Building a community of light

We love to be a part of community. Whether we gather online through social media like Facebook, in clubs with similar interests, or in spiritual spaces, we all like to know we belong. Sometimes, though, the need to belong is so strong that we join communities that are not positive and healthy. Often a young adult will join a gang, for example, in order to belong somewhere. There is a desire to feel as though we are a part of something, and that something is not always the best community of which to be a part.

At Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake, we have been looking more deeply at what it means to build a community of light. A community of light would have a positive impact in our world. A community of light would generate creativity, compassion and generosity. A community of light would engage each one to share their unique gifts and talents to support the creation of a world that works for all!

The first step in building a community of light is to open up to the idea that we live in a world of possibility. As we each give ourselves over to the idea that there is a greater vision of good that is desiring to express in, through and as us, we can get excited about what is possible to create together. 

The next step to building a community of light is to understand the power of focus. When we gather together with a set intention, and align our thoughts, words and actions to that intention, the power of focus is engaged. Like a laser beam, we can project our light farther and with more precision as we work together cohesively.

Commitment is the third element in building a community of light. Master Yoda said, "Do or do not. There is no try." Each one of us must get beyond the idea of trying and fully commit. Without excuse, as we each follow through in the commitments we make, the momentum builds and the community is strengthened.

There could be no community of light without respect. We are each unique and individual. We all have unique talents and gifts to share. Even in a community of "like minds," we all show up uniquely expressing our individuality. A community built of light recognizes the blessing of respecting each one for who they are without needing anyone to be other than their own, unique and authentic self.

Finally, a community of light engages in service. We are here to serve one another and we do so with encouragement, support and open hearts. Our service extends beyond four walls into the greater community. We are always in the question of, "What is ours to do to support a world that works for all?" If a community only focuses inwardly, the light cannot move beyond the four walls. A light hidden is a light wasted.

If you have a desire to be a part of a community, look for one that is filled with love and light. At Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, we continue to explore what it means for us to build a community of light. The possibilities truly are endless and we welcome you to come find out more.

Joanne Rowden

Senior Minister as Unity Spiritual Center since November 2014.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.02.2015