Temple Newsletter #22

Welcome fellow seekers to this week’s edition of the weekly newsletter of Temple Of the Standing Stones. I am Cianaodh Óg, High Priest and fellow seeker of wisdom.

If you missed last week’s newsletter you can still see it on our website at: Temple Newsletter #21.

Goddess Of Peace Engraving
An engraving from The London Magazine, January 1775, showing the Goddess of Peace bringing an olive branch to America and Britannia.

The feeling we have here — remember it, take it home and do some good with it. I’ll leave you with this: Please, be kind.

–Mickey Hart, drummer, Grateful Dead

Being kind. It’s something I have been thinking about more and more these days as people have been squabbling with one another over flags, churches burning down and people being shot by insane, hateful people. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” I’ve seen that credited as a quote from Plato but am not sure of the authenticity of that attribution. Who ever said it though, it’s one of my favorites. We never, really, know what is going on with another human being. Oh, those of us with empathic abilities have a little more grasp perhaps but for the most part, we don’t know another person’s struggles, another person’s reason for making their life choices, what brought another person to have the perspective they have on certain topics. Another popular quote that comes to mind says that we don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another. So, when you’re out there discussing things with one another or debating the merits of your point of view. Please keep in mind the person at the other end of the conversation is a human being too and just because they “currently” hold a different point of view than you do doesn’t make them an idiot or a bad person. Minds don’t get changed by inflaming them with hateful, hurtful words. That only causes people to build up walls and hold even more tightly to their point of view. Minds are changed by showing them a better way or at least why your way might also be viable and have merit.

This week there were, unfortunately, no submissions from the tribe for our newsletter. So, I went in search of something to share. Today, I would like to share Tommy Elf’s post on the same topic of kindness which helped inspire me to write what I said above. In it he says:

So many folks that I talk with – particularly non-Pagans – do not really understand the way my morality works within my life. Mickey Hart’s quote from the closing of the July 5th concert in Chicago with the Grateful Dead sums it up very neatly. There are plenty of other ways to phrase it — Google’s corporate slogan of “Don’t be Evil”, the often mentioned “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” from the Christian Bible (among other places) — but its not the phrasing that matters. Its the actions that are built off of the slogans that matters more. Its how one comports themselves that is the essence of all of this.

Read more at his blog, Footsteps on My Path.

If anyone else has some original poetry, artwork, an essay or any other creative work they would like to share in the next or other future newsletters please let me know at templehp@templeofthestones.org. I’m always happy to show off the talents of our tribe!

^^^YES! DO THIS PLEASE!!!

Upcoming Temple Events:

Lesson, Energy Working and Psychic Challenges  – TONIGHT! Saturday, July 11th 7pm til 11PM (or so). Temple Mother Em’ introduced us to some fun and interesting psychic challenge games and we’ve had some visitors come in the past to share their knowledge of energy working with the group. Let’s get together and do some more of these exercises. It’s a fun and interesting way for us to discover gifts we might not have even realized we had or to hone and focus ones that we were already aware of. Come give it a try! This will be at Cianaodh‘s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

New Blue Moon  – Saturday, July 18th 7pm til 11PM (or so). The blue full moon/ Lammas celebration is going to be hippy style. Maybe the new moon will have some peace and love theme too? Come find out. Music and Dance to follow ritual so please bring your favorite instrument or dance attire. This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Camping chair
Instrument For After Ritual Music and Dance
Item For Potluck Feast After Ritual
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

Blue Moon Crafts  – Saturday, July 25th 7pm til 11PMish. Let’s get together and make some tie-dye decor, clothing and groovy black light art for next week’s Hippe Blue Moon and Lammas celebration. It’ll be far out man! This will be at Cianaodh’s home in Arlington, Texas. Address will be given to registered guests.

What to bring: (Optional)

Plain white t-shirts or other garments to tie dye.
Rubber gloves, aprons, etc.
Camping chair
Snack Item To Share
Food Donations for North Texas Food Bank
Donations for Cancer Care Services

You can always check our upcoming events on the Temple Calendar at the website: http://templeofthestones.org/calendar/

If you would like to help support our efforts please consider chipping in through our Meetup Group: http://templeofthestones.org/chip-in/

May You Never Hunger,

Cianaodh Óg – High Priest of Temple Of the Standing Stones – Arlington, Texas

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