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.

Creator, or Parent?

It seems that there are as many concepts of God as there are people.  Just who is this all powerful Spirit, Being or Intelligence that is the architect and engineer of all that exists?

I have narrowed the God Concept to 2 main ideas.  Parent or Creator

The Parent:  

This is the most prevalent idea of God in Western Judaeo/Christian/Islamic civilization.  Since we all have or had a mother and a father, it is only natural that we should internalize God as our heavenly parent.  Like our own parents, God gave us life by creating all that exists, including Mom and Dad.

This parent God not only created us but acts as our Heavenly parent; punishing us when we are bad or “sin” and rewarding us when we are good.

Often our own parents acted as judge, jury and jailer, (I must have served 2 years total during my childhood and adolescence “on punishment”).  If God puts us on “punishment” its not a couple of weeks, its for all eternity.

Whew, talk about tough love!  But that’s not all the “Parent God” does for us. He/ She also helps plan our life and direct our path, rather like having a perpetual mother-in-law or ethnic Mama (Jewish, Italian, Armenian, Greek, Irish)

People who believe in the “Parent God” often ask:”What is God’s Plan for Me” as if we came with a life road map at birth.  This can even extend to buying a car or house; getting married, having a child, taking a new job or moving to another city. Any salesman can tell you of customers who would not decide on a home or car unless “it was God’s Plan”.

I often wondered how God could possibly have time to deal with the minutiae of 10 billion people and that is just our one little planet out of millions more in the Universe!

Belief in this Parent God is called Theism.  

The Creator

My personal favorite God is the Creator God, the God of the 17th and 18th Century Enlightenment.  This is the historical period when fear based belief and the old medieval ideas gave way to science and the philosophy of Rousseau, Locke and Montesquieu.  This is the God of our Founding Fathers, including Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and virtually every major player in the founding of our nation.  This idea of God is called Deism, the idea that God is the Creator of all that exists but rules by natural laws, both physical and spiritual. 

God’s gifts to us are life and what Deists call “Providence”, meaning that God has provided all that is needful for humanity to thrive and be successful on this Earth.  To a Deist, God is not a parent or nanny but a Creator and Law Giver. 

Does this seem a bit cold and detached compared to the Parent God?  There is no denying that if you want Big Daddy or Mommy in the Sky, you will not find them in a Deistic Universe.  This Creator Deist God does not get involved in your love life, what car you drive or where you live.  The only “plan” that the Deistic God has for you is what you think, speak and choose.  YOU are the author of the “plan”.

A Deistic God has endowed his creations with all they need to live happy lives and succeed.  It is their choice, however, to live their lives wisely and well or foolishly and badly.  By our thoughts, words and choices WE are the authors of our lives. The Book of Life that we write is neither right or wrong to a Deist… it just IS.  The Law returns measure for measure back to us exactly what we have thought, done and believed. 

A Deistic God does not punish or reward. Your life and after life is created by your thought, word and deed. Law gives back what you put out so no Divine intervention is necessary.  No need for reward, for virtue is its own reward, no need for punishment for we do a fine job of punishing ourselves . 

Before you conclude that the Deistic God is just a Divine Clock Winder who began the Universe and all that is in it and then left us alone, you should know that this concept of God is open 24/7 for consultation and inspiration.  It will encourage you, love you, and inspire you you at every turn of your life….If you are open and listen to the voice within, which is the presence of the Divine in you. 

The Deistic God is the best friend you could ever have for he/she never rewards or punishes, he or she merely is and always will be. 

This is a God that you can talk to and get answers; clear answers that human beings can use and follow.  Yes, you can talk to God for God is not up in Heaven, or down in Hell.  No these places are merely constructs of the human mind and have nothing to do with God.  

God is everywhere present at all times, including in you and I and every person on this planet and many more beyond our imagination.  God lives and moves and has it being in you and I and in every living thing.  We swim in God as a fish swims in the sea but we persist in believing that God is a stern and distant parent, beyond reach and reason. 

Religious Science is very God centered but ours is the Deistic concept of Emerson, Descartes,  Thoreau,  Swedenborg, Quimby and the philosophers of the Enlightenment.  

If he were alive today George Washington would be a Religious Scientist.  

There is no mystery to God, He or She is as close as a prayer and stands ready to give you strength when it all seems hopeless, inspire you when all roads seemed closed to you and warm your soul with Her Eternal, Unconditional Love. If you want a faith and philosophy that warms your heart and soul and still makes sense in this 21st Century then log on to CSL.ORG  and see if Religious Science just might be the answer you have longed to find.  You will be most welcome!

And So It Is 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

In Search of Wisdom

Wisdom is to intelligence as aging is to wine.  It enriches, hones and perfects the  intelligent mind and the eager heart.   Smart without wisdom is rather like a fine horse never broken.  All potential but little or no production.

Wisdom is the art and science of what to do, when to do it and the converse.  It is often more important to know when to keep one’s own counsel, when to remain still and let things play out.  A wise person does not care what others think of him. Wisdom is secure in the knowledge that it has the goods, that it can handle the situation and that what others think of him or her is really none of his business.

Where are the wise men in the 21st Century?  The commodity of true wisdom is becoming more and more rare.  In order to acquire wisdom one must be still and listen, do an inner inventory of one’s self and be willing to not like what one sees.

In our age of social media and the fire hose of  information poured into our homes and minds with 24 hour news and commentary there is less and less quiet time in our lives.   Sometimes we just need to be still  and think.

Be still and know that I am God……Psalm121

Good advice in 1500 BC and still relevant today.  The chattering mind never acquires wisdom for it is on transmit 24/7.  You must LISTEN to learn and be still to be wise.

Are you willing to devote 40 minutes a day to the silence and just listen?  Are you willing to suffer a slight or insult and just let it pass?  Can you be still and not react at the first sign of a crisis or problem?  Can you see the higher good and then act upon it instinctively?

If you can do this you are on the path to wisdom.  It takes time, thought, quiet contemplation and the ability to love, to forgive, to be magnanimous, to live the High Watch and to see the face of God in every one you meet.

Until we are together again… May the Indwelling God and the Most High God (one and the same) bless and keep you warm, well and prosperous.    

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

The Art and Science of Swimming in God

It is my belief that the anthology that we call the Holy Bible ( literally Sacred Book) is a Great Light to humankind for it is a book of spiritual wisdom and truth.  The New Testament, in particular is a good rule and guide for a life well lived as it teaches much wisdom, love, tolerance and philosophy by means of parable and allegory.

So it is with with Acts 17:28…For we live and move and have our being within the great body of God.  We live in Him. 

What does this mean?  Does it mean that we are surrounded by God, that we swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean?

Could it be that we have gotten it wrong for nearly 2,000 years?  Traditional Old Time Christianity teaches that God, Angels, and the Heavenly Host live far above in a place called Heaven or Paradise.  We are weak worms of the dust and of little account but can be redeemed and given eternal life if, and only if, we take the man Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

In my book, the Death of Religion and the Dawn of Spirituality, I call this central idea of Christianity the longest running Magic Show in history.  It is a complete contradiction of Acts 17:28.

God is not an unreachable presence in the Cosmos but is everywhere present, all around us, above us, below us, in us and of us. In fact, we do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean.  We do not become God as the fish does not become the ocean, but it is the medium in which we have our being and our life.

God is within every cell in our body.  God surrounds us with its presence in the form of our aura.  God lives in our Mind, Heart and Spirit.  In fact, the old New Thought saying: There is no spot where God is not is exactly true.

Understanding that God is the medium in which we exist can free our magnificent power, will and intelligence which is the key to creating exactly the life we want and need.  Life then becomes the Art and Science of Swimming in God.

How good a God Swimmer are you?  Do you allow yourself to despair when outside events don’t go your way (like elections or love affairs or your job)? Do you feel worthless and never seem to fit in anywhere?  These are symptoms of a person needing God swimming lessons!

If you develop the Sacred Senses that you were born with to the point that you can feel the warm balm of the ocean of God caressing your Body, Mind and Spirit every moment of your life, then you are a Master Swimmer in God. In this state of being there is nothing that you cannot do with proper use of the Law.

The Art is in the feeling of the God presence each and every moment, in your waking, sleeping, going and coming.   The Science is in the mastery of the Law; the great creative engine of God that we are licensed to use.  Used properly and with right intent and purpose, the Law never fails.

If there is a failure in your Law Work it is due to what my wife calls: operator error.

We really do live and move and have our being within the great Body of God.  If God is Truly all there is and we are here then we are part and parcel of God.  We really do swim in God as a fish swims in the ocean.

For many years I could not feel God enveloping me as the warm ocean envelops the swimmer. There have been times when my heart was broken, my ego shattered, my self esteem dragging and my life seemed pointless.  After practicing serial monogamy for far too long until Lady Susan graced my life 18 years ago and healed my heart and enriched my mind, there were too, many times when God felt very far away from Dore’.  I was washed up on the shore of despair until my dear wife came into my life.

I am now a swimCSL.ORGmer in the Ocean of God.  I know God surrounds me and is within me and I am learning new lessons each day to become a Master Swimmer in the Ocean of God.  Won’t you join me?

Come on in…..The water’s fine!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL   check out my 120 video podcasts on YouTube.com/revdore   Questions about Religious Science (Science of Mind)?  Go to CSL.ORG

The Healing of America, Part 2

Last post we diagnosed the cause of this malaise in the American Spirit that has produced this most unpleasant election. Most would agree that this campaign has been a low point in modern  political life.  America is sick at heart and in spirit. Time to call the Doctor!

Working class America feels betrayed and left behind, that is clear.  Whether their feelings are justified does not really matter.  Feelings are feelings and must be addressed when those feelings are coming from 52% of the electorate.

Working class America is feeling like the “stepchild” of the body politic in America and they are very angry.  They feel like attention has been paid to every constituency in America but them and they demand our attention.  With the nomination of Donald Trump they got our attention in full measure.

With a better messenger, the message might have changed things for the better.  Alas, Working Class anger brought us an angry, unfit demagogue and it has cost us dearly as a nation and a people

I am writing this post on November 7th.  Tomorrow we will know if we have chosen the first woman President, complete with a semi-truck load of baggage, or a deeply flawed reality show star and minor celebrity who is reminiscent of the demagogues who took over many European nations in the 1920’s and 30’s.

What has brought us to this Hobson’s Choice and what can we do to ensure that it is never repeated?

How do we knit the nation back together after this most divisive election and create a climate where every one feels that their concerns are addressed and that they are heard?   A few simple changes are needed.  These changes won’t return a high paying union job for every “rust belt” worker who lost his job in the last 20 years.  The one constant in the Universe is change.   The world has changed, America has changed and too many working class Americans are still living in the past.

But the ideas I am proposing will make our government more responsive, stop the ridiculous “beauty contest” of the primaries, shorten a campaign season that never seems to end and once again provide candidates that we can be proud to support.

Presidential Primaries are a very bad way to choose the nominee from each party.  In this Republican primary election, we had the specter of 16 candidates and ended up with a Republican nominee who had never been a Republican in his life, never held office, never served his country in any capacity, went bankrupt 6 times, has never divulged his tax returns and still is not a registered Republican.  And that is just the tip of the Trump iceberg.

Today’s primary system is a you all come proposition where people with no qualifications or character can run for President and even become nominated.  Would Franklin Roosevelt been nominated by primaries?  Would Abe Lincoln, Jefferson, Washington or Teddy Roosevelt?  Harry Truman? Dwight Eisenhower?  Would John Kennedy?  Ronald Reagan did make it through the primary system but that is the exception.

The solution?  Go back to real party conventions that actually nominate the standard bearer of the Party. It is the job of the parties to pick their presidential candidates and the people then choose between the 2 chosen ones.  It is not the people’s job to sift through 30 candidates that they know nothing about.  

The Party knows who has worked hard for the Party, they know who worked their way up the ladder. They know his or her character and they know who has the depth to be a successful candidate.  In other words, if you are nominated by either party you are a proven winner, have been thoroughly vetted and have “paid your dues” working for the party and for America

President is no job for an amateur!

The next fix is to introduce partially or wholly Federally funded Senate, House and Presidential campaigns.   This takes the “big money” influence out of our electoral process.  This would be the best money we could spend to save our democratic process.  In my plan, the people could contribute tax deductible contributions to the Federal Campaign Fund to help keep the tax burden down.

A further requirement would be to tell the truth in all campaign advertisements and speeches.  Ads would be independently fact checked before airing.  Presently we are electing the most skillful liar, since so much of what we see and hear is is patently untrue.   Our freedom and liberty are too vital to entrust America to a Liar-in-Chief.

I would limit Federal Election Campaigns to 20 Weeks (5 months)  The campaigns would start 5 days after the end of the last Nominating Convention.

I would also abolish early voting.  Voting is a sacred privilege and duty in a democracy and we should all go to the polls in person and participate in the most important ceremony of an American Citizen.  This will also ensure that no tampering occurs with weeks of early ballots.

I would issue each U S citizen a Federal Voter photo ID Card which would also serve as a Social Security Card.   All Americans would have a tamper proof Federal ID for use in voting, airport security, check cashing, etc.

These ideas would simplify elections, ensure that good candidates are produced for our selection and take the big money and fraud out of our election process.

We might even get candidates with honor and character instead of the “best of the worst” that we too often get in our Federal Elections today.

Just my thinking, but I believe it would work wonders with our electoral process.

In Love and Light,

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

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

Amazing Grace

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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