Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Beauty and the Beast


A familiar disney favorite and folk tale. Actually my favorite because it is not only just a story , it is a relevant map of the human mind.

The BEAST , those who have ventured into the half of the brain that houses primordial information and have faced their utmost fear, the inner beast , know what I am talking about. Most will never go that far into their consciousness. Few will ever encounter this beast and retain their sanity. At first you may think this was satan or some evil demonic force. It is actually the primordial self which we all have deep inside the very depths of our soul. Though we may try to give it character and perhaps name it , it is a part of us. By understanding everything works for the good , even this beast has a purpose. It was Solomon that knew how to harness the fear and use it for good. Religious minds will constantly choose to give it character and that is not good. You must take authority over the beast, after all it is really just part of you and the kingdom within. Keep the tiger in your tank, don't try to kill it. By understanding we can conquer fear. If you have encountered this inner beast , it is an honor.
For you have been allowed to face the primordial self.  Jesus after 4o days of fasting faced satan. Buddha faced Mara , it was a defining point in his life. I personally faced what was a primordial beast it seemed to challenge me , it was more like a goblin. Of course our minds may vary as to the caricature of the tempter. It is right of passage to a divine consciousness , consider it an honor.

The BEAUTY, who would know that this inner goddess dwells in the other half of our brains. Love , peace , joy all of these we an attribute to this part of our nature. Male or female we all have this loving being within us. Religious minds will try to give this character and name the goddess within. However no matter what you name this goddess , the goddess is a part of you. The love , joy and peace are the divine part of your being. There was  time in my life were i was taking care of an elderly woman and my own disabled son. Totally exhausted began to feel a sense of hopelessness. It was at that moment another being entered my consciousness. She appeared to come from the right side , then in front of me to the left. Kissed me on the left cheek and said I love you. The goddess travelled at a very high rate of speed. Even then she stayed with me for minutes. Was this a trick of the mind , or another right of passage. I believe it was just another experience to expand my consciousness. To feel perfect joy and love is a wonderful experience. Then I read that this also happened to the buddha, the experience very similar out of nowhere this goddess appeared. Then the buddha exchanged thoughts and became the goddess and the goddess became the buddha. Some of the Rishi or Hindu saints had experienced this also. They were kissed by a goddess ,



The Beauty and the Beast are you . As the buddha realized it , so should we. Eventually you will understand this and get them to work in harmony. When this happens everything will come to life. You will be one with your surroundings , all that mystery will become knowledge. Maybe the cups and tableware will not be dancing , it will be a jubiliant experience.

So a simple fable is the map of our inner consciousness.

Peace to you,

Earl



Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pot holes , sink holes and hell

You cannot go through life without being aware of the various holes. The blind cannot lead the blind ,  a saying that is not an attack against those that have lost sight. It is more a metaphor that speaks more of judgement than actual sight.

Potholes - Why are potholes so important? A pothole can put you out of commission , it can cause you to lose direction. Small things can become bigger and eventually cause a break down. One way to avoid a pot hole is not to procrastinate. If you see something that needs attention make a list and keep track of it. Eventually get the list narrowed down or at least manageable and it will be smooth sailing. One dangerous pot hole besides procrastination is unsecured debt. Debt that is created by frivolous spending. Another pothole is worry, usually when things that bother us which are beyond our control. Remember in the end this is not our battle. All battles are the Lords, it is not to say take on no responsibility. We are to take our roles in life seriously , we are also are to avoid being sucked into things that are not our business, pot holes.

