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Earth, Wind, & Fire
What a month it’s been! At Unity of Sedona we shared another several weeks of incredible Sunday services and some of our best guest workshops and musicians ever. We hosted the 5-day workshop intensive on “Awakening Christ Consciousness,” as well as a joy-filled community Thanksgiving gathering. Also, we topped off the month with a fairly intense (but thankfully short-lived) earthquake. Although the quake seemed a little out of place for Arizona, it seemed to fit in quite well for our Christ workshop, as there was a fair amount of focus on breaking up the old patterns in our lives and preparing for the new.
Now it’s time to move into December wherein we can enjoy our usual sacred services and our upcoming Sedona Winter Solstice Festival, as well as our special Christmas and New Year’s services.
What will the new year be like for you? Will it be the same (or worse) as previous years or are you preparing some changes? One thing is certain, if we do not prepare for changes now, we are not likely to see any changes in the coming year. And although we can make new choices each and every day, using the universal timing and symbology of nature is always a wise option. This means that if we used this past Fall Season properly, we then took time to thoroughly bid farewell to some old patterns and issues of the past. This would then open us up to receive the gifts from Spirit that come as a reward for our commitment to releasing the old and refilling with the new.
This sacred time of giving and receiving gifts, is symbolized by the Christmas Season. These gifts then must be nurtured into fruition in the coming new year. But, as per Universal Law, the gifts of tomorrow are proportionate to the work we do today. This is what it means to “create our own reality.” So if we expect to experience the fruits of a new life in the coming new year, we need to get to work on releasing any residual issues from years gone by. Furthermore, we must take our spiritual walk to a whole new level–wherein our spiritual ideas and beliefs are more thoroughly integrated and put into practical, daily practice.
It’s not too late to begin releasing whatever was not (or is not) working for our higher good and then making plans to co-create a life wherein a greater abundance of that which most reflects the Presence of God is seen, felt, and experienced.
Love & Light, Michael MirdadRead More
Attendance for our Community Meeting was one of our largest ever. The meeting was called to order by our Board President, Eva Maurice, who thanked everyone for attending. Next, our Vice President, Issa (Kim) Wight, introduced our Board Members, Committee Chair People, Volunteers, Lead Chaplains, our bookkeeper and our Spiritual Leader—Michael Mirdad.
Michael then led us through the following:
~We’ve added a couple of new Board Members since our last Community Meeting several months ago. Laura Schappert has come on and added so much to our Board with her social media experience and intelligent communications. Linda Costello is also joining the Board as our new Treasurer—bringing her 40 years’ experience in the accounting field and has a specialty in organizational accounting.
~With Eva’s term of three years on the Board nearly expiring, she is joining Marjorie Muro as an Advisory Member so she can focus on being a teacher and counselor. It was then announced that Bryan Lungo is temporarily stepping in as our “Acting President.” Eva then stood and shared that when she first attended Unity of Sedona, she thought Unity wasn’t going to be for her, but the more she heard Michael speak, she knew he was the real deal. She said her life has transformed completely since working with Michael and also learning from him. Everyone applauded Eva for all of her work with the Board.
~If anyone has an idea of what should be done, they should also consider doing it.
~When it comes to having various types of contractors doing work for us, the theme has been that they prefer doing the job their way instead of doing what we want AND that they tend to take the money and run. We will now be more responsible and cautious when choosing contractors and creating agreements.
~We asked for, and received, volunteers to assist us in keeping the café opened.
~Michael shared his appreciation for those who knew how to understand his humor instead of being like those who sometimes take him too seriously.
~The feedback in regard to our new Unity flag has been overwhelming. Most people enjoyed the humor of having our temporary Knights Templar (skull and crossbones) flag even though we did have a few complaints about it. And for those who thought we staked the flagpole into the top of one of our trees, please note that the flagpole is fastened to the side of the tree.
~Now, more than ever, we are able to offer FREE events.
~Judy, one of our members, announced that she has made Unity of Sedona the recipient of her will.
~Some of Michael’s students from Japan offered to tithe to him as their teacher but he referred them to Unity instead and so they are tithing to us each month.
~Our Sponsorship Program is doing very well and has been a huge part in our success—especially since it allows our attendees to choose where they would most like their financial support to go.
What we can expect to see in the future:
~We will continue to empower people even more to step up and become masters in their own right.
~We will continue to have an even smoother running staff with better office procedure.
~We will see to it that our bylaws empower our Members (since they are the actual owners of Unity of Sedona).
~We will continue to give support (in various forms) to people with lesser means. We now ask people who are asking us for money if they are willing to do the work to see why they have this pattern of lack. We don’t just hand out money, we try to help people move out of their current thinking processes that contribute to their situations.
~We will add even nicer foliage and touch up the property.
~We will continue to require more responsibility—inner work—of staff, volunteers, and attendees.
~We will continue to offer lots of events for FREE.
~Frank Shapiro: I find immense value from Michael’s sermons because they bring insights into the human condition and always solve a struggle or a misunderstanding that I may be having—sometimes even affirming thoughts that I might have on spirituality that others don’t seem to get. Michael has a grasp of the meaning of spirituality and gives precise explanations so anyone can access these ancient wisdom teachings. And he does all this with humor, excitement, and love.
