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The Power Of Being

We All Have The Power Experience The Beauty Within

   Jun 13

When we Realize

When we realize that we are not God

And that only God is perfect

When we realize our minuteness

And forgive our fallibility

When we accept our imperfection

And forgive our humanness

When we reject what pleases us

For a moment

And seek what fulfills us

For a lifetime

When we realize that we do not need love

For we are

Love

Is when the definition of joy

Will be living

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Originally posted 2015-06-16 05:24:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Jun 11

Principle 4 – Without religion the government of a free people cannot be maintained.

“Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports….And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.” – George Washington

“Here is my Creed: I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by his Providence. That he ought to be worshipped. That the most acceptable Service we can render to him, is doing Good to his other Children…. I think the System of Morals [devised by Jesus] and his Religion as he left them to us, the best the World ever saw, or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting Changes, and I have with most of the present Dissenters in England, some Doubts as to his Divinity.”  Benjamin Franklin

“The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills.” -Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814


When the Founding Fathers spoke of religion, they were referring to the foundation of religion, which is God. This is true, because today we live in a Godless country. Only in a Godless country would there be hunger caused by greed. Only in a Godless country would there be people who were unable to obtain adequate healthcare. If God were in the hearts of Americans, and of its governing leaders, there would be no healthcare crisis, or no foreclosure crisis. We would be more concerned about the survival of families than corporations profit margins. We would be more concerned over paying teachers, firefighters, police, and soldiers, who give their hearts and lives to us, than we would care about the pay of corporate executives.

“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams

If God were in the hearts of Americans and their leaders, charity, kindness, compassion and self-less service would be in the living of their daily lives. The first questions that Benjamin Franklin asked himself every single day was, “What good can I do today?”, and the last question that he asked himself before he went to bed was, “What good have I done today?” He understood as they all did that God could only be worshipped through good works. And where we are today, is where they knew that we would be, if we turned our back on God.

The Founding Fathers were deeply spiritual and devout believers in One God, the Natural God. They studied Cicero and his teachings on God’s Laws and in reading the writings of Cicero, it is clear to see the influence that he had on our Founding Fathers, and it is obvious how closely tied, the framers of the Constitution believed their laws and the Laws of God were connected. We can also see where the firm belief in unalienable rights also connects directly to their belief in God, Cicero stated:

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature; it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting; it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to attempt to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely. We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or people, and we need not look outside ourselves for an expounder or interpreter of it. And there will not be different laws at Rome and at Athens, or different laws now and in the future, but one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will one master and ruler, that is, God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge. Whoever is disobedient is fleeing from himself and denying his human nature, and by reason of this very fact he will suffer the worst punishment.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero, Great Political Thinkers, p. 133.) clip_image001

As I continue to read the beliefs and intentions of the Founding Fathers it becomes impossible to me that any interpretation if the Constitution can be made, as a viable interpretation without reference to the intent of the framers.  What is Constitutional and unconstitutional cannot be based on a prior decision it seems that somehow we must base it upon the beliefs and intentions of the Framers within the historical environment of the time.  Only then, can we interpret or extend to our own time, the meaning of the Constitution

Now, again it makes no sense for us to be concerned with the Constitution if we are not able to preserve the Republic itself.  The Founding Fathers had very clear, historically based, and well thought out principles, or pillars upon which this Republic could stand and without which, it would inevitably fall.

During the year that the Constitution was written, Congress also passed the Northwest Ordinance, one of the four main documents on which the Nation was formed.  Together they were, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, The Constitution, and The Northwest Ordinance

The Founding Fathers did not believe that it was easy to change a grown person into a moral and virtuous one.  They believed that it was necessary to raise Republicans or Americans from childhood, from elementary school in the qualities necessary to preserve this Republic.  So, in the Northwest Ordinance stated:

“Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall be forever encouraged and established in the Northwest Territory.”

In the minds of the Founding Fathers, these three things were necessary to the preservation of the Republic – the success of the experiment in self-government that they believed they were divinely inspired to create.  What did they mean by religion? Since, in this ordinance Jefferson wrote,

“No religious reading, instruction or exercise, shall be prescribed or practiced [in the elementary schools] inconsistent with the tenets of any religious sect or denomination.” –Thomas Jefferson: Elementary School Act, 1817. ME 17:425 ,

It would be obvious that religion as the Founding Fathers saw it, was the Natural Religion, the essence or seed from which all religions arise.  And to the Founding Fathers, the Christian Religions, aside from Christ himself, were a very poor example of virtue, morals, and brotherhood to teach or to guide a country by:

“If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. These found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here [England]and in New England”
[Benjamin Franklin, “Toleration”, in _Works, Vol.ii._,p. 112]

It is understood, that Job, the main character of the oldest book of the Bible, is not Jewish.  The God who speaks to Job, is the Natural God so often referred to by the Founding Fathers and referred to in the Declaration of Independence.  In reading the Book of Job, God spends the majority of His narration telling Job of the other creatures great and small that He created and is the God of.  Here in this book, it is One God, the God of all living creatures, talking to Job.  The basic teachings of all religions, before any judgments or exclusions, or punishments are claimed by different individual religious sects, are accessible through the words of Jesus Christ.  As I quoted Mahatma Gandhi before saying it, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

The moral and virtuous teachings of Jesus Christ are the same as The Tao, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sufism, and almost all religions.  They considered the “supernatural” quality of each religion suspect.  However, they believed that faith and reason together would hold that there was one God.  They believed that a great intelligence had to exist to create man and the universe.  They believed that it is through us, the most divinely gifted of all creatures on earth, that God moves.

The kind of religion that they felt was necessary was that of good works.  Ben Franklin put it this way,

“The faith you mention has doubtless its use in the world. I do not desire to see it diminished, nor would I desire to lessen it in any way; but I wish it were more productive of good works than I have generally seen it. I mean real good works, works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit, not holy-day keeping, sermon-hearing, and reading, performing church ceremonies, or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments, despised even by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity”[Benjamin Franklin, 1753, letter to Rev. George Whitefield. Works, Vol. VII, p. 75]

Despite the hundreds of thousands of houses of worship that exist in this country, there is very little of what our Founding Fathers considered religion.  If it existed, outside of very small isolated communities, we would not be in the condition that we are in today. Every step that led us to this place, wherever we choose to place the blame, was taken with selfishness, greed, bigotry, and no concern whatsoever for God or for our fellow human beings.

The kind of religion that our forefathers refer to is something that connects all of God’s creatures to each other through our connection with God, not with a religion, but with God – the God of Nature.  It is something that they did not believe the world would be a fit place to live without, and according to their definition, and what we are now experiencing around us it is not.  Jefferson to John Adams,

“If by religion we are to understand sectarian dogmas, in which no two of them agree, then your exclamation on that hypothesis is just, “that this would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.” But if the moral precepts, innate in man, and made a part of his physical constitution, as necessary for a social being, if the sublime doctrines of philanthropism and deism taught us by Jesus of Nazareth, in which all agree, constitute true religion, then, without it, this would be, as you again say, “something not fit to be named” even, indeed, a hell.”

The Natural God, the God of Nature would have certain ‘natural’ qualities that all of Its creations would be instilled with. These qualities are the ones most required of man. These qualities are natural, yet because man has qualities other animals do not have, which are reason and imagination, allows him to choose to act in accordance with these natural qualities or to override. Many religions attempt to claim that it is ok to kill, abuse, and experiment on animals because they do not have souls. However, under a Natural God, the God of Job, all creation comes from God therefore – all creation contains a soul, God’s Soul. Love, compassion and empathy are natural to all creatures, not just man.

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How does one teach the origins of this country, the foundation of this country and its Constitution and the beliefs that united the country in an almost impossible battle for freedom, for liberty without teaching about the God that they fought to honor?  How can a child grow up to be an American without understanding the importance of God to America?  The more that I study the Republic, the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers, the more I realize that it doesn’t matter what this person or that person feels about God, but the fact that every single unalienable right that we have is rooted, and secure, only in the belief in God the Creator.   The religion of America, the religion that this entire Republic rests on is the belief that:

1. There is a God, a creator of all things in nature.

2. Through the Creator, we have been endowed with reason and reflection, gifts not given to any other creature,

3. Because God has given us the rights and the means to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – these rights are unalienable, they cannot be taken away from us by any government, individual or group.

