The 12 Powers: Life and Imagination

12-powersAs always Sunday was an uplifting, wonderful service. Our fabulous talented Music Director Deana Ingraham-Gurney brought in singer-songwriter Tom Acousti as a guest musician, and he was great! Thank you, Tom, for sharing the gift of God within you. Our master chef Ingrid also was in tune with it being a holiday weekend, and we had a picnic featuring hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. It was fun!

This week the Powers I shared were Life and Imagination. This is in continuation with the series The Twelve Powers in You. The scripture I am using is from II Timothy 1:6, “Stir up the gift of God that is in you.”

Life is located in the generative organs. The color is red and the disciple is Judas. Life is the faculty which gives us the consciousness of life on the material, sensual level of existence.

Underbalanced symptoms: hypochondriac, impotence, enjoys poor health, etc.

Overbalanced symptoms: sexual, lust, health fanatic, etc.

I shared this story… An Eastern Legend tells of a fair maiden who was offered a rare gift by the king of the land. The king presented her with a bag of pearls and promised her she could keep the largest, most perfect pearl she could find in the bag. However, he set down some conditions: she must choose only one pearl; she must remove one pearl at a time from the bag and either accept it or reject it; she could not pick that pearl up again once it had been rejected.

So, joyously, she began taking the pearls, one at a time from the bag. In the process, she saw and held many large and perfect pearls. But she was looking for the one gem that would be just a little larger and a little more perfect. So she passed up many special treasures.

As she delved more deeply into the bag, the pearls became smaller and of poorer quality.

Occasionally she found pebbles instead of pearls. Not being able to go back to the pearls she had formerly discarded, she had to keep on looking. The pearls continued to become smaller and less valuable. When the maiden reached the bottom of the bag, she sadly went away as empty-handed as when she arrived at the palace.

This legend can also portray us when we may sometimes rush through life seeking to get a better job, a bigger house, a better mate, a more glamorous social life or whatever; we miss the great pearls of abundance all around us every day. We may be searching for the kingdom of heaven, which is right within us all the time, yet often we recognize it not.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said: “When you experience any kind of in-harmony, you can be certain that you are entertaining some kind of false illusion. We have the priceless pearl of truth right in front of us, but are we willing to sell all to obtain it. Are we ready to give up the false illusions and lead straight for truth?”

Affirmation: I claim LIFE now.  I use Life to energize and enliven my pursuit of being the best person I can be.

Imagination is located between the eyes, the color is light blue and the disciple is Nathanael (Bartholomew). Imagination is the faculty which gives form to unformed mental energy or substance.

Underbalanced symptoms:  pessimist, literal-minded, poor self-image

Overbalanced symptoms:  day-dreamer, exaggerates, fantasy world

It has been wisely said that each one of us is the ruler of the greatest nation on earth: our imagination. Call forth divine imagination to see your body perfect or your life perfect or your relationship perfect. See it!  You have to see it in mind first before you can co-create with God and build it.

Affirmation:  I claim IMAGINATION now. I claim Divine Ideas, then visualize and imagine being the best person I can be.

Next week the series concludes with the Powers of Love and Elimination/Renunciation.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Twelve Powers: Understanding and Zeal

12-powersWhat a wonderful day to be alive… can you believe we are almost through the month of May. Where did it go? However, when we are in the month of May, it brings back to us our own Bill Taylor, who winters in Florida. After a greeting a hug, Bill said, “I am ready to do the mowing” (age 91). So grateful to have you back, Bill!

A special thank you to all who responded to the call for sharing your gifts and talents with our children during the summer.

Understanding and Zeal… these were the Powers we discussed on Sunday. The series I am doing is The Twelve Powers in You. The scripture I am using throughout is from II Timothy 1:6: “Stir up the gift of God that is in you.”

“Imagine being able to live life more fully, more consciously, more masterfully. Imagine expressing your true Christ nature in every situation you experience. Imagine being the best person or best Christ you can be!” — Rev. Paul Hasselbeck and Rev. Cher Holton – Power Up

The Power of UNDERSTANDING is located in the front forebrain and the color associated with it is God. The disciple is Thomas.

“There are two ways of getting understanding. One is by following the guidance of Spirit that dwells within, and the other is to go blindly ahead and learn by hard experience.  Spiritual understanding is the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas one to another.” — Charles Fillmore

“In awakening the understanding, it is good to remember that there is another center which represents this attribute: the part of the body that stands under the whole – the feet.  The attention should be directed both to the feet and to the center of the front brain as we work to unfold this spiritual quality.” — Rev. Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

An affirmation to say for Understanding: I claim UNDERSTANDING now. I spiritually know and comprehend how to use my powers to be the best person I can be.

