Accepting Our Good

Is there something lacking in your life right now? It could be any number of things:  a satisfying relationship, a better or new car, the job/career of your dreams, your bills paid and money in the bank. It could also be peace of mind, free from anxiety or depression.

Our thoughts create our experience and we are responsible for the outcome. Many people balk at this, preferring to blame the Devil, the government, their parents or something else for their woes. Of course, no one plans a miserable life on purpose! But, we really do create our own experience. The problem is that most people do it subconsciously or in some cases, unconsciously.

My father drilled into my mind that I would always have more bills than money and never get ahead in life. Nice, huh? It wasn’t his fault. He believed the future was predicated by the past, recent or distant, and the direction of family wasn’t toward affluence. Heck, we didn’t even have a double-wide in our trailer park!

Dr. Arleen Bump told me she was taught this by one of her teachers:

The world knows you in terms of your history, but God-Mind only knows you in terms of how you are knowing yourself at this present moment.

In other words (sorry, Papa), the experience of the past doesn’t have to impact our present or future, unless we allow it to do so. In my case, I’ve battle issues of financial lack for nearly my entire life. I’m finally financially stable, but it’s taken a great deal of energy to get where I am, probably a lot more than was necessary if I’d had a better belief system in place.

The question then is not whether or not our good is available, but rather if we are willing to accept it. How does this lack of acceptance show up?

  • Someone opens a door for you, but you insist they enter first.
  • A friend informs you she is picking up the tab for lunch, and you protest.
  • You can’t afford groceries, but feel worthless when someone brings you bags of food.

Get the picture? Have you passed a penny or a nickel on the street, afraid someone would chide you for stopping to pick up such an insignificant coin? PICK IT UP! Jesus taught us that “Whoever is faithful with little is faithful with much also …” (Luke 16:10, Aramaic Bible in Plain English).htblaw

As we become more comfortable with small gifts and demonstrations, more becomes available to us. Begin today to embrace the acceptance of your good, no matter how small and regardless of whether or not you judge yourself worthy of such abundance.

Begin, too, to guard your thinking. This is not about ignoring the facts, but it’s an entirely different thing to dwell on those facts instead of knowing the truth that another situation, circumstance or outcome is possible.

Know this:  There is just One Power. That Power is in, through and all around you. That Power is your power. Speak your word for that which you desire. Know without a doubt that the universal consciousness knows how to produce your good and produce it in a way even more wonderful than you expect. Release all doubt and embrace your good by making room for it in your life. Give thanks, knowing that it is already done in the Mind of God. And So It is!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,





Are you easily distracted? I am if I’m not holding an almost constant vigilance with my purpose. I suppose it might have something to do with that ADHD thing.

So, yeah, some guys in white coats feel I have this inability to effectively give my attention to what’s in front of me. My family might agree. No, my family DOES agree.

I don’t. We can’t allow a diagnosis or opinion to be a reason to think less of ourselves or make it a defining point in our lives. For example, I’m tall, six foot two inches – that’s 1.88m for my non-American readers. I could say, “OH NO! I’m too tall to go up in the attic! I can’t get into a small car. Oh poor me!” Instead it means I have to duck … a lot. Yeah, I hit my head – repeatedly, since apparently I’m not always the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree – but not as often if I remember where I am and what I’m doing.

Even this blog is an example of my ability to be distracted if I don’t stay in control of my direction. However, I’m not going to scrap the whole first point just because I got sidetracked. Why? Because if I’m thinking about this stuff then others may be, too, and it just might be helpful.

So what WAS my blog supposed to be about? Here it is:

Allowing ISIS to distract us from life.

(I know – quantum jump – get used to it. My family just learns to deal with it, that is when they aren’t too tired, in which case someone just slaps me.)

The threat of terrorism and the reality of hundreds of thousands of refugees is nothing to ignore. But it is not a reason to become distracted from other challenges, both domestically and internationally, that deserve our attention. In other words, we can’t let our lives fall apart worrying about the problems in the world or down the block.

The recent terror attacks reported in the news in France and Mali have shifted the focus in the news, as well as in the current political races here in the States. How sad that politicians and would-be-presidents are doing little if nothing for the plight of those affected, but using the events and issues as marketing tools to downgrade their opponents with the hope of winning an election or fuel Islamophobia for their own designs.

We have a choice, but it’s not easy. Like most Truth principles, the course is simple – put one foot in the front of the other and carry on – but it’s far from easy to do that for most of us. We are charged with the duty to see through the media frenzy and political posturing. We turn away not from those whom we can assist, but we do “turn the other cheek,” as Jesus the great teacher said, and look in the direction of solutions.

Each day is another opportunity to remain vigilant with our spirit, mind and body to help create a life worth living in a world dedicated to cooperation and compassion. What we do matters. We may not see it, but any act of kindness we can perform on a personal and local level is one more building block put into place for a new foundation of planetary peace.

Will we run in fear as the media and politicians would have us do? Will we point our fingers at people and issues we don’t like nor understand? Or, will we take action and make a difference?

The choice is ours. Choose wisely.

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,




Healing Pain

Have you changed your Facebook profile picture to the French flag? Many have. Thousands have been affected from the recent losses in Paris. No loss should be minimized, but when we highlight tragedy of any kind we give it power and energy.5000

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be informed. But it does beg the question of just how many times we have to watch the same video feed or listen to the same report. And, as in the case of the recent events in France, we can easily turn our backs on the many other catastrophes and misfortunes that are occurring simultaneous, a number of which are exponentially more impactful.

The Jewish scriptures tell us, “Time and unforeseen circumstances befall us all.” Planes crash. Buildings burn. Extremists blow themselves up taking innocent people with them. How can we deal with these catastrophes?

Jesus the great teacher is quoted in the Christian scriptures as saying, “Love one another.” Punishing the innocents who faithfully practice a faith that terrorists only claim to embrace is not the way to love one another. We must stand together to compassionately support one another regardless of religion.

Will our pain be healed immediately? No. Like a physical scar, our emotional injuries carry mental scars. It’s said that when scar tissue completely heals it’s stronger than the skin around it. Our scars not only prepare us for future challenges, but they can be a reminder of how we dealt with a situation we couldn’t previously imagine living through.

I read this quote recently:  "Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain." In the coming weeks we’ll each have the opportunity to exercise wisdom in our dealings with others. We’ll perhaps be more compassionate with others around us, as well as suffering all over the globe, even if those individuals are not of our race, our nationality or our faith.

We are at a turning point in human history. Humankind as a whole is killing the planet and killing its own family. There’s no magic wand to wave, no prayer that heals everything, everywhere immediately. We have a choice to beautify the planet and accept peace. Will we?

We can choose to use wisdom in loving one another and being responsible planetary citizens. There’s always plenty of blame to go around; the media focuses on that because it increases rating.

Instead, let’s focus on the solution:  #TheGlobalVision of #AWorldThatWorksForEveryone.

With Love,



Mushrooms and Manure

Do you seem at times to be doing a lot, but accomplishing little? Working through a To Do list can end up being more of a chore than a triumph. If this has happened to you then perhaps it’s not the list but what’s on it.

People often wonder why their goals are not realized or their prayers not answered. A major part of seeing our desires manifest is the commitment we exhibit to produce the end result. It’s very easy to get bogged down in the details so that we are doing busy-work, rather than being busy about the work at hand.

Helpful in this regard is being able to understand the difference between what we need to do to accomplish our goals and what could be unnecessary drudgery. In his new book, “Elders Rock!” author Dr. Harvey W. Austin states this:

“Distinguish the mushroom from the horse manure it grows in.
They are both brown, but only one is edible.”

Well … THAT certainly puts it in a difference perspective, doesn’t it?mush1

We can ask ourselves if the world will end if our bed isn’t made daily. We might stop complaining about the commercials between the scenes of our favorite TV show and consider recording them to watch later in less time by skipping over the ads. Why, we might even consider what we want to do for the holidays instead of what society or our families say we should do.

My Grandma Esther used to say that being in horse manure up to your neck really isn’t so bad. After all, it’s warm and after a while you get used to the smell. I would challenge you to see if you’re putting up with the s%*t in your life that no longer serves you just because it’s easier than doing something about it.

Using a person in our life as the excuse not to return to school or take that trip may allow us to ignore the part that includes worrying about having the money needed. A physical ail may allow us to skip out on functions we didn’t have the nerve to say “No” to. The list goes on; I encourage you to find your own stories in this regard.

And, yes, they are stories. They are the horse manure we serve up to ourselves and others when we aren’t ready to make a decision. But the problem with that is it becomes all too easy, too warm, too comfortable, and so we stay stuck in the muck.

Perhaps this week you’ll consider the possibility of being more selective about the “mushrooms” you pick, noting more importantly what could be hanging on. If we are mindful and focused on our goals then we can allow the waste to fall off our plate just as easily as brushing the dirt and other matter off a little mushroom. Bon Appétit!

P.S.  Be sure to check out Harvey’s new book – just click here!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,



Divine Compassion

Our thoughts become things. Most religious and spiritual beliefs teach this concept in one form or another. But what happens when tragedy or harm occurs in our life?

Here’s what does NOT work: “That’s horrible! What do you think was in your consciousness to cause THAT?”

NOT cool … or kewl, either!

I know because that’s what someone said to me the day after I received a gunshot wound in my face over twenty years ago. If hadn’t still been in shock I’d have probably slapped the snot out of her. My ministers at the time offered to do just that, though I declined to give them her name.

We are not here to analyze why something has happened in the lives of others. It’s compassionseriously none of our business. The 224 passengers and crew of the recent Russian Metrojet airliner accident didn’t have some collective death wish. Neither did the six million Jews and the five million non-Jews who died during the Holocaust.

We are here to love one another.

We are here to comfort one another.

We are here to be of service to one another.

Ellen Debenport recently put it this way:

I … understand the need for God with skin on, and that’s who we can be to each other. It’s who we are anyway, the divine in human form.

At the same time we must insure that our well-meaning empathy does not deteriorate into a form of sympathy and pity. We are not here to encourage or foster a victim consciousness, one that is completely disempowered of any change or healing. If we are to be of service to others then we remember we are each “the divine in human form,” as capable of change, growth and self-respect.

I invite you this week to consider yourself as “the divine in human form” on a deeper level than ever before. Not from a place of authority and judgment, but from the mindfulness of divine compassion. How might you be able to be of service to another this week? What might you say to someone in pain that you yourself would like to hear if the situation was reversed?

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,