01.13.2021

7 Habits of Highly Transformational People

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Featuring: Rev. Richard Rogers

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Rev. Richard Rogers Hello! I'm Richard Rogers! This is Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, and I am so excited! I've got a brand new series called "The 7 Habits of Highly Transformational People," and I'm going to teach you seven principles over the next seven weeks. And I think you're absolutely going to love it!

But before we get to that, there's a couple of announcements I want to call your attention to. We've got two new classes. We've got a new three-week grief group by Sue Fredericks. And this is such an important time for us to be dealing and releasing the grief of the past. I don't want you to carry any grief into this new year. I really believe that grief is the number one undiagnosed problem in our world today, and I want you to release your grief so that you can move forward. So that's going on. These are all online.

And then Jeanette St. Germain is teaching an animal communication class. Right? So if you want to talk to your little puppy or your kitten, this is the fabulous way to do it! I'm not sure I want to hear what my puppy or my kitten have to say about me [laughs], but if you're concerned about that, this is going to be a fabulous class for you!

Alright, this move now into our time of meditation.

 

MEDITATION:
Rev. Richard Rogers: And take a deep breath, and just feel the presence of God. Take a breath and just feel the presence of God. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God.

Sometimes we get so busy that we miss a moment. Sometimes we get so busy that we miss that the presence of God is always here in the quiet of our soul. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God. In the presence of God, there is perfect love. When we take a deep breath and feel the presence of God, we are infused with pure love. We feel that infinite love that God is. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God.

And as we feel the presence of God, we are inspired to live in greater and greater ways. As we feel the presence of God, we are healed at deeper and deeper levels. As we feel the presence of God, we are transformed into our greatest self. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God. That there is so much God within you and all around you. The moment we quiet our mind, we are almost overwhelmed by the amount of God. That there is so much God in this moment: so much light and love and power and wisdom. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God.

Wherever you have felt broken or needy... Wherever you feel wounded... Whatever needs to be healed or transformed in your life... Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God. That wherever we are, God is. Whatever is going on in your life today, there is an infinite amount of God. There's an infinite experience of God. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God.

There is a quiet within your soul that is so deep, so true, so beautiful. And as we take a deep breath and feel the presence of God, it takes us to the deepest place in our soul. Take a deep breath, and feel the presence of God. Today we give thanks for all that God is. And as each and every one of us comes to a deeper level of peace -- to a deeper level of God -- we do this for all people. We pray for peace and order and healing for all people. That our job for one another and for ourselves is to breathe and feel the presence of God within. In the name and through the power of the Living Christ, we give thanks. And so it is. Amen.

 

SOLO:

Alexandra Ncube sings “Unstoppable”

You're so unfair to yourself
Got that feeling in your chest
Can't look in the mirror
Can't see who you are
Wanna be somebody else
Every time you falter
Every time you fall
I can still see the road ahead

You'll be brighter than the stars
And you'll see how radiant you are
I know you're full of doubt
Rise up above the clouds
'Cause you're unstoppable
Rising higher than the sun
Climb away 'til they're gone
Way up above the clouds
They'll never bring you down
'Cause you're unstoppable

On the edge of giving in
Growing tired of where you've been
Don't quit, keep on hoping
Hold your head up high
Now you're closer than you think
Every time you falter
Every time you fall
I can still see the road ahead

You'll be brighter than the stars
And you'll see how radiant you are
I know you're full of doubt
Don't let them bring you down
'Cause you're unstoppable
Rising higher than the sun
Climb away 'til they're gone
Way up above the clouds
They'll never bring you down
'Cause you're unstoppable

Hold on, don't let go
Shining brighter, you're unstoppable
Hold on, don't let go
Even in the dark, you glow
Hold on, don't let go
Shining brighter, you're unstoppable
Hold on, don't let go
Even in the dark, you glow

You'll be brighter than the stars
And you'll see how radiant you are
I know you're full of doubt
Don’t let them bring you down
'Cause you're unstoppable
Rising higher than the sun
Climb away 'til they're gone
Way up above the clouds
They'll never bring you down
'Cause you're unstoppable
Unstoppable
Unstoppable
Unstoppable

 

MESSAGE:
Rev. Richard Rogers: So tonight, I'm going to begin a seven-week series entitled, "The 7 Habits of Highly Transformative People." Now, most of us have heard about or read Stephen Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. But what I want to do is: I want to make a little bit of a flip on that. I want to make a little bit of a change on that one. I want to make it for spiritual people. Because Stephen Covey's book is fabulous! I mean, I read it many years ago. I've read it many times. Like, it is a solid work. It is phenomenal! Right? But for spiritual people, I want to do a level of talks on: How is it that spiritual people -- transformative people, people that are willing to make a difference, people that are willing to transform situations... What are the habits that we really need to integrate into our daily practice -- into our daily life -- that really make a difference?

