Keeping Up with Sunday

 

12/30/16

sunday-20161225-296December 25, 2016 – “Merry Christmas!”

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12/23/16

sunday-20161218-296December 18, 2016 – “Journey to Awakening”

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12/16/16

sunday-20161211-296December 11, 2016 – “Sate Woman”

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 12/9/16

sunday-20161204-296December 4, 2016 – “Wisdom Keepers”

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 12/2/16

sunday-20161127-296November 27, 2016 – “To Travel in the Dark”

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  11/23/16

sunday-20161120-296November 20, 2016 – “Magic Words”

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11/18/16

sunday-20161113-296November 13, 2016 – “Turning Lead Into Gold”

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11/11/16

sunday-20161106-296November 6, 2016 – “Supporting Magic”

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 11/4/16

sunday-20161030-296October 30, 2016 – “How Do I Love You?”

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10/28/16

sunday-20161023-296October 23, 2016 – “Let There Be Peace”

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10/21/16

sunday-20161016-296October 16, 2016 – “Romance and Mysticism”

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10/14/16

sunday-20161009-296October 9, 2016 – “Nature Spirits”

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10/7/16

20161002-296October 2, 2016 – “A Love Supreme”

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9/30/16

sunday-20160925-296September 25, 2016 – “Beginner’s Mind”

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9/23/16

sunday-20160918-296September 18, 2016 – “The Quiet Hero”

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9/16/16

sunday-20160911-296September 11, 2016 – “Hope-Filled Agents”

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9/9/16

Sunday 20160904 296September 4, 2016 – “God First”

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9/2/16

Sunday 20160828-296August  28, 2016 – “Whose Hero are You?”

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8/26/16

Sunday 20160821 296August  21, 2016 – “The New Thought Story”

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 8/19/16

Sunday 20160814 296August 14, 2016 – “Hero’s Journey”

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8/12/16

Sunday 20160807 296 2August 7, 2016 – “The Warrior”

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8/5/16

Sunday 20160731 296July 31, 2016 – “Archetypal Nurturance through Caring Prayer”

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7/29/16

Sunday 20160724 296July 24, 2016 – “Soul Food”

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7/22/16

Sunday 20160717 296July 17, 2016 – “The Way”

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7/15/16

Sunday 20160610 296July 10, 2016 – “The American Spirit”

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7/8/16

Sunday 20160703 296July 3, 2016 – “The American Spirit”

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7/1/16

Sunday 20160626 296June 26, 2016 – “Fools for God”

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6/24/16

Sunday 20160619 296June 19, 2016 – “Creating a Life Centered in Gratitude & Appreciation”

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6/17/16

Sunday 20160612 296June 12, 2016 – “Choosing Change”

The trickster archetype can help us view things from a different perspective, can shake things up and can break the rules. The trickster has a way of lifting the veil of illusion so that we can get a glimpse of the Truth. You know you need to call in this energy when you are taking life too seriously, are easily offended, or are having a difficult time seeing any other point of view but our own.
Theodore Richards said: “Trickster is a boundary crosser. The trickster makes and re-makes our world by shaking things up, by unbalancing things.”

June is the month when many boundaries are crossed. It is a month where we traditionally celebrate weddings and graduations. These milestones call for us to step over a border into a new life.

There is an African story that illustrates this idea of shaking things up. Edshu, the trickster God put on a hat that was black on one side and white on the other. He walked between two men who were great friends and they began to argue about the color of the hat. Edshu turned the hat inside out to reveal that it was really blue and both friends were wrong. The trickster lands in the middle of the mundane to shake things up.
When we choose change, we are inviting in Edshu.

The trickster can be a shape shifter that causes transformation. This is what we are being called to do as a community. The South Lake Union neighborhood is changing and we need to be a part of this change in order to grow and expand. So, I’m calling on all of you to reach into your trickster/magician bag and walk through this change with us.

In the midst of change, we hold to the Truth that God is the underlying unchanging principle. God is omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience.

Artharva Veda said: “Most humbly we bow to You, O Supreme Lord. At Your command moves the mighty wheel of time. You are eternal, and beyond eternity.”

