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Weekly Message for Sunday, July 14, 2002                                       

The Law of mind, the giant within and around us, is always creating for
us.  But what specific direction are we giving it?  Our every thought
is a direction. -  Ernest Holmes         

     
                    
As we look back at our lives we can understand how much we and the world we live in has changed.  Life is all about change and change is consistently occurring in our material world.  But beyond all that we see, hear, feel, taste and touch.... there is that which is change-less.  And this Spirit that is change-less is within us ... the perfect "I" of each of us, the Impersonal you and me, that is never touched by our personal experiences, thoughts and beliefs.  The "personal" ... who we are, can be changed.  Just like the world that we see changing constantly.  But, this "Impersonal" or "what we are" never changes, never affected as It Is Change-less.  The wonderful Unity writer, Imelda Octavia Shanklin describes this best in her book, "What Are You?"  She writes, "The personal, the "who," can be changed.  You have changed it many times, and you will continue to change it.  This is not said to indicate reincarnation.  It is said to indicate the changes that come in body, conduct, and situation, in every life.  These changes make Baby Doe become Johnny Doe; they make Johnny Doe grow successively into Lawyer Doe, Judge Doe, Governor Doe (etc.).  In all of Johnny Doe's changes of relationship to the world, only the "who" is concerned.  The "what" is not affected.  That is changeless.  It eternally will be what it eternally has been.  It is the divinity of which Peter said in a moment of insight, "Thou are the ..... Son of the living God." [para.] In the fact that the personal can be changed lies your hope of achievement.  In the fact that the impersonal is changeless lies your assurance of an attainable perfection in the realms of conscious being.  From glory to glory passes the personal in its search for the peace-bestowing impersonal, which has its home in the heart of God.  [para.] If discouragement assails you because of environment, tradition, or heredity, transfer your consideration from the personal to the impersonal.  You are not characterless flesh and blood, unfavorable heredity, spineless nothingness.  "Thou are the .... Son of the living God."  In your everlasting nature you are impersonal, impregnable.  Square your consideration of life by these facts, and you will be supplied with ample courage for every demand." [end]

                   Everything in this Universe has this change-less quality.  Hollywood is a great example of this.  In the heyday of Hollywood people flocked to restaurants like the Brown Derby and Muso and Frank's, the Grauman's Chinese Theatre which was owned by Sid Grauman, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.  Sid Grauman also owned the Egyptian Theatre which he built five years before the Chinese Theatre.  Hollywood was alive with excitement and glamour! Other Hollywood landmarks included the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Located just a block west of the Chinese Theatre, it is one of the most historic sites on the Boulevard, and one of its few modern success stories.  The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has a long history of catering to the show-biz elite.  It was founded in 1927 by a syndicate of Hollywood luminaries (which included Mary Pickford, Douglas 

       There is a rumor (???) that the Hollywood Roosevelt is haunted, not by just one, but by two celebrity ghosts!   Montgomery Clift and Marilyn Monroe.  This should make Sundays at the Roosevelt very interesting!  

Fairbanks, Sid Grauman and Louis B. Mayer) to house east coast movie-makers who were working out here on the west coast.  At its grand opening, superstars of the day such as Will Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, Clara Bow, Greta Garbo, and Gloria Swanson were on hand for the inaugural celebration.  The hotel's "Blossom Room" hosted the first-ever Academy Awards ceremony on May 19, 1929.  Marilyn Monroe posed on the diving board of the hotel's swimming pool for her first-ever ad (for suntan lotion).  

                     Like most of the surrounding area, the grand Roosevelt Hotel went into a decline in the 1950's.  The famous Brown Derby closed several years ago and much of the Boulevard decayed.  However, the spirit of this famous street, its grand hotels, theatres and restaurants has come alive again.  With the opening of the $600 million Hollywood & Highland project which includes the Kodak Theatre (now home of the Academy Awards), the Boulevard is filled with shoppers and tourists from all over the world.  The Chinese Theatre now has its original name back, Grauman's Chinese Theatre.  The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is getting a face-lift and up-scale restaurants and stores are opening so quickly you can't keep track of them.  The Spirit of Hollywood has been re-born right here on Hollywood Boulevard.  This change-less Spirit is the Life of All that We See ... change-less and impregnable!  Let's Celebrate Hollywood and this Living Spirit of the Almighty!

           
 And So It Is! 

Living The Way To A Wonderful Life,
Henry Lee Bates                          

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