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June, 2018

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall.

 

It starts even before we are born. Our mothers are told, “the baby is in the 50th (or whatever) percentile for growth at this stage.”

There it is.

The “stage is set.” We emerge and our parents measure us against what our sister did at this age:  “She was one of the earliest walkers in the group, what’s taking this one so long?!”

For the rest of our lives, comparisons will be constant, both external and internal.

“Compared to other kids his age, Johnny is a slow reader.”

“My friend grasped meditation right away. What is my problem?”

“How come I can’t get decent employment when Georgina (who’s not nearly as smart as I am) can just waltz in and snap up any job she wants?

“Those people have no idea how lucky they are. They just go along with their little intact nuclear family, and their children do great and life is just hunky-dory all the time.”

Comparing is insidious. It sneaks its way into our lives like a slow-growing disease. If not stopped in its tracks, it eventually takes over and blinds us to our own wholeness.

Brugh Joy was an M.D. who went through a profoundly healing spiritual experience and then became a well-known healer and teacher. In his book Joy’s Way, he tells the story of a woman who had a mystical experience and was introduced to what Brugh calls “The 3 Injunctions:”

Make no comparisons.
Make no judgments.
Delete the need to understand.

Notice the first one is “Make. No. Comparisons.”

I hope you can join us on Sunday, as we reflect on what life is like when we let go of comparison and instead practice gratitude and presence.

I am blessed beyond measure. And so are you.

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.

June, 2018

Acornology: Thoughts on Courage.

 

It takes a lot of courage to live fully, especially if we are hampered by self-doubt, responsibility, guilt, shame, and all those other odiferous (stinky) bugs. We need regular exposure to more melliferous (sweet-as-honey) creatures!

 

I know I am getting carried away—it’s summertime and the mosquitoes are getting to me!!

 

What I’m trying to say is that encouragement and inspiration are a big deal in life. Sunday I will be exploring the topic of courage. Someone said to me recently—about a painful situation we have in common—“I think we deserve Purple Hearts for this.”

 

This is not at all to minimize what soldiers face on the battlefield and have earned, but rather to recognize the courage it takes to face life’s off-the-battlefield challenges. A scary illness, a crippling addiction, loss of a beloved one, the daily “news,” even letting go of an old belief system… these are just a few examples of things that happen in our lives that call for our great courage.

 

There is a verse in the New Testament that says, “We are perplexed, but not driven to despair,” because we know there is a Power greater than our worries and our fears. Courage is not about feeling no fear; courage is when we choose to face the fear and keep on keeping on.

 

The title, “Acornology,” comes from a metaphor in a book by Jacob Needleman about the courage called forth from an acorn when it goes into the ground and cracks open its shell.

 

As always, I look forward to being with you Sunday.

 

Love, Peggy

 

For reflection:

The idea that “we are that”—the Divine in expression—is central to Unity teachings. We are not broken but blessed. Our thoughts, words, and actions are creative. When we can crack open and go into the ground of our being, a world of growth and possibility opens before us.

~from a Unity booklet called, Courage to Imagine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

June, 2018

A Letter to Bodhi.

I was surprised by fatherhood. At 39 I was pretty sure that my only paternal experience might be that of stepfather, but within a few years I’d found Monica, and two kids had been born.
Sarah, our first, died at only 10 days old. Before we had even begun to recover, Bodhi was born. Two years later I was in the hospital and not sure if I was going to be around for my new family.

Over the next couple of years I started writing letters to my son that were intended for him to read as he got older. I’ve continued to write them, even after my health returned. They are the things that I would want him to know about me if I wasn’t here to tell him.

June, 2018

Grounded for Life.

 

Have you ever thought about how ironic it is that parents “give consequences” to their kids by saying, “You’re grounded!”

 

These days that often means not being allowed to be on their electronic devices for a certain period of time. For some kids that’s a really big deal.

 

I have noticed that it’s a big deal for a lot of adults, too!

 

Have you ever taken a break from your devices for a while and discovered that you actually have a body? And that there is a whole world happening right where you are?

 

Felix (my 10-year-old grandson) and I were talking about this recently, and I was telling him about what a positive thing it is to be spiritually grounded. (He got it, by the way, but he still didn’t think it was cool for his dad to take his screen time away.)

 

Let’s get together Sunday morning for a good grounding!

 

Have a beautiful week-end.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

For reflection:  Living in a world of telescopes, televisions, and telephones — “tele” means “distance” — we might turn our attention toward the heart as often as possible to give it the closeness it needs to sustain a life of beauty, relatedness, and mutual regard.

— Thomas Moore in The Education of the Heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.