Jesus is asleep in the boat

Jesus is asleep in the boat.  The apostles are trying their best to keep the boat afloat and not perish, and all the while Jesus is asleep, on a cushion, in the stern of the boat. I never thought about that while reading the parable  — I had only focused on Jesus calming the sea. He had been teaching the people in parables — stories that often have hidden meaning to those who are attune to the spirit and ready for greater truth. After a long day, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other...

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Melting Beeswax

I love beeswax. I use it in my homemade creams and lotions. But I like to know that the beeswax is pure without any other wax. I began to question some of the sources on Amazon when some of the beeswax just didn’t smell right. Many times the product came from China. Who knows if it’s real beeswax. I started looking for a local beeswax source, preferably from a beekeeper. I actually bought a one pound bar from a beekeeper in Ohio — ebeehoney. The prices were reasonable, especially if you buy them in the larger, one pound bars. But if...

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The Great Separation in Taoism

I picked up a book at the dollar bookstore, and as I read it, the author, Benjamin Hoff explained that within Taoism there is a teaching of the Great Separation, you will recognize some obvious similarities to the plan of salvation: “Thousands of years ago, man lived in harmony with the rest of the natural world. Through what we would today call telepathy, he communicated the animals, plants, and other forms of life—none of which he considered “beneath” himself, only different, with different jobs to perform. He worked side by side with earth angels and nature spirits, with whom he...

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The Survival Belt from SlideBelts

I’m all about that word “survival” even though it brings to mind everything connected with “disaster” — yea, not something we really see in our current civilization in the U.S. But history is awash with it for sure. And it seems to be a popular topic for reality t.v. I guess I just don’t want to be caught trying to survive when a disaster happens — be that any kind of scenario, from a simple back-packing expedition to some crazy earthquake disaster. I’ve written about my son and daughter-in-law’s business — Slide Belts. They have just launched a new...

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The Book of Mormon a tragic book

Remember, the Book of Mormon is a tragic book; it is “a voice from the dust.” It’s very sad, as you know. It begins on a note of destruction and ends on a note of destruction. It begins with lone survivors in the wilderness and ends with a lone survivor. There’s nothing more sad than survival; it’s a dirty word. (Hugh Nibley, Teachings of the book of Mormon) I guess I never thought of it like that. But if you take a look — you’ll see the destruction from beginning to end. The Book of Mormon is compiled by...

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A Manual for the After-Life

Here’s a pillow for your head, when you’re dead. If you were royalty in ancient Egypt, and newly dead, the “temple” workers would place this round pillow-papyrus thing under your head — after they removed your organs and wrapped you up mummy style. Meant to supply “life giving fire” to the head of the dead, it was a manual for the after-life. It was an instruction book, a manual of sorts, to guide you back into the presence of God. Kind of like the temple. It was all about resurrection and life after death. All things that I believe in — things that...

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The hidden divine feminine

The divine feminine has been hidden and removed from most of our ancient texts – we believe in the Bible as far as it is translated correctly – but today we have greater scholarship uncovering the texts that reveal the divine feminine – once you start looking for her, you shouldn’t be surprised to see that the man is not without the woman or the God is not without the Goddess. “So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they...

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Eve Daring Greatly

In life, we fall. I like what Brene Brown says about falling:  – She is a social worker researcher, and professor at Texas University. You may not have signed up for a hero’s journey, but the second you fell down, got your butt kicked, suffered a disappointment, screwed up, or felt your heart break, it started. It doesn’t matter whether we are ready for an emotional adventure— hurt happens. And it happens to every single one of us. Without exception. The only decision we get to make is what role we’ll play in our own lives: Do we want...

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Creating balance in marriage

Creating is a godly quality. The Gods create – it’s the first sentence in Genesis: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) “And then the Lord said: Let us go down. And they went down at the beginning, and they, that is the Gods, organized and formed the heavens and the earth.” (Abraham 4:1) It’s not a passive thing, this creating – and we all create – we find joy in creating things. We can create good things and unfortunately we can also create messes. We can even do the opposite of create —...

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The Mother in Heaven

Zion’s Poetess, Eliza R. Snow wrote a poem that is one of our best revelations that we have a Mother in Heaven: In the heav’ns are parents single? No, the thought makes reason stare! Truth is reason; truth eternal Tells me I’ve a mother there… When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, may I meet you In your royal courts on high? (O My Father) It’s interesting to note that Eliza R. Snow named this Invocation — The Eternal Father and Mother. President Wilford Woodruff, in a General Conference on October 8, 1893, declared...

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Former glory

This earth life is — crappy. Excuse my language (really, I’m toning it down and not using my favorite curse word.) It’s difficult. It’s hard. Somedays I can’t believe that those of a higher glory chose to become mortal — that we chose to come to a telestial world. Christ laid down his former glory to be the savior. Adam and Eve laid down their former glory to provide mortal bodies to others (their spiritual children according to Brigham Young.) It’s like getting called to the most difficult mission. But it’s your choice. My daughter is pregnant, about to deliver...

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The Spirited Side of President David O. McKay

One of my earliest memories of being a Mormon is President David O. McKay. He became the prophet, in April 1951, and served until his death in 1970, at the age of 96. He had been an apostle, at age 32, since 1906. Three years after he was sustained as President of the Church, I was born, in 1954. He was the prophet during all my childhood and teenaged years. I was in 10th grade, a sophomore, in high school when he died. I didn’t know much about him until I started reading a book. But I appreciate his look...

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Why it’s hard to hear new information

There are several reasons why it’s hard for people to hear new information and be open to a new idea or way of thinking. In the book Creativity Inc, Ed Catmull explains how the brain fills in what it expects to see. They had made their first computer animation at Lucas Film, and even though they had not finished it, (some of it was still roughly animated in black and white) viewers did not notice. The story was engaging and they did not even notice that the quality of the work was incomplete: The Adventures of André and Wally...

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Large fruit of Zion

Just this morning I was reading from the books of Adam and Eve in the OT pseudepigrapha. I first heard about these books when Hugh Nibley quoted from them, and I have since kept them on my bookshelf. In this one, Adam and Eve are distraught, having transgressed, having lost their light and their glory where they lived in the garden. They are so overcome with grief that they fast and pray for forty days, and several times Adam dies by jumping to his death or beating upon his chest, and God must send the “Word” to raise him from...

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Choosing a good Magnesium supplement

My husband and I have been taking magnesium supplements. For years I have been  taking Jigsaw Magnesium and it has really helped with my benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (which I first got doing the stupid zip line in Costa Rica — I hate heights.) I stopped taking calcium supplements and switched to magnesium and I seldom get the dizziness now. This year I started buying a magnesium taurate because research showed it relieved arrhythmia (something my husband was getting, and which I had many years ago as a young mom with mitral valve prolapse.) Well, I just read that...

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And where was Eve?

I find it interesting that Eve wasn’t present when God forbid Adam to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In fact, according to scripture, Eve wasn’t even created when Adam got this information. The scriptures give us no accounting for when or how Eve learned that the fruit was forbidden. But we do have a clear picture when Adam learned about it. God creates man, tells him about the trees and that he must not eat the fruit from the tree of good and evil, Adam names the animals, hangs out in the...

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Symbolism of change

I had an epiphany the other morning as I was awakening from a night’s sleep. I was a little groggy, still waking in my bed of slumber, the old ipod playing a section of Moses from the Pearl of Great Price. Then as if angels were relaying information to me, I began to “awaken” to the meaning of clothing in the temple, and physical bodies and how they relate to living in different worlds, or “kingdoms.” Clothing is symbolic of our physical bodies. Clothing is skin (in a way.) When we are born into this world, we lay down...

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Sarah and Abraham

The great father of many nations and patriarch, Abraham, lived on the earth about 1,948 years after Adam. [His birth: c. 1813 BCE  and death: c. 1638 BCE.]  You can’t really appreciate all that Abraham suffered and accomplished unless you include his wife, Sarah. She was equal in all things and thus is an example to women seeking to understand the divine feminine. Since I am doing research on this subject, I’ve decided to post my findings as I go. So this will be one in a series of posts about Sarah and women. I am reading a book...

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When the earth speaks

I’m researching about the divine feminine and in doing so, I’ve found a number of examples where the scriptures use the feminine voice. For example, we often refer to the earth  as “mother earth” which is not just mythological. We read it in religious texts as well. I came across an article about Enoch by Hugh Nibley in the 1976, Ensign and found another example where Enoch refers to the earth as “female” — The ancient text belongs to some of the forty day ministry literature — Christ has returned after his resurrection to teach his apostles. They ask him...

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