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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.

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.

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.

Who Do We Say We Are?  

“Story is…The secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human manifestation.”  –Joseph Campbell

YOU are the One!

~You are the one Consciousness has been waiting for in order to create a new energetic story of how you experience yourself, as group, on a moment to moment level.

~You are the one with the power to inform change & create awareness for Higher GOOD for Unity of Fort Collins.

Through the power of Story, our HOPCOF (Honoring our Past, Creating our Future) experience on March 2nd will invite Unity of Fort Collins to review:

~Who are we?
~Where have we come from?
~What have we created/achieved/ overcome/ learned/left unresolved
~What is ours to do, now/our next action?

“So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation, behold the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Steve
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.

Standing at the Threshold.

Standing at the Threshold  

Affirmation: I am not only living in an unfolding, infinite field of possibility, I Am the unfolding, infinite field of possibility.

Join us this Sunday to hear our Transitional Consultant, Steve Colladay, talk about mindfully and wholeheartedly embracing change and the unknown, radical acceptance of what is, and the willingness to answer the call.

Law of Attraction:  “The law that all conditions and circumstances in (our) affairs and body are attracted to us in accord with the thoughts we hold steadily in consciousness.” —Charles Fillmore, Co-founder of Unity

“Don’t be satisfied with the stories of how things have gone … unfold your own…”
–Rumi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Steve
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.

All the Things You Are .

This Sunday we will be blessed with special Valentine’s music by Amy Augenstein and her dad, Tom Williams. Their songs, “My Funny Valentine” and “All the Things You Are” inspired my talk topic this week. I will be speaking about celebrating the wonderful unique and special qualities that each and every one of us has!

I love the line in “My Funny Valentine” that says, “you make me smile with my heart.” And I love the way I can feel that – about you as well as myself! – when I am centered in my true nature.

Another line in the song is, “you’re my favorite work of art.” I invite you to reflect on the idea of being a work of art. Go further and imagine the Creator singing to you, “You are my beloved, a masterpiece.” Look at yourself through the eyes of divine Love and start smiling at all the things you are!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

Life is a Mobius Strip.

 

Every Sunday we affirm our Unity core values with the words that we say together and the songs that we sing. One of the affirmations I have come to love the most is our opening:

 

OUR UNITY CENTERS US IN LIGHT AND PEACE,

ALLOWING US TO RECOGNIZE OUR GOD WITHIN

AND TO RADIATE THAT LOVE TO THE WORLD.

 

These words have meant more and more to me in my time with you, until today I feel that they are settled in my very bones. My cells vibrate to these words and do a little happy dance every time we say them!

 

I have often felt like this life journey is a never-ending pilgrimage that directs us inward and leads us outward. Now a haunting solo, now a harmonic symphony. In and out, down and up, an endless Mobius strip. Like breathing, we cannot only go inward. Nor can we focus only outward. We must do both. Our lives depend on it.

 

This Sunday we will join together in ONE service at 10, and will reflect upon our Unity journey of last year and on our intentions for this new year. One of my observations is how we have continued to grow in that process of going both inward and outward, in the ways we “recognize our God within and radiate that Love to the world.” I will share some of the ways I have seen that manifest. I invite you to join me.

 

In Love and 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.

Flowing in Unity.

Fort Collins Unity is an absolutely amazing and wonderful community! Last week I had my talk all planned and at the last minute had a family emergency and had to miss Sunday services. In my absence, Dale Leidheiser gave an excellent talk on character and community, Grace did a reading, and Franklin did his usual stellar job of leading.

I got so much prayer and love and support and was able to focus on the family situation without any worry at all about what was happening at Unity. This is the perfect example of how well this community is going to do with the coming transition. (And by the way, your prayers manifested positive progress and healing. THANK YOU so very much!)

This Sunday I will give an updated version of the talk I had planned on our common welfare and the spiritual practice of unity.

Here are a couple of paragraphs to reflect on from a book by Chris Johnstone and Joanna Macy, called, “Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re In Without Going Crazy.”  (What a great name! 🙂

“All the individuals on a team may each be brilliant by themselves, but if they don’t shift their story from personal success to team success, their net effectiveness will be greatly reduced. When people experience themselves as part of a group with a shared purpose, team spirit flows through them, and their central organizing principle changes. The guiding question moves from ‘What can I gain?’ to ‘What can I give?’

“We can develop a similar team spirit with life. When we are guided by our willingness to find and play our part, we can feel as if we are acting not just alone but as part of a larger team of life that acts with us and through us. Since this team involves many other players, unsuspected allies can emerge at crucial moments; unseen helpers can remove obstacles we didn’t even know were there. When we’re guided by questions such as ‘What can I offer?’ and ‘What can I give?’ we might sometimes play the role of stepping out in front and at other times that of being the ally giving support. Either way, we think of the additional support behind our actions as a form of grace.” 

In Gratitude and Trust,
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.

“Personal Progress for the Greatest Number Depends Upon Unity”

 

                       

These past two weeks I have spoken about the topics of “Calling” and “Trusting the Process.” It was in that context that I shared my plans to complete my time as your Spiritual Leader. Over the next few months, we will gradually phase out my responsibilities and enter into a transition process to search for the next right Spiritual Leader for Unity of Fort Collins.

The Council will be working with a transition consultant from Worldwide Unity, who has experience and special training in helping congregations go through mindful, loving transitions. You will receive regular updates as we go through this process together, and everyone will have plenty of opportunity to participate.

If you missed last Sunday’s talk (January 20th), I invite you to listen to the podcast so that you can hear more about it. Jesse and I plan to move back to the land where I grew up – in southeastern Arizona – and live near my mom. We will be back and forth on a regular basis, as well as staying connected through technology and social media. While I will be ending my role as Spiritual Leader, I will always be available as a Spiritual Friend.

I have absolutely loved my time with you, and I have learned so very much. As you have heard me say many times, there is an incredible abundance of wisdom in this congregation. I have complete confidence that this wisdom, along with the loving community you have developed with each other, will carry us all through the coming process with grace and ease. And whenever the new leader comes along, they are going to be incredibly fortunate!

This Sunday my topic is Unity. I will refer to a 12-step principle which says, “Our common welfare should come first. Personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity.”  I love you all so much!

In Gratitude and Trust,
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.

Trust the Process.

 

Have you ever woken up from a dream with a phrase in your mind?

 

It was many years ago that I had one of those experiences, and the words I heard upon waking were, “Trust the Process.”

 

How many times since then those words have echoed in my mind! Months when I wasn’t sure where my life was leading me… Weeks when I wondered if my efforts mattered… Days when I didn’t think I could find my way through a particular challenge…

 

“Trust the Process!”

 

The day I woke up with those words ringing in my ears, I wasn’t sure what that meant or why I was getting that particular message. Trust? And what Process?

 

I’ve learned a lot since then. The Process is life. And what is life but constant change?

 

The Trust is spiritual. “Trust the Process,” is another way of saying what all the spiritual traditions teach: “Be not afraid!”

 

Whatever we face, whatever we walk through, we can trust that it is all in divine order.

 

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23),  I shall fear nothing, for God is with me!!

 

With us.

In us.

Around us.

Always and forever!

 

 

With 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.