Chaplaincy Program

My learning expereiance from Chaplain Training ULC has been great. It has given me pointers on how to run a Chaplain Ministry. It gave me tips and a better understanding about people and how to deal with them. It showed me skills on how to be more compassionate and understanding. It also explains to me that as a chaplain we must be good listeners. To listen before we speak. Listening plays a major role in our position. It also explained how a chaplain should carry themselves and to try and keep relationships separate. As a chaplain we must keep our relationships separate and not get involved as well as make sure to put clients in place if they trying to gain a relationship. If we see something like that we need to recommend them to another chaplain that could help them better.  The training really helps the chaplain put in the proper place. The whole course has helped me in many angles and I can tell you it has made me a better chaplain and person. I think what really helped me was the fact that I come from a Military background I had to learn to be more compassionate and this course helped me to become compassionate. One needs to be this way or they cannot have any type of ministry.  I took a CISM class to become more compassionate, but to be honest the readings that I received from this class showed me reasons and better understand why it is important to be more compassionate. It also gave me an understanding that I was as a chaplain what I needed to do to make myself a better chaplain and better listener. In many cases chaplains start to do all the talking and never give the person who s facing a crisis a chance to talk about what’s is going on with them. That’s why we should be quite and listen before we open up and start speaking. Listening is the key to Chaplaincy is what I have learned. I also learned how to run my daily ministry by the way I organize my ministry to make it more effective and that it will run smoothly so that I may support my clients. I also learned that your ministry needs a break as we all do. This was happening to me a lot where I had no time for my family spent all my free time with the ministry. I had to learn to say NO and give time my family and life, time to have some free time. At first it was hard, but as time went by and I began to see how happy my family was I kept my routine to given my family and time. Which in return has made me a better Chaplain for my clients and my family.
            As improvements to the course I think the course is strong and it has a lot of helpful and good points that make the course strong. However, if it were I would change technical aspect of things. I would change blog system, because of the emails sent bounce back. I would either use another blog system or even email. Another aspect I might change I would integrate short videos and audio. Maybe even use a LMS that is not expensive like black board. Something like, edu20which is a free online source that can be used to teach classes. Also could enable the students to move forward a complete program faster. Just a thought I think the way it is being done now is good, but maybe something in future it might be something to use. There are so many things with technology that a courses can be taught, but I think what works bet for the school the school should stick with.  I was very happy with the way the class was taught and the blog system. The only problem was making sure the mail being sent to the blog was being reviewed. I had a few of my emails that I sent to the blog returned because of technical issues. However, from staff was very helpful and the issues was resolved quickly.
            As for taking the course I hope that it will be a better compassionate chaplain where I can serve my community well and effectively I hope that I can grow my ministry bigger that I can touch the hearts of many. I also hope that it can help me with current ministry and that It will help me with my pet ministry that my wife and I currently run. Things can be tough but this training has given me the strength not quit and move forward not matter what.  I also hope that I can explain my ministry and maybe get another chaplain to help in building the ministry. I am not doing the is for the money, I have a job. I do this to better server my fellow mankind and help them in need. Also help them get their own lives straight that they too can develop a relation ship with his maker and do better for himself and in some cases for his family as well.
            The bottom line ULC has a great program and gets one ready to hit the street and to help those in need. You can never get too much education and I feel that ULC provides the education you need to be a functional chaplain that will have give back to his or her community and will be sought out by those in need. I know in my heart by taking this class I did the right things and open knew doors that will help me in doing a better job as a chaplain and as a person. I highly recommend others to do the same thing and take a class. I know in the long run it will pay you with the knowledge that you need to better do your job and ready to help when called upon.
Martin A

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Historical Jesus by Ernest Kayorie

Final Essay
Search for the Historical Jesus
Submitted by Ernest Kayorie

The search for the Historical Jesus course has been a delightful review/romp through the various theories surrounding this controversial subject.  The instructor takes you through the various theories surrounding the search beginning with Reimarus and his school of thought and ending with current theories which have recently found fresh food for thought on the subject. The instructor’s expansion of ideas about Jesus’ kingdom theories and his approach to his role as a way shower and messenger is carefully explained to show how each could be a viable explanation of Jesus’ role on the world scene.

