Sunday, April 30, 2017

...manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty,

Einstein combined intellectual brilliance with intuitive wisdom:
 1 Year Ago Today
The radiant beautiful Center of True Religion
To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religion.
Albert Einstein(gratefulness.org)
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Everything moves in circles.


Think Plenty into everything...

How to help your sense of depression and fear fade away?




Within each one of us is an ...

Compelled to do and to follow...

I exist...

Life is a mirror...



Appreciate what you have

I would rather be able to appreciate things I cannot have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
ELBERT HUBBARD(gratefulness.org)



















Saturday, April 29, 2017

Equanimity

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Ron Alexander

You already have IT!


Pursue unanswerable questions in good company

Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions in good company.
RACHEL NAOMI REMEN(gratefulness.org)





Friday, April 28, 2017

Something within you that sings the song of eternity.

Another result of having JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS (How can one not have joyous expectations with belief in Eternal Live?)

I joyously expect to love harder...

When it gets harder to love, let's love harder.
VAN JONES(gratefulness.org)

Sounds like a joyous "Expectation" to me!

Joyous Expectation as seeds for the mind...


If we choose to be kind anyway is embracing joyous expectations:


Joyous Expectations can produce humorous results:


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

A result of JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS

 
 
One of life's most fulfilling moments occurs in the split-second when the familiar is suddenly transformed into the dazzling aura of the profoundly new.
Edward B. Lindaman(gratefulness.org)


Joyous Expectations includes interactive, inclusive, welcoming

DIVERSITY.

Today I live in the ....


Remembering being immersed in love is to ...

BRING JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS

JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS means not limiting your life by any...


To love is to have joy and have...

...JOYOUS EXPECTATIONS.


Now on, I will live in a ...


Knowing the Presence within me leads to Joyous Expectations


A grateful heart helps in having Joyous Expectations


Resurrection of Joyous Expectation in my life:

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

Big Tax Fraud

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Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
The Biggest Tax Fraud in History
President Trump is billing his new tax plan as the biggest tax cut in history. Inspired by his hyperbole, I’d call it the biggest tax heist in history. My column explains why.
Reuters looked at recent Congressional and other investigations and how they were staffed. It found that the House committee investigating Benghazi devoted 46 staff to its investigation. The Iran-Contra investigation had 181 staffers on the case. The 2004 special commission investigating intelligence on WMD had 88 investigators. Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee has just seven staffers investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
The United States is the global outlier in its failure to assure paid family leaves; only 12 percent of private sector workers get paid parental leave. This report notes that while maternal leaves are stagnant, paternal leaves are rising — and that in any case the beneficiaries of paid leave tend to be affluent, educated parents, not, say, low-income single moms.
I’m of course appalled by President Trump’s denunciations of the news media as enemies of the people, but I do think that we journalists have a credibility problem and that we’re not sufficiently diverse in all kinds of ways. This article notes that a majority of publishing jobs are now in counties that Hillary Clinton won by 30 percentage points or more. That makes it all the more important that journalists work hard to try to cover the rest of America.
And now here’s my column about Trump’s tax policy. We’ve sent this newsletter out early because although it’s nominally my Thursday column, we posted today since it’s tied to the news. Read!

This Isn’t Tax Policy; It’s a Trump-Led Heist


What do you do if you’re a historically unpopular new president, with a record low approval rating by 14 points, facing investigations into the way Russia helped you get elected, with the media judging your first 100 days in office as the weakest of any modern president?
Why, you announce a tax cut!
And in your self-absorbed way, you announce a tax cut that will hugely benefit yourself. Imagine those millions saved! You feel better already!
I’m deeply skeptical that President Trump will manage to get a tax reform package passed into law, and that’s just as well. Trump’s new tax “plan” (more like an extremely vague plan for a plan) is an irresponsible, shameless, budget-busting gift to zillionaires like himself.
This isn’t about “jobs,” as the White House claims. If it were, it might cut employment taxes, which genuinely do discourage hiring. Rather, it’s about huge payouts to the wealthiest Americans — and deficits be damned! If Republicans embrace this “plan” after all their hand-wringing about deficits and debt, we should build a Grand Monument to Hypocrisy in their honor.

Rev. Ed Kozak's thought of the week.

 
 
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.
 


What is our countries' priorities?

Best ex-prez yet, I hope and expect Obama to be great ex- prez too?


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Let it Be! My wild and adventurous life.

It was my life - like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be.
CHERYL STRAYED(gratefulness.org)