Spiritual Leader's Message August 1, 2020

Dear Friends,
As we move more deeply into this time of Covid-19, I work to stay uplifted through faith. Faith is that powerful attribute of believing in things hoped for and not yet seen. Like many of you, most days I feel optimistic and excited about the new that will emerge. Other days, I feel disheartened and carry concerns for those I love and for our beloved Unity Church in Redding community. That is when using affirmative prayer and walking my talk takes on added importance. If I am to be an authentic spiritual leader, I must feel and walk through my feelings then rise to a higher level. I must remember to see through the highest perspective that I can. This requires guidance from a higher source.
These days I seek and follow my guidance more consciously. I have been blessed to often know the way when it has seemed unclear. I have heard a voice or have seemingly serendipitously come across the guidance I’ve sought. Recently I have consciously opened myself to guidance in even the more mundane aspects of life.
I have been reading some books on the guidance that Masters from other dimensions wish to offer us. Their message is that they are always with us and will give us the guidance we seek if we ask and are open to receiving. One of these Masters, Jesus our Way Shower, said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9) There is always help available to us as we navigate our way through this human life. 
Yesterday I had an experience that was quite mundane yet later in the day, I knew that I had been guided. In the morning I was choosing what bracelet to wear. I picked one up, and I immediately knew I was to choose another and which one it was. I put that bracelet on. Later in the day the person who had given me the bracelet came into the church! I was delighted that I was wearing her gift. Now you might think that was just a random event. I know, though, that I was guided.
As we open to hearing, seeing, and experiencing guidance in our lives, we begin to live with fewer mistakes, fewer times when we miss the mark. When we do make an error either in our thoughts or behavior, we quickly forgive ourselves and remember that had we been in greater consciousness, it wouldn’t have happened. We might review how we could do things differently another time.
At this time I listen daily for guidance as to how to move ahead at UCIR. My quest is to keep us vibrant when many feel more comfortable staying home instead of attending church in person. I deeply respect how each person chooses to live. I am also requesting your help. 
We sincerely appreciate those of you who have continued to contribute through your generous financial giving. We can only keep our doors open and serve you well when we have the finances to do so. If you have forgotten to give because you have not attended, you can send your contribution to UCIR, 2871 Churn Creek Road, Redding 96002. Thank you!
If there are ways you would like to serve from the safety of your home, we will be happy to talk to you about how you might do so. Please offer your ideas by calling the church—246-9544 or calling me directly—605-6306. It can be through giving your talents that you feel more connected to our organization.
Thank you for being a part of our sacred community. “We love you, we bless you, we appreciate you, and we behold the Christ in you.”
Rev. Carolyn