Who Do You Think You Are?

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

As I write this, I am watching snow falling… yes, snow falling. I am so over it! Oh well, so much for living in Maine. As said in many other areas as well as here in Maine, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”

On Sunday we had the installation of our new Board of Trustees and the community warmly welcomed these individuals who have said “yes” to serving at this high level. We look forward to working together and expanding our presence in the greater community.

We were also blessed to have the Outreach Ensemble of Women in Harmony doing our special music. They are a treat to host and experience their beautiful harmonizing voices.

The message was titled “Who Do You Think You Are?” It is a mini-series on Easter Moments, moving us into Holy Week. Easter Moments are those moments when we consciously, intentionally, deliberately let something die that does not serve us so that we can rise into:

• a heightened spiritual awareness,
• a new consciousness and
• an expanded way of revealing the spiritual nature that is already ours so that we can share our gifts with the world.

Perhaps, just perhaps, who you THINK you are has nothing to do with who you Really Are and what you are meant to do in this world.

Seneca, a Roman philosopher at the time of Jesus, said: “What you think of yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”

In his book Know Yourself, Ernest Holmes writes: “The insistent and universal desire for self-expression is the Divine Urge within us, even God Himself ‘tapping at the walls of our heart,’ urging us on to a fuller life.”

What can you let die so that you can more clearly hear God tapping at the walls of your heart?

Have you made what could be labeled mistakes in the past and think you are defined by them? Could you have an Easter Moment today and release defining yourself by that mistake or those mistakes of the past? Might you say, “I am going to let that die, so I can dare to be magnificent and glorious and make a difference in this world!”

This week in your quiet time, listen to God tapping on the wall of your heart and find – or rediscover — a part of yourself that got lost in ignorance or fear, and rid yourself of those lesser ideas about yourself so that you can rise into:

• a heightened spiritual awareness,
• a new consciousness and
• an expanded way of revealing the spiritual nature that is already yours.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday, and a tradition we have established is walking the palms… join us for that and take part in a spiritual baptism. See you there!

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey


Light of Release: The Power of Cleansing, Renunciation, and Repentance

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This past Sunday a newcomer was at the 8 a.m. service and after the service was over he and his friend came and sat with Rev. LeRoy and me and had a cup of coffee. He asked me a question which he said he asks often of people and it was, “Can you remember a significant time when you saw synchronicity in your life?” My response at the time was, “I can’t think of a specific incident, but I see many if I stay awake.”

Then as I began to write this article I had an aha moment that is related to his question. Here it is: Last week in Heart Thought we said goodbye to Maria Lundy, grateful for her service in the kitchen. We had a plan to keep lunch going and asked many of you for your support during lunch that day. Later that afternoon I got a text from Ingrid Avery, asking if she heard correctly that Maria was leaving the kitchen. I told her that yes, she had heard correctly. She then let me know that she was ready to return to the kitchen and pick up where Maria left off. I just love how synchronicity works. Welcome back, Ingrid! Divine timing is always perfect. By the way – the soup Steph made on Sunday was scrumptious. We are a remarkable team!!

The eleventh power of the Twelve Powers is Release, and my talk was The Light of Release: The Power of Cleansing, Renunciation, and Repentance. From co-founder Charles Fillmore in his book The Twelve Powers of Man: There must be renunciation or letting go of old thoughts before the new can find place in the consciousness. This is a psychological law, which has its outer expression in the intricate eliminative functions of the body.

The first way we practice release is through cleansing. The cleansing action of release is meant to be gentle, allowing rather than forcing. It is meant to clear the body and mind, restoring equanimity.

The cleansing action of release restores our awareness of our original and true divine nature (pg. 178).

The second way is renunciation. Releasing human consciousness is releasing our sense of limitation. We release our belief that “I am only human,” and we uncover our Divine Identity that has been intact all along. Spiritual release is crossing out in consciousness our human sense of self so that our true Divine Identity shows itself.

Spiritually, renunciation takes place when we cultivate an open mind and open heart, giving up every thought and belief we have clung to, becoming teachable through the activity of spiritual understanding (pg. 181).

The third way is repentance. The Greek word for repentance is metanoia: “change in mind or consciousness.” The English translation means to return, restore, come back or turn back. Rev. Linda in the book Divine Audacity says that repentance and forgiveness work together. Think on this: When we understand that to repent is to change our mind, to return to our awareness of our true nature, what is there to forgive? Returning to our Divine Identity or Infinite Self, we have restored our awareness of oneness.

Eckhart Tolle reminds us: Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.

Affirmation: I claim release now. I let go of anything that no longer serves me, so I can let my Infinite Self shine!

Next week will be The Light of Life: The Power of Animation, Vitality, and Presence.

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey