Calling God

Today I was reading a small little booklet (probably out
of print) by a most beloved New Thought minister, Dr. Tom Costa.  The title is,
“Excuse Me While I Call God.”
I loved the way Dr. Tom equated prayer with a phone call to God. Not to a God out in the ethers somewhere, but the God that resides within us, always listening, ready and available when we are.  I want to share this beautiful, yet simple way of praying to God as if calling on a phone.
Dr. Tom states in Religious Science there are five steps to Prayer Treatment.
1. The First step is Recognition.
I recognize that there  is a God to call upon. If  I didn’t believe there was a God to call, I would not bother to pick up the receiver.  Whenever we make a phone call, we know there is a “receiver” on the other end.  So we know GOD is the receiver. We recognize GOD is there to call upon.
2. Unification – We Unify, We Connect
Now that I have picked up the receiver, the next step is to dial. This is when I make the connection with God the One Power. I connect, and I unify with the ONE God.
“God’s Switch board is never busy, and yet we might we get a busy signal….
Why?  Not because God isn’t willing to give us the answer. It is due to our fear, our doubt, our lack of conviction and trust.”
3. Realization
“I state the purpose and reason for my call to God.” The channel is open for Good/God in all areas of my life. There is a direct line between me and the Absolute Abundance, Wholeness, Wisdom of God.  Once I realize, acknowledge and affirm this, I accept it and believe in it.
4. Give Thanks
On the call I take the time to appreciate and be grateful for the direct link between God and me.  I know God understands what I want and need. God has heard it from my heart, mind and voice.
5. Say Good bye
When I hang up the phone, I say good bye knowing my prayer is complete.
I don’t keep dialing and asking for the same thing over and over and over.
(Nor would I plant a seed and pull it up over and over and over again. If I did it would never grow).  So I trust my prayer call knowing God has already designed the  Divine Outcome. I Release, Surrender Let Go, and Let God.

Ringggggggg………
GOOD MORNING,
This is GOD. I will be handling all your problems today.
I will not need your help, so have a good day!
(author unknown)

  

 

God is Love, Sing for Joy

God is speaking, singing, chanting, hollering, whispering to us ALL THE TIME.
Spinoza said,
“All the cosmos is a single substance of which we are a part.
God is not an external manifestation, but everything that is.”
Ernest Holmes said,
“We are thinking, willing, knowing, conscious centers of Life.”
We all came from the BIG BANG, if not before.  YES, God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Ominiscient, which implies a Being almost untouchable.  And we know God is Omniloving and Omniactive. This makes God a bit more touchable.
Out of The ALL, we came.  Therefore the ALL in ALL is ALL of us. How can it be otherwise. We CAN hear God in all as all for we are infinitely connected to ALL in ALL – All people, places, events, animals, nature, the cosmos.  When I start feeling this immense and beautiful relationship I have with God, I know I am of God. I am an unlimited being filled with the Presence, Power, Wisdom, and Love.
I can BE all these things in All my actions with myself, others, animals, nature and the world.
Viewing people from this  place, I see all of us on a God journey affecting everyone and everything. It is this place of wisdom and love, I choose to be.
There is no call for worry or fear.  Only a call for LOVE.  Love is all there is, can, and does heal our world.

Sing, Chant and Dance for JOY

 

Direct the Flow of Good

I receive a daily affirmation/quote from Karen Jandoff and I want to share what she said today.
“When you act in accordance with your values,
when you show up without guise or guile, 
when you are guided by the dictates of your heart’s compass
what do you care most about?”
I believe everyone has a right to stand up for their beliefs and what they care most     about.  I feel we cannot be complacent in our world today.   We have had amazing role models who changed the world:
Jesus the Christ – “Love God, Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your          enemies.”
Mother Teresa – “I will be FOR something, not against anything.”
Mahatma Gandhi – “Non violence is the way to make changes in the world.”
Reading these sayings from amazing people, I realize the postcard I planned to send to Trump will be what I STAND FOR, not what I am against.
I will create my words positively, letting the love of God and love of Good guide my way.  Taking into account all of the above,
I will:  
*Act in accordance with my values and remain authentic unto myself.
*Choose to love the spirit of God in all people.
*Write what I am FOR on the postcard.
*Send this postcard as a non-violent way to make my thoughts heard.
*Be an activist and resist injustice with love.
We are all here on earth to make a difference. We are all an integral part of the Divine Plan.
What we do and say matters in our own spiritual evolution and how it impacts others.
Ernest Holmes from Living the Science of Mind says:
“Nothing is more definite than mental work. Mental work is not daydreaming or fantastic wishing. It is a deliberate act of the mind, a conscious, moving action of thought in a certain definite direction, and we should think of it from this viewpoint.
The conscious mind chooses what it wishes the subjective Law to act upon. It gives direction to a Power which is Infinite compared to its own conscious capacity.”
If you do plan to send a postcard, remember to choose what you wish and say it. The Power of mind will direct the subjective Law into action!
Directing the Flow with Peace, Love and Blessings,

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Dear  Friends,
What is mine to do today?  Do you ask this question on a daily basis?
I ask the question, then surrender to the answer.  Sometimes I do what is on my list and sometimes God moves me in a completely different direction. As I began writing this message, I started with one idea and then flowed into another idea.
Listening
I was taking a walk around our neighborhood this morning and noticed an old local newspaper on the driveway of one of my neighbors.  I knew they must be away so I picked it up and moved the paper to an unseen location from the street. It seemed like the right thing to do and safe not to broadcast someone is away from their home.
I kept walking and noticed several pennies were right next to a  car door.
I love picking up pennies and change on the street, however something made me stop and consider, the person getting out of the car was probably the owner of the pennies.  So I picked them up and placed them on the hood of the car where the driver could see them before he or she got into the car.
Later as I drove my car to the bank I had the opportunity to allow other cars to go first at an intersection and to also come out of a difficult driveway.
SIMPLE actions, Simple considerations.
I will never know what the ramifications of these simple sparks of consideration  will be  and it isn’t mine to know. These were just mine to do. Sometimes we can get caught up in trying to do too much for too many people. Maybe just being aware of doing the little, simpler things for others, is what is yours to do today.
GOD can see the BIG picture and I am, you are, a part of the picture.
Allow yourself to be moved into action when it feels right, big or small.
Enjoy your day and listen for what is yours to do!

 

What We Believe by Ernest Holmes

We are made for love.
We are made for friendliness.
We are made for togetherness.
We are made to tell the world that there are no outsiders.
All are welcome: black, white, red, yellow, rich,
poor, educated, not educated, male, female, gay, straight,
all, all, all.
– Desmond Tutu
Rev. Dr. Abigail and Rev. Dr. Stephen Albert are New Thought ( Religious Science/Unity) Ministers doing Interfaith Work.
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Here is “What We Believe” by Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of Religious Science.
“We Believe in God, the Living Spirit Almighty ; one indestructible, absolute and self-existent Cause. This One manifests Itself in and through all creation, but is not absorbed by Its creation. The manifest universe is the body of God; it is the logical and necessary outcome of the infinite self-knowingness of God.
We Believe in the individualization of the Spirit in us, and that all people are individualizations of the One Spirit.
We Believe in the eternality, the immortality and the continuity of the individual soul, forever and ever expanding.
We Believe that heaven is within us, and that we experience it to the degree that we become conscious of it.
We Believe the ultimate goal of life to be a complete freedom from all discord of every nature, and that this goal is sure to be attained by all.
We Believe in the unity of all life, and that the highest God and the innermost God is one God. WE believe that God is personal to all who feel this indwelling presence.
We Believe in the direct revelation of truth through our intuitive and spiritual nature, and that anyone may become a revealer of truth who lives in close contact with the indwelling God.
We Believe that the Universal Spirit, which is God, operates through a Universal Mind, which is the Law of God; and that we are surrounded by this Creative Mind which receives the direct impress of our thoughts and acts upon it.
We Believe in the healing of the sick and control of conditions through the power of this Mind.
We Believe in the eternal Goodness, the eternal Loving-kindness and the eternal Givingness of Life to All.
We Believe in our own soul, our own spirit and our own destiny; for we understand that the life of all is God.”

