Exploring the Roots of New Thought & Uniity

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

John Two-Hawks

I am very excited that we are hosting John Two-Hawks this weekend. It starts on Friday night with a concert and concludes on Sunday with a workshop. I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t highlight John’s accomplishments and why it is important for you to make this a priority on your calendar.

I am taking information directly from John’s website, and it is only a portion of his background. Check him out on YouTube as well to hear his beautiful flute music.

John Two-Hawks has established himself as an extraordinary performing and recording artist whose success in the music industry can be directly attributed not only to his immense talent but to the lessons he learned in his formative years. John overcame incredible odds to arrive where he is today, and he has always believed that when we heal, we can rise up from the ashes and claim our dreams. Having risen from those ashes himself, he has laid claim to some very impressive accomplishments….

Making His Mark….

John’s incredible music has earned him Grammy® and Emmy nominations, Platinum Album awards, been featured in Fox Searchlight movies, HBO films, and programs by The History Channel. He has toured the world and performed for audiences as large as 12,000. Two-Hawks’ signature brand of music is known and loved by millions around the world.

…his music – all of it – springs forth from a heart that has known suffering, and experienced healing. This is what is so present in all of John’s music, and imparts that unique, one-of-a-kind feeling of power and empathy. You can just listen, and know that you are not alone, and that you really do have a brother and a friend in John Two-Hawks….

John is bringing his Native American heritage to our Season of Inter-spiritual/Intercultural Celebration. This past Sunday I shared the roots of New Thought and Unity as a part of our Season.

What is New Thought?

New Thought is the term used to describe the metaphysical movement that began in the nineteenth century. It is a system that practices what Jesus taught – healing, unity, cooperation, seeing the good in others, and trusting God for all of our needs.

Where did New Thought begin?

Would you believe right here in Maine. A clockmaker by the name of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby is considered to be the “father” of New Thought. He lived from 1802 to 1866.

Quimby is considered the “forefather of the mental science healing groups.” He was perhaps the first to set-up what we now call controlled experiments. It has been written in more recent times that Quimby “made many discoveries which have not yet even been dreamed of by modern psychiatry.” One thing he came to feel over time was that it was religion itself that was making so many of his patients sick.

There are many to follow Quimby including the Fillmore’s, founders of Unity. This is a talk worth listening to… click here…It is a great history lesson and reminder about the roots of the New Thought movement, there have been many people who planted seeds for the next generation.

Some of us like to think of the Unity movement as an example of this, that in many ways we are ahead of our times. The question to be asked is what seeds of consciousness do you want to plant?

You are a blessing in my life
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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