Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Two years ago I published this blog. In the light of today's headlines and current conversation, I have decided to republish it. 

We have to begin to chip away at the veil of fear encircling the globe. What can one human being do? In the oft quoted saying by Gandhi, “be the change you wish to see,” we have inkling. It sounds wonderful; and we say it to one another in smug knowing. However, it does not seems to be working in diminishing the pervading fear. So, what do we do? A simple paraphrase of that saying gives us a clue. ‘Do the change you wish to have.’ In other words do something about fear in order to live in a fear free world. 

Here’s my plan, a very simple one indeed. Say a cheerful hello to a stranger every day.
How this can reduce fear, you ask. It is simple. We are all connected. What affects one affects all. By saying hello to a stranger, you are saying; “I’m human, you are human, and I acknowledge our shared humanity.” That is the secret to removing fear from our consciousness, our common humanity. Too often we forget that our shared humanity is the very foundation of our civilization. That foundation is being eroded by our fear of one another sight unseen. By greeting a stranger warmly, we diminish our fear and theirs; which chips away the pall of the blanket of fear.
So, let’s do it. Say a warm hello to a stranger toady. There are plenty of opportunities in our daily lives to make a difference. A few suggestions to spark the imagination follow. When shopping say hello warmly to the checkout clerk and the person in front of you; a two for one. Do it when entering or leaving a public building; crossing the street or walking down a busy pathway. There are many more. Let your imagination and your cheer run wild and change the world. 

Look up from your mobile device; look at your fellow human; then smile and say hello.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Childish or Childlike?

When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

From Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians chapter 13 in which he spoke for the first ten verses of the attributes of love. As though beginning a new thought, he wrote the above quote. The quote woke me up in the middle of the night and would not be laid down. So I thought I’d better look into this so that I can get back to sleep. I read the whole chapter again.

The first ten verses spoke of childlike attributes that is worth striving to become. Children are trusting and give their love and affection without asking that the recipient of their love be worthy of it. Children are honest and trustworthy themselves. Children are naturally joyous and happy. They may pout for a moment when their wants are unmet; but given a moment, more often than not, they return to their joyful selves.

Childishness, on the other hand, is often petulant and vengeful. It can be seen in the need for punishment and revenge. Childish behavior can be seen as most of the actions we do not like in adults. We all can, at one time of another, behave childishly. The small thoughts we have about other people’s behavior, looks, possessions, speech, dress, foods or language; we are being asked in the quote to leave behind. Pettiness and cruelty, vengefulness and spitefulness are some of childish habits we are teaching the next generation. These are holding us back from becoming fully human.

To become fully human we are being asked to be more like the childlike. We are being asked to become childlike in order to be adults.  When we become from the inside out more like children we become fully functioning human beings. Ah, the irony of it all.

Today, and every day for the rest of my life I will be childlike.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Women’s Retreat

Friday and Saturday I attended a Women's Retreat at Unity North Atlanta. It was one of the most beneficial gathering I had attended in a very long time. Amy Steinberg was magnificent and her voice will shake mountains is its strength. The process she led with women in a circle to claim their past condition was very powerful. The breath work led by Ananda was so very powerful and expansive. I cried may tears this weekend and it has left me cleansed. the next two paragraphs contain the testimonial I wrote for the church's Face Book page.
The Women’s Retreat was a collection of expanding events for me. The camaraderie combined with the elegance of presenters made the whole affair a touch stone of grace. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of being there. There was love everywhere and the conversations in between the sessions proved to be enlightening as well.

For me the most expanding sessions were the circle within the circle where we stepped in the inner circle for all conditions women can be heir to and the breath work. During that circle I was amazed at how much we have in common and how connected we were to one another. Whenever a condition was named more than a few stepped in to claim it. Never was a condition named and only one woman step forward.

Doing the breath work opened spaces within me that I had not visited before. There is more space me now than before I attended the Women’s Retreat at UNA.

Cecelia (Joyce) Smith

Thursday, April 12, 2018


Last evening, I attended a group meeting where the state of our collective spirituality was the topic of discussion. The subject of guilt came up and many of those present opined on the place and purpose of guilt in our ongoing spiritual quest. I opined also. This morning I awoke with an explanation which would make guilt and acronym. 

G         Great
U         Unreleased
I           Information
L          Lacking
T          Truth
I   will leave it there. It is an acronym I will always use to dispel any guilt I feel about my actions or words; and not assign guilt to any even if they appear to be processing unreleased information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Nature of the Soul

The souls which occupy the bodies are  small fragments of the each soul. A soul is far too powerful to be contained entirely within an earthly body. The entirety of the soul is available to the human with which it is associated. That is to say all the wisdom, the knowledge, the power and the love into which the soul has been expanding over the eons is available to humans. This is considerable.

The soul is continuously expanding on multiple planes of existence and is attentive to every fragment it sends out to gain experience. The textures of physical existence are important to the soul; because physicality provides enormous opportunities for rapid expansion. Every experience is used by the soul as a vehicle for expansion and is processed as such. Whether the experience is viewed by our physicality as negative or positive the experience is valued by the soul and added to itself.

The earth is a complete soul. Her fragments are gathered within herself and she is expanding on a completely different plane than the humans living on her surface. Although the earth has chosen to remain with the souls using her physical expression to further their own expansion; she is on a different trajectory than we are. Her allowance and acceptance of humans is her service to the creative force dedicated to universal expansion.

We are also in service to this creative force. As we expand and become greater than we are today, we will come to value service. As we do we will become larger than we ever imagined ourselves to be.

We can communicate with our wise souls and feel the presence in our physical lives.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


The divisions that are so obvious in our earthly life are caused by the forces of the joining upon the entity known as Humanity. On the inner planes of existence, there are more souls with the knowing of our Oneness than are holding on to the illusion of separation. The knowledge, that we are one being, is causing the illusion of separation to fray at the edges. This fraying is triggering the illusion to implode upon itself. What we see as divisions and an intractable stubbornness to stay in our selected corners; is the ripples caused by the implosion of the illusion.

Something has to give. As the knowledge of our intrinsic oneness gathers strength; the illusion will continue to fray. It will eventually vanish from the knowing of Humanity. Such are the wonders of our awakening. The forces of love will be deployed to heal our broken places and our beloved Mother Earth. We will blossom together as springs flowers on an open field.

The joining is seen as fearsome to those ensconced in the folds of the decaying illusion of separation. Like children hiding in a darkened room afraid to open the door to the light outside, the un-awakened ones thrash about in fear; holding fast to the desperation of being annihilated by the light of Oneness. All the anxiety is a part of the illusion. It has no power to harm. 

As we open our natural eyes to the light of love we glow. The glow of our awakening will light up our corner of the universe to the endless delight of Humanity.