Jan 12

Open Thought to The “Greatness” of America! Vol. I

Keeping America “GREAT!”

We have heard the phrase “Let’s make America great again!” tossed around by many people.  Most Americans believe that America never ceased to be great … here is why:

The reasons for this greatness are embedded in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Of course these sentences are open to many interpretations, but one can gather that our founding fathers believed that God equipped each of us with unchangeable rights–rights that no one can take away from us, that no citizen is more equal than another, and there must be justice for all.  How can we achieve that in the world we live in today–a world filled with fear, poverty, anger, blame, corruption and hate?  The answer: “Start with yourself!”

Ask questions like “What does it mean to love my neighbor as myself?”  Listen for an answer.  You may find a simple answer like “Try walking mentally in your neighbor’s shoes.”  When you sit down with your white friend, neighbor or any white person you are in a conversation with, ask him/her what it really means to live a life as a white person in America?  Do you believe you have privileges a person of color does not have?  Do you believe you are better than a person of color?  What do you think I have taken from you because I am black?  Do you believe most black people are lazy and do not want to work?  If so, why?  What would you like to see happen to all people of color in America?  Do you believe America is free of racism?

If you are white and sit down with your neighbor of color, ask him what it means to live as a black, brown, woman, native American or LBGT person in America?  What are some of the prejudices he/she has lived with, his parents lived with and are still faced with?  Why does he believe all white people feel they are better than people of color?  Why does he believe “being white” makes life easier than life as a person of color?  Why do you always say criticism of you is based on racism?  Why do you believe you helped make America what it is today when it was the white man that came over and have basically moved America forward?  These are tough questions, but they demand honest answers!

If you seek these answers with cynicism, dishonesty or selfish motives, you will not get the results that will make you grow, but . . . I say, start the process, listen and try to understand . . . try to see yourself doing the things or having the things done to you the person describes, and you will walk away with a better understanding that you started with.  Doing nothing or saying nothing, gets you nothing! 

Another important principle to place at the forefront of your mind is “Thou shall have no other God before me!”  Seeking greater understanding of that Commandment, opens the door to empathy, kindness, humility and a respect for other people.  Why?  Because you realize that placing wealth, poverty, racism, re-verse racism, anger, bitterness or deep-seated, unhealed pain, means you are giving God a back-seat in your thoughts and problem-solving abilities, and . . . you are doomed to failure.

The “things” that make America great, are the people who live in America.  Our greatness comes from how we view the least of those in society, the kindness and respect we share with one another, the willingness to keep examining what we think, say and do, and the value we place in living or exposing the truth we keep secret from everyone else.  If the truth we hold in our hearts is too shameful to share, do something to change it!  If the hate, anger and bigotry spewed from our hearts and mouths cause others to do the same to us, let’s change what we are thinking and doing!  Evil begets evil–good begets good!  

I love America!  It is the greatest place to live on earth, and I believe you feel the same way, no matter who you are or where you came from.  Let’s find our commonalities, and that will help us unravel our differences.

As we watch the transition of one administration to another, let us honor and hold true to the principles this country was founded on:  love for God,country and equality, impartiality and justice for all . . . irrespective of race, color, religion and gender.  When “telling a lie” seeks to become “the norm,” let us rise up spiritually and practically to denounce it in the strongest terms.  When “trashing” the next guy seems to indicate power, let us replace it with divine power, and when human wealth glitters like gold, let it fail to tarnish us with dishonesty, lack of integrity and “business as usual.”

  Everyone of us must take a stand to keep our country great with the moral values that made us great.  We grew as a nation because of those values, and will reach stagnation and wither away, without those values.

 

 

Dec 14

Open Thought: Peace Comes to the World

The Lord Bless Thee and Keep Thee:

The Lord Make His Face to Shine Upon Thee and Be Gracious Unto Thee,

The Lord Lift His Countenance Upon Thee, and Give Thee Peace (Numbers 6: 24-26).

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The world is reeling from chaos, war, destruction, hate and human suffering.  Where is the peace that most of us seek and desire?  It seems to be so elusive . . . but is it?  Is there a light that is shining somewhere in the distance that we can find and cling to?  I surmise that there is.  It is within each one of us.  How do we find it?  How do we ignite it?

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Join a special program on “Talk to the Author” with Dr. Mamie Smith Sunday, December 18, 2016 @ 5 pm on eamtradio.com and discover the pathway to that peace.  You will feel it at a level you have not experienced before . . . but only if you “have ears that hear.”

mamie-setting-up-an-interviewDr. Smith is an educator, musician, talk show host and inspirational speaker who coaches all who desire to “listen and hear.”  She joins other talk show hosts in bringing uplifting messages to the world–a world in search of freedom from fear, disease and death.  Her topic will be “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” and Let It Begin with Us.”

Tune-in Sunday and hear words and music that govern, guide and inspire!

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.

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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!

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