The Good Within the Bad; the Bad Within the Good

The Edgar Cayce Readings tell us “There is good in the worst of us. There is bad in the best of us.” Who else may have said this? Martin Luther King, Robert Lewis Stephenson, Bishop Fulton Sheen, Abraham Lincoln, Thornton Wilder, Carl Jung, and many more.  It is consistent throughout time and recognized for its forthright honesty about we human beings.

Each of these sources are talking about human beings. They are reminding us that everyone has both the light and dark within us, both selfishness and unselfishness within us, both the light and the shadow, both the left and the right, the forward and the backward, the up and the down, etc within us. (And as I have said, “There is a liberal within the consciousness of every conservative, and a conservative within the consciousness of every liberal.”  “There is a Republican within every Democrat and a Democrat within every Republican.”)  And if we’ve come across this saying and taken it to heart, we’ve pretty much only considered it relevant to human beings.

But, it can be considered in other ways, too. For example – the choices we make as human beings.

When we make choices of how to proceed, we weigh both the good and the bad.  When we finally make the decision/choice, neither the good nor the bad disappear or are dissolved from existence.  Neither are both the good and the bad turned into both good or both bad.

There is no choice that is made that is 100% “good”, and no choice that is 100% “bad”.  (Notice the quotation marks.)  This is because we are individuals deciding only for ourselves (or our group) as to what is a good decision and what is a bad decision.  What is a good decision for our self, can absolutely be a bad decision for someone else.  That which can bring good results for our self from our choices can absolutely bring bad results for others.  In other words, the circumstances of our own personal choices and decisions are good for some people in our lives and bad for other people in our lives.

This is the world we so often see when we look around on this planet.  We many times see everything in our lives and in this world as black and white, good or bad, right or wrong, but rarely ever as both, or the gray area in between.  Oh, sure, we know life is a mixture of gray areas.  But, when push comes to shove, we back ourselves and others into the corners of black/white.

Right now, you may think I’m writing about race issues, but I’m not.  However, since you’re right and I’m wrong, then I must be writing about race issues.  Except that I’m writing about that which is within the one individual, so this must mean that I’m writing about the issue that within every white person is a black person, and within every black person is a white person (especially if we see the other person as a stereotype, as well as if we see the other person as a cosmos unto themselves.)

Or I’m writing about all of the above – how we see the world – and how we aren’t yet seeing our self.

In our political arenas, in general, many of us are seeing things as black and white, liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican, as well as vice versa.  Therein lies our problem, that if we only see these factors, we’re only choosing to see the black/white side of our choices.  And this carries over into our everyday lives – with our relationships, with our attitudes, and with our religious/spiritual beliefs – and whether we choose violence or nonviolence, abuse on not, insults or not, disrespect or not, and compassion or not, patience or not, kindness or not – eventually with whether we choose to Love God above all else, and Love our neighbor as ourselves…. or not.

Yet, it is still possible to step back from black/white, right/left, them/us thinking, feeling, and responding.

We all value different things in life.  We come by these values through our experiences and learning.  We find what we like and dislike – what we hold more important – through living life.  Since everyone lives a different life than everyone else, we’re going to learn, experience and come to value different things in these different lives.

With our values, we can sometimes come to believe that our own values are the only values worth …. valuing.  Without realizing it, we are then saying our experiences are the only experiences one can gain from – our learning is the only education worth learning.

Of course, we would never consciously acknowledge this lopsided thinking, but when we choose black/white thinking, like we generally are tending to do right now in our world, this is what we are inferring.  Our views are the right views, our values are the real values, our education is the correct education, our values are the only values worth having.

In actuality, for the most part, none of us are this 2 dimensional in our thinking.  We do have room in our paradigm for people who value different experiences and learning.  But, ultimately, we’ve taken up the habit of judging others because of the reason that they have different thoughts, beliefs, and values.

God alone knows what all is in a person’s heart – that which we think, which we fully believe and that which we value.  We human beings don’t, even during those times that we solidly think we do.  But, we are almost automatic in our judgement of another person for what we think, believe and value.  In addition, we can compare that which we individually value to what God values, and the one thing that’s true in this comparison is how monumentally we fall short compared to what God values.

It is in the judging that we get off track.  It is in the criticism of others’ differences that we start missing the greater learning.  It is in the diminishing of others’ experiences and of what others have learned through living life.  It is in not recognizing that others value different things in life based upon their soul’s different journey.  This shortcoming becomes a form of disrespect of the soul that God created, and the circumstances in which the soul is experiencing human life with all that comes with their life.

In the judging, we are, once again, taking a bite of the apple from the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil.  We are, once again, moving ourselves out of the garden, within which we have been meant to be.  In the judging, we are also judging ourselves and that part of our self of which we are yet unconscious – the yin within our yang, and our yang within our yin – or possibly in this case – our liberal self within our conservative self and our conservative self within our liberal self… and on and on.

Sure, we can always choose to hold onto our black/white thinking – our right vs. left thinking – for an eternity if we so choose, and an eternity after that, and another eternity after that.  Or we can begin to let go of our judgement of others since they have come to learn to value different parts of life than we have.  We can begin to let go of our judgement of others who hold different things in life to be important.  We can let go of our judgement, in effect, letting go of thinking that our life path is God’s life path for all human beings which would thus “teach all humans the same values and same beliefs” as our self.

It is in letting go of our judging others (and everything about them) that we can begin putting the apple back on the tree.  It is this that helps us to step out of the duality of the current world – the conflict and discord of the current world.

Oh, sure, there is still learning from each other and challenging each others’ beliefs that we still go through and experience.  Good thing, too, for what would life be like if no belief or thought were ever challenged – ever?

Letting go of judgement doesn’t mean there are no consequences, for who among us thinks God would no longer have karma be alive and well.  The principles of karma, or as I call it, “soul activity echoes”, would simply happen without judgement – AS IT DOES NOW without our being aware of this fact.

It is judgement which has created duality.  It is letting go of judgement that brings unity and oneness back for us to experience, and perhaps in turn, value, and perhaps value more so than so many other things in life – to the point that we practice letting go of judging regularly – to the point that we find our way back to caring for the people who used to be in our life and who we cared about before – and still care about except for the fact that they think differently and believe differently.

And except for the fact that when digging deep down, it turns out that we find that we value the same or similar things as people who we care about – like love, kindness, compassion – like forgiveness and mercy – and like letting go of judgement for where they are at in their life, heart and mind, and the feeling of oneness and unity with which letting go of judging them then brings us to experience.

God bless you all.

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“Even though we judge differently, (judging things to be good or bad), things are happening perfectly and without judgement for us and for our learning and growth.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2019, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Forgiving one’s enemy changes one’s enemy. Not changed in front of our eyes, but in front of time’s eyes, which is where we were changed, also, when we were forgiven.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2017, Jodie Senkyrik)

“It is best that we don’t believe everything we hear about someone. It is also best that we don’t believe everything we say about someone.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2006-2017, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God does not approach us with judgement or criticism in His/Her heart, but rather patience, understanding, kindness and love.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2006-2017, Jodie Senkyrik)

Praying for Now

When we see what is happening in our world, our nation, our state, etc., regardless of what our POV’s, our paradigms, our opinions, and our feelings are, one real thing we can do is pray :

“God, help us.  God, help us.  God, help us….”  … ALL.

On ALL sides of the issues are souls.  Through eternity are all the souls struggling, in sorrow, in pain, seeking …. that which is a better way …

… EVEN WHEN horror, more sorrow and more pain is what we create.

It is the prayers and meditations for ALL that flows through the Christ.  It is the healing of ALL life that is the source of power within Christ.  Not just the people or things we personally want…. but ALL life.

When we leave the prayer to God to fill in the rest, which requires us to believe that God/Christ knows better than we do where and how our prayers can help ALL, God carries our prayers to help heal ALL.

When we pray for ALL souls – which includes ourselves – who bring forth pain and suffering for others – which we all still do in some way in our lives – this is when we connect to the way that leads to accomplishing the purpose of the prayers and meditations.

“God, help ALL life.  God, help ALL life.  God, help ALL life.”

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We will see things get worse for so many of us.  As I’ve said in so many postings on this blog, we are entering into THE dark times, or more accurately “darkened times” – darkened because these times include the manifesting of more events which have little love and little light in them – far away from Love and Light.

These times are the “3rd of 3 Events” which I’ve spoken up for years.  These times are created by consciousness which seeks to not manifest Love and Light.  This consciousness has been growing from and is the combined consciousness through thousands of years, and through hundreds of millions of souls, if not over a billion souls throughout time on this planet – throughout the existence of mankind.

We are experiencing the manifesting of much of this darkened energy in order to engage the higher part of ourselves to bring forth Light and Love, and forgiveness, and mercy, and compassion, and patience, and long-suffering (which we’re experiencing) and more….  into the relationships we have with people and ALL life – both directly in our life and indirectly in our life, because we are on the same planet with ALL human beings.

Our prayers and meditations are the medical response to ALL souls suffering, in sorrow and pain, right now.  We are the front-line of the energy of this planet – and our prayers and meditations are the treatment and medicine for ALL.  This energy doesn’t just create a new environment, but it can and does strengthen, raise, and enliven/activate the Spirit, Power and Love active in the planet – within the hearts and minds of individual people/souls.

And remember, we are not the Master Physician.  We are the healing assistants saying, “Here I am, ready to help.  Guide me in how I can.  Use my prayers and meditations for God’s plan for ALL life.”

There is much more to be said about right now, and I will add as much as I can as time continues.

God, help us, ALL.  God, bless us, ALL.

Breathing In and Out

So many helpers, gurus, speakers and teachers speak of our choosing to change ourselves and showing better qualities for our life and times – for on into the future. But, I don’t think we need to do that – for the future, that is. I think we can simply do it for a single moment of our lives.

I think we don’t need to take on such a huge-future task.  I think we can choose from our better heart and mind to love and show the many forms of love, … yet only in a moment – a moment of our life – that particular moment in which we find ourselves taking a breath in and letting it out – in the moment of our life in which we find ourselves breathing.

It is whenever we find our self in that moment that we’re breathing, in that moment, it is easiest to choose to express the better qualities of being human.

Whenever we find our self in a moment that we’re breathing in and out, in that moment, it can be easier to choose to show kindness and mercy.

If we find ourselves in a moment that we’re taking a breath into our lungs, in that moment, we can choose to be patient with another.

We don’t need to offer these qualities in those moments in the future which we haven’t yet taken a breath. We don’t need to show these qualities during the breath that has already gone into the past.

This awareness is only for a special moment in our lives – the moment in which we are breathing air into our lungs in our chest. Are you breathing air into your lungs at this moment? If so, then try this and see.

In this moment, we can choose to learn and understand about another person’s human experience. In this moment, we can choose compassion for the person we see going through hard times. In this moment of breathing in and out, we can choose to extend mercy from within our heart and mind. In this moment of taking a breath, we can forgive.

Taking a breath in and letting it out is a unique experience happening in this moment right now in our lives. I don’t think we need to do it in the future. I think our choosing how to love our neighbor as ourselves, can be for only in the moment while we’re taking a breath in, and while we’re letting the breath out.

