Here's Anne Sermons Gillis' 11/23/2021 newsletter, The EZ Secret: Tips on Living in EZ
Published: Tue, 11/23/21
The Anne Report brings you up to date on Anne’s latest activities. The Main Article, Slowliness, invites you to consciously, deliberately, slow down as an antidote to fast living. Today’s Anne Talk is The Invocation Of Now. Anne offers an invocation to help you access your activation of the stillness of the Presence. Click to see Anne’s Art. Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Dr. Money Interviews the Minister of Manna. Anne interviews Rev. MOM, the Minister of Manna, who shares with us her easy affirmation for living prosperously. Click to see the Quotes, Quips, & Thoughts. The Featured Product This Month highlights Anne’s first book, Offbeat Prayers for the Modern Mystic. Click to learn about EZosophy. Click to learn about Anne’s Abundance Affirmations. Click for Shareables From Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Schedule. Click to Schedule Anne. Click to learn about Anne’s Services.
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Living EZosophy, November 23, 2021
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This week will be my 73rd Thanksgiving Day. I don’t remember many Thanksgivings specifically, but I do remember family gatherings over the years, and the Thanksgiving of 1998. I had just moved to Texas. I ate a Thanksgiving lunch with my friend and her family, then I was off to the water. Galveston Bay was only 15 minutes from where I lived, and part of the reason I moved to Texas was to be closer to a large body of water. I sat by the water to contemplate my new life in Texas. I had recently published my first book and my life was a blank slate. I met my future husband two weeks later, and here we are 23 years later, living on the East coast. I could not predict the future, but, looking back, I suppose there was an unseen order that stirred the pot of my life and made an Anne cake! I didn’t know the recipe in advance, but life knew, and now there’s a new cake on the rise.
Thanksgiving is the season for gratitude. Most people practice transactional gratitude during the Thanksgiving holiday. “I am grateful for_____.” But there’s another side to gratitude that’s deep. It is a gratitude that reaches beyond things and events. It is that feeling of overall gratefulness that we have for life itself. While transactional gratitude shifts us away from feeling sorry for ourselves, stops us from playing the role of victim, and reminds us how good our lives are, transcendent gratitude wraps us in its arms, as it delivers a message of infinite well-being. Transcendent gratitude is transformational. It can make any mess look like a blessing and repair our vision in such a way that our problematic outlook dissolves. Any way one shakes it, gratitude is the new kid on the spiritual block. From gratitude journals, and here’s a free one to download, to gratitude blogs and books, contemporary life has adopted gratitude as its ambassador. I’ve been on the spiritual path for more than 50 years, and gratitude was not on the top ten charts of spirituality in the 70’s! Does that mean we are advancing as a society? I hope so, and that’s it for the Anne report.
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Words scamper through my mind, demanding attention. What is it with these words that pounce on me with a sense of urgency? They want me to believe that everything is an emergency. These words tell me to hurry. They urge me to squeeze more things into this minute so that I can ensure a certain kind of power, safety, and comfort. But these words are dressed up in costumes, pretending to be what they are not. I do not feel better when I hurry; I feel unsettled, breathless. Whose demand is this anyway? Do words have a life of their own, or is their meaning rented from the past? And if they are leased from the past, is it my past? I don’t think so.
As we move deeper into the information speedup of our contemporary culture, the collective unconscious demands swift expediency. Life is no longer a happening; it’s a race to the finish line. We used to move slowly, on foot. Then we moved by horse, and finally came the automobile that could go a whopping 10 miles per hour. The first airplane clocked in at about 30 miles per hour. Today a typical commercial passenger jet flies at a speed of about 400 – 500 knots, which is around 460 – 575 mph.
We have fast cars, fast planes, fast boats, fast food, fast everything. It is as if “fast” anything is the only acceptable way of living. But what would Babaji say? Babaji was an Eastern mystic who taught that slowliness was holiness. He advocated a way of living that went against the contemporary rush for life. He knew that as we sprinted toward the edge of living, we would eventually collapse, and when we did, we would outgrow the need to stuff life with our current proclivities. We would finally perceive the wisdom of intentional slowliness. We would do more than stop to smell the roses; we would drink from the ever-present well of living water and connect with our life’s energy, then let it flow. We would no longer chase the flow; we would become the flow.
Norman Vincent Peale tells of a time he was out of town for a speaking engagement. When his hosts picked him up, they were in emergency mode. They told him he would have to hurry to his hotel, dress, and rush to the speaking venue. Peale, in his unflappable way, didn’t bite. He went to his hotel room, took a 20-minute power nap and was able to meet his ride on time, well-dressed, and refreshed.
We seem to identify with a hurried busyness, as if frantic activity could keep us from crumbling into oblivion. Maybe it takes bravery to go against the current tide of intensity. Is a new, slow-down culture emerging? Perhaps, in part, there are Don Quixotes arising. After the French Revolution, the Man of La Mancha was known for his principal tenet that individuals can be right, while their society is quite incorrect and works against the welfare of its citizens.
Are we becoming tide turners? The number of people practicing meditation in the United States has tripled since 2012. Seven percent of children in the U. S. meditate. The Top 10 most popular meditation apps generated $195 million in sales in 2019. It is believed that between 200 and 500 million people around the world meditate, though Sadhguru claims that number is two billion. It is impossible to get accurate numbers, but regardless, we know there are more people than ever closing their eyes, taking a deep breath, and going on that inner journey. People are slowing down. There are 55 million yoga practitioners in the U. S. alone.
Maybe we are writing a new story. We need no longer start our stories with “Once upon a time, in a land far away….” No, we can now say, “Once upon a time, in the brilliant shining sun of now, we took refuge in the stillness of life. We watched the birds, contemplated the flowers….” What a wonderful story: to become the ground from which our culture breaks through the bitter hurriedness of this information age. No more paring stillness with idleness and the Devil. Gee gads. Who thought of that? Idleness rests in inertia. Stillness rests in an energetic flow. We are on the precipice of a renaissance. We are probably so worn out that we need it. We, as a culture, are unlocking the secrets of the mystics and finding that we can slow down and savor life. And it follows that when we take refuge in the slow flow of life, that life itself becomes EZier and EZier.
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The Invocation Of Now
Today’s Anne Talk is The Invocation Of Now. Anne offers an invocation to help you access your activation of the stillness of the Presence. 2:25
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Dr. Money Interviews the Minister of Manna
Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Dr. Money Interviews the Minister of Manna. Anne interviews Rev. MOM, the Minister of Manna, who shares with us her easy affirmation for living prosperously. 8:45
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This group is a place to post uplifting affirmations and thoughts about prosperity and abundant living. Let’s create a right relationship with money so that we feel comfortable about money. Let’s use money as it’s meant to be used, and not as a way to accumulate power or to fill a void. We don’t need money to buy more stuff. We need it to create a world that works for everyone. We want to cast off old beliefs of lack and reclaim our natural state of abundance. Anne, AKA Dr. Money, posts a nightly goodnight video for the prosperity team, and everyone who watches those videos becomes a part of the prosperity team.
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