Spiritual Junk Pile Management ~ A Spiritual Enrichment Technique

January 17, 2012

Spiritual Junk Pile Management is a great technique to help you eliminate what is no longer serving you in your spiritual journey! It is not easy, and it takes some time to accomplish — but it is worth it in terms of your spiritual enrichment. Here are the directions:

Write at the top of a postcard or Post It Note the following statement: The most demeaning, annoying, and humiliating self-imposed rules, personal habits, assumptions, inclinations, addictions, or beliefs I have allowed to block my greater good are

Write ‘self-imposed rules’ at the top of a postcard or Post It Note, then write ‘personal habits’ at the top of another; and ‘assumptions’ at the top … (you get the picture).

Spend the next 30 to 45 minutes conducting a no-nonsense self-assessment by listing as many of those demeaning and humiliating annoyances as you can on each card. If you have to use a second card or Post It Note for each category.

At the end of the time you have allotted leave the postcards or Post It Notes on the table or desktop where you’ve been working. During the rest of the day add to the lists as you think of annoyances that fit the categories. The collection of demeaning and humiliating annoyances is your ‘junk pile.’

Allow the ‘junk pile’ to simmer over night. In the morning, after your second cup of coffee or tea, sit in front of your junk pile with a sheet of paper (one for each postcard or Post It Note) and ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is it about these annoyances that has kept me attached to them for so long?
  • How do they interfere with my spiritual growth and human happiness?
  • How have they blocked my greater good?
  • Why have I allowed myself to be held hostage by them?

Record your answers on the sheet of paper.

Select one demeaning or humiliating annoyance from each postcard or Post It Note. Do what you need to do to eliminate each of the initial set of annoyances. Once you’ve eliminated the initial set of annoyances select the second set of annoyances and repeat the process.

Continue to downsize the junk pile until you have eliminated all of the annoyances. (Yes, this is quite a process. So, you’ll want to get started as soon as possible).

Your spiritual growth and human happiness will rise exponentially every time you eliminate an annoyance. Each annoyance represents a layer of crust that keeps your inner light from shinning. It’s a manifestation of the negativity bias that needs to go, so you can walk the Spiritual path on practical feet!

About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined Revs. Bil & Cher Holton, the dynamic duo who serve as co-ministers for Unity Spiritual Life Center, Durham, NC. This exciting couple bring their love for Truth Principles to everything they do, and work together to create a center that lives its vision and mission in everything it does.They are prolific authors, and share their metaphysical and spiritual principles through their website: http://www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com
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Jan. 11 ~ Create Your 2012 Dreamscape / Vision Poster

December 31, 2011

Create Your 2012 Dreamscape / Vision Poster ~ 7-9 pm, January 11

Join facilitator Rev. Cher Holton and create your visual poster of what you want to achieve in 2012. Dreamscapes (also known as Treasure Maps, Vision Boards, and Goal Pictures) are a fun, creative way to put your dreams and goals into a visual format, so you can amp up the power of your affirmations with pictures. We will provide poster paper, glue, markers, and magazines. Feel free to  bring your own magazines to share with others, as we create together and enter 2012 with gusto!

January 18 and 25 ~ Visions of a Universal Humanity Viewing and Discussion

December 31, 2011

Visions of a Universal Humanity ~ 7-9 pm, Jan. 18 and 25

Sponsored by the Adult Spiritual Education Ministry and the Integrative Healing Ministry. In this 2-part session, we will be viewing the DVD, Visions of a Universal Humanity, featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard. This film brings together some of the finest minds of our time to reveal a positive future for humanity.

About the Video:

Hidden beneath the breakdowns of modern society are breakthroughs that herald a radically new human condition. While most of these breakthroughs are small, yet vital incremental changes, others are clearly significant new capacities that can fundamentally change our lives forever.

When we view these new capacities with ‘evolutionary eyes’ as the culmination of humanity’s 14 billion year journey from the Big Bang to where we are now, the design or pattern beneath the physical world that activates the continuous emergence of greater consciousness, freedom and order in the universe comes into sharper focus. In essence, we discover the hidden ‘Code of Evolution’.

In the pre-scientific era, this Code has been revealed by mystics for millennia. Western traditions have alluded to the last days and intimations of a new life after death as ‘a new heavens and a new earth; a new Jerusalem; Paradise’. Now, inVISIONS, we make visible and viable the mystery of the next stage of human evolution as we present the 21st century’s potential for the next stage of life based on the harmonious use of our new capacities in the spiritual, social and scientific realms.

VISIONS touches the ‘transcendent yearnings’ of life itself within us; life that when it hits a limit to its own growth either goes extinct or innovates and transforms itself as it repeatedly has done during our great 14 billion year tradition. In VISIONS, futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard will bring together some of the greatest minds of our time to reveal the potential for the next stage of human evolution, the next turn on the spiral of ‘Our Story’. VISIONS will take us across the ‘evolutionary gap’ from here — a warring, polluting, over-populating species on the brink of self destruction, to there, — a cocreative, universal humanity at the dawn of the first Universal Age of Conscious Evolution, a future filled with infinite possibilities.

Featured on the video:

Barbara Marx Hubbard, Visionary Futurist

Dr. Chris Bach, Professor of Philosophy & Religion

Rev. Michael Dowd, Evolutionary Theologian

Freeman Dyson, Physicist Institute for Advanced Study

James N. Gardner, Complexity Theorist

Nassim Harmein, Unified Theory Physicist

Dr. Jean Houston, Scholar Philosopher

Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, Cellular Biologist

Dr. Gregory Stock, Biophysicist

Rick Tumlinson, Space Visionary

Monthly Report, November 2011

December 12, 2011

Adult Spiritual Education ~ Monthly Activity Report, November 2011

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ~ continuation of 12-week Artist’s Way Book Study Class

November 6 ~ David Hiller Workshop: Now is the Time to Do Greater Things

November 7 ~ Counseling Sessions with David Hiller

November 13 ~ Energy Healing Class

===== Other Items of Interest =========

Postings to Adult Spiritual Education Blog

Created Description and completed contract for June Conference by Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Created handouts to accompany November talks

Prep and planning for December

 

 

 

Blessings,

Cher & Bil

 

Drs. Bil & Cher Holton

Spiritual Leaders—Unity Spiritual Life Center

2604-H Carver Street, Durham, NC 27705-2796

Church Office Phone: 919.471.3504

Home Office Phone: 919.767.9620

The Power of Forgiveness

December 2, 2011

Forgiveness remains one of the most challenging acts we are called upon to make ~ yet it can truly transform us at our very core. One of the main reasons we believe forgiveness appears to be so difficult is because we have a misconception that it’s about the other person. Are you ready for the Truth? Forgiveness is the one time you can honestly say, “It’s all about me!”

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic report that harboring negative feelings and thoughts or holding a grudge can contribute to heart disease, increased blood pressure, muscle tension, and other ailments — and can trigger mental health problems as well (i.e., depression and addictive behaviors). Louis Hay, in her best-seller, Heal Your Body, reports that the cause of most diseases in the body are criticism, anger, resentment, and guilt. When we hold on to anger or resentment, we are giving our power away. Eric Butterworth says, “It is a Cosmic Truth that you are tied to the person or thing you hate.” What if we used that same energy and channeled it toward good? Duke Ellington said, “I simply used the energy it took to pout and wrote the blues!” The act of forgiveness releases great healing and creative powers.

Here is an amazing YOUtube video that captures the essence of the power of forgiveness:

What if we could create a habit of forgiveness ? Just imagine ~ not just moving from Bitter to Better, but bypassing Bitter altogether!! How can we do it? Here’s a formula you can use every day!!

RECOGNIZE IT: You can’t fix something if you don’t know it’s broken! Every day, do an “emotional scan” to discover any thoughts you are harboring that run counter to Truth. These are any thoughts that see anything other than the Christ in someone. Own the thought, because you need to own it before you can deal with it. So, recognize the feeling within you, and move beyond the rationalizations and justifications, and see it for what it is.

RELEASE IT: Let us be clear, we are not asking you to forget it. That is unrealistic. But we CAN forgive and release. This is the power of a choice you make!

You can verbalize it: I forgive you, (name) and release you to your highest good! You may even want to write that statement down several times, until you actually believe it. You may need to perform a symbolic act of release: write it out and bury it; do a burning bowl; write a letter and shred it.

Release does not mean you condone the act, nor that you have to be the person’s friend. It has nothing to do with whether they even accept your forgiveness  or even if you tell them. It could even involve a person who has already made their transition. The act of forgiveness simply means you release the attachment you have to what has happened.

