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Blessed are those who gather with family and friends on this Thanksgiving; for they shall be stuffed with food, filled to the brim with the behaviors of relatives and subjected to the snores of friends. May God bless all of you on this beautiful day! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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Focusing your thoughts on a desired result and feeling the joy from realizing that result is like placing the focal point of a magnifying glass directly on a piece of paper. The paper will ignite because the energy of the Sun is transferred and amplified enough on the target to break down its 'at rest' state and convert it to fire. If the focal point is held above the paper it will never ignite because the energy isn’t focused on the object of conversion. When you hope, wish or dream for what you feel you need, want, desire or expect to happen your focal point is not focused on the manifestation and fulfillment of your Divine purpose. When you trust completely in the Divine by exercising your faith in knowing, visioning and believing in the fulfillment of your Divine purpose in Divine order you move the focal point down to the paper. This is the point of energy conversion and everything that you need, want, desire and expect to happen materializes right before your very eyes. There isn’t any guessing, any feelings of unsurety or any doubts whatsoever. There is only the manifestation of YOUR co-creation by living in complete trust. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Helping Others

Be whom and what you were created to be by helping others become whom and what they were created to be. You will fine tune your awareness of your Divine purpose and through Divine trust you will come to know who to associate with, what to do, where to be, how to act, when to act and why you need to fulfill your Divine purpose at the right time. Anything else is just treading water, being frivolous and wasting your precious time. Be diligent with the manifestation of your Divine purpose in Divine order. The way you respect the gift that the Divine has given you is how you will live your life. Be honest and forthright and the bounty of the omniverse will create an avalanche of blessings that will pour out of your spirit and into the world. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

Loving Yourself

If you don’t love yourself how do you expect to love your neighbor? If you don’t respect yourself how do you expect to respect your neighbor? If you aren’t true to yourself how do you expect to be true to your neighbor? How you act toward the world reflects how much you love yourself. When you truly love whom and what you are you share that love with others. You recognize your inner selfishness and you minimize its expression. You recognize the Divine in yourself and others and you make time to be in communion with the Creator of the entire omniverse everyday of your life. You express Divine love in your life by being the perfect being the Divine has created; not the imperfect being that your ego identifies with and tells you that you are. Be ye therefore perfect. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

 

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MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY

I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it is a time of family communion and recognition of how blessed we truly are. It is the one holiday that recognizes the help that our Native American brothers and sisters gave to the original European settlers.

We have a great deal to be thankful for in the USA. We have benefitted from the bounty of this great land and have brought together people from all over the world to enjoy our wealth and prosperity. We are all immigrants or are descendants from immigrants in this country. The legacy we bear is that we all seek and value freedom and liberty. We recognize civil liberties and uphold them as individual and collective rights for every citizen.

We are all brothers and sisters from many walks of life that have joined in a chorus that makes up this great nation. We might not always agree on what to do, but we agree that this is a land of opportunity.

On this Thanksgiving Day let’s reach out to all and lend a helping hand to our neighbors. If you have more than enough, then share what you have with those who have less than you. If you don’t have much, then donate your time to help your family, friends or neighbors. If you have nothing, then be thankful for your life and the awareness that you have.

No matter where we are in life we can find something to be grateful for and make the steps to give by contributing to the betterment of all. Having gratitude is not just a static state where one day a year it is celebrated; it is an ongoing attitude that blesses your life each and every day.

Give thanks for the family and friends you have. Give thanks for the home and vehicles you have. Give thanks for the job and income you have. Give thanks for your health, the food on your table and the rights of liberty you have. Give thanks for resting, waking up and the very next breath you take. It is all transitory.

Give thanks that God is at the center of your life and loves you for who you are. Start each and every day by saying, “Thank you, God!” and your entire life will be blessed. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

WHAT HAVE WE BECOME?

Every year after Thanksgiving in the USA people begin rushing around everywhere in search of the perfect gifts for their loved ones. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have given birth to Thanksgiving Day “Early Bird Specials.” Stores open now on Thanksgiving Day to be one step ahead of the competition in selling their wares.

What has happened to the sanctity of the most joyous season of the year? It is supposed to be about the birth of Jesus for the Christian believers even though any biblical scholar worth his salt will tell you that Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. More than likely, September 28th was the day. The Universal (Catholic) “Official” Church of Christianity made several accommodations to get more pagans into their church during the Dark Ages. The Sabbath was changed from Saturday to Sunday (the pagan worship day). Babylonian golden eggs became symbols of Easter. Babylonian trees decorated with gold and silver became symbols of Christmas. The Babylonian festival of Saturnalia was adopted to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

It is no wonder that the 21st Century god of Capitalism goes haywire every Saturnalia. It is the most profitable time of the year. People spend money on gifts to please family and friends. Whether people believe in Christmas or not, is truly not what is important. What is important is that it’s supposed to be a time of joy, peace and humanhood that has people racing around in their cars cursing at one another.

I remember one year going to Toy’s ‘R Us to get a Power Ranger figurine for my son Walter and a lady rushed in and pushed me aside to grab the last one and run to the register. Several people looked at me with astonishment and all I could say was “God bless her.” I found another Power Ranger a few days later that was actually the one my son really wanted. I guess that happened because I didn’t let it bother me and I just let it go.
I am old enough to remember a slower time when people respected one another, didn’t step on each other’s toes and patiently waited in line. A time where a complete stranger would smile at you and say, “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukah” and “Happy New Year” instead of the neutral politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

Whatever faith you ascribe to, the basic tenets of that faith claim that God is our Creator! If God truly created us, does He want us bickering and fighting with each other over places in line, traffic lane positioning or plastic figurine possession? Or, does He want us to love one another for who we are as He loves us? When you learn to love another as God loves us, it becomes clearer and clearer how we should all behave. Peace, joy and understanding to all of you this joyous season! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

BLACK FRIDAY

“Black Friday - the day after Thanksgiving, one of the busiest shopping days because of discounts offered by retailers: so named from the use of black ink to record profits; moving from the red (loss) into the black (gain). It is also referred to as a day of economic catastrophe, as in “We feared there'd be another Black Friday.” This usage dates from September 24, 1869, a Friday when stock manipulators Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market and caused its collapse. The adjective black  has been appended to similar occasions ever since, including October 29, 1929, the Tuesday of the market collapse that marked the start of the Great Depression, and Black Monday  of October 19, 1987,when the stock market experienced its greatest fall since the Great Depression. Any day marked by great confusion or activity, as in "It was just my luck to be traveling on Black Tuesday." This usage, too, is based on the events of 1869, marked by economic chaos. It has since been extended to other kinds of confusion, such as an accident hampering traffic during the evening rush hour” [dictionary.com].

Now, that we have established its definition, let’s change its meaning to something positive for consumers and not just retailers. It’s the second day of the beginning of the end of year celebrations. A time of unity, family and the giving of gifts to loved ones. A time to feel the joys of life and be thankful for its bounty. A time to be selfless and not selfish. A time to experience how we should be all year long. Children of the Most High God respecting other children of the Most High God. Blackness is a state known as the absence of white light. Since white light is always present and exists as a combination of all of the different colors, let’s use our presence to bring light into the darkness of blatant commercialism and greed at the stores.

Don’t participate in the rush to ‘have’. Participate in the subtlety to ‘give’. Pray for peace in this world, meditate to feel the essence of peace within and go into your community and share your wealth of inner peace with those who don’t understand the peace you live within. Give of yourself to others and turn Black Friday into White Friday. Celebrate your Oneness with the Spirit of God and share your wealth of inner peace. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D.

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