Saturday, March 28, 2015

Doubt As Opportunity

Full-Circle Memoirs

By John Potts

   My memoirs covering my 76 years have been published as an Ebook available for Kindle at Amazon and Nook at Barnes & Noble for $2.99.  Enter "Doubt As Opportunity" by John Potts to bring the book up on-line.

   The following is a summary of the book:

 A life filled with goals, adventures,  zeal and… who knew what else was lurking beneath the surface?  What we all should know about…
Mental Illness
and the search for balance in
Includes Full-Color Photos throughout the text and of the Author's Clay Treasure Houses

At some point during a woman’s pregnancy, our universal, yet individual spirit entered the fetus, having previously agreed to this life during a training period (life-between-lives).  At some point during our earthly life in these bodies, our outer-shell, this body will die and our universal spirit will regroup in the mysterious and glorious place for life between lives… healing, planning and looking toward a new fetus to join… It is a “Full Circle”… From a fetus to life, to bodily death to life between lives… back to another fetus.


A wise man once said:

As I look back on my life, I say:
As I look to the future, I say, 

  In my mid-60s, (at this time I am 76), I felt the desire to relate my life experiences.  These words are the result.  I am so thankful for the experiences which I have had over my decades of living - well… many of them anyway!  As I complete these memoirs, revised and polished over ten years, I am not sure who, or if, anyone will read these words.  I hope that at least my children and their children will read this someday and understanding a little of what I have learned from living.
   I faced life with an air of excitement.  I had very little formal education, but have experienced many interesting things.  Some of my experiences have touched many lives, hopefully in positive ways.  I am sure some people will feel that I touched their lives in negative ways.

When we awoke this morning, we realized we had re-occurred one more time in these bodies.  There will come a moment in time when we no longer re-occur in these bodies.  That we may not pass this way again would be almost unbearable, except that it renders sacred, precious, holy, this moment in time here and now…
We’re having a party - it’s called life…
Can you come?
   I think that I have tried to live my life as a sacred and Holy party.  I have enjoyed my intuitions and inspirations .  In retrospect I now realize they were radical and driven.  I hope that someone else will grow spiritually from reading these words.
   While traveling the path of this life, I was known by various names and titles used to describe my current station at the time>
During childhood I was called little Tommy and also became an older Brother.
As a teenager I dedicated myself to enter full-time Christian served - someday.
Upon enlisting in the Coast Guard at age 17, I asked to become known as John - a more mature sounding name… to go along with being a Bosun’s Mate in charge of a 40 foot Coast Guard rescue boat.
In my early 20s I became a Husband and Father.
Upon receiving the first specialized career training in my life, I became known as a Coast Guard Radioman Petty Officer.
At age 24, having turned my back on the Christian faith, I assumed the title of agnostic.
Upon graduation from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School at the age of 26, I was known as Officer-in charge Radioman School.
During my late 20s and into the 30s, I was known as ship’s Navigator, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
At age 31, I repented of my agnostic title and resumed being called a dedicated Christian.
In my late 30s, I became known as Water Survival Instructor, Christian Book Store/Art Gallery owner and Choir Director.
In my 40s and 50s, I was known as Pastor, Reverend, Foreign Mission Motivator, Voice of the Persecuted Church and Bible Smuggler… and somewhere in there at age 50, I became a Grand father.
In my mid 50s, I called myself an Adult Child of an Alcoholic, Addictions Counselor, Parole and Probation Drinking Driver Program Monitor and also, a Divorcee.  I also became a spiritual searcher, exploring concepts outside of the fundamentalist Christian view.
In my early 60s, I became known as a District Supervisor for the state of Maryland as well as a Retiree officially on Social Security.
In my 60s and into my 70s, I was known as a Clay Artist and a Coast Guard Auxiliarist with the various positions of - Flotilla Commander, Public Education and Communications Staff Officer, National Division Chief, National Deputy Department Chief and finally Director.
In my early 70s, I might be known as a Meditator in the Zen tradition.  In my late 60s and 70s, my wife has called me by my first childhood name from time to time - Little Tommy… almost back to the beginning of these full-circle memoirs of
One Man’s Path - From Here to… Here.
And finally in my mid-70s, my Buddhist name:
Arriving Home At The Source
   I can count at least 38 different names and titles which I have used at various times to describe my stations in life.  If I really thought about it, I could come up with a lot more subjective adjectives I might have used to describe my lot in life over the years.
   I should caution any family member here who is reading these memoirs, that you might feel disappointed at the lack of intimate immediate family details.  I offer the following explanation - the number of titles given in the above list is a very low percentage relating to family; the number of non-family roles I assigned myself regrettable reduced my focus on family priorities.  For this I sincerely apologize.
   The above titles (which at this time in my life seem meaningless) tell a lot about my unbridled radicalism and drive.  However, rather than a bunch of mere information, I hope that you will be able to see the higher level of my stories where the nature of my identity is revealed.  These stories touch on who we are and where we come from… as I approach the full-circle of this life called John Thompson Potts Jr a.k.a. Arriving Home At The Source.


