I Remember Now with Pastor Tim Tengblad
Eight years ago at one of our Aurapalooza’s, I was in the kitchen putting out more food for our guests and a very tall, nice looking gentlemen walked towards me with a gentle smile and extended his hand. He introduced himself, Tim Tengblad, a Lutheran Pastor. He said he had read one of my books and wanted to learn more about spirituality so that he could bring it to his congregation. I was speechless for a second while I gathered my wits about me. A Lutheran Pastor? Here at my teaching Center? He wants what? My head was spinning with questions. Is he serious? Is this a joke?
He didn’t look like he was joking. He looked quite authentic. I have no idea what I said back to him, I was so nervous. This was the second time in my life that a Lutheran pastor had approached me about spirituality and that relationship turned out to be wonderful so I told myself to relax. He asked if we could meet for coffee and I said of course, even though the thought of it scared the heck out of me. I walked around in a daze for the rest of the day. I knew something important was happening here and I couldn’t imagine what it could be.
About a week later we had our first coffee date and I was on pins and needles. I was raised to revere the clergy. They were honorable men who were close to God and we need to be respectful of their station in life. In a way, I felt like I was tripping over myself for fear of saying something wrong or being inappropriate in some way. There had to be some old beliefs inside because I’m not usually inappropriate with people. I definitely needed him to take the lead because I didn’t know how to start out the conversation with a Pastor. One by one, all these mis-conceptions were addressed and I started to think of him as a person rather than God’s first Sergeant . A psychic and a pastor having coffee seemed like a very odd twosome to me, but I soon found out it was exactly what both of us needed.
We began meeting every couple of weeks and slowly I brought up different topics. Reincarnation was a big one that Tim was interested in. He was also interested in healing, different levels of our souls and life after death. Before I knew it, we were chatting like two old, very old souls catching up with each other. We jumped from topic to topic, so excited to hear what each other believed. I met his spirit guides and started channeling information to him. We had so much fun sharing our thoughts and beliefs.
I think it was on our third coffee date that Jesus appeared to me and asked if I would give “Paul” a message for him. Turns out, he and Jesus went to school together and were very close friends. Tim’s name in that life was Paul and mine was Ruth. Jesus channeled such a wonderful message to him and it left both of us in awe of what we had learned about ourselves that day.
Tim and I have met several times over the last several years and it’s been incredibly healing and inspiring for both of us. He’s been a great source of information for me regarding Christianity and the Bible and I’ve been a source of information for him about spiritual matters. About two weeks ago in meditation, I heard that it’s time for Pastor Tim, who is now retired, to have a column in my website where he can share his thoughts on spirituality and religion and also answer questions that you have about them. My hope is to bring them live through a podcast someday.
There is a series of books that Tim and I both love written by author Gina Lake. Her books are channelings that she has with Jesus. They really resonate with my soul. We particularly love What Jesus Wants You to Know Today.
I’m going to start it out with the first question I asked him eight years ago. What makes you interested in spirituality coming from a strong religious background?
