Message from the Minister May 2020

Global Pandemic or Global Awakening?

 

 

When I look at the world around me, I am tempted to see the chaos, the pain, the frustration, and the fear of the future that the pandemic has triggered in our global society. However, if I look a little closer and allow my awareness to focus on the natural positive response of human beings, I am filled with hope and even excitement for a future completely different from the past.
There is an immensely helpful spiritual perspective I take whenever a painful or disturbing situation arises. I always say, “this must be coming up for healing, this situation is showing me what needs to change, what needs to be healed.”

If I look at global events as a macrocosm of what needs to be healed in me, then I can begin to focus my energy on the solution and not the problem. This current situation is also showing us the depth of our compassion, our willingness to cooperate and care for one another. It is showing us our great strength and inner resolve to overcome any and all obstacles to the awareness of Love’s presence. It is showing me the ultimate need for spiritual awakening on a global scale, and perhaps even more importantly, connecting me with thousands of others who perceive the same need and are dedicated to awakening the Christ spirit within themselves as well.

The fear, the greed, the blame, anger, and the unimaginable indifference to the suffering of others is our real problem, not the virus. The coronavirus has been showing us all the places where we still harbor those negative attitudes and energies. It is showing me what I need to eliminate within myself. Let us remember the words of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, who said, “If you want to awaken the entire world you must awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the pain and suffering of the world, you must eliminate all that is dark and negative within yourself. The greatest gift you can offer the world is that of your own self-transformation.”

Perhaps, for the first time in human history, we are being given an opportunity to go within, collectively, on a mass scale and envision something together, something that has yet to be realized by our species, a world that works for everyone. We are being called to awaken from the dream of separation and demonstrate to others the joy of awakening. I am convinced that from that joy will come the experience of Global transformation and awakening that we long for in our hearts.

The time is now my friends! The Global Awakening is in its beginning stages. Stay together in prayer and meditation and mindful living. Love one another in the deepest possible way, watch the Spirit take hold of each living heart and show us all the reality of God-within, and watch as the human race learns the inevitable lesson of living in love rather than fear.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing

Rev. Tony

Message form the Minister April 2020

The Power of Prayer

So often, I hear people say they believe in the power of prayer; but they don’t think it can change the outward conditions we are experiencing now. I have to remind those people; the power of prayer unleashes forces that we cannot begin to comprehend from our limited perception. Prayer, according to Charles Fillmore is, “The most highly accelerated mind action known.” Prayer is the one thing which can instantly join our minds in Truth and allow the miracle to replace any appearance of lack, limitation, illness or suffering with the healing light and love of God.

Turning to The Spirit of the living God within us, we connect to that same Spirit in our brothers and sisters. This is how we truly see the Christ in others, by joining in the light through prayer. Rather than begging or pleading for favors from an external source, we extend the spiritual energy of our mutual surrender to the Truth. We acknowledge the perfection and grace available in the field of all-possibility, and we ignite the creative energy of our higher mind to bring about a world manifest from the substance of pure love and shaped by the intelligence of divine law.

There is nothing we cannot do, nothing we cannot heal, nothing we cannot use for the holy purpose of awakening humankind. Even the present condition of a global pandemic can and will be used for a higher purpose if we let it. Our task is to train our minds to see the greater good possible in every situation and extend that vision to each and every person on the planet. This is my idea of prayer my friends, holding a vision of a world that is being manifest by divine love and governed by divine law, holding a vision of a world powerfully transformed by the growing movement of our shared spiritual awakening.

Let us not be content to view this idea as mere sentiment, or simply words written on a page, rarely read and even more rarely understood; but let us strive to make of them a reality for us individually and for all the world.

“Be you transformed by the renewing of your mind,” was the directive from Paul in the New Testament, and my suggestion is no different today. The mind of Christ can only emerge in you through a genuine experience of transformation and a renewing of your higher mind. What I call prayer can be defined as the creative expression of Christ in you. You are the light of the world in a very literal sense, and if the world is to be powerfully transformed, it will need your light!
Shine my friends… forever and always… shine!

