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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/14/19

Yes, Judy and I are on “Spring Break.”  We are spending some time in Savannah, GA with Missie and Sharon – and yes, it is quite beautiful here.  
My friend Laura McClendon said to me, “Grownups get spring break?  Why did not one tell me that?”  Laura, that post first made me laugh and then made me think in a deeper way because believe it or not, that is a great way to lead into this week’s focus:  Life and Melding Cultures. 
Did you realize that there are some cultures in our world that encourage you to take time off?  It’s built into the very fabric of their societies, government and infrastructure.  What would it be like if we as people were encouraged to take time to reset our breath; remember who we are; wake up to our purpose on this earth and to be about the job of expressing it? 

After Sunday’s Lesson there may be some of you that are still asking, “Why is that so important?”  The reason for its importance is pretty evident all around us, and March is the month we are talking about Justice maintaining the very balance of life on our planet.  In those discussions we are affirming:  We are stepping humbly towards justice through loving acts of mercy.  Let’s step forward with a few quotes from different cultural perspectives: 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. stated:  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • The Dalai Lama states:  “In the end people’s love for truth, justice, freedom, and democracy will triumph.  No matter what governments do, the human spirit will always prevail.” 
  • Oscar Romero – 4th Archbishop of San Salvador said:  “You cannot reap what you have not sown.  How are we going to reap love in our community if we only sow hate?”
  • The Bahai Community believes:  All men/women have been created to carry forward an ever advancing civilization evolving towards wholeness & unity. 
  • Chief Arvol:  “Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.  Did you think the Creator would create unnecessary people in a time of such terrible danger?  Know that you yourself are essential to this World.” 

I know that as we move closer to our Nashville Chooses Peace Festival – April 27th – that you will want to acknowledge you own “essentialness” in the conversations and movement of more and more peace on this planet.  Peace can only come through Oneness and Oneness cannot happen unless we begin to have this deeper conversation about Justice. 

Learning to live in relationship to spirit is a uniquely personal journey.  It means awakening to the sacredness in every moment and in all forms of life.  I leave you with the word Namaste’ meaning:

 

My soul honors your soul.

I honor the love, light, beauty, truth and

Kindness within you – because

It is also within me.

In sharing these things

There is no distance and no difference between us.

We are the same.  We are one. 

 

Rev. Denise Yeargin



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 03/07/2019

If you are reading this, I am returning to Nashville from a Spiritual Experience in Eagle Butte, South Dakota (population around 1500). I will be staying on a Reservation and experiencing what real Native American life, conversations and experiences look like.  I know that when I return to Unity of Music City, I will be changed, maybe not showing on the outside, but feeling very different on the inside. 

Last Sunday, our youth took us on a journey through Oz to discover what we say we believe in Unity – “The Answers are right inside of each of us.”  There is a song that we sometimes sing, “It’s in everyone of us to be wise, find your heart open up both your eyes.”  Have you ever wondered how the world could be different if each of us really knew that all our answers were right inside?  What if we knew we didn’t have to march to the beat of anyone else’s drum?    

I affirm that the youth wet your appetite for more.  During March we will be focusing on the Divine Order of the Universe and how Justice is a big part of that “order.”  Have you ever taken the time to define what Justice is?  In our 3D world today, Justice can be defined as fairness or a lack of bias.  And how many of us know of situations where it seems that concept does not play out because of . . . you fill in the blank. 

One of the minor prophets in the Old Testament, (They are called minor prophets because their books are smaller – who knew!?)  became very upset with the powers/government of the day because he saw how people were treated.  He felt that the treatment was inhumane and he spoke out about it.  One of the scriptures that is well known from his book is Micah 6:8 begins with the words, “What does the Lord require of you?”  Of course in metaphysical terms Lord = Law.  

So begin to look at the following through the lenses of Universal Law – “What I do to another I do to myself.”  (We are all one.) 
 

DO  Justice

LOVE  Mercy

WALK  Humbly
 

If you look closely at the left of the equation the words DO LOVE WALK should jump out.   What if – and that’s a big “if” – every time you placed your feet on the ground, love was walking? 

  Stepping Humbly Towards Justice Through Loving Acts of Mercy

 

It’s in everyone of us . . . . .
Namaste’
Rev. Denise