Sunday Audio Files

Sunday Audio Files

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Light of Faith – Power of Perception, Conviction and Expectancy

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey. One in a series based on the book Divine Audacity.

We have another opportunity to highlight a group of committed individuals that gave of their time and talent to Unity of Greater Portland. On Saturday Matt Purinton, Jeff Plumer, his friend Paul, and Sandy Watson refreshed our labyrinth — and it looks exquisite. The labyrinth is a source of comfort for many both in and outside of our community. Kudos for the pocket of beauty you created.

Also, on Saturday another committed group came together to create a healing circle for Rev. LeRoy. It was an awesome experience. Comments that I heard were “it was a beautiful, powerful experience… I have never experienced anything like this in any church.” Rev. LeRoy was moved, and his heart was opened ever wider. Many thanks to those who were not in attendance but sending long distant prayer. We heard from so many friends all over the country that are praying for him.

We have an amazing community, with so much love, support and connection. Give yourself the gift of being in this energy as much as you can. We need each other: this journey is not one we take alone. Research has shown that having a spiritual community can improve your life. Strong relationships have been proven to increase life expectancy, which is why one study found a strong association between church attendance and improved health, mood and wellbeing. So be kind to yourself and make Sunday morning a priority to be at Unity of Greater Portland.

How many of you look forward to your work week? There was a time in my life when Monday morning came around and I saw my energy and enthusiasm tumble. I knew I wasn’t doing what I came here to do and was to afraid to let go of what was secure and take the leap of faith that was required from me. If this resonates at all with you I suggest you listen to the talk.

As you may know my message each week is coming from a series based on the book Divine Audacity, written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett. This week we looked at the power of Faith.

From Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, defines faith as “the perceiving power of the mind linked with the power to shape substance. It is spiritual assurance, the power to do the seemingly impossible. It is a force that draws to us our heart’s desire right out of the invisible spiritual substance. It is a deeper inner knowing that that which is sought is already ours for the taking, the ‘assurance of things hoped for.’”

Faith is our innate power to create our reality by our perceptions, our beliefs, and our own interpretations.

Perception = awareness = consciousness.

Consciousness is the persistent trend of thoughts and feelings that becomes the eyeglasses we use to look out at the world which is our perception. What we focus on becomes our reality. It is not what’s out there but how we see what’s out there.

It is important to question our perception. We look out at the world and “assign meaning” according to our perception.

Here is a wonderful quote from Unity minister Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann from her book, Your God Given Potential that I think addresses what meaning we assign: Faith is the quality in us which enables us to look past appearances of lack, limitation or difficulty, to take hold of the divine idea and believe in it even though we do not see any evidence of it except in our mind. Through faith we know with an inner knowing the Truth that has not yet expressed in our manifest world.

The greatest faith is demonstrated by those who not only perceive possibilities but see the impossible as possible. We exercise faith when we see Truth hidden in the facts, see great possibilities in impossible situations.

Affirmation for this week: I live in faith, perceive the good, trust all is well, and expect the best!

Next week we will be looking at the power of Understanding.

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

Divine Audacity: Shades of Light, Our Spiritual Powers

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

There isn’t anything better than summer in Maine. We are having a wonderful streak of great weather and it is what we who live here hold in our minds during the long winter months. Sunday services and fellowship offer an important opportunity to be spiritually fed amongst the busyness of summer. Throughout the summer, we continue to have outstanding speakers, talented musicians, and vibrant fellowship after service in Unity Hall. What a community. We are grateful for your presence and for your consistent giving: We are supported through your generous tithes and offerings. Thank you!

The talk this past Sunday was titled “Shades of Light…Our Spiritual Powers.” I am continuing with the book Divine Audacity written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett. I believe we are all on a spiritual journey and our souls are evolving us from our personal finite selves toward our divine infinite selves, what I like to think of as the big SELF. It is the SELF we came into this world as and then we lost our connection.

