Category Archives: Spirituality
By Morris Inch
‘Apologetics is a reasoned response to why we believe as we do’ (Morris Inch, A Case For Christianity, p. vii). As otherwise expressed, it consists of a reasoning faith. A topic which has continued to invite my attention over the years. Recalling the sage observation, ‘The more some things change, the more other things remain constant.’ Fortunate indeed is the person who can distinguish between the two.
When brought before the Roman magistrate Pilate, Jesus affirmed that it was his intent ‘to testify to the truth.’ While adding, ‘Everyone on the side of truth listens to me’ (John 18:37). In this regard, the gospels record 78 times when he employed the expression: ‘I tell you the truth.’ For instance, early on in his public ministry: ‘I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, nor the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished’ (Matt. 5:18). Then while death was near at hand, he assured a criminal being crucified with him: ‘I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise’ (Luke 23:43).
‘What is truth?’ Pilate then inquired. His reply ‘has been variously interpreted as a cynical disavowal of the possibility of knowing any truth, as a contemptuous jest at anything so impractical as abstract truth, or as a wistful desire to know what nobody thus far had been able to tell him’ (Merrill Tenney, John, p. 262). In any case, he refuses to explore the matter further.
What is truth? This is a question that continues to arrest our attention. Truth amounts to a reality check. It is what is. Accordingly, I was raised in a village culture. Unlike those reared in an urban counterpart. Virtually a life time ago, rather than recently.
How is one to ascertain truth? Especially since various means have been devised. In this connection, Warren Young explored four alternatives (A Christian Approach to Philosophy, pp. 47-58). He characterizes the first of these as immediate criteria. ‘Instinct serves as a case in point. (It) is thought to be an inborn trait. We refer to religious instinct, by which we mean that people are inherently religious’ (Inch, op. cit., p. 2).
However, it is exceedingly difficult to distinguish instinct from learned behavior. Since these are coupled together in human experience. Yet in such diversified ways as to imply that both are implicated.
‘Feeling is another example of immediate criteria. Feelings incorporate a wide range of experience. We say that we feel cold when a chilling breeze comes in off the lake. We report that we feel depressed when our plans fail to materialize.’ And so on.
‘Feelings are notorious for being misleading. We may feel that someone has rejected us when that is not the case. One may feel like the hit of the party, when others think him a bore. Feelings are profoundly influenced by such things as our state of health and weather conditions.’
‘Sense experience provides a third illustration of immediate criteria. We assume that what our senses report is, in fact, true. We confidently assert, ‘I saw it with my own eyes.’ Anything short of our witnessing the event is, by implication, suspect.’
However, one must distinguish between how something appears and what is actually the case. As when a pole appears bent in the water, but when removed, it proves not to be the case. So that eye witness accounts can actually be quite misleading.
About the Author
Morris A. Inch is a professor emeritus of biblical studies at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. He served as president of the Institute of Holy Land Studies (now Jerusalem University College) in Jerusalem, Israel. Now retired, he continues to publish extensively, His publication website is: http://www.ourchurch.com/member/p/publications
- What Is Truth? (ezerwoman.wordpress.com)
- The source of morality (quinersdiner.com)
- Jesus – The way truth and life (Part 2) (clydestyle.org)
- What is truth? And where do we find it? (1stcorinthiansruntowin.com)
- Interview: Why a Wheaton College Professor Smeared Jesus in Human Dirt (christianitytoday.com)
- simple truth (experiencetruth.wordpress.com)
- The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth (upwoods.wordpress.com)
- The Lie of Honesty (essejsllim.wordpress.com)
- Truth Be Told (thethoughtfullife.wordpress.com)
- March 28, 2013 – Maundy Thursday (circleofhopedailyprayer2013.wordpress.com)
Author: David Azulai
Jewish religion, or Judaism, explains how transcendent controlling powers of the invisible world affect our material, tangible existence. In this respect Jewish religion resorts to the help of Kabbalah sound. Kabbalah numerology explains how names can affect our reality and daily routine. Names – or sound vibrations – are a source of powerful energy that people are often unaware of. Decision making is the main factor that can change a person’s life.
