Unity Small Groups- In Building, Online & Outside!
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We meet from 6:45-8:15PM Eastern Time virtually via www.freeconferencecall.com. The first 45 minutes in Sanskrit; the last 45 minutes is a guided meditation.
From the Meetup® app, we have been getting some new people to try out the Sanskrit mantra study, and the meditation on Tuesday nights. Our Ongoing Metaphysics (“OM”) small group continues to provide the opportunity to learn about sound and vibration, which is a very scientific way to experience spiritual progress. The Sanskrit alphabet consists of 50 consonants and vowels and they are arranged according to how and where the sounds are made in the body -- from the lower diaphragm, up through the throat, and into to the head. They differ whether they are sounded using the vocal chords or not (voiced or non-voiced), and whether they are aspirated or not (using extra air). They also depend on where the tongue is positioned (behind the teeth, retroflexed, touching the palate). Some sounds use the lips, like ‘b,’ ‘m,’ ‘p. All languages use our human capabilities to produce sounds. The Sanskrit is an ancient language that is said to have been spoken before being written out, and the ancient Hindu texts that use written Sanskrit are very old. What is really great about the Sanskrit is that you can learn how to pronounce mantras, that are specific, energy-based sets of sounds. The vibrations you chant or say go out, much like a prayer or affirmation or thought you might produce. You don’t have to know the meaning of the sounds for the sounds to work.
With respect to meditation, at 7:30-8:15PM Eastern Time, we meet each other virtually in a small group listening to the guided meditation “Coherence” (from Dr. Joe Dispenza’s Becoming Supernatural book). This meditation takes us deeply into our conscious state, allowing our conscious minds to forget the problems of the day and enter into a closer relationship with that which is beyond -- allowing us to bless ourselves, each other, our bodies, our surroundings, and our world.
You may attend either or both of these 45-minute sessions on Tuesday nights. This is virtual so you can simply sign on before the start time for either session using www.freeconferencecall.com. Instructions are at www.unitycentre.org.
September 4th - SERVICE ONLINE ONLY - REV. CAY TOMERLIN
September 11th - The Gates of Heaven: Paul Christian
September 18th - The Healing Formula: Rev. Cay Tomerlin
September 25th - Power of Subconscious Mind 2: Rev. Rose Houston
We invite you to contemplate this year’s guiding prayer.
With an inward and upward gaze, I rise from human concerns so that I might revel in the indwelling Spirit. I take my place in the seat of prayer, in the radiance of divine light. I hold the high watch for all people, knowing the truth of oneness and wholeness.
I am one with divine love that lifts the sorrowful and suffering. I am one with divine life by which they heal. I am one with divine wisdom that beams like a lighthouse, shining light on their path ahead.
My eyes of faith have a view of the horizon up here on the mountaintop of awareness. I wait, watchfully. I view the fulfillment of dreams and intentions, for me and for all those with whom I pray, without obstruction and in a state of expectancy. My vision is far-reaching as I hold the high watch. I say, “Amen, let it be.” And so it is.
Sunday September 11th Paul Christian is speaking on the Gates of Heaven and how they are closer than we think. These Gates function in our bodies, and we can use them to bless the world.
Paul will be facilitating the Oneness Blessing for a love offering after the Sunday service from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
Experience the Oneness Blessing™
Join the mass awakening that is happening here and now.
What is the Oneness Blessing™?
The Oneness Blessing is basically a process of transferring divine grace through the Oneness Blessing giver who becomes an open vessel. This brings about a shift in human consciousness. The shift in human consciousness is brought about by affecting a neurobiological change in the brain.
"It is well said that the mind is the crucible in which the ideal is transmuted into the real. This process of transformation is the spiritual chemistry we must learn before we are ready to work intelligently in the great laboratory of the Father's substance. There is no lack of material there to form what we will, and we can all draw on it as a resource according to our purpose. Wealth of consciousness will express itself in wealth of manifestation." (Charles Fillmore Prosperity 56)
The mind is truly a mystery. Here Mr. Fillmore calls it a crucible. He also saw mind as the connecting link between God and us. The highest purpose of our mind is to transform divine ideas into experiences and manifestations.
One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.
“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”
Too many times we forget what we have and concentrate on what we don’t have. What is one person’s worthless object is another’s prize possession. It is all based on one’s perspective.
Sometimes it takes the perspective of a child to remind us what’s important.
Sunday, August 28th: Unity & Dr. Seuss
Top: Rev. Rose Houston
From left to right: Jacquie Heath, Betsy Wagner & Karen Thomas
Taking a Leap of Faith
The month of September always reminds me of starting new projects and moving forward in our development. I suppose it's conditioning from our childhood when we started back to school right after Labor Day. Most of us moved forward one grade ahead. It was, in a unique way, the beginning of a new adventure; the mark of being successful and upgraded.
This September I suggest we begin working on a spiritual upgrade. How do we do this? We start by adopting the Visionary Position.
Unity celebrates the World Day of Prayer Thursday, September 7th, but prayer is best celebrated daily. A prayer can be as simple as “thankyou” (Meister Eckart). Why thank you? Because it is an affirmation of gratitude that something significant happened in your life and it connected you one on one with that Divine Power we call God.
This year’s theme is “Holding the High Watch.” The affirmation helps each of us apply it to our lives: I pray with an elevated mind and open heart.
“This phrase, keeping the high watch, was first presented to me through the works of Emma Curtis Hopkins. Hopkins, known as the teacher of teachers, had a major impact on a wide range of early American New Thought leaders, including Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and Emilie Cady. I was introduced to her in the late 70s by Unity minister, Dr. John Rankin.
The high watch, as Hopkins used the term, “… concerns that swift, subtle faculty possessed by us all, whereby we look whithersoever we will; to the Deity ever beholding us, or to the dust beneath, without the aid of our physical eyes.” This inner seeing is what she was referring to when she wrote, “For it is primarily what we most see, and not what we most think, that constitutes our presence, power and history.”
Keeping the high watch is holding fast to the truth that there is but one presence and one power at work in our life. With perpetual media bombardment and full immersion in our body-centered, materially-grounded culture, our inner vision is easily enticed away from the notion of a single power at work. And yet this is truly our means of finding inner peace in an ever-changing world.
Keeping the high watch is not standing on tiptoe straining to see some great good finally appearing on the distant horizon. It is closing our outer eyes, for a time, and allowing the illumination of the soul to make itself known. As Hopkins writes, “The farther toward the celestial zenith we send our limitless eye, the deeper is our assurance of our own divine origin and transcendent Selfhood. For truly the Highest is the Nearest, most distant yet most present, and we are in His image.”
You and I are perfectly placed to keep the High Watch. Nothing but the focus of our attention has to change. Holding the truth that there is but one presence and one power, God the good, at work in our life is the key to genuine accomplishment and true peace of mind.”
May you spend each moment Keeping the High Watch-
United with Infinite Presence with an elevated mind and heart.
Trunk sale went well for the first time and is to become an annual event for the Centre.
Bringing in $427.00 gross. Great job to all that volunteered that made this happen.
For education Rev Rose will be starting a Bible Class in September be sure to look at the Connect for time and dates.
Operations/Policy Manual is still in review.
Looks like we have a good QUOTE FOR THE PARKING LOT COATING AND LINES PAINTED , Larry Etheredge is doing a great job.
Proposal for 2022 2023 Board Nominees is Roger Juntunen & Jim Thornton looking forward to having them on the board. Please come to VOTE and catch up at our annual meeting in October.
The budget for 2023 will be done in September.
New Business is looking at a way to backup the Centre's Financial records and the Board of Directors minutes between the Cloud and paper backups.