REFRAME YOUR THINKING: From this point on, when you find a resentment or anger beginning to build, deal with it immediately. One way to reframe is this: As soon as  you hear yourself make a judgment, such as “He should not have done that to me” immediately follow up with the words, “… and I …” then complete with a positive, Truth-based action, such as “…and I choose to let it go.” Another example:  “She shouldn’t act that way … and I forgive her and behold her Christ within.” And another:  “My parents should have done a better job … and I know they did the best they could with what they knew at the time!”

This brings you back to a focus of your power to choose your reaction, and remember no one has power over you unless you give it to them!

You can transform your entire life when you practice the amazing power of forgiveness, and make it your decision to move from Bitter to Better — right here and now!

What Does Advent Mean and How Do We Celebrate It?

November 27, 2011

In the Spiritual Christian community, Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. We use an Advent Wreath to celebrate this time of preparation and expectancy, and help us enter Christmas in a spirit of reverence and joy, rather than stress and weariness.

The Advent Wreath is a circle, which symbolizes the Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience, and Omni-activity of God, and the never-ending love we experience when we are connected in Spirit, recognizing that oneness.

The greenery symbolizes growth and renewal, as we renew our commitment to Truth principle and our relationship with God.

The candles, one for each Sunday of Advent, represent four attitudes we foster as we move through the Christmas season: Expectancy; Peace; Joy; and Love. We also include a white candle in the center, which represents Jesus the Christ. This candle is lit on Christmas Day.

Monthly Activity Report for October 2011

November 8, 2011

Adult Spiritual Education ~ Monthly Activity Report, October 2011

October 5, 12, 19, 26 ~ continuation of 12-week Artist’s Way Book Study Class

October 12 ~ Training for Potential Board Members

October 28 ~ Talent Show

October 30 ~ New Member Orientation

===== Other Items of Interest =========

Postings to Adult Spiritual Education Blog

Revs. Bil & Cher invited to be speakers at June Conference by Unity Worldwide Ministries. Conference calls related to program content.

Training for ministers related to YOUtube and iTunes  ~ how to use  them to post our talks and create material

Created Gratitude Calendar for November

Prep and planning for November

Blessings,

Cher & Bil

 


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Drs. Bil & Cher Holton

Spiritual Leaders—Unity Spiritual Life Center

2604-H Carver Street, Durham, NC 27705-2796

Church Office Phone: 919.471.3504

Home Office Phone: 919.767.9620

Spiritual Cornucopia of Stuff ~ Phase 2

October 25, 2011

In Phase 1, we asked you to go into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff, and choose five things to release. (Here’s a link to Spiritual Cornucopia, Phase 1, in case you missed it.) Now it’s time for Phase 2!

Go once again into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff! This time, choose five things you definitely, intentionally want to keep! ONLY FIVE!

Sit a few moments and reflect on each of the five items you selected. Use the following questions as a template as you spend some time with each of the five items:

  1. What memories do I have related to this item?
  2. Why do I feel so strongly that I want to keep it?
  3. What can I do with this item (and where can I put it) so I honor it, and use it with love?
  4. How is this item like something within me: some thought, attitude, belief that I want to be sure to keep so I can feel more spiritually enriched?
  5.  What action can I take to ensure I strengthen this inner thought, attitude, or belief?

Now allow yourself to feel abundant joy flow through your total being as you lovingly and happily put the five items you selected to good use, allowing each one to serve you in a powerful way!

We would love to hear about your experiences as you practice this Spiritual enrichment Activity!

Spiritual Enrichment Activity: A Cornucopia of “Stuff” — Phase 1

October 19, 2011

 

This is a great activity to do in the fall, with the exciting energy of change blowing in on crisp air and colored leaves! Here’s the process:

 

Go into your closet, garage, office, or any other place that is a little cluttered with too much stuff! Choose five things to release. ONLY FIVE! You can choose to throw them away, give them away, or sell them — your choice. But just choose five things.

 

Before you take action on releasing them, sit a few moments and reflect on the five items you selected. Use the following questions as a template as you spend some time with each of the five items:

 

 

  1. What memories do I have related to this item?
  2. How does it make me feel when I think about releasing it?
  3. How is this item like something within me: some thought, attitude, belief that I want to release so I can feel more spiritually enriched?
  4. What action can I take in my spiritual life that is similar to releasing this item?
  5. How do I feel as I decide to take that action?