The search for a better representation of this important figure is a worthy journey and the only one that makes any sense.  If we can determine who this individual was and how he viewed himself and his role, we might better appreciate his message of simplicity. His strong sense of mission and his insistence on establishing the kingdom of God was a message of timely import.  He stated over and over again that the kingdom was within and not an earthly one that was hoped for by many.

The otherworldly persona placed on him and his role has been the product of other’s thoughts and philosophies under the guise of divine interpretation and is not wholly associated with his message.  When historians and theologians create their own divine messenger, it is easy to attribute and manipulate what they thought was stated.  The Jesus/God that was created was the product of Jewish thought intermingled with Greek metaphysics.  There is no scarcity of documentation attesting to the existence of  the God/man Jesus.   The solidification of those theories eventually became a reality as a result of the   decrees issued by the various Church councils.   On the political side, all of this to insure that the emerging administrative church could take its place as an heir to the Roman Empire.  On the spiritual side, the Fathers  (theologians, philosophers et al.) of this organization were sincerely earnest in their quests to understand the divine nature of Jesus/God’s message and messenger.  They endeavored to interpret doctrine and dogma in the best possible way for the Church and its followers.

The major challenge begins when one realizes that the subjects are on two different levels.  The Fathers of the Church were dealing with their own conception of their deity or at least the one that came to be accepted as the “true” god.  The search for the historical Jesus is a search for a “real” human being who had hopes, aspirations, ideals and  a sense of mission or not.  The human Jesus is the one that people can identify with as opposed to some “created” superhuman giant.

The value of the search is important because the closer we get to valid possibilities, the better we can appreciate those possibilities.  This seems to be the only way to proceed because of the scarcity of first hand documentation.  Jesus apparently did not write his teachings down but relied on oral transmission of his message to others and seemingly left it to their discretion to relate what was said and meant.

Historical research has a tendency to rely too heavily on its own definition of historical fact.  Much of what we know of our own historical past is based on tradition and also fictionalized versions of those individuals we deem as great personages.  The same situation applies to the individual we know as Jesus. The translation of apocryphal writings, some very fictionalized, present a very human Jesus.  They present stories of his mother’s life and his childhood.  They relate stories of his family life and how he was viewed by his peers and neighbors.  Again no one person has played on the imagination of the world as has this person.  The more we have a chance to know and experience Jesus, the easier it will be  to make an informed decision about his mission and how it can influence our lives.  Millions of individuals look to the New Testament  as their leader and guide without questioning the authenticity of the writings.   Many do not question anything relating to “accepted” scriptures not realizing that the canon of those scriptures was the result of a decision made by men and sanctioned by an organization.  They were the result oftentimes of decisions motivated by bitterness and jealousies and petty rivalries.

This writer finds that the search for the historical Jesus is a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself and finds that delving into that search is both exciting and informative.

The role of the academic community devoted to finding the historical Jesus beginning with  Hermann Reimarus’ investigations (1778/old quest), and continuing today with the Jesus seminar groups has brought to the forefront the necessity of finding out who the human Jesus was. The recently formed Jesus Project continues the search with promised results that will be as varied as previous attempts no doubt.

Prior to these endeavors, it seems that the existence of a historical/human Jesus had become irrelevant.  Who needs to be concerned with humanness when we have a divine being to emulate?   As was pointed out in the course, quite simply human and divine…they were the same or at least they were explained as how that could be. The years of establishing that fact was the result of the first seven Church councils and since that time, little alteration has been necessary.  As time progressed and the farther we got from that fact, the need to reacquaint ourselves with the source became evident.  There is ample evidence that suggests that each culture who claim to be Christian see their founder in their own light.  In this case, people are not interested in the Jesus of history but prefer to “worship” their own conception of Jesus even if that conception is exaggerated or totally distorted.  As an example, some Christians find the fact that Jesus was Jewish to be an affront to their beliefs.  They prefer their “god” to be like them.

