Sunday Message by Rev. Pat Bessey
Life is good all the time! I want to give a shout out to the Women’s Retreat team, Nikki Pulsoni, Sandy Hobbs, Kim Cowperthwaite and Amy Cousins for an incredible retreat this past weekend. Our facilitator for the weekend was Eva Goulet and the theme was healing our ancestral DNA. She took us through some amazing exercises and a lot of great work was done. As a side note, Eva will be doing Spirit Camp for Adults on Saturday, November 3. You won’t want to miss this self-care day.
The retreat was held at Pilgrim Lodge and it got voted to be the place we return next year. We are working on securing dates, so once we do, you will know and can put it on your calendar.
As we continue with the series from the book Divine Audacity, which takes us through the 12 Powers that is a signature Unity teaching, the power this week was Wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom are very different, and the great news is wisdom is innately part of who we are.
In Divine Audacity, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett gives us a three-step process to making wise decisions. The steps are as follows:
Step 1 – Judgment
Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore defined judgment as the mental act of evaluation through comparison or contrast.
Before making a decision, list the pro’s and con’s of the situation. Does moving forward feel like it is life giving? Does it feel like a lot of work? Answers to these questions help determine the wise choice.
What is the right thing to do in this situation?
Step 2 – Discernment
Discernment is exercised through a process that includes questioning, meditating, and envisioning while suspending judgment about any divine ideas generated.
Another practice of discernment is to allow a question of space and time to percolate underneath conscious thinking, allowing impressions, images, and meaning to arise naturally over time.
Step 3 – Intuition
Going with our gut instinct. It is the aha or uh-oh power. We always have access to our internal guidance system. When we practice right judgment/evaluation and discernment, we activate and become familiar with the methods by which our Infinite Self takes charge to express wisely.
Next week we will be exploring the Light of Strength.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey