A voicehearer’s path ~

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Frog totems ~

Frogs are cleansing, they call the rain with their gutteral croak. They have a marvelous affinity to water, both it’s cleansing aspect, and it’s emotive aspect. The Frog is the Spirit Keeper of the Element water because of this. They are wonderful creatures in scientific terms as well, being so sensitive to the environment that they will show up with deformities and anomalies when anything is wrong with the water supply. They act, in fact, like the canary does for miners, letting us know something is wrong, and that we should be paying attention when they are suffering.

According to Carl Jung, water is symbolic to humans of the subconscious, any time we dream of water, our subconscious is attempting to bring us a message of something we already know, but are ignoring.

Frogs can jump 20 times their body size in one leap. As adults they breathe from their lungs and absorb oxygen through their moist skins. They use their tongues, which are covered in a sticky mucus, to catch prey. If they eat something poisonous they regurgitate their entire stomach. Tadpoles can live out of water as long as they remain moist. They will eat their own tails and it is absorbed as it grows into a frog. Frogs can be hypnotized by shining a light at both of their eyes or being placed on their back and having their stomach gently stroked.

Frog understands how stress can create a whirlwind of negative energies, and reminds us to refresh ourselves so we won’t get burnt out. It brings cleansing power through tears of sorrow or joy. Frog knows the importance of releasing our pains with a shower of cleansing water so we can transform into who we are meant to be.  From animaltotem.com

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Empathy ~

This is probably going to be a bit of a rambling post, partly because it has been a while since I posted, and partly because Empathy is such an enigmatic thing to speak of. It seems that I am finding out that the one thing that makes us actually human may be empathy. It is the very thing that may render us redeemable to Hashem. What is it?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empathy

Simply put, as the first lines of this link provide, empathy is the ability to share another beings emotions or feelings. My friend of many years has a grandson, wonderful and charming little boy, who has difficulty feeling empathy for others. He is 4, there is still hope, he has been traumatized by abuse to such an extent that it will take a while to heal him. But healing is a must. This has become more and more apparent in our research regarding this most important capacity of the human spirit. It is apparently Empathy that is the one thing that is missing in the serial criminal, those who can commit heinous crimes against other humans and feel neither remorse or repentance as a need.

It is apparently not all that difficult to injure the human spirit to the point that the capacity to empathize has been destroyed. Perhaps that is why it has not been an issue until this last generation or so. I have been so worried that we were fouling up in too many ways, and that this generation was so mixed up that we needed to cut bait and start over. But, here we are finding that empathy may be the one thing that could retrieve what little of us is worth retrieving.

This article,http://eqi.org/ray1.htm, explains that we can, indeed, teach Empathy to our children. That it is actually a neglected part of our education, a crucial facet that has been neglected because of the emphasis on intellectuality. Gads! What fools we mortals be! If this is true, then this society has created it’s very own monsters. We have, in our rush to teach objective science, and neglect emotional health, created the very people that cannot relate to their own emotions, and therefore cannot relate to others as equal, and having the right to exist unmollested. Heaven help us, we need to rethink the educational process completely!

http://wondertime.go.com/learning/article/baby-empathy.html Is a well written, rather short article that shows the importance of empathy and when it begins to develop in children.

Rebirth ~

What is this phenomenon? Is it really necessary? I did a Google search on rebirth, and saw an ad by Playstation that rather caught my breath. Adult female, assisted by female (Dr?) with an adult male covered in what looked like myconium as though head coming from birth canal. Interesting. Almost frightening. I had to check it out to make sure no new cult was using such weird techniques to imitate the emotionality that accompanies the phenomenon in the churches.

Seriously, is the “born again” phenomenon actively pursued in the more fundamental churches what Y’shua was addressing when he spoke of being born again? Personally, I don’t think he was being all that oblique, I think he was addressing reincarnation. When such a question would be asked of him, he who was so totally aware of Spirit, could most likely tell, just because of that awareness, where a person “was” spiritually. With that, he would know if one needed to live another life or three before one could arrive at the awareness of Spirit needed to “enter into” the kingdom.

I remember being told many years ago, in the church where I was attending, that Christianity was the only faith where such a phenomenon was taught. I was quite disappointed to find that that was yet another lie. An awakening of some sort is taught in every major faith on the planet, and many that are not even counted major faiths.

The words death and rebirth are quoted in John’s Gospel as being Y’shua’s. (Many teachers of Christianity teach that one will go to everlasting damnation if one even looks at the inner workings of another faith, a convenient way to keep people ignorant of their dishonesty as well as to keep people in the Flock who might otherwise feel that, all things considered they might as well join the Hamayim). So, let’s look at Y’shua’s teachings:

3In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]

5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

4“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

John chapter 3 is the basis of much of what the church believes about this phenomenon, and written the way it is, there is little doubt that it is some enigmatic phenomenon that has to do with belief in him as the one and only Son of God. The problem I have with that is that, even among his most beloved disciples, all of whom attended shul, he would have been stoned to death if he put his teachings into those words. And he would have been making a liar out of Moshe(Moses), who had said that Hashem(God) had said he would never ever incarnate. Something every one of his Jewish followers would have known extremely well, and who also knew the penalty for saying one was God. (I suspect this is the reason the preachers so dislike it when we mere humans decide we want to read the Tanakh as it was written.)

There are few ignorant among the Ivrit (Hebrews), as every child whose parent follows the old laws is taught at the very least temple Hebrew.  So, how did Y’shua get away with saying he was God incarnate for three years until the Romans finally tired of his rabble rousing? I don’t think he did. And I do believe he may have taught about rebirth as reincarnation,  he might have even talked of Awakening to God’s Grace, but I doubt if he talked about being God in the flesh, not even in roundabout ways.

I have searched Y’shua’s teachings extensively, and I have found no indication that he intended for our pilgrimage to be a series of emotional highs and lows. In Luke 14, in fact, he spoke of counting the cost before you leap to say you can do it, whatever “it” is. He wanted those who followed his teachings to do so in a well thought out and steadfast manner. This does not call for high emotion, this calls for studying and knowing what is asked of you.

We are meant to walk the path, not run, not skip, not hop, walk it, in a gentle and steadfast manner, by making a decision to live that way, not by getting “high on God”, that might be fun, but, such an emotive decision early in one’s life seldom leads to obedience and compassion.

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