Sunday Audio Files

Sunday Audio Files

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The Sacred Medicine of Sacrifice

Sunday message by John Two-Hawks

Message from Rev. Pat Bessey:

What a great weekend we had…it started on Friday evening with delicious food before the John Two-Hawks concert. High five to Michelle Neas and Dee Capoldo for their cooking and serving. We then had an awesome concert. Thank you to all who attended.

Sunday followed with John sharing the sacred medicine of sacrifice at the 10 a.m. service and his well-attended workshop was on the wisdom of the sacred hoop. I wouldn’t do justice to sharing high points of the talk, so I suggest you listen for yourself…

Someone asked me how we get such wonderful speakers, and I shared how blessed we are; most all contact me and say they are coming to Maine and could they share their gifts. For John and his wife Peggy it was their first time to our wonderful state, and they loved it. I feel blessed that we have the space to have them stay with us and we get to really connect and they leave as new friends.

Marjory Zoet Bankson

Speaking of wonderful speakers, next Sunday we will be hosting another guest. Marjory Zoet Bankson will be speaking at the 10 a.m. service and doing a workshop following lunch. The topic of the talk and workshop is on our calling in life.

In an article that was written on Marjory a few years ago, she was asked by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, the author of the article, to tell how she began thinking about the concept of the call. Marjory responded, “I would say it goes back to the period when I was about 13 or 14. I used to practice the pipe organ in a mortuary in Bellingham, Washington, because the mortuary was warm, and the church was cold. Seeing people who were dead gave me a sense that life itself was sacred. And if life itself was sacred, then my life was sacred.”

This experience marked the beginning of an alternative way of looking at her relationship with God and what it means to be loved by God.

Later in the article…She talks about a balance between work and quiet and firmly believes that spiritual disciplines can help us maintain that balance. They remind us that we belong to a bigger picture as part of God’s creation.

“If we can find ways of stepping into God’s more timeless realm — Kairos time, it will give us a sense of spaciousness and a sense of knowing that we have all the time we need,” Marjory emphasized. “I think that would be a tremendous antidote for the poison of the intense time pressure that people seem to be living with today.”

We must learn to see ourselves as part of a larger picture and know “that we belong to God’s story, which is much bigger than our individual lives.” Once we realize that, “we can know that if we miss the call the first time around, God will call again.” The biblical Samuel’s calling is a good metaphor. “God isn’t going to leave us sleeping. When the call comes again, this time we can wake up.”

Hope to see you on Sunday!

You are a blessing in my life
Rev. Patricia Bessey

Exploring the Roots of New Thought & Uniity

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

John Two-Hawks

I am very excited that we are hosting John Two-Hawks this weekend. It starts on Friday night with a concert and concludes on Sunday with a workshop. I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t highlight John’s accomplishments and why it is important for you to make this a priority on your calendar.

I am taking information directly from John’s website, and it is only a portion of his background. Check him out on YouTube as well to hear his beautiful flute music.

John Two-Hawks has established himself as an extraordinary performing and recording artist whose success in the music industry can be directly attributed not only to his immense talent but to the lessons he learned in his formative years. John overcame incredible odds to arrive where he is today, and he has always believed that when we heal, we can rise up from the ashes and claim our dreams. Having risen from those ashes himself, he has laid claim to some very impressive accomplishments….

Making His Mark….

John’s incredible music has earned him Grammy® and Emmy nominations, Platinum Album awards, been featured in Fox Searchlight movies, HBO films, and programs by The History Channel. He has toured the world and performed for audiences as large as 12,000. Two-Hawks’ signature brand of music is known and loved by millions around the world.

…his music – all of it – springs forth from a heart that has known suffering, and experienced healing. This is what is so present in all of John’s music, and imparts that unique, one-of-a-kind feeling of power and empathy. You can just listen, and know that you are not alone, and that you really do have a brother and a friend in John Two-Hawks….

John is bringing his Native American heritage to our Season of Inter-spiritual/Intercultural Celebration. This past Sunday I shared the roots of New Thought and Unity as a part of our Season.

What is New Thought?

New Thought is the term used to describe the metaphysical movement that began in the nineteenth century. It is a system that practices what Jesus taught – healing, unity, cooperation, seeing the good in others, and trusting God for all of our needs.

Where did New Thought begin?

Would you believe right here in Maine. A clockmaker by the name of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby is considered to be the “father” of New Thought. He lived from 1802 to 1866.

Quimby is considered the “forefather of the mental science healing groups.” He was perhaps the first to set-up what we now call controlled experiments. It has been written in more recent times that Quimby “made many discoveries which have not yet even been dreamed of by modern psychiatry.” One thing he came to feel over time was that it was religion itself that was making so many of his patients sick.

There are many to follow Quimby including the Fillmore’s, founders of Unity. This is a talk worth listening to… click here…It is a great history lesson and reminder about the roots of the New Thought movement, there have been many people who planted seeds for the next generation.

Some of us like to think of the Unity movement as an example of this, that in many ways we are ahead of our times. The question to be asked is what seeds of consciousness do you want to plant?

You are a blessing in my life
Rev. Patricia Bessey

Days of Awe: The Jewish High Holy Days

Rev. Joel Grossman

Guest Speaker Rev. Joel Grossman

Days of Awe: The Jewish High Holy Days
The Jewish high holy days, called the 10 ”Days of Awe,” start with Rosh Hashanah, the “head of the year,”  which begins on Sunday night, September 29, and ends with Yom Kippur, the “day of atonement,” on October 9. This talk focuses on the ways the Jewish people celebrate and observe this holiday period.