Names may have a great effect on the human subconsciousness, modify our thinking and behavior, and influence the way we make our decision. By studying these sound variations and the meanings that are associated with them in Kabbalah numerology, you can have a better control of your life. It has been proven that people’s names control the yang and yin (male and female) natures, bad and good emotions, light and dark powers in most individuals.
Certain sounds of a name may also attract certain energies, both positive and negative ones. That is why most events and accidents in life are related to the person’s name and caused by the energies that represent particular sounds of a name. Therefore, it is also important to choose the right name for a child that would vibrate harmonically with the child’s personality and environment. Many curious individuals have started exploring Kabbalah numerology in Jewish religion now.
By knowing the meaning of your name you will be able to activate the powers of the kabbalistic Tree of Life (frequently described by adherents of this Jewish religion as a map that shows connection of all living creatures and animate objects with each other) within yourself and reach your personal predestination. You can focus your attention on the sounds of your name, let them guide you and use them in concordance with the main numerological methodologies that teach you how to apply this knowledge in life. This new life style that Kabbalah numerology revealed is the way of adjusting to your name for a particular purpose or predestination you desire to achieve.
About the Author
Rabbi David Azulai, the great-grandson of the illustrious Rabbi Yosef Abraham Azulai, was born in Fez, Morocco in 1958. Rabbi David Azulai is the scion of a family of great “Talmidei Chachamim” (Torah Scholars) and “Ba’alei Mofes” (individuals who have the ability through prayer of performing miracles).
- Ashton Kutcher to join the tribe? (theuglytruth.wordpress.com)
- Everett group finding wisdom, growth in Kabbalah (heraldnet.com)
- Interview With Numerologist Alison Baughman (thegodspark.wordpress.com)
- The right method for numerology (sapientparadox.wordpress.com)
- Numerology in popular culture (sapientparadox.wordpress.com)
- Madonna: Kabbalah with the Kids! (justjared.com)
- Madonna: Kabbalah Centre with Mercy & David! (justjared.com)
- Weekly Kabbalah Tune Up: INVESTING IN THE LIGHT March 24th – March 30th, 2013 (monicakupfer.wordpress.com)
Saint Francis was born in the small town of Assisi, Italy, in the year 1182, a town 90 miles north of Rome. The story of his life is both fascinating and inspiring, and who lived in simplicity and poverty; a passion for the Gospel and Jesus Christ. A story of holiness and love of God; Saint Francis gave up his own self to become a “Mirror of Christ.”
Saint Francis was often pictured amidst birds and animals in a time when animals were treated very cruelly with little value. Saint Frances understood that respect begins with the lowliest of all creatures. The genuine holiness of Saint Francis is shown in the respect and great love he had for all these creatures created by God. Saint Francis would be considered the first advocate for animals, a man before his time, about 700 years to be precise.
Saint Francis lived and preached a life of poverty and love of God to all men. Although, Francis did not, however, start his life that way; in fact, the life of Saint Francis of Assisi is a “riches to rags” sort of tale. Francis was neither poor nor saintly in his youth. A wealthy merchant’s son and a wild young bon vivant with refined tastes, especially one who enjoyed good food and drink. Francis was also a troubadour, composer and performer who loved to sing, and who also loved fine clothes.
Francis dreamed of an adventurous life of chivalry and knighthood, and at the age of 20 when the town of Assisi fought Perugia, Francis joined in the battle. But, he was wounded, captured and spent over a year in a Perugian prison dungeon where he got sick and contracted malaria.
Ransomed by his father, and released from the Perugian prison a more reflective Francis returned to Assisi. The languishing prison experience with the suffering and distress; the sickness finally overtook him and Francis felt the first stirrings of a vocation which were awakened; to peace and justice. Francis completely changed his life; starting by giving all he owned to the poor. He became poor because Jesus was poor. Francis helped the sick and the lepers, and preached a message of poverty, humility, and joy. Francis spent years wandering, preaching, and singing canticles, hymns from the Bible.