Plant a Peace Garden

Dear  Friends,
We are back from our vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii, the Kona side. It was a  time of rest, renewal and relaxation. We noticed the laid back feeling and atmosphere.  It felt like we were in a constant “alpha state.”
I did not expect to see so much black lava on this side especially from Kona north to Kawaihae. This is a very dry side of the island.  We also traveled to Hilo, the wet, more lush side of the island and saw the steamy volcanoes.
So much to love…..
I loved watching the sun go down over the ocean.  It was a magnificent reminder of God’s Highest Glory.  I also loved being on the beach at night and seeing the wondrous brilliantly lit stars in the sky.
I loved hearing the soothing ocean waves put us to sleep every night. Ahhhhh….peace.
One of our favorite sights was visiting the Botanical Peace Gardens about 40 minutes south of Kona.  Not easy to find, but amazing to see. There were gardens, a peace pole and shrines honoring many faith traditions. One man created a huge beautiful garden replicating the Galaxy. Each flower and bush represented stars, planets in our galaxy.
I loved the idea of a peace garden.  Perhaps the next time you plant flowers consider it “Planting for Peace.”
We know every seed planted in soil is like a thought, planted in mind.
Seeds and thoughts will grow according to how they are nourished. We are coming into our Spring season so I ask you to think about how many seeds of peace are you planting today?
Plant your peace garden first in mind. Plant the flowers and vegetables in your soil next. Let every breath you take be one of peace, kindness and compassion. Allow every breath you release be one of love for self, human and animal kind.
Let us renew ourselves and the world with our personal peace and love.
Peace Be With You.   ALOHA
Galaxy Garden, Ariel view
Abigail inside Galaxy Garden
Sunset
Volcano Lava flow (photo of picture)
Lava rock on side of road with wild grass growing.

A Higher Love

Hearts are the strongest 
when they beat in response to noble ideals.
Ralph Bunche
Dear Friends,
 
Tuesday
is Valentine’s Day where chocolate, flowers and gifts are bountiful and given to ones we love.  This day is supposed to be all about love.  We know love is more that showing up with a gift.  There are times when love is broken, unhappy or none at all.  That is love with a small ‘l.”  Love is much more. Love is the Reality of Life. Love is another word for God. Below is a beautiful quote by Ernest Holmes who taps into Real Love. When we can raise our consciousness and embrace Real Love, it does not matter who we are with or what we are doing, we are being LOVE in form. Today read the quote below and reflect on each idea. Where are you in the sea of Love? Are you immersed in it, being it, or are you on top of the wave, trying to hang on.
BE Love today. Embrace and BE your true Essence.
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Love
“I believe that Love is the center of everything, and I accept Love is the healing power of Life. I permit Love to reach out from me to every person I meet. I believe Love is returned to me from every person I meet. I trust the guidance of Love because I believe it is the power of good in the universe. I feel that Love is flowing through me to heal every situation I meet, to help every person I contact. Love opens the way before me and makes it perfect, straight and glad. Love forgives everything unlike itself; it purifies everything. Love converts everything that seems common place into that which is wonderful. Love converts weakness into strength,  fear into faith.    Love.”
365 Science of Mind: A Year of Daily Wisdom from Ernest Holmes
 
Today, I will cause a ripple effect of good by an act of kindness toward another.
Today, I will tell at least one person they are special and important.
Today, I will make a conscious effort to smile at someone whom I have held a grudge against in the past.

Time of Trouble, Time of Blessings

Dear Friends,
 
 
Time of Trouble – Time of Blessings
One of our beloved friends, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer on February 1st. Rev. John has been serving the San Diego area for 30 years as clergy, teacher, pastor, musician, and singer/songwriter. Steve and I have known Rev. John for years and he has always been a dear friend and colleague.  He will begin his chemo and radiation therapy within the next week to ten days.
Rev. John has always taught, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react and meet the challenge. Whatever the challenge may be.
We are saddened to hear the diagnosis of our dear friend, and we know his practitioners and friends are continuing to SEE and KNOW GOD is BIGGER than any diagnosis. In New Thought we believe God is ALL there is, in all, as all through all. As Rev. John loved to say, “We are OF God.”  God, Spirit, Universal Intelligence, Mind, Creator, Source, by whatever  name you wish to call IT, is the essence of all beings everywhere, in all dimensions and universes.    At this time we can know this Truth with and for Rev. John and his wife Dr.Connie. Even if you do not know Rev. John, help us in your prayer time to  see him healthy and whole, preachin’ and singin’ again with his beautiful smile, positive words, and great voice.

We know when someone we love or care about has  health, financial, relationship, family, work, and/or personal challenges there is always a

Blessing embedded within.
Challenges move us forward on our spiritual journey, for ourselves and for those we know going through them. We all have an opportunity to  view the situation from a Higher Consciousness which will keep the energy raised where LIGHT and LOVE come through to bring clarity, wisdom and healing in all areas of life.
When we pray let us know the Truth of our Being – One in, as and of God
When we pray, let us affirm with words, thoughts and feelings only the Highest Good for the person.
When we pray, let us see the Christ Presence, Buddha Presence, Mahavir Presence, Babaji Presence and the essence of all Avatars filling every atom, cell and molecule of the person with LIGHT, LOVE, and WHOLENESS.
When we pray, let us Vision the person well and doing what he or she Loves to do.
When we pray, let us release and surrender the prayer to God, knowing the Divine Outcome is already done.
And so it is, Amen
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Season for Non-Violence
 64 Ways in 64 Days Affirmations
Today, I practice nonviolence and respect for Mother Earth  by making good use of her resources.
Today, I take time to appreciate nature.
Today , I plant seeds- plants or constructive ideas.
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Visioning for our Country 
I see an America that feels safe where everyone knows they have what they need to be healthy, and have all the opportunities to grow and become the perfect unique expression to be the person they are meant to be. Every person will be equally important but uniquely different. America will offer its’ citizens the best G-D intends for all humanity to become. We will be partners in a global fellowship where every country has equal opportunities for its’ citizens to be free and safe.  All will want the best for their
unique fulfillment.
-Lee

