Search This Blog

Thursday, December 28, 2017

What's It For?

It’s that time again. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018. It’s the time of year when many of us look back on the year that has just past and make resolutions for the year ahead.

Merriam-Webster defines ‘resolution’ as “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” In music terminology, a resolution is a progression of a dissonant chord to a consonant chord; dissonance is considered to be unstable as compared to the stability of a consonant chord.

As you review 2017 and look toward a new year, is there a situation in your life that you will make a firm decision to change in 2018? Do you plan to make what seems dissonant and unstable in your life more harmonious and stable?

When I think of resolutions I have made in the past, I recall things like losing weight, quitting smoking (I did quit in 1999), finding a new job, making more money, saving more money, etc. I may have resolved at the turn of the calendar to do those things, but rarely did I remember them by the time spring came around.

I now recognize that all of those resolutions were simply means to an end, most often an end that I was not consciously aware of. The things that I resolved to do, or to change were merely strategies to achieve something much deeper and more meaningful.

I have come to realize that it is essential, when making resolutions or setting intentions, to consciously connect with the deeper desire we hope to fulfill by making those changes in our lives. It is important to ask ourselves, “Why?” Why do I want a to lose weight? Why do I want to make changes in my diet or lifestyle? Why do I want a new job?

A Course In Miracles says, “The first thing to consider, very simply is “What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” 

It’s important to consider the bigger picture. My resolutions to lose weight or quit smoking may have been my response to a deep desire for physical well-being. My desire for freedom may have been reflected in the resolutions to have more money, either by making more or committing more to savings.

When we recognize the bigger picture, we have a greater perspective from which to measure our success, and we begin to recognize a wider spectrum of possible strategies. There are many other means to achieving freedom than accumulating more money (which often doesn’t bring about that result at all). Quitting smoking and losing weight are not the only paths to physical well-being; however, most would agree, observing the science we now know, that these choices will most likely be beneficial.

Knowing the greater intention gives us a barometer by which to gauge every commitment to action we make. Once the deeper desire is clear, another question we can ask ourselves is, “How does this assist me in fulfilling my desire?”

There is nothing magical about turning the page on a calendar, or more likely swiping the screen on our mobile device, but there is something powerful about honoring our desires and making resolutions to fulfill those desires. It is not necessary to choose each strategy at the outset. It is more beneficial to observe and assess whether each strategy we choose along the way is helping or hindering the realization of our deeper desires.

I invite you to join us on Sunday, December 31, at our 10:00 AM service as we take the opportunity to release what no longer serves us, and embrace that which helps us bring more harmony, love, peace and well-being into our lives. We will have our “Burning Bowl” ceremony during the service.

Happy, Health, Joyous, Prosperous New Year!


I have a Special Holiday Offer for you.

Subscribe to my email list by January 1, 2018 and receive a FREE download of my book, In This Moment - Prayers From the Well of Awareness. 

From the cover -

In This Moment: Prayers from the Well of Awareness is a key to a vibrant world of prayer, one sought and experienced by mystics throughout the ages and still revolutionary and transforming today. As these prayers lead you into the sacred space within, each cell in your body will resonate, "Yes, I'm home!"

You will find no beseeching here, no longing for a faraway God, or even a God buried somewhere deep inside you. "These are not words spoken to", author David Howard explains, "but words spoken of Presence."

Are you ready to discover the Divine as Presence - your Presence? Open this volume of prayers and discover that you are what you are seeking.

I am excited about the inspirations I have received for what is in store for 2018. I would love to share them with you as they unfold.

I will be making available to you special content on my website including weekly posts, podcasts, music and more.

Please go to my website, to subscribe so that you won't miss a thing.

Love and blessings,

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


I have a Special Holiday Offer for you. 

Subscribe to my email list by January 1, 2018 and receive a FREE download of my book,
In This Moment - Prayers From the Well of Awareness.

From the cover -

In This Moment: Prayers from the Well of Awareness is a key to a vibrant world of prayer, one sought and experienced by mystics throughout the ages and still revolutionary and transforming today. As these prayers lead you into the sacred space within, each cell in your body will resonate, "Yes, I'm home!"

You will find no beseeching here, no longing for a faraway God, or even a God buried somewhere deep inside you. "These are not words spoken to", author David Howard explains, "but words spoken of Presence."

Are you ready to discover the Divine as Presence - your Presence? Open this volume of prayers and discover that you are what you are seeking.

I am excited about the inspirations I have received for what is in store for 2018. I would love to share them with you as they unfold.

I will be making available to you special content on my website including weekly posts, podcasts, music and more. 

Please go to my website, to subscribe so that you won't miss a thing. 

Love and blessings,

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Season of Light

This is the season of light. The celebration of light is an ancient one. For centuries, cultures have heralded the coming of Winter Solstice as the return of light, when the sun’s rays once again bless the earth and days grow longer.

In the Jewish tradition, Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, celebrates the miracle of light that burned in the temple for eight days despite the appearance that there was only enough oil to burn for one day.

Christmas, too, is a celebration of light. In fact, early Christians chose to observe the birth of Jesus at this time of year because of the ancient observance of Solstice. Jesus is often called “the Light of the world,” and his birth is celebrated by the traditional Christian church as the return of spiritual light to a world that was “lost in darkness.”

In Unity we observe Christmas, not only as the birthday of Jesus, the master teacher and way-shower, but also as a celebration of light as represented by the awakening of the Christ as each of us. The Christ is, as the writer of the gospel of John says, “The light that enlightens every [one].” John 1:9

We often use the word ‘Christ’ assuming that we share a common understanding of its meaning. However, it seems that while we may have a notion of ‘Christ’, the term is still somewhat nebulous. In the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (MBD), Unity co-founder, Charles Fillmore offers an expansive explanation of “Christ.” The following is a short excerpt.

“Christ is the only begotten Son of God or the one complete idea of perfect man in Divine Mind. [Christ] is the embodiment of all divine ideas, such as intelligence, life, love, substance, and strength. In the architect's mind there may be one masterpiece, but that masterpiece is the sum of all the beautiful ideas that have come to his mind. This Christ, or perfect-man idea existing eternally in Divine Mind, is the true, spiritual, higher self of every individual. Each of us has within him the Christ, just as Jesus had, and we must look within to recognize and realize our sonship, our divine origin and birth, even as He did. By continually unifying ourselves with the Highest by our thoughts and words, we too shall become sons of God, manifest.”

Mr. Fillmore uses the term “Divine Mind” as a synonym for “God.” He taught that Divine Mind is replete with Divine Ideas only and that the ultimate purpose of humanity is to bring those Divine Ideas into manifestation through the power of thoughts and words which are born from the revelation and realization of the Christ. Divine Ideas in Divine Mind are the equivalent of what we might refer to as the thoughts in God’s mind. Understanding this, it follows that since Christ is the Divine Idea for humanity in Divine Mind, then it is the equivalent of God’s thought that expresses the perfection of humankind.

Each of us is, in truth, the Christ, and we are endowed with the full potential to embody the realization and demonstration of this thought. As beings created in the image and likeness of Divine Mind, we are one with it and have access to all Divine Ideas; therefore, we need only to open our hearts and minds through prayer, contemplation and meditation, and invite the awareness of the Christ-thought to enlighten us.

A Course in Miracles reads, “[Christ] is the Thought which still abides within the Mind that is [Its] Source. [Christ] has not left [Its] holy home, nor lost the innocence in which [It] was created. [Christ] abides unchanged forever in the Mind of God. Your mind is part of [Christ’s] and [Christ’s] a part of yours. [Christ] is the part in which God’s answer lies.”

The Christ is not a vague concept or unknowable ideal to which we are to aspire; it is an idea to which we have complete access every moment of every day. Christ is the place in our consciousness where the Mind of God is revealed as our mind. When we open to the infusion of this Christ-idea, the full meaning will be revealed and we will begin to realize the impact of this “enlightenment.”

As we consciously invite the awareness of the Christ-idea, we will begin to embody and live from the Christ-idea. As Mr. Fillmore said, we will manifest the Christ by “continually unifying ourselves” with it.

Mr. Fillmore continues his explanation of ‘Christ’ in the MBD by offering us a tool for revealing the Christ to ourselves, “Spiritual perception reveals to us that we are not persons, but factors in the cosmic mind. Reveal yourself to yourself by affirming, "I am the Christ, son of the living God."  Another way of stating this is that each of us is a thought in Divine Mind and that we are each a unique manifestation of the one thought or idea which we refer to as ‘Christ.’ 

Let us allow Christmas, this season of light, to be a time in which we celebrate the Christ that is each of us. As we awaken to ourselves as Christ, we are enlightened, and we demonstrate the Christ en masse. Celebrate the Christ you are.

Join us on Sunday, Christmas Eve, as we celebrate the season of light. At our 10:00 service, we will explore some of the symbols of Christmas that help to remind us of our Christ Light. Our Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service at 7:00 p.m. will celebrate the Twelve Powers of humankind as twelve living lights - always expressing, always unfolding - within us, as us.