Divine Audacity takes the work of Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore and his teaching of the Twelve Powers and gives us a way to implement them in our lives so that we can fulfill our mission of being the light in the world for others to follow. I like what Rev. Linda says about this work… My approach in the following chapters is not to repeat or report on the classic Unity teachings about the Twelve Powers, for I cannot improve upon them. Instead, my desire is to profile each power, describe some of its aspects, illustrate ways it can be expressed, and suggest practices to develop it as a useful spiritual power in daily living.

Although we haven’t yet gotten into each of the powers, we did look at Love and here is what Mr. Fillmore says in another of his books, Jesus Christ Heals: God does not love anybody or anything. (that’s a show stopper – Take a breath and continue)

God does not love anybody or anything.
God IS the love in everybody and everything.
God is love;
Man becomes loving by permitting (that which God is) to find expression in word and act.

Imagine this for a moment: Love emanating POWERFULLY from all of us. Collectively we could heal the world.

The good news is that these powers are already hard-wired into us. I used the analogy on Sunday of the apps on our phones. We have a slew of them, but they are of no value to us unless we learn how to operate them and then utilize them.

Over the next several weeks you will learn how to put into operation these Twelve Powers of Love, Imagination, Power, Judgment, Understanding, Zeal, Elimination, Faith, Life, Order, Wisdom and Strength.

This week as an expression of Love choose acts of kindness and service to connect with others.

And again, from Charles Fillmore and his book, Christian Healing:

Spiritual transformation of our love ability, broadens, strengthens, and deepens it. We no longer confine love to family, friends, and personal relations, but expand it to include ALL things.

An affirmation for you this week: I am a being of Love. I transform my life in ways that are positive, principled, and practical.

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

Love and Courage in a Time of Change

Summer is in full swing and it is the 4th of July – I hope you are enjoying it in whatever way brings joy and happiness.

Rivera Sun

We had another amazing Sunday with our special guest Rivera Sun! From all the comments that I heard folks were enthralled with her and her message. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get it recorded; therefore, there will not be a link for you to listen. This brings me to a request: If you or someone you know might have the talent and/or desire to hold this position, please direct them to us.

Rivera gave us the tools and the guidelines that will help us as ordinary people make extraordinary changes in the world. People around the world over the years have worked for justice, equality, and freedom by using the tools modeled by Jesus, Gandhi, Dr. King and others. She gave us strategies to apply in the coming months as we continue with the Nonviolent Action group and determine the nonviolent actions that we as a community can do together during the week of Campaign Nonviolence in September.

Along with her work, Fr John Dear’s and what we will be receiving from Paul K. Chappell in his week-long training in August (please give yourself the gift of being at that training), we will be poised to fulfill our vision of seeing a spiritually transformed world. Join us for this incredible adventure that will not only feed your soul but will make a difference in the world. Stay tuned!!!

I’ll close with a quote from Rivera’s The Dandelion Insurrection:

“We live in a pivotal juncture in time – a time when it is essential that we grow out of our adolescent, egotistical, and destructive ways, and blossom into the kind of people we have always yearned to be.”

Next week we return to the new series of talks based on the book Divine Audacity. See you then!

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

Divine Audacity: You are the Light of the World

Unity Minister Sig Paulsen would use this affirmation: “I AM WHAT I AM because I insist upon it.” I like it!

This past Sunday began a new series from the book Divine Audacity (it is available in our book and gift store) written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, vice-president of Silent Unity.

Rev. Linda takes us through co-founder Charles Fillmore’s signature teachings of the 12 Powers. If you are not familiar with the 12 Powers, you will find them very interesting and see how they correlate to different places in our bodies.

What is divine audacity? Divine audacity is bold spiritual living – living under the radical premise that I AM divine. Therefore, I am courageously responsive. I am fearlessly self-reflective and self-corrective, and I hold myself accountable for thoughts, words and actions that are in integrity with my Divine Identity.

