JOURNAL FILE 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007 6:27 PM
I am in Santa Cruz at my brother’s working on the Please Judge Me essay and video.
Truth is defined as both fact and permanence. (?) Therefore, any ‘truth’ that can change is only a relative truth and not an absolute truth. Absolute truths cannot be defined because a definition limits them and any limit is temporal
Title: Think Like Jesus; be liberal with your love.
Title: Emotional Excellence
Somebody (René Descartes ) once said, I think therefore I am. The opposite is also true, when we stop thinking we are no longer there.
Sometimes I look at myself and think I am a slave to my concepts and ideas. For instance, I have these images in my mind that come from the bible that I measure myself against. If I do not live up to these images then I NEED to work harder.
Title: Superhumanity; a vision of where humanity is evolving toward. A vision of our evolutionary future. If we have a will to evolve then there is a way. How do we create the will in people to evolve? Distinguish between technological and spiritual evolution. An example of technological evolution would be cell phones. Spiritual evolution is referring to super skills that we have. An example of spiritual evolution would be the ability to telepathically communicate with people. Of course, with the advent of this skill the cell phone (communication) companies would lose business so they might resist any idea of developing these type of skills.Friday, January 19, 2007 11:55 AM
Title: The Illusion of Verbal Abuse
Thursday, February 01, 2007 8:53 AM
Today I am struck by how people are so afraid of themselves. Everywhere I go I see people afraid. At first they seem afraid of me if they know anything about me, and sometimes even if they do not know anything about me.
I see this as a “problem” within society but here in lies the rub; maybe this ‘problem’ is only in MY mind. When I speak about this ‘problem’ with other people they only run from the discussion, so I speak about it more saying that people’s running from discussions is a symptom of the ‘problem’. The more I speak about it the more people seem to be afraid of me.
On the other hand, I recognize that I have had this same ‘problem’ myself and I found a solution to that problem: meditation or practicing relaxing around words, thoughts and ideas. I have found that what I make important I create tension around, so to relax I let go of making anything important. In order to share my insights with people I have to make them important, which creates tension or fear.
This is all a vicious cycle or a Catch-22 type situation.
I suppose that I just have to play with the dilemma; talk about it and then let it go.
I guess I would call my meditation method Meditation & Relationships.
Friday, February 02, 2007 9:53 AM
Listening Heart: today I woke up thinking that the world (and myself) could use more people with the skill of a listening heart. We do not listen to one another. We do not even listen to ourselves deeply. How about Deep Listening.
Baptism of Fire: I watch politicians and other public people who ‘screw up’ and then they get a ‘baptism of fire’ of publicity surrounding their screw up. Sometimes this ‘screw up’ is just saying to doing something controversial and that topic because the rage of discussion around the world.
I dream of do this, of becoming the most controversial person who has ever lived. I want this attention, this baptism of fire of public scrutiny. I want to be criticized and judged. I want to be purified by this baptism of fire. I know that no words can harm me, only my reactions to the words can hurt me. I want the world to show me my unhealthy reactions.
I like this that the apostle Paul wrote: Life by the Spirit
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Gal 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
The last line is very Anti-Christ’s way of thinking. Jesus was ABOUT provoking people to think about things. That is why Paul’s friends (the Pharisees) killed Jesus.Saturday, February 03, 2007 9:47 AM Millionaires tell how they did it:Their stories vary, but their advice is pretty much the same: Work hard, stay focused on your goals, take calculated risks and enjoy what you're doing.
My goal is to be the most controversial person who has ever lived.
Tuesday, February 06, 2007 8:51 AM
Dynamic Compassion: is a compassion that goes beyond just respect, service and care. Compassion is the willingness to suffer with others. Dynamic compassion is the underlying cause of change or growth that comes from that willingness to suffer with others. (Ahimsa)
Dynamic compassion is a willingness to engage the world or a situation that is unhealthy, possibly making that situation temporarily more dynamic (dis-eased) so as to bring about a change towards a healthier situation.
I remember a situation from my childhood where my mother demonstrated Dynamic Compassion with my older sister that probably saved her life and gave me a great example of love, which was a deep and profound experience in my life.
I was about five or six at the time and all three of us, my older sister, myself and my younger sister, had the measles. My younger sister and I got over the measles in the normal amount of time but my older sister did not. My mother was worried about this because she had heard that measles, if they last too long, can do permanent damage or even kill. So my mother called the doctor who told her to induce the spots on the skin to eruption. To do this he said she should draw a hot bath that was just less than scalding and put my sister in it. He said this would be very uncomfortable for my sister but that my mother would have to hold her in the water until the spots erupted.
I can still remember how my sister screamed and cursed my mother for doing this. My mother had tears in her eyes but also knew that if she did not do this then my sister could die. My sister, still a child, could not understand this.
The spots erupted and my sister got better. But I can see that my sister always seem to hold that experience against my mother and still does not have much of a relationship with her.
But, I can see that this act was an example of Dynamic Compassion, loving when those you are serving cannot understand how you are loving them. This is unconditional love for it was not conditional upon a return of appreciation or love.
Dynamic Compassion is much more than Ahimsa, the Buddhist and Hindu doctrine expressing belief in the sacredness of all living creatures and urging the avoidance of harm and violence. Dynamic Compassion goes beyond the equanimity of non-aggression and injury of others to the active involvement in the lives of others. Ahimsa implies an avoidance of involvement in another’s life while Dynamic Compassion implies confronting and embracing involvement in another’s life. Ahimsa is a good start but it does not go far enough. In the spectrum of consciousness Ahimsa only goes half way to equanimity while Dynamic Compassion pushes us toward the extreme positive of love.
Dynamic Compassion means confronting the ills of our society. Non injury is non involvement while confronting is engaging the causes of injury BEFORE they happen or at the root of their source. Compassion by itself may mean being a “Mother Theresa” type person who comforts the wounds of those who have been injured. Dynamic Compassion means confronting the cause of injury so as to protect against future injuries.
Often those who are being harmed are also the ones doing the harm. Many injuries people experience are self-inflicted yet they blame others for their own behavior. For instance, “verbal or emotional abuse” is harm that we have learned to cause ourselves. Dynamic Compassion confronts the source of the injury by confronting the person who is abusing themselves emotionally.
Dynamic Compassion would also motivate one to confront the BELIEF that words are the source of our suffering. For it is this belief that keeps people trapped in the cycle of abuse and violence. Confronting deeply held beliefs in society is not popular but it is loving and deeply compassionate.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007 11:15 AM
The Middle Way. The Buddha taught that the way to freedom from suffering is the Middle Way, the way away from extreme positions. Yet, the Buddha himself was an extremist when he was working to get free. He practiced extreme asceticism until he came to certain realizations or enlightenment. It was his extreme practices and positions that lead to this realizations, NOT the practice of the Middle Way.
So, in essence, the Buddha was a hypocrite who practiced one way but taught another.
Emotional Strength: how does one become emotionally strong? What does it mean to be emotionally strong? What differentiates between an emotionally strong or an emotionally weak person?
I would say that a calmness of mind, an ability to be at peace WITH the world no matter what is coming at them. Being at peace IN SPITE OF what is being said to you are about you. For the emotionally weak person they often feel a need to be defensive or are intimidated while the strong person rarely feels that way.
These are SKILLS that come from practicing relaxing and letting go. Practicing relaxing in dynamic situations gives one the confidence to engage the world and emotional strength.
Thursday, February 08, 2007 9:49 AM
YouTube Idea: I love people. I love this world. This is a healthy way of thinking that LEADS to experiencing this world as heaven. This happens because I no longer make this world IMPORTANT so what happens in it is OK with me.Saturday, February 10, 2007 12:23 PM
The Painful Truth: we have the power to stop making truth painful. We can overcome our habitual and unhealthy reactions to words, thoughts and ideas. It is painful to realize the truth that we are our own worst enemy, that we are the ones causing ourselves the most problems, that we have always had and always will have the power to make our lives better. AND, when we realize this we have the power to STOP this self abusive behavior.
Might Makes Right. Unenlightened people believe that if we have the power then we have the right to do whatever we want to do. Even democracy is an extension of this same mentality or way of thinking. Governments exist because people believe that might makes right. Government, war and crime are the manifestations of the unhealthy belief. If we have the largest gang of people then we have the right to rule; this is what democracy is, the majority has the right to dictate to the minority what is to be done. America is the economically and militarily the strongest nation in the world and therefore has the right and even the duty to impose it’s will one the rest of the world.
This is sickness at the core of our being and society. This is not coming from love but from fear, and it only produces fear and a hellish reality.
Monday, February 12, 2007 10:39 AM
The Painful Truth: start with a slide show like Al Gore’s “The Inconvenient Truth”.
The premise: the painful truth is that most of the pain and negativity we experience is a product of our reactions to the thoughts in our head.
Jesus started his teachings with “Change your ways of thinking, for the kingdom of heaven is AT HAND.
Buddha’s Four Nobel truths teach us that suffering is a product of our desires, which are thought in our head.
I wan to have a talk about how to get out the situation. 4 s’s.
Talk about what causes tension: importance, narrow-mindedness; use the magnifying glass example
Relationship problems start in our reactions to what others say to us AND our thoughts about what is said.
War is a failure to communicate (listen).
Diagram the process of verbal stimulation to thoughts to reactions.
Piano example: video demonstrating “C” note reaction on piano strings.
Mental health relationship to physical health
Talk about how our attitudes towards ourselves or others effects how we take care of ourselves
Show how mental health effects our environmental health and economic health.
Talk about some of the unhealthy institutions in society that encourage us to react to thoughts: slave owners, religions, family, governments, marketing organizations, parents, unhealthy relationships, KKK, political organizations, etc.
Show the slave/bible example: how the owners would want Paul’s teachings to be taught to their slaves but not Jesus’. Owners would not want their slaves to get an education that might inspire them to seek freedom.
Four S’s are the essence of all spiritual training.
We are our own worst enemy
The Painful Truth is that truth is painful because of our reactions to it. The truth is our reactions, not necessarily the words or thoughts. Actions speak louder than words or thoughts.
Jesus said he came to bear witness to the truth’ the truth he bore witness to was how people reacted to what he said. Yet, he also said he overcome the world; meaning that he had overcome his reactions to the words people spoke or the thoughts that went through his head (Devils suggestions).
About Jim: I am about HEALTH: mental, emotional, physical, social, financial, environments, political health. I recognize that the planet cannot be healthy if the people are not healthy. People cannot be healthy in their bodies and relationships if they are not health in their minds. A healthy body/mind relationship means that we do not react to every thought that comes through our minds. Learning how to relax and practicing relaxing is how we give ourselves, our bodies, our relationships and our planet rest and peace.
So I am about helping people learn to relax and be healthy. Mental health is everything for it all starts in the mind and our reactions to thoughts. What thoughts do we make important enough to continue thinking and to react to?
Questions for a Future President:
Where does “Love Thy Enemy” fit into the war on Terrorism?
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both recognized that government is evil’ Jefferson called it a necessary evil, because he did not look deep enough to see it is not necessary. Do you see that government is inherently evil and if so, how do you see yourself moving America toward a healthier/holier reality?
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 10:04 AM
YouTube Idea: Start out with a question on the screen: How would your life be different if you woke up one day and realized that you are actually God, that you have always been and will always be and that you are here on earth to enjoy the process called LIFE and the manifest universe?
Now wake up, for YOU ARE GOD!
Then go on to talk about all the people who have woken up and how they say the same thing, that we are gods, part of God, not separate from God, that we are Spirit in essenceWednesday, February 14, 2007 3:55 PM
You are God: this is just a way of thinking. It is only a way of thinking. Why think of yourself as God or Spirit? Because it is a lot healthier or holier to see yourself as an infinite and eternal being than as just a small, temporal being that will someday die and that will be it.
As God or Spirit you will start to see the world from a “Big Picture” perspective. You will no longer sweat the small stuff. And compared to you everything is small stuff.
As God or Spirit you will relax and be able flow with what life offers. As God or Spirit you will be able to enjoy this silly little person that you are playing that you currently think of as yourself. As God you can enjoy the drama that life is.
“All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” William Shakespeare
This, of course, was the way that Jesus thought and this is what he advocated that we thinking, but the Christians are diabolically apposed to it.
When Jesus started teaching the first thing he said was, “Change your ways of thinking for the kingdom of heaven is AT HAND.” (Matthew 4:17) Of course, Jesus did not really say that, for he did not speak English. The oldest recorded version of what he said is in Greek and the Greek word “Metanoia” has been translated into ‘repent’ in English.
So Jesus wanted us to change our ways of
thinking and we would find that we are in heaven now. Whose way of thinking do
you think he would suggest we follow? He did say, “I am the way, the truth and
Jesus called God is Father and he said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) To justify this way of thinking to the conservative religious people of his time he quoted the Old Testament line that says, “Ye are gods.” (Psalms 82:6) In so doing he was agreeing that we are all gods, one with God.
Still later he said, “My Father is greater than I am.” (John 14:28) So Jesus was saying that he is not the whole of God but only a part of God, just as we all are.
Jesus also said that we should think of ourselves as having two identities: one, the personal, which is “born of water” and the other, the divine, which is born of Spirit. (John 3:5) Jesus also said, “God is Spirit” (John 4:24), so if you put all these together you can get that he was trying to tell us to think like him, to think of ourselves a gods, one with God, part of God.
