Archive for the ‘Salvation’ category

Learning a New Prayer

April 22, 2012

I was learning a new prayer the other day…
I prayed, “Lord, when shall I be made one with the?”
And a small voice answered, “Now.”
I said, “When shall I be melted in your love so that I wholly forget myself?”
“When your fear subsides.” Said the voice.

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Just_Saying_Thu02/02/2012

February 2, 2012

Pascal’s Wager is a suggestion by Blaise Pascal that, even though the existence of God cannot be determined through reason, a person should live as if God exists, because living life accordingly has everything to gain, and nothing to lose. Sounds reasonable but not sure how this fits with “Whoever would save his life shall lose it…”(Matthew 16:25)

I think many of us live Pascal’s wager. We don’t really believe, but we might be wrong and so we to live as though we did just in case. Or worse we don’t believe but lie to ourselves out of fear. Then based on that lie we find someone who truly believs to tell us how to live.

I think this is terribly sad. I also think that in the long run, it is doomed to fail. Who we are matters more than what we believe and it matters far more than who we pretend to be. We need to let go of our pretend lives and be reborn into the real world. We need to be born into the present moment to find salvation.

Just_Saying_Sun01/29/2012

January 29, 2012

A camera is the ego’s perfect tool, it carefully captures events into memory, while neatly allowing the ego to avoid being fully present for those events.–me

The ego is all about stories, stories about what has happened and sotries about what will happen. What the ego is not about is the present moment. It’s amost as thoug the entire purpose of the ego is to move ust from the pas to the future without ever experiencing the present. That’s an exaggeration of course. But it’s not much of an exaggeration. The probem is that happiness, joy and even salvation only happen in the present moment.

Just_Saying_Sun01/22/2012

January 22, 2012

It takes a rare person to want to hear what they don’t want to hear.–Dick Cavett

Okay it’s an oxymoron but let’s go with it anyway. The things we have the hardest time hearing are those things that conflict with our deeply held beliefs about who we are and how the world works. Together these beliefs constitute our personal mythos. Of course we believe that our personal mythos is true, that it is real. Therefore anything that contradicts our personal mythos is nonsense. But as I’ve said elsewhere, the basis for judging a myth is whether it is effective not whether it is realistic.

The best myths help us to become the person we were meant to be, to grow to our full potential as human beings. And if our myths don’t help us do that they need to go whether they are true or not. And one of the best ways to identify myths that aren’t working for us is by listening closely to nonsense ideas. The ones that are inconsistent with our fundamental beliefs.

Just_Saying_Sun01/08/2012

January 8, 2012

Bodhisattavas never engage in conversations whose resolutions depend on words and logic.–Shakyamuni

Presumably he wasn’t using words when he said this; then again maybe it wasn’t a conversation. Or perhaps, he didn’t see himself as a Bodhisattva. Regardless, there are several valid points:

  • Spiritual truths can be accessed only by direct personal experience.
  • Words are of limited value in point the direction for spiritual growth.
  • Logic does not necessarily apply in matters of Spirit

Just_Saying_Mon12/19/2011

December 19, 2011

“I don’t see what’s so t’riffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people,” said Adam severely. “Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive.–Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Good Omens)

Probably my favorite all time book. The book posits the Antichrist as a 9 year old who doesn’t understand why the world works as it does. Nevertheless he loves it and isn’t about to see it destroyed by any silly Armegeddon. In this bit he’s wondering why people, created as they were, deserved punishment for acting like people in Eden. Next he’s wondering how it makes sense to tell folks that things will work out right for them after they’ve died since that clearly demotivates them for setting things right while they are alive.

These are pretty good questions, though the first is better than the second. Both hint at one of the book’s underlying themes.

The angels think they have the whole plan doped out. So do the demons and also most religions. They are all wrong, the plan is ineffable. Regarding spiritual truth, it’s been said that those who say don’t know and those who know don’t say. All I can say is …Yep.

Just_Saying_Sun12/11/2011

December 11, 2011

You cannot be both unhappy and fully present in the Now.–Eckerd Tolle

Not sure I totally agree with this, sadness is a feeling. Feelings come and go, all of them including sadness. What I believe to be true is that you cannot remain unhappy and be fully present in the Now. Moreover there is an experience of wellness, wholeness, even salvation, that comes with being in the Now. That experience remains as a backdrop while other emotions come and go.