GOOGLE yourself.

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(Image from Mashable.com)

Most Christians know the acronym W W J D ( What Would Jesus Do) as a source of giving themselves a different perspective on a situation than the one they might usually adopt ( coming from one’s self ). It is a useful term but a little awkward to say – it does not glide easily off the tongue.

Google has become an almost universal source of information ( guidance) for our computer literate society today world wide, believers and non-believers alike, over all religious beliefs, not just christianity.

I would like to introduce a new way of using Google, or GOOGLE as above.

 

Consider that GOOGLE can stand for:

 

Get

Out

Of

God’s

Living

Entity!

 

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What do i mean by that? – Simple. Those who would seek to follow only God’s Will for themselves have a MAJOR obstacle… their own will frequently gets in the way. We want to do and be ‘good’ but we do that which if we really look at it is the wrong thing. This is most often because we are inclined to do what we do based mostly upon what we know or think and we actually know of think in a very limited capacity compared to the entirity of all there is to know or be.

 

So as a commonly seen ‘reminder’ to take the wider perspective, to do based upon the knowledge of God and not just our own limited view, GOOGLE yourself. Get Out Of God’s Living Entity  (your mind/body) – empty ‘yourself’ so as to allow God back in unhindered by your personal perception. Have patience and trust in God. Let Him guide your action through your pure spirit.

 

God Bless.

Desire

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Desire: to wish or long for. “When you wish upon a star”. De-sire comes from the latin de+side (star) – desiderate.

A couple of blogs i have read lately have got me thinking on the subject of Desire.

Our desire(s) could be said to be at the very heart of our being. We can do something to ‘Our Heart’s desire’, our heart aches with desire. Many of the verses in Proverbs and Psalms speak of the vital connection between the heart and our desire as a link to God. “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ps 37:4; “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” Prov 13:12

Throughout the ages philosphers from Plato to Immanuel Kant have considered desire as an important motivating force in human life. Even Buddhism which considers it necessary to eliminate sensual desire  (that causes all suffering)  in order to find Nirvana concedes that a novice is to work on motivational forces through skilful application of desire.

Our greatest desire determines our main priority in life; our priorities strongly determine our choices; our choices lead to the actions we take and our actions we take determine the kind of life we live. How we behave and who we become.

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So what is your greatest single desire?

Is it a desire of self ( one that gives you personally the greatest degree of personal or sensual pleasure) – or a desire to follow the Will of God or of something greater than (external to) just yourself? ( Humanity?, Ecology? Nationality?)

If your greatest desire is to something other than self (but including, as a small part, the self) do you only act in harmony with that desire? Or do you sometimes slip into ‘selfish’ mode and consider your needs over those of others and the greater good?

Could this be behind the ‘conscience’ that sometimes causes us to have a niggling feeling of guilt when we do a thing, or not do a thing?

Maybe in order to reduce the instances of that ‘niggle’ we might consider the idea more carefully?

Any thoughts?

Monday Meekness – a Reminder to be Humble.

It’s Monday!Monday

For those who may be unsure Monday is named after the Moon (MoonDay), naturally it follows Sunday, Biblically the First Day of the week (The day after the Sabbath Day, day of rest from labour) which is named after the source of light to Earth, the Sun. (Light being created By God on the First Day according to the Book of  Genesis)

Although these are the words used in English today, they simply carry on a much longer tradition. The ancient Latin (and current Italian) Words for Sunday and Monday are  dies Solus and dies Lunae (Soledi and Lunedi) Sol and Luna being the Sun and Moon respectively. That this is so is not that remarkable considering the English language is largely based upon that of the Roman conquerors of Britain in the beginning of the first millennium  and of other countries such as France and Germany (and related to Scandinavian Germanic languages also) all of whom have similar sun and moon day names for the first two days of the week.

That this is a long and deeply held belief however is verified by the fact that both Korea and Japan similarly honour the Moon god in that day name as do many Indian languages and Ancient Sanskrit!

So what then, does all this have to do with Meekness and Humility?

The Greek goddess of the Moon was Selene. I hold a tendency to relate Selene with the very similar sounding word Serene, which means calm, tranquil, clear or bright. I also associate those meanings with the Moon. As a source of Light on Earth (albeit of a reflected nature and not as the original source) the Moon is second in nature to the Sun. Whereas the Sun is the most powerful source of natural light, which it possesses due to massively violent nuclear explosions ( the antithesis of calm and quiet, tranquility) the Moon receives this light and in silence and without any effort other than being it’s own Serene self, calmly reflects the light to us down here on Earth. The Moon has no light of it’s own, but by reason of simply being, it is the second brightest object in the sky.

