Silver Birch was a spirit guide who spoke through Maurice BarbanellThe healers are the transformers
The following was transcribed by Otter during a one hour personal Integrated Spiral session:
Integrated Spiral session introduction
Hello everybody, my name is Sheila Murrey and I run a specialized kind of DE-Program called, Integrated Spiral™. And I would like to take you through an example of what I do in that program and how I work it personally for myself and then at the end, I will give you some information about the DE-Program and if you feel led to become involved, or take part, or give this loose framework (as I call it) – how you can give it a try.
So to begin with, this program is really good for people who struggle with accomplishing a fairly large task, like writing a book, or developing a program or a course, or even starting a business (where you have to) put together a lot of information.
Perhaps you’ve collected many books that you want to draw upon the information from those books. And you want to do that in a proper way so that you’re not plagiarizing from those books, and you want to cite your sources and put together an index and cross reference and things of that nature.
So in your idea (in your mind) of writing a book, it becomes a very large task. It is in fact a project! And being that I have worked in the information technology arena as an IT consultant, a business analyst and a technical writer, I certainly have the business skills that I can put to use here and help you. But beyond that, my love and my passion is personal transformation and growth. It’s helping people. And if I can help you feel better about organizing your information, putting it into a structure that will facilitate you accomplishing your task, whatever that task is, maybe it’s that you are organizing an upcoming wedding. It can be anything literally. It can be buying a house; I’m trying to think of examples folks have brought to me, but primarily I’ve worked (the Integrated Spiral™ DE-Program methods) with folks who are healing their body of a chronic illness.
Spiral sidebar about healing
Now, let me give my disclaimer right up front. I’m not a doctor. I do not work in the medical profession and I’m not a mental health professional. But I have helped people lessen to some degree, their grief, or depressive thought patterns.
We’ve seen chronic ills improve. I won’t go as far as to say healing of other people’s health situations. But I have Healed my body–the body that my spirit inhabits. I have healed it of asthma. I’ve healed it of an ovarian cyst that if I had let my GYN my female doctor gynecologist try to resolve, she would have cut me open and taken everything out. I would have had a full hysterectomy because it was a painful ovarian cyst, but it was one that liked to play tricks and hide. So I had all kinds of different ultrasounds and every time we looked it would either change positions or it would disappear, reappear or hide itself; she wasn’t sure what was going on, but we knew (it was there somewhere) because I had pain. And we could feel something there. But we couldn’t necessarily scientifically see something was there without going in and physically seeing it through surgery. So, that was her proposition to me and I refused to do that. I went back to an acupuncture physician in Orlando, Florida that I knew whom had been the teacher, the trainer for acupuncture to a previous acupuncture doctor I had seen, so it was almost like going to back to the source.
In my opinion, I trusted her and had done quite a bit of acupuncture when I was healing of the asthma: getting off of five different asthma and allergy medications and easing my allergies, seasonal allergies; all kinds of things have vastly improved ever since I did that in 2005. It took six months (to heal) and I write about this in my book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Holy, Vibrant Life. In that book, I explained that whole process so I won’t go through that again here. But suffice to say in six months, I was off of five (5) pharmaceutical medications. My oxygen levels improved. I was breathing much deeper, more fully and speaking clearly. It even improved my speaking voice so here we are now. To this date, it’s 2022, so (I healed this body) over 15 years ago!
Because I believe my body healed, I believe any body can heal.
If you cut your finger you can watch that cut close up and heal over the course of two or three days, depending upon your body’s rate of healing. But everybody is different. That (healing) is something you can witness for yourself. I’m not saying to (go and) cut your finger. I’m saying IF you cut your finger or something like that, you can watch that heal. I’ve also healed and watched moles fall off my body. I have literally used essential oils (to heal these) and either twist or just lightly rubbed the surface of the mole and within four or five days, up to three weeks depending upon what the mole is and how deep its roots go and things like that. It will literally fall off my body. I have I and some of the ones I’m still working on. I have shrank the mole in size–if I drew a circle around it and called it 100% initially, it would now be it like 25%– and it’s become much much lighter and much smaller in the height it stands up off the or from the surface of the skin. So I do believe the body can heal, naturally.
I’ve used I exercises and improved my eyesight! I have astigmatism and wear glasses for that. But my distance vision has definitely improved, so much so that when I go to get a new prescription and I only go every three years, they usually think that the previous one was wrong because they can’t accept the fact that I just turned 60 years old in January and my eyesight is improving because everybody else’s gets worse! But I maintain that the use of the prescription lenses are what actually weaken the eye. So I take my glasses off for large parts of the day. And I look out the window or I go outside and walk and I look off into the distance. When I’m working and I can’t get outside I look off into the distance and exercise my long distance vision without the prescription eyeglasses to help my eyes heal (get stronger). So I can give you example, after example, after example and I do that in my book. The point of this talk and the point of this blog is to give you details about how I would walk myself through the DE-Progam, Integrated Spiral™.
Right off the bat, what do I mean by DE-Program? Well, as I’ve just explained, I believe the body can heal itself and THAT pretty much runs contrary to what you hear on anything mainstream, especially now. It’s all this reliance upon pharmaceutical medications, vaccines, anything and everything. From the outside in. I believe in stimulating what’s inside my body by acupressure, acupuncture, herbs, essential oils, things like that. And yes, those are put on the outside of the body but I’m stimulating what’s inside the body (to actually DO the healing work). One could argue that the pharmaceutical drugs and the back scenes doing the same thing, but I am using means that are more natural that are less, that there’s less money behind and that there’s less chance of manipulation of, so nothing’s perfect. At least most things are not going to be perfect, in my opinion. But this is the way that I choose to tackle it instead of relying upon something that’s driven by billion dollar industry and that can be politically manipulated, charged (extreme amounts of money for), or withheld.
What I do and how I approach healing of the body is something that once learned, no one can ever take away from you. No one can ever stop you from healing in that way, even if it is simply by means of meditation, which is probably the first and foremost (uncontrollable methods). Prayer and meditation are probably the best forms of natural and holistic healing that we have, but many, many people will not turn to those FIRST, they’ll turn to those last (if at all–because they’ve been “programmed”).
This is a different paradigm
You can see the different paradigm in which I’m coming from right off the bat. That’s why iIntegrated Spiral™ is a DE-Program because I’m taking you through a loose framework and a structure and a process that helps you to release a lot of the anxiety causing and fear based (underlying) tactics the mainstream uses to threaten you really, and and make you feel like you have no hope but their medicine and their outlook, and their diagnosis, and prognosis (their dogma–and yes, Science definitely has a dogma associated with it).
I say, look within and what I talk about my modus operandi, our mantra is, heal thyself. Let food be thy medicine. And if it can’t hurt, why not (at least try it).
Now, I’m not advocating that you go take snake venom or something that’s a known toxin to your body in order to stimulate your body to heal (though what the hell is chemo and radiation???).
I’m advocating that simply by eating good, clean, whole, local fresh food and herbs and knowing how to use them in the proper amounts can work wonders and they can still work fairly fast.
You know, one of the tenants and the reason that a lot of people turn to Western medicine or allopathic medicine, is that they can take the pill for every ill and it and it resolves the ill fast like an aspirin for a headache, but that used to be true. But now it seems like if you take too many aspirins, you end up with an ulcer or you end up with some other side effect that if you had just went to and tried to identify or detect what the root cause was of your headache, maybe it was drinking diet soda. You quit drinking diet soda your headache goes away. It can be that simple. Maybe you have dry eye, you drink more water throughout the day, and your dry eye symptoms disappear. Magic poof, go figure. All right.
Why call it a Spiral process?
To get back to the subject, again, one reason why this is called Spiral is because I tend to spiral off into different topics of discussion, in an effort to just help paint you the larger picture. But sometimes I do go down the spiral rabbit hole.
When I started working on the project (that is a new course within Integrated Spiral™), I thought I really need to walk through this and take all the information that I’ve been gathering on three and a half by five (3.5 x 5) cards for months and months and also some handwritten notes that I had, and there was a lot of disparate information and thoughts. And so that’s where this deprogram can really come in handy. For more information, see my previous post: https://sheilamurrey.net/integrated-spiral/
When to use Integrated Spiral™
Integrated Spiral™ can come in handy if you just have a pebble in your shoe and you want to know how to get out of that painful situation; (exit) a toxic relationship or such too. But you can use it as a structure for managing a project, as it’s also very beautiful because of its elegance (and spaciousness). It can help to take some of the pressure off.
So let let me walk you through this example.
An example of Integrated Spiral™
So in the middle of the spiral, it’s very tight. In fact, it starts with a dot. But if we were to take a microscope on to that.we, may very well see that within that dot there are spirals as well. So just to say the inside of the spiral is where we’re going to start on this process. And it’s very tight.
If you were drawing it out on a picture, you would draw a diagram drawn a spiral out. So that’s where the majority of the information that I had was, in the middle of the spiral and it was very tight, meaning there wasn’t a lot of space in between. I had a lot of little bits of information that I couldn’t really very nicely categorize. That’s why they’re in the middle.
