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“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” ~ Albert Einstein

Acornology: Thoughts on Courage.

June 21, 2018


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.