Here's Anne Sermons Gillis' 07/20/2021 newsletter, The EZ Secret: Tips on Living in EZ
Published: Tue, 07/20/21
The Anne Report brings you up to date on Anne’s latest activities. The Main Article, A Pretty Face?, speaks to the face of peace, the face of love, and the face of compassion. Today’s Anne Talk is Shall We Dance. Anne suggests that life is a lot easier when we actually live it and enjoy it. Click to see Anne’s Art. Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Choosing That Prosperity Perspective. Watch to see how Anne reminds us that we can choose prosperity instead of lack. Click to see the Quotes, Quips, & Thoughts. The Featured Product This Month highlights Anne’s fourth book, Words Make a Difference. 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.
Anne’s 8 Word Miracle Mantra: “Everything can be EZ or at least EZier. Anne Sermons Gillis
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“Read What You Can, When You Can”
Living EZosophy, July 20, 2021
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The Anne Report
I attended the 135th Summer national convention of the Theosophical Society this weekend. As with many conferences these days, it occurred on a Zoom platform. Our keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Jaqueline J. Lewis, blew my socks off. Her speech shook my insides as it tickled every creative bone in my body. Not only did she say important things through the voice of humility, she spoke in a way that ignites souls. Her main focus was the doctrine of love and her focus was on love and justice.
My grands spent Friday night with us. They came up with an idea for a new kind of drink, a popsicle drink. “Grand MaMa, how about if we find a water bottle that no one wants and recycle it? We take some popsicles and melt them. We put the juice in the empty water bottle and we have a new kind of drink. We can have a cherry drink from cherry popsicles and a chocolate drink from chocolate popsicles. Is this a good idea?” What does one say to two innocent faces, smiling and bursting with pride and excitement? “Yes, that’s a great idea.”
The grands, my daughter, Elizabeth, and I are in Chattanooga visiting the other grandmother. The boys were so excited that this was the first vacation we have ever been on together. When my ex-husband took them to the Bahamas, they asked me if I was in the family. I told them I was. Subsequently they had a hard time understanding why I did not go with them, since it was a family vacation. I don’t remember how I got out of that one. And that’s it for the Anne Report.
A Pretty Face?
We need three things in life: a pretty face, common sense, and reality. What an odd thing to hear as I awakened. “A pretty face? No way.” “Yes,” I hear, “the face of love, the face of peace, the face of compassion; these are the pretty faces.”
I understood. The book and movie, Dead Man Walking, chronicles the interaction of Patrick Sonnier, a convicted killer, and a Catholic nun, Helen Prejean. Prejean came to know this man who once terrified others and who was now terrified. The book addresses this society’s fear of violence, the rage of the grieving families, the perpetrator’s point of view, and the Christian imperative of love. Prejean was present when Sonnier was executed. The most poignant line in the film was delivered by Prejean: “Keep looking at me. I want the face of love to be the last thing you see.”
Most of us will not be called to be the face of compassion and love for a felon, but we are called to be face to face with our friends, families, and myriads of strangers. What face will we present? What kindness will be transmitted? Will we be so self-absorbed that we cannot think beyond our own needs?
What about common sense, the second item of effective living? My intuition tells me that being a visionary and an intuitive has its advantages, but the downside is looking at the world with a certain kind of naiveté. My husband worries I will be taken advantage of, and it does happen. My sense of timelessness, my trust in life, and my belief in good, can blind me to common sense.
I used to be the minister of a spiritual center in Memphis, TN. One day a woman ran into the center and yelled, “My purse was stolen.” I was shocked and asked compassionately, “Did they hurt you?” “No. It was in my car.” “Did they break your car window?” “No. My window was open. I trust God: my car was unlocked.” It didn’t seem like the time for a lesson in common sense, but this was a blatant example of the lack of common sense. It's like saying, “I'm going to step in front of a train, and if it doesn't kill me, it's God's will that I live.” As Proverbs 29:18 says, “Without vision, the people perish.” Proverbs, which is filled with wisdom teachings, could use another proverb: “Without common sense, the people perish.”
I've seen people start businesses and fail miserably because they didn't use common sense. I had a client who took a course on motivating businesses. He was soft spoken, introverted, and wasn’t a people person. This was not the right skillset for someone who had to sell a service. He wanted a career so badly that his desire occluded his judgment. He took an expensive course and purchased their franchise. Their marketing touted that anyone could do this business and that these skills were highly needed in the business world. He rented an office and sat there day after day. He never got any clients. Had he been my client at the time, I would have called his decisions into question.
Common sense is king or queen. We must be practical mystics. While MLK was a visionary, he also had a strategist on his team!
What about reality, the third item dictated by my inner voice? Have you heard, “You have to live in the real world”? This means reality is serious, passionless, and drab. These somber words are routinely recited to reel in our visionaries and dreamers and to dull enthusiasm. Thank goodness Helen Keller and Martin Luther King didn't live in that reality. Reality is neutral. It’s our feelings that turn reality into what it is not.
Reality is a word we use in many ways, but, for the most part, we live in a false reality fashioned through our learning filters. That's why we are awakening, as a culture, to other realities:
We’ve found that living in the now is the only place to live. Everything else is a fantasy.
We’ve found that living in the past or the future is a mind trip.
We've discovered that meditation, conscious breathing, and mindfulness are tools that dissolve our mental filters.
We've realized that until we experience who we truly are, we cannot experience reality as it is.
We've learned that the I that we think we are, has little relevancy to the I we really are.
The word reality describes the framework in which we live our lives. Living a full life requires that we keep shattering our false sense of reality until we arrive at one that is not defined by our belief systems. Some call this a spiritual journey.
A pretty face, common sense, and reality. It makes sense now. While I can’t count on all my thoughts to be helpful, it seems that my intuition likes to keep me on my toes by delivering the truth in some curious packages. I’ve come to realize that the Universe is out to get me, and it’s out to get you too. That’s good news, and when we come to terms with the harmonious nature of the Universe and its ability to inform and inspire us, everything is EZier and EZier.
“Books are waiting to be written. Thus, it was my privilege to bring this book to the world. It brought with it such grace and love. Words Make a Difference sparkles with aliveness and blessing and delivers the perfect information under perfect timing. We are called not only to heal ourselves and those around us, we are destined to hold a vision for the world. This book commands us to be architects of a brave new future and lights a path for us to follow.” Anne Sermons Gillis
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Shall We Dance
Today’s Anne Talk is Shall We Dance. Anne suggests that life is a lot easier when we actually live it and enjoy it. Time: 1:02
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Choosing That Prosperity Perspective
Today’s Dr. Money Talk is Choosing That Prosperity Perspective. Watch to see how Anne reminds us that we can choose prosperity instead of lack. 3:33
You can join the Prosperity Team by watching Anne’s Dr. Money channel.
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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