Editing Winter

On a T.V. show, I watched a disabled veteran (with both of his own legs gone) climbing a mountain, a dedicated guide at his side. The guide said it’s the challenge, setting the goal, and making the effort that gives you back what you thought you lost, your true self, confident, active, and able to move ahead with your life. I like that. It’s mid-January and I’m already a month behind the schedule I set myself for editing the second manuscript. I think this second one will be in two volumes, instead of one. And the first volume is not yet finished. I don’t know if I can publish five books in 365 days, that is, “reach the top of the mountain,” but I’ll keep putting one editing foot in front of the other and be grateful that I’m learning a lot in the review process.

This week I have looked at the opening pages of four different books dictated by unseen spiritual teachers or guides, reading the scribes’stories of how the messages came into their minds. No doubt these four are the tip of the iceberg, for I am aware of many more, each an individual approach. I’ve heard it said that when the old doctrines and traditions no longer serve inquiring minds, many more search in various ways for inspiration, and some hear voices or are otherwise inspired to relate messages of hope, guidance and a fresh way of understanding the truth of who we are. I don’t know. I may never know. I will publish the messages I heard, because I said I would, and leave the rest to Universal Inspiration and the Source of all creation, because I trust that there all hope, compassion, peace and love reside, willing to light our way “home” to inner peace and joy.

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4 Responses to Editing Winter

  1. Steve Collins says:

    You wrote above “…when old doctrines and traditions no longer serve inquiring minds, many more search in various ways for inspiration…” Wouldn’t it be better to have doctrines and traditions on such a firm and solid foundation that all others could be measured by them as a standard? Then inquiring minds could test new or newly discovered ideas by the “standard” to determine truth or error, fact or fiction. I think I would rather base the important things of life on doctrines and traditions that always serve inquiring minds rather than those that may at some point no longer serve.
    Very interesting blog which I will follow. And thanks, Pam, for the insights. STEVE

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    • I’ve just finished reading “Beyond Belief” by Elaine Pagels. Doctrines and Traditions apparently are not what they seem to be in the Christian tradition. Experience is another avenue, it seems. Both of course can be derailed by good intentions that fail to see the whole picture and the egos of humans (making all Jews evil and all Christians “traditional” in the 1st and 2nd centuries). Women cannot be priests in the Catholic Church. Tradition? Mary was a virgin. Doctrine?–or misinterpretation of a word being translated that meant “young woman”? “God” is a judge who condemns? Based on what? The research since Nag Hammadi has turned up much that is surprising and different from what we were told and taught to believe. When does stability become a liability? When does adherance to “doctrine and tradition” become nonsensical or unnecessary, keeping many thinking, rational minds from faith and belief? A minister told me he knows the new information but he can’t teach it, he’s afraid he’ll lose his congregation, mostly older people; the young ones don’t come. And yet what is true, eternally true, beyond man-made doctrine and tradition, is found in the experience of it within us. It is an individual transformation of mind…when each is ready. Before that, no doubt, doctrine and tradition are comforting and stabalizing, too. for some. Luckily, there is a Oneness that brings us into a state of being that is happy, peaceful and wholly joyous in all situations and under all circumstances…I will meet you there, where all minds are joined, and laugh with you awhile, because nothing we ever think means anything compared to this experience of peace and love.

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  2. Steve Collins says:

    If there is a standard with such a solid foundation I don’t think we will find it in the church or in any church. But rather the standard would be the basis to measure the church, doctrines, traditions, or any other philosophical idea. I think from your reply you thought I might have been referring to the church as that standard. STEVE

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    • Yes, Steve, I may have misunderstood what you said. The standards would be yours, or the ones often recognized across cultures and religions and spiritual programs, or those found in whatever course of transformation or scriptures you follow. Based not on a “doing” but an undoing of what covers over our innate compassion, inner peace despite circumstances, forgiveness of others or of our own mistaken ideas about others and–at least it seems to me–a sense of wholeness, equality, unity and oneness with all, as an action of our minds lived moment to moment in the everyday world as we are each in the midst of our own individual transformation. You might add vision or joining or service rather than meeting one’s own ego needs…the effects of transformation of mind to a recognition of Oneness. The temptation would be to set up a set of standards and then judge who does or doesn’t measure up to them (ie, the Ten Commandments) and set up opposites of sinner and saved, guilty or innocent, bad or good with which to judge. Alternative? Be willing to go through the transformation of mind, individually, ourselves and know that we can decide to use use every situation and circumstance to be in that state of inner peace–then everything that seems to happen is in our best interest. And we will be so busy struggling with the resurrection of our own minds from our own mistaken thinking, we won’t have time to apply standards to anyone, including ourselves!

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