June 2021 - Is it All in Divine Order?

We often hear people say, “It’s all in Divine Order” when something happens that one might judge as “negative.” It seems to be our New Thought version of the more traditional phrase, “It’s God’s Will.” It also seems to imply a predestined plan, that there is a power or deity out there calling the shots. It also indicates that we are not responsible for what happens.
Here at Unity, we do not see Divine Order as a divine proclamation but as a process where we recognize that our true power lies in our ability to use our divinely given gifts to further Divine Being here on this planet. We find our lives aligned with Divine Order when we recognize who we are and why we are here.
We also do not teach a doctrine of predestination. There is no Divine Plan that we are playing out. The Divine Plan, as we understand it, is for each of us to realize our Divinity and live it, so that we bring forth all that is in alignment with Peace, Love and Joy.
We are all learning the difference between manifesting at our own personal will versus releasing it to the Divine. For instance, you may desire that a certain thing come into your life by a certain date and a certain way, but what if that thing, date, or way (one or all aspects) isn’t the divine choice for you? What if it is not for your highest good to receive it or in that way or by that time?
In her book, Outrageous Openness, Tosha Silver shares that if we are truly open to allowing Divine Order into our lives, we will learn to trust that what is truly meant to be ours will be ours. Whenever it is meant to arrive, it will arrive. If we have a desire for something, we release that desire to the Universe and allow It to handle the order for us. We release all worry and anxiety and relax into allowing the manifestation to come to us.
This still means we take right action in the right direction whenever we receive the call to do so, but we release all fear about whether we will or will not receive what we desire. Even if we do not actually receive exactly what we intended, we can have faith that something better will come along.
With “all in” trust, you know deeply within your heart that what happens in your life is divinely orchestrated for your greater growth and good. From this perspective, you see the divine order that exists in everything around and within you.
You might say, “Here are my goals and aspirations God, I pray for this or something more aligned with my personal responsibility.  Show me how, show me when, show me where.  Guide me.”
We have the right as awakened individual expressions of the Divine to set our intentions for the Highest Good, stating this: “God/Source/Divine Love – here I am, I ask to be directed with ease and grace to my Highest Path. Give me Signs so that I will know that I am going the right direction, and may I have peace of heart and mind knowing that I am giving my All.  I will also take the steps I deem necessary to fulfill this commitment.  Amen.”
As always, my friends here at Unity of Gulfport, I am here at the direction of Spirit. You are so important to me, each of you. Let us together share God’s Light and Love.  Much love, Rev. Judy

April 2021

The Miraculous Week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, which symbolizes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. We talked about the significance of this event in our lives today. Who was Jesus? There is a remarkable difference of meaning between Jesus and Christ. His given name was “Jesus”; his esteemed title was “Christ.” The human body of this precious man embodied the vast Christ Consciousness, the wisdom of God which is present in every part and particle of creation. This Consciousness is the “only begotten Son of God.” Jesus was the great example of one who demonstrated Christ Consciousness. Saint John said: “As many as received him [the Christ Consciousness], to them gave the power to become the sons of God.” From this, we understand that all who become enlightened with Christ Consciousness become true children of God. Jesus said, “I have come so that you might have life.” John 10:10. With this, he meant that if we follow his example of aligning ourselves with Creator/God/Source/Love, we too embody the Christ Consciousness. On the spiritual path, we begin by seeking God, striving to put God first in our consciousness and in everything we do. Eventually we find a sense of fulfillment of everything we have ever sought, because as His divine children, we inherit the Kingdom, the Goodness – that no matter what is going on around us, we stay at Peace. We are no longer wandering in the wilderness, but heirs to the kingdom of heaven. But as Jesus demonstrates, on our way to that ultimate attainment, we will also endure many trials. Mark Twain said, “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” One is easier than the other. My friends, do not stress if you do not feel that you have a specific purpose. We were not all meant to be famous artists, ball players, musicians, etc. Just know that anytime you express God/Love/Kindness/Peace, you are expressing the Christ Consciousness, which is the ultimate goal. Rumi said, “What you seek is seeking you.” This age-old saying by the 13th Century poet teaches us to trust the Universe for bringing to us what truly belongs to us. Living by the principle of “what you seek is seeking you” is about listening to your intuition, pursuing your dreams, creating your ideal reality, and knowing that the things that call to you are calling you for a reason. They are part of your purposeful path in this lifetime. Make God your Partner and being Christ-like your intent in all that you do. Make finding Christ Consciousness in this lifetime your priority and then, your true purpose will be revealed to you. It is that simple. Simple yes, easy no, but if you stay true to this path, all will be revealed. Have a blessed and sacred experience in this holiest of weeks. Relax, Recognize, Release, Repair, Renew, and Recreate in whatever way is most meaningful to you.

Lovingly Always, Rev. Judy

January 2021​​​​

​  ​​Humbled, I Let Go, and Let God

To Let Go and Let God takes a bit of humility. The word humility comes from the Latin word ‘humus’ which means earth. To be humble means to be “grounded” or to walk relatively low to the earth. This is one of the reasons why getting down on your knees is the most symbolic expression of humility.
The root of the word humility, HU, has been used for thousands of years by various cultures and spiritual traditions to invoke the name and presence of God. According to The Oxford Dictionary, the word “God” can be derived from the Sanskrit word “HU.”
The Egyptians, Greeks, Sufi Mystics, Saints of Tibet, Druids and Kabbalists all talk about the word HU as the cosmic sound of the universe, or the sound of the breath of ’God’. Even today, some modern religions use HU as a form of prayer to align with the will and protection of God.
But back to Humility. Humility is being willing to see another point of view. We have all had times of being willful, wanting to have things our way, unbending. I have discovered, though, that my highest and best is not served by insistence, but rather by opening to the awareness of my Divine Identity in all ways.
I then say: "In humility, I am open and receptive to a Bigger Plan.”
Do you know the parable of the prodigal son?  A young man, born into all the advantages of a wealthy family, decided to leave home and see the world.  Well, he wasted his money and ended up in a far land, among strangers, working as a swineherd. 
One day it came to him: here he was living nearly like a beggar.  Even his father’s hired servants fared far better than he. So, humbled, he returned home. “Father,” he said, “I’m a waste.  I’m not worthy to be called your son.  Make me as one of your servants.”
But his father greeted him with joy and dressed him in the finest clothes.  Further, his father made up a feast in celebration of his son’s return home.
Now, this story was written in patriarchal language and we also know that it is legend with a metaphorical and symbolic message for all of us on our life’s journey. We also know there was probably a mother involved if there was great feasting and welcome. Because it is the loving, gentle mother/father heart that opens and says, come home, I have prepared a feast for you. Come home.
The story of the prodigal son is a beautiful story once told by Jesus. His parables were always symbolic of our spiritual journey.
These are difficult times we’re in right now. We all had a lot of plans for the year that we are now completing. The year of perfect vision 2020. How differently it turned out than what we planned but the ultimate has been achieved. The divine flow has come through and swept away our best made plans and said, “here is a way to clear the decks.” Here is a way to sweep away all preconceived notions and to begin again.
Well, guess what, we plan, the universe laughs so look forward, certainly plan your life wisely but stay humble and allow your life to flow.  Happy 2021.

