If God is in Control, Then Why…?
By Craig Hill; 295 pages
Regular Price: $15.00
Excerpt from Craig Hill’s Blog ‘Is the Devil God’s Agent?’ published on September 17, 2013.
When you listen to some Christians speak about the tragedies of life, you might conclude that God uses the devil for our own good. And even if they don’t believe God authors tragedy, they believe He is complacent and allows the devil to do what he will so God can teach us something.
After all, doesn’t Romans 8:28 say this? ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.’
Most Christians want to comfort people who are suffering in the midst of tragedy and devastation. Optimistically, they look for the good things that God has worked in the midst of the tragedy. And when they find one, they use it to explain why God allowed or caused the destruction in the first place.
Therefore, it may seem like Romans 8:28 is an appropriate scripture to use when bringing comfort to those who are suffering, and it is. But not for the purpose of explaining why God ‘allowed’ the tragedy. If you subscribe to that line of thinking, your heart will ultimately blame God for devastation and destruction on the earth. Why, because this type of thinking takes Romans 8:28 out of context and then contradicts other key principles in the Bible.
For example, 1 John 3:8 says, ‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.’ Destroy is a very different concept from use or teach. If God were using the devil to teach us something, then He would be in conflict with His own purpose for the life of Jesus.
Craig Hill calls this kind of thinking, backwards theology. Just because you see firemen on the scene of every fire, does not mean that firemen cause fires. Likewise, God is never the author of the works of the devil, and He never uses the devil to teach us anything. He sent Jesus to destroy the works of the devil and the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and teacher.
To further gain a true biblical understanding of the interaction of God, Satan, circumstances, and their impact on your life, Craig Hill encourages you to read his book on just this topic entitled, If God Is In Control, Then Why? It will change the way you view God and tragedy on the earth.
About the Book
IF GOD IS IN CONTROL THEN WHY..? deals with that difficult question about the nature of God that plagues the minds of most people. Whether you are a lifetime believer in Christ or you have just begun looking for answers, the question, ‘If God is in control, then why…?’ has probably been one you have heard or asked many times in your life. Craig Hill has gifted insight into God’s Word and an ability to teach through riveting real-life stories. This book brings understanding to the issue of God’s sovereignty and will set your heart at peace, allowing you to trust a just God in an unjust world.
E-book versions for Kindle and Nook for this book are now available. Audio Book is also available.
About the Author
Having a specific interest in ministering to marriages and families, Craig Hill pursued an internship and later a volunteer staff position at the New Life Counseling Center in Denver. He subsequently taught counseling and missions on the faculty of the Marilyn Hickey Bible College. In 1987, the Lord raised up Craig as Senior Pastor of a local church where he and Jan served for seven and a half years, until he was called by God to devote his full-time energy to the ministry of Family Foundations International.
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Matthew 3: 1 – 12
1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
2 ”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”
4 Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan,
6 and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sad’ducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bear fruit that befits repentance,
9 and do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 ”I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the granary, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
For me the most striking thing here is:
11 ”I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
I don’t think we have to take this eschatologically. Many do, of course. But what interests me is the notion that we can take it spiritually. I’ve been asked “what do you mean when you say ‘the Holy Spirit’?” And others have implied that all forms of spirituality are the same.
From my personal experience, the Holy Spirit is like a kind of spiritual “water” that comes into a person and makes them feel like they are being cleansed, uplifted, sanctified, and guided. Those are just a few words I could use to try to describe it phenomenologically. I should emphasize that it’s a holy feeling. Unlike other kinds of spirituality I’ve encountered, the Holy Spirit is not spacy, and it doesn’t make me feel like a big self-important “teacher.” I’ve been through that kind of spirituality and have come to reject it. Why? Well, because I found something better for me.
The Holy Spirit uplifts but does not eclipse one’s essential individuality. I’ve discussed this point with some very nice folks adhering to non-Christian paths. And although I respect their needs and choices, we usually come to a polite disagreement over the individuality issue. For me, individuality is essential. But some Buddhists, for instance, just want to get past any “illusions,” so they believe, about individuality.
At any rate, we can disagree and still be friends. We can even help each other in our respective spiritual formations. And that, to me, is one of the great mysteries I think about, almost on a daily basis.
As for the “fire” in the highlighted passage, we could take this as the purification that any sincere Christian encounters on his or her road to salvation. Being purified isn’t always fun. In fact, it’s usually difficult. But I believe it’s a necessary challenge we have to endure to learn how we’ve been going wrong.
But it’s not all doom in gloom. Quite the contrary. The Holy Spirit and the purifying fire are two essential elements in the quest for everlasting heaven. And that, I believe, is something so great that we can hardly imagine it!
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The word Kabbalah means “to receive” and flows out of the Jewish mystical tradition. The Kabbalah systematically breaks reality down into a clear understanding and a potential path to wholeness. Most religions have a mystical tradition, but they don’t necessarily break it down into bite size concepts. By “mystical” we don’t mean some weird magical or supernatural “ooga booga,” but rather attaining an experience of union with God, Spirit or Universe.