Merry Christmas!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER - Subscribe to my email list by January 1, 2018 and receive a FREE download of my book, In This Moment - Prayers from the Well of Awareness. 

I am excited about what is coming for 2018, and I want to be able to share it with you as it unfolds. Joyous blessings!


Thursday, December 14, 2017

How Do I Love Thee?

Recently, a friend who I had not connected with for more than a year reached out to me by text message. I was glad to hear from her. She has been a trusted and supporting friend for years. In her text she said that she had been going through a challenging time and asked if we could speak by phone. Through a series of texts, we arranged a time for us to talk.

During our call, we enjoyed a heart-full reconnection. I was happy to hear that she is well, but learned that she had just come through a difficult time after ending a long-term relationship. Near the end of our call, she said something that caused me to pause. She said, “I reached out to you because I know you love God as much as I do.”

It may seem strange for me as a minister to be taken aback by her comment, yet I was. Honestly, I was surprised that she used those words to describe me.

To love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength¹ is the greatest commandment according to our master teacher and way-shower, Jesus, so it is certainly something one should aspire to, but I had not thought of myself in that light. Also, because of my perception of God, I don’t often think in terms of “loving God.”

In my way of thinking, God is not a being, but is the ground of all Being. God is no thing, yet is the Life that imbues All. God is Light. God is Wisdom. God is not someone or something to love, but is Love itself. Therefore, I questioned, “How do I love God? How do I love Love?” I decided to contemplate it.

What follows are some ideas that came to me in response to my contemplation.

“To love” implies devotion of time, energy and attention. We devote time, energy and attention to God through prayer, meditation, contemplation, presence, and giving time, talent and energy in service to others and the world.

Prayer opens the mind and connects us with God Mind. Prayer is a practice of intentionally redirecting attention from the effects in the outer manifest world to the cause in the inner spiritual world. It is a conscious activity that moves us from the usual focus on the third dimensional realm to the fourth dimensional realm which Jesus called “The Kingdom of Heaven“ or as Unity cofounder, Charles Fillmore preferred, “the Kingdom of the heavens.”

Charles Fillmore, in The Revealing Word says,

Fourth dimension - A transcendent realm that Jesus called the "kingdom of the heavens." Here one can discern the trend of spiritual forces and see with the spiritual vision of the Christ Mind.

The fourth dimension (which embraces and encompasses the other three dimensions) is also realization, the doing away with time and space and all conditions. The human mind, with its limited reasoning faculties, is bound by time, space, and conditions and can get no farther into the spiritual than reason will take it, but when we go beyond reason into the realm of realization, then we have attained the consciousness of pure being, the fourth-dimension mind.

Charles Fillmore also stated in Keep a True Lent,

Mind is the great meeting ground between God and humankind, and it is only through the most highly accelerated mind action, as in prayer, that we consciously make union.

We love God as we devote time to our prayer practice.

We love God as we meditate and open to the inflow of inspiration. Meditation, going into the Silence, slows the mental activity and provides a space into which Divine Ideas flow.

In his book, Christian Healing, Charles Fillmore said,

A daily haft hour of meditation will open up the mind to a consciousness of the inner One and will reveal many things that are hidden from the natural man.

We love God as we focus time and attention in contemplation, such as the one discussed here. Contemplation helps us move beyond our normal way of thinking, let go of our preconceived ideas about what things mean and how things should be, and open to higher knowing and understanding. Contemplating on Divine Ideas and spiritual teaching helps to activate the powers of Wisdom and Understanding and allows us to see ourselves and the world from a different perspective.

We love God as we open and invite the physical awareness of God, by whatever name we call it - Life Energy, Chi, Holy Spirit, or Shekinah – to name a few. Heart-focused breathing, a practice promoted by HeartMath Institute helps to bring awareness into the body. The practice involves focusing attention in the heart while breathing more deeply than normal. It helps to connect, through the breath, with the Life of God that is breathing us. Practices, such as yoga, Tai Chi, Tai Chi Gung, and others, also help to connect us with the breath and bring focused attention to the Life Energy that is God moving in and through all creation. These practices, when engaged in consciously and intentionally, are ways to love God through our devoted attention.

We also love God by being present and aware of the activity of God in and through all creation. When we take time to stop and witness the beauty of nature, listen to the song of the birds, sit beside a rushing stream, walk on the beach, gaze in awe at the night sky or simply delight in the taste of strawberry, we are loving God.

Most importantly, we love God through witnessing, appreciating and serving God in others. This is one aspect of Jesus’ second greatest commandment. We love the God in others when we devote time and space to listen deeply with them and share empathic connections. We love the God in others when we show compassion and kindness. We love the God in others when we give from our hearts to help them meet their needs, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. We love the God in others through the gift of our presence.

In addition, and certainly not to be forgotten, we love God by loving ourselves. We love God by speaking words of kindness and support to ourselves every day. We love God as us by taking care of our bodies, getting rest, eating nourishing foods, drinking water. We love God as us by acknowledging our gifts and talents and giving them authentic expression. We love God as us by receiving from others, whether it be words of praise and gratitude, gifts of their time and presence, or even gifts of a material nature. We love God as us as we recognize and realize the expression of the Christ that we are. We love God as us as we let the Christ Light shine in all we say and do.

Borrowing from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, I ask, “Oh God, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Yes, I do love God. I love God in many different ways, in the formed and the unformed. I love God as the Life living in all, as all. Could I love God more completely and fully? Yes!

So, my contemplation continues and I invite you to join me. Count the ways that you love God, and then ask yourself, “How can I love God more?” I am eager to hear your insights.

Join us this Sunday, December 17, as we observe the third Sunday of Advent. We will explore how Mary and Joseph can teach how the power of Love can give birth to the Christ in the world.

¹ Matthew 12: 30 - 31

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Return to Peace

At a recent gathering of Front Range Unity ministers I jokingly greeted a fellow minister with, “Hey, how are you? Are you staying busy?” I know that he is typically quite active in many arenas so I thought of it has a lighthearted greeting. With loving kindness, he replied, “Staying busy is not my goal.” His reply has stuck with me. When I occasionally feel overwhelmed by activities, I remind myself, “Staying busy is not my goal.”

On Tuesday, during check-in time at our weekly staff meeting, I noticed that nearly everyone on our staff used the word ‘busy’ when sharing about what is going on in their lives. There were comments like, “It’s a busy time of year,” “I am very busy, but…,” and “We all get busy, and…” Boy, could I relate to all of that. I was right there with them. It does seem that we are “busy” with all the holiday activities happening around our spiritual center. Upon reflection, it was a good reminder for me to affirm, “Staying busy is not my goal.”

It is easy, especially at this time of year, for us to get caught up in all the activities of the season and get lost in the busyness. When we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by the busyness of the holidays, we can miss the experience of Peace, Love and Joy that the Advent and Christmas seasons offer us.

When we notice that we are feeling stressed by all the expectations and activities of the season, we can lovingly remind ourselves,

“Staying busy is not my goal. It is my goal to be present in the moment, surrender to the Peace at the center of my being, share the Love that flows naturally as me, and feel the Joy that arises from my soul.”

If you are feeling the stress of busyness at any time, but especially during the holiday season, I encourage you to stop for moment, take a deep breath, take another deep breath, and another – repeating as necessary – until your awareness can move from your head, the busyness of your mind, and land deep in the heart space at your center.

Peace is at the center of your being. It is the very nature of your being. Peace is internal, and it is eternal. My friend and Unity minister, Diadra Price, in her book Grace Awakening Essence says,

Jesus understood his inheritance of Peace to be the consciousness flowing from him…”Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14:27)…In the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus lets us know this same Peace is within us. Three times he says, “Peace be with you” (John 20: 19, 21 & 26).

Think of Peace as a space of stillness within you and which you are within. You may even envision it as a pool of abiding stillness. Imagine that as you drop your awareness into this pool, the stressful thoughts of busyness are gently washed away. The energy of those thoughts is dissipated in the pool. You are left to rest, to be bathed in the stillness of Peace.

From the stillness of Peace, the energy of Love is revealed as the only true expression of the Light that you are. Open your heart and mind to allow the light of Love to shine forth in you, from you, as you. The idea of busyness no longer has any meaning. You are Love expressing from Peace with every thought, word and action. Everything you do is imbued with the energy of Love.

As Love flowing from Peace, you are Joy expressed and experienced. Joy bubbles up from your soul like an effervescent fountain. Your Joy is full. Joy flows from you and out into your every life experience. Your Joy touches the lives of all around you. Your Joy is contagious.

I invite us to allow this season of Advent to be a time when we free ourselves from the busyness of life and Return to Peace where Love abide and Joy expresses.

Join us at 10:00 for our Sunday service as we observe the second Sunday in Advent and explore Peace as an aspect of Christ consciousness.