The Secrets In Plain Sight!

Spiritual Calisthenics For People Who Are Willing To Think! Not your typical religious podcast, but with something for everyone whose mind is open enough to function.

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Benchmarks and yardsticks are as useful in spiritual matters as they are in other tasks.  The term "benchmark" comes from the measuring marks which artisan and craftspeople would make on their workbenches.  A yardstick is, of course, a measurement tool most often associated with dressmakers and tailors because of cloth being sold by the yard.

Most of us probably have the basis for making similar measurements because of the books and other literature we've collected.  It is sometimes said that a spiritual "real one" can sometimes be identified by their collection of literature.  If you recognize what kind of writings your personal library includes, you'll see how they can be used to measure what people say in the name of deities or spirituality.

Armed with that, you might be able to tell if someone is following the path they claim, if they are diverting for a valid reason, or if they are simply doing their own thing while using a label that does not belong!
 
Blessed Be!

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While it might seem strange to begin the New Year with discussing infinity, for me it seems logical.  In a society where 8% of Americans believe that the sun revolves around the earth, and it took some eminent meteorologists armed with documentation to show that "polar vortex" was not some newly-created piece of propaganda, it's easy to see how people's viewpoints can become too limited.  And that does include The Divine.

While most people of most faiths will agree that The Divine is infinite, many seem to adjust infinity to the point that it fits their own understanding and experience, and nothing more!  In some cases, notably the Christians, one group might not even recognize another group as being their fellow believers!

What's really hard about this is how much might be being revealed to us, and how much we might be able to share and perhaps even see together!

Blessed Be!

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One of the regular features of the mundane New Year celebration is the annual offering of New Year's resolutions, those promises to do better in one thing or another, or to achieve something.  They can cover any number of subjects or wishes including losing weight, stopping smoking, pursuing education, getting a new job, or anything else you can imagine.  

Some are reasonable and realistic.  Others could be, but they need some additional power to actually come to be.  Let’s look at them and see what can be done!

With some thought and effort, you might surprise yourself and others.  

Blessed Be!

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If you explore a calendar that embraces a number of spiritual paths and traditions, you'll find that this time of year is full of celebrations.  Many of these celebrations are celebration of beginning and/or renewal.  Central to most of the celebrations is the birth of a divine child.

Even the Jewish Hanukah celebration, although it does not include a divine birth, does celebrate the Jerusalem Temple coming "back to life" and staying that way because one day's supply of lamp oil lasted for the eight days needed to make more oil.

The implications of a divine child being born are tremendous, and we certainly might expect the local religious and/or political powers-that-be to possibly see this as a challenge to their authority.  And who knows what else might be going on!

Blessed Be!

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The complaints about the so-called "war on Christmas" seem absent this year during the holiday season.  It's not that the supposed war is over or settled.  It simply has been overshadowed by the rhetoric, bullying and other after-effects of the elections!  And, it is not over yet and is not likely to be over for some time.  But it does give us all the more reason to appreciate not only knowing the facts, but knowing enough of the facts to maintain our mental and spiritual strength.  And note that I speak of strength.

We get confronted with a lot of words and stories, some of which is good information.  Others might be garbage.  And still others were perfectly valid at one time or in a particular situation, but they do not apply any longer.  It is a very good thing to be able to tell the difference.

There is no substitute for the right information.

Blessed Be!

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Regardless of your spiritual path, or even lack of one, there will be those who oppose you.  The fact that your spirituality and your religion are your business will not stop certain people from trying to make it their business.  I recall one of my first Wiccan teachers impressing on me the importance of knowing the Bible, and it quickly became apparent.  The fact of the matter is that many Christians who wanted to "save" me did not know their own scripture.  

Christianity is not the only religion with such problems, but you’re more likely to be confronted by them than by any others.  But I've found similar issues among Buddhists, Hindus, Norse and Wiccans.  

You probably won't have any problem with people whose own faith is solid.  The problem comes from people whose zealotry and fanaticism come from insecurity.
    
Blessed Be!

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Tuesday morning, Lady Stormy and I were presented with a surprise.  We found a reminder of someone we loved, who had passed away.  It was something that most folks would not even notice, but that we would know why it was special.  Of course, we remembered and of course we put it with other keepsakes.  It was unexpected and we didn't even think it was in the house.  But there is was.

I was so glad that we recognized it.  It helps with the pain of loss.  It might even be someone reaching across the veil to let us know that he still cares.

The point here is not what happened this time, but that these things can and do happen.  And it is wonderful to be able to recognize and receive such blessings.  It would be sad to think that some people might be missing blessings which are there for them.
    
Blessed Be!

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At some time in your life, someone or something will have you so upset that you'll want to take action.  And, if you have a strong spiritual life, you'll want to do something spiritually about it!  It's not only natural, it's expected.  And, there are ways to do it.

The first thing you need is a good understanding of the situation, which will mean doing more than scanning a social media post.  Is this situation someone proposing something, or is it happening?  What exactly is the situation?  What should you call for?  Are you ready for any "fallout"?

Done well, this can do much!
    
Blessed Be!

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The events of the last few weeks have some folks wondering if there is a need for more spiritual protection, especially for those in the so-called "other religions".  Actually, the need has always been there and is no greater than it has been for a while.  The same people are who they have always been, especially spiritually.  The only difference is that some who felt part of the extremist fringe consider themselves as having been invited to join the so-called religious mainstream.

The need has always been there, and extra paranoia will not help anyone.  But, the need is indeed there and in a couple of places we can help ourselves.  Experience has shown two places where protection is especially appropriate.  And note that some protective measures can become the best kind of defensive weapons when needed.
    
Blessed Be!

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This is a religious show, aimed primarily at those of "alternative faiths", but the fact is that we have to deal with the realities of life, including politics.  And the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States is something which we all will need to deal with.

It is apparent what certain people are trying to do.  And if it is apparent, then it is possible to defeat such an effort.  People do not have to be divided against each other, and especially not by bigotry, prejudice, racism, or any of the various phobias which seem to be currently in "fashion", such as Islamophobia or homophobia.  It can be defeated.

There is a way to do it, and we can do it if we try.  It begins by taking each other’s hands.
 
Blessed Be!

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