Archive for Religion
The following poem is submitted for the fabulous Friday 55, hosted by none other than the G-Man, AKA, Mr. Know it All. I’m about an hour late on my submission, but I hope someone still finds it beneficial on any day of the week. 🙂 Here ’tis…
Our life is a mirror reflecting our beliefs
Whether laced with joy or riddled with grief
We can only see what we believe real
What we don’t believe can’t be revealed
Change your belief system and you will see
Changed beliefs manifest into reality
Remove the false veil of impossibilities
Infuse your imagination into actualities
~Written by Cordieb.
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Peace, Light and Love! CordieB.
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~Love Tames. CordieB.
I am kind and patient; not boastful or proud…
I am all knowing, yet humble; not boisterous or loud
I am secure in my stead; not untrusting or jealous
I keep no scores of bad deeds; I’m forgiving….unrebellious
I am thankful for mine; of your’s I’m not envious
I don’t hold resentment to ferment my soul…
In-line with my spirit, it is compassion I hold!
I’m not judgmental; I allow others to be…
That which they are; so their souls might be free
Knowing we all are created from the same mighty force
Good, bad or indifferent; of the same Holy source!
I rejoice in the truth; refrain from deception…
Persevere with great hope, amid pain or rejection.
Not easily angered, remaining kind and protective…
Willing to look closely at life from another’s perspective.
I am the foundation of all Creation thereof…
I’m the most powerful, unfailing, Spirit of all
…I Am the Spirit of Love…
~Written by CordieB, Inspired by 1st Corinthian’s 13 and of course….. Love.
Quote for the Day: When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child; I reasoned like a child. As I grew, I put childish ways behind me. Then I saw but a poor reflection, as in a mirror. Now I see face to face. Then, I knew only in part. Now I know fully and I am fully known.
And now these three remain…
But the greatest of these is…
~1 Corinthians 13, The Bible
Another Quote: Knowing is realizing we don’t know it all ~CordieB.
Peace, Light and Love….
Redwoods in contemplation – courtesy of controltheweb under a Creative Commons License
I received this via email today from a very good friend… I simply had to pass it on!!!
The Buzzard: If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is that a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.
THE BAT: The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash.
THE BUMBLEBEE: A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.
PEOPLE: In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!
Image courtesy of Cordieb.
I was inspired to write the following after reading She Wolf Native’s blog entry today, entitled, "Yes, Virginia, There Can Be Peace! It really woke me up . . . I realized that I spend an enormous amount of time speaking and writing about world peace (and all that it entails). . . that I cause unpeace in those I speak about. . . also. . . I loose sight of my own peace at times. So for the rest of the day . . . perhaps tomorrow too. . . i’m going to chill!
Peace . . .
We wave peace signs high in the air;
picking and choosing crosses to bear
pointing fingers at his hatred or her sin
when will we find peace within ?
We hold them and those responsible…
for the world’s dire state of trouble
We spend so much energy on grandeur peace
that peace within has somehow ceased!
Is there peace in arguing ageless points
on wars, religion, do’s and don’ts…?
certainly there’s not peace in the heart of a man
who fights for peace with such disdain . . .
We fight for peace across the sea,
but can’t find peace inside the me!
So righteous we are; so patriotic;
yet our own homes; a mess. . . chaotic…
We’re arguing, fighting for human rights
causing ourselves and others peaceless, sleepless nights…
Let’s for one moment call a truce
Let’s find peace in accepting other’s views
Let us find our peace inside ourselves…
not diminish inner peace; stressing someone else
Perhaps if we all did this more often,
anxiety would lessen; all hearts would soften
It’s time to take a moment’s will..
sit back, relax, exhale and chill…
~By Cordie B. — Peace Out!
I’v been reading "The Book of Secrets" by Deepak Chopra for the past week. I’ve noticed that many of my blog friends have been experiencing spiritual and mental breakdowns so to speak, and there has been an increased discussion of duality, nondualism, oneness, quantum physics, karma, and the like. Therefore, I thought I’d share a bit of my readings with you.
Today, II will be sharing Chopra’s writing on Evil. Just a little food for thought. . . Your comments are most welcomed!
"The most grievous failure of spirituality occurs in the face of evil. idealistic and loving people who never harm another person finds themselves drawn into the mailstrom of war. Faiths that preach the existence of one God mount campaigns to kill infidels. Religions of love devolve into partisan hatred of heretics and those who threaten the faith. Even if you think you hold the ultimate truth in your hands, there is no guarantee that you will escape from evil. More violence has occurred in the name of religion than for any other reason. Hence the bitter aphorism: God handed down the truth, and the Devil said, "Let me organize it."
There is also the more subtle failure of passivity–standing by and letting evil have its way. Perhaps this reflects a secret belief that evil is ultimately more powerful than good. One of the most spiritual figures in the twentieth century was asked how England should handle the threat of Nazism. He replied:
I want to fight Nazism without arms. I would like you to lay down the arms you have as being useless for saving you or humanity. you will invite Herr Hitler and Signore Mussolini to take what they want of the countries you call your possesions. Let them take of your beautiful island, with your many beautiful buildings. You will give all these but neither your souls, nor your minds.
