Monthly Archives: December 2015

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New Year, New You, Quantum-Style

Last week Brad and I wanted to visit my friend, Liz, but we had to track her down.  We learned that she had fallen in her apartment and lain in the bathroom for three days.  The office manager told us the hospital where Liz had been admitted, but they could not divulge where Liz had gone from there.  A quick phone call to Liz’s brother, though, at least gave us the name of the nursing home, and another call to Merrie Kate helped us with the address.  (Thank you, Eddie and Kate, both of whom interrupted their work to talk with us.)

Well, Liz was delighted to see us, and we her, and we had a good visit.  As I was leaving, Liz called me back and whispered, “When I get better, I’ll work on repaying you.” For a past-due typing bill, she meant.

“No,” I said and shook my head. “Don’t worry about it.”

Of all the people who carry debts, this woman least able to pay has continuously been the most worried about it.  Enough.  Let’s wipe the slate clean.

Not a bad idea with the new year approaching, to wipe the board clean of anything that is holding us back or pulling us down.  Instead of making resolutions for change, why not begin with a clean slate?

No more rotator cuff troubles for me! No fretting over where the food budget is going to come from.  No more “I can’t…”

For ten years I’ve been laboring under the label of “failure,” but I am always comforted by the fact that George Bailey was the richest man in town, with all his friends and family.  With such treasures in my life, including you, dear heart, I am wealthy and well and capable beyond measure!

Everything is composed of little magical packets of potential called quanta. Although human beings are slow-moving macrocosms in relation to subatomic particles, we are composed of quanta and what quanta can do, we can also do. And quanta, as we shall see in Chapter Four, can do mind-boggling things.

The new physics shows that humans are capable of much more than we ever thought. Even Jesus said that the things he had done, so shall we do, and more (John 14:12). We possess abilities we’ve reserved for the Divine, the Christs and Buddhas, the avatars and swamis. (Quantum God, Chapter One)

Will you join me in the new year with a new you?  We can celebrate Quantum You and Quantum Me! Remember, I believe in you.

love, chelle

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With You, Always

Over the last month or so, I’ve been amazed at the influence pop culture has on the rest of the world.  With Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa happening, still the news (and toy shelves) have included many articles related to Star Wars.

Since 1977, when this world first saw Luke Skywalker riding a Landspeeder, Princess Leia speaking in a hologram, Han Solo navigating the Millennium Falcon, and Obi Wan etching his presence and his advice in our minds, Star Wars has been an Earth-wide phenomenon.

And why not? What does Obi Wan say?

“The Force will be with you—always.”

Isn’t that what we are all celebrating now, the force of goodness and light and love? Let’s celebrate the Force, the Power that lives in each of us now and every day.

love and light to you, dear heart—always,
chelle

* Banner photo of a snowflake by Alexey Kljatov

Start with Mercy

“Every chapter of the Quran starts with ‘Mercy‘” read one of the signs at the recent anti-ISIS march in London.  Great Britain’s Independent headline read, “Hundreds of Muslims flooded the streets of London to condemn terrorism. Media’s response: Silence.” (Dec. 8, 2015)

When people band together in the name of peace, there is only silence? Is that because of the fear of Islamic terrorists?

Acts of terrorism know no religious or ethical boundaries.  Consider the pro-lifer who kills a doctor at a planned parenthood center in the name of his Christian God, or the bigots who torch a Negro church.  Charles Manson, hoping to instigate a white/black war, or the bombings of the IRA where innocents died. Perhaps an ultimate (but not last) act of terrorism against all of humanity was the anti-Jewish (and many other things) Holocaust.

“There is only one true way,” some people contend.  The second endnote in Quantum God contains illuminating information from a book by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, world-renowned scholar in religious studies.

In his book, The Hidden Gospel, Neil Douglas-Klotz has pointed out some of the hazards of mistranslation and probable alternate interpretations of key phrases of organized Christianity, such as “I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV) “The Aramaic word urha, usually translated ‘way’ . . . is the light that uncovers a path. The word sherara, usually translated as ‘truth’ . . . a solution or liberation . . . in harmony with the universe. The word hayye, usually translated as ‘life,’ indicates in both Aramaic and Hebrew the sacred life force, the primal energy that pervades all of nature and the universe.” He translates John 14:6 as: “No one comes into rhythm with the breathing life of all, the sound and atmosphere that created the cosmos, except through the breathing, sound, and atmosphere, of another embodied ‘I’ connected to the ultimate ‘I Am.’”

Today I read aloud to Pam.  I chose an article from The Kansas City Star about our city’s Secret Santa.  Although my Alzheimer’s client has trouble expressing herself, Santa’s acts of kindness (which some recipients immediately “paid forward”) brought tears to Pam’s eyes.  There are many more kind people in our world than not.

As if I could ever forget all the shining people in my life, including you, dear heart, this week I shall remember only the kindnesses.  I shall start with mercy.

love, chelle

Holiday Wish

In high school, my best friend was Jody (Joan) Grueskin. I can say that her friendship saved my life, for I was a very shy, nerdy type who lived for school.  With Jo, my life expanded to include community theater (and skipping school! I  also learned the rule of the road that the car goes where the driver [Jody] wants to take it.)

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Michelle, Joanne Hoberg, and Joan Grueskin McAdam, 2010

Back then, as now, Jo had a brother, Bob.

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This week’s message was reposted by him on Facebook:

“Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season…

“It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large, wonderful families or caring friends in close proximity.  Some of us have problems during the holidays and some of us are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us.  And many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.  There are also too many people who are struggling every day to make ends meet.

“Let us remember the true meaning of the holidays: to be thankful.

“We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.  My sincerest wish for all of my friends is that you each know that you are loved.  There are people (including me) who care about you deeply. If I don’t see your name I will understand.”

Bob asks us to remember to provide moral “support for all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know someone cares.  Do it for all of us, for nobody is immune….God bless!”

Thank you, Bob. I do care.

I care about all of you, and send you all
love and blessings,
chelle