May You Live in Interesting Times

The Chinese have a very interesting blessing for those they consider superior people.  So I am extending this blessing to each of my community because I know that Rev. Dore’ is not for everyone.

I like to think that I appeal to those who think before they speak, understand the vital difference between opinions, which are a dime a dozen and have no power;  you have a right to them; and facts which are proven and which have all the power in the world.

Kelly Ann Conway notwithstanding, there are no “alternative facts”  She is paid well to dress up opinion in a tuxedo and parade it as fact but for thoughtful people like my community this will not wash.  You can put lipstick on a pig but its still a pig!

Being born in interesting times means that you have been born into an era of ferment, change and often danger.  We are in just such an era right now; not only in the USA but around the world.  The new millennium promised a sea change in how we do our business in this world and how we will live.

It has already made a down payment on that promise with the fraying of social graces, the coarsening of our society and the increasing tribalism of not only America but many nations around the world.

This was supposed to be the Age of Aquarius where love, light and harmony would prevail.  It seems that Aquarius made a stop at Scorpio!  Do not despair, the dawning of Light always follows a time of deep darkness just before the dawn.

Great change never happens when everything is hunky dory.  Why would change be needed when we are all happy, healthy and wealthy?   Only when the darkness and entropy looms is there an age of great fundamental change.

Thus the blessing that you be born in interesting times.  You are to be a child of the change, of the New Enlightenment.  I will soon be celebrating my 73rd birthday in a few months so I may see only the beginning of the great change to come. 

It may take 2 hundred years or only 50 depending on the group consciousness.  If we have more kids like those at Stoneman Douglass High School, across my adopted state of Florida on the Atlantic side, the change will come at lightning speed.  If not we may be in for some very interesting times, indeed,

I vote for the kids, how about you?  My Generation (baby boomers) were going to change the world but just got high and stupid.  When the mortgages hit and the kids came they became the very Establishment that they so despised.

This generation, Millennials (the largest since the Baby Boomers) just may get the job done, but not with socialist dreams and mind altering substances but with Internet savvy and intelligence and determination.

This generation is going to remake the political landscape of this nation,and perhaps the world, which is long overdue.  Yes keep the free market economy, it is the greatest engine of good ever devised but it must be regulated with a light but firm hand.

Intention is the litmus test of any idea.  The intention of the free market is aspiration; to become the best you can be.   Socialism is built on envy of those who have more than we do.  It is a modern Robin Hood Philosophy.  Envy may be the most corrosive emotion of all.  It is a victim philosophy and victim hood is a state of dependence and despondency.

These interesting times can bring the 1930’s back with authoritarian regimes taking over country after country as is happening as I write this post. Or we can retreat to me first and go back to protectionism. 

Protectionism created the Great Depression but we have a President who does not read, knows nothing of history and does not listen to those wiser than him, so he is instituting the very same thing that sent the world into a trade war that caused the Depression.  Tariffs are a symptom of tribalism and primitive nationalism .  Winning at the expense of others is the only philosophy of the President.

Free trade is symptomatic of Oneness and the desire that the tide of prosperity rises all boats and benefits everyone.  There are no winners and losers in this philosophy, everyone wins!

Jesus the Great Master Teacher taught Oneness, forgiveness and tolerance.  Even if you are not a Christian you must see that that is the way the world must live if we are to survive.

Which will we choose?  Will we go with love, light, oneness, aspiration, joy and tolerance.  Will we embrace the win/win philosophy or the winners and losers way of thinking of this current time in our history.

What do you choose?  I choose aspiration, joy, love, Oneness and world wide prosperity and peace.  I see children going to bed on full stomachs, free to be whatever they wish to be; living their dreams in freedom and joy.

What do you see?  I am glad that I have been born into interesting times when all things are possible and most are probable.  It already exists in Mind, let’s bring it into form for all.     Be sure to visit my video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

Until we are together again, see your higher good, think only of things of good report and share your love openly and freely.

Rev. Dore Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   I am a Religious Scientist, come join me and live the life you never knew possible.

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The Mystery of Life Solved: Rev. Dore’ decodes the age old mystery!

