Forgiveness DNA

The giving and receiving of forgiveness is like the coming and going of DNA.  DNA in equals DNA out.   The level of forgiveness which we receive is simply the level of forgiveness we give. If we’re 100% sincere when we forgive, we will be forgiven 100%. If we are half sincere when we forgive, we will be forgiven half sincerely.  If we have conditions when we forgive, we will be forgiven but only with conditions. If we forgive, yet with no mercy, then we will be shown no mercy when we are forgiven.

That which resides deep inside our hearts and minds when we forgive – the DNA of our own intentions, feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors – is that same DNA with which we will be forgiven. No amount of being honest with ourselves or lying to ourselves will change this.  All of this is true also if we offer no forgiveness whatsoever from within our hearts.

In addition, if faced with forgiving someone, if we are greatly disappointed with the one we feel we need to forgive, then we’d better start being more active in helping them, because disappointment in others comes from high expectations of their behaviors, but with low levels of our active involvement helping or supporting them on their path. Praying regularly for the ones we’re disappointed in, is the place to start.

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“There will be no peace on Earth, if there is no forgiveness among each of us.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1997-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Forgiveness is letting go of the idea and belief that “So-and-so owes ME!” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1998-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Forgiveness is like helping someone clean their house.  It’s not particularly fun, but it does help in a very real way.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1994-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

“If someone we loved very much, needed food or clothing, would we give them some? If this person that we loved with all our heart needed a kidney, would we give them one? What if they needed forgiveness, or mercy, or patience, or understanding, would we give it to them? Which of these is easier to give? What if it was someone we didn’t love or even like at all? Would we also give them forgiveness, or mercy, or patience, or understanding? Does giving forgiveness, understanding, mercy, etc, depend on whether we like them or not?” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1997-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

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Holding On For Hope

Many versions of Christ’s crucifixion exist in many forms to tell the story. One thing that is in all the versions is the torture and suffering inflicted upon Him throughout the many hours He was taken into custody. I won’t go through all the levels of suffering, but rather that He chose to walk the path which led to this. He knew long before this time that this is why He came into this world, also. He willingly went through this.

While gathering somewhere else and His followers giving up hope for a world where Jesus led them, Christ walked this entire road to this end – stumbling, blood, sweat, acceptance, pain, nails, the cross, even to the sword through His side and His last words, “It is done.” and His death. As a human being, He experienced every moment of these things.

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” In these words, He speaks of seeing past the material world, past earthly actions and behaviors, and past the cause of His death. In Him was the hope that comes with seeing past the physical world to that which is beyond our own ability to see. His sight was capable of seeing His life continuing in the way that was Truth of who He was and who we are.  Hence how He could ask for their/our forgiveness.

Like His followers, there are so many times and situations where we feel our own loss of hope. Despair, discouragement, sorrow, grief for things lost or never gained, suffering – each of these are things we know and experience. We don’t see what He sees, but we are challenged to look beyond the material experiences – look beyond our material circumstances and our physical situations.

When we find ourselves in these experiences – experiences leading to our lost hope, it is these times – which we all go through – when we are little children, in pain, lost in the dark, and very scared – children in adult bodies still thinking we are adults. “Suffer the little children to come unto me” is His statement to our “adult belief” to let the hurt, lost and scared child self come to Him. Then we can reach up as children must do, to His waist and wrap our arms around Him, holding on with all our strength.

It is these moments with His arms reaching down to us bringing us in, that He gives His most to us – His most love, His most caring, His most comfort, His most acceptance, His most everything – when we let ourselves “come unto Him”.

