Where is pain coming from? Did we “sin” – self-inflicted nonsense, or do we live in an illusion that causes us to experience pain?
We can experience pain on different levels such as mentally, physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. How is this pain created?
We know and understand that our bodies are the temple of the living God dwelling within us. We do whatever we can to keep this body clean, healthy, and out of pain as much as we can. Yet, there is no one in this world who would not have pain in one part of the body or another. It is part of life to be somehow in pain. Why is that?
Let us focus for a moment on Jesus’ Crucifixion. Was Jesus really in pain, or did he rise above body consciousness to overcome the pain a mortal person would have felt?
It is my guess that he indeed knew what he was going through, and prepared himself for this event to overcome his personality/mortal being. There is no pain in surrendering through death when we deny the human self, and unite with God in Oneness.
Charles Fillmore (The Revealing Word) clarifies that “the crucifixion is a process of crossing out in consciousness of errors that have become fixed states of mind; the surrender or death of the whole personality in order that the Christ Mind may be expressed in all its fullness.”
When the innermost chamber of the heart is emptied of negativity, of personality, of self-inflicted nonsense, and the thoughts are directed only to God within without the five senses interfering, there is no pain in dying of self in the process of transformation to Oneness.
When my dear aunt died several years ago, she took one long breath, and was instantly and peacefully transformed in a blinking of an eye without pain and further suffering. There are other cases of people prolonging their death in pain ans suffering. Going peacefully and pain-free is the way to go – we pray for each and every one whosoever is born to leave this earth in a peaceful and painful way.
We all are prone to making mistakes, regardless of how much we watch out to avoid them. This is part of life as a soul being in a mortal physical body. Misjudging, misunderstanding, not trusting, being unduly fearful – all self-inflicted nonsense that separates us from our Oneness with God, and causes pain. Separation from God may be expressed in “anguish.”
The Course in Miracles proclaims: “If sin is real, salvation must be a pain. Pain is the cost of sin, and suffering can never be escaped, if sin is real. [Then] Salvation must be feared, for it will kill, but slowly, taking everything away before it grants the welcome boon of death to victims who are little more than bones before salvation is appeased. Its wrath is boundless, merciless, but wholly just.”
We all know and understand that it is not so, and that God does not acknowledge sin as it was believed throughout the Old Testament. It is only in our minds that we miss the mark. So what is pain then that is sometimes inevitable to encounter in body, mind, spirit, emotions, and soul? Pain is but a sign that we must have misunderstood ourselves, and did not listen to our bodies whatever the bodies need, as well as ignoring the small Voice within that knows better to restore our good health to avoid possible pain as God directs. For we are souls, part of the living God energy and life that dwells within us.
Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions contribute a great deal to pain in the body, and we often try to patch up pain with a pill, rather than finding the cause of it. Yet experiencing pain can also be an overcoming karmic action from perhaps so many life times ago, or pain can be a learning lesson never hopefully to be repeated again.
The Course of Miracles further states that we must not “Fear the Will of God. But turn to it in confidence that it will set you free from all consequences of sin has wrought in feverish imagination.”
For this insight, we give thanks, and know that there is no sin, and nothing to fear, for God is in charge, if we trust Him, and let Him do His works through us. We still may experience pain from time to time, but know that this pain will come to pass with God’s guidance and direction. The Remedy? Daily Meditation to connect with the God-Force/Life within who is the greatest Healer of all times.
~a dedicated prayer chaplain ©
Power SpiritGroups defined:
A small group of people sharing their intentions with each other, one by one, week by week, using the power of meditation, mindfulness and thought to transform lives!
Over 60 people have joined a group! We are SO excited to have such great participation and know amazing things are ahead for our community.
And there are approximately 12 spots left! Please email Tara at email@example.com if you are interested in the details of the groups still forming.
Winter series launches! Week of January 28 (1 week)
The Power Process in Action Week of February 4 thru week of March 25 (8 weeks)
Group Service Week Week of April 1 (during this week, if not before)
Group Social Week Week of April 8 (during this week, if not before)
Winter Celebration & Spring Connection Event On Sunday, April 15 after second service
Hello and Happy 2018!
For a series of 8-weeks, beginning the week of January 28, Power SpiritGroups will put the power of thought and intention into action. Following the structure of SpiritGroups, each week a different group member will share an intention with their group (i.e. heal my shoulder from pain), and through the use of a tried-and-true “powering up process,” the group will meditate and focus their attention on that person’s request for healing. We’ll be following the process based on Lynne McTaggart’s, The Power of Eight, now available in our Unity bookstore. Revs. Drs. Jane & Gary will be referring to the book during their Sunday messages throughout our winter series! Sign-ups for groups will begin on Sunday, January 14.
HOSTS NEEDED: We are currently preparing for our winter SpiritGroup series by lining up group hosts as well as taking names of those interested in participating in a small group. FYI: The SpiritGroup Host Orientation/Training is this Sunday the 7th at 12:30 pm in the Chapel.