  In The Beginning
  First Loves
 On Becoming A Man
 North To Alaska
 The End of the Earth and Beyond
 Marriage - The First Year
 The Disillusionment
 On A Roll, er… Role
 The Commissioning
 Semper Paratus
 Back to Paradise
 On Spirituality and Command
 The Voyage from Hell, er… Heaven
 The Decommissioning
 On Spirituality and Command
 The Judgment of America
 Semper Paratus Again
 Rev. John Potts
 Go Ye Into All The World
 Me, An Adult Child of an Alcoholic
 A Life Lived With Eyes Wide Shut
 New Beginnings
 My Seventh Career and More
 Psychological Realities
Faith Stretching
 My Life In Retrospect
Treasure House Photos

   I do hope you will do yourself a favor and download these memoirs as an Ebook on Kindle or Nook.  You will learn a lot from my life lived with eyes wide-shut and perhaps it will open your eyes if they are wide-shut... or help you understand someone else's behaviors.
   When you read the book, I hope you will enter your comments on Amazon or Nook... and place your comment or questions on this blog site.
 Sincerely in Love:
John T. Potts Jr.
Arriving Home At The Source

Monday, July 14, 2014

Unitarian Universalism

   I want to share with you the church towards which my spiritual growth has nudged me during this past decade of my 76 years of life.  As you might have read elsewhere on my two blog sites, I was raised as a fundamentalist Christian, namely in Baptist churches and became very active over the years as soloist, choir director and Sunday school teacher. 
   A detour in my Christian belief occurred in my twenties when, while standing Coast Guard radio watch with a fellow radioman who was a devout Lutheran.  He asked me what I thought about the scripture which speaks about Holy Communion where the wine consumed turns into the blood of Christ and the bread turns into His body.  I replied that it is just symbolic and doesn't really become His blood and body.  He reminded me that I had touted I believed the words of the Bible were literally true!  Woowww... what that did to me drove me not to attend church for seven years and start numerous studies of spiritual type beliefs of all kinds.
   Then after seven years, I'm not sure why it happened, but as executive officer of a Coast Guard cutter stationed in Hawaii, while we were on a two month South Pacific cruise, and I made a new commitment to the faith of fundamentalist Christianity.
   I returned to the ministries of choir director and Sunday school teacher in Southern Baptist Churches which lasted until just before my retirement from the Coast Guard in the late 1970's when I opened up a Christian book store in a rural county in southern Maryland.  We joined the Assembly of God church there, then a Methodist pastor asked me to come to his church and start a choir.  Since the church was less than a mile from our home, I agreed.  In 1980, this Methodist pastor got a supervisory position in western Maryland and asked me if I would consider becoming a Methodist pastor of three churches simultaneously near Frostburg, Maryland if I agreed to attend 4 weeks of Methodist seminary each summer for several years; I accepted! I did that for three years.
   In the late 1980's, while I was an Addictions Counselor in a Maryland State 35-day inpatient rehab facility.  I was introduced to a thick book called "A Course of Miracles".  It started changing my fundamentalist belief system away from the Bible that had guided my life for so long.
   I was then guided into a Unity church for awhile which held to general spirituality modeled after several sources.  Then the Unitarian Universalist church came into my life and a lot of religious/spiritual practices rapidly began falling into place.

