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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

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/11/18

Do you have a dream?  Several years ago Judy and I decided to attend Mary Morrissey’s Dream Builder Weekend in Los Angeles, California.  And the rest of the story is the life we are living today.  Having and creating a dream for your life is such an important part of the journey.  

As children we have dreams of what we “want to be when we grow up.”  And somewhere along the way, life happens.  So many of us settle for lives that are less than fulfilling and not exactly what we had in mind.   Have you ever wondered why that is? 

One of the first things we were told in the Dream Builder program was if you can see exactly how to create your dream, it’s not big enough.  You’ve got to give spirit room to expand and take you places you may be unaware of except for in your heart.  One of the second things we were told in the Dream Builder program is that a dream is not big enough if it doesn’t include others and the effect your dream will have on the world.   I have remembered that statement so many times.  Have we extended our scope of influence into the Greater Nashville Community?  What about beyond?  

I know that over the last year and a half, I have made a conscious effort to extend my scope into the community and what I can share with you is that is the step that has made the biggest difference in the flow of giving and receiving in my life:  all that I choose to give and all that I am open to receive.  Those blessings may be the people I get to work with.  Those blessings may actually be in tangible things such as lunch, gifts and money or a fabulous vacation home on the Tennessee River.  Those blessings may be in the time I get to spend assisting others cultivating and building dreams; writing grants; creating dream boards; and facilitating appreciative Inquiry processes. Sometimes those gifts come as I walk through the grief with a friend as her parent transitions and the family plans a special memorial service.  

You see “Ministry” has always been my dream and that dream includes so many pieces and parts that I have been able to open up to what that word means to me and what the expression of Ministry looks like in my life. Even when I thought I was going to be a performer on Broadway, I had the intention of being in or directing plays that had a specific message for the audience.  I have always wanted to “make a difference.”  

So I first set an intention for my life.  My personal intention is “birthing dreams.”   I call myself a Spiritual Midwife.  I assist people to dream into and birth effective and lasting change in their lives.  What is your dream and have you included others, specifically those in the community?  How do you want to leave your legacy of love?  This Sunday we will be sharing ideas about dreaming into and imagining your own legacy of love.  What is spirit  attempting to express in and through you? 

Stephanie Urbina Jones will join us with her amazing Shaman Heart and her awesome new music.  You will definitely want to take some of her music home with you.  She will be adding to this service with songs and words about the journey of dreaming and creating what is yours to create.  

Leaving a piece of our hearts for generations to see.  We are building a legacy of love.

Rev. Denise