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Thursday, June 16, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Never Meeting Violence With Violence
We've been told the news of the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden. And we've seen many celebrating because of it. We know we will never forget 9/11; but is celebrating another act of violence the best response?
Might we have considered coming together as communities and villages, but instead of celebrating, possibly lighting candles as a symbol of our unity as humankind, and praying together for peace: Holding the same intention together? After all, this dimension is malleable to our intentions: Matter must obey consciousness.
My prayer is that we may find more and more ways to root out evil, (which is really the state of being misinformed at its core), and respond in ways to educate, and to promote acts of good will, in the face of any event, whether it be of the light, or of the darkness.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
On Creating Peace In Our Own Corner Of The World
It has been a very unnerving time as of late in this country, due to the proposed Koran-burning action scheduled to take place this Saturday evening, September 11th, 2010, by Florida pastor Terry Jones and his handful of followers. Can this man be so out of touch as to how peace is created and maintained? An action such as this will only incite violence. Our national psyche was forever altered after the events of September 11th, 2001: No doubt. However, we must never meet violence with violence, or advance behavior and actions that would invite it. A nonviolent future begins within each one of us. Love and hate cannot exist together. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ghandi knew this most certainly, as they were about creating a better world, and working for a nonviolent, peaceful future.
I'm grateful for those attempting to broker peace in our suffering world today: Bless you. May we all look within ourselves and bring our own efforts toward creating peace, so that those we encounter are transformed in our very presence, in our own corner of the world, to act in more humane and peaceful ways. May we fully understand how our own actions either create peace, or destroy it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Musings About Spiritual Truth
As I begin this new month's post, it is with pure wonder at the wisdom of the Sacred Universal Presence, and its ability to orchestrate, and bring to one's consciousness, the insights needed in this life, at precisely the right time.
Recently, I heard a quote that bears repeating, albeit a long one, by Emma Curtis Hopkins: "It is natural for our mind to love truth. 'What is truth?', asked Pilate of Jesus. Whether he spoke jestingly or scornfully or sincerely makes no difference, the fact remains that every man, woman and child would like to know what is really true. There is, even in the mind of the most devoted religionist, always a doubt as to the absolute truth of what he is talking about, when he tells that God was so angry with the world that His Only Son had to take the part of a scapegoat of the Jews, in order to pacify Him for the world He had made having turned out so badly. It seems strange to see educated, noble looking men, standing on high platforms and proclaiming such a childish-acting being as the Jehovah of Goodness. They doubt it in their secret hearts. But nobody doubts that the free fine Spirit that breathes intelligence through the rocks and through mankind is God. This is Truth."
I was so struck by this passage, and so affirmed in my understanding of the Bible as NOT the inerrant word of God, but more the inspired words of the various writers about this presence. Indeed how foolish to believe that this power would need to create a world for its own pleasure, only to turn on it and reject it, several times over, and finally resort to impregnating a woman to bear a male heir, only to have him slaughtered in order for all humankind to once again become acceptable! What a story! But, on balance, not to diminish the numerous pearls of wisdom found within this ancient text.
To dovetail onto what I shared last month, from the book, The Zen of Oz, by Joey Green, each character represents an aspect of God's character: Dorothy, (every one of us, on our own journey in life); the dear Scarecrow, (in truth searching for God's wisdom); the sensitive Tin Man, (seeking God's love); and the fearful Lion, (while pursuing courage, we discover he really is seeking to connect to, and align with, God's power). And these concepts and aspects are mentioned with passion and inspiration within the pages of the Hebrew and Christian Testaments.
So, given what I've shared thus far, what strikes you about the concepts laid out by Joey Green and Emma Curtis Hopkins? I believe them to be quite the insightful modern-day sages. I know as I journey in my human experience, sometimes confidently persevering down my own yellow brick road, and sometimes not, I have to periodically examine what I believe to be "the truth", and add and discard what I believe to work and no longer work: what truly best serves me, and what no longer can. And this I know for certain: there is one power, one presence, to which ALL can connect, as if one source via several wells, (spiritual paths). And we can partner with the Sacred's wisdom, love, and power, as we negotiate the twists, turns, and forks on our paths, reminding ourselves to always journey from our own unique identities, which is God-given, and bring this unique aspect of God, in partnership, to all that we pursue, attempt, and accomplish, to all with whom we establish a relationship, and in all that we dream for our futures.
With sincere reflection and reverence. . .
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Sunday, March 8, 2009
Hello everyone, and welcome! Having been interested in spirituality, and in writing, all my life, I find myself in awe at the chance to explore both, and to invite participation from other kindred souls of like mind in a venue such as this. It's bliss indeed! I hope to connect with those seeking, with the same earnestness, to evolve spiritually.
After reading, The Zen of Oz, by Joey Green, back in 1999, and Gary Zukav's, The Seat of the Soul, soon after, I embarked on a new path on my spiritual journey, and have expanded my understanding of the Sacred Universal Presence, to whom we have heard referred to as God. Having been raised in fundamentalist Christianity, I embarked on a college degree at NW Christian University in 1980. After graduation, falling in love, and moving to Portland, Oregon, I postponed my plan of attending seminary at Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. Maybe one day yet, I will pursue a more methodical and structured approach to this new found spirituality, but for now, I would be interested in hearing more from others in their quest and seeking, and finding: answers, questions, concepts, and spiritual tools and practices, that have been useful, or maybe in some cases, not so useful.
So, again, welcome, and I look forward to a truly enriching experience. Blessings and peace.
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