AUGUST 2, 2020
Minister's Message
" All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. "  - Buddha

Beloved Community:

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about how be optimistic and positive in the midst of the current conditions in our world.   This week as I whined to my Practitioner, she told me it was simple. "Just think positive thoughts," she said. Can it really be as simple as positive thinking, I wondered?

Psychologists, neuroscientists, sages, researchers, faith leaders and physicians have promoted the benefits of positive thinking for hundreds of years. Science has proven that positive thinking helps us to be healthier, more productive and ultimately happier. Yet many of us find it hard to practice optimism on a regular basis. I am finding it much more difficult to be positive as this Pandemic rolls on and on.

Our founder Ernest Holmes taught that “Thoughts are Things” and that we must learn to consciously direct our thoughts and energy. According to quantum physics, our thoughts have a frequency and a corresponding unique vibration that attracts similar frequencies to us. So negative thinking attracts negative energy; positive thinking attracts positive energy. How we think creates the energy that ultimately manifests our realities. This also applies to group thinking or collective consciousness. When a collection of people focus their collective energy, miracles (or nightmares) can happen!   I believe that people of faith and goodwill are being called on in these times to collectively vision, pray and extend positive energy for the betterment of all humanity and an end to suffering for all beings on this planet. Won’t you join me?

How do we begin this noble and sacred work? It begins, as everything always does, with ourselves.  In his book, The Art of Happiness , His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama wrote, "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

For many, even though it may be easy to show compassion to others, it may be difficult to be compassionate toward ourselves. Some of us want to blame others for our circumstances; many of us harshly blame ourselves. Self-judgement and blame are easy to fall into, but only through being able to let go and extend compassion and kindness to ourselves can we discover positivity in even the darkest moments.

This Pandemic has taught me the importance of slowing down in order to move forward. I try to heed the words of Thich Nhat Hanh:  "Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves -- slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment."

Sometimes we just need to slow down in order to move forward. And we have certainly been given the time to do so by this virus. Slowing down is a deliberate choice, but not always easy to do in a word that is pushing us into action, doing, now!  Being truly in the moment allows us to conserve our inner energy and focus it in more constructive ways. Living in the moment doesn't mean we don't care about the future. It means that when we make a choice to do something, we can focus on solely doing it, rather than letting our mind wander into the future or the past. Slowing down, breathing and resting in the moment can lead to greater appreciation for life and a greater level of happiness. Why not try it right now? Slow down. . .breathe in this moment. . .rest in the now. . . .

I send you blessings of optimism, positivity, love and joy as we journey through these times together.

Please stay safe and strong in Spirit!

Rev. Jackie Holland
Spiritual Director
Dr. Ernest Holmes

The Necessity of Faith

Faith also is a certain definite mental attitude. When Jesus said, “It is done unto you as you believe,” he implied that a Law, a Force or an intelligent Energy in the universe acts upon the images of our belief. Faith is an affirmative way of using this Law, this Energy, this Force. Therefore, all scriptures announce the necessities of having faith.
 “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ.” “I will put my laws into your mind.” “Hear, O earth, behold I will bring my evil upon these people, even the fruits of their thoughts.” “And he sent his word and healed them.” …

In spiritual mind healing, thought becomes a transmitter for Divine Power; therefore, the thought must always be kept free from confusion.

from How to Change Your Life , page 183-184.
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Prayer of the Week
“Knowing that the Law of God is perfect, I lay aside all fear, uncertainty or doubt.”   Ernest Holmes

The eternal, changeless nature of Spirit is ever-present, throughout all of creation. From the vastness of this universe, with billions of galaxies, to the billions of atoms within each of us, the Divine energy and Life of God moves through and as EVERYTHING. Divine Law governs the movement of the heavens, and at the same time Spirit is always “nearer than hands or feet”.

For we are One with Spirit, created by and from Creative Mind. God is within us, as us, and there can be no separation. This is the unchanging and eternal nature of our being.

In the midst of confusion, upheaval, or change, we remain anchored in our faith that THIS TOO IS GOD. That same power and presence that created this universe and set the Laws into motion is far greater than any situation or circumstance in our lives, or in our nation, or the world. We affirm that all things human are temporary, but Spirit is eternal. Let us align our minds with this Truth, that in the big picture, all is working in Divine perfect order. Then we can be free from fear.

With deep gratitude that in Truth, all is well, I now release my Word into the Law, knowing that it is already done.

And So It Is!
Diana Anderson, RScP
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Reverend Jackie Holland, Senior Minister