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Monday, October 5, 2020

To Change The World, Change Your Hearts


Since his death, Jesus has played a continual role throughout history. The legalization of Christianity by the Roman Empire, in A.D. 313, soon led to its expansion into every part of the Western world. Not until the Prophet Muhammad began the Islamic religion in 610 did Christianity have any meaningful competition in terms of numbers of followers. Muhammad considered Jesus a prophet and is quoted in the Quran as saying, “When Jesus came with clear signs, he said: ‘Now I have come to you with wisdom, and in order to make clear to you some of the points on which you dispute. Therefore, fear God and obey me.’”

In the United States, George Washington used Christianity as a rallying point for his colonial army, saying in his First General Order to his troops, “Every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier defending the dearest rights and liberties of his county.”

Abraham Lincoln also referred to Jesus in a wartime setting: “When I went to Gettysburg and looked upon the graves of our dead heroes who had fallen in defense of their country, I then and there consecrated myself to Christ.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of course based his entire ministry and civil rights struggle on the teachings of Jesus. Also, his nonviolent philosophy was adapted in part from the ordeal Jesus experienced. About enemies, Dr. King said the following: “Just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So, love your enemies.”

President Ronald Reagan picked up on that theme: “He promised there will never be a dark night that does not end. And by dying for us, Jesus showed how far our love should be ready to go- all the way.”


Reference~ Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard

Monday, April 13, 2020

Dream of Coronavirus: The Next Wave

From Journal Entry: 4/6/2020

My ex mother-in-law came to me urgently. She had a message for me. "The next wave that's going to hit will close a lot of small businesses for good."

The 'second wave' of COVID-19 in the US

Morgan Stanley's recent COVID-19 forecast released Monday said that the largest risk to the US is "a second wave of infections emanating from the central region of the country after the coasts have peaked in mid-April."
This wave, the report continues, could delay the US "peak" and cause recontamination of the coastal cities even after they see cases decline.  
Scott Gottlieb, the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner who's now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said on Twitter that the coronavirus is now a "national epidemic with multiple epicenters."
Pointing to cities like New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Dallas, among others, Gottlieb said that cities nationwide are seeing reported cases double every three to four days.

'Prepare like New York is preparing now'

In Philadelphia, which had 890 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Monday morning, hospitals are bracing for the worst to come as reported cases of the virus keep rising.
"We anticipate we are no more than two weeks behind New York City," P.J. Brennan, chief medical officer of the massive University of Pennsylvania Health System, told The Philadelphia Inquirer. "Cases are doubling every two to three days. We had 46 confirmed cases last night. You do the math."
And hospitals across the US are already facing massive pressures on hospital resources, or preparing for the possibility of it in the coming weeks.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose state has so far been hit the hardest by the coronavirus with over 60,000 reported cases, has resorted to suggesting that hospitals in the state split ventilators between two patients amid the current shortage of the machines. 
Last week, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital started to do just that, despite the risks involved. 
"No state, no metro area will be spared," White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told NBC News' Chuck Todd at a Meet the Press on Sunday. "We are asking every single governor and every single mayor to prepare like New York is preparing now." 

