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   Oct 18

Capitalism and the destruction of our world

Here in the material world what matters is what we do, not our intent.  It is all about the results.  Because we are judged by our actions, the temptation is obtain a certain result, and often by whatever means possible.  “The ends justify the means” is something often said.  This is the consequence of living in an apparent world.  We are not punished for violating the law, we are punished for getting caught.

We create rules and laws so as to maintain order in the material world.  The benefit of creating the rules is that we can amend them to fit our desires.  After time, we equate what is legal with what is moral and ethical.  More often than not, honesty is motivated by fear rather than a need to live by Spiritual truths.   Ultimately we seek material security and we see this as best achieved through wealth and power.  We are like babies, who play peek-a-boo.  They think that if they can’t see you, you can’t see them.  A desire to feel significant motivates us to meet or exceed whatever society currently deems the standard for being valuable.

If Society applauds charity, we will be seen as charitable, if it is money, we will appear to have money.  If it is beauty, we will do whatever we must do to look beautiful.  We seek to look good.  When the light shines on us, we want to be viewed as special.  Most of us judge ourselves by the judgment of others.  Someone can go to church or to Temple every week, and be certain to tithe the appropriate amount to be seen as a charitable church going person.  Monday, that same person can lay off hundreds of workers in order to avoid having to deal with a decrease in his or her lifestyle – unfazed by the lives being destroyed in order to maintain a level of opulence.

A knife can be used to cut the food that we eat, and it can be used to kill.  We have found that almost everything that we create can be used to enhance lives or destroy them; the choice is dependent on our free will.  So, we have been given the ability to use logic, reason and creativity to make the world into a Heaven, or to justify why it is not our responsibility.  If there were a Satan, then the extent of his power would be to present us with an opportunity to make a choice.  Everything in our lives creates a choice.  And as a race, as inhabitants of this planet earth we have all participated in making the choices that have led us to where we are today.   It is very easy to see that the problems that we face are the result of greed, greed we attribute to the comparatively few who control the greatest amount of the world’s wealth.  But that is the easy answer.  It is easy to blame them because they are sitting on piles of money while we are waiting for the crumbs that will no longer be flowing downward – but we are all, or the majority of us are equally to blame.

The system that ensured that the wealth of the world would eventually settle in the hands of a privileged few has been fought for and protected by us, we the majority who hoped that if we fought to maintain the system – we too would one day be on top of that mountain and reap the rewards of that system.  Those who have are no greedier than those who want.  The difference is positioning – not intention.    The Capitalist system that has evolved – as it naturally would is by its design exclusionary.  It is a pyramid by continued design and fortification.  Most of us have not fought for an auto executive’s right to make $50,000,000.00, we fought so that, the right to make that money will be waiting if we get there.   Capitalism was never unfair until it became unfair to us.  We don’t follow the obviously – built-in trail of Capitalism that leads to poverty unless that poverty leads to us.  Everything that is a reality becomes so because there is enough emotional energy behind it to raise it from the unmanifest realm to the manifest.  We have fought to defend a system that only works because the bottom is heavy enough to support the top.

The system is wrong.  It is not open and it is not fair.  It is not built to be fair, and that is why we have liked it, because if and when we rise to the top, we too, want the ability to block all the entrances so that none of the wealth slips out.  It seems impossible to imagine that anyone with a High School degree could not figure out that if we keep milking all of the resources from the bottom of the pyramid, thereby shrinking it, and pulling all of those resources to the top of the pyramid, thereby grossly enlarging it, it would become an inverted pyramid and fall.  The only possible explanation for how we could have reached this point is that we have, in great numbers, become consumed with lust for the things of the world at the expense of our ability to see where this would take us all.

There are four basic rights which form the foundation of Capitalism.   The four basic rights are:  the right to private property. The right to keep all profits made after taxes, the right of choice and the right to compete with other business’.   As with all rights, there is no limit to the extent to which one may go to defend those them.  If I come up with an idea for a new kind of car, the major auto makers have the “right” to use their considerable wealth and power to make sure that my car never reaches the market.  Capitalism eliminates the possibility of a free market.  I don’t have a lobby.  If a corporation chooses to pay all of the earnings to the upper management, while eating through the pensions of the employees, they have that right.  However, under this system, the only right that I have as an employee is the right to quit.  It has become almost the equivalent of being anti-American to criticize the Capitalist system, as though it has somehow replaced Democracy in our minds – somehow we have come to see the two as one, when in reality the fulfillment of one nullifies the other.

