Sunday, October 04, 2009


If you need radical help in getting yourself out of fear, depression, anxiety, panic, addiction, alcoholism, suicidal thoughts please DO THIS NOW.

STOP EVERYTHING. DROP EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING AND SIT STILL. Take a deep, long breath. Go outside if possible to the crisp cool air or warm sunshine or even the cleansing rain.

Stop for a moment and enjoy this moment. Know in your inner heart that all is well right now. The sky is not falling. The house is not burning (unless it is); and your heart is still beating.

Unless you are in the middle of an emergency, you have no reason to move or go anywhere for a few moments.

Now, think of 5 things to be grateful for. Really count your blessings. Look up at the trees, the sky, the birds, the flowers. Once your own thoughts are lifted, you can hear higher thoughts and solutions.

There is nothing to worry about. You have all you need right now to be happy and at peace.

All our suffering comes from thinking about the future or the past: what we want and fear we won't get, or what we lost or are afraid of losing, or what mistakes we made. Everything can be restored in proper order, or even better the faster that we turn our attention to the GOOD. In every catastrophe is the seed of something wonderful. "I will restore to you the days the locust has eaten."

If you want an uplift and some encouragement to know that there is nothing ever to fear, check out this website for miracles of healing.

"A Cure for Every Ill, even Incurable Illness"
Victory over Paralysis.. Cancer healed, etc.

I am not religious, but believe God is love.

Christ himself practiced no religion or theology; and he obeyed no theocracy. In fact, he thought the religious leaders of his day were full of shallow dogma, hypocrisy and lies. They were obsessed with flesh and rituals and proper religious clothing or icons, intead of the spiritual laws of love. They had little love for those less fortunate. They were arrogant and obsessed with judging others, completely dismissing the laws of forgiveness and redemption that Christ came to teach.

We are all supposed to heal as Christ told us all to. We literally can see through the eyes of Christ and puts bones back together. I called a C.S. practitioner who prayed for my friend, and my friend was healed instantly from cancer. My son's broken leg healed instantly, and he was born with brittle bone disease.

She is a practitioner and astonishing! No one in the negative "real world" believes healings like this can happen but they happen thousands of times a day — even blindness is healed — and there are numerous healings in weekly magazines. People dismiss it, but I have had so many amazing healings through prayer including alcoholism, suicide, depression, my son's brittle bone disease.

I was raised in this and went away from it, but now that I'm waking up again, I realize this is Quantum Physics and the only thing that really works. It's metaphysics. This method of healing I combine with others. It is the way Christ healed, by seeing good and love as God, and as ALL-powerful, and not to give power to evil. But mainstream fundamentalist churches are so married to their belief in evil as being real, they can't figure it out. You can't heal if you believe in both good and evil; in duality. That's the secret of healing. To take a stand.

Keep your thoughts on the beautiful, the good and the true. Try to think only of your perfect health, or if your loved ones are suffering, think only of their radiant beauty, smile, face, glow, spirit. Make a list of things to be grateful for. Keep out of fear by focusing on the good around you.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Persistent Peace
by Deanna Mummert

Disturbed by TV images of bombed buildings, fear-stricken faces of civilians, and brave soldiers rescuing children from smoked-filled streets, I prayed. The images contrasted sharply against the peaceful sway of the hammock outside my kitchen window. I asked myself: At what point around the earth does the clear blue sky end and the exhaust of war begin? What can I do for peace? What possible difference can I make? What would Jesus do? Actually, What did Jesus do?

I did some research on Jesus and surprisingly discovered that his ministry occurred in the middle of warlike conditions. Palestine was under direct control of the Roman Empire, which continually battled for additional territories. Other nations fought back to gain possession of what they had previously lost. There was a constant tug of war over land. Many Jews believed that what we now call Israel should be ruled only by a Jewish king, a descendant of King David.

