Monday, August 27, 2012

Let Your Light Shine like a Lighthouse

Big Bay Lighthouse from the East
During our summer vacation we spend one night at a historical lighthouse.  I enjoyed very much the beautiful evening and morning we spend at the Big Bay Lighthouse.

Original Fresnel Lens
The lighthouse has a grand view of Lake Superior and is located about 25 miles north of Marquette in Michigan.  The lighthouse was still in use until 1950’s and still shines its blinker every night into the vastness of the lake.  I went up the tight spiral staircase unto to the platform and enjoyed the gorgeous view.  Later I watched the tower from the ground shining its beacon and competing with the full moon.

Lighthouses in the 19th century and even until GPS navigation systems became popular had a very important role of safeguarding the coasts and bringing the ships home out of harm’s way.  At the lighthouse which is now a bed-and-breakfast inn we saw a replica of the  3rd Order Fresnel Lens.  It is a special lens which can project light in all different directions with a wide reaching beacon.

Small Sculptor on the grounds
For the keeper of the lighthouse and their families it was a lonely job, far away from any town or other neighbors.  It was not an easy life with many dark winter nights; and some people just couldn’t handle the loneliness or other struggles.  It is therefore not surprising that a gruesome murder was committed there which was recorded in a book and movie “Anatomy of a Murder.”


“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
~ Matthew 5:16


my husband sitting in the library of the Lighthouse Inn with a replica of the lens on the table
Many thoughts went through my mind while we were over-nighting in the lighthouse.  The lighthouse has been a symbol of the Christian faith, as the blinker represents also a warning sign or to flash a special message.  This is certainly a time where we need to pay attention to the many warnings of everyday events.  When tragedy strikes we have the choice to take it as a wake-up call that we as humans have to change our ways.  We can’t just go back to our old habits which have contributed to the mishap in the first place.  Truth proclaiming prophets have always been rejected and laughed at but in times of disaster we better connect with the higher authority of our creator.  That's why I like the symbolism of the lighthouse because we all can be a shining light unto our fellow men.  This is the time for the “good news – the breaking news.”  Men has been living without the guidance of God for too long that’s why the world is in the shape it is now. 


In the past America has been the shining light for the world.  Immigrants came from all around the globe to find a safe haven in this country.  America had a status of opportunity and infinite possibilities for all those who decided to work hard and serve their fellow men.  At this point I feel very hopeful for this country if we walk with the ideas of the founding fathers to draw God into our lives and consult him in all of our affairs.

For me the Divine Principle has been full of the breaking news.  It not only explains about the historical time we are living in through parallels of historical events but it also gives a clear blueprint of human relationships and how we can create a better world.


With that I want to be a shining light and Lighthouse for those who are in darkness and loneliness.  This is a time where we don’t just have to accept current circumstances but rather ask and question the infinite intelligence of God for our purpose and greater fulfillment. 



Monday, August 20, 2012

Health Benefits of Kale

When I was a child, kale was one of my least favorite foods.  Because it was always cooked a certain way, it didn’t appear to me very much.  I now discovered some new recipes and I love kale with all its powerful nutrition.

Kale or borecole is a form of cabbage (Brassica oleracea) from the Acephala group and is related to broccoli, brussels sprouts, and collard greens. It comes in form of deep green or purple leaves (the center never forms a head).

Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin C and K, lutein, zeaxanthin and is rich in calcium.  Its sulforaphane contents are released when chopped or juiced and are full of potent anti-cancer properties.  See full nutritional data at Nutrition and You.

Here are my two favorite recipes:

Crispy Kale Chips

1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried

2 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt, for sprinkling


Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly; dry kale in between paper towels. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.

Kale Soup


4 Tbs. Coconut oil

1 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped

1 pound of sweet potatoes (2 large), peeled and cubed

2 cups of chicken broth

1 large bunch of kale, washed, and chopped

3 cups water

1 pound of smoked turkey sausage, cut into bite size


In a large pot, heat the coconut oil and stir fry the onion and garlic until nice and brown.  Add chicken broth and water, sweet potatoes and kale and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.  Add the sausage pieces and cook for another 15 minutes. 

Makes 4-6 servings of delicious soup. 

Serve with bread and it makes a great meal.  If you can find all organic ingredients, you will know that it does the body even better.

As the days get cooler or if you just want a healthy snack, think of kale. When I went to Cosco the other day I picked up a bag of baby kale, containing already washed and small-sized leaves.  They are ready for the soup.  We really don’t have any excuse for living more healthy.

My favorite websites for recipes and information are:

Food Network, Whole Foods, and Health Diaries.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Why we Need a New Voice of America

On a beautiful summer day I felt inspired to visit the Voice of America Park in Butler County, Ohio.  Rather than going to the new main building of the recreation area, I went to a place I had never been before.  I discovered the foundations of the old radio towers of VOA Bethany Relay Station which had been torn down in 1997.  The radio station WLW was a major influence of broadcasting during the cold war and during WWII into Europe and beyond the Iron Curtain.  I remember that when we first moved to this part of Ohio that the towers (photo shows the remaing foundation of one of the towers) were still up; in fact the radio station continued to broadcast until 1995.

