Nov 12

Open Thought: How Do We Move Forward America?

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalms 121: 1).

truthTo look upward would be very refreshing since our new “President-Elect” has had us “looking down” for so long. How can we turn the page? Where do we start? How can we get to a better place in our hearts, in our minds and in our souls?  There are those who are saying, “Let’s come together and unite as a country!”  Well, that has not been done for almost eight years!  We have seen absolute non-cooperation from the Republican Party during the Obama Administration!  We were looking up . . . they always looked down!  We tried to build a country … they built a coalition for saying “No!”  We tried to bring the country together to support common goals and a pathway to growth and development.  They separated themselves with an undercurrent of innuendos and a pathway to the atmosphere that supported the elective agenda of the wave that produced the election results we have today. There are numerous articles on this site admonishing, begging, pleading with them to “come together.”  They never did!  Going forward, my prayer is that the Democrats will not “Do to the (Republicans) as they did unto them,”but use the Golden Rule which says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

 

 

“Sh-h-h-h, I hear some of you saying, let’s get beyond that!”  Here’s a news flash . . . unless we face what has happened, find ways to forgive . . . we cannot and will not move on.  We can pretend, lie to ourselves or try to bury the pain, insults, humiliation and low or non-existent morals, but that will not get us there. How do I know . . . we have been trying to do it for over 200 years in this country, and it is still there.  This election, more than anything else, showed us the hate, anger, bitterness, racism, superiority, inferiority and inequality that lie beneath the surface of thought.  I’m for healing . . . not pretending.  I was astonished that so many white Americans handed leadership of our country to Donald Trump–a man who made so many of us feel “less than,” strangers in our own country and witness the appalling degradation hurled at Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama!  And on yesterday, when asked by a reporter if he regretted how he had won the election, answered “No!  I won!”  Hm-m-m-m … what does that tell us?

 

Where is America’s sense of morality?  Have we replaced God with fear, money and power?  Where is our common decency?  Our humane treatment of each other?  One has only to look at Facebook, Twitter and several other sites to see the vitriolic language spewing out of the hearts of some of our citizens.  We seem to be a country lacking empathy for one another . . . a country who says “It’s all about me!  I will say or do anything to get where I want to get.”   In fact, I heard a gentleman say that a few days ago.  It went something like this: “Trump is a kind, gentle man.  I’ve known him for many years.   He said what he needed to say to get the presidency.  Now, you will see a different man.”  I’m sorry sir, a “different man” does not wallow in the sewer to get where he needs to get.  I will not excuse that behavior.  Saying “I’m 020sorry” is the easiest thing to do . . . but it means nothing if actions don’t follow.  We have seen no actions!

 

I love this country!  That is why I am writing this article.  Every ethnic group has contributed to its growth, development and maintenance.  European ethnicity, as important as it is, did not build this country and it will not make it great!  Greatness is not measured by material things, it’s measured by “doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, loving a neighbor as yourself (spiritual) self” and looking to the core of your being and casting out the hatred and greed stored there.

 

My pen has been silent for many months as I watched the unfoldment of this election, and my heart bled for kindness, respect, courtesy, dignity and sound human relationships.  In order to keep myself above it, I had to pray daily, rise to higher ground and love the person God created and not the person I saw.  I heard over and over, “I like Trump because he tells it like it is.”  He didn’t tell it like it is, he told it like it isn’t.  The core values that this country was founded on, is telling it like it is.  More importantly, the divine law that governs each one of us, is “the truth that makes us free,” and there is no better way to tell it like it is.  What is that truth?  It is found in the Beatitudes, and it goes something like this:

 

 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake,

Rejoice and be exceeding glad:  for great is your reward in heaven;

 

 

Perhaps, there are those out there who do not believe in any form of spirituality . . . so the Beatitudes have no meaning for them.  All I will say is, “May God have mercy on you … because in the day beyond this earthly existence, every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess.”

