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 On Nation, Under God
 Reverend Bernadette Voorhees
June 28, 2020
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Dear ones,

Well, here we are looking at the beginning of July. With the current new outbreaks & with renovations ongoing at our church home, we have decided to postpone reopening at least until August. We will revisit the idea as the construction moves along and keep you informed.

Looking at today’s lesson and the recent protests and the statues being torn down, as your Minister, I’d like to weigh in spiritually on the topic. One of the most popular, sacred songs is Amazing Grace by former slave & former slave  trader, John Newton. Imperfect people often do amazing things in their lives. I look at myself as a late comer to this wonderful country. After spending 6 months in a root cellar with her sister, my grandmother was  married to a man she didn’t know and sent off alone to the United States. Her mother felt it was better to face the unknown in a new country than the known of what could happen to her if she stayed in Slovakia. She walked to Bremerhaven and then went by boat to Ellis Island. After weeks at Ellis Island, she hitch-hiked alone, to Pennsylvania to meet her soon to be husband who had taken a job working in the coal mines. I could go on with her story but I won’t. The point is, this is a wonderful country and our family has what it has because we have worked very hard to show our thanks for the privilege of being allowed to live here.

Looking at an overview of the Bible, one of the main messages is that God often uses imperfect people to accomplish great good. If God waited for a ‘perfect’ person to come along, nothing would ever get done. So, God uses the good, the not so good, and yes, even the bad & very bad to accomplish great things.

We  are individualized expressions of God. Step by step our spiritual evolution is leading us to greater degrees of freedom and that includes acceptance of our individual differences. Acceptance is more than tolerance. Tolerance can lead to increased separation and judgment. Acceptance is giving others unconditional permission to be as different as God created them to be.

One of the blessings about writing out my lessons for you is that I can go on as long as I want and actually complete the thoughts I present rather than watching the clock and cutting off when I run out of time. I am interested in what you think about today’s lesson and the fact that George Washington refused to be deified. He refused to be buried in the grave prepared for him in the Capitol Building. It remains empty.

Our co-founders Charles and Myrtle Fillmore felt the same. We don’t know their burial site because they didn’t want people ‘worshipping’ at their graves. The important thing to Washington and the Fillmore’s is that we ’the people’ pick up and carry the ideal of freedom go forward. But we can’t do that if we destroy the past and refuse to learn it and learn from it.

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” Unity people don’t like to use the word ‘wretch’ and often substitute in the word ’soul.’ But, the truth is according to Newton himself, he was a ’sinful wretch’ who, with God, turned his life around for the betterment of all.

Every time I hear our national anthem, sing America the Beautiful, say the Pledge of Allegiance, see our flag flying in the breeze and especially when I hear the mournful tune of Taps played for the fallen, I say “God Bless America”! I have traveled to many other countries and there is no place like this anywhere.  People everywhere envy our freedom, our passion for freedom and the opportunities that come along with that kind of freedom. You can do nothing and refuse to learn and grow or you can open yourself up to doing anything and know with God in this land everything is possible.

There is always a choice for each person and generation to make. We could complain about the injustices of Ellis Island and the terrors grandma faced as she made her way on foot, etc. but after all, we asked America to let us in. We asked to be a part of the Great Experiment and thank God we were invited in to become a part of the melting pot that is ‘One Nation Under God.’ So, today I want to say “Thank you America for taking the Krajnak and Refosco’s into this land of opportunity. We will do our best to confirm that choosing us was a good decision. I like the idea that we must consciously keep choosing each other in order to make the most of the opportunities this great land offers.

I invite you to think about your family, your history and your power of choice as we move through this week of celebrating America’s birth into a greater ideal of freedom. Have you fully claimed your divine birthright as a child of God. Are you exercising your freedom to be all that God has created you to be? Regardless of what you have been or what you have done in the past, God is always inviting you to come up higher. God is always looking for people to be way showers. People who live courageously and freely and who through their example are light bearers other can emulate. If you have done things in the past that you regret, know that this land is a land of redemption just as it is a land of potential freedom and justice for all.

Today, I dedicate this talk to our ancestors whose choices united with our own have made our ministry possible. It has taken many choices and many steps to bring us together for what I believe is a higher purpose.  Let us thank all who have gone before us, by continuing to say ‘Yes’ to doing God’s good. Everyday, do something great for God, something that contributes to ‘Peace on Earth, Goodwill Among Men.’

