Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Is your life everything that you wish it could be?   Are you enjoying every aspect of your life?

What would you change in your life if you had the power?  Can you really change your life or are our lives predestined?

You can change your life experience any time you are willing to change your thinking! Your thoughts are the currency of your life.  Your life is built brick by brick by your thoughts. Hold on to those same thoughts and they harden into beliefs in your sub-conscious mind.

There is a power for good in the Universe that you may use anytime that you are willing to do the work of learning the proper use of this great power.   It is not easy to change your thinking , you have been thinking in a certain way every moment of your life.  You and I actually think our lives into being.  Just imagine what you could achieve if you could change your thinking and change your life.

Here is the secret that has eluded humankind for thousands of years.  You are what you think, what you believe and what you do. Your thoughts, words and actions must be in alignment; they must be congruent in order to create the life you want and deserve.

You cannot think that life sucks and then expect a happy life.  You cannot love, while speaking hate.  You cannot be prosperous while acting poor and speaking of poverty.  You cannot be well while thinking of sickness.  You cannot love while thinking hateful thoughts.

You  have been given four of the greatest powers in the Universe:  Thought, Speech, Will and Imagination.  Without thought, nothing exists, for thoughts are the building blocks of reality.  We speak our world into being.  Our Word has tremendous power.  Remember John: in the beginning was the Word.  

All things in heaven and earth are made of thought and made manifest by your Word.  Without willpower nothing is achieved, you must carry on even when it seems so very hard.  Those with weak wills do little of any account.

Perhaps the most powerful gift is our imagination.  We can envision worlds beyond the stars, places never seen, species of life beyond our belief and understanding.    We can imagine worlds beyond our understanding or experience. We can see pictures flying on a current of electrons, we can pluck entertainment out of the ether.  We can travel coast to coast in just hours, where our forefathers took 6 months for the same journey. Within the next century we shall travel to the stars by bending time itself.

Without the great gift of imagination we should be trapped by precedent and condemned to a life of sameness and stagnation.

A dog cannot imagine being anything but a dog.  A dolphin or whale, the smartest creatures not human, will never transcend the state of “dolphin” or “whale’.

If one day you see a dolphin walking down Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles then the drinks are on me!  You will see me on the “street of dreams” anytime that I return to my native City of Angels

Until we meet on that Street of Dreams, be well, be happy and remember: “There is a power for good in the Universe and you and I can use it”.

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

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Religious Science (aka The Science of Mind) explained

I am a Religious Scientist, it is my faith and my understanding of the way life works.  Religious, because it takes me to a higher plane of thought where I can be in the presence of the Great Soul, the Divine Mind, the indwelling God and the most High God which are one and the same.  My faith is based on the deepest belief in a Higher Power and at the same time it is governed not by superstition or magic but by Divine Law.

The Science is in the Law which always works in exactly the same way each and every time we use it.  There is cause and there is effect and neither you nor I can escape that basic Law of the Universe. For every action, there will be an equal and corresponding re-action. Hit a ball into a window, the window will break and you will be called upon to buy your neighbor a new window. 

The love you give likewise is returned to you pressed down and multiplied; as are the errors that you commit.

 Science in Religious Science is the absolute predictability of the Law, both physical and spiritual.  Drop an iron ball and it will always fall to earth. Not one time will it fly up into the sky.  When you go to bed you need not worry that you will be on the ceiling.  Law is constant and it is knowable and predictable.  

Just as physical laws may be depended upon, so are the Spiritual Laws instituted by Spirit.  What you put out you will receive in like measure, pressed down and overflowing.  No one is exempt from what most people call “what goes around, comes around” which we call the Law of Compensation.  

We can heal by using the Law, we can prosper by using the Law, we can have success beyond measure or sorrow deeper than the deepest ocean.  

As we think, so we are.  Your thoughts are creative, they are alive and they create your world.  You are licensed by God on the day of your birth to create Heaven or Hell in your life.  You speak the cursing or the blessing out of your mouth.  Your choice, each and every day. You will experience what you think, say and do.  You are the architect and author of your life experience.  

This is what St. Paul meant when he said “think only things of good report”.

You can heal any condition with the speaking of your word, if you believe.  You can create any condition with your word and your belief.  You have a power that you may have never realized before.  

There is a Great Power in the Universe and you can use it.  That is what we teach in Religious Science, which is the teaching of the Science of Mind. 

Until we are together again…..be well, think well and speak well. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida.  

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God’s Greatest Gift to Humanity

The Creator of all that is, the Deity, the Great Architect or whatever you choose to call the author and engineer of this Universe has created life itself,  including DNA which are the building blocks of all living things.

All substance,all space and time are subject to Law, both natural and spiritual and are all a product of the Word.  Our unique home, that we call Earth, is also a gift of the great Mind of God; custom designed to support sentient life.  

Such perfect engineering!  Plants take in Carbon Dioxide and release Oxygen into our atmosphere.  We are engineered to breathe oxygen and release carbon dioxide.  Our atmosphere is the perfect cocktail of gasses for human and animal life to thrive.   No co-incidences here; it is a very carefully designed plan authored by a Divine Mind which is beyond human comprehension.

One thing is certain.  We did not create this system ourselves.  Life is surely a gift of God, Rama, Spirit, however you conceive Deity.

  Without the Great Soul, the Divine Mind no life could exist.  We are eternally grateful for our home and our existence on this Earth.  But the greatest gift is yet to be revealed and unlike the other Divine Gifts it is unique to humankind.  Indeed, it is what makes humanity so unique, of all the other creatures that share our planet.

What is this gift?  It is the greatest gift in the Universe!  It’s IMAGINATION!

Many people believe that imagination is just “wool gathering” as my mother used to call it.  Just idle fancies that will come to nothing.  Mom was so wrong on this one!  Imagination is the greatest power in the Universe.  It is the power that God itself uses to create all that exists.  You see, unlike what we call reality,  imagination is not bounded by time, space or circumstance.

Imagination takes us places we have never dreamed of, allows us to create things that never were and to experience states of being unknown until now.  Perhaps most important, is that human imagination is what frees humanity to soar and create what has never existed, think thoughts never expressed.   We are  free from the bounds of precedent, free from the iron grip of the “way its always been done”.

Unlike our animal friends and neighbors on this planet, we can transcend time and space and the bounds of our physical being and be and do whatever we can conceive.   Alas my dog,  as wonderful as he is, will never transcend the state of “dog”. 

A dolphin or whale are among  the smartest animals on our planet but they cannot transcend being a dolphin or a whale.  They will never climb a mountain, learn mathematics or science, for they can never transcend the bounds of the sea.

Humanity alone can navigate the land, sea and air, even the vastness of space and time. 

God has given us a vital piece of herself.  She creates with her Divine imagination.  This is how we were created.   We create by human thought and word and God creates by Divine thought and Divine Word.  As scripture puts it: As Above, So Below

Creation is a matter of scale.  We create with our mortal minds and will one day break the bounds of time and space.  God creates the very stuff of life, sets the Laws that govern the physical and spiritual realms.  

Here are the tools of life:  Thought, word, deed, Law (both spiritual and physical) and most important IMAGINATION.   

Gene Roddenberry went to another time and place in his mind long before Star Trek ever appeared on TV or the big screen.  He was a Los Angeles police officer and if he can create the United Federation of Planets, an idea that spanned the galaxy itself, just imagine what you may create.  I have pictured Spok  at the masthead of this post in honor of Gene and millions of other Genes who transcend the here and now and point the way to the undiscovered country of imagination. 

Imagination: If you can see it in your mind’s eye, you can create it. 

Until we are together again, think only of what you will allow in your life and think nothing of what you do not want.  Thought are creative and they are the building blocks of your life and reality. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida.   “I am a Religious Scientist”, come see what we are all about.  Visit the Center for Spiritual Living near you.  You will be most welcome.  Take a introductory class or enjoy our wonderful Sunday services.l    Be sure to enjoy my more than 130 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

Thought, Word and Deed are the ingredients of a Life

Here is the recipe for your life regardless of where you were born, your race, gender, parents , culture or nationality.  Are you ready to change your life right here and right now?

Here is the secret of life creation:   So many people I talk to seem to believe that life is hard, complex and difficult to manage.  Some feel that our lives are a matter of luck, fate or circumstance.

Thoughts are things, they exist and they create your reality.  Just as the Creator thinks the Universe into existence, created DNA, the building blocks of all life, She created all life out of/Her substance.

Rule#1 Think and speak about only of those things that you want to experience in your life.  It works both ways.  You can create Heaven or Hell in your life with your thinking and speaking.

Rule#2  Speak only words that you are willing to experience in your life.  Just a few days ago, two celebrities destroyed their successful careers with words on Twitter that caused them to lose their jobs and be hated by millions.  Words have tremendous power because they are thoughts put in actual physical form and therefore live on forever and ever.  Imagine how sorry they are now; but its too late.

I remember words spoken by me 30 years ago in the white hot heat of anger that caused me to lose my wife, my children and my home.

I have repaired my life using the techniques I am sharing with you in this post. Having learned the lesson, I am now worthy of the love of a magnificent lady that I am proud to call my wife.  20 years of bliss that never would have happened if I had not learned the secrets that I am sharing with you.

Rule#3   The most powerful creator of your life is in your choices.  What you do or don’t do.  Each and every day of your life you are confronted with choices.  Choose wisely for you will live with many of these choices for a lifetime.

I hear people say “I had no choice but to do what I did”..That is a cop out.  You always are at choice. The choices may be hard, but one will lead you into the Light and the other into the Darkness.  The lesson is to listen to the God within to find the path to the Light.  You can feel in your gut when you are on the right path.

The last great lesson is to refuse to allow anything in to your life that is not the  highest and best for you.  Never settle, you are a creation of God and you are magnificent.

Think, Speak and Choose only what you really want in your life and do not settle for less.  You have all the power in the Universe at your bidding through your thought, word and deed.   Your imagination is the engine of your good, it is the evidence of God within you.

You are the author of your life.  Will your book be a tragedy, love story, adventure or comedy?  You wrote it, now live it!

Until we are together again, Think, Speak and Choose only the highest and best for your life.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida and I am a Religious Scientist.   click on CSL.com for more information on Religious Science and the Centers for Spiritual Living.  Visit my 150 Video Podcasts on YouTube.com/Revdore

What to do when the rain falls!

“In each life a little rain must fall”.  My Mother, a lady of the “Old South,” had a hundred aphorisms full of wisdom to guide her child through the pitfalls of life.

When I came home crying after being bullied for the third day in a row, she would trot out “Son, in each life a little rain must fall”.  She would then cap that with “if you don’t care, then they don’t matter”.  She was trying to teach me not to give my power away to other people.

She was right, but my father had a more satisfying solution:  “Son, bullies are always cowards:  They do not want to be hurt and will run crying like a baby. Simply punch them right in the nose, it bleeds profusely they will never bother you again.  Not politically correct today but he was entirely right.  Once I bloodied a nose or two I was left alone, indeed they wanted to be friends!

Well, you and I cannot go around punching people in the nose in 2018, so how do we manage the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the 21st Century

Rather than using our fists, we learn to use The Law.  What is The Law you may ask.  The Law is the cosmic mechanism that changes thought into actual form.  You you may think that thoughts are just puffy things of little account but you would be dead wrong.  Before the beginning of time God created spiritual and physical laws to govern the Universe and all that was in it.

Thoughts are things….they exist.  They are the building blocks of the entire Universe.  God uses the thoughts in his or her Divine Mind to create all that exists in this Universe and many others.  As scripture says: “as above, so below”.

In other words, God thinks everything that exists in all Creation into form with the thoughts of Her magnificent Divine Mind.

So it is that we think our reality and our lives into form with the God Given power of our magnificent human Mind.  (not the brain, that is the organic computer that dies when we do)  We create our lives with the power of our Mind, and with our words, which are thoughts in form. Most important are the actions we take or fail to take.

You see that we really are the Masters of our Fate and the Captains of our soul.  We think our lives into being each moment we live.  But how do we avoid the storms of life?  We think only of things that we want in our lives. We refuse to rent space in our minds to sorrow, anger, hatred and lack and limitation thinking.

As St. Paul famously said:  Think only of things of good report. 

In the Words of the Master:  It is done unto you as you think and as you believe.  

Do not let fearful, negative or hateful thoughts take root in the fertile soil of your subconscious mind.  Give no thought to how you will live or what you will eat.  If God provides for the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, how much more will he provide for you and yours.

But this is so only if you believe firmly without a scintilla of doubt that you are beloved of God and that She has provided every good thing that you need.  Fear and doubt are the mortal enemies of humankind.

Your mortal mind is constantly in need of reassurance that all will be well.  Your belief in the  promise of the Mind of God and in The Love of God is the antidote to the constant fear of “not enough”.

You are enough, there is more than enough for you and yours. Only your disbelief will make it not so.  You don’t have to know how or why this is so.  Just believe it.  It is done unto you as you believe.

Each person on this Earth has been given a power greater than any in the Universe and this is the creative power of Mind.  You can create Heaven with it or fashion you own private Hell.  Think only of what you will allow in your live.  Think of things that make you smile.  Think of Love, Light and Joy.

You are who you think you are!

Most of all show your appreciation for the gifts you have been given by loving and cherishing every human that you meet.   Greet them as your brother or sister, regardless of paint job, culture or origin.  Gratitude is the lubricant of the Universe.  Be grateful for every one of the blessings in your life. 

The first great Truth of Life is that we are ALL ONE.

Until we are together again…. May the blessings of the Great Architect of the Universe be abundant in your heart and in your life.

Rev. Dore Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida   “I am a Religious Scientist”  Visit a Center for Spiritual Living near you.  I know you will love the experience. 

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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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Empathy…. the lubrication of Civilization

Empathy is the art of putting yourself in another’s place.  It is the faculty of transcending the almighty ME and feeling what others are feeling.  

Empathy is the lubrication of civil society and of civilization itself. It has been said that an empath can taste salt when another person cries.  When you learn to connect with your brother or sister; you have put your feet on the path of spiritual enlightenment.  

You have become a spiritual adult when you can be in the moment with another person.  Empathy is a Divine Connection that wipes away all human differences and allows us to practice true brotherhood. 

A good leader is almost always a person of empathy.  Only when a leader has been a servant, either with military service or some other service to others are they really fit to lead.  If its all about them, empathy dies by the wayside. 

In 2018 empathy seems to be in short supply.  Even our spiritual leaders seem to have forgotten the lessons of the Master Teacher.  Many are long on condemnation and short on forgiveness and tolerance.  Ye among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.  Sin is a Latin word that means missing the mark.  It literally means “without”.  We all miss the mark from time to time, I certainly have.  

When I take stock of Rev. Dore’ I see a very intelligent person that often lacks wisdom and forbearance.  I work on empathy daily for I know that to be empathetic is to practice the presence of God.  Conscious knowing that we are all Divine Creations of the Great I AM, the Creator of all things, is vital to the good life, the Godly life.  

Empathetic people understand that there is no distance between God and humankind.  We swim in the love of God as a fish swims in the sea.  God is all around us, in us and everywhere present.  The empathetic person knows this, the self absorbed person does not.  

The practice of empathy is the practice of Divinity. You are affirming that your brother and your sister are made of the same substance and created by the same Mind that creates all that exists.  

Get over yourself for a while and practice the Godly faculty of EMPATHY.  

Until we are together again, think well, speak well, love well and live well.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FLA

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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

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!