There are things which He knows, and sometimes we get to learn if we work at it. One of these things is hope. We are all still learning. And as we hold onto His waist with our child-strength, He lets us know, “Remember, I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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“If we have loving kindness in our hearts, patience in our hearts, humor in our hearts, compassion, mercy and forgiveness in our hearts, and more, then Jesus knows us by name, because then, Christ is in our hearts. ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2014, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God has hope, because God knows of possibilities for success far beyond our own awareness, knowledge and understanding.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God enjoys saying, “Good try. Keep going, don’t give up, let’s try again.” ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009-2018, Jodie Senkyrik)

Winter Weather Still

For those in the northern Midwest as well as the North Eastern states, the winter weather won’t leave completely until around the 1st week in May (depending on location) to the 2nd week in May.  This kind of winter experience will be duplicated many times in the years ahead.  For example, the bad news: 5 of the next 10 years will be worse than this year, 1-2 years of the next 10 years will be similar, but for the good news – 3 to 4 of the next 10 years will be better (warmer weather).

The discrepancy (looseness of the prediction for the last 2 categories) is based on human choice.  Human consciousness affects the weather.  No amount of arguing against this will change it.  In fact, just the opposite will occur.

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Accepting Us Just as We Are

It can come as a shock for people who want to be accepted just as they are . . .

That several things must happen, but first

There are some that will not accept some people just as they are. They will criticize, judge, condemn, insult, verbally abuse, and in some cases physically harm and kill.

The laws help to draw the line and stop, as much as possible, the physical abuse and harm that might happen,  but we live in a world where there are still venues for people to criticize, judge, condemn, insult and verbally abuse – and in many cases – anonymously.

When in the public eye, this comes quite often.

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Now, to happen first: We check within – looking to see if we are pulling on that other person to be ‘what we want them to be’ instead of letting them be themselves. We may want them to be kind, fun-loving, accepting, gentle, tolerant, friendly, forgiving, etc, etc, etc and more etc. – but they are not.  Not pulling on someone to be something other than the person that they are, is just as difficult for us, as it would be for them.

Second: Realize that this “wanting” on our part is another way of not accepting someone just as they are, even though bashing and insulting others with their agenda seems to be their chosen road in life. They are who they are because of choosing of their own freewill. Likewise, we are who we are because of choosing of our own freewill. If we’re not going to accept them, how can we seek for them to be accepting.

Third: While we may not enjoy their chosen character traits and ways of expressing themselves in the world through condemning us and others, judging, etc, etc.; the trait we, personally, are struggling against is “criticism and judgement”, which we have not healed yet inside ourselves, either. How can we expect others to not criticize, judge, condemn and insult when we haven’t yet chosen to “not”.

Four: Examine within – again – at who our greatest critic, our greatest judge, and our greatest source of guilt and shame – the source of all this is the one we live with 24 hours a day, every day of our life. Sadly, we insult our self within, we judge our self within, we condemn our self within wayyyyyyyy mooooorrrrrree than any other person does to us. Of our own freewill, we can work on letting go of, – again of our own freewill – beating ourselves up every single day, or we can choose of our own freewill to let go of this self-internal-abuse which every single human on this planet does to him/herself.

Fifth: In many cases, we have past lives that we’re also dealing with – namely, in our current life, facing the same that we dished out to others in our past life or lives. If we’re willing, we can use these experiences to remember to think twice about whether we want to continue dishing out this kind of insulting pain and suffering onto others in the future.
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Every day we have the opportunity to find something within ourselves to heal, to change, to learn and eventually to release from guilt/shame and to love. The circumstances we find ourselves in, the relationships we find ourselves in, the world we find ourselves in – all of these can help provide us a place to start to change the person we are and the character traits we have – within ourselves.

The freedom of expression which we seek, we CAN find, but it cannot be just for ourselves alone – we must find it and allow this freedom of expression out to everyone else as well, even when their expression is the opposite of what we want in our lives and brings pain and suffering.

The Infinite Consciousness of Love, also known as God, has given us the freewill to choose our own character traits to express in our lives, and we are called to respect that same freewill choosing that others have made for their lives.

And what do you do when you choose to love, but someone else you’re in touch with or in relationship with chooses to hate? Ask God what He/She does, because He/She faces this every single day.

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“Mercy is a wonderful thing for us to receive from Others. It is a wonderful thing for the Others to receive, as well.”

