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by Glen Swartwout

According to recent research findings, “the more we actively contemplate mortality, the more we reject socially imposed goals such as wealth or fame and focus instead on personal growth or the cultivation of positive relationships.” (New Scientist magazine, issue 2887, page 38-40)

Traditionally, great value has been found in the contemplation of the “four last things”: Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgement… also known as the novissima, or the newest things, as they are the newest things we have yet to fully experience in this life!

Death:

Childbirth

Childbirth (Photo credit: popularpatty)

Death itself is a transition from one state of life to the next, very much like birth.  In the birthing process, we go through tremendous suffering, and emerge into a world full of newness, brighter light, a whole new range of colors and dimensions.  We take our first breath, and begin feeding orally at our mother’s breasts.  What an amazing transition, with so much newness to take in, so much to learn.  At first glance, we might question the value of the suffering inherent in the process, but if we look at babies born by Cesarian section, who avoid the tremendous pressures of squeezing between the mother’s pelvic bones, we find that the stress of vaginal birth is essential in initiating the normal development of the human immune system!

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Acceptance

by Glen Swartwout

Acceptance comes first…

 

Acceptance is the first step in making a difference in the way things are…  After all, things are the way the are, no matter how much we want them to be different.

Christ redeemed us all, nunc pro tunc:  now for then (or in this case, then for now).  Historically, just as fields sustain better yields of nutrition when periodically allowed to lay fallow so the herbs and microbes can regenerate the health and nutrition of the soil, people were traditionally given a rest from their debts through the 7 year cycle of Jubilee.  The modern commercial redemption process facilitates reinstatement of this fundamental need for rest and freedom from the relentlessly grinding wheels of commerce, bringing to bear, among other key concepts, acceptance for full value.

The only thing we can own in the Truth is our mistakes, our errors, our sins, as we miss the mark of perfect virtue.  And the only real mistake is one we have not yet learned from….

 

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by Glen Swartwout

The TRUTH is, we are all one family… and We Love Us!

 

Betroth means to enter an agreement to marry or join in holy union.  The truth is that we are created to be in communion with our fractal source by our nature.  All that may be lacking is our agreement!  We are the cells in God’s body… and like the cells in our own biological bodies lack communication of identity, nutrition and cleansing, we experience degeneration of functionality in that tissue.

Seven is the number of blessing.  To seven oneself is to bless oneself.  In the seven days of the creation account, God sevened himself.  Modern mathematical interpretations of the creation from the divine perspective agree with the seven day view from the creator’s viewpoint, including the timing of various biological creatures appearing in the fossil record as we interpret it from our side of the time equation.  The seven sacraments are outward signs of our choice of agreement with the divine plan for our destiny.

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Welcome Home

by Glen Swartwout

The Royalty Of The Heavens:

Fractal Sovereignty

As sons and daughters of our creator, we carry the fractal sovereignty of our source.  We are co-creators of this spiritual experience of being human… Kings and Queens of this portable real estate (originally from the term Royal Estate) of this earthly body.

Where we went wrong… in governance, law, medicine, pharmacy, commerce, economics, science and more…

How we can help… in the little things we do every day!

Whatever we keep foremost in our hearts is where we are navigating towards.  And while our maker is famous for drawing straight with (our) crooked lines, we can help ourselves by staying centered in our hearts, the only sanctuary where we can prepare ourselves to listen for that gentle call of Grace.  Next time you say good-bye to a friend or loved one, remember that the term came as a shortening of “God be with you!”

 

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by Glen Swartwout

The virtues are among the few things we can take with us when we leave our material possessions and even our bodies behind…

Detail of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sa...

Detail of The School of Athens by Raffaello Sanzio, 1509, showing Plato (left) and Aristotle (right) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Philosophers Aristotle and Plato contemplated the four Greek cardinal virtues:

Temperance or restraint:  control is a fundamental function of life.  Physiology is a complex feedback system which regulates the physics, chemistry and biology of life.  The ability to regulate our own thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions is a great spiritual and physiological challenge, since these complex functions respond to both biophysical and psychospiritual parameters.  We are made to be self-governing, but when and to the degree that we fail, we call in external forces, such as worldly government, to govern us through forceful means such as threat, duress and coercion.  The Church, like the many earthly states, has a complete set of laws for governance of our people, the Kingdom of Israel.  The difference is that in the Church, the communion of saints and viable souls destined to become saints, we are self-governing beings.  There is no part of the law dealing with enforcement.  It is a law of Peace for a people of Peace.

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