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Rev. Patricia Talis... A Woman of Substance

By Holly Addy


Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue magazine was just awarded The Woman of Substance Award for her leadership and contribution to the fashion industry. The title of this prestigious award comes from Barbara Taylor-Bradford’s novel and subsequent TV mini-series: A Woman of Substance. This award is given annually to that woman of great character who is a leader in her respective industry or sphere of influence. Before I had finished reading the first few sentences, Rev. Patricia Talis immediately came to mind. Patricia is the minister and director of New Age Bible and Philosophy Center in Santa Monica, CA. and is just such a woman in her respective sphere of influence - A Woman of Substance - and a powerful woman leader in the field of New Age religion and thought. Patricia is an exponent and messenger of the New Age philosophy, which she knows how to support with her presence, guidance, and business savvy. Her great quest for knowledge and understanding of the mysteries of the Universe has taken her on an interesting, unique journey apart from - yet in tandem with her Presbyterian roots. A great beauty at 90, she possesses a decisive mind, sharp intellect, strong voice, vibrant green eyes that snap with vitality and life, and firm awareness and sense of purpose. Patricia is a true original, totally engaged in the moment with a willingness to communicate at very deep levels of thought. She has a rock solid, unwavering belief in God and the Bible, and the power of positive thinking - “you become what you think” - a simple, albeit compelling mantra that she lives 24/7/365. She has become an astute Bible scholar and expert on the works of Corinne Heline, a pioneer New Age Philosopher who wrote 28 books and numerous essays based on the metaphysical interpretation of the Bible, including The Mystery of The Christos which examines the meanings and symbolism of the Christian Church. Patricia first came to The Center as a student and volunteer. It was at a friend’s suggestion that she consider becoming a minister. With her “let’s do it” attitude, Patricia embarked upon a three-year course of study after which she became ordained and has been The Center’s guiding force since 1990. When I asked Patricia what she considered her greatest accomplishment, she stated without hesitation that it was keeping The Center in operation and creating a spiritual oasis where people can come to learn and to meditate. It is said those recommendations which are given to others and come from the heart have the greatest impact, and Rev. Patricia has that keen internal knowingness of just what book, quote or word of comfort will fill a need for each person who seeks her guidance or advice. With her strong, yet calm demeanor, she has that rare ability to bring you “back to center.” Patricia also has an abundance of great personal energy “good genes, I suppose” she says modestly, which I would rather attribute to her indomitable self-determinism. She keeps a four-day schedule at The Center besides keeping a full calendar on her “days off” filled with personal and social activities. Did I mention she is 90? Coming across the Woman of Substance Award article was no accident. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after the death of her father, Patricia, her mother and older sister traveled across country by car to New York City where the two sisters became fashion models. To this day, Patricia has a great sense of style and is always impeccably outfitted in her Chanel-style suits wherever she goes. Also no accident is the fact that Patricia has unlocked the gifts, the beauty, the intelligence and capacity within her to become that Woman of Substance. Possessing eternal patience, she grants total beingness to all who come across the threshold of The Center. Each person she is speaking with or ministering to is given her full attention and focus, making them feel that they are the most important person in the room. Another key ingredient of that which is Patricia Talis, is her strong belief in and the living of the power of forgiveness. The Center, whose roots are centered in the Rosicrucian Philosophy which has a process called Retrospection - a remembrance of your day, in reverse order. If in reviewing your day, you have hurt anyone in anyway, ask for forgiveness and make amends. If this cannot be done in person, it is done silently, and then you let it go, knowing you’ve done the best you could have done and thus it will not be there to confront you after death. In those who lead, there is a purpose and intensity which is unmistakable. Certainly good fortune has smiled upon those of us who are privileged to know Patricia and have her as our guiding force and light on our journey to seeking the ultimate truths and wisdom of livingness and spirituality. Ultimately, whatever challenges that may have come her way, she has met with grace and aplomb, both of which most of us would be hard-pressed to match. Grace - a virtue coming from God. Aplomb - complete and confident composure.
I asked Patricia what advice she would give to anyone, especially women as they encounter life’s challenges. “It’s OK to make mistakes. Do what you can to make it right. Don’t dwell on the mistakes, put them away and then go on.” How does one sum up, or should one - A Woman of Substance - those women who by virtue of substantial or solid character or quality have made an impact on all of whom they encounter, who have held things together despite any and all obstacles, risen above the fray and have charged ahead full bore - ever confident - ever creating anew - ever seeking a further truth or understanding of this business called living.
Bravo Patricia!!

The New Age Bible and Philosophy Center is located at 1139 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, CA, one-half block north of Wilshire Blvd., and is open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center holds services every Sunday at 11 a.m. Call (310) 395-4346 for a listing of classes, speakers and workshops or visit www.newagebible.tripod.com