Yes, Yes, Yes….Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Guest Speaker Rev. Denise DeSimone

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: I heard this saying today that speaks to the weather we have been experiencing: “April showers bring snow plowers!” Hopefully we will have signs of spring by Easter!

The Season for Nonviolence ended this past Sunday with Rev. Denise DeSimone. I hadn’t ever experienced Denise before, and I loved her message and her energy. She offered an opportunity following lunch for us to view a wonderful DVD called Pray Peace that she produced. It was very well done with music, images, and her praying the prayers of world religions. It was very moving and emphasized how, throughout all the world’s religions, prayers are about love and peace, yet we see so much violence and war in our world. Make time to listen to her message.

I want to thank a couple of folks who responded to the request for more teachers in last week’s Heart Thoughts. If you are considering this as well, now is the moment to say, “yes!” Please speak to me or Steph, and we will see that you get more information on what is expected.

childrenWe are partnering with Eva Goulette, founder of Dancing Jaguar Inspirations, to host a five-day children’s Spirit Camp from July 31-August 4 for children ages 5-10.  Spirit Camp offers children tools to empower themselves in difficult situations.  Every experience and activity is designed to help children develop into well-balanced, empowered individuals. Dancing Jaguar Inspirations’ mission statement beautifully complements ours at Unity: We seek to empower children to connect to their authentic selves through a mix of ancient traditions, nature experiences, and modern holistic techniques.

This summer’s curriculum includes working with energy, chakras, auras, nature spirits, guided visualizations, law of attraction, attitude of gratitude, the elements, the four directions and shamanic journeying. Subjects are explored in multiple ways, such as stories, crafts, activities and games. If you have children, grandchildren or extended family in this age group, consider this for them this summer.

This Sunday we begin Holy Week. The talk title for Palm Sunday is “The Nonviolent Jesus.” We will offer a Spiritual Baptism and our tradition of walking the palms as part of the meditation. Cali Crowley will be singing The Holy City.

Following lunch, Jack Seery will have a meditative workshop, “Jesus in Jerusalem.” On Holy Thursday, Jack, Deana, and I will offer a Holy Thursday service titled “Jesus as Servant,” which includes a physical communion.

So, as always, I appreciate you and look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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

Guideline from God

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Rev. Denise DeSimone

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This coming Sunday marks the end our Season for Nonviolence, and we are blessed to have Rev. Denise DeSimone as our guest speaker at the 10 a.m. service, followed by her Pray Peace Presentation at noon. Denise contacted me earlier this month to share her new project with me just as we learned that Kell Kearns could not be here.

The PRAY PEACE Multi-Media Presentation is a compilation of the calming and inspiring words of peace prayers from several different faiths; Muslim, Jewish, Baha’i, African, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, and the prayer of St. Francis, spoken while deeply moving and exhilarating music provides a backdrop for Denise’s voice. A voice for peace!

Accompanying the audio is a slide presentation with 85 stunning images of people, places, and situations from around the world. Each person attending the event participates by projecting their energy and intention for peace through the images before them. At the end of the slide presentation, we will share a little sound healing music, take a brief time in meditation and then there will be time for Q & A and the sharing of ideas.

Peace on earth is each and everyone’s individual responsibility. When each person lives a peaceful life from the inside out, we will experience peace on the planet. Together we can usher in a new level of peace. Believe this is possible.

Denise’s talk is titled, “Yes, Yes, Yes…Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!” Don’t miss it!

The message this past Sunday resonated with many of you. I had several tell me that they are planning to listen to it again by going to our website. It was 10 guidelines from God. I invited folks to use this as a meditation. Here are the guidelines (author unknown):

1.    Quit worrying. Worry is negative prayer. Have you forgotten than I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you?
2.    Put it on the list or in your God Bag. Let me be the one to take care of your problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me.
3.    Trust me! Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back!
4.    Leave it alone! Don’t wake up in the morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now. I think I can handle this by myself from now on.”
5.    Talk to Me! Please, don’t forget to talk to me OFTEN! I love you and created you in love. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in the things that are going on in your life.
6.    Have Faith! I see a lot of things from my broad perspective that you cannot see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing.
7.    Share! You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies and on a daily level. Share your material goods with those who are less fortunate than you and judge them not for their neediness.
8.    Be Patient! I managed to arrange things so that in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences.
9.    Be Kind! Be kind to others, for I love them as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live like you, or have the same preferences or opinions, but I still love you ALL.
10.    Love Yourself / Be kind to yourself! As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only – to be loved and to love in return.

These guidelines are excellent and you might review often – especially when you are feeling less than optimal.

There is one other thing that is on my heart to share and that is in relation to our children’s program. If you have been with us lately you can clearly see our group of children from the ages of 3 – 10 has grown significantly.

