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6.26.2007

ULTIMATE FREEDOM? FREEDOM FROM DISCONNECTION

Like the ultimate goal - FREEDOM FROM DISEASE.

All DISCONNECTION IS -


  • DISEASE / DIMINISHMENT OF THE SPIRIT, THAT IS,
  • SEPARATION FROM THE ALMIGHTY, SEPARATION FROM LOVE / LIFE / TRUTH.

ALL CONNECTION IS -

  • HEALTH OF THE SPIRIT, THAT IS,
  • UNITY WITH THE ALMIGHTY, UNITY WITH LOVE / LIFE / TRUTH.

"Healing." "Leaving disease behind." I testify that these describe what connection feels like to me.

CONNECTION IS FREEDOM FROM DISEASE. HEALTH.

Readiness for Responsibility, Health, comes from Connection

"Action comes not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"Love ... [is] not... able to avoid making sacrifices." Teresa of Calcutta.

Action, Life, comes from Connection, Love. Start Loving

6.25.2007

YOU CHOOSE YOUR KINGDOM / STATE OF MIND / WORLD

I can only report that it is true. You almost certainly have had experiences that you have given little thought or credence to that are evidence of what I say if you take some time to think about it.

My point in this post is to report that without question our nervous system has at least two distinctly different "states:" "me & mine" (selfishness, flesh) OR "we & thine" (otherishness, brotherliness, PeaceMAKING).

Imagine your mind is a Personal Computer that can run Microsoft Word OR Microsoft Excel. Two pretty PROFOUNDLY different worlds, no? Different code, procedures, MEMORY, LOGIC.... MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE - if one is running THE OTHER IS NOT!

So it is with "me" and "we;" totally different "states of mind," "worlds apart." Most of this site is about these two different worlds so I'll have to point you to the other posts on this site for now.

Each "world" looks CRAZY from the other. But "we" is the one with "wisdom" and any individual that spends much time in "we" rarely will go back to "me." The reverse is not true. This is what "Saved" or "Converted" is about although this Truth has been totally lost in the "church."

Now, these "worlds" are separated by a crevasse! It is just as scary as a crevasse in a glacier - scary as hell to contemplate jumping over - ESPECIALLY FROM THE FLESH SIDE. It is NOT a linear path. 99.9999999% of us glimpse the other side, the other world, the Kingdom, but spend ourselves deluding ourselves (with all the help that the "church" can muster) that standing on the edge occasionally (doing "good" occasionally) is the same as leaping the crevasse into the Kingdom. 'Some of you will say Lord, Lord... but I do not know you."

6.24.2007

"[THE] CROSS [IS] THE VIOLENCE [OF LOVE] THAT WE MUST EACH DO TO OURSELVES" Romero

"[The] cross [is] the violence [of Love] that we must each do to ourselves, to overcome ... such cruel inequalities among us. The violence we preach is not the violence of the sword, the violence of hatred. It is the violence of love, of brotherhood, the violence that wills to beat weapons into sickles for work." Oscar Romero

The "Cross" is the most perverted of concepts by "A Christian." One who is "Christian," one who has the eyes of Family, of Love sees this in the cross - JOY / LIFE / LOVE / PEACE:
  • "Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." Eleanor Roosevelt;
  • "The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die." George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

I NEVER WANTED ANYTHING FOR "ME" FROM MY 2 SONS

All I ever wanted, ALL I EVER WANTED regarding my biological sons was that they be filled with Joy in their lives. In my experience this is extraordinary, unusual, odd.... Parents want loyalty, tradition, association, respect, relationship.... All I ever wanted was for them to have Joy in their lives. And Joy only comes from doing good for our brothers and sisters.

I think they do for their brothers and sisters. I think they have Joy.

:-)

PS: I pray this grows.

"Life" exists only OUTSIDE of our gated communities / lives

You suspect this don't you? I did all of my "gated community" life [no, there was never a physical "gate" in my case - just miles of wealth and safety separating me from where Life / Need / Purpose lay for me.]

You are right! I was right! Life is found only, ONLY in the face of our "family's" need, EMERGENCY.

I pray that you find the courage of your convictions long before I did, unless you already have.

"Addicted to [our] own place and privilege." Bill Moyers

You'll be really glad if you read this:

Moyers challenges UCC: 'Drive out the money changers'

We don't do what our Heart / Conscience / Still Small Voice tells us to; we don't LIVE what it tells us to do we? WHY? Addiction. Clinical Addiction to:

WHAT IS "NORMAL," "BALANCED" IN THE FACE OF GLOBAL ATROCITY?

My life recently provokes me and others to ask, "is what Start is doing "balanced," "normal."

And of course the answer is no, UNLESS WE SHIFT PERSPECTIVE.

From the perspective of western comfort and affluence, western day to day values what Start is doing is crazy.

From the perspective of our Global Family's Emergency (GFE) Start IS BALANCED, NORMAL, NO?!?!?!?!

100 adults witness the roof of the Elementary School across the street cave in trapping the children. One adult races into the dangerous situation to help. WHO IS UNBALANCED? WHO IS NOT "NORMAL?

THE ALMIGHTY LIES IN THE DIRECTION OF "OVERWHELMING"

This mornings epiphany as I awoke from a long night's sleep:

THE ALMIGHTY (Life, Love, Truth) LIES IN THE DIRECTION OF "OVERWHELMING."

Duh!!!!!!!!! How else would it feel in the face of the Almighty besides Overwhelming??!?!?

In so many ways we feel, 'I can't face Darfur, Palestine, Iraq war, corrupt US Gov, Congo... It is too overwhelming!'

This is to say, "I won't face the Almighty. I'll not go where the Almighty calls me."