As I write this, students are anxious, tired, checked out, and ready for summer. School is almost over and they don’t want to learn anything more. Teachers are trying to keep their students engaged with assignments, papers, and tests to finish up. I send love and strength to these heroes in our communities! And as I write, this almost 71 year old student is right with them. I just got an assignment here at Earth School For The Soul that I don’t want. “The timing couldn’t be worse” my ego says. It’s summer. Summer is my time to be active…READ MORE
There is a rock. A good sized rock. It sits at the entrance of a housing development near our home. Fortunately it faces a very busy street. I say fortunately because someone painted the words “Be Kind” on it along with some flowers. Lots of people drive by it every day. Lots of busy people need those two words. As we drove away I said to my wife, Doree, “It’s really not anymore complicated than that.” She said, “That’s true.” Fortunately I live with this wonderful person who lives “Be Kind” as well as anyone I have ever known. She…READ MORE
John Grevin writes in his little book “Oneness”, “The One is the only reality and because you are – you are That – which lovingly allows for all things.” In other words, the One (God, Source, Universe, the Great Love) is that which allows all things to be. Love (the essence of the One) never forces itself onto anyone, but rather allows them to think, say, or do what they choose. As I look back on my life, the Great Love has offered me a whole lot of allowing. Every day I have been allowed to say or do things that weren’t…READ MORE
I’ve been leaning on my grandkids pretty hard lately as my spiritual teachers. The other day, out of the clear blue our two year old granddaughter (Olivia) said, “You come from love, and love is for everyone.” Yup. She said that. A first response might be, “Wow! That’s really something for a two year old!” But it‘s BECAUSE she’s two that she could say it. Her soul, still somewhat fresh from it’s Source, intuitively knows that great Truth. We are in Boston right now. Here for 2 1/2 weeks with our daughter (Sonja), son-in-law (Jonathan), and 5 year old grandson…READ MORE
Today is Good Friday. The day Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. For traditional, Orthodox Christianity, it came to be known as “Good” or “God’s Friday”, because Jesus took the sin of the world upon himself and rose victorious on “the Third Day.” What would a Good Friday look like on this April 7, 2023? It would look like waking up to a world that is growing into remembering that everything must die in order for the new to come. Yesterday was an historic day for Tennessee and the country. A vote was taken on whether or not to expel three Democratic…READ MORE
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 Tubwayhun lamrahmana delayhun nehwun rahme ”Blessed are those who from their inner womb, birth mercy; for they shall feel its warm arms embrace them. Aligned with the One are the compassionate; upon them shall be compassion. Tuned to the Source are those who shine from the deepest place in their bodies. Upon them shall be the rays of universal Love.” Neil Douglas-Klotz “Prayers of the Cosmos.” My reflections: The Aramaic speaks for itself with this one. Just sit with it for a while. Let it do its work on…READ MORE
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6 Tubwayhun layleyn d’kaphneed wart hey L’khenuta d’hinnon nisbhun The Aramaic translation Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for physical justice-righteousness. They shall be surrounded by what is needed to sustain their bodies. Aligned with the One are those who wait up at night, weakened and dried out inside by the unnatural state of the world, they shall receive satisfaction. Healed are those who persistently feel inside, “If only I could find new strength and a clear purpose on which to base my life,”…READ MORE
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9 Tubwayhun lahwvday shlama dawnaw(hie) d’alaha nihqarun The Aramaic translation: Blessed are those who plant peace each season, for they are in the flow of the One. Integrated are those who joyfully knit themselves together within. Aligned with the One are those who prepare the ground for all tranquil gatherings, they shall become fountains of Livingness. Dr. Neil Douglas Klotz, “Prayers Of The Cosmos.” Dr. Klotz writes that the roots of the Aramaic word lahwvday creates images of “planting, tilling the ground , laboring…READ MORE
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 Tubwayhun layleyn dadkeyn b’lebhon d’hinnon nehzun l’alaha. ”Blessed are the consistent in heart; they shall see Sacred Unity everywhere. Aligned with the One are those whose lives radiate from a core of love; they shall see God everywhere. Resisting corruption are those whose natural reaction is sympathy and friendship; they shall be illuminated by a flash of lightning; the Source of the soul’s movement.” “Blessings of the Cosmos”, Dr. Neil Douglas Klotz. Once again, the English translation of this beatitude does not serve us well. The word “pure” conjures up an impossible ideal…READ MORE
Blessed are the meek, they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 The word “meek” is an unfortunate translation of this Beatitude. We equate being meek as “being a pushover, having no spine, not standing up for yourself.” The milk toast my mother used to give me when I had stomach issues comes to mind. But being “gentle, “humble” “strong” and “healthy” are valued by most, and are found in the translation of the Aramaic beatitude Tubwaykhon l’makikhe d’hinon neptune arha “‘Blessed are the gentle. Aligned with the One are the humble, those submitted to God’s will. They shall be gifted with the productivity of…READ MORE