While my son and I helped dad pack things up, after my dad was mentally and emotionally able to sell the property and mobile home in south Florida where we’d first landed after relocating in 1985 from West Virginia, I found several things that answered some questions I’d had for many years.
Along with several diary pages that mom had written in the 1960s and 1970s, I found an unsigned letter to her that made me question which is more important taking advice from family or from friends.
The statement in the letter that got me was, “I’m disappointed in you that you feel that your friends understand you better than your family (and me).”
Who wrote it?
I have an idea of who the letter is from, but I am not sure. It was typed, single spaced on one sheet of paper.
As of this moment, it doesn’t matter to me who wrote the letter.
I will say that it ended on what I would consider to be a positive note, though still preachy.
“Don’t continually think about what is in your past. Let’s live for the future.”
Now, as for me, “I’ve had my share of sad kicks in my face, but I have come through” (to quote from one of my favorite Queen songs, We Are The Champions).
I haven’t cried much in the last year since mom passed, mostly because I still communicate with her in subtle ways, and I am keenly aware of her continuation in my life by occurring synchronicities.
Yet, today, I cried.
I had meditated and upon coming out of meditation, I was filled with emotion. I cried and spoke the following aloud:
Family reflect who we were; friends reflect who we are.
Family reflect who we once were, or who we were in the past. But, our friends reflect who we are now, who we’ve become, and how much we’ve grown (or not). That’s why we sometimes tend to love our friends more than our family. Yet, some of us (like me), who are very blessed, have family we are also friends with and who we want to spend eternity with. Time limits us, but thankfully (Thank you, God), that eternity is not limited.
Here’s something that’s true for most of us. We’re stuck in a box, or bottle. Even if its clear.
The box or bottle I’m referring to? The fences (rules) of religion—even when religion supposedly isn’t involved.
From a dream
Dream: Mom was reminding me about all the notations she had made in her Bible about “No gossip”, and “not to gossip.”
And that’s because all learning must be Experiential learning—coming from direct experience, which is also why Jesus said let thy speech be yay or nay. He knew that we can never really know the truth of another.
Someone may try to warn you of another. But we all experience each other differently because who we are in any given moment, elicits something different from the person. Many times we’ve experienced this. It’s the situation when one divorced person marries another and they get along gloriously. The “bad” partner may get along with another just fine.
Each of us experience life differently. We just can never fully know someone. People lie. People pretend.
I think most of us want to put our best self forward—but, for most this involves wearing a kind of mask. Call it the mask of pretense. It’s the face of kindness, compassion, peace, or love, while inside ourselves we feel anger, resentment, sadness, jealousy, or regret.
I miss you mama. Thank you. Thank you for teaching me everything I needed to know (when you could barely talk anymore), by looking in my eyes and placing your hand on the side of my face. And for always living in utter GRATITUDE the last years of your life (though your surroundings were not as you once would have wanted). You came to a place of not knowing or of acceptance, it doesn’t matter which, because you were grateful. You became Grace.
I only cry because I never got to tell you how much I got that lesson, how deeply I learned that last lesson from you. I continue forward, with understanding.
Nothing really matters, or everything matters. Each of us get to choose. Who do you love?
We Are All Connected. OM
Many blessings to you in ALL ways.
UPDATE: I found the rest of the letter, and it was NOT from whom I had thought! And the rest of it brought the earlier statements into balance with love and grace, so I have learned another lesson. I continue to feel Gratitude. Tears! 😭
UPDATE 7-Jun-2019: As I was washing the Lifetime brand (which really do last a lifetime) of pots and pans (that dad gave me years ago), it hit me why mom always LOVED to clean house–it put her in a meditative state! Ah! Yes, my aha moment today. And it brought tears to my eyes. OM
After that, I was looking through pictures of a book I’d bought my granddaughter last year (yes, I save things like that), and it highlighted my new found awareness:
A bit about me:
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One of my beloved cousins told me to speak my truth years ago, but I wasn’t always brave enough to do so, for fear of hurting other people’s feelings.
Then, one day, I realized I am not responsible for other people’s feelings and cannot please everyone.
So, what did I say that ruffled some feathers?
Well, I spoke my truth in response to a Facebook post about a 70+ year coverup involving abuse and rape of children in the Catholic church! These horrors were put upon innocent and trusting children as young as, in one documented case, 18 months of age!
Church members (definitely the upper clergy members) are supposed to hold each other accountable. Far too many forget this.