Rev. Judy

Unity of Gulfport | 1700 E. Railroad St., Gulfport, MS 39501 228 871-7004

A Positive Path for Spiritual Living

July 14, 2020

Living at the Pace of Guidance   
All of us are being spoken to by Spirit, every moment, every hour, every day. Perhaps we think of this Divine Communication by another name such as serendipity, coincidence, gut feel, intuition, inspiration, imagination, sudden insight, etc.
Although we live within a sea of wisdom, sometimes we just do not see it or feel it.  We can easily allow our minds to trick us into confusion over the right next step.  It happens to all of us, whether a large or small decision. Sometimes we would love to have a sign from Heaven pointing “this way.” 
I read a book titled “The Seven Whispers.” In it, the author Christina Baldwin says we need to slow down and move at the “pace of guidance.” She describes speed as someone running through an airport shouting into a cell phone. On the other hand, pace might be going around the block with a 3-year-old and noticing everything the child is noticing. When we move at pace, we have time to question and time to listen for answers before moving on. When we move at the pace of guidance, it occurs to us to wonder what plans the Universe might have for us as we contrast/compare the plans we have for ourselves. Baldwin says that speed tends to cancel out our guidance and keeps us out of touch with Spirit. 
The best way to move at the pace of guidance is to maintain a regular meditation practice. Meditation teaches us to listen, it hones awareness of our inner wisdom, and inspires us to see Spirit everywhere. 
Within each of us is an Internal Guidance System. Our guidance can come in the form of intuition, a gut feeling, a sense of peace or a voice. But there is also the voice of ego in us, which is compelling! Sometimes we have a hard time discerning whether our guidance is Divine (from our Higher Self/Spirit) or rooted in ego (separation/fear/lack/limitation/etc.).  We use many tools to make decisions. Doing research is good. Perhaps we make a list of the pros and cons, ask for advice from others, toss a coin, read a fortune cookie, look at our horoscope or look for what is normal so that we will fit in.  Perhaps we consider all these things but then turn to our internal guidance system that will add certainty and validation. It will tune out the voice of ego.  The more we practice going within for the solution, the easier it becomes.   
The solution can come from the outer world, but the inner voice needs to confirm. The voice of the ego is compelling. It is rooted in separation (fear, limitation, lack, or better than or less than thinking) and made up of thoughts and beliefs from the past. Ego wants you to be “right.” Guidance has a deep-rooted certainty.  Ego tends to be loud and filled with angst. It will reinforce separation.
In contrast, inner Guidance is the still, small voice. It brings Peace. It is aligned with the energy from Source which is love.  Guidance has a deep-rooted certainty whereby you just know. Can you think of a time when you chose Divine guidance when making a decision instead of the voice of ego?  What was the situation? What did you do or not do?
May we open ourselves to Divine Wisdom and Guidance. In our hearts, may we choose wisdom and peace. May we align with the infinite that provides clarity through the gentle voice within.  Praying Clarity and Wisdom for each of you. Lovingly Always, Rev J

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No Better Time Than Now to Heal
July 7, 2020
Last Sunday, I mentioned Dr. Esther Sternberg, an immunologist, researcher and author. Some of her findings are outlined in her book, Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being.  “Do the maximum that you can,” she advises, “with things like meditation and yoga and prayer to help amplify the pathways in the brain that we know can help the immune system do its job to heal.”
Dr. Sternberg notes that we know we love beauty – it doesn’t occur to us to complain for example that things like hotel rooms with a view are more expensive, but what’s important is that beauty is actually nourishing and uplifting and restorative.
She talks about her childhood. Sometimes, after dinner, maybe when the family wasn’t piling into the car to go watch the sunset, Esther Sternberg’s father would take the Bible down from the shelf and read the 23rd Psalm out loud. He wasn’t a religious man, but he loved, especially, the opening lines:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
This is so beautiful and we can see and feel the healing place the psalmist describes.
Dr. Sternberg says, “We are healed by beauty. Our souls are restored by beauty.”
And memory of place is a key to accessing beauty in our lives. She says the hippocampus “is a part of the brain that specializes in the memory of place.... [It integrates] all of [the] incoming sensory signals from the visual cortex, ... the auditory cortex, [and] ... the olfactory bulb. The hippocampal cells ... are actually called ‘place cells’ because they tell you where you are in the world.... [F]rom a neuroscience point of view, ... we do have an internal place that we can go....”
What of the healing that has reportedly taken place at such famous spots as Lourdes – where people go by the thousands to be cured? Dr. Sternberg and others believe that this extraordinary ability for the body to heal itself is triggered in a powerful way with these trips to such places.  It evokes a feeling of well-being that is taken with the person – there is no miraculous and spontaneous healing that takes place in the moment – rather the healing occurs as the patient remembers what it was like to be there.
This makes sense and is right in line with what we have been taught by Unity co-founders who received their own healings.  They brought the kingdom of peace and love right into their beings – which restored and healed that which was damaged within them.
I invite you to be mindful of the situations that you find yourself in.  Do they feel healing or chaotic?  If you have a healing crisis now, I encourage you to get your mind off your troubles and go to your healing place as much as possible.  Allow those neurotransmitters to speak to every cell, carrying beauty and love and healing.
Go to your sacred place and discover whatever is holding you back. Let it go, heal, balance, restore. What better time than now to spend time in our sacred space to heal, balance and become whole. I encourage to use this time of social distancing for that purpose.   Have a happy, wholesome month of July.  Hugs, Rev. Judy