Something that I saw

As I was browsing Facebook, one of my Latter Day Saint friends shared a teaching story. Here it is for you to read:


A lady went to the Bishop and said, “I won’t be attending church anymore.”

He said, “May I ask why?”

She said, ” I see people on their cell phones texting and typing during the service, some are gossiping, some just aren’t living right, some are sleeping, some are staring at me, they are all just hypocrites.”

The bishop was silent. Then he said, “Can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision?”

She said, “Sure, whats that?”

He said, “Take a glass of water and walk around the church two times and don’t let any water fall out of the glass.” She said, “Yes, I can do that!” She went and got a glass of water and walked around the church two times. She came back and proudly said, “It’s done.”

The bishop asked her, “Did you see anybody on their phone?; Did you see anyone gossiping?; Was anybody living wrong?; Did you see anyone sleeping?” She said, “I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass, so the water didn’t spill out.”

He told her, “When you come to church, you should just focus on the Savior, so that you don’t fall. That’s why Jesus said, “Come follow me, He did not say follow Mormons.”

Don’t let your relationship with God be determined by how others relate with God. Let it be determined by how focused you are with God.

 


 

For me, this reminds me that I may have a totally different relationship(s) with my God(s) than someone else would or their relationship to their God(s). But for me it shows not to be quick to use the “h-word” (hypocrite), because no one is perfect. It touched me because I reworded the last bit like this:

“Don’t let your relationships with the Gods and Goddesses be determined by how others relate with God and judging you for it. Let them be determined by how focused you are with your Gods and Goddesses.”

 

“The Jackal Road – Devotional Driving” by Jackal Sands

I came across this on tumblr and I like the idea. You can find the original here. The following is my wording and take of it.

Things you will need

• a car [or truck] (could be substituted with a bike)

• a navigation system

• gas and gas money

Optionalthings

• snacks

• drinks

• money for snacks and drinks

Step 1

(A) Get in your car.

(B) Take a deep breath.

(C) Listen to the sounds around you for a bit.  This is the beginning of your journey.  You should take a moment to reflect on it.  A mini-meditation in away.

(D) Invite Anubis, or whichever God(s) and/or Goddess(es) that you want, to join you.  Per your flavor of Kemeticism, there can sometimes be a very specific process for honoring and approaching a deity.  This is not one of those times.  Just ask him, or whichever God(s) and/or Goddess(es) that you are wanting to join you. Depending on several factors (your sensitivity to energy, stress you’ve been dealing with, sickness, your level of acquaintance with Anubis) you may or may not feel him there with you.

(E) Trust that he (they) is (are) there with you.

(F) Drive anyway.  This is the “leap of faith” portion of the devotional act, and he may be waiting to see if you’re willing to make it before deciding whether he wants to make his presence better known to you.

Step 2

(A) There’s no destination in mind.  There’s no telling how long you’ll be driving or how far you’ll go.

(B) Turn down any road that seems interesting.  Take highway exits you’ve never gone on.  Turn onto dirt roads you’ve only ever seen out of the corner of your eye.  Buy a coffee from that place you’ve never had time to go to before but were always curious about.

(C) Play music if you want.  Or sit in silence.  Or alternate periods of music and silence.  Maybe talk aloud to Anubis, or to the God(s) and Goddess(es) with you. Do whatever you feel like doing.

(D) This devotional act is about wandering and the freedom that comes with following your instincts (which are more often than not a product of divine interaction).  If you have a lot of trouble just letting go and relaxing and just being and doing…it’s okay.  You can do this too.  Just go wherever the wind takes you.

(E) In all of this pay attention to two things: 1) the laws and conditions of the roadway you occupy and 2) the energy you’re feeling.  What does this drive feel like to you?

(F) All of your feelings are valid.  It’s okay if this doesn’t feel like an incredible epiphany-generating experience!  That’s not what this devotional act is designed to be!  It’s just a way to help you reach out to Anubis, or your God(s) and Goddess(es), and reflect on your relationship with him, or them. If you feel you’re doing that, you’re doing just fine!

(G) If you didn’t feel anything, that’s okay too.  Just try to have a good time and believe that Anubis is glad you’re taking a moment to take care of yourself on your journey through life!

Step 3

(A) When you feel ready, go home.  Use the navigation system (in-built car navigation, Google Maps, whatever map app that you have on your smartphone, or a ye olde map, to get you home safely.  When you get home, step out of your car.  Breath in the air around you.  This is the same home you left, but in some small way, you’ve grown since you’ve left it.  Now it’s time to rejoin the normal world and learn from your experiences during the drive.

(B) Go inside.  Hug your family.  Snuggle your pets.  Drink some water.  Read a book.  Go look at funny pictures of cats. Go to bed.  Do what you want to. The devotional act is done, and your relationship with Anubis or your God(s) and Goddess(es) has grown just as you have.

Note:

Also you don’t have to drive or bike somewhere, you could go for a walk, a run, or a hike and do the same thing.

A thought that popped into my head

Do the deities of other faiths/religions look out for people who don’t know them nor worship them?

Do the gods and the goddesses step in and help the other gods and goddesses with their worshipers?

I think that they do.

We may call on a god or goddesses we feel close to help or to listen to what we have on our mind. But another god or goddesses, listens and leaves a note for the god being; or answers the phone, and listens to the prayer till the god being prayed to can come to the phone. In a metaphorical way of looking at.

It would be like Jesucristo* sitting with me holding my hand as Thor holds me up right while I pass a kidney stone (Guys and gals, if you have never had a kidney stone, I hope and pray that you never have one) while Anubis is busy helping elsewhere or taking care of the kidney stone situation while Jesucristo and Thor keep me distracted.

I hope this has made sense to you!

*Spanish for Jesus Christ.