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The Golden Rule Revisited


We were all taught the Golden Rule, no matter where we were raised or our religious background. Even those of us with no religious background understand the idea of only doing to others what we would want to be done to us — it’s just what decent people do. But just because we have heard this rule since time immemorial does not make it an old or outdated concept — to the contrary, this concept is our salvation. The fact that it is stated in every religion and taught in every culture shows us its universal truth. It seems to make sense to our collective consciousness, so perhaps it’s time to practice it if we have been remiss as of late, and who among us has not?

In this day and age, with all that is happening in our world, it might be good for us to revisit…

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A Blanket’s Statement


When our son Jeffrey was a baby, he was given a lovely handmade blanket. For years, it was his favorite blanket. No matter how old or tattered it became, and even when it eventually disintegrated, it remained his favorite. At that point, what the blanket represented was not its form but the content that he had felt in every encounter with it: love, kindness, safety, comfort, peace, etc.

As we approach the second week of our Lessons in Light, we will focus on our truth, “Light and joy and peace abide in me.” It is often hard for us to believe that this lesson is really talking about us…

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Lessons in Light


Most of us have a few extra pounds that we would gladly shed if given a chance, but we will jealously guard our fears which are what really weigh us down. Every morning we wake up and pack our metaphorical bags with either suffering and pain or peace and healing. What will we carry around today? Will it be the heavy cost of fear or the blessed release of love?

As lesson 323 in A Course in Miracles says…

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War


In 1969, the pop song “War” was recorded by Edwin Starr and quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard charts. Most of you probably don’t remember Starr because “War” was really his only big hit, but you have probably heard the song as it has been used in numerous movies and television shows. This song is considered the most popular protest song ever recorded, and the lyrics say it all. Here’s the part of the song you might have heard…

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Deciding for God


“You’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off!” We’ve all either heard or said this saying or felt like that poor chicken at one time or another. This old expression reminds us of people who have so much to do and can’t figure out what to do first that they try to do everything simultaneously and accomplish nothing! Is that not our world, or what? Our lives seem so busy and complicated: work, the economy, children, personal relationships, health issues, politics, the environment, and the list goes on. What should we do first? There’s so much to do — can it all be done?

A Course in Miracles says…

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Tag, You’re It


Have you ever played the game “Tag” when you were a kid? Someone is it, and they have to run around and tag someone else, and then they are it. It usually isn’t a good thing to be it, but my perception changed about that thought a few years back…

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God Is the Love in Which I Forgive


“God does not forgive because He has never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary.” This powerful thought begins Lesson 46 in the Workbook for Students in A Course in Miracles, and it is an important thought because it tells us something about the Course’s view of God…

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Our X-Ray Vision


When I was growing up, my brother and I read comic books. We read Superman, Batman and even Archie. If you’re of my generation, you may have done the same thing. Perhaps you recall that these comic books had advertisements in the back that were trying to sell you things like Sea Monkeys and x-ray vision glasses…

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Meditation for Health


If you thought a good night’s sleep and proper diet and exercise were all you needed to be healthy, a study from Harvard Medical School shows that meditation (prayer) can also change us for the better on a cellular level. Scientists have long agreed that meditation reduces stress and illness, but they were never sure why. This study finds the reason for the benefits. Regular meditation causes cellular change by basically turning on clusters of “good” genes that make us healthier while turning off clusters of “bad” genes that lead to disease.

In a study reported in Yoga Journal

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Love Is the Way She Walked in Gratitude


My friend of forty-four years made her “journey without distance” into the eternal life that we all share on October 19, 2021. At the age of 90, Judith Skutch Whitson was, as my dad would always say, 90 years young. And, that statement truly embodied Judy. Even though she openly shared how her body wasn’t like it used to be, it did not diminish her quick wit and infectious laugh. She remained…

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