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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10/26/17

Gandhi urged us to be the change we want to see in the world.  Those of us reading The Hope by Andrew Harvey are realizing that the change has to first happen within us.  It is not about us “fixing existing systems.”  The word Andrew continues to use is, “transform”, and he is speaking of transforming ourselves first so that we no longer threaten our lives or the lives of others by our choices.  You may be reading this and thinking, I don’t do anything that threatens the lives of others.  Holy Spirit may we release those “sins or error thoughts” of Omission and Commission. 

Sometimes our choices are not out of premeditation to actually cause harm.  One of the glaring ones I think about was discussed at the Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light Conference that Carolyn Bauer and myself attended:  “A Sacred Calling: Faith Communities Caring for our Earth”  It was brought to our attention again about recycling.  Are we as a congregation diligent enough about what that statement even means?  Do I take the time in my own home to recycle?  Do we take the time to be diligent in our activities in our own spiritual community?  What are the choices we are making that may be affecting others in the future?  The choices I make today can, and will, assist in the transformation of garbage dumps and landfills and how that garbage is affecting our planet.  And Transform we must!

Transformation implies a dramatic change in our thoughts, our feelings, our words and our actions.  Thy type of transformation is a metamorphosis of each of us.  When I think of that level of change, I am drawn to a vision of a butterfly.  Do we think that the caterpillar realizes as it creates the cocoon and goes into a deep meditative state that when it emerges it will look nothing like it did before, it will feel nothing like it did before; it will communicate nothing like it did before; it will act nothing like it did before.  We are told that moving from a caterpillar to a butterfly, there are cells within the caterpillar that literally remember the formation of a butterfly.  They are able to hold that vibration as the process of transformation unfolds. 

So the question becomes, what does it take me to transform and can I imagine who I have come here to be?  Am I willing to be the #force4good that I am here to be?  The seeds of my future potential are the blueprint right inside my “being-ness”.  In that same way as leaders within organizations, we are the imaginal cells – we remember the good that is within each person and know that those seeds put together can create the future potential of the organization.  That means cells pulling together.  If one cell decides I don’t want to do this, then we develop a cancer that affects the whole. 

We were told by Jesus the Master Teacher that the only way to inherit the Kingdom was to become as little children.  Well this Sunday our own youth will be joining me on the stage to share the words of Gandhi who told us years ago that “WE MUST BE THE CHANGE.”  I affirm you will join us. 

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror.  I’m asking him to change his ways.  And no message could have been any clearer.  If you want to make the world a better place take a look at yourself and then make a change.” 

Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 10-19-17

Are you aware of the power of truth in your life? Where do you experience truth? Where do you experience something less than the truth and feel its effects. When are you a part of the problem?

Over the last two years we have focused on two main objectives as a spiritual community: ‘We Choose Peace’ and ‘Being a #force4good’. It has become extremely obvious to me when I do not choose peace and when I do choose peace. It has also become obvious when I am being a force for good and when I am contributing to the problem. When I am contributing to the problem I am reminded of the story of Nicodemus. Nicodemus was a Pharisee who secretly believed in the power of the words of Jesus. He could hear and feel the truth spoken, but he had to spend time with Jesus at night, in the dark, because others in his tribe would have not approved of his new connection or changing beliefs. Therefore he could never admit his association with Jesus in the light of day.

When he finally asked Jesus, what must I do? Jesus spoke these words to him, “You will not inherit the kingdom of heaven unless you are born again.” Nicodemus misunderstood the context from which Jesus was speaking. Jesus spoke in parables and metaphors quite often but Nicodemus thought Jesus meant he had to be born from his mother again. Jesus was saying to Nicodemus, you must change your thoughts and stand in the truth you know. Nicodemus left saddened by what he heard.

This story shows us the quiet pain that comes from not standing in truth and honoring what we know to be true – even if all we know to be true are the questions we carry inside ourselves. Each time we experience a chance at the truth, we make a choice to either stand in it, declare it to be so, or to hide what we know to be true. Many of us have chosen over the years to live in a False Self. We have made this decision for many reasons, many of which come from that place of fight or flight within us. If my family or my friends knew, if my coworkers knew, if the people I have been attending church with really knew, and the lists goes on and on. Very often we continue to behave in old ways, even though we know the truth and know that it can set us free.

I affirm you will join us at Unity of Music City on Sunday morning for The Power Of Truth. We will be continuing the story of Moses and will eventually find ourselves at the ultimate place of decision. Do I allow my past to win, or do I choose to stand in the power of truth and “part the seas of fear in my life?” Voices of Unity will be sharing special music with us. As always, they inspire us to think through the amazing music written and arranged by Dr. Judy Blackwelder.

“I’ve got the power, the power within. You’ve got the power that never will end. We’ve got the power, everybody say Amen. We’ve got the power of God.” Dr. Judy

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend. Don’t forget Circulation Day is Saturday. If you haven’t brought items to share with the community, bring them on Friday or early Saturday morning.

Rev. Denise