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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Did you ever find yourself in a situation in which a couple of people were talking in what they thought was plain language, but to you it was beyond understanding? It happened the other day at the tax advisor's office! And if it happens in "technical" subjects, what is it like in dealing with spirituality, theology, or religion?

In some ways, it helps. Some things don't need explanation when they can be presumed to be mutually understood. Of course, it also helps in defending against phonies and wanna-be's as well, since people who claim certain qualification and experience will know certain things!

This can also be an opportunity. Look there to see what areas of knowledge are calling you to explore. And, one added benefit will aid you on your journey!

Blessed Be!

 

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Some of the greatest lessons I've learned have come from four-legged teachers. As a very young child, nobody bothered much with the fact that I saw animals as fellow beings with whom I could relate to and communicate with. This in spite of the fact that most of my thoughts were supposed to be centered on the mundane world.

From sharing secrets with a four-legged "brother" named Bonton to what I learned from military working dogs, the cat of a lady I was dating, on to my current group of nannies/ babysitters/ teachers, the learning process had been constant and rewarding. What I am exploring is some skills and knowledge that our ancient ancestors knew well, but our more recent ancestors have either forgotten or ignored.

And I am having the greatest fun, re-discovering this long-lost knowledge and putting it to use. And my four-foot "children" are enjoying it, too!

Blessed Be!

 

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I get scared when I read a parody article which sounds too much like something I've experienced in life. Recently, a parody "news" article claimed that an Air Force wing commander got disgusted with hearing other services refer to the Air Force as "The Chair Force" and so he decreed that chairs will no longer be authorized in his command. I recall an incident that seemed too similar in my Air Force days. And there was a reason we called them "colonelisms". They had one thing in common: a decision made without considering some relevant facts.

While the story here might be easy to see in relation to our mundane lives, what about our magickal and spritirual lives? Even more so. You'll see!

Blessed Be!

 

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Of all of the "objections" I hear about one form or another of religion, one of my "favorite" is the one that claims that sacred writings have so many contradictions! Well, since most collections of sacred texts are compilations from many number of original authors, do you expect anything else. It's true that Islam and Mormonism each have a book that was given, intact and complete, to their prophet - but that's about all.

So, how do you confront a contradiction and get a real understanding of what is being said? Here is an idea of how to go about that. And, you might discover some truth in the process!

Blessed Be!

 

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Imagine a religious/ theological version of a science fair. I remember science fairs in school as a time when instead of dealing with the usual science stuff, I got to explore something that interested me, and exhibit the results. Imagine that with the subjects we deal with here! All things considered, it might be the opening to a revolution of truth!

Regardless of our spiritual path, most of us find ourselves forced into recognizing how much we do not know. Those who do think that they know all that they need to know are in for an awakening.

Even Christians face this, since most of them don't know that what they call "scripture" is only one of four such bodies of scripture, and they are not even agreed on what's in that one! As a Baptist about the Book of Tobit and you'll see - but a well-studied Catholic or Anglican will know immediately!

For those of the Norse/Germanic persuasions, the Havamal and Heimskringla provide some interesting contrasts, don't they? And what is waiting to be found? And what might have been found that someone is afraid to let us know about?

Blessed Be!

 

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I keep suggesting that February 20th be set aside as Tempest Smith Day. It's appropriate for a day to honor those who are or have been victims of bullying, particularly religious bullying.

Tempest Kayne Smith was a young lady with an amazing intellect and some major talents. That and the fact that she was pursuing Wicca were some of the reasons bullies targeted her. On February 20, 2001 she could not take it anymore.

Religious bullying is especially wrong due to how individual religion must be for it to work for an individual. Also, there is no form of religion that hasn't gotten someone bullied, especially in the United States. And even Christian scripture itself gives reasons why religious bullying should not happen.

Religious bullying needs to be confronted.

Blessed Be!

 

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As we approach the anniversary of Tempest Smith's death, I'd like to discuss some of the aspects of the isolation which victims of bullying experience and what can be done spiritually to overcome that.

Spiritual measures might not be enough, because physical isolation also happens. But, thanks to the Internet, it's much easier to find folks with like issues and like mind. Spiritual isolation can be another matter. I've known more than one who felt abandoned by his or her deities.

But, spiritual isolation can be overcome, and the result can be amazing!

Blessed Be!

 

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Some of the most popular ways of putting an end to someone's spiritual life are subtle and sometimes seem downright popular. We're not talking about "biggies" here, such as how some folks claim that someone is somehow following some kind of "devil". Instead, we're talking about something more subtle that can be disguised as proper teaching!

Four techniques are especially infamous. Each has its roots and methods, but most can be traced to greed and the agendas which greed creates.

Here is yet another case in which truth becomes a weapon. Never forget that pure, genuine truth is absolute, regardless of the list of "facts" someone might collect. And with truth, we have the means to transform that into empowerment.

Blessed Be!

 

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We need to say farewell to a friend of ours. I say "ours" because he welcomed you to the podcast every week for a many years. His purr followed Yuengling's bark at the opening of the show. His name is Thor.

He came into our lives by the simple fact that he chose me. He jumped into the car, jumped onto my lap, looked me in the eye and I told him that he has a home. My wife knew him, and knew he had no home. That was July 4, 2001 and he was barely a year old.

He was the perfect combination of friend and familiar. He also had a talent for healing, as I discovered when I was recovering from some rather nasty cancer surgery. It was at that time that the other cats fully realized who he was and made him a family member, not just a tolerated newcomer.

After fourteen years, I'm missing him. But I've found absolute truth in some promises which were made. I tend to be hard on those who insist on waiting for something that's already here, or who ask for something that they already have. And there is a promise.

Blessed Be!

 

 

 

 

 

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I feel the need to preface my remarks with the assurance that there is no such thing as a "dumb question", except for the one that someone is afraid to ask. That said, there are those questions which reveal how much the person asking needs to learn. This can be scary when the question reveals a substantial gap between what might be needed to do something at all, and what might be necessary to do it successfully and safely.

The Walt Disney cartoon "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" illustrates what I mean, with a flawless performance by Mickey Mouse as the over-ambitious apprentice!

And by looking at the situation, and the context of the original question someone posed, we can see what we need!

Blessed Be!

 

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