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The Positive Power of Denial and Affirmation

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

from-your-visionI love when we get to share in the success of one in our community. This past Sunday was one of those moments. Sue Vittner shared with us, hot off the press, a copy of her first book, From Your Vision Board to Your Bedroom: Using the Law of Attraction to Find True Love. 

The idea for the book came during an Artist Way class that Sue was in at Unity of Greater Portland over a year ago. Once the idea started to take form she was continuously supported by a group of women here who were writers and they met weekly to share, encourage and hold each other accountable to fulfill their dreams. Sue will be doing an intro to the book on November 30 at 12:15 and a book signing. Mark your calendar! The book is available on Amazon.

The talk content that I shared on Sunday is paramount to Sue and others who are pursuing their dreams… which hopefully are all who are reading this. The title was The Positive Power of Denials and Affirmations. It is a process of denying the power our thoughts have over us. I can only imagine that during the writing of this book that the thought of abandoning the project came up a time or two. This is where the use of denials and affirmations are so important.

What are denials and affirmations? They are a core teaching in Unity. Early in the 1930s Unity had a correspondence course. Unlike today, where we have Unity Institute for educating those who want to become ministers or Unity Worldwide Ministries who oversee the education of Licensed Unity Teachers. Unity’s form of educating leaders was this Unity Correspondence Course. I took a couple of questions from the test that would be given at the conclusion of the material about denials and affirmations. I am sharing them with you here.

Question 3.  Explain affirmation and denial.
Answer. (a)  Affirmation and denial are two movements of mind expressing its power to accept or reject; to lay hold of or let go.

Question 4.  Describe in your own words how the body is reconstructed by affirmations and denials.
Answer. (a)  Through ignorance we have built a body which needs reconstruction: this can be done, under the guidance of Spirit, through the power of the mind to accept what it desires and to reject what it does not want.

Here is an example of using a denial and affirmation to bring forth a peace and calm in your life.

The denial is:  This anxiety, confusion or fear is powerless to take or keep my good from you.

The affirmation is: Divine love now dissolves and dissipates all anxious, confused, or fearful thoughts, and I am peaceful in Mind and heart.

Application:  Apply denials and affirmations in any situation where you notice you are having a feeling you do not want.

You deny that it has any power over you.
You then claim a realized Truth and affirm it both in thought and in feeling.

Denial:  I dissolve all power I give to these thoughts and feelings.
Affirmation:  In this present moment, I am poised and centered.

Take away of denials and affirmations for your use:

– The tools for cleansing our conscious and subconscious mind are denials and affirmations

– Both our thinking and feeling is engaged in the process of denials and affirmations

– Denial is our ability to release the energy and power we have invested in negative (error) thinking…feeling…beliefs

– Affirmations confirm the conscious recognition of Truth

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Positive Power of One Person

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Let’s us give a loud shout out to Randall Sawyer for the many, many hours of service he gave to Unity of Greater Portland in upgrading our building. Randall worked tirelessly in organizing the wiring in our attic and cleaning up many iterations of work that has been done over the years. During this time, Eric Rosseland and Matt Purinton on many occasions supported and worked beside Randall completing certain parts of the project. In so doing, they made it possible for a team on Saturday to lay new insulation. The team included Jerr Roberts, Todd Glacy and Monty Hoskins along with Randall, Eric and Matt. Please give them a personal thank you for their service. I am sure you realize that their service will translate into lower heating and air conditioning costs going forward. THANK YOU ALL… YOU ARE THE BEST!

BibleThe talk on Sunday was titled “The Positive Power of One.”  I used the scripture from John 15:16: “You did not choose ME, but I chose YOU, and appointed you…”.  I truly believe Spirit has a plan for everyone and it is up to us to say “yes.” As I look at the history of the world, I am astonished and convinced that history clearly shows that the human race is basically moved and shaped by one solitary person who has discernment and insight to see something … to hear something … to feel something.

I shared the story of Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani who won the Nobel Peace Prize this year. Malala’s story is powerful. She believed that every child should have the right to an education and when she stood up for it she was persecuted. In October of 2012 she was shot by the Taliban, who boarded the bus that was taking her home. Although she was critically wounded, she did not suffer any brain damage. She was taken to England, where she was treated and healed. She began attending school there; however, this did not stop her crusade for education. Although she has received the Nobel Peace Prize, she is still considered a target for the Taliban.

This young woman is still exemplifying the “Positive Power of One Person”…just this past week she announced that she is donating $50,000 to rebuild a school that was damaged in the recent fighting in Gaza. She is modeling for you and for me what it means to make a difference in the world. Malala, like you or me, is empowered by God and is influencing many whether directly or indirectly. You and I do the same thing; we are a center of influence… “You did not choose ME, but I chose YOU, and appointed you.”

I challenge you this week to pray for insight, to have integrity and to become involved.  Whatever you are being called to, put your heart and passion into it, and God through you will change the world

Next week join me for the Positive Power of One Question.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Mystic Realities

Sunday Message by Meghan Don

Meghan Don

Meghan Don

This past Sunday we were blessed by our guest speaker Meghan Don. Meghan shared with us her own journey of living, which is no different from my journey or yours. The older I become the more, I realize the truth in the phrase which we often hear: “We are all One.”

She shared a health challenge she had two years ago and that often when faced with what seems an unsurmountable problem in our life we move through various stages. She called them platforms.

The first platform is where we are pleading with God, “Please take this cup from me,” It is the Gethsemane story when Jesus was in the garden and knew what was coming and his plea was, “Please take this cup from me.” No God, not this… anything but this.

The second platform is coming into the place of acceptance. Okay it looks like this is mine to do; then “Thy will be done.”

And then the third platform is where we see the blessing in what is being presented to us. We see the joy and the suffering; it is all One!

We are heading into the home stretch of 2014. It has been an amazing year and a year of growth individually for many and for us as a community. There is a deepening of consciousness that is palpable within the community. Many have taken the opportunity to participate in one of the Silent Retreats led by Jack Seery. Our silent prayer team and prayer chaplains have been holding the prayer consciousness and praying with many of you throughout this year. Louise Flynt brought several students through a yearlong Quest class that transformed their lives. The Soulcraft class continues with a group whose lives are being transformed. We have eight students who have indicated that they are interested in the Licensed Unity Teachers path and are taking the required courses that move them in that direction. And our Youth Education program is growing in so many ways… we have a diversity of ages of children, which opens up the opportunity to serve for more adults who would love to be with our children. I read a sign recently that says…”Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.” If you want to be around this great natural resource, please email Rev. Elizabeth.

So friends, I have just touched the tip of the iceberg in sharing what we have been up to and know that 2015 is already shaping up to be an even greater year of growth. We have many opportunities coming that we will be sharing with you and hoping that you will get on-board with us. We are taking action to bring Unity into our corner of the world…

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Jesus in Blue Jeans: Service

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book Jesus in Blue Jeans

I am in great gratitude as I write for the awesome community that is Unity of Greater Portland. Over 50 showed up at our Community Meeting on Sunday. The outpouring of support for us to move forward with our mission to “reach in to reach out” was amazing. The decision was unanimous to focus our attention on outreach and a program called “The Season for Peace and Non-Violence.” A team is being formed to work with them to develop programs and activities that we as a community can participate in. Stay tuned as more will be shared moving forward.

The talk on Sunday concluded the series Jesus in Blue Jeans and it focused on Jesus as a servant king. The following story tells it all about being in service and saying “yes” to the call… even when you don’t want to. It helps us to realize that we operate from a very limited viewpoint and Spirit operates from the big picture.

bamboo gardenOnce upon a time, in the heart of an ancient Kingdom, there was a beautiful garden. And there, in the cool of the day, the Master of the garden would walk. Of all the plants of the garden, the most beautiful and most beloved was gracious and noble bamboo. Year after year, bamboo grew yet more noble and gracious, conscious of his Master’s love and watchful delight, but modest and gentle withal.

And often when the wind came to revel in the garden, Bamboo would dance and play, tossing and swaying and leaping and bowing in joyous abandon, leading the Great Dance of the garden, which most delighted the Master’s heart.

