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

 

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 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

 

Ruminations of the Oldest Valley Boy Baby Boomer.

It is rather interesting to contemplate your 71st birthday arriving in just over one month.  I was born 3 days after the formal surrender of the Japanese which marked the end of World War 2.  Thus, I am probably one of the oldest of the “Boomer” generation, so named for the flood of children that accompanied the return of millions of young men discharged from military service.

1945 was a rare year in which to be born, having the lowest birthrate in US history.  No men, no kids!  As a pioneer boomer I have a unique perspective; my childhood memories span the Swing Era with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and the Glen Miller Orchestra to Bee Bop in the early 50’s and the Rock and Roll of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and of course the King -Elvis.  I was a kid when Pat Boone was a million seller heart throb who competed with Elvis for #1 on the top 40.

They actually played music on AM Radio and still had series and dramas on the radio.  I guess you could say that my generation was perhaps the last one to have the freedom to roam the neighborhood, ride their bikes to the beach (over the Santa Monica Mountains 15 miles away), get a Driver’s License at 16 and then borrow Mom or Dad’s car. We learned how to make and keep friends on our own, not through arranged “play dates”.  We camped out in pup tents with our buddies in the back yard and walked to school and to the store for sodas and snacks.  Unheard of today.

My high school years were about girls, dances, Friday Night Football and the Marching Band, car clubs, cruising the “Blvd” (Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley) penny loafers and peg legged pants. My world was Happy Days played out in real life.  Most of the guys wore “duck tail” hairdos (you shoulda seen mine!)

Lest you think that there was no crime, no child abuse, molestation or danger I will tell you that the crime rate in the US was almost 3 times what it is today.  The difference was that we only knew what the 5 minutes of radio news every hour told us and that was not much.  Mostly about the War in Korea, the Recession in ’58, etc.  No internet, no 24 hour news, no Twitter or Facebook to awfulize every occurrence .  If it did not happen down the street, we did not know or care about it.

Now this idyllic childhood did not take place in small town America but in Los Angeles, California; even in my youth a city of 3 million.  We learned how to take care of ourselves, make and keep friends, to protect ourselves from bullies and how to avoid dangerous situations.   We learned by doing, still the best way to learn anything in my opinion

I am not sure how they did it but it seemed like every student in my elementary, junior high and high school could read, write an intelligent sentence and do at least simple arithmetic.  We all knew our basic US History because we took 3 years of it, plus Civics or US Government.  Were there problems in school?  Sure, fights on the playground, car club gang fights ( no guns, but perhaps a switchblade) but the biggest problem was high school dropouts.  You could quit school at 16 and far too many did.

By the time I got my BA in History and started Grad School, the Hippie Era had arrived in LA with a bang.  Hippies with long hair, serious grunge and radical politics competed on campus with the “straights” (the conservative kids like me).  It was the SDS vs. the Young Republicans.  Interesting time but very turbulent.

I have no nostalgia for this time but I do have a great sense of gratitude for being born into this era and getting to experience mid-century America, the Summer of Love, the Space Age and the run up to the Millennium.  I am now enjoying being a “tech savvy” old guy which surprises many of the millennials that I work with.

The only things I would bring back from that time would be personal freedom, privacy, manners and civility which were very highly prized by those on both sides of the political spectrum.  Was my childhood perfect?  Oh, no!

Prejudice was not just prevalent, it was a way of life.  There were epithets for almost every group except the one you were in and they were used in daily conversation. It was not confined to just to Black or White but to Hispanics, Protestants and Catholics, Jews, different ethnic groups even of European decent.  An Irish kid marrying an Italian girl. No way!  There were epithets for almost every group and they were used in daily conversation.

A Black and White marriage? Unthinkable!  I knew all too well the fruits of prejudice. My mother “disowned” me for marrying a lovely young woman from Belize (then British Honduras)  “Beyond the pale” she said. We never spoke again.

Was this the Golden Age that the “angry old white people” seem to want to bring back?  There were a few things that we would do well to bring back but in the main there was little Gold and way too much hate, judgement and narrow-mindedness in the Baby Boomer Era.

It was a Boom and Bust time where good times and recession alternated every 5 or 6 years.  Over all this “Golden Age” hovered the specter of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  We practiced Armageddon once every week as the sirens wailed and we dropped under the desk in the bomb drill.  I remember asking my 8th grade English Teacher what good this would do if an Atomic Bomb really did fall.  She had no answer.

The secret to being 70 is the same as the secret to being 25.  You are not your body, you are your mind.  If you see the world from a young man or woman’s perspective, if you still enjoy the things of youth: sports, dancing, fun, romance, sex, joy and play; then in your mind you are 25 and the age of your body becomes irrelevant.  Only when you agree to become old, think old and act old will you really become an old man or woman.  You really age from the inside out.

Yes, looking in the mirror can be challenging sometimes but its what’s inside that counts.  When my lovely, tall flaxen haired wife walks by I feel a lot more like 25 than 70 and that will keep me a young man until I take my last breath.  As long as I can write, laugh, speak and learn new things I will never grow old.

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

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   visit my video podcast library on YouTube.com/revdore

 

Open Sesame!

Did you know that you were programmed by the Creator with all tools that are needed to have and enjoy any life you choose?  Yes, we have the awesome power of the Almighty One, the Great I AM, the Master of the Universe.  What would you change if you knew that you could speak your word and transform your life?

We all, everyone born on this planet, has an “Open Sesame”, a magic command that can bring us anything we desire, believe in and can see ourselves as having.

Come on Dore’, that can’t be true!  That only works for the 1% not for people like me; regular people working hard for a living.  We have no power!  No silver spoons in our mouths.  Didn’t Jesus say: the “rich get rich and the poor get poorer”? 

You are right He did say that but few if any understood what he meant and what His lesson was when he told the multitudes that: those who have much will receive even more and those with little or nothing will lose the little they have.

Many believe this is the cruelest verse in the Bible.  How could the Master say such a terrible thing!  Jesus was a Christ (one touched by God and appointed to bring Light), and as a man who has looked upon the very face of the Infinite He must speak Divine Truths no matter how hard they are to hear for us mortal humans.

His message was that those who are rich are rich because they think abundantly, they make abundant decisions and they believe in themselves.  They are willing to risk all, knowing that there is always more where that came from.  They are people of courage, certain of their power to create whatever they want or need.

But the poor live in sorrow and fear, always waiting for the hammer to fall, for disaster to strike.  They are victims of life, taking little or no responsibility for the state of their lives; believing that they are powerless and acted upon by forces greater than they can control.  They think poor, believe that their lot is poverty and that people “like us” can never have an abundant life.  They are believers in luck, chance and magic.  They argue for their poverty and usually refuse to see a way out saying: but you don’t understand my life I just can’t do it.  And so it shall be!

Jesus was teaching us that how we think and what we think and speak creates our lives and the events of our lives.  As a man thinks, so he is!   The rich and well off think of plenty and joy and the increase of all good things in their life.  They are not afraid to risk failure because they know they can and will succeed and whatever they might lose today can be recouped tomorrow.  They take the long view, knowing that today’s problems are tomorrows joys.

So what is your Open Sesame?   It is the phrase I Am which is the very name of God.   When you say I am a success, I am healthy, wealthy and happy you have invoked the very name of God and taken His name as your own.  But the Open Sesame works both ways!

If you say I Am sick, I am poor, I am just a weak worm in the dust, you have taken the very name of God in vain.  You have declared that God’s perfect creation is worthless, helpless and broken.  You get exactly what you speak your Word for, positive or negative.

The Second Commandment tells us Take Not the Lord’s name in vain.  That does not mean cursing as most of us believe.  Taking the Lord’s name in vain means speaking I Am in vain by denigrating God’s creation which is YOU! You are a magnificent creation of the Lord of the Universe but only if you agree that this is who and what you are.  Want to be a “weak worm of the dust”?  God will not stand in your way.  What you believe is mirrored perfectly by God’s Law as your life.  You really do speak the cursing and the blessing out of your mouth each day.  

What will you speak? In the beginning was the Word, what will your Word be?   Will you bless your life by thinking and speaking of good, lovely, prosperous and healthy things or will you curse your life by victim talk, sadness, anger and hatred.  Will you honor the name of God, the Great I AM by speaking and thinking of things of good report, of health, prosperity, beauty, love, tolerance and most of all honor to the Creator?  

Or will you use your Open Sesame in vain by putting yourself down, speaking as a weak worm of the dust, speaking and thinking words of hate, judgement, lack and limitation?   You prophesy your life into being by the use of your Open Sesame, the words I AM.

I will prophesy your life right now!  If you will change your inner and outer conversations and speak I AM only of lovely, wonderful things, peace, love and plenty, your life will be transformed by the end of one year!  The Second Commandment is the key to the abundant, joyful life.  Obey it and see the difference in your life. 

Until we are together again, think well, speak well and you will live well.  Richest Blessings on you and yours!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida  check out my 115 podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

 

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.  

 

Law, the Engine of all Creation

As I promised, this week’s blog is about The Law.  Law is God’s operating system of the Universe.  In fact it is similar to the Bios in your computer.  It is the framework and regulator of all life, just as the Bios enables the operating system of your computer to function and the programs to run.   

Indeed, nothing is created without the Law.  This may sound strange to many of you who are an adherents of traditional religions such as Christianity, Islam or Judaism.  These faiths believe in a “parent” God who handles every detail of the Universe and our lives.  Like a parent, the God concept of these faiths rewards good behavior with 77 virgins or lands of “milk and honey” and punishes bad; often with horrible and unimaginable torment.  “As God wills it” you will hear these people say.  Great for avoiding responsibility, isn’t it? 

To a Religious Scientist this is a child’s Sunday School tale.  Your parents are your parents, God is your Creator and there is a world of difference.  A parent regulates and monitors the child’s behavior and often continues to do so well into adulthood.  A Creator lovingly provides life and all the tools needed to create the life that is desired by its creation.  Intellect, Imagination and Will are the 3 great gifts of God to all sentient beings.  

God does not operate by whim or caprice but rather by Law.  There are physical laws such as gravity, motion, and thermodynamics and spiritual laws such as Mind Action, Compensation, Attraction, Correspondence, and Cause and Effect. These Laws may be studied, explained mathematically, and will always work if operated properly.  This is where the “Science” in Religious Science comes in.  

The Universe is not a mystery and neither is the Creator.  Both are predictable, practical and operate by Laws that are knowable to anyone willing to take the time and effort to learn them.  

How then does the Law perform its job as the engine of Creation?  The grist for it’s mill is thought, yes thought!  We all have them every second that we live but most of us do not know that these very same thoughts are creative. Thoughts are the building blocks of the Universe and the tools that God uses to Create the Cosmos and that you and I use to create our life experiences.  Thought is the most powerful tool in our life toolbox.  If you will learn to control your thoughts, bend them to your will and use them wisely; you truly will become the “Master of your Fate and the Captain of your Soul”.

Just how does the Law act on thought to create something in material form?  Have you ever seen a locksmith use a wax tablet to create an impression of a key so that a copy may be made?  The wax is inert, it will return whatever image is impressed upon it.  It cares not whether the key is for your bicycle or Fort Knox!  Its job is to create keys from impressions.  In our analogy The Law is the wax tablet and the key is your thought.  

It has been said many, many times by sages down through the centuries that thoughts are the keys to life.  Zarathustra, Plato, Jesus of Nazareth, Muhammad, the Buddha all have taught that your thoughts make up your life.

You see, when you think of something with belief and emotion you give it power.  If that thought becomes a vital part of your subconscious mind and your thought atmosphere; your mind, using the Law of Mind Action, will create just what you are thinking whether positive or negative.  Remember The Law is the wax tablet, it works for the saint and the sinner, the pauper and the king.  More next week on how to use the Law in your life.  

Here are 4 ideas that you may practice to begin to control your thinking and change your life.  

  1. speak and think only of what you want in your life, what you are willing to experience.   Most of us argue for what we don’t want, we speak of what we fear, dread and seek to avoid.  When our thought and word is about our fears, everything we seek to remove from our lives the Law having no volition of its own dutifully creates what you have impressed upon it with your thinking, your fear and your worry.  
  2. Watch what you say to yourself.  Our self talk is the prime source of grist for the Law’s creative process.  Speak only of things that you want, desire and fancy.  
  3. The law operates in forward and reverse, it is totally impartial which is why bad things happen to good people and vice-versa.  You have a license from God to create heaven or hell in your life and both are created by thought and the Law.
  4. Be very clear on what you wish to change or create in your life.  Remember the wax tablet?  It makes the impression that becomes your reality.  Be sure that you want the key to paradise made rather than the key to a jail cell.  Have a crystal clear mental picture of what you would have in your life and be tenacious in believing that it is already done far before it arrives in material form.   

Next week we will talk more about how to become a Master of the Law and create the life you have always wanted.  Until then, be well and happy!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

 

God and “New Thought”

New Thought is a term given to the religious philosophy born in the 1790’s that came to full fruition in the 19th Century with the work of Phineas Quimby, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Baker Eddy , Nona Brooks , Emma Curtis Hopkins, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the Founders of Unity and with the great work of Dr. Ernest Holmes in the early 20th Century; the Founder of Religious Science (The Science of Mind); Neville Goddard and many, many others.  

From this flowering of New Thought arose the Christian Science movement, the Church of Divine Science, The Unity Church of Practical Christianity and the Church of Religious Science, founded by Ernest Holmes (now called the Centers for Spiritual Living)

What do these New Thought denominations have in common?  Perhaps the hallmark of New Thought is a Deistic view of the Divine.  God is seen as Divine Mind, Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect, First Cause or The Ground of all Being.  God is not your meddling mother in law, does not plan every detail of your life, or chart your future in some great book in the heavens.  

No, God is the Creator of all that exists on this world and all others.  God is the author of the Big Bang, the creator of natural and spiritual law and the thinker behind all that is.  Call God the Great I AM as Moses was told in Sinai.  

God’s language is mathematics, It’s nature is love and the joy of creation for creation’s sake.  God creates out of love from its own substance everything that exists including you and I.  Therefore every human being is a living expression of this Godhead.  

God is not up there or over there or down here.  God is everywhere present…..all at the same instant.  As the Bible puts it so well:  We live and move and have our being within the great body of God, much as a fish swims in the ocean but is not part of the ocean. 

Modern Christianity conceives God as a meddling parent and humanity as a weak worm of the dust.  New Thought conceives God as a loving creator, open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration but not the ruler of our lives.  We lead a life, we do not follow it.  We are the motive force of our lives; responsible for every thought, every word and choice.  No blame but responsibility. 

We are empowered by this philosophy and this symbiotic relationship between God and humanity.  We are created by God and given imagination, will and intellect and in return God experiences the lives of its creation.  If we are the authors of our lives then we may re-write our story any time that we can muster the will, the courage and the intelligence to do so.  No victims here in New Thought.  Rather, we are magnificent creations of the Architect of the Universe.  

Stay Tuned!

Next time we shall discuss the role of The Law, that gift of God that enables humanity to create whatever we can conceive. 

Until we are together again, be well, be happy and listen to your inner voice, its God calling!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian

Spirituality and Religion according to Rev. Dore’

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We hear a lot of conversation about spirituality and religion these days.  Aren’t they the same thing just using different terms?  I say no!  They are as different as “Chalk and Cheese”, as my British friends would say.

Religion is an attempt by humanity to rationalize and codify the experience of the Divine that all humans are capable of.  My post a few months ago, “The Faith Chip”, discusses this human proclivity for religion and the Divine in more detail.  You will find it in the archives or podcasts section on the home page.

Religion can be a force for good when it serves as a moral floor under a culture and as a device for deepening thought and bringing meaning to life; making every day a sacred experience.  This is noble and good.  We understand that we must have some code of morality in any human culture; else we may revert quickly to barbarism.  Religion is effective at providing this code because there are rewards for adherence to the code and sanctions for breaking it.

Too often religion (Buddhism is an exception) ends up believing that its revelations of the Divine are the only right and true ones.  The result is the “my God is bigger and better than your God” syndrome.  Religion often insists that its founder, guru or saint had the one true revelation sent special delivery straight from the mouth of God.  (Christianity and Islam, in particular, suffer from this attitude of  exceptionalism).

When a God-revealed religion believes that it should be the only interpretation of The Divine it may become a scourge rather than a boon to humankind.  I have often likened religion to ice cream because most of us like it, it tastes wonderful but too much can make us very sick.  Like ice cream there are many, many flavors and it is all a matter of personal taste.  Find the spiritual experience that resonates with your unique heart, mind and soul.  That is the one for you.  Arguing about religion is about like arguing the merits of butter pecan over rocky road!  Its good if you like that flavor and not so good if you don’t.

There is no “one size fits all” where God and religion is concerned.  What would the world be like with only vanilla ice cream?  Boring and stale!  Before long ice cream would cease to exist because it would no longer satisfy.  So it is with religion.

It has been said that to kill a religion simply make it the State Church and you will kill it in 3 to 4 generations.  The Anglican Church is a perfect case in point.  It is the established by law Church of England and as a result England is perhaps the most secular country I have ever experienced.  To even mention God in public is to invite stares and dark looks!

Religion that is institutionalized and mandated is no religion at all.  Religion and spirituality are matters of the heart and soul.  They are matters of choice at the deepest emotional level and cannot be mandated by the State.

Each human vibrates to his or her own frequency so there can never be one religion for all.  We have needs that rise from deep in our emotional and psychological makeup that must be fulfilled and many use religion to fill the “hole” in their spirit and soul.  Who and what we are usually leads us to the religion that best suits our energetic signature.

Stern, judgmental people are attracted to stern, judgmental religions such as Calvinism in Christianity and Wahabism in Islam.

Live and let live, loving people are attracted to a positive Jesus centered Christianity that emphasizes the teaching of love and tolerance.  Many are attracted to B’hai or Buddhism for the same reason.   Religion is an expression of who we are from the inside out.  You need only look at the faith that fulfills a person and you have a snapshot of the personality of this person.

I am sure that is why God had nothing to do with establishing religions.  He or She wrote no Scriptures, Bibles or Korans.  These are the works of human beings having a deep religious experience.  That experience was filtered through their minds, hearts, culture and thought.  Religion is man made but Love is Divine; indeed its the essence of God.

If God made religion He or She would have written one book and made one religion for all humankind.  However one size fits all does not square with God’s gift of free will.  One religion would have negated our God- given gift of choice.  We are always at choice every moment of our lives. 

Without free will we would be automatons all marching to one tune; thereby defeating the entire purpose of humanity.  We are here as living, breathing expressions of the Godhead, providing a physical expression of life for the Infinite Mind of God.  God is fulfilled though us and we through Her.

This is why Religious Scientists say that we are co-creators of our life experience.  We use the God given power of the physical, mental and spiritual faculties that we were given; conversely by the exercise of that power God can therefore experience the physical world of His or Her creations.  

Imagine the thrill of God experiencing the taste of a ripe peach or the explosive ecstasy of a human orgasm!  God gives us sentience, imagination and life and we give God a very good time!

This view of the Divine is why I am a Religious Scientist.  I am a part and parcel of God, there is no separation.  I am God expressing as I write this post.  I am God expressing when I go to work.  I am God expressing when I kiss my dear wife or hold one of my grandchildren.  When you understand who you are….a living expression of God… even taking out the trash as I did an hour ago is a spiritual act.

Religion is the rules, myths and legends about God . Spirituality is God in each of us and God in action in the world working through us. Religion is parochial while Spirituality is universal.

Religion tends to separate humanity into often warring camps, each sure that its flavor of religion is correct and therefore the only true one.  Spirituality unites all humanity in the knowledge that there is a power greater than us, a Creator Spirit that is the ground of all being, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega that it is in us and we in it.  Oneness then becomes a vibrant reality rather than a mere theological concept.

We are all one regardless what flavor of the “ice cream for the soul” we prefer.

Until we are together again, this is Rev. Dore’ knowing perfection in you and in your life.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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