The Answer is Always Love

Deb Engel

Debra Engel

Audio: Guest Speaker Debra Engle

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Although summer doesn’t end until mid-September, once the children start back to school the energy shifts from summer to fall – even though we are in another heat wave. Bless the teachers and children that are in non-air-conditioned rooms.

It was another special Sunday at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. We had as our guest speaker Deb Engle, author of many books and the creator of the prayer I say often: ”Please heal my fear-based thoughts.” Whenever we are experiencing discomfort it is generally that we are in some form of fear. Deb is steeped in A Course In Miracles and her message on Sunday was based on love and in whatever situation we find ourselves love is the answer. From the principles of Attitudinal Healing: “You can either be a love finder or a fault finder.” I choose to focus on love – how about you.

On Wednesday evening Deb will be doing a workshop using the principles from ACIM and giving us tools to get unstuck and bring more love and joy into our lives. It begins at 6:30 – see you there.

At the 8 a.m. service I continued with the power of ZEAL. The focus was on enthusiasm. Zeal is enthusiasm. Charles Schwab said, “A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.”

History is filled with individuals that remained passionate about achieving their goals and even though they failed many times they kept on pushing until eventually they managed to reach their goal. This same thing can happen to us when we set out to accomplish a goal – we need to keep at it even if it seems impossible. When we learn to trust God and allow him/her/it to help us we can and will do things that we did not think were possible.

Notice the following verses that teach us that we can accomplish great things:

Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

These verses prove that with God’s help that you and I can and will achieve great things for humanity if we will only set our minds to doing so and then enthusiastically pursue them.

Next week will be the Power of Power – this is one of my favorites!

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

The Light of Zeal: The Power of Enthusiasm, Audacity and Devotion

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

Food is so much a part of our Sunday experience that I often mention it in my sharing with you. This week’s lunch was a traditional summer meal…hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers and tofu dogs on the grill. Along with this was a wonderful salad, chips, watermelon and the accouterments that go with burgers and dogs. Thank you, Maria and the kitchen help for feeding our physical bodies and creating a place for community. Friendships deepen when you have time to sit and break bread together and listen to each other.

Charles Fillmore, Unity co-founder said this at the age of 93, ““I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that are to be done by me today!”

boyThe power I was sharing this week was “Zeal”. Fillmore defines Zeal in the Revealing Word as “intensity, ardor, enthusiasm, the inward fire of the soul that urges humankind onward, regardless of the intellectual mind of caution and conservatism.”

What is the inward fire of your soul…what is your soul’s yearning. How does zeal support this yearning?

Our spiritual journey is a marathon and not a sprint, so we need a zeal that sizzles and not one that fizzles.

There are three components of zeal from the book Divine Audacity, which I am using in this series of talks. They are enthusiasm, audacity and devotion.

Zeal is enthusiasm and enthusiasm is needed for the spiritual marathon.

Audacity is an aspect of zeal relating to our inherent evolutionary impulse. It is a necessary quality for successful human living. Audacity is a strong attribute equally subject to negative or positive interpretation…pushy or presumptuous or spunky and daring. Audacious is when you courageously overcome seeming obstacles in service to a compelling purpose.

And lastly devotion. Devotion is present moment engagement. Zeal isn’t something we look to the future for…it can only be experienced in the present moment. Appreciation of the moments possibilities ground us in zeal. We can appreciate our future potential while living consciously in the now moment.

Here are some steps to support your soul’s yearning…
1. Reflect on your soul’s yearning
2. Cultivate enthusiasm
3. Open yourself to an easy plan…a Divine idea
4. Surrender to the Divine flow

This all comes back to this one BIG QUESTION…WHAT IS WORTH WAKING UP FOR EACH DAY…ponder this throughout the week.

Affirmation for this week: I FAIRLY SIZZLE WITH ZEAL AND ENTHUSIASM!