Documentary on the Origin of the Coronavirus. MUST SEE!!
by Yeji Jesse Lee

Thursday, June 13, 2019

There Is No Death: Beyond Time & Space

Dr. Robert Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species. But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since. Biocentrism teaches that life and consciousness are fundamental to the universe. It is consciousness that creates the material universe, not the other way around.
Lanza points to the structure of the universe itself, and that the laws, forces, and constants of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for life, implying intelligence existed prior to matter. He also claims that space and time are not objects or things, but rather tools of our animal understanding. Lanza says that we carry space and time around with us “like turtles with shells.” meaning that when the shell comes off (space and time), we still exist.
The theory implies that death of consciousness simply does not exist. It only exists as a thought because people identify themselves with their body. They believe that the body is going to perish, sooner or later, thinking their consciousness will disappear too. If the body generates consciousness, then consciousness dies when the body dies. But if the body receives consciousness in the same way that a cable box receives satellite signals, then of course consciousness does not end at the death of the physical vehicle. In fact, consciousness exists outside of constraints of time and space. It is able to be anywhere: in the human body and outside of it. In other words, it is non-local in the same sense that quantum objects are non-local.
Lanza also believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated into this universe. This means that a dead person while traveling through the same tunnel ends up not in hell or in heaven, but in a similar world he or she once inhabited, but this time alive. And so on, infinitely. It’s almost like a cosmic Russian doll afterlife effect.
Our souls are in fact constructed from the very fabric of the universe – and may have existed since the beginning of time. Our brains are just receivers and amplifiers for the proto-consciousness that is intrinsic to the fabric of space-time. So is there really a part of your consciousness that is non-material and will live on after the death of your physical body?
Dr. Hameroff told the Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole documentary: “Let’s say the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing, the microtubules lose their quantum state. The quantum information within the microtubules is not destroyed, it can’t be destroyed, it just distributes and dissipates to the universe at large”. Robert Lanza would add here that not only does it exist in the universe, it exists perhaps in another universe.
If the patient is resuscitated, revived, this quantum information can go back into the microtubules and the patient says “I had a near death experience”
He adds: “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”
This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation without needing to appeal to religious ideology. The energy of your consciousness potentially gets recycled back into a different body at some point, and in the meantime it exists outside of the physical body on some other level of reality, and possibly in another universe.
Reference~ Robert Lanza on Biocentrism

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The Fire of Kundalini

Kundalini comes from Sanskrit and refers to a cosmic force, energy. It is a pure, divine force. Kunda in Sanskrit means coiled. It’s the same way a serpent sleeps. As the serpent (Kundalini) awakens and travels up the spine, it activates the corresponding powers of the chakras.

Any spiritual practices we perform has its intention of the awakening of this cosmic force (serpent) within us. It is what connects us to the Divine. It functions according to cause and effect. Every manifested thing is subject to cause and effect, and Kundalini is no exception. When the causes are satisfied, the effect is the result.

The most common universal symbol for the Kundalini is the serpent, which is found in every religion. (Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.It is this serpent that gives wisdom, intelligence. Kundalini is an energy that exists in the body. The true initiate seeks to escape suffering; it is someone tired of the ego, tired of pain, tired of death. The real initiate wants to go back to Eden and has remorse for their pride and their lust and wants to change that. This power of Kundalini is the power of God.

Our nature does not want this. Nature only wants to perpetuate itself. Nature does not want or need us to believe in God or not. Nature wants our energy. Every organism in nature transforms energy and transmits energy. Human beings are organisms that digest, transform, and release forces. And those forces perpetuate life on the planet.

We need a physical body to reach enlightenment. The physical body is the place where all the forces from the other dimensions join together so they can be transformed. The force we need to liberate the power, the energy that will awaken the consciousness and give us the spiritual sight that we need is enclosed in the root chakra- trapped, asleep. This is where the Kundalini rests and waits for us to come and awaken it.

The creative power of God is sex. The sexual energy when polarized negatively traps the consciousness in hell. Only a couple working together can experience this energy. The second birth is the reemergence back to Eden. The rule is to save your sexual energy.

Kundalini is the intelligence of God. The Kundalini only arises, only arrives to those who deserve it. And those who deserve that enter into a very different experience of life. Someone who has this energy active within them does not see life the way normal people do. The Kundalini opens our spiritual eyes. It is the doorway back to Eden.

