Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05-05-2016


Sunday is Mother’s Day!  That fact will usually stir some sort of emotion depending on the meaning of the word mother to you.  Charles Fillmore, founder of the Unity Movement defines the concept of “Mother” as the nourishing element of Divine Mind in which all spiritual ideals are brought into fruition.  The thought of nourishment brings to mind substances necessary for growth of the body, the mind, and the spirit.  And isn’t that the nostalgic idea many of us continue to hold about our earthly mother.  She was to be the place of nourishment, the place of safety and security as we received all the things we needed to become the people we are today.

I have shared with many of you that my relationship with my own mother at times is difficult – and in saying that I do have many fond memories of loving experiences with the woman I call my earthly, biological mother.  I can truthfully say that she gave and continues to give the love she has inside her to give.  Then there is the woman that I called my mother of choice, Jodie Warlick.  She was truly the nourishing presence in my life for over 15 years. Jodie assisted in holding the high watch for me as I wandered through the wilderness of change and growth that led me to be the woman I am today.  Jodie was truly that place of compassion that I checked in with almost daily.

So what does the word mother mean to you?  What ideas come to mind when you hear the word?  The feeling of Compassion still rings true for me, whether it is about my mother or my ability to mother my two sons or others.  Compassion is defined as feelings of care, concern, sensitivity, tenderness, mercy tolerance, and kindness.  Compassion also contains an ability to hold another’s suffering as they walk through healing situations in their life; whether those situations are physical, emotional, or spiritual in nature.

Gandhi said, “Compassion is a muscle that gets stronger with use.”  I invite you to join me for spiritual exercise on Sunday as we begin with the topic “The Deepening of Love Through Compassion.”  “It is in exploring the vibration of compassion that one begins to come to the expression of love.”  Rev. D.  That compassion encompasses self and others.

We know that love is what we are. Love is the divine energy that is flowing through us and expressing in our lives and out into the world.  I have created a working definition of Love for my own life.  It is,

Lifting Others Valuing Everyone; and that definition includes the desire to share compassion with everyone I come in contact with.

I know some of you will be spending Sunday with your mothers or with your families, and, I know that if you are in town, you will want to be with us as we begin a series of lessons about Love and Compassion.  Love and Compassion are some of the instruments or practices that create more peace in our lives.  If you are unable to attend, don’t forget we are live streaming through YouTube every Sunday morning. You can join us from whatever place on this amazing planet you may be.

If you are in town this weekend you and your mother just might enjoy a Cinco de Mayo Celebration 7:30 Friday

Evening at the Keeton Theater in Donelson.  This celebration will feature our very own Stephanie Urbina Jones and also the amazing Mariachi International of Nashville De Glencliff High School.  Tickets are $10 ahead or $12 at the door.

I wish for each of you a peaceful Mother’s Day Weekend of love, laughter, and deep compassion.  Remember:  Peace is the Way.

Rev. D