The Hungry Ghost Within.

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In Buddhism the Idea of the Hungry Ghost are spirits that are lingering around the edges of the mortal realm, trapped by their over attachment to the world, the hungry ghosts, or pretas, are in the grip of their unfulfilled desires. This is symbolized by their huge bellies and tiny mouths that can never satisfy their appetites. From (http://www.wisdomlib.org/definition/realm-of-hungry-ghosts/index.html)

Likewise we all have these cravings as these hungry ghost and we all have something we get carried away with and that can enslave us. In my view of things, I have come to understand the biblical roaming lion that comes to kill and destroy is the fleshly desires and the scriptures have called this Satan. I will add that EGO does play a controlling part here but what I want to focus on is addictions, habits and desire because they all kind of go hand in hand.

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It is a normal condition of the thoughts of man to desire and because of a physical body and the makeup of emotions we do suffer.  Through experience of desire we have distinguished between what brings pleasure and pain. The wanting is not to suffer and this is the nature of us as humans in the flesh and it is the mind, body and soul working together to attain these things that bring less suffering. It is out of this idea of suffering and survival that we begin to want more to suffer less. This becomes our desire. This is the inner struggle and Buddha has stated that this desire is the one who builds the house.

In understanding what it is to suffer as Buddha has stated it is to desire, to help end suffering we must not desire. This is difficult because we want and need. Part of suffering for man is to find a way to kill the pain caused by suffering and in finding a way to numb this suffering for someone is addiction. Now keep in mind that addictions never start as addictions, they evolve. Part of this is to feed the body with drugs, sex, alcohol, gambling, shopping and food. The flesh is not in and of itself evil as to say bad. But it is the thoughts that man has as to use this body as a tool to end suffering or cause it. We feel and exist in the body and have learned what it is to hunger, to need and feel pain. But deeper than that, it is to satisfy the unsatisfiable as the hungry ghost.

I would like to say that it all starts with a desire, a curiosity, a wanting. Then for some having tasted of it can reject it or try it again. If satisfied with the results one can start making it a routine or habit. Once formed into their daily or weekly routine it can become an addiction and this addiction is what drives the force even harder. This addiction which you have created begins to consume your time, your health, your money and for some their family’s to the point of ruin and death. This root can run deep and create psychological and physiological effects.

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Addictions can be simple as well, simple as just going to the local coffee places and getting the mochas coffee’s. Just once a week and then twice a week and finally daily, some even multiple times a day. Next the craving causes us to want more and the servings get larger with more chocolate added… etc. After about 6 months you begin to wonder why you have gain 30 pounds and then feel miserable because you look at yourself as fat and now you have to find a new routine of going to the gym to get thin and the process now starts again but with a new goal, to not suffer in being overweight.

So as to help with suffering we can get caught up with self medicating actions that are commonly related to alcohol, drugs (includes cigarettes and prescriptions) and sexual release. I picked these because they are the quickest way to release stress and if not handled correctly these can become our addictions and when they do we become trapped and if not dealt with they can become our prison and we are now worse off than before. Mind you there are many things we do that are addictive but please understand the point here.

A Facebook friend posted, “We are free to do all things but without discipline we will be brought to ruin”.

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I know there is a lot in the realm of human psychology and behavior, I am not an expert. I am merely conveying my thoughts and experience here. I know that a person can overcome addiction and some people cannot. Some have physiological issues or depression that goes a long with it and I would advise to seek professional help. I have overcome several addictions myself and still working on these keeping them under control. The temptation is always present but it is a choice to stand against these or submit to them. I will say it is not a right or wrong doing, it is a condition many find ourselves in and it is what the scriptures try and warn us about in calling it a pit or rut we have fallen into.

Habits and addictions can be balanced and subdued. With the right mind-set progress can be made, BUT, it is a very slippery slope that can entangle anyone and without discipline eventually they can overtake you again and do worse. This is in a sense is casting out demons within us. I will say one of the biggest help in this is purpose, Find purpose to overcome.

Sometimes addictions have come in the way in order to cope with our situation we have found ourselves in. We always want what’s better for us but are blind in the way of getting it. This is ignorance. The bible talks about attaining “Knowledge” which is information and “Wisdom” which knows how to apply it. The problem is we turn to quick solutions instead of doing the hard work sometimes. There are the 12 step programs and Celebrate Recovery programs that have help a lot of people, but there are some that feel they don’t need it and they can fight it by themselves. I say more power to you. I am this type of person as well and I will say it takes daily discipline and constant self checks and deep mental thought processing which goes along with a lot of inner self-seeking.

