Message from the Minister November 2019

The Adventure Continues

 

On November 1, 2019 my mother left her body and the physical realm to continue her adventure on the invisible side of life. Some say she is on the other side of the veil, a thin veil of perception which keeps us from awareness of the greater reality. I can honestly say it has never kept me from awareness at all. There is a wonderful quote which crossed my desk this week… “Death is nothing more than the spirit upgrading to a better means of transportation.” Rev. Anonymous

I have come to discover the truth that there is no death, we are spiritual beings, connected to all life for all eternity. The mystery that revealed this great truth to me did not come in a single flash of divine providence, but rather through many moments of miracle and revelation as well as consistent practice of spiritual principles for most of my life. I can also say without reservation, this is my experience and not merely concepts or words on a page.

The adventure of life is given to us in a way which unfolds according to our desire and decision. When we are ready for the next step, the path appears before us, not a moment sooner or a moment later, but in perfect, divine timing and divine order. If these steps are taken with grace and ease, I believe is largely up to us. How do we want our adventure to unfold? That is the direction we will set our inner compass.

I know there are those who blame the past for the way they relate to the present moment; but I endeavor to suggest we will enjoy the journey much more when we take responsibility for our experience and claim our power in co-creating our reality. Our fears melt away like dew on the morning grass as the sun begins to rise. Within us something also begins to rise, the awareness of our ultimate reality, our higher consciousness, our power and our freedom.

The transition of my mom from this earthly realm into spirit has not left me alone and troubled, but rather filled with hope and basking in the presence of pure love. I can say without hesitation, the journey has not ended for her or for our relationship. I can feel her strong hand of guidance and words of encouragement echo in my grieving soul. I see a bright and liberated spirit dancing on the winds and calmly entering the last few hardened places of my heart, softening my steps and lightening my journey. I feel the peace and the passion of living. I am renewed in the certainty that my purpose in this life is being fulfilled and by the fact mom wanted only this for me.

My mom was only concerned with my happiness and joy. She was there to see me find the Love of my life, Liliana, to find the spiritual community in which I would become pastor, and she stayed here long enough to make sure that the adventure would continue on a positive path. If you are happy the way Unity on Cape Cod is growing, if you are happy with your minister and all the things he and his wife bring to you each week, if you feel at home in this spiritual community, please take a moment to thank my mom, Mildred Cryer, for making sure I had the support needed to continue my adventure with all of you. She is one of those angels, who for a brief interval of time appeared in human form.

May our adventure continue in love, peace and joy.
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister October 2019

Conscious Evolution/Releasing the Past


We are living in times of shift and change, challenge and opportunity, and sometimes it seems we are being pushed to our limits. That is because we are. Conscious evolution requires that we go beyond that which we already know and come into new and expanded ways of relating to each other, our self and our world. The old worn out ways of judgment, competition and attack are wearing thin on the landscape of the human heart.

Pushing past the boundaries of what we have learned from the past and releasing all that no longer serves us is not a theoretical exercise; but rather a very practical practice, one we can apply everyday to every aspect of our lives. It makes perfect sense therefore that the first step in conscious evolution is to release the past and all that no longer serves our highest good.
How can we tell what no longer serves us? Does it bring you pain? Do you feel confusion? If it doesn’t make your heart sing with joy and your mind explode with creative ideas, it is probably excess baggage you need to relinquish and release from your life. And yes, even people have to be released from our lives sometimes if they are toxic to our peace of mind.

Allowing yourself to grow and evolve into a more bright, beautiful and expanded version of you can be so exciting and fulfilling, offering infinite blessings and abundant prosperity. The amazing news is that we can accelerate our process of spiritual awakening by consciously applying the principles of truth.

Forgiveness for example, is one of the most powerful ways we can do this. When we forgive the past and let it go, we are making room for more loving experiences to take place in our hearts and minds. Letting go of past hurts means to accept the lesson it has taught you, take your power back and move forward with your dreams. It is a very self-empowering act to claim your healing and demonstrate you are not your past. The wonderful thing forgiveness has given me is that it has proved to me that nothing can harm the Christ in me. There is a strength and power within me that cannot be affected by any circumstance or situation. In fact, my past has not defined me; but rather my response to the events of my life is the only factor of importance. I can say now with confidence, and I hope you can too, that I have learned to respond with love, patience and understanding with greater and greater frequency to everything I experience and everyone I meet.

I have learned an important way to test my mind in these matters. Does my response bring more peace, both to myself and the one’s around me? Does my response come from my ego or from God within? Am I feeling joy, excitement, gratitude, connection and creative expression in this moment? If I cannot answer with a resounding “yes,” then something is blocking my vision and slowing down my spiritual evolution. This is a moment of opportunity, not of lament, an opportunity to release my past and all that no longer serves my newly evolved self, an opportunity to allow others to evolve as well.

Message from the Minister September 2019

Falling in love with Truth

 

 

With this wild and wonderful summer coming to a close, I am inspired to embrace the Fall season in a new and different way. Remembering we have dedicated this year to deep spiritual growth, both individually and as a community, I am putting forth the intention of falling in love with Truth.

Rediscovering my relationship with the Divine has become the most important aspect of my spiritual journey. To be honest, I can no longer view God as a being separate from myself, a Father or Mother figure to whom I pray and ask for help with my world. As a child, I was taught to pray to this figure, as an adult taught to have a relationship with this figure. In traditional churches we are told to worship this deity and taught perform the rituals of supplication and obedience. In the greater societal scheme of things we witness the vast separation of peoples of different faiths and even the attack on those who may express their relationship to God in different ways.

Personally, I embrace the principles of Truth found at the core of every faith. I have learned so much from the diverse spiritual community of which we are a part. I could never see myself trying to limit my theology by comparing it to others; but rather continually expand my relationship to the Divine by inclusion of diverse ideas and spiritual practices. Although Unity is Christian at its core, is remains a positive, practical and metaphysical practice.

Unity is positive, in that we use affirmative prayer, or “creative thinking.” We affirm the truth and envision the manifestation of our highest good in every situation. We claim the Truth of Spiritual law working in every situation and condition of our lives, no matter what the appearance at the time. We use the power of our minds, our will and our intention to make manifest those things which support our highest good and deepen our spiritual growth. We claim our good as already ours simply waiting for us to receive it into our lives.

Unity is practical, in the way we practice the principles which have been demonstrated by Jesus the Christ. Instead of idolizing and worshipping Jesus for his ability to work with Divine principles, we seek to master them ourselves.
Unity is metaphysical, in the manner in which we interpret the Bible and all sacred texts. There is always a greater meaning and more expanded view available in everything expressed by spiritual and religious writings and experience. The metaphysical approach allows us to discover the deeper truths behind each story and teaching of the great masters, including our brother, Jesus of Nazareth. Using symbolic interpretation, historical evidence and investigation into the thought system behind the words we can paint a broader picture of how we too can activate the spiritual power in us. Some have called this pursuit, “Divine Science.”

In Unity, we strive for inclusion of ideas, embrace the science of mind and remain positive and practical in our approach. It is these fundamentals of Truth and the core values of the Truth student with which I have fallen in love with once again. One might call it a renewed romance with God. Perhaps, this fall each one of us can cultivate a deeper relationship with the Divine.

Always yours in Christ Consciousness
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister August 2019

Peace be Still

 

 

Everything that is happening in the Universe is born in the silence, all else is but a feeble distraction of the ego: “Look at me, see what I can do, listen to me, follow me, strive, accomplish, suffer, sacrifice, bow to me, worship me,” the ego screams in constant attempts to justify its existence.

The only problem in giving the power of your attention to the ego is that you lose awareness of your peace. The Bible speaks of attaining perfect peace through focus of the mind. “He will keep thee in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee,” (Isaiah 26:3). In metaphysical terms, “He” is your own Christ-mind. When the focus of your mind is on truth, your higher mind becomes the source and the guide of your experience. The phrase, “stayed on Thee,” can then be interpreted, “focused on truth.” The scripture restated in modern language would be, “With a mind focused on truth we will always find ourselves in peace.”

One way we can find the peace we are looking for in ourselves and in the world is through forgiveness. One of my favorite lines from A Course in Miracles is, “The light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.” Not only do I find my peace, I also offer it to the world.

When we truly accept our function as bringers of peace we discover what Joel Goldsmith called, “The Thunder of Silence.” We access the great power of the heavens and connect with our true divine self. The shift comes from going within and starting at the core of our being. It is the most liberating and empowering step we can take in our personal, spiritual evolution.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to help others get in touch with the essential nature of their being each and every day. We are One in truth, and your awareness of this truth is mine as well. Your Christ-light is simply waiting to shine my friends, to help everyone awaken to their God-Self. It calls to you at every turn and speaks to your heart every moment of every day. Your light is what the Universe longs to behold. Be in peace dear ones and let your light shine.

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister July 2019

Finding Release from the Fear of Giving

“There is a law of giving and receiving… It is a law of mind action… not a religion; but a rule of thinking, doing, living and being.” (Charles Fillmore, Prosperity lesson 10)

Has anyone noticed the shift that has taken place concerning the way you think about giving and receiving as a direct result of having a consistent spiritual practice? I was taught to go out and get what you want, work hard for it, make the sacrifices necessary to gain what you need in
life; and when you get it you must hold unto it and protect it, or you will lose what you have.

That way of thinking can create a lot of fear around money and prosperity; but the biggest fear it creates is the fear of other people. It becomes a lifestyle of getting and retaining rather than giving and receiving. I also noticed that the fear of giving brought with it a fear of receiving as
well. I did not feel comfortable receiving from others the gifts they wanted to share with me. Being afraid to lose the little I had; I also developed a block to receiving more. Not wanting to move away from my comfort zone, I was blocking my highest good coming to me. By holding on
and protecting my little world I was unable to open myself to greater good. How uncomfortable that comfort zone can become, and yet we refuse to step away from it for fear our world will cease to exist. What we discover in giving however, is that our world is expanding in abundance of all things that add to our joy and happiness.

My practice for many years now is to protect everything I have by the act of giving it away, to increase that which brings me joy and happiness by sharing it with others. You might ask, “how does that translate to paying my bills and providing for my family?”

The answer is this… It directly relates to the joy you find in giving to your family and community instead of investing your relationships with fear. Teaching gratitude for what you have always brings more of your good to you. The glorious lesson I learned is the more I give away the more
room I have to receive. There is a divine flow of energy which moves through me in abundant fashion, blessing and healing all those who are ready to receive. The key lies in the fact that true abundance comes from within and not from anywhere outside of you.

Those are some of the spiritual principles that I have used to release my fear of giving, and I can tell you with absolute certainty I have never received so much in my entire life. My wife and I are amazed at how fast we are manifesting all of our heart’s desires. It is not coming from a
place of lack that we need to fill; but rather from a place of abundance from which we want to share and give to others. We are so grateful to have a community where we can share all of our spiritual gifts.

Thank you Unity on Cape Cod
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister June 2019

Remember to Breathe

Sometimes, we get so busy focused on the outer world, what we need to get done, where we need to go and who we need to impress, we forget to slow down and enjoy the moment. I often reflect on that old saying, “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to live.”
That sentiment could be expanded to include all our activities. We can spend so much time entertaining our guests we forget to enjoy the party. We focus so much on our destination we forget to enjoy the journey, and we can spend so much time talking about spiritual principles,
we forget to live them.

So much seems to be happening this time of year, we often forget to breathe in the moment and enjoy the season to full extent. Top off your already full plate with a few of life’s deeper challenges and you could be thrown into full-blown crisis. However, when we are centered, balanced and prayed up, those challenges become opportunities for greater spiritual growth.

Remember the story in the Bible of Jesus calming the wind and the sea in the middle of the storm? (Mark 4:39) He simply said, “Peace, Be Still” and there was a great calm. That moment was perhaps the greatest example of the miracle power of remembering to breathe and being calm, and perhaps the greatest demonstration that what we see without is always an extension of how we feel within.

