June 7 Sunday Service

Phew what a week it has been! We have seen protests happening all across our country and right here in Maine as well. We have had folks from our community participating in the protests and those others of us who have been holding the high watch.

My colleague Rev Leddy Hammock, wrote this in a Facebook post and I want to pass it along as I agree totally…she wrote: “Should we march? Is it safe? Is it right? What signs should we carry?

Our Unity faith tradition is for each person to pray first and then follow inner guidance. Therefore, we will not tell you whether or not to demonstrate for social justice.”

This is in direct alignment with our mission statement, which is “we reach in to reach out” and then take the guidance.

She goes on to say: “Life is consciousness.” Whether we march with our feet or not, we are, most certainly, marching together in consciousness toward change and the journey will reflect the way we think. Emmet Fox taught that it is impossible to have one kind of mind and another kind of life. If we want justice, we must be just. If we want peace, we must be peaceful. Whether we march with our feet or not, we are collectively in shift mode toward a new normal that is necessary, yet not easy. Victor Hugo shared these invigorating words: “There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.” Whether you march or not, do it for love, not fear. Keep an open mind and heart. Whether you speak Truth to power out loud or in the Silence, one thing is for sure: “It’s been a long time comin’, but change is gonna come” (Sam Cooke).

On Sunday evening we had a Zoom call with more than 20 folks from our community discussing how they personally are being impacted by the events of the week and the question posed to them by Ryan Polly, who is new to our community but not new to this work. The question he posed to the group was, “What ways are you holding on to privilege; what ways will you start letting it go?”

As a result of the interest from the group, Ryan has agreed to do a four-week class, Thursday evenings beginning June 25.

We were blessed on Sunday morning with the live appearance (via live stream) of Daniel Nahmod. Daniel has been writing and singing New Thought music for over 20 years. We sing his songs often and it was wonderful having him.

The topic from the series What’s in the way IS the Way was about restoring life to ourselves and others by remembering the truth of our being and our ONENESS.

In this chapter, author Mary O’Malley had a section on the Power of Questions. The question we need to ask ourselves is how we allow a system to continue that doesn’t work for people who are marginalized because of the color of their skin. And it is not working for the Indigenous people in our state as well.

We as a community need to go deeper into asking ourselves how we allow a system to continue that works only for those of us who have privilege. And maybe that is where we need to begin. To ask ourselves if we even realize that we live a privileged life because of the color of our skin.

This leads right back to the question that was asked to the group on Sunday evening… “What ways are you holding on to privilege; what ways will you start letting it go?”

Next Sunday the topic will be “The Healing Power of Curiosity.”

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

If you are having a birthday in June, I have a gift for you. It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup. We can do this by using Zoom, Skype or telephone. Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift. You can contact me here.

For your safety, continue to social distance and wear face masks. The church building remains closed for gatherings of all services and group meetings. All business with the church office needs to be via telephone or email.

LET’S STAY CONNECTED!

Fear – It’s Nothing To Be Afraid Of

I hold each of you in prayer as I know, like me, you are having a challenging time right now with the events happening in our state and states across the country. My heart aches because of it. We are being thrown further into questions that are essential for us to examine and emotions that need to be felt.

In times of uncertainty, our minds can easily go directly to fear, despair, anger, and worry. I know because I am no stranger to this… I wrestle with it as well.

The Board of Trustees and I realize we need a forum for processing all that is happening. We are inviting you to a Zoom event where we can share our feelings and support healing and together find creative ways to take action for justice through educating, serving, and creating community that will not only serve us but serve the greater community. We have set Sunday evening, June 7, at 7 – 8:30 for this Conscious Love Gathering.

In the talk series I am doing on Sundays from the book What is in the Way IS the Way by Mary O’Malley, this week was on “Fear – It’s Nothing to be Afraid Of.” I am going to only give you a snippet from the talk because I want you to read a first-hand account of turning and facing the fear.

Eckhart Tolle says, “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.”

In other words, your life is for you – no matter what is happening! This is the truth.

