Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12-24-19

 

Here we are at the end of another year.  Who can believe we are stepping into 2020?  In the next 9 days we will celebrate New Year’s Eve; Christmas Day; and Burning Bowl/The New Year.  As we traverse these days may you experience the rebirth of the light/the Christ Nature. 

Meister Eckhart wrote of the mystical nature of the experience: 

“Here is the birthplace of the light.

Here we are both birthing the light — and

We are the light being birthed.

God giving birth to God.”

 

As with any birth let us:

  • celebrate our divine identity
  • nurture our newborn awareness
  • kindle our divine spark
  • give room for our light to shine

I hope you will join us for Christmas Eve as we celebrate the birth of “light in the darkness.”  I also hope you will join us for the Burning Bowl Service on Sunday morning December 29.  The amazing Vic Sorrell will be with us to share special music. 

 

The time is now – our purpose is clear.

Namaste’,

Rev. Denise 

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/05/19

 

What would the world look like if we gave peace more of a chance?  What kind of world could we create if we were committed to peaceful thoughts, peaceful emotions and peace filled actions that created more and more peace? Sound impossible?  I find some days are easier than others. 

On Wednesday Becky Astarita and myself were at Columbia State running a peace circle, and what happens for me during those experiences is peace.  Isn’t it interesting that what we focus on grows?  Thoughts in mind reproduce after their kind.  (Where have we heard that?) 

This Sunday will be the 2nd Sunday of Advent and our focus will be on peace as we discuss, how to stay peaceful when the flying monkeys swoop in.  Metaphysically the flying monkeys are our thoughts and when we allow those negative ones to continue to swoop in without clearing our consciousness our peaceful experiences are stolen. 

Join us as we affirm:  “I am claiming peace and living from its gifts”.  The awesome Carol Grace Anderson will be sharing amazing music for our journey together through a desert of flying monkeys.    

“I’ve been through the desert on a horse with no name” – just maybe it’s name is Faith, Peace, Love, and Joy.

Namaste’
Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/27/19

 

As a Unity Minister, I have always loved the re-framing of the Advent Season – a chance to birth the Christ again within me.  As a student of Deep Mysticism, I have always loved the inner stirrings that happen as we approach Winter Solstice the time of the return of light to our planet.  As one who follows the Shamanic Way, I have begun to see the connection between my life and life itself. 

One of the most simple concepts, yet most profound coming from the Shamanic Way is “Live in the Moment.” Isn’t that really a New Thought concept also?   The very statement speaks to me of a moment in time screaming and whispering, waiting and watching – “Hello Denise – Wake Up – Now.”  This “Now” is the moment of power for each of us.  The realm of spirit is within every second and within each breath we take. 

This Sunday the awe-inspiring Sean O’Shea will be sharing wisdom with each of you regarding the experience of Change.  I know that the very word makes many shudder – What?– You mean something might be different today, tomorrow, next week, forever?  BREATHE. STAY IN THE NOW!   Ahhhh . . . . . when we let go of the illusion that life is going to always continue as we expected, a portal opens for the miracle to occur.  When that happens, we are given the opportunity to say yes to the miracle by letting go of our ordinary, defensive, strategic or fearful ways of existing. 

Why not start this Sunday – the first Sunday of Advent when the focus is on Faith.  Join Unity of Music City and come together to light the candle of Faith affirming together:
 

Hope is where I start.

Faith carries me the rest of the way.

On the first day of Advent, begin the practice seeing beyond circumstances and beholding the Christ light in yourself and others.  Feel your own Christ presence growing within. 

Claim the mystery within your own life,

Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/14/19

 

In the New Thought World there are lots of programs and workshops and conversations about “levels of consciousness” and how to transform yourself, or as we discussed in Wednesday evening class, “have that Road to Damascus Conversion Experience.”  So now the Million Dollar Question:  Have you ever wondered where you are in all of this and why it may be one of the most important questions you ask yourself? 

I ask that question, not in terms of it being a contest, or to say you’re better/worse than other people, but as a kind of inner GPS that simply tells you where you are.  The more I have studied myself, I realize that depending on the situation, who’s involved and how much it actually affects me, I can slide up and down the scale without even being aware – until I am.  As humans, we tend to have very distorted and biased perspectives, especially when it comes to ourselves.

