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Know Yourself

A big message within the Gospel of Thomas is to know yourself.  This can be a scary task as one can see pieces of oneself that need the grace and healing of God.

I Believe...

I believe...

I believe in a living God.  A God that is a Lover.  The God that Rumi, Gandhi, and Jesus speak of.  This God is Lover, Friend, Mother, Father, and even impersonal as energy, life-force, chi, prana, and all of the Cosmos.

I believe that we know this God in both personal and impersonal ways.  Prayer, Chanting, Songs of Praise, Meditation, Contemplation, and many other "spiritual" practices (whether or not they are viewed as spiritual) are ways to come to know this God in greater and greater ways.

I believe that death is not the end.  When we die, we still exist.  We may face some form of purgation or life review in which we see which lessons we learned and grew from and see where we can further our development in the Spirit.  When we are ready we can return to earth. (Reincarnation) I believe no one will be eternally lost, but that in the end all will know union with God. (Universalism)

I believe that those who have passed over can still communicate with those still …

What if...

In hearing the mudslinging going back and forth with the upcoming presidential election, I have to ask, "What if we lived our lives from the perspective of relationship rather than power?  What would it look like?"  In the Gospel of Thomas, we find a call to relationship.. to know ourselves in relation to the Divine Presence as Mother and Father, to know ourselves in relation to our big brother, and to know ourselves in relation to all our brothers and sisters.  What if we responded from a perspective of relationship?