27 October 2006

Walmart Cuts Prices On Prescription Drugs...

"There is but one power which heals -- that is God. The state or condition through which healing takes place is the condition of the heart. By some this state is reached through pills, powders and physicians. By others through hygiene, fasting and prayer. By others through direct perception. All that we see around us is the work of mind. It is mind in the herb and in the mineral that acts on the human body, and changes its conditions." -- Abdu'l-Baha

Rare to have such good news in the health area, but it appears Walmart has taken the lead to reduce drug costs.

Read their press release here.

13 October 2006

Study Finds Your Everyday Black Tea Aids in Stress Reduction

"We should all visit the sick. When they are in sorrow and suffering, it is a real help and benefit to have a friend come. Happiness is a great healer to those who are ill. In the East it is the custom to call upon the patient often and meet him individually. The people in the East show the utmost kindness and compassion to the sick and suffering. This has greater effect than the remedy itself. You must always have this thought of love and affection when you visit the ailing and afflicted.." -- Abdu'l-Baha

Who Knew Black Tea Reduces Stress Levels?

As the weather has been turning colder, I recently started drinking regular black tea. Having lived in Ghana for about 15 months, I had learned how to drink the stuff hot. Of course being a South Carolina native, what we usually do with black tea is drink it ice cold. And if I couldn't have the stuff ice cold, then I would rather have hot herbal tea.

But since Ghana, drinking hot black tea was not unthinkable. And like the Brits, I add a little milk to mine. I also add a little honey--ok, a lot of honey, and ah...I'm in heaven. The stuff tastes good.

So imagine my delight to find out that this old fashioned black tea has medicinal properties as well.

Move over Green Tea....I'm coming through. Actually I still drink Green Tea, especially when I feel a little cold coming on or when my immune system doesn't seem to be doing its job at peak performance. The antioxidants are really real in that green tea mixture and if the truth be known, I can actually detect the sense of well-being this little herb gives you.

But just thought you'd like to know about that black tea study. Also, if you are addicted to sugar--like I am sure I am--you may want to try to cut back on the amount that you use in your tea. After all, there is no need experiencing reduced stress at the risk of increased diabetes and all the other opportunistic diseases that results from an overworked and under-appreciated pancreas.

Here's to your continued good health...

04 October 2006

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here...

"Now, if thou wishest to know the true remedy which will heal man from all sickness and will give him the health of the divine kingdom, know that it is the precepts and teachings of God. Focus thine attention upon them."

If it's October, then Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us.

Here's a link to a diagram showing you how to do a five step breast self examination.

And, remember, it is important that when you do your monthly self examination that you tell yourself that you are "checking for healthy breast tissue", not for cancer.

Thoughts are things, and the thought you have about what you are checking for could influence the outcome.

October is also a good month to schedule a mammogram if you haven't had one in a year and you are a middle aged woman or older.

25 September 2006

Help for Cat Lovers with Allergies

"There are two ways of healing sickness, material means and spiritual means. The first is by the treatment of physicians; the second consisteth in prayers offered by the spiritual ones to God and in turning to Him. Both means should be used and practised." -- Abdu'l-Baha

So you’ve wanted to own a cat, but you are allergic to them.

Well, finally there is relief. Go ahead and put your name on the waiting list for this one.

Read: Allergy-free Cats For Sale at $3,950 Each, an article posted on the Medical News Today website.

I’m really not a cat person myself, although I have “cat” sat for a friend for about a week or two while she and her husband journeyed off to Japan for a vacation and to visit with relatives. They had one cat and one big dog. It was a long week for me since I am not really a dog person either. The first night in their home, I ended up having to call the couple’s in-town son to come over to reassure me that the big dog's bark was a friendly one.

My fear of dogs began when I was a youngster walking home from grade school on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. My friend and I were just walking along, when all of a sudden a little dog jumped up and took a bite out of my leg. We had not been taunting the dog, and to this day I don’t know where he came from. But ever since then I have never gone out of my way to cultivate relationships with these “unpredictable” creatures.

Still, I know that statically people with animals for pets tend to be happier and to live longer, and maybe I will even consider getting a small dog once I have an enclosed outdoors attached to my living area so s/he can run, play, roam and be free. No, an apartment is no place to raise a dog.

I’ve fought so long and hard for my own freedom that it would be inhumane to subject a defenseless animal to that same faith, i.e. having to stay cooped up in an apartment forever. You know, to children, 10 minutes can be a very long time, so imagine how long 8 hours would be to a dog confined to an apartment dwelling. It would be like forever. It would be an eternity of hell.

"Unless ye must,
Bruise not the serpent in the dust,
How much less wound a man,
And if ye can,
No ant should ye alarm,
Much less a brother harm." --Abdu'l-Baha--

Ok…gotta get back to writing this disability ebook. Was just taking an email break. Will yell at you next time.

13 September 2006

Had your green tea today?

"There is but one power which heals -- that is God. The state or condition through which healing takes place is the condition of the heart. By some this state is reached through pills, powders and physicians. By others through hygiene, fasting and prayer. By others through direct perception. All that we see around us is the work of mind. It is mind in the herb and in the mineral that acts on the human body, and changes its conditions." -- Abdu'l-Baha

Green tea has been a part of my nutritional regimen for many years now, but recently I started drinking it unmasked--that is without either sugar or honey. It's actually not that bad a taste, once you get used to it. (Though I have to admit that I still occasionally drink it with honey just because some morning I feel I "need" to.)

I knew green tea had medicinal properties and this article lends more weight to that. It's from ABC News, entitled:

Are you still struggling with a health issue or suffer from a chronic degenerative dis-ease? Then you owe it to yourself to check out RecallingHealth.com's newest resource where I share with you a link to the top three nutritional supplements companys online. These are the ones that have given me the best results.

My friend, here's to your good health,


23 May 2006

USDA Food and Nutrition Research Brief Focuses on Healthy Weight Loss

Healing Quotation:
"... if a doctor consoles a sick man by saying, 'Thank God you are better, and there is hope of your recovery,' though these words are contrary to the truth, yet they may become the consolation of the patient and the turning point of the illness. This is not blameworthy."
-- Abdu'l-Baha in Some Answered Questions

Hi friends,

It's been awhile since we last talked. Why haven't you called?

I was just reviewing this Food and Nutrition Research page which contains a lot of useful short articles on dieting and healthy weight loss, including the use of copper, grains and other natural substances to help you reach any weight loss goals.

The page is here:

Since one never knows how often pages changes, you may wish to go there now to take a brief look.

Seems I'm noticing more and more articles on weight loss with the introduction of my new healthy weight loss site . Have you visited yet? I'm building a free collection of weight loss guides that give you good information on how to naturally loss weight without pills, potions and snake oils.

Visit the new site here at: http://healthy-weight-loss.recallinghealth.com/

Friends, my website building program is currently sick and has the "asiatic flu" so I have not attempted to do any updating to my Recalling Health to Mind Body and Spirit site since it only messes up the pages already on the site. Until this problem is rectified I'll just plan to send you updates through the email. Hope that is ok with everyone.

A lot has happened since March and the Fast, so I'll plan to update you in the next edition of Healthy Servings, the newsletter.

Hope you're happy and well.

To your health,

27 March 2006

Mind, Body and Spirit Health and Healing: Some Quotes from the Holy Writings

Now that the fasting period is over and spring is officially in the air, here are a few quotes to ponder regarding mind, body and spirit health and healing through material and physical means, and through spiritual and heavenly means. Unless otherwise indicated, all quotes are from the Master, 'Abdu'l-Baha.


Connection between material and spiritual things

"Between material things and spiritual things there is a connection. The more healthful his body the greater will be the power of the spirit of man, the power of the intellect, the power of the memory, the power of reflection will be greater."

"I hope thou wilt become as a rising light and obtain spiritual health,
as spiritual health is conducive to physical health."



