Archive for March, 2010

Free Volunteer Hospice Training by VITAS

March 29, 2010

You are invited to come learn what it means to be a hospice volunteer and how you can make a difference in the lives of patients and their families in end of life care.

Topics covered are hospice regulations, palliative care, ethics and advance directives, psychosocial needs and family dynamics, grief and loss, spirituality, and communication skills.

Saturday April 17,2010

10am – 5pm

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

39899 Balentine Drive Suite 161, Newark, CA 94560 (map)

Lunch will be provided

Hosted by: Renee Berry

Volunteer Services Manager

VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

San Francisco Bay Area

phone: 510.413.5243

fax: 510.360.4816

Please contact Renee Berry to sign up for this free training. 

I hope to see you there.

Love and Light,

Reverend Felecia Mulvany D.D.

UCM Degree Program Administrator

408.370.6519

staff@u-c-m.org

Volunteers in Hospice

A Proud Tradition at VITAS Innovative Hospice Care®

Many prospective hospice volunteers ask about the origin of the formal role of volunteers in hospice organizations. Some even ask as to how or why an organization such as VITAS comes to utilize volunteers in providing hospice care in the communities we’re privileged to serve.

Like most hospice agencies whose founding dates to the earliest days of the hospice movement, VITAS began as an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. But early in its existence, VITAS found that, as a non-profit, it didn’t have access to the capital that it needed to expand its capability to care for a growing number of the terminally ill. For-profit status has allowed VITAS to access capital for projects that have enhanced care for the terminally ill everywhere.

As for the role of volunteers in hospice, VITAS, in fact, is in large part responsible for the unique role volunteers play in the delivery of hospice care nationwide.

Twenty-five years ago, a small group of volunteers in Miami began caring for an extraordinary woman, Emmy Philhour, who was dying of cancer. Emmy taught VITAS’ founders much about caring for the terminally ill. The lessons VITAS learned from Emmy are at the heart of VITAS and the Innovative Hospice Care® we provide today.

One thing we learned from Emmy and those patients VITAS cared for in its first years was the invaluable role that volunteers can play in enhancing compassionate end-of-life care.

When VITAS’ founders began to work with elected officials to create the first state and national hospice licensing laws, they specifically included volunteers in defining the interdisciplinary team of hospice caregivers. When the hospice benefit was added to Medicare more than 20 years ago, VITAS advocated that Medicare-certified hospice providers ensure that volunteer hours would equal at least 5 percent of the total patient care hours provided.

These requirements apply to ALL Medicare-certified hospice providers public or private, secular or faith-based, for-profit or non-profit.

VITAS is proud of the role its volunteers serve in providing quality hospice care; it is one of the many things that makes hospice unique in the world of healthcare. Volunteers enhance, expand, energize the services that professional caregivers offer to hospice patients and their families by establishing meaningful relationships, listening, supporting, caring.

Spring Issue of Magazine Online Now!

March 26, 2010

The Spring issue of the UCM On-Line magazine is now available by going to our website and clicking on the magazine cover on our home page, http://www.u-c-m.org/, or click on the link http://issuu.com/ucmmag/docs/ucmspring2010. You may also click on the UCM Magazine tag under Read our Blog to access all the archived issues.

 If you would like to contribute to the Summer Issue of the Magazine please submit your articles of approximately 1000 words along with your bio and picture in jpeg format to http://reverenddebry@u-c-m.org by May 1, 2010.

We are also accepting adds for the magazine.  Prices are as follows:  ¼ page $25.00, ½ page $50.00, ¾ page $75.00, full page $100.00.  Ads must be turned in by May 1, 2010.

Reverend Felecia Mulvany D.D.

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

408.370.6519

www.u-c-m.org

Joyful Noise

March 26, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Volume 9 page 12 (3-25-10)

AFFIRMATION

I am excited about Spring and New Beginnings

          I woke up this morning all excited because the sun was shining, a slight breeze was moving the trees and the day seemed perfect to hang out my wash! I came fully awake and realized that my washer and dryer were working beautifully and I had just flashed back to a previous life. 

