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Unity, Path To Wholeness

A book I read recently suggested that the Universe, and everything in existence, originated from a single entity. That everything is derived from an all-encompassing essence, including sentient beings such as us, Humans. As I lay here in bed prepared to fall into slumber, the word Unity permeated my being; its meaning, its true essence. I pondered for a moment on the word Unity, and realized that the times we, as humans, are happiest or in the most blissful state are when we are united or feel as such; united with one individual in companionship or friendship, united in a family, united in a society or culture coinciding with the inherent but often unknown essence of what makes usUnity happy. In fact, we desire and go to great lengths to acquire or fulfill this sense of belonging. I dare suggest that it’s because we are all individual parts of a whole, in essence, “in spirit”. Ponder for a moment on these aforementioned instances in which we feel united. Even from our most limited perspective, you’ll find that we are always referring to a Unity Unseen. This Unity Unseen is manifested in natural ways allowing us to perceive it with our senses, but upon some reflection we find that such manifestation is but secondary to the true UNITY that already exists in the UNSEEN. For example, when we desire to feel close to someone, what we are truly seeking is not simply to be physically near them. For even if they perform the most profound actions of love and comfort, absent of the unseen truth behind it, we can perceive the hollowness of those actions and are left feeling empty. Now, if we feel so compelled to be One, Whole or United, and have yet to achieve the state where it is manifested in the natural, this next question begs asking. Is there something, somehow interfering or opposing the very idea of us being united? If so why? And also, how does this force go about interfering as it were with this innate, powerful force of UNITY? The latter of these questions will be the focus of today’s topic.

Unity: joined together or combined so as to form a single whole; in harmony.

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God is Not Religious

God, a fixation for human beings since the beginning of time, continues to permeate every aspect of our daily lives. Some believe in an entity having created everything that exists, others claim that no such entity exists, and that we are here by “miraculous” coincidence, others yet assert that mankind itself, individually as well as collectively, is ‘God’. Either way, one thing is certain, human beings are engrossed in this age-long debate. But who or what is God?

“God is the Unmoved Mover, the Necessary Essence allowing for our contingent and finite existence.”

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Why Pray In The Name Of Jesus?

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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Of Parents and Children

In God's HandsAs finite beings inhabiting time and space, our survival has been dependent on a particular ritual. Animals perform this ritual instinctively, but for other beings with superior cognitive abilities such as humans, we find that we can exercise some choice in the matter. The ritual in questions is none other than the one involving the passing of one’s characteristics, traits and values through to the next generation, parenting. Parenting typically begins with the act of reproduction and continues indefinitely. Much like the lion, who for example, gives birth to cubs, ensure their survival, and teach them the ways of the hunt, so is it for humans vis-à-vis their offspring. It is on this basic principle of survival,  and in the case of humans, thriving, that all societies throughout time have observed the staple of “honoring your father and mother.” But what does it mean to honor your parents?

“Parents, in essence, serve as the template by which we perceive and interact with God.”

The dictionary describes Honor as “holding in high respect; or to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of.” The benefits of honor towards parents are obvious when observing animals in nature. Regardless of their positions in what we call “the food chain”, all children, or newborns, if they are to survive against the various threats of life, must rely on the protection and wisdom of their parents. Those who stray from their parents, much to their detriment, often meet deadly ends. As in nature, human newborns depends entirely on their parents for survival, and when they are of an age where they can provide for their own nourishment, their future survival is often dependent not on food, water and shelter, but on the wisdom on how to navigate through life’s many potential pitfalls. While these concepts may be obvious to most, it is another that I offer on this day. As humans, I believe that the ultimate role of parents, knowingly or otherwise, is to prepare their offspring for living a life in concert with their true Father, God. Parents, in essence, serve as the template by which we perceive and interact with God.

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From Dreaming To Realization

dreamsknowthewayWe 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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Understanding Perfection

PerfectionFor as long as I can remember I’ve heard people say that “nobody’s perfect”. It’s one of those things you never question and readily accept because it is said so often. As I grew older, and noticed the degradation of human character, I realized something. For one, it appears that both theist and atheist agree with the idea that perfection is an unattainable. Secondly, or as a result of the first, we use this idiom as a self-deprecating mechanism. Something that allows us to be okay being mediocre. So, what is perfection and is it attainable?

To be perfect is to be complete, both in substance and in deed.

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Isolation. The Devil’s Trap

The more I read and understand the Bible for myself, the more I comprehend the depths of God’s teachings. Love is LifeI’ve come to see that the book has actually very little to do with Religion. In fact, what it does is show us a way of living beneficial to our health, spiritual or otherwise. My latest epiphany pertains to one of the most powerful tools used in deceiving and imprisoning us, Isolation. Isolation is Satan’s method of making someone feel “completely separated from others”, thereby isolating them for real. The most painful moments in our lives are when we feel the most alone. Loneliness most often leads to destructive behavior such as depression, alcohol and drug abuse, prostitution, homicide and suicide to name a few. So, how does he get you to isolate yourself or feel isolated? His primary tactics are Fear and Pride.

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The Bible: Religious or Practical?

The BibleThe Bible is one of the most circulated and best selling books of all time. Many believe it to contain the word of God. Meaning, God, for the purpose of our guidance and instruction, either commanded or inspired certain people throughout history to chronicle certain events, lessons and prophecies. Others believe it a book of stories, partly fiction and non-fiction, but nothing more than that. Others still, think it was written by man as a means to control the masses, keeping them docile and subservient for their own purposes.

Regardless of your view, whether believing it a religious text or man-driven, it is undeniable that the Bible has endless practical applications. At the bare minimum, it is a book bursting with knowledge. It is the jack-of-all-trades of ‘How-To’ books. The Bible offers:

  • Marital relationship adviceThe Bible
  • Child upbringing advice
  • Advice on personal conduct
  • Advice on how to treat one another
  • Advice on how to live a healthy life
  • Advice on self-improvement
  • Historical account of events
  • Perspective on different matters
  • Encouragement, inspiration and guidance
  • Much more…

If you have not read the Bible because you have considered it a “religious” text, you should reconsider. It is a one-stop-shop for all things life related. You may surprised by what you uncover.