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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/10/2015

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Sunday Morning, December 13, Unity of Music City we will be stepping into an experience of Divine Love.  And before you quit reading because your thoughts are, yeah – we do that every week – I ask you to stop and close your eyes and breathe.  What would an experience of Divine Love look like, sound like, feel like…..etc? 

 The third week of Advent speaks of LOVE. And yes on Sunday morning we could spend the time together focusing on a baby born over 2000 years ago – or we could talk about how that love affects us all today.  I don’t know about you, but it feels as if our world could use brave messengers of that love. 

 The opposite of that love is fear, and fear is an emotion that seems prevalent and spreading in our world today.  From the Unity perspective, that same fear is one of true error thought.  It is a paralyzing energy that literally stops the flow of love in our lives; the same flow of energy that is within us and all around us.  That love energy is what keeps us alive, even though it is that same energy we seem to know the least about…..or is it that we are confused about it?

 Several years ago we used an affirmation that I adapted for our offering. “Divine Love, through me, blesses and multiplies all I choose to give and all I am open to receive.” I had many ask me about that affirmation and what it had to do with our giving.  The answer was …Everything. The affirmation not only has to do with giving; it has just as much to do with receiving.  Go back and read it again.   You can’t give what you don’t receive!

 Divine Love is the essence of being that binds the whole human family together.  Divine Love is also the energy that is singing in harmony through the entire universe.  Divine Love is the energy that over 2000 years ago made the stars shine, the angels sing, and a group of shepherds to search for the essence of that love – the Christ.  

 Do you see what I see?  Do you hear what I hear?  Do you know what I know?  Will you step up boldly to be a messenger of love?  We will have some of Dr. Judy’s students to play for our special music this Sunday – sharing their love of music with us. 

Love is in the air.  Breathe Deeply!
Namaste’, Rev. Denise



Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/03/2015

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It seems only a few days ago that we were celebrating Thanksgiving and our abundant blessings and here we are preparing for the second Sunday of Advent.  The journey of Advent is a sacred journey that can bring excitement and personal challenges on the way.  When you take a deeper look into the story of the birth of Jesus there is not only a setting and characters, but there is also specific theme with deep meaning attached to each stage of the journey.  As we begin to look at our own story, whether that be from our birth into this human expression or a new birth into the life we dream of living, we may see a very different setting; and characters but we also begin to see the themes present in the story of the birth of the Christ are given center stage in our own sacred journey called life.

Sunday, November 29 we began Advent by lighting the candle of Hope, being a feeling of expectation and desire.  We expanded that feeling of hope by adding the Power of Faith defined by Charles Fillmore as, “The perceiving power of the mind linked with the ability to shape substance.”  We discussed the character of Mary, the mother of Jesus and the Faith she embodied to be able to move through the experiences she had to literally birth the Christ.  What experiences have you gone through in your life that needed the addition of Faith for you to continue the journey?

This Sunday, December 6, 2015, we light the Peace Candle.  We will be telling the story of Joseph and the Peace that he was able to experience even in the face of fears for his life and the life of his betrothed, Mary.  Are there places within your personal journey that are creating the experience of Fear?  Whether that fear is about Wellness and Healing, Finances, or maybe your fears are around Relationships or your Family.  And then maybe there are some of us who have fears around our purpose, our careers, jobs or the lives we are creating in service to others.  If Fear seems to be up around any decisions you have ahead of you, you probably can relate to the process that Joseph must have gone through to create within and around him, Peace that Passes All Understanding.

How did Joseph and Mary get from Nazareth (a place of guarded and defended thoughts that keep us limited) to Bethlehem (a place of connection to Substance, Love, and New Birth)?  That journey is one that many of us take over and over in our own personal lives.  The secret lies within each of us —  In the Silence of our Inner Being —  In that place that touches Holy Spirit —  In that place where the light breaks through.  Join me on Sunday as we continue our Journey to Bethlehem – the Place of Peace holds a New Birth for each of us.  And to play birthing music for us – Jess Leary will be joining us with beautiful music of Peace and Comfort.

We are messengers of  Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy.

Namaste’, Rev. Denise