 

This article was not written to criticize, condemn, or demonize, but to uncover, expose and rebuke what needs to be restored before we can move on as a nation.  You don’t heal a wound by pretending it does not exist, but by recognizing and identifying its existence, and finding a remedy to abolish it.  In this election, America sunk to its lowest level in the history of its existence.  What did we do?  We rewarded the people who placed us in the gutter.

 

America!  Who are you?  What kind of people make up this nation?  Some of us did not take part in the screams “Lock her up!” but we went quietly into the booths and voted “Lock her up.”  One is no less evil than the other.

How can we turn the page? Where do we start? were two of the questions asked at the beginning of this article. Let’s look at a pathway to answering them.  We start with living and proving that we are a “nation under God.”  I call Him God.  Some people call him Light, Universe, Jehovah or Allah . . . it is insignificant what you call him. The importance lies in the manner in which you understand and practice who he is.  Reaching and adhering to higher levels of thought, aids progress, and progress is the law of God.  That progress however, is not seen in material goods, but in divine understanding.

 

I see God as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love.  He is not seven different entities, but One Being with seven dimensions.  Each dimension defines who God is.  He cannot be Mind, unless he is Spirit, Life, unless Truth, nor Principle, unless Love, and so on.

 

Christianity is Not a ReligionGod as Mind is divine intelligence, wisdom and understanding–the all-knowing, all-seeing and all-encompassing Being.  As Spirit, he is the only substance.  There is no one created by God, that is not spiritual.  Why do I say that?  I base it on Genesis 1: 27, which says “God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him.”   An image is an exact replica of that which it reflects.  Thus, man is not flesh and blood, but a spiritual idea–a divine consciousness of God.  The flesh and blood man is not spiritual, but material.  In order to be spiritual, we must express the divine qualities of God–qualities like love, kindness, respect, empathy, equality, justice, impartiality and righteousness–to name a few.  Anything less that spirituality, puts man in the mortal realm of thought–thoughts that cause us to disrespect, discriminate, dishonor or ridicule.

 

church rejoicingA key ingredient in reading and studying God’s Word, is demonstrating what you read.  It does no one any good to sit in church and hear the Word, and then go out and defame his neighbor.  He may as well not have heard it.  Another important lesson that mankind needs to learn is, that working out another’s salvation is not its responsibility,  … only their own.  You can’t save anyone else, you can only save yourself.  Therefore, it is essential to leave other people to connect with God in their own way, and you do the same.  Looking beneath your surface of thought and rooting out the “ills of the flesh,” is a 24/7 job.  Each of us needs to get busy.  Only then, will we begin to heal as a nation.

 

I love the quote that says, “If you want to heal the world, begin with yourself,” because as a man speaketh, so is he.  Our words and actions originate from our thoughts, and our thoughts say who we are.  We saw, heard who President-Elect Donald Trump was . . . and responded with “I love what I see!”  My fellow countrymen . . . that’s the message you sent to the world.

 

As one walks through this article, he may conclude that I dislike President-Elect Donald Trump.  I don’t dislike the Trump God created, but I do dislike the qualities that the human Trump expressed as he ran the most inhumane election this country has ever seen. My prayer was to see his true identity …which is how I feel today.

 

I love good and hate evil, not only in my neighbor, but more importantly . . . in myself!  Evil should never be excused, explained away or conceded to.   The way we grow, is to dig deep into consciousness, tackle our innermost dark thoughts and replace them with the truth as explained and taught by Jesus–the greatest man who ever walked the face of the earth.  If we want to make America great, let us emulate the greatness of Jesus by walking in his footsteps –“casting out demons, healing sick and evil thoughts” and freely giving love and respect–recognizing that love given, will also be received.  Maintaining the status-quo will keep us making two steps forward and three steps backward.  Change will only come if we change the fabric of our being and seek and walk in righteousness and love.  View PostJesus-Christ

 

Let us “lift our eyes to the hills,” and know that doing so, will bind us together, strengthen our resolve and allow us to witness the presence of the Christ–that divine manifestation of God that each one of us possesses.  Only then . . . will America be great!

