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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/30/2015

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unnamedGet Ready My Soul – I’m Diving In.  You may have heard me say over the years, we are going to take a dive into the deep end of the pool.  Depending on our comfort level with the analogy of water or diving, just hearing that phrase could cause some anxiety or fear. 

This week, in both our Lunch Bunch and our Wednesday Evening Class, we have discussed RISKS.  Some of the risks we have discussed are risks that each of us take daily, like driving a car in rush hour traffic.  Other risks we have talked about were things like skydiving or public speaking.  You may find it odd that I grouped skydiving with public speaking.  My experience is that people who are fearful around speaking in public would just as soon jump out of a very good airplane, not knowing how they were going to get safely to the ground as to stand up in front of a group of people and make a speech. 

BUT – The risk I am really referring to is a much bigger risk than any of these.  The risk I am referring to is the risk you take of being your authentic self; being real or showing up with integrity in each and every situation – AND realizing that some people will love it and others may question you.  This risk would include living your purpose, stepping into your passion or diving into the deep end of expanding your personal destiny.  BUT – and I do mean BUT, because each of us has one, and I am not speaking of the physical one.  Each of us has a BUT that keeps us “enclosed” as Robert Taylor referred to in The New Way To Be Human, or as Prof Deb Moore referred to in All In

Being a Counselor, Minister and now Dream Builder Life Coach, over the last 30+ years I have heard numerous reasons why a person cannot step into the dreams they have for their life, or even why an organization cannot move forward into the magnificence that is right there before them.  Some of the main reasons that come to my mind are:  “You see I would do this thing I have always wanted to do, BUT: My Family needs me; My present job takes all my time; I don’t have the right education or my personal knowledge base is not large enough; I’m afraid of failing and looking stupid; I’m too Old; I’m too Young; I don’t have enough money; The market is already flooded; The economy is not right…… Bla…bla ….bla…bla…bla……..

Last week our Sacred Reading was taken from the writings of Genevieve Behrend, student of Thomas Troward and the book, Your Invisible Power.  I will be using much of this material over the month of August to assist us individually and as a spiritual community to go through some Divine Mind Operation.  Do any of you remember the game of Operation?  I loved it – and when you were attempting to do the operation and go to close to certain areas, the red light went on and the buzzer went off really loud.  I propose we have that system at work in our own thoughts, words, emotions and actions. 

In the Religious Science Tradition, Prayer is referred to a Spiritual Mind Treatment and I believe that the Unity Movement could take note of that fact as we speak not only our prayers but just our words to our friends, family and others we come in contact with.  BUT and again I Mean the big If’s we put out there – If we are attempting to create, generate, imagine, manifest something in our world and that thing is not present there is only one thing that can be in the way…….   ME….You….Us!   I know – that doesn’t feel warm and fuzzy but sometimes “The Truth Can Set Us Free – But First It Has To Piss Us Off!”   Pissed off enough?  Good!

Join Me On Sunday morning as we begin this Journey of Divine Mind Operation for our Bodies, Our Minds and Our Souls.  Get Ready for the Deepest Kind of Love – for the Deepest Kind of Life – Get Ready, Get Ready My Soul!                                                                                                                                                                                         Namaste’  Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams 07/24/2015

unnamedWhew! It has sure been hot over the last few weeks and many times I have just wanted a long tall glass of cold water. Even mine and Judy’s dogs have seemed to drink more water over the last two weeks. It’s quite magical how something cool can quench your thirst and make everything better, even if just for a moment. In thinking about this further, I began to remember a parable that Jesus the Master Teacher shared with his disciples. The parable is found in Luke 16: 19-31. I believe most of us have heard the parable, and I believe most of us have misunderstood or been taught to misunderstand what Jesus was saying to the Rich Man and Lazarus.

If you remember, the story there were two men, one a rich man who was given no name, and a poor man identified as Lazarus who was a beggar. And as the story goes, they both died; and the poor man found himself resting in Abraham’s Bosom while the rich man found himself in a very hot place needing a cool drink of water. He actually asks Abraham to dip his finger in water and touch it to his tongue so he can get some relief.

Now for many years I have heard this story interpreted that because the rich man did not do anything for the poor man he went to hell and burned for all eternity; and the poor man got to go to live I paradise for all eternity because I guess God feels sorry for the poor and will scoop them all up and take them to heaven when they die? When you interpret the story that way, it would seem that it would be better for all of us to be poor. And it also would seem that those of us who are experiencing wealth in any way should be vigilant going out there and giving to the people who are experiencing poverty or we will find ourselves in hell someday. Unfortunately, we have totally missed the deliciousness of this story as it applies to Knocking on the Door of Heaven. And – that door is found right inside when we stop and realize the magic that is there.

What was Jesus attempting to share with his disciples that would have any bearing on my life in 2015? I’m glad you asked! I can tell you that we will be diving in and doing a little dissecting of this parable on Sunday morning – hopefully to share with each of us the real meaning is in cultivating Abundance Consciousness. Our own Scott Rattray stated in a meeting last Saturday between the board and the finance team; it’s not about the numbers. I know that when we are looking at numbers and the ability to buy what we want or to pay for the services we need – It sure feels like it is about the numbers. But Jesus our Master teacher was giving us some “Sweet Magic”, and a metaphysical look into what living the Abundant Life is all about. Both men had to have major paradigm shifts in the way they were thinking about their lives.

I am going to quote Jill Sissel and Mike Kuhl who wrote an amazing song, sung last Sunday evening in the Sherrie Phillips Concert. If you missed it, this song had a true Santana feel. It has run through my mind every day for the last week. Breathe into this verse: When I can see through the smoke and mirrors – and get past this worn out illusion; Then my passions are free and it’s up to me to see that it’s only illusion. Thank you Jill for reminding each of us, when we feel overwhelmed, or when our world feels lonely, sad, tragic etc…..

I found some real magic in my life. I found some real magic tonight.
This world can be so sad and tragic Unless you’re feeling’ that sweet magic.
Sweet magic be with me tonight.

Join me on Sunday to create a little Sweet Magic.
Namaste’ Rev. D