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“You are already that which you want to be, and your refusal to believe it is the only reason you do not see it.” ~ Neville Goddard

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On Being Real.

August 10, 2017

The July/August Daily Word contains a reflection by Gregory Barrette, which talks about how the soul is always in process. He says your soul is not a noun, but a verb; in a sense, it is a conjugation of the verb “to be.”

 

 

I have really enjoyed sinking into the images and feelings that come with knowing that I AM pure be-ing.

 

 

I love the paradoxes of life (even though sometimes they drive me crazy!). Like the idea that we never actually ARRIVE. We just keep changing and growing.  And yet we DO arrive.  Every moment. We are where we are.

 

 

I am.

Being and becoming.

Be-ing in every moment.

 

 

Sunday I want to explore these ideas and to take them a step further. My talk is on being real.

 

 

St Frances de Sale said, “Be who you are where you are.”

 

 

And Nisargadatta Maharaj said, “Don’t pretend to be what you are not, don’t refuse to be what you are.

 

 

Authenticity is where it’s at.

 

 

Unpack that for fun (and don’t get stuck on ending a sentence with a preposition).

 

 

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.

The Mind as the #1 Catalyst for Change.

August 3, 2017

 

This Sunday we will have Unity member Barb Wade as guest speaker. Barb is a Speaker, Author, and Coach who has been on the leading edge of Transformational Coaching for over 15 years. Barb works with high-achievers who, despite external accomplishments, are finding themselves yearning for more freedom, joy, and meaning in their lives. Barb herself knows that “hole” of quiet desperation that can exist even though achievement is high.

 

 

 

Join us as she helps us navigate the journey from critical, negative self-talk into a more loving, self-accepting, nurturing inner voice to fuel our personal and professional growth, peace, and happiness.

 

 

 

“Be careful how you are talking to yourself because you are listening.”
~Lisa M. Hayes

Nature as Dance Teacher.

July 27, 2017

I always look forward to the outdoor service we do in the summertime.

 

 

I love this opportunity to pray, reflect, and sing together in our Unity nature park! Our birds seem to be particularly joyful this year and will definitely add their voices to our celebration.

 

 

For many of us, being outside is the best way to “have church.” Human-made temples can be breath-taking, but the spiritual lessons and experiences to be found in the Temple of Mother Nature are incomparable. Even in a backyard.

 
For one thing, Nature cannot be contained. Neither can She be controlled – despite all efforts to the contrary. She is always in movement. Even on a quiet day with seemingly no wind, if you watch closely, you can always find rogue leaves dancing in the trees. And when She decides she wants to let loose, there is no holding her back!

 
The earth is alive! Many people don’t realize that even soil is a living thing. When we pour all kinds of chemicals on it we are actually killing the soil (which we then try to revive with other chemicals).

 

I’ve been reflecting on the idea of what it might look like to see Mother Nature as a dance partner and to allow her to lead. I invite you to join me in further reflection at our ONE 10am service outside this Sunday.

 

Much love,
Peggy

 

“You are invited to cast your awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance.”   Thomas Merton

Life in the Slow Lane.

July 20, 2017

Breathe.

 

Remove the word “stress” from your vocabulary. Instead say, “I have all I need.”

 

Breathe.

 

Slow down.

 

David Kuntz in Moments in Between says, “The metaphors we use not only reflect the way we live, but create the way we live. If we call life a rat race, it will tend to become one.”

 

Breathe.

 

“The heart is like deep waters,” says a Tsonga proverb. So dive into the deep waters of your heart and connect to your inner self, your wholeness.

 

Breathe.

 

In the mystic deep, all is well.

 

 

Love,

Peggy

Magic Pennies.

July 13, 2017

In Simple Truths, Kent Nerburn states: “Giving is a miracle that can transform the heaviest of hearts… true giving is not an economic exchange; it is a generative act.”

The practice and power of generosity is recognized as transformative in every spiritual tradition. 

When we do a generous act we actually connect with an inner feeling of abundance—the feeling that we have enough to share. I have noticed an overwhelming sense of pure delight when I practice giving. 

And it’s not just an economic thing, as Nerburn mentions. Giving can encompass a million possibilities:  giving our time to listen to someone who just needs to talk, setting work aside for a moment when interrupted in order to be fully present to the situation, sending an extravagantly bigger-than-usual donation to a cause you believe in, leaving an anonymous bouquet of flowers for someone who’s struggling, telling people how truly beautiful they are. There are so many ways to give!

The theme on Sunday is generosity. I invite you to reflect on the ways that giving is like a “magic penny” in your life (the more you give the more you receive…).

In Gratitude,


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.