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A magazine with Each month a true story

Reading is part of cultivating and educating yourself. We would love to have more people who would not mind presenting some stories on this site. Though we do not get much reaction of people willing to write or to publish some poetry, short stories or novels on this site. Also for articles on psychology, history, environment and ecological matters we still look forward for willing writers to share their ideas with others all over the world.

Part of our mission is to support and empower storytellers and publishers of all sizes. We also want people to think about several matters and not just to agree with everything they come to read. We are convinced one has to be able to have different opinions living together in peace and being part of building up a balanced surrounding. For that reason, we also mention additional readings as well as further related articles when we publish some article. The further related articles often are not in accordance of our way of thinking, but we dare to present their articles to our public so that people can make up their mind themselves. We hate one-sided information. We are convinced that different opinions do not undermine society, but enrich it. Regularly we get some complaints from some blogger that we dared to mention their blogs. They do not see that we are willing to give free advertisement for them. But because we are unitarians and not Trinitarians they probably feel offended or often do not want to be associated with us. As if a mentioning of an article would mean that there would be an association with us. (!?!)

When requested to take the reference away we shall always prepared do that, even when it would have meant to take away a full article presenting a new publication. (A few months ago we introduced a new book, but the trinitarian writer of the book was not pleased with it. That was not the first time we were told we were not given the right to discuss a book or article. Some people who complained we discussed their article we wrote that if they have an article open on the web, should know that everybody shall be able to read it but also should have the possibility to react on it.) Though remarkable, lots of trinitarian writers write a lot of ‘rubbish’ about unitarians or give a lot of disinformation about Biblical matters, but do not allow anybody to react on the article on their own site. As such they only leave it to make reactions about the article on other sites (like here).

Today we once again shall present some site which could be interesting for some of our readers. Please do know that we are not paid for representing some other websites or blogs.

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For more than a decade, The Atavist Magazine has been a pioneer in digital storytelling, publishing one blockbuster story every month. The Atavist Magazine, one of Automattic’s flagship longform publications, in April 2021, the magazine moved to WordPress.com, joining the Newspack community of publishers.

Supported by Newspack, a publishing and revenue-generating solution for small- to medium-sized newsrooms built on WordPress, Atavist joins a network of 100 news publishers and counting, including Reveal, Sahan Journal, Hong Kong Free Press, The Oaklandside, Transitions Online, and other local and regional news outlets worldwide.

According Cheri Lucas Rowlands from WordPress each story on The Atavist Magazine showcases a unique, sophisticated, immersive design.

Perhaps you would also be interested to have a look at that nine-time National Magazine Award nominee and one-time winner — and the recipient of many other accolades — Atavist.

Feeling that young or starting writers need to have enough opportunities to reach a readers platform we only can hope that the atavist Magazine shall be able to give them a space on the web for offering thoughtful, deeply reported stories, and as an outlet eager to publish up-and-coming writers at a time when journalism opportunities are narrowing.

Please find the Atavist Magazine, and enjoy reading the many stories.

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For readers and travellers MU Library Treasures

The last few months, lots of people got more time to read. They were restricted to travel but by searching on the net they could go around the world in their head whilst staying in their own living room.

With vaccines rolling out across the world, international travel may soon be on the cards again. This does not mean we all have to rush to other countries without respecting social distancing and forgetting the restricting health measures.

In the main libraries of the industrial countries, there are treasures to be found. This way you might find the Special Collections & Archives at Maynooth University Library comprise the historic mid-nineteenth century Russell Library and the new state-of-the-art Special Collections Reading Room in the recently extended John Paul II Library one of those treasures you may not miss. It would be a loss to your cultural expedition if your imaginary travel guide would leave it alone.

The Russell Library houses the historical collections of St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The reading room was designed by renowned British architect and designer Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852) and completed in the year 1861. The Library contains approximately 34,000 printed works with imprints from the 15th to the mid-19th century.

