Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, Uncategorized

Colvilles Staff Magazine (Glengarnock) section from 1925 – AB Glen Photography

A feature about the photographer AB Glen, the photographer from Kilbirnie/Dalry (please see my other page about his family). Other names included in this issue are:  Taylor, Bray, Davidson, Gibson, McBeth, Hill,  Durney, Breckenridge, Hynd Henderson,  Aiton, Watson.MCKendrick, Reekie, Thorburn, Dumphy, Ferguson, Andrew, Bulloch, McCabe, Higgins, Kelly. Robertson, Downie, McDowall, Geddes. McCallum Barry, Munro, BArclay, McBlane, Knox, Glen, Carlyle, Curran, clelland, purdie, Dickie, Davidson, Clark, whitelaw, hamilton, Menzies , Muir, Robertson, McDonald, Young, Moodie, Kane, Martin, Roberson, Kirkaldy Calderwood and Bray.

 

Poems, Uncategorized

A Poem for Dalry Cemetery, Ayrshire (2019)

At Sunset. Dalry Cemetery.

O gracious peace and silence,                                                                                    Where voices lose their power.                                                                                      The setting sun brings darkness                                                                                       To the last awaiting hours,

With Lords and paupers  stilled,                                                                             together till the light                                                                                                    Where ‘er they are in consciousness,                                                                            God speed to them tonight.

By Biggarts’ son or Uncle John,                                                                                   Youth and age does lie,                                                                                                          For the wall between the old and new,                                                                         lies strong in earthly eyes.

But somewhere else upon the shores,                                                                        Dalry does rise again,                                                                                                   where no walls or  tombs pervade,                                                                       religion, class or kin,

And as our thoughts rise higher,                                                                                 away from bricks and stone.                                                                                        That new Dalry will one by one                                                                                   come to take us home.

There at the crossings full of folk                                                                                  whom long ago were ken’t.                                                                                          Again the tears of union                                                                                          declares the time well spent.

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

The Supernatural or Natural God?

Last night I was watching to a speech which was called “Kaplan and Reconstructionist Judaism” by Emmanuel Goldsmith

It was a very nice presentation about how the founder of  Reconstructionist Judaism wanted to end the separatism of the past and embrace new things from non Jewish cultures as well as export the good things and ideas to others. In other words to promote unity and adjustment to the modern world. He goes on to say that Zionism today should motivate others to perpetuate the same wherever they are – as one people. Not to see Zionism as a land battle but as a sense of corporate unity and destiny.

The speaker points out another Jewish opinion which he defines as ultra orthodoxy which seeks to destroy democracy and then defines democracy as a purpose of kindness and goodness, to raise harmony, to free the human mind to use the most Divine Power which he or she can grasp or possess. Further defining God as a “good” force demonstrated by good acts – not a supernatural man on a throne who lives the bonds and shackles of organized religion.  To reach his potential man must align himself with that of the cosmos and realize that Good is a synonym for God thus we should demonstrate that by realizing and working with Good in our lives and not seeking to please a human style God in obedience only from fear or ritual.  He further asks us to consider the word God as a verb or functional noun rather than as a noun proper. To rid ourselves of this “supernatural” idea of God – the man on the throne concept in favor of “naturalism” that God is naturally a force – of the cosmos without a godhead.

In Christian Science Zion is the name given to the city foursquare a “consciousness” of the full understanding of God rather than a land or country called Israel. Mrs. Eddy wrote in 1896: “God hath indeed smiled on my church,—this daughter of Zion: she sitteth in high places; and to deride her is to incur the penalty of which the Hebrew bard spake after this manner: ‘He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision'” (Miscellaneous Writings, p.126). 

In the CS Sentinel dated March 20th 1956 we read the following : “A vehicle to carry these benefactions to mankind was necessary, one which would guard, perpetuate, and faithfully express the revelation. The Mother Church is that vehicle. A careful study of its rules of membership, coupled with continued observation of the effect of these rules upon many individual members, forces home the conviction that in obedience to these rules lies the antidote for the ungodly qualities of the so-called human mind; that what the human mind most needs for its evangelization is the discipline afforded in more clearly understanding and more fully obeying the rules governing membership in The Mother Church. These By-laws were written by Mrs. Eddy, the one who in this age most accurately knew the elements of the so-called carnal mind and their cure, the divine Mind. (Laura Dunbar Hagarty)

From the above, it is clear that there was a time when God, Church and organised religion were more or less synonymous. Mary Baker Eddy wrestled with this concept many times and at least once completely dissolved her Church in favor of having a group instead. Jesus did not begin a Church despite the Catholic interpretation that Peter was the first Pope. It was a mindset within Judaism which eventually had to move out to survive as it organised and changed itself over the first few centuries. Joel Goldsmith, the ex CS Practitioner who founded the “Infinite Way” movement refused to organize his movement to keep it pure and Ernest Holmes often battled with the idea of whether he should set up a Church or simply centers knowing the perils of God and Human Institutions being mistaken for each other using human sentiment and caste.

As a child I was taught that organised Churches had “free reign” over God and it seemed to me that some of these Churches felt that God only belonged either in the tabernacle (the box at the front) or to the hierarchy – imparting blessings, allowing the kissing of Bishop rings and leading services with nice long robes (or suits). Indeed a view which seemingly has continued. So my question then is  why in the time of the virus were these men the first to “run” close their doors and hide? After all – they felt they had exclusive access to  God  – they didn´t even engage in dialogue with the Governments. The Vatican in Rome is closed The Mother Church and Branch Churches were the same – many  immediately disbanding long before there was any requirement to do so –  where was God then and now? Locked until the men are available again? So Government law can displace God now? Now that these men have been removed with their god – do many of us care – would it matter in the grand scheme of daily life if they    didn´t reopen?

We need to work hard to overcome this idea of the punishing God who waits for the right moment or the devil with the fork who prods our hips with a fork chasing us like some kind of Benny Hill cartoon in favor of a scientific entity who can be seen in pure unselfed Love and accessed by everyone everywhere and at every time. To mistake this for a church is fatal unless we redefine the word Church itself as Mary Baker Eddy did.

To simply ask people to close their eyes for a few moments daily with a verse like “I and my Father are one” to gently bring them to a child like trust in a greater power and to foster a trust in it is all that is needed to begin to  see healing and to reshape our world.

 

 

catholic, Christian Science, photos/images/video, Uncategorized

Free Online Andrea Bocelli Concert: Easter Sunday

Please click the link for more details.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTUOek4LgU&feature=youtu.be

Beloved opera singer Andrea Bocelli is set to stream his ‘Music for Hope’ concert from the empty Duomo Cathedral in Milan.

The 61-year-old was invited to perform for the City, the Cathedral, Archpriest and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo.

Andrea will only be accompanied by the cathedral’s organist, Emanuele Vianelli, for the concert.

Christian Science, Kilbirnie / North Ayrshire, Poems, Uncategorized

The Rowan Tree – A Poem

This one is about the Rowan Tree which was in my Grandfather’s garden in Castle Drive, Kilbirnie It is likely still there.

I wanted the poem to catch that idea that some people  relish the shade but then complain about the darkness 🙂

In the shade of Grandpa’s house
There stood a Rowan Tree
Where my Brother tried to climb
With Rosalyn and me

Every day my Grandpa came
Admired it´s towering boughs
While we as children playing there
Saw darkened twigs and crows

Shadows hung upon his life
With towering darkened power
Yet we as children plain could see
Their withering every hour

Its leaves held back the sunshine light
Its branches stern with years
Sitting with his chair and pipe
It calmed away his fears

Yet we as children playing in sight
Saw only twigs and leaves
Revealing more of sky to us
Than he could ever see

We pointed up at shafts of light
Throughout the darkened power
Whilst he preferred the shaded glade
To pass the wakened hour

We saw sun and endless days
Upon his chair he sat
Despite the passing years it stood
The tree was sound at heart

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Universal Hypnotism

One of the most disturbing aspects of the Corona virus scenario has been the daily and sometimes hourly presentation of numbers. Headlines such as “30,000 people dead”, or “another 1000 people died overnight”.  I have to say that even though I knew that these figures were a bit misleading, they still troubled me.  It was not until after some days that I chanced across a few reports reminding me that these figures were not actually accurate. They were based upon mathematical models of likely causes and infection rates, recovery rates and testing numbers. Yes people had died but that is part of our daily life – its just that we are not usually confronted with it. If I received a daily report telling me how many people had died on any given day in the UK or US even before this virus then it would have been no more troubling and the numbers would have been more or less the same. (was it not this that started the Buddha on his way?) And death rates fluctuate in any given year.

Thankfully there seems to be an awareness now that these numbers are simply common death rates, not necessarily Corona virus death rates or evidence of a monster with us. But combined with additional people needing medical assistance – there is confusion and fear within the health system.

Yet the panic remains over death – why?

We all have our different ways of seeing illness. In some circles metaphysicians argue with it with a “You, John Smith cannot have tuberculosis because there is no tuberculosis and God made you perfect” which although effective is a kind of hypnosis – simply assuring the carnal mind that the symptoms are not there. Others simply turn to God in silence without making demands and watch as healing comes.

Is this really laying the axe at the root of the tree? It sounds more like John Smith (the human by that name) is having his identity affirmed and his disease is being denied. If anything his ego is being massaged a bit. Naming diseases and people rarely works and lowers things down to ritualistic exorcisms.

The creation of any virus or disease comes first from us allowing space in our minds for it.  By hearing a number, a presence or talk about the symptoms or perhaps a passing cough on the bus that we thought we had not noticed. Or sometimes it just comes from other´s thoughts and fears. We do not need to deny that but we do need to see what is happening.  It is allowing ourselves to be lowered down into a scenario where we define ourselves as little minds with a brain and skull which can be infected. That can happen on a worldwide scale as well as a personal one. But is that who we really are?

It is at this point there is not a need to treat “John Smith” of “Coronavirus” because firstly John Smith is not the Man that God sees  – he sees Man which has the same relationship as the vine has to the branches on a tree – inseparable, indestructable and part of the whole bigger picture of the tree –  never separate. So why would my prayer be “I am hanging on a vine (but my name is still John smith and I yes I have an identity in God but I feel threatened). Its a little bit of double thinking and wanting to remain in two worlds.

God does not send disease and he does not sweep in with a bag of sickness for humanity. He does not know sickness and no affirmative words or pleading with Him will change anything whether its via the ears or brain.

The presence of a virus does tell us that there is something wrong with our view of the Vine and vine tree scenario otherwise we would not all be panicking at the idea of any kind of death. Can any of us say we truly know who God is?

Again, the presence of the virus can be used as a sign to say “where is your God?” and it is at this point we should be realising that God is not our personal slave to simply heal disease. He is a loving entity with whom and in whom we have our being. That means daily contact – to stay healthy, not waiting until we get sick.

To get to know this Entity better is our way, not to plead with It or use words to demand from It. We need to find silence for daily commune with Him, to listen, to hear and to be assured. This commune should not be filled with any kind of demands or desires. It is simply “being” and can be for 1 or 2 or 10 or however many minutes a day you have. simply to say a verse from the Bible like “The Father and I are one” or “He is in Me and I in Him”

As you learn to trust Him – you grow and as you grow you can expect to see him more in your life and as he appears things like disease and fear just fade.

 

 

 

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Love in the Time of Corona

A few people have sent me questions asking how to pray about Corona virus.

In short you don´t.

That might seem a bit strange but let me explain.  We have the belief that Father Mother is not present in the human realm – not because He has given up on it (God is not a person – he is a Force described in many different ways) but because the human realm is a world of simply wrong thinking, a world which is formed by man creating his own lusts and desires – holding the view that he is the starting point of everything and that what he sees with his eyes and his touch is real and is effectively his world. It is an illusionary place with its own rules and desires (and 24 hour reporting). It bears no comparison to reality except perhaps when man catches sight or an idea of eternity and even then it is usually seen within the sensual realm of the potential of the human existence.

It is not possible to pray about something which doesnt exist – and it is not just about Corona, it is part and parcel of this whole wide belief system that Love/God, Father Mother is not present in our lives and what we see with our eyes is what we get. In this case 60 years and death.  I believe it was the Buddha who said “With our thoughts we make our world”. So a world based on investment return or what Tom Hanks is doing today is simply not sustainable, at some point it will fall. But have no joy or sadness over this because it will reinvent itself – illusion generally does that.

  1. God does not see this – so you cant beg him to take it away – and if he is Love (instead of a guy on a throne) – your prayer can´t reach God as a human mind.
  2. God is not your slave – why would he (even if he had a human mind) listen and decide to obey you? Human prayers have a wrong starting point – the human realm.

The way to deal with this issue is to displace the whole system not just a perceived virus within it. 

Closing your eyes, even for one minute, quietening your mind with a scripture like “I and my Father are one” or “He Leadeth Me” – without any kind of desire is enough for you to hear the voice of Peace – quietly listening and to let God get into the picture. The best thing you can do right now is to switch off the roaring lion telling you that we are all going to die and simply close your eyes even for 2 minutes. When you feel the Peace, you will know that God is on the scene – that is enough to bring change. Try to do this hourly – you will be amazed at the results.

When your whole identity becomes that of Gods, your world changes, including your perception and what you see around you.