Everyone has the ability to choose Compassion and forgive.
Everyone has the right to choose their faith.
But, clergy in the Catholic church allowed the abuse and rape of children to go on and on. And the higher ups covered it up!
Only Omniscient God can forgive such defiling acts.
As a church goer, do you hold your clergy accountable?
How would you know if he or she was a predator?
Are you complicit?
If everyone would QUIT attending, the churches would fall overnight. No attendees = no church. Everyone is complicit in this who knowingly attends and puts time and money into these institutions.
Way past the time for people to wake up!
Yes, I shared from MY unique vantage point. I shared my perspective. How dare I throw out my opinion to an unsuspecting, conditioned group of friends and family on Facebook? Ha! Oh, ye of little backbone.
Truth is being revealed.
Be responsible for your feelings
Every one of us are responsible for how WE feel.
I cannot MAKE anyone happy.
I am the only one who can allow another person to upset me. And I wish I wouldn’t, so I am constantly learning and improving my emotional balance.
I’ve learned, I can choose to tend to my own feelings and BE happy in most of the moments, hours, days, weeks, months, and years of my life. It’s ALL a choice.
I have to pay attention to how I am feeling, and then be decisive on whether I’m going to get tied up in some upsetting thought, or turn to a pleasant topic.
Now, everyone (in particular, my family) should know where I stand—or FLOW—with issues because I write to a world audience on two blogs, in two books (with a third due out any day), and so forth. But, let’s assume you haven’t read anything I’ve written before.
If you know me, you know it’s never my intention to hurt anyone. As that’s not me. Not my nature.
I share from my open heart. And sometimes, yes, perhaps often, I open mySelf up to more abuse by speaking my truth. So be it. I stand in my power. I stand in my own alignment with my Soul, Holy Spirit, Holy Ghost, or whatever you choose to call the Presence of Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Creator God.
Perhaps I do cast my pearls before swine. But, to the core of my BEing, I am a teacher, a way shower. I am doing what I am called to do, to hasten the Light of our Ever-Living Creator into the dark shadows.
So, before you allow something I say or write to upset your little apple cart, you might seek first to understand, before rushing to judgment.
After all this, if you are hurt by what I say or write, feel free to change the channel. Some have, some will, but that’s what I write most about—choice!
I have been posting or commenting on open online forums since 1990. Thus, it’s really on you if you don’t know who I am.
My ego is not hurt or offended if you disagree with what I say or write.
Do I give my time and money to institutions that HIDE their misdeeds in secret? No!
It is never my intention to be hurtful or disrespectful, but only in our NOW experience, is where our power is, and it affords us the ability to CHOOSE to do something to end the abuse.
Here’s what I DO stand for:
I speak FOR and in support of the abused children.
I am for school choice.
I am for parental involvement in school affairs and doctor / coach visits.
I am for transparency.
I am for statutory change.
If you stand for the same, here’s what that might look like:
Walk into your child’s classroom unannounced to check on the well-being of your child (and all children).
Spend some time getting to know the kids your child goes to school with.
Spend some time getting to know the people who teach your child/children.
Home school your children.
Only support churches that have transparent policies and no hidden secrets (or perhaps none at all as your body is a temple and “church” can be a simple self practice or gathering of two or more).
Boldly attend coaching sessions, doctor visits with your child.
Do not abdicate YOUR responsibility! There are things you’re called to be responsible for–and the safety of your children is top priority.
Who deserves honor?
To many times we think we’re honoring people in our past who trained us (such as my aunt who attended Catholic nursing school), or relatives whom we love, by going along with their beliefs instead of studying for ourself and aligning with Omniscience Creator.
And if you’re a “believer” you should know better. You should know what it feels like to align with the Holy Ghost before you EVER condemn another.
Do not let your so-called “honor” of your own past experiences, or any other’s beliefs (because you’re people-pleasing), override your own Soul-calling (or Holy Ghost) NOW choice to speak up and out in service to protect children.
Yes, do I believe in Grace. AbSOULutely.
But, only our LIMITLESS God can offer grace in ALL areas and in all circumstances.
I write to a global audience.
Be in alignment with your soul
I coach people on how they can shift their thoughts, way before any abuse can occur.
When I say, “I draw the line at abuse and rape.” It is because I mind my own thoughts (mind my own business), until someone hurts a child.
Performing grievous acts while hiding behind ANY religion is blasphemous to Omniscience!
As always watching the news or reading anyone’s Facebook is your choice.
I am HERE to speak MY truth and offer suggestions for coming into alignment with Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, LIMITLESS, Creator God.
Do what feels more aligned with your Soul.
Thank you to those who have prompted me to share this and feel lighter today.
Be ye blessed in ALL ways.
Be the person your Soul knows you are!
I feel like John Lennon may have felt after releasing his song, Imagine.
People will take this article and my small opinion about it in a variety of ways based on their own filters, conditioning, and experience.
I have written publicly about my dislike of organized religion for over 10 years. Check my blog.
I never said I wanted anyone to leave God.
I write volumes about God. About the Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnipresence of God.
I was awakened in the middle of the night, the day I shared this. I was told to “DO SOMETHING.” It was the night I happened to see only a short clip of this story. I then, spent hours watching survivor stories, BEFORE writing a few sentences above this post.
I am NOT arrogant, never have been. I doubt my sharing will make much difference. I am only following through to “do something.”
My apologies have been sent to the dear friends who were hurt by my words. I ALLOWED mySelf to be hurt by some comments from family. But, no more.
We each have our opinions. I will always listen. But, I will not comment anymore here. That ship has sailed.
I feel a lot of growth has occurred from this exchange.
From now on, I earnestly pray for the recovery of the victims in this story, and ALL victims of abuse, physical, mental, and emotional. Peace.
To my family, or anyone who would feel better about judging me for MY choices:
I love you very much.
Do NOT judge me as being someone who aligns with “satan” or dark, dense forces, as I surely do not.
How dare you?
You obviously know NOTHING about me, or the Lord you claim to serve by throwing stones of judgment toward me.
I speak my truth and call out the predators of this world who harm children and you have the audacity to speak against me?
What saddens me is all of the judgment I am receiving from so-called loved ones, when I speak my truth. Wake up! You crucify Christ all over again!
Would you call Jesus the devil for overthrowing the money changers’ tables in the temple?
We are called to study to show ourselves approved, NOT by following what some pastor says, or whether you attend ANY church! Study ALL of the Holy Words! There is more than one.
Be careful that you do not become self righteous hypocrites.
Remember what Jesus taught about throwing stones? Have you looked in the mirror and found yourself blameless?
If you are so weak that you cannot handle the world without church, then you are the one who needs to spend some time Connecting with Omniscience to gird up your loins and find your authentic voice! I have found my voice and take responsibility for it.
I stand in my powerful alignment with Omniscience.
I am calling out for people to not align with those who hide behind religion to hurt children.
This is what I’ve been shown to do. You do not have to listen to me.
I hope you spend your time and money with those whom you align with. For Jesus said there will your heart be also.
I do hope the people you’re hanging out with are of the utmost and highest good for your soul’s journey and not hurting a child in the back room.
My prayer is: Omniscience, above and through ALL, forgive them for they know not what they do.
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A bit about me:
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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 worryabout (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:
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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A bit about me:
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If you feel as though you might be reaching the end of your rope, please reach out to someone! Do not give up hope! Don’t end it all. It might feel hopeless to you in this moment, but please talk with someone — anyone! Maybe, consider talking with someone new!
A coworker takes her own life
I once worked with a young lady who committed suicide. I didn’t know her. One morning, after my meditation, a thought dropped into my mind. How sad was it that she ended her life and had never even had one conversation with everyone in our office!
I had seen the young lady around the office. She had even worked with someone sitting right next to me once. I’d passed her in the hall. I’d said hello to her while washing our hands in the ladies room. But, we had never had one conversation. And we had worked for the same company for more than two years.
I understand being an introvert. I am naturally introverted. But if you are going to make a conscious choice to end your life, which to me, would require a great deal of courage, wouldn’t you at least work up a little bit of that courage to talk with every person in your office, your neighbors, or someone walking down the street, FIRST?
What I am really suggesting is that there are untold opportunities to learn something new, experience a new way of looking at your problems, or perhaps, even a new way of living! Why would you want to end it all before even exploring any of those possibilities?
Somewhere, someone cares about you. And even if in this moment you can’t believe that could be true, YOU should care about you. Make a list, even if it’s just a mental list, of all of the things in your life that up to this point you’ve accomplished. Did you successfully get through elementary school, high school, college? Have you ever worked a job? Cared for a pet? Cared for a parent or a child? Have you ever told a joke, or made someone smile? If you could do any of those things, you can hold on for one more day. Give someone new a chance to show you life is worth living!
