Most of us have heard the wonderful old hymn “Amazing Grace”. It may well be one of the most beloved Hymns in both America and Scotland where the Pipers trill it at almost any occasion. How many of us know the story behind this great hymn?
Captain John Newton was the Master of a slave ship for over 30 years; a very nasty but very profitable vocation in the 17th and 18th Centuries. By the year 1768 he began to have serious qualms about his chosen profession. On each trip nearly half of his cargo died of disease, starvation and abuse. He could not close his eyes in sleep without hearing the pleas and cries of the poor unfortunates below decks.
At first he told himself that Africans weren’t like “us”, they were a lower form of humanity and really did not have souls in any event. This was the usual apology for the transporting and keeping of slaves. But by the time the first rumblings of revolution and unrest began in the American Colonies in the 1770’s Captain Newton decided that he had had enough.
Fearing that his immortal soul was stained so badly that there was no hope of redemption, he left the sea and never returned. He was sure that by his actions he was condemned to the fires of Hell for all eternity. Thus the lyrics: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found”; was blind but now I see.
What turned John Newton, the slaver who believed himself such a wretch that his soul was irredeemable into the man who wrote the poem and hymn that led to the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire? Yes, it was Amazing Grace! Here is the rest of the story! Continue reading Amazing Grace
Is your life perfect? Just exactly the way you have always dreamed that it would be? Not so much? Well, almost all of us have areas of our life that could use some improvement. Perhaps its prosperity or maybe health. Stress, worry and inner turmoil may be the problem which brings physical problems with it.
Perhaps you feel unloved and lonely and long for someone to love and understand you as a person. You just want someone to “get you”. What to do? How can we fix our lives quickly and painlessly in just a matter of days?
Ready? Here is the sure fire fix for all that ails any human life.
Take responsibility for your life! Yes, its that simple. Here are the 3 steps to reclaiming, repairing and retooling your life.
1. Understand that blame and fault are not the same as responsibility. You are not to blame for the shape your life is in but you are responsible! Get over the blame game.
2. Be aware that not one person on Earth has been present every second of your life but YOU! Therefore you are the driving wheel, the motive force of your life. You thought the thoughts, spoke the cursing or the blessing each morning as you arose or before you went to sleep in the evening. You either saw the good or complained endlessly of the bad. What you think and speak is what you experience. What are we all but our thoughts, words and choices?
3. If you can honestly say that I wrote this novel, I produced and directed this movie that I call my life then you have just set yourself free. Free at last, good God Almighty you are Free At Last. You see, if you did it then you can change it because the ONLY person on this Earth that you can really control is YOU!
As Paul put it so well: Think and speak only of things of good report. Thoughts are things and they are the building blocks of the Universe and of your life. Nothing ever was made except by the thought and the Word. God made the entire Universe by means of His thought and His Word. As above, so below, which means that things here on Earth work by the same principles as they do in the Cosmos. You create your entire life by your thoughts and your words which create your choices and actions.
If you believe that your troubles and sorrow are the results of others then you are helpless because you can not really ever control any other being but you. With this belief that life happens to you, you live as a constant victim. It is like spending your life in an Emergency Room lurching from crisis to crisis; powerless and depending on someone to fix you.
But if you created, promoted or allowed the mess and disarray to come into your life, then you can think a new thought and speak a new word of happiness, health, plenty and joy. Watch your life change before your eyes! You happen to life! Your life is a mirror of you!
Your outer world is just a perfect mirror or reflection of what is in your mind, heart and soul. The outer mirrors the inner you. Change the inner and the outer must change correspondingly. This idea is the root principle of Religious Science and the teaching of the Science of Mind.
You can heal your body with your mind and heart. You can heal your finances with your mind and heart. You can heal your marriage with your mind and heart. You can heal your self esteem with your mind and heart. You are the Doctor of your Life. Ministers like me can teach you the techniques but you must do the work.
Nothing in your life changes until you do! All true change is from the inside out.
This is basic stuff but it cannot be repeated often enough. Throw off the chains of victim hood co-dependence and guilt and take charge of the most precious gift God has given you…….Your life!
Until we are together again, walk in the Light, Live in the Love and set yourself free by becoming the Master of your Life.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Look for my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
Every year on January 1st many millions of people around the world look forward to the New Year and celebrate a new start in life; a chance for a “do-over”. We all start fresh, the score is 0-0 and we are filled with hope.
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and are sincere in sticking to them….for about 3 days on average! Then too often we fall back into the old thinking and the old habits and nothing really changes in our lives. Why is it so hard to change our lives?
Perhaps its because we are trying to change something outside of us called “our life”. Life is lived within our own minds! It does not exist except in our thinking, speaking and the choices we make. To change our life we must change our minds at a basic subconscious level and thus change how we think, speak and believe. No inner change, no life change. Unless you change you it is just the same old same old!
Our subconscious or subjective mind is the seedbed of our reality and our life. It is like a vast field of consciousness that influences and impels us to think, speak and act in certain ways. Our parents, our genetic makeup to a small extent, our childhood, teachers and friends all planted seeds in the garden of our subjective mind that creates our core beliefs, our likes, dislikes, prejudices and biases and our attitudes about life, money, sex, religion, work, other people and love.
We have the power to accept or reject any and all of this programming if we have the will and the courage to do so. How can we do this?
We change our subjective mind with our objective mind, that part of our mental makeup that we call our conscious mind. This is where change your thinking and change your life comes in. As Paul told us: ‘think and speak only of things of good report’. Your conscious thoughts reprogram your subconscious, indeed they are the plow that tills the soil of your subjective or subconscious.
To begin to build a new Life this January 1st, 2016 you must forget the resolutions; they are only promises you will never keep. Instead, change your mind from the outside in by thinking about what you will allow in your life, what you deserve to have in your life and what can you believe as true about your life. Can you have a clear and real picture of the new life that you will live beginning right now? If not, you will never experience it. You must see it before you can have it!
You are the programmer of the greatest computer in existence….the human mind, your mind. Garbage in garbage out is an old IT saying. Your job is to stop putting negative, fear based garbage into your subconscious and then watch the transformation of your life. If you are writing a tragedy, change to a comedy or a success story. You are the motive force of your life, the driving wheel, the author and editor in chief of your novel.
Want a new life? You will have it the moment you change you and that only happens in your mind. No one, not even God can do the job for you.
Many of us dream, think, affirm, pray and still never seem to see the changes in their lives that we all so desperately desire.
Why? Because, as the great mystic Neville said: too many of us are in a state of constant construction but delayed occupancy! Yes, we build our lives in our mind with visualization, prayer, meditation, but then we neglect to make it real by guts, willpower and intelligence. We need to “move our feet” and take action to bring our desires into our home, our bank account and our life.
Religious Scientists don’t believe in magic, we believe in creative thought followed by directed and intelligent action. This January 1st, begin the New Year with new thoughts only of things that you will allow in your life and the desires of your heart. Begin the New Year speaking only of things that are good, loving and fine. Plant roses in your mental garden and let the weeds starve from neglect.
Turn the Page!
May 2016 be the most wonderful year in your life and may this be the year that you move into your dream and live it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Awakened Heart Center for Spiritual Living, Sarasota, Florida. Chech out my 110 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
There is an eternal thread of truth that is found in all the great religions in the world. To find this common thread we must set aside dress codes, dogma and ceremony and get down to the basics; the nub of the matter of God, humanity and their relationship to each other. Dress, ceremony and dogma are functions of human culture and perception and have little to do with God.
The first great idea of the Eternal Thread of Truth is that there is a power in this world and the Universe that is greater than us. Our minds are not the only sentient minds in all creation. We are not alone. We did not create ourselves out of whole cloth.
The entire stage set of life was created by a Great Architect, a Divine Engineer, a First Cause that created the physical and spiritual laws that enable life and the Universe to exist. Said plainly, there is Deity, a God of some form or fashion. Since God is all there is, every human on this Earth or any other is literally my brother or sister and should be treated as such.
The second great idea of the Eternal Thread is that these Laws and this power is ours to share and to use. We are not our creators but we are the inheritors of the power of our creators. We use this power for Good with a Divine License for we are made of the same substance as all that exists. We are living expressions of Deity, allowing Spirit to experience form.
The third great idea of this Eternal Thread is that the Law (both physical and spiritual) always functions just as it was designed and that no human is exempt from it. While we are subject to physical laws (physics) and spiritual laws, (morality and ethics) we did not create the Law and cannot change it.
What we can do is to use and operate The Law for the benefit of ourselves and all humanity or we can wreak havoc and bring destruction by misuse of the Law. The Law is impartial, it works for the saint and the sinner alike; it exacts its due both for good or for ill, depending on the operation of the Law by us.
The fourth great idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are always at choice, we are not puppets; we have Will and the right to use it. We are responsible for the fruits of the exercise of our Will and will reap just what we have sown.
The fifth and most important idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are never alone. There is help 24/7. The Indwelling God is never is off duty or closed. It will never impose itsself upon us but waits for us to ask, to seek, to knock on its door for help, for love, inspiration, courage and strength. Those who seek to know God and will open a dialogue with the the Great I AM will have made the best and most enduring friendship imaginable.
It is this Eternal Thread of Truth that Religious Science (The Science of Mind) keeps alive in the hearts and minds of humanity. Regardless of your religion or culture these truths are still the bedrock of human existence. The Jew and the Muslim can use them. The Catholic and the Protestant can celebrate them. The Hindu and the Buddhist can glory in the Eternal Truth of God and yet celebrate Deity their own unique way.
There is really only one Truth. God is all there is and that includes you and I.
Be peaceful, open your heart to lessons that your soul needs and have the ears to hear and eyes to see the lessons given you.
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Have you ever experienced a time in your life that felt like the roof fell in? Did everything seem to change for the worse almost overnight?
We are great believers in luck or fortune; we hear it every day. “I had a run of bad luck, I experienced a reversal of fortune, I just can’t catch a break”. Is my destiny out there somewhere beyond my control? Does the Goddess Fortuna really spin her wheel; are you a helpless pawn of Fortune?
No, my friends. That is the song of the lost and helpless and it brings nothing but sorrow, decay and waste. Yes, life does seem to take turns for the worse one day and then look rosy the next. Why?
Life is merely a mirror of our Mind. What we think, speak and decide to do each day is the cause of our life experience. As our thinking, our moods, our impulses and our actions ebb and flow from day to day they are planting the seeds of our future in the soil of our subconscious or subjective minds. Our conscious thought programs the subconscious mind. Thus our reality is created.
When the roof falls in on your life you can always trace the cause to something that you did or neglected to do, perhaps years before, that has brought this about. Everything that you think, speak and choose is cause. Cause always produces effects, for good or ill.
The great secret to life is to learn to manage cause. When you learn to do this you will automatically manage the effects or events of your life. Always work on the level of cause and effect takes care of itself.
A simple example is hitting a baseball in the back yard with your son or daughter. You notice that you are facing a large picture window 30 yards away but you hit the ball anyway. Well, you hit a home run! Problem is, the home run shattered the large picture window which will cost several hundred dollars to repair. You caused this to happen, it was not Fortune, luck or fate. You saw the window and decided to say, oh what the heck, and hit the ball anyway. The cause was hitting the ball where you knew you could break a window and the effect was the broken window.
So it is with everything in your life. To get off of this wheel, trace your problem or difficulty back to its genesis and then change the cause. Think a new thought, speak a new word and get a new result.
In 2004 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which came as quite a shock and a surprise because I felt just great. Thank God I had to take an insurance blood test which caught the problem in time. But why prostate cancer? What is cancer? It is not an infection or a contagious disease. It is simply the body turning on itself and beginning to eat itself alive. Scary isn’t it?
Medical science is beginning to understand what we in Religious Science have known for many years. Where you are holding chronic anger, sorrow, fear, feelings of inferiority, that part of the body will be the one attacked by cancer.
Prostate for a man is the site of sexuality, procreation, elimination and intimate relationships. For a woman it might be breasts or the cervical area. I have been a serial monogamist in that I have been married more times than I care to share here today. This caused me great pain, financial lack and feelings of inferiority because I did not sustain a lifelong marriage as I was taught to do. This sorrow, sadness and sense of loss was the cause of this cancer.
I am celebrating my 17th anniversary with my dear wife, Susan and earnestly pray that her sparkling blue eyes are the last thing I see on this Earth. I apparently have learned a great lesson that will profit my soul in future experiences. Thus the cancer has never returned. Yes, I was physically healed by a team of magnificent physicians whose hands and skill were the hands of God, but without my healing of my lifelong relationship issues, the cancer would have soon returned.
You and I are the ultimate creators and healers in our lives; using the power that the Creator has given. We all have that power; every single person on this planet can do what I have done and billions before me have done. It is your birthright but so few understand it or use it.
They look outside for the answers but they have been within you and I all of our lives. This innate power is the Kingdom of Heaven. As the Master said: “Look not up there or over there but look within”.
When the roof falls in in your world, go within! There lies the answer and the cure. From the effect, the wreckage, the rubble; trace back like pulling yarn on a sweater…. back, back, back until you see the cause. Remove that cause and rebuild the roof of your life…. it is simple but not easy. Get going right now!
Even though we are only 3 months from 2016 as I write this, there is still a hot debate over evolution. There are many millions, if not billions, who simply reject the entire idea that species evolve as conditions change and designs prove their efficacy or are rejected by natural selection. I know its true! I can see evolution’s work every day in my back yard!
When I look out my back windows or sit out on my Lanai overlooking our lovely pond surrounded with Maple trees (yes we do have maple trees) I can see our Florida Squirrels scampering up and down the trees doing what squirrels do everywhere. Where Northern or Western Squirrels have big, magnificent bushy tails, their Florida cousins have skinny little tails that have more in common with a rat than the squirrels I knew in California.
Heat and humidity and bushy tails just don’t work in Florida so our squirrels have evolved with just the remnant of the usual tail. Our crows don’t call the way every other crow calls. Our birds have long legs for wading in water. Everything adapts to a new environment or dies.
Why the argument? Well the Creationists believe that if evolution is fact, then God is negated. Why? Could not God, who creates all things, have created the system of evolution? What if evolution is God’s update system, rather like our periodic updates to our computers and tablets? Science and God are not antithetical but are rather complementary.
Let’s agree on one thing: if indeed there is a God, He or She is not stupid. God certainly did not create the world as it is portrayed in the ancient Sumerian myth that we call Genesis. But that does not mean that God does not exist.
I absolutely know that there is a First Cause, a Divine Mind, a Creator of all that exists because the Universe is just too well engineered and planned to be random. DNA is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time.
Could we do that? We can manipulate DNA but we can not design it. We, with all our science and all our technology, cannot even get to Mars much less the stars. This will undoubtedly change as it becomes a priority and moves to the top to the human “to do” list.
We can manipulate that which is already created by the Creator but we do not and can not create. God will still have a job and a place in our hearts as long as there are things to create and people to use them, enjoy them and cherish them.
Yes, Evolution is a fact and so is God. God is the author of Evolution, it is Her update and regeneration system. Without it the Earth would by this time be a barren ball of dust, devoid of life. Life, evolution and the Universe are not zero-sum games.
Think well, speak well and do well. This is really the secret of life
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Catch all of my 121 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore Why not have a Rev. Dore’ marathon?
Picture a psychiatrist’s couch with you reclining upon it while you attempt to describe your problems and emotional issues to your therapist. After you finish the “50 minute hour” with the Doctor he looks at you and tells you that all your problems are really all in your mind. He or She is absolutely right. $225 later you may feel a bit better for having shared your feelings but the solution still lies with you.
It’s all in your mind! Of course it is. Your entire life is in your mind. Your whole existence is in your mind. Your body is just the mobile device to transport the mind. You are your mind! This is obvious to some but many more of us really believe that the body is who and what we are. Even more of us confuse the brain with the mind. They most certainly are not the same.
The brain is an organ of the body, an electro-chemical organic processor and bodily interface for the mind. So where is the mind? Science currently is operating on the theory that it exists in every cell of our body. In other words, the mind is the sum of our parts. Metaphysics and theology tend to see the mind like an aura or magnetic field around the body. This is what cerulean photography captures when auras are photographed.
If you haven’t seen your aura yet, or don’t even know that you have one, get it photographed when the opportunity presents itself. You will be amazed at what you can learn about yourself by understanding the energy that you project through the electro-magnetic field that we call an aura. Every human projects this energy every second of their lives. This is the shadow of the human mind.
The Mind to me is the Divine Spark, the Divinity within each human. It is that part that knows that it knows. It is the self aware part of the human experience. It is the imagination which is unique to humanity; the part of us that has been called the proof of God’s existence. It is what allows you and I to be able to escape the bonds of environment, the shackles of precedent, custom or the “way it has always been”. If we can see it in our mind’s eye, we can create it in form. All thanks to our imagination; perhaps our greatest gift from the Creator.
Imagination is that part of us that can take a mental trip to stars and galaxies never before seen by humankind. It is that part of the builder that sees the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge long before the first hammer rang or the first girder was welded in place. It is that part of us that sees a world where character, not appearance, is the sole measure of a human. Imagination is the part of us that sees every child safe, loved, going to school, not one hungry and all humanity safe and happy.
Without the fears, ideas, dreams, plans that are “all in our mind” nothing ever comes into form in the “real world” of stuff and things. Not one thing was ever created in the Cosmos or on Earth without first appearing in some sentient being’s mind. In truth, all human life takes place in the mind, aided by the organic computer that we call the brain.
Your therapist was right, it is all in your mind but that does not mean that it isn’t real. There is nothing more real that what is in your mind. Your thoughts and emotions are the building blocks of your life! In truth you are your Mind. When we in Religious Science say that your mind is the Mind of God, your love is the Love of God, your life is the Life of God; this is what we mean: We are all expressions of God, part and parcel of the great Divine Mind, the Universal Intelligence, the Great I Am which we call God. God and each of us are truly one.
If you can conceive it, believe it and see it already done, you can experience it.
Until we are together again…walk in Light and Love each and every day.