Special Collections & Archives in the JPII Library features a modern reading room and environmentally controlled storage area which houses over 3,600 printed works with imprints from the late 15th century onwards. Noteworthy archival collections include: The Ken Saro-Wiwa Archive, The Teresa Deevy Archive and The Pearse Hutchinson Archive. {About MU Library Treasures}

Good thing in the present time is that you do not have to leave the house to go to RUSSELL LIBRARY , St. Patrick’s College, MaynoothCo. Kildare to search their treasure cabinet.

They offer licensed, digital collections, typically consisting of text, image and audio-visual content. Typically, they represent a digital version of an original analogue primary source, such as an archival collection. Thus, although the original resource may well have been unique, the digital version is not – it can be subscribed to by any library.

The library has longstanding traditions in the humanities, and has worked to complement its print collections with access to as broad an array of digital sources as possible.  They offer access to a wealth of these resources such as State Papers Online, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, Early English Books Online, the Irish Newspaper Archive and much more.

Noo Saro-Wiwa with archivist Ciara Joyce in MU Library

Find to read:

Clericus: A View of 225 Years of Students

A 550-year-old book comes to Maynooth!

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Wisdom and truth related to each other

When we want to get wisdom we have to open our mind and be willing to learn things and broaden our horizon.

The best way to receive the necessary wisdom is to go back to the Source of life, to experience and listen to the Maker of all things His Words. He is The One Who is willing to listen to us and to give us advice. Most necessary advice He has already provided by His Holy Word, now available in many languages. People only have to search for God to get more from God. When going to look for Him one also can ask Him to open the eyes so that we would be able to understand more things.

From Scriptures, we come to learn that those willing to look for God got their prayers answered and came to see.

We also can learn that Jehovah God is no different than any other loving Father, in matters what He would give or not give to His children. He is even a better father than all fathers we can find in the world. It is by His Power that we can receive His Spirit to come to see more clearly and to come to understand the things of earth but also the things of heaven.

Let us not be guided by people who do not know the truth nor have enough wisdom to guide.

We may not forget that God has given His only begotten son as His spokesman who can lead people to God, having him as the way to life. The Truth and Wisdom come from Jesus his heavenly Father, the Only One true God.

“Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to the Jews, saying: “I am the Light of the world! The person who continues to follow me will never walk about in the Darkness, but will have the Light of the Life.”” (Joh 8:12 mhm)

“Jesus said to Thomas: “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can approach the Father, if not through me.” (Joh 14:6 mhm)

“Then the Pneuma and the Bride say: “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” Let the one who thirsts come. Let the one who wants drink of the Water of Life as a free gift.” (Re 22:17 mhm)

“Because the wisdom of this present social order of humanity is foolishness to The God. For it has been written, “He is the One catching the wise in their craftiness.” (1Co 3:19 mhm)

“32 Now stopping before them, Jesus raised his voice to them and said, “What do you wish me to do?”33 The blind men said to Jesus, “Sir, open our eyes that we might see!”” (Mt 20:32-33 mhm)

“Now a certain woman named Lydia–a seller of purple from Thyatira and one who revered The God–kept listening. The Master opened wide her heart to pay attention to what Paul taught.” (Ac 16:14 mhm)

“Then Jesus began to open their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Lu 24:45 mhm)

“For everyone asking receives, and the one seeking finds, and it will be opened to the one knocking.” (Lu 11:10 mhm)

“11 Which father among you whose son asks for a fish will give him a snake instead?12 Or if he asks for an egg, will the father give his son a scorpion?13 So, if you though being wicked realize how to give good gifts to your own children, how much more will the heavenly Father give holy Pneuma to those asking him!”14  Now when Jesus was expelling a mute demon, after the demon came out, the mute person began to speak and the crowds were astonished.” (Lu 11:11-14 mhm)

“However, whenever that Helper arrives–the Truthful Pneuma–he will guide you apostles into all the Truth, for he will not speak from himself, but everything he hears he will speak. Also, he will proclaim to you apostles future things.” (Joh 16:13 mhm)

“that they should continue to seek The God, if really, in fact, they might grope for Him and actually find him, though, in fact, He exists not a great distance from each one of us.” (Ac 17:27 mhm)

 

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Preceding

“Wisdom” and Wisdom (1 Cor 1:19,21)

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Find also to read

  1. Word of God
  2. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  3. Concerning wisdom and knowledge of God
  4. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  5. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  6. Blind leading the blind
  7. Wisdom lies deep
  8. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t

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“Wisdom” and Wisdom (1 Cor 1:19,21)

When we call ourselves Christian it is very important that we keep an attitude a follower of Christ worthy and that we try to find godly wisdom.

We have to show the world that it is more important to go by godly than by worldly wisdom and that we should not cling to heathen festivals (like the in this article mentioned Christmas) but should keep to the holy or sacred days given by God.

We should get our wisdom from the Book of books, the Bible and show others how this Grand Work can enrich our ways of life.

Let us remember:

“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for readjusting everything, for disciplining in righteousness. 17 Thus, the man of God may be completely prepared for every good work.” (2Ti 3:16-17 mhm)

and

“For the world-order of humanity is going its way and its desire with it, but the person doing the will of The God will remain throughout that new Age to come.” (1Jo 2:17 mhm)

“Also, do not be conformed to this period of time, but rather, be transformed, by the renewing of your mind, proving to yourselves the good, acceptable and perfect will of The God.” (Ro 12:2 mhm)

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Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places

Several quotes about wisdom

Truth, doubt or blindness

The Need to Understand Genre

On the Edge of Believing

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  1. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  2. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  3. Blindness in the Christian world
  4. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  5. Answering a fool according to his folly
  6. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  7. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  8. Wisdom lies deep
  9. Increased in wisdom in favour with God
  10. Loving the Word
  11. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  12. Attitude of a Christian
  13. Attitude to others important for reaching them
  14. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  15. Bible
  16. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  17. Bible in the first place #1/3
  18. Bible in the first place #2/3
  19. Bible in the first place #3/3
  20. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  23. Thomas Aquinas on Wisdom by Robert M. Woods
  24. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  25. Deliberately making choices
  26. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  27. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  28. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  29. Today’s thought “A Perfect World” (January 02)
  30. Today’s thought “That you be united in the same mind” (February 20)
  31. Today’s thought “In wisdom you have made them all” (February 28)
  32. Today’s thought “Fools despise wisdom” (March 23)
  33. Today’s thought “If you receive my words …” (March 24)
  34. Today’s thought “And the LORD heard it” (March 30)
  35. Today’s thought “Look carefully” (April 7)
  36. Today’s thought “The eyes of man are never satisfied” (April 17)
  37. Today’s thought “Worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 28)
  38. Today’s thought “It cannot be bought for gold” (December 21)
  39. Outflow of foundational relationship based on acceptance of Jesus
  40. This was my reward
  41. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  42. Memorizing wonderfully 2 Biblical Reasons to Memorize Scripture
  43. Memorizing wonderfully 4 Starter verses
  44. Memorizing wonderfully 18 Proverbs – Fear of God, Wisdom and instruction
  45. Memorizing wonderfully 19 Seasons and purpose Fearing God
  46. Preparation for unity
  47. Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God
  48. Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it

Study like a Berean!

A dear sister in Uganda sent the above pic. of Zirobwe town, and also sent a number of verses and encouraging thoughts to me this morning and again this evening, regarding God’s love for His children and our responsibility to Him; As well as the joy of reading of the focus which she encouraged to consider, my attention was taken by a word in the verses: “wisdom”.

1 Corinthians 1:19”For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”… 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

God’s wisdom and His ways aren’t in any way like man’s earthly “wisdom”, which is foolishness, just as their ways are; God’s children should trust, rest and live…

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Corona season

One has not to fool your brain about your exam, as is written in this article, but one has to find the inner strength and capability to do things, trusting in the self.
Concentrating on the material to learn, taking away distraction tools is much better than to fool your brain because you will be fooling yourself.
Ther conclusion of the article is right: the vibe should be to study. To read, learn and think, study and study.

Inner Voice

Honestly people who are both enjoying and suffering from covid situations are students. They are enjoying their no school time + chilling at home but at the same time struggling to keep study track.

Now why are we struggling :

  1. Lack of aim
  2. Lack of strictness
  3. Lack of discipline

Why is it necessary? For example you are struggling to do regular exercise . Now imagine One day you wake up to see no clothes fit you , you weigh 80 kgs , everyone bullying you, your favourite dress no longer fits you, you are driven into eating disorder and depression. Now , will you face that same struggle of irregularity ? Or would you be working extra hard to to burn off extra calories , to have your dream body, or that 6 abs … Now the same applies with your exams. I know no one of us want to…

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Feeling ourselves to be the-one-who-is-experiencing


”Once we feel ourselves to be the-one-who-is-experiencing we know who we are
and the process of self-forgetting ceases.
If we resist the temptation to focus on some familiar way of being
we will lose all sense of who we are.
We will be swept up in the freedom of existence,
without any sense of being separate from it.”
~ Jeff Carreira

 

> Please continue reading: Surrender Kundalini and inner spiritual guidance – part 3

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Going to sleep-away camp opened my eyes to the world around me


”Going to sleep-away camp opened my eyes to the world around me
and the person I aspire to be.”
~Yishama

 

For Yishama leaving home and going to camp helped him grow in his confidence and sense of responsibility. Coming into contact with all kinds of people and different ways of living helped Yishama open up. When he returned from a summer at Camp Stone he was transformed spiritually.

> Read the full story: My Defining Moment

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Philosophy revealing relationship between the language that we use and our perception of what is real


”One of the things that the study of philosophy reveals is the profound relationship between the language that we use and our perception of what is real.

We don’t have to look too deeply into philosophy before we begin to realize that our knowledge about anything is constructed in language and is always found in the form of sentences in our heads.
Without language it seems that we cannot have knowledge about anything.

~ Jeff Carreira”

 

Find also to read: Seeing Through Sentences in Your Head

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Giving up control to experience a fictitious manipulation and to find a construction


”If you begin to be successful in the practice of giving up control you will begin to discover a profound truth.
You will see that seemingly every aspect of reality as you experience it is a fictitious manipulation.
Your sense of things, your sense of self, your sense of others – it is all a construction rather than a given.”
~ Jeff Carreira

 

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Please find more to read: Meditate into Deep Trust

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Epictetus: What is in our control?

In a period when so many people would have more time for each other, being able to take a long vacation or a long ‘Winter sleep’ so many seem to worry about matters they have not in control and shall not be able to have in control whatsoever.

Letting fear go is for many difficult, but all answers lie in themselves. But it also could help a lot when they would dare to go looking for the best solution to get rid of all worries by finding the saviour who can bring them under the Wings of the Most Precious One Who is Master of everything, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. When people would trust Him more life for them would be much easier.

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To remember

  • What in our control = question couched in fear.
  • Fear = feeling which takes us back to our reptilian brain & automatic responses => rigid + compulsive.
  • response to life situations = only thing in our control. <= all have ability to make a choice => choice not to react to primitive impulses we feel.
  • human beings =  logical beings > answers = give us a sense of control = illusion of control.
  • To become healthy = important to let go of unhealthy emotions.
  • Letting go = process not taught
  • We decide what is good or bad, right or wrong > placiing intrinsic value on those definitions = simply judgements =>  realize + accept => process of letting go = easier.

The Stoic Social Worker

What is in our control is a difficult question to answer. It’s a question couched in fear. Fear is a feeling which takes us back to our reptilian brain and automatic responses. This part of our brain tends to be rigid and compulsive. If we find ourselves stuck here we don’t learn to adapt. We all wish to be able to control the amount and intensity of the fear that we experience. The answer to the question, “What is in our control” is frustrating and can serve to increase anxiety because there is no answer to that question, at least not an answer that some will find acceptable.

Our response to life situations is the only thing in our control. We all have the ability to make a choice, the choice to not react to the primitive impulses we feel.

As a therapist I have been asked a lot of…

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