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August, 2016

August 2016 Theme – A Positive Path: The Road to Peace, Fulfillment and Happiness (for Unity)

Unity is described as a “positive path for spiritual living.” This is an apt description, as these beautiful teachings offer us a clear and direct road map for a way of living in peace, fulfillment and happiness. They don’t promise that we will never experience hills and valleys, but they do offer a clear and direct way to approach them. This month, we will explore those approaches.

August 2016, Talk 1 – “It Really is All Consciousness”
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: If you have not already taught the seven elements of consciousness from previous NTST lessons, then this description and the talk will need a slight tweak to make them all new rather than just the eighth one.]
A fundamental tenet of our teachings is that our consciousness creates our lives. But what, exactly, is our consciousness? Today we will explore the seven elements that comprise our consciousness (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes, words and actions) and we will add an eighth – never before revealed, yet the one that brings everything together. Come find out what it is!

August 2016, Talk 2 – “The Life Within You Is . . .”
The Life within you is the Life of God, and this Life is Truth, Beauty, Harmony and Wholeness. The Mind within you is the Mind of God, and this Mind is the governing Principle of your Life. The Power within you is the Power of God, and this Power is your Divine Authority to create. These amazing concepts, which we will explore in depth today, lead us to a life of peace, fulfillment and happiness. 

August 2016, Talk 3 – “Building Your Tomorrow Today”
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: This talk involves a ritual that will need to be set up. Set up details are in the talk script.]
One of the outstanding things that Jesus taught was that the mistakes of yesterday can be canceled, that God’s creation is always taking place, and that, no matter what the experiences of yesterday may have been, they can be changed. Jesus did not seem to think that this change required months and years of strenuous effort. Rather, he knew that God wishes only Good for everyone and that good can be brought about in the twinkling of an eye. Today, in a powerful, personal experience, we release yesterday and build a strong tomorrow filled with peace, fulfillment and happiness!

August 2016, Talk 4 – “Principle is Not Bound by Precedent” 
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: This talk involves a simple magic trick with a few props, which may need to be purchased ahead of time. And, at the end, either you or someone from your congregation will give a [personal story of how they have applied the four steps. Details are in the talk script.]
Following our significant work of last week, today we continue to break free of the bonds of yesterday to live fully today and in all of our tomorrows. Through a four-step practice, we will firmly fix in our consciousness (remember the eight elements of consciousness explored the first Sunday of the month?) that Principle is never bound by precedent and that we can create new ways of living in peace, fulfillment and happiness.


August 2016 Theme – A Living Faith: The Road to Peace, Fulfillment and Happiness (for Religious Science)

The Science of Mind is described as a “faith, a philosophy and a way of life.” That is an apt description, as these beautiful teachings offer us a clear and direct road map for a way of living in peace, fulfillment and happiness. They don’t promise that we will never experience hills and valleys, but they do offer a clear and direct way to approach them. This month, we will explore concepts from Dr. Holmes’ “Living the Science of Mind” with some other powerful ideas thrown in for good measure!

August 2016, Talk 1 – “It Really is All Consciousness”
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: If you have not already taught the seven elements of consciousness from previous NTST lessons, then this description and the talk will need a slight tweak to make them all new rather than just the eighth one.]
A fundamental tenet of our teachings is that our consciousness creates our lives. But what, precisely, is our consciousness? Today we will explore the seven elements that comprise our consciousness (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values, attitudes, words and actions) and we will add an eighth – never before revealed, yet the one that brings everything together. Come find out what it is!

August 2016, Talk 2 – “The Life Within You Is . . .”
The Life within you is the Life of God, and this Life is Truth, Beauty, Harmony and Wholeness. The Mind within you is the Mind of God, and this Mind is the governing Principle of your Life. The Power within you is the Power of God, and this Power is your Divine Authority to create. These amazing concepts, which we will explore in depth today, lead us to a life of peace, fulfillment and happiness. 

August 2016, Talk 3 – “Building Your Tomorrow Today”
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: This talk involves a ritual that will need to be set up. Set-up details are in the talk script.]
In “Living the Science of Mind,” Holmes writes, “One of the outstanding things that Jesus taught was that the mistakes of yesterday can be canceled, that God’s creation is always taking place, and, no matter what the experiences of yesterday may have been, they can be changed. Jesus did not seem to think that this change required months and years of strenuous effort. . . he knew that God wishes only Good for everyone.” Today, in a powerful, personal experience, we release yesterday and build a strong tomorrow filled with peace, fulfillment and happiness!

August 2016, Talk 4 – “Principle is Not Bound by Precedent” 
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: This talk involves a simple magic trick with a few props, which may need to be purchased ahead of time. And, at the end, either you or someone from your congregation will give a [personal story of how they have applied the four steps. Details are in the talk script.]
Following our significant work of last week, today we continue to break free of the bonds of yesterday to live fully today and in all of our tomorrows. Through a four-step process offered by Holmes, we will firmly fix in our consciousness (remember the eight elements of consciousness explored the first Sunday of the month?) that Principle is never bound by precedent and that, at any moment, we can create new ways of living in peace, fulfillment and happiness.