A Loving Creature of Habit
The Unity teachings place great emphasis upon the raising of consciousness, upon developing the fuller awareness in every situation such that our choices shall be for our well-being. There are times, however, when we unconsciously react (again and again) and become subtly or obtrusively reminded that we are indeed creatures of habit.
Does this cause you to feel frustrated or shameful that you are not always in conscious control of all your actions? That it is a curse to be a habitual reactor? If so, think of habits from a positive angle. Actually, it is fortunate that we are creatures of habit.
Looking both ways before crossing the street or lifting the receiver before you dial the number are constructive and acceptable. Obviously, there are habits that are undesirable, as well. But the fact that a person is equipped to unconsciously react to given stimuli, when conditioned to do so, is a blessing. Would you object to good habits? Would you retort: "Oh how Mary is nothing more that a creature of habit? Do you see how she is habitually loving to everyone she meets! She has this tendency to automatically respond to people with patience and tolerance and understanding ... and of course without even thinking about it."
The point is this. If we can develop negative habits, we can likewise develop positive habits, which is an important asset in the development of higher consciousness. It is not sufficient to raise our awareness to a higher perspective, only to have it sink into the very depths of hell. Our uplifted consciousness must be stabilized, so that, regardless of the situation, wise choices shall be made.
Raising our consciousness to a higher level is analogous to a shepherd who raises sheep. Daily, he tends to them, providing feed, water, and shelter.
We tend to our spiritual growth through daily prayer and meditation. We find nourishment for our spiritual, psychological, and physical needs through the development of an effective prayer practice and an effective heart-meditation experience.
It is vital that our prayer/meditation time become regular, consistent, and purposeful. For it is the source of 'manna' that enables us to respond habitually with the quality of character that the Christ-Ideal symbolizes. I encourage the shepherd in you to faithfully tend to your flock (your spiritual aspirations) that you may become God's loving creature of habit.
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
January 1, 2007