Welcome to the New Year and another exciting adventure awaits us! New/old books continue to find their way into my library and what a stimulus they are in expanding ideas for classes in the future. This past week Dr. Joseph Murphy's books "Techniques in Prayer Therapy" and "Living Without Strain" arrived and I was surprised to find out he was the founder of the Church of Divine Science. He wrote over 30 books, the first one in 1963, "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind." It is wonderful that Hay House continues to publish some of his work.
This year at the Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, CA, we are featuring weekly talks based on the key concepts in "Creating a World that Works for All" by Sharif Abdullah. Although the title can seem to be overwhelming, it once again goes back to changing our world by changing our consciousness. Sharif is the director of the Commonway Institute in Oregon, which is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, designed to build inclusivity, understanding and civic engagement between diverse groups of people in various settings. Dive in and see which insights and possibilities intrigue you enough to put them into practice!
If you read my October 15 entry and were intrigued by my friend Michael Nichols, there is more to share. Science of Mind Magazine started a new column, "A Conversation with Ernest" which invites articles about someone in a hypothetical conversation with Ernest Holmes. I used the material from the October 15 talk to put together a conversation between Michael and Ernest and it was published in the June 2015 edition of the magazine. The feedback has been awesome. Michael's evolving consciousness is serving as hope for others who find themselves in prison or in challenging times in life.
Unfortunately I haven't been on this page for a few months, but it isn't because I've been delinquent in my studies. As you can read from the first page I've been reading Phineaus Parkhurst Quimby's manuscripts, which are a true awakening about the work that Jesus did and the work Mary Baker Eddy and Emma Curtis Hopkins did. Quimby did thousands of healing experiments and recorded each one to help figure out the process of mental healing. One of his students, Warren Felt Evans went ahead with Quimby's permission to set up a mental cure sanitorium in Massachusetts for 20 years!! The power behind this teaching is there if we choose to use it and believe it.
Twice a week this past four months I have been taking Tai Chi classes with local instructor Chris Netto. I have noticed considerable improvement in my balance and strength. Recently I came across "The Harvard Medical Center Guide to Tai Chi" and is an excellent review of Tai Chi benefits based on research by the medical profession. After the first two classes it felt like every muscle in my body had moved in new ways and the energy release was amazing.
Three weeks ago we launched my latest new book at our Awareness Bookstore. It is selling well, since it is composed of 32 of my Sunday talks during the two years I served as interim co-pastor at our Center. The title is "32 Easy Lessons in Metaphysics and the Science of Our Mind." It is available through amazon.com as a book and e-book or in our bookstore.
These past few months have included a lot of time assisting our good friends, Harry and Frances Bleile, move from their big home on the Sacramento River into a small apartment in a retirement village. The decisions were hard. So many decisions on whether to take or leave something that had a memory and story with it. It all worked out with the assistance of a couple dozen other members of our Center who so generously gave of their time to help make it happen through landscaping, cleaning out cupboards, and so many valuable tasks.
This coming Sunday I've been asked to present the lesson and since it is also a "Homecoming"
celebration, my talk will be about the life of an alumni that most of us will never meet in person. It's powerful. Please read on...
What I want to share with you this morning is a story of another alumni of this
Center that you will never meet, but he has taken many classes with me by
correspondence. His name is Michael Nichols and he is in a Missouri prison for
life for murder. In 2009 he found my name in a Creative Thought Magazine and
wrote to me asking if I would help him understand this teaching called the
Science of Mind. He thought there might be something in it that might help him
understand his life. We have been corresponding ever since and he often
completes the homework assignments from the classes I’m giving. His evolution
of consciousness has been profound.
Today seemed an appropriate time to share a few excerpts from some of his
Every year, month, week, and day is the facsimile of the last year, month, week and
day. I’m alive; and yet I’m prohibited from participation in the cycle of life.
The 9th Dominion (prison) is a vast necropolis filled with beings
who either do not know that they are not in the land of the living or who are
intimately aware of their death, but refuse to die. Humans encased in concrete
cannot truly grow; that is their growth is not authentic. At best their
development is arrested. True growth implies consistent nutritious stimuli.
Devoid of these necessities the being regresses into itself and hence becomes
the living dead. Prison encourages escapism; a fleeing from reality; from the
moment. The being oscillates between two non-realities; namely the past and the
future. The present is where the being does not want to be, for the present
holds anxiety and frustration. In an act of dehumanization the being is
commanded to give that which it does not possess…its future. The ultimate crime
is perpetuated against this being, its future is taken before it has even been
touched. The being is hurled into a vortex of virtual reality and dehumanized
to the point that his name becomes interchangeable with a number. One who
cannot see the end of his existence is not able to aim at an ultimate goal in
life. He ceases living for the future.
The past two months I’ve been in the high-tech dungeon, also known as solitary
confinement, the hole, for a minor infraction with a guard who believed his
clothes gave him superhuman powers. During that time I read “Care of the Soul”
and “Practicing the Presence.” Through this and other studies I have learned
much of the world in which I dwell. I have been made ready for the part I must
play in shaping my life and discovering a purpose of my existence. I have
accepted the casting.
What I am to discover at my final destination, I have no conception…that I will
discover something so profound, I do not doubt. I have endured much and the
endurance, the patience I have recently displayed has given me a different
perception about many things and a strength and a discipline to refrain from
the violence and the maleviolent nature that plagues this world. I know now
that it takes faith, strength, and accumulated wisdom to go against my once
held deep warrior ethics. Recently a guard verbally attacked me for having blue
shoelaces on my shoes. He worked hard to get me to violently respond, yet I
found the inner peace and strength to take the shoelaces out and give them to
him. I pride myself for making the unprecedented, the unexpected choice of not
responding to the guard’s threats. Because of my inaction, mystery has been
added onto my prison reputation, rendering me even more frightful by virtue of
my new unpredictability.
It has taken courage, faith and flexibility to grow in this labyrinth of steel and
stone, but turmoil has driven me to discover and focus on my inner Spirit. I
had to come to terms with who I am. I had to realize my weaknesses and identify
and understand my strengths. I had to adapt and apply the characteristics of
manhood to my persona, applying the knowledge I’ve gained to my everyday
living. Then I had to become a living by-product of my intelligence.
My growth has been a process of becoming more than a thing, more than a
stereotype, more than an exhibit, giving me a determined pursuit of knowledge
and a better way of living this life. I owe it to myself to develop my mind to
the highest degree possible. The power of a committed mind exceeds any other
force that I have come across in these lands.
My life was once a question mark; my purpose a mystery. My time in prison has
allowed me to get rid of bad programming and conditioned thinking. This time
has given me an understanding of this world; it’s beauty and its ugliness. The
more I understand, the more sense of peace I attain.