Rev. Linda says: I dare to ignore the way things are and what cannot be done, bringing about the seemingly impossible. I suspend belief in the limitations that seem inherent in human existence to stretch beyond my known capacity. I disregard appearances to hold a vision of what can be so steadily that it must manifest. I overlook history, deriving my sense of direction instead from the source of life, love and wisdom… I believe in the inherent goodness of all people.

With divine audacity, we DARE – we are BOLD to be the light of the world.

What does it mean to be the Light of the World?

To be the light of the world, we plug into the Source, or One Mind, or GOD and derive from the Source our spiritual capacities that we express in common human circumstances.

We must also acknowledge the light and admit the light.

Charles Fillmore says: Everyone has within him the light of divine understanding. Those who do not recognize that they have this inner light are thinking intellectually instead of spiritually. The Christ light comes forth from God and under all circumstances is aware of its source. (Mysteries of John, 86)

This is the inner light we all have which harbors no sense of separation and lives in harmony with all beings. It does not condemn nor is it reactive. It brings forward the illumination of the inner spirit. It’s not personal; it is universal.

It is important that we allow the light to shine through us and to do so means we must stop struggling.

And lastly, we must be the light. Being the light means we are in agreement to act from a consciousness of unity with the One Mind. We are in agreement to be unified rather than divided.

Being the light requires us to claim, audaciously, our Divine Identity or I AM power.

I AM WHAT I AM because I insist upon it.

This coming Sunday at the 10 a.m. service we will be blessed with Rivera Sun. I am so excited that she is coming and I am expecting all of us to turn out to welcome her.

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

I of the Storm

(No audio) Last Sunday (June 17) concluded the series from the book I of the Storm. Let me review some of the important points that will change how you view conflict in the future. For most of us, even the word conflict sends us running; however, author Rev. Gary Simmons helps us to see conflict not as something to fear but welcoming it as an opportunity for growth.

Often, we find ourselves in the midst of conflict without any warning. Here are some cues to know when we are in conflict: We need to be right, we need to be in control, we are either resisting or avoiding something or someone. If any of these situations show up in your life, there’s a good chance you are in a potentially conflicting situation. A positive step to take when you find yourself in any one of these is to move out of your head and move into your heart.

There are four factors that contribute to conflict in our lives. They are separation, misperception, competition, and defensiveness. Separation is when we feel separate from one another and the opposite of separation is communion. We feel communion when we go to our heart and remember our spiritual principles.

There is only one Presence and one Power in the Universe and in my Life: God, the Good, Omnipotent. I am a beloved child of God. I am one with God; therefore, I am one with all Creation. No one or no thing is against me.

Misperception occurs when we don’t remember our spiritual principles. All of a sudden, we find that everything out there is the cause of everything that happens in our life. The beliefs and customs that we adopt from the physical world lead us to believe that the fault lies out there. Misperception can be changed as we go back to our heart and to principle. Principle is to see it right, not make it right.

Competition is when we believe that there is not enough to go around and that we need to fight for everything we get. The principle of competition is purpose. Your real purpose is not about getting enough; it is about being the way, the Truth and the life of God.

Defensiveness occurs when we feel we are being criticized or judged. Our tendency is to push away – which never works. Resistance moves quickly into defensiveness and self-protection.

Nonresistance is the principle of defensiveness.

I will conclude with this from the chapter “A Call to Make Peace:” “From the I of the Storm, you bring the attributes of wholeness to the experience of the storm. The purpose of your center is not to make the storm go away. The purpose of taking life into your center is to get what you need in order to become fully present to the storm. Being fully present in the midst of the storm enables you to be the connecting link between God and the circumstances that support the storm.”

Next week I begin a series from Unity author and Vice President of Silent Unity Linda Martella-Whitsett using her book, Divine Audacity. Janet Conner, author of Writing Down Your Soul and The Lotus and the Lily, said, “Read Divine Audacity and embrace the practices and you can’t help but start showing up as who you really are – the light of the world.”

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