As we start to move outward, where we have more space in between the arms of the spiral, that’s where things start showing up as larger and larger categories. So think in terms of middle of the spiral, lots of little categories, even just a sentence or two of information. And then as we move out the spiral, larger bodies, or better defined categories of information (are grouped into one pile/point along the spiral).
That’s really the process.
I’m taking physical action and moving my notes and 3.5 x 5 cards and putting them together in specific categories (or by subject matter). The notes (or pieces of paper) are placed on a bed, table, or on the floor in a spiral pattern. And this is going to help you when you start organizing them to actually get them into either a, a book format, a manuscript format, or say a spreadsheet or something before getting the information into whatever tool you’re going to use (computer or such).
If you already have the information, say in your phone, or on your computer or laptop we handle it in a similar fashion, but it just wouldn’t be printed out and we wouldn’t be physically laying it out. I do have tools that I can suggest to you. Or you can google and find tools that will look like a sticky note. And you can do mind maps or clouds where you can put that information in forms, and then you can move them around in the same way. But the Integrated Spiral™ process may not serve you as well as if you have physical notes, because part of the benefit is to allow the physical motion of putting your information INTO the spiral layout INFORMS the mind and eases anxious thoughts about tackling such a project, which is why you haven’t accomplished the project til NOW.
The physical mess is usually what I’m trying or is usually what I’m best at helping people pull that information from their physical sources. Get it into their digital electronic processing, or spreadsheet form forms.
So, here’s what I have that we’re going to use as the example. All right, what is the level, amount of calls, or steps?
- Sentence 1: About
- Sentence 2: DIY one month, 4-week course
- Potential name. WordPlay. It includes a 15 second video
- Culminates in new deeply authentic content for your blog, newsletter, book, course program, etc.
- My three teaching points are:
- Listen intently for active listening to be heard and understood
- Get still do your inner work
- Track, log, record what comes up through you
After (voicing this into Otter or other similar transcription tool or typing it into a computer), I rip the paper, crumple it up, and it’s going in the trash (we don’t have recycling here).
So that was that was the first and second pieces of paper. Three phases.
Spiral side business note: Craft a targeted offer
Work backwards from whatever offer I’m going to make.
- My offer
- My design
- My target audience: spiritual entrepreneurs.
- Visualize and document my dream client: Someone who wants to shine their brilliance
- Set a date/time on my calendar for a “discovery session”
- My tagline: Be the best version of who you want to be –that’s already on my blog site at the end of almost every one of my blog articles (thus, I must have already implemented that note somewhere earlier along in my work–great!)
Next sheet of paper. Another business note: Let us promote you. Focus on what differentiates yourself. Efficiency customer satisfaction, home study. Group Program, okay, ripping this 1/3 sheet of paper.
Next? How would you love to be heard? Strike that. Move from feeling unheard to not only being heard but deeply understood. How would you like to come out of your contemplative inner work your meditation and prayer time to a place where you’re ready to share your deepest authenticity with the world question mark. All right, what do you get from that?
So the question is, so that you can fill in the blank in this example. Of course it’s so that you can put together your own project in an easier way.
Alright, we have completed the center of the spiral. We’re just now taking one step up and out. It’s still very close to that very tight center of our spiral. So moving up and out card one, God bumps!
Spiral side business note: 50/50 split with my partner
A simple contract 50/50 split can be renegotiated (with my partners).
Check in with how we’re FEELING
There’s a feeling of accomplishment that comes from doing the ripping in the in the wedding paper up and three and a half by five cards to just as an aside so it’s already helping me mentally kind of feel like I’m getting more space in my brain. I’m definitely getting more space on the bed, the floor or the table where these were laid out.
I’m feeling a bit of a feeling of accomplishment right now. And I’m feeling a mental ease. So already I’m seeing a benefit to this DE-Program philosophy and this framework.
Next card: love or fear, meld, balance, shift, duality, polarity and I drew the yin and yang symbol. So, you have white on the top and black on the bottom with a wavy line in the middle. You have both the white and the center of the white and the dark in the center of the black the white have written beside a bit love and the dark is fear. Sit with your fear, embrace it, love it. On the back of the card I have written “enter family reunion or soul reunion.” (That’s also great, because we bring in and honor our ancestors as a central tenant of working the Integrated Spiral™ process.)
Next card: no judgment, no fear. Take risks.
Next card: There’s a few names on this one, so I’ll just say Ash, Pattie, Terri. Underneath the names I have written marketing branding. As we hide our spirituality in business.
Next card: Viscerally feeling tingles on top of the head and Dr. Joe Dispenza. Okay, that one’s done.
Moving in a clockwise motion. This spiral continues out and up to the top right. I have a card with an energy line drawn under the word, fire. Learn how to listen helps us teach in a humble way. How does humility help us spiritually? It helps us listen. And listening helps us know how to ask questions. Put yourself aside. Put ourself aside. Something stirred in my spirit = GodBumps as we listen through our heart. Back of the card: Testimony has MONY in it and why? How to listen to trees listen to people the same way as wind blows through the Jack Pine Tree in the dark. Sounds like empathy. We can love spiritually with the heart, even if we don’t like the person.
Integrated Spiral™ subprocess
New point on the spiral. This is actually a process WITHIN Integrated Spiral™. (So, yes, I’m letting you ALL in on a bit of a secret! Shhhh… haha!)
Perform the DAILY Gratitude F-L-O-W consisting of:
- Bow flow, sweep hands together – from the outside in
- From the inside tap or pat, hug and swipe the body
- Think/Consider: Ancestors. Breath. Water. Spiral blood flow. Foods that nourish.
This is the morning gratitude ritual. Breathe with the movements. From and with an open heart in all directions. Movement starts from the inside. Turn, turn turn in the image of the spiral. Food starts from the outside. Gratitude for all inside and outside. “We can choose the thoughts we dwell on” Les Brown. That’s a quote. Think: Listen to what I tell myself. How am I doing? Scale radius units human ratios universe. Observational units unified physics, energy mass surface to volume, ratio relationships, effects (Nassim Haramein) and the division of space and space memory. Electromagnetism diverging opposite of gravity, converging one attracts, one repels. Divergent and convergent. SMART goals: specific measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.
That’s one whole process. So, I’m going to leave those cards together because in the group, we work through that and I may update that again, as I see now that I may need another bullet on the spiral.
Moving a bit further out to the right. Giving a little bit more space I find another process. It’s called, “How to integrate” and I have some things about what I am calling these tools or sub processes that we’re going to integrate in. So, that would be the tree of life (the story tree) and then find the ripples, distracting others, coping mechanisms, or challenging the negative.
I found one I will put on the back burner about a methodology that helps connect you with a feeling of power that inspires.
Okay, that was a note to myself, so I don’t need that card anymore.
Next card: If you’re driving pull over and don’t close your eyes. Allow your body to wiggle and adjust to a comfortable position. Sounds like this was part of my meditation class. I can use that.
Next card: Air made up of more 78% nitrogen than oxygen which is 21% plus argon. Trees provide us with 28% oxygen but 70% of oxygen comes from marine phytoplankton microscopic algae.
Next card: Breathe. Circle your eyes with your fingertips. Yes, some of these cards got mixed up. (This will go with one of the previous and be used during my meditation class.)
Next card: Use this time to detach. This was part meditation class and also part of my “Communing with TREES” class (where when we observe our mind thinking, we let the thought float away on a fluffy cloud). I got rid of these cards and moved to the next point on the spiral.
Next card: Balance time between social media and actually doing stuff. Understand the dopamine instant gratification hit of addiction. Climb the mountain and learn patience make an impact purpose stay focused on our purpose.
Next point on the spiral path: “Just BE.” This points to real conversations within Integrated Spiral™ of unmasked conversations. Short and sweet.
Next card: How did you start the film festival? Isabelle could tell us her story. Two months before it opened she got stuck, yet it all unfolded. Isabelle is my 83 year old friend in Sarasota who will join us in the program the DE-Program and those who join will get a chance to ask her life questions from her amazing wisdom.
Next card: Trust and doubt or trust over doubt, inviting uninvited words versus attention grabbing. Practice: when I start to doubt, ask what am I inviting? Invite is the “opposite.” Use turnarounds. Reference The Work of Byron Katie.
Next card: short conversations. Just be real Isabelle-isms. 15 minutes of healthy self gestures for 30 seconds. Essence.
Okay, next point on the spiral: It’s going to be down at the bottom. It’s going to be down at the bottom. Looks like we have okay card center of spiral meditation, contemplative prayer or contemplative prayer.
Rest in the spaces between and the thoughts grow larger with practice, mind my own energy or manage my own energy. We are each a fractal of Omniscience.
Spiral side note: Minding my Energy
I designed a t-shirt minding my energy and in a few months my son and his girlfriend invited my husband and I to move to their off grid property for a 90 day test trial run (yes, the Universe really did put me to the test on that! Haha!).
Spiral side note: During the lockdowns
What we couldn’t have known then was that COVID lockdowns would prevent us from doing fun things in the new area or be able to move to another campground in two or three months if we didn’t like like it and we had issues. I’ve already written about all that in another blog article. A tropical storm hid the sun from our solar panels for seven to 10 days we felt like we were on a sailboat with no wind for our engine.