"The spirit of man is itself informed and strengthened during meditation... Through it he receives Divine inspiration, through it he receives heavenly food."


Spiritual Causes of Disease

"If humankind ... lived according to a natural, inborn equilibrium, without following wherever their passions led, it is undeniable that diseases would no longer take the ascendant, nor diversify with such intensity. But man hath perversely continued to follow his lustful appetites, and he would not content himself with simple foods. Rather, he prepared for himself food that was composed of many ingredients, of substances differing one from the other. The result was the engendering of diseases both violent and diverse."


God's Healing Power

"There is but one power which heals -- that is God. The state or condition through which healing takes place is the condition of the heart. By some this state is reached through pills, powders and physicians. By others through hygiene, fasting and prayer. By others through direct perception. All that we see around us is the work of mind. It is mind in the herb and in the mineral that acts on the human body, and changes its conditions."

If you missed my last Healthy-Servings newsletter, visit the article archives here:


04 March 2006

Fasting and Prayer…What a Combination

“Verily I say, fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.” -- Bahá’u’lláh

Of course the focus of many Bahá’ís during this season is the Fast, and I am no exception.

I was just browsing through Dr. Elson M Hass’ book entitled “The Detox Diet: The How-To & When-To Guide for Cleansing the Body of Sugar, Nicotine, Alcohol, Caffeine, Chemicals and more…” He has a section on Fasting and Juice Cleansing and I was wondering if anyone out there in cyberland had used his material during the fasting period?

This evening I tried his Spring Master Cleanser formula to break the Fast after the sun went down. I must admit that the cayenne pepper which is part of the mix did have some kick to it, but the taste was not unpleasant and I managed to drink it all down, slip by slip.

Here’s his recipe for the master cleanser. You probably already have all the items in your home to make the formula if you are so inclined to give it a shot.

Spring Master Cleanser

2 Tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice

1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (up to 2 tablespoons if you want to drop less weight)

1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper

8 ounces spring water

Mix and drink 8-12 glasses throughout the day. Eat or drink nothing else except water, laxative herb tea, and peppermint or chamomile tea. Keep the Cleanser in a glass container (not plastic) or make it fresh each time. Rinse your mouth with water after each glass to prevent the lemon juice from hurting the enamel of your teeth.

From The Detox Diet by Elson M. Hass, M.D.....

Of course Dr Hass has an Autumn Rejuvenation Ration which includes other wholesome goodies to partake of during a 3 to 5 day Fast during that time of year.

I don’t know if I will try the entire program he advocates in his 128 page book packed with a stop-smoking brew, under his nicotine detoxification section but I will certainly read his sugar detox section since I have been trying to slide that monster out from under my bed since time immemorial.

Hass' book is worth a read


Well, I had thought I would take this Fasting time to write an e-book on Social Security Disability and how to get an accurate decision in the least amount of time but it just was not materializing. So instead I have decided to do some more work on a prayer book that I have in the works.

Today has been fruitful as I finished the introduction and the personal commentary in the “Why we pray” section of the book.

Yes, this project will be much more suitable to the calmness of the Fast than the Social Security project.

Earlier when I mentioned to a friend that I was writing a book on prayer which would include prayers for the family, husbands, women, protection, aid and assistance, etc., the first word that came out of her mouth was “Stormie OMartian.” She noted this author’s name was synonymous with the Book of Prayer. Said I should check her out next time I was at the bookstore.

So that’s what I did later in the day. The format of this author, from what I gathered from thumbing through the pages of her Book of Prayer was that she begins with a full paragraph of commentary and ends each page with a very small bit of scripture. My plan would be to give full prayers as revealed by the Prophets, Manifestations and Mouthpieces of God as the meat and potatoes of the page, with perhaps a small bit of commentary at the end if needed.

Do you have a better idea? Your comments are welcomed.

We’ll see what the final product looks like.

Til next time…

27 February 2006

A Period for Fasting and Prayer

"These are, O my God, the days whereon Thou didst enjoin Thy servants to observe the Fast...Thou hast endowed every hour of these days with a special virtue..."


