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.
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!
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.
We hear a lot of conversation about spirituality and religion these days. Aren’t they the same thing just using different terms? I say no! They are as different as “Chalk and Cheese”, as my British friends would say.
Religion is an attempt by humanity to rationalize and codify the experience of the Divine that all humans are capable of. My post a few months ago, “The Faith Chip”, discusses this human proclivity for religion and the Divine in more detail. You will find it in the archives or podcasts section on the home page.
Religion can be a force for good when it serves as a moral floor under a culture and as a device for deepening thought and bringing meaning to life; making every day a sacred experience. This is noble and good. We understand that we must have some code of morality in any human culture; else we may revert quickly to barbarism. Religion is effective at providing this code because there are rewards for adherence to the code and sanctions for breaking it.
Too often religion (Buddhism is an exception) ends up believing that its revelations of the Divine are the only right and true ones. The result is the “my God is bigger and better than your God” syndrome. Religion often insists that its founder, guru or saint had the one true revelation sent special delivery straight from the mouth of God. (Christianity and Islam, in particular, suffer from this attitude of exceptionalism).
When a God-revealed religion believes that it should be the only interpretation of The Divine it may become a scourge rather than a boon to humankind. I have often likened religion to ice cream because most of us like it, it tastes wonderful but too much can make us very sick. Like ice cream there are many, many flavors and it is all a matter of personal taste. Find the spiritual experience that resonates with your unique heart, mind and soul. That is the one for you. Arguing about religion is about like arguing the merits of butter pecan over rocky road! Its good if you like that flavor and not so good if you don’t.
There is no “one size fits all” where God and religion is concerned. What would the world be like with only vanilla ice cream? Boring and stale! Before long ice cream would cease to exist because it would no longer satisfy. So it is with religion.
It has been said that to kill a religion simply make it the State Church and you will kill it in 3 to 4 generations. The Anglican Church is a perfect case in point. It is the established by law Church of England and as a result England is perhaps the most secular country I have ever experienced. To even mention God in public is to invite stares and dark looks!
Religion that is institutionalized and mandated is no religion at all. Religion and spirituality are matters of the heart and soul. They are matters of choice at the deepest emotional level and cannot be mandated by the State.
Each human vibrates to his or her own frequency so there can never be one religion for all. We have needs that rise from deep in our emotional and psychological makeup that must be fulfilled and many use religion to fill the “hole” in their spirit and soul. Who and what we are usually leads us to the religion that best suits our energetic signature.
Stern, judgmental people are attracted to stern, judgmental religions such as Calvinism in Christianity and Wahabism in Islam.
Live and let live, loving people are attracted to a positive Jesus centered Christianity that emphasizes the teaching of love and tolerance. Many are attracted to B’hai or Buddhism for the same reason. Religion is an expression of who we are from the inside out. You need only look at the faith that fulfills a person and you have a snapshot of the personality of this person.
I am sure that is why God had nothing to do with establishing religions. He or She wrote no Scriptures, Bibles or Korans. These are the works of human beings having a deep religious experience. That experience was filtered through their minds, hearts, culture and thought. Religion is man made but Love is Divine; indeed its the essence of God.
If God made religion He or She would have written one book and made one religion for all humankind. However one size fits all does not square with God’s gift of free will. One religion would have negated our God- given gift of choice. We are always at choice every moment of our lives.
Without free will we would be automatons all marching to one tune; thereby defeating the entire purpose of humanity. We are here as living, breathing expressions of the Godhead, providing a physical expression of life for the Infinite Mind of God. God is fulfilled though us and we through Her.
This is why Religious Scientists say that we are co-creators of our life experience. We use the God given power of the physical, mental and spiritual faculties that we were given; conversely by the exercise of that power God can therefore experience the physical world of His or Her creations.
Imagine the thrill of God experiencing the taste of a ripe peach or the explosive ecstasy of a human orgasm! God gives us sentience, imagination and life and we give God a very good time!
