The Year of “I AM”

Dear Friends,

We here at Unity by the Shore are continuing to raise our consciousness, knowing and believing that nothing is impossible!

Every Sunday, I see the Christ in you as you greet one another with such love. And, you are supportive, helping someone who may be in the mist of challenges, assuring them that with God within them… “All IS well.”

Yet, the world is full of uncertainty, and many things seem to be beyond our control. But with every step we here in this Spiritual Community take, God, within, is empowering us to take that step! And we are! 2014 is “the Year of “I AM”. The words “I AM” ARE A HOLY EXPRESSION FOR THE NAME OF GOD – THE HIGHEST ASPECT OF YOURSELF. This year, we explore the highest possibility for our lives by choosing a quality to focus on and express. “I AM” Boundless …. Real …. Courageous ….. Aware …. Adventurous…. Lighthearted….. Outrageous….. Visionary…. Limitless…. Connected….. and Sacred..

So know, dear friends, in every moment, that YOU ARE THE LIVING EXPRESSION OF THE CHRIST.!  And, NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU!

The question is: do you believe that?  If not, stick around!

Love, Joy & Peace!

Reverend Joanne

Continued “Resurrection”

Dear Friends!

Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun! The last time we shared with you it was a message on “Resurrection”.

Let us continue with “Resurrection” as we lift ourselves up in abundance! Jesus said “I am come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” By this he meant that we should not settle for a limited understanding of a rich and full life, for “with God, all things are possible.”

Abundance and prosperity don’t come to you. They come THROUGH you. Because thought is creative, your consciousness creates your life experiences. Do you believe that? I do, and with all my heart, soul and mind. For Divine Principles, the law of cause and effect, operate the way they do because everything in the Universe is Energy and It is all Love! All you need to do is to trust that God; Spirit is within you and always guiding you to your highest Good.

But, you need to “walk” through that “door. Patience, Perseverance and Spirit will guide you moment by moment!

 

May Your Know Love, Joy and Peace
Rev. Joanne

Resurrection

Dear Friends,

As I write this message, I am aware that TOMORROW IS EASTER! The date of Easter, as we all know, is determined by its relationship to the Equinox (the time when daylight seems to be “resurrecting)”. Resurrection of the natural world tells us so much about OUR OWN SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

We all go through “Winter times” and we all have our own crucifixions. We have times when we go into the “tombs “and the dark “underworld” of our being. All Creation begins in the darkness. In the darkness seeds of a NEW CREATION expand, the sap begins to rise, suddenly, mysteriously, against all odds, we find we are resurrecting! We return to the land of the living. We blossom and we find joy again!

May Your Know Love, Joy and Peace
Rev. Joanne

Lent – A TIME FOR PROGRESSIVE UNFOLDMENT

Dear Friends,

As we here at Unity by the Shore, “journey through” the Lenten Season, we are called to look deeply into our individual lives, see what needs to be released-let go of. It’s about changing your consciousness so that the Truth of who you are can live to its fullest expression. It requires that you let go of illusions held within your human personality and bring the Light of Christ, your divinity, into your humanness. This revelation of Oneness can be experienced through prayer and meditation-also by practicing Truth Principles in your everyday life experiences.

You may think “Oh, it all “sounds” good but I’m nowhere close to being able to achieve “revelation”! But as Charles Fillmore, in his classic book “Keep a True Lent”, says that it is a season of spiritual growth – A TIME FOR PROGRESSIVE UNFOLDMENT.” “Progressive” – the dictionary defines it as a “moving forward”, “continuing by successive steps”. Oh, there will be “crucifixion” challenges, but that’s part of the “Easter Journey” which results in “resurrection” – a raised consciousness and realization of your TRUE SELF in which lives love, wisdom, power and freedom! It is the “unfoldment” of the beautiful beloved child of God that you are!

What can you do during this Lenten season? My suggestion is that you learn to love yourself right here, right NOW!

May you “spring” in Joy!
A Very Blessed Easter!

Reverend Joanne

“we are called to look deeply into our individual lives, see what needs to be released-let go of. It’s about changing your consciousness so that the Truth of who you are can live to its fullest expression”

NEW YEAR 2014

Dear Friends,

As I write this for our Jan-Feb. newsletter, snow is on the ground and Christmas will soon be here. And, then before we know it, we will be preparing for Easter with the preparatory practice of the Lenten season. On the outer, life seems to be one of “coming and going”– always anticipating the next “celebratory”
experience and hoping that life will become more prosperous and problem-free. But Life is not about running about the world trying to find satisfaction in the outer… we are to make Peace our FIRST goal. Charles Fillmore, co
-founder of Unity, defines life as the expression of BEING. He tells us that life is not a period of time. Life IS. Life does not come and go. Life can neither be created nor destroyed. Life is divine and spiritual. We were created for happy, successful, healthy, prosperous living! How do we experience that? As the song says “It’s All Inside Us.”

Let us join together as a Spiritual Community to discover the Christ consciousness within each one of us and TOGETHER in our ONENESS, we can let our Light shine!

Abundant Blessings!

Rev.Joanne

“We were created for happy, successful, healthy,, prosperous living! How do we experience that? As the song says “ It’s All Inside Us.”