Welcome to the Unity Spiritual Center of the Brazos Valley

Who we are: Unity is a positive path for spiritual living.  Unity believes that God is present within us, giving power to our word and thought to create our reality.  Unity provides ways to become aware of the inner light.

Our Vision Statement: We are a center of light and love for this community, holding the truth of our Divine nature.

Sunday Service:  10:30 A.M.  – everyone is invited!

Our Minister: Rev. Gena Gilcrease     email: revgena@gmail.com

 

Telephone: 979 324-9857 or use our contact form.

February 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Beloved

My talk last week was indirectly inspired by the film Birdman.  In the film the main character, played by Michael Keaton, is directing and starting in a play based on the Raymond Carver short story, “What we talk about when we talk about love.”  He’s trying to redeem his life and career in which he rose to fame as the superhero Birdman.

What really inspired the talk and discussion was the prologue to the film, taken from Carver’s wonderful poem.  This also inspired a Spiritual Mind Treatment to the Center for Spiritual Living minister’s list serve, which I thought you might enjoy.

SPIRITUAL MIND TREATMENT for March 4, 2015

“And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did. And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth.”           
Raymond Carver

 As we turn to the Infinite Source of all love, we open to the feeling of unconditional love. This love is so complete, there is nothing we could ever do or not do to change it in any way. Everything has been in perfect order, a journey to the unfolding of our divine self.

I unite fully with this wellspring of love, feeling it radiate from the depths of my inner being. I invite Divine love to flow to me and through me. I call myself beloved; I am the beloved of the Beloved.   I feel myself beloved on this earth, right here and now, with nothing that needs to change or improve, only something to know. As I fully embrace and affirm myself, so I more deeply and easily embrace and affirm all others. This love and acceptance flows from me and radiates to all beings, so they too feel themselves beloved.

How wonderful it is to feel beloved and to be an affirming presence of love in the world. I am grateful.   I release this word, now it is the truth.

And so it is.

March 6, 2015 at 3:47 pm

Spiritual Mind Treatment for February

I like to choose an alliterative theme for each month. February brings faith, focus, and freedom.

I know there is an infinite Creative Power, from which everything in the seen and unseen world emanates. Everything is an outpicturing of this One: for there is only one life, that life is God, that life is perfect, that life is my life now. As an expression of God, I am thinking as God, seeing as God, living as God.
I speak my word and know that I am anchored in faith in this Divine Power. I trust that this Power is fully operating in my life and is infinitely and continually available. My faith gives me a panoramic focus, knowing the Allness of God; my faith gives me a close-up focus, bringing a conscious awareness to everything I see, everything I do, and as my very being. Having this deep faith gives me great freedom, for I know that I am always guided and guarded, that I am always loved, lavished, and led perfectly, and that all is well. I know all this is the truth for everyone who reads these words.
I give thanks for my deep faith in the Divine. I release these words, know it is already done. Amen.

February 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

Many blessings

I spoke on Sunday on “Living a Bless-ful Life,” as an attitude being blessed and blessing others is living a blissful life.   It makes such an enormous difference if we approach our days with gratitude and appreciation

Appreciation is also a financial term.  To appreciate is to grow in value; to depreciate is to decrease in value.   In the same way, as we appreciate what we have in life, we grow in value and abundance.

As we approach Thanksgiving, we are reminded more clearly of our blessings.   Of course, this should not be the only time of the year we give thanks, but we can use this focus to set a gratitude practice to continue throughout the year.

The people present gave some really wonderful ideas of how to start the habit of gratitude.

–  Keep a gratitude journal – to start off your day or to remember at the end of the day.  It doesn’t even have to be as formal as writing, but it could be a practice of grateful thinking for a few minutes as you wake.

– On walking, being grateful for everything you see – the clouds, the trees, everything.  Grateful to be able to stand, walk, hear, see, smell.

– Thinking of all the people who have served you in the day and give thanks.

– Putting gratitude in action – speaking kindly to a weary clerk, leaving an extra tip, making a call to check on someone.

– Put gratitude cards around your house or car or work, with “Thank you,” or “I am so blessed.”

– A specific blessing with meals – as in the Buddhist prayer “Thank you for this food and all the ways and means it has come to me.”  Thinking of all the work, all the hands – in planting, harvesting, packaging, shipping – just so I could eat this fresh food.

The 13th century spiritual teacher Meister Eckhart said “If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you, that would suffice.”

I hope you take this opportunity to choose a practice of giving thanks that will make an attitude of gratitude prominent in your life.  As you bless and feel blessed, so you will enter into bliss.

Thanks to you!

 

November 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

Information and Inspiration

I promised to send information about how to download The Game of Life by Florence Scovell Shin and other New Thought authors.   Go to newthoughtlibrary.com, a great source of inspiration.   There are books by Ernest Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and many more.