We are seeking to transform this sacred space that has been in this form since 1959.
We honor our religious ancestors who put up the money, the time, the prayers and the sweat to bring us this building that has served us all these years. And yet, the world has changed, people have changed and we are called to transform our current spiritual home into something new. This is why we now call on the trickster archetype.

Why the trickster? This archetype crosses boundaries, turns things upside down and CHOOSES CHANGE. There is nothing like a building project to do this.

Anytime we set out to choose change in life we set something in motion, and we may have a plan, but we have no idea how it’s really going to play out. Things that you thought to be true, aren’t and things that weren’t true, are. I can guarantee you that there will be days when you say the hat is black and she says the hat is white, and you are both right and you are both wrong.

The community has gone through many changes since coming into this building in 1959 but what doesn’t change is our commitment to Unity principals and to the belief that God is good.

We invite you to go with us on this journey, even though there are times when it is uncomfortable. You may feel like you don’t want to go through this with us and that you would rather have something stable. It’s easy to go across town to another church where things are more settled.

I invite you to use this change as a metaphor for your own life. I invite you to ride the changes that are before us together: to cross the borders into the unknown as we build something for future generations.

You have the opportunity to be a part of something that very few communities get to participate in, and that is to create a spiritual center that that will bless future generations. Be here and share your time, treasure and talent. Walk through this change, not as a trickster, but as a shaman.

Come, let us cross this border together. Be a part of something amazing.

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6/10/16

Sunday 20160605 296June 5, 2016 – “Cosmic Comic”

We venture into the land of the archetypal pattern of the Trickster/Magician. Where the Artist brings beauty to the world, the Trickster can help us see things from a different perspective. You know you need the Trickster in your life when you are taking things too seriously, are easily offended, or are unable to see any point of view but your own.

It is no accident that an “ah ha” moment can happen in the middle of a big laugh or “AH-HA”. The Trickster lifts the veil of illusion so that we get a momentary glimpse of the Truth. The Trickster does not play by the rules.
Jesus said, “If someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other.” I don’t think he was asking us to take abuse. I think he was asking us to be willing to see things from another perspective. Humor can helps us see things from a different perspective.
The Trickster is found throughout many different cultures, religions and myths. Jacob in the Old Testament tricked his father into giving him the birthright that belonged to his brother. Hermes stole his brother’s cattle and hid their tracks by putting boots on them. Raven in Native American lore stole the Sun and gave it to the world.

Tricksters can be seen in the form of Bugs Bunny, Wile Coyote, Br’er Rabbit, Nasreddin Hodja, and Abu in African lore.

How does the trickster show up in our daily lives? Mel Brooks said: “Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you.” Consider viewing your life as a Divine Comedy and God as the Great Cosmic Comic.
When I was planning to have children, I said to the Universe, “There are only two astrological signs that I don’t want for my children, a Scorpio and Aquarius.”
I have two children and one is a Scorpio and one is an Aquarius. They are wonderful and I adore them. And yes, I love Scorpios and Aquarians. Thanks Universe.
Have you ever said, “I will never…” or “I will do anything but…” and then the Cosmic Comic fills in the rest? How many times have you found yourself doing the thing that you said you would never do? Welcome Trickster.
I worked at a law firm in Chicago when I was in my early twenties. On a beautiful, warm weekday May morning, I woke up and looked outside and the last thing I wanted to do was spend the day in an office. I called in sick and coughed and sniffed over the phone with convincing flare in order to get the day off. Sound familiar?
As soon as I hung up the phone, I got dressed and headed out to Wrigley Field to the Bleachers to enjoy the sun and watch the Cubs play. I had a great time visiting with old friends and the game was exciting. To make it even better, the Cubs hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning that was hit right to me. Not only did this home run win the game, but it also put the Cubs in first place! Mission accomplished.
The next morning as I was getting ready to leave for work, my phone rang. My boss was on the line and he said, “How are you feeling today?” I said I was much better, thank you and would be at work that day.
He said, “Karen, your picture is on the front page of the Chicago Sun Times and you don’t look so sick to me!”
I was caught. When the home run came right to me, a photographer captured the moment. And no, I did not look sick. I looked ecstatic. The Cosmic Comic had me.
He went on to say, “I don’t care, but if any of the other partners see this, you will probably be fired by the end of the day.”
The problem was that it was the only newspaper that the whole office read. It was always on a desk and passed around for people to see. I thought about spilling coffee on it, but that might draw more attention to it. So, every time I walked by the newspaper I turned it over – and not one person, other than my immediate boss saw it.
This story has elements of the trickster archetype because 1) I lied and embellished a story; 2) Got caught in a big way; and 3) My boss set me up. When the trickster shows up, there is nothing you can do but laugh.
The trickster archetype stirs things up. It catches us in big ways. It can also make us laugh while telling a truth.
Mohammed Ali was a great trickster as well as a rebel. He said many things in rhyme like: “I should be a postage stamp. That’s the only way I’ll ever get licked.”
But he also said, “I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”
Shake things up, turn the other cheek, lift the veil of illusion and have fun with it.

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6/3/16

Sunday 20160529 296May 29, 2016 – “The Creative Pulse”

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5/27/16

Sunday 20160520 296May 22, 2016 – “The Magic of Creativity”

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5/20/16

Sunday 20160515 296 2May 15, 2016 – “Life is But a Dream”

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5/13/16

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May 8, 2016 – “The Artistry of Motherhood”

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5/8/16

Sunday 20160501 296May 1, 2016 – “The Creative Journey”

We venture into the archetypal pattern of the Artist/Creative. Like the Explorer, this is one that most of us have experienced in childhood. We grew up with crayons, paints and chalk. If we didn’t have paper, we used a sidewalk. And if we didn’t have supplies we created something out of nothing.

Jesus said, “Unless you become as a little child you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” The qualities that children possess are creativity, imagination and innocence. These qualities open the door to the kingdom of heaven. Give yourself permission to play, create, use your imagination and have fun!

When my children were in kindergarten the teacher said to the parents, “For the first time your kids are going to get bored. Your first impulse is going to be to rescue them by providing some form of entertainment. Don’t! This is when their imaginations kick in. If you save them from their boredom, you will rob them of their imaginations.”

Soon after this conversation, my children complained that they were bored, I said, “Good, I can’t wait to see what you will create.” They weren’t happy with my response but the funny thing is, they did create. They created stories and worlds and games that lasted for hours.

How do you react to boredom (or being sad or uncomfortable)? Do you jump to fill it with some form of entertainment? Next time, try sitting with it and see if the creative impulse can rise to the surface from you.

We are made in the image and likeness of God. We are co-creators of God. The Artist archetype calls us to create and bring beauty to the world.

Some people are natural artists. I have a friend who can collect random shells and rocks on the beach and then create something beautiful out of them when she gets home. When the Artist archetypal pattern is in the flow, we step into the kingdom of heaven. We step out of clock time and into Divine Expansion. Time flies.

When creativity flows we are in bliss. However, creativity can also be a painful process. How many times have you sat down to write, only to discover that you have nothing to say? Whether you are writing a song or drawing or painting, cooking or gardening – there are times when creativity doesn’t flow. And yet, the artist still shows up at the canvas, the computer, the kitchen and the sewing machine. This is the discipline of the artist. You show up even when it isn’t pleasant, even if it hurts. In my writing practice, I find that if I show up, eventually so does the muse.

And finally, art needs to be seen and experienced. Putting it out there to be seen is part of the process. This can be scary because we might be judged and found wanting. Let it go. It’s only the ego that is seeking to be great. Your job is to create and release.

You are a co creator of God and creativity is your natural birthright. Invite the creative in you to come out and play. Become as a little child and enter the kingdom of heaven.

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4/27/16

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April 24, 2016 – “Fantasy or Reality? Your Choice!”

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4/22/16

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April 17, 2016 – “Stepping Out”

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4/15/16

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April 10, 2016 – “Sacred Money Archetypes”

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4/8/16

Sunday 20160403 296April 3, 2016 – “Pilgrim”

This month we venture into the archetype of the Explorer. This is the part of us that seeks to go beyond set boundaries and borders.