This is what you find out when you start working on your project that you’ve already used these notes for something else and it’s already done. You really don’t even need them. Yeah, because the next card goes into some more about that with our generator. Our first generator died within six weeks. Its replacement, the second one died at the end of the 90 day warranty period. We did get our money back and then we bought a bigger more expensive generator with auto start and a remote which was great. And I remember the day that happened because I had so much ease that I could just lean towards the window while I was working and press a button and turn on the air conditioner–which was amazing. Because I had been working with sweat running down my from my armpits down the side of my body for many days. And it was difficult. I do not know how people lived in Florida 100 years ago without air conditioning. Now, that’s a spiral thought for you.
Continuing on next point in the spiral because I’m going to just go ahead and throw away the next two cards because they’re all about that story, which I’ve already told in another article.
Alright, so the next point on the spiral is we can start coming around up to the left and go on upwards. Conversation with Elena 12 steps four noble truths Eightfold Path trauma, release and Kundalini for elevate elevation. Breathe, root, take into action and accountability. I think this was about the time I started on clubhouse and I was speaking with a lot of really smart folks who gave me more ideas of things, tools and practices that they were using, and they were integrating into their spiral process.
Peace. Pleasure. BLISS!
How, with all the distractions, do we get to stay in this state?
That’s something else we talked about in Integrated Spiral™.
By the way, as ANOTHER side note, I do not have all the answers. This is why it’s a group process. Group program group DE-Program, but it’s an intimate group of either four, six, or eight people, depending on who’s drawn to the work. But so far, we haven’t had more than eight and I think any more than eight might not be manageable. We will probably keep each group between four and eight souls and we will do just create new groups if we have more people interested at one time than that, but so far that’s been manageable for me because I still work full time job.
Okay, so next card: Mother Earth resets herself; make self care a priority. If we don’t, it will manifest in another way. One of my participants said, “Trust ourselves, find what works for you in nature, earthing and grass…” we’re overseeing (in this DE-Program) because again, everybody’s bringing in their tools and processes. We incorporate those tools when when it makes sense, and where we can, because it’s about taking the first step to getting that project done, or that new habit set, and then later as the spiral allows and affords us more time and space, we can integrate MORE in.
As we complete things and get things done, we can add in some new things like say a new book or something to read or to use as a source, but that’s when the project is nearing its completion. And so if it makes sense to add something new in if you were planning a wedding, it might be you want to add a couple new songs in and you want to contact the DJ and get the those things lined up. And if they don’t work, have a backup, just giving another kind of example there.
But for a health program, it might be you were doing yoga and someone told you about Feldenkrais and so you decide to find a Feldenkrais practitioner and add that in as a modality that you’re going to use. It could be things like that where you’re healing a chronic ill that you’re going to be continually adding in, and layering in, different modalities to help support what you’re doing.
Spiral side note: Alternative Health
Again, you can see that’s another reason why people won’t go that route (of alternative health) because they want everything to be covered by their health insurance. Well, sorry. Alternate and natural healing and holistic healing methods typically are not covered by health insurance. You’re very lucky if you get some that are and please take full advantage of those because anything added as an adjunct is is very good for you and very supportive for you in my humble opinion from being someone who has healed my body that way. I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars healing my body, but I believe that it’s been to my benefit. I have not relied on my health insurance. I went many years without health insurance. I know this is another aside another spiral thought, but I just want to put that out there. If you’re just relying on your health insurance you are your health is being dictated by your health insurance company. Not your doctor. Newsflash.
New point on the spiral: Spoke about trees, Mother Nature, what’s real, we exist, miraculous and crazy. It seems miraculous and sometimes people think we’re crazy. My friend Pradeepika. She’s from West India. And when it’s 11:30pm there, it’s 2pm here so that was just an aside note for me that I don’t need anymore because I started getting scammed by people on Clubhouse. And unfortunately, I chose to throw the baby out with the bathwater and just leave (that app) altogether. It was just becoming a toxic environment for me. I still have friends on Clubhouse though and they still love it. They established and maintain very tight boundaries–and I’m all about the ALL (as I bet you know by now!). They are very very careful about who they let in to their groups. If you’re on Clubhouse, I can connect you with them. But otherwise, that’s all I’ll do in that regard.
Next point on the spiral: We’re maybe sort of nearing the end. There’s a dosha or this is the name of the modality; it may not be scientific. Start imagining everything has a spirit; everything is one thing. Care about feeling better. Your own feelings inside get deeper. Good flow–when you feel a good flow. You’re on a natural high. Okay. Oh, let’s see.
This was another point on the spiral. And this was the beginning of a talk that I was writing that I didn’t finish. So, if it’s possible to weave it in to this particular course I will but if not, I will kill the baby (it’s actually, “kill your darlings”), so to speak. I don’t know that’s like a writing term (journalism term). I’m not even thrilled about that.
Portion of my “Talk”
Before I kill myself, let me talk with you for a few minutes. I literally have talking points. Yeah, I’m not sure I like that at all. To me that feels negative now and see? That’s another benefit (of this DE-Program process work) because now, you’re going back through looking at things with a different mind. Like Einstein said, you can’t solve a problem with the same mind that it took to create the problem.
And no, I’m not about to hang shoot or otherwise physically harm myself. So, hang up the phone if you have picked it up to call 911 for or on me, this is my way of a dramatic opening. Okay, you can see where I was going with that and why it’s not necessary. Certainly if you’re listening to this now or reading this and you’re in a depressed state, I would want you to call 911 or a suicide hotline and I would advocate every day all day long for that. Put on some Yanni or that song, Hold On. If you are familiar with that older song. I mean, stay with us. Tomorrow is a brand new day and you don’t know when you walk out your door who you’re gonna meet and what might happen next. And I am all for experiencing the universe as very surprising with a sometimes ironic sense of humor, so please, I would beseech you to contact a counselor 911 or suicide hotline if you have feelings headed in that direction to do your self harm because you are needed. You’re loved. You’re worthy. And that’s one of the biggest things that we fight in the personal transformation genre is that people feel they go down the deep dark hole and they feel like nobody cares nobody loves them. They’re not worthy. They’re powerless. And that’s a belief system. So, you know what we call belief systems? BS! BS = Belief Systems. And it’s all BS.
You’ll see when we finish this up because the last card explains that so hang with me. That’s probably not a good word to use. Stay with me.
Spiral side note: healthy eating
Next card: A look at all the things I do to support my health; point out the ingredients.
- I care about what I put in my body, which is why I don’t take drugs, pharma medicines. Don’t do coke. I don’t drink Coke either. I don’t drink soda. Don’t smoke pot. Nor do I smoke cigarettes.
- I care about you and YOU is in all caps. I share these videos, blogs, write books, etc. Because I care.
- I want to utilize my skills talents. education experience over 30 years to help people spiritually physically and in their especially in their family relationships, but in all relationships, because we are all connected. And if you don’t know the story about why I believe that that’s my mantra. There’s an there’s a whole page on my blog dedicated to we’re all connected, please read it.
Spiral side note: Ancestral and new Energies
Next point on the spiral: We’re pretty much on the top again, coming around. I have notes about the Cherokee, Dr. Eric Pearl, and a few others. (In terms of ancestral Energies mixing with the “new Energy” Dr. Pearl talks about.)
I learned to honor my Native American ancestry in particular to Ceremony and social interactivity. And to honor the fire in the center as part of our ancestral ways, and how this lives in our hearts. On a mountain in North Carolina dancing at night eagle feather leads. We are all connected to the fire. Yes, the Native Americans believe we are all related. And apparently this particular person I was listening to and taking notes about said we’re all connected to the fire. So that’s how that got picked up and put in my stack of note cards. There’s a water ceremony that connects people all over the world. The Cherokees got their ballgame from the Choctaw tribe. Do our very best without hurting others fasting, feasting and then medicine to make our lives better. They use turtle shells women wear and to carry the dance rhythm and small drum. We play small drums for the Creator to hear as women shake shells. We dance. And everything is about Thanksgiving.
This is a framework. frame work. Our spirituality provides this connection. It’s a connected tradition. Good stuff is passed down orally (as we learned about the old ways and Celtic Energies in 2019). All of the stories in Ireland were passed down orally and the folks who are passing down those stories took great pride and care to make sure their stories were passed down accurately.
In Ireland, the children and grandchildren would repeat the stories over and over and then be corrected or guided or coached by the grandparents. The Native American elders also guided their listeners to retell accurate stories (and keep many secret).
So engaging in play is part of ceremony for us. This is still with the Native Americans here. We believe our body and spirit are tied together.
- Practice mindfulness
- Put our phones away
- Be IN gratitude every day
- In the shower, list things we’re grateful for
- Practice balance and sobriety
- Our spirit talks to us
- Ground using running water
- Take care of ourselves so we can serve others
- Speak Cherokee daily
- Keep the youth engaged (let them shake shells while the elders dance–in the past, only the older ones did that)
- Dance during the different phases of the moon
Next point on the spiral: First 30 minutes of our DE-Program. And on every call ask, “How did it go for you last week from what we learned or discussed”?
