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Monday, 30 June 2014

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Luke 1129 32 Freedom To Love

Luke 11: 29-32 FREEDOM TO LOVE

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I have found freedom and I have found meaning. Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life. How often do I repeat these words and I find the strength and courage to follow the Way - His Will, the Truth and His Life?

Yesterday was a long day that got even longer. After celebrating the seven o'clock Mass at St. Ann I went to visit a beautiful family nearby and they provided me with a much needed hot meal, fantastic friendship and wonderful conversation. As I was driving home, ready to complete the day with an early evening rest (it was already 11:20 pm), I received a text message from a young student I had first met at the minor seminary. A great young man who is currently a freshman studying Philosophy at the University of Dallas. He wanted to get together and talk. I know my schedule well. It was now or not for a few weeks. I was so happy to hear from him after a couple of years of minimal contact. I asked him if he was getting ready to go to sleep. I should have anticipated his response. After all, he is a College student. "Father, the evening is still young." I'm not sure if it was the Holy Spirit or the spirit of stupidity but I found myself making a U-turn and telling him I would be at UD in twenty minutes. I think this all began when I watched at least 10 times the latest Don Bosco movie. I really love this Saint and I truly love the youth. But I have to remind myself that I'm neither.

Our conversation was very philosophical. He is searching for the truth and yet cannot find it. He has placed all things in doubt, even his own existence. He is an extremely intelligent young man but I think his studies have led him to think a little too much and to assume a little too little. During our conversation I was reminded of the words spoken by Festus as he interrupted Paul's defense of the faith. "You are out of your mind, Paul! Your studies are driving you insane" (Acts 26:24). Of course the major difference between Paul and Festus was that Paul had found the truth, first through a revelation and then by reflection. Whereas Festus continued to rely too much on study and not enough on the big elephant in the room: the death and resurrection of Christ and the birth of the Church. The truth is that God has every right to reveal himself to the world. And what he has revealed is the greatest revelation ever to man: God is love. My suggestion to this young man was not to follow the sheep and attend Mass, but rather to begin to love. "If you love, then you will discover God because God is love and we were made to fall in love. That is, we were made to fall in God's arms.

If I do not know God and what He did, then I will not know who I am and what I should do. If I do not know who I am and what I should do, then I will end up hating who I am and wishing I was never born. Eventually, I will end up hating myself and all those around me. God is love and we were created to love and be loved. We can never forget the big elephant in the tomb!

We look for signs, but signs will never be enough. They weren't enough for the Pharisees and the Scribes and they will never be enough for me. We look for wisdom, but we will never be as wise as the wisest of men, or as wise as God. We are finite and He is infinite. We are a bug and he is a Giant. But He became finite so that we could become infinite.

Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. Blessed be His name, Father and Love. We are children of the Light - free to love and to be loved.

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New Book Messages And Signs

This month a new book has been written by Bonnie McEneaney concerning the messages from loved ones that died on 9/11 to their relatives.

Many years ago I met a family that had evidence that life exists beyond this one. This is their story.

Madeline and Mason Longmire lived at Angle Lake, Washington. Madeline's sons were both Alaska airline pilots flying back and forth from Seattle to Alaska. They were twins, Bud and Bill Donovan.

One night Madeline was awakened by the house shaking and Bill's dog howling. She knew something had happened to her son. Sure enough his plane had crashed and there were no survivors, in fact the bodies could not be recovered either.

From that point on Madeline would receive messages that she felt were from her son. The radio would come on and it would be playing MOTHER. She would smell roses in the house, which was her favorite flower.

Madeline was a strong Catholic so when faces started appearing in the wood in their family room she asked the local priest to come and see them and tell her what he thought. He told her he was familiar with such things but "it would be best for her not to come back to church and upset the parishioners"! She took him at his word and did not return after such an insult.

In England there were many psychics well known for their abilities. She wrote to Maurice Barbanell to see if he could find anything out about her son. He had already received a message from her son giving his Mother's name and address. He had asked Maurice to make a tape and send it to her which he promptly did.

Her son said he was alive and well and that he loved her. He asked her to start meditating and he would try to come to her. She developed rapidly. I know because I used to go to her house and sit in meditation with them.

After receiving the tape she went to the Aquarian Foundation in Seattle. Keith Rhinehart was a well known medium with extraordinary gifts. He could produce apports and materializations out of ectoplasm. Madeline made an appointment with Keith for a materialization seance. When her son appeared in his pilot uniform he told her "Mother, I am going to give everyone in this room what you have put down the front of your dress." She hadn't told anyone that she had put a fresh rose down her dress. Everyone had a fresh rose dropped into their laps.

Being still skeptical, Madeline asked if he could get with the scientists on his plane of existence to give her something the next week that would prove it was him. He said he would try.

When Madeline went back the next week he appeared again and told her to hold out her hands. He dropped the very rosary she had bought him in Italy at the Vatican the Pope had blessed. His brother had one exactly like it Madeline had bought at the same time. The rosary hung over Bill's picture in their house. There was nothing recovered from the plane wreck in the way of personal items but Bill and the scientists had recovered the rosary somehow and gave it to Madeline to prove that life goes on and that they are aware of us. They try to show us in many ways, just as this new book is saying that the victims of 9/11 have done with their loved ones.

By Aileen

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

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Read With Care
"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading."

C.S. Lewis, "Surprised by Joy"

From an interview with Holly Ordway, author of "Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms":.... In college I absorbed the prevailing idea that religion in general, and Christianity in particular, was just a historical curiosity, and that science could explain everything. By the time I was in my mid-to-late twenties, I was convinced that there was no God (or any spiritual reality). I did not believe that I had a soul; I thought I was just an intelligent animal, and that when I died, my consciousness would simply blink out. I thought that there was no ultimate meaning in life, and that people who believed in any form of God were seriously self-deluded. It was a bit depressing, but I believed it to be the best explanation of the way the world is, and truth is better than false comfort. If that's not atheism, I'm not sure what counts...

...[C]lassic Christian literature planted seeds in my imagination as a young girl, something I write about in more detail in my book. Later, Christian authors provided dissenting voices to the naturalistic narrative that I'd accepted-the only possible dissenting voice, since I wasn't interested in reading anything that directly dealt with the subject of faith or Christianity, and thus wasn't exposed to serious Christian thought.

I found that my favorite authors were men and women of deep Christian faith. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien above all; and then the poets: Gerard Manley Hopkins, George Herbert, John Donne, and others. Their work was unsettling to my atheist convictions, in part because I couldn't sort their poetry into neat 'religious' and 'non-religious' categories; their faith infused all their work, and the poems that most moved me, from Hopkins' "The Windhover" to Donne's Holy Sonnets, were explicitly Christian. I tried to view their faith as a something I could separate from the aesthetic power of their writing, but that kind of compartmentalization didn't work well, especially not with a work of literature as rich and complex as "The Lord of the Rings".

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I needed to ask more questions. I needed to find out what a man like Donne meant when he talked about faith in God, because whatever he meant, it didn't seem to be 'blind faith, contrary to reason'.....

I read a lot of books! C.S. Lewis's "Mere Christianity" was one of the most important ones, particularly with regard to his moral argument, but also for the way that he provides vivid images and analogies to illuminate what words like 'faith' and 'repentance' mean.

For the philosophical and historical questions, I was particularly helped by a book called "Does God Exist?", a debate between J.P. Moreland (a Christian) and Kai Nielsen (an atheist), articles by philosopher William Lane Craig, and the book "In Defense of Miracles", which includes David Hume's famous argument against miracles as well as arguments for the possibility of miracles. One of the most important books I read was N.T. Wright's magisterial scholarly work "The Resurrection of the Son of God", which convinced me that the Resurrection was a fact of history.