In ancient times travelers would place a stone near a village that marked the border. Others would add to the stones until it was a tall pillar. This was called a “herm”. Later the god Hermes would come to be the patron god of highwaymen, travelers and traders.

The Explorer archetype can be seen in toddlers who are learning to discover the world around them. It is that part of us that seeks to go beyond what is known.  Traveling is by far the best way to expand the mind and horizons, not only in the outer world, but in the inner world as well.

A pilgrim is one who travels with a purpose. Any trip can be come a pilgrimage with the right attitude. Traveling confronts us with different rules, cultures and customs. We are challenged to let go of preconceived ideas.  Chateaubriand said: “There was never a pilgrim that did not come back to his own village with one less prejudice and one more idea.”

Jesus sent his disciples out two by two to teach and to heal the sick. He gave them an interesting direction, which was: “Take no gold, nor silver, nor copper in your belts, 10 no bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor a staff; for the laborer deserves his food.” (Matthew 10)

Jesus wanted his disciples to rely on God.  When we are on a journey and are without “extras” we are more inclined to be open to divine guidance. It forces one to be fully in the present moment.

The more one explores, the more one appreciates the differences across the globe. The more we explore, the more we see that we are all the same.

This was made clear to me when I was on the island of Lamu in the early 70s. A young woman offered to teach my friends and I how to cook a curried fish dish because none of us knew how to cook.

We were in the kitchen cooking when her husband came home from a long day at work around 5 PM. He was wearing a traditional long white robe and cap. He said hello and then sat down in the sparse living room in his favorite easy chair and called his children to him.  They climbed into his lap and talked to him about their day.  As I watched them, I realized that I could have been back in Chicago watching this same scene. It is the universal story of a father loving his children.

The irony in traveling then is the more one explores, the more difference we see. The more one explores the more we see how we are the same.

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4/1/16

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March 27, 2016 – “To Life!”

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3/25/16

Sunday 20160320 Ride-the-TideMarch 20, 2016 – “Ride the Tide”

Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem riding a colt in order to fill the prophecy that is found in Zachariah 9:9 “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

Jesus put into motion a series of events that he has no control over. Once this ride begins, there is no stopping it. When you commit to God, you have no idea where the ride will ultimately take you.

Jesus went public with his ministry on Palm Sunday. He is practicing what he preached when he said, “Let your light shine before men.” He is willing to be seen, regardless of the consequences.

Let yourself be seen. Let your soul shine. As you do, you encourage others to do the same. The world has need of you.

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3/18/16

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March 13, 2016 – “Namaste”

Spiritual communities create a sacred space where we practice spiritual principles. We come together in worship, prayer and create an environment of calling out the Divine in one another. We have a code of behavior which includes no triangulation; seeing the best in each other; celebrating our achievements and holding each other in love when we are suffering. We do this while maintaining integrity and boundaries.

This is the essence and spirit of “Namaste” In Hinduism it means ‘I bow to the divine in you’.

This past Sunday we explored the Altruist. The premise of the altruist is based on the idea of “loving your neighbor as yourself.”  In Unity, we call this beholding the Christ.

The Altruist is concerned for the welfare of others and lives in service to others.

Serving is an extension of love and Jesus demonstrated this when he washed the feet of the disciples.  He wanted them to know that no one is greater or lesser than another, and that our task is to love through service.

According to Carol Pearson, there are three different levels of the Altruist. The first level is when we give ourselves over in service to another person. Sometimes this can be to the detriment of our health and well-being. We often find ourselves in this role when we have small children or are taking care of someone who is ill or dying.

Level two requires that you care for yourself, so that you are empowering, rather than doing for others. Empowering others is being willing to let go of control so others can find their own way.  Without self-care, we become resentful, martyrs and enablers. Self- care enables us to serve from a place of strength.

Level three is generativity. This is a concern for the planet, animals and a community beyond our own. This is also concern and service to the next generation.

May we awaken this archetypal pattern in us to it’s highest level for the good of all.

