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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/16/2015

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 Denise's Daring Daydreams

When you read the word Heaven – what do you think?  Do you see visions of streets of gold and pearly gates?  Do you see people walking around on clouds playing harps?  Do you hear celestial music sung by angels?  Or – do you hear old hymns like “No tears in Heaven, No sorrows given, All will be glory in that land, There’ll be no sadness, All will be gladness, When we will join that happy band. “   I don’t know about you but I’m ready to sign up to play in that band.  How does that happen – no sadness – all gladness? 

Over the years I have contemplated that very statement thousands of times.  As a teenager who loved to sing, I enjoyed singing Alto on that particular song.  As the sopranos sang “No tears”… and held that note for a few beats, the altos got to sing “in heaven fair”.  Then the sopranos sang again “No tears”, and the altos added “No tears up there.”  I remember asking one of my Bible Teachers at David Lipscomb, how could there be a place where there are no tears or no sadness?   That seemed very confusing to me because I had also been told that many people were not going to “make it to heaven.”  I had even been told by my own mother that my grandfather, her own father, had gone to hell because he had not accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. 

I could not begin to imagine how I could ever be happy in heaven if I knew that some of the people I loved were not there.  Maybe I didn’t want to go to such an exclusive kind of resort.  Of course I did not want to sign up to go to Hell.  That sounded very scary – whoever that old Devil was.   I heard that he took great pride in heaping coals of fire on people’s heads.  It was not until I got to Unity Seminary classes that I learned that the word heaven comes from the Hebrew word Shamayim which translates “heights”, “high places” or “elevation”.  Also – if you look closely – you will see that the word Shamayim is very similar to the word Shaman which brings to mind a mystic or one who understands the dimensions beyond what we can see. 

I hope that you will join us at Unity of Music City over the next two Sundays.  We will be diving into the metaphysical deep end of the pool as we take a look at what Heaven really is, and how we can create that dimension right here right now.  This Sunday Jackie Sully will be gifting us with Special Music and I actually heard that Sherrie Phillips might be in the house and we could entice her to sing one also.  Remember Heaven is a choice that you can make, every moment of every day.  “Would you know my name – If I saw you in heaven?”      
Namaste’  Rev. D

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 07/09/2015

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When I was in Elementary School, I watched a show called “To Tell the Truth,” one of America’s first television game shows. The basic premise of the show was celebrities attempting to correctly identify a contestant from a group of three. One contestant was attempting to conceal their identity while the other two contestants were pretending to be someone there were not. Many times the truth was hidden so well that it was not until the very end of the show that the identity of each individual was revealed. 

When the statement, “Will the real (and then the person’s name was stated), please stand up, the tension would build in the air. Many times all three contestants would make movements toward standing – and you just knew that your guess was correct. I remember attempting to guess who was telling the truth. Many times I would completely miss identifying the right person. I often wondered if I identified the wrong person because I couldn’t tell who was telling the truth or because all three persons were so very skilled at hiding or becoming someone they were not. 

It seems that today, many of us are still playing To Tell the Truth in our daily lives. We say we believe in freedom, and we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave; still we do not feel free enough in our families, in our jobs, or worse – in our places of worship to show up authentically as ourselves. Many of us have spent years trying to be someone or something that we are not; and our efforts are not even to win a game show or a prize. We are hiding our own identity just to get through life.  And worse than that, we are hiding our true identify from ourselves!

What happens when we decide to hide our skills and talents – the essence of who we really are?  The world misses out on the gift. Let us continue this month to remember that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, – that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Do yourself and the world a favor – Tell the truth of who you are. But first and foremost, you have to tell the truth to yourself! 

What better Sunday to get to experience truth telling than to be with Sean and Laurie O’Shea who will be standing in for Judy and me this Sunday?  These are two very authentically real individuals who are coming to share with you a lesson and some awesome music.  There will also be a workshop on Sunday afternoon.  I affirm that many of you will make the choice to hear what Sean has to say about being real and using Spiritual People Skills.  Visit his website www.spiritualpeopleskills.com, or Sean and Laurie’s site www.singspirit.net and get just a taste of what you will find at Unity of Music Cityon Sunday – An Experience of Authentic Transformation.                                        
Namaste’ Rev. D