On Sunday, January 14, 2018 Dr Kenn Gordon and the CSL SMSE posted this statement “Response to Presidential Remarks.” In the face of the escalation of racist remarks and chants we’re currently hearing, we post this statement again.
Response to Presidential Remarks
“As a child, when I was bullied and called names, my mother tried to give me strength by teaching me the old adage ‘sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.’ It was useful for me to hang onto then, and still comes in handy now. The only problem is that it’s not true. The words we use have a fundamental impact on us and on others. First, our words demonstrate what we really believe. Second, our words literally shape our experience, as the narrative we tell becomes the filter through which we see the world. And finally, in some fundamental way, our words shape the very fabric of Life itself by providing the mental equivalent in consciousness for the Universal Laws to use to shape reality.”
~ Rev. Dr. Petra Weldes
In the Science of Mind™, our founder Ernest Holmes, states: “Jesus plainly tells us that we are held accountable for the very words which we speak. No man ever lived who placed a greater power in the word. ‘By our words, we are justly condemned.’ The word may be considered to be the complete thought and act of man. There must be a thought before there can be an act, and a thinker before there can be any thought. The thinker condemns or justifies himself through his thought.”
So now we come to it…the words used by a person in power that are vulgar, racist, demeaning, and absolutely demonstrating what is in the mind and heart, as well as the world that is trying to be created. The President of the United States has time and again used harsh and racist language, most recently about residents of Baltimore and a black Congressman, shirking his responsibility to represent the highest values of the nation. This is not an isolated situation, but part of an ongoing pattern of racist behavior, and many will pay the price.
This is NOT the world we, as spiritual beings, are creating together. This is NOT the world that we, as human beings, want for our children. This is NOT the world that we as people of faith believe is what the Love of God is seeking to express through us. This is NOT the world that we, virtually all descendants of immigrants, indentured servants or slaves, are dreaming and building together. Every civilization has its ugly elements; the best leaders strive to help their society rise above limitations rather than validate and encourage them. Citizens are right to expect leaders to set an example based upon higher values. We speak out on this issue because we are called to do so by the spiritual principles which we hold dear.
Let us remember that words DO have power. Let us hold loving and compassionate intentions and speak words that demonstrate what we think and believe thereby living from a deeper spiritual reality. Let us celebrate and affirm our connection, oneness, and love for each other, our global family. Let us call to account ourselves, our friends and colleagues, our communities, and our leaders for the words that are used. Let us demand civility and respect for all people from our leaders and from one another.
From Centers for Spiritual Living Global Vision:
We envision a world in which we live and grow as One Global Family that respects and honors the interconnectedness of all life; a world where this kinship with all life prospers and connects through the guidance of spiritual wisdom and experience.
We envision a world where personal responsibility joins with social conscience in every area of the political, corporate, academic, and social sectors, providing sustainable structures to further the emerging global consciousness.
We envision a world where each person has enough food, a home and a sense of belonging; a world of peace and harmony, enfranchisement and justice.
We believe in a world that works for everyone. While we may not perfectly know what this looks like, we do know that striving for it, speaking about, and claiming it with our words are a way to make it a reality. Words DO have power. They have the power of truth in them. And Words of Truth, aligned with the spiritual teachings of the ages, “love thy neighbor as thyself,” create the world in which we all want to live.
Blessings to All,
Spiritual Motivated Social Engagement Committee
Dr. Kenn Gordon, Spiritual Leader
Dr. Petra Weldes, Chair
Rev. Andriette Earl
Dr. Jim Lockard
Rev. Sara Nichols
Rev. Abigail Schairer
Rev. Mark Gilbert
Sara Awad, RScP