How I value these lands in which I have evolved and increasingly how I regard my
status as an individual connected to other individuals. I don’t glamorize this
prison lifestyle, nor its ruthless ways, but now I understand them. My life is
connected with many others even though they seem separate. They both become
meaningful as I discover how truly necessary my life and another’s life are to
The teachings in the Science of Mind have been a momentus advancement in my
studies. I have exceeded my own level quicker than expected. Science of Mind
teachings have given me the instruments to access the knowledge I had acquired
only in the form of axioms, but did not know the methods of how to channel the
dynamics. The abilities that can be obtained through a working knowledge of
cause and effect can rectify one’s thinking. At each point in my psychological
growth, I find that a higher order structure emerges in my consciousness, the
self identifies its being with that higher structure and the higher order
structure eventually emerges. The self then dis-identifies with the lower
structure and shifts its essential identity to the higher consciousness. Each
successive higher order structure is more complex, more organized and more
unified and evolution continues until there is only unity in all directions.
My search for absolute truth has been a colossal transition. What is of worth to
me today is my path regardless of the hardships it presents or the length of
time it takes. At this time in my life I have dedicated myself to the Universal
Mind and to use the gifts I have been endowed with to build greater wisdom,
learning and understanding, to progress to a higher level of existence, for my
very soul is striving toward ascension and a transcendent understanding of
Now that is a homecoming to be celebrated!
Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, I just finished reading Testimony of Light by Helen Greaves. It is the series of communications the author received from a close friend, Frances Banks, after she died. The words that Helen heard and wrote down were authenticated by those who knew both women and were familiar with their individual writing styles. It is powerful in detail and reinforces all I have been told about the afterlife. Frances describes the afterlife as a world of thought. While on earth, thought is a vibration so it is slower in action and the effects are slower, but in the next realm thought is crystallized into immediate action. She describes learning how to live in that new frequency, to guard the door of her mind, and to anticipate the boomerang action of negative emotions. She describes the 'serial life' from one plane to another, from one experience to another, from partial understanding to deeper comprehension into infinity. It is continued expansion, or not. It's our choice.
Now that the three books are in the publishing process, I can refocus my energy on the joy of this philosophy and keep this site updated. The upcoming "school" year at the Center begins the third week of September. Each class unit will be taught over the 9-month period ending in May. My four classes will be: The Creative Process (a book by Thomas Troward), The Essential Ernest Holmes, From Whence We Came, and Working with the Law (a book by Raymond Holliwell).
In addition to the history book I recently completed about our Center, I was able to put the finishing touches on two additional books. Our parent organization, Centers for Spiritual Living, has created Park Point Press to publish books that support the Science of Mind teaching. Park Point then works with Red Wheel Wieser Publications to print the book. It includes a one-page ad in Science of Mind Magazine and promotions for all of their publications. I submitted "The Practitioner Handbook for Spiritual Mind Healing."
The third book I was able to complete is 32 of my Sunday talks as the interim co-pastor for our Center. It's called "32 Easy Lessons in Metaphysics and the Science of Our Mind." Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, will publish this one. By fall I should have three books to market, which is the next big project. All will be posted on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
I've been reading the 1957 publication of Prayer Can Change Your Life by Dr.
William "Cherry" Parker and Elaine St. Johns. It was described by Dr. Ernest
Holmes and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale as indisputable proof that prayer does bring
positive results. Dr. Holmes was thrilled about this work since it came from a
university, not any particular theology. Now that I have more time, I'll delve
into this classic work.
The history book of our Center for Spiritual Living from 1971 to 2014 was sent to the publisher this week. It was definitely a labor of love. It should be available in our bookstore or at Amazon.com in late summer or early fall. If you think you know a lot about our Center, do you know:
* Who was the first minister when the church was chartered?
* Which minister died during their service as pastor?
* What year did the whole Board of Trustees resign en masse?
* What did the Anderson Festebord Restaurant have to do with the church?
* Where was the first property located that was purchased for our church?
* Where was Rev. James interviewed when he candidated for the position of pastor?
* What activities did Rev. James ask of participants in his class, Life is Risky Business?
* Who was the property owner who donated an adjacent acre to the church?
* What year did the church build the sanctuary? the pavilion? the offices and social hall?
* How did the church come to own the cottage?
* Do you know who the Church Lady was?
All this and more will be answered in the history book.
In the Practical Mysticism class there are mystical exercises that are too wonderful not to pass on. When we took a two-week break for my trip to a convention, I typed these up based on the Practical Mysticism book as daily mystical meditations. All of these are on my page "Project and Classes," under Classes. These are ~15 minutes each give or take. I modified them somewhat, but you will get the idea. Enjoy!!
There is a lot of newness in life right now. As our new senior minister, Rev. David Robinson takes the helm April 7, Sue and I end our gift of being interim co-pastors since June 2012 and go back to being Assistant Ministers. It feels really good to both of us since we will once again be able to focus on teaching classes and prayer work with our congregation and friends. My new "To Do" list now has room for finishing the publication of the third edition of The Practitioner Handbook, a new book of my best 32 talks while being an interim, a book on the history of our center, and trying my hand at travel writing. What's New? Plenty and it feels great!
There is a great article in this month's Mindful magazine about Jon Kabat-Zinn, who created a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. Today more than 20,000 people have completed the program at his Stress Reduction Clinic. The number of research publications on mindfulness has grown from zero in 1980 to 477 in 2012. Today more than 740 academic medical centers, hospitals, clinics, and freestanding programs offer MBSR worldwide. MBSR training is available in more than 500 locations in 42 of the 50 United States, with more being added monthly. Mindful Schools, that present mindfulness for students and teachers, is growing and more than 18,000 students in 53 schools have taken it since 2007. Kabat-Zinn says there are tremendous benefits that arise from mindfulness practice, but it works precisely because we don't try to attain benefit. Instead, we befriend ourselves as we are. We learn how to drop in on ourselves, visit, and hang out in awareness.
This week was the last class for The Nature of Effective Prayer. We celebrated with cookies, sharing sacred stones, poetry and a beautiful writing by Jamie Weil. Little did we know that each week during the term of this class, Jamie was paying attention to the trees outside the window of our classroom. I can't let it just go into my file, so here are part of her observations:
"We sit in class as I watch the seasons change outside the two high windows. When we started our time together, the leaves glistened green in the sun. As weeks went by, the green shifted to a deep red. Leaves danced in the autumn wind, almost as if to our enthusiastic conversations going on inside. The deep blue sky behind the leaves, dotted from week to week by white puffy clouds, shouted softly, 'We're all connected, and I, the Sky, can prove it." With each changing scene outside the window, I watched my Soul evolve. I watched it evolve in all of you." Jamie then described her observations of each classmate's growth and what they meant to her. She closed with this:
"Following the snow, the window leaves let go and joined the ground, branch silhouettes reaching up against the gray seemingly dead to what was just a short time before. But so often, things aren't as they seem. What may look like dead branches outside is really just unlimited potential inside of what is to come. I am grateful for the chance to share this season with each of you. Go forth and blossom. And so it is."
Just finished Joel Goldsmith's book, The Foundation of Mysticism. It's a relief since it is one of the books for my new class Practical Mysticism, which begins next week. The other book we will use is Carolyn Myss's Entering the Castle, which will take every student into some deep inner work.
The holidays were celebrated with the Candle Lighting service on Christmas Eve, which was so beautiful with great music by all of our musicians. My message was one of thanks and you may enjoy it, so here it is, adapted from Joan Beck's column published in The Evansville Press 11/25/98.
Let's Give Thanks...
Dear God, we thank you
for lattes and laptops and love,
for diversity and dialysis and dishwashers,
answered prayers and amazing grace.
For violins and virtual reality, for daughters and databanks and doughnuts,
for magic and Magi and miracles,
for browsers and books and brown paper packages tied up with string,
for tech-support hotlines when they help,
and for carry-out and carry-ons and carry-overs,
for caregivers and caretakers and caramels.
For Grandparents and granola and grand slams
and carousels and caucuses and crocuses,
for oboes and oysters and oceans and Oz,
blue jeans and teens and jelly beans,
for docks and doctors and docents and ducks and documentaries and dogs,
pasta and pesto and pro bono.
For cooks and courage and cousins and cougars,
the sun, soup and soap,
for modems and mothers and brothers
and those significant others.
For teachers and preachers and founding fathers
and forefathers and foster fathers and father figures,
for fajitas and farms and faith,
fireflies and fireworks and firefighters,
for gingerbread houses and jumping ropes,
for Grisham and Gershwin, for hymns and hugs and hamburgers,
and for eagles and beagles and bagels.
For nurses and newspapers and newborns,
readers and referees.
For "Your baby's just perfect," and
"Your lab report is normal" and
"You're hired" and
"You're covered" and
"It's benign" and
for volunteers and vouchers and votive candles,
authors and aspic and autumn and auld lang syne.
For mentors and memories and melting pots,
salad and salmon and salsa and salvation,
for beaches and bleachers, and peaches
for soccer and success
and for physicians and musicians and electricians and magicians.
For kids who just say no,
for homes and homecomings and homemakers,
Homer and holidays and holy days,
thesauruses and tyrannosauruses,
for sleeping bags and sleeping babies,
and the wonders your love has made.
For Lincoln and licorice and libraries and lilacs,
commissions and non-polluting emissions,
for chocolate and churches and chowder,
Christmas and carols and choirs,
for bargains, sales and ponytails,
vacations and vocations and vaccinations,
for dreams that aren't lost and dreams that come true.
Dear God, we thank you, once again,
for dawn after dark and spring after winter,
for rest after work, healing after hurt, and life after life,
for you are a bridge over trouble waters and shelter from the storm.
In gratitude we pray. Amen.
On January 12 our guest speaker will be Rev. David Robinson from Clarkston, Washington. David will be speaking on the Unrepeatable You, and you won't want to miss his workshop called Lessons from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry!
Dr. Kim Kaiser is planning to be in Redding one Saturday a month for 5 months, beginning in February, to present Mysticism in World Religions. Dr. Kim is Dean of the Holmes Institute in Santa Rosa. He is putting together a fabulous program to teach how each religious tradition had its own path to "directly experience the Ultimate Reality, taste through experiential practices the unique flavor of each spiritual tradition, and identify and engage in the direct experience of the Ultimate.
November 15, 2013
After a computer crash, I'm now back on line. Kudos to Professional Systems Solutions for saving all of my files and programs! This Sunday, Dr. Kim Kaiser speaks at both services and will offer a seminar on the Tao. Dr. Kim is not to be missed. He is a Buddhist priest and minister of Religious Science. He is the Dean of the Holmes Institute in Santa Rosa and is a professor of religious studies at local colleges.
October 21, 2013
This weekend I thoroughly enjoyed reading megachurch minister Joel Osteen's new book Break Out!. His premise is the importance of breaking out of anything holding you back by praying God-size prayers, to not settle for just good enough, know there is a "yes" in your future and moving forward in faith. Although he still sees God as separate, out there, he also includes a lot of metaphysical principles. He says God is limited by our capacity to receive and asks if we are using a one gallon bucket or a 100 gallon bucket to receive our good? He states according to our faith it is done unto us, so it is important to increase our capacity to receive, to make room for abundance. What we focus on is very important. Negative thought is faith in reverse. Our attitude determines our outcome. If we're negative, worried or complaining, we attract more difficulty.
I like his analogy to a thermostat. Faith is like setting the temperature on a thermostat. It's just a matter of time before the temperature matches the setting. If we don't like the conditions, reset the thermostat! That's a good one for my next Sunday talk!
October 14, 2013
Although a lull on this page, life has jettisoned along with teaching classes, short trips in between 7-day work weeks. All of this has been accented with the thrill of the physicists receiving the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the Higgs Boson. The following is a talk I gave recently on the Higgs and the Science of Mind:
Today is a good day to reflect on what we teach, this philosophy called Religious Science and our textbook, The Science of Mind. We study religion and science and how it works in our daily lives. In every moment we are co-creating our life experience. I invite you to be open to this rather scientific talk and why it’s important.
On page 129 of the Science of Mind it reads:
There is a Universal Presence that acts as though It were intelligent, and we may assume that It is. There is a Universal Intelligence acting as Law—we may also assume this to be true. There is a formless Stuff in the Universe, forever taking form, and forever changing its form—this we may accept as being self-evident.
You probably know I love quantum physics, not that I know a lot about it technically, but I love the understanding that we live in a universe of oneness that has an energy field in which all things seen and unseen exist. In this field of energy, everything is in motion, interacting. Some very brilliant people have been saying this for thousands of years, but in our lifetime scientists are proving that it’s true. Science basically no longer see a division between space and time, wave and particle, energy and matter, spiritual and material. Basically science has done away with dualism.
You may not hear it said that clearly in the news or read it in school books, but eventually our schools will have to tell the story including the discovery of the Higgs Boson. It’s fascinating and if you want to know more, check out an article in the New York Times called Chasing the Higgs by Dennis Overbye.
For thousands of years mystics have taught the Oneness of the universe, but it was back in 1964 that Professor Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh proposed that there was a secret, invisible force field running the universe. Physicists picked up on that idea and by the 1970s they developed what was called the Standard Model of the entire universe, which is basically the entire universe is made of 12 different matter particles and four forces of energy. This field in which the universe exists became known as the Higgs Field.
Ernest Holmes and all the great mystics looked at what created this field and on page 26 of the 1938 edition of Science of Mind he wrote “Our study is the study of First Cause, Spirit, Mind , that invisible Essence, that ultimate stuff and intelligence from which everything comes, the Power back of creation—the Thing Itself.” From this premise, Holmes recognized we want to know more about It, but more specifically how to use it, for what is more tangible than results and that’s what Science of Mind classes are all about, results!
Back to the physicists. The Higgs Field is a dense field of subatomic particles, but the most confounding question has been why some of these particles have no mass, while some have a little bit and others have a lot. Since the field has an even density throughout the universe, why do some particles clump together as mass, like this podium, plants, animals, and our bodies and others don’t?
To have mass, physicists concluded there needed to be a carrier particle to affect other particles, to make them clump together, and that illusive particle became known as the Higgs boson. Without this mysterious boson, everything in the universe would be pretty much a fizz of particles running around at the speed of light, but with it, the boson, there could be atoms and stars and mountains, and cars and bodies like us.
Holmes on page 35. There is a Universal Mind that is the origin of everything. It is First Cause, It is God. This Universal Life and energy finds an outlet in and through all that is energized and through everything that lives. There is One Life back of everything that lives. There is One Energy back of all that is energized.
For the past 50 years or so physicists have been chasing this ghost, this boson, through endless mathematical formulas and tons of electronics in powerful particle colliders, all to no avail until recently.
In the early 1990s in Geneva, Switzerland, the European Organization for Nuclear Research called CERN began a $10 billion experiment called the Large Hadron Collider. They funded two armies of physicists each with 3,000 scientists from over 140 countries around the world. One was called the Atlas Team and the other the CMS Team who would vie with each other in a friendly but deadly serious competition to find the boson.
The Collider they built was in a 17-mile circle underground. Physicists constructed detectors bigger than apartment buildings in underground caverns. They strung wires and cranked bolts to move thousand-ton magnets to less than a thousandth of an inch of each other. They wrote millions of lines of code to calibrate and run equipment that would make NASA engineers gasp.
The collider was designed to accelerate subatomic particles, protons, to more than 99 percent of the speed of light — an energy of seven trillion electron volts — and crash them together. The result would be tiny fireballs that would recreate temperatures and densities that were present when the universe was only a trillionth of a second old. According to their calculations about once in every four billion collisions they should find a Higgs boson.
In this close and intense working environment, the scientists enjoyed friendships, relationships, some married, some made rap videos in the tunnels. They ate, slept and partied, threw snowballs and yet each one worried that an unguarded smile in the cafeteria or a glance at a friend’s laptop could bias or give away secrets to the other team in this $10 billion-dollar experiment.
The spokeswoman for the Atlas team, Dr. Fabiola Gianotti, then 46, was responsible for getting all things to run on time, all the calibrations and simulations to match, getting sign offs from all the physicists, from computer analysts to anyone who ever wielded a screwdriver in the detector cavern, about the results of the fireball collisions. She is a fascinating person who grew up in Milan. She had been fascinated by philosophy, but seduced into physics by reading some of Einstein’s early work, yet she took two years off to study piano at the Milan Conservatory before getting a Ph.D. in subnuclear physics. The team loved her because she was always cheerful and always positive, because she said music was always running through her mind.
The CMS Team just down the hall was headed by Professor Guido Tonelli, a professor from the University of Pisa, whose goal was to find the boson in order to determine: is the universe stable?
The Atlas and CMS teams shared the same building, facing each other over an atrium covered with posters of their devices and a coffee bar, and both teams had to use the same printers. Can you imagine the intrigue?
What both teams were up against was that as soon as a Higgs boson was created in a fireball, it disintegrated in a shower of lesser particles — sometimes in a flash of gamma rays. What they were looking for would be an unexpected excess of gamma rays or some other particles that would show up as a kind of bump on a graph. Dr. Tonelli said this happened about once a month when the collider was running, but random bumps also showed up. It was very frustrating.
You probably remember in 2008 when the collider started up and then part of it blew up. It took a couple of years to get it back into operation. Meanwhile the physicists worked on how to prove they would have confidence in the discovery once it was made. To physicists, the gold standard for a discovery is called “5-sigma,” a term meaning that the odds of that bump occurring by chance would be less than 1 in 3.5 million. The perfect goal would be that both teams would reach the same 5-sigma answer independently. But each wanted to be first, if only by a hair: neither wanted to be the team that failed to flag a bump that eventually was the Higgs, or the team that jumped too soon only to wind up looking foolish.
On several occasions bumps showed up that looked promising and at a moment’s notice hundreds of physicists around the world abandoned their families and canceled vacations to go back to CERN to drink from a fire hose as the collider kept racking up data on hundreds of trillions of collisions.
Each of these collisions created heat and what is hard for me to imagine is that the temperatures inside the tiny beams of colliding particles reached 100,000 times hotter than the Sun so it had to be cooled and the cooling system circulating around the accelerator ring was -456 degrees Fahrenheit -- colder than outer space.
By 2011 the frustration of not finding the boson was escalating. Things were becoming bizarre. They were getting twice as much data and found nothing. Their calculations showed that if the Higgs boson existed, it would be found in a narrow window of possible masses — equivalent to 115 billion to 200 billion electron volts of energy. (By comparison, a proton, the building block of the atomic nucleus, is about one billion electron volts.) Their task was to sort through the data in the range of 115-200 billion electron volts, looking for the bump.
By December 2011, the Atlas team was focused on the 126 billion electron volt field. Every second the Atlas group pulled data on 100 of every 1,000 million events. At the same time the CMS team was focused on the 124 billion electron volt field while generating a magnetic field 100,000 times that of the earth.
Then, I love how they described this, one physicist said this one bump on his chart was “blooming like a shy girl at a dance.” Looking back, nobody could remember exactly when she had come in. But they were getting confident that “she was the one who would marry the prince.”
By June 2012 the teams were getting so close they decided to share data on the 400 trillion collisions of protons.
Finally the Atlas Team discovered an “excess” of gamma rays corresponding at a mass of about 128 billion electron volts. The bump corresponded to a single particle of energy that weighed as much as an atom of iodine.
On the night of June 24, 2012 the Atlas Team was finally tiptoeing towards the 5-sigma finish line. Among them was a New York University graduate student alone in his office late that night when he got a preliminary glimpse of the answer. As part of a crosscheck, he combined the data from two signatures of the Higgs and found it exceeded 5-sigma. The next day he sent the plot to his adviser at Atlas as a birthday present. They had reached and exceeded the 5-sigma level of confidence.
