Your Mind is a Vessel

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

flagsWishing you a happy 4th of July!

On Sunday we held a community meeting that was well attended. We had a great sharing of what is working and what we can improve upon. I am happy to say the list of what is working far outweighed the improve-upon list.

We had a great conversation regarding raising giving consciousness within the community. The board realizes that education is an important element in raising consciousness and we opened the floor for ideas from those attending, and here is one that I am happy to say Spirit heard and provided almost instantaneously: The idea was to have in Heart Thought a mini prosperity lesson and, low and behold, last night while scrolling Facebook, I saw where Ros Goldsbrough, Licensed Unity Teacher (formerly from our ministry) was doing a prosperity series from Unity Co-founder Charles Fillmore’s book, Prosperity. After gaining permission from Ros, I am happy to say: Look in Heart Thoughts, our weekly email, each week for a prosperity infusion.

The message on Sunday was another in the series “Minding the Mind.” You may have heard the story of the Zen Master and Professor. The professor wants to learn about Zen teachings; however, as the Zen Master attempts to share, the professor keeps interrupting, being more interested in what he knows about the subject. I won’t tell the whole story in case you haven’t heard it; however, the line that is important is what the Zen Master says, “And can’t you see that when you are so filled with your own ideas that you cannot possibly HEAR new ones?”

Are our minds so filled with untruths that there is no room to hold the Truth when we hear it?

Ernest Holmes, founder of Science of Mind tells us:

“The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identify the self. In order to get the most out of life we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns [in other words, empty the vessel]. This is not easy [well, I say may not be easy], for our old thought patterns cling to us with great tenacity, but, being thought patterns, they can be reversed.”

Holmes also said:

“We are all immersed in the atmosphere of our own thinking. This decides what shall take place in our lives.”

Henry Ford said:

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”

Buddha said:

“All we are is the result of what we have thought.”

Jesus said:

“It is done unto you as you believe.”

These are very powerful statements, but what’s powerful is when we practice remembering their power.

Our minds are a gift from God, and when we think in constriction, we cut ourselves off from God’s power to give us ideas where the solutions can be found.

Listen to the message to see how a fourth-grade teacher helped her children identify how they constrict themselves from God’s power.

Next Sunday will be the last of this series, titled “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

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

Mind Over Matter

Bill Taylor

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

It has been a relatively quiet week at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. However, yesterday our own Bill Taylor celebrated his 97th birthday… HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL! I have mentioned in the past, however, and it bears mentioning again, that Bill comes in every Sunday morning at about 8:30 and gets coffee going. He keeps the coffee carafes full for our consumption. He also mows the lawn every other week using the riding John Deere mower that he purchased for the church a few years ago. Bill is a model of how being in service keeps one connected and healthy. Bill, we love and appreciate you so much. Find him on Facebook and send him birthday wishes.

Sunday’s talk title was “Mind Over Matter.” Many on Sunday, as they were leaving, told me I was talking directly to them. I love when that happens. So you might just want to listen to the talk, as it may also be just what you need to hear.

Most of us have grown up hearing the phrase “mind over matter.” However, the message illustrated how that is not correct, it is really “mind as matter.”

Here are quotes from different New Thought writers confirming this:

In The Edinburgh Lectures, Thomas Troward said: “The universal mind is the creative power throughout Nature; and as the originating power it must… give rise to… various forms…”

In The Basic Ideas of Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes wrote: “There is but One Mind; It is Omnipresent – It is all there is. Everything, visible and invisible, is but a manifestation of this One Mind – the result of Its Creative Action and the becoming of that which It creates.”

In Talks on Truth, Charles Fillmore said: “Mind is not a thing; Mind is. It is that which, through orderly process, produces the thing. This orderly process, we have learned by observation, is from an invisible center to a visible circumstance. So, if anywhere in the universe you behold a form, you may know that within that form there is a potential center from which spring all its qualities.”

So it is not and never will be mind OVER matter, but mind AS matter whether that is Mind in the Capital “M”/Macrocosm/Big Picture sense or mind in the Lower Case “m”/microcosm/little picture sense.

Ernest Holmes, in Observations, says: “The universal creative Mind is the same mind you and I are using now and it is because of the unity of this Mind, the oneness, the indestructibility, the eternality, the changelessness of this Mind that we may be certain that our thought acts in and through this Mind in accord with the immutable Law of Cause and Effect. Therefore, it follows that if we set up a vibrating point at the center of our own thought receptive to that which is good, to that which is beautiful and true, we shall irresistibly be attracting that condition into our own environment.”

Mind/mind is always at work, always creating, always forming itself into matter. Whether it’s creating through our lives that which we desire depends on how we are using our piece of Mind and how we have trained it!

Einstein once said: “Everything is energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can’t help but get that reality. It can be no other way. That is not philosophy; it’s physics.”

Next week’s talk will be “Your Mind is a Vessel.” Have a great week!

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

That Just Blows My Mind

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

On Sunday afternoon LeRoy and I attended the CHIME ordination celebration along with others from our community. We were there to especially celebrate Abigail Adams and Rick Arn; both have been a part of our lives for a while.

CHIME (the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine) has ordained many who are part of our community, and we have a deep connection to the organization and those within it. They are doing great work for the transformation of our world. Thank you, Jacob Watson, for your vision many years ago and for Patricia Ellen and those who are carrying the vision forward.

A reminder that this coming Saturday will be the music party with Deana Gurney and Wiley Beverage. Mark your calendar now so you don’t forget! Rev. Jesse James will be in Maine and will be there as well.

On Sunday I started a mini-series titled “Minding the Mind.” The title for last Sunday was “That Just Blew My Mind.” I opened with a quote from former Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes Jr. that says: “A mind that is stretched… can never go back to its old dimensions.”

What I was talking about was mind-blowing experiences: when we learn something for the first time that alters our lives going forward. When our minds are stretched by new information, we are never able to go back to our old way of thinking about it.

I shared a mind-blowing experience for me, which I won’t go into here; however, you can hear it by listening to the talk.

Ernest Holmes writes in the Science of Mind book, “As God’s thought makes worlds and peoples them with living things, so our thought makes our world and peoples it with our experiences [and I will add “individually and collectively”]. By the activity of our thought, things come into our life [individually and collectively!] and we are limited only because we have not known the Truth.”

Holmes goes on to say: “We have thought that outside things controlled us, when all the time we have had that within which could have changed everything and given us freedom from bondage. We automatically attract to ourselves just what we [think we] are, and we may set it down that wherever we are, however intolerable the situation may be, we are just where we belong.”

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, writes in Atom Smashing Power of Mind, “To be ignorant of mind and its laws is to be a child playing with fire, or a man manipulating powerful chemicals without knowing their relation to one another. This is universally true; and all who are not learning about mind are in like danger, because all are dealing with the great cause from which springs forth all the conditions that appear in the lives of men and women. Mind is the one reservoir from which we draw all that we make up into our world, and it is through the laws of mind that we form our lives.”

Yes, we create our own reality! And the reality we create is limited for one reason and one reason only: because we have not known the Truth. What is the Truth that we have not known?

The real mind-blower is: God in me, as me, is me!

Next Sunday Rev. Barbara Kowalska will be sharing “In the Field” at the 8 a.m. service, and Rev. Todd Glacy will be sharing “The Vibration of Creation – Being an Instrument of Love” at the 10 a.m. service.

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