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Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/28/15

 DDD_header“Mommy, is the Harry Potter story true?” My sons loved Harry Potter and the “magic” that the story seemed to bring to our lives. We read the stories together and we went to see each and every movie together.  Whether the story line was true or not, the whole Harry Potter Movement of sorts brought magic to many children’s lives because it allowed them to think of what might or could be beyond the things that they saw every day.  In the story, Harry had a “mark on his forehead”. This mark seemed to be the beginnings of a lifetime of what those around him would call “super powers, or magic.” 

When my boys asked me about the truth of Harry Potter, what they were really asking me was, “Is magic real?” I know Austin, my youngest, went to the Andrew Jackson Elementary Book Fair and bought a book on Magic Tricks and a kit to perform them. Logan, my intellectual was a bit more cognitive about the entire experience and wanted to discuss whether any of it was true or not, even though he was the one devouring the books and sitting spellbound through each movie.  And I being the Unity Minister mom attempted to explain “levels of consciousness” to my two sons.  I told them both that the magic that was a part of Harry Potter lives inside of each of us.  Just like Harry, we each have the “mark of spirit.” We each have our own journeys and magic to perform in our own lives. In essence our personal magic is the catalyst for creating the life of our dreams. 

Harry Potter is one boy in a long line of mythical heroes who have reminded each of us that we are much more than we “think” we are!  So what is the truth?  Jesus said that we would someday do even greater works than He did.  Should we not take Him at his word?  Shouldn’t someday be today?   Was J.K. Rolling writing a fictional story or was she writing from that place of miracles within each of us?  Albert Camus, a French Nobel Prize winning author, journalist and philosopher stated “fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.”  Maybe the truth is we each have that magic within us.  We are meant to soar above the limitations of this physical world.  Don’t you want the Unity Spiritual principles to be more than beautiful abstractions?  Don’t you want them to transform your life?  Don’t you really want to Live Your Dreams in 2015?

Join us on Sunday for our quarterly Multigenerational Service. This is truly one to not miss!  We are diving into a metaphysical romp with Harry Potter and the service will be co-lead by our youth program. I leave you with a quote from Dumbledore…”Of course it is all happening inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real.”   

Rev. Denise

Denise’s Daring Daydreams for 05/21/15

DDD_headerI Give Up – I Surrender.  Why is it that those words don’t want to come out of our mouths?  Do you think it might be because we have come to believe that we can take care of or fix anything?  As we discussed in Wednesday evening class, we have been taught in our Western Culture that we are somehow less than or possibly something is very wrong with us if we can’t “figure it out.”  So in this Breaking the Habit of Being Ourselves, what if we play a game with ourselves called “I’m Giving It Up – I Surrender!” 

Now before you click the X and say to yourself, I can’t even begin to do this today, remember –  this is just a game          we are going to play with ourselves – knowing that if it doesn’t work, we can all go back to the old way of being – (Even though we know that doesn’t work either.)

Surrender is actually the final step in pruning away the processes that aren’t working for us – and we are turning the process over to Holy Spirit.  Think of pulling weeds in your garden.  Have you ever been working for a long time and it was hot outside and somehow seemed the more your pulled, the more weeds appeared.  That has happened to me before and quite frankly that very fact is why many of us put ground cover sheeting or a weed barrier cloth down before we plant so that those weeds don’t have a chance to grow.  So today – just for this game, can you think of Holy Spirit/God/Universal Energy – as that covering for your thoughts and emotions?  And begin to think about the fact that Meditation gives us the process of putting that covering on – and letting the Christ within do the work or transform that energy into something greater.     Sound good?  Let’s think about it in this way…….

In AA or Codependents Anonymous which I was a part of for many years, the first three steps are what we are speaking of.  As we begin to actually take those steps, we realize the way Surrendering to a Higher Power Greater Than Ourselves can be a much easier way to live our lives.  We could actually give up the need to “figure it out” or to “fix it ourselves”.  Join us Sunday as we ease into the process of Surrender:

  1. We admitted we were powerless over (                   ) — that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him/Her/It.


Come sing with Voices on Sunday morning………..“I’m giving it up, turning it over, I surrender.  I don’t have to walk through this world by myself.  I’m giving it up turning it over; I surrender to the one that is always there to help.”      

Namaste’   Rev. D