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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 02/01/18

During the month of February, our spiritual community will be focusing on becoming The Heart of Humanity:  All that I choose to give and All that I am open to receive.  
On Monday, March 4, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln made his first inaugural address.  In this address he called the nation to remember “the better angels of our nature” and to avoid the separation of the Union.  Can you begin to imagine a nation that focuses on their best not their worst?  What are the better angels of our nature?   Could that better nature be our human heart?  Does our heart hold the key to not only transcending separation but also transforming each of us into a Heart of Love?  Could the answer be that simple?  
What we are learning together on Wednesday evenings is that it is as easy or as hard as I make it.  Last Wednesday evening in our Winter Feast for the Soul our spiritual practice was Offering Compassion to Others.  During the evening we explored more deeply a passage of scripture from Micah 6:8.  Micah was a prophet and his message to the people was a mixed one involving the chaos and pain that would be coming if things did not shift or transform.  But his message contained hope – the world they could create if they stepped into “better angels of their nature.” 
Verse 8 of Micah chapter 6 states that we have been shown what is better, what will work to create the world we desire: 

  • Do Justice
  • Love Kindness and Mercy
  • Walk Humbly with your God 

These simple but powerful words speak to the prescriptive means to transform not only ourselves and our individual lives, but to also affect global transformation.  I foresee a powerful month of learning, laughing and loving together.  This Sunday the amazingly talented Charles Holt will be joining us to share special music. 
Remember:  I am the love of God, giving and receiving love wherever I go.  All that I choose to give and All that I am open to receive. 



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/25/18

During Unity’s World Day of Prayer we held the affirmation:  I am peace in the midst of all matters.  That statement, although it sounds and feels nice, is easier said than done.  Have you ever wondered what it would really be like to be peace in the midst of all matters?
When I begin to think about cultivating peace in my world, I begin to think about basic Buddhist practices that bring about peace within so that then we can extend that peace out into our world.  Basic Buddhism states that to experience true peace we must first have inner peace, moving out to peace in my community and then to peace on earth.  Buddhism also shines a light on the work; those things that keep us from experiencing peace.  They are defined as: 

  1. The Impulse of Greed:  Things cannot make us happy.  (We will revisit the Dalai Lama’s quote from last week’s lesson.)
  2. The Impulse of Hatred:  That emotion that runs through our being when our impulse of greed is not fulfilled.  I want what I want when I want it – and the reason I don’t have it is “you.”
  3. The Ignorance of Reality:  What is the true nature and life of the cosmos?  What is really important here? 

I hope you will be brave enough to join us this Sunday as we discuss “Transforming Our Biggest Crisis – Our Own Thoughts.”  Unity proposes that the way we do this is through Prayer and Meditation.  Can we really choose to be peace in the midst of all matters?
The amazing John McAndrew will be joining us to shed some light on the subject with his music. 
Living Loving Spirit – Give me New Eyes to see.  
Rev. Denise