In Like a Lion!

holding arms out facing the sunGreetings Friends,

I remember the old saying,March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” This year it certainly has come in like a lion! Even while Winter has us firmly in its icy grip, we know that the seasons are orderly and that Spring is on its way. We sense the renewed life just below the still frozen soil. We have faith that flowers will burst onto the scene in just a short time!

Metaphorically Speaking

Poets and philosophers often use Winter as a metaphor for the dark and cold times in our lives. When growth has stopped, colors faded away, and there appears to be no life, we can still have hope. Barren trees are not dead, but merely resting. And, in our own dark nights, we can also rest, knowing that our lives will go on. Our days will be brighter. Life will fill us up and we will spring forth again according to Divine Order.

Lent

Wednesday, March 6th is the first day of the Lenten season. Though observed by Christians all over the world, the Bible makes no mention of Lent as a spiritual practice. Still, the idea of a forty-day period of spiritual preparation has a sound basis. Metaphysically, the number “forty” represents a strong foundation for what is to follow. During the season of Lent, we are preparing to move away from darkness and confusion. We are making inner preparations for growth into new light, life, and clarity about our true nature, remembering that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

The Easter Experience

Just as Winter turns to Spring, the Lenten Season culminates in the Easter experience. Jesus, the Master Teacher, demonstrated that darkness has no power over us. Even death could not hold him! Birth, life, death, and resurrection are all passing seasons. They are not to overcome us, but are being overcome by us. During Lent, we prepare ourselves for the resurrection of our minds from false beliefs. When brought into the light of spiritual understanding, our error thoughts are left behind. No longer do they have any power over us. Just as the frozen ground yields to sun’s warmth, so will our false beliefs be transformed by the light of spiritual Truth.

Light Has Come Again

Have faith my friends. The longest, darkest nights are behind us and light has come again! Even when there seems to be no way, God will make a way. Rest in the knowing that there’s an overcoming power within you – the presence and power of God. Whatever your human experiences may be, as you pray, meditate, and listen to the still small Voice for God, prepare to rise up to new life – the abundant life – a life of wholeness and high level well-being. No matter what the darkness seems to be, you shall overcome.

Much love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Love is the Greatest Power

hearts of light in the airGreetings Friend,

February and Valentine’s Day remind us that love is the greatest power in the Universe. As Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, said, “In Divine Mind, love is the power that joins and binds in divine harmony the universe and everything in it; the great harmonizing principle known to man.” Even though the weather seems unpredictable these days, one thing you can count on is the power of love in your life.

Divine Love

I don’t know if this has been your experience, but it has been mine. There were times in my life when I had no idea what was meant by “the power of love.” In college classes, I was taught that romantic love is nothing more than the result of chemical reactions inside the chemical soup that makes up the human body. Love seemed to be the source of pain more than of joy. Imagine my surprise when I walked into Unity of Dayton and felt the kind of love Charles Fillmore was talking about…Divine Love!

Removing Barriers

As we each continue on our spiritual journey, I believe that we grow into a greater awareness of Divine Love. Though romantic love may fall apart, the universe and everything in it is held together by Divine Love! And to experience that ever-present, all powerful Love, all we need do is remove any barriers to it that we’ve held in mind-any unwillingness to allow ourselves to be expressions of Divine Love.

What Would Love Do Now?

In difficult conversations, quietly ask yourself, “What would Love do now?” When you’re filled with critical thoughts or negative emotions, take a breath and remind yourself, “I want to feel good. I want to feel Divine Love.” When faced with unwanted circumstances that feel overwhelming to you, affirm this spiritual Truth, “Divine Love is transforming this now.” As you remove all barriers to Love from your mind, Divine Love will rush in and fill you up.

I am so grateful to be walking this spiritual journey with you. As we are transformed, we are transforming the world. Together we let Love lead the way.