Every year, right before the beginning of the Spring (21 March), Baha'is throughout the world observe a 19-day religiously ordained Fast which requires abstinence from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. These 19 days (2-20 March), for me are a period of reflection and renewal of my commitment to serving my Lord and putting my affairs back in order.

Yeah, every year it seems things get out of hand. Thanksgiving and excess eating during the traditional holidays are sometimes the culprit. New pounds are put on and need to be shed. In comes the Fast to help out.

As the season change, it is a good time to detoxify the body, to cleanse it, to give the digestive tract a much needed rest. And in comes the Fast to help out.

And maybe I've gotten so busy in the previous year that I have inadvertently squeezed daily prayer right out of the equation, and my life is no longer balanced in the way that it ought to be. In comes the Fast to get me back on track and provide the spiritual revival that will take me though another year.

Yes the Fast is a requirement in my Faith. And so it has become a yearly ritual with me for the past 19 years -- a ritual that keeps me in harmony, balanced and focused on the things that might otherwise be neglected.

Some fasts are difficult to endure, but I find that when I perform the Fast during the time period right before Spring, there appears to be extra divine assistance to help me through. Perhaps that is because I start to focus on the divine and the countless blessings the Creator bestows. Whether this is a placebo effect or not, I don't know...but the blessings do seem to flow.

The Holy Writings state:

"As regards fasting, it constitutes, together with... prayers, the twin pillars that sustain the revealed law of God. They act as stimulants to the soul, revive and purify it, and thus ensure its steady development."

And what else does it do for the individual?

"Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one's spiritual station."--'Abdu'l-Bahá

There are many writings about the purpose of the Fast. One of my favorites is that it preserves one from severe test in the upcoming year. And I don't know about you, but this is something I can sink my teeth into ... cause my life is test-y enough as it is.

Have you ever thought about Fasting as a yearly ritual before Spring? There are so many things that it does to balance your life, your spirit and your being, and that is in addition to the purely physical benefits your body derives from it.

When you focus on the things of the spirit which is what I generally do while Fasting, you find that the absence of food and water from sunrise to sunset is nothing when compared with all the blessings and bounties that come from being obedient to this religious commandment issued forth from the realm on High.

"We have enjoined upon you fasting during a brief period, and at its close have de-signated for you Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year) as a feast. . . . The traveler, the ailing, those who are with child or giving suck, are not bound by the Fast; ... Abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sundown, and beware lest desire deprive you of this grace that is appointed in the Book."

This year I plan to reread Gleaning from the Writings of Baha'u'llah during the Fasting period; this was one of the first books I read prior to joing the Baha'i Faith almost two decades ago.

If you do decide to participate in the Fast and are new to it, I offer this one small gem of advice that may be helpful for the purely physical part of fasting.

That is: always break the fast each night with a cup of something hot. My preference is herbal tea, but it could be a cup of hot water or hot water with freshly squeezed lemon juice added to it. The hot water actually causes the stomach to expand after it has shrunk from going without food for long hours. It kind of readies the body to accept the food and not suffer the shock that it might otherwise alert you to.

Here are a few resources to help get you in the spirit of fasting:

Whether you decide to try fasting for one day or many days anytime during the period from 2-20 March, know that millions of people from around the globe are doing the same thing. You are not alone.

Of course if you are sick or nursing or are a female in her menses, you are not bound by the Fast, and probably should not be fasting. While this is a spiritual law, part of the law offers exemptions for certain categories of people. And it goes without saying that you should consult with your health care provider prior to beginning any new regimen with your diet.

I love fasting because fasting "loves" me back! Get your healthy serving of this benefit in the upcoming days.

Note: Due to formatting difficulties, you can take a look at the complete resource list for this post here:


Health Humor...The History of Medication

"My home is the home of peace. My home is the home of joy and delight. My home is the home of laughter and exultation. Whosoever enters through the portals of this home, must go out with gladsome heart. This is the home of light; whosoever enters here must become illumined...."

