Rev. Jacquelyn's Message                
Our theme for October is Love as Safety.  This month's Blog deals with the idea of Brave Space.  
An Invitation to Brave Space   
by Micky Scottbey Jones 
 Together we will create brave space 
Because there is no such thing as a "safe space"
We exist in the real world
We all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.
In this space
We seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,
We call each other to more truth and love
We have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we
 We will not be perfect.
It will not always be what we wish it to be
It will be our brave space together, 
 We will work on it side by side.  
This poem is an invitation that I am extending to you: join me in creating Brave Space in our community.  We are living in a time and age where we can no longer hide behind the platitudes of New Thought/Science of Mind that serve us in staying in our comfort zones.  We are called to evolve this philosophy and to show up in the world in a way that we can make a difference by consciously contributing to the Centers for Spiritual Living vision of "Creating a world that works for everyone."  
One of the first questions that we have to ask ourselves is: "Do I, (insert your name), personally believe that it is possible to have a world that works for everyone?"  Our personal answers to this question will direct our paths and will reflect back to us what we actually believe with regard to Science of Mind principles.  Going with a "yes" response, our next question is: "What is my role in creating this world that works for everyone, and am I willing to do whatever that may be?"  Again, depending on the answer to the second part (willingness), we will most likely be at a choice point of staying comfortable (are you really comfortable?) or moving forward.  Again, I am going to go with a "yes" - I have identified what is mine to do; and yes, I am willing to do it.  
Now this is where it gets interesting and where we get to invoke that Brave Space.  You see, the likelihood is that whatever we are called upon to do will involve meeting and working with, and perhaps needing assistance from or collaboration with, folks that we may not have ideological/philosophical/spiritual agreement with.  One approach that has been widely used is to simply proceed without ever discussing, or by consciously ignoring our differences of opinions, viewpoints & experiences. However, it seems that as we develop our spiritual muscles, we become more sensitive to our environment and thus find that we may begin to experience an unnamed discomfort or tension in these spaces of unspoken conflict.  Suppose we invoked Brave Space.  
Suppose we purposefully (as in full of purpose) engaged in respectful, meaningful and healing dialogue with the specific goal of reliving the tension by addressing our core or underlying beliefs and values.  We may be very surprised to find out how differently we think about the world and each other.  For those of us doing this work in a spiritual environment, we may well be amazed to discover how the basic tenets of our philosophy interweave with and/or provide a foundation for the idea of a world that works for everyone.  One caveat - and this is significant - we have to be clear about who we mean when we say everyone!  For the record, I believe that there is a place on the other side of fear (often expressed as hatred, oppression, and violence) where we have a huge capacity for living from the "11th Commandment": Love one another.  (NOTE: Love does not equal agree or condone.)  
Finally, just as the longest journey starts with the first step, our path to the world that works for everyone has to start with our own Spiritual Liberation; with clarity about what we believe and how we apply what we believe to our everyday being in the world.  One form of Brave Space is a process called "Listening From Love." a deep listening group process created by Reverend Celeste Frazier, a Religious Science minister who resides in Chicago.  Reverend Celeste invites us to listen to each other from a love space that recognizes each one's humanity.  Listening From Love and Brave Space are not invitations to silence.  They are invitations to mutually respectful and love-based communications.  
Reverend Rafe Ellis sent an offer to pray to James Alex Fields, the driver of the car that drove into the crowd and killed Heather Heyer and injured 19 others in Charlottesville.  Reverend Rafe has also shared his commitment to eradicate the concept and expression of supremacy.  This is being in Brave Space.  
Are you willing to Listen From Love and/or be in Brave Space?    
Most Abundant Blessings,  
Rev. Jacquelyn