Pride, as in victory over persecution, the freedom to exist as you were born, and hold your head up without shame or condemnation.
God made rainbows and humans in a myriad of wondrous ways. Each like a beautiful band of color, each shining in their own glory, ethereal, heavenly, consisting of Light. Formed in the likeness of the Divine. All having the same Spirit and Source of life itself. Every person is a refraction or reflection of God at Spirit level.
As humans people tend to forget we are all One, all human, all part of an incredible, mysterious, miraculous existence. It takes effort to remember we are not separate, especially since society seems to push that notion. It can be easy to focus on yourself and get lost in the illusion of separateness.
To change the status quo everyone must consciously change our perception to see the connectedness of all people, of all creation. How much easier it becomes for inclusion, acceptance, and extending love when you start to think of a "We" mentality, rather than "Us vs Them" or focusing on differences.
Building bridges, crossing oceans and healing hearts is at the core of the teaching to love our neighbors as ourselves. Not just paying lip service or honoring it momentarily, but immersing every fiber of our beings in love, peace, unity, forgiveness and grace. Love means caring for each other, all our neighbors, not just our chosen favorites.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
- Mark 12:30-31
This is how we do God's work, walk the path of Light, bring that illumination to the darkness weighing down upon the world - through LOVE.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Light is Unconditional Love. No conditions.
This is why I think fundamentalism in religion fails. It thrives on separation, good vs bad, right vs wrong, shame, guilt and fear. It misses the point of reconciliation, hope, inherent goodness and liberation from evil simply by existing as a child of God. With fundamentalism, you can never be sure if you are "saved" because you are never seen as good enough, always falling short. Yet God created us and God does not make mistakes.
Scriptures that are misinterpreted, read only at face value, literal, cherry picked and out of context miss the mark and always fail to bring the real truth to the surface and into the light. Only with the third eye can people see the deeper truths, the hidden meanings, the real message. That message is ALWAYS love and peace. Just open your heart and mind. The great mystics and teachers throughout the ages knew this truth from meditating, dreams and visions.
“Render the hearts of this people insensitive,
Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim,
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
Hear with their ears,
Understand with their hearts,
And return and be healed."
- Isaiah 6:10
"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand."
- Matthew 13:13
"And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand."
- Luke 8:10
Life is living, growing, learning and evolving. We are perfectly imperfect. Our "sins" are just growing pains, lessons, and opportunities to become better, more enlightened souls. Healing transpires and transforms by the way of peace and love. Love is the answer, always.
Being gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer or any other part of the rainbow does not make you evil, bad, a sinner, less than or flawed. God made you the way you are no matter your identity or orientation. God made you just as you are, a perfect manifestation of Spirit. GOD CREATED YOU IN GOD'S IMAGE. AND GOD IS LOVE. The highest vibrations are love and peace.
It is never a sin to love. Read that again.
Metaphysical Science focuses on Metaphysical interpretations and laws that are inclusive of ALL of God's children. We are all chosen! Chosen to be love, to be peace, and to be light!
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."
- 1 John 4:16
“Do everything in love."
-1 Corinthians 16:14
"Love opens the most impossible gates; love is the gate to all the secrets of the universe."
"Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole."
Love is Love. Happy Pride Month!
Let it be so and so it is. God bless you and Namaste.
Rev. S. Castle