Also, if you want to hear or  revisit the talk we streamed by Rev. Howard Cesar, go to unityhouston.org, go to media, then to video library, and search for “Creative Readiness” on July 13, 2014.   It’s a great talk.

Blessings to you!

October 24, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Information and Inspiration

I promised to send information about how to download The Game of Life by Florence Scovell Shin and other New Thought authors.   Go to newthoughtlibrary.com, a great source of inspiration.   There are books by Ernest Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emma Curtis Hopkins, and many more.

Also, if you want to hear or  revisit the talk we streamed by Rev. Howard Cesar, go to unityhouston.org, go to media, then to video library, and search for “Creative Readiness” on July 13, 2014.   It’s a great talk.

Blessings to you!

 

 

October 24, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Spiritual Evolution

In last Sunday’s service, I read one of my short stories, kind of a metaphysical science fiction dealing with the evolution of consciousness and our part in it.

The story sparked a very lively discussion, whether we as a species and planet are moving to a higher state, and we agreed we are.  We also touched on the evolution from primates to homo sapiens and what made that change into human consciousness – the “missing link.”   In much the same way, what will be the missing link from where we are now to a species with an evolved consciousness?

I’ve been reading some books by a CSL minister, Mark Gilbert:  Our Evolutionary Journey. and Becoming a Spiritual Change Agent.  In that book he asks:

So you want to change the world?  Do you look at the world as it currently exists and recognize that there is a higher possibility to be created?  Do you feel an internal calling to use your talents and passions to move us towards a positive future?

I bought these for my kindle, but you can read them on your computer.  When you find them on Amazon, down in the right-hand corner there is a link to get a free kindle app to read it on computers, tablets, and smart phones.  Mark has a lot more information on the subject on his website:  consciousbridge.com

I want to continue to explore these ideas on ways we can make a difference in the world by being spiritual change agents.   We are part of the great change – we are the missing link – we are the change we wish to see in the world.

 

 

September 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Love is my Decision

Recently in services we sang the wonderful song by Daniel Nahmod called “Love is my Decision.”

What would it be like if you made Love your decision?  To be more loving?  To be a presence of loving kindness and light?

I think first it’s a decision for love for yourself, to know that you are infinitely loved by a loving presence.  When you feel loved, it’s easier to be a loving presence, to feel compassion and love for others.

We can make love our decision, and that’s good.   But we don’t always remember it.  We need to reaffirm that decision at times, to keep it foremost.  One idea is to download the song from the CD One Power by Daniel Nahmod and listen to it.  You might do spiritual readings on love, like St. Paul’s letter to the Cornithians.

I sent you a copy of my Little Book of Great Love.  I was about to publish it on Kindle but decided it needed interactive exercises and questions for the reader to elicit more love.  I’m inviting you to go on this journey;  just read one of these short pieces and affirmations every day, and if you can, read and respond to the questions, either in thought in writing.   It’s one meditation and affirmation for 21 days, the length of time said to instill a habit.  I would really appreciate any feedback you can give me.

Love is my decision.   How does that work?   A decision is a thought, and love is a feeling.   It’s really a decision to be more heart centered, to center in your heart, to connect with others from the heart, to speak from the heart.  We listened to Shamanic drumming by Angelika, as listening to the beat of our heart.   You can do that at any time, by listening to your own heart beat.

The first day’s meditation is called:

  1. 1.     What is Love?

Love is one of the most frequently used words in our language.  Sacred texts and leaders of many religions have praised love as a high principle and virtue.   Many poems and songs express the joy and pain of love.  Do we need to define love to know what it is?   Love has many so facets: joy, compassion, caring, affection, cherishing, tenderness, devotion, passion, agape, or an embrace of Spirit and all humanity.  We can enter into love through any of these gates.  What we focus on and practice becomes stronger.  As we can exercise and strengthen our physical heart, so we can strengthen our feeling heart.  Is there a difference between loving ice cream and being one with infinite love?  Only in degrees.  Any instance of love starts the flow:  love-joy for the sunrise, loving the fresh coffee, the smell of fresh cut grass, having compassion for an angry person, or an act of simple kindness.  We can exercise our love muscle all day long, without lifting a finger, but by lifting our hearts.

Today I open my heart to the Power of love.  I allow the warmth and light of love to uplift me in oneness, in joy, and in peace.   

Think on these things:

Where in your life can you feel more love?

Have you felt the power of love in your life?   Engage that memory right now.

Who or what do you love today?   Any form of love can connect your spirit.

Repeat this sentence ten times:  I love _______________.  With different things that you love.

Think of an affirmation proclaiming the power of love moving in your life.

 I will continue this focus on Love on Sunday, 2/23.    We really can’t talk too much about love – it is our spiritual purpose and the greatest meaning in our lives.

February 22, 2014 at 1:29 pm

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