Tomorrow is another day. No man, woman, thing, or circumstance is worth ending your journey on this beautiful planet. Don’t take your own life!
You have choices!
Let’s say you’re in a narcissistic relationship. Perhaps even YOU might feel as though you are the narcissist.
You are worthy! Everyone is worthy of life!
Here are some links to direct you to my dear friend of mine, Beverly Banov Brown — who specializes in narcissistic relationship counseling.
Let’s say you’re depressed. And I know depression hurts. In this kind of situation, it kills.
Because I admit, you may be reading this from a very different mindset than the mindset that I wrote it, I will quote a dear friend of mine (who sent the following to me after she read the first publishing of this article). She wrote,
There is a difference between being depressed from the daily stresses of life and being clinically depressed. Unfortunately, when people suffer from clinical depression there is no space in their being to reach out to do the things you’ve suggested. There is no room in their chest for breath, no light in their heart to feel love from partners and family members. No energy for walks, only pain and it hurts to be alive. It’s a very dark place to live and one that is incredibly difficult to climb out of. In these situations, it is more helpful for a family member/loved one to be of service. Trying to “pick someone up” by being overly happy and energetic is misguided and a slap in the face to those who are suffering. Just sitting in silence and holding the space for their pain lessens the burden and creates an opening for dialogue. Try not to want to “fix” the person as they are not broken. In fact, they are very much alive and feeling the rawness of life itself. Lean into their pain and hold them as they tell you how dark it is. By sharing this space, it literally opens up new possibilities for a breath to be taken. It takes time and patience but each new breath will breathe life into the dark corners. Clinical depression is a life long battle and one that must be honored on a daily basis. Treat it as a friend, become intimate with it’s warning signs. Often times the person struggling with depression will feel a bout of it coming on. If caught before it has fully engaged the person’s mind, body and soul…then it is much easier to do the things that you’ve mentioned in your well written article. Thank you for addressing such an important issue. It needs to be talked about often and openly as so many of us suffer from this. Much of my life’s work will be directed toward people who struggle with depression and/or addiction.
In health and wellness, blessings to you.
My friend Robin poured this out to me from her wonderful open and loving heart. And from her experiential knowing of depression.
So, I am not a mental health counselor, nor did I originally write this article about those who are experiencing clinical depression per se. I am attempting though, to help you stop, breathe, or refocus–even if only in the smallest way–to give yourself a bit of hope and potentially the time to reach out to someone — anyone. I know suicide is a very complex and complicated subject, but I feel compelled to start somewhere after losing a beautiful young coworker.
After sharing the previous paragraph back to my friend, she wrote,
I hear you Sheila and am grateful that you are willing to write about this. My heart goes out to you and the loss that you experienced. Suicide is about clinical depression, the darkest and toughest depression to battle. My father took his own life one Sunday morning when I was 9 years old. He was bipolar with clinical depression on top of that. Those of us with parents that suffered from some form of mental illness, are oftentimes genetically predisposed to similar traits. My own battle with depression has led me into the belly of the beast. It’s a very scary experience for those who are standing in the fire. My advice to those who have loved ones that are going through this is to find them some immediate help. Waiting for a shift in their emotions is often a death sentence when truly at the bottom. You are a kind and loving person, I salute you for taking this subject on!
Yes, this subject is near and dear to me on many levels. The day that he took his life was the beginning of a very long journey for me. One that would take me decades to unravel. I have enormous empathy and compassion for human suffering. As long as we carry a body, we all suffer in different ways. Making yourself available to others with clear boundaries in place is a noble effort and one that is very much needed in this world! The one thing that I’m clear about…we are here to love and to help each other find our way home again.
So, I offer this updated article, that not only brings my thoughts, but those of my dear and beautiful friend to you in hopes that any of our words will help you in some way. I thank my friend for sharing her experience with us all, more than words can express! Much love! Hugs to you my dear heart!
Reach out to someone for help. And there are many people available to help you! There is always hope and grace, somewhere.
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Breath is always free. Focus on your breathing for awhile.
Go for a walk outside. See if you meet anyone along the way. Smile. Feel like you can’t? Try it anyway. One step at a time.
Sometimes we inherit (we “in hear” it; hear within) problems from our parent’s, relatives, or guardian’s — their argumentative or toxic relationships do not have to influence us though!
