Center for Spiritual Living

“Everyone Else Is Already Taken” (03/05/23)

Rev. Mary Murray Shelton

The founder of Centers for Spiritual Living, Rev. Dr. Ernest Holmes, wrote in This Thing Called You, “The Spirit comes to you with a new and fresh creativity. You need not ask what others have done or how they have done it. Be yourself and express life as you find it. Never imitate. Trust the self. Find the self in God and god in the self.”

And Ralph Waldo Emerson, a huge influence on Ernest Holmes said, in his essay “Self-Reliance,” “…each of us eventually comes to understand the idea that envy is ignorance and that imitation is suicide.”

A common way of encouraging us to risk intuition and individuality is “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” It makes sense. How can we be fulfilled in life if we never risk being seen, challenged, and known? Today we’ll consider how to be ourselves with loving compassion and intuitive guidance.

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