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Peace ~

beauty17vigThere are few things that convey peace as completely as a swan floating on water, (or are as terrifying as seeing a swan heading toward you with both those giant wings flapping!) In fact, peace is part of swan’s “medicine”. This time of year we are constantly wishing peace to one another as part of the season.

We are on the eve of a brand new year, and peace is something we could most certainly hope to accomplish soon. Especially since we are making war in the middle East. I am a peacenik, I do not like war on any scale anywhere. I do not like the number of innocents that suffer as “collateral damage” whenever mortar fire starts erupting. Death comes way too easily on television and the media for most to realize just how traumatizing it is. Coming across a dead body unexpectedly has to rank up there as iraq_war_header_11-21-2007one of the topmost traumatic events in one’s life. As a nurse that happened to me once, a patient we thought was so much better she would be going home next day was dead when I went in on my rounds to take her vital signs. Gads! That was a shock.

War traumatizes everyone who experiences it. No exceptions. It, of course, can be survived, but this is not the same as not having had such trauma tear at your very soul. I am aware there are those extremists on both sides that see war as the only means of settling differences, I just don’t happen to be one of them. I wish we could throw all those with that particular view into a large war game and just let them go, let the rest of us have peace!

The problem, or so it seems to me, is that once the extremists start their actions, reasonable earthand relatively peaceful people find themselves in a defensive mode, trying to ward off the agents of war. It then seems to become a vicious cycle where the only answer in the eyes of some is total annihilation of the “enemy”. I consider myself fortunate to live among reasonable people who will take on such a battle with the reluctance of those who would rather have peace than war.

We have a new president, I am hoping that within the time he is alloted, we can have peace in the Middle East. But then, that may be an impossibility, no matter who is at the helm. So, maybe the thing to hope for is a truce, during which serious strides can be made. Pray for peace, perhaps there are a couple of miracles out there that could bring such a wonder to this war torn Earth. That is my wish to all this New Year;  Blessings and Peace to all that dwell on this big blue marble called Earth!

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Approval or Not ~

tuptdownWhen is it right action to approve or disapprove of an action or word? That is a pretty heavy question, and I am not sure I am going to be able to enlighten others as sometimes I, too, get confused on this one. Y’shua told us not to judge. He was adamant about it. So it is something we need to be aware of on a daily, minute by minute basis. Yet, every decision we make is a judgment of one kind or another, so what is it all about?

Personally, I feel that it has very much to do with the entanglement in others lives spoken of in the last post. When we mind the business of our neighbor so closely we know how many trips he made to the store yesterday, we are crossing his boundaries, a place we should not be. And the comment, “I don’t know why Harry or Sally have to go to the store so often, you’d think they’d make a list and get it all at once.”, Is just the kind of judgment Y’shua was talking about. The only time it’s our business when our neighbor is going or coming is if that very action is messing with our boundaries, i.e., they are making loud noises at 2 am and we are trying to sleep, or they are stomping around and slamming doors so the cake we are baking flops. In other words, if their actions are causing some part of our world to disintegrate is the only time what our neighbor does is any of our business.

This is a tough one, I know, as there are many messages out in the wide world that encourage us to snoop on our neighbors. True, I do not want drug parties in my neighborhood, and would want that sort of thing stopped. But, there again, that’s because something of that sort causes¬† my neighborhood to disintegrate, so it is my business. But, that’s justransparent-canoe-kayakt it, isn’t it? How far do you go in finding out if something is going on that will affect you, do you wait until it does? That may be too late.

For me, the answer has been to live so transparently there is no cause for others to spy on me. What they see is all there is, becuase I truly don’t try to hide things. I know that is not an answer for everyone, but that, too, is probably the result of people minding business not theirs. It does seem a shame that we cannot seem to mind our own boundaries and leave others in peace. It would be quite a different world if we could.

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Imagine, no religion ~

imaginebillboard2smaI understand that this group does this sort of thing rather frequently, posting billboards, that is. The “Sad Factor” here is that they have a major point. The difficulty is that it is not religion, per se, that causes Wars, as religions are designed initially to make us see ourselves and change. It is the extremist position that one’s own religion is “Right”, and all others are “Wrong”, therefore the “Wrong” folks have to die. Or worse, the “Wrong” folks are “In Charge” of a “Sacred Place” and won’t let the “Right” folks come to worship at the shrine, therefore someone has to die. GADS!

It would seem that our children in kindergarten can tell you what’s wrong rainbowdovewith that picture! Share, people! First of all, there is no guarantee that one religion has it “All” right to begin with. Then there is no reason to turn what should be a longing for peace and justice into a cry for war, at least in Christianity, that’s not in the pages of that book, anywhere. I, personally, am Apaulitical, and no I did not misspell that, I am not a Paulist, nor do I feel that the “Church” per se is necessary for a person to read the words of the carpenter cum rabbi and walk a path toward the light.

I remember as a young person being told that Paul’s letters were put in the Bible as Sacred writings because there was not enough in the Gospels to lead a true religious life. Dang! I wish I could speak to that preacher now that I’ve read and studied the words we were talking about. The rabbi’s words were more than enough to walk a path of personal spirituality, all Paul added was the stuff that makes institutions run. We don’t need that. If we obey the basic law to begin with, i.e. “Love one Another.” We don’t need anything more.

roberts_rules_of_orderThe rest of the “stuff” in any “Writ” is when unlove prevails. Jessie doesn’t like Sarah, and Sarah doesn’t like Jessie back, so how do we keep them from tearing the fellowship apart with their antics. BTW, Robert’s Rules of Order work better for that than Paul’s letters. Makes sense, General Robert understood the strategies of politics quite well, and besides, the Rules of Order grew out of his embarrassment over being ignorant of how to run a church meeting. When Paul and the 11(minus J. Iscariot) met, there was a tacit agreement that Paul was to minister to the gentiles while the 11 remained true the their ancestry.

While that has been celebrated through the centuries, it is the one thing that makes me extremely suspect of his teachings. If those who walked at Y’shua’s side found Paul’s teachings objectionable, why should I think they are such that I should venerate the man and his epistles? It intrigues me, to say the least, that with all the questions that arise from that, he remains so much the central teacher in the Christian religion. Part of that, I suspect, is that the Ivrit have long been so segregated from gentile life that most Christians do not realize just how un-Jewish are Paul’s interpretations of 2801-762617Y’shua’s teachings. Or that, if Y’shua had been so outspoken about being a Godman, he’d have been stoned before he’d taught for 3 weeks, let alone 3 years.

I don’t believe that the Dead Sea scrolls were the first such find, actually, since so many centuries have passed since it all began, I cannot help but wonder how many times scrolls were found and destroyed or hidden before news of them could even reach the public. Only with a greater freedom from church rule can such discoveries come to light. It does, however explain the need for a grand Inquisitor, doesn’t it? If you are not teaching veritas, you need someone who can keep the rabble (us) quiet. So, in spite of the fact that I believe in G-d very G-d, I cannot blame those who wish for no religion at all. I truly wish I could; blame them, that is.

No. 6

6) Harmony results in maximum efficiency with minimum effort. When it is a strain to sing in harmony with the Universal Energies, there are blockages within your Spirit.

This one, sadly, is only logical, and we all know this from experience. When there is no harmony it is because someone is hurting or causing hurt to another. Often the one who is causing the hurt is responding to past pain. Now realize, please, that, though I am in sympathy with all who hurt, I also feel that one can choose not to continue to pass along the pain to others.

I am fully aware that when the sociopathy that is caused by early abuse has resulted in a lack of empathy for others that the results are often disastrous, as these are the folks who can kill in multiples without conscience. I do hope that somewhere in the future we can find a way to compassionately deal with the problem, some way, perhaps to screen for it, and keeping some sort of restriction regarding weapons on those who have this disorder.

Even that sounds unfair since I am speaking of restricting a person before they have committed a crime, but, quite often, we do not know this disorder has surfaced in a person until they have killed several and are on the run from the law. It would somehow seem at least a bit more compassionate to restrict before so many were injured. There is no simple solution for our lawmakers or our lawkeepers. However, once one has been found to have such tendencies, yet has not committed murder, would this not be the time to begin treatment? So much less damage to other humans would result if we could but tell who has such problems before things completely erupted.

One of the most discouraging things among us humans is that there are times in our history when foolish thinking men and women believe they can force harmony by “killing” off a section of the population, as did Hitler, Stalin and Housein. The backlash of pain and misery that follows such horror puts us that much further from true harmony. This is why they must be stopped, and as often as possible, early enough in their careers to keep them from harming multitudes.

So, here we are, knowing that harmony is a wonderful state where we would all like to live, and yet, also knowing that such a state is most probably mythical until all humans make the decision to seek balance within themselves. For this inner state of being cannot be forced. You cannot put a swastika on a flag, and march the children up and down the boulevard in brown shirts and attain harmony, you will not even attain military harmony with such, only ultimately, chaos, as the human soul also needs freedom.

Is there any way, then, to find a societal harmony that is free and truly harmonious? I don’t know, there are many who swear that Christianity was developed as a means of controlling the masses and bringing about that harmony. Yet, even here, there is fallacy. Christianity became a state religion under the warrior ruler, Constantine, and it’s constant answer to disharmony is war, what kind of answer is that?

There is no doubt in most of our minds that the solution is one of the spirit within, but religion seems more often a cause of dissension and pain than a cause for true celebration in harmony. Spiritual openness seems the only answer, but here, ooops, the governments have no control, as it is an individual response within rather than a group response without. There have been, in the last century, several experiments in governmental denial of spirit, most of those have collapsed.

Spirituality, in order to be real, must be within, yet this very thing frightens church leaders and heads of state alike, as, for whatever reason, there is no trust of Creator’s capacity to create a true peace within the human soul. Hm, it may just be our last resort.

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