You Are What You Read

Once, I sat in my steamy bathtub rereading Power of Decision by Raymond Charles Barker. The book was so worn from earlier readings, that the steam hit the ancient pages and they dropped out as I turned each page. They floated in the hot tub and I was inspired  through osmosis.

That’s the more-or-less true story that I told yesterday when I spoke about my favorite metaphysical books. My favorite New Thought books are not usually steamy but they are a great way to change our minds. Some books are better than others.

Metaphysical books can help you change your thinking and change your life faster and better than anything I know – except perhaps classes. And if you think about it, most of our classes are based on books.

I suggest spending at least half an hour every day with a good inspirational book. Most of them are paperback and portable so that is easy to do.

You can read in the morning while you drink your coffee. You can carry your book to work and read on your lunch hour. You can stop by the park on your way home and spend thirty minutes reading in the fresh air. If you live alone, you can read during supper. Or before you go to sleep. Trust me, reading the words of our founder, Ernest Holmes, will give you a better night’s sleep than watching the news or some stupid reality show.

The best books can be reread several times and you will find they are the same but you are different. I’ve been reading Power of Decision for at least 25 years and I am a very different person now. I love that book because it was the first one I could really understand.

Dr. Barker, is a no nonsense kind of guy and his words ooze conviction. All his books are great but I think Power of Decision is the greatest. When you read Barker, you know you are never a victim, and never trapped.

Barker’s book is an old favorite and I do love it. One of my new favorites is The Way In by Dr. Carol Carnes. Dr. Carol was my mentor and friend here in Encinitas and she is now in Calgary Canada. Her book is a collection of inspirational essays taken from her daily blog.

You can use The Way In every day to get your head on straight as you drink your first cup of coffee. You can also subscribe to her blog. Go to cc1inlove@aol.com. I read her blog daily and I’ve read her book more than once. Dr. Carol has a keen intelligence and she deals well with abstract ideas. I like her writing because she makes me think.

My next book recommendation was also recently written by a good friend. Dr. Maxine Kaye has been a Religious Science minister for many years. She actually grew up in the teaching. Dr. Maxine is always joyful and excited about life. Dr. Maxine’s book, exudes health, vitality and joy. It is titled Alive and Ageless .Her daily blog is dr.maxine@theconsciousconnections.com

You know, the consciousness of the writer is always apparent in the writing. You can feel the enlightenment in every one of the books I’m talking about today. You can almost touch, taste or smell the delight these folks have for their subject and the wisdom they impart.

Of course, you may want to get your wisdom straight from the horse’s mouth. Our founder, Ernest Holmes wrote about 80 books. All of Holmes’s books are excellent and deal with many subjects at the same time they say that we must change our consciousness so we can accept more from the “Divine Givingness” that we call God.

Divine Givingness is one of the myriad names that Holmes gave God.  Isn’t it a great name? I love it. It cheers me up just to say it out loud because it reminds me that God can and will give whatever I can envision, believe and accept unconditionally.

The Holmes book I want to share today is a recent discovery of mine. Words That Heal Today.  I read this a couple of years ago and I was so pleased to find a book that combined Science of Mind with the Bible. Like many of you, I abandoned the stories in the Bible a long time ago but Holmes resurrected many of them for me.

Before we leave the Bible, another hands-down favorite of mine is Rescuing the Bible From Fundamentalism by John Spong, an Episcopalian Bishop. This was a best seller a few years ago and it created quite a splash in theological circles. I wrote a class based on it that is still being taught. The book is extraordinarily well written and entertaining.

Spong’s book is a thoughtful response to the Far Right fundamentalist interpretations of the Bible. It answers questions about how the Good Book can be useful and true even though the world took longer than six days to create and Jonah didn’t really get really get swallowed. If one of your favorite songs is “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” you’ll love this book.

I mentioned another book by Ernest Holmes. It is How To Use the Science of Mind. I taught myself to do spiritual mind treatment with this book long before I got to practitioner class. In fact, without this book, I might never have gone far enough to go enter third year classes.

