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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

I EXPRESS MY TRUE AND BEST SELF

Come out of the emotional intoxication and be YOURSELF.  Do not attempt to draw life from others, live the life that God gave you, it is ample and complete.  Let the heart be glad and free; rejoice in the thought of life and be happy. ~Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

There is One Power, One Mind, and that is the Mind of God. God is confidence, courage, trust, and freedom. I am One with God; therefore, I am confidence, courage, trust, and freedom. 

I am a unique and beautiful expression of God, and I am free to be my genuine and best self. I now release the belief that I must conform to impress others. As I express my true and best self, I attract people of like-mind and heart. I am blessed with unique attributes and talents, so I confidently let them shine. Each day, I have the courage and confidence to step out of my comfort zone, as the Universe supports me in pursing my desires. I love and accept myself as I am, so I love and accept others. I feel safe to share from my heart, and I support others in doing the same. My life is joyful and filled with blessings! 

How grateful I am for the confidence, courage, and freedom to be my best and true self. I give thanks for the inner trust that I embody right now. I release my word to the Law, knowing it is so. And so it is. Amen. 

Rev. Kathy Lyons