As we begin the second quarter of the year, it’s time to let you know about one of our biggest plans for the next year or so: we are putting it out there to find a new property for Unity of Sedona. It’s been obvious nearly since my arrival that we need more room for attendees on Sunday. We really have maxed-out our space in the sanctuary as well as our number of parking spaces. Also, our current buildings are old enough that they need consistent work, which can be quite costly. So please help us manifest a new property through your prayers, donations, visualizations, and overall support.
In the meantime, we would appreciate it if you would all continue to attend our Sacred Services and other events as often as possible–especially if you live locally. In fact, many of you have already been kind enough to let us know that you occasionally watch our services from home–which is fine when you sometimes need to stay home to take care of yourself in various ways.
One thing is certain however; locally we are anchoring the Light of God and Christ Consciousness more than ever before. But now we are seeing evidence of doing the same thing globally through our online live services. And if you read the posts from our viewers from around the world, it is clear that many lives are being changed through our work at Unity of Sedona. And what I explained recently to our attendees (from near and far), the folks who attend in person are grounding the energy, intention, and Consciousness brought through in our services and those who view us online are the recipients of this joined effort, and then pass it along in their own way. So attending in person or online each have their own unique qualities and benefits, but if you live locally, it really adds a lot to Divine Transmission when you attend in person.
It’s time once again for one of our monthly updates–which also features a list/ad of all of our events for the month–as well as our ongoing events.
The main thing we want to share with you this month is a simple review of how proud and excited we are for having so many blessings bestowed upon us. After hearing the feedback [posted below] from everyone at our annual meeting, we were reminded once again about the beauty, power, depth, and love that is felt in all that we do. I know it scares and triggers some people, but if they approach those reactions with love and responsibility, it is surely to take them to a new level of consciousness. If not, they will be given another opportunity at another place and time.
But for those of us who choose to grow in consciousness and responsible self-awareness . . . great things will continue to come our way. This year at Unity, we have already scheduled several amazing new events and projects and are activating a couple of new community teams. One of these teams, for example, is our “Compassionate Care Team,” which consists of some of our Chaplains who are dedicated to tending to the needs of our members when they are ill or in crisis.
To learn more about some of our upcoming events and/or our projects and teams, feel free to ask our office staff OR our Board Members.
Love & Light,
Michael Mirdad ￼
FEEDBACK FROM OUR MEMBERS:
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST AT UNITY OF SEDONA?
~Jennifer: I love all of the learning and laughter.
~Lori: Unity is my family. I feel accepted for who I REALLY am–the Christ Light.
~Mary Lou: The healthy hugs and permission for affection.
~Gail: Camaraderie and the great vibe.
~Joy: I love the focus on God and Christ Consciousness every day.
~Jeff: The Community, and the teachings on Sundays as well as at workshops.
~Mary: Genuineness. You can feel it when you walk in. The teachings AND the applications of those teachings.
~Jonathan: I love the emphasis on God first, Self second, Others third.
~JaShua: Friendliness…and that we are taught to succeed and be better people.
~Serena: I love the music and dance and celebration.
~Judy: We all love our guest musicians.
~Glenn: Our Chaplain program is incredible. I love being a part of it.
~Linden: We are blessed and fortunate to have a teacher like Michael Mirdad. I also really enjoy our café on Sundays–which is where I met all my friends in Sedona.
~Donna: When you walk in, there’s a pulse, a heartbeat.
~Carla: The love here is palpable; in fact, a light-being came to me a week before I started attending.
Sandra: I always feel validated, not criticized. “It’s like you read my mail.”
~Gail: Michael and the Board Members have so much integrity
~Linda Mae: I love the depth. You just don’t find that everywhere else.
~Michael Mirdad: As much as I’ve been a gift to you, you all have been a gift to me. It’s quite a blessing and the perfect marriage. We, together, are making a difference and are being such a major influence of Christ Consciousness here in Sedona.
