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Frank E. Richelieu
"The Art Of Being Yourself"
The Way to a Wonderful Life Message for November 19, 2017
believe that there is only One G-d; One Intelligence, One Power and
One Spirit. One Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient Presence
that permeates the universe in which we live and the universes
beyond the ones we are aware of. We are all
"reflecting" this Intelligence, Power and Spirit in our
own unique way in consciousness. In other words, our mind
"filters" that part of G-d Intelligence, Power and Spirit
that expresses through our soul. Just as there may be similar
patterns of "finger prints" we may have similar thought
patterns with other people. But, just like our unique set of
finger prints, we are a unique reflection of G-d. Most of us
take ourselves so for granted that we fail to realize the greatness
within us and just how very unique we are.
past week I gave a presentation to seventeen elementary school
children (grades one to four) on "giving thanks" and
the history of the first Thanksgiving here in America from
both the Pilgrim and Native American Indian perspectives. It
was a lively session that lasted about an hour and a half and ended
with one of the teachers of the school asking the children to write
a thank you note to me for giving the presentation. The
teacher gathered up the thank you notes and gave them to me.
Later when I had the time to look at them I was so taken with how
unique each note was created. Even the written words
"thank you" were unique to each child. It was
clearly evidence of how so very unique we are in our expression of
In a world
where so many want to "fit in" and so many seem to follow
an almost cult-like response to politics and religion, it is good to
be reminded of the words from the ancient wisdom; the Gospel of Mark
what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul?"
When we strive to "fit in" or rely on the
"opinions" of others, we lose contact with our own
soul. We are not here to live to other people's opinions or
ideas or politics or religions but to "choose" that which
we truly believe to be "truth" and to discard that which
is not. Even when it defies all that is believed by those
around us; even those we love.
am going to quote the great Ralph Waldo Emerson once again this
week. This is from his powerful essay, "Self
is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction
that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take
himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide
universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to
him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is
given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in
nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does
he know until he has tried."
As we understand these words at the "soul level" we
realize just as Emerson did that "that which I am to do best,
only my Maker can teach me" and in this we find a greater sense
of expression of our own unique greatness and ability to navigate
through Life with self reliance and confidence.
And so it is!
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