Realizing this sure could make it easier to love, since we only are asked to love in that moment that we are breathing.

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God bless us, Everyone.

Q and A – Shut downs of April-May, 2020

Are you seeing another shut down like we just experienced? Thank you, in advance!  M.

Yes and No.  M, for the area you’re in, even though you don’t say what area you’re in, I see a continued need to follow all protocols in your area.  I see a continuation of high numbers of infections in the August-Sept months.  I don’t see an official shutdown, but rather many officials strongly considering it, AND rightly so, IMHO, BUT – the step I see them choosing is to strenuously enforce the guidelines.  There is a real possibility that high numbers can go into October if guidelines are not followed strenuously.

Remember, unemployment and financial difficulties will be temporary.  There is some financial help, but it will be difficult for so many people.  For other, many people, the alternative to temporary difficulties is permanent death.  If anyone feels that some deaths are okay to sacrifice for a better economy, then pick which family members you’re okay with dying of Covid-19.  Everyone who dies is a family member to many people.  It is equally likely that it will be in your family.  God help us all.

In Other Areas

In other areas of the US, and the world.  Yes, there will be some re-shutting down.  There will be conflict around shutting down.  There are many who like the adrenaline rush of gambling, and this is what the conflict is about – adrenaline.  Adrenaline is connected to fear, to aggression, to conflict, and to the “fight or flight” feeling with which we are all so familiar.

Put another way, … Adrenaline is related to living from the 3rd Chakra.  However, it is living from the 4th Chakra into which humanity is working to be lifted.  Many choose to live from the 3rd Chakra and don’t want to live from the 4th Chakra.  It is their right.

The different areas will all have a different  consciousness of people and this is what will eventually determine how the virus progresses.  The elected officials have the monumental charge of deciding what to support – opening up which will be a gamble with family members’ lives or shut down and have many unhappy, but alive, people most likely voting them out in November.

Make no mistake about this – do not ever think that things will ever be like they were before this began.  In the totality of the world, this virus has changed and will continue to change how we live our daily lives.  In the same way that 9-11 changed the whole world, the Covid-19 virus is the next thing to change the world.  It won’t be the last thing.

I advise everyone to expand one’s options and possibilities.  We tend to close our minds to new possibilities, because we mostly DON’T want to start anything new – including thinking of new ways.  We tend to like what’s worked in the past regardless of whether it has become harmful or not.  If any of us have trouble with pursuing expanding choices, then approach God to decide what is possible for Him and one’s self, and go from there.  Imagine different ways of making an income or making one’s life work out.  The old ways of the past are in the process of slowly dying out.  We are called to create new ways of living for the future.

Word of caution:  Throwing a tantrum doesn’t phase God, when it comes to whether we cooperate with God in the ongoing changes, or whether we fight it kicking and screaming – through violence, rage, judgement, criticism, insults or the like.  We’ve seen examples of the ‘kicking and screaming’ on TV and in the news.   We are called to be examples of how to cooperate with God’s efforts to help us.

Finally,

Obviously, every location will have some differences all around in facing the virus and it’s path.  But, the imagination, ingenuity and creativity of the people of each area will determine a great deal about how to go about reopening.  The old ways have become harmful and now, just how fatal they can be is “in our face.”

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I see the 2nd – 3rd week of June being the best time for most places to open up.  And I see, in general, in many specific locations. the 2nd wave happening late July to a possible 2nd week of October.

 

A Short 2020 Update

With the virus changing things – our lives – I’ll give a momentary 2020 update for the circumstances. For the US, in general, the people will continue to struggle against staying home. I’m still seeing mid-May to Mid-June averaging out to be when society opens back up slightly. This will not be a time of “controlling the Covid-19 virus”.

If society were to stay in place, we would have been able to avoid a resurgence of the virus, but this won’t happen. There will be an upswing again in the numbers. I’m seeing them go up in the 2nd half of July, then more in August. This means that the election in November will still have the air of the Virus about it.

If you’re still playing in the stock market, stop. The ups and downs will blindside people. Losses will contribute to the economic bad times. You cannot juggle knives when you’re blindfolded, and you won’t get specific enough information from psychics to save you from financial losses. The storm waves are too high.  Sit on what you have for the long term – at least 5-6 years.

This is a long process for the whole world. There are areas in the world that will still see devastating numbers in the fall.

At the same time, with a Democratic win for the presidency in November, the Republican Senate leaders will still announce they will obstruct everything they can. This bodes badly for helping the American people.  Even as individual people, they have the right to choose arguing and fighting as their mode of living – just like you, and/or me, if we wanted.

This is one reason why I have said this many times – don’t look to the Federal government for help during this time. Help for individuals and communities will come from local sources. And being a part of community efforts will be what helps people.

Helpful steps to take:
THE MIND
1. Express creativity in whatever is necessary for you to carry out. It is creative expression which will help to enliven people. Your own mind will have new ways to be creative if you slow down your “racing”.
2. Use your hands, use your mind, be active – all in creative ways.
3. To get a sense of how to be creative, sit quietly, resting the mind, eyes closed for a few minutes – allowing your breathing to slow down, and allowing your adrenaline to slow down. This process will allow creative ideas to bubble up. It is adrenaline activated in the bloodstream which also causes one to grind their teeth and be on edge.
4. Sometimes it takes priming the pump for new ways and new ideas to come forth. Don’t censor yourself. There are no bad ideas, just ones that need tweaking.  If we can think it, we can do it.
5. Challenge your own mind. There are plenty of ways – games are just one suggestion.
6. Read. To yourself or to others. For children – read “The Princess Bride” book. Read to them as they’re laying down with their eyes closed – the associated images in their minds will be magnified. Don’t believe me? Have someone read to you as an experiment with you lying down and having your eyes closed.
7. There are 10,000 other items that also can be listed in this category.

THE BODY:
1. Drink water. Pay attention – to help you drink more water. Or tea. Dehydration can occur without knowing it, and this can mess up your brain function in subtle ways. Drinking more water will help your body in ways you’re not even thinking of right now. It helps with washing your physical body’s systems of which some may be contributing to your current stress hormonally – both male and female.
2. Let go of using the whip on yourself. If you don’t have all the answers on how to handle this time and these experiences, then realize that only you were thinking that you should have all the answers – you can change your mind and give yourself more time. This will help your adrenals to calm down.
3. The world won’t come to a standstill if you take a nap. You can get back on the world, when you wake up. You’re going to be tired.  Sometimes, you won’t know it and you won’t know why.
4. Yoga, exercise, riding bicycles, walking, gardening, building something or making something with your hands, sitting in a rocking chair, and other physical activities.
5. Try an activity which you’ve heard others try, but you’ve never tried before. Try it only once just to see what it’s like.
6. Focus your attention on “what to do today” and only today.
7. There are also 10,000 other items that can be listed in this category, as well.

THE EMOTIONS:
1. Reach out via whichever method is available to anyone you feel comfortable with contacting. Remember, they need to have contact with someone, too. Even if they’re across country.  They are feeling scared, antsy, and other feelings, as well.
2. When still working at a job, remember, by your example of following the guidelines set in place, others will be helped to feel more comfortable with following the guidelines.
3. Don’t criticize people for following guidelines if you don’t agree. They care about and want their families and friends to be safe, and these ways offer the most hope to make them safe.  People don’t care who’s right.  People care more about saving their loved ones lives.
4. Be brave, but also be wise. Trust God, and tie your camel. No one is harmed by following guidelines. No one is helped by condemning the guidelines. There’s an old Texas saying, “Trying to demonstrate that we’re smarter than everyone else by condemning others efforts, always has the opposite effect.”  (Hmm.  It could be a new Texas saying.)
5. Ask questions of other people in your life, and of yourself — about life. It’s time to check in with others on what they feel, too. You will discover something new about them. Find the book, “1000 Questions for Couples”.  Check out the questions available.
6. Someone once said, “There is no excuse for being bored.” Answer one of these questions – “What do you like most about being bored?” or “What do you like most about enjoying yourself?”
7. There are 20,000 other items that could be listed in this category.

THE SPIRITUAL PATH:
1. Talk to God inside your own mind and heart. Be honest. If you’re afraid, say so. He/She is not mean.
2. Pray a short prayer, when you think to do so. Praying doesn’t need lots of words when only 4 will do – “God, please help us.”
3. Sit down for 5 minutes, just to rest. You’ll know when to get back up.
4. Meditate for the benefits it brings. Meditate in order to sit in silence with a very kind “Friend”.
5. Bless people as you go through your day. “Bless you.” can be said to anyone who is helpful.
6. There are 30,000 other items that could also be listed in this category.

 

God bless you.

Evolution: What It Is Not vs. What It Can Be

A lot of people have very unique images in their minds about what this world will look like “after the evolutionary time” passes. I have some abrupt news for some people. This evolutionary path is not going to manifest as “a wonderful world where everything goes the way we want”. It’s not going to manifest as everyone knowing how to cooperate and get along. It’s not going to manifest as a dream world. Take a look around and realize that we have been on an evolutionary path since the beginning of time, and an Earth-based/human/spiritual evolutionary path since Adam and Eve. Now is a unique time for this process, but there has never been a time when evolution has not been or will not be happening.

Evolution – namely our spiritual evolution will manifest from within our hearts. What we put forth from our hearts is what will come into the world – not one or the other, but rather BOTH – the beautiful and the ugly, what we’re conscious of and what is hidden in our subconscious, all that is good and all that is bad – within our self. This is what will then manifest as our social evolution in the Outer World.

The evolution is activated by how we respond to the world events, both large and small, both global events and individual life events. Evolution begins with what is in our hearts and minds. So, don’t look for it only and simply to independently manifest in the outer world around us – the arena and circumstances of our day to day life. It will grow from our own responses to these outer world circumstances of our day to day life. Our outer world always comes from our inner world and not the other way around.

How we respond (to the outer world,) is the source of what we create within us. It is this consciousness and energy within us, which is that which is evolving. This consciousness will eventually bring about the different life that we seek for ourselves and in turn, what we then contribute to the community of which we are a part.

 

The Decade of the Heart and Mind

Artist-Mark Lewis Wagner

Artist: Mark Lewis Wagner

In the next 6-7 years in particular, we will be faced with many challenges to let go of things we thought were established reliable ways of thinking, acting and living and choosing for our lives. We will have to let go of thinking that we know what we’re doing, and let go of thinking we have a good head on our shoulders. We will be called to learn things that we don’t even know are things we didn’t know. We are being put in situations where we either change how we do things, or think things, or else we could bring suffering of many different kinds or even death into people’s lives. We can see that happening already.

Don’t look to the outside world – any outside-ourselves person or thing – to be the source of any evolution or “saving us” from the next 6-7 years. All evolution and “saving” comes from within us in our choices and responses – when we respond from kindness, love, patience, forgiveness, etc.

We use this guidance to make better choices and/or to manifest more heart-centered responses. We will be helped to see that we do not have the wherewithal to evolve ourselves. We will be helped to learn that all of us are called to let go of that which is holding us back, individually.  And of course, some of us will say “NO” to this evolution and these changes, because freewill will not be taken away from anyone.