          So – I took hanging out wash as a trigger/focal point and followed that thread through many incarnations. Seeing myself as a young woman on the prairie, standing beside a large galvanized water tank with a washboard protruding over the top. The air was clear, the sun was bright and I was wringing out sheets and hanging them on a line stretched from a corner of a sod cabin to a large pole staked in the back yard. I was pregnant and the sheets were so heavy as I was straining to through them over the wire line. A small tow- headed boy played with some wooden clothespins on the ground beside me. Suddenly a large nanny goat ran through the backyard and knocked over the pole holding up my wash line. All of the clean wet sheets fell onto the dirt. I sat and cried and slumped into a heap. My little son came and comforted me by wriggling into my nearly non-existent lap – sucking his thumb.

          The next vision I was standing in a waterfall. I was a young African man of about 14 and I was wringing out my long white stained robe as the ice cold water splashed over my thin body.

          And the last one I was a Roman soldier kneeling next to a raging river. My armor was sitting in a heap and I was washing out my clothes, wringing them out and spreading various garments on a large flat sun warmed rock. A hunting horn rang out through the woods and I looked up to see a garrison of men riding my way.

          I rolled over in bed and thought of all the people in all of the centuries that spent hours washing clothes, getting them dry, only to be put back on and dirtied once more. I rose up smiling, as I thought of my white shiny Kenmore appliances ready to accept the dirty clothes and return clean ones.

          I thought of all the recent emails remembering the “good old days,” I figured they were written by people who never had to wash clothes by hand over a washboard or hang diapers or sheets on a line in a howling wind or stand in icy streams.

SEASONAL INSPIRATION

We’ve had our first quarter into the new year and truly everyone is grateful and excited by treating this year as a New Beginning!

Most of us are doing our best to make THIS quarter something special so we can make a good and quick recovery from last year!

Spring is renewal time! Just look at the weather and how it is warming up – both the earth and our spirits. Nature has presented us with a brand new playground of beauty!

Let us lift our spirits and bring love into our everyday lives. Let’s meet new people and make new friends.

Let’s go places we’ve not gone before and bring new people with us!

Let’s do more one-on-one’s and give people our time and assistance when they need it!

And let us be thankful for all that is around us –for living in sunny California with its natural beauty – in the distance – green mountains – are so miraculous to behold – the beaches that are so close – trees that are budding new blooms and the baby animals arriving in the fields.

We are so fortunate!

SPRING JOKES

With permission by JoyceAnne Pierce

Reverend Norton woke up Sunday morning, since it was a sunny Spring day; decided he wanted to play golf. So…he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to do the sermon for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Rev. Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?”

The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.”

Just then Reverend Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It WAS A 420-YARD HOLE IN ONE!

St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”

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Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire.

Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.”

Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?”

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Center for Creative Living

March 26, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebration at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info. Healing Chairs (come give or receive a hands-on-healing) starts at 9:30am, Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome.

          This Sunday join us as we welcome the marvelous spiritually enlightened duo of Rev. Felecia Mulvany and Rev. Janet Childs as they present a Taizé service. This is a candlelight service filled with chanting. Chanting reinforces the meditative quality of prayer. Chanting words of faith can quickly be grasped by the intellect, gradually penetrating the heart and the whole being. An amazingly spiritual service that will touch your soul. Please join us for this incredibly stunning ceremony.

CCL METAPHYSICAL CLASSES

7pm to 9pm $15. or 2 for $25.

April 1st This class will be conducted by Rev. Becca Thompson and is an introduction to energy, divine consciousness, the vital web and how we utilize our energy systems to interact with ourselves, our environment and with one another. There will be a basic overview of the energy bodies, the dimensions and the realms and by the end of class, you will begin to learn how to sense energy within the vital web. We will also take a look at VortexHealing® and how it can change your view of healing.

Open to the Public and UCM ministerial credit for this Module 4 class.

® “VortexHealing” is a registered service mark of Ric A. Weinman. All rights reserved. This mark can only be used by certified VortexHealing practitioners who have also signed a service mark license agreement with Ric Weinman.

Happenings at The Center

March 25th 7:00 to 8:30 – Druidry & Earth Magic with Dr. Ayleen. An ongoing gathering focused on Druidry. Participants learn both the historical aspect and how to become a modern day practicing druid. New participants are always welcome. $5.

March 30th 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING with Norbeth and Friends. Bring your drum or use one of ours.

April 1st 7:00 to 9:00 – check out Metaphysical Classes above

April 3rd 3:00 to 5:00 – Help stuff and decorate eggs for the Easter/Eostre Egg hunt on Easter Sunday! 