It is the pursuit of achieving communion with the divine, spiritual truth, or God through direct, personal experience rather than rational thought. It is an experience of the existence of realties beyond perceptual or intellectual comprehension. The Kabbalists would call it “G-d-cleaving.”
In the Kabbalah, we learn about the creation story. In the creation story, we come into manifestation from what the Kabbalah calls the great Ayn-Sof (Ein Sof or Ain Sof), which literally means without end or boundlessness. This is the unknowable nothingness aspect of God. In this understanding, we then differentiate from the oneness of the Ayn-Sof into duality. This is the creation of opposites. That is how we have night and day … happy and sad.
Most of the focus of religions is the belief in a Supreme Being. Belief itself means you believe in something and that automatically separates you from the something in which you believe. Much of the content of most religions has the emphasis on a God that is still separate and distant or looks at ideas about God.
The Kabbalah is the mystical interpretation or the hidden meaning of the Torah. The word Torah means “teaching”, and is a key document of Judaism. For the Christians, it is the first five books of the New Testament. The Muslims’ believe that the Torah is one of the fundamental tenets of Islam.
In contrast, any mystical path connects us with our direct experience. This is usually out of one’s ordinary experience and in the most profound sense is a direct embodied experience of unified consciousness or oneness. Other traditions might call this enlightenment. This experience of wholeness, which Kabbalistic studies and other mystical traditions can provide, is not just to be intellectually understood. These teachings are considered to be transmissions of the embodied experience of the teacher. This is why the Kabbalah was originally an oral tradition and not written down.
The Kabbalah is a spiritual framework that can aid you through to your spiritual growth and contentment.
About the Author:
Jennifer Howard, Ph.D. is an internationally known licensed psychotherapist, Integrated Kabbalistic Healer®, Integrated Energy Healer, life coach, author and professional speaker. She is a co-founder of the Healing Path Center and maintains a private practice with offices in New York City and Huntington, L.I., New York, as well as an extensive phone practice. As a psychotherapist, Dr. Howard brings together her more than 20 years of experience, extensive training and expertise in mind-body psychology, meditation, and a variety of the healing arts. She has been a faculty member of the graduate studies program of A Society of Souls and is currently a supervisor.
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- Kabbalah Centre accused of misusing more than $1 million in donations (mcclatchydc.com)
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My Mother repeated this well-known saying to me as a child. I’m not sure why she said to me at the time. It’s a quote by Lord Alfred Tennyson a 19th Century British Poet: “Ours is not to reason why. Ours is but to do and die.” I had forgotten my Mother had said this to me until recently. She said it to me like this “Mine is not to reason why. Mine is but to do or die.” I’m not going to comment on Tennyson’s intent for this saying; as I have my own interpretation.
About a month ago this saying came back to me in the middle of an emotional conflict. My emotional struggle is one that has gone on for more than twenty or thirty years. I did not know the meaning of this old saying when it came to me. I put the first sentence of this quote into the Google search bar. I came upon a woman’s personal inspiration blog. Unfortunately, I no longer have the URL to share. She was dealing with the “Why” part of this saying. “Why me?” Her answer was “Why not you?” What makes you so different from everyone else that you should suffer any less (than other people)?
I pondered what I read on this woman’s blog for half the day. I realized that I had always been contemplating the “whys”. I know that I possess an analytical mind, and I am always seeking answers to life’s elusive mysteries. It was typical of me – as it is for many people, to understand the “whys” of my pain and suffering.
Later in the day I had an epiphany. I discovered the “answer”. It was really quite simple. Just as the blog lady had said: “Why not me?” Except that I saw this from a different perspective. In fact I looked at from the opposite view. “Why can’t I experience happiness?” Am I so different from everyone else that I do not deserve the same joy that many other people claim to experience? My answer was simple and came with a resounding “Of course I do!” “Why not David!?!.” I hope this part makes sense to my readers.
Now that I had decided that I am entitled to be happy like everyone is; I wondered “why” I was not happy. The answer was in the “Why” itself. I realized that I spent so much time analyzing and debating the negative experiences churning in my mind; and rationalizing my present feelings, that I failed to see that this was my problem.
I used the other part of the “Mine is not to reason why” to solve this quandary. You see thoughts and feelings do not need be, and cannot be reasoned with. The fact is feelings are not an intellectual experience. I now understand that I have spent the last twenty or thirty years trying discover the “reason” for my sadness. I drove myself insane in the process of doing so.
I journal-ed on my past experiences for a number of years to express my feelings in writing. I tried to find theories to explain my pain. I read many self-help books to enlighten myself on the spiritual rewards that suffering is said to bring. I went down every avenue I could find that promised freedom from emotional pain.
One promising theory was the “karmic relationship contract”. I read that people sometimes agree to dysfunctional relationships as part of our pre-life designs. The theory is that the abuser and the victim act out the drama of their heart-breaking experience to gain insight and evolve as spiritual beings. I was told that I may have agreed to endure my antagonist’s cruelty, so that we could experience personal growth. That’s a reasonable answer right? Intellectually it did work. However, I still felt angry. I did not feel like an enlightened being for accepting the role of the victim. I was still angry at the people who played a part in the terrible experiences that led to my misery.
Even when I came upon a reasonable answer to account for one of many bad experiences, I found that the “why” was unacceptable . . . because it was an emotional experience. If you are told that your tormentor was an alcoholic . . . is that an acceptable answer. It could be. It does answer the “why”. Or does it? Perhaps you should dig deeper. Perhaps there is an even more basic reason for an abuser’s reprehensible behavior. Maybe he was abused as a child. That could certainly be true, as some abusers turn to addictive substances as a means of hiding their pain from themselves. So is this an acceptable answer? No? Well perhaps we could go back even further and look into our past lives. Is it possible that therein lye the answers to our questions? Not likely. I sincerely doubt we will find our answers in the past or anywhere else in time.
At last I realized that I cannot reason with my stubborn thoughts and negative emotions. There was only one thing I could do. I took responsibility for my part in the experiences that were bothering me, and I accepted every one of them. I mean total and complete responsibility. If there was no responsibility for me in a particular experience; I accepted that as the undeniable truth. It was that simple . . . “do or die.” I take this to mean that you either accept these memories and emotions or you do not. There are no “whys” in this process. There can be no reasoning with them. Seeking answers to the “whys” in these matters only serve to frustrate us.
We have the power to control our emotions and transform them into something positive . . . or let go of them altogether. We can just let them be. We have the ability to change our current reality to a much better life experience. It is a choice. We do not have to spend twenty years regurgitating and sorting out our experiences with a therapist in order to have in peace in this life. I know people who have suffered traumatic experiences and never recovered. If you fall off your horse, it is usually a choice as to whether you pick yourself up off the ground and ride again.
Do not make a mistake in thinking that you must re-experience traumatic events over and over in your mind, in an effort to understand your guilt, regret, remorse, anger, shame, etc. You do not need to be a prisoner to your disturbing memories in order to move on with your life.
This is a lie. If you can accept these experiences after determining the truth of your role in them . . . you can be free from your pain. You can be okay with yourself. Either accept these memories or continue on as you have been in your suffering. You do have a choice.
About the Author
David is a Board Certified Hypnotist and Reiki healer. He is a past article contributor to the Sedona Journal of Emergence. David is the author of The First Truth: A Book of Metaphysical Theories and Illusion of the Body: Introducing the Body Alive Principle. He has also co-authored a chapter for the Adventures in Manifesting Series: Soulful Relationships. David is a committed volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children with the court sanctioned Guardian ad Litem program. Visit his website at http://www.findyourdivinelight.com
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Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was shocking, saddening and tragic to learn about the damage caused to rich archaeological remains of Lembah Bujang in Kedah state. These Hindu temple ruins, besides being dear to Hindus, were highly important heritage for Malaysians and the world, Zed added.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak to launch a thorough investigation into this damage and allocate additional funding to conserve the area.
Rajan Zed asked United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare Lembah Bujang a World Heritage Site and help fund its preservation efforts. It needed to be urgently protected and some serious efforts and strong political will were needed in this direction by Malaysia Government.
Commercial developer reportedly tore down these ancient Hindu temple remains in Bujang Valley. Efforts should be made to reconstruct the damaged prehistoric structure and developer should provide most of the funding, Zed stressed.
Rajan Zed argued that such callous treatment to ancient monuments should not be acceptable in Malaysia and the world. This should serve as a wake-up call for Malaysia and the world to take care of heritage sites and Malaysia should declare all Lembah Bujang archaeological sites as national heritage sites.
Zed wondered why it took so long for this damage to come to light. Chalking out some proactive policies for preservation of these valuable monuments might help in the future. According to reports, there were many temple ruins in Bujang Valley which were still undocumented and damage caused to some during the recent development might had thus gone unnoticed.
Malaysians should be proud of their legacy in Lembah Bujang and should preserve for future generations what their ancestors left for them. There were reportedly over 90 such archaeological sites in Lembah Bujang. Any further irresponsible and needless damage to the sites must be prevented with a swift action, Rajan Zed stated.
Reports suggest that Lembah Bujang, spread in about 224 square kilometers, is the richest archaeological site in Malaysia, consisting ruins over 2,000 years old. Excavation here has revealed a clay brick monument dating to 110 CE, making it the oldest piece in Southeast Asia.
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Forgiveness Nurtures Love
The embodiment of Jesus’ love for mankind is found in the words he spoke from the cross: “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
In Luke chapter 7, we are taught a powerful lesson concerning forgiveness. Jesus is invited to dine at the house of a Pharisee named Simon. While he is there, a sinful woman comes to Jesus and washes his feet with her own tears, wipes them with her own hair, kisses them and anoints them with perfume. The Pharisee, being a self-righteous man, observes the woman’s actions and says, if Jesus were a prophet, he would know “what sort of person this woman is who is touching him”. Luke 7:39
In response, Jesus tells Simon a parable about a moneylender whom had two debtors: one owed five hundred denarii and the other owed fifty.
