This a first of a new K.I.S.S series (Keep It Simply Spiritual)
"Another Look at GOD"
I went into the doctor on Monday for a follow up on the surgery I had on my neck. He removed the drain, which was only after three or four days. He could have removed it the day following surgery because I never had the cc's he was looking for. He looked at me and looked at my scar and he said, I've never seen anyone heal so quickly."
And I looked at him and said, "Well, you know Doc, it doesn't surprise me."
"Why?" he said.
I asked, "You want to know what happened?"
He said, "Yeh. I do."
I said "It's the power of prayer," and he looked at me very ...now remember I talking to a scientist. the "Doctor."
He looks at me and says, "I don't think I know a lot about that."
I said< "Well when you align yourself with the scientific success formula that jesus gave us 2000 years, prayer always happens."
"How in the world can prayer always happen?"
I said, "Let me ask you a question. Does gravity always happen?"
He goes, "Yeh pretty much."So the laws we are talking about spiritually are not different than the physical laws. "Ok... I think I'd like to know something about that."
"I tell you what," I said,"Thursday night in Greenfield, I'm teaching the prayer class. Why don't you come?" i got one of those "Yeh i'll be there..."
Well we didn't wait for him and he didn't show up. But we had an awesome prayer class. I told the prayer class we all walk around life like Johnny Appleseed. We have seeds in our pockets and one side is seeds that enhance life, grow life and the other pocket we have seeds that are detrimental to life. And so I look at it this way, I planted some seeds for the Doc. Who knows how they'll grow. And at the very end, he said, "Oh by the way, I got back the pathology report back and it was benign."
"i'm not surprised," was my response. So that was my event on Monday with the Doc. It was a wonderful experience and all is good and I still have no pain. Thank You God!
I don't know about you, but this week brought up a lot of things for me. Pretty powerful week in a lot of ways when we look at what happened in this country. And I was really spending a lot of time in prayer and meditation on what even to say about it. Probably the most horrific single event in our history. We spent a lot of time in our Tuesday More Abundant Life class, in fact we spent the whole Tuesday class talking about Orlando. It was pretty amazing to see all of us working through the emotions and asking ourselves the question, "What is ours to do?". As we hold ourselves to the igher bar of being a lightworker in consciousness in the world, we're asked to do things differently than many, many people do.
It is so good for Jacqueline and I to be back. Two weeks was a long time. We had a great vacation ready to go, looking forward to friends and family back in Asheville in North Carolina but our four-legged got very, very sick. We found out two days before we were to leave that she was diabetic and we needed to begin to give her insulin shots twice a day plus change her food. We looked at each other and said, "You know, this doesn't make sense to try to get to a new normal in a hotel 14 - 15 hours away. We didn't know if there would be any problems with the vet so instead of a VA-cation, we had a STAY-cation. We stayed home. Jacqueline and I have never done this. It was awesome! It was fantastic! We would have spent two days down two days back...four days out of our vacation traveling. Here, we had all this time. The other day Jacqueline said to me, "How many books did you read?" and I said, "Well, the piles about that big." I had a series of books from Judge Thomas Troward, who I consider the grandfather of New Thought. I had the time to really dig into this really, really deep stuff. So it was fantastic. Kiwi is getting stabilized. You know she's the one who ran the Universe around our house. She'd be looking at us saying, "What are you doing changing my food? Giving me shots?" But we're getting there after two and a half weeks.
I got to thinking about the fact that we received an opportunity when that happened two days before we left. An opportunity to really crack this idea of being the Thinker and not the Thought. Because we could have spent two weeks sad and upset that we didn't get to do something that we'd been looking forward to for the past nine months. But we chose something different. We chose to make it something fantastic. And we really did. The vet said make sure you don't get her out too much in the heat and humidity so we did late afternoon trips, we went up north to the border of New York and Vermont. Just amazing places around here! One afternoon, no on there, Jacqueline and I were shooting hoops in Conway. The only place in America they still leave their basketballs out. You walk into the park and there's a whole line of basketballs and tennis rackets just waiting for someone to have fun.
So we turned situation into something that was really a lot of fun. I never had two weeks to do nothing! It was really fantastic! I have a feeling STAY-cations may become a part of our plans going forward. But we are thrilled to be be back!
I was so taken by some of the interviews of people who have a belief system that death really does occur and there's no hope. I watched the agony of people who thought that's the end of these people.
So as I was in a process of writing something about this I saw the whole world come together around this whole issue and respond in many, many different ways. But in the process of writing I realized that what I was doing was so insignificant in comparison to what I received. So instead of writing something I want to share this with you This came from the Association of Global New Thought. Reverend Petra Wells, who is the spiritual director in Dallas wrote and published it. And I want to share it with you because it sums up a lightbearer's response to this event better than I could have ever done.
"In the face of the shooting of gays in Orlando and on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the shooting of blacks in Charleston, once again, we are faced with the reality – fear and hate OR love and inclusion.
Today, as we grieve, feeling the sorrow of loss and the bewilderment of repeated history, and the anger of “it’s finally enough!” we ask ourselves questions to which we simply don’t know the answers.
We can say it’s not the guns, and we can say it’s not the religions, we can say it’s not the politics, and we can say it’s not race, but we can NOT say it’s not the climate of hate and fear that continues to be built in our country and around the world. Ancient fear of the other, fear of the different, is embedded in our cultural, religious and political systems in the US, and around the world, continuing to be used today to create hate, violence, and separation.
Yet every day we are coming closer together, more globally connected, seeing that no matter where you live, how you worship, or who you love, the basic needs and wants of every human being are the same. Peace, love, connection, family and work, creative contribution, fair compensation, opportunity, care for the elderly and those less fortunate, and a desire to pray in the manner that most aligns with our inner being. We are not so different after all.
Today I stand for LOVE and INCLUSIVITY, recognizing the divine spark within each and every human being. I refuse to allow fear and hate drive me to hate and fear in return. I stand with those in religion and politics, in journalism and sports, at home and in the work place who refuse to cower from fear or give in to hate. I do not support any extremism in politics, religion, or cultural status quo that overtly or covertly supports, promotes or allows hatred and violence against another human being. In this I stand, and I shall not be moved.
Let us meet hate with inclusivity and fear with love in our rhetoric, our actions, and in our prayers. Today I pray and I affirm that each person who loses their life to hatred and violence, whether gay or straight, man or women, no matter the color of skin or their religion of practice, is a beacon of light, a harbinger of hope, a power and a force for a change in consciousness and a change of heart that will not be denied. Each life lost is a candle added to the light of Truth, that we are all one human family, all under ONE divine authority, living on one beautiful planet that we share, together.
May love prevail in the hearts and minds of preachers, politicians and leaders – as well as those individuals who have lost sight of the LOVE that is another name for GOD. May they be awakened to the consequences of their ideas, and the actions their ideas inspire. May the recognition that we – loving, truth-seeking, spiritual people – will NOT be swayed from our course of human rights and decency for all, the life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness that our Declaration of Independence demands and that we claim for each and every human being. No matter what the difference, Love is spoken here."
Let's take a moment of silence, and no matter how you address the Divine, send out your love. Love is the only thing that will ever conquer hate.
June 12, 2016
I try to start out each Sunday with some applied principles that show up in life because they show up for all of us, even if sometimes they go by and you're not aware of them. Jacqueline and I were having a conversation about a week ago and we were trying to do random acts of kindness. Randomly...just doing them. And we realized that sometimes you don't get back any appreciation or gratitude...and what is that all about. We were having this conversation and I said, "Well that's really not our job. Our job is to continue to be kind and put it out there and what comes back, comes back." So yesterday we were headed to Northfield Mountain, which is where we love to take our 4-legged daughter to run in the meadow. Kiwi Grace loves to be loose. We stopped in Turners to get some beverages and Jacqueline ran in to get them. When she came out with a really funny look on her face. I said, "What's up?" She said, "Well, it certainly didn't cost me what I thought it would." I said, "What happened?" She said, " A lady came in earlier on Saturday morning and paid a bunch of money to Cumberland Farms and said 'Whoever shows up, buy all their beverages until the money runs out.'"
Unity is all about walking our talk. For those of you who may not know, I usually use the first 5 minutes or so of my time here to share how Unity principles play out in our everyday lives...my everyday life. So, the political situation is everywhere, isn't it? Seems no matter where I turn, there it is. I knew I had some work to do when I started talking back to the TV. This is the first time I've gone through a political event and been a spiritual leader of a group like this. And knowing that what you put out, you get back (we're a boomerang universe, right?) if what I wanted was peace, I had to get a handle on this.
I contacted my spiritual mentor and asked how she handled these situations and she shared something that I'd like to bring to Greenfield. The suggestion was that on the day of the Republican convention, the Democratic convention and on election day, a 1 hour vigil is held to hold everyone involved in the love of God, in peace and love. How many of you would be interested in doing something like that? (lots of hands went up). Great! We'll connect with the Interfaith Council and invite all the spiritual groups of the area to join in.
My beloved Jacqueline found a wonderful quote around this and it is "My religion is love and my political view is oneness." As many of you know I am doing alot of work with the Association for Global New Thought. This October, for Oneness day which had 580,000 people signed up last year, we're hoping to hit a million around the globe and that's going to occur in between the scheduling of these prayer vigils. Everything coming together around Oneness. So that's were we're headed between now and November and I'd love your support.
You know we've been talking about many things since January 1st, which we called the Holy Shift And one of the things we've been talking about is saying "Yes!" "Yes" to life ,"Yes" when life shows up because we know that's where joy is.Read more
I want to share this story about how "Yes" showed up in my life. A couple of Sundays ago a young lady came up to me and said she does a radio show and she'd love to do an interview with me. I said ok.. I said "Yes." It wasn't something that I was very comfortable with but I said I'd give it a try and see what happens. So we got together and we did the interview and it was a wonderful 2 hours.
Then this week, maybe 10 days later, I got an invitation from the Association for Global New Thought to submit a proposal to be considered as one of 12 people who are going to be picked out from all around the world to provide a webinar this coming summer. And the first thought I had was, "I said Yes to the radio interview and not 10 days later, God, the universe, Divine Source, created an opportunity! See what happens when we say "Yes." We don't know what's going to show up. I had no idea ...I mean not even in my wildest dreams!
But I want to share with you the next thought. See if this ever occurs to you. My next thought was..."Why even bother?" At last year's program of Oneness there was 524,000 people from around the globe who submitted a proposal. "Out of 524,000 people they're only going to select 12 people, don't waste your time... yada yada" It went on and on. The critic..right?
And so I had to take our other lesson we learned from not too long ago and remember that I am the thinker, not the thought. Right? So I had a choice in that moment, which thought was I going to serve? The one that says "Yes" and things are happening or the one that says "Don't even try."
Twenty-four years ago I was certified by Rev Edwene Gaines as a Master Prosperity Teacher. We will be using her work to look deeper into this exciting process. See you Sunday.
Saying YES - Life Loves Us,
I've got so much to talk about that this community has been doing since our Community meeting a few weeks ago. In that meeting so many ideas came up and were floating around. I wanted to announce a few of those things so that you know what's going on. First, is on April 1st we had our newly redesigned website go live. Thank you Aggie. After a lot of patience and prayer, we are up live. You still go to www.unityinthepioneervalley.org and you'll see the new site. This is really, really good and we're appreciative of that.
One of the other ideas that came out of that meeting came from Jackie Kingsbury. She had small business-size cards made up for us. We used cards like this in Myrtle Beach. On the front it says, "You are an angel" with a little picture of an angel and on the back is Unity's information. You have a couple in your pocket and when you meet someone you give them the card. Jacqueline and I gave some out yesterday when we went out to eat. It's a nice way to thank someone who's waited on you or performed some service for you. They are available at the front table, grab some on your way out.
What else is going on? At the community meeting Bob Simpson showed us the Unity ad in the Recorder which was this little postage stamp sized ad and said he couldn't see it. Well, it's now twice as big with help from Bob, Jackie and Aggie. This will run for the next 13 weeks. We're really excited about that. We're hoping that more like-minded people will see it and find their way to UPV.
There is a group working together to put on a dance. That is now official and the date is May 13th. The only Friday the 13th in the whole year! It's going to held right here in the Fellowship Hall, they've got a DJ...it'll be drug free, alcohol free and for the whole Greenfield community. More info will be forthcoming.
Someone in the community also suggested that we have some uplifting, spiritual movie nights. So Jacqueline bought a movie yesterday and we're going to put that on the schedule...some Friday night in May. It's an awesome movie. Friends of ours down in Unity in Greenville, NC are playing it this weekend. More to come on that as well.
There is also a silent auction coming soon and winners will be announced at the Friday 13th dance. If you have any small, high-end articles you would like to donate to support the UPV community, contact Mary Newton Rose.
So much is happening!
Rev Dan's talk is titled: "Life Loves You - Healing the Future." Choosing Love over Fear!
March 27, 2016
We're celebrating the 13th Easter here at UPV and I was thinking about all the changes in location and people over those years and wouldn't it be nice to recognize those people who are celebrating 10 years or more of Easter here at UPV. So I asked people to stand who have been at UPV for 10 years or more. Not quite half stood. And when I asked those who were celebrating 5 years or more we went over half. This is our trend here at UPV, growth. Thank you, it was neat to see the transition of the room as we progressed. Those years have gone by and we have maintained this Easter celebration on so many different levels.
And we also have three outgoing Board members that will came forward for not only a little gift, but also their daffodil. Charlene Barnett, Betty Proper and Faith Kindness. They said "Yes" and they were willing to step forward with their time and energy and creativity. So we say Thank you to them. Thank you so much. I've enjoyed them so much. When you come in as a new spiritual leader the Board is so key in working with . They've been tremendous to me and I can't say more than a heartfelt "Thank you."
Words from Rev Dan
We teach, we learn, we live the Unity principles. They are over 125 years old. Started with a covenant and a prayer. We are seeing miracles happen with the power of prayer. One of the things that struck me this week, we have the prayer chest in the back of the room along with the Blessings jar, and we were talking about gratitude and thanksgiving last week. One of the things Eckhardt Tolle said is, "If you don't have anything else to pray, just say 'Thank you.'" So don't forget when you do your prayer requests, they can be prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving.
There are many things I am grateful for. Including the community meeting last week where so much energy was brought forward, ideas and such creativity around supporting UPV and keeping us vibrant and viable. It had been shared that a group of us, 12 or 13, have been on a 40 day spiritual journey on abundance. In the Tuesday night class, More Abundant Life, they asked if I would do it again which looks like it can't be done again just right now but what did come up was a request for a Gratitude Journal that had been used previously.
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I wanted to talk about is an amazing journey that12 people from this community and I have taken. They joined me in a 40 day spiritual abundance walk. For forty, consecutive days we have worked on our abundance consciousness. Today I sent out the 40th daily email completing our journey. We're going to meet again on April 3rd and look at ways we can continue with this work to raise our consciousness around the whole idea of abundance and prosperity.
March 6, 2016
We had an annual meeting, as some of you know, last Sunday, and there was some information that was given in a power point presentation that created somewhat of a stir. I've had emails, phone calls and personal conversations. One of the things that was asked is that I share that information with all of you as there were only 20...22 people that were in attendance at the annual meeting. Before I start I want to put this in context because there were some questions about why did this come up now and why did it appear in such a short period of time. And I know that in spiritual centers and churches, money is not a subject that is easy to talk about. I guess one of my advantages is that I was in the investment business so my whole life at that point was money. But it is a topic that is a little bit difficult for spiritual centers and churches. So the slide that was shared said "nothing but the facts", and financial information that basically said that by July of this year, the kitty, the group of money that we had that was helping us to continue basically goes away by July of this year.
February 28, 2016
Rev Dan Landis joined us as Spiritual Leader in November 2014, coming to Greenfield, MA from Myrtle Beach, SC. He is the creator of the "Holy Money" curriculum, which joins Unity teachings on prosperity with self-help techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to help participants overcome limiting beliefs and attract prosperity. Dan is a certified life coach and a third year ministerial student at Unity Urban Ministerial School.
Father, Mother, God, Spirit, we prepare ourselves to pray by going inside. We let Your consciousness begin the internal journey from our heads to our hearts. At the altar, in our heart of hearts, we call to You and You answer. For a moment, we remain silent, and reflect on Your sacred light and love as they expand and connect us as One to all beings. (Moment of meditative silence)
"I seek a future different from the past." lesson 314 from A Course in Miracles: "Father, we were mistaken in the past, and choose to use the present to be free. Now do we leave the future in Your hands, leaving behind our past mistakes, and sure You will keep Your present promises, and guide the future in their holy light."
Faith Kindness - 4.3.16