As we move into February, we are also sitting in the center of the sign of Aquarius. And for those of us who followed the “12 Holy Days & Nights of Christmas” process, this month symbolizes the sign of Libra.
What all of this means is that we can expect this month to be a time of learning to get off the fence and commit to making decisions–especially decisions that will bring the most good to humanity (or people around us). But this period of time also calls us to make our decisions with God as our Guide.
Adding to all of this, we also enter February with the effects of a rare “Super Blue Blood Moon” glowing above our heads. It’s called a “super moon” because of its unique level of glow; a blue moon because it’s the second full moon of the month; a blood moon because of the rare red coloration it will take this month; and the moon is even going to be an eclipsed moon (in some parts of the world). And, as should be obvious, all of these combined are rare indeed–as is the opportunity this lunar symbol brings us.
Most people will experience this lunar time period as magnifying endings and changes in their lives–which I’ve been emphasizing now for several weeks. We’re even witnessing this in the form of a few of our most consistent attendees passing away–which we have not experienced in the eight years I’ve been here.
A full moon in itself is known to be related to a time of magnified emotions. And when a moon is red, it symbolizes a time when things held beneath the surface will rise to be seen and/or experienced. It’s like our skin turning red when blood rushes towards the surface of our skin. So extra self-awareness would be wise during this time–especially if you are a sensitive type of person.
With all this said, it’s important to now point out that although most people will experience this period of a full, red, blue, and eclipsed moon as a time of previously unseen or unknown issues coming to the surface, those who choose to remain attuned to God, and our Inner Christ, will have a completely different experience. We are capable of experiencing this period as one of incredible Guidance and awakening.
If we allow ourselves to experience this lunar process as a dance with the Holy Spirit (or Divine Mother), then She will evoke mostly new levels of awareness and personal growth. In other words, for those of us who lack a connection with the Holy Spirit/Divine Mother, we can count on this month (and lunar period) having the effect of “exposing” previously unexposed issues and lessons for us to deal with. But for those of us who are humble enough and are indeed connected to the Holy Spirit/Divine Mother, we can count on this month being one of “awakening to new levels of Spiritual Guidance.”
In this greater symbolism (for those who are ready for it), the red moon symbolizes the blood of our spiritual birth–a new level of awareness and a new level of receiving miracles on a more regular basis. So do what you can to make the greater choice during this lunar process–the greater choice to be born again in Spirit and allow this to be your first priority–no matter what others may say.
Wow! There are so many things to share with you. Where do I begin?
Let’s start by reminding everyone that the more we are “conscious” and put our consciousintention into something, the more empowered that particular thing becomes. The problem is, this law is as true for ego-based intentions as it is for God-centered intentions. So, many people seem proud when they can manifest something in their lives, not realizing that it’s still possibly an ego-based creation. The solution, of course, is to Create with God instead of with our ego. This is the topic of our annual FREE lecture on “Co-creating a New Life,” which you can read about in the ad below.
However, one of the main points I am leading to is how we, at Unity of Sedona, have co-created (with God) our best year ever–in 2017–and are already feeling the inspirations to create an even better year in 2018.
One of our best qualities is that we always do our best to end one year with healthy, thorough closure, and fully prepare ourselves to create the best new year possible. Following this annual process (as well as allowing Spirit to be our Guide throughout this process), is the root/foundation of why things go so well for us. All people, families, businesses, and spiritual centers would be wise to follow the same guideline–release the old and re-build the new–but to do so with God.
Here is a brief summary of what is newly unfolding for us: To begin with, we cleaned out our offices, cabinets, carport, etc. of things that were no longer needed. We then had (what might be) our last community yard sale–due to our lack of storage space. Next came the temporary ending of our Children’s Program–due to our Sunday school teacher being hired for a full-time teaching job. Then, with our primary cafe leader no longer being available for that position (having served us literally and metaphorically for a few years), we decided to shift our cafe to having only limited snacks–no longer a full lunch. And all of this happened to take place within weeks of each other, and it was all during the appropriate Fall season–nature’s time to let things “fall away.”
