Saturday, July 14, 2018

Defining Spiritual Concepts

What constitutes evil? What is the difference between “good”, “bad”, “love” and “evil”? These are philosophical questions that man has been trying to answer since St. Thomas Aquinas; and long before him.
Good, bad, love, and evil are relative terms, and only apply in the worlds of duality. These terms are also subjective in the sense, that what is good in one culture can be seen as bad in another; the same with love and evil. With this in mind, we shall try to define good, bad, love, and evil in spiritual terms.
Good is any action that does not encroach on another person, or do harm to yourself. It may, or may not benefit another; but it does not harm them. Holding doors, mowing the lawn, being pleasant to other people, driving to work, and going to church are all good by this definition.
Bad is any action that hurts, or causes a negative effect on another, or yourself. Hitting, gossiping, vandalism, suicide, and robbery are bad by this definition.
Love in the spiritual sense, is giving to another without thought of reward, or gratitude. Love is altruistic in nature, and shown through demonstration. Real love cannot be expressed in words. Real love is demonstrated by one’s actions. A parent’s bond with a child, the miracles of Jesus, giving one’s life to save another’s, deeds of good will, and sacrifice are all love by this definition.
Evil is achieving one’s own desires no matter what the cost to others. Evil is self absorbed, and egotistic in nature. Evil has no regard, what so ever for anyone else, only for its desires. Murder, rape, tyranny, and black magic are evil by this definition.
Satan is the embodiment of true evil in this world. It is inconceivable that anyone would choose to worship him. The true manifestation of evil is incapable of love, how could these souls believe that he will return their adoration?
As stated above, these terms are relevant only in the worlds of duality, the physical, the astral, and the mental. When one goes beyond these worlds, there is only love. Our problem is traversing our path through these lower worlds until we have earned the higher ones.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A Runner's Manual For Beginners

Editor's note: The author has been a runner for over 25 years, has run 5 marathons, and has basically run enough miles to circle the globe.

This article is for those of you who have been living a sedentary life, and want to get active. Maybe you are a couch potato and are worried about your health as you get older; maybe you work in an office and want to be more active. If you have been contemplating taking up running, or jogging, to get in shape, this article is for you.
There is an old saying “you have to walk before you can run”. This is very true for folks who want to start running for exercise; your first two weeks should be nothing but walking. You don’t need to walk with your arms flailing about like a power walker gone amok; you just need to walk with a purpose. Tighten your butt and your stomach muscles, and walk for one or two miles at a pace that pushes you, but doesn’t overexert you. Your leg muscles will experience some soreness the next day, but it should not be so bad as to keep you from wanting to walk again in a day or two.
After at least two weeks of walking, your legs should now be ready to handle light jogging. Start by jogging slowly over the same one or two mile course you have been walking the last couple of weeks. You should not be concerned with your speed or how fast you can run the course; the idea is to get cardiovascular exercise, not to try out for the Olympics. Try to find a pace that you can maintain for the whole course without stopping or over exerting yourself. You will notice that your speed will quickly increase over time as your body adjusts.
Now some tips that all runners should know and follow:
1) Do NOT run or jog on concrete surfaces, or sidewalks. Running is a high impact exercise, which means that every time your foot hits the ground it sends a jolt up your foot, leg, and hip. Concrete is very hard and has no give to it; it is preferable to run on asphalt. I always get weird looks from people when I tell them this, but it is true. If you take a hammer and strike concrete what happens? It will chip or shatter. If you hit asphalt with a hammer what happens? It goes “thunk”. That is because asphalt is much softer than concrete, especially on warm days. If you insist on running on concrete you may be looking at having a knee or hip replacement in a few years.
2) Run only with running shoes, not cross trainers. You don’t need one hundred dollar Air Nikes, but you should have a light weight running shoe. This will save you from developing very painful shin splints. When your shoes wear out replace them, or you will have the same problem.
3) If you run along the side of a road ALWAYS run facing traffic.
4) If you run at night always wear a reflective shirt or vest. Most running shoes have reflective strips on them, but that is not always enough to guarantee visibility.
5) Keep plenty of liniment handy. It will take months for your legs to get used to the pounding, and a good liniment (I prefer Flex-All 454) is invaluable.
6) Some runners like to stretch before running, but I never stretch. Most people do not know how to properly stretch, and will hurt themselves more by stretching than not. I prefer to have a half mile warm up walk before my run to get blood circulating and to loosen up joints and tendons. I also recommend a half mile cool down walk after my run to bring the heart rate back to normal in a gradual way. Locating your running course about a half mile from your home will help you accomplish both of these walks.
7) Bring a water bottle with you. I normally do not drink while running unless I am going long distances, but it sure is nice to have on your cool down walk home. I recommend that you throw a bottle of water in the freezer the night before, and stash it before your run, you will have ice cold water for your cool down walk.
8) Do not over exert yourself. If for any reason your heart rate is too high, or you become winded, start walking until your heart rate comes down to where you feel comfortable to run again.
Running is great exercise, and is also a lot of fun. Bring a radio with you or an i-pod if you wish, it can help you keep a pace and help take your mind off the exertion.
Have fun, and get in shape!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dear Dad

Editor’s note: My father passed away in 2011. I wrote this for him a few years before he passed. A republication in honor of my dad.

