Newsletter JUNE 2017

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.

I (Brooke) want to thank you for being a part of the miracles that are unfolding in our lives.

A Course in Miracles defines miracles as “a shift in perception”, I recently heard a story about a change in perception that has really resonated with me. By the way, it is a true story.

In the mid 1930’s, a 12 year old boy named Roy Spencer found a large black rock near Queensland, Australia. He showed it to his father Harry, who was a miner. Harry assumed the rock was worthless, but since it was large, instead of throwing it away, the family used it as a door stop for almost ten years. One day, Harry took a closer look and discovered the gem hidden within.

In 1947, an American born jeweler, Harry Kazanjian, bought the stone realizing that it is a black sapphire. He cut it revealing the brilliant six pointed star. Today, the gem is called Black Star of Queensland, and it is 733 carats. Many believe that it is priceless. At one point, it was on loan to the Smithsonian Institute as a part of a display with the Hope Diamond.

The Kazanjian family held on to the gem for a long time because it was so beautiful and perceived to have brought them good luck. This particular sapphire has an optical property known as “asterism”. The six pointed star in the gem follows you as you move around it. It is believed that the three bands in the star represent faith, hope and destiny. You know that we have the privilege and pleasure of working with gemstones every day. I have realized there is something magical (for the lack of a better word) about them.

I think the reason I was so deeply touched by the story of the black sapphire, is that I think I see it from time to time in each of us, when we are not recognizing our own worth.

Of course I am talking about innate worth, which is given to us by our Creator. It is the sacred and the divine. In the text of the first edition of A Course in Miracles, on page 197, it says: “Beautiful Child of God…the kingdom of heaven is within you.” On page 167 you’ll find: “You are altogether irreplaceable in the Mind of God. No one else can fill your part… your value is in God’s Mind. To accept yourself as God created you cannot be arrogance…”

How awesome and amazing it would be if we could see the “star” in ourselves and others, instead of the clunky doorstop. In the words of Captain Kirk of the Star Trek episode The Savage Curtain, “we have each learned to be delighted with what we are.” That is my hope for each and every one of us, to discover the treasure we truly are!