Reference~ The Fire of Kundalini Gnostic Teachings, full lecture 

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Spiritual Warriors

A gem is not polished without rubbing, nor a person perfected without trials.
~ Chinese proverb
We all know how important mental and physical strength is for our well-being. But in order to overcome any hardship, and create a life that’s not just ordinary, but extraordinary – we also need spiritual strength. When all three kinds of strength – physical, mental, and spiritual are present, we can become spiritual warriors.
Being a spiritual warrior doesn’t mean we’re super-human. It means that we’re able to overcome hardship. This is what the secret code of the Ninja – the shadow-warriors of ancient Japan – can teach us.
The Ninja taught that one should embrace hardship. We all know that the hard times, when we have to grit our teeth and just simply continue walking uphill – step by step – are the ones where transformation begins.
The secret teachings of the Ninjas are based upon the ancient Chinese lore of the four elements: earth, water, fire and wind. It may sound esoteric, but this wisdom is really practical and down to earth. It can help us find a new perspectives when we get stuck in life.
1. Be Like The Earth
This secret is about being grounded. When we are grounded, we are steady and collected in mind and body. In terms of martial arts, to be like the earth means to stand your ground. In life this translates as staying steady and remaining grounded in reality.
2. Be Like Fire
Fire has tremendous power that can be used for survival – but it can also be destructive if not contained. A spiritual warrior embraces fire in the form of passion. The seat of fire energy is in the hara, or lower belly. Anger is also an expression of fire energy. Most times anger is destructive, but there are also times when it is a skillful emotion. Anger can give us the strength to stand up against injustice, and the courage to defend ourselves against all odds.
In terms of martial arts, fire signifies attack. In life, to be like fire means using passion in order to overcome barriers.
3. Be Like Water
The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.
~ Lao-Tzu ~
Water finds its way to the sea. No matter what mountains block the way. A mountain stream flows gracefully around rocks. In terms of martial arts, to be like water means to avoid, or deflect an attack. In life, to be like water means to find ways of reaching your goals by moving around an obstacle, instead of confronting it head-on.
4. Be Like The Wind
The wind can change direction at any moment. It has no fixed direction. As human beings, we suffer from the opposite: as life goes on, we become more and more fixed in the way we live and in the way we think. We become creatures of habit, and change seems more and more difficult.
In martial arts, to be like wind means to adapt to circumstances without pre-conceptions. In his book The Spiritual Practices of the Ninja, Ross Heaven says:
"The Ninja reckoned that 80 percent of our available energy is locked into habits that stem from generational and social conditioning. They became expert warriors by using their enemy’s reliance on habit against them and employing the element of surprise – the other 20 percent – themselves."
Because we are fixed in our ideas of who we are and what we are capable of, we miss countless opportunities to grow and develop. Doors open in life – but sometimes we don’t see them. We walk past because we don’t expect to see a door there. When we become like the wind, we can be light and flexible in our thinking an actions.
Every time we are stuck, it helps to find new ways to think about the situation. And this is the beauty of the Ninja teachings – they are simple, but deep.
Reference~Mary Jaksch

Sunday, February 3, 2019

33 Steps to Reclaiming Your Power

Stuart Wilde- Infinite Self

1. I am Infinite. I am one with the God Force.

2. My inner awareness begins with the God Force in me and expands outward.

3. I have the courage to go beyond my ordinary, limited perceptions.

4. I listen for and accept inner guidance from Spirit.

5. I accept negativity as a learning experience and transmute it into an opportunity for growth.

6. What I know about the world I’ve learned from prevalent belief patterns. I now look beyond those patterns for my own infinite good.

7. I commit myself to building my highest wisdom and power beyond the weakness of the ego.

8. I am master of my own destiny.

9. I reclaim my power from the world and return it to the God Force. My personal power grows through this discipline.

10. My mind is centered.

11. What I believe I am, I am.

12. My word is law unto me.

13. I find freedom through acceptance and detachment.

14. I judge nothing. I quantify nothing.

15. By holding onto nothing, I actually have everything.

16. I have no need to defend my will or force my views.

17. I continuously purify myself of ego-based limitations.

18. I respect all living things -- including myself -- and I acknowledge their beauty and magnificence.

19. My power rises from within. I don’t need to push a situation, the appropriate outcome is drawn to me.

20. My most powerful action can be non-action (non-judgment, non-involvement), where I operate from a state of “clear being” rather than “hectic doing.”

21. I dedicate my life to the sacred way.

22. I have an abundance of inspiration and creative expression.

23. I maintain a fresh, energized attitude toward life. I observe nature and align myself to it.

24. I do not fear death, but rather accept it and get on with living.

25. My energy is my message. I don’t preach, I don’t seek followers.

26. I am physically disciplined. I provide my body’s requirements for optimal condition.

27. I am emotionally disciplined. I experience emotions, but I release them.

28. I am mentally disciplined. I don’t let negativity and “logic” dominate my life and direction. My higher self shines through.

29. I do not invest energy in things that don’t resonate for me. I live my truth and let the rest go.

30. I am spiritually disciplined. I acknowledge the source of my light and power regularly and often.

31. The energy of the quest uplifts me and carries me forward on my path.

32. A beneficent fusion of energies takes my beyond fear and difficulty into the realm of limitlessness.

33. I accept for myself the ever-evolving, ever-unfolding path of the Initiate -- which I travel with inner poise, power, and peace.


Watch the full video:
  Stuart Wilde: Infinite Self

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Parmahansa Yogananda: Staying Motivated on the Spiritual Path

After we find our spiritual path and start walking it, we feel exuberant, lighthearted, relieved to finally be on our way home. But after a mile or two we may become tired or discouraged.
We look around us, and it seems that the landscape has not changed; we are still the same unimproved, uninspired person we always were. And we wonder why we are not doing as well as we had expected and why we have not moved closer to our spiritual goal.
The great guru, Parmahansa Yogananda, knew that such let-downs would from time to time overcome the students of his teachings, so in addition to his Lessons containing the meditation and yoga techniques, he offered many other forms of writing such as poems in which he declared in dramatic ways that no matter how bogged down one may feel, there is no reason to become discouraged.
The great guru-poet insisted that the soul is on its way to God, no matter many times the thought occurs to one that life is just slowing down.
The great guru prefaces his poem from Songs of the Soul titled “My Soul Is Marching On” with the following words of solace:
Never be discouraged by this motion picture of life. Salvation is for all. Just remember that no matter what happens to you, still your soul is marching on. No matter where you go, your wandering footsteps will lead you back to God. There is no other way to go.
The poem creates a drama featuring life's dual nature. Stars are bright, yet are set in a contrast of darkness. As bright as the light of the sun is, yet the bright sunshine is not apparent during the nighttime.
Even the moon wanes as well as waxes. All of these natural phenomena keep their bright nature even when surrounded with darkness. Thus they exemplify the dual nature of light and dark.
The metaphor of time as a “grinding wheel” dramatizes the act of life fading from planets and even the lives of people. Flowers bloom and die; trees grow stately then are toppled; heroic figures are triumphant but for a short while. Time flies by, and each person’s life energies fade.
Yet as all of these dualities are in motion because we exist in physical and mental bodies, we falsely identify with the dying. The purpose of the spiritual path is to correct our vision, to help us understand that only on the physical level are these life-fading events occurring.
The soul is not affected by any of these changes: not the stars, the moon, the flowers, the trees, the demise of heroic men, nor the passing of aeons of time—nothing diminishes the soul.
It is always so uplifting to remember that the soul is ever new joy, ever new bliss, ever one with the Divine Beloved. After a dip in that memory, we look around and start walking our path again knowing we are, in fact, headed home. And once again we feel exuberant, lighthearted, and relieved to be traveling our spiritual path.

Reference~ Yogananda

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Spirit of Jezebel: The Narcissist, Part 2

How To Identify A Jezebel Spirit (Narcissist):

1.  Refuses to admit wrong doing. To accept responsibility would violate the core of insecurity and pride from which it operates.

2.  Takes credit for everything.

3.  Uses people to accomplish her/his agenda. Let's others do her/his dirty work. The Jezebel gets another's emotions stirred up, than lets that person go into a rage.

4.  Withholds information. The Jezebel spirit is a form of witchcraft. The Jezebel loves to control other people.

5.  Jezebel is threatened by prophetic ministry. Reason being someone with a prophetic gift will be able to identify the Jezebel spirit and will attack it.

6.  Volunteers for anything. Does projects for recognition. Her/his motives is never pure.

7.  Lies. A person with a Jezebel spirit will lie even when they don't have to and are hard to detect. She/he can make you believe anything she/he wants to through manipulation.

8.  Ignores people. They will ignore you when they disagree with you.

9.  Never gives credit or gives gratitude. She/he cannot acknowledge or go out of her/his way when someone has done something right.

10. Criticizes everyone. Characteristic of a controller. She/he has to be the one that looks good.

11. One "up"menship. Jezebel feels threatened by anyone who steals the lime light or to anyone whom is a threat to her/his power or control.

12. Spiritualizes everything. Explaining it off as God. This prevents her/him from owning up to responsibility required of her. The implication is always, "You've got a problem, I don't."

13. Insubordinate. Her/his main desire is for control and power in work and in relationships.

14. Is pushy and domineering. A person with a Jezebel spirit pressures you to do things.

15. Uses the element of surprise. Likes to catch you off guard, feels a sense of control by doing so.

16. Sows seeds of discord. It is common for her/him to tell half-truths to implicate another person in your eyes. Will also isolate you from your family and friends.

17. Commands attention. When someone else is recognized, she/he will quickly undermine the person's accomplishments verbally.

18. Vengeful. If you contradict or confront one, get ready to become her/his worst enemy. You are target of her/his fiercest venom. A Jezebel will stop at nothing to destroy your reputation.

19. Attempts to make you look like the Jezebel. If the person is confronted, she/he will skillfully twist the entire situation, trying to make the innocent person look like the one who is attempting to control.

20. Insinuates disapproval. A Jezebel will often imply disapproval to those under her/his control. The controlled person feels no freedom to express an opinion.

21. Knows it all. Quick to express her/his opinion in any area.

22. Ambitious all for self. The Jezebel has strong desire but all for self.

23. Gift giving. Loves to give gifts as a form of control as the Jezebel uses gifts to make you feel obligated to her/him.

24. Independent. No one has the right to tell her/him what to do.

25. Religious. She/he will behave like she/he is holy or a Christian, but they are not.

26. Hides. The person may seem normal for a period, exhibiting none of these classic traits. Then suddenly without warning a situation will arise, once again with the spirit of Jezebel taking control and wreaking havoc over lives.

Reference~Lyn Leahz Ministries

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Spirit of Jezebel- Part 1

The following is from Lyn Leahz Ministries. In her research she shows the similarity in symptoms  of the Jezebel spirit to a NPD (Narcissist Personality Disorder) type. You can listen to her full commentary on the youtube link below.

Jezebel was a she devil, a heartless woman. The spirit of Jezebel disguises itself as a good person, but is a very evil person. Jezebel was a heathen woman that married Ahab, the king of Israel.(1 Kings 16:31) Ahab was fascinated by her beauty and forcefulness of character, and fell for her. Ahab went and erected an alter for Baal, worshipping and serving Baal. Jezebel was ambitious and proud, eagerly she seized the opportunity to share the throne of a king. By doing so, Jezebel seduced God's king of Israel with her beauty, wittiness, and charm. Spiritual and moral disintegration was brought on by Jezebel's determination and effort to destroy the worship of Jehovah.

Jezebel possessed an extraordinary force of character. She was a ardent adulterer, a dominating wife, a corrupt tree, a treacherous schemer, and she loved personal adornment. She died a horrible death. She fell out of a window and was eaten by dogs.

The spirit of Jezebel is very active in the world and is destroying lives. This spirit has been responsible for tearing down many churches, pastors, people with prophetic ministries, and is responsible for breaking up many marriages, friendships, companies; along with getting people to commit murder and suicide. It is a very dangerous, evil, wicked spirit. (1 Kings 18:4-19)

Reference~ Bible Gateway & Lyn Leahz Ministries

Sunday, July 23, 2017

True Love Can Transform The World

Falling in love is the ultimate act of revolution, of resistance to today’s tedious, socially restrictive, culturally constrictive, humanly meaningless world.

