Followers of “The Way”

I don't know about you, but I get pretty dismayed at all the things that are said and done by those who claim to be "Christian."  Bigotry, hatred, holier-than-thou attitudes to name a few.  This is not to discredit the many great things that have been done in the name of Jesus, yet, with so much baggage laid on from religions along with the behavior of many of their members, I'm sufficiently embarrassed to align myself with all of that.

The people who followed Jesus - the very first ones who knew Him personally and heard Him personally, were called Followers of The Way.  I would love to get back to that purity of faith.  As a result, I've created a study of the Bible entitled, "Followers of The Way"  You might like it!  How it came to be came from a vision.  It happened like this.

I was sitting in bed with a cup of hot coffee.  I was staring out the window at the big oak trees behind our house.  I could hear Phil's pond gurgling in the background.  {When I sit and stare like that with the pond sound, I call it . . . "pond"ering)  I was pondering.  Not sure there was anything particular I was pondering, just letting the flow of consciousness bring insights to me.  

All of a  sudden, I couldn't see the trees anymore.  I couldn't tast the coffee or hear the pond.  Instead I was standing in a huge teepee.

Well, that totally freaked me out and I was instantly aware of the trees, the coffee and the pond again.

What just happened?!  What was that?!

Resuming my pondering, I flashed on that "other" scene again.  Freaking myself out once more, I snapped back into present time.  "Well, If I want to know what this is, I guess I get to allow it to happen," I told myself.  So, I did.

Instantly, I was int he teepee again.  It was huge.  The flap was open and I could see people walking around outside - or maybe I just sensed them.  It was hard to determine what was what.  I saw a man standing near the opening.  He was an older man dressed in chief's regalia complete with eagle feathers.

He indicated his name was Eagle Grandfather.  He had smiling eyes, like he knew a secret.

He had an open Bible in his hands.  He spoke.  His voice was resonant, kind, and strong all at the same time.  He said, "When you read this with eyes of darkness, you see darkness."  He looked down at the Bible and his eyes became dark and the book became dark and very heavy.

He looked up at me and said, "When you read this with the eyes of Light, you see Light."  His eyes began to glow brightly and he looked down at the book again.  This time the words began to glow.  The words flowed over the page, and through the air, onto my arm and into my heart.  My heart began to glow.

Eagle Grandfather smiled at me with that twinkle in his eyes again.

Instantly, I was back in my bed, staring at the trees, hearing the pond gurgling and holding my coffee.   It seemed only like a few moments, but my once-hot coffee was stone-cold.

Now, I've always enjoyed studying the Bible.  Sounds crazy, I know.  I like to look up words like hope and then read every Bible passage that talks about hope and really know what the Bible says about that subject.  I don't consider myself an expert by any means.  Just a curious student.

I enjoy those old Bible stories and love that God lifts up failures and weaklings to do great things. 

This vision changed everything.  Well, not everything - buy how I looked at everything.  I began to look at the Bible with "Eyes of Light" in an attempt to look beyond the dogma religions offer and really see what is there.

I found a Divine Source (God, Higher Power, All that Is, etc.) full of Love and Compassion wanting to connect with us on a higher level than we've known before offering insights for day-to-day life and stunning new ways of looking at those old sacred stories.

The class, Followers of The Way, makes it possible for me to share these discoveries with you!  I've been told that this class blesses and fills the soul.  I hear from participants, "I knew that, I just didn't know I knew that!"  I also hear, "I get it.  I finally get it.  It makes sense now."

Okay, so Bible study in the past probably wasn't much fun.  This stuff I share is way fun!  We will also have a guided meditation with each class.

I hope you will join me ​each month at The Divine Fellowship, 513 Barth, Richland, Wa.  (Free, though don't be surprised if we pass the basket.)

Check the Calendar for the schedule.

If you are looking for an enriched faith, a more positive faith to guide you, or if you are taking a new look at faith,​ this might be the class for you.  Hope to see you there.

Love, Light, and Laughter,

Janice Lynch​