Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life!

As a Religious Science Minister I am often asked:  How can we use the teaching of the  Science of Mind every day to bring joy, peace, prosperity, love and serenity into our lives?

My answer is that your life will change dramatically by your learning and using Principle (the basic truths of the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy).  

Religious Science is not a religion in the normal sense of the word; we have no dogma, no claim of a special pipeline to God, no creed. What we do have is a masterful knowledge of Spiritual Law and how to use it to create the life we want, deserve and were born to experience.

What do we mean by Law?  The entire Universe is governed by Law.  The physical realm is governed by the physical laws we call physics. Gravity is a simple example of a physical Law. So is the speed of light (186,000 miles per second). Gravity always works on Earth all the time, every day in exactly the same predictable way.  We can depend on it. When you get out of bed you do not sail up to the ceiling!

Light does not wake up one morning and decide to travel at only 1000 miles per second.  Law is predictable and knowable.

 The Law produces predictable and certain results everywhere and at all times. This is the Science in Religious Science.  There is a power for Good in The Universe and we can use it!

It works the same way in the Spiritual Realm.  The Creator, First Cause, Great Architect, or just the Great I Am, that we nickname God. instituted these physical and spiritual laws before the beginning of time.  We believe that the Universe is not governed by the caprice of a Parent God but rather by Law instituted by a Divine Mind, a Universal Mind, aka God!  The Prime mover, the First Cause of all things, that is what God is to us.

As you think, so you are!

Instead of the whim of a superhuman Deity, you and I have the assurance that the Universe and Life will work the same way all the time. every time because all  is governed by Law.   Like human laws, its a very good idea to learn the Law and to know how to use it to create your own life story.

You see, you are the prime mover of your life, the driving wheel, the author, producer and director and chief actor in your life.  God is always available for inspiration and information but you make the choices, you speak the blessing or the cursing on your life by what you think, speak and the choices you make or fail to make.

You and I are truly the Captains of our Fate and the Masters of our Soul.   Self Responsibility is a cardinal rule of Religious Science.  By your stream of thought, your words, which are thought in physical form, and the choices that spring from these thoughts and words, your life is created and either withers or blooms, depending on your wise or foolish use of the Law.

You are the driving wheel of your life, you think your life into being. 

Your Mama didn’t do it to you, your Daddy did not do it to you, your spouse did not do it….you created the situation that you are experiencing right now.  Much easier to point to bad luck, blame God, or Luck or Fate but the truth is that you are the creator of your life experience.  Your thoughts build your life brick by brick, your words are the cement that make the thoughts real and your choices create your reality.

Thoughts exist, they are real and they are creative

Thoughts have power, indeed they are the building blocks of life and of the Universe itself.   Thought put into physical form as words have even greater power.

So how do we live the life that we dream of and want so badly?  More in later posts, but I will leave you with these tips to get you started.

Think and speak only about what you WANT in your life. Remember your words and thoughts are the creators of your experience.  They have immense power.  

It has been said that you don’t always get what you want but you always get what you expect.   

Expect the good and experience the good….It is done unto you as you believe!

Expect the good, expect to be loved, expect to be prosperous and watch your life transform!

See in your mind what you want in your life as already here in reality and form long before you receive it.  Live in the end.  This means live as if it’s already yours… because it is.

You must first see it and believe it to achieve it

Speak your word only for what you are willing to have in your life.  Think only of what will make you smile, bring joy to you and to all those around you.  

Yes, this means you cannot speak and think of all the stuff that’s wrong in your life.  When you speak and think of these negative things you give birth to them.  Give birth only to what you love, what you want for you and all those you love.

You speak the blessing or the cursing out of your mouth each day. Choose to Bless yourself each morning and all through the day by speaking the Blessing upon yourself and all those you love. Speak and think only of things of good report.

Next Week: The Mother Law of the Universe:  Cause and Effect.

Until we are together again, Think Well, Be Well.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   Want to learn more?  Go to CSL.org

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What are we celebrating this 4th of July?

Today is a very special day for all Americans and for lovers of liberty around the world.  Independence Day, better known as the 4th of July, is a celebration of the day that The American Colonies began that very frightening and dangerous step of severing ties with our Mother Country, Great Britain.

Its always scary when the kid leaves home and goes out on his or her own but when you write a bill of divorce from the most powerful Empire on Earth, it’s serious business and not to be taken lightly.

The very life of every signer of the Declaration of Independence was immediately forfeit according to British law. This was an act of TREASON against the Crown.  

Can you imagine the intestinal fortitude (guts) it took for these wealthy and privileged men to put life, limb, family and property all on the line for an idea. A revolutionary idea that all men are created equal in the sight of God; that all blood was red, none blue?

Yes, the founders made one glaring exception and that was the Black men and women brought from Africa to work as slaves throughout the Colonies.  A shameful omission seen through today’s eyes, but we must all judge our forefathers and mothers by the mores of their time.

In 1776 Europeans were just beginning to condemn the slave trade and slavery itself.  (Britain would not outlaw slavery and the slave trade in the Empire until 1811) But like all moral leaps, abolition was in its infancy in 1776.

What are we really celebrating on this Tuesday, July 4, 2017?

We are celebrating liberty:  The freedom to speak our minds, even unpleasantly and to defend the rights of others to do the same.  If one person’s liberty is abridged, all liberty is abridged.  Liberty has limits in that one cannot threaten murder or incite riot or rebellion.  New limits on the cyber world are long over due but liberty must be the floor under all such reforms.

We celebrate a nation that is free of aristocracy and the idea that one class is higher born than another.  No one is trapped in their social class in America unless he or she will not do the work needed to climb the social ladder.  Not very long ago your race, religion, gender or national origin could bar you from advancement into the world of affluence and influence.

Today, Americans of all races, cultures, gender and religions sit at the table of power, both economic and political.  Can we do more?  Yes, a society can always do more and we are making great strides in breaking barriers that could not even be discussed in the world of my youth.  This is sometimes a bit jarring to those of us born into the Post-War world but to my generation I say: GET OVER IT.

If you are a lover of liberty, as I am, you cannot cherish your freedom and deny the freedom of others.

The most important meaning of this Independence Day is that on this day of July 4th 1776, Americans lit a torch of freedom which changed the entire world.  Within 20 years, France, Hungary, Britain and even Germany overthrew or liberalized repressive regimes.

The fact that Great Britain, the most powerful Empire on Earth at the time, was soundly defeated in a long and bloody war by farmers, merchants, freed slaves, immigrants, merchant seaman, planters, tailors, cobblers and men of all classes and occupations.  Every one risked his life, his fortune and his family in the cause of liberty.

Can we do less today in 2017. Let’s come together as Americans.  Let’s bury our differences, learn to listen to each other (we just might learn something) let’s make a Declaration of Interdependence, a manifesto of common values of civility if not always agreement, of love, light  liberty, and justice for all.

Let us all pledge to defend, to the death, the freedom and personal liberty that our forefathers risked all to obtain. Especially the liberty of those with which we disagree.   Abridge one person’s liberty, all liberty is at risk.

Let’s make this July 4th 2017, the Day we re-united as Americans.  Make this Interdependence Day, for in truth we are all interdependent, all part of the whole.

Rev. Dore’ Patlian, Sarasota, FL   I Am a Religious Scientist!   Learn more at CSL.org

The Greatest Truth Seldom Told

If you were to point to the greatest problem that the United States and much of the world is experiencing what would that be?  Terrorism?  Inequality? Poverty?

My pick would be the retreat from Oneness and Brotherhood and the degeneration of many societies, including the United States and much of Europe into a new tribalism.  This splintering of society is the result of “identity politics” where political parties slice up society into racial, sexual, religious, class and educational strata and appeal to the narrow interests of the different “tribes”.

An appeal to all Americans to unite in common cause seems today to be as quaint as blue suede shoes and Poodle Skirts.  Everyone identifies with a particular piece of their personality, forgetting that the most important identity and the only one that matters is first being human and then American.  

The Left plays this game better than the Right.  After all they have been doing this for 100 years, they even have a “how to book” on combating nationalism and Oneness by creating class consciousness.

There were no Republicans or Democrats on 9/11/2001.  I live in Sarasota, Florida which has a special place in the history of 9/11 because our President was visiting one of our elementary schools as part of his televised roll out of the “No Child Left Behind” Program.  Most of us will never forget the look on President Bush’s face as the he was informed of the first plane crashing into the Tower.  He had been reading a story to the class and suddenly the world turned upside down.

America’s reaction was to come together; forgetting race, gender, orientation, ethnicity and politics. Our President had the good sense and grace, not only to set exactly the right tone immediately after the attack, but to visit a Mosque just days later to send the message that Muslim Americans were first and always Americans.

Where are such leaders today?  Where are the leaders that can say just what must be said in just the right tone and at the right moment; as was done during 9/11?

Words matter, a lesson that needs learning in today’s political climate. In fact words and the thought that precedes them are the building blocks of our lives.

It seems to me that our culture and our politics have coarsened to the point where even death threats and actual murder are legitimate coin of the American body politic.

There is an immutable fact of human life that there is no subspecies of the human race, no lesser humans.  We are all magnificent creations of the Creator of the Universe, made from the very substance of the body of God.  It can be said that all that exists is made from the substance of the Divine Prime Mover. Thus we are all literally Brothers and Sisters.

My barber is a wonderful man who immigrated from Jordan and is a devout Muslim.  We have stimulating and friendly conversations about history, comparative religion and I listen eagerly to this very wise, very fine American who chose to come to this nation to raise his family and prosper.  He has improved his condition in just a few years to the point where he and his wife are shopping for their first home.  

His culture and religion may be foreign to me but he is as American as apple pie in his love of family, his desires for his family and his life.  We all want the same things, no matter where we live, how we worship and what our politics are.

We want to raise our families in peace, love and contentment.  We want our children to receive a fine education and go on to surpass us in accomplishment and in the joy of life.  Each generation builds upon the last in a good society and this nation is a very good society.  The fact that too many of our people have lost their faith in our national ethos and in our democracy is very troubling.

We can restore our national consciousness by taking our various racial, class, sexual and other distinctions as a matter of course that needs no celebrating and instead celebrating our Oneness as Americans.

We have been majoring in the minors and neglecting what really matters which is that all humans are One.  Everything else is exterior paint, manners and culture and not worthy of our attention.

Americans all: we sit at the table of democracy and freedom together with the conscious knowledge that we are truly One in God, One in Mind and One in Heart.

Tribalism is what civilizations degenerate into.  Is that what we want for our nation and our world?   I think not!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL     I Am a Religious Scientist!  

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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! 

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

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

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

The Chapters of Our Lives……Signposts along the Journey

 September 7th, I started my 71st year on this planet.  Since this makes me a “Baby Boomer” I know that I have a great deal of company!  We are the largest generation in modern American history which is why so many Boomers are entering or abut to enter their 70’s.  Is growing older a thing to dread or avoid? Am I “washed up”, ready for the recycle bin?  

No indeed, so far I am loving the 70’s!  I can do just about everything I could do in my 40’s and 50’s but perhaps not as often or quite as well!  My consciousness has not gotten older but has gained perspective and grown much less critical and a bit more c’est la vie!  I am wiser and the fires of rebellion, that marred so much of my life and tainted my judgement, have been banked down.  

Inside I still think I am 35 or 40 and that is the key to a long, healthy and happy life.  You only get “old” if you begin to think old, act old and mentally enter God’s waiting room.  

You are not your body; that is just the “earth suite” that we use for life support. That face in the mirror is not you but only a projection of your consciousness.  Say hello to your self as you brush your teeth in the morning!  I wave to myself as I shave and tell myself that I look great with all my silver hair, still sparkling blue eyes and that wonderful Armenian nose.  You are still you and you will only stop being you if you lose yourself in self- pity and regret at becoming older.  

The 70’s are GRAND. Life is so rich!  You see beauty all around you because you have become more contemplative and have the time to see the magnificent beauty of God’s Creation.  The 70’s can open your heart because you realize that if you get 30 more years on this planet that is a blessing.  You had better feel deeply, love unreservedly while you can!

Do great things. write that novel,  laugh, make love, cherish your family and have fun because you don’t have an indefinite lease on life.  Time is a wasting!

As we move along the highway of life our viewpoints, attitudes, wants and needs change.  Each era of life has its own sweet and bitter sweet aspects.  If we have the wit we can grow and deepen as a person as we pass each signpost on life’s highway.  

At 71 I have seen a lot of life pass by my front door.  I have raised a family, sadly divorced once or twice, many of my generation have had several careers and experienced many potholes in the path of life.  We have made wise decisions and stupid mistakes; both are learning experiences.  

My dear wife and I have also had much joy and much satisfaction in watching our children grow into successful adulthood and begin families of their own.  

Maturity is a time of fulfillment for many people; the time for writing that book, taking that long delayed around the world cruise, or just playing golf anytime we wish.  It has been said that if you are bored in retirement you were a boring person anyway.  In this time of life you become even more of what you really were all along.  You deepen or you shrivel.  The choice is up to each one of us.  

What will you do with the chapters of your life? Will you savor each one like a fine vintage or regret the passing of time and become mired in the “glory days” that seldom were very glorious?  

71 is fun!  Live in the NOW!

May all of your days be full of the sweet juice of life and may the love of God surround you, warm your heart and protect you.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

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