ONENESS

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In the living of every day life, I have found it helpful to consciously call forth and release the spiritual genius that resides within me. This Presence can be hampered or impaired by conflicting thoughts emanating from my own mind or even the combined consciousness of humankind. To illustrate simply, anytime I deviate from the inherent love, peace, joy, power, beauty and wisdom that already resides within me, it is evidence of unskilled, incoherent thinking. Being aware of this problem is the beginning of its healing. There are a multitude of paths that all lead to conscious re-unification with God, the source of all Ideal goodness and love. I chose to be a life-long practitioner of the Science of Mind in 1958. My wife and dearest love was taken as a toddler into her first Religious Science Church on Easter Sunday of 1955. We still do our best to live what we’ve taught for all these years. But it’s not the only way, nor even necessarily the best way for all. There is, however a “perennial philosophy”, what Ernest Holmes called “a golden thread of Truth” that can be found in all righteous systems. Once one has decided upon on a spiritual path, stick with it. The “spiritual athlete syndrome” of jumping from one to another should be avoided. Which is not to say that an evolution of consciousness does not occur on one’s chosen path. It will. The hallmark is an expansion and inclusion of all previous awareness and knowing. I remember to stand guardian at the portal of my own consciousness to remain at ONENESS. What is required of me is new ideas, higher thoughts, greater concepts that allow the Power within me to demonstrate the Ideal as real, the lofty heights of a grander, heart centered life. LIFE IS GOD. LIFE IS GOOD. ONENESS PREVAILS!! THIS IS SO NOW!!

DREAMSVILLE

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This great song composed by Henry Mancini with Jay Livingston and Ray Evans as lyricists reminds me of the vast importance of living in one’s highest imaginings, (Gail calls it “imagineering”!) the area of unlimited possibilities, miracles and magic.

“I’m in Dreamsville
Holding you
A dreamy view
Just we two alone in love
In Dreamsville
Time is new
We’re here to love
And we do
We can see the rest of the world
Below us
From our pink cloud
There’s no boundary to this magic land
As we go exploring
Hand in hand
In dreamy Dreamsville
Far away
And here we love
Here we’ll stay!”

“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours,” said Thoreau. I have learned that there are no limits! The bigger the dreams, the more seemingly outrageous or impossible the goal, the more deliciously satisfying the miracles that result! I have learned to manifest, and intend to continue living, the “Ideal Made Real,” the higher side of life, about which Christian Larsen, one of Ernest Holmes’ greatest inspirations, wrote. This, like everything else, is an inside job. I do it to, and for, myself, as do you. The temporary appearances of life must be of no consequence to us. Love God, have the faith of God, the source of all good, and enjoy the Ideal life made real! Here’s to a FABULOUS 2016!

STATUS

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STATUS: What’s on my mind? I am in awe of Life. Here we all are, living and loving, in and through the LIFE FORCE, which is the Source, the Mystery of the Universe. I am so grateful for all our relatives and friends. If I am to stay on the planet, it appears that I must get old. There is no acceptable alternative at this point. Many of my old friends have moved on. Of my contemporaries, the two other 87 year olds left, I can reach both of them by phone. No jive email, twittering or texting for US! I remember things they said seventy years ago! Bill Holman used to say: “Rage and consternation twisted his face, then he twisted rage’s face and they both twisted consternation’s!” Gordon Fry said: “What’s that brown crap on your shorts?” Answer: “That’s brown crap!” What memorable quotes! Good friends…

Regardless of all my training, Science of Mind, ACIM, forty years of actual ministry, studying metaphysics, new thought, old traditions, etc etc, I STILL got old. We went to see the best ENT specialist in Carson City. He said, after extensive testing, that I was perfect! Everything is just exactly the way it’s supposed to be, only a little slower! Which means I’m perfect, for an 87 year old! No, I have not water skied in three years. I have no desire to snow ski either. It’s too cold. All of the really important stuff still works fine though, says my wife! (Use your imagination!) What’s my STATUS Facebook asks? I got old by focusing on The Ideal Made Real, that is, LIFE ITSELF!
STAY HAPPY, KEEP BREATHING!
Love and Blessings and Merry Christmas for everybody!

We plan; God laughs…!

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As a retired “man of the cloth” but still an active trumpet player, (a love affair which began when I was only twelve), all of a sudden I find we are near Christmas of 2015! (Where DOES the time come from! Smile). I guess this means Gail is a retired “woman of the cloth”, but then it’s always been kind of a challenge to keep her dressed. She’s really a nudist at heart. Did you know that? Is that over-sharing or too much information? Oh well. We have been living the “ideal made real” since moving to our lakefront condo here in Crystal Bay Cove, almost four years ago. Now, we have absolutely no clue what the future holds, which is usually the case for most people, but we can frequently fool ourselves into thinking things will continue on the same trajectory, which we find a comforting, but inaccurate illusion. Our lease expires on February 29, 2016 and, due to Nikki Campbell’s recent graduation to the Hereafter, in March  WE ARE OUT OF HERE! (ready or not). As the Universe (God) is for all of us, Gail and I can hardly wait to see the outrageous ideal life that is even now unfolding for us. I know being a jazz trumpet player / minister is an unusual mix: weird is as weird does. We have no real idea where we’ll land or when, but Gail and I are both life-long Science of Minders and we will continue to teach only Love. Join us as we stay happy and keep breathing. Have a merry HO HO HO, Love and Light and Blessings Galore!