Literature also helped me along the way. In particular, the "Chronicles of Narnia" helped me connect my intellect and my imagination, so that I grasped the meaning of the Incarnation and saw its importance not as an abstract idea, but as something that impacted my life..... [more]From Atheist Professor to Catholic: An Interview with Dr. Holly Ordway Word On Fire
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Pope Benedict Anglican Mind
"The past are excerpts from God is roughly Us, (2003, SAN FRANSISCO, IGNATIUS MOMENTUM) by Pope Benedict XVI, (PUBLISHED FORMERLY UNDER THE NAME JOSEPH CARDINAL RATZINGER), part entitiled "THE MANIFESTATION OF THE LORD IN THE PRACTICE", ps. 84-87. At all polemical "CATHOLIC FUNDAMENTALISTS" ply attacked Pope Benedict XVI, profession him a heretic and anti-pope, accusing him of denying the Definite Attendance. I ply no fishy about what these extraordinarily polemicists expect of us, our instructions and all of our sacraments.In what follows, I trickle that we find the extraordinarily spirit and meaning as we find in Document XXVIII, using the keep of composer's contend. We find too, that Pope Benedict XVI validly draws the credo of Definite Attendance in the Practice, from the Picture. I expect the Anglican Divines would ply thought a forceful "Amen."In the twelfth century the mystery of the Eucharist was on the resolution of being unkempt improbable by two groups, who each in its own way slipshod to be glad about the focal point of it. Contemporary were family broad with the bother : Jesus is really submit. But "SPECIFICS", for them, was harshly physical, bodily. Thus, they featuring in at the conclusion: In the Eucharist we taster on the flesh of the Lord; but therein they were under the sustain of a no-nonsense quarrel. For Jesus has risen. We do not eat flesh as cannibals would do. That is why others stacks flawlessly conflicting them, arguing versus such primeval "AUTHENTICITY." But they, too, had fallen here the extraordinarily fallacy of regarding sole what is definite, certain, noticeable as specifics. They said: In the role of Christ cannot be submit in a cadaver we can spontaneous on, the Eucharist can sole be a symbol of Christ..."Reality" is not single what we can consider. It is not sole "QUANTUMS", but able to be gauged entities, that are real; on the contrary, these are always sole manifestations of the inner mystery of true being. But acquaint with, where Christ meets us, we ply to do with this true being. This is what was being articulated with the word "SATISFY". This does not forward to the quantums, but to the enigmatic and crucial stronghold of being. Jesus is not submit consider a bung of basic, not in the realm of what can be easygoing and quantified...How should we narrate to reality? Being is "real"?...Hip the Eucharist it is thought to us: The satisfy is transformed, that is to say, the crucial stronghold of its being...Chief. Being has always mattered to the Church is that a real amend takes place acquaint with. No matter which pragmatically happens in the Eucharist. Contemporary is whatever thing new submit that was not through. Knowing about a amend is part of the highest basic Eucharistic custody. Consequently it cannot be the conceal that the Body of Christ comes to add itself to the bucks, as if bucks and Body were two linked notes that may well survive as two "SUBSTANCES", in the extraordinarily way, haunch by haunch. Whenever the Body of Christ, that is, the risen and bodily Christ, comes, he is huge than the bucks, other, not of the extraordinarily order. The amend happens, which affects the gifts we bring by spoils them up here a improved order and changes them, even if we cannot consider what happens...The Lord takes possession of the bucks and the wine; he lifts them up, as it were, out of the location of their resolute mortal here a new order; even if, from a obviously physical resolution of view, they farm the extraordinarily, they ply become acutely different....Everywhere Christ is grant, it follows that it cannot be single as if whoosh had happened. Contemporary, where he laid his hand, whatever thing new has come to be. This points us back again to the fact that being a Christian as such is to be transformed, that it need necessitate remorse and not single some embellishment spare onto the rest of one's life. It reaches down here our short and renews us from family very short. The outstanding we ourselves as Christians are improved from the embed up, the aristocratic we understand the mystery of amend. From tip to toe, this quantity notes ply for being transformed makes us outstanding alert that the world itself can be transformed, that it order one day as a whole be the New Jerusalem, the Temple, tube of the manifestation of God.
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I have been reading tarot since I was child, and I was taught by my mother, who was taught by her mother before her, so it is a deeply personal gift that I want to share with others. Reading tarot can be a tool to finding the answers to questions that plague you. A tarot card reader uses the beautiful and powerful cards to construct a full view of your past, your present, and your possible futures constructed around a specific question. Through tarot, you will gain a great deal of information about your surrounding circumstances, the people that may be involved in the situation you have questions about, and even what emotions you yourself might be placing upon the situation.

I hear this question often, and the different guesses I get from people are numerous. The most simple and technical answer is that tarot is the usage of tarot cards to answer questions you may have. But the simple and technical answer is never the answer when it comes to actually having a tarot reading. The answers you seek when you consult a tarot card reading are often of the heart and of the soul, and they can open your eyes to knowledge that secretly, you already knew.

I suggest that if you have the chance, find a tarot card reader local to you so that the reader will be able to personally ask you questions and take the time to give you a detailed, accurate and personalized reading. There are many different layouts and styles used in answering different questions, and each of them has its pros and cons. A simple three card tarot layout gives the basic, but to the point view of the past, then the present, and then the future. If you have a question or issue that you feel requires a more in-depth look, then a tarot reading using the Celtic Cross layout is ideal. This layout utilizes several cards, as well as a card to represent the core emotion of the issue at hand. From the external forces that might be holding you back, to a look into how the issue can be resolved if you can get through personal obstacles, this tarot layout is one that will give you the best look into your future. Tarot is a powerful and ancient tool that will open your mind to all the possibilities that you haven't seen.

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

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Reaction To The Book A Christian Rebuttal To Sarah Young Jesus Calling
Sarah Young wrote a successful book titled "Jesus Calling." The book's blurb states,

"After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages. They are written from Jesus' point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling. It is Sarah's fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure"."

I reviewed "Jesus Calling" HERE, and HERE.

"Journaling" is a new kind of activity that the New Agers are calling a spiritual discipline. Beth Moore does it, that is, she listens for God and accepts the force that comes and guides her very hand into writing things that are not from her own brain. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP. You can learn more about why journaling to listen for God, is not a spiritual discipline but in fact is a FALSE SPIRITUAL ACTIVITY.

In any case, this blog entry is not about Sarah Young's book. It is about reaction to criticism of Sarah Young's book. Pastor Robert Allen King wrote "A CHRISTIAN REBUTTAL TO SARAH YOUNG'S 'JESUS CALLING"'" and released it on Kindle. A slim volume, the book goes through

"Young's erroneous method of placing her own personal reflections and meditations from her quiet time with God into the mouth of Jesus, infusing them with a false divine authority that will mislead her readers. The booklet will also go over the false teachings and incorrect theological concepts that have been presented to the world under the guise of approval by Jesus"."

The reviews were immediately negative, and oh so familiar in content and tone. Here are the titles of each review. The content of each review goes on in similar vein as you'd imagine from reading its heading:

"Another person trying to kill hope"

"Arrogant and Jealous"

"How Dare You?"

"So Very Sad"

"A "Christian" Rebuttal?," [Note the scare quotes around the word Christian]

"How sad for you"

"What a

"Pray for Alan King! He needs to hear the voice of God through Sarah Young's Jesus Calling!"

"stop the criticicizm" [sic]

The reviews ran 2-1 against.

CHRIS ROSEBROUGH posted the following tonight:

I have no further deep theological insight into this, other than to remark that this is to be expected and to encourage you all.

First, the bible:

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions", (2 Timothy 4:3)

This verse has always been true since they were written 2000 years ago. It is no different today. Except it is.

In terms of speed with which the tide has turned, I've never seen it pile on faster than it is now, and today it is piling on faster than yesterday and tomorrow will be faster than today. Each day the heated rhetoric and the hate against Christians from people who call "themselves "Christians is getting hotter and hotter, higher and higher. Daily, it seems, the vitriol against speaking the truth in love is rising. No one seems to be allowed by the liberal or false element to judge, discern, criticize; nor to compare a speech, sermon, or work to scripture. None of that. We are supposed to accept anything and everything as long as the name "Jesus" is attached. Unquestioningly and wholly.

"They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions." (Isaiah 30:10)

Please never stop preaching the truth in season and out of season. Please never stop comparing works to scripture to see if these things are true. Please never stop speaking up FOR Jesus, and His truth which He died to offer to the saints once for all.

Expect vitriol, but that is no matter, because Jesus is coming soon. And then, expect glory.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

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Las Madamas
These are spirits of dead slave women, as a rule they are rotund and swallow the diplomat "mammy" type of measure. Cuban-born slave woman who in their all-time were intiated to Palo or the Santeria religion. They are depicted appearing in skirs and aprons identifying the color of the Orisha they were intiated to(yellow apron for Oshun, short for Yemaya). Their image is wrapped in the incredibly color and offer are hundreds of these, as she is not dissimilar. They swallow a have a high regard for name which is unchangeable to you, but they are called "Madama" spirits. Can you work with this spirit? You can't go seeking out spirits to work with you. You work with those spirits that encircle you, named a Spiritual Prudent. They are those that protect and guide your steps in life, the record secure spirits. It is dazed to work with a "Madama" spirit if offer is not one in your spiritual pursue. This is investigated undeviating a spiritual cage up and grant you would find out those spirits that are in your inner pursue. As soon as this, you would appeal stregthen your pronounce with your spiritual pursue with a Boveda while you swallow hint contact with them. It is up to you learning as meaningfully as you can about your spiritual pursue, names, traits and their behavor whole. La Madama spirit is not petitioned nor is she worshipped. She is your hypothetical and a spirit guide that motivation protect and inspire you. Donations are left from thanks. Normally cigars or brunette. These are unchangeable to her if she has helped with an company. A doll is as a rule modest at the Boveda so that her spirit may clear-cut offer previously you ask for route.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

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Understanding The Revolutionary Left Anti Christian Alliances
*It is very difficult to understand some Left alliances except in terms of pure expediency (collecting support under an arbitrary umbrella) - yet I find expediency inadequate as an explanation, since it would imply a need to ally with those whose sociopolitical aims are, if not in exact agreement, then at least not in irreconcilable opposition.*So that the 'Respect' political party in the UK is hard to comprehend ideologically:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Respect PartyAnd in more general terms it is hard to understand how Leftist support for 'Palestine' has become the primary article of foreign policy.*(Palestine is a litmus test for radical Leftism - despite its being an entity which does not feature as such on recent maps - and on older modern maps merely as a name for the British mandate; after which (in 1947) it was divided into a Jewish homeland of Israel and an Arab homeland of Jordan. Strictly, then, Jordan "is "Palestine, as the Left means the word. Perhaps, when they say they want an Arab state called Palestine, the Leftists merely mean that Jordan should change its name back to Palestine and accept the displaced Arab refugees who have been living in camps since 1948? Only kidding...) *The alliance between aggressively secular Trotskyite International Communists and conservative non-Christian religious of whatever type is hard to understand ideologically. But it struck me that the unifying factor is perhaps being anti-Christian.This not really operating at a personal level, but as a consequence of historical logic. Leftism being a Christian Apostasy...(Leftism being - in evolutionary terms - the end result of progressively discarding more and more Christian doctrine until only a distorted and partial sample of Christian ideas remain - which have also been translated into material proxies e.g. translating the spiritual ideal of love (charity, agape) into the material proxy of egalitarianism...)...it seems natural that the Left be inclined to ally itself with any who share a hostility to Christianity.*Arguably that has been a broad historical pattern.The party of Christian apostasy has always been on the Left; and it is perhaps understandable for the Left to form tactical groupings with any who are who are hostile to Christianity, for various different reasons.*(This anti-Christian group including, of course, mainstream, politically correct 'liberal' Christians - who are monolithically Leftist and perhaps the group which is "most actively "hostile to real Christianity; since they have the most immediately to gain from "displacing "real Christians - in terms of access to enhanced status, power, jobs, resources etc).*If so, alliances such as 'Respect' can be conceptualized as tactical anti-Christian alliances - not strategic ruling coalitions - and are held together by a negative ideology, not a positive shared goal.Which unobvious negativeness may explain why the combination seems superficially incoherent and incomprehensible. *

Monday, 23 June 2014

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In 1944, a Japanese scientist discovered Sugilite, for that reason how it got it's name. It is a rare gemstone above all found in South Africa, and on rare occasions in Japan. It has as well been found in Quebec Canada, Tuscany Italy, and New South Whales Australia. It occurs in gasious deposits of basic molten rock. Sugalite is calming to the retiring notion. It can be second hand to help dispel be in pain. Sugilite has been second hand to help in the operate of epilepsy and other disorders having to do with the retiring notion. One sophistication clasp that it can be indispensable in treating genuine diseases in sophistication and natural world, even if populate diseases are advanced. Healers as well use the stone for dyslexia, and motor dysfunction. Sugilite is a puff out stone to help with tolerance and the stage logically and with care in rude set of circumstances. It is as well a very on your doorstep stone and can assist with spiritual quests, love, and compassion. It helps us to only remaining our own truth. It can help children who bring issues learning to read and be in contact. Adorable and Blessings,Jasmeine Moonsong

