Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/20/19

Today is June 20th, 2019. Doesn’t it seem that June just began and here we are close to the end of the month. Time really does seem to fly by. The question I continuously ask myself as a Mindfulness Coach is, “Can I remain mindful (awake) in each and every one of those moments? That is my goal, and I admit, some days are easier than others because of the situations that stand before me.

Sometimes I choose to step out of my body and be the observer so as to not feel the full brunt of a situation. Other times I choose to allow it to flow fully through me. At this point in my life, most of those times are a choice, not something that happens out of habits from my past (although there are moments when I still like to blame my mother, my teachers, etc. . . . for what I seem to find myself in the middle of) In those moments it seems to be done “To Me.”

Our focus for the month of June has been Summer is a State of Mind. We’ve framed that fact through the four elements: Fire, Earth, Water and this Sunday, Air. The discussions around each element has brought us closer to the knowledge that there is a power greater than ourselves that can restore us to sanity. It is our thoughts and beliefs that either have us living life to the fullest or have kept us stuck. Simply from the 12 Step perspective, do I choose sanity or not?

From the moment of our birth into these physical bodies we have breathed in the breath of life. In that very moment we became a living soul, an expression of the divine in human form. The question remains, am I aware of that fact in each and every moment? When I am not aware – what or who helps me to remember? Those are the questions we have been pondering during our Wednesday evening Metaphysics Class.

This Sunday we will be discussing ways to remember that fact. How do I allow the air I breath (Reset Breath) to assist me during those human limitations that I or others may be experiencing? It is then that I am able to touch love, joy or peace for myself or to share with others. That is really my power as a spiritual being having a human experience.

This Sunday I am affirming that the words spoken by myself, by others and the songs sung by our Praise and Worship Team along with the amazing Becky Duffield (you don’t want to miss her songs!!!) will create an opening for deeper knowing. May we as a spiritual community begin to feel it within ourselves – knowing where it comes from.

Love Can Build a Bridge; don’t you think it’s time?

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/13/2019

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

Sunday is Father’s Day and that day always brings with it many emotions.  It is interesting that preparing for Sunday I am thinking more about my Grandfather, my father’s father.  Maybe it is because I am sitting on the deck of Harmony Haven, my river retreat, and being flooded with thoughts of me and my grandfather riding in one of his boats up and down this very river when I was a young girl.  It seems kind of surreal that I would now have a home on the very same river just a few miles downstream 40 years later.    

I began to think about the things my grandfather taught me about living in the flow of life.  These are simple thoughts that he lived and modeled for all his grandchildren even when it was apparent that other adults seemed to think the way he chose to live his life was a bit unconventional.  The biggest thing I remember about my grandfather was that he just oozed happiness and fun.  All his grandchildren loved spending time with him because it was a great adventure every time we were there.  He definitely had a way of living in the moment and becoming a “little child.”    

You see the minute my grandfather was able to retire, he immediately moved to Linden, TN buying a home on the Tennessee River.  He then became a commercial fisherman of sorts.  This was in the late 60’s and early 70’s.  I spent many hours with him up and down the river, putting bait on trotlines only to return hours later to take fish off those same lines. (Yes I’ve touched many a fish and worm and minnow in my life.)  My grandfather provided most of the fish for several big fish fries in the area each summer along with cookouts for friends, family and the local church.  You would never go hungry if my grandfather had anything to do with it.     

The first big lesson I learned from my Grandfather was, “Do what you love because it will bless everyone around you.”  You see my grandfather’s favorite thing was being on the river in a boat and fishing.  So it is not a surprise that when he retired he moved to a home on the river with my grandmother even when several members of his family couldn’t understand why he wanted to do that.  I remember great times there with my cousins catching lightning bugs and putting them in jars, getting up early in the morning and going out on the boat and watching the sun come up over the water.  Of course who could forget sitting outside late at night and listening to the whippoorwills sing.  And all of the fish fries with people coming to his home for miles around just to be in the company of love and compassion. 

