Sunday, 19 September 2010

Advices and queries No 22:

"Respect the wide diversity among us in our lives and relationships. Refrain from making prejudiced judgements about the life journeys of others. Do you foster the spirit of mutual understanding and forgiveness which our discipleship asks of us? Remember that each one of us is unique, precious, a child of God."

Musings from today rethought in the light of this wisdom. Some things are best left to morphic field resonance, even when they are true.

Times when I need to rethink the food I eat - if my energy if flagging or I'm putting on weight or triggering the old fibromyalgia - I try to add the positive rather than slap on the negatives. So I think in terms of what's good for me - veggies, whole grains, pulses, seeds, nuts, fresh fruit, olive oil and whatnot - rather than listing a load of thou-shalt-nots (sugar, nightshades, refined and processed foods, bread, tea and yada-yada-yada). Focussing on what works has more mileage than focussing on what doesn't.

And in re-thinking the thoughts of today, what the still small voice says to me is someting like this:
Just do what you have to do; don't criticise those who do differently, don't focus on what you don't believe in or talk about the things it's wrong to do. Direct attention towards what's beautiful and good, and leave the rest to wither where it falls. People get lost following what they shouldn't do - so don't show them the way; shine your light on the path not on the wilderness. No contention, no argument, no criticism, no fight, no blame. Sssh.


MarilynAnn said...

Wise counsel indeed.

What are these Advices and queries you have been quoting?

Ember said...

Hi MarilynAnn! :0)
The Religious Society of Friends has a book 'Quaker Faith & Practice', which is exactly what it says on the tin & tells you everything you need to know if you are a Quaker. Within it is a short section called 'Advices and Queries', that's also produced separately as a little booklet of the size you could easily slip into a handbag or keep by your bedside. The Advices and Queries again are exactly what they sound to be - short paragraphs to either question ourselves regarding our daily practice or advise us on it.
It is a warm, kind, wise little book, a book to live by.
I've looked around online for a few minutes and have not managed to track down where you can get Advices and Queries by post - Amazon is out of stock but there must be an online Quaker bookshop. Your nearest Friends Meeting House would almost certainly have copies to give away.
Meanwhile you can find it online here:

MarilynAnn said...

Thanks, I will look out for it. I might even have it as I think I have some Quaker leaflets somewhere. There is a Friends Meeting House quite near to me.

Funny, how you can read a thing and not really take any notice, then suddenly it all seems to be just the right thing.

The extracts you have quoted have been very interesting.

MarilynAnn said...

I have just looked up the link and bookmarked it.

Many thanks for all your trouble.

Ember said...


The thanks are all mine! Fossicking around looking for Advices and Queries online caused me to discover that George Fox's autobiography is given in full on the main UK Quaker website, plus other wonderful texts.