Unity in Humanity
Recently I was invited to be a speaker in a webinar called Unity in Humanity. It is an American based Interfaith Celebration with speakers from different religious backgrounds. This year’s theme was about relationship with the Divine Creator, giving the audience an opportunity to hear about the differences but, more importantly, to hear about the similarities in different religions.
Although my niece, Jill VanHaren the convener or the webinar, and I live in different countries we have spent quite a bit of time together the last couple of years, thanks to zoom. While we don’t necessarily focus on our religious practices during our zoom calls it does appear regularly in our conversations because of the importance that this has in both of our lives. So, when she started to organise this year’s webinar, she invited me to be one of the guest speakers. I said ‘yes’ rather casually, you know, sort of a ‘Sure, I'd be happy to.’
Then as the day of the webinar drew closer, I started to contemplate how could I share anything meaningful about The Ageless Wisdom in a 30-minute slot. I knew I would have to be succinct! It was a great exercise in looking at the basic principles. One thing I realised in preparing for the webinar is that as Students of the Ageless Wisdom, we don’t make a lot of public appearances talking about our religion or our way of life. We are not door knockers, so to speak. Our focus is on living what we realise, knowing that when others are ready, they will find their way, a magnetic pull if you like.
I became a student of The Ageless Wisdom over twenty years ago, so it is very much my daily life. I don’t spend a lot of time ‘thinking’ about it but I do spend every moment living it, to the best of my ability. What could I say that would give others a glimpse into The Way of the Livingness which is what we (the students of the Ageless Wisdom) call our religion in the 21st century. I invite you to watch the YouTube video, if you are curious.
The Ageless Wisdom presentation starts at 1:41:52 into the webinar.
How's Your Latin?
Well, I don’t read or speak Latin either and none of the people in my circles know Latin except for common phrases like ‘Carpe Diem’ and ‘Et tu, Brute?’ So, I was surprised to discover that I could squeeze out meaning if I became still and looked at each word individually.
I found this inscription, ‘Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit’, on the inside of my deceased father’s ring.
Why work - at my age?
A few months ago, I was approached by someone I knew about coming to work for them. They have a small but busy trade business and needed administrative support. I was initially surprised, given that I’m past ‘retirement age’. However, I wasn’t getting an immediate ‘No’, so I asked to sleep on it overnight. There wasn’t much of a decision involved because I knew I was getting a ‘Yes’ in my body and that is how I gauge my responses nowadays. I wish I had been on to ‘listening to my body’ when I was younger but back then I was still trying to ‘think my way through life.’
I recently went to the dentist to have some minor restoration on the edges of my front teeth that had worn down with age. Because I’ve been seeing the same dentist for over ten years and because I truly love my dentist (he is the gentlest dentist I’ve ever had!), I was a bit carefree about the whole process. He had recommended I have this work done and he does an excellent job of my oral care, so I just said yes, and I didn’t even think to look in the mirror after the procedure. I had momentarily dropped my level of self-care. For all those same reasons, I’m a long-standing patient who has always had excellent results, he also didn’t think to offer me a mirror before I left the dental chair.
I was all the way home before I actually remembered to have a have a look.
THAT SENSE OF HOME
Living in Australia, it is not at all unusual to find a great number of immigrants in any given situation. Recently I was at a dinner party in which a large portion of those in attendance were originally from some other country. One of the women was talking about how, finally, now in her mid-70s, she had a sense of home here in Australia. Funnily enough she was one of the few Australians in the group!
Miracles Come in All Sizes
Going shopping with a friend seems an unlikely scenario for a miracle to happen but the thing about miracles is they are always unexpected. I had asked a friend to go shopping with me on Wednesday. I have never been a ‘good’ shopper because I don’t like shopping. Consequently, I know nothing about which stores to go to for what I need. Then once I’m in a store I can rarely find what I’ve gone there for and I even have trouble finding staff to help me once I’m in the stores. Really! Shopping doesn’t come naturally to me.
Gayle Cue loves writing about life, reflecting on every day miracles and pondering on the big picture.
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