Emergence Series

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
What if all your efforts toward self-improvement have been actually taking you further, not closer, to your ideal self?  What if the premise and practices that drive us to improve ourselves, to make a better person out of a self-image of not good enough is rooted in a fallacy?  What if our longing to become some greater version of our self has actually blinded us to the perfection that is already hidden within us?  This is the premise of Emergence, the title of the book and the theme for an upcoming series of articles and Sunday talks.
Emergence is a modern day term for the evolutionary process that describes how we awaken to our true spiritual nature.  It is the Divine intelligence and creative impulse that is constantly seeking to be made known through us, and as us. It is our divine birthright, seeded in our spiritual DNA that contains the blueprint for wholeness, well-being, and peace of mind. In other words, Emergence is activation of our inherent potential to realize and express our divine nature.
The metaphor of an acorn becoming a mighty oak tree is an apt analogy for emergence and used extensively throughout the Emergence book by Derek Rydall.  The author describes how this understanding broke through to him;
In essence, I could see that the whole model of personal development was wrong. We don't need to "attract" anything because we aren't lacking anything. We don't need to improve ourselves because the Self is already whole. Just as the oak is already in the acorn, everything we're meant to be and all we need to fulfill it is already in us-a perfect pattern and divine purpose. And, like the oak from the acorn, when the conditions are right, this innate potential naturally emerges. This was the Law of Emergence. [1]
This will be our focus for the next several weeks, as we unpack the various insights that illuminate this inner potential, and how to fertilize the soil of our own consciousness in order to support the emergence of our divine selves. This Sunday we will introduce the topic with a talk entitled, The Radical Path Home, about using the GPS of our own inner compass to lead us to our spiritual abode.
Join us Sunday as we drop the exhausting efforts to get better, and create the conditions for the divine perfection to emerge.
Peace and blessings,
Rev. Larry
[1] Emergence: Seven Steps for Radical Life Change. Rydall, Derek Atria Books/Beyond Words.