4. We have a moral responsibility to our fellow human beings and all creatures that is inherent in each of our rights.

5. We all live beyond our time on earth.

6. Wherever we go after this life, we will be held accountable for our actions and our treatment of our fellow man.

Our Founding Fathers knew that religion as described above, right moral conduct, and the knowledge necessary to fulfill one’s life and to safeguard one’s liberty.

Perhaps it was the growing fear of saying the name God in school that forced our citizenry to grow, through increasing ignorance, further and further away from the meaning, values and virtue that this country represents.  The Constitution prevents the government from making any laws with respect to any religion.  It says nothing about God; to the contrary, God is all over the documents that created this country.

There was a real difference between God and religion to our Founding Fathers.  There is nothing in the Constitution against teaching about the God who is the foundation of this country, limiting the teaching to God, is not choosing any specific religion.  Brotherhood, kindness, and compassion are accepted at a much deeper level when they are connected to God.  In this respect, our form of government, self-government, cannot exist without the sense of connection, that comes from a love of God and embracing of the morals and virtue that flows easily through us when that love exists.  Imagine where we would be today, if we lived in accordance with the principles upon which this nation was founded. We would be, in every sense, the greatest nation under God.

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Originally posted 2010-05-09 22:41:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Jun 09

"Love Is Not Sought – It Is The Seeker

The Two Halves:

From Summons it is known that male and female were created together as their two bodies were connected at the backs. There is no energetic connection and no interrelation between them until they disconnect and turn face to face. Rabbi Shimon said that a union of male and female is called “Oneness” because a male without a female is considered as “half person”. A man and a woman are considered by the Kabbalah as one soul that its two halves were enrobed in two physical bodies. Only when the two halves are connected, they become “one” complete soul. And so it happens by the will of God, that from the moment of birth until the moment of union the two halves of the soul are departed and remote from each other. Sometimes the distance is large and the two halves are oceans and continents apart. At the moment of union, they become one essence.

We can keep a body functioning indefinitely through artificial means, but only a soul can give it life. The body kept animated through artificial means is not alive. It is an organic robot. Only the soul can live and only the soul can love. When we love, it is not something that we create, and it is not something that we discover – it is something that we remember. The person with whom we share love has awakened within our souls a memory of divine union, a perfect fit that can only be created spiritually. So the idea of making someone fall in love with us, is to me, unnatural.

Love is a cord that connects us to our spiritual source. If real, it offers us a glimpse of that which is beyond knowing. It opens our hearts not simply to the object of our love, but to love itself, the love and oneness of all. It is divine and it is eternal. Of that love, it is possible to say, that “it is better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved”. It is possible to say this because, if authentic, it is never lost. Just as it is never found, it is remembered; it is awakened. There is the story told in many forms of a person who wishes for the love of another and a genie, a fairy, or some acquired spell, brings to that person the lover that they wanted. And soon, in every tale, that person who longed for the love of the other becomes heartbroken overwhelmed by despair knowing that the love, however devoted and beautiful, is manipulated, manufactured, soulless.

There are books teaching the art of attracting a marriage partner. In the end, it is never satisfying believing that we made someone else love us. Love comes from the same source as life. It is the reunion of souls promised to each other before birth. Anything else is a cheap knockoff, an ultimately painful fit. In advertising artists create hamburgers that look mouthwatering. But to eat one, would make you sick, if it did not kill you because it is not made of food, it is made to look like food. This is the same as creating a persona to lure a partner into our lives. The persona is empty, and betrays both parties, poisons them or just leaves them malnourished.

We enter this dream that we call life, into a family. That family is chosen because all of the needs of all of the participating souls can be met through this union. The individual souls in this family may not be related to all or any of the other souls within it. They into this family because they will be bound together long enough and in the type of social environment that requires the working through of whatever issues they came in to deal with. Children choose their families because they will be trapped within this unit long enough to be imprinted with whatever is needed for their spiritual growth on this material plane. Our experience within this family is determined by whether we are meant to grow within it or from our ability to survive and escape it.

Sometimes a family comes together because there is karma to be balanced between souls within the unit. The souls have so little in common that no other situation would bind them in a way that would resolve it. This is a union built on the loving premise of growth, but not necessarily the loving bond that exists between soul mates.

