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.  

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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

 

The Art and Science of Swimming in God

It is my belief that the anthology that we call the Holy Bible ( literally Sacred Book) is a Great Light to humankind for it is a book of spiritual wisdom and truth.  The New Testament, in particular is a good rule and guide for a life well lived as it teaches much wisdom, love, tolerance and philosophy by means of parable and allegory.

So it is with with Acts 17:28…For we live and move and have our being within the great body of God.  We live in Him. 

What does this mean?  Does it mean that we are surrounded by God, that we swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean?

Could it be that we have gotten it wrong for nearly 2,000 years?  Traditional Old Time Christianity teaches that God, Angels, and the Heavenly Host live far above in a place called Heaven or Paradise.  We are weak worms of the dust and of little account but can be redeemed and given eternal life if, and only if, we take the man Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

In my book, the Death of Religion and the Dawn of Spirituality, I call this central idea of Christianity the longest running Magic Show in history.  It is a complete contradiction of Acts 17:28.

God is not an unreachable presence in the Cosmos but is everywhere present, all around us, above us, below us, in us and of us. In fact, we do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean.  We do not become God as the fish does not become the ocean, but it is the medium in which we have our being and our life.

God is within every cell in our body.  God surrounds us with its presence in the form of our aura.  God lives in our Mind, Heart and Spirit.  In fact, the old New Thought saying: There is no spot where God is not is exactly true.

Understanding that God is the medium in which we exist can free our magnificent power, will and intelligence which is the key to creating exactly the life we want and need.  Life then becomes the Art and Science of Swimming in God.

How good a God Swimmer are you?  Do you allow yourself to despair when outside events don’t go your way (like elections or love affairs or your job)? Do you feel worthless and never seem to fit in anywhere?  These are symptoms of a person needing God swimming lessons!

If you develop the Sacred Senses that you were born with to the point that you can feel the warm balm of the ocean of God caressing your Body, Mind and Spirit every moment of your life, then you are a Master Swimmer in God. In this state of being there is nothing that you cannot do with proper use of the Law.

The Art is in the feeling of the God presence each and every moment, in your waking, sleeping, going and coming.   The Science is in the mastery of the Law; the great creative engine of God that we are licensed to use.  Used properly and with right intent and purpose, the Law never fails.

If there is a failure in your Law Work it is due to what my wife calls: operator error.

We really do live and move and have our being within the great Body of God.  If God is Truly all there is and we are here then we are part and parcel of God.  We really do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean.

For many years I could not feel God enveloping me as the warm ocean envelops the swimmer. There have been times when my heart was broken, my ego shattered, my self esteem dragging and my life seemed pointless.  After practicing serial monogamy for far too long until Lady Susan graced my life 18 years ago and healed my heart and enriched my mind, there were too, many times when God felt very far away from Dore’.  I was washed up on the shore of despair until my dear wife came into my life.

I am now a swimCSL.ORGmer in the Ocean of God.  I know God surrounds me and is within me and I am learning new lessons each day to become a Master Swimmer in the Ocean of God.  Won’t you join me?

Come on in…..The water’s fine!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   check out my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore   Questions about Religious Science (Science of Mind)?  Go to CSL.ORG

The Healing of America Part 3

 

OMG! The dust is settling from a most unusual and vitriolic Presidential Election Campaign.  I was on the losing side in this one but the will of the people prevailed. The pundits and pollsters emerged with massive quantities of egg on their collective faces as they were so sure that Trump was merely an oddity that could not win.  Donald Trump is our President Elect and now he and all of us must work to heal America; to bind up the wounds, soothe the unreasoning fear and come together as the only identity that really matters…..Americans!

The people have spoken and all those who believe in the principle and practice of Democracy must congratulate our new President, have a drink or two to calm down and move on with out lives seeing the very best outcome of this election as our Truth and The Truth for the America we love.

As Religious Scientists, this is a time to practice what we preach like never before!  I hear some of our ministers expressing gloom and doom and much sadness over the election result.  Better that we should take this energy and use it to see the good, to affirm the good; remembering the old truism that politicians and candidates campaign in poetry and govern in prose.  In other words, many things are said in the heat of the campaign for election that are never heard again once the mantle of office descends on the new President.

Time after time men we thought of as unfit or ludicrous have grown as Presidents,  Perhaps Mr. Trump will become the Harry S Truman of the 21st Century; going from a very ridiculed Vice President who was not even told by FDR that the US had the Atom Bomb; to a place in the first rank of great Presidents for moral courage, wise decisions and his “Give em Hell, Harry” manner.

The people have spoken and if you are a democrat with a small “D” you will accept and wish well the choice of the people.  Sore losers are the bane of democracy and often create “banana republics” in other parts of the world by their refusal accept defeat at the polls.

Healing America will entail the re-birth of the essential consciousness that we are all Americans.   This will mean the end of identity politics and the emphasis on the essential truth that though we may disagree on policies and candidates, we are ONE on the subject of America; the nation we love.  Is America perfect?  Never was, may never be but it is our beloved home and we must work together to make it better each and every day.  Our collective thought has great power to lift us up or drag us down.  Now is the time to elevate not to descend.

The truth is that Republicans need Democrats to remind them of the heart and soul of America which is love, caring and compassion.  Democrats need Republicans to remind them that people thrive when they achieve and aspire, not when they are made dependents of the state.  They also need to remember that the tyranny of the minority is the worst kind of tyranny and that righting a wrong for a few and imposing a wrong on the many creates  another injustice and another grievance.

We need each other and the input of many consciousnesses and ideas.

Lastly we need to banish the concept of “Political Correctness” in America.  It is antithetical to the most cherished right of an American: The peaceful expression of our opinions, thoughts and feelings whether in speech, writing or performance art.

Will some of these opinions or writings offend?  Yes!  There is no Constitutional right protecting one from being offended.  Offense is a choice, not a crime.  In the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.  That is the essence of America, toleration of the abhorrent in the service of liberty.

Political Correctness is a Maoist idea, found in Mao’s “Little Red Book”.  It is how a totalitarian state crushes opposition by shaming those who disagree into silence, often accompanied by years in a labor camp.

As a college student in the 1960’s I was very familiar with the “Little Red Book” having bought one in the Student Store (would you believe it?) just to see what all the excitement was about.  I read in horror Mao’s prescription for the total subjugation of thought, word and deed. It is a prescription for a dead society, devoid of liberty, individualism and joy.   I have been a Republican ever since.

We are all free to choose our friends and associates, to surround ourselves with consciousnesses that uplift and improve our lives.  We are also free to get up and leave if what we read, hear, or speak is not pleasing.

What we do NOT have a right to do is to prevent that expression from being expressed.  Who knows, we just might learn something from beyond the echo of our own opinions.

“A closed mind is a sad, stunted, unhealthy thing deprived of light, and sustenance”  Henry David Thoreau

 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Healing of America, Part 2

Last post we diagnosed the cause of this malaise in the American Spirit that has produced this most unpleasant election. Most would agree that this campaign has been a low point in modern  political life.  America is sick at heart and in spirit. Time to call the Doctor!

Working class America feels betrayed and left behind, that is clear.  Whether their feelings are justified does not really matter.  Feelings are feelings and must be addressed when those feelings are coming from 52% of the electorate.

Working class America is feeling like the “stepchild” of the body politic in America and they are very angry.  They feel like attention has been paid to every constituency in America but them and they demand our attention.  With the nomination of Donald Trump they got our attention in full measure.

With a better messenger, the message might have changed things for the better.  Alas, Working Class anger brought us an angry, unfit demagogue and it has cost us dearly as a nation and a people

I am writing this post on November 7th.  Tomorrow we will know if we have chosen the first woman President, complete with a semi-truck load of baggage, or a deeply flawed reality show star and minor celebrity who is reminiscent of the demagogues who took over many European nations in the 1920’s and 30’s.

What has brought us to this Hobson’s Choice and what can we do to ensure that it is never repeated?

How do we knit the nation back together after this most divisive election and create a climate where every one feels that their concerns are addressed and that they are heard?   A few simple changes are needed.  These changes won’t return a high paying union job for every “rust belt” worker who lost his job in the last 20 years.  The one constant in the Universe is change.   The world has changed, America has changed and too many working class Americans are still living in the past.

But the ideas I am proposing will make our government more responsive, stop the ridiculous “beauty contest” of the primaries, shorten a campaign season that never seems to end and once again provide candidates that we can be proud to support.

Presidential Primaries are a very bad way to choose the nominee from each party.  In this Republican primary election, we had the specter of 16 candidates and ended up with a Republican nominee who had never been a Republican in his life, never held office, never served his country in any capacity, went bankrupt 6 times, has never divulged his tax returns and still is not a registered Republican.  And that is just the tip of the Trump iceberg.

Today’s primary system is a you all come proposition where people with no qualifications or character can run for President and even become nominated.  Would Franklin Roosevelt been nominated by primaries?  Would Abe Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington or Teddy Roosevelt?  Harry Truman? Dwight Eisenhower?  Would John Kennedy?  Ronald Reagan did make it through the primary system but that is the exception.

The solution?  Go back to real party conventions that actually nominate the standard bearer of the Party. It is the job of the parties to pick their presidential candidates and the people then choose between the 2 chosen ones.  It is not the people’s job to sift through 30 candidates that they know nothing about.  

The Party knows who has worked hard for the Party, they know who worked their way up the ladder. They know his or her character and they know who has the depth to be a successful candidate.  In other words, if you are nominated by either party you are a proven winner, have been thoroughly vetted and have “paid your dues” working for the party and for America

President is no job for an amateur!

The next fix is to introduce partially or wholly Federally funded Senate, House and Presidential campaigns.   This takes the “big money” influence out of our electoral process.  This would be the best money we could spend to save our democratic process.  In my plan, the people could contribute tax deductible contributions to the Federal Campaign Fund to help keep the tax burden down.

A further requirement would be to tell the truth in all campaign advertisements and speeches.  Ads would be independently fact checked before airing.  Presently we are electing the most skillful liar, since so much of what we see and hear is is patently untrue.   Our freedom and liberty are too vital to entrust America to a Liar-in-Chief.

I would limit Federal Election Campaigns to 20 Weeks (5 months)  The campaigns would start 5 days after the end of the last Nominating Convention.

I would also abolish early voting.  Voting is a sacred privilege and duty in a democracy and we should all go to the polls in person and participate in the most important ceremony of an American Citizen.  This will also ensure that no tampering occurs with weeks of early ballots.

I would issue each U S citizen a Federal Voter photo ID Card which would also serve as a Social Security Card.   All Americans would have a tamper proof Federal ID for use in voting, airport security, check cashing, etc.

These ideas would simplify elections, ensure that good candidates are produced for our selection and take the big money and fraud out of our election process.

We might even get candidates with honor and character instead of the “best of the worst” that we too often get in our Federal Elections today.

Just my thinking, but I believe it would work wonders with our electoral process.

In Love and Light,

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

The Healing of America (Part 1 of 2)

 This has been a uniquely disturbing US Presidential election. As I write this post, only 3 weeks are left until Election Day, November 7th. Both Republicans, Democrats and Independents are weary of this most uncivil and unseemly campaign; unprecedented in modern American history.

Yes there were elections in the 1820’s and 30’s so toxic and mean that the shame and false accusations heaped upon Andrew Jackson’s wife caused her to die of a broken heart.  It was a “no holds barred” type of politics in the first 50 years of our Republic and I am very saddened to see us descend to this level again in the supposedly enlightened 21st Century.

Whatever your politics or preferences I am sure that you would agree that our democracy cannot thrive in an atmosphere of distrust, thuggery and mean spirited hate speech.  We heard just yesterday a candidate sowing the seeds of conspiracy and illegitimacy of our democratic process.  Unchecked, this could destroy our very soul and nation.  This is the atmosphere that destroyed the world’s first democracy, Athens.

What has happened to “morning in America”?  Where have “hope and change” gone, just 8 years after thrilling and empowering much of the nation?

Every problem has a spiritual solution and this time of nastiness and recrimination can be solved only by good will; brother and sisterhood and a large dose of empathy.  There also must be a few structural changes in our Election process.  (Parties must nominate as they did formerly, then the people elect)  Lest you think I am suggesting that we all hold hands and sing Kum Ba Ya around the campfire I would say that “it wouldn’t hurt” but it is not the medicine that our body politic and our national consciousness needs.

America has lost faith in its own mythology.  A people’s myths are the bedrock of their culture.  We sometimes think of a myth as something false.  That is often untrue.  A myth is a long held cultural tradition, usually based on truth.  Myths are the ideals upon which a nation is built.

What are America’s basic myths and why have so many forsaken them in the last decade?

The central idea of America is the American Dream:  This is the heart and soul of America.  If The Dream dies our nation dies a slow death from the inside out.  However the American Dream is not the American Promise.

Nothing is promised in a free society but equal protection of the laws and due process.  The American Dream simply means that anyone from anywhere is free to thrive or fail to the limits of their talent, hard work and character.  We are now all measured primarily by our talent, drive, character and the fruits of our labor.

There are no longer blue bloods, no privileged class, racial barriers and no nobility or royalty.  Every one of us, if we have the will and the talent and the guts, can become a Warren Buffet or a Colin Powell.

We can all, if we have the athleticism and put in the years of hard work, become a super star athlete no matter if we came from Beverly Hills or South Central LA, from Coral Gables or Liberty City.

Somehow the American Dream has become in the minds of many the American Guarantee.  Nothing is guaranteed in life, here or anywhere else.  To achieve the American dream you must have a thirst for it, a hunger for it that cannot be satisfied until it is achieved.  You have to sacrifice, persevere when the dark hours come and never, never give up.  Most importantly, you have to make wise choices every step of the way.

Particularly in America you must write the story of your life and produce the movie version with every thought, word and choice. You are solely responsible for the outcome.

What causes the American dream to go off the rails for so many?  Many, many people kill their American Dream with a rebellious spirit.  “I am sick and tired of school, no college for me!”  Poor choices at an early age can blight a life.

In 21st Century America, unless you invent something magnificent, or write the great American Novel,  you have just consigned yourself to a life in the working class, working long hours for an hourly wage.  One bad decision not quickly corrected is all it takes to turn the American Dream into paradise lost.

But weren’t things easier in the 50’s?

Weren’t we the greatest nation in the world in the 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s? What happened?  Wasn’t this the Golden Age of America?  It seemed that way to some but only if you were straight, White and Gentile and preferably Protestant.

Jim Crow was in its heyday and religious and ethnic bigotry was a way of life.  There were ethnic slurs for almost any nationality or ethnicity and they were used in daily conversation. Whole neighborhoods would move out if one person of color or unacceptable ethnicity moved in!  Seems unreal today but that was the United States of my childhood.  Not so golden for much of the population, was it?

What about those great jobs?  The days of walking down the street of your industrial Mid-Western or New England town with nothing but a high school diploma and getting that high paid union job at the mill or factory, complete with  fat pension and 100% health coverage, are long gone and they are not coming back.

This way of life was an aberration caused by World War 2.  It never happened before and will not happen the same way again.

Immediately after the end of World War 2 the United States became the most powerful nation in the world and “the American Century” began.  Why and how did this happen?

We emerged from the war with the homeland totally unscathed; our infrastructure, cities and industry emerged from the war as the most modern in the world.  We became the industrial giant of the entire world.

Japan, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Russia and to a large extent the UK had been reduced to rubble by the war.  We had by far the most powerful military in the world armed with the most terrible weapon ever developed.   Hiroshima and Nagasaki were stark reminders of this.

Do you know that post War Great Britain, with their cities in ruins and their economy shattered, had very stringent rationing of fuel, food and clothes well into the 1950’s.  At the same time Americans went on a buying spree unlike any in our history, buying appliances, automobiles and homes, all of which were unavailable during the War.

In 1946, ten million G.I.’s came home in a matter of months, sending women out of the factories and back to home and children. Rosie the Riveter may have built the planes, ships and weapons that won the war but she was fired in mass to make room for the men.  

Women, once freed from the nursery and the kitchen by the critical need for workers during the war, now saw their freedom and independence abruptly ended and did not like it one bit.  Thus the seeds of feminism were born and not a moment too soon!  

My own Mother was one of the first to sign up for gender equality.  She became one of the first females to become a  licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of California.  Seems strange today but real estate was virtually an all male profession prior to the 50’s.

This American monopoly of prosperity and power could not last.  It was built on the misfortune of others.

When the rest of the world recovered and rebuilt their industries and infrastructure we began to have competition in industry and in trade.  A rising tide does lift all boats and the perennially poor nations such as China, India, Malaysia, Korea and war torn Japan began to become industrial powerhouses and soon became First World nations, rather than recipients of our hand-outs.

Sometimes Americans tend to see the world as a zero sum game.  If others advance and prosper; we sometimes feel diminished.  We should be thrilled that the world is getting richer every day.  We should give thanks to whatever Deity we honor that more and more children go to bed on a full stomach, go to school and have hope for a better life  than ever before in human history!

We should celebrate the advances of our brothers and sisters around the globe, but today we envy them.   Hope has been replaced by fear and anger.

Charity and love has been replaced in too many hearts with feelings of loss, helplessness and anger. Only a renewal of the Spirit can remove this stain on our national consciousness and return us to the big-hearted, kind and charitable people that once fed the world, healed the sick and led the way to hope and freedom.

Is there room only for The United States of America in the World Prosperity Club?  Let’s spread the Gospel of Prosperity as ardently as we do the Gospel of Democracy?  

Time to relight that Shining City on the Hill; time to rekindle the American Dream and then export it to the world.

Next post: My take on the solutions.

Be well, speak well and think well, until we are together again

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida    YouTube.com/revdore

 

A New Concept of Deity for the 21st Century and Beyond

It has been said that if there were no God, humanity would have to invent one!  There is so much that we do not understand about life, humanity, the Universe and Creation, even in this scientific wonderland of the 21st Century.

Yes, DNA is the building blocks of all life but who made DNA?  We think the Big Bang created our Universe (Science now tells us that there are multiple Universes, rather like Chinese Boxes or Russian dolls) but who or what created the Big Bang?  What is the First Cause of all that exists?  What is the Ground of all Being?  Who is the Great Architect and Chief Engineer that designed and made this Universe and the magnificent array of living beings in it?

For thousands of years humans have believed in a 3 tiered Universe with a Hell beneath our feet and a land of perfection and peace we called Heaven just above the clouds.  All life on Earth occupied the middle ground and experienced  something called Life.  Who was the designer?  What Divine Mind created this perfect order in the Universe?   There must be an intelligence behind all this.  There must be a creative intelligence!  Who or what is this Creator?

Our Heavenly Father or Mother is the usual answer.  We had Earthly parents so it stands to reason that we must have a heavenly parent as well.  Some cultures had Goddesses but most have had a Heavenly Father God; a parent God that watched over us, protected us (except when He didn’t) and was the Creator of all that exists.  If bad things happened to us we blamed God for falling down on the job.  If great things occurred we gave praise and thanks to the Deity.

Where did this Heavenly Father live?  Why just above in a place called Heaven or Paradise.  This was our ultimate destination at the end of life.  Here was peace, contentment and perfection for all eternity…..if you were found worthy by God on the Day of Judgement.   If not, down you went to Eternal Damnation complete with  terror, torment and torture forever and ever.

This is a portrait of the Parent God, the Theistic God.  He not only gave you life, He helped you run it as well.  Rather like a meddling and rather disapproving mother-in-law for all eternity!   This may have been the God of your fathers but is it YOUR God in the 21st Century?  We know for a fact that there is no Heaven just above the clouds and after drilling and fracking to many thousands of feet into the core we are pretty sure that there is no Hell below the crust of the Earth.  There is oil, sand, water and some very unhappy environmentalists but no Devil, no eternal torment, no Hell.  Can you still believe in this fairy tale and magic show?  What is the alternative?

Shall we all become atheists and give up on God forever?  I don’t think so!  Someone or something made all that exists and made it with an Intelligence beyond human comprehension.  All the pieces fit too neatly.  An example is life on Earth.  Most life must breathe oxygen to sustain life.  Conveniently, plant life exhales oxygen and breathes in the Co2 that we exhale.  Without plants, ( the lungs of our planet) the Earth could not support life and without life there would be no plants.

DNA are the building blocks of all life but where did they come from?  Do you realize that one tiny change in a few chromosomes and a human becomes a pig! Our DNA is so similar that a pig embryo and human are nearly indistinguishable.

This is the work of one really good Engineer and Architect.  Call it God, call it Deity, call it Father, Mother or whatever.  There is an intelligence in the Universe, that organizes and rules by Law that creates everything in this Universe and you and I can learn to use it.

God is the author of this Law that turns thought, word and action into material form.  It is called the Law of Mind Action and it works for the Divine Mind we call God and it works for every human on this planet.  But we must learn the rules and the techniques of using this Law to consciously create the  life experiences that we desire.  We all use this law unconsciously every time we think, speak or make a choice but often we create exactly what we don’t want!

We author the book of our life exactly the way that the Divine Mind creates and recreates the Universe itself.  The process is the same but on a vastly different scale.

Conscious creation using the Law of Mind Action is the key to living our desires each day of our lives.  You use this power every day to create the life you have now.  Use it for what you want, what you deserve and what you were meant to have and watch your life change before your eyes!

If you can learn to use the same power that God uses, you can create anything that you may conceive and believe as true for you.  It takes study, belief and patience. but anyone can do it.  We create our experience of Life just exactly the way that the Great Architect creates all that exists.  The difference is only in scale.

If we move from the Theistic God of the Old and New Testaments and the Koran to the Deistic God of the Enlightenment, a Creator not a parent….we shall then set our minds and hearts free from the superstition and fear of ancient beliefs that have been rendered useless by scientific knowledge and modern life. We can bring our brains and intellect inside the church and commune with a concept of God which no longer insults our intelligence but empowers us, comforts and inspires us each and every moment of our lives. 

This concept of God is a central doctrine of New Thought which is a philosophy which includes Religious Science, Unity, and many other related ministries.  Come join us at a Center for Spiritual Living near you.  To find the nearest Center log on to CSL.org

Until we are together again….. walk in the Love and Light of God who is ever with you!    Pick up my new book A Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century at Amazon.com today, available in Kindle format and print. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian,   Sarasota, Florida