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.
How much do we ignore the Spiritual Laws and live – “even with our best intention” – in a world of illusion and lack of commitment?
I recently had a conversation with someone who truly believes that “Life is as is” without making any choices to improve life, as well as for the lives for others when they are incapable to make choices for themselves. It would be well to have deep faith in God Mind to guide, protect, and heal without further effort to improve otherwise. It is, however, not the way Spiritual Laws work.
What is missing? Actions, accepting support form within, and accepting support the Divine Mind sends us to make improvements in one’s life topped with faith that all will work out for our best advantage.
Resistance in anything we are afraid to do is one of the greatest hindrances to manifest whatever we may desire to accomplish otherwise. If someone fears the unknown, and resist to accept support from within and from others, and withdraws from the support available, then progress is suppressed. Fear is magnified. People crawl back into “the shell” for false safety. Sooner or later the faith a person may have in God’s guidance will vanish, because outer pressures begin to be overwhelming and get out of hand. It is easy to say that God is in charge when we do not put actions behind our desires.
We all have choices. When someone does not want to move forward for whatever reason, we declare that this is a personal choice, too. I see it as an inner experience to test the ego versus the wishes of the soul and God-Mind, the trueSelf.
Finally, we all may awaken to accept the fact that our consciousness builds our real environment from the inside through Divine guidance to receive a clear understanding that we are not our bodies, but souls who are manifested in God’s image and likeness. We inherited all the positive potentials to make our lives joyful, pleasant (even in moments of ups and downs); with faith, love, and right choices we will grow through the difficult times much faster. This is Spiritual Law.
All lies in our consciousness, and conscious decisions, actions, and the faith we have in God Mind guidance, for God is expressing Himself as Sprit in and through all of His Creation. In short, we draw to us all that the Spiritual Law allows us to do at our own leisure. Life is eternal, God is patient, cause and effect are balanced by the Law.
We make a conscious choice to deeply desire the connection with God Mind while striving for attaining our goal still in this lifetime: A union with God, awakening to the Truth we were blessed with from our soul creation on by making daily contact in our prayer and meditation sessions.
Yes, it takes a willingness, actions, and effort to accomplish deeper peace of mind, move forward in life without any fear of the unknown, and without “non-choices” that may interfere with others in a disharmonious way.
We are grateful to have choices, grateful that we can tune in to get Divine guidance, and grateful that we have peace of mind to move forward in life according to the Spiritual Law, and support from others as God directs. We may give ourselves credit for the willingness to take the right action, and choose according to Divine guidance.
And when we are not yet perfect – we may ignore the Spiritual Law unconsciously – we try again until we get it right. Let us never, ever give up, make some harmonious choices that not only benefit ourselves, but all others around us who would be effected by our decisions for the best outcomes under Divine guidance. It takes commitment as well.
~From one of our compassionate Prayer Chaplains ©
I strive to live from my spiritual and religious beliefs. Even when I’m not part of a spiritual community, I can practice living the truth I know.
I live my life based on the principles and teaching of my spiritual beliefs. My thoughts provide the foundation for aligning my mind with Spirit in me. I can then bring this forth into my words and actions as I interact with the people and situations around me.
I treat others with love and kindness from a place of honesty, generosity, and forgiveness. I give my best effort to live from my spiritual truth and I embrace God with my entire being. I practice spiritual principles to create a divinely centered life.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com