The value of the search for the Jesus of history forces us to confront falsehood and study this popular figure  for what he was, namely a Jewish man from the Middle East who was responsible for relating a message that could change lives for the better.  The simplicity of that message is astonishing and will remain so despite the efforts of so many to destroy it, albeit in good faith.  The value of the various quests definitely lies in the fact of seeing this person as everything from a social revolutionary to a wandering peasant sage to a disillusioned teacher who was ushering in a new age.  The search will go on under the guise of different theories with different names but the importance lies in the fact that the search continues.  Seen in this vein, it seems that the search for a valid explanation of who the historical Jesus was is a separate study from what has been the search for our own cosmic significance.

The quest for the historical Jesus has transitioned to a quest for the Cosmic Christ.  The search for the Cosmic Christ has become the quest of modern man in search for his own destiny.  It is the time for our return to our beginnings and the realization of who we truly are and if Jesus can bring that about in our lives then it’s good to have someone or something to rely on until we find enough confidence to realize that we have to learn to stand on our own.   Was it not said by Jesus through the gospels that “whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works.”    Was this an allusion to the fact that we have inherited the right to become like the “Christed” one that he represented?  Paul, in his letter to the Galatians refers to this progression  when he says that “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me”  (Gal. 2:20)  and again “I must go through the pain of giving birth to you all over again, until Christ is formed in you.” (Gal. 4:19)

As studies progress towards that inevitable conclusion with the pioneering works of Teihard De Chardin and Matthew Fox and many notable members of the scientific/religious  community (the list goes on and on), we can conclude that the journey continues.

 

Comparative Religion

Rev. Ira J. Potter

Although I have casually studied various religions over the course of my life, Kythera Ann’s course offered so much more information than I could’ve found on my own. The courses themselves were very well written and I am still enjoying the suggested activities, as there are many and some require planning in order to participate. Overall, this course was everything I hoped it would be and more than I have a right to ask for.

Through this course I gained a better understanding of my own beliefs and where they come from. I have fashioned my own beliefs by learning and living. I was surprised by how much I have unconsciously taken from eastern beliefs, such as meditation and reincarnation. I was also able to confirm my belief that there is a universal truth within most religions, a cosmic connection that binds people of faith. Religious morals are also universal, i.e.: respect your elders, don’t steal, don’t kill people, etc. Where beliefs may differ, morals are almost always the same in any given religion.

The best thing about this course is that it is unbiased. One of the worst possible beliefs I have encountered in my life is that there is only one “right” religion and the rest are imposters or inferior. It was very refreshing to learn so much about so many different religions without that bias in place. I even appreciated the respect given to those of Jewish faith with the references to G_d, although I am not Jewish. I believe that only G_d can tell us how He wants us to live, not popes, clerics, or any other figure on a power trip. There are so many different belief systems in the world that it is impossible to declare there is only one that is right.

My only complaint about this course is that I cannot follow it up with part 2! Other than that, if I had to pick something I suppose that I would have liked a little more in-depth information about the less popular religions like Jainism and Bal’ai. For the most part, though, this course is about as flawless as you could make it. The only way this course could be improved is by having a part 2 to take afterward.

This was the first course I’ve taken through the seminary, and I must say that I hope other classes can compare intellectually to this course. Rev. Kythera Ann wrote the next course I am taking as well, although I did not know that when I chose to take it. Not only was I pleasantly surprised, I know beyond doubt that it will be just as informative and riveting as Comparative Religion was. The sample course for Comparative Religion made me decide to take it, and the intelligence, information and presentation kept me interested for all 20 weeks of this course. I very highly recommend this course to everybody that decides to attend seminary with the ULC. I look forward to my next course with Rev. Kythera Ann!



