2016: Post-Election Hysteria, Elation and Hope

November 16, 2016


America has been given a chance.

After the presidential race of 2012, I became persuaded that Americans will vote for whomever the media places in the most favorable light.

Apparently, so had the major media outlets. Everything coming from Hillary was a “ray of hope,” everything coming from Trump was “dark” and “controversial”. The massive crowds at Trump’s rallies were never shown. The anemic attendance of Hillary’s events was never mentioned.

The most amazing aspect of this election is that the victory pressed its way through the seamless and ceaseless gaslighting and vitriol presented to the public by CNN, et.al. Unfortunately the selective editing they employed appears to have led to an epidemic of meltdowns among those who were led to believe Hillary would be a “shoo-in”.

I don’t blame them. I would be worried too if I believed the country was about to be taken over by the grafted assemblage of negative components the media’s selective myopia presented to them as an accurate image of Donald Trump. Fortunately for all of us that Frankenstein-like creature existed only in the vain imaginations of the mainstream news commentators.

The layering of failure we’ve all been handed by past administrations has jarred the American psyche sufficiently to awaken the majority of us from the hypnotic lure of television news feed. Wars with arbitrary and fuzzy objectives also lacked any sense of decisive victory.

We were encouraged to celebrate an “Arab Spring” that further destabilized the most unstable region of the earth by uprooting governments and supporting “rebels” wishing to establish archaic and murderous theocracies in their wake.

We’re told these things are good – or if not, that there’s nothing we can do about it; but if we apply all of our money and manpower we can look forward to prolonging this shipwreck until our utter bankruptcy prods China to call in our debts – whereupon we can deal with a new adversary from an unprecedentedly weakened position.

The stench of failure became too pungent for too many this electoral cycle. Fortunately it was in sufficient numbers to make a change, shocking though it may have been to those for whom the dangers became a barely perceptible part of the landscape.

 Of course I don’t know Trump personally. If for some reason things don’t pan out in the Paradisical way I envision, we can at least be grateful for the Thespian Society of the Illuminist Country Club: the “elites” have put on one hell of a performance for the past eighteen months. 

Oh, and just to satiate one more juvenile indulgence before my post election giddiness subsides:

Sometimes things just don't go your way...

There.

Speaking in Tongues: Raising Your Soul

September 18, 2016


The Soul is composed of our intellect, will and emotions.

The Spirit is the “pure” self, one’s direct connection to God, the spiritual world, and is one’s core consciousness.

The soul and spirit are each eternal. The soul, however, needs to be trained and directed toward Godly foci, plans and patterns. On its own it can go either way: toward the Light or toward darkness.

The “speaking in tongues” experience appears to be one’s soul arising, freeing itself from others’ perceptions, restrictions, and lies.

But with this experience of “arising” comes the need to consciously discipline it in order to direct it toward the Godly design of this existence.

Being the Soul, it has an inclination to run wild. The ego’s naturally lazy and greedy character interprets this power surge as a means to acquire whatever lies before it, to revel in the thrill of the sensation and generally aggrandize oneself. Such would attract demonic influence.

Be aware of this differentiation between Soul and Spirit when engaged in “Tongues”, as it is not a pure, holy energy but a wild child eager to flex its muscles.

Now, having said that:  You don’t want to ignore the “child”, as it is your Soul: an essential part of you.  You want the child to be healthy. He must roam around and feel that he (you) has the right to exist. Allow the tantrum‑inclined two-year-old to play, to move his muscles, to develop his self-awareness, for this will nurture his (your) health.

You must, however, guide his actions. “Spot” when an impure desire arises (e.g., a giddy satisfaction which only serves as an ego‑aggrandizement, but fails to unite you to the Kingdom of God).

The steps of maturation of the Tongues/prana/kundalini experiences are patience‑demanding multi‑tiered lifetime endeavors. But they must be pursued.

Reality is an irresistible force.