With Rev Elizabeth Peterson’s permission, I am posting her account of being at the protest in Portland on Monday afternoon:

I have not spoken nor posted very much about the murder of George Floyd. My heart has been breaking but, as a white person, I did not feel ok about offering… well, anything except love. I have been in almost constant prayer. Sending love to ANYONE and EVERYONE but not publicly doing much on Facebook or elsewhere.

I had this talk with God that if I was to do more, then SHOW ME! If that meant going to Minneapolis, then I would go. I made a decision yesterday. Even with the threat of the coronavirus and also a broken toe, I decided to go to the protest in Portland, Maine. Interestingly enough, I had GREAT DIFFICULTY finding out any information about it. I have gone to some protests and have ALWAYS been able to find out information and to find it easily. But not for this. Jordan saw a post on Instagram and that is how we found out where to go.

I can’t write all of the details of the event, as it is too overwhelming. I can’t even really put into words how this felt, so I just want to highlight some aspects.

I have no idea how many people were there, but it was A LOT. The organizers said it was the biggest crowd they have had, and this was the third day of protests.

At a rally in Portland Sunday, protesters of George Floyd’s death gather on the steps of the Portland Police Department..
CAITLIN TROUTMAN / MAINE PUBLIC

 

A police officer came over to the group before it started and noted that the police were there to protect us. He introduced himself. He noted that he totally believed in what we were doing and wanted to make sure that everyone was safe! After he finished talking and went back across the street, I went over to talk to him. I thanked him for doing his job and how I am sure that isn’t easy right now. I told him that I do not believe that ALL police officers are bad. He thanked me for coming to talk to him and again stated how he felt that what we were doing was a great thing and it was his job to make sure everyone was safe. He was white and I am white. Would it have been different if I was black?

We started walking and chanting slogans such as Black Lives Matter, Say his name George Floyd, I can’t breathe. And, it felt amazing to be walking side by side with black people and white people peacefully.

We get to the Portland Police Station where they have tried to put up a memorial for George Floyd, but it keeps being taken down. One of the organizers said that we will be there every day to put it back up again. Then she told us to lay down on our stomachs. There were people as far as I could see. Not much for social distancing but I believe everyone had a mask on. So, down on our stomachs we go. People were laying partially on me…. and on my broken toe. So, I was in pain. I laid there on my stomach with my head down. I was there of my own free will as part of a peaceful protest and the image of George Floyd being detained AGAINST HIS WILL with a police officer with his knee on his neck overwhelmed me.

I burst into tears and just sobbed for George and for ALL THE BLACK LIVES that have been lost due to hatred. I smelled the concrete. I felt the pain of my broken toe. The closeness of people who could be carrying the coronavirus… AND I WAS MAKING THE CHOICE to be there. NO ONE was forcing me.

Again…I SOBBED. It felt like an eternity that we lay there. People started to get up. The organizer then told us to go home and do it again as we hadn’t even been there for 9 minutes. WHAT???!!!!! OH MY GOD! The fear, the pain, all of it… and we didn’t even last for the whole 9 minutes. And at any time I could get up and walk away!

Then we walked to City Hall. On the way there, people start running off to the right and there was a police car with its lights on. People started kicking the car and yelling at the officers. None of the organizers were there. The officers sat in their cars. It felt like “some” of the protesters WANTED to start violence. I stood there praying and holding love for all.

At City Hall, the organizers spoke again. A young black woman noted how great it was for white people to be there. She also noted that when it was all over, we white folks would go home. She would go home and still be black. She would wake up and still be black. We white people can do our nice little thing… and then walk away. She also stated how someone at work THAT VERY DAY had asked her if her hair was real????!!!!!!!!! That is something I have never had to deal with. NONE OF THIS HAVE I EVER HAD TO DEAL WITH. As I stood throughout this whole event, I just kept being reminded of how privileged I am and always have been without even giving it a second thought.

We walked back to the police station. Chanting slogans: No Justice No Peace. No Racist Police. Say his name George Floyd. Black Lives Matter. What does democracy look like… THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!

