As the two of us excitedly prepare to embark on our trip to Unity Village for the annual Unity Peoples’ Convention, we are anticipating an inspiring and energizing visit. Nothing like returning to the Mother Ship and connecting with colleagues to remind us of why we are involved in the powerful, transformative work of our New Thought movement.
How does it feel to not fit in vs. to fit in? We often try our best to “fit in” socially, and in all ways of life. Yet, we blunder unintentionally. Then what?
Inspired by Dr. Gary’s confession of embarrassment, Dr. Jane, and Rev. David’s sharing about his embarrassment, I chose for today’s topic how I “do not fit in” but not to my embarrassment. How seriously do we take ourselves?
Are we “out of our mind?” We all have heard this phrase, and wondered what we did wrong to be accused of such a crazy idea.
The mind is a starting point of the entire manifested world. God’s Mind as Spirit, Life, Love, and Creativity permeates it all, including our total being inside and out.
When we think of it, we can be in awe about the majestic vastness of the universe, the tiny creations of insects, the earth itself with all the wonders within and at the outer levels, and the magnificent mountains bathing in the last glow of the sunset.
Then there are the starts uncountable to our eyes, the moon with its phases; we see can see wherever we look the intelligence of God’s Mind working through His Creations, including through each one of us. All creation is well thought of, and in perfect harmony as it was intended to be.
Let us wipe out the mist that stands between our unconscious mind, our conscious awareness/awakening, and the Mind of God by going deeper within enjoying the Flow of Spirit to have all our questions answered – one by one. First we observe, then we trust. It certainly will happen if we are willing to make time to connect with the Mind of God/Spirit within.
We all can do it. “Be still and know that I AM God.”
–A Dedicated Prayer Chaplain ©
Fear is the opposite of love – how can we love God when we fear him at the same time?
Let us look briefly at the Aramaic translation: God is alaha, or ithea. God has many names in many different religions. He is called elohim or alohim in Hebrew, etc. These names stem from the Semitic root.
So what is God? When we look at the translations of the different names of God, we find surprisingly that God is really nothing we would have to fear. We already know or believe that God is Love, Life, Light, Energy. God is also a self-existent principle, self-coercive, self-sustaining, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent – a loving Life Force that is and goes through everything manifested – whether human beings, animals, nature, Mother Earth, the Universe with all its content. Whatever we can see, touch, observe with our own five senses and our sixth sense has its existence of the One who is called “ithea.”
Can you feel it? I can! When I walk in the door at Unity Spiritual Center on Sunday mornings, there’s energy, excitement and endless connection happening. It’s community! And it’s thriving because we’re each stepping up, taking ownership of our own transformations and supporting each other in the process.
Here’s an example…
Don’t know the word namaskar? We understand its meaning best by comparing the words namaste and namaskar. The much more well-known word namaste literally means “I bow to you.” And in a fuller sense, it means the holy and sacred part of me sees the real you—the holy and sacred part of you–and I bow to that spiritual part of you.
Unity Spiritual Center proudly presents Billboard on Bernard – a fantastic multimedia music show featuring vocal solos, piano solos, instrumental soloists and our own Unity choir. You will hear Top 10 chart busters from over seven decades of hits that made it to the Billboard charts.
This year’s show once again features Spokane’s favorite a cappella doo-wop male quartet, Top Flite, singing great songs such as “Moon Dance” and Billy’ Joel’s “For the Longest Time.” Our show also features singer/violinist Pam Benton performing classic pop tunes “White Bird” and “Devil Went down to Georgia.”
In the early sixteenth century, France used to observe New Year’s Day with celebrations that lasted from March 25 until April 1. Then, around 1564, with the arrival of the Gregorian calendar, the beginning of the year moved to January 1. However, many people refused to honor the change, since they didn’t think January 1st felt much like a new beginning. Consequently, they became known as April Fools.
When you think about it January feels like what it is – the middle of winter – a time of dormancy, hibernation and hunkering down. The beginning of spring, on the other hand, definitely has a vibrant sense of a fresh new beginning. And especially with Easter falling on April 1st this year, there is an even greater feel for the resurrecting power of spring.
Who is rejecting whom? Rejection – either being rejected or rejecting someone or something is an important lesson not to overlook. I recently had a discussion with someone who is badly hurt. Rejection has painful consequences, depending whatever or whoever is rejected. We may reject a package not ordered, a letter we do not want to receive, or even a gift. Such rejections have little or no consequences, depending on the content, and the person who sent something to us.