Starting Over—Part 2

By Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla

Excerpted from The Quest

THE TRUE REBIRTH
We are all capable of similar positive changes in our lives. We can all look past our pet "monsters" and decide to explore more of God's good for us. But no matter how much physical or emotional transformation we undergo, no matter how significant our change, unless it leads to a spiritual rebirth, there can be no lasting growth. Unless it leads to an awareness of who and what we really are, it is just another dead end.

Spiritual rebirth can take a lifetime to develop, or it can explode into our lives in a split second. It comes with the realization that we are more than our flesh and blood. We are more than our degrees or titles: we are more than our possessions: we are more than our relationships. The new birth of which Jesus spoke takes place in the soul. With it comes the knowledge that "I and the Father are one," that we are part of the great Creative Force which made us and which powers this universe.

GOD MAKES NEW AND BETTER
The ultimate rebirth is an awakening to Spirit, and that rebirth always leads to a better life. It doesn't matter what preceded that awareness. Truth is not obligated to what has been. Think of the evolution of civilization. If we were not able to create anew and to be reborn, we would all still be living in caves. We'd be anchored in the past, repeating our thoughts and actions in an endless loop. What can be is not bound by what is or what was, and that has to be the most freeing concept anyone can imagine!

It is the very nature of God to make "new" and "better." God's desire for you is absolute good! You'll be reading that a lot in The Quest because it is the most fundamental truth. God's good is not conditional: it is absolute. It is not earned by what you do or how you act. It is not dependent on what you've experienced in the past or are experiencing now. God's good exists now and is available now. It is always available in your "now," even if it has never been a part of your past.

God's principle of good for you is not bound by your experience of sickness or lack or poor relationships or whatever negative condition you've experienced in the past. God's principle of good is available at each "new birth" in consciousness.

"POSSIBILITY JUNCTION"
Our friend didn't know this when she thought she couldn't go back to school. She didn't know that exactly where she was all things were possible. Not only did the "givens" exist in her life: female, age forty-four, mother, out of school for a few decades, and so forth, but existing concurrently was a plethora of other possibilities. She was at "Possibility Junction"—the junction of where she was and where she could be, and it's at Possibility Junction that we always find God's good.

We all live at Possibility Junction. Each "now" moment is another junction, the chance to make another decision. In each now moment, we decide what we want out of life. Often we feel that the easiest decision is no decision at all—just to keep going in the same direction. But life repeatedly teaches us that no decision is still a decision!

Perhaps you feel as our friend did: you're too old or too young or too sick or too poor or too unlovable or too whatever it is you may be identifying with at the moment. But the truth is that you are capable of expressing more good and experiencing more good because you are part of the Creative Energy of this universe which is all good.

BEGINNING TO CHANGE
Where does change begin? It begins first of all with the realization that you are worthwhile, that you are not separated from God, that you are a part of God not apart from God.

Secondly, you make the decision that you want to feel one with God. This is a decision you don't make just once and then that's it forever. It's a choice that must be redecided at each junction of "then" and "now," at each moment of your life.

There may be days ahead when you feel discouraged—when you feel you could have done better. Just when things seem to be going along smoothly—boom!—something blows up in your face. Or the plans that seemed so positive and hopeful in January turn into a mess by April.

These are precisely the times when you must remind yourself that you can begin again. It is not the end. You a re allowed an unlimited number of times to pick yourself up and start over. A chalkboard can be erased forever. You can always start fresh with a clean slate. The hero or heroine makes many new beginnings on the journey before attaining the prize.

If you can now say that you want to know more of God and that you want God to be more active in your life, then you've made an important decision. You have set yourself up to accept more good, and that's all that you need to be born again ... and again ... and again.


The Quest In every human heart there exists the hope of connecting with "something more." Tucked away deep within us, a part of us has always sought—yearned for—that connection.

The Quest opens the way for that connection. It presents eternal truths in a contemporary and very personal way. Whether you are just beginning your own individual quest or desire a deeper spiritual understanding, this guidebook and the accompanying activity book, Adventures on the Quest, will lead you with warmth and practicality through the pilgrimage of your soul.