God works in mysterious ways…..this is the stock answer of every Catholic Priest and most Protestant clergy.  When people need help and comfort; when it all falls apart or a loved one dies young, they get the “mystery story” as if God was a Divine Agatha Cristy book spinning mysteries with almost no clues.

Not much help is it?  No wonder so many 21st Century young people are getting more and more turned off of mainline religion.  They want answers from their Congressmen or Congresswomen, their Senators , their God and most importantly their President (another great mystery!)  

They want answers and action!  Here are my big 3 of questions to God

  1. Why does God allow terrible things like earthquakes, Hurricanes and other disasters to kill millions?
  2. Why do bad things happen to good people?
  3. If God loves us why does He or She not protect us?

Here are a few simple answers that may point the way to your personal awakening.

Question #1  Why does God allow bad things to happen to us?

Answer:  God is not an insurance policy but a Creator. We are the driving wheel of our life.  If we make a choice that is based in anger, hatred or sorrow we can forecast that this choice will have great negative impact on our life.  God does not ensure your life for bad mistakes.  You create your life experience by what you think, speak and do, or fail to do.

2. Why do bad things happen to good people?

Good and bad are human ideas.  What one culture deems good another judges as terrible.  To God all creation is good, whether the individual who did the creation by thought, word and deed deems it good or bad is up to them.  Being a good person does not ensure that one will never have an illness or a negative experience.  Remember we create our own reality, Life DOES NOT HAPPEN TO US!  We happen to life!

3. Why does God not protect us?

The Law is the creative force in the Universe and it is up to us to learn how to use it.  The Law is the Creative medium that God uses with us as a partner in creation to create all that exists.  God creates the Universe, the stars and planets,  and makes the spiritual and physical laws that govern the Universe.

We create the circumstances of human existence.  We decide to live in peace and plenty by loving our brothers and sisters.  OR we can live in lack and limitation, hate and jealousy; experiencing horror, death and destruction.

In August 1914 Europe had a choice.  Live and let live or murder the man and woman who held the fate of much of Europe in their hands.  Yes, the Archduke and Duchess died that August afternoon, the only heirs to the throne of the 1000 year old Hapsburg Empire that ruled most of Europe with a rather benign hand.

When those gunshots rang out in Sarajevo, the Old Order died and the worst war ever fought by human kind destroyed the peace of Europe and much of the world for almost 80 years.  We know that war as World War 1

As a young Winston Churchill said, looking at the lights of London being turned off:the lights are going out all over the world and we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.   We are living with the effects of that horrible choice made by one Serbian Terrorist named Princip to this very day.   World War 2 was merely the continuation of a terrible mistake made in 1914.

This is a graphic example of the workings of the Law of Cause and Effect.  One person making a fateful decision for blood and destruction instead of love and light changed the world for the entire 20th Century.

More people died as a result of that decision than all the wars in history to that point in time.

Was this God’s Will?  Was this the work of God?

No this was a fatally bad choice by one hate filled young man and the overreaction of the great powers of Russia, Austria, France and Britain to Princip’s fateful act that August Day.  Could God have prevented it?

The Law is the Law, once it is set in motion, the only solution is to put in motion an opposite action to change the effects that we have put into Cause.

Even God works by the Law of Mind Action.  Our Mind and God’s Mind work the same way, the difference is only the scale of the activity.  God operates cosmically.  We operate on this earthly plane.

The condition of our Earthly Home, which was created by Spirit, is solely the result of our use, individually and collectively of the Law of Mind Action, often called Cause and Effect.

How can you live the life that you have always dreamed of?   Think only of good, loving things.  Think only of what you desire for yourself, your family and for all humankind.   Thoughts are things.  They exist and they create your life and collectively they create the world around us.  Words are thoughts in physical form and they have tremendous power.

You create your life by thought, word and deed.  Collectively we make our reality, right here and right now.

It has been said that nations get the leaders they deserve.  This means that the mood and attitude of the nation will attract just the leader that the people desire.

Think about our current situation and see how this chaos came to pass.

May the indwelling God and the Most High God (one in the same) be with you in all your thoughts and actions.  Use the Law for only that which you are willing to experience in your life.  The Law is the power of God working through you; be very careful how you use it!

Until we are together again:

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida     

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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