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

 

The Light of Life: The Power of Animation, Vitality, and Presence

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Happy Halloween! Thank goodness for Halloween – all of a sudden, cobwebs in my house are decorations! This is a kind of a joke, but can you relate?

boy with clockThis Saturday is the end of daylight savings time. Remember to turn your clocks back before going to bed Saturday night.

This past Sunday we concluded the series using the book Divine Audacity. The talk title was “The Light of Life: The Power of Animation, Vitality and Presence.”

Life, as one of Unity’s Twelve Powers, is not to be confused with human life, as it is a principle and a spiritual ability. As a spiritual principle it has no limits or finite existence.

Animation is the forward, onward, and upward impulse of life. It is consciousness and intention that directs the life force. A+L+E: where your attention is… your love is… that’s where your energy is. So, when our attention – our consciousness – is focused on love, wisdom, faith, prayer, meditation, then our life out pictures these qualities. Animating power of life doesn’t happen to us. We wield the power.

Vitality is our ability to have energy and to thrive. Wholeness is our true nature – which means nothing is missing. We are complete; we didn’t show up as a jigsaw puzzle missing a few pieces. No matter what the physical condition, we are whole, well, and complete. We use spiritual eyes to detect vitality, especially when someone appears to be less than whole.

Life energy manifests first as ANIMATION, secondly as VITALITY, and third as PRESENCE. When we are expressing ANIMATION, VITALITY, and PRESENCE, it lifts up those around us. The stronger we become in this expression, the more we become conquerors of our life experience.

Garland Landrith

Our presence is unique:
• I shine my unique light.
• I dare to be the light of the world.
• I am what I am because I insist upon it.

Next week Garland Landrith will be our guest speaker at the 10 a.m. service. This is not to be missed!

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