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Easter Parable – Moving Forward After Easter

Declared the Prophet Isaiah: 
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Isa. 53:4-5
Sunrise in Belize

Years ago there was a little one-room schoolhouse in the mountains of Virginia where the boys were so rough that no teacher had been able to handle them.

A young, inexperienced teacher applied, and the old director scanned him and asked: “Young fellow, do you know that you are asking for an awful beating? Every teacher that we have had here for years has had to take one.”

“I will risk it,” he replied.

The first day of school came, and the teacher appeared for duty. One big fellow named Tom whispered: “I won’t need any help with this one. I can lick him myself.”

The teacher said, “Good morning, boys, we have come to conduct school.” They yelled and made fun at the top of their voices. “Now, I want a good school, but I confess that I do not know how unless you help me. Suppose we have a few rules. You tell me the rules you want, and I will write them on the blackboard.”

One fellow yelled, “No stealing!” Another yelled, “On time.” Finally, ten rules appeared on the blackboard.

“Now,” said the teacher, “a law is not good unless there is a penalty attached. What shall we do with anyone who breaks the rules?”

“Beat him across the back ten times without his coat on,” came the response from the class.

“That is pretty severe, boys. Are you sure that you are ready to stand by it?”

But another yelled, “I second the motion.”

So the teacher said, “All right, we will live by them! Class, come to order!”

In a day or so, “Big Tom” found that his lunch had been stolen. The thief was located — a little hungry fellow named Jim, about ten years old.

“We have found the thief and he must be punished according to your rule — ten stripes across the back. Jim, come up here!” the teacher said.

The little fellow, trembling, came up slowly with a big coat fastened up to his neck and pleaded, “Teacher, you can lick me as hard as you like, but please, don’t take my coat off!”

“Take your coat off,” the teacher said. “You helped make the rules!”

“Oh, teacher, don’t make me!” He began to unbutton the coat, and what did the teacher see? The boy had no shirt on, and revealed a bony little crippled body.

“How can I whip this child?” he thought. “But I must do something if I am to keep this school.” Everything was quiet as death. “How come you aren’t wearing a shirt, Jim?”

Jim replied, “My father died and my mother is very poor. I have only one shirt and she is washing it today, and I wore my brother’s big coat to keep me warm.”

The teacher, with rod in hand, hesitated. Just then “Big Tom” jumped to his feet and said, “Teacher, if you don’t object, I will take Jim’s licking for him.”

“Very well, there is a certain law that one can become a substitute for another. Are you all agreed?”

Off came Tom’s coat, and after five strokes the rod broke! The teacher bowed his head in his hands and thought, “How can I finish this awful task?” Then he heard the class sobbing, and what did he see?

Little Jim had reached up and caught Tom with both arms around his neck. “Tom, I’m sorry that I stole your lunch but I was awful hungry. Tom, I will love you till I die for taking my licking for me! Yes, I will love you forever!”

Written By: Anonymous
Photo By:  Brian Vallelunga   License: Creative Commons

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“The Work”


The writings on the wall…Spring is almost here. With Springtime comes things anew, the flowers bloom, we are called to do some spring cleaning, daylight savings time is a welcomed addition to our lives, and just the thought of things to do, places to go, and people to see seem that much more in foresight. Bearing that in mind, how about doing some internal work within yourself. It can be said, one of the hardest life lessons we learn is that the only person that we can change is ourself.

Naturally, self-analysis is not an easy feat. It calls us to really dive deep inside our mind, body, and soul to bring to the surface some of the issues we may sometimes much rather bury, forget, ignore, turn a blind eye, or deny. Revelation of self may feel uncomfortable, but necessary for those who want to truly know “Who am I?”

The of Work of Byron Katie, is a way to undergo a personal self-analysis. The work of Byron Katie consists of four simple questions and turnarounds. The Work can be practiced on any subject that is a stressor in your life. The four questions and turnarounds, can include issues about the body, disease, career, or even a higher power if you believe. As per Byron Katie, “Then simply use the term “my thinking” in place of the subject when you do the turnarounds. By working out what you need to change and then following it up you can get straight to the point.” If there are several issues you may have to address them one at a time. Self-analysis assists by providing food for thought and self-reflection.

The Work of Byron Katie invites us to turn thoughts around. When the process is strictly intellectual it may be of little value. The true work is to go deeper than the intellect and into the mind. This route bringing deeper knowledge to the surface. Ask the questions first, and then be patient. Your answers can’t be superficial. Once the answers have been revealed, then do the turnarounds. The surface mind and the deeper mind will ultimately cross paths, the turnarounds yield discovery of self.

The Work Process is as follows:

Investigate each of your personal statements on a worksheet that may be found on The Work website called, “Judge-Your-Neighbor Worksheet” which is part of The Work process. In addition, there are four questions for you to answer. and then turn it around. According to Bryon Katie, “The Work is meditation. It’s about opening to your heart, not about trying to change your thoughts.” Make the inquiries, then go inside and wait for the deeper answers to rise.

Basically, The Work involves answering four questions and turnarounds. For example, your statement might be “[Name] is so rude.” Find someone in your life about whom you have had that thought about. Take that statement and put it up against the four questions and turnarounds of The Work as noted below.

Is it true?

Can you absolutely know that it’s true?

How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?

Who would you be without the thought?

Turn the thought around. Then find at least three specific, genuine examples of how each turnaround is true for you in this situation.

Hopefully you will do The Work, and with practice will lead to overall positive perspectives. AND GUESS WHAT? YES… THERE’S EVEN AN APP FOR THAT!

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