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Preservation or Transcendence?

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We are continuing our series of Robert Brumet's book entitled Birthing a Greater Realty: A Guide for Conscious Evolution. We began this exploration last Sunday by considering the call of  Conscious Evolution as the call to wake up from the dream that we are separate individual personas in order to realize the depth of our Oneness with and, as Spirit. From there we could  see that evolution doesn’t just happen to us, but through us. We are being called to wake up to the fullness that we are in Spirit in order to consciously participate in this pivotal stage of evolution. Doing this also expands (evolves) our consciousness. Ultimately, this is an opportunity to expand our awareness beyond its current limitations.  Brumet’s explanation of what keeps us asleep reveals a viable path to waking up, and a helpful understanding as to why this process feels so challenging. The answer lies in the limited nature of the mind itself, and our mistaken identity with it as who we are. As we be

The Call of Conscious Evolution

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This Sunday brings the start of a new series based on Robert Brumet's book entitled Birthing a Greater Realty: A Guide for Conscious Evolution.   The call to conscious evolution has been circulating for many years now. This need is based on the idea that humans have met the edge of our biological evolution.  " We have outgrown the need to survive through biological adaptation by learning to adapt our environment to meet our needs. We also have the unique ability to create an inner reality-within our mind. “Rather than adapting to the natural world solely through biological evolution we have evolved a brain that gives us the ability to create internal representations of the outer world. We are able to create an internal virtual world. And, we have developed the ability to manipulate our inner worlds in very creative ways” (Brumet, R, Birthing a Greater Reality , 2010, pg 17).   The crucial awareness we are being called into is that some of the maneuvering of that intern

Your Power of Faith

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This Sunday brings an exploration of the Power of the Month: Faith. The Twelve Powers were originally set forth by Unity Co-Founder Charles Fillmore. Our primary resource will be Divine Audacity: Dare to Be the Light of the World , by Linda Martella- Whitsett. You can think of these powers as your innate capacities or abilities that support you in navigating your life, with the ultimate purpose being to support the fullest expression of your spiritual nature. It is important to realize that we use these abilities whether we are aware of it or not. Our goal is to use them consciously, in support of our highest spiritual expression, which is to know and be the Light that we are as expressions of the Divine. This is what Jesus, our teacher and wayshower, demonstrated so fully and invited all who would listen to consider for themselves. Faith is our ability to believe, to perceive, and to bring ideas into manifestation. It is represented by the disciple Peter (Simon) and Mary, the Mothe

Your Epiphany

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This Sunday brings the official close of the Christmas season with the celebration of Epiphany in the Christian tradition.   Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem, completing their faithful trek in search of the birthplace of Jesus, led by that brilliant star. The literal story is one of awe and wonder to be sure. The Magi, or wise men , were likely astrologers who had been studying the skies for signs and wonders; in search of wisdom and guidance. The appearance of that bright star over Bethlehem signaled to them that the prophesized King of the Jews had arrived. Thus began their camel trek of many miles,using only star as their guide in search of this newborn child, said to be the King of the Jews! Those details alone explain their joy and adoration upon finding him! It also speaks to the personal reward for having followed their intuition; trusting that the star was indeed their guide. Considered metaphysically, we find that this story also commemorates the pr

Finding Joy

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This Sunday we will consider the fourth and final attribute of the Advent Season; joy. First, let’s just acknowledge that joy has not been the easiest to find this year. More commonly when inquiring how others are doing, I have heard the following: exhausted, fragile, anxious and depleted. Psychologists have been helping to normalize this experience as the natural consequence of having our sympathetic nervous systems be on alert for the past two years. Of course, this is in addition to all of the ‘normal’ bumps and bruises that we endure as human beings along the course of our lifetime. If we have lost loved ones, or are experiencing financial or health challenges, joy can feel quite distant. For that reason, the holiday season has become notorious for exasperating these difficult experiences with the implied demand to be joyous. The greater demand is really to be aware enough to allow ourselves feel what we are feeling, in order to learn and grow from the experience. We can trust t

The Love of Christmas

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This Sunday, we will consider Unity’s metaphysical approach to advent as it pertains to the love of God reflected in the Christmas story. In order to understand the deeper significance of this story, we need to first recognize and claim it as our own. Our story begins with the conception of the idea that there is that within us that holds the same spiritual potential that Jesus the Christ so powerfully demonstrated. The Christ Consciousness that he so fully embodied is the same Divine Principle at work within each of us. Let’s clarify the metaphysical meaning of Christ, according to Unity Co-Founder Charles Fillmore: Christ is the divine man/woman. Jesus is the name that represents an individual expression of the Christ idea. Christ existed long before Jesus. Christ abides in each person as his/her potential perfection. Jesus Christ, the embodiment of all divine ideas, exists eternally in the Mind of God as the only begotten Son of God... and is the living Principle working in

Gratitude: More Than A Platitude

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This Sunday we will be considering the spiritual practice of gratitude. Gratitude is one of those concepts that gets tossed around a lot, making it is easy to take it for granted, or dismiss it all together. I can honestly say that I have not always understood or fully appreciated the practice of gratitude. Instead I have sometimes heard myself think, ‘yeah, but it could be better’ when I have tried to be grateful for certain aspects of my life. After some work, I came to realize how my gratitude practice had been thwarted by some of my other practices! Namely my tendency to compare myself to others and my inability to face and feel my own fear and grief. It turns out that our resistance to our fear and sadness doesn’t just protect us from the those feelings. It also dampens the fullness of our experiences of joy and gratitude. It is also easy to think of gratitude as an over-used platitude, misused to minimize the challenges we experience in life, and the pain that accompanies them