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Salvation . . .

You: What does it mean to be saved?

Me: That depends upon your religious affiliation, but as a rule the Christian church teaches that Jesus Christ willingly gave up his life as a sacrifice for your sins, and by your acknowledgement of that sacrifice you have been freed from the curse of sin and death. It teaches that Heaven is reserved for those who die in the faith . . . Hell is reserved for those who don’t.

Christian doctrine accepts a convert as they are and promises them a new life where they will be forgiven of past sins and become a new person as they live under the living word of God and His bible. In time the simplicity of that message created the largest and most powerful religion known to man. People flocked to the Mother church and her teachings by the millions.

When I was a younger man I know I did. I was at the end of my rope. I needed help from somewhere. Jesus was there, free and open armed, for me. I was born again in a local church and as long as I remained in good standing with the church and it’s doctrine I was guaranteed a place at the table when I got to Heaven. Heady stuff for a guy who had absolutely no religious affiliation whatsoever, and it worked great for a couple of years . . . BUT . . .

In time I began to notice that my life had become an ‘us vs them’ affair, something I was not comfortable with for many reasons. I began to question . . . especially when I realized I, as well as almost every church person I knew, had pretty much traded our past sins in for an open, ongoing, and obnoxious version of self righteousness. I was not pleased with myself.

I studied the bible, prayed for this and that, even lived on a Christian commune for a couple years . . . but after all was said and done I was the same guy I’d always been, but now I had to hide behind this magical connection to God. Anyway the questions became too many, the doubts too large, and I became what we church people feared more than anything else . . . a reprobate backsliding his way to Hell!

Back to the question of salvation: What was I being saved for? Why me? What if I couldn’t read the bible? What if I was born a Muslim? A Jew? An Indian? Chinese? What about the rest of creation? The questions came on like an endless series of waves in a heavy storm and I felt myself sinking under them . . . so I did what I do best. I hopped a plane and headed off into the sunset and a new adventure in Seattle.

Today I am not down on any church, but in general I believe we have gotten it all wrong when it comes to Christianity. I believe we have been duped by a ministry clearly bent on self aggrandizement. Guys who have created magical doctrines in order to rule over their flock of believers instead of taking the time and patience to teach them to practice what the simple teachings of Christ actually meant. We Americans are an overly spoiled, ‘all show and no go’ people. Even our version of Christianity, (especially the TV ministry bullshit), proves it to us.

Bottom line . . . It is easier to WORSHIP Jesus than it is to LEARN from him . . . and the ministers are using our spiritual laziness against us by promoting their version of American exceptionalism in order to control our minds, and give themselves a great life in their shiny new church. These Pharisees and false prophets are alive and well and living among us.

So here’s my answer to your question on salvation:  Jesus didn’t appear on the scene to SAVE you. He came to TEACH you how to SAVE yourself. . . and if you choose to follow and practice his teachings, he will be your teacher and you his student. And what can be more satisfying to a teacher than to have a student who learns his lesson?

Jesus was a special being, no one can argue that. I believe he existed and was a thorn in the sides of the priests of that day, just as you will become if you follow his lead. I don’t believe he was a special creation though. I believe he was an old soul who obtained awareness at a very early age and dedicated his life to the cause of teaching humanity a better way.

I believe there have been many teachers who have come and gone throughout the ages who were born for the very same reason, and I believe they all have based their teachings on one four cornered foundation.

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You are being saved for no other reason than to build THIS house . . . you may never know it, you may never be awarded anything other than the satisfaction of knowing you helped build it . . . but that will be enough.

 

The Art Of Discussion

debateHow many times have you read “no religion or politics” when looking at the membership rules in a web forum? I mean, you can talk about lots of other things, but two of the most important issues facing us in this life is considered taboo? . . . What’s up with that? Any talk concerning our spiritual well being . . . taboo. Any talk concerning the governing of our physical well being . . . taboo. These two categories are still, even in this supposedly enlightened country, considered unsafe because they always end up causing a heated argument . . . why?

I think it’s because we have forgotten or never (considering our age) learned how to discuss an issue using the old give and take methods of the past. Today it’s an ‘in your face’, ‘I’m right . . . and you’re stupid!’ environment. Today it seems everybody is walking around with their knowledge caps filled to the brim with everything from presidential politics to religion to global warming or any other subject that arises. That’s a shame because in the real world most of us are drowning in falsehoods, and if being honest, barely know our asses from a hole in the ground when it comes to discerning the truth behind the heavy PR media constantly feeds us.

Personally, when I was a young guy I, like the millions of young people around me, gave my mind over to my elders, governors, and preachers, and unquestionably believed what they told me to believe.

