11

We live in a paradox between two worlds. One is known as Maya, the world of illusion. The other is a divine reality, governed by spiritual laws. As metaphysicians, we must remember we are at choice and no matter the appearance we can choose love, dignity and humanity, over fear, scarcity, hatred, or malice.  There is always a power and presence loving and caring for us, we are safe and secure in the arms of God…no matter what.

With Love,
Rev. Nicole

Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen

Nicole is the Co-Senior Minister at the Seal Beach Centers for Spiritual Living. Her ministry is to remind humanity of its inherent Goodness. One word to describe Nicole is enthusiastic, she is filled with Spirit and loves to share it. She is also a fourth-generation Religious Scientist who admittedly, although growing up in the Science of Mind philosophy, had to walk away for a few years in order to discover the truth of our philosophy in her own life.

(Featured Photo used in the blog by Manny Becerra on Unsplash)

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