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

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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Life Creation 101 According to Rev. Dore’

What is this thing we call life?  Does it exist outside of our mind and thoughts or is it just an inside job?   Do we lead a life or are we led down the path of life by outside forces, influences and The Deity?  Is it all “rigged” or are we the driving wheel of our experience and fortune?   Is it determined at birth or ours to create?

Determinism is a belief that your life is predestined and that you have very little real control over your life.  Many believe that your life is written in the “Book of Life” before your birth and that, other than personal tastes and likes and dislikes, your life is a trudge toward the inevitable.  As the Muslims say :Inshalla, “if God wills it”.

I believe that a determinist life is a waste of good time.  If I am not the driver but merely the passenger of life, why bother?  What can be learned, what real accomplishments can I claim? Am I just a pawn on a chessboard?  Was it all just “meant to be”.

Determinism is a popular belief because it almost totally cancels out any self-responsibility.  As the comedian Flip Wilson used to say: “The Devil made me do it!”

Self responsibility is the hardest lesson that children must learn while growing up. Some never learn that they are the authors of their own lives and that they are responsible for every word, choice and action.   They become perpetual children at heart and we all have known some of them in our families and acquaintances. The finger of blame is always pointed outward to God, spouse, luck, parents, ethnicity’, race or just the juxtaposition of the stars at 5:00 AM on September 7, 1945.

You and I are the only people who have been present in our respective lives, every second we live.  No one else, just us!  No fault, no blame, just the understanding that nothing or no one could be responsible for your life or my life but us!

This is the first Principle of Life Creation 101:  We are the driving wheel of our lives.  This frees us to create any life we desire if we have the gumption to get up and make it so.  This idea of the “driving wheel” is also is a license for a do-over at any point.

No victims here!  If I am the producer, director and screen writer of my life, then I may edit and change things at will.  If outside forces created my reality then I am merely a victim and can only cry and mourn my terrible fate.

OK, my life experience is largely my creation, I get that!  But how do I change it?

Change your thinking and change your life.…..that is the slogan and byword of Religious Science and it is the first thing you need to know to begin to understand how to create the life that you long for, desire and deserve.  Your life is a product of your Mind.  Change your mind and change your life.

Next post……how to begin the process and use 4 simple ideas to transform your life in less than six months.  Remember that there is no change unless you change.  More about Life Creation 101 next post.  Join me, won’t you?

Until then… think well, speak well and be well!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida

 

The Millennial Effect

There is unease, anger, fear and uncertainty; seemingly all around the world.  Religious fanaticism rears its ugly head, most notably in Islam, but all too often in Fundamentalist Christianity, Ultra Orthodox Judaism, and even Hindu Nationalism.  What is happening and why? Perhaps its the Millennium Effect!

With the end of a millennium comes the end of an Age. Often these Ages are given astrological names from the signs of the zodiac.  We are entering the Age of Aquarius; according to my astrologically gifted friends.   Whether you believe that the conjunction of the planets and stars affects the affairs of humans and the course of history is a matter of personal belief.  What we do know is that  periods of unrest and uncertainty accompany the turn of the millennium.

I believe its all about energy since all that exists here or in the cosmos is energy.  Matter is simply low vibration energy; this is physics, not astrology.  Can the magnetic fields of the Cosmos be altered by the movements of the planets, star systems and galaxies?  Perhaps.

What do you believe?  I do know that as a Virgo Birth Sign I am handsome (so my wife tells me) intelligent, have some leadership qualities but am prone to judgement of others and can be quite picky and petty, if I don’t guard against it.

So perhaps the astrological matrix into which we are born does influence our personalities but I will also tell you that no one is a slave to his “chart”.  It is only a possible path, perhaps a warning sign; but we determine our lives, we write the script and can edit it at will. Our “sign” only describes tendencies, not our future.

We are in the beginning of the Millennial Effect of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, a time in which the Spiritual is supposed to flower and bring a new way of life to human kind.  There is always darkness before the dawn and we are experiencing it right now.

This is a phenomenon humanity has not experienced for 1,000 years.  The last millennial change in the year 1,000 was widely thought to be the “end of the world”.  Millions of Christians went to bed on December 31, 999 expecting to find themselves in Heaven or Hell as January 1,1000 dawned.  Quite a surprise when they awoke in the same old serf’s hut or Lord’s Castle!

This dawning of a New Age threatens the old ways of thinking, believing and behaving.  Religion hardens and becomes rigid and unforgiving as it strives to hold back the Light.  Nations experience entropy and may fly apart into tribal societies.  We see this in the UK, the EU, Syria (perhaps the oldest nation on the planet) and we see dangerous tribal rumblings, even in the US as racial tensions soar and police community relations enter a dire phase.

