At the end of every year, Unity Center of Peace hosts a burning bowl ceremony. It’s a time to reflect on our life and to see what thoughts and beliefs are getting in the way of living a life of our choosing. For me, it’s usually some limiting belief I have about myself that I want to release. This past year as Rev. Victoria was guiding us through a meditation, I realized how I was seeing myself as this small self, lacking the ability to live and contribute in ways so important and meaningful to me. What? Me, small? I knew self-doubt could wash over me, but I never thought of myself as small. And yet, this is what was revealed through deeper reflection. I also realized in these moments that this view of myself was robbing me of the joy and freedom that I so desperately wanted as guideposts for my life.
As an active member of Unity Center of Peace and a person who’s been spiritually curious for years, I’m used to paying attention to my emotions. I’ve learned to see them as signals of something going on within me that needs understanding and compassion.
Lately, however, I’ve been experiencing harsh emotions that have surprised me. Like when a neighbor walking their dog turns around when they see me and my AmStaff (aka pit bull) pup approaching, I get angry. A whole narrative forms in my mind about their assumptions and judgment. And when I feel like my opinion isn’t getting the attention it deserves, I feel slighted and my tone can get aggressive.
On the journey to deepen our relationship with God, one of the most powerful ways for us to commune with Spirit is through a disciplined spiritual practice. These practices are many and can vary from the simple (but powerful) gift of gratitude to affirmations, deep meditation, contemplation and many more. In any pursuit, a spiritual practice reveals the key that unlocks the gates of heaven and allows us the opportunity to recognize God’s innate qualities on Earth. When we consistently engage in our practice, we demonstrate a deep commitment to our spiritual growth. Commitment to spiritual growth is not an easy path, and it takes more than irregular practice or a Sunday service to see lasting and impactful vibrational changes. Spirit is a way of life; and a powerful way to live that is filled with self-love, self-respect and constant surrender that results in personal freedom and liberation. Disciplined practice allows us to be available to Spirit and supports our alignment with the divine flow of the Universe.
Shortly after we played the Lullaby by Billy Joel music video, Facebook knocked many of you off the livestream. They eventually took the feed down. We are so sorry about that. Lesson learned for us. Because my talk was a two-parter, I wanted to post the talk here so you don’t miss anything.
On June 20-21 we had a unique combination of significant celestial events including the Summer Solstice, a solar eclipse and a new moon, among other things. So, it was a very auspicious day to have offered our first Sacred Gathering service outdoors. And a very energetically powerful place to offer it – our Spiral Labyrinth.
Metamorphosis is a sacred moment! It describes the incomprehensible transformation between a precursor life form and its successor. When a caterpillar is prompted to attach itself to a limb and start spinning its chrysalis, it doesn’t know that it will literally dissolve physically and then somehow the molecules in the resulting goo will reshape it into a gorgeous winged being that will touch deeply the hearts of humans whom it will later encounter.
As beings who have staked most of our learning and experiencing in the physical dimension over however many years we’ve been embodied in this incarnation, we identify all too readily with what we see when we look into the mirror and think back to what we remember from childhood or judge the hidden messages In what we think others are saying and doing when we’re around.
This morning, I found a meditation written and posted by Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron called, "Staying in the Middle." She wrote,
“Becoming intimate with the queasy feeling of being in the middle of nowhere only makes our hearts more tender. When we are brave enough to stay in the middle, compassion arises spontaneously. By not knowing, not hoping to know, and not acting like we know what’s happening, we begin to access our inner strength.”
A few days ago, our best friend got news that her thirty something son who lives with his wife and kids in another country dropped dead. What!!?? Shocking!!!
This guy was incredibly fit, always taking marathon hikes and bike rides! He died on a long bike ride. He’s too young for something like that to happen. Isn’t he?? I’m in a state of shock, just trying to process that news. I can’t imagine what our friend must be going through!
We can choose to view this time as a "sacred time-out" -- an opportunity to re-evaluate our usual way of being and perhaps evolve to our next level of expression. And if we want to be ready to emerge from this pandemic as our best “Butterfly Self” we want to prepare now. We must use this "cocooning time" to invest in personal and spiritual growth. Here is your guide for doing that:
One of the primary shifts of awareness that accompanies spiritual growth in Unity is learning where power lies in Truth. We learn, for example, to trust our ideas and words to create physical manifestation—not what most of us grew up learning, but absolute Truth nevertheless.
Well-known 20th century Unity teacher Mary Kupferle wrote about "Minute Prayers". She was teaching us the consistent power of a minute of thought directed to the same idea repeatedly.
This is the First time in history that all of humanity is fighting a war from the same side, all of us friends sharing a common enemy.
That’s an amazing fact!
For the first time ever, we can experience what is really possible when all humans, everywhere, join together as one mind in creating a new reality—the first time we can talk to each other world wide, and know what everyone is doing.
A crisis gives us the opportunity to know ourselves better. Every time we expérience a crisis, of course, we have changed since the last crisis in our life — so we are getting to know a new self.
As COVID 19 goes on and on, what are you observing about yourself that you weren’t previously aware of?
It was beautiful this morning
Waking up by brilliant morning light
Amie, our dog , bowing, barking bouncing—
Announcing that it’s time to play— this new day’s so exciting.
Birds all over chirping in their choir
Saying “Hurry! Seize this glorious day!
I Awake, jump out of bed,
Eager— Meeting Friends from Paris To discuss, on Zoom,
Here are some beautiful assertions to say, reflect on, and wear this weekend and going forward.
As I read these statements, I’m wearing a top that I haven’t worn in a long time—a lighter weight piece of clothing, flowery and flowing.
Since I put this top on this morning, I’ve been trying to figure out whether I like the feeling of wearing it. It’s comfortable enough—but do I like the me that I feel like with it on?
During these special weeks of "lockdown," I’ve heard some new expressions from people of how they’re feeling—expressions of extreme well-being that used to be very unusual.
What gives people that feeling of gleeful amazement?
It comes up in instances where someone has followed inner guidance and acted with complete release about being of service to others.
I know my thoughts and words create my experiences. They have incredible power. The more trusting and loving my thoughts are, the higher my frequency of vibration and the more joyful experience I attract from one minute to the next.
I actually set up a spiritual channel—like opening a path through the waves ahead—that i can enjoy habitually, as long as I am willing to focus my attention consistently on what i know is true in higher reality.
I don’t think I’ve needed to learn so much so fast for decades—probably since I was a toddler learning to propel myself forward on two feet! It is said that learning is one of our soul’s main reason for coming to earth. I probably haven’t felt so vibrantly alive since infancy.
This afternoon, one of our spiritual groups in Paris met on Zoom. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn what is going on half way across the world, as we are beginning to learn how our awareness is changing over this time.
I found it beautiful and surprising that with each of us in our own space, with individual hearts and minds,some very similar thoughts are coming to all of us, of whatever age or nationality.
One wonderful trend I became aware of over Easter Weekend is how humans everywhere, brilliantly inspired, are taking advantage of the unusual restrictions that prevail right now to invent new ways to have fun together, even when they can’t travel, perhaps as they regularly do—certainly as they might want to do.
Perhaps you, like me, have seen a movie or three about the story of Jesus of Nazareth—or perhaps attended a Christian “Stations of the Cross “ service. Both are ways to focus our minds and hearts in the cosmic emptiness that lies in the middle between the spiritual mileposts of degeneration and regeneration—the process of evolving from one dimension to the next.
Reflect for a moment on how life was before you started to self-isolate at home (the last 2-6 weeks for most people)? Compare what you expected and thought back then with your expectations now. Can you even remember? To be serious, take the time to list 4-5 expectations that have vanished for you.
How have you changed ? How has the world around you changed? Would you have believed such change was possible instantaneously?
Most humans are reacting most of the time. If we reflect on this process, it becomes clear that energetically, when we react to something, we hold its energy and vibration in our consciousness. We know from the power of ideas and words, that the thoughts and feeling we welcome into our consciousness keep the same energy reproducing in our experience. When we are reacting anxiously to a threat, we are inviting more of that threat to persist in our lives. This vibration and attracting then perpetuates itself in our life.
“I am a Miracle of Life. I am a Living expression of divine strength and wholeness! “
This affirmation card fell off my desk yesterday, face up. As I looked at it and resonated with it, I began to realize it’s an important awareness for this point in our retreat from viral risks. The affirmation itself is straight out of the writings of the Fillmores on the subject of health and wholeness — expressing a powerful way to keep expressing ourselves as the creators of Universal life experience.
So, how happy are you managing to be in the midst of Covid 19?
“HAPPY???!! “ You may ask. “What does that have to do with anything? “.
Well , yes, deep, steady joy is always what our life is about. It’s our essential nature. It’s the consistent message of mystics and sages. Mystic Meister Eckhart, for instance, taught. “God expects but one thing of you , and that is that you come out of yourself and let God be God in you. “
A couple of days ago, a friend sent the beautiful message below to a classmate whose mother had just left the earthly plane.
"There is No Death
I am standing on the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch her until at length she is a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Today, I want to put on my hat as a classical homeopathic practitioner.
Amma Resonance Healing Foundation (ARHF), a non-profit organization based in The Netherlands, has shared with the homeopathic community a free preventive and treatment for the Covid 19 illness, which they developed and are distributing free of charge as a global public service – feel free to forward this to those you care about and suggest that they do the same.
Joy, laughter, and music are among the the most amazing gifts of being physically alive! If you’re reading this, you ARE physically alive at this very moment. Some of the most delightful moments of shared consciousness that I’ve ever experienced have taken place with human babies under one year old – real babies, not yet able to use language. In these experiences, despite our lack of shared words, the baby and I have nevertheless shared our awareness and found the sharing delightful.
Over this weekend, I invite you to join with me in envisioning and enjoying in our imaginations the image of ourselves, of all those we love, and a huge throng of others as well fully accepting their power to live whole, healthy and free. We are all one, and we express that divine oneness with the name God gave to Moses from the Burning Bush in the book of Exodus: “I Am”.
On Sunday, March 20, in my talk, I promised that I would publish this meditation affirming our spiritual powers of Faith, Power, Strength, and Will, all of which we can use to strengthen us in body, mind, and spirit during the present pandemic. We can be safe by using common sense in our actions and also holding in our minds images of strength and power. I invite you to join me every day in saying and thinking the meditation reprinted here:
By experiencing this time of uncertainty we learn about Oneness. A large part of our human genome consists of genes for various micro -organisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi, and many other life forms that are PART OF OUR OWN HUMAN GENES. This oneness with other beings protects us from most potential damage from infection. What an elegant concept! Divine Order!
Today, I would like to share with you, the prayer of Mooji, a widely known teacher of Advita Vedanta, who grew up in Jamaica and whose present ashram is in Portugal. He is teaching that the current pandemic, though it seems fearsome, is actually the loving gift of the Universe to strengthen humanity and to give us the opportunity to rethink how we are living, so we discover how we are poisoning not only the world around us but also our own lives with our obsession over material success and personal power.
How many people do you know who aren’t just a little scared right now? The antidote to fear is to replace anxiety producing thoughts by imagining repeatedly what we actually want to see rather than what we fear, even if that’s a challenge. First, we need to remember our good and loving God/ Universe. Then we need to state positively what we want to experience, and deny all power over our minds to any negative ideas.
This month we are focusing our attention on Mother Earth, our relationship with nature and how we can better care for our planet. As people committed to spiritual awakening, we also embrace a reverence for all life and celebrate this interdependent web of all creation of which we are a part.
Giving birth to and nurturing your best self, or nurturing a world that works for everyone, is an adventure of a lifetime. All adventures are thrilling, but sometimes they’re enormously challenging. That’s because you are asked to stretch, grow and break out of the little box that has kept you small. How do you venture on when this happens?
Pay attention to…and follow…these six “guideposts” on your journey. They will support and empower you every step of the way.
On Sunday April 7 we gathered on the Serenity Trail for a celebration to welcome the statue of Jesus The Good Shepherd to our Sacred Spaces.
Rev Rosemary provided the following titled “The Lord is my Shepherd from New Thought Perspective”.