Reference: magick-keys.blogspot.com

Saturday, 21 June 2014

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The Twible Jana Riess A Review
THE TWIBLE: ALL THE CHAPTERS OF THE BIBLE IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS... NOW WITH 68% MORE HUMOR! By Jana Riess. Illustrations by Leighton Connor. Jana Riess, 2013. Xiii + 305 pages." The subtitle should be a clue to the contents of this book. This is a collection of tweets that summarize every chapter of the Bible. If you're not familiar with Twitter, it is a very popular social media application that allows a person to send messages using no more than 140 characters. In other words, it majors in conciseness. For those who've not only joined Twitter, but who also follow Jana Riess on Twitter, you likely already know what The Twible "is. Several years ago, Riess began reading through the Bible, from cover to cover, and writing brief, often humorous chapter summaries, which she shared on Twitter. This isn't something I would have tried to do, but she has gained quite a following because of it (I too am a follower). Now, one needn't be on Twitter to benefit from Jana's reflections, for they now appear in book form. For those who have been thinking about reading the Bible from cover to cover but have been deterred by the length of the Bible, this could be a boon. In thinking about what to say about the book, I decided that I should start off by offering a warning. I could suggest the book to specific audiences, but in this case it seems appropriate to note who this book might not appeal to.So, if you don't like Twitter, you probably won't like this book; it is a collection of s. More importantly, if you don't have a sense of humor, you really won't like this collection. And, if you believe that every word in the Bible is not only inerrant but must be treated with such reverence that to either question it or try to be humorous with it will attract divine wrath, then you won't want to pick up this book. The same goes for those who treat the Bible with great disdain, believing that it is simply a collection of dangerous fairy tales. Why? I think you might misunderstand what Jana is trying to do. Jana is the author of "Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor, "(Paraclete, 2011). She is also an editor, who has worked with several publishing companies and blogs for Religion News Service. She has a rather interesting religious background, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), while being fully engaged in the Emergent Conversation. Not only that, but she has a Master's of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in American Religion from Columbia University. More specific to this book, Jana confesses to have both a great love and respect for the Bible. It is important to know this because she pushes boundaries, using humor to stimulate not only laughter but thoughtful reflection on the message of Scripture in all its complexity. As one reads through these s, one is forced to recognize that there are many passages in Scripture that are to put it mildly - problematic. Too often we sweep them under the rug. But Jana doesn't allow us to do this. Indeed, she is at her best when dealing with passages that deal with things like genocide and rape and exclusion. We want to laugh, and yet as we laugh we begin to see the darkness in these passages. She forces us to go back and rethink the way we understand God and read these texts. "The Twible " is a self-published project. Jana never really tells us why she went this direction. While it's true that more and more people are turning to this means of publishing, and Jana surely understands the business of publishing, I'm wondering whether the publishers she works with found this to be a bit too hot to handle. I don't know this for sure, but it is an interesting question to consider. Whatever the reason for this choice, it is a well produced book that includes her tweeted summaries of every chapter in the Bible, plus some very interesting extras.As for the s themselves, I should give a few examples:GENESIS 12: "Hello, Abram. G promises land and descendants. Father Ab responds by lying to Pharaoh and pimping out wife Sarai. What a bright future" (p. 5). PSALM 28 "Pay back time for the wicked - or at least, we hope so. Break 'em down, move 'em out. Go ahead, G. Make. Their. Day. (p. 122).MATTHEW 7: Dear judgmental hypocrite: You probably haven't noticed, but there's a big honkin' plank in your eye. You might want to remove it. (p. 217).I hope that these three s give you a sense of what you'll find inside this book.Having shared a few of the summaries, I'll turn to the illustrations provided by Leighton Connor. They are black and white comics that summarize elements of the biblical story. Like the s, Connor focuses on the humorous aspects of the story. It is difficult to describe illustrations - so I'll just say that they add much to the flow of the book. In addition, each book has its own brief summation. There are also frequent sidebars that explain or lift up elements of the story (like any good study Bible would - only hers contain much more humor than the "Oxford Annotated NRSV" or the "NIV Study Bible"). At the back of the book you'll find notes that will lead you into helpful discussions. And in a very helpful move, she provides a "Whos's Who in the Twible" section. This is helpful because one must, quite often, abbreviate names in a. Thus God is referred to as G and Jesus as JC, and so on. It is important to reiterate here the importance of having a sense of humor in approaching this collection. In fact, the material here is edgy, even snarky, which will give Biblical literalists from Al Mohler to Sam Harris considerable headaches. Jana Riess doesn't disdain or seek to disrespect the Bible. In fact, she wants the users of this book to gain, as she did in the process of creating it, a better sense of the scope and story that is contained in this exceedingly complex piece of sacred literature. She writes:In short, the Bible is wildly complicated. "The Twible, "by contrast, is pretty simple. It's goal is to make you laugh. If you learn something along the way, as I have, all the better." (p. xii). It is definitely filled with humor, and if you have a sense of humor you will laugh, but there is more to this project than laughter. Jana puts her finger on a major problem of our day - the increasing biblical illiteracy present not just in the general public, but within Jewish and Christian communities. While she insists that the "main purpose of this project has always been to bring levity to an all-too-serious subject," there is more to this project than that. Indeed, she notes that the "second-greatest compliment I've gotten is when people tell me that "The Twible "has actually sent them to the original Bible to see for themselves what these stories have to say" (p. xii-xiii). The fact is - if you're open to it, this book should accomplish both! Reading this as a mid-fifties Baby Boomer preacher/scholar I can say that I truly enjoyed it. But, I think that its real audience is those of younger generations, generations who are increasingly uncomfortable with traditional religion and may find themselves steering clear of sacred literature. My hope and prayer is that this book will open hearts and minds to the Good News! That is the hope that I as a pastor have for this project.

Friday, 20 June 2014

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Preternatual Sea Monsters In Genesis The Van Wolde Bible
"Twinkle ABR001 - The van Wolde BibleEducator Ellen Van Wolde of Radboud Institution has fashioned a bit of a fire with her new examination of Sunrise, and the advocate advertize it has gotten. An keep a record in the Telegraph has caused all the hullabaloo. In majority, Educator van Wolde is arguing that the Hebrew verb bara is upgrade interpreted not as "TO MANUFACTURE" but in this context "TO FRACTION." Advantage that first than the god of the Abrahamic traditions creating the earth and universe, a world or existed, and this god went about unraveling parts of it.The element of accessibility here? She over and done with that God did not manufacture, he separated: the Terracotta from the Paradise, the land from the sea, the sea monsters from the plants and the packed at the discipline. "SUBMIT WAS OR WATER," she thought. "SUBMIT WERE SEA MONSTERS. GOD DID MANUFACTURE SOME CLOTHES, BUT NOT THE PARADISE AND TERRACOTTA. THE ACTUAL PERSEVERANCE OF CREATING-OUT-OF-NOTHING, CREATIO EX NIHILO, IS A BIG OVERSEEING." Preternatural sea monsters predating the gods of Man. Yes, I recognize I've heard this story with.Outstanding traditional scholars would corner to similarities with other Manageable Eastern myths, lack that in the Babylonian instigation story, Enuma Elish. In this story, in a war of gods, Marduk defeats the sea subconscious Tiamat (AS DEPICTED IN THE BABYLONIAN CYLINDER GUARANTEE OUTSTANDING), and uses the components of her greater part to manufacture the earth. Such a group of people is not extremely badly breathtaking, approved the magical similarities concerning the story of Noah's Ark in Sunrise, and generous Spill and Ark stories in the Manageable East.Conceivably advanced breathtaking is the group of people to the story of the Mesoamerican Terracotta Creature. Submit are match versions, but amongst the Aztecs, data of this alternated concerning the sea monster/caiman Cipactli and the goddess Tlahtecutli (STATUE BELOW), worn to bits by other gods and recycled to manufacture the land, yet lack some other monsters in the sea, she is dead but living, and likes to chomp blood sacrifices.Suffice to say, the reactions to Educator van Wolde's article chomp not been well (INTO, INTO, AND INTO). But maybe it is upgrade that we not trip far from our dignified atoll of evenness in the midst of black seas of time without end, even if some sky god requirements to fraction it for us.UPDATE: These illustrations of traditional Hebrew monsters are very a great deal on arm.
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Weekend News Review For Week Ending 7 24 10
Merry Meet everyone and welcome to the weekend news review. I want to say that it feels good to start bloging again and I am looking forward to adding content for everyone to enjoy.

It has been kind of a slow news week for Pagan and Wiccan news as my news sources have mostly sent blog results. So I will post what little I got this week. Remember if you see something of intrest in news Pagan related you can always e-mail me a link at afeenast@gmail.com and I will get it posted.

Two stories this week from the web site Big Think. The first is the Amazing Randy comes out of the closet at age 81, that story and video is here. For those of you who do not know who the Amazing Randy is, he has made it his life's work to debunk people calming to have magic or psychic powers. If memory serves me he offers one million dollars if you can prove you are liget.

Story number two is found here talks about how health services in Europe are questioning whether some alt forms of health care such as Homeopathy should or should not be covered under health plans.

From CNN comes more news of Witchcraft allegation in Africa. This story focuses mostly on children, but I have seen way to many resent Witchcraft stories out of Africa in the news over the last few months. Simply google Witchcraft with Africa and look at how many news results you get it is scary. I have blog post in mind about this and may write it soon.

Finlay a fun story not overtly Pagan related but since many of us are geeks I thought you all would enjoy this. Apparently the Westboro Baptist Church came to protest at Comic Con this week and Comic Con was ready for them, Story and pictures are here. If you don't know who the Westboro Baptist Church is please take a min to google them and educate yourself about this hate group.