The scorecard, as later enumerated:
1,000 trillion proton-proton collisions
240,000 Higgs bosons
350 pairs of gamma rays
As we now know it, the Higgs Boson is the controller of our cosmic destiny.
But wait….in actuality It’s All God
God’s thought created the Field. Infinite Intelligence desiring to experience Itself was the Big Bang. The Higgs project just recreated the result of the Big Bang one trillionth of a second later.
Holmes, page 138: “The first principle fundamental to the understanding of the operation of thought is that we are surrounded by an Infinite Intelligence. This Infinite Mind that created the Universe (the field), is the cause of everything that has been and is that out of which must unfold everything that is to be. Our own intelligence is one of Its activities.
Page 139, Infinite Intelligence responds to us by the very necessity of being true to Its own nature. It responds by corresponding. The progress of the human race is a result of that process whereby Intelligence passes, by successive degrees of incarnation, through evolution, into the human mind.
Page 140: What a marvelous thought that it is done unto us. We need not coerce, we do not create the power but we must let this great power operate through us.
Page 141: The movement of our consciousness creates a motion or vibration upon the field which is equal to the embodiment of the thought set in motion. For everything that happens in the objective world, there must be something in the subjective world which perfectly balances it.
Can it be that our thought, everyone’s thought guides the Higgs Boson? How cool would that be!
This is what Walter Starke talks about in his book, It’s All God, which is where Sue got the title of this talk. To be fully conscious, we become aware of the double thread, aware of our divinity in relationship to our earth experience. It is said that our conscious mind is 1/8 of our total intelligence. Then there is subconscious mind, which holds 7/8 of our total intelligence. That is the part of us that regulates our body functions, keeps cells regenerating, digests our food. Subconscious mind is a storehouse filled with every experience we have ever had in this life and more.
The fact is that our subconscious mind is the bridge between our awareness and God/Omniscience. We can access subconscious mind through awareness, deep listening, writing, and various types of meditation.
When the process behind the Higgs Field officially becomes a synonym for God, the evolutionary purpose behind every thought or action becomes evident. Every step and every facet of belief that we have experienced has been necessary in order to bring us collectively to where we are today.
As of this moment today we can continue to live in yesterday and see ourselves as limited human beings that refuse to fully express our capacities or we can acknowledge that we are co-creators with spirit and take charge of our life. The choice is ours. This is what Science of Mind classes are all about. There is a power in the universe greater than you are and you can use it. For it is true: It is done unto us as we believe.
September 24, 2013
The wedding had been planned for months and everyone expected a day in September would be beautiful with temperatures cooling off after the weeks and weeks of 100+ heat that we endured all summer. It was an outdoor wedding and dinner for 150 guests. A few days before the "day" weather reports said showers were likely to be around, but nothing alarming until the day before when heavier rain was predicted. Large commercial tents were put up just in time before a record rain hit and for hours it poured with wind and hail. As the minister, I watched the rain and the temperature decline to 54 degrees by mid afternoon. The wedding was at 4 PM. I chose to wear a warm blazer with pockets for the 'just in case' necessities.
It was a most beautiful wedding party and the bride looked stunning in a perfectly fitted strapless gown. The maid of honor and bridesmaids wore red strapless gowns and they were still all smiles. It must have been their youthful excitement that kept them warm. The ceremony and their vows were perfect and now the happy couple is headed for Kauai today for their honeymoon. It was an honor to perform such an important ceremony for this young couple. Their love and admiration for each other was the sunshine of the day. It mattered not what the weather did, there were plenty of umbrellas around. This was the beginning of a new life together.
September 17, 2013
Two things consumed my mind and time last week, our annual Center Parking Lot Bazaar and my Sunday talk on the Law of Success. They fit together perfectly. Last year the parking lot sale brought in $4,000 and it was very challenging. There was so much stuff it was crazy for the volunteers trying to sort and price everything. It was very stressful for everyone. This year the team that worked on it asked for higher quality donations and we ended up with about one half of the volume of items. During the week a wildfire consumed 68 homes in the area, so we took many clothing items to the location for those who lost everything. In the end we still made $3500, but the best part is everyone who participated felt it was truly sacred service. Friendships blossomed, laughter and love were present all week.
My Sunday talk was based on Raymon Holliwell's book, Working with the Law. I couldn't seem to get excited about the topic until I read an article in the newspaper about Voyager I, the NASA spacecraft launched in 1977 that finally entered interstellar space. Now that I could get excited about and use it as an example of success. At every turn we can call something a success, but then a minuter later we wonder if it really was a success. I also compared it to our interim positions as co-pastors of the Center.
When Sue and I accepted the positions of interim co-pastors in June 2012, we met with our three other staff ministers and set goals. The goals were to not rock the boat, so to speak, maintain an even keel, for continuity limit Sunday speakers to the five of us, increase class offerings, and maintain the Center’s membership and revenue so all the bills would be paid.
Last month when the congregation voted for a new senior pastor, we could say we had been 100% successful, yet as someone mentioned to one of the candidates, it feels like we’re stuck. And the answer is true, our goal was to not rock the boat. Based on the goals we were successful.
Last month when the congregation voted for a new senior minister, Sue and I were headed for the area of Termination Shock (where Voyager I is at this time). But the real shock was the minister who received 76% of the vote turned us down. That was a shock!
Sue and I will continue in this role, but it’s time to establish new success criteria. Like NASA, it’s time to set new goals for the voyage. So far our batteries are still charged (Voyager's will last until 2025), but I want to be clear, these are not lifetime batteries.
We’re analyzing the many responses we received to the question, "What were you looking for in the new pastor?" We’re visioning and developing new goals. We’re inviting outside speakers like Dr. Kim Kaiser, director of the Holmes Institute who will speak October 6. Dr. James Golden will be offering a retreat and also speak on a Sunday in February. We’re fine tuning the order of service with tighter coordination with the choir and musicians so it flows better, and we’re looking at other improvements.
So what about you? Is there any area of your life where you’ve accomplished what you set out to do and now you feel stuck? Is there an area of life that is less than what you would like it to be? The question is: What are you focused on? On lack or limitation? What do you do with your spare time? Complain or discuss the problems in the world? The point is as a human being we deal in time. Whatever you want to call success in your life depends on where you spend the time in your mind.
September 6, 2013
Whether we call it a transition, death, or a passing, when a friend, family member or other loved one leaves us, there is sadness. For a while we look at our life and wonder about many things. This past weekend I conducted a memorial for someone I didn't know, yet through the memorial I came to truly admire this son, father, and friend of many. In a few days it was followed by news that three loved ones in my world passed on into what I understand is a higher dimension, a place where they are with other loved ones who have gone before and where they have a clearer view of life on earth. It is why Ken Wilbur, theorist in metaphysics, talks about our precious human body. The body, the vehicle in which we express life. Dr. Holmes says our soul needed a physical body here or else it wouldn't have evolved one. It is necessary for self-expression. It is the soul that inhabits the body that is immortal and takes with it our character into the next dimension. Holmes describes it as a transition that continues our individual stream of consciousness forever and ever expanding. And so we send to the souls of the departed peace and love.
