Jul 22

Open Thought Asks: What Are the Root Causes of Violence?

Violence strikes around planet earth in innumerable forms:  wars, murder, theft, greed, bombs, discrimination, hate crimes, spousal abuse, gender abuse . . . maybe you would like to add a few of your own.  The list is limitless and the consequences are catastrophic!  Why does man destroy himself, other human beings, cities, countries and the world?  What motivates him?  Why is he consistently seeking . . . taking . . . harming and committing mayhem?  Why is he so inclined to commit violence?  These are a few of the questions this article seeks to answer, but before delving into the process of answering, there is another question that is essential to this discussion:   What is violence?  

 

 

 

VIOLENCE DEFINED 

In 1996, The World Health Organization defined violence as “The intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual against oneself, another person, or a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychologist harm, maldevelopment or deprivation.”  Mankind sometimes sees physical harm as the most destructive, but mental aggression can be just as destructive as physical force, because it gives one or some thing the capability, willingness and ability to act, thereby working mentally or physically on the individual’s mind.  Mental destruction reduces the ability to use logic, reasoning and perception, thus taking away basic elements that are the driving force behind progress, courage, strength and hope.  Faith and hope give a person a reason to keep striving for something better.  Without it, he feels helpless, defeated and motionless.

WHERE DOES VIOLENCE ORIGINATE? 

Psychologists maintain that violence stems from hurtfulness, stress, disappointment, and frustration.  Secondly, that the person exhibiting these emotions feels he has no way of releasing them.  Something inside of him is unresolved and unexpressed, he feels totally helpless, so . . . it moves him to commit violent acts.  Violence is anger, rage unreleased!  Craving some sought of release, the person beats his wife, strikes a child, burns a building, performs a hate crime or engages in warfare to express what he feels inwardly.  Subtle violent acts occur in less noticeable signs.  For example, the individual may spend billions to influence others to perpetrate crimes against those he wishes to do so personally, or he may finance laws that discriminate, motivate and initiate violent acts against individuals and countries.

The Wave Report  says that two factors contribute to violence:  the Propensity to Be Violent” and the Trigger to a Violent Act.”  The first one lies within the individual and the second one resides externally–is environmental.   It advocates that a key factor in triggering violence is lack of sympathy for an individual when he has the propensity for violence.   More specifically, if a person exhibits symptoms of uncontrollable anger, offering sympathy to his argument for the cause of the anger, may calm his desire to use physical force.  Thus, the sympathy or the understanding of what he is going through, serves as the environmental force that prevents the trigger for a violent act.  Another example could be, if an individual who has the inclination to respond to conflict with violence decides to rob a bank, and all persons within the bank offer no resistance, he may collect the funds and leave without physical force.  However, if one of the individuals in the bank says or does something that displays a sense of force or power, he may be beaten or killed by the intruder.

According to psychologists, the propensity to be violent starts at a very young age–2 years.  Thus, researchers look at factors believed to be contributors to violence during female pregnancy, and are identifying ways to eliminate them.  For example, smoking during pregnancy is listed as a “feeding ground” for future criminal behavior.  There is also the argument that human beings are inherently violent–violence is a normal behavior–they are destined to violence.  If this is true, seeking ways to prevent violence is a “wasted effort.”

 A typical response to this line of reasoning is that the human mind has infinite trigger factors, and it is difficult to determine which one is “calling the shots” at any given time.  There are, however, many steps that psychologists and community activists agree may stem the tide of violence.  A few of them are listed below:

TWELVE COMMON STEPS TO PREVENT VIOLENCE 

1.  Stop Glorifying Violence in Any Form.

2.  Share and Express Your Deepest Emotions through Tears, Not Rage

3.  Solve Problems through Reason, Responsibility and Revelation.

4.  Ban Handguns.

5.  Remove Habitual Offenders from Society.

6.   Ban Corporal Punishment.

7.  Invest Money and Programs in At Risk Communities.

8.  Remove Ingrain Social Norms that Lead to Domestic Abuse.

9.  Develop Self-Esteem and Self-Worth

10.  Help People Feel Safe and Secure.

11.  Deal with Abuse, Poverty, Neglect and Abandonment Through Programs, Not Prisons.

12.  Health and Nutrition.

While the writer has great respect and appreciation for the research and work that has been and is being done to alleviate violence, these efforts are mere “human band-aids” that only cover an ever re-occurring wound.  There has to be a profound prescription that gets at the heart of all errors of human thinking and acting.  That remedy is love–divine Love.

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Divine Love is Never Violent

I hear you!  Your voice is loud and clear!  “We have sent ministers into prisons for years, and the people there come out more violent than when they went in.  Parents teach Christianity to children and they grow up to be hardened criminals, that’s not going to help!  You are one of those religious fanatics that believe preaching solves everything!”  I could go on and on, but I ask you . . . hear me out.

First of all, there is a marked difference religion and spirituality.  One is a set of rules and doctrines that a particular person or group adheres to, and practices in various degrees with countless interpretations (some good and some not good), while the other is the substance of Spirit that enters consciousness and takes away every thought, idea, concept and practice that does not reflect and express the essence of  “love one another as I have loved you.”   You say, “That’s a bunch of words with no meaning!”  Fair enough, let’s begin giving meaning to them.

Learning and Understanding God and  . . . Practicing Everything You Learn and Understand

Simple enough.  Let’s get started!

  1. Get a large notebook and pen and write down how you define God.  Who is God to you?  Where is He?  How do you communicate with Him?  What are you saying to Him?  What do you hear Him responding back to you?  Is God Mind, Soul, Spirit, Love, Truth, Life or Principle–Divine Law?  How do you define each one of these?  If God is not those, why or why not?  Is God less powerful than evil?  Why or why not?  Have you proved his power in your life?  Do so, and see what it feels like.  Empty every single thought you can generate answering the questions and statements in #1.
  2. Get a copy of the King James Version of the Bible, preferably not the New King James Version, a Bible Concordance and read as many citations as you can find using the words: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love.  Take one verse (a different one) each day and write it on a piece of paper and practice it throughout the day, no matter the circumstance.  When you have nice things happen to you, read or remember this verse.  When you have evil things happen to you, read or remember this verse.  When sickness hits you, remember this verse.  When hate tries to enter your thought, remember this verse.  If you get into an accident, read or remember this verse.  Do this for six months.  
  3. Who are you?  How do you define yourself?  Besides your name, birthday, birthplace, education, job, education, family or family background, who are you?  What are some of the things you like about yourself?  What are some of the things you do not like about yourself?  How do you feel about your parents?  Do the thoughts about them make you sad? Happy? Angry? Resentful?  Do you have siblings?  How do you feel about them?  Which one makes you happy?  Which one makes you sad?  Have you spoken to your siblings recently?  Why or why not?  Do you feel good staying away from them? If you could change the way you feel about them what would that be?  Are you married?  How do you feel about your spouse?  Are you happy with the way you are being treated or treating him/her?  What would you change?  Are you afraid to change?  Why or why not?  Using the same Bible and Bible Concordance, look up every verse/citation about man, person, child, child of God, image, likeness, perfection, righteousness, good, goodness, pure, purity, disease, death, destruction, sin.  Carry one verse with you everyday for six months and use it in the same manner as you used the verses in #2.
  4. After one year, write down everything you know about God and man.  Compare it with how you felt a year ago.

Christianity is Not a Religion

What am I doing? What am I saying?  I am saying that many people have a very limited concept of God and the man He created, so their practice of religion yields little or no harmonious results.  Consequently, they say religion does not work.  I agree . . . religion does not work, but developing a close relationship with God does.  This relationship requires daily work and due diligence . .  like you do your job.  You get out of it what you put in it.  If mankind served God as diligently as he serves evil or material things, he would have a divine connection with God that would heal many things in his life that cause human suffering.

When a doctor gives you a prescription, do you follow it diligently?  Some people have taken pills for years . . .  they are part of their lives.  What about serving God?  Do you read, study, meditate or spend as much time with God as you do with medicine?  Which do you feel is more powerful, God or pills?  You say, “God created doctors to help us.”  Are you sure?  If that is the case, why didn’t Jesus use doctors to heal?  No, Jesus is not God . . . he is the son of God as he said . . . and he told us we can do the works that he did.   Many people do not believe him.  How about you?  I believe the words that Jesus spoke, consequently, I strive to heal myself of all forms of dis-ease–including sickness, anger, hate, bitterness, financial lack, fear and a multitude of others.  Violent thoughts are quickly replaced with thoughts of kindness, compassion and forgiveness.  It’s a thought-by-thought process–a daily effort to keep consciousness free of sin, sickness and death.  A woman called Mary Baker Eddy says it best:

 

The Christianly scientific man reflects the divine law, thus becoming a law unto himself.  He does violence to no man.  Neither is he a false accuser.  The Christian Scientist wisely shapes his course, and is honest and consistent in following the leadings of divine Mind” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 458).

 

What does all of this have to do with curbing violence?   If the hardened criminal, a child with a propensity for evil or any inharmonious thought or activity were met with the force and power of God as requested above, we would eliminate violence.  The problem with many of our ministers and religions today, is that man does not practice what he preaches or reads, thus his understanding of God stays at a human level.  Healing occurs with a change of thought–replacing evil thoughts with divine ones, coupled with allowing those improved thoughts to direct one’s words and actions.  The more one demonstrates what he learns, the more he learns.  Thoughts unexpressed in actions, have not the power to point the way to spiritual growth and development..

 

 

Changing thinking is a very difficult thing to do.  The first step is convincing oneself that a thought needs to change–uncovering the hidden evil, bringing it to the surface of thought and then having the courage and patience to rid oneself of it.  The best way to remove an evil thought is to replace it with a good or perfect one.  For example, the thought “I believe all fat people are lazy and greedy,” must be replaced with “God made all people in His “image and likeness,” and they are neither fat or skinny.  They are  perfect children of God.”   To make this work, you must have an understanding of what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.  That comes with constant study, practice and spiritual development.  Each person has lots of human baggage that he must expunge from thought.  We are all victims of our experiences–good, bad and apathetic.  An evil action follows and evil thought. This thought may be conscious or unconscious . . . but it must be removed.

 

 

The second most important thing a person must do is to guard against environment–stop allowing unhealthy thoughts to enter your consciousness.  This comes from doing protective, metaphysical work for yourself on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.  I do not want to experience sickness, so I keep sick thoughts from entering my consciousness.  How do I do that?  I block TV ads discussing various diseases or  medicines with their numerous side effects from entering my consciousness by either changing the channel or muting the sound; prevent the discovery of a new disease from touching my thinking by refusing to listen to it; mentally reverse illnesses that friends and relatives discuss with me; remove fear of any disease from my thought by studying citations that eradicate fear.  These are just a few of the ways one can change human thinking to higher levels of thought.  I believe in the verse that says, “As a man thinketh, so is he.”  All power belongs to God, and God being Truth, has the power to destroy all error or evil.  Mankind simply must learn how to use it.

 

 

The third thing that the human spirit must embrace, is to “practice more and speak less.”   The great Exemplar, Jesus proved what he taught.  That is the key ingredient missing with today’s ministers, parents, teachers and societal role models.  We condemn violence, yet we hide behind the Second Amendment and do nothing about the abundance of guns in our communities;  we make movies that glorify violence or parade it in front of the most impressionable minds; we keep moral values from being taught in many of our schools and finally, we believe man’s laws supersede the laws of God by our actions.  If we are a nation “under God,” why do we keep Him out of our lives in word and . . . in deed?

 

Violence is a human trait, but man is a divine entity.  As long as we believe otherwise, we will experience the limited thinking and actions of mankind.  God made man and the man he created is not violent.  God is Love and the man He created expresses that love. I repeat the essence of the message expressed by Mrs. Eddy above:  The man of God’s choosing does violence to no one.

 

 

 

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May 23

Open Thought: What Makes Understanding Death Beyond the Scope of Human Logic?

Ten years ago, such a question would not have occurred to me, the main reason being . . .  I feared death greatly!  All mortal thinking fears death, doesn’t want to get a handle on what it means, and does everything possible to keep it out of thought.  Death seems to come upon us at unsuspecting times, reeking havoc, and claiming crime, disease, accidents and God as the reason for its existence.  It makes us feel we have no control over when it will come, how it will come and how severe it will be before it achieves its goal.  Not only do we fear it, we give it power and an element of false “godliness.”   Phrases like “When God decides it’s time for me to go, there is nothing that can keep it from happening.”  What if someone told you that God has nothing to do with death, would you believe them? 

 

 

Why am I writing an article about death?  Who wants to know about it?  Most of us spend time ridding our thoughts of death because thinking about it is depressing, or it gives us a “creepy” feeling.  We run away from it!  The only people who constantly hold death over our heads, are doctors and criminals.  Criminals say they will kill us if we don’t surrender something they want from us, and doctors tell us we will die from a multitude of diseases if we don’t do this, this and this.  The TV channels flood the world with diseases or potential diseases.   No wonder people are so fearful of getting sick!  Have you ever heard of that message that says, “As a man thinketh, so is he?”  Translation:  “What you entertain in thought, shows up on your body.”

The flip side of that argument is, that even if we do “this and that,” the physical body is going to pass away . . . die.  That’s a human reality.  Theologians join in the discussion and say, “Well, you are going to die, but the good news about that is if you are saved, the soul that you have inside of you, will leave the body at death, and take you to heaven and . . .  what a glorious homecoming you will have!”  That makes many of us feel better about dying, so we join the church, claim Jesus as our Saviour, and look forward to the homecoming in the sky.  I am not being cynical, merely speaking the viewpoints of the world.   But . . . there are some of us who believe none of the above, and dear readers, that is what this article is about!

 

 

Here are the points this article will cover:  What is death?  Is death real? and Does man really die?  

In John 8:51, Jesus said, “If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”   That is a profound statement, but what does he mean by it?  Jesus had seen many people die, in fact, he raised some of them from the dead, so why would he make such an affirmation?  The reason is that Jesus defined man as a divine consciousness filled with spiritual ideas, and not a physical being.   Read it again, let it sink in . . . discover what it is saying.  The real man is not “flesh and blood” as he implied or stated firmly, but a spiritual being.  This concept is the basis of his healing power.  When he raised Lazarus from the dead, he did not hold in thought a dead person, but a spiritual being, made in the “image and likeness” of God, who has eternal life.  You see, life to him, was not a physical body walking around with breath in it . . . but a consciousness filled with the Christ that “takes away the sins of the world.”    What does that mean?  Christ is anything that expresses God, and that which reflects or expresses God is good, perfect and eternal, because God is good, perfect and eternal   One cannot be like God and escape eternal life, for God is Life!  Take a moment and let all of this sink in.  Am I crazy?  No!  I am expressing how the Christ has touched my life and enabled me to communicate the divine messages that have been implanted in thought.  I am recounting the Scripture located in Genesis 1:27 which reads, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him;”  I am also reiterating ” If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.”    So what happens when a person dies?  That’s the next  point of discussion.

 

 

Is death real?

Most of us who have lost a loved one, would say, “Yea, death is real!”  I lost my dad in 2000, my daughter in 2005 and my husband in 2011, and to human sense . . , it was real, but to spiritual sense, it was unreal.   How did I arrive at such a conclusion?  Working through grief, guilt, anger, blame and deep-seated pain and suffering.  Step-by-step,  I learned the lessons I am sharing with you.  The first thing I had to do, was stop focusing on death and gain an understanding of life.    Two years of suffering, particularly after my daughter’s death, a beacon of light began to emerge in consciousness:  “Life is the divine activity of thought.”   I heard it mentally, but I did not grasp what it meant.  Through many years of seeking, I have come to understand what it means.

The consciousness is what God created as man, and because God is Spirit, everything he placed in that consciousness is spiritual.  So man then, becomes a collection of spiritual ideas.  He contains nothing within himself, but spiritual ideas.  Spiritual ideas are never born, and they never die . . . because God created them and everything He created is not only good, but eternal.  That is why death is not real.  It is only real if you have a false sense of who man is.  That false sense is mortality–mortal man.  When human thinking gives up false sense and replaces it with the true sense of man, man becomes immortal.  Living that sense of immortality, is what true life is, and true life never dies.  To illuminate this realm of thought, is a statement from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy:  “The senses represent birth as untimely and death as irresistible, as if man were a weed growing apace or a flower withered by the sun . . . but this is true only of a mortal, not of a man in God’s image and likeness.  The truth of being is perennial, and the error is unreal and obsolete”  (p, 265).

Most of us, because of the impact of worldly thinking, will catch only glimpses of true life.  We vacillate mentally between the spiritual nature of man and the material sense of man–the flesh and blood man.  Therefore, the divine activity of thought is not constant.  Jesus maintained this divine consciousness better than any man who walked the face of the earth, and this accounted for his human ability to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: (Matt. 10:8)”  This also accounts for why most of us cannot “do the works that he did,” even though he knew we could eventually get there.  And if we “believe on his word,” we can get there.  It may not be in this world, but in the world to come.  That brings us to my final point . . . .

Does man really die?   

The answer to this question depends on how one defines “man.”  If man is seen as a physical being–made of flesh, blood and bones, man dies.  But if man is defined as a spiritual idea, made in the image and likeness of God, he does not die.   It is very difficult to imagine what a spiritual man looks,acts and feels like, if one’s vision never reaches above sensualism.  To “behold the perfect man,” you must reach the heights of Soul.  Soul is another name for God, thus even while here on earth, thought must soar above what is seen by the human eye, heard with the physical ear and felt with the human hand.  You hear the voice of God by the still, small voice of truth entering your consciousness.  God’s touch is measured by a heart filled with love–unconditional love, and true vision sees goodness, mercy, patience, love and good deeds everywhere, all of the time.  Jesus never said it was easy, only possible.

The question then becomes, What happens when one dies?  The physical body passes away, but the consciousness of man moves on.  To the extent that that consciousness understood and demonstrated divine law while dwelling on earth, is the same state of consciousness will man find himself after death.  If he lied, cheated, murdered, hated and demonstrated a myriad of evils before death, his consciousness will still be in that same state after death.  Mary Baker Eddy says,:

The dream of death must be mastered by Mind here or hereafter.  Thought will waken from its own material declaration, “I am dead,”  to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, “There is no death, no inaction, diseased action, over action, nor reaction.  Life is real, and death is the illusion” (Ibid, p, 427).  What is she saying?  She is stating emphatically that after the human body passes away, the consciousness of man will awake to the fact that he did not die . . . that what he believed about death while living on earth, was really an illusion–a misunderstanding of the true nature of man.

Illusions are things that seem real, but can be proven unreal.  Because mankind lives in a state of illusion, death is real because in this illusive state of mind, life is physicality.  And until he works through this illusion, he will continually reap the destructive results that a belief of life in the body, brings.  What makes understanding death beyond the scope of human logic?  As long as man lives according to mortal thinking and believes that the five senses constitute reality, he will never understand the illusive nature of death!  That which is human, never reaches the divine and that which is divine, never becomes human.  To reach the understanding that death is an unreality, you must gain a greater knowledge of God as Life, Truth and Love, and this understanding will propel you into heights unknown–far above anything mortal mind can fathom.

Apr 04

Open Thought Asks: Where Does Racism Begin?

Racism:  A term that has plagued world cultures for centuries–sometimes overt and sometimes subtle.   

America has dealt with it since the 1600s–millions have lost their lives, suffered mental and physical abuse and lived with the gross inequalities of a nation.  In fact today, racism is alive and well in America and other countries throughout the world.  There are those who have convinced themselves that it is “in the past, let’s get over it.”  That would be the most humane way to look at it if that were true, but it isn’t.  If you have not lived it, you are not conscious of it, do not recognize the subtleties of it, and cannot fully feel the impact of what it does to one’s being.  It is woven in the tiniest threads of American culture, reeking hate, inferiority, superiority, discrimination and separatism .  How does it begin?  How is it perpetuated? How do we eliminate it?  Mankind has battled with these questions in some form or another for thousands and thousands of years. Racism has no specific color, race or ethnicity, it wiggles itself into thought, wraps around consciousness, and creates new ways of expressing itself.

Why have I decided to write such an article, and do I expect it to solve the problems of racism?  No, I do not expect this article to solve the problems of racism!   I am writing it to delve into my own consciousness, uncover what I need to examine, ask the hard and shameful questions and seek honest answers, and in so doing . . .  hopefully, inspire you to do the same.

What is racism?

Let’s look at some common definitions, and you can choose one or make-up one of your own.  The key to this discussion is how you view it, and how you respond to your personal definition –only then will a meaningful personal dialogue with yourself, begin.

One definition defines racism as “the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races;  prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.”
Look inside of yourself, right now, and decide how this definition fits with what you believe.  Integrity and total honesty are the key.  What do you see?  What are you refusing to look at?  What excuses for your thoughts are you making?  How do you feel about what you see inside of yourself? Are you ready to change or maintain the status quo?
“Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another — or the belief that another person is less than human — because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations, and legal codes (http://archive.adl.org/hate-patrol/racism.html#.VSAvm_nF-ao)
Is there a tinge amount of hate in you toward others? Large amount? How are you justifying it?  Are you using the Bible as a prop, lying to yourself because that’s what you understand or, your parents taught you, or saying to yourself, “Everyone I know believes it so why not me?  I don’t want them to think I believe anything different?”  Does thinking you are better than someone else give you an air of superiority–make you feel better inside?  Guilty? Or you don’t know?  If you don’t know, have you thought of trying to find out?
That person has blue eyes, blond hair and is a Republican, so  . . . he must be a racist.
Racism occurs in many forms and is just as devastating in one form as in another.  There are words that members of society throw around that influence others to think and act as a racist.  To believe that every white person is a racist, is just as devastating as accepting that every black person is inferior.  Neither is true, even in the human experience.  However, because systemic racism has corrupted the minds and souls of mankind for so long, a distrust of the races has resulted.  It’s sometimes difficult for a black person to believe that deep within, some white people are simply not racists, and it is difficult for some white people to believe deep within, that he is not just a “tinge bit” better that a Latino, Asian, Middle Easterner or African-American.
Then . . .  there are those whites who use words like “liberal” when they really mean “nigger” or lazy, inferior black people or those who support laws of equality for inferior black people, and most insidious, is when they act and use it in a manner to influence others to believe as they do.  Conversely, there are African-Americans who use the word “conservative,” when they actually mean “cracker, racist, or anyone who wants to keep the black man down or kick him out of America altogether.   Equally as insidious, is when they use it to influence or inflame others to act and feel as they do.  People . . . this has to stop!  And it will not stop with words, but thoughts . . . deep thoughts that dig deep into the psyche, and bring all of the impurities of thought to the surface and find ways to remove them from consciousness.  Experience shows that laws, as important as they are, will not heal this hatred, superiority and inferiority.  Laws give us legal means to refute and punish racism, and I am firmly in agreement with having them enacted, defended in our court systems and punishment handed out to those who break them, but laws do not heal the
heart.  What does? 
Where Does Racism Begin? 
It begins in thought, spreads into words and explodes into discriminatory actions!  The pregnant mother carrying hatred, anger, bitterness and discrimination in thought, influences the baby; the parents thinking, talking and acting these emotions in the home and community, perpetuate it , enlarge it and promote it.  It is not one race that gives continuous life to it, it is all races–each re-living the prejudices, hurts and pain thought has allowed them to accept. How do we begin to destroy it?   The man who lived over 2000 years ago, had and still has the answer.  That answer is unconditional love and that man is Jesus.  Establishing love in one’s soul, begins with having a clear definition of who God is.  Once you begin to understand who God is, you will begin to understand who the true man is.
God is Love, not hate.  God is Spirit, not flesh and blood.  God is Soul, not what the distorted physical senses are telling us.  God is Principle–divine Law, not the human laws that you place on the books.  God is Life, divine activity of thought–thoughts that fill your consciousness and propel your actions.  God is Truth, the Word of God, not error of any kind, even to the tiniest thought that creeps into your consciousness.  God is Mind, divine intelligence–intelligence based on the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, not human knowledge.
Figuring out who God is . . . is a daily search, a daily analyzation of thought, casting out the ones you know are not Godlike, and replacing them with the ones that you know are.  It means removing lifelong beliefs and habits, and relying on spiritual facts and actions.  Is it easy?  No!  Can you do it?  Yes!  It’s a step-by-step process, gaining a little each day.  Stop listening and asking ministers to guide you to truth and rely on God.  God is never influenced by politics, money, power and prestige, for He is the only Presence, Power and Knowledge.  Now, let’s look at who you are.
I believe in the teachings of Moses, who says “man is made in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:27).  Now that you have a better understanding of God, you can begin to define your true identity.  Image is an idea, not flesh and blood, because God is Principle and Principle is divine Law. Racism cannot be a part of you because it is not part of God, and you reflect all that He is.  History books do not shape your destiny, the Holy Scriptures do.   You can understand the true meaning of those Scriptures because you express the intelligence of God.   God is the sole Creator and everybody is made in His image, so . . . you are not superior or inferior to anyone.  We are all equal in the sight of God–which is the only true vision.  Soul gives you this vision.  It enables you to reach beyond what your eyes see and your ears hear, and receive the messages of Truth.  Truth comes into your consciousness through the presence of the Christ.  Christ is that little, still voice that speaks to you and says, “That’s not right, and you know it.”  You can listen to it or ignore it, the choice is yours.  Should you choose to listen, you will not see a nigger or a cracker, but a child of God.
How do I know this?  I live it everyday.  Some days my thought is so united with God, all I see is goodness.  This goodness is transformed into deeds as I go about my day.  Other days, I feel a distance between God and me, so my thoughts do not always allow me to make spiritual decisions in human situations.  Each night, I study God’s word and get closer.  Just as you work at becoming proficient in your job, whatever that might be, you must work at expressing your true identity–a child of the Most High God.  It does not matter what name you call Him, understanding Him is the key.  Let us begin today by looking within ourselves.  It is not your or my job to correct others, only ourselves.  No one can work out your salvation, but you!  That salvation means clearing away the labels of society, the prejudices that haunt us and the anger and bitterness that inflame us.  The journey is long, but the pathway is clear  . . . let’s get in it  . . . and walk together!
 

Apr 01

Open Thought: Linda Naomi Katz Shares Her Book “Surviving Mental ILLNESS”

SURVIVING MENTAL ILLNESS

Listen!  Digest!  After hearing Linda, your view on mental illness will be changed forever!

SURVIVING MENTAL ILLNESS BY LINDA KATZ

HER STORY . . . IS IT YOURS?

The world is constantly holding mental illness in front of us in a variety of forms: bipola disorders, depression, paranoia, schizophrenia and many more . . . .  What do you do?  Where do you go?  How do you survive?  These are questions that many people ask, but have not found answers.  Linda Naomi Katz was one of those people who asked the questions, but she found answers, and shares them with others in her book Surviving Mental Illness.  This book strikes at the heart of the fears, doubts and stigmas that this dreadful disease has forced on mankind.  Linda says this book:

. . . offers help, hope, and inspiration to others struggling with psychological disorders. It provides information about mental illness in general-and mood disorders in particular-valuable tips about treatment and medication, and resources and organizations dedicated to helping those suffering from these disorders.”

You can hear Linda first-hand at 5pm on April 5, 2015 @http://eamtradio.com on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith. 

She is a best-selling author, has appeared on numerous radio talk shows and has a blog that reaches into the heart of mental health assistance, not on in the physical world, but metaphysical as well.

If you are dealing with a loved one suffering from mental illness or need help yourself, don’t miss the wealth of information Linda will share, and hear her powerful and inspirational story!

Mar 19

Open Thought to: An AMAZING Story of Faith, Love and Courage!

THE UNFOLDING

THE UNFOLDING OF A ROSE BYMAMIE SMITH ED.D.
An Amazing Story of Faith, Love and Courage
Don’t forget to scroll down and view the authors who share this page with me.

Is it possible to hear a clear definition of life that comes strictly from the mouth of God? Does God really speak to mankind in a voice that he can understand? Mamie Smith says emphatically, “Yes! That is what sets my book apart from others written on the loss of a loved one.

 God gave me and only me this definition of life . . . and with this revelation I was healed of pain and suffering! How do I know? God touches each one of us right where we are and because each person is different, each touch is different.”
Never before has there been a book that defines life as “the divine activity of thought.” What does it mean, and how and when applied, does it bring healing? The Unfolding of a Rose gives example after example of what it means to identify active, responsive spiritual thinking as life . . . what happens when you do it and how “change of thought” can bring change in body, soul and human conditions.Smith not only tells you what life is, she takes you mental hand and walks you through each agonizing moment, each transformation of thought and each revelation of truth.

This is a book of exploration, conviction and determination! Even those who have never experienced the loss of a loved one will find it embracing, comforting and engaging!

Order this wonderful book in the next 24 hours during the official launch and you’ll get valuable free gifts with it!
Read the personal accounts of the inspiration and help received by those who have read this wonderful and life-changing book.
Thank you for being authentic in this book, for sharing when the fear, doubts and other mortal thoughts showed up and sharing how you dealt with them. Thank you for sharing this journey. Yes, you did have to write this book… for me and countless others who are feeling our way through. You are encouraging us to pray, study, stay near to God and not rely on those feelings that jerk us around. Rhonda Youngblood

I just wanted to thank you for being such an inspiration, and openly sharing your experiences. Your grace, warmth, positive attitude and strength encouraged me to fight another day. A Visitor in Your Store

Please buy this book and read this book and give it to a friend. It is amazing. Mamie is an inspirational human being and mother. She inspired me. My daughter has breast cancer. Margie

Smith’s grief assumes form in a moving tribute in poetry and a thoughtful meditation in prose. Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC, 6411 Burleson Rd., Austin, TX 78744

What I really admired was the strength Mamie got from her inner faith through this tragedy. It’s hard to forgive the negligence she believed caused Meta’s death, but she finds a way to work through the anger and grief. This book gives examples of how to handle this and any other kind of tragedy. Mamie shares her story to help others get through it. That’s what makes the book useful and delightful. You can refer back to it anytime you need to. Shirley Slaughter
MAMIE SMITH ED.D.

Gift 1. Five Steps to Overcoming Stress in Your Life
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Gift 2. Guide: Book Publishing for the First Time Author
The nuts and bolts of book publishing and marketing—what every new author should have.

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Brenda Adelman

In this powerful e-course you will:
• Learn how to forgive
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How and Why to Forgive Your Father’s Betrayal to Experience More Love and Success in Your
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In this 60-minute downloadable MP3 you will learn:
1. Why forgiveness is really for you, not your father.
2. How being unforgiving hurts you more than the other person.
3. How to deal with your feelings in a healthy way.
4. Practical ways to apply these techniques in your daily life.
$39 Value

Lisa Payne

OK. If you’ve been following along with this series or know anything about me, you know I’m all about celebrating success. And you deserve it!!! Look at how far you’ve come!You started out wondering how you were ever going to find enough time in your day to manage your to-do list and get a bit of time for yourself. Now that you have the tools, you can proudly join the 5AM Club and that, my friend, is worth a whole lot of celebrating!

Over the past few weeks, you’ve been getting tips to successfully make-over your morning so you can reap the benefits of more time, less stress, better habits, higher productivity, and improved energy.

Tom Von Deck

$49 Value
The Deeper Meditation Audio Course will take your practice to a whole new level by making meditation much much easier. You’ll learn a complete system for building your most compatible practice that fits your unique personality and background. This course is also filled with tips for going more deeply and more easily into meditation than you ever have before. Beginners will learn how to meditate from scratch and how to make it easier. The course is 6.5 hours long and contains more than 60 exercises and techniques.

Fiction Ebooks by Heidi Angell

Heidi Gives a CHOICE of ONE of These Books — Read the Description and Tell Her Your CHOICE . .  . .
Short descriptionAn Urban Fantasy horror novel for those who believe that vampires should be killed, not kissed!

Hampton Summit:
Short Description
Time travel messes with your mind, and your love life. That’s what you will discover in the Castleton series, an eight-book romantic adventure saga for smart and curious readers. The Hampton Summit is the first book in this wonderful Sci-fi series. Time travel messes with your mind, and your love life. That’s what you will discover in the Castleton series, an eight-book romantic adventure saga for smart and curious readers. The Hampton Summit is the first book in this wonderful Sci-fi series.
Time travel messes with your mind, and your love life. That’s what you will discover in the Castleton series, an eight-book romantic adventure saga for smart and curious readers. The Hampton Summit is the first book in this wonderful Sci-fi series.
Elements of a Broken Mind
Short Description

Join Detective Grant Anderson and Clear Angel in this psychic thriller as they track down a serial killer hunting the young women of their town.

The Lost Crew:  Book 2 of the Castleton Series
Short Description
The Lost Crew is book two of the Castleton Series, and once again demonstrates how time travel messes with your mind and your heart.  The Lost Crew is book two of the Castleton Series, and once again demonstrates how time travel messes with your mind and your heart.

Ebook by Dr. Linda deCoff

Every person needs to read BRIDGE OF THE GODS, A Handbook for Ascending Humanity ~ The Golden Pathway to your Highest God Self!“, because it is exactly that, A Handbook. Once read in its entirety one finds just re-reading a chapter can raise one’s vibration for the entire day.
ON BRIDGE OF THE GODS ~ “I WAS CAPTIVATED FROM PAGE ONE!” ~ 5 STARS ~ by Barry Finlay, Award Winning Author/”Kilimanjaro and Beyond ~ A Life Changing Journey!”

Jerry Zehr

Author of:  Six Steps to Creating the Life You Desire
Bringing the fullness of life through self-discovery.
See Jerry’s NEW book: Blurring the Lines
What are you willing to sell your soul for?  Intersect in this intriguing novel based on a true story by Jerry Zehr.   Blurring the Lines tells the story of Thomas, a driven young actor struggling to break into the entertainment industry in LA. Thomas’ conservative Amish heritage and his overwhelming desire to succeed continuously collide. His success, his survival and his soul, are at stake as he struggles to determine his life’s purpose.  Blurring Lines is NOT part of the gift!

Mamie L. Smith in her book The Unfolding of a Rose opened my eyes to the weakness in my faith and to the strength, courage and grace shown by the author. The author lost her beautiful Rose while she was in full bloom, but Meta’s grace and courage lingers like perfumed air. Shirley Anderson

Meta’s mother experimented with various religions, looking for an alternative to her husband’s Catholic faith. A chance knock at her door by a Christian Scientist puts the wheels in motion that would make her a devoted follower of Mary Baker Eddy and her philosophies. The more she studied Christian Science the more she saw that its doctrines surpassed conventional medical assumptions. When Meta’s cancer was discovered, her strong faith carried both of them through many dark days. Thinking back on her daughter’s life Mamie writes,” I see her as planted by divine Mind, nurtured by Spirit and yielding the fruits of Love. She is not a rose that comes into being, lets its beauty and fragrance shine for only a moment and then passes away, but an ever unfolding rose whose petals dance among us, never to disappear from our lives.” Lee Ferguson
I especially enjoyed the ending of the book, as it sends us all a strong message about remembering who we truly are (spiritual beings instead of a physical body). I highly recommend this book to those who have Cancer, have a loved one who is going through Cancer or who has lost a loved one to Cancer. I also recommend this book to those who are going through difficult times in life in general, as it reminds us to look at everything from a spiritual perspective, and it could help us to find the strength, courage, and peace within to overcome our challenges. Highly recommended!   T. Macurio

OF A ROSE by DR. MAMIE SMITH – RADIO TALK SHOW HOST

 

 

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