By Rev. Kurt Condra
Beloved Unity author Rev. Eric Butterworth once shared the story of a commuter who reflexively dropped a few coins into a "beggar's" pencil box and hurried on to catch his train. Realizing the limiting nature of his attitude, he turned back, took a pencil from the box, and said, "Forgive me, dear man, for not recognizing your enterprising spirit. I see now that you are not a beggar but a merchant selling wares. This pencil is just what I need to finish a puzzle on the ride home. Thank you. I wish you much success." Some months later, the man was pleased to discover the pencil seller had established a thriving newsstand in the same station.
Taking spiritually grounded action, especially in dire circumstances, can be tricky: If the consciousness underlying our response is tinged with sympathy (You poor thing. I feel so bad for you...) then the energetic contribution of even well-intentioned action reinforces lack, limitation and negativity rather than supporting transformation.
On the other hand, if our response arises from a consciousness that God and good are active even in crises, the same worldly action (coins dropped in a cup) shines light. It meets a temporal need while opening the door for divine solutions to be revealed.
With the possible exceptions of Jesus, Buddha and a few other masters, none of us shines light perfectly. So to be light, especially for others, I highly recommend watching this 3-1/2 minute video on how to tell if your consciousness at a given moment perpetuates darkness or shines brightly.