Regeneration

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said,
“See, I am making all things new.”
(Revelation 21:1-5a)

For Contemplation

There is a process to becoming new. In this life it is not something that happens in an instant; it requires time. There is a period when we lose sight of who we were and it feels like being in the ocean just after losing sight of the shore. We don’t yet have the ability to see ourselves or understand ourselves, and we have to float in an ambiguous, undefined, shadow-like place where we can easily feel disoriented. There is not a switch that takes us from one place to another. We need time to learn the newness of who we are. Our sensory and emotional experiences are raw and edgy. Eventually we become comfortable in our new being. But just as we are ready to live in this comfortable place of being, in a moment of anticipation we find ourselves in a process that begins again. The process and the ambiguity, our new changeable nature, let us know that we are dependent on grace and love. We have turned ourselves over to God, we have even greater ability to let go, and in giving up control we become new. Instead of our fear—abandonment or unsettling randomness—we feel self-contained, yet open. We are aware inside of a state of equilibrium. Balance is part of a process of moving in and out of new experiences. We become physically, emotionally, and spiritually aware. We are full, complete, alert, present in each moment with awareness.

Prayer

You, God, are the present moment, a moment when everything inside of us expands, changes, and becomes new. Help us to trust in your grace, your love, your nurturing presence. May we surrender to this process and give up trying to control things beyond our control. In discovering our unique newness, may our awareness help others on their journeys. May we see, experience, and appreciate the process that unfolds in other human beings. May we trust that we have all that is needed for us to learn. May our giving lead us to new understanding and peace. Amen.

From The Readings

2012-81 The process of change inside a human being, every regeneration or the process of being made new, happens on many levels. We remember that the mind is the builder: What the mind sets out to do can be done, and when change comes, the first place we see change manifest is in the mind. And from the mind, material reality is built, is made manifest, and comes into being. It is easy to see the results of the change in the mind if one is changing objects outside of the body where the work is done with the hands in the material plane. But how do we measure the change inside the body, inside the being? The change that we speak of, spiritual change, occurs even at the cellular level in a human being. If we think of how a person might use the mind to bend a spoon or cause something physical to happen, this is a level of change that shows the level of change that can happen at the cellular level and beyond, at a much deeper level. But not all persons are able to concentrate their own energy, their own minds, and affect a change so dramatically and so rapidly in their own beings. So we see Jeffrey changing; the mind is changing and the body is changing—all to manifest more fully spiritual change and the condition of the soul. But this takes time. Human beings have a tendency to expect rapid change because they see best looking back. They see after a change has occurred and it feels rapid, it feels sudden; but they forget the process. But when the change occurs, if it is an authentic change, one deeply rooted in the individual, then the feeling of the change is that it has always been present, as if it was always there—as if this person was always this way. Yet the process of change is not really so sudden. So we see there is a certain patience required when looking from the direction of the present into the future. No patience is required to look into the past, because the past has been accomplished.