NDE’s and the Christian Experience

May 26, 2015


I have been reading several books describing different individuals’ near death experiences (“NDE’s”). It is interesting to get this somewhat “firsthand” account of what people see, hear, and feel while clinically dead, and to consider how it corresponds with our own spiritual experiences.

Some readers are put off by NDE‑ers’ descriptions of heaven, God, spiritual beings using different names and terms than what our own theology would employ. I don’t see this as a discrepancy in what each NDE‑er actually sees, but simply the use of spiritual terms familiar to the individual. NDE‑ers universally describe their experiences as being very vivid and meaningful; but, as the conscious mind struggles to articulate it, it must rely on familiar terms to describe an event that is beyond its understanding.

The similarity of the varied NDE experiences is one of their compelling characteristics. In Moody’s “Life After Life”, he summarizes the commonalities that exist in the greater number of these accounts. This particular book is interesting for a number of reasons: it was written decades prior to the advent of the internet, so special-interest subjects like this would not be broadly available on a “social media” level that might influence the respondents’ commentary or beliefs. Also, the individuals involved hadn’t made personal “causes” out of their respective NDE experiences as far as trying to convince others; most of them preferred to keep the matter private to avoid ugly disagreements with family or friends.

These accounts provide me with a rough framework for visualizing the heavenly realms while I am in communion with God. The details of any individual’s specific NDE experience really don’t interfere with my spiritual experience. I instead utilize the general concept of that spiritual realm as a device to separate me from focusing on this physical world and redirecting my attention to the larger reality of the Kingdom of God.

A routine reacquainting oneself to the reality of heaven is a key component of keeping our faith alive. It keeps the Christian looking ahead as he maintains his awareness of his future, and fuels his passion for carrying out his God-given assignment in this world. Individual accounts will be imperfect, but can be a useful tool for redirecting one’s focus away from temporary minutiae and onto the greater reality.

Intellectualism and The Born Again Experience, Part 1

May 19, 2015


The first mystery to becoming Born Again is to take the bible as your own. You categorically declare the world’s “knowledge” to be false – even if it speaks of something that actually exists – because its “realities” are not enduring. When one is seeking eternal life, the world’s answers to life are, at best, incomplete.

The academic mindset – possessed by those who believe that they “think” when they’re merely collecting others’ thoughts – are, in the main, trapped into comparing all new ideas with this “idol” of their school experience. They are forever unable to think outside that box, even when it produces failure – for they are hypnotized by that experience into believing the comments of certain “categories” of people – rather than evaluating an idea on its own merits.

Viewing the Born Again experience through this new prism, the Word becomes the focal point. You read it, and when you get to a point where you’re stymied, you ask YHWH Adonai, in the name of Jesus, for the holy spirit to make clear what you are reviewing. This places one’s spirit at the head, with the intellect assuming its proper role as “servant”.

Some might say, “You could believe anything by that approach. What are you using as evidence?”

Faith does require action first. But when that faith is applied to a real dynamic, the evidence comes to light in the course of its application. The reality of God is evident, but he requires that we have a hunger for his reality and invest our lives and our thoughts into his word as the initial step.

Being “Hungry” for Spiritual Life

May 19, 2015


Do you desire more than just an intellectual and physical existence?

Some would say, “That’s all there is.” But that’s sidestepping the question:

Do you *want* more than an intellectual and physical existence?

This mental and physical world is too bland and monochromatic to satisfy the human will.

Life is fueled by our passions for those things that let us see – and move – beyond present-moment obstacles and limitations.

To “rule-out” spiritual considerations is to rule-out life. There would be no reason for living if all it offered was for us to merely manage the objects and people we find before us until we expire.

We “know” we’re designed for more than this, though not consciously. We feel it. We can sense that something isn’t quite right with the temporaryness and limitation of life. That area of awareness is “spiritual”. It will never be physically proven because it’s not physical. There will always be an inner conflict when we deny its existence because it’s always there.

Until we’re willing to factor in “spiritual energy” as a component of life, we will be repelling a living part of ourselves that can never be satisfied by this dead existence.