How to Pray without Talking to God – Part 2

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

A shout out to Rev Elizabeth Peterson for organizing the Unity talent show after the service on Sunday. It was the BEST! The talent varied from original poetry to great singing and an original guitar selection. We laughed and had moments that were jaw-dropping because the performance was so incredible. The common comment that I heard was I didn’t realize how much talent we had within our community. Thank you to all the performers, we love and appreciate you!

The message on Sunday was Part 2 from the book How to Pray Without Talking to God written by Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett. The focus was on denials and affirmations.

Rev Sharon Connors, author of Adventures in Prayer: Praying Your Way to a God You Can Trust (Kindle Edition) says: Denial erases, dissolves and releases. Affirmation claims, plants and builds.

Spiritual denial is disidentification with, renunciation of, and elimination of thoughts and beliefs that we realize are contrary to spiritual truth. Spiritual denial is not the same as psychological denial. Psychological denial is when the ego is in denial of facts and avoids any feelings. Psychological denial leads to self-delusion as well as unconscious action and inaction.

An affirmation is a positive statement of Truth. By the use of affirmations we claim and appropriate that which is ours in Truth. An affirmation is the “yes” action of the mind; the act of affirming; the declaring of Truth; the mental movement that asserts confidently and persistently the Truth of Being in the face of all appearances to the contrary.

Denials and affirmations are “handles to power.”

Apply denials and affirmations in any situation where you notice you are having a feeling you do not want. You deny that it has any power over you and you then claim a realized Truth and affirm it both in thought and in feeling.

Here is an example of a denial and affirmation:

The denial is: This anxiety, confusion or fear is powerless to take or keep my good from you.

The affirmation is: Divine love now dissolves and dissipates all anxious, confused, or fearful thoughts, and I am peaceful in Mind and heart.

I use the analogy of a garden to explain denials and affirmations.

Next week will be the final talk, Part 3, which will include the practice of daily prayer and meditation and realize wholeness through prayer.

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

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