Pilgrims Note attributed to Abdu'l-Baha


Found this little snippet of health humor in the HEALING THROUGH UNITY NEWSLETTER for September/October 2005.


The History of Medication:

2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root.

1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.

1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.

1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.

1980 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.

2005 A.D. - That antibiotic is unhealthy. Here, eat this root.

(From Suzanne in Malawi)

Here's the link to the site:

While you're there you should check out the "Proof that Ice Cream Therapy Really Works!"

13 February 2006

Are You EFT Tapping For Health?

"Treat disease through diet by preference, refraining from the use of drugs; and if you find what is required in a single herb, do not resort to a compounded medicament."

EFT is a term that I have been bumping into a lot lately, but one in which I never really took the time to get a good understanding of .

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique, and this morning while getting my daily healthy servings of Google Alerts, I caught this headline that read: Depression and Breakfast: Is Your Cereal Making You Depressed.

As a bonified sugar addict, I know the havoc that sugar causes to the body and so I clicked to read the article, which is posted here at:


But, perhaps the most interesting thing about this article was the guy who wrote it, and what he does for a living. Check out the video that the article directs you to. You will learn a lot more about EFT and how the author claims to be able to help you tap your way to physical and emotional health.

Hmmm…something new and exciting all the time. Here’s a direct link to the video.


Well, this is Lo and I gotta go … ‘cause I’m running for my life.

09 February 2006

ABC 11 TV Headline Reads: Reducing Fat Doesn’t Reduce Cancer: A Commentary and Opposing View

Well, just when you thought you had heard it all.

Last evening I was sitting at my computer—minding my own business—when the nightly news came on. I caught a sound bite which said reducing fat doesn’t reduce cancer.

And for a moment I thought I would explode.

The first question I asked myself was: When were newspaper journalists first given a key to the meat industry’s bedroom?

To keep this post short—and my blood pressure down—I am only going to briefly address the two culprits in the publication of such outrageous misinformation given to the American public and other media outlets throughout the world.

1. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Need I say more. Medical doctors only have two weapons to treat disease: pills and surgery, and any thing that threatens the sell of these pills and surgery will be fought against with a skill and fervor as if their livelihood depended on it—and in their minds, it does.

However, the weapons that they now use to fight their enemy of good food and nutrition are much more sophisticated. These weapons now take the form of “scientific studies”, and since we are a rational bunch here in the States, we are expected to simply swallow these studies whole. No need to take a closer look. No need to read the fine print. No need to comment. (More on the specifics of the one major flaw in the study below.)

2. Newspaper journalists are supposed to present an unbiased view, but because they long ago decided that it would be too risky to offer alternative views on the issue of health and healing, it has become very difficult--if not damn near impossible--to find a story on health that is balanced.

When the alternative view is not offered, there can be no balance – scientific studies included. And it would seem that since they have taken the position of not offering views from alternative health care providers when it comes to publications from the JAMA, you would think they would go the extra mile and actually read the fine print of the studies, i.e. do a little journalistic investigation—I know, what a concept. But they don’t, they run with the story as it is, unaware or uncaring of its impact and import.

That thousands will die because of their lack of professionalism seems a small price to pay in beating out their competition with “breaking news.”

Yes, I’m upset—and I rarely get upset. So let me finish my point so I can move past this and get back to writing more articles to actually help people recall health to the body, mind and spirit, holistically.

First, let me point you to the actual article posted in the JAMA at:


Here’s the hypothesis:

“The hypothesis that a low-fat dietary pattern can reduce breast cancer risk has existed for decades but has never been tested in a controlled intervention trial.”

You’ll note in the “Interventions” section, it reads:

“Women were randomly assigned to the dietary modification intervention group (40% [n = 19 541]) or the comparison group (60% [n = 29 294]). The intervention was designed to promote dietary change with the goals of reducing intake of total fat to 20% of energy and increasing consumption of vegetables and fruit to at least 5 servings daily and grains to at least 6 servings."

