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Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
I have such exciting news to share with you! Our silent auction last Friday evening brought in over $6,100. We are well on our way to raising the money needed to “Turn on the Light.” We don’t have an exact figure as yet; however, it will be around $9,000. If you were not present on Friday evening, there are a few auction items that are available, and with a generous donation they can be yours. See the list here. Another way you can support raising the remaining funds is to write a check to Unity of Greater Portland and on the memo line put “Turn on the Light.” In the foyer is a model of the completed light tower with a slit for your check to go into, or send it in the mail and we will see that it is accounted for.
A special thank you to all the donors, and those who were in sacred service, making this event such a wonderful success. YOU ALL ARE THE BEST!
We are entering the final days of Jesus’ ministry and it has been said that a third of the events that we celebrate happened in these final days. Tomorrow evening, we will be following the steps that just days before Jesus took leading up to the celebration of the resurrection on Easter morning.
Please join us for this special service that will include a hand washing (symbolic of the foot washing that Jesus gave to his disciples) as well as a spiritual and physical communion. The service begins at 7 p.m. I hope to see you there.
Reflecting back on the message this past Sunday, “Out of the Ego Cage,” we looked at when our ego is not aligned with or under the dominion of the Christ. It causes us great difficulty. Gandhi said this about the ego…”Many could forgo heavy meals, a full wardrobe, a fine house, etc… it is the ego they cannot forgo.”
I am sharing a story that if we all practiced we would see a spiritually transformed world and see an ego that is healthy.
Two friends were walking through the desert. During some point of the journey, they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, he wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”
They kept on walking, until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but his friend saved him. After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone, “Today my best friend saved my life.”
The friend, who had slapped and saved his best friend, asked him, “After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand, and now, you write on a stone, why?”
The other friend replied, “When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where the winds of forgiveness can erase it away, but when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it.”
Learn to write your hurts in the sand and to carve your blessings in stone.
Gandhi would call this high teaching “selfless service.”
What is the ego cage?
Christians define giving up the ego-cage as “losing the self in God.”
Hindus define giving up the ego cage as merging with the true self.
Buddhists define giving up the ego cage as experiencing divine emptiness.
No matter how we define it, when we give up the ego-cage, we experience the power and presence of the Divine as a flow of God love, a flow of love and compassion.
So how do we move out of the ego cage?
Ram Dass says (which I can relate to and you will understand when you read it), “Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.”
We are called to give up the defensiveness of the ego with its perspective of separation to an awareness of being one with All — the identity of the authentic self. This is a high teaching and one that we in Unity are familiar with. We are one with the All.
Here is an affirmation for you to work with this week: “As I align myself with Spirit, I express love and compassion. I affirm my oneness with everyone and everything. I am forever free.”
You are a blessing in my life,