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HEALING AND GROWTH 2

HEALING AND GROWTH

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ALL EXPERIENCE CAN BE POSITIVE.

If I had damaged my spirit, I need to approach God and feel His growth of healing love. If I had broken laws or sinned, I need to change my heart, forgive myself and then move onward. If I had hurt someone, I need to start loving them – honestly – and seek their forgiveness. Repentance can be as easy or as difficult as we make it.

If we fall down again, even if it is a thousand times, we need to get up, dust ourselves off, and get moving again. We’re growing more than we think. All experience can be positive.

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HEALING AND THE SPIRIT

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A JOYFUL HEART IS THE HEALTH OF THE BODY. Proverbs 17:22

The spirit in us is powerful. It can give strength to the body, ward off illness, or, once the body is sick, to cause it to heal. The spirit has power to control the mind, and the mind controls the body.

All comes from within. All misery comes from within. We can create our own spiral of despair, or we can create a trampoline of happiness and attainment. Our thoughts have tremendous power.

We do not deny the presence of the illness or problem; we simply deny its power over our divine right to remove it. We are to live by faith, not sight. Sight is involved with the analytical mind. Faith involves the spirit. To gain faith, one must practice the use of it.

The spirit communicates with God; it is the receptive device that receives insight from Him. The source of energy is God and is always there, but we must tune Him in. Continue reading HEALING AND GROWTH 2

THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

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God summons us to this journey. We invite those who choose to

THINK GOOD HEALTH

Come along on this pilgrimage. We promise no material advantage. We do promise meaning and inclusion in the community of faith – think: a new liberty and a new freedom and good health.

We as pilgrims feel certain that God, the Terrific Lover, has been present in the details of our days, as we chart the course of this journey.

The Lord’s Prayer says it all: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. And if that goal were characterized with a seriousness of purpose and direction, would not God respond in love to our prayers to follow His will?

Actually there is no moderate way to read the gospel and there is no middle road to follow Jesus. We must assert ourselves with our own deepest truth and at the same time reach out with great love to another. We were made for God; we were made for love.

Do what you love, but don’t do it for the money. The attachment to money is a huge temptation to deviate from love. Remember the purpose of your career: to channel God’s love, to spread joy.

When our motives are getting and not giving, our mind becomes the source of greed — it dulls our creativity and wastes our energy. Our money is God’s money. God wants us to have whatever material support contributes to our happiness. Ask God to channel His abundance through you in a way that serves the world. Continue reading THINK GOOD HEALTH   2

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 2

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“Be Still an Know that I am God”

 A strong believer in Christian meditation, Padre Pio stated: “Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds Him”.  

Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that, in spite of all the distractions of the modern world, this silence is perfectly possible for all of us. To attain this silence and stillness we have to devote time, energy, and love.

The way we set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that today is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God“. In meditation we turn the searchlight of consciousness off ourselves.

In meditation we are not thinking of or imagining God at all. In meditation we seek to do something immeasurably greater: we seek to be with God, to be with Jesus, to be with his Holy Spirit. In meditation we go beyond thoughts, even holy thoughts. Meditation is concerned not with thinking, but with being. Our aim for Christian prayer is to allow God’s mysterious and silent presence within us to become the reality which gives meaning, shape, and purpose to everything we are. The task of meditation, therefore, is to bring our distracted mind to stillness, silence, and concentration.

To meditate, seek a quiet place, and find a comfortable upright sitting position. Close your eyes gently. Sit relaxed but alert. Silently, interiorly, begin to say a single work. We recommend the prayer phrase “Maranatha”. It is utterly simple. Say it like this, MA-RA-NA-THA. Four equally stressed syllables. Some people say the work in conjunction with their calm and regular breathing. The speed should be fairly slow and fairly rhythmical. Continue reading CHRISTIAN MEDITATION 2

PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS 2

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BUILD MY SELF-ESTEEM

We may have psychological wounds that take a lifetime to be healed. We may suffer from poor self-esteem: we feel that we have a lot to lose if another person really got to know us and perhaps they will not like what they find. We may have scars caused by old betrayals and rejections that have not healed. We may have cultural and ethnic backgrounds that limit our capability for warmth and openness.

Few of us were raised with a sense of unconditional approval. Instead we were trained for the struggles of the world. We develop an ego — a false belief about ourselves. Our ego, our small separate self, separates us from love. By looking out for oneself, one deviates from love. We then begin slowly to fall apart with fear & anxiety — that we aren’t good enough.

However, it seems that in times of sorrow, God is mysteriously most accessible. In some profound sense, life is not ultimately absurd but rich with redemptive meaning, though we do not feel this nor can we explain it very well at the time.

It is the work of years that allow love to heal and forgive. The work of becoming love, and of becoming what God is, may be accomplished in an entire lifetime. In the end, it is upon completing these tasks of love that we will be judged.

So relax and feel love in your heart in situations that you meet. The world softens when you soften and the world loves you when you choose to love the world. Then when love matters more to us than anything, God, in turn, gives us an outpouring of His power. We are given His power to share with the world, to heal all wounds, to awaken all hearts. Continue reading PSYCHOLOGICAL WOUNDS 2

BLESSING OF ILLNESS 2

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BLESSING OF ILLNESS

God doesn’t punish us by sending illness to us. On the contrary, illness forces us to depend on God even though some people, who are ill, may feel bitter initially. In the end, illness forces us to focus on important things in our lives. It teaches us to pray. So there is a blessing of illness.

Real health is inner peace even during the experience of critical illness. This happens when we surrender our illness to God. It is almost as if our illness was a “wake-up call” for our lives to really start. Finding that essence is our return to God. It is the real purpose of our lives. So healing is a return to God and love.

We are spirits and not bodies; we are eternally healthy and we are incapable of sickness from the perspective of the spirit world. The mind is more powerful than the body. It sometimes blocks our capacity to find God. Instead it must be used as a springboard to soar into His arms. We must turn our eyes away from the sickness to the love that lies beyond it. No sickness can diminish our capacity to love.

Sickness is a reflection of our own love that needs to be reclaimed. We must let go of our thoughts of fear and embrace a world of hope and love. This surrender is so gentle you need only whisper it and all the spiritual power of God’s love will rush to your assistance and support. God does His part when we do ours. Continue reading BLESSING OF ILLNESS 2

OUR INNER STRUGGLES  2

       Inner Struggles

SHAKING THE BLUES

In order to deal with your inner struggles, don’t think of your past as a chain around your neck. Thank God for every detail of your life and believe that He has permitted all of these events in order to bring you to the place where you are now — closer to God.Untitled-2

We are encouraged to ask God for everything. So occupy yourself with work while you wait for God to show you the way. Perhaps you can find others who need help that you can give.

Try to enter into His presence. Don’t be afraid to try — He already knows the limitations that you have on your spiritual growth.

Those who have difficulty, yet praise God, will experience an incomparable life. No matter how difficult it is, keep your eyes off the problem and trust Him in every detail of your life. Keep praising God and move forward.

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LIFE AFTER DEATH  2

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KINGDOM OF GOD: LIFE AFTER DEATH

There is pseudo-scientific evidence for those who still wonder or who can never comprehend anything in the spiritual realm. There are well documented personal encounters in a life after death occurrence where people died for short periods of time and came back to relate their experiences: a voyage in a long tunnel toward a light that most believed it to be God. Their whole life passed before them in seconds while in the presence of a judgment of a Supreme Being. Thereafter they are momentarily reunited with people that had died previously in an unbelievable peaceful milieu from which they did not wish to leave. Obviously in this life-after-death experience, their spirit was always forced to return to their bodies.

Conversely in a few instances the spirit was drawn into a more foreboding place. In one true story, a recovering drug addict thanked his assailant, a drug enforcer for saving his life, the life of his wife and his two children. In the hospital emergency where he died for a half hour, his spirit witnessed a foul frightening abyss. This experience scared him so much that he eventually became a born-again Christian. He was enthusiastic to recall this story to the drug enforcer who had broken his arm in many places; he wanted to tell him that he forgave him.

Stories like this appeared in the book section of the Reader’s Digest collected by a heart surgeon. This was based on a book, LIFE AFTER DEATH, written about 250 people from all over the continent who experienced similar phenomena and who did not know each other. This article attracted so much attention that the Reader’s Digest devoted the book section of a subsequent month based on all the letters they were receiving.

A recent Angus Reid poll (Feb/96) found that most Canadians are interested in almost everything spiritual-except the churches.

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EVERY PROBLEM HAS ITS OWN SOLUTION  2

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I CAN WITH GOD

 With God we know that we can keep in touch with our own mind and we can get our own lives together.  Without God how else can we do it?  We meet daily stresses and make difficult choices.  Only later do we realize that all these events were God-led.  In fact, it is God that has had to grab us by the hair so that we are able to make new commitments and thereby live more wisely.  So every problem has its own solution.

A crisis may take us to our knees, our most humble thinking. If we had been there to begin with — if we had placed the power of God before our own, putting love before any personal ambition, then our problem may not have developed.

                                     
People don’t always “have it all together” all the time.  It is the wise person who can communicate their experiences of disruptions of relationships or ideas buried deep within.  Then God summons them and they respond and they become wiser.                                                                  
Every time that we are forced up against the absurd, we are compelled to deal with it, to change or grow.  The problem is that the absurd is so absurd – it does not make sense.

Every problem comes bearing its own solution. A crisis may take us to our knees, our most humble thinking. If we had been there to begin with — if we had placed the power of God before our own, putting love before any personal ambition, then our problem may not have developed.

In the end we begin to focus on real problems and situations.  We begin to abandon the fantasies that we have woven concerning how things should go. Continue reading EVERY PROBLEM HAS ITS OWN SOLUTION  2

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STAGE OF LIFE

At what stage are you?
STAGES OF DISCIPLESHIP

Your action to the Thunder of Justice may depend more on what is your stage of life: after the Curiosity Stage, the second stage we find it comfortable to hang around Jesus.  We are easily able to set this Jesus business aside.  We inherently know that there is something more but we don’t know how to explain it.  We hopefully will meet someone who will clarify this interior vision.

The third stage is an Awakening.  It is not enough to ponder the mystery of the kingdom of God.  We associate ourselves with those who are involved with healing the afflicted.  We decide to organize a similar activity into our lives.  We feel a certain surge of joy as we begin to get involved.

Finally we are invited from office, kitchen, classroom or assembly line to broaden our world view and with critical eye to examine our commitment of the mission of Jesus.  It is a call to broaden our horizons.  Instead of imitating Jesus, we wish to identify with Jesus. The follower has become leader.  We must do what Jesus did.

Our world is as big as our psyche wants it to be. The command to watch and pray has new dimensions.  We await the next set of directions which will point out the next step.  The power that proclaims the reign of God and power that heals the afflictions of the world is not ours but God’s.  For our part, we will be able to reach out to others who may not even love us in return.

An Informed Faith

Even the most casual reading of the bible tells us that the reign of God is both a present and a future reality. This era is becoming the age of disciples. The laity has come of age.

We really don’t lose our faith easily any way, but our faith can suffer from atrophy because of the lack of careful inquiry. Human issues can become very tangled if we don’t have a faith that seeks understanding and asks questions. We need to challenge society. We need to search anew the demands of Jesus in very radical ways. Continue reading STAGE OF LIFE 2

PAIN AND STRUGGLES 2

Shaking the Blues

SHAKE THE BLUES

 With God we know that we can keep in touch with our own mind and we can get our own lives together.  Without God how else can we do it?  We meet daily stresses, pain and struggles and make difficult choices.  Only latter do we realize that all these events were God-led.  In fact, it is God that has had to grab us by the hair so that we are able to make new commitments and thereby live more wisely.

People don’t always “have it all together” all the time.  It is the wise person who can communicate their experiences of disruptions of relationships or ideas buried deep within.  Then God summons them and they respond and they become wiser.

Every time that we are forced up against the absurd, we are compelled to deal with it, to change or grow.  The problem is that the absurd is so absurd that it does not make sense. In the end we begin to focus on real problems and situations.  We begin to abandon the fantasies that we have woven concerning how things should go.

      We may have psychological wounds that take a lifetime to be healed.  We may suffer from poor self-esteem:  we feel that we have a lot to lose if another person really got to know us and perhaps they will not like what they find.  We may have scars caused by old betrayals and rejections that have not healed.  We may have cultural and ethnic backgrounds which limit our capability for warmth and openness.                                                                                                                                   
However, it seems that in times of sorrow, God is mysteriously most accessible.  In some profound sense, life is not ultimately absurd but rich with redemptive meaning, though we do not feel this nor can we explain it very well at the time.

It is the work of years that allow love to heal and forgive.  The work of becoming love, and of becoming what God is, may be accomplished in an entire lifetime.  In the end, it is upon completing these tasks of love that we will be judged. 

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