 

 

 

Jun 04

Open Thought to “The Handsome Face” of Muhammad Ali

 

Muhammad Ali

 

BoxingMuhammadAlivsGeorgeForeman-20I watched silently as the white, convertible Cadillac crept slowly down the street–the open top revealing the tanned, handsome young man seated in the back seat.  It was a street located in the heart of the Negro section of Louisville, Kentucky–a street lined with white businesses, manned by black employees.  I was one of those employees.  My employer was a Jewish pharmacist with a store called Palace Drugs.  At the age of 20, I sold packaged drugs, liquor, household items along with ice cream sundaes and milk shakes.

As the crowds raced alongside the car, the young man, Cassius Clay shouted and waved his hands.  He had just returned home after winning the Olympic gold medal for heavy-weight boxing–a hometown hero, as well as national hero.  I could not hear his words, but whatever they were, the crowd loved them.  I stared at this man–a man two years younger than I, but has reached world acclaim.

Standing in the large window framed with drugstore paraphernalia, my heart swelled with admiration, respect and wonderment.  While I admired and respected his achievements, I wondered why he did not conform to the status quo.  His TV appearances showed him as a loud-mouth, conceited young man who was going to get himself in trouble if he did not “tone-down.”  Like Clay, I had grown up in the south where the white establishment wanted you to “stay in your place.”  Admittedly, I did not always do that, but I was not on the world stage, so my individual little fights did not mean very much . . . his however, did.

A week later, while attending a church service, I heard a ruckus behind me, turned around and found myself staring into the face of Cassius Clay!  I was surprised because I had no idea he attended the same church that I did.  It was all I could do to keep myself from stealing glances at the Olympic champion.  When I did so, I thought, “Wow! He does have a”handsome face as he maintains on TV!”  But as I followed the career of young Cassius Clay, in which he evolved into Muhammad Ali, I began to understand that the face he presented to the world was not external, but internal. ... : - Mohamed Ali Clay né Cassius Marcellus Clay : The King As he labored to understand his true identity–an identity based on fame, fortune, different life ideals and experiences beyond America, he was both loved and hated.  His attitude was viewed as brash, arrogant, imposing, and sometimes an embarrassment to the “Negro attitude” that plagued African Americans in the 1960’s–an attitude where many knew “their place” in America, and did not wish to risk the wrath of mainstream America by being aroused out of it.

We asked, “Why doesn’t he keep his mouth shut? What’s wrong with Christianity?  Why doesn’t he want to serve his country?”  The last question was particularly difficult for my family because my husband was a career soldier, who had one tour in the Korean War and two tours in Vietnam.

However, as I questioned, listened and followed, a new face of Ali emerged–a face that forced me to remove the sackcloth from my eyes and get a glimpse of the world he was viewing.  Here is what I saw;

Unrestricted Freedom – Irrefutable Equality – Unbiased Justice 

Unrestricted Freedom

Muhammad Ali recognized that freedom is based on a divine truth–a truth that frees thinking of all human concepts and ideas.  It is universal, yet individualistic in demonstration.  It restricts no one, and is not based on race, color, religion, sex, class, economic status or sexual orientation.  It says, “Everything human is subordinate to everything divine.”

Irrefutable Equality

Ali used higher levels of thought that revealed “equality” as that defined by the divine qualities one expresses. These qualities place country, family and oneself subordinate to divine direction.  This caused him to choose his understanding of Allah (God) over country.  Your pathway or mine may have taken a different course, but his was based on his understanding, not ours.  Stripped of title, respect and honor, he waged a war that led to a solution of peace and harmony.  Many who pointed a finger at him, had used money, power and manipulation to elude fighting in Vietnam.  The only true war is a war against evil–an evil that pits brother against brother, and is based on control, wealth and fear.  History records that we waged a war in Vietnam we could not win . . . didn’t win.

Vietnam Soldiers

Unbiased Justice

At a very young age, Cassius Clay used his fame to attack some of the social injustices of America.  Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, he had experienced prejudice and discrimination.  He knew the sting of being called “less than” based solely on the color of his skin, the racism that said a black man was not created to be as intelligent as a white man, the hurt and shame of being turned away from movies, churches, stores, hotels and housing because he was “colored.”  The new religion gave him a sense of pride, a knowledge that all men are really created equal–not something written in the Constitution, but has a different meaning when lived in society. These were things he sought to change.

Each person wages war on the ills of the world in his own individual way.  We are not all cut from the same human cloth, but when governed by divine law, are sown together with the same divine understanding.  Injustice then in any form, is unacceptable in the divine economy.

For many years, the man, Muhammad Ali was misunderstood–not only by whites, but by blacks also.  The man who “floated like a butterfly, and stung like a bee,”  was ridiculed, humiliated, but stayed the course.  In 2005, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and became known as a boxer (the greatest), philanthropist and social activist.

Today, I saw a video where his daughter said he once asked, “Will I be remembered?”

Yes . . . we remember.

May 26

Open Thought: A Detroit Prayer

 

Detroit:  The Comeback City!

There are glowing headlines about the “wonderful” things going on in the Big D!

People  visiting from other cities are quick to express their glee in the revival of Detroit.  Yes . . . we are experiencing a renaissance, but the success is only in certain areas, mainly downtown, and even where success is taking place, the question arises “Is the success based on money and power or respect and empathy for mankind?”  I think most citizens would choose the former.  Why do I say that?   “Heart-breaking Headlines!”

“Heart-breaking Headlines!”

Lost of Loved One“There were 23 shootings in Detroit this week-end!”  “Another child was shot and killed!”  “The unemployment rate for African-Americans is above the national average!”

As important as economic growth is, growth in morality is the pinnacle of success.  Money does not cause a person to treat a neighbor the way he would like to be treated or quell anger, hate and discrimination.  For these to emerge, the heart must be softened, the soul touched and arrogance replaced with humility.   Often, someone exclaims, “What is the world coming to?”  Surely, this century is not the only time that thought has been expressed, but this century is where we are hearing it . . . what are we going to do about it?

The first place to start is within oneself.  Ask yourself the question, “What am I harboring within thought?  How am I viewing the person who is driving in front of me?  What do I think when I see someone who looks different from me, whose religion is different and whose values do not necessarily parallel mine?  Is my immediate thought, “He is less than?” or “Everyone is created by God, making him part of my family?”  The thought you choose determines your action.

Neighborhood Blight

Trash –  A Call to Building & Safety

 

 

 

They say:  “It’s on the List!”

You Say:  “It’s been on the list for 5 or 6 years!  – They do NOTHING!

You Call “Help Me Hank.”  They say: “Call or email “Improve Detroit.”  You do!

They say:  “We don’t pick-up curbside.”

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Praying for Detroit

One of the things that I have been doing for many years, is praying specifically for Detroit. What does such a prayer look like?  It may go something like this: 

Detroit is made-up of consciousnesses that are filled with spiritual ideas.  Each consciousness is an idea that does not need a gun to survive, protect oneself, to settle an argument or plot how to rob and destroy another. . . but dwells in the harmony of Soul.  Each idea expresses abundance, not lack, and that abundance comes in the form of good thoughts–thoughts that hurt no one, including oneself.  

I know thoughts that seek to fill the human mind with pain, suffering, resentment, bitterness and hate must be rooted out by love, peace and brotherhood. Such thoughts must begin with me!  The city represents the true meaning of home–heaven, a place of quietness, peace and good will.  As I think of Detroit, drive through it and place a home or business there, I realize that my pure thoughts contribute to the environment found there.  We are all one–one in Spirit and are connected to the One God.  This God knows no prejudice, hatred, greed, or selfishness.  He/She has only one relationship–divine love. 

Maybe you’re thinking, “What good will that do?  Thoughts cannot control a bullet!”   Ah, but they can!  Every action is preceded by a thought–overt or convert before it expresses itself in action.  And . . . a silent thought filled with the goodness and grace of God reaches another thought and has the power to change its course before it grows into an evil action.

Have you ever believed that you were going to respond to something one way, and when the time came for you to do so, you responded oppositely?  You scratched your head and wondered why you did so?  Well . . . my friend, somebody ‘s prayer touched your soul–a somebody you may never meet humanly.  God’s power is not to be denied!  Try it.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if everybody in it practiced divine thinking? All evil comes from Satan, the Devil.  These are just terms that define evil thinking.  We all have the capacity to change our thoughts . . . let’s begin right now . . . with ourselves!

May 22

Open Thoughts Asks: What Are the Four Stages of Transformation?

Four Stages of Transformation

Be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12: 2).  

Jesus-ChristWhat is it that is transformed?  How is the mind renewed?  Who renews it?  How is good defined? What is the will of God?  Have you read this verse over and over and never asked yourself these questions?

Reading must be more that calling words.  It should move you to question, dig deep into thought, and reach out to God for answers–answers that thrust you into action!  It begins by taking hold of your thinking right where it is.  This article will do just that . . . you will walk away with a greater understanding than when you mentally walked in.

There are four stages of transformation that thought goes through in order to move from the human to the divine: Seeking and Receiving, Unfoldment, The Battle between Sense and Soul and Revelation and Transformation.

Seeking and Receiving

During the first stage, one must become aware that what he is thinking, doing or saying, is not in harmony with divine law–goodness or a sense of right.  He may not grasp what that law is, but recognizes that there is something better, higher than what is happening in his life at that moment.  So, he begins to look for a higher resource.  Sometimes, he only reaches a lesser form of error that moves him beyond the current form.   His consciousness may not have reached the level of divinity, but is less material than before.  He may find himself about to rob or shoot another person, and suddenly he mentally hears, “Don’t do that!  Let him live” or “Leave him alone!”  This enables him to keep searching.  Finally, he focuses on a truth that has the power to free him completely.  He knows without a doubt that a “truth” greater than himself, is the direction he wants to go.    How does he get there?

Unfoldment  

He looks for verses, ideas, thoughts and experiences that move him to the second stage–one of spiritual unfoldment.   For example, he begins to see that “Doing unto others as he would that they do unto him,” is a freeing element of thought.  Reciting this verse over and over generates a peacefulness he has not experienced before.  He loves that peace, and wants to feel it again.  This prepares him for the third stage:  a battle between sense and Soul.

The Battle Between Sense and Soul

In this stage, he asks, “What is sense?  What is Soul?”  Drawing only from previous knowledge, he make deduce that Soul is like God.  In fact, it is another name for God.  That being so, Soul has to be the opposite of what his eyes see, his ears hear and his hands touch.   It is a level of thought that is totally mental–nothing within human reality.  How does he get there?  How does he stay?

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Vacillating between sense and Soul, places him on a roller coaster pathway to life.  One moment he feels God’s presence, and the next, he is embracing evil thoughts that will lead him to violent actions.  He doesn’t want to go there, but a force keeps trying to push him there.  He fights to stay in the realm of Soul, and hears “Love one another as I have loved you,” or  “Peace I leave with you.”  The battle rages–he is back-and-forth.  Each experience with error finds him reaching for Spirit, not matter, for he knows that Spirit gives him that restfulness he longs for–a calming energy that elevates him to another plane of consciousness.  Matter and sense do not want to yield their positions . . . the battle is on.  One minute he is holding on to Spirit, Soul, the next, sense pops up and says, “Here I am!  I can bring a satisfaction to you that you have never known!”   But the still, small voice of truth says, “I can set you free from guilt, inner turmoil and the hell you have plunged into–hang on, I’ll get you there!”   Ultimately, he yields to truth . . . .

Revelation and Transformation

Christianity is Not a Religion

The fourth stage emerges–he no longer believes that Life, Truth and Love reside in matter–the erroneous stages previously known.  The memories linger, but the desires are gone.   A force greater than before has elevated his thought, and it simply refuses to engage in the error that had delighted him in the past.  It’s as though it was never part of him.  What has happened?

His thought has been transformed, his mind renewed, and he has glimpsed the “perfect will of God.”  The goodness that escaped him for so long, has crystallized thought and reformed action.  Christ, truth is the foundation that propels his intelligence, and unifies his actions.  This is the impetus that moves Christianity from being a religion to a relationship–a oneness with the “One God.”    It is a struggle that a desire to overcome evil, must confront and master.   You are beginning to understand how Jesus felt when he was tempted three times by the devil, and overcame each temptation.

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Listen my friend . . . this is only the first step.  Every evil suggestion and action, must go through the same metaphysical process until it is eliminated from consciousness.  “You have only just begun.”   The four stages of transformation do not allow mankind “to be conformed to this world . . . but transformed.”   It is a pilgrimage that must be launched by each one of us, moved along the rocky roads of life, until thought is illumined by grace and purified by love.  Let’s travel . . . together!


Apr 27

Open Thought Asks: Does Man Experience Eternal Punishment?

As a child and far into adulthood, I believed that if man sinned and was not “saved,” he would suffer in hell eternally.  There would be “everlasting punishment!”  I do not believe that anymore.  Understanding Truth, Life and Love, has changed thought and freed me from those horrible beliefs.  That’s all they were–beliefs based on mortal thinking–thinking that did not understand man’s relationship to God.  What does all of this mean?

God is the sole Creator!  Nothing or no one exists outside of his creation, and all that He made is good.  This thinking is derived from reading the first Chapter of Genesis, specifically this verse: “And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (1:31).   Reading and gaining an increased understanding of that entire chapter gives one a different perspective on man’s relationship to God.   What is that perspective?

The man that God created is a spiritual idea, never having the capacity to sin, experience sickness or death.  He dwells eternally in the realm of Spirit where all is perfect, holy and pure.  The man introduced in the second chapter of Genesis is a false belief of the creation of man–a man made from the dust of the ground–later becoming flesh and blood.  This belief is mortal, having nothing to do with the immortal man presented in the first chapter.  No . . they are not the same man in spite of what many believe!  

Those who believe in flesh and blood or man made of dirt, are setting themselves up for suffering–suffering brought about by this sinful belief.  This belief says God brings sickness, allows sins and kills people.   If God is good, how could He perform such hideous acts?  The answer:  “He does not!”  Man suffers as long as he wallows in the dirt of false belief.   Sin renders punishment.  To escape suffering, mortal man must free himself from mortal beliefs and suffering ceases.   How does he do that?

Freedom from sin, means emptying one’s consciousness of all of the false beliefs stored there.  This is a process that may not be achieved before the human body passes away.  The human body is not one’s true body.  The true body is spiritual consciousness–the divine activity of thought.  Let’s return to the subject of this article”  Does man experience eternal punishment?

Answer:  No!  Man will experience suffering as long as he believes he is mortal, has a mortal mind and does mortal things.  It is these beliefs that cause his suffering.  When his physical body passes away, his consciousness still exists and he must continue purifying his thinking in the hereafter to demonstrate the man God created–the one with a spiritual body.  That man was always there, the human mind simply was not aware of it.  It did not understand his true being–his divine nature.  It believed what mortal parents and human society brain-washed him into believing.

No, I am not crazy!  This is the message that Jesus brought to us.  Mankind has distorted that message with his ignorance of God and the man He created.

Here are some truths to ponder:

Everlasting punishment is a difficult term, what does it mean? It means one will be punished for his sins as long as he believes they exist. #sin #DrMamieSmith

Man’s true nature is unaffected by sin when it becomes unreal to him. To most of us, this if difficult to understand. #DrMamieSmith
When one ceases to believe in sin, that sin ceases to exist in his thought and he cannot suffer from it. #DrMamieSmith
Ridding thought of sin, enables you to escape the punishment sin brings. #DrMamieSmith

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