Spiral side business notes: Overwhelm & promotions
In 2008 I was too scattered how too much at people and overwhelmed. Throw too much at people and it overwhelms them. “Schizophrenic entrepreneur” is an actual thing. Focus on one thing to become an expert and grow and manage from there. Use database lists three to four hours straight at the computer, get more clients. Use a press release. Grow Your Business build your brand. These are business notes promoting other people. I’d love to communicate audio visually. And blog for others. And sing original songs. I use music to ease my anxiety and stress. We could create animated videos, so far my hubby is my only happy client for those. I can offer digital works such as press releases, blogs, social media promotions, communicating, and connecting (via social media). Case in point, my husband just created his own brand new music website and all he needed to know was how to change the title in the header in the HTML. I helped him with that and it was a two-second fix (as any of you know who work on websites and do HTML). So he was happy about that. And I felt grounded.
Spiral side note: More rabbit holes
Next point: The spiral grounded, real and skeptical. These are all points that Dr. Eric Pearl has talked about as an authentic person the progression of integrative medicine. List of some people’s names who promote human energy and living universe energy. Everything at every level is alive in the universe, remembers, and evolves. Homeopathy; survival after death; and psychic abilities. Sounds like several rabbit holes.
Next point on the spiral: Discussion topic the toilet lid. Toilet has a lid for a reason. Put the lid down before you flush; when you flush, all that stuff goes up into the air and spreads out around your bathroom.
Next point is road rage. And the spirit of “Taking it personally.” Shakespeare: All the worlds a stage – Control = Ego. Fairness justice come from the Ego; Ego is everything other than pure essence ego. “What are we pretending not to know?” Marianne Williams.
Next point on the spiral: Meditate, set my route. Oh, this was from Stonehenge.
So, the meditation at Stonehenge had me sitting my root chakra next to the blue healing stone buried in the ground and began to thank Omniscience in and for all ways. That was deep.
Mindfulness and Yoga
Next point on the spiral. Start with mindfulness awareness, presence time, prioritize stillness, breathe connection. Be here now. Morning gratitude ritual. Opposite multitasking nourishing with food and grace before meals. We are all connected.
Next point: “Tune us the sitar neither low nor high and we will dance away the hearts of men.” That’s a quote that my yoga teacher, Dr. Ronald Porter uses when he teaches yoga in St. Pete. Let’s see I think this is my quote. Let me read it. There’s a little something more to it other than just being told that deep breathing as another alternative modality to relieve a health issue. Otherwise, we’d all be healthy and feel good with the amount of quality and knowledge that abounds in this information age. I have my name attached to that. So I’d have to look and see if that comes from my blog or I pick that up somewhere.
Next point: Yoga puts us in touch with the sun, subtleties way of life, which is not equal to religion. Yoga is not a religion, but it can be. Anything can be a religion IF you turn it into ritual (by “practicing it). More people do yoga for the body in the US than in India.
Next point on the spiral: What feels good to you?
Spiral side note: Do something new!
Next point: Do something new. Or release something, per Sherry Frost 2008. And I have a bunch of key words here fitness well being robustness, stamina, vigor, tone, top form wholeness, fine feather constitution. Palliative release is cure deliverance, solace, comfort, remission, consolation, cheer, breathe, help assistance. Alleviate, mitigate, lightening, rest, respite, happiness, satisfaction, analysis, medicine, therapeutics, and healing. Use the heart close rather than the hard close, especially in business. We are all in – and that was the business coaching comment. More tags intuitive, uncontrolled, common, ordinary, universal, regular, Natural Alternative, organic, Holistic Health Wellness modalities remedies therapy treatment relief prescription free drug free non toxic primitive, vital prime primal necessary fundamental essential original integrated, comprehensive full total energy strength, vitality, hardiness and bloom.
Next point: where are my wishes? This was part of a talk can only help it can’t hurt but the universe doesn’t hear no. So I wanted to rephrase that. Non toxic native to the body. I don’t have all the answers, but my allergies have reduced. Now I’m working to help my granddaughter’s I connect to others for answers and learn. I’ll keep those because those cards seem to really stand out in a speech.
Spiral side business note: Want to grow your brand?
Next point: Do you want to grow your brand, or your client list? You can see a lot of these things are gonna come out of the spiral though because they just don’t fit. One of these things is not like the others. That’s what we’re looking for. I can do all your online work for you. Highlight differences, no prescriptions needed drug free options. I can consult with you to build your email list. Send regular updates, offer coupons and specials, and promotions. And send out communications. But that may not mean anything to a therapist or mental health person. They need a website. They need help when they say, “I’m going to pull my hair out.” For those of you who are avoiding having an online presence, losing sales will be the result.
Spiral side business note: Continue learning & side hustles
Okay, next point: Neural network pathways fractals. Alana held on to the tree for dear life. Fractals, kaleidoscope, mystical power, infinite space, ineffable experience, one dose of magic mushroom can cure anxiety and depression. No fear of dying. Recalibrates view of death, quest on and we’ll learn together. It took a hypnotist a year to build her email list to 972 or so people. Joint ventures. Alliances work if you have 1000 emails and they have 1000 emails. Partners will be more willing to share their list with you, etc. if you both have similar size businesses. Say you send out an e-zine twice a month to build a relationship with chatty kind of people. And you write with personal tone, but they’re not all targeted for this type of information. You will sell 2%, 3%, or maybe 5% from your list; 20 to 50 sales from 1000. That’s your tipping point and it’s all a numbers game. I think that’s what I got from business coaching. Get the right people on your list! It can be fun to cross each 100 email address milestone while list building. Manage your contact list somehow. Yeah, there’s ideas about that which I don’t recommend anymore.
A college degree used to be near guarantee of finding full time permanent work, yet now, you may want to consider supplementing your income and build work experience with public exposure for those without a formal degree or second job. Seniors are supporting themselves while attending college, per data source: National Center for Education Statistics. Hopefully that’s the end of the business stuff.
Goal of Meditation
Next point: The goal of meditation is to release resistance release resistant thoughts then the thoughts that do come will be useful to you. Write or speak into a recorder, which is what I’m doing right now with Otter. Thank you very much. All right. Here we get to the crux of something.
Spiral side note: My history
Okay, Mom and Dad were opposites. How could that happen?
Mama always said opposites attract. We materialize our thoughts law of attraction or not. I’m glad you look for patterns. One of my friends loved these kinds of groups for two and a half years. Self Mastery is important ignorance versus knowledge. Ignorance is expensive. Again, with the beginner’s mind, well, that’s the seven habits. Stephen Covey. Not all who fight were alcoholics, right. I kept telling my counselor that. For years he thought every time I walked into his office, that my parents were alcoholics. And no, my parents were not alcoholics. But they still argued. They had just a high level of passion. They either were passionate and touchy, warm and fuzzy, or all lovey dovey. Or they were at each other’s throats. And it was a war.
Next point: From class participants I learned: About imagination. Love, how you engage with your senses; smelling sagebrush; staying in the race; planning everything. One said we wake up to miracles from angels when we least expect it. Reminded me of when I met Richard. Another participant suggested vision boards. I’ve used vision boards. I’ve used the list making as well, which is what I did prior to meeting Richard. One suggests awakening to a new perspective. One participant had a pattern of running away from relationships and school life; she allowed herself to be in that box though. Allowing is huge. She didn’t like the cards she was dealt. She looked at her patterns and felt the need to be perfect and for years I have told people I do not believe in Perfection.
Spiral side note: Don’t get caught up in who’s right
Because nothing’s perfect except a drop of water. You take a drop of water on the tip of your finger and watch it fall into the cup. You see that? Immediately the waterfront forms a perfect sphere. And I think in the natural world that’s built off of its perfect natural healing another point on the spiral energy medicine connected consciousness Why are you poisoning your family how know your how old natural foods alternative healing biofeedback clinic techniques, belief how you heal and just don’t get so caught up in the religiosity or the need to be right as so many things can be proven wrong at a later point in time. Remove the interference and the body will heal itself. Sure words never spoken. Now we’re about 90%. So another point on the spiral. SARS Cove two is not a childhood disease. Anyone who’s healthy with a good strong immune system will look likely survive COVID.
Spiral side note: Sacred Science Herbal Detox
And triphala which is T R I P H A L a is an herb if you take it every day and moisturizes the stool, you can take a half to five grams nightly around bedtime and I was taking that every day and have stopped. So that’s something I can do again. Note to self Kanwar, veggies, millet, fish fruit, mung beans, double water to rice and beans cook for 20 minutes eat three times a day that was part of my that was part of my sacred science herbal detox that I did last year which I will do again. The liver is the main blood filter and does a ton of things so purging through the bowels is good and kidneys purify water, any soluble toxins you can pee them out. At and here’s the information about that cyst that I was talking about earlier, fat soluble pesticides, some of those turn into cysts tests and labs will prove or provide information about what symptoms you’re What if you have symptoms and you have tests and labs done. They can point you in a direction to us to either heal or or detoxify. Help your practitioner know what you need to detoxify from.
Finishing up the outside of the spiral
Next point: Exogenous is from the outside in. Chemicals are exogenous and there are Xenoestrogens like plastics. Pesticides, endogenous is from the inside such as, cellular waste and toxins, poisons like bee venom, and pollution.
Next point: Sleep is a brain tonic per Dr. Perlmutter. Learn something new that you’ve never done. I use some clever tricks to shut off my mental chatter before bed. One is breathwork. I count my in breath. Then I hold my breath and then I exhale for more of those counts than the total of the in and hold count. In other words, I breathe in to a count of five. I hold my breath to three and then I exhale for eight because that would be five plus three.
Next point: Never get in my own head about this. We never know what someone is going through.
Next point: Do you want me to keep you in the loop?
Spiral side note: Health tests
I had some information about the Dutch test which is a urine strips that tests for hormones. You can also do hair analysis. Alcohol depletes magnesium magnesium for magnesium you can use a lotion. If your metabolic type is slow, sometimes very high calcium drops potassium in the cells. Just I have a lot of information on the very tiny card so I’m just I couldn’t keep them and I do recommend a magnesium lotion called Ancient Minerals seems to have worked very well for me and some others so you might want to check it out, if you haven’t heard of it. And if you need magnesium estrogen issues related to excess copper and cells and tissues stored in liver and brain. That’s that one.
Next point: Christina Reishi. Elderberries syrup she’s working on her new website with a friend and may need assistance with SEO. The natural products industry is very competitive. Yes.
Spiral side note: Current work
Next point: 9/20-21 I began learning government proposal writing. This doesn’t fit in at all with what we’re talking about. So, I can put this aside it’s for my career job/work. I have a card with some names on it. And how several people remembered me, and I wrote their names down to remind myself of my accomplishments in my “work” history. I didn’t just go out and find each job that I worked, which if you look at my holistic resume, you can see how many companies I worked for. And each of those was because somebody remembered me and that was just a thank you type card to myself for all the people that I have to thank for being in the career that I’ve been in for over 30 years.
Completing the spiral, for now
We’ve now drawn out our spiral for this and ready for what comes next… (see next blog article: https://sheilamurrey.net/2022/06/26/wrap-up-session-using-integrated-spiral/).
I know you’re heartbroken that we’re done, but this blog article is sooo long! Ha! We need to end it now. The next article will tell you what the next steps are–I promise.
At this point though, you have everything organized and laid out in the spiral form (or stacked to put away for the moment). Give yourself a big hug from me, and feel the feelings of accomplishment!!!
You’ve decluttered and organized the big pile of convoluted chaos that you started with. And now you’ve got all of your thoughts and ideas in a loose framework structure where you can begin to weed out (we already did some weeding) as we got rid of cards. And we put cards aside if we thought we might need them for another project.
This process is kind of like cleaning out your closet. Or when you’re downsizing and you’re going to live a simpler lifestyle. It’s the same kind of processes!
Yes, this Integrated Spiral™ method could be used for downsizing as well. I didn’t even think of that until talking through this. So, thank you! Thank you for reading and/or listening, if you’re listening to this audio. (You can probably tell I spent HOURS editing this! Ha!)
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Many blessings to you in ALL ways. Amen. Namaste. OM
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A bit about me, your Spiral Sister
Fractal of Omniscience. “Spiral Sister”🌀Observer & Perceiver of Energy & Wisdom from Nature. Empath|Author|Connector|Speaker|Singer.❤️🦋🌀🎼〰️🙏🔥☯️
I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, natural health foods store, art fair, music or yoga festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. I’m an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon. Visit my author’s page here.
Plus, I documented how I naturally reversed 30+ years of chronic asthma in my holistic health book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, that’s available on Barnes and Noble: here.
Be the best version of who you want to be. As it really does affect us ALL. We Are All Connected.
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Happy New Year!
2019 looks to be starting off with a bang of metaphysical synchronicities. And I love it!
Happy New Year to ALL! Hang on as it might be a bumpy ride, but I feel it’s gonna knock our socks off when certain revelations are revealed.
I’m excited for what this year’s going to bring. I’m content with Now, having learned to allow and flow as water over the rocks (obstacles) of life, laugh, love, focus more on what I enjoy (IN joy), and let go–really let go–of anything I can’t control (while understanding most is none of my business to try to control)!
Let’s do this.
Enjoy each moment.
Move our body.
And just be some more.
It’s our time, Now.
New to my blog?
In a recent dream of my mother, she encouraged me to enjoy talking with my friends about sacred journeys and to see the book of Kells, which joyfully, I’ll be visiting in September 2019–that changed to June/July 2019–see the link here:
P.S. I wrote the following 4 years ago, and it still applies:
Perfect example of “Bloom where you are planted” huh?! So I will also say, “…even if you can only produce ONE beautiful bloom!” Happy New Year everyone. Just BE happy where you are!
A bit about me, your Spiral Sister
I would love to speak at your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural fair or festival. I support healthy lifestyle businesses. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.
An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, available on Amazon.
Plus, my holistic health book that details how I naturally reversed asthma, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available now. Buy it here.
Be the best version of who you want to be.
Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.
Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself
For this journey let us first discipline the discussion by presenting you with some definitions, which hopefully can be shared, as:
- The BE-attitudes. Attitudes of BE-ing, how we can be, or may become perfect. (As in “Be ye perfect…”)
- Perfect. A way of BEing whole, flowing with the electrifying presence of, or perfected in the awareness of God.
- Metaphysical. Anything beyond the physical manifestation. More than being physical. Unanswerable mystery. Each being either distinct from God (as in, mirror likeness) or part of, flowing with God.
- God. LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy. Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and End. Chi or Qi. YOWAH or Great Spirit. All That Is And Ever Shall Be. OMnipotent, OMnipresent, OMniscience.
- God Bumps. A bodily feeling of an electrifying presence believed to be the flow of Limitless, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator Source Energy flowing through you. Do not ignore it, or deny its presence, as that would be blasphemous against your knowing, yes, even your alignment with God. Denying the power thereof would be akin to blasphemy.
- Translation. A different way of interpreting the same words. That is, my heavy assumption is that each Bible translator had the same original papyrus or scroll from which the specific books were translated.
About the markings (acronyms) used here:
I am quoting/referencing first from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) here, and I will be citing (not presenting the entire scripture for brevity’s sake), and then I will note the reference to the Holy Scriptures of the Restoration (marked as HSR) and the Ferrar Fenton (FF) translations to provide additional meaning, as I feel appropriate. Finally, I will add the metaphysical musing (MM) after each segment of scripture, which are thoughts and words that flowed to me by grace for our continued learning.
MM opening statement: The sermon on the mount, or Beattitudes, written long after Jesus the Christ physically walked the Earth, was learned and held deeply fast by His disciples, who then, in turn, taught others and founded churches.
As you might imagine, the ones who learned these sermons directly from Jesus and were disciplined in living His teachings, would teach and write (or have scribes write) the messages, as Jesus’ words were like literal food for the disciples–they would give their own lives for the Word.
It has been said that the Beattitudes were compiled from many of Jesus’ own sermons, as presented during different times and various outdoor locations, so it would seem natural that if one would desire to draw closer to Him that you would sit with, or meditate upon these words to obtain each nuanced meaning, yes, every deep and profound aspect that can sustain you, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Much love and many blessings to you in ALL ways. Amen.
Matthew Chapter 5
When Jesus saw (FF: observing) the crowds, he went up (FF: ascended the hill) (HSR: into a) the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
(HSR: Blessed are they who should believe on me; and again, more blessed are they who shall believe on your words, when ye shall testify that ye have seen me and that I am. Yea, blessed are they who shall believe on your words, and come down into the depth of humility, and be baptized in my name; for they shall be visited with fire and the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins.)
3 Blessed are the poor (FF: gentle) in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (HSR: Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit, who come unto me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.) MM: Many readers are confused by the terms, “poor in spirit”, or even “gentle in spirit” here. But we must remember why Jesus is teaching his disciples, to prepare them for a time when he will not be in the physical form, and the disciples will need to go into all of the world and convince them to come unto Christ Jesus. I believe this is why the HSR adds the two verses prior to verse 3 in the other Bible translations).
4 Blessed are those who mourn (FF: the sufferers), for they will be comforted. MM: It seems all have at the least, one moment of suffering in their life. It would be good to know then that Jesus really, loves you–through and through.
5 Blessed are the meek (FF: kind-hearted), for they will inherit the earth. MM: Do you want the Earth? It doesn’t seem like many people want a pure Earth, the way in which it was at the beginning of humankind. Most want to rape and plunder Earth’s resources, including its inhabitants. If you really want to inherit the Earth, act like it. Show me. Plant a garden. Plant a tree. Learn how to plant flowers in a garden instead of using pesticides to keep the bugs at bay so your vegetables will grow healthy. Sing to the plants. When you take a plant for food, plant the seeds from it to propogate more food. OMniscience has given you all you would ever need, but you misuse it. Learn. Appreciate. Be mindful of needs vs. wants.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (FF: satisfied). (HSR: filled with the Holy Ghost). MM: When you know that you know. For me, it’s when I feel the inner physical sensation of God Bumps, as I have coined the term, explained elsewhere in my blog articles.
7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive (FF: shall secure) (HSR: obtain) mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (FF: God Himself).
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (FF: shall be declared God’s own sons). MM: Curiously, many other times in the Bible, it refers to all men and women as being God’s children. Must it be then, that we have all been created with the capability to be peacemakers?
