DREAMERS

“Imagine”.¬† Just allow yourself for a minute to imagine a better world.¬† What would be in your better world?¬† Hatred? Bigotry? Injustice? Cruelty? Intolerance? Oppression?

No, probably not.  Everyone in your better world would have enough food to eat, clean water to drink, decent shelter, and resources to provide for the family.  The people of that world would not fear their government, their military, or their neighbors.  No one would be a billionaire and everyone would have sufficient finances to live a clean and comfortable life.

In that world the earth and its resources would be cherished and valued.¬† Fossil fuels would be a relic of the past.¬† Everybody’s air would be clean, clear, and pure.¬† Waterways and skyways in this better world are free of human trash.¬† The elements of nature flourish in their natural state of being.¬† Animals are not hunted¬† and killed for sport.

The world’s religions would realize that all faiths have a piece of the God puzzle.¬† Diversity in worship would be embraced and celebrated by Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu in solidarity with the One called Spirit.¬† Religious hypocrisy and persecution is¬†non-existent in¬†this better world’s¬†profession of faith.

The world’s richness is shared by all of humanity.¬† None go without.¬† Countries do not vie for power or prestige.¬† There is no reason for war or killing.¬† Each culture values its heritage, its traditions, and its history, but, none is elevated above the validity of the other.

Individuality is respected and promoted because all humanity understands that each creature is created uniquely within the framework of God’s presence in all, though all, and within all.¬† There is no separation from God or from each other.¬† What is done to my brother or sister is also done to every presence on earth and the Oneness of God’s world order.¬† We live in unity within the Kingdom.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but, I’m not the only one.”¬† John Lennon

Join us.  We are the dreamers who will save our earth and civilization from the destruction that awaits if humanity does not come to terms with what it has become.  Having succumbed to the will of human ego and self-absorption, the fate of our habitat is spiraling rapidly into a fiery and final demise from which there is no return.

Do not believe the religious soothsayers who claim that scriptures foretell of a restoration and rebuilding after the final destruction and therefore welcome a worldwide catastrophe.  They are dead wrong, because they live in a dead theology.  They are dead.

Join those who live in Oneness, in Spirit, in Truth, in Unity.  The dream is eternal even as the flesh is death.

1 Corinthians 15:55

55 O death where is thy sting? O grave where is thy victory?

the Sword vs ego

Jesus of Nazareth was a man depicted by the early writers of Christian scripture as peaceful, compassionate,¬†yet revolutionary.¬† His followers, calling themselves “the Way”, lived communally, healed the sick, and preached love.¬† In today’s society they would be¬† labeled a band of misfits and rabble-rousers, a gang of runaways and losers.¬† They did not fit into the religiosity of the Jews nor the submissiveness demanded by the Romans.

The book of Matthew attributes the following words to Jesus:

“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.¬† I did not come to bring peace , but a sword.”¬† Matthew 10:34

Those who translate the Bible literally as the inerrant and infallible word of God have great difficulty explaining this “violent” Jesus who is described in other verses as “the Prince of Peace.”

We can, however, better understand this verse when studied in the¬†context of Jesus the¬†spiritual essence of God¬†rather than Jesus the man.¬† The¬†stories, the parables, attributed to Jesus convey a veiled spiritual axiom which is the intended message to his followers.¬† Others, the Romans and the Jewish elite, could not¬†grasp the meaning because they did not¬†see this simple,¬†Jewish peasant as a messenger of God¬†.¬† This verse¬†of Matthew in terms of the mystic’s experience does not propose a sword to inflict physical¬†wrath but rather a figurative sword to slash away the restraints¬†placed by human ego upon the brotherly love and compassion¬†inherent in¬†the Spirit.¬† It is a sword of soul liberation.

Also to be considered are the meanings lost or misinterpreted  in translations.  Consider the following:

The Book of Kells, a Celtic illuminated manuscript copy of the Gospels, uses the word gaudium, meaning joy rather than gladium which means sword, rendering the verse in translation: “I came not [only] to bring peace, but joy”.[4]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_peace,_but_a_sword

 

WISDOM

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Our world today is a far cry from what is described by the mystics as unity with the universal Spirit which some of us name God.¬† We humans have taken the path of least resistance in life following trails of arrogance and self-absorption.¬† It is infinitely easier to look at human suffering, turn our backs to it saying the starvation crisis in Africa is not my problem or the genocide in Syria doesn’t affect me.¬† Our lives become a chorus of continuing “me, me, me; what’s in it for me?”

Ethan Walker¬†lll in his book “THE MYSTIC CHRIST” asks the question:

“And what is wisdom?¬†

and he answers,

Wisdom is knowing we are all one.¬† Love is what it feels like, and compassion is what it acts like.”

Referring to the author’s definition we should shamefully agree that truly what the world needs now is love and the resulting compassion.¬† That compassion needs to be expressed not only to neighbors and family, but also to famine and genocide victims on the other side of the earth.¬† That’s what is missing.¬† We¬†do not¬†see ourselves as one existence¬†in unity with the total complexity of God’s creation.¬† We run wildly to and fro attacking brothers and sisters who worship differently, follow unfamiliar traditions, practice unusual customs.¬† We cannot see beyond our noses far enough to embrace the world’s diversity.¬† We lack creation’s wisdom.

 

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Yom HaShoah

Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017
  • begins Sunday, April 23
    • at sunset
  • ends Monday, April 24
    • at nightfall

Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day. It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan, unless the 27th would be adjacent to the Jewish Sabbath, in which case the date is shifted by a day.

SPIRIT VS EGO

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“God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”¬† John 4:24 kjv ¬†(emphasis is mine)

Perhaps the most difficult trek through our faith journey is the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Have you ever witnessed or even heard of a person returned from hours or days of death?  The only recourse we have is to think that a God who is as omnipotent as our God can surely do such a thing.  This past week the Christian world observed Holy Week with traditional services leading up to Easter Sunday.

“He is risen! Indeed, he is!” we exclaimed excitedly to one another.

Yet silently we wonder, “Yeah, and how many of you really believe that?”

The mystics do not have that doubt.  Those who believe that God is within, without, and all about in every breath, every whisper of wind, every creature, every ripple of water, every flower, every fellow human companion, every thing which was created know for certain that we are not our bodies; rather we are God spirit in a vessel of flesh and bones.  Mystics do not doubt the passages which exclaim the resurrection of Jesus the Christ because they have realized that Jesus was the Spirit, Jesus lived the spirit controlled life.  Everything Jesus thought, said, did was directed by the God spirit within whom He called Father.  Yes, Jesus of Nazareth was human, but, had transcended the dominance of human ego to be at one with the Oneness described as God.  His body was mutilated, scourged and beaten; but the Spirit within arose from the fleshly death, i.e. resurrected.

The human ego is not spirit.¬† It is the opposite of love and unity.¬† It is self-serving and it cannot tolerate the concept of being left behind when it’s dwelling place, our body of flesh, dies and decays.¬† It will do whatever is necessary to ensure the separation of man from man, man from earth, man from God.¬† It thrives on self adulation.¬† In its state of egomaniacal control it wants to be greater than Spirit, greater than God.

We were created by God from God’s very breath and in God’s image.¬† John 4:24 tells us that¬†God is spirit.¬† In Genesis 1:26-27

26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…… 27 God created man in God’s own image, in the image of God man was created…..” Genesis 1:26-27

Read that verse again.¬† The writers of Genesis tell us that we are created in God’s image; the writer of John tells us that God is Spirit;¬†are we not therefore spirit dwelling within¬†a body of flesh and bones?

Jesus said,

“Verily, verily I say unto thee.¬† Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.¬† That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6

UNTOMBED

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‚ÄúThere was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.‚ÄĚ
Matthew 28: 2 NIV

Entombed in the world, lost and shattered,
awaiting my eternal destiny.
My body, broken, suffering and battered,
anticipates with resignation the coming darkness.
Where are my angels? Who will save me
from the emptiness of my soul’s distress?

My life’s demons dance merrily about me,
seek to put the final seal on my tomb.
“There is no solace or reprieve,
we have bought your soul for ungodly desire.”
Oh, how my heart grieves;
Why did I transgress God’s burning fire?

The love affair with lust and wine, a faithless tryst,
a demanding and jealous mistress.
To satisfy her, I entertained limitless risk,
wanting more, desiring fulfilment, seeking love.
In the end she laughingly abandoned me;
‚ÄúWhere now is your God from heaven above?‚ÄĚ

Indeed, God has deservedly cast me aside,
just as I cast Him aside so many times before.
I have no hope that with Him again I’ll reside;
my life in sin and darkness has been vainly spent.
My days in the far country have been grievously long;
how could He ever allow me to repent?

Surely the stones in my life are beyond removal,
firmly set in place awaiting death’s seal.
A life spent apart from God has fated my fall;
there shall be no eternity filled with joy and bliss.
Yea, as I walk through my valley of the shadow
how deep is my pain for the Lord I shall forever miss?

But wait! A tiny shaft of light begins to stream in,
casting a patch of hope on my tomb’s dark wall.
“Reach to me, touch me, I will still forgive your sin;
Love me; follow me; for even now it is not too late.
Always I have walked with you to the depth of your hell;
Your stone is placed, but why think you I have sealed your fate?‚ÄĚ

Yes, God, yes. Take me as I am and wrap me in your arms,
My sin is great, yet I surely know now your love is greater.
I repent, I kneel at your feet, remove my demons’ charms;
renew my heart, cleanse my mind, crucify my life of deceit.
I bow in obedience to your will;
but Lord, why would you want to save me from this tomb of defeat?

“I gave my beloved Son to you, allowed him to suffer on the cross,
abandoned him to the wrath of all that is despicable and wicked.
He alone suffered the weight of my punishing albatross,
whereby you and all who believe shall be spared eternal damnation.
The price has been paid; His blood was shed for you on Calvary;
can you now believe my love for you has no limitation?‚ÄĚ

My stone has been rolled away;
my love for my Jesus has resurrected.
Rescued from the gates of hell where demons play;
entombed in debauchery and depravation, yet made whole.
Untombed, made alive, forgiven, redeemed;
Satan, ‚ÄúWere you watching, did you see that stone roll?‚ÄĚ
AMEN