April 4th Easter Sunday – Rev. Sandy Clark (UCM President) and Rev. Donna Zehner (UCM Board trustee and CCL Associate Pastor) will be doing the service. Exciting songs by the CCL Choir and immediately after service, a Free Brunch and Egg Hunt for kids and adults alike!

Yoga Returns to CCL!

April 5th Monday – 7:30 to 9:00 – SPRING BACK INTO YOGA. Gentle Yoga Class with Krishnapriya (Laura Marshall). A theme for each week’s class. Doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. The Magical Ones are reviewed in each session to round out the practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises–and Guided Meditation in every class. FIRST CLASS ALWAYS FREECOME TRY IT AT NO COST http://yogadevi09@yahoo.com. For best practice: Light eating at least 2 hours before class, wear loose fitting clothes, bring your own mat/blanket or use one of ours.

Life is meant to be a joyous celebration!

              Love and Light,

                           Rev. Doti Boon

Joyful Noise

March 19, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Volume 9 page 11 (3-18-10)

AFFIRMATION

I know I will attain my heart’s desire.

Spring Equinox – Saturday March 20th

          At Spring Equinox the veils between worlds are thin and the earth experiences equal portions of light and dark. The spring equinox is celebrated as the balance between day and night.  It marks the beginning of the triumph of light.  The forces of death and life are equally balanced.  Rituals performed during this time open us to the beauty of the unseen world.  Ordinary people see the visible world but the unseen world belongs to the mystic.  This Year as the Phoenix rises from the ashes with the birth of the new Phoenix on this day; we will experience an even greater infusion of this light.  The Baha’i believe that it is at this time the Avatars assisting our world through its evolutionary journey return to the world of man.

          This is a very special Equinox as legend says it is the time the Phoenix rises from the ashes and a golden egg is formed.  Nine days later, the fledgling Phoenix will take flight to return to the unseen world and at this time your dreams and wishes will begin to manifest into the world of man.  This is the celebration of the goddess returning after her descent into the underworld during the winter season.  She is giving birth once again to all of nature and fulfilling her promise to return to assist mankind. These are the teachings of the Black Madonna, as the dark mother goddess appears to take away the suffering of man.

          I wanted to share a special ritual that I found by Robbyn LaPlant and have copied with her permission.  This is something you can do at this time to connect to the old traditions and harness your full creative potential to manifest your heart’s desire.  This simple, traditional Spring Equinox ceremony is one way to begin focusing on creating what you most deeply long for.  It makes use of the egg, a potent symbol since time began for new life, possibilities, and growth.  The first step toward attaining your desire is to be committed to creating it.  This requires focused and positive thought, free of doubt, fear and insecurities.  It requires a heart that is not angry or resentful.  As we experience the Spring Equinox balance, allow yourself to focus on what you really, truly, deeply desire.  Most of us have the same basic longings:  to love and be loved, to be appreciated, to be of service and in your full potential, to be abundant and healthy and to feel connected.  It often takes a space of time, like the gestation period in the egg, before the universe responds to you.  But respond it will.  First, you have to have the courage to long for what you really want and never, never stop dreaming.

          Items needed:  One raw egg, a piece of paper, a small crystal or other sacred object, glue, and colorful tissue paper. Take the raw egg and cradle it in your hand.  Eggs symbolize possibilities.  Focus on what you desire to give birth to; a new relationship, a new opportunity, perhaps a new house, a new way of expressing yourself, what ever.  Feel the dream stirring deep inside.  Write your desire on the piece of paper and fold.  Hold it over your heart taking in a deep breath and slowly release the breath.  Carefully crack open the top of your egg and put the contents aside.  Inside the pieces of shell (it will help if you crack it cleanly and there are only 2 pieces to deal with) place the folded paper and the small crystal or other sacred object. Glue the shell together, and wrap in colorful tissue paper.  Keep in a safe place, where it is visible.  Occasionally hold it in your hands, give yourself time (and permission) to feel everything you are giving birth to.  You will be amazed at the ways the universe will give to you if you continue to visualize and believe.

Center for Creative Living

March 19, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebration at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back.  Need directions?  Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info.  Healing Chairs (come give or receive a hands-on-healing) starts at 9:30am, Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am.  Dress is casual and Kids are welcome.