Hi Dad, happy Father’s Day. I did not get you a card this year. It’s not that I’m cheap (well maybe a little cheap), but I could not find a card that comes close to saying everything I want to say to you. So I figured I would take the time to make my own card right here that would say everything I want to tell you.

Dad, you are my hero and you always have been. When I was young you were the most handsome, the tallest, and the smartest man I knew. In church you were the best singer. I was always proud to say you were my Dad. I spent my young life trying to emulate you, I tried to sing like you, tried to be tough like you, and I tried to show some common sense from time to time.
Dad, you are the standard by which I judge myself, and all other men.
In my lifetime I have been blessed by God with many fortunate things; however I consider having you and Mom as my parents to be the most fortunate event of my life.
I just want to take the time to say Thank You for everything; all the love you gave me, the wisdom you passed on to me, all the time you spent playing catch, or running around so I could play football, or wrestle; and driving to strange airports to pick me up. Thank you for keeping a roof over all of our heads, and food on our plates for so many years. I owe you and Mom a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid in one lifetime. All I can do is pass the love you gave me onto your grand children.
Even after all of these years, I am still trying to be like you.
I love you Dad.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Keeping It Simple

How neat would it be if we could change the world by everyone learning to follow two simple rules? That's right; if we could learn two simple rules, and teach them to our children, we can change the world. Sound crazy? Maybe, but I am going to try to show how.
Richard Mayberry, in his book "Whatever Happened To Justice?", gives us two basic laws:1) Do everything you have agreed to do,2) Don't encroach on anyone or their property.
Now, I paraphrased these laws to keep them short, but in essence, that's all there is to it. Sounds pretty easy, and I'm sure that most of us try to work within these parameters on a day-to-day basis. However, there are a vast majority of people out there who don't. These are the people that think they can "get over" on other people for personal benefit. They are caught up in the "Free Lunch Syndrome" (FLS).
FLS comes from people believing that they can get something for nothing. They are ignorant of the spiritual laws that also govern us. Truth is, we all pay for everything we ever get. Karma is the great balancer. If you cheat or defraud someone for profit, sooner or later you will be the victim. It really is easier just to earn (or pay for) everything up front; then there are no worries.
Honesty is the best policy. Let's teach that to our kids instead of fighting over evolution or banning books in our schools. Remember the basics and keep it simple. If we can change our mindset to accept these two principles -- and live them -- we can make the world a more beautiful place to live.
Like Lynyrd Skynyrd said in their song, "Simple Man": Be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.
It's all so simple.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Devils and Light Givers

There are two major factions that are always doing battle with each other; one side is the devils, and the other is the Light givers. Their battle ground is the human consciousness.

Devils are typified by darkness, and a lust for power; their weapons are deception and lies. Light givers are typified by light, and love; their weapons are truth, and knowledge. Devils hate the light, and truth, and anyone who gives this out to the masses. The reason for this is the devils cannot conduct their nefarious schemes if people are aware of what they are doing. Because of this, devils hate Light givers, and if they cannot pervert them into their way of thinking they will try to destroy them.
On the other hand, Light givers love everyone, including the devils, and will try to uplift everyone into the love, and light of God. If the devils refuse this, the Light givers will oppose them by shedding light on their schemes, and working to teach others.
Why the disparity here? Why aren't the Light givers trying to destroy the devils? Why did Jesus, and other saviors teach "Love thy enemy"? There is a spiritual reason for this.
There is one God, out of this originating source springs the Holy Spirit; which is also known as the Bani, the Word, the Eck, etc. This force manifests ALL life, on all the various planes of existence. As this force descends into the lower planes of the spiritual-materialistic worlds, (the mental, astral, and physical), it splits into Positive, and Negative streams. The Positive is known as God, and It's Light givers, the Negative is known as Satan, and the devils.
Each soul has been sent into these lower worlds, unaware of It's divine origin, to gain spiritual knowledge, and to earn It's spiritual mantle. This happens through karma, and countless reincarnations, as each soul learns to follow the path of love, and reject the accumulation of power. The spiritual purpose of the Light givers is to teach us the way; the spiritual purpose of the devils is to test us to prove we have truly learned the lesson. Both forces are needed for our spiritual growth. Each and every Light giver was at one time a devil, and every devil will be a Light giver in the future.
Mankind is always growing, and evolving spiritually. The Positive, and Negative forces are always in balance. This may not always seem to be the case, but never the less it is true.
Today it seems like the devils are in control. Many of these devils are working for the total enslavement of man. The devils have been weaving this web of enslavement for many years. However, over the last fifty, or sixty years many Light givers have reincarnated here to do battle with these devils. As this battle of enslavement versus freedom grows we have seen a quickening of events unfolding.
The devils know if they can keep mankind living in fear, and ignorance they can achieve their ends. The Light givers know if they can educate, and wake people up to the devil's lies, deceptions, organized terror, and money control, they can use the devils to springboard mankind into a new higher state of consciousness on a world wide scale.
As the devils work to destroy the Light givers, and enslave all men; the Light givers are selflessly working to teach, and enlighten everyone...including the devils.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Lights In the Darkness

