Dear Sanctuary NYC Friends,

        If we understand history, we understand ourselves better.  For instance, many people who are learning about the New Thought movement for the first time think it is well – new!  The truth is that affirmative thinking, working with the deeper self, or unconscious mind, and utilizing principles of manifestation through visioning is literally as old as the hills.
     Artists have always spoken directly from and to the unconscious level of reality.  In his early work “The Interpretation of Dreams( 1899),” Sigmund Freud says, “The poets and philosophers before me discovered the unconscious. What I uncovered was the scientific method with which the unconscious can be studied.”  And to that I would add that New Thought explained the way in which the Power of the unconscious can be utilized.  We can get confused however if we think WE are the prime mover trying to manipulate circumstances rather than learning to co-Create with The All That Is, God, Spirit, Ru’ach, Allah, Atman, Consciousness etc, etc. This power could care less what we call it. When we connect with it, what it is called really doesn’t matter.
        The movie, The Secret, popularized the Law of Attraction – a concept that has been taught and practiced by metaphysicians for millennia – and made it seem like a magic formula. The truth is that working with our subconscious mind is a powerful process of inner development that can transform us at the cellular level.  It takes a conscious working of the Principles to begin to see a change.  It isn’t magic, it is a discipline.  There is more than enough good/God for everyone.
        To review a couple of key points from our Soul Survival Kit process:
1.”It” is not about changing people or circumstances, but
                 about changing OUR CONSCIOUSNESS.
2. When our consciousness is raised to the point where we see
                 from the place where we and G-d are one,  we are amazed at
                 how reliably we magnetize clarity and abundance into our lives.
3. Abundance and clarity do not always look like we expect them to
4. Our journey in life is INTERIOR.

Have a great week!!!
YOU are the answer:)

See you at 2 at West Park.
We have a special musical guest and about a million other cool things going on:)
We LOVE to see your face,
Peace out,
Rev Jane


oing Inward




Dear Sanctuary NYC!! Friends, Foes, Fellow Travelers!!

     In his book of wisdom and Japanese calligraphy, Roman Catholic mystic theologian Thomas Merton says, “The real journey in life is interior, an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.”  A swoosh of black ink in a spiral going down accompanies this phrase.  I have never forgotten the simple/complex depth of this one truth ever since my mother gave me this book long ago.  She also worked for the B’hai Center outside of Chicago for a while, and shared with me the second truth I carry always: “Worship the LIGHT, not the lamp.”

     There are many places you can choose to follow your spiritual path in community. I am deeply grateful that so many of you continue to share your journey with me.  I need community. I think we all do.

     Last Sunday was a watershed moment for me.  We experienced the power of Pentecost, when a rushing wind of the Ru’ach, the Breath of G-d, swept into a room of scared and disillusioned followers of Jesus and gave them, filled them, with supernatural soul force.  And then I confessed some of the deeper pain, shame, and amazing transformation of my own last two and a half years.

On the other side of the mountain, I can fully see the gift of sharing my own journey with you as a power of example.  I have reclaimed myself from the deepest, darkest journey to the underworld of my most horrible fears, and come out the other side.  Whatever you are going through, I can tell you there IS a new day.

     This Sunday we shall return to the Soul Survival Kit, the first of three more weeks. These last few sections of the Kit came together in my head sitting in the first row of the church last Sunday!  Reclamation and Release go together in this system and maybe in life.  The color is violet. Looking forward to seeing youSunday at 2 at West Park.

     In the words of Emile Zola:  “When you ask me what I came to do in this world, I answer you as an artist. I came to live out loud.”