          This Sunday welcome the marvelous Revs. Tom and Mary Garry and Janet Childs as they collaborate to share their experiences in remembering their personal “opportunity” for Light enhancing purposeful living. They share the belief that each of us comes into this world with a “job” of manifesting right outcome for the greater good and ourselves. They will also talk about strategies to keep us on track, and recoup from “path drift.”

Check out their afternoon workshop (3:30 to 5:30) “Preparing for Greater Collective Empowerment.”  See description on Center Happenings

CCL METAPHYSICAL CLASSES

March 18th 7pm to 9pm $15. or 2 for $25.

          Open to the Public and for Licentiate Ministerial Credit “Prayers From Around the World” with Norbeth Granado, Native American Healer and Dr. Ayleen Augustine, chiropractor.

          Prayer is the practice of communication with the divine. Explore the many aspects of prayer. Experience a deeper, more profound level of prayer through indigenous traditional practices!

Happenings at The Center

Mar. 20th Sat. – 11:00 to 5:00 – Life Path Myth & Spirituality of Joseph Campbell with Chuck Mignosa. $50. Ministerial credit.

Mar. 21st Sun. – 1:00 to 3:00 – Choir Rehearsal. Come join in the fun!

Mar. 21st Sun. – 3:30 to 5:30 – Preparing for Greater Collective Empowerment with Revs. Tom & Mary Garry and Janet Childs. Participants will focus on learning and using tools that will help to manage the dynamic energy available in these times. Experience the role of music in attuning to higher vibrations. Use art in the form of creating your personal heart collage to focus on your personal goals for the upcoming times (For where your heart is there you will be. (Art Supplies Provided). Experience the power of creative intuition as a guide to group manifestation. Remember strategies for course correction as we move towards our goal. $20.

March 23rd Tuesday – 6:30 to 8:30 – MEDITATION CIRCLE Meditation is the practice of learning to move beyond the reflexive “thinking” mind to achieve a deeper state of relaxation and a heightened sense of self-awareness. Join the Circle with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen. Love Donation!

March 24th 7:00 to 9:00 Metaphysical Movie with Free Popcorn. $5.00

March 25th – 7:00 to 8:30 – Druidry & Earth Magic with Dr. Ayleen. An ongoing gathering focused on Druidry. Participants learn both the historical aspect and how to become a modern day practicing druid. New participants are always welcome. $5.

Exciting Upcoming Sunday Celebrations

March 28th (Palm Sunday) 10:00 to 11:30 Taize Service with Rev. Felecia Mulvany (UCM Board member) and Rev Janet Childs. Taize is a candlelight service filled with chanting. Chanting, a few words sung over and over again, reinforces the meditative quality of the prayer. Chanting words of faith can quickly be grasped by the intellect, gradually penetrate the heart and the whole being.

April 4th (Easter) 10:00 to 11:30 Rev. Sandy Clark (UCM Board President) and Rev. Donna Zehner (UCM Board of trustee member) will be presenting an Easter Message. CCL choir will be adding their beautiful voices.

FREE buffet and Easter/Eostre Egg Hunt immediately following.

April 11th (Holocaust Remembrance Day) “Never Forget” service with Nina Amir as she looks at Holocaust Memorial Day across all spiritual traditions. Nina will share her personal story as it relates to the Holocaust, explain why the Jewish perspective on remembering what happened during the Holocaust is one that pertains to everyone and delve into a few ways Jews and non-Jews alike can observe this day in a meaning-full and spirit-full manner.

Nina Amir is an Author, Journalist, Nonfiction Editor/ Coach/ Consultant, and author of Jewish Issues Examiner column.

Yoga Returns to CCL!

April 5th Monday – 7:30 to 9:00 – SPRING BACK INTO YOGA. Gentle Yoga Class with Krishnapriya (Laura Marshall). A theme for each week’s class. Doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. The Magical Ones are reviewed in each session to round out the practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises-and Guided Meditation in every class. FIRST CLASS ALWAYS FREECOME TRY IT AT NO COST yogadevi09@yahoo.comhttp://. For best practice: Light eating at least 2 hours before class, wear loose fitting clothes, bring your own mat/blanket or use one of ours.

