Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 02/07/19

When I think of ethics, I think of right and wrong conduct, but when I broaden that thought to the ethics of love I become curious – can there be a right and wrong way to love?  Being a minister I immediately think of I Corinthians 13, a scriptural passage about The Way of Love.  This particular scripture is read at many weddings, and when I am asked to read this passage during a wedding, I usually state that this is a great aspiration, and at the same time a challenge to live day in and day out. 

The verse that always jumps out at me is verse 8 which says:

 

Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease;

where there are tongues, they will be stilled;

where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

 

I don’t know about you – but my experience has been love failing – or was is people failing?  So is there a way to love that would not fail?  Some of us are reading The Untethered Soul and Michael Singer speaks of either blocking love or allowing it to flow.  If I allow the love that I am to flow I would create a sacred space in which I would love all people and things with a pure heart.  I would also know that love would conquer all forms of hate  because I am told,  Love Never Fails

I hope you will join us at Unity of Music City on Sunday as we dive deeper into the discussion of The Ethics of Love.  One of our songwriters, Nancy Deckant, will be sharing special music with us. 

Will you Stand for Love?

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/31/19

In 1977 I was a Sophomore in College at David Lipscomb University.  During that year the movie Star Wars became a conversation within everyone’s home.  I don’t know any of my friends or acquaintances that did not see the movie at least once.  I know I actually saw the movie 5 times that year and every time the words, “May the force be with you,” seemed to etch a place in my mind. 

I’m not sure at the time if I really realized what the force was or how it could possibly “be with me,” but I do know that the phrase continued to make an imprint on my life.  I was in a class at Unity Village at some point when the professor used the phrase to explain that the force was the essence of spirit.  That very thought was consoling to me as I was shifting my thoughts and beliefs about who or what God is. 

During the month of February our spiritual community will be focusing on love.  We will begin realizing that love is the underlying force of evolution, the very essence of who we are.  As each of us begins to integrate this force into our own lives, we begin to feel the force of love as it shifts our personal and collective potential in the world.   I hope you will join us on Sunday as we discuss this force of love.  Laurie O’Shea will be sharing songs about the force and the Youth will be with us again sharing their own perspective on how to use the force in our everyday lives. 

Never have the effects of love’s force been more important.  May the force of love be with you,

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams 01/24/19

Our inherent urge as a human species is to understand the reality we are standing in.  Elizabeth Gilbert in, Eat Pray Love, calls this desire “the itch”, the mad and relentless urge to want to understand the workings of existence.  The real question is, “Am I aware that this search or deep desire to understand is the vehicle that allows my consciousness to expand?”  In actuality is it the vehicle that assists with the expansion of consciousness on our planet?  And, does this expansion of consciousness give us clues along the way on how to create the world we are desperately wanting to create? 

Ervin Laszlo, a Hungarian philosopher of science systems theory has written many books about the intelligence of the cosmos and why we are here on this planet at this particular time.  Ervin states, “There is a constant and intimate contact among the things that coexist and co-evolve in the universe – a sharing of bonds and messages that makes reality into a stupendous network of interaction and communication.”  Could it be we are really all connected and have the same goal in mind, we are just calling it different things and going about it in different ways? That ‘Quantum consciousness’ shows us that we are one with others and with nature?  That everything we do to others we are doing to ourselves?   

I hope that you will join us on Sunday morning as we complete Principle #1 in the lesson The Search for Truth: The Expansion of  Consciousness.  We have to but set out on the open road before us, with eyes wide open and hearts ready to love, and we must be willing to ask, seek, and knock even when it appears that the answers elude us.  Dr. Laszlo calls the process a “reorienting of our vision, which has the power to motivate our actions and influence our decisions.” 

The amazing Becky Shert Duff will be sharing special music, and you don’t want to miss it.  Her music will speak to the journey and the deepest desires that many of us have to create the dreams that live in our hearts.  We have held on to this desire in the midst of the chaos and in the midst of all this personal transformation we are experiencing.  Just remember:

“I think of what the world could be – A vision of the one I see.  A million dreams is all it’s gonna take – A million dreams for the world we’re gonna make.”

Namaste,Rev. Denise 



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/17/19

Have you ever wondered what is true?  Interestingly I have had those conversations quite frequently over the last few months and not just in Lunch Bunch or in Wednesday evening class.  These conversations have happened in sessions with clients and in the women’s group I run on Tuesday evenings.  These conversations are beginning to happen in my own family with my sons and the questions seem to be the same.

With all the information out there about our country – our world

What is true – What is not true?

Who can we believe?

Why are we even here?  What should we be doing?  

Over the last few months, as I settled on an overarching theme for 2019, I began to realize that each of us, no matter the truth that we are holding onto, are on a journey.  This journey is through the story that we have decided is true – unless we abandon it somewhere along the way and become lost for a time . . .  (I’ve done that also). 

And, even if we get lost,  there is an internal compass, a GPS of sorts that is guiding our every step if we allow it.  This inner GPS has the potential to take us deep within the recesses of our own being.  Inside is where we will find what we are seeking, the truth that has been there from the beginning of time. Jeremiah 31:33 states: “I will put my law within them – I will write it on their hearts”.  Maybe we have been looking in all the wrong places. 

This Sunday, January 20th, we will be discussing The Search for Truth.  Some of you have been reading The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.  This Wednesday evening class is assisting many of us with some tools to take the inner journey.  This same Michael Singer wrote a book first published in 1974 entitled The Search for Truth.  I will be bringing some of the gems of this book to light on Sunday morning.  

We will also be blessed by Deborah Bishop and her beautiful music.  I leave you with a few words from Deborah:

 

Everybody comes from somewhere

Grows up doing what they’re told

Everybody comes from somewhere

It’s time to break the mold

 

Namaste’Rev. Denise 



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/10/19

Can you feel it – Can you feel it – Can you feel it?  These are the words from an Amazon Commercial and every time I hear this commercial the thought goes through my mind – the same thing applies to Unity of Music City.   Something amazing is beginning to happen, almost magical.  We are as a spiritual body beginning to open to the truth of Oneness and pure magic is happening. 

Last evening we had 25 persons in a circle sharing thoughts on the 7-week study, The Untethered Soul.  We are finding the deep truths of who we are.  Remembering;  we are seeing, hearing, and feeling Hope – Awakening; we are healing our hearts – Baptism.  What better way to spend 2 hours on a Wednesday evening? 

This Sunday we shove off on our 2019 journey of #amazingthingsin2019.  We may be Many Voices – and we are One Spirit (even when we forget and look at ourselves as separate).  When we see our separation it make us run, it makes us fearful, it becomes all we can see.  When we begin to remember our oneness our experience shifts.

How do we remember?  Timeless Universal Principles that have always been and will always continue to be.  These truths are part of our very DNA and we are remembering them.  It may be something you read; it may be something you hear;  it could be an experience that blows your mind or touches your heart; it could be just the opposite.  Sometimes we remember by experiencing something that hurts or though an experience where we see how we have created separation.  In those very times we hold the key to the shift – if we choose to stay and work through our fears. 

Join us Sunday morning for Timeless Principles that continue to teach us:  Beyond all appearances – Beyond the illusion of separateness – We are One.   Our very own Praise and Worship Team will be sharing music.   As we continue to remember the Timeless Principle of Oneness let us all remember…..

“Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future”,Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/03/19

We made it to 2019!  After the celebrations have begun to subside and we have settled into our day to day lives, are we picking up the old routines from 2018 or are we making subtle shifts that will create something brand new?  Unity of Music City is affirming #amazingthingsin2019.  As that statement becomes more and more true, we as a spiritual community and as individuals must resonate vibrationally with what amazing things really means.  Remember – you can’t get to your dreams – you must come from them. 

Over the next few months we will as a congregation begin paving the way for the things we want to manifest together.  Your Leadership Council is excited and ready to have those conversations about What would you love? – What brings you peace? – What creates more joy?  Plan to attend our pot luck and World Café Unity Real Talks #2 on January 13 – and plan to be in service on January 6th as we “kick off” this amazing year.   Unity of Music City is  Many Voices One Spirit  – and one of those voices is YOU!  

Step into 2019 by letting your voice be heard, sharing with others, and assisting us in paving the way for the amazing things we will be creating together.   Our special music this Sunday will also be John McAndrew.  What a joy to begin our year with such talent.  John always shares from his heart and soul when he brings our special music.  

Join us on Sunday morning and prepare to be WOWed!

Rev. Denise 



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/27/18

Here we stand at the door of 2019 and what an amazing ride we have been on over the last year.  Whether you enjoyed the ride or have a few bump and bruises to show for it, as my friend Linda Wannamaker says, we are sitting upright and sucking air, and for that we are grateful.  There have been many who have chosen to become part of the next dimension, holding the energies for those of us still in the physical body on the planet.  There have been many who have chosen to come back into the physical like my grandson Zachary Lee Haendel – bringing ages of wisdom with him.  You can see it on his face and in his sweet, sweet smile.  He knows that he knows, that he knows, that he knows.

Where does that wisdom of the ages go? Why do we allow the world to “steal it from us?”  I hope you join me and our Healing Arts Ministry for a different twist on our Burning Bowl Service.  For those who have been to many, this one will be a bit different.  We are adding some new parts this year and integrating the old in ways that will be a magical event for each of us – a great way to end 2018.  (And yes for those of you who like things to stay the same – you can choose to not be a part of experiences that do not feel right for you. Although there are no “naked chickens dancing!”)

Our focus on Sunday, December 30 will be Turning Resolutions into Realities.  We will be walking through a process that has 7 steps; one for each day.  What I have been finding is that when we do certain processes only once a year energies build up and it seems harder to step through to the other side.  So the question I leave with you is – What if we did this process every week on a smaller scale and stayed clean and clear with ourselves, with our friends and families, with our employers, with our intimate relationships, with our world?  Maybe this could become a clear path of integrity for each of us? 

I hope you can join us on Sunday.  I have been putting this process together for several years now and guess what?You are the first to see and hear and experience it!!!  It is a culmination of a lot of my personal evolution towards staying in integrity with myself.   I am finding it immensely helpful in clarifying what is mine to do  and releasing what is not mine.  That releasing part is of great importance and one of the hardest to get integrated into your life. BUT, when you learn to release in ways that are not cruel, but firm, the places, situations, or people that you release begin to see your life moving forward.  They see you stepping into your integrity – the authenticity of you.  In that way we are saying yes to the desires of our heart and in that way we become messengers of Love, Joy & Peace.  This process gives others the opportunity to do the same.  The process not only blesses our lives, it blesses others also. 

Our special music will be over the top.  Just take my word for it and surprise yourself with a magical experience.  Sunday morning.  Unity of Music City, 11:00 a.m.  See you there. 

Namaste’
Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/06/18

The first week of Advent we focus on Mary and the hope that each of us can bring to the world.  Of course to be messengers of hope, we must first create hope in our own lives.  It stands to reason that possibly anything unlike hope may have come to the surface for you to take a look at during this week, and then to begin to be that vibration of hope in your own life.   I guess I would say how is that working for you?  If there have been some challenges, you are right in line with the Sacred Christmas Story of Creation and Manifestation. 

The second Sunday of Advent will shift our focus to Peace – Peace that passes all understanding.  Our focal point this Sunday is Joseph who used the vibration of Peace to heal the stress that was around him.  Looking at the story of Mary and Joseph and their journey to Bethlehem, we seem to forget that this is our story.  What have I had to face – where have I been asked to go – what have I been asked to do and how can the vibration of peace assist me on the journey? 

There is a quote that has made its way through New Thought and finally into a book entitled Peace is the Way by Deepak Chopra.  The quote goes something like this, depending on who is saying it: 

“There is no way to peace – peace is the way.”

Deepak’s book lays out very succinctly a 7 day plan to Being Peace.  Yes, you read that sentence correctly.  There is a difference in acting peaceful in certain circumstances and Being the very vibration of Peace. 

I affirm you will join us for the Second Sunday of Advent.  I will share with you these 7 gentle mind, body and spirit shifts that will assist each of us in tuning into Peace during the holiday season.  Don’t forget our Reiki Clinic on Friday Evening (this is also a gentle way to give your Body, Mind & Spirit a tune up).   

Our Special Music this Sunday will be by our Praise and Worship Team and also our own Judy Blackwelder who has written a very special song that she will share about what peace means to her.  I leave you with a few of her words:

“I close my eyes and say a prayer – knowing God is always there.  And in that thought I always find – Peace of Mind.”

Peace,Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/29/18

Tis the Season.  Sunday being the beginning of Advent, our spiritual community begins the journey of anchoring the light on the planet.  As a Unity Minister, I love looking at the deep metaphysical teachings of the Christmas story.  Each Sunday we will be looking at our personal answers to the question, “How do I create more love, joy and peace on the planet?  How can I become a messenger of Hope?    

Sunday’s story is about Mary and her willingness to carry that message of hope to those that were lost in error, thoughts, and actions.  It seems maybe we are at the same place today.  So the questions becomes very personal.  Am I willing to carry the message of hope that is growing inside me to the world that I live in?  Do I even realize that is what I signed up for coming into this physical expression?

The words that come to my mind in this moment are, “The thrill of hope the weary world rejoices – for yonder breaks a new and joyous morn.”  And how does that thrill happen?   “Fall on your knees – oh hear the angel voices.”  Are you listening to the angel voices that are there to assist you to step into your purpose and passion? 

Join us this Sunday as we walk through the lesson:  Faith on the Mountain – Mary Seeks Inspiration.  Our special music will be spectacular as Pat UpChurch and our own Praise and Worship Team bring their amazing presence to the service.

Remember:  Your presence is the gift,Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/08/18

How many times have you gone to a restaurant and had something that tasted so very good that you wondered what that burst of flavor was because you knew that you would like to create the meal at home?  And how many times have you attempted to recreate that flavor and found that something was a little bit off?  Maybe the secret was in the sauce? 

Just like food, the same thing goes for living “The Unity Way of Life.”  When I found Unity in 1986, I realized very quickly that something was very different in the experience I had there.  It was unlike any other spiritual experience I had had in any other setting, but I was still very unsure of what it was.  Being the student/teacher that I was, I began to dive right into Unity Classes and began to hear a whole new philosophy around living life.  To me it was like a breath of fresh air or as my grandmother would say, I took to it like a duck to water. 

Over the next several years I began to read everything I could get my hands on and take as many classes and workshops that I could find.  Those experiences assisted me in making basic Unity principles my own.  Now those basic Universal principles seem so much a part of my life, I sometimes forget that others are experiencing that same “burst of flavor,” but are unsure as to what that flavor is.

I hope you will join me on Sunday morning as we discuss The Unity Way of Life: The Secret’s in the Sauce.  Our own Praise and Worship Team will be providing special music.  And of course, after the service we will have a business meeting followed by our own version of “World Café” – a time of sharing among community members that I know you will find exhilarating.  Many of us went through a similar process on Wednesday evening and were delighted about the connections we made in class. 

See you on Sunday,Rev. Denise