Sunday, April 30, 2017
Einstein combined intellectual brilliance with intuitive wisdom:
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
Another result of having JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS (How can one not have joyous expectations with belief in Eternal Live?)
As Justin Shadrick stated:
An amusing and somewhat pointed list attempting to look at the positive side of things:
24 things that have been accomplished in the last 100 days:
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Restart of day outside of politics: Good Morning. I am starting a new series called the Resurrection of Joyous Expectation in my life. I was brought up with idea that expectation was a negative thing. If you "expected something good in your life, and did not get it, this would mean disappointment. Therefore it is best not to expect anything." This is carried over in relationship, and most relationship counselors advise us to drop expectations of our partner. However, I want to explore, starting with the relationship with myself, having joyous expectation of the type I learned from Ernest Holmes, founder of SCIENCE OF MIND, and other spiritual teachers such as Charles Fillmore of Unity, and other gifted teachers. Ron Alexander
I change that to"TODAY" not "tomorrow"!
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Several folks have asked for the thought of the week to be a recap of Sundays lesson sometimes. So here it goes:
Soteriology is the study of salvation. In Unity, we are saved when know our at-one-ment, our oneness with God and each other. And then we talked about the eastern version of salvation nirvana, which is not necessarily a state of bliss though it can be. It comes from the word for "to blow a candle out". And what are we blowing out but the attachment we have to desires, clingings and aversions, which cause us so much pain. Observing those nonjudgmentally is the way out of the pain.
You are already saved if you're working on yourself and your oneness with God and others. It's not always easy, but definitely worth the ride because moments of oneness and nirvana can be so blissful, or at least growthful and rewarding.