An exercise in UNDERSTANDING: Think about a specific area of your life that you want to move forward in, brainstorm the specific things you need to know and understand to be successful.

The Power of ZEAL is located in the Medulla Oblongata, brain stem, and back of the neck. The color is orange and the disciple is Simon the Zealot.

“Turn a portion of your zeal to do God’s will to the establishing of His kingdom within you.  Do not put all your enthusiasm into teaching, preaching, healing and helping others; help your own soul…Do not let your zeal run away with your judgment.” — Charles Fillmore

“Never judge zeal by the noise it makes. It functions best when it glows as the burning bush that Moses saw – radiating from within, without being consumed. Zeal that continually talks about being “excited” and trying to convert others exhausts itself in time.  Enthusiasm that develops as an inner flame of devotion to the Christ idea continually generate energy to do God’s will and work, always under the direction of the wisdom faculty.” — Rev. Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

An affirmation for ZEAL:  “I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and I spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that need to be done by me!” (Quote from Charles Fillmore at age 94)

An exercise for ZEAL: Think about a specific area of your life that you want to move forward in, identify ways you can claim and activate ZEAL to help you be successful. What affirmations could you write to spur you to action?

Next week, the Powers of Life and Imagination will be shared.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The 12 Powers: Strength and Wisdom

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey, May 11, 2014

Rev. Pat Bessey

Rev. Pat Bessey

Rev. LeRoy Lowell

Rev. LeRoy Lowell

I am writing to you on Sunday afternoon even though you won’t get this until Wednesday; however, I will be on a mini-vacation Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Rev. LeRoy and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and I am celebrating my birthday, both on Tuesday.

I can hardly believe it was 20 years ago when we made the outer commitment to a deep spiritual commitment that we had made to each other in the very sanctuary that I have the privilege of speaking to you from on Sundays. Many who are part of this community today were there for that most important day in our lives. It has been quite the journey and I feel there is a lot more adventure for us ahead.

A special shout-out to the men at Unity of Greater Portland… they stepped to the plate this Sunday by serving lunch and cleaning up after. Our chef extraordinaire Ingrid Avery was in St. Thomas this weekend spending quality time with her parents and so Rev. LeRoy took over the chef duties and the men took over the kitchen.  To name a few who were there to help… Don Lavoie, Matt Purinton, Henry Lugg, Eric Rosseland, Randall Sawyer, and if I missed anyone my apologies.

12-powersToday as we continue the series The 12 Powers in You, we focused on Strength and Wisdom. Both Powers that mothers excel in, don’t you agree?

Strength is the ability to be resilient; endure; persist; stay the course; persevere; to be mentally tough. The location in our body is in the small of the back, the color is spring green and the disciple is Andrew.

Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore said: “Never let the thought of weakness enter your consciousness, but always ignore the suggestion and affirm yourself to be the tower of strength, within and without.”

According to Mr. Fillmore in the book he wrote, Keep a True Lent, “Strength is freedom from weakness; stability of character, power to withstand temptation.”

“Strength is our right as a child of God. We do not inherit weakness. We do not have to accept anything less than a perfect expression of physical, mental and spiritual strength.  But we must pay the price of learning to watch and train our thoughts and feelings as we develop the vitality and endurance that is our divine inheritance.” — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

Affirmation: I claim STRENGTH now. Regardless of the circumstances, I stay the course so I can be the best, the most spiritually mature person I can be.

Wisdom is the Power to practically apply what is known; intuitively discern and make heart connections. The location in the body is the pit of the stomach, the color is yellow and the disciple is Andrew.

A quote from Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity:  “Judgment (WISDOM) is a faculty of mind that can be exercised in two ways – from sense perception or spiritual understanding. If its action is based on sense perception, its conclusions are fallible and often condemnatory; if based on spiritual understanding, they are safe.”

“Our purpose in developing this faculty is to let the light of Spirit shine through us, directing all our thoughts, words, actions and motivations.  Wisdom must also be employed in directing the activities and unfoldment of the other eleven qualities.” — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

Affirmation: I claim the highest, most elevated WISDOM now, I use WISDOM to wisely discern how to apply what I understand, so I can be the best person I can be.

Join me next week as we continue this series, and we will be working with Understanding and Zeal.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Twelve Powers: Power and Order

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey, May 4, 2014

What a beautiful May morning it is… the sun is shining bright and I am feeling blessed beyond measure. I was in Richmond, Virginia for an Eastern Region board meeting on Monday and Tuesday.

