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Ruth L Miller is an eclectic scholar with degrees in many fields of science and the social sciences and is ordained as a New Thought minister - because she keeps on seeking answers to the fundamental questions that make it possible for the spiritual beings we call humanity to live well and in harmony on this planet for generations to come.

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Where Are We in the Shift of 2012?

So much is happening on so many levels that no one person can track them all!

Mentally, we have people all over the world waking up to the realization that their mental framework has been based on fear and other people as authorities, while what really works for them is a mental framework based on love and an inner knowing.  And we have leaders sticking so intensely to a line of thinking that is clearly based on false premises or has no internal consistency that the people who used to take them seriously are now turning away, ignoring, or speaking out against them–everywhere on the planet.” Continue reading Where Are We in the Shift of 2012?

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What’s the difference between abstract and concrete thinking? Why does it matter?

Some people think in terms of their experiences and the things they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell; they ask questions about objects, events, and procedures. Others think in terms of possibilities and principles; they ask questions that apply ideas in lots of different ways. Some people think in terms of specific how-to steps; they read the instruction book or do things they way they were told because each task is different. Others think in terms of relationships and patterns; they see how something they’ve done before is similar to what is being done now and use the same methods as far as they can—before reading the instructions.
People in the first group are called “concrete thinkers.” They tend to experience the world as a series of separate, discrete objects and events, and learn by experience working with objects, or by seeing or hearing concrete examples. Once they learn how something is done, that’s the only “right” way to do it.
People in the second group are called “abstract thinkers.” They’re constantly generalizing from events and experiences and relating or connecting them to others, and experience the world as an unfolding set of more and more complex interactions hoping to find a few basic principles that apply to everything. Continue reading What’s the difference between abstract and concrete thinking? Why does it matter?

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Were Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ married?

That question assumes a lot, and has different answers depending on who’s talking.

First, we must assume that they actually existed as human beings, which many historians doubt. But once we assume that, then we can look at different understandings about their relationship.

Within traditional Christian doctrine, of course, there’s no way. Since the gospels do not speak of his wife, Jesus was not married.

Yet, in that time and place a man would be married between 14 and 16 years old and could have raised a family by 30, which is when tradition says Jesus began his traveling ministry.

Unless, of course, he was a Nasorean (Nazarite), and dedicated to God in the temple (which the gospels say Jesus was), in which case, he would not cut his hair, not touch a woman (or anything “unclean”), and would avoid strong drink as part of the sacred vow his parents made for him when he was born…. Continue reading Were Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ married?

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Celebrating February

Celebrating February: The month of every-kind-of-weather…and holiday!

Some of the best days of the year to be on the Oregon coast are during the month of February—and some of the worst. Historically, the weekend of Lincoln’s birthday has been snowy and the weekend of Washington’s birthday has been wonderfully warm and sunny—the first (and last!) real sunshine for months in the Pacific Northwest. Who knows what “global climate change” will bring us this year?

February is also a weird mixture of holidays: February 2nd is a major Celtic celebration, then, the next day (this year) is the Lunar New Year, which is celebrated all over Asia and in Asian-American communities, then 10 days later we honor the man who freed the African slaves and kept the Union together, then just 2 days later, we celebrate “national hearts and flowers day” and the Italian bishop who taught us all to tell people we love them. Finally, barely over a week later, we take a day off in honor of the man whose personal integrity kept us a republic, rather than a democratic monarchy. Whew! Fortunately, this year we don’t have to add in Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday—and that’s all in the shortest month of the year!

Imbolc is the name of that Celtic celebration… Continue reading Celebrating February

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Winter Holy Days

      

I’ve been receiving questions about the Winter holy days: when did they start? Where did they come from? What’s Santa and the Christmas tree have to do with Jesus?

Here’s an article I wrote for the local paper a couple years ago that will answer some of those questions:

Season of Light

‘Tis the season to light up the world! For Americans in the Christian tradition, it’s time to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Savior, Light of the World. For many Americans, though, the lights of the season have a different spiritual meaning. Continue reading Winter Holy Days

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