Today the old building houses the National Voice Of America Museum of Broadcasting  and Bethany Relay Station.  (White building in the back of the photo)

In a time where we have wireless transmission, television, the internet, and can talk ourselves to anyone at the other end of the world, one cannot be moved by the efforts of the bygone generations of radio amateurs and engineers who depended on radio and short wave transmission and build this historical place at a time when the world needed it most.

In light of what is going on in this country I feel that we need a new Voice of America.  Not government censored, not sided by one or the other political party; rather a strong voice which reminds us every day of our founding principles.  I believe that our government is getting too powerful.  I like to share in this blog a warning which was given by one of the broadcasters of WLW, Paul Harvey (1918-2009):

This speech was broadcasted by legendary ABC Radio commentator Paul Harvey on April 3, 1965:

If I were the Devil . . . I mean, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I would of course, want to engulf the whole earth in darkness. I would have a third of its real estate and four-fifths of its population, but I would not be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree, so I should set about however necessary to take over the United States. I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. In the ears of the young marrieds, I would whisper that work is debasing, that cocktail parties are good for you. I would caution them not to be extreme in religion, in patriotism, in moral conduct. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to say after me: “Our Father, which art in Washington” . . .

If I were the devil, I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting so that anything else would appear dull an uninteresting. I’d threaten T.V. with dirtier movies and vice versa. And then, if I were the devil, I’d get organized. I’d infiltrate unions and urge more loafing and less work, because idle hands usually work for me. I’d peddle narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. And I’d tranquilize the rest with pills. If I were the devil, I would encourage schools to refine young intellects but neglect to discipline emotions . . . let those run wild. I would designate an atheist to front for me before the highest courts in the land and I would get preachers to say “she’s right.” With flattery and promises of power, I could get the courts to rule what I construe as against God and in favor of pornography, and thus, I would evict God from the courthouse, and then from the school house, and then from the houses of Congress and then, in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and I would deify science because that way men would become smart enough to create super weapons but not wise enough to control them.

If I were Satan, I’d make the symbol of Easter an egg, and the symbol of Christmas, a bottle. If I were the devil, I would take from those who have and I would give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And then, my police state would force everybody back to work. Then, I could separate families, putting children in uniform, women in coal mines, and objectors in slave camps. In other words, if I were Satan, I’d just keep on doing what he’s doing.

Paul Harvey, Good Day.

This speech was broadcasted in 1965.  WLW continued to carry Harvey's commentaries through all the changes, although after extended absences, Harvey was dropped by WLW in April 2008.  He died one year later.

There was another voice which just recently was published.  Its content was too controversial when it was first written more than 70 years ago.  Napoleon Hill wrote his script to “Outwitting the Devil” in the 1930s.  I just recently finished reading the now published book and was amazed by his insights.  According to the Napoleon Hill Foundation, Mr. Hill’s wife was too much involved in certain social circles, and she requested the manuscript not to be published because of its “hot” content.  It is most appropriate today as it was then, where we need to face certain truth about our society.

America was founded on righteous ideas and principles.  If we ever want to realize them we need to know who our enemy is.

Just a few weeks ago another message was given, most appropriate to our time.  It is called “Freedom Society.” The lecture was presented by the son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, Mr. Kook Jin Moon.  Mr. Moon Jr. has a very deep insight into the teachings of his father and showed in his presentation the true nature of government and what role it has been playing throughout history.  Once we understand some very simple principles of who is who and what role they are playing it becomes clear to see where the dangers are coming from and how we can protect and empower ourselves.

This is the age where we all have to become responsible citizens, not play the blame game and put our heads in the sand, but rather remind ourselves of our responsibilities given to us by God.  God gave us free choice and the rights to pursue LIBERTY, FREEDOM, and JUSTICE FOR ALL.  With that freedom comes responsibility, which mature adults are more than willing to take.  We don’t need any government to take that responsibility from us.  That's why we love America and that’s what made this country great, and that’s why people from all over the world want to come to this country to pursue the American Dream.

Do we need a New Voice of America? – you bet.  It can come from each individual citizen, taking responsibility for his own life, taking ownership and determining his own destiny.

In this day and age of the internet everybody has a voice.  With our freedom of choice we can direct our voice all over the world to wake people up from their “hypnotic rhythm” of indifference.  This is the time where we can be empowered by knowledge and truth which can only come from God himself.  We all have a direct line to Infinite Intelligence; it’s free of any charge.  

Monday, August 6, 2012

What is the Purpose of Time?

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die;

A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;

A time to tear down, and a time to build up.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search, and a time to give up as lost;

A time to keep, and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together;

A time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;

A time for war, and a time for peace.”

I chose the words from the Bible to start my blog for today.  In today’s world we cannot imagine to live without clocks, calendars, time zones, daylight savings time, time management, etc.  Some say time is another dimension others suggest that we can time travel.  We know that we live in a world of three dimensions.  As scientists have recently proven and religious people have known for ages we are not just living in this physical world but rather there is a spiritual world, unseen world all around us.  We cannot perceive it with our physical senses; that’s why it has been hidden, or at least for some of us who don’t believe in a sixth sense or intuition. 

In literature we talk about time in two ways, chronos and kairos.  One deals with the chronology of time, a continuation which moves forward and is quantitative while kairos means holy or God-given time, which has a more qualitative nature.  As we read in Ecclesiastes God’s time table has a deeper meaning and can signal a time of crisis and meaning.  

Here is another view from another blog I found:

In a world without time I will count experiences not minutes.
In a world without time a clock is a tool to coordinate with others.
In a world without time the moments with the Rompot will be enough.
In a world without time actions will take as long as they need to.
In a world without time I will never feel rushed or bored.
In a world without time a clock won't control me.

I like to introduce here another insight which I learned at a recent Original Substance of the Divine Principle seminar.  Our local presenter Wayne shared an interesting point on the purpose of time which inspired me to write this article. 

He was teaching on the meaning of growth and the time it takes for all creation to develop. All creatures and plants have to grow through the three ordered stages of formation, growth, and completion stage.  When created beings are in the growing period, God has regard only for the fruits of their growth which is based on the Principle (man needs to fulfill his portion of responsibility).  We call this growing period the realm of God's indirect dominion or the realm of dominion based on the accomplishments through the Principle. 
All things reach perfection after passing through the growing period by virtue of the autonomy and governance given by God's Principle.
Human beings, however, pass through the growing period and reach perfection by fulfilling their own portion of responsibility, in addition to the guidance provided by the Principle. Man’s physical body grows automatically, given that it has food, water, sunlight and life elements.  Since man is the only created being who lives in both worlds: the physical and the spiritual world, God gave man freedom and responsibility to grow by his own efforts toward maturity.  That time period here on earth gives us our true value as human beings where by our own choices we can take as long as it takes to reach oneness with God. This value gives us divine, unique and cosmic value. Therefore, man is an eternal being, and becomes a co-creator. It takes time for man to reach his true value. 5.2.1 The Three Ordered Stages of the Growing Period

To me that was a real eye-opener in regards to the purpose of time.  For our physical life we need measured time as a tool, but for our spiritual life which will continue on for eternity once we transition after death, it is more important to measure events, experiences, adventure, true joy and purpose.  It is our experience in relationship with others, especially in the family that helps us grow, and mature our hearts to integrate all kinds of people and personalities. In the family we learn all different stages of relationships (child, brother & sister, husband & wife and parents) in order to create long term intimacy, security and connection.

Here are few other options on the purpose of time

“More powerful than all the armies of the world, is an idea whose time has come.”

“Time makes us uniquely human.”

“Time is a factor which will bring perfection.”

~ page 229 – Outwitting the Devil  by Napoleon Hill

"From the Buddhist perspective, time is the experience of being present right now, in this very moment. We in the West, however, like to measure things. In this way, clock time gives us a sense of coherence and stability. But in terms of our inner lives, no time exists except for what is happening in the present moment."

“I’m trying to understand how time works. And that’s a huge question that has lots of different aspects to it. A lot of them go back to Einstein and space-time and how we measure time using clocks. But the particular aspect of time that I’m interested in is the arrow of time: the fact that the past is different from the future. We remember the past but we don’t remember the future. There are irreversible processes. There are things that happen, like you turn an egg into an omelet, but you can’t turn an omelet into an egg.”

 “Time drives every second of our lives in ways we can scarcely imagine. But what is time? This is the quest to understand time and our place within it. It’s a journey that starts with cutting-edge discoveries into what makes us tick and ends with the mind-boggling implications of cosmological time. It’s a journey that reveals something extraordinary: The more we understand time, the more we find that it is time that makes us uniquely human.”

Jesus also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time (the kairos)?”
~ Luke 12:54, 56

We can conclude that time is necessary to create value, for man to mature and become wise and most of all to learn to love.  As Sean Caroll suggested, time only goes forward.  We cannot change yesterday we can on learn the lessons and create a better tomorrow.  Why do we value time?  Is time money?  Yes – in this physical world we get compensated for our work and sell our talents and time for a paycheck.  On the level of experiences time is priceless.

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. 
You can’t own it, but you can use it. 
You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. 
Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

To learn more about the Unification Church teachings, please visit: 3 kind of human value Becoming a Divine Spirit The 2 realms: Growing and Perfection The Physical and Spiritual Self (Nourishment)