It’s really easy to go on a yoga retreat and think you’ve transcended stress forever, or think you’re enlightened after reading a few spiritual books or attended “that” workshop.  This is why it’s crucial to have references that “tell it like it is”. 

During one of my recent cleaning out processes I came across notes from Ministerial School from a file I had labeled “A map of Consciousness.”   At first I giggled to myself, well there has been a map all the time and I just forgot about it.  But then when I actually sat down and looked at it I realized that the reason I sometimes don’t refer to this “map” is because I am asleep to the unfolding that is occurring within me – sometimes to the extent that I stop it because it is painful.

I hope you’ll join us this Sunday for, “Falling Asleep in a Field of Daisies,” closely attuned to the Poppy field where Dorothy fell asleep in the Wizard of Oz.  Maybe we don’t have a wicked witch that is casting spells on us – Maybe we have error thoughts that cast those same spells on us and it takes our close friends and our guides to assist us in raising up out of that fog. 

Special Music will be by our own Ryan Gill – and I promise you the songs he has chosen will be ones you do not want to miss. 

“Oh Great Light of the World Fill Up My Life”,

Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11/07/2019

 

Last week we watched as Dorothy met the Tin Man and we also became more aware of the fact that pairing the brain with the heart assists us in the forward movement of our lives.  As we move towards Sunday, November 10th, we become more and more focused on our “gut.” 

Our gut is directly engaged with the world.  Our gut also deals with instinct and intuition which leads us to the immediacy of the situation at hand.  As I have shared with many of you, when my gut speaks to me, I have learned that it is definitely time to listen.  If I disregard my gut, I have learned that I end up in a “world of hurt.” So, where does courage come in?

The Cowardly Lion tells us that if we only had the nerve we could take the next step even if we were afraid.  So, it is up to me to determine if I am afraid of my next step or if I am afraid of not taking the next step and having my gut flare up?  Maybe I’m supposed to go a different way?

A lot to think about?  Yes it is.  Learning to align our heads, our hearts and our guts is the beginning of living a life of peace, purpose and passion and leaning into the lives each of us desire to live.  Our own Praise and Worship Team will be sharing some music to help us remember that we need that “Circle of 5” or so persons to stand beside us as we journey down our path.   Dorothy had Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion . . . . . who are the supporters for your life?

“No I won’t be afraid, no I won’t shed a tear

Just as long as you stand by me.”

 

See you Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

Rev. Denise  

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/31/19

 

Happy Samhain: The Celtic Day of Change; the Wiccan New Year; All Hallows Eve and the preparation for the Catholic All Saints Day on Nov. 1st.  Gives you a little different slant on an evening of dressing up in costumes and eating candy?  It’s interesting how groups of people perceive, experience and make meaning of events and situations so very differently. 

So if I asked you, “In our world today, What is the Heart of the Matter?” —  How would you respond?  What is your perspective and what is your experience of what is happening in our world?  Is what you see the same as other people and – if you opened your heart – would you see things differently?  If you saw things differently would you respond differently?

The last time we visited Dorothy she was talking to the Scarecrow who was desperately wanting a brain.   He believed his success hinged on having a brain to figure out his next steps.  This week we meet the Tin Man who is seeking a heart with the very same desperation.  I hope that you will join us this Sunday at 11:00 for “The Heart of the Matter.” (Remember you must turn your clocks back or you will arrive extra early to services – of course you can always sit in the Namaste’ Café and enjoy a nice cup of coffee or tea and commune with a friend.)  

“I’ve been trying to get down, To the heart of the matter, But my will gets weak, And my thoughts seem to scatter, But I think its about forgiveness . . .”  Don Henley.   And so what exactly is this forgiveness that Scott Stabile spoke about last Sunday morning soo eloquently?  And how is forgiveness the heart of the matter?   I leave you with a quote from Mark Twain:

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”        Mark Twain

Namaste’

Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/24/19

 

In a world where Christianity seems to be struggling with it’s message, Jesus the Master Teacher, whom Christianity was created about was very clear – 

It’s all about Love

Love God

Love Your Neighbor

Love Yourself

From the words of Scott Stabile, “Imagine carrying such a depth of love and compassion for humanity that no matter what someone did to you or anyone else – no matter how horrible or hurtful – you could look him or her in the eyes and with sincerity declare: ‘I love you, and I forgive you.  I feel your pain as I feel mine, and I recognize your need to heal as much as I recognize my own.’  I believe that the potential lives within each of us, and within that potential miracles blossom and humanity changes.” 

I truly hope you join us on Sunday as Scott Stabile shares with us BIG LOVE.  Love is the power and presence within.  When we ask, it will move in, through and all around us. 

Today we ask that our lives be filled with unexpected synchronicities and coincidences of that love that wakes us up.  Because what the world needs now is . . .

Love – Overwhelming – Sweet Love.

Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/03/19

 

Joseph Campbell was an American Professor of Literature who wrote, spoke and taught about the Power of Myth and the Hero’s Journey.  He stated that each of us could find ourselves right in the center of such a story.  He also taught that as we looked out from the center we began to realize the truth of the story from our own lenses or consciousness. 

I am excited to share that Unity of Music City will be taking such a journey.  We will be traveling to the center of a classic story over the next 2 months and that story if The Wizard of Oz.  I know, “that’s an old story and everyone knows it.  You’ve seen and heard it over and over.”  I promise if you join us on this adventure, I have taken the time to weave this story into a metaphysical adventure that parallel’s our own story as a nation and as a world.  This beloved story has the power to reveal in delightful ways what might be your next step and my next step.

If you are interested at all in awakening your divine potential, join us as we take a metaphysical look at an old story from the center of our own consciousness.  What if each of us finds the thoughts, the love and the courage to take our next steps?  Maybe, just maybe – The Wizard is Us. 

“Why am I seeking?  I am the same as He.  His essence speaks through me.  I have been looking for myself.”  Rumi

Namaste’,
Rev. Denise

 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 09/26/19

 

How would my life be different if I always did my best?  Sound a little overwhelming or impossible?  As we move to the last Sunday of September and our last piece in the study of The 4 Agreements, we see that Don Miguel Ruiz stated that our best shifts and changes.  What exactly does that mean? 

First, the only thing we can count on is change.  Everything in our world is changing all the time – look out your window at the trees and become aware of the changing colors.  When I wake up refreshed in the morning my best will be better than when I wake up tired because I haven’t slept well.  My best will be better when I am healthy as opposed to sick, happy as opposed to angry or sad. 

The other thing for me to remember is that when I choose to do “less than my best,” I will subject myself to frustrations, self-judgement and regrets.  So how do I make the decision to always do my best, no matter what other persons may say or think?  I make a commitment to myself.  Sound easy?  Probably not so much.

Join us on Sunday morning as we make the ultimate commitment to ourselves – to do the best we can do in each an every moment and then to let it go.  In that way we can be the lights we were meant to be and shine, shine, shine. Voices of Unity will be in the house to bless us. 

Let me be a light in the darkness,
Rev. Denise
 


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 09/19/19

 

In the 4 Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz points to domestication as the source of the agreements we have made that rob us of joy and create needless drama in our lives.  What if we were willing to let go of the drama?  Oh I forgot, some of us are addicted to the drama that seems to run our lives.  So . . . how do I begin to let go and wave goodbye to a life of drama?  How do I reset my breath and create a life of love and joy and peace? 

The New Testament calls the process Salvation, New Thought calls it Enlightenment and the Twelve Steps call it Recovery.  Whatever you choose to call it, it takes a new agreement to step into a transformed life.  Through the process of transformation, we begin to look at our own “stinkin’ thinkin’.”   It just may be our own thoughts that we are addicted to. 

Join us on Sunday morning as we take a look at the thoughts that keep us stuck and  we begin to “Wave Goodbye to Drama”.  We will also take a look at 4 basic presuppositions leading us towards transformation. 

Rev. Deborah Bishop will be sharing beautiful music for our journey of transformation.  I leave you with her words:

“Sweet Surrender – Gentle and Tender 

     Fill My Soul – Make me whole”.

Namaste’
Rev. Denise