The author of this passage was Mathama Gandhi, and needless to say, his "open letter" to the British was greeted with shock and outrage. Yet, Gandhi was being true to the principal of Ahimsa, or nonviolence. He successfuly used passive nonviolence to persuade the British to grant freedom to India, so by refusing to go to war against Hitler–a stand he took throughout World War II–Gandhi was consistent in his spiritual beliefs. Would Ahimasa really have worked to persuade Hitler, a man who declared that "war is the father of all things?" The Catholic Church marks as one of its darkest eras the years when it permitted millions of Jews to be killed under Nazism, to the extent that Italian Jews were rounded up within sight of the Vatican windows.
So lets acknowledge that spirituality has already failed on countless occasions to deal with evil. Turning away from teachings that have only allowed evil to propagate and spread, the one reality opens a new way, because if there is only one reality, evil has no special power and no separate existence. There is no cosmic Satan to rival God, and even the war between good and evil is only an illusion born of duality. Ultimately, both good an evil are forms that consciousness can choose to take. In that sense, evil is no different from good. There similarity goes back to to the source. Two babies born on the same day may grow up to commit evil on one hand and good on the other, but as babies it cannot be true that one was created evil. The potential for right and wrong exists in their consciousness, and as the babies grow up, their consciousness will be shaped by many forces. These forces are so complex that labeling someone as purely evil makes no sense. Let me list the forces that shape every newborn child:
- Parental guidance or the lack of it.
- The presense of love or its absense.
- The contex of the whole family.
- Peer pressrue at school and social pressure throughout life.
- Personal tendencies and reactions.
- Indoctrinated beliefs and religious teachings.
- The tid of history.
- Role models.
- Collective consciousness.
- The appeal of myths, heroes, and ideals.
Every force listed above is influencing your choices and invisibly pushing you into action. Because reality is tangled up in all these influences, so is evil. It takes all these forces for evil and good to emerge. If your childhood hero was Stalin, you won’t perceive the world as you would if your hero was Joan of Arc. If you are a Protestant, your life would not have been the same under the persecution of the Huguenots as it is in an American suburb today. Think of a person as a building with hundreds of electrical lines feeding countless messages into it, powering a host of different projects. Looking at the building, you see it as one thing, a single object standing there. But its inner life depends on hundreds of signals coming into it.
So does yours.
In and of itself, none of the forces feeding into us is evil. But under this menu of influences, each person makes choices. I believe that any evil inclination comes down to a choice made in consciousness. And those seemed to be good when they were made. This is the central paradox behind evil actions, because with rare exceptions, people who perform evil can trace their motives back to decisions that were the best they could make given the situation. Children who suffer abuse, for example, frequently wind up as adults abusing their own children. You would think that they’d be the last ones to resort to family violence, having been its victim. But in their minds, other, nonviolent, options aren’t available. The context of abuse, acting on their minds since childhod, is too powerful and overshadows freedom of choice.
People in different states of awareness won’t share the same difinition of good and bad. A prime example is the social enslavement of women around the world, which seems totally wrong in the modern world but is fed in may countries by tradition, releigious sanction, social value, and family practices going back for centuries. Until very recently, even the victims of those forces would see the role of the helpless, obedient, clildlike woman as "good."
Evil depends completely on one’s level of consciousness.
You can bring this message home by considering seven different definitions of evil. Which one do you instinctively agree with?
- The worst evil is to hurt someone physically or endanger their survival.
- The worst evil is to enslave people economically, depriving them of any chance to succeed and prosper.
- The worst evil is to destroy peace and bring about disorder.
- The worst evil is to entrap people’s minds.
- The worst evil is to destroy beauty, creativity, and the freedom to explore.
- The worst evil is often difficult to tell from good, since all of creations is relative.
- There is no evil, only shifting patterns in consciosness in an eternal dance. "
Excerpted from The Book of Secrets, Deepak Chopra.
Good afternoon to all you beautiful people! I just want to say thanks for reading and commenting on my life poetry lately; I know it can be a downer at times; so I appreciate you guys bearing with me as I begin to remove bandages off some old wounds so they can be exposed to the sunlight to dry out, scab over, and completely heal. I want to thank all of you for that, but especially Paisley at Why Paisley and Just Paisley , for if not her for her revealing of truths, I may have continued bandaging these wounds, never allowing them to air. Anywho . . . enough of that for now. For your kindness and your love I wanted to send you off with a freaky, funny weekend – so I hope this one has you in stiches and lifts your beautiful spirits! Read on . . . Have a freaky funny weekend!
A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak.
After mass, he asked the monsignor how he had done.
The monsignor replied, ‘When I am worried about getting nervous at the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip.’
So next Sunday he took the monsignor’s advice.
At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink.
He proceeded to talk up a storm.
Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door:
1) Sip the vodka, don’t gulp.
2) There are 10 commandments, not 12.
3) There are 12 disciples, not 10.
4) Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.
5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.
6) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.
7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the Spook.
8) David slew Goliath; he did not kick the shit out of him.
9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was stoned off his ass.
10) We do not refer to the cross as the ‘Big T.’
11) When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, ‘Take this and eat it for it is my body.’ He did not say ‘Eat me’.
12) The Virgin Mary is not called ‘Mary with the
13) The recommended grace before a meal is not:
Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah God.
14) Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter’s not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy’s.
Received this from my friend Roy Bowers – thanks for the laughs Roy!