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the meaning of a situation that is beyond the appearance

Conspiracy Theory or Truth?

Since I became a student of the Unity teachings 36 years ago, over half of my life, I have learned about the power that lies in the words that I use. As I may have mentioned before, I began to change my life one word at a time, one sentence at a time, to a new thought. This slowly transformed my life. We can only change ourselves, no one else. However, one can be an example inspiring another by living their truth that works for them.

The word Truth means a fact that has been proven with data. A theory is a group of ideas that logically explain an independent idea and isn’t proven. For example, the idea that Trump won the presidency couldn’t be proven. There was no empirical data to support it. This brings us to the word conspiracy. This means that a group of powerful people agree to work together in secret and create a plan or event that will cause an end to something. This will only benefit the conspirators and not us.

How I tell Truth over conspiracy theory is the way it feels in my gut and heart. Trust and honesty play a big role of course. If the Truth of someone else that is shared with me, causes me to feel fear (false evidence appearing real) then I need to stop giving those words power in my mind and life. In essence, a conspiracy theory does not have a happy outcome. So why would I want to buy the book about a shadowland and fill my head with ideas that lead to a crummy ending?

Truth tends to be for the highest and best for all concerned. It is above board and feels good. Sure, not all facts make one feel good, but they are proven reality and don’t feel icky. To be clear, I am not creating a duality of Truth vs Conspiracy Theory. They just happen to be opposites which is the definition of duality of course.

Moving to Metaphysics, Truth means The Absolute, or God, the information we receive directly from Source. It is unconditional and unlimited information with infinite access. It is pure and it has been proven when one acts upon what they receive and has results in real time that are for the highest and best for all concerned.

Why show the contrast between Truth and conspiracy? I felt it was important to discuss it because there is so much about conspiracy theories in the news. A while back in my life, I weighed the value of my time and decided that I would be more conscious of what I spent it on. There is so much out there that can consume my time and I can unconsciously fill it or waste it. I haven’t done it perfectly yet.

Leading with and from Love, responding with Love, and seeing it unfold in love. Instead of a crummy icky ending, life moves forward enfolded in Love and continues on a higher plane of existence.

What are your thoughts on this?

Rev Airin


Leading With Love

Part II

Love Letters” by Ylanite Koppens/ CC0 1.0

Leading with love can be tough when our adolescent country and even our own state brings events up close. One wakes up and heading to work, checks in with National Public Radio, NPR, and hears the following news example (paraphrased from CNN): There was a shooting of more than one person at a sweet 16 birthday party in Alabama. 32 people were injured.

This was just one of the 165 mass shootings that have occurred in the United States in the first quarter of this year. It’s important to know what is going on but not give power to the headlines. Sometimes, after a flood of emotions pass through me, I remember to say NO to them and move on. It’s important to acknowledge them and not ignore or stuff them because they will eventually come out at an inopportune time. Carl Jung, known psychologist, writes about this in his Shadow work.

Applying ‘Leading with Love’, for example, one can visualize covering all of them, even the perpetrators with a blanket of love. Sending Love, prayers, or positive thoughts out into the Universe acts like a magnet and attracts others like it. This creates an energy vortex of love when quantum physics is applied. Quantum physics is the study of atoms vibrating at different frequencies every second of the day and that “like attracts like.” We and everything else are made up of these energy particles. All of this has been proven.

*Abdu’l-Baha spoke in 1912 at the Green Acre Baha’i School in Eliot, Maine.

“When we observe the phenomena of the universe, we realize that the axis around which life revolves is love, while the axis around which death and destruction revolve is animosity and hatred. Let us view the mineral kingdom. Here we see that if attraction did not exist between the atoms, the composite substance of matter would not be possible. Every existent phenomenon is composed of elements and cellular particles. This is scientifically true and correct. If attraction did not exist between the elements and among the cellular particles, the composition of that phenomenon would never have been possible. For instance, the stone is an existent phenomenon, a composition of elements. A bond of attraction has brought them together, and through this cohesion of ingredients this petrous object has been formed. This stone is the lowest degree of phenomena, but nevertheless within it a power of attraction is manifest without which the stone could not exist. This power of attraction in the mineral world is love, the only expression of love the stone can manifest.”

Referring to the metaphysical definitions in Part I of this multi part series, the Unity teachings say that Love is another name for God. Therefore, Love is the foundation for everything. God existed in the very beginning and all of us have the Divine spark within us. A Love that is eternal and pure.

I know of a woman, I will call her Jane, whose home is now a room in a nursing home. Right after she moved into her new home, she knew she would be living with another woman who would be her roommate. Sure enough, a woman I will name Anne, moved in the next day. Jane is always in a good mood and sees things from a positive perspective. She is a little forgetful, yet her mind is still sharp. Anne, however, is often in pain and her meds make her sleepy. So, she whines and groans from the pain sometimes and has trouble sleeping. She also has some dementia and according to Jane, gets anxious and confused in the early evening.

Jane has learned to be patient with her because Anne can’t help what is going on. It occurred to me to suggest to Jane that she try coming from love and compassion because love lays a foundation for what can follow. She said that she will try that. Jesus still looked at Peter with the eyes of love, even after he denied knowing him.

Leading with love isn’t always easy but if one looks for it and focuses on it, more love will be seen, and more will be expressed by each of us. I certainly prefer to focus on love, and it doesn’t give me a negative vibe like other things that can be emotionally upsetting. This doesn’t mean that we insulate ourselves from the news by ‘living under a rock.’ We need to be aware of what is going on in the world. One of my mentors said, “We are how God gets around.” We can see things rightly, not feel like we have to set them right.

Endeavoring to lead with love or come from love,

Rev Airin

*In the early years of the 20th century, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá—the eldest Son of Bahá’u’lláh—was the Baha’i Faith’s leading exponent, renowned as a champion of social justice and an ambassador for international peace.

Leading With Love

Part I

As everyone knows, love is a big subject. How to lead in any capacity is also a big topic and I am merging them together in ‘How to lead with love.’ Most of us are familiar with love on various levels.  Some, however, did not know love from birth or have attachment disorder or other estrangement conditions. The latter would be a topic for another article. For this one I am going from the assumption that the reader has some inkling of what love is about.

I will begin with the definition of love from the online Oxford Dictionary:

1. an intense feeling of deep affection.

“Babies fill parents with feelings of love”

2. a great interest and pleasure in something.

“His love for football”

Since there is more to this than one can see with their own eyes, metaphysically speaking, here is the meaning of love from the Unity teachings.

The metaphysical meaning of love is as follows:
The pure essence of Being that binds together the whole human family
Love is an inner quality that sees good everywhere and in everybody. It insists that all is good, and by refusing to see anything but good it causes that quality finally to appear uppermost in itself, and in all things.

Love is the great harmonizer and healer. Whoever calls on God as Holy Spirit for healing is calling on divine loveDivine love will bring your own to you, adjust all misunderstandings, and make your life and affairs healthy, happy, harmonious, and free, “Love therefore is the fulfilment of the law” (Rom. 13:10).1

 Love is a divine attribute; it is an idea in the one MindGod is love and love is God, or a quality in Being. The difference between divine love and human love is that divine love is broad and unlimited, a universal and harmonizing power. Human love is based on personality and is selfish, lawless, and fickle.2

I will use this definition for ‘Lead’:

1. the initiative in an action; an example for others to follow.

“the US is now taking the environmental lead

In the Unity teachings, Jesus is our Brother and Way-shower, not a God that is worshipped. We endeavor to follow in his footsteps through his example and teachings. He, in my opinion and others, taught us about unconditional love. Loving without an expectation of being loved in return.

Now that masks aren’t a requirement except in Doctor’s offices or if one has a type of immune disorder, I am grateful to see a person’s whole face. It’s easier to connect. One day leaving Home Depot, I was ‘smiling hi’ at people passing me who were going into the store. I had no expectation or condition that they had to smile back. This one woman smiled in response to my smile and then smiled a bigger smile. It was as if to say “hey, I like this!”

This is just a simple way of ‘Leading with Love.’ My definition of leading with love, is leading with unconditional love or loving without putting conditions on it or necessarily having it returned.

Stay tuned for Part II next week for as the saying goes, ‘where the rubber meets the road,’ where it isn’t as easy as the first example I gave. I will also address the metaphysical definitions more.

I invite you to try ‘smiling hi.’

Rev Airin

1 pp 124-125, The Revealing Word, Charles Fillmore, 1988 Edition, Unity

2 p 406, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Charles Fillmore, compiled by Unity School of Christianity, 1931

A Transcendent Easter Practice

A month ago, we had a speaker, Fred Brancato, who wrote the book, “Mystery and Manifestation: Reflections on Life Experience Beyond Ideology, Theology, and Belief Systems.” who spoke about having a transcendent experience and some ways he believes one can achieve it. (See  Meditation is the overarching key to creating it. A meditation practice builds that relationship with the Universe, or Love, or God, or what ever your name is for the one power and one presence. We all know that Jesus spent a lot of time in meditation and prayer.

Recently I listened to a talk by Eric Butterworth, who is a well-known Unity Minister. It is called The Easter Perspective in April of 1979, found here: . Some of the ideas I will share here are from his talk. It amazed me that the same problems that he referred to in the world such as energy use, oil and Saudi Arabia, fires, etc. are still ongoing today.

The main question that he asks is how is celebrating Easter helpful for our challenges today in the world and in our personal lives. Mankind has been on a quest learning about himself from the search for the Holy Grail to now. Jesus was no different when he came into the world. He was a man on a quest who went through the temptations in the desert and always worked to rise above his challenges.

How was Jesus able to do that? As mentioned earlier, he had a meditation and prayer life that help him develop a relationship with God. He may have had other daily practices. A foundational one was pausing, lifting his eyes, and seeing beyond the appearance or problem, which was transcending the situation and seeing it from a higher perspective, naturally listening to God’s guidance in that moment.

Jesus told us that we have the same abilities that he had. Everyone can develop a relationship with God, listening for him in meditation and prayer without going to a priest and asking them to intercede for you. Jesus demonstrated that it was possible to have transcendent (God) experiences. Rev Eric Butterworth calls being in the tomb with our challenges such as accidents or firing from a job, “Tomb of Limitations” *. Many of us may work very hard to set things right and we are blocked with questions that we can’t answer.

“The need is not to set things right but to see it right and get it” * on a higher level of consciousness. We don’t need to know the how or why it happened, which is the natural path we take, “trying to know all the ins and outs of it.” * We want to see it rightly.

Butterworth pointed out that if you notice in the New Testament wherever Jesus performed a healing or multiplying the loaves and fishes, that he lifted his eyes up. He was seeing things from a higher perspective or consciousness and calling on God of course, having a transcendent view of things.

The Transcendent practice that rolls the stone away from the tomb of limitation can happen in this way. We are confronted with a problem that may have felt like a crucifixion (not all of them do). We pause and go within, lift our eyes, seeing from a higher perspective, affirming the new view that we are seeing with the eyes of God.

“Fundamentally, Jesus demonstrated for you and for me and for all persons who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that if we lift our eyes and look out the right window, we can see allness in illness, we can see all sufficiency in insufficiency, we can see full potentialities even in limitations, and we find the key to overcoming and the key to a victorious, transcendent life. This is what it’s all about.” *

This can be an everyday practice to become a Master of it like Jesus.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”                                                                                                          Albert Einstein

Rev Airin

*Direct Quotes from Rev Butterworth’s talk

Present to the Moment

Last week I was talking with one of the administrative assistants where I work at the hospital as a chaplain. I said that I didn’t multitask well. She said, I don’t either, I pivot back and forth. I thought about that for a second. I like that word, pivot. She said no one can do more than one thing at a time, really. I thought, yeah, no one can be focused on more than one thing and do it well.

Then there’s ‘present moment focus’. Eckart Tolle, a mystic and author, said “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the most simple action.” From his book, The Power of Now.

What I remember from his book is that ‘the action happens in the present moment.’ If one is busy lamenting the past or worrying about the future, they can’t be in the present moment, let alone even concentrate. It is also energetically fatiguing sending one’s energy out ahead of oneself before you can be there physically to focus on it and accomplish the task.

From Unity Minister Eric Butterworth’s Sunday lessons, “Where You Are,” is a Zen Story. It tells of a monk who is being chased by two tigers near the edge of a cliff and frantically let himself down by a vine that was hanging there. Having climbed down a while, he looked up above him and at the very top two mice were gnawing at the vine. Frantically looking down, and he saw two more tigers awaiting him at the bottom, pacing back and forth licking their chops.

Just then he saw a beautiful strawberry within his arm’s reach. He picked it, enjoyed the best strawberry he had ever tasted.

As typical Zen, it’s a parable of life. Wherever you are in time and space, be there. Live the moment and the experience completely. There may be regrets about the past, there may be apprehensions about the future. But what about today? What about the opportunity for joy and fulfillment in this moment just where you are. One of the great discoveries, which is somewhat puzzling to many persons, is the truth that now is all the time there is. Now is all the time there is, this moment. 1

When one is living in the present moment, being here now, you can then be present and a presence to pets, people, situations and more along with also having a clearer mind. Sometimes one can receive an intuitive knowing such as “I think I might meet someone that is coming to dinner tonight that works where I work.”

I discovered Unity Church in 1986, it was the following spring that I was practicing the teaching ‘Be here now’ while I was mowing a lawn behind my walk behind mower. I was in the habit of thinking about the next thing or place that I needed to be. I had no sooner said that to myself when a mouse ran across the front of the mower, and I was able to avoid hitting it.

When one is in conversation with another, are they listening to what is being said, or are they thinking about what they want to say next? How present are they being with that person? I am a reflective thinker so sometimes people tend to interrupt me when I am speaking. I might pause before I am finished and the person will jump in and finish it in a different way than I had intended. They were merely meaning to be helpful. There are ways to check in with ourselves on how present one may be in the moment. That is one of them. Are we thinking about something else while they are talking? If one is feeling stressed or worried, that can be hard to keep focused.

As a hospital chaplain, our ministry is often referred to as a ministry of presence. We are present to patients, their families, and the staff. We are there to listen and/or be present in the silence. We meet them where they are with unconditional regard and support. We are also a calm presence for staff and families during a code Blue when someone has a heart that stopped or a code White when they are having a possible stroke, seizure or respiratory challenge. Also, a code Gray which involves a patient’s behaviors being a danger to themselves or others from reactions to medications or change in mental capacity.

‘Be here now,’ was the best way for me to train my mind to be present. I invite you to try it. You may find that you have more energy throughout the day, as well. If you have another way that helps you with a present moment focus, please share it in the comments below.

Rev Airin


Poems from Eternal Thread

This week I am sharing with you two poems from my book. My kitchen is being renovated and that is where all my time is being spent. However, this is a great opportunity for me to promote my book, Eternal Thread, that I wrote and illustrated. Many of you read this blog from my facebooksite.

Across the Universe

In you I am home

My life your very breath

Blows petals of love

into barren places

In you I am home

My life your very instrument

Plays melodies of healing

As each soul’s revealing

In you I am home

My life your very grace

Harmonizes aching hearts

across the universe

Harmonizes aching hearts

across the universe

across the universe

across the universe

An Eternal Thread

Unvarnished moments

Remembered conversations

The shared love

An eternal thread

The walk through a time link

A message from

The One Mind

Mixes with the memories

Along the path chosen

And the Birth

Christmas came and Christmas went, seemingly quicker than it took to arrive. The preparation for anything takes 95% of the time and then the rest gets completed in record time. I guess one could say that your first day of school or college is preparing for graduation. Ah, but the birth of a child is well worth the preparation.

Metaphysically, the birth of the Christ within us, is taking a deeper spiritual walk with Spirit during advent and aligning our consciousness as one with the One. Faith, peace, love, and joy are the order of Sundays in Advent. With faith, we deepen our spiritual walk with Spirit. The topic was darkness and what one’s thoughts and feelings were related to it. (See On the second Sunday the peace candle was lit, and I wrote more about darkness and highlighted hope that one has despite tough circumstances. See ( On the third Sunday the candle for love was lit, and I continued Magic and Miracles II, writing about the healing that occurs in the silence. See ( The fourth Sunday I lit the candle of Joy and wrote about how waiting can be difficult for someone and that it is an important part of the preparation for birth. See ( Also, when appropriate, some people have chosen to use cleansing and releasing rituals along the way with their daily meditation.

A little history trivia there are two actual dates for the birth of Jesus: Professor Colin Humphreys wrote in the Royal Astronomical Journal that a comet around April of 5 BC was the star of Bethlehem giving us the birth date of Jesus at that time. In Proverbs 15, it says “Holiday of the nativity September 11, 3 BC”.  The planet Venus could have passed for the star on 9/11 in Revelations 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.”Most Bible scholars agree that Jesus was not born on December 25.

From Valerie Straus, December 25,2015, Why is Christmas on December 25th?, Washington Post: “By most accounts, the birth was first thought — in around 200 A.D. — to have taken place on Jan. 6. Why? Nobody knows, but it may have been the result of “a calculation based on an assumed date of crucifixion of April 6 coupled with the ancient belief that prophets died on the same day as their conception,” according to By the mid-fourth century, the birthday celebration had been moved to Dec. 25. Who made the decision? Some accounts say it was the pope; others say it wasn’t.” There is much more to the article mentioning that in the Julienne calendar the winter solstice was considered to be the 25th of December. Look it up if you want to know more.

Either way, I like that it is December 25. Most likely because I have grown up with it being that way with the faith traditions I have been a member.

Notice these next few weeks if something new has emerged in your life that has given birth. It could be a new way of living after a loss or a change of direction or finding a new job or occupation. It could be a new or deepening of a relationship with someone or something.

Enjoy the adventure, for life is an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved!

Rev Airin

PS If you want to read more about birthing the Christ, check these out.

Birthing the Christ, Part I

Birthing the Christ, Part II


The Waiting Place…
…for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a
Yes or a No or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.
Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for
Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.
NO! That’s not for you!
Somehow, you’ll escape all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

Written and illustrated by Dr Seuss from his book, Oh the Places You’ll Go

The Advent season is a time of waiting. This year our Reverend Pat Bessey at Unity for Spiritual Growth, has led us in a deeper walk of reflection and contemplation as we wait for the celebration of the Christ’s birth in us at a deeper level. I couldn’t resist including Dr Seuss’s poem printed above. It pokes great fun at waiting. We wait a lot in our lives and now a lot of us play games or send a text on our phones while we wait at Dr’s offices or for a bus, etc.

Like the darkness, waiting can be uncomfortable or difficult. We always have a choice in how we spend our time waiting. Why resist waiting when you know it is often part of beginning something new. Waiting for the right time to make a change vs rushing the process. On the other hand, have you ever been having so much fun or enjoying something so much that you didn’t want it to end? Waiting had a part to play in it, right? It made that experience so much more rewarding.

Anticipative and expecting are two synonyms for waiting. I have often noticed the anticipation that is in the theater before a performance. It comes through in the sounds of the conversation around me. Metaphysically, wait means when we listen for the voice of Spirit we are waiting on the Lord. We can receive revelation, inspiration, and guidance in the silence within. Silence is the sound of advent.

Waiting is hard for families in the hospital, waiting for their loved ones to heal or turn a corner in their recovery. This is when I remind them that good things happen slowly.

Since it has been proven that patients can hear you speaking when in a coma or when semi sedated which I have always believed, I encourage families to speak or pray with them as though they would respond. This also invites Silence to be utilized for their highest good.

In the waiting during advent for the birth of the Christ with in us, one can use the time to release things, people or situations that no longer serve us. Prosperity teacher and Unity minister, Rev Catherine Ponder, has a broom prayer that she wrote that I have used. Another Unity Minister and prosperity teacher, Rev Toni Boehm, wrote the following version that I now use:

Universal Alignment Invocation

The swift powerful activity of Universal Intelligence

Now releases from me

All thoughts, beliefs, behaviors, ideas, and energies

That are not in vibrational alignment with the

Universal principles of truth

The swift powerful activity of Universal Intelligence

Now attracts to me

All persons, thoughts, beliefs, behaviors ideas and energies

That are in vibrational alignment with the

Universal principles of truth and the

Highest possibilities in the unified field of consciousness.

Copyright Toni Boehm

Using this prayer removes what you no longer need and creates an order and supports you in creating changes in your life. Notice in the prayer that you aren’t removing people from your life; you are attracting supportive ones. You can also use the releasing processes I have written about in this blog. No matter how you choose, this is all in preparation for birthing the Christ from a deeper level in your spiritual womb within.

Happy Holidays to you!

Rev Airin

Magic and Miracles I

Part I

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl

Last week I wrote about darkness and that generally it is uncomfortable to some of us. What got my attention is that we begin our lives in the darkness of the womb and that the birth of all life comes out of darkness. A few who don’t believe the birth of Jesus ever happened see the story as fictional and written to give hope to those in a dark time. When I was present for my God daughter’s birth, it was a miraculous moment for me and one that I will never forget.

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

The experience of the people in Ukraine could be considered a dark time. Over and over there are stories of hope and because they love their country and freedom, they seem to be resilient. One woman said,” Hope is what keeps me going.” Famous chefs have cooked over a million meals for refugees. There is heartache too, and that is what causes a dark time for them. Families that are separated, loved ones and homes destroyed.

Their beliefs are keeping them going. Thoughts comprise a belief that are made up of sentences that form it. This creates coming from a higher or lower perspective on surviving though the war.

So, what does magic, and miracles have to do with this? I’m glad you asked. Magic and miracles stem from hope. Hope brings about the possibility of miracles that can at times seem magical.

I don’t think that there is any one of us that hasn’t heard someone say, “I am hoping for a miracle.” I know that I have said it. A key concern in the hospital, in the world of evidence-based practice, is not to give false hope to a patient or family member. Instead, giving realistic hope would be something to strive for as in better health and quality of life despite the dis-ease that might alter life somewhat or could be healed with time.

There was one particular case with a woman who had Covid 19. This was in the first year of Covid. She was in the intensive care unit for over a month on a ventilator and wasn’t regaining consciousness. She had also chosen not to take vaccines. The outcome was not looking good. The medical team had a family meeting, but they said no to turning off life support. I had given her nurses 1Unity’s, Prayer for Protection. The nurses who felt comfortable, would read it to her when they came in to give her medications. I had briefly spoken with this woman when she first came in and had brought her a Bible that she requested. -To be Continued in Part II

What thoughts do you have daily? Ones that lift you up or bring you down? What kinds of dreams have you been having? Remember, our thoughts form our beliefs.

Please post your thoughts, if you are so inclined.

Rev Airin

1 Prayer for Protection

The light of God surrounds me

The love of God enfolds me

The power of God protects me

The presence of God watches over me,

Wherever I am, God is; and all is well.


Beyond the Unity

In every situation

there is a bond

that is beyond the unity

transcending time and space

In the midst of chaos

is the Grace that surpasses

all understanding

and eternally unites the universe

On this Thanksgiving Holiday, I leave a poem here, from my book, Eternal Thread. Happy Thanksgiving!

You can get it through here: or

Rev Airin