In 1994, Michael Gorbachev, the former President of Russia, contacted a group of energy workers in Germany, and asked them to energetically treat the Russian Nizhnesvirsky Reserve. This reserve is a vast tract of land, of forests, moors, and lakes. Elk and wolves make their homes there, and huge flocks of birds use the reserve as a stopover on their long migratory journeys. In addition, two monasteries are on the property, the abbot of one, Alexander Svirsky, having been canonized by the Catholic church at one time.
However, over the years this land had become a battlefield. The Russians fought the Finns there and then the Germans, and then the Germans fought the Finns there. There were trenches and the remains of war. The land felt like it had lost its vitality. Many felt it was haunted. In addition, the staff on the preserve had not been paid for some time, there were few vehicles with which to traverse the property and no fuel to move them from place to place. Many were afraid to even venture there.
At this point, The Institute for Resonance Therapy, a German company, began its work sending energetic healing through the means of a Radionics machine directed at a picture of the Reserve. As their work continued, interesting things began to happen. First, money appeared to pay the staff and they now had a few new vehicles and fuel with which to drive them. The land began to feel friendlier. The trees began to sprout new growth and feel more vibrant. Then lo and behold an unknown benefactor contributed money to rebuild the monasteries that had fallen to wrack and ruin. Lastly, the bones of the abbot were miraculously found and returned to their home in the monastery. Miracles abounded.
This story is only one of many that emerged from the work of this institute who used similar techniques to improve the energy of large bodies of energy such as corporations and rain forests. However, after this healing of the Reserve, Hans Andeweg, the author of the book “The Universe Loves a Happy Ending,” says he entered a time when everything he tried began not to work and he began to question everything he knew. After a time of deep inner questioning, he had an aha moment when he realized that this work could be done by anyone through an application of focused energy and intention and that no special tools other than consciousness were needed. Out of this realization came his new life’s work which was not to only do this work but to teach it to others so the work could spread and become a greater contribution through which the earth could be healed.
This story enlivened me, renewing within me the realization that life happens in cycles. There is the Yang cycle in which we are captivated by our forward motion and we are in the zone. Syncronicity abounds. We are answering our calling. But at some point, we realize that we are in a rut, life proceeds in its expected round, but it has lost its intensity, its adventure. We are just filling in the time. We feel restless. If we don’t answer the call to newness, life can take it upon itself to shift, through any number of incidences that change the picture dramatically and we find ourselves in the downward part of the spiral. The rug has been pulled out from under us and we are adrift. We enter the unknown and can either fight it or befriend it. We begin to ask the most important questions: what am I here for, what of my past is calling to be forgiven so that I can move forward, where is my longing carrying me next?
This is the Yin part of the cycle, the balancing of the wheel, the returning to center from which all forward motion evolves. Then slowly, forward motion begins again, and newness abounds. Understanding the cycles of life helps to find comfort in its ups and downs.
Consider the Labyrinth, one enters going clockwise, then turns counterclockwise, before it again turns clockwise and eventually through all the turning, moving outward, then inward, we come to the center where the true self lives. Here is where the answers lie. In the center, we are blessed and guided.
We could look at the life of our meeting here through this lens. For a long time, we had a lovely pastor and the church was happy. But as time wore on, the pastor began having health problems and retirement loomed. As this eventuality began to be felt, attendance waned, the meeting seemed to be losing some of its vitality. However, through the readjustment period, new ideas blossomed, parishioners stepped forward and contributed. New people began showing up, interested in what we were creating. Now other congregations are hearing about what we are doing, and want to come and see for themselves what new paradigm is showing itself. We are vital and excited. We’ve made difficult decisions peacefully, including and respecting input for many sides. We feel alive with possibility.
Now, I’m going to ask you to do an experiment with me. I want us all to go into the silence, and with conscious intent and the energy of your heart, visualize this church, its property, and all the people who are part of its circle of influence and see it all as a big circle. Attune your attention and focus to the center of that circle and send it loving light. Stay with it until it feels complete for you and when you are finished, open your eyes and come back to the present. Then as a congregation, we will access the results of our positive intention as we go forward.
I close with this quote from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a season
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep.
May God bless our coming and going in all the circles and cycles of our lives. Amen.
This message was given at Spokane Friends Church on Sunday, December 2, 2018.