This view of the Divine is why I am a Religious Scientist. I am a part and parcel of God, there is no separation. I am God expressing as I write this post. I am God expressing when I go to work. I am God expressing when I kiss my dear wife or hold one of my grandchildren. When you understand who you are….a living expression of God… even taking out the trash as I did an hour ago is a spiritual act.
Religion is the rules, myths and legends about God . Spirituality is God in each of us and God in action in the world working through us. Religion is parochial while Spirituality is universal.
Religion tends to separate humanity into often warring camps, each sure that its flavor of religion is correct and therefore the only true one. Spirituality unites all humanity in the knowledge that there is a power greater than us, a Creator Spirit that is the ground of all being, the Great I Am, the Alpha and the Omega that it is in us and we in it. Oneness then becomes a vibrant reality rather than a mere theological concept.
We are all one regardless what flavor of the “ice cream for the soul” we prefer.
Until we are together again, this is Rev. Dore’ knowing perfection in you and in your life.
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
Most of us have heard the wonderful old hymn “Amazing Grace”. It may well be one of the most beloved Hymns in both America and Scotland where the Pipers trill it at almost any occasion. How many of us know the story behind this great hymn?
Captain John Newton was the Master of a slave ship for over 30 years; a very nasty but very profitable vocation in the 17th and 18th Centuries. By the year 1768 he began to have serious qualms about his chosen profession. On each trip nearly half of his cargo died of disease, starvation and abuse. He could not close his eyes in sleep without hearing the pleas and cries of the poor unfortunates below decks.
At first he told himself that Africans weren’t like “us”, they were a lower form of humanity and really did not have souls in any event. This was the usual apology for the transporting and keeping of slaves. But by the time the first rumblings of revolution and unrest began in the American Colonies in the 1770’s Captain Newton decided that he had had enough.
Fearing that his immortal soul was stained so badly that there was no hope of redemption, he left the sea and never returned. He was sure that by his actions he was condemned to the fires of Hell for all eternity. Thus the lyrics: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I’m found”; was blind but now I see.
What turned John Newton, the slaver who believed himself such a wretch that his soul was irredeemable into the man who wrote the poem and hymn that led to the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire? Yes, it was Amazing Grace! Here is the rest of the story! Continue reading Amazing Grace
Every year on January 1st many millions of people around the world look forward to the New Year and celebrate a new start in life; a chance for a “do-over”. We all start fresh, the score is 0-0 and we are filled with hope.
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and are sincere in sticking to them….for about 3 days on average! Then too often we fall back into the old thinking and the old habits and nothing really changes in our lives. Why is it so hard to change our lives?
Perhaps its because we are trying to change something outside of us called “our life”. Life is lived within our own minds! It does not exist except in our thinking, speaking and the choices we make. To change our life we must change our minds at a basic subconscious level and thus change how we think, speak and believe. No inner change, no life change. Unless you change you it is just the same old same old!
Our subconscious or subjective mind is the seedbed of our reality and our life. It is like a vast field of consciousness that influences and impels us to think, speak and act in certain ways. Our parents, our genetic makeup to a small extent, our childhood, teachers and friends all planted seeds in the garden of our subjective mind that creates our core beliefs, our likes, dislikes, prejudices and biases and our attitudes about life, money, sex, religion, work, other people and love.
We have the power to accept or reject any and all of this programming if we have the will and the courage to do so. How can we do this?
We change our subjective mind with our objective mind, that part of our mental makeup that we call our conscious mind. This is where change your thinking and change your life comes in. As Paul told us: ‘think and speak only of things of good report’. Your conscious thoughts reprogram your subconscious, indeed they are the plow that tills the soil of your subjective or subconscious.
To begin to build a new Life this January 1st, 2016 you must forget the resolutions; they are only promises you will never keep. Instead, change your mind from the outside in by thinking about what you will allow in your life, what you deserve to have in your life and what can you believe as true about your life. Can you have a clear and real picture of the new life that you will live beginning right now? If not, you will never experience it. You must see it before you can have it!
You are the programmer of the greatest computer in existence….the human mind, your mind. Garbage in garbage out is an old IT saying. Your job is to stop putting negative, fear based garbage into your subconscious and then watch the transformation of your life. If you are writing a tragedy, change to a comedy or a success story. You are the motive force of your life, the driving wheel, the author and editor in chief of your novel.
Want a new life? You will have it the moment you change you and that only happens in your mind. No one, not even God can do the job for you.
Many of us dream, think, affirm, pray and still never seem to see the changes in their lives that we all so desperately desire.
Why? Because, as the great mystic Neville said: too many of us are in a state of constant construction but delayed occupancy! Yes, we build our lives in our mind with visualization, prayer, meditation, but then we neglect to make it real by guts, willpower and intelligence. We need to “move our feet” and take action to bring our desires into our home, our bank account and our life.
Religious Scientists don’t believe in magic, we believe in creative thought followed by directed and intelligent action. This January 1st, begin the New Year with new thoughts only of things that you will allow in your life and the desires of your heart. Begin the New Year speaking only of things that are good, loving and fine. Plant roses in your mental garden and let the weeds starve from neglect.
Turn the Page!
May 2016 be the most wonderful year in your life and may this be the year that you move into your dream and live it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Awakened Heart Center for Spiritual Living, Sarasota, Florida. Chech out my 110 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
It has been said that when we deified the man Jesus, we lost the Christ
It’s the Christmas Season and billions of people all over the globe are getting ready to celebrate Jesus of Nazareth’s birthday. Presents, family gatherings, candle lighting services at church; the Christmas Story of the baby Jesus in the manger,the Virgin Mary, the 3 wise men and the shepherds all gathered to celebrate the birth of the Son of God. Its a great story, a major part of the culture of Western Civilization. But is the birthday of a man the real point of Christmas?
Did the Greatest Story Ever Told even happen? Almost certainly not, according to the foremost historians and Biblical Scholars using what we have learned from archaeology, modern carbon dating and the 135 new Gospels that have been found and translated. The story we love is a delightful legend.
There is an eternal thread of truth that is found in all the great religions in the world. To find this common thread we must set aside dress codes, dogma and ceremony and get down to the basics; the nub of the matter of God, humanity and their relationship to each other. Dress, ceremony and dogma are functions of human culture and perception and have little to do with God.
The first great idea of the Eternal Thread of Truth is that there is a power in this world and the Universe that is greater than us. Our minds are not the only sentient minds in all creation. We are not alone. We did not create ourselves out of whole cloth.
The entire stage set of life was created by a Great Architect, a Divine Engineer, a First Cause that created the physical and spiritual laws that enable life and the Universe to exist. Said plainly, there is Deity, a God of some form or fashion. Since God is all there is, every human on this Earth or any other is literally my brother or sister and should be treated as such.
The second great idea of the Eternal Thread is that these Laws and this power is ours to share and to use. We are not our creators but we are the inheritors of the power of our creators. We use this power for Good with a Divine License for we are made of the same substance as all that exists. We are living expressions of Deity, allowing Spirit to experience form.
The third great idea of this Eternal Thread is that the Law (both physical and spiritual) always functions just as it was designed and that no human is exempt from it. While we are subject to physical laws (physics) and spiritual laws, (morality and ethics) we did not create the Law and cannot change it.
What we can do is to use and operate The Law for the benefit of ourselves and all humanity or we can wreak havoc and bring destruction by misuse of the Law. The Law is impartial, it works for the saint and the sinner alike; it exacts its due both for good or for ill, depending on the operation of the Law by us.
The fourth great idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are always at choice, we are not puppets; we have Will and the right to use it. We are responsible for the fruits of the exercise of our Will and will reap just what we have sown.
The fifth and most important idea of this Eternal Thread is that we are never alone. There is help 24/7. The Indwelling God is never is off duty or closed. It will never impose itsself upon us but waits for us to ask, to seek, to knock on its door for help, for love, inspiration, courage and strength. Those who seek to know God and will open a dialogue with the the Great I AM will have made the best and most enduring friendship imaginable.
It is this Eternal Thread of Truth that Religious Science (The Science of Mind) keeps alive in the hearts and minds of humanity. Regardless of your religion or culture these truths are still the bedrock of human existence. The Jew and the Muslim can use them. The Catholic and the Protestant can celebrate them. The Hindu and the Buddhist can glory in the Eternal Truth of God and yet celebrate Deity their own unique way.
There is really only one Truth. God is all there is and that includes you and I.
Be peaceful, open your heart to lessons that your soul needs and have the ears to hear and eyes to see the lessons given you.
What is a Christian and how do you know if you are one? Sounds like an obvious question but it is far from obvious or simple. According to the 5 Fundamentals published in 1905 you may only consider yourself a Christian if you believe:
Jesus Christ is God (the Deity of Christ)
Jesus was born of virgin
Scripture is inerrant (without error of any kind)
Jesus died on the cross substituting for us and atoning for our sins.
Jesus was physically resurrected and will personally return to Earth
If you disagree with one of these assertions, then you cannot call yourself a Christian according to the Fundamentalists. Do you think Jesus of Nazareth would agree with any of these fundamentals? I very much doubt it!
Can you be an authentic Christian without believing in any or all of these statements published by 10 old men in 1905?
I would submit that it would be difficult to be an authentic Christian if you did believe these 5 Fundamentals. So what is a Christian according to Rev. Dore’? Please remember that this is my theology; it does not have to be yours.
Yeshua Ben Nazareth, the man we call Jesus Christ, was never a Christian, not for one day of his life. He was born a Jew under the Mosaic Law, ordained a Rabbi by the High Priest Hillel, lived, preached and died a Jew under the Law. As such the idea of being the literal Son of God would be the worst kind of blasphemy, punishable by stoning.
The Master came to bring Light and Love to a world where might always made right, where the powerful exerted their will over the weak and where there was little hope for change or relief. He also came to humanize and bring compassion to Judaism; a noble religion grown arthritic with dogma, cannon law and the insistence on the letter of the Law, not the spirit. He came to save Judaism from itself; not to start a new religion. He did not come to atone for our sins by blood sacrifice but to bring the Love and Light of God to humankind.
The Jesus I know in my heart would never be a Christian today because he would understand that Christianity was just as encrusted with dogma, rules, judgement and an overbearing priestly class as was the Judaism of his day. He despised the High Priests and the Pharisees so we created new ones in Christianity. He despised all Law and no heart but we have excommunications, shunning, condemnation of those who travel their own spiritual path or are different.
The Master cared for the lowest and weakest of the people. He consorted and ate with tax collectors (the most despised people in Judea) , harlots, Lepers and even Roman Centurions; the oppressors of the Jews. Today, Christianity still condemns and ostracizes those God has created with different ways of expressing their humanity.
An authentic Christian cares little for dogma or ceremony or dress codes but cares deeply for his fellow human being. The authentic Christian cares nothing for parsing how many angels can dance on the head of a pin or whether Genesis is fact or creation myth but cares so deeply for a human in pain that when anyone cries out in hunger, pain or oppression they taste the salt of their tears.
The authentic Christian tries as best they can to live the teachings of Jesus. That is the glory and majesty of Christ’s ministry…..the teaching of tolerance, the belief in one Universal God for all humankind, the understanding that as we judge our brother or sister we judge ourselves. The authentic Christian understands that we all miss the mark, we all fall short and that compassion and understanding is far better than Hell Fire and Brimstone.
The authentic Christian walks, as much as possible, in the path of the Master Teacher of the World, Jesus the Christ, who led the first great spiritual revolution in history. That revolution is still going on but not in most Christian Churches today.
If you would understand the authentic Christian think of the congregation of the AME Church in Charleston, SC who watched with horror as their Pastor and 7 of their brothers and sisters were gunned down by a tortured soul. Not a word of condemnation passed their lips, they forgave the shooter and prayed for him.
How many of us could do that? How many Christians that you know could do that? These magnificent Christians suffered terrible horror and loss but would not retreat to the primitive “eye for an eye”; no they “turned the other cheek” and forgave. They did not talk about Christianity; they lived it!
I am a minister and I have done much good work but I cannot carry the shoes of the Pastor of that AME church in Charleston who taught her people the authentic Way of The Master and even in the most dire of situations her people embodied and lived those lessons. That is a true Christian teaching authentic Christianity.
I am a Religious Science Minister and most Christians would deny that I am a Christian because I cannot and do not subscribe to the 5 Fundamentals. But I do subscribe wholeheartedly to the Way of the Master; the teaching of Jesus The Christ and to me that makes me the very best and most authentic Christian.
May you walk in the footsteps of the Master each and every day of your life. God give you peace, prosperity and abundant health.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Visit YouTube.com/revdore to enjoy my 125 video podcasts. Have a Dore’ Marathon!
Picture a psychiatrist’s couch with you reclining upon it while you attempt to describe your problems and emotional issues to your therapist. After you finish the “50 minute hour” with the Doctor he looks at you and tells you that all your problems are really all in your mind. He or She is absolutely right. $225 later you may feel a bit better for having shared your feelings but the solution still lies with you.
It’s all in your mind! Of course it is. Your entire life is in your mind. Your whole existence is in your mind. Your body is just the mobile device to transport the mind. You are your mind! This is obvious to some but many more of us really believe that the body is who and what we are. Even more of us confuse the brain with the mind. They most certainly are not the same.
The brain is an organ of the body, an electro-chemical organic processor and bodily interface for the mind. So where is the mind? Science currently is operating on the theory that it exists in every cell of our body. In other words, the mind is the sum of our parts. Metaphysics and theology tend to see the mind like an aura or magnetic field around the body. This is what cerulean photography captures when auras are photographed.
If you haven’t seen your aura yet, or don’t even know that you have one, get it photographed when the opportunity presents itself. You will be amazed at what you can learn about yourself by understanding the energy that you project through the electro-magnetic field that we call an aura. Every human projects this energy every second of their lives. This is the shadow of the human mind.
The Mind to me is the Divine Spark, the Divinity within each human. It is that part that knows that it knows. It is the self aware part of the human experience. It is the imagination which is unique to humanity; the part of us that has been called the proof of God’s existence. It is what allows you and I to be able to escape the bonds of environment, the shackles of precedent, custom or the “way it has always been”. If we can see it in our mind’s eye, we can create it in form. All thanks to our imagination; perhaps our greatest gift from the Creator.
Imagination is that part of us that can take a mental trip to stars and galaxies never before seen by humankind. It is that part of the builder that sees the Empire State Building and the Golden Gate Bridge long before the first hammer rang or the first girder was welded in place. It is that part of us that sees a world where character, not appearance, is the sole measure of a human. Imagination is the part of us that sees every child safe, loved, going to school, not one hungry and all humanity safe and happy.
Without the fears, ideas, dreams, plans that are “all in our mind” nothing ever comes into form in the “real world” of stuff and things. Not one thing was ever created in the Cosmos or on Earth without first appearing in some sentient being’s mind. In truth, all human life takes place in the mind, aided by the organic computer that we call the brain.
Your therapist was right, it is all in your mind but that does not mean that it isn’t real. There is nothing more real that what is in your mind. Your thoughts and emotions are the building blocks of your life! In truth you are your Mind. When we in Religious Science say that your mind is the Mind of God, your love is the Love of God, your life is the Life of God; this is what we mean: We are all expressions of God, part and parcel of the great Divine Mind, the Universal Intelligence, the Great I Am which we call God. God and each of us are truly one.
If you can conceive it, believe it and see it already done, you can experience it.
Until we are together again…walk in Light and Love each and every day.