I see this as a very suitable analogy for my relationship with God. I have no ‘light’ that is originated in me, but if i simply ‘be’ (and truly believe) i may reflect the Light that comes from the source of all Light (enlightenment) on Earth. I am to be like the Moon to God’s Sun (Son). Calm, tranquil and serene, being Humbled into second in importance in the Heavens, reflecting purely the Light to all. A light that is commonly surrounded in great darkness and yet lets us see when, at other times, the Sun may not be directly visible to us.

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

How to Demonise by saying only part of the truth

Many people have heard the misinterpreted phrase from the Bible – that ‘Money is the Root of all evil’.

The correct translation is from 1 Timothy 6:10 ‘10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.‘ it is the Love of Money, not the money itself, that is the source of the evil.

Many have heard this but how many know the two verses either side of the above quote?

Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.
Context gives a better view of the truth of a matter.

Tim 6:9. ‘But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.’

6:11. ‘But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.’*

meekness n. – 1. the feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; 2. a disposition to be patient and long suffering; 3. the now obsolete meaning of gentleness. (see preceding line*)

So, putting all of the above together: Monday, the day that is dedicated to the Moon by many of the world’s peoples throughout time, is the one day in six i have chosen to pursue Meekness in me, Meekness being one of six things a man of God is asked to follow as a way to flee the evils and griefs resulting from the desire of Man to be rich, or seeking purely material wealth at the expense of our spiritual wealth.

By meditating on how i may be humble, calm, reflective, submissive to a greater power, serene i have hope to become a GentleMan, one who is yet able to shine with bright reflected light as a true servant of that which gives light unto us all.

Bless you all.

Just Who is in Charge Here?

It is my strong personal belief that all evil we see as such in our lives is the creation of the ‘I’ (upper-case) – the voice inside me (and you) that measures and compares everything to itself, that sees itself as the highest Authority in my life – the thing that drives some insane or splits the mind into schizophrenic personalities because it cannot ‘cope’ when life does what it does and we cannot control it as we (I) thinks we (it) should.

My ‘solution’ is to give that Authority over our life back to the One who created us/I/i.

To learn how to surrender our own will over to someone we can Trust/Have Perfect, Infallible, Unfailing Faith in that they will do for us what is BEST for us, not what the I thinks is best for it.

As the Christians (Hebrews?) say: Thy Will not my will be done.

It’s not the same things as ‘giving up’ or not caring about the (true) self – it is recognising a True hierarchy in all life, not just mine, or human, but all life, and giving supreme command over to that which is Perfect and Complete while we take on the role of a faithful second-in-command over our own lives. (as we send the ‘I’ back wherever the heck he came from!)

In sailing terms: we are the engine/er that moves our ship through the calm or stormy waters of life; adds speed or stops when we need to come to a rest, all the time looking to God as captain/helmsman of the ship, deciding our course and navigating the way so as to get us to the right destination with regard to unseen dangers that might lie ahead of us, while we choose to look to Him for guidance to keep us on the right path to our journey’s end on this planet, trusting in His superior experience of life’s currents and submerged rocks that wait to sink us and cause us to flounder.

In this way we learn to live in harmony with the Main Plan and our life will conform to ‘The Flow’ and not be constantly struggling against it. where sometimes we get small personal victories and sometimes we get disasters.

His Plan may not always seem to be ‘fair’ or make sense, but when has life ever done that? for you? – or me – or anyone?

I believe by having faith and seeking Him and following His way over our own choices He will provide a full and satisfying life for His Creations that He did not design to be sad, unworthy or imperfect.

It is the I that mostly causes those things in us and our pride that prevents us from ever seeing it that way. That is why we are required to learn Humility and to serve Him to His Greater Glory.

Where’s Your Fault Focus?

Came across a little gem in a post i follow today…

It’s easier to focus on the faults of another than to look inside self.

S.P.I.R.I.T. Ministries.

 

All too often we do the easy thing when we know we should do the harder thing.

Many Thanks, Michael.

10 Great Quotes on (Self) Discipline

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.”
― Mortimer J. AdlerHow to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

“When an individual is motivated by great and powerful convictions of truth, then he disciplines himself, not because of the demands of the church, but because of the knowledge within his heart”
― Gordon B. Hinckley

“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.”
― ThucydidesThe History of the Peloponnesian War

“Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.”
― John F. MacArthur

“Whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one’s mind is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching.
― Dalai Lama XIVThe Art of Happiness

“football is like life – it requires perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.”
― Vince Lombardi Jr.

