Greetings, Beloveds!

Yay! We are starting a new month and a new theme: Being Present. Not that last month’s theme wasn’t great; but “revealing my true self” turned out to be a lot of work – rewarding, fulfilling, life-altering, and worth it! Now it’s time to rest in the present moment. And who preaches on the present moment better than anyone? Eckert Tolle, author of The Power of Now. So, dust off your copy stuffed toward the back of your bookshelf and join us at Unity for another exciting month.

“‘I cannot live with myself any longer.’ This was the thought that kept repeating itself in my mind. Then suddenly I became aware of what a peculiar thought it was. ‘Am I one or two? If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me: the “I” and the “self” that “I” cannot live with.’ ‘Maybe,’ I thought, ‘only one of them is real.’” – Eckert Tolle, The Power of Now, on starting his journey toward discovering the Self.

Our Affirmation for the month of August for our Being Present theme is:

I live in the now, and divine understanding is active in me.

Haven’t you always wondered what it really means to “live in the now”? Now, (haha) is your chance to grasp this concept fully as you move from understanding to Understanding, one of our 12 Powers of Christ in [hu]man. Not only will this concept become clear, it will transform from a concept to a reality you can implement in your life with grace.

In sharing my excitement with you, I will also share more quotes from the book, The Power of Now:

“When you listen to a thought, you are aware not only of the thought but also of yourself as the witness of the thought. A new dimension of consciousness has come in.”

“The mind, to ensure that it remains in control, seeks continuously to cover up the present moment with past and future.”

“When you remember the past, you reactivate a memory trace—and you do so now. … When you think about the future, you do it now. Past and future obviously have no reality of their own. Just as the moon has no light of its own, but can only reflect the light of the sun, so are past and future only pale reflections of the light, power, and reality of the eternal present. Their reality is ‘borrowed’ from the Now.”

“Be present as the watcher of your mind.”
[Don’t worry, we’ll practice this one together.]

“Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”

“Instead of quoting the Buddha, be the Buddha.”

Please join us throughout the month for an entire series on Living In the Present, at Unity of the Sierra.

Blessings!
Toni king, Spiritual Advisor