We are beings of light. Each one of us is the prodigal child of God sent into the spiritual-material worlds for schooling. Many of us have been going to this school for 100,000 years or more. Now 100,000 years may seem like a lot, and it is, but in relation to eternity it is but a small drop in the bucket. Because we are beings of light we are immortal, and eternal, just like our father; God.
We have forgotten who we are, and why we are here. Each of us is a light surrounded by the darkness of negativity. The light is our true self, and the darkness is the illusion we have to navigate through on the road to realizing our true self once again. This illusion is propagated and maintained by the black magicians who have put themselves in power. It is their desire to keep us in this darkness as their not so willing slaves. They do this by keeping our attention focused on the negativity that surrounds us, instead of letting us focus on the positive.
We are constantly being bombarded with negativity designed to keep us locked in our prison cells. We are fearful of dying, we are fearful of going to hell. We are fearful of war, and we are fearful of any other fear du jour that the media happens to be pushing at the moment. We are anxious about our jobs, our homes, our freedom, and the swine flu. All of these things and more are assaulting us on a daily basis.
This is no accident. The people in control know that if we should ever learn of our true divinity and identity; they would never be able to keep us under their dominion. Darkness can never rule when there is light.
Each of us needs to fan the fire, ignite the flame, and shine their light. Shine your light to show yourself the way; shine your light to show others the way. The way to do this is to love God, love yourself, and love your neighbor. You fan the fire by singing the HU on a daily basis. Singing the HU will raise your vibration level allowing you to see your light, and the light of God. Singing the HU will help you realize that you are NOT the prodigal child of God. Singing the HU will help you realize that you are a being of light, and not just a physical body. Singing the HU will lower your fear and anxiety level as you learn of your true identity. Singing the HU will free yourself, and your fellow man from the negativity and darkness that seemingly surrounds us.
Join me if you will, HUUUUUUUUU

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Key

Many of us here today are what are known as “old souls”. This means we have bumbled and stumbled through lifetime after lifetime for many eons. We have learned many lessons during this time, and very few of them came easily. The reason they have been so difficult to learn is because we have learned through the trial and error method known as karma.

After spending literally thousands of lifetimes learning the lessons we need in order to graduate from karma and reincarnation, most of us are ready to get on the fast track to spiritual awakening. This fast track can be summed up in one word; HU.

Those who have studied the occult, or meditation, are aware of certain words, or mantras that will help raise the soul’s vibration rate, and open up the consciousness to higher levels of awareness. Each of these words corresponds to a certain level of spiritual being, or awareness. The word OM is very popular with both the occultists, and various methods of meditation. This spiritually charged word is good if one is interested in the mental realm (i.e. Nirvana, The Christ Consciousness, The kundalini experience).

The only drawback to this is that the mental realm is still in the worlds of duality. As immortal spiritual beings (Soul), we should not be satisfied with attaining the mental realm; we need to direct our efforts to attaining our true home the Soul Plane. The quickest and easiest way to attune ourselves to our true home is to become intimate with the word HU.

HU (pronounced Hugh) is the first and the primordial sound. All sounds find their origin in the HU. The word “human” literally means “Godman” which we all truly are.

Unlike the other mantras which are only used for meditative purposes, the HU can be used at any time, and any place. Sing the HU before going to bed, when you meditate, when you feel anxious, and when you are happy. Sing the HU to feel closer to God, to show gratitude, and when you are sad. The HU can be sung at any time, for any reason, as long as it is sung with love for God.

Do not sing the HU in hopes to win the lottery, or for personal gain. The HU is sung in order to gain something much more important than monetary or personal gain; it is sung to gain the realization that YOU are Soul. Soul realization is what each and every one of us has been striving to attain ever since we began our long road here on the Physical Plane.
Settle for nothing less.
May the Blessings be.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

What the World Needs Now...

There is no growth without growing pains. There is much pain and suffering going on in the world today. Much of this suffering is due to the karma each of us are here to work out; much of it is due to the corruption, the greed, and the desire to control people that is currently being exhibited by the global banks, and the world governments that they have bought off.
The people of this world are slowly awaking to this corruption, and greed. We are realizing that we have lost, or given up many of our rights, our savings, our independence, and our national sovereignty due to the fraud of these select few people. Reclaiming our freedom is part of our growing pains.
In the past, tyrants, and despots were defeated through bloody revolutions, and rioting by the oppressed people. We are coming to a new age where the actions of the past will not take us where we want to be. History has shown that bloody revolutions, and war only add to the karmic debt of the people. Things may improve for a short time, but always revert back due to this karmic cycle. History over the last few thousand years has shown this cycle.
The only way to change this viscous karmic cycle is to fight the oppressors with resistance, love, and acts of good will. As Gandhi said over fifty years ago "Resistance is victory". We need not draw blood to regain our freedom, we simply need to grow a back bone and resist the fascists. We the people out number the oppressors, and their henchmen over a thousand to one. There is nothing keeping these folks in power except our inertia, and failure to see what they are up to. Once a majority of us wake up to the fraud, the lies, the staged terror attacks, etc. that they have perpetuated, it will be simple to take back what is ours without bloodshed, or creating more negative karma.
People have been reading about the Mayan calendar and other reports of the world ending in 2012. As I predicted, the world did not end, but instead I believe it was the end of this major negative karmic cycle I mentioned before. 2012 ushered in the Age of Aquarius that was talked about back in the 1960's, where love will reign, and all men, and nations will realize our oneness; with each other, and our creator.
This new age will manifest after enough of us learn the ways of love. This will happen when we learn not to judge others, but allow them to be themselves. This will happen when our acts of good will, out number our acts of selfishness. This will happen!
What the world needs now is love, and acts of good will. Please make a donation.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

A Letter For My Mother

Hi mom, happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are well. I just wanted to send you a note to let you know I was thinking about you.
As I was thinking about what I wanted to say, I was kind of overcome with the realization of all of the things you did for me personally, and for our whole family.
I know when I was a child I was the most troublesome of all of your kids. Part of this I think was because I was the middle of your three sons, and whenever there was a fight I was always involved with one of my brothers. Another part of this was I was a schemer, and a sneak; I thought I was smarter than everyone else, and tried to prove it by pulling off schemes to get what I wanted.
As troublesome as I was, your love for me never wavered, and neither did your patience. For this you have my eternal gratitude; I credit you in great part for me growing up to be the man I am today.
As a child, Dad was my hero, but it was you who was my rock. You were always there when I needed love, or someone to understand what I was going through. You made sure I had a good lunch when I left for school, and our family had a good meal every night for supper. My clothes were always clean, and you even let me listen to the Rock-N-Roll radio station.
When I think back I remember all of the wisdom you passed on to me; and in spite of my hard head, much of it has stuck with me.
In closing, I want to thank you for all of these things, and anything I may have left out. I thank you for taking nine months out of your life to carry me in your womb, and for the pain you endured to bear me. I owe you a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid in one lifetime; all I can do is pass the love, and wisdom you gave me unto your grandchildren.
I love you mom.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

The Art Of Listening

Last post I talked about a different way to verbalize one's opinions, and needs, in a more effective manner to enhance communication; this post is about completing the communication process, listening.

Communication, is by definition, a give, and TAKE of ideas, and needs.

Too often, when we discuss something, we state our views, then mark time thinking of what we will say next, instead of truly listening to what the other person has to say.

How many times have you been in a group conversation, when everyone is so avid about what they want to say, that the whole conversation turns into a shouting match? We all have something to say, but without the patience to listen, communication breaks down into your average day on "The View".

Between everyone thinking they are right, and the mental clutter going on when you are not talking, it is a wonder anyone can learn anything.

Nobody learns anything by talking, only by listening. All wise people have one thing in common, they are good listeners. Perhaps that is why they are wise, they have mastered the art of listening.

I have another great book for you to check out (I feel like Oprah), it's called "the Zen of Listening" by Rebecca Z. Shafir, M.A.CCC. Ms. Shafir goes into detail how one can become a good listener. By mastering the art of listening, you open the door to learning, and you open the door to better relationships. This is true for any relationship, your spouse, your child, your boss, your employee, etc.

As important as it is to express yourself, it is more important to receive what the other person has to say, only then, can you work things out; only then, can you learn and grow together.

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