What I would like for you to think about is the parents of these little ones and their need for an hour of adult interaction and spiritual nourishment. That is what our Sunday service provides for them. This is a time when they can focus on their own needs and not on providing care for their child. Some of our parents are single moms, or dads, and they have a great need for support.

So my request is for those of you who have the time, and are able to, give one Sunday a month to our children’s program to please consider doing so and realizing the contribution you are making to these parents and their welfare.

If this is speaking to you, please contact us. I can guarantee you that what you receive will be far greater than what you give…

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

Life Unraveling… Unfolding Grace

Rev. Jesse James

Rev. Jesse James

Guest Speaker Rev. Jesse James

Follow-up message from Rev. Pat Bessey: I want to give a hearty thank you to our board president Matt Purinton for speaking at the 8 a.m. service on Sunday and to Rev. Jesse James for speaking at the 10 a.m. service. It is a comfort to know that when I am away I have wonderful resources to call upon to step in and give a great message.

As I was away this past week I will not be sharing the usual content here, but instead will be inviting you to consider some of the great events coming up at Unity of Greater Portland. This Sunday is one of them. We will be hosting a Community Dialogue. As part of the Season for Nonviolence, the SNV team wanted to provide the opportunity to experience how we can engage the other. Dialogue is not conversation, discussion or debate. Dialogue is a new quality of deep listening, without “yes, but.” We listen to the speaker with the intent to learn. We listen as if the speaker is an expert who holds the keys to wisdom, the lifeline to our future.

This is a fast-paced process and it includes listening. We listen, with compassion and empathy, from our hearts. We speak from our hearts. We speak from our authentic life experiences. We discover, focusing on break-through learning rather than on being right.

Come join us at noon this coming Sunday and let’s have some fun and get to know one another on a deeper level.

Beginning with compassionate listening,
dialogue can dissolve boundaries between people,
heal relationships, and release unprecedented creativity.
Dialogue can result in a wellspring of
new social intelligence previously unimagined.
Dialogue moves us out of our isolated existence and
beyond our restricted views.
We begin to understand diversity
in perception, in meaning, in expression — in people.
With this authentic speaking and authentic listening
to each other, to Earth, to Life,
together we can invent
a way of living that works for the benefit of all.
– Author Unknown

Sunday’s talk will be “My Cup Runneth Over.”

Have a blessed week!

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

I Wonder What He Wrote In The Sand

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Have I told you recently how much I love you and this community? If not, I am telling you now! You are the most amazing community. Your willingness to serve in making Unity of Greater Portland a welcoming haven for many who are seeking a safe place to land is exemplary. Every week when we get the welcome cards from first-timers the overwhelming response is how friendly and welcoming we are.

You have heard it said that you don’t get a chance to make a first impression a second time, so it is important that the first impression that one gets about us is positive as it is in many cases a lasting one. So, keep up the good work, and make it a point to speak to the folks who are joining us for the first time. Invite them to sit with you at lunch and get to know them.

This past Sunday the message was from John 8: 2-11, telling us the story of the woman who was accused of adultery. This is a lesson in forgiveness. Jesus came to teach us about forgiveness and redemption. It is my belief that it wouldn’t matter how many times the woman came before Jesus with the same charges — the reply would always be “go and sin no more.”

What can we take away from this message for our own learning? Could it be how easy it is to condemn ourselves for past choices or to condemn others for their choices? Do you realize that judging others creates separation between us and them? Self-righteously judging their behavior in essence communicates: “I would never do that!  That’s against the moral laws of our society.”  However, in truth, you don’t know what you may do in an identical situation. We may never have enough knowledge of the underlying circumstances or the hidden agenda of a situation to pass judgment on the individuals involved.

Regarding ourselves, and choices we’ve made in the past that affect our self-regard today in a negative way, the higher self, the Christ presence within us, does not continue to hold us in condemnation.

We are to forgive ourselves for the choices we have made that have caused us or others pain or regret, and go forward making better choices in the future. We are to forgive others who have made choices that have caused us to suffer, to separate ourselves from their harmful actions, and to go forward unencumbered with wistful thoughts of “what might have been if only things had been different.”  When we want things to be different we are not living in reality and continue to suffer.

Lent is a time for mental and emotional housecleaning. Allow the overcoming power of the Christ Mind in you to do the perfect work of forgiveness and go henceforth in positive forward motion.

On March 19, we are offering our first Community Dialogue. This is a personal invitation from me to come and share who you are with others in the community. Each of us has a story that is waiting to be told. Join us at noon as we learn together how to listen, how to speak from our hearts, and discover together new insights about ourselves and others.

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