Rev. Arlene’s Blog

Rev. Arlene Meyer, our Minister, posts mid-week messages on this blog. Come back often to read her inspiring and thought-provoking posts. Learn more about her.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish for you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and one in which gratitude is not only the centerpiece for your dinner table but is the centerpiece in your life as well.

Let us all remember what this holiday is about and take the time to express our thankfulness for all that we have or have not, for all that we are or are not, and for all that is and is not.

Remember that what we place our attention on we draw to us, so the more we express gratitude (every day), the more things we will have to be grateful for.

In Love and Gratitude,
Rev. Arlene

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The Law of Mind Action

So often we hear that our thoughts determine our life – any illness we have, any disasters we live through (i.e. fire, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.), any tragedies that befall us – as well as any good that happens in our lives. Our thoughts do make a difference in our lives but our thoughts do not determine or cause everything that happens to us.

What our thoughts determine is the condition of our mind and it is our minds that will convince us that everything is great or terrible. Events happen – the fires that rage through California are not caused because of thoughts we might have – but our thoughts do determine how we deal with what life brings us.

During the Depression in the 1930’a many people were so distraught that they jumped out of buildings. However, there were others who were able to rise above the economic conditions and not just survive but thrive in those difficult times.

When life brings us whatever it does, we can change our thoughts, and consequently change our words and actions to find a way to live with dignity and grace no matter what is going on around us. That is really how our thoughts determine the quality of our lives.

Quote of the Week

“It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD


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Making Choices

Yesterday was Election Day and I hope everyone voted. Whatever you believe, it is important to stand up for those beliefs.

Our ability to make choices is one of the greatest gifts we have been given by Spirit. Everyday we make decisions – some are big ones, some small – but however important or unimportant they are, choices give us a say in our life.

Although no matter how we may vote, the choice we make on election day may not bring about the result that we seek, it is still a choice we make and we should be grateful we have that opportunity.

In my life I have made many choices – some gave me good results, some not such great ones. However, I have found that it is not the results that matter but the fact that I get to make a choice.

That certainly can be true during an election. When our choices do not result in the way we had hoped for, it I important to remember that acceptance is a powerful key to bring us peace and happiness. Also to know that we have done all that we could do and we have spoken up for what we believe.

I am grateful for my ability to choose not just during an election but in life in general.

Quote of the Week

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, Jr

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Happy Halloween!

It is a time of trick or treating, dressing up, being someone different, parties, and for many, the kickoff for the holiday season which follows. Houses are decorated and stocked with goodies for the trick or treaters, and autumn fills the air.

Halloween also gives us an opportunity to do some work on our spiritual growth. We can use it as a time to overcome fears by wearing something scary or going to a haunted house.

Halloween also gives us a chance to play a new role – to be someone different – to be whoever we want to be. That is why kids, and adults as well, love Halloween so much.

Spiritually, it gives us an opportunity to face our shadow self. When we see children dressed up like monsters it can serve as a reminder to look at our own inner darkness. It is a chance to look within and see if we are holding onto resentments, unforgiveness to others as well as ourselves, to look at any shame that might be weighing us down, or any negative beliefs about who we truly are.

So have a fun this Halloween, and remember, the only true monsters are the demons within that we choose to avoid and ignore.

Quote of the Week

“The most intense conflicts, if overcome, leave behind a sense of security and calm that is not easily disturbed.” Carl Jung

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Our Self

The other day I was talking to a friend who was going through a really difficult time. She was in the midst of losing her home, job, relationship, and was financially bankrupt. She was getting ready to move and start a whole new life alone. She was afraid that without all the things that had defined her for so long, that she would lose her very identity.

I told her that no matter what we may lose in the material world, whether it was people or things, there was one thing we could never lose and that was our Self. There is a part of us that is always more than the sum of our parts. The part of us that is greater than careers, homes, relationships, money or possessions.

Years ago I went to a Transpersonal Psychologist. She explained that within each of us we have a Self and lots of little selves. The little selves are the things that we use to define ourselves but the greater Self is that which is who we really are. Some call this our inner Buddha, our inner Christ, or our inner Wisdom. To me it is the part of my self that, no matter what happens in life, gives me Courage, Integrity, Wisdom, Joy, and Love to move forward in spite of circumstances. This Self cannot be taken from me unless I allow it.

No matter we are going through, no matter what we may lose, when we face our difficulties rather than avoid them, we are acting from that inner Self. I told my friend that she was my hero because in spite of what has happen to her, she continues to move forward, to take the next step no matter how scared she is.

We live our lives defining ourselves by our stuff, our jobs, or our relationships. In doing so we shortchange ourselves. We allow the material things in the world to keep us from allowing our inner Self from soaring. So whatever life may be bringing us, remember we are more than the facts of our lives, we are more than our things, we are more than we think we are – we are Spirit – and our Spirit can never be taken away.

It can, however, be lost when we forget that we are never alone. Our Spirit is always within us, residing as our Self, and giving us everything we need at anytime in our life. It is for this Truth that we can be truly grateful.

Quote of the week

“You are one thing only. You are a Divine Being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a Deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be, and ever was.”
Anthon St. Maarten

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