It’s no wonder that the Jewish people were yearning for the Messiah to come, build an army, and oust the Romans. The long-awaited Messiah did show up on this fractious world scene, but Jesus didn’t come as a warrior-king. In fact, he did not address the war directly at all. Instead, he taught his followers what it means to be at peace: to love their neighbors, love their enemies—one by one, step by step, and thought by thought. When he and his disciples were caught in a deadly storm at sea, the words “Peace, be still” that Jesus spoke were addressed not so much to the high winds as to the fearful storm within the minds of the disciples.

Exchanging negative thoughts for spiritual facts made a huge difference.

Calming their thoughts, he changed their immediate world from turbulence to peace. Instead of a warrior going to battle, destroying lives to forward his kingdom, Jesus healed people and even raised the dead. During his life, he lived up to the prophetic title, the Prince of Peace.

At the same time that I researched Jesus’ ministry, I also took this statement to heart from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.” I began replacing negative thoughts that crept into my thinking with the spiritual facts that God is Love, and that the spiritual identity of everyone as described in Genesis is God’s image or reflection—not just some men and some women in certain situations, but everyone, including children, in all situations.

At first I found it difficult to be a really good guard at the entry of my thinking, because the challenges were often very subtle: a driver cutting me off, a rude salesperson, or just facing someone smirking at me. As I kept at it, though, exchanging negative thoughts for spiritual facts made a huge difference. This change in thinking brought calm and even joy to my days. I realized, too, that it took more time and effort to think about why another person was wrong or inappropriate than to just acknowledge their spiritual goodness.

Loving each other is part of loving God.

With all this extra time, I started writing down ideas about attaining peace. For instance, I could strive to understand more clearly that peace is already present, in the moment, in the infinite now. And I could realize that peace between individuals happens when we forgive and understand that loving each other is part of loving God. And finally, I could deeply affirm that peace among nations starts in our thought when we view the world as one community under God’s love.

Then one day while sitting in a restaurant, I overheard pieces of conversations such as, “I’m so mad at him, I’m not calling him for a week.” And, “My aunt was so rude, I don’t care if I ever speak to her again.” And another, “I haven’t spoken to him in seven years, and I don’t care if we don’t speak for another seven.” I suddenly realized how true it is that peace begins at home.

What if you and I persistently followed Jesus’ example of taking care of the so-called little things? Our day-to-day interactions, our family differences, our frustrations with people at our jobs or on the street—what if we were to see them as opportunities to bring peace to our world? I don’t mean superficially. I mean actually expressing what the early Christians called agape—a Greek term for love to and for everyone, the brotherly/sisterly love that corresponds to the love God has for humanity.

Peace isn’t a place to get to—it is the way, the path.

Jesus told us pretty clearly what we all must do to find peace: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” And that includes a rude aunt as much as nations at war with each other! As we spiritualize and elevate our thinking, won’t we be doing what Jesus did—moving the whole world toward peace?

Here’s another step I took that was right at hand and doable. After a lengthy discussion about peace, teenagers agreed to heal at least one relationship problem they had each week. In just a few weeks, we had quite a list of healings. The students identified attitudes they had practiced that brought about healing, such as listening, not judging, expressing love and empathy, showing gratitude and appreciation. The students were surprised at how often they had wrongfully judged others and how good it felt to stop doing that, to love instead.

Peace isn’t a place to get to—it is the way, the path.

We all agreed that this shift in thinking, this focus on loving others, is the road to world peace. We learned, too, that spiritually based love does take persistent practice. It takes humility, patience, and a deep desire for peace. When we’re tired, frustrated, and beaten down, it’s easy to say, “Forget it, I’m writing this or that person off.” But God, our loving Shepherd, takes care of every one of His/Her sheep. Not one is given up. We can do the same.

As we all keep bringing healing to our everyday relationships—even the guy who cuts us off on our commute home—eventually there won’t be any reason left to fight wars. Though no war at all is an ideal goal that may be a long way off, my students and I are glad to have found a way to at least move in that direction.

It sounds so simple, so easy, that I almost missed it. Peace isn’t a place to get to—it is the way, the path. And we can live it every day, every moment, with every good and loving thought.

Reprinted from the March 2008 issue of The Christian Science Journal.
Deanna Mummert


Sunday, October 12, 2008


OBAMA LANDSLIDE!! I can't seem to post on my normal blog but here I can.

Somehow in this day and age, we’ve seen too much, done too much, been too naked. There’s too much hard-core violence and porn in the airwaves. We can’t really take it back and become innocent again. But I really want to be a virgin again in more ways than one. There is nothing in the physical world left to want, do or imagine. I don’t want one more luxury or gadget to make my life easier except maybe a Gizmo can opener. (I can't believe we're still cranking open cans by hand.)

I don’t think anything impresses anyone anymore except seeing, actually seeing — God. The great mystical force of love inside us all. I was thinking about the tragedy of the hurricane and the tsunami – and how many bodies have rotted and evaporated – how quickly human life is snuffed out. It proves to me what I’ve always known: that man is not made of matter, that rotting flesh has no essence in and of itself, no matter how real the illusion seems. Is flesh man's most important quality? Man is spiritual. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. We are linked to the Divine mind, the one mind, God — and to each other with the fabric of love.

Imagine if the human pageant were just a tapestry — and God sees the complete picture on the finished side, but from our vantage point below, we only see dangling threads that keep disappearing as they are woven in and out. As people pass on, certain threads disappear because they are part of a grand stitch that completes a beautiful landscape — or picture on the other side. We can’t see the whole picture. But God can. We don't know the reason for death and suffering; we don't know what's on the other side, but I'm sure there are many mansions and colors -- and the weave creates a majestic tapestry.

This is a universe of thought. Thought is energy and it is swift (too bad those lying 'Boat Veterans' forever ruined the word 'swift' for me, which just proves I am too much a victim of my thought.) Here's the Catch 22: what you think about all day long, is what you become; what you focus on grows. Whatsoever things are good, pure, lovely -- think on these things and you will bring these into your life in proportion to your thoughts. Our thoughts create our reality, and as Shakespeare said, "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

I have the profound sense that we can touch God everyday when we are loving to others, especially those who offend us and disturb us, and especially those less fortunate. Have you seen someone's face light up with just one kind word?

I have heard that at the moment of death, we transcend suffering - that it is removed. No one is going to hell by the way, unless their thoughts are already there and they are consumed with hatred for their fellow man.

I lived in Holland and visited Anne Frank's hiding place; it is so sad to think humans can commit hate crimes. We have to be careful not to do this with any group - even extremist Muslims. The tendency in this divisive culture is to lash out at each other, and I have been guilty as well when I speak of the religious-right. But this new breed of militant "Christian" has completely missed the point of Christ's teachings and turned many people off to Christianity in the process. And I believe they are partly behind our foreign policy and this rush to war.

But love heals everything.

Thursday, September 04, 2008


From Andew Sullivan's blog A reader writes:
Immediately after (McCain's) speech, I remarked to my wife that the tone of it was of a person looking back on a career, not beginning a new one.

Andrew Sullivan: What makes me sad is how so many young people have no idea any more what conservatism could mean if it were true to itself. (I gave it my best shot in my book, "The Conservative Soul.") But the corruption of this party is so deep - morally, ethically, philosophically - McCain can't do it.

I'm sure conservatism will one day recover - because it is right about the main issues: government needs to be kept in its place, taxes should be low and budgets balanced, individuals should be able to pursue their dreams as free of government control as possible, families do matter and need to be free from government interference, free markets and enterprise are the only guarantees of prosperity, moral choices - and their consequences - should be faced by the individual responsibly, and we have to be strong in our defense and prudent in foreign policy. This is the conservatism I still believe in. Deep down, I'm sure McCain does too. But it will only come from the ashes of this fundamentalist, mean-spirited, parochial, arrogant, big-spending, irresponsible shambles of a party. We have to repudiate the party of Rove and Abramoff and Romney and Dobson and Cheney and Bush II.

Burn it down and start over.

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All the resources you will ever want or need are at your fingertips. All you have to do is identify what you want to do with it, and then practice the feeling-place of what it will feel like when that happens. There is nothing you cannot be or do or have. You are blessed Beings; you have come
forth into this physical environment to create. There is nothing holding you back, other than your own contradictory thought. And your emotion tells you you're doing that. Life is supposed to be fun—it is supposed to feel good! You are powerful Creators and right on schedule. Savor more; fix less. Laugh more; cry less. Anticipate positively more; anticipate negatively less. Nothing is more important than that you feel good. Just practice that and watch what happens. There is great love here for you. We are complete.

