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Life’s Challenges: Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones? – August 7, 2016

At the Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles, you will hear relevant messages, by Rev. Pam MacGregor, that you can apply to everyday life. The theme for the month of August is Laughter: Spirit’s Medicine of Grace.

Every minister I know wants his or her talk to touch the collective heart of the congregation. Would it surprise you to know that surveys reveal the best ways to achieve this is to cause laughter? It’s not that ministers are frustrated stand up comedians with a pulpit; it’s that laughter is a healing art, a friend on the spiritual journey, Spirit’s most excellent medicine.

The Christian mystic Anthony De Mello tells a story about a group of disciples who seek to learn from a saintly teacher the stages he had passed through in his practices. After describing how he found himself in the Land of Love, a disciple asked, “Was that the final stage of your quest?” “No,” the Maser said. “One day God said, ‘Today I shall take you into the innermost sanctuary of the Temple…and I was led to the Land of Laughter.’”

The topic on August 7, 2016, was Life’s Challenges: Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones? The only real stumbling block in our challenges is that the ego becomes so insulted, annoyed, or frightened it wants to repress, deny, or pray them away. Immediately! Put another way, affirming our good is not about negating our challenges; it’s about preparing our consciousness to skillfully work with them. A spiritual practitioner shakes hands with his/her inner opponents out of respect for the gifts of insight and transformation they offer. With gentleness, patience, and willingness to work with our challenges with a sense of humor, we can transform them into stepping stones.

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