Light a Candle

How tired are you of the negativity, outright lies and blatant disregard for common sense we hear from the media?

I know.

Silly question.

It’s like whenever there’s a disaster of any kind in the world:  We don’t want to watch, but we do. Sometimes we get so addicted to the details – even though the reporters are merely repeating what was already said 20 minutes earlier – that we find ourselves almost immovable in front of our screen.

If what we are hearing is an affront to our intelligence and common decency we may decide to lash out in protest, often posting or spreading reports and details that we’ve not properly vetted ourselves. This is easy to do, particularly if the information we discover and disseminate agrees with our viewpoint or political ideology.

Later, however, we may find out the evidence we neglected to personally research turns out to be fabricated or satirical, making us look rather pathetic while at the same time giving undue credence to a person or cause not worthy of such trust.

WHAT TO DO?!?Candle

Perhaps it’s time our relatively young country takes some sage advice from the other side of the pond. In her 2015 Christmas message, England’s Queen Elizabeth reminded us,

It is said that it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t be uninformed or put our heads in the sand because our global issues are complex. What we can do is learn what we need to know; then, exercise our personal power to honestly recognize when it’s time to curb our appetite for a diet we know will not just leave us unsatisfied, but also annoyed, more stressed out and with a sense of dread.

As much as we might like to see someone or some organization get what we suppose to be their just desserts, our time would be better spent in improving our own lives, the lives of those we love and furthering peace and understanding on the planet.

Where will you light a candle in the apparent darkness of your day?

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


Terry Drew Karanen © 2016

Would You Like to Prosper in Life?

Theme for the Week of April 25:
Kinship With All Life

Affirmation:  We see a world in which kinship with all life prospers.

 Would You Like to Prosper in Life?

Do you believe we still live in a “dog-eat-dog” world? When media feeding frenzies highlight what’s wrong on our planet it could leave us to agree. And, many businesses are still operating with the model that there’s only room for one at the top.

This week in our daily discussions over at the Facebook® page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation we’ll be looking again at our unity with all life, but also how we can participate in the prosperity of all concerned.

How prospering looks for each of us is an individual determination. Just as prosperity is not all about money, prospering is not necessarily the ideal set out for us in the media through advertising and marketing. For some of us, prospering in life can be as simple as being content with what we have.


This is not meant to infer that we should become complacent in life. Contentment and complacency are two different things – yet another topic we’ll look at this week! What we focus on increases; this is a basic universal law. Therefore, if we are constantly complaining about our body image, our relationships, our job or our bank account, what do you think is increasing? All the things we don’t want!

Join me this week in a further examination of the unity of all life, the kinship we hold with creatures like us and those dissimilar, how we can prosper through contentment and how we can actively partner in a prospering life for all.

Yes, it’s going to be quite a week!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,


Unconditional Love

Theme for the Week of February 15: Through the Prism of God’s Love

We see a world in which unity with God and
connection with each other is emphasized.

Is the love you have for your friends or beloved unconditional? I’d venture a guess that you’d say it is. And, from at least my six plus decades of experience, you’d be wrong.

People aren’t taught to love unconditionally, myself included. Oh sure, we talk about unconditional love. We hear ministers preach about unconditional love. But do we, as a rule, practice it in our daily lives?

Ask yourself what ovations of love you received from a special someone yesterday for Valentine’s Day or your last birthday. Did the outward demonstration you experienced meet with your expectations?

Well, first off, dear one, if we have expectations about how other people must act toward us then we’re already out of unconditional love! If romantic or platonic relationships are expected to unfold in certain ways then we are already placing conditions on those relationships.

So while we may consider the concept of unconditional love in theory, what we see practiced is a type of love which is granted based on how far others live up to our expectations. This is the complete opposite of the unconditional love we know as an attribute of universal consciousness. The law of cause and effect is a prime example of unconditional love.unconditional-love1

The universe is set to respond in kind with our thoughts, words and deeds. The unfortunate part of that equation is that our thoughts are all-too-often unconscious instead of conscious; our words are spoken without complete understanding of the power they wield; and, our deeds can be too easily influenced by societal norms and familial expectations.

I hope you’ll join me for a week of discussion on the many facets or prisms of God’s unconditional love, which happens over on the Facebook page for Spirit, Mind and Body Foundation. In the meantime, I invite you to stop yourself over the next few days anytime you find you are judging yourself or others, for unconditional love and judgment cannot exist in concert with one another. Can you give yourself the gift of unconditionally love?

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,