A voicehearer’s path ~

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Delusions ~

twirl1I have been AWOL for a couple of weeks, please accept my abject apologies, I have several thoughts on the “boards”, just couldn’t seem to get them put together well enough for a post.

I have been thinking about a lot of things, “magic”, delusions, compassion, principles, and, unfortunately, it’s just been a bit of a jumble, and wouldn’t come out of my fingers onto the board as a readable comment. It’s too late to worry about losing my mind, that is already gone, so, well, I guess I’ll just have to fake it in the meantime.

According to several sources on the “web”, delusions are firmly held beliefs in the presence of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Most do couch that in terms that excuse those of us with some sort of spirituality, but then, the implication is that even the belief in the spiritual side of life is delusional.

Delusions are pathological beliefs which persist despite clear evidence that they are actually false. They can vary widely in content, but are always characterized by the absolute certainty with which they are held. Such beliefs reflect an abnormality of thought processes; they are often bizarre and completely unrelated to conventional cultural or religious belief systems, or to the level of intelligence of the person suffering from them.

Of course, the key word there is pathological, i.e. harmful, beliefs. Unfortunately, there are many harmful beliefs that are part of this or that religious system that are allowed to remain part of the overall culture, just because they have been expressed in religious terms. Christianity’s many sects have those who believe, in spite of the teachings of Y’shua regarding compassion and treating one’s fellows as one would be treated, that one does not need to forgive a non-believer, or even a believer if they do not ask for forgiveness. That isn’t how it’s said in the Book, in fact, the Book can be quoted as teaching that if we do not forgive, (no matter who) we will not be forgiven, but it is how it’s taught by more than one denomination.

The sadness there is that the teachings of one who would have us treating all others with some respect, at least, for their humanity, indeed, for the common ground they hold with us, are then skewed and made into the bylaws of a “them and us” club. So, here, in this little practice that should not be present in the path of the Nazarene at all, is a delusional teaching that allows those with an inclination to believe the preacher over the words in the Book, to practice something so anathema to the original teacher as to bring about such harmful acts as the Inquisition  and the Crusades, neither of which fall anywhere in the principles taught in the Book.

One of the most harmful of delusional states is the is one that allows the believer to feel that they could or should control the lives of others. This happens so often it is simply accepted as a matter of that person’s faith, yet, beyond the laws that govern peaceful cohabitation with our fellow travelers none of us has the right to attempt to control the lives of other, and each of us has the obligation to love others as they are. Hm, perhaps that is exactly why we get sidetracked with all the other stuff. Allowing someone the freedom within the law to be themselves, and loving them too is a pretty tall order.

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The Eagle’s place on your personal wheel ~

132First, let me share with you that my medicine on the Wheel in the East is the lowly little mouse. I have always enjoyed the wonderful tales  about mice. Things like the comparison of the country mouse and the city mouse. I am a country mouse. I like the fields and nature and the open sky, even though, out here we little mice don’t live very long. Mouse medicine people have a tendency to want to get up close and personal to explore whatever it is that has come into our world and caught our attention. We want to taste, smell and feel whatever it is that is ahead of us, and that can sometimes get us into trouble. Set some cheese on a spring loaded trap and “thwack”, you’ve got us. And yes, I like cheese, a lot.

Eagle medicine, which is almost a polar opposite in it’s function, is the Medicine Keeper of  goldeneagle4the East of the Wheel of Life. Eagle sees the “big picture” with extreme clarity, seeing details as well as major consequences of actions taken. The East is where a person learns the AHA’s in life, the “epiphanies” or sudden “Yes!” moments. This is where we are born into this life on the wheel, and learn the basics of walking and talking. Eagle watches our progress and keeps the knowledge of this place for all time. It is Eagle that carries our prayers to Wakan Tanka (translated Holy, Wakan; Spirit, Tanka)

5189j2181el_sl500_aa240_Hyemeyohsts Storm is a storyteller and spokesman for the mixed blood peole of the earth. He tells the story of Jumping Mouse. (His book, Seven Arrows, is an excellent introduction into Native teaching and thought.) There are several such stories among the Original People, as mouse is also a keeper, though not of the East, but of the South in some tribes. Let me say a word of caution to those of you who are reading my words and have not explored your totems with a Native teacher. Eagle medicine is not all that common, and to claim it is also to claim not just power but an awesome responsibility to serve the people. Learn Eagle as a Keeper on the Medicine Wheel. Let Eagle teach you, understanding that Eagle is a servant and teacher. Learn Sun Bear’s totem teachings in Dancing with The Wheel. It is an excellent place to start, and you will not go wrong learning from him.

Labels ~

As a society we depend on labels to tell us what is in things, on things, about things and whether the sun will shine tomorrow. For the safety of our children, and the well-being of ourselves, labels serve as a very necessary short hand that allow us to move through life not having to read the fine print on every thing that passes under our inspection. However, we do need to remember that they are shorthand, not the full or even often the true story behind the labels. This is so prevalent that there have, in the past decade or so, come to pass many truth in labeling laws.

The difficulty there, of course, is that some of the spaces in our lives where we particularly need “truth” to be the veritable truth, those laws cannot enter nor would they be effective if they could. How do you label a mystical experience? “The sun was a beautiful rosy red, and the stars talked to me!?!” Careful, you’ll be labeled a druggy if you say that to too many of the wrong people. Or what about the fact that there are so many people out there willing to take the money of people honestly seeking spiritual truth and having no idea where to find it? You cannot always tell, in fact, there are people who sincerely believe what they are selling is sound truth whose work will in the end prove quite false.

All too often that ugly word, “cult” gets thrown around when a new idea comes to town and the “old guard” are threatened by a strange way of doing things. Some of the new ideas are great and will enhance one’s spiritual experience immeasurably and some are pure bunk. Did the Masters’ give us a way to tell when we were being led down the primrose path, or are we on our own on this trail?

Actually, both Y’shua and Buddha gave us some very wise teachings to help us tell when we were being led around by the nose. The Buddha’s caution was to stick to the teachings, the “Four Noble Truths” and the Eightfold Path” being primary but also his other teachings, if a new teacher came along and began to teach anything that went contrary to the basics, he was a charlatan. Y’shua spoke of the fruit of a teacher’s life, if the fruit was bad, the tree was bad, do not eat from that tree.

Many times if you find that someone you have leaned on as a teacher is lacking, you will be slammed with “Do Not Judge”, an understandable gambit, but be careful, choosing not to stay under the tutelage of one that does not live by the principles as a general rule is not condemning them to haedes, it is preserving your own integrity as a follower of the Great Ones. Attempt always to stay in balance and accuse seldom if at all, but do not choose to stay where Compassion is not honored as a way of life.

Inner Child ~

“HELP!, my inner child has escaped and refuses to go back inside!”

“Ye must become as a little child in order to enter the Kingdom.” Did you ever wonder what Y’shua meant by that? I have heard many teachers speculate, and I think some have almost hit it, but I suspect we had to begin to explore and face our inner workings with something like psychology in order to discover the depth of the meaning of that one simple teaching.

Once you realize that the child within the adult that you are needs healing and help from childhood traumas, you can begin to see that it is here that Y’shua’s teachings can become real. There are many Inner Child Therapists available to help if you need more than a simple meditation for this healing, and there are several recorded discs by different authors and counselors that will help you relax and have a good experience with a guided meditation.

I would truly recommend that, if you do not have a pleasant and fulfilling time with the meditation, that you take the time and seek a good therapist to help you sort out the trauma that may have interfered with that, as the likelihood that such is the case may be high. Do not attempt to use one of the discs if you know that you have unresolved childhood issues.

So, what is the “Kingdom”? I would love to ask Y’shua that face to face, and intend to when I see him. Many preachers and teachers have addressed that question, but I am not sure any one person actually has the answer. I can tell you what I think it is, but, the likelihood is that your preacher will disagree with me. Nevertheless, I will share what I believe it to be, and you may use to concept or not as you choose.

For me, the “Kingdom” is a mental, emotional and spiritual place within my own self that is “where” I meet with Spirit. This is my meditation space, though to be truthful, it usually feels like a place far away and in another dimension. Sometimes it is a lovely garden where I meet with a gentle healer looking very much like my picture of Y’shua. Sometimes I am simply sitting on a hill surrounded by golden light. It veries vastly from the influence of what my days and weeks have been like.

I have a specific meditation in which I meet my Inner child on a beach in the summer and we play, and swim, and talk. It’s a lovely meditation, and sometimes a gentle woman joins us there, ageless, beautiful and wise. She is of such a skin tone that I cannot tell if she is Native American, middle Eastern or Oriental. It doesn’t matter, she is kind and gentle, always leading me toward loving thought. It is this gentle spirit whose influence has kept me from following darker ways, and, though I have no doubt whatsoever that I would be thought possessed by my Christian bretheren, her teachings have always been filled with compassion and understanding. I guess I will choose to still hear her voice and take my chances on the other side.

Please, if you have not done any inner child work, explore it, it would be quite rewarding.

No Boundaries?

Yikes! I don’t know if I want to live in a world where the “press” can decide that the world needs to know if you passed gas this morning!? Yet, that is exactly what is happening in our society. How gross is that? And, most frightening is that, the more a person resists the boundary breakers, the more certain the newshounds are that there is something to hide, so they pursue it with even more vigor. Many times they have been right, but, do these pencil pushing detectives have mores enough to back off when what they find really is nobody’s business? I wouldn’t count on it.

So, how do we determine the extent of healthy boundaries in a world that glorifies having no boundaries? I can only answer by sharing what has been given me. If it helps you, use it in good faith and enjoy. Hedgie, up there in the corner is the animal in the Native American cosmology that teaches us how to maintain our boundaries, as when you reach out in good intent, brushing from head to tail on his quills, you will not get hurt. However, if you go to harm our nonshallant little character, you will pull back a handful of quills. Hedgie’s “medicine” is innocense and boundaries.

I want to introduce you to a stone friend of mine, and yes, like the Native American teachers I have known, I consider the stones to be “people” with things to teach us. This fellow is rhodochrosite, and it’s “medicine” is unconditional love. It teaches this to it’s wearer and is best able to teach this when given as a gift. But note the banding. Note the way the stone looks when sliced straight across. There is a center (the sacred heart of each and every human), striations circumventing outward, and then more banding.

What my teachers have used this stone to teach me is the idea of compassionate boundaries. Holding onto my sacred space in such a way as to cause as little offense as possible, while still holding onto that space as mine alone. That is a tough lesson, and it takes time to learn. I wore my friend for a number of years, and still keep it in a special place in my room as a gentle reminder of the lessons.

Now, if you should choose to follow that same pattern, I would like you to understand that the stone is a reminder as well as a teacher, but that you must seek out the conscious knowledge that goes with this. Find the books and human teachers that can teach you these lessons in a gentle way, for as surely as you do not seek to learn the quiet lessons of spirit, there is a trickster prepared to teach you by other means that will grow more and more painful.

Paulism ~

11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.

These are Paul’s words to Timothy in his First letter to him. This was the first time I had become aware that the man to whom so many looked upon with veneration, was essentially a chauvanist pig.

Now, I am aware that those schooled in the church would tell me that these words and others from Paul that have so completely held the church back from progressing with the times, were uttered not out of chauvanism, but because of the times in which he operated. I was told that at the time I first asked the questions.

So, I went searching through the four gospels looking to see what Y’shua had to say about women. Interesting, he was an egalitarian, more than his upbringing would have even lead him to be. So, I don’t buy the excuses, except that the men giving them, liked what Paul had to say better than they liked Y’shua’s teachings. That is, in large part why I am not a Paulist.

There’s another incident that made me stop and think about this man whom so many adulate. In 1st Corinthians, Paul laid into the church like there was no tomorrow because they were reportedly tolerating the fellowship of a man and his two lovers, a mother and daughter, making sure that the church reckoned with the idea the even the “Pagans” did not tolerate such behavior. Yeah, I like that one. He taught a Helenized Gospel, after the pagans of Rome, not the chaste faith of the Jews, and would have folks despise the very people whose attitudes he would have them adopt in all but name when it came in fact to the traditions of his forbears.

Well, back to the story at hand, in 2nd Corinthians, after that diatribe that went on forever in the 1st letter there is a tiny phrase of half apology for being wrong, justifying the harangue as having been for their own good.

Now then, let’s discuss this “soldier for the cross” who, when walking through Athens jumped up on top of a monument raised the the unknown God and like a hawker in a circus yelled to the people “Come one come all to the greatest show on earth”. Quite different impression, the painting from the real thing, eh?

Ok, now I am sure you have the drift of why I am not a fan of Saint Paul. Of Paul a human being with many frailties, I have nothing but compassion and sympathy. He also wrote some pretty fine stuff on love, read that same book I fussed at him about above, and you will come across one of the finest passages on Godly love in existence.He wrote a lot about love throughout his letters, yet his behavior did not back up his words. I believe this is why so many Christians feel it’s OK to speak love out of one side of their mouths while torturing others out of the other side. This man was not a model of balanced humanity.

EDIT; 9.16.08

I have wondered if Paul’s intense rant against gentiles converting to Judaism in order to follow the “Christ” was that then he would lose his audience. If a gentile were to learn the Mosaic Law, he would actually learn that most of those laws had to do with living a compassionate life. The other laws that seem so harsh to us today had to do with keeping a strong sense of purity among the people of G-d.

These studies would also make the Gentiles realize that Y’shua’s teachings were actually intended to bring a mature, mystical perspective to the walk of the pilgrim. This was so that one who chose to walk such a path would see that joyful, humble service to Hashem was not so much a matter of obeying the behavioral laws, though Y’shua said and meant his listeners to understand that they were important as well, but he was teaching an inner obedience of the heart. If the gentiles Paul was preaching to had realized the main points of Y’shua’s teachings, they would not have needed Paul, and would have realized he was a lot of hot air.

He was a an ambitious and dedicated itinerant preacher, and as long as he and his teachings are treated as those of a human being, not some God appointed spokesman for all of mankind, I can tolerate his foolishness, but when you start acting as though I should model my life and my faith after his pattern, well, not this life time, and, perhaps, none in the future, either.

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