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister March 2020

Love is the Answer


As Spring begins its welcome approach upon the land, perhaps the new sun will begin to melt the coldness of our hearts as well. Perhaps we can make an effort to answer each circumstance and every situation with love, hope and respect. Perhaps the decision to love will make more sense than ever before, and the motivation to love unconditionally will be more apparent than ever before.
I have a dear friend whose tagline at the bottom of every email reads, “No matter what the question, love is the answer.” It seems so appropriate when the world around us is being filled with fear and judgment, division and suspicion, to be reminded that love is still our only answer. Love remains the only true power and the singular force capable of healing us and our world.
The healing power of love can be witnessed on a daily basis, if we are willing to look in love’s direction. Of course, to see with the eyes of love we must use our spiritual sight. The eyes of human judgment will not be sufficient to reveal the mind of Christ. If we are serious about thinking with the same mind which was in Christ Jesus, (Phil. 2:5) our focus must be dedicated to seeing the good in every person and God present in every situation.
When I hold certain people or circumstances apart from truth of God’s grace, I am also holding myself in that same prison of judgment. Matthew 7:2 in the NIV bible reads: “For in the same manner you judge others, you will be judged” The reason this is true is that we are going to live in the same world in which we have condemned others, for the jailer must stand watch over the ones they have imprisoned, making sure they do not escape.
However, the opposite is also true. One of the highest truths I know is that I will experience all the love I give; as I forgive I am also forgiven, what I offer to my fellow human beings is what I receive, when I accept healing for myself I simultaneously offer healing to the world. If oneness is the ultimate reality underlying all experiences in life, my focus and dedication to oneness will certainly extend the unfailing love of God within me to the world around me.
These uncertain times can be for us a turning point of faith. We can be bold in the face of all judgment and make a firm commitment to respond with unconditional love to every situation and condition of life. Remember my friends, no matter what the question, love is the answer.
Be blessed and Be a Blessing…
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister February 2020

Reconnecting to the Truth

In Unity we like to call ourselves, “Truth students.” I particularly like to look at the study of Truth as process of adventure and discovery, rather than a destination of knowledge. When I think I have arrived at the true ways of the Spirit, there suddenly opens a wider range of understanding yet to be explored, an experience of spiritual awakening and illumination beyond my wildest dreams.

Illumination, enlightenment, awakening, transformation; these are all terms we as Truth students have found difficult to define by use of our past learning and limited understanding. That is why I prefer to be a constant, continuous student of the Truth, an open mind for God to pour into it a new dimension of understanding and the grace with which to receive it.

Perhaps the winter months become fertile ground for this type contemplation; but whatever the reason, I feel compelled these days to reconnect to the Truth in the deepest way possible. I have been extremely occupied with worldly matters these last few months and my soul longs for those extended moments of uninterrupted silence and experience of light I have come to depend on.

Nurturing the soul must become a priority in life if we are to truly live and not just exist. The quality of our thoughts determines the quality of our experience. I have found that the quality of my thoughts increases exponentially when I dwell in the silence and live in the Truth.

Charles Fillmore said, “The road of Truth is the straight and narrow path along which Spirit directs, and which proves so smooth and safe that one refuses to allow oneself to be misled by habit into trusting sense perception.” (pg.200, The Revealing Word)

Considering how rough the road of sense perception can become, I have chosen to stick with the road of Truth, the road of peace and the road that always leads me home to God. To me this is the first and most important step of living a spiritual life, to reconnect with Truth and allow the flow of infinite blessings fertile soil in my heart and mind, to bring forth a new season of spiritual growth and wonder.

