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Principles of Prosperity: Relationships

“Principles of Prosperity: Relationships. Our Place in an Abundant Universe”

Second in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey

Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi said, “Voluntary service of others demands the best of which one is capable.”

This talk on Prosperity Principles focuses on relationships and our place in an abundant Universe.

The relationship we develop with God (or whatever your name for God is) is very private and personal and is the foundation of our prosperity. We demonstrate prosperity in our lives when we serve God, and we serve God through serving the people around us.

I SERVE GOD THROUGH SERVING THE PEOPLE AROUND ME
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The most prospering decision you can make is to see everything you do with new eyes… as I often say, put on your God glasses and see whatever you are doing; whether it is your work, caring for a parent, child or grandchild, see it with eyes that further the will and the work of God.

When we are working for God it is God who compensates us. Our good may not come from the place we think or expect. God has many ways to bring prosperity to us and is not limited to sources we think logical. Therefore, our prosperity always needs to go to the edge of what we believe possible.

We all have a comfort zone, in which we can be quite cozy. As we get to the edge of that comfort zone, however, the coziness disappears, and we can become a little nervous. This is where we always need to be, at the edge, because that is how we grow. As we keep pushing the edge of our comfort zone out further and further, we begin to find the world a very comfortable and friendly environment.

So I am living this week at the edge of my comfort zone… I have passed beyond it! A couple of weeks ago I got a call from the scheduler for Maine Calling with Jennifer Rooks that airs on MPR at 1 p.m. daily, asking if I would be on a panel discussing New Thought on Friday August 16. Of course, my immediate response was “yes,” which is what I am known to do without thinking through what is being asked of me. I am very excited and somewhat nervous as well… certainly beyond my comfort zone.

I also get to put into practice what I am sharing with you. It is appropriate for the Universe to support all of us. The Universe does support us at the level of our service when we allow it by being receptive. My saying “yes” is receiving what the Universe has to give me and Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. Giving and receiving are related; anyone who wants to be a great giver must also be a great receiver, allowing good to flow freely.

There is much more to be said on this topic, so listen to the complete message.

The affirmation we closed with is this: “I am richly compensated by a loving, lavish God for all the service that I render to the world.”

Next Sunday will be “Freedom: Making Room for Abundance.” I hope you will join me. The Levins will be with us as our guest musicians.

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

 

Principles of Prosperity: Foundation

“Principles of Prosperity: Foundation, The basic Building Block”

First in a series of Sunday messages by Rev. Pat Bessey

During the Season for Nonviolence in early 2019 we created 1000 cranes for our tree in the sanctuary. The cranes are a symbol of peace. Each week when I see that tree, I am reminded of the story of Saduko. Saduko was just two years old when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on her home country of Japan. She survived the explosion however at the age of 11 years old she discovered that she had leukemia, a form of cancer many people called the ‘atom bomb disease’. The leukemia was a result of radiation poisoning from the bomb.

I am retelling you this story because August 6 – 9 is the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The cranes as a symbol of peace are just as relevant today as they were back in 1954 when they were first created as a call for peace.

On Sunday was the first talk of the series Prosperity Principles and its focus was “Whatever I believe in will come to pass”. This is the gateway to the infinite, the wondrous key, the open sesame! What you believe in your heart is what you get. “All things are possible to him that believeth” … Mark 9:33 (KJV)

Unity minister Eric Butterworth says in his book “Spiritual Economics, “There is no way that you can really begin to understand ‘spiritual economics’ (prosperity) or to make it work until you are free from the sense of God ‘up there’ and be on fire with the awareness of the Presence of God within.”

This is where faith comes into play. Butterworth defines faith as consciousness centered in the universal source.

Faith is not the magic wand that makes God work nor does it release some kind of miracle power. Faith is not a vague process of believing in something out there. It is a positive act of turning on the faith that is already within each of us.

Prosperity is possible for everyone. However, true prosperity can only be built on a firm foundation of a clear belief system.

