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A CLEAN SLATE

Principle is not bound by precedence, Science of Mind Textbook, Page 162

We are not limited by past mistakes, rejections or missed opportunities. People who have a relationship breakup or divorce go on to find love again. How many people do you know who were laid off or lost a business, but found a new, thriving career? In 2001, I was laid off from a job that I had for 12 years. After the initial shock, I realized that I was now on a “clean slate” to take a new career path. I decided the corporate world no longer worked for me, so I got a job with the Los Angeles School District.

We are not bound by the past. Also, we are not limited by fate. Ernest Holmes describes fate “as an arranged or predetermined life or event. Foreordination. If one believes in fate, he must be healed of this thought for there is no such thing. There is One Perfect Power, forever operating, and never contingent upon any place, person, time of year or anything but itself.” Science of Mind Textbook, Page 593

For instance, in the past I had challenges communicating with others. I was very shy as a child and young adult. That wasn’t because of fate, so I wasn’t destined to always be shy. Years later, I wanted to strengthen my communication and speaking skills, so I joined Toastmasters. Later, I took Ministerial training. A few years ago, I reconnected with a friend from Junior High, and we updated each other on our lives. I told her about my ministry, and that I was active in Toastmasters. She was shocked because I was so shy when we were in school. I rarely raised my hand and spoke up in class. However, I didn’t let that limitation of the past deter me from becoming a speaker. 

Remember that the power is always in the present moment. It is not necessary to let some past mistake or rejection keep you from attaining your desires. Learn from the experience and grow from it. Free yourself from past regrets and limiting beliefs and create a clean slate to welcome new good in your life!

A Clean Slate Makes Way for New Good

“The point of power is always in the present moment.” – Louise L. Hay

I recognize that there is One Power, One Presence, and I choose to call that God. God is all the good things in life – loving relationships, health, financial freedom, creative expression, release, and forgiveness. I am One with this Presence; therefore, I am loving, healthy, financially free, and creative. 

My life is now a clean slate, and I am free to create new good in my life. The past is done with and has no power over me. I release and forgive all past resentments. I am now free from any past mistakes or rejections. Right now, I am willing, ready, and eager to accept new good in my life. My thoughts and feelings are productive, creative, and compatible with success. I move forward with my life confidently and with ease. What do I desire? What is for my highest good? What creates joy for me? If it harms no one, I move forward to accomplish new goals – be it loving relationships and companions, health and vitality, financial freedom, or a new, thriving career. I live fully in the present, enjoying each moment. 

How grateful for my clean slate to create new good. I give thanks for living in the present, and thus demonstrating my desires. I release my word to Law, and so it is. Amen.

Rev. Kathy Lyons


Blessings for 2021

“Set aside definite time every day and speak forth bold words of good, describing your life as you want it to be. Such a practice can work miracles in your life.” ~Catherine Ponder, Open Your Mind to Receive.

I recognize that there is One Power, One Presence, and I choose to call that God. God is love, health, wealth, creativity, peace, and guidance. I am One with God; therefore, I am love, health, wealth, creativity, peace, and guidance.

I affirm that the 2021 is a Perfect and Complete idea in the Mind of God. I am now ready, willing, and eager to accept new blessings into my life. I make a list of my desires and goals for 2021, be it loving relationships, perfect health, creative expression or a new career, or financial prosperity. I visualize it, as well as embody the feeling, and welcome it into my life. I am loving and friendly, so I attract loving relationships and friends into my life. I accept perfect health, and I am guided to whatever I need to experience a healthy life. I am worthy of financial wisdom, freedom, and wealth. If I desire a new career, I declare that “I am doing wonderful work for wonderful pay, and I render my service in a wonderful way” (Florence Scovel Shin). 

Also, I declare that this planet is healed and whole. Everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, spiritual path, sexual orientation is living peacefully and harmoniously. It is a world that works for everyone. 

How grateful I am for the blessings in my life right now. I give thanks for my perfect health, abundant wealth, financial freedom, peace, and guidance. I have deep appreciation and gratitude that it is now a world that works for everyone. I release my word to the Law, knowing it is so. 

And so it is. 

Amen. 

Rev. Kathy Lyons

The Law of Giving and Receiving

“God cannot give us anything unless we are in the mental condition to receive the gift.” ~Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, Page 470 

The Holidays are here again, which means exchanging gifts, so the Law of Giving and Receiving takes place. Generous giving is emphasized, but it is equally important to be a cheerful and appreciative receiver. There must be a balance of giving and receiving.  

A cheerful receiver is not the same as a taker. I had a relative who was a taker. He was financially well off, but very stingy. He would go to lunch with my mother, and at the end of the meal, announce that he forgot his cash and credit card. He was financially wealthy, but had few friends, and when he died, he didn’t take the money with him. 

Then, there’s the other extreme. Have you ever known someone who always insisted on paying, never allowing you to reciprocate, and wouldn’t accept a gift graciously? “Oh, you don’t need to spend money on me, don’t go to the trouble, etc.” This can be equally frustrating, as it deprives the giver the joy of giving. It is also patronizing. In a healthy relationship, there is a balance of giving and receiving. 

When giving material gifts, I believe it’s the thought, not the monetary value, that is important. The gift of love, friendship, and community service is also part of the Holiday Spirit. This year, many people are alone. Reach out and keep in touch with friends by phone, Facetime, or Zoom, instead of the impersonal texting or emails. Also, accept love and friendship from others. 

Give yourself special gift as well. Each Christmas, I treat myself to something healthy and self-nurturing, such as a massage (not possible this year with social distancing), a new outfit, nature walk, or inspiring book (i.e., Rev. Mike’s Blue Collar Spirituality), or a personal development class (CSL-Granada Hills has great classes available online). 

This season let the Law of Circulation flow – be a generous giver and a cheerful receiver. Give lovingly and receive joyfully. 

A joyful and healthy Holiday to all!

Rev Kathy Lyons

Spiritual Cyberspace

“Mental Correspondents – The inner image in mind which balances the outer objectification of itself. Every objective thing has an inner mental correspondent.”~ Ernest Holmes

Have you noticed how, when searching online, ads will pop up on your Facebook feed or online that corresponds to that search? For instance, if I search for window blinds, I will get advertisements for window blinds.  I was looking for a new dress recently, and different sites that sold women’s clothing came up. Sometimes, this can be a good thing, as I’ve found good products that way. Other times, it is annoying.

What does this have to do with Science of Mind? Just like your online searches are tracked, our thoughts, beliefs, and focus gointo a sort of spiritual cyberspace the Law of Cause and Effect. As you think and believe, the thoughts go into the Universal Subjective Mind, or Law. Just like the advertisements that correspond to your searches, your mental thoughts create the “effect” of your experience. Ernest Holmes, author of The Science of Mind, calls this Mental Correspondents. 

The Law of Cause and Effect, like the internet, can be used in both a positive and negative way. There are positive and uplifting things online, and there are sites that generate fear. I can choose what I search.

My thoughts are similar – If I’m feeling and thinking that I’m worthy, that my life is good, and focus on what I desire, I will demonstrate that outcome. If I’m searching for window blinds, I will not get online ads for dresses. The same is with our thoughts. If I think that everything sucks, that nothing works out for me, that I’m too old, not good enough, etc., that’s what will “out-picture” in a proverbial Facebook page – my own life. 

Rev. Mike McMorrow says in his book, Blue Collar Spirituality, “Consistent mental focus over time demonstrates in our life…..so let’s make sure those thoughts are thoughts that warrant our attention are creative with the energy of dynamic inspiration and focus. 

This doesn’t mean that we don’t feel pain. Right now, this is a challenging time, where there is sadness, fear, anger, and loneliness. It’s okay to have feelings. Our Center is here to support you. We have practitioners available for prayer. Don’t hesitate to reach out. However, you don’t need to build a “condo” in pain city. It is one thing to have feelings and emotions, but it’s another to harbor self-defeating thoughts of lack, limitation, past mistakes or unworthiness. Rev. Mike also says in his bookIf you feel you are not worthy, you are unconsciously setting yourself up for a fall.

So, let you’re your thoughts and beliefs be like your online searches…positive and what you desire. 

Affirmation: I focus on the good things of life – love, health, prosperity, and creative expression.

Rev Kathy Lyons

The Masks We Wear

“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Halloween is next week, a holiday for wearing masks, and there is a variety of masks for different characters. When I was a child, I thought the Frankenstein mask was the scariest. As an adult, the Phantom of the Opera mask was my favorite. This Halloween is different because we have already been wearing masks for several months to protect us from COVID. I have acquired a few different masks. I started out with the plain N95 mask, but later I purchased different color masks to match my outfit, and my favorite is my mask with cat whiskers.

We are all wearing masks to protect us from COVID, but I’m aware of another “mask” that we wear to hide our true self that protects from us from being vulnerable.

In Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, she says that people have told her vulnerability feels like “Taking off the mask and hoping the real me isn’t too disappointing.” Examples of protective “mask”:

• Not being truthful to a friend or partner that something is bothering me
• Not sharing my true feelings and interests with others; hence, they don’t get to know the real me
• Not sharing my accomplishments or positive things about myself for fear looking like a braggart

For me, I’ve used the “mask” of shyness to avoid criticism or rejection. When I first joined Toastmasters in 1992, I attended several meetings before I had the courage to participate in table topics. The first time I spoke, I held onto the lectern because I thought my knees would buckle. With the encouragement of my fellow Toastmasters, I kept doing speeches and practicing until I became more comfortable. It paid off to let myself be vulnerable.

When I decided to become an Animal Minister, I was reluctant to share it with others because some people would think the idea was crazy. But I realized, so what? I knew it was something that would give me fulfillment and provide a service to fellow animal lovers. There is no magical solution to overcoming fear. Just do it. There was a book by Susan Jeffers, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. The rewards of stepping out of my comfort zone far exceed anyone’s disapproval.

When you celebrate Halloween, have fun with your costume, keep a physical distance, and chose a festive mask. Wear a mask to protect your health but take off the invisible mask and reveal your true self! As Marianne Williams said, “let your light shine,” and allow others to do the same!

Emerson said, in his essay Self-Reliance, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” 

It takes more energy to trying to be someone I’m not, just to impress people.

Affirmation: I open my heart and share who I am.

Reverend Kathy Lyons