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There will always be something worth living for while there are shimmery afternoons.  Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Do not wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it is at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Pause for a moment an enjoy the elegant show window of a prestigious furniture store. Let the beautifully designed sofa, and the comfortable-appearing chairs and the coffee table catch your eyes. Gaze at the amazing chandelier positioned overhead, and let your eyes rest as you image yourself relaxing with the evening paper. Each person is passionate about his or her own projects and is primarily interested in cultivating them with the minimum outside interference. To some extent, modern humans are capable of governing themselves, but their individual resources are insufficient. In order to prevent constant collision and frustration, some agency is required which will supervise a set of rules that is designed simply to serve this limited purpose. #RandolphHarris 1 of 11The image of the perfect ruler that of the umpire or referee who controls the game without participating in it himself or herself is the ideal protector of humanity. There will also be times when you will have to demonstrate your righteous courage in plain view of your peers, the consequences of which may be ridicule and embarrassment. Additionally, in your World, skirmishes with an adversary will also be fought on a silent, solitary battlefield in front of a screen. The political skeptic of government warns against the tendency of the specific activity of government to turn into something more grandiose and quite different. For there are many who dream of a perfectly harmonious condition of affairs and who deplore the waste and lack of planning in modern life. Such people regard the government as a vast reservoir of powers that are to be captured and guided in the direction of their own political dream. Politics thus becomes an encounter of dreams, and the umpire abandons his or her position and begins to play the game on his or her own account. In life, as in business, there has always been a need for those persons who could be called finishers. Their ranks are few, their opportunities many, their contributions great. #RandolphHarris 2 of 11tumblr_lxplacOaoj1qd9l3bo1_1280From the very beginning to the present time, a fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us who runs the race of life. Shall I falter or shall I finish? On the answer await the blessings of joy and happiness here in mortality and eternal life in the World to come. For the skeptical conservative, one dream is on par with any other. Governments are not, and cannot be expected to become, repositories of truth: any such claims are impostures. A government that actually governs, rather than imposing some dream or other upon its subjects, will be guided, not by a vision of truth, nor by the attempt to impose one project upon its subjects, but by the evolution of the society it rules. Social life constantly generates new situations: some activities decline and new ones arise, a process which requires an adaption of the rules governing the society. However, the changes in the rules should always grow out of, rather than be imposed upon, the life which they regulate. Further, changes should be made economically or else they may lose their effectiveness. #RandolphHarris 3 of 11Frequent changes are deplorable in that they give rise to feverish hopes and disappointments which encourage further dreams of taking over the resources of government. All human achievements have been made (and sustained) in the face of great difficulties: authorities exist to guard such achievements and traditions against the continual threat of human folly, laziness, blindness, and stupidity. Conservatism stresses our responsibilities to our duties rather than on rights. We are not left without guidance to make this momentous decision. The Holy Bible contains those accounts, even those lessons, which, if carefully learned, will serve us well and be as a beacon light to guide our thoughts and influence our actions. As we read, we sympathize with those who falter. We honor those who finish. The moment God put a dream in your heart, the moment the promise took root, God not only started it, but he set a completion date. God is called the Author and the Finisher of our Faith. He would not have given you the dream, the promise would not have come alive, if God did not already have a plan to make it come true. #RandolphHarris 4 of 11

Maybe at one time you believed that you could do something extraordinary. You had a dream of living the apple pie life, with a big house, two fancy cars, a three-bedroom house with three full bathrooms, and two main bedrooms, rooms big enough to fit more than one bed, stained glass windows, a washer dryer combination that literally does everything for you…washes, rinses, dries, and shuts off…in one continuous operation…without watching. Once you have tossed in soiled clothes, add Persil Pro Clean, set the time and temperature dials, your work is finished. Take them out at your leisure…clean, completely dried, and “Sun-freshed”…ready to iron, or fold and put away. Your hands never touch water, never come in contact with bleaches nor detergents. Wash at any time of the day, up to ten pounds of clothes. And then zip through a big family ironing in record time with the new Kenmore Automatic Ironer Machine, which features two roll speeds—fast for flat work and slow for fancy ruffles and frills. Both shoe and press controls helps to free hands for guiding work. With an exclusive adjustable light for best work area illumination. And a new, large drop-leaf, laps shelf. Easily accessible release bar. White baked-on enamel finish, and hinged cover and chrome hardware. #RandolphHarris 5 of 11

You believed that you could have a twin top with griddle where you could roast a turkey and all the trimmings, broil other meats and vegetables, fry apple rings on the griddle—all this at the same time! With a smokeless waist-high broiler that is over-size. Chrome-plated broiler rack that adjusts easily to desired height. You dream of an oven with a deep Roast-R-Pan and trivet. With a Visi-bake own door that lets you have the fun of seeing what is cooking; peek-switch turns on oven light. Three giant, two standard top burners, and two Warm-R-Burners. Cook top covers with baking charts inside. Two utility drawers. And a Kenmore garbage burner where you dump food scraps, sweeper dirt and rubbish—anything burnable with a heavy-gauge steel body with a smooth, metallic brown baked-on enamel finish that has a top, grate, burner that is sturdy, warp-resistant cast iron. And of course, a kitchen with an automatic dishwasher, and a Coldspot freezer that can store up to 350 meals and have eleven convenient food store sections. With a quick-freeze compartment, three food elevator baskets, two storage baskets and adjustable basket. Ready rack to store juices, ice cream and small items. Along with a Coldspot refrigerator with rust proof structural aluminum shelving and an automobile type door lock. Color-tone interior beauty…gleaming white porcelain enamel with colorful harmonizing trim. #RandolphHarris 6 of 11

God is telling you do not let lies play around in your mind. Your dream is not over. Keep thinking about the details of what you want. God set a completion date. It does not matter how long it has been or how impossible it looks. If you will stay in faith and not talk yourself out of it, it is just a matter of time before your dreams come true. Just because it has not happened yet does not mean it is not going to happen. God has already lined up the right people, the right opportunities, the right answers. Everything you need is already in your future. Let go of the doubt, shake off the discouragement. Whether it has been a year or one hundred and twenty-two years, what God promised you he still has every intention of bringing it to pass. In the Scripture, it reports that the Holy Spirit revealed to a man called Simeon that: he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah (Luke 2.26). You can image how far out that promise seemed. As time went by, and Simeon did not see any sign of the Messiah, negative thoughts came: “You heard God wrong. It has been too long. It is never going to happen.” #RandolphHarris 7 of 11

Nevertheless, Simeon awakened every morning believing, expecting, and knowing that it would happen, and one day it did. The promise came to a dramatic fulfillment and Simeon declared, “My eyes have seen God’s salvation!” I am keeping the faith that my dream will come true. I want a house just like Darrin and Samantha Stephens from Bewtiched, and exact replica down to the furniture and appliances, the only difference is I want a turret with a witches cap. And God is saying to all of us, in reference to our dreams, science does not matter, have faith and know that he is going to finish what he started. No one and nothing can stop God from fulfilling his promises. And God put that promise of that house in my heart as a kid. God promised to bring even the secret petitions of our hearts to completion. Some will try to push us down, steal our dreams, and talk us into settling for mediocrity, but we need to have this new attitude and believe that whatever God started in our lives, he will finish. Will you keep believing even though it looks impossible? Will you stay in faith, even though every voice tells you it is not happening? #RandolphHarris 8 of 11

dfghjkfghjSamantha had no idea that she would ever meet Darrin, that they would get married, but they kept bumping into each other. One day, he came home from work and told her that he no longer wanted to live in someone else’s house with furnishings and curtains they picked out, and surprised her with a house he bought while she thought he was at work. It was a dream come true. If people want to believe the things in movies and on the Silvertone Console matched five-ply mahogany veneer television with magnificent “Photo-Tune” pictures that brings all the magic of no glare into our living rooms are real, could you image how much better our lives would be if we focused on the good stuff, and had faith in God? The Scripture says that for years Rachel desired to have a baby, but she had fertility problems. After she had given up on her dreams, it reported that: God remembered Rachel; he listened to her and enabled her to conceive (Genesis 30.22). It does not say that Rachel remembered God, but she must have been living right. So somewhere in her heart and mind she kept the divine law active. This is how much God wants you to fulfill your destiny. So, what are the incompletions in your life that you need to stay in faith about? #RandolphHarris 9 of 11

