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November, 2018

“I’m It!”

Happy holidays, 2018!  Can you believe it??

 

I love this season and its invitation to explore the celebration of Light in the shortest of days and longest of dark nights. Most traditional holidays at this time of the year honor the coming of Light.

 

The Advent season—the four Sundays before Christmas plus the intervening weeks—anticipates and prepares for the birth of the Christ child, who symbolizes the ultimate Light that the darkness cannot overcome. Christmas is the quintessential archetype of light, and it takes place during the darkest time of the year for half the world.

 

In Judaism, the redemptive power of light is most poignantly present in the celebration of Hanukkah, a winter festival of lights that lasts eight days. This year it starts on Dec 3. The Hanukkah candles honor the miracle that even a small light can overcome vast darkness.

 

Solstice ceremonies celebrate the return of hope to our land in the midst of the short days, longer nights, cold weather, bare trees…  as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward more daylight.

 

These next 4 weeks our Sunday services will focus on uplifting stories and practical ideas about bringing our Light into any “dark” circumstances we may encounter for ourselves or for others. Each Sunday will have a different focus: Hope, Peace, Love, and Joy – the traditional Advent themes.

 

If you have a story to share that illustrate bringing or receiving light during a metaphorical dark night, please let me know. Another word we sometimes use for these kinds of experiences is “miracle.”  Have you had any lately that you’d like to share with us?

 

With gratitude and love,

Peggy

 

PS – One of the most wonderful stories about spreading light is of the magical “Hong Duc.”  Leane Gabel will be doing her annual reading of it on Sunday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

November, 2018

Where’s Your Power Source?

I’ve been thinking a lot about power… what is true power and where does it come from? Why are so many people blinded by the illusion that power is force or domination?

 

True power is not about having your way or “winning” a war. It’s not about making others do things against their will or proving them wrong. It’s not about lording it over people or being worshiped as a star.

 

Thich Nhat Hanh, in another of his beautiful works, The Art of Power, says, “Our society is founded on a very limited definition of power, namely wealth, professional success, fame, physical strength, military might, and political control. My dear friends, I suggest that there is another kind of power, a greater power: the power to be happy right in the present moment, free from addiction, fear, despair, discrimination, anger, and ignorance. This power is the birthright of every human being, whether celebrated or unknown, rich or poor, strong or weak.”

 

I think true power comes from within. It also comes from outside of us, but only in terms of connecting to the larger energy that powers the universe. The true power Source is so vibrant, so strong, so intensely radiant, that it sometimes seems we can only manage connecting with it in small doses!

 

But it is always available, always present, no matter what our life circumstances may be.

 

Sunday’s talk will focus on ways to claim, strengthen and nurture our connection to the true power that lives in the essence of our being.

 

May your Thanksgiving be one of great thanks-giving! And may you know you are loved, exactly where and when and how you are!

 

With gratitude for all of you,

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.

 

November, 2018

Deserving.

I have discovered that the word “deserve” is actually kind of loaded.

 

A while back someone told me that I should go ahead and do a certain thing for myself, because I deserved it. It was a remark made in pure kindness, and I appreciated the affirmation, but it started a train of thought that has been speaking to me ever since.

 

Yesterday a coupon came in an advertising packet directed to “affluent neighborhoods.”

 

“You deserve service this good!” said the coupon.

 

“So does everyone else!” said I.

 

Sometimes the underlying message is that if we deserve something extra good, we must be extra special—more special than some other people. Furthermore, sometimes the “deserving” messages perpetuate an attitude of entitlement.

 

On the other hand, I sometimes hear people say that something good happened to them, and they don’t feel like they deserve it. Why not? They deserve good just as much as anyone and everyone else.

 

Good comes to us in many different ways. So does hardship. Mostly it has nothing to do with what people “deserve.” It has to do with an infinite variety of factors that make up the complexities of all of our lives.

 

Rather than trying to decide what we or someone else deserves, we would do better spending our energy practicing gratitude and grace!

 

Let’s talk about that Sunday!

 

In Abundant Gratitude,

Peggy

 

 

Quotes to ponder: “The joy beyond despair comes when we abandon the exhausting illusion of self-sufficiency and become the grateful recipients of the gifts that life provides.”  ~Parker Palmer

 

“You don’t have to earn grace. It is not something that comes only to the good. It comes to all alike, because all alike are expressions of God.”  ~Eric Butterworth

 

“Love protects us from nothing, even as it unexplainably sustains us in all things.” ~James Finley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

November, 2018

As Time Goes By: God-Winks and Two-by-Fours.

This Sunday brings a special treat to our morning celebrations. Lynn Kendall, our former long-time Spiritual Leader, will be joining us to do the talk! Lynn fell recently and broke her hand and nose. So she plans to share spiritual lessons she is learning during her recovery process, particularly about listening to inner guidance – and patience!

Come get a good dose of humor and wisdom from a wonderful and one-of-a-kind Unity guru (or in the spirit of last week’s talk, saint!).

In addition to the gift of Lynn’s talk, we will have special music by the very talented Cary Morin!

It’s going to be a great Sunday!

Only Love,
Peggy

PS – Listening to our inner guidance and practicing patience are always relevant in this life.  It seems to me to be especially appropriate as we all take a breath after the elections. I have been thinking a lot about how “we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

I’m struck by the idea that we are all in costume. But when I look at others through my spirit eyes, I can see behind the costume and have an experience of recognition and kinship. That vision frees me to rise above the walls and to want only the best for whoever I am looking at.

Whatever you feel about the election is valid, because it’s a feeling. Others feel differently about the election. Their feelings are valid as well. Our opinions about things may be widely different. But Truth is bigger than opinions or feelings!

So let’s not wallow in feelings of winning or losing. Let’s not stoke the fires of “victory” and “defeat.” Let’s hone our vision so that we can grow the spark of Love that lives behind the costume of every being. Let’s continue to seek Truth and to work for the good of all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.