Rev. Ira Potter

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Gospel of Thomas Essay by Rev. Blackman

Grace unto you,and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The New Testament Apocrypha contains several writing that were similar to New Testament books but were not included as a part of the new Testament. These writing were greatly influenced by the philosophies and religions of the cities or nations out of which they came. The Gospel of Thomas proclaims a change in the way that we see things and transformation in what we are.It uses a definite set of symbols and images to communicate this and tells us Thai if we find the inner meaning of these saying, we shall not taste death.
One of the methods that the Gospel of Thomas uses to describe the human being is to use imagery from the first couple of chapters of the book Genesis. The taste to which we must aspire is the state from which we have fallen.It is light, it is the spirit, it is the beginning.Just as Jesus says that life is movement, so the spirit across the face of the waters on the first day,and God finds rest from work on the Sabbath, the seventh day in Genesis.
If we merely nod our heads at the Gospel of Thomas, or marvel at its profundity, we are like Jesus’s students saying that twenty-four prophets spoke to Israel, and all of them spoke of you, and so forget about the living one who is in our presence.it is not that a book gives us the answer, rather the kingdom of the father is already spread out on the earth and no one sees it. The Gospel of Thomas ask us to choose between being dead and becoming the image of God.
Yours In Christ,
Andrew Blackman

Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion Course through ULC

What I gained from this course:

The last in Comparative Religion  was a validation of my beliefs. I’ve always thought that the different religions that have grown throughout the world were rooted in the same basic belief in a higher energy, Creator, Source, Divine Bring or any other term developed by humanity’s limited language skills that one would care to use to describe the underlying power of the Universe.

It has been my life long belief that all the religions of the world lead to one place, it is just a matter of how one gets there. A brief visual description may assist in understanding my point. Imagine a large mountain and the goal is the summit. Each person is located at the base. There are paths that spiral around the mountain climbing ever higher. There are some paths whose course takes them directly up the side of the mountain on a vertical ascent. These paths all start at different points at the base of the mountain, but all end at the summit. Some of these paths even travel the same course at times, some never meet. While all start at a different point, all take a varied route; all arrive at the same point in the end – the summit or to phrase it another way – reunification with Divinity.

I believe that the vast differences are there to accommodate the various level of spiritual development evident in each culture at any given point in their evolution. That is to say, an early pagan would have had a hard time comprehending the higher teachings of the Buddhist religion. Another example of this is the evolution from Hinduism into Buddhism. This difficulty in comprehension is just as true for the modern day Christian. By that I mean that a Christian has trouble accepting that each individual is responsible for their own evolution on the wheel of life, death and rebirth. Most of the Christians that I have spoken with believe that unless one believes in Jesus salvation can never be obtained.

What I liked best and least about this course, and how to improve:

While I was pleasantly surprised to see the more obscure religions given the same basically fair treatment as the more commonly practiced ones, I would also have liked to have seen a more in depth comparison of each of the religions covered. Many times I was waiting in vain for the next religion to be explained to the extent that the last one had been discussed. This was true not only of the obscure ones, but even the common ones. The discussions (lessons 16 and 17) on Divine Messengers for example as well as the discussion on Religious Titles (lesson 18) serve to illustrate this point.

I would have enjoyed seeing a systematic breakdown clarifying how each religion compared and contrasted with each other one during the course of each lesson. Using the above examples, if each religion’s terms for angels had been laid out in table format and each religion’s titles had been detailed side by side I believe it would have more fully explained how they relate to one another.

Over all, this was an excellent course. I would definitely be willing to take another course from Reverend Kythera Ann; and am looking forward to Part 2 of this course. I am of course assuming there is a Part 2.

Theresa A. Bedwell

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A Course in Miracles by Rev. Standard

Essay on Metaphysics.

 

In the directions it was stated to pick something that caused me to think and tell you about it.  I would find that difficult to pinpoint to one subject given that it was twenty discourses and it covered a broad area concerning the metaphysical aspect of life.  I found the entire course eye opening and helpful in many aspects.  If one will just open their mind and soul then enlightenment truly comes without question.  Yes there will be the normal doubts and trials and tribulations that mankind as a whole must endure, this is a given.  I took away many new ideas and beliefs from this course, I can only hope that I will be able to apply it in some portion of my life or make an impression on someone.