Love transforms the world. Where the lover formerly felt boredom, he now feels passion. Where she once was complacent, she now is excited and compelled to self-asserting action. The world which once seemed empty and tiresome becomes filled with meaning, filled with risks and rewards, with majesty and danger. Life for the lover is a gift, an adventure with the highest possible stakes; every moment is memorable, heartbreaking in its fleeting beauty. When he falls in love, a man who once felt disoriented, alienated, and confused will know exactly what he wants. Suddenly his existence will make sense to him; suddenly it becomes valuable, even glorious and noble, to him. Burning passion is an antidote that will cure the worst cases of despair and resigned obedience.

Love makes it possible for individuals to connect to others in a meaningful way — it impels them to leave their shells and risk being honest and spontaneous together, to come to know each other in profound ways. Thus love makes it possible for them to care about each other genuinely, rather than at the end of the gun of Christian doctrine. But at the same time, it plucks the lover out of the routines of everyday life and separates her from other human beings. She will feel a million miles away from the herd of humanity, living as she is in a world entirely different from theirs.

In this sense love is subversive, because it poses a threat to the established order of our modern lives. The boring rituals of workday productivity and socialized etiquette will no longer mean anything to a man who has fallen in love, for there are more important forces guiding him than mere inertia and deference to tradition. Marketing strategies that depend upon apathy or insecurity to sell the products that keep the economy running as it does will have no effect upon him. Entertainment designed for passive consumption, which depends upon exhaustion or cynicism in the viewer, will not interest him.

There is no place for the passionate, romantic lover in today’s world, business or private. For he can see that it might be more worthwhile to hitchhike to Alaska (or to sit in the park and watch the clouds sail by) with his sweetheart than to study for his calculus exam or sell real estate, and if he decides that it is, he will have the courage to do it rather than be tormented by unsatisfied longing. He knows that breaking into a cemetery and making love under the stars will make for a much more memorable night than watching television ever could. So love poses a threat to our consumer-driven economy, which depends upon consumption of (largely useless) products and the labor that this consumption necessitates to perpetuate itself.
Similarly, love poses a threat to our political system, for it is difficult to convince a man who has a lot to live for in his personal relationships to be willing to fight and die for an abstraction such as the state; for that matter, it may be difficult to convince him to even pay taxes. It poses a threat to cultures of all kinds, for when human beings are given wisdom and valor by true love they will not be held back by traditions or customs which are irrelevant to the feelings that guide them.
Love even poses a threat to our society itself. Passionate love is ignored and feared by the bourgeoisie, for it poses a great danger to the stability and pretense they covet. Love permits no lies, no falsehoods, not even any polite half-truths, but lays all emotions bare and reveals secrets which domesticated men and women cannot bear. You cannot lie with your emotional and sexual response; situations or ideas will excite or repel you whether you like it or not, whether it is polite or not, whether it is advisable or not. One cannot be a lover and a (dreadfully) responsible, (dreadfully) respectable member of today’s society at the same time; for love will impel you to do things which are not “responsible” or “respectable.” True love is irresponsible, irrepressible, rebellious, scornful of cowardice, dangerous to the lover and everyone around her, for it serves one master alone: the passion that makes the human heart beat faster. It disdains anything else, be it self-preservation, obedience, or shame. Love urges men and women to heroism, and to antiheroism — to indefensible acts that need no defense for the one who loves.
For the lover speaks a different moral and emotional language than the typical bourgeois man does. The average bourgeois man has no overwhelming, smoldering desires. Sadly, all he knows is the silent despair that comes of spending his life pursuing goals set for him by his family, his educators, his employers, his nation, and his culture, without ever being able to even consider what needs and wants he might have of his own. Without the burning fire of desire to guide him, he has no criteria upon which to choose what is right and wrong for himself. Consequently he is forced to adopt some dogma or doctrine to direct him through his life. There are a wide variety of moralities to choose from in the marketplace of ideas, but which morality a man buys into is immaterial so long as he chooses one because he is at a loss otherwise as to what he should do with himself and his life. How many men and women, having never realized that they had the option to choose their own destinies, wander through life in a dull haze thinking and acting in accordance with the laws that have been taught to them, merely because they no longer have any other idea of what to do? But the lover needs no prefabricated principles to direct her; her desires identify what is right and wrong for her, for her heart guides her through life. She sees beauty and meaning in the world, because her desires paint the world in these colors. She has no need for dogmas, for moral systems, for commandments and imperatives, for she knows what to do without instructions.
Thus she does indeed pose quite a threat to our society. What if everyone decided right and wrong for themselves, without any regard for conventional morality? What if everyone did whatever they wanted to, with the courage to face any consequences? What if everyone feared loveless, lifeless monotony more than they fear taking risks, more than they fear being hungry or cold or in danger? What if everyone set down their “responsibilities” and “common sense,” and dared to pursue their wildest dreams, to set the stakes high and live each day as if it were the last? Think what a place the world would be! Certainly it would be different than it is now — and it is quite a truism that people from the “mainstream,” the simultaneous keepers and victims of the status quo, fear change.

And so, despite the stereotyped images used in the media to sell toothpaste and honeymoon suites, genuine passionate love is discouraged in our culture. Being “carried away by your emotions” is frowned upon; instead we are raised to always be on our guard lest our hearts lead us astray. Rather than being encouraged to have the courage to face the consequences of risks taken in pursuit of our hearts’ desires, we are counseled not to take risks at all, to be “responsible.” And love itself is regulated. Men must not fall in love with other men, nor women with other women, nor individuals from different ethnic backgrounds with each other, or else the usual bigots who form the front-line offensive in the assault of modern Western culture upon the individual will step in. Men and women who have already entered into a legal/religious contract with each other are not to fall in love with anyone else, even if they no longer feel any passion for their marital partner. Love as most of us know it today is a carefully prescribed and preordained ritual, something that happens on Friday nights in expensive movie theaters and restaurants, something that fills the pockets of the shareholders in the entertainment industries without preventing workers from showing up to the office on time and ready to reroute phone calls all day long. This regulated, commercial “love” is nothing like the passionate, burning love that consumes the genuine lover. These restrictions, expectations, and regulations smother true love; for love is a wild flower that can never grow within the confines prepared for it but only appears where it is least expected.

We must fight against these cultural restraints that would cripple and smother our desires. For it is love that gives meaning to life, desire that makes it possible for us to make sense of our existence and find purpose in our lives. Without these, there is no way for us to determine how to live our lives, except to submit to some authority, to some god, master or doctrine that will tell us what to do and how to do it without ever giving us the satisfaction that self-determination does. So fall in love today, with men, with women, with music, with ambition, with yourself… with life!

One might say that it is ridiculous to implore others to fall in love — one either falls in love or one does not, it is not a choice that can be made consciously. Emotions do not follow the instructions of the rational mind. But the environment in which we must live out our lives has a great influence on our emotions, and we can make rational decisions that will affect this environment. It should be possible to work to change an environment that is hostile to love into an environment that will encourage it. Our task must be to engineer our world so that it is a world in which people can and do fall in love, and thus to reconstitute human beings so that we will be ready for the “revolution” spoken of in these pages — so that we will be able to find meaning and happiness in our lives.

This text appears in the book Days of War, Nights of Love.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Cause and Cure of Dis-ease

To be dissatisfied or unhappy about one’s lifestyle is to cause dis-ease.  We are here to overcome our problems and challenges, not to be subservient to them… or to other people.  Failure to do this results in anger, frustration, and general malcontent.

In direct connection to this dissatisfaction, many of our illnesses and injuries are self-created by means of the “I can’t” attitude.  We can’t see our way clear to solve the dilemma (eye problems), we can’t stomach the circumstances (stomach and digestive organs), or we lack the courage to stand up and declare our rights (feet and leg difficulties).  So, rather than lose face, we create an illness or injury sufficient to excuse ourselves from the scene or to punish ourselves for not finding a way to overcome the situation!  This is the basic underlying cause of disease.

Your dreams try to help you become aware of what you are creating before the situation manifests as an injury or disease in your body.  It takes real courage to stand up to authority figures, but once done it is worth the effort.  When we avoid this, the same type of problem will lift its ugly head again and again until one day you will say, Enough! I’ve had it! I won’t put up with this any longer!”  Then you will do what you should have done long ago. 

CURE: First, the courage to stand up, face, and solve your problem firmly and intelligently. 

Second, see the whole matter as a lesson necessary for your soul growth. (Remember, nothing happens by accident.)

Third, be willing to forgive yourself for any mistakes you feel you have made, and forgive those around you as well.

Last, make it a point to do the kind of things which make you truly happy. (To work at a job you hate or where conditions are upsetting can definitely make you ill!)  Strive toward goals that suit you and take time to play and relax often.  (If your job won’t let you, change it!)

Reference~ The Mystical Magical Marvelous World of Dreams by Wilda Tanner

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Course In Miracles, The Holy Instant

The holy instant is a miniature of Heaven, sent you from Heaven.  It is a miniature of eternity.  It is a picture of timelessness, set in a frame of time.

The holy relationship is a major step toward the perception of the real world.  It is the old unholy relationship transformed and seen anew.  The holy relationship is a phenomenal teaching accomplishment.  As it begins, develops, and becomes accomplished, it represents the reversal of the unholy relationship.  The only difficult phase is the beginning.  For here, the goal of the relationship is abruptly shifted to the exact opposite of what it was.  This is the first result of offering the relationship to the Holy Spirit to use for His purposes.

The Holy Spirit accepts the invitation immediately.  At once His goal replaces yours.  This is accomplished very rapidly, but it makes the relationship seem disturbed, disjunctive, and even quite distressing.  Once the unholy relationship has accepted the goal of holiness, it can never again be what it was.

The temptation of the ego becomes extremely intense with this shift in goals.  For the relationship has not yet been changed sufficiently to make its former goal completely without attraction.  The relationship is severely strained until the relationship is changed to fit the goal.

As the change develops and is finally accomplished, it grows increasingly beneficent and joyous.  But at the beginning, the situation is experienced as very precarious.  As these two individuals contemplate their relationship from the point of view of this new purpose, they are inevitably appalled.  Their perception of the relationship may become quite disorganized.

This is the time for faith.  Do not abandon faith, now that the rewards of faith are being introduced.  If you believe the Holy Spirit was there to accept the relationship, then believe he is there to purify what He has taken under His guidance.  Have faith in each other in what seems to be a trying time.  The goal is set.  And your relationship has sanity as its purpose.

For now you find yourself in an insane relationship.  You must exclude major areas of fantasy from each other to save your sanity.  Have faith in Him who answered you.  He heard.  You are not wholly insane.  Now He asks for faith a little longer, even in bewilderment.  For this will go, and you will see the justification for your faith emerge to bring you shining conviction.  Abandon Him not now, nor each other.  The relationship has been reborn as holy.

Accept with gladness what you don not understand, and let it be explained to you as you perceive its purpose work in it to make it holy.  You will find many opportunities to blame each other for the “failure” of your relationship, for it will seem at times to have no purpose.  A sense of aimlessness will come to haunt you and to remind you of all the ways you once sought for satisfaction and thought you found it.  Forget now the misery you really found, and do not breathe life into your failing egos.  For your relationship has not been disrupted.  It has been saved.

In your newness, remember you have started again together.  And take each other’s hand to walk together along a road far more familiar than you now believe.

Reference~ A Course In Miracles