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What is Happiness?

Everyone wants to be happy, right?  But there really isn't consensus on what happiness actually is.  To some, it would be the possession of things; to others, the experience of love; to some it might be the knowledge that one's life makes a difference in the world.  The list could go on and on, and for each of us, the definition of happiness might change over time - or even over the course of a day!

Rising Above Judgments

Spiritually-minded people often describe becoming non-judgmental as an ideal to which to aspire.  I certainly hold that as a vision for myself; however, trapped as we are in skin-suits on the earth plane of existence, this task sometimes seems impossible to fulfill. But that doesn't mean we stop trying.

Rising Above Judgments

Spiritually-minded people often describe becoming non-judgmental as an ideal to which to aspire.  I certainly hold that as a vision for myself; however, trapped as we are in skin-suits on the earth plane of existence, this task sometimes seems impossible to fulfill. But that doesn't mean we stop trying.

Can I Control My Mind?

The Unity movement and the science of psychology have common roots.  Both emerged out of the cultural and scientific mileu of the last half of the 19th century; as such, both place special attention on the mind and understanding how it works.  The understanding, put very simply, is that if you understand how your mind works, you can direct its activities in order to attain your goals and aspirations.  A simple question is, "Can I control my mind."  Well, to be frank, its not a simple question.

A Prayer for Today

 I would like to thank ministerial colleague Billy Kluttz for sharing this powerful and empowering prayer posted by Extravagance United Church of Christ.  In light of recent violence, these words can re-center us in the consciousness of the living Christ Spirit in creation...

 

Which Lens Are You Wearing

 On Sunday, November 15 in our Metaphysical Bible Class at Unity of Fairfax (meets Sundays from 10:10 am - 10:50 am), I shared with the class nine interpretive lenses that can be worn when interpreting scripture.  There are other lenses as well; however, these nine are a start.  I pulled this list from Wisdom for a Lifetime, by Alden Studebaker.

Nine Interpretive Lenses of Bible Interpretation

Bible Metaphysics

 In Unity, the Bible is our central textbook, and the primary lens through which we read it is called "metaphysical interpretation."  Beginning on Sunday, November 15, I will be leading a Bible metapyhsics class from 10:10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. in the conference room at Unity of Fairfax.  The course will run on Sundays through the end of November.  We'll take off the month of December, then resume on Sunday, January 3, 2016.

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