I was recently asked to speak about my experience with stuttering at a conference for not-for-profit organizations. As I prepared my remarks, it occurred to me that I could share a brief story with the group that would speak to both the challenges and successes I have experienced in my work as an advocate for people with disabilities. The story goes like this:

The world is, in a word, moving. In two words, more like a rocket ship. The technology we have today is like nothing we have had before. It is transforming our perspective, and our world. As the world changes, we have to change with it in order to remain a relevant force. We have to be able to move with the world so that we can not only remain in the world, but help to change it for the better. Each of us has a role to play in making that change happen.

Rev. Elizabeth Rowley is a freelance columnist for The and Paso Robles Press; you can email her at [email protected]

Imagine what it would be like to step out of your comfort zone and into the glorious, radiant light that you have come here to experience. Sometimes people stay in their comfort zone because they don’t know that a better life option is possible for them. They had not yet heard the divine whisper. The American writer Richard Bach remarked: What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly.

Last year we all got a quick change when we were told to shelter at home to offset the Covid 19 curve. We have all found our inner flexibility, even those who were once rigid and stiff and refused to embrace or adapt to change.

Almost everyone learned to use the technology that allowed us to communicate virtually, which was the shortest distance at the time. A new world with new possibilities of being is born. People with technical disabilities have asked for help and have learned to do things that previously seemed impossible. We adapted, adjusted, and entered the world of discovery with curiosity and wonder. We knew we could do anything for 14 days. We had no idea that this new way of life would become a way of life for over a year.

We can’t hear you, you have no connection, face mask required, hand washing, social distancing is just a fraction of what has become a common expression.

Thinking about how we have adapted is inspiring to me. If we can make these kinds of changes so quickly, perhaps we can also quickly change our belief systems to promote racial justice and equality immediately.

I believe we are souls with bodies. Each of us enters the physical temple we are in for a limited time. Let’s spend more time exploring our inner world and connecting with the divine. As we move from identification with creation to the source of all creation, we merge with the unchanging power and presence of divine love.

It’s a change of mindset that allows us to turn from a victim into a winner. A place to find and truly believe that yes, I am who God created me to be, in light, in love, in glory. You no longer think that the world is happening to you, you now realize that you are creating with the Divine and creating the life of your dreams.

As you dwell in the mystical realm of inner heaven, you realize that you are one and have always been one with this glorious divine love.

You realize you have a purpose on this planet, and you begin to live that purpose with great joy.
Step out of your comfort zone and allow yourself to grow. The world needs your awakened presence more than ever. Take a step towards your amazing, radiant self and become the person you came for!

And it is.

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