Archives for October 2017

Heart to Heart 117

Road trip

Lou Ann and I are going on a three week road trip to see most of our children and grandchildren in Northern Virginia.  We are a well balanced traveling couple.  I really love to drive and she is a wonderful co-pilot and guide.

When I grew up in Southern California, my parents and my older brother Bob took a trip back to Cincinnati, where I was born.  I loved being in the back seat with the window rolled down and sniffing the air like a puppy.  I kept a travel journal and recorded every body of water that we went by or went over on a bridge.  I remember the times when we would stop at a restaurant and I would order a hamburger with nothing on it.  The server would exclaim”nothing on it? and I would feel “less than”, like I was broken and needed fixing.

One time we went up the California coast to visit my oldest brother Bud who was in training for the Korean conflict.  On the way back, I got sick and threw up all over my mother’s new sweater.  We passed by a coastal town called Pismo Beach.  My mother asked my dad where they came up with that name and I replied “cuz that’s where people pis-mo!  The car erupted with laughter and my mom kind of forgot about me messing up her sweater.

When I lived in Maryland and Virginia between 1969 and 1973 my four kids and their mom took three cross country trips in large station wagons.  I would take a different route each time to show them this amazing country of ours.  The trip would last three weeks and we would travel about seven thousand miles and lot’s of MacDonald’s. We went to most of the National parks and we got to go to almost all the contiguous states.  It was a lot of fun.  I would point out a lot of the historic points of interest and the kids wanted to know if our next motel had a swimming pool and if it was near hamburgers.  Sometimes I would wonder if it was just for me and they were going because they had to.  Then when they became adults they told me how much they enjoyed the trips and remembered a lot of the places that I wanted them to see.

Most of my life I have been very patriotic and would get goose bumps when pledging allegiance or singing the National Anthem.  Now, I still love this country and I also know how flawed we are as well. Still, when we leave on Tuesday morning I will be in a joyful place. We will be seeing this great land all over again and connecting with folks of different nationalities and beliefs.  And I still believe that we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  I will share with you as we cross our beautiful country in the next few weeks.  From my pioneering heart to yours, Thomas

 

Heart to Heart 116

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

Heart to Heart 115

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

 

Heart to Heart 114

 

 

 

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

Heart to Heart 112

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

Heart to Heart 111

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

Heart to Heart 110

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

 

Heart to Heart 109

 

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