With such a perfect and profound level of letting go, comes profound miracles to replace that which was released. This is true for us all. So, during this same period, we noticed that we’ve had the largest number of attendees becoming members; we recently had several of the largest Chaplain Circles we’ve ever had; we currently have our largest number of consistently active Chaplains; this year was our easiest financial year; the number of people we reach throughout the world by streaming out our live services has grown to commonly be in the hundreds-of-thousands; and it’s evident to most people that the depth and power of our Sacred Sunday Services has reached an all-time high.
During one particularly incredible service in December, there was a palpable sense of Love and Divine Presence in the room, which instantly became a flow of new inspirations related to our direction. A group of us (Board Members and others) recognized how well we were doing with letting go of anything that was ready to be released. We then recognized that there was a slight pattern in many of these things…a pattern of releasing things that are standard for typical “churches” or spiritual centers throughout the world. And since we are far from a typical/average church, these things were now falling away–making room for us to become more of a pure expression of the Divine.
And as I looked out into the audience of attendees, it occurred to me that one of the most unique things about our center is that we have more advanced students of spirituality joining us than anywhere else in Sedona, or anywhere else than any of us have ever seen or heard. So we are going to recognize and embody that fact by altering the tag line of our name: Unity of Sedona–A center for masters and students on the spiritual path. We are also altering our mission statement to read as follows: Unity of Sedona is a spiritual center that integrates the paths of healing and spirituality to awaken the Inner Christ, creating a world of Love, Peace, Joy, and Abundance. In other words, this is what we are, so this is how we should be known. These alterations honor who we are, but also honors the advanced and beginner level of our attendees.
We pray that this all makes sense and that your spirit “gets it” and understands the flow we are in. Also, we pray that you can feel the powerful level of Love and Inspiration that is Guiding us towards new heights and levels of manifesting the Presence of God on earth and in our lives.
This is my favorite time of the year and includes my favorite Holiday–Christmas. And it’s no wonder . . . Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus and the potential birth of the Christ within us all. And since Christ Consciousness is the highest level of Consciousness we can attain, Christmas should indeed be celebrated.
Also, the symbols of Christmas include the image of presents beneath the Christmas tree and these gifts mean far more than coats and toys. They represent the Divine Presence of God as the foundation of our lives.
This past year at Unity of Sedona has been our best ever. The teachings rose to a new level; our groups, classes, and committees were better than ever; and this was our most prosperous year yet. All thanks to you. You have given us your many gifts and we have given you ours. Now, in the year to come, we will watch it all grow to an even higher level. So please join us whenever you can–live (in person) or via facebook live (viewed from anywhere in the world).
In the meantime, may the Christ that was born in Jesus be born in you as well.
Happy November to all of you! And please accept the gratitude of all of us at Unity of Sedona for your continued love and support through the past 7 years.
Every year we seem to rise to another level of love, peace, joy, and abundance…it sometimes seems impossible it can get any better. But it does…and always will–with Spirit as our Guide.
And thanks to all of you, we are not only consistently raising the level of our teachings, and the consciousness of our attendees, but we are also consistently keeping up with our bills every month. That’s true balance and abundance. So thank you for that as well…and many thanks to all of our Sponsors.
It’s a funny thing, really, that most spiritual centers (and many individuals as well) have such trouble making ends meet. But this struggle is not part of God’s design…it’s something mankind has manufactured. And it’s not going to heal/release anytime soon if people keep adding layers of negative thinking to our individual and collective consciousness around the topic of prosperity.
Think about it…even though we dress it up a bit more, as more and more people embrace the “laws of manifestation,” there still remains such dark issues around money and abundance. That’s one reason why so many people in modern spiritual practices struggle with abundance. One side of the spiritual movement says poverty is not necessary and yet the other side frowns on those with abundance. This creates a no-win scenario for us all–exactly what the ego desires.
