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

Ongoing Events:

  •  Laughter Yoga: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Tuesday of the month from 5:30 p.m to 6:15 pm ,      http://www.facebook.com/BVLYC  for more information.
  • A Course In Miracles Study Group: Currently on recess

 

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

February 18, 2012 at 4:32 pm Leave a comment

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 Leave a comment

Working our Garden

A few weeks ago, we spent some time setting intentions, with a burning bowl ceremony to release anything that obstructs our visions from manifesting.

We say change your thinking, change your life, but your reality was not created with one thought, but possibly millions – and billions!  So, while spiritual mind treatment and affirmations do work, we also need to continue our spiritual work to change our thought and keep it changed.

A popular metaphor in New Thought is working in a garden.   While we know a seed can produce, we can’t just say to a carrot seed:  I affirm you are a carrot!   There is a process.

1)     When we want to grow something, we get the seed we want, and plant it.

2)     We need to nourish it with water on a regular basis.

3)     The plant needs a certain amount of sun or warmth.

4)     We weed out the unwanted plants.

We can’t make the seed grow – we can only provide the means by which it can grow.  Once you set an intention, we use the same process in our mental gardens.

1)      Water our seeds:     We want to nourish our seeds of intentions with spiritual nutrients.  The work is not to produce a thing but to grow in consciousness of the vision we desire.

We might say affirmations, making sure to affirm it as true now, not in the future.  Jack Canfield shared his idea of making a jingle of your affirmations:   I’m vitally alive at 165!      I feel so free as ________________comes to me.

 You could also read some inspiring spiritual literature or biographies of people who have achieved what you want.  You might create a vision board or listen to inspiring CD’s.  Find some way to daily keep your intentions foremost in your mind.

In  working our inner garden, we want to keep intuition attuned to Divine Guidance.   Ask, “What do I need to know or do?  Or what’s my next step?”   The message may come as words or a picture or symbol.  Find some way to use that direction.  We are making the divine our creative partner, who we call upon for help, for guidance, for inspiring ideas.

2)     Warmth: The seeds in our garden need warmth to grow.   In our inner garden, we provide warmth for our intentions through our feelings.   Feeling is key to creating a new reality, feeling as if it’s already done.

Visualize yourself as having or doing the thing you want, successfully achieving the results you want.  See it as already completed now.   Now add as many details as you can – how will you act, what will you be doing?   You might picture acknowledgement of your achievement.  Add the feelings of fulfilling this goal. What would that be?    Feeling confident, the enjoyment of completion, feeling ease, power, elation, self-respect – whatever feelings you would have in manifesting this goal.

3)     Weeding:   Weeding is a fact of gardening, to remove unwanted plants.  Do we weed one time?  Hardly.  We have to continue to remove those unwanted thoughts that take up nutrients and can choke out your planted intentions.     Does a gardener pull out a weed and say “How disgusting and horrible you are!”   No, he or she just removes it.

In the garden of our mind, it’s best not to label the mental weed too harshly.   It has served some purpose, usually some kind of protection. What you resist persists.  Best to accept the conflict and have compassion for that part of yourself.  To be whole, all parts of yourself get a seat at the table.  Then you might counter the negative thought or feeling with the truth, the desired reality.

Sometimes negative thoughts and feelings are resistance to the process – doubt, fear, depression, lethargy.    Who’s kidding who?  This will never work for me.  Using resistance is part of weight training to build strength, as the muscle works against the weight.  In same way, let each occurrence of emotional resistance build spiritual strength.

 

Now I know you’re thinking – do I have to spend hours on this?  Now switching metaphors  – in learning to plan a musical instrument or a new language, how much time would you spend every day?   30 minutes?  At least 15.

Is it worth 10-15 minutes a day to create a new reality?   It doesn’t take hours, just consistent and concentrated focus.  You can certainly spend more in meditation or reading.   Daily spend some time in your mental garden, growing your planted intention into reality.

Watering:  With some affirmations for your goals, an inspiring quote

Warmth:   Visualize and feel as if accomplished.

Weeding:   Face and release any resistances or obstacles

May you all grow beautiful gardens of visions this year, manifesting your heart’s desires.

I am the master gardener of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

 

January 11, 2014 at 11:34 am Leave a comment

Sunday October 27th Dr. Nafukho on Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Fred Nafukho, head of TAMU Dept. of Educational Administration and Human Development, has been studying and writing about emotional intelligence for 12 years.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive and monitor our own and others’ emotions as a guide in understanding and responding to them.

In addition to an intelligence quotient, or IQ, we also have an EQ, which is the measure of emotional intelligence. Though IQ has been seen as the measure of success, Dr. Nafukho argues that to be successful, EQ skills of self-awareness, self-regulation and social intelligence are equally, if not more important than IQ. As IQ can be increased, there are also ways to increase EQ in emotional awareness and response.

Dr. Nafukho has published over 120 articles, book chapters, and books on emotional intelligence, adult learning, organizational learning and performance improvement, evaluation in organizations, and investment in human capital development.

October 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Sunday October 20th, 2013

Please join us this Sunday, October 20th for our 10:30 am service. Rev. Gena Gilcrease will be speaking on “Are you looking for a sign?”

Often on our spiritual journey, we are looking for a sign for guidance or other things such as health, prosperity, love. We look for a sign that our prayers are answered. We want to explore how signs are everywhere and how to use them.

October 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Sunday October 6th, 2013

The autumn season is finally upon us, with shorter days and increasingly cooler weather – finally!
That’s part of Rev. Gena’s talk this Sunday: “The Tipping Point: the Large Power of Little Thing…s.”
We often think that it’s the big things, actions, and events in our lives that are the most significant. But often it’s the little things that have power and make all the difference.
We hope you will join us for this talk and discussion.

October 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm Leave a comment

Sunday September 15th

Rev. Gena Gilcrease will give a talk on “Act as If – Take Two.”

September 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Coming Events

Hello dear Unity Community:

In this time of difficulty, we think of those suffering in Boston and here in Texas.  We help through our  spiritual work and send our prayers for comfort, healing, and peace.

My talk this coming Sunday April 21st  is “Meditation is not what you think.”  We have a meditation time in our service every Sunday, but I don’t think we’ve talked about what it is, what it means, and different options for practice.    I have increased my attention to my meditation practice, and it is so worthwhile.

Also, put on your calendars our next movie on Friday, April 26th at 7:00 pm.

The movie “What the (Bleep) do we know?”    It came out about 8 years ago, but it was one of the first major metaphysical films  to explore how our individual and group consciousness can influence the material world.    The film combines documentary interviews, graphics and a narrative to explore the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness.

Many blessings,
Rev Gena

 

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April 19, 2013 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

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