Mastering Change and Transition

Published on: June 1, 2013

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We are in a new Renaissance! And unlike the last one, this new Renaissance won’t take 300 years but only about 30 years. We see the world’s economies, politics and education going through radical changes. The world’s medicine, science and technology are discovering tremendous secrets to life itself. On a personal level, we see people losing their jobs, their savings and even their homes. And we see ourselves moving to parts of the country we love, finding purpose in our professions, and ministering with the pure glory of God essence. Our world is going through a complete and extreme transformation.

In years past this energy was an expression of reactive anxiety. When change occurred, our old reaction would be that we had misused the Law and now were experiencing the consequences. Or we were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now we were paying the price.

The change occurred because you wanted it to occur. You may be thinking, I don’t think so! No one in their right mind would want a change like this. And if you are thinking this, you are correct. But your mind didn’t make this choice. Your soul did. Your soul made this choice so that you could evolve. You are not a victim of this change, but rather you are the cause of it.

Nora Ephron in her 1996 Wellesley commencement speech said, “It will be a little messy, but embrace the mess. It will be complicated, but rejoice in the complications. It will not be anything like what you think it will be like, but surprises are good for you. And don’t be frightened: you can always change your mind. I know: I’ve had four careers and three husbands.” Unity is ahead on the game because of Charles Fillmore’s famous quote, “I reserve the right to change my mind.”

We can find new ways to embrace change. It’s time to play again. Laughter is the greatest practice. Prayer and meditation are essential. Make a list of your joys and practice them every day. It’s time to set healthy boundaries that provide rest. It’s time to know what makes your heart sing and delegate the rest to other people. Stop people-pleasing. Let your critics be their own best friends. And finally, after many years of goal setting, I’m learning to become centered, stay aware and flow with the infinite goodness of the divine. When I stay present and follow my intuition, not only is change embraceable and manageable, life is magical.

Julie Armour
Senior Minister at Unity of the Foothills
Rev Julie Armour is senior minister at Unity of the Foothills located at the entrance of the beautiful Red Rocks Park in Colorado. She is a former Board Chair of the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees.

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