Open Sesame!

There is a key that unlocks the unfulfilled life.  Rather like the old magician’s “open sesame”, this key will transform your entire outlook on your life and the world around you.  What is this magnificent key, you may ask?

It is so simple that you will wonder why you never thought of it before.

The key to a life well lived is empowerment and that empowerment happens only when you realize and understand that everything in your life begins and ends with you.  You are the driving wheel, the motive force, the producer, director and chief actor in this drama called life.

You see, we really are the “captains of our fate and the masters of our soul“.  It was true in the 1600’s when William Shakespeare penned those immortal words, and even more so in this age of personal empowerment, civil liberties and an “anything goes” public morality.

How do you find this key and what do you do with it.  First, claim your power! Affirm that you are a magnificent creation of God and that God never experiences a recall. (no junk).  Know that you and I and all humanity are made from the very substance and stuff of the Most High God which is the God within each and every one of us. Yes, you and I and even your mother-in-law are made of the very substance of the Divine.

You may say, what happens when we are the victim of other people’s actions, nature or luck?

Please know that becoming a victim is a conscious choice by you, not something that is forced upon you.  OK, a really bad thing happened in your life.  Lost your job, your home, your spouse; you became ill, you were diagnosed with cancer. These are tough things to take in stride, but unless you want them to persist, that is exactly what you must do.  How do you look cancer in the eye and say no big deal?  How do you lose your spouse and say it doesn’t matter?

Sure, these things matter, they are scary and they hurt like hell! I know I have experienced all of these more than once.

Here is the secret.  These things did not happen to you, nobody did this to you. In one way or another you are responsible for every thing good or bad that happens in your life.  Be careful now, you are not to blame but you are responsible.

There is no blame in the spiritual realm,  but you did create the situation with your stream of consciousness (thought) and your words which led to your choices.  Thought, word and choice are the building blocks of life.

In truth there are no victims in life.  Sounds heartless I know, but its true nonetheless.  When I was diagnosed with cancer my first reaction was woe is me! But then I recalled that I am a Religious Science Minister and that I don’t believe that things just happen.  We create them one way or another.  I traced the thread back in my memory and presto, I found the cause of my cancer.

The cause was a rather tumultuous love life that featured three divorces.  Once I realized the cause, the fact that my cancer was in the Prostate was no accident.  The Prostate is the sexual and reproductive area.   I caused my body to turn against itself (that is what cancer is) with my feelings about my turbulent personal life.  

Since I have been happily married to my dear Susan for almost 19 years I know that there will not be a recurrence.  Her love and my being ready to be loved have healed the old relationship wounds.

Once I knew the cause of the cancer, which is always spiritual or mental, I could let the Doctors treat the symptoms and I would treat the cause so it never would return.  Anger, sorrow, a terrible hurt and great stress are the real causes of cancer and the reason why it is endemic in 21st Century America. 

The “Open Sesame” is to understand that YOU are the power in your life.  You have had a license to heal since birth, given by Deity.  You have the power to transform and to create whatever life you desire.  You are a magnificent creation of the Architect of the Universe and you need never be a victim again.  

Think of what you will allow in your life, speak words of kindness, love and joy, and chose what is healthy, happy and the highest and best for all concerned.  That is the recipe for a life very well lived.

Until we are together again…..

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   Yes, I am a Religious Scientist! 

The Soul’s Journey

We all are aware that there are two things that every human must do.  Pay taxes and die.  The modern world has figured out how to change out gender,our appearance and even enhance our intelligence, but taxes and death seem to be beyond the reach of even our technology.

Most of us realize that we are not our body.  Our body is the Earth Suit that we wear for locomotion and life support.  When the body dies……then what?  It is my belief a human being can never really die.  The mind (not the brain) and spirit lives on.  We never die we just transition to another state of being.

