“What Is Praise?” Rev. Shawn Moninger @ Unity Center of Norwalk CT (8/27/23)
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Living From the Super-consciousness
“Reeducating Our Minds”
“Reeducating Our Minds”
I co-taught myself a lot of stuff in my younger youth. I say “co-taught” because while I had many senior teachers in my life, I still interpreted many things they passed along, so I am obligated to reeducate myself now if I am still applying teachings that don’t work.
One of the things I have to reeducate myself on is how I think about my teachers (parents, school teachers, lovers, friends, adult figures, ministers, etc...) I have had to find out how to let them off the hook in my thinking so that I’m not distracting myself with resentment and unforgiveness.
I have had to reeducate myself repeatedly about God and Love, and all of this spirituality stuff.
Most of all, I have had to reeducate myself about myself. I have had to reeducate my mind about almost everything I have thought about myself at one time or another. The things I taught myself were too small. I gave myself too small of a God and therefore too small of a self and too small of a life. It’s okay now that I did that. It’s okay now because I have reeducated myself. I listened to the teachers that told me I was big and that my God needed to be even bigger.
A small example about reeducating minds comes from a time when I was five years old. My grandmother made brussels sprouts. I looked at them and told her I didn’t like brussels sprouts. She asked if I had ever eaten them. I said, “No, but I still don’t like them.” She asked if I would try just one? If I didn’t like it, I didn’t have to eat any more. I trusted my grandmother so I tried one. It was delicious. Brussels sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables. It was not lost on me, even at five that I was convinced I didn’t like them even though I had never tried them. It also was not lost on me that I had missed out on other delicious things before that I was sure I didn’t like but had never tried. That’s why I don’t like beans today. Believe me, I’ve tried all kinds of beans and they are awful!
I’ve tried different modes of spirituality and found things I liked and things that didn’t work for me. I’ve given people who I thought I wouldn’t like a chance. Some have become good friends. Others don’t resonate either on my part or on theirs.
The point is, my mind needs to be reeducated all the time so that I don’t let foolish and uneducated prejudices limit me and keep me from my good. What will you try today that you haven’t tried before?
All the Best For Today,
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