We can see that every person has their rituals. From getting up at a certain time, to shopping on a certain day and then we have religious rituals of praying, going to the Church, Temple or Mosque at designated times.Continue reading “The Purpose of Ritual”
Let us refer to God as Love.
If Love is infinite and exists outside of time then we can be assured that time itself is a human invention. Would it not then be pointless trying to convince Love by vocal prayer about an accident that happened yesterday and asking for healing today?Continue reading “Outside of Time”
The problem of using the word “God” is that it reminds us of the God we were taught about as children, this all powerful guy who decides if he likes our behaviour. Then heaven and hell follows. This type of God is what atheists reject and who can blame them?Continue reading “The Problem of words like “God””
Truth is not something you can simply decide applies in a situation. No amount of affirmation or getting on your knees will change that.
Truth of any situation needs to be realised and it is the realisation which we can truly call Prayer.
Realisation happens when we contemplate or meditate to allow that realisation to take control of us regarding a specific scenario. Truth is not defined as a local truth, it is defined as a universal Truth about who we really are.
Was religion simply an outgrowth of meditation?
It would seem that many religious ideas and beliefs cannot be taken literally. We see Catholics Muslims and Buddhists carrying beads and chanting their rosaries, and we see strange illusive ceremonies such as the Holy Mass, or Islamic Prayer which frankly to an onlooker seems very strange. Could it be that the original instructions for all of these things were not to cause a state of meditation but to bring us to a point where we could meditate if we chose to do so? In other words, to quieten our minds so we can hear Love speak to us?Continue reading “Is Religion and Meditation the same?”
A poem for the Installation of the New Minister Elspeth McKay.
The first Abess in Cloister´s grove, forcing change as Love demands
The poisoned chalice passed in sight, yet Love demands she does not drink.Continue reading “Paisley Abbey New Minister Installation October 2021”
And comes a pure white blanket laid
around the river Cart
Across the darkened thoughts of man
a Love which does impart
And o´er the bogs and swamps there´s ice
up to the Abbey door
A voice says “Man with all your cares
be still for just an hour”
The darkened views of waning health,
exchanged for winter cheer
The snow reflects a gentle calm
upon the town so dear
And on the braes the deer are seen
walking proudly by
For no man can touch their safety now
upon their mountain high
Upon the tombs of rested men
lies layers of icy sense
Reflecting that the One great Mind
preserves their innocence