by Nick Andrea
Our monthly theme for April is, “Freedom – What does freedom mean in a centered life?” Freedom stands on a ground of responsibility, the responsibility not only to act in accordance with our dreams, but also face the inner demons that can sabotage our process. I have known many people in my life who emphasize the external methods required for freedom, things like organization, effort, and the willingness to learn from mistakes. Anybody who has a parent, and I think that’s most of us, would understand this. But, what I haven’t heard too often in my life is the internal responsibility necessary to be free, to face the fears that prevent action. That, I think, is the primary of the two, for if the engine isn’t working properly, the car’s not going very far.
Freedom requires us to dig deep into the dark, abyssal shadow of our inner lives, where the constant light of our truth is found. This is guts work, for fear is strong in all of us. Yet, finding that non-rational guiding light called intuition and applying it to the details of how to manifest a dream make for a powerful ability to achieve freedom in a centered way.
YRUU only has two sessions this month. In the first, they will meet with a church adult who is a very active in the congregation and wants to know their hopes, dreams, and interest in taking on more active leadership roles here at UUCA and inter-congregationally. If there is still time left we will watch a clip from the movie, Willow, in which the main character has been chosen for a very important quest, but doubts himself in the process. I chose this session because self-doubt is a very common affliction when we are about to take a big step forward on our path. So, how do we deal with self-doubt that arises on the heels of destiny’s calling? Where do we find the courage to follow that non-rational guiding light called intuition?
Our second session has us watching a clip from the movie, “Field of Dreams,” followed by activities and a discussion about our dreams and what it takes to achieve them. Now, there are a million ministers, trainers, coaches, teachers, therapists, parents, and others who will give us a ready guide to achieving our dreams. But, how do we address the inner blocks that no technique nor method, save the uncontrived facing of our fears, can untangle? How do we allow the energy gates of our body-minds to open to the unknown, life-giving energy at the core of our being, that provides the fuel and the guidance necessary to manifest our dreams?
In closing I’d like to also mention that our Earth Day service is in April. Ah Earth, our Mother, our home…and what more dramatic example of freedom-requiring-responsibility is there, than in how we take care of her?