Archive for August 2011

Just_Saying_Wed08/31/2011

August 31, 2011

The bible says “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. This is usually misheard. Instead of offering a panacea, God calls us to confront an unwelcome reality; we are responsible for who we are and what we do. This is indeed the beginning of wisdom, but only the beginning.–me

One way to hear this is: We are to live our lives in fear of judgment, in fear of the fires of Hell. Our only hope is rigid obedience, doing exactly what the Bible tells us to do. I think that’s wrong, to me that reading is entirely hopeless without any possibility of joy. When God created creation he called it good. I think it still is. I do not see humanity as God’s only mistake, his only flawed creation.

So, fear is a starting point so long as it drives us toward accepting responsibility for who we ar and what we do. But, it is only the start; Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. We are to transform ourselves into people who dwell in the Kingdom of Heaven which lies within us all. That is wisdom.

Just_Saying_Tue08/30/2011

August 30, 2011

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.–Albert Einstein

Such is the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. It’s all about playing God, about developing godlike powers. It’s also about refusing to be limited by the world around us. We have the ability to limit our destructive power and often we do not. We have the ability to limit our population but we simply refuse. I don’t know whether we will survive either of these choices.

Of course it’s all Eve’s fault (because men wrote the story), or it’s the serpent’s fault for tempting us. And that’s the problem, we haven’t learned to take responsibility for our choices and actions. We’ll get what we get which may or my not be what we deserve.

Hope still exists for us, as do faith, love and wisdom. They are part of who we are even when we do not use them.

Just_Saying_Mon08/29/2011

August 29, 2011

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen–Truman

Wow, what a quote to have pop up today. It’s so fitting in the context of my hospice class Saturday. I don’t really know how to respond directly so, I’m going to use “Active Imagination” for this one. Here goes:

Me: Lord, I am afraid.

I know, child.

Me: What shall I do?

That is for you to decide. You must choose who you will be in this life. I cannot, will not chose for you. That would damage you.

Me: I know.

So face your fear or run from it.

Me: I intend to face it but I’m not sure I’m up to the task.

If you are not, I will forgive you. The question is, will you be able to forgive yourself.

Me: I don’t know. I don’t know.

Do not hesitate to return to this place child. If you need help I will be here. And always remember, I will catch you if you fall; I will help you heal if you are wounded.

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I’m labeling my side of the conversation “Me”. I’m not so sure about the other side, it seemed different from my usual inner voice, the one I’ve called Jesus. When I asked who was speaking the answer I received was “I am who I am”. And yeah, I’ve heard that “name” before in connection with Moses.

So, I’m going to leave the other side of the conversation unlabeled. That seems to be the most appropriate course.

For more on “Active Imagination” see:

    Inner Work

by Robert Johnson

For additional examples see: http://edendialogs.wordpress.com/

Just_Saying_Sun08/28/2011

August 28, 2011

No one life is inherently more valuable than any other.–unknown

It’s not that a human life is necessarily more valuable than some other form of life, I’m in no position to make such a judgement. But I am human and therefore I’m biased in favor of human life. So, for me no human life is any more valuable than another.

That is not to say, that all “men” are created equal. Clearly some are more intelligent than others, some are more motivated than others. Both intelligence and motivation count for something; what they do not count for is value. The problem comes when we equate value (being) with ability to contribute (doing).

See page: What Must I Do to Be Happy.

Just_Saying_Sat08/27/2011

August 27, 2011

Someone’s boring me. I think it’s me.–Dylan Thomas

Yeah, it always is. I like to pretend that my feelings are somebody else’s fault, but I know better. Boredom is a feeling born of impatience, a feeling that I could or should be doing something better. That is, if I had the initiative/courage to actually do something better. But I don’t.

The thing is, failing to choose is a choice and I am ultimately responsible for my choices and my actions. I am responsible even when I choose not to choose, even if my action consists of inaction.

Just_Saying_Fri08/26/2011

August 26, 2011

I am death and the deathless, all that is or is not.–(Krishna) Bahavagad Gita, S. Mitchell tr.

Words create boundaries, boundaries between what is and is not being described. We tend to treat these boundaries as real whether they are realistic or not. In this quote, Krishna observes that God is not limited by the artificial boundaries our words imply. Even saying “God is” creates a boundary in our minds, when in fact no boundary applies.

The Gifts of God

August 25, 2011

Many years ago I had a dream. In my dream, I was visited by, well Someone. If I were Hindu I might call her Kali. But thinking about her now, I’m inclined to think it was Kuan Yin the Buddhist Bodhisattva of Compassion. She offered me two gifts, the gift of healing and the ability to travel anywhere at will. I prayed that these gifts be withheld; I said that I was afraid that I would become proud. Actually I was just afraid.

Turns out, the gifts of God can be buried in our dark sub-basement, but not refused. I’ve been trying to figure out how best to use these gifts ever since.

Just_Saying_Thu08/25/2011

August 25, 2011

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.–Gandhi

Big changes usually come as a result of the accumulation of many small decisions, many small results. Moreover, it is important to act, it is important to use our gifts but we must not make too much of the results positive or negative. So, act but keep your expectations small. Learn from the results, but don’t take them too seriously.

Just_Saying_Wed08/24/2011

August 24, 2011

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.–Franklin

It’s easy enough to read this as a somewhat cynical commentary on the human condition. And maybe it is. In fact all of us have dark places within us where we throw our personal garbage, the stuff we’d rather not acknowledge about ourselves. This lets us pretend to be something else, something better.

The psychological term for the person we pretend to be is Persona, the other stuff is called Shadow. Shadow is where our personal demons hide. The thing is, we keep angels there too and because of our fear, the light of those angels is lost to us, so is the energy that drives our demons.

Just_Saying_Tue08/23/2011

August 23, 2011

The Tree of Knowledge was forbidden to us because we were not yet ripe. We were too green to digest the wisdom required to use our knowledge properly.–a still small voice from within

This is a description of Logos from the perspective of Mythos. Logos has the potential to grant godlike powers to humanity. It is not at all clear that we have the wisdom to properly use such powers. Okay, that’s an understatement; it’s pretty clear we don’t. The threat of nuclear annihilation has eased somewhat, but we have other ways of destroying earth’s capacity to sustain life. We haven’t dealt with greenhouse gasses much less the enormous burden of human overpopulation. I’m not sure that we will.