The Unity Annual Theme is “The Courage to Imagine.” As creators, each one of us is engaged in the act of creating or bringing our images into being… according to our own uniqueness. The German mystic, Meister Eckhart, spoke of creativity as the basic dynamism of the universe in which humanity plays such a powerful role. The power we humans have to give birth to our images is in fact the divine power of the universe, and of Divinity itself.
Since our souls are not bound by our bodies, all time and space are affected by the images that we choose to ride and play with. “We need to learn to trust our own images,” says Theologian Matthew Fox. “And it is precisely out of this trust that the artist in us is born.”
Trusting our images, our imagination, our co-creative ability may be difficult. We may have judgmental attitudes about our own self expression. We may feel that somehow we are not creative enough or artistic. And this is one reason why it takes courage to imagine. Yet creativity is inherent in all that we do. Our life is a work of art. And we are midwives to our own creative powers.
We are creative in the way we arrange and decorate our homes; in the way we buy and wear our clothes; in our grocery shopping, problem solving, our choices of entertainment; we are all very creative with our check books… and in our jobs; and as parents.
This is all creativity, and the positive thinking that we teach in Unity is creativity. It is learning to use the imagination in positive, constructive ways. So we need to trust our images, in whatever form they manifest.
Dreaming or imagining a big vision personally and collectively takes some courage. It’s easy to play it small. Marianne Williamson addresses that in her wonderful quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Let us have the courage to imagine radically powerful visions for ourselves, our spiritual communities, our country and our world as we look ahead to this New Year!
Love & blessings,