The authority of the holidays

The holidays are coming at us full force. Are you ready?

Readiness comes with a willingness to participate. And just what are we participating in?

From 21st Century Science and Health, we read, “Let us pay attention and participate in spirituality.”

Can the holidays express spirituality? Why not? Spirituality is the reality.

The holidays are celebrations. Human beings seem to like to celebrate. It’s a reminder of something great and wonderful, whether we celebrate a freedom gained, a birth, or a hero.

The problems come when the celebration is given more authority than the spiritual idea behind the cause for celebration.

We can assert the true authority of our celebrations by remembering and acting on the freedom, the newness, and the power of good.

The scheduling, the food, the preparations, the cleanup don’t have authority and don’t need to stress us.

Celebrate the authority of spirituality. Look for and be, beauty, kindness, happiness, and joy.

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Using rather than being used while learning to walk

calvin crate doorOur grandson is learning to walk. He lifts himself off his hands and knees by climbing the gate of their dog’s crate. The gate-door however swings freely and our grandson loses his balance and falls.

Unperturbed, he climbs back up and with joyous determination uses the gate to strengthen his balance. In other words, he no longer lets the swinging gate use or control him.

From 21st Century Science and Health:

“We must begin however with more simple demonstrations of control and the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we are guided by the eye. We look before our feet and if we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of spiritual advancement.”

“This new-born understanding that neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of human mind, can make us suffer, brings with it another lesson, that self-indulgence, gluttony, or bulimia, are sensual illusions and can’t give satisfaction. These phantasms disappear as we better understand our spiritual existence and walk the line of a balanced life.”

“Enoch’s perception was not confined to the evidence before his physical senses. Therefore, he “walked with God”[1]—he ascended—he was guided into the demonstration of life eternal.”

 

[1] Gen. 5:24; Heb. 11:5

Riding horses with gratitude for what’s real

horse ride 2017I haven’t been on a horse in years. So, when Nichole came to visit and asked about horse riding, it took me a while to locate accommodations.

In Walton, New York, Country Meadows Equine, was the place. Very nice.

We rode twice. Two different days. Both days were radiant with vivid color and peacefulness.

Nichole had a grand time learning about horses. We walked, trotted, and cantered.

For me, it all came back. Like riding a bike, I guess.

Quoting from science & religion to God:

Being grateful is an important rule; however, being grateful for material wealth and physical health is different from being grateful for spiritual qualities sustained by Life, Truth, and Love. Gratitude for honesty, humility, and hard work, while we live the honesty, humility, and perseverance is powerful.

The prayer for grace is shown in courage, forbearance, love, and good deeds.

Article on the Reformation

Check out my article in The Daily Star newspaper in Oneonta, New York.

It’s about the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Better expectations, better Halloween

pumpkin 2017Do you have your Halloween pumpkin carved yet?

We carved a pumpkin a few weeks ago when our granddaughter was here. Always aiming to carve a happy face.

Happiness on a pumpkin shows me that superficial happiness is something less than the power I give it.

Example:

Eating chocolate makes me happy. But not really. Knowing this fact allows me to improve my expectations. Instead of expecting chocolate to give me happiness, I can expect truth and love to come with happiness. I can expect honesty and a willingness to try something new to come with happiness. Maybe eating an apple is good.

Quoting from science & religion to God:

“How we interpret life affects not only our outlook and expectations, but also the consequences.”

Religious experiences without religion?

Apparently, both the religious and nonreligious can receive, dare I write, revelations of truth, commonly referred to as religious experiences. A growing body of statements show that people of all backgrounds have experienced extraordinary moments of transcendence.

For millenniums, these extraordinary moments have been interpreted through religion and thereby are usually referred to as religious experiences, however, nonreligious folk are able to experience and interpret the experiences in their own ways and words, yet an underlying similarity exists: moments of wholeness, light, peace, understanding. Without fear.

These moments of embracing love are available to everyone. How can we better share them?

 

Retrospecting the Reformation

October 31 has been noted as the 500th anniversary of when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and thus was the sufficient beginnings of what is now referred to as the Reformation, or the beginning of the Protestant Movement.

It wasn’t a pretty sight. Fortunately, Luther wasn’t alone, but it all came about with turmoil.

It didn’t matter if Luther’s intent was to reason with church leaders, who were restricting God’s mercy to the ritual of indulgences. Church leaders determined Luther was an irreligious heretic, no longer someone to listen to or include.

Luther himself may have felt a bit sacrilegious for what amounted to addressing the convictions of church authorities and pointing out the backwardness of false promises linked to indulgences. But he stood his ground and brought attention to new ideas about God.

Religion advanced. And human beings slowly followed, despite the destruction that comes with high-strung emotions. Time and experience help justice and mercy win. New ideas were entertained and put into practice over the following centuries.

Pew Research Center reported recently that the theological differences of the 16th century have tempered over the years, “And while the Reformation led to more than a century of devastating wars and persecution in Europe, both Protestants and Catholics across the continent now overwhelmingly express willingness to accept each other as neighbors and even as family members.”

While not denying that the profane in religion needs to decrease, respect goes to the likes of Martin Luther who personified the good in religion.

People who stop defending old ideas, we are open to new ideas. Newness is normal, healing.

New ideas are revealed when religion is no longer workable. What are the new ideas today? Can we entertain and manifest the new ideas sooner than 500 years?

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