Out & About: I Rise

 

by Christy Semple, RScP

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I was walking past a bookstore recently and a poster in the window caught my eye.

It read:

I rise

I rise

I rise.

~ Maya Angelou

I had heard these words before, but this time the power of their message stayed with me throughout the afternoon and beyond. At home, I re-visited the entire poem these words came from, known as Still I Rise, in a book of Angelou’s poetry and was more impressed than ever with how profoundly, as one reviewer put it, “Angelou embodies the power, courage, and tenacity of the African American experience.” It inspired me to see how Angelou, as she is known so well for, expresses the wisdom of rising above challenging conditions, experiences, and beliefs, and doing so with tenacity and determination. I got to thinking more about these words and the uplifting approach to challenge that they inspire…

I thought of how I rise, I rise, I rise can be used like a mantra, repeated with conviction, to inspire oneself to begin or continue the practice of rising above an experience or conditions of the past or present to a higher point of view that is aligned with the true nature of the goodness of Life and ourselves. I rise, I rise, I rise helps to remind us to rise in consciousness and keep knowing, I am Good; Life is Good; the Goodness of God is in me; the Wisdom of Infinite Intelligence is in me; the Wisdom of Infinite Intelligence is in all people and all situations.

This positive, productive idea is the approach to healing and change that we learn in the Science of Mind teaching, to rise above the appearances and thinking of a challenging situation of the past or present. In The Science of Mind textbook, Ernest Holmes points out, “If we allow the world’s opinion to control our thinking, then that will be our demonstration! If, on the other hand, we rise superior to the world, we shall create a new pattern,” reminding us of the power of rising in consciousness above thinking that is based in fear and judgement.

Maya Angelou’s words elevate the wisdom of Holmes and guide us to a new way of thinking, with a rhythm that speaks to our heart. As we feel the desire to change the outpicturing of some old, limited ideas in our personal experience close-to-home, or desire to see peace, clarity and understanding expressed in the activities of the country and the world, these words can uplift and guide us to new, expansive ideas of Truth as we engage in our spiritual practices and go about the experiences (and thinking) of daily living.

In the days since seeing these words in the bookstore window, I have spoken them many times in my mind as I align my thinking with Truth ideas in doing my spiritual practices of meditation and Spiritual Mind Treatment (affirmative prayer) and planting the seeds of positive change in my life and the world.

And so, it has become part of my day to affirm: I rise, I rise, I rise!

The History of World Healing Day

world-heartIf you’re relatively new to Centers for Spiritual Living and wonder what the impetus was for the World Healing Meditation held in Centers across the United States and the world on December 31 of each year, here it is:

(from the QUARTUS Foundation’s website)

“At noon Greenwich time, December 31, 1986, men, women, and children around the world gathered to participate in the most comprehensive prayer activity in the history– a planetary affirmation of peace, and love, forgiveness and understanding involving millions of people in a simultaneous global mind link. the purpose: to reverse the polarity of the negative force field in the race of mind, achieve a critical mass of spiritual consciousness, and usher in a new era of Peace on Earth.

It was called World Healing Day, the World Instant of Cooperation, World Peace Day– a moment of Oneness to dissolve the sense of separation and return human kind to Godkind. Whatever the term or label, it was the New Beginning in restoring this world to sanity.

The majority of individuals and organizations participating were operating under the umbrella of the Planetary Commission, a world wide non-denominational, non-political movement functioning as an extension of The Quartus Foundation. It was a grass roots cooperative effort to unite people in a common bond of love and bringing our planet back into balance.

The first formal announcement of the Commission was made on January 1, 1984, designating December 31, 1986 as World healing Day. Noon Greenwich time was selected as the time for the healing meditation as it would encompass all time zones during that 24-hour period.


Word quickly spread, and when that moment in time arrived on December 31, 1986, the mind-link totaled more than 500-million people representing all religious faiths on seven continents, in more than seventy countries, and in every state in the U.S. Over 500 spiritual and peace-related organizations around the world participated.

“remarkable progress toward a potentially more peaceful world… There was a clean break in the pattern of a constant increase in the number of major conflicts with which the world had grown accustomed.”– Walter Stuetzle

We saw the results in the years that followed. In a report from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Walter Stuetzle, the Institute’s director and a former West German Undersecretary of Defense, said that there was “remarkable progress toward a potentially more peaceful world… There was a clean break in the pattern of a constant increase in the number of major conflicts with which the world had grown accustomed.” Now the Commission is expanding and gathering strength each year as greater awareness of the Event spreads around the world.

You are asked to participate, not only in Global Mind-Link each December 31st, but actively communicating the concept, date and hour at every opportunity. “

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And now you know.

We hope you’ll join us in this important healing moment. The world needs us now more than ever.