There is something truly magical about being a room full of total strangers and yet feeling an intense connection with them simply because you all have something in common…the spiritual journey. It has been a week since I had the distinct privilege of seeing Michael Bernard Beckwith accompanied by his wife Rickie Byars Beckwith at Unity North Church for his lecture, Building the Beloved Community. It has taken this long to process all that I experienced that afternoon. The day was overflowing with laughter, insights, “ah ha” moments, spirituality, empowerment, song, communion and love. Unity North always attracts a warm and friendly congregation and this day was not unlike any other. Both levels of the sanctuary were packed with people who witnessed this mortal man fill up the room with a Divine-like energy, enlightening and uplifting souls with eloquence and power.
The sermon began with Rickie Byars Beckwith singing inspired songs that were absolutely infectious. Everyone stood up, clapping and singing along. It was a much different scene from that of the Catholic Church where I grew up. While there is beauty in the Catholic church, let’s face it singing and clapping along is much more engaging and it truly celebrates God (Spirit, Source, etc). One song in particular, “The Land of I Am” really spoke to me, so much so that I woke up with it in my head one morning and I continue to groove to it today. Song, praise and rejoicing would continue to season the sermon throughout the afternoon. Beyond spirituality, the topic of the “Human Experience” was thought provoking to say the least. The Human Experience speaks of human conditioning, meaning that as humans we have conditioned ourselves to believe in “not enough-ness” in the Universe…that there are limited amounts and not enough to go around. Beckwith debunks this by reminding us that the Universe is abundant, that lack is only a perverted belief and that until human beings change this perception, lack will continue to exist on the species level. While many of us were there to catch a glimpse of Reverend Michael as part of a spiritual quest, we each had our own reasons for attending.
Ask the right question from the Universe, you’ll get an answer. Bliss comes from the activation of your potential. – Michael Bernard Beckwith
I was fortunate enough to have met the man I was seated next to during introductions prior to the lecture. We shared pleasantries, it was his first time at Unity North and since it was my fourth time there, I considered myself a veteran. He was an older gentlemen, a psychology professor at Morehouse. This man had such a sweet demeanor and he was genuinely excited to experience the majesty that is a Michael Bernard Beckwith sermon. It wasn’t until our lunch break that he shared with me the reason he was there. He told me that he had recently and unexpectedly lost his wife to a rare form of cancer. My heart went out to him, and although he said he was coping fine, it was clear that he was there to expand his knowledge of Spirit in the wake of his loss and to seek solace. I met a young mother, and Beckwith follower, who drove with her family from Tennessee just to attend the lecture and have her books signed. It was an amazing experience to see Michael Bernard Beckwith live and I hope to have another opportunity in the future. After the long day, I stood in line waiting to meet Reverend Michael and Rickie and to have my book signed. After meeting and sharing a laugh with both of them, I walked out to my car and opened my book to read my personal message. It said, “Glow simply for the joy.”