What I like about this book is that really gets in there and gives you the reasons why you should pray plus the way you should pray. How To Use Science of Mind is brilliant book that shows the path and tells you why to take it.

My last choice – Spiritual Economics was written by a Unity minister, Dr. Eric Butterworth. This brilliant book is about money and even if you are loaded with the stuff, it has a great basic message – Consciousness comes first!

No one writes about consciousness more clearly than Butterworth. We must change our minds to get where we want to go. We need a positive commitment to a spiritual practice in order to do that.

One of the most powerful ways to change our consciousness is to read daily from the great metaphysical books. These are my choices and I’d love to hear about yours.

A closing thought – Do you remember that old saying, “You are what you eat? I completely believe that food choices make a difference but today, I’m promoting  a new saying, “You are what you read”

 Ask Yourself

Do I need to find more reading time?

What are my favorite books?

What would I like to read next?

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Choosing Optimism

Note…. This was written and posted last October. Since I have encountered difficulties this morning and I have many new subscribers, I am rerunning it. I love you.

In this month of celebrating gratitude, I am most grateful to Science of Mind for teaching me how to be optimistic. I didn’t learn to expect the best at my mother’s knee but in Religious Science churches and classrooms. I am grateful to my teachers and colleagues for helping me choose optimism as a way of life.

Optimistic people have much better lives than pessimistic people. No one would argue with the statement that Pollyanna was a happier character than the Grinch. Most people would agree that it is better to expect the best than to be on the lookout for the worst that can happen. Not everyone believes that our attitude impacts our experience as completely as Religious Scientists do, but nearly everyone agrees that attitude is important.

Most people believe that we are as happy or sad because of our experience in life. Inheriting a million dollars usually makes us happy while the death of a loved one usually makes us sad. Even so, common sense tells us that everyone loses loved ones and not everyone mourns forever. And we know there are plenty of unhappy millionaires on this planet. No two people have exactly the same experience and no two people would react the same way.

Even if it were possible to give two people the same experiences, the optimist would enjoy his life much more than the pessimist. That makes sense. More importantly, our consciousness creates our reality. If we can grasp that concept, we can understand the importance of changing our thinking so that we are expecting only the best.

If you want to do well on the job, you must go to work each day with an optimistic attitude. Once there, you will give good service, be noticed more often and be promoted quickly. Even if you never get the raise you deserve in that workplace, your excellent attitude will allow you to attract a new job very quickly.

In olden times, before milk came in cardboard boxes and was pasteurized, we had a saying, “Cream rises to the top.” What that meant was that the richest part of the milk (cream) would collect at the top of the bottle and it also meant that the person with the best attitude toward work got the promotion.

Money matters are important but attitude is even more important. Many of our Presidents came from wealthy families but not all of them. Being born poor has stopped many ambitious men and women from aiming at the top because they believed that it was too difficult to overcome childhood poverty.  Lack of wealth didn’t stop Abraham Lincoln or Bill Clinton.

Nor did lack of beauty stop Barbra Streisand or Whoopi Goldberg from being a movie star. Lack of education didn’t stop Ernest Hemingway from writing. Whether it is money, appearance, education or some other perceived shortage, the truth of the matter is that the most important ingredient in anyone’s life is attitude.

I have added a short spiritual mind treatment for anyone who chooses to use it in order to become more optimistic.

Ask Yourself

What situations make me worry?

What would I like to be more optimistic about?

I Am Optimistic

There is only one God and that God is totally powerful, and present everywhere. God is present right here and now and supporting and guiding me. God loves me and God is expressing as Love through me. Because I know that God is always with me, always loving me and always saying yes to me, I am totally and completely optimistic.

I feel wonderful about life. I expect the best in life. I know that life is a great joy and a wonderful opportunity to express love and wealth and health. I expect the best in every area of my life. I am in love with life. I greet every day with great expectations. I am optimistic about my health. I am certain that I am rich and my wealth is growing every day. I am surrounded by loving people. I engage in happy activities. I love my life now.

