I woke up from sleep recently with a thought:
Amassing power in this world is a lot like being a great gladiator in Roman times. You are renown worldwide. You are given riches, women, and a great many perks. You possess great skill in your craft and yet…
You are still a slave.
You are still not a true member of the kingdom.
You are still not free to walk about as you wish.
You still have someone’s branding on your body.
In fact, ALL that you have accumulated as a gladiator ends up being the very things that distracts you from the Truth:
YOU ARE NOT AND WILL NEVER BE FREE.
You are a slave, forever and always, so long as you accept your current state and continue to do your master’s bidding.
We all pray. For those who prefer another word, how about this. We all have hopes, wishes and wants, presented to an unknown but innately-recognized entity we believe can provide what we desire. If you are of the Christian faith, you believe your requests or pleas are heard and provided through the name of Jesus. In John 14:14 Jesus reminds us that “if you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” As a result of this, every Christian prayer usually ends in some variation of “in the name of Jesus… Amen.” But what does it mean to ask or pray in the name of Jesus? What does it truly mean to invoke that name besides the perfunctory religious act taught to us by our elders?
“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it.” John 14:14
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We all have dreams. Aspirations as high as the stars. Unbeknownst to our conscious mind however, we have allowed the clarity and belief of that dream to be extinguished by the dogma of this world. While that is the case for most of us, some have managed to see their dreams realized. Not through any dishonest or nefarious means, but through obedience, honesty and hard work. They were able to realize their dream not because of any superpowers or special abilities that the rest of us do not possess, but simply because they have an understanding that most do not. I believe these folks understand that success, and happiness in life, lies in a universal process through which all dreams are realized. The knowledge of the process is liberating to say the least, and easy to understand. Its application, however, is a much more challenging task. The process is as follows: Word or Vision—Faith or Action—Doubt or Challenge—Realization or Fulfillment.
“Every endeavor, every journey, begins with a Word or Vision.”
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Who am I? Why do I exist? These are questions that have dominated the thoughts of mankind since the beginning of time. The answer to those two questions, or the absence of it will undoubtedly shape your life. Either a life of direction, peace and assurance or one of doubt, uncertainty, and even hopelessness. Today I will share my view on the topic, and hope my insights will shed some light on the all-important and unavoidable question. I say question in the singular because both these questions and its various other forms are essentially asking the same thing: “What is my purpose?”
“Purpose is the reason for which something exists or was made. If I exist I must have a purpose.”
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Matrix Revolutions. Final Battle. Neo enters the Matrix one last time to battle the ever powerful Agent Smith. Each blow so fierce it shakes the very atmosphere around them. In the end, the landscape is left devastated, decrepit and forgotten, adverse to the once serene, beautiful and peaceful environment. Imagine a battle of that scale taking place everyday, outside our traditional senses. A battle between two colossal forces: Good Vs. Evil.
“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
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The dictionary describes thought as “ideas or arrangements of ideas that result from thinking, or the act of producing thoughts. As babies, arriving to this physical realm, we are overwhelmed with an abundance of information in the form of sights, sounds and feelings. It is through the thinking process that we can organize this influx of information and “make sense” of it all. This is an ongoing process that continues well into old age, and ends only when we exit the stage. Meaning that tied with breathing, this one activity consumes much of our existence and to no surprise influences us greatly.
French philosopher Rene Descartes is most notably known for his ideas on thought. His most famous principle is cogito ergo sum (English: “I think, therefore I am”). He believed that thought exists. Thought cannot be separated from him, therefore he exists. While I do not agree with his entire philosophy as a whole, we do agree on one thing: our thoughts have major impact on who we are.
I’ve often thought that there is some logic to our thinking process having a direct correlation to who we are. Other times, I’ve observed how the application of this idea has ruined our lives and self-image. We have condemned ourselves because of our thoughts, many times without ever actually acting on such thoughts. I considered then this principle must be invalid, because I do not believe that thoughts absent actions to be wrong. Over the years however, I have come to realize a simple wisdom. We are not your thoughts, but we do become them over time.
“We are not our thoughts, but we do become them over time”.
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