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.” ~ Mark Twain

A St. Patrick’s Day Wish Just for You (one day late)

 Not a care in the world,

not a cloud in the sky,

not a worry to make you feel blue…

Just sunshine and smiles

and a song in your heart –

that’s what this wishes for you!

Hope Your Day Is

as Special as You Are

Life is meant to be a joyous celebration!

       Love and Light,

              Rev. Doti Boon

From the Ashes by Reverend Devin DeBry

March 16, 2010

As I look back on my past, I realize how stupid youth makes you. The man I am is completely different from that boy who challenged everyone around him. The tools I fought and trained with have become so much heavier than when I first picked them up. And I know why. They still hold every ounce of rage I had in me. And that’s a burden I no longer have the strength to bear. My heart is lighter, my soul happier. I know that it isn’t rage that makes some one stronger now. I know that hatred doesn’t make you fiercer. All my training, all the experiences born from that hatred and rage have left me blessed, and I know that I am lucky for it. I could have been consumed by my own darkness, and I wasn’t. I stand reborn. I stand whole. For the first time that I can remember, I am at peace. I have bled all negativity that bound me to the past behind. I have broken those chains. For the first time I am realizing my true strength. And it is not one born from muscle, but of heart. I’ve always thought the path I walked was that of the warrior, and lived like a monster. Now I know I am on the path of the protector, the guardian. My abilities were never meant to create more conflict, but to shelter those I hold dear from it. It saddens, and shames me to know that I had to lose some of my loved ones to come to this realization. I regret my stupidity, but I have learned from it. And that makes me grateful. I understand who I am, and who I need to be with so much clarity, that I can only laugh at the foolish child I once was, crude, brash, and arrogant. Those are just some of the nicer things I excelled at then, and I send a heartfelt apology to those that suffered because of this. But that apology is all I can offer in terms of words, I’ve always been one to believe that actions have always spoken louder than words, and I always will. That’s why I wont say sorry anymore, I’ll show it. Everyday that I draw breath will be my apology. “No longer shall I be bound by the darkness in my heart, for I have cleansed it with the purity of love.” I am able to smile again, truly smile. Something I thought I would always have to fake, and it gladdens me to know I did not lose the ability to be joyous. I know there are some out there who feel I don’t have a right to this happiness, and that is their right. But I will not allow anyone to tie my soul in the chains that held it again. The peace I’ve found has empowered me. It has made me stronger, better. My soul flies free, and I wish only to let it soar. And protect everyone, so they may soar when I have been long forgotten. I am becoming the shield for those in my life. No matter how small the bond between us, I will protect everyone for everyone is linked, and everyone is worth protecting. I may not know all the faces, or names of my family, and I don’t need to. For the love I have in my heart encompasses all, and that is the only motivation I need. Strength, hatred, rage. They can only take you so far. But love, and the desire to protect those precious to you, that can take you anywhere. It makes you stronger than anything. Because when your back’s against the wall, and losing means everyone you care about is going to suffer, well that pushes you into a truly remarkable place. You become unstoppable. Not because you want to be the biggest, but because your heart wont let you fail. Not when it means losing everyone you hold close.

Fogs of Time by Reverend Devin DeBry

“Forever in the fog of your mind, never to be truly found again. So quick to disperse what helped shape you. Look through the doubt and pain, to see the light of your heart. Time will tell where you stand after you abolish the darkness that blocks your heart, and leaves you blind. Burn away the unnecessary, and stand reborn.”

Reverend Devin DeBry is our youngest UCM minister.  Devin holds an Associate in Theology from UCM and was ordained in 2008 at the UCM Centennial Celebration. You may reach Devin with questions or comments at http://d_debry@yahoo.com

Equinox Update Reverend April Lussier

March 16, 2010

Come be blessed by the Goddess and Celebrate the joy and playfulness of the young maiden within each of us at  Sabbat  MONDAY NIGHT Mar 22

Spring Equinox  Sabbat  6:30 pm

Location: 895 Le Compte Pl San Jose 95122  Our Gatherings take place in an enclosed patio.    Cost: $20 What to bring: an open heart, snack to share after the ceremony, rattle or drum (optional), shawl for over your shoulders in the cool night air.

Goddess Spirituality Retreats at Salamander Camp

 Spring;  April 9-11, 2010

 Goddess Spirituality Retreats are time of rejuvenation, reclaiming, and connecting deeper with the Divine Feminine.