Much love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Welcome to 2019!

white stone ceremony stonesGreetings Friend,

Welcome to 2019! The old year has ended, and on the first day of this new year, we have hope for exciting new beginnings. The ongoing call of Spirit will always urge us to put the past behind us and reach for greater possibilities, deeper spiritual awareness, and a richer experience of love and compassion in the world.

Quiet Time of Prayer

One of the things we like to do in January is set intentions for the coming year. In a quiet time of prayer and meditation, I commune with God, my Source. I ask the questions, “What have I not yet done that would bring me joy? What way of being is my highest possibility? What is my next step toward my spiritual transformation?” And then, I listen for the still small Voice for God.

The answers to those questions seldom come as an instant download. Rather, the way to them is revealed step by step, moment by moment, throughout the year as I am in the right place and at the right time… when I’m most ready to receive.

We Are Being Called

Each of us, whether we’re aware of it or not, is held in the loving gaze of our Creator. We are being called to greater clarity, creativity, and compassion. I believe we’re being called to become conscious expressions of God our Source, remembering our oneness with God and with each other. In this Unity, we are changing our lives and changing our world.

I invite you to take a deep breath of hope, and then release that breath in full faith that humankind is ready to take the next great step toward spiritual transformation. We may not have all of the answers right now, but we are asking the right questions. All that we’ve experienced up until now is bringing us to the clarity, creativity, and compassion that is needed in the coming year.

Flowing In, Through, and as You

So, listen. Be ready. Consciously feel God’s love flowing in, through, and as you. Keep asking the right questions, and know that Spirit’s still small Voice is guiding you every step of the way. I invite you to attend our White Stone Ceremony on January 6th at 11 am. It’s a wonderful opportunity to open your heart-mind in preparation for a new beginning.

May you have a joyous new year!

Much love,

Rev. Cindy

‘Tis the Season!

unwrapping a presentGreetings Friend,

‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s also the season to reflect back on all of the blessings of this past year. One of my blessings has been having so many wonderful experiences with you at Unity of Dayton. Our challenges have proven to be opportunities, and our opportunities have turned into blessings.

Gratitude…

I am grateful for a new watertight roof, new steps and walkway, new telephone system, LED parking lot lights, fresh paint in the social area and hallway, repair of our Sanctuary window, new signs for our Labyrinth and Prairie Walk… and so much more!

Are you getting the sense that something big is happening here at Unity? It is! With so many loving hearts and hands working together, we have done amazing things this year.

Sacred Community

More amazing than all of that, however, is the sense of sacred community I feel here. We are one in Spirit and in Truth. At times we cry, at times we laugh, and at all times we stand together with loving hearts. It feels as though Spirit has called us together so we can encourage each other as we usher in a new way of being.

I believe we are entering a time when the veil of separation is being lifted. The division we see in our country has been revealed, and there’s a gift for us here. We know that whatever is revealed has come up to be healed. Our healing work is to open our hearts to the living, loving Christ presence in ourselves and all others. Our work is to remember our spiritual nature and live from this Truth. What a gift to be able to see this so clearly!

…And a Sense of Wonder

So, we look back on the year with gratitude and a sense of wonder. We have come up to here. We have come up to now. This Christmas season, as we close out 2018 and welcome 2019, may we all give the gifts of compassion, kindness, and understanding. And as we give, so shall we receive.

Thank you for your love and your presence on this co-creative journey of life.

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Much love,

Rev. Cindy

Give Thanks!

Greetings Friend,

This is the month we look to the sky and see great flocks of birds flying southward. It’s fascinating to see them flying all together, appearing as a living cloud that shifts and stretches through the sky. In November, our own “snowbirds” head south as well. And, as our friends leave Ohio for the winter season, Unity centers in the South receive them with open arms. Like the great cloud of birds, we are a group of like-minded individuals, stretching, expanding, migrating as we feel called on this spiritual journey of life.

What Would You Be?

