Creating Your Brightest Future

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Sunday message by Matt Jones, whose mission is to inspire individuals to “Create their Brightest Future” through his miraculous story of conquering cancer three times when doctors did not think he would live, going through a bone marrow transplant, having to relearn how to walk, and running marathons around the world.

In his talk, Matt shares the “Three Causes” that lead to the creation of one’s brightest future. Audience members will be uplifted and energized to have, be, and do more in Life.


Hello Friends! This week’s letter is again coming to you from Steph Plourde, as Revs. Pat and LeRoy enjoy their final week of time off before returning to Unity of Greater Portland. I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they have been sorely missed, but constantly surrounded in our love.

I want to thank our very talented and poised music director, Deana Gurney, who I hear did a pretty spectacular job pinch hitting after a little snafu at our 8 a.m. service this past week. It sounds like Deana literally did not miss a beat, providing beautiful music and meditation for our 8 o’clockers. We love you, Deana.

For our 10 a.m. service this past Sunday, we had guest speaker Matt Jones sharing a little of his life’s journey and message. Matt is a three-time cancer victor and has gone from having to relearn how to walk to running marathons on all seven continents. He had a powerful message about re-framing life circumstances, emphasizing that though we may not have control over what happens around us, we always have a choice about how we respond. Matt flatly states that he doesn’t have a lot of answers about why things happen, but was very clear that there is a “message in the mess,” “gain in the pain,” and that he is “too blessed to be stressed.” He used a beautiful example of a cross stitch flower his mother stitched for him. The back side is a tangled mess of threads, in which you can see no clear picture. The other side is the beautiful flower: clear and perfect. Matt explained that life can be like that — sometimes all we can see is the messy back of the stitchery, but we can trust that on the flip side is the precious flower. One thing, two views.

In the afternoon, Matt did a workshop and shared some of his favorite strategies for turning thinking around. He mentioned many of the writers that have had a profound influence on him, including Ken Keyes, James Allen, Charles Haanel, and Pam Grout. He also mentioned and quoted from Christian Larson, the American New Thought leader and teacher. In 1912, Larson published a poem that later became the Optimist Creed, which Matt shared with us:

Promise Yourself
To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

I hope you find this as beautiful and empowering as I did.

This coming week marks the beginning of Advent. Rev. Pat will be back on Sunday with a talk titled “Awakening to Hope and Faith: The Christ Consciousness.” Remember that we have some wonderful holiday events coming up. All information is available on our website and on flyers in the foyer!

Have a wonderful week. Promise yourself to smile at every living creature you meet…

Blessings,
Steph

My Cup Runneth Over

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

For several years, I have been pretty successful getting through the winter without a pesky cold. Not so this year! If you were here on Sunday you would know that I was pretty congested, which actually added some extra impact to the message.

The message title was “My Cup Runneth Over.” Having not talked about money in the entire time I have been at Unity of Greater Portland, I decided to capitalize on my physical congestion and share from the platform what can happen when we are metaphysically congested. So the answer to the question, “How does money and a stuffy nose end up in the same sentence?” is that in the same way we experience physical congestion and discomfort when we have a cold, we may experience profound metaphysical congestion and discomfort in the area of personal finances when we aren’t putting certain key principles into practice.

After having a very restless night and ruminating on finances, I saw that I was entertaining lack and limitation. Upon waking the next morning, I was still congested, and I was directed to a six-point practical financial plan that author and visionary Alan Cohen wrote many years ago.

Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen wrote: “I am not an economist, and frankly I don’t understand all of the complexities of the current market. I do, however, understand the relationship between thought, belief, feeling, attitude, expectation, identity, and practical prosperity. So here is my 6-point plan, which will surely work if you apply it.

“The first point is Vision:  A visionary sees and remembers the Big Picture in the face of current appearances to the contrary. A visionary thrives under all conditions. There are always people who do well in difficult economic times, as well as those who fail in prosperous times.

“It is not the economy at large that determines your well-being; it is the consciousness you hold in relation to it.

“The second point is Trust: When human affairs appear to falter, the hand of the divine becomes very real and practical. A Higher Power is currently running the universe far more intelligently and successfully than even the best economists.

“The third point is Reframe:  You may remember that the Chinese written symbol for ‘crisis’ is a combination of two other symbols: ‘Danger’ and ‘Opportunity.’ If there is danger in your current financial position, know that there is also an opportunity.

“The fourth point is Reset Priorities: When money seems tight, we have a window of insight to recognize how rich we are, no matter how much or how little we have in the bank. When financial challenges arise, we can use this time to grow closer to our families, homes, nature, activities that truly bring us joy, and to grow closer to ourselves and our Higher Power.

“The fifth point is Circulate: Keep moving your energy, financially and otherwise. The brilliant metaphysician and Unity writer Florence Scovel Shin noted: ‘All disease is due to congestion and all healing is due to circulation.’