Be Blessed and Be a Blessing
Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister January 2020

The Year of Clear Vision

 

 

Fasten your sets belts my friends. This is not only the start of a new year, but the beginning of a new decade as well. With all that is going on in our world today I am convinced more than ever in the value of spiritual awakening. We are faced with raging wildfires, raging conflicts, raging people and unprecedented manifestation of separation and fear. The solutions to all our problems are available, but we cannot use the solution if we want to keep the problem.

This year represents a crucial turning point in the evolution of Humankind. Will we act from kindness and a sense of inter-connectedness, or will we attempt to preserve our way of relating to the world through the lens of judgement, attack and defense? Will we truly choose love over fear, and generosity over greed? Can we turn the negative and divisive rhetoric into praise and acceptance of one
another? Will we be inclusive and loving or will we continue to give into the temptation of anger and hatred?

These are big questions, and not so easily answered; but we must be prepared to answer them now, individually and with a clear vision. I want to bring a clear vision into this year of what is mine to do and how I am going to do it. I am very clear that I can only receive what I am able to give, and I will only see coming to me that which I allow to flow through me. When the seeming problems of this world appear too big for me to make a difference, I set my mind on the solution. I set my mind on the unfailing, infinite presence and power of God within. I firmly believe, along with Wayne Dyer, “There is a spiritual solution to every problem.”

The task before us in this emerging decade is one of healing the differences perceived between people and confront all the challenges of this modern era with hope, faith and optimism. We can choose to see every obstacle to peace as an opportunity to love. We can see each and every brother or sister as a messenger from the spirit, and we can see joy in the world when we find it in our hearts. There is no end to all the good we can see and receive when we turn our minds to Truth and trust in the spirit of the living God within. The mission set before this new year is to welcome a clear vision of what the world can be when we all act from the reality of oneness instead of our mistaken sense of separation.

When we consider all that may be required of us a spiritual people, as healers, teachers, ministers and bringers of the light in all its forms, we may feel overwhelmed by the suffering in this world. In the new year may we find solace in this timeless spiritual advice from the sacred Jewish text, the Talmud.

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

And I might add, “Hold a clear vision in your heart and mind of the world you would like live in and ask only that it be done according divine law and manifest from the substance of pure love. That shared vision will become your reality… for what we hold in our heart becomes who we are.

Happy New Year,

Always yours in Christ Consciousness

Rev. Tony

Message from the Minister December 2019

The Birth of the Christ Consciousness

As we enter another Christmas season we are all reminded of the opportunity which faces each individual soul, acceptance of the Christ being born again in us. Living from the Christ consciousness is not as easy as some may think. It requires us to willingly abandon our littleness; it demands we pursue a rigorous honesty with ourselves, to love unconditionally and awaken from our dream of separation.
Even though the glorious reality which awaits us is sure to bring joy and happiness beyond of wildest imagination, we hesitate to take the steps necessary to find our true self. The birth of the Christ Consciousness in us seems like something completely impossible, and to our limited perception, of course it is. That reminds me however, of an old saying, “The one who says it is impossible should not interrupt the one doing it.”

If you are committed to experiencing the birth of the Christ Consciousness in you, no one and nothing will stop you. If you wish to celebrate the coming of the Christ in this manner, Unity is a perfect place for you. If you have ever had an experience of Christ as principle instead of personality then it truly is the season to celebrate.

We can celebrate our authentic experience of Christ, not merely coming to one child over two thousand years ago but coming again and again in each one of us. The advent of human beings realizing their divine nature, this is Christmas to me, and indeed worthy of celebrating. Yes, we needed, and have an example of the Christ principle being fully realized in Jesus; but we also have his teaching, “Greater things than I have done will you do.” (John 14) Those greater things are made manifest the moment we accept our role in demonstrating the Christ in us, through us and finally as us.

If you think the birth of the Christ Consciousness in us is impossible, the only thing I suggest is enjoy the season, spread good cheer, wrap your presents with love, be patient with your children and remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
“They called him Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Matt. 1:23)
Happy Awakening Beloved Friends, Merry Christmas!
Rev. Tony

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