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3/11/16

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March 6, 2016 – “Agents of Good”

In this talk, she introduces the archetype of The Altruist, and the mythic story in which that archetype emerged in support of the 2016 Annual Theme: “Igniting the Archetypes.” She illustrates the archetype of The Altruist with definitions and history, stories and examples. Throughout her sermon, with examples including Saint Francis, Jesus, and Charles Fillmore, Rev. Karen shows the benefits of balanced altruism in life, and some of the potential problems if altruism becomes out of balance. This balance is best developed and maintained by preventing an overemphasis on, or a psychological dominance of, the archetype of The Altruist.

She also showed this film called “Pay it Backward.”

From the video description: “In line at a donut shop drive-through in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Eileen Taylor paid for the order of the family in the car behind hers, unknowingly inspiring 55 more drivers to do the same.”

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3/4/16

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February 28, 2016 – “Rebels, Outlaws and Saints”

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2/26/16

Sunday 20160221 296February 21, 2016 – “Outside the Box”

Mavericks and rebels think and act outside the box of conventional wisdom. David fought Goliath (I Samuel 17) in an unconventional way when he refused to wear the traditional armor of a warrior. He chose to fight Goliath with a slingshot and defeated the giant.

David knew his gifts and abilities and used them. He represents that part of us that has the courage to express our God given talents and abilities. This is a true maverick.

We too must throw off the armor that has been put on us by our families or culture if it doesn’t fit in order to face the obstacles that block the way to our good.

Gandhi threw off the clothes of the English gentlemen and wore the Indian dhoti. He won India’s independence from the British Empire in an unconventional manner. The same can be said about Nelson Mandela. He faced the Goliath of Apartheid and defeated it – not through war, but through leadership, forgiveness and love.

What is the Goliath standing in your way right now? You are a unique expression of the Divine. When you are willing to be fully present and show up in life as the unique soul that you are and be willing to step outside the box, anything is possible.

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2/19/16

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February 14, 2016 – Love Liberates

Valentine’s Day has its roots in two ancient festivals: Februalia and Lupercalia.. Christians incorporated these festivals into Valentine’s Day in honor of Valentinus who was a Christian martyr.

Valentine’s Day has become a day when we share cards, sweets, flowers and romantic dinners. It is a holiday that is wonderful when you are in love, and difficult if you have lost your love or are alone.

The archetypal pattern found in the story of Psyche and Eros is a template that we experience when we fall in love. The word Psyche means “soul” and “butterfly”, so this story also represents the process the soul moves through to awaken.

When Psyche and Eros first fall in love, Eros whisks her off to his opulent palace where all her needs are met. He only visits her at night and she never sees him in the light of day.

This is a universal pattern. When a new relationship begins we are blinded and we fall into a state of bliss. We may cocoon ourselves off from others and enter a world where “it’s just the two of us”.

Eventually Psyche misses her family and friends and begs Eros to let her see her sisters. They visit her and begin asking questions like, “What does he look like? What does he do during the day? How come you have never seen him? What is he hiding?”

They convince her that he might be a monster. She must sleep with an oil lamp and a knife so that she can light it at night and see who he really is. This is a place that we also come to in relationship. We introduce our new boyfriend or girlfriend to our friends and we start seeing him or her through different eyes.

Jean Shinoda Bolen said: “Now, those are the two symbols that really do matter to us: the lamp and the knife. If you are going to examine the relationship that you are in, you need both. The first step is the willingness to really take a look at the situation. You need the illumination of the lamp. This symbolizes your willingness to actually take a good look at the person you’re working with, or who you’re living with.

But what good is the lamp if you don’t have the knife? This is a symbol that can discriminate, cut through the situation, and end the relationship by severing its bonds. What good is knowing that you are in a very dysfunctional relationship, if you haven’t the capacity…that is the symbol of the knife…to draw a boundary, to discriminate, to cut it off, to end the relationship if it turns out that what you see really is negative?”

Eros flies away from Psyche and this is where her journey begins. She must complete four tasks. These tasks are steps that we take to be in a conscious relationship. When we surrender to love it will take us on a quest. These tasks are also the steps that we take to live as an awakened soul.

