Nuggets From Paulette Pipe's Call
Posted by Janessa Wilder on Aug 8, 2020
“It’s time. It’s time to let it go,” said Rev. Paulette Pipe on trusting your deepest intuitions. And Paulette does just that. Her life embodies trust and faith, as well as surrender to the deeper forces around and within us. A UK-born minister who served formerly as Spiritual Director of the UK Unity headquarters, and then manager of the Retreats department at Unity Village, Rev. Paulette left her full-time job, with benefits, to follow her inner voice and work for free – “doing the thing I loved most.” She leads Touching the Stillness Ministries, a vibrant organization she created to make meditation and mindfulness both practical and accessible for daily application. She is a meditation teacher who acknowledges the challenges that come with learning to meditate when one is desperately striving for inner peace, but writes that “Meditation...is the spiritual gift that gets me out of bed.” Inspired by three stones on her vision board, Paulette hopes to assist people in finding “Stillness, Love, and Peace” through the experience she has cultivated as “Touching the Stillness.”
Paulette takes a compassionate approach to beginning meditators – she aims to make meditation an accessible asset daily. She draws on multiple forms of expression – she dances, journals, drums, sings and travels. With her mesmerizing voice, and distinctive gift of affirmative healing prayers and meditations that stir the soul, she masterfully creates rich, sacred experiences from a range of traditional and unexpected mindful and meditation practices.
Below are some of the nuggets from the call that stood out for me ...
- A "reluctant prophet" in a way--I often heard an inner voice say something and I ran in the opposite direction.
- Growing up, dreams were taken seriously. If you got up and spoke your dream, everyone would pay attention. I don’t remember the exact content of the dream. I just remember speaking it and my parents having that knowing look. My dad sold his only little plot of inheritance to buy the plane ticket to send me back to London. I was 11 or 12. It meant something and they had also discerned that I had gifts of my own.
- At a 40-day silent retreat, I had very detailed dreams and journaled about them. The next seven years, each and every one of those dreams came true. They were prophetic.
- I ask God to give me a sign that what I'm doing is the right thing.
- Things that attracted me to Unity Church: Power of positive thinking, praying affirmatively. There is One God, many paths. Jesus is the wayshower. We are all One. Embracing other religions.
- I feel anger and despair, as well. That's why it's important to have daily centering practices. You don't deny the feelings, you just deny that they have power over you.
- Forgiveness is not something you do once. It's something you have to do again and again. It's a clearing of the space in your own being.
- Gandhi appeared to me in a meditation in the Gandhi ashram in Ahmedabad, India. He came and took my arm and said directly to me, "Stand up!" And he showed me a large group of people standing behind me and one standing behind him, to show me the support we have behind us. I feel this is a message for others, as well.