Myrna L. Durr
Dr. of Christian Ethics
Lessons XI & XII
1. Define Caritas & Cupitas
A. As used in Lesson XI and defined by Augustine, the definition of Caritas is man’s love of God. The Latin translation would be a reference to charity, virtue, or love for all.
B. Lesson IX refers to Cupitas as the love of the world. The Latin reference is to desired.
2. Knudson’s view on the disjunction of agape and eros is a false abstraction.
A. Knudson states that to exclude self-love and duties to self are non-Christian and to limit Christian love unmotivated towards others would be to create an abstract Christian ethic and fall into sentimental immoralist.
3. Text for “to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” is found in: Eph. 4-16.
4. To the Christian, the ultimate source of strength is God, who’s will is the final standard of what is good.
5. The statement: “within the immediacy of interpersonal relations lies mans greatest capacity for self giving love and his worst temptations to love” is True.
6. “Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” is found in I Cor: 10-12 in the Bible.
7. Four things that moral dullness may be the result of are:
B. Willful moral blindness
C. Unconscious self -deception
D. A mixture of the three above
8. “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”, is found in Romans 12:2 in the Bible.
9. Three types of Christian actions open to us in challenging and changing the gigantic structure of social evil and social sin that infests our world are as follows:
A. Social Service=Projection of Christian love through sympathy and compassion and responding to human need.
B. Social Education=Understanding social issues that may negatively effect society. Through education and speaking truth in love can have a positive outcome on social action.
C. Political and economic= Combining coercion with love may result in justice but must be spearheaded by love, it must not be just the seeking of justice.
10. The force that is relevant to every situation is LOVE.
Myrna L. Durr
Life can seem so complicated sometimes, we get caught up in daily things that keep us from becoming aware of our own spirituality. Why are we here in this world? What are we supposed to be doing here? This course has helped me to open my eyes more, to see that there our spiritual self is just as important if not more than our physical self, there is a lot more than just the money and the things we can get with it. I believe by adopting the teachings of the 1st Insight into my life, I am learning to abandon thoughts and things that have no real value in my life, things that really do not matter. I am listening to my spirit, my soul. I am learning to feel the earth and the beauty in it, like I never did before. Or maybe I knew, I just didn’t know how. I even prepared a meditation corner in my house, so I could relax and train myself. We are way more than just this body and this life, we were meant for something much greater. We are spiritual, we are interstellar, we are divine beings. For a while humans distanced themselves from this reality, but now we are becoming aware of it again. So the traditional beliefs are changing, and the way we see each other, the way we humans love one another is also changing; it is becoming more spiritual.
As a young kid, all I knew about religion was an occasional Sunday mass, hear the people there sing, hear the priest talking. My grandmother would go to a protestant church and we would go with her too. I attended some bible Sunday classes, and we would sing and pray and drink grape juice from little glasses and eat crackers. I knew it was an important part of the church ritual. I respected it. The pastor would read from his big bible and talked about the things he read from it. And it looked fine, but I never felt really satisfied. I knew that there was something bigger, more significant and profound. I did not know how to express it or how to find it. I have always felt that I was a little more spiritual than others close to me. I felt that human life was not the only life, not the only energy flowing on this planet. There is more, a whole lot more. Just by reading the bible or attending church, is not enough to become aware of it. Life has more significance than that. All life is one, the love I send benefits others, the love others send benefits me.
Some people are always trying to control and manipulate each other. I see it everywhere I go. In families and friends, in offices, at shopping malls, on the road, everywhere. It is an addiction almost, consuming their minds and their hearts every day. I did not see it as people trying to gain energy from others, I just thought that a lot of people are manipulative because of bad upbringing. Some people always seem to want to have the last word. Some people are always into some kind of drama. I believe this behavior affects everyone. Children see this, and learn it. And the vicious cycle continues. I have seen myself trying to control others as well, but now I have a clearer mind, and a more specific way of not controlling, since now I understand it better. A lot of times I have seen myself acting as a parent with others. The truth is, that no one is absolutely right in everything. We must recognize that our space ends where the space of the other begins. We must have an adult way of thinking and take into account the opinions of others.
I would assist congregants in learning how to share positive energy with others by suggesting meditation, by abandoning selfish attitudes and desires. When we realize that love is so much more than just romance, that materialism is a disease that leads the human mind to suffering, and that we can clear our minds and hearts from all of the hate and the anger that is around us every day. Accepting one another as we are. Maybe someone is having a hard time accepting someone speaking near him in another language. I could help that person to learn to calm down, and to realize that there are many languages in the world not just the one he or she is speaking. We all love, and have and compassion and kindness, and in different languages. I would help this person understand, and accept and learn to love and to be appreciative. Being kind to one another. Giving love to others, without expecting to receive love in return is one of the most important things we can all do. Accepting that we are here not to control the world but to learn and to love the world. All the negativity is cancelled when love is present.
