A voicehearer’s path ~

Archive for July, 2011

Oslo ~

It seems that this is proof that violence begets violence. This young man, in an insane concern for the multi-culturalization of his own country turned to extreme violence as an answer. When he had bombed the buildings and already killed, he then went to a youth camp to kill more. This time children, young people whom he considered the future leaders. 93 dead in the entire debacle. His purpose? To waken his people to the dangers of allowing the immigration of people of Islamic background. But the children he killed were Norwegian, not necessarily immigrants, not necessarily close to the source of his angst.

That, of course, is the difficulty with answering violence with violence. The people we hurt are usually not the ones that hurt us. The camp wasn’t of a religious nature, it was a Labor Party camp. Yes, he blames that party for the multicultural stance of his country, but these are not people that espouse violence in any way. Will his actions help his cause? Probably not, in fact, it may hurt it in many ways, and for years to come.

The violence that begat this violence is blamed on extremist Muslim jihadists, and because they claim the Islamic faith as their own, they taint the view of much or the world regarding the Muslims who truly see their faith as the House of Peace. There are, of course, things I am uncomfortable with, regarding the Islamic faith. I’ve never pretended otherwise. Devout women of the faith must wear the Burka and Hijab to cover themselves from head to toe. This engenders a lack of sexual responsibility among the men, as it’s “all right” to rape women whose skin is exposed. But, violence toward the peaceful practitioners of this faith is not going to make this go away, and the violence that was engendered wasn’t even toward Islamic folk, it was toward secular Norwegians.

Ouch! That’s the problem with answering violence with violence, those who get hurt, and in this case dead, are not the cause of the pain in the first place. If the violence did not spread like fireworks to injure others not involved, I am not sure any of us would do more than just stand back and let those involved fight it out. But, here is a prime example of the very explosiveness of such a stance. The violence that rocked Oslo was not a direct answer to Extremist Islam, it was an outpouring of angst on people only indirectly involved. And it was children who paid the price in this awful debacle.

It seems that no matter what side this is fought on, children are the targets, that is, itself, most frustrating. Why children? Is it because the soldiers and infighters in both extremes are nothing but cowards? They lack the balls to fight each other on equal ground, so kill the children? I have never had much patience with child killers, I have less now. The children are used to make us cringe, I know, and it is succeeding. I have come to believe that, whether extremist Islamist, or extremist anti-Muslim, the death penalty should ensue every time a child is raked into their fight.

The Wren as a Totem ~

I love studying totems. They are a way of visualizing what each of us carries that makes us unique, as each of us carries a slightly different combination of the “medicines” that help us through life. Totems are not to be worshiped, they are like friends, teachers, companions that travel with us through life. Guiding us, if we know how to access their help, and giving us strength to do what we have to do.

The wren is a cunning little bird, considered “cheeky” by those who have familiarized themselves with animal lore. Their coloring is rather plain, being mostly browns, but their “design” is compact, downright pretty, and they hide well within the bushes of any terrain. They have a rather loud voice, being able to sing a song that can be heard above other bird calls.

When wren has appeared in your life, you are often asked to take knowledge already available and apply it with a unique twist that brings about a different perspective, so that all can see the solutions to a problem and solve it with ease. Wren people make good team leaders, for though they can speak loudly enough to be heard by the entire team, they do not need to take center stage, therefore letting other members of the team shine when it is appropriate and good for all.

Is Spanking Wrong?

I don’t know. I ask that question a lot. There doesn’t really seem to be an alternative that works with certain ages. I do feel that it should be a last resort, when you have tried all other avenues, as it should never feel like the first thing Mom or Dad will do if I make a mistake. In fact, it should not be an answer if it is truly a mistake. I did a little child rearing, with the daughter of a man I loved dearly, and was never certain that I did it “right”. So, this is not an article to give advice as much as raise the question. What I have seen in the generations since Spock first spoke against spanking is enough to make you wonder if that set of instructions was right for the children.

I don’t believe an actual “beating” ever does any good. The once or twice that I actually spanked the child I was helping with had more to do with what would happen if she repeated the actions for which she was spanked. The first was running across a busy road without looking. She nearly got run over at the point at which I spanked her, as much for running into the road when I told her not to,  and told her that had she gotten run over it would hurt much more than a spanking. The other time was when she kicked a playmate that was in her way. She had kicked her playmate in the eye, leaving a horrid bruise, and needed to know how much that hurt. I dare say the spanking hurt less than the bruised eye, but was enough to let her know that that was not acceptable behavior. At all other times, I preferred to use “time outs” or other means of expressing disapproval as I felt then, as I do now, that spankings were a last resort.

I do agree that violence often breeds violence, which is the argument against spanking to begin with, I simply felt that the only answer to her violence was to feel the consequences in a swift and effective way. One of my greatest concerns for this child that I loved as though she were my own, was that I wanted her to know that actions have consequences. I hope she learned that. And that is the rub, isn’t it? We never know that what we have tried to teach has actually been learned except with the living out of the life so affected. I know this hasn’t been an answer to the question, just a musing over what I did and whether it “worked”. I hope someday we will know the best and truest way to deal with each child so effectively that they will desire the way of love rather than the way of ruin.

