Deception By Rationa-Lies-Ation
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Blessings to You! 
Most of us, at one time or another, have been blind-sided by "twisted-half-truths" that fall under the category of rationalization. We may have even told ourselves "rational lies" in order to slip through loopholes as we attempt to avoid doing the right thing. The bottom line however, is that a lie is a lie and it will come back to bite us in the backside sooner or later. Want to know more? Read on!


Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Unity Wisdom
Like attracts like. A thought will take up its abode in our consciousness with thoughts of like character. This law of attraction continues until combined thoughts make a colony. This colony of thoughts expresses itself in the cells of the body--for good or ill.
 Charles Fillmore "The Revealing Word"
Tuesday, Good Morning America aired a piece about the advertising campaign for the upcoming Miss USA Pageant. I was shocked and saddened to see the lovely young women who would be competing, sprawled out on beds in very provocative lingerie and positions. To me this was very degrading to not only the women, but to the pageant and the sensitivities of many would-be viewers.
I don't have anything against lingerie, in its place and exposed to appropriate others, such as husbands. When it is broadcast as titilating bait to watch a "beauty pageant" it is quite something else. I don't have anything against the contestants. I think they've been decieved by rational-lies.
Among the rationalizations the promoters stated, was that this was no different from the bathing suits the contestants typically wear. I beg to differ. You see, everything we look at has a corresponding meaning in our mind. Carl Jung called these "archetypes."The difference between bathing suit and lingerie is huge, hence you do not see people parading around in their underwear at the beach. 
Let's look at it another way. Consider the word "table." What image comes to your mind? Is it "dinner table," which would bring a very pleasant thoughts and possibly stimulate your appetite, or "operating table," which might not bring such pleasant thoughts? What thoughts do you think viewers will be generating as they watch the pageant advertisements?
Next, let's consider the Law of Mind Action: "Where the mind goes, energy flows, and manifestation follows." What actions or effects, will follow the images...or cause...invite or stimulate? What thought-seeds are being broadcast? Do you think this will bring respect and dignity to the contestants down the road?
And now, lets take it one step further. If you go to, you can see how many registered sex offenders live in your area. In my rural Connecticut neighborhood there are 15, and in the area where I work there are 153. How many are in your area? These images will be broadcast to them.
Now, I'm not saying this to anger or distress anyone, or to question our freedom of expression. I am praying that you may have a real-ization how rational-ization works. As interconnected parts of a greater whole, we will all be subject to the effects, the results rational lies will lead to.
We hear rational-lies from parents, and teachers; from newscasters and politicians and clergy; from employers and friends and lovers and family...and the worst rational-lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Rational-lies like "just one time," and "only a little white lie," and "it's only harmless flirtation," or "my mate does not understand me." I could go on and on.
In our country we have great freedom, and with great freedom comes great responsibility. We have the power to make a difference. We have the power to send forth thoughts and words that will result in a world of dignity, respect, safety, security and true intimacy. We have not only the freedom but responsibility to stand for what we believe to be good. Stand for what you know in your heart to be true. "You will know theTruth, and the Truth shall set you free.
 I invite you to BE a Change M.A.C.R. If you believe as I do that we are One in truth...that we are Mutally Accountable and Collectively Responsible, BE the change you desire.
Think on these things. I love you, I bless you, I appreciate you, and I behold the divinity in you. And that's no lie! RevAli
PS: I will clearly not be watching the Miss USA pageant, but when they have an "inner-beauty," TRUE beauty contest, let me know. I additionally will be seeking out supporters and advertisers of the pageant to share my thoughts with them.
It is not easy to share thoughts that could offend, and if I offended you I truly apologize. I ask only that you weigh the words in your heart, and if you find they are not true for you. Simply click "delete."  It is my prayer that in some way I can make my life, your life, and the world we live in a better place.

Rev. Alicia-Leslie