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted (HSR: for my name’s sake) for righteousness’ sake, (FF: on account of righteousness) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (FF: You are blessed whenever they curse and persecute you, and say every vile thing against you, falsely, because of Me. Be glad and delighted…). MM: For many, this may be the hardest lesson to learn in this life. If you had another turn at it, would you want it? Maybe it would be wise to sit with this one longer, until you really get the fullness of its meaning.
13 You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste (FF: strength) (HSR: savor), how can its saltiness be restored? (FF: with what can itself be salted?) It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. (FF: It is then good for nothing, but to be flung out and trodden under foot by mankind.) MM: Note here that when we lose our ability to make peace, and allow peace to be the norm on Earth–that would occur after all people would come to know Christ Jesus–then we are again on/in the ground of the Earth, similar to the Hell that was discussed earlier.
14 You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket (FF: corn measure), but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works (FF: conduct) and give glory (FF: praise) to your Father in heaven. MM: Especially to the light workers, you must set the bar really high in this life–love one another! When you speak of others, raise them up! Let all whom you encounter, walk away feeling the best that they can about themselves.
17 Do not think (FF: imagine) that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill (FF: complete them). 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven (FF: the heavens) and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass (FF: disappear) from the law until all is accomplished (FF: has been completed). 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, (HSR: he shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven) will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven (HSR: shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven). 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (FF: If, therefore, any one shall make light of one of the least of its commands, and shall teach men so, he shall be declared the least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever teaches them and acts up to them, he shall be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you that if your righteousness does not surpass that of the professors and Pharisees, you can by no means enter the Kingdom of Heaven.) MM: God is great, and God teaches everyone via life experience. That’s why we’ve all come to this Earth.
21 You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times (FF: You have heard that it was said by the ancients), ‘You shall not murder’; (HSR: Thou shalt not kill) and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ (FF: if a man should murder, he would be liable to punishment.) (HSR: shall be in danger of the judgment of God.) 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell of fire. (FF: But I tell you, that every man quarrelling with his brother will be liable to punishment; and if he should call his brother ‘Scoundrel,’ he will be liable to the High Court of Justice; and whoever shall call his brother ‘Rebel,’ will be liable to the branding by fire.) (HSR: But I say unto you that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of his judgment, and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, or Rabcha, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hellfire.) MM: This is one of the passages that is often most frightening as we are not told what we are not supposed to kill. The Essenes ate from living plants, without killing the plant, because of the way they interpreted the law. At some point, the word “kill” became “murder” to insinuate that we should not murder another human being. I also believe this is why in many states of the USA, we have abolished capital punishment. And no doubt, this is also the main reason Christians, and people of faith, are against abortion. If you forget other passages of the Sermon on the Mount, this is certainly one that needs to be pondered and well understood. When you kill with your intentions to break a creature’s spirit, use a hateful tone of voice, or other hurtful physical actions, are these not just as harmful?
23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. (FF: Therefore, even if you have carried your offering up to the altar, and you should there discover that your brother has suffered any wrong by you, leave your offering even before the altar, and go away; first be reconciled to your brother, and then returning, present your offering.) MM: Giving tithes to a church does you no good, and certainly doesn’t do your soul any good, if you are holding any kind of hurt feelings, bitterness, jealousy, or such against your brother, neighbor, family member, or anyone you have had any kind of personal dispute with–either in person or online (virtual / social media). Make up with the person or whatever you have to do to patch things up, forgive the person and yourself, and then, feel and notice the love you hold for the person and yourself within your heart–before giving any tithes (gifts, money, or service) to the church. We are each mirrors of each other, and aspects of God, so we cannot hold animosity against anyone, for any reason, without a kind of boomerang effect turning that angst right back around on us. God will not accept tithes from us while our heart is in such a dark state.
25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser (FF: make friends with your accuser quickly) while you are on the way to court with him, (FF: while you are in his company) or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. MM: Make amends with anyone who believes you have wronged them. As was just stated previously about tithing, this lesson goes far beyond tithes and offerings to God. What hurts one, hurts all. We Are All Connected.
27 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks (FF: looks lewdly) at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Note: The NRSV, nor the FF contain this next verse, however, I believe that the King James version does include it. HSR: Behold, I give unto you a commandment, that ye suffer none of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.)
29 If (FF: If, therefore) your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better (FF: it will be profitable) for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell (FF: perish in the Pit). 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away (FF: from you); it is better for you to lose one of your members (FF: limbs) than for your whole body to go into hell (FF: perish in the Pit). (HSR: Behold, it is written by them of old time, that thou shalt not commit adultery. But I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.) MM: The word Hell in the Bible is referring to the ground beneath our feet, or within the Earth. It was long thought that since fire/lava flowed to the surface of the Earth, from deep inside the Earth, that Hell must be a terrible, never-ceasing pit of fire. People used to say, they were going “helling for potatoes” when they were going to go dig potatoes out of the dirt. Hell should not be thought of then, as a place of terrible burning torment. However, Hell as in meaning one will lay forever in the dirt, is nearly just as gruesome of a thought, for if one does not know God in one way or another and is cut off from God, then spending eternity in the grave could be considered just as awful and lonely. From another perspective, your eye, or your view of the world, can be hell if all you see around you is dark, evil, or foreboding. One can live in that kind of underworld. And in that scenario, when we see bad all around us, we think it’s all bad. But the good news is that you don’t have to live like that. You can choose to see with new eyes, or realize the abundance of nature around you, of the beauty of life. There is good in the world. Choose to see it! This also reminds me of a philosophical question. Do you believe the Universe is friendly? The way you answer that question will clue you in as to how you see the world.
31 It was also said (FF: decreed), ‘Whoever divorces (FF: dismiss) his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity (FF: fornication), causes her to commit adultery (FF: he represents her to be an adulteress); and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. MM: Some see this as God’s intent to punish women, but others see it as a way for God to hold the married man accountable, since in the old days, and in many times still today, once a woman has married she has lost her dowry, any gifts her parents had to give her and her husband, and of course, her virginity / youth. We know from other scripture verses that God hates divorce. Could it be that is because divorce is costly and cruel to all parties, especially the couple’s children. It causes so much suffering. The next verse discusses breaking of oaths, marriage is of course, one of the highest oaths anyone can make to another person, so it should be obvious that it must not be entered into without careful prayer, fasting, and the most discerning of knowledge of yourself and the person you intend to marry. These verses show us how loving God is, by showing us that God seeks to spare us of the hurt and pain of divorce. You see some animals in nature only take one mate for life, how much more does God want this for us.
33 Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely (FF: not perjure yourselves), but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word (FF: language) be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one. MM: When we speak from our aligned selves, our innermost self that is a spark of God, what we speak resonates with (vibrates with “like” frequency) all of creation! Ahh, the sweet Harmony! Yet, how often can it been seen, that even after leaving church or synagogue, one might curse or swear at someone who cuts them off in traffic, which might have put our friends and family at risk of accident or injury? Often, so it seems, the cursing is done out of fear. Many people vow never to eat a certain food again, drink a certain beverage, or vow to repay another, even swearing in God’s Holy name, and then very quickly forget what they vowed to do. God is LIMITLESS! God is OMnipotent, OMnipresent, OMniscience! God has created everything! God rules over ALL of Creation, of which you are only a fractal part and has full reign to teach you in duplicitous, mirror-like, or LIMITLESS number of ways (using any means). Yet, you believe, just because you have a mouth that can say anything, that you have been given the gift of breath to be able to make hollow vows? You can only make your hair light or dark by a chemical process, but God is ruler over ALL. Might you consider this before you take God’s name and make any kind of vow in the future. Note: the so called evil ones are of lower vibration. Keep your vibration high (pure positive), not focusing on, or speaking of the lower vibrations and automatically the lesser vibrations are kept at bay.
38 You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer (FF: Do not contend with the wicked). But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40 and if anyone wants to sue you (FF: drags you to law) and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41 and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42 Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. MM: What you resist, persists. You can battle someone to the death. What good does it do? Where you flow your attention and Energy, that vibration is the one that will grow. So, if you find yourself with one of a lower vibration, you have the ability to choose to depart from that person. Don’t hang out with those who make you feel bad! You’ve been told not to cast your pearls before swine, and this verse is aligned well with that philosophy. If you’ve chosen to stay around this one of lower vibration, however, you must give, and give some more, perhaps until it hurts, so that you will not make this mistake, or misstep, again. Whatever you give, of course, consider it charity to the lower vibrational one who does not know any better. Turn, leave and be blessed as you walk away. It doesn’t hurt you to give to a beggar, as it ALL belongs to God anyway! It wouldn’t hurt you at all if you were NOT ATTACHED to “things.” But in the instance of someone hurting your feelings, that should show you what you are prideful about, and because God loves you dearly, he sent Jesus to teach you that you do not have to carry the pain or embarrassment around with you of any particularly hurtful incident, just move forward. Only swine wallow in their mud forever, and you my dear, are a pearl.