The retreat includes Sacred Ceremony, Meditation, Movement, Yoga, Healing Ritual, Hiking, Chanting, Drumming, Labyrinth, Sisterhood, Self-care and much more.

 Come celebrate the possibilities of healing and transformation while being held in the loving energy of women and the Great Goddess Mother Earth. 

Salamander Camp is less than 10 minutes outside of Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz mountains.  Easy, close; yet still a world away! 

Cost $185 -200 (sliding scale)

Includes meals, lodging, and Sacred Ceremonies

Nonrefundable deposit of $50 due by March 30th

Arrival: Friday 2-5pm

Depart: Sunday 5 pm

Or the option to stay over Sunday night for an additional cost

 For more information contact: April  (408) 289-9188 or aprillussier@sbcglobal.net

SacredMagic.intuitwebsites.com 

A monthly payment plan can be arranged

 Salamander Camp has hot water showers, complete kitchen (no microwave), wood burning stoves for heat, Futons for sleeping on, composting toilets, electricity, hot tub, lap pool, labyrinth, fairy grotto, hiking trails, etc.

Goddess Spirituality Retreats are one of the Triple Goddess Rituals facilitated by Rev. April Lussier, Metaphysical Eco-feminist Wisewoman and U.C.M. minister, who has been creating and facilitating Sacred Ceremony and Rituals since 1995.

Drive: by Reverend Devin DeBry

March 12, 2010

What makes a person unique? Is it what they wear, who they know, what they do, or how they handle challenges? It is everything. No matter, we will always disappoint those that cherish us. No one can ever truly live up to the expectations others have in us. That’s what makes life both hard, and fun. There are always going to be people who would rather run from problems. Does that make them weak? Does that mean they don’t have the drive to succeed over all adversity?

To me, it doesn’t matter. What matters is how I see myself, and whom I allow in my heart. I am a fighter. I don’t quit no matter what. I will always strive to be the best I can be. And that makes my potential limitless. In my eyes there is nothing more disappointing than people who fail to live up to the potential in all of us. It’s just disgraceful. A slap in the face to whatever you believe in. If you can’t find the strength to face everything, and still stand strong, why bother trying anything? Life is full of obstacles we must overcome. Those of us that refuse to try need to stay out of my way. I seek to completely destroy everything and anything that blocks my way. I know what I want, and one day I will attain it. What makes me strong is my unbending strength of will and my undying resolve. What drives me isn’t fame or money. Those are useless things to strive for. You’ll never have enough. 

What drives me is to become stronger. Strong enough to never have to use my strength again and to have my strength wrap everyone at my side in it. To let those I love and care for always have my strength to rely on. I learned along time ago, quitting isn’t something I know how to do. If I had quit, I’d be blind in one eye, and probably dead. I have the drive to keep going no matter what lays in front of me. Those that wish to be in my heart and life need to know this. No matter what, no matter how you feel about me. I’m always going to be here. I will never stop. I was told long ago that my element was wind, and I have always lived life as a game. Now I’m serious. That playful gust from the past that tugged at everything is gone. In its place is the raging tempest I have become. I don’t seek out conflict. I destroy it. I don’t seek out pain. I obliterate it. I have learned to live life my way. No matter how much pain it causes me. It’s worth it. I once heard, “what’s worth the price, is always worth the fight”, and it’s so damn true. Life is nothing but conflict, and I won’t stop. As long as I can twitch my pinky finger, I will fight for what I believe in. It’s not a matter of what’s in my way anymore. It doesn’t matter to me how long it will take. I’ll be the strongest I know. I have that fire in me. It burns and drives me to be the best. To become what people have learned to expect from me an undying shelter that protects everything. And I’m already getting closer.

 I no longer wonder where my life is going to take me. It doesn’t matter anymore. Anyone who knows me should know I would give every ounce of life I have to shield him or her from all harm. I have no more doubt in my mind. One day, soon, I will be the kind of person that won’t need to flex to show my might. It will just radiate off me, empowering everyone around me. That is my drive to have true strength not might. I always thought of them as the same until now. That is why my life was filled with so much pain. I never understood the difference. Now, it’s all clear to me. I will weather whatever life has to throw at me. I will let those that love me share in my strength, and I will let those that hate me, have that hatred. It will make them stronger. They will one day surpass me, and I revel in that knowledge. It excites me to know that no matter what; I will make those that I’ve known so much stronger.