Sink holes- Even more dangerous than pot hole are sink holes. These are major life changes whether it is a divorce , a loss of a job , a death , a major life event. A sink hole can take down not only you , it can effect family and friends also. It can cause displacement or homelessness , it can bring you to deep depression or poverty. Sink holes cannot always be avoided , unlike potholes. They can wreak the utmost havoc. The only way to beat a sink hole is to hold onto hope. Have a path of recovery, preparation is key to beating sink holes. This is where it is important to have a support system in place. Family and friends can be part of this structure. Financial preparation in having a savings in place. The most important part of recovery is believe in ones own self. By building good character having a solid foundation sink holes can be avoided. The truth is not all sink holes can be avoided. We can also rely on our faith , wisdom of staying positive in attitude will get positive results.
 Let others know you need their help , sometimes you just cannot go it alone. It is ok , to ask for help. If you don't ask the answer is always no. Network whenever possible to have a strong support system. George Washington always spent the time to network friends and neighbors , he was big into belonging to every organization possible. Where a lot of people get hurt badly after falling into a sink hole is when they isolate themselves. Perhaps you may want to step out and join a club, learn to socialize. Join a church that offers a chance to socialize. A church is not a perfect institution it is however a place of refuge.

Hell - You have gone beyond normal help and need extra ordinary assistance. Perhaps you have an addiction or a severe mental condition. You have a few alternative when things are totally screwed up. One thing , never give up. You can be re- born or born again. Go to the source of your inner being and start over. Starting over is something that should be looked at as an adventure. Every day is an adventure. Be open to new ideas, organize your thoughts. Be positive and surround yourself with positive people. Do not care what others think , you are a new creature. One of my favorite saying is from the National Park Service, do not feed the bear and the bear will go away.
Avoid self pity and over thinking what went wrong. Think about what can go right , self assurance is needed. If it is because of a relationship you thought was perfect came to an end. I am telling you this happens more often than you can imagine. You should not rely on relationships, they are mostly temporary at best. If it ends just be grateful for the time it lasted, don't look at it negatively. Tomorrow you may find another relationship or realize how foolish you had been to put faith in relationships to begin with. Put your faith in things you control, never put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket. 
Addictions are not not easy to overcome. I find that many of us are pre- disposed to addiction. We have a parent or family history of addiction. Identify those things that have caused destruction in your own history and avoid them. Avoid them just as though they were poison because in fact , they are poison. Do not only avoid the things that are harmful, go toward the things that are beautiful and helpful. The worst hell of all is feeling trapped by self deprecation. We are our own worst enemy is the truth. If that is the truth then we can also say , we can be our own best friend. Take a minute to discover those thoughts that get make you happy. Happy thoughts are just as easy to create as sad ones. Just practice a couple happy thoughts. Then build up to several , eventually you will find happiness. It begins at the tiny thought level. Perhaps meditate on a happy place , could be a sail boat or a favorite vacation spot. You may be happy just taking a walk with a dog or petting a cat. I get happy when seeing babies , there is just something about them that makes me laugh. Maybe thinking yes at one time , I was one of those little guys.

Never under play hell. Recognize it and work hard to get out of it or avoid it all together. Some say it is a place we spend all eternity if caught up in it. I do not believe hell is a permanent state, that would be like giving up. We should know two things about hell, one it can be avoided, two we hold the key within to both hell and heaven.  Christ within is the key.

Peace,

Earl.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Phobia and over thinking

Phobia is a fear of something and is damaging to mental health. In fact we can say all fear is unhealthy. Usually fear is taught and this can be through experience or formal , parenting, teachers or even culture. Religion is one of the largest components of fear even though it often claims to be a proponent of love.

Fear can take on caricature in which it is given a personality and even a name. Most fears are caused by over thinking and accompanied by worry or continuos over thinking. It is counter productive to our very existence as the stress from such over thinking can actually harm the heart. The mind controls all bodily functions not only the heart , digestion and every other body system are at risk.

Religion is one cause of mental illness as it is also a source of mental healing. Children often are more imaginative than adults, it is actually very normal for a child to have imagination. Our imaginations may be to play a super hero or have magical powers. 1 Corinthians 13:11 is about being a child in thought and speech , looking through a glass darkly then growing to see clearer. Jesus says we are to become like children's to receive the kingdom of heaven . It seems he wants us to use our child imagination to open the doors.  Almost a contradiction to what is stated in Corinthians.

When we grow older we seem to have less ambition and less energy. The mind seems to be both childish and mature. Often childish thoughts will bring a smile to our face. Then we must face the reality of the times and a wrinkle appears or a grey hair. Adapting to life from the aspect of maturity and also retaining our childishness is perfect balance. Imagine having the wisdom of age and the simplicity of a child.

I believe Jesus wanted us to retain that child like simplicity , not worrying,  to be happy.  He wanted to cast out fear and caricatures that came with religion. So in fact the greatest religious figure of all time was not very religious.When Jesus spoke of God , he said the kingdom of God is within us all. He said , you are gods. In King James romantic style ye are gods. He did not teach a cosmic God as most seem to believe. He actually taught us to believe in ourselves our own gifted ability which got him in trouble with the older religious types. He taught us to be moral and that blessings were more than just wealth. The old religion was one that respected wealth and power. He taught good character was needed for happiness.

Jesus cast out demons, demons are phobias with caricature. Often the first step in curing a disease is naming it or diagnosis. Casting out demons was very popular back in the day. Caricature is also around today where fear will have a mind of its own. The mastermind overcomes fear  and is in charge. We are to have the mind of Christ. Cast down vain imagination, which can lead to worry.  We are each super heros inside , sons of a living God , all things are possible.

Over thinking is like walking through a swamp instead of a crystal clear pool. Be still and know that I am God. Take a moment to go into pause and then rethink the idea. When you have a clear mind the results are much better. God is not the author of confusion. We all have this need to focus and allow the beauty within to bloom. The kingdom of heaven is within.

Peace to you ,
Earl.



Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Franchise religion

In our modern age where franchising seems to be a popular business model , we find many churches are similar. Though we can usually rely on the menu being the same , there seems to be something missing. We are also seeing a lot of independent churches cropping up , offering a community format and sometimes other surprises on the menu.

The community church has been the format since the earlier days of christianity. We did not have denominations or sects. Timothy and Paul often referred to the church by their community and each had some unique attributes. They were not cookie cutter churches as some may believe. Some were praised by the apostles and some were even criticized. Even so they retained their own uniqueness.

As you may someday want to venture into a community church, I would highly recommend this. You will find a true wholesomeness often they are run by husband and wife. The elders are usually upstanding citizens in the community and many have just the basics of christianity no complex dogma. The community church is also more involved with the social aspects effecting their particular community.

Finding a good community church is easier today as they seem to be reaching out more, many still have the evangelical zeal of early christianity.

peace to you,

Earl.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Claim to fame

Everyone inherently wants fame, we all want to be successful. How do we become successful? What does success bring, first and foremost you like yourself. You are content with who you have become or at least at peace within. Does money determine success? Not always some of the most wealthy men and women do not feel successful. Does beauty determine success? Some of the most beautiful people are tormented with failure. Does having a lot of friends and admirers determine success? Many politicians and stars suffer from depression and turn to drugs. WHAT DETERMINES SUCCESS!!

First you have to find what NOT to claim.

Do not claim pain! Do not claim suffering! Do not claim glory!

All of these belong to God , which is actually an insult if you claim them. We may feel pain at times , we may feel like suffering ... Do not claim them. Jesus the Christ , who died on the cross claimed all your pain and suffering. You may think this is radical , however it is the truth. Believe in this and it will set you free from pain and suffering.

Do not claim the Glory. All Glory belongs to God , whatever your religious belief is. Claiming Glory leads to pride and that leads to a fall. God knows that glory can lead to a fall , therefore we give all the glory to God. Yes it is OK to take credit for your hard work as long as you give it back to God in the form of Glory. These are concepts few will understand which in fact lead to success.

Claim these things - PEACE , JOY and HAPPINESS.
It is an insult to refuse such wonderful gifts. Peace that passes all understanding, Joy that is beyond measure and Happiness which is the true measure of success.

Pray with me the claim to fame prayer, Refuse to claim pain and suffering or any glory.
Claim Peace , Joy and Happiness.

peace,
Earl.




Friday, July 29, 2016

Templates and Temples

We read Plato and philosophy , we read religious text , we find a lot of similarity explained in a different way. One of the most fascinating  religions and philosophies  is Buddhism and another which is very close to that Christianity. So if we study Plato, Buddhism and Christianity we will find a common thread a template. In Plato's writings he speaks of perfect form for every living creature. If we are to understand this in terms of modern knowledge it would be called a template.

In Buddhism we have the Buddha who had lived his life to experience enlightenment. Dealing with past karma , and living an ascetic life for a time. Knowing deep inside he was different than others yet somewhat the same. He struggles between the human and divine nature.The Buddha could be called a template or source, each Buddha following the original an example of perfect form that Plato speaks of.

In Christianity , Jesus who was the Christ. The entirely human yet fully divine. We are to live our lives following the example of Christ. It is what Christianity is about , Jesus is our template. He said to follow him and also said those that did would do even great works. We are told we must be born again with the new nature of Christ.

I have been involved with computer science my entire life. One of the aspects of this is to have an image from which to build upon. If we through a virus or just accumulation of junk need to go back to this image we simply reload it and start over. This may also be called the source. Realizing that sometimes our identity becomes corrupted by junk or infection of a sort , we can always return to the source and rebuild our image. In computer science templates are saved as each is progressive. Actually sometimes it gets to the point where we just need to load the source over again.

I believe Jesus was this perfect image or source . It is not to say other saints or templates followed Christ, however we can say without a doubt Jesus was that perfect image.

We exist as an ID , a self. Self is a product of our genes and environment and life experience. It is in fact what we have become. However we are not limited to self, we have the other part of us that exists in an image which is the source. We are created in God own image, which exists within each of us. Yet we have this evolving identity of self. This self or identity is uniquely created to survive in our environment. We sometimes have heroes or mentors that we can mimic , sometimes saints , sometimes they are even what we would consider bad examples whatever template we choose to survive.

That is actually the whole of it , we choose. To be or not to be. We have that right to choose. To follow a leader or not . To follow one of the many Buddhas or Saints, to follow Christ. To follow a guru or other teacher.

We are temples our minds can host the most wonderful of images or even the most vile. What we allow into our temple is what will be there.

We have two parts to our brain, the first is very sensitive to change. It is connected to our five senses , it reacts to our environment. Fear , desires , anxiety and is basically its own processor of input and output. It is the survival part of us. We feel emotions , it is connected to the chemistry of our bodies. Hormones are released internally and pheromones externally we are beings of complex chemistry.
However there is another part of us few will ever find , this internal image that connects us to each other and yes to the cosmos to other forms or gods. We inherently know and seek out this connection.

Jesus said , is it not written - ye are gods.

Peace to you,
Earl

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Catholism in a modern world

Identifying yourself is a hard decision to make in the modern world. The term christian can be applied to any of over a thousand sects that identify with Christianity. The term catholic can be used to identify with many sects of adherents to the catholic church. Choosing to identify is a tough decision as we all have the need for spirituality.

I have attended the catholic church many times even though not being identified as catholic. Most of my friends and some relatives identify as catholic. Though I share many of the same religious views concerning Christ and even Mary , I remain without identity. My journey has been quite different and with all respect to others uniqueness. As a stone in time , respecting the beliefs of all persons. Keeping the peace at all costs, so that we can all co-exist without mass destruction.

There are good sides to identifying as it gives the opportunity to socialize with others of similar beliefs and unite in common cause. The main reason for uniting is to fill the greater needs of society. Currently we find there are great needs in the world.

In modern society we see many caught up in virtual games and mobile communications. Perhaps children may skip church to play a video game. Most of the services are filled with older and middle age and lately less children. The catholic schools are struggling to support themselves and there are fewer persons going into the priesthood and becoming nuns. Those we have are mostly elderly and ready to retire.

Will the catholic church survive change?

I will say , yes. There will always be voids and God's spirit will fill them. We also need to learn to adapt to change and bring our best to the table. We have only just begun, it is not the end of the world. Remain positive - in attitude and behavior. Be a catholic , identify if you choose. It is not about catholic or non-catholic it is about filling the void.

Peace,

Earl.