When I was in my early twenties, a friend asked me, “If you could be anything other than a human being, what would you be… which animal, fish, or fowl?” Without hesitation I answered, “I would be a songbird!” I wanted that sense of freedom; the ability to fly anywhere, anytime. I wanted a life unrestrained by mundane activities and financial considerations. As it turns out, the spiritual path has given me that freedom!

Perhaps you would also like to be free as a bird. One spiritual practice that brings this sense of freedom into sharper focus is the moment-to-moment leaning into appreciation. As we’ve explored Pam Grout’s book, Thank & Grow Rich, I’ve become even more aware that the Universe responds to the energy that we transmit. Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore, explained how the Law of Attraction operates. He wrote “All conditions and circumstances in affairs and body are attracted to us to accord with the thoughts we hold steadily in consciousness.”

Powerful Spiritual Practice

Knowing the Law of Attraction, you can see why living in appreciation is such a powerful spiritual practice. Hold onto thoughts and feelings of appreciation and you’ll always find more things to appreciate! Of course we appreciate the good, and we can also appreciate the things that seem to go us. Look for the blessings and give thanks in all things. This will free you from judgment, worry, regret, blame, and fear. Even in the darkest places, turn your thoughts to the highest possibilities and give thanks. Beam out your heart-felt appreciation and watch as the Universe responds in kind!

On this first day of November, I invite you to begin a spiritual practice of daily appreciation and thanksgiving. Throughout your day, make note of your blessings. Write each one on a slip of paper and put it in a “gratitude jar.” On Thanksgiving Day, read those blessings aloud. Your spiritual practice of appreciation will stretch and expand your mind toward God, the Source of All Good.   

Happy Thanksgiving!

Light and Love to you,
Rev. Cindy

October is Upon Us!

Woman on a swing reaching for empty swing next to herGreetings Friend,

The beauty of October is upon us! Autumn in Ohio is a very brief season before the long months of winter begin. Each cool, sunshiny day is precious! I find, that in the busyness of life, I often forget to pause for a moment and be fully present to God’s beauty in the autumn flowers, in the sunlight, and in the sunset cooing of a Mourning Dove.

A Well-Known Secret

There’s a well-known secret that I’d like to share with you…. A moment of conscious appreciation makes all the difference between a life of busyness and a life of blessings. Appreciation is such a powerful way of focusing our feeling-thoughts, that it can lift us up to the awareness of our oneness with God. I’m reminded of a poem entitled My Love to Thee by Unity’s co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore:

The hours I’ve spent with Thee, dear Lord,
Are pearls of priceless worth to me.
My soul, my being merge in sweet accord
In love for Thee; in love for Thee.

Each hour a pearl, each pearl a prayer,
Binding Thy presence close to me;
I only know that Thou are there, and I
Am lost in thee.

Oh, glorious joys that thrill and bless!
Oh, visions sweet of live divine!
My soul its rapturous bless can ill express
That Thou art mine, O Lord! That Thou art mine.

 

Myrtle expressed such appreciation for every sacred moment of communion with God! And while we may give thanks for all that is around us, we are truly uplifted when we are anchored on the presence of God within us.

Devotion and Joy

How can you and I, as ordinary people, aspire to such deep devotion and joy? I believe we can begin with appreciation and giving thanks for everything. Appreciate not only the flower, but also the soil that contains the unseen seed. Appreciate not only the sunlight, but also the rain. Appreciate not only the Dove’s song, but also the long and silent night.

No matter what you are facing now, conscious appreciation will lift you up. In this season of bounty and beauty, may we all come into the joyful awareness of God’s presence within and all around us.

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Where Summer Went

frog lounging about on a lily padGreetings Friends,

Have you noticed that the days are still warm, but rapidly getting shorter. I’m not certain where summer went! The children are back in school and summer is officially over as of this Labor Day weekend. By the way, the good folks at the Superintendent’s Office of Huber Heights City Schools were very grateful for all of the backpacks and school supplies you donated for the kiddos. On August 21st, Dora and I delivered twenty-two backpacks and two carloads of supplies. Well done! It was very satisfying to deliver those supplies, knowing that your generosity makes a difference to so many children and teachers. Thank you!