Please do not think I am preaching here, I try to stay away from the religious side of this as much as I can, because religion has been a big stumbling block for me in the area of guilt and shame. I have found a narrow way here which I seem to think is the most practical approach and not wishful thinking. From the beginning of this blog the main point was to find that narrow path which leads to that higher realm on the mountain. That place which is in you to succeed. We need to shut out all the outside influences and sit quietly and with no thought seek that which is in and when you find it the truth will be revealed. That is what I am trying to show you here in each post. IT IS YOU and we are at war with ourselves.

Some will lose this battle and this is a sad and grievous thing. We have lost a lot of famous people and a lot of family members and friends to the war within. (You’ll be missed Mr. Williams and Ms. Winehouse)

I am not saying we are a hopeless creature, it is quite opposite. The more I find who I am the more wonderful I see what I am. I AM ALL THINGS rolled into one being. I am Good and I am Evil. I am flesh and I am spirit, I am Happiness and I am Sadness. I am Salvation and I am destruction. I AM ALL. I am in control and I am out of control. I am careless and I am mindful. Sometimes I feel like I am this nuclear power that needs to be held together in a peace within or if not I will be blown apart out of control like this pulsation “orb of energy”. But that’s the beauty in knowing this, “I am aware of my wholeness”.

We need to stay focused of that center that is within. Like the eye of the hurricane we must stay centered and calm even though the storm is around us, this is the safe place in the center within the eye. If you meditated then you know what I am saying here. We need to seek a balance within us to see this peace. This is the Lion and lamb lying down with each other. This is the flesh and spirit being one in peace. As Shakespeare put it from Hamlet,”To thine own self be true”, and from the Greek, “Know Thyself”. Know your strengths and weaknesses and keep them in check.

So in the lower realms we want and desire what the flesh thinks it needs. It all comes down to stimulation of the senses. Jesus stated if your eye causes you to sin pluck it out, if you hand causes you to sin cut it off. Now again do not take this literal like some Christian do. Some people have self mutilated themselves because they misinterpreted the scriptures or where told to by their leaders to do so. Jesus was talking about the same thing Buddha was desire. In the same sense the eye is what we see and want the hand is what the flesh wants and takes. In the letters Paul writes he himself is afflicted in the flesh. Whether or not this was a physical defect or an addiction of sort at the point of his conversion many scholars have debated this but it is still unknown, but Paul did anguish over it. He knew of the higher realm and stated he struggled in the flesh.

Romans 7:18-19 For I know that in me, dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19;For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

We’ve all been here; we’ve all had to deal with or are still dealing with these things… addiction, habits and desires. Some of us still do and I still have addictions, habits and desires. I struggle with all the temptations of the flesh and have conquered some which had enslaved me and will no longer affect my health. Others I am still trying to find balance and release. It is a matter of balance. It is a matter of self-discipline. To strengthen the mind to control the flesh. Here are a few scriptures to point to this…

1 Corinthians 6:12 “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

1 Peter 1:13-16King James Version (KJV)13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

NIV 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled.

(Romans 7:20-26 KJV) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21;I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22;For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:23;But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24;O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?25;I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

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I add this; The loins of your mind are the lower aspects of the flesh and the base chakras energies. Sober is to be clear minded with no preconceived idea or blurred thought. Be discipline against lusts and rise up to the higher things of the mind which are all things Christ, please understand this that the higher mind is the Christ and anointing and if you have read my posts “holy” is not to be good but to be whole as in one or connected as one or complete. To seek God is to seek self. Jesus said seek ye first the kingdom of God. He also said the kingdom was within you. So seek that which is in you. Go into yourself and seek you. So meditate and reach the mind. The truth is the real consciousness of who you are and that consciousness is connected to the consciousness of the cosmos or universe which is God and it is this consciousness is which Adam fell from and is the fleshly death.

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Addition, Habits and Desire defined;

(wiki)Addiction is the continued repetition of a behavior despite adverse consequences, or a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors

According to many addiction specialists, potential addictions can include, but are not limited to, drug abuse, exercise addiction, food addiction, computer addiction and gambling. Currently, however, only substance addictions and gambling addiction are recognized by the DSM-5. Classic hallmarks of addiction include impaired control over substances or behavior, preoccupation with substance or behavior, continued use despite consequences, and denial. Habits and patterns associated with addiction are typically characterized by immediate gratification (short-term reward), coupled with delayed deleterious effects (long-term costs). (wiki)

(wiki) A habit is a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. In the American Journal of Psychology (1903) it is defined in this way: “A habit, from the standpoint of psychology, is a more or less fixed way of thinking, willing, or feeling acquired through previous repetition of a mental experience. Habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in persons exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Habits are sometimes compulsory. The process by which new behaviors become automatic is habit formation. Old habits are hard to break and new habits are hard to form because the behavioral patterns we repeat are imprinted in our neural pathways, but it is possible to form new habits through repetition.  (I added this to fit the complete thought; 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”)

As behaviors are repeated in a consistent context, there is an incremental increase in the link between the context and the action. This increases the automaticity of the behavior in that context. Features of an automatic behavior are all or some of: efficiency, lack of awareness, unintentionality, uncontrollability (wiki)

(wiki)Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as “craving” or “hankering“. When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers; Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action.

(wiki)In Hinduism, the Rig Veda’s creation myth Nasadiya Sukta states regarding the one (ekam) spirit: “In the beginning there was Desire (kama) that was first seed of mind. Poets found the bond of being in non-being in their heart’s thought”.

(wiki)In Buddhism, for an individual to effect his or her liberation, the flow of sense-desire must be cut completely; however, while training, he or she must work with motivational processes based on skilfully applied desire. According to the early Buddhist scriptures, the Buddha stated that monks should “generate desire” for the sake of fostering skillful qualities and abandoning unskillful ones.

While desires are often classified as emotions by laypersons, psychologists often describe desires as different from emotions; psychologists tend to argue that desires arise from bodily structures, such as the stomach’s need for food, whereas emotions arise from a person’s mental state. Marketing and advertising companies have used psychological research on how desire is stimulated to find more effective ways to induce consumers into buying a given product or service. While some advertising attempts to give buyers a sense of lack or wanting, other types of advertising create desire associating the product with desirable attributes, by showing either a celebrity or a model with the product.

The theme of desire is at the core of romance novels, which often create drama by showing cases where human desire is impeded by social conventions, class, or cultural barriers. The theme of desire is also used in other literary genres, such as gothic novels (e.g., Dracula by Bram Stoker, in which desire is mingled with fear and dread). Poets ranging from Homer to Toni Morrison have dealt with the themes of desire in their work. Just as desire is central to the written fiction genre of romance, it is the central theme of melodrama films, which use plots that appeal to the heightened emotions of the audience by showing “crises of human emotion, failed romance or friendship”, in which desire is thwarted or unrequited. (wiki)

Luke 21:34″Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. (niv)

Mark 4:19 But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. (niv)

I add from a previous post, If caught in a tree or thicket, to set oneself free, one can only cut one branch at a time. So just like life’s problems and habits. Cut one at a time. Soon you will be free. Do not become overwhelmed by your dilemma but work in persistence and cut out what you can one at a time. Some branches are big and strong and may take a long time and may require a lot of energy to cut and break. Others are easy and small. But to see the changes that you want you must start doing it.

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Nothing happens by itself. I have come to believe that God is the consciousness and the nature of the cosmos. But more than that God is a divine intelligence that we can see around us. The laws that force all things to do what they do. The Chinese call this the Tao or Dao. The way. We need to work in harmony with each other and take care of each other.

The balance of life

 

I am a big idealist when it comes to the thought of keeping things in proper perspective. All things have their opposites (even you) in that being said all things have their soft side and hard side, their comforting side and rebuking side, their physical side and spiritual side, their creative side and destructive side. Think of a red rose and in all its beauty and in that we have to remember it has thorns. But the beauty and the thorns together make it the rose.

In all things balance must be maintained for these forces to exist in each one. I believe that the image in the bible of the lion laying down with the lamb gives us that image of balance and a lot of Christian don’t understand this. If you have been following this blog then you know I have come to understand in a mystical sense that the lion is the flesh and devoirs with its appetites and the lamb is the gentle spirit in us that can get lost and led a stray by outside forces if not watched closely, which are the wolves that howl. In following them both individually they in and of themselves can put us on a path of destruction. The bible says not to stray to the left or the right but keep straight on the path. Gautama Buddha stated, “If you tighten the string too tight it will snap, but if it is too loose it will not play.” From this, he realized that he would have to take a “middle-way” to reach enlightenment and not by using extremes. I see here balance in all things is the way and the path.

The words are a light for this path to find and guide you as you walk the narrow way of balance, not giving into either side and getting carried away. We must find and keep balance in all things.

Fire, water, air and earth are our 4 basic elements and all have the ability to bring forth life and destroy life. We can see and feel the comfort of a campfire as we roast marshmallows and we can see the ravaging of the forest fire. We can feel the gentle refreshing rain as it brings life to all and can see the destruction of the floods and Tsunamis. With the earth we receive bountiful harvest from the fields, find protection in caves and see the wondrous beauties of the mountain’s and valley’s. But the destruction of an earthquake can wipe out cities in a matter of moments. A gentle breeze refreshes on a hot summers day and a tornado or hurricane brings sorrow.

In the idea of the Hindu gods Kali and Shiva represent these two forces. Kali being the Goddess of destruction and Shiva the God of rebirth and life and they go together. The Hindu thought knows this and these two Gods are married because they are one and are opposite of each other. Thus the balance between the two must be shared. So in our own life we too must keep balance from the spirit and the flesh. Yeshua (Jesus) said, “The road to destruction is broad and wide but the path (Gate) to righteousness (or rightness as I call it) is narrow”. Mathew 7:13.  ( it is interesting in reading from chapter 7 verse 7 to 13 that it is under the heading Ask, Seek and Knock in the NIV version ).

Getting back to balance, from the flesh side, sex, drugs, alcohol and food are pleasurable and also destructive forces which lead to addictions. From the spirit, religion and magic can be a delight and if carried away it becomes destructive in which hating or killing a brother because he believes different from you.

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. So where do we find balance? Mathew 7:7-11; 7″Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you”. 8″For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened”. 9″Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10″Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake“? 11″If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him”! Many Christians are taught to believe Jesus was pointing out a negative action here as to say of course we are not going to give a snake or stone as gifts, BUT, if those of you who have insight to the mystical side Jesus was praising the people stating that yes you are teaching your children to go inside and touch the stone with the snake and this is a good gift and when you do then God will give you more. We need to go inside ourselves and seek, knock and ask. As I pointed out in Mathew chapter 7 Jesus was talking about the gate to the path and only a “few” will find it. So are many Christians on a path to destruction by Christ own words? Maybe.

In the above passage I believe Jesus was asking a direct question and not a question that sounds silly. He talks about giving good gifts and by no mistake he used the snake and the stone here which represents the pineal gland (stone) and the Kundilini (snake) in meaning ‘How many of you are teaching your children these things (meditate). The great snake Mucalinda covered Buddha as he sat and meditated while protecting him against the tempest (storm) for seven days. Seven here could be the seven chakra’s. Buddha was under the Bodhi Tree when this happen.

I have found that the Bodhi tree is a Fig tree and it is thought that in the story of Adam and Eve the serpent was in the tree and after the fall Adam and Eve covered themselves with Fig leaves. Jesus had rebuked the fig tree for not having fruit and in another story Jesus saw Nathanael sitting under a fig tree meditating in secret. A fig blossoms from the inside. So we to have to blossom from within. The name meaning of Nathanael is,” God has given”.

The book off Ecclesiastes is about living in balance, to not chase after things in either direction of flesh and spirit but to live in the center of live and find the joy and happiness in the impermanence of it all, because in a hundred years from now all the people on earth will be a new generation and the old will have passed.

Ecclesiastes 7;15-18,

15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:

the righteous perishing in their righteousness,
    and the wicked living long in their wickedness.
16 Do not be over-righteous,
    neither be overwise—
    why destroy yourself?
17 Do not be overwicked,
    and do not be a fool—
    why die before your time?
18 It is good to grasp the one
    and not let go of the other.
    Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes.

We must find the balance within ourselves

Welcome to the Grand illusion (part 3)… Lifting the veil

Life is the Drama that is covered by a veil.
If life is constant change then and there is no permanence then life is an illusion by definition. I can’t help thinking that we live in a real life drama put on and played out by or own thoughts, arranged in such a way that we fool ourselves into thinking it is reality and in this reality we create all aspects’ of our lives. But what if it was only a half truth or maybe not even a truth at all but a play which we are the main actor. The question of all things is what is really going on? Alan Watts would talk about tapestry and embroidery work that his mother used to repair and create. We see the beautiful work on the front but hide the back were the real workings are to produce the imagery on the front. The back would show how it was put together and give all the secrets away on how it was made. Likewise we do the same things; we always put forth our best but never let the true self be seen. The inner thoughts and secrets of who we are and what we are like which is the true self. Religion has set up part of this game called hide and seek as far as us playing our part and as well as every social function there is and this is always set up by a high ruling force that governs the people. That was the way it was set up at the time of Jesus the Christ. The Jewish leaders ruled by religion and the Romans were the government and the two will always go together and at this present time nothing has changed but the names.

The veil in which we live is the things we cannot see or touch IE, the realms of physical and non-physical. The Idea of God is such, I cannot see him as a person in whom we are lead to believe exists, but I can see the evidence of his existence in the world around me in which we call creation. God states he is the God of visible and non visible things. God also states he is the creator of good and evil. So is God a living or constant power we can connect with to create through this physical body? Moses was the only one that was able to see God and it change his physical appearance and in that being said God showed Moses his backside and I can see that Moses saw the back of the tapestry here as to say the inner workings of God.

