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FEAR, LOVE & FAITH

At our PATH CHAT this morning, we talked about times when we have felt fear.  We shared stories, we looked at what kinds of fears we have experienced, and then came the question:  IS FEAR REAL?

We noticed that our fears were either external or internal and usually originated with something in childhood, however we wondered if humans are hard-wired for fear and whether or not experiencing it is optional.

FEAR has been metaphysicalized by many people and groups of people.  One school teaches that it is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL.  While I love acronyms, this doesn't do it for me, because I ask, If I can feel FEAR, then isn't it real?  If I feel LOVE, isn't that real?  How do the two, then, differ?

One person in our PATH CHAT described FEAR as "the absence of LOVE," and that has real power for me.  Rather than wondering if FEAR is real, I can choose to replace it--whatever it is or isn't--with LOVE, and I know that LOVE is real.  I chose to think of the key word here as FAITH, since I have faith in the power of LOVE.  Whatever feels, looks, or sounds like FEAR, can be transformed to LOVE.  I have FAITH that this is so.

A great spiritual teacher, Peace Pilgrim, proved time again that her FAITH in God's protection under many trying and dangerous circumstances brought LOVE, not FEAR.  She withstood the elements, attackers, poverty, and isolation, but always relied on her FAITH to replace FEAR with LOVE.

Can we do the same?  Of course, we can.  Peace Pilgrim is no braver than any of us who have chosen different paths than hers.  The task is simple:  our choice must always be forLOVE, not FEAR, and knowing our power and capability to choose rightly strengthens our FAITH


Who Has Seen the Wind?

I am looking out my living room window and I see the trees, some close and some farther out, dancing in the wind.  When I was a child, I thought the trees were creating the wind by pushing the trees around. Now I know that it is the wind blowing the trees around--just the opposite of what I thought I knew.

God is like the wind:  we see God's effects all around us, but we may not see the way God works in the world, in us, and in all creation.  The creative force of good in the world, which I call God, is always a mystery, and I want it to stay that way.  I am not interested in a God that can be defined and confined by the wits of humans.  My soul longs to know the unknowable, the ineffable, the ever-expanding nature of God.

I only know one way to begin to know God beyond the box that religion has constructed.  That is meditation and exploration of the God that lives within each of us.  It requires us to be disciplined, to be committed, and to be curious.  AND, it means we have to be conscious of that Holy Spirit within us so we can begin to know the edges of God, who is without edges.

Have you seen the wind? 
Have you seen God? 
Where are you looking?














There are many reasons to meditate and many benefits.

"Come deeper, not higher," said the angel.

People are mostly conditioned to think that spiritual growth and enlightenment begins with a step up in consciousness, but the way to wisdom is an inner path.  Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father but through me."  The spirit that lives within each of us is the same spirit that lived in Jesus while he was here on earth.  His call to us is to go within and get to know that deeper part of ourselves.  

The process of descending with the mind into the heart is an age old practice begun by the Desert Fathers in the first centuries after the birth of Jesus.  They often went alone into the desert and lived in caves, some for many years at a time.  In meditation, many reported that their process was of taking their conscious mind into the heart and there meeting God.

We, too, must take this journey--it's only about 18"--and sink deeply into our soul...to experience that total integration of head and heart.  Through this "Soaking Prayer," we discover the power of God lies within us.  With this knowledge, we know the power of the universe in personal terms. 

Instead of reaching higher, try reaching deeper.....

Seek ye the Kingdom of God....the path lies within us!

Everywhere I Look I See God

The affirmation goes, "There is no spot where God is not,"  and that is most certainly true.  In working with children, they catch on quickly to the same of
"I Spy God."  Can you say the same thing? 

How often to we adults get so busy in our daily lives that we forget to notice the Presence and Power of God everywhere.  LOOK UP!  LOOK DOWN!  LOOK NEXT TO YOU!  LOOK IN THE EYES OF A CHILD OR AN ANIMAL!  LOOK AT A TREE OR FLOWER...A SEASHELL...A STONE...A LAKE!  WHAT DO YOU SEE?  GOD, of course.

Challenge yourself today--right this minute and right where you are--to see God.  Give thanks in that moment for God's ever presence in your life and your world!

Spirit and Clouds



Clouds are like Spirit.  We cannot hold on to them.  They are ethereal and always changing and moving.  We need them for life.  We love their beauty.  They bring us hope.  They stimulate our imaginations and make us feel grateful for their presence.

Spirit, however, is always there and reaching towards to be in us and among us--not something out there.  Spirit lies within us and all around us, closer than breathing.  In fact, it is our breath, our experience, our being. 

Let clouds remind you of the Spirit that dwells within you and within every being.  Rejoice in their presence as you rejoice in Spirit! 

Service or solace? You tell us!

We haven't posted in a while, but we're back now on a regular basis to share thoughtful questions, concerns, and insights as you travel along your spiritual path. 

Today, let's think about returning...to our regular blog, to our spiritual paths, to our authentic selves.  And consider what a "return" means.  Is it a step backwards?  Is it a retrogression rather than a progression?  Can is be a positive thing?

We believe that taking a step back can be a good thing, giving us time to reflect on the past and sort it out.  For example, we have reread our blog reflections in the past and wonder if there has been a positive response.  Have our insights and musings been of service or solace to anyone?  Is there a reason to continue or do we just like to see our words in print?

We like to think that we are all connected in Spirit and in Truth and we want to serve those who seek assistance, confirmation, or support along their own spiritual path.  If our blog reflections on this website have lifted your spirits, informed or excited you, please let us know.  You can email us at richleen12@aol.com or find us on facebook at PATH Ministries.  Thank you for your time and input.

                     Revs. Richard Talley and Eileen Douglas

The Power Within You

Do you ever have days when everything you touch seems to jump right out of your hands?  Or maybe things fall off shelves when you reach for them?  This is something beyond static; it is the energy field within you expanding and affecting objects in your world. 

Pay attention the next time you have one of those days....feel the power within yourself and give thanks.  Then,  direct that power for the highest good.

I celebrate the power within me.

Autumn Colors





The falling leaves
drift by my window,
The autumn leaves
of red and gold...

Did you know that when the leaves turn such spectacular colors in autumn that they are merely revealing what has been there all along?  It's true...the brilliant golds, oranges, reds, and browns have been masked during the tree's food and oxygen-producing seasons by the necessary green chlorophyll which covers their natural colors. 

I can't help but think that we are like the leaves on the trees.  We spend much of our time hiding our true colors--our gifts and talents--until we slow down our urgent productivity.  Then we let our real selves shine for all to see.  We need a longer season and a definite intention to let our true colors show, for they are as bright as the sun and as warm as its light!

Mother/Father Divinity, let each of us reveal the splendor of who we really are that the world may see the glory of Creation and give thanks.  AMEN.


Every Day is Your "Lucky" Day!

Lucky four leaf clover doesn't guarantee success and transformation as much as commitment, intention and willingness do.If you're already on a spiritual path, you know it isn't about "luck." 


It's about intention, commitment, and willingness.

I'd be willing to bet that most of us have wished others good luck or have felt we were at times lucky or unlucky ourselves. "Luck"is defined as "success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions" and as " chance considered as a force that causes good or bad things to happen." 

In fact, in English we often use phrases such as "The luck of the draw," "Tough luck," and "As luck would have it," conveying the idea that we are not in control of what happens to us, but that we are buffeted about by the winds of chance in the universe.

We understand that this is nonsense, but how many of us have said such things?  It permeates our language, and language posits our deepest cultural beliefs.  We know our words have power and that as we speak them they go out into the world to do our will and to create our experiences.  

What if we replaced the word luck or lucky with God or Spirit?  Would that be a powerful affirmation to keep in circulation in our world?  Let's see...

***"As GOD would have it"--sounds much better...it IS  much better!

***"With a little bit of SPIRIT"--I like it!

***"With GOD, we'll make it."  Yes!

***"You're in GOD!"  All right now!

Monitor what you say.
Your words give your power away!
Choose carefully and
Speak purposefully,
You won't need any "good luck" today!

Sweet Spirit, let the words of my mouth an the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you and for our world.  AMEN





YOU on the Path Less Traveled

Does anyone else but me see the pattern of the letter Y?  Y stands for YOU, and that is always your point of decision.  We have free will along the spiritual path, and so the choice is always ours regarding which way to follow. 

There is a theory of parallel universes that says everything is happening at once and that we are simultaneously living out all of our choices.  With this in mind, then, does it matter which path we choose, if we're following them all anyway?

Yes, it most certainly matters, because when we receive spiritual guidance and then choose accordingly, we are then consciously aware of our chosen path.  Even though we may also be traveling along other paths simultaneously, it is the chosen path of which we are aware in the present moment.  That is where the learning takes place...in the present moment.  This is where we evolve spiritually.  This is where we ingest the truth along our spiritual path.  This is our moment of eternity!

Sweet Spirit, when I am presented with making a choice of which path to take on my spiritual journey, let me always follow your lead.  Let me stay in this moment and learn what is mine to learn.  AMEN.
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