Apr 30

Open Thought to: Choosing Wisdom over Foolishness

“The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness” (Proverbs 15: 14).

Many times in life, we are presented with two pathways:  the pathway of knowledge and the pathway of foolishness.  Which do we choose? Sometimes, it is very clear to us which one to choose, and we choose wisdom.  Other times, our greed, selfishness and pride cause us to veer into the path of foolishness, and then there are times, we would love to choose the right path, but our lack of spiritual understanding guides us to the wrong one.

The experience I would like to share with you walks in the third pathway–my seeking wholeheartedly to choose wisdom, but missed the mark.

Years ago, I had severe dental problems and had on combined dental visits, extracted and replaced several teeth with fixed bridges, retractable bridges, covered some with crowns and left one space open because I did not want to connect a bridge to an unsound tooth, nor receive an implant.  Instead of solving all of my problems, the treatment solved some, but also created bigger problems, one which caused my teeth to shift from side to side, grind against each other and produce soreness.

 

I struggled with the problem for many years, but decided I would not let anyone “inside of my mouth” again except to clean my teeth–using a periodontist instead of a dentist.  Any pain or suffering was dealt with metaphysically. However, as the years passed, the space that had been left open grew wider and wider and my re-tractable bridge did not seem to fit, and along with the shifting and grinding of teeth, the pain became unbearable at times. Turning to God for a solution, led me to believe that either new teeth would appear to fill in the gaps, the gums would adjust to the changes my teeth were undergoing, or everything would stay as it was, but all pain and suffering would disappear.

 

Before you say, “What a stupid decision,” let me tell you that as a Christian Scientist,  I have experienced many healings–healings that can only be defined as “the work of God and His glory.”  Among those healings are blindness, yeast infections, broken wrist (the only treatment being to set the wrist and put a cast on it), disappearance of colds, flu, strep throat, migraine headaches and many more illnesses.   So, placing my faith in God, is a normal reaction and process.  No medical treatment has been administered to me in over 40 years.  “When Jesus said, “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free,” he spoke true words that can be proved today.

 

Now . . . back to the unbearable pain with my teeth today . . . which incidentally has plagued me for several days. This day however, I was going to put all of that stuff to rest, so I placed the Bible, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and concordances for both books around me and began to do the work I knew I had to do.  I read numerous citations, on “fear, mouth, love, conscience, trust” and others I cannot recall–pondering and listening to the meanings of all.  At the end, I was directed by God to call a dentist.  I was astonished!  So, I began to have a “question and answer session” with God.  What does that mean?  It means asking God a question, waiting for an answer and then asking Him another question based on the answer received.  This went on for more than an hour.  At the end of the session, I was more confused, and kept thinking, “Why would God who is Spirit, tell me to do something un-spiritual?”

Slowly, a citation by Mary Baker Eddy emerged in thought . . . “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,  p, 494).  What was God revealing to me?  I wasn’t sure, but after having been at this study for many hours, I decided to “wait on God ” to make it clearer at another time.  I knew he would, I just did not know when it would happen.

After preparing breakfast, I sat down to eat and watch “Soul Sunday” on the Oprah Channel OWN.  Her guest was an inspirational young man sharing his view of religion and spirituality.  As I listened, it became very clear to me what and why I had been directed to call a dentist.

 

When divine Love meets a human need, it does not mean the need is spiritual . . . it means the pathway to receiving that human need is spiritual!  Wow! What a revelation for me . . . maybe not for you!

 

With hope, sincerity and a deep faith in God, I had sought an answer to my “teeth dilemma.”  The pathway to God was spiritual, because the numerous biblical and spiritual citations readied my thought, moved my consciousness upward and gave me a level of understanding I did not have.  The confusion came about because the answer I heard, did not “jell” with the answers I had concluded (human will).  I was trying to direct God instead of allowing Him to direct me.  I expected God would give me a miraculous healing message, but all I heard was, “Call a dentist.”  That simple answer could not be God talking!  Plus . . . everybody sees a dentist!  What was godly about that?

 

What did I need to learn?  A human need is not a divine need . . . God didn’t need a dentist . . . spiritually, I didn’t need one either . . . but humanly I did.  And since my spirituality had not reached the level of understanding where I could affect the appearance of new teeth, or keep things as they were, but experience perfect harmony on all fronts, the answer was “Call a dentist and get your human need met.”    Also, I realized that if my spiritual understanding progressed . . . when I get to the dentist, putting in an implant and filling a space between two teeth, may not be the human solution.  This is where my understanding is NOW, but does not mean this is where it will remain,  and being obedient to God is a necessity wherever it is,  You got it . . . I called a dentist (on a Sunday) and left a message for an appointment.

 

What is different about my enlightenment and where I was before the intense study?  My faith and trust in God are stronger, and an acknowledgment that performing a human act directed by God, does not make the act spiritual, it makes the process spiritual, thus giving me a higher level of thought and spirituality.  Also, it taught me another lesson . . . that human will has no place in the divine economy.

Listening to God with the innocency and faith of a little child, paves the way for spiritual growth and ascendency . . . listening to human will, leads one down the pathway of failure, suffering and discouragement.  Which will you choose . . . a path of wisdom, or a path of foolishness?

Your success depends on the one you select!

 

 

Jan 22

Open Thought: “Loneliness” by Dr. Mamie Smith

 

Loneliness

 

Loneliness

Written by Dr. Mamie Smith

 

There are many days we stand alone

With only faith to keep us strong,

Words are spoken that cut so deep

And being misunderstood, makes us weep.

A voice whispers, “It’s alright!

The star of truth shines very bright,

Darkness comes before the dawn

Let words of wisdom keep you warm.”

The world out there seems bleak and cold,

But outstretched arms are there to hold,

Christ is ready to point the way,

It does not matter what people say.

Bind up your wounds, stand on your feet,

Do not falter, do not sleep,

Long ago the path was laid

So, walk alone, I’ll give you aid.

Raise your thoughts to God on high,

Who lifts us all above the sky,

Never a moment, leaving us alone,

As we travel the road . . . that takes us home.

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!

 

 

 

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