Another lesson he taught was to be alert and pay attention to the detours the river may offer you.  Sometimes when we were riding down the river in one of his boats we might come upon sections of the river that were filled with logs, etc. that had ended up there from a storm.  I remember times when we had to be willing to go around the logs paying attention to the depth of the water and to not get stuck in the mud.  Sometimes that meant turning the motor off and paddling to make it through a tight place.  Metaphysically that happens in all of our lives.  We seem to be moving forward and all of sudden we are aware of obstacles in our path.  Now What?  Reset and Readjust – slow down for a moment.   

There were so many different things I learned just from being in his presence.  I hope to share these with you during Sunday’s Lesson as we focus on “What are the Missing Pieces to Living in the Flow?”  Our Special Music will be provided by Ryan Gill and our Praise and Worship Team.  We will also have a special reading by John Ricks for Father’s Day.   

When life seems to throw obstacles in front of you remember – Stay in the flow.  Be like Water.  Water will always flow around any obstacles in your path. 

Rev. Denise 



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/30/19

Summertime, and the livin’ is easy….or is it?  On Wednesday I was a part of several gatherings at Unity of Music City, two of which were classes that I was facilitating and two were just small groups that I met with for information sharing.  In each of the gatherings, it seems either I or someone in the group were reminding each other who we came here to be.  Of course we are a Unity Community so you should not be surprised. 

One of the gatherings was Lunch Bunch in which we discussed a wide range of topics including how we, as human beings, lose sight of our divine purpose just through the process of assimilating into the human form and attempting to “fit in.”   Another was our Metaphysics Class “Living the Unity Way of Life” which I must say was very invigorating for the persons who attended.  (The Namaste’ Café was full of not only persons, but also intimate and soul stirring conversations within this spiritual community). 

How do you answer the question, “Who Have I Come Here To Be?”  And how do you know when you have arrived at the answer for you?  This Sunday is one of our awesome Multigenerational Services and also a part of it will be a “graduation” of sorts for the youth that are in attendance.  A graduation can be from one school year to the next or for some, a shift to a new and exciting experience.  And when we graduate, or get the information and education we “signed up for,” then what?  Do you remember those days – maybe you are still experiencing them today in your human form.   

We will be reminding the youth and they will be reminding us that there is a power and presence within each of us that is greater than anything that might be happening in this human condition, whether the experience is something we label good or bad.  That presence and power is the same spark that carried us into this human form.  Isn’t it time we remembered?    Michael Elley will be sharing with us special music that will assist each of us in connecting in a different vibrational way to the true essence of being. 

See each of you at 11:00 on Sunday.  Come be a part of the goodness of Unity. 

Namaste’
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams 05/09/19

Sunday, May 12th is Mother’s Day.  Quite interesting and synchronistic, Lunch Bunch had a discussion from The Noticer about perspective as it relates to family, partnerships or friendships.  Then Wednesday evening Mooji stated about Truth and Family:  Often what is needed within families is a shift of perspective…..Perspective being defined as a point of view. 

What is your point of view of “Mother.”  Maybe it is time to open our hearts, minds and guts to a new perspective.  Who is/was my mother and did I really know who she was without all the labels our society and the family gave her?   And as Grandmother Aggie stated to each of us, “Our mother gave us life and whether we like her or not we should thank her for that life.”  Which leads me to another Mother topic….Mother Earth. 

As we are guided back to the primordial consciousness of oneness we begin to feel it deep within our bones; primordial meaning “from the beginning.”  I am guided back to oneness or connection with the earth and everything in it – including my mother.  What does that connection look like or sound like?  

Join us on Sunday Morning at 11:00 as we celebrate not only our human mothers but also our earth mother.  Mother Earth is the place where we begin to learn about living and moving and having our very being in the field of consciousness that some call God.  The awesome Deb Bishop will be sharing special music – one that she wrote especially for this Sunday.

Mothers hold their children’s hands for awhile – and – they hold their hearts forever.    
 