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2/12/16

Sunday 20160207 296February 7, 2016 – Rebel With a Cause

In the month of February we are exploring the archetypal pattern of the Rebel (or Maverick). Rebels change things. They are ahead of their time and call out injustice.

The United States was founded by rebels who sought freedom and equality. Though it has taken a number of years for this to manifest for women and African Americans, the seed was planted over 200 years ago and continues to grow.

Jesus was a Maverick who challenged the status quo of his time. He threw out the money changers, healed the sick on the Sabbath, saved a women from being stoned to death, and called God “Father”. He changed how we related to the Divine and taught us that the kingdom dwells within and is constantly expanding. He taught us about a radical love.

Most people in Unity and other New Thought organizations are natural rebels. Many have explored different religious paths before finding Unity.

The archetypal pattern of the rebel can be activated in us when we witness or experience an injustice. When Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to the Whites in Alabama she said: “When that white driver stepped back toward us, when he waved his hand and ordered us up and out of our seats, I felt a determination to cover my body like a quilt on a winter night.’ One can clearly hear the rebel coming through her. Through her act of defiance she changed things and became a symbol of the civil rights movement.

Embrace your inner rebel! Speak your truth and stand up for what you believe. (2-07-16 podcast link)

2/5/16

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January 31, 2016 – Trouble at the Border

Last week we continued our exploration of the archetypal pattern of “the ruler”. This is our inner Captain Picard from Star Trek who says: “Make it so!”

We are vast and complex beings and we have unlimited potential. When we understand different archetypal patterns it allows us to be more versatile. If there is something new you need to learn, lean into the pattern and it will give you a boost in the direction you wish to go.

The Law of Mind Action states that we co-create reality through every thought, word and action. Thoughts take time to manifest in this dimension of gravity, space and time.

A plan or a dream that seemed fun and exciting in your imagination may lose its luster when being implemented into action. Perhaps things don’t work exactly as you thought and you want to give up. Maria Nemeth referred to this as “trouble at the border”. She described it this way: “From the metaphysical realm into physical reality, you must cross the Border between these two very different worlds. And at the Border, the inspiration and fun of the original idea encounters the energy requirement of physical reality. At the Border, we may meet doubts and fears so strong that they seem to stop us in our tracks before the journey begins.”

Are you currently experiencing trouble at the border? If so, the ruler archetypal pattern can help you take charge and use the discipline and focus required to manifest your dreams. You have the power. You have the authority to make your dreams come true. (1-31-16 podcast link)

1/29/16

Sunday 20160124 296 2January 24, 2016 – The Author of Your Life

Last week we explored the archetypal pattern of the ruler.  We are the authors of our lives and if we don’t express inner authority, outer authority will direct us. When we are comfortable with the ruler, we take charge of our lives and are more able to bring dreams into manifestation. (1-24-16 podcast link)

 

1/22/16

January 17, 2016 – Archetypes, the Wizard of Oz, and You

Sunday 20160117 296This Sunday (1/17/16), Rev. Michael Bogar continues with by going deeper into the meaning of the archetype. Treat yourself to his brilliance and insight this Sunday. (1-17-16 podcast link)

 

 

 

 

1/15/16

Sunday 20160110 296January 10, 2016 – Igniting the Archetypes

Last Sunday we kicked off our 2016 theme “Igniting the Archetypes”.  James Hillman referred to the archetype as the Soul’s Code. In Greek the word means pattern or model. Signs of the archetype are found from the time we are very small children. My daughter exhibited signs of the Athlete from a very young age. It is an archetype that ignites her and feeds her purpose.

We began by looking at the many faces that God has taken over the past couple of thousand years. We explored Hindu gods and goddesses. We also explored how some of the same images have resurfaced throughout history. We see this in  Zeus and Father God.   We also see the similarity with Helios, the Sun God and Jesus the Son of God. With music and imagery interwoven into the service by Rafe Pearlman we moved from a personal relationship with God to the Divine as Energy or “the Force.” The entire service can be listened to through this link (1-10-16 podcast link)