Life is an ongoing journey of change and choice,
a surrendering of the old and
a trust in the new beginning. Caroline Myss
We live in faith, hope and love,
But the greatest of these is love. 1 Cor 13:13
“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light?years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual. So are our emotions in the presence of great art or music or literature, or acts of exemplary selfless courage such as those of Mohandas Gandhi or Martin Luther King, Jr. The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.”
? Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
The fleur-de-lis, also spelled fleur-de-lys (plural fleurs-de-lis or fleurs-de-lys), is a Lily (in French, fleur and lis mean ‘flower’ and ‘lily’ respectively) that is used as a decorative design or symbol. … The fleur-de-lis has been used by French royalty and throughout history to represent Catholic saints of France.
In Christianity, lilies symbolize purity and chastity, which may be why the fleur–de–lis historically represents the Virgin Mary. … While Mary has the strongest connection with the flower, it has also been used to represent Christ or the Holy Trinity.
My dad, Barry Douglas Parker and I went down to Temora via Yass on 5th of March 2021. We hired a snappy Toyota Corolla with a 10 speed gearbox. We arrived in Cootamundra and we stayed in a tiny but clean motel, Bradford Motel. It was little indeed. I made a mistake in booking a room. I thought we had a double room but in fact I hired a double bed single room. So in haste, the motel owner found me a spare old mattress for myself to sleep on the floor!
Saturday we left Cootamundra to go to Temora Airport to watch the fantastic Airshow. One fact. RAAF is 100 years old on 31st March.
Temora Aviation Air Force Centenary in summary Showcase Sat 6 and Sun 7 March 2021
Program Sat 11am to 4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am till 3.30pm
Yes I have been quiet. The last post was October 2019. So much has happened this year – the year 2020! I will talk more about my experiences this year in a future post.
A few quotes that have inspired me…
Remember, you dont need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends you can be certain of.
You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes, you just need to breath, trust, let go, and see what happens. Mandy Hale.
Dont Sweat the small stuff
When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our need to be critical. Being critical not only solves nothing; it contributes to the anger and distrust in our world.
Much of our anxiety and inner struggle stems from our busy, overactive minds always needing something to entertain them, something to focus on, and always wondering “What’s next?”
While we are eating dinner, we wonder what’s for dessert. While eating dessert, we ponder what we should do afterwards. After that evening, its “What should we do this weekend”? It is almost though we are frightened at the thought of not having something to do, even for a minute.
The beauty of doing nothing is that it teaches to you t clear your mind and relax. It allows your mind the freedom to “not know”, for a brief period of time. Just like your body, your mind needs an occasional break from its hectic routine. When you allow your mind to take a break, it comes back stronger, sharper, more focussed and creative.
Many of us confuse non-attachment with not caring. In actuality the two are completely different. not caring suggests apathy: “I couldn’t care less. It does’nt matter to me”. Non attachment, on the other hand means something else.
“I’ll do everything possible, I’ll do my best to succeed. But, if I don’t, that’s okay, too”.
Being non-attached creates emotional freedom. It means holding on tightly but letting go lightly. It suggests trying hard, really caring, but at the same time being completely willing to let go of the outcome.
When you are angry or frustrated at the one we love, something else is secretly going on beneath the surface -= we’re angry or frustrated at ourselves. But because it’s easier to put the blame on someone else, and our partner is the person closet to us, we often blame them instead of looking in the mirror and facing the facts.
People who learn not to sweat the small stuff with family and around the home have an enormouse edge in life. They expend far less energy being irritated and frustrated and have more left over for having fun and being productive and loving. The energy that used to be spent being “stressed out” is now focused on creativity and the creation of joyful experiences and memories.
When little things don’t get to you so much, your family will seem more like a source of joy than ever before. You’ll be more patient and easy going. You will feel less burdened and hassled, and you’ll experience more harmony in your life. This peaceful feeling will spread and will be experienced by the others in your family.
When you’re out in the bush, the simplest things – the things we normally take for granted – are far more involved: cooking, heating water for coffee, getting comfortable and settled for sleep, taking a shower, and reading at night, to name just a few. One thing’s for sure when you go camping. When you get home, you’re really going to enoy and appreciate a hot shower and a soft comfortable bed.
My parents, Barry and Jan Parker bought me a gift voucher for a ride 10 laps in a Subaru WRX and a two lap ride in a V8 Race Buggy. It was a fantastic morning on the day 0f 24th August 2019. I have not driven a manual car for over 20 years so I stalled the first two times. Afterwards once I revved to 2000rpm and let go of the clutch I was able to drive!
To the ancient Egyptians, Nut (Nuit) was the sky (originally she was a goddess of just the sky at day, where the clouds formed) and the heavens personified. The goddess Nut protected the earth, which she and Geb encompassed, against the chaos and darkness above her. She was believed to be the daughter of the gods Shu and Tefnut, the granddaughter of the sun-god, Ra. Her husband was also her brother, Geb. She was thought to be the mother of five children on the five extra days of the Egyptian calendar, won by Thoth.
Osiris was born on the first day, Horus the Elder on the second, Set on the third, Isis on the fourth, and Nephthys, the last born, on the fifth day. The ancient Egyptians celebrated the days on which these deities were born – these were known as the ‘five epagomenal days of the year’:
Osiris – an unlucky day Nut raised above Geb
Horus the Elder – neither lucky nor unlucky
Set – an unlucky day
Isis – a lucky day, “A Beautiful Festival of Heaven and Earth.”
Nephthys – an unlucky day
Nut is Goddess of the sky. Nut is a daughter of Shu and Tefnut. Her brother and husband is Geb. She had four or five children: Osiris, Set, Isis, Nephthys, and—in early Egyptian sources—Horus.
Story of Osiris The ancient Egyptians believe that Osiris was the first ruler of Egypt, and that he brought civilization to the land. Agriculture, laws, religious institutions and culture were given to the people of Egypt by the god. His reign was a time of prosperity for the ancient Egyptians, and everyone was happy, except his brother Set, who was jealous, and grew resentful of Osiris’ success. Therefore, the jealous sibling plotted to get rid of Osiris.
Set had a beautiful coffin made that only Osiris could fit into, and then threw a feast. During the feast, Set announced that the coffin would be given to the person who fitted perfectly into it. One by one, Set’s guests tried their luck, but none succeeded. Finally, Osiris climbed inside the coffin to see if it fitted him. Seizing this contrived opportunity, Set had the coffin sealed shut, and threw it, along with his brother, into the Nile. The waters of the Nile carried the coffin into the sea, and it finally came to rest in a tamarisk tree growing near Byblos in Phoenicia. Osiris remained there until he died.
Eventually, Isis succeeded in finding and retrieving the body of her husband, and brought it back to Egypt. The goddess then sought to revive Osiris, but Set found out about his brother’s return and cut his body up into many pieces, and scattered them all over Egypt. Isis managed to retrieve all of Osiris’ body parts except his penis, which had been eaten by an oxyrhyncus fish. Nevertheless, somehow Isis was able to revive her husband, and the god Horus was conceived during this time. Still, being incomplete, Osiris could no longer rule in the land of the living, and therefore became the ruler of the Underworld.
As the ruler of the Underworld, the god is depicted as being wrapped up from the chest downwards in mummy bandages. Another important feature of Osiris’ iconography is his skin color, which is either green or black. The former is the color of rebirth, whilst the latter symbolizes the fertility of the Nile Valley.
The cult of Osiris spread all over Egypt, and there are many instances in which other gods were absorbed by him. In Memphis during the Middle Kingdom, for example, Osiris merged with two local gods, Ptah and Sokar, and became Ptah-Sokar-Osiris. This ‘ability’ to assimilate other gods also enabled the worship of Osiris to last all the way until the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Serapis, a Hellenistic god created by Ptolemy I Soter, was a combination of Osiris and the sacred bull of Memphis, Apis. The cult of Osiris eventually came to an end with the advent of Christianity, though some have pointed out similarities between the two religions.
Osiris was usually portrayed as a bearded, mummified human with green skin and wearing the atef crown. His hands emerge from the mummy wrappings and hold the flail and crook.
Hapi was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion. The flood deposited rich silt (fertile soil) on the river’s banks, allowing the Egyptians to grow crops. … Some of the titles of Hapi were “Lord of the Fish and Birds of the Marshes” and “Lord of the River Bringing Vegetation”.
Last day in Cairo – Egypt before we caught the plane home. So we decided to revisit the Giza Pyramids. The best decision. A bit of more information about the Giza Pyramids. The three Giza Egyptian pyramids are known as Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. They are located on the Giza Plateau, outside of the modern city of El Giza, Egypt. Who are these guys, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure? The three primary pyramids on the Giza plateau were built over the span of three generations by the rulers Khufu, his son Khafre, and his grandson Menkaure. The flight home by the way was a very long and uneventuful one. We went on the Emirates plane, a Boeing 777 from Cairo to Dubai, then we changed flights from Dubai to Sydney in a mighty A380.