Rev. Joel Grossman, our guest speaker, is an Interfaith Minister who has been a hospice chaplain for 14 years and is presently Director of Spiritual Services with Constellation Hospice, Newburyport, MA. He has had a private practice as a spiritually based psychotherapist since the late ’70s. He is a founding member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME), an interfaith seminary based in Portland. Joel is a past president of his synagogue, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Newburyport, MA, and led Kabbalah classes and Jewish meditation sessions there for many years.

Principles of Prosperity: Thanksgiving

Principles of Prosperity, Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

This week concluded the series on Prosperity Principles. How fitting to end on Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude. I say this as we had our women’s retreat on Friday and Saturday at Pilgrim Lodge, 44 women attended, and we were overwhelmed with gratitude and thanksgiving. I have no doubt in my mind these women were transformed at depth in a short 24-hour period; if you were to ask them, they would agree with me. One participant wrote on Facebook “I’ve been re-arranged in the nicest of ways.” Another wrote: “My Heart is blown open.”

A hearty THANK YOU to the Retreat Team: Erin Conway, Kim Cowperthwaite, Michelle Neas and Cindy Uhl, and to Rosie Deer Heart for her amazing wisdom and skills as our facilitator. We have all reclaimed our preciousness.

Here are some thoughts to ponder regarding gratitude:

  • “Gratitude is a spiritual enzyme that hastens the fulfillment of your prayer of faith.” — Rev Charles Roth
  • Gratitude can also be translated as grace. The King James Version of Colossians 3:16 says that we are to be “singing with GRACE in our hearts.”
  • Gratitude is an attitude of grace. It means that we can see God’s grace in all things. Gratitude makes you happier and healthier.

Research is showing that gratitude is truly amazing in its physical and psychosocial benefits. Recent studies have concluded that the expression of thanksgiving can have profound and positive effects on our health, our moods and even the survival of our marriages and all other relationships.

There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.

I am inviting you into a gratitude challenge…

For the next 30 days, practice gratitude by keeping a gratitude journal. Record at least five things you are grateful for every day.

At lunch on Sunday, I stopped by the table where the Salois boys were having lunch with their father Steve, who asked Evan (fifth grade), Jake (third grade) and Gabe (first grade) to tell me what they do before going to bed at night. Their answer was to say what they were grateful for. How blessed they are to be getting this teaching at such an early age.

The more grateful you become, the more aware you will become of God as an active presence in your life. Say “thank you God” as often as possible. Write thank-you notes. Give thanks continually. Each day, note a way you practice gratitude.

Here is an affirmation for you:

I open my heart to the Beloved in a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness.
The Beloved fills me with love in overflowing measure.

To listen to Sunday’s message, click here…

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

Principles of Prosperity: Power

Principles of Prosperity: Power: Abundance through Gratitude

Sunday message by Rev. Pat Bessey

In just a few days, 44 women will be convening for our Women’s Retreat, Reclaiming Your Preciousness, at Pilgrim Lodge. I am so excited and look forward to the program that Rosie Deer Heart has for us. I also look forward to meeting some new friends as well. Not all of the 44 women are from our community.

Men, don’t feel slighted; your retreat is open for registration now. The theme is Discovering and Empowering Your Purpose. Learn more.

The message this past Sunday, in week six of the series Prosperity Principles, is about the power of the spoken word. I asked the question on Sunday: How would you feel if the conversation you were having in your head was suddenly broadcast over a public address system? I am sure you would be embarrassed, even mortified. I know there are times when I would be.

It would be quite revealing, wouldn’t it? And yet, spiritually, that is exactly what happens. Though others may not actually hear the words we say to ourselves, and though we may think that because we have kept it to ourselves no one will ever know what we are actually saying to ourselves, the effects of those words, or vibrations, cannot be hidden.

We live in a universe of vibration. You and I are wavelengths, so to speak. Every thought and every word goes forth with power to affect our lives and the universe. Every day we are choosing our experiences and our life through the words that we speak.

Everything in the universe starts with feeling and emotion. Thinking in your heart is feeling. It is the emotional experience. When we feel, we put it in words. We voice it.

Power of the spoken word is an amazing life-shaping capacity of the mind. The word you speak is creative in nature. We have far greater powers than we sometimes recognize. Every word we speak takes the full energy of who we are and sends it into life. Each word goes out to produce the conditions which correspond to our nature or character at that time. The point is, we can’t be one way and demonstrate another way. What we are is always speaking itself into existence. And it is always coming back to us as experiences, events, and relationships.

This week I invite you to pay attention to your words. Have you listened to yourself lately? First, listen to your inner, silent sound. Then listen to your words, their tones, your moods issuing forth a sound. Listen carefully, because this is your future being formed. You are hearing your future. The quality, the nature of your future is already being determined when you speak.

Your words will become fact. And then you will live in that reality and wonder where it came from. What do you hear when you listen to yourself? Sweetness, love, patience. Do your words really represent you? What do others hear from you? How does your vibration really affect them? Are you music to their ears? Your word is your bond; the universe takes you at your word. There are no idle words. Every word goes forth to do its mighty work.

Next week will conclude this series with “Thanksgiving: Abundance through Gratitude.”

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