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”


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



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!


An Amazing Story of Faith, Love and Courage
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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!

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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

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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
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Mar 19

Open Thought: Talks to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith

IF YOU ARE AN AUTHOR,  let us market YOU and your BOOK!

The EDUCATIONAL ARTS SOCIETY sponsors “Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith”, a radio show dedicated to authors who have GREAT stories to tell, but no platform to tell them.  Because you are not a celebrity, you are not asked to enter the world stage like Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama Like Dr. Smith, you are just a “regular person” with a story to tell–a story that will benefit all mankind.

NOW there is a world platform for you.  You will appear onEducational Arts Music & Talk Radio and have your story heard around the world. Dr. Smith’s show reaches listeners in 20 countries and continually touches those looking for your information and experiences.

How do you get on this show to promote yourself?  Here’s how:

Author Directions:


  1. Go to http://easzmusic.org/donate  and donate a minimum of $45 to Educational Arts Society (EAS).  EAS is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, so your donation is tax deductible.
  2. Upload a picture of yourself and email it to smithmamie@ymail.com.
  3. Send a link where your book can be purchased to the same email address.

       Your show appearance and book will be advertised for 3 days on social media sites         by EAS and placed on the http://unfoldingofarose.ning.com website. 

       Social Media Sites:  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hootsuite  Your book will continue to market even . . . after you appear on the show, via all of my sites and show re-runs.

Once the contact is made, Dr. Smith will research your book and website, prepare questions that fit you and your book’s profile, submit them to you, set-up a date and you are . . . ready to go. (The research, targeted mini-review, marketing and questions have a value of $450). Payment should be made before the process begins.

If you wish to talk with Dr. Smith, please include a phone number where you can be reached and she will call and talk with you before you do ANYTHING!  

For more information on Educational Arts Society, go to @ http://easzmusic.org/

What to Tell Your Friends

If you have friends that want to listen, tell them to: Copy this link:

http://eamtradio.com The day of the show . . . authors may call in @ 4:45 pm.

EAS looks forward to hearing from you.  If you have a friend who has written a book, please forward this blog post to him/her.


Jan 12

Open Thought Asks: What Are Symptoms of Low Self-Esteem?





A week ago, this question would not have appeared in my thought.  Why now?  Good question.


It started the day I interviewed an author on Talk to the Author with Dr. Mamie Smith–my radio show.  The author’s book revealed how a person could move from bankruptcy to wealth by changing how he viewed himself and others.  The benefits this book introduced were so helpful that I decided to purchase it.  Now . . . after reading a section about self-esteem, I had a startling revelation!  I had been exhibiting symptoms of  . . . you got it . . . low self-esteem.  

I had always felt myself to be right “on target” with the self-esteem issue, but using basic questions supplied by the author uncovered in consciousness just the opposite.  What did I find?  



Before delving into my self-discovery, it is essential to understand what one means when he exhibits symptoms of low self-esteem.  According to Wikipedia,self-esteem reflects a person’s overall emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self. Self-esteem encompasses beliefs (for example, “I am competent,” “I am worthy”) and emotions such as triumph, despair, pride and shame.”   On the surface I revealed self-confidence, competency, logic and the ability to triumph over untoward circumstances, and … for the most part, this defines my true vision of myself, but deeply embedded in the subconscious, was an intense fear of failure.  How did this come about?


As a child, I was a quick learner, retained information superbly, could give it back in an exemplary manner, and made excellent grades in school–so much so that I skipped two grades and graduated high school at the age of 15.  This placed me at a disadvantage as a freshman in college because most of the students were 3 to 4 years older than I.  However, my ability to verbalize successfully caused people to believe my age paralleled theirs.  My “serious” boyfriend was a senior at the college–making him 6 or 7 years older than I–continuing an attitude that  boys my age were immature and lacked the intelligence to match mine.
From early childhood, my parents praised my efforts, showered me with undue accolades and viewed me as the “brain” of the family.  This caused me to try harder and harder to succeed at everything I did–failure simply was not an option and when I did fail, it caused great mental stress. egoignaxioMostly, I excelled over everyone else because my community was small and competition very sparse. This sparked an enlarged ego which resulted in the development a somewhat superior attitude about myself relative to others.
I believed myself to be the “greatest,” but was actually a “big fish in a small pond.”  I got the first dose of reality during my first year in college.  There, I met young people whose accomplishments in life far exceeded mine. This only caused me to work harder and by the end of my sophomore year, I was back among those who exhibited success in achievement–I had worked tirelessly to get there.  I felt  “on top” again!  This continued throughout adulthood for many years, but after reading and digesting many of the concepts and ideas from a book entitled Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, I began to understand that there is only one Ego … and that is God.  God, being the sole Creator of man, and understanding that He created this man in His image and likeness, I began to grasp that all that I am, or ever will be comes from Him.  I am nothing without His grace and glory!
The journey of self-discovery had begun and continues today.  The only differences in people, is basically how they view themselves and demonstrate that viewpoint.  If you see yourself as a failure, you will consciously or unconsciously work at becoming a failure.  Even though I viewed myself consciously as a successful individual, subconscious tendencies of low self-esteem did not allow me to achieve at my highest capacity.
What are symptoms of low self-esteem?  There are a many . . . among them are:
Chaotic Relationships
Eating Disorders
Fear of Making a Mistake
Wearing a Mask
In her book, Breaking the Chain of Low Self-Esteem,  Dr. Marilyn J. Sorensen lists several symptoms of low self-esteem and gives helpful ways of dealing with them.  However, as a person who uses metaphysics instead of physics in dealing with all human dysfunctions, I explored divine intelligence as a basis of uncovering hidden emotions and agendas.
Therefore, as I grew in my desire to serve God and understand my relation to Him, I found myself doing things far above my imagination, recognizing that as one reflecting the intelligence of divine Mind, there are no limitations, doubts, fears or inabilities … “all things are possible through God.”  It is not easy to demonstrate this confidence, because the human environment is constantly holding ineptitude, lack, insecurity and imperfection in front of my gaze and rising above them takes daily prayer, self-awareness and self-alertness.
Today, I seek only to think, speak and act with confidence, impartiality, self assurance, humility, respect and gratitude.  How do I do that?
  1. Seek a greater understanding of God as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love.  (See Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 465).  
  2. Recognize that understanding God and my relationship to Him/Her, is an eternal process that must be constantly embraced here and hereafter.
  3. Daily effort is made in reading and studying the Bible, Science and Health and other chosen spiritual materials.
  4. Daily, putting into practice everything I learn about God and myself as a child of God.  Practice allows me to continually grow in those areas and not reach stagnation.
  5. Seeking only to “love my neighbor as myself” and recognizing that the only real Self is God.  Thus, if I love and obey God, I will love my neighbor . . . and every person, black or white, red or yellow, rich or poor, Christian or Muslin, is my neighbor.
  6. Using The Ten Commandments, Beatitudes and The Lord’s Prayer  as the foundation for  spiritual growth, practice and development.




Writing this article, was an opportunity to define the qualities given to us by God, and discounting man-made beliefs and ideas.  Self-respect, based on a spiritual foundation, does not breed arrogance, nor does diminishing oneself, enlarge abilities.  Thus, it is essential to tap into God-derived qualities, employ them and establish increased self-esteem and spirituality.




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