Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life!

As a Religious Science Minister I am often asked:  How can we use the teaching of the  Science of Mind every day to bring joy, peace, prosperity, love and serenity into our lives?

My answer is that your life will change dramatically by your learning and using Principle (the basic truths of the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy).  

Religious Science is not a religion in the normal sense of the word; we have no dogma, no claim of a special pipeline to God, no creed. What we do have is a masterful knowledge of Spiritual Law and how to use it to create the life we want, deserve and were born to experience.

What do we mean by Law?  The entire Universe is governed by Law.  The physical realm is governed by the physical laws we call physics. Gravity is a simple example of a physical Law. So is the speed of light (186,000 miles per second). Gravity always works on Earth all the time, every day in exactly the same predictable way.  We can depend on it. When you get out of bed you do not sail up to the ceiling!

Light does not wake up one morning and decide to travel at only 1000 miles per second.  Law is predictable and knowable.

 The Law produces predictable and certain results everywhere and at all times. This is the Science in Religious Science.  There is a power for Good in The Universe and we can use it!

It works the same way in the Spiritual Realm.  The Creator, First Cause, Great Architect, or just the Great I Am, that we nickname God. instituted these physical and spiritual laws before the beginning of time.  We believe that the Universe is not governed by the caprice of a Parent God but rather by Law instituted by a Divine Mind, a Universal Mind, aka God!  The Prime mover, the First Cause of all things, that is what God is to us.

As you think, so you are!

Instead of the whim of a superhuman Deity, you and I have the assurance that the Universe and Life will work the same way all the time. every time because all  is governed by Law.   Like human laws, its a very good idea to learn the Law and to know how to use it to create your own life story.

You see, you are the prime mover of your life, the driving wheel, the author, producer and director and chief actor in your life.  God is always available for inspiration and information but you make the choices, you speak the blessing or the cursing on your life by what you think, speak and the choices you make or fail to make.

You and I are truly the Captains of our Fate and the Masters of our Soul.   Self Responsibility is a cardinal rule of Religious Science.  By your stream of thought, your words, which are thought in physical form, and the choices that spring from these thoughts and words, your life is created and either withers or blooms, depending on your wise or foolish use of the Law.

You are the driving wheel of your life, you think your life into being. 

Your Mama didn’t do it to you, your Daddy did not do it to you, your spouse did not do it….you created the situation that you are experiencing right now.  Much easier to point to bad luck, blame God, or Luck or Fate but the truth is that you are the creator of your life experience.  Your thoughts build your life brick by brick, your words are the cement that make the thoughts real and your choices create your reality.

Thoughts exist, they are real and they are creative

Thoughts have power, indeed they are the building blocks of life and of the Universe itself.   Thought put into physical form as words have even greater power.

So how do we live the life that we dream of and want so badly?  More in later posts, but I will leave you with these tips to get you started.

Think and speak only about what you WANT in your life. Remember your words and thoughts are the creators of your experience.  They have immense power.  

It has been said that you don’t always get what you want but you always get what you expect.   

Expect the good and experience the good….It is done unto you as you believe!

Expect the good, expect to be loved, expect to be prosperous and watch your life transform!

See in your mind what you want in your life as already here in reality and form long before you receive it.  Live in the end.  This means live as if it’s already yours… because it is.

You must first see it and believe it to achieve it

Speak your word only for what you are willing to have in your life.  Think only of what will make you smile, bring joy to you and to all those around you.  

Yes, this means you cannot speak and think of all the stuff that’s wrong in your life.  When you speak and think of these negative things you give birth to them.  Give birth only to what you love, what you want for you and all those you love.

You speak the blessing or the cursing out of your mouth each day. Choose to Bless yourself each morning and all through the day by speaking the Blessing upon yourself and all those you love. Speak and think only of things of good report.

Next Week: The Mother Law of the Universe:  Cause and Effect.

Until we are together again, Think Well, Be Well.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   Want to learn more?  Go to CSL.org

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What are we celebrating this 4th of July?

Today is a very special day for all Americans and for lovers of liberty around the world.  Independence Day, better known as the 4th of July, is a celebration of the day that The American Colonies began that very frightening and dangerous step of severing ties with our Mother Country, Great Britain.

Its always scary when the kid leaves home and goes out on his or her own but when you write a bill of divorce from the most powerful Empire on Earth, it’s serious business and not to be taken lightly.

The very life of every signer of the Declaration of Independence was immediately forfeit according to British law. This was an act of TREASON against the Crown.  

Can you imagine the intestinal fortitude (guts) it took for these wealthy and privileged men to put life, limb, family and property all on the line for an idea. A revolutionary idea that all men are created equal in the sight of God; that all blood was red, none blue?

Yes, the founders made one glaring exception and that was the Black men and women brought from Africa to work as slaves throughout the Colonies.  A shameful omission seen through today’s eyes, but we must all judge our forefathers and mothers by the mores of their time.

In 1776 Europeans were just beginning to condemn the slave trade and slavery itself.  (Britain would not outlaw slavery and the slave trade in the Empire until 1811) But like all moral leaps, abolition was in its infancy in 1776.

What are we really celebrating on this Tuesday, July 4, 2017?

We are celebrating liberty:  The freedom to speak our minds, even unpleasantly and to defend the rights of others to do the same.  If one person’s liberty is abridged, all liberty is abridged.  Liberty has limits in that one cannot threaten murder or incite riot or rebellion.  New limits on the cyber world are long over due but liberty must be the floor under all such reforms.

We celebrate a nation that is free of aristocracy and the idea that one class is higher born than another.  No one is trapped in their social class in America unless he or she will not do the work needed to climb the social ladder.  Not very long ago your race, religion, gender or national origin could bar you from advancement into the world of affluence and influence.

Today, Americans of all races, cultures, gender and religions sit at the table of power, both economic and political.  Can we do more?  Yes, a society can always do more and we are making great strides in breaking barriers that could not even be discussed in the world of my youth.  This is sometimes a bit jarring to those of us born into the Post-War world but to my generation I say: GET OVER IT.

If you are a lover of liberty, as I am, you cannot cherish your freedom and deny the freedom of others.

The most important meaning of this Independence Day is that on this day of July 4th 1776, Americans lit a torch of freedom which changed the entire world.  Within 20 years, France, Hungary, Britain and even Germany overthrew or liberalized repressive regimes.

The fact that Great Britain, the most powerful Empire on Earth at the time, was soundly defeated in a long and bloody war by farmers, merchants, freed slaves, immigrants, merchant seaman, planters, tailors, cobblers and men of all classes and occupations.  Every one risked his life, his fortune and his family in the cause of liberty.

Can we do less today in 2017. Let’s come together as Americans.  Let’s bury our differences, learn to listen to each other (we just might learn something) let’s make a Declaration of Interdependence, a manifesto of common values of civility if not always agreement, of love, light  liberty, and justice for all.

Let us all pledge to defend, to the death, the freedom and personal liberty that our forefathers risked all to obtain. Especially the liberty of those with which we disagree.   Abridge one person’s liberty, all liberty is at risk.

Let’s make this July 4th 2017, the Day we re-united as Americans.  Make this Interdependence Day, for in truth we are all interdependent, all part of the whole.

Rev. Dore’ Patlian, Sarasota, FL   I Am a Religious Scientist!   Learn more at CSL.org

The 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 Truth About You and I

I know the truth about you and I and I have not even met you yet.  There is an overriding Truth about humanity and about every single human on Earth.

That Truth is that in the basics of life we are all the same.  Yes, we have different exteriors, colors, hair type, mental abilities, sexual preferences,  personalities  dreams and desires.

And yet we are more alike than we are different.  Every human on the planet bleeds red blood when cut or wounded.  Every human cries when sad or hurt. Every human must eat and drink often. Every human on the planet must release liquid and solid waste at frequent intervals and every one of us has a pump we call the heart that circulates the blood that carries the oxygen on which life depends.

Pump stops, we die …all races, all nationalities; death knows no country,  culture or color.

Every single one of us has dreams and aspirations; most of us ponder the mystery of creation, which we explain by one system of religion or another.  Or perhaps we make science our secular religion to explain the unexplainable.

We laugh, we get horny, we love, we hate, we kiss and we fight.  We get hungry and we fast.  We are serene and we are anxious but the one constant about humanity is that we are all cut from the same cloth, made in the same mold and have the same Creator.

Every one of us is born of a woman, conceived with the help of a man, and every one of us will end his or her journey in death.  Most believe that the mind and soul goes on, some believe in “lights out, its over”.  I do believe that we live on many, many times but which of us really knows?

The commonality of humanity needs to be re-stated over and over and over in this age where empathy for our fellow humans is running rather thin.  We need to see the common thread of humanity to realize that the differences are mainly cosmetic and personal.  In our laudable search for diversity we have splintered our societies into constituencies and social and political identities that have had the unintended consequence of dividing rather than uniting the human family. 

We are ONE, Created by one Divine Mind, Great Architect, Ground of Being or just God.  We are made of love and come from love.  Love giving itself by the Creator creating all out of itself and on Earth a joining in love of our parents.

Look in the eyes of the next person you meet and see yourself in their eyes no matter the color of their skin, the shape of their features or the type of their hair. They are you with a different exterior decorator.

Every human wants a happy life.  Every parent wants success and happiness for their children and every mother thrills at the first stirring in her womb.  Every man becomes a father the first time he holds his baby in his arms and he’s hooked for life.  All of us wants our children to advance beyond what mom and dad achieved in this life.

One of my greatest joys is watching my three lovely children building wonderful families of their own; buying their first homes, enjoying rewarding and well paid careers and having good solid, American affluent lives.

This success was no Ozzie and Harriet tale.  It happened in spite of being children of a rather unpleasant divorce and being bi-racial.  They had additional hurdles to jump but that only made them stronger and smarter. They are loved by both parents and they know it and that is what enables them to surmount any obstacle.

Love is the lubrication of the good life.  Empathy is the glue that holds a civil society together .  My RX for America is More Love and a Boatload of Empathy, which is in short supply at the moment; in our body politic and in our conversations with each other.

Until we are together again, reach out to someone who needs encouragement, love or understanding.  See the One, Be the One and live as One.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

Fulfilling the Aquarian Promise

” This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius”.  Are you old enough to remember that song from the 70’s?  We are entering a new age of human history as we transition from the First Millennium of the Christian Era into the Second.  In Astrological terms we are in transition from the Taurian Age to the Aquarian Age.

Astrology aside, this is the Age of Humankind in which we finally grow up as a species.  Let’s not blow it!

The Aquarian Promise is that humanity will move from the Taurian emphasis on the physical realm to the Aquarian flowering of the spiritual.  Instead of seeking to subdue and conquer the planet and each other as we did in the last Age, we will finally understand that all that exists, all that is real, is of the Mind, Heart and Spirit. The inner will triumph over the outer.  Jacob will triumph over Esau. But can this really happen? Or is it an old Hippie fantasy?

The choice is up to each one of us.  Our collective consciousness is the thought atmosphere that will act on the Law and produce whatever we agree that we desire. We will all decide whether the Aquarian Promise is fulfilled or fails by what we think, speak and do in the next 50 years.

Will we understand that only in Oneness can this promise come to be?  Will we understand that identity politics fragments our consciousness and our society?Will we realize that the only identity that matters is that of a Divine Human?

 Will we finally realize that individual freedom based on self-responsibility is the high road to paradise on Earth?  Can we learn to disagree without anger hate  and rancor? 

Will we learn that true diversity is organic? Real diversity happens naturally; it is absent only when we put up artificial barriers to prevent it.  We cannot engineer diversity.  It happens naturally; if we would simply get out of the way and let it be.

The early days of Religious Science were an example of organic diversity in action.  In an era of exclusion, there was a rainbow of humanity in many Religious Science Churches, particularly in my home town of Los Angeles, and many other cities around the country.  Why has this changed? We chose to splinter instead of unite. 

What must we do right here and right now to begin our journey to the fulfillment of the Aquarian Promise.  We must create a new social contract here in the United States and around the world.  That contract would embody 6 basic truths. 

1. We are all magnificent creations of the same Creator, Ground of Being, Great Architect, God, Allah.  All are names we give the Divine Intelligence that creates everything that exists.  There are no lesser humans. The Creator does not create junk, all is perfect as it was designed to be. 

2. Since we are all created by the same Spirit, the same Divine Intelligence, we are literally brothers and sisters regardless of color, culture, gender or religion. What is done to one is done to all. What is done for one is done for all.

3. Fear is the root of all evil, not money or greed or hatred.  It’s fear.  All wars have at their root fear of loss: fear of the loss of the homeland, fear of subjugation, fear of diminution.  Hatred comes from fear as does anger.  Racism is fear personified.  To make ourselves feel better we denigrate another human. 

4. Sounds like 1968 but its true.  The only antidote is LOVE.  Love of self comes first.  If you cannot love you, you will have no love for anything or anyone else.  You are a magnificent creation of the Lord of the Universe; who are you to disdain such a fabulous creation as you?

5. God is the fact of all creation.  Call it Spirit, Ground of Being, Divine Intelligence, Great Architect: its all the same power and presence.  God is all there is.  Nothing exists outside the mind of God.  Every human being swims in God as a fish swims in the ocean; therefore when we look at our Brother or Sister human we are looking into the very face of God!

6. Religion is a human effort to explain, codify and understand the Infinite.  There is no one “right religion”.  Religion is a bit like ice cream.  Lots of people like it, many partake of it but each  has their favorite flavor.   Our religion, or lack of it, mirrors our temperament and personality.  I call religion ice cream for the soul.  Stop the arguing over religion!  Rocky Road or Salted Caramel? Its all good!

Religion is today, and always has been, the root of the worst wars, the most heinous crimes against humanity.  However, it opens the heart, heals the spirit, raises us to new heights of consciousness; comforts and consoles.  Most importantly religion provides a moral floor under our cultures.  

The Aquarian Promise can only be fulfilled if we agree to be advocates for good and pledge to be against nothing.  I am aware that it feels noble and exciting to be an activist and be righteously indignant about some slight or injustice.  Protests and demonstrations are by their nature negative and that is the wrong consciousness to get the job done.  What you resist will persist.  

If you really want to midwife change, do it by healing, bringing together, loving not hating which only separates your brothers and sisters.  As Mother Theresa so pungently said: I will not lead an anti-war march but I will march FOR Peace.  

More about “the promise” next post.  

Love one another, be for not against, commune with the Most High God and the Indwelling God, both are you in form.  Until we are together again…….

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

The Millennial Effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida 

 

 

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

 

What In The World Is Going On Here?

To say that this is an unsettled and turbulent time in the history of our planet would be an understatement.  Hardly the worst of times as the doomsayers love to bleat, but still a time of unrest, anger, angst, fear and xenophobia.

There have been many other times very much like this in the world’s recent history.  A good example is the French Revolution’s degeneration into the bloodbath of the Reign of Terror which brought Napoleon to power promising to “make France Great Again” and bring order and peace to the nation.  He was “the Man on Horseback” as History dubs these pseudo saviors who appear just as unrest and fear are at their zenith.  2 million Frenchmen died in his endless wars.

These “men on horseback” promise glory, restoration of a “golden age” that was rarely golden and most importantly; safety and order.  20th Century examples of “men on horseback” are Vladimir Lenin in 1917 Russia, Benito Mussolini in 1921 Italy, Adolph Hitler in 1932 Germany,  Francisco Franco in Spain in 1936, Juan Peron in Argentina in 1938, and recently Donald Trump in the USA.

Each of these “men on horseback” use virtually the same language and make the same vague promises that “only they can fulfill”.  In reality, they bring only a loss of liberty and a climate of hatred and division.  “The man on horseback” solution is akin to swallowing poison to cure an head cold.