Lust of power, greed of popularity, and disdain for honor have every appeared as faces of failure in the panorama of life. Captivated by their artificial attraction, many noble souls have stumbled and fallen, thus losing the crown of victory reserved for the finisher of life’s great journey. We cannot impress upon you enough, it is best to be popular with God because eternal life is important. There is more to come after life on Earth and you do not want to spend your eternity in Hell. The damned do further evil in Hell. By doing further evil, they lose more being. The damned are confined in different places according to the second nature that they have acquired for themselves. Those, for example, who have given into wrath during their Earthly lives will be consigned to a place with like-minded people. The damned can then act according to their second nature and the sufferings and pain which they undergo emerge from their behaviour, as well as the behaviour and acts of others around them. So, people who are wrathful in their Earthly life, will be attacked and torn apart by others wrathful people. The damned cannot affect anyone with their evil actions as long as the person affected are the damned and so no further evil done. They wanted to live foul and that is what they will experience. #RandolphHarris 10 of 11Though Jesus was tempted by the evil one, he resisted. Though he was hated, he loved. Though he was betrayed, he triumphed. Not in a cloud of glory or chariot of fire was Jesus to depart mortality, but with his arms outstretched in agony upon a cruel cross. Mortality ended. Immortality began. Times change, circumstances vary, but the true marks of a finisher remain. Know them well, for they are vital to our success. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in humans. Recognize that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Let virtue garnish your thoughts unceasingly. Courage becomes a living and active virtue when it is regarded as determination to live. When the burdens of life become heavy, when trials test one’s faith, when pain, sorrow, and despair cause the light of hope to flicker and burn low, communication with our Heavenly Father provides peace. Behave like a child of God, this is one who will finish life. Helaman 15.5 reports: Walk circumspectly before God, and observe and keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments according to the law of Moses. I pray that we will all be a finisher in this race of life and thus qualify for that precious prize: eternal life with our Heavenly Father in the celestial kingdom. #RandolphHarris 11 of 11



Many Want to Feel What a Real Relationship in Broad Daylight Would be Like

Remember, the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. That which is felt cannot be taught, while that which is taught may be felt. This is one of the most vital things in mental and spiritual science. A treatment has no power unless it has meaning to the one who gives it, just as we know that a public speaker cannot convey messages which he himself does not understand. We cannot alter the circumstances that shaped us, but we can affect the way we may grown into aspects of who are, but some aspects may predominate over others. Our destiny, therefore, depends on which part of our character we allow to govern our destiny. As we practice our daily arts, if only in the composing of a heart-felt letter, we are unearthing the eternal from within ordinary time, engaging in the special qualities, themes, and circumstances of the soul. Soul thrives as we compose a thought in our diary or write a letter about a dream, craft a song, or enjoy the beauty of the day, and our expressions give body to a slight inflex of eternity. Our journals then truly become our own private gospels and sutras, our sacred chronicles, and our simple paintings truly serve as icons, every bit as significant in the work of our own soul as the wonderful architecture of the churches and castles and lovely houses are for the people. #RanolphHarris 1 of 7

Soul is its own purpose and end. If we wish to convey a message we must feel it, just as the musician feels the atmosphere of harmony back of one’s technique. Yet technique is equally necessary in order that one may give definite form to one’s feeling. We care for the soul solely by honoring its expressions, by giving it time and opportunity to reveal itself, and by living in a way that fosters the depth, interiority, and quality in which it flourishes. In doing so, an individual reveals the eternal harmony back of the negative appearance. The straightening out of thought is technique. It may be taught, analyzed, taken apart, and put together again. It consists of words, phrases, thoughts, ideas, all of which are understandable, teachable, and learnable. To the soul, memory is more important than planning, art more compelling than reason, and love more fulfilling than understanding. We know we are well on the way toward soul when we feel attachment to the World and the people around us and when we live as much from the heart as from the head. By using right words, statements, and phrases, and dwelling upon their subtle meaning, one may come to feel the meaning back of the words. We know the soul is being cared for when our pleasures feel deeper than usual, when we can let go of the need to be free of complexity and confusion, and when compassion takes the place of distrust and fear. #RandolphHarris 2 of 7

Soul is interested in the differences among cultures and individuals, and within ourselves it wants to be expressed in uniqueness and compassion. A woman in her thirties once told me why she was devoting every Saturday morning to doing chores for an elderly neighbor who has no family: Look, this could easily be me someday, living alone in a tiny apartment, trying to make ends meet (make her check be able to pay the bills, buy food and last until the next one comes in) with my social security check. All it takes is something to go wrong with your heart or your shoulder, and you cannot carry your groceries any more nor handle a vacuum cleaner. This gives me hope that someone like me will be around when it is my turn. The belief that there will be people around to assist us during our time of need is the conviction that we create by our own example. “If thou will call on God’s name in faith, thou shalt receive hope thou desirest,” reports Alma 22.16. Acting in a right manner reassures us, as if every act of goodness we perform goes into the human pool. We see first hand that individual efforts can indeed reduce suffering and that not all hardships are beyond human control. And it is clear that no material substitutes—no simple thing—can fill the human need for companionship and dialogue. #RandolphHarris 3 of 7

Imagine that you are reading the scriptures one morning and the Spirit softly whispers to you that what you are reading is true. Can you recognize that Spirit and be happy that you felt his love and were worthy to receive? Knowledge about dialogue is, by itself, no guarantee that a person will be able to communicate with others or help them out of their loneliness. Indeed, knowledge about dialogue may even keep people at a distance. What often are sold in our society as guidelines for communication—rules on how one should engage one’s friends, how one should act toward one’s lover, or how one should speak to one’s child—seem to be the very way to disrupt dialogue. Many of the cookbook-objective rules instructing people on how to communicate with one another only seem to serve to keep people more isolated and lonely. What it is that must be felt are feelings beyond words, statements, and phrases. One must sense the essence of life, the spirit of the thing from which the mind automatically draws an intellectual conclusion. There must be chemistry. These feelings result in words which are an activity of the feeling, the enforcement of the principle back of it. In this way the word becomes spirit and life. Ultimately, care of the soul results in letting our full genius emerge. Soul coalesces into the mysterious philosophers’ stone, that rich, solid core of personality that alchemists sought. It opens the kaleidoscope of life to a revelation of the soul’s colours and displays it dappled brilliance. #RandolphHarris 4 of 7

The expectation that we will be able to count on kindness, warmth and peace during our time of need becomes one of life’s most sustained convictions. We hope that if we become incapacitated, our friends and relatives will stand by us. We pray that their help will arise out of affection rather than out of pity, and that we will bear our difficulties gracefully enough to keep on inspiring their loyalty. We suspect that the measure of a good life is how we are treated at the end. However, we must know that the doorway of opportunity is never closed. We are always receptive to divine ideas. It is never too late for us to manifest opportunity; it is never withheld from one for a single moment; there is no sense of limited nor restricted opportunity. Everywhere we go anew and better opportunity for self-expression opens before us; we are compelled to recognize this opportunity and to act intelligently upon it. Our imagination is continuously increasing, new ideas come to us every day, and we know to execute these ideas. We can frequently savor the sweet whisperings of the Holy Ghost verifying the truth of our spiritual worth when our consciousness accepts the verdict as final and perfect. God is your Father. He loves you. He and your mother in Heaven value you beyond any measure.  #RandolphHarris 5 of 7

You are unique. One of a kind, made of the eternal intelligence which gives you claim upon eternal life. Let there be no question in your mind about your value as an individual. The whole intent of God’s plan is to provide an opportunity for each of us to reach our fullest potential, which is eternal progression and the possibility of godhood. Know that right thoughts continually poured into consciousness will heal. Prayer is the best medicine and keep on until the case is met. God, or spirit is the life of the real body and the essence of it. However, do not condemn the human body; certainly never deny its reality or the reality of any of our organs or functions. Spiritual worth means that we must treasure ourselves the way Heavenly Father dignifies us, not how the World views of as a commodity or human capital (money). Our worth was determined before we ever came to this Earth. Every organ and every function of the human body has a Universal prototype behind it. It is an idea in the mind of God, and a perfect idea. God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever. The least, the most inferior spirit now upon the Earth is worth Worlds. No matter what, we always have worth in the eyes of our Heavenly Father. #RandolphHarris 6 of 7

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. We can stop comparing our worst to someone else’s best. Comparison is the thief of joy. Also, to constantly and morbidly focus on disability, fragility, age, or any organ function of the body is to condemn it, to delay its action, to congest its movement, to impede the circulation through it, and, of course, wherever the circulation is impeded the elimination is also impaired. We must know that there is Divine circulation, perfect assimilation, and right elimination. The function of the body is not something apart from God but is something within God. We must learn to love all of these functions as being attributes of Spirit, and to sense the Divine Universal Harmony underlying all. We must petition God to please heal us and others who are suffering physically or mentally. The Lord assures us that when we have virtuous thoughts, he will bless us with confidence, even the confidence to know who we really are. There has never been a more crucial time to heed his words. “Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly, and then shall thy confidence was strong in the presence of God; and the Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion,” God said. When we feel the Spirit, we recognize that what we feel comes from our Heavenly Father. We acknowledge him and praise him for blessing us. We then rejoice that we are counted worthy to receive. #RandolphHarris 7 of 7

Even a Broken Clock is Right Twice a Day!


The heart is the center of our feelings. The eye of the soul perceives the eternal realities so important to the heart. In the modern World, in which we live mainly for the moment, it is easy to overlook the taste of the soul for a greater sense of time and a profound community. We tend to give superficial explanation for our actions, to speak in literal terms instead of focusing on the reasons of the heart. A man explaining why he was getting a divorce went on and on with minor complaints about his wife. What he did not say was what was obvious from other conversations, that his heart was going through a major change. He wanted a new life, but tried to justify all the accompanying pain with superficial reasons. Because he did not speak deeply about what was going on with him, he was cutting himself off from the soul of his divorce. Many people wonder what they can do earlier in life to prepare for their eventual frailty. They scrutinize those who cope gracefully with infirmary and disability, trying to find out what distinguishes them from those who collapse in on themselves. We have to find a passionate search for expression and language adequate to the pleasures and pains of life. We can learn from them the importance to everyone of the effort to translate experience into words and photographs. The point of the heart is not simply to express ourselves, but to create an external, concrete from in which the soul of our lives can be evoked and contained. #RandolphHarris 1 of 7

As we look into our hearts, we screen ourselves. Many conclude that our personality traits have a greater influence on our fate than do the particular situations we endure. For if people are sensible and good-tempered, old age is easy enough to bear: if not, youth as well as age is a burden. According to this reasoning, we are doomed or blessed by the accident of our natures. We can predict from our earlier manner of coping with life how we will react to our later changes. Children paint every day and love to show their works on walls and refrigerator doors. However, as we become adults, we abandon this important soul task of childhood. We assume, that children are just learning motor coordination and alphabets. However, maybe they are doing something more fundamental: finding forms that reflect what is going on in their souls. When we grow up and begin to think of the art gallery as much more advanced than the refrigerator door, we lose an important ritual of childhood, giving it away to the professional artist. We are then left with mere rational reasons for our lives, feelings of emptiness and confusion, expensive visits to a psychotherapist, and a compulsive attachment to unreality, such as shallow television programs. When our own images no longer have a home, a personal museum, we drown our sense of loss in pale substitutes, kitsch novels, fake news, or formulaic movies. #RandolphHarris 2 of 7

Successful cooping in our attitudes, or the degree to which we make up our minds to overcome obstacles, depends on the strength of our conviction that life is worth living no matter what complications are imposed on it. As the poets and painters of centuries have tried to tells us, art and passions are not about the expression of talent or making of pretty things. It is about the preservation and containment of soul. It is about resting life and making it available for contemplation. Art captures the eternal in the everyday, and it is the eternal that feeds soul—the World in a grain of sand. How we react is more important than is the fact that life can be hard or fraught with peril. How aversive or damaging an event is depends on how we choose to take it—which means that we can control its effects on our bodies and health by our attitudes and beliefs. Some people are subjected to harsher circumstances than others are, such as through war, racism, poverty, unemployment or age. However, even under extreme conditions, it is possible not only to survive but to retain some sense of health and well-being. #RandolphHarris 3 of 7

In waking life, most of us only see with our physical eyes, even though we could, with some effort of imagination, glimpse fragments of eternity in the most ordinary passing events. There is also a way to judge if our hearts are broken. Dreams teach us to look with that other eyes, the eye that in waking life belongs to the artist, to each of us as an artist. Our hardships are shaped in childhood. Parents who do not help their children cope with suffering leave them as adults with the immature defenses of denying their problems, distorting their role in them, or projecting the cause onto others. In contrast, parents who stay with their children when they are upset help them learn the capacity to bear and plan for pain. While our personality style and beliefs certainly influence our response to difficulties, it is not irrevocably. Additionally, our experiences from childhood affect our later coping styles, it is not necessarily in a linear fashion. Some people raised under neglectful circumstances manage to garner enough strength to lead satisfying lives, and some raised under supportive conditions waste years through addictions and other detours away from their original aims. However, people that have a history of generous exchanges with others tend to carry these inclinations with them to the end of their lives. Wherever they live, whatever they do, they readily make connections with other people and derive satisfaction from doing so. #RandolphHarris 4 of 7

People who are able to build strong bonds in their lives, when frailty encroaches they tend to be surrounded by loyal helpers. There can be no certain formula for security, but kindness is rarely wasted and the habit of generosity almost always serves as a strength. However, until a person has demonstrated the truth so completely that one can never again be shaken in one’s conviction about it, one should not talk much to others about one’s belief. For the conscious and subjective reaction of their doubt might confuse one unless one’s own mind is already so firmly planted in understanding and faith that it remains calm in the midst of confusion and doubt. Remember, the intellect argues, but the spirit knows. The intellect examines; the spirit has no opinions. It is the nature of the creative mind to respond to us, to give us what we ask when we ask it, and in the way in which we ask. We must let go of the mental images which we dislike, and cling to only those which are more nearly after our heart’s desire. Feel that all the power there is in the Universe is flowing into your word. It is impossible to feel this way if you think that you are dealing with will power, mental coercion, or even mental suggestion. Realize that you are dealing with an eternal presence which when called upon responds to you. “Works of justice could not be destroyed,” reports Alma 12.32. #RandolphHarris 5 of 7

When awake, why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination? God the Father is merciful and has infinite love for you despite your faults. When you feel worthless, remember the worth of souls is greater in the sight of God. Refrain from repeatedly thinking or saying negative words about yourself—there is a clear difference between humility and humiliation. Identify and use your unique talents rather than dwelling on your weaknesses. When you feel overwhelmed by expectations and challenges, do not fight the battle alone. Follow the example of small children, and drop to your knees in prayer. The mind which states a problem is the mind which knows the answer. We know our motives and desires. When we engage in sincere, honest reflection, we do not rationalize nor deceive ourselves. Throw the problem into mind for solution and the answer will rise to consciousness. In actual practice one does this by stating that one already knows the answer to one’s problem. The intelligence within one knows, and this intelligence within one which knows causes one to consciously know. A soul-centered understanding of God sees the interpenetration of love in ordinary life. #RandolphHarris 6 of 7

Seeking and receiving the acceptance of the Lord will lead to the knowledge that we are chosen and blessed by him. It is not enough mere to state that intelligence knows. We must combine our statement that there is an intelligence which knows, with a conscious acceptance that this intelligence is now functioning in our conscious thought, causing us to know. When a spring breeze blows through an open window as we sit reading in a rare half-hour of quiet, we might recall one of the hundreds of annunciations painters have given us, reminding us that it is the habit of angels to visit in moments of silent reading. We are directed not by a blind force, but by an infinite intelligence which is not only willing, but whose very nature compels it to give us guidance. The feeling of being accepted by someone we love is a basic human need. Being accepted by good people motivates us. It increases our sense of self-worth and self-confidence. See that you look to God and live. The ultimate source of empowerment and lasting acceptance is our Heavenly Father. He knows us. He loves us. God does not accept us because of our title or position. God does not look at our status. God looks into our hearts. He accepts us for who we are and what we are striving to become. Seek and receiving acceptance from God will always lift and encourage us. #RandolphHarris 7 of 7

You Are Trying to Use Him as a Reverse Barometer

The great peacemaker, the restorer of unity, is the one who finds a way to help people see the truth they share. In many respects, kindness does not make sense. At first glance, it seems an unnatural act, a violation of nature, to give away one’s life, or even one’s possessions. And yet, in the face of improbability, examples of altruism abound. I maintain, despite the moment’s evidence against the claim, that we are born to grow up with a fondness of each other, and we have genes for that. We can be talked out of it, for the genetic message is like a distinct music and some of us are hard-of-hearing. Societies are noisy affairs, drowning out the sound of ourselves and our connection. Nonetheless, the music is there, waiting for more listeners. Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior’s example by being kind, loving, and charitable. Kindness is the essence of a celestial life. Kindness is how a Christlike person treats others. Kindness permeate all of our words and actions at work, at school, at church, and especially in our homes. Care of the soul may take the form of living in a fully embodied imagination, being an artist at home and at the care of your soul; anyone can have an art studio at home, for instance. We can decorate our homes with images from our dreams and waking fantasy, which give voice to our emotions, without explanations and rational interpretations. #RandolphHarris 1 of 9