I know this for a fact for I have done it twice, which seems to me one more time than necessary.  According to the EMT Paramedics I was clinically dead when they found me tossed up on the shore of Malibu Beach after being caught in a rip tide. I was 23, far too young to die in my considered opinion.  They got over a gallon of water out of my lungs; I was as close to death as a human can get.

The second time was in my early 40’s during surgery for a burst appendix which had gone septic.  The experience was very similar to that “fun” day at the beach so long ago. 

On both trips to “the other side” I was mentored by a transitioned relative or loved one.  This is done undoubtedly to soften the blow of one’s imminent demise.  Yes, there was a lovely bright light and my maternal grandmother, Margaret, who talked like Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With The Wind”.  

Both times I took her hand while she explained my choices.  It came down to staying in this life or going on to another experience.  Like a good lawyer, she summarized the case for both courses of action but emphasized that time was of the essence, as I was fading fast.  

I remember Margaret reminding me during my first near death experience that   my young wife, pregnant with our child, was on the beach, unaware of anything amiss, and that was something that I should consider carefully.  

She then showed me a glimpse of the absolute world of Spirit and words cannot describe the loveliness, peace and sense of belonging that I experienced. She did tell me that this was the Soul’s natural state and that life, although exciting, was very wearing on the spirit and soul.

She emphasized over and over that we never, no never, really die.  We just change form rather like water transforming into steam and then to ice.

I asked Margaret about heaven and hell and she laughed.  She said God made us out of Her own substance and that to send anyone to Hell, God would need to go with us since we are the same substance, different only in scale.  

She did say that we all get to experience that which we put into Law while in this life ( for good or ill) but not as reward or punishment but as information for the next experience.

The point of this post is that you can never really die so don’t sweat it.  Nothing to be afraid of; in fact if you live long enough you will embrace death like a lover.  Life is great but enough is often too much.

You are eternal, you never die.  Your body and your Ego dies but the essence of you is eternal.  God will walk with you for all eternity through each transition and each Journey of the Soul.

Do you not know that you are safe, you are Divine, and you are magnificent?

Until we are together again go to CSL.ORG to learn more about Religious Science, which teaches the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy.  Attend our Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Spiritual Living nearest you.  You will be greeted like family.    Go to YouTube.com/revdore and check out my 121 Video Podcasts. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL  …..I am a Religious Scientist, the Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century and beyond.

Standing for Faith and Truth and the American Dream

It has been said that those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.  In our nation and in too many others around the world, we see the creeping virus of disbelief in our private, public and civic life.  It is essential for every human being to believe in something greater and more noble than themselves.

 A good religion or spirituality provides this faith and belief and teaches a moral code as well.  Believe in Science, if you will.  Believe in America or your family but believe in something greater than yourself. 

Countless hours staring at a game console, tablet, smartphone or other device has many of our Millennials living in an artificial universe where they don’t talk, they text, they don’t make love,they hook up, they don’t work, they do their thing.  

Far too many Americans under 40 believe in nothing, experience little of real life and have retreated to a Doll House existence.  (Doll House is a chilling sci-fi series about a near future reality in which humans don’t live in the outside world at all, we lay on couches and experience life through AI, (artificial intelligence).

If you are not familiar with Doll House, stream it on Netflix.  It will scare the pudding out of you!  

Belief is the greatest power of the human mind. Some call it faith which is a first cousin to belief, only deeper. Faith can heal when the doctors give up; it can move mountains, surmount any obstacle, achieve the “impossible” and create whatever you can believe and conceive. 

A society that has lost its core belief is doomed. Rome did not fall because it was evil or corrupt but because it stopped believing in the Gods of Rome and the ethos of the Roman state and so they ceased to be Romans.  Are we headed for the same fate?

What is America’s Core belief?  It is the American Dream, in which fewer and fewer believe today.  It never was a promise or a guaranteed benefit.  It was a chance to be more and do more than your grandparents or parents.  It was a chance to be free, to speak your mind without fear or reprisal,  it was a chance for those who arrived in steerage to travel in First Class within a few years with enough desire and hard work.

