But We Have Always Done It This Way!

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But we’ve always done it this way!  How often have you heard this?  I hear it daily and it makes me crazy!  Why?  Because as Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”.  Was he saying that people who are incapable of “thinking outside the box” are stupid or ignorant?  No, I believe that he was saying that they are prisoners of precedent; journeymen on the beaten path of life unable to deviate from the familiar, the safe and the comfortable.

If that is how one chooses to live that is their choice.  It might be a rather hum-drum life however, because the beaten path holds little adventure or drama. It’s safe but rather boring I should think.  It is also the death knell of societies and institutions.

The only real constant in the Universe is change.  As the Bible tells us, “as above, so below” which means that the laws the govern the Cosmos also govern life on Earth.  Evolution is the natural order of all things: living beings, ideas, mores, societies, institutions and civilizations.  Those who refuse to evolve die!

The Koala Bear is a fine example of a charming, cuddly little creature that shows no ability to change or evolve.  It spends its entire life in a Eucalyptus tree and eats only Eucalyptus leaves, even drawing its water from them.  When the “gum trees”, as the Aussies call them, die so will these cute little bear like rodents.  With climate change a certainty, change in all areas of life is no longer optional.

Humans are perhaps the only creatures on Earth not bound by precedent.  We don’t have to live in one place and eat one thing.  We don’t have to think the same thoughts as our ancestors, have the same beliefs, or follow the same outmoded moral code.  We don’t have to worship Deity the way our distant cousins 2015 yeas ago did.

We can write a new chapter, film a new movie, create a new way of life. Yes, change can be scary and disruptive and it’s no wonder that many of us are frightened by the lightening fast changes in our culture, our way of life and in our world.  Many of us succumb to the “Golden Age Syndrome” as we fixate on a time or place when things were idyllic and life was perfect.  We want to go back to an era that never existed, except in our mind’s eye.

There is an old saying that says: “you can’t go home again” and its true.  Oh, yes you can literally move back to the old neighborhood but its not the old neighborhood anymore is it? The houses have been torn down or been renovated; the people no longer look just like you, and it just doesn’t feel like the neighborhood of your youth.  I just experienced this feeling touring the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of my youth.  Dore’ was no longer at home there.

The 50’s are often cited as the “golden age” of America.  The G.I.’s came home by the millions in a matter of months in late 1945 and 1946 into a society suddenly thrust from a war footing to civilian life again.  Nothing was available during the war; cars, appliances, tires, fuel, meat, all sorts of consumer goods were rationed or not available.

If you had a pulse you had a job; every factory was being retooled for civilian production and most jobs were union jobs with high wages and lush benefits.  Post War America was a different world in which the USA was the only major industrial power never to feel the horrors and destruction of war, we were safe behind our oceans, we had “The Bomb” and were the masters of the world.

For some it was a golden age, but not so much if you were not of European descent.  Prejudice was rampant in the 50’s of my youth.  There were slur names for almost every nationality, even the White ones!  A Catholic marrying a Protestant….scandal!  A Jew moved in down the block or worse yet Hispanic or what we called Negros, when being polite!  Wow, you could watch the For Sale signs bloom like dandelions on the lawns.  Some Golden Age!  More like the Age of judgement, conformity and sameness.  And I grew up in Los Angeles; imagine life in New Orleans, Dallas or Atlanta in 1950!

You see, we just can’t stand still in this thing called life.  There was a wonderful little book called “Who Moved My Cheese?” which became required reading in Corporate America.  The lesson of this book is that if you are a mouse and the cheese moves, you best move to another supply of cheese or starve.  Those who cling to the past are doomed, in the final analysis. 

Change is the natural order of things, it is the way the Great Architect renews and refreshes His/Her Creations.  Perhaps the way you always did it was not the best way.  Have a new thought, try a new way.  You just might surprise yourself and begin a whole new life full of joy, discovery and growth.

Until we are together again…..Remember, your life is the Life of God, your Love is the Love of God, your Mind is the Mind of God.

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian  

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The Perennial Philosophy

 

There is a thread of Truth that runs though all major religions and spiritual philosophies.  From the wisdom of Plato to the Mystery Schools of Egypt; the wonderful love, Light and wisdom of the Zoroastrianism of Persia to today’s Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism there is a common thread of Spiritual Law and Truth.

Once we strip away the dress codes, the rules for worship, the do’s and don’ts we can see that each religion comes to the same conclusions about life, God and humanity; couched in different language and custom to suit differing cultures and peoples.  The truth is that there is a Divine Mind, a First Cause that is the Creator.

Perhaps its a Life Force, perhaps a Great Soul or a Great Architect of the Universe but it is clear that something greater than the human mind engineered and designed this Universe and many others.  Did we engineer DNA, the pattern of a snowflake, the perfect cocktail of gasses to allow life to thrive on Earth or the miracle of photosynthesis which creates the oxygen we must have?

Did we create the miracle of conception and birth, the perfect balance of plants absorbing CO2 and breathing Oxygen while we breathe Oxygen and exhale CO2? It’s just too perfect to be random.

Consider this:  What is God was a just a nickname for Divine Mind, Universal Intelligence in which we live, move and have our being? What if we swam in this great Mind like a fish swims in the ocean?  What if we lived every hour of our lives immersed in God as our cells are in us?  Kind of blows your mind doesn’t it?

What if God is not our parent but the Mind of the Universe that creates all that is? This God would not punish or reward because only parents do that and God is not a parent.  God would govern the Universe by Law, both physical and spiritual.  What if we really did reap exactly what we sowed?  The Law of Cause and Effect just may be the Mother Law of the Universe!  God is the Cause and all that exists , including us, is the Effect.  What if we have had it backwards all the time?

What if life does not happen to us?  What if we happen to life? What if our thoughts, words and the choices that spring from them are the authors of our lives?

Could it be that we are the creators of our life experience, the “driving wheel” of our life?  What if we are the producer, director and principal actor in our own movie of life?

These questions and thoughts are the essence of the perennial philosophy called New Thought, Unity, Religious Science, Science of Mind and Unity.

What if Science and Spirituality are heading to the same place?  One through study of the Physical Laws of the Universe and the other through Spiritual Law?

You may live to see Science and Faith come together; we already practice these ideas every day in Religious Science and have for almost 300 years in one form or another.

What if Evolution was just God’s update system? Wow, consider that!

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian   YouTube.com/revdore  where you will find 120 video podcasts by Rev. Dore’

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What To Do When a Life Storm Comes

“Son, in each life a little rain must fall”.  I cannot count how many times my wonderful, very Southern mother said this to me. This happened when I came in crying from school after the other kids tormented me because of my goofy name or that I was a “spastic”.

She was telling me that this moment of anger and hurt was not the end of the world; that life has its little storms but I must keep my chin up and all will be well in the morning.  In other words “don’t sweat the small stuff….and it’s all small stuff”.

In our neighborhood of Sherman Oaks in the San Fernando Valley lived two cast members of the Mickey Mouse Club television show.  One was Annette, she was a wonderful friend to me and we spent lots of summer days in her swimming pool talking about growing up and life.  The other cast member was famous for his long mop top and perhaps because of this he was a bully of the first order as a kid.

Every time he saw me he made it his business to beat the stuffing out of me! He was one tough son of a gun. I would run home, shirt bloody, crying and shaking from anger and fear.  Mother’s solution was to tell me to stay away from him and I tried, but to no avail.

Dad had a different solution.  He told me that the bullying won’t stop until you stand up to him. Now Dad was only 5′ 3″ tall so he knew a LOT about bullies in his youth. He said that the secret bullies never want you to know is that they are cowards at heart and feared blood and pain.  Dad’s prescription was to let the Mouseketeer throw the first punch (never start a fight but always finish it) and then I should punch him in the nose as hard as I could because noses bleed profusely without causing much damage.

I got my courage up and did it!  Dad was right!  He ran home crying his eyes out and never bothered me again.  In fact, we eventually became fast friends. We were taught to take care of ourselves and settle our own disputes in those days because it was a lesson in life.  Of course kids weren’t “packing heat” in the 1950’s!

What do we do when our personal sky darkens and the rain comes?  Here is my 3 step cure for a Life Storm:

1. Know that this too shall pass!  When the stuff starts flying we feel like our lives are over; that this is the beginning of the end.  It seems like the pothole in our path is a thousand feet deep and that we are helpless.   Remember, the only constant in the Universe is change!   This too will pass because nothing is forever. You will get through this unless you succumb to panic and lose hope….then you are done!

2. Stay out of fear!  If there were a Satan or Devil it would be FEAR.  No I don’t believe in fallen angels cast out of Heaven or Lucifer or Beelzabub.  There is ONE power and presence is this Universe and that is the Divine Mind, First Cause, The Great Architect that we nickname God.  All that exists begins in the mind of this spiritual Life Force and since we are expressions of that Life Force we create our lives in our minds in the exact same way. 

Fear is the great enemy for it causes mental and spiritual paralysis.  We experience the “deer in the headlight” syndrome.  We stand transfixed with dread and terror and can do nothing to save ourselves.  There is always a solution but only a calm mind and spirit can find it.

3. Take responsibility!  Everything that happens in your life is your responsibility, which is not the same as blame or fault.  Our society is obsessed with assigning blame in every situation, which I believe is a sign of our societal immaturity.  Blame fixes nothing; it is a form of revenge taking and solves little.  We blame others in order to deflect responsibility from the real cause…. US!

Every condition or event in our lives we created in the following three ways.  First we actively created the situation with our thoughts, words and choices.  We did it and we know we did it.  Often we are rebelling from someone of something when this happens.  I call this the “I don’t give a damn!” attitude. 

Second, we promoted the stuff in our life by our attitudes, words or actions that we knew darn well would lead to exactly what we are now experiencing.  For instance, you work for a company that values punctuality in its employees.  But you are late 6 times in 2 months and then feel victimized when you are fired or laid off.  Who created this?  Yes, you did. 

Third, we allow stuff to happen to us by having weak personal boundaries. This is co-dependent behavior which is a classic symptom of weak self esteem.  Have you ever known someone who lurched from crisis to crisis all because they could not say no to anyone who needed help, money or just wanted to sponge off of them?  This is a very common form of creating just the life we don’t want.  Living as an enabler is like living life in a hospital emergency room. 

No is one of the most important words in the English language.  Healthy people can say no without guilt if it is something they do not want to do.  You are responsible for you, no one else.  Help where you can but recognize a lost cause when you see one. 

Once you take responsibility for your life you have grown up spiritually and mentally.  You are now free.  You know that you paint the picture of your life stroke by stroke with your thought, word and deed.  If you painted the picture you can change it. You are the artist.  You are free at last. What you create you can change.  

This is how you navigate the inevitable storms of Life.  This too shall pass, stay out of fear and take responsibility!  

Until we are together again, walk in the Light and Love of God in your coming and going, waking and sleeping. 

Rev. Dore’ Jacques Patlian  YouTube.com/revdore  (check out my 112 video podcasts!   Want to know more about Religious Science (Science of Mind)?  Go to CSL.org and find the nearest Center for Spiritual Living near you.