 

The three minds, The higher mind, an unconscious mind , a lower unconscious mind . The ego the lower mind [A false sense of self].  It seems to be a thought that stuck out in my mind was from a psychological point of view as well as a spiritual view is that man is a tripartite being , Body, Soul, Spirit.  I fell back to studying the significance of numbers or numerology and their meanings and the symbolism, the number three.  Discourse one seems to emphasize working on the higher mind and it’s abilities that we haven’t tapped into, and the unity of the three working together. Also listening to the still small voice, scripture reference.

 

Discourse two .Thinking from the ego the ego false sense of self, our ego can be our own worst enemy or it can keep us in check, most of the time I believe that it doesn’t. In a course in miracles terminology mentioned by you, its motto is seek and ye shall not find.” Because no matter how much the inflated ego gets, it always wants more. In another scripture, there are three mentioned in scripture that are never satisfied the pride of life , the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, we can never be fulfilled by physical objects or by materialism, it simply leads to much more unfulfillment. Under-inflated ego can be referred to in the psychology field as Nature Versus Nurture, in the discourse it is called heredity, environment culture and our past, all of which are significant but aren’t good excuses for inappropriate behavior nor seeing from a spiritual side. It refers a lot to fear, we are told in scripture not to fear, or be ye not afraid, or fear not three hundred and sixty five times, I believe that this is for each day of the year. To think from the higher mind is a purposeful life, you only get one on this planet, make it count.

 

The over inflated ego projects power and satisfaction the things that are outside of itself, thus destroying it’s relationship with it’s true source of power and all that brings true satisfaction in life, i.e. G-D and Spirit. This in my experience I so aptly refer to as philosophy, it never answers questions and merely produces more questions and unfulfilling. We must trust in things unseen with equal faith as things seen.”Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.” I love the phrase, would you rather be a hostage to your ego or host to G-d?

 

I am slowly learning but learning nevertheless to observe, process the information and choose to let it go or let it eat at me and let it hurt me.

 

Discourse four. Projection makes perception.

We are not our thoughts.

We are the ones choosing our thoughts.

We are not our minds.

We are the ones using our minds.

We are not even our bodies.

We are the ones using our bodies.

The way to change the world is to change what we think about the world. To me a miracle doesn’t have to be elaborate it can be as  subtle as the wind, the beauty of  something we see, a kind word spoken, a gesture , etc , etc.

The truth is that only love is real only love has power.

Love is the only thing that can never be destroyed.

It can never be taken from us.

 

It applies to everything that was created by G-d and only what he created is real. If you give yourself to him he will never force himself upon you. He will never interfere with your free will. Remember, love never forces itself. Love must be welcomed in. A house divided against it cannot stand. Split allegiance is faithlessness. It sets you off balance. I realized this while studying Buddhism, the whole concept of balance. Love, Hate, War, Peace.

 

Meditation, I have practiced this in many forms and have had great results, it can bring peace most of the time, when I am actually able to be relaxed enough to focus and control.  “All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” Blaise Pascal.   This goes back to the ego and not being comfortable with one self, not having the higher consciousness, or awareness.  The more one practices meditation the better you will become. The unconscious mind computes in pictures not words. Instead of analyzing information, it crystallizes information and draws things together in an effortless way. Prayer is asking G-d and meditation is listening to him.  I love this course, it packed full of wisdom. When one cannot meditate and their mind keeps wandering is that when the mind is wandering, it is meditating. Bruce Lee had this concept perfected…..Mind No Mind, Thought No Thought.

 

Genius of desire. Desire has genius in it. It is explosive with creative force. People who measure such things that the mind tunes into upwards of 60,000 thoughts a day. A burning desire is not a desperate desire. Desperation implies lack and repels the object of your desire. Love never attacks. The greatest of these is love, more scripture.

 

The Alchemy of Intention. Forgiveness is the home of miracles. Miracles are necessary because it causes division and devastates. G-d is not the author of confusion. Today, quantum physicists describe the universe as a hologram in which the whole is in every part. We are all extensions of the same fundamental formless something and as such are infinitely connected. Remember , no man is an island, we are all caught up together in the human experience The day we take ownership of the awesome power of our intention is the day we become masters of our destiny . Attacking judging and punishing yourself turn you into the enemy, in other words to thine own self be true.