White America perceives the loss of their nation and the world they have known.  Black America feels oppressed and endangered at every turn.  Many of all races and creeds feel that the “system” does not work for them and that it is rigged.

Facts are little help in combating the angst.  In many ways this is the best of times, but try to convince anyone of that right now!  The Millennial Effect is about feelings, not intellect or facts.  It is primal, soul deep and gut wrenching.

We have become a nation of constituencies rather that One out of Many.  Our politics are more and more tribal; we vote our color, our faith, our sexual orientation or our region and, yes even our social class.

Tribalism is always a ticket to stagnation and decay.  The poorest and most underdeveloped nations are tribal and always have been. We can prosper and thrive together as One or perish separately as fools.

Could it be that in our urgent search for diversity we have sacrificed the unity that will save us all?  The melting pot made Americans in two generations out of people from all over the globe.  The “fruit salad” idea of today has made us a nation of separate identities and agendas and thereby fragmented our national spirit and our politics.

We bemoan our “divided America”.  How could it be otherwise when identity politics rules our national spirit.  The only identity that matters to me is the one that says I Am a Divine Human and an American. The solution must be a new social and spiritual contract.

Next post we will explore what to do about this tribalism and entropy.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida 

 

 

The Truth About the American Dream

I am writing this post on July 5, 2016 after spending part of Independence Day pondering the rather amorphous idea of the American Dream.  What is it and what, if anything has happened to it?

It seems to me that the American Dream is a spiritual idea.  It exists only in the hearts and minds of those Americans who believe in it. It is a beacon of hope, a Dream but has never been, and is not now, “the American Promise”.  Nothing is promised but all is possible to those who believe and empower their belief with Love and wise use the Law of Mind Action.

It cannot and will not ever work for those who believe its “bunk” or think that the “system is rigged”.  Only belief empowers the American Dream.  Life is what we think it is.  To put it plainly, we write the script of our own lives.  It is done unto you as you believe.  The American Dream is not for cynics but for believers.

The American Dream is the guiding ethos of American nationhood.  It is the light that shines from the “shining city on the hill”.  It is the torch in Lady Liberty’s lamp as she shines her light beside the Golden Door.  It is that aura of endless possibility that America exports to the world.  It is the magnet that draws millions, even now, to our shores and to new lives.

The Dream has never been a guarantee of anything.  Nothing is promised but nothing is forbidden as long as its legal. There is no class system, no birth test, no way of speaking or thinking that can disqualify one from the American Dream.

There is a strong dose of Darwinism in The American Dream.  No one will hand it to you, you must want it enough to seize it; to strive, strive again and never stop until you achieve your goal.  That is as it should be. The joy of the American Dream is in its realization. It is never given; it is earned.

Success is bitter in the mouth if it is given.  Only when you put it all on the line to get where you want to go; only when you push yourself to the limit can you really know who and what you are made of.  Steel is not tempered by sugar but by fire. Reward is sweet only when earned.  Trophies for participation have the taste of ashes in the mouth.  A nice team photo should be the reward for participation.  Trophies are for excellence and achievement.

Today in our political campaigns we hear talk of how it used to be.  Small town America where a young man could walk down the road to the factory or the mill where his father worked, knock on the door and get a good paying union job, just like his Dad had for 30 years.  They say that was the American Dream but I will tell you that has never been the American Dream.  It was the economic facts of Industrial Age Post War America that produced this unique time and place, not the American Dream.  No matter what the politicians promise us, that era is never coming back.  Does that mean that the best is in our rear view mirror?

Not at all, as the old way fades, the new era of globalization and technology opens up opportunities unheard of 60 years ago.  We hear about the evils of globalization but globalization cuts both ways.  Do you know that almost every “foreign car” you can buy in this country is made by Americans in American factories by American workers; in those very same small towns we eulogized as the Golden Age.

Own a Toyota?  Virtually all of them are made in Georgetown Kentucky, the Trucks in San Antonio, Texas.  Many models of Mercedes are built in South Carolina, as are many BMW’s.  VW builds Jettas and Passats in Tennessee. Hyundai is built in Montgomery, Alabama, Kia in Fort Valley, Georgia, Nissan in Smyrna, Tennessee, Nissan Trucks in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Like Hondas?  So do I, they are all built in Ohio.  Mazda in Flat Rock, Michigan.  Your “foreign car” is putting millions of Americans to work in American jobs paying good wages and benefits.

The American Dream is about aspiration not envy.  It is about striving, not complaining.  It is about risking it all rather than playing it safe.  It is Edison, Tesla, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Juan Sanchez, my good friend who realizes his American Dream by serving 25 years in the US Army defending our freedom in places none of us would ever wish to be.

It is Igor Dubcek who came from Serbia with nothing and now has the best cobbler shop in Sarasota. It is about untold millions born in poverty who opted for a life of achievement and prosperity rather than a life of envy, sadness and victimhood.  It’s really about the choices we make, the thoughts we think and the words we speak.

Want the safe life? It is your right and privilege but if you choose the safe life of the union job at the mill, you have opted out of the maximum payoffs of the American Dream.  Those who put their lives and fortune on the line reap the greatest rewards.  New Americans understand this but by the 3rd generation many children of immigrants become entitled and believe that success is their due as Americans.  The only thing we are entitled to is due process and equal justice under the law.  The rest is up to each one of us.

The immigrant who came from Armenia with $5 in his pocket in 1892 was betting it all that he could make it.  He won his bet, became a Physician after years of post graduate work and built a fine life in a totally different culture, language, and way of life than that which he had known.  His name was Dr. Emmanuel Patlian and he was my grandfather.  310 Patlians, in all walks of life, are the fruit of his American Dream.  He paid with his life, dying in a typhoid epidemic while treating the hundreds of sick and dying.

I am sure that Granddad Emmanuel would do it all over again, even if he could have known the heroic but tragic outcome.  He loved America and was grateful to the last day of his life for the America that allowed him to escape death in the Armenian Genocide and to begin a fine new family in this magnificent land powered by the American Dream.

Is the American Dream dead or dying?  Not at all, but our belief in it is fading as an entitlement mentality takes the place of the work ethic.  It is fading as class envy takes the place of aspiration.  We now scorn the wealthy rather than aspire to be like them.

Of all the emotions of which a human in capable, envy is perhaps the most corrosive to the heart mind and soul.  It takes our focus from what we may accomplish and replaces it with anger, resentment and hatred of the accomplishments of others.  Socialism is built on class envy and a consciousness of lack and limitation.  Wisely regulated capitalism is the American Dream in action.

Wish you could be a multi-millionaire?  You can if you have the wit, the courage and are fearless.  Watch what they do, how they think and act; how they carry themselves and the risks they take with all that they own and then do that!  The only thing that can defeat you is fear; that is the great enemy.

No one is born with special favor.  We all have different abilities and talents but we are all creations of the Great Architect, the Ground of Being, the Great I AM.  We are all magnificent because our lineage and essence is Divinity.

If we live large it is because we think, act and speak large.  If we play it safe, play “small ball” then we will have a small life.  No one does it to us, we choose our life by our thoughts words and actions.   LIVE LIFE IN BIG LETTERS!  That is the heart of the American Dream.  Can you fail? Sure you can but better to try, try again than never know of what you are capable.

Until we are together again:  think well, speak well, choose wisely and live well.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

Becoming a Master of the Law

Last time we talked about how our life experiences are created by our thoughts, words and actions by acting upon God’s Universal Operating System that we call The Law.   Not by whim or divine decree but by our use of the Law by our thinking, speaking and acting.  As the Bible puts it:  “You speak the blessing or the curse over your life each day”.  Better watch what you say when you get up!

Remember the wax tablet we talked about last week.  It will make an impression of a key to jail or to Paradise.  It has not volition or will.  That is a good description of the Law.  It receives the impress of your thoughts and renders them into form. 

What you think is creative!  What are we but our thoughts?  When you put a thought into words you give that thought physical form and multiply its power exponentially.   The choices that you make, or fail to make, are based on these thoughts and words that become hardened into beliefs and attitudes in your subconscious mind.

The subconscious or subjective mind is the repository of everything you have stored as your truth during each minute of your life.  The ideas, attitudes and beliefs that you have allowed entry into your subconscious mind become your personality and your personal reality!   You are the guard at the gate of your mind!  You decide what to believe, how you feel about something and what you do with that information.  Its easy to see that it is very important to let in those ideas, thoughts and beliefs that serve you in creating the life you want to experience.  

Cautionary note here:  Thoughts have power and the Law acts on them whether positive or negative, beautiful or ugly.  You decide whether to accept a parent’s racist views in 1954 as you were growing up. Or you can quietly believe that people are people and the outer appearance is no standard of a person’s worth. You decide to believe in a power greater than your own self or you reject The Creator and become an atheist.  You are the thinker that programs your life and blaming your life on parents, teachers, preachers or luck just does not cut it. 

How do you keep unhealthy and unsavory attitudes and beliefs from taking up residence in your subconscious…..the basement of your mind? By using the one part of your mind that you can control; your conscious mind.  Your conscious mind is the greatest tool of creation that you possess.  You have the power and the permission to think any thoughts you wish.  You can enter any state of mind you desire and once in that state of mind you can begin to build any reality that you can believe as true for you and can see it as done!

No matter how dirty or cluttered your subconscious mind may be your conscious mind stands ready for a good Spring Cleaning whenever your desire for change becomes great enough to impel you to get to work changing your thinking and therefore changing your life.  