Sometimes we think we’ve made bad choices and cannot undo them. Think again.
If you are in a toxic relationship, consider if you care too much. Or perhaps you are an empath, always trying to help someone else. Now you’re drained of energy. Now you think there is no hope. But even false hope, is hope.
If you are an empath, know that empaths can naturally lean toward attracting narcissists. If you find that you’ve been trying to resolve someone else’s problems, and it’s all taking a toll on you, you need support! Only in movies are narcissists cured. Narcissists do not love themselves. And they can be very dangerous. Talk with someone who has the resources to help you.
The movie Moonstruck provides a glimpse into narcissism when Johnny’s mother is “dying everyday”. Some people go around claiming that they’re “dying everyday” for 20 years! In Moonstruck, Johnny’s mother manipulates the entire family. That character did not know “how to love”.
Go to YouTube and watch uplifting and informative videos, like the the ones presented by our good friend and life coach, Beverly Banov Brown.
If you are being mistreated or abused, consider this thought: People in pain cause other people pain. No one deserves to be bullied or abused. You do not deserve whatever negative thing someone is doing to you.
Some things to try in order to begin to feel hope and grace:
Put your hand on your heart and tell yourself that you love “you”. Say it again and again. Feel your heart beat. Relish in knowing it will beat for you even without you directing it to do so. Bless your heart.
Allow yourself to feel your pain, then as you exhale, allow a bit of it to leave your body. If someone wants to listen to your while you vent about what’s going on in your life, let them. Allow someone in.
Put your hands together when you pray. Don’t believe in prayer? Put your hands together and sit quietly. Ask for nothing. Just sit and breathe. Breathe deeply. Give yourself permission to cry, or laugh, or scream!
Scream! Afraid someone will hear you? Hope they hear you! You do not have to get through your situation alone.
What new and positive choices, are available to you now?
Life is for the living, go take a chance and live!
We understand that if you have been diagnosed by a medical professional as someone in clinical depression, you need professional help. This article is not intended to replace qualified licensed professional medical advice. This article is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding your care must be made with a licensed professional healthcare provider, considering your unique characteristics and health history.
Depression can present a high risk of suicide. Anyone thinking of suicidal thoughts should be taken very seriously. Do not hesitate to call your local suicide hotline immediately. Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889.
My previous post was about living a joyous life in balance. Ah, bliss. And it should be so easy, right? Eh, well not exactly.
People limit themselves everyday. We fuss, nag, find fault, argue, criticize, and blah, blah, blah… So, why do I censor or limit myself in conversations? Isn’t it obvious?
I limit my words, uh many times even my thoughts, because someone was critical of me in the past. Maybe a parent, teacher, coach, boss, or authority figure – that is unimportant. It doesn’t matter whom. The point is – we humans like to limit things. We like to label things. People will tell you, “don’t worry or care what people think”… but then mysteriously those same folks – usually within the same conversation – will say something that carries the essence of, “be careful, don’t say too much, don’t tell him or her this or that.”
I give you this fact. Many people have good intentions. They want to protect you somehow. Protect you from saying too much so you won’t get into trouble. Hmm. But isn’t that their problem?
Censoring myself, limits me and puts me in a flux state, vibrationally speaking.
I get nervous. I get flustered. My face may even get red. I end up with a mindful of clutter!
Yet, all I can ever truly be – is myself. Like me or not. Care or not.
I make mistakes, I learn, I fall, I get up, I cry, I love, I give, I receive. I am vulnerable. I am not superwoman – and I don’t really think anyone else is superman or superwoman either.
If I, being of noble purpose, believe I have something to share, begin to open my mouth but then my mind jumps to thoughts like, “Oh, they don’t want to know, they don’t care” that’s enough to stop me dead in my tracks. Why? Because no one wants to be judged or condemned. We all want to be liked! If we didn’t want people to like us, we’d never go out, we’d never join with others in any social situation. We’d sit alone day! Ha! But then a strange thing would happen. The ones we thought would judge us would be the very ones who would say, “come on, get out and be a joiner”! Do you get the irony in this?
You can’t get it wrong
So really, you can’t get it wrong. Just be. Be yourself. Without limitations.