You see the researchers begun with a thought/proposition that reducing fat consumption by 20% might have an effect on the reduction of cancer. And it is regrettable that the study was not controlled enough to include participants who actually met that criteria.

Here’s what the researchers found:

“Dietary fat intake was significantly lower in the dietary modification intervention group compared with the comparison group. The difference between groups in change from baseline for percentage of energy from fat varied from 10.7% at year 1 to 8.1% at year 6. Vegetable and fruit consumption was higher in the intervention group by at least 1 serving per day and a smaller, more transient difference was found for grain consumption. The number of women who developed invasive breast cancer (annualized incidence rate) over the 8.1-year average follow-up period was 655 (0.42%) in the intervention group and 1072 (0.45%) in the comparison group (hazard ratio, 0.91; 95% confidence interval, 0.83-1.01 for the comparison between the 2 groups). Secondary analyses suggest a lower hazard ratio among adherent women, provide greater evidence of risk reduction among women having a high-fat diet at baseline, and suggest a dietary effect that varies by hormone receptor characteristics of the tumor.”

What one might conclude from the items highlighted above is that at no time in this controlled study did the intervention group reach a level of reducing their fat intake by 20%.

Moreover, they only increased their fruit and vegetable intake to one serving more than the uncontrolled group, and did not consume the five servings which would have placed them within the criteria for being a part of the control group.

And instead of the researchers reporting that the study was therefore invalid because the control group was not really under control, they merely reported that there was no significant reduction in cancer among the control group. In my mind, that is not the same thing, nor is it the truth.

Instead of strapping their results and starting off with a group who might actually and easily meet the criteria that was established for the control group (ie. a group which has already decreased their fat consumption by 20% as a matter of lifestyle, such as vegetarians), and comparing those persons with the general population, the “scientists” might have been able to achieve and report legitimate results.

I am no scholar, but let’s call a spade a spade. Give me a controlled study and give me scientific results, or report to me that the study was inconclusive due to the lack of a control group, and I am satisfied.

I’m only guessing, but probably after you have spent mucho dinero ($$) to conduct an 8 year study, the higher ups want to know the outcome. When the researchers had to cough up something, all they managed to do was to cough up phlegm. And that the JAMA then regurgitated that phlegm out to the American public is unacceptable.

That the media then continued to spew out these results through its outlets is perhaps the thing that concerns me the most. Because I certainly can understand why the AMA did what it did, I do not know why the newspaper industry did not feel impelled to challenge the findings, i.e. to do their jobs!

Where is my valerian supplement? These folks have gotten on my last nerve.

Well, this is Lo and I gotta go … ‘cause I’m running for my life.

04 February 2006

What does “Money in the Mind” have to do with The Power of Money?--A Book Review

"If your parents had known about the rules of money, the information found in The Power of Money is what they would have lovingly taught you as you grew up."
Loretta Crosby, Editor, Recalling Health to Your Finances

Hi Friends,

Seems a while since we last communicated.

I have been busy writing and sharing great articles on ways to recall health to the mind body and spirit, and even ones on restoring your health using natural nutrition. Yeah, that’s what I do, in case you’ve forgotten.

You can take a look at the new health articles here:



This week’s Partners-N-Health newsletter featured information on Ayurvedic Herbs and their health benefits. If you missed it, it will soon be posted on my natural nutrition site, so not to worry.

Next week’s topic will be of interest to you if you have problems with your cholesterol. I’ll show you 14 ways you can lower your cholesterol naturally without the use of drugs or other medicines which can potentially have side effects. Sign up for the newsletter here to have it delivered to your inbox next week. I also direct you to the best free report on cholesterol and health on the net. If you’re “cholesterol-challenged” in the lest bit, you do not want to miss this issue.

My new Get Out of Debt resource (i.e. to help you recall health to your finances) is now live at:


Which brings me back to the subject of this post (you’ll see why in a minute):

So What does “Money in the Mind” have to do with The Power of Money?

It all started with a dream that I had which ultimately led me to a book called The Power of Money.

Long story short, I awakened Friday morning with the image of a title in my head which read, “Money in the Mind”. Underneath the title was a name which was highlighted in blue and underlined. But I couldn’t make out the name (even in my dreams I need my glasses for the small print):-

Forgetting all about the image, later in the day I went slummin’ at the local thrift store hoping to find a long, inexpensive table for my work at home office. I browsed around for a minute or two before I ended up in the book section. (I always end up in the book section—if you’re ever looking for me in a store, ask the manager where the book section is and that is where you will find me:) -

Anyway, I found about 5 books on health and healing and herbal remedies, but beyond that I found a book entitled “The Power of Money”, paid .50 cents for it, and took it home and read it that evening.

Later I surmised that this had to be the title that my dream referred to because it was a book about money--one that I know is going to change my life and my relationship with money forever. You can read the book review that I just posted on my newest Get-Out-of-Debt-Advice resource here.

I really recommend you get a copy of this book if you are serious about being the best that you can be, while using the Word of God to enhance your life and your financial prosperity.

Amazon has this title in “used” form for about what I paid for it. Get yours there. Who knows, it just might be the best .50 cents you ever spent too…

Well, this is Lo and I gotta go … ‘cause I’m running for my life.

13 January 2006

Activating Your Faith and Belief in the Word of God

“The Ancient Beauty hath consented to be bound with chains that mankind may be released from its bondage ... He hath drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness.”
Believe It or Not

Oftentimes we read a passage from the Holy Writings which contain promises made to us by one of God’s Messengers/Prophets.

But do we really believe what has been promised to us by these Mouthpieces of God?

Take for instance the quote above, which in effect says that the Prophet hath “drained to its dregs the cup of sorrow, that all the peoples of the earth may attain unto abiding joy, and be filled with gladness.”

Now, if we believe these words, it means that if you have sorrow in your life, it is only imaginary. It is not real. It can not be real, because in reality, according to these words of the Ancient Beauty, the cup of sorrow has been emptied. Any sorrow that we perceive is but a pigment of our imagination, however real it seems and however deeply the pain may be felt.

My experience has been that people generally gloss over the Writings, thinking that “This can’t possibly be true now. The Prophet must have meant it for a time in the future when things are more perfect.”

But looking at the passage above, there is no mention that we have to wait to attain to the “abiding joy” promised or that we need to wait to be filled with the “gladness” promised. There is no problem with the translation of the text. The words were not spoken using the future tense.

So, when we declare to ourselves, “These words can not possibly be true now because I see sorrow all around me”, it means we are expressing doubt as to the validity of the Word. We have no faith or belief that they are true. When we take this approach, we are in effect throwing our faith out the window. So there goes that small grain, the size of a mustard seed, that we needed to have in order to receive the abiding joy and gladness that was promised in the Writings.

But, the contrast to this is that at other times, when we really need for the words and promises made by the Prophets to ring true in our lives, we might first meditate on the passages, and ask God to fulfill in our life the promises made in that particular passage.

For example, take a look at this Writing from the Prophet:

“…All healing comes from God.”

When we need healing, and when we need it urgently, either for ourselves or a loved one, and the doctors cannot effect a remedy, oftentimes we concentrate and focus, and then we start to believe that all healing comes from God, and we summon Him to our aid, to provide the healing that has been promised.

Through our belief in the power of the Holy Word and its truth and validity, through our prayers and/or the prayers of the holy ones, sometimes a healing is granted. And the event is called a miracle.

But really all that happened was that we believed and trusted in the Word of God and had faith that God would fulfill the promise that was made. If miracles are a result of God keeping His promises to us, then miracles happen 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

So one way to tap into these miracles is to increase your faith in the word of God. The holy writings from the Christian faith proclaim that “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So to increase our faith we must delve into the Word of God. And not just read it, but believe it!

“As ye have faith, so shall your powers and blessings be…This is the balance.”

Well, this is Lo and I gotta go…’cause I’m running for my life.