As the first day of school arrives I ponder the concept of "home churching". It seems a viable and sustainable option in today's busy and technologically advanced society. Home schooling is becoming more popular as some begin to recognize its values. Metaphysically there is value in everything. According to Ernest Holmes the right kind of mental work will go beneath the surface and destroy the subjective cause of the complex, thereby easing the conflict. Historically I have experienced some conflicts with church, sometimes it's not as warm and fuzzy as extolled. I remember as a young child one conflict witnessed within the church which left an indelible mark. It's a classic example of how childhood experiences shape adult life and often such memories are buried in the subconscious mind waiting to be healed. The trustees, deacons and ministers of a former church had a very human and quite public disagreement. Literally for months it was all the congregation spoke of and it caused quite a bit of turmoil. I know at the time how much turmoil it caused in my young mind until now. I was living in this facade of peace and harmony, then it seemed everything was turned upside down. There were muffled conversations and threats, secret meetings and even violent explosion s. As a child I didn't quite understand what was happening and I actually found it amusing at times. Folks would make jokes as we often did to cover up any emotional pain and mental confusion with an awkward humor. Beneath the labored laughter and fake smiles there was mistrust, uncertainty and despair. Like the night the nice little church lady who always sat in the front pews showed up at a church meeting with a machete, threatening to "chop heads". She rarely came out at night, so when she jumped out of the taxi late that evening with a knife as long her arm, folks scattered like there was no tomorrow! Scared the "be Jesus" out of everybody! lol. Reflecting back, it was funny, but what I did not realize then was that it was also very frightening to a child. I now realize the impact of having a comfort zone destroyed, and why boundaries and compassion are so important. Church was where I was told to love my neighbor as myself. Church was also where I learned to fear my brothers and sisters, for they could twist my sense of trust, shaking my equanimity and inflict pain to the core, all in the name of the lord. Folks seemed so attached to church, or a minister, that they were willing to fight and fight they did. I wondered if they were that attached to God? I wondered where was God? Perhaps they forgot...
The bible describes the body as a temple. It says in 1 Corinthians Chapter 6 verse 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
Some traditionalists may view the idea of home churching as blasphemy without exploring the concept and the benefits. Meditation is the way within. Jesus was said to go apart in contemplation. Metaphysically contemplation is the act of meditation and Charles Fillmore described it as a time of thought, of becoming a child of God. Recently I experienced some spiritual chaos and I could not understand why it bothered me so much that I became angry. I recognized it was the perfect time to go apart to my inner sanctuary. To step aside, go within and do some self healing, recognizing fear fear begets angry. Why was I angry? As a child I did not understand the perpetual impact of change and how growth sometimes comes as the result of pain experiences. As an adult I now have the ability to be the observer, not engaging in the World but resting in God. I pray all my lessons be in peace an love as I release any fears and anger. Sometimes this means simply walking away. Yoda said "Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate.. to suffering" The Course in Miracles says if there is no love then it's fear. I grow to meet my good. I grow to God.
Whenever feelings of discomfort arise be gentle with yourself. Take time to go apart, this may mean seeking professional help or speaking to a friend or loved one. Explore why you are feeling this way, go within. Once explored the emotions can be healed and you can move forward a better person. Explore hypnosis it can help.
The media has made home churching quite enjoyable with Joel Osteen, Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday and Michael Beckwith's Agape Love Streaming being among my favorite home church programming. I really enjoy my physical spiritual home, however the sweet sound of serenity in my own home sanctuary centers me in a way beyond understanding allowing relaxation and rejuvenation. Allowing healing.
Home churching is now something I quite enjoy on occasion. Albert Einstein said no problem can be solved at the level it was created. By going apart I am able to see the bigger picture and emotionally detach. It is a beautiful world and I am glad to be in it engaging yet equanimous.
Be still and know...
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