  The following is the quote of what the Unitarian Universalist Association  member congregations covenant to affirm and promote:

   "Unitarian Universalism is a denomination that celebrates diversity of belief and is guided by seven principles. Our congregations are places where we gather to nurture our spirits and put our faith into action through social justice work in our communities and the wider world.  

"1) The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis(my church) is a self-governing church within the association of congregations in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).
2)We work with other churches in the UUA to support one another, but we have authority over our decisions, actions, finances, and even whom we call to be our minister.
3)Unitarian Universalism has seven principles which bind us together as we strive to live in right relationship with each other in our communities and in the world. We affirm and promote:
   a)The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
   b)Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
   c)Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
   d)A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
   e)The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
   e)The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
   f)Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

"Unitarian Universalism is open to multiple sources of inspiration, not just one or two. We strive to be open-minded to the various paths of others, and seek the paths that are most helpful in connecting us to meaning, truth, and love.

   "1)Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
   2)Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
   3)Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
   4)Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
   5)Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
   6)Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

"Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision.  As free congregations we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support."

   In the UU Church, we have members who are athiests, agnostics, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, gay/lesbian, etc, etc... all joined together in the spirit of the above covenant.  If you are not sure which church/religion you belong in but have a desire to explore or join with others of like-mind, try a Sunday morning service of a Unitarian Universalist Church near you.  The service is inspiring with sermon, choir, music and at least one fantastic loving pastor.  Many UU Churches have a Mindfullness Meditation Group based on Zen Buddhism teaching by such insightful teachers as Tich Naht Hahn; such group meets a couple of times a week and majors on teaching mindfulness meditation.  I am pleased to belong to such a group in addition to the other church activities.

   Please do not mis-understand this blog post.  I am not trying to convert you from your present faith (or non-faith).  But if doubt in your beliefs are beginning to creep in and you are looking for some spiritual understanding and direction, please consider trying Unitarian Universalism as a great place to explore or just to be comfortable in your present belief system with no pressure to change. 

 UU aims to make the world a better place through activism, love, inclusiveness and understanding.

John Potts
(Arriving Home at the Source)

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Monday, February 10, 2014





Today, Sunday, February 9,2014, began my second full week on this Magic Island of Kaua'i, aka LeMUria. I have decided to extend my stay here at least until April 1st, perhaps longer, so I will extend this Odyssey to 75 days or more to align with the 75 year milestone I came here to note and celebrate.

I am feeling, day by day, major shifts underway in every aspect of my BE-ing - BMS - Body, Mind, Spirit. I know that I have come here to re-member more about the Totality of Me (TOM) and restore more of IT into my conscious awareness as Ray in this Lifetime. Faith says I am "youthifying" before her eyes, which is a body/mind/spirit transformation. I am "seeing" it myself as I look at "me" in the mirror. Perhaps you can notice it as well in the pictures I am posting. Being on this Island for at least 8 weeks will allow completion, or at least anchoring, of the transformation process which is underway.

The Universe has offered me an opportunity to actually experience here the "SSSS" life of Seamless Simplicity, Solitude and Serenity that I was working to create in my Kentucky Paradise, but was nowhere near "done" with it - too much unnecessary "stuff" remains in that venue, and when (if) I return, it will be summarily dis-missed. I have here only what I have brought with me, and it is more than "enough" for a life of complete and comfortable simplicity. I bask in the Beauty and Ambiance of my surroundings, and enjoy Solitude whenever I want it. Transformation is underway, leading me to yet unknown new states of BE-ing. I am actually comfortable with the uncertainty of it all, trusting that the Universe will lead me, in perfect Divine Orchestration, to the "next" chapter in this incredible Journey... and KNOWING, to the core of my being, that EVERYTHING that happens is for the greatest good - for me and for All.

Here is the gift the Sky gave to me and Faith late this afternoon. The "Eye of God", (aka "God Wink") as I call these momentary sky openings which appear regularly to re-mind me that All Is Well, shone brightly as the Rays of Light beamed upward around it to embrace the planet, and us with the Light and Love of Being.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Religion vs God

"Religion vs God"

An Original Video by

Patricia Tate

I experienced this video (yes, it is an experience) this morning while watching it on YouTube.  It is brand new today and made by my new friend, Patricia Tate.  If you are here watching this, the timing is probably perfect for you.  It will make you think and you may experience a "love" change!
Please share it with others.

Your comments are welcome either on this blog or on the Facebook posting comment section.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Are You Looking for Me?

Are You Looking For Me?
Are you looking for me? I am in the next seat. My shoulder is against yours. You will not find me in the stupas, not in Indian shrine rooms, nor in synagogues, nor in cathedrals: not in masses, nor kirtans, not in legs winding around your own neck, nor in eating nothing but vegetables. When you really look for me, you will see me instantly you will find me in the tiniest house of time. Kabir says: Student, tell me, what is God? He is the breath inside the breath.

Kabir, 15th Century Indian Mystic

The I AmGreat Spirit Mama-Baba Goddess-God is to be found closer than most could ever imagine. The I AmGreat Spirit Mama-Baba Goddess-God is to be found within you. I Am Love, and so are you; start to allow that Sacred Love to flow freely and unconditionally to all you come in contact with.

My mantra:

I Am That I Am, All That I Am, and All That I Am Is Love!

Baba-Kundi Ma`at-Shambhala


Monday, November 25, 2013

Recreating Through True Awakening


Baba-Kundi Ma'at-Shambhala.


Recreating Through True Awakening
As I think about my life, everyone that has been in it and everything that has been a part of it, and every single aspect of my life was created by me. The abundance was my creation likewise so was the lack that was a part of my life; everything I believed I was worthy of I received, and everything that I felt was to grandiose for me remained elusive. When I wanted things and focused on those things without wavering in my belief that I was worthy of them I got them.  However, going back to worthiness the caveat was this, what I received was only the quality I felt worthy of. Why want for an old used up piece of anything when it takes the same amount of belief and energy to draw the best of that same thing to us? I have been guilty of that time and time again.

Everything we need is within us. It is taught that the Kingdom of God is within us. If that is the case, doesn’t it make sense that God is also within us? So why do we look to everyone, to everything, and everywhere for that which we need. Our Divine Source is within us in theKingdom, and that Divine Source has everything we need, with arms out stretched offering it all to us. If there were someone standing in front of us offering us a handful of one hundred dollar bills for the taking, would we turn and walk away?  Of course we would not do something as ridiculous as that. So why in heavens name do we do that with the One who is offering us everything there possibly is to have, both materially, and most important spiritually. We have been given everything from the very beginning of time, yet for some ridiculous reason, we turned our back on it all and then created the scenario where we needed a savior to rescue us from us. Many saviors have come, but not to save us in the way we think and want, they came to save us by waking us up to the Divine Reality that we are who and what we are in search of. Until we wake up to that reality we can be waiting for the return of Jesus or the bunny rabbit for that matter, and we will continue to wait for whoever or whatever, and they will never come. What is it going to take for humanity to get it?

Back to the Kingdom of Heaven/God within, such is not possible without a Sacred King and Sacred Queen. So why do so many people look at the Kingdom of Heaven and only see a Sacred King, only see God the Father? That is due to pure ignorance and laziness, just taking that which someone tells you is truth and reality, and not studying to show thyself approved, you and I entering into a Divine Understanding on our own. Those who believe that you are working your way to heaven; can you do that by way of what others tell you and what others do? Of course not, so why are you taking everything that another tells you as the gospel simply because they say it is. Why do you take a book that man has written and say it is the inerrant word of God, when his-story tells you that man is a deceiver and liar? There are many truths in the different holy books, but not one of them is without error; most of them are designed to control and deceive you. The bible does not only teach that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, it also teaches that we are gods. The spiritual masters came to teach us that by showing us what they were doing embracing that reality. They embraced the totality ofThe Divine, and guess what? That can only be done by fully honoring the Kingdom of Heaven/Paradise within, and to do that we must recognize both the Sacred Feminine and theSacred Masculine, we must recognize both Mama (Mother) and Baba (Father) Goddess-God. God the Father was dissected by insecure deceptive controlling men, and humanity due to laziness has been following that lie for eons. The laziness and ignorance of the human race is disgraceful to say the least.

Arise Ye Mighty Nation and fully embrace the Divine Reality that the Kingdom of Mama-Baba Goddess-God is within you, and within that Glorious Kingdom resides a storehouse with everything that we could eternally ever need; and it is there for the taking, because it can never be depleted. There is no thing to great for us to have, and no thing to great for us to share with each other and the whole of creation. Through the Mighty Oneness of The Divinewe are One, every person, every part of Earth Mother, and the entire Universe. Yes, we are all one; and there are no greater or lesser members of our oneness. Humans and no more important than the animal kingdom, nor are those who are fully in spirit form, we are all one and equal, just temporarily in different forms. This is a very big one for a lot of you, the so-called righteous and the so-called wicked sinful ones are equal in every way, no one, no not one is going to experience eternal damnation for what they did or didn’t do while in physical form here on this dense physical plane. Please think about this, if there were not those who did that which we see as pure evil, how could we learn the difference between that which we have labeled right and wrong, how could we come to appreciate Love if we did not know the opposing energies of Love? Could it possibly be, that those who have chosen to carry out the role of the wicked, will be blessed for taking on such a role? Everything comes from The Divine Great Spirit Mama-Baba Goddess-God, and means that everything will return to The Divine Great Spirit Mama-Baba Goddess-God. Hey, after writing that I realized that is not even so; it is just a figure of speech. We are and always have been in, a part of The DivineGreat Spirit Mama-Baba Goddess-God; to come from means to leave something and we have never left our Beloved Goddess-God.

So in essence, we must reawaken and recreate our reality, through fully comprehending the Divine Reality that we lack no-thing because we are one with Source, and within Sourcethere is to be found everything. We must surely start seeing ourselves as we truly are, totally one with Mama-Baba Goddess-God, and that makes us daughter gods and son gods, nothing more and nothing less. How else could we possibly create our own realities? Humans are the prodigal daughter gods and the prodigal son gods who are returning home to the Kingdom ofMama-Baba Goddess-God. Our Heavenly Parent Mama-Baba Goddess-God is saying; Welcome Home My Children, I Love You!

The following should be the mantra of us all because Mama-Baba Goddess-God Is Love!

I Am That I Am, All That I Am, and All That I Am Is Love!

By my friend: Baba-Kundi Ma'at-Shambhala (Spiritwalker)

Your comments are welcome!  Would love to hear from you about your views on Spirituality!
John Potts
Arriving Home at the Source (Dharma Name)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Awakening 2013 - Compassion

The Awakening 2013 - Compassion

2013 The Great Awakening- letting down your guard and opening your heart to compassion,

 this is the true Awakening. 

One technique to achieve this is through the practice of the Bodhisattva,

 but its not the only way,

 there are many ways to do this in each culture.

 Ken Thornton shares his insights into the awakening and the bodhisattva practice. 

Music Jeffrey Gold and Mercedes Bahleda... photography Gabriel Lakey and Ken Thornton

   You are invited to watch the following short insightful video with humility and mindfulness:

Traditionally, a bodhisattva is anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhicitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. According to Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is one of the four sublime states a human can achieve in life (the others being an Arhat, Buddha, or Pratyekabuddha).