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Hidden Figures

Growing up in Hollywood was a unique experience.  One of my deepest memories is of all the different kinds of spiritual organizations around the town.  Zoroastrian, Sikhs, Buddhists, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, and many more would have small buildings around the area that I would walk by.  They dressed in colorful clothing and were always very animated about sharing their beliefs.  I also don’t remember hearing any kind of racial bias from people I knew

I joined the Air Force in 1958 and rode a Greyhound bus from Los Angeles to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas for basic training.  Along the way, the bus stopped in a small Texas town for food and rest.  I got off the bus and walked over to get a drink from an outside fountain.  I noticed there were two water faucets.  One of them had a sign over it that said colored.  My first thought was”wow, I wonder what color the water is here?”  Then I noticed that there was a line of people at that fountain and they all had dark skin.  And then I noticed that folks with white skin drank at the other faucet.  I still had trouble wrapping my brain around why this could be so.  I remember a hot flush of energy fill my body as I realized that the folks with darker skin, weren’t allowed to drink at the other fountain.

I was shocked, I couldn’t believe that some folks were not allowed to drink the same water.  Like it would make it dirty or defiled. I confirmed my feelings when I asked others about my experience.  Then when I was stationed in Texas I found out that Texans hated Mexicans.  I still, to this day can’t truly understand why we would think less of another because of the color of their skin.

Then today, I was out on my usual walk around the village.   As I passed a couple of million dollar homes, I noticed there was a large oil stain on the street in front of one of them.  I remembered that there were landscapers working there last week and their truck must have left the stain; as it sat there most of the day.  Then I thought it was the Mexican landscapers that soiled the street.  My mind didn’t just say landscapers, it said Mexican landscapers.  I felt a sense of shame that I would think those thoughts. I have lived an open, loving life with wonderful people of all colors, nationalities, sexual preferences and shapes and sizes and have felt at one with them.  Somewhere in my brain, there is still a place that at first response can have some bias.  At least in my thoughts.

The movie “Hidden Figures” is a wonderful story of ladies who had darker skin and were given secondary roles in the Space program.  They turned out to be brilliant and served their country well.  I applauded the movie in the theater at the ending for the story of their courage in face of prejudice.  There may be some hidden figures in many of our brains who have not had the experience of being racially judged.  I apologize to anyone whom I have ever judged for any reason.  If I held you as less than you are; it is I who at the time of the judgment, was less than.

I unconditionally love and support everyone just the way you are in all your magnificence.  From my not totally free heart to yours, Thomas

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How are you?

What is going on in your life?  Is everything good or is there room for improvement?  What would you do differently that would make your life flow?  What kind of people are in your life?  Are they loving and supportive?  What kind of a friend are you?  Are you following a plan?  How is your health, physical, mental, emotional? Are you working too hard?  How are your days unfolding?  Too much work, not enough play? Are you doing things that will create your innermost desires? Are you eating food that enhances your health?  Are you doing things that support the planet and it’s inhabitants?  Are you making decisions that will support your children and grandchildren’s future?  Are you exercising regularly?  Have you called mom, dad, daughter, son, sister, brother, friend to cheer them up?

These are questions that I often ask myself.  It sounds like a lot of mind chatter.  However, it is easy for me to get lost in daily activities and forget why I am here.  I am here because I chose to be.  Now that I have made that choice, I get to be the best I can be.  It starts with being okay with myself even if I don’t answer the above questions very well.  We are here together and it would be wonderful if we take time to look at how we might make the world a better place.  And one way, is to ask some of these questions and allow the answers to lead you to perhaps a more fulfilling life that is connected to everything.  “Just asking”  From my questioning heart to yours, Thomas

 

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There is nothing outside you!

 

Where is your joy today?  Do you know who you truly are?  Do you know that you have created every life experience?  This is the most powerful concept to integrate into your life.  We are not really free to express our inner joy when we still believe that outside forces have something to do with how we express our joy.

 You created every thought.

 You created every deed.

 You created every word.

 And so you are most powerful indeed!

 You are the flower and you are the seed.

Once we get this into every particle of our being; then life has a completely different context.  We are no longer victims.  We are now in charge of every event.  What we eat.  What we feel.  What we know.  Who we meet.  Everything.  Nothing exists without you.  You are the Alpha and Omega.  You are God.

Here are some wonderful words by Dawna Markova from her book “I will not die an unlived life”

I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire

I choose to inhabit my days.

To allow my living to open me, make me less afraid, more accessible, to

loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance.

To live my life in such a way, so that which comes to me as a seed goes

to the next as a blossom and that which comes to me as a blossom goes

to the next as fruit.

Each and every moment we get to choose how we experience this life on Earth.  We are the creative force that determines everything.  Take time to allow the sacred, eternal, limitless energy that you are; to bring you all the joy, abundance, love and prosperity into your life.  Don’t resist it.  Let it flow into your life so that you can share it with others.  From my heart to yours, Thomas

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Illuminate the World

We are going to the initial meeting for the Illuminate Film Festival’s core team’s fifth season.  The festival has had amazing growth in it’s first four years.  Lou Ann and I came on board two years ago and have focused mostly on local marketing.  The 2018 event begins May 30th thru June 3rd.  Each year our staff looks at some 700 films and chooses about 25 for the festival.  We only pick movies that will help change consciousness in a inspirational and positive way. If you want to help change the world through conscious cinema; please volunteer and join the team or attend the festival next summer. You can also be on our team even if you don’t live here locally.  We have several members who live around the country who make valuable contributions.  We have scheduled meetings where folks out of state are pictured live on our big screen and it one big happy continental team!

Almost all of us have been affected by movies.  I grew up in Hollywood, California and have been a movie buff ever since.  Lou Ann and I continue to go to the theater to watch movies.  For me, there is something magical about watching a film on the big screen.  Often, we are there with many other folks.  It feels like we are on a mutual adventure together to some foreign land, perhaps “far, far away”. So, for me, movies at home or on a computer most likely will not have the same feeling.

By the way, if you have not seen the movie “The Majestic”, be sure and do so.  Very inspirational and would have qualified for the Illuminate festival!

The Earth is standing on the brink of major decisions on how we make it better.  Climate change gets the most press about what can be done to create a better world.  The proponents of a cleaner healthier planet get a lot of resistance by those who somehow feel threatened by their ideas.  Wars have been going on for decades all over the globe and it seems like no end in sight to the carnage. In the United States personal deaths by handguns since 1968 exceeds all the deaths of all the wars we have been involved in since the Civil War.

In the wake of all these challenges you need to know: that you have been called at this time to stand up for peace and love.  It is not an accident that those of us who share this blog are here together at this time.  You are the peaceful lovers of life who have volunteered to show up now and make a difference. You are beings of inclusion where all who encounter you feel loved, nurtured and cared for. There are hundreds of millions of broken hearts, broken bodies, broken minds that need mending.  Now is our time to let our light shine so brightly that it can be seen across the Universe.  Do not despair the condition in which we find ourselves.  By just loving and touching and acknowledging each other; an amazing shift in the consciousness of the planet will occur.  And this is what we do as the team of The Illuminate Film Festival.  We will continue to gather the brightest, most trans-formative films and let them be a beacon of love for all to see.  From my illuminating heart to yours, Thomas

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The Answer is Love

You probably heard the tragic news from Las Vegas.  When I heard it this morning, I got nauseated.  I, like many of us; uttered when will it stop?  The truth is, it probably never will.  At least on this plane of existence.  Seven and a half billion souls now on Earth; growing to who knows how many? There are many who have heavy hearts filled with pain and suffering who lash out in violent ways. Then there are those of us, who also feel less loved, who create laws and regulations that contribute to the horrible violence.  And, we are all One.  One energy that chooses every action in our society.

When we are in pain, we will do most anything to stop the pain, even if it causes others pain.  There is no rationale to someone who feels so broken that they would destroy others. And well meaning public servants and authorities will come up with more ideas to stop the violence.  And they won’t work.  The answer is always the same.  The only savior to our condition is self love and love of others as ourselves.  So for those of us who can see the bigger picture; the homework is still the same.  We get to continue to focus on being loving in all that we do.  There may be someone that we know right now, that could use some of our caring and concern.  They may have a broken heart that needs nurturing.  And we could prevent the next possible deadly event by giving a hug or a kind word.

We are in this together.  There is no them or us.  There is only we.  Finding fault, looking for blame may help in retrospect.  But it too will fall short. The answer is always love! May our prayers and thoughts this day be about love and compassion.  From my very sad heart to yours, Thomas

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Thank you

I have mentioned before that a major part of my relationship with Lou Ann is how I learned to be so thankful.  She taught me.  She lives her life in thankfulness.  She has modeled for me such a deep level of gratitude that it has changed my life forever.

When I share my blog with you folks out there; I am always thankful when I get a response.  Of course Facebook is set up so we can easily “Like” or share or comment.  I appreciate any and every response that I receive.  I encourage you to comment as often as you desire. It let’s me know how I can better serve.

When I started this blog, I had no thought about what would  happen.  My idea was and is to share whatever I have learned in my almost seventy seven years on the planet; fifty of them semi-awake.  I have a formal education in spiritual principles and I was blessed to learn at the feet of some great mentors.  Having said that, I am always aware of how much I do not know.

When I was honored to facilitate at Spirit Church back in the nineties I would often let the members know that I was just a step ahead of them because I had prepared the morning’s topic. When we were together, we laughed as much as we did anything else.  The group had such love for each other.  I am thankful for them. I miss them.

I would encourage you to find all the things in your life for which you are thankful.  Even the smallest thing that someone has done for you, please let them know.  When we give thanks, we are saying yes to Oneness.  Yes, to all that is occurring in our lives.  Yes to life!  From my thankful heart to yours, Thomas

 

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The Positive Place

In the past 109 days since posting this blog, I have shared a variety of positive uplifting messages.  In the mid nineties, we had a spiritual center in the Village of Oak Creek called Spirit.  Every week I would prepare a talk and submit an outline to the Red Rock News. They were kind enough to print everything I sent them.  I had to send it in early enough for them to have in the next paper.  I spent the rest of the week allowing the Sunday message to unfold in my brain and my life.  This Blog experience is quite different.  I have shared the equivalent of two years of Spirit Center talks with you.  So it can be a challenge to come up with something new everyday.

The truth is, for me, that there are only a few central themes that I want to focus on.  They are: You are perfect just the way you are. You cannot make any mistakes.  Your real self cannot die.  Your life is unfolding exactly as it is meant to. There is no one judging you that matters.  You are a magnificent, limitless light being. Abundance is our natural state of being.  We wear ourselves out resisting our good. Everything is One.  We create every experience in our life on purpose. We hide our true identity in order for our life here on Earth to work.  The giver gets the greatest gift. The means and ends are identical.

There probably are more, but those are the ones I can think of now.  If we learn any of these eternal principles our lives work so much better.  I always look for a positive way to see life and try not to find fault. Our website is positiveplace.com, my email is thomas@positiveplace.com. I had a bookstore, radio show and almost a TV show with the same name.  If you continue to follow this blog you could be stuck with a cockeyed optimist who will “most likely” never change.

I love seeing life as a wonderful, magical possibility.  I encourage you to see the positive side of life.  You will most likely, live longer, happier and healthier.  From my mostly positive heart to yours, Thomas

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Keep on Going

You were born with a dream that lies deep in your soul

You were born with a need to reach out to a goal

Swear by all that you know, that you’ll never let go of your dream.

When the road seems too long and your hope’s turn to clay

That’s the time to be strong, where there’s a will there’s a way

Though the way may be slow,  you must never let go of your dream.

If you’re living without trying, that’s not living, just a slower way of dying

So hold on tight to what you want and you will wake to greet some great golden morn

When the world seems to say, this is why you were born, here it is, here’s your day

And you’ll reap all you sow, let your cup overflow, if you never let go of your dream.

 

These are lyrics from a wonderful song that Lou Ann and I used to sing when we were members of the Canyon Singers here in Sedona.  The group lasted 25 years until it’s wonderful director, Sandy Reid moved back to Iowa.  The lyrics may not be totally accurate; but they are pretty close.

Far too many of us have given up our dreams.  Yes, we say life gets in the way.  And of course, life is our choices that we make daily, that either lead us closer to or farther away from our dream.  And you know what?  Your dream can be any size you want it to be.  If it feels too large, cut it down to bite sized pieces or get yourself some loving support, folks who will help you manifest it!. Then achieve each smaller dream until you realize the one that is your heart’s fondest desire!

Remember what Jiminy Cricket said:”if your heart is in your dreams, no request is too extreme”.  From my dreaming heart to yours, Thomas

 

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Forgiveness

In the big picture, there is nothing to forgive, because nothing has been done that is wrong.  In our day to day lives we make choices and sometimes they work out and sometimes seem not to.  However, every thought, deed, action is always on purpose or in Divine Order.  When we experience tragic events in life it is hard to see the purpose in them.  We often want answers of why it occurred and usually someone or something to blame.  It is difficult to lose loved ones or have other events that cause us pain.

Which comes to forgiveness.  When we hold onto events that cause us anguish they slowly destroy us.  Even if something happened that was accidental it is difficult to let go and maybe more so.  When someone has wronged us and been at fault, we want to them to feel guilty or bad.  The challenge is that holding onto that kind of judgment actually hurts us more then the offender.  Most can hold a grudge but it takes real strength of character to forgive. When we forgive, we release ourselves from the painful burden.  It doesn’t mean what has occurred is okay.  It just means that we have made peace with the pain and it is time to let it go.

Finally, for many of us, forgiving ourselves is perhaps the most difficult of all.  There are events in my life that I still have some blame, shame and guilt about what I did.  In many cases, I have apologized to whomever I hurt and they forgave me and I still have some energy of sadness.  And so it comes down to knowing that we always do the best we can do.  We cannot do anything other than that.  In retrospect, we can look back and wish we had made a more loving choice.  Truth is, I couldn’t do it at the time.  Remember the line to one of my favorite songs: “I love the world the way it is cause I can clearly see, that all the things I judge are done by people just like me.” ” So till the birth of peace on Earth, which only love can bring; I’ll help it grow by loving everything”.  Including me!

Back to the Big picture.  We are eternal, limitless, beings of light who are forever loving.  If you are stuck right now in any form of non-forgiveness, time to let it go.  You are wonderful, just the way you are. From my forgiving heart to yours, Thomas

 

 

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Judgement

There is a biblical axiom that states “judge not lest ye be judged”; uttered by Jesus as recorded in the book of Matthew.  The meaning was to not judge others when you are doing the same thing yourself; perhaps in a different way. The word judgment is defined in two ways in the dictionary.  First, judgment is the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.  The second definition is; a misfortune or calamity viewed as a divine punishment.  I was out on my walk today and noticed the beauty that surrounds me, as I often do.  I saw the red rock formations, the clear blue sky, the waning colors of summer in the perennial bushes.  It is one of the most beautiful places anywhere.

I was aware today that I was making a judgment about what I was observing.  There are probably those who might take the same walk and notice it’s not very green.  We would both be using our judgment about our experience.  Neither of us is right or wrong, we just notice.  As I walk through the area there is another occasional walker or runner.  We are all different shapes and sizes.  However, it seems to me, that those of us who exercise more have a lower body mass index (BMI).  Experts have told us that it is healthier to have a lower BMI.  We are not better people because we do, perhaps just healthier.  Then there is a societal idea about what is attractive.  Most of us would say a person who is thinner and in shape with some muscle definition, is more attractive.  But who decided what is pretty or handsome?

I would like us to focus on dictionary definition number one: the ability to to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.  In today’s world, it is easy to get caught up in the game of right and wrong.  We seem to be more polarized than I can ever remember.  It is easy to judge the other end of the belief spectrum.

Our homework tonight might be to borrow another old Native American proverb, and that is: “never criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their moccasins”.  Let us open our hearts to everyone and consider that we know little of what has occurred in their life.  I think it was M. Scott Peck who proposed that if we were to have had the same life experience of the other we judge; we too may have made the same decisions. Let us use our judgment to come to sensible conclusions that uphold everyone and everything.  From my heart to yours, Thomas

Tomorrow is forgiveness.

 

 

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