From Manna to Self Supporting…A Hero’s Journey

Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,
 There is a story in the biblical book of Joshua (Joshua 5; 9-12), which tells about what happened to the people of Israel after they got into the “Land of Milk and Honey,” or “The Promised Land.”  God had provided manna in the wilderness all through their very long, forty year journey, so that they would not go hungry while they made their trip. You see the journey was supposed to take a few months, and it ended up taking forty years. Wow. Have you ever been on a journey like that?  The idea is to continue to grow, develop and let our stories unfold as we journey, no matter how long it takes.  And the result of that growth always leads us to a new adventure.
 The Twelve Steps provide a great template for recovery of ourselves from false dependencies which distort our essence. They lead us through the beginning steps of housecleaning and self knowledge and then they plant us firmly at Step Seven, which states “We Are Self Supporting Through Our Own Contributions.”  Over the first sixteen months of the life of Sanctuary NYC, G-d indeed provided manna for us to make it through the wilderness. And what a journey it has been! 
Our manna came in the form of generous donations from G-d’s human hands. And we have used this gift wisely, to build the beginning of a wonderful, creative, exciting community. Along with your donations of time, talent and treasure, and a lot of joyous work, we have managed to create the template for a creative, magnificent spiritual community.  And now we are at our own version of Step Seven.
 Our financial goal for this month of incubation, this month of waiting for the chrysalis to open and become a butterfly, and the bulbs to break open and become hyacinth, crocus, daffodil, tulip and forsythia, is set.  We have determined that we will need $30,000 to stabilize the next stage of growth.
According to our calculations, this amount, along with community donations, will enable us to launch a membership drive, and stabilize a plan for sustained and sustainable operation.  Our goal date to announce the successful completion of this goal will be March 31st, Easter Sunday.
 So now we are sending this letter to the Universe.  And as the Bible also tells us, a clear message sent into the Web which connects us all, into the Unified Field of Awareness, cannot come back to us void.  So we WILL have a clear answer by our target date.
 You may donate online at Sanctuary  Tell your friends and colleagues and anyone you feel would like for Sanctuary NYC to stabilize financially so that we can really thrive and become the force for good on the planet for which we have laid the foundation.  Can’t wait to see how this all unfolds.  We know that we are never left without the perfect breadcrumbs to lead us to the next place of growth and life.
 See you this Sunday at 2 pm at West Park- Corner of 86th and Amsterdam NYC.
We love to see your face.
Thank you so very much for sharing our journey to date with us.
Rev. Jane

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