I would like to plant a seed to anyone who would be interested in going to the Eastern Region Fall conference. It will be in Richmond in October.  The dates are Monday, Oct 6 – Thursday, Oct 9. The keynote presenter will be Rev. Mary Omwake whom I served with at Unity Church of Overland Park in Overland Park, Kansas. More to be shared about the conference in another Heart Thought… just planting seeds now!

I am doing a series on The Twelve Powers of Man based on the material created by our co-founder Charles Fillmore. This week the focus was on Power and Order. The scripture I am using throughout this series is from II Timothy and it is “Stir Up The Gift of God that is in you.”

Imagine if you will living a life you would love, and living that life more fully, more consciously, more masterfully.  That is what you can expect when you apply the teachings from this series.

Every Power is aligned with a place in our bodies. It has a color and a disciple that goes with it.

The power of Power is located in the throat, back of the tongue, the voice box. Its color is purple and the disciples is Philip. POWER is the ability to master, dominate and control.

“Truly, Power is a gift of God, freely given, but it is a gift to be used under God direction only. Wrong use of the God-given power potential will bring disappointing or even disastrous results. But power, rightly exercised under the direction of the Christ, the God-self of each individual, will accomplish good beyond our present ability to imagine.”  — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

Affirmation: I claim Power now.  I use Power to master Divine Ideas so I can be the best person and the best Christ I can be.

The Power of Order is located in the navel. Its color is Olive Green and the disciple is James son of Alphaeus or sometimes known as James the Lesser.

ORDER is the ability to organize, sequence, balance and adjust.

“To develop Divine Order in our lives, we must learn to cooperate with spiritual law.  Obedient cooperation with God’s plan of good is the secret that clothes the lily with beautiful attire; and it is the secret that will make our life happy, harmonious and balanced.” — Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann – Your God-Given Potential

Affirmation:  I claim Order now.  I use Order to adjust and balance my thoughts and feelings so I can be the best person and the best Christ I can be.

Join me on Sunday, May 11 as we learn about the Powers of STRENGTH AND WISDOM.  Also we can listen to the Sunday message online at www.unitygreaterportland.org

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Twelve Powers: Faith and Will

12-powersIt is a wonderful day to be alive and to be sharing God’s love in the world…

If you were at church on Sunday you know I wasn’t there, it was my semi-annual Cousin’s Weekend. A special thanks to Rev. LeRoy for stepping in and starting the new talk series The Twelve Powers.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity said that God Mind had twelve perfect powers; twelve perfect attributes to the mind. There are six feeling powers and six thinking powers.  Combined, they form the twelve powers in the human being.

The Twelve Powers by Charles Fillmore is a book studied by students of Unity.  There was no book Fillmore loved more than this.  There was no teaching he loved more than this.  He believed it was our system of Unity (our system of explaining what is law) that exists for you and can transform you and your life once and for all.

My classmate and good friend Rev. Dr. Paul Hasselbeck along with another colleague Dr. Cher Holton wrote a book called PowerUp that shows you how to use these powers for living a life more fully, more consciously, more masterfully.  This book is available in our Unity Bookstore.

Fillmore lined these Powers up with parts of our body and with the twelve disciples…this week, Rev. LeRoy shared the Powers of FAITH and WILL.

FAITH – the disciple is Peter and is a feeling power.  It is located at the pineal gland, at the center of the brain which is sometimes called the master gland.  FAITH is located here because FAITH is our ability to believe, and our beliefs determine how we think, feel and act in any given situation.

FAITH is the Power to spiritually know; trust absolutely; believe with confidence and conviction.

Jesus says in Matthew 9:29 says, According to your faith let it be done to you.

The Apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

FAITH is our ability in the moment to say “Yes!” to God and to good. It draws your good from the invisible into the visible.

FAITH Affirmation: I claim FAITH now.  I believe with confidence and conviction that I can use all my Powers at the highest level of consciousness to be the best person I can be.

WILL – the disciple is Matthew and is a thinking power.  The location of Will is the Front Forebrain.

WILL is the power to choose; decide; direct; dictate and determine.

Jesus said in the Gospel of John, “This is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing.”

From Rev. Hasselbeck’s second book, Power Up Your Life he writes, “Will is all about our power of choice.  The secret to living the life you want- to getting the most out of this earth experience – to attracting unbelievable happiness and prosperity – is to simply make the kind of choices that are life affirming and growth-oriented, from our highest, most elevated consciousness.”

Charles Fillmore said that when the individual WILL inside of you has become a disciple of Christ, the schooling in the human begins.  It is a powerful power to work on.

WILL Affirmation:  I claim WILL now.  I use WILL to make wise choices so I can be the best I can be.

Join me next Sunday as we explore POWER and ORDER.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat