Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey
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.”
“All we are is the result of what we have thought.”
“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