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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For me, it's harder when an animal passes away than when most humans pass away. A dog or cat doesn't worry about someone's income, attractiveness or social status. They love unconditionally. That means that they already know something which most of the rest of us struggle our entire lives to learn!

And when they pass, do they leave us? No! The existence of their souls is obvious to those willing to look, and those who deny it might be following the same path as those who once claimed that women did not have souls!

With that knowledge, we know what to look for daily!

Blessed Be!

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If you've read any of the news lately, especially about government and business, you know how much effort some people put into doing the right thing, or at least appearing to do so. But when a person or organization makes an effort that appears to be an attempt to do the right thing, are they really doing the right thing?

Most of us know of efforts which were thought to do the right thing which actually were not. A school which admits a new student who has little chance of graduating, a graduate with a diploma but no real preparation for applying it, or people unprepared for their new jobs are only a few examples. And, of course, there is the other problem of over-scrutinizing the credentials of someone who "doesn't look like the rest of us".

The question is simple: how can we do the right thing and be sure of being right in how we do it?

Blessed Be!

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Those who understand spiritual imagery understand what icons are for, and most of us use icons in our daily lives, whether we want to admit to it or not. When a person, place or event comes to stand for something higher or greater than itself, it's referred to as iconic because we've made it into an icon. The problem with humans who become icons is that they come from the same human race as the rest of us!

An icon often gives us a goal to emulate. A child who sees a football player's picture on a box of cereal and might become inspired to follow in that player's footsteps is a perfect example. So, what do we do when the icon is tarnished, or even crumbles?

Each of us needs to examine this situation.

Blessed Be!

 

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I find spiritual blackmail to be repulsive. I can think of some things that are more offensive to me, but most of them are crimes. Spiritual blackmail happens every day, with impunity. It has its roots in concepts that claim that rewards in the next life.

What's worse, the one path which is most infamous for that approach also claims that their god loves us! That a loving god would cast most of us into eternal punishment is beyond being illogical. In fact, if that god were human, such threats would be the basis of a restraining order!

Let's look at what we do know and find an answer that contains some truth!

Blessed Be!

 

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About a week ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to another part of the state, where Lady Stormy and I presided over a wedding. It was outdoors, away from town; in a place that reminded me of my grandfather's summer cabin when I was a little boy. It seemed so ideal, but it was unique.

One of the first things I noticed when we arrived was that the guests had not divided into the usual "Bride's side" and "Groom's side" cliques looking at strangers. Instead, it was one group of people enjoying the occasion. Then again, there wouldn't have been a "Bride's side" because there was no bride. Two grooms were getting married in that county's first same-sex wedding.

It's one thing to sit around and discuss some subject, it's another to have your feet "on the ground" where it is happening. And I would like to offer my observations on what I found and learned. And the recent Supreme Court ruling makes it relevant to today's discussion.

Blessed Be!

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Seekers' Temple is leaving Beebe, Arkansas. They have a new place, located elsewhere. While they had originally chosen Beebe because of it being so central to their members, Seekers' temple was not just a mission or a "church plant". It included a family who looked forward to calling Beebe their home. 

 Unfortunately, all welcomes stopped when the people of Beebe discovered that Seekers' Temple was not Christian! Then began the harassment and bullying including dubious legal actions, vandalism of lawn statues, bright lights shining into windows at night, and much more. Simply put, they became victims of a hate campaign, all because they were a church which was not Christian!

 It does not take much research effort to see how wasteful hate always is! Nations have fallen because of hate, after all! I refuse to be like a stereotypical street-corner preacher and claim that some plague, drought or invading army was coming their way. Their fate is, in some ways, even worse.

Blessed Be!

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Deities like to party! No matter how somber and sober the followers of some spiritual paths behave (at list publicly), look into the history, legends and lore and you'll probably see that the deities and their initial followers knew how to party! And, they knew how to celebrate in a religious context, too!

So, our own celebrations can be in a religious context and many of them are, and are familiar to many of us. And the lesson here is not only is that okay, we might look for more celebrations!

Some of the examples you'll find, in fact, probably will not be anything you were taught in Mrs Broadbeam's Sunday school class!

Blessed Be!

 

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This episode carries within it a challenge for each and every one, regardless of denomination, spiritual path or affiliation. The challenge is quite simple: get the point of an admonition you'll find expressed one way or another in every path.

I chose to express it using the Christian version of it for several reasons. One is that it is so widely published that many people think that they are familiar with it. Another reason is that it is one of those examples of a secret in plain sight that so many people miss!

Those who get the point will receive a blessing that's good for any spiritual path!

Blessed Be!

 

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There can me many reasons why you might feel the need to spice-up your prayer life. It's easy to get into a rut. Also, the way some of us are taught, we need to find where the spice is. After all, what we got taught in Sunday school about prayer was not usually exciting. Of course, there are those who have never had a prayer life before. But then, others will want to explore to see what can be.

All of this, plus being able to enjoy the fact that this is your own private prayer life and therefore your own business and nobody else's. Public prayer and the prayer you might do because of a ministry you perform or a group you join is another matter. We're talking here about your personal prayer life that nobody gets to mess with.

This is where you get to develop your spiritual muscle!

Blessed Be!

 

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Memorial Day is the day set aside in the United States to honor those who died in service to their country. Those still in active service have Armed Forces Day, and those who have fought and are still living have Veterans' Day. I do not believe it wrong to include deceased veterans among the honored on Memorial Day, but the basic fact is that Memorial Day is the day to remember those who served their country and have died.

I am old enough to have friends, including a close friend, among those honored on Memorial Day. Ironic, too, in that he was chosen for a program that my glasses kept me out of, and he died flying a helicopter in Vietnam. He and I both stepped forward. He got chosen to be an Army chopper pilot, and I got chosen to do something else in the Air Force. I could name others, but this one was special.

And this is a good time to give thanks for those men and women and what they gave for us. Enjoy the picnic, the barbecue or the ball game. But remember who made them possible!

Blessed Be!

 

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