Posts Tagged ‘Ernest Holmes’


I woke up the morning of December 19 for work with my shirt soaked with tears. It is not a normal occurrence, but my son had a rough night of emotional pain and crawled into bed and couldn’t stop crying. Why you ask?  Well that is an intriguing story that actually started a reminiscence for long time readers.

A few years back when I was editor of socialist paper, I had a column dubbed “View from the Pew” where I would ruminate on the crossroads of the spiritual and political. As those in Canada know (or may need to re-learn) that the progressive movements started over coffee and tea in church basements in trying to build our just society.

A society that a spiritual centre dubs in their Metro paper ads as “inclusive” and my son learned far to devastatingly that this was false on the morning of December 18, which led to the tears overnight.

It was a secondary response from a pulpit that was anything but inclusive, and sadly so different from what he, in his joy, was used to feeling/experiencing.  Our world is not comfortable with those blessed and experiencing the world differently abled, we like to sidebar or over see or exclude. As some may realize, my family is not like that, when we speak of an open door for anyone, and even to loss of spiritual homes we have lived this.

So a few years back, we were attending and about to join the Roman Catholic church (I know shocking with their conservative theology, but bear with me on this)…and my sons joyful noise was addressed from the pulpit during High Mass, and y’know what the Priest came back with?  Hallejuah that there is someone so alive with love and the Spirit here today, that is how we all should be in our faith and living of love.

A faith home, that also had leadership that essentially stated all were welcome, all ages were welcome, and those raising complaints would be dealt with by the leadership for not including all God’s children.

Fast forward a few years and we are a family in a spiritual centre that speaks of inclusion, that never raises any issue with my son’s joyful noise. One time, the av guy had to come speak with us, he was respectful needing us to move from the back to the front so the sounds did not overcome the recording microphone. We got it, and even though the stadium seating stair case at SAIT Orpheus Theatre are not easy for someone with Cerebral Palsy to move down, supported by me, that is not always the strongest of backs, we made it work.

Then as my son in his grief cycle of loss, got to the point he wanted to go back to “church” to hear music, and hear about Santa…we went.  The morning music was about Santa, he was rocking in joy, and excited with pics of his buddy (Santa) up on the screen…when it happened.

The Minister decided it was time to attack as he was taking a moment to gleefully calm down. Asking him to move to the back or not make a noise while she talked. My son said No. He knew there was no option to move to the back, and by asking he was being kicked out.  With the next noise he made in glee…my son and me left. It was a hard walk up, as he did not want to go, but I could not deal with any more spiritual assault from the pulpit to my little boy. Eyes were averted.

Of this great spiritual place that boasts 9 other “deeply trained” practitioners and ministers, none followed, no members of the congregation that always said how they enjoyed my son followed to see if we were okay…sorry check that…one loan lady came running out in tears pleading for us to go back in saying he wasn’t bad, but that’s all my son could repeat:

Santa thinks I’m naughty. I spent time calming him, soothing him, reminding him no he was not naughty, this is the ugliness of prejudice that he is far to young to experience.

A few members came out to use the washroom or get a drink, he would say hi, they would not make eye contact and hustle past completely ignoring him. We were waiting as I did not want my daughter to feel the pain of being cast out to by pulling her out of Funday early.

But as we waited,

I watched the sparkle leave my son’s eye. His joy fade to a pale facade, as each of these “holy” people ran away…

my little boy who a few years earlier when we became members thanked this place for loving him…looked at me and said, “Daddy they no love me.”

Was there an outreach for an apology? A feeble attempt of the, it was handled badly moments…made worse by the centre believing they could post the video unedited of the talk, so that I actually had to contact them to deal with it in a respectful way…because that act in itself tells me you saw nothing wrong with the actions as a community, and do not see him as a full person.

But it was the ringing silence that morning that struck me…one person whose heart is bigger than her, but no one else, and those that did averted like you think we had the plague. That is when it hit me. The progressive spiritual movements were in shock when someone like Trump road a wave of lowest common denominator to the presidency and in shock asked how?

Sunday Morning December 18 when my little boy was asked to leave a spiritual gathering over joy in Santa, and all but one person in a 100+ person gathering remained silent. Sat in silent solidarity with the most vulnerable being cast out…that is how a USA 2016 election result happens, you are now part of the tipping point to the opposite of love and inclusion.

This is my humble view from my pew (or in this case padded seat in an Orpheus Theatre to a wooden bench in the SAIT Student Centre).

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It is true, to find a place where you can truly be the true you, takes time, and effort. Sometimes one falls effortlessly into a spot, other times the journey builds up a lot of open wounds, bruises and scar tissue to truly find respite and belonging.

My journey has been an in between, sadly some placed we thought availed of spiritual belonging attacked the youngest of us (still a certain Lutheran Church sadly my son cannot go by the parking lot of without having a meltdown) or a certain non-denom cult that the humour of being kicked out for a bible study invite still stays with the wifey…yet there is a spiritual home for everyone….it is just about finding the right hole to fit your peg, the right puzzle piece that connects…

And yes even with diverse family units such as ours there is a puzzle that can fit all our pieces. Currently I feel we are in such a place. One where the kids can grow, we can grow, and it is not necessarily because of what happens with each Sunday, or even all the courses/workshops offered at the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living, although they help the curious learners within…

Nope, it is the type of puzzle that allows your mosaic to thrive, so not just fitting into an ideology or dogma, but a place where you can think and grow as you are meant to within the Spirit and the Spirit within. A place that allows for questions, diversity and evolution of the self and the whole. A holistic communion if you will.

For our family, it is that place to belong, for we can still be curious, we can still journey outside of the metaphoric four walls of the Centre and sample other things, grow in other ways (Nods to you Unity of Calgary and UCM Alberta)…and know that no judgment is held when we come home with new ideas to banter about.

It is through authentic belonging, that then authentic purpose can be realized for all within the family and community for there is no falsity in fitting in, or trying to be something or one you are not. Regardless of life lived, or being lived, or who you love, or what path you are one, or ability/differently abled there is always a way to realize where Spirit calls and a community to walk with in realizing that call.

Just thoughts that percolate in the work I do in aiding others in building home and coming to peace in my own self as I truly am at a place of Thy own self be true if you will.


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Slide from Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living on April 10, 2016

It was new member Sunday at the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living and as such it was centered on what the quote above speaks to—Belonging. It was only last year that the family joined, and I still remember my son, through his spastic speech speaking clearly into the microphone after quite a few tumultuous and judgmental spiritual homes for him say, “Thank you for loving me.”

This is the heart of the Sanskrit word that title’s this post, belonging; it speaks Anthropologically to the idea of Tribe, and for the type of work I do, the concept of H-O-M-E.

So as one travels through life, there are a few things that shape us.

  1. Purpose-that is vocation something that adds meaning to our lives.
  2. Belonging-that place or places where we know we fit and are loved.

That is what spiritual centres, political parties, sports teams, book clubs, the list goes on and on in the area of face to face gatherings are about. It truly is like the Cheers’ theme song from the 1980’s to go to a place where everyone knows your name.

For our walk as a species though, do we create barriers for others that halt them being able to find belonging? Being able to find Home? Purpose? just because we would rather label? Or do we open up our communities for all, and see how the jigsaw pieces fit together for a true Sangha to be created…for it takes all types to flourish as a society.

Let’s be honest, it also takes many types of tribes together to build a healthy nation.

 

Join the flow

Posted: March 26, 2016 by Ty in Spirituality
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For while it is true that we are immersed in an Infinite Intelligence, a Mind that knows all things, it is also true that this Intelligence can acquaint us with Its ideas only as we are able and willing to receive them.

-Ernest Holmes

Science Of Mind (1938)

What does this mean? Is it the “awakening” movement at play through this quote?

No, what is resonating out of this for me is t hat we are already connected with everything. As Rev. Matthew Fox writes everything is in the Holy Mystery and the Holy Mystery is within everything (Panentheism) or for the more Star Wars style theologian, the Force. What has to happen though, is one has to be open to understanding that the entirety of the Universe is interdependent. Are whole ideal of individualism is a farce. Yes there are moments when independence glimmers. But for everything to work we have to recognize and understand our unity.

Now stepping out further with these metaphysical thoughts?

Simple, as we open ourselves to a more mindful existence, we realize the divinity that we are. And yes as we live out of that Holy Mystery the world is revealed a new to us.

So the question to ponder today, is are you open to the true reality?

As you become mindful in your day to day life, then an individual becomes more centered into the shared divinity that exists within one self and out of oneself. The true blessings of the flesh.


It is a unique thing to be working through a prosperity course and not being focused on “getting rich quick” or quick rich scheme or ponzi scheme if you will. Mary Morrissey is a decent enough speaker and teacher. Yes they focus heavily on “tithing” of money, which never has sat well with me in general.

Yet they also tie into other points of tithing that I still remember learning from Father Bob in my Roman Catholic days, of not only money but of time and talent as well. For as my patron saint, Francis of Assisi was fond of singing, it is in giving that we receive. We are entering our seventh week of this ten week journey, and a question posed in the homework is around what has been gained by this?

Gained, a renewal of spiritual practice of self-examin, which always happened for me daily, beginning and end of the day: what is working, what needs to be changed, roads of creativity, yet this course (and since entering the New Thought fold) has become more structured once more.

There is also the “clearing” as they dub it, which is a renewal of my vow of simplicity, removing the excess of life to bless others or create the space for the energy that unites us all to move, grow and create within spacial realms.

Then there is the giving of our time, and finding a way to connect beyond ourselves.

So has there been a profound, AHA! or even a “money money I am in the money” moment? No. But there is a weight that has lifted from the family home through releasing that spiritual sludge which can become oppressive within our energy, the sludge that hardens like a plaque and creates disunity with the Holy. Removing and coming back in sync as a family unit is the blessing.

The next is walking towards into the renewed vision of an open, barrier free home, a place of gathering free of labels to discover how to live out in our communities, the answer to a very simple yet profound question:

What would Love do?

The first step is : poster

The next step and question is simply to ask, is there a reality where the Rainbow Chapel needs to be renewed?


Or will we. It has been quite a year for the lil clan Ragan in the Properties. It was a year that opened without the Matriarchs of our family for the first time as my Mum joined Nan in transitioning to Paradise in the fall of 2013. But the bumpy ride would not continue, as another member of the family’s “Greatest Generation” would transition, our kids beloved Dido in early 2014.

It would create a whirlwind time as my wife’s Mom would come live with us for a time.

It was a year where I continued to grow my renewed vocational call of serving to create homes, and continue teaching. Yet it was also a year that saw a renewal of my writing and a renewed passion to enter back into the work. Yes for those that have noticed I have put out a new spiritual e-book or two, and revisited the original super heroes in a universe I played with in my writing for decades, it was a fun tale to put out as I trimmed away decades of additions to bring the character back to what the Bionic Knight was originally. Will there be more? More than likely.

It was another spring-summer on the Alberta Parade Circuit for the kids to help wishes come true for Children’s Wish, as well as the summer the family made it to Drumheller for the first time so the kids could see the Dinosaurs and stay in a hotel.

But wait, first’s did not end there, for it was the first camp trip of the kids as we stayed in a cabin at Countess Country Museum and from there discovered Dinosaur Provincial Park.

A year of welcoming new family members.

Friends from Ontario visiting and sharing a coffee.

My sister coming over to hang out as the family journeyed through a tough time.

Personal and familial health issues, some sorted out, others not.

A return to medication so my mind no longer betrayed me.

Directly answering false accusations and being stronger for it.

It was a year where we continued our journey in institutional Christianity until the Summer, and eight months after the last visit to the pulpit for my Mum’s funeral, I was in the pulpit once again pushing the boundaries of the established church. For regular readers you know the journey and the challenge myself and my family have had with the religion of our heritage. It was the last church I preached at, that we journeyed with, that we needed for it was a good Christianity experience finally of being accepted, yet as regular readers can attest I tend to not only push the boundaries of the faith, but am beyond liberal/progressive to simply universalist. Or as the spiritual centre we discovered put’s it: What Would Love Do?

That’s right the summer saw us soulfully home is the best word I can use to describe it. Walking into a theatre at SAIT Poly Technic due to road construction keeping us from a return visit to Unity of Calgary, and needing a spiritual service. We found ourselves in the Calgary Centre for Spiritual Living.

The Science of Mind teachings we discovered became the culmination of a journey for my family of belonging, where we could hold our views, but did not have to discard others or hold to false pretenses of salvation, recite creeds that did not ring true. Instead finding solace in One Power and knowing that there is an open door for all.

It was a journey that took me to qualify for a scholarship and take my first course (See Bridge Project and the 12 Powers of Robin Hood for more on this). This journey that resonated within me and realized that the calling of ministry/monasticism was not wrong, but the soul was resting in the wrong spaces. For resting here in this teaching it was affirming what I had always battled about being true and others looking on as sacrilegious or heretical and here it just grooved.

But the course’s opening was not good for my family as it was the time of ultimate violation, our house was broken in to and the heirloom jewelry of my family was taken. My family was left shaken, and the journey of healing and rebuilding began. Out of this shock came a huge blessing as my family adopted our new fur-baby, a 7 year old rescue lady, mixed pitbull and bulldog that had a first love moment with my son, Diamond came home late November, just 3 weeks after the break in, and became a Ragan.

Yup those that visit cannot imagine our household without our third child.

And as the year wound down it was a time of family. Christmas was hard to get in to, cards were mailed late, and there was something missing, but I am fairly certain on Christmas Day Morning those missing from the celebrations were in the room visiting as presents were unwrapped and children played. It was realizing that as a family we have inherited much in our Christmas traditions and decor, but over the next year creating new traditions and decor that reflect who we are as a family and the journey we have taken.

When midnight tolled to ring in 2015 looking back thinking 2014 was finally done, and glad it was gone. Much stress, much sorrow, much emptiness…

But then, the therapy of the words on the screen.

2014 was bumpy, and there was tears shed, but when it comes down to it, the family is blessed for having had this journey as as 2015 opens the transformation continues.

We are home.


This is my final project for Science of Mind 102 course, it is essentially a bridge between what I have learned before entering into this learning, and what I have learned during this time of discovery:

Vocational Discovery
Final Project for Science of Mind 102: Effective Prayer

December 18, 2014

Opening Reading:

“The professional mental and spiritual practitioner is one who has dedicated their life—their time, energies, intelligence—to helping others, through mental and spiritual means and methods.”

-Ernest Holmes, Science of Mind: The Complete Edition p.412.

Lectio Divina:

Close your eyes, as we enter into an ancient meditative practice that will guide us into our treatment and affirmation at the end. It is from Ignatius of Loyola, and is known as Lection Divina, it is hearing a story three times, each time with a different question of focus for your time in communion with Spirit.

Reflecting on the quote from Ernest Holmes, we shall hear a story of a realization; get as comfortable as you can. Close your eyes feel your breath slow, feel this room melt away, the chair disappear. The air shift and change as you travel 2000 years into the past, and across oceans, to an arid landscape, feel dust over your sandaled feet, as you watch a student and teach discourse, hear these words.

With this first reading what words or phrases resonate with the Spirit you are one with? Sit with those for a time and see what shifts within your soul:

Matthew 16:13-19 (New American Bible Revised Edition):

13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi[i] he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,[j] others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 [k]Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood[l] has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,[m] and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.[n] Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

-Give 1 to 2 minutes for quiet reflection-

With this second reading, what images or memories surface of keys you have been given to realize your true calling?

Matthew 16:13-19 (New American Bible Revised Edition):

13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi[i] he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,[j] others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 [k]Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood[l] has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,[m] and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.[n] Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

-Give 1 to 2 minutes for quiet reflection-

With this third, and final reading, enter into Peter, can you feel his emotions? What resonates within you as these words are spoken in your search for path?

Matthew 16:13-19 (New American Bible Revised Edition):

13 When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi[i] he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist,[j] others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 [k]Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood[l] has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18 And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,[m] and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.[n] Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Deepen your breaths once more, feel the chair come back around you the room become tangible. Rest in the peace of knowing the blessing you are in this world, life and adventure yet to come. Know that you are one with Spirit.

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Who do I say that Spirit is? Spirit is the creative force that enlightens the heart, gives pathways to the soul. Is love incarnate that transforms this world for the better. Spirit permeates all. Spirit holds the keys to the Kingdom of the Soul, to reveal truth of pilgrimage.

It is the same Spirit that resonates within and through me. I claim Oneness with Spirit. The pilgrimage is not separate from Spirit, for Spirit is unified within me as I discern a path that is laid out for me. I claim, in unity a path that will show love and care, discovery of the truth of others by discovering the truth of me. This is the path the Spirit has opened up, and is why I am called blessed, and have been given the keys to the unlock my kingdom here on earth, for it is within the now that the world will be transformed for my living out Love.

I realize that here and now, at this crossroads in a new journey, with new learning, insights and paths laid forward. The declaration that my life lived up until now, has made now possible. I claim the path of the new beginning that comes with the rising sun of each day, and I claim my own life call, one that will bring abundance, meaning, and connection within my own life. My calling that will create new relationships personally and professionally in my life of like souled individuals to grow positive community in my life now.

I thank Spirit for this new reality opened up. For new friends already met, and new mentors my heart has been opened too. The Universe has rekindled a call within my soul that I believed would never find a home, but a home it has found and I am thankful for that home.

I release the blockages of falsity and lies that have veiled over the truth of Spirit, the truth of me, and my claiming of the keys to my own paradise.  I know that this is true, and I declare and affirm with my community…

And so it is.

Closing Affirmation:

I am blessed and a blessing in my life.

Thank you.