What is meant by a clear belief system? There are two important questions we have to answer to get that clarity…

1. What we believe is the nature of God
2. What we believe is the nature of humankind…

And the relationship between the two…

Our belief system is our very own personal conviction of the nature of God, not what society tells us or what our parents believed, and the same is true for the nature of humankind.

Our belief about God and humankind has two aspects…

• Intellectual
• Emotional

The intellect leads us to a decision, the emotions move it into our experience, and the desire for the experience may be a powerful factor in our decision- making process.

The intellectual belief that prosperity is possible combined with an emotional belief that you are not worthy of prosperity will result in poverty every time. When the emotions and intellect argue, the emotions always win.

A clear belief system is the melding of the intellectual and emotional sides of our nature, unifying the creative with the logical, pulling us together as a whole.

In Sunday’s talk I give examples of how the intellect and the emotions work. To listen click here…to go even deeper into this subject please join me tonight at 6:30 – 8:00 and every Wednesday for the next six weeks.

Most of us tend to prefer either the intellectual/cognitive or emotional/intuitive sides of our natures, and our need is to balance the two.

Here is a good thought to take with you through the week and spend some time meditating on…
God is the source of all abundance.
God can do no more through me than I am willing to experience.

Next Sunday will be “Relationships: Our Place in an Abundant Universe.” I hope you will join me. Julie Thompson will be with us as our guest vocalist.

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

Moving From Ordinary Awareness to Sacred Awareness

Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Rosie Deer Heart

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Here we are at the end of July… my, how fast summer is slipping away. Why is it that winter doesn’t seem to go by as quickly? Have you noticed that?

Rev. LeRoy and I took a mini-vacation this past week and went to New Brunswick and Gaspe, which is part of Quebec. We had a great time and the good news was that we found that Rev. LeRoy is up to traveling again. YAY!!! It is amazing what a change of scenery and staying out of the news and computer will do for your mental attitude.

Sunday was an amazing day! I know I say that every week and they are all amazing. The 8 a.m. service had two new couples join us. Both are new to the area.

The 10 a.m. service was a 10… Rosie Deer Heart was our guest speaker, and she gave us a lot to think about. She was talking about “future pull” and future pull is when we have a stirring in our soul and it is causing us to feel a sense of discontent. It is a place of not knowing, and yet knowing you can’t ignore it. She talked about being willing to sit in the discontent and wait for more to be revealed. Future pull is never something that you can figure out easily. That you already have the answer for. It is something that is calling you way beyond what you already know.

Here is a quote from her book, Living Future Pull: A Spiritual Memoir: “In my experience, soul calls often felt like breakthrough moments and sometimes epiphanies. For a time, I existed in liminal space where my former ways of being no longer fit and a new, more expanded way of being in the world had not yet taken hold. Like a snake that has shed its skin to make room for expansion, I felt vulnerable (especially since my soul skin was invisible.) My familiar former roles no longer felt fulfilling.”

Do you resonate with this? If so, join Rosie and many of us at our women’s retreat, Reclaiming Your Preciousness, in September. Register today and ask a friend or family member to join you. They will be so grateful that you invited them. You might even share with them how to listen to the talk from Sunday.

Next Sunday I will be starting a new series on the Principles of Prosperity. This will be the cliff note version of the class that will begin on Wednesday, August 7. Please join me for this expanded understanding of abundance in your life.

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

Rapping with the Revs

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey, Rev. Lowella and Rev. Airin Wolf.

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey: WHEW! It surely was a hot weekend… I hope that you were where it was cool. Sunday proved to be pretty cool at Unity Center for Spiritual Growth! As I told folks I was a little nervous, however, as I was stepping outside my comfort zone during the service. I am someone who scripts her talks and most of you know that about me and I am not one to leave things to chance. However, that is exactly what it was for me on Sunday. I asked Rev. LeRoy and Rev. Airin Wolf to join me in what I called “Rapping with the Revs.”

