A positive path for spiritual living

The Great Life Experience - Becoming One With Total-Life-Existence

Thu, 05/13/2021 - 11:25am -- Rev. James Stacey


I am one with the sweetness of the lilacs. And in this experience, I realize a great and wondrous capacity of the soul to connect with something beyond itself—greater than itself. Springtime is the perfect opportunity to contemplate our connection to Mother Nature. We discover we are one with more than our daily, routine concerns. Our senses expand and our soul opens to a greater self than the idiosyncratic personality we so often inhabit! That is the inspiration for my use of the word: WOW to end a prayer or seal an insight. To me it means “World of Wonders!” What an appropriate ending to a personal realization of the “greater.”

Now, we can connect with something beyond ourselves in countless ways. Perhaps you connect with cultural expressions—art, music, gestures, and dance. Try immersing yourself in Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (click link below) and notice the poetic lines that inspired his music. Maybe the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is more your style. One of my favorites, that I enjoy belting out, is “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

The spiritual discovery in all of this and even more is that we can become one with a reality beyond our bodies and souls. We can through God-given capacities stretch beyond our little selves join a greater life. An author I know described a departed loved one who proclaimed, “Join me in the Great Life.” We can all have this potential “great life” experience—becoming one with total-life-existence. Perhaps you, consciously or unconsciously, are buoyed by the beauty of Spring. If you find joy in it, you can be assured you are becoming one with it. Give thanks for the benefits of Creation. In truth you are always a part of it—in connecting with it, you will be renewed. Now, go take a hike!