Sunday Audio & Video Files

Sunday Audio & Video Files

 Watch previous Sunday talks here. Rev. Pat Bessey’s follow-up messages, published with the video files, provide additional insights and news about Unity Center for Spiritual Growth. 

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Living Originally: I Am the Author of My Life

Sunday service with Rev. Robert Brumet and Rev. Pat Bessey

THIS SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. Facebook Live and YouTube… 10 a.m. in-person service!

I had so much fun on Sunday being with my friend and colleague Rev. Robert Brumet from Kansas City, MO. I had the opportunity to interview Robert on many different topics. He is the author of several books, such as Finding Yourself in Transition, Birthing a Greater Reality and the latest, which is Living Originally. I have been using that for a talk series over the last few months.

Rev. Robert Brumet

Rev. Robert Brumet

Robert has been an ordained Unity minister for 41 years and how he got to Unity and the prophesy that he received on his first visit is a wonderful story that he told us. He shared from the last chapter in the book, “I am the author of my life,” that we are merely actors in this game called life and as the actor (ego) we play the role perfectly.

From the book, he writes, “The ego has a counterpart: the Omega-self, which is an infinitely older and wiser version of itself. It authors the story. The only separation between these two versions is our limited awareness. Evolution is simply awareness unfolding through time, bringing you ever closer to the recognition that, at the deepest level, you are Omega.”

To watch the interview and participate in the meditation led by Robert, watch the video above. If you would like to get reflections from Robert visit his website, robertbrumet.com, and scroll down to the bottom of the page to sign up.

This coming Sunday we will be back in person at our 10 a.m. service. The Board of Trustees and I have been very conscious of the protocols needed to be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible. Masks are optional if you have been fully vaccinated. If you haven’t, then we do ask that you wear a mask. We will not have community singing at this time. We will phase that back in over time. There will be a section in the sanctuary if you want to social distance. Being mindful of everyone’s comfort, please ask before you hug and take a person’s hand.

Hospitality will be limited to coffee and tea. The picnic tables will be available outside, should you desire to visit outdoors.

Our 9:30 meditation will be brought back in once we are livestreaming the service so that Deana can have practice time with our vocalists.

Children are always welcome in the service and Children’s Church will resume in the fall.

I know that many of you are excited to be coming back and we are excited to have you. I do want to caution, however, that we must meet everyone where they are and remember our core values of loving, accepting, compassionate and welcoming. When we are demonstrating these values, we will have a great experience, as will others.

By the way, check out the bulletin board in the hallway to see what we have been up to while not meeting. Pretty impressive…thanks Trish Vogel and Barbara Sparrow.

The message this week is Imagine with Me! This will be a more interactive service than we normally have.

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

Living Originally: Living in the Heart of Desire

I am excited we will be hosting Rev. Robert Brumet next Sunday. Robert is the author of Living Originally, the book that I have been using for the Sunday messages.

I mentioned last week that June 6 was my 25th anniversary of being ordained. Robert was one of my instructors while I was in ministerial school. He was also my prayer partner, so I am extremely fond of him and look forward to having you meet him. If you would like to learn more about Robert before next week, visit his website.

Living in the heart of desire, Practice 9 of Living Originally, was the topic for Sunday’s message. Brumet writes: “None of us are strangers to feeling desire, and for some of us, certain desires have caused problems in our lives. However, this practice is much more than simply feeling how much or how often we desire something. To fully understand the nature and purpose of this practice, we need to unpack the term desire and its implication in our lives.

To experience desire fully, without attachment to outcome, is to allow life to express itself through you unfettered and unfiltered by past conditioning.

I shared this video by Michael Stone that debunks the myths of non-attachment which is needed to live from the heart of desire. 

Non-Attachment is living fully engaged and intimately alive in the flow of the interconnectedness of life. We learn everything leans into everything else.

As we lean into non-attachment, we become aware of our personal agendas and how they keep us hooked into attachment. It is in releasing these attachments we receive the gift of freedom. We experience everything in the moment without attachment. We experience the true nature of our environment and of those around us.

To learn the difference between living in the heart of desire and living in the heart of mind, watch the message at the top of this post.

Listen to the meditation for this week’s message by Robert Brumet.

On another note, we will be reopening to in-person services on June 20. We will be offering an online service as well; however, we don’t have the exact time or day as of this writing. We expect to let you know next week when that will be. We will also have the in-person guidelines for you next week as well.

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

P.S. Masks are optional; however, we are asking non–vaccinated people to please wear a mask. We will have a section for social distancing, and children are welcome in the service. There will be no Children’s Church at this time. Hospitality will consist of coffee and tea.

 

Death is My Advisor

I hope that you have heard that we are scheduled to resume in-person services on June 20. We are excited about being together again. With the reopening comes service opportunities… most importantly to start greeters and ushers along with those who will prepare coffee and clean up after coffee hour. Please reach out to me if you are ready to step into service. The hope is this will be a once month commitment. I always think of service as an act of devotion to God. Look forward to hearing from you.