Luke 7:42 “When they were unable to repay, he graciously forgave them both. So which of them will love him more?”
Luke 7:43 Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” And Jesus said to him, “You have judged correctly.”
Then Jesus says to Simon, when he entered the Pharisee’s house, Jesus was not given water to wash his feet, nor was he given a kiss, nor was his head anointed with oil by his host. However, this woman who has washed his feet with her tears has loved much, and for this reason her sins, which are many, have been forgiven.
Luke 7:47 “But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Forgiveness Sustains Health
Dr. Frederic Luskin of Stanford University’s Center for Research in Disease Prevention has found through recent controlled studies that forgiveness training can be an effective way of reducing anger and distress associated with feeling hurt. According to the Stanford Forgiveness Project, this may have important implications for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Research suggests unmanaged anger and hostility can be harmful to, not only a person’s physical health, but also one’s psychological and emotional well-being. In studies involving heart attack patients, research shows that patients whom acted in a more forgiving way were often able to demonstrate less anger and hostility, and thus reduce morbidity and improve overall quality of life.
In his new book “Forgive For Good” (Harper Collins, 2002), Dr. Luskin outlines nine steps to forgiveness. One of the principles central to these nine steps is: “Forgiveness is for you (the forgiver) and not for anyone else.” As Dr. Luskin explains in his book, forgiving someone for a past wrong does not necessarily mean the offending action is being condoned, nor does it necessitate reconciliation with the person who has caused the offence. According to Dr. Luskin, forgiveness is about finding peace for oneself.
Can these two notions — forgiving offenders through God’s example or forgiving for the sake of one’s own health — be reconciled? Perhaps what modern medical research fails to take into account is the healing power of loving one’s fellow human. In offering forgiveness to an offender, we help to mend and strengthen the fabric that pulls all of humanity together. Whether or not spiritual and scientific approaches to forgiveness can be harmonized, one thing is obvious — forgiveness is a powerful act of love that benefits both forgiver and forgiven.
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Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and carried them all away.
So will it be also at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be out in the field; one will be taken, and one will be left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left. Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake
and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
It seems almost silly to comment on this. It’s just a fragment of an ancient text written by an anonymous ancient author with an ancient mindset. Right? Well, yes. But I think there’s a bit more to it than that. When I read the Bible, when it really works for me, I don’t suppose that I’m reading a history book. And I don’t suppose that I’m reading a work of pure fantasy either. The Bible is something in-between and more. But I had to open myself to the Bible’s possibilities before realizing just what it could do. Or what God could do to someone while reading it.
Sometimes I get the impression that non-Christians think Christianity isn’t cool. Or they think that all Christians are just brainwashed, narrow-minded goofs. The funny thing is, I find that people who prejudge like this often aren’t so cool themselves. They’re usually pretty conflicted and just as hypocritical as any Bible-thumpin’ Christian.
Not only that. Some folks who prejudge Christians waltz around as if they’re somehow free of all bias and belief. Right… To my mind, these people are fooling themselves, supposing that they’re “objective,” “scientific,” “holistic” or whatever they wish to call it, when really they’re bound up by their own biases and beliefs a lot more than they’re willing to admit.
Having said that, I have to admit that a lot of overly zealous, cherry-picking Bible thumpers do turn me off big time. That’s partly why I hesitated doing this Sunday Reading in the first place. And why I have to question doing it every Sunday.
I think it’s important to educate ourselves about things that matter to us. And the Bible is no exception. But by educating ourselves, this doesn’t mean we should turn off our sense of wonder, our openness to heavenly guidance. That’s not being smart. It’s just being “an educated fool” as the old song goes.
When I speak about education I mean we shouldn’t use the Bible as a history book. It’s far too fuzzy and ancient. And, as far as using it as a source book for moral prohibitions, one should be careful. People who cherry-pick verses from the Bible to “prove” their point are usually ignoring some other passage that could be taken as a counterexample to their alleged proof. The Bible is vast. One part talks about wars in the name of God. Another about turning the other cheek. These seeming contradictions are usually glossed over or massaged into some kind of ancient theological system.
But I digress. The main thing to take away from today’s reading, I think, is in these lines:
For you do not know on which day your Lord will come…. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.
Myself, I don’t know if Jesus is really going to come again in person. But if he does, it’s silly to pretend that we can know when. The important thing is to live as if he’s right here, right now. Because you know what? I believe he is.
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- Sunday (December 1): “You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
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- First Sunday of Advent: Dec. 1 (prayerscapes.wordpress.com)
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At the time when Aristotle brought up to the world of physics the word “ether”, this word had already been known for millennia. Ether is a part of energy that had it’s name in each culture. Taoists called it “čchi” Babylonians “ti”, Inds “Ódžas”, the Japanese “rei ki”, Hebrews “ruach”, Tibetians “šugs rlung”, the Vedic religion “prána”.
Four thousand years later occultist Reichenbach called the spatial irradiation of life energy “ód”. In many cases of the new history this energy of life matter that irradiates into it’s surroundings was called “magnetism”. This “magical” energy still calls up our attention that is even getting greater and that’s why it would be appropriate to summarize it’s very long terminology. In the literature it is usually described as cosmic energy. That’s how we called it in our empirical research and I think that this name is appropriate. Because of the same reason it would be better if we call the first part of cosmic energy, which had been up to now in our research called “energetic space”, by it’s usual name aura. Cosmic energy consists of three energetic parts – the aura, the zones and the interzones. Ether consists of two energetic parts – the zones and the interzones.
Cosmic energy = aura + zones + interzones
Ether = zones + interzones
The properties of aura are associated with all matter, not only organisms, as is sometimes described. By experiments with aura we got to know that when the auras of two or more objects are in contact, their auras come together to form one common aura. It was found in another experiments, that the energies of objects that form their common aura are slowly exchanged in between them until their energetic potentials are equal. This phenomenon that hasn’t been described anywhere yet could be used to explain many unexplainable events. It’s nothing new – the properties of aura, which we will be learning, were already used 2000 years before the first pyramid was built. At http://www.miroslavprovod.com/ you can find in the part called “diagrams” the graphical illustration of the three parts of cosmic energy – the aura, the zones and the interzones, with a detailed description of their properties.
Nobody has yet been successful when trying to find the motivation for building hundreds of thousands of megalithic constructions, while the properties of aura offer evidential explanation. If we place a rock into the aura of a water stream, the auras of both matters join into one common and the rock gains energy. It works in the same way if we place a different aura into the aura of a water stream, including organisms. It works like this in between matters of all elements – the matter in a common aura that has lower energetic potential gains energy from the matter with higher energetic potential. There are numerous examples, like with other physical phenomena, of energetic interaction between matters. It’s easy to manipulate with the size of aura. It’s quickest and most efficient when using groups of capacitors with great capacitance. However, we don’t recommend to experiment with capacitors charged to high voltages, because it leads to an increase of potential on the membranes of our cells, which could cause some health anomalies. The properties of aura can’t be put together with the result, which we would expect. The aura of a group of capacitors of a radius of 40cm can influence us negatively. However, it has been proved over time that the aura of a mobile telephone with a radius of a few tens of centimeters doesn’t affect our health.
Aura – the first energetic part of each matter – is a common name. In connection with cosmic energy, the unknown parts are the zones and the interzones, the second and third energetic parts of each matter. The zones are copying the shape of the aura like peels and in various distances in between them. With greater distance from their source they gain gigantic dimensions and it’s not possible to find out how far from the source they go. We don’t know why, but each third zone is ten times greater than the first and the second zone. In the space between zones there are energetically weaker interzones. There are usually four of them, but in some cases there are more of them and they are always located closer to the zone that is located closer to the source. Together with the zones there is a great number of them and they create a very dense three dimensional raster – ether.
In regions of any matter, even in the regions of gas planets or clouds, we always find three parts of cosmic energy. Many objects can have their own aura, for example a stone, a lump of stones, a building, a group of buildings, a person, a stadium filled by people, a stream, a thunderstorm cloud, a tree, a planet – until the aura gets in contact with an aura of a different matter. In such a case both come together to form one energetically common aura with common energetic parts. It works like this in most cases, but there are also exceptions. Our planet Earth has the greatest aura by the above stated rule, so all the auras on the Earth should then have one common aura with the Earth. It’s not like this. Hopefully, some measuring devices will give us a clue in the future.
The crossing zones and interzones fill the surface and surrounding area of our or any other planet. These etherical parts are located literally everywhere throughout the space and we are able to define the density and composition of their “mother” matter, by looking at their changing etherical intensity. There are specific widths and distances between zones and interzones of every matter and every matter also causes or send out into space it’s specific etheric parts – it’s like a bar code characteristic for each matter. It’s not far before we could identify the type, the amount and the distance of some elements under the Earths surface that is kilometres below the surface by means of special detectors and computers. So we always meet the zones and the interzones on our planet in connection to ether.
The cosmic energy and it’s three energetic parts have been used by people for millennia. Einstein disregarded ether by his unshakable logic. Ether isn’t acted upon by gravity, it’s not material – ether is “nothing”. It’s invisible, it can’t be measured nor weighed. We can’t calculate it so “NOTHING” can’t exist. The logic and knowledge of modern physics don’t allow scientists to protest against Einstein and to accept again that ether exists. The modern physics just isn’t able to accept the existence of ether based on it’s knowledge and therefore it must reject it.
However, immaterial or more likely slightly material energetic ether does exist.
The fact that ether exists is also supported by satellites whose optic documented that lightning discharges from thunderclouds don’t occur only between clouds or between the clouds and the Earth but also between the clouds and somewhere above them, somewhere unknown away from the Earth. Where and how does this incredible energy go? The cause and reason for this fact haven’t been explained yet anywhere. Similar physical vacuum is associated with the cause of energy of up to 1000 times more energetic lightning discharges on Saturn as they were documented by Cassini probe.
