Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey —
It takes a talent show to see the talent we have in our community. Thank you to all who participated in the “Unity God Talent” Show and for all who donated to the children’s ministry. It was a very entertaining and successful event!
The message on Sunday was a continuation in The I of the Storm series. The focus was on “wholeness.” Here is a definition of wholeness from the book: the energy of communion, principle, purpose and nonresistance. Wholeness is not outside of us, or dependent on outside circumstances. The metaphor for conflict that is used is that of a hurricane.
When two weather fronts converge there is displacement, movement and friction. The forces within the system build in intensity as temperature, dew point, wind velocity, barometric pressure, jet stream, humidity and landscape combine to form a distinct rotation of influence – and thus a hurricane is born. This is what happens within interpersonal relationships: competing needs, wants and values – combined with misperception, defensiveness and the need to be right – converge to form a storm or conflict.
At the center of the hurricane is its eye – a single theoretical point in space where the forces of the storm are in perfect equilibrium. At the eye is peace, calm, clarity and stillness. To further the analogy, then, the storm of conflict also possesses a center – the I of the Storm of conflict is your wholeness and spiritual essence.
Unity’s core belief: There is only one Presence and one Power in the universe and in my life – God the good omnipotent. How does that square with no one or nothing is against me? Put this way, do you still believe Unity’s core belief? It is sometimes challenging when the winds of life start blowing, and it is easy to slip into old ways of thinking and forget God.
I tell the story of Navy Captain Gerald Coffee who was shot down in North Vietnam and was a POW for 7 years in solitary confinement. Coffee vowed that he would find a purpose in the adversity and pain he was experiencing. His personal mission in prison was to not just survive, but to go beyond survival and return home with honor.
He walked several miles a day in his cell – taking 3 steps, turning, taking 3 steps, turning, taking 3 steps and turning. With each step he vowed to come home better, tougher, and stronger in every way. His story is an inspiration; it is an example of the human spirit’s will to survive and triumph over the most adverse circumstances. Gerald Coffee faced our greatest decision: Will we be a victim, buying into the idea that people and things are conspiring against us? Or will we seek a different perspective? Will we be victim or victor?
On another topic, many people have asked for a daytime class, and I am happy to say it is going to happen. Beginning Tuesday, May 15 I will be facilitating The Artist’s Way. The class will begin at 10:30 and end at noon.
If you are interested in taking it, either email me or put your name on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Please indicate if you will need the book – it is required for the class and we will be carrying it in the Unity Book and Gift Store.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey