Sunday Message – December 31st, 2017

By Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. As we come now to the close of the year, in midst of this bitter chill and these dark evenings, we remember all the Light we have seen and sown this year, all the Love we have shared, and all the hopes we retain for the year to come. Life is the greatest teacher, and each year brings us new understanding.

Let us look toward the year ahead with hopeful hearts. Let us not be afraid of the Darkness, for we have walked in Darkness all our lives, and yet still we live, and still we shine. Each day brings us new opportunities to see the face of love, to be the hands of kindness, and to share the sparks of hope with one another. In the days ahead, let us be vigilant for life’s lessons, both the good and the bad. Our pain and suffering teaches us strength, endurance, tenacity, the stubborn will of Life to survive and triumph. From the fox chasing a hare in the wood, to the collision of stars in the skies, all of life exists in an ebb and flow of peace and struggle, love and rage, madness and clarity. Let us not flinch from the moments of pain, let us look fearlessly upon what meets us on our path, learn from it, hear the words the experience would speak to our soul, and let it pass through us, so that we might continue on our ways wiser and stronger than before.

Life will never be free of pain, turmoil, or uncertainty. These are inextricably woven into the tapestry of life, into the fabric of our beings, because life and each of us are a balance of Light and Darkness. We carry each with us, learn from each, and are confronted with their reality every day. We mustn’t cut ourselves off from the currents of life that connect us to the world outside our doors. Let us reach for one another in the coming year, strengthen the ties between us, and add our light together to the sum of light.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – December 3rd, 2017

Led and piano’d by Professor Alastair.

Good morning and peace to you this day in the light. As the air grows cold, we give thanks for the silhouette lace of trees against a moonlight sky. We give thanks for the stars, and the dark spaces between them that leave room for questions and room for more light still. We give thanks for the wind, which carries the echoes of all the voices that have spoken to it before, and memories of all the lungs which have breathed it. We give thanks, for this reminds that we are alive, we are here, and we are part of this great living web called Life.

To all life there is time, and by time all things are done. Given enough time, a trickle of water can wear through stone. Given enough time and investment of energy, all things can change and grow. With enough time and love, even the thorniest gardens can be brought to flower. Time teaches us to be patient. Love gives us reasons to keep waiting and hoping. In times of uncertainty and darkness, patience is at times our only option. Suffering is unavoidable, but can be endured. Life is an ebb and flow of joy and pain, and it is the intertwining tale of each, and how we meet each moment, which gives our lives meaning. With every second of time given to us, we can embrace the circumstances we have, find ways to do the most good with what we have, and thereby make of ourselves living art, choosing to paint our hearts with the wild and brazen colors of hope and love, and where there is art and love, there is also Light.

The Light goes with all hopers and dreamers. If you can picture a better, kinder, more loving world, then the Light is with you, and gives you tools and talents, and circumstances to use them. Each day presents us with challenges to hone our skills, and moments where we may choose to use them. We cannot meet the need every time, but we do what we can when we can. We choose to meet each day as it comes to us, and do what good we can to spread what love and light we can. Therefore, we must always be watching and waiting in the name of Light and Love.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – November 19th, 2017

Led and piano’d by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and peace to you this day in the Light. We have come to the season of thanksgiving, where we tally what we have sown, and what we have been given by grace. We give thanks for our lives, for the breath and blood sustaining us, for what health we have, for what food sustains us. Let us remember always to use our privileges for the good of others– when we have health, let us tend the sick; we when have food, let us feed the hungry. We are each agents of Light, and the Light sustains us so that we might bring light to others.

We are thankful for all the beauty of the world, the brilliance of the sun, the life-giving rain, the majesty of mountains, and the mysteries of the sea. We give thanks for the wind, and the secrets it carries, and for the trees through which it murmurs, which give us the air in our lungs. We give thanks for the marvels of the modern age, for the technologies that allow us this connection, for the advancements that heal and better our lives, and for the people who are brave enough to chart the way when new paths must be tread. May we all know the pull of the stars, and the call of the Light in our hearts, and be willing to follow.

We give thanks for our past, the things we have seen, and the lessons we have been taught. None of us would be where we are if not for where we have been, and wherever you have come from, you are exactly what you need to be in this moment. We give thanks for love, however it manifests in our lives– let us be thankful for family, friends, spouses, mentors and confidants, and all people who have shown us kindness when we needed it. Let us be filled with love of our own. Let us recognize ourselves as worthy of love, and make ourselves brave enough to share our love with others.

Amen and Namaste

Sunday Message – October 15th, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and blessings this day in the Light. We give thanks today for the breath in our lungs, the stars in our sky, and the unfolding horizons that remind us there is still more than we know. We are each on a path in this life, one we have no map for, and one that will lead us through all manner of treacherous places. There will be times we feel alone in the midst of crowds, and times when the world frightens us with its chaos and truth.

The Light leads each of us, and weaves the story of our lives into tapestries we may never see. Our days are full of fateful intersections. There is something new to learn in everyone we meet. Sometimes the voice of a stranger can break a lifetime of silence. A single act of compassion can leave life-changing ripples in its wake. We must always leave our doors open to the world, for it is only through making connections with others that we grow.

At times, our paths will require us to take great leaps of faith, to risk trusting in others, to make ourselves vulnerable to the effects of love. The future is nothing but a nebula of possibility, and is there anything more frightening than the unknown? We will never know everything, and can never hope to do everything right all the time. We can only do the best we can with what we have, and continue to choose love over hatred, Light over Darkness. I believe for as long as we choose the Light, the Light will guide us, and our paths will cross with those we need, and those who need us. In our travels and meetings, we become the people we are meant to be; we must only be brave enough to follow the path.

Amen and namaste.

Sunday Message – October 8, 2017

Led by Professor Alastair.

Good morning, and blessings this day in the Light. We give thanks today for the crisp air and pale sky, inviting our reflection and reminding us we are alive. We give thanks for the blazing colors, brushed across our landscapes by the Divine Artist, and in this time of change and transformation, we invite the Light to show us new paths, and bring us into our true colors.

Our lives intersect in ways we will never see the full scope of, leaving ripples in the lives of others as we move through the world and time. We may be, as Carl Sagan said, “a pale blue dot… a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,” but the very atoms of our beings have power and meaning, exerting our individual energy on our surroundings. We are each connected to the greater whole. To reach out and make a difference to one is to make a difference to everything. In the words of Christ, “That which you do to the least of these, you do unto me.”

It is not necessary we each become world-reknowned or the best in our fields. We must only show up, be engaged, and be invested in making change for the good in the world around us. Walk with kindness, choose peace wherever possible, and ask questions of everything you see. Trust the divine spark inside you, form your own thoughts, remember love in everything you do. To close with Whitman, “Keep your face always toward the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you.”

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – September 24, 2017

Led (and piano’d) by Professor Alastair.

Hail and good morning this day in the Light. Happy Autumn to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. We give thanks for the turn of seasons, the burgeoning of summer into harvest. We remember that “to everything there is a time,” and autumn has a way of reminding us of the passage and beauty of time.

It always been my favorite season, perhaps in part because it is bittersweet– the colors I wait a year to see will last but days; the flaming reds and smoldering golds will soon enough be scattered ash to winter’s winds. Autumn reminds us of the inherent need to let go, and allow things to pass. Time changes all of us. A year from now, no one will be the same person they are today. The passage of time is natural and inescapable. To survive, we must continually let go; shed like leaves the things no longer necessary on the tree of our life, things that hold us back, thoughts and behaviors that are no longer useful. Sometimes this isn’t easy. Habits are hard to break, thoughts hard to eradicate, situations hard to escape, and people hard to walk away from– sometimes I believe that is why autumn has such color: letting go, shedding our Darkness to find the strength to let go, is often a fiery process, both in our souls and in the outside world. But there is beauty in the fire, the resurrection from the ash, as there can be beauty in pain, transformation and survival.

Autumn, for me, has always been a time of stories. The longer nights, the crisper air, and glassy transparency of the sky seem to beg for words, memories, and dreams. I have confessed more to the autumn wind than I’ve ever spoken to another soul, and perhaps it should be that way. We each find God in our own ways, and no two of us will relate to God in the same way. As you reflect this season, I hope you find the hidden threads of the Light in your story– they are there, I promise. Each of us is a leaf on the Tree of Life, and for as long as we breathe, we remain connected to the Light, the source of all Life. The fact you have survived this long is a testament to the strength of your will and the need the Light has for you.

We are all only here temporarily– seasons will change, we will know love and loss, delight and grief. No one can change as fast as Life does, but we can choose to follow it, to keep our eyes open, to fashion ourselves as the best we can be for the world around us now. Let us then be open to change, find joy in the colorful splendor of time, beauty in the ephemeral seasons of life, and rise like fire to meet each day that is given to us.

Amen and Namaste.

Sunday Message – September 17, 2017

Led and piano’d by Professor Alastair.

Good morning and blessed be. We give thanks to the Light this day for the life in our veins, and the fire in our hearts, which keeps us walking even in the darkness. At times, it seems the world demands too much from us. It is difficult to keep watching the scene unfold, or to summon the courage to step out the door into it. I would remind you, though, it is not necessary to be perfect, nor to be the best. We are, each of us, perfectly imperfect. It is what makes us individuals, what makes us distinct among the stars, what makes each of us irreplaceable. If you wait until you think you are ready and perfect, you will never make your move or your mark. How many opportunities pass us by because we think we are not the right person at the time?

But you are the right person somewhere, else you wouldn’t be here now. The world isn’t waiting for some finished version of you. There is no finished version. We are continual works in progress– change is the only constant– and the moment we stop letting ourselves change and grow and learn is the moment we die. Do what you can with what you have, with what you are. Learn from what is around you. Ask questions, always. Guard your heart, and make sure the thoughts in your head are your own, and not just the echo of what you’ve been told. Assume everyone is your teacher and your guest, until or unless they prove otherwise. Life isn’t meant to be static– life is about motion, momentum, and adventure. The best stories are never about being comfortably ordinary. Why wish for a normal life? There is no such thing, when we are each unique. Whatever it is you are, do it well– do it with love, in the name of the Light, and for the sake of making life better for someone else, even briefly. We are but fellow travellers here; let us be kind to one another.

Amen and namaste.