Sunday with Dr. Garland Landrith

This week’s letter is coming from (Office Administrator) Steph (Plourde), as Rev. Pat has been away at the Parliament of World Religions. We were very fortunate to have with us this past Sunday Dr. Garland Landrith, who gave what I thought was a very inspirational and educational talk about miracles.…

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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

Light of Release: The Power of Cleansing, Renunciation, and Repentance

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This past Sunday a newcomer was at the 8 a.m. service and after the service was over he and his friend came and sat with Rev. LeRoy and me and had a cup of coffee. He asked me a question which he said he asks often of people and it was, “Can you remember a significant time when you saw synchronicity in your life?” My response at the time was, “I can’t think of a specific incident, but I see many if I stay awake.”

Then as I began to write this article I had an aha moment that is related to his question. Here it is: Last week in Heart Thought we said goodbye to Maria Lundy, grateful for her service in the kitchen. We had a plan to keep lunch going and asked many of you for your support during lunch that day. Later that afternoon I got a text from Ingrid Avery, asking if she heard correctly that Maria was leaving the kitchen. I told her that yes, she had heard correctly. She then let me know that she was ready to return to the kitchen and pick up where Maria left off. I just love how synchronicity works. Welcome back, Ingrid! Divine timing is always perfect. By the way – the soup Steph made on Sunday was scrumptious. We are a remarkable team!!

The eleventh power of the Twelve Powers is Release, and my talk was The Light of Release: The Power of Cleansing, Renunciation, and Repentance. From co-founder Charles Fillmore in his book The Twelve Powers of Man: There must be renunciation or letting go of old thoughts before the new can find place in the consciousness. This is a psychological law, which has its outer expression in the intricate eliminative functions of the body.

The first way we practice release is through cleansing. The cleansing action of release is meant to be gentle, allowing rather than forcing. It is meant to clear the body and mind, restoring equanimity.

The cleansing action of release restores our awareness of our original and true divine nature (pg. 178).

The second way is renunciation. Releasing human consciousness is releasing our sense of limitation. We release our belief that “I am only human,” and we uncover our Divine Identity that has been intact all along. Spiritual release is crossing out in consciousness our human sense of self so that our true Divine Identity shows itself.

Spiritually, renunciation takes place when we cultivate an open mind and open heart, giving up every thought and belief we have clung to, becoming teachable through the activity of spiritual understanding (pg. 181).

The third way is repentance. The Greek word for repentance is metanoia: “change in mind or consciousness.” The English translation means to return, restore, come back or turn back. Rev. Linda in the book Divine Audacity says that repentance and forgiveness work together. Think on this: When we understand that to repent is to change our mind, to return to our awareness of our true nature, what is there to forgive? Returning to our Divine Identity or Infinite Self, we have restored our awareness of oneness.

Eckhart Tolle reminds us: Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.

Affirmation: I claim release now. I let go of anything that no longer serves me, so I can let my Infinite Self shine!

Next week will be The Light of Life: The Power of Animation, Vitality, and Presence.

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

The Light of Order: The Power of Organization, Adjustment, and Evolution

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

GOD is so good, all the time! We have met our goal for the roof!!!! Thank you to all who have contributed to make this happen. I am taking a little liberty with a Margaret Mead quote: Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed congregants can get done what is needed; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. In a very few weeks you will see the results of what you have done!

We want to give a special shout out to Maria Lundy as she moves on from the kitchen leadership role. For more than a couple of years she has been faithful in making sure that we are fed every Sunday. Not only is she creative with her cooking; she also shares that creativity by making Unity Hall festive with decorations for each season and holiday. She is continuing with the decorating for which we are so grateful. Thank you, thank you, thank you Maria… you are a blessing to us all.

Do you believe we live in an orderly universe? Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, says in his book Mysteries of Genesis“Order is the first law of the universe. Indeed, there could be no universe unless its various parts are kept in perfect balance.”

We see this in the rising and setting of the sun; winter gives way to spring; apple seeds grow into apples.

From the book Divine Audacity: “Order is built into life. Order is the architecture of the universe. Everything, from the spirals of a nautilus to hexagonal honeycomb, from infinity lines to ever-expanding circles, displays an orderliness that dazzles scientist and theologians alike…”

The three principles of order are organization, adjustment and evolution.

When our ability to order is underdeveloped, we are not able to create much balance in our life, and when we need to adjust to change it also is not easy. We also are unable to sequence events and activities that results in being disorganized, needing to backtrack or redo things in order to finish the project.

When our ability to order is overdeveloped it shows up as being fastidious and obsessive. Everything needs to be in its place. We need to be compulsive about things being done in a certain way and order.

You can see that balance is an aspect of order as well. We can organize our thoughts, words and actions in concert with divine order.

Again, from Charles Fillmore, “Even in the small details of life, such as dress, conversation, eating, sleeping, and working, system and order enable one to live a richer and fuller life.”

Next Sunday I will be giving the message on the Light of Release: The Power of Cleansing, Renunciation, and Repentance.

You are a blessing in my life.

Rev. Pat Bessey