Meditation is a practice that is so very important in our lives. To maintain a calm and peaceful state of mind I believe is a prerequisite to be open and aware of everything around us. It allows us to see the world with more clarity and in a true loving way. When I read about the state of mindfulness, I thought to myself: My way of seeing life was not as open as this, at least until now. Everywhere I went, I just wanted to do what I needed to do, and not connect with anyone. That is how we lived our lives I thought. A shopping center full of people, but no one knows each other, we walk alone. This course is helping me see life in a much different way. i know now that all life is connected, and if we choose to send our love to the world around us the connection is even stronger. I liked the section on intellect and intuitive centered messages. I do believe I have experienced both, but again without really knowing the difference between them. I believe that the more spiritual our lives become, the more intuitive messages we will receive.
The purpose of our existence, of our lives, is to love, to care for others. To be kind and compassionate. To work together in harmony. To grow, to advance in spirit. To reject all hatred and anger. We humans are evolving spiritually, emotionally. There is a tendency now to care more for each other and for others species and for the earth, something that past generations did not focus on too much. We have seen that for example, equipment and hardware we use to work and play has grown smaller in size and stronger , faster, more secure and easier to use. Planes are much quieter than before. Foods we prepare are leaner. This is better for our environment and for our lives. All of these changes, this evolution, is taking us to a more spiritual living.
The idea behind humans becoming multi-sensored beings is that there is more than just 5 senses. The perception of a multi-sensory human goes well beyond the physical reality. As a multi-sensory human one is aware that the universe has energy and is alive, that the physical world is a place of learning. Everything in it is for that purpose. For a multi-sensory human, the intention behind every action decides its effects, and this goes beyond the physical world. I strongly agree with that. I can help congregants and others with this subject; helping them understand it and maybe incorporate it into their lives. I can help them understand that the intentions behind their actions should be loving and kind. No action goes unnoticed; everything touches everything else. That life is way more than just this world. That love is much stronger than we thought possible. At the end of the day, things like hate and anger and jealousy and drama, leads only to suffering.
Even with all the violence and death we see on the news every day, I believe that people are realising that we are here on this earth, to learn to love. The old ways of hatred and injustice are slowly fading away with the generations. We are accepting each other as we are, as we were born. We are loving each other more, regardless of race, sex, and even age difference. We are being more kind to each other, more compassionate with each other, more generous with each other, more patient with each other. We are becoming aware that the earth is alive and breathing, and we are learning to respect her more. There is still a long way to go, but we are on that road already. And there is no turning back. This is the direction we all must take. We are headed for the source, the light, the love of God.
As a child, I lived in the four-corners area of Utah, until I was 5 years old. My Dad worked for an oil company and we lived in a oil camp on the Navajo reservation area near Montezuma Creek. I remember having a very high temperature and having a “vision” of cloud pictures crossing the mountains near us. I have always been drawn to the Native American culture and “oneness” with Nature religious views. I never knew what to call my personal religious beliefs, but knew that the mainstream was not what I felt in my heart.
Balance is the key to all things. Balance in the human body, balance in nature, balance in the universe. In today’s world everything seems to be out of balance and needs to be put back into balance if we are going to survive as a species. In the Hopi language, the word Koyaanisqatsi means “crazy life, life in turmoil, life out of balance, life disintegrating, a state of life that calls for another way of living”. If a person is out of balance, either physically or spiritually then you become sick or ill. Through Shamanic Journeying and other techniques one can start putting their life, and help others to start putting themselves back into balance. We can also do this to help get the Earth back into balance also. In order for us to achieve balance we must use our inner senses to observe the world around us. By using these inner senses with our outer senses we can “see” what needs to be put back into balance. This can be used in both physical healing and emotional/mental healing. We can learn to access, hone and use these inner senses by meditation and spirit journeying.
I have found that Shamanism/Animism is the exact way of my beliefs, in that everything has a spirit and is inter-connected with the Great Spirit. The healing of mind and body is the main purpose of the Shaman. I have experienced first hand how powerful this can be, and that was before I started studying Shamanism. Now that I have taken this and other courses, I can appreciate what energy was actually behind this, and how to use this healing energy in the future. I have learned how to use spirit journeying to learn more, and to heal/help myself and to help others. I am also learning more about herbalism to further expand my Shamanic Path, and find this to be very useful in everyday life.
Thank you so much for offering this course. I have learned very much and will recommend it to others.