As I’ve taught many times, you can’t create such duality and expect peace to come from it. Our job then, as authentic spiritual practitioners, is to do our best to demonstrate an abundance in our hearts that manifests in how much we GIVE no matter how much we have–rather than how much we make. This applies not just in finances but in all we have. Give money, give smiles, give time, give prayers, give, give, give…
A Course in Miracles teaches us that the material world does not replicate Heaven but rather is opposite to Heaven. For example, we think that the more solid/tangible something is, the more real it is. In Heaven, it is known that the more solid/tangible something is, the less real it is. To believe in the reality and power of this world means to believe that if we have little, we have little value. But in Heaven, this is not true at all. And although many people might teach that it’s all about how much we give, it’s really more about how easily we give ( i.e. quickly, effortlessly, and how often). Also, our true value is not determined by how much we receive from others but how much gratitude we feel for everything we receive. So thank you…all of you for all you have ever given to me and to Unity of Sedona.
Isn’t it amazing that we are already entering the final quarter of the year and are moving towards the Fall/Winter Holidays–my favorite time of the year.
October promises to be another great month at Unity of Sedona–with workshops, psychic fairs, and workshop presentations by local and non-local facilitators who are among the best in the field. We also have a very special event coming up this month in Sedona: The Health, Healing, and Happiness Conference. Although this event is world-renowned and usually has 2000 attendees, this is the first year it has been held in Sedona. So don’t miss it! Admission to the numerous vendors is FREE. And even the fee to see all of the speaker presentations is very inexpensive and discounts are being offered to Unity attendees. So join don Jose Ruiz and myself–along with numerous other speakers and presenters in the most comprehensive weekend conference in Sedona since the memorable 2012 Festival.
On another note, let’s all remember that this is the Fall Season, which means it’s time to do as much conscious releasing of the old, past, unnecessary parts of our life as possible. This can include the release of old personal items, as well as old photos, clothes, patterns, and relationships. Of course we can do such releasing any time of the year, but doing it now allows us to remain in harmony with the earth’s natural cycles. And since we do such a great job to remain aligned with both Heaven and the earth, we will do our best this month to assist our attendees in their own processes of release, followed by making room for a new and better life.
The Fall Season is also a time of giving thanks and we want to take this moment to thank every volunteer, Chaplain, usher, employee, Board Member, speaker, workshop facilitator, and attendee that ever shared their sincere love and support at Unity of Sedona. And I personally want to thank all of you as well, as I have now begun my eighth year as the Spiritual Leader. I have already set my intention to complete at least 10 years here. I pray that all of you are as happy with this goal as I am.
My goodness…as you can probably tell by the list of incredible events/workshops shown on our calendar, September promises to be a very busy month.
But before we launch into a new month, all of us at Unity of Sedona want to thank all of you for making August such a tremendous month. The sacred Sunday services were great as always but the gathering for our special eclipse celebration was particularly powerful. The people, the message, the process, the drumming, and of course the visual of the eclipse were all quite astounding.
On another note, as we enter the final third of 2017, we organically begin to shift our energy from Summer to Fall, and in so doing, it’s wise for us to draw the final fruits of this year close to our heart and put them to the greatest use possible…for soon enough, nature itself will begin drawing us further into the process of surrendering all the misused or un-used gifts and lessons of this year. It will take them away for now and perhaps recycle them for another time…when we seem more prepared to properly use them.
So be sure to take some time to see what is left to gain from this year’s harvest of life and inspirations and do what you can to make the best of it. And join us as often as you can at Unity of Sedona, as the Light is growing brighter every day and every year.
It’s always great to have these once-per-month newsletters, as they allow me to catch all of you up on things at Unity of Sedona, as well as sharing any updates on events or changes in our direction.