Now even the UK, a relative island of civility, has voted to leave the European Union in a burst of nationalism, fear, anger and emotion.  This will create a “little England” and destroy the global economic power of the UK and possibly the UK as we know it. Scotland and Northern Ireland  are threatening to break away from the UK, even as I write this post.  This dismembering of a great nation will leave England and perhaps Wales as a rump, rather pitiful remnant of the Empire upon which, in my childhood, the Sun never set.

What in the world is going on here?  Can we see this from a spiritual perspective? Is there no hope for our nations, our planet and our civilization?

Yes, there is hope.  This period is a bit like a case of the shingles in that it is extremely painful, hard to endure but rarely fatal.

Here is my diagnosis of the causes of this spiritual illness: 1. fear of loss of personal liberty, power and status  2. Nostalgia for the mythical country of our youth.  3. A feeling of  loss of supremacy in our nation  i.e. the angry old white men and women who want their country back, which was ever theirs only at the expense of others. 4. A feeling that things are in decline, that nothing works anymore. 

This fear, unrest, xenophobia and misplaced nationalism is what has brought on the ludicrous choice Americans face in the 2016 Presidential Election.  This angst is what has brought on the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU. In recent years the UK looks more and more like the US in diversity and not much like the jolly old England of yore.

The Brits are tired of being told what they can and cannot do by an alien super-government.  By God we want our Bangers (that’s a sausage) made the way they should be, not the way Brussels decrees.  We want the UK to look English and Scottish, Welsh and Irish not Pakistani, Indian, African, Polish, and whatever.  There is widespread nostalgia for the the way it was and for a nation of rosy cheeked white folks.

Being a rosy cheeked white guy myself,  I am not unsympathetic to the wistful nostalgia they are experiencing but they did conquer half the world without so much as a “by your leave”, so now they get to live with them and are the better for it; if they only knew it.  Every savory dish needs spice and heaven knows English culture and their cuisine is often sadly lacking in spice.

Immigrants, as all Americans have proven by being immigrants or the sons, daughters and granddaughters of immigrants, refresh the tree of liberty with their energy, aspiration, and entrepreneurial spirit.

The dry cleaners that I patronize is owned by a delightful immigrant family from Cambodia.  Not only do they now own 2 Dry Cleaners but 3 restaurants; all from virtually nothing but hard work over 20 years.  They are a reminder for all Americans that the American Dream is alive and well.  Nothing is ever given,  it is the product of family pulling together and a lot of long hours and hard work.  The American Dream was never guaranteed, it was earned through blood, sweat and tears.

Take back America, Britain for the British, make the UK or America Great Again.  Keep those foreigners out!  If we listen to this cant, the American Dream will die and so will all other aspirational dreams.   Yes, you will hear this same rhetoric in every speech of the Republican Presidential nominee (sad, sad day for the Grand Old Party).

This is a sickness of the spirit and only a spiritual remedy will cure it.  It is a retreat from love, a retreat from Brother and Sisterhood to us against them, fear of loss of that which you never really had, and nostalgia for an America which was a living hell for large groups of the population who were not of European descent.

This spiritual sickness is rooted in the fear of many that the country and our lives will never be the same again.  They are right, our lives and our country will never be the same again.  It just might be better if we get out of fear and make it so.  Nothing is ever the same again.  Change is the only constant in the Universe.

The lessons of the Master Teacher are being replaced by the dark philosophy of Niche. Globalization is in peril as Jingoism and xenophobia raises its ugly head.  Love and Fear cannot exist in the same time and place.  Love is the mother of peace, liberty and unity.  Fear is the Father of hate, separation and oppression.

What will we choose?  Can we learn from similar conditions in the 1930’s or will we walk down the road to hatred and destruction once again?

The solution is not to return to the religion of Christianity but to the Teachings of the Master Teacher for the Western world, Christ Jesus.  Tolerance, acceptance, love, peace, forgiveness and empowerment of every human regardless of color, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.  That is the path to a new Golden Age, not exclusion, fear or hatred.  The solution is unity, not identity politics that divide us into warring camps.

We are all part and parcel of the Great Architect of the Universe, the Great I AM that Ground of Being that we nickname God.  We are all literally brothers and sisters and our future as a species depends on understanding and living this basic truth.

As Franklin Roosevelt so wonderfully put it:  We have nothing to fear but fear itself.

Until we are together again:  Be well, think well and speak well.

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

 

 

The True Christian according to Rev. Dore’

 

What is a “True Christian”?   My mind and heart tells me that a true Christian is a person who does their very best day by day to live the basic teachings of Christ Jesus.  Will he or she be perfect at walking in the “shoes of the Master”?  I would think not; Jesus did not walk His talk 100% of the time.

His judging and violence toward the money changers and High Priests in the Temple are not examples of walking the path of tolerance, love and peace.  His all too human fear in the Garden is another example of the faults and flaws in the human being that was Jesus of Nazareth.  His very harsh berating of his mother when she called him home was another example of his very real human temper. He was a man, not a God.

If Jesus could not embody emotional or spiritual perfection, how can we then expect ourselves to do so?   We may strive to get as close as we can; but we are all human.  

Once lesson we all need to learn is to be more forgiving of our selves and our fellow human beings.  

The True Christian lives each day understanding that judgement of your fellow human is judgement of yourself for we are all one in God and in fact.  There is no place for judgement and condemnation, gossip or innuendo in the life of a True Christian.  A True Christian is tolerant and loving but not necessarily approving of behavior that hurts, divides and degrades.  It is our right to associate with people pleasing to us but it is not our place to judge anyone. 

The True Christian knows that we are One with the infinite Mind that is God, therefore each of us, being created by that Mind, are literally Brothers and Sisters in the truest sense.  The True Christian forgives even the most grievous offence and answers it with love.  Love and hate cannot exist in the same time and space and the True Christian knows this and lives it.

The True Christian knows that to resist a condition or an act is to invite it to stay.   He or She knows that when we are against something, when we protest something, march against something we are empowering the very thing we seek to destroy.   The True Christian is for all that is Good, noble, loving and joyous and against nothing.   

Mother Theresa replied to an anti-war protester who asked her to head a march against War:  “I will lead a march for peace but will be against nothing.” 

The True Christian cares nothing for dogma or liturgy, form and ceremony but cares deeply for his or her fellow human being.  The True Christian knows that love is the essence of God and of a True Christian. 

The True Christian will turn both cheeks and offer both arms and legs to an attacker rather than strike back; for to do so begins a circle of blood and recrimination that can last for generations, rather like the Hatfields and McCoys of Southern Lore.  An eye for an eye always leaves the world blind and toothless.  There is no end, there is never a winner in this zero sum game.

A True Christian cares only for the lessons of the Christ, He or She is not defined by or believes in the pagan idea of blood sacrifice or the ancient Sumerian idea of “sin debt” that must be repaid in blood.  This idea is a nightmare of Paul’s that has no place in the True Christianity of the 21st Century.

The True Christian honors all humanity for all of us are the living expressions of God, the Architect of the Universe.  The True Christian would never disparage any man or woman for their gender, sexual preference,  their color, or their cultural heritage.  

Likewise the True Christian knows that God is in each and every human born.  The True Christian knows that to look in the eyes of another man, woman, boy or girl is to look into the eyes of God.

God is all there is and is everywhere present all at the same time, every second of life itself.  There truly is “no spot where God is not”.

The True Christian never places himself above any other human, no matter what their religion or faith.  The True Christian knows that finding God is a bit like the center of town.  You can approach God from any direction, with any religion and you will find God right in the Center.  All those who truly seek God will find God.

The great thread of Truth that runs through every major religion when stripped of ceremony, dogma and do’s and don’ts is that there is a Creator of all that exists, a Divine Mind, a Great Soul, a Ground of Being, a Great Architect; call it what you will. It is the Great I AM or all that is.  

This is what we believe as Religious Scientists and this is what we work toward in our Global Vision:  One world united in peace, freedom, prosperity, love and happiness.

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May God bless you and guide your footsteps every day with the voice within that all of us may hear…..if we listen. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL    Check out my 112 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore

The Royal Road to Health, Wealth and Happiness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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