Confronting the Icebergs - Part III
by Rev. Rita Scheibeck
So far in this miniseries, we've discussed the importance of journaling and identifying uncomfortable feelings that rise up like icebergs in our lives for unknown reasons. We've also talked about how we block our own paths to resolving these unexpected emotions.
This week, now that we know the sources of our current upset, let's move forward into discovering answers for the difficult situations we've uncovered.
Most of us know, and have recommended to others, various strategies for working with unresolved traumas of many kinds. We've written and burned letters; we've saged, purified, and sanctified; we've 12- stepped the issues and participated in ceremonies designed to help us release, clear, and purge old wounds. We've prayed, we've drum circled and we've chanted. All of these wonderful techniques and more have helped us with our troubles many times before and will help us, and others, again.
But at this point, facing something we've discovered or revisited, we might want to switch hats, so to speak. It's now that we ourselves need the compassion that we would normally give to someone we're helping. With our ministerial training backing us up, and with Love as our ultimate guide, we can offer a gentle comfort to our own bruised and grieving souls. We become our own spiritual guides and counselors. We offer understanding, reassurance and especially forgiveness to ourselves, even when we have fallen short of our own expectations and to others even when they have hurt us. We encourage the "human" us to see ourselves as perfect Spiritual Beings having imperfect physical experiences. This allows us to love the spirit in each of us and to experience our Divine connections to Infinite Source Energy and to others.
Most of us as ministers in ADL, now have resources for coping with hurt or fear that we didn't have five or ten years ago. (Even twenty: we know who we are!) And what truly wonderful resources they are! We have each other, and that's not only a great comfort and support for us, but also a learning/teaching experience for everyone involved. Maybe these icebergs have made us ready for the teacher to appear. Perhaps our willingness to allow our feelings to surface and to accept support from others gives us the chance to learn how to provide valuable assistance to people who will turn to us, as ministers, for guidance. And sometimes, heeding our own intuitions and sorting out solutions to those pesky annoyances of unresolved uneasiness is the ticket to getting ourselves back on track to improved mental, emotional and spiritual well being.
So we can use our internal guidance to identify and wade through what's bugging us in the now. We can sort through some systems of healing that may have helped us before and use those and other techniques we have since learned to bring our emotions to the surface so we can transmute them at a deep spiritual level. And most of all, we can turn to each other (Thank you Alliance of Divine Love) for encouragement support, prayer, and expertise with the greatest degree of Love.
Affirmation: I now welcome the support, wisdom, and Love of trusted co-ministers who aid and comfort me in troubling or disquieting situations.
I now allow, acknowledge, accept, and affirm that this is so.
As a regular contributor to "The Rose", Rev. Rita's column "Sacred Thoughts" will feature her blog posts. She is a psychic psychometrist available for readings in person or by phone.
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