By Contributing Writer, Rev. Julie Montague
As each year comes to an end, we have an opportunity to heal and complete the past, and align with Spirit to bring forth the highest growth and evolution in the new year. Beginning the first week of December, we have joined together weekly to focus on preparing for this great transformation in our lives. Advent starts with a focus on Faith, followed by peace, love, and joy through the four weeks of preparation for the Christ to be reborn in us on Christmas Day.
In the last week of the year, we work on releasing the old no longer needed things in our life. We also spend time in forgiving anyone and everyone who we feel have hurt us, and ask forgiveness from anyone we have in any way diminished or treated as less than a perfect child of God. We create an intention to love unconditional everyone we have contact with, all experiences, and circumstances, that come into our life in the next year.
We celebrate these important events with a burning bowl service the last week of the year, where we write down limiting beliefs about ourselves, any fears, or resentments we carry and burn them up in the purification of fire.
The first week of the New Year we share a White Stone Sunday Meditation, and write on a white stone a new theme or gift of Spirit to focus on in the New Year. Through Meditation we ask Spirit to Rise Up in us and give us direction for the coming year. There is a Divine plan for each of us and through this process we learn and grow into our very best self. Each year we become more and more spiritually mature.
This beautiful process brings us to new heights of Faith, Peace, Love and Joy each year. We are honoring and blessing the change in seasons that reflects the change in each of us.
With each new year and each season within the year, we stop and celebrate the earth changes within and without we understand that we are connected to all that is, and in that connection every choice affects the whole. Living from this Truth helps us make good choices for the entire Universe. Trust the Plan.
Rev. Julie Montague is a licensed and ordained Unity Minister, graduating from Unity School for Religious Studies in 1995. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Julie knew from an early age she was destined to be a Unity Minister since growing up in a family of Unity Students of Truth, going back four generations. Unity to Julie is a way of life not just a Sunday experience.
Julie has studied many of the world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American / Earth Religions, Metaphysical Christianity and various forms of meditation. She learned Transcendental Meditation at age 16 and has been meditating daily since. She believes in the power of prayer to heal, prosper and protect, and has been witness to its miracle-working power.
She has studied Non-Violent Communication, Heart Math, Sacred Psychology and Celtic Traditions. She has a personal mission to be part of creating a more peaceful world and a pristine environment in which human beings can thrive and evolve into higher levels of consciousness. Julie believes this happens through the study and practice of healthy, supportive community. As each individual lives into their highest potential, they understand the connection and oneness of all that is, knowing whatever we think, say or do affects the whole of the Universe.
Rev. Julie Montague was the founding minister of Unity of Blue Water in 1994 and over the last 20 years has served ministries in the United States and Canada. She was elected Chairperson of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches Canada and served as Chairperson of the Board of Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2010, and the leadership team of the Association of Global New Though. Julie introduced the Season for Nonviolence created by the Association of Global New Thought to Port Huron in the first year of this annual event.
Rev. Julie is a lifelong student of Spirit. She loves to hike, ski, kayak and ride horses. She is married to Roy Ayers, also a Unity Minister, and has three children and three grandchildren who she adores.
Global Perspective Rev. Julie has spoken all over the world and the U.S., covering at least 15 different states; and Canada, Dominican Republic, Barcelona-Spain, and Melbourne- Australia.
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