Sunday Audio Files

Sunday Audio Files

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The Light of Zeal: The Power of Enthusiasm, Audacity and Devotion

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Food is so much a part of our Sunday experience that I often mention it in my sharing with you. This week’s lunch was a traditional summer meal…hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and tofu dogs on the grill. Along with this was a wonderful salad, chips, watermelon and the accouterments that go with burgers and dogs. Thank you, Maria and the kitchen help for feeding our physical bodies and creating a place for community. Friendships deepen when you have time to sit and break bread together and listen to each other.

Charles Fillmore, Unity co-founder said this at the age of 93, ““I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that are to be done by me today!”

boyThe power I was sharing this week was “Zeal”. Fillmore defines Zeal in the Revealing Word as “intensity, ardor, enthusiasm, the inward fire of the soul that urges humankind onward, regardless of the intellectual mind of caution and conservatism.”

What is the inward fire of your soul…what is your soul’s yearning. How does zeal support this yearning?

Our spiritual journey is a marathon and not a sprint, so we need a zeal that sizzles and not one that fizzles.

There are three components of zeal from the book Divine Audacity, which I am using in this series of talks. They are enthusiasm, audacity and devotion.

Zeal is enthusiasm and enthusiasm is needed for the spiritual marathon.

Audacity is an aspect of zeal relating to our inherent evolutionary impulse. It is a necessary quality for successful human living. Audacity is a strong attribute equally subject to negative or positive interpretation…pushy or presumptuous or spunky and daring. Audacious is when you courageously overcome seeming obstacles in service to a compelling purpose.

And lastly devotion. Devotion is present moment engagement. Zeal isn’t something we look to the future for…it can only be experienced in the present moment. Appreciation of the moments possibilities ground us in zeal. We can appreciate our future potential while living consciously in the now moment.

Here are some steps to support your soul’s yearning…
1. Reflect on your soul’s yearning
2. Cultivate enthusiasm
3. Open yourself to an easy plan…a Divine idea
4. Surrender to the Divine flow

This all comes back to this one BIG QUESTION…WHAT IS WORTH WAKING UP FOR EACH DAY…ponder this throughout the week.

Affirmation for this week: I FAIRLY SIZZLE WITH ZEAL AND ENTHUSIASM!

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

The Light of Imagination: The Power of Conception, Vision and Embodiment

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

After spending the week with Paul Chappell, folks I knew, and new friends from across the country, Sunday was the cherry on the top of the sundae. I am still processing the information that Paul and Susan Radford shared with us regarding Peace Literacy. Curriculum is being developed and so look for opportunities to learn more in the coming months.

I love how the Universe conspires to work in tandem with what I am learning. As you know, I have been doing a series on Sunday mornings using the book Divine Audacity written by Rev. Linda Martella Whitsett. This week the focus was on imagination. In Paul’s work he teaches from Greek mythology about Metis, a goddess who symbolizes the power of thought. Metis makes good decisions, effective actions, discernment, forethought, skill, awareness, and wisdom. Then Paul introduces nine muscles that help us make good decisions, effective actions and promote peace, justice and well-being. These are also muscles of our shared humanity. One of these muscles is imagination.

James Dillet Freeman, author of The Prayer for Protection and Unity’s poet laureate, says this about imagination: Imagination is the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality… a power that frees us from the limitations of our senses… the power of conception.

From Peace Literacy: Every invention, idea, and story that people ever created resulted from the human imagination. We use our imagination when we tell jokes that make people laugh, especially if the joke creates a mental image in someone’s imagination. Without imagination there would be no movies. TV shows, video games, music, paintings, sculptures, technology breakthroughs or scientific discoveries.

And from the author, her definition: Imagination is our powerful capacity to picture what can be and, by holding that idea and developing it until we feel its effects while it is yet unmanifest, to live into that idea until it essentially becomes our reality. In a sense, imagination is our primary power because if it is essential for the cultivation of all our magnificent spiritual capacities.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, in his book Christian Healing, says: The highest and best work of the imagination is the marvelous transformation that it works in character. Imagine that you are one with the principle of good, and you will become truly good. To imagine oneself perfect fixes the idea of perfection in the invisible mind substance, and the mind forces at once begin the work of bringing forth perfection.

