Sermon – Fears

I am a Certified Spirit Medium and ordained minister with a private practice in Tampa, Florida. I was ordained as a minister through Harmony Church in Tampa and currently serves at People’s Spiritualist Church in St. Petersburg, Florida. I am publishing many of my sermons online as they may both benefit you, and illustrate additional spiritual services that I can provide to you at weddings or other gatherings.

When it was certain that the Master was going to die, his disciples wished to give him a worth funeral. The Master heard of this and said, “With the sky and the earth for my coffin; the sun and moon and stars for my burial regalia; and all creation to escort me to the grave—could I desire anything more ceremonious and impressive?”

He asked to be left unburied, but the disciples wouldn’t hear of it, protesting that he would be eaten by the animals and birds.

“Then make sure you place my staff near me that I might drive them away,” said the Master with a smile. “How would you manage that? You will be unconscious.”

“In which case it will not matter, will it, that I be devoured by the birds and beast.” – Anthony de Mello, SJ

“The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.” – Leon Blum

If you happen to have an idea or thought apply it. Move forward to do what you feel is right. Do not let fear override it. It takes strength and courage to do exactly that. I ran a data processing service bureau for twenty five years. When I think back over the years I often wonder how I did that. Run a business I mean. To tell the truth I didn’t think I just did it. I jumped right in and did it. My experiences through out the years were truly amazing. Deep in my subconscious I had several goals and I realized this after 13 years of hard work. The first goal I had set came to light. That goal was to put people out into their homes to do data entry. Having done that I cut back on my overhead and I was able to move forward financially. My second goal was to hit a certain amount of money in sales and after 18 years I hit that goal and then some. All thorough out the years I worked on my spirituality never knowing just where I was going with it. Then one day I sat down and said I’m finished. I’m finished with running a data entry shop. I want to do my spirituality. I retired my business three years ago and have been doing my spirituality full time. Where I am going with this story is to help you understand it all starts with a thought or with an idea. You set a goal and then you move forward. You work hard at moving through the fears. Fear can drive you if you channel it correctly. Fear can make you do things you thought you couldn’t. You don’t let the fear or the ego get you down. You say ‘I can do this”. That doesn’t make it any easier but it can help to make it less challenging.

I got this paragraph out of my book Meditations For Women Who Do Too Much by Anne Wilson Schaef.

The tightening of the stomach, the sweaty palms, the increasing inability to focus, the tingling in our arms and hands, and the anxiety about looking good or having the right answer-we all know about fear.

Unfortunately, the life of the woman who does too much is controlled by fear. What if we’re not good enough? What if we’re not on time? What if nobody likes us? By the time we have worked ourselves up into lather, we are incapable of producing anything good. Fear and our illusion of control are intimately related. It is when we believe that we can control the outcome and the responses of others that we get fearful. Our worrying is a form of precontrol.

As I acknowledge my fear and turn it over to a power beyond myself, I can get the job done and done well.
Here are some thoughts of the month that I got off of internet.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” – Seneca

“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” – F.D. Roosevelt

“An age is called dark, not because the light falls to shine, but because people refuse to see it.” – James Michener

“Dance like no one is watching
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like no one is listening,
Live like it’s heaven on earth.”
– William Purkey

The last thing I would like to say is “Fear has a smell, as love does.” – Margaret Atwood