Posts Tagged ‘book club’

One of the greatest lies we tell ourselves is that normal is a universal precept. It is not. Each and every one of us is normal for our journey of life. We each have experiences, positive and negative, glorious and disastrous, and sometimes awesome or monstrous…yet that is normal for our life journey.

Be perfect therefore as your heavenly Father is perfect.

-Matthew 5:28

bookAs Martella-Whitsett aptly points out in her 2011 How to Pray without Talking to God, the word perfect in the original language is teleios, which is more aptly translated as wholeness (p.129). That is Brother Jesus is pointing out that we are already whole, living in the Divine Life is we choose to accept and live into it. Or we can accept the negative, and not realize that there is something beyond. That is continue to live within the “what ifs” or “what won’t happen” or “woe is me” narrative that becomes so much easier to exist within thus we create the false teaching within the Law of Attraction that you have brought this upon yourself (or in Biblical times, who sinned to create this condition?).

A something wrong consciousness is not a reality but a limited perception. A consciousness of separation is not a truth but a choice. Consciousness is pivotal.

(Martella-Whitsett p. 135)

Image may contain: textConsciousness is what we do with challenges and successes. It is not advocating for the slippery slope in some fundamentalist healing sects/meta-physics that our minds can cure everything or Spirit/God can by using the right incantation of words of “Truth”.

It is standing in your wholeness. Some would call it the image bearer of the divine, others in unity with the divine. Yet that is wholeness, affirming that spark of divinity that is within you, and you are just as you are meant to be.

This has been an important re-affirmation for my family. We have found sometimes within the disabilities community families can be so wrapped in grief for loss of what they believe normal is… they do not experience the beauty, wonder and wholeness that is with them or is them.

Or in Martella-Whitsett’s words (p.137):

Healing is the activity of recovery, repair and restoration, correcting a consciousness that had veered away from wholeness. In other words, we heal ourselves by cultivating a consciousness of wholeness.

How do you do that?

Martella-Whitsett outlines a practice that is all too familiar. Words may change, but the practice/disciplines are essentially the same. Sacred reading. Time in communion (prayer/meditation); Self-examin (affirmation/denial); community of spirituality; and journalling (words or images)…

Because it is in the moments of pausing from the busyness and noise of life that we can draw deeper into the Holy Mystery. We resonate with the Holy Breath that was breathed into us at creation, and the star dust within activates.

Or as bluntly as the reverend puts it in her book (p. 137):

God does not heal! God is wholeness.

And we re-encounter and renew that wholeness by time spent.

What is your steps into wholeness this week?

New Gathering

Posted: January 26, 2015 by Ty in Musings
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Ah readers, for those who have been following my family’s journey for community, you know it has been a winding road. It has involved and evolved out of our home, and a journey through many types of Christendom, that did see movie nights, games nights, play nights, bible studies and potlucks.

Yet the goal has been simple, an open space where all are welcome to explore what it is we believe, why we believe it and how it makes our lives, and the lives of others better. This is the piece of the journey we are hoping to renew through our involvement with the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living, we have launched a book group in our home that has seen us meet to discuss two books so far: Wizard of Us by Jean Houston and As We Think so we are By James Allen. Both were excellent metaphysical life books, but we realize purchasing a book can be a barrier for some, hence the next step.

Ernest Holmes’ text “Science of Mind” is a foundation text in New Thought, and one that can be heard and discussed wherever you are on your spiritual quest. So here we are, with a potluck brunch on Saturday mornings, and what is taking shape is a reading from Science of Mind and wherever the discussion will lead us.

What’s missing?