Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Is your life everything that you wish it could be?   Are you enjoying every aspect of your life?

What would you change in your life if you had the power?  Can you really change your life or are our lives predestined?

You can change your life experience any time you are willing to change your thinking! Your thoughts are the currency of your life.  Your life is built brick by brick by your thoughts. Hold on to those same thoughts and they harden into beliefs in your sub-conscious mind.

There is a power for good in the Universe that you may use anytime that you are willing to do the work of learning the proper use of this great power.   It is not easy to change your thinking , you have been thinking in a certain way every moment of your life.  You and I actually think our lives into being.  Just imagine what you could achieve if you could change your thinking and change your life.

Here is the secret that has eluded humankind for thousands of years.  You are what you think, what you believe and what you do. Your thoughts, words and actions must be in alignment; they must be congruent in order to create the life you want and deserve.

You cannot think that life sucks and then expect a happy life.  You cannot love, while speaking hate.  You cannot be prosperous while acting poor and speaking of poverty.  You cannot be well while thinking of sickness.  You cannot love while thinking hateful thoughts.

You  have been given four of the greatest powers in the Universe:  Thought, Speech, Will and Imagination.  Without thought, nothing exists, for thoughts are the building blocks of reality.  We speak our world into being.  Our Word has tremendous power.  Remember John: in the beginning was the Word.  

All things in heaven and earth are made of thought and made manifest by your Word.  Without willpower nothing is achieved, you must carry on even when it seems so very hard.  Those with weak wills do little of any account.

Perhaps the most powerful gift is our imagination.  We can envision worlds beyond the stars, places never seen, species of life beyond our belief and understanding.    We can imagine worlds beyond our understanding or experience. We can see pictures flying on a current of electrons, we can pluck entertainment out of the ether.  We can travel coast to coast in just hours, where our forefathers took 6 months for the same journey. Within the next century we shall travel to the stars by bending time itself.

Without the great gift of imagination we should be trapped by precedent and condemned to a life of sameness and stagnation.

A dog cannot imagine being anything but a dog.  A dolphin or whale, the smartest creatures not human, will never transcend the state of “dolphin” or “whale’.

If one day you see a dolphin walking down Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles then the drinks are on me!  You will see me on the “street of dreams” anytime that I return to my native City of Angels

Until we meet on that Street of Dreams, be well, be happy and remember: “There is a power for good in the Universe and you and I can use it”.

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

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The Greatest Story you have never been told.

Its after 11:00 PM EDT on Christmas Eve.  To Billions of Christians this is a most Holy night, the night when the Christ Child was born, or so the story goes.  The Greatest Story Ever Told is wonderful but has almost no basis in fact.  

Does it matter?  No its still a lovely tale of a miracle child sent to us to bring love and forgiveness to a world operating on “might makes right” and rampant cynicism about religion, civil behavior and the institutions of Judea under Roman rule. 

We have much the same problem in 2017.  It’s as true right now as it was in 3 AD the year that almost all scholars believe that Yeshua Ben Nazareth (Jesus Christ)  was born.  

What is the meaning to a Religious Scientist of the Christ and his teachings?  The Christ was a title given to a most holy man in ancient times.  The word means “the anointed one” in Greek (Kristos);  a perfect description of the man we call Jesus.  Religious Scientists do not believe that Jesus was the literal son of God, but is rather the bringer of light, not God but fully human.  

We believe that every person on this planet is, in a very real sense is a son or daughter of the the Divine.  We are all made of the very substance of the Creator; each of us unique. White, Black, Asian, or mixtures thereof, we all trace our existence to the Divine Mind of God.

Jesus to us is a revolutionary sent to shake up the world, to introduce the ideas of brotherhood and oneness; ideas that affirm we are all thoughts in the mind of God. Thus each and every human is a part of Divinity and is is sacred in the eyes of the Creator. 

We are One in God and One in fact. We must forgive each other because we are all literally brothers and sisters.  Jesus came to introduce the revolutionary  idea that when we “turn the other cheek” we gain the moral high ground and that the Old Testament idea of “an eye for an eye and tooth for tooth” leaves the the world blind and toothless!

We in Religious Science do not see God as a parent.  We see him/her as the Divine Architect; our creator but NOT our parent.  God does not seek to run our lives, that is our responsibility, but God is available 24/7 for inspiration and consultation. 

We may use this connection to God as soon as we learn the rules.  The first rule is: do not judge your brother or sister, we are all equal in the sight of God. 

God made no junk, no lesser species.  He did provide different paint jobs to account for different environments and to provide variety.  However, inner human is exactly the same.  

The next rule is that forgiveness is not optional.  Those who hate, hold grudges, have prejudices, are poisoning themselves and all those around them.  As a person thinks…..so he or she is. 

This is why Religious Science says “as you think, so you are”.   Want a different life?   Change your thinking ( what you talk about, what you believe and what you do).  These are the building blocks of your life.  

Thoughts are creative, they literally make up the fabric of our lives.  Jesus knew this and in all of His works he always asked the afflicted if they were ready to put down their burden; were they ready to change their lives.  Only if they assented would He be able to heal them. Take up your bed and walk” he said to the man at the well. 

Your thought life is the parent of your physical life.  Want to change your life?  Anyone can do it!   Just “change your thinking and change your life”.  

Take care and whatch what  you say!  Thoughts spoken have many times the power of thought because a word exists in the physical world.  It can be recorded, remembered and used for your benefit or your condemnation. 

Does Christ Matter?  Yes I believe that He was the First Religious Scientist.  He stated “As a man thinks, so he is.  It is done unto you ….as you believe. 

What’s the secret of this faith and philosophy called Religious Science;  taught at the Centers for Spiritual Living?    Paul said it best: “think only of things of good report”  Dwelling on what you hate or what you don’t want, brings that very thing into your life. 

Hate kills, it poisons the heart, the body and the soul and it blights your life!

We really do speak the blessing and the cursing out of our mouth each morning and each night  Stop cursing and start blessing and watch your life flower like an English garden. 

Become a 21st Century Christian by forgiving your brothers and your sisters, Black, White, Brown or whatever.   All are made in the image of God.  We must learn to live together as One in God’s Love or die together unforgiven, unloved and all alone.  

What do you think?  Time for a change?  Time to meet the real Christ, the man sent from God to bring Light to the world and love to our hearts and minds.  

Until we meet again, this is Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian saying so long for now.

The Greatest Truth Seldom Told

If you were to point to the greatest problem that the United States and much of the world is experiencing what would that be?  Terrorism?  Inequality? Poverty?

My pick would be the retreat from Oneness and Brotherhood and the degeneration of many societies, including the United States and much of Europe into a new tribalism.  This splintering of society is the result of “identity politics” where political parties slice up society into racial, sexual, religious, class and educational strata and appeal to the narrow interests of the different “tribes”.

An appeal to all Americans to unite in common cause seems today to be as quaint as blue suede shoes and Poodle Skirts.  Everyone identifies with a particular piece of their personality, forgetting that the most important identity and the only one that matters is first being human and then American.  

The Left plays this game better than the Right.  After all they have been doing this for 100 years, they even have a “how to book” on combating nationalism and Oneness by creating class consciousness.

There were no Republicans or Democrats on 9/11/2001.  I live in Sarasota, Florida which has a special place in the history of 9/11 because our President was visiting one of our elementary schools as part of his televised roll out of the “No Child Left Behind” Program.  Most of us will never forget the look on President Bush’s face as the he was informed of the first plane crashing into the Tower.  He had been reading a story to the class and suddenly the world turned upside down.

America’s reaction was to come together; forgetting race, gender, orientation, ethnicity and politics. Our President had the good sense and grace, not only to set exactly the right tone immediately after the attack, but to visit a Mosque just days later to send the message that Muslim Americans were first and always Americans.

Where are such leaders today?  Where are the leaders that can say just what must be said in just the right tone and at the right moment; as was done during 9/11?

Words matter, a lesson that needs learning in today’s political climate. In fact words and the thought that precedes them are the building blocks of our lives.

It seems to me that our culture and our politics have coarsened to the point where even death threats and actual murder are legitimate coin of the American body politic.

There is an immutable fact of human life that there is no subspecies of the human race, no lesser humans.  We are all magnificent creations of the Creator of the Universe, made from the very substance of the body of God.  It can be said that all that exists is made from the substance of the Divine Prime Mover. Thus we are all literally Brothers and Sisters.

My barber is a wonderful man who immigrated from Jordan and is a devout Muslim.  We have stimulating and friendly conversations about history, comparative religion and I listen eagerly to this very wise, very fine American who chose to come to this nation to raise his family and prosper.  He has improved his condition in just a few years to the point where he and his wife are shopping for their first home.  

His culture and religion may be foreign to me but he is as American as apple pie in his love of family, his desires for his family and his life.  We all want the same things, no matter where we live, how we worship and what our politics are.

We want to raise our families in peace, love and contentment.  We want our children to receive a fine education and go on to surpass us in accomplishment and in the joy of life.  Each generation builds upon the last in a good society and this nation is a very good society.  The fact that too many of our people have lost their faith in our national ethos and in our democracy is very troubling.

We can restore our national consciousness by taking our various racial, class, sexual and other distinctions as a matter of course that needs no celebrating and instead celebrating our Oneness as Americans.

We have been majoring in the minors and neglecting what really matters which is that all humans are One.  Everything else is exterior paint, manners and culture and not worthy of our attention.

Americans all: we sit at the table of democracy and freedom together with the conscious knowledge that we are truly One in God, One in Mind and One in Heart.

Tribalism is what civilizations degenerate into.  Is that what we want for our nation and our world?   I think not!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL     I Am a Religious Scientist!  

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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.

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 Healing of America Part 3

 

OMG! The dust is settling from a most unusual and vitriolic Presidential Election Campaign.  I was on the losing side in this one but the will of the people prevailed. The pundits and pollsters emerged with massive quantities of egg on their collective faces as they were so sure that Trump was merely an oddity that could not win.  Donald Trump is our President Elect and now he and all of us must work to heal America; to bind up the wounds, soothe the unreasoning fear and come together as the only identity that really matters…..Americans!

The people have spoken and all those who believe in the principle and practice of Democracy must congratulate our new President, have a drink or two to calm down and move on with out lives seeing the very best outcome of this election as our Truth and The Truth for the America we love.

As Religious Scientists, this is a time to practice what we preach like never before!  I hear some of our ministers expressing gloom and doom and much sadness over the election result.  Better that we should take this energy and use it to see the good, to affirm the good; remembering the old truism that politicians and candidates campaign in poetry and govern in prose.  In other words, many things are said in the heat of the campaign for election that are never heard again once the mantle of office descends on the new President.

Time after time men we thought of as unfit or ludicrous have grown as Presidents,  Perhaps Mr. Trump will become the Harry S Truman of the 21st Century; going from a very ridiculed Vice President who was not even told by FDR that the US had the Atom Bomb; to a place in the first rank of great Presidents for moral courage, wise decisions and his “Give em Hell, Harry” manner.

The people have spoken and if you are a democrat with a small “D” you will accept and wish well the choice of the people.  Sore losers are the bane of democracy and often create “banana republics” in other parts of the world by their refusal accept defeat at the polls.

Healing America will entail the re-birth of the essential consciousness that we are all Americans.   This will mean the end of identity politics and the emphasis on the essential truth that though we may disagree on policies and candidates, we are ONE on the subject of America; the nation we love.  Is America perfect?  Never was, may never be but it is our beloved home and we must work together to make it better each and every day.  Our collective thought has great power to lift us up or drag us down.  Now is the time to elevate not to descend.

The truth is that Republicans need Democrats to remind them of the heart and soul of America which is love, caring and compassion.  Democrats need Republicans to remind them that people thrive when they achieve and aspire, not when they are made dependents of the state.  They also need to remember that the tyranny of the minority is the worst kind of tyranny and that righting a wrong for a few and imposing a wrong on the many creates  another injustice and another grievance.

We need each other and the input of many consciousnesses and ideas.

Lastly we need to banish the concept of “Political Correctness” in America.  It is antithetical to the most cherished right of an American: The peaceful expression of our opinions, thoughts and feelings whether in speech, writing or performance art.

Will some of these opinions or writings offend?  Yes!  There is no Constitutional right protecting one from being offended.  Offense is a choice, not a crime.  In the words of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.  That is the essence of America, toleration of the abhorrent in the service of liberty.

Political Correctness is a Maoist idea, found in Mao’s “Little Red Book”.  It is how a totalitarian state crushes opposition by shaming those who disagree into silence, often accompanied by years in a labor camp.

As a college student in the 1960’s I was very familiar with the “Little Red Book” having bought one in the Student Store (would you believe it?) just to see what all the excitement was about.  I read in horror Mao’s prescription for the total subjugation of thought, word and deed. It is a prescription for a dead society, devoid of liberty, individualism and joy.   I have been a Republican ever since.

We are all free to choose our friends and associates, to surround ourselves with consciousnesses that uplift and improve our lives.  We are also free to get up and leave if what we read, hear, or speak is not pleasing.

What we do NOT have a right to do is to prevent that expression from being expressed.  Who knows, we just might learn something from beyond the echo of our own opinions.

“A closed mind is a sad, stunted, unhealthy thing deprived of light, and sustenance”  Henry David Thoreau

 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulfilling the Aquarian Promise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More about “the promise” next post.  

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

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida

 

The Millennial Effect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian, Sarasota, Florida 

 

 

Ruminations of the Oldest Valley Boy Baby Boomer.

It is rather interesting to contemplate your 71st birthday arriving in just over one month.  I was born 3 days after the formal surrender of the Japanese which marked the end of World War 2.  Thus, I am probably one of the oldest of the “Boomer” generation, so named for the flood of children that accompanied the return of millions of young men discharged from military service.

1945 was a rare year in which to be born, having the lowest birthrate in US history.  No men, no kids!  As a pioneer boomer I have a unique perspective; my childhood memories span the Swing Era with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and the Glen Miller Orchestra to Bee Bop in the early 50’s and the Rock and Roll of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and of course the King -Elvis.  I was a kid when Pat Boone was a million seller heart throb who competed with Elvis for #1 on the top 40.

They actually played music on AM Radio and still had series and dramas on the radio.  I guess you could say that my generation was perhaps the last one to have the freedom to roam the neighborhood, ride their bikes to the beach (over the Santa Monica Mountains 15 miles away), get a Driver’s License at 16 and then borrow Mom or Dad’s car. We learned how to make and keep friends on our own, not through arranged “play dates”.  We camped out in pup tents with our buddies in the back yard and walked to school and to the store for sodas and snacks.  Unheard of today.

My high school years were about girls, dances, Friday Night Football and the Marching Band, car clubs, cruising the “Blvd” (Van Nuys Blvd in the San Fernando Valley) penny loafers and peg legged pants. My world was Happy Days played out in real life.  Most of the guys wore “duck tail” hairdos (you shoulda seen mine!)

Lest you think that there was no crime, no child abuse, molestation or danger I will tell you that the crime rate in the US was almost 3 times what it is today.  The difference was that we only knew what the 5 minutes of radio news every hour told us and that was not much.  Mostly about the War in Korea, the Recession in ’58, etc.  No internet, no 24 hour news, no Twitter or Facebook to awfulize every occurrence .  If it did not happen down the street, we did not know or care about it.

Now this idyllic childhood did not take place in small town America but in Los Angeles, California; even in my youth a city of 3 million.  We learned how to take care of ourselves, make and keep friends, to protect ourselves from bullies and how to avoid dangerous situations.   We learned by doing, still the best way to learn anything in my opinion

I am not sure how they did it but it seemed like every student in my elementary, junior high and high school could read, write an intelligent sentence and do at least simple arithmetic.  We all knew our basic US History because we took 3 years of it, plus Civics or US Government.  Were there problems in school?  Sure, fights on the playground, car club gang fights ( no guns, but perhaps a switchblade) but the biggest problem was high school dropouts.  You could quit school at 16 and far too many did.

By the time I got my BA in History and started Grad School, the Hippie Era had arrived in LA with a bang.  Hippies with long hair, serious grunge and radical politics competed on campus with the “straights” (the conservative kids like me).  It was the SDS vs. the Young Republicans.  Interesting time but very turbulent.

I have no nostalgia for this time but I do have a great sense of gratitude for being born into this era and getting to experience mid-century America, the Summer of Love, the Space Age and the run up to the Millennium.  I am now enjoying being a “tech savvy” old guy which surprises many of the millennials that I work with.

The only things I would bring back from that time would be personal freedom, privacy, manners and civility which were very highly prized by those on both sides of the political spectrum.  Was my childhood perfect?  Oh, no!

Prejudice was not just prevalent, it was a way of life.  There were epithets for almost every group except the one you were in and they were used in daily conversation. It was not confined to just to Black or White but to Hispanics, Protestants and Catholics, Jews, different ethnic groups even of European decent.  An Irish kid marrying an Italian girl. No way!  There were epithets for almost every group and they were used in daily conversation.

A Black and White marriage? Unthinkable!  I knew all too well the fruits of prejudice. My mother “disowned” me for marrying a lovely young woman from Belize (then British Honduras)  “Beyond the pale” she said. We never spoke again.

Was this the Golden Age that the “angry old white people” seem to want to bring back?  There were a few things that we would do well to bring back but in the main there was little Gold and way too much hate, judgement and narrow-mindedness in the Baby Boomer Era.

It was a Boom and Bust time where good times and recession alternated every 5 or 6 years.  Over all this “Golden Age” hovered the specter of nuclear war with the Soviet Union.  We practiced Armageddon once every week as the sirens wailed and we dropped under the desk in the bomb drill.  I remember asking my 8th grade English Teacher what good this would do if an Atomic Bomb really did fall.  She had no answer.

The secret to being 70 is the same as the secret to being 25.  You are not your body, you are your mind.  If you see the world from a young man or woman’s perspective, if you still enjoy the things of youth: sports, dancing, fun, romance, sex, joy and play; then in your mind you are 25 and the age of your body becomes irrelevant.  Only when you agree to become old, think old and act old will you really become an old man or woman.  You really age from the inside out.

Yes, looking in the mirror can be challenging sometimes but its what’s inside that counts.  When my lovely, tall flaxen haired wife walks by I feel a lot more like 25 than 70 and that will keep me a young man until I take my last breath.  As long as I can write, laugh, speak and learn new things I will never grow old.

Until we are together again, be well, think well and speak well.

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

 

The True Christian according to Rev. Dore’

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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