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“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” ~Thomas Eddison

Monthly Archive

 

March, 2019

Pulled by Our Vision, Owned by Our Mission, Living Our Core Values.

 

Join us as our Unity Transitional Consultant, Steve Colladay, speaks about how our Unity of Fort Collins community is diving deeply into some core questions:

Why do we exist? What do we do? How do we behave? How will we succeed? He and some of the workshop participants will be sharing the journey of our March 30th session on Vision-Mission-Core Values.

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. …Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” –Carl Jung

“Seeing God as the foundation of all, the sources of all, and the substance of all. Seeing the good, the true, and the beautiful everywhere. In this manner is the eye single and vision perfected.” –Charles Fillmore

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rev. Dr. Steve Colladay, an ordained Unity minister, is a certified ministry skills and transitional consultant for the central office of Unity Worldwide Ministries in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He has served as a senior minister for 21 years in 4 Unity ministries, and 3 years as a transitional ministry specialist, and 15 years as a church growth consultant. Steve has been a regional Unity board of trustee member in 3 regions–south central, southeast, and northwest Unity regions, as well as sub-regions in Dallas and UMASS (southeastern states). Steve is a pianist, composer and a producer of programs for mindfulness and mediation techniques for veterans, first responders (police, fire, EMS), and athletes. An avid marathon runner, he has completed 29 marathons, and four 36-mile ultra-marathons.

March, 2019

Know Thyself.

Sometimes I don’t have a talk topic planned weeks in advance, and so I pay special attention to conversations going on around me until I get zinged with, “This! Ooh, good talk topic!”

 

This week it was someone talking about the work of Edgar Cayce and mentioning Cayce’s constant use of Socrates’ advice, “Know thyself.”

 

That was my zinger.

 

All kinds of delicious insights and spiritual growth and en-Lightening experiences come from working on this simple adage.

 

Like many things that sound simple, however, it isn’t always easy. Truly knowing ourselves takes work. It requires a willingness to delve deep and to practice rigorous honesty. It takes our focus off of other people’s behavior and directs it towards our own.

 

This has absolutely nothing to do with self-flagellation or focusing on our “flaws.”

 

It is a much richer process than that. As we come to know ourselves better – all the parts of ourselves – we hold fast to the knowledge that we are children of the Source of All-That-Is. And we are GOOD.

 

As we work on knowing ourselves better, we can be filled with joy as we come to recognize ourselves as spirit in human form.

 

Blessed be!

 

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.

March, 2019

The Gratitude Express.

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In a recent morning meditation and journaling, I found myself connecting on a very deep level with the extraordinary power of gratitude.

 

This is a message that we hear and know and talk about a lot at Unity, but sometimes when challenges come, we forget about it.

 

It has been my experience over and over that Gratitude is a direct line to Spirit. It doesn’t matter what frame of mind or mood we are in, it doesn’t matter how confused or challenged or fearful we may feel, a few minutes of naming our blessings is the quickest reminder that we are not alone. We are held and cared for in multiple—and often totally unexpected—ways.

 

When we get off the Pity Pot or the Fear-Mongering Machine, we can choose to jump on the Gratitude Express and all of a sudden, our blinders fall off and we see limitless abundance all around, and in, us.

 

And then we truly know that All is Well.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

 

Practice:  If you don’t already do a daily gratitude practice, consider starting one. It can be as simple as jotting down five things every day that you are grateful for. Make it specific. Don’t just say, “my friends.” Say instead, “Maria: her infectious laugh, her long hugs, her nonverbal understanding,” etc.

 

If you already do a gratitude practice, change it up a little. Get creative. Maybe send a note of thanks every day, etc. And if there is something specific you are struggling with, challenge yourself to start naming the (hidden?) blessings in it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

March, 2019

Life in Between.

Hello, my friends!  I miss you when I’m gone!!

 

My topic this Sunday is about living in the in-between times. I have been thinking about that topic a lot.

 

I’ve had some very intense experiences recently where I was told that something amazing was going to happen… but not yet. And then I found myself on a roller coaster, as one hurdle after another presented itself, and I went from thinking “it’s not going to happen after all,” to “it’s really going to happen!” to “oh, for Pete’s sake, now what?!”

 

When I finally found myself getting to the long-hoped-for event, even though my gratitude was so immense I couldn’t describe it, I was too tired to feel it! I find that I am still processing it all!

 

This experience has repeated itself in many ways, big and small, and I think in some ways, it is what our Unity is experiencing now.

 

The challenge during these kinds of times is really just an intensified invitation to practice our principles, to stay in the present, and to show up. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time, we are called to connect with Divine Love. We are invited to let our egos soften, our fears dissolve, and our gratitude for what is grow stronger, simply because we are fully present. Now.

 

Love,

Peggy

 

O God, help me to believe the truth about myself no matter how beautiful it is!  — Macrina Wiederkehr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.