No one was moving and no one was saying anything. There was a big line to get
out of the building.
I said loudly, “Beep beep beep beep.” It seems to be a universal language.
There was a little girl playing, holding us all up. Her father moved her
along. She came up and stared at me. I guess she wondered who was “beeping.”
I play around at being a ventriloquist. I have a little doll I use and all my
friends know her (he he he).
I said “hello” in the little doll voice and the kid said hello back in the
exact same voice. You could have knocked me over with a feather.
I said it again and she repeated it. She went dancing out the door, playing in
la la land, and her family tried to get her back to get to the car.
As she left I said “goodbye” in the same baby voice. I could hear “goodbye,
goodbye, goodbye” echo into the night. I could not see her anymore, but she
I didn’t know she got a look at Richard. He has a very long beard. But then
her “goodbyes” turned into “Goodbye girl, goodbye Santa Claus, goodbye girl,
goodbye Santa Claus.” (My little nieces grew up calling Richard Santa Claus.)
She repeated this over and over as her voice finally faded into the night. I
felt tears well up in my eyes and wondered why I felt so emotional.
The little girl had totally nailed us. I felt seen!!
Los Gatos, California
I pause, I relax ...
Thanks again for The Star Beacon. I really appreciate the depth, breadth and
variety of sources and materials you select each month. Please extend my
subscription for another year.
Here is my current prayer. It is inspired by one of my favorite authors, Joel
S. goldsmith, a Christian mystic who departed Earth in the early 1960s.
I Pause. I Relax.
When I perceive the appearance of discord (near or far as it seems to be now),
I pause, I relax.
I still my thoughts. I remember that my good and the good of all do not flow
from might and from power. Rather good flows from the very gentle Spirit
My good does not blow from my efforting and not from my thoughts. Rather it
flows through me from the quiet depths of my being. My good flows in
stillness, in quietness, in confidence, in trust.
I do not try to heal the discord. I do not try to fix the problems.
I pause. I relax. I am still. I invited the still small voice within to take
over. I let the touch of Spirit descend upon me.
I pause. I relax. I trust. I am at peace.
Enjoyed the current (December) issue of the Beacon. Edna Drake’s
mention of Mark Macy reminded me that he sent me an inscribed copy of his last
book, Miracles in the Storm. Tom and Lisa Butler write a monthly column for
The National Spiritualist magazine. I, too, write a monthly column for it
and am enclosing this month’s article. I am in the process of “channeling”
It is easy to see that the best way to break bad habits is to form good
ones which end the undesirable ones. A spiritually bad habit is selfishness;
therefore, we must replace it with selflessness. This is not an easy task, but
when it is understood that the way to accomplish it is to think of others
constantly, be aware of their needs, their loneliness, etc.
When we focus on others, we take our minds off ourselves automatically,
and this fosters compassion, which induces service to them. From this comes
their gratitude to us and this love nourishes us. We lose nothing, we gain
“Forgiveness is the balm after the harm.”
“Think ahead for tomorrow, don’t wait till it dawns on you.”
“Trying to understand people is a loving gesture. Loving them without
understanding is a grand gesture.”
“Everything we say and do is a show and tell of what we are.”
“A person’s sense of worth comes from how we value them.”
“Attention and tenderness influences people and wins friends.”
“Success can’t be imitated, it has to be initiated.”
“One cannot commit an act without creating a consequence.”
“Thought is seed of deed. Consequence of deed is in seed.”
“To not react to negativity is a true superiority complex.”
“Compassion — losing your heart and finding your true mind.”
“Forgiveness — recognition of one’s won imperfection.”
Peace plan project
I suggest as a “project” for American political science students and the
humanities collegiate that they sit down and write a peace plan for the Middle
East situation. We could have a contest for the most innovative, humanitarian
and brilliant idea.
Let us say the president gives a medal to the citizen who comes up with
the most effective and fairest plan to the Iraqi and Middle East situation. An
independent benefactor could award this citizen with a scholarship or a
million-dollar cash prize.
We have these “reality” programs; why not a “peace plan reality” program?
It is about time that the citizens, not the politicians, save the day and show
The fear is put out by saying “Terrorist alert level YELLOW, elevated
(From Office of Homeland Security). Now watch YELLOWstone Park, Montana. It is
ELEVATING. Magma is rising to 3.7 km under the surface. Some areas of the
park are being closed off as the geysers are erupting at too dangerous
temperatures for visitors. The ground temperature is melting the soles of
shoes in some areas. It is America’s largest volcanic cauldera.
Store up on dust masks, water, sprouting indoor seeds. Get a world globe.
Put one fingertip on Iraq, put the other fingertip on Montana — opposite!