Pay Attention!

Have you ever heard that when something comes into your experience several times you should pay attention to it? Perhaps the Universe has a message for you, and you don’t want to miss it! In the past couple of days, one word keeps popping up for me… “satisfaction.” Human emotion ranges from deep depression to absolute joy, and satisfaction and dissatisfaction are right in the middle of that scale.

Positive Direction

I believe that the simple, and oft repeated, choice of satisfaction over dissatisfaction is enough to turn our lives in a positive direction. If I’m feeling dissatisfied about some aspect of my health, I can focus my thoughts on how well most of my body is functioning. I mean, really, am I going to let a hangnail make me dissatisfied with a body that otherwise functions in miraculous ways? Well, maybe for just for one second… and then I’m going to think about all that IS functioning perfectly. I’ll make a list of all that brings satisfaction, and in only a moment, I’ll regain that delicious feeling of satisfaction-a feeling of divine contentment.

The same practice can be applied to anything we think about. If you’re thinking about something and feel dissatisfied, stop right there and look for things about it that are satisfying. You may not have a million dollars, but you have faith that your needs will always be met. You may not have faith that your needs will be met, but you have the ability to pray and change your thoughts about that. Knowing that your thoughts have the power to change your life is very satisfying!

The 25th annual World Day of Prayer

On Wednesday, September 12th, Unity celebrates the 25th annual World Day of Prayer. I invite you to join us that day at 7 pm for a special service focused on the “Courage to Heal.” There will be a Reiki Circle, quiet meditation, and beautiful music that will satisfy your soul. You have the power to consistently shift your focus and your feelings from dissatisfaction to satisfaction. And that, my friends, will change your life.

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Hot Days of August!

a higher consciousness radiates outwardGreetings Friends,

As I stepped out of my front door today, I was hit by a blast of hot air radiating off of the concrete. Ahh! The hot days of August are upon us! I’ll not complain because I know that the colder months of winter are right around the corner. I’m reminded of those wise, oft spoken words, “This too shall pass.”

When we’re experiencing unwanted conditions that feel beyond our control, it can be very helpful to remind ourselves that nothing stays the same, so there’s no need to feel so much stress. And… there’s something more we can do.

We Have All That We Need

Charles Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, wrote, “We mold omnipresent substance with our mind and make from it all the things that our mind conceives. If we conceive lack and poverty we mold that. If we visualize with a bountiful eye, we mold plenty from the ever-present substance.” Mr. Fillmore understood that we already have all that we need to shape and mold our lives as we will. We have the power to choose our thoughts, to “visualize with a bountiful eye,” and to draw from the Infinite Field of limitless potential.

A few years ago, when I had very little available cash, I needed four new tires for my old Jeep. Rather than worry about driving on threadbare tires, I focused on researching what would be the best possible tires. Then I began shopping for the lowest possible price. Most importantly, I visualized how wonderful it would feel to pay for the tires with cash! I began putting away $20 each payday, and within a few months, I had received enough unexpected income to pay for the new set of tires! It felt like a miracle to me!

We Have Superpowers!

Mr. Fillmore taught that what seems like a miracle is actually using our superpowers of thought, choice, and visualization to shape and mold omnipresent substance. So, my friends, it you’re experiencing something that you’d rather not, whether it’s about your finances, health, relationships, or anything else, it’s good to comfort yourself by saying “This too shall pass.” And, you can do more than patiently wait. Focus on the solution, visualize with a bountiful eye, and have faith in omnipresent substance. When you use these superpowers, you open the way to the high level well-being that you deserve.

Use your superpowers and get ready for a miracle!

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Summer is in Full Swing!

one for all all for one

Greetings Friends,

Summer is in full swing and lots of folks are going on vacation! Isn’t it wonderful to get away from the routine, see new sights, and explore new places? We are blessed with the freedom to travel from sea to shining sea in the USA. As we discover this month during our study of The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, by don Miguel Ruiz, the greatest thing that binds us is our personal belief system… and we can change that! On Sunday, July 8th, we explore the First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word. I hope you’ll join us on this journey to freedom.

Being impeccable with your word means “saying only what you mean“-and it means so much more than that. According to don Miguel Ruiz, it also means using “the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” It means saying what needs to be said: speaking your truth with love. And it is from that understanding of “impeccability” that I share my thoughts with you as I ponder Independence Day this July.

Blessed with Freedom

We, the citizens of the United States of America, are truly blessed with freedom. There are many in this world, and even in this country, who don’t share the personal freedom that most of us take for granted. We can dress as we please, live where we want, and choose our professions at will. We have the privilege of practicing our religious and spiritual beliefs without interference from our government. We also take our physical freedom for granted. We may be given a ticket for speeding, but we don’t expect to be imprisoned or killed for it! Not everyone has the privilege of taking freedom for granted.

Freedom from Fear

Those of us who have never faced persecution can hardly imagine what it’s like to live in constant fear of violence or death. Freedom from fear is one of our most basic human needs and rights. This July, may we appreciate the freedom that we have, and then let’s also take it a step further. Let us hold a vision of safety and freedom for all those seeking asylum due to threats of violence and death. Let us also pray for those who feel so powerless that they feel compelled to restrict other’s freedom in exercising their authority. Perhaps they have the greatest need for freedom from fear.

I believe our Creator intended freedom for all of us. May we come to see ourselves and others in the light of our true nature–we are all spiritual beings having a human experience. When we remember and live from that Truth, we are truly free.

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Just Around the Corner

time for change Greetings Friends,

Does anyone know what happened to Spring? Where did it go? The beginning of June feels like the middle of summer! I’m actually appreciating extra hours of daylight and feeling the sun’s heat soaking into my skin. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a climate with four seasons, where change is always just around the corner?

Change is Happening!

That’s certainly the way it has been here at Unity lately. There’s some serious change happening! As you may already know, we replaced the flat roof in April. Thank you God! We haven’t seen any more leaks and aren’t expecting any. Very soon the work begins on the new steps to the entryway. There has been a slight delay due to the weather, but we believe it will be done within the next two weeks. Thank you God!

Out behind the building there is even more change. In April, we submitted a plan to the city of Huber Heights which would allow us to turn the back two to three acres of our property into a native wildflower prairie with walking paths. Huber Heights approved our plan and the path has been mowed! I invite you to put on your sneakers and check it out. Later this year we’ll be planting native wildflowers that will attract beautiful butterflies and birds. Stay tuned for how you can help by providing plants and seeds for the area.

More change is coming…

Rather than continue to replace the old front parking lot light bulbs, the Board of Trustees recently voted to replace the old lights with new LED fixtures. The cost savings will be significant over the next few years, and the parking lot will be brighter as well. We are prosperous and we lighting up our lives at Unity!Another big change (yes, there’s more!)…, we’ll soon be painting the Social Area and hallway leading to the classrooms. The paint has being donated and the work will be done by volunteers who love to paint! What next, cleaning up the popcorn ceilings? YES!

It feels like all of this is leading up to something big, doesn’t it? Change is in the air and we are all sacred witnesses to the power of Love in action. We really feel the power when we ask ourselves, “What am I growing in my life? How much good can I do?”

God is Moving in and Through Us

Whatever seeds we plant in the new prairie will grow. We won’t get daisies if we plant thistles. Likewise, in our own minds and lives, when we plant thoughts of growth, goodness, and grace, we are open to the power of God moving in and through us. God planted you, a God-seed, in this world. May you grow in goodness and grace, and enjoy the beauty that’s being made manifest in your life!

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy