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Is there something lacking in your life right now? It could be any number of things:  a satisfying relationship, a better or new car, the job/career of your dreams, your bills paid and money in the bank. It could also be peace of mind, free from anxiety or depression.

Our thoughts create our experience and we are responsible for the outcome. Many people balk at this, preferring to blame the Devil, the government, their parents or something else for their woes. Of course, no one plans a miserable life on purpose! But, we really do create our own experience. The problem is that most people do it subconsciously or in some cases, unconsciously.

My father drilled into my mind that I would always have more bills than money and never get ahead in life. Nice, huh? It wasn’t his fault. He believed the future was predicated by the past, recent or distant, and the direction of family wasn’t toward affluence. Heck, we didn’t even have a double-wide in our trailer park!

Dr. Arleen Bump told me she was taught this by one of her teachers:

The world knows you in terms of your history, but God-Mind only knows you in terms
of how you are knowing yourself at this present moment.

In other words (sorry, Papa), the experience of the past doesn’t have to impact our present or future, unless we allow it to do so. In my case, I’ve battle issues of financial lack for nearly my entire life. I’m finally financially stable, but it’s taken a great deal of energy to get where I am, probably a lot more than was necessary if I’d had a better belief system in place.

The question then is not whether or not our good is available, but rather if we are willing to accept it. How does this lack of acceptance show up?

  • Someone opens a door for you, but you insist they enter first.
  • A friend informs you she is picking up the tab for lunch, and you protest.
  • You can’t afford groceries, but feel worthless when someone brings you bags of food.

Get the picture? Have you passed a penny or a nickel on the street, afraid someone would chide you for stopping to pick up such an insignificant coin? PICK IT UP! Jesus taught us that “Whoever is faithful with little is faithful with much also …” (Luke 16:10, Aramaic Bible in Plain English).

As we become more comfortable with small gifts and demonstrations, more becomes available to us. Begin today to embrace the acceptance of your good, no matter how small and regardless of whether or not you judge yourself worthy of such abundance.

Begin, too, to guard your thinking. This is not about ignoring the facts, but it’s an entirely different thing to dwell on those facts instead of knowing the truth that another situation, circumstance or outcome is possible.

Know this:  There is just One Power. That Power is in, through and all around you. That Power is your power. Speak your word for that which you desire. Know without a doubt that the universal consciousness knows how to produce your good and produce it in a way even more wonderful than you expect. Release all doubt and embrace your good by making room for it in your life. Give thanks, knowing that it is already done in the Mind of God. And So It is!

In Spirit, Truth and Playfulness,

Terry

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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.

 

CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.

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Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

 

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