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

The Light of Strength: The Power of Stability, Courage, and Tenacity

Mary Reed

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It has been a very eventful week. Mary Reed, “modern mystic,” came on Wednesday evening and her presentation was very enlightening. On Saturday was the Peace Literacy training for teachers and others who were interested. Kim Cowperthwaite – with the support of Pam Mills and me – did a wonderful job in getting a lot of information out in a two-hour period. The support for doing more was unanimous, so another training will be scheduled soon
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Our community lost a matriarch on Friday night with the passing of Louise Flynt. Louise had been a Licensed Unity Teacher for several years and many reading this probably took the Quest class with her. She was so loving and so loved. We will miss her dearly. As soon as arrangements have been completed for her Celebration of Life service, you will be informed.

I want to take the opportunity to recognize a few people who do behind-the-scenes work to keep our ministry thriving, and they can easily go unnoticed. The bulletin board that has the sign-up sheets on it is decorated each season by Cindy Hildreth. Our plants are watered and the chair backs in the sanctuary stocked weekly by Hilary Hayes. The lawn mowing and other landscaping is shared by Bill Taylor and John Michael Roods. Wendy Thomas puts together and regularly updates our calendar of peace/nonviolence events. Starr Stevens is an on-call person when a special project is needed. A hearty thanks to all these star volunteers.

Talking about eventful weeks… were you caught up in the drama that was playing out on the national stage with the Supreme Court nominee? The topic of this week’s message was perfect timing for what was needed: The Light of Strength.

Divine Audacity is the book being used as a basis for Sunday messages, and the Light of Strength has the powers of stability, courage and tenacity. This describes strength from the book: Spiritual strength is our capacity to stand undaunted in the midst of shifting circumstances, to act courageously, and to stay the course.

We are being called into a place of holding the tension, a place of stability, courage and tenacity, as things shift in our culture.

We are not the first generation to have to do this. Historians tell us that every generation in human history has its share of challenges and shifting circumstances. Although we may be inclined to say “It’s all in divine order” or “I don’t want to talk about anything that is negative” (trust me I know this is tempting) – it is not enough, and it is not the time.

We know the call to action comes from within. We often fail to distinguish between inner messages from ego versus those from our Higher Self. Our ego wants us to play it safe… don’t get involved…  or it wants us to attack those we think of as our enemies. Our higher-self calls us to action. It tells us to engage with whatever challenges are present because it is ours to do.

I share two very important messages that exemplify spiritual strength. One is from Marianne Williamson and the other is the story behind the story of Colin Kaepernick. To hear both, listen to this week’s Sunday message.

In closing, there is much we can do, and we have much to offer. Let’s step out of our comfort zones and call forth our inner powers of Love, Compassion, Strength, and Wisdom. Let us engage from these qualities to bring Love into the process at every level in every way possible. Now is our time.

Let us also hear the words of Abraham Lincoln: Let’s have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.

Our duty is to get out and vote and make sure others do the same.

Join me next Sunday as we continue with the series Divine Audacity. The talk title is The Light of Order: The Power of Organization, Adjustment, and Evolution.

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

 

The Light of Love: The Power of Magnetism, Harmony and Unity

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Unity’s World Day of Prayer is almost here. Tomorrow, September 13, is the date of the 25th annual World Day of Prayer. The theme this year is “Courage to Heal” and the affirmation is “I am a healing presence.” Our Prayer Partners are planning a special service tomorrow evening beginning at 7:00 pm. I know it will be a very meaningful service as they have taken the lead on this service now for a few years and it is always a powerful service. Please join us!

I have continued the talk series from the book Divine Audacity, written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, Vice President of Silent Unity. This week, the power I was highlighting is LOVE. Jesus said, people will know you are my disciples by your love. The goal for our lives is to show up embodying divine love, to be love in action.

The three aspects of love that Rev. Linda explores are magnetism, harmony and unity. The magnetizing power of love is our true nature. I call forth the magnetizing power of divine love. My thoughts are magnetic.

The light of love wants to shine, heal, transform, unify and harmonize.

I call forth from within me the harmonizing power of love. The harmonizing power of love within us in our capacity for harmonious thoughts, words, and actions regarding others and ourselves. From Colossians 3:14 “Above all clothe yourself with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

I call forth from within me the unifying power of love. From the Gospel of Thomas, “Blessed are they that are One with themselves. Thy will find the Kingdom.” A Course in Miracles teaches, “Heaven is not a place or a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect oneness.” The unifying power of love is the remedy for separation-consciousness.

An affirmation that I learned many years ago that I love is:

I am a radiating center of divine love
Mighty to attract my good to me (magnetism)
And to radiate good to others. (harmony)

The unifying power of love is our capacity for communion, empathy, and compassionate service. I see myself in other, others in myself, and GOD in us all.

I AM the power of love, loving.
Click here to listen to the message from Sunday…

You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Pat

The Answer is Always Love

Deb Engel

Debra Engel

Audio: Guest Speaker Debra Engle

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Although summer doesn’t end until mid-September, once the children start back to school the energy shifts from summer to fall – even though we are in another heat wave. Bless the teachers and children that are in non-air-conditioned rooms.

It was another special Sunday at Unity of Greater Portland. We had as our guest speaker Deb Engle, author of many books and the creator of the prayer I say often: ”Please heal my fear-based thoughts.” Whenever we are experiencing discomfort it is generally that we are in some form of fear. Deb is steeped in A Course In Miracles and her message on Sunday was based on love and in whatever situation we find ourselves love is the answer. From the principles of Attitudinal Healing: “You can either be a love finder or a fault finder.” I choose to focus on love – how about you.

On Wednesday evening Deb will be doing a workshop using the principles from ACIM and giving us tools to get unstuck and bring more love and joy into our lives. It begins at 6:30 – see you there.

At the 8 a.m. service I continued with the power of ZEAL. The focus was on enthusiasm. Zeal is enthusiasm. Charles Schwab said, “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

History is filled with individuals that remained passionate about achieving their goals and even though they failed many times they kept on pushing until eventually they managed to reach their goal. This same thing can happen to us when we set out to accomplish a goal – we need to keep at it even if it seems impossible. When we learn to trust God and allow him/her/it to help us we can and will do things that we did not think were possible.

Notice the following verses that teach us that we can accomplish great things:

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

These verses prove that with God’s help that you and I can and will achieve great things for humanity if we will only set our minds to doing so and then enthusiastically pursue them.

Next week will be the Power of Power – this is one of my favorites!

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

Listening Is An Act Of Love

Elaine M. Bourne

Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Elaine Bourne — Elaine M. Bourne is Director of the Community Mediation Services Program (CMS) of Volunteers of America, Northern New England (VOANNE); a state-wide program designed to transform conflict and preserve relationships. She is an experienced mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution trainer and consultant.…

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