September 1, 2013
Where did the time go? After returning from Eureka Rev. Sue called to say our interfaith garden at the Center was vandalized. Statues were broken and fountains turned over, and flowers trampeled. It was front page news in our local newspaper on Monday. We organized a cleanup for Tuesday morning and both TV stations and the newspaper reporters came to follow up on the story. The outpouring of the community was amazing. People we haven't seen in a few years showed up to help. The newspaper changed the topic of the Saturday Voices of Faith column contributors to write about how each faith group respond to attacks on their faith. My response can be found on my Projects and Classes page under Voices of Faith.
My visit to Eureka was refreshing with the cooler temperatures and some quiet time. The CSL congregation is wonderful, very friendly and upbeat. They have an interim minister right now and are accepting applictions for the permanent pastor position. It is a solid organization and my deepest desire is they find a minister to take them forward together.
August 23, 2013
The reading this morning in 365 Days of Richer Living was about praising the health of our body, since our body will respond to praise. Recently I read about a smiling meditation, smiling at our individual organs, giving each one special time. Try it. It feels really good!
Tomorrow I will be driving to Eureka to give a talk on Sunday at the Eureka Center for Spiritual Living. The topic will be The Secret of Spiritual Power. There are 5 key points:
1) We are creations of the One; we are God-intended individuals.
2) Our life is constantly changing because we are creative beings and the evolution of humanity depends on our growth.
3) Our thinking is supported by a giant database of information, of all that has gone before in human consciousness still exists.
4) Our ability to create our experience is consistent since life is based on Universal principles which do not change.
5) Understanding how the Universe works and the power behind our freedom to choose enables us to chart a course of true happiness and peace.
By consciously using our spiritual power we are more aligned with what we want to achieve and we have an easier path to get there. We don't need to use force.
Force creates a counter force, while Power, spiritual power, is still.
Force moves against something. Power doesn’t.
Force is incomplete and needs to be fed energy. Power is complete in itself.
Force is associated with judgment and makes us feel bad. Power is associated with compassion and makes us feel good.
Force requires someone to lose. Power motivates us to work together.
Force is rooted in the material world. Power originates from our mind.
Force can’t tolerate dissent. Force is arrogance. Force exploits. Power supports.
Try using your power today!
August 21, 2013
The past two weeks have been heavily focused on the congregational vote for our new minister and then the disappointment of having the one who received the most votes decline our offer. Of course, in metaphysics we know it is the best result in the big picture, but at times it takes a minute to remember that. Rev. Sue and I will continue our work as co-pastors and the board has decided to "push the pause button" on any plans to find a new senior minister. We will relax awhile as we focus on classes and upcoming events.
This week was the first class on The Power of Decision. With 13 students, this daytime class has a nice mix of new students and old, so the discussion is deep and compelling. In class, everyone was asked to list ten things that if you did them, you'd feel better about yourself. It could be as simple as cleaning out the refrigerator. When the list was done, the homework assignment was to complete one of the items before the next class. One item on my list was to clean out the drawers in the bathroom. Posting it here, I'll probably remember to do that! Today begins with Tai Chi followed by the Spirited Sages discussion group, which is always a rich experience.
August 8, 2013
Yesterday the Spirited Sages met as usual from 10 AM to noon. This week's discussion focused on self esteeem. What does it mean? Why is it important? How do you know if you have it or not? Do we have self esteem in some areas of our life and not others? How can you tell? It was a lively discussion as you can imagine. This writing by William Martin, in his book, The Sage's Tao Te Ching, sums it up: "We are learning to distinguish between true and false power. We see the clamoring of the young for wealth and position and we sadly smile and shake our heads. We are less attached to our possessions and no longer dominated by great ambition. We are not enslaved by our desires and therefore not as vulnerable to the schemes of others. Our thoughts are becoming clearer, and our needs are becoming more simple. Enough to eat, a comfortable bed, and the flow of friendship suffice to delight us." And this piece from another one of his writings: "The time comes when we realize the ducks will never be in a row. It is the nature of ducks to fly about. The house will never be perfectly clean. It is the nature of a house to accommodate clutter." Whew, what a relief!
August 3, 2013
In working on my next book, a compilation of my Sunday talks while serving as interim co-pastor, I was reading a talk that included comments about a doctor that Ernest Holmes mentioned in one of his writings, Dr. Alexis Carrol. Dr. Carrel was born and raised in France and became a famous surgeon in the early 1900s doing research at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. His personal goal became creating a bridge between science and religion. His book, Man, the Unknown was a nonmedical book published in 1935. It was his views about humans from his experience as a scientist and doctor. He felt the many facts learned about humans did not give a true estimate of human potential. He wrote, "We must liberate man from the cosmos created by the genius of physicists and astronomers, that cosmos in which, since the Renaissance, he has been imprisoned. Despite its stupendous immensity, the world of matter is too narrow for him. We know that we are not altogether comprised within its dimensions, that we extend somewhere else, outside the physical continuum... In time, as in space, the individual stretches out beyond the frontiers of his body...He also belongs to another world." The book was a best seller and was translated into over a dozen languages.
I was also able to purchase a very special book of his notes that was published by his sister after his death, called The Voyage to Lourdes. The preface was written by Charles Lindberg. Lindberg and Dr. Carrel worked together to design a pump to keep organs alive during transplant operations. It was in 1903 that Dr. Carrel spent a week on a train to Lourdes with dozens of very ill and disabled people. It is a very moving and personal account of the people he met and the miracle he witnessed at Lourdes. In his investigations of the medically attested healings at Lourdes he found one consistent factor: somebody had to pray and somebody had to believe, and not necessarily the patient. Are you feeling excited about this news?
How did Lindberg and Carrol meet? In 1930, a member of Lindberg's family was ill with cardiac disease, developed as a complication of pneumonia. Their heart was full of lesions and knowing nothing about the human body, Lindberg felt it shouldn't be hard to design a mechanical heart. He was referred to Dr. Carrol who had been interested in methods of circulating blood through organs. Lindberg and Carrol became fast friends and invited Lindberg to share his laboratory, which they did for many years. Lindberg called Carrol an extraordinarily great man whose mind flashed with the speed of light in the space bewteen the logical world of science and the mystical world of God. What an experience that must have been!
August 1, 2013
Dr. Holmes' book, Think Your Troubles Away, is actually Volume 3 of the Science of Mind annual series of articles that he wrote. It was originally published in 1963 and republished by The Penguin Group in 2010. The quote on my Welcome page is from this book. I love reading a book where the author puts a new twist on previous information and all of a sudden it feels fresh, like a spring rain.
Holmes writes, "The Spirit will never produce anything unlike Itself. Consequently the very fact that we have warmth, color, emotion, and initiative, some powers which are conscious, and others autonomic, is all the evidence that one needs. The greatest evidence we have of Divinity is humanity." "This should add a new dignity to our concept of ourselves." It sure makes me smile this morning!
July 29, 2013
Yesterday the second candidate for senior minister at our Center presented her lessons at both services followed by a workshop. Between the previous week's candidate and this week, there is no doubt the Center would be well served by either one. The congregation has a challenging choice to make and I have total trust in their decision. As my time serving as an interim co-pastor with Rev.Sue is coming to a close, I've been thinking of what to do with all of the wonderful material I've gathered over the past year. It might be time for another book!
My favorite part of the interim service has been developing Sunday lessons. Sue picks out the monthly topics that were typically chapter titles from one of her favorite books. It generally takes me a week of research and reflection to prepare the 30-minute message. I approach the task by first reading the chapter in the book that Sue referenced. Then I spend hours combing through my library at home to compile a list of who, what, where, and when references to reflect a variety of thoughts about the subject. This is supported by my thoughts and then, most importantly, the writings of Dr. Ernest Holmes.
My library includes most of the books written by Dr. Holmes and also includes books by people he mentioned. It is fascinating to read books that Dr. Holmes probably read by authors that I had never come across. For instance, Dr. Alexis Carrel who wrote The Voyage to Lourdes (with a preface by Charles A. Lindbergh). Dr. Carrel was a surgeon who in 1903 wrote about a miracle he witnessed at Lourdes. It is a riveting account. Another fascinating person Holmes mentioned is Henri Frederic Amiel, a Swiss philosopher (1821-1881) who, after losing his parents at an early age, travelled widely and became an intimate friend with the intellectual leaders of Europe. He recorded his experiences in a daily diary for over 30 years, which was later edited, translated and published by his friends.
Adding to this my interest in metaphysics from the scientific standpoint, like the exciting discovery of the Higgs Boson and the study of epigenetics as described by Dr. Bruce Lipton, there is a world of rich material to develop a talk around.
Why this book? Why not, after crafting so many talks that seem to have touched at least a few people deeply. May you find some gold nuggets to use in your own spiritual adventure!
July 24, 2013
This morning's reading from 365 Days of Richer Living by Ernest Holmes had a quote from The Kashf Al-Mahjub, "If ye knew God as He ought to be known, ye would walk on the seas, and the mountains would move at your call." Curious, I Googled Kashf Al-Mahjub and found it was also called the Revelation of the Mystery, an in-depth study of Islamic Mysticism. It was written by Ali bin Uthman, who came from Ghazna, now in Afghanistan. The Goodreads website says he was a Sufi mystic who travelled widely in the Middle East and Transoxiana. The Kashf al-Muhjub was probably written in Lahore, where he is buried, not long before his death in about 1074. One of the oldest Sufi works in Persian, it is a substantial treatise aiming to set forth a complete system of Sufism. This is achieved partly by the discussion of acts and sayings of the great figures of the past, partly by discussion of features of doctrine and practice and the examination of the different views adopted by different Sufi Schools. It is enlivened by episodes from the author's own experience. The celebrated work was translated into English by Professor R. A. Nicholson of Cambridge University and published in 1911. Right now Amazon has the book priced from $124 to $1200 yet I could download it on another site. His other books are reasonably priced, so it is time to add to my library once again.
July 22, 2013
In The Bible in the Light of Religious Science, the chapter on the story of creation is very refreshing. On the creation of man, Dr. Holmes reminds us that involution (the Divine Word) and evolution run through everything. Regarding the two accounts of the creation of man (in one he was made in the image of God and in the other he was formed of clay), Holmes says both are right. Spiritual man is made in the image of God with intelligence and consciousness. Material man is made of clay, that is, the human body is formed of a stuff common to all created things; the ultimate particles of all form are the same. "The spiritual man is the idea, the material man is the form; both are necessary since there cannot be an idea without a form or a form without an idea behind it." Now that is worth pondering!
July 19, 2013
I just began reading The Bible in the Light of Religous Science and I can feel myself being pulled in to this investigation! Dr. Holmes reminds us that the Bible was written by men with minds like ours. Their goal was to put down their thoughts about God, humanity, creation, and the relationship between the visible and invisible. He cautions that it is important to approach the Bible as a whole with this understanding and find the threads of universal teachings in its many texts.
The creation story refers to a beginning, but Dr. Holmes says there was no creation, only a process of eternal creation. We understand Spirit to be conscious Intelligence, so it must be conscious of something, therefore It is always creating. This is why there should be no stagnation in our lives. To be spiritual is to create!
Prior to any creation of form there existed Divine possibility, pure potentiality (my favorite description). It is this universal stuff that is full of energy, ready to receive the word and use the law to create definite forms. Ah, the Thing, the way It works and what It does.
God contemplating Itself as creation. It can create, but It could not create anything that would contradict Its own nature. This is the necessity of Perfection remaining perfect. That's a clever way to put it. Yes, my ability to create always manifests perfectly, whether I like it or not. How Godly is that!
July 18, 2013
Continuing with Shankara's book, he asks, "When the moon shines in its exceeding beauty, who would care to look at a painted moon?" A thought worthy of pause and a smile this morning.
We've taken pause several times this year to watch the full moons and even slivers of moons in the clear night skies as if we might actually hear their movement. And during the day the bright green new growth on our trees brings a smile. At the same time the stress from the summer heat is causing some leaves to dry up and drop as if fall is coming too soon. This is the pulse of nature.
Dr. Kenn Gordon, the spiritual leader of our world-wide Centers for Spiritual Living, visited our Center last weekend and gave passionate and stirring talks at our services and at a seminar in the afternoon. We were blessed to have him come to dinner at our home. He was very interested in the old Ernest Holmes books I've been purchasing, especially the latest, "The Bible in the Light of Religious Science." The forward was written by Dr. Holmes in 1928 and it was first printed in 1929. The copy I have was reprinted in 2010 by Martino Publishing.
The book is segmented into interpretations of passages from the Old Testament focused on the story of creation and Moses' teachings, interpretations of passages from the New Testament focused on the teachings of Jesus and the epistles of the apostles. Holmes wrote that when understood, the Bible is a scientific textbook. Although it's "truths are presented in a mystical manner, the Bible points a way to freedom under law, to guidance under love, to revelation through reason. The two great teachers in the Bible are Moses and Jesus. Moses taught the universal law of cause and effect. Jesus tells us of a direct relationship between God and man. One is not complete without the other. Both teachings are necessary. We are individuals living in a universe of law and order; a perfectly balanced, normal viewpoint, connecting life with living, is, in the last analysis, what we are all seeking." This books is going to be an enjoyable journey into a book that I've avoided for a long time!
July 15, 2013
I'm continuing to enjoy reading the translated writings of Shankara, part of the Vedanta text focused on the path to God through knowledge. Shankara wrote about evil and the question of whether evil really exists. He wrote that it seemed to be accepted that evil does not exist at all. The Vendanta Philosophy disagrees. How, it asks, can evil be changed into good, merely by viewing it in a special manner? Pain and misfortune may be borne more easily if we fix our minds upon God--but they are very real experiences nevertheless, even though their duration is limiated. Vedanta agrees that evil, in the absolute sense, is unreal. But it reminds us that, from this standpoint, good is unreal also. The absolute Reality is beyond good and evil, pleasure and pain, success and disaster. Both good and evil are aspects of Maya. As long as Maya exists, they exist. Within Maya they are real enough. The question "Why does God permit evil?" is, in fact, most misleadingly phrased. It is as absurd as if one were to ask "Why does God permit good?"
Now that question is one I haven't heard!
A recent submission to the Voices of Faith column in the newspaper (Projects and Classes) was a challenge to write. The question was: When does religion transcend nationalism? Should patriotism be part of religions? My submission:
Nationalism is our connection for or identification with our country, while patriotism is a moral obligation to support our country. We believe freedom is the birthright of every living soul. When it comes to nationalism, we each have equal and shared political rights and allegiance to similar political procedures, yet as free thinkers we do not do so blindly. Regarding patriotism, a moral obligation to our country, it takes a lot of work, support, and effort to maintain a free society, but then again we do not do so blindly. The world is beginning to realize that is has learned all it should through suffering and pain, yet freedom implies the possibility of suffering because we can choose more than one action or experience. We identify with this land of the free and realize that we individually impact the ebb and flow of freedom by our thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
What are your thoughts?
July 14, 2013
This morning I was reading Shankara's Crest-Jewel of Discrimination, published by Vendanta Press. Shankara was born around 686 AD in southern India. By the age of 10 he was already an academic prodigy. He had read and memorized all of the scriptures and written commentaries on many of them. When his father died about this time, Shankara renounced everything and began a search for the meaning of existence. He was introduced to Govindapada, who instructed him in meditation and yoga. One morning Shankara's path was blocked by someone from the caste of untouchables who had four dogs. Shankara ordered the man out of the way and the man responded, "If there is only one God, how can there be many kinds of men?" Shankara was filled with shame and was inspired to write one of his most famous poems, which included this: He who has learned to see the one Existence everywhere, he is my master--be he a Brahmin or (untouchable).
The book opens with one of Shankara's poems, which is very beautiful:
Oh Lord, dweller within;
You are the light
In the heart's lotus.
Om is your very self,
Om, holiest word,
Seed and source of the scriptures.
Logic cannot discover
You, Lord, but the yogis
Know you in meditation.
In you are all God's faces,
His forms and aspects,
In you also
We find the guru.
In every heart you are
And if but once, only,
A man will open
His mind to receive you
Truly that man
Is free forever.
July 13, 2013
This morning was spent preparing shoes for our Shoes for Souls distribution to the homeless on Monday morning. When I arrived at the Center to pick up the baskets there were a lot of cars, many people busy working on the landscaping, the cleaning team in the sanctuary, cleaning windows, all in preparation for our spiritual leader, Dr. Kenn Gordon, to visit tomorrow. We are so blessed to have him visit!
July 11, 2013
This morning was the first of four classes on Writing as a Spiritual Practice that I am facilitating at the Center in Redding. Twenty-four students showed up, which was really fun since only 15 had registered. We are using Janet Conner's book, Writing Down the Soul, as a reference. You can find her website at: firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the interesting discussions we had was the difference between spiritual practice writing and journal writing. In writing as a spiritual practice, we create a writing space that feels very comfortable, use a pen that glides across the paper, ask a question and listen, writing down what we hear and writing without stopping. We don't edit, don't care about punctuation or spelling. As writer Natilie Goldberg says, we can write the worst stuff in the world, but the most important thing is to listen to that voice, the intutive voice within. Usually after about 3 minutes of writing the ego mind gives up, which is why writing for at least 5 minutes and daily for 10 minutes is so important. To get started with this, I invited everyone to write for 5 minutes on the topic: What is desire? Next: The last time I ate strawberries... And finally, What is it I've been hoping would go away? The results were amazing. Each person's intuitive voice took them on their own unique journey. Next week students will bring back their writings on: I remember... and The time I felt closest to God...
July 10, 2013
This week I received the third in a set of six of Dr. Holmes' books entitled "Change Your Thinking Change Your Life, a Practical Course for Successful Living" originally published in the "30s and reprinted as this set in 1984. Each of the 48 lessons (12 per book) has a message from Dr. Holmes, his commentary, a summary, list of questions, and an expansion on the Bible. He includes "fragments from the spiritual history of the race revealing the fundamental Unity of religious thought and experience" and show alignment with Science of Mind.
In these editions, Dr. Reginald Armor wrote answers to the questions in each chapter, which are in the appendix. Dr. Armor was a charter member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Religious Science and Philosphy (now known as the Holmes Institute), as well as Associate Minister withdr. Holmes.
Years ago Dr. James gave me an original set of the 48 lessons, which I have treasured.
July 9, 2013
For many years I've been teaching the Science of Mind curriculum at our Center for Spiritual Living in Redding, CA. This life affirming philosophy has grown into a passion that I love to share with students. For the past year I've been accumulating Dr. Holmes many books in order to complete a library of his work. There is a wealth of information here and when I research the people he quotes or mentions I find even more fascinating information. That today science is confirming so much of what Dr. Holmes learned and taught makes it a great time to be a student of this philosophy.
Recently I purchased a book by Dr. Holmes and Dr. Fletcher Harding called "Spiritual Healing." It was part of a course they wrote and presented together when they were both Divine Science ministers. They formed what they called the Invisible Church, which was a home study course for students who did not have access to a church. "Spiritual Healing" was archived for many years and was finally printed in 2009 by Golden Key Books, associated with the publications of Emmet Fox.
The latest find is an original "Ebell Lectures on Spiritual Science" by Dr. Ernest Holmes, published in 1934. It was a series of lectures he gave at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. This book was later republished as "Can We Talk to God" in 1992 with three additional chapters on Effective Prayer: Introduction, The Practice and Practical Suggestions. What a great find!!