October Food for Thought…….

We are now in my favorite month. The weather is cooling, the trees are changing color and the Ancestors are packing for their visit.
Isn’t it amazing that all the wonder and beauty around us cannot temper, even slightly, the ignorance and outright hatred of those who profess to be followers of Jesus? I’m referring to people who follow, “religiously”, the version of the Bible that suits their needs of the moment. I was faced with this ugliness when I was told by eyewitnesses and saw videos of a recent Pagan Pride Festival in our town. Professed Christians are afraid of what they have no knowledge of and don’t understand protesting the festival. I have no issues with protests. I believe everyone has the right to worship as they please and to follow whatever path gives them hope and comfort. I believe that everyone has the right to speak their mind. But the ugliness that this group was shouting has made me wonder if they actually listen in church or just socialize and take naps. I can only imagine how disappointed Jesus is to hear his name bandied about to advance man’s agenda.
There was a man, and I use this term very lightly to distinguish gender only, on some of the videos who seemed to enjoy shouting bald-faced lies at children, scaring them into tears. Yelling at them that they would burn and go to hell for attending the festival. In my version of the Kings James Version of the Bible, referring to hurting children, is Matthew 18:6 “But whosoever cause one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” That “man”, who was bringing children to tears, had no idea if those children believed in Jesus. He didn’t ask, he assumed that they did not. He had no idea if they were being raised Modern Wicca, which is based on Christianity. Their mantra being, “For the good of ALL and harm to NONE.” He just shouted at them. He scared them and now, sadly, that incident is branded in their minds as a really good reason not to trust Christians, not to go to their churches and not to listen to what they have to say. I understand that ALL Christians are not this way, but those precious, tiny hearts are not so understanding of the cruelty that was spoken.
This same “man”, who is not a true man, because a true man is secure in his beliefs and grounded in the Word of God, would not accost a woman he doesn’t know and call her a whore. He would not lie to stir up anger by telling parents entering the festival with children, that the children were being sacrificed in a ritual. Such ignorant ugliness. This “man” is a loud-mouthed bigot and a hypocrite. If he was a member of my congregation, he would be expelled. Everyone, in this country, at least, has the right of peaceful existence, to worship as they choose and freedom of speech. I don’t deny anyone their rights. I do, however, deny anyone who uses those freedoms to deliberately hurt children and seems to thrive on conflict for his own purposes.
Matthew 7:1-5 is another reference a lot of Christians ignore. It is referenced in The Sermon on the Mount. “Judge not that ye not be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, and considers not the beam is in your own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast the beam out of thine own eye….”
I, personally, do not understand a lot of the attitudes put forth by some Christians who believe that people, in general, today, will respond to them through shouting threats and hypocrisy. I have always believed that you need to ‘walk the walk’ not ‘talk the talk’ if you want to set an example.
So, here is some food for thought…I am ME, an eclectic believer. I believe in God the Creator, I believe his son, Jesus walked this earth as a man and tried to teach, through the Word, the blind to see. And here’s the part most people gasp at. I also believe that all the Gods and Goddesses that came before Jesus are also the Creators children, as are we. How disappointed He must be to see, and HEAR, how some of His children are willing to act and speak. They are, most certainly, NOT speaking on His behalf or in His name. They are not emissaries of His Word and they are not friends or brothers and sisters to Jesus. They serve their own needs and wants and are willing to hurt young hearts and old, to get the results THEY want.
As an Ordained Minister, I believe God wants us to see all he has created. He wants us to live by one simple rule. The rule? Commandment? John13:34 Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you. That you love one another, as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” He was saying that we love one another unconditionally. And then He proved it by going to the Cross for us.
A short clarification for those who are unaware, ‘Pagan’ is a category that includes all belief systems that are NOT Christian. ‘Christian’ is a category that encompasses all denominations of Christianity. There are currently 60 denominations of Christians in the US alone. And they don’t even get along with each other. So, here’s a question for thought. Why would peaceful, earth-loving ‘Pagans’, who respect the rights of others to follow their beliefs, respect the earth and themselves, ever want to be involved in the chaos that Christianity has become? Most Pagan belief systems have been around for eons. In comparison, Christianity has been around for a little over 2000 years and they’re showing it. Many act more like infants going through the terrible twos than faithful servants of the Word.
Think about it and feed your mind positive food.

Food for Thought

Recently, I have been asked several questions about anger and negativity and how to repel these energies with coworkers.

First thing I tell people is to stop and ask yourself, “What is MY part in the friction?”  Were you having an off day and answered a question impatiently?  Were you frustrated or angry YOURSELF and that came out in you answer?  Sometimes, we are so focused on all the items on our daily lists, any interruption to our concentration will be an intrusion.  We are impatient with our answers. Our attitude may be “ I don’t have time for this.”  Co-workers, often, take that energy to heart. Especially if it’s the first time they’ve sought you assistance.  They, then, get the impression in their minds that they have to be on the defensive whenever approaching you.   This causes negative energy when they enter your space that locks you both in a defensive bubble. 

How you resolve the issue is Completely up to you.  You can continue to anticipate negativity when the person is approaching.  You can adjust your energy to a more approachable positivity.  You could even initiate a conversation with them to try to resolve the issue.

Just remember this.  Some people thrive on conflict.  Their world is not complete until they have drawn others into their misery.  You can play the game or not.  The bottom line?  If you don’t try to resolve the issue you will continue to face negativity with this person.  If you try and they are still playing the game, you cannot change who that person is energetically.  This is something they need to WANT to do for themselves.  All you can do is try to teach by example.  Counter their negativity with your own high positive energy.  Help if you can with a problem.  If you don’t have the answers, introduce them to the person that does. (If you get the answer and bring it to them, then You are the one they will always come to.  YOU become their answer person.)

Think about it. And Feed your Energy Positive Food

Rediscover Health: ‘Tis the Season for Stress

Another month of 2018 has come and gone. The holidays are getting closer, and our immune system has been challenged. Not only are we working our 9-5 jobs, but somehow we are adding more to our schedule than the rest of the months have seen. We manage to fit in holiday parties, shopping, cooking, traveling, cleaning, wrapping, decorating, and more shopping. We eat more, we sleep less. There is an increase in input and output that keeps us running so high strung that we tend to forget about taking care of ourselves.

The holiday season is one of the biggest anxiety-inducing times of the year. We tend to push our bodies more without giving back proper care. We worry about gift-giving and meal cooking. Oh, and the in-laws are coming to stay in that spare bedroom you haven’t cleaned since last year. That was a joke, but I hope you get the idea. For this time of year to be so magical, we put ourselves through an awful amount of stress.

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Rediscover Health: Cinnamon and Blood Sugar

It’s getting cold outside and the layers of clothes are starting to pile on. As we say goodbye to summer, we also say goodbye to our bathing suits and hello holiday goodies! Not only do we have to worry about the usual stress eating and sugar cravings, but now we have these cravings with sugar lurking behind every door. Literally. First, it is Halloween candy. Anyone else guilty of buying an extra bag of candy “just in case” but secretly you know it is yours?

Just as we finish up that extra bag of candy, Thanksgiving comes with pumpkin and pecan pie and an extra dollop of whipped topping. We eat until we sleep and wake up to eat again. Then, about a week after leftovers are gone starts the Christmas parties and family gatherings. As if we haven’t had enough pie, everyone is breaking out the sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, fruit cake, peanut butter fudge, and other baked goods. My ultimate favorite is ribbon salad, three layers of fruit and Jell-O goodness that my grandmother used to make when I was a kid.

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