No more than we can handle?

1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

The concept that God will never give you more than you can handle is not really from the Bible. The closest verse that even approaches that concept is quoted above, and it’s not talking about adversity, it’s talking about temptation. Now, truly, they can be one and the same at times, but most certainly they are not always the same. The trials of life can pile up on a person all at once, and a person can break from the load. That happens to the faithful as well as to those who have no strong connection to the Divine. I have been there, as have many others in my personal circle of acquaintances and friends. There are times, however, when we have asked Spirit to prepare us for certain ministries and functions where Spirit must break through our own barriers in order to do so. At those times, we are brought to, and at times, beyond the breaking point, so to say that God does not give us more than we can handle is short sighted to say the least.

For instance, there are many who innocently enough ask for patience to be made more pure in themselves. That is a foolish prayer, one that can bring on bigger troubles than one can ever foresee. It is trials and tribulations that grow patience within the human soul, so when one prays for patience, one will receive trials and tribulations, aplenty. Never pray for patience unless you are prepared for the “schooling” that brings it out in you. Even praying for understanding can lead to situations we had never before encountered just to show us what another person is going through. Be prepared when you ask Spirit to help you grow in a given area, the lessons to be learned may be more than you can take. I will not tell you that you should not ask for spiritual growth, just the opposite, but don’t be surprised when you find yourself experiencing growing pains, it comes with the territory.

My own personal experience on this has been a slow and sometimes painful process of learning. I hear voices, I see “things” that are not there for others to see. I wanted to understand what was happening to me, and asked to be shown. I was shown. The human mind has far more capacity than most of us ever use. The reason most of us have been “shut down” in some of those areas of the brain are that, quite frankly, we cannot take the bombardment of stimuli on the constant basis that would ensue. Look at autistic children, they are born with many of those things which would be called “breakthroughs” in the mind. Many can hear with such acute clarity that they can hear a faucet dripping blocks away. Others experience visual stimuli outside the normal spectrum available to most humans. These are but a few of the ways in which they are challenged, and such a young mind ends up shutting down, or shutting out normal communication because it is too much to bear.

I can tell you that Spirit is there to comfort and sustain us at those times, I can tell you that Spirit is very real to me, but you must experience that for yourself, and that alone can be a phenomenon that will lead to near breaking of your own psyche. Truly, it is no comfort to tell someone that God will not give them more than they can bear, the truth is that many times life on this plane will bring just exactly that. Sometimes, all you can do for another is simply be there, give a shoulder to cry on, give a listening ear, gently allowing another to pour out their pain, so that you can, at least for the moment, share it, thereby easing the burden. Try not to give platitudes, they only make the suffering worse. Just be there, that may be all you can do.

Rights ~

Our civil rights have been an issue since humans first began to gather and form tribes for survival. Each person is born with a Sacred Space around them that is their space, no matter where they are or what they are doing. This is a Native American concept, and since the first time I was aware of it, I have felt the truth of it. Where the issue comes into play in our world today is that we gather in larger and larger groups, crowding one another into smaller and smaller spaces. It can get quite complicated making sure that each and every person has their rights observed while respecting the space of others.

Don’t like gay marriages? Don’t get one..

Don’t like cigarettes? Don’t smoke them..

Don’t like abortions? Don’t get one..

Don’t like sex? Don’t have it..

Don’t like drugs? Don’t do them..

Don’t like porn? Don’t watch it..

Don’t like alcohol? Don’t drink it..

Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one..

Don’t like your rights taken away???

Don’t take away someone else’s!!!

A precious friend posted this on his facebook, and while I agree with it 100%, my feelings about it require more than a reposting. I posted a couple of days ago regarding the right to Free Speech. It was a short post, I was venting, (sorry about that). Like most rights it has been abused, and continues to be abused even at the allowance of the Supreme Court. In fact, the Supreme Court has gotten into the rights above listed quite often. What worries me is that there seems to be no balance applied that keeps those rights from interfering with the rights of others. Eh, let me back up a bit, sometimes the rights of others are the point, as with smoking, making it unlawful to smoke in public in many areas.

My stance on gay marriage is that it should be a right to marry the person of your choice, regardless of gender. That right in no way hinders my right to marry or not to marry, so is moot as far as I am concerned. Cigarettes? Well, I do see the issue here, even though I am a smoker. I do believe it should be the right of an individual not to even second hand smoke if they desire that right. I suspect that things are going a bit too far in some areas, as even smoking outdoors in some areas is being questioned.