As I think of grandma and her sister hiding for 6 months from soldiers in that root cellar in Slovakia and all that came after, I can’t help but sing in their memory, “Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found was blind, but now I see.”

Next Sunday’s lesson, I’m going to talk more about Freedom, specially of speech and how we can create a better world with words.

To all of you, I miss seeing you in person but it will happen. Until then, pray with me for our world, our country, our leaders, our church, our friends, our family, our pets,
God bless America and know, God blesses you and so do I!

In Love and Light forever, Bernadette

 

Meditation

 

 

Close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths & feel a sense of relaxation come over you as you swing in mind away from the without & all its seeming problems to the within where your mind is once again bathed in the purified light of God. Turn to God seeking inner illumination & the inner light that will change your mind, body & life. You are endowed with the freedom to live a joyous, healthy & fulfilling life.  God’s presence is at work within you & within all for whom you pray. God is individualized in you as the Christ. The indwelling Christ is your freedom & ability to fill your life with light, love, power & joy. In Christ you experience such a deep inner peace that outer concerns no longer disturb you. The love of Christ flows through your mind & heart, strengthening, soothing & calming you.  Your thoughts are of God & the abiding love within you. Enfolded in Christ love, your heart is serene. Affirm: The Christ love within blesses me with serenity & peace.” Accept this now in the silence of prayer.

Attuned to the Christ presence & awakened to the indwelling light of God, an unfailing beacon shines forth from within you to brighten your life & illumine your path. You have a clarity of mind beyond anything you have experienced before. Purified God thought is coming through you. You speak lovingly & act wisely. You walk in the way of wisdom & are inspired to live more fully. Direct and reflect the indwelling light of Christ through you and out into all areas of your life now.
Affirm: The Christ light flowing from within me directs me to my good. I am loving & wise. Accept this in a moment of silent prayer.

The life of God is the healing power that fills & energizes every cell of your body temple. Feel renewed power surging to any area that needs more power. God is the healer & God is within you. As you speak words of truth, God’s healing power flows through you. Strength, vitality, health & energy are yours to claim by using the power of the spoken word. Do this now.
Affirm:  The Christ life within strengthens me. I am vitally alive. Rest in the healing power of prayer.

Nothing can limit you as you open your heart & mind to God. The creative power of the Christ fills your thoughts with enriching ideas & wonderful ways to use them. God’s indwelling power leads you to greater and greater demonstrations of abundant good.
Affirm: The Christ power within enriches my life.  I am prosperous & successful. This is the truth. Feel it. See it. Become it.

The Christ is now doing its perfect work in & through you & all with whom you pray. Close your prayer time by speaking Unity’s Prayer for Protection and know you have opened the doorway for God to be God in your life.
“The light of God surrounds me; the love of God enfolds me; the power of God protects me; the presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.  Amen
One nation Under God –June 28, 2020
Faith in God and prayer is the foundation of our nation. In 1620, prayer safely guided the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to their New World. In 1623, prayer saved them from starvation. In 1777, George Washington said that prayers said at Valley Forge saved the Continental Army and our Independence. Our founding fathers reported that it was prayer that saved the Constitutional Convention being held in Philadelphia and gave birth to our way of life.

There are many stories about George Washington and how he found guidance and strength in prayer. A farmer told his wife he had come upon George Washington at Valley Forge, on his knees, his cheeks wet with tears as he prayed for his troops. The farmer stood there in the woods, listening to Washington pray and went home and told his wife, “George Washington will succeed!” When his wife said, “What makes you think so, Isaac?” The farmer replied, “Because I heard him pray and talk to God. I know he holds that connection with God so highly inside of his heart that we will surely succeed!”

Hopefully, every day, our leaders and all of us will go to God in prayer and ask for the strength and guidance to turn our egos and little wills over to a Higher Will so that we can all work together and be that “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty & justice for all.”
Our country continuously tries to help guide others to freedom, but this isn’t easy. Our founder’s had extreme faith in God and trust in God in each other. They gave us a unique form of government and lifestyle to cherish and protect.

Did you know that prior to the Revolutionary War, the founders of the U.S. like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and scientists like Benjamin Franklin would meet once a month during the full moon to discuss new scientific ideas, life on other planets and how they could create a country, a ‘United States’ that was different from all other countries in the world? They called themselves the ‘Lunar Society.’ On July 4, 1776, in the midst of the American Revolution, when the American Colonies formally severed their ties to England, the men behind this movement risked, according the Declaration of Independence, “Their lives, their fortunes & their Sacred Honor” to further that ideal society.

They wanted to create more than a new nation. They wanted to create a new world, unlike the monarchies of Europe and Asia. They envisioned a new form of government based on the ancient philosophies of Greece and Rome. They gathered together to read the ancient Greek classics and to identify ancient principles upon which they founded the United States. Having a group of people coming together like this at one point in time, all geniuses in their own right and at all levels and backgrounds, to come up with a totally new ‘Experiment for humanity’ was extraordinary. The Romans called this kind of gathering and planning, ‘Fortuna’, which means, “When the Gods conspire on your behalf.” After the war on July 16, 1790, plans were announced for a National Capital to be built on the banks of the Potomac River. named after George Washington, designed to resemble Greco-Roman architecture.

What was the reason for the Founding Father’s obsession with the ancient world? Well, in the 4th and 5th centuries before Jesus Christ, there was a very active debate going on about the existence of extraterrestrial life. A group called the ‘Atomists’ (Democritus, Lucretius, Epicurus) all believed in the plurality of worlds and extraterrestrial life. For the Founding Fathers, the idea of the ‘plurality of worlds’ was well known as one of the cornerstones of ancient philosophy.
One that found great popularity in what was known in the 18th century as the ‘Age of Enlightenment,’ was a social movement that said, “We should look at the universe in a rational way.” At that time, about half of all literary people, political theorists, scientists, philosophers and artists talked about the plurality of worlds in their writings. It was a very widespread idea in 18th century thought. One of the greatest proponents of this thinking was Ben Franklin. Franklin has been called, ‘the first American.’ He was a scientist, printer, inventor, politician, statesmen, profound thinker and intellectual. For Franklin, belief in the plurality of worlds was just part of a scientific view of the world. In a 1739 edition of his publication, “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” he wrote, “It is the opinion of scientists that other planets are habitable and that there are other beings out there.” In 1728, he wrote, “I believe man is not the most perfect being and that there are many beings superior to him.”

But the ancient Greeks and Romans weren’t the only ones to influence our Founding Fathers. The Native Americans they encountered shared the belief that life exists throughout the universe. Many native American tribes believed that they were the decedents of extra-terrestrials. Ben Franklin was deeply interested in the Star Legends of Native Americans and deeply connected with the Legends of the Iroquois Confederacy. He wrote a series of pamphlets called “The Indian Treaties”, published 1730 – 1760, in which he recorded explanations of Native cultures. His most popular and bestselling pamphlet printed in September 1736, chronicled the “Iroquois Creation Story of the Sky Woman.” This creation story says that in the beginning before earth really became what it is today, there were ‘beings’ similar to us living in the sky. One day the young woman, who became ‘Sky Woman’ became pregnant and came to the world below and so the human race begins.

Our Founding Father’s not only believed in life beyond earth, they reported several personal experiences including a firsthand account, written by one of George Washington’s closest Aids. He reported an encounter Washington had on a freezing winter night in 1777 at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. This is what he reported happened.

The British had taken Philadelphia and Washington decided to headquarter his 12,000 troops outside Philadelphia. This was the darkest time in the Revolution. People thought that the United States was not going to win. Washington was trying to figure out what to do and trying to keep the army together. There are stories about bloody footprints in the snow because his soldiers had no shoes and conditions so severe that Washington actually wrote these words in his Journal, “Unless some great and capital change suddenly takes place, this army must inevitably starve, dissolve, or disperse.”

Ultimately, Washington’s resolve to stay camped at Valley Forge forced the British to retreat and proved to be a turning point in the war. What sustained Washington in those dark hours?

Many believe it was a vision he said that he had received in a moment of intense prayer. In absolute and desperate misery, George Washington went off alone into the woods to pray. While on his knees praying, he said that he had a vision of a creature garbed in white who laid out for him the victory the Continental Army would have over the British. This otherworldly creature told him about the eventual history of the new United States of America. In the vision, he was also shown a map of the future and as raindrops fell onto this map, cities popped up throughout the entire country, revealing a model of how the United States would look 100-200 years in the future.

