A voicehearer’s path ~

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Hummingbirds ~

bryans2I adore these little guys. They are so tiny, and you must watch your feeders closely or you will miss their presence altogether. They are swift, silent, bright little dots lightening up the day of anyone who gets the pleasure of seeing one. In fact, that is their medicine, they are “Bringers of Joy”.

There is much more to hummingbird medicine than just their joyous energy, the Native peoples see the hummer as a symbol, often of one who gets quickly to the heart of a matter because of that wonderful beak. There are only a few of the bird family that can hover in flight, and the hummer is one of those who can. Sunhummingbird4 Bear, my favorite resource for animal totems, gives the medicine of “clarity” to the hummingbird folks. What wonderful medicine, for it is only as we see clearly that we can progress as individuals, or as a people. They don’t just hover, they can fly backward, forward, and sideways as well. No wonder they are thought to bring clarity, they look at things from all sides!

The Hummer has been thought for many generations to bring love into one’s life. This medicine was considered so strong that there were those who would dry and grind the heart of the hummingbird and use it to create love potions. I am glad that most, today, would much rather simply watch these little acrobats.

Their feathers are irridescent, making them catchers of the light to bring it into the lives or those they touch, and are  most often shades of green or teal, very much attuned to the heart chakra, and the healing of it.  If you suffer depression, these are wonderful birds to watch or meditate on, for even thinking of them, once you have watched them at any length will bring a smile to your eyes.

Humor ~

oldchurchI spent most of my high school years in a little  church in a small town. I liked many of the other members of my youth group, and one of my mother’s best friends was an elder in that church. The Pastors that came and went were decent people whose main fault was that they took the Bible as a literal truth that must be practiced point by point. {The more I study this rich resrource, the more I find that is an impossibility. Onc can, without doubt or hesitation, most often follow the principles incited, but the literal obedience would have you stoning your  children to death for misbehavior. Perhaps a temptation, but never a possibility.}

I enjoyed that church, and the point of most of the sermons was learning to live a life that hermes1honors Creator. I had only one reservation in that church, and have heard from friends still there that it is better now. There was this hesitation regarding a sense of humor and the appropriateness of laughter because of some faulty translations in the Old Testament. I can be sure they are faulty because, though it is translated as laughter perhaps even appropriately, it is about a humor that hurts others. That is never right for those on a spiritual path.

However, there are places in the psalms that ring with joy, and one is encouraged to make that joyful noise before the Lord. It is impossible to have that kind of joy and not laugh and smile. In the reverse, no humor that makes it’s point through hurting the well-being of another, or taking power over another is part of that joy. In that joy, one cannot take delight in another’s sorrow or trouble, such a reaction to life is not possible when one resides so totally in the Spirit that one has that depth of joy.

Yeah, I kinda hammered that, sorry. But it is necessary to make that distinction. Especially for people like myself. I was reared by a man whose skill with sarcasm was razor edge sharp. I was capable of such wit that I could wound another with a few words. One day I had so wounded a dear friend with my sarcasm that I nearly ruined the friendship, and though she forgave me, it was a while before she could trust me not to hurt her again so deeply. I have only indulged in such repartee (since Spirit brought my shortcoming to my attention) when the person had so completely disregarded the well-being of others around them as to cry to be brought down. {I was more than happy to comply.} There is a time and place for all things, one must be mindful, however, that one will answer for every word that comes from one’s mouth, don’t wound the innocent or those who truly intend good, even when sorely tempted and the path laid out before you.

Just remeber, there is humor that wounds, not to be practiced by those who follow the Ruach Ha’Kodesh, and there is humor that heals, always appropriate, any time of night or day.

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times ~

While I applaud the concept behind much that is being done to throw down old barriers to health care {Dr.s without Boundaries} and other good works that aim at getting behind the walls that have been placed by despots for control of their people, there is an air of the extreme about today’s world that begs for the very disorder that is the Psychiatric dish of the day, i.e. Bipolarism.

This is a wonderful time for people like myself, who prefer to live alternate lifestyles. We are not pushed by society to be something we are not. I never married, it is not that I was not asked, it was that I was drawn to the bad boys. They make fun companions, lousy husbands and worse fathers. As long as you do not expect a long term commitment from them they are wonderfully fun and funny, even when it is they that ask for the commitment.

Yet, there are many in our world who do not thrive in a time where limits are the taboo, and putting boundaries on your life can make you unpopular. I have long thought that the controls of, say, the church, are fine as long as they are not mandatory for everyone. If those controls are the way a person wishes to live, there is nothing wrong with that, just don’t make it law for everyone to live that way. That, however, has not been how it has worked out over the centuries.

We are not a species that easily finds its balance in life, many of us are workaholics, others are drug addicts, many have found their thrills in unprotected sexual activities.  There are many self-medicators who need a glass of wine daily; there is nothing wrong with that as long as it stays at a glass and doesn’t become a bottle daily and starts to interfere with one’s life. And therein lies the rub, eh? We allow our cravings to run our lives and then we are in trouble.

So, is there an answer?

Well, yes, but it is not easy, and I cannot say how each of us will go about doing it. For generations out of mind, society has served as an exoskeleton, bracing us up in ways that were such that we did not have to grow our own bone structure and stand on our own. That exoskeleton has weakened, and in many places crumbled. It is time to find our individual internal bones and strengthen them so that we can stand without the bracing of societal rule to tell us what is right and what is wrong.

Talk about a difficult task!

This is actually where Buddhism has an advantage over Christianity or any other “faith”. In almost all faiths, one is not taught to seek inner strength and purpose, but to look to the deity for one’s rescue. I believe in G-d, so this was not much of a problem for me, but one does not need to believe in a deity to follow the Buddha’s teachings. One needs only to desire internal and true happiness and to be willing to follow the Buddha’s recommendations toward that end.

Let me be fair, here. Christianity, as with Judaism,  the Muslims, and many others has a wide variety of groups within the whole, some of those groups do indeed teach discipline and study. Some teach discipline for all, others only teach this for the group that is part of the inner sanctum. This is also true of Buddhism. So the main difference between the Buddha’s path and Y’shua’s path is the belief in Hashem. Actually, the more I learned of Buddha’s path, the more I realized it is the only difference.

If you study the four gospels, counting Y’shua as a wise teacher from whom you wish to learn, instead of thinking of him as a magical pill you swallow that makes you “whole”, you will find that his teachings bear an uncanny resemblence to the Buddha’s teachings from 500 years before in the orient, 1000’s of miles to the East.

Essentially, Y’shua was teaching how to most sincerely and certainly please a high and holy God via release of worldy attachments, service and humility. Buddha was teaching a path toward inner joy via release of worldly attachments, service and humility. They are the same path, simply two diametrically opposite perspectives. And as the saying goes, one can have it all, as one can please God most high, while at the same time, finding true happiness. Hm, and we can even find balance from the extremes by following Buddha’s middle way.

Principle Number 3 ~

3) The Universe sings the Song of Love. It resonates through everything. Mind/Spirit/Matter, as different levels (vibrations) of the same energy.

I love the sound of the Tibetan singing bowls, or big bells, or gongs, or steel pan drums. Their sonic vibration make you conscious of what they are doing to you simply because we don’t take those sounds for granted. They are “exotic” for most of us, and therefore more easily detected when “feeling” the music they make. But, everything in our lives makes music. There are no exceptions. Even the chair you are sitting on or the table beside it. If you listen closely, you can even hear the sound from the light shining in the socket of the lamp illuminating your area for you. Or the computer you are sitting at to look at this post . . . . .

This is normal, and why when the world goes quiet at night you still hear noises in the house or apartment in which you sleep. Those noises are there all the time, you just don’t hear them because you are moving and making noise during the day, as are most of your neighbors.

Your body makes noise even when you are not moving. Your heart beats, your intestinal tract makes squeaks and slushes as it moves food through your system, your blood is even making soft swishing noises as it moves through your arteries and veins. This is the same with all animals, no matter the size. So, you see, (or hear) you have never actually experienced total silence. This is why sensory deprivation can actually drive a person mad. At no time since we were able to hear or sense touch (about 12 weeks gestation) have we ever been without the input of our senses. If that were to suddenly cease, the mind would be at a loss as to what to do and would start inventing things to feel and touch.

There are worms in the soil that make noise as they aerate each inch of the ground, The wind in the trees makes a noise, water lapping against the shore, and the animals both on the land and in the sea make their own noises. The Earth rolling around the Sun makes her share of noise. Each of the orbs, whether planet, sun, or moon has it’s own noise level it contributes to the pool as it were. So, everything around you contributes to the noise of daily living. This is the “Song of Love”, and is everywhere and all ways the lovely sound of Life. Even though we often consider space a void, it is not truly so, there is much there from planet to planet, if only debris and the detritus of planets and suns being born. Our Universe is actively spilling over with life.

So, what’s my point?

The reason for this blog is not to deny Christians a place in eternity. I love Y’shua, and feel that he intended to show a path that was more personal and in closer communion with Hashem than the way his people were living. (They were under occupation, BTW, so dourness of soul should be no surprise) His intent was a path filled with Joy, service and humility. I do think his people got the message, if not through him, then through other great teachers, for Judaism is today not a path filled with moaning and groaning and “martyrdom” but a path of joyful service to others and communion with Hashem. That was Y’shua’s only point.

I believe Paul and Constantine took Y’shua’s joyful rabbinical teachings and used them to create a new religion, whole cloth, out of remnants of the old ways, including many pagan ways. I then believe it was no great effort for the Roman church to create a curtain that would keep us from seeing how this path was created and even fighting others when they should challenge the “truth” of Christianity.

I remember when I was younger and still listening to the preachers on Sunday morning, one of the things that would come out of the preachers mouth which would turn me cold was that “We must protect the truth”. That was never necessary. The Truth will protect itself, and ultimately protect you. I do not believe Y’shua ever implied he was God. He most certainly might have said he was at one with God, and wanted his followers to be also. I believe that his words were skewed by scribes with an agenda toward making Christianity a religion that would take over the world and control the masses. And since there are no Aramaic scrolls that date in such a way as to be certifiably recordings of what he said in the way he said it, we will never know for sure.

I believe that he may have taught that the Holy Breath, or Holy Spirit as we call her today, was the only way to the Ancient One. That, you see, would be Veritas, the essence of Truth, for, as I look at the paths that teach compassion the world over, and I look at their tomes (i.e. The Tao te Ching, and other works) I see and feel the hand of the Holy one. Look at Proverbs chapter 8, read it and study it. Do not let it go, for it is the essence of her “work” on this entire planet. All who ask her help are given it!

I also do not believe that the Holy One would put the fate of eternity for any one soul in the hands of another human. That is too much responsibility. Besides, humans are so danged imperfect that when one flubs up, and misses the target completely, should the eternal fate of another depend on that? I do not believe that a G-d that requires compassion of us would be so dispassionate as to do that.

So, OK, the church has messed up many times. There are other paths to eternity. Hashem has actually made sure that, one way or another, there will be an opportunity to forgive and live in joyful service. If it does not come through the Christ, and cannot because of Christians killing your family, it may come through Buddhism, or Taoism, or through one of the Indigenous paths. Hashem, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh have left many windows through which the human soul can accept the light of the Ein Sof Ohr!

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