A voicehearer’s path ~

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God’s Love

I have come to believe that God’s Love is a given. It is there at one’s birth or origin from the moment you are brought into existence. You and every creature on this planet. That makes it simple, and I believe that the Love of God is that simple. It’s there for you to lose, not something you can earn, it was always there. In fact, it is that that makes it so difficult for me to listen to all the Preachers and Teachers who speak condemnation as part of their belief system. But what would that mean? It means that it is your decisions that make or break you. You have to be deliberately mean and cruel to others in order to lose the love of God. It means that all concepts of Hell are erroneous at least in part, for a God that loves completely will not condemn completely unless you choose deliberately in your life to walk away from that love.

If you choose to live your life as though God does not exist, but are kind to others, and hold no grudges because you simply know this is not good for you, you will not lose the love of God. This is why prayers of those who have not lead devout lives are often answered. And why the “devout” who are cruel to their fellow men are often ignored. You simply can not lead a life of cruelty and call yourself a Christian, or a Muslim, or a Jew, and expect God to respect your self-naming of your faith. In fact, I believe that once you call yourself a believer, you are more responsible than ever to be good to your fellow creatures.

It doesn’t matter if you believe, God does not need your adoration. God is complete, therefore He/She does not need ANYTHING from you, not your devotion, not your worship, not your dissidence. God does not need you. However, having said that, God loves you completely, and listens always to your cries for help. It is simply there.

Now, you may ask me why there is so very much evil in the world if the Love of God is this complete. It’s a valid question, but you know the answer before you ask it. Look into your own heart. Is there no anger, no jealousy, no hatred there? If there is none of those things you will not be able to understand evil. But, if you truly have examined yourself and your feelings you will know that multiplied by all the people of the earth, there is a great deal of evil all over the world. Is there a Satan? Well, not as a person. In fact, I don’t believe evil is well enough organized to call it a force in and of itself. That is why a mere babe may back it off with a simple tune which praises Good, or God. For that is part of what God is, Good. All else that we would call evil is just our human dark side shaking in the abyss.

Further, you cannot do evil in the name of good, that would constitute the “sin against the Holy Spirit”. That would earn you a place in a world in which God does not exist, call it Hell if you wish, for it will feel Hellish even were it not so.

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Doing Evil in God’s Name ~

tiffany7Doing evil things in God’s name is done all the time, but it is most often done by those who claim that the truth exists only from their particular religious viewpoint.The sadness of this is that it precludes that, either there really is no God, and the so called leader of the group is the only authority, or that God is blind to all that is done by this “blessed” vehicle, calling all done by these acolytes as “Holy”.

I believe that there is but One God. I have seen much that implies there are many powerful entities in this world that would constitute godlings from a strictly human perspective. Some of these I would count good, some, evil. But the One is good beyond measuring by our pitiful standards. Now, having stated that, I believe also that this “One” has infinite knowledge of all that moves and lives in the time-space continuum, and therefore knows when deeds are done in compassion, and when they are done with self centered intent.

If this is so, and I have perceived correctly, then it truly is impossible to do evil deeds in the name of God, or good deeds in the name of the Devil, at least on an eternal scale. This would mean that it does not matter what you call yourself, or, indeed, who you call your God. What matters is how you live your life. I am quite aware that there is no religious person in this world that would not argue this with me, but if the One sees all and knows all, it is what is in your heart that truly matters, at all times and in all ways.

You can fool me, I am but a piddling mortal, but you cannot fool the One who holds my name, you cannot fool the Infinite.

Tricksters ~

corvid_frIs the “Devil” a real “person” or just a concept? Big question, many answers. I have some opinions, no answers, but will lovingly share my opinions with any who will listen. The raven, my birth totem, is one of the well known tricksters in Native American cosmology. There are others, better known, i.e. the spider, and Old Man coyote. Depending on your feelings regarding these creatures, you may consider their ways enlightening, entertaining, funny, or nastily devilish. My own Dad was a rather well known trickster among his friends, and when I first read the medicine of the coyote, recognized him immediately; Prankster, contrary teacher, sarcastic wit, devilishly playful.

That is, in fact one of the very definitions of trickster medicine to a NA holy person. This is the one who comes along and teaches you the lessons you need to learn the hard way, if you refuse to learn them by a neater, easier and cleaner road. I find the whole concept of the trickster teacher so much easier to accept than the silliness of the Devil that comes out of a people that teach that the “devil” is responsible for everything you don’t happen to find palatable.

Do I believe there is a form of absolute evil? Well, actually, I believe there is. I just do not flaminbelieve that the “Devil” made you or me do everything that we were not supposed to do. I am more responsible for my decisions than that. Even the very bad ones, and I have made more than my share of those. Actually, to me, pure evil is what is responsible for the awful accidents and horrible things that happen to good people anywhere in the world. It is mindless and without direction, striking where it will and randomly dealing with all and sundry, for good or ill.

The trickster is more personal, that is something that comes along to teach you, and seems quite evil to begin with, but brings some very good things with it when we learn from it. I also believe Creator is quite capable of bringing very good things out of instances that had no intent other than pure evil. We silly humans, who think that if we study something long enough can read the tea leaves and tell which or what just by the studying of it, generally cannot tell until one has allowed time to tell us by the fruit growing out of a situation whether it was a trickster or a devil that precipitated the incident.

coyotemoonSo, no, I don’t believe the devil made you do anything. If I understand the New Testament, the devil goes around toothless, and has no ability to bite you, only whisper in your ear. You can say no to the evil thing suggested if you will seek the help that is usually there, if you will look for it. So, unless illness has compromised your mind, there is the capacity to say no.

I know this is an unpopular notion, but, if you are old enough to know better, say, perhaps over 10 or 11, don’t blame your Mama, or your Papa, at least not to me. You are already old enough to know that what you are feeling or thinking isn’t how things ought to be, and therefore old enough to ask for help with those feelings. Yes, I think our parents do influence us for good or ill, and no, I don’t think we begin to really grow beyond their influence until we begin to lead a self examined life. Some don’t even begin that process until the age of 40 or so. But there is much that has been written to guide those who would seek such guidance, some of it quite simplistic enough to be read by a teenager that chooses to be obtuse or simply obstinate.

I do, therefore realize that, though one can know the difference between right and wrong at as early an age as 10, and therefore not do things one shouldn’t do. I suspect that one will not truly know how to reverse the early training until one is much older. The pity of that is that we have usually had our children and made our share of mistakes with them before we can even begin to realize what makes us tick, so we don’t pass along bad habits.

We should have been made in such a way that we didn’t start having babies until we were qq1sgmessydesk1thirty-ish, a sensible age all around, and we are therefore in our 40’s when they need the advice we might be mature enough to give. Oh well, it wasn’t until a few decades ago that one could expect to live long enough to see such maturity, so nature had to get us into the game before we were even remotely emotionally ready.

So, here we are, all muddled up, and without the ability to begin to straighten out the muddle until we figure out how to make it so that humans only procreate when they are ready mentally, not physically, we are probably a ways from that, thank Creator, for we have too many who would use that tool to propagate their own form of wickedness. So, as I said, lots of opinions, no answers.

The Subject of Evil ~

maidanek3Does pure evil exist? Does the “devil” make me do things I don’t want to do? Are there demons and such? Those are some loaded questions, aren’t they? The first answer would have to be, no, but only in the sense that I believe evil to be a twisting of truth; as per degrees, it can get so close to pure as to make no never mind. When you look at the likes of Hitler and the German people in the early 1940’s, where there has been a horrible twisting and turning that turns a group of humans into the demon to be rid of, where was the evil? In the German intent to be rid of other humans, there can be no doubt of this, yet, at the time, there were those who believed that they were doing the world a favor. How twisted can you get?

bracket1( I searched the ‘net for a pic that would show the awfulness of those camps without showing the piles of bodies that were mute testimony to the horrors of “gassing” train loads of human beings. I wanted to show that those who lived, lived in horrible conditions too, if it was just a quick death, there is some twisted mercy in that, but there was no mercy from the Nazi’s. I cannot blame those descendants who want to deny the existence of the death camps, they were so horrible, but denial will only compound the crime. Let us face the dark side of human capacity and conquer it, not hide it to let it come out in individuals like Dahmer and others of similar nature.)

There have been other despots since who have used other means of mass extermination, turning the “guns” on groups within their own ethnicity rather than have the world pounce on them for going after a separate group. These folks still get by with this behavior as though it were not just as twisted and evil as the attempted extermination of the Jews. The point here, is that it is not an “evil” that exists outside the human heart as a separate entity, it is the twisting and magnification of the darkest manifestations of human behavior. The sooner we recognize that all humans are capable of killing, and that most are even capable of despicable behavior in given circumstances, the sooner we can go about the business of learning how to release the dark emotions so that we may live more enlightened lives!shining-in-the-dark

I am not a Calvinist, I also believe that those capable of despicable behavior are also capable of quite gallant behavior in other circumstances. Most humans have learned by the time they are adults, to curb the dark side of their nature and live to some degree a balanced enough existence to get along with others. In fact, most humans have learned by the time they are adults that some forms of kindness will get them a whole lot closer to their goals, even quite selfish goals, than nasty behavior. The difficulty I have with a Calvinistic perspective is that it is truly totally pessimistic where human nature is concerned and sees only the darker side as being natural.

This really is not the case. It is natural for humans to treat those they care about with gentle loving behavior. One will often see career criminals who make an exorbitant wage selling drugs value their families and close trusted friends as being beyond the worth of gold. It is not even unusual to see those capable of despicable crimes against other humans have loving relationships with four legged pets. Most humans are neither pure evil nor pure good. There are a few shining examples of goodness in our species, i.e. Mother Theresa, who, bless her heart, even she had severe doubts as to the presence of G-d. There are others on both sides of the coin. Humans are seldom uncomplicated in their way of being.

Does the “Devil Make me Do That?”

Do you think so? I don’t. I think our habitual way of thinking and acting have more to do with whether we will fall into something that should not have happened. I do believe that negative influences can nudge us into doing things we know are wrong, and are against our better judgment, even in grey areas. I believe that spirits exist, both light and clear, and dark and murky. I believe that if we open ourselves to them, (some of us were born open) we can hear them. Do I believe it is good to pursue this as a believer? Only if you are willing to go through the purifications common to Buddhist practice do I think it wise to seek the hearing breakthrough. If you haven’t purified your intention, and india-2008-048-buddhist-monk-sarnathreleased your anger and the negative emotions, what you will hear will echo what is inside of you.

And yes, there is no doubt in my mind that some forms of what the psychiatrists presume are schizophrenic hallucinations may well be manifestations of hearing spirits, not all, mind you, but some. If you are hearing those voices and they are dark, I can only suggest you seek the help of a Buddhist monk or a Native American Holy Man or Woman. I made it out of the maze, yes, it can be done, but you must choose love first, any other way will get you lost. You cannot harbor negative emotions against any one without suffering.

The Occult ~

occult. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved November 04, 2008, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/occult

harrywithnimbus1The above link gives a variety of meanings for the word “occult”, as you can see if you click on that link, it can mean something with a hidden aspect to it. Having practiced nursing, this is how I think of the word, not as something automatically evil. I have enjoyed the Harry Potter series, for the same reasons others have as well as the fact that Rowlings chooses to show that those who practice that way of life, (though not usually as instantly powerful as shown in the movies,) are the same as the rest of us, some are good, some are dark, and there are those who are somewhere in between.

I am quite aware that the OT says that one should not “suffer a witch to live”, but I also know is says the same about disobedient children. If you go around stoning your children you will be arrested and tried for child abuse, deservedly. I do not practice “witchcraft” per se, because I have no interest in controlling the elements. I also eschew the intent to control others, having seen that this is a form of craft all it’s own, whether it is of the “witchy” sort or not.