If we are willing to evolve, then the evolution will come about, and our responses – either unselfish-centered or selfish-centered, either “my way” or “Infinite Love’s way”, either “what I think should be how people and life should be” or “how God creates the world from the heart outwardly” – our individual responses are what will fuel the evolution of our “self towards our higher self” individually.

Act (Love) Locally – Family, Friends, “Your Neighbor”

Yes, there are people who are willing to respond and help us in our day-to-day lives, but we are called to help others, as well. Not just “help” in the ways we think, but in new ways that we’ve never considered, which we will not even know until the moment that we decide to help. We are needing healing, and we are the ones to help bring healing – the Wounded Healers.

Willingness is everything to this evolutionary process. When we are willing, all things in life then happen in ways that will “help us to evolve”. When we are unwilling, all things in life then happen in ways that will diminish our efforts to prevent evolution. What this means is that God is all about evolution of our awareness of our being spirits who are the Children of the One Infinite Consciousness – God. God is committed to this evolution for all souls, or rather evolution for all life.

Artist: Mark Lewis Wagner

Artist: Mark Lewis Wagner

Be aware of: don’t look for the capacity to control evolutionary processes in the outer world. Our only control is our willingness and decision of when to go within to reconnect with Infinite Life that exists within our hearts and minds. The only control we have is when to turn within, and if need be, cry out to God for help, or say quite accurately, “Thank you God for your presence in my life, for your kindness and deep love, and for the support and help you extend to me every moment of every second, of every minute of every day.”

The Greatest of Challenges and the Calling to Love

Finally, the greatest of challenges has been given to us, (alongside remembering “with God, all things are possible.”) As Christ said, we are called to love our enemies, pray for those who hurt us, forgive those who spite us. This includes the call regarding the following — if we don’t change how we respond to people who we tend to think of as “everyday enemies”, those who severely irritate and make us angry, online, on social media, in our own family, in the political scene, etc, and etc, then we are not doing the work we’re here to do. One of the hardest lessons waiting for us to grasp is that the qualities we see in others are also the qualities within ourselves, otherwise we wouldn’t see them. Even seeing others DENIAL of this truth – is one of our own lessons about ourselves. Hence, why one of the most important prayers we can give forth is, “Lord, help me be honest with myself!”

If we don’t change ourselves, then our world, which reflects our inner selves, will not change in any way.  We do the work. We are the water that yet is to be changed into the wine. If we don’t pour ourselves forth from the source of kindness, compassion, patience, understanding, forgiveness, long-suffering and more, then our world will not evolve.

We start with only ourselves, individually. If we are not willing to heal/change our own hearts, minds and souls, then we can never expect to be successful at healing/changing the world. The outer world appearance and circumstances are simply a reflection of the inner world within each of us.

As the Course in Miracle says, “All we need to do is be willing and the Holy Spirit will do the rest.” This is why, “With God, all things are possible.” This is why this calling is possible. This is why it is possible for us to change our hearts within ourselves.

God bless all of you, and may God bless everyone’s effort put forth to demonstrate the best that exists within our hearts, minds and souls.

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“Giving to the Poor” (?)

So many of us have thought, “if I had money, I would give to those who need. If I had more money, I would donate it to many charities.”  “If I won the lottery, I’d donate so much of it.”  So many times, so many of us have had this sentiment – that if we had lots of money, then it would be possible – that we would not miss it if we gave to those who were in need. It is an easy thought to have, and it is a common belief to have, even at the same time that we may realize the “WE” are the needy.

It is in these statement moments, in these moments of belief that we think, I don’t have enough to give to others.  It is in these moments, also that, simply put, we are thinking of our bank account, thinking that money is the only thing the poor need.  In essence, we are not considering the riches beyond what is obvious.  Most certainly we’re not thinking of anything of which we do have.  We’re not thinking in other directions with this idea, especially when we aren’t even aware of any “riches” which we do have.

Instead, in these moments of wishing in our hearts that we could be monetarily generous, why not look at the “riches” which we do have and give of that?

While we may look around and think to ourselves, “What riches? I’m taking care of my family and myself as best I can. What riches do I have?”

What I refer to is the riches which are given to us in every moment. These are the riches which are conceivably infinite in supply. We merely need to be aware of these riches and we can then begin giving them out… if we so choose to be this generous.

These riches are hidden, sometimes to ourselves. We don’t even know we have them, sometimes. But, we do face the experience of knowing them, because we come face to face with the “storing house” where we keep these riches. Do you understand where I’m going with this? Not yet?  These riches are meant for people who are in need, and I mean “IN NEED!”

But remember, with these riches, we also can be stingy, and give nothing, if we so choose.  However, if our willingness stays in our hearts and minds, and our generosity is the spirit which we wish to be a part of, then we can begin giving the riches which we do have (and these riches are abundant indeed.)

The riches are the ones in our hearts.  Beginning with  – the richness of forgiveness being one of the most abundant, IF we so choose it to be, and IF we’re willing to continue to give out an abundance of forgiveness which others need. There is infinite forgiveness within us, and the question then is if we are willing to give to those who need forgiveness.  There-in is the rub.  We are faced with the question, are we really wanting to be generous and give to those in need?  If so, then we can start with those who are in need of forgiveness.

In the same way, Mercy, is another richness, which exists in infinite amount within our heart and soul, and which we stand ready at the counting house door, able to give if we so choose to give.

We’ve been at these riches’ storing house doors many times in the past, and failed to realize how rich we were, … and … at the same time that we’ve chosen to not give out our riches to those who need.

We all know people who need forgiveness. We all know people who need mercy. We all know people who need kindness, and understanding. And we all know people who need our patience, and our tolerance, and many more of that which is within our own heart.

We can give out every amount we think we have, because no matter how much we give out, we do not reach the bottom of the amount which exists within us. Yes, we may reach points where we choose to not give out any of that of which we have an infinite supply – of that which the person desperately needs, but we never reach the end of the supply.

We can give out our riches in the quiet of our own thoughts and feelings. We can give out forgiveness in the silence of our time alone, thinking of another. We need not be in anyone’s presence or any specific location. We don’t need to trumpet it to the crowds. It is not a matter of where or how or why. It is only a matter of willingness to give, and then giving.

Forgiveness, Mercy, Kindness, Patience, Understanding, Tolerance, Love, Gentleness, and more, – we have a massive storehouse for these – a storehouse so great in size that it has no end and no limiting walls. It comes from within us and there is no limit within us – except when we decide to say “No. I won’t” and we close the door to that which is within us that we otherwise would have given.

Then and only then, do we close the door to our storehouse and not give of that which we have an infinite supply – and usually to someone who is more in need of what we would give them, than anyone could ever know.

The final decision is ours.  We can be generous with the riches we have within us ready to give, because there is no end to these riches. There is no limit. Within us is the Infinite Forgiveness, the Infinite Mercy, the Infinite Loving Kindness, the Infinite Patience, etc, which we are learning exists within God – and which we are learning God makes available to us, within us, ready to give out, as soon as we are willing to decide to give to others, … and to ourselves.

We can fulfill our own wish to be generous, perhaps not with money, but with some things that are more valuable than money.  And if we so choose, we can even give to ourselves.

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“Forgiveness is for giving and for getting.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1992-2020, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Forgiveness is letting go of the desire to have others suffer.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1998-2020, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Being forgiven changes people.  Not in front of our eyes, but in front of the eyes of time, which is where we changed when we were forgiven.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2015-2020, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Mercy is something very good for us to be on the ‘receiving’ end.  It is for other people, as well.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1995-2020, Jodie Senkyrik)

First, Consider This: Preface to the Psychic Predictions for 2020

Where to Start ?

In just a few “seconds”, it will be 2020 !

First, consider this with regard to what many of us are seeing psychically.  The entrance into the difficult years of 2021-2026 with what I mention here – will be both somewhat gradual, and somewhat quick.  This time period will challenge the whole world, and in many different ways.   Some will need saved, some will need help, some will be in positions of being able to save and some will be in positions of being able to help.

Because some of what I discuss will be gradual, some of it won’t be noticed too easily or quickly.  This does not mean it isn’t happening.  Because some of it will be quick, some will have a more dramatic impact.  This doesn’t mean that we can’t do anything about these related problems.

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In 2020, how much effort we put into bringing forth very real energy of real love – the love that comes with real effort to try to bring forth kindness and mercy, forgiveness and understanding from within our self – will determine how open we can open the door which will lead to the new age of Man – which is closer than close, but yet will not come by itself if no effort to bring it is put forth.

2020 will be the transition year.  It will be a “hinge” year. Not only will certain things of decade of the 2020’s be influenced by the year 2020, but the hinge will “open the door” to 2021-2026 and the events of the next 6 years-some of the most significant (and challenging) of this age of Man. How “open” the “door” is opened is changing. The door is the door to potential progression and/or potential digression depending on the freewill choices every individual makes.

The door hinge is rusty. And it will take sincere effort to open, because this door is the door to our individual, as well as collective Heart – Our Collective Centered Heart, wherein the Infinite Consciousness of God is able to come forth into this world through the love, understanding and compassion we extend to all life – including all human beings – and YES, even all elected officials.

Through the ways we walk on our path in 2020, so will we then be able to extend into 2021-2026 the energy and consciousness which has been built on all years’ efforts leading up to and including the year 2020. Like a stairway, whichever level we are able to achieve in 2020, the next steps/years will be determined and measured by the previous steps/years’ efforts.

No special grace will save us if we ignore the call for Love in our lives both individually and collectively, and to manifest this Love, in the varied available potential forms in this world; the call which we have named ‘spiritual work’ for which humanity is desperate. While we are not called to be individually perfect or species perfect, we are called to be determined and willing to work at bringing forth the better and the best parts of ourselves – even when what we see in others makes us think others are doing the opposite, even when what we see in others, reflects what we consider the worst of humanity.

Christ’s Demonstration

At this point in human time, it is important to hold in our minds that Christ walked His path of Peace and Willingness to Help as our Brother, even when violence from all groups was erupting around Him. He walked His path of Love, of compassion, of healing, even when hatred surrounded Him. He neither condemned individuals nor governments for their “sins” (mistakes, bad decisions, harmful acts, hateful feelings, etc), but rather offered patience, mercy, forgiveness, long-suffering, and no judgement whatsoever – taking the High road in all ways, which, in turn, began the path of bringing Joy, through transformation, to a weary world.  This example is for us to work at, as well, when we face that which is happening in the world today and in the days to come.

In 2020, there will be many conflicts, both loud and visible, and quiet and in secret.  (I will get into some of them.) These will be mostly more as social conflict than military conflict, but some will be conflict between the military and civilians, as is happening already.

In 2020, sadly, there will be even more chances even for the elect to stop walking the spiritual path and return to where we were as a people.  Therefore, 2020 is a time for us to remember, “Yes, render unto Caesar, that which is Caesar’s” but don’t let it pull us away from or ignore/forget the next part – “to render unto God, that which is God’s.”