There are three components of imagination: conception, vision and embodiment. Conception starts at the beginning…”In the beginning GOD.” Everything you could ever conceive of originates in One Mind. Our conceiving power is unlimited. We are constantly having bright ideas. The more we exercise our conceiving power, the more we strengthen the muscle of imagination, the better decisions we make.

The visioning power of imagination is our capacity to dream of what has not yet manifest, to flesh out an idea, and to feel the benefit of it in advance of its fulfillment.

Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell, author of Peace Literacy

From Peace Literacy: The highest expression of our imagination is vision, which is our ability to imagine a brighter future that enhances well-being (such as a world where there is less genocide, enslavement, and mass shootings). Vision also involves imagining the practical steps we can take to create such a future. Our imagination not only has the power to be its own kind of world, galaxy, and universe, but it also has the power to drastically influence the events that we experience in this world, galaxy and universe.

Lastly is embodiment. Embodiment is the pinnacle of creation. From Neville Goddard: Disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for in that determined assumption, you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God), all things are possible (The Power of Awareness).

From Divine Audacity: Imagination’s powers of conception, vision and embodiment are chief among our spiritual capacities. When cultivated and activated, these abilities lead to audacious demonstrations. Like Jesus, you may begin to see yourself as a divine human here to remind others of their Divine Identity.

The affirmation for this week is: I AM the spiritual power of imagination, reclaiming my Divine Identity.

Join me this Sunday as we look at the Light of Zeal – The Power of Enthusiasm, Audacity, and Devotion.

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

Peace Literacy

This week’s note is coming from Steph Plourde at the Peace Literacy Training at Saint Joseph’s College with Paul K. Chappell.

It is difficult to pull out one piece to share, because all the content is so powerful. The piece I am finding most helpful is the understanding that every human being has the same basic needs: Purpose & Meaning, Nurturing Relationships, Explanations, Expression, Inspiration, Belonging, Self-Worth, Challenge, and Transcendence.

When I view human behavior through the lens of human needs (i.e. what human need is this person aiming to meet right now?), I foster curiosity, greater understanding, and deeper empathy. Further, it’s important for me to understand that when a person experiences trauma and these basic needs aren’t met they become distortions of the original need. For example, the unmet need of Expression becomes Rage; the unmet need of Belonging becomes Alienation. When these “distortions” manifest as aggression, we may rightfully see them as signals of distress. Imagine – seeing aggression as a signal of distress. How differently might we respond?

There will be much more to share after the training – including some incredible learning about metis. Don’t know what metis is? Neither did I… but boy, oh boy, is this a cool framework for understanding the muscles we need to develop in order to make good decisions and move forward into a peaceful future together.

Much love to you all,

Steph

The Light of Will: The Power of Choice, Commitment and Willingness

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Sunday morning between services was a real treat. Anna had picked beets from the garden and our young friends, Noah and Evelyn, were seen cutting the greens preparing them for lunch. Then, to top it all off, we had this beautiful and peaceful view of a pair of goldfinches perched on the sunflowers growing right outside the window. I love that we have a facility that allows for flowers and vegetable gardens to supplement our lunch menu. Thanks to Anna and to her helpers that keep it watered and harvested.

Again, in gratitude for our beautiful grounds – weather permitting – we will be having a fire and drumming circle following the Peace Concert on August 8 with Todd Glacy. The concert begins at 7:00; however, if you choose, feel free to come earlier to walk the labyrinth in preparation for the concert. We will be hosting the participants attending the Peace Literacy Training with Paul K. Chappell. Oh, did I mention there is still time to register for this awesome training? Either register online or call the office at 207-893-1233 to register.

The Power of Will was the focus for the message on Sunday, continuing the series Divine Audacity. Will is the ability to choose, decide, lead.