Einstein was certainly a genius, however, he wasn’t infallible. For example at present we know that the speed of light is not a maximum speed. In some time we will also know that the person that was wrong with the hypothesis about ether wasn’t Aristotle’s but Einstein. Some individuals who can, without optical means, identify a moving living thing, for example a person, sometimes even long distance away from them, talk usually about “registering” the movement of the persons aura. This term is however not correct. An aura of a person, whose energy is about average, is about thirty centimeters “fat”, wide or more likely high. So if people with extremely developed sensitivity in a static position register a movement of etheric energetic parts of a moving person, they don’t register the actual aura to such a distance but etheric spatial “impulses” that are moving from aura into the surrounding space of “infinitely distributed” etherical zones and interzones.
The energetic value of a matter (the level of cosmic energy) is going up for example with increasing pressure on a given matter. The “aura” of water could be in addition also increased by thermal or microwave heating. Another increase of energy with liquids could be realized by so called dynamization. (In a lab we could reach dynamization just by shaking, when the molecules intensively act by friction on each other. When a sea water is dynamized by inner and outer friction near a shore it shows greater energetical values in that area, which also increases it’s surrounding aura or cosmic energy.) It’s interesting that each matter has it’s “energetic memory”. It means that if a rock gains cosmic energy when exposed to great pressure, it doesn’t lose it straight after the pressure is removed. Each matter, therefore, has an ability to accumulate the cosmic energy in itself for some time.
Everybody knows places such as Lurdy, where people were spontaneously cured in relation to headwaters. In many places like this there are pilgrimage churches built above these headwaters. Many skeptics talk about these miraculous cures in these places or in normal thermal spas with a contempt. In these cases it is energetically modified water, which was subject to great pressure and was warmed up deep under ground. It is known that in some spas the water also gains energy from rocks that contain energetically strong metals. There are also spas where unexpected cures occur due to the energy taken from a water that was close to radioactive rocks that contain very energetic element uranium deep under ground. In some spas the bodily energy is reinforced by drinking underground energetically intensive water, in others the cosmic energy is gained by the body when swimming in the water, when the cosmic energy is transformed from the charged water into the patients body. It is known that an ill person often doesn’t need special medicine for his cure, but a sufficiency of “inner” cosmic energy, in order for the body to initiate the cure processes. Especially elderly people often don’t have enough energy to cure their health process. The cells in bodies of some people have often lower intensity of cosmic energy than the molecules of curative water. By being in this energetically rich water the cells of the curing patients gain greater energetic level on their cellular membranes, which is a basic presumption of a proper functioning of these cells and also some mechanism that begins their cure.
The energetic parts of cosmic energy have similar properties to electric energy in many ways. By components of unknown principle that cause cosmic energy there is an effect called “suction by a point”, which is similar to that of electrons. The cosmic energy flows from areas with greater energetic levels to areas with lower energetic levels. While the transfer of electrical energy happens immediately, the cosmic energy transfers between different sources at much slower rate. However, some properties of cosmic energy differ from those of electrical energy. The electromagnetic waves don’t penetrate Faradays cage but this is not true with cosmic energy. If we place a source of cosmic energy into a safe (any other source of cosmic energy), they are in interaction and the final value is a sum of both energetic sources.
There are traces of manipulation with cosmic energy and ether found throughout the ages. Now we look back in time and search for the effort of our ancestors that knew the equation of the linear relationship between the intensity of their etheric potential of their body and their better health very well.
If we evaluate megalithic constructions from the cosmic energy standpoint, we find out that a rock of a point shape placed into the aura of a water stream or into a place where there are zones of that water stream it gains energy from that water source and it starts to be a menhir. With respect to specific weight and composition of that rock this standing point – menhir – gains greater energetic value than a standing point – a man – would gain. This rock works like an energetic storage battery. Upper streams that are more “dynamized” with faster flow and with waterbed made of stones show greater energy than lower streams with slower flow and with a soft waterbed. This is also emphasized by the fact that menhirs are situated in the upper parts of water streams, especially in their inner bends, where the zones are denser and create greater energetic value. This can be easily verified by a simple experiment.
We wind a hose around a rock that is about 2 metres high. The value of it’s aura could be modified by changing the number of threads or by changing the intensity of the water flow. However, the energy doesn’t go up quickly. The cosmic energy transfers very slowly as stated above. It’s not like an “acceleration” when we press a gas pedal in a car. The matter of the rock has a significant energetic inertia and the energetic increase takes place over a time period that could last from tens of minutes up to hours depending on it’s mass. Similar energetic “dope” (an increase of cosmic energy on the cellular membranes of the cells in a human body) could be reached when a person sits on a chair that is wrapped in tens of threads of a plastic hose with flowing water. The rock could be activated not only by the energy of water flows (underground wells, streams, rivers, sea streams), but also by other energetic sources like for example: metals, fire, thunderclouds and many other sources.