POSITIVE AS A PROTON!

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While there is a lot I don’t know, I am positive as a proton (!) that Life (GOD) is thoroughly, permanently and mysteriously unknowable to all of It’s creations. Yes, there is a life cycle: conception, birth, growth and eventually death. Yes, we humans have discovered that we can assist ourselves towards living the Ideal made real. And some, for reasons I cannot begin to fathom, live hell on earth every day. I am also positive that Life (GOD) is always the permanent and changeless source of the Universe, and all that exists before, now and in whatever is to come. The forms come and go, change happens and becomes the new now. This is all very mysterious. But we are all mystics. A mystic is one who senses the Divine Presence everywhere. With trees, bees, dogs, dolphins and such, this awareness seems built in. People, however, apparently get to choose. I stand with the prophet of old who declared: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Today I choose to see God everywhere I look! And peace prevails in my world…

INNER PEACE

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Science of Mind – page 307
I needed reminding this week of something I first learned in 1958: “Nothing is real to us unless we make it real. Nothing can touch us unless we let it touch us. Refuse to have the feelings hurt. Refuse to receive anyone’s condemnation. In the independence of your own mentality, believe and feel that you are wonderful. This is not conceit, it is the truth. What can be more wonderful than the manifestation of the Infinite Mind?” So, stay happy, keep breathing. Life is SO God!

THE POWER

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“There is a power for good in the universe greater than you are and you can use it!” Ernest Holmes
This mysterious power is self-existent, has always been, will always be and is First Cause of everything! This includes our whole solar system, the galaxies in our Universe, all that is now known and as yet unknown. This mysterious power, even though we sometimes forget, is what we are! It is to be trusted. It is what shows up as both what is marvelous or seems disastrous in our experience! My job is to handle what shows up in a coherent, sane, educated, meditative state of mind. This means living in the question. It is realistic living. I need to expand beyond the limits of my current understanding and view what happens in this mysterious reality as good all the time! Realistic living is the good life. The good life is trusting enough to live creatively through the challenges we encounter. Realistic living is the power, the ever deepening communion with our True Self, with this mysterious power. It’s how I use It!

NEW IDEAS

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“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Albert Einstein.
“To live happily and healthfully in all the turmoil that progress brings requires exploring new ideas.”
The Heart Math Solution by Doc Childre.
About five years ago, while I was still a full time minister of Religious Science, I learned from Doc about the heart’s intelligence. Everybody alive has this marvelous heart organ pumping blood from before birth until death. Heart intelligence is also available to all who become aware of It. Focusing one’s attention on that intelligence is a scientifically proven pathway toward expanded ideas. I have found this spiritual tool is very helpful in practicing love, another name for the Ideal made real. Namaste…

CRYSTAL BAY

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One summer in the early sixties I lived up on the grade of Highway 28 near the state line, over looking Crystal Bay. That was a great feeling, magical, summer. I was playing lead trumpet in the show room at Harvey’s, water skiing and having a wonderful life! There WAS one big negative experience that happened however! Due to my Faith that GOD IS ONE, life remained magical! I was so grateful! Seemingly overnight, I find I am now old – eighty seven! I still play trumpet, haven’t water skied in three years. Today in August of 2015, about 50 years later, we (me and a whole “new” family) live on the other side of that hill, different, but the same. The magic, the grace still remains. I want to remember that it remains everywhere! The gnarly negatives still show up, no surprise! My point? Life continues to be miraculous, a miracle. We live by the grace of God. Life itself is a miracle! Then, now and forever. And so it goes. Love…

IS LIFE SIMPLE?

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Since we’ve been living on Tahoe’s north shore, a sea gull has been intermittently showing up on the deck outside our living room overlooking Crystal Bay. The bird is very tame and would probably eat out of my hand, but I don’t trust that big beak! He was peering into our bedroom from the lower deck yesterday, no doubt wondering why I was still in bed instead of bringing him food… We are entering our fourth year here. I wonder sometimes: is this always the same bird? It really does not matter. We all just enjoy the visits. Simple joys: they feel good. There are, however, some potentially upsetting appearances swirling around. Massive changes are going on all over the world. I find that the more I think I know about stuff, the less I can really be sure of! Bottom line? I don’t know as much as I’d like to think I know! I have learned that the trick is to not judge. But, is it possible for me to not judge, at all? I need to feel good! I CHOOSE to feel good because I happen to know that whatever I focus my attention on grows and expands! So, right now, I move my mind, my attention, directly into my heart, a little off center, in my chest and I FEEL better instantly. My heart has infinite intelligence because grace and love dwell here. This is where the higher vibration of life, the Ideal resides. Grace IS amazing. I now feel GOOD. Here there is nothing to judge. Here life is simple. Here I feel gratitude as Grace takes over the running of my consciousness. All is good, joyful and abundant in all ways. I stay happy. Grace is simple. And so life is.