Give to God that which is God’s – including mercy, patience, compassion, kindness, long-suffering, and the love which we forget already exists forever in infinite time within our hearts – to the people we, personally, come in contact daily. Give to God that which is Gods – including Willingness – to build brotherhood, sisterhood, understanding, cooperation, charity, any so-far-learned wisdom, Oneness, and an open heart and an open mind in how we respond to the events of this day.

Freewill Choices

In the coming times, it becomes more significant to know that we have a choice between 2 options – Love or Fear – the 4th chakra or the 3rd chakra – “Loving kindness” or “Fight or Flight”. We cannot tell another person to choose what we, ourselves, haven’t chosen. In addition, our walking our own path of Love – how we relate to other people – can not be determined by or based on other people’s freewill choices about how they conduct their life.

2020 is a year of preparation and transition. Around the world, 2020 is also going to be a year dominating in both verbal dreams and verbal wars. 2020 will be a time of continued seeing the hopeful possibilities, as well as the real dangers in the years and decades ahead.  In 2020, we can begin recognizing that the ways of living of the past did, indeed, create the problems of the present, and we need individual effort (building to collective effort) in the present time in order to find new ways of living for the future.

All of Us

The coming 6 years which 2020 will lead us into – 2021-2026 – are of lower vibrations (also considered darker because this vibration of the actions which will be carried out is further away from the Love/Light vibration level.)  This energy is the remaining unhealed, yet transformed energy which would have manifested as a physical changing of the Earth’s poles – the Pole Shift (a tilting on its physical axis) which Edgar Cayce predicted if humanity had not done anything to change in the decades which followed his psychic reading. The Pole Shift’s source is a combination of natural evolution in the planet, as well as massive karmic energy which had been waiting to manifest all at once as the physical Pole Shift – but which has since been worked with so it won’t manifest all at once, now.

That remaining supreme turmoil energy being manifested through the Earth and through people, which will be experienced by many people of the Earth in the coming years is NOT the result of any one person. Neither Donald Trump becoming president nor Hillary Clinton, had she become president, is the cause of the problems in the world. Neither Republicans nor Democrats are responsible for the problems of the world – but rather individuals in all walks of life – also known as “All of Us”  It is the consciousness of the people of the world, throughout this Age of Man, heretofore unresolved in our subconscious, that gave birth to the leaders in this world, and the movements these leaders represent – not vice versa. The diversity of leaders also is representative of the consciousness of the people.

In the U.S., Donald Trump becoming president is the result of both the fears of things in the world, and the hope of alleviating these fears through victory and control over those things or people perceived as enemies- all third chakra.  It is the Collective Social Consciousness of the People of the World afraid of what “others” would do to bring harm that brought forth the “problems” which came from unmanifested consciousness energy waiting to be expressed in people’s lives.  This is not just in our time, but also throughout human history.  AND the challenges that I speak of are from energy, which has also come from all different times of human history.  Blaming others for our own contributions to this rather than acknowledging our own past life involvement, and subsequent challenge to forgive, does not help.

The Work

There already has been much work by millions of people to bring forth the higher minds and the energy of the higher minds with the energy of the Centered Heart. This work has been slowly elevating much of the energy in the Earth in preparation of entering into the coming 6 years as a crucible precursor to the next age of Man beginning in 2038.  This is the work which has transformed us away from the physical Pole Shift spoken of before.

There has been limited success. We are somewhat successful, but success in this case is not 100%. The potential results are not either black or white – yes or no, 0% or 100%. The amount of energy is based on the level of effort put into holding to the Centered Heart of Infinite Love, and ever returning to a connection to the Consciousness of the Higher Forces.

These referred to “forces” are the forces of practicing patience, and the forces that teach taking the higher road. It is the consciousness which sees the whole human race struggling and in pain, with no side being the right side or the wrong side. All people have within us, all traits, including those we go to war against, regardless of whether we acknowledge it to our self or deny it to our self.  This means that every person is equal in potential character to every other person and equally both right and wrong.  As the Edgar Cayce Readings said, “There is good in the worst of us, and bad in the best of us.”  This also means there is good in the worst elected official, and there is bad in the best elected official.  This reality is true for all human beings.

As we make effort to forgive instead of blame, to be understanding instead of criticize and condemn, feel compassion instead of rejection of others, walk the path of long-suffering instead of attack and condemnation, then we are working on bringing higher vibrations into this world which will in turn help heal and resolve the energies of disasters which are physical, social, spiritual, mental, financial, or emotional each ready to manifest.

In this time, all of us are not called to be perfect, but to pour forth our effort to forgive. We are not called to be saints but to try again, and again, and again, when we stumble on our path. We are not called to heal all that needs healed, but rather address today what lands in our laps, today.

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There is still time to register for “Putting the Apple Back: Healing our karma” (©) Retreat, November 16-17, 2019

You can still join us for a relaxing weekend at Camp Capers in Waring, TX, and gaining a better understanding of how to shift one’s consciousness and step out of the Karmic Merry-go-round: moving from Karmic consciousness to Transformation consciousness.

Welcome to another 24-hour retreat at Camp Capers in Waring, TX, the weekend of November 16-17, 2019, which you may be interested in.

Entitled “Putting the Apple Back: Healing our karma”, this program explores the concept of Karma, the mechanics of Karma, our understanding of Karma, and how it’s possible to nullify or heal Karma.

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • What it means to Put the Apple Back on the Tree (©)
  • The Infinite Consciousness of God
  • New concepts of Karma
  • The Hows and Whys of Karma
  • Karma DNA
  • The Spiritual Path and Healing Karma
  • It’s All in the Vibrations
  • The Echoes of Karma
  • The School of Enlightenment
  • Two worlds on One Planet

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Information and Itinerary

  • Check-in: 2:30-3:00 at the Camp Capers Welcome Center
  • Introductory presentation: 3:15-5:15pm with a break
  • Dinner: 5:30-6:30
  • Evening presentation: 7pm-9pm
  • Breakfast: 8am-9am
  • Morning Presentation (with break): 9:30am-noon
  • Lunch: noon-1pm
  • Afternoon Presentation: 1:30-3:00pm with a break

The related costs:

Accommodations (pick 1):

  • Hotel-like room – $72/person double occupancy
        • $83 single occupancy
  • Health Services rooms – $52/person double occupancy
        • $62 single occupancy
  • cabins – $31/person (bunk beds)

Meals (Excellent !) – Sat. dinner, Sun. breakfast and lunch

  • Dinner – $15/person
  • Breakfast – $10/person
  • Lunch – $13/person

Insurance – $.23/person/day for Saturday and Sunday ($.46/person)

Tuition – $50/person

Day-only attendees:  $25 tuition + chosen meals + 1-day insurance + $16 Camp day use fee.

Payment can be made through cash or personal check up through the day of arrival OR you may use Paypal or your Credit Card through the Paypal button below.

For questions you may email me at jodie.1@earthlink.net .

Bio: Jodie Senkyrik began having psychic experiences growing up, but didn’t begin his spiritual path until his early 20’s during the 1980’s. He began giving clairvoyant readings in 1985, yet broadened his clairvoyant readings with a background in psychology, being trained in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and having earned an M.A. degree in Transpersonal Psychology in 1993 at John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies.

Jodie has been, and is still, a regular workshop presenter for the A.R.E. in Texas during some of their Spring and Fall retreats since 2001, having given workshops on such topics as The Karmic Connection to the 9-11 Attack, A Psychic View of Love & Death, Psychic Ability in Human Beings, Meditating for Answers, Prayer without Words, Atlantis, the Atlantean Hall of Records, Creating Heaven on Earth, and many others. On the blog, “A Psychic’s View of …” are posted over 300 articles on spiritual and psychic topics. He continues to present regularly at retreats and workshops in the Texas area.

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Registration :

To register, send an email to me at jodie.1@earthlink.net on or before November 1, 2019.  (Yes, late-comers are welcome and can register on the day of arrival, but, let me know, if possible.)

I need:

1. the number of people you are registering,

2. the number of people per meals each desires, and

3. your choice of rooms/beds.

Camp Capers requires (A) our best estimate for the number of people for each meal, ( B) our best estimate for the number of each rooms/beds.

Credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover) can be accepted only through this blog Paypal button below, and will not be accepted at the door.  Checks, Money Orders or cash can be paid when you arrive.  To register, send an email with your information to jodie.1@earthlink.net.  To pay by credit card, please use this button:

Buy Now Button

The Button will lead you to pay through Paypal.  You do not need a Paypal account. You’ll see the Paypal Retreat purchase page – enter your fee grand total, (the ‘quantity’ will remain 1), then select Continue.  Then you should  see the Paypal login page.  Instead of entering Paypal, scroll down on the login page and you’ll see the Credit Card payment link.  The Paypal Link page does not itemize the fees. Insert the total amount of your payment.

No one will be turned away at the door for not registering beforehand, but IT SURE HELPS IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE, (so we can give Camp Capers office an accurate number of people for whom to prepare rooms and meals.)

For the address and map to Camp Capers, click on any Camp Capers link here.

For anyone wanting to attend Sunday only, and arriving in the morning, then I’ll have registration before breakfast, from 7:45-8am at the office front patio.  If you can’t find me, look for me in the Dining Hall.

As always, if you wish to pay by check, you can pay by mail, or when you arrive, and it is still a good idea to register beforehand, as soon as you know. C.C. needs to prepare many days before for the number of people eating any of the meals.

Thank you for your interest.

“Putting the Apple Back: Healing our karma” (©) Retreat, November 16-17, 2019

Welcome to another 24-hour retreat at Camp Capers in Waring, TX, the weekend of November 16-17, 2019, which you may be interested in.

Entitled “Putting the Apple Back: Healing our karma”, this program explores the concept of Karma, the mechanics of Karma, our understanding of Karma, and how it’s possible to nullify or heal Karma.

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • What it means to Put the Apple Back on the Tree (©)
  • The Infinite Consciousness of God
  • New concepts of Karma
  • The Hows and Whys of Karma
  • Karma DNA
  • The Spiritual Path and Healing Karma
  • It’s All in the Vibrations
  • The Echoes of Karma
  • The School of Enlightenment
  • Two worlds on One Planet

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Information and Itinerary

  • Check-in: 2:30-3:00 at the Camp Capers Welcome Center
  • Introductory presentation: 3:15-5:15pm with a break
  • Dinner: 5:30-6:30
  • Evening presentation: 7pm-9pm
  • Breakfast: 8am-9am
  • Morning Presentation (with break): 9:30am-noon
  • Lunch: noon-1pm
  • Afternoon Presentation: 1:30-3:00pm with a break

The related costs:

Accommodations (pick 1):

  • Hotel-like room – $72/person double occupancy
        • $83 single occupancy
  • Health Services rooms – $52/person double occupancy
        • $62 single occupancy
  • cabins – $31/person (bunk beds)

Meals (Excellent !) – Sat. dinner, Sun. breakfast and lunch

  • Dinner – $15/person
  • Breakfast – $10/person
  • Lunch – $13/person

Insurance – $.23/person/day for Saturday and Sunday ($.46/person)

Tuition – $50/person

Day-only attendees:  $25 tuition + chosen meals + 1-day insurance + $16 Camp day use fee.

Payment can be made through cash or personal check up through the day of arrival OR you may use Paypal or your Credit Card through the Paypal button below.

For questions you may email me at jodie.1@earthlink.net .

Bio: Jodie Senkyrik began having psychic experiences growing up, but didn’t begin his spiritual path until his early 20’s during the 1980’s. He began giving clairvoyant readings in 1985, yet broadened his clairvoyant readings with a background in psychology, being trained in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and having earned an M.A. degree in Transpersonal Psychology in 1993 at John F. Kennedy University’s Graduate School for Holistic Studies.

Jodie has been, and is still, a regular workshop presenter for the A.R.E. in Texas during some of their Spring and Fall retreats since 2001, having given workshops on such topics as The Karmic Connection to the 9-11 Attack, A Psychic View of Love & Death, Psychic Ability in Human Beings, Meditating for Answers, Prayer without Words, Atlantis, the Atlantean Hall of Records, Creating Heaven on Earth, and many others. On the blog, “A Psychic’s View of …” are posted over 300 articles on spiritual and psychic topics. He continues to present regularly at retreats and workshops in the Texas area.

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Registration :

To register, send an email to me at jodie.1@earthlink.net on or before November 1, 2019.  (Yes, late-comers are welcome and can register on the day of arrival, but, let me know, if possible.)

I need:

1. the number of people you are registering,

2. the number of people per meals each desires, and

3. your choice of rooms/beds.

Camp Capers requires (A) our best estimate for the number of people for each meal, ( B) our best estimate for the number of each rooms/beds.

Credit cards (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover) can be accepted only through this blog Paypal button below, and will not be accepted at the door.  Checks, Money Orders or cash can be paid when you arrive.  To register, send an email with your information to jodie.1@earthlink.net.  To pay by credit card, please use this button:

Buy Now Button

The Button will lead you to pay through Paypal.  You do not need a Paypal account. You’ll see the Paypal Retreat purchase page – enter your fee grand total, (the ‘quantity’ will remain 1), then select Continue.  Then you should  see the Paypal login page.  Instead of entering Paypal, scroll down on the login page and you’ll see the Credit Card payment link.  The Paypal Link page does not itemize the fees. Insert the total amount of your payment.

No one will be turned away at the door for not registering beforehand, but IT SURE HELPS IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE, (so we can give Camp Capers office an accurate number of people for whom to prepare rooms and meals.)

For the address and map to Camp Capers, click on any Camp Capers link here.

For anyone wanting to attend Sunday only, and arriving in the morning, then I’ll have registration before breakfast, from 7:45-8am at the office front patio.  If you can’t find me, look for me in the Dining Hall.

As always, if you wish to pay by check, you can pay by mail, or when you arrive, and it is still a good idea to register beforehand, as soon as you know. C.C. needs to prepare many days before for the number of people eating any of the meals.

Thank you for your interest.

Who or What Are We Changing?

It is said, “what does it benefit a man to gain all he wants, if he loses his soul in the process?” It is the same for all of us. What does it gain us, if we save the Earth, but lose our souls, our own selves, our community, our society, our nation, our civilization, our human race in the process? We can do both, but we can only save the Earth, if we save our own Self, as well.

Put another way, the Earth is a reflection of humanity’s consciousness, and we will create in the Earth that which is in our own consciousness. If we are polluted, we will pollute the Earth, as well. If we are destructive, we will destroy the Earth, as well. If we are abusive, we will abuse the Earth, as well. If we are in conflict with each other, we will be in conflict with the Earth, as well.

But, if we are kind to each other, we will be kind to the Earth. If we show compassion to each other, we will show compassion to the Earth. If we are forgiving to each other, or show mercy to each other, we will be forgiving and merciful to all things of the Earth. If we are tolerant of each other, our tolerance will extend to our planet and all life on the planet, as well.

We can be willing to try to save the Earth all we want. But the real issue is are we willing to save our own SELF – our own heart, mind and spirit?

We, human beings, too often, choose conflict over and over and over again. We, too often, choose war and violence towards others, whether in entertainment or in real life. We, too often, choose abuse of others as a way of expressing ourselves.

We may easily condemn those we see as doing this, but if we were to walk in their shoes, we could easily be the ones doing this. We condemn those who sell the weapons of death, those who make the money, those who pollute the world, those who stand on the backs of others to make their own infinitely short life easy and themselves rich, but…. we are the ones who attend movies watching superheroes show us how to use violence to save the world, buy the products to make our lives easier, who buy the stocks in the companies to make the money, who imagine ourselves living easy and suffering-free.

We can and do point the finger at corporations and companies who sometimes make the world a worse place to live, but we are the workers at these places, we are the managers, we are the ones who make money in the offices, and we are the ones who say, “I care about my life first. I can’t afford to save the world. I’ll do something if it’s easy and convenient.”

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If we don’t start with our self – our own hearts and our own beliefs and our own thoughts – changing where the conflict and warring starts – inside ourselves – as individuals – then we will only create the same problems over and over again.  No change will happen externally of ourselves, if no change happens internally within ourselves. We might be willing to work on ourselves or change things in the Earth – for one generation – but without the change inside our own soul, we are simply changing things for others who are just like us – in wanting war, and in wanting conflict, and in wanting the golden calf.

A spiritual life is “building for eternity”. I’m not talking about a constructed “religion-based” heaven of “spending eternity with the angels singing hymns in perfect bliss” – but the eternity where we work on ourselves to change who we are inwardly, how we relate to other people – how we relate to our brothers and sisters at whom currently we throw bullets of every kind.  I’m talking about the eternity of growth, change and possibilities referred to when He said, “With God, All Things Are Possible.”

We are born to come into the Earth, challenging us to learn about our real relationships to others – not our physicality and not our religio-city, but our spirit existence – inhabiting a body for a very short time to grow and learn to find better ways to be among ourselves as people.

God sends us into the Earth to practice Love in every manifestation. God sends us into the Earth for a very short time, to demonstrate the bounty of Love- through Kindness, Compassion, Patience, Service, Mercy, Forgiveness and other fruits of the spirit.

And when this very short life is over, we get a chance to examine how much we learned, how much we extended kindness, compassion, patience, mercy, tolerance, and more. We get the chance to look back and see if we learned anything, and what it is we actually then taught to others.  We get the opportunity to look forward to see what we can work on during our future sojourns.

We get the chance to look back at this life compared to all our other previous lives, try to understand what helped and what hurt our efforts.  We can ask where we used this opportunity to help, where we used this opportunity to harm, or both. Did we change? Did we grow? Did we learn? Did we waste anything of this life ignoring our purpose?

“With God, all things are possible”, includes learning, growing, and bringing forth love.  This includes, learning, growing and practicing changes within our own hearts and minds.  With this, we find encouragement to help us get back up and dust ourselves off when we get tripped up by the billions of things that we thought were important, but turned out not to be, or at least, not to be as much as we thought.

“With God, all things are possible” includes helping change to come into the Earth, and it then to come in via the changes we make in our hearts and minds – bringing real change, lasting change, and the change that is passed down to generations instead of being lost in the next generation.  The external changes of the world are like dust in the wind.  The internal changes are built on that which lasts for eternity.

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“With all that we are within ourselves, right now, are we the person we want to spend eternity with?” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2019, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Faith unused, does nothing.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2019, Jodie Senkyrik)

“We tend to think of God being on the outside of us, hoping to get in, when in truth, all along, God has been on the inside of us, trying to come out.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2019, Jodie Senkyrik)

 

The Importance of One Person Meditating

Having trouble with your efforts to meditate?

What if I told you that each of us, individually – one person – meditating could help reduce the violence in the world?

What if I told you that each of us, individually, meditating with others in a group could help reduce the violence in the world?

What if I told you that each of us, individually, regularly joining with people all over the world and meditating could help reduce the violence in the world?

What if I told you that each of us, individually, regularly joining with people all over the world in prayer and meditation could help reduce the violence and killings in the world?

So, I will say it here.

The joining together of many “one person”s all over the world in prayer and meditation can help reduce the violence and killings in the world.

This is how each one of us, individually, is important.

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Commencement Address: Do Something Hard to Do

We live in a time where living is difficult.  We live in a time where living is easy.  We live in a time where the Light is coming forth.  We live in a time where darkness is coming forth.  We live in a time where learning is cherished.  We live in a time where ignorance is cherished.

The times of change are upon us. The times to change how we live are upon us. Instead of seeking to have an easy life, we can argue that it’s time to do the hard things in life.

Many of the greatest things of life in our human history have been things that have been hard to do. Meanwhile, many of the worst things of our human history are from people seeking to have easy lives at the expense of others.

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In looking at our history, the greatest accomplishments and the greatest changes of human life have come as difficult choices – not easy choices.

Instead of looking for something “easy” to do, look for something hard to do.  Not to punish oneself, but to challenge oneself.  Not to keep the old, seemingly easy ways of life, but to create new, challenging ways of living.

Set your sights on a goal, even one that is hard to do, and if it takes your whole life, go for it.

Do something hard and not something just for oneself, because helping only oneself is easy.  Look for something very worthwhile and not just to make one’s own life easy, but to help others, as well.

Do something hard.

Look at today, and feel the challenge to look not for only an easy way out, or an easy this or an easy that, and instead look for that something that you know is hard to do, but better or greater.

Look for that something hard that is right and good and worthwhile, and helps oneself AND can help others, and makes life – not easy – but better because of that hard thing to do.

Do that something that is hard to do.

Look for ways to be more respectful. Look for ways to be kind when we haven’t been before.  Look for these ways.  Look for ways to forgive yourself, and then others for the very same thing. or for different things.

Do that something hard.

Be willing to seek ways to be compassionate to those one doesn’t want to be compassionate towards.

Do something difficult.

The only thing stopping its accomplishment is the not doing of it.  The only thing stopping kindness is not doing of it.  The only thing stopping being patient with another is not doing it.  The only thing stopping forgiving is not doing it.  The only thing stopping showing mercy is not doing it.  The only thing stopping learning and growing is not doing it.  The only thing stopping “loving one another as I love you” is not doing it.

Doing that hard and difficult task has brought all of us to here, today. Doing that difficult task has already brought us to what we’ve accomplished up to now.  We can look back at our lives, and see many things that we’ve accomplished that were hard to accomplish.  Was doing that which was hard to do worthwhile in doing it?

Do something that is hard to do.

Like loving. We think loving is easy. We think all we have to do is find the right person and we’ll love.  We think all we have to do to love someone is to be open to loving and it will fall in place.

But, loving those we don’t love is a hard thing to do. Loving those who we don’t like is a hard thing to do. Loving others as human beings when we’d rather take the easy road to disregard them, dislike them, hate them, disrespect them, insult them, not care about them, or even wish them dead or kill them.

Do something  hard.  Stop disrespecting another.  Stop hating.  Stop insulting.  Stop wishing others dead.

Do that something that is hard.  Stop.

Stopping these things is hard.  Then turn around 180 degrees from hating, disrespecting, and wishing others dead.

Turning around from these things is very hard.

Do that something that is hard to do.  Turn around.

Instead, let love exist as potential within us in the same way that Christ is within us with all His potential and all possibilities when He said, “With God, all things are possible.”   Let God’s eternity of Infinite Love exist for us to hope for that we can one day share.  Let it be the place to start to let tolerance grow inside of us, to let patience with another or others grow inside of us, to practice acceptance of others and the diversity of who we are, to check our own reflex fear, and our instant preconceptions to stop looking at ourselves and others only on the surface of life, and dig deeper into who we are individually and as people.

Do something hard.

Strive for that something that we know in our hearts is absolutely valuable and absolutely worthwhile for ourselves and everyone else.

Do something that’s hard to do.  On purpose.

Live life from the heart instead of from resentment.  Live life with a willingness to forgive someone at a moment’s notice, just for the purpose of forgiving, rather than to gain something.  Live life from a place of showing mercy only for the sake of mercy existing more in the world – rather than to gain something in return.

How many of us feel that what we’ve achieved in life so far has been hard or difficult? How many know others who have gone and done something that is hard to do?

It’s the hard and difficult things in life that we value and that are worthwhile to us. It is the hard things to do that we’re happy about looking back on our lives – raising and loving our family, education, vocations, contributing to our community, helping others, working on changing ourselves for better ways of living. It is the love that we’re glad about as we live life. It is the compassion and healing which we offer to those who’s lives we touch.

How many people do you know who have said on their death beds, “As I lay here dying, I’m so glad that I’ve been able to be bitter and resentful throughout my life, .” or “I’m so glad that I never apologized for any of the suffering and pain I contributed to in other’s lives”?  It doesn’t get said, but it does happen inside many of us and  it’s the easy thing to do.

Do something that’s hard to do. Forgiveness is hard to do.  Sometimes, it is.  Apologizing is hard to do.  Sometimes, it is.  Live from a deeper place in the heart. Think hard on how to help not just ourselves, but all of us, everyone.

Do something that’s hard to do.  It is a decision that one makes.

Not an Easy Thing to Create

It’s a call to give of our time, our resources, our prayers, our thoughts and our heart – to ourselves AND to others – everyone. It’s a call to work at balancing ourselves in all aspects of life – giving even to ourselves when we are the one in need, but not stopping with ourselves but rather going further to give to others equally.

Do something that’s hard, because too often, these hard things don’t get done on the road to wanting only an easy life. But, doing something hard to do, is so often the very thing that is worthwhile to do, and brings the greatest of all riches into our lives.

Finally, another challenge of a prayer to pray – presented to us through the movies –

“God bless us – everyone.”

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Spiritual Activities, Human Activities

I’m reminded of a story of a holyman who was meditating in a semi-secluded park. There were people around, but he decided to meditate. He believed it to be pastoral enough to give him a good meditation.

After a while, a woman with 4 children came into the park. They began playing and running around, and the mother trying to keep up with her kids, was so focused on her children, following them to keep them safe and together that she didn’t see the holyman and stumbled over him.

During this time, he was hearing all the noise the children were making and beginning to feel he made a bad choice. When the woman then stumbled on him, he stopped and expressed his being upset, “Can’t you see I’m trying to meditate here.”

The woman apologized profusely and told him, “I”m sorry, I was so focused on my children, that I did not see you at all.”

Upon first knowing this story, one might think the woman was wrong to interrupt the holyman, after all, he was doing what was spiritually recognized as being a consciousness raising thing. After all, meditating is so important to all mankind.

But, look at the story in a deeper way, it was the woman who was raising consciousness and the holyman was not – not because she was taking care of children, but because she was focused on her calling within her heart and serving others.

The holyman was getting his consciousness raising from outside himself – the socially accepted idea of how to be spiritual – and hoping for a good meditation for himself.

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In another story, … someone once told me, “You’re not here to grow vegetables, you’re here to grow consciousness.”

There may be a number of meanings in the statement, but on the surface, this statement and it’s premise has several things that are incorrect.

It presupposes that one activity is more important than the other. From the comment, you may be inferring a judgement of one over the other – looking up to one and looking down on the other.  It presupposes that there is “Growing Consciousness” and there is “Growing vegetables” and the two are initially in opposition or at least, taking the path in different directions.  The comment presupposes that the spiritual and the physical are separate realms and one needs to take precedent over the other.  In discussing it here, it also presupposes that one is to be pursued and another is to be let go.

While there may be other meanings, these are inherent in the statement.

Each of these, conveys that spirituality and consciousness raising requires one to be less and less interwoven in the physical realm and its requirements, and more and more interwoven with spiritual practices and their requirements.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

In this case, growing vegetables is the same as growing consciousness. We recognize many times, that before we start on a spiritual path, we are chopping wood and carrying water. After we start a spiritual path, we chop wood and carry water (the water is for growing vegetables, isn’t it.)

What I offer is that being alive is the spiritual path. At no time are we not on a spiritual path. Even when we are asleep and unconscious to the spiritual nature within us, and the voice and presence of God, we are nonetheless, on a spiritual path. This is true, because we have the presence of God guiding us within our own self. We may make wrong choices and create harm and destruction for others, but with every moment, the voice of God within our hearts, within our consciousnesses, whispers into our unconscious better ways by which to live life. Sometimes, we call this whisper a conscience.

All activities in life are activities in which a spirit is acting. Therefore, there is nothing in any realm or existence – no action, no belief, no behavior, no habit, no anything, no nothing, that is not part of spiritual reality.

In other words, there is no level of physical activity and no level of spiritual activity, no participation of physical existence and no participation of spiritual existence that are not the exact same thing in consciousness.

If we’re consciously seeking on a spiritual path, growing vegetables and growing consciousness are exactly the same thing… when we’re willing to let them be so in our hearts. There is no difference between the physical realm and the spiritual realm,… when we’re willing to let them be so hearts. There is no difference between the physical tasks and the spiritual tasks … when we’re willing to let them be so. All physical tasks are spiritual tasks. All the physical realm and everything in it is the spiritual realm and everything in it. These two worlds exist together and are one world – even as and when we deny this.

In saying growing vegetables is not growing consciousness, we would also be saying one is only spiritual work, the other is only physical work. In essence, that is like separating our self from our soul. How would you do that?

When all of God is Infinite, there is nothing that exists that is not God. When all that exists is God Consciousness, there is nothing that is not God Consciousness. Even building nuclear missiles and flying planes into buildings happens and exists inside the same Infinite Consciousness of God that Christ heals all the sick, raises the dead, and transforms the Earth.

So, physical realm activities (gardening) are spiritual activities. To become aware of this, all we need to is to ask ourselves, “How much love, kindness, patience, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, or long-suffering do I bring to this activity? More often, we don’t ask ourselves this, because we’re paying bills or typing away at the computer.

All activities in the physical realm are also spiritual activities in the spiritual realm. All activities are consciousness activities. It depends on us as to whether we become aware of this.

There is a story in the New Testament of Lazarus’s sisters, Mary and Martha, with Jesus at their home.  He gathers followers in one room to teach them, as Martha is in the other room preparing food.  She chastises Mary for not helping her prepare the meal.

But, look at what is going on inside Mary’s heart. No doubt, there is elation within Mary’s heart – listening to Christ teach in that moment. Learning wisdom and truth in those moments, from the Master, Himself. And look at what is going on in Martha’s mind – “women’s duties” of preparing the meal, work to do, criticism of Mary for not doing what Martha considers the women’s work. In Martha’s heart is not joy, not elation.

Christ’s message to Martha was that Mary had chosen the better choice. Notice the story doesn’t say, “the right choice”, but rather “the better choice”.

In the very first story, the woman was raising consciousness, the holyman was not, because the woman was carrying out a focused inner purpose and that focus was directed for the well-being of others.

In the story of Mary, Martha, and Christ, it is easy to first believe that Mary’s external activities were the spiritual path and not Martha’s – that Jesus was talking about.  It is more of a challenge to look deeper at that which was within both their hearts to see a deeper lesson.

A final, third story – There is a saint written about, and one of the stories about him was of a time praying in his room. During this praying, Jesus appeared to him. He could see Jesus at this moment, but it was also time to go serve the poor, giving them food and the help they needed. Reluctantly, he left his room where he was still able to see Jesus.

He came back afterwards and Jesus was still in his room. Then Jesus spoke to him. He said, “If you had stayed, I would have had to leave. It is because you went and served that I was able to stay with you.”

The lesson is about that which we hold in our hearts with regards to the activities we do. And in our hearts, do we hold it for our own benefit or the benefit of all?

It begs the question, what does it benefit us to carry out external acts called spiritual acts, if we have not included our heart – love, kindness, compassion, unity or oneness, unselfishness, etc, in the activity, and for all? What does it benefit us to act spiritual but lose our soul in an activity that is for the self rather than for the Oneness of All?

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We can continue to believe that we will eventually move beyond this earth to greater realms so we can gain greater levels of consciousness raising. But, this evolution won’t occur until we wake up to the spiritual presence in walking the path of the human being. How can we graduate to greater schools if we haven’t yet learned what this school of human life teaches?

It is also true, that we exist in full consciousness raising capability right where we are. All that this universe offers, all that God offers in consciousness is available right here, right now. We need travel nowhere – not to other galaxies or other dimensions, or other realms or other books or other retreats to gain Infinite Consciousness at Infinite Levels. It is all within us, already and we need only open to that which is within our hearts – the dwelling place of Love – the dwelling place of the God that is Love.

So, it is another lesson that there is no difference between raising consciousness and raising vegetables, … if we’re willing to let that be so in our hearts.

Q and A’s, (questions 8-16)

8.       What is Russia’s near to medium term future?  … They too are asserting themselves, but their demographics don’t support it over the long term. D.M.

First, put this in the context of this physical Earth plane being a school of spirituality.

Then, as odd as it may be to say this, they struggle also with the forces that are in play – being human and subject to human issues, as well as spiritual forces.  These human and spiritual forces are the Will of the People.  Even though Russia has the government that it is known for in today’s world, the Will of the People (souls) is still a strong force.  Do not make the mistake of thinking that the Russian people/souls are like Americans in their way of thinking and behaving.  They do have a different collective consciousness and so their future as a nation and the past as a nation go along the lines of THEIR (Russian) collective consciousness and not OUR (U.S.) collective consciousness.  And I am NOT referring to citizenry ideals, but rather soul ideals when I refer to “collective consciousness”.  Individually, as souls, they have many different feelings and thoughts, some like Americans, but the collective force of their souls is what is paramount and thus more important.

Yes, they have conflict and struggle with themselves within – person with him/herself, citizens against citizens, citizens struggling with the government, citizens who accept the government the way it is – as much as outside themselves.  All of us struggle with ourselves internally, and that internal conflict then shows itself in our conflict with what is external to us.

To say what their specific future is would simply read like any other nation.  Don’t all nations, (even Canada), have these same patterns in consciousness of the people, and therefore the same patterns represented by different groups of citizens?  For this reason, at the same time, it is possible to say that the people, and government representatives are no different than the people and representatives of the UK, the US, or any other area of the planet.

People are still people.  (Not really profound, but true none the less.)  While their own unique government has it’s own characteristics and traits and problems, the people face many of the same internal issues which we all face all over the world.  We all have similar desires – to have a home, raise children, put clothes on their backs and food on the table, etc.  Their future has very little difference from anyone else’s future.  The issues of the past are the issues of the present and future.  While this may not answer your question distinctly, it is still an accurate description of their future.

As a political force, they are known to work more behind the scenes, but then how is that different from so many other governments?  There is not enough of a difference between the  past, present and near future to mention anything specific.  In their spiritual growth as a people, they have the opportunity to seek to call out to God… as we all do.  As time progresses for Russia, the prayers of a few will save many.  The prayers of many will save even more.  Prayer changes things.  Those who are prayed for will have God’s energy and spirit in their energy fields than those not prayed for.  As the Russian people continue to pray, so will their nation have ever more of God’s presence, which does lead to change.

The fact that we are all human beings on the planet does mean very sincerely, that we’re going to be having similar feelings, similar desires and similar sufferings.  Yet, as Americans, we cannot say “Everyone wants to be an American.”  It simply isn’t true.  Souls all over the world, are born where their evolutionary path is best for them.  People/souls are where they want to be, and like trees planted where they are, the lesson becomes NOT “Where do I need to go to grow best?”  BUT rather “How can I grow best in the place that I am?”

Look at Russia’s  issues today and you’ll see the same issues on into the next decade.  The timeline I’ve spoken of here – the most difficult times to 2026, then slowly start pulling ourselves out of the most difficult times as we decide to cooperate and work on our collective problems collectively, and this leading back to climbing out of the hole we seem to be in by 2038 – is the same timeline for Russia and all other nations and peoples on the planet.

9.   Jodie, please correct me if I am wrong on this, ok?  It seems to me like a huge impediment to the world is the US’s continuing militarism.  President Harding famously said that “The business of America is business.”  It seems to me now that the business of China is business, but the business of America is war.  What do you see happening over the next 20-50 years or more?

I will address this more in the future.  Regrettably, I would not be able to do it justice here at this time.

10.   I am seriously looking at Islam as a way of life, not just because I am moving (once more) to an Islamic country.  How will my family and people here in Charlotte who know me react to this once I inform them?  I feel drawn towards it.  It started back in the early 1980’s when I lived there.  How will my life change as a result of that choice?  It is a big choice.  All choices bring about consequences but big choices like that one can bring about big consequences, positive and negative, even neutral.

Every religion that teaches there is One God – (what I extrapolate as ‘One Infinite Consciousness with Infinite Possibilities and Infinite Capacity’) is worth studying and integrating into what we believe – every one.  The choices we make with walking our spiritual path, – what beliefs to hold to, or practice, what beliefs to gather from other religions, what spiritual beliefs we develop through our own efforts – in other words, whether an organized, established belief system, or an eclectic smorgasbord of personal beliefs – are all valid and worthy of being studied.  Not because we should practice all religions, but so we understand others and in turn, ourselves.

But, remember, first and foremost:  The most important thing is not what religious beliefs we hold to, but rather how we use our religious beliefs to motivate us to behave in relation to our fellow human beings.  Both good and bad choices can be made in every religion or belief system (or paradigms, philosophies, scientific structures or ways of thinking) in which we use to motivate us to behave certain ways towards and in relation to other human beings.

To change a little bit what Edgar Cayce said about people, namely his words of “There is good in the worst of us, and there is bad in the best of us” (E.C.), I would add, there is good in the worst of religions and there is bad in the best of religions. – WHY IS THIS TRUE?  Because, they’re made up of PEOPLE!  and it is the people who take on the beliefs and manifest behaviors.  Again, it is Edgar’s words above – and I’ll add, every organization that people are members of (or adhere to,) is only a reflection of the people who are this organizations’ members (or adhere to it.)  No system of thought or belief can be more than the people who make up its rolls.  However, all systems of thought and belief have the potential for growing into what the “Spiritual Teachers” teach, though.

My own recommendation to people is to study them all and choose which rituals, precepts, and practices fit you.  I recommend this, because while I encourage the study of all religions, I make the suggestion that there is no need to strictly adhere to only one religious belief system when much of the others have meaning for anyone, as well.  One can gain much by practicing all of a person’s interested religions or aspects of religions more as an integration of the available spiritual and religious belief systems.  It is not the “adhering” to one religious belief system that accomplishes spiritual growth.  Remember also, “mankind and mankind’s spiritual evolution was not made for religions and systems of thought.  These religions and system of thought were made for mankind’s evolution.”

In this “adding to” that I mention above, the understanding and knowledge of many religions to our mind and world view, we can slowly begin to open our eyes to a greater depth of how each religion offers the very same principles and teachings as other religions.  A deeper understanding of each can come forth recognizing that the same message is included among all – that we are all the children of One God.  Therefore, there is unity in the family of religions on this Earth – and that is what all the religions are – a family proclaiming a Father/Mother God at the Center.

Get to know the whole of the family and you’ll be able to see what each family member can add to the whole, rather than just one member of the family and only knowing that one member.  This can bring forth then a vision of the existence of the greater Family of Man.  What I suggest is embrace/integrate more, and segregate less.

All the special teachings of each religion (and even non-religions) – put together – can provide a closer Earthly comprehensive understanding of God.  No single religion can contain all there is to learn about God…… or Christ…… or Buddha …. or Krishna ….. or Mohammad….  or Elijah, … or Zarathustra, … or … etc.  Remember, it is the ***Infinite*** Consciousness of God which contains all the religions within this Earth.  Yet, even all the religions put together are not enough to give complete insight into the Infinite Consciousness of God.  Put another way, only God has a complete understanding of God.

A good metaphor for this is comparing the Earth to the entire Universe.  Do we have everything in the Universe here on Earth?  Does living on the Earth give us a complete view and comprehension of all things in the Universe?  Can we say that we completely understand life in the Universe and all it has to offer in our education, if we haven’t even completely understood life here on Earth?  See what I mean?  This is our collection of religions as compared to the Infinite Consciousness of God.  What we don’t know about God fills an entire Universe (or more.)

Christ said, “All things that come into being, come through Me.”  He also said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”    This is NOT saying Christianity is the best or should be followed or anything of the sort.  This is NOT saying that Jesus, during His life known as Jesus, only brought forth Truth during the life that we know about, when known as Jesus.  Who here thinks He is limited by only the life we currently know as Jesus?

This is saying, by any name, that the Consciousness of God which we also call Christ, Emmanuel, or The Son of Man, has many names and many presentations and many languages and many paths and many manifestations through many human generations and lifetimes and many entrances into the Earth during humanity’s existence, for all the many different children and life forms of the Infinite Consciousness of God.  This includes in relation to God’s Children that don’t reside on the Earth or in the physical Universe.  This also includes those spirits evolving in forms which human beings don’t recognize or acknowledge.  Teachings exist in the Universe, even, which we don’t know about here in the Earth.

The reason we have so many religions is because we are so diverse in our individual consciousnesses, and like the colors in the rainbow, “Allah loves variety.” [A movie quote reference.]  Infinite Creativity can create all possibilities, all languages, all ways of living, all ways of believing, all dimensions, all ways of everything – and bring all life to Infinite Oneness with God using all the Infinite paths that exist.

There is a family of religions because we are a Family of Man.  All religions are united in One God, because all life is united in One God.  Finally, because all life is united in God, and the diversity of consciousness being manifested as life forms is potentially Infinite, (as I say above) religions on the Earth were/are created to serve the spiritual evolutionary paths which lead to awareness of our own connection and oneness with that which is Infinite in Consciousness – our own Higher Self.  This family of religions is meant to and created to serve the Family of Man.

We are One with God, which means we are Infinite in Consciousness, but to be aware of Infinity, eventually, we must grow into our awareness.  (This might not be done fully while existing as human beings.)  We have Infinite time in which to do this, and we need not reject any family member in order to add more family members.

Finally, for your personal situation, the fear of rejection of personal shared religious beliefs, which can be triggered through a shift in religious beliefs like you’re mentioning, can contribute to a fear of rejection of the close emotional ties, connections and relationships with those with whom the religious beliefs were shared. This fear comes from people having seen emotional ties painfully disconnected in human experience before and knowing it can happen, so therefore fear of it comes, thinking it will happen again.

To prove there are no reasons to fear disconnection of the emotional ties, means one must prove that the emotional ties won’t disconnect.  That can only be demonstrated through our actions and behaviors of not-disconnecting, as well as pro-active behaviors making sure the connections stay in place.  No amount of words without actions will calm fears.

Religion and spiritual beliefs are personal and unique to each individual.  In essence, it is another language of understanding used to relate to each other.  Religion is a shared “language” of spiritual understanding – helping us to know what each other means when speaking of our spirituality.  However, each person’s language is still in its totality, unique to themselves, and there will be some misunderstandings, because even though our language is similar to the person sitting next to us, it is not 100% exact to anyone’s language.

For this reason also, I recommend the expansion of beliefs to include and integrate other religions rather than a trading of beliefs going from one complete religion to a different complete religion. With this comes the learning of new “languages” rather than trading one language for another.  With this expansion, also comes the making of the spiritual path into “one’s own path” unique in it’s own way, put together in it’s own way, and designed specifically by and for the person who does the choosing.

God does not care which spiritual path or which religion leads one to God.  God does care that we love God above all else, and love our neighbor as our self.  No one ever has said, “God is religion.”  However, over and over again, multitudes have said, “God is Love.”

11.   Back to my new teaching job in Kuwait:  how do you see me being of service to others?

You, also, have the opportunity to teach “how a seeking human lives a life”.  We are not just a boxed in robot meant to serve through an occupation, but rather a comprehensive individual consciousness – life being – who by our efforts to learn and grow in the different ways of searching for Oneness with all, we demonstrate to those who observe us – how to learn and grow and practice in the different ways of searching for Oneness with all.

On a smaller scale, you, also have the opportunity to serve by being kind, by being patient, by being helpful, by being understanding and forgiving, by showing mercy, by showing compassion, (to ourselves as well as to others), by listening, by having courage, by laughing and having a sense of humor, by listening within to the Still, Small Voice of God who resides inside our heart, and yes, by experiencing long-suffering and what long-suffering means.  By trying, by keeping on keeping on, by doing the best we can with what we have.  By asking questions and seeking the best answers we can grasp in the moment. By living one day at a time, but seeking wisdom, by trying, by being supportive to those who struggle, by calling on (remembering) God as much as we can, and by striving to be true to ourselves, and keeping an open heart and open mind.  How we live our life is what we teach, even to those we don’t know are observing and learning from us.  This is service, because this is Love.

So, you (and all of us) have one way to be of service – Love.  You (and all of us) have infinite ways to manifest this love.

12.   All of us have our talents which are really meant for serving one’s fellow beings.  How do you see me best serving others whether it is at the school, the community, or even the world at large?

The very foundation of this answer is one that you already know in your heart, and which will not be defined by your mind.  It is not an aspect of life that is found outside of us, but rather within us.  It will always be this way – and always will be a challenge for us when we are faced with this question throughout all the different environments of life – always being the challenge which is one that exists within us – and only is then reflected/manifested in the external environment of which we find ourselves a part.

How to best serve:   Love and all the ways we can create to manifest love, thus making it real in our everyday life.  It is love that brought us into existence.  It is love that brought all things into existence.  It is love that helps us to individually get to know ourselves – and find it within ourselves to forgive ourselves and others, to show mercy to ourselves and others, to have compassion for ourselves and others, to let go of judgement of ourselves and others, to be patient with ourselves and others, and on and on.

When we find the willingness to do this – towards ourselves as well as others – we are then opening ourselves to the awareness of the Infinite Love and the Consciousness of Infinite Love that exists with our very hearts at all times.

Offer service to that which is in one’s own lap to offer service to.  Remember, we need not travel the world to find what is in one’s own lap.

13.  I am now convinced that I still have the great potential for being materially very well off in this incarnation.  However, I am even more convinced that I will gain far more joy and purpose in my life by being of service.  I feel deeply and clearly now as I type this (probably due to fasting) that this particular incarnation is meant to be more of service.

I will entitle this answer as The Wise Use of Money

Yes, this is the challenge for each of us individuals – to see the inner gain as the real gold and to recognize money as one tool of many.  Money, material wealth, is like a hammer.  How much money we amass is like how many hammers we can amass.  But, how many hammers can we use at once?  How many hands do we have?  If we only have ourselves, then we have 2 hands, but if we share it with many others, we can have millions of hands.  Do we hold on to these millions of hammers selfishly for our self, or do we strive to share what we have unselfishly with others?

Money is a tool, just like hammer and nails, building materials, wood, metal, etc.  It can be used to build.  Used through us by the Inner Spirit, it can do many things, but of itself, it can do nothing.  Just like a human being.  When we take the hammer in our hand and put it to use, that is when we build something.  In essence and in truth, we are the tool, we are the hammer and nails and we are the money- the currency that God uses.

And at the same time, when has amassing wealth, by itself, ever been what leads us to go within on our inner journey to know God?  When have we ever needed money to enter within and commune with God in the silence of our own inner being – in prayer and meditation?  When has money, of itself, ever been required to love God above all else or love your neighbor as yourself.  Yet still, neither does it need to get in the way of doing all this (both sides of the coin can be seen in the last sentences if we look closely.)

Both, money and the human heart/mind is like the water at the Canaan wedding.  When these are poured forth in the service of others, they become worth so much more.  Money only has value when it is put to use.  The human heart/mind has value for others when we pour forth the fruits of the spirit.  The water in the urns at the Canaan wedding, only became wine when it was poured forth.

We all imagine that we can accomplish great things with great amounts of money, but the great things we think we’ll accomplish tend to be all external world things – and not the internal world things.  It is therefore important to always remember that we won’t take any external world things with us when we move on from this world, however, …  of the internal world within us – we will take everything which we have gained or become.

Money is a material tool, and like water, it accomplishes material things, but only when it flows with us and through us and keeps on moving.  It is like a river that must move or it becomes stagnate.  Hence, why so many in the world are involved with making and spending it – everyone, for the most part.  It serves as a means for all souls to be involved with the world we live in.  The only one who doesn’t use money is the person who has closed themselves off from the entire world – like the person on a deserted island by themselves.  The use of money has served to help us stay connected to society and the world.  We must go out into the world to obtain some.  We must involve ourselves with other people. We must connect with others to obtain our material needs.

We wish we had more, because we are challenged to ride the eddies, the white waters, and currents of the river of life – and we have to work and be challenged to navigate this river of life.  We get tired and weary of the river of life – but this weariness lesson also is an internal struggle/challenge in itself, isn’t it – our attitudes and judgements towards what we find on the river of life is also a spiritual exercise in play.  In turn, as we connect with others on this river, we are able to strengthen our presence in the river, making the journey better capable of providing for us and others.  It is this uniting with others that is even one more spiritual lesson, isn’t it.

You may pursue more material gains.  While money doesn’t automatically come into your life for the purpose of tripping you up spiritually, the potential is there for imbalance of attitudes towards money and thus tripping up – falling flat on one’s face.

In the doing so – the pursuing of work and payment – do so with a real purpose – and watch out for those imagined purposes.  Seek wisdom in life and all life offers.  Seek wisdom in gaining of money and the using of it.  Humanity has never had a billionaire as a real spiritual leader – as a teacher of humility.  More often, we have them as examples of stumbling, but not as spiritual examples.  Still, in our observance of those with money, we tend to think, “if we had that money, we would do a lot better job of handling it.”  Of course, that is what that other soul said, too.  AND God will give us that chance, if we so choose it, but … what will it serve us if we lose our soul during that chance.  If it is our egotism that says “I would do a better job of handling lots of money”, that same egotism will be present when we are in that position.

God, in His Infinite Mercy, spares most of us the path of being a billionaire or millionaires.  Still, it is an experience where we tend to run straight towards, though – thinking that our suffering and struggle would be less, if we had so much money.  But, in having the amount of money in our life that we currently have – as an average person – are we now extending all the love that we have in our hearts to the people in our lives?  Are we now forgiving all those in our minds and hearts because of money?  Are we now showing mercy, unselfishness, understanding, tolerance and compassion to all the people that we come across – only because of money?  Are we extending our support and help when we can, only because of money?  No, it’s because of what is in our hearts.

It is all in the consciousness of the person – in the heart of the person, and in the fears or courage of the person.  If we’re not helping with the current monies that we do have in our life, how would having more money change our attitudes and our feelings?

It is this path that Jesus was referring to when He said, “What does it benefit us to gain all [the material gains] that we want, but lose our soul in the process.”

Money is not selfishness of itself, nor are we meant to learn to condemn it or be afraid of it – not at all.  It is a hammer and nails, tools, with real purpose, meant to serve us to help us be a part of this Earth community.  As we gain understanding of this – how to use the hammer and nails we have while building our hearts and minds, we are given more to hammer with.  God does not overwhelm us with more than we can handle – that includes material wealth.  We are not given 3 hammers when we only are capable of using 2 hands.  We may be given 3 hammers if it is already in our consciousness and history to share what we have with others.  If we seek and learn wisdom, part of our classroom will also be to use the money in wise ways.

Finally, the millions of dollars in these large corporations don’t only go to a few people, but these people then hire other people, giving them money for their services, they then hire others, they then hire others, and on and on.  Each of the places are employers who provide jobs to people who then help establish and continue with other jobs.  This is the story that Jesus told of the 4 servants.

14.   Will fasting bring a huge benefit to my health?  How much?  In Islam, Muslims fast for the month of Ramadan but that really means just from sunrise to sunset.  Maybe one week of out each month?

When done appropriately and wisely, fasting can bring benefits to physical health and the spiritual journey.

But, not fasting can also bring benefits to physical health and the spiritual journey.  The issue and question is not whether fasting brings benefits or not, but rather, where is the heart and mind in the journey of spiritual learning.  One saying that is mentioned in spiritual teachings is, “It is not what goes into the mouth that causes mistakes [or is kept from going into the mouth].  It is what comes out of the mouth [the words we say to others].”   Look at the heart and mind in the dedication to the spiritual path and all that the spiritual path calls us to do inwardly.  This is because fasting of itself can do nothing, but rather it is what is in a person’s heart and mind that takes our religious practices and turns them into true purposeful acts of dedication.

With that said, fasting can support a person’s spiritual practice and is a helpful health related activity for you and many people, in general.  For you, it can enhance the spiritual journey you are on, but remember, by itself, it can do nothing to help the spiritual journey, but with God, all things can help the spiritual journey.  Do so with wisdom, and seek a deeper understanding rather than acting by rote without understanding.

This means that even if we spent all our life doing physical fasting, but still spent all our life not working on fasting of the heart and mind – the letting go of judgment, condemnation, blame, guilt, shame, prejudices, criticisms, hatred, fears, impatience, etc – then we haven’t accomplished anything.

Finally, all three parts of us are connected – spirit, mind and body.  What affects one affects the other two, also.  This also is relevant when the body is involved in our spiritual practices.

If you’re seeking a detailed description of what food fasting can do for you, then I would also offer that food fasting is not the #1 thing that God asks of us for our spiritual path – “The Father does not seek sacrifice from us, but rather mercy.”  So, while you practice food fasting, (which I see can be some health benefits, as will other health activities) also take the deeper step and fast from the negative things of the heart and mind, as well.

For you personally, I can see food-fasting for about 4 days to be the optimum physically – a 5th day if you feel up to it.

15.   What do you see for the future in a country like Kuwait?  It is an oil producer but eventually they will need to diversify away from that.  There is only so much accessible petroleum in the ground and their country is small.

Yes, that is a good assessment of the decades ahead for Kuwait.  They will provide oil for the world for about the next half century before their economy begins to suffer.  Open minds with foresight can help them to steer into the future, leading them to expand on opportunities and draw upon their own inner, national resources – which includes people and what people offer.  (I say the next half century, because other energies will come forth, but petroleum will not become useless.  Kuwait’s exporting will diminish some, but they will continue to export at levels which will still contribute to their economy.)

16.   North Korea…..what is their future?  That is all I can think of for now.  As always, I truly appreciate your answers!!!

This nation will have a slow evolution as compared to much of the rest of the planet, but it is their own rate of evolution none-the-less.  As the 2020’s close, going into the 2030’s, then is when they will open up noticeably but slowly to outside opportunities reaching out to friendly nations to help them to enter into more of a world arena.  This will be a slow process, but the NK of the end of this century will be different than the one at the beginning of this century – as all nations are.

But, all nations have their own serious problems to work on.  No nation has all the answers and no nation stands out above all others as being the best.  Each nation is different and cannot really be compared to any other, although this has never stopped anyone from comparing.

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Do not be discouraged about the stories of people in government being involved with intrigues and all the back-room deals, back-stabbing, international conflicts and such that causes great fear to grip people.  These exact same things have been happening on this planet coming from human involvement for over 20,000 years and even in greater ways than today.  And those of us human beings who choose to bring about the destructive parts and harmful parts always do find ourselves, as souls, coming face to face with the acts which we inflict on others.  NO SOUL ever escapes the responsibility connected to the return of the pain and suffering we created for others.  NEVER.  But, sometimes, it does take many lifetimes to come full circle in order to heal these created experiences for others, learn from our mistakes, put things back together, clean up the mess we make, and find that which we’ve lost.  And remember, all that happens comes from the hearts and minds of individual people joining with other like-minded and like-hearted people.  No institution of itself can do anything.  It is the people who are involved inside the “institutions”.

So, from a spiritual point of view, this Earth plane of existence is a school of spirituality.  We will face our own acts with the purpose of cleaning up the mess we make or have made in a past life, learning from our mistakes and growing beyond them.  Even the darkened souls of WW2, will one day, as souls, come into a lifetime where they will reverse the injuries they created, and lead people back to healing and light.  There are many famous people who’s name you would recognize, who have found their way back onto their better paths – working to bring healing this life instead of the harm which they did in their pastlives.  I will not mention names.

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And with that, I end this particular set of questions, because in truth whole books could be written with these questions.

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Thank you to everyone who sends in questions.  I hope this offers you much.  Meditate on the answers and even more will come.