Spirituality Course

This blog is about the various courses on Spirituality offered through the ULC Seminary. The students offer responses to their various lessons and essays upon completion of the courses.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Lesson 16 Awareness

 

Dear Everyone,

 

First I would like to say I didn't know much about spiritual awareness until just recently when I took a Holistic Course and realized how much negativity and toxic relationships and situations I had been into.   Now that I am still healing, I suffer with great exmulted pre-existing conditions with Plax cirrhosis with severe RA and Fibromyalgia.  Now I am hollding my own after my divorce and my daughter's situation is none existing (My daughter and I have a very close relationship right now, after the child custody her father doesn't even call) however; her MeeMaw which is his Mother, we keep in touch through out the years. . The Spiritual psychology is a new subject for me and I am still learning through the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ:

 

Spiritual psychology will support the choice to learn through wisdom, the choice to release patterns of negativity, of doubt and fear that are no longer appropriate to who we are and what we are becoming.  It will make clear the relationship between the personality and the soul, the differences between them, and how to recognize those difference

Exercise:  EMBRACING THE SILENCE

I have filled out some of the questions, however the rest I can file out the rest at a later date.  I loved all the material through out the course:

 

1.            Take a free day and devote it to finding out about the ways you fill the emptiness in your life.  It is best to do this when you are alone, or undisturbed by others.  Do not watch television or listen to the radio.  This is a time to be with just you.

Right now TV is the entertainment I get and sometimes I have a friends who call occasionally.  Friends have their own lives.  Thank God for Facebook.

I don't feel that I am alone.  My parents and I had decided to move bac in together so My Mom wouldn't have to up and down the road so many times. With my conditions I can drive.  My Dad is very ill and we had to consolidate 2 homes and move 2 homes with a lot of help. 

So far now I am grounded, meaning I live day in and day out with my parents taking care of my Dad.  

2.            Plan to do absolutely nothing!  Keep a notebook or your Journal with you to note down some of your experiences for later contemplation.

Keeping a diary right now, can't do it.  However, my emails and doctor appointments I keep in an appointment book. 

3.         As the day goes on, take note of any restlessness or agitation you may be feeling, but don't do anything to change it.  Simply let your experience develop gracefully.

                     

4.         Be willing to notice and fully experience your emotional feelings:

                 >     Do you feel guilty about not doing anything?

                 >     Does shame come up?

                 >     Is there something that makes you angry?

                 >     Is sadness your primary response?

                 >     Did you experience moments of bliss and joy?

            >          Is it scary to just be?

 

5.         Pay attention to exactly what you would like to do to fill the empty spaces, or to handle the agitation, or to shift the emotions you're feeling:

                 >     Do you have an urge to eat or to drink something?

                 >     Do you want to do anything that will keep your hands busy?

     >     Do you have a longing to pick up the phone and talk to someone--anyone?

                 >     Do you want to start a "meaningful" project?

 

6.         Hang in there with all these feelings and thoughts that come up during the day.  Just allow them to be, and accept them fully.  See if they sometimes change to something deeper. For instance, anger may change to sadness, and sadness may change to fear.  You may be able to learn some of the truths behind the feelings that are beginning to surface.  They are you.  All these feelings are you speaking out about your inner needs and dissatisfactions.

 

7.         Have there been moments during this day when you perceived something rich and comfortable and peaceful inside yourself welling up to fill the emptiness?

¨      In moments of inner quiet, call to the part of yourself that is your spirit, your True Self, your deep Self.

¨      Ask that part of yourself to come forward.  To come to consciousness.

¨      Ask your True Self to speak clearly to you.  To give you guidance about filling the emptiness you feel from within yourself.

 

8.         Remember, your True Self, your spirit, is the only real place to find that overflowing fullness.

¨      Touch your spirit as often as possible.  Call upon it at those moments during the day when you would normally reach for something outside yourself to fill the emptiness.

¨      Instead of eating, or drinking, or avoiding, just be with yourself and let your inner wisdom move you.

9.         Since this is a difficult thing to do by yourself, perhaps you can ask someone to help you find this deeper part of yourself.  This coming to know oneself is the work of a lifetime, and the only meaningful work for your soul.

 

  1. 10.       Plan to repeat this exercise at regular intervals, such as during each of the two solstices and equinoxes of the year, or four times a year. s.  It will make explicit the effects of interactions between personalities from the perspective of the impersonal energy dynamics that they set into motion, and it will show how these dynamics can be used to heal.

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Sincerest Rebecca Burett

 

Awareness Lesson 15

Dear Rev. Elizabeth King, and Rev. Amy Long

1.     What are the roots of your right side?  What messages did you receive on doing, and on "taking care of business"?

2.     When parent or parents instill genuine values, beliefs, and thought processes this will help an individual later in life to be grounded and to do which is right by their right consciousness.  This will also help and individual to also know in taking care of business to know what is a bad deal or not to get involved in a bad deal.

  What were told you could expect from the world?  

I was brought up to know to be honest and to know what is right, and how other people can get you in a lot of trouble

              How were you taught to deal with challenges and difficulties?

I was to taught to have confidence and deal with the challenges head on and being a taken advantage.  I always thought that Knowledge is power.   

3.     What would your life be like if your right side ran everything?  What would you miss or long for?

I would feel like I wouldn't be able to learn if my life ran smoothly.  Sometimes your situations make you stronger and can conquer anything that comes your way.

4.     Which qualities of the right side do you need to develop more fully?

To be stronger, Liston carefully, Look, and pay attention to all surroundings and to pay close attention to the people around you.  

5.     Which qualities from the left side would help you balance the right-sided ones you may know more about now?  For example, if you have

6.         learned to focus on accomplishment (a left-brain activity),

7.        would some form of quiet centering or meditation (right-brain activity) help balance you life?  Or, if you were taught to rely on yourself,

8.        might you complement that by learning to work with others cooperatively?

To answer this question I would have to say that I would choose all of these, because I used have of my life trying to correct that was wronged me.  So now that my life turning 50 is a do over that I missed with my schooling, and so far everything is right on target.

 

Sincerest Rebecca Burkett

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Lesson 15 Awareness The Real You

Dear ULC Staff,

 

I loved the material on Awareness.  It is so important for an individual to gain and develop while they are infants and then go into adulthood.  This will help us explore the self-expression the infant will need in later in life. 

 

Sincerest Rebecca Burkett

 

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The course

Hi and greetings to you from Yorkshire , EVEN though I have not commented much about this course I have found it not just a course that is academic but practical too Plato has so much to teach us especially the republic although we have a monarchy here we are aware of the problem our American cousins face at this time yet Plato has so much to teach us in our ministry and we are so blessed in our service this course has taught me much about the philosophy of life and how to apply this to our continued spiritual work I appreciate very much the books I have been led to read about as I see it the philosophy of life I am a spiritualist minister and philosophy plays a great part in our belief I do however speak in a Christian spiritualist church were the richness of the Christian faith and the broad belief of spiritualism bring a wider understanding of what faith and philosophy are about in short to show the variety of Faith and belief are evident in our individual ministry And ministers in the UNIVERSAL LIFE CHURCH

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

David Hume concept is interesting so offering we don't use spirituality in its purest form of thought maybe ministers have little time to do this and we spend so much time at the coal face we are apt to think of philosophy as a separate ideal yet with Hume and the other philosophical teachers. We have concepts to guide us forward I have not commented before on the lessons kindly sent asvi actually wanted to. Read around the subject before replying philosophy by its very nature. Possibly is not an exact science and therefore. From the humanist point of view relies not on the existence of a supreme being but on our training from childhood to use. Logic in so many ways we loose our childlike Faith at about 9 or 10 due in part to our education system in the uk I appreciate in certain states in America they do not accept the concept of the death of God philosophy as readily S we do here I would like to just say that a lot folks here readily accept spiritualism or the new age belief its not the fact they are not spiritual they are but not in the traditional sense e.g. Anglican Methodists etc but. Their concept of Faith is based on spiritualism and its. Seven principles, which are open minded spirituality that is the concept of logical spirituality based on the ones in the spiritual dimension called higer side of life along with scientific explanation via aura camera's etc. That is scientific approach to scientific applied spirituality and a living philosophy of life

Monday, June 6, 2016

The opening paper

Thank you for your opening notes I was surprised to receive them so soon after registration and payment I must right from the start say I have served GOD. From the age of 19 not always at full power but like an earthly father well some anyway he has loved me through 2 divorces and I am hanging in their what I like about the notes I have received is. The fact that at all times we are servants of God not. Out their in the world to treat people with disrespect just because their belief system is different to our concept of Faith or if you take the scientific approach a completely different view of the world as those with a humanist approach I can accept both points of view for example my mom as you Americans call your mum she was a woman of Faith but I have always known she thought parts of the. New testament were questionable that is why when I conducted her funeral I chose psalm 121 and dis a secular committal because I was not prepared to do mums service to please and comfort others as it happened apart from my partner BERYL and a friend from a spiritualist church 2others were we're not Christians as defined by. Faith one was a wiccan the other was a lapsed Catholic the other was an old school chum of mine ,, now the point I am making is. Whatever the view of this present it showed a love that went beyond personnel faith to what we. Call agape part of what we are to show to all thank you Amie GOD BLESS YOU X