It still exists and is alive and well but it seems that only immigrants believe in The American Dream today.  We hear all too often that the system is “rigged”. It is only rigged if you believe its rigged.  

Andrew Carnegie was nearly bankrupt when he finished the first steel bridge over the Mississippi River with borrowed money.  Within 5 years he was the richest man in America. 

To those without belief, courage and guts the system will always seem to be rigged.  Was it rigged for my Cambodian neighbors? Here is their story.

I patronize a dry cleaners owned by a family of Cambodian immigrants.  They walked 500 miles to get to Thailand, fleeing the death camps of the vicious Khymer Rouge.  They had $100 to their name when they arrived in America. 

Today they own 4 dry cleaners and 5 restaurants, providing a fine living for the entire extended family.  They came here with $100 to their name.

How did they do this when so many Americans believe that this story is no longer possible?  Immigrants are highly motivated and they believe that in America anything is possible and so it becomes possible for them.  Faith, courage and hard work does the rest.   

Doubt or cynicism is the enemy of the creation of our good for the cynic and the constant skeptic believes in nothing; not even in themselves.

I believe that the day that we stop welcoming immigrants to the US will be the day that America begins to die.  Immigrants refresh the tree of Liberty with their hopes, dreams, hard work and faith.  They are a lesson for all Americans and an example of the American Dream in action. 

Searching for a spiritual faith that you can believe in this 21st Century?  Log on to CSL.ORG and find the nearest Center for Spiritual Living near you.  We teach Religious Science which is the Science of Mind.  You will be glad you came and you will be most welcome

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

Revdore on YouTube a Religious Science (Science of Mind) Video Playlist

This week’s post is a playlist of my YouTube video podcasts.  Click on the square below and enjoy.  Let me know what you think.  Want more? Go to YouTube.com/revdore

My the indwelling God and the Most High God be your constant companion, friend and counselor.  Be well, think well and live well.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida.

Creator, or Parent?

It seems that there are as many concepts of God as there are people.  Just who is this all powerful Spirit, Being or Intelligence that is the architect and engineer of all that exists?

I have narrowed the God Concept to 2 main ideas.  Parent or Creator

The Parent:  

This is the most prevalent idea of God in Western Judaeo/Christian/Islamic civilization.  Since we all have or had a mother and a father, it is only natural that we should internalize God as our heavenly parent.  Like our own parents, God gave us life by creating all that exists, including Mom and Dad.

This parent God not only created us but acts as our Heavenly parent; punishing us when we are bad or “sin” and rewarding us when we are good.

Often our own parents acted as judge, jury and jailer, (I must have served 2 years total during my childhood and adolescence “on punishment”).  If God puts us on “punishment” its not a couple of weeks, its for all eternity.

Whew, talk about tough love!  But that’s not all the “Parent God” does for us. He/ She also helps plan our life and direct our path, rather like having a perpetual mother-in-law or ethnic Mama (Jewish, Italian, Armenian, Greek, Irish)

People who believe in the “Parent God” often ask:”What is God’s Plan for Me” as if we came with a life road map at birth.  This can even extend to buying a car or house; getting married, having a child, taking a new job or moving to another city. Any salesman can tell you of customers who would not decide on a home or car unless “it was God’s Plan”.

I often wondered how God could possibly have time to deal with the minutiae of 10 billion people and that is just our one little planet out of millions more in the Universe!

Belief in this Parent God is called Theism.  

The Creator

My personal favorite God is the Creator God, the God of the 17th and 18th Century Enlightenment.  This is the historical period when fear based belief and the old medieval ideas gave way to science and the philosophy of Rousseau, Locke and Montesquieu.  This is the God of our Founding Fathers, including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and virtually every major player in the founding of our nation.  This idea of God is called Deism, the idea that God is the Creator of all that exists but rules by natural laws, both physical and spiritual. 

God’s gifts to us are life and what Deists call “Providence”, meaning that God has provided all that is needful for humanity to thrive and be successful on this Earth.  To a Deist, God is not a parent or nanny but a Creator and Law Giver. 

Does this seem a bit cold and detached compared to the Parent God?  There is no denying that if you want Big Daddy or Mommy in the Sky, you will not find them in a Deistic Universe.  This Creator Deist God does not get involved in your love life, what car you drive or where you live.  The only “plan” that the Deistic God has for you is what you think, speak and choose.  YOU are the author of the “plan”.

A Deistic God has endowed his creations with all they need to live happy lives and succeed.  It is their choice, however, to live their lives wisely and well or foolishly and badly.  By our thoughts, words and choices WE are the authors of our lives. The Book of Life that we write is neither right or wrong to a Deist… it just IS.  The Law returns measure for measure back to us exactly what we have thought, done and believed. 

A Deistic God does not punish or reward. Your life and after life is created by your thought, word and deed. Law gives back what you put out so no Divine intervention is necessary.  No need for reward, for virtue is its own reward, no need for punishment for we do a fine job of punishing ourselves . 

Before you conclude that the Deistic God is just a Divine Clock Winder who began the Universe and all that is in it and then left us alone, you should know that this concept of God is open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration.  It will encourage you, love you, and inspire you you at every turn of your life….If you are open and listen to the voice within, which is the presence of the Divine in you. 

The Deistic God is the best friend you could ever have for he/she never rewards or punishes, he or she merely is and always will be. 

This is a God that you can talk to and get answers; clear answers that human beings can use and follow.  Yes, you can talk to God for God is not up in Heaven, or down in Hell.  No these places are merely constructs of the human mind and have nothing to do with God.  

God is everywhere present at all times, including in you and I and every person on this planet and many more beyond our imagination.  God lives and moves and has it being in you and I and in every living thing.  We swim in God as a fish swims in the sea but we persist in believing that God is a stern and distant parent, beyond reach and reason. 

Religious Science is very God centered but ours is the Deistic concept of Emerson, Descartes,  Thoreau,  Swedenborg, Quimby and the philosophers of the Enlightenment.  

If he were alive today George Washington would be a Religious Scientist.  

There is no mystery to God, He or She is as close as a prayer and stands ready to give you strength when it all seems hopeless, inspire you when all roads seemed closed to you and warm your soul with Her Eternal, Unconditional Love. If you want a faith and philosophy that warms your heart and soul and still makes sense in this 21st Century then log on to CSL.ORG  and see if Religious Science just might be the answer you have longed to find.  You will be most welcome!

And So It Is 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

Thoughts From A “Valley Boy”

For those of you not born and raised in Southern California a bit of explanation is needed.  A Valley Boy or Valley Girl is someone from the San Fernando Valley Section of Los Angeles.   Valley Boys and Girls have a particular way of speaking, thinking and acting.  Got to be hip, very cool and talk with a rather strange accent.  Toadily Rad is one example from the old days.  Also saying “Like” 10 times in a sentence began in the Valley.

When my parents moved from the seaside city of Long Beach out to the “Valley” in 1950 it was the fastest growing place in the entire United States.  Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Roy Rogers, Gail Storm (My Little Margie), Liberace, Andy Devine, (Jingles) William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) Tex Ritter, Gene Autry, Hugh O’Brien (Wyatt Earp) were just a few of the movie and TV Stars that called the San Fernando Valley their home.  Not to mention the author of the book “Tarzan” (Edgar Rice Burroughs) who got a neighborhood in the Valley (Tarzana) named after his famous jungle man.

Van Nuys Blvd was the prototype for “cruising” and car clubs all over America.  This iconic street runs right through the middle of the Valley and was THE place to show off your “ride”, do a little street racing (until the LAPD showed up) and get a shake and a Big Boy hamburger at Bob’s Big Boy Drive in on the Boulevard.

I grew up in this wonderful place, cruising, dating, laughing and loving. I went to Van Nuys High School, just two blocks from the famous “Boulevard” .  Went to college at what was then San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal-State U Northridge).  The movie “American Graffiti” was about the Valley and this era.

OK, what is the point of this walk down memory lane?   There is no deep message, no spiritual truth that will jump out at you in this post.  I had a very good childhood; with the exception of a Southern Drama Queen Mother and an Armenian Long Suffering Father but they were great, in spite of it all.  Dad did the parenting and Mom was the teacher, law giver and disciplinarian.  

My childhood forged in my character an affinity for strong capable women like my dear wife Susan, the love of my life. 

What did I learn from my childhood and teen journey through the 50’s and 60’s in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles?

I was damn fortunate to be born in post war Southern California where all things were deemed not only possible but routine.  LA was the center of the world and there was nothing that could not be done or achieved.

I had slightly unusual but loving parents who prepared me well for the life I was to lead.

I was raised a Religious Scientist (Los Angeles was the center of Religious Science and the Home Office of the denomination) which gave me an understanding that God provides the innate qualities of life and we create our life experience through wise use of the Law of Mind Action: (as a person thinks, so they are).

That nothing ever really happens to you, you happen to it.  You are the motive force, the driving wheel of your life.  What you think is creative.  What you say has tremendous power and what you do or fail to do changes your life in ways you cannot fully fathom.  It’s all up to you, but a power much, much greater than you or I is always open, always available for help, inspiration, comfort and strength.  That is the God within which is the Most High God.

And So It Is!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

When It All Falls Apart!

Some people call “when it all falls apart” a reversal of fortune.  Well, I have had too many of these to count and “fortune” had little or nothing to do with my condition.

Those who are honest with themselves know that on some level they created every one of those “reversal of fortunes”.  Often they are “sins of omission”, things we knew we should do but failed to do.  Failure to act as your intuition pleads with you to do is the #1 cause of things falling apart in our lives.  Our inner voice warns us, tells us what to do but we refuse to listen.

Do you not know that the what we call intuition is the voice of God within us?  Yes, God does not live way up in the sky but is everywhere present, especially in us.  Call it the Holy Spirit, Gnosis, The God within; it all adds up to the same power that created the Universe and all that exists; giving us constant help and advice.

Rule number 1 of surviving a “reversal of fortune” is to be still and listen to the voice within.  You will find the strength you need to survive this crisis and the advice and directions to repair the damage.

A technique that I used when I was diagnosed in 2004 with advanced prostate cancer is the technique I call “pulling the thread”.   Have you ever pulled on the thread of a sweater and saw it start to unwind into a ball of yarn?

To find the cause of your trouble you will unwind the thread of your consciousness.  Everything begins in your mind and the cause of your “reversal of fortune” lies within you.  “Pulling the Thread” will help you to discover the root cause and how to repair the damage.

First be aware of the location of your trouble. The location of your problem will tell you what issues you need to address as you begin the repair work.  Remember it all begins and ends with YOU.  Nothing outside created my cancer or your reversal of fortune.

Cancer is a sickness of the spirit, mind and heart.  It is your own body turning against you.  The cure lies in finding out why you have turned against yourself. 

Where did the cancer appear in my case?  In the reproductive and sexual area!  That was my first clue as to what threads to begin to pull.  The female equivalent is breast or cervical cancer.  The illness is located in the area of your biggest life challenge,  

Mine has been women.  I loved them dearly but often I could not sustain the relationship.  Happily my dear wife Susan and I just celebrated our 18th Anniversary and I am confident that her lovely blue eyes will be the last thing I see when my journey is done.  

In short, a lot of women wanted to marry me (guess I looked like good husband material) and I said yes too often. After the glow wore off, my insecurity and  angst began to wear on them and yet another failed relationship ensued; leaving the anger, guilt and bitterness that eventually  poisoned my body and almost killed me.  

This is when I learned to “pull the thread”. 

As I began to “pull the thread” to unearth the real cause of the cancer I found a common thread in each my previous relationships.  I did not feel that I was good enough to be with that woman.  Oh, I was outwardly charming, confident and, of course good looking.  

To my surprise Dore’ did not like Dore’.  I was judgmental, sometimes prickly and hard to live with and just overflowed with a feeling of being “damaged goods”.

Feelings of inferiority are prime causes of illness; as are constant sorrow, bitterness or anger.  These are mind and body poisons and are the real cause of cancer.  Medicine is beginning to understand this as well, at long last.

“Pulling the Thread” is not fun. It is brutal self examination that lays bare many of the things that we have been keeping buried for a lifetime.  The more you trace the cause, the more you look at the issues you have in the area of the cancer, the more you are removing the cause of that cancer.  

Read Louise Hay’s book, Heal Your Body, and get a good understanding of how each area of our physical body relates to our Mind and Spirit.  This understanding will be your road map to recovery.

Pulling the thread takes courage and an iron will to be healed.  You may hang your head and cry as the truth of each thread you expose becomes so obvious.   You may be even loathe what comes up.

That’s OK, its all part of the purging and healing that will cure your illness of Spirit that is out picturing as cancer or other illness and ensure that it never returns.

Until we are together again, be well, be happy and listen to the God within.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL and I am a Religious Scientist.  

For more information on Religious Science and the the teaching of the Science of Mind, log on to CSL.ORG

In Search of Wisdom

Wisdom is to intelligence as aging is to wine.  It enriches, hones and perfects the  intelligent mind and the eager heart.   Smart without wisdom is rather like a fine horse never broken.  All potential but little or no production.

Wisdom is the art and science of what to do, when to do it and the converse.  It is often more important to know when to keep one’s own counsel, when to remain still and let things play out.  A wise person does not care what others think of him. Wisdom is secure in the knowledge that it has the goods, that it can handle the situation and that what others think of him or her is really none of his business.

Where are the wise men in the 21st Century?  The commodity of true wisdom is becoming more and more rare.  In order to acquire wisdom one must be still and listen, do an inner inventory of one’s self and be willing to not like what one sees.

In our age of social media and the fire hose of  information poured into our homes and minds with 24 hour news and commentary there is less and less quiet time in our lives.   Sometimes we just need to be still  and think.

Be still and know that I am God……Psalm121

Good advice in 1500 BC and still relevant today.  The chattering mind never acquires wisdom for it is on transmit 24/7.  You must LISTEN to learn and be still to be wise.

Are you willing to devote 40 minutes a day to the silence and just listen?  Are you willing to suffer a slight or insult and just let it pass?  Can you be still and not react at the first sign of a crisis or problem?  Can you see the higher good and then act upon it instinctively?

If you can do this you are on the path to wisdom.  It takes time, thought, quiet contemplation and the ability to love, to forgive, to be magnanimous, to live the High Watch and to see the face of God in every one you meet.

Until we are together again… May the Indwelling God and the Most High God (one and the same) bless and keep you warm, well and prosperous.    

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

Lessons from The Boy Scouts of America

I was a Boy Scout as a youngster but only got to 1st Class. I thought my Scouting days were far behind me, but it seems they had just begun! After 20 years teaching history,  I became a professional Scouter; I became an executive and Commissioned Officer in the Boy Scouts of America.

Yes, I worked for the BSA for almost 17 years.  

My neighbors got a real kick out of me departing for work in my “field uniform” of olive and khaki, complete with shorts and high Red socks!  They thought I got paid to go camping. That would have been fun, but I saw little of the great outdoors most days.  

Fund raising days were all about 3 piece suits, business meetings and presentations on behalf of Scouting to the movers and shakers of Los Angeles.

Did you know that more than 4,000 men and women work full time for the Local Councils and the National Headquarters,  funding the program, staffing camps and growing the organization of the Boy Scouts of America.  It is still the largest youth organization in America and one of the largest in the world.

I was honored to be one of them.  It is great calling.  We taught a code of honor, civility, grace and above all making your word your bond. 

Perhaps its just my perception, but it seems to me that we are in a very graceless age.  There seems to be a lack of gentility, manners and that lovely lubricant of civilization called grace.  Grace in the secular sense is carrying oneself with style, ease, self assurance and humility.  

The graceful person does not scream, do inappropriate things to get attention and generally make a nuisance of themselves.  They seem to glide through life, making all around them feel better, uplifted and refreshed.  Things seem brighter and nicer just by being in their presence.

There is an inner serenity at the core of the quality called Grace. This quality understands that the world will not end if our candidate does not win, the planet will survive if our team loses the World Series or the College Championship. It is easy to be graceful when your side wins but can you congratulate the other side and wish them well with a smile?  That is Grace, which is the essence of practicing Principle.

I believe that Grace is the ability to move through life as an Indian war canoe moves through water, barely rippling the surface and leaving no wake.  Sometimes I think that so many of us have become “garbage scows” carrying our angst, dislikes and “ain’t it awfuls” with us, rather like a large blunt nosed garbage scow chugging down a canal, swamping any boat near it with its huge wake while offending the noses of all in the vicinity.

When I was an executive in the 80’s in the Los Angeles Area Council, Boy Scouts of America I would train our volunteers (Scoutmasters, Den Dads and Moms and other leaders) to teach good character and morality by symbols, metaphor and simile.

The war canoe and the garbage scow was one of these lessons.  Move through life easily, quietly and efficiently like the war canoe; with a minimum of fuss and disruption. This is the quality of grace being brought down to a concrete level that youngsters can appreciate and understand.

Another great metaphoric story of Scouting was called a fence or an ambulance. 

It seems there was a high cliff overlooking a magnificent vista way down in a deep valley.  People came from miles around to enjoy the fabulous view but far too often they would venture too close to the edge and fall down that steep cliff  into the valley; often being seriously injured. Some even lost their lives.

Something had to be done, but what?   The townspeople debated and discussed and finally someone said: “lets put an ambulance down in the valley to pick up the fallen and perhaps save a life”.

Others exclaimed: why that is ridiculous!  The answer is to put a fence along the top of the cliff to keep people from falling.  The people favoring the ambulance were furious and accused those favoring the fence of being heartless.

What are the lessons here for our current condition in America?   Perhaps we need to have more war canoes and less garbage scows.  Protests, sore losers and screamers are garbage scows, upsetting all around them and creating chaos.  Grace, tranquility and character are the lubricants of society.  Anger, fear and hatred are the sand thrown in the engine of society and civility.

As for the fence or the ambulance; if we build more fences to prevent disaster and harm we won’t need the ambulances and the fence is a damn site less expensive.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

In other words, teach our children common sense, good sound values, a code of honor and watch the needs for the “ambulances” disappear.  Give them a strong dose of self-esteem laced with a bit of humility, a passion for liberty and dedication to what is right in all things.  If we do this the “ambulances” will soon disappear. 

I propose that we come together as Americans: Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Straight, Gay, LBGT, White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Native Americans, Protestant, Catholic,Jews, Muslims and Buddhist and whatever constituency in our fractured society that I may have left out. Let’s emphasize our Oneness as Americans and stop this tribal fracturing of our society.

Let’s treat each other as brothers and sisters sharing a magnificent nation that we can recreate in the image of love by working together. How about seeing the Good wherever it exists? Let’s remember that we are all the children of God and that our job is to hold in Mind the highest and the best for every one of our brothers and sisters; all over the planet.  That includes those we abhor and dislike.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida and I am a Religious Scientist.

A Climate for Creation

There is one absolute constant in the Universe…..CHANGE!  Yes, nothing will ever remain the same.  We cannot go back, the past is dead and gone.  Learn from it but do not long to go back to it for that is impossible.

Creation happens in the turbulent stew of change and the uncertainty that it brings.  The secret of husbanding creation is to still our fear and know that we live in “interesting times”, as our Chinese brothers and sisters say.   This is a blessing, if we have the wit and mindset to see it and to use it to retool and refresh all that exists.

Everything changes.  You do not have one cell in your body from your 5th birthday.  They have all changed, you are a totally new person.

It appears that it is time for change in America and its been a long time coming! 

I am the oldest Baby Boomer; born just 4 days after the final surrender that ended WW2.

I was a child in the late 40’s listening to my mom’s Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Goodman records as she taught me how to dance the Swing.

Then the 50’s, rock and roll and another nasty, cold and deadly war, The Korean Conflict reared its ugly head.  Korea began America’s role as the world’s policeman. We have been “walking the beat” ever since.  

There has not been a declared war since World War 2 but Americans have fought somewhere almost constantly.  Do we really want to continue this?

During my entire life we have lived in the “New World Order” that was proclaimed at the end of WW2.  America would lead the world, ensure the peace through NATO and other alliances and foster freedom and democracy  all over the world.  Never again would Europe lead the world into another horrible war.

The problem with this idea is that democracy is strong medicine for it requires self control and self responsibility to work and many cultures and nations are not at that point in their evolution. Remember it took us 200 years as a British colony and an oligarchy of the rich in America’s earliest years to be ready for democracy.

Based on the hysteria we have heard and seen from the losers in this election, perhaps we still have some work to do to learn how to live in a democracy. Losing or winning with grace seems to be a lost art. 

Yesterday, January 20, 2017 we just may have entered a new era in the history of this nation and the world.  Whether this is good or bad we shall have to wait and see.

While we work for the good, encourage love, peace and brotherhood; the Inaugural Address of President Trump was a resounding new manifesto demanding that we focus on rebuilding our nation, putting the American people as priority one and inviting our friends and allies to take a bigger role in their own destiny and defense.  Trump did not fold up the American umbrella but he did invite our friends to build their own.

I was heartened by his resounding condemnation of prejudice in any form and his appeal to Deity as the power behind all that we do.  The tone was defiant and a bit strident and I am sure that many were fearful and surprised.

I was not a bit surprised.  Mr. Trump is a nationalist and a populist and delivered exactly what I expected, but in much better form than I believed that he was capable of. 

Remember, however much power he thinks he has, Congress and the Supreme Court holds the “whip hand”.  He who has the gold rules….The President cannot spend a dime or make laws without the approval of both houses of Congress. 

Here is what I know as a Religious Science Minister and historian.  The republic will survive and may thrive with a thorough house cleaning; which is why we created Trump.  Make no mistake, our consciousness created exactly what is happening now.

To those who abhor Trump and all he stands for, I say see the good, affirm the good, do not prejudge.  The man is no fool and he is a consummate salesman and negotiator.  His wild pronouncements are in reality the prelude to a deal.

I did not vote for our new President and don’t much like him but like the pest control man who clears your home of roaches and other nasties; you may not like him but sometimes you need him.

The former President for all his wonderful personal qualities was no negotiator and could not sell central heating to an Eskimo.  Perhaps its time that we got the blunt instrument that is Donald J Trump.  We may abhor him but perhaps he is a tool of the change that must come if America is to move from policeman to shining example. 

I do not like narcissistic people, Trump is narcissism on parade.  His manner goes against my “old school” ideas of gentle behavior and decorum but we did not elect the charmer in chief; Americans voted for a national house cleaning; nothing more or less.

It has been said that a nation gets the leader it deserves and so it is in 2017.

Be of good cheer, this too shall pass!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida