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Here, you can find writings revealing my thoughts on different topics related to my Ministry.

Advent W2

The second week of Advent is typically themed with Peace in the Christian tradition. Yesterday morning at the beginning of my meditation I was wondering how I was going to experience Peace since there was non inside of me! Surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Advent W1

Another year. Another Advent. Another layer. For a while I hoped that as soon as I have realized something that does work in my life it gets automatically fixed. Then I thought that by finding ‘solutions’ to my problems would … Continue reading

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A non-political political statement

As a result of Brexit and Trump’s Wall induced hatred spree, I found myself a pacifist wishing to be pacific. I have read and listened to numerous advocates for ‘leave’ and ‘remain’. I do not know much about American politics, … Continue reading

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Persona-non-grata in light of Pentecost

It is not that I want to dwell too much on the fact that I am often considered a persona-non-grata, particularly among my family members. It is much more about expressing decades of hurt feelings and having been told what … Continue reading

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Crucifixion and resurrection

Well, it has been ‘hell of a Lenten Season’. I have been fighting my way through it. Yesterday afternoon, however, the fog lifted and I started to hear the voice within again. For how much longer are you planning to … Continue reading

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Kicking and Screaming

So, what is happening for us in this Lenten Season? How are you doing? Well, for me it is ‘hell of a season’. 🙂 I am going through a rough time. I am angry all time. I attack my environment … Continue reading

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So what to give up this Lenten season?

Recently, I became aware how much of a trouble maker I am and how much compassion and love I have for ‘troubled’ kids. My heart goes out for them. The education system I work ‘in’ (mostly out) is corrupted and … Continue reading

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UUSM 2.3 Exodus

3. Moses, oh Moses- a treasure trove of metaphysics! Choose one story of Moses and give a metaphysical interpretation, including how it relates to you. Exodus 3:13 I have experienced many times that I wished I could avoid undertaking a … Continue reading

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Stirring up – Exodus 5

Looking at the state of the world these days, I can safely say that the world with all its inhabitants are in a great upheaval at the moment. The against-ness in the world that is often expressed in violence, rage, … Continue reading

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UUSM 2.2 Genesis2

1. What is the metaphysical meaning of the reconciliation between Jacob and Esau? How is this apparent in your life? I think this story is about guilt and forgiveness and also about doing what is right even though it does … Continue reading

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Genesis and I

There is always and inner and an outer journey. They happen along one another. It is as if I existed on two different planes at the same time. My body, emotions, mental consents and my imagination run on the plane … Continue reading

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UUSM 2.1 Genesis2

2. What does it mean to have ‘dominion over’ the birds, fish and every creature? (hint-what do these animals symbolize?) It probably means that man was allowed to use these creatures to maintain himself. It may also mean that man … Continue reading

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God

God is a state of consciousness. I now know who I am and I am capable of expressing that knowing. I release all that is not Me.

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Shakespeare’s The Twelfth Night

This well known story is about mistaken identities and revealing one’s true identity to the Beloved. Shakespeare was a deeply spiritual man who understood the Soul’s longing for God and knowing him/herself in God. I am going share my understanding … Continue reading

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The season of Epiphany

In the Season of Epiphany we observe the revelations of our divine nature as God’s unique spark is being expressed through us. “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 12

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The Twelve Drummers Drumming The Twelve Drummers Drumming Symbolize The 12 Points Of Belief In The Apostles Creed In the early days of England, they had town watchmen, … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 11

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. Eleven Pipers Piping By the 9th century, the bagpipe was the instrument for all medieval celebrations. This music had only one single line of melody, which suited the … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 10

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The Ten Lords A-Leaping Leaping dances were strictly for the men. These dances were for the purpose of fertility as well as for war. These physically exerting dances … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 9

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The Nine Ladies Dancing This is the result of my research: The Nine Ladies Dancing Are The Nine Fruits Of The Spirit (Gal.5) “… many non-Christian people danced … Continue reading

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The 8 Beauties and their meaning

Matthew 5:3-10 describes Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, which contained what are known as the Beatitudes. Jesus said: 1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 2. Blessed are they who mourn, for … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 8

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. Eight maids a milking Matthew 5:3-10 describes Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, which contained what are known as the Beatitudes. Jesus said:Blessed are the poor in spirit, … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 7

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The Seven Swans A-Swimming The Seven Swans A-Swimming Represent The Sevenfold Gifts Of The Spirit The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit is one of several works in … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 6

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. Six geese a laying Going back to Neolithic times, the goose is one of the oldest domesticated birds. It’s also been the topic of a lot of folklore. … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 5

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The five golden ringsThis is what I have found on the ‘five golden rings’: If you’re a jewelry fan, you’re going to be disappointed to learn that it’s … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The symbols of four calling birds Result of my research: “… All these years you’ve been singing “calling birds” when the reality is, it’s colly birds. So what … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 3

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The third symbol is Three french hens According to my research, The Three French Hens Stand For Faith, Hope And Love source French Hens = Faith, Hope & Charity … Continue reading

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The Twelfth Night

The Twelfth Night is what we labour towards during the nights and days of the 12-Days-Christmas. Below is the result of some of my research: “It all goes back to the early 4th century Christian church, which believed that January … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 2

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. Second symbol is two turtle doves “The dove is not at all associated with a turtle, but rather a slurring of the Latin which is based on the … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 1

Introduction to the symbology of the 12 Days of Christmas starts HERE. The first symbol is a partridge in a pear tree I found that “according to Greek legend, the first partridge appeared when Daedalus threw his nephew, Perdix, off … Continue reading

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12 Days of Christmas – Symbology and messages

The 12 days of Christmas last from Christmas Day (25 Dec) to the 6th of January. On the 6th of January Roman Catholics celebrate Epiphany. “By ancient reckoning, days and nights were counted separately, and the important night was often … Continue reading

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Advent Week 4 – LOVE

Loving who I am I am a failure in every sense of the world. I have a brilliant mind. I am intelligent. I creative. I used to be beautiful. I am well travelled. I am self- and environment aware. It … Continue reading

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Advent Week 3 – Joy

I have struggled with writing about ‘joy’. I have not experienced much of it lately, neither do I – I realized –  understand the word itself. I understand what ‘hope’ and ‘peace’ means to me. I know how I feel … Continue reading

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Advent Week 2 – Peace

I am at Peace, I have no more demands. God does not live in the Heavens. He does not guide us, neither does S/He give instructions on how to live our lives. That God only exists in our distorted imagination. … Continue reading

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Advent Week 1 – HOPE

The first week of Advent starts today. HOPE is the theme. This morning in my meditation I was contemplating on what to ‘hope’ for this coming week? Looking at the state of affairs the world is in and the way … Continue reading

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To serve or not to serve

The boy killed himself in the church yard. The pastor talks about the society we, adults, have created for our children. A society that compares and judges. A society that must have ‘the best’ and everything else is mediocre or … Continue reading

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A time for rejuvenation

This morning I was reading an article on Ramadan. Ramadan started on 15 May 2018. Interestingly Christians observed Pentecost or Whit Sunday (Monday) on 20-21 May finishing the 50 day observation period since Easter, and Jews celebrated a week of … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Freedom

Some background info on Pentecost & Passover here For the next two days we are asked to review the past 50 days and see how far we have come since Easter. At Easter, Jesus was revealed to be one of … Continue reading

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The Promise of Easter

This week the Christian Church observes the Via Dolorosa, Jesus’ last days and hours that are depicted in the 14 Stations. During this week, we walk the sorrowful way towards Resurrection in Easter. The origin of the stations are a … Continue reading

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Via Dolorosa

The Stations of the Cross, also known as the Way of the Cross, or Via Dolorosa (Sorrowful Way), is a popular Lenten devotion. This time we are asked to call to mind the Passion of Christ, that is, the journey … Continue reading

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Psalm Sunday – Letting go of the not-letting-go

The priest was talking about the Stations of the Cross and asked us to be vigilant, during the Holy Week, of the manner we walk the stations with Jesus every step of the way. The past month has been tumultuous … Continue reading

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Peace of mind by non-participation

What to fast on this Lenten Season? Lent stared early this year. I just made my new year’s resolutions then, suddenly, it is the day of Epiphany asking me to meditate on what spiritual focus I want to hold for … Continue reading

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Lent 2018

Lent 2018 began on Wednesday,14 February and ends on Thursday, 29 March picture source

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From Ashes to Ashes, from Dust to Dust

Ash Wednesday, which falls forty-six days before Easter, marks the beginning of the Lenten season. The churches of the Anglican Communion, as well as some other Protestant churches observe Ash Wednesday. Eastern Rite churches, however, do not observe Ash Wednesday, … Continue reading

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Beyond right and wrong

As often, I did the intro to our morning meditation. In my prayer, I asked God to come and meet me in the garden where no right and wrong exists. I sound such a committed devotee, at the same time … Continue reading

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So, how do you measure your lovable-ness?

This morning, in my meditation I found myself upset with the world for not appreciating me. I remembered how I was told off as a child when I asked too many questions and the way my teachers reacted when I … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

Acts 10:39-43 We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused … Continue reading

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The greatest SIN

The greatest sin is that we take on the image the world shows us of ourselves and lose touch with our true nature and the gifts we arrived here with. This is how we are separated from God. We allow … Continue reading

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Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Source

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Epiphany in disguise

Yesterday, I was observing the epiphanies in my life. In the morning I had a lovely chat with my best friends discussing our New Year’s resolutions and how we envisage our life the next year. Life was good and I … Continue reading

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Observing the 12 days of Christmas

As I am observing the days of this Christmas season am becoming more and more aware of the excruciating effects of my narcissistic expectations. I expect the world to roll up its sleeves and fight for the good, the noble, … Continue reading

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Jar of Hope

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12 days of Xmas + NY resolutions

Today I was contemplating on the significance of the 12 days of Christmas. I have read various articles and watched videos on how different cultures celebrate Christmas, New Year and the time between the 25th of December and the 6th … Continue reading

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Advent W4

The fourth week of Advent: LOVE When I wrote about the week of joy, I somehow secretly expected it to be fun. But the week, though it was easy going with some laughter it was not very enjoyable at all. … Continue reading

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Advent W3

The third week of Advent: JOY This week we reclaim our sense of joy. After having become aware of a layer of our personality that does not serve us any more and having made peace with it, we can rejoice. … Continue reading

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My word for the year 2018 is …

 

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Your DIVINE WORD for the YEAR 2018

Focus creates experiences. Have you ever noticed that when focusing on a type of car, they start appearing everywhere? Or when you focus on a certain colour it seems to be all around you? No surprise! These experiences are due to … Continue reading

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Advent W2

The second week of Advent: PEACE Last week I was contemplating on HOPE and how hope can change my focus from the negative and depressive to the light-hearted and joyous. The theme of the second week of Advent is PEACE. … Continue reading

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Answers to questions, Advent W1

This week I needed some self support in overcoming my challenges. During the week of HOPE I decided to remind myself of the good things, particularly in areas where I feel the most challenged by negative thoughts. I created a … Continue reading

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Advent W1

The first week of Advent: HOPE According to the Christian Church Advent means “coming” and in this season we prepare for the coming of Christ. One of the ways we prepare for the coming is by making the Advent wreath … Continue reading

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Dia de los Muertos

A beautiful celebration of remembering. The Day of the Dead reminds us to embrace the wonderful memories of our loved ones who are not with us any more but whom we can connect with in spirit, particularly, during this fun-filled … Continue reading

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Heartfelt Connection

The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence: A path to personal, social and global coherence The Spiritual Heart — is in a way a little like a smart phone, invisibly connecting us to a large network of information. It is through an unseen … Continue reading

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Forgiveness

After a life-changing head injury, Kimberly Yates realized that the path to forgiveness was not what it seemed to be. In describing what she learned after stepping outside of her comfort zone, Kimberly teaches us to take a long, hard … Continue reading

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FRANCIS DUNNERY – WOUNDING AND HEALING OF MAN

I don’t know if I’m getting old I don’t know if I’m getting tired I don’t know if I want to go to work today ‘Cause I spent last night with my old friend He said its make or break … Continue reading

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My Easter Resurrection

Over the past few days, I have been wondering what to do to ‘overcome death’. Christians believe that “the meaning of Easter is Jesus Christ’s victory over death. His resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who … Continue reading

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The Season of Lent

Lent in 2017 begins on Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Thursday, April 13 Today we are starting the season of Lent. Lent is a season for ‘giving up’ something. Have you ever considered what for? Then Jesus was led … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:12

I have contemplated a lot on this verse over the years. I still am. I have always loved it. I read it at my Grandmother’s funeral. I did not understand it then. I saw through a glass, darkly, then. Now that I know … Continue reading

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Contemplation

Every single moment when life gets challenging or we are in reaction to a situation what is actually happening is Life asking us to let go of something that does not serve us anymore. How about that? IK  

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The Wicked

At the beginning of January we started a journey, the journey of the Season of Epiphany where are being revealed to ourselves. We ask and we are shown who we truly are. As we learn about different aspects of ourselves … Continue reading

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Control vs. Faith in grace

Control vs. faith in grace ” … But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been … Continue reading

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Surrender

What is surrender? In the dictionary, the meaning of surrender is to give up. This meaning can be misleading. We all usually go about life trying to control what should or should not happen to us, what we should or … Continue reading

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The season of Epiphany – an invitation

Epiphany (Greek: επιφάνεια, “the appearance; miraculous phenomenon”) is a Christian feast intended to celebrate the ‘shining forth’ or revelation of God to mankind in human form, in the person of Jesus. The observance had its origins in the eastern Christian … Continue reading

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On meditation

“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37) With reference to “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” Beas mentions the Nectar and the cup that could hold the Nectar if … Continue reading

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Walk in or without God

Faith Without Works Is Dead “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, … Continue reading

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Love Is a Fire, Vol.2

REFLECTIONS Love Is a Fire: The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home My intention with reading this book is to gain a deeper understanding of the Sufi tradition, its teachings, some of the Sufi Mystics, and practices in order to support my … Continue reading

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Love Is a Fire, Vol.1

REFLECTIONS Love Is a Fire: The Sufi’s Mystical Journey Home My intention with reading this book is to gain a deeper understanding of the Sufi tradition, its teachings, some of the Sufi Mystics, and practices in order to support my … Continue reading

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