We would field questions from those who were attending the service pertaining to their spiritual journey. Once the question was asked, whichever one of us had something to contribute shared our thoughts. If you are interested in hearing the questions and responses, please listen to this week’s message.

The feedback we got was very positive, and we were asked to do it in the future. With that feedback I will feel comfortable to offer it again.

I want to encourage you to come next Sunday, as Rosie Deer Heart will be our guest speaker at the 10 a.m. service. Rosie has been connected to Unity Center for Spiritual Growth for 30 years, that I am aware of. Rosie, Rev. LeRoy and I were part of a meditation group that met every morning at 7 a.m. during Lent in 1990, when the ministry was located on Columbia Road. Rosie has authored several books, and her latest is Living Future Pull: A Spiritual Memoir.

Rosie will be our Women’s Retreat Facilitator in September. You will not want to miss this intuitive soul mentor, who was a speaker at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. in Virginia Beach, VA this spring.

I want to invite you to join me for a new class I am offering on prosperity. I will be sharing 10 basic principles that will be life-transforming for you. This is not about getting more money, although certainly that may happen; however, it is more about transforming your prosperity consciousness. The class will begin on Wednesday, August 7, at 6:30-8 p.m. for seven weeks. Sign up next Sunday or email me that you will be joining the class. I look forward to hearing from you.

Today I am wishing Rev. LeRoy a happy 77th Birthday… if you want to send him a birthday wish, his email is travelingrev@gmail.com.

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

Finding Your Song

Dennis Warner

Sunday Message and Music by Guest Presenter Dennis Warner

Dennis has toured all 50 states and beyond, released 10 CDs, authored Beads on One String and performed in concert at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

Have I told you lately how much I love my job! Sundays are the highlight of my week. I can hardly believe I am saying that when there was a time that I dreaded Sunday morning. Come Saturday night when I was putting the last-minute touches on the talk, I was giving the next morning, I would tell LeRoy, “I can’t do this. You need to talk tomorrow. I will do all the administrative stuff that is required of us as ministers, but I can’t do Sunday morning.” His reply to me always was, “Yes, you can do it, and you will do it well.” Come Sunday morning I would get through it somehow and then come home and spend the afternoon rolled up in the fetal position reviewing the morning and all the places I felt I screwed up. It was not pretty, and it was not fun. This went on for a few years and then I finally decided something had to change. I began to accept my style of speaking and stop comparing myself to those who I thought were so much better than I was. I will say here that those who I was holding myself up against had been doing ministry a lot longer than I had, but somehow that didn’t make a difference for me.

So I tell you all of this because this past Sunday we had Dennis Warner as our guest speaker and musician and Dennis talked about finding our own song. He shared that in his early years as a musician he would go to Nashville several times a year and take song writing courses and beat down the doors of recording studios and record producers hoping to become the next Garth Brooks (who by the way had not even been popular then). What Dennis finally discovered is that he had to be himself and that his music had to come from his heart, not his head. Once he made that discovery he never looked back, and his career took him in a new direction. He shared with us how important it is to find our own song. That doesn’t necessarily translate to becoming singers, but what it does say is: Find who you are and use your voice and talents to be the best you that you can be, to make a difference in the world.

By the way, if you were with us on Sunday, you got to see firsthand how everything may not go as smoothly as we would like (technical issues), and yet it didn’t take anything away from the message. And a huge thank you to Chris Purinton in our sound booth for editing out what was not pertinent to the talk.

This coming Sunday, we will be doing something that I have wanted to do for years and never quite had the courage, but I am letting you know I am stepping outside my comfort zone and having a “Rapping with the Ministers” Sunday at the 10 a.m. service. What this means is that myself, Rev LeRoy, Rev Airin and possibly others will be fielding questions from you in the congregation on spiritual matters that you have wanted to know. It should be a lot of fun. Who knows? It might send me home to the fetal position again… just kidding!

One last thought: This Friday evening we will be going as a community to the play Singing in the Rain at the Schoolhouse Art Center. If you would like to go, please email me ASAP, as I will be ordering tickets on Thursday morning.

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