This is an article I wrote about my upcoming series of Talks called Rhythm and Soul Month.
We have one of the greatest teachings in the world. It provides a frame in which we can center ourselves on God and strengthen our relationship with the Principles that give us the authority to change our lives and establish our presence. To help illustrate this idea of authority and strength I will be referring to the lives our featured artists and composers. Each one of them is a star that has informed and guided millions of people.
It is a challenge to sometimes draw the lines, connecting these artists life experience as a model that influences our own experience. It is metaphor that is not always easy to spot but useful to identify. For instance, the popular singer Tracy Chapman write these words in her song, “Crossroads”: All you folks think I got my price; At which I’ll sell all that is mine; You think money rules when all else fails; Go sell your soul and keep your shell. Ms. Chapman compares our struggle with money and how it rules our soul and keeps us confined in a shell. Similarly, Stevie Nicks writes in her song, “Love Changes”: It wasn’t that I didn’t love you; I just couldn’t make you see; That as hard as I tried ; To make it all better; It was not better for me. Ms. Nicks makes a strong statement for how we change, but not enough to meet another’s expectation.
Even the titles of my talks are clues to how life works and how we work. The second talk, Creation, is all about how Spirit passes into form but never changes. How is it possible that Spirit doesn’t change and remains the same? Form is nothing but a temporary identity that has space, time, duration, and a name. In and of itself, however, your form is always a temporary experience that cannot last. On the other hand, Spirit is not limited by the form it has taken. Spirit’s only limitation is the form we provide and that can change the moment we provide a different idea of who we are and why we’re here.
I will explore these ideas and more as I examine some of the most important Stars that guide our behavior and our identity. The other subjects I will be speaking about are Spontaneity, Faith, Manifestation, and Individualization. Each subject is a piece of a infinite challenge that asks each person to be themselves.
My first talk is entitled, Spontaneity. This is a quote from Dr. Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind, that sets up the direction of my talk.
To suppose that the Creative Intelligence of the Universe would create humanity in bondage, and leave it bound, would be to dishonor the Creative Power which we call God. To suppose that God could make each person as an individual, without leaving each to discover him or herself, would be to suppose impossibility. Individuality must be spontaneous; it can never be automatic. The seed of freedom must be planted in the inner most being of each person, but, like the Prodigal Son, each must make the great discovery for him or herself.
The Divine Plan is one of Freedom; bondage is not God-ordained. Freedom is the birthright of every living soul. All instinctively feel this. The Truth points to freedom, under Law. This is the inherent nature of each person is forever seeking to express itself in terms of freedom. We do well to listen to this Inner Voice, for it tells us of a life wonderful in its scope; of a love beyond our fondest dreams; of a freedom which the soul craves.
The Science of Mind, Dr. Ernest Holmes, P 25