I can say that if we start living in the belief of God as being the main power source of the universe and the intelligence behind it then our appearance changes too inwardly and outwardly. The scientist and people whom have spent billions on the large Hadron Collider to smash atoms have got to understand there is this power. Their hopes are to find the God partial. I have to think they are on to something that can change the world once found and if they are able to reproduce it. So if God is the main source of all power then we need to learn how to connect with it and be able to use it.
The atom is the main part of any particle and how it holds together through the electron. Electricity is used for many great things and we call this good but if it is used wrong then it can burn the house down, create other damage and in a sense evil. So the idea that God said he is the creator of good and evil this would fit this example. “This power, which is GOD, is to create” and it is throughout the cosmos. Is this what the scientists want and spent billions on?

We see and hear in just a small band of the frequency chart (again another veil) but there is so much more energy we don’t know about. I call this the mysteries of the” Veiled God”. We have been able to use microwaves to cook dinner and we have been able to use them as a weapon and create destruction. Radio and television waves bring us or favorite shows but are also use to penetrate our way of thinking. Was can see we are trying to understand gamma rays and cosmic rays that are out there in the universe and one day we will and learn how to harness this energy and find good and bad uses for it, for this is the nature of man to use God for his own folly and wickedness. (Let me insert my definition of evil which I see is,” To do any harm to another being for self gain or profit”).

The idea of a veil is to hide or cover something from plain view. Other things are hidden in plain sight but it is the same idea to camouflage or conceal. The hiding starts to bring curiosity and from that intrigue as to get our attention. The magician uses this trick to cover his trickery/magic which in a sense is an illusion to cover and create another illusion; this is the art of distraction to cover or veil what he is up to, so as to pull off his illusion. It is all to fool the mind and therefore is a deception. All a Magician is, is a great liar. Nothing he does is real but slight of hand or and illusion. Satan is called by Jesus the father of lies and here he fits into this idea as the father of illusions.

A new product that is on display maybe veiled until the right moment then pulled off to reveal its true identity and purpose of why we need it as humans. The strip teases and like dancers entices the senses and imagination without giving the show away and if they are willing and found a suitor for a price they may go into another room behind closed doors to veil their next actions. So it is with our inner minds, the more we go deeper into it, the thicker the veils which hide our intents and motives behind all our actions. This is where I have come to believe the soul is.

But in the idea of the post in the area of religion and moral issues didn’t we as the great actor in this drama of life now take on a new role to play? The role not as a sinner but now as a saint and in this start changing our actions to now show the change in role? Desire is what drives us forward. It is desire that builds the house of illusion we live in. It is desire that motivates our actions either through flesh or spirit. Some would call this acting out the desires of the flesh a sin as to giving into the flesh. Is that what this is all about, a battle between the flesh and the mind/spirit and who will be victorious? Kind of like the villain and hero, I can’t have one without the other because what are they to do if either one does not exist? Our makeup is like to ends of a magnet the North and the South Pole and these make the magnet work. Though it is one object in and of itself there is it’s duality at both ends. So are we flesh and spirit these are our pole ends and in ourselves these two must work together in balance to function properly.

We all have basic survival needs and the basic of all is to eat and have sex and then from that we begin to build our social structure around that and we fool ourselves into thinking this is not what we want. I would say the basic need for the soul is love we all want love and we try and find it in outer things and substance and in between the flesh and the soul/spirit we create the drama in or lives…everything we do and say are based from these things and we don’t want to admit it, so we cover it and hide behind it and the term is we hide behind the mask we wear as to veil or hide our face and now this is our persona. (A persona in the word’s everyday usage is a social role or a character played by an actor. The word is derived from Latin, where it originally referred to a theatrical mask: Wiki)

So this is the drama we are playing out and all our secrets are veiled and we won’t let anyone see who we are. The bibles idea of the lion lying down with the lamb is just this …Balance… of the flesh and the spirit. The lion is the flesh that devourers and is unsatisfied and the lamb is the timid spirit that is quiet and lead astray (or free spirited). The idea of Jesus the Christ is the mind that controls our actions. We need to be watchful as the Sheppard of our thoughts and actions. In many culture statues have be made to represent the person that was at one time and glorify them in monuments and this is personification.

In the idea of the Hindu God’s they are there personified to represent the powers that make up life and it cycles as to represent what is really going on . We can see the personification of this thought with the Greek creatures that are half man and half beast and other god’s that made up their culture and we call these myths today. The Greek god “Pan” is a favorite of the illuminati due to it’s a lustful man goat that will eat greedily anything in its path and use music to lure and control its prey. Many associate it for the idea of Satan.

To add to the drama we have set up rules for ourselves and have created that they or from God himself and if we disobey these rules then we must suffer and pay dearly and the idea we are sold on as Hell. At the time of the setting up the rules and laws of God for the Israelites states that Moses and Aaron could go before God and only the high priest could go into the temple. The temple being set up into three areas and the most holy of holies was veiled and nobody could just enter in only the high priest and it was through these priests that the people began to give trust to in the things of God. The power the priest had began to become great and the people of Israel now fell under their rule and listen to them or God would strike them down. As time went on their power became so great that they used this power over the people to get rich and fraud them all in the name of God . Jesus called them thieves and liars in the trickery used over the people and it was all veiled under religion and the fear of God, and the people bought it. The Roman Catholic Church under Constantine and Rome has followed suit with the Israelites ideal to create their empire to worship their pagan Gods under the veil of the name of God and did it all under brute force called the crusades’ and inquisitions’. It was to bring nations,tribes and people under submission to men and not God.

2 Corinthians 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remained the same veil not taken away in the reading of the old testament; which the veil is done away in Christ. 15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. 16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. KJV (I will add the “IT” is says in verse 15 refers to the mind and our thoughts which is the Christ the anointment of man).

1 John 2:27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true–it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.
Meditate and seek within you because that is where the true kingdom of God is. Go within behind the veil yourself and seek you and once you do Christ will meet you there. Roman 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Illusion: noun
1. something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality. 2. the state or condition of being deceived; misapprehension. 3. an instance of being deceived. 4. Psychology . a perception, as of visual stimuli (optical illusion) that represents what is perceived in a way different from the way it is in reality. 5. a very thin, delicate tulle of silk or nylon having a cobwebbed appearance, for trimmings, veilings, and the like.

Welcome to the Grand illusion (Part 2)

Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
The illusion we live in and the greatest influences we have on man is “The performing arts” and a lot has come out of these that are praised. The two masks associated with the arts are the comedy and tragedy icons. These are represented by masks and the mask represent the person or animal begin portray by the actor wearing them.
The arts depict all the aspects of man and his surroundings and all he has created and deals with from what is seen and unforeseen forces we deem as spirits. Lucifer has been said to masquerade as an angel of light. If he is the father of the arts then we can see how man’s flesh can be influenced by the wants of man himself to achieve stardom at what ever cost. So in a realm of spirit verses flesh, man seems to be caught in two realms. First flesh which is earthly/worldly and second  mind-emotions and will, which are from above. In this condition man is placed in a choice of moral right and wrong and the drama begins. But what makes the story interesting enough is the boundaries of the morals keep changing as we see with every controversial subject of human rights that is placed before the courts.
I have come to the conclusion that man lives in a world filled with illusion. We as man are born with amnesia because we don’t know who we are and if reincarnation comes into play then who we were.. Scriptures tell us of some beginning of man and how it all began.  Other scriptures show how man should act and what could be man’s future.
But isn’t it interesting that the root for scripture is “script” and that is what an Actor follows. The Scriptures are broken into many forms of religions and beliefs and because of that we all play our parts. We are told to “act” in a certain way and believe something I cannot see to escape a torment of fire that lasts for eternity we call hell and from that I can see where religion has forced upon man the biggest drama of all and too many follow blindly. They put on the mask of  guilt, unworthiness and shame of who they are to play and follow their script without flaw.
I will add as a side note; If one wants to make prophecy real all you a have to do is write it down at some earlier time and then have someone else rig it as to play out later and people will believe it as prophecy. So in a sense this is what happens backstage with all the rigging’s, trap door’s and prop’s. They are there to pull off the illusion of the drama on stage to trick the people that it is real. This is why we have cult’s, terrorist, martyrs and people who give their lives up for drastic measures because of what they have been taught by the “scripture” to be real.
I can look at the bible as a big screen play. Sceen plays are written in a style or format as to give you a story of a problem that is created  and how to resolve this problem. As the screenplay is written it must have a setting and within the first 10 mins of the play it must have a hook or an event to draw you into a situation the actor finds himself in, Then most of the story is he must now get himself out of the situation and that is what is called the drama. During this drama many events take place to find resolve for the situation the actor found himself in. Toward the end comes the climax of the play where there is another twist in the resolve and the actor again finds themselves in another problem. The end of the screen play is the resolve, this is where the actor finds the pieces to defeat the forces that where against him to end the drama.
 I am flesh that is born with desires that are against purity from the beginning which is call my sinful nature and in this weakened state have forces greater than I that influence what I do and even think (thus the opening scripture of the post). Many of these are from within which are emotions and spirit and what some call the soul and some influences are from outside which would be the five senses and my body which is nothing more than a chemical base system effected by an electric-magnetic field of energy. My mind is to be strong seeking wisdom and knowledge to guide as a light… But YET I am held accountable for my all actions good or bad. We are told we have a God that sits in heaven that nobody has seen with their own eyes, and even Moses did not look at God directly but saw his backside and Moses was shielded. In the tabernacle of Moses only the high priest could go behind the veil and meet with God and God has always been in veil as to be in secret and Jesus said in Mathew 6:6, Do not pray in the streets but go in secret so God see’s you in secret. It is in our mind where this all take place. We are the new temple.
So what I purpose is that from both sides we stand as God and Satan in the form called man. The duality of Good and Evil, God and Satan in one. Could it be that when God said let’s make man in our image he was speaking to Lucifer? It is said Lucifer is constantly before God accusing the saints. Even the story of Job starts out with Satan asking God for a challenge to afflict Job and see what his choice would be. Lucifer could afflict on the flesh and invoke conditions on Job and it was all to unravel the mind and have Job curse God. So, the mind and flesh are battling it out to see who is the victor. Who is the hero and villain in this illusion we call life? That’s for us to figure out and it’s all on stage.

