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Embracing Our Human Family

Whether you’ve spent many lifetimes on this planet or are just here for a quick stop before moving on to another spiritual classroom, we are all members of the human family. Families sometimes feel complicated because we may love them but not always get along with them. There may be moments of deep vulnerability and connection while other times we feel very triggered by our family. We may fight, but then hug and say “I Love You.” But the great mirror about family is that they are always our family, whether we like them or not, whether we’re even speaking to them or not. Your mother will always be your mother and your father will always be your father and your sibling and your aunt and so on. You can’t erase those genetic ties because they are the reflection of much deeper ties, your Oneness. What if we started approaching our relationships with all human beings as members of our greater family?

In Standing in the Light®, we teach techniques for remembering and fully experiencing the spiritual Truth that we are all One. This is an enormous concept to wrap ourselves around and sometimes feels very esoteric as a distant possibility. It may be easier to say, “Oh, yes, I believe that I am One with everything” when we aren’t directly confronted by our resistance and judgments because we aren’t acknowledging our hidden fears of Oneness. No matter how much we may consciously want to come into Oneness, we all still have fears around it.

But we can practice being One with the family of All That Is by starting with our human family, the people who are right here with us every day. We can help ourselves to heal by approaching everyone we meet as a member of our extended family who is always going to be part of our lives in one way or another, whether directly or very indirectly, because we all share the same spiritual “genes” in our human family which link us forever.

So, talk to the woman checking you out at the grocery store as though she’s the aunt you don’t visit very often and approach your co-worker like the brother you care about but also don’t always communicate with very well. It doesn’t have to be perfect every time, but there’s no escaping our connection. Be present, be aware of when you’re triggered or feel the desire to separate yourself, then ask to clear those blocks. Honor the moments when you see something in another that you love and admire. These are all reflections of our Oneness.

The people on the other side of this big blue marble may seem very distant from your everyday reality, but they are as much a part of you as the family you grew up with. By practicing this awareness of our human family connections, we can take that next step toward Oneness with All.

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    All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.


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