The “hidden” information that interests me most is herbal, and that which is st-johns-wortconnected with self-growth on the spiritual plane. I have seen questions regarding the idea that doing pathwork is following a cult. By the old definition, i.e. a religious group of any sort, that would apply. Beyond that it fails. Those of us who do pathwork are interested in spiritual growth, by and large, and have learned not to look at what our neighbor or friend is doing or receiving, at least as any kind of comparison for ourselves.

Pathwork is always personal. This is an individual’s struggle to grow beyond one’s own boundaries and limitations. I am free to join any church I should find enjoyable or would fit into my particular interpretation of the cosmos. Many who do pathwork also believe that Y’shua was G-d incarnate, I don’t happen to believe that, so I am not a Trinitarian. Were there a Hamayim (Gentiles who believe in Hashem, as do the Jews) congregation near me, I would probably join them in worship.

This weblog is not an official representation of anyone else’s pathwork, it is my own, and how I have managed to stay somewhat sane, even though I do hear voices. I blog for others who also hear voices, some of whom live back in Indiana, where I come from, so that if they wanted other readers here to know they were also voicehearers they would comment on that for all to see. If my path is of any help at all to others, I am delighted, if it is not, I hope that you find a path that suits your needs, and may Hashem bless all of your days.

Su

tibetan-eternity-knot1P.S. One of the things I would prefer to see stopped is the Christian tendency to label anything from any other religion “occult”, Buddhism is not hidden, nor is Hinduism, nor Jainism, (and a whole bunch more,) these are religions in their own right, and the practitioners of these faiths deserve to be treated with the same respect as all other humans.

Y’shua and the Tree ~

I wonder if you can copyright just a title? I like the sound of “Y’shua and the Tree”, but haven’t yet written the entire book. Oh well, if someone beats me to it, and is consistent to the tree teachings of Y’shua, it’s OK. Y’shua often told his listeners simply to “be good trees”, and was pretty specific about what constituted a good tree.

A good tree bore good fruit, fruit that was edible and nourishing for the one eating it. A bad tree bore bad fruit, fruit that would not nourish, but would eventually destroy the consumer. This meant that not only was it important for the believer to make sure that the “fruit” growing from his life was nourishing to himself, but to others as well.

So, how do we go about being a “good tree”. Well, the system was not in place when Y’shua taught, as far as I can tell, but the teachings were all there. So, what did he expect of those who would be there when he was gone? Well, first they needed to recognize in him a good teacher, one who told them things they needed to hear, then he expected them to be good students, listening to the teacher and absorbing his teachings well enough to teach others.

If the student listened and absorbed, he would begin to walk a beautiful path of joyful, humble service to others, giving generously of himself, forgiving generously of others’ mistakes, and caring deeply for the needs of all those around him. His compassion would be deep, while his self-discipline would gird him for the toughness of a life path that was demanding and grueling, yet immensely rewarding. As he grew in understanding and wisdom, he would also begin to discern how to be exactly where he was needed and what he needed to do. This, then, is when he begins to enter into the flow of Creator’s will.

In a very brief and oversimplified statement, this is the path of Kabbalah, or receiving. It is a beautiful path, despite the silliness of the fundies in calling it a cult. I have been quite amused at that, as it is the pot calling the kettle black, but, hey, to each his own.

So, how can you tell if the person is real? Well, I believe John answered that, somewhere in the 15th chapter of his book, that’s where Y’shua gives his final “plant” teaching, (though I believe he said “The I Am,” rather than “I Am”, just a little mistranslation that changes the meaning of everything said), only this time he speaks of the vine and branches, and also that if one is loving, and caring, others would know that they belonged to the I AM, this makes much sense to me, as that is how one knows a Buddhist’s sincerity, or a Taoists, or a Native American’s, they are genuine and loving. And they belong to the “Tao” or “Wakan Tanka” or venerate the “Bodhi tree” from which Buddha received his wisdom.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh

Ever present and eternal,

maker of the stars that shine,

present in the light of mind,

living in the very air we breathe.

But, you see, like my master before me, I have no desire for you to create a new religion with these words, only to have a new understanding of the oldest and greatest, and the Everpresent’s love for you.

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