Category Archives: Environment

Solar flares and enlightenment

January 7, 2014, a massive solar flare occurred. Classified as an X-class, this size of a flare can pose risks to the 6 astronauts currently living on the International Space Station.

The sun storm has been estimated to be as wide as seven Earths. My first thought (sort of selfish) after hearing about the flares was, Oh good, maybe the weather outside will warm above the minus 4 that it is now.

Fortunately, my thoughts can improve past the selfish. I’m reminded of an idea attributed to Christ Jesus, “You are the light of the world.” (Matt 5:14)

When I come across unselfish people, they truly are a light in the world. They aren’t thinking of themselves, but have a more inclusive view. Other people are important, just like those astronauts, who can be included in a prayer of safety.

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Don’t bite the hook of the Phisher

fisherPhishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

While using technology, we learn not to give our information freely. We update our passwords with strong passwords. We don’t download everything that comes our way.

Is there spiritual phishing?

Is someone or something masquerading as a trustworthy entity only to catch your attention in a trap of remorse or ill ease?

The key to not biting the hook of the phisher is knowing the real McCoy. We are spiritual, not mortal. We are attentive and responsive to divine Spirit, with the intent to live and love.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “The real person is spiritual and immortal, but the human and imperfect so-called children of human beings are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. Mortality is put off and spirituality is put on in proportion as human beings realize the Science of true identity and seek the true model.”

 

 

What am I saying?

???????????????????????????????Relationships last longer when the predominant weight of communication between people is on the side of nice things said.

But sometimes, I say things that aren’t exactly lovey dovey. For example, I will say to my husband, “You have to wash your shirt, it stinks”

But in general, we make it a practice to say positive, appreciative things.

I find this practice of saying nice things helps in society also. On the job, as a news reporter, I scold myself after saying things tainted with anger or impatience. I try to say things that are encouraging.

I’ve even experimented with this tactic.

When I meet a grumpy person, I purposely say something nice. And results show, a greater majority of the time, the immediate atmosphere takes on a livelier feeling.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Gentle words, and an unselfish attention to detail in what promotes the success of your spouse, will prove valuable in prolonging one another’s health and smiles rather than stolid indifference or resentment. Remember, a simple heartfelt word or deed is powerful enough to renew the romance.”

Negotiating the Holidays

happy holidaySettling our differences through negotiation sounds splendid in theory, but the actual practice of compromise proves far more problematic. Over the decades, negotiating tactics have become more scientific, even stylized. Yet they still fail to remove conflict unless wrangled in a way that negotiators stay on track, not to win a position, but to agree upon a consequence.

Effective negotiations challenge assumptions and build on shared experiences and ideas. Negotiators resolve to produce an agreeable result.

Too often, negotiations are entered into as if one side is right and the other wrong. But, the attitudes of “I’m smarter,” or “I’m bigger,” or “I’m louder,” only move forward by sheer brute force while leaving behind a residue of fractured families and communities.

The starting point for effective negotiations is not two sides, a right and a wrong. Jeremy Rifkin wrote in his book, The Empathic Civilization, “Collaborative education begins with the premise that the combined wisdom of the group, more often than not, is greater than the expertise of any given member and that by learning together the group advances its collective knowledge, as well as the knowledge of each member of the cohort.”

Negotiation chooses to advance in knowledge, rather than repeat, or try to fortify, old knowledge. However, negotiations are easily undermined by biological, psychological, cultural, and moral stances, not to mention the ever-fluxing social, political, religious, and economic environments.

Karen Armstrong points out in her book, A History of God, that the old knowledge of a God “endorsing our prejudices instead of compelling us to transcend them,” has proven to be a liability to humankind.

Transcending old knowledge can be done by focusing on an agreeable consequence to a specific situation.

When negotiating holiday traditions, aim for the truth of peace, even if it goes against human expectations.

When negotiating spending money for Christmas, admit the knowledge that people desire forgiveness and honesty, rather than an expensive gift.

When negotiating the New Year, give less credence to assumptions and more to spiritual insight and foresight. Trust the consequence of a holy experience.

Holiday healing

With so much going on during the Holidays, it takes effort to remember everything.

Why not forget bad memories?

Why not stop making the effort to remember the horrible thing our neighbor, spouse, or co-worker said?

Why not remember to enjoy the day?

Have a blessed day everyone. You are loved and loveable.

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Voice of the sky

“The skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Psalm 19:1

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How to be conscious of immortality

When surrounded by mortality, the idea of immortality seems queer. But then my mom and dad are real to me and they died years ago.

Interestingly, this immortality has nothing to do with death, but with mind, consciousness.

We read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Death is not a steppingstone out of mortality into immortality and bliss.”

As we become familiar with divine Mind, I think we become familiar with immortality.

Divine Mind is unlike the human mind with all its drama and shiftiness. Divine Mind is clear, coherent, grounded on justice and mercy. Divine Mind is our mind.

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