Many people have difficulty believing in kindness as a human possibility. Past experience has taught them that other people are not to be trusted and that to accept help from someone is to open the door to exploitation. They avoid putting themselves in the vulnerable position of receiving throughout adulthood, building their identity around a corner of aloneness. There are people who take pride in being self-reliant; independent men and women whose confidence and self-esteem derive largely from being able to say to themselves: “I ask for no special favours; if need be, I can make it on my own.” Such individuals are especially threatened when the sudden need to depend on another undermines the very foundations of their personal identity. The stuff of the World is there to be made into images that become for us tabernacles of spirituality and containers of mystery. If we do not allow soul its place in our lives, we are forced to encounter these mysteries in fetishes and symptoms, which in a sense are pathological art forms, the gods in our ailments. Every day we can transform ordinary experience into the material of soul—in diaries, poems, drawings, music, letters, and watercolours. People choose to have their hearts changed by God. That is the only way God can grant the blessing of being of one heart. #RandolphHarris 2 of 9

Before we can fully believe in kindness, we have to experience it personally. A person’s conception of humanity’s moral and ethical disposition is influenced by his or her specific encounters with other individuals. The power of specific encounters is both the grounding of morality and the basis for hope later in life. The scriptures teach us that the righteous exercise of morals values are dependent upon our living the principles of kindness, charity, and love. No power nor influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of one’s vocation, only by persuasion, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; by kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile. As we read our experiences and learn to express them artfully, we are making life more soulful. Our homely arts arrest the flow of life momentarily so that events can be submitted to the alchemy of reflection. We can deepen the impressions of experience and settle them in the heart where they can become the foundation for soul. Our great museum of art are simply a grand model for the more modest museum that is our home. There is no reason not to imagine our homes as a place where the Muses can do their work of inspiration daily. #RandolphHarris 3 of 9

One will immediately recognize the omnipresence of God, and to such degree as one’s recognition of the omnipresence of good signifies to one’s own thought the annihilation of the negative physical condition, the condition will cease to be. There are examples of solitary, irascible people, who have become soft and receptive in response to particularly tender members of the community. Later, these individuals have said that someone taking a genuine and caring interest in them gave them the impetus to make a better life for themselves. Some gave up self-destructive habits in direct response to the caring they received. You need an experience with at least one person who truly cares about you. If you did not have a close relationship when younger, and you now have one close person in your life, that makes up for the early deficiency. That person can appear at any time in the life cycle, even on the day of passing into Heaven. One does not need to make up for lost time. We live in many different circumstances. We will come from every nation and many ethnic backgrounds into the kingdom of God. And that prophesied gathering will accelerate. Another advantage to the soul of practicing the ordinary arts is the gift they leave for future generations. #RandolphHarris 4 of 9

Tradition says that the soul thrives in a sense of time much greater than that of consciousness. To the soul the past is alive and valuable, and so is the future. As we perform the alchemy of praying, or writing on our daily experience, we are preserving our thoughts for those who follow us. The community made by spirit transcends the limits of a personal lifetime, so that we can be instructed in our own soul work by the Lord who will return to live with those who have become his people and we will be united, of one heart, unified with God, our Heavenly Father. As impulses, kindness and goodness may not be explainable in rational terms. While it is not dangerous under normal circumstances, kindness is almost inconvenient. The word derives from the Old English cynd, pertaining to race, family, or kin. Within our families, we may willingly go out of our way to be helpful, while outside this boundary we may think twice about expending any effort. There may seem to be nothing to gain from being generous with our time or talents beyond our immediate circle. Yet kindness is most moving and meaningful precisely when it is rendered by those who are not kin, or in the absence of something to gain. What distinguished rescuers from persecutors is the stronger sense of attachment to others and their feeling of responsibility for the welfare of others, including those outside their immediate familial or communal circles. #RandolphHarris 5 of 9

The Lord’s people have always called for unity. The need for that gift to be granted to us and the challenge to maintain it will grow greater in the days ahead, in which we will be prepared as a people for our glorious destiny. “If you will not partake of goodness of God, I bid you everlasting farewell,” reports 1 Nephi 33.14. What is most striking in accounts of kindness is its simplicity. One person notices the difficulty of another and acts accordingly. It is a question not of compassion but of simply connecting, in order to see what one’s attitudes commit one to, Recognition of the other person’s reality, and the possibility of empathy, is essential. Anticipatory alertness to the reactions, feelings, and speculations of others is the essence of kindness. It would be impossible to do this unless facts could be reduced to states of consciousness. That which needs to be externally changed is not a thing in itself but a physical state of consciousness. Heightened sensitivity toward the feelings of others is exactly the change we have observed in people who have benefitted from sensitivity. When it is most fruitful, kindness, is passed on in the form of generosity toward others. Jaded people who have lived only for themselves begin to take an interest in those around them, having discovered the worth of mercy through their own vulnerability. #RandolphHarris 6 of 9

Bitter people begin to experiment with nurturance, having tasted something of its satisfaction when they were suffering. In spiritual mind healing it is necessary to establish a consciousness of this foundation of truth. Our hearts will be knit together in unity. God has promised that blessing to his faithful Satins whatever their differences in background and whatever conflict rages around them. The reason that we pray and ask for that blessing is the same reason the Heavenly Father is granting it. We know from experience that joy comes when we are blessed with unity. We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of his love for us. This is called spiritual realization. Truth based upon the reality that God is all there is. This realization is a realization of the presence and the perfection of God. We seek to arrive at a realization and recognition of the allness of God, the omnipresence of good. We must be thoroughly and sincerely convinced that there is a spiritual being and that this spiritual being is perfect; that the Kingdom of Heaven is now, and the statement of truth has actual power. “Every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall be blessed,” reports 1 Nephi 19.17. #RandolphHarris 7 of 9

Social and ecological systems are sufficiently complex that our knowledge of them, and our ability to predict their future dynamics, will never be complete. We must work to reduce uncertainties when possible, improve assessments of the likelihood of various important future events, and learn. When there is uncertainty in social lives, it can produce stress, especially if we do not understand it and cannot resolve it and it will not stop. Practitioners know that uncertainty looms high in the area of natural hazards. Earthquakes along a major fault lines are inevitable, but we cannot forecast when the next one will occur. We know that a number of hurricanes will be spawned in the tropical North Atlantic. However, we cannot tell beforehand if there will be Hurricane Jerry of Heather among them or where exactly they will hit. We can reduce the vulnerability of Natomas communities by creating disincentives to build on the floodplain but cannot forecast the next Sacramento River Flood of the magnitude of the 1986 one. Or the flood in January 1850, when the Sacramento and American rivers crested simultaneously, creating major disasters. Much like natural disasters shock and stress the environment and people, when a single individual is under an ongoing and long-lasting attack and does not know why, the disruption can produce just as much stress as a natural disaster in their personal life. And so, understanding uncertainty is important for individuals, so they can develop an adaptive capacity and the ability to learn and adapt in response to perturbations. #RandolphHarris 8 of 9

Human agency, including the role of individuals, leaders, and institutions is important and influences outcomes. This collective capacity to manage resilience determines whether thresholds can be successfully avoided. The rule of law requires that people should be governed by accepted rules, rather than by the arbitrary decisions of rulers. These rules should be general and abstract, known and certain, and apply equally to all individuals. The purpose is to keep certain classes of people or individuals from being terrorized and having their freedom encroached upon indefinitely and without cause. Constitutional governments are based on a previous commitment to freedom under the rule of law. The essential attribute of constitutionalism is a legal limitation on government. Under constitutionalism, rulers are not above the law, government power is divided with laws enacted by one body and administered by another, and an independent judiciary exits to ensure the laws are administered objectively. An efficient and effective constitution allows government to function to protect the lives and liberties of citizens without violating the rights of some to provide gains to others. “Justice of God will fall upon those who work wickedness,” reports 1 Nephi 14.4, #RandolphHarris 9 of 9



Tuesday’s Puzzles are Always Easy

There are hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started with such tremendous hopes and expectations and yet fails so regularly as love. There are many reasons why one’s own ability to love is limited or bound to fail. The nature of love exhibited by one’s mother and father are of particular meaning for every human being. For this can either inhibit or accelerate one’s own ability to love. After undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, a critically ill man reported that above all a person needs to be understood. Dying is a misunderstanding one has to get straightened out before one passes into Heaven. And one cannot be understood, one’s situation cannot be appreciated, until one’s family and friends, staring at the individual with an embarrassed love, come to know, with an intimate, absolute knowledge what your illness is like. Every attempt to explain how we cope with hardship contains its own definition of successful aging and therefore its own idea of what constitutes a good life. We think of imagination as a kind of symbolic thinking with a latent and a manifest meaning. There are a multitude of unnamed spirits that motive and guide life. The Greeks call them daimons (the unconscious). Socrates claimed to have lived his life according to the dictates of his daimon. Three armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common person cannot be deprived of one’s purpose. #RandolphHarris 1 of 8

In every human being there is an optimum of what one could become, there are things one could never become. So many people waste their lives by trying to become what they could not be and by neglecting to be what they could become. A person, in the first place, should have a certain image of what one could and what one could not become, what are the limitations and what are the possibilities. Whoever examines oneself thoroughly will find one’s own daimon, which is a guardian with us from the beginning. Go into yourself and see how deep the place is from which your life flows. The soul wants to be in touch with that deep place from which life flows, without translating its offerings into familiar concepts. The best way to full fill this desire is to give attention to the images that arise as independent beings from the springs of day-to-day imagination. People have been warned against living in conflict with the daimon as one will succumb to the worst kind of soul sickness. It is like deciding where to live without taking into full consideration the demands of the soul, which may appear as an intuitive attraction or inhibition. The source from which life flows is so deep that it is experienced as something beyond human creation and intention. To live our ordinary life artfully is to have this sensibility about the things of daily life, to live more intuitively and to be willing to make use of our gifts from the soul. #RandolphHarris 2 of 8

Helplessness has become the dreaded underside of modern life, out of the view and all the more harrowing for its unfamiliarity. It is now possible to go through the first half and sometimes the first two-thirds of life having no direct contact with someone who has a serious ailment. Society no longer observes a pause; the disappearance of an individual no longer affects it continuity. Many people’s lives are built on a frozen lake. We all go on with our activities. We work on the house and play golf and entertain and have our fun. We put in long hours at work and think we are doing well. Then every once in a while, some stop to realize that the ice they are standing on is melting. Many people try to flee such feelings, rather than attempting to come to terms with them. No amount of compensation is enough to finally and totally screen out this background of dread. An individual will create, or latch on to, a whole host of external or objective wants, desires, properties, and possessions, goods, and materials. Attempting to flee dread only intensifies it. From then on, we have to keep averting our eyes from further evidence of physical deterioration and suffering. The work of avoidance itself becomes consuming. #RandolphHarris 3 of 8

When a friend or relative becomes ill or suffer an injury, we have the choice of participating in the care or backing away. Taking the time to give assistance may run counter to the pace or the ostensible purpose of our lives. The organizing principle of modern life has become almost wholly economic. We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance. Whatever we do, we are supposed to do for the sake of making a living; such is the verdict of society. There is a pervasive devotion, in middle-class families, to individual purposes and a wariness toward getting involved in the lives of others. Individualism has marched inexorably through our history and it may have grown cancerous. Only by opposition to letting our hearts wax cold can we make life and frailty less frightening. Earlier in our lives, we must stop clinging to independence as if it were the only meaning of strength. The ongoing process of attachment is what creates and sustains human community. Make it your guiding principle to do your best for others and to be trustworthy in what you say. Do not accept as friend anyone who is not as good as you. When you make a mistake, do not be afraid of mending your ways. #RandolphHarris 4 of 8

The person of wisdom is never in two minds; the individual of benevolence never worries; the one of courage is never afraid. We either face the truth of our fragility directly, or we immerse ourselves still more intently in other priorities. There is no middle course, because spending time beside a person who is suffering puts us into contact with the dire underside of life. There is terror and relief in allowing the awareness that we will all someday pass away and suffer pain to rear its full impact. We may begin to live in terms of, rather than in flight from, the approach of our ending. We are spirit children of Heavenly parents. When we come to this Earth life, our spirit is united with our body. We experience all the joys and challenges associated with mortal life. When a person passes into Heaven, their spirit is separated from their body. Resurrection makes it possible for a person’s spirit and body to be united again, only this time that body will be immortal and perfect—not subject to pain, disease, nor other problems. The drive to question allows the human being to life one’s eyes from the sequence of daily routines to perceive the law of one’s own death, and to struggle for ways of life that assuage death’s bitterness. After such experiences, change may emerge in the way we spend our time, conduct our relationships, and look at the future. #RandolphHarris 5 of 8

The experience of nursing someone who is sick, dying, or disabled strips away, for most people, the mystery, horror, and disgust. It is not surprising, therefore, that people who are deeply experienced in caring for sick parents or a disabled child, in the latter’s old age, tend to take their own sickness and disability in stride. They have known before in an intimate manner the difficulties they might encounter later in their own lives. Prior to getting sick or reaching advanced age, we can choose to grant ourselves a close acquaintance with physical suffering and its alleviation. We can draw near to the sickbeds of friends and relatives and involve ourselves in the experience of helplessness, hoping that this foreknowledge will help us to age well. However, after resurrection, the spirit will never again be separated from the body because the Savior’s Resurrection brought total victory over death. In order to obtain our eternal destiny, we need to have this immortal soul—a spirit and body—united forever. With spirit and immortal body inseparably connected, we can receive a fullness of joy.  In fact, without the Resurrection we could never receive a fullness of joy, but would be miserable forever. #RandolphHarris 6 of 8

 Even faithful, righteous people view the separation of their bodies from their spirits as captivity. We are released from this captivity through the Resurrection, which is redemption from the bands or chains of death. There is no salvation without both our spirit and our body. Each of us has physical, mental, and emotional limitations and weaknesses. These challenges, some of which seem so intractable now, will eventually be resolved. None of these problems will plague us after we are resurrected. The miracle of resurrection, the ultimate cure, is beyond the power of modern medicine. However, it is not beyond the power of God. We know it can be done because the Savior is resurrected and will bring to pass the Resurrection of each of us, too.  And each of us can be part of a cloud of witnesses who know through the power of the Holy Ghost that what we celebrate on Easter actually happened—that the Resurrection is real.  Life through God is so much hope. Always. Through everything. We love Easter to remind us. The entire basis for spiritual mind healing rests in the assumption that we are now living in a spiritual and psychological Universe; that law is mind in action; that thinking and action are the same. And if thinking and action equal the same thing, certain kinds of thinking must constitute certain kinds of action. #RandolphHarris 7 of 8

It logically follows that if one kind of thought produces a certain effect, then an opposite thought must produce an opposite effect. For all who had laid a child in a grave or wept over the casket of a parent or someone they loved, the Resurrection is a source of great hope. What a powerful experience it will be to see them again—not just as spirits but with resurrected bodies. Our ship’s destination is the full blessing of the gospel, the kingdom of Heaven, the celestial glory, and the presence of God! God’s plan is in place. He is at the helm, and his great and powerful ship flows toward salvation and exaltation. Remember that we cannot get there by jumping off the boat and trying to swim there by ourselves. The process of reasoning in treatment must be one which establishes human beings upon a spiritual basis, which enthrones God in a kingdom of good, and gives him dominion over all apparent evil. We must understand our relationship to being itself, to God, to the Universe, and to Reality. There must be an interior awareness, a realization that God is all the power there is. As a matter of fact our state of consciousness is what we are, and if we happen to be in business and wish to treat for right action we must realize that right action means being busy in the thing that we are doing. “God himself shall come down and bring to pass Resurrection,” reports Mosiah 13.34-35. #RandolphHarris 8 of 8



Freedom and Liberty are Precious Gifts

The loss of complexity and mystery in our everyday response to life entails a loss of soul as well, because soul always manifests itself in mystery and multiplicity. It is important to trust your intuitions, which are not the same as intellectual interpretations. Much of life consists of shedding all that interferes with the expression of our uniqueness. Our individual voice is always distinctive; the difficulty is in finding what we are, free of artifice. Usually, the main problem with life conundrums is that we do not bring to them enough imagination. We understand our difficulties literally and look for literal solutions, which rarely work precisely because they are part of the problem—lack of imagination. Life reveals itself to us slowly, gradually. Having patience with life is extremely important, and it is more effective in the long run than any exercise of knowledge, techniques, and tricks. Life reveals itself on its own time, but it does reveal itself. Take time to enjoy the beauty around you and be mindful of precious moments. The light that transforms us is the radiance of being blissfully alive in the moment. Finding a distinctive style in life is no less significant for its being delayed. Pressures to measure ourselves against others never completely cease, but many of us strengthen our liberation the closer we get to understanding our truth. Perhaps the most evicting facet of aging is that heady sense of emancipation, of having arrived at full identity. #RandolphHarris 1 of 5

We want to replace divine mystery with human rationality, but it is important to leave room for the unexpected. Many of us feel we are kind of in a linear race with life and time. There are landmarks placed by other generations, and we feel that we have to arrive on time or fail in the whole journey. However, even if we face delays in life, it does not mean that time is lost. Many people possess talents that they hold in reserve until their obligations to others have been fulfilled or until life quiets down enough to allow them finally to heed their own inclinations. The ending of a job or career, the maturation of children, and newly gained time may permit the expression of a true personality and interest, allowing one to act in new and inventive ways. When we experience the freedom and fully develop who we are it can be like being born again into another body and it allows individuals to feel good about being who they are, a unique, interesting person with some talent of their own. We will always be learning, growing, and evolving into our real person. Some people find that they are happiest when they are in any kind of learning experience, be it a classroom, lecture, or just reading and writing. Time passes swiftly when we are productive, even if we start later in life. It is so great that human beings continue to grow. #RandolphHarris 2 of 5

There are rich, multilayered natures in life of all kinds, and the experiences are important to us because they are rich with imagination and soul. At any age, recovering and discovering ourselves require the same willingness to heed our quiet yearnings. People, because of their careers and families, often neglect or abandon pursuits and interests which, at an earlier point in time, gave life zest and meaning. If an individual is encouraged to recall what made life meaning to him or her in adolescence, one will begin to discover neglected sides of oneself, and perhaps turn once again to music, or to painting, or to some other cultural or intellectual pursuit which once enthralled him or her, but which the pressure of life’s business had made the individual abandon. Taking back our earlier yearnings, or daring to develop them for the first time, is one of the key privileges of having time on our hands. When you think that it takes nine months to grow a baby, it is no surprise that it can take a lifetime to grow a soul. Many people say it is fun to be alive and to be contributing something, however little, but still something. Dreams give us a great deal of insight into our habits and our nature, but also insight into the past, our current situations and problems, and the culture in a larger sense. #RandolphHarris 3 of 5

Obedience leads to true freedom. The more we obey revealed truth, the more we become liberated. Consider the Earth itself. It was formed out of matter and in the beginning was empty, desolate, and dark. Then came order as God commanded that the light should be divided from the darkness. God’s command was obeyed, and the Earth had its first day, followed by its first night. Then God ordered the creation of the atmosphere. He organized the Sun, Moon, and Stars to shine in their appropriate times and seasons. After a series of commands, the Earth not only became habitable, but it became beautiful. We are all children of God and the Earth operates in obedience to God’s laws. We should be gradually lifted up mentally to the place of thought where we feel at ease. Imagines of doubt should no longer assail us. Calm and peace should accumulate in out thought. Our work is not done properly unless something happens as a result of it. Treatment is not for the purpose of helping us either avoid reality or to endure unhappy situations. It is for the express purpose of changing situations, and unless situation or conditions are changed as a result of the treatment, we have missed the mark. Words of doubt have no affirmative power. We must know that our covenant with God is good and we are certain to accomplish our goals. #RandolphHarris 4 of 5

Every word we speak is the presence, the power, and the activity of law within us. It is the law unto the things whereof we speak of. It cannot and will not return to us void but will accomplish the purpose we have in mind. It can and will heal and demonstrate; it can and will produce the desired result. “Words of truth are hard against all uncleanness,” reports 2 Nephi 9.40. There must be a persistent belief in the power of your own word. We must know that the law of God is all powerful, and that no evil is ordained nor intended. Our knowledge of God’s law dissipates all evil and all manifestations of evil. Know that the right thought will always find an objective form and will always externalize itself. Believe that the will of God is always towards goodness, truth, and beauty. Goodness, truth, and beauty cannot be revered because they have no opposites, but our knowledge of the truth can reverse every so-called evil. God has given you knowledge and made you free. The conscious mind chooses what it wishes the subjective law to act upon. It gives direction to a power which is infinite compared to its own conscious capacity. We shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasure. By obedience, we also gain knowledge. Obedience brings peace in decision making and spiritual safety. #RandolphHarris 5 of 5



Some People are Born Old and Some Never Get

There are some things I miss. Our chronological age misleads us. We can be deceived by numerical certainty into believing that the sum of our lived years tells us something absolute and incontestable about ourselves. However, “Age ain’t nothing but a number. Throwing down ain’t nothing but a thing. This something I have for you it will never change. Here I am, and there you are. Your eyes are calling me to your heart. All you gotta do is knock, I’ll let you in and we feel the passion that flows within. I don’t mean to be bold, but I gotta let you know I gotta thang for you and I can’t let go. Take my hand and come with me, and let me show you to ecstasy,” reports Aaliyah. Some people are born old and some never get old. One man reported that he has felt rather ageless for the past thirty years. However, he did feel old and troubled in his youth. A woman in her eighties explains: you know, to be eighty is nothing to dread, because at eighty you can be the age of whoever you talk to. If I’m with my grandchildren, the little ones, I understand them because I’ve been there and I know. If I’m with a twenty-four-year-old mother with young babies, I know exactly what she’s talking about. I feel like I’m her age and I can understand her World. That’s one of the nice things about being old. You’re the age of whoever you are with. #RandolphHarris 1 of 10

Of course, there people have honest intentions in context to their agelessness. As a result of infirmary or retirement the open time and emotional spaciousness of childhood are often returned to us, but not childhood’s unquestioning ease of play, laughter, and imagination. When we leave art and the depiction of life only to the accomplished painter and the museum, instead of fostering our own artful sensibilities through them, then our lives lose opportunities for soul. A seventy-four-year-old former university professor recalls that his greatest problem when he first retired was shifting from a heavy-pressured, overly structured life to one of free form choices. The soul is a piece of art known intimately, not remotely. It is felt, not just understood. It is a daily involvement in mysteries and a personal quest for a corresponding ethic. A woman who was forced by Parkinson’s disease to retire at the age of twenty-two reports: “When I was employed, the routines required by work shaped what time I got up, when I ate my meals, when I went to the bathroom, when I could relax. However, upon retirement, I nearly drowned in an ocean of decision to be made.” That is because we have to listen to our bodies, and without soul, religion’s truths and moral principles might be believed in, perhaps, and discussed, but they are not taken truly to heart and lived from the core of one’s being. #RandolphHarris 2 of 10

Care of the soul involves work, in the alchemical sense. It is impossible to care for the soul and live at the same time in unconsciousness. Sometimes soul work is exciting and inspiring, but often it is also challenging, requiring genuine courage, qualities of open-mindedness, resilience, a sense of wonder, and enthusiasm as the most valuable possessions of our species, to be cherished, nurtured, and cultivated. Rarely easy, work with the soul is usually placed squarely in that place we would rather not visit, in that emotion we do not want to feel, and in that understanding we would prefer to do without. However, choose eternal life according to will of the Holy Spirit even though the most honest route may be the most difficult to take. It is not easy to visit a place in ourselves that is most challenging and to look straight into the image that gives us the most fright; yet, there, where the work is most intense, is the source of soul. “People reap eternal happiness or misery according to spirit they obey,” reports Alma 3.36. People who evince agelessness in their manner of living are those who have retained innocent qualities throughout adulthood or have managed to accomplish their recovery. #RandolphHarris 3 of 10

Since we never want to take up the piece of our emotion that is most in need of attention, we should give increased awareness to our dreams; for there they will find images that in waking life are very difficult to face. Dreams are truly the mythology of the soul and working with them forms a major piece in the project of making life more artful. “The Holy Ghost is gift of God unto all who diligently seek him,” reports 1 Nephi 10.17. The fact that we are dealing with invisible forces makes them no more intangible than any other force of nature with which we deal. All life is invisible, all energy is invisible, all causation is invisible. The principle of mind is invisible and its practice is invisible, but its results are the word of God made flesh. “Gifts are given by manifestation of the Spirit unto people to profit them,” Moroni 10.8. When asked what she regarded as the reason for her longevity, a hundred-year-old man explained, “I think my sense of humor has protected me from stress. My favorite motto on aging is this: ‘Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it won’t matter.’” As one of our earliest and most enduring capacities, laughter can help lead us back into childhood’s ease. At least momentarily, we loosen our hold on ourselves. When I was in my bed, having trouble walking, I started watching humorous movies. #RandolphHarris 4 of 10

A few of my favourite funny movies were Home Again, Horrible Bosses I, Horrible Bosses II, and Ice Man. Although nothing is less funny than being flat on your back with all the bones in your spine and joints hurting, I made the joyous discovery that hours of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect. It lifted my spirits and made me feel better. It was like a natural anti-depressant, but all I was doing was watching funny movies. If you are ever sad or going through hardship, also try watching reruns of 2 Broke Girls. My doctor has studied the beneficial effects of humor on illness and she reported that, “It makes recovery possible because ultimately, and in the deepest sense, humor works by rallying, and by being a manifestation of, the will to live. Kaiser has some great doctors. It has also been reported that when you are afraid someone is going to die, find a way to make them laugh because it will give them the desire to talk, to laugh, and to eat. Laughter has been proven to extend a person’s life, and it makes sense. If stress can end a life early, then experiencing joy can extent it. Laughter brings us back to the present moment, to the sheer fact of continuing to be alive and viewing the spectacle around us. The science of the mind is just as definitely scientific and just as based on any other discipline. #RandolphHarris 5 of 10

The approach of psychology to mental and physical healing has already passed through several distinct stages. Starting with mesmerism it developed into hypnotism; next into mental suggestion; and finally into mental explanation, which is the method employed by most psychologist. However, neither psychiatry nor analytical psychology is hypnotic, like religion, nor do they practice mental suggestion. Their entire field is one of explanation. In analytical psychology the explanation is drawn from the patient’s consciousness in such a way that one self-sees one’s trouble, and by this self-seeing the difficulty is supposed to be dissipated. In the earliest stages of analytical psychology it was thought necessary that the analyst should draw out of the consciousness of one’s patient every trivial incident which might have led to one’s mental and physical undoing. This has made of analysis one of the most subtle of arts, as well as one of the most difficult practices. If one expects to draw out of the consciousness of one’s patient the most trivial incidents of one’s life, the method becomes painstaking, laborious, and more or less cumbersome; generally the treatment must cover a long period of time. #RandolphHarris 6 of 10

There is a tendency today among many practicing analysts and psychiatrists to short-cut this method somewhat, and to drain more quickly the psychic confusion from the unconscious memory of the patient, thus producing a quicker response. However, manipulating the mind of an individual can be dangerous. In spiritual mind healing we do not have to uncover every unconscious cause of mental confusion with its attendant physical distress. We know that broad, generalized statements often effect a healing of an ailment without either the practitioner nor the patient having any specific knowledge of its cause. We know that the clearer one’s consciousness is and the more definitely certain one is that Spirit is the Absolute Cause of all, and the God alone governs, the more quickly will healing take place. We know that silent recognition and realization elevate the consciousness to a place of greater power and make possible a more immediate manifestation. God does not analyze; he announced. “You shall grow in knowledge of him who created you,” reports Mosiah 4.12. We need to be invigorated to recover and feel the value of every hour that is free from trouble and annoyance. To tell you the truth, the reason I get up in the morning is because my doctor gave me a medication I have to take at the same time, every day half an hour after a meal. #RandolphHarris 7 of 10

I have a great medical team at Kaiser and my urologist, he gave me a medication that makes my life so much easier. The most consistent meal most people eat, at the same time every day, is breakfast. I am very serious about my recovery, so I make sure to pay attention to what my doctors tell me and follow their advice religiously and as exactly as possible. We only get one body, and health care is so expensive and our health is very serious, so I want to do my best to take care of myself. It really makes a difference when you have a medical team that helps and cares about your recovery. We live in a little World. We shall be content with that and cultivate it and make the best of it. It is necessary, and not in the least shameful, to take pleasure in good food, gentle smiles, nature and entertainment. Such simplicity becomes complicated in adulthood, sometimes. It is often difficult to recognize when we have had enough of the larger World and can cease trying to reach beyond that which is within our immediate grasp. No calamity is greater than not knowing what is enough. No fault worse than wanting too much. Whoever knows what is enough has enough. “You have been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things,” reports Matthew 25.21. “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, and the ends of the Earth your possession,” reports Psalm 2.8. #RandolphHarris 8 of 10

We have to find key attitudes and strategies in dealing with dreams in a manner that preserves their integrity, allows meaning to emerge, and generally serves care of the soul. The intrusion of death in our affairs may prove to us that it is enough to go on living and to take pleasure where we can find it. After his father’s funeral, a forty-two-year-old man returned to the house where both he and his father had been raised and in which his grandfather and father had died. He spent a long time in his father’s study, sitting at his desk and looking at the photographs of the successive childhoods that has been contained in that house. Childhood, the origin of life, is the originality a person brings to every stage in life. The ordeals of ageing are certainly among the adult necessities with which a person has got to cope, but the lively survival of the child in the adult is a potent resource for coping with them. Childhood is life’s laughter, its hurt, its rage, its capacity for play, it boundless imagination, it lyrical sense of the future. We must resort to our definite technique for practice, and through mental statements arrive at a spiritual conclusion, a consciousness of the allness of God and the ever-present availability of good. #RandolphHarris 9 of 10

We claim to have a science which can be delivered to all intelligent persons, and we claim that the average person can effectively use this science provided one complies with its principle and law. It is therefore necessary to deliver a definite technique and a conscious method for procedure. That is why we start with the proposition of perfect God, perfect humans, and perfect beings. Even if buried under the travails of many decades, resources like laughter and wonder can be summoned back at any point in life. Many people feel old, old, old and stiff and tired, except when they are engaged in a hobby they enjoy. Our joyful capacities are not bound to a particular stage of life any more than are our faculties for sorrow, love, or anger. Reclaiming them is our best hope for animating ourselves in circumstances otherwise demeaning or depleting. God is neither sad nor depressed. There is no life apart from God’ therefore my life is God. Consequently, I am neither sad nor depressed. God is not afraid of anything. My mind and the mind of God are one mind; therefore my mind cannot entertain fear. Fear is not person, place, or thing. It has no law to support it, no power to uphold it, no consciousness to conceive it, no law to enforce it, no person to express it. My mind is the mind of God—calm and peaceful, unafraid and certain. #RandolphHarris 10 to 10


He Opened the Door, Your Honor




There are many currents in this Earthly life—some are safe and others are not. The current that is good for the soul encourages reflection and reverie. There are rich prospects for revival in the privileges granted the golden years of life that allow people to live out their existence with a far greater purpose in mind. The golden years are about more than accumulating comforts. It is for resuming activities that we gave up during the commotion of our earlier years, which may renew our spirit for life. Physical problems may have reduced our choices and stripped away previously dominant aspects of our identity, but it is also important to remember that many seniors are actually much more active and stronger than some people who are younger than they are. Maturing is not always a life sentence to pain and suffering, it all depends on how well a person takes care of themselves. However, throughout life, our bodies tend to get banged up, even young people suffer debilitating pains, and this requires them to slow down. Yet, injuries and age are not reason for anyone to give up on their dreams. If a person has one hour to live and discovers oneself and one’s life in that hour, is not this a valid and important growth? There are no deadlines on living, none on what one may do or feel so long as one is alive. People have to resolve to invest themselves in the sacrifice of love and mature with Godly zeal. #RandolphHarris 1 of 10

Infirmaries or age may disrupt so many of the patterns that previously constrained us that we may at least attain the freedom to be fully ourselves. The powerful forces in our lives surface as we age, allowing one to discover previously untapped abilities, and pursue their development. These forces are real. We should never ignore them. Their development may inspire us with fresh purposes. We do not take well to uselessness. Many become painfully aware that absence does not make the heart grow founder. Retirement and indisposition challenge us to redefine what it means to be of use and to have purpose. Outside of making a living, raising a family, or practicing the trade or profession around which we have built our identity, most of us would be hard-pressed to designate other aims. One does not incorporate a professional self for some forty years only to cast it off suddenly as a worn outer garment. It is our flesh and blood, giving meaning and purpose to our lives. Our lives are structured such that grappling with emptiness is usually concentrated at the end. In youth, our time is filled with schooling. Middle age is consumed with work, and the last third of life is left to leisure. Younger people crave work and free time, middle-aged people long for leisure and opportunities to learn, and older people wish above all for useful activity and new knowledge. #RandolphHarris 2 of 10

 We could wipe out ninety percent of senior’s woes at a stroke by finding them suitable work. Real work and real education, that is the open secret of satisfaction from birth to passing. Some people cherish the opportunity to hang clothes on a line outdoors. The fresh smell, the wet fabrics, the blowing wind, and the drying Sun go together to make an experience of nature and culture that is unique and particularly pleasurable for its simplicity and the good memories it brings of youth. Clothes tossed on a line by the wind arouse a pleasurable scent and touch upon the vitality, the deep pleasures of ordinary life, and unseen forces of nature. The Sun kills germs and therefore the clothes smell so much better. If you are old enough to recall, you could smell the Sunshine in lined dried clothes and with the mixture of fabric softener, they smelled like Heaven. As keepers of home and gardens the spirit still move and speak but if we attend. They found in the unplanned sproutings in the flower beds, and sudden moments of blinding beauty, as where Sunlight glances across a newly-waxed table or the wind stirring clean laundry into fresh choreography. Many of the arts practiced at home are especially nourishing to the soul because they foster contemplation and demand a degree of skill and artfulness, such as changing a lock, arranging flowers, cooking and making repairs. #RandolphHarris 3 of 10

What counts as real work is an individual question. Activities such as teaching, creating things of beauty, or helping other people are highly esteemed by some. I have a friend who is taking time over several months to paint a garden scene on a low panel of her dining room wall. Sometimes these extraordinary arts bring out the individual, so that when you go into a home you can see the special character of your hosts in a particular aspect of their home. Attending to the soul in these ordinary things usually leads to a more individual life, if not to an eccentric style. However, those accustomed to more traditional careers may not be satisfied with the kinds of work they are able to do within their reduced physical capacities, or around the house.  What is sometimes needed during retirement is a willingness to accept a kind of excommunication from the things from which one formerly derived satisfaction. A stumbling-block for many is that the work available to them is unpaid. Many believe that the labourer is worthy of one’s hire, that you get what you pay for. It is very hard for a lot of people to believe that their work is valued when they do it for nothing. Assigning worth to a task according to the amount of money received is an attitude not easily discarded, no matter how vehemently reassurances are offered that one’s unpaid work is valued. #RandolphHarris 4 of 10

We each employ personal constructs, customary channels through which our thoughts reach conclusions, and that these constructs limit what we are able to perceive. When a person is under pressure one is not likely to develop new channels; instead one will tend to reverse oneself along the dimensional lines which have already been established. A man who had been a successful packing designer had a stroke in which he lost the use of his right hand. He recounts a painful moment of reckoning that occurred soon after his return home from the hospital: I was home alone. I cannot recall the exact circumstances but I suspect I must have tried to do something with my right arm and failed. Then it hit me—the realization I had been trying to deny since I had my stroke. I was going to be crippled for the rest of my life. They say that your past life flashes before you when you are drowning. I do not know about that, but it certainly happened to me with this realization. “Now when our hearts are depressed, and we are about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us and said: Go amongst your brethren, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give onto you success,” reports Alma 26.27. Seeing his situation in such dire terms left this man choiceless and bereft. However, reading the scriptures is supposed to remind God of his promises, and he is more likely to fulfill them. #RandolphHarris 5 of 10

Contained in the designs he had rendered with his right hand had been all he knew of his talents and all he has surmised about making a meaningful life. The mysteries of God are unfolded unto us only according to his will and by the power of the Holy Ghost. Eventually, the man realized that there was more to him and to life than had emerged in his previous career, but much time and struggle elapsed before he was able to widen his views to this extent. Once the initial pressures of disability or idleness abate, our former ways of perceiving may gradually fall away. “God will not give you any more than you can handle,” reports 1 Corinthians 10.13. A woman who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the young age of thirty-seven states, “The knowledge that I have MS has made me want to be even more clear about exactly what life is and to be direct in my response. Tamia, a successful and absolutely gorgeous singer with one of the most beautiful voices many have ever hears was also diagnosed with MS, at the tender age of twenty-eight. It was difficult for her to deal with the symptoms and attacks while trying to keep up her successful career. “God the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who consoles us in all our troubles, so that we can alleviate those in any trouble with the solace we ourselves receive from God,” reports 2 Corinthians 1.4. #RandolphHarris 6 of 10

Some people find that they are satisfied by their sheer pleasure of being in the midst of activity. It fills a person with soul, reflects their love of nature, and irrepressible eccentricity of the imagination. When imagination is allowed to move to deep places, the sacred is reveled. The more different kinds of thoughts we experience around a thing and the deeper our reflections go by its artfulness, the more fully its sacredness can emerge. To feel their lives are worthwhile, others need to participate in something larger than themselves. They need to know that somewhere, at least for a few hours a week, their presence is expected and their efforts make a difference. It gives people a feeling of being alive again. Many feels like they have a new lease on life. There is no reason why one should sit back and vegetate because one has reached a certain age or suffers from injuries. There has to be meaning in what we do. It follows, then, that living artfully can be a tonic for the secularization of life that characterizes our time. We can, of course, bring religion more closely in tune with ordinary life by immersing ourselves in formal rituals and traditional teachings; but we can also serve religion’s soul by discovering the natural religion in all things. The route to this discovery is art, both the fine arts and those of everyday life. #RandolphHarris 7 of 10

If we could loosen our grip on the functionality of life and let ourselves be arrested by the imaginal richness that surrounds all objects, natural and human-made, we might ground our secular attitudes in a religious sensibility and give ordinary life soul. Until we manage to redefine our purposes in this way, our days may lose their momentum and our spirits may yield to lassitude. When a fifty-three-year-old man was forced to retire from his position as a corporate executive due to worsening osteoporosis from vertebral compressions fractures, which caused pain that got worse when he would stand or walk, trouble bending and twisting his body, he spent the next several months dreaming all night long that he was at work. He even felt envious and degraded each morning as he watched his wife leave for her job. After struggling through the chasm of having nothing to do, he eventually emerged with another view of his circumstances. An elderly neighbor asked him for help doing her taxes. He had been feeling so worthless that he was surprised that she thought of him. Then another neighbor needed help doing her budget. She had gotten into bad debt with credit cards, so she started coming over once a month to figure out how to match her income with her expenses. Then a friend asked his advice in managing his stock. It kept building like that. #RandolphHarris 8 of 10

We can approach the depth that is the domain of our soul when we find the essential passion, that solid, palpable, and intellectually satisfying appreciation of life beyond our perceived limitations. After a while, he started seeing ten or fifteen regular clients. Because he cannot go to them, they come right to his living room. He would do everything from balance checkbooks to manage stock portfolios. He does it for free because they are so kind to him and acting as their accountant and investment manager gives him the chance to use his education and experience. This man was finally able to relinquish his previous notions of a useful life and replace them with ideas that fit his circumstances. Many of the crises of the latter half of life or by an on-set disability, is marked by desperate bids to retain old channels of satisfaction and fulfillment. It is only when we let go of the familiar that fresh life can come in and revive us by imagination with exceptional range and depth. God is the minimum as well as the maximum. The small things in everyday life are no less sacred than the great issues of human existence. “Behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls,” reports Alma 26.26. #RandolphHarris 9 of 10

Treatment deals with thoughts rather than with people. We must be careful never to associate a negative condition with the person who suffers from it. It does not belong to you nor anyone else. Perfection is already accomplished; it was and is and will remain. There is a perfect idea back of every organ and there is a perfect actor back of all life. The more completely you realize this the more effective will be your psychological treatment, because this treatment is a conscious pronouncement about the spiritual self and its relationship to the Universe or God. Faith and trust in the Lord requires us to acknowledge that his wisdom is superior to our own. We must also acknowledge that his plan provides the greatest potential for spiritual development and learning. Through their age and disability, some people are able to speak up for others and share in their suffering and let them know someone understands. Some are able to help save lives and help others prosper with their career and knowledge. If these people had not matured or suffered from a loss of ability, they would have never been able to reach the millions and give them hope, or simply help their neighbors avoid financial ruin and homelessness. “God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; he numbers his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the Earth. Now, this is our joy, and we will give thanks unto God forever. Amen,” reports Alma 26.37. #RandolphHarris 10 of 10