In Francis’s time, the Catholic Church embodied the strictest type of hierarchy; Francis preached a humble faith, much closer to the life of Christ. Francis set up a community to live by his ideals and to led a simple life with his simple message. “The love of God for us, through Jesus, and our response to love God through Jesus by loving others.” Saint Francis combined the contemplative life with an active one to bring the gospel to the people. Francis is a Saint of All Ages. His message to the world is a timeless one, as relevant today as it was back then. Saint Francis is second only to Jesus Christ, and no other individual has ever made such a positive influence on the Church and the world.
The Classic Prayer of Saint Francis:
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.
This simple prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi provides a path to follow in living, life’s conduct and character; in ones thoughts, speech and actions within ones day to day relationships with other fellow human beings and with all life on this earth and in this world.
Saint Francis was born in Assisi; he was a poet, singer, wild youth, and saint, and his tomb is in a crypt below Saint Francis Basilica, a popular pilgrimage and tourist site in the rolling hills of Umbria in Assisi.
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About the Author
James Murray is a successful writer and online Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) expert providing valuable tips and advice for those interested in seo and sem strategies. His numerous articles found on the Internet, provide useful and factual seo and sem information and insight. Some of his websites are http://www.atclickbank.com , http://www.seo-worldwide.net
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- Saint Francis Of Assisi And Islam: How The New Pope Could Bring Muslims And Christians Together (upplysningscentralen.wordpress.com)
- Prayer of St Francis (underthekansassky.wordpress.com)
- The Prayer of Saint Francis (fatpastor.me)
- New Pope Francis I: What is in a name? (theepochtimes.com)
- Habemus Papam: Pope Francis I (heatherfromthegrove.wordpress.com)
- The real winner of the 2013 conclave was St. Francis of Assisi (ncronline.org)
- Francis: The Journey From Beggar to Pope (percalamus.com)
- The New Pope and the New World Order: the Conclave’s New King (evanbatterton.wordpress.com)
I do volunteer work at Allexperts.com, answering questions in several categories. One of the more interesting questions appeared the other day. It’s about the idea of spiritual attack.
The modern mind tends to explain negative spiritual dynamics in terms of hallucinations and, perhaps, mental illness. But it seems a more fruitful approach combines the theological belief in spiritual attack – which clinical psychology and psychiatry tend to overlook – with knowledge gleaned from psychology and psychiatry.
You can read the full question and answer here: http://en.allexperts.com/q/Paranormal-Phenomena-3278/2013/3/spiritual-attack.htm
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- The Influence of Paranormal Television (epages.wordpress.com)
- Question – What Deity or Spiritual Being fits this physical description? (mclark.wordpress.com)
- New Book: Peter Lamont’s Extraordinary Beliefs (ahp.apps01.yorku.ca)
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- Science Has Uncovered Something Subtler Than the Physical, Undergirding One’s Life, and Interconnected with All and Everyone: Deeper, and Higher, Spiritual Realities (mladzema.wordpress.com)
How do you know when you are having the real-deal, God is talking to me experience, and not some slice-of-flake, koo-koo, false cognition?
After all, this is the assumption laden land of does God exist, is there a God, and if there was a God, why would God let happen what happens?
Debate, debate, debate, and you end up more-or-less where you started, stuck with opinion and some fancy word play. Often it ends up with people smuggly agreeing with each other, or, conversely, glaring and yelling and, well, heated arguments.
I know some downright evangelical aethiests. They seem to be so very fervent in their desire to word-smack some sense into the people who believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and, ugh, God, or even worse, Gods.
This is relevant to me because of my own personal history with spiritual revelations from on high. I have had those very personal experiences of intercession by God. Let me be clear about this: I mean I have had the experience of God coming into my consciousness and directly communicating with me in the form of thoughts. To me, at the time, this was the strangest and craziest thing that had ever happened to me. The experience was so NOT like any form of awareness that I’d ever had. It was clear, and I was awake when it happened.