It is the Capitalist system that has spread like a cancer throughout the world and is eating us alive.  Capitalism is not Democracy.  Democracy is harder to spread.  Equality is only popular with those who believe that they are not being treated equally.  We are only at the beginning of the suffering that this cancer is causing in the world.  We are like diabetics who are looking for another cause for our diabetes because we can’t face giving up sugar.  I think that we all know how that turns out.  We need to give up our search for happiness in money.  People with money are not happy because of the money, they are happy in spite of it, and we need to stop buying the whole appearances thing.  It is time for us to revision the American Dream.  It should be the dream where everyone is able to have enough, enough food, enough shelter, enough love and therefore, enough happiness.

Those of us, who are not on the top of the material food chain need to seek joy in what we can all share, seek entrance into the club with open membership.  And those of us who are hiding behind our golden gates, need to open those gates and find ways to share what we have that we will never need with those who need but will never otherwise have.  This is a moment of choice.  It is a time to reach into all of our hearts and light them up with generosity, and a desire for equinimity, or wait, just a little while longer and it will all be taken away as our world crumbles around us.  At this time, it no longer matters what other people think about us based on what they see.  Now we are being carefully monitored by the One who sees what no one else does, the One who sees into our hearts and watches what we do.  It will never again look as good to have more as it does to give more.

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Originally posted 2015-12-01 05:20:34. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Oct 16

Astrology and Genesis – Let the stars be for signs

My first introduction to Astrology came at a very low time in my life.  A man with whom I worked asked me if he could do my chart.  I was curious, although I did not really believe in it, so I said yes.  It was a day that forever changed my life.  The first reason was that I had spent many years in therapy trying to uncover and heal the problems that seemed to constantly plague my life.  We had made breakthroughs; yet, the resolution for each of them seemed connected to my parents.  I was encouraged to confront them in order to somehow fix myself.  However, confronting my mother only made my feelings of unworthiness increase because of her refusal to accept any responsibility for the things that were not working within me.

As I sat with this Astrologer watching him look at this circle with strange symbols on it I became amazed with the clarity and understanding that he seemed to find within this chart.  He began with describing my parents and the influence that they had on me.  He described my feelings of inadequacy.  He exposed the things that I knew about myself but did not readily share for fear of judgment.  There was, I remember one prediction in his reading which only alluded to the fact that in a few months, or rather by my next birthday the dark cloud that I felt hovering over my life would finally pass – nothing more detailed than that, but it was fine for me – even if it did not happen because something much greater had transpired than the illuminating of some future event.  My life, and the characters who played such major roles in it, were all neatly laid out in this map.  This map, which was created at the moment of my birth belonged to me and me alone.  It was, so to speak, the owner’s manual of my life.

No longer did I have to see myself as defective or my choices as wrong, or myself as simply jinxed, no, for some reason, one that I could discover, my life was unfolding according to plan, according to God’s plan.  And as it said in Genesis:

14And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

Like many Astronomers I questioned this portion of the Bible, it was just wrong.  The Sun is a star and it happens to be the star that the planets of our galaxy revolve around – including the earth.  So, literally – God just would not have said this.  But what if it were symbolic, spiritual and not literal?  After all, the astrology that has been used for tens of thousands of years is earth centered.  Just as described in Genesis, and the stars (lights) have been, since the beginning of time as we know it and probably before, used to divide the sky into signs . They do give light – the light of knowledge – upon the earth.  They do rule over the day and night, and divide our times of darkness from our times of light.  The Sun represents the day, what is visible, it lights our path in this lifetime while the moon represents our emotions, our feelings, our subconscious motivations that for us live in the darkness.  And God saw that it was good.  So, when I saw my chart and understood that the rejection of my mother, was there, written by God in the stars of my life.  I knew that it was all good.  My journey now was no longer to try to fix my parents, or gain my mother’s love or attention, no my journey was to understand what the purpose was for God to choose these experiences for me.  I was empowered.  I knew that ahead there would be difficult times as well as easy times but they would not depend on my making the right or wrong choices, they would be determined by the ‘seasons’ of my life.

Ecclesiastes

OR, THE PREACHER

3

A Time for Everything

1

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

2

a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3

a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

4

a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6

a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7

a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8

a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

By gazing at the stars and reading the signs, I may know what season I am in and do the best that I can do within that season, give the most that I can give and learn the most that I can learn.  I have been reading charts for many years since that first time I sat down before that wheel.  Each time that I do, I do not seek to tell a person’s fortune, other than, perhaps, ‘This too shall pass”.  No, the gift that I try to give each person that I read is the gift that I was given.  That is the truth that none of us are defective, nothing that we do is a mistake, we all have a spiritual purpose of being on the planet at this time and what we do, how we live, and what we learn all contributes to our gift to the world.  It is a spiritual tool for understanding why we have been chosen to take up this space on the earth, and where we will find our greatest joy while we are here.  Perhaps astronomically the Sun, Moon, and stars do not revolve around the earth, but spiritually, they do revolve around man.

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Originally posted 2015-10-06 05:18:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter


   Oct 14

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