Open Sesame!

There is a key that unlocks the unfulfilled life.  Rather like the old magician’s “open sesame”, this key will transform your entire outlook on your life and the world around you.  What is this magnificent key, you may ask?

It is so simple that you will wonder why you never thought of it before.

The key to a life well lived is empowerment and that empowerment happens only when you realize and understand that everything in your life begins and ends with you.  You are the driving wheel, the motive force, the producer, director and chief actor in this drama called life.

You see, we really are the “captains of our fate and the masters of our soul“.  It was true in the 1600’s when William Shakespeare penned those immortal words, and even more so in this age of personal empowerment, civil liberties and an “anything goes” public morality.

How do you find this key and what do you do with it.  First, claim your power! Affirm that you are a magnificent creation of God and that God never experiences a recall. (no junk).  Know that you and I and all humanity are made from the very substance and stuff of the Most High God which is the God within each and every one of us. Yes, you and I and even your mother-in-law are made of the very substance of the Divine.

You may say, what happens when we are the victim of other people’s actions, nature or luck?

Please know that becoming a victim is a conscious choice by you, not something that is forced upon you.  OK, a really bad thing happened in your life.  Lost your job, your home, your spouse; you became ill, you were diagnosed with cancer. These are tough things to take in stride, but unless you want them to persist, that is exactly what you must do.  How do you look cancer in the eye and say no big deal?  How do you lose your spouse and say it doesn’t matter?

Sure, these things matter, they are scary and they hurt like hell! I know I have experienced all of these more than once.

Here is the secret.  These things did not happen to you, nobody did this to you. In one way or another you are responsible for every thing good or bad that happens in your life.  Be careful now, you are not to blame but you are responsible.

There is no blame in the spiritual realm,  but you did create the situation with your stream of consciousness (thought) and your words which led to your choices.  Thought, word and choice are the building blocks of life.

In truth there are no victims in life.  Sounds heartless I know, but its true nonetheless.  When I was diagnosed with cancer my first reaction was woe is me! But then I recalled that I am a Religious Science Minister and that I don’t believe that things just happen.  We create them one way or another.  I traced the thread back in my memory and presto, I found the cause of my cancer.

The cause was a rather tumultuous love life that featured three divorces.  Once I realized the cause, the fact that my cancer was in the Prostate was no accident.  The Prostate is the sexual and reproductive area.   I caused my body to turn against itself (that is what cancer is) with my feelings about my turbulent personal life.  

Since I have been happily married to my dear Susan for almost 19 years I know that there will not be a recurrence.  Her love and my being ready to be loved have healed the old relationship wounds.

Once I knew the cause of the cancer, which is always spiritual or mental, I could let the Doctors treat the symptoms and I would treat the cause so it never would return.  Anger, sorrow, a terrible hurt and great stress are the real causes of cancer and the reason why it is endemic in 21st Century America. 

The “Open Sesame” is to understand that YOU are the power in your life.  You have had a license to heal since birth, given by Deity.  You have the power to transform and to create whatever life you desire.  You are a magnificent creation of the Architect of the Universe and you need never be a victim again.  

Think of what you will allow in your life, speak words of kindness, love and joy, and chose what is healthy, happy and the highest and best for all concerned.  That is the recipe for a life very well lived.

Until we are together again…..

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

The Soul’s Journey

We all are aware that there are two things that every human must do.  Pay taxes and die.  The modern world has figured out how to change out gender,our appearance and even enhance our intelligence, but taxes and death seem to be beyond the reach of even our technology.

Most of us realize that we are not our body.  Our body is the Earth Suit that we wear for locomotion and life support.  When the body dies……then what?  It is my belief a human being can never really die.  The mind (not the brain) and spirit lives on.  We never die we just transition to another state of being.

I know this for a fact for I have done it twice, which seems to me one more time than necessary.  According to the EMT Paramedics I was clinically dead when they found me tossed up on the shore of Malibu Beach after being caught in a rip tide. I was 23, far too young to die in my considered opinion.  They got over a gallon of water out of my lungs; I was as close to death as a human can get.

The second time was in my early 40’s during surgery for a burst appendix which had gone septic.  The experience was very similar to that “fun” day at the beach so long ago. 

On both trips to “the other side” I was mentored by a transitioned relative or loved one.  This is done undoubtedly to soften the blow of one’s imminent demise.  Yes, there was a lovely bright light and my maternal grandmother, Margaret, who talked like Scarlet O’Hara from “Gone With The Wind”.  

Both times I took her hand while she explained my choices.  It came down to staying in this life or going on to another experience.  Like a good lawyer, she summarized the case for both courses of action but emphasized that time was of the essence, as I was fading fast.  

I remember Margaret reminding me during my first near death experience that   my young wife, pregnant with our child, was on the beach, unaware of anything amiss, and that was something that I should consider carefully.  

She then showed me a glimpse of the absolute world of Spirit and words cannot describe the loveliness, peace and sense of belonging that I experienced. She did tell me that this was the Soul’s natural state and that life, although exciting, was very wearing on the spirit and soul.

She emphasized over and over that we never, no never, really die.  We just change form rather like water transforming into steam and then to ice.

I asked Margaret about heaven and hell and she laughed.  She said God made us out of Her own substance and that to send anyone to Hell, God would need to go with us since we are the same substance, different only in scale.  

She did say that we all get to experience that which we put into Law while in this life ( for good or ill) but not as reward or punishment but as information for the next experience.

The point of this post is that you can never really die so don’t sweat it.  Nothing to be afraid of; in fact if you live long enough you will embrace death like a lover.  Life is great but enough is often too much.

You are eternal, you never die.  Your body and your Ego dies but the essence of you is eternal.  God will walk with you for all eternity through each transition and each Journey of the Soul.

Do you not know that you are safe, you are Divine, and you are magnificent?

Until we are together again go to CSL.ORG to learn more about Religious Science, which teaches the Science of Mind Faith and Philosophy.  Attend our Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Spiritual Living nearest you.  You will be greeted like family.    Go to YouTube.com/revdore and check out my 121 Video Podcasts. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL  …..I am a Religious Scientist, the Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century and beyond.

Standing for Faith and Truth and the American Dream

It has been said that those who stand for nothing will fall for anything.  In our nation and in too many others around the world, we see the creeping virus of disbelief in our private, public and civic life.  It is essential for every human being to believe in something greater and more noble than themselves.

 A good religion or spirituality provides this faith and belief and teaches a moral code as well.  Believe in Science, if you will.  Believe in America or your family but believe in something greater than yourself. 

Countless hours staring at a game console, tablet, smartphone or other device has many of our Millennials living in an artificial universe where they don’t talk, they text, they don’t make love,they hook up, they don’t work, they do their thing.  

Far too many Americans under 40 believe in nothing, experience little of real life and have retreated to a Doll House existence.  (Doll House is a chilling sci-fi series about a near future reality in which humans don’t live in the outside world at all, we lay on couches and experience life through AI, (artificial intelligence).

If you are not familiar with Doll House, stream it on Netflix.  It will scare the pudding out of you!  

Belief is the greatest power of the human mind. Some call it faith which is a first cousin to belief, only deeper. Faith can heal when the doctors give up; it can move mountains, surmount any obstacle, achieve the “impossible” and create whatever you can believe and conceive. 

A society that has lost its core belief is doomed. Rome did not fall because it was evil or corrupt but because it stopped believing in the Gods of Rome and the ethos of the Roman state and so they ceased to be Romans.  Are we headed for the same fate?

What is America’s Core belief?  It is the American Dream, in which fewer and fewer believe today.  It never was a promise or a guaranteed benefit.  It was a chance to be more and do more than your grandparents or parents.  It was a chance to be free, to speak your mind without fear or reprisal,  it was a chance for those who arrived in steerage to travel in First Class within a few years with enough desire and hard work.

It still exists and is alive and well but it seems that only immigrants believe in The American Dream today.  We hear all too often that the system is “rigged”. It is only rigged if you believe its rigged.  

Andrew Carnegie was nearly bankrupt when he finished the first steel bridge over the Mississippi River with borrowed money.  Within 5 years he was the richest man in America. 

To those without belief, courage and guts the system will always seem to be rigged.  Was it rigged for my Cambodian neighbors? Here is their story.

I patronize a dry cleaners owned by a family of Cambodian immigrants.  They walked 500 miles to get to Thailand, fleeing the death camps of the vicious Khymer Rouge.  They had $100 to their name when they arrived in America. 

Today they own 4 dry cleaners and 5 restaurants, providing a fine living for the entire extended family.  They came here with $100 to their name.

How did they do this when so many Americans believe that this story is no longer possible?  Immigrants are highly motivated and they believe that in America anything is possible and so it becomes possible for them.  Faith, courage and hard work does the rest.   

Doubt or cynicism is the enemy of the creation of our good for the cynic and the constant skeptic believes in nothing; not even in themselves.

I believe that the day that we stop welcoming immigrants to the US will be the day that America begins to die.  Immigrants refresh the tree of Liberty with their hopes, dreams, hard work and faith.  They are a lesson for all Americans and an example of the American Dream in action. 

Searching for a spiritual faith that you can believe in this 21st Century?  Log on to CSL.ORG and find the nearest Center for Spiritual Living near you.  We teach Religious Science which is the Science of Mind.  You will be glad you came and you will be most welcome

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

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

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

 

 

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

 

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