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The real smile on August face, that we can not see in the picture, but that my spirit tells me is their, says more about the life you are living, then words can ever say. Are we becoming more like love even in the mist of the suffering of our soul, if your answer is yes then you are living the ideal life in my opinion and I know that it is possible but it will cost you everything that you thought you were in order to obtain it, love is their under the mud.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Are You Living Your Ideal Life?
I have read all of his books . Space is an interesting reality that he brings into his talk. Space is that place between thoughts that you can become aware of being aware of your thoughts as something other than you, that place where you can become conscious of being conscious. The more time that you spend in that space between thoughts the more detached you become from your thoughts .( Look at that Lori, here comes silence once again;) Otherwise you are just exchanging one thought for another thought one false identity for another false identity. Only Love can lead you beyond thought.
New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love is our natural state of being and is not based in thought and so it can lead us beyond thought, unlike fear which is only our experience of our identity as a thought and since we are not a thought our identity is a false one when it is based on a thought.
3 months ago on How to Become Free of the Ego
Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul. King James Bible 1Peter
I was attending a church service in a small country church and a visiting pastor upon arrival for that evening service asked me are you an alien . Now this pastor does not know me very well, so it was an unusual question to use upon first meeting me. But I knew what he meant, he was asking me do you really live your life by what is not seen verses those that view the material world as the only reality.
New King James Version (NKJV)
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
I knew what he meant because I am an alien and I love it . The greatest adventure possible in this life is to live according to what is not seen.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Normal?
@Lori @johncharlesowens Love is the better yes !
5 months ago on Do You Know the Secret?
What is the reality ? Pilot said to Jesus what is truth ? The real question is what God are you bowing down to ? You do not have the power to create anything,at best you can rearrange what already exist . The ideas that pop into your head that you use to rearrange what already exist, where did they come from who or what put them their ? Almost everything we do requires co-operation of another person we can not all have our own way all at once. For me their is only one person that will get his own way , the God that created everything. For me truth is a Person named Jesus and when I align with that reality and pray his will in faith in any given situation, then the supernatural becomes natural otherwise, all I will end up doing is splitting and atom in two and nuking the world and call that creative. God only says no because he has a better yes, do you want to know what that is ?
Proverbs 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance-
Dr Carol S. Dweck Stanford professor of Phycology. In her book " Mindset the new psychology of success" She states why praising our children's intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success.
Dr Dweck put forth two mindsets one the fixed mindset where you are intelligent and every test either proves that or not, or you have a growth mindset in which test's are an opportunity to learn and you know that you can grow into anything you want.
You here people say that life is about the journey the process rather then the end or the accomplishment Mindsets helps to shed light on why this point of view is so helpful . When I was in school the message I got was that a test was only for the purpose of deciding weather I was good at a subject or not , weather I had passed or failed, the idea that a test was an opportunity to learn never entered my mind. When I was 20 I came to the knowledge that fear was always based on a lie, what the lie's were I did not know, but I was determined to find out . At 20 after being a C student in High school I had just flunked out of my second year of University, by 26 married with 2 children having just been fired by the new owner of my Dad business, I had uncovered enough lies to be in a position to believe that I could do anything that I wanted . So I decide to go back to university and take Marine Engineering. I chose engineering because I was good at math and terrible at English and anything to do with writing, spelling and grammar. I still had a few lies (fears) to deal with. I had flunked out of Physics in high school so when I only scored 64 on my first physics test that did not slow me down one bit . I redoubled my efforts,got help from the teacher , I use to say that I learned physics by getting problems wrong, each time I was wrong, I learned a new way of not doing it right, by the second test I was at 90+ which I maintained from then on. I had carefully scanned the course outline to make sure that their was no English or writing course , however once I arrived and they found out how bad I really was at writing, they required me to take a special remedial writing course, and for the first time I met someone that was even worse then me at english writing, my professor who had a masters degree in english literature. It turns out that he had figured out when he was in university and failing english writing, that you could still learn english writing and he got so good at it, that he obtained his masters degree. Now he was helping others like me. He had even written a book which for the first time in my scholastic career actually was helping me understand english writing.
Here is a Link to Dr. Dweck giving a lecture on the mindsets to teachers in Scotland.
5 months ago on Do You Believe in Yourself?
@JoyChristin Hi Joy
I do not think it sounds woo-woo at all . Be still and know that I am God is as profound as it gets. When you come to the knowledge that you are a child of God you can finally relax and smell the flowers and bask in the joy of being alive secure in your place of worthiness in the universe. Worthiness that is based in being not doing, just being you, is special enough never mind all the wonderful things you get to do and experience for free in this life.
the truth Lori is that Contentment is a natural state of being and I aim not willing to give anything the power to make me content . I do not want to feel powerless ! and dissatisfied and fearful, and manic depressive . Be content Lori !
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Are You Happy?
All fear starts with dissatisfaction all love starts with Contentment. If you are not content you can not be happy. Contentment is a state of being it is part of Joy. Contentment is not lazy or satisfied it uses love to motivate to do the right things. It is in the now if it is real . It can be relaxed into it is great ! I will take contentment any day of the week .
Is it possible to be stubborn about being stubborn ? lol
I think a better word for what you do is diligence. Diligence is one of the most prized traits a person can have.
The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.
I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Stubborn?
My decision to believe that I could remain in the presence of God at all times by waiting to here from him at all times was the process that enabled me to quiet my mind. Since you can not wait to here and "think/worry" at the same time. However you can do the dishes and a thousand other things will you are waiting/being present.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Is Meditation the Only Way to Realize Divinity?
Brother Lawrence ( 1666) The Practice of the Presence of God (book)
"One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquillity, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings."
Brother Lawrence was a lay brother who worked in the kitchen and practiced the presence of God in everything he did.
The practice of christian meditation is for the purpose of learning to remain in the presence of God at all times or to put it another way to remain conscious of the presence of god at all times it is only a practice a means to a end.
I have followed a similar path and the bottom line is how often are you willing to turn to God for affection in a day.
Scientists calculate the probability of your existing as you, today, at about one in 400 trillion (4×1014).
That is to say that you where a success the minute you where conceived.
If we could only get our head rapped around that reality life would be much more enjoyable.
6 months, 1 week ago on How Do You Define Success?
We are in alignment as long as we are not being motivated by fear.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on How Do You Spend Your Money?
I aim definitely a spend your money for experience type of guy . Your money or your life is a great book for examining money in your life . Here is a link to a pdf summary of the book. http://www.frumi.com/images/uploads/yourmoneyoryourlife.pdf
I like to make purchase that will enhance my personal well being, things that line up with my core values, education , food, exercise, church, family holidays.
I believe that we have an instinctual need to be in a loving relationship with other human beings and anything that is perceived to threaten those relationships instills fear in us. All psychological fear is based on these perceptions many of which were made when we where very young. I do not think it is possible to teach children as I believe consciousnesses is and evolutionary process that we all must pass through we can make it easier for them but a simple thing like a colicky baby has an effect on the babies perception . ie I have a problem I am colicky and nobody is fixing it, nobody cares = fear.
If it is not a state of being we sure are not going to add anything to make nature better.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Do You Think You Have To Be Perfect?
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
We always take this verse to mean others but it can be applied to ourselves as well, for example the desire to be perfect that is being motivated by fear instead of love, fear is definitely our enemie. Be perfect is a state of being. It is not something to be achieved but something to be realized. Love is their in all its perfection it is only covered over by our fears, all that is required for it to appear is to let go of our fear. Their is a new movie coming out and the promotional video has a great line in it "Danger is real fear is a choice" . We can chose fear but love is who we are and it is perfection. How do you achieve this state of being ? It boils down to one decision is life for me or against me, is God good or is he not. Once you decide your fantastic brain will remind you every time life does not line up with this belief and then all you have to do is breath and perfect love will appear like magic and their is no more magical way to live then that. Once you realize that you are not your fear it will go away and never reappear. Our Enemies are our greatest teachers.
My book recommendation is "Health by Purification" authors Peter Jentschura and Josef Lohkamper.
I have put a lot of effort into the mind and the spirit not so much the body. So this book help me understand a lot of things about the underlying cause of disease being primarily an over acidic diet and life style.
35 pounds later and counting the prof is in the pudding though pudding is not very good for you. Haha
Your book recommendation sounds great based on what I know about you, God is opening the door for you . Can not wait to see the transformation this will bring for you and experience even more of the love that God has put in you as you learn to let the love shine out even more.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?
Welcome people who are weak in faith, but don't get into an argument over differences of opinion. 2Some people believe that they can eat all kinds of food. Other people with weak faith believe that they can eat only vegetables. 3People who eat all foods should not despise people who eat only vegetables. In the same way, the vegetarians should not criticize people who eat all foods, because God has accepted those people. 4Who are you to criticize someone else's servant? The Lord will determine whether his servant has been successful. The servant will be successful because the Lord makes him successful.
22So whatever you believe about these things, keep it between yourself and God. The person who does what he knows is right shouldn't feel guilty. He is blessed. 23 But if a person has doubts and still eats, he is condemned because he didn't act in faith. Anything that is not done in faith is sin. ( sin literal definition is: to miss the mark).
So for me feel is another way of saying faith or no faith or you could say love and fear.
For me it has been interesting listening to all the different faith ideas . As you know I like to pull out information from my own faith tradition that lines up with what people are saying.
What do I know is true = with out faith it is impossible to please God, It is also impossible to be happy and at peace.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on What Do You Really Know For Sure?
It does my heart good to hear you speak about the death of the ego and its fault finding , comparison making, death . Now you will get to see and experience the love that you are even more and that will transform your world and the world of those around you.
You know I once new a carpenter who at the end of his life only had 120 friends , he never had any kids , and he never wrote anything, he only died on a cross a criminals death but he new how to love and he changed the world.
You know how to love so let those around you see that love, be deliberate in not hindering the love !
The life you and August have chosen may not look like much according to this worlds stander but when was destroying the world something to be emulated.
I once read a book by an uneducated 15th century Spanish nun she taught me that it was impolite to make demands on God and that all that was really required was to listen. We become what we listen to . Faith comes by hearing. It took the Catholic church 400 years to figure out that she was a spiritual genius and declare her a Doctor of the faith one of only 30 and only 3 of them where women.
In Soul south Korea there is a church with a million members the founder when he was a young man was dying. At that time a 12 year old girl would show up at his door every so often and ask to share her faith. He kept saying no but she kept coming back till finally he figured to himself if I let here have her say she will stop bugging me. So he let her in she sat down red a passage from her bible and left he never saw her again. That night he asked God to show himself by healing him and God did. Who do you think is going to get the credit for that a million soul church .
So Lori have your say in love and let that be enough.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Are You Changing the World?