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

Rev Joanne

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.”

Christmas 2013

Dear Friends in Christ,

With Christmas approaching, I am reminded of our annual CANDLELIGHTING SERVICE with individuals representing the metaphysical messages in the Christmas story as written in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. One of them, the Christ Child, is that which gives birth – just as Spirit created you out of Itself!

Christmas is about spiritual birth – that dawning in individual consciousness that you, too, are the Christ, the very activity of Truth which the Faith faculty in you has birthed.

We are all unfolding with Faith into the full Christ of our Being. Rejoice in the process of our spiritual understanding which is born in us each day! Let us be willing to be open to this spiritual birth by going within each day in meditation and prayer to BE aware of the Presence of Spirit, the Christ of our Being.

Come and celebrate this Joyous Season together as the Community of God which we are!

Christmas Celebration Service With Children and Santa: Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Service: December 22, 10:30 a.m.
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service: Tuesday, December 24, 7 p.m.
No Service Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25.
Sunday Service: December 29, 10:30 a.m.
New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony: Tuesday, December 31, 7 p.m.

CHURCH MEMBERS – Annual Congregational Meeting at noontime on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

“LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!”

A very blessed Christmas and NEW Year!
Rev. Joanne M. Murphy

Giving of Time, Talents and Treasures

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over….For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

Dear Friends,

The reason this Spiritual Community continues to keep its doors open is the result of those who give of their time, talents and treasures. I want to honor a congregant who has “given” over and over again in so many ways, over so many years! It is our beloved BARBARA ELY!  Barbara has been responsible for creating and serving in so many areas that have enhanced and grown Unity by the Shore!

One of the many “roles” she plays is that of her production of our “Flying High” Newsletter which she started in 1988. She studied at Brookdale Community College the fundamentals of typesetting, design and layout.

Barbara said, “I have enjoyed working on the Newsletter and I have been blessed in many ways through my work and relationship with the church community. Now, I think it is time for others to receive the great blessings, and for our church to hone fresh and new creative ideas.”

The November-December 2013 “Flying High” is Barbara’s final issue. She would be happy to sit down with anyone who steps up to continue the “Flying High”Newsletter.

And I ask… who will “come up,” who will come up “higher” to know the joy of continuing this blessed service?

Again, Barbara, we honor you and thank you for your years of undertaking in this area and we thank you for all you continue to do in supporting Unity by the Shore!

Abundant Blessings!
Rev. Joanne

Meditation Circle – Workshop Series

Meditation Workshop Series, Unity by the Shore, Neptune, NJ

“Be Still and Know”
A Facilitated Meditation Experience for Mind, Body, and Spirit.

Meeting the first Sunday of each month

12:15 to 1:30 pm

This series grew from the work  Dr. Carol Penn and Rev. Patricia Dunkin, co-facilitators of the series, did in response to Hurricane Sandy and the workshops that followed in the aftermath of the storm’s devastation.  Based on the evaluations that were received from that original workshop as well as subsequent workshops, the vast majority of participants asked for more experience and time with meditation.

Meditation is the practice of relaxed self awareness.

We will be exploring the three major areas of meditation:

  • concentrative,
  • mindfulness
  • expressive

From the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Best of Stress Management Workbook and Journal: Most of the early research on meditation centered on concentrative meditation, which consists of focused awareness on a particular object, such as an image or sound. For example, Dr. Herbert Benson’s ground breaking bestseller, The Relaxation Response described the health benefits of a particular concentration technique: repeating a meaningful word or phrase, known in Sanskrit as a mantra.

Mindfulness meditation involves being relaxed and aware of thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they arise, without the focus on a articular object. Studies of mindfulness meditation have emphasized its value as a stress management technique and have included programs that combine mindfulness with psychotherapy and with conventional treatments for conditions like chronic pain and psoriasis.

Expressive meditation includes such active techniques as chanting, dancing, whirling, shaking, and fast deep breathing.  Though different from the other two, it helps to induce the same kind of relaxed, aware state. Expressive meditation has not yet been the subject of significant scientific research, but it has been used for thousands of years to mobilize the healing potential of body and mind.

From time to time we may have a guest facilitator, and  Dr. Carol Penn and Rev. Patricia Dunkin will lead individually and collectively as their schedules permit.

“I of the Storm” Conflict Resolution Class

I of the Storm Conflict Resolution Class

I of the Storm

Change

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin…”
(Matthew 7-28)

Dear Friends,

The Fall is coming! Will it be like the Falls we remember or will it, too, be dramatically changed as those seasons in 2012-13?  Perhaps the Universe is “cleaning up”the earth that mankind has “messed up”! Do we like the weather changes? Most don’t….it’s too great a CHANGE. It can’t be controlled. What if we see this weather change, metaphysically, as a blessing to change our consciousness; to let go of control of ourselves and others.  Didn’t you make a “change” when you found Unity? Now you can see “change”as an ongoing adventure! As it says in Isaiah 48:6 “…From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known.”

Now change may not be “comforting” all the time, but that’s part of your Spiritual Journey. As it says in Isaiah 48:6, you will encounter those “hidden things”and they have to be brought up into your awareness. Be patient with yourself as you bring up old subconscious beliefs about yourself and others. As Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, says in her book How to Let God Help You, her changes were not accomplished all at once. She says, “There has been a gradual giving away of the old, established ideas, as we have steadfastly made room for the higher order of living. Do not think that it was always a pathway of roses, or that my head was continually above the clouds. We had many trying tests. But through it all we held unwaveringly to the principles that we caught sight of in that first lesson, and we have proved beyond a doubt that God is our help in every time of need.”

So whatever is going on in your life now, know that it will change, remembering that “Thoughts held in Mind produce after their kind.” As Myrtle Fillmore said, “The great Answerer makes no mistakes. We just get what we ask for.”

Blessings!
Rev. Joanne