 

Attention Attention Attention. One day a young man approached his master Ikuru and asked: Master will you please write down for me some maxims of the highest wisdom? The master wrote one word ….Attention. In the military I was trained pay attention to detail, it stayed with me. The Buddhist Thich Nat Hahn, and I have read his book, peace in every breath, very insightful book. Any back to my original writing The monks say that mindfulness is keeping ones consciousness alive to the present reality.

 

The gift of Visualization. Form is born out of content. The material comes from the immaterial, once again faith and the laws of physics. You are one hundred percent responsible for the life you lead.

At birth all people are soft and yielding

At death they are hard and stiff

All green plants are tender and yielding

At death they are brittle and dry

When hard and rigid

We consort with death

When soft and flexible

We affirm greater life.

Lao Chu

 

Much can be said about prayer and meditation this would be an entire paper in and of it. G-d has been waiting on us, not us waiting on him. It isn’t that G-d enjoys seeing us suffer>it’s just that love never forces itself; love must always be invited in. Prayer does not change what G-d does Prayer changes us; it gives us a renewed sense of purpose.

Acceptance and higher purpose. There are ten keys for creating a miraculous state of mind 1. Meditation 2. desire 3.purpose 4. intention 5.attention 6.visualization 7.letting go of self 8. letting go of illusions 9.asking for help 10. Surrendering attachment to results.

 

Miracles and your health. Judging a brother is the same thing as judging G-d. The decision for the ego over G-d is the cause of all of the pain and suffering in the world today.  We are in no position to make decisions for G-d .

 

The power of beliefs.  In this entire course, I have run across many different religions and many different ideas that actually mesh together without preconceived notions and prejudices. I have seen Zen Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, etc etc. .Our belief system carries us farther than we ever considered or give it credit for.  It heals, it loves, it forgives, it shields, it provides, it protects, it is us in our entirety.  Augustine said, love and does what you will. The touchstone to of the value of anything in life is its purpose.  It isn’t our habits so much that harm us: It’s the underlying guilt and fear from which they come.  What we do out of guilt and fear is destructive, what we do out of love is healing.  The end.  I have taken all of the concepts from your course and repeated them back to you or at least the parts that stuck out the most in my mind.

Thank you for the course I have truly enjoyed it.

 

Andy W Standard

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Druidism Course through the Universal Life Church

Final Essay – Druidism
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I came to Druidism for the reasons of exploring my Celtic past and finding a spirituality that truly speaks to me.  I am new to Paganism and was not sure what I would find. I am thankful for the opportunity to expand my spiritual horizons and share them with others.

The course begins with an historical overview of ancient Druidism and its social context. Druidism was a Celtic religion and interpreted the cosmos in ways that Celtic peoples could understand. The myths interpreted the cosmos and the sacred rights influenced the cosmos. We may find some of the rites, such as human sacrifice, to be repulsive, but the Celts believed that they were necessary. The course gives a balanced account of the ancient druids without modern judgment.
Included in the explanation of ancient Druidism is an exhaustive list of the Celtic deities with explanations. The list includes Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Gallic deities with cross-references and comparisons to the other deities. This was the most intriguing part of the course, because it gave real insight into the culture of the ancient Celts.
The meat of the course is the lessons on the calendar, sabbats and the Ogham alphabet. Druidism is a heart a nature religion. As such, Druidism seeks balance and harmony with nature. The identifying thread of Druidism is that nature is particularly identified with trees. The Druids named both the calendar months and the alphabet after the same set of trees. Furthermore, the sabbats, or festivals, celebrate the yearly cycle of plant growth and death, which was connected by the druids to the larger cosmological cycle of life, death and rebirth. The key to understanding Druidism both ancient and modern is in understanding the wealth of relationships that each tree represents. As a modern druid, I put most of my effort into learning this part of the course.
The remaining portions of the Druidism course are concerned with the practices of modern druids. These practices include liturgies, druid magic and geomancy. The liturgy lesson provides the basic rites of a druid. The more interesting druid magic lesson contains some very helpful links to other sources of information on druid magic. The geomancy lesson requires hands-on practice to fully understand, and I still find it a little confusing. (I suspect that divination is not my best subject.) Thus, the beginning druid has the tools needed to begin a druidic ministry and links to continue the study of druidism.

