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Subject: Re: OT: Thinking 'bout Things on a Thursday Morn Date: 8/11/2006 12:25 PM
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Charlie,

A friend and mentor of mine was doing research in Africa when she fell "under the weather". She wasn't really sick but nor did she feel well, no energy, tolerable aches and pains, that kind of thing. The nearest M.D. was a good days trip there and back so she sought out the local healer. After visiting with her for awhile he gave her this diagnosis "You are in conflict with your ancestors, resolve your conflict and you will feel better". It took her a while to realize the truth in what he said as an African American on a temporary stay she was struggling with what it meant to be in the land of her ancestors and what it meant to be a visitor to the motherland, was she being loyal to her heritage? She choose to work through this conflict not with a western psychological method but through spiritual guidance from the local healer. He helped her talk with(and I don't me to or at) her ancestors. This spiritual approach not only restored her physical and mental health but changed her perception of reality forever. She is now a Methodist minister who firmly believes in the reality of her ancestors being with her and guiding her; she see no conflict with this approach and her decades of theological study.

on a different note:
A man noticed that the famed story teller Aesop was playing with a group of children. He ridiculed and laughed at Aesop for wasting his time on such frivolous activity.

Aesop, with a gleem in his eye, plucked the bow of the man's shoulder, unstrung it and laid it at the mans feet. Aesop then asked "If you can, tell me what the unstrung bow emplies?" The man looked at the bow laying on the ground for some time and finally gave up, he didn't know what the unstrung bow implied. Aesop with a smile told him "If you leave a bow strung it eventually becomes weak and breaks but if you unstring it from time to time it will ready for use when you need it"

jack
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