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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 01/07/2016

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“Our Thoughts Are Prayers and We Are Always Praying” is a New Thought Hymn written by Lucille Olson.  The words were taken and adapted from writings by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of the Unity Movement.  In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Charles and his wife Myrtle began to share ideas that were new to them and brought to light through study and practice of Divine Science, Science of Mind, Christian Science etc…  Some of those new ideas were specifically about the purpose of Prayer and the importance of Meditation or being in the silence.  What better time than the Winter Months to actually focus on Prayer and Meditation; the two processes when combined assist us in touching a deep well of peace.

 

I once heard that Spiritual Awakening begins with one thought and grows into an entire revelation.  How that awakening happens is still one of the great mysteries of my own spiritual journey.   Rumi said that there is no need to go anywhere and he goes on to say that the journey is one of traveling within yourself by entering a “mine of rubies” and bathing in the splendor of “your own light.”  I don’t know about you but sometimes the things I find within myself are more like unpolished rocks and deep darkness.

 

St. Francis of Assisi calls the energy that is within each of us “beautiful and wild”.  That’s more like it!  I feel all that wild energy sometimes – so – how is the wild energy going to bring me to a mindful and peaceful place? And of course, many times when I attempt to get still and quiet, all that wild energy and bizarre thoughts seem to rise to the top and start screaming?  Do you hear and feel what I am saying?

 

Yes, there are some secrets to be found within the process of prayer and meditation.  And if you will join me for the next 7 weeks, we will go on this sacred journey together as individuals and as a spiritual community.  Sunday mornings will be a time to skim the surface of basic information to integrate into our knowledge or consciousness – and Wednesday evenings will be a chance to dive deeper into the process of Prayer and Meditation.  We will be using as one of our tools Winter Feast for the Soul – www.winterfeastforthesoul.com     We will meet at 6:45 to get centered and check in with each other and ourselves.  We will share a meditation together and the share about our own experiences from the last week as we walk this journey together.

 

Just another piece of information:  Our Lunch Bunch (Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m.) will begin February 3rd, the book Eat Pray Love.  This book is a novel/movie that goes beyond the story of a woman who is unhappy with her life into a journey of finding her own beautiful and very alive energy by learning to be present to her body, mind, and spirit.  This study will be chalked full of quotes for each of us to integrate into our own lives.  I affirm that whatever speaks to you for your own Spiritual Awakening Journey; you will ‘Do Yourself a Favor’ and use these months of Hibernation as a journey within your own consciousness.

 

Peace is the Way,

Rev. D



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/31/2015

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“Life is a blackboard upon which we consciously or unconsciously write those messages which govern us. We hold the chalk and the eraser in our hand but are ignorant of this fact. What we now experience we need not continue to experience but the hand which holds the eraser must do its neutralizing work.” ~ Dr. Ernest Holmes

It is December 31, 2015 – New Year’s Eve.  And as I am preparing once again for the Burning Bowl Service a statement I had seen on Facebook went through my mind, “What’s New About Me In 2016?”  That’s really a great beginning for my Letter to God – you know that affirmative letter that includes all the new ways of being I am claiming for myself in the coming year.

As Ernest Holmes was eluding to in his quote; we hold the power to create a new experience in life by first understanding that while we can’t change the past, (except in our minds) we can choose not to recreate it by dragging it into the future. Of course some of us choose to live 70 or 80 years of the same day over and over; kind of like Groundhog Day.  The reality is the future will be exactly how it used to be until we learn to consciously pick up the eraser and the chalk Holmes talks about.

Metaphorically speaking we can inscribe something new on the “blackboard of life” in 2016 because we hold the chalk and the eraser. But first we have to be willing to release (erase) those beliefs, attitudes and patterns that no longer serve our highest good. We do that with one broad stroke of the eraser. By making that movement, we create the ability to choose again.

Consider trying this mindfulness practice: (You can do this exercise on a computer, I recommend doing it with pencil and paper to create a more visceral/tactile experience)

Using your pencil, draw a vertical line down the middle of your paper.  On the left side, write the experiences you have had in 2015 that you would not choose again in 2016.  On the right side write down the experience you would like to have instead.  As you write on the left side; ask yourself, what belief, pattern, or attitude do I hold that keeps me creating experiences like this one?  Remember to add that belief or pattern or attitude to your elimination/release side.  On the right side add the belief or pattern or attitude that would assist you in creating the 2016 experiences you desire to have. If you are not coming to the burning bowl service, you can merely erase the left side as you feel guided to let go – and you can affirm the right side of the page by creating a “What’s New For Me In 2016” page or collage.  Place it somewhere you will see it daily.  Read it out loud daily – and when you are ready, share it with your own “Circle of 5” persons who are your partners in believing.

You may be saying, how is all this going to work; or I need some assistance.  If that is the case, you might want the help of a counselor, coach, or friend to talk through this process with you.

I hope to see many of you tonight at our Burning Bowl Service or on Sunday Morning as we begin our 2016 Focus:  We Choose Peace

Peace is the Way,
Rev. Denise