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

The Light of Imagination: The Power of Conception, Vision and Embodiment

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey

After spending the week with Paul Chappell, folks I knew, and new friends from across the country, Sunday was the cherry on the top of the sundae. I am still processing the information that Paul and Susan Radford shared with us regarding Peace Literacy. Curriculum is being developed and so look for opportunities to learn more in the coming months.

I love how the Universe conspires to work in tandem with what I am learning. As you know, I have been doing a series on Sunday mornings using the book Divine Audacity written by Rev. Linda Martella Whitsett. This week the focus was on imagination. In Paul’s work he teaches from Greek mythology about Metis, a goddess who symbolizes the power of thought. Metis makes good decisions, effective actions, discernment, forethought, skill, awareness, and wisdom. Then Paul introduces nine muscles that help us make good decisions, effective actions and promote peace, justice and well-being. These are also muscles of our shared humanity. One of these muscles is imagination.

James Dillet Freeman, author of The Prayer for Protection and Unity’s poet laureate, says this about imagination: Imagination is the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality… a power that frees us from the limitations of our senses… the power of conception.

From Peace Literacy: Every invention, idea, and story that people ever created resulted from the human imagination. We use our imagination when we tell jokes that make people laugh, especially if the joke creates a mental image in someone’s imagination. Without imagination there would be no movies. TV shows, video games, music, paintings, sculptures, technology breakthroughs or scientific discoveries.

And from the author, her definition: Imagination is our powerful capacity to picture what can be and, by holding that idea and developing it until we feel its effects while it is yet unmanifest, to live into that idea until it essentially becomes our reality. In a sense, imagination is our primary power because if it is essential for the cultivation of all our magnificent spiritual capacities.

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, in his book Christian Healing, says: The highest and best work of the imagination is the marvelous transformation that it works in character. Imagine that you are one with the principle of good, and you will become truly good. To imagine oneself perfect fixes the idea of perfection in the invisible mind substance, and the mind forces at once begin the work of bringing forth perfection.

There are three components of imagination: conception, vision and embodiment. Conception starts at the beginning…”In the beginning GOD.” Everything you could ever conceive of originates in One Mind. Our conceiving power is unlimited. We are constantly having bright ideas. The more we exercise our conceiving power, the more we strengthen the muscle of imagination, the better decisions we make.

The visioning power of imagination is our capacity to dream of what has not yet manifest, to flesh out an idea, and to feel the benefit of it in advance of its fulfillment.

Paul K. Chappell

Paul K. Chappell, author of Peace Literacy

From Peace Literacy: The highest expression of our imagination is vision, which is our ability to imagine a brighter future that enhances well-being (such as a world where there is less genocide, enslavement, and mass shootings). Vision also involves imagining the practical steps we can take to create such a future. Our imagination not only has the power to be its own kind of world, galaxy, and universe, but it also has the power to drastically influence the events that we experience in this world, galaxy and universe.

Lastly is embodiment. Embodiment is the pinnacle of creation. From Neville Goddard: Disregard appearances, conditions, in fact all evidence of your senses that deny the fulfillment of your desire. Rest in the assumption that you are already what you want to be, for in that determined assumption, you and your Infinite Being are merged in creative unity, and with your Infinite Being (God), all things are possible (The Power of Awareness).

From Divine Audacity: Imagination’s powers of conception, vision and embodiment are chief among our spiritual capacities. When cultivated and activated, these abilities lead to audacious demonstrations. Like Jesus, you may begin to see yourself as a divine human here to remind others of their Divine Identity.

The affirmation for this week is: I AM the spiritual power of imagination, reclaiming my Divine Identity.

Join me this Sunday as we look at the Light of Zeal – The Power of Enthusiasm, Audacity, and Devotion.

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

Peace Literacy

This week’s note is coming from Steph Plourde at the Peace Literacy Training at Saint Joseph’s College with Paul K. Chappell. It is difficult to pull out one piece to share, because all the content is so powerful. The piece I am finding most helpful is the understanding that every…

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