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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The Power of Imagination

Imagination – as young children we are filled with imagination.  I once watched my granddaughter at about age 4, keep herself occupied with just a pencil and piece of paper.  With two simple things she created a world that kept her interest for quite some time.

As we grow, our imagination often takes a back seat to “reality” which is unfortunate because everything is first created in the imagination and then becomes “real”.  Imagination is behind every house, car, clothing, business, etc.  Think about Amazon which came from something someone imagined in his garage.

We can use our imagination for creativity, for good, for positive change, and for seeing the possible in the impossible.  However, when used incorrectly, it can also create the horrors of the Nazi death camps.

What are you using your imagination for?  Do you imagine always the worse to happen and then are upset when it does or do you use it to imagine the good that is available to us when we use the power of imagination to think of all the possibilities for good that are within us?

The choice is ours to make.  We can create a life of heaven or hell – it all depends on what we imagine.

Quote of the Week

“The cause of all of our suffering is our thinking.”  Buddha

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The Power of Love

In the world today it may sometimes seem as though, “What the world needs now is Love”.  However, there is always Love because God is Love and that Love is present everywhere.

While there is Love, people are not always loving.  Can you imagine what the world would be like if we were all more loving?  We would have a world where there was no war, no famine, no violence, where people truly followed Jesus’ first commandment to “Love God and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”  

Therefore, maybe the problem is not a lack of Love but the fact that many people do not love themselves.  They judge themselves as being unlovable, not worthy of love, and in some cases, actually dislike, or even hate themselves.  So instead of loving their neighbor as themselves, they dislike their neighbor as themselves.

Jesus was not just telling us to love our neighbor, but to, also, love ourselves.  If we want to change the world, we must begin by changing how we see ourselves.  When we understand that God is Love and God is within each of us, then we would begin to love ourselves more.  The more love we feel within, the more loving we become.  The more loving we become, the more we can be the change we want to see in the world – and we will cease fighting anyone or anything.

Quote of the Week

“ Once you overcome the hatred within your mind, you will discover that in the world outside, there is no longer any such thing as even a single enemy.”                Rinpoche

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Living our Truth

There was a post some time ago on Facebook that said, “Spirituality must be lived, not just studied. All the books in the world will not help us if we do not live what we have learned.” That is so true and is similar to a saying in 12 Step programs – “Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk.”

The question we need to be asking ourselves every day is “Are we living the spiritual principles we say we believe or not? If not, why not?”  I read something the other day and it said that we should make “honesty, tolerance, and true love of man and God the daily basis of living.”  If we were to do that and to truly make that a part of our daily basis for living, we would be “putting feet” on the principles we say we believe.

If all we do is study spirituality, and don’t practice the principles in our life, we are shortchanging ourselves and denying ourselves all the joy, love, peace, forgiveness, and compassion that comes from truly living what we believe in. 

Quote of the Week

“Live what you believe so others will believe what you live.”          Christine Cain

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Prayer and Meditation

Prayer and meditation are powerful tools to help you to, not just get through tough times, but also, to bring more joy, peace, comfort, love, wisdom, and understanding into your life.

There are many ways to pray and meditate and there is no right or wrong way – just whatever works best for you.  However, an effective prayer method is affirmative prayer. 

When we use affirmative prayer, we do not beg, plead, cajole, or bargain because we understand that since God is everywhere present, including within us, we do not have to approach prayer as some low life needing a favor from a dualistic Being who may or may not want what is best for us.

I believe that God is Love and Love cannot do anything but love.  Through affirmative prayer, we use our thoughts and words in a positive way that affirms what we know – that we are loved beyond measure by Love Itself.  

Quote of the Week

Prayer is not a means of arousing God to action, but the process of waking up from our drowsiness so we can see ourselves, not in a mirror darkly but face to face.

Eric Butterworth

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To Change your life – change your mind!

Do you have more things to be grateful for than to complain about?  If your life is not as you would like it to be, know this – we create our lives and we can change them at any time by changing how we think, speak, and act.

Some may now be saying – “I didn’t create the Coronavirus, or I didn’t create my unemployment or cause my investments to shrink”.  That is true, but we do have power over how we react to external circumstances we cannot change.  Much of the rest is within our power to change.

During World war II. Victor Frankl, a Jewish neurologist, and psychiatrist was interned in some of the worst concentration camps.  Not only did he survive but he was able to emotionally and spiritually maintain good health because he understood the power our minds possess that can overcome any external difficulties.

It is not an easy thing to do, it requires willingness, discipline, concentration, and a commitment to desiring the freedom that comes from living life from the inside out instead of the outside in.  Is it worth the trouble?  Only you can answer that question.  To get the answer we have to go within and ask ourselves the question – are we going to be a victim in this world or a victor?

Quote of the Week 

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”                 

Victor Frankl

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