Something I recently shared in a Sunday service was that over the past few years, I have had people approach me or email to tell me that they haven’t been to Unity of Sedona for a while due to the difficulty they have absorbing the depth of the teachings. They’ve said things like, “When I attend a Sunday service, it usually feels like the equivalent of doing several therapy sessions, reading a couple of deep books, and experiencing a few of the most remarkable meditations all rolled into one.” Then they ask me if it’s possible to lighten it up and water it down a bit. So I shared this idea/question with the attendees (and with the folks watching online) and the response/vote was clear…although my heart goes out to those who prefer a more shallow experience, we will NOT be watering anything down anytime soon.
We’ve even had some folks come to us and ask why we don’t use more hype to draw in even larger crowds and charge higher rates to become more prosperous–as is the case for some teachers who live in, or travel through, Sedona. But that is simply not our thing. Almost every single teacher who attracts people through hype uses a sort of “celebrity” approach to spirituality. And that can indeed be quite exciting to many, at Unity of Sedona, we emphasize the role of God in our lives. In other words, students on the path have to learn to discern between focusing on God versus focusing on the teachers/authors who think they are God. Many of today’s teachers and healers emphasize themselves and their supposed words and skills, but if you listen closely enough, you will hear that God is missing from their work. That’s why Jesus warned us to not run around looking for another fad. Instead, we should live in whatever community and experience we can most learn humility and the humbleness to serve God–rather than self.
This does not mean we are ignoring the feedback from others to keep things simple enough for less advanced students. We have now cut the services down by 10-15 minutes. And soon we will cut them to being just over an hour and fifteen minutes–which is the national average for services in New Thought churches. The bottom line is that although some folks have told us that they’ve chosen centers where the service is under an hour (due sometimes to their physical limitations), or have gone to more traditional centers/churches (due sometimes to the need for more basic teachings), or needed to find a center with less depth, we are finding that our particular attendees are apparently committed to finding and supporting the deepest teachings possible–and I can’t imagine sharing anything less than that. It’s all about making God the Center of it all, having the highest integrity possible, and sharing the deepest teachings possible–which includes the teaching of all of our speakers, as well as having the finest guest musicians and featured artists. Thank you all so much for your continued support of all of this, as your support is what makes it all possible.
In case you haven’t noticed, Summer has officially arrived. Whew! The temperatures are clearly higher than most Sedona residents have ever seen–over 110 degrees. So what are you all doing to cope with it?
Life will always throw us some curves to help stretch our boundaries and test our level of consciousness. And one of the best ways to deal with such changes is to flow with them rather than resist them. It’s like learning to turn lemons into lemonade. So when it seems a bit too hot, let’s “just do heat.” This means to “accept what is” and plan accordingly. It also means to learn to read each moment of the day and do our best to slot into the right groove, rather than fighting against it–especially since things generally work out–in time.
We just had our 5th Sedona Summer Solstice Festival, but with the unusually high temperatures, and the Summer drop in Sedona’s population, it was starting to look as though the attendance might be low. So we simply adjusted our minds (and the seating in the building) and prepared to have a great time either way. Then, registrations began to flood in just 10 days before the event and we ended up with our best Summer Festival ever. In other words, whether we had a small or large attendance, we were ready to have fun and remained in a state of acceptance.
It reminds me of a new conference that was being planned over 20 years ago in Australia. They had very few registrations and considered cancelling. So they called me to break the news to me, as I was one of the speakers. But I told them that I was predicting the event would indeed succeed (even though they only had 10 people–of the expected 150) and that I would be arriving either way. I added that if absolutely nobody showed up, I would teach their 10 people in someone’s living room and we would have a great time and a deep experience. As it turned out, I got on a plane and arrived just a couple of days before the event where we found 100 people showing up–even though the attendees knew I was the only speaker. We all were blessed but would have missed the greatness of the experience had we given up OR had we been attached to the outcome.
In other words, it’s important for us to trust in God but it is also important for us step into that trust by demonstrating that we truly believe that all will be well, and by releasing all fear-based constriction that attempts to side-track us from our trust. If life does not yet bring us the weather (or any other preferred circumstance) we desire, we should then have faith that it can come tomorrow. But, until it arrives, we can do our best to make the best of what we have today.
Love & Light,
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