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

The Lazarus Blueprint: Drop the Old Role

Easter flower crossEaster Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

I am still feeling the energy of love and rebirth that was palpable at Unity of Greater Portland on Easter Sunday. We concluded the book written by Unity ministers, Mary Alice and Richard Jafolla called The Lazarus Blueprint. It ended with Step Six, which is Drop the Old Role.

In the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, Lazarus comes out of the tomb; however, he is still wrapped in burial clothes, which represent bound in old consciousness.  Jesus commands, “Unbind him, and let him go”.  He is showing us that the impossible is possible.

How does this story apply in our life… it is saying discard the no longer relevant past. Cast it aside forever and BE that person who has just reappeared on the life scene.

We had an amazing song performed on Sunday that captures the essence of this whole series. It was written by Bonnie Lepage (a member of the music team) and performed by her and our gifted and talented music director, Deana Ingraham Gurney. Bonnie has given me permission to share the lyrics with you.

Inside the story of a story of a man, an ancient man
A hidden map and a key reside, a coming to life plan
Buried in darkness, covered with stone, no one lent a hand
Bound in cloth, trapped inside-commanded to rise up, resurrect your soul.

REFRAIN: Impossibilities miraculously made possible
Rise from the dark where you once lay
Impossibilities miraculously made possible
Believe in yourself and what you say….

Mary and Martha witnessed it all, yearning to understand
Wondering how and what to do with this strong command
Don’t dwell on it now, steady yourself, you’ll know you’ll have a plan
Uncover the doubt, toss away the stone-have faith to rise up, resurrect your soul

REFRAIN: Impossibilities miraculously made possible
Rise from the dark where you once lay
Impossibilities miraculously made possible
Believe in yourself and what you say….

Inside the story of a story of a story of a man, an ancient man
Unwrap your soul, take a new role, work on another plan
Belief and thankfulness restore the power to make you whole

Uncover the doubt, toss away the stone, and rise up, resurrected soul
rise up, resurrected soul
rise up, resurrected soul

—Bonnie LePage, inspired by The Lazarus Blueprint by Mary-Alice and Richard Jafolla

Have a beautiful week as you rise up and live the life you are called to!
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Lazarus Blueprint: A Strong Command

The fifth message in a series by the Rev. Pat Bessey. This Palm Sunday audio file includes a meditation and the Palm Walk.


Easter flower crossI saw this week a sign in front of a church that read, “You are God’s Magnificent One” and the next line was “Jesus died for you,” and I immediately said aloud in the car by myself, “No, Jesus lived for me.” We are in the week that changed the world over 2,000 years ago and it culminates with Easter; and we are given the blueprint from Jesus that shows us how to live and know that we are overcomers…

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity says in Keep a True Lent that “Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. Its inner meaning and spiritual significance is the awakening and raising to spiritual consciousness of the I AM in man, which has been dead in trespass and sin and buried in the tomb of materiality.”

Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.” Fillmore goes on to say, “The resurrection is the raising up of the whole man – spirit, soul and body – into the Christ consciousness of life and wholeness. This Jesus did. The tomb could not hold His redeemed perfected body temple. Resurrection is accomplished by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.”

The talk series we have been in for the last five weeks, The Lazarus Blueprint, gives us the steps necessary to raise up in spiritual consciousness and claim our I AM that Jesus came to demonstrate for us. This past Sunday we talked about Step Five, which is “A Strong Command.” It is in stating the truth about ourselves with a strong command and from the voice of our Higher Self or Christ to that that part of ourselves that has been “dead” in the tomb – the part of ourselves that has been afraid to come out and live the Truth of who we are.

communionYour Strong Command must affirm your highest and best vision for yourself. Who you are is important. What you do matters!

Join us on Thursday evening for our Holy Thursday service which will be a meditative service with music, words and silence… followed by communion and candle lighting.

Easter Sunday will be leaving the tomb of doubt, fear, unworthiness and in unity with Christ you realize that you are resurrected into the life, light and power of God. Hallelujah!

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat