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

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