Happy Holiday

UNITY Teacher, Emma Curtis Hopkins wrote: “Imagine if you will a great reservoir, out of which lead innumerable small rivulets or channels. At the farther end each channel opens into a small fountain.  This fountain is not only being continually filled and replenished from the reservoir, but is itself a radiating center whence is given out in all directions that which it receives, so that all who come within its radius are refreshed and blessed.

“This is our relation to God.  Each one of us is a radiating center.  Each one ….. is the little fountain at the far end of a channel, the other end of which leads out from all there is in God.  This fountain represents our free-will or individuality as separate from the Great Reservoir, God, and yet as one with Him in that we are constantly fed and renewed from Him, and without Him we are nothing.

“Each of us . . . may receive from God unlimited good of whatever kind we desire, and radiate it to all around us.  But remember, we must radiate it if we would receive more.  Stagnation is death.

“God is All-Good, always good, always love.  He never changes–no matter what we do or may have done.  He is always trying to pour more of Himself through us into visibility so as to make us grander, larger, fuller, free individuals.”

When you awaken each morning thoughts may fill your mind with responsibilities for loved ones, preparation for the coming day, excitement about the Holidays, yet, wishing it was all behind and put back on the shelf for next year.  RELAX;  You will get it right. God’s loving Inspiration will lead you to the best possible outcome for all concerned.  You are here on this planet at this time to represent God. God has no hands and arms to touch our tender skin; throw His arms around us and tell us it’s going to come out all right.  We ‘just know.’  This is where patience and trust come.

Take time every day to find a private comfortable place physically and mentally and listen.  God speaks through the beauty of the new fallen snow, the birds swirling above seeking a resting place, the resilience of the foul on the semi frozen pond.  These are reminders that we are never alone   The order of the Universe is still activated even when we are “going through” an unwanted experience.

Remind your mind as often as needed:
GOD’S HEALING, RESTORING LOVE IS IN THE MIDST OF THIS CONDITION.  PEACE AND HEALING PREVAIL FOR ALL CONCERNED.

Take a long, deep breath, inwardly smile, (outwardly if you are alone)  and re-remember the affirmation from our First Grade students:

THERE’S NOT A SPOT WHERE GOD IS NOT
In other words, we just can’t get away from God.  You are already in the stream of God’s Healing Love so relax, it’s gonna be all right.

Bless you my Friend, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS  now and each tomorrow!
Rev.Bettie      12-14-13

Faith, the Starting Point

I would like to begin by saying that the first big step in our life is the step of Faith. Faith gives meaning and purpose to life, Faith that there is an infinite intelligence that has created the orderliness of the universe, from the incomprehensibly intricate chemistry of the human body to the precise accuracy of the swing of the planets.

Faith is like a light; a light that shines in the tangled underbrush of a primeval forest giving a flicker, a hint of hope that there is a way out, that there is escape, there is hope of freedom. Faith works in your mind and mine to shed a glow through the tangled meshes of the many distorted, limited and false beliefs that originate from the outer world and are plastered over your basic sense of identity.

No matter what happens to you, you must cling to your candle of faith that these things are but shadows and underbrush that can be successfully overcome. No matter what is IN you: fears, passions, tensions, aching emotions of depression, loneliness, boredom – you must never drop that candle of faith that there is a power, a process, a seed of perfection ever working deep down within you inclining you toward complete fulfillment .

It is a mistake to abandon your faith because of unhappy things that happen in Iran, or Russia or China or anywhere in the world. It is defeating yourself to abandon your faith in a spiritual universe that co-exists with the physical universe because you can not understand the “why” of a tragedy.    And hardest of all is to stick to your faith when appearances in your own life and personal world tempt you to give up, give up the journey toward the light and give in to the many escapes and distractions that are available.

Oh, we have faith, faith in a lot of things. But when you list the things you have faith in, it is usually directed outward. You have faith that a lot of money would give you the kind of life you desire. You have faith that if present conditions would magically change and be replaced by your dream conditions, your life would be beautiful. Yes, we use faith every day, but faith in what?

Where to begin?  Begin right where you are.  Use your control over your thoughts to the best of your ability to point your faith inward toward God. Faith, is looking at that tiny mustard seed and seeing the full-grown mustard  tree. Faith is seeing the sun disappear in the evening and knowing it will reappear on the morrow. Faith is that deep inner knowing that regardless of what we have done or not done, God loves us.

There will be times when our faith will slip. when the appearance world seems to be winning. But it is possible, even underneath surface thoughts and feelings of despair, fright, depression, anger, hopelessness – to maintain a deeper level of faith in God, faith in the triumph of Good.   I know, I’ve been there. And will probably be again. But I know, too, that once you make the decision to plant your seed of faith in the fertile field of your mind, it will, as Jesus sincerely stated, grow like the mustard seed.

Do you ever get the feeling that life doesn’t make any sense?  Well, it doesn’t when one all-essential ingredient is missing. And that ingredient is Faith. Faith that there is yet more than the eye can see, and the ear can hear, more than the senses report.  Faith that there is a transcendent Reality and Wisdom and Love and you are part of it as the drop of ocean water is part of the sea.

Let your mind speak to your senses:   “I have faith that I am one with the energizing forces of the universe. All that has come before has brought me here and I celebrate this Faith.”

The Earth is alive!

In my moment of silence recently, these words came to me and I’d like to share them with you now.
“The development of media has awakened us to our planet connectedness and our responsibility to maintain inner and outer peace. Fear, anger, “get mine”, affects the balance in and the energy around this planet and it is a living thing and will protect itself whatever way necessary.
“Media is a good thing. It allows us to witness the results of our inner – outer response to our world. Think about it: think peace, love, forgiveness, compassion, sharing. Now is the time. Perhaps this is wherein lies the on-going predictions about 2012. Time to discard the old ways and adapt the new!
“Inner/outer peace and acceptance.”