Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07-21-2016


When James Cameron created the movie Avatar, I do not know if he realized fully the impact it would have on humanity.  The premise of the movie was about a hybrid human-alien called an Avatar, created to facilitate communication with the indigenous Na’vis from the planet Pandora and pave the way for the creation of peace between the two worlds.  When I begin to think about that statement, I am reminded of what we as a spiritual community have begun this year; a way of communicating with persons from other beliefs than ourselves.  This Avatar had to be willing to fully put him or herself into another dimension or plane and be willing to experience life through different eyes. 

Part of the movie focused on “seeing each other.”  The cornerstone of the Navi philosophy was “to see with an open mind and open heart – to be present.”  They discussed two types of seeing:  “tsea” = physical vision; those things that I can see with my eyes; and “kame” = spiritual vision which included being fully present with compassion and open to understanding of another.  The Navi’s belief was that when we are willing to see beyond the physical realm we will truly become one and create Pandora, or “heaven on earth.” 

Becky Astarita and I have had an interesting week with our Peace Circle Process moving into Metro Schools and other arenas and digesting our own feelings about how this work seems to be creating a life of its own.  We are both getting practice every day in seeing not only with physical eyes, but also with spiritual metaphysical vision to a bigger picture that Holy Spirit, Universal energy, God…. is drawing us as toward. To be fully transparent and authentic, I will share with you that the leaders of The Church of the Living Waters have decided to not be a part of the Peace Circle Process at this time.  The conversations have been about beliefs that are different in the realm of religion/spirituality. 

I will share more on Sunday about the conversation, knowing that we are exactly where we have been led to be, and knowing that it is not our intention to make anyone sit in a Peace Circle.  Now how peaceful would that be?  We believe that everyone is exactly where they should be in this moment, and sometimes the process does not feel as peaceful when your “stuff” is triggered by other people’s beliefs, words, action etc.  And in saying that, how do I keep an open mind, open heart, and continue to be present so that I can really see you? 


I hope that you can join me on Sunday morning for a lesson entitled, “I See You.”  I think Holy Spirit has a great sense of humor because this lesson was not planned this week; it was decided upon over a year ago and our experience as a community has unfolded to this moment.  How do I choose to see others when I have stuff up about their decisions?  How do I choose to see others when I feel hurt or have a past with that person?  Can I remain clean and clear “to see with an open mind and open heart?”  How can I truly be present to others? 


The amazing Sherrie Phillips will be blessing our Sunday service with music.  And we will be again having an experience of seeing each other hopefully beyond the physical seeing.  Those of you that were in our service last week know that we had two experiences, one was a conversation, and one was the game of 2 Truths and a Lie.  The energy that was stirred “I am willing to know myself as I am getting to know you,” has given many of us things to think about and process this week. 

I leave you with words from Avatar: 

I see your heart, your soul, your fear, your emotions

I accept you for who you are.

I love you for your goodness and for your struggles

You may be seeing me

I may be seeing you

for the very first time. 


Namaste’ Rev. D