With this prayer, all my questions are answered and all my desires are fulfilled. I release this spiritual mind treatment with a great sense of joy because I know that God is with me every step of the way.

Life is great!  I expect the best!

And so it is.


Following Instructions

The idea that, Dreams Can Come True, a book I wrote in 1981, inspired a woman who is the new host of the Today Show is fun but not really surprising. Spiritual Laws are always working and everything we do has consequences.  We are connected to Life and to each other.

My fifteen seconds of fame on the Today show brought an invitation from Rev. Beverly Molander to be on her internet radio show. You can listen to it by going to http://www.unity.fm/program/AffirmativePrayer .

In preparation, I looked up my books on Google and discovered that many of my teenage romances are still out there. In some cases, you can buy used ones for as little as one cent. I found a new one that was called “collectible” and listed at $118 but I’m not convinced that anyone will buy it.

Dreams Can Come True was one of the first in the Scholastic Wildfire Series and it was my biggest seller. The heroine uses journaling and visualization plus hard work to get what she wants in life. Over the years, I have heard that it inspired many young women. It was lightweight but it was a good read.

The historical ones in the Scholastic Sunfire Series are still the most popular and they deserve to be because they were instructive and well researched. I wrote books set in the Johnstown Flood, Pearl Harbor, Lowell Mills, and a one room school house.

The consistent favorite seems to be Roxanne, which was set in 1930’s Hollywood. My personal favorite is Corey, because the heroine was an escaped slave. It was a breakthrough book because it was the first of the series with a heroine of color. Although it’s simplistic, black history wasn’t as well known in those days.

My search was instructive.  Apparently, some women collect them as though they were Storybook Dolls. It seems over-the-top but at least they are admired. Others criticized them because they were exactly what they were – teenage romances.

I moved on to other things many years ago so while I am happy enough to claim them, I don’t pitch my tent there. For me, that phase of life is over. I am writing other things now, but I am glad that those books were positive and they probably did help some girls because  of their “can do” attitude.

When I wrote them, I was delighted that kids were reading for fun. They actually bought the books with their own money and, as a former reading teacher, I thought that was pretty special.

During that time period, I worked on an adult non-fiction book about successful second marriages. I interviewed about 200 women who had been divorced or widowed and then went on to establish healthy relationships. Although the book was never published, I personally learned two important things I want to share today.

The first was that women who made successful second marriages had the goal of a good marriage in mind when they began the search. This struck me as quite different from my friends and my quest for a “perfect man”.

Most of my friends were women with successful careers who said they wanted to be married but they never seemed to manage their relationships well enough to get there. Our quest  for that one ideal man simply wasn’t working.

The women I interviewed for the book didn’t talk about ideal men but about partnerships. They believed marriage could be a comfortable, normal state. Mostly, they embarked on a sensible search for happiness as a part of a couple.

It may seem like a subtle difference, but I could discern it clearly after those 200 interviews. They were taking more responsibility for their lives than my friends and I were. We might be better educated, but we weren’t as smart about getting what we wanted out of life.

The other discovery turned out to be even more important for me. I learned that books actually do change lives. Time and time again, I heard women tell their sad story and then say, “And then I read such and such book and I did what it said to do.”

The key to changing their lives was that they followed the book’s instructions. It’s fine to read about making friends but if we don’t get out of the house and smile, we will never achieve our goal.

Inspirational books nearly always offer good information but the reader must act on it. There is always that crucial decision to follow instructions. The author cannot jump out of the pages and do it for you.

When the publishing company which gave me the advance for that second marriage book decided not to publish it, I was disappointed. However, I learned two valuable and humbling lessons that changed my life.

Almost immediately, I gave up hunting for that ideal man and chose to seek my personal happiness. So often we think we need a raise, a partner, a weight loss, a new job or whatever to be happy. What we really need is to change our consciousness and decide to be happy right here and now

I read and reread the brilliant book, The Power Of Decision  by Dr. Raymond Charles Barker. I love that book and I have tried (with demonstrable success) to follow his instructions.

I truly appreciated, Dr. Barker’s way of writing. He wrote his paragraphs with topic sentences. The first sentence delivered his thought and the following paragraph backed it up. I began to understand that it all started with decisions. Actions were more important than luck.

Dr. Barker is my mentor because he thoroughly understood and communicated this teaching. In my blog and in my books, I try to do the same. Barker and others have convinced me that consciousness always comes first. I try to “embody” or “become” whatever it is that I desire to attract.

Now I am a New Thought writer and I seek to be as clear as I can. My experience as a writer has helped me communicate simply. Science of Mind Skills is a classic in its own right.  You can find it listed on this website.

I learned from others and I followed their advice. Now I only give advice that I can follow myself. I know it is important to be integrity. I know everything I write will return to me in some way. We are always connected in God.

You and I are connected as you read this. I wish you only goodness and light. I hope you find some of what I write useful. I hope you will read a good, inspirational book and follow instructions this week. Have fun!

Ask Yourself  

What do I want?

What do the books that I read say to do?

What am I doing today to achieve my dreams?

 


Reminder – Radio Show

 

I’m reminding everyone that I will be on Rev. Beverly Molander’s  radio show on Monday, July 23,  at 10 am, Pacific Time. You can listen then or later by going to the archives. Go to http://www.unity.fm/program/AffirmativePrayer

It would be great if you were to listen at 10 am and called in during the show.  Have a great weekend.

Love,

Jane


New Thought Orientation

My ministerial class is currently studying  world religions and the latest class tackled Hinduism. In New Thought, we honor all religions. On the other hand, when I read about the complicated and abstract layers of Hindu beliefs, I am very happy to be a New Thought teacher.

A long time ago, a black writer named James Baldwin wrote that he only understood how American he was when he went to live for a while in Europe. In a way, studying other religions makes me understand my allegiance to Religious Science even more than before.

It is very good for New thought leaders to understand world religions and their origins. One reason is that we get people from every faith. We need to minister to people of different ages, social classes and ethnic and religious backgrounds. We New Thought leaders also come from many different heritages.

We also need to understand other people’s religious beliefs because they influence everything. The days when Westerners can trample on older cultures are long gone.

In New Thought, our relation to Oriental religions is unique. Not only are we willing to find goodness and truth in all teachings, but we do have an historic influence that makes us very different in a mostly-Christian country.

Our founder, Ernest Holmes, was influenced by earlier New Thought organizations such as Divine Science and Unity but since he was living in California in the 1920’s and 30’s, his studies brought him a wider understanding of worldwide religious teachings.

There is a big difference between Missouri in the 1880’s when the Fillmores founded Unity and Hollywood in the 1920’s when Holmes founded the original Institute in Los Angeles.  In the 20’s & 30’s, Anna Mae Wong was a big movie star and the plots of old films often included séances, past lives, and Oriental mystery and magic.

I don’t mean to imply that Holmes based the Science of Mind Textbook on old movies or Oriental teaching, I am just saying that when he started up, there was a burgeoning interest in Oriental religions. He had a wider world view and he had teachers and lecturers from the Orient in his original Institute classes.

Even more important, one of the major influences  of Ernest Holmes was a colonial judge named – Thomas Troward who had lived most of his life in India. Troward was also a religious scholar of Eastern and Western religions. His books, The Creative Process and Edinburg Lectures  are classics in New Thought. Every Science of Mind minister and practitioner takes a class in Troward.

Times have changed since the 1920’s. The 1960’s brought a profound interest in Indian culture and religion. From Transcendental Meditation, to the Beatles’ trip to India, and the myriad hatha yoga classes, we know more than we used to about the Hindu belief system. Words like karma, and guru, are part of the English language.

Many people in NorthAmerica meditate daily because they are convinced there are physical and spiritual benefits. Meditation is an accepted activity before prayer for all but the most traditional Christians. We are much more in tune with the Orient than our earliest New Thought people could have imagined.

Since I just finished teaching an Emerson class, I am very aware of how American thought and attitudes are so firmly based on the ideas of self-reliance and trusting yourself. They are also based on an encompassing, non-dual description of God.

Our “American Thought” is quite distinct from the thoughts and beliefs of the early European founders. Our unique and historic waves of immigration have always made us more world wide and less ethno-centric than our North European founders. We speak English but we think American.

Ask around and you will discover that there is no place quite as committed to social mobility and equal opportunity for a diverse population as in this nation. Those are distinct American values that we need to preserve and protect. Turning back the clock politically is not only impossible, it is against our national ethos. While the United States has many influences, in many ways, we have invented ourselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the cornerstone of that distinctly American way of thinking. He is often called the only American philosopher. He and his friends in the Transcendentalist Club were determined to loosen the hold of traditional European dependence. They called for a uniquely American voice in religion and in literature. That is their legacy if you study them in a college class.

In New Thought, we study Emerson primarily because he was an influence on New Thought leaders. His influence is distinct and we know about most of it. What most of us don’t know is that Emerson was definitely influenced by Hindu and Buddhist religious texts. When you study, you find that New Thought has a definite Oriental emphasis on the description of the One God as source of all. Everything!

In his day, Emerson was accused of being a pantheist rather than Christian because he located God in Nature – not just in heaven. Emerson’s OverSoul is as much like the Hindu Atman as anything. Emerson’s idea of God is a long way from the traditional concept of Michelangelo’s Old Man in the Sky.

The ideas that are so uniquely “American” have made the United States different in wonderful ways. I love that about our teaching. The class I taught yesterday was a fascinating class even though the religion is too complicated to cover in one session.

My students are younger and more open to the idea of complete acceptance of the Truth that is found everywhere. I loved it that one of my students had spent time in India and could share stories about how their religion impacted modern Indian lives.

I love the fact that the study of world religions is an integral part of our wonderful New Thought teaching. I love the fact that our ministers are alert, well-informed, and totally committed to the ideas of an all-encompassing and inclusive God who doesn’t have anything outside (like the Devil) to battle.

I love the fact that we know we make our own choices and create our own cause and effect strands (karma). I love the idea that some of us believe in reincarnation but not all of us accept that Hindu belief as our own.

I love being a New Thought teacher. Not a day goes by that I don’t bless this religion and its mandate to accept, include and speak for the highest and best in all of humankind.

Ask Yourself

What do I love about my country?

What do I love about New Thought?

What have I learned that’s new lately?

What is my personal religious heritage?

How have I integrated it into my present life?


Is Everybody Happy?

I’m nearly always happy because my life is filled with blessings.  A recent invitation to be on the radio, or instance.  I will be on Rev. Beverly Molander’s  radio show next Monday, July 23,  at 10 am, Pacific Time. You can listen then or later by going to the archives. Go to http://www.unity.fm/program/AffirmativePrayer

The radio show invitation is a happy event and I am very glad that Rev. Beverly Molander asked me to talk about my life and my books. That does make me happy.

However, happiness is not dependent on exceptional events. Happiness is an attitude that can be cultivated on a daily basis. We can develop the happiness habit. All we have to do is “Change your thinking and change your life,” . The way to do that is, one day at a time.

Gratitude is a beautiful basic practice to encourage happiness. I try to start my day with gratitude and continue all day. If I slip off track, I gently remind myself and return to my blessing count.

It helps to set the intention first thing in the morning. Typically, I count my blessings before I rise, simply by opening my eyes and looking around. I start with gratitude for a good night’s sleep. Then I give thanks for my wonderful bed that raises and lowers by electricity. I may think about Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison and all the other scientists who develop such smart inventions. That’s a beginning and a gratitude count of at least five.

I certainly remember to be grateful for my dear friend who gave me the bed when her mother was finished with it. Then I notice other things. My closet door is open and full of bright clothes. My antique dressers were inherited from friends. There is a gorgeous weaving that was a gift from a favorite artist friend.

