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Eli and Joseph Atencion

By Jon Sievert

At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett discuss the power of words to affect you and others in a talk titled “Your Most Sacred Conversation,” which is, ultimately, the one that we have with ourselves at every moment of our lives.

Words are powerful. We can use their force constructively to heal, encourage others, and mend bridges, or destructively to hurt someone, ruin relationships, or weaken someone’s spirit.

The inspiring words of gifted orators like Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, and Nelson Mandela changed the world. While most of us don’t influence the world on a global scale, the force of our words, whether written or spoken, also have tremendous power in our daily lives.

We use an average of 16,000 words per day. Add to that an average of 60,000 thoughts we think every day. With the deluge of all of those spoken and unspoken words, it’s worth asking: how many of these are kind, gentle, or life-affirming? Most importantly, what percentage of the words we use towards ourselves is helpful and loving versus harmful, mean, or judgmental?

How many times a day do we lovingly express appreciation and gentle kindness towards ourselves? How many of those thoughts are aimed at criticizing, blaming, doubting, and beating ourselves up? How harmful are we being toward our spirit? Do we even know? Have our thoughts become so habitual that we barely even notice them? What would it take for you to really commit to having your thoughts be the most empowered, loving, encouraging, and life-affirming thoughts possible? That is the place where true healing can occur, not only at a personal level but also indirectly as a way to begin to heal the rest of the world.

San Miguel residents Eli and Joseph are collectively known as the Sublime Guys, who specialize in life coaching with backgrounds that include certified hypnotherapy, past-life regression therapy, spiritual counseling, and transformational workshops. They are also the founders of Sublime Design Interiors, a successful interior design firm. Eli will also provide special music for the service.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


UU Service

“Your Most Sacred Conversation”

By Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett

Sun, Jun 10, 10:30am

Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15





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