Rev. Karen Lindvig Sunday Sermon
“Our Better Angels”
Sunday Service Video September 23rd, 2018—”Our Better Angels”—Here is the link and player to Rev. Karen Lindvig’s Sunday sermon of 09-23-2018. Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage,” with an emphasis on the sub-theme in September/October of new beginnings.
In this new sermon titled “Our Better Angels,” Karen extends the idea from last week’s sermon that we must periodically become as little children. She does this through the idea that this consciousness of beginning again can be amplified through…(see more below)
Inez Blindsey offers “A Reading from Myrtle Fillmore” (Details and video below.)
Inez Blindsey Offers “A Reading from Myrtle Fillmore”
Rev. Karen Lindvig Sermon “Our Better Angels”
Title: “Our Better Angels”
http://seattleunity.org — Reverend Karen Lindvig’s sermon on September 23rd, 2018 is titled “Our Better Angels.” Rev. Karen continues her 2018 sermons to create an in-depth understanding of how to practice the 2018 Annual Theme, “The Inner Pilgrimage,” with a focus on the September/October sub-theme of “New Beginnings.”
In this new sermon titled “Our Better Angels,” Karen extends the idea from last week’s sermon that we must periodically become as little children. She does this through the idea that this consciousness of beginning again can be amplified through discipline, love and grace. And that the result that amplification can be a deeper understanding that comes from abandoning preconceived ideas about others and about one’s own self—activating our better angels—thus opening the way to entirely new understandings that lead to creative action. Focusing on the Unity Principle that “thoughts held in mind produce after their kind,” Karen explores the negative, self-limiting consequences of remaining stuck in a listless state of acedia—the torpor of not caring—and she also focuses on the positive, transformative process of breaking free of preconceptions. For example, seeking the truth if confronted by the thought of “I can’t” or “You can’t,” or when confronted with a situation that seems totally impossible. Karen offers three stories that illustrate this process of activating our better angels. And then Karen concludes with a meditation to help the community integrate the lessons into their lives.
Key quotations related to the sermon “Our Better Angels”:
Definition of “Acedia” from Wikipedia:
Acedia (/əˈsiːdiə/; also accidie or accedie /ˈæksɪdi/, from Latin acedĭa, and this from Greek ἀκηδία, “negligence”, ἀ- “lack of” -κηδία “care”) is a state of listlessness or torpor, of not caring or not being concerned with one’s position or condition in the world.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”
“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”
Kathleen Norris: “Acedia & Me”:
“Acedia—also called the noonday demon—is the one that causes the most serious trouble of all… He makes it seem that the sun barely moves. …I would suggest that while depression is an illness treatable by counseling and medication, acedia is a vice that is best countered by spiritual practice and the discipline of prayer.”
“Distorted perceptions have a huge ripple effect, creating self-fulfilling prophecies that ensnare many.”
Inez Blindsey Offers “A Reading from Myrtle Fillmore”:
Inez offers her reading from Myrtle Fillmore. The details of her reading are below.
“The light of God revealed to us—the thought came to me first—that life was of God, that we were inseparably one with the Source, and that we inherited this from the Divine. What that revelation did to me at first, was not apparent to the senses. But it held my mind above negation, and I began to claim my birthright and to act as though I believed myself the child of God, filled with life. Others saw that there was something new in me. They asked me to share it. I did. Others were healed, and began to study. My husband continued his business, and at first took little interest in what I was doing. But after a time he became absorbed in the study of the Truth too. We consecrated ourselves to the Spirit, and kept doing daily that which we felt led to do. We began to prosper, a little at a time, and our health continued to improve. Life became sweeter and more interesting, and we began to see a new world. In all these years, our interest has not lagged, and we have continued to enjoy the unfoldment of God’s plan in our lives. God is the only reality of us; all else is but a shadow that is cast by some foolish belief or unwise combination of thoughts and elements of being. When we let light flood us with its sunshine, all clouds vanished and we begin to see ourselves in new ways of doing, which lead to wholeness and health, satisfaction and growth.”