We celebrate mothers in many forms,
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/01/19

Sometimes the only word that works is WOW! When I begin to think of all the experiences our Spiritual Community has walked through together, I can’t imagine anything more powerful than the time we spent last weekend with Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Paula Looking Horse, Grandmother Aggie and Nadeen.  They set the stage for this months theme:

 

ONE PEOPLE

ONE PURPOSE

ONE GOD

 

I know when I first glance at those 6 words, the first thing that comes to mind is, why didn’t I use the word Power instead of God?  I think my answer will become clearer as we walk through the next month together. 

Unity believes in God as a presence and a power that created the entire universe.  And as you may be aware of, many persons in our world believe God is a man, or some other being that has power over us.  Some people believe that your God might be different than my God, or should be called by a different name.  Maybe that is why our world has remained in separation for all these years.

Whether each of us realizes it or not, God is called by many different names in the Bible. That is because of the energy or focus of the moment and how God was being perceived at that time.  Some of the names are masculine in nature – some are feminine in nature.  Some of the names are more about an essence and some are more about a process or flow of energy. 

I hope that you will join us for this series of lessons on what it means to be One.  The thing that seems to divide us presently in this country and other areas on our globe is that we believe that our definition of God is right or our ways are the only way. Sometimes even Unitics believe that the spiritual path we are walking is the one everyone should walk.  What if  there truly are many paths up the mountain, and what if we are all going to reach the same peak?

The youth department will be assisting us in looking at what has happened in our world and how it may take the animal kingdom to pull us back together.  They will be sharing with us the story of Old Turtle.  Special Music will be the awesome team of Suzie and David Wright. 

Let’s each of us wake up to the realization that “We Are All One.”

Namaste’
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 04/25/19

This weekend’s events are pivotal for our spiritual community — a tipping point for the City of Nashville and Mother Earth as a whole.  It will be a moment that has been visioned, held in meditation, and spoken about with those who were able to hold the vision with us. 

I have overwhelming love and gratitude for the Gypsies, Musicians, Artists, Writers, Wanderers and Dreamers who have shared sacred space with me for the last 20+ years.  I am also thankful to the thinkers and planners and organizers who have made this journey a bit easier for us dreamers.  I cherish those who have held onto the dream even when many thought we might be a bit crazy to believe so firmly and to have the patience to allow the flow to happen.   The Time Is Now – And We Are The Ones. 

As Chief Arvol states “Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of mankind”.  I for one am grateful that I am here with each of you as we plant peace once again on the grounds of Unity of Music City.  I affirm you will be present for Nashville Chooses Peace – Saturday April 27th.  I also encourage each of you to make a point of attending our service on Sunday April 28th 11:00 a.m. when Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Paula Looking Horse and Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim will be sharing from their hearts, to ours, how our thoughts, words, emotions and actions can truly heal the hoop of the earth. 

Wakan Tankan – Great Mystery who guides us on our path.  Lead us to the way of peace.  Let us live together as brothers and sisters.  Teach us to seek the wonders of this life so we may love beyond our fears.  May we walk in balance with each passing glorious Sun.  

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 04/11/19

Unity of Music City is focusing during the Month of April on the Yin & Yang of Transformation.  Last Sunday I shared the story of Maybe So, Maybe Not – Who knows – We shall see. I believe that many of us have begun to wake up to the fact that we label things good and bad before we actually know the unfolding of the situation and how our lives will actually play out. 

What if we looked at events or situations and said, “It Just Is?”  Byron Katie wrote in, A Mind At Home With Itself:

When I woke up to reality in 1986, I realized that all my suffering had come from arguing with what is. I had been deeply depressed for many years, and I had blamed the world for all my problems. Now I saw that my depression had nothing to do with the world around me; it was caused by what I believed about the world. I realized that when I believed my thoughts, I suffered, but that when I didn’t believe them, I didn’t suffer, and that this is true for every human being. Freedom is as simple as that.”

Some of us have thought that we have, or had to suffer because of old programming or teaching.  Isn’t it time to let that old programming go?  How could our personal suffering help or assist anyone including ourselves in creating a life of Love Joy & Peace? If you have been postponing your freedom, join us on Sunday morning as Martha Creek shares her humor and pearls of wisdom about ‘Freeing Ourselves’. 

