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“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Monthly Archive

 

December, 2017

Losing the Weight of Resistance.

 

Sunday we will have our own Franklin Taggart guest-speaking for us. His talks are always so thought-provoking, heart-felt, and uplifting. I know you don’t want to miss this opportunity to hear him once again.

Join us as he explores:  “The question I have for myself most often is, ‘How did I bring this about?’ And always the answer is that it started in my imagination. My own thoughts are the source of my limitations. My emotional state reflects the relative level of resistance and freedom that I’m in at that very moment. I’m finding that the only step to freedom is to pay no mind to my thinking, and to do that is a simple act of will:  releasing my thoughts and feelings, negative or positive. When the thoughts are left alone, my being returns to a state of peace, well-being, and freedom – my natural state.

December, 2017

Joy Comes at Night.

 

An old verse from the Psalms says, “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Many times in my life I have clung to those words. To the promise that day follows night. To the “light at the end of the tunnel.”

 

But through the years, I have learned that Joy also comes at night.

 

The various settings of the Christmas story all speak of Light that comes in darkness. They tell of great – “exceeding and overwhelming”- Joy that comes even in the most challenging of circumstances.

 

This Sunday, we light the Advent candle for Joy. We will be reflecting on – and experiencing – Joy throughout our services that day. The 10am morning service with the wonderful radio play, “The Catalyst,” written and directed by JoEllen Fulton, and acted out by nine of our Unity congregants, is all about the love and joy that come to a very diverse group of people seeking a way to celebrate together their different faith traditions at this time of year.

 

The Christmas Eve candlelight services proclaim Joy to the World through song and verse, community and reflection, and the magic of children and candles.

 

We hope to see you and yours at any or all of the services! And we wish you Faith, Peace, Love, and Joy this season and always!

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

December, 2017

Love, the Source; Love the Source.

 

Sometimes we don’t recognize the power of light until we are faced with darkness.

 

This is the season, when days are short and nights are long, in which we especially celebrate Light. Every tradition has its rituals for honoring the ways that light appears in the midst of darkness.

 

 

A recent reading from Unity’s Daily Word says, “If I need more divine guidance, I must step up my vibrational energy and increase the light of my soul…  as I shine the light of my inner being, a divine radiance begins to fill even the darkest corners of my mind and opens up my heart to greater understanding.”

 

What beautiful, profound imagery!

 

How do I increase the light of my inner being?

 

By focusing on Love. Connecting with Love. Growing Love. Holding Love. Receiving Love. Being Love.

 

Abbe Henri de Tourville said,  “Accustom yourself to the wonderful thought that God loves you with a tenderness, a generosity, and an intimacy which surpasses all your dreams.”

 

Live in the idea that you are loved beyond all comprehension, and the Light will dawn.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.

December, 2017

Peace is Letting Go of Resentment.

 

In the thick of the holiday season and the scramble before the end of another year, it can be difficult to connect with Peace. And yet isn’t that really what it’s all about?

 

 

Anthony de Mello asked, “How can I impart the gift of peace and love to others, if my own heart is still unloving, and I don’t have peace of mind myself?”

 

 

How can we sing about “peace on earth, good will to all,” if we ourselves are in a state of agitation and frantic confusion?

 

 

I come back over and over to the powerful practice of silence. When I become quiet, I enter into a profound and mysterious place. One of the Psalms says, “Deep calls unto deep.” The depths are found in the realm of spiritual silence.

 

 

In silence, I learn true perspective. I learn that it is possible to release fear. I learn how it feels to let go of resentment.

 

 

Resentment is hell. Letting go is heaven.

 

 

Richard Rohr says, “The ego loves something it can take sides on. True interior silence really does not allow you to take sides.”

 

 

In silence I learn. In silence I reconnect with my true self. In silence I release. In silence I find “peace that passes all understanding.”

 

 

As you live your life during these holiday weeks, whatever your circumstances, I sincerely hope that you can take time out for silence and that you can spend time in the realm of deep peace.

 

 

Be at peace.

 

 

Be peace.

 

 

With love,

Peggy

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.