Call Out the Children
Co-founder of Unity
Reprinted with permission from Body, Mind, and Spirit Magazine, May 2023
“COURAGE: Xavier’s, mine, and yours”
Written by Kathy Harwood Long
Last December I sat at my kitchen table with Xavier Clark. I had met him when he was a tiny guy in the Peace camps I created in SE Michigan. Now he will be one of thousands to graduate from high school this June. He is among the ”firsts”--those who have traversed through a Freshman year with a pandemic and now cross a stage to receive a well earned diploma.
I marveled at Xavier’s attentive presence while we shared. He is true to his life essentials: friends, sports, art, and his family. His mom mentioned a mandala he’d created at Peace Camp; the word “Courage” at the center. Everything about Xavier is teaching courage. He shows up for life on life’s terms, not his. He thrives connecting with family and friends. He is learning to rise with his feelings each day, along with the fact that Madisyn, Tate, Hana, and Justin, killed at his school Nov. 30, 2021, are not with him. I don’t think he takes much for granted but he clearly chooses to live.
Choosing life especially when we are challenged to do so reveals an energy axiom: in giving to life, life is giving to us. I think of axioms as pivotal Truths upon which all else proves that Truth. Just the word truth evokes the spiritual domain. For Xavier, me, and anyone challenged to rise to life with so much destructive insanity occurring, the spiritual Truth is this: as you give, so you will receive.
I observed in Xavier many evidences of giving to life and the following truths:
Being with people we care about may be our best medicine to live…living with a one-day-at-a-time attitude may save us from fear….accepting that questions don’t have to be answered may calm unnecessary worries that were strangling our life force…Be Here Now intentions liberates the mindful breath and the realness we most want.
True confessions. I wanted to make better, fix, offer a solution, and wave my magic wand to banish the awfulness that Xavier has already experienced. But seeing people as “less than” and trying to make them better with my “more than” ego has never helped. A dear teacher once encouraged me to meet family members, co-workers, neighbors, everyone, without my agenda. “Meet them where they are, not where you want them to be.”
I’m so grateful for those that inspire in me the ways of truly living with courage. Thank you Xavier! Profound, transformative, healing goodness, comes with an intentional willingness to live and learn. Most won’t say they are being courageous, but the root meaning of the word courage is “of the heart”. Let’s live from the heart. Let’s traverse with our children and our hearts through this unpredictable terrain called life. Let’s join Xavier and the many graduates, witnessing their courage to graduate with hopes and dreams. This is ours to give. Let’s do this!
Family of Light Prayer
Family of Light. I think of us. I pray on behalf of us.
Not in terms of what I think we need or what I think
we should do or be or express. I lift up my thoughts about us.
I see us as we truly are: a holy family of Divine Light, Love, and Wisdom.
I see us each guided and directed by an inward spirit that
leads us unerringly onto paths that are just right for us.
I see us strong and whole.
I see us blessed and prospered.
I see us courageous and confident.
I see us capable and successful.
I see us free from all limitations or bondage of any kind.
I see us as the spiritually perfect expression of Divine Love that we are.
Family of Light, I see us as a blessing.
(prayer inspired by Child of Light, written by May Rowland, Director of Silent Unity, 1915-1971.)
Friends Of Unity, 2023
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- God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
- I am naturally good because God’s divinity is in me and in everyone.
- I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
- I do and give my best by living the truth I know. I make a difference.