We know about this event because an Aid to George Washington lived to be over 100 years old and he told the story of our First President having an angelic encounter, ‘The National Tribune Newspaper’ in December 1880. Did this really happen or is it just a story George Washington made up and wrote in his Journal to bolster his army’s morale? Remember this is the man who reportedly, ‘never told a lie.” Washington’s experience at Valley Forge and other such stories are recorded in his diaries by his own hand.  In his diaries are many examples of miraculous visions and his seeing various apparitions. Such visions and encounters with otherworldly apparitions have been experienced and reported by many people during dramatic, defining times of war and bloodshed in earth’s experience.  One famous example is Joan of Arc.

On April 5th, 1800, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Astronomer, William Dunbar reported to Thomas Jefferson that he had witnessed a bright glowing light the size of a large house hovering 200 yards above ground. It radiated a tremendous amount of heat and crashed to the ground destroying the entire area. This was also reported in a newspaper article dated, June 30, 1880.

Thomas Jefferson took this report and others like it very seriously. As Vice President of the United States, he presented this report as a scientific discovery to the American Philosophical Society. The Philosophical Society was a group founded by Ben Franklin in Philadelphia composed of the brightest and best thinkers in the United States, pulled together into one group that could write research, philosophical papers and conduct examinations of all kinds of phenomena from a scientific point of view.

Jefferson and Franklin were scientists and astronomers who believed in the plurality of worlds and who studied weather patterns. Jefferson personally investigated the possible UFO crash and remains to this day the highest government official ever to make such a report to the United States Government in American History!

There is more to the founding of our great nation than meets the eye. In Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1752, we find that 20 yr. old George Washington was initiated into a secret society called the Free Masons. Among fellow members are Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock and Paul Revere. There are a lot of theories about the origin of the Free Masons and the role if any they played in the founding of the United States. Something we do know is that with the Age of the Renaissance, they began studying ancient civilizations to see if there was any lost or purposely destroyed knowledge in those civilizations. According to experts, the Free Masons believed in the idea of acquiring knowledge through scientific as well as through spiritual means through prayer and meditation. This included investigating the possibility of the idea of the plurality of worlds & extraterrestrial life.

Free Masonry is the vehicle that brought these ideas and principles to the New World. The Declaration of Independence had 56 signers, of these, 9 were definitely Free Masons. Of the 39 signers of the Constitution, 13 or 1/3 of them were known Free Masons. Their values are woven into America’s most important documents and their symbols can be found on our nations’ monuments, architecture, and scattered on money, shrines and buildings all over this country. Their most basic and universal symbol is the ‘Square & Compass & letter G.’

Here is a simplistic view of what these symbols represent.

1. The Compass is the main tool of the individual. You are the point of the compass and a primary idea in Free Masonry is that the individual is sovereign. You draw a circle using the compass around you. If you go beyond the perimeter of the circle, that is when you start going toward ‘knowledge and light.’

2. The Square is considered the symbol of wisdom.

3. The letter ‘G’ represents the ‘Grand architect of the universe.

Free Masons were interested in the history of Ancient Egypt and inspired by the idea of ancient wisdom. Many of the symbols found in Washington D.C. are found in Ancient Egypt such as: The Sphinx, the Obelisk, the Pyramid, & the all-Seeing Eye.  Pull out a dollar bill and examine it and you will find that on one side is a picture of the Great Pyramid of Egypt with the All-Seeing Eye at its apex. The Great Seal of the United States is the powerful symbol of the Eye of God watching over us. The perception of the Free Masons is that certain ancient civilizations were divine in nature. The founding Fathers were attempting to recreate all that was good in past great civilizations, here as the United States of America.

Free Masons believe:

1. A ‘source of light’ is needed to help humans to become enlightened. We can’t do this from the human mind alone.

2. This ‘American experiment’ just didn’t ‘spontaneously happen’. It was directed by divinity to help humanity make a major evolutionary leap.

3. An alignment of the stars, which they called ‘Providence’ is up there watching and interacting with humanity.  Something ‘out there’ is always keeping an ‘eye’ on us.

Why did this group who set out to establish a nation based on the principles of reason and logic, attach such importance to ‘Pre-Christian symbols & ancient mysticism?’ Who or what did they believe was watching?

