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Know Thyself.

March 21, 2019

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.

March 14, 2019

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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.

March 7, 2019

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?  

February 28, 2019

“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.

February 21, 2019

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.