” The impossibility of an actual democracy is due to this fact of mob-psychology. As soon as you group men, they lose their personalities. A parliament of the wisest and strongest men in the nation is liable to behave like a set of schoolboys, tearing up their desks and throwing their inkpots at each other. The only possibility of co-operation lies in discipline and autocracy, which men have sometimes established in the name of equal rights.”
― Aleister CrowleyMoonchild

“If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.”
― Russell Banks

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”

― David Foster WallaceThis is Water

“Discipline isn’t a dirty word. Far from it. Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy. Discipline implies timing. It’s the precursor to good behavior, and it never comes from bad behavior. People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary.”
― Buck BrannamanThe Faraway Horses: The Adventures and Wisdom of One of America’s Most Renowned Horsemen

Discipline is one of those words that can be quite polarising when it comes to people’s personal experience.

It can have strongly negative connotations for those who have suffered from physical and mental abuse by those charged with ‘caring’ for us, be it a parent, relative, teacher or jailer. It can also have strongly positive connections for those who have learned the value, and the art of succesful self-discipline.

In my experience most people are only too happy to have nothing more to do with any form of discipline once they leave high school, or for those who are able and choose to, leave a University or College.

I believe we would have a better and happier society if this was not the case. It is never too late to learn the benefits of Discipline.

Discipline requires the best from us: Courage, Sacrifice, Effort (often the more we work at it the better we become) Patience and Perseverance. The rewards outweigh the cost.

Right and Wrong

I’d like to thank Pingo (whomsoever they are?) for sparking the spark that resulted in this post.

I hope to get a few comments from my fellow blogworlders out there concerning this post as i think a clearer understanding of this topic may benefit everyone who reads it and consequently everyone else they come into contact with… kinda like a beneficial virus, if you will.

What do we mean when we say something is right?

What do we mean when we say something is wrong?

For most of us we started learning the difference between what was ‘right’ and what was ‘wrong’ from our parents.

That this was greatly determined by how well or otherwise they had learned these things and modified them to fit themselves by the time we were ready to be indoctrinated,  goes a long way to explaining why today people can have such widely varying views and perspectives on the topic… it’s very difficult to come to some ‘generalisations’ we can ALL agree on in this regard.

Our knowledge of right and wrong was also profoundly influenced by our schooling, or teachers and what they taught us, both from the curriculum and from their behaviours. VERY fixed ideas have stuck with us concerning right and wrong from our time spent in school, whether we enjoyed the experience or, more likely if we did not.

For the vast majority of human existance Religion, belief in God(s), has played a large part in our understanding of Right vs Wrong. Today the influence may be waning as more of us look to science to provide us with more ‘certainty’ in our beliefs of our life experiences, but it undeniably plays a major part in a society’s understanding of the concepts – from Sunday Schools to Religious schools to  Christian  (Catholic) Universities to church services to Governments swearing allegiance to God there is no denying Religion influences the topic greatly, even today.

Religion largely equates right with good and wrong with evil – whatever you personally feel about those things.

Religion would have us choose one over the other as a guiding principle to live by. It, unfortunately for humanity, has some widely differing views however, as to what we must do to be ‘good’ or to be ‘right’ in the eyes of God.

In the humanist world right and wrong is somewhat less ‘regimented’, more open to a single human interpretation. Most society’s have their various laws and guidelines and we are considered right/good, if we follow them and wrong/bad if we break them. Almost universally however, inside all of us is the desire to BE ‘right’ – to do the ‘right thing’ (whatever we may feel or even ‘know’ it to be – many times i have found that what IS the ‘right’ thing to do is not the one that will make me feel – in the short term – the best, or indeed is even the one that gives me the greatest personal benefit!).

And herein lies the biggest difficulty i see with the whole right/wrong good/evil concept…. the battle between doing what we feel is ‘best’ for ourself, versus doing what may be the ‘best’ for our family/ city/ country/ society/ Eastern/Western lifestyle or even the whole darn planet, because many times we selfishly see only what is ‘right’ for us and have little to no consideration for those we have to live our lives with. Or we place the highest priority on our being right, even in situations where what we then do as a result causes significant ‘wrong’ to everyone else.

As per my recent post ‘confirmation bias’  is built-in to each and every one of us to convince ourselves of our own ‘rightness’ while diminishing anything that does not agree with our view of things.

I do not believe it is good or right to only consider one’s self-righteous point of perspective and to leave others to do the same. In my mind it is better to consider things from a far wider perspective so that some consensus can be agreed to. We can of course never know exactly what someone else thinks or feels, but i do believe humans are capable of operating co-operatively to a common ‘good’ when we all have respectful input to the conversation.

Comments anyone?

A Brave New World

Have been thinking of a post to write… thanks to a little ‘insight’ that came to me over the weekend…  How differently would we behave to other people if we saw them simply as another ‘version’ of us?
 
What if the ‘thing’ that thinks, our conscious self – the ‘voice’ in our head, the thing that is what we hold to be our values, our emotions, our true inner ‘self’ that we believe is unique to each one of us… What if that is really the self-same thing (or an identical ‘clone’) in each one of us? What if the reason why everyone seems different is not that we are different people, but that we are the same person having different experiences in differing situations and we see them as a different body somehow ‘outside’ of what we think of is ‘us/me’? That somehow the 7 billion plus humans all living at the same time are all just one person in 7 billion different positions somehow able to see the others as seperate and in a simultaneous time to us?
 
What if we saw that bearded man with a headscarf in Afghanistan as me but having been raised in that place and time and body, or that girl in Ethiopia with legs like matchsticks and a round empty belly as me but raised in that place and time? Would we then behave differently to people? Would we value them more – have sympathy for them – understand them and their ‘need’? Believe they had or were something of extreme value and not dismiss them as ‘terrorist’ or ‘famine victim’?
 
What if we saw George W Bush as us, just born in a different place and time to where we remember? Or Barack Obama or Adolf Hitler? Or Paris Hilton or Justin Beiber or Lee Harvey Oswald?
 
We all  believe that we are so much ‘better’ than some fellow human beings were and perhaps we think we are less or worse than others, that we would never ever do what some of us did or could manage to do what some have achieved… But would we, given the same circumstances? What real difference is there inside any single one of us?  Other than how we were raised and grew to feel?
 
Would the world be a better or worse place if all of us knew that inside we are but One and it is only due to circumstance that we look at times (mostly from a great distance or if we get TOO ‘close’) to be so very foreign, alien, inhumane – different?
 
Could Humanity on this planet take one giant step forward and all think like that? Would we then be able to be more tolerant, more caring, more understanding of what we all see as ‘them’  ‘out there’ if we constantly remember that, deep down, they are actually just like us ‘in here’.
 
Would we choose to go to war with ourself? Still want to kill ourself? Still invalidate or hold to a lower standard our self’s right to live as they choose?
 
I’d like to think not.
 

He’s Us

I don’t really know why, because I am not in the strictest sense a religious person, but lately God seems to be a main topic in my thoughts when posting.

 

Maybe it’s in part because a while ago, when I first took up blogging ‘seriously’ (read: addicted), I found a really nice friendly group of almost normal seeming people who blogged regularly and who ,co-incidentally, were largely solid core, new wave Christians.

 

We had us some fine old chats before twitter came along and spoiled the party and the blog group gradually posted less and I gave blogging away – for a time….

 

But that’s besides the point…

 

The point is I am fascinated by the way words (even across different languages) can have unexpected, yet somehow seemingly meaningful, connections – i’m sure there will be a term for it and a deep psychological ‘reasoning’ for it but i’m too lazy to be bothered looking them up and just wanted to point one out so you can do with it whatsoever you will.

 

The particular word of the day is: Jesus.

 

The name Jesus is quite a common one in latino countries where local pronunciation tends to sound to us English speaking people as ‘Hey’s Uss’ From this it is a very small deviation to get ‘He’s Us’

 

Jesus – Hesus – He’s Us? Right? (Think 2000 years of chinese whispers and it seems plausible).

 

According to the New Testament of the Christian Bible, Jesus came to ‘show us the way’ for us to be like him as he was supposed to be God made flesh – a living human, like us, but with the authority of the Divine. Able to be born and die like us, yet able to live always according to God’s Word and put God above himself and his own human desires/wants/needs.

 

The idea being to prove to us it was possible to live a good and holy life as outlined in the Old Testament/ Hebrew bible– even if we were all just a bunch of lost sinners (as the story goes).

 

He is Us! – Jesus. Cool? Or not?

 

In Latin (or is it all Greek?) The name Jesus was Iesu (I is You) and unfortunately my Aramaic was not good enough to know if there is a similar connection in Jesus’s own language.

 

(What ever did we do before Google??)

 

Aramaic for Jesus is Eashoa, or some pronounce it Yeshua (Yes You Are) which is kind of funny given the number of times the Bible mentions Jesus as being the great ‘I Am’.

 

And if He was – then we should be also. He’s Us!

 

You may want to think about that for a while and see if you are living up (or down) to your own standards? 🙂