Celtic Spirituality in Kentucky

Monday, November 30, 2015

Prayers requested, for leading of Spirit.

Advent time. Preparing to better receive the gift of Jesus' love. PRAYERS REQUESTED FOR THE LEADING OF THE SPIRIT; Whether Paschal and Charles Taylor should begin a new jail program for repeat addictive offenders, using program and process they have developed over years?  We would make one year commitment  and recruit some 5-7 volunteers. Title: Leaning
Name: Learning Resilience through Awareness and storytelling; 12 lessons. An interfaith spiritual approach using stories from bible and personal life. Begin in January  with training volunteers. Noblese Oblige.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

How big. Is your heart?

Is it big enough to have a very small space for children who are hurting and dying today?
Nine children die from gun violence each day in the USA; eleven students commit suicide.

Will you have a short prayer that a finger on the trigger or hand on the pill bottle might pause to find hope, to help save parents from a lifetime of living with hurtful hearts?

And if not, that their hearts might find a welcome of Light, Peace, Joy, Beauty, and compassion when arriving in their eternal Home?
Worldwide, hundreds die daily from the use of "God" against others. Is there a kind word or "Hello, how are you?" to be offered to someone in your network of family and friends? We create a village of love,. or not.

Day One. Advent Meditation

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Lord is not finished with me yet... a philosophy

The Lord is not finished with me yet philosophy.
The more I survive by luck, pluck and grace, the more I am obliged to keep giving back, to paying it forward, for many blessings received, chief of which is being born in this country. "Noblesse Oblige"

Today we can live 30 years beyond retirement, time enough for 2 or 3 encore careers. Mine have been 1) promoting interfaith understanding (including weddings), 2) Spellbinder storytelling in scores of schools, and 3) using my VA training for blind Veterans to create a bookshelf on wellness, resilience and spirituality.

Lottie Mae, The Turkey Who Could Not Stop Dreaming is my latest, and according to early readers, my best. Consider giving it as a gift to your favorite niece, nephew, grandkid, friend, teacher, library, school or adult agency for special needs. Ebook version due soon.  Discount available for multiple copies.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Do Not Follow My Advice

DO NOT FOLLOW MY ADVICE, I used to tell my clients in therapy until you have consulted your pillow at least several days. If you do that, then you have owned your choices, they are yours, not mine

In critical situations also, it is best to check back in 5,6, 7 days as views and insights may have changed; new resources may have emerged, and the perspective can be different.

In some fifty plus years of listening, I have observed several key skills are often missing for coping with stress, any stress. One is that many have not learned or practiced sorting out their feelings, talking about hem and see that feelings are just feelings, not harbingers or accurate, but flags calling for attention.

Secondly, many do not challenge or control the chatter between their ears.  they do not typically step back and refocus or reframe, consider another point of view. I remember a son who complained, "whenever i present a problems, you always take the other view, never mine.

Thirdly, and most dangerously, whatever we deny or hide form in ourselves, we tend to "put out there, outside, on others, and project it on others. The angry will find angry people. We tend to dump our unresolved feeling son others and on particular others, especially family members.

Many are addicted to finding fault in order to justify themselves. Many enjoy finding themselves once more in the victim role.

We crave fairness, but in fact, "Fair is county carnival, which comes once each year." We do not live in a fair, or just world.

Recommended here are three books, all on kindle:
Me and My Shadow Self
Anything Wort Doing Is Worth Doing Badly
Print version of this title is available on Amazon as Laughing at My Perfectionism.

Anyone could be happier understanding the views about our human nature presented in those three books. Here is my Thanksgiving gift to the world: years of listening formatted to be helpful to others.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Short Story about Faith. A Parable

I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said “Stop! don’t do it!”
“Why shouldn’t I?” he said. I said, “Well, there’s so much to live for!”
He said, “Like what?” I said, “Well…are you religious or atheist?”
He said, “Religious.” I said, “Me too!
Are you Christian or Buddhist?” He said, “Christian.”
I said, “Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?”
He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me too!
Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?” He said, “Baptist!” I said, ”Wow! Me too!
Are you Baptist Church Of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”
He said, “Baptist Church of God!” I said, “Me too!
“Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?”
He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God!” I said, “Me too!
Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1879, or Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915?”
He said, “Reformed Baptist Church of God, Reformation of 1915!”
I said, “Die, you heretic scum”, and pushed him off.
As I saw him sail into the Bay below, I thought “I scored one for God today. Besides his faith was not good enough. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have been on the bridge!”

People of faith have been too often what Muler (2014) calls “small difference” perfectionists. This parable adapted from Phillips (2006) illustrates the tendency.

Religious people of all stripes have employed small differences to separate themselves and demonize one another. They have done this to others throughout history and continue even now. No faith tradition has ever apologized for their extremist past. Religious Perfectionism kills, both body and spirit.
--Laughing at My Perfectionism, Paschal Baute, Amazon, 2014.
Also available in Kindle:
Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Badly. Paschal Baute, 2014.