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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/08/2016

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Wednesday Night in our Peace Circle we focused on World Peace.  We have begun each of our circles with a sacred reading. Last night we began by listening to ‘We Are the World’, co-written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones.  The song was recorded as a charity single – United Support of Artists for Africa in 1985. 

This one song raised over 63 million for humanitarian aid in Africa and the US.  The way it was put together and recorded was a show of cooperation and peace among some of the most famous artists in the music industry at the time.  Richie and Jackson created a vocal guide that was shipped to all the artists who would be involved.  Enclosed in the package was a letter that started:  “My fellow artists”:

“The cassettes are numbered and I can’t expresshow important it is not to let this material getout of your hands.  Please do not make copies.Please return this cassette the night of the 28th
In the years to come when your children ask, ‘What did you do for the war against world famine’?
You can proudly say, this was my contribution.”

The story goes that parts were assigned, the entire recording event was choreographed in detail, and each person received along with their cassette their specific role, where they would stand and by whom, what specific part they would sing.  Upon entering the recording studio, the musicians were greeted by a sign pinned to the door which read, “Please check your egos at the door.”  They were also greeted by Stevie Wonder, who proclaimed that if the recording was not completed in one take, he and Ray Charles would personally drive each person home.

This Sunday our focus will be, “I Am Peace.”  One of my favorite peace quotes is the following:

Peace.
It does not mean to be in a place wherethere is no noise, trouble or hard work.It means to be in the midst of those things and still becalm in your heart. 

How do I bring peace into this world?  We must be peace.  “We can’t go on pretending day by day that someone somewhere will soon make a change.”   If that many famous artists can come together in one place for one goal – to be of service and bring some peace to people who are hurting – would we do any less? 

“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I as a stranger and you invited me in.”  Matthew 25:35

Consider in the years to come when the children of the world ask, “What did you do to help”?

Namaste’,
Rev. D


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/01/2016

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Step 1 on the Journey to Bethlehem

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” . . . Just hearing those words brings back memories of reciting the 23rd Psalm in Sunday School and getting a pin to wear on my dress declaring to the whole world that I had memorized the sacred passage.  Was it enough to just memorize those passages, because I don’t believe I had any idea what the passage was really saying. 

Fast forward 20+ years and I find myself beginning to understand the depth of these words that were attributed to the writings of King David.  King David was a powerful king who kept making really bad decisions and then crying out to God because he had made a mess yet again. (Sound familiar?)  Sometimes it was his thoughts and emotions that were out of kilter.  Sometimes it was actions taken on the spur of the moment that seemed to have repercussions for him and others for many years to come. 

The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful poem that conveys David’s belief in “The Lord/Universal Law” to take care of him. (What we call The Law of Attraction)  “The Lord/Law is my shepherd – I shall not want.”  What if I knew the Universe had my back?  What if I knew that if I aligned myself with the energy that created this amazing world we live in that not only would I not want for anything, but that goodness and mercy could follow me around all day?  How would that change my understanding of what was unfolding in my life?  

When I first began taking classes in Unity Basics, I very quickly bought two books . . . (Imagine that). One was a Metaphysical Bible Dictionary; the other was ‘The Revealing Word’.  What I can say about these two books is that I still use them at least weekl, if not daily.  As I pulled out my Charles Fillmore ‘Revealing Word’ this morning and looked at the “very used book without a back cover,” I saw that the name in the book was Denise Haendel and the address was Kennebeck Place in Antioch, TN.  That name and address seems like a lifetime ago – although some of you reading this will remember that person and that very house. 

Papa Charley states in the Revealing Word that “The reward of goodness is that there is always a saving grace. If we have ever done a kind act, it has been preserved in the careful records of memory and will come forth when we most need it.” When I read that statement this morning, I know that the statement is true, even though there have been times in the past that I kept waiting for that good to come forth!  What I had forgotten is the first part of that quote – doing the kind act. 

In a world where there is, on any good day, thousands of things that can go awry it is up to me to be “Aware” of the world around me and show mercy to others – always and in all ways.  This has been a big learning experience for me, especially over the last 5+ years.  As I look at Papa Charley’s definition of mercy, it goes something like this:  “Christ-like treatment toward those suffering.  The important point to remember in desiring to become merciful is righteous adjustment, as this results in your overcoming of the world.”

Wait!  – You mean I have to be merciful and good first before it rolls back to me?

As we look out into the Christian world, many are celebrating the first week of Advent, with a focus on Hope.  I ask you this holiday season, “Are you still trying to find hope for yourself”?  If so, put the ‘Law of Attraction’ into action and become the light of the world.  Offer Hope to everyone you meet today and every day.  Not just because it works – but because it is the Christ like thing to do. 

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.
And I shall dwell in the house of the ‘Lord’/’Law’ forever.”

Namaste’,
Rev. D