My Celtic ancestors and love of nature drew me to the path of druidism. The Masters of Druidism course has given me the foundation to be a druid minister.

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Astral Projection

Astral Projections
 
As I started these classes at the same time as my Dr. in Metaphysics, it was interesting taking the 2 classes at the same time.  They, at times were very in sync and one helped the other.    
One of the areas throughout the course I enjoyed is the theoretical lessons or just hearing about your views of the different areas and topics.  This gave me a different view and also allowed me to have my own view of the subjects.  You presented other works from a lot of greats in the area of AP.  I’m sure it was meant to give us more to think about and ponder.
When you think of all the places you can travel to and explore in this vast cube.  Yes, cube like a large rubrics cube.  You may think that the yellow square is the one is above you, but just as you move so does it.  Your drawing was interesting and during my RV and travels before taking this class I never thought of this as you described.  When I did my 1st travels many years ago I always walked down the steps into the realms.  Your class opened my eyes ever wider than they have been before. 
As you spoke about being gods or god like and that is when I compared it to the person on Star Trak by the name of “Q”.  He can go any place at any time in the universe.  The universe and the heavens were his play grounds.  When he went back in time to show where we as humans came from it was a very strong statement.  It made me see how small the human race really started out as.
A while back while studying RV, OOBE, Quantum Jumping, and others it came to me that if a person can train themselves they could move their bodies using mind and spirit as a whole to another place.  I call this TDT or Trans Dimensional Transportation.  Maybe someday people will not need modes of transportation. 
As I spoke with my friend in this astral plane she is an alien from another world.  When I told her I was taking these classes it was strange that we as humans did not have this knowledge already.  On their world it is 2nd nature.  I explained that over time I think our ability to use the mind and spirit together has been stifled.  I’m not sure if this was stifled on purpose or was there a larger picture.  Or as today some believe we as humans cannot handle the real truth about our own minds and spirits.
You pointed out about protecting yourself while moving between planes.  Of all the times I have traveled I have never ran into others who wanted to harm or were negative toward me.  I do make it a #1 item to never approach others on the planes until they approach me.  We are all travelers on these worlds/planes and we make our own way just as we do in real life.  You talked about the shields and wards and these I have not needed.  But you did open my eyes that someday I may need them.   
I know now with this increased knowledge that the mind is endless and with the spirit anything is possible.   
 
Rev Carl Bjerke

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Spirit Quest Course

I have really enjoyed this course but it took longer than I expected.  Being a single mother and trying to work and study it was not always easy to meditate and read the course work 3 times.  But I got there in the end. 

Since starting this course it has taken me on a journey.  I found a new partner who is spiritually minded and a Reiki healer and we have become engaged.  I have also given up alcohol and feel more comfortable in my sobriety. 

I have used some of the tools now in my new business. I have become a Self Discovery Coach and built a website  www.discoveringyou.co.uk  to help people go within to find all the answers.  I have coached 2 people who were suffering and I guided then to do meditation and look for the answers from within. 

I have started some great workshops where I do guided meditations and have used some of the techniques such as the roses and golden sun to aid me in this. I really needed the grounding cord information for this work.  I believe that meditating is where we will get all our answers.  I also use the Angel cards which always give people great answers.  I have a larger scale workshop planned in a few weeks in the local Hairdressers and have had to ask for some help from my friend a Reiki healer and another who is into Angel cards to assist me.  I will be doing a lot of goal setting and getting people to create there future and I will be opening and closing the evening with guided meditations.

Everything in this course I could relate to.  I have steered away from Reiki and working with healing energies as I feel it is my path to work with the mind.  I do more work with the subconscious mind.   I use the meditations, affirmations, positive thinking and creative visualisation.  Forgiveness is also something I apply to my work now.  I believe we create everything and if we don’t forgive this will fester and becomes an illness. 

I must say there was really nothing in this course that I didn’t believe in.  I had some knowledge of some of course but it was fabulous to read it through in a different perspective. 

I would like to thank ULC for everything they have given me.  And I wish you all the love and joy you could wish for. 

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As an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church for many years and it’s Seminary since its inception, I’ve had the privilege of watching the Seminary grow.

St. Paul

“Master of St. Paul“. The subject and title seems a bit ironic because of St. Paul’s service and dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Non the less I found this course to be informative and I enjoyed the weekly assignments. The teaching techniques used are effective in that they make the student research the course material. I do find however that Lesson 16 “Admitting that you are a Sinner”, to be more of a sermon and less of a lesson. It seems to be a bit more personal to the instructor than to the student. The lesson would be better served in my opinion if the focus on sin was from various perspectives using more study on actual transgression as in the Old Testament on the transgression of law.
However when studying the life of arguably the greatest missionary, theologian and writer of the early church this course does a good job of covering Paul as one of the most important figures in the New Testament. Paul’s gospel indicted all of humanity for the crime of rejecting God and His rightful authority. Under the influence of Adam’s sin, mankind plunged into the depths of depravity so that they were utterly unable to the righteous demands of God and deserved only the wrath of God. Consequently, the sinners only hope was the gospel which embodied God’s power to save those who had faith in Christ which was the focus of Paul’s gospel. Paul affirmed Jesus’ humanity and His deity and the fact the Jesus was a physical descendant from the from the line of David.
In his years as a Pharisee, Paul’s initial and adamant rejection of Jesus as the Messiah may largely have been motivated by Jesus’ ignorable death. Death by crucifixion was indicative of divine curse. Certainly the Messiah could not have died under the curse of God. But when Paul wrote his first epistle, this death curse was recognized as the grounds for substitutionary atonement. (Gal.3:10-14) Paul explained that the idea of a crucified Messiah was a stumbling block to the Jews. This gospel would later lead to plotting his death and several attempts on his life. Yet through all of his life’s challenges after his conversion he never spoke in anger or arrogance but always in love and patience. But he knew that he would suffer after his vision from God, “This man is My chosen instrument to carry My name before Gentiles, kings and the sons of Israel. I will certainly show him how much he must suffer for MY name !”.
Paul’s missions were initially met with suspicion from Church leaders but Barnabas intervened in is behalf and when meeting with Peter and James, the Lord’s brother, and he is on his way to teach for several years. The pillars of the Church Peter, John, and James approved the no-Law gospel preached by Paul and his focus on Gentile evangelism. “No-law” of course referring to Paul and Branabas’ journey to Jerusalem to settle the circumcision matter. Still as a result of this matter, the Law-free gospel does not encourage unrighteous behavior in believers.
History tells us that Paul was probably a man of above intelligence considering his years of Rabbinic training and by his own words in Gal.1:14, “I advanced in Judaism beyond many contemporaries among my people, because I was extremely zealous for the traditions of my ancestors”. Though zealous, his knowledge would have taken a great deal of reading, work and study. Yet after Christ appeared to him as the resurrected and glorified Christ in blinding radiance on his way to Damascus, Saul immediately surrendered to His authority and went into the city to await further orders. There his blindness was healed and he received the Holy Spirit and accepted believers baptism.
I take great solace and comfort in the example set by Paul. His amazing display of courage and faith to endure the prison’s, the death threats, ship wrecks and other situations that may have never been recorded in the annals of history are truly are a testament of his never ending faith and belief in God’s work. His gospel of salvation that is so freely given to humankind through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and our union with Jesus through faith is our liberation from sin, death, and allows us to help one another mature, to serve Christ, and glorify Him, which is the highest purpose.
I thank you once again for offering this course.
Gods blessings upon you all.
Rev. Dennis Zerull
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The Universal Life Church is a comprehensive online seminary where we have classes in Christianity, Wicca, Paganism, two courses in Metaphysics and much more. I have been a proud member of the ULC for many years and the Seminary since its inception.
As an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church for many years and it’s Seminary since its inception, I’ve had the privilege of watching the Seminary grow.