When the storms of our lives come, and they always do, we too can stand up and bring our inner peace to bear on the situation. We have the power of the Christ within us as did our brother Jesus. We have more power when we are at peace and more peace when we in our power. The key is always… remember to breathe. Breathe in the light, breathe in the love, breathe in the peace and the power of the spirit of the living God in you.

Be the peace you want to see in the world my friends.
Always yours in Christ Consciousness
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister May 2019 Unity on Cape Cod

Spring, A Time of Change?

 

 

Most people look at spring as a time of change and new growth, new beginnings and renewed passions. However, spring really is the continuation of growth that began long before the leaves and flowers explode into full bloom. The seeds and buds have been growing the potential substance of life within in order to give it to the world when the time is right. The seed turns toward the sun and begins reaching upward toward the skies before anyone can see the plant at all. Slowly, it emerges through the surface of the soil and then begins the outward expression we can all witness in its full glory.

Doesn’t that sound a lot like our process as human beings? Feeling something within us, a spark of divine light, filling us up from within. We feed our light with nutrients stored up throughout the winter months, begin to feel the greater light above us and then turn toward Heaven. It is the longing for the spirit, just as the plants, trees and flowers long for the sun; Spring being the fulfillment of our longing. We bloom as a result of all our time in the silence and nurturing environment of Truth.

Have we changed when we emerge into the light or are we simply expanding that which we already are? Is this the season of change or merely the season of greater expression of our true self?

One of India’s greatest teachers, Swami Vivekananda, once said, “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you; none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.”

Our soul is naturally seeking the fulfillment of itself. We do have teachers and guides which help point the way; but through our own soul-growth do we teach ourselves everything we know through experience. This experience is what we crave as spiritual beings; and in this time of rapid growth, expansion and expression of our inner light do we color the world with our presence and spiritual energy.

The vibrant colors are coming forth now, the fragrance of new life and sounds of celebration fill the air. Life abounds and gives all of its gifts freely to us in unlimited supply. What a wonderful time to pay attention to what is being manifest in our lives. I am sure it is what we planted in the silent times, in the fertile soil of our holy minds.

Enjoy this time of expression of life, love and who you truly are my friends.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister April 2019

Positive, Practical Christianity

 

 

If there is one thing we can say about Unity, it is that our teachings are practical. It is certain that Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, and the many who have followed in their footsteps, were personally dedicated to demonstrating the teachings of the master, Jesus instead of worshipping him as some kind of idol. They sought to understand his teachings and life and endeavor to put Truth principles into practice in their lives as well. Great healing and understanding have been made manifest by this approach.

Charles Fillmore said of Unity that it is part of the great educational movement inaugurated by Jesus the Christ. Indeed, the school of thought which began with our way shower has more to do with accessing the power within your own mind and heart than following a or worshipping an individual expression of God. It is really about becoming your own unique expression of the Divine.

The easiest and most creative way I have found to bring forth that divinity in my life is by positively affirming the truth about myself and others on a consistent basis. When we allow negative thinking to cloud our vision, we fail to experience the beauty, grandeur and magnificence of our own being. If we hold positive thoughts in our mind, they do indeed produce after their kind; but it is more than thoughts in your head, it is thoughts in your heart.

The new way to express the law of mind action is: “Our thoughts, feelings and beliefs produce the world we experience.” The wonderful news is that our thoughts, feelings and beliefs can change. And, if we feed ourselves positive ideas, they will change for the better. When Jesus said, “I have been given all power in Heaven and earth,” he was also talking about each and every child of God. We were all born with the same divine nature and we all have the power to express that nature if we focus our attention on it.

What could be more practical than to tell you that you have the power to create any kind of life you want for yourself. It is not simply fate, or being born under the right circumstance, or being “favored” by God. No, it is a recognition that by practicing positive thinking and living, I will purposefully make my world and the whole world a kinder, gentler, more abundantly loving place to be. I can express the inherent power within me by sharing it with others and joining in their healing and transformation as well. I firmly believe that we rise by lifting others and the best way to achieve great things is by helping others to be great. In my experience, nothing is more positive or practical than to find myself in those around me, and to find God in myself.
Be blessed and be a blessing.
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister March 2019

If You Build It, They Will Come

 

This is a famous line from the movie, Field of Dreams. In the movie the main character kept hearing a voice telling him, “If you build it, they will come.” He didn’t even know what it was he was supposed to build; but after several visions and more prompting of the spirit, his direction became clear.
Here at Unity of Cape Cod, we are building a spiritual community. We are also listening to the prompting of the spirit and learning to trust the higher vision that is taking shape in our collective consciousness. I am sure that Charles and Myrtle Fillmore had no idea how far and wide the Unity message would reach; but they held to their faith that Spirit was at the center of their vision, and their vision, being divinely inspired, would always lead to the highest good.

At times we allow our doubts and concerns to cloud the vision of our soul; but the voice will always remind us that what we are building is really a place in our heart. We build a place for more peace, for more joy, for more love and connection. We build not with board and brick, but with the energy of the Christ within. We build with light and compassion, charity and creative giving.
The kingdom of Heaven is being made manifest on earth through our commitment to build. We have much work to do here, while we are here; but it is a joyous and playful endeavor, rather than a drudgery of sacrifice. We are happy to build, to labor in the fields of our spiritual growth. We find satisfaction in seeing our brothers and sisters coming to the banquet of awakening.

We take great pleasure in building a platform for the rising consciousness of Humankind. In my opinion, there is no greater calling in this world than the call to awaken. This is a humble and holy way, a profession of sometimes invisible results; but in the end, we know that each and every heart will come to know their magnificent reality through the truths we teach and the example we put forth.
This place which we aspire to create together must be hidden from our eyes for a time; for in our limited sight we cannot bear the magnitude of this gift nor the full power of our God-Self. Hence the necessity for the voice, gently leading us to build our dreams. And so, we build on, knowing that Spirit will guide all those to us that need to be part of this wonderful adventure we call Unity. And as we continue to build, take time to look around you. They have come, and from all over the world more are coming to find our community to be their spiritual home.

Be Blessed my friends… Keep listening, keep loving one another and keep building.
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister February 2019

Going Within

 

 

In his famous book, Discover the Power Within You, Eric Butterworth states, “The greatest mistake is in believing that we are ‘only human… ‘ We are human in expression but divine in creation and limitless in potentiality.”

Winter is the time when those of us who live in colder regions spend more time indoors. We get to cozy up next to the fire, spend quality time with each other, share our stories and songs and catch up on those books we have been wanting to read. It is also a good time to get in touch with the God of our being and go within. To experience our limitless potential, we must take the time to put down the things of the world and go within on a regular and consistent basis. To seek first the kingdom of Heaven, our higher consciousness and bring that consciousness back into the world.

The sub-title of Butterworth’s book is “A Guide to the Unexplored Depths Within.” In fact, the final frontier of Human exploration will inevitably be the realm of consciousness, the universe of mind and spirit. Why is the realm of inner experience still largely unexplored? Is it only because we have been too afraid to go there? Are we still denying the responsibility for world we see? Is it more convenient to see everything outside of us and place responsibility for what we experience on forces beyond our control? It does feel safer doesn’t it; but what we fail to see is we have become very comfortable with distress and disaster.

If we really want peace, true peace, we will have to activate the power within us, and to do this we must go within. We have come to a point of spiritual evolution where a God outside of us, controlling our experience of life makes no sense anymore. We no longer can look outside for the answers to those deeper questions. Again, the road leads in one direction, within.

Within the mind of the human being lies the memory of perfect Oneness, of unlimited power and eternal love. The question is not this, the question is, can I remember this as myself? Am I willing to accept the fact that whatever I define God or the Universe to be, that is what I am?
If I can spend a little time with this thought, I just might find this road I travel within the depths of my consciousness is not so frightening after all. I might just find it to be exciting and fun!
Finally, my brothers and sisters, I can only suggest the direction of where to look. What you will find there, well let’s just say the adventure has only begun.

Always Yours in Christ Consciousness,
Rev. Tony