The Star (St. Lucia) - - COMMENT - By Kay Stroud

Many feel a press­ing need to get away from it all and quite lit­er­ally to lie on a beach dur­ing the Christ­mas hol­i­day pe­riod. This isn’t a self­ish de­sire, be­cause a hol­i­day break’s pos­i­tive health ef­fects are in­tu­itively good for your men­tal, phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual health, as well as be­ing backed up by cur­rent med­i­cal re­search.

It could also be ar­gued that no great dis­cov­ery or in­no­va­tion made in hu­man history has been made with­out con­sid­er­able “think­ing time” in an en­vi­ron­ment where men­tal and spir­i­tual de­vel­op­ment can oc­cur unim­peded by the de­mands on time by col­leagues, rel­a­tives and friends.

Ex­o­dus: Gods and Kings is awe-in­spir­ing in its use of CGI but doesn’t de­velop many of the un­der­pin­ning spir­i­tual themes in Moses’ story.

For in­stance, when Moses was ban­ished from Egyp­tian so­ci­ety, his time-out spent in a hum­bling shep­herd’s role en­abled him to be­gin to understand his re­la­tion­ship to the divine – to be­come more thought­ful and less prej­u­diced, to choose to be­come more com­pas­sion­ate, to for­give him­self and oth­ers, and to con­front a fear of speak­ing in pub­lic, so that he was ready when it was time to “step up to the plate.” I’m sure most of us could draw par­al­lels in our own lives, here.

The Ten Com­mand­ments, the cul­mi­na­tion of Moses’ time spent in quiet con­tem­pla­tion, are unique but in­clude univer­sal prin­ci­ples which can be glimpsed in the teach­ings of ev­ery re­li­gion or moral sys­tem in prac­tice to­day: it’s best and kind­est if we hon­our our mum and dad, we shouldn’t kill peo­ple or hurt each other in any way, or our­selves by fret­ting over other’s pos­ses­sions or achieve­ments.

The first few Com­mand­ments ex­plain the na­ture of God as One and All and are what sets them apart.

Moses’ quin­tes­sen­tial life pur­pose is set forth uniquely by Amer­i­can re­li­gious re­former, Mary Baker Eddy: “Moses ad­vanced a na­tion to the wor­ship of God in Spirit in­stead of mat­ter, and il­lus­trated the grand hu­man ca­pac­i­ties of be­ing be­stowed by im­mor­tal Mind.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scrip­tures.)

A bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of God as Love kept the chil­dren of Is­rael safe, no mat­ter what. Now, that was worth­while time spent in med­i­ta­tion.

Cell bi­ol­o­gist, Dr Bruce Lip­ton, key­note speaker at the Up­lift Fes­ti­val held at Byron Bay a few days ago, also had a trans­for­ma­tional ex­pe­ri­ence, when he was el­bowed out of the sci­en­tific world to make way for the emerg­ing bio­chem­i­cal view of re­al­ity.

Lone re­searchers like Lip­ton had the time to dis­cover a bet­ter model based on the study of quan­tum physics, an epi­ge­netic (above ge­net­ics) model, which is now claim­ing in­creas­ing in­ter­est from the sci­en­tific world.

In his talk, he also ex­plained that it’s not a ran­dom evo­lu­tion of ma­te­rial or­gan­i­sa­tions we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing here on earth, but an evo­lu­tion of con­scious­ness that is really oc­cur­ring.

The man who knew and demon­strated best our es­sen­tial spir­i­tual na­ture lived over 2,000 years ago. Many in Aus­tralia and around the world cel­e­brate his birth each year on 25 De­cem­ber.

Je­sus’ view of re­al­ity as spir­i­tual and based in divine Love, or heaven al­ready on earth, couldn’t help but rev­o­lu­tionise. It in­sti­gated so­cial change, mod­er­ated the weather, healed men­tal and phys­i­cal sick­ness and sup­plied im­me­di­ate needs.

How­ever, he didn’t achieve this state of thought with­out reg­u­larly tak­ing time out. So of­ten the Bible states that he went by him­self or with his dis­ci­ples “into a moun­tain” to pray, to med­i­tate on God’s spir­i­tual idea, man and the uni­verse.

As we cel­e­brate His great gift to hu­man­ity, take pre­cious time this hol­i­day sea­son to re­new, re­ju­ve­nate, recharge, re­vive, re­pair, and con­sider rekin­dling your true spirit.

There is noth­ing wrong with a lit­tle in­tro­spec­tion this Christ­mas. In fact your body,

mind and soul might thank you for it.

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