Follow this link: http://www.thegodconsciousnessproject.com
I have to tell you that what happened to me was NOT me thinking a thought from inside my own mind. It was not like that, at all. It was such an odd and distinctive ‘form’ of experience, and I just knew, somehow, instinctively, that I was NOT doing it to myself.
I didn’t hear a voice coming from the wall, or the car radio, or, whatever. It wasn’t like that. What happened to me was so strange and, yes, powerful, that it did change my life. I had no idea what it was like to have this sort of experience. Sure, I’d done my share of reading about the arcane world of spiritual stuff. I’d read Authobiography of a Yogi. I had read the Bible. And I even had experienced clear transcending, what is sometimes called samadhi.
So how do you know when God is talking to you?
Well, you never really do. That is the very unsatisfying answer.
Here is how I see it. I am applying the Sherlock Holmians method, the Hercule Poirot system, the Philip Marlow school of detective work:
- Yes, you had a genuine, cogent experience of God Consciousness;
- No, you did not have such an experience, you are deluded;
- There is no God, so you could NOT have such an experience;
- Yes, there is a God or Gods, but God or Gods do NOT communicate with the likes of you. So you didn’t have, couldn’t have THAT experience;
- There might be a God or Gods, and you might have had the experience;
- Then again, maybe you didn’t, ‘cuz maybe there isn’t a God or Gods;
- Yes, you did have an experience, and it wasn’t you who did it to yourself, and it definitely wasn’t God, it was something or someone else;
- It was The Enemy!
- You were deluded by those who are telepathic;
- It was a practical joke perpetrated by God for some sick reason only God knows about;
- God is crazy, and now you are crazy, too;
- And so the list goes;
I have had some very interesting conversations with people about this subject, and the various subjects that spin off from, ‘God thinks into my mind.’
My conversations with God are personal and often take the form of me asking for guidance about something going on in my life, right now. I totally up for the debate about how I am just having a conversation with myself, and that somehow I’ve created this mental-brain-neural default thing that clicks over when I come at my own thinking in a certain sort of style.
I get this, for sure.
And I have to let you know that I am a wondering kind of dude when it comes to all this stuff. I know that madness and spirituality often are closely linked: It is oh-so easy to delude yourself.
In the Christian world of right and wrong, this ‘God is talking to me’ deal is dealt with by testing the God given contact by pouring the actual advice or communication through these filters:
- God will not ask or tell you to do something that goes against His Word, the Bible.
- When God tells you to do something, he will open the way.
- If it makes God look good, and doesn’t make you look good (or even makes you look like an idiot) there is a good chance it’s probably God. If it makes you look good, it’s you.
- The confirmation by people God has placed in our lives to help us hear His voice: Pastors, teachers, parents, godly friends. They can have their own feelings and fears, and this can distort their objectivity, and they can also be a valuable source of confirmation. Do not rely solely on their opinion.
- Pray for God to reveal His will, and carefully watch the circumstances that relate to that decision.
- The Biblical references are few and salient. Here is one from the New Testament: ‘Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.’ 1 John 4:1 NLT
- Oft repeated in the Christian faith about guidance from God is the test of peace. Simply put, that when you consider the guidance and or message you have received, does it give you a sense of peace, of relief, of ‘rightness.’
So those are some of the Christian perspective ideas about how to test whether it was a genuine cognition delivered straight from the desk of The Big Guy.
Oh, I know I sound a bit flip about all this. And I am aware that my tongue often is firmly planted in the side of my cheek. So firmly planted that it might seem to have grown roots. Give me a break, though. I have had my share of God talking clearly to me, thinking right into my consciousness. And I have had those very startling experiences of being told something was going to happen, by God, and me absolutely NOT believing it would or could happen, NOT EVER! Impossible! Not just unlikely, but flat-Earth impossible.
And you know. You know…what I am going to write next. Yes you do! Those things did happen, just like ‘God’ told me, and when ‘God’ told me they would, too.
This has happened, over and over.
So, IF you have God coming into your mind and telling you to pick up the axe and go and chop up your family while they are quietly sleeping, my recommendation is get a new God. Do NOT do what THAT God is telling you to do. Fire that God, now. And go and hire a new God. One that you want to work for. A good God. A nice God. A God that loves you, and wants you to love, too.
Think about it.
About the Author
Robert William Farmilo, born in Canada, lived, studied and worked in a several countries, including Switzerland, Italy, France, Mexico, USofA, Canada, Ghana. Traveled to a variety of countries, and a keen student of Spanish. He is a published author of fiction and non-fiction, including the adult themed series, ‘The Dregs…’ featuring the cult classic ‘Coyote Medicine.’ Mr. Farmilo is married, with grown-up kids, and step-kids, and now, the grandkids. He is a musician and composer, his work is easy to find on Youtube. Robert has worked all kinds of jobs, from the menial, grunt work, to being a teacher of teachers. He has created curriculum and extant systems, for example Tai Ji Qi, the Infinite Ultimate Energy Form. He has been a fully-qualified teacher of Transcendental Meditation as taught by His Holiness, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and an Executive Governor of the Age of Enlightenment, and was a Sidha, and helped to teach the TM-Sidhi program. Robert has taught thousands of people a variety of esoteric subjects, techniques and programs. He is the innovative creator of La Idea, and is considered a marketing specialist. He is a member of The God Consciousness Project, and it the official translator of the book GOD CONSCIOUSNESS, allegedly written by God, please check this link: http://www.thegodconsciousnessproject.com
He has worked on radio, and television, as a host of programs, including his now famous show in Mexico, on FM radio. Robert performs on the street, in nightclubs, at cafes, arenas, church halls, and has a penchant for comedy, too. His live shows are a rare treat. His voice is…memorable. And his singing is powerful, compelling, sensitive, and quite beautiful. Robert is consulting with different people about specific goals that they want to reach. He is a spiritual man who is very earthy, and very real. Robert is aware of the contradiction between his lust for life, and the ideals that people sometimes have about what spirituality should look like.
- experience God’s grace each day (donnyprevette.wordpress.com)
- Psalm 126 Awakening from the Dream (psalmsforlife.wordpress.com)
- God rules over the affairs of men. (encounters-with-god.com)
- In the Wilderness Verses in the Spirit (pdjhudonblog.wordpress.com)
- Divine Romance (womeninwhite.wordpress.com)
- Your Word for This Day: Let Me Show You! (thotam.com)
- Does God Allow U-turns? (familyandfaithmatters.wordpress.com)
- The Staff Syndrome (thelittlehouseontherock.wordpress.com)
- pramnesia [which is why we got to pray, just to make it today] (brettfish.wordpress.com)
- A Part Too Large (hiking2christ.org)
Author: Lewis Harrison
If you are tired of dogmatic religious practices you can create your own Wisdom Path. A Path for the person who says, ‘I’m Spiritual but Not Religious’.
Many spiritual but non-religious traditions have initations or rites of passage. The most common initiation practice or rite of passage in the world is probably puberty rites. These are sacred collective rituals whose function is to facilitate the transformation of an adolescent to an adult. There are records of puberty rites going back to the dawn of human history.
In the last few decades there has been an increased interest in different ‘New Age’ and Shamanic approaches to initiation. Some are quite serious and profound while others are no more than exercises in spiritual materialism. Authentic initiations are generally limited to those few who have a passion and a calling to do inner work that is not accessible to the rest of the community but may ultimately serve the community. This is the form of initiation would embraces on the Wisdom Path.
Aside from formal initiation ceremonies, there are often unofficial rites of passages held or practiced within subcultures of the larger group. Many aboriginal tribes use these practices to both reflect and define the tribal identity. Rites of Passage can include many different practices including: circumcision of males, genital mutilation of females, sub-incision and scarification. In these cultures initiation truly is a rite of passage in every sense of the word; preparing a young person to be a good husband or wife.
No Rite of Passage can take place in a group as large as two people. As the Christian Bible says ‘When two or more are gathered in my name I will surely be there’- And so it is. Initiation, formal and non-formal, exists in sub-cultures within larger groups. Such small communities exist within groups like the Green Beret’s, Navy Seals, and on board military vessels. Members of these groups are often tightly knit communities that are so internalized that they function like families, even after the initiate has left the military. These subgroups, like the larger groups they are part of, may have a hazing or a trial before a new member can be formally accepted.
Initiations and rites of passage should not be taken lightly and some can get pretty extreme. Of course, much college fraternity hazing is designed to be humiliating and can be dangerous without any deeper meaning of transformation. It’s just about ‘belonging to the group’ and doing anything one can to be accepted.
There is no specific time frame for an initiation and some involve multiple ceremonies stretching out over an extended period of time. My Shamanic Initiation extended over the course of two days. My Bar Mitzvah took a few hours. In some Aboriginal cultures initiations may take 3-4 months or even longer.
Many people question why these rites of passage are even important in a post digital society.
I would say more than ever and yet the more modern a society is, the less likely that initiation and rites of passage will be taken seriously regarding an individual’s growth and development. The anthropologist Joseph Campbell discussed television interviews with Bill Moyers. Without initiation and rites of passage society loses much of its reason for being; and that which was once held as sacred is lost. In some tribes initiation is essential if a person is to be regarded as a full member of the tribe. Otherwise, the individual may not be allowed to participate in core social rituals and ceremonies.
One might even say that there a sacred element to the concept of initiation that is separate from religion or spirituality. If we are hard wired to create community and to form groups and social networks then we must also have a reason for doing so. The group, as well, must have a reason for existing. This reason is sacred in that without it the community would have no reason for existing. Thus, initiation becomes sacred because it reconnects us to who we are, who we are to become, and where we are in the community. The initiation process also reconnects the community to its own history, origins, mythology, and culture.
About the Author
Lewis Harrison is an speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a pioneer in the personal development movement The author of nine self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.
He created the course on Life Strategies http://www.LewisHarrisonsAppliedGameTheory.com - based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick ‘A Beautiful Mind’. Lewis holds regular stress management, and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at Thecatskillsbedandbreakfast.com
His company offers on-site chair massage through http://www.eventschairmassage.com
Lewis hosts a weekly radio show ‘What Up’ that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM - 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST). The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org
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- Rites of passage (druidlife.wordpress.com)
- CBC Tapestry Interview: The Problem with “Spiritual but Not Religious” (terracognition.wordpress.com)
- Red Blood (sallyshaktiwillow.wordpress.com)
- Celtic rite of the Sword (jesusweddingthebook.wordpress.com)
- Rites of Passage, Ritual, and Self-Medication (psychologytoday.com)
- Our Sons and Daughters Need Rites of Passage (livepure.typepad.com)
- Bar Mitzvah (earthpages.wordpress.com)
- Rites of Passage? (fuddam.wordpress.com)
- Believing without Belonging (thecommunitytalks.wordpress.com)
Author: Ted Nottingham
We are all familiar with the many predictions spoken of from ancient times regarding not only the future, but our future specifically in this age. Much has been made of the prophecies set for the end of 2012. The fact that we are in the year 2013 does not mean that nothing has happened concerning those troubling visions and expectations. What we can know for certain is that the future brings change – on a global scale, a national scale, and for each one of us individually. As the saying goes:’The only constant is change.’
Many of us have experienced the ways in which our lives can take a radical turn in the blink of an eye. Wise words from a song of the seventies tell us that ‘in a New York minute, everything can change.’ Those of us who need the comfort and safety of routine and familiar ways are bound to be sorely disappointed – in people, in circumstances, in ourselves, in our plans. A deep friendship can evaporate in an instant over simple misunderstandings or lack of communication, devastating the heart and wiping away years of wonderful memories and hopes for the future. Betrayal can ravage relationships that were soul-based and foundational to stability and joy. Malice and slander can eat up communities that once stood as beacons of light for others. An ancient saying tells us: ‘The darkness is always trying to overcome the Light’ (whether within us or from the outside). That darkness need not be metaphysical. It can be as absurd and tragic as the smallest human frailty letting in a tsunami of destruction. These awful events happen every day and transform individual futures dramatically, and quite often unnecessarily. This is when we must learn from the truly wise among us, such as Karlfried Graf Durckheim who stated: ‘Accept the unacceptable.’ Without such wisdom, the strength to go on can be torn out of us.