Excerpted from an Abraham-Hicks workshop in North Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, March
22nd, 2003

All Is Well

Thursday, August 07, 2008



"I do an “establishing the day” type of prayer—knowing that this day is the unfoldment of Love, of divine Mind naturally and effortlessly revealing itself; and all that constitutes my day—everything in my relationships, my home, my harmony—is all divine Principle expressing itself. I can’t be wrongly influenced or disturbed in any way because Love (God) is the only power, and this day belongs to Love. So I establish my day that way, and also several times throughout the day as well. It's very powerful and keeps me right on track." From

Here are four things to improve your relationships, called the four Rs:

Reverse it. Mentally reverse everything that is hurting your relationships. We talked about this earlier. Every trouble is a counterfeit or opposite of a real, tangible, spiritual fact.

Recognize it. When any part of your relationship is good, recognize that the goodness is permanent, not fleeting and fickle. Goodness lasts because it is divine and comes directly to you from the supreme Spirit.

Refuse to give power to the false picture, the negative picture (which is the opposite of good, or life and love — no matter the curveballs life is throwing your way. Hold on to it—it is your divine right.

Rejoice. Rejoice that you deserve all the goodness that Spirit has to offer.

Relationships are important to each of us. The state of our relationships affects our emotions, our productivity and our physical health. Therefore enriching our relationships is good for us and good for everyone around us. So let’s stop being critical, stop keeping score, stop trying to prove we’re right. Let’s enrich our relationships with honesty, gratitude and forgiveness. Let’s be grateful that we are each the dynamic, spiritual reflection of Love. We express love, life and truth. Let’s rejoice divine Love, maintains the tender and rich goodness that fills our lives. Let’s let gratitude and love abide in all our hearts each day of all the years.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Monday, May 12, 2008


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the mothers out there who sacrifice for their families. "The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world!" WE LOVE YOU MOM! *Below is a fascinating article about OBAMA'S MAMA... a truly amazing woman.
Mom and Dad when they were dating. My dad grew up in Shanghai. He passed away in 1977 and is buried in Leiden, Holland. We lived in The Hague at the time.

My mother has had her share of tragedy. She lost her son Paul (my precious brother) her husband (our wonderful dad), her father (our sweet Poppy/Grandpa); her brother Gerald, her favorite cousin Sonny, and her dear sister Dorothy this past December.

Here's my mom (and sis Kath) today.

Mothers – YOU have one of the most powerful jobs on earth. You can influence your children to become world leaders, talented inventors, creative musicians, great athletes, passionate writers & artists, devoted school teachers, and committed physicians.

If, per chance, you think the job of a mother isn't important, then take a look at a recent survey that asked 5.4 million stay-at-home moms to list their job titles and daily duties: On the average, a stay-at-home mom would earn $131,000 a year. Total up the costs of being an animal caretaker, financial manager, food/beverage service worker, general office clerk, childcare worker, housekeeper, psychologist, bus driver, dietitian, property manager, social worker and recreation worker – and you'll see that $131,000 is a good deal!

Kevin and Jack

Our hearts and prayers go out to Katherine Wolf, the beautiful 26-year old mother from our church who suffered a major brain hemorrhage on April 21st, and her faithful family has been at the hospital round the clock ever since. Katherine has made some great strides, but it's still going to be some time before she goes home... God Bless Katherine, Jay and their baby.

Also, please hole Kristin's mom Muriel in your prayers -- at 85, she fell after an aerobics class and broke her arm. She had surgery Friday night and will have a long recovery process. God Bless her.

By Ellen Goodman
May 9, 2008
FROM time to time during this primary, I've wondered about Obama's mama. In a race that was so much about biography, about beliefs rooted in her son's "DNA," she's made only cameo appearances.

She was the "mother from Kansas" balanced alliteratively with the "father from Kenya." Or she was the white parent whose genes combined with the black parent. Or she was the woman dying of cancer "more worried about paying her medical bills than getting well." And on Tuesday night when her son all but sewed up the nomination, she appeared again as the "single parent who had to go on food stamps at one point."

I have been thinking of her not just because it's nearly Mother's Day but because Obama will soon have to reach out to Hillary Clinton's supporters, especially to women of a certain age who attached their hopes to having a woman in the White House. Obama has not yet had a "gender conversation" with those women.

What better link does he have than his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, the girl whose own father expected and wanted a boy child? Ann Dunham, a nonconformist, a woman of the world who traveled a trajectory of change so associated with Hillary's generation?

Last week, my eye lit on an odd correction in The New York Times. It read: "The assertion that Mr. Obama had 'never known' his Kenyan father should have been that he had 'barely known' him." Surely it was a distinction without a difference.

It's no surprise that Obama wrote an entire memoir dedicated to his "barely known" parent: "Dreams from My Father." It was only after his mother's death that he wrote in a new preface, "I think sometimes that had I known she would not survive her illness, I might have written a different book - less a meditation on the absent parent, more a celebration of the one who was the single constant in my life." He added that "she was the kindest, most generous spirit I have ever known, and that what is best in me I owe to her."

From all accounts, this daughter of a family that kept traveling west in restless pursuit of the American dream took no part in Eisenhower-era conformity. She was a teenager in Hawaii when she fell for the charismatic Kenyan in her Russian class and married him six months before her son was born. This was a time when interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of the country.

The rest of the story is known: a divorce, a marriage to an Indonesian, a second divorce. She was a mother who kept her children focused as well as fed. But what's less known is the woman in her own right, the one who became an anthropologist, the woman who spent years as the respected head of research for Women's World Banking, bringing micro-financing to poor people in Indonesia.

Nancy Barry, who was the head of Women's World Banking and knew Ann well, has been bewildered by the way she's been reduced to a stick figure. "She was stubborn, hard core, decisive, convincing, deep-thinking, rigorous in her analysis," says Barry. "When I hear Barack talking about how we are not red states, blue states, but the United States, I think he gets that from his mother. The other core capability he gets from her is the desire for healing."

Indeed, the Obama we see may be the offspring of "Dreams from My Mother."

If Ann were alive today she would be the age of Hillary Clinton's most devoted demographic. She would be among those women who have gone through enormous transitions, making and remaking the female script. Dreaming big.

I am not suggesting Obama drag out his mama as a prop. But he's staked his case for the presidency on his ability to bridge racial, cultural, party divides, to lead a post-partisan America. Now he's faced with another divide: women who identified their success with Hillary's and who are unsure they will vote for him.

What better way to begin reaching out, holding the 'gender conversation,' showing women he "gets it" than by sharing the dreams he inherited and the dreams he understands. The dreams from his mother. A girl named Stanley.

Ellen Goodman's e-mail address is

Let's face it - mothers do so much for us: They cook good food for us to eat, turn a house into a home, mend our wounds, console us when we're disappointed, and cheer for us when we've done something well.

Mothers not only have great value to their families, they are also in a unique position to positively influence their families. Our moms are the ones to instill in us a sense of values, beliefs, and morality. Some experts say that by the age of four or five, most children have already formed a basic set of beliefs and values that shape their world view. To me, the best values are kindness, charity, empathy, compassion, honesty and integrity.

If America would stop valuing money and competition, we'd all be happier and more wealthy.

Nothing is set in stone. We are all redeemable, even the "bad guys" in government and politics, even our leaders. I heard a humble young Israeli at a recovery meeting day say that he 'to become humble' is everything. It's the only way to attain peace. He made a list of his character defects and then made a list of each of their "opposites." To overcome selfishness you must become more giving. To overcome arrogance, you must become humble.

Humility is the greatest virtue. When I think of how I can "give" instead of "get" the whole day goes better. When I think of how to "understand" rather than be "understood" or force my will and my opinions on others, I attract love.

Love is circular. Let's all be thinking of how we can help others. Human kindness is really all that matters.

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