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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/18/18

We are continuing to ‘Call the Circle’ at Unity of Music City.  The circle I am speaking of is one of people who are willing to take action on what matters. Last week we asked the question “What would I love?”  We discussed that the reason many of us have not created the lives we would love is because we get stuck in the HOW.  Did you realize that the How is not your business – it is purely God’s business.  If you are continuing to marinate on last week’s lesson we will add another ingredient to the marinade by asking the question “What brings me Joy?”   

When I am living a life that I love and I am attracting to me the things that bring me joy – could it get any better than that?  Joy becomes the very expression of God.  I grew up studying the Bible and I didn’t really equate God with Joy. I thought that most of the Old Testament was filled with scary and war filled stories but there was one verse that always seemed to come out of no where – Nehemiah 8:10.  That particular verse has always been of interest to me.  The verse states, “The Joy of the Lord is my strength.”  I did not fully understand that verse.  Did God find Joy in war and death?  Then one day I picked up a book suggested by a professor in my Ministerial program and everything changed for me.  The book was entitled:  God Is A Verb by David Cooper.  

God is a Verb was about the Kabbalah and the practice of Mystical Judaism.  As I read this book, I began to understand that God/Lord is not a noun – God is not a person – God is a verb.  God is the very expression of the energy that created everything we see.  This means to me that I am a part of that energy and have the ability to use that energy to create my life.  The joy of understanding and knowing that fact makes me strong. 

Join us this Sunday as we discuss that Joy.  Adding to our joy will be Voices of Unity and the amazing Nickie Conley. 

Joyfully expressing and Joyfully receiving,
Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/11/18

Have you ever spent time pondering what you would love?  Being a Spiritual Midwife and Mindfulness Coach, I spend an enormous amount of my time listening to people’s dreams and holding them in my hands and my heart until the person(s) who is sitting before me is ready to birth them.  You ask how long does that take – it takes as long as it takes.  Most of the time that is because the person(s) I am listening to gets stuck in one place and that one place 99% of the time is “HOW?” 

If you have known me for any length of time, you have heard me say “the how is none of your business.”  That very statement causes uncomfortable moments for many of us.  So the other question I would ask is “Why is it that I need to know how, when, and where my dream will be born?”  I have birthed two children into this world and what I will say is that even with all the planning and the Lamaze Classes things still did not go exactly the way I had assumed or attempted to create in my mind and the love that was in the room when the birth occurred was overwhelming.  The other thing I will say is that birthing two children into this amazing world we live in is still two of the creations that I am most proud of, even though I was not able to control all of the ‘how’s’.  

The process of birthing a dream is totally a trust walk.  Peter Block, an organizational coach and community builder, has a quote that I will share with you.  This quote comes from a book entitled The Answer is Yes:  “There is a depth in the question, ‘How do I do this?,’ that is worth exploring.  The question is a defense against the action.  It is a leap past the question of purpose, past the question of intentions, and past the drama of responsibility.  The question ‘How?’ – more than any other question – looks for the answer outside of us.  It is an indirection expression of our doubt.”  Peter Block  (We will be unpacking this quote on Sunday morning.)

With all the separation and conflict in our world today it is time to stop pushing against and to begin the process of birthing something brand new.  The main issue is most of us don’t know how so we stop dead in our tracks.  Join us this Sunday as we begin the deeper look of Calling the Circle.  Yes everyone is Invited to join but only the brave will show up. The invitation to the circle will come in three questions – the first is:  What would you love?   Our own Suzie Wright will be sharing special music.   See you on Sunday. 

Light of the world – Shine on me – Love is the AnswerRev. Denise