It seems that life in this world has taken on a new quality of speed in unexpected transmutations, especially due to our high-tech environment. The natural pace of human life has changed dramatically and most of us are caught up in a lifestyle that is far from healthy and unlike anything known to former generations.
We are also living in an age that has been strangely marked by ancient prophecies. Consider the following information gathered in my book ‘The Desolation Chronicles’:
The Mayans spoke of a terrible wind destroying entire forests and leading toward the end of the world. Its name was Hurakan. The Hindu Vedas and the Persian Avesta, as well as the primordial Epic of Gilgamesh told of a cosmic hurricane that would sweep the land, devastating humanity. This same mighty wind was known to the Polynesians as Taafanua, to the Arabs as Tyfoon, and to the Chinese as Ty-fong. The Maoris tribes of New Zealand foretold of a wind that was to descend upon creation and turn ocean waves into high mountains. The Buddhist text Visuddhi-Magga described a world cycle that would destroy the inhabitants of earth by wind.
The sacred book of the Mayans, Popol-Vuh, and the Annals of Cuauhtitlan further detailed an age when the sun of fire-rain fell upon the people. The Voguls of Siberia also knew of the time when a sea of fire would fall upon the earth, along with aboriginal tribes from the East Indies who told of the ‘water of fire’.
Some visionaries and prophets have asserted that electromagnetic transformations are occurring as the magnetic poles shift and are having an impact on the subatomic levels of our physical being. They predict that the increased energy in the atmosphere will cause our molecular structure to vibrate at higher frequencies. Our cells will be infused with new electromagnetic impulses. Information encoded in our DNA may be activated as a result. They claim that this would cause an acceleration of the nervous system which would also trigger a temporary weakening of the immune system and a greater level of aggressive agitation. They further suggest that people are going to be so overloaded with such energy that they will not know how to channel it. It is even suggested that our DNA will evolve from two helixes to twelve or even fourteen strands which correspond to energy centers which the ancient East called chakras. They tell us that that our endocrine systems may speed up or slow down, impacting our hormonal balance. This will in turn create everything from strong feelings to new psychic abilities.
If this all sounds too strange to you, consider the increase in road rage and other forms of abhorrent human behavior. We live in dangerous times – physically, psychologically, spiritually. The most significant issue may become the most personal one of all: How does an individual sustain stability and peace in the midst of a drastically changing environment? Because the days of simple, quiet living are gone and we surely know that the future will not go backward, then we must find that quiet living within ourselves. We may have no control over the outer chaos of a disintegrating global economy and increasing violence across the world, but we can control and master ourselves. This is, of course, a spiritual matter and all the great teachings of humanity offer us tools to find our center and to live in a manner that transcends our circumstances, however chaotic they may become.
If we can remember the wisdom of the French priest/scientist/visionary Pierre Teilhard de Chardin — that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience – perhaps we will be better prepared to walk through whatever changes await us over the horizon of the future. Rather than merely stocking up on food and other rations, let us stock up on spiritual wisdom that impacts our daily lives and empowers us to consciously and peacefully exist in these tumultuous times. Becoming such people will not only save our sanity, but bless others as well as together we enter the unknown of tomorrow.
About the Author
Ted Nottingham is the author and translator of a dozen books, the producer of numerous televised programs, and the pastor of Northwood Christian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana at http://www.northwoodchristian.com
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Author: Ethan Sanders
Whether we dream everyday, banal things, or our dreams are full of great, spiritual symbolism, we should know to be accounted for in the right way, because they often bring important messages for our personal growth and life path. Try to find a link between multiple symbols and define the essence of a dream to the favorable or unfavorable meanings of symbols.
Particularly interesting are the dreams in which there is a telepathic connection between those who dream. It could be a loved one, but to telepathy can occur among those that bind some other important common features.
