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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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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New Year – Fresh Start

Happy New Year!

The New Year is the perfect time for a fresh start in our lives. This fresh start can be in any area that may have been a challenge in 2018. We can now put those challenges behind us and look for ways to ensure that in 2019 we will, not only make a fresh start, but find new blessings in doing things a different way.

I am not talking about resolutions which usually are forgotten by the end of the month, but a commitment to take the challenges in our lives and make them opportunities to do something, not just differently, but better.

Let’s say 2018 was a year in which we were overeating and eating too much junk food, or being inactive and watching too much TV, or being disorganized, or being too self centered – the list can go on indefinitely. Rather than take on more than we can possibly handle – and, therefore, setting ourselves up for failure – pick one shortcoming and work on that.

Take it ONE day at a time, ONE pound at a time, ONE drawer at a time, ONE thing rather than EVERY thing. When we do this we are focused, single minded, and setting ourselves up for success!

Please do not waste time on wishing things were different or better in 2018. Put it behind you and move forward into 2019 with hope, energy, and prayer.

When we do this, opportunities will appear and we will find the inner strength and guidance to do what is ours to do to make 2019 a year to shine!

Quote of the Week

“This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.”
Taylor Swift

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‘Twas the Day after Christmas…

‘Twas the day after Christmas and all through the house…how would you end this sentence? Are you filled with sadness that Christmas is over or are you glad that it is behind you?

For many people, Christmas is a time where they are spread thin and by the time the holiday comes, they are filled more with exhaustion than joy. For others, it is such a magical time that as soon as Christmas has passed, they are beginning to look forward to the next Christmas.

Whatever you may be feeling today, the day after Christmas, remember this – the true meaning of Christmas is about hope, love, peace and joy. It is a time where people are nicer, friendlier, more considerate, etc. Now wouldn’t it be wonderful if every day could be like that – a little more like Christmas.

Quote of the Week

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.”
Mother Teresa

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