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E-Squared: The Fish and Loaves Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

e-squaredHappy September! I am writing this on Monday morning, Labor Day, and I am making a commitment to myself to labor-less today. After I write this I am shutting down all my devices for at least six hours… I was going to say the whole day but not sure I can keep my agreement to do that… I bet you know what I mean.

This past Sunday we completed the series E-Squared. I enjoyed the book and doing this series a lot. I think from the feedback I received others did as well.

The book and series has been a lab manual with experiments every week that prove:

•    Reality is malleable
•    Consciousness trumps matters
•    And we have the power to shape our life with our minds.

The author Pam Grout… masterfully designed experiments that proved the following principles:

•    There is an invisible energy force or field of infinite possibilities
“The divine idea of the underlying reality of all things. Substance is everywhere present, pervades all things, and inspires to action. It underlies all manifestation and is the spiritual essence, the living energy out of which everything is made” (Charles Fillmore, Revealing Word).

•    You and I impact this field and draw from it according to our beliefs and expectations
Divine substance is our supply. Out of it we form whatever we will according to our faith and understanding. By entering into the silence, acknowledging divine substance, affirming our faith in and oneness with it, we become conscious of substance.  Spiritual realization enriches our awareness of the omnipresent, invisible substance ever ready to take form in accordance with our mental pattern. (Heart-Centered Metaphysics)

•    When we connect to this field it provides accurate and unlimited guidance.
“You are forever in the flow of guidance. Don’t wait to be guided.We are told to ‘wait on the Lord,’ but the word wait comes from the root word that means to bind together.” This kind of “waiting” implies plugging in to the divine circuits. It is not a question of time but a depth of consciousness. Expect to be guided and then get in motion.” — Rev. Eric Butterworth – In the Flow of Life

This week’s last principle was “The Fish and Loaves Principle.”

The Theory:  The universe is limitless, abundant, and strangely accommodating.

Here is what you are to do for 48 hours… look for and record all the good and kind things that you see and experience. Keep a little notebook with you and jot them down…

The Question: Is my focus on the negative keeping me from seeing reality?

The Hypothesis: If I change my outlook and make a concerted effort to look for goodness, beauty, and abundance, it will show up in spades.

Time Required:  48 hours

The Approach: I’ve heard the old adage “What you appreciate appreciates.” So, I guess I’ll give it a whirl. Who knows? Maybe expressing gratitude is more than just some mumbo-jumbo Pollyanna/Oprah thing. Willie Nelson, after all, said that when he started counting his blessings, his whole life turned around. Like Willie, I’m ready to bet on the probability of peace, bliss, and joy. Consequently, I will actively seek goodness with a vengeance.

Next week, join us as we begin a new series, Jesus in Blue Jeans. Based on a book by the Path, Jesus CEO and others, Laurie Beth Jones.

We have an exciting event for you to join with us to help find a cure for cancer and to get Unity of Greater Portland wider known in the greater community:

FIGHT BACK FESTIVAL
A fundraising Run/Walk/Bike Ride sponsored by the Cancer Community Center, Saturday, September 27 at Pineland Farms, 15 Farm View Road, New Gloucester.

Here is the website to go to, then click “join a team” scroll down until you find Unity of Greater Portland – Unity Kindness Revolution and then click there and follow directions. This will be a fun event and you can run, walk, bike or volunteer whatever calls to you.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The 101 Dalmation Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

Summer is beginning to wind down… some children and teachers have already returned to school and we are winding up. There is such an array of classes and workshops coming up this fall and we are so excited to have excellent folks who are offering their talents to you. Please make sure you review the offerings and pass the information on to your friends as well.

e-squaredWe are also winding down with the E-Squared book. It has been a wonderful series that I have enjoyed, and I know you have as well from the comments I have received.

This week was the 101 Dalmatian Principle… we are all connected to everyone and everything in the Universe. Gregg Braden, in his groundbreaking book The Divine Matrix, refers to the universe as being founded upon four characteristics of the Divine Matrix that make things work in the way they do.

These four characteristics or discoveries are:

Discovery 1: There is a field of energy that connects all of creation.

Discovery 2: This field plays the role of a container, a bridge, and mirror for the beliefs within us.

Discovery 3: The field is non-local and holographic. Every part of it is connected to every other, and each piece mirrors the whole on a smaller scale.

Discovery 4: We communicate with the field through the language of emotion.

In essence Pam Grout, author of E-Squared, is saying the same thing. So the premise of this week’s exercise is that you will prove this point that we are connected to everyone and everything through an invisible field of intelligence and energy.

So here is what you need to do to set up this experiment:

1. Choose your target — someone you have met and shaken their hand or touched them.

2. Choose what kind of action or response you want; be specific and clear about your agenda.

3. Place your target in front of your mind’s eye.

4. “Be” with your target by embodying and experiencing your connection. Words are often ineffective. Engage all your senses; and believe in your message. Shower your target with good thoughts. Send them love and blessings.

Lab Report Sheet

The Principle:  The 101 Dalmatians Principle

The Theory:  You are connected to everything and everyone else in the universe.

The Question:  Can I send a message without being in that person’s presence?