If you’ve been in a SpiritGroup or hosted one before, please consider being a host for this series, which is bound to be amazing! Email Tara Wear, SpiritGroups Program Leader, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are the dates you’ll want to add to your 2018 calendar regarding SpiritGroups: The Power of 8!
You’ll find more details regarding each event below…
Trainings: Powering Up/New Hosts Sunday, January 7 in Chapel (1230 – 330)
Connection Event/Sign-ups begin Sunday, January 14 in Chapel (10ish & 12ish)
Winter series launches! Week of January 28
The Power Process In Action (8wks) Week of February 4 thru week of March 25
Service Week Week of April 1
Social week Week of April 8
Community Celebration & Connection Event Sunday, April 15 after second service
Spring series launches! Week of April 22
Trainings (January 7)
Connection Event/Sign-ups (January 14)
Winter series Launches (Week of January 28)
The Power Process in Action (Week of Feb 4 – Mar 25)
Service Week (Week of April 1)
Social Week (Week of April 8)
Community Celebration & Connection Event (Sunday, April 15)
PLEASE NOTE: Right now, it’s time to line up hosts.
Please be on the look out for and suggest to those you think would be a good host to contact me, including yourself! 🙂
Also, please let me know if you have any questions or need other information.
In times of feeling overwhelmed, stress, and health challenges, everyone weakens to some extent the strength that the Great Spirit provides from within. Thus, the ego takes over, and creates chaos and trouble. In fact, ego competes with God’s peace and harmonious healing conditions by adding fear, uncertainty instead of faith, trust, and not accepting the condition as “it will come to pass.” Whether it is an emotional upset, a relationship drama, a loss of a loved one, or irritating disturbances, ego tries hard to compete with the love of God, and often wins, when our will is weakened in us, and we “give in” to the ego’s triumph in fear, confusion, emotional pain, and disharmony, even chaos and wars.
It happens to me, it happens to everyone once in awhile, regardless of good intentions. Then we are overcome by our egotism. Here is what Charles Fillmore adds about egotism (The Revealing Word): “-A state of consciousness built up by the will functioning in the sense world. In this false expression it looks upon itself as great, honorable, mighty. Supreme egoism stops the flow of spiritual life in the organism, and body atrophy sets in.”
If the negative situation is not overcome that the ego created with the agreement of our weakened sense driven will, sickness sets in, and the body wastes away. So, whom do we trust and have as our inner guide to overcome conflicts?
Again, Charles Fillmore shares the answer: “Ego – spiritual – The True self; and individualized center of God consciousness; I AM; conscious identity.” We find it within ourselves in quietness and silence in our meditation times.
The Course in Miracles proclaims: “All power is of God.
What is not of Him has no power to do anything.”
In the Christmas Season, let us become aware of signs of weaknesses where the ego wants to compete with the love and compassion of God. It has no power of its own. It is all a lesson in disguise to learn from it. Let us become aware and awaken to the Truth within all of us. Let us forgive ourselves and others, for each one reflects and “sees” what is in someone else to learn our lessons as well.
Our ego games are unreal, but by playing the victor over the I AM brings sickness and unhappiness if our false reality senses are fearfully involved. We base our judgments on experiences, and will finally give up our ego games to awaken all together to the Truth latent in all of us.
In spite of all pre-Christmas preparations, and the short time involved to get it all done for the big Christ Event, let us all be true to our inner silence to stay in balance and connection with the Truth within to keep the ego at bay, and any fear out. We replace fear with love, compassion, and goodness assisting others to heal as we, too, heal ourselves.
From a devoted Prayer Chaplain ©
I grew up in the area of Syracuse, New York. It is located just east of the Great Lakes. This causes “Lake Effect” snow in the winter, giving the city an awesome average snowfall of more than 10 feet. Suffice it to say, slippery roads are pretty common in the winter. When I was in my late teens my roommate and I were driving home on a pitch-black wintry evening, and we encountered a car on a lonely section of road. It had slid off into the ditch. The car was canted sideways with one rear wheel off the ground. Being well brought up and burly teenagers, we stopped to render assistance. We found a woman alone inside the car who appeared to be in her early to mid 30’s. She was well and truly stuck, with a long cold walk ahead of her on a shoulder-less country road to a phone booth. My friend and I offered to try to push her back onto the road, a task which we were successful at.
The obviously relieved woman offered to give us $20 for our trouble. This was a lot of money back then, probably the price of the tow truck. At the time, it would have taken me almost 6 hours of work to earn that much. We turned her offer down with words to the effect of “Oh it was no trouble” or some such thing. To this day I don’t think I have ever seen a more crestfallen individual. That reaction is why this life event has stuck so strongly in my memory.
As we drove away, I puzzled over her reaction. I knew without a doubt that she was extremely grateful for the assistance. For us it was no big deal, but it was a really big deal to her. I then realized that we were happy to give, it felt good, but we had not given her the opportunity to give in return. She drove away feeling deeply in our debt with no way to return the favor. Paying it forward and random acts of kindness were not “things” yet. We hadn’t even exchanged names.
I’ve since realized that sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of gracious receiving. Have you had the experience of someone handing you a nicely wrapped Christmas gift and your first thought is “I didn’t get them anything!” Is your reaction embarrassment? Do you say things like “You shouldn’t have.”? You have a chance to give back right then and there. How about a huge smile and opening the gift like a 5 year old would? How about adding bright-eyed thanks and a big hug (if appropriate)? You not only walk away with a cool gift, you walk away with the glow of making someone else happy. How cool is that?
Chair, Board of Trustees
As we enter the beautiful holiday season, we are reminded once again of the annual message of peace on earth, goodwill toward all. What can each of us do to manifest a vision of creating a world that works for all? Especially when it seems that the world is in such turmoil right now, and isn’t working for many on this planet, including people, animals, and the environment.
Looking around at the violence and divisiveness that seems to be running rampant, you can’t help wondering what on earth one person might do in order to help make a world of peace a reality. What can be done to transcend the current climate of discord?
The truth is that peace in the world can only come through peaceful hearts. The work begins within. This vision can only be realized as each one of us stands up and says yes to being peace in action and choosing to be the change we seek in the world. A simple daily practice can help to engender a coherent internal state that starts us on the road to being a peaceful presence.
That simple practice is gratitude.
Spend 5-10 minutes daily in the silence focusing on the breath while activating a feeling of appreciation for someone or something. Let the feeling continue to expand and radiate from within you as it emanates beyond the body. It may be a simple process but don’t underestimate its effectiveness. This practice has been shown to counterbalance the detrimental effects of stress, settle the nervous system, activate the deeper intelligence of the heart and create a coherent energetic field.
A new year is on the horizon beckoning us into a closer walk with the Divine. In 2018, Unity Spiritual Center is putting out the call to every person who has a desire to step into a deeper expression of who they have come here to be. Just imagine if we were on the cusp of a new paradigm of cultural evolution. What is the role of New Thought spirituality in bringing forth an emerging paradigm of cultural, social, and evolutionary change? What do our Unity principles offer in helping to bring it forth? On Saturday, January 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, Rev. Jane will be exploring that question and presenting how we as a community can help to facilitate individual and collective transformational growth.
Blessings, Gary and Jane
Our foundational message, paraphrased from Unity’s All Together Now curriculum, is that God is everywhere present, the source of all there is, the awareness behind all experience, God is life. We express that life through living. God is love. We give expression to it by being love. God is Divine mind and its Divine Ideas. We teach that God is total oneness, the very life behind each breath we breathe and thought we think, rather than an entity separate from us.
Since God is not a being, entity or person, God cannot judge, punish, withhold our good or teach us lessons. God is simply the name we give to the unnameable essence of Absolute Good, Infinite Wisdom, Divine Love. Words and images describing God are merely metaphors to describe the indescribable, pointing to the mystery beyond our human understanding.
Sometimes language infers God is outside of us or God is doing “to us” instead of existing “as us”. Concrete thinkers may construct a mental picture of God as a separate being, made in our image – a cosmic Santa Claus. This concept can be difficult to “un-think” later in life. While we don’t want to teach about God being a separate entity, at the same time, we want our young people to commune with the God of their Being and experience the comforting, loving, guiding presence of Spirit in a personal way.
To understand and have a personal experience of God, we shift to simple, clear language to feel the comfort and unconditional love of God, listen for and hear God’s wisdom and guidance, look for and find God reflected in every pair of eyes looking back at us. We write prayers, affirmations and story questions in ways that affirm the inner divinity of Spirit and reflect the spiritual principle of One Presence, One Power, as well as incorporate practices that connect us with our hearts in order to feel God’s presence.
Whatever words are used for God, such as Divine Essence, Divine Presence, etc. or the powerful words, “I Am”, we invite connecting with Spirit within by adding the word “within” to our prayers, putting our hands over our hearts and feeling gratitude and compassion, as the words of prayer or affirmation are spoken.
Do you wonder what else is shared? Ask. There is more.
Save these Important Dates!
NW YOU Rally April 20 – 22 for 9th – 12th grade
NW Unity Uniteen Unitreat June 18 – 23 for 6th -7th 8th grade graduates
NW Unity Kids Camp June 24 – 27 for age 7 – 11
NW YOU Rendezvous July 21 – 24 for 9th – 12th grade
NW YOU Retreat October 12 – 14 for 9th – 12th grade
NW Unity Uniteen Unitreat November 10 – 12 for 6th -7th 8th grade
For information about our local youth ministry program and opportunities to serve plus our regional youth ministry events and eligibility to participate connect with, me, Jackie on Sunday or email email@example.com.
This quarter, we are exploring greener investments. One of our board members, Susanne Croft, has been meeting with our investment manager, looking for investment opportunities that emphasize a “triple bottom line” philosophy. Triple Bottom line is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental (or ecological) and financial. These three divisions are also called the three Ps: people, planet and profit.
We are dedicating our Foundation to being both good stewards of our donated funds and of our planet!