Along about 1968 or so the hippie movement came on the scene in my little midwestern industrial town. At first these guys with their long hair were considered to be goofs, but as time went by more and more of my friends disappeared into hippiedom, and I, myself,  ultimately ended up deeply involved in the Portland Ore. scene.  

Because of the coffee house craze in those days, I began for the first time to think for myself. We sat around  tables for hours openly discussing life in general, as well as the serious issues of the day, and all in a quiet, friendly atmosphere. I loved those coffee houses, but the few I see today are a far cry from the original, believe me.

Now, with the advent of the internet and this newly discovered gold mine of information you’d think the young crowd would be spending their valuable time learning, comparing notes, and discussing  all that acquired knowledge among themselves, but do they? To my old eyes they seem to be living their intellectual lives in an ‘all show, no go’ sorta way. The passion they do show seems a bit tainted . . . like a sour note in a composition. Misguided anger is never good . . . paid protesters even worse.

The great discovery for me during my time was the realization that I [we all] have a very far reaching, powerful mind. . . . and it’s ALL mine! [ours] I have learned since that moment to shun the mind controllers and to research and discover for myself what I choose to believe. I have learned to change my mind and thought patterns mid stream if necessary. I have learned that nothing is sacred or untouchable . . . So the question remains, why not religion or politics?

Here’s what I think . . . There are those whose will has always been to control our minds and benefit by doing it. They teach us to be just smart enough to run their machine for them, but too dumb to question why . . . it’s a new form of slavery . . . it’s that simple.

Today, ‘massa’ is teaching us how to belittle, or declare crazy, or anti (anything important to him) He has taught us via his media to consider anybody who doesn’t follow the party line stupid, a conspiracy theorist, racist, bigoted, etc. Today’s current administration has even upped the ante, and we are now being taught to dehumanize anyone who doesn’t agree with us.

In our nation’s early years slaves were considered less than human so that we could mistreat and over work them in our cotton fields. In the military during the Korean/Vietnam war we were taught the ‘gooks’ were less than human so that we could kill them with impunity and know that God was always still on our side, even when we bombed and burned and destroyed them by the thousands. Today in the middle east nothing has changed but the derogatory names we call the enemy.

We NEED to talk about this stuff. We NEED to learn and figure out for ourselves what to think, how to act . . . and we need to learn how to talk and discuss these issues we are facing without belittling everyone else that bears differing reasonings and understandings in the process.

We can change the world only one person at a time, and that change starts with the face in your mirror . . . the time will come when the balance has shifted and the fog has lifted but for now we are in the battle of our lives and few there be who even knows it, and fewer less who understands what it takes to make it happen.

 

Science Is Showing How Our Mind Plays A Critical Role In Healing Our Body — Collective Evolution

 

The interaction of our thoughts with the physical material world is of huge interest today, garnering increasing attention by academics around the world. Despite a wealth of scientific data showing that one can influence the other, and even more evidence proving that certain emotional states can lead to chronic illness, many who work in mainstream medicine remain entirely ignorant of…

via Science Is Showing How Our Mind Plays A Critical Role In Healing Our Body — Collective Evolution

If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

Following is proof to what many of us have been saying about the connection of all things and the power of our thoughts over them, individually as well as corporately. Talking kindly to your plants, hugging a tree, sharing only good thoughts . . . this is not silly stuff. This is absolutely essential stuff that we should ALL be doing, and BETTER be doing if we desire any actual change in the direction this country is going.

If I were given the opportunity to teach my grown kids one thing over. I would teach them at the earliest age about the building blocks of their own abilities and I would lighten up on the religious stuff. I would teach all three of them that they are powerful spiritual entities bearing great responsibility towards the workings on this planet. I would teach them that their lives will be a direct result of their everyday thoughts and that there is no excuse or way out for them. When they choose evil thinking they suffer evil things. When they choose good, they receive good things. It is really that simple.

I must remind myself every morning during my meditation time of this very truth, and I must do all I can to remember NOT to strike back and think evil against anybody. Though I often fail I must continually remind myself every moment of every day, to be kind in every circumstance. . . and so should you.

You might already know that your thoughts are powerful. But one thing is to hear about it, and another is to understand how your thoughts actually create your reality! An excellent documentary called What the Bleep Do We Know!? explains the power behind our thoughts. It explores how matter is not solid in the way…

via If Your Thoughts And Intentions Can Do This To An Apple, Imagine What They Can Do To Your Body — EWAO

Imagine . verses 1 2 3

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Verse 1

In John’s first verse he asks us to:

Imagine there’s no heaven

It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today . . .

Since time began God has been around in one form or another watching us. Depending on when, where, and what age we were born in, we would have received from our elders an entirely different picture of God.

What is God anyway?  Who is this multi-faceted Father of the universe that, while declaring unending love for  us, also demands our total worship or else? “It ‘s heaven or hell Bubba, you better get your shit together or hell and damnation await you!” . . . Yikes!

