Back to Basics in 2021: Rev. Jill Carey 12/30/2020

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! I hope the beginning of 2021 finds you peaceful and well in body, mind, and spirit. Surely this year will be better than 2020! We’ll hold the vision of that, and pray knowing that we will be together in person when we’re all safe.

Most of the time, we don’t/can’t recognize the effect of events and circumstances on us until we’re well past their occurrence. I think this last year may be the exception, in that we have had more immediacy and awareness in this time of more isolation and less social contact. We’ve had a chance to sit with our feelings and work things out for ourselves, along with our Higher Power, so that we’ve grown along with all the realizations that have surfaced. And it hasn’t always been pleasant! That’s not to say, however, that there haven’t been moments of deep, rich joy that accompanied our tears and laughter. As I’ve spoken of before, and as Kahlil Gibran says, joy and sorrow are inseparable. And, “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.” And so, we are left more permeable, more able to learn and grow, able to look at the “old” things with new eyes. I hope we’re all taking advantage of this opportunity as we move into 2021.

Kit and are offering “basics” classes early in the year. They are for those who are new to Unity and/or New Thought or new to our church, of course. But they are also recommended for everyone as a review of the practical truths we teach and follow. I refer you back to the opening paragraph---wouldn’t it be interesting to see how different these basic

principles might look in the context of this last year? Consider it a booster shot to what you already know, a vaccine against getting stuck in unproductive thinking. (See what I did there? Haha!)

The Wednesday night class I’m teaching virtually in January is based on Eric Butterworth’s “Practical Metaphysics: A New Insight in Truth.” One of the foremost authors and teachers in Unity, Butterworth speaks in plain and powerful language that resonates with the deepest truths we didn’t know we knew. (Details elsewhere in this newsletter.)

I’ll see you on the screens, my friends. Know how much I miss you!

Much love and many blessings,

Rev Jill