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yawning lounging on chair smallAs Cheryl reads the book, Animal Wise, by Virginia Morell, I can see her thinking. The book talks about researchers who are finally admitting that we animals think and feel and have soul.

It was hard for the scientists to admit that human beings weren’t the only superior thinkers on the planet, but they are succumbing to the fact that mind is fully expressed in more ways than we can imagine.

Rather than look at a physical body and try to determine if mind is there or not, how about look at divine Mind and see it expressed everywhere?

Rather than look at temporal substance, how about turn your thought to spiritual substance, and see divine Spirit manifest everywhere?

Rather than accept what the world is presenting, how about know what divine Mind is manifesting and witness to it in more places imaginable?

Rather than look for souls, how about discover divine Soul and see it expressed everywhere?

 

 

 

maple syrup testing croppedAt a Forest Festival in a nearby Village, a maple syrup test was set up.

Maple syrup from eleven local producers here in upstate New York, was placed in numbered bottles. A wild card bottle had Aunt Jemima syrup in it.

Testers would test syrup from each bottle and select their favorite.

Quite a few testers would select the Aunt Jemima, because it was familiar.

I was raised on the west coast, with Aunt Jemima syrup which is basically sugar with maple flavoring. Real syrup was too expensive.

I was in my twenties before I tasted real syrup and it tasted weird. But, after a few more bites of waffle, I was hooked.

From Job 34:

Hear my words, you wise men,
and give ear to me, you who know;
for the ear tests words
as the palate tastes food.
Let us choose what is right;
let us know among ourselves what is good

We taste food. We taste words. We taste church.

To keep the taste real, not just familiar, religions should be able to modify their rules to choose what is right, to choose what is fair and effective. We can combine compassion with responsibility without injuring originality and newness.

mosesExodus 9 tells part of the story where Moses asked Pharaoh to let the children of Israel go. Pharaoh wasn’t too keen on losing his slaves, so Moses had to give him an incentive. With Moses came a slew of plagues to induce Pharaoh to finally release the Israelites.

I was struck by verse 16, where Moses thought God said, “But indeed for this purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared I all the earth.” (NKJV)

What is this power of God? Is God declared in plagues?

It seems Moses used God’s power to impose plagues on Pharaoh’s kingdom.

I tried to see it from Pharaoh’s perspective, who required a lot of convincing. Plagues are a normal part of life. So be it. Humans survive. There is nothing wrong with having slaves, the Israelites can serve their God while they are working for him.

But, my God is only capable of manifesting goodness and had nothing to do with the plagues.

It was all a matter of interpretation.

If God sends anything, it is moral courage, humility, and spirituality.

A human mind bent on fear, arrogance, and materiality is naturally going to interpret the goodness as something to fit its own agenda or something terrible.

The presence of courage exists and Moses interpreted it as alive and useful. Pharaoh interpreted moral courage as rebellion and unnecessary.

I’ve concluded the power of God is good and can be interpreted as good.

Instead of thinking I need to create my future, I can correctly interpret the future God has manifest, one of goodness.

 

Research is showing a modern phenomenon. The body’s immune system is acting out.

Basically, the immune system needs healthy activity. It needs to fight off enemies. A dog needs to walk or run. But, today’s society is keen to be clean. Almost sterile. The absence of germs and bacteria tempt the immune system to act out. The immune system can overreact or turn on the body itself.

The phenomenon is the extreme opposite of plagues induced by filthy conditions in which the immune system can’t keep up with the enemies.

conundrumIt’s a conundrum.

I look at it from a mental standpoint. Let’s say we keep our mind clean, really clean. We have no negative thoughts. And, then we wonder why this sweet pure mind gets attacked by Alzheimer, a disease, or intellectual and moral idiocy.

An immune system is part of our human framework. By staying away from negative thoughts, the immune system has too little to do and starts looking for other targets.  It can attack some of the good thoughts that lead to progress.

From 21st Century Science and Health, “Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this level, but we may expect a decrease in these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the right direction.”

It is not practical to make tremendous effort to have a positive, spiritual mind. We have not ascended. We have the immune system built to face up to negative thoughts and, with Love, God, destroy them.

“I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” Ps. 18:3, ESV

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