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

The I of The Storm: Filling The Gaps

Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey —

Oh my gosh… I think we are finally getting the weather we have all been waiting for! May is my all time favorite month as it calls forth my desire to awaken to all that I have come here to be. I want to be like the daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and the blooming bushes who show their beauty unabashedly. They know who they are, and they have no problem letting their beauty express.

We have great events happening over the next few weeks. It begins with a Kirtan concert on Friday night at 7. Join Ashok and his group, Swan Kirtan, as they perform for us and express their beauty through music.

I am continuing the Sunday messages with my all-time favorite book I of the Storm. This past week was about filling in the gaps. We are meaning- making machines and if we don’t have all the information – and most of the time we don’t – we fill it in with our own perceptions and experiences to make it mean something for us.

I told a couple of wonderful stories that I know you will be able to relate to and will probably see yourself in them. They illustrate just how we do this. So, in these stories there is potential for conflict to arise. I want to take a moment and look at conflict from a different perspective. If I were to ask you on a scale of one to ten, one being, “I don’t do conflict at all” and 10 being “I love conflict,” most of us would be in the low numbers. We don’t like conflict and we most often avoid it at any cost. So here is a different way to see it.

Conflict is a signal that our soul is reaching for something higher. Conflict takes us to the edge of our resourcefulness. Conflict encourages us to try it a different way. We all know the definition of insanity,
“Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result.”

Conflict places us in relationship with the parts of ourselves that are not connected to who we are as spiritual beings. Gary Simmons, author of the book, writes: Our soul moves us into areas of unrealized potential, i.e. our soul knows what we need to learn.

We sometimes use the phrase “they’ve conspired against me.” Conspire comes from the Latin meaning “to breath together.” In effect, when you are in conflict with someone, you are breathing together with that person with the intention to move into a more authentic expression of God. In other words, conflict motivates you. Whatever is going on in your life is there to bring you into greater alignment with the Truth of who you are. What do you think – does that change how you view conflict?

Our darkness and insecurities reveal themselves – not as weaknesses, but as areas of potential. Conflict leads to rebirth and transformation. It leads to us being the beautiful children of God that we have come here to be.

Much of what I have written here is not in the message I gave on Sunday, so listen to the message for more good stuff from I of the Storm.

This Sunday is Mother’s Day, and we have two very special guests with us to share from India. Mangesh and Soni are from Sr. Lucy’s organization “Maher” (in the Marathi language) means “Mother’s Home”: a haven of hope, belonging and understanding. Their mission is to help destitute women, children and men from all over India exercise their right to a higher quality of life, irrespective of gender, caste, creed or religion. Come and hear the stories of these two young people who have overcome odds that many of us will never experience in our lifetime.

One last request: If you have some time on Saturday to attend our “clean-up day,” that would be wonderful. It begins at 9 and ends at 1. Come for as long as you are able. Many hands make light work.

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