The metaphysical meaning of “Will” from Revealing Word – which is Unity’s dictionary – says: “Will is the executive faculty of the mind, the determining factor in man. What man wills or decrees comes to pass in his experience.”

There is a prevailing cultural misinterpretation of a God who is in charge, a kind of superhero that can make things happen or not happen. However, Unity doesn’t support the interpretation of an entity sitting on a cloud in the sky, commanding events on earth.

From the Lord’s Prayer we have the words from Matthew 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Unity’s definition of heaven is a unified force field, a field of unlimited possibilities.

We enter heaven, the unified force field, when we focus, pray and meditate. This is the formula for experiencing heaven on earth. This is the aligning with the Divine. Because we have been given free will we are always at a choice point. We have the choice to blend our energy with the “unified force field” or not. When we do not then we are likely to experience “hell”. Heaven and hell are right here right now depending on how we choose to see life.

Spiritual will is NOT
• submitting my desires to an invisible superhuman being
• being told by another what I should or should not do
• submitting myself to coercion

Spiritual will is our power of 1) choice, 2) commitment, and 3) willingness.

In the field of unlimited possibilities, we have many options and will is our ability to desire one among many. Desire motivates our choice…either from curiosity, worry, confusion or divine discontent. Once the selection is made, next comes commitment which leads us to deliberate intentional action. Lastly, willingness follows. Willingness is the fuel that makes commitment possible. Willingness is the state of allowing… allowing the experience, the gift, the flexibility to say “yes” to stepping into the flow.

This week, is divine discontent leading you to a change in your life? If so remember…choice, commitment and willingness. To hear the complete message from Sunday click here…

Affirmation: I use Divine Will to make choices and decisions.

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

The Light of Understanding: The Power of Comprehension, Realization, and Insight

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell

There is still time to register for the Peace Literacy Training with Paul K. Chappell! If you are concerned about what you are seeing in our world at this time, then this training is so important for you. Here are a couple of quotes from Paul’s book, Soldiers of Peace:

“All societal injustices are based on simple myths. If we do not challenge these myths, we cannot defeat injustice.”

“Violence cannot heal the root causes of our problems, because violence cannot defeat the underlying myths that sustain injustice.”

Paul will be debunking these myths and give us sound truths which can be used to stand up to injustices that we are seeing in our society. Do not wait! Register now.

This week our center is home to Spirit Camp and we have many little people daily having a fun and educational experience with Eva Goulette. I love the idea that their curious, adventurous energy is imbuing our facility. I am sure when you arrive on Sunday you will feel it, too.

On Sunday the message was focused on “The Light of Understanding.” From scripture we read from 2 Timothy 2:7: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you divine understanding in all things.”

And from Proverbs 2:3-5: “If you indeed cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as bidden treasures – then you will understand the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, writes in his book Revealing Word: “Spiritual understanding is the quickening of the Spirit within. Spiritual understanding is the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas one to another.”

He aligns the power with the disciple Thomas (Doubting Thomas). “After Jesus’ resurrection the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’”

So how does Doubting Thomas represent UNDERSTANDING? Thomas, on the one hand, represents our doubts about the invisible truths in life. Jesus, on the other hand, represents our Christ nature – our eternal indwelling divinity. We have both aspects within ourselves.

Doubting Thomas is the part of us that doubts but seeks to understand. Understanding can come through prayer, meditation, study or in a flash.

From the book Divine Audacity, there are practices to cultivate Understanding – here are a few…

Journal about understanding…here are some questions to reflect upon:

• Write about a time when you misunderstood another person’s words or actions and later learned what he or she actually meant. What strategies have you developed, or could you employ, to avoid jumping to conclusions and instead seek understanding?

• Write about your understanding of GOD. How has your understanding changed through the years? Who and what have influenced your current understanding?

• Create or select a symbol for understanding to display where you will see it often. Some examples: a gold star or coin; a light bulb or flashlight; an original drawing, collage, or sculpture.

Here is a great affirmation: I claim my power of Understanding Now. I know Divine Ideas.

Join me next week as we look at the Light of Will.

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