2016

HappyWomanInField_tmbJanuary 10, 2016
Faith
Rev. Barbara Winter Martin

 


 

VIDEO (to come)
OPENING JOKE
STORIES
QUOTES
POEMS
EXERCISES


VIDEO (to come)

OPENING JOKE

A priest, a rabbi, and a Unity Minister decided to go on a fishing trip together. They went down to their local lake, rented a boat, and went out on to the lake for a day of fishing.

As the afternoon approached, the trio got hungry – and realized that they left their lunches on the shore of the lake.  So, the priest got out of the boat, walked across the lake, got his lunch, walked back, and sat down … beginning to eat his lunch.

“You should have gotten all of our lunches!” scolded the Unity Minister, so she got up, walked across the lake, picked up her lunch as well as the Rabbi’s, walked back across the lake, and sat down, handing the rabbi his afternoon meal.

The rabbi at this point is almost out of his mind, his eyes wide with shock. Finally, he manages to sputter… “Wha… what… how did you both do that!?”

The priest grinned at the Unity Minister, nudged her, and whispered “Do you think we should tell him about the rocks?”

To which the /Unity Minister, with a raised eyebrow, replied “What rocks?”

STORIES

Story #1

A true story – related by a friend of his, Francie Baltazar-Schwartz:

Jerry was always in a good mood and always had something positive to say.  When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I’d be twins!”

Jerry was a manager in the restaurant business, and a unique thing often happened with him.  He had waiters follow him around from restaurant to restaurant. Why?  Because of his attitude. He was a natural motivator.  If an employee was having a bad day, Jerry was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.  Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up to Jerry and asked him, “I don’t get it!  You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

Jerry replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, ‘Jerry, you have two choices today.  You can choose to be in a good mood or you can choose to be in a bad mood.’  I choose to be in a good mood. Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or I can choose to learn from it.  I choose to learn from it.  Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.”

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes it is,” Jerry said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice.  You choose how you react to situations.   You choose how people will affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live life.”

Soon after than conversation, I left the restaurant industry to start my own business. Jerry and I lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of just reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that Jerry did something you are never, never supposed to do: he left the back door of the restaurant open one morning.  As a result, three armed robbers held him up at gunpoint.  While trying to open the safe, his hand, shaking from nervousness, slipped off the combination. One of the robbers panicked and shot him.

Jerry was found relatively quickly and rushed to the local trauma center. After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, Jerry was released from the hospital with fragments of the bullets still in his body.

I saw Jerry about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins.  Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but did ask him what had gone through his mind as the robbery took place. “The first thing that went through my mind was that I should have locked the back door,” he replied.  “Then, as I lay on the floor bleeding, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live, or I could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared?” I asked.

Jerry continued, “Not at first.  The paramedics were great.  They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me into the emergency room, and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, then I got scared.  In their eyes, I read, ‘He’s a dead man.’  I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big, burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said Jerry. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes,’ I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took a deep breath and yelled, ‘Bullets!’   Over their laughter, I told them, ‘I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead.”

Jerry lived thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude. I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.  Attitude, after all, is everything.  Choice is all there is.

Story #2

At 25, Michelle Longo O’Donnell was an RN, working at one of the first pediatric intensive care units in the nation. She was married to a Vietnam Marine vet, had a two-year-old-daughter, and was pregnant with her second child.  Because she’d had her withered lift kidney removed when she was younger, doctors thought her right kidney was overloaded and decided to induce birth by giving her a drug to begin labor.

A mistake in the calculation of her due date caused her daughter Lara to be born at seven months, weighing a mere two and a half pounds.  The doctors whisked away the tiny purple baby who made no movement, no sound.  And, just to put this in perspective, this happened in the 70’s and the prenatal medical community did not have the advancements it has now.

Little Lara was unable to take in air or keep her lungs inflated.  During the first night, she had five cardiac arrests.  Even with 100 percent oxygen being pumped into her tiny lungs, she was not getting enough to supply her kidneys and brain.

The senior resident came into the mother’s room the next morning and asked for her permission to stop treatment, because, he said, Lara simply could not survive.

As a nurse, Michelle knew that what the resident said was most likely true and even if Lara did survive, severe mental retardation was the outcome of oxygen deprivation.  But, something inside her kept telling her that everything would be OK, so she refused to give permission to stop treatment.

The mother struggled with two voices inside her head.  One buying into the absolute belief of the medical community, yet another deep underlying conviction in the quantum probability that everything was going to be all right.

Her husband abandoned her after two days and for two long years after Lara was finally released from the ICU, Michelle O’Donnell pieced together a life, never once “owning” the probability of Lara’s mental retardation nor letting go of the probability that healing was still possible.

She dealt with what she had to deal with in the world, but kept a hold of her mental constructs.  She did this for two years – with absolutely no evidence in the outer world to suggest that the first probably (mental retardation) had not happened nor that the second probability (that healing was possible) was occurring.

When Lara was nearly 2 years old, Michelle had her propped on her hip and was getting ready to put a cracker into her mouth, like she’d done many times before.  Lara – who had not shown awareness of any kind, had basically lived like the vegetable the doctors told Michele she would be – smiled at her mother, reached up to grab the cracker, and put it in her mouth.

After that, she made rapid improvement and grew up to become a lawyer and eventually work for the attorney general of Texas.


QUOTES

“Whoever dedicates his whole life to the supreme good and by devotion, right thinking, right doing, right acting, pure living, and pure speaking fulfills the law, may have all the power of Jesus.” Fillmore Talks on Truth

“God is personal to us when we recognize Him within us as our indwelling life, intelligence, love and power.” Fillmore Revealing Word

“When you pronounce every experience good, and of God, by that mental attitude you will call forth only the good.  What seemed error will disappear, and only the good will remain.  This is the law, and no one can break it.”    Fillmore Talks on Truth

“Whoever dedicates his whole life to the supreme good and by devotion, right thinking, right doing, right acting, pure living, and pure speaking fulfills the law, may have all the power of Jesus.” Fillmore Talks on Truth

“Heaven is everywhere present.  It is the orderly, lawful adjustment of God’s kingdom in our minds, bodies and affairs.” Fillmore Revealing Word

“Your real self is that which says “I AM”.  It cannot be described, because description is limitation, and your real self is unlimited in its capacity to be.  It is the all-possibility . . . it is love.”   Fillmore – Talks on Truth

“It is your mission to express all that you can imagine God to be.  Let this be your standard of achievement; never lower it.  You can attain to everything that you can imagine.  If you imagine that it is possible to God, it is also possible to you.  Whatever possibility your mind conceives, that is for you to attain.  This is the law; let none belittle himself or dwarf the Supreme by trying to annul it.” Fillmore Talks on Truth

“God never performs miracles, if by miracle is meant a departure from universal law.  Whatever the prophets did was done by the operation of laws inherent in Being and open to the discovery of every man.”   Fillmore Talks on Truth


POEMS

This is a poem about making a decision, making a decision to live from our Turning Point ideas and truly creating a Tipping Point for the good in your life and the lives of others.  The poem goes like this:

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there were seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
And mine were not along the shore,
But then some stranger prints appeared,
And, I asked the Lord, “what have we here?”
Those prints are large and round and neat,
“but, Lord, they are too big for feet.”
“My child,” God said in somber tones,
“for miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait.”
“You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know.So, I got tired, I got fed up,
And there I dropped you on your butt!!”
So, I could stew and get upset,
Be the victim and moan, but yet,
Once I see that I’m OK,
And this is just another day.
In which I can take full control,
and realize that I’m already whole.
That love is all around me now,
That principle takes over somehow.
To know that love is all there is,
And accept for me the best that is.
I claim my right to glorious health,
and open my arms to limitless wealth,
I thank my God for all . . . it’s done,
To help me see that we are One.
This last thought I’ll let you hear,
If you’re still sitting on your rear.
There comes a time when one must rise and take a stand,
Or, leave their butt prints in the sand.

Author Unknown


EXERCISES

Experiment 1- Lab Report ala “E Cubed” by Pam Grout

The Theory:   The more fun I  have, the better life works.

The Question: Is it possible that Joy is my natural state, that Ican be happy in my life right here and now, exactly as it is?

The Hypothesis: If  I cut  off  the “ain’t it  awfuls,” I will automatically  feel more joy and thus open channels of goodness.

Time Required: 72 hours. (3 days)

The Approach: I will awaken each day and before putting my feet onthe floor, I will say “Something amazingly awesome happens to me today.”

I will also, no matter what happens in the next three days, commit to saying, “That’s amazing! Thank you,

Universe.”

Lab Notes:

How I feel right now (3 Lines at the beginning of the experiment):

How I feel in three days (3 lines at the end of the experiment):

Other Notes/Observations:

Experiment 2 – Lab Report ala “E Cubed” by Pam Grout

The Theory: My beliefs and expectations impact what I draw to me from the Infinite Field of All Possibilities.

The Question: Is  it  possible only see what I expect  to  see?

The Hypothesis: If I decided to look for the eight things listed below, I will find them.

Time Required: 72 hours (3 days starting after I have done Experiment 1 for 3 days)

The Approach: If  this hypothesis is accurate, it means that in the next three days, I will look for and check off the following eight things:

1.  A belly laugh __
2. A toy from my childhood__
3.  My favorite high school song__
4.  The number 222__
5.  A beach ball__
6.  A senior citizen in a fashionable hat__
7.  A smile from a baby__
8.  A billboard with a message just for you __

Lab Notes:

How I feel right now (at the beginning of the experiment):

How I feel in three days (at the end of the experiment):

Other Notes/Observations: