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

Everyday Sacred

Vaishali Mamgain

Vaishali Mamgain

Sunday message (audio) by Vaishali Mamgain

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

April has arrived… we have another winter in the box and I don’t know about you, but I found it to be a bit challenging. However, we are ready to put the heavy clothes away for another year and lighten up both physically and emotionally. A sure sign of spring is hearing the birds chirping in the morning. We have a woodpecker that we hear every morning pecking outside our window. Another sign of spring is the patches of grass that are now showing up as the snow melts. What was really the tell-all that spring is in the air was on Sunday when the children shared that they had been planting in the gardens. When I asked what they planted the response I got was “food.” I want to expand on what the children were doing and let you know that after the service and lunch this Sunday the Season for the Earth team will be hosting a meeting, and you are invited. This meeting will be to plan the activities that will be included in the season, along with a timeline for preparing the beds and starting the seedlings for planting. Come and add your energy and ideas.

On Sunday we also hosted Vaishali Mamgain as our guest speaker. What a delight she is… a native of India, she is the Associate Professor of Economics at USM and is the director of the Bertha Crosley Ball Center for Compassion. Her talk was titled Everyday Sacred. It is being awake to everything around us… and to bridge contemplation and science. She gave us the science connected with breathing and gratitude that we practice in our daily practices. She also introduced us to “nexting” not “texting,” which I could so relate to.

The important message was that we are all in charge of our own path. The everyday sacred is remembering the world is replete with possibilities. We are all here to hold the space for each other… we hold up a mirror for each other.

She talked about the importance of nature and also to acknowledge our bodies and how they are changing and there is a vulnerability in that and it is beautiful; however, our culture doesn’t allow that. We have to be our inner teacher as the world is not going to let us appreciate the present, and that takes us away from appreciating the Sacred.

She ends with a Mary Oliver quote: “Attention is the beginning of devotion” — devotion is to our own path and to our own awakening.

She also gave us some practices to access the Sacred, and, whether you were there on Sunday or not, I invite you to listen to her message and practice the simple exercises she gives us.

This Sunday is Potluck Sunday, and I want to acknowledge you for the plentiful potlucks we have been blessed with… thank you for sharing and giving our Kitchen Staff a break.

Also, on Sunday we will have an ensemble from Women in Harmony sharing special music with us. My talk title is “Who Do You Think You Are?”

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

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