It is never too late to “be transformed by the renewal of your mind” as Paul says in Romans 10:2.  It takes discipline and hard mental work to change the mental habits of a lifetime but if I can do it at 70, I will wager that you can do it too!

Think and speak of things of love, things of beauty, things of joy and things of health and prosperity and watch your life begin to bloom like an English garden in Spring.   As a man or woman thinks, so they are!

That is the essence of the Science of Mind teaching and the faith we call Religious Science.  Until we are together again, be well, think well and speak well.  

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL.  

 

The Royal Road to Health, Wealth and Happiness

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Don’t we all want to be happy?  Well, I have known some people who seemed to embrace their misery like a lover but thank goodness they are in the minority!  I believe that almost all of us on this planet want to be happy and feel good about the life we have led right up to the final day of our lives.  I want to go out like Steve Jobs: yelling “Wow, Oh Wow”!

There are two roads of life; the Royal Road and the Pauper’s Path and we may choose either one.  You see life does not happen to us; rather we happen to life!  We lead a life, we are not led by Life.  So we get to choose our lives with our thoughts, words (Words are so powerful!) and the choices that spring from them.  In fact, our lives are really just a compendium of our choices and the actions that flow from them.  

To travel the Royal Road we must first understand and believe that we are the motive force of our lives and that we can create any life that we can imagine, speak of with certainty and then choose to create.  

However, if we believe that life happens to us, that we are victims of Fate, Circumstance or the whims of others- then to the Pauper’s Path we shall go!  You see you cannot create anything but misery and failure if you believe that you are a pawn of Fate, Luck, God or other people.  You are merely victim of outside forces, out of control and thus can create nothing positive.  

You have decided to take command of your life and travel the Royal Road.  Great!  This is the path of life that God created you to travel and the road that He/She gave you the power and tools to navigate.  But human beings are not automatons; we have free will so you can choose the Pauper’s Road of suffering, crises and pain, if you desire.  Your power operates in forward or reverse, the choice is yours!  

But you may ask, why would anyone possibly choose the Pauper’s Path?  Is there some power greater than us that sets our feet on the path to desperation, poverty, illness, misery and degradation?  Is it Lucifer, Satan, Beelzebub perhaps?

No, these are creatures that have never existed but fabricated to excuse a life badly lived.  There is only ONE power and Presence in the Universe and that is God, the Good Omnipotent.  So why do so many people trudge down the Pauper’s Path when they have been given the power to cruise down the Royal Road?  One reason is that they have been taught that they are weak worms of the dust and thus are powerless.  There is another reason and it’s that it is so easy to travel the Pauper’s Path, its almost the default setting for many!

In the words of the great Crosby, Stills and Nash song entitled “The Southern Cross”: we never failed to fail, it was the easiest thing to do!  Yes, indeed, it was the easiest thing to do, just give up, let it be and take whatever comes! You can’t beat City Hall, you can’t box with God, the little guy never wins, the game is rigged, you can’t win anyway so why even try?  Thoughts like these are the speedway on to the Pauper’s Path of Life.  You are what you think you are, no more no less. 

I spent way too much time in my life believing that I was “damaged goods” because I had been born with Cerebral Palsy.  I focused on my disabilities and my lack of grace, co-ordination and my weird eyes that went in two different directions.  I spent precious years on the Pauper’s Path when the truth about me was that I was a miracle child, a one in a million baby who recovered 90% from birth condition that is “incurable”.  I was given a pearl of great price but all I could see was the “bad hand I was dealt”.  

I needed a good lesson in gratitude and an appreciation of the joy of a life that I had been given seemingly against all odds.  It took me until almost the age of 50 to finally put my feet on the Royal Road by at last taking responsibility for the far too many marriages, the too many careers abandoned just when success was at hand and the deep anger that erupted like Old Faithful when least expected.  In 1997 I finally gave up my crutches of “damaged goods”, anger and alcohol.  

I quit smoking my pipe as well on that same day and I must say I do miss that occasionally but my dear wife Susan was worth any sacrifice and my pipe and tobacco was a small one.  Even though I am not wealthy yet, I am not famous yet, and even if neither ever comes to pass (I believe both are very close) I am happier than I have ever been.  I am now at the age of wisdom and perspective and still healthy and vigorous enough to enjoy it!

I am 70 now and what a glorious age!  I am healthy, have a wonderful head of silver hair and straight eyes (another miracle of many in my life) a cozy, pretty home on a pond and a lovely woman that is my dearest love.  I am now speeding down the Royal Road because I have finally discovered just how blessed I have always been.  I now know that gratitude is the on ramp to the Royal Road of the Happy Life.  May you cruise the Royal Road!

Gratitude is the Engine Oil, the lubricant of the Universe……Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian