Learn Gaelic, Uncategorized

Learning Scottish Gaelic – Introduction

The problem with learning Gaelic is no different than learning any other language:

  1. access to material
  2. access to a teacher
  3. access to people to practice with.

There is an opinion that because it´s Gaelic; the language will somehow be harder. This is gladly not the case.  It is simply because there are less people around to practice with.

I am about to launch a Gaelic blog on this site to help with learning which will be called “Morning in the Mountains” since I will mostly be writing it in the mornings here in Scotland. It will be a little bit different from usual courses because I want to try and cover the three points mentioned above. I also want to make the course a bit slower than other courses so we can enjoy the rich grammar and more vocabulary without having to rush through a grammar book.  I also want it to move slower for older people. Finally, I want to use different kinds of materials for learning, Art, Spirituality, History, Proverbs and Experiences.  I really don´t want this to simply be another Gaelic blog, I want it to be something which people can connect with, enjoy reading and get to know.

I also want it to be an expression of my faith. Something a bit more mental and experiential rather than trying to cram in information to my brain. Something which you will like.

I suggest you use these pages in conjunction with a thorough study of “Gramar na Gàidhlig” by Michael Byrne

and

http://www.memrise.com  use the decks version

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

February 4th 1866 – The Divine Bursts through

February 4, 1866, was a time in which the divine presence burst through into the mind of Mary Baker Eddy.   After falling on Ice on February 3rd,  and at the door of so called death, She got up, got dressed, and walked out of a room she was not expected to leave from,  except in a box.

It  was a private moment alone with God in which she gained a Bible-based insight into the purely spiritual nature of reality and dedicated the rest of her life, giving that message to the world.

 

Christian Science, Uncategorized

Why your belief in duality will ultimately kill you

Let´s first of all define what I mean by “Duality”

I mean that any belief in a “good” power and a “bad” power, good/evil, right/wrong or indeed any power other than the ultimate source of all Good which we will call “God” for the purposes of this post. Continue reading “Why your belief in duality will ultimately kill you”

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#Gaelic Spirit? What is it in relation to language and culture?

Yesterday I wrote a post about linking Gaelic language and identity with a Spirituality. Working on the basis that at present, many Gaels (defined as people who speak the language) are not native and those who are native are affected largely by their past, growing up in isolated communities where outward pervasive religious opinion has largely dominated thinking particularly before the technological era. The idea of looking at this, is to ensure that Gaelic learning is based on a Principled learning structure  otherwise any attempt to push it forward is likely to fail as it would have no basis or claim to a continuing reality.

I would like to continue that post by looking more at what “Gaelic Spirit” might be and how it can be harnessed to push the language into the future, let go of unhelpful dogma as well as honouring our history.

To begin, we need to define exactly what we mean by  “Spirit”. This term is not in any way linked to a religious idea specifically although it does not exclude it. The question is, what is the force which brings us to a point of language learning or choosing to use a different form of communication, which actually reinforces our identity, as Gaels?

Yesterday I spoke about drawing a pedagogical structure to demonstrate these points. In any such structure “Spirit” needs to be clearly demonstrated as the power of the thing or at the heart of it. In religious terms this can be called ruach, wind of God or a whole host of other largely unhelpful words and as these terms bring up a sense of the very things we are trying to displace on one hand organised religious opinion and myticism or paganism on the other, I don’t want to bring them into the structure.

Although I have not started working on drawing the structure yet, it will be loosely based upon the hand drawn chart in the picture below,  which was created by me to show the continuous revelation of English for language learners. It is a structure which is divided into two parts, practical and academic (left and right) and conscious and Subconscious (top and bottom) where the bottom part represents “Spirit” governing the top part which is our outward functional identity. A structure like this can be used to analyse  personal and collective Gaelic learning and further definitions can be added to each line of each square later to bring out more points.

The question which can be asked even at this early stage with a basic hand drawn chart has to be:

“what is driving me to learn  Gaelic, is it my outward self based on a material, personal or political agenda or is it coming from “Spirit”? ( in this case we will define Spirit as God or  our subconscious or collective Mind).

I need to say that unless we are prepared to honestly ask ourselves this question, with the help of a structure such as this, then we can expect to see more opposition to Gaelic learning because political force and sentimentality are not enough for it to survive. Outward strength brought on from political rhetoric, personal circumstances etc cannot endure in the long term, whereas a sound principled idea of learning Gaelic is more helpful.

For native Gaelic speakers, the structure could also be used to explore a more Spiritual theme such as whether a personal god exists in the top two rows in that person’s particular expression or whether a deeper look at personal offences needs to be examined.

It may be helpful for us to explore how to use the Collective Mind or subconscious to push ourselves forward but the structure needs to be defined first as well as the terms I want to use to further demonstrate my points.

I hope to be able to come up with it shortly.

 

 

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Christian Science, Uncategorized

Everlasting Punishment, God or not God?

One of the biggest problems I face working with Christian Science is the rather limiting views people have of words like “christian”. It immediately brings up views of God Heaven or Hell, judgement etc. As a result, conversations are immediately stopped or ended when this comes up. I and likely everyone else would be happier if the word Christian was dropped.

America has the same problem but backward, it loves religious terms but few actually believe or look beyond the outward forms. In other words, they have a Christian shop front and perhaps a moral interior. We in the UK have a secular shop front and some kind of personal morality which remains unamed.

This week, I found myself in the same situation whilst writing and working with the theme of “everlasting punishment”. Two words making a phrase which really does not reflect Love whatsoever. People were clearly confused by my peace and love ethic whilst watching me read about “everlasting punishment” in this weeks lesson topic. The only logical explanation I can give is that in Mrs Eddy’s day, people were grappling with leaving these ideas behind. These days Everlasting Love would be a better term.

Still we must realise and respect that the Bible has two clear histories of the mortal man and Immortal man. The term “everlasting punishment” clearly belongs to the mortal which needs to be displaced (not worked with, improved etc). Unfortunately few people catch this nor would I be given time to explain before Im judged.

If we remove the name God, what can we use to refer to God? In CS circles “father mother” is used but this has too many layers for many people also.

I find “Anam Cara” which is Scottish Gaelic for “soul friend” to be very good for this but we need to be careful in remembering we are dealing with a force, not a personality.

Not using the word God frees us to see “it” in art forms and other ways where we do not expect it, it also helps us to seperate ourselves from others who may have a limited vision about this.