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Interfaith Harmony

Dear Friends,
By the United Nations Declaration this is the:
World Interfaith Harmony Week
and we begin the Season for Non Violence
The Denver Area Task Force created
 “64 Ways in 64 Days: Daily Commitments to Live By.”
I will be featuring many of these daily affirmations during this beautiful season created by AGNT, Arun and Sunanda Gandhi. For more information please go to agnt.org.
Let’s begin with:
Today, I reflect on what peace means to me.
Today, I look at opportunities to be a peacemaker.
Today, I look beyond stereotypes and prejudices.
Today, I will enlarge my capacity to embrace differences and appreciate the value of every human being.
Our world, local and global need us as  peacemakers. The more we seek to reconcile with members of our family, friends and co-workers the energy of quiet contentment resonates out as a ripple affect. Each one of us must do our part at this time in earth history.  Find the commonalities people  can agree on and help them work towards a common goal.
As we seek peace with others, we must also seek peace within ourselves. Peace happens when we are aware of our own stereotypes and prejudices. When a biased thought comes up, look at it, rephrase it and heal it. We are not here to judge, only to love.
We are all made DIFFERENTLY.   I believe we have been created in His Spiritual Image and Likeness, which means created as love, joy, peace, harmony, happiness, abundance, Intelligence and more.  I do not believe it means our physical bodies or personalities.  Without these differences, how can we learn to live with, cooperate and collaborate with people? SAMENESS is boring.  It will not keep us mentally and spiritually alive. Every person is valued by God.  It is within our own Divine nature to value one another regardless how different we may seem.
One of our friends, Lea Segel, gave us this Reading for the Sabbath from the Chautauqua Hebrew Congregation N.Y.
“Where Can Holiness Be Found?
There is holiness when we strive to be true to the best we know.
There is holiness when we are kind to someone who cannot possibly be of service to us.
There is holiness when we promote family harmony.
There is holiness when we forget what divides us and remember what unites us.
There is holiness when we are willing to be laughed at for what we
believe in.
There is holiness when we love-truly and honestly and unselfishly.
There is holiness when we remember the lonely and bring cheer into a dark corner.
There is holiness when we share our bread, our ideas, our enthusiasms.
There is holiness when we gather to pray to him who gave us the power to pray.
Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Host. All of life can be filled with this glory

Peace and Harmony

Women Rights are Human Rights

Dear Friends,

 

The Women’s Rights March  was in Washington DC and many major  and local cities in the USA this past Saturday.  Millions of women, men and children marched together sharing the common value of BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS.  We must all stand together and protect  our freedom of choice,  freedom to live where we want to, freedom to attend the faith community of our choice,  freedom to ensure equality in work and pay regardless of color, gender, ethnicity, culture and faith. Saying it this way makes me feel like we have stepped back 100’s of years in our human evolution and consciousness.        

I know we have not stepped back in time, because there are so many people here willing to stand up and keep our government on track.   

Last Saturday morning, due to some plumbing challenges we needed to take care of, I was not able to join my sisters in San Diego, however I did have a chance later in the afternoon to walk the neighborhood with my sign.

 

“WOMEN’S MARCH, 

I MARCH WITH MY SISTERS.”

When spider webs unite,
they can halt even a lion.
~ African Proverb

 

 

Let us continue to visualize a country and a world that works for everyone.  Here is one excerpt from a person who came to our 

Visioning for our Country Labyrinth Walk 

 

“I see all people being taken care of – food, shelter, medical needs. People who have experienced earthquakes, floods, hurricanes etc. will be helped by our government. All children will have access to medical attention, schools and food. America will consider all of its citizens to be equal. Americans will show compassion to each other without regard to race or economic status. Americas will respect each other’s religions. Americans will help and honor each other and treat each other with dignity and respect.

Americans will look for the good in each other. Americans will look each other in the eye and honor our differences and what we have in common. We are all connected.”

– by Nancy