St. George: The Dragon Slayer

Written by Mary M. Alward

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When Christian knights, known as crusaders, returned to England after having fought religious wars inrepparttar Middle East,repparttar 137539 legend of St. George became popular. Tales of his having slain a dragon was a great source of entertainment withinrepparttar 137540 castle walls and courtyards. The medieval knights told how St. George had appeared to them wearing white robes that were decorated with a red cross duringrepparttar 137541 siege of Antioch inrepparttar 137542 11th century.

In 1425, Henry V was victorious atrepparttar 137543 Battle of Agincourt. It was then that St. George becamerepparttar 137544 official patron saint of England. The red cross of St. George adorns Britain’s national flag, and forms part ofrepparttar 137545 Union Jack.

St. George’s powers are used inrepparttar 137546 Middle East to cast out demons and in many other countries St. George’s Day heraldsrepparttar 137547 beginning of summer. He is classed asrepparttar 137548 guardian of animals in Lithuania and in some countries is associated with fertility. In Spain, St. George’s Day includes many festivities, includingrepparttar 137549 giving of gifts andrepparttar 137550 eating of feasts.

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A Summer at Mt. Tabor

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

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He saw them coming a long way off. He saw Jesus start running all of a sudden and Mary chasing after him. It was a glorious time in all their lives. He suspected that both these kids had made plans just like their parents were doing a long time ago and watched to make sure they were running to come and join their parents. Maybe they had been ritually ‘listening in’ throughrepparttar astral arts. When he was sure they were coming home Joseph went back inside.

“The kids will be here shortly. What are we going to do to avoidrepparttar 137379 use ofrepparttar 137380 name Mary for both of you?”

“I guess we could call my Mary byrepparttar 137381 name Magdalene. There are lots of Marys and she has been called that by other kids who include many named Mary.” J. A. said as he rose to hug his daughter as she came running intorepparttar 137382 house a little winded. “Since when do young ladies run after boys?” He kidded.

“Oh, he thinks he is such a smart guy just cause he was able to summon an angel throughrepparttar 137383 Gematria or Hebrew alphabet even while I watched. I had to show him I can still run as fast as he can.”

“I beat you.”

“Yes, and you got a head start too.” The Magdalene said as she pushed him lovingly.

“After Ruth serves us our dinner why don’t you show me how you summon angels, Jesus? Or should I call you Yeshua?”

“You can call me Jesus if you want. There are some of my friends like Judas who insist I am even The Chriost. I have a hard time with that but I can accept Iesa or Jesus because I am all for promoting ‘The Brotherhood of Man’. But I’d rather not dorepparttar 137384 summoning thing twice in one day. Maybe I can do that in a couple of days and make it really special. If I fast for a day and have a bath just before doing it and there is some music while I am lingering inrepparttar 137385 water I find it is more powerful.”

“I too summon angels orrepparttar 137386 ‘One’. I know most people who are learned are adept at this but Magdalene tells me you arerepparttar 137387 best. I know what you mean about fasting first too. We shall wait until you feel moved to do your best.”

“It won’t be more than a couple of days. I shall fast tomorrow. I am very good at it and I don’t need to fast for a week like James does to get his best result. But I don’t want to be seen as showing off so I’d like it to be just you guys if you don’t mind.”

Later that week asrepparttar 137388 sun went down after dinner and some friends went home after a little music they had gathered to play was over, Jesus, Magdalene and their parents gathered inrepparttar 137389 garden courtyard to watch Jesus. A modern scholar byrepparttar 137390 name of Daniel Matt provides us with this description ofrepparttar 137391 process. There are forms of meditation in every culture and concept of man and his relationship withrepparttar 137392 soul. Many of them have little to do with symbols or intellectual processes such as Mr. Matt provides in what follows. This particular ritual is contentious to some because it mentionsrepparttar 137393 feminine aspect that is incorporated intorepparttar 137394 ancient knowledge ofrepparttar 137395 Sphinx and was obliterated for many millennia byrepparttar 137396 Jehovah promoters who wanted men to dominate. The Shekhinah were once female goddesses inrepparttar 137397 Judaic religious complex. Our 'feminine' soul, can open doors to major insights beyondrepparttar 137398 intellectual or social conventions.

"UNSHEATHING THE SOUL PREPARE to meet your God. Prepare to devote your heart. Purify your body and select a special place where no one else inrepparttar 137399 world can hear your voice. Be totally alone. Sit in one spot inrepparttar 137400 room orrepparttar 137401 loft, and do not reveal your secret to anyone. If you can, do this by day, even for a little while, butrepparttar 137402 best way is to do it at night {Melatonin production increases at night-thus 'night-worker' isrepparttar 137403 meaning of melatonin.}. As you prepare to speak with your Creator, to seekrepparttar 137404 revelation of his power, be careful to empty your mind of all mundane vanities. Wrap yourself in your 'tallit' and put 'tefillin' on your head so that you will be filled withrepparttar 137405 awe of Shekhinah, who is with you at this moment. Wear clean garments, all white if you can. All this helps immensely in focussing your awe and love. If it is night, light many candles until your eyes shine brightly.

Then take hold of ink, pen and tablet. Realize that you are about to serve your God in joy. Begin to combine letters, a few or many, permuting and revolving them {This would be good training for people early in life and getting to know new languages.} rapidly until your mind warms up. Delight in how they move and in what you generate by revolving them. When you feel within that your mind is very, very warm from combiningrepparttar 137406 letters and that throughrepparttar 137407 combination you understand new things that you have not attained by human tradition nor discovered on your own through mental reflection, then you are ready to receiverepparttar 137408 abundant flow, andrepparttar 137409 abundance flows upon you, arousing you again and again.

Now turn your thoughts to visualizingrepparttar 137410 Name and its supernal angels, imagining them as if they were human beings standing or sitting around you, with you inrepparttar 137411 middle like a messenger about to be sent on a royal mission, waiting to hear about it from their lips, either fromrepparttar 137412 king himself or from one of his ministers. Having imagined {N.B.} this vividly, prepare your mind and heart to understandrepparttar 137413 many things about to be conveyed to you byrepparttar 137414 letters being contemplated within you. Meditate on them as a whole and in all their detail, like one to whom a parable, a riddle, or a dream is being told, or like one perusing a book of wisdom, pondering a passage beyond his grasp. Interpret what you hear in an uplifting manner, approximating it as best you can {Chant}. Based on what you understand of it, evaluate yourself and others. All this will happen after you flingrepparttar 137415 tablet from your hands andrepparttar 137416 pen from your fingers, or after they fall by themselves due torepparttar 137417 intensity of your thoughts.

Realize thatrepparttar 137418 strongerrepparttar 137419 mental flow,repparttar 137420 weaker become your limbs and organs. Your entire body will begin to tremble violently. You will think that you are about to die because your soul, overjoyed at what she {N.B.} has attained, will depart from your body. Consciously choose death over life, knowing that such death affects onlyrepparttar 137421 body and that therebyrepparttar 137422 soul lives eternally. Then you will know that you are capable of receivingrepparttar 137423 flow. If you then wish to honorrepparttar 137424 glorious NAME by serving it withrepparttar 137425 life of body and soul, hide your face, fear to gaze at God, and come no closer, like Moses atrepparttar 137426 burning bush. Return torepparttar 137427 physical dimension, rise, eat and drink a little, inhale a fragrant aroma. Return your spirit to its sheath until another time. Rejoice in what you have, and know that God loves you.” (1)

Visualizingrepparttar 137428 colours ofrepparttar 137429 light and breathing from Yogic disciplines is a much more commonly thought of meditation. There are as many ways to meditate as there are trees inrepparttar 137430 forest. Each one is different if only byrepparttar 137431 fact of each person being different.

When Jesus was through with amazing them all it was J. A. who spoke first. “That was better than any I have witnessed or heard about. I feltrepparttar 137432 presence ofrepparttar 137433 ‘One’. Are you absolutely sure you are not The Chriost?”

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