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SOUL ISSUES:Looking Where? 

 

Rev Liz Petipren

By Reverend Liz Petipren

 

In the film “Bruce Almighty,” Jim Carrey portrays Bruce, a down-and-out reporter who is given the power of God, whom he meets in the form of a janitor played by Morgan Freeman. When Bruce becomes overwhelmed by the responsibility of his divine power, he longs to become a simple human again. He consults God in an empty office building, after which the “Janitor” ascends a ladder, about to disappear beyond the ceiling. Bruce desperately asks what he will do if he needs help in the future. God looks back and answers that most people make the same error: they keep looking up. 

Truer words were never spoken. We have been taught that God is somewhere out there, above us, separate from us; while, in fact, God is really somewhere right near, inside us.  We pray to a distant cosmic force when that very force is operating through us. We prostrate ourselves in worship, while what we really need, as Unity minister and author Eric Butterworth suggested, is worth-ship

There are many levels of prayer, all of which work. Yet some are more effective than others. At a simple level, we feel separate from God and ask for divine help with something we cannot handle. We have all been there, and the call of a sincere heart is heard by God and answered. 

Yet, there is a higher level of prayer, one closer to the truth of who we are. In reality, we are not separate from God. We are children of God, extensions and expressions of God. The Creator did not cast us off into an alien world, alone and bereft. From the viewpoint of the illusory separated self, this gap seems very real. 

But, from the viewpoint of the divine self, the God Who created us, lives within us and through us. 

If you want to find God, look not to the heavens, but within your own heart. Bruce Almighty’s God had it spot-on. Quit looking up and start looking in. 

God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. 

Affirmation: “I find the Spirit of God everywhere, including within me.” 

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