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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/26/18

The belief that there is “not enough,” is not necessarily the truth.  This belief has set many of us up for failure and thrown us into the process of competition for what we think is the last piece of pie.  Over the years I have known people who may not have had enough but were very generous with what they did have.  I have also known people who had plenty and lived in a place of fear, not sharing any of what they had with anyone else.  The spirit of scarcity or abundance has to do with your personal view and belief of the resources available. 

My grandmother was one of the most generous individuals I believe I’ve ever known.  I was never visiting her home that she wasn’t cooking a meal to take to a family or sharing something she had with another that was in need.  The funny thing is that by earthly standards, my grandmother would have been labeled poor because of the place she lived and the actual money she might have had.  What I can say is that when I was with her I felt abundantly free because of the joy in her home, the words that she spoke and the actions that she was displaying in each and every minute.  Abundance at my grandmother’s house was walking to the corner market and buying a popsicle and coming back to the front porch and eating it in the glider.  Abundance at my grandmother’s house was taking a glass of cold lemonade, a quilt and a book and reading for a while under the weeping willow tree.  Abundance at my grandmother’s house was sharing my milk with the neighborhood cat because he just came there every morning and meowed at the door.  Abundance at my grandmother’s house was sharing my bicycle with the neighbor boy who did not have a bicycle and we would play for hours in the alley behind the house. 

What would your life be like in this moment if you were willing to let go of your idea of what you think abundance is and realize that abundance is being open to all the possibilities each moment has to offer.  I hope that you join us this Sunday for our last lesson on Freedom – Stepping Into Your Abundance.  Special Music will again be over the top:  The Amazing John McAndrew will be giving you a preview of his concert and our own Nickie will be sharing with us again this Sunday. 

Abundance is my birth rite and I accept it with open arms. 

Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/19/18

Every year, Judy and I have taken a Sunday away in July – most of the time to rest and renew.  This year will be a little bit different.  We will be at Unity of Bellevue, Washington beginning this Friday.  Marla the minister and her partner will be housing us for the first part of our journey.  This church is located a few minutes outside of Seattle, Washington.  The spiritual community is a Unity Church and Marla is Ordained by Religious Science, so Unity Worldwide Ministries is asking her to take a few classes and work with me and the other members of the mentoring team to walk down the path to be ordained in Unity. 

Isn’t it interesting what our world has set up and the different hoops many of us have jumped through to get to a certain goal?  What I know about that is sometimes we consider ourselves “victims” of circumstances and want to complain and say it isn’t fair.  I have been especially warmed by working closely with Rev. Marla.  She is taking her time and working with her now church board to discuss all the possible options.  I will be meeting with the board on Saturday and discussing all of the possibilities – the left of things, the right of things – the top and the bottom and the front and back of things.  Because in the end, the decision is theirs and Marla’s.  Is it important for them to have a voice (a vote) in the Unity Movement as it is today?  Is it important for Marla to become dually ordained in two paths?  Do we want to forge out on our own and not have the “support of Worldwide Unity?” 

This entire scenario brings me back to Rev. Martha Creek and the Byron Katie materials – It Just Is.  When will we as a people begin to understand that my life becomes richer, more joyful and much more on purpose when I am able to accept that things just are the way they are.  And it may not be mine to attempt to change them, it may be mine to work in the system affecting change from the inside out – if change is needed at all.  Maybe it is mine to just walk away and do something different.  And in the end, I am the only one who knows the answer for myself.  Am I willing to make a decision for my life without making others wrong?  That is the true Byron Katie work – letting go of being a victim. 

There is much to ponder and much to think about.  Judy and I will be sharing some of her beautifully crafted music during the Sunday morning service – some congregational and some special music.  This group of people is hungry for many things and I for one am very honored to be able to be with them during this time.   You are asking about the rest and renewal part – oh yes – Sunday afternoon after a lunch and Q & A with the entire congregation  (“hold the high watch for me”),  Judy and I will be traveling to Seattle to begin the next leg of our journey which includes The Fish Market, The Space Needle, a cruise to Canada and beyond. 

As I leave you with this Denise’s Daring Daydream I ask you to “Stop Playing the Victim Card.”  Think a new thought, like one from Philippians 4: 4 – 9 from the Message:

Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious; the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”


Rev. Denise