Gay marriage is now legal and love is equal for all. Health insurance via the Affordable Care Act remains available to all. The Confederate flag, considered by many a symbol of division and slavery, has come down. And Charleston, SC has showed us how to grieve and reframe senseless tragedy with compassion.
President Obama gave an eloquent and soulful eulogy for the South Carolina Senator, Reverend Clementa Pinckney and those who lost their lives to a rogue gunman. He spoke of grace and he even sang one of my favorite songs, “Amazing Grace.”
Now, you might ask, “Exactly, what is grace?”
We would all agree that grace is a transcendent force that moves us to another level of consciousness and higher vibratory awareness. Remember, our entire universe is a thrumming body of energy. Did you know our individual hearts can cast energies of many feet? These energies are measurable and quantifiable. Grace is one such energy with many faces.
There are many forms of grace; it can be a blessing, a healing, a release, or an insight. In my experience, grace brings comfort and light.
Grace, also, creates momentum and inspiration; stirs compassion; and opens doors – past, present, and future. And what may well be our most familiar face of grace, grace serves as a safe harbor and a place of peace.
What can bring us closer to the energy of grace?
I suggest the following elements may bring us closer to this sweet state:
Being present in the moment.
No thinking about yesterday’s phone call or worrying about tomorrow’s meeting. Simply slip into mindful awareness. Clearly, easier said than done, but when we can be 100% in the moment, we open the door for grace to appear.
Being open in the moment.
This means no expectations, no assumptions, and no judgments. In other words, we are open-hearted and accepting. This openness encourages compassion and understanding.
Allowing the flow.
For those of us who like to commandeer the universal remote control of life, this is a challenging task. As the word suggests, we allow life to unfold and grace to enter without interference or resistance.
This means we are open to receive. Sounds easy enough, but many of us block that which presents itself to us. Perhaps we don’t believe that we are worthy or, even, that grace might knock at our door. Being receptive means saying, “Yes, I am open and willing to receive.”
Grace is a gift that sometimes arrives very softly during moments of intensity. It can also come unbidden at those times when we need the light of grace to show us the next step. Guidance, insight, inspiration, solace, and all of the other faces of grace are energies that offer a shift, a doorway and, even, transformation. And the extra benefit is that grace bring us closer to bridging the distance between heaven and earth. Grace is, indeed, amazing.
May Grace befriend you this week.