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Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Paul K. Chappell
There is still time to register for the Peace Literacy Training with Paul K. Chappell! If you are concerned about what you are seeing in our world at this time, then this training is so important for you. Here are a couple of quotes from Paul’s book, Soldiers of Peace:
“All societal injustices are based on simple myths. If we do not challenge these myths, we cannot defeat injustice.”
“Violence cannot heal the root causes of our problems, because violence cannot defeat the underlying myths that sustain injustice.”
Paul will be debunking these myths and give us sound truths which can be used to stand up to injustices that we are seeing in our society. Do not wait! Register now.
This week our center is home to Spirit Camp and we have many little people daily having a fun and educational experience with Eva Goulette. I love the idea that their curious, adventurous energy is imbuing our facility. I am sure when you arrive on Sunday you will feel it, too.
On Sunday the message was focused on “The Light of Understanding.” From scripture we read from 2 Timothy 2:7: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you divine understanding in all things.”
And from Proverbs 2:3-5: “If you indeed cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as bidden treasures – then you will understand the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, writes in his book Revealing Word: “Spiritual understanding is the quickening of the Spirit within. Spiritual understanding is the ability of the mind to apprehend and realize the laws of thought and the relation of ideas one to another.”
He aligns the power with the disciple Thomas (Doubting Thomas). “After Jesus’ resurrection the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’”
So how does Doubting Thomas represent UNDERSTANDING? Thomas, on the one hand, represents our doubts about the invisible truths in life. Jesus, on the other hand, represents our Christ nature – our eternal indwelling divinity. We have both aspects within ourselves.
Doubting Thomas is the part of us that doubts but seeks to understand. Understanding can come through prayer, meditation, study or in a flash.
From the book Divine Audacity, there are practices to cultivate Understanding – here are a few…
Journal about understanding…here are some questions to reflect upon:
• Write about a time when you misunderstood another person’s words or actions and later learned what he or she actually meant. What strategies have you developed, or could you employ, to avoid jumping to conclusions and instead seek understanding?
• Write about your understanding of GOD. How has your understanding changed through the years? Who and what have influenced your current understanding?
• Create or select a symbol for understanding to display where you will see it often. Some examples: a gold star or coin; a light bulb or flashlight; an original drawing, collage, or sculpture.
Here is a great affirmation: I claim my power of Understanding Now. I know Divine Ideas.
Join me next week as we look at the Light of Will.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey