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.”

More TRASH

 

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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Apr 23

Open Thought Asks: What Does Life Look Like After Death?

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WHAT DOES LIFE LOOK LIFE AFTER DEATH?

 

Have you ever pondered such a question as the one above?  Do you believe there is life after death, or are you one of those people who runs away from such questions and answers, and labels people a bit “nuts’ who raise such issues?

I am one of those people who say, “There is a trial period each one of us will go through after the human body passes away.”  Two key words make me say this: faith and understanding.  From early childhood, I have believed in a power greater that man–a power I call God.  As I grew in faith and battled with the darts and bolts of life, I sought understanding–spiritual understanding and was not denied.

Such understanding has made me redefine who I am–a child of God–a child made not of flesh and bones, but of divine consciousness.  Each of us has within consciousness goodness, mercy, joy, peace, good will, harmony and an infinite number of qualities that come from God.  The man God created is a body of divine thoughts, not a human body as many believe.  To cling to such a belief separates us from gaining an understanding of who we really are.  Years of searching have made me know who I really am!  

The greatest example of a “trial period after death,” was the re-appearance of Jesus to his disciples and many others after his crucifixion.  His human body showed the marks of death, but his spiritual mind revealed dominion over death.  He did this to prove to all of us that death really is an illusion, based on the belief that man lives in flesh instead of Spirit.

You say, “Hm-m-m-m. . . now I know she has lost it.”  I haven’t lost anything, I have simply gained spiritual understanding.  These words stem from over 40 years of divine demonstrations of Life, Truth and Love.  What does that mean?  It means I have healed diseases the same way Jesus did, silenced hate, forgiven the seemingly unforgivable and today, see life only as the divine activity of thought.

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Life means using wisdom and understanding to gain dominion over sin, disease and death.  Death occurs only if you believe life is in the body.  I believe in the premise that man lives only in divine consciousness, not in matter.  If God, whom I believe to be Life, created all existence, death has no basis for occurrence.  It does not exist!  That is what is meant by “receiving the Holy Ghost.”  One reaches a state of thought where human existence is viewed as a myth, not as the creation of the One God.

How do we achieve this while here on earth?  Jesus paved the way.  He taught that the Christ was and is not a physical being, but a divine message from God that speaks to the human consciousness and takes away the sins of mankind.  That same Christ dwells among us . . . we have only to become spiritually aware of its presence.

Jesus had a dual personality–one of Spirit and of flesh.  Uninspired thought only saw the fleshly Jesus, but inspired thought knew the spiritual one.  Which one are you clinging to?  To walk in the flesh but become one with the Spirit, means the human eyes see mortal man, but mentally embrace the spiritual man.  As we grow in grace, every mortal thought will be destroyed by truth and you will gain eternal life.

What does life after death look like?  You will awake with a consciousness, not a physical body, because you have left that body here on earth–in a grave or ashes in an urn.  That consciousness you awake with, will basically be in the same place it was before you passed way.  What do I mean by that?  It will hold the same concepts, ideas and beliefs that controlled your life while on earth.  If those thoughts and ideas are materialistic, your battle to obtain eternal life will continue.  You will suffer from lack of spiritual understanding and may even die again and again until you reach the understanding needed to alter your journey.

Those who have embraced Christ and strove to demonstrate it while living on earth before death, will awake to a greater understanding of man and his relationship to God. Your wisdom will be heightened, growth steady and demonstrations sound.  This will continue until the “last trump sounds”– the last erroneous thought in consciousness melts into truth and love, and you attain a mind that never separates itself from God.

What road will you choose today?  What pathway will you walk in?  Will it be one of truth or error, joy or sorrow, love or hate, peace or war?   The choice is yours!

Mar 01

Is “Anger” an Emotion of Praise or Disapproval?

The news media seems to highlight “anger” in a complimentary manner,  with a welcomed smile and with words like, “There’s a lot of anger out there!” or ” People don’t like the way the country is going and they are angry about it!”  “People are angry and they’re taking action!” The picture below is the crux of this article:

How Does Getting Angry Solve a Problem?

In finding an answer to the question above , the writer looked at a couple definitions of anger.  Webster says “anger is a feeling that results from mistreatment, injury or opposition.  It usually  shows itself in a desire to hit-out at something or someone.”

Wikipedia describes anger as “is an intense emotional response . . . that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation.”

 

Both definitions indicate anger is a feeling that someone experiences which creates a mental disturbance toward something or someone.  OK . . . you have this feeling . .  . what do you do with it?  What kind of a reaction does it generate?  Is the reaction positive or negative?  Does it involve a logical, well-thought out solution or does it generate a reaction based on illogical conclusions drawn from a disturbed mind?  Is anger spiritual or material?  Human or divine?  Right or wrong?  Good or evil?  These are questions this article seeks to answer.

 

Psychological View of Anger 

Let’s take a look at anger from a psychological perspective.  Ph. D . Steven Stosny says:

 

“Anger is the primary protective emotion, designed to protect us from harm or from loss of something of value. The most physical of all emotions, anger sends action signals to the muscles and organs of the body to prepare us for one purpose and one purpose only: to neutralize or defeat the perceived threat.”  He suggests further that two factors go into forming anger: current vulnerability and magnitude of the perceived threat.

 

Vulnerability leaves a person feeling “open to attack,” somewhat helpless in defending himself.  It gives one a sense of hopelessness, the inability to correct a situation or powerless to ward off forces coming toward him.  Low vulnerability is perceived as less of a threat that high vulnerability.  A person experiencing high vulnerability usually reacts with problem anger. 

 

 

 

The Australian Psychological Society weighs in on anger this way:

 

“Anger is a normal human emotion and when it is managed properly it is not a problem. Everyone gets angry, and mild anger can sometimes be useful to express strong feelings and deal with situations. However, if anger is expressed in harmful ways, or persists over a long period of time, then it can lead to problems in relationships . . .  and can affect the overall quality of your life.”

 

The key to this anger perspective is the word “perceived.”  Perception is the motivating factor, and in many cases one’s perception is based on false premises, acquired through negative life experiences, lack of information and emotional instability, thereby, making a logical decision difficult to obtain.

 

Does Anger Prevent Rational Decision-Making?

Human rationality or logic is based on one’s ability to produce or receive advantage, pleasure or happiness.  It is usually self-motivated, with little or no regard for another’s welfare. Therefore, what is rational to one may not be rational to another.  This type of reasoning changes with personal experiences, emotions and cultural backgrounds.  However, rationality with a spiritual foundation, is based on divine, unchangeable laws that are universal in meaning and demonstration.  Such rationality has reasoning power based on Truth, Life and Love.  Its motive is pure and its outcome peaceful.

Anger is an emotional, human reaction caused by displeasure with something or someone, with no semblance of divine truth, life or love.  The biblical reference to “the anger of the Lord,” is and was humanly derived–a false sense of mortal man’s understanding of God as “humanly circumscribed.”

God has no human or mortal attributes.  He is Love and only knows love.  Thus, rationality based on anger separates itself by its very nature, from logic with a spiritual foundation.  It can never render a decision with sound logic!   Therefore, to hold “anger” as an emotion that will yield positive results, is without substance or validity.

Anger is never good, right or spiritual.  It begins with lower levels of thought which do not ascend to higher levels.  To reach higher levels of thought, man must remove anger from thought, dissolve it with love, and erase it with truth.   Problems are solved by lifting heaven

thought above anger, uncovering the errors that suggest its reality and casting them out of thought! The greatest example of this, are the lessons taught by the Great Exemplar, Jesus Christ.  He laid the foundation for spirituality, mapped out the way and left guideposts to get there.  It is up to us to acquire the tenacity and courage to demonstrate it.  The man of God’s creation is neither mortal nor material, neither emotional nor physical, but a spiritual consciousness filled with goodness and mercy–a spiritual idea, made in the “image and likeness of God.”

Glorifying anger as something of value, is the wrong message sent to mankind.  When we hear it expressed in such a manner, let us mentally denounce such a practice and replace it with purity, grace and truth–a truth that frees us from fear, self-righteousness and self-justification.

Is anger an emotion of praise or disapproval?   We answer with the following verse:

“Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.  

He hath also established them for ever and ever:”  Psalms 148: 5-6.

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