Back at the police station, the memorial was still there… for now. The organizers spoke some more and then asked people to PEACEFULLY go home. We had been there about 2.5 hours I think. We started to walk away. There was a police car with its light flashing. People were making a white wall. Most people were there peacefully but again there were just a few… and they were white that seemed like they wanted to incite violence. They were right in the officers’ faces screaming things like “You #@#%+@# coward.” No need of that. So, again I prayed and held LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for all. The protestors kept asking the officers to please kneel to show their solidarity. An older officer did kneel, and the crowd erupted in cheers. I talked to one of the other officers and thanked him for doing his job and how his job right now cannot be easy. He told me that he 100 percent believes in and agrees with the protestors AND… his job is to make sure EVERYONE is safe. I know that not ALL officers/people believe this because if they did, we would not need to be here.

As we were leaving again, a huge truck was stopped in the middle of the road and people started swearing and throwing water bottles at the truck. Jordan went running to the truck. One of the organizers asked the white people to form a wall so that no one could get closer to the truck and that hopefully that would help people to calm down so the police did not need to take further action. On her bullhorn organizer walked around the truck pleading with people to quit recording this and GO HOME! Praying was I and eventually the crowd did disperse at least where we were.

Bottom line for me. This hatred HAS TO STOP! HAS TO. I have not realized… and really I still don’t… how privileged my life has been just because I was born with a lighter skin tone. This sickens me. I also realized last night that I will NEVER EVER KNOW the fear that black people live with ALL THE TIME.

I do not understand how people can hate another person because of the color of their skin and I will NEVER EVER understand that. Thank you God!

What as my privileged white self can I do? I can continue to be there. Speaking Up. Standing Up. Letting everyone know THIS IS NOT OK. I, as a white person, stand with ALL PEOPLE of COLOR……THIS IS NOT #@%^&@# OK.

I pray. I LOVE. I stand in peace and will continue to do so as long as I am able.

Thank you, Elizabeth for letting this be published.

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

If you are having a birthday in June, I have a gift for you. It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup. We can do this by using Zoom, Skype or telephone. Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift. You can contact me here.

For your safety, continue to social distance and wear face masks. The church building remains closed for gatherings of all services and group meetings. All business with the church office needs to be via telephone or email.

LET’S STAY CONNECTED!

What’s in the Way IS the Way – Part 2

As we are beginning to see businesses opening here in Maine you may be wondering what is our time frame for regathering in person to hold our services. Your Board of Trustees and I are in discussion about this very topic. Like many of you, we want to be able to have face to face conversations and to be in community together however, we also want to be sure we can do it in a safe way for everyone.

A shout out to Dee Capoldo; he has been making good use of this time of sheltering in place and as a result has completed the necessary studies to become an ordained minister. Congratulations, Dee!

As we continue the series of talks from the book, What is in the Way, IS the Way by Mary O’Malley. This week the focus was getting to know the meadow. The meadow of well-being is our natural home. It is the place our soul longs for but often misses because we have withdrawn from an actual experience of life. Instead of experiencing life, we think about life.

In our home of well-being, there are five core qualities: flow, spaciousness, light, love, and stillness.

Let’s take a look at each of them briefly.

Flow: Everything in the meadow is about flow. There is flow, there is ebb. There is expansion, there is contraction. We need these polarities to live.

Spaciousness: Life loves space. The universe is spaciousness. Imagine it is 24.8 trillions miles to the closest star! You are filled with spaciousness. The 1000 trillion atoms that make up your being are filled mostly with space.

Light: Light is thought to be a vital ingredient in all atoms, thus all has and is light!

Plato says that tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Jesus taught to let our light shine, not to hide it under the bushel of clouds. Carl Jung says that the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.

Love: O’Malley has an interesting definition of LOVE: The movement of Light through us.

As we experience the movement of energy through us rather than trying to control it, we are experiencing LOVE! Love permeates everything. Love makes the world go round.

Stillness: The dance of life, the dance of electrons, the movement of earth and stars arises out of a stillness that births all the varied forms of life.

As we spend time in nature, in meditation, in Mindfulness, we can catch a glimpse of this underlying stillness. As we are willing to be curious about what is happening within ourselves, stillness reveals itself. Stillness is not empty, but full and rich with Life, Love, and Intelligence.

If you missed the service on Sunday, you can watch it on YouTube and get the full message of the meadow.

This Sunday will be “Fear – It’s Nothing To Be Afraid Of.” Hope to see you then.