“This dynamic applies impeccably to personal economic congestion. When people are afraid to spend money, there is less money in circulation, then people grow more afraid to spend and the cycle goes on.

“The sixth and final point is Milk Every Moment: It would be easy to think that you will be able to relax and enjoy your life as soon as your current crisis is averted or offset. But that’s the carrot at the end of the stick – the one that you never get to bite. Either life is rewarding NOW, or it never will be.”

And from Norma Gentile – a larger perspective:

“This transition in our corporate and financial world reflects humanity’s continued growth toward Unity Consciousness.

“We are being called to totally undo everything that’s been built with a hierarchical format – everything that has been built without a sense of true heart and integrity.

“We as a race are moving into greater prosperity. While it may not seem that way in your personal affairs, you are in the process of releasing that which no longer serves your financial world, which is the underpinning of our present society.

“Because of the loud external circumstances, it becomes harder to choose while not in a state of fear or panic. Fear separates you from all that is. Love binds you to all those around you and to ALL that is. Choose one expression – love or fear – and you choose the resulting influence in your life.”

Return to Source – The God essence of Love. Acknowledge Spirit as the Source and substance of the universe. Take delight in the many blessing you already have. Live in gratitude and greater riches will be bestowed upon you – to have and to share.

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

Quantum Feeling

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Windham Day of KindnessWindham Kindness Day is almost here. This Saturday the Unity Kindness Revolution is sponsoring a day of kindness. There will be activities happening between the hours of 10  a.m. and 2 p.m. that will include healers offering their healing modalities and crafters offering their talents (just in time for Mother’s Day), and of course lots of fun for the children. There will be ongoing activities that will be fun and KIND! Food will be part of the offering as well. Later in the evening at 7:00 p.m. Michael Chase, known as the Kindness Guy, author of two books, Loving Everyone and am I being kind, will be speaking. Visit our Facebook page to listen to an interview with Michael. We are so blessed to have him with us to support this event.

If given the choice would you want to feel stressed and burnt out or healthy and vitally alive? Millions of people experience some form of depression yearly…we have forgotten how to feel good. This week we continued with the series Quantum Leaps and the focus was on Quantum Healing.

Quantum theory reminds us that the fundamental ingredient of the universe is energy. The amount of energy in the universe is, in fact, so great that we cannot even calculate how much there is. Even the smallest particle of matter contains a huge potential of concentrated energy.

NASA Hubble image

The brilliant tapestry of young stars flaring to life resembles a glittering fireworks display. Photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

We are composed of the same energy as the rest of the universe. We contain a huge potential of concentrated energy. It is not a matter of finding our energy of using up our energy. It is a matter of the right use of our energy. Our author describes it as the basic principle of energy excitation.

When we are stressed, there is decreased coherence of our heart’s electromagnetic waves and when we are feeling peaceful and relaxed the heart rhythms become coherent. When we are peaceful and relaxed our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems are balanced and our heart rhythms are coherent – when this happens, another synchronization occurs.

Our brain waves and our hearts rhythmic beating patterns become synchronized or entrained. With this, we feel an increase of peace and creativity and we have a sense of heightened intuition. Heart-brain entrainment also improves the brain’s ability to process information and thus our ability to think clearly.

The Institute of HeartMath research confirms that negative emotions drain our energy and weakens our immune system while positive attitudes boost our energy and immune response. So if you have a stressful week and feel drained you now know why.

The goal is to experience a positive feeling rather than to understand a negative one. HeartMath teaches that we can learn to release negative energy simply by shifting our attention.

mindWhen we choose to consciously focus on the positive aspects of a situation, rather than on the negative aspects, our feelings immediately shift. When we shift our attention at will, we facilitate our heart and brain waves being coherent and entrained. When we shift our attention at will we have more energy to use. When we shift our attention at will we have the ability to think more clearly. When we shift our attention at will to something positive we are able to think paradoxically and come up with more creative solutions.

Unity goes hand in hand with this scientific principle. In our quantum theory, the electromagnetic force enables particles to join together to form atoms and molecules. It is the fundamental glue of the universe. In Unity, we believe that “Love is the pure essence of Being that binds together the whole human family. Of all the attributes of God, love is undoubtedly the most beautiful. In Divine Mind, love is the power that joins and binds in divine harmony the universe and everything in it; the great harmonizing principle known to humankind.” (from The Revealing Word by Charles Fillmore)

It sounds a little like the glue that holds the universe together, or the electromagnetic field of our hearts.

Check out the Institute of HeartMath; there are fascinating articles and exercises that support our teachings.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Pat

P.S. Summer is approaching and our Children’s Program switches into a more relaxed agenda. We are inviting “you” to share a Sunday with our little friends during this time and bring with you lots of love and an activity to share with them. You will not be alone… a teacher will be there supporting you and the children.