A classic example of an energetic gain of a rock from ether was a menhir “Mené er Groah” (it was destroyed by a lightning strike), which was 23.5 metres high and was located near Locmariaquer in Bretagne. It is an isolated case, but is very informative, because it brings up the knowledge of ancient cultures about the energetic properties of ether. The engineers got a task to build an energetic source of the capacity wanted in that place. The easiest solution would have been to spread the matter of a high menhir into more menhirs. However, this wasn’t possible, as the ether zones didn’t offer the required energetic level – this was located higher above the ground surface. The engineers then had to build a high menhir. The obelisks built in later cultures had the same energetic reason as “Mené er Groah” menhir.
The lonely standing menhir was the easiest megalithic structure that was giving energy to many people. In order to refill or increase the level of cosmic energy in our body people didn’t have to sit on top of the menhir for hours. It was enough when the “cured” person stayed in the region of aura of the menhir or even in a zone that was located further from the menhir. People didn’t miss the fact that they could gain more energy faster when they are between two or more menhirs, where the auras are denser. This inspired them to cover the tip of the menhir with another rock. This is how an energetically “richer” dolmen was created. There are hundreds of thousands of dolmens existing. The ancient engineers did know well that it matters what type of rock needs to be placed on top of the “curing platform”. The effort to reach a maximum value of cosmic energy and the ability to compare the energetic interaction that is related to the chemical structure of individual types of rocks compelled the ancient wizards and healers to often difficult transport of different rocks and stones. These engineers must have known the energetic values of the interactions very well because even that they could have placed a stone from a close vicinity onto the dolmen desk, they have transported big stones from great distances whose chemical structure was different.
The next level of energetic structures of the past were Zikkurats (Babylonian tower). With time, the progress came to the knowledge that the matter of the structure, which gains energy from etheric zones, must not be a monolith nor a rock but it could also be high quantity of earth. Moreover, the matter of the structure of a zikkurat was activated by a metal (on the top there was a golden statue of a gods). Later, this knowledge was used by all megalithic and religious structures. Towers with bells, minarets with golden domes etc. further dynamically increased the energy of the objects. However, the increase of cosmic energy can’t be beneficial for human health in a linear relationship forever. When building religious structures it was observed that more means less, in other words – from the present sciences point of view – it was found that going over the optimal level of charge on the cellular membranes is dangerous in the same way or worse than the energetic deficit. The matter of the structure must have been balanced by the energetic gain, the amount of time spent in the sanctuary and the amount of people who were inside. Because of that, pastorates were built out of the energetic reach of the religious structure. The energy could have been regulated by the number and height of towers. The towers then gain energy from three sources – when penetrating etheric zones, because of the known fact of suction by a point and they are activated by the metal of the bells. We can’t pass over the position of the bells. In the 15th and 16th centuries the bells were also hanged in the opposite way than it is usual – with the tongue upwards. This was especially beneficial with heavy bells that were then easily swung – the bell started to swing under it’s own weight and the swinging was kept by a paddle. Because this type of hanging bells was considered uncatholic in the 17th century, most bells in most towers that had been hung in this way were hanged with the tongue downwards. By an easy experiment we could easily prove that bells that are hung by the tongue downwards increase the energetic value of the tower by 250%. If the bell is hung with the tongue upwards the basic energetic value of the matter of the tower decreases by 30%. The shape of the matter of the bell works in the same way as the shape of a water stream, dome or cope does: it creates greater energetic density. The towers of religious structures that have a goblet located on their top (it’s a similar case like when there is a bell hung with the tongue upwards), decrease the energetic value of the structure.
The calculation of the optimal amount of matter and height of the towers was impossible before the construction has begun because of the creation of different relations between surrounding zones and interzones. It was not until the construction has begun when the energy of the object was being regulated until it reached it’s optimal value by changing the volume of the matter, the amount of metals, the energetically strong crystallic pebbles or the height of the suction points. The characteristic energetic properties for all kinds of religious structures was their high mass, towers, rounded shapes and supplemented activation parts like metals, fires, etc.
The motivation for the construction of menhirs, dolmens, kromlechs, mounds, stone mans and other similar structures was usually explained by astronomical, calendar, agricultural and ritual motives. We can’t wonder that other arguments couldn’t have been offered by known facts. But there are even more mysterious megalithic structures – thousands of stone spheres that weigh more than 15 tons. They are located in Costa Rica and in other parts of the American continent and some even close to the north pole. The arguments for their existence weren’t persuasive but I agree that it’s not possible without the knowledge of ether. A rock in the shape of a sphere that is located in an etheric zone is energetically activated and becomes an independent source, which sends spherical zones out into surrounding space. These cross other energetically stronger etheric zones, interact with them and by their conductive properties bring greater amount of cosmic energy to the place where the stone sphere is located. It is probable that heads of Olmeks that are made from stone and have similar mass could have had similar function.
In Nazca plain the etheric zones are marked in the flat terrain. The water flows that were built underground were built to connect individual zones so that the energy could be transported to another place. A verification that shows that the zones in the Nazca plain were made energetically stronger are the rows of stones located very close to some zones (the stones are in interaction with the zone).
