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Denise’s Daring Daydreams 07/07/2016


We Hold These Truths…

July 4, 1776, The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and then was announced to the thirteen American Colonies.  Many of us have memorized at least portions of those words.  And I ask, were these words ever held as total truth and can we open our minds to hold them today?

Whether we adopt the truth that “all men/women are created equal” or we align to the truth that we are “created in the image and likeness of God” it would seem that over those 240 years there have been many shifts toward even greater perceived separation.  And we in Unity, Centers for Spiritual Living and other “New Thought” centers propose to hold as a truth that we are all “One”.  The next task is, “How do we remember our oneness with all creation?”  That, my friends, is the question. 

During our Lunch Bunch, which I must say was a lively group of awesome souls who literally came to the table to listen and to talk about Compassion, in their personal lives, we discussed what a Global Community might begin to look like and sound like and feel like.  And again the question began to rise up from the group, “What would we be willing to give up in this moment to create balance and equality in our world?” 

I know that when any American is asked to “give up” something or when a New Thought advocate is told that they might need to “give up” something as my grandma would say, “them’s fightin’ words.”  And in this moment I ask that you dig a little deeper into the recesses of your being.  If our goal is to not only talk about the truths but to actually live them, how do we create a global society in which all men/women are given the chance to live equally with the rights of Life, Liberty and the chance to Pursue Happiness?  It is through stepping up to the plate with our time, our talents, and our treasures.  We can either do that on an individual basis, or we can combine our resources and do it is a group, together, making a possible greater impact.  “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

This weekend is a special one at Unity of Music City.  On the heels of our amazing #Nashville Chooses Peace; we are stepping up in a new way to walk our talk. 

On Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. we are having a Peace Circle with The Church of the Living Waters.  This will actually be the 4th circle we have had with that congregation, and many of our community have been able to be in attendance.  What is different about this Saturday?  We are actually beginning to get the importance of not just sitting in the circle, but also listening and opening up to those who may have different points of views. (If you are planning on coming, bring a snack, some finger food to share with our friends).

Sunday Morning, I will be sharing the stage with Pastor Tony Rogers-Sirten.  A fun fact about the two of us is that we both came out of The Churches of Christ and have somewhat of a similar journey.  We are presently in two very different churches as ministers or spiritual leaders.  And over the last 6 months of getting to know Tony and working towards the same goals, we have realized that both of us and our communities want the same things for our families, our friends and ourselves  – life, liberty and the pursuit of a happy, loving and peace filled life.  I want to also acknowledge Becky Astarita who introduced us and created the bridge for this process.  (We have also invited another minister or two who are beginning to be interested and could possibly show up on Saturday  for the process) 

I leave you with a quote that you will hear again on Sunday,

“Our goal is to create a beloved community

and this will require

a qualitative change in our souls

as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” 

Martin Luther King, Jr.


Change always means there is a bit of letting go or giving up of something.  If we are willing to walk our talk, it will first take a qualitative change inside that only happens when we do our personal work and when we are willing to come to the table to be a part of the talking and the listening.  The action happens when the “changed” part of our being creates transformation in our personal lives and in the lives of others.  

Remembering our Oneness with all creation, we awaken the world to infinite possibilities.  Come this weekend, either to the circle on Saturday or our Celebration Service on Sunday.  Be a part of new possibilities.  This will truly be An Experience of Authentic Transformation



Namaste’, Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/30/2016


We are One.  The late Unity Minister Eric Butterworth stated in many publications and books, “we are as a drop of water is to the ocean – being of it and unto it, yet having our personal expression as a wave expresses itself for a time and then becomes a part of the ocean again.” 

By consciously becoming aware of and learning about this unlimited expression of ourselves and others, we begin to open the door to the understanding of oneness. Your personal expression is as real and true to you as my expression is to me.  And — these expressions are part of the total oneness of all creation. 

When we begin to look deeper into the experience of Oneness we find what we do to ourselves we do to the other; and that ultimately there is no distinction between the “self” and the “other.”  We become the “unity of all that is.”  Mahatma Gandhi said, “I believe in the absolute oneness of God and therefore also of humanity.”   Gandhi’s statement reminds me of our Unity Principle, “There is one presence and one power in my life and in all the universe, God the good omnipotent.” 

When I allow my mind to take in this principle, I am at first comforted and then I begin to say – stop!  What about those situations that happen that are not “good”?   Did those things not come from God?  Is there another presence in my world?  What is that darker energy that some of us call “our shadow side” and how does that presence show up in my life and the lives of others?  Am I “one” with that too?

When the Dalai Lama was asked about the attack in Orlando, for a moment he lost that smile on his face and that gleam in his eyes. He attributed the violent extremism to “a lack of a sense of oneness,” among those with “anger that turned to hate in their hearts.”  He warned each of us of a “miserable century” if there isn’t a birth of “global action he calls muscular compassion.”  The Dalai Lama encouraged each of us to start with ourselves and reach out first to our youth.  He reminds each of us the education of oneness, begins with our youth. The Dalai Lama also stated, “Each of us is born with a deep sense of oneness, but, some have been taught a self-centered attitude of anger and hate by their parents or other teachers.  These negative emotions cause them to lack a sense of oneness for their human brothers and sisters.” 

As I am in Florida this week, remembering my oneness with my parents, my sons and their wives, I encourage you to ponder those areas in your lives where you may push against oneness with another.  Judy will be joining my family in Florida on Thursday.  We are leaving you in great hands this weekend with our great friend Tim Bays.  Tim is speaker, humorist, and musical presenter who uses songs and stories to entertain, elevate and inspire.  He has shared concert bills with artists ranging from Sarah Vaughn to Arlo Guthrie.  He’s a successful songwriter with recordings by Randy Travis and Peter, Paul and Mary. 

I know that this July 4th weekend will be a great one for you as you remember your freedom of personal expression, along with your oneness with each and every one in your life.  Do yourself a favor and “soak your soul” in the music, message and magic that Tim will bring to Unity of Music City on Sunday July 3rd.  Judy and I wish you love, joy, and peace and we will see many of you again on July 9th at 10:45 for our next Peace Circle with The Church of the Living Waters.  And we will see you at our service on July 10th where I will be sharing the stage with Pastor Tony Rogers-Sirten. 

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Namaste’   Rev. D