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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/02/2016


“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is practice.”  Vladimir Horowitz

Horowitz was a Russian-born American classical pianist and composer.  As a budding pianist, he learned at an early age, to create the performance of a lifetime, he had to spend much of his time in practice.  Horowitz’s practice sessions consisted of scales and arpeggios, and studying the theory behind the music he was playing.  As he became a more accomplished pianist, the hours of practice paired with the study of music theory made him a world renowned pianist. 

Over the next two months Unity of Music City will be focusing on the role compassion plays in the creation of a peaceful world.  Just as with playing the piano, playing a sport or driving a car, we cannot merely sit and read the manual and expect to play or drive like a pro.  We cannot read books or listen to lectures about compassion and assume that when the time comes, we will choose Compassionate Action. 

Over the years I have met many “Unitics” that could speak Unity Principles more eloquently than some of the licensed teachers or ministers, but when it came to “Living the Unity Way of Life,” that was a very different story.  These very same people have stated, I’ve been to every class, I’ve read all the books – and when you began to look at their lives – something was not adding up. 

If nothing changes – nothing changes. Or as Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”   To create a peaceful world, we must begin to retrain our responses and modify our behaviors through the study of Compassionate Living which is based on the premise of The Golden Rule.  As we began last Sunday, our services will contain an experiential or sharing component each week, giving each of us a moment to “practice”. 

Just as with any activity, Compassionate Living must be practiced over and over, creating new grooves in our brain, and giving us new ways of being in the world. “To become really good at anything, you have to practice and repeat, practice and repeat, until the technique becomes intuitive.”  Paulo Coelho

Sunday June 5th our Lesson will be Looking At Your World – Learning About Compassion.  I hear that our own Voices of Unity will be singing.  Join us as we begin the journey of fostering a greater understanding of compassion and identifying ways to practice it in personal and public ways. 

Namaste’,  Rev. D     

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 5/26/16


Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  That one statement spurred me forward to create a year of “We Choose Peace” at Unity of Music City.  As we approach the mid-year mark, I see one of the overarching themes in our world today appears to be the growing fire of polarization fueled by anger and fed through the belief in separation.   

This belief in separation is an interesting one as we continue to become a global world full of the juiciness diversity brings to the forefront. The fire of polarization grows as more and more people believe that we must agree to be kind to one other.  As that basic belief expands, we begin to be propelled from each other, kind of like two opposing magnets. 

Even as I am making that statement, my personal belief is that there is also a very different energy birthing its way into our world – a growing awareness of the “Compassionate Voice of the Mother”.  This voice of the Mother lives within each of us and is spoken of in all major religions.  It is the energy of Love, Joy, Peace, and Compassion.

You may recognize the words as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  Or, “Do not do to others what you would not want done to you.”  The word compassion is used in all major religions and you may be surprised the root:  Rahamanut in Hebrew and Rahman in Arabic literally means “the love that nourishes in the womb of the mother.” 

I affirm that your Memorial Day Weekend will be full of Heavenly Food, Harmonious Fun, and Happiness in the knowledge that we have a different point of choice than the one which led to the Civil War in the mid 1800’s: 

Our thoughts become our words
Our words become our actions
Our actions become our habits
Our habits become our character, and
Our character becomes our destiny.

Make your words:  We Choose Peace

Rev. D