So, when someone asks me, just how far will I go for those that I love, the answer is simple. I will become whatever is necessary for them, from savior, to monster. My life isn’t my own, for the wind belongs to no one. It gives us all the strength to live. So I will emulate that aspect, and become the unstoppable zephyr that lies in wait for any adversity. I will always triumph. For that is the strength of my resolve. I wont quit. Ever. So be prepared, for the winds have started changing, and they bring forth something truly remarkable.

We’ve all had pain in our lives, we all fail sometimes, but when we look inside, we find the strength to get back up, and continue living. I know it’s not easy, hell; I’ve always been one to take the rougher road no matter what. That’s what makes life worth living, the endless opportunities. For me, all that I’ve endured has given me a talent with the written word, and a creativity I’ve begun to nourish. So no matter what I will go through, what any of us go through, I hope that we will all find away to make our inner pain one of our biggest strengths.

Reverend Devin DeBry is our youngest UCM minister.  Devin holds an Associate in Theology from UCM and was ordained in 2008 at the UCM Centennial Celebration. 

This is Reverend DeBry’s first submission of what we hope is many to the UCM blog.  We would like to encourage all of our ministers and students to share from their hearts the journeys that they are traveling.  You may reach Devin with questions or comments at d_debry@yahoo.com.

Joyful Noise

March 12, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Volume 9 page 10 (3-11-10)

AFFIRMATION

My imagination is a powerful and creative tool.

          In my present ministerial class I have a student who professes to not having an imagination. I had never heard of such a thing and was totally amazed and felt sorry for this individual, because I have been imagining things since as far back as I can remember. I use imagination when I do my affirmations, guided meditation or outrageous daydreams. In fact, I feel that my imagination quite often influences outcomes in the “real” world. 

          I know that no amount of imagining will get me a new home, bring forth an abundance of money or grow more hair; if I don’t take practical steps to make that happen. But, I also know my imagination always precedes transformation. Every important change I’ve made in my life, whether it was a more expansive career, a new home or a different partner, started with an act of imagination. It is by imagining a different future that I am able to leap into the unknown and change my experience of life and create new results. If you can imagine yourself free of pain and suffering, you’ve taken the first step toward that freedom.

Imagination links us to infinite possibilities – a place where all genuine creative insights are born.

          Imagine yourself as an enlightened sage! Begin by calling to mind a guru, saint or another human you deeply admire. It should be someone whose teachings you understand – Jesus, Buddha, Gandhi, St. Teresa of Avila, Mother Theresa, or your own teacher; if that teacher has been a reliable example of enlightenment.

          Now, close your eyes and imagine that the spirit of that person inhabits your body. Inhale, thinking to yourself, “Christ’s love lives within me as my love,” or “Buddha’s state of enlightenment is my enlightenment.” Or, “The courage of Gandhi is my courage.” Or, “The Love and Healing of Mother Teresa” is my healing ability. Exhale, thinking, “that inner state fills my body.”

          Do this for a few moments. Then ask yourself, “How would I move through the world if I truly embodied the qualities of this being? How would I treat myself? How would I be with my partner? My kids? my parents? the people at work? What would it be like to interact with others?”

          Let your imagination completely open to this practice, imagining yourself enlightened, saturated with love. For ten or fifteen minutes act out of that experience. Be the great being you are imagining yourself to be. Act out the quality you want to imbibe. Do this for twenty minutes a day for a week and see how much you will change – by going into your mind’s imagination.

          By training the imagination, harnessing its power, we can use it for creating beauty and truth in the world.

Jokes:

Working as a pediatric nurse, I had the difficult assignment of giving immunization shots to children. One day, I entered the examining room to give four-year-old Lizzie her needle.

‘No, no, no!’ she screamed.

‘Lizzie,’ scolded her mother, ‘that’s not polite behavior.’

With that, the girl yelled even louder, ‘No, thank you! No, thank you!

After the service a young couple talked to a church member about joining the church. He hadn’t met the husband before, and he asked what church he was transferring from.

After a short hesitation, he replied, “I am transferring from the Municipal Golf Course.”

May happiness smile on your world and in your heart.