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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 02-02-2017

What an interesting time it is to be alive.  Yesterday the Lunch Bunch was reading a portion from, A Force for Good by Daniel Goleman, in regards to “Minding Our Emotions.”  We had a very lively and deep conversation about how to be “in the world” and “not of it.”  How do we as humans allow our feelings but not allow them to “have us?”

Over the last week based on the events in our world, many of us have experienced emotions that have been new for us or possibly emotions that were stronger than usual.  One person on Wednesday stated that her feelings were actually heavy and hard to wade or move beyond. As a spiritual community we have experienced together over the last two weeks, Sunday services that have given us tools to not only ground us, but to tune up after the experience of those emotions.  We are also offering Winter Feast for the Soul that assists us to just “Be Still and Know,” and to look at the beliefs that are running our lives.    

If any of these “emotional” experiences seem to ring true for you, I hope you will join us on Sunday as we discuss:  The World Calls Us to Courage.  The Courage I am talking about is a choice to choose Love over Fear. Just say that in this moment and see how it marinates within your being:   I choose love over fear.   

This choice seems easy enough until I get in the middle of a situation . . .”Danger Will Rogers!” Depending on the magnitude of the situation and my belief in its outcome, it is easy for me to jump on the fear train, add a dash anger and disgust along with persons who will support that vibration, and ride for several miles until I am sad and depressed about the outcome.  Then I begin to point fingers at the situation and those who I have drawn to me as the problem – when it was me who made the choice to jump on the train in the beginning. 

I hope you noticed that this is a proverbial train – not real – just in our mind.  We do this emotional stirring within ourselves, and very soon, do not know what is real and what is imagined.  Intrigued?  I hope so. 

Sunday we will be looking at another possibility – one that calls us to be courage – one that calls us to love.  And remember that love has to begin with ourselves first. 

Our soul knows that we came into this life with a plan, a calling, and a purpose.  Love is the vibrational energy that created us and love is the energy that is calling to us now.  The question is: Are we willing to make the courageous choice of Love over Fear? 

I am excited to announce that the amazing Vic Sorrell will be assisting us on our journey . . . “Love is here for you…..will you be here for love?”

Chose Love and be a #force4good.    
Rev. D.


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/19/17

I have spent a lifetime working with children of all ages – literally.  And what I love about working with children is that I constantly get invited into an enchanted world of dreams and ideas and curiosity and . . . . . Well, you know what I mean.  When I say something is enchanting it means I feel pleasure or delight.  Quite interestingly, as each of us grows and matures, at times that pleasure and delight seems to either diminish or go away. 

I’m here today to ask you, “why”?  Why would we as human beings choose to go day after day living lives that are so devoid of sweetness and delight? 

My answer:  We grow up!  It’s what we were told to do.  It’s what we think we are supposed to do.

When we step into that grown up world, we are applauded and rewarded by acting a certain way and to think certain thoughts to fit in.  The world of curiosity and enchantment slowly begins to fade away.  We slowly begin to lose who we are as light beings having a human experience.    

I was sitting with someone yesterday who said to me, “Denise, I just don’t feel it anymore.  I used to feel so connected to life and now I don’t feel it.”  There was a deep sadness in her words.  I pondered them all day until I sat with the folks during Winter Feast for the Soul and watched Part II of the Belief Series.  A thought just kept running through my mind.  I have no idea if it will resonate with you but here goes. 

Christianity, in which many of us were raised, has somehow lost along the way the sense of mysticism and ritual that many of the other religions have kept over the years.  I realize in this moment that some of you reading this will say ‘I don’t like ritual’ (even though we practice them here every Sunday  at Unity of Music City). What I am speaking of are the deeper dives into who we are as spiritual beings – something you connect to and with every day.    

As Jesus the Master Teacher, he taught his disciples “The Way”, a part of Gnosticism which was a mystical and truly magical way of living and connecting with the spirit of all things.  Mystics, of whom I know some of you reading this are, seem to have an innate and natural understanding of the cosmos and their place in it.  Being a Mystic himself, Jesus shared many of his thoughts about staying in the flow and enchantment of the world we live in. Many of those statements were captured in books that were left out of the Bible.  One such statement is: 

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.  If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” From the Gospel of Thomas

I hope you will join me on Sunday  morning for “The Re-Enchantment of the Cosmos.”  A true journey from the head to the heart. 

 

“I go to my higher power
There for me in any hour
I go to my higher power
Everything will be ok
God’s the only way for me” 
Dr. Judy

 

Namaste’,
Rev. D