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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/31/2015


“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

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 12/24/2015


Judy and I just spent 4 1/2 days in New Orleans, a destination known among other things for its music, food, and night life.  This famous city is also known for its spiritual components, all the way from very visible Catholic Traditions to the dark side of voodoo in the swamps.  As we walked through the streets, I began to think, no matter how you choose to experience this universal energy we sometimes call God the one thing we can all be sure of is that it is ever present with us. Our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions lead to the manifestation of experiences in each of our worlds.


New Orleans was mine and Judy’s Christmas to each other.  Over the years we have found that we like to create experiences more than things; and may I say our New Orleans trip did just that.  We experienced people, food, drinks, smells, tastes, and many different emotions. The experience that still gives me chills was Dec 20, 7:00 p.m. caroling in Jackson Square with over 2000 people.  These were people of all different races, beliefs, colors, ages, rich and homeless alike, holding lighted candles and singing from beautifully printed song booklets produced by the city of New Orleans.  Yes some of the people were singers and some merely hummed along.  Some knew all the words, others just la la la….  For about an hour we sang song after song, harmonizing together and lighting up the French Quarter with our lights and our voices.


At the end of the experience I had many thoughts, but one was definitely I had experienced the presence and power of God….the birth of the Christ….the harmonizing of the Christ Consciousness.  I hope you can join us on Sunday as we discuss this a bit deeper. On this Christmas Eve I leave you with a 13th century poem called There is a Community by Rumi and (translated by Coleman Barks).


“There is a community of the Spirit. Join it and feel the delight of walking in the noisy street and being the noise.  Drink all the passion and be a disgrace.  Close both your eyes to see with the other eye.”  The Essential Rumi.        


I wish for you and your family a blessed holiday season.                                                                  Namaste’,  Rev. Denise