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Joyful Noise!

October 21, 2011

A Joyful Noise!

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon
safedoti@aol.com

October 20, 2011
Volume 10, Number 42

Affirmation – I am a positive person, always seeing the best in everyone, every action, and every energy on the planet.


“The greatest disease today is not cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody. The greatest evil is the lack of love and charity.”

~ Mother Teresa

This is reprinted from Vol. 4 Pg. 42, Oct. 21, 2005

In the past few months I have noticed an increasing number of people consumed by negative energies. They seem to feel that the world, the government, their boss, their family, their friends, their bodies and their minds have all turned against them. Sometimes there is a dread that the God energy has withdrawn from them.

More and more of our UCM ministers have been called to preach about “Positive Energy”, “How to Become a Positive Person”, and to remind folks to “…see the glass half full”. It is a challenge to stay grounded and centered, and not become depressed. It feels like everything is falling apart around you, the earth is going through such massive and instantaneous changes, so many people are suffering fear, loss, and, death. Please take a moment to read the following – and put it into action! Remember, you are a perfect person on the planet!

When you find yourself beginning to feel overwhelmed by negativity, you can always choose to break the pattern. Stop whatever you are doing, and for three of four minutes focus your mind on thoughts of gratitude, acceptance and peacefulness.

Breathe deeply, and relax the muscles throughout your body. Reflect on how very fortunate you are to be alive and aware in this universe that’s overflowing with positive possibilities.

Give yourself a peaceful break. Give your spirit the opportunity of resetting to a more positive perspective, and it will.

In a few short moments, you can easily and naturally break free of any negative pattern in which you may have been caught. You’ll be vastly better positioned to effectively respond to whatever life sends your way.

Instead of acting out of anger or frustration, fear or anxiety, you’ll be able to choose your actions based on your own positive purpose. Instead of being caught up in the grip of negativity, you’ll be calmly and firmly in control.

When the negativity starts to get overwhelming, choose to interrupt it with a positive, peaceful break. You’ll find it can make a profound and positive difference. — Ralph Marston

You are so powerful when you stay positive and focused. Make a difference in the world – claim your divinity. You are a child of God! Together we all calmed Hurricane Rita – let’s all get together and do the same with Wilma as it threatens Florida and our Eastern Seaboard. Take a moment to visualize the storm, see and feel the wind speed decreasing from Category 4 to Category 1, NOW! Keep supporting the light-workers on the planet as we reduce this storm, calm the fires, decrease the magnitudes of the earthquakes and help eliminate hunger.

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The following is a prayer from “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz:

Thank you, Creator of the Universe, for the gift of life you have given me.

Thank you for giving me everything that I have ever truly needed.

Thank you for the opportunity to experience this beautiful body and this wonderful mind. Thank you for living inside me with all your love, with your pure and boundless spirit, with your warm and radiant light.

Thank you for using my words, for using my eyes, for using my heart to share your love wherever I go. I love you just the way you are, and because I am your creation, I love myself just the way I am. Help me to keep the love and the peace in my heart and to make that love a new way of life, that I may live in love the rest of my life.

Amen

“When you get to your wits end, you’ll find God lives there.”

~ Anonymous

On a Lighter Note:

An Arrow can be shot only by pulling it back.
so, when Life is dragging you back with difficulties,
it means it’s going to Launch you into something great.

Bumper Sticker: If all else fails read the instructions
(The Bible)


Bumper Sticker: Prepare for your FINALS, Read the Bible

Clara: My pastor is so good he can talk on any subject for an hour.
Sarah: That’s nothing! My pastor can talk for an hour without a subject!


At an atheist funeral: Here lies an atheist, all dressed up and nowhere to go.

 

 

 

A Joyful Noise!

October 13, 2011

Affirmation – I am a Spiritual Seeker – always looking for answers!

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon, safedoti@aol.com                                                   

  October 13, 2011

Volume 10, Number 41


“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

~ Mary Oliver

The Courage to Question

by Adyashanti

Spiritual seekers are some of the most superstitious people on the planet. Most people come to spiritual teachers and teachings with a host of hidden beliefs, ideas, and assumptions they unconsciously seek to be confirmed. And if they are willing to question these beliefs, they almost always replace old concepts with new, more spiritual ones, thinking these new concepts are far more real than the old ones.

Even those who have had deep spiritual experiences and awakenings beyond the mind will in most cases continue to cling to superstitious ideas and beliefs in an unconscious effort to grasp for the security of the known, the accepted, or the expected. It is this grasping for security in all its inward and outward forms which limits the perspective of enlightenment and maintains an inwardly divided condition which is the cause of all suffering and confusion.

You must want to know the truth more than you want to feel secure in order to fully awaken to the fact that you are nothing but Awakeness itself.

Shortly after I began teaching, I noticed that almost everyone coming to see me held a tremendous number of superstitious ideas and beliefs that were distorting their perceptions and limiting their scope of spiritual inquiry. What was most surprising was that in almost all cases, even those who had deep and profound experiences of spiritual awakening continued to hold onto superstitious ideas and beliefs which severally limited the depth of experience and expression of true awakening.

Over time I began to see how delicate and challenging it was for most seekers to find the courage to question any and all ideas and beliefs about the true nature of themselves, the world, others, and even enlightenment itself. In almost every person, every religion, every group, every teaching and every teacher, there are ideas, beliefs, and assumptions that are overtly or covertly not open to question. Often these unquestioned beliefs hide superstitions which are protecting something which is untrue, contradictory, or being used as justification for behavior which is a less than enlightened.

The challenge of enlightenment is not simply to glimpse the awakened condition, nor even to continually experience it, but to be and express it as yourself in the way you move in this world. In order to do this, you must come out of hiding behind any superstitious beliefs and find the courage to question everything; otherwise you will continue to hold onto superstitions which distort your perception and expression of that which is only ever awake.

“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can.”

~ John Wesley

On a Lighter Note:

There’s an old sea story in the Navy about a ship’s captain who inspected his sailors, and afterward told the chief bosun’s mate that his men smelled bad.

The captain suggested perhaps it would help if the sailors would change their underwear occasionally.

The chief responded, “Aye, aye sir, I’ll see to it immediately!”

The chief went straight to the sailors berth deck and announced, “The captain thinks you guys smell bad and wants you to change your underwear. “Pittman, you change with Jones; McCarthy, you change with Witkowski; and Brown, you change with Schultz. Now get to it!!!”

THE MORAL: Someone may be promising “Change”; but don’t count on things smelling any better!”

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Radio conversation released by the Chief of Naval Operations on November 10, 1995.

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.

Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.

Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.

Americans: This is the Aircraft Carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States’ Atlantic Fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruises, and numerous support vessels. I demand that you change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship.

Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.

A Joyful Noise!

October 7, 2011

Affirmation –I live my life with passion and no judgment.


“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”

~Elie Wiesel

A friend sent me an email today that made me feel so good that I want to share it with you…

Good morning; the world is a better place because you are here, your smile, your presence, your kindness have been and continue to be a gift to humanity, to creation, to me especially so I just want to say “thank you for being in my world”, { and have a great day too}

Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

A sharp tongue can cut your own throat.

If you want your dreams to come true, you mustn’t oversleep.

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

The best vitamin for making friends . . . B1.

The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge.

One thing you can give and still keep . . . is your word.

You lie the loudest when you lie to yourself.

If you lack the courage to start, you have already finished.

One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time.

Ideas won’t work unless ‘You’ do.

Your mind is like a parachute…it functions only when open.

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a lifetime!

It is never too late to become what you might have been.

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. . . So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.

Friends are like balloons; once you let them go, you might not get them back. Sometimes we get so busy with our own lives and problems that we may not even notice that we’ve let them fly away. Sometimes we are so caught up in who’s right and who’s wrong that we forget what’s right and wrong. Sometimes we just don’t realize what real friendship means until it is too late. I don’t want to let that happen so I’m going to tie you to my heart so I never lose you.

Send this to all your friends including me and see how many you get back. Even send it to your balloons that you think have flown away forever. You may be surprised to see them return.

Send this to everybody that has touched your life in a positive way.

Thank you for being in my life!!

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

~Maya Angelou

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.- Helen Keller

When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance. – Lee Ann Womack


On a Lighter Note:

A woman went to the Doctor and said “When I looked in the mirror this morning, I saw my hair was frizzy, my skin wrinkly, my eyes bloodshot – what is wrong with me?” The Doctor replied “Well the good news is that your eyesight is fine.”

Teacher: How many letters are there totally in “A.B.C.D”?
Student: 4
Teacher: I meant the complete set, not just “A.B.C.D”
Student: 52
Teacher: What?! How?
Student: Lower case 26 and Upper case 26.

Why did the chicken cross the road?
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved under the chicken depends on its point of reference.
Plato: For the greater good.
Hippocrates: Because there was an excess of phlegm in its pancreas.
Spencer Johnson, MD: To find who moved its cheese.

Psychiatrist to patient: Do you ever hear someone speaking but you are not able to seem them?
Patient: Yes
Psychiatrist: When does this happen?
Patient: Every time I talk on the phone.

A Joyful Noise!

August 5, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 10 pg 31 (08-04-11) LETTING GO OF FEAR

AFFIRMATION

I am FEARLESS with the help of Mother/Father God

DON’T ALLOW FEAR TO BLOCK YOUR LIFE!

NO ONE ALLOWS FEAR TO BLOCK THEIR LIFE! Now some of you may be balking at that statement, but think about it, if you knew you had fear or if you are feeling fearful, would you really consciously or subconsciously and knowingly allow fear to block your life? No you wouldn’t. You would want to do everything in your power to get rid of your fears.

A Greco-Buddhist statue, one of the first repr...

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We have many fears; fear of terrorism, fear of death, fear of being separated from people we love, fear of losing control, fear of commitment, fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of losing our job, the list is never-ending!  Many of our present fears are rooted in what Buddha identified as “delusions” – distorted ways of looking at ourselves and the world around us

If we learn to control our mind…the source of all our fear, healthy and unhealthy, is eradicated.

Many fears are feelings that come up in response to things we were told as a child or what you recall from a past life. That is why many of us as adults may be confused as to where this present day fear is coming from.

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.

                   Pema Chodron

I have a morbid fear of flying. Now if you know me well enough you will be laughing; since I travel quite frequently. And, I once had a pilot’s license! However, my fear of someone else flying was so bad that I needed to be medicated before boarding a plane and I usually had to be medicated an hour in advance. My friends do not understand this since I love to travel. I used to worry the plane was going to drop out of the sky or crash into another plane, geese or flying saucers!

So, after trying every imaginable remedy, including hypnosis, positive thinking seminars, and prayer I came up with a fantastic solution – I asked my grandmother to hold up the plane! Now, this may seem strange to those of you who don’t understand basic metaphysics, but for me it was easy.  I simply tapped into my grandmother Eva; who died in 1952, and asked her to hold up the plane.  And now every time I board a plane I envision her large hands supporting the plane throughout the entire flight. And I no longer have that profound fear of flying.

Many of our fears, if not all of them, had their beginning somewhere in our childhood. How would I know? Well for one, every time I looked behind one of my fears, I saw they originated in my childhood. They just manifested differently to fit the time frame I was living in.  It is easier to believe or accept that we as adults created those fears in our Minds. Let me give you an example of childhood issues holding us hostage as Adults.

As a child I was raised in many different faiths as my parents experienced religious changes. I was criticized as a young girl. I was very out spoken and often challenging. This did not always go over well; particularly from the well meaning nuns who wanted me to sit down and shut-up!

I’ve noticed for awhile now that I have a fear of moving forward in my ministry. I couldn’t understand it until I read an article about fear and I realized that I was scared of going public and expanding on the inter-net, finishing my book, going back on radio, doing a U-Tube presentation, because I was afraid that I would be criticized all over again. Now that may or may not be true, but it was a fear that was embedded in my psyche and it was blocking me and preventing me from moving forward towards growing the Center for Creative Living. When I came to the realization of what was blocking me, it felt like a HUGE boulder was removed from my head. And immediately – more folks started attending services!

You can have it all. A life of abundance, financial success, the job of your dreams, the relationship of your dreams, but I can assure you that if you are not having these things right now, it’s because there is some fear manifesting in your subconscious. Now you can do Past-life Regressions, look into hypnosis or visit a therapist.  Or you can try taking small steps to looking deeper within at each of your fears.

If you have a fear of not having enough money, look into your childhood and see what messages you might have picked up about money from your parents or early caretakers. Were they always pinching pennies and complaining that everything is too expensive? Now look at yourself and where your life is, do you have the same view or is it that you are just regurgitating what you saw around you as a child?

Do you have a fear of success? Was your family ever financially successful or were they constantly complaining that life is hard? If that was the case, then you will pick up as a child that success is either hard to get or it does not exist. A lot of your fears that may be blocking your life now may be Adult-ified, but they all had a beginning in your childhood. Regarding my fear of flying, it was about control. As a child I was always moving from place to place and I never quite felt grounded. So my fear of flying came from a fear of not being grounded. And I realized the only stability I had was my grandmother; thus the large hands holding the plane.

There is nothing in life that is impossible to get. They only seem impossible because your fears are rearing their ugly heads working overtime to prevent you from moving forward in your life. You may have heard messages of doom and the fight for survival for so long that your Mind cannot conceive anything else.

Living the life you desire is not as simple as changing your thoughts as some would like you to believe. You may change your thoughts on the surface, but the root of those thoughts still exists deep in your subconscious and unless you get to the root you will be constantly working on changing your thoughts. Get to the root of your thoughts and fears, weed them out so they don’t come back and attack you thus getting rid of them forever. Once you start uprooting your fears from their origin, you will begin to see your life moving forward at an extremely rapid pace.

Ideas suggested by Trudy Ewan.

Fear stopped Burglary

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled, “Stop – Acts 2:38!” (…turn from your sin…).  The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, “Why did you just stand there? All the old lady did was yell a scripture to you.”

“Scripture?” replied the burglar, “She said she had an AXE and two 38’s!”