Another benefit of thinking we are God is to see ourselves ALL as one. If we are one then we will tend to treat others as we want to be treated, for we will see others as ourselves. Again, Jesus said to “love they neighbor as thy self.”
Love the Terrorists
Terrorists are people too. Terrorists are people who are hurting, something they are hurting so much they are willing to commit suicide just to get out of their suffering. But the terrorists who drove the airplanes into the World Trades Centers on 9/11 did not just want to free themselves from their misery; they wanted to draw attention to the suffering of all their people.
Jesus taught that we should love thy enemy (Matthew 5:43). We are not just to love thy enemies for their sake, but for our own benefit, for hate does no one any good. Hate is painful for the one who hates. Hate is a product of fear and fear hurts.
The terrorists what to create fear in our hearts so that we can have compassion for the fear that they live under all their lives.
Terrorists are sick people, as sick as those who want to kill them. But should we seek to kill people just because they are sick? In the days of old they used to people mentally sick people in prisons to “protect” the public from them, even if those people were not dangerous. Killing and prison is not the solution, hospitals that address their ways of thinking is the solution.
Thursday, February 15, 2007 12:09 PM
The Final Frontier is Within. In the last couple of hundred years humanity has evolved technologically but very little evolution in the ‘spiritual’ realm. What do I mean my ‘spiritual’? Spiritual evolution is getting in touch with or becoming aware of that which inspires or motivates us, the ‘spirit’ that moves us.
I find that what we want is to ‘expand’ ourselves and our consciousness. We seek out new things because we want to expand our awareness beyond where it is. The expansive motivation is what we call love. The opposite of love is fear and fear causes us to contract down. Fear is a product of our unconsciousness or darkness. The more we seek the less we fear the more love we experience.
One are of expansion that we will eventually head in is in how to operate the human instrument. One thousand years ago it was a very small percentage of humanity that was literate, but today it is a very small percentage of humanity that is ILLITERATE. Now, just about everyone can read to some degree. Someday everybody will know how to manage their emotional reactions to thoughts they have. Anger management will be a given, not a rare exception. Someday rarely will people get angry, offended, upset, feel guilt, shame, doubt, fear or pessimism. But today it is only those of us on the leading edge of consciousness that are masters of our minds and emotional reactions to our thoughts.
After this skill becomes pretty well established in the world then people will look to what today are call Extra Sensory Perceptions (ESP) skills such as telepathic communication (which will replace cell phone technology), Clairvoyance (remote viewing), precognition, and psychokinesis (the ability to move things with our minds).
These are somewhat implied in the recent movies call “X-men” where people have supernatural skills. The range of the possibility of these skills is probably infinite and only limited by our imagination. But, until we have the ability to focus our mind and limit our emotional reactions to our thoughts we will not be able to develop these skills.Thursday, February 15, 2007 2:54 PM
YESNESS or The Painful Truth: we have a choice at whether we have a positive or negative life experience. If we say YES to what life is offering then we will have a positive life experience. If we say NO to what life offers then we will have a negative life experience. We are not going to get out of life alive either way so we might as well enjoy what life offers. What does matter is the quality of our life experience. So why not say YES to what life is offering even it is violence, death or disease? YES makes life healthier for you and easier for you to survive.
Mental Massage: the “problem”, if we choose to define it as that, is only a problem if people choose to define it as a problem and then resist it. Sometimes thoughts are not considered ‘problems’ so are not experienced as problems. If there is too much tension or ‘dis-ease’ around it then we define it as a problem, otherwise it is or can be enjoyable. Massaging out the tension is the way to release that ‘problem’.
Friday, February 16, 2007 10:44 AM
Mental Massage Flyer/Business: Freedom from Fear. Guilt, Shame, Doubt, Pessimism, Depression, Anger are all products of fear. Fear is just a painful reaction to thoughts. We can overcome our fears and live the life we were meant to live. These negative reactions to thoughts, if held, will manifest into our bodies as some sort of disease. To cure our ‘dis-eases’ we must look at their source.
I am Jim Freedom, a Life and Health Couch and I use Mental Massage to help people overcome the negativity in their life.
I work with individual or in a group setting. I work on a donation bases. Come and meet me at SuchAndSuch Café on some day at some time that together we can overcome the challenges in our lives. Life is a TEAM effort.Friday, February 16, 2007 11:20 PM
Focus in on what I want. Describe in great detail what I want.
I want to bring and idea into the world that will be the most controversial idea that there ever has been, AND I want that idea to be controversial because I will RADICALLY change the quality of life for humanity.
What am I grateful for? I am grateful for the opportunity be a part of this process.
Sunday, February 18, 2007 5:44 PM
Frank Zappa on Crossfire: I agree with Frank’s position, not his reasoning. I find that the government wants to censor our speech to protect us from the truth of our abusive reactions to words, concepts and ideas. Without the debate that controversial positions create there would be no illuminating conversation. Controversy is what inspires us to shine our light.
Do we really want the government to decide what words can be spoken based on what some bureaucrat defines as the ‘spirit’ of America? The ‘spirit’ of America is that we are open to debate. It is the spirit of tyrannies that they are NOT open to debate. If we censor anyone then we are defining or aligning ourselves with the Hitlers and Stalins of the world.
Sunday, February 18, 2007 6:23 PM
Video: I am a Moron, just like Jesus.
Monday, February 19, 2007 9:23 AM
The painful truth is that we have been conditioned to resist words, ideas and thoughts. This resistance creates a contraction that, if held, becomes painful and manifests as dis-ease. Resistance creates tension within our mind and body.
Mental Massage is the process of relaxing while being stimulated with words, ideas and thoughts that we have habitually reacted to with contraction/resistance.
What creates tension/contractions/resistance? When we narrow our awareness down we stimulate the nerves with energy that causes them to “fire”. This firing sends electromagnetic energy traveling along the nerve, which causes the cells of the nerve to contract.
to relax: 4 S’s, practice appreciation, joy and love. Breathing, expanding the focus of our mind, think YES.
anybody can feel good around gental, loving words, ideas and thoughts, but those are not the ones we are ‘uptight’ about. So to get free and health we practice relaxing around challenging words, ideas and all thoughts. The ‘dis-ease’ is there whether or now we are currently being stimulated, just as a wound can hurt if touched but is not noticed until it is touched. Or a doctor probes to find the inflamed appendix.
Yesness is a positive attitude and a positive (non-contractive, non-resistive) mental reaction to whatever is stimulating us. The painful true is that most of the pain or negativity we experience is a product of our painful reactions to words, thoughts and ideas.
Christians, Please Repent:
When Jesus started teaching the first thing he said was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is AT HAND.” Heaven is NOW.
Of course, he did not say this because he did not speak English.
If you are not in heaven then you have not repented yet.
What ways of thinking do you now have that are keeping you out of heaven?
Heaven is someplace you go when you die, tomorrow sometime.
Faithlessness; seek and you will find. Faithlessness means you do not think like can be perfect.
Faithlessness means you do not seek to understand what Jesus meant when he said to be perfect.
Apostles were faithless leaders; blind leading the blind.
Paul worst of all; perfect, did not obtain.
Courage is the manifestation of love (love drives out fear.) courage to question authority, including your own beliefs.
Courage to think and be like Jesus.Monday, February 19, 2007 1:53 PM
“the idea that no matter how it looks, in some way
or other you’re creating how you feel in every moment
and you’re creating all the situations and people that
you attract or are attracted to and because a lot of people
cannot see how they are doing that because that process
to them so far is unconscious, out of their awareness,
they conclude that the triggers outside of them, that the
stuff they’re taking into their senses is the cause of how
they feel, whereas it’s really what they’re doing with it.
So anyway, I just found that the people that just will not
buy into this idea that somehow even if they can’t figure
it out, they’re creating all this stuff, those people really
stay stuck. Once somebody adopts that point of view
then they can start figuring out the “how-to” part of it.”
you have to take 100% responsibility
for everything that occurs in your life in order for you
to change these things and that is the hardest thing for
everybody to accept.
Marketing is sharing your love to somebody who you feel would be very interested in the product or service you have to offer.
“You can have whatever you want in life as long as you don’t need it.” It’s kind of the difference between preferring an outcome and being attached to an outcome.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007 8:26 AM
God is a Liberal: Today I woke up wanting to wake up people to a higher moral standard. I guess this is just another way of saying that I want to raise consciousness or that I want to tell people to know God. I see it all as the same thing.
I see that there are those who BELIEVE in God and then there are those who KNOW God. Those who know God are more liberal with their love, while those who believe in God are more conservative with their love. We call these people Liberals and Conservatives.
Those who are the most asleep or unconscious are the believers, the conservatives, the darksiders. It does not matter whether they believe in Jesus, Buddha, Mohammad, Moses, Krishna, or whoever, if they believe then ANYTHING they are a darksiders and will conservative their love.
God does not judge, people judge and judgment is part of the process of waking ourselves up. Judgment is good for it stimulates us to think which leads to developing our sensitivity or awareness.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 12:15 PM
I do want to manifest some materiality. I want to manifest a new motor home or vehicle. And I want to manifest a monthly income of at least $1000. I want to manifest an audience. I want to manifest being the MOST controversial person who has ever lived.(?) This means that I will be drawing attention to certain ideas that I promote, such as getting free from out unhealthy ways of thinking or our unhealthy REACTIONS to our thoughts.
I want to be financially independent.
I want to have people around me who appreciate me and what I have to share.
I want to be healthy of mind and body.
I want to have a comfortable and safe place to live.
I want to be in a place that enables and encourages me to exercise.
Being FOR something and against NOTHING…?Thursday, February 22, 2007 9:36 AM
Question on Government and God:
Against nothing…? How can a person whose heart is open NOT be against rape, torture, terrorism and murder? How can a person whose heart is open NOT be against the evil that is done in their name and that they are supporting? How does one deal with the FACT that if you pay taxes you are supporting evil?
Thursday, February 22, 2007 12:39 PM
A friend of mine’s husband just committed suicide and I am feeling her pain and the pain of the families. It doesn’t matter so much what happens in our lives as it matters how we deal with it; how we react to it.Thursday, February 22, 2007 1:29 PM
The root cause of terrorism, I believe, comes from the first line in the bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is a silly construct created out of immature and primitive minds who cannot see that there is no beginning and there will be no end. Because their minds have not opened yet to infinity they cannot image a universe without limits. Believing in beginning they imagine that there must be a “first cause” or some deity out there that creates the universeSaturday, February 24, 2007 5:50 PM
YouTube Idea: take my camera with me and look for situations where I can engage people on the streets while filming them. I am thinking of engaging them in challenging conversation and watching their reactions. Then make the point that they are puppets or robots for letting somebody upset them so or letting somebody push their buttons. I could call myself Captain Asshole. The Asshole Christ.
I have a Fear of Commitment. No doubt about that, I cannot follow through on just about anything. I have ideas galore but I do not follow though.Saturday, February 24, 2007 7:13 PM
I do not know of a single religious person who is not afraid of me, or should I say, who is not afraid of a conversation with me. All the Christians I know avoid me like the plague.
I see this as a product of their being so conditioned to react to words I me being free from that conditioning or living outside the boxes they have in their minds. I can and do talk about things that they react to in such a way as to experience discomfort or even pain.
This, of course, is why I talk so much about overcoming our fear of words and thoughts. I do not hurt these people, I just ‘bear witness to the truth’ of their conditioned emotional self abusive behavior. They abuse themselves with their reactions to my words and then blame me for their reactions, perpetuating the cycle of abuse.
It really hurts me when I see or feel their fear of me. Love is all I or anybody really wants but there can be no love where there is fear. Love and fear are opposites.
My ex-brother-in-law is a great example for me of this. I am currently visiting my brother and he is letting my ex-brother-in-law stay here while (hopefully) he can get back on his feet. My ex-brother-in-law is a fundamentalist Christian and not very smart. I am not sure he actually finished high school, as I find most religious people are uneducated or under educated. Whenever he sees me I can feel his dread. If I ask him how is day is going he barks back that I am attacking him and implies that it is my fault he is miserable. Of course, this is only a product of his programming or religious conditioning, but he cannot see that. He seems to only sees himself as a victim of my unloving jerkiness. Because of his painful reaction to my words or to the thought that I might same something he has to leave and hide in his room.
It is not just me, of course, that he is afraid of. If we are watching TV and there is something on the tube that is talking about ideas outside of his extremely limited perspective he becomes uncomfortable with it and has to leave.
I see Jesus as just like me in this regard. Jesus just went around pissing off religious people with his words. He was “bearing witness to the truth” of how they abuse themselves emotionally with their reactions to words and thoughts. That is why the religious people had to kill him, to stop their exposure to the truth.Monday, February 26, 2007 12:25 PM
I want to be a teacher, a controversial teacher. My five years image or goal is to be at least a nationally known teacher. I see there being an organization behind me, which I am currently calling the Yesness Foundation and that organization will handle all the ‘logistics’ of my life, traveling and teaching. The Yesness Foundation will be dedicated to health education and the advancement of human evolution.
I say controversial because the purpose of teaching is to get people to think outside the boxes of their current way of thinking. And controversy creates a discussion by which people can learn about perspectives outside of their current awareness.Saturday, March 03, 2007 1:44 PM
Com-PASSION: The Quick Way to EnlightenmentTuesday, March 06, 2007 9:31 AM
Getting Free: to enjoy and love what life is offering.
The root cause of terrorism is in the very first line of the bible, which comes out of a primitive, unhealthy mind. It says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” This is a silly construct that comes out of an immature, primitive mind that could not see that there was no beginning and there is no end. But their minds could not handle infinity and eternity so that created the illusion of beginning and end. With beginning then there had to be some ‘first cause’ or creator out there that created this world. If there is a creator then that creator must have had some reason to create the world. Then people can claim that they know the reason for this creation and they can create some laws based on that reason. With the “divine law” they can justify their mean spirited laws saying that if you do not do what “god” wants then we have a right to be mean to you. With ‘laws’ like the Torah, the Koran and the Bible, if you do not obey them then it is ok for us to terrorize you, to torture you and to murder you, for the is the law of the creator.
Therefore you can see that the root cause of terrorism is the primitive, barbaric and sick ideas of beginning and creator.
When a person reads a book they interpret the words in a way that makes sense for them. Everybody does this and everybody does it differently. In essence, WE are the authority of what these words mean TO US. We are the authority that defines how we interpret and react to words.
One of the definitions of the words “God” is the Ultimate Authority. WE are the Ultimate Authority who defines the meaning of words. We define what reality is. We are God.
Title: From Outside the Box
Failure to Communicate
I see that the root cause of most of humanities problems is a failure to communicate. We do not talk enough with one another, particularly about deep and/or personal things. The problem is not that we do not share our financial wealth; it is that we do not share HOW we got our financial wealth.
By developing and teaching good communication skills, the courage to be honest and most importantly the courageous compassion that it takes to truly listen to one another we can overcome this deficiency. When we recognize that we will not have the courage to be honest unless we have the courage to listen to feedback means that we first develop the skill of NOT beating ourselves up emotionally with our reactions to what people say to us or about us. It is hell to be afraid of ourselves and our reactions to what people say to us.
Title: Tired of Being Timid? Learn to develop the courage to be honest and to be the person you want to be.
Title: The Painful Truth. Once we recognize that all thoughts are about past or future but we ‘feel’ the present. When we react to the thoughts then we are feeling those reactions now, not in the past or future. Once we recognize that our thoughts are not real, they are just an echo of what was or what we image could be, then we can stop reacting to them. Then we can start laughing at the silliness of our reactions.
The Path of Passion: The Buddha had a lot of passion which is what motivated him to seek the truth that set him free from the suffering of being trapped in the passion. His passion came from his desire to find the truth of why people where trapped in suffering. This is what com-passion is, the willingness to suffering with others. So without com-passion he would not have had the passion to motivate himself to do what it took to overcome himself and see the truth that set him free of his passion or suffering.
Jesus had the same kind of passion or compassion.
So what they are in essence saying is that passion IS they way, the truth and the life, and no one finds the truth that sets them free who does not have the passion to motivate them to seek that truth. Siddhartha and Jesus, Buddha and Christ both took the Path of Passion to Realization, Liberation, Enlightenment or Oneness with God. It is the Path of Passion that gets us to Nirvana or Heaven. (Not dispassion)
Thursday, March 08, 2007 12:57 PM
Taxes: Time, not money. That is what our ‘tax’ system should tax, our time, not our money. Currently you pay approximately thirty percent of your income to federal taxes.Sunday, March 11, 2007 10:54 AM
Yesness Spiritual/Health Community CenterTuesday, March 13, 2007 10:58 AM
Flyer Idea: Emotional Healing
What I choose to create is an environment of emotional healing.
Feelings vs. emotions
I feel cold or hot or tired, but these are all the condition of our bodies including how our brain feels. Emotions are the reaction we have to thoughts in our brain and we FEEL those reactions in our body. If I feel angry or sad or happy or loving I am having an emotional/physiological reaction to a thought in my brain and I am actually feeling that reaction.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 11:30 AM
Believing happens when people hear some ‘information’ about something that they have an emotional predisposition toward. For instance, if a person has been shunned by Christians and they carry that emotional hurt with them then if there were to hear some ‘information’ challenges the validity of the Christian message they would have that emotional predisposition to want to believe that ‘information’. On the other hand, if a person has been raised to believe that they were sinner and that all sin will eventually get punished then when they hear the story that Jesus died on the cross for our sins they will have the emotional predisposition toward believing that it is true. Both of these examples are of people who are lying to themselves based on their emotional predisposition.
The wise and mature person will recognize that ALL beliefs are a product of emotional predisposition and result in self deception. So they accept the truth that, for instance, they do not know whether or not Jesus ever existed and that they can NEVER really know that.
Emotional healing is the process of recognizing that our emotions are a product of our lack of clarity or honest TO OURSELVES and practicing radical honesty without ourselves which keeps us in the present moment, the here and now. The practice ‘heals’ the habitual emotional reaction that causes us so much pain and suffering. We then begin to relax and stop injuring ourselves with our emotional reactions to the thoughts in our head. RELAXING around our thoughts is the key to healing ourselves emotionally and allowing the truth to do it perfect task.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:14 PM
Spiritual/Health Checkup: Twofold Path to Health/Peace/Light/Love/GodWednesday, April 11, 2007 9:43 AM
The Dis-ease of Creator
The immature person is uncomfortable with the ambiguity of infinity and eternity, so they image a beginning and a creator. The beginning is a limit and it binds or traps a person with limited opportunities. This creates a tension or dis-ease within the mind of the immature person that sooner or later manifests as a disease in the body and the rest of their life.
The person who wants to be free to enjoy and love all that life has to offer seeks to find peace with ambiguity. They sit in admiration and reign over the all.
Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:17 PM
Title: Be God; Think Like Jesus
Title: Enlightenment 101
Emotionally Healing: give an example of healing such as helping my friend overcome her fear of spiders or Donna overcoming her fear of being strangled. Emotional healing starts with a WILLINGNESS to look at the issue in which you have pain around.
If God is the creator then we are part of God, for we create and we rule.
Sunday March 18th: I woke up in great emotional pain because I did not feel I ‘fit in’. I do not feel, today, that I know how to fit in. I do not want to ‘fit in’ by doing a job that everybody else does just to make enough money to survive. I do not want to work at anything that if feel sucks.
I want to inspire people, I want to wake people up, I want to encourage people. I am a Christ and I see Christianity, Christ-anti as the way of the anti-Christ, so I appose it. I am on the side of Christians and Jews and Muslims and all people, but I appose institutions or systems of beliefs that disempower people or promote unhealthy ways of thinking. I appose the system of belief call Christianity and I appose the system of belief in government.
If God is the creator and ruler of the universe then we are part of it. If we are not part of it then it does not exist.
YouTube video: love thy enemy/terrorist.
Truth Trumps Tradition. Hence, the conservative will always bend his or her knee to the truth.
CONTRAST: to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences; note the opposite natures, purposes. To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences.
To divide, conquer, create passion and give people choices. To contract the way of freedom and truth with the way of servitude and lies.
YouTube video: Evil Woman, a Redundancy in Terms. I would start the video talking about how evil women are and use all the old terminology of the bible to ‘support’ this perspective and then when I feel that the watcher is really upset at the video I will ask then why they let some paranoid low life perspective affect them so. Then talk about overcoming the world and all of its limitations. If you were angry at this stupid triad then you were manipulated and are gullible enough to be controlled by others limiting beliefs.
Others like this could be God Hates Fags or God Hates LiberalsTuesday, April 17, 2007 6:53 PM
Oprah, The Secret, the Reaction. Describe the life I want to live in detail. Don’t try for trying is failing with honor. Describe what I want financial, relational, intellectual, physical, spiritual well being. How can I be used to serve? Mediocrity always attacks excellence.Wednesday, April 18, 2007 1:59 PM
Overcoming the World
We can overcome the world. An optimistic look as were we are in our spiritual evolution and where we are going. Looking first at our limited ways of thinking then at our self control skills and finally at our super abilities such as super mind (the mind of great thinkers like Einstein) and telepathy.
Thursday,April 19, 2007 12:35 PM
Last night I went to the Menlo Park Episcopal Church for a talk by a Ph.D. on Theology and Science Dialogue. I could not help but feel that after listen to them I saw them as immature emotionally. I felt that only an immature person would believe in creation or creator.
Friday, April 20, 2007 11:32 AM
My name is Freedom. I chose that name because that is what I wanted, to be free. At the time I chose it I was not free. I did not even know what I want to be free from or to be free to do, I just knew I did not feel free.
By naming myself Freedom I was constantly reminded of what I wanted. I focused my attention on getting free and giving this goal as much as my energy as I could.
Someplace along the way I had read that the truth will set you free, and eventually realized that that is what I was seeking, I was seeking the truth that would set be free from all the lies I had been telling myself and that I then believed were true. Apparently had the faith that if I sought I would find.
I kept working at it until, one fine day; I got what I was looking for. I found the Perfect Truth that set me perfectly free to enjoy and love ALL that life had to offer.
Many years ago I read in the bible that love is the fulfillment of the law, and I realized that I had fulfilled the purpose of the bible, just as Jesus had.
[Many years ago I realized that love is the fulfillment of life and that to love perfectly is to be perfected. What that means in practice is constantly unfolding to me.]
Now, my life is dominated with seeking a way to share this with others. How can I encourage others to seek the truth will set them free to enjoy and love all that life has to offer? How can I encourage others to question their beliefs, which I now see are the lies we tell ourselves that keep us trapped in a hellish existence? When all their lives they have been told they were flawed until now most people believe it, how can I encourage the people to seek that they may see that they are perfect, whole and complete, lacking nothing, without flaw? How can I show people the truth that we are infinite and eternal, that we have always been and will always be, and that all is within us and we are within all? How can I show people that ALL is good and everything is unfolding as it should?Friday, April 20, 2007 1:29 PM
Imagine you are a god and life is one of your toys that you are playing with. Imagine that you are life and the manifest cosmos is your toy. Imagine that you are life and that all living things are part of you.Monday, April 23, 2007 5:47 PM
Pain motivates until the inspiration takes over. (Michael Beckwth)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007 2:24 PM
Title: Advancing Human Evolution
I did not sleep much last night because I was thinking about or seeing myself lecturing on the VALUE of health education, particularly mental health education, i.e. meditation. I had great clarity last night and today I am building my 'vision board' on the window in behind my computer.
I see myself giving lectures around the world, talking about healthier ways of thinking and living. AND, I want to go beyond that and talk about the advancement of human evolution.
I want to promote the VALUE of healthy ways of thinking.
Saturday, April 28, 2007 4:58 PM
A Call to Arms
Not against, for. This is a call to arms for all liberal and liberty loving Americans. This is not a call that we may defeat anybody. This is a call to arms that we may defeat the delusions that cause the fear that is the root behind conservatism. We must reach out to our fellow human beings and serve them.
People who live in fear hold back, conserve and are conservative because of their fear and faithlessness.
Monday, April 30, 2007 5:55 PM
Unhealthy Beliefs; Introduction
I have lost many family members and friends to beliefs that created a fear in them of me. I never hurt these people, but they still are afraid of me, afraid to talk to me, afraid to even email me or have any sort of contact with me.
I cannot blame religion for all these losses, but I do see that religion is an institution that teaches people to be afraid of other people. So, although I may seem to be talking about religion, I am not. I want, instead, to take on even deeper beliefs in our society and even deeper beliefs in humanity that I see as producing unhealthy reactions in people.
Some beliefs that I will talk about are strictly religious, but the motivation behind them are much more universal and even show in the most atheistic scientists. I see that we can, and will, overcome the limitations that our unconsciousness seems to dictate to us today.
Thursday, May 03, 2007 11:18 PM
I am so impassioned tonight, for tonight I went to a bible study in Palo Alto. The guy leading this was a retired pastor with a Ph.D. in Theology and a much respected theologian. I could not believe the guy at all for there was nothing healthy about him. He was way over weight and when he arrived he started talking about how he had to pay $32 for a two oz. of Scotch in the airport in London. First off he was late by 20 minutes and then when he gets there he talks for over an hour about his trip, which had nothing to do with the bible study. Then, when he finally got to the bible study he takes up Romans and Paul’s teachings. He reads the passage then declares that it is the epitome of high moral teaching, or some other ridiculous statement like that.
When I challenged his assessment of the passage he was incensed that anybody would question his holiness or something like that. I started to compare Paul’s statement with Jesus’ teachings and he started saying that Jesus’ teachings were ridiculous. As we bantered back and forth, me quoting Jesus and he (and the rest of the room) saying that Jesus’ teachers were ridiculous he started to get real mad and packed up his things to go home, as did everybody else in the room. I was the last out of the room and walked down the hall with them as the prided themselves for completely opposing Jesus’ way.
Once I got home I looked this guy up on the internet and found that he was a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University. He specialized in the ethics of nuclear weapons, and the ethics of military intervention. And, for 14 years he was Dean of the Chapel and minister of Memorial Church at Stanford.
Did you see that part about him ‘specializing’ in the ETHICS of nuclear weapons? THE ETHICS OF BLOWING UP A MILLION PEOPLE IN A CITY SOME PLACE? Hello, does it take a genius to see that there is absolute NO ethics of blowing up a million or so people. You could ask any 4 year old child if it was a good thing to even have weapons that would blow up a million or so people and they would tell you what this idiot could not figure out in eleven years at this center at Stanford. I am reminded of Jesus’ statement, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” (Matthew 11:25)
He was such a perfect example of somebody who did not get what Jesus was about, or, as Jesus himself said, he was the perfect example of the blind leading the blind, the hypocrite that neither enters the kingdom of heaven nor allows others to. He was an excellent example of why people find that Christians are so unlike their Christ.
Friday, May 04, 2007 12:43 PM
I find that atheist tend to “throw the baby out with the bath water” in that they reject the god concept while missing the underlining REASON for creating the concept of god. The etymology of the title “Holy Bible” shows that it means Health Book; meaning that it was a primitive attempt by primitive people to share what they had learned that was healthy for the mind, body and society. Atheists tend to miss this all together.
But one of the unhealthy aspects of religion is the belief in a personal creator god that rules the universe, for this belief in that leads to wars, torture, murder, terrorism and all kinds of suffering in the person, in society and for the planet itself.
So I feel that the idea is to get people to focus on a healthy DISCUSSION of our ways of thinking and our lifestyle choices and away from the superstition of theism.
Unfortunately, theists do not seem healthy enough to look at deep issues like this, so how do we get their attention, or how do we circumvent their unhealthy efforts to reach the youth of the world or those who would be open to it?
I want to raise the level of debate in the world but I am not sure how to do that, short of writing a book about it and going on the speaking trail.
A problem I seem to always have is the focus of any book that I might write on this topic. Another problem is to develop the HABIT of writing or putting down my ideas on paper or at least on the computer. I have written for years but have never done anything with it, and I HATE the very idea of editing what I write.
Monday, May 07, 2007 9:43 AM
The big questions that humanity addresses, such as does God exist, what is the meaning of life, what are the origins of the universe and of life, can, for me, be fully satisfied (answered) when I look at the motivation for asking the questions. What motivates us to seek an answer to these questions? What is our inspiration or what inspires us to seek? Or, as the primitives might say, what is the spirit behind our seeking God?
Everybody I see who is writing or participating in the theism/atheism debate has always looked at or for any ‘evidence’ that such a God exists. But when they look they look in the wrong direction, instead of looking outside of themselves for the evidence, the true direction is to look inside of themselves in their motivation of even looking at the question.
First off, I would like to make a connection for my reader between the language of the ancients and the modern reader. In times of old biblical writers talked about Spirit, as in God is Spirit (John 4:3). Looking up the etymology or ancient meaning of the word ‘spirit’ we get that it meant ‘wind’ or ‘breath’. The word ‘inspire’ has the same origin as Spirit in that it means to breath in (spire=breathe). To inspire means to motivate or impel.
So when we are seeking God or Spirit then we really should be looking at our motivation for seeking God or Spirit.
This motivation is a function of the human body which is biological and physical. Hence, by observation we can understand human motivation down to the sub-atomic particle level. That means we can ‘prove’ God within ourselves by just observing our motivation for seeking God.
Admittedly, scientific understand of human motivation is very weak. But anybody who takes the time to watch their own motivation can come in touch with a greater understanding of the objects for which they seek after, particularly when those objects are as ambiguous as God, Spirit or meaning. This is what the mystics of all ages have done, they ‘watched’; they watched themselves, they watched others, they watched life, they watched the cosmos, they just watched. The language with which they had to convey their insights and understanding may have been primitive, at best, but they did their best to convey those insights.
Today, if we repeat the process they did to find those insights and understanding then we, too, can get what they had.
Monday, May 14, 2007 3:45 PM
I have a dream that someday there will be more Christs than there are Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
My ‘image’ of where I want to go: I am working for myself with an organization which I have control of. I am teaching about health issues and I am controversial.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007 2:15 PM
I have to argue for the success of the western religious traditions verses the eastern traditions. I asked myself, since Buddhism started over 2500 years ago and Christianity started about 2000 years ago, and Islam started only 1400 years ago, then why do Christianity and Islam have a greater presence in the world than Buddhism?
I would say there are two causes of this. First, the western traditions allow for and even encourage passion which motivates people to get up off their lazy and cowardly butts and go out and suffer with others (compassion) who are not ‘saved’ or converted yet to the western belief system. The passion empowers the evangelical spirit of the western traditions, which is the second cause of the expansion of Christianity and Islam over the much older Buddhism. The evangelical spirit causes the growth that the eastern traditions do not have.
Why Forgiveness is Healthy
First off I want to look at how unhealthy non forgiveness is not healthy. If there is some event in the past and we hold that against somebody what we are really holding is just a thought and we keep sending energy down the same neuron-pathways which creates tension in the body. This causes a physical reaction of contraction and if held causes discomfort and eventually dis-ease in the body.
Every time we think of the person who we feel has wronged up we again go into the contracted state and again give ourselves discomfort and dis-ease. This dis-ease is ‘eating us up inside’.
Forgiveness is letting go of that habitual tension and disease associated to that thought of the past event. To do that we look at the big picture and see the benefits and how it all fits together. One of the ways I do this is to look for the benefits of whatever happened to me and focus in on them. This ‘reprograms’ me to experience appreciation every time I think of the event that originally caused me pain. I can even feel grateful for the event that I might have originally felt hurt about. This process ‘heals’ the discomfort or pain that originally had. I have replaced the reaction of contraction and pain to the thought of the injury with a reaction of relaxation and pleasure.Monday, May 21, 2007 12:32 PM
Yesness Health and Spiritual Center
Title: Christianity on Trial, God on Trial
Friday, May 25, 2007 1:59 PM
From a web page titled “All Have Sinned” (http://www.santacruzbible.org/findingGod/allHaveSinned.php)
Man is SINFUL and SEPARATED from God, so we cannot know Him personally or experience His love
Romans 3:23 "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
Romans 6:23 "The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God].
Romans 8:6-8 "The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God."
A great gulf separates man from God. Man is continually trying to reach God and establish a personal relationship with Him through human efforts, such as living a good life, philosophy, attending church or religion. But he inevitably fails.
I find this as a sick attitude or should I say, following a sick doctrine from a sick individual. The apostle Paul who wrote the above mentioned doctrine admitted that he did not get it (Philippians 3:12) so he was what Jesus called the “blind leading the blind” who “neither enters the kingdom of heaven nor allows others to”. (Matthew 15:14, 23:13)
From a more intelligent perspective, to tell people that they are ‘fallen’ or separate from God or failures or sinners or anything like that is to destroy any faith they might find in themselves to be good and healthy beings.
This doctrine is “of the sick, by the sick, for the sick” and adds nothing to humanity. It does not come from a place of love (God), but instead comes from a place of fear (Satan) and judgment.
This is NOT Jesus’ teachings but the teachings of one who used to identify with those that diabolically opposed Jesus in his time (the Pharisees). Pharisees like Saul of Tarsus (the one called the apostle Paul) wanted to rout out any who would actually follow Jesus’ suggestion and came instead to bring them back to “sound doctrine”. But Paul’s doctrine is not sound or health, at least not today by today’s standards. It might have been better for people then what they had back in his day, but today only the sickest would consider it healthy doctrine.
And yet, it is taught here in an educated society as ‘sound doctrine’. I find that this is possible only because we have a taboo about questioning people’s “faith”, even if that is not faith but faithlessness. The only reason somebody would believe Paul’s faithless doctrine is because they DO NOT have faith in Jesus’ more faithful doctrine or ways of thinking. Where Jesus advocated that people “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48), which means they NOT think of themselves as sinners, Paul encourages people to think of themselves as sinner. These are diabolically opposed positions and any church that follows Paul’s way is following the way of the antichrist, or what we call today Christ-anti; Christianity.
To the Christian mind this is ridiculous because they have been programmed all their lives to see themselves and everybody as sinners. But to a healthy mind this is obvious.
Of course, Jesus came to save the sinners, for they were the ones who are still gullible enough to believe they are sinners. Those of us who are righteous do not need to be saved, for we can see that we were never imperiled.
Friday, May 25, 2007 3:47 PM
It saddens me so to see anyone suffering, particularly people suffering when they do not have to suffer. I see that most of our suffering is not just avoidable or preventable, but that we are the cause of our suffering. Or, should I say, that if we knew better we would have a lot less suffering.
And when I speak out about things I see that are causing suffering I see in people’s reactions even more suffering.Tuesday, May 29, 2007 10:17 AM
I remember reading the line in the bible that said, “Be holy as I am holy” and wondering what that really meant. When I looked up the word ‘holy’ in the dictionary it said it meant to be “sacred and set apart”, which did not make sense. Was the bible telling me that I should be sacred and set apart as God is sacred and set apart? That just did not make sense.
So then I looked up the etymology of the world holy and discovered that it came from the world ‘whole’ which in turn meant healed or healthy. So if I substitute this meaning in the biblical line it makes sense; “Be healed and healthy as I am healed and healthy.”
So I recognized that some of our understandings of what the words mean today may not make sense unless we look back that the original means that they had when they were originally used.
Thursday, July 19, 2007 11:01 AM
A Democratic God
Historically, the idea of God was of a creator and ruler over the universe. God was above and reined over His subjects and the entire manifested universe. This image of God was very autocratic in nature and fit will the needs of the autocratic rulers of the world, for as above so below.
But this image of autocratic God does not fit well with our modern ideas of democracy and power to the people.
In comes Jesus and his idea of not just a loving Father God but of a democratic God that we are all part of and that is here to serve us, not for us to serve Him.
Of course, this idea of a democratic God is not is not going to be appreciated by the autocratic rulers of the world, so naturally they resisted the idea and had to destroy the “idea” as much as they could. But they failed to totally destroy all the traces of the idea out of the story of Jesus.
So here are the bits and pieces of the story that Jesus talked about that when put together create a totally different image of “God” than what is taught in the majority of western (autocratic, monotheist) religions.
A sure sign of autocratic control is the lack of group discussions. Where do you see this happen in autocratic religious institutions? Almost never, there is no place of the whole congregation of get together and discussion the sermons or matters of Spirit. And, autocratic leaders never want to be questioned. Just look at the Catholic Church, they still have to policy of non dissent; nobody can question the authority of the church hierarchy.
Of course, this is not Jesus’ image of God, but the image created by his followers who wanted to create a “church” or religious structure so that they could rule over people.Wednesday, September 05, 2007 8:12 AM
Title/Booklet idea: Overcome ANY Fear
Also, Getting Free which will be just focused on freedom from our reactions to words.
A “Democratic” God; the idea that Jesus’ concept of ‘God’ was one that was more democratic than autocratic, different than the religious people’s concept of God.
Friday, September 28, 2007 10:52 AM
Judgment as a Cure for Religion
Have you ever noticed how religions discourage criticism and try to create a fear of judgment or any type of evaluation of themselves or their ways of thinking? Look at how the Christians fear Judgment Day as the worst possible thing that could happen. Now, of course, Christians themselves ‘think’ they have nothing to fear of Judgment Day, for they are the ones who are living up to the criteria that they will be judged by. Christians use the idea of Judgment Day to intimidate gullible people into believing that THEY are NOT living up to the criteria for Judgment Day.
Yet, I have never found a Christian is really is open to being judged by their own standards. When I judge Christianity itself Christians run like hell from me. None have been willing to stand up and defend that criticism.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 6:10 AM
Love Yourself First
“The measure you give is the measure you shall receive.” Jesus
If you love yourself then you are loved. If the whole world loves you but you do not love yourself then you will not know love. If the whole world hates you but you love yourself then you will know love.
It does not matter whether or not God loves you or Jesus loves you or anybody loves you, if YOU do not love yourself then you will not be loved. If you love yourself then you will have the experience of love.
Do we want to love ourselves all the time? No, not really. We might think we want to be loved all the time, we might think we want to be accepted unconditionally no matter what we do, but the reality is we do not, for we use the idea of none acceptance to motivate ourselves to do something. And if we do not ‘do something’ then we will not even take care of ourselves, our bodies and our world. So this loving yourself will sometimes be conditional and sometimes it will be unconditional.
In order for our love to be perfect it must embrace the all, accept all reality. That means we must accept, enjoy and even love conditional love, which is part of the all. There is a time to accept and a time to not accept. There is a time to love and a time to hate. Without both there cannot be embracing of the all.
Thursday, December 06, 2007 10:23 AM
How to Be an Inspiring Leader, Carmine Gallo
1. Tell a story
2. Give ‘local’ fame
3. gave a clear vision or picture of a better future in 10 words or less [a computer on every desk in every home…] no goalMonday, December 10, 2007 4:26 PM
You are THE One.Saturday, December 22, 2007 9:37 AM
Truth Liberate You to Love
Jesus said, “You shall come to know the truth and that truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) But what does this truth set you free to do or what does it set you free from?
The Apostle Paul figured this out and wrote, “Love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Rom 13:10)
So the truth will set you free to love.
It is also written that, “Love drives out fear.” (1 John 4:18) So the truth sets you free to love which drives out fear and makes you fearless or courageous.
Courage is the manifestation of love.
It is also written, “God is love,” (1 John 4:8) So a courageous person is a manifestation of God/Love.
Since truth liberates, that which does not indicate freedom is not of the truth. And, that which traps a person in fear is not of the truth.
Monday, December 31, 2007 11:15 AM
When you were a little kid, struggling to pedal your bicycle up to the top of a big hill wasn't ever that much fun -- but coasting your way down the other side at a breakneck speed was positively thrilling. It's all about putting in the effort required to get the most fun possible today. So if you feel you are struggling or putting in more than your fair share of work, just keep in mind the wonderful reward that is waiting for you on the other side.