After a prolonged and far wanted hiatus from writing, I am again refreshed and able to go along with my e-newsletter. I am taking part in with completely different codecs, so please bear with me. The massive change is that I am solely going to publish the letter seasonally (i.e., 4 instances per yr).
The mountains are inexperienced, the climate lovely, my rose bushes are blossoming like there isn’t any tomorrow, and Sprite, my West Highland White Terrier, is having fun with his yard as soon as once more with abandon right here in southern Oregon.
Simply over a yr in the past, I misplaced my expensive buddy Taylor to issues from AIDS. He particularly advised his accomplice to inform everybody to not ship flowers, that he would ship them to us shortly. Final yr I bought my roses from Taylor. This yr, my roses got here from one other much-loved buddy, Ron, who has been gone simply over six months and whom I miss greater than I might probably specific. Actually, I am choking up as I sort these phrases. I didn’t realize it was doable to really feel so lonely, and but, in a mystical means I really feel his presence with me on a regular basis. In my darkest moments, I can really feel his arms round me as I do now. So, my pals, cherish these you like and take each alternative to precise that love and appreciation to those that matter most. Our place in time doesn’t play out without end, so stay, and love with out remorse.
For the reflection this month, I’ve turned as soon as once more to the phrases of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Lutheran pastor and Nazi Battle Resistance martyr. This passage comes from A Testomony to Freedom and I urge you to take it deeply to coronary heart. It is a message we have to hear and bear in mind day by day. Think about how completely different the world can be if every particular person measured his/her price by the love of their lives. The passage is as follows:
“A life has that means and worth solely in as far as love is in it. Moreover, life is nothing, nothing in any respect, and has not that means and worth if love isn’t in it. The value of a life is measured by how a lot adore it has. Every little thing else is nothing, nothing in any respect, completely detached, completely unimportant. All of the unhealthy issues and all the great issues about life, all the big and small issues of life are unimportant. We’re solely requested about one thing–whether we’ve love or not…Life is actually not price residing in any respect with out love. Nonetheless, the entire that means of life is fulfilled the place there’s love. Compared to this love every thing else pales into insignificance. What do happiness and unhappiness imply, what do wealth and poverty imply, what do honor and shame imply, what does residing at dwelling or overseas imply, what does life and demise imply the place folks stay in love? They have no idea. They don’t differentiate. They solely know that the only real function of happiness in addition to unhappiness, poverty in addition to wealth, honor in addition to shame, residing at dwelling or overseas, residing and dying is to like all of the extra strongly, purely, totally. It’s the one factor past all distinctions, earlier than all distinctions, in all distinctions. ‘Love is as sturdy as demise’ (Tune of Songs 8:6).”
Ask your self these questions:
Are you a candidate for religious teaching?
Have you ever misplaced your ethical compass someplace?
What’s lacking out of your life?
What would you prefer to see materialize that is not?
Do you’re feeling like you might be simply spinning your wheels at instances?
How would you charge your self by way of the love in your life?
Is your religious life at ebb?
For those who answered “sure” to any of those questions, you might profit from religious life teaching. Please electronic mail me or name for a free preliminary session. As well as, from now till Autumn Equinox (Sept. 21), I am providing a particular introductory charge to my teaching apply: $150 for 3 classes or $450 for 9 classes. That is a financial savings of $100 and $300 respectively.
Plus reap the benefits of this particular Referral Providing, for each particular person you confer with me that turns right into a 9 session consumer I’ll credit score you $100.00 in your subsequent session package deal. Preserve this in thoughts and comply with your coronary heart!
“Figuring out and Overcoming Non secular Obstacles”
July 14, 2007 10:00am PDT
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I wish to invite every of you to electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org or name me along with your prayer/meditation requests. There’s a lot energy out there to us after we unite with frequent power towards a single power, in a single Supply. You may be assured that I’ll pray/meditate for you and your request day by day.
In the end, I hope to make this right into a prayer/meditation circle the place we’re all united for one another. Furthermore, be assured that your anonymity will at all times be revered.
DVD OF INTEREST:
“The Secret”: out there on-line at [http://www.thesecret.com]. My highest suggestion.
WEBSITE OF INTEREST:
http://www.SusanLevitt.com (Susan has been a private buddy, mentor and religious instructor of mine for nearly 15 years. She is a extremely gifted Tarot reader/instructor, Astrologer (each Japanese and Western) and Feng Shui skilled residing within the San Francisco Bay Space. As Susan’s brand states, “Solutions to your most necessary questions”, she delivers with type, compassion and beauty. She’s additionally fairly moderately priced and the writer of 5 books!! Do your self a favor and peruse her Web site; higher but, ebook an appointment together with her!! My highest suggestion.)
BOOK(S)/PERIODICAL(S) OF INTEREST:
Eric Elnes, The Phoenix Affirmations: A New Imaginative and prescient for the Way forward for Christianity, Jossey-Bass, 2006. (This quick ebook strips away the accretions of centuries and will get again to the message of Jesus of Nazareth, and it is about time!!)
“The Progressive Christian: Religion and the Widespread Good”, printed 6 instances per yr by the Boston Wesleyan Affiliation, Field 458, North Berwick, ME 03906 (previously printed as “Zion’s Herald”). (An attractive have a look at the scholarly and apostolic work of “Progressive Christians”; this periodical is ecumenical, enlightening, stimulating and espouses quite a lot of good frequent sense! At $32/yr, it is effectively definitely worth the worth)
I want you all an exquisite summer season, secure holidays and time effectively spent with family members. I’d like to know what you’d prefer to examine in these newsletters, so be happy to name or electronic mail me along with your solutions. Search for your subsequent difficulty of this text someday across the twenty first of September. And please verify my Web site steadily for updates on varied publications and actions. I’m engaged on an article to introduce my ongoing “Spirit Neighborhood” entitled “The Slippery Slope of Techno-Isolationism”, in addition to an article on Values for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, each of which I am enthusiastic about.
Till then, stay totally, love wastefully and be all you may be.
Yours on the Journey,