His 2004 Grand Canyon revelation?
“I am the Creator, experiencing the creation, as the created.”
He says, “It all connects into Oneness,
God is the Creative Force at the source of everything,
the All that Is.
I am an eternal Spiritual Being
having this temporary Human Experience.”
Thomas was raised Roman Catholic. Always the doubting Thomas he often asked questions that challenged church doctrine. Not finding fairness in any Christian doctrine he was agnostic (is there a God?) for a time in his early 20's. The Edgar Cayce readings introduced him to the concept of the continuity of life through rebirth – birth from Spirit into human form and then back to Spirit, with each life building on the previous experiences. This was the missing piece for him to find fairness if there's repeated opportunities to get it right. He explored many philosophies and Religions before joining 11 others in a ministerial class in 1988 taught by Rev. Jeannette Fisher. She was a gifted Spiritualist Medium and Pastor of the Temple of Love and Healing in St. Petersburg, FL, a Spiritualist church chartered through UCM (Universal Church of the Master in California).
Thomas was ordained a UCM licentiate minister in 1991 and as a full minister in 1992. This required two years classes, workshops and one year serving in that church twice a week. His studies and interests have been varied to include: science, philosophy, all religious beliefs, Native American Spirituality, Shamanism, Theosophy, Meditation, Reiki Healing (he became a Reiki Master teacher in 1995 and trained 100's students in North Carolina and Virginia), Shinju, Hermetic Philosophy, Silva Method, World Leadership Training (Coptic Fellowship), Course In Miracles, The Book Of Enoch, Channeling, Out Of Body Travel, Past Life Regression, and 12 Step Recovery are all part of his eclectic mix of interests. Rev. Thomas has served in the First Church of Prayer in South Bend for two decades and as an ISA Minister for just over half that time.
Rev. Thomas is beginning to serve his second term as Education Trustee re-elected in September 2021. In this role he brings to the ISA workshops of interest and he works with and supports Rev.'s Mahala Bacon and Phillip Falcone in developing new and improved courses for development and certification.
This is a work in progress.
In 2015 Thomas retired but still does free lance computer and website work part time. He has three sons, 6 Grandchildren (2 Step), 4 Great-Grandchildren (1 Step). He lost his mother 5 years ago and his father in April 2020 from the Covid infection but his two sisters survived. He feels blessed to have a brother and 3 sisters all living near him in Michigan. He loves to travel and experience other cultures and history. His hiking trips have taken him to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times, Sedona, Utah, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, California, Spain and New Zealand. The Grand Canyon has provided him some powerful Spiritual experiences - in 2022 he will return for the 12th time. and then Scotland in 2023.
Thomas and Beth Janssen have a home in the country near Marcellus, Michigan. Surrounded by both farm land and countless lakes they enjoy life there with their two dogs Max and Ella and three cats, Kiko, Manny and Gus.
"Peace Pilgrim has been an influential factor in my life. She is one that lived the message that so may of us merely talk about. I hope this introduction honors her."
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Rev. Thomas draws inspiration for this talk from a lesson in A Course In Miracles. And he reveals the spiritual tug of war with his parents over being named Thomas.
"I Am the Creator, Experiencing the Creation, As the Created."
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In this interactive workshop we will explore the idea of balance as a metaphor to assist fine tuning for minimal effort and maximum results. If you are drawn to this website you are likely a Seeker. This is part of the Seeker's Journey.
At first we seek directions; Tell me or show me what to do.
Then we seek understanding; I want to decide what's right and why.
The seeker remains on this path towards a better understanding yet Absolute Truth eludes us. We only have our truth, that is our subjective and best understanding of Absolute Truth.
However, Absolute Truth is not just elusive but is a misnomer. It is an attempt to quantify a Principal, a Law of Creation, a Law of Life. To quantify is to oversimplify. It is an experiential process – we live, we experience, we observe, we question, and accept new evidence (we adopt a scientific approach). In this way we remain malleable letting go of the old (no longer serves) and adopting the new if proven worthy (it serves me better).
Wisdom is the result of experience understood. The hallmarks of wisdom are humility, an open mind and a willingness to test again and again any truth we hold sacred. Allowing it to either be reinforced or discarded after careful scrutiny.
At the center of everything is balance. Nature returns to a new balance when the old balance has been disturbed. We too will do so after every disturbance in our life. It is a natural and necessary process that too often we resist. Resistance is painful and drags out the process.
Being in the flow is a description often used and it is appropriate to both the feeling and the results of balance. The mundane world is not the enemy of spirituality to be avoided. The mundane is a natural part of this life experience. Neglect it and be prepared for the consequences which usually include poverty or at least struggles with money.
A Seeker's Journey is towards independence. That is we will get a lot of help along the way but like training wheels on a bicycle we must let go of external aids and help to move on.