Face the anxiety-producing thought (in this case, world
events) and say to yourself, I deny that current circumstances
have any power over my peace of mind. (Or, I release any
fears I may have about trouble in the world and center in
God’s peace.) Next, totally break free of anxiety through
affirmations: I center myself on the Divine within and know I
am surrounded by wisdom, light, and peace.
Don’t quit if you don’t feel instant relief. It may feel like
whistling in the dark at first, but if you persist in using
denial and affirmation, a sense of serenity in the midst of
chaos will eventually replace any doubt or fear.
Dear Dr. Tom: I want to pray to and commune with God,
but I have been told by some Unity friends that God isn’t
“up there.” Meditating on an impersonal God feels cold and
distant. Catholics have the Trinity, the Virgin Mary, and
all the saints. Most Protestants pray to God the Father and
Jesus the Son. How do I find a God for me?
—Agnostic in Alabama
Dear AL: Why limit yourself to one God? Hindus have
thousands, some pretty interesting. Indigenous people
commune with spirits of nature. Even starkly monotheistic
religions like Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Baha’i each
have nuanced visions of what the Divine is like. Catholicism
and Eastern Orthodox Christianity, as you noted, offer
multiple spiritual entities to commune with through prayer
and meditation. As I’ve said many times, the nurturing,
feminine aspects of God are better represented in those
churches through female saints and the Virgin Mary.
God is everywhere, and endless ways exist to understand
the One Presence/One Power. Find a combination that
works for you and ignore the prayer police among us.
Dear Dr. Tom: Do you believe in reincarnation as a way to
work off bad karma?
—J. W., Chicago, Illinois
Dear J.W.: Absolutely not, because there is no bad karma to
work off. There may be missed opportunities for learning
and growth that require another encounter in the flesh, but
that’s different from postulating a karmic debt to be paid.
With no divinely maintained list of sins to atone for, a revisit
to an earthly purgatory is not required.
Dear Dr. Tom: I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’ve
heard you’re facing a health challenge. After teaching Unity
principles for so many years, how are you applying those
teachings in your personal situation?
—Reading You for Years, Sacramento, California
Dear Reading: Thanks for asking. Some Unity folks facing
a major health issue prefer to quietly affirm the truth first
declared by cofounder Myrtle Fillmore in the 19th century:
I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness.
Myrtle overcame tuberculosis, a dreaded disease that took
thousands of lives in her day.
My challenge is from cardio-pulmonary difficulties.
I’ve been working with Myrtle’s affirmation, plus several
more, as I look forward to cardiac surgery to replace leaky
heart valves. Throughout the past decade, increasing
shortness of breath and lack of stamina have challenged
my ability to do ordinary activities. Fortunately, my
doctors say most of my problems appear to be reversible
by surgical intervention. (I love that word, reversible.) So,
with prayer and the ministrations of excellent doctors and
staff at Banner University Hospital in my new hometown
of Tucson, Arizona, I am looking forward to much
improvement in the near future.
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1) Minister facilitating Touching the
3) Where Rev. Roach was inspired
by George Harrison
5) Nation’s capital
8) Alter ego of Ram Dass: Richard _____
10) Ram Dass’s iconic advice: Be here ____
11) Myrtle Fillmore wrote, “You live in _____;
not in years.”
12) Moore’s book: Ageless ___
15) Harvard doc famous for
his NDE: ____ Alexander
19) Rev. Roach’s uncle lived in this country
1) Cooking equipment
2) Edward, familiarly
3) What brought Holmes to Unity
4) Friendly exchange of ideas
6) Marks that Bowen leaves
7) Thoughts held in mind
produce after their _____
9) Tool of Nelson’s adversary
11) Color of Jampolsky’s
14) One way to eat vegetables
16) Optimist means _______
17) Agrees in silence
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