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Jumpers Anonymous.

October 18, 2018

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about the subject of jumping to conclusions.

 

 

It’s amazing to me how often people do that. OK, I admit it: it’s really amazing to me how much I do that! So, as usual, when I have something on my mind, it leads to a talk.

 

 

In Brené Brown’s book, Rising Strong, she talks about the work of Robert Burton, a neurologist who explains why we jump to conclusions and why it can be so hard to stop. According to him, our brains reward us with dopamine whenever we recognize and complete patterns, whenever we fill in the gaps and reach an understanding about something.

 

 

The problem is we don’t have to be right to get this dopamine hit; we just need to think we’re right.

 

 

Wow! That was an epiphany for me. I have certainly experienced the sense of satisfaction that comes with “figuring it out,” the smugness of reaching a conclusion and being able to “enlighten” someone else. I didn’t know that there was also a physiological process that happens in that situation. So all I have to do is THINK I’m right, and I get a hit of dopamine! No wonder so many of us think that being right leads to being happy.

 

 

Come explore this idea with us on Sunday. And in the meantime see if you can notice when you jump to conclusions. Then stop yourself and open your mind to the idea that your conclusion might not be accurate. Ask some questions. Explore other possible conclusions. Remind yourself of the Universe present in each moment.

 

 

Approach each moment with a beginner’s mind and a lover’s heart.

 

 

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.

Co-Creating Heaven.

October 11, 2018

 

The 5th Unity Principle says it is not enough for us to know the principles; we must live the truth of the principles. As you know, I love to write and re-write things in my own words. Here is my current wording of these principles:

 

  • The Spirit of Life is Good – and it is present everywhere.
  • We are all children of this Spirit, so we are all inherently good.
  • We co-create our lives through our attention, our intention, and our action.
  • Prayer empowers us by keeping us connected with our Source.

 

However we word these principles or our core spiritual beliefs, the underlying challenge to each of us is to practice them in our daily lives.

 

Ellen Debenport in Unity’s Five Principles asks,

 

“…How do we apply these principles when we’re sick, broke, heartbroken, scared, angry or apathetic? How do we make choices, day in and day out, in alignment with principle, so that we can – bit by bit – create the kingdom of heaven on earth?”

 

To me that’s what the 5th principle is all about. The “kingdom of heaven” begins now. But we have to take some responsibility in building it.

 

Hope to see you Sunday for some heaven on earth together!

 

Love, Peggy

 

PS – Happy Birthday to Eleanor Roosevelt! What a strong and powerful light she brought to this life. Here are a couple of her more well-known quotes for reflection:

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

          No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

          People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and         courageously. This is how character is built.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Keys to Empowered Relationships.

October 4, 2018

We are excited to feature Mary Dravis-Parrish as our guest speaker on Sunday.  Mary, who is known as the “Parent Whisperer,” will be sharing key elements and applications that deepen relationships with self and others.

Relationships are a core part of this human journey.  And sometimes they are just downright messy.  Too bad there’s no one-size-fits-all manual for how to do them.

But Mary has done a whole lot of work in this field and has come up with some techniques that are both practical and simple to help people have healthier, life-giving relationships.

Mary Dravis-Parrish is a celebrated international author, speaker, and facilitator for empowered conscious living. Her favorite clients are parents, knowing that empowered parents raise empowered kids for a greater world.

She has created a parenting program called Be You Parenting. She is the author of Empowered Parents Empowering Kids, A Guide to Be You Parenting, and hosts the weekly radio show Be You Parenting on the Inspired Choices Network.

Please spread the word and invite your friends.

In Love,
Peggy

PS: If there is enough interest, Mary is also willing to come do a 2—3 hour workshop on this topic at Unity on a Saturday or Sunday. Please let us know if you are interested and can help coordinate such an event.

Quote for reflection:  “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
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 Healing Power of Humor.

September 20, 2018

This weekend Unity is doing its part to help heal the world by bringing some light and laughter to Fort Collins. Our guest speaker on Sunday morning is Steve Bhaerman. He will be talking about the healing power of humor. I have been hearing from so many people lately who are feeling a lot of heaviness in their heart, and laughter can sometimes help ease that heaviness.

 

Sunday I invite you to take a little time with us and lighten your heart. Laughter helps everything!
“Our unity centers us in light and peace, allowing us to recognize our God within, and to radiate that love to the world.”

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“The world is in a serious condition — and yet, there’s definitely something funny going on.”    ~Swami Beyondananda

Join Steve Bhaerman, the man behind the legendary “cosmic comic” Swami Beyondananda, for an inspiring, encouraging — and laughter-filled — talk on how we can use laughter to shine a light on the darkness, and light the path ahead of us.

You’ll learn how laughter heals, restores wholeness, and can turn suffering into insight; separation into connection; stress into release. You’ll laugh while you learn, and learn while you laugh!

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.
Treats and Retreats.

September 13, 2018

 
This week’s Sunday morning services feature John Magnie and his family – Lauren, Bo, and Elena – who will be providing a special treat for us with their beautiful soul music. Some of our congregants will still be up in the mountains celebrating the Presence in the great outdoors at the Buckhorn Retreat.

Both of these events have inspired the title of my talk, “Treats and Retreats.”
As I reflect on balance and the upcoming Fall Equinox, I am reminded of the importance of play times and laughter and Sabbath and treats and retreats – and all kinds of good stuff!

In yet another seasonal transition, we say thank you to the lingering blessings of summertime and hello to the dawning blessings of autumn. We celebrate the treats we received from the summer, and we take time to retreat and prepare for harvest.

I look forward to celebrating “just another magic Sunday” at Unity of Fort Collins.

Have a weekend of joy!
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.