The idea of family here, (as above so below) comes from the knowledge of our spiritual family. They never desert us. They are always somewhere in the vicinity of times of need. Sometimes our paths are too different to allow time for more than a chance meeting and the words that we need to hear in that moment. We call them Angels, and they are, but in the sense that is personal to us. Sometimes they gather as friends circle around us from a distance, and somehow, as we draw closer to a time of great trial, the circle draws nearer and nearer until at the moment that we are in our greatest need, they are around us to catch us if we fall, and protect us from incoming assaults. We call them friends, but they are brothers and sisters of our souls and have been since we, together, chose to venture into this valley of the shadow of death. This love is expressed with or without words. This love, the love of our soul family hears the cries of our hearts and not the protests of our egos. It is another form of love. It cannot be bought, it cannot be built, it can only be realized. It was before time, and will be after time, that is why time and circumstance have no effect on it.

We are sparks of the Divine, we are ideas. The Divine contains innumerable ideas, and innumerable manifestations of each one. A soul family consists of many expressions of one manifestation of one idea. So, at the core, and within all channels that flow from the core – we fit. The fit allows flow. We are words in a sentence, we each have a place as noun, pronoun, adjective, verb, adverb, etc… Together we flow. Together we have a meaning that cannot be misinterpreted and so, with so complete an understanding there is no judgment, no competition because we all have a place in the Divine sentence that we express. This is love.

I have a very close friend who came in to learn and grow through the suffering that can be contained in relationships. And her reward is the experience of love in the highest state attained through a relationship. Only for all of the years that I have known her, it has been a painful string of suffering. I tried to tell her to stop the relationships and find some joy in being alone. Of course, although that sounded like the logical thing to do, I was not wise enough at the time to realize that the track, the only track that her train could ride was the track of relationships. So, we agreed that I would use Astrology and any other gifts that she had to sensor all of the applicants for the role of her partner. That got tired very quickly as she, too long in between relationships inundated me with birth data for each woman that she met. And I realized that by the time I found the paper that I had written the information on, she would already be over the woman or the woman over her. So, I stopped putting effort into figuring out who was right or wrong, because history had proven that none of them were right. But I did notice one thing. Every woman that she wanted to be “the one”, all looked alike. She had a very definite type.

One day she asked me to look at a chart and before I gave it any thought, I actually did. Then she asked me to look at the woman’s picture which entailed much more work than I would have ever done under normal circumstances. So, as I was logging in here, and searching there, it occurred to me that somewhere inside I must know that this is the “one”. When I finally made my way to the woman’s picture, two thoughts ran through my mind simultaneously. One was that this woman was her type, and the other was, that this was the “one”. As hard as it was to make a commitment to something that my logical mind had long since disregarded as possible, I told her this was the one. And when they met, it was instantly clear to each of them that each was the one the other was dreaming of, praying for and seeking.

For me, I felt that I had learned something very new. I learned that all of the women who physically fit the mold of my friend’s type, were not her type at all. Imprinted in her psyche was the image of her true other half. She could make it out enough to fall head over heels with everyone who resembled her eternal lover. And the great Unnamable, Unknowable One, dressed each soul committed to teach her the lessons that she needed to discover her power, value, and greatness in bodies that would draw her to them like a moth to a flame.

We cannot attract a sunny day, nor control the direction and strength of an earthquake. Putting on a raincoat will not entice the rain to fall, nor will putting on a sundress lure the rain to stop. No amount of money, or the toys that money can buy, and no amount of doors money can open or connections that money can bring, can come close to helping us to survive what lies ahead of us, once we realize that all we have has come at the cost of love. If courage comes after we do the thing that we most fear, and not before, then it is understandable that full belief in our value and our worthiness of being loved, comes after we have risked allowing ourselves to be loved without seeking the answer to why. One, who will love us, will first see our souls, and love them fully. Then, as an afterthought, will notice that the material manifestation of who we are, is beautiful too, but the thing is, that this will be seen through the eyes of love so it will be seen as a reflection of the inner being that is loved. This is why, we grow old together, yet, our love does not see old. It sees the ageless, timeless, unchanging beauty that can only be love.

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Originally posted 2016-02-15 05:28:40. Republished by Blog Post Promoter