Labels and beliefs
Even my feeble attempt to list all the names (why must humans LABEL everything?) that humans ascribe to the LIMITLESS Filling-All-Space Creator I honor causes me to scratch my head, analyze, and scrutinize. How do I order this list? Ugh! My mind goes to a place of judgement… I know someone won’t like that I’m including names of: Mother Father, Allah, Buddha, or Zen. All this judgment and it feels so heavy. But God is love, and I almost can’t think of any other all consuming love (at least not in my human form) better than a mother or father (or grandparent) can give to a child – so for me, calling God as Mother Father feels so good, so comforting, so forgiving, and so full of grace. Ohh I am so saved. So loved. I am not perfect but I am so very, wholly, LOVED!
All the various beliefs we hold, many are so personal, so deeply entrenched within us, that putting the names into the same article, or list, will be judged, labeled, and so on! Go on, that’s fine. You’re not perfect either! But you are worthy. You are loved. 😉 Obviously human beings cannot agree, most cannot even discuss these Holy names for God – there is no consensus and certainly there are multitudes of faiths, religions, and many, many wars have been fought, with untold millions of lives lost due to the very notion / belief that one of these names, carry more importance, than the others. But names are only words. Words must be defined to carry any meaning to anyone. Period. If I AM (right now in the present moment) aware of, consciously tuned to:
The names of God
Jesus the Christ
Mother / Father
Blessed Being (each individual)
Ahura Mazda(Wise Lord)
Alpha and Omega
The Beginning and The End
The One Who Goes By Many Names
Why do we limit the Limitless, Ever-Living, Filling-ALL-Space, Creator God?
And then, why, would I EVER limit myself???
There are NO limitations!!!
There is good all around
Let us not lie to ourselves! There’s so much GOOD going on and I’m tuned in!
People are friendly. People smile. People are kind and do good things for each other.
I see beauty EVERYWHERE and everything is working together for our good! Everything occurs in perfect timing in accordance with the order of life, of God. We are all connectedin so many direct and subtle ways. How can anyone deny it? We live in a field of INFINITE possibilities. Get over your lack mentality.
Resonate, vibrate, tune yourself to the POWER and knowledge YOU are who you are meant to be. Quit resisting! Resisting your true beautiful, whole, powerful nature is the same as putting a clamp on a water hose. Just let God’s love and power flow through you always. 😉
I am a spiritual being having an earthly experience and so are YOU! Be real with yourself. I love to help others awaken. I’ve got so much to share!
Bloom where you’re planted. I am! Since I love teaching, sharing, and writing – here’s my expression. Each post is a bloom on the flower of my life.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth came to enlighten us. He came to show us that we’re energy. He showed us how to live in the full awareness of how to live in our wellness and wholeness. Be it now.
To be something means, you are “being.” You are a human being. Being means vibration, pulsing, activating, acting as if, and exercising your faith! Jesus did not look upon illness or dis-ease, He saw us in our whole (Holy) state of being. Go to the scriptures and read the miracles again. Jesus healed a man who had been born blind. It is written Jesus put mud on the man’s eyes. Then you know what? Jesus instructed the man to go to the river and wash! The blind man was healed by putting his faith into action. Yes, “your faith has made you whole.”
If you need encouragement and upliftment today quietly say to yourself or out loud with boldness…
With every breath, God
With every heartbeat, God
I am who and where God is
God is with me
I am never ever alone
Alone is a lie
Alone has been misrepresented
Alone has been ill-defined
I know God is with me
I align myself with Source
I Am Creative Energy
Then say with your most open heart: “Thank You” as a child says, thank you. God knows. For some beautiful worship check out:Rev. Michael Beckwith
My daily mission: to consistently and joyfully manage the contrast between things that frustrate me (like a pebble in my shoe), which cause me to ask for improvements in my spiritual yet earthbound experience, and reach for better feeling thoughts, keeping my body at ease, allowing myself to receive the divine blessings God has in store for me.
In other words: To be joyfully aware of LIMITLESS, Ever-Living, Filling-All-Space Creator in every present moment. To me, this is the sum total of living a blessed, blissful, joyous, and happy life – everyday no matter what the circumstances.
Always remember we walk by faith. Be conscious every present moment. We walk in the light and are never alone.
To those who question if God is Energy, I would ask them, “What is Spirit”?
What is the essence of God? Isn’t it enough to be thankful that we have mind enough to ponder that? To simply BE. Be in God’s Energy.
Check out this original song, Dogma. It’s one of my favorites, written by my husband and performed and recorded in a Nashville, TN studio. You can download it (it’s Track 1) from this link: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/chevyfordb26
A bit about me:
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.