"Many people are confused when they hear on Sunday that God is Love, and that this Power only wants the best for us, and then they look out and see all the pain and suffering that seems to be everywhere. It's especially difficult when they themselves or someone they love are suffering great physical or emotional pain, for no apparent reason. It makes us ask some very difficult questions. And though we all try to find an answer that makes sense to us, sometimes the answers we latch onto only make the situation worse."
Apr 24th, 2016 by cslmidtown
“Even when we’re in extremely painful circumstances — even when we’re living in an unhealthy or unhappy relationship; even when we’re working at a job we seriously dislike, with people who treat us badly; even when we’re suffering from a physical ailment or disability we’ve had for years — we aren’t always ready to do what we need to do to let it go. We may not like what’s going on. We may tell everybody we know that we’re unhappy and we want a change. But far too often, we still aren’t willing to say — in our heart of hearts, with complete conviction, with total and unconditional faith in the Law of Life — we still aren’t willing to say, “OK, God; I’m ready. Let’s do it.” For some strange reason, it’s hard for us to do.”
"Imagination is not purely an intellectual exercise. It certainly requires the ability to think and to attract new ideas, but those aren’t what is most important. What it really demands is the ability to dream and to play, both mentally and spiritually, and to suspend all judgment and let our thoughts soar where they’ve never gone before. But here’s something else I’ve noticed. If you think about it, the most obvious time we start to imagine something better, in our life or in the world, is when our spiritual desires are not being met by “what is.” When our heart is filled with “divine discontent,” our mind starts searching in earnest for something to replace what we’re discontented with."
Apr 10th, 2016 by cslmidtown
“The most difficult decisions we ever have to make are those where neither choice promises an attractive or enjoyable outcome. This is the proverbial “Caught between a rock and a hard place.” We’ve all been in situations like these, and they’re no fun, especially when we’re dealing with some serious, life-altering or life-threatening situations. For example, do we stay in an unhappy relationship, or do we throw away a ten-year marriage? Do we quit a job we can’t stand any more, or do we drag around for seven more years until retirement? Radiation or chemotherapy? Buy a home or rent? These are tough decisions. And when we encounter them, what makes the decision process even more difficult is that many of our most difficult emotions come into play, most of them based on fear.”
“If you think about it, when it comes to holidays (or “holy-days”), we shouldn’t be celebrating some historical event where God expressed a preference for one group of people, or one religion, over another. What these holidays should be a celebration of, is whatever universal spiritual idea these stories represent. If we can look at them in that way, then we can all share each other’s celebrations, and share in our cultural diversity, and maybe even share all the different rituals, like a Jewish Seder, or an Easter sunrise service, or a Muslim call to prayer. And we can do this, peacefully and openly and tolerantly, while realizing that we’re ALL celebrating our shared divinity AND our shared humanity, in our own unique way.”
Mar 20th, 2016 by cslmidtown
As we go into this “Passion Week”, I want to draw the comparisons to the week 1,983 years ago, and the one we will celebrate this week. Come hear the metaphysical interpretation of what it means to come ‘down into the city’.
Nature, just like all of life, moves in cycles. Just like storms and the seasons are logical outcomes of natural laws, all of the challenges and the changes WE face in life are logical outcomes of the way we use the Law of Mind. And the best way, the most intelligent way, to get through our challenges successfully is by making conscious, deliberate use of the same Law to create something better. In other words, even though we may or may not understand exactly how we got ourselves into the mess we're in, we are always capable of using the Divine wisdom that's working THROUGH us and AS us to get our life back in balance.
“Fore!”, is the exclamation golfers use when setting up tee. It comes from an old Australian war term when the soldiers would exclaim “Beware Before!” when artillery was going to be launched. So it is on the four year anniversary that we exclaim “Fore!”. As Emerson said, “Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet”, so it is with us as we release the greater thoughts we Know about Life and ourselves.
Feb 28th, 2016 by cslmidtown
"Too many people allow themselves to be defined by their past. Or even worse, they allow themselves to be defined by how others see their past. Dr. Raymond Charles Barker once said, 'Yesterday ended last night.' He was entirely correct. But another way of saying the same thing is, the present always has the power to overcome the past. What we call 'our history' only exists in our memory, and in the memory of others. But not all those memories are identical. In fact, some of them are mutually exclusive. That's why we need to focus on where we are now, and put our best and most spiritual energy into where we are going from here."