As Bodhi transitions into it’s next greatest self, we find ourselves at the beginning of a new state of consciousness—ready to break through into our next greatest expression. We join together during this time to consciously declare Building the Beloved Community.
As Rev. Gaylon McDowell said this past Sunday, “the transformation of any community begins with the individual.” It is in that knowing that we do the work within ourselves first, as individuals of a community committed to the idea of Oneness, Love, Peace and Unity. We come together to “Discover Our Spiritual Wholeness”—wholeness meaning to be complete, to lack nothing.
Sunday afternoon we gathered for our Quarterly Conversation to take stock of our consciousness. We met not to make where we are as individuals or as a Community wrong, but to be willing to honestly assess our current state. In getting related to where we are, we become at choice to allow for transformation, to allow for God to have its way in our lives.
Rev. Gaylon McDowell told us this past Sunday:
“We cannot outperform our consciousness. You can’t outperform how you think and how you feel.”
Every single one of us has come together and created what we currently have both in form and in consciousness. Where we are in Community Contributions, in Sacred Service Hours and in our financials is not indicative of who we are in consciousness, but rather where we are in consciousness.
We give great gratitude for the 650 hours of sacred service that is generated among the 128 community members each month. We give great gratitude for the $536,000 of income we have received this calendar year. And our community members and leaders are saying “for us to be who we are here to be, we must grow beyond where we currently are.”
“For us to be who we are here to be, we must grow beyond where we currently are.”
Our Sacred Service Leaders told our Staff, “we must grow to 210 Sacred Service members generating 1300 hours of Service each month.” Our Core Council declared, “we must grow financially from our $284,000 of remaining forecasted income this year to $400,000 in income through the end of the year.” What we know is that there is nothing to “get.” All that we need is within us and within our Community. This declaration is simply that we have eyes to see that which is already here.
For us to fulfill on our commitment to Reveal Love, Honor All Paths and Celebrate Life, we must rise up and say it matters!
Together we declare a renewing of our minds. We declare that it is time to transplant the Divine Idea of Bodhi into new and fertile soil. In the process of transplanting, we are confronted by our old beliefs, thoughts and feelings. Our old ideas will create commotion in our new and fertile soil. As a Community, we are in a process of cleansing and birthing our new life—not from anything old or bad, but birthing our next greatest Self.
“As a Community, we are in a process of cleansing and birthing our new life—not from anything old or bad, but birthing our next greatest Self.”
We will move through the waves of this time not afraid, but evermore convicted about why we exist. We have come to reveal the kingdom of God that is already within us. We have come as a beloved spiritual community that affirms all people can share in the wealth of the earth.
These are bold declarations and so it is easy to wonder how will we do that.
We will do that by returning to the spiritual principles and laws that birthed this Community. We will do that by fostering experiences and opportunities that allow for intimacy and belonging. We will do that by reinvigorating Small Group Life such that current, new and returning community members can experience meaningful spiritual connection beyond Sundays. We will do that by birthing powerful Bodhi Ministries that reveal Oneness and Abundance for the people of Chicago and beyond.
We as a Community have come for great things! Together in love, in consciousness and in the renewing of our minds will we intentionally activate the Spirit of God within and demonstrate in form all that we are here to be. I look forward to rolling our sleeves up and doing that work together. It is truly my honor and privilege to call Bodhi my spiritual home.