Help the poor.

Poverty is just not for the unfortunate and it’s not a disease.  It is a condition and we need to ignore what caused it for the person and try to help them in it. I can preach doctrine and quote the Bible but that is not what this is about either. We know we need to help, this is human to human.  Every day we are all very close to those in need and we see it all around us, but the choice is do we help or do we just walk on by that” Beggar’s cup”? We take for granted all we have in this nation. What I am asking is to help just one person and their fight to survive right now.

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God as wholly… not holy.

As I continue to think of who God is, vs. what I have been told he is,  I have come to now think God is wholly and  stands in purity but not in the sense we know it. We are taught to believe God is Holy and unapproachable by man’s condition of being dirty sinful creatures and God can’t look at us and we are far from purity in the meaning of acting righteously. If you look at the meaning of Holy, Merriam-Webster defines it as 1″Connected to a God or a religion” and 2″religious and morally good”. But as I begin to think about these words and understanding,  over the years the translations the true meaning gets lost. God cannot connect to a religion or God. I would state God is not moral or immoral. Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

I recently came across the best definition of God in as God is “the unlimited existence” as to the “Great I Am”. God is the source of all things. He has created good and evil, light and darkness, sunshine and rain and so on. But each play their part in their duality. What happens is that we create our lives as to say in, “The Law of Attraction”.  So when God calls us to live in purity, and be wholly as being one with him, it is so we can create a better life we live in. Purity is clearness and we are to keep a clear mind. We are beings of power and when we start activating, we start activating God the source power. What we begin thinking about, we begin to create and then we begin to manifest those things in the physical and it is all part of how this system works. So I am going to bring in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. The story is that God destroyed them because of their immoral wickedness. Now their actions brought the wrath of God. The wrath is God’s way of cleansing. The energies we create calls forth the results in our lives. So in this case could it be that the actions of the people produced their own outcome? God was looking for a couple of righteous men from the city so he can save it. This is all it would have taken, as for as input to the system, to change to outcome. So in ourselves all it takes is a single thought out of the hundreds we have each day to change the outcome.  Philippians 4:8  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things

So in a pratical look at the words wholly instead of holy and purity I looked up the definitions and here are the results; Merriam-Webster on the word WHOLLY 1:  to the full or entire extent :  completely <a wholly owned subsidiary> 2:  to the exclusion of other things :  solely <a book dealing wholly with herbs>

synonyms, All, All of, all over, Altogether, clean, completely, dead, enough, entire, entirely, even, exactly, fast, flat,full, heartily, out, perfectly, plumb(straight, true, square… my input), quite, soundly, thoroughly, through and through, totally, utterly, well, fully, wide.
For me, that sounds like GOD. Wholly...not holy.
Holy is a religious word created by man as to control the people. God’s word of Wholly is to move as “One people”.
 
So as God states be Holy as I am Holy I would like to think that based off of this definition… “I am complete in oneness with everything around me”. Conscious of the fact that I am part of everything. To take it one step more, In oneness with all I must achieve to best outcome for all.
Buddha’s noble eightfold path
 1. Right Views – to keep ourselves free from prejudice, superstition and delusion and to see aright the true nature of life.
2. Right Thoughts – to turn away from the evils of this world and to direct our minds towards righteousness.
3. Right Speech – to refrain from pointless and harmful talk to speak kindly and courteously to all.
4. Right Conduct – to see that our deeds are peaceful, benevolent, compassionate and pure; to live the Teaching of the Buddha daily.
5. Right Livelihood – to earn our living in such a way as to entail no evil consequences.
6. Right Effort – to direct our efforts incessantly to the overcoming of ignorance and selfish desires.
7. Right Mindfulness – to cherish good and pure thoughts for all that we say and do arise from our thoughts.
8. Right Meditation – to concentrate our will on the Buddha, His Life and His Teaching.

The Greatest Commandment
Deuteronomy6;…4″Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5″You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6″These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.…

Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
 So I add, God is one in wholeness and we are to love him by being whole with him in all things. Love the “Unlimited existence”. We have this connection with the cosmos.

The purity of God is also part of being one

Purity is defined
1.freedom from Adulteration or  Contamination.

