Unity Logo
Sunset

“Until we have seen someone’s darkness, we don’t really know who they are. Until we have forgiven someone’s darkness, we don’t really know what love is.” ~Marianne Williamson

Unity Blog

 
Trust the Process.

January 17, 2019

 

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.

What is Calling You?

January 10, 2019

Do you ever feel like something is calling you? Perhaps calling you to do a particular something or to make a change or to explore a part of yourself you have never really explored? Perhaps the still, small voice inside of you is calling you to be more wholly YOU.

 

One of my favorite hymns is one called “Spirit of Gentleness,” written by a UCC minister named James Manley. The words to the chorus are:

 

“Spirit, Spirit of gentleness, Blow through the wilderness, calling and free.

Spirit, Spirit of restlessness, Stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.”

 

The first and last verses are:

You moved on the waters

You called to the deep.

Then you coaxed up the mountains 

from the valley of sleep.

And over the eons, You called to each thing,

‘Wake from your slumbers, and rise on your wings.’

 

You call from tomorrow.

You break ancient schemes.

From the bondage of sorrow, the captives dream dreams.

Our women see visions.

Our men clear their eyes.

With bold new decisions,

Your people arise.”

 

I love the power and the vision in those words. I love the invitation to listen more deeply and to live more bravely. And I love the declaration that Spirit is ever-present, always uncontainable and wild, breathing us forward into fresh experiences on this human journey of life!

 

What might Spirit be calling forth in you at this time in your life? Let’s explore that on Sunday!

 

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.

Changing the World From Your Quiet Corner.

January 3, 2019

 

 

This Sunday our own Denise Fedelleck will be guest speaking for us. Demise is a Certified Clinical and Transpersonal Hypnotherapist, as well as a Certified Transformational Life Coach. She has been a part of our Unity family here in Ft. Collins for the past 5 years.

 

She has a diverse professional background and has worked in television, was a writer and book editor for many years, and has been a professional speaker and workshop leader for over 30 years. She also recently hosted an international radio series called Your Inner Connection for Denver radio station KUHS.

From Denise:
Some say that the world is becoming more violent, less respectful, more greedy, less loving and compassionate, etc.

 

Others might argue that these types of behaviors have always existed, but we’re hearing about it more frequently now because of heightened communication by way of modern technology such as the Internet, for example.

 

Either way, we’re missing the point if that’s where we place our attention. And it’s very easy to focus on so many horrible things happening in the world, wanting to react defensively because it can feel unfair, overwhelming, depressing . . . and quite frankly, heartbreaking at times.

 

However, it’s important that we come back to the Truth; that no matter what happens in the world around us and with all of us who inhabit it, our answers and how to turn it all around to move forward positively lie within us. Plain and simple.

 

I’m looking forward to seeing you on Sunday when we will explore how one person can change the world.

 

Blessings,

Denise

Restoring the Image.

December 27, 2018

 

Generations of exposure to the elements of nature, severity, and neglect leave an opaque film over the original image of the painting. Restoration is the delicate and tedious process of removing the effects of that pollution, revealing the image as it was first created, and as the artist intended it to be seen.

The person doing the restoring not only has to understand the chemical processes and techniques used for restoration, they also have to be aware of the artist’s work so that the original aesthetic remains when the restoration is complete.

How then can the residue of our own exposure to the world be removed, and the image of the divine within us be restored?

If we compare the intent of many, if not all, of the spiritual traditions of the world, we have our answer. Each one of them, in its own way, is pointing us to the truth of our nature – we are the very image of the divine, awaiting the time when our awareness and ownership of that truth is fully realized.

Then we’ll begin to see ourselves and each other with all the color and brilliance of our original light.

See you Sunday for one service at 10am,
Franklin

In Today’s News: Infinite Joy to You and to All!

December 20, 2018

 

JOY is the topic for Sunday.  ‘Tis the season for “tidings of great joy!” There are so many lovely verses that speak of this, that proclaim it with whole and emphatic trust. The Hope and Peace and Love which we have explored the past 3 weeks lead us unswervingly into Joy.

 

Charles Fillmore said that joy is the happiness of God, expressed through humankind. And the Psalms speak of ALL creatures, all creation, expressing God’s joy.

 

What is this joy that all sacred traditions proclaim?

 

A friend told me recently about a conversation on “what brings you joy.” As we talked about it, we began to realize that the things being described sounded more like, “What brings you pleasure?”

 

Once again I was reminded that Joy is a deep state that emanates from inside of us. It is part of our being. I love the song from the Sound of Music about “My Favorite Things.” It’s a great celebration of things – like kittens and mittens and such – that make the singer feel happy.

 

Happy as those are, however, they do not define the Joy about which the spiritual traditions speak. As Desmond Tutu says in The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and the archbishop:

“Joy is much bigger than happiness. While happiness is often seen as being dependent on external circumstances, joy is not.”

 

I hope you can join us Sunday for our Advent celebration of Joy, which will include special music by our wonderful Unitics band.

 

In Joy,

Peggy

 

I invite you to say this affirmation continuously, letting its meaning radiate into your entire being:

 

I am God’s joy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.