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“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”
— H.P. Lovecraft

“What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope.”
—- Publilius Syrus – Moral Sayings (1st C B.C.)

“The only thing we have to fear is fear it’s self – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
—- FDR – First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933

A Joyful Noise!

July 21, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 10 pg 29 (07-21-11) PETS

AFFIRMATION

Pets are God‘s Spiritual Messengers

Each week I talk about how we handle stress, work with people, deal with difficulties and nurture our family and friends and many other topics. This week, after receiving the following wonderful story submitted by Rev. Pajo Brooks, I decided to talk about the joy and spirituality of having pets in our homes.

We often focus on what we can teach our pets and forget to look at what our pets can teach us.  Animals have loving characteristics which, if we embraced, would help us lead happier, more fulfilled and more spiritual lives.

Pets don’t give up.  If you throw a ball at them they will try to catch it every time; even if they miss every single time. And more importantly, they don’t give up on love either. No matter how many times they are yelled at or rebuffed they keep coming back, expecting to be loved and cared for.

Pets know how to accept love.  They never ask whether they are worthy of it; simply accept it as their due.  And they give back love unconditionally, showing their joy with no restraints.

Because they are so easy to love, animals give us an opportunity to experience unconditional love and to understand how spirituality radiates out and encompasses an ever-widening circle.

Pets ask for what they want; whether they need to be petted, walked or played with, they will let you know.  They are not embarrassed to let people know how they can be of service.

We learn that compassion is based on seeing others for who they are, not for how they are like us.

Another lesson is how to live in the moment.  People may spend time dwelling in the past or worrying about the future but animals know how to be present in the moment.  If they are engaging in an enjoyable activity their entire focus is on that activity.

Pets are also one of many ways to connect with creation. The beauty of nature in all its forms gives us the opportunity to be in awe of the complex and wondrous world in which we live.

Research has finally shown that having a family dog or cat can reduce stress and provide excellent social support along with other health benefits, sometimes more than people.  They can change our mood from negative to positive by a simply glance from those puppy dog eyes, or by a soft furry cat sitting on your lap purring.

There are many articles written about how pets can control blood pressure and improve our overall health. Pets do provide us with unconditional love, companionship and they are good listeners, they won’t give away any of your secrets or tell anyone you had a really bad hair day when you got up this morning.

No matter what type of pet you have, in more ways then you realize they do affect our lives in a positive way.  Isn’t it time we celebrate their spirit?

I think so.

Abby – a Wonderful Dog

Dedicated to Abby Brooks – Rev. Pajos’ best friend

          It is not known who replied, to this young girl’s letter – but there is a beautiful soul working in the dead letter office of the US postal service.

Our 14 year old dog, Abby, died last month.  The day after my 4 year old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abby.  She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abby got to heaven, God would recognize her.  I told her that I thought we could so she dictated these words:

Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog?  She died yesterday and is with you in heaven.  I miss her very much.  I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.
I hope you will play with her.  She likes to play with balls and to swim.  I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog.  I really miss her.
Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abby and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven.  We put our return address on it.  Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven.  That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.  A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet.  I told her that I thought He had.
Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, ‘To Meredith’ in an unfamiliar hand.  Meredith opened it.  Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, ‘When a Pet Dies.’  Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope.  On the opposite page was the picture of Abby & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,
Abby arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help.  I recognized Abby right away. Abby isn’t sick anymore.  Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart.  Abby loved being your dog.

Since we don’t need our bodies in heaven, I don’t have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abby by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me.  What a wonderful mother you have.  I picked her especially for you.  I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much.  By the way, I’m easy to find, I am wherever there is love.
Love, God

Scarlett the Cat

          October 15, 2008 – Scarlett the cat, whose story of bravery, uncompromising love and triumph over all odds, has passed on.  The heroine calico, who in 1996 made headlines around the world for pulling her five kittens to safety from a raging fire, lost her battle with multiple illnesses this week after living with her adoptive family in Brooklyn, New York for over 12 years.

Back in 1996, Scarlett was tending to her kittens in an abandoned Brooklyn garage when fire broke out.  Having extinguished the blaze, firefighters sighted the mother cat, slowly carrying her four-week-old kittens from the building.  Badly scorched, her ears radically burned, she lined up her babies.  With her eyes blistered from the inferno, she was seen touching each with her nose, to reassure herself that her litter of five had made it to safety.  She then collapsed, unconscious.

Firefighter David Giannelli transported the little feline family to North Shore Animal League America where the mother, who was named Scarlett, and her kittens, were treated.  The weakest kitten died of a virus one month after the blaze.  However, after three months of treatment and recovery, Scarlett and her surviving babies were ready for adoption.

I don’t know how famous this was, but in NYC it was huge.  I think 8 million people shed a tear or two that night.

I Rescued A Human Today

          I rescued a human today.  Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering into the kennels.
I knew I had to help her. I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she wouldn’t be afraid.
As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view from a little accident I had in the back of my cage.
I didn’t want her to know that I hadn’t been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn’t want her to think poorly of them.
She got down on her knees and made little kissy sounds at me.

I shoved my shoulder and side of my head up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.
Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I instantly jumped into her arms.
I would promise to keep her safe.
I would promise to always be by her side.
I would promise to do everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her eyes.
I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many more are out there who haven’t walked the corridors. So many more to be saved.
At least I could save one. I rescued a human today.

Wilma’s World

          Just about 2 years ago, Wilma entered my world. I knew she was homeless, needed food, and also needed to be fixed. I called The Feline Rescue for help. They came to my house with a trap, and we caught Wilma.

She was taken in and neutered; because they were so over run with cats, they asked if they could release her back to my yard. So back she came.

I fed her in the yard, and slowly worked her up onto the front porch. Which is now “Wilma’s World”.  After a year of working with her, I am now able to pat her and pick her up.

She eats, sleeps and plays on the front porch.  Now every morning, I open the door, and she looks in from her world, and I look out from mine. We now know we are friends.
          D. Petti in Massachusetts

Driving with Penguins
        A man was driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back seat. The police stop him and say that he can’t drive around with the penguins in the car and should take them to the zoo. The man agrees and drives off.
The next day the man is driving down the road with twenty penguins in the back. He is stopped by the same police officer who says, “Hey! I thought I told you to take those to the zoo.”
The man replies “I did. Today I’m taking them to the movies.”

Difference between Dogs and Cats

          A dog thinks:  Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me…they must be Gods!
A cat thinks:  Hey, these people I live with feed me, love me, provide me with a nice warm, dry house, pet me, and take good care of me…I must be a God!

A Joyful Noise!

July 14, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 10 pg 27 (07-14-11) SUBMISSIONS

AFFIRMATION

I Love and Appreciate All of God‘s Many Faces

 

Every week I receive a couple of submissions by members of the UCM community. This week I received these three and they truly represent our spirituality.  The first is by an Arabic-American woman, the second a metaphysical look at life and the third is a small boy speaking about Jesus.

Before you know what kindness really is

you must lose things;
feel the future dissolve in a moment

like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,

what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know

how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters

and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Naomi Shihab Nye, from The Words Under the Words

Submitted by Rev. David Dupree

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Time To Take Account of Your Life

          Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.
However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be: Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules: The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, it’s over, the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.
What would you personally do?

You would buy anything and everything you wanted right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right? Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all, right?
ACTUALLY This GAME is REALITY!
Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can’t seem to see it.
The MAGICAL BANK is TIME!
Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven’t lived up that day is forever lost.
Yesterday is forever gone.
Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time….WITHOUT WARNING.
SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds?
Those seconds are worth so much more than the same amount in dollars.

Think about that, and always think of this: Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.
So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life!
Here’s wishing you a wonderful and beautiful day.

Start spending.

Submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers

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A Child Explains God!

I certainly don’t think an adult could explain this more beautifully! THIS IS FABULOUS!!!

It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista, CA. He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ I wonder if any of us could have done as well.

One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’

God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at other times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’

God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.’

Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’

Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.’

His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven.  So he did.  And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God.  Like a secretary, only more important.’

You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.’

You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!

Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach.  This is wrong.  And besides, the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.’

If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can.  It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’

‘But…you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you.  I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And…That’s why I believe in God.’

Submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers

A Joyful Noise!

July 10, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

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Vol. 10 pg 27 (07-07-11) SILENCE

AFFIRMATION

I am becoming one with God in the Silence.

I crawled out of bed this morning and immediately switched on the television to hear the latest news, put in a load of laundry and started my dishwasher.

I sat down to my computer and was overwhelmed by the cacophony of sounds around me. And then the air conditioning turned on and my phone started ringing (my cell phone with the irritating tinny music).

I felt like screaming – particularly since the television was on a local news station and all I was hearing was horrific news of murders, burglary, cheating in schools and forecasts of miserable weather.

So, I turned everything off – crawled back into bed and started meditating. AH! I contemplated a spiritual day with just silence!

In the stillness I realized that silence is vastly undervalued in our culture. It’s impossible to escape the ringing of cell phones, blasts of music or television in homes, work places, airports, or in the mall. It’s hard to think, harder still to know what you feel or to hear God whispering to your heart and soul.

Seers and saints say that ‘Silence is Golden.’ Their words have a deeper meaning and an even deeper import. Science has proven that ‘Silence’ enhances the Creative Potential of an individual. Silence is not just being quiet. It is not just keeping the mouth ‘shut’ and going mute. Silence is becoming tranquil. Silence is tuning down the noises of the senses. Silence is avoiding totally the ‘unnecessary.’

In today’s overwhelming noise it is difficult to attain total silence. Even though, many religious practices encourage “quietude” or “silence” to attain spirituality.

One or our best examples is India, a haven of spirituality since ages immemorial. There are many tales and legends of saints and sages seeking respite in the woods, mountains and hills observing silence for years. This intentional silence and meditation bestowed upon them indescribable divine powers. They had within them a reservoir of sacred energy. Their words used on purpose had great impact, almost oracular. They created as they spoke. Such is the power of Silence.

Intentional Silence, Meditation, chanting of mantras, and yoga are a few of the tools that aid and escalate a person’s spiritual level. Silence is not just keeping quiet and watching your favorite TV sit-com. It is also silencing the urges of your eyes and ears. Silence is not silently munching your favorite burger; silence is quieting the urge to have one. In other words Intentional Silence is saying ‘no’ to things that may not have any value of being done or carried out in that moment. It is like accumulating energy in order to use it for constructive purposes beneficial to all.

There is no hard and fast rule that Silence is to be practiced only by Hindus. It can be practiced by any person who wants to heighten his/her levels of awareness. Any person whether a Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jew or Christian can become silent in order to attain spiritual excellence. You don’t need to seek respite in some woods or mountain caves. You can stay amidst civilization and silently strive to become spiritually quiet.

The benefits of being silent are for one and all. Students, housewives, professionals and even UCM ministers can abstain from talking at least for a few minutes or a couple of hours. While not talking it is essential you stop listening to rock bands, watching tragicomic serials, or the evening news and movies on TV.

Silence is looking into self to become self aware.

Benefits of observing Silence:

1. Heightened spiritual awareness
2. It gives you a lot of tranquility and spiritual satisfaction
3. It will protect you from negative effects of chattering and gossip
4. It will conserve your energy levels
5. It will dampen your anger
6. Your creative potential will increase by many times
7. You will realize the importance of speech
8. Your personality stands totally refined
9. You will grow above mundane thoughts
10. You will have attained loads of contentment.

If you are committed to following a path of personal and spiritual growth, silence is a helpful tool. Even if you’re surrounded by noise, take a few minutes to pause and reflect on the power of silence. Maybe you can’t be silent for an entire hour – then utilize 20 minutes every day, to restore, heal and reveal the unexpected.

John of the Cross reminds us that silence is God’s first language “and one of the Desert Fathers wrote it is by silence that the saints grew, that it was because of silence that the power of God dwelt in them…

Shri Ravi Shankar says If you want to make sense it has to come from silence.  Practice silence and become golden.

Talk is talk; silence is wisdom, according to an Algonquin saying

“The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable.

Henry David Thoreau

       All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence. Herman Melville 

Silence Isn’t Always Golden!

Once upon a time, there was a prince cast under a spell. The prince could speak only one word each year. However, he could save up words if he did not speak for an entire year. The following year he was allowed to speak two words. (This was before the time of e-mails, letter writing or sign language.)

One day, he met a beautiful princess (ruby lips, golden hair, sapphire eyes) and fell madly in love. With great difficulty, he refrained from speaking for 2 years so he could look at her and say, “My darling.” But at the end of these 2 years, he wished to say that he loved her. So he waited 3 more years; bringing the total number of silent years to 5.

At the end of these 5 years, he realized he had to ask her to marry him. So he waited another 4 years without speaking.

Finally, as the 9th year of silence ended, his joy knew no bounds. Leading the lovely princess to the most secluded and romantic place in the beautiful royal garden, the prince heaped a hundred red roses on her lap, knelt before her, and taking her hand in his, said, “My darling, I love you! Will you marry me?”

And the princess tucked a strand of golden hair behind her dainty ear, opened her sapphire eyes in wonder, and parting her ruby lips, said, “Pardon?”

A Joyful Noise!

July 1, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

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Vol. 10 pg 26 (06-30-11) SPIRITUALITY

UCM WISHES YOU A HAPPY 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION!

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AFFIRMATION

I am Spiritually Healthy and Happy

Relax, and remember how truly beautiful and unique you are. Relax, and remember how positively powerful you can be.

Don’t waste your time wishing for something outside of you to magically make your life easier. Instead, make life easy on yourself by making full use of your magnificent capabilities.

The pain of what you worry about is mostly in the worry itself. The joy you seek to experience is yours as soon as you allow it to be.

Feel how truly good you know your life can be. Act on those feelings, right now, and the goodness comes to life.

Most of the difficulties are difficult only because you have decided they are. Gratefully embrace them, and you’ll touch their positive value.

Remind yourself how good life can be. From there, you can make it even better.

Written by Ralph Marston – submitted by Rev. Maria Vera

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How does spirituality influence the health of our country?

While experts are looking into helping people get well and survive in the United States, spirituality has not been forgotten. It has been found that spiritual practices improve coping skills and social support, foster feelings of optimism and hope, promote healthy behavior, reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and encourage a sense of relaxation.

Spiritual experiences contribute to: Positive psychological attitudes; Reduction of medical symptoms; improved quality of life, less burdened by illness; Greater life satisfaction; Lower blood pressure; Lower mortality rates from coronary artery disease and cardiac surgery; improved obstetric outcomes; and, Utilization of fewer health services in general.

Wow, just think – going to a spiritualist church, meditating or praying daily, using spiritual tools to alleviate stressful feelings can influence immune, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels) hormonal and nervous systems.

People who have a faith in a Creator/Divine/Mother/Father God, compassion toward others, a sense of inner peace, and attend spiritual services have a better chance of surviving for a longer time than those who do not live with such belief systems. Qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support, meditation and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing on individuals and on the country in which they live.

·        Hope. — A positive attitude that a person assumes in the face of difficulty.

·        Forgiveness. — A practice encouraged by many spiritual traditions, forgiveness is a release of hostility and resentment from past hurts.

·        Love and Social Support. — A close network of family and friends that lends help and emotional support has been found to offer protection against many diseases and an increased sense of patriotism. Come get your fill at CCL!

·        Prayer. — Today, many Americans believe that prayer is an important part of daily life. In a 2006 poll, more than one half of doctors reported that they believe prayer and meditation help patients, and 67% reported praying for a patient. Researchers are studying intercessory prayer (asking a higher power to intervene on behalf of another either known or unknown to the person praying. Although it is particularly difficult to study the effect of distance prayer, current research in coronary care units (intensive care units in hospitals devoted to people who just suffered a heart attack) suggests there is benefit. In this study, compared to those who were not prayed for, patients who were prayed for showed general improvements in the course of their illness, less complications, and even fewer deaths suggesting that prayer does help.

What illnesses and conditions respond well to spirituality?

Programs with a strong spiritual component, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), show that spiritual disciplines may be especially effective for drug and alcohol addiction. The regular practice of prayer and meditation is strongly associated with recovery and abstinence from drugs.

Results from several studies indicate that people with strong spiritual beliefs heal faster from surgery, are less anxious and depressed, have lower blood pressure, and cope better with chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and spinal cord injury.

One clinical study at Duke University found that people who attend regular spiritual services tend to have better immune function. In another clinical study of 232 older adults undergoing heart surgery, those who were religious were 3 times less likely to die within the 6 months after surgery than those who were not.

What is the future of spirituality in medical practice?

Many medical schools in the United States have included spiritual teachings in their curricula. This will result in fewer medical bills and better medical benefits in America.

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Why don’t Buddhists vacuum in the corners?
Because they have no attachments.

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Bumper sticker humor: “It’s ok. I didn’t believe in reincarnation last time either”

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I once cheated on my metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.

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Short history of medicine:

2000 B.C. – Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D. – That root is heathen, say this prayer.
1850 A.D. – That prayer is superstition, drink this potion.
1940 A.D. – That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill.
1985 A.D. – That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D. – That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
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One Zen student said, “My teacher is the best. He can go days without eating.”

The second said, “My teacher has so much self control, he can go days without sleep.”

The third said, “My teacher is so wise that he eats when he’s hungry and sleeps when he’s tired.”

A Joyful Noise!

June 18, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

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Vol. 10 pg 24 (06-16-11) That’s what friends are for.

Happy Father’s Day

                                                                                                                                                                                            Photograph by Reverend Angela DeBry

AFFIRMATION

I enjoy being a friend and having friends!

          This Sunday we will be celebrating Father’s Day. I don’t know how many of you had a father that was also a friend.  My Dad and I were just 18 years apart in age.  He taught me how to drive (at age seven), kept telling me I could be anything I wanted, and most of all allowed me to “be me.”

Join us at Sunday Celebration this Sunday to hear some of the “great stories about Fathers” from the congregation. But right now, let’s talk about friends.

Why do I have a variety of friends who are all different? How do I get along with such an eclectic collection of diverse personalities? I think that each one helps to bring out a “different” part of me.

With some I am always polite and courteous, with others I joke lightly and uproariously with another group. With some we sit and talk about serious matters. With others I giggle at every silly thing, particularly my younger friends (under age 11). My adult friends and I sometimes e-mail pretty raunchy jokes back and forth (feeling a little guilty as we do so.)

Some of my friends I have known most of my life – and others I just met yesterday.

I have an iced tea or Diet Pepsi with some. And dinner with a lot more. And those who really know me – go to Disney/Pixar movies and share my popcorn.

I listen to some friends’ problems and give them advice; sometimes even when they don’t want it.

Then I listen to others advising me – and sometimes I really listen!

Some of my friends call me daily – others I hear from once a year – on my Birthday.

A lot of my friends live in other States – a couple even out of the Country. And then there are those who have moved here to be close to me; and others who have moved away. I have friends whose hands I held while they moved into Spirit. And, friends I watched being born.

I have friends of various nationalities, cultures, creeds, religions, belief systems. And I have some that are just like me!

We are like pieces of a colorful jigsaw, when completed we form a magnificent treasure box.

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Photograph by Michael Kresbach

A Treasure of Friends!

They are friends (and some relatives) who understand me, even better than I do myself.

They support me through good days and the not-so-good, and even the melt-down days. They are like colorful anti-depressants that I take on different days.

Real Age doctors tell us that friends are good for our health. Dr. Oz calls them Vitamin F (from Friends) and counts the benefits of friends to our well being.

Research shows that people in strong social circles have less risk of depression and terminal strokes.

If you take Vitamin F constantly you can be up to 30 years younger than your real age. The warmth of friendship stops stress and even in your tense moments it decreases the chance of a cardiac arrest or stroke by 50 %.

I am so happy that I have a stock of Vitamin F!

In summary we should value our friends and keep in touch with them.

We should try to see the funny side of things and laugh together, not forgetting to open our mouths big to laugh with and enjoy the wonderful Vitamin F!!!!

Received from my good friend Leland (Lee) Stanford

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Now – join me in singing! Yes, just open your heart and sing out loud. Honestly – no one is listening!

That’s What Friends Are For – (by Stevie Wonder)

And I never thought I’d feel this way

And as far as I’m concerned I’m glad I got the chance to say

That I do believe I love you

And if I should ever go away

Well, then close your eyes and try to feel the way we do today

And then if you can remember

(Chorus)

Keep smilin’, keep shinin’, Knowin’ you can always count on me, for sure

That’s what friends are for!
In good times and bad times I’ll be on your side forever more
That’s what friends are for

Well, you came and opened me

And now there’s so much more I see

And so by the way I thank you

And then for the times when we’re apart Well, then close your eyes and know these words are comin’ from my heart
And then if you can remember, oh

(Chorus)

Let’s do the chorus one more time – because it feels so good.

Keep smilin’, keep shinin’ Knowin’ you can always count on me, for sure That’s what friends are for

In good times, in bad times I’ll be on your side forever more

Oh, that’s what friends are for.

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Two friends, who had lost contact for many years, were catching up with each other. One asked,

“So, you’ve got your own company, huh? How lucky!”

The other replied, “Just a small one, nothing to be proud of.”

Disbelieving, the first queried, “Small? How many people work in your company?”

The other sadly answered, “About half of them.”

A Joyful Noise!

June 10, 2011

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 10 pg 23 (06-09-11) Open Your Heart

AFFIRMATION

I Am Opening My Heart

Welcome from Oceanside, I am here for the graduation of my grandchildren Dylan and Vanessa from High School.

After the wonderful ceremony – we gathered at a restaurant, to eat, talk, laugh and honor the graduates.  I looked around at my incredible family; my heart was open to this loud raucous family and I sorely missed my brother, Dr. Bartlett Falls the uncle of these two beautiful kids. My brother died of AIDS almost two decades ago.

Photograph by Elizabeth Barton

When I returned to my hotel room I read an article in the Los Angeles Times entitled “A mixed picture of AIDS at 30.” I was shocked that the fight against this dreaded disease, discovered three decades ago, goes on medically and socially. I have many friends who are HIV+ or living will full blown AIDS. I have also lost so many special people in my life, not just my younger brother, but my best friend, two of my receptionists and many more. I have also relieved the exhausted care givers, allowing them to get some rest.

In the thirty years since its first recognition. AIDS has killed nearly 30 million people worldwide, including more than 615,000 people in the United States.

As difficult as it has been to attack the virus medically, some say the bigger challenge is finding a way to address the social attitudes and economic realities that have helped make AIDS a worldwide pandemic.

In the United States 50,000 people still become infected with the virus each year – a figure that has scarcely budged in the last 12 years!

This is a time to Open Your Heart to help change attitudes, and energies regarding this difficult disease.

Our wonderful Rev. Janet Childs and a group of fantastic volunteers from the Centre for Living with Dying put on four AIDS retreats a year. These retreats are for those suffering from AIDS, their care givers and others involved in making life easier for all of those people touched by this horrible disease. Incredible body workers, drummers, Reiki Masters, EFT technicians, craft workers and food preparers donate their time and energies in support. These retreats are held at the Center for Creative Living and we are delighted to open up our Center and our hearts for this amazing event.

Take a moment during this June (Pride Month) to send out prayers, love and affirmation statements to all of those people in your life having a difficult time because of this disease. And, if you want more information on how you can help – contact CCL at             (408)392-9090       we have a list of wonderful organizations that would love to have your support.