“the purity of our drinking water”
Synonyms, Cleanness, Clearness, Clarity, Freshness

Adulteration defined as To make impure by adding extraneous, improper, or inferior ingredients.

Extraneous  defined 1. Not constituting a vital element or part.
2. Inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant. See Synonyms at irrelevant.
3. Coming from the outside: extraneous interference.
Irrelevant defined Unrelated to the matter being considered.

Adultery is always a word associated with unfaithfulness relating to marriage, but as I see more of the defined words, I can see a new meaning to God calling the Israelites an adulteress people. The Jewish people began to set for themselves laws to govern themselves outside of what God wanted by adding to the laws given by God thus adulterating the pureness of the law of GOD. In the relationship to the Torah and the Talmud, the Torah is referred to as the first 5 books of the old testament which is believed to be written buy Moses, however the Talmud is a record of rabbinic discussions of Jewish law, ethics, customs, and stories, which are given authority in Jewish tradition an laws relating to how the Rabbi’s govern their people. The Talmud took precedence over the Torah. I wonder if the so-called laws Jesus broke where in relationship to the Torah or the Talmud?

Jesus even confronted the leaders in condemning their system which oppressed the people in Mathew 23.

Welcome to the Grand illusion (Part 1)

In 1977 the album Grand illusion was released by a band named STYX. The focus that I am bring forth is the song “The Grand illusion” the lyrics in the song sums up what we are striving for and it is the illusion.

Songwriters: DE YOUNG, DENNIS
Written by Dennis DeYoung Lead Vocals by Dennis DeYoung
Welcome to the Grand illusion
Come on in and see what’s happening
Pay the price, get your tickets for the show
The stage is set, the band starts playing
Suddenly your heart is pounding
Wishing secretly you were a star.
But don’t be fooled by the radio
The TV or the magazines
They show you photographs of how your life should be
But they’re just someone else’s fantasy
So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because you never win the game
Just remember that it’s a Grand illusion
And deep inside we’re all the same. We’re all the same…
So if you think your life is complete confusion
Because your neighbors got it made
Just remember that it’s a Grand illusion And deep inside we’re all the same.
We’re all the same…
America spells competition, join us in our blind ambition
Get yourself a brand new motor car
Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder what on Earth’s this spell we’re under
We made the grade and still we wonder who the hell we are

As I read these lyric’s from almost 35 plus years ago the story has not changed. It is all about image. It’s all about wanting. We are trying to find who we are. Trying to find ourselves in external things. To find a worth and in that thinking that if I can make it then I would be looked upon by others as somebody. So many of us try to achieve a status of worth and in doing so we feed the EGO and the desires of the flesh. Don’t get me wrong here about possessions we do need them to live. But do we need all these thing to be someone? It is said that true beauty comes from within. I will say this is so true. We have hid inside so no one can see us as we really are. We try and adorn ourselves with jewelry, beautiful clothes and fancy cars to make ourselves somebody.   It’s like trying to Gild a Butterfly. The butterfly already has beauty in and of itself, why try to cover over it.

So we go around thinking we need things in our lives to make us happy and somebody special. We are told these things from birth and are programmed to believe them and they become part of who we are as our character. That is interesting that a character is who is in the play or drama. Even the word character has the word “Actor” and a play or movie is nothing more than illusion that is set on a stage and it is said the whole world is a stage. As Alan watts put it about an actor his job is to trick you into thinking they are the character they are playing and it is to fool you and draw you in through deception and deception is a half truth.

In this time and age we call now we are bombarded by images, apps and the internet whether it be at a personal PC or hand-held device. But we can identify something quickly by an Icon or a Logo. It’s all about an image, Logo or an idol. In john it states in the beginning was “The logos” translation is “word” and man is in this society has formed for himself everything as a symbol, logo or an Icon to identify things. Even on the internet to disguise yourself you make an Avatar which represents you. Adam was given the responsibility to name all the animals so if I say Elephant an image pops into your head of and Elephant.  Even you and I are given a name by which we are identified. The government  has issued a number for you in form of a social security number.

Logo’s and icon’s are how we identify things. Signs, billboards, radio and TV tell us what we should do, how we should be, what to buy and eat and even look. Sex sell’s and we know it. What’s in and what’s out and it is all done by just a picture of  from an icon.  The highest icon is a star. Some people are known by just one name such as Elvis, Prince, Madonna, Beyoncé, etc. From music and pop stars that influences generations to movie stars that people idolize.  Some famous stars have obtained both in crossing over from music to acting or visa versa. Most of this is born from a fleshly desire to want attention to feed an ego of who am I. We all want to be somebody and identified as such.  I will leave you with this…An icon (from Greek εἰκών eikōn “image”) is a religious work of art.(wiki)