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Advent Week 2: Awakening to Peace

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey

Deck the halls… I have been decorating my house for Christmas and feeling the Hope, Peace, Love and Joy of the Advent season. I am looking forward to caroling at Ledgewood Manor Nursing Home in Windham this Saturday at 1 p.m. I hope you can join us as we bring the joy of the season to others.

Many have asked what actually does Advent mean. Advent is the beginning of the Christian church year…it is the four Sundays leading up to Christmas.

This past Sunday was the second Sunday and the focus was on Peace.

mary-jesus“For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Isn’t it interesting that peace comes in the form of a child! And the name of the child is “Wonderful Counselor”… when we allow the Christ to guide and direct us in our life, we learn to be peaceful on the inside regardless of what life is showing us on the outside.

Jesus came to assure us that we can experience the peace of God and He even taught us how to do that. He also came to teach us that we can have a direct, personal, inner relationship with God… that is the HOPE that Christmas brings… “Christ in YOU, the HOPE of glory.”

And when we discover our divinity, we will discover that WE are a gift to our world.

I think there are three important areas that we must focus on in order to experience peace in our lives…

•    We must learn to follow our hearts.
•    We must start being honest with ourselves as never before.
•    We must begin to respect who and what we are.

If we can remember these three things, we will begin to live in a state of peace… in one peaceful world.

discover-the-power copyIn the book Discover the Power Within You by Eric Butterworth, a Unity minister, he
shares a wonderful story about a man who used to come to the same newsstand where he bought his paper. The man behind the newsstand was so rude to this customer, but this customer would always wish him a “good morning.”

This went on for some time, and finally one day Eric asked the customer, “Why are you so nice to him when he is so rude to you?” The man answered, “Why should I allow him to control the way I feel?”

Great question… we should ask it of ourselves more often. Why do we allow other people to control how we feel? We do have a choice here. After all, we are the ones living inside of us — there’s no one but us in there!

If you are living in integrity with the truth of your being then your outer life will be a reflection of your inner life and you’ll be at peace.

If there is turmoil in your outer life, then look at what’s inside of you and change what’s inside of you. This must be done before your outer world will change.

And this is especially important to remember during the Christmas season. When you’re out in the hustle and bustle, there are going to be people not expressing peace. But understand, whatever they do, they do because that’s the space they are in.

You do not have to let them control YOUR space.

Someone once said,
If somebody hurts you;
If somebody makes you angry; or
If somebody pulls your strings.
This is what you do:

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Unity minister Jim Rosemergy wrote: “When you are at peace with yourself, all people will be your brothers and sisters.”

Peace comes from the heart. Give yourself the gift of peace this Christmas. And the peace in your hearts will flow forth to create ONE PEACEFUL WORLD!

Join me next Sunday, as the message will be Awakening to Love.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Advent Week 1: Awaking to Hope

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey

This past Sunday was the first day of Advent. We start a four-week journey into Christmas. Each Sunday we will light one candle as we prepare ourselves for the birth of the Christ child, which dwells within us.

Our Advent wreath is round, without beginning or end, to represent the completeness that we have in Christ, God in us.

Our first candle represents HOPE. We recall the hope we have in Christ.

christmas-journey2The prophets of Israel all spoke of the coming of Christ, of how a savior would be born, a king in the line of David. They spoke of how he would rule the world wisely and bless all nations.

On Christmas day the Christ of our hope was born. On Good Friday the Christ of our hope died. On Easter day, the Christ of our hope rose from the dead. He then ascended into heaven. On that day, the Christ of our hope demonstrated eternal life.

As the follower of the Christ, we carry His message. We light this candle to remember that he came to us humbly in the manger at Bethlehem and gave light to the world.

The candle of HOPE is to remind us to be alert and never forget that “Christ in You is Your Hope of Glory.”

You might choose to light a candle each week. Once the candle is lit now the waiting has begun. We have started on our way, time to think of Christmas Day.

candleCandle, candle, burning bright, shining in the cold winter night.
Candle, candle burning bright, fill our hearts with Christmas light.

I will share a story I told on Sunday, as I believe it is a perfect example of Unity’s teachings of seeing the good in the face of adversity. Hope is the precursor to Faith.

Two oncologists were overheard conversing one morning. One complained bitterly, “You know, Bob, I just don’t understand. We used the same drugs, the same dosage, the same schedule and the same entry criteria. Yet I get a 22% response rate …and you get a 74%. That’s UNHEARD of for meta-static cancer…. How do you do it?”

His colleague replied, “We’re both using: E-top-o-side, Platinum, On-co-vin and Hydroxy-urea….and you call it E.P.O.H., right? Well, instead of telling my patients they’re getting a drug called EPOH – I tell them I’m giving them a drug called HOPE! H.O.P.E (Same letters – different sequence). As dismal as the statistics are, I emphasize that we have a chance”
(By William M. Buchholz, M.D. Chicken Soup – Surviving Soul)

Having HOPE can make such a difference in our lives. One spark of Hope can catapult us over a chasm of doubt and fear!

“HOPE is the expectation of good in the future. Hope is a quality of sense mind because it is subject to time (i.e. the Future)”. Charles Fillmore, Co-founder of Unity
HOPE was awakened on a silent night over two thousand years ago in the form of a baby… and the Christ is still awakening in unexpected places, at unexpected times in our life and our world today.

This Christmas… awaken to the Christ… YOU… and remember:  Christ is your hope of glory!

Join us next week as we “Awaken to Peace.”
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

Taize Service

Sunday Service with the Rev. Patricia Bessey and the Unity Chaplains

You are receiving this on the eve of Thanksgiving. In this time of gratitude I give thanks for each one of you. I value and appreciate your confidence in me and the many ways in which you support Unity of Greater Portland.

May you and your family be blessed on Thanksgiving and throughout the rest of the year!

The Legend of the Corn
The legend says that on the first winter in America was bitter cold for the Pilgrims and food was in short supply. The story goes that on some days the food was so scarce that they only enough food for each new person to have five kernels of corn in their rations.

Finally spring came and the surviving Pilgrims planted food in hopes to replenish their supply and gain strength.

When it came time to give thanks (Thanksgiving) the Pilgrims put five kernels of corn on each plate to remind themselves of their blessings.

According to the Legend:
•    The first kernel to remind them of the beauty of the autumn harvest.
•    The second kernel to remind them to give thanks for each other and to love each other.
•    The third kernel to remind them of God’s love and care for them.
•    The fourth kernel to remind them of their friends among the Native Americans.
•    The fifth kernel to remind them of the people in other lands and give thanks for their new freedom.

I have used this and we go around the table sharing five things we are thankful for this day.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

The Positive Power of Gratitude

1gratitude600w.jpg copySunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey.

Stop! Check out your gratitude-o-meter…is it registering low – medium – or high. Sunday I shared that research shows that those who practice gratitude daily live a better quality of life. A quote about gratitude that really speaks to me is from Unity minister Charles Roth: Gratitude is a spiritual enzyme that hastens the fulfillment of your prayer of faith.

At the service on Sunday I invited the congregation in accepting a Gratitude Pledge and to follow a 14-day Gratitude Challenge. I am inviting you as well to take the pledge and accept the challenge…you will see it is expanded to 21 days. It is believed that once something is done for 21 days it now becomes part of a daily practice.

Here is the pledge:
The Gratitude Pledge
With a hopeful outlook, I, __________, promise to fulfill the terms of The Gratitude Challenge, over the next 21 days, I pledge to complete the activities on my gratitude calendar, including writing journal entries, taking photos and connecting with friends. I promise to take note of life’s little blessings and to give thanks for the relationships, experiences and opportunities that make my life unique. From this day forward, I commit to living on the brighter side of life. www.gratitudechallenge.com

Here is your 21-day challenge. I would love to hear from you that you have accepted the challenge and what you are noticing in your life as a result of completing the daily assignments.

This coming Sunday will be a special service. It is a Taize service, which is a meditative service with words, silence and music. Also, our traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey meal will be served following the service. Bring a pie of your choosing to go along with a great meal that our chef extraordinaire, Ingrid Avery with her amazing team will be providing.
Have a week filled with gratitude and thanks-living!

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Pat

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