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Native Totem, Vancouver International Airport, YVR,  2009

1. NUMINOUS:  is a term referring to a feeling of the mysterious, all-inspiring, holy or sacred, which is present without reason. The idea is that "Man is born with this perception and is enabled by it to become part of the Divine." The German theologian and philosopher Rudolph Otto the concept was developed in the 1920s, which is explained in his famous book "The Idea of the Holy",  "Das Heilige" in 1917 and then published in English  in by Oxford University Press, London 1923.  2. filled with the sense of the presence of divinity. [Lat. numen (spiritual force of a place/object/being)] In Christianity, God is everywhere, but there are certain places at certain times where the sense of God's presence, and its special-ness, is stronger than at other times and places. (There is also the sense of God's deliberate absence, which sometimes happens to remind people of God's usual presence.) T.L. ( spirithome.com ) 2.Also used as an adjective in describing the event, or new level of , consciousness as in "Numinous Experience", similar to Spiritual Experience, Peak Experience, Conversion Experience, Mystical Experience, or Religious Experience, although some state it is the opposite of a Religious Experience,  and they could be right. My experience is not so........

Some special words, and their meanings have become very important to me over the last few years.

  1. SOBRIETY:  1. Habitual soberness or temperance in use of spirituous liquors,  2. Freedom from intoxication    3. Habitual freedom from enthusiasm; inordinate passion, or overheated imagination; calmness; coolness. 4.Gravity or seriousness, without sadness or melancholy. [ Noah Webster LL. D. 1856] 5. Sober with Peace, the meaning the Japanese Fellowship members give to the English word, as it does not appear in their language.

  2. DESIRE: 1. The soul's search for Joy.  2. The emotion of longing, and or reaching towards, which can be ardent and intense, in the spiritual, intellectual or sensual planes. El. of Criticism.  3. The Higher Power that moves the will into action. 4. A  human beings most valuable  treasure, one's own Heart's Desire. 
  3. GRACE: 1. Appropriately , the free, unmerited  love and favor of God, the spring and source of all the benefits men receive from God. 2. Favorable influence of God's  Divine influence or the influence of the Spirit, in renewing the heart.  3. Favor; good-will; disposition to oblige another; as a grant made as a act of grace.  4. A state of reconciliation to God. 6. The Courage that enters through the heart.
  4. GRATITUDE: 1.  An emotion of the heart, excited by a favor or benefit received.  An agreeable emotion consisting in, or accompanied with, good-will towards a benefactor , and a disposition to make a suitable return of benefits or services, or a desire to see the benefactor prosperous and happy. Gratitude  is a virtue of the highest excellence, as it implies a feeling and generous heart, and a proper sense of responsibility  [ Noah Webster LL. D. 1856] 2. "The basis of reverence, and of all true religious feeling." (Mathew Fox) 3. "The basis of all prayer." ( David Steindl-Rast )  4. "If your heart full of gratitude, keep it that way. The spirit of God is praying inside you" Anon. 5."Gratitude is a fruit of great cultivation; you do not find it among gross people." Samuel  Johnson  (17091784) 6."Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it." William Arthur Ward, 7."The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude. Friedrich Nietzsche  8."The debt immense of endless gratitude."   --Milton.  [1913 Webster]
  5. HUMILITY: "Perpetual  quietness of heart. It is to have no trouble. It is never to be fretted or vexed, irritable or sore, to wonder at nothing done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised, it is to have a blessed home in myself where I can go in and shut the door and pray to my Father in secret and be at peace, as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and about me is seeming trouble."  Andrew Murray, a Scottish Theologian, and had a home  on Dr. R. Smith's desk in Akron, Ohio. 2. Emotional maturity and balance, in relation to others, ourselves and the Holy Space between.
  6. PRUDENCE:  1.What we need,  in order not to lose what we have.  2. Doing the right thing, for the right reason. 3. A cardinal virtue.   
  7. PRAYER: 1. Relationship with "The Higher Truth", usually called "God" in the west,  "The Way, The Path, The Tao, or a Yoga" in the East.  2. An attitude of Gratitude, one of the most profound forms of Prayer, as in "Thank-You ! "  3. Prayer of petition, as in HELP! .  4  Prayers of felt presence, as in  a knowing, that one is part of the Whole, and is  right-sized in that relationship with the Other.
  8.  COURAGE: 1.Courage is from the French for heart, Le Coeur. 2. "Courage is the heart memory" an old French Proverb.  The Heart is the channel for God's Grace, Courage, to enter our being. 3. Language of the Heart, if one can listen/hear with the Ear of the Heart.  4. Bravery; intrepidity; that quality of mind which enables men to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear or depression of spirits; [Noah Webster LL. D. 1856].
  9. CONVICTION: 1. An unshakable persuasion or  strong belief in something. 2. A certitude known by personal experience with or without objective proof. 3. The state of being convinced.
  10. TRUDGE: 1. To move forward with purpose and direction.
  11. SPIRITUALITY : 1. "It is not about performance, it is about connection" Gail H.
  12. TOUCH-STONE: 1.  A hard black stone, such as jasper or basalt, formerly used to test the quality of gold or silver by comparing the streak left on the stone by one of these metals with that of a standard alloy. 2. An excellent quality or example that is used to test the excellence or genuineness of others:  3. A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated; "they set the measure for all subsequent work"
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