In Praise of Autumn

Our theme for September is Awakening.

"Some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over the veils of ignorance.# Henri Bergson

"What are the signs of spiritual awakening? Feelings of being connected with others and nature. Frequent overwhelming episodes of appreciation. A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than from fears based on past experience. An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

This sermon by Rev. Margaret A. Beckman includes Thomas Rhodes poem 'Meditation on the Equinox' which celebrates the 'instant darkness and light exist in balanced proportion to one another' and asks that we 'give thanks for those times in our lives when all seems in balance.' Rev. Beckman's favorite season is Autumn where it is not too cold or too hot. To her, the spiritual aspects of this season 'are the ones that encourage us to slow down, bring in the harvest, review the important aspects of life, and live in gratitude.' It is a time for introspection -- a time to examine our thoughts and feelings. Plants and animals slow down. Pumpkins will become pies and Jack-O-Lanterns. Leaves turn from green to muted colors. It is quieter. Warmer sheets and clothing may be taken out and cold drinks replaced with warmer ones. It is a time for enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. + Potluck dinner after the service!