Seattle Unity Sermon Video 10-08-2017—”There is No ‘Other’ “

Sunday Service Video October 8th, 2017—“There Is No ‘Other’ “—Here is the link and player to the Rev. Karen Lindvig’s sermon from 10-08-2017 titled “There Is No ‘Other’.” Special guests include InterPlay, Phil Porter, Leah Mann, Soyinka Rahim, and others. In this Sunday sermon Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey with a focus on how we experience others as an important part of how we transform ourselves. She uses the metaphor of the … (see more below)

InterPlay with Phil Porter Perform “Inclusion Improvisation”

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InterPlay and Erin McGaughan Perform “Out Beyond-Namaste Mashup”

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InterPlay and Erin McGaughan Perform “Body of the Goddess”

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InterPlay and Erin McGaughan Perform “Light Your Lamp”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig “Silence Meditation”

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InterPlay and Soyinka Rahim Performance “Faces”

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Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “There Is No ‘Other’ ”

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InterPlay and Soyinka Rahim Perform “Divine”

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Sermon Summary

http://seattleunity.org—In this Sunday sermon titled “There is No ‘Other’ “ Rev. Karen Lindvig elaborates on the Annual Theme of the Transformational Journey, with a focus on how we experience others as an important part of how we transform ourselves. She uses the metaphor of the ocean, and its waves; the way air fills a cup, and when the cup is gone, the air remains; the spiritual stories of beholding divinity in ourselves and in others—all towards the idea of erasing the concept of the Other. She also elaborates on how bonding and being with our pets can help us connect with nature and others in surprising ways.

Key ideas proposed in this sermon

We are different shapes and sizes, colors—but we are all souls and spiritual beings.

When we experience those in the outer world as “others,” we are able to cast onto them our own hatred and separation.

There is not other, there is only One.

What those who seek to destroy in the outer world, is what they may also seek to destroy in themselves.

Because of the acting out of negativity toward the other, we all can suffer the consequences.

Quotations related to this sermon:

Sogyal Rinpoche: “The most essential thing in life is to establish an unafraid, heartfelt communication with others.”

Sharif Abudullah: “The Other: A person or group unfamiliar to you. The Other can take on threatening or sinister connotations for those operating from the ‘I am separate’ consciousness. Whatever we see in the Other is what exists in ourselves.”

Amit Ray: “We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”

Swami Sivananda: “The purpose of life is to realize the oneness of all creation and one’s identity with the Divinity. True life is life in God.”

Jesus in the Gospels of Mark, Luke and Matthew: ”Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus, in the Gospel of Thomas: “Recognize what is in your sight, and that which is hidden from you will become plain to you. For there is nothing hidden which will not become manifest.”

Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Why do you notice the splinter in the other’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to another, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from the other’s eye, and prevent hypocrisy.”