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GIST MAGAZINE

Winter 2010

GIST Magazine
Winter at the Absolute Monastery in Campo in Southern California paints itself as a glorious scene, nature at its best.

In This Issue:

God's Pocket
Be Still And Know

Serendipity
Anniversaries Are Lots of Fun

EJ Shares
The Magic Path Along Golden Lake

Practitioner Letter
A Miracle For Jason

Affirmation Column
Following Divine Guidance From Within

 

Ingeborg - Winter 2010 Issue

Following Divine Guidance From Within

I LIKE THE BEHAVIOR of domestic animals. The first one is our Golden Retriever Rex who controls the grounds of the UNI and greets with a hug of joy every guest entering the house in a positive attitude.

There are also two young nurtured cats. The black female with green eyes is called Gini.

Gini is s playful cat and loves to jump up on top of our high cabinets, where it is difficult to catch her. The nutured male cat has a nice gray fur, loves to play and jump with the Gini. Its black fur is soft and she likes the stroking. Each of these two young cats is a vivid example of genuine love and harmony from within.

Here is a true story of a Duck and her siblings.

The following ex-ample is the true adventure of how a duck obviously followed the divine guidance from within and acting simply as a momma duck.

This is an amazing example of an animal living in and on the top of the water. I imagine she fell in love with a male duck. They put their wings around each other and enjoyed the feeling of special deep love for each one. However they decided to go each one its own way, without caring for the life of the other.

Now the female duck obviously felt from within her body the task to look for a convenient nest. She found a great flowerpot with dry earth standing in the corner of a balcony.

Michel, an employee of the bank noticed the duck and from time to time looked at her and noticed that the duck was laying eggs and he saw even the head of the first baby. Michel worried all the night about how the momma duck would get it safely to the edge off their perch in a busy urban environment to the water, which typically is done in the first 48 hours of a duck hatching.

It was on Tuesday morning when Michel watched the mother duck encouraging her babies to the edge of the perch with the intent to show them how to jump off it. The office work came to a standstill as everyone gathered to watch the duck and her darlings.

The mother flew down on the street and started quaking to her babies above. In disbelief Michel watched as the first fuzzy newborn trustingly toddled to the edge and astonishingly leapt into thin air, crashing with a squash onto the cement of the sidewalk below. Michael couldn’t stand to watch this risky effort nine more times! He dashed out of his office and ran down the stairs to the sidewalk where the first obedient duckling, near its mother was resting in a stupor after the near-fatal fall. Michel stood out of sight under the awning-planter, ready to help.

As the second baby took the plunge, Michel jumped forward and caught it with his bare hands before it hit the concrete. Safe and sound he set it down by its momma and the other stunned siblings, still recovering from that painful leap. The momma sensed that Michel was helping her babies.

One by one the babies continued to jump. Each time Michel hid under the awning just to reach out in the nick of time as the duckling made its free fall. At the scene the busy downtown sidewalk traffic came to standstill. Time after time, Michel was able to catch the remaining eight and set them by their approving mother.

At this point Michel realized that the duck family had made part of its strange journey. They had two full blocks to walk across traffic, crosswalks, curves and pedestrian passes to get to the closest open water, the River, site of the famed "River Walk". The on-looking office secretaries and several Edmonton police officers joined in. An empty copy-paper box was brought to collect the babies. Michel held the box low enough for the mom to see her brood. He than slowly walked through the downtown streets toward the River. The mother waddled behind and kept her babies in sight, all the way. As they reached the River, the mother took over and passed him, jumping and quacking loudly.

At the water’s edge, Michel tipped the box and helped the babies out in a shepherding way toward the waiting mother after this adventurous inaugurate ride.

This adventure of a duck and her siblings is for me a definite demonstration of the divine omniscience and omnipresence in each being and all living things.

—Dr Ingeborg Puchert