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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 08/13/15

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We talked about a great Universal truth last Sunday.  Life is Naturally Abundant.  This week we will begin Building An Awareness of that truth.  How you may ask – by observing our lives and how Universal Laws begin to play out inside the context of our lives.  In the realm of this Universal Law, We build from within and we attract from without.  What that really means is everything is worked out in the unseen (in our minds) before it is manifested in the seen (our world).  The realm of the unseen is the cause and the realm of the seen is the effect.

 

So let’s go to a very tangible example of this.  When a contractor is building a house, he or she begins with a blueprint.  And if the blueprint is followed, the house begins to take shape and form in a very straight forward, tangible way in the real world. The blueprint begins as a picture in someone’s mind; it is transferred to paper, and then tangible materials that are used to construct the home. 

You may be asking, what if the blueprint is not followed?  Well that depends on what exactly happens in the possible misreading or refusal to follow the blueprint.  Someone could decide not to follow the blueprint and “do what they want to do.”  Something similar to that happened when my parents had a new home built in 1969.  They worked with an architect and got the blueprints exactly like they wanted; even down to the type of materials that would be used in each area of their new home.  One day my dad came home very upset.  When my mother asked him what was wrong, he stated that the construction workers were not following the specific instructions. 

I was only in the 7th grade, so I don’t really remember the entire conversation, but I do remember my dad saying they were “cutting corners.”  To him that meant they were using materials that “didn’t cost as much” and they were attempting to get things done in a very quick way; sort of throwing things together.  The bottom line was that he was not happy with the way the blueprint was showing up in the material world.  So he immediately called the Contractor, who was a friend of our family.  I remember my dad and Mr. Cooper sat for quite some time discussing what the final outcome would be.  In the end, my dad got the house of his dreams, AND – he had to stand firm and be extremely willful because some of the materials that were already in place had to be taken out and new ones had to be put in their place.   It meant literally “tearing down what had been created in the material” and going back to the blueprint. 

I know what you are thinking.  Those people just got fired!  And the contractor lost business and money and time.  And his stress made him sick, and, and…..  Have you ever known someone who may have created a life like that?  I believe I have even created one of those before, that literally had to be torn down and recreated because it was such a mess.  At the time, I blamed others for that world that I seemed to “find myself in.”  Now I am able to step back and see how old beliefs about myself and what I believed about others and the world drew me right into the middle of that chaotic lifestyle.   

We each create many blueprints in our minds of the lives we desire to live.  Most of us create in our minds lives of love, joy, peace and abundance and then when we actually begin building in the real world, we cut corners, and we fall back on old beliefs that cause us to “throw things together.”  Ultimately we do not create the desires of our hearts.  Join us on Sunday when we share conversations about Awareness.   How do we become aware?  Look at our lives and we can begin to see where we might want to work on our beliefs or possibly create a new blueprint or even tear down a few things and rebuilt. 

When we become aware that what we are creating is not what we thought we were going to see, do we take the time to be aware of our own thoughts?  Maybe some of our thoughts are things like, this dream is going to cost me too much and so we begin to cut corners.  Maybe some of our thoughts are things like, I am not really worthy of my dream; or I am certainly not good enough at x, y, or z to “have my dream come true?”  Are you really aware that Life is Abundant and you can have everything you want, once you take the time to create the blueprint and then to follow it – allowing the universe to bring it to you in such a way that we will be surprised and you will know that it is part of the amazing infinite flow of Divine Mind.                                                                                                                           
 
Namaste’ Rev. D


Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 08/06/2015

unnamedWednesday’s are one of my favorite days as a minister.  I have begun to realize that is because of the many different people I get to “be in relationship with” on that particular day.  Other than phone calls and other situations that flow in and out of our church office, Wisdom Filled Wednesdays are a chance for those of us who jump into any piece or part to experience a Holy Instant. There is a Lunch Bunch that meets together at 11:30 on Wednesday to eat lunch and do a book study.   There is a group of persons who meet at 6:15 for a time of Meditation – a centering experience for mid-week.  And then at 7:00 p.m. we have a Wednesday Evening Class.  Presently our topic on Wednesday Evenings is “All In” Written and facilitated by Prof. Deb Moore.

As we have begun to focus on being more fully present and “All In” with our lives, many of us have made personal commitments that assist us in staying focused. (I will remind each of us that those commitments are being held by the Meditation group also on Wednesday evenings – so put your commitment on the “blue paper” in the Prayer Room and place on the walls.)  My commitment is “I am a commitment to deepening relationships with myself, others and with Holy Spirit.”  Soo…it should not be a surprise that I continue to be gifted opportunities to do just that; when I ‘Let Holy Spirit Lead’ and trust the outcome.  Over the last few days, my life has been even more delicious because I have just continued to say YES and jump in! 

Yesterday was one of those amazing adventures that I wish each of you could have been a part of.  Renee Burwell, a friend of Unity of Music City, brought two young men to our Lunch Bunch.  Those two young men were from the UK and had just completed their college education.  They were simply on a grand adventure, traveling through the United States with curiosity and wonder.  They seemed to be kind of soaking the experience in.  Those of us at our Lunch Bunch class were able to share with them and answer many questions about not only Tennessee, but also religion, spirituality, life, our justice system etc. etc.   Quite interestingly, our class topic of conversation yesterday was “Risky Invitations” – defined as – Divine Opportunities to interrupt the assumed course of your life and take you beyond your comfort zone, inviting transformation.  This “Risky Invitation also assists us in enlarging our understanding of ourselves, others and the Holy Spirit. I can’t speak for anyone else in the class, but I know I experienced a most “holy instant” yesterday. 

The Course in Miracles states that A Holy Instant is “when we choose the Holy Spirit as our teacher instead of the ego.”   Grrrr…..   That was just a growl. “It is this purpose which makes the instant holy, and establishes it as an integral part of the overall Atonement plan for correcting our misperceptions and misthoughts.”  Grrr….. That is another growl.  Holy Spirit is ready in every moment to lead me towards the most amazing life, full of all the abundance that I could ever imagine – and many times I say – No thank you – not today.  Those two precious young men, who stated that they had preconceived ideas about what “Americans were like – given to them by the UK” and I was able to say to them that I had preconceived ideas about what people from London were like — well may I say that we both were delighted in the process of proving our perceptions were not broad enough.  I also believe that as we left the class/holy instant, each of us realized that we had only scratched the surface in our understanding of each other, with much more to be learned and understood. 

Atonement = At One Ment….and there was a moment when looking into those two young men’s eyes, I not only knew, I felt “We Are One!”    Put Your Whole Self In–Maybe the Hokey Pokey IS what it is all about!                   
 
Namaste’ Rev. Denise