The book Living Originally by Rev Robert Brumet, which I have been using for the last several weeks, has given me the opportunity to share on many topics that are of interest to me, and this past Sundays was one of them. The topic was death. In 25 years of ministry, I don’t think I have done more than a couple of talks on death. As I reflect on why that has been, I realized how I viewed it as not a topic that folks want to hear about and quite frankly one, I didn’t want to talk about.

That has changed for me, and it began to change when Rev. LeRoy was so sick and we didn’t know if he would recover or not. We began to face the reality that he may not and to have those difficult conversations. It was just a while later that Jody Fein proposed to me to do a series of evenings on the topic Dying to Life. Which we did and I learned a lot and got much more comfortable with death.

The message this week reiterated how uncomfortable we are with death that we seldom say the “D” word. We use phrases like “passed on,” “made their transition,” “gone to a better place,” or “with the Lord,” never saying “died.”

Dr. B J Miller, who was in a video that was shown, and Robert Brumet believe that the practice of allowing death to be our advisor is not a morbid preoccupation with death but rather a focus on how we are living our own life right now.

Here are questions that Brumet poses, and he encourages us to journal using these as prompts:
• What do I fear most about dying?
• Who and what will I miss the most when I die?
• What is important for me to finish before I die?
• What Legacy do I want to leave to humanity when I die?
• What do I want shared in my obituary… In my eulogy… In my epitaph?

Another exercise would be to make a list of all your problems and concerns and ask:
• How many of these things would be a problem if I had only one week to live?
• If I had but one week to live, what would be important to me?”

What you might want to ask is:
• Did I live well?
• Did I love well?
• Is the world a better place because of my life?

I will end with this quote from Ram Das in his book Walking Each Other Home: “What if dying were the ultimate spiritual practice?”

You will want to take the time to watch this message…and to listen to Robert Brumet’s meditation here

Next week will be “Living in the Heart of Desire.”

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

P.S. We are scheduling our first in-person service since March of 2020 on June 20. Please join us at 10 a.m. We will be online at 8:30 a.m. for those who are not local or not ready to do in-person yet.

Masks are optional; however, we are asking non–vaccinated people to please wear a mask. We will have a section for social distancing and children are welcome in the service. There will be no Children’s Church at this time. Hospitality will consist of coffee and tea.

 

Living Originally: Dancing with Chaos

We are almost there! Your Board of Trustees met last night and have a date for reopening. It is June 20, which is Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice. It is a great day to celebrate our return to in-person services. As we have communicated all along, we are following the CDC guidelines and so our policy on masking with be as follows:
• masks for people who are unvaccinated;
• optional for those who have vaccinations; and
• option of social distancing.

It is our expectation that you will determine what you are comfortable with and follow your own guidance on whether to attend in person, wear a mask or not or continue to attend online. Our online time will change, and it might work in your favor with summer being here as it will be from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Hospitality will be limited to tea and coffee. If anything changes going forward, we will adjust as needed. How exciting it is to see that we are almost there!!!

Dancing with chaos is Practice 7 from the ongoing series Living Originally by Rev. Robert Brumet. I related to this practice and I am sure many of you did as well. Haven’t we been living it for the last 15 months? Society defines chaos as a state of utter confusion, disorder, and turmoil. However, what Robert is bringing to us is the Greek word which is Khaos. The definition for this is formless primordial space, the great void that precedes all forms of creation of the universe in the Greek creation myths.

In the biology of science, primordial is relating to the earliest stages of development of an organism. It is to live from the space of infinite possibility.

Beneath all chaos is an underlying pattern of emergence. Dancing with chaos is learning to recognize and resonate with that emergent pattern. This pattern is shaped by an attractor, and the attractor is intention.

When chaos erupts our instinctual response is panic…here is an acronym for panic.
P – Pause
A – Affirm
N – Notice
I – Intentions
C – Creative Choices

Bob Miglani, the author of The Washington Post bestseller Embrace the Chaos, gives 12 reasons to dance with chaos…

1. Accepting the Chaos of Life is Better Than Trying to Fight it
2. You Cannot Predict the Future
3. You Will Feel Better DOING Than NOT DOING
4. One Thing Always Leads to Another
5. You Will Become a Better Person…Faster, Stronger, Leaner and Sharper
6. You are Resilient and Know How to Adapt
7. You Are Meant for Bigger Things
8. Chaos Forces us to Clarify What’s Really Important…and What’s Not
9. It Will Make you GRATEFUL
10. Chaos Can Be Transformative
11. Things Have a Way of Working Out in the End
12. Going with the Flow is a Lot of Fun

Listen to Robert’s meditation for this practice click here.

Next week will be Death is My Advisor.

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