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
Is your life perfect? Just exactly the way you have always dreamed that it would be? Not so much? Well, almost all of us have areas of our life that could use some improvement. Perhaps its prosperity or maybe health. Stress, worry and inner turmoil may be the problem which brings physical problems with it.
Perhaps you feel unloved and lonely and long for someone to love and understand you as a person. You just want someone to “get you”. What to do? How can we fix our lives quickly and painlessly in just a matter of days?
Ready? Here is the sure fire fix for all that ails any human life.
Take responsibility for your life! Yes, its that simple. Here are the 3 steps to reclaiming, repairing and retooling your life.
1. Understand that blame and fault are not the same as responsibility. You are not to blame for the shape your life is in but you are responsible! Get over the blame game.
2. Be aware that not one person on Earth has been present every second of your life but YOU! Therefore you are the driving wheel, the motive force of your life. You thought the thoughts, spoke the cursing or the blessing each morning as you arose or before you went to sleep in the evening. You either saw the good or complained endlessly of the bad. What you think and speak is what you experience. What are we all but our thoughts, words and choices?
3. If you can honestly say that I wrote this novel, I produced and directed this movie that I call my life then you have just set yourself free. Free at last, good God Almighty you are Free At Last. You see, if you did it then you can change it because the ONLY person on this Earth that you can really control is YOU!
As Paul put it so well: Think and speak only of things of good report. Thoughts are things and they are the building blocks of the Universe and of your life. Nothing ever was made except by the thought and the Word. God made the entire Universe by means of His thought and His Word. As above, so below, which means that things here on Earth work by the same principles as they do in the Cosmos. You create your entire life by your thoughts and your words which create your choices and actions.
If you believe that your troubles and sorrow are the results of others then you are helpless because you can not really ever control any other being but you. With this belief that life happens to you, you live as a constant victim. It is like spending your life in an Emergency Room lurching from crisis to crisis; powerless and depending on someone to fix you.
But if you created, promoted or allowed the mess and disarray to come into your life, then you can think a new thought and speak a new word of happiness, health, plenty and joy. Watch your life change before your eyes! You happen to life! Your life is a mirror of you!
Your outer world is just a perfect mirror or reflection of what is in your mind, heart and soul. The outer mirrors the inner you. Change the inner and the outer must change correspondingly. This idea is the root principle of Religious Science and the teaching of the Science of Mind.
You can heal your body with your mind and heart. You can heal your finances with your mind and heart. You can heal your marriage with your mind and heart. You can heal your self esteem with your mind and heart. You are the Doctor of your Life. Ministers like me can teach you the techniques but you must do the work.
Nothing in your life changes until you do! All true change is from the inside out.
This is basic stuff but it cannot be repeated often enough. Throw off the chains of victim hood co-dependence and guilt and take charge of the most precious gift God has given you…….Your life!
Until we are together again, walk in the Light, Live in the Love and set yourself free by becoming the Master of your Life.
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida Look for my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
Every year on January 1st many millions of people around the world look forward to the New Year and celebrate a new start in life; a chance for a “do-over”. We all start fresh, the score is 0-0 and we are filled with hope.
Many of us make New Year’s Resolutions and are sincere in sticking to them….for about 3 days on average! Then too often we fall back into the old thinking and the old habits and nothing really changes in our lives. Why is it so hard to change our lives?
Perhaps its because we are trying to change something outside of us called “our life”. Life is lived within our own minds! It does not exist except in our thinking, speaking and the choices we make. To change our life we must change our minds at a basic subconscious level and thus change how we think, speak and believe. No inner change, no life change. Unless you change you it is just the same old same old!
Our subconscious or subjective mind is the seedbed of our reality and our life. It is like a vast field of consciousness that influences and impels us to think, speak and act in certain ways. Our parents, our genetic makeup to a small extent, our childhood, teachers and friends all planted seeds in the garden of our subjective mind that creates our core beliefs, our likes, dislikes, prejudices and biases and our attitudes about life, money, sex, religion, work, other people and love.
We have the power to accept or reject any and all of this programming if we have the will and the courage to do so. How can we do this?
We change our subjective mind with our objective mind, that part of our mental makeup that we call our conscious mind. This is where change your thinking and change your life comes in. As Paul told us: ‘think and speak only of things of good report’. Your conscious thoughts reprogram your subconscious, indeed they are the plow that tills the soil of your subjective or subconscious.
To begin to build a new Life this January 1st, 2016 you must forget the resolutions; they are only promises you will never keep. Instead, change your mind from the outside in by thinking about what you will allow in your life, what you deserve to have in your life and what can you believe as true about your life. Can you have a clear and real picture of the new life that you will live beginning right now? If not, you will never experience it. You must see it before you can have it!
You are the programmer of the greatest computer in existence….the human mind, your mind. Garbage in garbage out is an old IT saying. Your job is to stop putting negative, fear based garbage into your subconscious and then watch the transformation of your life. If you are writing a tragedy, change to a comedy or a success story. You are the motive force of your life, the driving wheel, the author and editor in chief of your novel.
Want a new life? You will have it the moment you change you and that only happens in your mind. No one, not even God can do the job for you.
Many of us dream, think, affirm, pray and still never seem to see the changes in their lives that we all so desperately desire.
Why? Because, as the great mystic Neville said: too many of us are in a state of constant construction but delayed occupancy! Yes, we build our lives in our mind with visualization, prayer, meditation, but then we neglect to make it real by guts, willpower and intelligence. We need to “move our feet” and take action to bring our desires into our home, our bank account and our life.
Religious Scientists don’t believe in magic, we believe in creative thought followed by directed and intelligent action. This January 1st, begin the New Year with new thoughts only of things that you will allow in your life and the desires of your heart. Begin the New Year speaking only of things that are good, loving and fine. Plant roses in your mental garden and let the weeds starve from neglect.
Turn the Page!
May 2016 be the most wonderful year in your life and may this be the year that you move into your dream and live it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Awakened Heart Center for Spiritual Living, Sarasota, Florida. Chech out my 110 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore
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.
If I were to take an on-line poll of Americans I would wager that most think of God as a parent. Newsflash! God is not your parent, your parents are your parent. Mine were Hildegarde and Ted and they were certainly not God; good parents but little Divinity in evidence.
Why do we persist in the 21st Century with the belief in the “parent God” who rewards when you have been good and punishes when you are bad? Why do we believe that God cares or has control over what house you buy, what car you drive or whom you marry? Why do we insist that God has a “plan for our lives” if only we could decipher it?
Because we think like children and relate to the Great Architect or Heavenly Father the only way children can conceive of the ultimate power in their lives….a parent. Its time to lose the Theistic God and say hello to the Deist God.
Theism is all about a Heavenly Parent that meddles like a bad mother-in-law and wants to run your life forever. Deism is the concept of God that most of America’s Founders had. It was the God of the Enlightenment; A creator God who was the chief engineer and Supreme Architect who designed the building blocks of all life (DNA) created matter and energy and the matrix to run it all and then let Natural and Spiritual Laws run the whole system.
I believe that God is the Creator, the Ground of Being, the Supreme Architect, the First Cause of all there is. I do not believe that God is my parent. I do believe that God is as personal as we believe that He/She is. If we start a dialogue with the Infinite Mind that we nickname God, we will have begun the most powerful friendship in the Universe. God is open 24/7,never closed, always ready to inspire, to warn of danger, to comfort, to love its Creation beyond human understanding. What God is not open for is to run your life. That is your job!
God is love personified, what greater love can any sentient being express than giving of its very substance to create another sentient being? We really do live and move and have our being within the great body of God. We are One with the Infinite but walk through life alone and afraid, not realizing that the greatest power in the Universe is within our heart, mind and soul. It’s a bit like the old saying that we are knee deep in a river and dying of thirst. The water of God’s love is all around you, you swim in it as a fish swims in the ocean. Drink, be healed, be whole!
When you move beyond the childish Parent God to the Creator you become free. You now realize that God’s job description is to create the materials needed, draw up the master plan of Creation and deliver the plans and materials to the job site, which is you and I. What we make of the materials and the final plans is in our job description and the tools of the building of this thing called life is our thoughts, our words and our choices day by day. With these three modes of creation (Thought, Word and Deed) we author the Book of Our Life. God has already given you all you need to make a Heaven or a Hell of your life and now its up to you.
No reward, we create the rewards. No punishment, we are experts at it; we need no help in punishing ourselves. We speak the blessing and the cursing each day of our life with what we do, what we say and most importantly, what we think and believe.
Time for us all to leave the God of Childhood, the Theistic God and to understand that God has always been patiently waiting for us to grow up and become a partner in creation rather than a begging supplicant. We were never “weak worms of the dust”, we have always been magnificent expressions of the Infinite Mind, the Divine Intelligence, the Great Architect that we know as God. Time to wake up to our true nature and our true purpose.
I celebrate each one of you for you are made of the very stuff of God. Rejoice and then get to work building the life you were born to live. Only you can do it!
Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota Florida (want to know more, pick up my great new book “A Faith and Philosophy for the 21st Century” on Amazon.com)