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Denise’s Daring Daydreams 01/05/2017

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On January 1, 2017 our spiritual community sang the following words:  “Let me be a force for good in this world – each day I’ll give my best.”  Excitement was in the air as we left the sanctuary and went out into the world with a new thought and a new commitment for 2017.   Then life began to happen. 

Making the Commitment to Be a Force for Good brings numerous opportunities to walk your talk. During the last week as I have been preparing for a lesson entitled,

Becoming a Force for Good, I have contemplated, “What does that statement really mean?”  As I am reading the book by Daniel Goleman (A Force for Good), I have become more aware of my own thoughts and feelings and how they assist me or hold me back from being who I want to be each day.   

The word force means “the use of strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement.”  So as I begin to ponder how I will be a force, through sacred actions during each day, these 4 ideas have risen to the surface of my mind.  I choose to use my energy in this way.     

  1. Give Others Something to Believe In

We are all in a position to affect many lives.  I’m not sure that we fully realize the impact we can have on others during the normal flow of our days.  I posted earlier this week a picture of a lighthouse with the words: “Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone else’s storm.”  A smile, a kind word or an act of compassion can help another reframe their belief in humankind.   

  1. Look for the good

Finding the good is not always easy but if we are willing, there is usually a shred of good in everything. (There’s a pony in here somewhere)  Finding that shred doesn’t just help us.  Finding and sharing the good can assist others in having a better day.  The good goes viral when as it is shared like ripples on the water, out into the world.

  1. Move beyond Love and Light

“It’s more than just the words I say; it’s more than just the prayers I pray.”  So many times in New Thought, we spend our time in prayer and meditation, sending love across the oceans.  The Prayer process is the beginning of the shift of energy, and when we stop at that place we leave the most important step of Sacred Action. How do I choose to move my energy out into the world?

  1. Build a Community That Cares

True Connections are formed when people genuinely care about each other.  A caring community provides a warm, safe environment for persons to come together and build higher vibrations of understanding and love.  When a community truly treats other people the way they want to be treated – miracles flow. 

With Spirit as my source
I will stay the course
I will be a force for good in this world. 

Rev. D



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/22/16

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When I stepped into new thought, one of the first expressions I began hearing was:

 As above so below; as within so without.By Hermes Trismegistos

So you say, who is Hermes and what did he know?  Well Hermes was an ancient writer who took the form of the Egyptian God of Wisdom and Magic, Thoth.  Hermes wrote a series of sacred texts which are the basis of Hermeticism; an ancient philosophical and magical tradition that affords people who follow the practices a profoundly deep spiritual transformation.

Some of the beliefs of Hermeticism are very similar to my own Unity beliefs: 

  • All humanity is divine.
  • Spiritual Growth is achieved through Mind/Body/Spirit Connection
  • The Universe we live is in Alive and Expanding
  • Become Curious to Expand with the Universe.
  • Human Beings can access and affect the world in which they live through meditation, ritual, thoughts and emotions; and    other magical practices. 

Hermes created a very catchy saying, but it took me quite a while to really understand those 8 words and to give them space to work in my life.  Let’s take a peek at the meaning of Hermes words:

As above (as in your mind)so below (so in your body and life.)As within (as in your consciousness)so without (so your outer experience)

 

What this teaching really says is that the Universe and your surroundings rearrange themselves to bring you what you believe an to reflect your existing reality within your consciousness. 

So why do “bad” things happen?  And do I really have that kind of ‘control’ or ‘Influence’ over my entire existence?  I know those questions are questions that the prayer chaplains and the healers in our spiritual community wrestle with daily.  The Archbishop Desmond Tutu states:  “We grow in kindness when our kindness is tested.” 

I hope you will join us at Unity of Music City for:

CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHTING SERVICE  7:00 p.m.

CHRISTMAS DAY CELEBRATION OF JOY 11:00 a.m.

We will be realigning ourselves with the vibration of Joy, knowing that Joy is the last ingredient in the package of messages we are taking to the world.  We are the Hope of the World and we share that hope through Messages of Peace; Messages of Love and Messages of Joy. 

May the peace, love, and joy of this season grow in your heart.    
Rev. D