Unity Practical Christianity: Healing

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Greetings to you. Our thoughts and prayers go out to families and friends in Florida. As we enjoy the beautiful weather here in Maine we do not lose sight of those who are experiencing the aftermath of Irma, as well as those in Texas still displaced by Harvey. As much as our electronic devices can be a hindrance in times like these, seeing a post or getting a text from a family member, friend or colleague that they or their families are safe is such a source of comfort.

This past Sunday I continued the series of Unity Practical Christianity lessons from the Unity Correspondence Course developed by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. The topic was healing. It was a very powerful message, of which the crux is that when we experience illness we all too often treat the effect and not the cause. Fillmore says, “The fault with all the healing systems of men lies in the fact that they have tried to cure disease without removing the cause of it. Causes are not remedied merely by dealing with effects. This is a simple proposition, and one that easily appeals to our reason. Then we shall go first to causes. If a cause is removed its effect disappears. This is the right and only sure method of wiping out the appearance of disease. And it should be remembered that disease is only an appearance. There is no power nor reality in it.”

He goes on to say, “Health is real, abiding, eternal, unchangeable. If mental and physical discords were real they could not be healed. It is very important to remember this, because the thought of man has so built up the belief in the power and reality of sickness and disease that they seem like impregnable fortresses of evil. This is especially true of those forms of error upon which the stamp ‘incurable’ has been placed. There are no incurable diseases. Every seeming ill has a cause, and that cause can be remedied; then the effect will disappear. The belief in the power and reality of disease is itself one cause of its appearance” (my emphasis here).

I ended the talk with an affirmation and I invite you to repeat throughout the day and week, “My body is the temple of the ‘Living’ Christ!”

Remember, you are blessed today and always because you are the living expression of the I AM. Claim It!

Next week we will look at what the Fillmores have said about “Prosperity.”

Join us Thursday evening for Unity’s 23rd World Day of Prayer at 7 p.m.

On another note: This Sunday your Board of Trustees, our dedicated Children’s Ministry teachers and our valued parents will be meeting at noon to envision a way forward for our future leaders and our children. If you would like to join us please feel free to do so. In support of this we are having a “trunk sale” on September 30 to seed the vision for moving forward.

This is an opportunity to declutter and support our children. You will be responsible for selling the items out of the trunk of your vehicle. This is a labor-free way for us to have a yard sale. All proceeds go to the Children’s Ministry expansion fund. Oh, and remember to bring enough cash so you can make change. In addition to the “trunk sale” there will be a bake sale, 50/50 raffle tickets, and the Book and Gift Store will be open.

Enjoy the fall and this beautiful weather!

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

My Cup Runneth Over

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

For several years, I have been pretty successful getting through the winter without a pesky cold. Not so this year! If you were here on Sunday you would know that I was pretty congested, which actually added some extra impact to the message.

The message title was “My Cup Runneth Over.” Having not talked about money in the entire time I have been at Unity of Greater Portland, I decided to capitalize on my physical congestion and share from the platform what can happen when we are metaphysically congested. So the answer to the question, “How does money and a stuffy nose end up in the same sentence?” is that in the same way we experience physical congestion and discomfort when we have a cold, we may experience profound metaphysical congestion and discomfort in the area of personal finances when we aren’t putting certain key principles into practice.

After having a very restless night and ruminating on finances, I saw that I was entertaining lack and limitation. Upon waking the next morning, I was still congested, and I was directed to a six-point practical financial plan that author and visionary Alan Cohen wrote many years ago.

Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen wrote: “I am not an economist, and frankly I don’t understand all of the complexities of the current market. I do, however, understand the relationship between thought, belief, feeling, attitude, expectation, identity, and practical prosperity. So here is my 6-point plan, which will surely work if you apply it.

“The first point is Vision:  A visionary sees and remembers the Big Picture in the face of current appearances to the contrary. A visionary thrives under all conditions. There are always people who do well in difficult economic times, as well as those who fail in prosperous times.

“It is not the economy at large that determines your well-being; it is the consciousness you hold in relation to it.

“The second point is Trust: When human affairs appear to falter, the hand of the divine becomes very real and practical. A Higher Power is currently running the universe far more intelligently and successfully than even the best economists.

“The third point is Reframe:  You may remember that the Chinese written symbol for ‘crisis’ is a combination of two other symbols: ‘Danger’ and ‘Opportunity.’ If there is danger in your current financial position, know that there is also an opportunity.

“The fourth point is Reset Priorities: When money seems tight, we have a window of insight to recognize how rich we are, no matter how much or how little we have in the bank. When financial challenges arise, we can use this time to grow closer to our families, homes, nature, activities that truly bring us joy, and to grow closer to ourselves and our Higher Power.

“The fifth point is Circulate: Keep moving your energy, financially and otherwise. The brilliant metaphysician and Unity writer Florence Scovel Shin noted: ‘All disease is due to congestion and all healing is due to circulation.’

“This dynamic applies impeccably to personal economic congestion. When people are afraid to spend money, there is less money in circulation, then people grow more afraid to spend and the cycle goes on.

“The sixth and final point is Milk Every Moment: It would be easy to think that you will be able to relax and enjoy your life as soon as your current crisis is averted or offset. But that’s the carrot at the end of the stick – the one that you never get to bite. Either life is rewarding NOW, or it never will be.”

And from Norma Gentile – a larger perspective:

“This transition in our corporate and financial world reflects humanity’s continued growth toward Unity Consciousness.

“We are being called to totally undo everything that’s been built with a hierarchical format – everything that has been built without a sense of true heart and integrity.

“We as a race are moving into greater prosperity. While it may not seem that way in your personal affairs, you are in the process of releasing that which no longer serves your financial world, which is the underpinning of our present society.

