August 2014 Theme – The Heat Is On
It is August, and the heat is on -- outdoors as well as here at [name of center]. This month, we will turn up the heat on the Divine Invitation concepts we explored last month, and particularly those we explored last week. We will deepen into the practices of Blueprinting, Bridging and Building the life that is our answer to the Divine Invitation. It will be a hot month at [name of center], so be sure to be with us!
August 2014, Talk 1 –“But, What Does It Look Like?”
Often times, when we are asked to describe what we want, we immediately begin describing what we don’t want. For some reason, that seems easier for us. And while contrasting what “it” is with what “it” isn’t is an important distinction, eventually we must be able to say what the answer to the Divine Invitation looks like and claim it to be ours. Today, we clarify and claim our blueprint for that life.
August 2014, Talk 2 – “We Actually Can Get There From Here”
Yes, we actually can get there from here -- if we are willing to bridge the gap, even when the terrain gets shaky and uncomfortable. Today, we will shine the light on what may be causing the bridge to rock and roll, and we will put one foot in front of the other to cross it anyway.
August 2014, Talk 3 – “The Tools Needed”
Hammers, saws, pliers, levels, drills, nail finishers and wrenches, as well as the “know how” to use these tools, are all necessary to erect a new building or structure. Powerful spiritual tools and the “know how” to use them are needed to build a larger consciousness that makes us a welcoming space for our highest dreams and desires. Today, you will receive seven spiritual tools – the Sacred Seven – that will help you build that welcoming consciousness.
[Ministers’ Note: If you have some or all of the building tools physically and pull them out of a bag or a tool kit at the beginning of your talk, that would make a fun vision. Also, create a hand out of the Sacred Seven tools. A PDF example is provided, along with a Word document of the copy. Produce them 2 to a page (landscape) on an 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of card stock. You can also have them blow up into posters, frame them and hang them around your center.]
August 2014, Talk 4 – “Building the Life”
We’ve blueprinted, we’ve bridged and we’ve employed the Sacred Seven spiritual tools. Today, we turn up the heat by using all of that as the springboard for building the life that is our answer to the Divine Invitation. It is a life that brings us joy and abundance, a life that serves the greater good, a life in which the Divine is expressed uniquely and powerfully as and through us. It is a life that is truly glorious and one each of us richly deserves!
August 2014, Talk 5 – “The Finished Product – For Now”
Today we celebrate a job well done and reap the rewards of a life lived in answer to the Divine Invitation.
[Ministers’Note: Preplan to have 2 congregants speak for 5-7 minutes about how they have done just that. Or, record their stories in advance and show on video.]
As I turn up the heat of my intention and combine it with my focused attention, I quickly and easily get from “here” to “there,” realizing that both “here” and “there” are joy-filled, abundant and glorious places to be!