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The Question

Aug. 28, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Many of us are puzzled: if we are whole, perfect and complete, then why are we constantly told to heal?

If we are whole, perfect and complete, then what is there to heal?

Perhaps we have this question because we have an incorrect definition of healing.

Healing Defined

Healing is the actions we take to move us closer to Spirit.

The actions we are encouraged to take are those that remove what’s in my way. We take a look inside of us to see what to accept, and what to let go.

Our angels can help with this.

Angels of All of Us

Angels of all of us,

Thanks for being here. Thanks for guiding, protecting and encouraging me.

Help me to examine myself. Help me to determine the thinking, believing and actions of me that are to be accepted because they are truly me. Help me determine the thinking, believing and actions of me that are to be let go.

I easily let go of what must be gone. I celebrate, value and strengthen what is to be accepted.

I love me. I love life. I love angels.

Thank you for being with me this day and all days.

And so, it is.

Rev. Barbara

Ask the Angels

On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia







Aug. 22, 2017

I said these words for Opening Prayer Sunday. I hope they give you a new way to think about what happened in Charlottesville, VA, US this past week.

Hi Everyone,

It’s a gorgeous day and both the end and the beginning of an interesting week. This past week affirmed for me that the self-healing work I’ve been doing is very much needed.

Most of you know that I have the intention of deleting asthma from my life. You may or may not know that the medical profession says this condition is incurable so I’ve had to depend totally on Spirit for guidance on what to do and what not to do.

I was led to Deborah King, a spiritual teacher and energy healer.

One of her assignments is to consider a daily question and journal about it. So every day I copy the daily question and I journal.

In the beginning, as I was copying the question, I would think, “this has nothing to do with me. I’m not like this. I’ve not experienced this or that”; and then, as soon as my pen hit the line where I put down my thoughts and feelings, all this “hate, frustration, depression, confusion, all this blame game, it isn’t my fault, I’m oh so innocent” comes pouring out.

So, when Charlottesville happened, Spirit very quickly reminded me of the Law of Reflection which states that what I see out there is what’s going on in here and if I want to change what’s going on out there, I have to change what’s going on in here first.

When I started to protest and say I wasn’t one of them, Spirit quickly showed me all the journaling I’ve been doing.

I recalled my mother teaching me that “point a finger at someone else, see three pointing back at me” which was her way of teaching the Jesus teaching that says “he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone” and her way of teaching “to remove the telephone pole from my own eye before attempting to remove the splinter from my brothers”.

Wow. What a call to action. I thought of my Czechoslovakian grandmother and German grandfather and knew that I had to stop blaming the elite, the communists, the capitalists and everyone else for what happened to them in their old countries, and on the way to the US and in the US.

I thought of my Appalachian ancestors and realized that I had to stop blaming the elite, the mine owners, the capitalists and everyone else for what happened to them.

I thought of what it took to pass the amendments that give everyone the right to vote and the fight that ended in defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 70’s and early 80’s.

I have to let go of my despair, my judgments, my hate, my absolute hatred of silk stocking row. 

This is a work in progress. No not easy, but absolutely essential.

It is time to do what the Founding Fathers of the US—Franklin, Jefferson, Washington and the Iroquois Confederacy and the others— are depending on me to do: take responsibility for what happened.

It is the same for all of us. The only way our country can heal—and Charlottesville shows that we are in need of self-healing—is for each of us to do the work of self-healing.

No one gets excused. No one is let off the hook.

Just as we have to love our self before we can love anyone else, we have to heal our self before we can heal anyone or anything else.

We begin this process as we always do—with affirmative prayer: If you would join me now. If you would follow along silently, changing whatever you wish, letting go of what you’re not ready to do or don’t agree with

Simply acknowledge the presence of Spirit. Allow Spirit to speak to and with you.

This is what I know:

I know there is one Universal Source of all there is, was and will be. I know this Source is all knowing, all powerful, all giving and forgiving and everywhere present.

This Source, this Universal Intelligence, this Power for Good, this Spirit is right here, right now. Always has been, always will be.

It flows in, as and through me. I breathe it in and breathe it out. I have my beingness, doingness and havingness within its energy field. Nothing separates me from it, or it from me.

I am one with Source Energy or Universal Intelligence or whatever the preferred name for Spirit is. I am one with all life.


I focus on Spirit, on truth and on love. And, at the same time, I recognize that I have darkness.

It is only when I recognize that I have darkness that I can bring it into my awareness and then, with the help of Spirit, transform that darkness into Light. The transformation of darkness into Light is the true meaning of healing.

I am able to heal. I was given this ability when I was created. I use this ability now.

I root out the true cause of darkness. I asked Spirit to go to the very first time the ideas, feelings, beliefs, habits and practices that allowed darkness to enter my beingness, my DNA, my family’s DNA and my ancestral lineage and remove those causes.

Every belief that says it’s okay to be abused or to be the abuser, every feeling that says I’m not worthy or someone else is not worthy, every action that says I or anyone else isn’t good enough, doesn’t know enough, is not made of the same materials as me, every thought that says I or someone else doesn’t come from Source, every teaching that says there’s not enough with plenty left over is hereby uprooted and permanently removed.

In the vacuum created by that removal is placed the ideas, feelings, beliefs, thoughts, habits, practices and traditions that produce all good, that produces the experiences of Oneness with all there is, that produces self-responsibility and self-governance, that produces instant recognition of truth and that allows real love to blossom, flourish and spread to all on our planet and into every star system no matter how distant.

I stand in the sweetness of inclusion, of prosperity, of health and of wholeness. I welcome all to join me. I welcome Spirit.

I stand in total love and in total truth. I love myself, treat myself with respect and sweetness and then treat all life with love, respect and sweetness.

I recognize and honor my worthiness, my deservingness, my connection to Spirit and to all life; and then I treat all life as worthy, deserving and connected to Spirit and all life.

I am grateful for the installation of acceptance, of compassion, of empathy. I am grateful for the experience of inclusion, of truth and of love. I am grateful for right actions, for right being, for right thinking, for right having. I am grateful for wisdom and intelligence.

I am grateful for all that I am, for all that I do and for all that I have. I am grateful for the eternal presence of Spirit.

I release this word into the Mind of Spirit and into the action of Universal Law. 

And so it is.




Love Yourself First

Ask Angels Coach

August 16, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I received a message from Thomas, communication angel, and Jamie, archangel.

They say that the human heart is unhappy, so unhappy that it has called upon them and the other angels and archangels to help us love ourselves again.

They remind us that humans have to love themselves before they can love anyone or anything else; this includes this thing we call God or whatever name we want to use when we are partnering with the Power for Good.

They want us to send these signals out into the world:

“I am safe.”

“I am worthy.”

“I am loveable.”

“Life is sweet.”

“I belong here.”

Do this by thinking and saying these words out loud several times each day.

And, Thomas and Jamie want us to do at least one thing each day that tells our heart that we love and honor it.  One thing like taking a walk outside under trees, or sitting outside in the moonlight, or listening to the ocean, or listening to meditative drumming.

And so it is.

Rev. Barbara

Ask the Angels

On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia


Time for a New Covenant

July 25, 2017

Hi Everyone,

Recently, I was asked to write a covenant, an agreement between the members of a community and its leaders.

When I finished, I realized that all of us and most organizations need this kind of agreement.

We need to agree on where we are headed, what we are willing to support, and what we can rely on.

This covenant is one we make with each other.

A new covenant, one written for this time, for this age, will help us join together so that a life overflowing with all good is possible for all.

A covenant will help us stand for what we want. It will guide us to right action.

The Covenant is:

I make this covenant with all the peoples of the planet Earth.  I dwell and have my life on this planet; I am some piece of life on this planet.

This is so for all the peoples of this planet. We all live here, and we are each some part of what takes place here.

There are no barriers or separations between the peoples of this planet. There is no greater than or less than. We are each an active part of this planet, and we are each equal.

Therefore, we, the citizens of this planet, agree to:

·       support all people in being all each was meant to be

·       create an inclusive, loving, thriving, healthy community

·       recognize that each of us has worth and dignity

·       acknowledge that all are needed in order for our community to fulfill its purpose

·       offer our talents, skills and abilities to our community

·       accept that freedom means each is self-governing; each has free will, each has access to the Source that dwells within for guidance; therefore, each chooses which ideas to bring into physical form and which ideas to allow to flow past

We stand with each other to serve the highest and greatest good of all knowing that the Universal Intelligence stands with us.

And so it is.

Rev. Barbara

Ask the Angels

On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia

Strange Message

June 19th, 2017

Hi Everyone,

I’ve just received a very interesting message. It rings so very true.

The message is: “I and others are different now. We aren’t the same as we were when we made the rules and the decisions that guide us. We face new challenges today and will face new, different challenges in the future. It is time to rethink our life. It is time to make rules and decisions for these times, the times we live in now.”

I will think on this for awhile. I think there is much truth, much solidness here.


Rev. Barbara

Barbara Lucas

ask the angels


May 30, 2017

Hi Everyone,

This coming Sunday, June 4, 2017, I will be speaking at the Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia.

My topic is: Health, Healing and the Science of Mind.

I will talk about The Letter I received from my health care provider insurance company and the mystical experience I had/am having that helps me deal with The Letter.

I hope to see you Sunday.

And so it is.

Rev. Barbara

Ask the Angels

On most Sundays, find Barbara S Lucas at The Center for Spiritual Living West Georgia

Sermon Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017

Hi everyone,

Wow! What a fabulous day to do a fabulous thing: honor our mom’s. This day and all it brings forth including all of you is sheer perfection. I delight in it. I invite you to join in the delight and significance of this day.

Today, I join you in celebrating with joy and love and kindness the hardest job in the universe–motherhood.

And, I join you in recognizing the most important people in the entire universe: mothers.

We honor all mothers: grandmothers, step-mothers, adoptive moms, foster moms, wanna-be moms, soon-to-be moms, and unofficial moms, those who haven’t given birth—all of us who nurture and express our maternal self, the Divine Feminine, no matter what.

We honor all who serve with humility, devotion, determination and love. Who do the nearly impossible task of being gentle and strong, kind and tough, patient and loving all day, and sometimes all night, long.

On this day, we remember mothers because they practice the saying that  all of us Centers for Spiritual Living folks have heard and repeated many times                        quote “We believe in the eternal goodness, the eternal loving-kindness and the eternal givingness of Life to all.” Unquote

These words are what all moms—birth mothers and non-birth mothers, named and unnamed, known and unknown—have a deep desire to be and do.

To be the Eternal goodness, that’s the knowing that something wonderful exists and is always available no matter what; to demonstrate love; to be the loving essence that is always present

To be the Eternal loving-kindness, that’s knowing that we are surrounded, and wrapped in warmth and acceptance and are never separated from this  caring, compassionate presence and that love and kindness are freely given at all times in all ways to all persons including ourselves.

To be the Eternal givingness that’s knowing that Life says Yes to us, always, in all things; so mom’s want to be the yes-sayers, to be the positive force, the energizing force at all times, in all ways, to all people.

So, today I rejoice in this most important celebrations of the year: Mother’s Day.

And I remember both my grandmothers:

The one who left her home, family, and friends in Czechoslovakia with her new husband to travel to France to board a ship to come to the land that had streets of gold, this wonderful country of ours.

And the one who kept her family alive in the mountains of Appalachia and who fought for unions and economic justice

Few would call these women successful. They had careers that are rarely called careers and even more rarely called jobs: they practiced the career/work of wife, of mom and community organizers.

I am so very grateful for both of these women. Both did a great work.

Take a moment. Remember your grandmothers; remember all the great and wise things they did or if you weren’t lucky enough to have known your grandmothers, remember the wonderful things you’ve been told about them or that you hope were so about them.

Renew these kinds of memories now and then wish your grandmother’s a Happy Mother’s Day.

And I remember

Mrs. David Stewart. I told you about her. She’s the wife, mother and community organizer who brought phone service to my Appalachian farming community.

I remember Mr. and Mrs. David Ice who paid the way for all the kids in my church to attend summer church camp year after year without fail.

I remember Mike, the high school bus driver, who put up with all the high school boys. These boys would do everything possible to make him leave them behind day after day so they would have an excuse for not going to school. He was an unofficial mom to those boys, nurturing them, protecting them, seeing to it that they did the right thing.

I remember Mrs. Hutch, the 4-H leader, wife, and mom, who made certain every kid in my community had the opportunity to join and participate in 4-H. She was another community activist 4-H is a leadership training for farm and country children much like the Scouts only there’s no requirement for things like uniforms that farm and country children might find a bit pricey. Mrs. Hutch took countless children under her wing. She was an unofficial mom to children who weren’t her birth children.

Again and again, she went out of her way to make certain children got to meetings, got to contests, got the supplies, materials and information they needed and went to 4H camps and trainings.

“So what if you got a white ribbon for your demonstration of how to measure flour, next time you’re get the purple,” Mrs Hutch would say and guess what, the next time you would.

None of these people will ever be in the history books, no one will ever give them an award, but consider how great their service was to God, country and community.

Each of these persons were really good mothers and really good leaders. They nurtured, they built solid teams, they saw the potential in each child they served. They built on the strengths they saw and encouraged all of us to go beyond the right here and right now. They inspired, guided and they asked of us. We were encouraged to do things, to step out, to leave fear behind.

Take a moment. Recall those people who did the work of mom and by so doing made a positive difference in your life and the lives of countless others. Wish them all a Happy Mother’s Day.

And I remember all the inventors, researchers, educators, musicians, artists, writers, workers of all kinds, all those idealists and creatives, known and unknown, named and unnamed who gave birth to something new and was a parent to it, causing their idea to grow and be part of this world.

Take a moment. Recall all those persons who’ve made a difference, who aren’t normally thought of as mothers or parents but who did bring newness to this world and then caused that newness to grow. Wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.

And now think of your mom, or moms. Most of us when we understand what mothers do for us realize that we have more than one mom—we have our official mom and we have all those unnamed, seldom called mothers who are unofficial moms, the people who haven’t given birth but still do the things moms do.

These are the folks who along with our mom helped:

  1. nurtured, supported and took care of us
  2. raised us to be independent, healthy, happy and courageous

And, taught us:

  1. to be good neighbors
  2. to know the difference between truth and fiction, and fiction and outright lies
  3. to live an upright life
  4. and, to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem in the situations that face our planet.

Take a moment. Think of your mom. Think of all the people who helped her raise you up. Acknowledge this accomplishment as the great achievement that it truly is.  Wish your moms a Happy Mother’s Day.

Today, we recognize those who do the most necessary, the has-to-be-done work of the human race, those who do the work of keeping us alive and well.

It’s such a great celebration that instead of parades, fireworks, gatherings to hear a speech or two and awards banquets we are doing the kind of celebrating mothers want.

We honor these folks—male and female, having the name of mother and those who are the unnamed moms, those who gave birth and those who didn’t —by having a day of calmness, of quiet joy, gratitude, and appreciation because calmness and quiet are what mothers crave the most.


So we mix calmness and quiet with good food, kind words and our best company to say, “We love you. We honor you. We value you.”

We also value the unmentioned, seldom acknowledged mothering work done by people like a certain music teacher and a certain janitor.

A year or so ago, a woman came up to me outside of a Federal Express office.

This is what she said,

Quote “I teach music at a local high school. I was given an extra-large room to use as an office. It had a sink and some cabinets, so I brought in a refrigerator, a microwave, a sofa and some chairs. I stocked the refrigerator  with food. I wanted a hangout for the music staff and any of the other teachers who wanted such a space.

I noticed that food was disappearing rather quickly. I figured out that a student was spending the night there. I didn’t know what to do so I kept the refrigerator stuffed with microwaveable dinners and snacks plus other snacks like apples.

A few weeks passed. One of the janitors came to me and asked if I knew –. I quickly silenced him by saying, “If you tell me this, I will have to go to administration and bad things will happen.”

The janitor nodded and walked away, but after that the laundry center was left unlocked with detergent left out; the shower area was left unlocked with toiletries and towels left out.

A few weeks ago at high school graduation, a Hispanic grad said to me,  a white music teacher. He said, “Thank you. If you hadn’t helped me, I wouldn’t have graduated. My family found out I was gay and kicked me out. Various friends let me stay at their houses during the weekends, but I had nowhere but your office during the week. Thanks.”  He, also, thanked the black janitor for his help.” Unquote

The teacher nodded and walked away. I realized that her heart was overflowing with love and gratitude and a story she did not dare tell others because bad things might result. Bad things like rule keepers who will make certain this kind of thing can’t happen again.

You see, there are others who need and will need the kind of silent support, the kind of unofficial mothering, she and this janitor willingly gave.

These two demonstrated the goodness, the loving-kindness and the givingness of Life to all that Ernest Holmes writes about.

I have no idea where this teacher works or her name. As usual, when a stranger comes to me and talks, I never see that person again.

I only know that she joins all those for whom I am the designated listener, an unofficial mom, when they need a listener most.  I am the story keeper for those who need someone they can trust to listen to their story and only tell it when the time is right.

And so, this teacher and this janitor join thousands of men and women who are also unofficial moms, who allow their desire to nurture and be maternal, who allow their desire to take care of, to support and to encourage come forth, who want to be the eternal goodness, eternal loving-kindness, and eternal givingness of life to all no matter who, no matter what, no matter where, no matter how.

These are the people who go out of their way, sometimes putting jobs and careers at risk, sometimes putting their life at risk, to be an unnamed mom; to freely gave support, nurturance, and safety to a child who isn’t theirs, that they didn’t birth.

Think for a moment of all those times when you have been an unofficial mom, have been the goodness, the loving-kindness and the yes-sayer of life. Wish yourself a Happy Mother’s Day.

Let us remember that all the world’s children—young and old—are looking to be loved, accepted, nurtured, soothed and cared for by mother energy.

I thank all of you—young and old—for being that mother energy.

I thank all of us for doing the toughest job on the planet: for being a mom.

I thank all of us for demonstrating Eternal Goodness, Eternal Loving-kindness and Eternal Givingness to all, no matter what, no matter where, no matter who, no matter the cost.

Let us go forth and celebrate all the moms with love and kindness and joy.

And, so it is.


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