“Because of the loud external circumstances, it becomes harder to choose while not in a state of fear or panic. Fear separates you from all that is. Love binds you to all those around you and to ALL that is. Choose one expression – love or fear – and you choose the resulting influence in your life.”

Return to Source – The God essence of Love. Acknowledge Spirit as the Source and substance of the universe. Take delight in the many blessing you already have. Live in gratitude and greater riches will be bestowed upon you – to have and to share.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

Opening to the Power of the Black Madonna

Meghan Don

Meghan Don

Guest speaker Meghan Don

Message from Rev. Patricia Bessey:

Over the last week we have had two powerful experiences that I want to highlight… last Wednesday we had two delightful young men come and share their experience of living in the Maher community in India.

Then this past weekend Meghan Don gifted us with her wisdom at the service Sunday morning, and afternoon workshop and Tuesday evening at the women’s group.  Meghan shared for us her thoughts on the Dark Face of the Feminine and Her Healing Power.

We are in a time of great birthing in our world, and yet, the birthing of new energy and new life begins with the dissolution of the old. It is how this dissolution is lived out and re-birthed that becomes the vital key to elevating our world and its soul.

The Dark Face of the Feminine – also known as the Black Madonna, the Dark Mother, Kali, the Black Tara, or Lilith, to give a few of her names – is a deeply transformative energy. This Black Mother is not simply a mythic figure out there in a statue or painting, but she is a very real energy that lives within each one of us, and we are called to experience her, and our, transforming power, and to access it for the healing of our world. Our spiritual and inner journey is no longer simply about us and our own personal transformation, but we are being called to access this energy for that of other beings, our earth, and the world evolution itself.

On a personal level I have experienced this Black Mother ever ready to take in my pain, my confusion, my inner and outer chaos, and transform it in her cosmic being, returning to me the great gift of peace. In the Jewish mystical tradition there is the teaching of tikkune ha-olam, which means restoring or healing the world, and we are the ones who are asked to do this. Specifically, at this time we are being asked to help restore the feminine soul of the world, and we can do this by coming into our own feminine soul, feeling deeply our soul needs and wounding, allowing them to be transformed and emerge as a wisdom to be embodied and shared with others on this earth.

When we experience a moment of liberation, we can also pray for all beings who are experiencing the same difficulty we have just been released from. In this way, we can enter into and live the statement, “Your liberation is my liberation, and my liberation is your liberation; your pain is my pain, and my pain is your pain.” Each of us will find our way for this prayer to come alive, whether it be through physically helping another, financial donations, a kindly gesture to a neighbor, working at an animal shelter, or simply moving through our day spending less time thinking about ourselves and more time opening to the life that the divine mother wishes for us to live. We are all called to participate wherever our soul feels stirred, wherever our voice is both weak and strong, for this is where the transformative power of the Dark Mother is at her best. She will deliver if we come and ask, if we are willing to find the strength within our fear. “I am strength and fear… I am she who exists in all fears and boldness in trembling.”  – Thunder, Perfect Mind.

This Divine Dark Mother has also shown that in reaching fully into the darkness of our nature we will encounter a wisdom and creative force of vast and wide proportions. Here this Mother shape shifts into the Grandmother or Crone, bringing forward a great cosmic birthing and dying, with the energy of dissolution being her favored garment. We are in a time of great dissolution of our world paradigms, whether they be of the worldly or religious/spiritual nature. She also leads us into our personal mystical death, over and over again, keeping our liberation and the ultimate divine plan as the most important and utmost focus.

The Divine Mother in her infinite array is multidimensional, and so are we. This is what we are all called to know. In journeying through all the light and dark faces of our feminine being we are given the opportunity to bring them into a unified whole, and with time and practice we then have the potential to enter into our pure radiant awareness, the truth of our enlightened nature. This is what we are called to embody and to bring alive. Unworthiness no longer has a bed to lie on, lack of belief in one self is revealed for the lie that it is, our voice becomes strong, and we stride into the world with an assuredness of our true nature.

The New Divine Feminine: Spiritual Evolution for a Woman’s Soul takes you on an initiatory journey into the Light and Dark Faces of the Feminine, bringing them into a unified whole and the pure radiant awareness and true nature of being.

For those who were at the Tuesday evening event, here are the chants from Meghan:

  • Kali Imma (Car-lee Ee-ma) Black Mother (used at Sunday workshop)
  • Amma Elohim – The Mother and Feminine Spirit of Creation (used at Women’s Group)

A huge thank you to Meghan, and we look forward to her return in the future.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

It’s The Start That Stops Us

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Message by Guest Speaker Rev. Denise DeSimone

From Rev. Pat Bessey:

I am writing to you on a return flight from Salt Lake City where Rev. LeRoy and I attended the Parliament of World Religions. What an amazing experience it was. There were 9,800 people in attendance with 50 religions represented.

We heard various wonderful speakers, including Marianne Williamson, Karen Armstrong, and my favorite, Jane Goodall. Jane is 80 years old and still travels 300 days a year. The program she is most passionate about is Roots and Shoots. This program is for pre-school children and older.

The Roots and Shoots website describes the program. “Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.”

Please take a minute and visit this site. You might want to take an active part in bringing this program to our children.

This Sunday Rev. LeRoy and I will be sharing the highlights of this conference with you and how it has changed us and where it is calling us to take action in the future.

A special thank you to Denise DeSimone, who shared her message of healing with you. I heard from some who attended her workshop and they found it also to be healing.

We are grateful for the many speakers who come to us and share their life lessons and how they have used spiritual principles to not only transform their own lives but are making a difference in the world.

There are only nine days until the play, The Poets and the Assassin. If you have not gotten your tickets, do so right now by calling the office at 207-893-1233 to reserve them. Advanced ticket price is $15 and $20 at the door.