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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/02/2015


Is Freedom Really Free?

What a time to be alive.  I don’t know about you, but I am still attempting to emotionally process the events that have occurred over the last 2+ weeks in this great land of ours.  And to use the words of one of our prayer chaplains, Cristen Wesenberg, after many of our chaplains went through Level One Reiki Training with Bonnie Hassan, “I feel like I fell out of the top of the highest tree and hit every branch on the way down.”  It seems to me that events are coming fast and furious, and before I have a chance to process one, the next one appears on my radar screen. 

Many of you reading this espouse to believe in the universal laws that govern our world; and the process of Free Speech in America.  And even with those beliefs, sometimes certain events or happenings are difficult, at best, to wrap our hearts and minds around.  The difficulty comes for me when there seems to be many who do not view the incident in the same way I do.  First to experience, even from afar, the events of Charlotte, N.C. and to feel the confusion that I personally felt, took quite a bit of prayer and time in the silence for me. And to see and feel the amount of prejudice and judgment that is still in our world today seems overwhelming. (Do know that the card you signed is making its way to the Emanuel AME Church along with a bit of money to show our support for their loss.) 

And then to look out from the safety of my home at the varying ideas about the Confederate Flag and what it means to each person.  I have begun to weigh the basic history of a “symbol” with the ways that the symbol is used today and has been used in the past.  I have attempted as a minister and a counselor, to just be an observer and hold the high watch – when there have been times that my own beliefs and ideas about the use and display of the symbol brought up old feelings for me to process.  Those feelings took me back in time to different situations and experiences that now, in this moment, are still question marks in a heart and mind that is full of overflowing emotions. 

And then on the heels of processing the event of Wednesday June 17th we receive the news on Friday June 26th that Marriage Equality has become a reality in the United States of America. That news could not have come at a better time for Nashville, TN because of the Pride Festival that was being held the very same weekend.  Many of us have experienced a myriad of emotions around the Supreme Court Ruling.  And, to use the words of my sweet new daughter-in-law Mary Beth, “What a great time to be alive!”  We are truly “Walking Down a Different Street,” and moving to places that we are not fully prepared for emotionally, even though some of the places look promising and exciting.  Which brings me to the title of this blog – Is Freedom Really Free? 

There was a group of traveling singers many years ago called, “Up With People”.  They sang a song that has been rattling around in my mind for the last week and the words to the chorus are:  “Freedom isn’t free; freedom isn’t free; you’ve got to pay the price, you’ve got to sacrifice, for your liberty.”

Spend a bit of your July the 4th Weekend with us at Unity of Music City.  We will be diving a little deeper into the topic of what it really means to be free and what it costs each of us. Are You All In? – or are you like millions of others, waiting on the sidelines to see what happens before you make a decision about how to proceed with the dreams of your life?   Yes – there will be presentation by our Creative Arts Ministry and there will be awesome music with a brand new song by our own Deb Moore.  Let the “day after” your celebration of our country’s freedom, be a day to celebrate your own Spiritual Liberation.   

Right Here – Right Now – I call forth the Impulse of love.  I experience the true joy of living.                    
Namaste’, Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 06/25/15


Are you ready to live a new reality?  Doesn’t that statement send chills down your spine?  It does mine as the reality of “this stuff is real – it’s not just a game” – and I begin to live my life differently.  The moment you first “Tune Into” the evolutionary impulse that has been vibrating inside nothing is ever the same.  Dr. Michael Beckwith, the founder of the Association of Global New Thought, calls that process Spiritual Liberation!  What better time to notice your own Liberation than right here right now as we move into the month of July and celebrate our own country’s liberation and freedom. 


So after you tune into the vibration or the essence that has been breathing you into existence what happens next?  You Turn Up the Volume and Transform Your Life.  It’s kind of like driving down the road in a car alone for the first time and just the mere experience turns up the volume on your feelings of independence and freedom?   Do you remember?  I sure do! 


My first car, other than driving the family car, was an “Easter Egg Green Camaro”.  It had been owned by a family that my father was friends with.  This family had three teenage boys that had already spent several years driving this car.  My father told me that it had been “souped up” and that we would probably have to make a few adjustments before I drove it.  When we drove into the driveway, I saw the car.  It was excited, BUT, I did notice one thing.  The car had big silver tubes running down each side.  I had no idea what they were until we started the car and I had to then drive it home.  The drive home was extremely loud – and of course everyone turned their heads to look before I actually got even with them.  Several people had quite interesting expressions on their faces when they saw this young girl with blonde hair behind the wheel.  I’m sure they expected a very different driver.   I just remember being embarrassed and wanting to get to my driveway even though I was driving my own car.  I didn’t feel too liberated because I could not “tune into” the vibrations that were coming out of those silver pipes running down each side of the car.     


The minute I got home, I asked my dad if those “big silver things” could come off.   I remember him grinning and saying that he had few things to do to the car before tomorrowand then he thought I would be more comfortable driving it.  (On a side note:  My dad came from a long line of mechanics, so he was planning on making adjustments to the car when we got it).    His,” yes “, was a big relief.   Don’t get me wrong, I was very excited and grateful at the thought of having my own car.  I was starting college and my schedule was going to be very different……. and, I couldn’t quite ‘tune’ Into the experience of driving down the road in something that everyone heard blocks before I got there.  But – I do remember the next day being Saturday.  My dad worked in our garage most of the morning.  I remember him walking into my room and saying the car was ready and handing me the keys.  I also remember him asking me if I would like to go to the grocery store and pick up a few things for my mother.  At that very moment, I felt that evolutionary impulse begin.  I was tuning into the vibration of “my car” and “driving by myself to the store.” 


The store that we went to each week was at that time in 100 Oaks.  The drive was down Edmonson Pike, onto Nolensville Road, then turning onto Harding Place and then Armory Drive to get to 100 Oaks.  I was so excited and I remember smiling to myself, “This is going to be great!”  And it was!  As I tuned in more and more to the feel of driving “ALONE” in “MY CAR!”  I felt the volume of vibrations turn up inside of me.  What I didn’t tell you in the beginning  was that there was an 8-Track Tape Player in the car – and as I popped a Tape and drove to 100 Oaks, I felt such freedom and liberation.  “Take it to the Limit – Take it to the Limit – Take it to the Limit – One More Time!”     I threw back my head and sang at the top of my voice.  I am sure that at some point, (it wasn’t because of mufflers, but because of The Eagles blaring) people could hear me coming for at least a block away.  And in that moment of Tuning In and Turning Up – I was ‘Transformed’!  I was ‘Liberated’.  I was living a new reality by taking my life to a new level – past the limits I had had only one day before.   


This Sunday we make our commitments to the Universe in a bold way.  Many of us have already ‘Tuned’ into that evolutionary impulse within and are beginning to TURN UP THE VOLUME so that people hear us and feel us from blocks away!  The Amazing Lynn Beale will assist up in TURNING UP THE VOLUME even more.  Come have An Experience Authentic Transformation!                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Namaste’,  Rev. D