Rev. Arlene’s Blog

Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.

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The Way to Joy and Happiness

Have you ever felt like you were lost, confused, angry, scared – in other words, down in the dumps – either a little or a lot? We all come to times in our lives when we feel not as grateful or happy as we would like. We try to pray or meditate but even that doesn’t seem to work. What can we do?

I believe the one sure way to get out of ourselves and to feel better is to be of service to someone else. I have found in my own life, that being of service to another person is the most sure-fire way to get out of self.

Service brings us a joy that is hard to find anywhere else. Why? In an article in US News, it says, “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness…it also improves their health and even their longevity.”

These are wonderful benefits, and, also, for me – when I get out of myself and reach out to another person, I am healed because the warmth I feel in my heart radiates throughout every cell of my being.

Try it, I know you’ll like it!

Quote of the Week

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted and behold, service was joy.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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Prayer?

Every religion believes in prayer of some kind or form. Prayer (and meditation) are necessary to have a God Consciousness. God Consciousness is an awareness of a Higher Power at work in your life and in the world. It is that awareness, that connection that helps us get through whatever challenges life brings us.

Unfortunately, we often forget prayer and meditation when things are going well in our life. We think we can do it ourselves and we take off in whatever direction Life seems to be taking us. It is like a little child who learns how to ride a bike by his/herself. They forget about their parent who helped them learn that new skill and off they go on whatever adventure their new source of freedom takes them.

However, as soon as that same child has a bad fall, they come running home to their parent crying and seeking solace. So, too, with us. The dark times in life are there to remind us that no matter how proficient we seem on the bicycle of life, we are never too big to need our Higher Power when we have a bump on our journey.

When we pray and meditate on a regular basis – in good times and not such good times – we are building up our God Consciousness muscles. Those muscles may not keep us from the falls, but they sure help to avoid getting paralyzed by them.

Try for one month to pray and meditate on a daily basis and see if it it doesn’t make you flow with life and whatever it brings you.

Quote of the Week

“Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?”
Corrie ten Boom

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Are You Your Thoughts?

Do you realize that you are a co-creator of your life? The thoughts that we hold in our mind, believe, and put into actions – become our life.

Does that mean every thought we have? No. We each have thousands of thoughts going on all day long – it is only the thoughts that we make a part of our belief system.

For years, I believed that I was unlucky, that if something could go wrong in my life, it would. I believed that I was not smart enough, good enough, pretty enough, tall enough, etc. etc. Therefore, I never really tried to do much because I was so sure I would be a failure at whatever I tried.

Because I believed I would fail, whenever I did try to do anything, the results were just what I had believed. What is truly amazing, is that as I began to change my thinking, my life began changing for the better.

Successful people are people who understand the power of our thinking. They understand that our life is not created from the outside in but from the inside out. If you don’t believe this, try it. Peace Pilgrim said that if you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

Try thinking positive thoughts every day. When you get up in the morning, say to yourself (or out loud), today is going to be a great day! Today I am alive! Today anything is possible and all things are possible! Sing, dance, take a walk outside, spend time with a friend. You determine how your day and your life will be. And when life gives you lemons – make lemonade!

Quote of the Week

“Your beliefs don’t come out from your life experience. It’s your life experience what comes out from your beliefs. Whatever you believe, it will always be true for your life.”
E. Christian Trejo

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Namaste

People…

we come in all sizes, shapes, colors, religions, economic levels, nationalities, etc.; but, although, we are all so different, we are all the same.

This is because we all come from the One Power that IS – so therefore we Are. We all have a part of the Divine within us, although, it may seem, at times, that some people have more of the Divine than others. Unity teaches that within us all is the Divine, and I believe that is true – its just harder to see it in some people.

The interesting thing is, it is easier to see the Divine in others, when I can see the Divine in myself. The word Namaste means the Divine in me sees the Divine in you. However, we can only see the Divine in someone else when we are coming from our own Divinity and for that we must take time to connect with the God of our understanding. The best way to do this is through prayer, meditation, and affirmations.

Try an experiment, just for a day. Practice seeing everyone you come in contact with, as God manifested in the form of that person. Notice how it makes you feel, not just about yourself, but about life itself!

Quote of the Week

“Children show me in their playful smiles, the divine in everyone.”
Michael Jackson

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What Do You Believe

What do you believe about God?

Is your Higher Power big enough that you can find the calm in the midst of a storm, strength at a time when we feel weak, comfort when you are grieving, loved when you feel unloved, and and wisdom that gives you a knowing that cannot come from any outer source?

A long time ago, I was asked to make a list of the characteristics of my Higher Power. Here is my list: God is is Presence, Power, Wisdom, Love, and Good.

This understanding has helped me in times that I felt powerless, unloved, filled with fear, and sadness. For me knowing God is good, means that in all things, there is some good that can come from it – even if it takes years to see it.

If God is Love than it lets me know that I am Loved unconditionally which brings me great comfort in times of need. If God is Power then when I feel weak or powerless, I can tap into that Power which is greater than me and can do all that is needed to do at any time. If God is Presence, it means that there is no where that I can be that God is not.

if you do not have a Higher Power that can be relied on, it may be time to look at what it is that you believe. For me, God never fails me, it is only my unbelief that keeps me from the Good that is God.

Quote of the Week

“Call this creative principle by any of its wonderful names: God, Life, Love, Mind, Spirit. It is ever present, all powerful, all wise, eternal.”
From the book: How to Let God Help You by Myrtle Fillmore

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