~Sandy: Collaboration: We are very grateful that our center is run with so much collaboration and that Michael constantly involves the other Board Members, Chaplains, staff, and volunteers to assist in making decisions.
~Sheryl Dahman: There is such a sense of family and community here at Unity of Sedona. Something that I haven’t felt in our former home in Colorado. Also, I feel so loved in our community. Friends back home tell me they feel so bad that I live so far away from family but I tell them that the people here at Unity are closer to me than any family I could ever have.
~Penny Genter: I have been a member of Unity of Sedona for 4-1/2 years and I have had the pleasure of seeing the growth and transformation that has taken place since Michael has become our Spiritual Leader. In addition to the enormous physical changes that have taken place on the property, there has also been a significant change in the growth of the congregation as well. What has evolved is a cohesive “family” that works together, learns, grows, supports, and shares loving awareness with each other, something that I have never experienced before. I am aware of the transformation of our entire community as we come into resonance with each other in Christ Consciousness under Michael’s inspired guidance.
~Three Trees: I have grown considerably since coming to Unity and listening to Michael’s messages and incorporating the wisdom gained from these teachings into my life. Even when the message reflects on points I have heard before, Michael shares them in a much deeper and yet applicable way. I have also grown to feel and love God more. There are so many opportunities that are opening up for me and I attribute a lot of this to the education I have received here at Unity.
~Margo Chapline: Since Michael has been here at Unity there is much more of a sense of community and connection; a more unified group of people attending.
~Linda Costello: When I first came to Unity of Sedona, I was struck by the amazing acceptance that I felt, and still feel, at our Center. I was so pleased to find a community of like-minded people, something that I struggled attaining for so many years. I always needed to do my personal work alone, but have now found a community at Unity of Sedona where I have the support of a group of people who welcome deep healing and growth.
~Suzanne Edwards (one of our senior members): I have been attending Unity of Sedona for several years and when I first began, I could feel a lot of pain in my body when I had to walk from the parking lot to the sanctuary. But in the last few years, the pain lessened and now is completely gone.
~Tara Ross: First of all I want to thank Unity of Sedona for hosting/sponsoring the Deva Premal concert. It was at the concert that I found the Unity literature and I’ve now been been attending the services ever since. Hearing Michael’s sermons has changed my life; it has been just what I was looking for. I searched for churches and spiritual centers in Sedona for years, and never found what I really needed until now. In fact, I have several friends who want nothing to do with churches but they ask to hear the CD recordings of the sermons that I bring home. Their lives are transforming and they can’t wait until I bring the next CD home.
Michael began thanking everyone for attending and was drawing the meeting to a close. But acting President, Bryan Lungo, walked up to the podium and said that we are all grateful that Michael is our Spiritual Leader at Unity of Sedona and that we have all grown and learned so much from him. Everyone stood up and applauded in agreement and in their appreciation for Michael.
Life is a funny thing. No matter what we do, our lessons cycle around again and again–usually until we get it just right. And then the pattern will still likely cycle around again, just to make sure we’ve “got it.”
This is really what “Mercury Retrograde” is all about. Some folks treat this time-period as though it’s some sort of cursed phase when, in fact, it merely represents the recycling of some particular lessons–especially those related to communication. And so some of us deal with this period by not dealing with it. They prefer hiding away or staying in bed. Others choose to make every attempt to fight this retrograde period by trying to force things to happen–usually at the expense of their nervous system.
The most difficult option of all is to deal with this like a master. And being a master certainly does not mean hiding, which leaves us powerless. It means, instead, that we do our best to know when it’s time to step forward and when it’s time to step back. This principle is always a good idea to follow in general but it’s a great idea when we’re going through a period, such as “Mercury Retrograde.”
During most of this month, mercury is retrograde. A great way honor this period is through practicing healthy boundaries. One of the best ways to do that is simply to ask ourselves “what we can afford” –physically, energetically, emotionally, mentally. When we go within and discover that something is not working for us, we might need to reconsider doing it. And when mercury goes retrograde it’s a great time to be reconsidering things–even two or three times. Then, if we find it’s time to let something go, we need to be extra careful about how we do it–because people are bound and determined (during this time) to misunderstand us or get their feelings hurt. That doesn’t mean we should abandon our decisions but it does mean that we should double and triple check everything.
I can’t help but to have noticed this occurring a few times over the past year in relation to projects at Unity wherein people offered (or even contracted) to do something for us but ended up doing the job differently OR taking far more time than they agreed upon OR even sometimes charged more than they quoted. And although none of this is okay, and it’s perfectly right to set clearer boundaries with such people (even sometimes saying goodbye), it’s also wise to check in and see what we can learn from the experience. For example, we learned that we should only allow someone to do a project for us, as long as they understand they are working for us and need to meet our timelines and needs. And of course it helps if we get things in writing and avoid paying for things before the job is done to our satisfaction.
And in personal relationships, much of the same applies. No matter what we say or how we say it, during this period, we are all too often likely to be misunderstood–even if we think we are being extra careful. So the best advice is to first remind those closest to us that we are in this special period wherein we might be tested a lot in relation to our communication and agreements. This makes it easier for us to catch ourselves if we happen slip off track with one another. No, we don’t want to blame it on mercury, but we do want to recognize this period as a period of personal tests that we should do our best to pass.
Love & Light, Michael MirdadRead More
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