By

Chris Terry

With this new adventure, HeartSpace is excited to provide a ‘non-Sunday’ opportunity for connection, spiritual growth, support and laughter. SpiritGroups will meet monthly beginning in May, and each group will be autonomous in deciding when to meet and what spiritual topics to explore. Groups are scattered around the DFW Metroplex in order to serve our far-reaching community.

HEY! But first…

The launch is actually in April, and groups will meet weekly in April only and deep dive into our month’s theme: Where Humanity and Divinity Meet — The Gospel of Thomas. This gospel, ahem, didn’t quite make it into the New Testament, and in fact was stashed away in the desert, only to be discovered over a thousand years later. When you see and understand what it says, you’ll know why , but suffice it to say that Thomas’s Jesus wants us to know for ourselves who we are by going within and discovering our own divinity. Sound intriguing? Here’s the rest of the details.

April groups will meet weekly for 1.5 – 2 hours in

  • Far North Dallas – Mondays
  • Old East Dallas – Wednesdays
  • Ft. Worth and
  • (possibly) Murphy

Everything is provided, so all you have to do is show up. Each week’s gathering will build on material from the Sunday message. No worries if you’re not a Sunday attender or you miss a Sunday, because the talks will be available on our YouTube channel first thing Monday mornings. Alternatively, you can join us virtually via Facebook Live each Sunday at 11am.

Once April ends, you can keep with your group, or opt out if it’s not your cup of tea. If you have questions, please shoot us an email here. If you wanna see me talking about this, go here. Thanks, y’all, and happy travels.

HeartSpace Spiritual Center, following the principles of the Science of Mind & Spirit, affirms the inherent value of all people and thus the belief that all people are worthy of safety, respect and equality. We stand for the dignity of all people, rather than standing against anything. Out of this spiritual conviction is born… MARCH 11 @ 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Foundations is the class that starts the adventure. Join fellow travelers for this ten week free class and become immersed in self-discovery and revelation within an experiential format of discussion, lecture, sharing and process. Learn it, embody it, and watch your life change from the inside out. Please email reachout@heartspacedallas.org with your name and phone number. Every Thursday in March.

Head’s Up: If you want to skip the emotion-dump, my prayer is at the bottom.

What Appears to Be Hell

Today, September 21, is the International Day of Peace, designated by the United Nations as a yearly observance of the possibility of peace on our planet. Right. I can’t find it in me to feel it. That’s unusual for me because I’m an eternal optimist, a person that can find my way through to the Eternal Presence (aka Spirit or God) at the darkest of times. But not this year. I realize my last post was awhile ago, and in the midst of my Dark Night of the Soul, and I run the risk of appearing like a doom-sayer or debbie-downer. I don’t care.

Here in America, two more black men were killed by police this week. What I want to know is why the pattern is hard for so many people to see. At what point can we look it in the face and, in plain speak, say the way things are is not working for people of color? (Truthfully, it ain’t working for anyone, but some are more aware and more directly affected.) When can we quit taking personally the idea that we’re all infected, karmically so because of America’s history, and get on with a damn cure? I don’t want to bitch or try to present the facts. I’ve learned it doesn’t help. Those who see don’t need persuading and those who cannot see can’t be swayed, not until something shifts inside of them. And that brings me back to an essential truth, thank god: My job at this moment is to shift what’s inside of me, to restore my own self to right seeing, right thinking, right action. I can be restored through spiritual mind treatment, or affirmative prayer, so without further ramblings…

 

Proclaiming Heaven

Life is undivided wholeness. Love is omni-Presence. Light is an undimmable reality. Known by many names and yet un-nameable, this Life-Love-Light is Spiritual Essence, is G-o-d. This Presence is more than my awareness, truer than my doubts, and it indwells me though I rage at its apparent absence. There is but One Life and that life is my life now.

I speak my word and proclaim heaven in the midst of what appears to be hell, to stand firmly in the idea that there is more than what I see right now. I embrace my deep knowing that before, between and beyond the violence, injustice and upheaval that appear on the world stage, there is something more powerful, enduring and harmonious — Spiritual Truth. In this moment, I allow that Truth to have its way with me and restore me to peace, poise and power. Breath by breath, I am remembering; I am surrendering…… I. Am.

In the center of the center, I affirm that divine right action is revealed to me by my innermost Self. What is mine to do is, even at this very moment, becoming clear to me. Restored to my right mind, I am impelled to act in accordance with my most deeply held spiritual truth, and I become a way shower unto myself, my community and my planet. And it is enough; I am enough. My words are wings, and a balm across the Earth.

Truth known fully is truth demonstrated, and upon this I build a house of love, upon the bedrock of goodness. I. Am. That. I. Am. And I am made whole.

And So It Is / Ashé / Amen / Aho

 

There is a still small voice that calls to us, telling us that there is something that only we can do. A calling, a higher purpose, a passion, a way of being or doing in the world. But we sometimes ignore it — maybe we’re afraid of it or believe we’re not up to what feels like the impossible.

In this talk, Rev. Chris uses Christian scripture to illustrate that we are not alone in our callings or our fears. She also reminds us that it’s not just little old us that can make the vision happen; it’s actually the presence of Spirit in us and that, in fact, if we can do it ourselves, the vision isn’t big enough!

Metaphysician Ernest Holmes said the world has learned all it can through suffering; modern day researcher Brene Brown says we humans are built for struggle. How do we find middle ground in this seeming dichotomy and move forward so that we can stand in right relationship to our humanness? Chris shares the wisdom she learned in Alcoholics Anonymous and in the Science of Mind & Spirit to come to a practical and positive understanding of how to live in the balance.

Forgiveness is fine for the smaller things in life, but how do you forgive the unforgivable–the most horrific and unthinkable acts that can’t possibly be forgiven? David Blakey tells how he walked through a heart-wrenching story of friendship, suffering, hardship and being there because it’s the right thing to do. He describes the heartbreak of a friend as her mother is dying of cancer, and that mother having to attend her daughter’s funeral. What do you do when there’s no one else to do the hard things in life? David’s talk describes showing up and doing the next right thing that was in front of him because there was no one else who could. The story takes him through his own process of grief, anger and ultimately, forgiveness.

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