Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer break

I'll be continuing my summer break from my blog - and will only be posting sporadically. Later in September, I'll pick up my more regular postings.
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Happy summer to those in the northern hemisphere and a joyful winter to those in the southern hemisphere!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

walking through particle physics

Spiritual resource to share: discovery

check this out to understand just a little about particle physics..

Family reunion! A couple of weekends ago I got to spend time with one of my favorite groups of people - my extended family! Spent lots of time talking and playing. One conversation I had with my first cousin was intriguing. And we walked and talked about his love for particle physics. And then went on to explain how he sees Christian Science and particle physics and what they have in common and what they don't. Here are some of his ideas as I remember them (this is really more of a paraphrase than his actual quotes):

When I was going through Sunday School, I always thought that evil was necessary. I mean if everything was just good - well that would get boring really fast. How much harmony can a person stand anyway?? So evil seemd to be a way to make what was good worthwhile.

When I started studying physics, I was so intrigued with what I was discovering. And I found that one discovery led to the next. I was discovering patterns that led to the discovery of more patterns. It seemed never-ending. Then it hit me. That there could be no end to the beauty and symmetry of what we were discovering. That my whole purpose was about discovery. And this was very satisfying - even compelling.

I related this to my Christian Science experience: I could also continue to discover more about Christian Science - and each discovery would lead to another discovery. It would also be never-ending. I realized that one didn't need a sense of evil to understand what was totally good. Evil is a distraction that needs to be erased, corrected, so that one can continue to explore all that is good. The discovery of the infinite nature of good is enough to hold its own.

And so we continued to walk and talk. There was a lot more to it - like comparing beauty and truth - but I'll leave that for another blog, another day.

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Monday, July 06, 2009

What is your name? - revisited

Spiritual resource to share: your nature

What is in a name? I remember choosing the names of my kids before they were born. We carefully considered every nuance of the possible names and their meanings, linked them to some family history, some inspired moments, weighed their sound and so on. I yelled them out to hear how it would sound when we would call them, whispered the names to hear how it would sound when we would talk softly. We put a lot into their names.

At a recent community meeting, a number of us have been gathering to heal a racial rift in the community that has been going on for decades. One Anishinabe who was at the meeting shared something very helpful - about where he came from, and about how his nation is named - and how this name brings honor and dignity.

He also asked us why we thought Indians were called Indians? We answered that the common thought is that when Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, that he thought that he had landed in India or the West Indies (we were mixed on that account), and so the indigenous population were called Indians.

He was raised with the explanation his grandmother gave him. That Colombus was enchanted with the richness and spirtuality of the native population and brought some of the people back with him. When he presented the people to the Queen, she asked who they were. His answer gave the name commonly used today. He said "Una gente en Dios." This means "A people in God." The "en Dios" stuck and the name Indians is derived from that. (Academics confirm this.)

What is in a name? It is a way of identifying who we are and what we are made of. So the basis of a name, in its spiritual sense, is how we are known spiritually.

I have felt such inspiration from knowing that we are made in the image and likeness of God. So, it follows that God knows Her own creation. God knows our nature, maintains our identity and we reflect in infinite ways, the infinite range of Love, Truth and goodness.

God knows us and calls us by our names, our spiritual nature. Even if we feel that we have been misunderstood, ignored, targeted or mistaken for someone else, it is a comfort to know that we are known, deeply, spiritually and eternally for who we are.

The Bible sings this out beautifully:

Isa 43:1 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Ps 139:14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.