Katie also says:  “When we reach the ‘other’ shore (freedom), we realize that we have been there all along.  It just took a bit of letting go and releasing to wake up to that fact.” 

Set Yourself Free!
Rev. Denise


Denise’s Daring Daydreams 04/04/19

Frederick  Buechner, an American writer and theologian said “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”  Sharif Abdullah, author of Creating a World That Works For All took Buechner’s statement went a bit deeper.  Sharif said, “Where is your terror?  There lies the direction of your compassion.” 

I know the first time I read that statement, it felt a bit larger than it does today.  I was just beginning to understand the words at a deeper level – and then comes Fred Rogers and the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

There were several of us who experienced the movie together.  At the end of the time there were tears and lots of discussion about what we had seen, heard and felt.  Mr. Rogers was such a kind person who believed in sharing goodness and love with everyone he met. 

Fred was not wearing rose colored glasses and he believed that part of what was lacking in our world was love or the lack thereof.  He believed necessity is the mother of invention and in saying that shared this quote:

“Sometimes we need to struggle

with the tragedy

to feel

the gravity of love.”

 Join us on Sunday morning as myself and some of the youth give us an experience of the Yin & Yang of Transformation.  Our own Ryan Gill will be sharing special music and our young people will be sharing “Youth Who Have Made A Difference.”  These are stories about young people who experienced a tragedy or loss and used that tragedy to create more love in the world. 

Interested? . . . . .I definitely hope so.  It’s going to take each of us to turn this thing around.

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/28/19

The Good Samaritan story is one of those stories from the Bible that is very familiar and has been used in many Sunday Talks over the years.  A man traveling on a dangerous road, is beat up and left for dead.  Two men walk by that should have stopped to assist but did not choose to help.  Then one comes by that shouldn’t care but does – simple and easy to understand right? 

Maybe that’s it, and maybe there’s more to the story than that.  Have you ever really wondered where our responsibility lies when it comes to our neighbors?  What about those people who are not your neighbors – those pesky “enemies.”  Oh I forgot – we are “unitics” and don’t have enemies – or do we? 
Would you stop to help someone in need that you don’t even like or someone who has in the past been known to treat you “less than?”  What did Jesus the Master Teacher really mean when he shared the parable with the lawyer who asked the question, “Who is my neighbor?”
What if you had to turn the question inside out and answer who has been a neighbor to you?  Who has reached a hand out to you when you were in a place of need?  Who stopped their busy lives to assist you?
Join us Sunday as we complete our lessons on Justice Mercy and Humility.  Voices of Unity will again be in the house to share amazing music that will inspire us.  Remember that we will also share the movie, Won’t You Be My Neighbor at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon.   I look forward to our time together.  
 

It’s time to look at life from both sides now,

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/21/19

What an amazing ride spirit has been taking us on.  Quite a few of us spent the weekend with Grandmother SilverStar assimilating more of the Universal & Spiritual Laws of Creation.  Several of us met for Lunch Bunch midday on Wednesday and discussed what Compassion looks like in a world that works for all.  Then many of us met in circle on Wednesday evening as Deb Moore led us in Satsang, “gathering together with the truth.”  What has occurred to me during the ride this week is that all the words and experiences lead us back to One Truth – I AM. 

In the Unity way of life you may have heard me or other spiritual leaders say, “Be careful of the words you place after, I Am.”  Have you ever wondered what that really means?  To me it speaks of a deeper truth, because who I am at the core is the true essence of my spirit.  When I remember who I am, I realize my essence is beyond body images, labels or words.

I know you will want to join this flow with us on Sunday morning as we continue our conversations around who we are and how the very idea of “who we think we are” has influenced our ideas of Justice, Mercy, and Humility.  Have you ever wondered how justice, the giving and receiving of it shapes the collective consciousness – what we believe about ourselves and others? 

Voices of Unity will be in the house to bless us with beautiful vibrations from our own Dr. Judy Blackwelder.

Go Spirit – your power can’t be denied,
Rev. Denise