Unity of Rehoboth Beach, October 25, 2015-Our Pagan Roots???
Good Morning Beloved!
A cab driver picks up a nun. She gets into the cab, and the cab driver won’t stop staring at her.
She asks him why he is staring and he replies, “I have a question to ask you but I don’t want to offend you.”
She answers: “My dear son, you cannot offend me. When you’re as old as I am and have been a nun as long as I have, you get a chance to see and hear just about everything. I’m sure that there’s nothing you could say or ask that I would find offensive.”
“Well, I’ve always had a fantasy to have a nun kiss me.”
She responds, “Well, let’s see what we can do about that: #1, you have to be single and #2 you must be a Catholic.”
The cab driver is very excited and says, “Yes, I am single and I’m Catholic too!”
The nun says, “OK, pull into the next alley.” He does and the nun fulfills his fantasy.
But when they get back on the road, the cab driver starts crying.
“My dear child.” said the nun, “Why are you crying?”
“Forgive me sister, but I have sinned. I lied, I must confess, I’m married and a I’m a Baptist.”
The nun says, “That’s OK, I am on the way to a Halloween party, and my name is Steve.”
Today we are starting a series of occasional looks into the different cultures and religions that are sharing our space on this planet. It is my intention to bring a variety of speakers from these different cultures to add to our knowledge of their culture. After all, Charles Fillmore looked to the Spiritual Cultures of the world as he forged, with his wife, what now stands as the foundation principles of Unity.
Our first encounter with the different cultures is appropriate for this time of year, because some of the traditions that we celebrate in these next few months come from what history has labeled Paganism.
For example, Trick or Treating – All Souls Day in England where people gave out [asties in exchange for prayers for dead relatives.
Masks and Customes from the ancient Celts who would use them to avoid being recognized by ghosts.
Our Jack O’Lanterns come from the Middle Ages where turnips and potatoes were carved to ward off evil spirits.
And the colors of orange and black come from pagan harvest celebrations symbolizing crops and the death of summer.
If we look a little furtheron the calendar, A lot of Christmas decorations and Christmas trees were a pagan tradition. Candy canes and holly were used to decorate Pagan temples back in the times of ancient Greece. Giving gifts, the yule log…all pagan
And Easter was named after the Norse Goddess Ostara. The food she ate to stay immortal was egg and the animal she was associated with was a rabbit. Easter egg hunts that are held by many is an old pagan tradition.
There are many more similarities taken from the so called pagan cults of early times. Let’s hear more about it from Paula.
Basic Beliefs of Wicca:
Coven – A gathering of people of like beliefs. Similar to a church or fellowship.
Magic or a Spell – An intense mental focus of one’s will. This can be carried out in a silent payer/meditation and through rhythmic chanting alone or in a group.
This is basically a different way of saying affirmative prayer.
While not exclusive to every single tradition, the following are some of the core tenets found in most Wiccan systems:
· The Divine is present in nature, and so nature should be honored and respected. The Divine is present in all of us. We are all sacred beings, and interaction with the goddesses or gods is not limited just to the priesthood
· The idea of karma cosmic payback system is echoed in the Law of Threefold Return.
The law of threefold return, speaks to the belief of the energy in the form of thoughts, actions, or inaction one puts out – will be repaid – in this or another life time. Thus “Harm none, do what you will
This is akin to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”
· In Wicca, Holidays are based on the turning of the earth and the cycle of the seasons. This is often referred to as the wheel of the year. The wheel has 8 spokes –
There are eight major Sabbats that are celebrated.
And there are rituals for the different phases of the moon. Different phases relate to the amount any type of energy believed to be available. Thus increasing the power of a spell,
· Respect the beliefs of others. There’s no Recruiting Club in Wicca, it is considered – to be doing harm -if a believer of witchcraft were to try to convert another person. Wiccan groups recognize that each individual must find their spiritual path on their own, without coercion.
February 2 – Valentines Day
IMBOLC –Imbolc is considered a traditional time for rededication and pledges for the coming year.
Around March 21
SPRING EQUINOX / OSTARA –Ostara is celebrated on the spring equinox.
BELTANE – Is a celebration of fertility:, livestock andc rops and this is where the maypole dancing.
SUMMER SOLSTICE / MID-SUMMER / LITHA – Litha is considered the turning point at which summer reaches its height and the sun shines longest. – Night and day are equal. Sunlight begins to diminish.
LUGHNASADH / LAMMAS – Lughnasadh It is the first of the three autumn harvest festivals which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest.
Autumn EQUINOX /MABON –It is celebrated on the Autumnal Equinox,
this holiday is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share our resources
SAMHAIN – Samhain is considered by most Wiccans to be the most important of the Sabbats’. It is generally observed on October 31st. Samhain is considered by most Wiccans as a celebration of death and of the dead, and it often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets and other loved ones who have died. Samhain as the Pagan New Year
During the time between Samhain and Winter Solstice – is a time of reflection of the past year and to plan for the coming one.
It is a time many use to create a Yule list of what they hope to accomplish in the new year.
WINTER SOLSTICE / YULE – this holiday is for the rebirth of the Great Sun God, who is viewed as the newborn solstice sun. This again isa time when night and day are equal and then sunlight begins to grow.
Unity of Rehoboth Beach -October 18, 2015 Let Go & Let God
Good Morning Beloved
A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph’s Hospital. She timidly asked, ‘Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?’ The operator said ‘I’ll be glad to help, dear. What’s the name and room number?’
The grandmother in her weak tremulous voice said, ‘Norma Findlay, Room 302.’
The operator replied, ‘Let me place you on hold while I check with her nurse. I have good news, her nurse just told me that Norma is doing very well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back as normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged on Tuesday.’
The grandmother said, ‘Thank you. That’s wonderful! I was so worried! God bless you for the good news.’
The operator replied, ‘You’re more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?’
The grandmother said, ‘No, I’m Norma Findlay in 302. No one tells me anything’
Discover Letting GO & Letting God
October strength purple (Affirmations)
Topic: Discover Letting Go and Letting God
Affirmation: Letting go and letting God prepares a smooth and easy way before me.
The power for October is Power. I think it fits appropriately with our out-reach project this month very well. As we work with the People’s Place emphasizing the “Purple Purse” campaign, we see how getting into our Power is required when facing domestic violence and learning what steps we need to take to resolve the issue…whether it is counseling or leaving; it’s a difficult choice.
We have a Special Guest this morning and she has a few words for us about her experience with Domestic Violence and the Purple Purse Campaign that the People’s Place is participating in.
So, please let’s warmly welcome Shacre as she shares with us today.
The important thing to remember is we have resources to aid in our ‘learning opportunities’. They may be of a ‘sense’ nature, meaning of this physical world, and so we have resources such as doctors, security people, and community outreach organizations like the People’s Place.
But, we must not forget the Spiritual resources we have also. Our reading this morning listed some very nicely: Divine strength, grace, faith, self- confidence – these are gifts of INNER STRENGTH.
Our lesson today is about Letting Go and Letting God. This is another resource available to us when we are facing a growth opportunity.
How you ask? By letting go of our ego trying to DO everything OUR way, we often find the way easier, and we are quicker to finding peace.
When we let go and let God, we often find the way easier because the Divine within is guiding us to the BEST path to resolve the issue.
Have you ever paid attention to your dog as you are walking? If you are letting them go at their own pace and path, they will more often than not, find the easiest path to take as you wander through the woods.
We would do well to follow the wisdom and insight of our four legged friends.
The rivers and streams do the same thing. They go with the flow, in and out and around things and objects.
When we let go and let God, we find answers that we would never have thought of on our own because when we open up to the Divine Universe, all the answers become available to us, we just have to be open to them.
Remember the story in the Bible about the Tower of Babel? What was the REAL lesson there? The people of Babel wanted to build a tower to heaven…to God. And so they started working together to build this tower. And, supposedly, (stay with me), remember it’s a story and it’s a lesson in Jewish history…God wasn’t happy about it and so he made everyone speak a different language. They couldn’t understand each other and so, that was the end of the tower.
Here is where I stopped reading the Bible when I was young. I figured what’s the point. God didn’t want us to get along.
Almost like The Game of Thrones when Jon Snow was killed…I threw the book across the room figuring there wasn’t any hero or heroines left….but I digress…
But if we take that story from a different perspective, looking through the eyes of Spirit, we see that this is another story telling us to look within, not outside for help, guidance. Let go of our ego telling us “WE CAN BUILD THIS TOWER TO THE HEAVENS ALL BY OURSELVES!”
Ego, be gone…let go and look to your Buddha, your Goddess with in.
We often hear, “Do you want to Be right or be happy?” Let go of ego, of doubts and let the Divine Universe guide you, bless you, BE you.
The phrase, ‘I let go and let God’ is become something of a cliché. But like most clichés, it’s a simple way of expressing a profound truth. Truth is still the truth, whether or not we believe it. That is the beauty of the truth.
Eckhart Tolle said; “Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.”
“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work it’s way into your consciousness.” – Caroline Myss