Time for a Leap of Faith!

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Blessings to you!

Ten years ago, as a participant in the Unity Minister's Executive Institute, I participated in a "Ropes Course," which is a character and team building experience.

As a person who has a fear of heights, climbing a pole that stretched at least 40 feet above me was quite a challenge. As I was preparing for my climb I found that I needed to engage my faith. I engaged my faith in God, in myself, and in the professionals who facilitated the program. 

I am now in the process of an even greater, more exciting and challenging experience. I am about to take a leap of faith, putting everything I have learned, lived and shared to the test like never before! I invite you to join me in making 2012 a year for great leaps of faith! 
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Prosperity Tip
The Tipping Point

This could be the most helpful tip I have ever shared!

Now, I admit, this is so "duh!" simple you may already be aware of it  but it was a "lightbulb" AHA moment for me.

My car is in the shop, yet again. I love that car. It is just the right size, good on gas, structurally solid and cute. It has served me well for over 10 years.

The car is 15 years old, and has 210,000 miles on it. Understandably, it is subject to mechanical issues.

And so, for the past two years I would address one thing after the other, thinking, "It's better than a car payment!"

I have been told that the make and model of the car I own is solid, and can run for another 100,000 miles.

Today I realized that I had gone past the "tipping point," or the point of diminishing returns. In the past six months have put more into the car than its' monetary value. 

I am disappointed that the mechanic I have gone to for the past few years never made that suggestion.

Thinking I was saving money by repairing the car, I suddenly realized it had cost more than I could have saved.

This is true in so many areas. It applies to relationships, shopping, diet, housing, career,  etc. 

Be aware of the tipping points in every area of your life. You can save more than money!

Ready to Climb
James 1:23-25

For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing. 



At Top of the Pole Unity Wisdom
The man who is grounded in faith does not measure his thoughts or his acts by the world's standard of facts. Those who are in spiritual understanding know that faith has open eyes. Certain things do exist in Spirit and become substantial and real to the one who dwells and thinks and lives in faith. Such a one knows. 


Charles Fillmore,

Dynamics for Living

Coming Down from Pole 
Taking that Leap of Faith

I have learned in life, many words that are easy to speak are frequently not so easy to live. This appears to be a part of the "human condition." In both the Old and New Testaments, it even states, "They serve me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me."
We have longed for or declared one thing, while dancing to the tune of "the way it is," and our own fear and resistance.
As I say to my granddaughter, "Don't just say it, show it."  This is true for us all, at all times. Spiritual Principle won't work if we are not working it.
Oddly enough, while teaching, preaching, learning, living and sharing the principles I love so much, my own fear and resistance can still manage, on occasion, to be the very blocks that stand in the way of taking a leap of faith. 
When I returned to Connecticut to start a church, I knew that for financial reasons I would need to take a "regular job." I never thought that I would be at that job six years later! The words I would say to others about the importance of living your mission, doing what you love and feel called to do, would weigh heavy on my own heart.
The minute the door opened to a new option, aka reaching the age of 66 and I could "retire," I knew it was time to take the leap of faith and leave the security of my secular job to devote my time to the ministry of my heart.
"Common sense" would say this was not a smart thing to do, as I do not have the retirement plan balances declared to be necessary to retire. But I am employing my "uncommon sense." I am engaging my faith God, in myself and in all I know to be true. I am not "retiring" in the worldly sense, I am re-tire-ing, putting new tires on my life!
I affirm that all of the spiritual investments I have made over the years; the tithing, giving, sharing, teaching, preaching, and practicing the principles will bless me in ever-greater ways. As God is my source, there are many channels of that source. I am knowing and giving thanks that through the Law of Compensation I will be abundantly supported. I am knowing and giving thanks that the efforts I will continue to make in church and online ministry, the business I am starting to support other ministries and unlimited other channels I will always have plenty.

One of my favorite affirmations was written by Rev. Mary Catherine MacDougall: "I am rich, rich, rich. I have plenty, plenty, plenty. Plenty to spend, plenty to share, plenty to save, plenty to spare. I am rich, rich, rich, I have plenty, plenty, plenty."

My riches and plenty are not just measured by dollars and cents, rather time, family, relationships, and using my creative skills and talents to serve God and bless others.

It just doesn't get any better than that!

Rev. Alicia Leslie
Minister, Spirit of Unity

Address: 78 North Moodus Road, Moodus CT 06469

May your week be blessed, beautiful, and better-than average!