Telepathy in everyday dreams
Everyday, ‘small’ dreams are related to the usual stuff from the waking state – work, family, children, worries and responsibilities. In these dreams may be telepathic connection between close persons associated shared living situations, for example a husband and wife. A woman can dream that the solution to a problem that concerns and wife, and telepathic way through a dream that he can ‘say’ what should be done, and he would dream of just such a situation – the solution.
When you wake up in the morning and tell each other what you dreamed of, both surprised by the bond that binds them. It stems from our psyche, which allows a certain kind of energy to transmit messages to another person through a dream.
Dreams that wake you up
In such dreams both people who are dreaming awake in the same time. If a person dreams that he is in danger, in the dream he can ‘call for help,’ another person close to him. He can dream first person in danger and this call may cause awakening both persons. And there is a telepathic connection.
Dreams of a deeper, psychological meaning
These are dreams with a very impressive, spiritual symbolism and refer to the personal psychological and spiritual development of the dreamer. Based on spiritual experience of mankind, and their symbols come from an area which psychologists call the collective unconscious. They are often expressed in rich images and characters we meet in ancient mythologies, legends and stories.
Although each individual is a unique, he is also a part of the whole of humanity, which consists of all people who have ever lived, and who are still alive. All people have a common thread linked subconscious and these roads can lead to each other to transmit messages and so they dream ‘same dreams’.
About the Author
Ethan Sanders is a writer of the site Explore Paranormal. Find out much more at http://exploreparanormal.blogspot.com/
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That’s funny, I was just thinking about you. I have a gut feeling…… Amazing, I was just looking for information on that subject. That’s lucky.
Deepak Chopra has a quote “Seekers are offered clues all the time from the world of spirit. Ordinary people call these clues coincidences”.
Dictionary term: The occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.
Is there the possibility that there might be more to this life then what we can see with the naked eye? We all have our own beliefs. Some believe in Heaven and Hell, God, Spirit Guides and Angels while others may not believe in anything at all. Perhaps there is no such thing as coincidence and that we are offered clues all the time if we just listen to our inner voice.
I have a perfect example of how listening to my inner voice or so called coincidences have had an impact on my life. The other day, I was in a little bit of a funk and then I woke up Wednesday bright eyed and bushy tailed. I said to myself, I could be gone tomorrow so I am enjoying my moment today. Well I walk into the bathroom and the song on the radio was a Nickleback song “If today was your last day….”. Well I just grin and say my little thank you, as that is exactly what I was thinking 5 minutes prior. Coincidence??? Perhaps.
How many times have you thought about someone and they call or you need a key piece of information or contact list and you turn around and it is there. How many times have you said to a friend, that’s weird, I was just thinking the same thing or I was just going to call you.
We live in a world where we have to see something with our own eyes to believe it. If it is not scientific or black and white, it doesn’t exist.
Is there a possibility that perhaps there are things that happen in our lives that we cannot explain or that perhaps there is something that we cannot see, but we feel in our “gut” that helps us along in our life? Some may call this crazy, but I challenge you over the next few weeks think about it. Instead of saying well that’s a coincidence, give it a second thought and think about how many times that comes up in your life? What if it’s not a coincidence at all? What if you followed these clues throughout your life? Perhaps you are being guided by something bigger then you ever imagined? Anything is possible if you listen.
I know that the more I believe in something I can’t see, the more help I get. In the past, I have had all kinds of clues appear. When I look back, I realize that if I had acknowledged those clues, things may have been different. Today I trust in the clues and they don’t let me down too often.
Perhaps it is all coincidence, but boy if it is I must be the luckiest person in the world!
About the Author
Dianne Adams is the creator of Wisdom Words. Wisdom Words are inspirational quotes written by Dianne that remind us all to live in the moment and to appreciate what we have in life. You can sign up to receive Wisdom Words once a week by visiting http://www.wisdomwords.ca
Dianne is also a Motivational Speaker, Artist, Healer, Personal Life Coach, Mother, Wife, Friend and Sister who wants to make a difference in your lives, if even for a moment.
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