 

Then allow yourself to feel abundant joy flow through your total being as you lovingly and happily let the five items you selected go!

 

We would love to hear about your experiences as you practice this Spiritual enrichment Activity!


Spiritual Consciousness-Raising Affirmation Template

October 17, 2011

We in Unity havelong understood the power of affirmations and denials. But with this blog, we want to take it to a new level, as we encourage you to Shoot From the Lip!

First, let’s clarify what we mean by SHOOT from the Lip. SHOOT is an acronym, standing for: Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth! Every affirmation must be grounded in the Truth of No Separation. We are the physical expressions of One God, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, and Omni-active. So here is a template that can literally transform the way you use affirmations in your life!

I have now transcended all patterns of ________________________________ (whatever the focus of your current experience is — this is your denial statement)

I’m free and _____________________________________________________ (statement of the end result, grounded in Truth Principles, which you are affirming)

My mind and body now manifest Divine _______________________________ (essence of the power of your affirmation desire)

I _______________________________________________________________ (statement of action – what you are doing that reflects the essence of your focus area)

I _______________________________________________________________ (follow-up statement of action, along with the benefit of performing the action)

 I give thanks for ever increasing ______________________________________ (statement of the beneficial results)

I am a radiant expression of God! (final affirmation of the Truth of who you are!)

Here are a few examples:

Prosperity:

I have now transcended all patterns of lack.
I’m free and prosperous!
My mind and body now manifest Divine abundance.
I stand in the infinite flow of Divine riches.
I give and receive joyfully, as money flows to me easily and effortlessly..
I give thanks for ever increasing prosperity, knowing bills are paid with plenty to share and plenty to spare.
I am a radiant expression of God! 

Confidence:

I have now transcended all patterns of fear.
I’m free and open to all experiences!
My mind and body now manifest Divine peace.
I face new opportunities with faith and anticipation.
I eagerly embrace new challenges and experience dramatic growth—personally, professionally, and spiritually.
I give thanks for ever increasing confidence, excitement, and growth.
I am a radiant expression of God!
 

Now … are you ready for a mega-boost in Consciousness?  As we focused on our SHOOT acronym:Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth, we had a Divine Idea that energetically boosts everything to a whole new level! If the “ONE TRUTH” is that there is no separation and our ultimate purpose is to be the best Christ we can be—and if we are striving to be in 100% alignment between our Christ Self and our human self, then why not go for the whole enchilada? Instead of separating out each area of our life we want to work on, why not use this template to affirm the Absolute, All-encompassing Truth of who we are? So here’s a first “shot” of our Mega-Boost SHOOT from the Lip:

I have now transcended all patterns of error and separation.
I’m free and Divine!
My mind and body are in sync with Spirit.
I think, speak, and act at my highest, most elevated level of Consciousness.
I am Divine, I am Worthy, I am One with my Christ Self. I live life abundantly, peacefully, and joyfully.
I give thanks for the perfect alignment of my human self with my Divine Nature.
I am God expressing through the Christ as me. 

This may be a little too “out there” for now – so feel free to start with the separate, specific areas you want to deal with. Wherever you are in Consciousness, this template can help you create a dynamic, power-packed affirmation that is Truth centered. Never forget that you are God expressing, and you can do everything Jesus as the Christ did … and more! He told us that! When you truly believe it, and make a habit of Shooting from the Lip … Spiritually Honoring Only One Truth with everything you say, you really can walk the spiritual path on practical feet!

Feel free to download our worksheet, which has additional examples as well:

ShootFromLip-Handout

We’d like to hear your examples as you write your own power-packed Shoot From the Lip affirmations using this template. We invite you to share them on this blog site!

About the Authors: Combine a flair for the dramatic, a deep understanding of metaphysics combined with the teachings of Jesus, and a zest for ministry, and you have defined Revs. Bil & Cher Holton, the dynamic duo who serve as co-ministers for Unity Spiritual Life Center, Durham, NC. This exciting couple bring their love for Truth Principles to everything they do, and work together to create a center that lives its vision and mission in everything it does.They are prolific authors, and share their metaphysical and spiritual principles through their website: http://www.TheMetaphysicalBible.com

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