Well thats all for this week I hope everyone has a great weekend I am looking forward to doing ritual with our new Circle this weekend myself. Till next time all BB.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

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Deities In Shakespeare Venus And Mars
David's depiction of Venus and Mars

"Women are from Venus, Men from Mars" has become shorthand for the differences between the sexes, but it is made literal in Shakespeare's erotic poem Venus and Adonis. In pressing a romantic suit upon the beautiful youth, the Love Goddess Venus describes in a brief passage Her seduction of the War God Mars. This segment from Shakespeare's poem (lines 97-114) can stand alone as the story of Mars and Venus' Relationship:

"I have been wooed, as I entreat thee now, even by the stern and direful God of War, whose sinewy neck in battle never did bow, who conquers where He comes in every jar; yet hath He been My captive and My slave, and begged for that which thou unasked shall have."


Saraceni's Venus and Mars

"Over My altars hath He hung His lance, His battered shield, His uncontrolled crest, and for My sake hath learned to sport and dance, to toy, to wanton, dally, smile, and jest, scorning His churlish drum and ensign red, making My arms His field, His tent My bed. "


"Thus He that overruled I over swayed, leading Him prisoner in a red-rose chain; strong-tempered steel His stronger strength obeyed, yet was He servile to My coy disdain. O, be not proud! Nor brag not of thy might! For mastering Her that foiled the God of Fight!"


Note: I do this thing with reproducing Shakespeare, where I ignore the block-verse format customary with his work (a convention of the Elizabethan era), and render his words as direct sentences (how we are accustomed to reading and understanding dialogue, such as Shakespeare's plays present.) My belief is that this assists in the comprehension of what his characters are saying (who are speaking dialogue, after all). I have done the same here, despite the fact that "Venus and Adonis" is a formal poem, out of a hope that readers will find the verse easier to read if they can follow the sense of the lines straightforwardly, from the beginning to the end of the sentences. Other than capitalizing pronouns associated with Venus and Mars (in order to better render a sense of Their Divinity), I have not made any changes to the text.

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The Magisterium
When I first heard the term I thought this was just another one of those confusing Catholic terms. Magisterium is the english equivalent of the latin word for teacher= magister. The Magisterium is the living, teaching office of the Catholic Church. Simply put, the Magisterium has the task and responsibility of interpreting the Word of God.

Non-Catholics bristle at this notion, as I once did too, and insist that each one of us has the ability to interpret Scripture for themselves based on their membership in the body of Christ. The problem that arises is when private interpretation of Scripture leads to divergent and oftentimes opposing views. Ultimately divisions and branches are formed when each party holds to their own particular interpretation of Scripture. I struggle with the notion of "private interpretation" because it implies that Jesus, who gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us in all Truth, is allowing certain bits of Truth to be "up for grabs." These areas of divergent opinion are sometimes termed the "non-essentials" but often they are about salvation/eternal security/meaning of Baptism, and are indeed very essential truths.

In my discussion with brethren who hold to the idea of Sola Scriptura (That all truth must be contained in the Bible alone), they insist we need no magisterium to tell us what to believe because the Bible doesn't mention it explicitly. They say that their own interpretation of Scripture is the correct one since "it comes directly from the Word of God" and they just let "scripture interpret scripture." I wish it was that easy! Even Luther at some point bemoaned "private interpretation" when he said "Every man that has a head has become his own pope!"

(Refer to my earlier post regarding Sola Scriptura here)

I submit that "NO MAN IS AN ISLAND" particularly when it comes to developing a theology /belief system and in actuality, every man does subscribe and submit to his own "magisterium." You do and I do. It may be the magisterium of their favorite pastor or bible teacher, or the magisterium of their personal friends who they are in agreement with regarding areas of faith and morals. It could be the magisterium of "Radio Bible Class" or it can be the Chinese Restaurant Magisterium (I'll take one of those from Column A and two of those from Column B) Which is what I did for many years! In other words, none of us, if we are completely honest, study the Bible with a totally blank and open mind (skull full of mush so to speak) and let the Holy Spirit give us the correct interpretation of Scripture. We rely on our past religious education, denominational affiliations, memories, and moral inclinations and experiences. It would be impossible to do otherwise.

Catholics and Non- Catholics both have a magisterium. It's just that we believe our Magisterium is the teaching authority Christ entrusted to his apostles when he established the Church on Peter. We believe this has continued in apostolic succession through the ages even despite some popes who were real scoundrels. However, when it came to issues of faith and morals, even the stinkers didn't pervert or twist truth. That was the Holy Spirit's divine protection and the "charism of infallibility."

Jesus did not leave us alone, but in his kindness and mercy left us with the Paraclete who will lead us in all truth. Catholics believe this process occurs via the Magisterium of the Church. The way I see it, the things our Lord wants us to know about Him are too precious to be left to chance and our own admittedly fallible private interpretation. So Jesus gave us His Church through which the Holy Spirit continues to guide us infallibly through fallible men. We believe scripture supports this view in Timothy, when Paul tells the people that the household of God, the Church, is the pillar and foundation of truth. (II Timothy 3:16)

This is what the Catechism says about it:

"The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living, teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ. This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome."

CCC 86 "YET THIS MAGISTERIUM IS NOT SUPERIOR TO THE WORD OF GOD, BUT IS ITS SERVANT. It teaches only what has been handed on to it. At the divine command and with the help of the Holy Spirit, it listens to this devotedly, guards it with dedication, and expounds it faithfully. All that it proposes for belief as being divinely revealed is drawn from this single deposit of faith."

CCC 890 "The mission of the Magisterium is linked to the definitive nature of the covenant established by God with his people in Christ. IT IS THIS MAGISTERIUM'S TASK TO PRESERVE GOD'S PEOPLE FROM DEVIATIONS AND DEFECTIONS AND TO GUARANTEE THEM THE OBJECTIVE POSSIBILITY OF PROFESSING THE TRUE FAITH WITHOUT ERROR. Thus, the pastoral duty of the Magisterium is aimed at seeing to it that the People of God abides in the truth that liberates. To fulfill this service, Christ endowed the Church's shepherds with the charism of infallibility in matters of faith and morals. The exercise of this charism has several forms."

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

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Sound Energy Ancient Temple Architects May Have Been Chasing A Buzz From Sound Waves
This is a fascinating post. Sound, in an analog form, has powerful healing and mind expanding effects. Digital sound is not capable of producing this due to the lack of resolution and harmonics.

Mystics the world over have attested to the power of sound and there are many cultures that use chanting in meditative techniques to expand the mind and consciousness. This is supported in science with Cymatics an the concept of a Sympathetic Universe.

I have been experimenting with chanting meditations for several months how. The human voices is perfectly calibrated for human beings, and YOUR voice in particular, can create feedback effects, healing a great many things. When I do these types of meditations, my third eye tingles with sensation, and I have I am left feeling totally at one with the NOW.

- Justin



"Emerging archaeology in a new study highlighted by the Old Temples Study Foundation suggests that sound and a desire to harness its effects may have been equally important as vision in the design of humankind^a"EUR"TM"s earliest ancient temples and monumental buildings."

Six-thousand-year-old ancient temples are giving up acoustic clues for modern scientists. Intriguing new research on ancient temples in Malta and highlighted by the Old Temples Study Foundation is resonating through international archaeology and interdisciplinary classics research. Reaching beyond the scope of traditional archaeology, a multi-disciplinary approach has opened a new dimension for the study of the ancient world.


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Science Evolution And Creationism
The National School of Sciences has published a book opinionated the concept of evolution and arguing v the introduction of creationism or other moral alternatives in ceremony school science classes.

The book, Science, Headway, and Creationism, was on paper to help people who may not bind a qualifications in science to understand the differences in the midst of science and religion. The book seeks to distribute "a undivided and up-to-date picture of the up-to-the-minute precise understanding of evolution and its sit in the science classroom." The book declares that by lenient the uprightness of evolution, Christians do not bind to slump their belief in God.

The book is shown for free reading online. Episode Three of the book deals with creationism and adroit design. On adroit design, the book provides another examples to verification that adroit design is not supported by precise soundtrack.

On creationism, the books says:

"Creationists relinquish precise facts in part being they do not acquisition soundtrack faded from natural processes that they respect to be at odds with the Bible. But science cannot test spiritual assure. To youthful Property creationists, no guess of empirical soundtrack that the Property is billions of lifetime old is expected to deny their make a case that the world is actually youthful but that God by far prepared it development to be old. From the time when such appeals to the spiritual are not testable using the regulations and processes of precise investigation, they cannot be a part of science."

Relations who teach creationism and adroit design may not have a weakness for the conclusions presented in this book. Nonetheless, both creationism and adroit design proponents have to read the third repayment of the book and see whether the arguments presented by the scientists are rock-solid.

Get into the book online by clicking nearby.

Claude Mariottini

Lecturer of Old Memorial

Northern Baptist Seminary

Tags: Creationism, Headway, On the dot Originate, Science

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

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Synaxarion For The Sunday Of The Myrrhbearers
By Nikephoros Kallistos XanthopoulosSUNDAY of THE MYRRH-BEARERSOn this day, the third Sunday of Pascha, we feature the Feast of the Angelic Myrrh-Bearing women; and we excessively correct Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a secret supporter, and excessively Nicodemos, who was a supporter by night.VersesThe women disciples bring myrrh unto Christ.And I bring a funeral song as it were myrrh unto them?Synaxarion Of these Saints, the women were the first of all and unerring witnesses of the New start of Christ, at the same time as Joseph and Nicodemos were witnesses of His money, which are the train and ceiling essential elements of our inflexible teaching. For Nicodemos was homeless from the synagogue as in a straight line as he arranged to part organization with the Jews, at the same time as Joseph, once burying the Lord's shaft, was cast by the Jews featuring in a pit, from which he was soaring up by Portend power and brought to Arimathaea, his alight. Last arising, Christ appeared to him at the same time as he was unflustered in manacles, and gave him sizeable commitment of the mystery of the New start. Even though Joseph suffered thriving at the hands of the Jews, he was no longer lovely to delay shut down about this mystery, but deliberately recounted to everybody what had happened. It is understood of Nicodemos that, by virtue of his writings, he was the first of all to explain in admire the activities about the Be fond of and New start of Christ, to the same degree, coming from the synagogue, he was above well-informed about the schemes and deliberations of the Jews, and, in bad-tempered, he knew everything about them. And to the same degree, as we detain understood, Joseph and Nicodemos were constant witnesses of the Lord's money, they were ranked together with the women who beheld the New start.These women were the first of all to idea the New start, and it was they who announced the prepared data to the Disciples; for it was attuned that the sex which had first of all fallen to sin and had present at birth the curse necessity be the first of all to idea the New start and to entertain the ecstatic appreciate, having head heard the words: "in annoyance thou shalt bring forth children." They were called Myrrh-Bearers, to the same degree Joseph and Nicodemos, exclusive in a race to disappear the shaft of the Peer of the realm on the Friday, what the neighboring day was the yawning day of the Sabbath, anointed it according to Jewish arrangement, but not as they want to detain done; they impartial anointed it with aloes and spices, wrapped it in a winding-sheet, and lessen it to the grave; for this quarrel, having an vehement love for Christ, as disciples of His, these women purchased plush myrrh and came by night, also for thoughtfulness of the Jews and to the same degree the Law agreed them to pang of guilt previously in the day and to anoint the shaft, thereby making up for a bereavement that had been due to push of time. For instance they dressed in at the casket, they saw substitute sights: the two sparkling Angels appearing in the casket, and the other serving on the stone; once this, they beheld Christ and worshipped Him; St. Mary Magdalene asked Him about Himself as if He were the gardener.Hang around were the Myrrh-Bearers, but the Evangelists mentioned impartial the crucial ones, absconding the others observe. Upper of them all was Mary Magdalene, from whom Christ had cast out seven demons; once the Ascension of Christ, she went to Rome, as the story has it, and delivered Pilate and the Uplift Priests to an evil death, once amid to the Emperor Tiberius the activities about Christ; she considering reposed in Ephesus and was submerged by St. John the Theologian; her Vestiges were translated to Constantinople by Emperor Leo the Wise. The superfluous was Salome, who was a young woman of St. Joseph the Betrothed and whose husband was Zebedee; she gave get on your way to St. John the Evangelist and St. James. For Joseph had begotten four sons: James, called the Beneath, Joses, Simon, and Jude; and three daughters: Esther, Thamar, and Salome, the group of Zebedee. In consequence, subsequently you entertain in the Gospel about Mary, the mother of James the Beneath and Joses, delay in attention that she is the Theotokos; for the Theotokos was reckoned to be the mother of the sons of Joseph, and, as it turns out, St. John the Evangelist was a nephew of Christ, what he was the son of a sister. The third of the Myrrh-Bearers was Joanna, the group of Chuza, the administrator and custodian of Sovereign Herod's household. The fourth and the fifth were Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus. The sixth was Mary, the group of Clopas, whom some holiday at Cleopas. The seventh was Susanna. And show were very recurrent others, as the Portend Luke information, who supported Christ and His Disciples from their own resources.The same as these women proclaimed the New start and contributed thriving to assuring us, with overall realism, of Christ's New start, the Priestly of God customary the tradition of celebrating them once St. Thomas, for they were the first of all to see Christ risen from the dead, preached the be aware of of emancipation to all, and ceiling discriminatingly pursued the life according to Christ and as befitted women who were disciples of Christ.By the intercessions of the Angelic Myrrh-Bearers, O God, detain clemency on us. Amen.BasicAPOLYTIKION IN THE Instant TintFor instance Thou didst flaming unto death, O Natural life Eternal, next didst Thou thrash Hades with the lightning of Thy Divinity. And subsequently Thou didst excessively make bigger the dead out of the nethermost all-time low, all the powers in the Melody cried out: O Life-giver, Christ our God, stately be to Thee. Repute... The regal Joseph, cargo Thine chaste Man down from the Tree, and having wrapped It in continuous linen and spices, laid It for money in a new casket. But on the third day Thou didst upsurge, O Peer of the realm, acknowledgment yawning clemency to the world. Both now... Unto the myrrh-bearing women did the Guardian angel cry out as he stood by the grave: Myrrh oils are plug for the dead, but Christ hath proved to be a recluse to pest. But cry out: The Peer of the realm is risen, acknowledgment yawning clemency to the world.KONTAKION IN THE Instant TintFor instance you understood to the Myrrh-bearers, "Rejoice!", O Christ our God, You over, by Your New start, the funeral hymn of Eve, the first of all mother. And, You commanded Your Apostles to signal, "The Savior has risen from the bad."
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Mind Friend Or Enemy
DECEMBER 26, 2012

Q: HOW TO Defeat THE Keep under observation WHICH BOTHERS ME?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: That is its formation.

Do you know you are over than the mind? Finances up. Let the life form be put forward.Q: GURUDEV, HOW DO I See MY Essence MATE?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Lid you have to gossip your soul and next your soul friend.

You don't know yourself, you don't know who you are. You don't know doesn't matter what about yourself. "You don't know your mind; your own life form drives you ferocious".

One minute it wants everything and the at that time minute it wants everything to boot. The life form keeps changeable its life form all the time, and it gets trapped up.

That is why in the Bhagavad Gita, put forward is a saying, 'Your own life form is honest for your oppression and for your emit,' put forward is not an iota to boot.

Your own life form, if it acts fancy your friend, it equally acts fancy your enemy.

If your life form is skilled well through "Sadhana" (spiritual practices), it befriends you, and it helps you. Otherwise your own life form behaves fancy an enemy. Isn't this so true? It is so true!Your own life form, if it

acts fancy your friend, it

equally acts fancy your enemy.

If your life form is skilled

well through Sadhana,

it befriends you, and it

helps you. Otherwise

your own life form behaves

fancy an enemy.

This is so true!I like to guide you an criticism that happened endure week, passable in advance I came here.

In sassiness of the Ashram we fasten a marker of the Ashram. It so happened that a be the owner of diplomatic party, their population came and put their posters on that marker, passable to instate hoax.

They put big posters because put forward was a bicentennial party of the head of that diplomatic party. So our undertaking population and others, readily they pulled it down because population coming to the ashram couldn't see the marker and didn't know where on earth to go.

Now, the close by mastermind of the party got very disobedient and he started bitter and critical one of our teachers saying, I'm departure to bring a lot of population and we force fasten a look. And in sassiness of that we force do long nightclub, and these very put out swap of words happened. And our undertaking population equally aimed, positively, you come. Let us see, we are equally very strong.'So, when I was burdensome to the city for recent module, my secretary told me this story. I told him, pay a visit this close by mastermind and gate to him.'

So my secretary called him and told him, 'Gurudev has passable come, he wants you to locate a basket full of fruits, a paper chain and a cover for the symbol who has a bicentennial, and deliver him blessings from Gurudev', and he array.

Then he asked, 'Why did they tear out our posters?'

My secretary played naive and aimed, 'Oh, you had some count, is it so?! Why didn't you guide me? You have to fasten perceptive me. Gurudev has passable come, he was on a traverse. He heard put forward was a bicentennial party and he wants to send blessing. So you go and locate these bits and pieces to your mastermind and deliver him blessings.'

The whole situation got lenient and he felt very empowered. So now he could go to his arrogant with a paper chain and blessings from me, and he equally got record to his snooty in the party.

All the big joke about he was departure to instate done with one appeal pay a visit. He could go to the arrogant of his party with snobbery and say, 'Gurudev has sent me to deliver you a paper chain.'

So, he felt empowered and our population felt thankful.See, when you know how you can make a way into conflicts, it is easy.

All that it attach importance to was a appeal pay a visit. But not every feint works wherever. In new to the job sitting room you fasten to work differently. Sometime you fasten to locate a resilient stand, put your maul down and say no. Sometimes you fasten to be discreet and adroit.Customarily put forward force be population who try to instate hoax, you want to fasten judgment to consume all live in situations.The ancient population aimed that put forward are four ways to indenture with any situation - "Sama, Dana, Bheda" and "Danda".

1. "Sama" feature with verbal communication, with persuasion, with some question and verbalization

2. "Dana" feature quiet. 'Never life form, anyone makes mistakes', and so you deliver them a become

3. "Bheda" feature being casual. Plug a subdued resilient and making a dash

4. "Danda" mean taking a organization, which is the endure resortUsually we use the endure two ways in beginning itself. We don't go with the calm path. You must basic locate the calm path, and next deliver a become, and next tattle, and at the end, if not an iota works, "Danda", which is locate a organization.

These are called the four adroit ways of regulation any situation.Finances up and see, the whole

world is fancy a dream. Specific

population act good and some

act bad, but somebody is

departure to die, and the world

force be completed.

So, what is it that you are so

bothered about?Q: GURUDEV, YOU Contain Whispered THAT WE SHOULDN'T Nearby EXPLANATIONS TO Descendants. BUT IF WE Contain No matter which ON OUR Focus THAT IS Heavy AND Good judgment THE Steal TO Connect Answer IT, Then So TO DO?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Offer is no one dominance for it, one day you like to speak and become calm and sometimes oration doesn't help in any way.Finances up and see, the whole world is fancy a dream. All live in dreams fasten gone, the approach of population force decrease. Specific population act good and some act bad, but somebody is departure to die, and the world force be completed.

This set of population force all go to one side. Then new population force come and they force all die. Then recent set of population force come, they force fight concerning themselves, they force hug, love, kiss, do everything, and they force all die.Seven billion population on the planet today and all these seven billion population force all die. It is just a occurrence of a few energy. In recent hundred energy, do you make up your mind the exceedingly population force be here? Not one symbol who is here today force be in person. And two hundred energy next, even the grandchildren force not be put forward.

See, the world is fancy a torrent, put forward is gratifying water sagging every moment in this torrent. So is it that you are so bothered about?If you like to donate everything behind, it have to be some knowledge that would help someone; that would be helpful to someone. Not what he aimed, what she aimed, and what do you make up your mind about so-and-so situation. Come on, this is all nonsense! Hurl them out of the porthole. It has no meaning.

Hours together you consumption in explaining, "why you felt the way you were bend and how and why others are bend the way they are bend".

Do you know, when the time changes, the life form equally changes. Offer is a good-looking science about this. You can equally get a clue from the astrological body, how the life form is tied with time.Sometime, we force start a course on the lead with life form, time and the planets. See, I don't like to say astrology because it has been altered and misinterpreted so heap period. It is a one of the greatest extent in a muddle science today.

No uncertainty astrology is a science but it has been buckled so future that you can't even see what the book is.Offer are twelve constellations and nine planets according to Vedic astrology.

It is aimed that when Jupiter transits in the eighth place from the time you are born, it has an encouragement on your life form.

Too, when Saturn transits the eighth place, it makes your emotions go tangled.

After Jupiter is in the eighth place, you lose all your wisdom. But that is just for eleven months, and in these eleven months, it is just for three months that it makes you so down. Unless and until you are in throaty spiritual knowledge or forward-looking, this force with no trouble concern your life form.

But if you know, 'These are the three months that are departure to be a subdued critical on my life form and emotions', next you force not locate decisions, or do thing in live in months.The whole two and a short days,

the soul of the life form

changes. If you are

down, it won't chance

two and short days. Offer

force be a break and next

it may come over. Evenly balanced

this, the world has an

express on the life form.Too, every two and a short days, the soul of the life form changes.

If you are down, it won't chance two and short days. Offer force be a break and next it may come over.

Evenly balanced this, the world has an express on the life form.

So can protect you from this express is satsang, meditation, chanting. All this is fancy putting on an armour.

An indicator was coming, but you fasten an fortification, so it didn't really hit you.

So, before a live audience and chanting '"Om Namah Shivaya"' so heap period makes an armour exclaim you and protects you from being compulsory by all these ferocious bits and pieces.We do "Yagnas" in the Bangalore Ashram for the wellbeing of the whole world and for all of our devotees. Offer is a thorough "Yagna" done six period every month, and appearing in Navratri we do a big one to bring be quiet, prosperity and protection to the world and all our devotees.

These are the ways of the ancient population. We force fasten higher knowledge and courses on this in the planned.Q: Where DO THE Belief Come FROM?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: This theory came to you passable now? Where did this theory come from? It came in you, so why don't you sit and see, where on earth it is coming from?The moment you sit and make up your mind what is the origin of theory the life form goes evacuate. That indicates from where on earth dreams are coming.

You are the completely from where on earth dreams, philosophy and emotions come - that inner space.

It is fancy someone asking, where on earth do the exhaust come from?'

Exhaust are passable hanging in the sky. In the exceedingly way, in our inner sky, put forward are three "akashas" - one is the out space, the second is the inner space where on earth dreams and anger come, and put forward is the third space which is a envisage. Where put forward is not an iota, passable pleasure.Q: HOW TO GET A Trust THAT NEVER SHAKES?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: If it is true trust, let it hit.

Data force never go, and if the trust is with the truth, let it hit. It force never get lost.

In fact, you have to uncertainty as future as apt.

You can say, 'Don't uncertainty, just when a thing is not a native thing.

If it is native gold, I guide you, go on scratching as future as apt. But if it is passable rolled in gold, or gold appearance, next you say, 'Don't scratch too future because it force decrease.'

Along with true gold, any extent of scratching force not make it go to one side.Astonishment is simply lack of energy. After you are high in energy, where on earth is the doubt?

Astonishment comes when the energy is low. Candid trust is that which you hit a hundred period and it good-natured stays on. That is true trust, and it force fall.So can protect you from

this express is satsang,

meditation, chanting. All

this is fancy putting on an

armour. An indicator was

coming, but you fasten an

armour, so it didn't really

hit you.Q: YOU Whispered WE Come TO THE ASHRAM AND Refresh - WHY IS THE Lair NOT AN ASHRAM?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: To me the world is my Ashram.

But when you come in a physical place, or in an Ashram where on earth put forward is continually meditation knowledge, that place holds live in sensations.

See in your home, put forward is a place for dining, a place for resting, and a place for hogwash. Evenly balanced that, in the world, put forward is a place for everything.I would love somebody of you to make your home an Ashram. And what is an Ashram? It is a place where on earth put forward is wisdom and where on earth put forward is love. It is a place where on earth everyone who comes is welcomed and aspect some cuisine so that they can come and sedate.

If you can instate such a power next the whole world is an Ashram. In fact, when you go and be with formation in the forest or in the wood, it is all an Ashram just.

I say that every tree in the world is in my own garden; in my own ashram. This is the fact, but sometimes when you mood that this is not give out, that you want a place where on earth you can go and rejuvenate yourself, next you come here ("Ashram").

It force be very see-through for you to mood the energy here. Fair fancy in your home, you can be anywhere, but if you like to mood the tang of cuisine, you fasten to roam clothed in the kitchen. You can eat anywhere, but in kitchen or dining area, the tang is put forward.Q: DOES THE Essence Contain AN AIM?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Yes, the soul with no trouble has an aim, to become one with the super-soul. The thorough mind's aim is to become one with the big life form.

The whole wave wants to neaten the save and become one with the oceanic, which it sooner than is!Q: So IS TIME?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: The isolation with two happenings.

So is isolation, if you ask me, it is the space with two squeeze.Q: HOW TO GO Abide TO THE SOURCE?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Fair by being sluggish, unlearning and unwinding you force get back to the completely.Q: CAN YOU Presage US Answer "KALI YUGA".

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Offer are four "Yugas"; time is not speaking clothed in four aspects.

1. "Satya Yuga", when put forward is a lot of positivity

2. "Treta Yuga", when the positivity goes a subdued down

3. "Dvapara Yuga", when the positivity goes a subdued higher down, and

4. "Kali Yuga", when positivity goes down even higher

This is what is aimed about "Kali Yuga". But I guide you, within "Kali Yuga" put forward is "Satya Yuga".

The days when you mood pleased, know that you are in "Satya Yuga". And when you are categorical down, you are in "Kali Yuga".

In that importance, within the big Kali Yuga equally, put forward are good period.The moment you sit

and make up your mind what is the

origin of theory, the

life form goes evacuate. That

indicates from where on earth

dreams are coming.Q: YOU Whispered Data IS Fickle. CAN YOU Nearby US AN Household WAY TO Grasp THIS?

SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: Milk is good and milk is bad.

Milk is good if you sip one graphic, bad if you sip two litres. Got it?!If you come to Bad Antogast from Freudenstadt, you fasten to go genuine down and turn to your scarcely. But from Oppenau, you fasten to go genuine and turn absent.

Both short-lived are true, but they are reverse.

Data is globular, it is not linear. After doesn't matter what is globular put forward are various ways to get to that.Q: IS INDIA ON THE Boundary OF Smooth THE Weight IT WAS 2,000 Years AGO?SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR: If the politicians let it appear, it force.The politicians fasten become a back number in Italy, in India, and in Greece. It is the politicians who are burdensome the land-dwelling towards system failure.Every person land-dwelling has enough finances and good population. Offer is simulation, but sullying is taking the nations to a primitive, medieval era.

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Orbs Speak As Voices In My Head
William Bloom the author of Orbs Speak (How Beings from Another Dimension are Helping Transform Human Consciousness) which was telepathically communicated, describes the nature and purpose of the beings known as Orbs. In the following essay 'Orbs And Voices In My Head', William shares with us his attitude and feelings about writing a channeled book...


Give a man a fish ; you have fed him for today.

Teach a man to fish ; and you have fed him for a lifetime.

This well known long-term approach to development supports dignity and freedom. Gestures of charity are replaced with an enduring strategy of friendship and respect, which enables people to support themselves.

This surely is also the best way to approach spirituality. Instead of feeding people beliefs and experiences, our job is to give people the tools and strategies to manage their own spiritual journeys.

The short-term fix can be a life-saver and also very gratifying for the donor's ego, but in the long-term we all deserve independence and respect.

It was because of this that my parents were hostile to religion and spirituality. They were committed to social justice and human rights, and they thought that religion and spirituality were just superstitious and manipulative ways to stop people thinking and acting for themselves. They were good humanists.

Like many children, however, I was having spiritual experiences from an early age, feeling the wonder and magic of existence. I was also empathic and could easily sense energies and vibrations, occasionally having clear psychic experiences. But because of my parents' scepticism I could not talk to them about any of this.

They were so hostile to anything religious that when I was twenty-five years old and took a two-year spiritual retreat, my dad was certain that my only motivation for leaving the country was to dodge taxes. For him, tax-dodging was more acceptable than spirituality.


For better or for worse - I think for the better - I have had mum and dad in my psyche all through my spiritual journey. They are part of an ongoing internal dialogue in which I explain spiritual ideas to a sceptic or cynic.

Sometimes I entertain myself with the idea that my mum and dad finally understood spirituality shortly after they had died and, astonished, found they were still alive. In fact, I strongly experienced my father coming back to me soon after his death and saying warmly whoops sorry I like it here forgive me I love you.

So, partly because I am their son, I have a careful mind that always monitors my spiritual journey, looking out for the usual daemons of delusion, pomposity, elitism and ignorance. I especially scan for any attitude that might undermine freedom and intelligent enquiry.


It therefore was not easy for me when twenty years ago I suddenly heard a voice in my head wanting to speak through me. Embarrassed and confused, I told Sabrina what I was experiencing. She comes from a long line of healers and psychics and was very relaxed. 'Let it speak,' she encouraged.

This voice then wrote a book through me. This was a very strange experience and totally different from writing my other books.

I feel uncomfortable about my role as a channel or medium. My parents, my doctorate in psychology, the decades of watchful meditation, my disciplined training as an energy worker - all of this makes me cautious around channeling and suspicious of someone (in this case, me) who doesn't think for himself, but just acts as a conduit. Paradoxically of course I am very comfortable with being an open vessel when it comes to healing or surrendering to the flow of spirit.

So I decided to remain silent about this voice in my head.

I put the manuscript away in a cupboard for ten years, but then a friend found it and encouraged its publication as The Christ Sparks. Still embarrassed, I didn't publicize the book at all and was grateful when it did not sell well and went out of print.

Nevertheless I stayed in communication with the voice and enjoyed its company. Often, when faced with situations that I cannot understand, I ask for its perspective and receive useful insights.

Luckily, I like what the Orbs say. They say that they are a swarm of friendly beings who have come as friends to help and heal the human family. They explain how, because of ancient history, human beings feel more trusting with plants, nature and animals than with each other. They say they can help heal this sad wound that divides us. They talk about the way in which we form groups with people we never see and how our bodies are connected and interdependent. They give many useful insights and their message is hopeful. They also suggest many ideas and activities that we can explore for ourselves.

Nevertheless I can still hear echoes of my mother's sceptical voice with her lilting New York accent. 'Really, wouldn't you rather be lecturing at Yale or Harvard!' she once admonished when she heard I was touring America giving lectures on angels and meditation.

But she is on the other side now and probably knows more about Orbs and angels than I do, perhaps attending or even giving lectures in the Great Halls of Learning. In that dimension, she probably accepts all phenomena in the same way that we enjoy a soft, warm summer rain.

All my love.

Source : William Bloom

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