Now, one day, the Master himself drew near to contemplate his Bamboo with eyes of curious expectancy. And Bamboo, in a passion of adoration, bowed his great head to the ground in loving greeting.

The Master spoke: “Bamboo, Bamboo, I would use you.”

Bamboo flung his head to the sky in utter delight. The day of days had come, the day for which he had been made, the day to which he had been growing hour by hour, the day in which he would find his completion and his destiny.

His voice came low: “Master, I’m ready. Use me as you wish.”

“Bamboo,” The Master’s voice was grave. “I would have to take you and cut you down!”

A trembling of great horror shook Bamboo…”Cut … me… down? Me… whom you, Master, has made the most beautiful in all thy Garden… cut me down! Ah, not that. Not that. Use me for the joy, use me for the glory, oh master, but do not cut me down!”

“Beloved Bamboo,” The Master’s voice grew graver still  “If I do not cut you down, I cannot use you.”

The garden grew still. Wind held his breath. Bamboo slowly bent his proud and glorious head. There was a whisper: “Master, if you cannot use me other than to cut me down… then do your will and cut.”

“Bamboo, beloved Bamboo, I would cut your leaves and branches from you also.”

“Master, spare me. Cut me down and lay my beauty in the dust; but would you also have to take from me my leaves and branches too?”

“Bamboo, if I do not cut them away, I cannot use you.”

The Sun hid his face. A listening butterfly glided fearfully away. And Bamboo shivered in terrible expectancy, whispering low: “Master, cut away.”

“Bamboo, Bamboo, I would yet…  split you in two and cut out your heart, for if I cut not so, I cannot use you.”

Then Bamboo bowed to the ground: “Master, Master… then cut and split.”

So did the Master of the garden took Bamboo…
and cut him down…

and hacked off his branches…
and stripped off his leaves…
and split him in two…
and cut out his heart.

bambooAnd lifting him gently, the Master carried Bamboo to where there was a spring of fresh sparkling water in the midst of his dry fields. Then putting one end of the broken Bamboo in the spring and the other end into the water channel in the field, the Master gently laid down his beloved Bamboo.

And the spring sang welcome, and the clear sparkling waters raced joyously down the channel of bamboo’s torn body into the waiting fields. Then the rice was planted, and the days went by, and the shoots grew and the harvest came.

In that day Bamboo, once so glorious in his stately beauty, was yet more glorious in his brokenness and humility.

For in his beauty he was life abundant, but in his brokenness he became a channel of abundant life to his Master’s world.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Jesus in Blue Jeans: Gratitude

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book Jesus in Blue Jeans

1gratitude600w.jpg copySir John Templeton said this about gratitude: “If you’re not grateful, you’re not rich — no matter how much you have,” and the flip side is, “If you are grateful, you’re rich — no matter how little you have.”

This week the talk was focused on gratitude and we continued with Jesus in Blue Jeans. Jesus was such a magnificent manifester because he knew ultimately that God will provide. He knew that with his entire heart and soul. Jesus knew God will provide — and he always gave thanks first — before the manifestation.

Gratitude after you have received, is just good manners — but gratitude BEFORE you have received is faith. Do you have faith in God to provide your needs and your desires? Do you have enough faith to express your thanks before you receive your blessings?

Zig Ziglar, a noted motivational speaker and author, said, “The more you are thankful for what you have, the more you will have to be thankful for.”

How to develop and maintain the power of gratitude:
•    Acknowledge that God is the source of all the good things in your life.
•    Recognize the “pleasant places” in your life.
•    See this day and every day as an opportunity to be grateful.

An exercise for you to try that I will guarantee will infuse energy in your life is to find 100 things to be grateful for before you leave the house to start your day.

Gratitude takes three forms:
1.    It is a feeling in the heart.
2.    It is an expression in words.
3.    It is a giving in return.

Rev. Christopher Chenoweth said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it, is like wrapping a present, and not giving it away.”

On another topic… I want extend a personal invitation to you to attend the Community Meeting following the service this Sunday at 12:15. I am very excited about some ideas that were generated from our meeting in June and hope you will be, too. See you there!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat