August 29, 2021 Sunday Service Message: The Importance of Being Curious

Asking the Right Questions

(Sunday Talk begins at time stamp 46:11)

Are you curious? Guest speaker, Bruce Price, kicked off his talk with that question. Yes, I thought immediately, I am curious! I’m constantly curious about a wide variety of things. I liked our speaker from the get-go. He was authentic, humble, and passionate about his spiritual quest and ours.

I will expand on his thoughts about living a curious life, but first I want to share his thought-provoking questions at the end of the talk, which he himself said were the crux of his message.

Bruce asked us to ask ourselves these three critical questions:

How did we get here?

What are we doing here?

What’s next?

Bruce explained that the one that really matters is: what are we doing here? What are we doing with this gift that is the present…this gift of life? The other two are foundational questions that inform us about our history or our future, but what we’re doing here impacts the way we decide to be in each and every moment.

The answer to what we are doing here is up to us.

Each individual gets to decide, although there is a collectiveness to it. We do fall into groups and patterns, so we’re not strictly alone, but ultimately the meaning of our lives is up to us.

I saw clearly right away that this thinking is in line with Unity philosophy.

Bruce says that Unity messes with people. It doesn’t tell you what to believe.  You get to choose what you believe.

Each person has both the privilege and the responsibility to define their own relationship with their idea of God.  The privilege part of it is free will.

Bruce says he learned that he had to trust himself to ask the question, search for the answers, to hear what came, and to sort out the part that resonated with his soul (his divine self) and the part that didn’t fit. He didn’t need someone else to tell him, but he does need other people to share their process.

I think that this concept is why Unity doesn’t have huge numbers of followers. It requires a self- responsibility that most people don’t want. They prefer to be told what to believe. Finding your own Truth, however fulfilling, takes effort.

What are we doing here? That is the question that matters.

Bruce suggests that there is indeed, an answer. Bruce believes it is as Wayne Dyer said: we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, rather, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

In Unity, it’s practical Christianity.  It’s thoughts, words and action, living the Truth we know.

Bruce encouraged us not to forget asking ourselves often “what are we doing here?” He also said that fortunately, in the human experience, we keep getting extra tries. We don’t get do-overs, but we do get the chance to try and try again.

That was the part of his talk that really resonated with me. The first part was interesting too. He believes that we’re born curious, as evidenced by children, especially toddlers.

Over time as we age, something happens to our curiosity – experiences hurt and shut us down.

We throttle things…but it’s through blessings of spirit, forgiveness, and healing that the magic happens.

When we’re truly curious, we don’t have to go to a sacred text – we’ll find inspiration in everything because, as Unity teaches, God is everywhere present.

Bruce said that part of being curious is being willing to be you. True curiosity comes from the heart, not the mind. Be curious, ask yourself questions!  Listen in the silence. Trust your answers.

 

Terri Brewer