Sunday Message by Guest Speaker Jon Mundy.
Message from Rev. Pat Bessey —
Hello Friends – wow, another great Sunday! I’d like to give a shout out to all who contributed to a bountiful potluck and to all who helped in the kitchen.
Our guest speaker was Jon Mundy. Jon is no stranger to Unity of Greater Portland and he had with him Dr. Rod Chelberg, who co-facilitated the afternoon workshop.
Jon’s talk title was “Word Fasting – The Miracles Diet.” He shared words that you and I may say in conversations throughout our day and never realize how they impact us or the world. Words like disgust, disappoint, upset, absurd…you are probably thinking to yourself that you use those words and aren’t sure what is wrong with them. I do, too. Jon helped me see that when I am using them I am describing my ego, not my higher self or God self. My higher self can’t be upset or disappointed – only my ego can. So he encouraged us to pay close attention to our thoughts and fast from words that do not enliven us.
He shared a story I had never heard before that relates to the word “despicable.” The story is about Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, whose picture is on the ten-dollar bill. Hamilton called the then-vice-president Aaron Burr despicable and wouldn’t recant it, and so Burr challenged him to a duel (which was legal at that time) and killed Hamilton.
I am reminded of being told to hold your tongue because once the words are out you can’t take them back and they can be very harmful. The point Jon was making is that we want to use words that bring about the miracles in our life and not pain.
He read this quote from A Course in Miracles, Chapter 21 Reason and Perception:
1 Projection makes perception. 2 The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. 3 But though it is no more than that, it is not less. 4 Therefore, to you it is important. 5 It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. 6 As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. 7 Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. 8 Perception is a result and not a cause. 9 And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless. 10 Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy. 11 Nothing perceived without it means anything. 12 And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.
Needless to say, I got a lot out of the talk, as did many others. You decide for yourself after hearing the talk. What words you might choose to fast from?
This coming Sunday we will be hosting Armand and Angelina. They travel the country sharing their talent with Unity communities. They will be doing sermon and song, followed by a Native Flute Playshop.
If you have read down this far there is a surprise for many of you who have been at Unity for a few years! This Sunday, you will want to be at the 10 a.m. service as Ros Goldsborough and her husband John will be visiting. They are leaving in the afternoon to go to The Unity People’s Convention in Olathe, Kansas. We are blessed to have them with us all the way from Wellington, New Zealand.
You are a blessing in my life.
Rev. Patricia Bessey