So let's begin by even looking at the concept: What is a transformative or transformational person? And what I want you to see is that: I believe that there are those people in our world who are called to take situations exactly the way they are and to transform them into something greater. Like, some people just take the world as it is. They may complain about it; they may go on and on, piss and moan about it. But they just kind of accept the world as it is. But there are those individuals that actually accept the world as it is, but then take it higher. They actually transform it into something greater. And I believe that our Wayshower, Jesus Christ -- the model for this -- was that Jesus Christ was an incredibly transformative figure. Right? If we look at the ministry of Jesus Christ, we somebody who was transforming over and over again all the situations that were around him. I mean, he turned water into wine. He turned the sick and he transformed it into healthy people. He transformed the storm into peace, as we talked about last week. He transformed non-believers into believers. He transformed darkness into light. [Laughs] He transformed the dead and the dying into the living. I mean, he was about transformation!

And when we look at the world today, we see so many things that literally need to be transformed. We're living in a pandemic right now! And we can just accept that we're living in a pandemic, or we -- as a spiritual person -- we can do our part to transform that into a healthy world. You know, so many people right now are living in lack and limitation. And as a transformative person, we can actually be about transforming a world of lack and limitation into a world of abundance! You know, there's so many people that are sick and ill right now. That we need to be helping them transform into healthy living. There's so much hatred and racism right now that we need to be transforming into loving kindness!

So how is it that we go about transforming things?

I want to go to science. I want to begin from the point of view of science. In science, there's the first law of thermodynamics. [Laughs] Now, I know all of you are studying up on your physics, and you know about the first law of thermodynamics. And the first law of thermodynamics says that energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed. Right? That's the fundamental principle, right? Is that energy can be changed from one form to another, but it can't be created or destroyed.

And what I'd like you to see today is that: that's a spiritual principle! [Laughs] Like, that's a spiritual principle for all of our lives! God created energy, and we can transform it. We can move it from one form to another, but we can't create it: that God did that! We can't destroy it, because you can't destroy God! So what we're doing -- as transformative people -- is just moving it from one form of energy to another form of energy.

You know, one of the things that I've been teaching this last year [laughs] that just crack me up – right? -- is this image of a person sitting at their desk piled with bills. And, you know, for most of us that would be one of our worst nightmares: is to have on your desk a pile full of bills, and know that you don't have enough money to transform or to pay all those bills. And what I want you to see is: when we move into this transformative consciousness, we actually see that -- in that pile of bills -- we are dealing with an abundance. But we're dealing with the energy in a form that we don't really want. We're dealing with the energy of debt, right? Most of us don't want the energy of debt! We want the energy of abundance, right? But we take the form that it is. That we are masters of creating debt, and we actually want to create that energy in a brand new way. Right?

So in financial terms, there's a term called liquidity. And liquidity is a term that's used to describe an asset, and how easily can you transform that asset to cash. Right? Because most of us know -- when it comes to an asset -- we want that asset to be increasing in value, but we also want it to readily become cash if we need it. So if you own a home, and all of a sudden you need cash, your home can be turned to cash. Hopefully, if you've got equity in your home, your home can be turned to cash. But it's not a process that happens very quickly. If you need cash for lunch today, most of us are not going to go and try to sell our house this afternoon so we have cash for lunch. We're just not going to do it, right? So you can say, well, there's equity in your home... but it's not very liquid. It takes a lot of energy to sell your house to take it back into cash. Right?

Now, if I'm walking around with a chicken [laughs], right? You can say, well, my chicken has a value. There's a monetary value if you own chickens, right? There's a monetary value to my chicken, but I can't take it and take it to Chipotle and say, "Can I trade my chicken for a burrito?" I mean, they're not going to do that, right? So a chicken -- or livestock -- is not very liquid, unless you know how to do that. Right? [Laughs] So your savings account, your checking account, are much more liquid forms of energy.

Now, why am I talking about this? Because what I want you to see is that some forms of energy are easier to transform than other forms of energy. But all forms of energy can be transformed. And as spiritual people, I want you to begin to look at the energy that you're surrounding yourself with, and acknowledging that that may or may not be the best form of energy if you want to create something in your life.

Like, if you had to pick the difference between anger and love as a form of energy, which do you think is easier to create the next level of your life with? If you're walking around, like you're doing every day, and you're just overwhelmed with anger -- you have anger just coming out of your ears; it's coming out of every word you speak. If you're huffing and puffing through life, and if you're just angry over and over again, how easy is it to transform anger into your heart's desire? Can you see that -- if you're walking in love -- that love is a much easier form of energy to transform into your heart's desire? That love actually helps you -- it aids you, it guides you -- into your next manifestation? It actually is so much easier to transform love into abundance, into health, into great relationships than anger, right? So anger is much more difficult. It's much more dense. It's much more stuck. Love flows.

Forgiveness or unforgiveness? Can you see that forgiveness is a much easier energy to transform into your heart's desire than unforgiveness? Unforgiveness is stuck energy. And we can have unforgiveness about things that happened years and years ago, and that energy's been stuck for years and years and years.

Or even when you think about the past or the present. Is past energy or present energy easier to create the next level of your life? I'm going to suggest today that present energy. I would also suggest that pain is not an effective use of energy. Like, if you're going to store the energy in your life, do you want to store that energy in pain? I would suggest not! Like, pain for most of us: we don't want to touch it; we don't want to feel it; we don't want to think about it. So all the energy that we have stored up in our soul as pain is a very difficult energy to transform. Can it be done? Yes! It needs to be done! But it's not the most effective way to store energy! The most effective way to store energy is love!

And I'd like to make a case today... You know, Jesus, we're told, wore a seamless robe. Right? He wore this seamless robe. And what I want you to see: in Jesus' time, the seamless robe was the most expensive robe. It was woven in one piece for the size of that person. Right? Jesus didn't have 15 of those. He didn't have his "fat robes" and his "skinny robes." He didn't have his "holiday robes" and his "working day robes." He had his one robe. Now, why would he only have one robe? You can say, "Well, that's all people had!" Well, Jesus wanted to make sure that all of his energy was available to create in the moment. He didn't want to have any energy in "stuff" that was just holding him back.

Like, if you look at most of our lives right now, we have so much of our energy held up in storage units and in junk drawers and in closest. And what I want you to see today is: I want you to be a transformer of energy! I want you to take the energy in your life and transform it to a higher level this year. That transformative people are not stuck in old energy. They're not stuck in anger. They're not stuck in old pain. They're not stuck in unforgiveness. Because they're committed to transforming energy -- over and over again -- to a higher level of energy. So as we let go, we actually -- of old stories, of old drama, of old pain -- we actually then move this energy to the desires of today.

Now, habit number one. Once we understand that we're in the transformation business -- that that's what we do. No matter who you are, you are in the transformation business. You are here to transform what is to what could be.

Now habit number one is: All transformation begins with me. And what do I mean by that? That, if the situation is in front of me, it is for me. Even if I don't like it! Even if I don't want it! If the situation is in front of me, it is for me to transform it.

See, most people react so much to the situation that it never gets transformed. They stay in the anger or the upset or the disappointment of the situation, and so they never transform it. What I want you to see today is: Our job is to transform what is [laughs] into what could be.

So last weekend, I'm driving around town, and I get honked at. Now, I don't know about you [laughs], but I don't like to be honked at. You know, I just don't! I don't like people honking at me; it just upsets and annoys me. Sometimes it even scares me, right? I don't like to be honked at! And so I'm... This person behind me is honking at me, and I'm getting more and more annoyed. And I...

My first response to this individual is not, "Oh, you perfect child of God!" [Laughs] I want to give them, like, just, uh, a blessing. Right? I want to just tell them what I think of them. Right? And something deep inside me said, "Don't." [Laughs] "Just don't do it. Just don't do it!" So now I'm in a conflict. Because there's a part of me that I feel: I feel victimized. That I feel a righteousness to respond to them. They're honking at me, and they should just get whatever I want to give them. And I'm in a bit of a conflict, because I'm stuck in the situation. I'm not transforming it; I'm actually stuck in the situation. But my guidance says, "Richard, don't. Don't respond."

 So I look up to see who it is that honks at me, and it's a sweet lady from church. And she is so excited to see me out and about time, she is honking and waving to get my attention. [Laughs] And it's like, "THANK YOU, GOD! Thank you, God; thank you, God; thank you, God!” That sometimes I have the self-discipline to be the most appropriate version of myself [laughs], and to transform it to something higher. Because sometimes that small, angry victim little part of me -- wounded part of me -- just wants to retaliate. And when the Christ in me -- when the God in me, when the spiritually mature one in me -- responds, thank you, God!

We are here to be transformers. And the first habit that we need to cultivate is that: If it's happening to you, it is up to you to transform it. If it is right in front of you, it is for you: for your life. You are the one that's called to transform it.

So what happens, so many times, is we move into that victim mindset. Now, how do I know when I'm in that victim mindset? Well, when I'm in the victim mindset, I relate to a situation one of three ways. When I'm in a victim mindset, I often say, "This isn't fair." And the moment I think the thought, "This isn't fair," I know that automatically I am in the mindset. "It's not fair!" Right? "It's just not fair!" Or the other thought is -- the other one is -- "It's not right!" Like, have you ever walked into a situation and said, "This just isn't right!"? "This is wrong; I shouldn't be having this one!" And that's the third one! Is: "It shouldn't be this way!" The moment that we think "It's not fair; it's not right; it shouldn't be this way," we know that we're in the victim mindset.

And from the victim mindset, it's almost impossible to transform a situation. We actually have to move to a higher ground. We have to move to that spiritual part of us. We have to move to the part of us that is more powerful, more creative, more wise, and not respond out of our little self. Yes! Do we have a God-given right to respond out of our little self? Yes! But it never works out! It's never for good! It never transforms a situation!

What I want you to see is… Habit number one is: transformative people take 100% responsibility for whatever is in front of them to transform. Now you can say, "Well, Richard, this pandemic isn't right! I'm a victim to this situation|" Or, "I'm a victim to being laid off." Or, "I'm a victim to what's going on in the housing market." Or, "I'm a victim to interest rates." Or, "I'm a victim to [whatever it is]." And it's like, yes! As long as you stay in that mindset, you are a victim!

But if you're a spiritual person, you're here to transform it! You're here to take your life higher! You're here to make sure that you're making a difference, day in and day out, in literally every area of your life! That you're not here to be victimized by life! You are here to be an overcome! A transformer!

So if it is in front of you, it is for you! If it's in front of me, it's for me. What's in front of me is God placing me in this place -- in this moment, in this situation -- to take whatever the situation is higher!

So I want you to look at your life this year. And I want you to look at what's going on in your life right now. Are you reacting to it as a victim? Or are you reacting to it as a transformer? Have you accepted the challenge -- the opportunity -- of taking a situation that is right in front of you, and taking it to a higher ground? Taking it to a greater place? Being an instrument for God in the world to transform the world and create the kingdom of heaven here and now?

Habit number one for transformative people is: It's really about me. If it's in front of me, it's for me. If it is in my life, it's up to me to transform it. I can't push it off to somebody else. I can't just pretend I'm a victim. I have to accept that what is in my life is 100% for my highest good, and for the highest good of everyone around me.

I am a transformer! Will you say that with me? "I am a transformer!" I am a spiritual transformer! Together: "I am a spiritual transformer!" And I want you to see in your mind's eye -- as we talked about last week -- I want you to see situations in your life that you have transformed before. Situations that you've cleaned up. Situations you've taken higher. Situations that you've made better because you put on the transformational mindset. That you weren't here just to be a victim to life; that you were here to take life and make it better. That each and every one of us -- right here, right now -- is here to put on the mindset of a transformer, and to take our life to a higher ground.

I am here to transform my life and my world! Let's take it into prayer.
And I invite you to open your mind, your heart, your soul to the activity of God that is right here, right now. And I want you to think about one situation in your life: one condition, one moment. And I want you to make the personal commitment to transform it. First, I just want you to make peace with it. That it is literally in your life for divine appointment. It is in your life for your highest good, and the highest good for everyone around you. That you're not a victim to that situation; you were called to be the instrument of transformation. Thank you, God, for this situation, and my ability to take this situation higher than it's ever been before. To create good out of this moment. To create greater good than I've never known before. That this is the raw material that I need to create the kingdom of heaven here and now. And so it is. Amen.

 

COLLECTION
Alright. This is the time of giving of our gifts and tithes. And I invite you to hold them in your hand as we bless them together: “Divine love, through me, blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give, and all that I receive.” Together: “Divine love, through me, blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give, and all that I receive.” Let’s say that one more time: “Divine love, through me, blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give, and all that I receive” And we give thanks for every gift. And as we give, we know our gifts come back to us 10-, 100-, 1,000-fold... for as I give, so shall I receive. So I give in faith, and I receive in abundance. In the name and through the power of the Living Christ, we give thanks. And so it is. Amen.

 

CLOSING

Alright; God bless you, friend! I see this being a transformative week for you! For you taking whatever is showing up in your life, and taking it to higher ground! That there is no limit to the power of God in you to transform any situation in your life.

Let's close with our Prayer for Protection:
“The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
And the presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is.”

God bless you, friend! Have a great week!

Copyright 2021 Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center/Rev. Richard Rogers

 

 

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Phone: (602) 978-3200

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