New Thought Editorials > Spring 1998
By the time you read this, El Niño’s weird winter weather patterns should be winding down, and spring will be waiting in the wings. I love the passage from the Song of Solomon: "For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle [dove] is heard in our land." (2:11-12)
Spring is the time when the long, hard hanging in there is rewarded by a beautiful demonstration that renews our faith. Crocuses can pop right up through the snow. Plants that seemed dead begin to show a tinge of green. And in Arizona, plans go forward for a best-ever Expo/Congress that will demonstrate for all to see the beauty of the New Thought movement in its infinite variety, united under the umbrella of INTA.
An umbrella organization can only be what its individual members make of it. It reflects what those individuals stand for, and when many of those individuals comprise a "major brand" such as Unity or Religious Science, that influence will be plainly visible, along with other, perhaps subtler influences. All of us together make up a prototypical New Thoughter, a statistical average that is all or us and none of us. No one of us is the movement, yet each of us affects what the movement is, either deliberately or by default.
And, in the words of the old Gilbert and Sullivan song, "the rules apply to everyone." In this case, the rules are the laws of the mind. What you give your attention to, grows. What you give your attention to in INTA grows. It all begins with you. If you think INTA should reach out more, reach out more yourself. If you think INTA should do more at the local level, do more at the local level yourself. And praise every tiny scrap of what you want to see more of.
Meanwhile, your Executive Board has been busily preparing for the July Expo/Congress by meeting at its site: the Ramada Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. We checked everything from the mattresses (great!) to the food (delicious!) to the service (outstandingly friendly, helpful, and creative!) to the sunshine by the swimming pools (aahhh!). We also put in two very productive, full days of meetings, dealing with numerous routine matters and making progress on overhauling the Constitution (see the proposals in this issue for details). Several Board members who were suffering the lingering effects of the flu were totally healthy and happy by the time we got through, aided no doubt by the salubrious atmosphere that was a blend of healing treatment and hilarity.
One item we attended to was changing (at my request) the title of yours truly to "Editor," appointing the President Pro tem Editor-in-Chief. This reflects more accurately the true state of affairs: The Managing Editor supervises the day-to-day running of the magazine. The Editor writes an editorial and assists with proofreading. Ultimate responsibility for content belongs to the entire Executive Board, headed by the President.
The speakers’ acceptances are pouring in, and your board is excited. Our volunteer librarians are arriving ahead of time to prepare displays at the Archives, and we are delighted that people will finally have the opportunity to see the heart of INTA and learn more about it. Plan to join us and to take an active part in the organization that represents the entire New Thought movement.