Monday, December 28, 2009


The New Year is a time to consider how we are living our lives and making our choices. Priorities guide choices, putting our time and energy into what is most important to us. The One is my priority.

Priority means:
1. the state or quality of being earlier in time, occurrence, etc.
2. the right to precede others in order, rank, privilege, etc.; precedence.
3. the right to take precedence in obtaining certain supplies, services, facilities, etc., esp. during a shortage.
4. something given special attention.
5. highest or higher in importance, rank, privilege, etc.: a priority task.

The first principle – the One, Yawah, God, Goddess, Allah , the Source (whatever name we use)-- fits all of these definitions of priority to me.

My connection to the One is my highest priority. This plays out in daily choices by allowing for spiritual practices – meditation, inner journeys, prayer, and service. It means opening up to what comes to me, being grateful, being loving. It means remembering that my ego is not the highest authority, that I am sister to all of creation and treating it accordingly. I must remember the ways to reconnect when I start to believe that I am separate from the One.

My soul is like a waving ray of sun light, unique, yet not separate from it’s Source. It’s on a path that may be reflected, deflected or be absorbed. Shining my soul without diminishing the original light from the Source is a way to meet my priority.

My earth-body is one with the Source as well, in the form of particles, appearing to be separate. In this earth realm it grows old, dies, and decays but does not disappear. It is recycled into the earth realm as matter or energy, feeding back into God-the-particle. Respecting my earth-body is a way to meet my priority.

What is more important, my soul or my body? Where soul begins and body ends is a meaningless question, like asking what is light—a wave or a particle? Each form works in its own way to manifest the One.

This is my priority.

--Terra Rafael

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