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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