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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/29/18

What does the word “resurrection” mean to you?  Many people draw to mind the story of resurrection of Jesus the Man from death.  That story is quite spectacular in its own right, and when we focus on just the story, we miss the actually truths that are taught at a much deeper level.  The word resurrection literally means a revival or restoration.  Both of those words have deep meanings to me growing up in a fundamental home. 

 

Every year, during the summer, my church that was located in the Woodbine area would have a week long revival.  It was an exciting time for us as a ministry.  What it really meant was that for one entire week, Sunday through Saturday we would have a guest speaker that would be extremely dynamic.  He would come in and stir up a lot of energy, we would sing a lot of great music and we would eat a lot of great food, but that was not really what I focused on as a child.  There was something different about that week.   It was about coming together every day and just being in that vibrational energy. The energy seemed to grow and grow and I felt alive.  I felt like my soul on some level had been restored from the day to day grind of quote unquote, “normal life in the Yeargin house.”   The other thing I began to notice is that it bled over into my home.  Our focus in the Yeargin house actually became different. 

What I am writing about here is a literal shifting of consciousness that made everything better.  Our focus began to be about who we would invite to come with us or who we might see from the community.  It was about how it would feel to be in that exciting energy.  It was about creating a high vibration zone.  What I felt for that entire week is that it didn’t matter what had happened before.   For one entire week we were about coming together in a space of love and joy and peace and just enjoying being together.  It was as if for a brief and shining moment our minds had been healed by love – a true resurrection of spirit. 

 

I urge you –  yes you who are reading this right now – join us this Sunday as we experience what it feels like to be resurrected from the dead.  It’s time to see miracles in our own lives and to be resurrected from the difficult lives some of us have chosen to stay in.  A new world awaits all of us as we allow our bodies, our souls and our minds to be healed in a space of love.  If you are ready to revive whatever has been dead within yourself and restore your hope in living join us at 11:00 this Sunday morning. 

 

It’s time for a true revival of Unity!

Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/15/18

Have you ever been overly zealous when deciding what you were going to “let go of for lent?”  Secondly, after you fully get into the process, have you begun to realize the true depth of the experience you signed up for? 

Over the last two years I have been working diligently with Martha Creek (who will be with us at Unity of Music City in April).   I have worked with her in a group of ministers and also individually doing Byron Katie’s “The Work.”  The details of that process has been a monthly phone call for one hour with other ministers on the pairing up with a “prayer partner” and “coach of sorts” selected for you by Martha. There is also a coaching call with Martha herself every other month.  We are also asked to read four books by Byron Katie:  Loving What Is (my fourth time reading);  I Need Your Love – Is That True?(my second time reading);  A Thousand Names for Joy (my second time reading) and finally her latest book, A Mind At Home With Itself(my first time to read).  I share all of this with you to say that I have been walking this walk and doing this deep work for over seven years and very intensely for the last two. 

As I have walked this path for several years, it’s not a far stretch where I would say that I can give up ‘Judgment’ for Lent because I have been doing deep work for quite some time.  I know how to be mindful and stay in the moment and I know the process to work when something arises.  Then comes my trip to Unity Village and being asked to step into a redefining and recreating process around the Field Licensing Program and also to take a deeper look at what Ordination will look like in the future.  In this process I have had the lovely opportunity to work with other ministers, Unity Village Staff, Unity Worldwide Ministry Staff and prospective candidates for the Field Licensing Program to which I have been in interviews with for the last two days.  AND, have been asked to fill out Rubrics, which is a judgment of their performance in giving a talk, a meditation or answering candid questions that a group of four ministers might ask of them about various “holy topics.”    

I must share that I have had my buttons pushed so many times over the last week that I have lost count as I have been asked to judge every little thing a person does during an hour and a half period of time.  I have begun to laugh at myself and repeat The Work Mantra:  Is it true?  Can you absolutely know it is true?  How do you react to what happens when you believe that thought?  Who would you be without the thought?  And then the infamous “turn that thought around.”  I will not bore you with what all that means as Martha will share as each of you will have an opportunity to attend a workshop with her on April 8th after our Sunday Service.  Our Leadership will get to spend a lot of the weekend with her – lucky you! 

It will not surprise you that this Sunday we will be discussing, “What Measuring Stick are you Using?”  We should have a great time with that discussion.  And, of course, we will have over the top music with Michael Elley who will bless us with Danny Boy the day after St. Patrick’s Day. I look forward to being back with my spiritual tribe.   So I leave you with Sunday’s affirmation:  
                            The more curious I become the less judgment I express.   

Have a blessed rest of your week.  See you on Sunday.
Overwhelming Love,Rev. Denise