“Principles of Prosperity: Freedom: Making Room for Abundance” —
Third in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey
I am not much for celebrations and often times major events slip right by me like the one I am going to share has… I realized this morning that on August 7, 2011 I started my journey as the lead minister here at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. If I have done the math correctly, I am entering my ninth year. Wow!
We had a rocking Sunday. The energy in the building was electric. The Levins, Ira and Julia, provided us with great music along with our own very talented Deana Gurney. We celebrated with Selma, a resident of Westbrook who passed her citizenship test this past week; we had prayed for her success the Sunday before.
Lunch was delicious… a shout out to Anna, Jody, Dee, Michelle, Ken and Martha for a great job in the kitchen.
The talk’s focus was “Making Room for Abundance.”
“Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong; it makes you bitter. Forgiving doesn’t make you weak; it sets you free.” — Dave Willis
The topic was forgiveness… the only way to create a clear channel for good in our lives is to forgive.
Forgiveness is a six-step process. The first two steps are intellectual, while the other four are emotional.
ACKNOWLEDGE OUR OWN HUMANITY
Acknowledging our own humanity means recognizing the ways we have been inconsistent with our highest and best potential. Forgiveness of self comes in acknowledging our humanity…we make mistakes…we fall short of the mark…
ACKNOWLEDGE THE DIVINITY OF ALL PEOPLE
When we recognize our own humanity and that of others, we can take the next step and acknowledge the divinity of all people. This is simply recognizing the truth about ourselves and others. This is easy to do, intellectually. “I am a child of God; every person is a child of God”.
WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE
There is a universal longing, a hunger in every human soul for forgiveness; both to be able to give it, and to receive it. Remember, you can play judge and jury just as long as you want. It will not have the slightest effect on the other person. Just being willing to forgive is a big step, because forgiving can be very difficult. Your prosperity can wait until you are ready.
FEEL YOUR FEELINGS
We tend to build walls around our wounds, separating them as far as possible from our active emotions. Remember, you can play judge and jury just as long as you want. It will not have the slightest effect on the other person…Just being willing to forgive is a big step, because forgiving can be very difficult.
PRACTICE FORGIVENESS DAILY
There will be many next times because we are alive and human and will always have lessons and challenges and because we live in the world, and we are not the only person thinking on this planet. Because we are irrevocably linked with all others, we are influenced by their thoughts and emotions.
Collective consciousness is very powerful when we allow it to be. The wonderful thing is, that when we practice forgiveness regularly, daily, we are cleansing not only our own mind but the collective consciousness of all people everywhere, making it easier and easier for others to join us in this great enterprise.
GET READY TO RECEIVE
“We must forgive as we would be forgiven. To forgive does not simply mean to arrive at a place of indifference to those who do personal injury to us; it means far more than this. To forgive is to give for — to give some actual, definite good in return for evil given.” — H. Emilie Cady
Replacing the resentment with love is a vital part of the forgiveness process, moving your soul from being a junk heap of old pain to being a holy place of God.
Nothing is lost. All the good the Universe wants to give you will come to you when you make room for it.
God is the love in which I forgive you
God is the love in which I forgive myself
I lovingly and joyously bring this love alive in the world.
This coming Sunday, Debra Engle will be back with us at the 10 a.m. service. Deb was well received last year, and we look forward to seeing her again.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey