Category Archives: Prayer

The Sun Is Out In Me Today

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Whenever I think of the SUN, I hear the song from the Broadway Hit, “Annie,” pouring through my mind… “The SUN will come out tomorrow … tomorrow …”  And then I smile as I contemplate the underlying miracle of these words. The SUN is always there, just not out at the moment, not visible right now.  The SUN, the miraculous ball of fire in the sky is always present, always bringing warmth and light to everything in its path.  It can be obscured by clouds, pollution and by the turning of the planet, but it is always shining.  The Light in me, the spark of Divinity implanted by God is always shining too.  I AM indeed a virtual SUN, a Light not intended to be hidden.  Although circumstances and my own personal will or ego can obscure the Light in me I need only turn inward toward the Source of Light in me to feel the warmth and clarity of Spirit continuously shining through.  If I have turned away, or turned my attention and faith toward outer things and circumstances and my life seems cloudy and dark, I can instantly turn within and see the Light.  I AM a virtual SUN, a Light intended to shine and illuminate all that lies before me.  The SUN is a miracle and so am I.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan

A Positive Side of Fear?

fear-cc-2406378075_568feb9133_q-jpgFEAR is not usually considered a miracle.  Yet, FEAR has two very different sides or characteristics.  There is the FEAR generated by the ego and fueled by outer conditions, past experiences and the collective stream of FEAR consciousness. This FEAR is destructive, immobilizing and is a very long way from what one might consider a miracle.  But there is another side to FEAR.  FEAR in its intended expression is the voice of inner guidance, intuition.  It is a higher awareness calling out and keeping us from walking into the path of an approaching train or speeding vehicle.  This FEAR moves us gently out of harm’s way and reminds us to seek inner guidance.  It reminds us that we are never alone and that peace and harmony are just one thought, one dimension away.  This FEAR reminds us to close our eyes to appearances, close our ears to resounding gongs and clanging symbols, and seek the shelter of Divine Love where wisdom speaks with clarity, harmony and oneness.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.  

A Miracle A Day, Day 86

anchor.cc.450458917_05a1ffb1e9_qANCHORS are the miracle that keeps us stable in the midst of the waves and winds of life.  When boating, an anchor keeps us in the place of our choosing, minimizing the effect of wind and waves.  As I watched the 4th of July parade from my paddle boat last week I became acutely aware of how an anchor would have been useful.  The wind was gentle but steadily moved me toward a sea of lily pads.  Although beautiful to view, the lily pads get tangled in the paddle wheel and wrap around the rudder making it almost impossible to move or steer the boat.  Much of my time during the parade was spent paddling away from the lily pads.  It was a bit distracting and rather exhausting leaving me with little energy for the return trip.  In our lives, we have a variety of ANCHORS that keep us from drifting away from where we choose to be. Our ANCHORS may be Friends, Family, Mentors, or our Spiritual Foundation.  An affirmation, a statement of Truth or a deep faith in a Power greater than ourselves can ANCHOR us in a stable place of consciousness, reducing the effects of the winds and waves of life.  ANCHORS are a miracle granted to each of us and they sometimes show up in unexpected places, people and events.  For the ANCHORS in our lives to be effective, we have to use them; drop them into the watery energy that is our thoughts, feelings and emotions. ANCHORed in the gifts of Spirit, we remain stable, our rudder stays clear, and we can steer through the winds and waves of life with ease and grace.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 84

toilet.cc.8801986560_173fa40664_z (1)TOILETS are another miracle of human ingenuity.  We have discovered a way to utilize the natural resource of water to wash away … well, “you know what.”  Metaphysically, we can appreciate TOILETS as the ability to flush away the “you know what” from our minds.  And, the ability to flush what is no longer useful in our minds or our lives is a miracle indeed.  But further, hold on to your hats here; God speaks to me through TOILETS!  OK, not a mysterious deep voice coming up through the plumbing, but in a subtler way.  The most dramatic episode of this occurred during my ministerial studies when I was asked to give the Sunday sermon while my minister was away.  Having worked with youth for many years I got excited about the idea of bringing the metaphysics of Oz to the adult congregation.  But then, a bunch of “you know what” started to gather in my mind.  What if they think it’s too childish of a message? What if they don’t get it?  What if I’m not good enough to pull this off?  Maybe the Wizard of Oz is just not the right theme?”  Well, as God would have it, I was still working in the secular world as a graphic artist running backstage PowerPoint presentations at large scale business meetings.  The week before I was to give the talk I traveled to Las Vegas for one of these conferences.  As I entered the hotel where the meeting was to be held, the background music playing was “If I Only Had a Brain.”  The hotel was the MGM Grand, and the way to our conference room just happened to sport a yellow-brick road.  Well, I began to gather God was assuring me my topic was just fine.  But as I entered my room later that evening there were still remnants of doubt pooling around in my head.  As I entered the bathroom, I noticed the TOILET.  Remember the TOILETS?  The brand stamped on the back of the toilet was, you guessed it, Toto!  That seriously flushed away any doubt still lingering within me.  And so, believe it or not, TOILETS are a miracle and God uses them to speak to me.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 84

invention.cc.12716967264_0ba3da36ee_qINVENTION is the miracle that transcends convention.  With every new INVENTION, the human experience is moved from what has been to something new.  Many INVENTIONS have materialized in the many millennia behind us.  Countless more will unfold in centuries to come.  A true INVENTION is something original; something that has never been created before.  An INVENTION usually fulfills a real or perceived need.  The INVENTION of the automobile perceived a need for faster, better transportation.  The INVENTION of the refrigerator perceived a need for better food preservation.  What need exists in your mind and heart today and what new thought might you INVENT within yourself to fulfill that need?  A need upon one’s heart is God calling forth a greater activity.  What will you allow God to INVENT in you today?

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 79

wheels.cc.1322753070_a494547d12_qWHEELS.  Who can deny the incredible difference the discovery of the WHEEL has made on our human experience.  WHEELS move our vehicles, operate intricate machinery, and make our work in the world easier and more efficient.  And then there are the WHEELS in our minds.  The ability to turn things over and all around.  While these can operate when we wish they would rest, they also provide us with perspective, inspiration and the ability to move.  The WHEEL came into being because a WHEEL began to turn within the mind of a human being.  A WHEEL is the manifestation of an idea that carries heavy loads with ease.  There is a WHEEL in each of us that can carry the heaviest of loads and move us forward with ease and grace.  We access this WHEEL when we release the load, the thoughts, the worries and concerns and allow the ever moving breath of Spirit to flow through our minds and hearts.

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 (NKJV)

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 72

forgivenessFORGIVENESS is the miracle that frees the soul.  Anger and judgment create a density of energy that envelops the soul and clouds the mind.  It is the very thing that calls for FORGIVENESS that makes it a miracle as it calls us through the dense energy that encases us in a feeling of powerlessness.   FORGIVENESS is a continuous process of releasing the grip that anger and judgment hold us in.  When we FORGIVE, we release ourselves from the tomb of powerlessness.  What had angered us or caused us to feel pain no longer has power over us.  We recognize that the pain we feel is something within our own minds and we let it go.  What rushes in is the infinite love of Spirit that heals all wounds and empowers all Life.  FORGIVENESS is a miracle that reunites us with the divinity implanted in the center of our being.  FORGIVE someone today and be set free.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

A Miracle A Day, Day 63

hands.cc.5207435789_e2d3a3501e_zHANDS, a miraculous aspect of the physical body, provides us the ability to grasp, to pull, to push and to touch.  We use our hands to type, to fasten our clothing, to plant, grow, harvest and eat our food.  Our HANDS give us the ability to open doors and to create, build and operate all kinds of mechanical innovations.  HANDS give us the ability to touch.  They give us the ability to shake HANDS with others, to join HANDS in song, in protest, and in prayer.  With the fascinating structure of HANDS we can touch the soft skin of an infant, stroke the face of a loved one, and wipe the tears from another’s eyes.  We can lift weights, tools, and a child who has fallen and scraped a knee.  Our HANDS are more than the intricate structure of bone, cartilage and ligaments however.  They are also the housing of powerful energy centers.   Through our HANDS and fingertips, energy can be received, appropriated and projected.  Through our HANDS we can heal, direct, give and receive.  With HANDS we bless our food, our bodies and all that we choose to consecrate.  HANDS are a miracle and no doubt reflect what we might call the invisible but infinitely powerful HANDS of God.

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

I Love A Parade

paradeI Love a parade! From Memorial Day to Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day; and the Rose Bowl Parade they all have these three things in common; the sights, the sounds and the motion.

From frivolity, to politics, to honor, parades have a rich and colorful history dating back as far as Mesopotamian rulers who paraded their conquests as a show of power.  One rather famous parade of power is that of the Israelites around the city of Jericho causing the wall of the city to tumble down.  

The parade was led by seven priests, carrying seven trumpets, parading around the city for seven days, and then seven times on the seventh day. Seven indicates completion.  In the description of the Jericho parade, seven appears five times suggesting all levels of being and all senses aligned, marching together, in a harmonious movement, shouting words of power.

Imagine the sight of the Israelite priests in their priestly garb following a great golden ark like a float in a parade.  Imagine the movement of this assembly along a unified route around and around the city. Imagine the sound of the trumpets playing and the shouts of the people.  Imagine a vibration so profound that the walls of the city begin to vibrate and disintegrate.  That is a display of Power!

The battle of Jericho is an intriguing event in the history of the Israelites.  But the more interesting story is the one beyond the historical account.  The metaphysics of the story reveal a powerful tool for spiritual unfoldment.

The priests are Levites, the tribe that does not own land, that which is not attached to matter.  The repetition of the number seven represents all levels of being and all physical senses working in unison.  The seven trumpets, blown on the seventh day represent the WORD, the vibration, an affirmation of all that is Spiritual and whole.   

Jericho was the first Israelite conquest following forty years in the wilderness escaping bondage in Egypt.  From bondage to victory, Israel continued conquering other lands, always preparing for the next battle.  Until Jesus, the one who was to save them, who turned out not to be a warrior. Jesus held a higher ideal than victory.  He demonstrated being a vessel of God with no sides, no judgment, no battle.  Out of this vessel consciousness awakens the CHRIST, fully at one with Spirit.

Today we stand at the edge of an awakening Christ consciousness, knowing that in Spirit there is no land to conquer, only harmony and wholeness to be revealed. Let the walls of resistance come tumbling down. Form a parade of Sights, Sounds and Movement at all levels of being.  See only floats of oneness.  March in alignment with Truth at all levels of being.   Sound the trumpets, affirming Truth in all that you speak.  Let the walls come tumbling down to reveal our oneness in the kingdom that has no ends, no walls, and no-thing to conquer.

© 2016.  Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan

A Miracle A Day, Day 46

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SILENCE may seem especially miraculous to the new parents who have finally gotten their infant to sleep.  SILENCE may seem elusive to the night shift worker as his day ends and his neighbors begins.  And, when he finally drifts off to sleep, SILENCE becomes a miraculous gift.  SILENCE however is always present no matter how elusive it may seem.  It is miraculous in its existence before time, before sound.  In the SILENCE, lies all answers, all wholeness, all potential.  In the silence lies the contrast to sound.  The SILENCE provides the space for sound, and sound then gives back vibration to the SILENCE in a perfect circle of harmony.  It is in the miracle of SILENCE that thought is born and form takes shape. SILENCE is the miracle beneath all that takes shape, all that breathes, all that is.  In the SILENCE we find our Source, the Face of God moving across and through the waters of Mind and Heart.  In the SILENCE is the Word and the Word is alive in me. 

© 2016. Reverend Eileen DeRosia Patra

Rev. Eileen is an ordained Unity minister currently serving at Unity of Livonia in Livonia, Michigan.  To view the entire Miracle A Day series, visit her Facebook page.