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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/01/2016


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.”

Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 11-17-16

Have you ever pondered why there is so much suffering in the world and how it sometimes steals our peace? This Sunday you are going to be able to be a part of “The Work.”  “The Work” of Byron Katie is a way to identify and question the thoughts and beliefs that cause all the suffering in the world.  “The Work” is a way to find peace with you and with the world.  The old, the young, the sick, the well, the educated, and the uneducated – anyone with an open mind can do “The Work”. 

Is your mind open to the possibility that your thoughts and beliefs are a big part of the problems that show up in your world?  Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth says this about “The Work”, “The root cause of suffering is identification with our thoughts, the stories that are continuously running through our minds.  “The Work” acts like a razor-sharp sword that cuts through that illusion and enables you to know for yourself the timeless essence of your being.”

“The Work” consists of four questions that can literally change your life if you allow them to.  These four basic questions assist you in dealing with ‘what is’.  Suffering happens with each of us when we believe a thought that argues with ‘what is’.  Byron Katie says that if you want reality to be different than it is you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.  You can try and try and in the end the cat will look up at you and say, “Meow.” 

Many people new to “The Work” want to argue and say “It’s disempowering to stop my argument with reality.  If I simply accept reality, I’ll become passive and lose the desire to act.”  “The Work” answers with:  “Can you really know that’s true?”  Which is more empowering – “I can’t believe I lost my job; I wish I hadn’t lost my job” or – “I lost my job; what can I do now?” 

Unity of Music City is honored to have Martha Creek who was trained by Byron Katie joining us this weekend.  What better way to begin the holiday season than to truly become thankful for what is in our lives – learn the lessons that are there for us to learn – and then from that place create peace.   Martha will be presenting a workshop

on Saturday entitled Self Differentiated Living and Leading.  This workshop was designed specifically for our Unity of Music City Leadership but if you feel drawn to join us please feel free to attend between 10:00am and 2:00pm. We all are being called to lead in some capacity – and especially in today’s world.    

Sunday morning Martha will be speaking about “The Work” and then sharing a workshop Sunday afternoon after Lunch entitled Living in Joy – The Integration of “The Work.”   

This workshop will assist each of us to take the four questions and actually use them on an issue in our lives. 

I leave you with a quote from Byron Katie:   

“I live in a place of gratitude.
It would take a lifetime to describe

this moment — this now,

which doesn’t even exist except as my story. 

And isn’t it fine?

The wonderful thing about knowing

who you are through your story

is that you’re always in a state of grace,

a state of gratitude

for the abundance of the apparent world. 

 I overflow with the splendor,

the generosity of it all.”