Now I know this stuff helps when a person is a child, but after one reaches maturity little Johnnie should be seeing things a bit clearer than that. It’s time for him to drop the blinders and realize HE is the guy responsible for his actions. It’s time for him to either fly . . . or crash to the ground.

There are no magical formulas, no special alliances . . . only hard work. Man, both singly and corporately, creates his own heaven and burns in his own hell by the way he thinks and the actions he takes in daily life.

What happens beyond the grave, nobody knows, but personally I doubt very much Dante’s hell exists for any of us. I also highly doubt we will be walking on streets of gold and having lunch with Jesus . . . (more…)

What Can I Do? . . .

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Ok, I understand what’s going on in the world. I even somewhat understand what needs to be done to remedy the situation . . . but I am just one person, what in the world can I do about it? How can one person have any affect at all when it comes to real honest to God change in this society?

Well, that’s the question we all ask ourselves when we consider this stuff. Who needs even one more prophet of doom wandering the halls of cyberspace anyways?

Truth is nobody wants your wisdom . . . nobody wants your knowledge . . . nor does anybody particularly need it. (assuming you actually have any to begin with)

They have all spent a vast amount of time building up the particular facade you are now attempting to destroy, and are actually quite annoyed when you begin chopping away at it. Truth is most people find it much easier to blame others for their problems anyways, so forget about it.

People in this country crave diversion, they flock to it like beetles running to a freshly laid dog turd. You want popularity? You want a large readership on your blog? Stick to the simple stuff, throw in as much sex as you can, and you will someday become king of blog hill. (more…)

Free Your Mind . . .

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This blog has two goals. One is to lay out a personal plan for meaningful change and what it will take for us to do it. The other is to reveal, in as simple a way as possible, the reality of just what sort of fix we, as well as this entire planet are in.

We all want to raise our families in peace and freedom. We should all realize by now that relying on a governmental system, regardless of what it is called, or a religion, regardless of what it is called, or anything else, regardless of what it is called, will not do the trick for us.

These entities are not even capable of creating a just and lasting change in the human condition. They just can’t do it. God knows they have been trying and promising change throughout modern history, and none of them have yet to succeed to any measured degree that I can see.

Don’t you think it’s about time to shift gears and realize that any lasting change MUST come from within us? That we are personally responsible for our actions and are the only ones with the power to change ourselves? (more…)

Free Your Body . . .

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Barack Obama, the first black man to be elected President of the Unites States rode into office on the winds of promised change.

I liked Obama, his ideas sounded good to me. I also considered his term a last chance effort to dig this country out of the ditch the previous administration had dug for us. I was not so happy with our new president later on though, when I realized he may just go down in history as one of the worst presidents we ever had.

Why do you think so many of us who voted for his promise of change ultimately gave up on him? How come his presidency did not work?

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Diversity . . .

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Although we can be related by blood or formed into various groups, each one of us lives in our own reality and perceives this existence we all share a wee bit differently. Expecting others to share, exchange for, or even believe, OUR reality has always been a major cause of conflict in this world, and yet we continue walking this same beaten and worn out path throughout history.

Diversity is what creates the magic. Traveling to various exotic places is far more exciting than visiting the local coffee shop. Having pizza in Naples is far more exciting than going over to Dominoes for it. Killing diversity is the same as exchanging paradise for a parking lot. Do that and what do we get? . . . boredom!

Conversing with people of other races or religions is great fun if you give each other space to believe their own views without attempting to interject your particular brand of salvation. Being open minded is a good concept.

Why then continually fall into the politically correct trap that has very carefully been lain for us in this country. Are we really the greatest country in the world? Is democracy really the highest form of government? Is Jesus really the only begotten son of God? These are all topics open for discussion, not truths etched in stone. Even in America we don’t have all the answers. (though we seem to think we do)

If we want to learn something worth while perhaps we should drop the con game and search within ourselves for the answers. Seek out things that will bring us all together rather than tear us apart even more. We will all gain from the experience, far more than just always being right . . . when we have no proof we even are.

Enlightenment . . .

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If a true and lasting change must begin from within then what must we do to be changed? Do we find a Bodhi tree to sit under and meditate like the Buddha until it happens? Should we enroll in divinity school? Learn the proper incantations and rituals? What? We want to change, we’re ready to go, but we need some direction.

When I was a Christian I heard a lot about being born again. What does it mean to be born again? Does it mean to worship Jesus as savior of the world, get baptized, follow church doctrine, and do what the elders and self professed prophets tell you?

Jesus may have been our teacher . . . or the Buddha . . . or Mohammad . . . or Moses . . . or the Hindu Veda . . . but isn’t the goal of any good teacher to teach? Doesn’t their greatest joy come from watching us activate what they taught us? (more…)