The answer to these questions may be hidden in an 1866 Lithograph of George Washington hanging in the Library of Congress as a Free Mason. In the picture, over George’s right shoulder is an unusual scene of Jacob’s Ladder ascending into Heaven and into what seems to be a spaceship hovering in the sky. In the Biblical story of Jacob, recorded in Genesis 28, Jacob witnesses angels descending and ascending a ladder from Heaven. Likewise, in the painting of Washington, the angels are also seen coming and going on a ladder, but they are ascending and descending a ladder which appears to be inserted into a dark oval shaped object (a flying saucer or space ship?) which is also emitting multicolored lights. In fact, Jacob’s Ladder is a very common symbol in Free Masonry. The question is: “Is this picture and its symbology trying to tell us about something about the origin of humanity?”

In Alexandria, Virginia in 1791, in a full Masonic Ceremony on the edge of the Potomac River, and in full Masonic garb, George Washington laid the first cornerstone of our new country’s new capital. The cornerstone marked the southern, most boundary of what became the District of Columbia. In that ceremony Washington poured wine on the cornerstone to symbolize happiness, oil to symbolize peace & placed kernels of corn to symbolize prosperity for all. George Washington was surrounded by other Masons who chanted a response to each of his actions. Historians, scholars, theologians, and mystics all agree that our nation’s capital is steeped in secret & ancient symbology. The tallest building in Washington D.C. is the iconic and beautiful Washington Monument. Work on it began in 1848, nearly 50 years after Washington’s death. Free Masons built the Egyptian style monument so that the constellation Pleiades is visible directly over the giant Obelisk. The Pleiades is a group of seven bright stars that the Egyptians used as a way to figure out all sorts of judgments that needed to be made in daily life.  In the ancient world, in places of great power and influence they built monuments in alignment with the Pleiades.  Is the fact that the Washington Monument is built in alignment with the Pleiades just a coincidence?

The Washington Monument is currently the largest Obelisk in the world! It is 555 feet high. It draws the eye to itself and it draws the eyes up into the sky. What did the Founding Father’s want us to see?

Historically, the idea behind the building of an ‘obelisk’ is that it is frozen sunlight. The ancient Egyptians believed that the energy of the Sun God Ra literally came down through it. An obelisk was believed to act like an antenna.

The Washington Monument is very near the center of Washington D.C. It was built there with the specific idea that it would draw in the energy from the stars and entire universe and radiate that energy from itself outward into all of the sacred precincts of the city. Once the Obelisk was completed, they built a ‘reflecting pool’ to reflect the image of the Obelisk. The symbology in part is: The Washington Monument points to the Heavens and with the addition of the reflecting pool it also points below to Earth. It is a physical manifestation of the spiritual law: ‘As above so below.’ In other words, there is a direct correlation between what happens up there in Heaven & what happens down here on Earth. The Law of Mind Action or Creation is: “Thoughts held in mind (Heaven) produce after their kind (in the Earth of our bodies and daily experiences.)

The entire city of Washington D.C. is laid out in perfectly straight lines, radiating from different little hubs around the city that converge on places like the Capital Building and the White House. It is a ‘revelation’ of clarity that highlights the cornerstone of our American Republic. Washington D.C. was conceived from the beginning as a sacred space into which the Founding Fathers thought they could pour all of their enlightenment teachings.

Pierre Charles LanFont, another Free Mason was personally chosen by President Washington to create a city within a ten by ten square mile diamond matrix. He began by aligning the corners of the square with the Four Cardinal Directions, North, South, East and West. Washington D.C. was designed using specific geometric shapes, circles, diamonds, triangles, and rectangles to emphasize that this new form of government was not going to rely just on religion. It was also relying on reason and scientific discovery. There is no other capital city or place in the world that was designed like this and it is unlikely that there ever will be any city or area constructed with such care and spiritual planning. The United States and Washington D.C. are utterly unique in their origin and construction and intended to bring about unique results.

Here is a little more of the divine intention behind the design. It is so important to know these facts, so we know what we are celebrating and protecting. It is amazing to me that these facts are not taught in our schools and colleges!

The main triangle at the heart of the city is the key. It connects the Capital Building to the White House and simultaneously to the Washington Monument. Historians believe that the triangle found in the middle of the city represents the Masonic Symbol of the Square and Compass, symbolizing the Masonic (and mankind’s) search for enlightenment from above. Jefferson’s’ influence on building Washington, D.C. lies in the use of the shape of the pentagram, which mirrors the heavens. Jefferson believed that the universe was inhabited. He wanted Washington D.C. to not just be the Capital of our Nation. He wanted it to be the eventual Capital of the Universe.

