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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 08/27/2015

Denise's Daring Daydreams
Have you ever thought, “I’m so glad we are thinking New Thoughts and much more advanced than those Old Fundamental Beliefs?”  I have to admit, when I first found New Thought in the 80’s, I was soo excited and really thought it was new, because it was “new to me.” Over the years I have discovered that even Jesus the Master Teacher spoke of these “New Thoughts” to his disciples and anyone who would listen to him.  If you remember he stated that he came to abolish the old way of being and to bring in the new thoughts.  (That was over 2000 years ago!)

So….. as a Unity Church we have been stepping into some of the same things over the last 2 years.  These have been, for the most part gentle shifts – AND – for some of us I am sure that the shifts have been difficult as we have been Letting Go of old ways of being.  Whether that means “tables in the sanctuary” or shifts taking place in the Namaste’ Café ….  If you were in Wednesday evening class last night, Prof Deb talked to us about the fact that if we are not experiencing the flow, sometimes we have to “SHAKE UP THE ENERGY!”  That happens through CHANGE in our lives every day.  And then as if by magic, we look around and realize, “I’m ok….actually I am better than ok – and I have established a “new normal.”  At that time, it seems like I have been vibrating like this forever.  I have tuned into a NEW VIBRATION.

During our services in August, Bea Leff has been sharing some of the writings of Genevieve Behrend.  (One of our gentle shifts happening during our Sacred Reading and Meditation time.)  In her writings, Genevieve uses some of the thoughts and words of the author, Ralph Waldo Trine. Trine was a philosopher, mystic, teacher and writer of New Thought books and materials in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  His writings had a great impact not only on Genevieve, but also on Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the founders of Unity.

One of the quotes that moved Genevieve to change her thoughts and her life was:

“Within yourself lies the cause of whatever enters into your life
To come into the full realization of your own awakened interior power, is
to be able to condition your life in exact accord with what you would have it.”

This quote comes from a book, published in London England in 1903 entitled In Tune with the Infinite.  Could it be possible that New Thought Isn’t New?  How old does something have to be before it becomes the New Normal?

We have spoken many times in classes, workshops and on Sunday mornings that we are “Tuning  Into the Flow of the Universe,” just like tuning into a radio station.  And when we get on the right channel spirit begins to flow freely and easily.  AND – to tune into the right station, we must be willing to let go of the station or the vibration we have been tuned into for years.  Jesus the Master teacher stated this concept in a little different way when he told his disciples that to move forward into the new teachings you had to become “New”.  “You can’t pour new wine into old wine skins.”

Our Spiritual Community has been tuning into a new vibration or building new wine skins for over the last 2 years.  YES – for two years.  Why so long?  Well, be thankful it wasn’t 40 years of wandering in the wilderness!  This Sunday we will be at the place of seeing where part of our “Letting Go” as a spiritual community has led us.  Come join us as we step into another Multigenerational Service.  Multigenerational means our youth will be an integral part of our Sunday morning experience.  Voices of Unity will be our special music; our Youth will be sharing a skit and some powerful affirmations with us.  My job is easy this Sunday, I will basically be the Mistress of Ceremony as we celebrate and tie the bow on this gentle shift that has created a powerful force for good vibrations in our community –  our own version of Multigenerational.

May the force be with you!
Namaste, Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 08/20/2015

Denise's Daring Daydreams

We are right in the middle of a dynamic series of Lessons on Sunday mornings in our discussions around Abundance.  We have spoken several definitions of Abundance.  One definition of Abundance is “overflowing fullness.”  The definition of Abundance and Prosperity are not exactly the same thing in theory; even though many of us think about them in the same way.   Edwene Gains will be assisting us the last Sunday in September to fully understand Prosperity; and – Abundance is a here and now reality that is inexhaustible.  Abundance is always flowing; it is our personal choices that make us feel that the flow has stopped.  What that statement means to me is that we all grasp the Abundance ring, but maybe not in the way we were expecting.  I will share an example.

Now back to the overflowing fullness. . . Have you ever had a meal where everything was so luscious, you ate more than you really needed to?  At that time the overflowing fullness begins to set in and you realize that you are very uncomfortable.  All that wonderful food was so awesome going down, but at some point, you stopped listening to your body and just keep poking food in your mouth.  We do exactly the same thing with the “stuff” we create in our lives.  Most of us never intend to have too much stuff, but in the process of living our lives, we wake up one day, look around and say – where did all this stuff come from?

Several weeks ago, Judy and I were cleaning out some of her mother’s “stuff” in Savannah, TN.  And it was interesting the things we found.  One such abundance was 47 sweater vests.  Now I don’t tell you that to judge, because heaven knows, I have had similar situations, not in the sweater vest department but in the shoe department.  I remember a time when I had high heeled shoes and purses to match most of my outfits.  Again, not to judge but to say; did I set out to accumulate all that stuff?  Have I worn some of this in the last year or more?  Is there someone else on the planet who could possibly get some good out of some of these clothes, this Tupperware, these dishes, those towels,….the list goes on and on.

This Sunday we will be jumping in with both feel into a discussion of “Making Room for the New.”  These dreams that many of us are creating and working on will bring with them new situations and possibly new beliefs and new people to spend time with and, and, and – do you have room in your life for the new. Do you need to let go of one thing so that the next can “fit into your life?”  As I let go of clutter; clutter in my surroundings, clutter in my mind, clutter in my emotions, and clutter in my heart…..I then make room for the new.  Breathe a sigh of relief . . . . . Ahhhhhh.

Last week we allowed Holy Spirit to pull us out of the limiting beliefs that have kept us stuck in old patterns of living.  Are you really ready to step out and step up into a new vibration?   Join us on Sunday morning as we make room for the new and prepare to let go and allow the new flow of good that is abundantly and inexhaustibly ours.  Learn how to “pay attention” to your body and your emotions and your mind -allow your needs to be met and more.  Love and blessings to each of you as you move toward the weekend.
Namaste’, Rev. D