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

If you are having a birthday in May, I have a gift for you. It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup. We can do this by using Zoom, Skype or telephone. Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift. You can contact me here.

For your safety, continue to social distance and wear face masks. The church building remains closed for gatherings of all services and group meetings. All business with the church office needs to be via telephone or email.

LET’S STAY CONNECTED!

What’s in the Way IS the Way – Part 1

As the days flow into weeks we continue to be “staying in place” with no real end in sight. How are you doing? You are in my prayers daily… I pray for your good health both body and mind. With the weather warming up, getting out and walking does wonders for our well-being as we see nature coming alive with new life everywhere.

On Sunday we stretched even further than we have with technology by having Claudia Carawan as our guest musician. Claudia has been a friend of mine for many years and it was nice to be able to introduce her to our community. Thank you, Deana, for stretching with me to make this happen. I just heard back from Daniel Namond, and he will join us live on June 7.

A new series began on Sunday based on the book What’s in the Way IS the Way by Mary O’Malley. I think you are going to enjoy this series. This book invites us to let go of making life a struggle and just enjoy the adventure that it truly is. How fitting as we are in the midst of this pandemic.

O’Malley believes as we do that we carry a sense of well-being with us always. She uses the meadow as a metaphor for our OKness. As children we live in the meadow. Everything is new and exciting… we view everything with curiosity. As we grow thoughts begin to fill our head and start to tell ourselves stories about ourselves and about Life. The clouds in the sky begin to lower and circle around our heads. At first they are just wispy clouds that don’t fully block our experience of the meadow.

All you can see are the ever-shifting clouds in your mind. Most people live in a cloud of ideas about Life with which they struggle, rather than directly experiencing life itself. The clouds of ideas and the struggle separate us from knowing our OKness at the heart of Life in the Meadow.

Mary provides tools to stay in the meadow.

Tool No. 1 is Going into the Heart

Your Heart is an energy center that “fills your whole being with its wisdom energy.”

Remember someone you care about and allow yourself to feel that care deeply. Notice your chest expanding and opening up.

Now think about something that makes you angry; notice how your heart’s energy center closes down.

It is your heart rather than your mind that is the source of wisdom, healing, and love, and it is very smart.

We can also develop compassionate curiosity. When the mind is curious, we learn to live in mystery instead of story. Life becomes an adventure.

Pause: Take a moment to listen to Life… notice the sounds around you… spend a few seconds on one sound and then move to another sound…

Did you notice you were not thinking… you were using your mind to be curious about life rather than thinking about it… you were experiencing the moment…

Tool No. 2 is Curiosity

Compassionate curiosity allows you to watch your thoughts rather than get caught up in them, so you have a choice to unhook from them by turning your attention to what is actually happening, not your ideas about it. You can also then move into the wisdom of your heart.

Mary writes: Simply let all pass through you, knowing that at any moment only a small part of you has a problem with Life. The rest of you is at peace.

CALL TO ACTION

To know that we are always OK and we trust Life to give us what we need, but not necessarily what we want.

We have the ability to see life as a series of events that are happening for us, not to us. Whatever is in the way is the way! Our lessons challenge us so they can lead us back to our hearts!

Here is an affirmation for you: RIGHT NOW, THIS IS LIFE, AND IT’S OKAY!

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

If you are having a birthday in May, I have a gift for you. It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup. We can do this by using Zoom, Skype or telephone. Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift. You can contact me here.

For your safety, continue to social distance and wear face masks. The church building remains closed for gatherings of all services and group meetings. All business with the church office needs to be via telephone or email.

LET’S STAY CONNECTED!

Mother’s Day Service

Last in the Series: 6 Steps to Spiritual Maturity:
Step 5: I commit to developing a conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.
Step 6: I demonstrate spiritual maturity by practicing these principles in all areas of my life.

I always like to start my message with something personal or exciting and will do so this week. However, as I am writing this, I am waiting for a technician from Spectrum to arrive and troubleshoot my internet. If you were watching on Sunday right in the middle of the service, I lost connection. I came back on in time to complete almost the whole service and it went out again. What I don’t understand, and I don’t need to, is that Deana was able to continue broadcasting and finish up. So I chalked up Sunday’s debacle to it being Mother’s Day and the lines were being overloaded with families gathering in the way we do now by either Face Timing or Zooming. Well, I was wrong with that assumption. I was doing the Midday Faith Lift today and it happened again. So, there you have it why the Spectrum technician… something is wrong with the internet.

Well, we are in the ninth week of social distancing and staying at home. How are you doing? Who could have ever imagined anything like this in our lifetime! Please let me know if you have a need that we can help with.

The last two steps from the Six Steps of Spiritual Maturity were the focus of the message on Sunday. They are:

Step 5: I commit to developing a conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation, and

Step 6: Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.

Prayer is not about changing God or removing the bumps in the road. Prayer is about changing us.

Prayer is synchronizing oneself in consciousness with the cosmic flow, which is God’s eternal willingness.

God can do no more for you than he can do through you. If you are not taking time to slow down and plug in, you are going to be out of step.

Here are tips for creating a habit of prayer…

1. Recognize your need for prayer…
2. Don’t be afraid of catching a habit
3. Have a morning routine
4. Build prayer into everyday tasks that just require hand…  e.g. laundry, cooking, mowing…
5. Pray with someone on a regular basis… prayer partner
6. Instead of saying you need to pray, just start praying
7. Make a commitment to prayer…
8. Write down answered prayer
9. Remember the more you pray the more you want to pray

For Step 6: “Merely owning a deluxe set of bodybuilding equipment does not produce physical improvement. Gains are made only when these tools are consistently used. In the same way, comprehending the nature of God and humankind, understanding the power of the mind, and knowing how to pray will not stimulate spiritual growth unless applied to daily living.” — Keys to the Kingdom

God works through each of us to bring more of God’s life, love, and wisdom into the world. Know that God is with you in whatever action you decide to take.

Next Sunday I will begin a new series from the book What’s in the Way IS the WAY by Mary O’Malley. You are going to enjoy this series.

I have kept the best for last. If you have read this whole message you will get the gift… this coming Sunday we will have an award-winning singer/songwriter whose music runs deep… live from Richmond, VA: Claudia Carawan. Google her and listen to her great music. You will love her… she will be here with our own Deana. What a great lineup…

Speaking of lineup…  have you contacted Rev. Elizabeth to let her know what you will be offering for the Talent Show? It has been postponed from next Sunday night but it will still be happening, just at a future date.

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

6 Steps to Spiritual Maturity: Step 4

Step 4: Using denials and affirmations, I cleanse my consciousness of all error thoughts.

Gratitude means paying attention – noticing God in the small things. And, in these times, you are my reason for gratitude.

I see God in the comment stream on the Facebook page whenever we go live with our Midday Faith Lift, Wednesday Night Meditation, or Sunday Celebration service.

God shows up as each of you on the Coffee Hour Zoom call following the Sunday service. God moves through our community in the care you all offer one another.

I have also seen and felt God working through the generosity of many of you who have supported Unity Center for Spiritual Growth during these weeks of “Staying at Home” as you continue to support us through your tithes and offerings. Thank you to those who have become consistent givers; we are grateful for your commitment and support.

I have some good news to share with you. We have received funds from the Payroll Protection Plan Stimulus, and we are assured of payroll for the next two months. Your Board of Trustees is monitoring the guidelines that are coming from the Maine CDC and Governor Mills and will keep you informed when we feel it is safe to begin to have services once again from our sanctuary.

I also want to give a shout out to you who have signed up for Automatic Giving. I know this can be a stretch for some to use this form to give of your tithes and offerings. In the reading I have been doing regarding church post-coronavirus, passing the offering basket will not be happening, so we are encouraged to invite you to do automatic giving or to go to our donate button as another online option. Of course, checks in the mail are always welcome.

On Sunday I continued with Step 4 of the Six Steps to Spiritual Maturity. It is: Using denials and affirmations, I cleanse my consciousness of all error thoughts.

This is one of my favorite steps because when I learned about denials and affirmations my life changed. I had learned about affirmations but never about denials. These are “handles to power.”