One of my favorite art pieces – a three dimensional collage of a Mexican bus scene – was done by another artistic friend. The photos of my family are on the dresser. If I count all my family members, I’ve counted about 20 things I’m grateful for – before I hit the floor.

I’ve found it is truly better to count my blessings than to grumble about my sore back or my schedule. The truth is that I live a prosperous, loving, beautiful life. When I notice the truth, I see that am surrounded by love and blessings. I also notice that I am very happy.

Happiness is a word for a feeling that we can experience in many different ways. We may not have the exact words to describe that “warm, fuzzy” feeling but we know it when we have it. The confusion is not about identifying happiness but in how to get more of it.

A lot of our happiness beliefs were formed from lessons we were taught as children and some were the  wrong lessons. For example, “money doesn’t buy happiness” but it is a start. Ask anyone who is hungry if he is happy. Truth is – we need a certain level of comfort to begin the happiness journey.

How much money do we need? Probably less than most of us believe. Anything beyond basic food, shelter and clothing is enough to be happy. You don’t really need a million dollars and nearly all North Americans have basic security levels. We can be grateful.

Many intelligent people miss the boat by defining themselves as problem solvers. We are trained to look for problems and, if we are not vigilant, we will begin the day by looking around to see what needs to be done. Making a to-do list before that first cup of coffee can be depressing.

I am a worker, by nature and habit. At one time, I was also a person who thought of “earning” happiness. I used to feel as though happiness was a payoff that would arrive as soon as I finished my chores. Since I never finished the chores, it didn’t work out well for me. I now know happiness is a mood I can choose when I am ready. Happiness doesn’t “just happen”. We choose it.

It’s true that some events make us happy. Being interviewed on the radio, going on a trip, getting a raise, or having our kid admitted to Yale can trigger a happiness attack. But if you are always dependent on the next big “win” to be happy, you are defining life as a struggle. You will not find struggle the best pathway to the happiness you desire.

Those “wins” you struggled for, will quickly be replaced by more anxiety about the next goal. Achieving  goals and stacking up accomplishments is great but you need to stop and breathe and let yourself appreciate the good things of life (practice an attitude of gratitude) to sustain happiness.

What makes you happy? Most people would say that their greatest times come from being with people they love. What can surpass young love? Or the feeling of your grandchild crawling into your lap? Or being with your girlfriends and laughing about life?

Begin to notice the loving people in your life. They are a gift in all times – good or not so good. Form the habit of honoring your loving connections, past and present. Don’t ever take the friends and family who love you for granted!

You may not need to be physically near your loved ones to be happily influenced by their love. The furniture I inherited is just stuff but I am deeply grateful for the friendship of the two women who were in my life for the first 25 years of my sobriety. Their friendship was satisfying at a heart level.

My bedroom is solitary but chockfull of loving memories and it makes me happy. When you know your child is living his life well, you can be happy. The memory of a happy childhood continues to operate as a pleasant experience your whole life. Everyone has gifts in his or her life that can be the basis for counting your blessings.

People are not always necessary for happiness. In many instances. I am extremely happy to be all alone pursuing my creative activities. I can get lost in writing or drawing for hours at a time. I’d also prefer to watch movies alone and certainly, reading books is a solitary pursuit of happiness.

You can be happy in different ways at different times in your life. Dancing until dawn in high heels used to make me happy. I’ve had to find new ways to achieve that glow. What worked at 20 doesn’t always work at 50 or 70.

I’m not such a fancy dancer anymore but I love old movie musicals. The love of dance and music has simply translated. Better to sing in the rain with Gene, Debbie and Donald than complain about the weather and arthritis.

Ask Yourself

Can you list ten things you are happy about?

What activity makes you happy that you can add to your day?


Dreams Can Come True

On Monday, a friend called and said, “ Your book, Dreams Can Come True, was on the Today show.”  There were several messages from other friends who saw the show. I am always amazed at the powerful reach of TV.

Later that day, my daughter sent me a clip of the show and I watched it. If I can figure out how to do it, I will put a link out later this week.

The reason the book was on TV is that the Today Show has a new host – Savannah Guthrie – and they were introducing her to the audience. Apparently Dreams Can Come True was her favorite book as a young teen.

The other host, Matt Lauer, read from the back cover and tried to tease her about the plot which is all about wanting to be a cheerleader and catching the most popular football hero as a boyfriend.  I was happy when she defended the book, saying, “It was a good book.”

I was also bit dismayed at how much trouble they went to make their new host look like a silly girl. After all, the woman is an accomplished journalist and she’s read lots of other books since she was in 7th grade.

It threw me back to those days (1982) when I was a member of the National Organization of Women (NOW) and we were trying to pass the ERA Amendment. NOW kept calling me and I kept sending them money. My contributions came from the money I was making writing teenage romances.

The book is out of print now and it was fun to see the cover on a national TV show. We all enjoy our 15 seconds of fame. I hope it was helpful to Ms. Guthrie and the thousands of other young women who read it back then. I’ve always been proud of my career as a writer for teenagers, even though I moved on to spiritual writing.

In those days, I was happy to be making good money at a craft I’d struggled with for years. I was able to write books girls loved because I had been a teacher and I knew teenagers. It never seemed inappropriate to me to write about  a young  girl’s search for popularity and young love. They always learned some life-lessons along the way. Lessons in self-reliance and integrity, as well as how to get what you want.

I’m not sure I’d be able to write most of the stuff that I see pushed on TV now. That is because I have changed and times have changed. I am older, more deeply involved in my spiritual teaching, and I haven’t been in a classroom for more than 35 years. As I said, times have also changed. But…

Times haven’t changed – up until now – as much as I wanted. While there are some gains in women’s lives, we never did get the Equal Rights Amendment passed. Women still make 77 cents on the dollar that men make in the same jobs. While there are more women in visible TV spots, they are nearly all beautiful. There are still not many women (beautiful or not) politicians at the state or national level.

What’s more, it seems as if the gains we made over the years are being pushed back as fast as politicians

(who say they are all about jobs but spend their time pushing against equal rights) can push.

I am concerned that our political future may be deeply impacted by unlimited and undisclosed contributions from a few “fat cats”.  It was not the future I expected back in the 70’s and 80’s when the lives of women and other “minority” groups seemed on track to get so much better.

If you had told any of us who were working for the passage of the ERA amendment that the rights and support of women and children would be in grave danger now, we wouldn’t have believed it. Access to abortion, birth control, child health care, and nutrition programs is absolutely important to the health of this nation.

I don’t care how much people long for the good old days that never existed. Nostalgia for simpler times is a poison pellet this country must not swallow. Believe me, there was never a time when all girls wanted was to be popular cheerleaders. Those teenage romances were about as realistic as the Cosby show.

I love to watch old movies and am almost addicted to screwball comedies of the Thirties but I don’t believe that people lived like that in real life. They were simply entertainments. We should never confuse entertainment with fact. Plus, time can never run backwards.

That said, I am very happy to have Dreams Can Come True acknowledged as, “a good book” by a successful and visible child of the 80’s. It is always amazing and wonderful how wide those pebbles we toss into the lake can go.  I wish her well in her new spot.

As for my own current career. I will be speaking on Rev. Beverly Molander’s radio show next Monday at 1 pm. You can access the show by going to http://www.unity.fm/program/AffirmativePrayer. That invitation came because of the book’s brief appearance on the Today show.

I am finishing up my Emerson class this Thursday and it has been wonderful to revisit that fabulous thinker and his friends.  This has been an exceptionally bright group of students and they especially enjoyed watching my lectures that I made 20 years ago. I especially enjoyed being reminded of that  110 pound weight loss.

My meditation coloring book is done and I will be writing about it soon.

I will be speaking in church on Sunday, July 29th, and I think my talk will be about Summer Reading. Any suggestions?

Please Share

What was your favorite book as a kid?

What is your favorite New Thought book?