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Facts and Truth Are Not the Same Thing

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
As one who aspires to teach Truth, I'm finding the current conversation around "alternative" facts to be an opportunity for both outrage and amusement. For much of my life, I thought facts were facts, and you could rely on them. After really looking at my experiences with people and facts, however, I've revised my own working definition of a fact to simply be "some statement that at least one person believes".

Finding Value in Chaos and Conflict

Thu, 01/26/2017 - 12:00am -- nstrauss

Has it ever occurred to you that there is value in chaos and conflict? From a human viewpoint, we want everything to be pleasant, orderly, predictable. Most of us don't  enjoy times of chaos or conflict, and I don't either. Yet, we also have an urge to move forward, to grow, to be and express "more" of the possibility and potential which we are.

Seek First the Kingdom... or Not

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:00am -- nstrauss

One of the interesting (aka "annoying and irritating") things I've discovered along my journey is that whenever I claim an intention to move into some type of deeper understanding and expression of spiritual life, I am immediately presented with all sorts of situations which challenge my awareness and resolve.

Love is One - Advent 3

Sun, 12/11/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
Continuing our journey through Advent, as related to Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore's steps for producing results, we come to Love. Consider the following, from "Jesus Christ Heals" (pgs. 61-62)
"There cannot be two in this kingdom. It is the kingdom of God, and man must give up. The John the Baptist must recognize the Son of God that is in you and that this Son must be always active in you in love, life, and power. The kingdom is for the larger man.

Peace Through Forgiveness - Advent 2

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
So... how does faith lead to peace? Humankind has been claiming peace on earth goodwill to all for generations, and so far it would seem to be only a greeting card cliché. How can we bring about this peace?
Since we create the experience of our lives through our thoughts and beliefs (aka faith), we can look at the evidence of our lives and either see chaos and conflict or we can see guideposts pointing us in the direction of healing, which is the process of the unfolding of Wholeness.

Our Faith Makes us Whole - Advent 1

Sun, 11/27/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
Many, many years ago, very early into my training as a potential licensed Unity teacher, I nearly quit taking classes because of the title of the next required text in my curriculum: Jesus Christ Heals. At that point in time, I had some strong "issues" around Christianity in general and Jesus in particular, and my personal image of my own spiritual path had nothing to do with either.

A Cycle of Gratitude

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
There is a cycle to our spiritual journey, just as there are cycles to seasons, and from earliest times, humankind has found an alignment with these cycles. A cycle we don't tend to discuss a lot is what is known as the Liturgical Year, which begins with Advent and traditionally ends with Thanksgiving. For me, the calendar isn't especially important, but the way this year symbolizes our own spiritual journey seems helpful.

Yet Another Opportunity for Joy

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss
Collectively, we've been traveling through a rough patch, haven't we? Our vision has been so focused on the outer events of this particular moment of linear time that the possibility of genuine Good seems very, very far away.
Without diminishing the fact that we humans have a lot of remedial work to do, it is imperative that we pause, become centered, and ground ourselves in the Truth of Wholeness. It is only as we widen our view, shifting to a higher perspective, that we can truly live the Truth that we know.

Why I Practice

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 12:00am -- nstrauss

I'm not normally a big fan of the question, "Why?", because too often we allow our human, egoic need for answers to keep us mired in victimhood and bondage to the past. Sometimes, though, we are blessed with opportunities to come to clarity around "why".


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