43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for (FF: bless) those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise (FF: He raises His sun) on the evil (FF: bad) and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors (FF: extortioners) (HSR: publicans) do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles (FF: extortioners) (HSR: publicans) do the same? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. MM: Ah, this is a good one! So many people interpret this literally, splitting all kinds of hairs about who your neighbor is or is not, and who your enemy is or is not. Ah, the bicker about all of that and miss the larger point entirely! It may sound difficult, but it is really simple. If you can bless your enemies, EVERYTHING in life is easier! No one ever said that everything, every transaction, every relationship, every encounter, would be fair. No! But, this is a Universe of inclusion, so the sun and the rain occur for all. The higher your vantage point though, the more beautiful and fair the world looks. Therefore, aim your sights high. Love big! Turn from the ones who seek to do you wrong, give them whatever you need to in order to cut them loose, then you’ll be able to help so many more who really deserve your generous gifts. Wholly, see all others with as much compassion as you can muster. One day, you may be in need of that same compassion.
Beware of practicing your piety (FF: charities) (HSR: alms) before others in order to be seen (FF: with the intention of being observed) by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. MM: Ah, once again we are taught a lesson about pride. Just as we were instructed to give to the poor, and go the second mile when we feel victimized, we can choose whether we seek our rewards in this physical manifested life, or in the spiritual (only real) life. Seek ye first the Kingdom…
2 So whenever you give alms (FF: do a kindness), do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised (FF: secure the praise of men) (HSR: have glory of men) by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. MM: It seems that Jesus had quite a lot to say about pride. Was it because He lived in a time when a lot of supposed righteous people really did not know God at all, much less, live it? I dare say, even today, hypocrites abound–especially in the churches. Would you be so bold (like Jesus) to overthrow the money tables at your churches bingo event, bake sale, yard sale, or other money-maker?
5 And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6 But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you (FF: return it to you openly). MM: Who stands when they pray? Who kneels in their prayer closet? What religions teach people to stand and pray in the streets? Was Jesus really concerned about a person’s bodily position and location, or rather, wasn’t He most concerned that people who say rote (memorized) prayers, do not truly know (feel in their hearts) what it is that they are asking from God?
7 When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do (HSR: use not vain repetitions); for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. (FF: make use of no babble, like the heathen; for they imagine that they will be listened to because of their volubility.) 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (FF: Do not therefore imitate them; for your Father knows your necessities before you can ask Him.) MM: Again, by now, don’t we all get Jesus’ message pretty clear? Pride and prayer do not go together. Where one is, the other is not. Humility, brokenness, and simple words that you really feel, with heartfelt intent, that is all that is needed when you pray. In fact, you’ve already prayed enough! God knows what you have need of before you pray, so why not just sit in silence instead? Be still and know that I Am God.
9 Pray then in this way: (FF: Consequently, you must pray in this way) (HSR: Therefore, after this manner shall ye pray, saying)
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
(FF: “Our Father in the Heavens; Your Name must be being Hallowed;
Your Kingdom must be being restored
Your Will must be being done both in Heaven and upon the Earth.
Give us to-day our to-morrow’s bread;
And forgive us our faults, as we forgive those offending us, for You would not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from its evil.
For if you forgive men their faults, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours. But if you do not forgive those who wrong you, then neither will your Father forgive you your misdeeds.”)
(HSR: “Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come. They will be done on earth, as it is done in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, who trespass against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses.”)
MM: Truly, Jesus is asking you to trust in God. Have faith. No one, not even the richest most wealthy person will take ANY of their THINGS with them when they die. And all will experience a physical death. And further, even those with all the money, stocks, bonds, gold, diamonds, and so on, can lose it all with one bad decision, or government or otherwise. No amount of insurance can give you peace of mind about EVERYTHING. So, give it to God. Give it ALL to God.
16 And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17 But when you fast, put oil on (FF: dress) (HSR: anoint) your head and wash your face, 18 so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. MM: Who fasts anymore? For many years I did not think I could ever fast, perhaps it is the same with you. Why? Because Americans in particular, are conditioned (programmed) to eat at least 3 times a day! Once I decided to really study natural health and nutrition, along with many different kinds of ‘diets’, and even, look into how the Essenes, monks and guru’s lived, then did I decide to try fasting. The health benefits alone are absolutely astounding!!! If I had any severe health issue, the first thing I would do is fast. I am so serious about this one particular topic that I have other articles on that, which if you want, you can read here and here–after you finish this one of course! Sweetly, as soon as I finished writing that, about health, it flowed to me that Jesus was teaching about fasting for the spiritual opening, expansion, and understanding it can bring! Yes, ahh, blissful enlightenment!
19 Do not store (FF: hoard) up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume (HSR: corrupt) (FF: destroy) and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. MM: Who still has difficulty understanding what Jesus is talking about? The most important thing in your life should be to please God.
22 The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy (FF: sound), your whole body will be full of light (FF: illuminated) (HSR: The light of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single to the glory of God, they whole body shall be full of light); 23 but if your eye is unhealthy (FF: diseased) (HSR: evil), your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! MM: Now, I will share some words my mother wrote in the margin on this page of her Holy Scriptures: “The light of the body is the eye, let it be single to the purpose of God.” What is flowing to me is that the only way to rightly interpret this passage is metaphysically. When you consider what Jesus said before, about plucking out one of your own eyes should it offend you, causing you to lust after a woman or to covet someone else’s possession, it should be obvious that this is not about your physical eye. It may be referring to your third eye, or the part of brain that discerns right from wrong, light from dark, or about the densities of vibration. It may also refer to the “I” of “I Am”, the Great Spirit of God within YOU. If God’s Spirit is within you, you will be spiritually healthy, but if you have done all you could to disconnect (not acknowledge) God’s Spirit within you, the Divine spark of God that we are all given at birth, then you will be spiritually dead.
(HSR: Additional verses: And, again, I say unto you, Go ye into the world, and care not for the world; for the world will hate you, and will persecute you, and will turn you out of their synagogues. Nevertheless, ye shall go forth from house to house, teaching the people; and I will go before you.) MM: It is interesting that Jesus was telling his disciples, those disciplined enough to LIVE Jesus’ teachings, that the world would hate them. That the world would persecute them and kick them out of their synagogues. I can tell you that while I can appreciate the artistry of the architecture of temples and churches, those buildings do not represent “church” to me. When two or three of us gather to talk about God, Spirit, and the ever unfolding of OMniscience, that is where my “church” is, and I believe God is with us in that moment! We Are All ONE.
24 No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted (FF: honor) to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. MM: Myriad of books have been written on this subject. But I tell you, if you believe that God owns it all, and we are but a fractal of the ever-reaching, ever-effervescencing OMniscient God, then how can we store up any part, of anything, and call it “ours”?
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about (HSR: take no thought for) your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about (FF: respecting) your body, what you will wear. Is not life more (FF: more important) than food, and the body (FF: itself than its clothing) more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air (FF: Just look at the birds in the sky!); they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value (HSR: ye not much better) than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying (FF: fretting) add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider (FF: Reflect upon) the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive (FF: flourish) today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven (FF: fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles (FF: heathen) who strive (FF: hunt eagerly) for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things (HSR: Why is it that ye murmur among yourselves, saying, We cannot obey they word because ye have not all these things, and seek to excuse yourselves, saying that, After all these things, do the Gentiles seek). 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. MM: This continues to provide examples about what to put first, God, or making money. If you but only put the Kingdom of God first, then all of the other things, whatever you have need of, will be given to you. Ahh, doesn’t this simplify this a bit? Before your feet hit the floor each morning, give thanks, pray, meditate, study any and all words that will align your innermost BE-ing with OMniscience OMnipresence that is ever potent, OMnipotent, to ease your way each day. What an Aha this knowing is! How freeing is this? You are not a slave, you are free. The truth sets you free, and the truth is knowing that you and ALL belong to, are a part of LIMITLESS OMniscient God. YOWAH. Great Spirit.
34 So do not worry (FF: fret) about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries (FF: trouble) of its own (HSR: the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself). Today’s trouble is enough for today (FF: The care of each day by itself is quite enough). MM: It is not needed that you cry about what happened yesterday. Nor will you be anxious about anything that may or may not happen tomorrow. Stay in the NOW. Be present, real, compassionate, and kind with everyone you deal with. With new eyes, you will not see trouble. You will see ease and grace. Love!
Do not judge (FF: condemn)(HSR: Judge not unrighteously), so that you may not be judged (HSR: but judge righteous judgment). 2 For with the judgment you make (FF: according to the sentence you pronounce) you will be judged (FF: convicted), and the measure you give will be the measure you get. 3 Why do you see the speck (FF: dust) in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log (FF: chip) in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye (FF: eye of your brother). MM: Some say that “neighbor” refers to another of like-mind. However, typically a neighbor is defined as someone being situated next to or very near (another). When Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, he used the word neighbor to define those who happened to be traveling that same road. If we use logic to define the word neighbor, we can discern that a neighbor could be someone we like, versus an enemy that we would choose to stay away from. However, we often cannot choose our neighbors or our family, as we would choose our friends. As well, if we are to love our enemies as Jesus loves us, this seems to expand the meaning in a flowing-outward way. If, therefore, you can love your enemies, everything in life becomes easy. And since Jesus came to forgive us, and indeed save us from suffering and anguish in the after life, it would seem to fit together that He would want to reduce our earthly suffering as well by having us learn to love, looking over differences, and helping anyone when we can, in the moment. Prefer communication over conflict. Side with cooperation over competition.
(HSR: Additional verse: And Jesus said unto his disciples, Beholdest thou the scribes, and the Pharisees, and the priests, and the Levites? The teach in their synagogues, but do not observe the law, nor the commandments; and all have gone out of the way, and are under sin. Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments, when ye yourselves are the children of corruption?)
6 Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, (FF: for fear) or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul (FF: rend) you.
(HSR: Additional verse: For the world cannot receive that which ye, yourselves, are not able to bear, wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them, lest they turn again and rend you.)
7 Ask, and it will be given you; search (FF: seek), and you will find; knock, and the door (FF: it) will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? 10 Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake (FF: serpent)? 11 If you then, who are evil (FF: corrupt), know how to give good gifts (FF: bestow benefits) to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things (FF: benefits) to those who ask him!
12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. (HSR: Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.) (FF: Whatever therefore you wish men to do to you, do the same yourselves to them; for this is the law and the prophets. MM: It seems that by reading different translations of this verse, one could take it in a few different ways. It’s normally thought of as the Golden Rule, but I have met Christians who have told me the Golden Rule is not biblical. Like many things, it is open for debate and interpretation. If you have been following along to this point however, and see Jesus the Christ as a teacher, it seems reasonable to ascribe one meaning to this, yet, if you look upon Jesus the Christ as perfect, and the son of God, son of a LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space, Creator God, then I am inclined to believe he is teaching us a Universal truth, that however we wish people to treat us, if we treat them in the pleasing, fair, honest, and kind ways we wish to be treated, it will teach them by example, that we desire to be treated in like manner. It will also set an example (or boundary) for them to know the kind of treatment we will not accept, or at the least (if we are the long-suffering kind), we will not endure forever.
13 Enter through the narrow (HSR: strait) gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy (FF: well paved) that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it. 14 For the gate is narrow (HSR: narrow is the way) and the road is hard (FF: difficult the path) that leads to life, and there are few who find it. MM: If it seems hard to do, that’s most likely the path you should take. You did not choose to come to this earth to have it easy and eat bon-bon’s all day, you came to have many experiences, and learn many lessons. You will not take any physically manifested things with you to the Great Beyond when you leave this earth, but you will want to live a Connected and joyful life, both now and beyond, in whatever form or fashion the eternally, brilliant, pulsating, and thrilling Great Beyond looks like.
15 Beware of false prophets (FF: false teachers), who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly (FF: in their hearts) are ravenous (FF: plundering) wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? 17 In the same way, every good (FF: useful) tree bears good (FF: useful) fruit, but the bad (FF: worthless) tree bears bad (FF: worthless) (HSR: evil) fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire (FF: be used as firewood). 20 Thus you will know them by their fruits (FF: Reject their produce; for by this you can recognise them). MM: Again, we are admonished to use enough discernment, so as not to be fooled. A good tree might make a mistake now and then, but overall, its fruit is useful. False teachers can come in many roles, not only as a religious teacher. False teachers might be in your family, or someone you may wish to marry. Consider the fruits from anyone you may hold up on a pedestal and take much advice from, before you sign any commitment, be careful of whom you are aligning with. It is said in other scriptures that it is unwise to be unequally yoked. Also, it is quite wise for you to examine your own fruit, to be careful that you learn from any missteps and apologize promptly and with sincerity. If you seem to find trouble at every turn, it might be you who is the worthless tree, producing worthless fruit, so seek out wise counsel and be ready to do the inner work to make the desired changes so for the rest of your life, you will produce useful fruit.
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ (FF: Master!, Master!) will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy (FF: preached) in your name, and cast out demons (HSR: devils) in your name, and do many deeds (HSR: wonderful works) (FF: wonders) of power in your name?’ 23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’ (FF: depart from Me, you traders in lawlessness!) MM: This is the passage that most clearly establishes that there must be a way for us to know, along with the visible fruits of our daily thoughts and actions, whether we are in alignment with God in every moment. This is where the aforementioned God Bumps come into play. Once you know the feeling in your mind and body of alignment with the Divine, straying from that alignment in any moment, is what is meant by this passage as one who does not do the will of God. This also reminds me of a saying from my papa, “A mouth is made to say anything.” So, also a mind can conjure anything. So, just because people use the name of God, Jesus, angels, or such when they make bold claims, speak in tongues, pray aloud, and so forth, does not mean they are genuine. When the Spirit is moving you to speak, it will feel to you as though a team of wild horses cannot stop you–and often, after you have spoken, you will not remember what you said. Some call this channeling, or divine revelation. As well, if someone tells you they have a message from God or Spirit for you and you do not feel the message resonate with your inner being, let it be. In my experience, if a message is meant for you and you do not accept it initially, it will keep coming around in various other ways. Typically, if I receive the same or very similar message three times, (that I otherwise did not resonate with) I pay attention to it.
24 Everyone then who hears these words of mine (FF: listens to these precepts of Mine) and acts on them will be like a wise (FF: reflective) man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain fell (FF: the storm raged), the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act (FF: practice) on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great was its fall! (FF: and its wreck was complete!)” MM: We are given to know that if our foundation (inner being) is true, if our inner compass is in alignment with God, we can withstand or weather, any storm. There is another scripture verse that goes, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” It seems fitting to remind us of this at this time. Know who lives in you, who guides and directs your path. Observe your thoughts, as they become your words.
28 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, 29 for he taught them as one having authority (HSR: from God), and not as their scribes (FF: professors). MM: I can imagine the many people who had never been allowed in a church or synagogue (due to their poverty, illness, or status), and Jesus speaking to them with authority. He would have spoken loving words to them and a message of hope and grace. His words would have brought an end of suffering to those afflicted with disease. Genuine words, not pious, ego-filled words. I can imagine His smile, his hand reaching out to those who begged for mercy or healing. I can imagine His love. It has been said that Jesus could get angry, but to whom was his anger directed. He demands honesty when we serve in His name. If you are attempting to reach your friends, family, neighbor, or enemy, be certain to lay your ego aside and then only speak as the Spirit leads. Being a member of any religion is not what saves any of you. Only what God sees and knows of you in your heart is what will save you. Make sure your whole heart is pure with the intention of always producing useful fruit.
New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible can be found at:
Holy Scriptures of the Restoration
Ferrar Fenton Bible
Note: By way of writing and presenting this article, I am in no way adding to the sacred words of Holy Scripture, but I am using them in an effort to teach and enlighten ALL. If the words flowing through me in the sections marked as, MM, do not align with your truth (your particular knowing), that’s okay. These words are only offered as another of the myriad perspectives available at any given point in time. Just give thanks, as do I, for your participation.
Love One Another.
Amen. Namaste. OM
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Something I don’t talk about
When I was a child
I distinctly recall a night, many years ago, while mom was driving us home – I became intrigued by power lines along the road. I gazed out the window and mused about electricity, or better yet, energy. I’ve never publicly discussed this memory before.
I remember reverse engineering the power process. While looking at those electric lines I mentally traced the energy flowing from pole to pole, all the way to our house. I wondered where the source was. I asked mom, “how does the energy come through these lines to our house, to the street lights, etc.?” I think this must have surprised her, because I don’t think she had an answer for me. Or perhaps whatever answer she provided didn’t resolve my curiosity. I somehow intrinsically became aware the seemingly endless supply of power to our home via these electric lines and I was transfixed, totally mesmerized as to how it worked. I also felt connected to this somehow. I yearned to understand.
From my now perspective
Looking back, I’m surprised I didn’t seek work for a power company – but my first job was waiting tables. And my first college course was electronics. (For years I’ve credited my interest in electronics to my dad who ran a CB radio business on the side from our home). Now I believe this early experience was the catalyst of “why” I wanted to learn about electronics, computers, and more specifically, frequency.
However, my career to date has been – computers. Early on I wanted to build them, I was fascinated with the early circuit boards. I loved using meter tools to measure how much power it took to make small lights (LEDs) come on, etc. But when that didn’t work out, I started selling computers – as well as, providing setup, delivery, and training.
Selling computers (coupled with that first electronics class) led me to a job where I could learn more, involving inputting data into database systems. My natural ability to put people at ease and be inquisitive, along with many influential people helped along the way:
- An unknown RCA technician man who told me “if you wear glasses now you won’t want to work on what’s coming” (and what was coming was surface mount technology)
- My friend Margie who took me by the hand and pushed me to register for that electronics course
- An acquaintance who suggested I apply for a job at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as we drove by on the way to pick up carpet out of his small plane which, I had offered to clean
- Bill Gates, love him or not – I’ve had a wonderful career due to Microsoft operating systems / software
Not long after I bought my first personal computer I began developing websites, and learning how to configure sections, or modules, of large and complex database systems – some proprietary and some commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software applications. The end result though was to always fulfill my clients’ needs. Most of the time my needs were met too – that of being able to work with energy – in a box kind of way.
I think in terms of “processes.” I’m always looking for ways, even when out and about, where I could take a manual process and add electronics to aid in the ease of doing something. My “process thinking” helps me quickly analyze business needs, and work at an eager pace to provide value to clients to help work flow better.
Speaking of “flow”, that brings me back full circle to where this conversation began – the flow of energy through those electric lines which, first grabbed my attention when I was just five or six years old.