The most necessary part of learning is to unlearn our errors. Our purpose in Unity is to learn to see rightly. A denial is the first practical step toward seeing rightly by wiping out of our minds the mistaken beliefs that raise such havoc in our lives.

The definition of denial is a declaration that something is untrue; its purpose is to cleanse. We do not deny things out of existence; we deny wrong thoughts about them.

Charles Fillmore in the book Prosperity says, “Denial usually comes first. It sweeps out the debris and makes room for the new tenant that is brought into the mind by the affirmation.”

An affirmation is a strong, true statement about yourself or a situation.

Here is an example to be used if you are longing for Peace of Mind:

• The denial is: This anxiety, confusion, or fear is powerless to take or keep my good from me.
• The affirmation is: Divine love now dissolves and dissipates all anxious, confused, or fearful thoughts, and I am peaceful in Mind and heart.

As you change your beliefs you change your life. Denials are the belief changers.

Take away:

• The tools for cleansing our conscious and subconscious mind are denials and affirmations.
• Both our thinking and feeling is engaged in the process of denials and affirmations.
• Denial is our ability to release the energy and power we have invested in negative (error) thinking…feeling…beliefs.
• Affirmations confirm the conscious recognition of Truth.

This coming Sunday we will complete the series with Steps 5 and 6:

Step 5: I commit to developing a conscious contact with God through prayer and meditation.

Step 6: I demonstrate spiritual maturity by practicing these principles in all areas of my life.

I leave you with this thought from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings: “The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.”

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

6 Steps to Spiritual Maturity: Step 3

Step 3: Through Introspection I Identify the Thoughts I Hold That Create My Experience

My intent in writing this is to give you something personal that either we have experienced or from my interactions with you. However, this morning I am rather stumped. What I am finding, and many of you may be also, is that my days look about the same and so not much newsworthy is happening. I am taking an online class with Mirabai Starr which I am enjoying. The course is called Live the Sacred Blessings of the Women Mystics

Mirabai Starr

Mirabai Starr

and Goddesses. Taking this class makes me realize how blessed we will be when she comes here in November. She is a real wealth of information and inspiration. The homework for this week is to write for 10 minutes starting with this carrier phrase “When I grow still…”. I invite you to take 10 minutes in your day, set a timer, and see what nuggets reveal themselves. I found it very helpful.

I am also doing some work with Mary Reed. You may remember when Mary came a year ago this past fall and she delighted us with her presence and mystical teachings. You can find her on YouTube and her website, unwittingmystic.com. She has a course offered for free or love offering called Divine 444. Check it out.

On Sunday I continued with the series “6 Steps to Spiritual Maturity,” which I had begun prior the Easter season. This Sunday was Step 3:Through Introspection I Identify the Thoughts I Hold that Create My Experience. Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind. This is the law of mind action, and with it we make our own world.

Charles Fillmore, in his book The Twelve Powers of Man, says: “Man is the power of God in action. To man is given the highest power in the universe, the conscious power of thought.”

Think on this quote a moment… we are all God’s creation and have been given the conscious power of thought. Fillmore also says in Keep a True Lent that: “The thinking faculty in man makes him a free agent, because it is his creative center; in and through this one power, he establishes his consciousness—he builds his world.” We have been given free will and with that free will we get to build our world.

If God has the power to give us the ability to form our thoughts, have you ever wondered why our thoughts aren’t all good. H. Emilee Cady, author of Lessons in Truth, a primary Unity teaching, gives a very clear answer to this question.

Lessons in TruthShe says, “Is it difficult for you to understand why, if God lives in us all the time, He does not keep our thoughts right instead of permitting us through ignorance to drift into wrong thoughts, and so bring trouble on ourselves? Well, we are not automatons. Your children will never learn to walk alone if you always do their walking. Because you recognize that the only way for them to be strong, self-reliant in all things — in other words, to become independent adults — is to throw them on themselves, and let them, through experience, come to a knowledge of things for themselves, you are not willing to make a mere puppet of them by taking the steps for them, even though you know that they will fall down many times and give themselves severe bumps in their ongoing toward perfect physical adulthood.”

I quoted many other pearls of wisdom from her on Sunday as well.

As you go through your days, only allow thoughts that build you and others up stay in your mind because thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.

Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”

Let the words of your mouth and the meditations of your heart be acceptable — build up the world. In thy sight and in yours.

Next Sunday will be Step 4: Using denials and affirmations, I cleanse my consciousness of all error thoughts.

It is not too late to join the class tomorrow on Unity from the Inside Out… contact me right now, and I will send you the material needed for tomorrow’s class.

Dear One, know that you are loved, and I am sending you a virtual hug…

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

Earth Day Celebration Service

I am a follower of Dewitt Jones. You may not know him but for years he was a photographer for National Geographic Magazine, author and film director and has a website called Celebrate What’s Right with the World. He posts some of his extraordinary photography along with a positive message. You probably picked that up just by his website title.

Many years ago, when we had a ministry in Virginia Beach, we had Dewitt come and he was wonderful. Now you are probably wondering where I am going with this and I am about to tell you. I want to celebrate what is right in the world of Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. This past Sunday we had the largest viewership to date. The reason for that is because you are sharing when watching our service. Keep up the good work!

I also want to celebrate the music Deana provided on Sunday. The comments from so many were to let us know how much you appreciated the selection of music as well as how much you appreciate Deana and her beautiful calm presence and soothing voice. These are just a few of the things that are right in our world. I invite you to take stock in your own life right now and celebrate what is right in your world.

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. Another thing to celebrate. On Sunday I dedicated the service to Earth Day. I applied Earth Care with our five basic principles.

1st Principle: “Oneness of All Creation” (One Presence & Power)
There is One Source of Life, absolutely good, all powerful, all knowing, All Spirit. Everywhere always in all Creation.

2nd Principle – “Being in Relationship” (Spark of divinity)
There is Absolute Awareness of perfect unity and relationship in every aspect of Creation. Human beings are conscious of this awareness.

3rd Principle – “Speaking Spirit to Spirit” (Law of Mind-Action)
All Creation emanates from One Source of Divine Mind. Thoughts held in mind reproduce in Kind.

4th Principle – “Befriending Silence” (Affirmative Prayer/the Silence)
Through affirmative prayer & meditation, separation from Creation is dissolved and Unity of Divine Mind is affirmed.

5th Principle – “The Flow of Life” (live the Truth we know)
Divine Mind transforms the Created World through each demonstration of Truth.

I did expand on each of these and you can hear that when you watch the service.

For the meditation I used an adapted version from Living in Balance: A Dynamic Approach for Creating Harmony and Wholeness in a Fragmented World by Joel & Michelle Levey.

I ended by a speech attributed to Chief Seattle in 1854:

The President in Washington sends word that he wishes to buy our land.

How can you buy or sell the sky, the land?

The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air or the spark of the water, then how can you buy them?

Every part of this Earth is sacred to my people; every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every meadow, every humming insect.

All are holy in the memory and experience of my people. We know the sap that courses through the trees as we know the blood that courses through our veins.

We are a part of the Earth, and it is part of us. The perfumed flowers are our sisters. The bear, the deer, the great eagle: these are our brothers. The rocky crests, the juices in the meadow, the body heat of the pony, and the man all belong to the same family.

“Will you teach your children what we have taught our children: that the Earth is our mother? What befalls the Earth, befalls all the sons of the Earth. This we know: The Earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the Earth.

All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand of it. Whatever he does to the Earth, he does to himself.

One thing we know: our God is also your God. The Earth is precious to him, and to harm the Earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

The complete message is in today’s video. You will hear the closing song that got so many comments. It is Colors of the Wind by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz for the Walt Disney movie Pocahontas.

In celebration of Earth Day and in the kick-off of our Season for the Earth, Anna Ritchie and I have been chatting about our gardens this year. Anna has a vision and here is an excerpt from her email to me:
”…but I’ve been meaning to email you to see if we could do the gardens and potentially expand to be ‘victory garden-ish.’ Gardens feel safer than grocery stores right now 😉 and planting seeds is a message of hope and journey for a future, which I think we can all use.”

If you are interested in hearing more about the project and how you might be able to help, let me know and I will then set up a Zoom call for us all to vision and plan for feeding our own and others.

Have a great week… find things to celebrate and know you are not alone; we are in this together.

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