Washington and Jefferson were highly skilled surveyors and expert mapmakers. They were both very ‘hands on’ in the layout and design of the new Capital. Jefferson was an architect who designed and built his own home called, Monticello. He laid out Washington D.C. with the expectation that if there were observers in space looking down at us, they would see the star and know that we respected life beyond our own planet.

In Washington, D.C., in 1791, at a place called Jenkins Hill, Pierre LanFont declared the location ‘a pedestal waiting for a monument.’ For the next 2 years, he worked closely with Jefferson and Washington to design the building that would sit on top of this hill and house the United States Congress. On Sept. 18th, 1793, the day of the Autumn Equinox, Washington ceremoniously laid the cornerstone for the Capital Building. Using the same Masonic ceremony that he used when he laid the first cornerstone of our new capital in Alexandria, Virginia in 1791, and in full Masonic garb, Washington christened Jenkins Hill, Capitol Hill and it became the heart of our New Republic. The concept of the ancient and sacred hill was deeply in the minds of the Founding Fathers who clearly understood the sacred Temple Mount concept used in Jerusalem and other sacred sites in antiquity.

In 1866, when the Capital Dome was completed, a figure called the ‘Freedom Statue’ was place at its top. It is a 19½-foot statue of a Goddess who is actually morphing into an eagle. In ancient times, the gods were often pictured as Eagle Headed and here it looks like ‘Freedom’ is being depicted as a ‘star being.’

Do you know that Inside the dome, directly in line with the “Freedom Statue’ is an empty tomb designed to hold the remains of George Washington?

One floor above it is the crypt, then one floor above that is the Capital Rotunda and soaring 180 feet above that on the ceiling is a painting of George Washington, looking very much like an ancient God. If you go to the Capitol Rotunda and lookup you see what is called the “Apotheosis of George Washington.” It is an enormous painting completed by Constintino Brumidi in 1865. Brumidi was born and trained in Rome. He had painted in the Vatican and in Roman palaces before emigrating to the U.S. in 1852. The word ‘Apotheosis’ is a Greek word that means to ‘deify’ – to raise from a ‘man to a God-man ’ In the picture Washington is depicted in a setting much like you would see a God depicted. He sits in a setting of clouds, surrounded by angels & with a big rainbow that runs right underneath his feet.

This is in the Rotunda right now. This is painted on the dome of the U.S. Capital. Why?

Well, because historically ‘domes’ are literally considered to be a vortex of energy and places where Heaven and Earth meet. They are considered to be portals or gateways to the stars.

There is one final image of George Washington that specifically pictures him as a divine figure that I want to tell you about. Congress authorized an incredible statue by Horatio Greenough in 1840, in which Washington is depicted as Zeus or Jupiter.

The statue has two key features that identify him as a man of peace and a conductor of both Heaven and Earth.

1. His sword is held out and offered to the viewer of the statue indicating that he is here in peace.

2. On the sides of the statue there is a representation of the God Apollo riding his sun or star chariot. The idea is that Washington is a cosmic being riding through the heavens on his own chariot.

In less than 250 years, we have gone from Benjamin Franklins’ experiments with electricity to actual space travel. There have been vast changes in American Society but what hasn’t changed is our desire to know if there is life beyond our planet.

Today we are exploring outer space scientifically and inner space spiritually in ways that our Founders could only imagine. Or did George Washington actually receive some special message or knowledge at Valley Forge that he used in the founding and formation of the United States? And if so, did he pass this knowledge on to Thomas Jefferson and the others who would become ‘President’ after him?

After researching for this lesson, I find that I have even more questions than when I started. I also have awakened more love for this wonderful country and the people who have come before us. We have been endowed with a great legacy of seeking and expressing freedom as ‘one nation under God.’ It is a great gift and it is also a fragile gift that can easily be broken and lost.

What I found and connected with as I researched for this lesson is the realization that the United States of America is indeed a very special place. It is much more than Washington, Jefferson or any of the people involved with its founding or history. It is the embodiment of the God given idea of freedom and self-governance; an idea of freedom of equality that has been held by humanity worldwide since the dawn of time. The United States of America is a rare jewel in the universe that can’t be replicated.

At the end of this lesson, I have a much better understanding of why so many dedicated people in our nations short history not only pledged their Sacred Honor to protect this ‘ideal’ made manifest but who also very often ended up giving their lives, or the lives of their family members as well as their fortunes trying to protect and nourish its continuing existence. I can also see why so many people and countries would like to see it destroyed.