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August, 2018

Labors of Love.

 

This Labor Day Sunday, Franklin and I are going to do the talk together. We are looking at the topic of Labor.

 

Franklin will be referring to a book by Lewis Hyde called, “The Gift,” that frames labor as something besides toil.

 

Labor is more than showing up to work every day. Labor is the act of bringing forth. We do this when we create – whether that is a masterpiece,  a lunch, a clean environment, or a song. We do this when we bring forth a new human being or a new solution to a problem.

 

Most of all, our labor is the act of bearing Love and of bringing our true self into what we do.

 

Rumi said, “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”

 

If we don’t get to see you Sunday, we wish you joy and rejuvenation wherever you are!

 

Much 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.

August, 2018

Buh-bye, BS (Part 2)

Last week I mentioned my plan to do a two-part talk on letting go of blame and shame. The first part was focused on the insidious practice of blame and how unhelpful it is. Our invitation is to let go of blame by becoming aware of it and then holding all involved – including ourselves – in grace and compassion.

This week I will focus on the topic of shame, which could be a month-long series in itself.

Perhaps you have heard the acronym for shame:  “Should Have Already Mastered Everything.”

That is such a great reminder to get off the blame and judgment train and get back on our true path – the one that knows that mistakes are simply learning opportunities. However little or big those mistakes, our true path is one of love without conditions. Love without limits.

A line in my 12-step literature describes shame as an excuse to hate ourselves today for something we did or didn’t do in the past.

But as Elisabeth Kübler-Ross says, “The ultimate lesson all of us have to learn is unconditional love, which includes not only others but ourselves as well.”

And there is the well-known verse in 1st Corinthians: “Love never ends…   Faith, Hope and Love abide, and the greatest of these is Love.”

In Love,
Peggy

A Unity Love Prayer (this is the same one as last week, but it is worth saying over and over!)

“I am an expression of God’s infinite love, and I recognize the divinity in each person. The love of God radiates through me to others, establishing joy, harmony, acceptance, and peace in my life. The power of the living Christ presence lifts my thoughts and opens my heart. I grow in understanding as the Christ light of love shines within me.”   ~from Unity Courage to Imagine booklet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

August, 2018

Buh-Bye, BS (Part 1).

I’ve been hearing a lot of blame and shame lately. Or maybe it’s just louder than usual.

 

It seems to me that even though they are not the same thing, blame and shame go together. Blaming is an active practice. I think of it as the act of declaring someone guilty for causing something we deem unacceptable.

Shame is more the feeling that results for the recipient of the blame. When someone feels shame frequently or long enough, it can actually become a state of being. That person then lives a life based on the strong belief that he or she is actually unworthy. Irredeemable. Unlovable.

That belief is a lie.

And it infects everything.

These next 2 weeks I will be talking about blame and shame. This Sunday I will focus on finding more helpful practices than blame. Next week I’ll talk about ways to heal and find freedom from shame.  (That explains the title of this week’s talk, “Buh-Bye, BS.”  Blame and Shame are the “BS” we need to let go.)

The truth is “Love IS all we need!” Not romantic, schmaltzy love, but powerful, divine love.

Unity pioneer Eric Butterworth said, “Just as a flower unfolds in the rays of the sun, so the heart center opens through daily meditation and the practice of the presence of divine love.”

In Love,
Peggy

A Unity Love Prayer (from Unity “Courage to Imagine” booklet):

“I am an expression of God’s infinite love, and I recognize the divinity in each person. The love of God radiates through me to others, establishing joy, harmony, acceptance, and peace in my life. The power of the living Christ presence lifts my thoughts and opens my heart. I grow in understanding as the Christ light of love shines within me.”

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.

August, 2018

Moving at the Speed of Guidance.

 

 

Unity recently put out a little booklet called, “Courage to Imagine,” in which I have found a great deal of inspiration. In an article by Rev. Patricia Bass on the topic of guidance, she says, “Guidance is not something for which we have to grasp. It is something to which we attune.” I love that!! Guidance is something we simply tune in to!

 

She goes on to quote a book called The Seven Whispers by Christian Baldwin, who says we need to slow down and move at the “pace of guidance.”

 

“Speed is some guy running through the airport shouting into a cell phone. Pace is going around the block with a 3-year-old and noticing everything the child is noticing. When we move at pace, we have time to question and time to listen for answers before moving on. When we move at the pace of guidance, it occurs to us to wonder what plans the Divine might have for us, in the midst of the plans we have for ourselves.”

 

What a great message for many of us! I look forward to sharing reflections on the idea of “moving at the speed of guidance” on Sunday. How do you tune in to your inner guidance? How do you discern your “next right thing?”

 

Happy August!

 

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.