catholic, Christian Science, Poems, Uncategorized

An Unfinished Poem,

Gently on piano keys or,
strung upon the harp,
strummed upon the guitar strings or
words said from the heart,

A colder breeze in winter time
or withered flowerless briar
all are made to break your dreams
and draw your thoughts much higher

An Ocean beach in times more calm
At home with people stern
A tempest storm or healing balm
Higher thoughts that you must learn

Ne´er upon life´s empty shores
no matter how it seems
For going to reach a better place
you have to break the dream

catholic, Christian Science, Uncategorized

Prejudice leads to death.

At this time, when we see in the media, reports of a policeman killing a young black male in what looks like a senseless attack, it is hard to make sense of any of it.  There are also a number of unhelpful opinions from evangelicals quoting the wrath of God and perhaps darker more racial themes which have not been fully aired yet.

What is even more difficult to get, is how this killing relates to a slave trade abolished 200 years ago. Protests in the UK have resulted in a statue being thrown into the river and others around the UK are likely to be removed in an attempt to lower controversy.

If we view our fellow man with a prejudged label of being black, white, yellow, gay or straight, (remember Matthew Shepard? How soon we forgot him) we are doing nothing more than drawing a perception, laying a frame around the person and hanging them on the wall like an unchanging portrait  –  then of course we expect that person to obey certain stereotypes – in other words, we invent the mental image of the person before us then we decide to dislike him because of the measurement of the perceived label against our own moral standards or preconceptions of how the labelled being should behave. Its a form of mortal slavery which reduces humanity down and places ourselves as a god and executioner in a world without any regulation on our thoughts towards the other person. “I don´t like that portrait anymore – I think I will change it”

Sadly in this case, George Floyd was labelled mentally, prejudged and then killed. The judge jury and executioner being nothing more than a completely  wrong opinion about who or what George was or about himself, believing perhaps that he (the killer) was able to snuff out another person´s life. The scary part is that it could happen to any of us, depending on what choice of label other people put on us or worse, what label we entertain about others or ourselves.

Perhaps this is a good time to remember Jesus – in mainstream Christianity he was or is the son of God. In metaphysics he was the “way shower” and someone who demonstrated that we are all “infinite being”, far bigger than our human bodies. To understand Him more we need to separate Jesus the man, born like the rest of us and the Christ, the message he brought and carried. His legacy included raising the dead, healing the sick and defining himself as Spiritual rather than mortal. As a result, the same opinion which killed George also killed Jesus, the Romans labelled him “king of the Jews” and nailed him to a tree, believing they were able to “kill”. His body died and he demonstrated the Great Infinity of Being by “coming back from the dead” or simply demonstrating that death is another false belief.  Today, the opinion about who he was still rages across humanity, each religious group anxious to give him a label, either to discredit him or to Love him and still he defies every label given, for he fits into none. Jesus was misunderstood then and surely not a lot has changed.  There is a lesson in this for those who can see it.

Some people say that because his mother Mary had an idea of Spirituality, she caught a glimpse of a metaphysical idea and brought it into her view. In some ways this is reflected in Catholic doctrine calling her “the Immaculate Conception” implying that she was the one with pure vision and eventually ascended to “Heaven” in the same way Jesus did. Ironically many people think that the Immaculate conception was Jesus as he too was born without sin.

The belief in our own minds that we are the judge, jury and god in any situation goes no higher than the ceiling of the room we are in. It is a false opinion about who we are and what life we are living.   That is why our prayers do not get answered and that is why we live in a world full of diseases,  sickness and death. To sit quietly for a few moments every day meditating on phrases like “I and my Father are One” help us to get into the mindset of Jesus, Spiritual, Whole and Pure and to displace the loud arguments stating otherwise,  around us.

In my own life, I have  been the victim of many labels, some self imposed, others that people have felt the need to place on me along with the results of those conditions appearing physically.  Locally in South west Scotland some people have a preoccupation with Catholicism and that remains the number one question when you meet someone for the first time or visit a Church – “Are you or were you Catholic”. I suppose that is one of the least harmful labels compared to others people could use to try and bring down my opinion of myself and others. But sadly those opinions about Catholicism have also killed, in Northern Ireland for example.

“Buddha said “with our thoughts we make the world” and the Bible has a lot to say on this including “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

Lets drop the labels and preconceptions – you might be surprised at the results. If the death of George can teach us something – it is to stop us mentally making an identity and expecting others to live up or down to it.

Finally, the CS material organisation should not remain silent on issues like these:

  1. It´s track record on LGBT rights, highlighted by  employee court cases in recent times is awful.
  2. CS Practitioners often may refuse to treat LGBT people if they wish
  3. The Church refuses to take any theological stand on LGBT issues, meaning that discrimination still takes place as no official policy exists. Silence kills.
  4. It´s permitted historical articles on the “healing” of homosexuality.
  5. Robert Peel´s biographical trilogy of Mary Baker Eddy makes reference to her support of the Anglo Israeli Movement. A group which supports the idea that British and American people (white people) are a remnant of the 10 tribes of Israel and favored by God.  I have encountered at least one Practitioner who still carries forward this view.

 

 

 

 

 

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.