On abortion, well, it gets complicated, as do most rights. At what point does abortion become murder? To some, it’s right from the point of conception, while to others (myself included) it is at the point when there is a fully formed tiny human in the uterus. This occurs at about the 4th month, and then comes a time that is in a grey area, what you see is a tiny baby, but the ability to survive exutero is still not there, simply because this tiny one cannot create many of their own enzymes and secretions, requiring then, massive care in order to survive. At about the 8th month, most babies can, with a little extra help, survive being born. That all said, the point at which an abortion is still appropriate is much in question, even to the best minds of our time. I prefer to see abortion as a legal option until the 4th month, when our little fetus has become a “person” that you can recognize as a human. I would also like to see the entire question left in the hands of clinicians, as there are many circumstances where abortion should still be a viable option. And, for the most part, this is the way it is, as in most states, until the baby takes it’s first breath, it does not have the rights accorded to it’s status as a human being.

Regarding sex? Ha! Legislating sex is a lost cause. If someone wants sex, preventing it may be out of the question. But  herein lies the rub. It better be consensual, and with one who is able to give consent legally and morally, because if it’s not, you, my friend, are in trouble, with a capitol T, and should be. I do not care if you have been teased by an 11 year old female child who dresses like a hooker. It doesn’t matter to me. She is not able legally or morally to give consent, so you are out of bounds. Don’t do it, it’s not your right, just because your “member” is itching, you don’t have the right to scratch it on someone not legally able to give consent.

The question then of drugs, well, dang, I suspect we are going to have to legalize the use of illicit drugs, not because we want to, or because it is healthy, but because it may be the only way to prevent the massive spread of diseases and infections that come with the sharing of needles, something that happens quite often, because needles are not easy to get where the use of recreational drugs is illegal.

Regarding pornography. It isn’t healthy, it’s an addiction for many people. That being said, the only objection that I have to it’s being protected by the free speech laws is that there are times that it proliferates on the web to the point that it comes popping up on a computer when a web search is done regarding diseases of the breast or genitals. That is unfortunate, and, in my opinion should be illegal. If I want pornography, (which I don’t, by the way), it should be something that must be specifically searched for, not shoved in my face with a web search for something else.

And, you cannot legislate alcohol use, it’s been tried, it’s too easy to make it yourself. The best we can do is try to keep it out of the hands of the youth. Even that’s a major challenge.

Regarding guns, well, I want the right to own one even if I don’t have one at the moment, the gun laws are intricate, and the question of controlling them has been examined by legal minds ad infinitum. The belief is that an unarmed populace leaves room for political take over by unscrupulous forces. That may be a moot point in this day and age, I wouldn’t want to own the kinds of weapons that are available to militia groups everywhere.

All this has been for the purpose of stating that, though I most definitely want the right to act in any manor that pleases me, I have no right to act in such a manor when it interferes with the rights of another. I want to see balance in legislation, and a sense of reality, what really works, and what doesn’t. We humans are quite inventive when it comes to our desires and cravings, if we want it, we will find a way to get it. For that reason we need to protect the rights of the innocent and the underdog. Beyond that, we need to be concerned that the removal of rights is a dangerous thing, it leads to too much power being in the hands of the few. That is a scary proposition.

Free Speech~

Ok, stick a fork in me, I’m done! When the Supreme Court says these people have a right to picket funerals because of their crazy, extremist views, freedom of speech has gone tooooooo far! The rights of one person or group of persons ends where another’s rights begin! That should be the “tell” for the Supreme Court rulings. Yes, I am glad I live in a country where free speech is allowed, but, people, there must be a balance! The right to picket a funeral? Why? And with their views that aren’t even mainstream? Again, why?

This is similar to the idea that the pornographers have a right to send pictures of genitalia to someone doing a web search on breast cancer, or prostate cancer. Yuck! When a person is doing research to find out what it really is they are coping with, they don’t need pornography on their computer! Have some common sense, judges!! This is not free speech, this is dirty tactics being used by unbalanced people to make their cause create misery in other people’s lives. It’s nonsense! Freedom to voice one’s opinion is fine, in fact, it is excellent, but freedom to voice one’s opinion at the top of one’s lungs, in my face,  is NOT your right!

In Memorium ~

Little Caylee Marie undoubtedly struck the hearts of citizens all over the world. There are many of us who would rather see the end of a life in the first trimester of pregnancy, before the quickening that means there is a chance that this little one would survive outside the uterus. If you make up your mind too late for an abortion that you do not want this child, then go to a legitimate adoption service, and let the child be reared by someone who loves and will love the child throughout it’s life. I cannot say whether Caycee Anthony murdered her two year old daughter, but the trial made it plain that she did not have a normal mother’s love for that baby. She didn’t even bother to feign grief for the little one she lost. It makes you ashamed to be of the same species.

But . . . . . .the fact of the matter is that she is not alone in her indifference. Children all over the world suffer at the hands of parents who should have given up their children for adoption to those who would care for them. There are way too many people who do care and would love to have a child of their own. Please, if your child proves too much for you to handle, don’t throw them away, let them be loved, let them be cared for, let them be nourished by those who would give them a good home!

Edit~ I just read where there was a lightning strike at the place where little Caylee’s body was dumped. If that means what I think it means, Caycee, or the child’s murderer will get justice, as that is the sign of the Native American Wakinyan. Let us watch and see!

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