The Hypothesis:  If during the next two days, I telepathically send a specific message to a specific person, I will get evidence that he or she received it.

Time Required:  48 hours

The Approach:  Okay, FP, I’m hearing the melody from The Twilight Zone playing in the background, but I’m willing to suspend judgment just this once to see if this might be one of those mysterious aspects of quantum physics. What say you?

Today’s Date: ___________

Today’s Time: ___________

Research Notes:

Next week we will complete the series with The Fish and Loaves Principle.

On another topic, I have been in conversation with colleagues and some congregants from Unity of Greater Portland this past week regarding folks who have fragrance sensitivities. This is a very serious situation for those who are affected and, as a community, we can become aware and do our part in making Sunday morning and classes as fragrance-free as possible. When speaking with one who has sensitivity the comment made was “less is better,” so please be mindful of those around you when applying any fragrances before coming to a service or event.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Jenny Craig Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

Special kudos to Nancy Burnette, Nikki Pulsoni, Kim Cowperthwaite and Matt Purinton for successfully completing the one-year Quest class… thank you to Louise Flynt, LUT for teaching this yearly. If you are interested in taking the Quest the new class begins the third Saturday in September. This year it will be co-taught by Louise and Lou Woodis.

The service this past Sunday was very moving. Julie Thompson was our guest vocalist and she sang a song written by Greg Tamblyn called Evy McDonald. The story of Evy can be found on Greg’s website.

In essence what happened was Evy was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She was given six months to live and after feeling such rage at her circumstances she made the decision to make the best of the six months she had been given. Through a series of changes she made in her life, the most important was she learned to love herself and as a result she was the first ever to reverse the effects of ALS.

Here is what she said she did that gave her back her life.
1.     I went from get to give… demanding from life to giving to life.
2.     I went from resentment to forgiveness.
3.     I went from self-hatred to self-acceptance and unconditional love.
4.     I went from wanting to escape from life to accepting life exactly as it is.
5.     I went from expecting and preparing for death to celebrating life and living every moment.
6.     I went from denying painful emotions to sharing them and letting them go.
7.     I went from avoiding intimacy to opening myself to love.

What Evy McDonald proved was the theory behind this week’s Jenny Craig Principle, your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body. Pam Grout in this chapter is shifting us away from dieting to lose weight into looking at the thoughts and consciousness we hold toward food. She says, “The energy provided by your food is affected by what you say and think. The items on your plate are not static lumps of nutrition, but rather morsels of dynamic energy that eavesdrops on every one of your intentions.”

In preparation for Experiment #7 along with giving up your ongoing grudge against the food you eat here are some other ways you can support your body.

•  Refrain from talking smack about your body. Good idea to refrain from negativity altogether.
•  Before you put anything into your body, send it loving thoughts, put your hand over it, and bless it.
•  Concentrate on infusing your food with love, joy and peace…

Saying Grace before every meal is infusing your food with love, joy and peace.

Before you start with this week’s experiment weigh yourself the day you start, and again three days later.

Lab Report Sheet

The Principle:  The Jenny Craig Principle

The Theory:  Your thoughts and consciousness provide the scaffolding for your physical body.

The Question:  Does what I think affect my environment – specifically, the food I take into my body?

The Hypothesis:  If my thoughts and consciousness are in a continuous dance with my environment, the food I eat can’t help but be affected by my thoughts. By changing what I think about or say to my food, I will be healthier and, for the sake of this experiment, lose at least one pound.

Time Required:  72 hours

Today’s Date: ______________________________

Weight as Recorded First Thing in the Morning: ______________________________

Weight as Recorded First Thing in the Morning, Three Days Later: ______________

The Approach: Don’t change a single thing about your diet. In fact, what you eat should be a nonissue during the time period of this experiment. However, every time you do eat something over the next three days, whether it’s your morning over-easy eggs or an afternoon slice of a co-worker’s birthday cake, deliberately and consciously send the food positive, loving thoughts before ingesting it. Thank it for nourishing you and expect it to contribute to the betterment of your body.

Join me next week for Experiment #8 The 101 Dalmatian Principle.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Superhero Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

On Sunday when our children came in at the end of the service as they do each week… I ask them what did you do today and this week they wrote prayers. I am sharing Ashley McBreairty’s poem:

God take my hand
When I feel pain.
God take my heart
When I’m not strong enough.
God take my soul
When I need to see the Good.
God take my mind
When I need help to find the light.
God show me the way
When it’s time to find Thy heaven.
Amen

Ashley also shared, “When you don’t know what to do, have a cup of coffee with God.”

We just completed the seventh principle in the series E-Squared. It is the Superhero Principle. The principle simply states our thoughts and words – our consciousness – impact matter, including our bodies. Matter does not control you; you control matter.

It also knows that within each of us is everything we need to know. We are already free. The infinite power of God will back up our belief in sickness if that’s what we choose. But we can also change our beliefs to health, love, joy and peace.

I shared the story of our co-founder Myrtle Fillmore and her healing and, as a result, we now have the Unity Movement and Unity of Greater Portland. Here is a condensed version of what I shared on Sunday. Please listen to the talk.

Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle Fillmore

How I Found Health
October 2013
by Myrtle Fillmore

Myrtle Fillmore, with her husband Charles Fillmore, founded the Unity movement. Her personal healing experience with prayer led to the Silent Unity prayer ministry.

The full version of this article was first published in Unity Magazine in 1897 and is now part of the Unity Classic pamphlet series.

I have made what seems to me a discovery. I was very sick; I had all the ills of mind and body that I could bear. Medicine and doctors ceased to give me relief and I was in despair, until I found practical Christianity. I affirmed my beliefs and I was healed. …

I went to all the life centers in my body and spoke words of Truth to them-words of strength and power.

I asked their forgiveness for the foolish, ignorant course that I had pursued in the past, when I had condemned them and called them weak, inefficient, and diseased.

I did not become discouraged at their being slow to wake up, but kept right on, both silently and aloud, declaring words of Truth until the organs responded.

And neither did I forget to tell them they were free, unlimited Spirit. I told them that they were no longer in bondage to the carnal mind; that they were not corruptible flesh, but centers of life and energy omnipresent.

Then I asked the Father to forgive me for taking His life into my body and using it so wastefully. I promised Him that I would never, never again retard the free flow of that life through my mind and my body by any false word or thought; that I would always bless it and encourage it with true thoughts and words in its wise work of building up my body temple; that I would use all diligence and wisdom in telling it just what I wanted it to do.

I want everybody to know about this beautiful, true law and to use it. It is not a new discovery but, when you use it and get the fruits of health and harmony, it will seem new to you, and you will feel that it is your own discovery.

For this week’s experiment you will need an egg carton, potting soil and a package of green beans.

Instructions:  Plant two beans in each of the 12 slots of the egg carton, and place it near a window.  Water the plants every couple of days. Make the following conscious intention… With my innate energy, I will that the beans on the left side of the egg carton grow faster than the beans on the rights. Write down your observation for the next seven days…by the end of the week, you should see evidence that your intention has manifested.

Experiment # 6 Lab Sheet

The Super Hero Principle:
Your thoughts and consciousness impact matter

The Question:  Is it possible to affect the physical world with my attention?

The Hypothesis:  If I focus my attention on a row of green bean seeds, I can make them sprout faster.

Time Required:  7 days

Today’s date:                                                             Time:

The approach:  I will focus my attention on a row of green beans. I will send those seeds positive vibes and expect them to be influenced by my energy. I will use the following conscious intention: With my innate energy, I will that the beans on the left side of the egg carton grow faster than the beans on the right.

Research Notes:

Next week join me for the Jenny Craig Principle. Julie Thompson will be back with us again.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

E-Squared: The Dear Abby Principle

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey based on the book E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality by Pam Grout

Jack Cole

Jack Cole

On Friday night we had an amazing evening hosting a benefit dinner and movie for our beloved Jack Cole. If you have been to services however, and don’t recognize the name, Jack was notorious for sharing “cab” stories. He drove a cab and that was his ministry. On June 2, Jack suffered a stroke and is now in New England Rehab recovering. Jack, with the help of his wife Sue, was able to be at the event Friday night. How special.

Talking about amazing, this Sunday was pretty amazing as well. Another beloved to this community was with us, Julie Thompson. Julie comes back to visit Maine and us every summer from Wisconsin..she sang two beautiful songs. She will be back with us on August 17.

In continuing with the E-Squared series, this week was the Dear Abby Principle. This principle is that you have the answer to every situation right within yourself… your inner guidance is always available.

Charles & Myrtle Fillmore

Charles & Myrtle Fillmore

Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore found that as he practiced meditation, he began to get answers to his business problems; these answers didn’t come when he was sitting in meditation, they came in his dreams, or as intuitions.

The Unity movement grew because of its teaching that prayer and meditation is the way we can access God – the Omniscient – the all knowing!

Dr. Emily Cady, in the basic Unity book Lessons in Truth, wrote, “Each of us must sooner or later learn to stand alone with our God. Nothing else matters.”

When we go within and ask God, “What is the Truth here?” we will be guided. Today it is more important than ever for us to know that we have to do the asking, or we will be operating in our lives with incomplete information and wisdom. Our task is to listen and to follow to the best of our ability.

Two important points that author Pam Grout offers in this chapter:

1.    The conscious mind was designed for two things – to identify problems and formulate goals.

2.    Inner guidance can come in any form we are open enough to hear. It is reliable and constantly available.

e-squaredHere is Experiment #5:

The Dear Abby Principle: Inner guidance is constantly available

The Theory:  Your connection to the field provides accurate and unlimited guidance.

The Question:  Is it really possible to get ongoing, immediate guidance?

The Hypothesis:  If I ask for guidance, I will get a clear answer to the following yes-or-no question:

Time Required:  48 hours

Today’s Date:                                                             Time:

Deadline for receiving the answer:

The Approach:  All right, here goes:  “Okay inner guidance, I need to know the answer to this question. You’ve got 48 hours. Make it snappy.”

Research Notes:

I am looking forward to hearing from you with results… email me.

Next week is Experiment #6 “The Superhero Principle.”

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat