for ages 9-13
In this class we
Sometimes things aren't what
Sometimes it is hard to
understand exactly what people mean, and sometimes for the biggest questions
in life everyone has a different answer.
When people talk about God
and what we are doing here on earth, for example, you'll find that most
people don’t agree on very much at all.
If you have heard of the
word religion, you might know that there are many different beliefs about
who God is or whether he or she exists at all.
Atheists don’t believe in
God. They say that there is no scientific proof for God's existence. Other
people believe in a God that is like a really nice person who loves us all,
or that God is just another name for the universe and existence - it just
But do you know what? We
think every one is right. How can that be?
Have you ever thought about
all the names that water has? We know the liquid is called ‘water’, it is
wet and it is easy for us to see. Then there is ‘ice’ – it is frozen water
and it is so hard it can be like a rock. Then if you heat water up it
becomes a ‘vapour’ or ‘steam’ and is practically invisible.
Lets think about God like
water for a minute. Sometimes he (or she, or it) is invisible like a vapour but if you were to stop and
look really closely you would be able to see tiny water droplets in the
vapour. Other times, God is like a liquid, that you can swim in and other
times God is so real, it is like a block of ice right in front of you.
Sometimes you can’t actually
see the water, but it still exists. Everything on earth needs water for
life. Plants need it, animals need it.
We are all like that too, we
all need love for our lives too. To be simple, love is another name for God.
So some people say that they don’t believe in God, but they still
believe in love. So
they experience God that is very hard to see, like vapour.
Then there are others that
say they can see God like an energy,
swim in him, like a liquid. For them
God is just as real as drinking water.
Then there are still others
that believe that God is as real as a block of ice. If you ran into a block
of ice you would crash into it. For some people, God is like that, so real
you can’t miss her.
other names for God. I might call God - 'love', but someone else says no is he is
a person like you and me and his name is 'God', or 'Supreme', or 'Allah', or 'Rama' and others say that God is not a
male or a female, that God is more like a 'force' or 'energy'. Do you see
what i mean about all the different names for water? ...and all the different
ways people think of God?
Would you like to try a meditation
Please close your eyes and imagine a warm summer's day.
walking along a beautiful sandy beach, and in front of you is a
As you walk
into the water, you notice the temperature and feel of the water
like you have never felt it before. It is almost as if you are
feeling it for the first time. You feel its wetness, the way it
flows through your fingers and how it feels against your skin.
you are standing still and just feeling the water flowing around
waves are passing by and you are not affected.
Next try and
imagine that there is a force or an energy that joins us all
together and it is this water. Feel the water joining you in
peace and love with everyone and everything that is also
touching this water.
long, slow deep breaths and feel yourself joining with the water
and feeling more and more your connection with the entire ocean.
When you are ready, relax a little but keep your eyes closed. Just for a few
moments think about this connection we have with everything, and how it feels.
When you are ready take a couple of deep breaths and relax – your meditation is
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