The present architecture isn’t interested in the energetic of the structures and some structures could be so called “cancer houses” or could just slowly negatively affect their inhabitants. Skeptics could say that the steel constructions of skyscrapers and their height must show the negative effect more markedly. The answer could be found in history, when people on the American continent built more than hundred thousand mounds, they cared a lot that the clay mounds weren’t built on a subsoil made from rock and they carefully isolated them by means of organic matter. When building mounds in Europe, the same technologic progress was abided. When constructing skyscrapers, we can’t even imagine that they would be built in another way than on a solid subsoil made from rock. We can deduct that the contact of the structure with the seam works in the same way as grounding by the fact that it drains the energy away into the ground. However, it could be different with some low-bed structures that were built on earthen seams. In these connections it could be interesting to find out statistically the death rate in different hospitals.
It’s not easy to believe the fact that ancient people already had the knowledge about etheric energy that our civilisation will now only start to learn. The twentieth century, when thousands of scientists unsuccessfully tried to resolve the mysteries of megalithic culture proves that the explanation is not in the region of known facts. Therefore we looked for the answers of puzzles of structures somewhere else.
Miroslav Provod sen. + jun.
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You may have heard stories recently about the benefits of soy wax, or about how paraffin wax is unhealthy or not good for you. In this article we will examine the myths and rumors and give the straight facts on both soy and paraffin wax candles and allow you to see what the truth and fuss is all about.
Before we start, it is important for you to know what the actual difference is between soy and paraffin waxes, and to see how each are produced. Let’s start with paraffin wax, the most common wax to create candles with today. If you purchase a candle that isn’t marked as soy, beeswax, or any other special blend of wax, chances are that you have purchased a candle that is made from a paraffin blend of wax.
Paraffin wax is a heavy hydrocarbon that comes from crude oil. Paraffin waxes are produced by refining or separating the waxes out of crude mineral oils. Obtained from the ground, crude oil is a compositionally varied product, consisting of a mixture of hydrocarbons. Another name for crude oil is fossil fuel. Crude oil is transported to refineries where it is refined into finished products by complex processes. One of the many products derived from refining is lubricating oil. It is from the lube oil refining process that petroleum waxes are derived. There are three general categories of petroleum wax that are obtained from lube oil refining. They include paraffin, microcrystalline and petrolatum. Paraffin waxes are derived from the light lubricating oil distillates. Paraffin waxes contain predominantly straight-chain hydrocarbons with an average chain length of 20 to 30 carbon atoms.
Soy wax, on the other hand is made from vegetable matter. Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed. The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world’s soybeans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
So now that you know how both soy and paraffin candles are made, let’s take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both types.
There are a lot of myths surrounding soy candles. Most of these are designed to sell soy candles better, and have very little truth in them. A great example is the great ‘no soot’ myth. Sites that sell soy candles love to say that there is absolutely no soot produced with a soy candle. However, there is no truth and all hype to that claim. Absolutely, positively, and most importantly, scientifically, all organic compounds when burned will emit some carbon (soot) due to incomplete combustion. Sooting is primarily a factor of wick length and disturbance of the flame’s steady teardrop shape. There is no such thing as a soot-free candle. Further, while soy wax is all-natural and will not produce the thick black soot that you see on some paraffin containers, it does produce soot. An important fact to remember is that not all soot is black. Soot can be a ‘white soot’ that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Soy wax will produce little black soot – unless the candle is improperly wicked, made, or burnt, but it may produce white soot.
But before you get scared of soot, let me tell you, that soot is in fact not harmful to you. Candle soot is composed primarily of elemental carbon particles, and is similar to the soot given off by kitchen toasters and cooking oils. These everyday household sources of soot are not considered a health concern, and are chemically different from the soot formed by the burning of diesel fuel, coal, gasoline, etc. So the myth of ‘soot free soy candles’ is not only inaccurate, but simply an effort by some companies to scare the general public into buying their candles.
With that being said, there are some benefits to purchasing soy wax candles. While petroleum based paraffin wax is a limited resource, soy wax is a renewable resource that is limited only by how many soybeans we can grow. It is also beneficial to farmers who sell soybean crops, as well as lasting almost twice as long as paraffin wax.
However, soy wax is naturally a ‘soft’ wax. While container candles, tealights, and small tarts may be made entirely of soy, it is extremely difficult to make good pillar candles and votives out of 100 pure soy wax. Additives are used to make them better, but in most cases, paraffin wax is still a much better solution for those types of candles. In my own company, Mystickal Incense & More, we use a blend of 50 soy wax and 50 paraffin wax for our free-standing candles.
In the end, both paraffin wax and soy wax are both good choices for candle wax. Neither is more ‘environmentally friendly’ than the other, as there has never been scientific evidence that paraffin wax is harmful to your health in any way at all. It is a personal choice of which type you prefer to use, and both types hold scent and dye just as well. The only benefit that there is in all reality, is that container candles using soy wax do burn longer. And it does benefit the farmers of the Mid-western United States. However, most other claims regarding soy wax are false and/or misleading.
About the Author
Stephanie Davies is a 27 year old Missourian with a loving husband and an 8 year old son. She currently owns her own business, Mystickal Incense & More, and sells handmade candles, incense, bath & body products and more at http://www.mystickalincense.com
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