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Hope Springs Eternal: 3 Steps to Start Fresh in Any Circumstance


“And spring arose on the garden fair

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;

And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast,

Rose from the dreams of wintry rest.”


~ Percy Bysse Shelley




Spring is the season of fresh starts and life anew. For the Earth, spring is an annual period when blossoms miraculously emerge from the barren lands of winter. But we can experience the phenomenon of a spiritual springtime whenever we let worn opinions and broken dreams die so that new ideas and opportunities can spring forth in our lives.


Spirit Forever Front and Center

While there is a season and a purpose for everyone and everything under Heaven, the one constant throughout time is the Creator. So, regardless of our circumstances and conditions, we are always secured and supplied by the eternal Source of good without judgment or restriction.

Most faith traditions agree that the Infinite Source of all Creation is present in everyone, though the image of the Creator is different. This month, we draw inspiration from the mystical teachings of New Thought. Dr. Ernest Holmes wrote in his seminal work, The Science of Mind (p. 406):

"Pure Spirit exists at the center of all form. Of Itself, It is formless but It is ever giving birth to form. The forms come and go, but It goes on forever. We are some part of It. If pure Spirit is at the center of everything and is always responding to our thought, there is no limit to Its manifestation for us except the limitations which we set."

Because the nature of Spirit or God, is to create new life, and the Creator is alive in each of us, we are empowered by the Spirit within to be individual creators of new life experiences. Like planting a seed of inspiration in the fertile soil of the universal mind, we can start fresh regardless of what has transpired up to this point. Perhaps we have desired to have a family, open a restaurant, or paddleboard. In the quantum field of possibility, the certainty that with God, all things are possible, our only limitation is a lack of imagination, faith, and devotion.


“People were always the limiters of happiness except

for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”

∼ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition

3 Steps to Start Fresh

Life is more likely to prosper in auspicious conditions. While the world around us may seem dire, we can prepare for a new beginning, or the renewal of what is ready to grow in heart and mind:


1. Clear away any remnants of the past (thoughts and things) that do not serve a good purpose moving forward.

2. Let inspiration take root in mind, body, and spirit.

3. Nurture the blossoms of all divine blessings the moment they appear.

"Change your thinking, change your life." ~ Ernest Holmes


Change is inevitable, resistance is optional. Even when things seem hopeless, our future uncertain, we can find seeds of promise if we are willing to look beyond our fear of change. As Dr. Holmes also wrote:


"Nature will not let us stay in one place for too long. She will let us stay just long enough to gather the experience necessary to the unfolding and advancement of the soul. This is a wise provision, for should we stay there too long, we would become too set, too rigid, too inflexible. Nature demands change in order that we may advance."


While rampant health, economic, and social disruption are nothing to take lightly, the current pandemic forces us to either feel victimized and suffer or proactively shift our awareness and seed new possibilities. How we manage our circumstances now determines how well we move forward.


“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.” Romans 12:2 ASB


Perhaps this event is a wake-up call to pursue a deeper spiritual life, adopt a healthier lifestyle, start school or a new line of work, or leave dead-end relationships and open to loving connections. Whatever the aspiration, we each hold power to create our own springtime of Spirit by releasing what was, accepting what is, and nurturing what potential awaits. And it all starts with a mindset of hope.

 

© Nancy Noack and Mighty Oak Ministries International, 2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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