New Thought: Cause, Medium and Effect

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In New Thought teachings, terminology is often different than what traditional religion uses. One instance is the term “Trinity”. In traditional teachings, it’s the Father, Son, Holy Ghost. In New Thought, it can be: Cause, Medium and Effect; Spirit, Mind, Body; Principle, Activity, Expression; Conceive, Believe, Achieve. Whatever the wording, Trinity is Oneness.

Cause, Medium and Effect. Cause has two parts: First Cause, which is impersonal, and second Cause, which is the way we personalize First Cause. First Cause is recognizing everything God is. Second Cause is unifying with what we recognize as God.  (These are the first two steps in affirmative prayer, or spiritual mind treatment, as it’s known by some.)

Medium is the Law of Mind. It only says, “Yes”. It responds the same way every single time. Medium is the Law of nature, the action of God.

Effect is the out picturing  of our beliefs, our life experiences. It is the mirror image back to us.

The Trinity is everywhere.

Don’t Play Small

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Have you ever dressed down, or dumbed down to comfort someone around you? Maybe you felt you were too happy, so you toned it down for the person who was in a grumpy mood. Maybe you quit learning to play classical music because someone told you it was too uppity, and you believed them.

Marianne Williamson wrote the passage below. This was read at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, 1994. Embrace your greatness as you read it. Hold your head high and march forward, liberating and others into the birthright of greatness.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

When we overcome our fear of greatness, we step into our greatness. Not in the sense of ego, but in the sense of True magnificence. You have every right to be here, just as the stars above. Let your Light shine! Smile! Laugh! Be still, be quiet. Be True. Playing small does not serve the world.

Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money

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  • Do you smoke? Quit! It’ll save about $2,000 a year — and your life. If you’ve tried but “it” didn’t work, call American Cancer Society for help: 1-800-227-2345 (1-800- ACS-2345).
  • Eat at Joe’s—Not. Eat at home! It’s healthier for you and your bank account. I love to grill. I used to be a vegetarian. Now when I do eat, I grill it. It’s easy clean up, keeps the smell of meat and fish outside, and it changes up my routine of cooking. Depending how often you eat out, this could save you $1,000 just cutting your dining out in half! For the last two years, for Mother’s Day lunch, I grilled filet mignon and lobster tails, boiled some rice and put together a green salad. All under $25. for two of us! (And I knew there wasn’t any msg seasoning, or hidden fatty something to any part of the meal.)
  • Wash your clothes in large loads, which saves water, and energy. If you just have a few colored clothes and are doing a load of whites, use Clorox Color Catchers. They really work. You can combine all your laundry rather than doing two small loads. If your clothes aren’t needing hot water, use cold or warm water. It gets them clean, is easier on your clothes, and saves energy. Air dry your clothes on a clothes line, or clothes rack. It’s easier on your clothes, too. This’ll save you $200 year, and your clothes will smell fresh-air great!
  • Three different people told me last month they were insulating their homes. It’ll save them money in the long run. So will insulating your water heater, setting its thermostat at 120 degrees and installing an automatic timer to turn it off when not in use. Doing all of this can save about $500 a year.
  • Unplug it. Did you know even when appliances are off, they still use energy? They use 5-10% of the  total household electricity costs—when not in use! If you can’t be bothered with unplugging them after each use, use a power strip that can be turned off. This super simple act can save you $200 a year.
  • Do your own lawn care. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, rake the leaves. Exercise and money saver all in one. It’s relatively easy for the average person. Now, people have flashy landscape, and someone else to tend to it. Think back. Most people didn’t have gardeners 30 years ago. (I was the one raking the leaves, 20 years ago, I was the one pushing the lawn mower — and the front yard looked fabulous!) Do it yourself could save you over $500 a year.
  • Peeww! What’s that smell? I like a clean house. I hate the smell of cleaning supplies. To some, the smell means a clean house. I say it’s a cover-up; a waste of money, product and lack of effort on the person doing the job. Cleaning products can also shorten the life of your floors, tables, etc. Use less, if at all. Got stained coffee mugs? Use a teaspoon of baking soda and water to clean them out. Dust. No spray involved, and it spruces up the house way more than a smelly spray. Mop the floor with a little bit of cleaner. Sometimes the eco-friendly stuff isn’t as good, but it depends on the product you have, it’s purpose, and your commitment to the environment. Cutting back on using cleaning supplies could save the average American $1,000 a year. (That’s a lot of stinky stuff!)

How to Learn First 10 Digits of Pi

March 14


Happy pi day! Eat responsibly.

How may digits of pi can you recite? I can can get to ten digits. If you know the tune of M-i-c-k-e-y—M-o-u-s-e, you’re half way there! Now, to that tune, 3.1415—92653: “three point one four one five nine two six five three.” Anyone know a way to remember the next ten (short of studying them!) Please let me know. Some people do well using “phone numbers” etc. I’m looking for more song type ideas.

Don’t Go Around Half Naked

Reminders I have on my front door: Check your attitude. Show your gratitude. I just may add Don’t go around half naked!

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1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive

We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in (avoid these smile aging habits to keep your smile looking great).

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in…

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Be Money Wise

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Be money wise.

None of these tips cost you anything but will save you and others headache if you keep them up to date.

  • Have three-to-six months of income put aside.

I prefer not to call it an “emergency” fund, but I advocate putting money aside for the future. The money’s in savings, so as you save more, you have more money put aside, even without an “emergency.”

So, you don’t lose your job, or don’t land in the hospital for months on end. You’ll have money saved  for a smaller unexpected something (a car’s flat tire, a dishwasher that conks out, a dog needing a visit to the vet.) Did you know 70% of people don’t have money put aside that could over three-to-six months of living expenses. Can you save $20 a week? Make sure it’s accessible; liquid.By putting this money aside, you build a cash-buffer over time. You don’t have to start big, but you do have to start.


  • Check your credit reports.

Credit reports are free (one a year from each credit bureau), just make sure you’re on the legitimate industry’s official website Eighty-one percent of people don’t check their credit reports. It’s not only about your money, but your identity that your checking. The three major credit bureaus are Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. Stagger your report requests every four months. Related post: Credit Report/Credit Score



  • Update your will.

Eighty-six percent of Consumer Reports survey respondents said they either didn’t have a will, and other  estate-planning documents, or hadn’t updated it in over five years. Even if nothing has changed in your life, check your beneficiaries on your will, insurance accounts, and retirement policies. I had a friend who didn’t update his will and when he died, his surviving wife was left with a mess. Some of the people he’d listed as beneficiaries had died years before. It complicated the process, and relatives had their hands out on behalf of the deceased beneficiaries. What a hassle. Update your will.


These are easy, free things you can do to keep your finances in good condition. Make becoming money wise a habit!

What If You Have Tried Everything?

Sometimes by walking away, into the silence, the answers come to us. Stop banging your head on the wall. If there’s an answer you need, ask (spirit, your higher-self—whatever.) The universe is limitless. It keeps expanding. There is more to discover; more to be possible.

The Sunset Blog

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this – you haven’t.”

~ Thomas A. Edison

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learn & love: be responsible for your own emotions

Life is a mirror. What energy are you putting out there to attract certain energy? If we accept the good we attract, we must also accept our part in what we see as not-so-good. (And even that can be good if we grow from it.) As within, so without. (What’s inside shows up on the outside.)