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Spiritual Amnesia

 

 

I saw this cartoon today and it gave me a chuckle since I use the term ‘spiritual amnesia’ to describe blessedly brief moments of Forgetting that Everything is All Right which is actually an acroynm for the word FEAR. How does that work, I wonder?  It seems that I (and maybe you too), get caught up in how I think things should be and how other people oughta act. When they aren’t that way, I have a few choices. I can wonder what’s wrong with this picture or what’s right about it. It’s so easy to find fault, but so much more pleasurable to find contentment and cooperation. When in doubt, go for a win-win. Times when I become spiritually amnesiac also look like worry that that my needs won’t be taken care of.  How silly is that? I remind myself that I have survived everything that has ever happened in my life, since I am here to tell about it. That includes loss, death, illness, injury, robbery, accidents, losing a home in Hurricane Andrew, raising a child solo after being widowed, and working in a challenging and sometime dangerous setting. I would bet that if you look at your own life, you will shake your head in amazement at what you have made it through and wonder what got you through it all. For me, it was the 3 f’s of faith, family and friends and I’m grateful for them all.

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Messages from Spirit (again, whatever that means for you) come in the form of dreams, animal messengers, literal messages in the form of words that show up in meditation, song lyrics, calls from friends….open to receiving their guidance. I look at many of my life experiences as the Nestea Plunge in which I fall backward, trusting that I will be safely caught and held. When I question, the answer I get is “Have I ever dropped you?  Have things ever not turned out even better than you, with your over the top vivid imagination could have conjured?” and I have to laugh and then sigh and then agree. And so it is…

http://youtu.be/fN5l-52LQRc   Bhaya Naash Mantra (Sanskrit Mantra For Overcoming Fear -Durga Devi Mantra) sung by Jitender Singh

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rabbi Debra L. McCall

    For our salvation—we must say the Lord’s pray daily and confess our sins while asking for forgiveness.
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your Kingdom come,
    your will be done,
    on earth as in heaven
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation,
    but deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom,
    the power and the glory are yours.
    Now and for ever.
    Amen.
    Forgiveness Prayer

    Lord—Please forgive me for I am a sinner and have committed every sin in the Holy Bible, one way or another all of my life, Amen. (a sample confession that I use to confess my sins to online confession websites)—Rabbi Debra L. McCall, ordination from the Universal Life Church

    • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

      To each his or her own spiritual path. I feel that I have no right to tell anyone what to believe spiritually. In my book there are no ‘musts’. The origin of the word ‘sin’ is the Hebrew word ‘het’ which means ‘to miss the mark’ as in archery. <3

  • http://www.ulc.org/ lauren

    Great post. I love the term spiritual amnesia.
    Rabbi Debra, my boyfriend was also ordained by Universal Life Church. His sister wanted him to marry her and her now husband so he went to ULC.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

      Thank you. I like the term too since it implies forgetting that we really are Divine and can tap into our Source whenever we choose. <3

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