“Guilt and shame – Our chains of guilt and shame can only land on others if we hold the chains on them with our own hands. Everyone the chains of guilt and shame touch and are touched by are ruled by the chains of guilt and shame – the chains that we grip by our very own hands.  Yet, it is easy for us to release these chains – release ourselves from these chains – if we know one thing.  For us to release ourselves from these chains gripping us, we must release the chains for all others that we place them around. At anytime, if we pick them back up to place the chains back on others, we chain ourselves back up, as well.”

“The experiences we create for others to experience, we are also creating for ourselves to experience – not at the same time and place, but at some point in time, in some location in Earth, in some life we will lead.  That which we create is experienced by the Infinite All.”

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“There will never be a day that we can stop people from condemning and criticizing others by condemning and criticizing those who do it.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)

“When we criticize others, rarely, if ever, do we take unselfish action to help the ones we criticize. When we take unselfish action to help others, rarely, if ever, do we criticize the ones we help.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)

“It won’t be the professionals that bring harmony to the Earth. It will be the prayers of us amateurs.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)

Christ and Buddha

Years ago, I had a dream. In this dream, I saw a wheel of light with a central rim, many spokes of light reaching outward, and then the outer tire encircling the whole. And I saw Christ. Christ showed me the meaning of these 3 parts. Christ was the central rim, all the different religions were the many spokes, and the outer tire was all the people who believed the various and different religions.

I don’t know if Christ is in dreams of others. I’d love to find out. I do know that this dream taught me the relevance and relationship that exists with the different religions and the central spirit of Love that religions try to teach to the people.

This Spirit which I call Christ, and many others call Christ has taught me that the main question and struggle is not about what name or organized religion we adhere to, but to the Spirit that exists available to all people and which resides in all religions that teach the One God.

Many will continue to war, saying “Our One God is the real One God and your One God is not the real One God.” In effect they’re saying, “Our way of believing is the real way to believe and your way of believing is not the real way to believe.”

I’ve written of this many times trying to say, “It’s not our beliefs, but what we do with them – using them to bring peace or using them to bring war – that matters most”. The dream did not show a  one spoke wheel. What wheel would work with only one spoke? The dream showed many spokes, because the tire spread all the way around – each spoke being that which connects that portion of the whole to the center.

Christ said many times, “I have followers that you don’t know about.” Does anyone think that He can’t or is not capable of being available to someone in another language, in another culture, with another name, under another symbol, in a different paradigm, in a different perspective, under a different image, wearing different clothes, in a different land, appearing as a different physical representation, unknown to “us”? Does anyone think He can’t speak to people in their own culture using their own language, presenting teachings that have One God of Love as the teachings’ central message, helping them start where they are, supporting who they are as the persons that they already are?

Does anyone think He can’t, in these different ways, give His message , “You’re already all you need to be, to be loved right now” ? Can He then help other religions to come about, carrying on the message – “Love one another” ?  The Bible describes the Pentecost, and says, “Each person understood the message in their own language and culture.”  Who among us thinks God cannot speak to each of us in our own way?

If anyone is wondering, look at how many religions speak the same message, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you“, or the message, “There is One God and all of us, everywhere are God’s Children.”

As one example, does anyone think it CAN’T be true, that the Christ Spirit and the Buddha Spirit are One and the same? We can know one name and person or we can know the other name and person, or we can know them both as One Spirit, and begin to learn the lessons of the one we choose or choose both, finding that when we learn the lessons of one, we have also been learning the same lessons of the other.

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“I have followers that you do not know of.” Jesus Christ

“Before Abraham was, I Am.”  Jesus Christ

“Love one another, as I love you.”  Jesus Christ

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To Believe or Not to Believe

We are at a time in our world, with technology, politics, social media and “everything else going on in the world”, where we sometimes don’t know what’s true or what isn’t. Very “loud” conflicts are happening with people on each side claiming the people on the other side are disseminating fake news. The “noise” level is so loud, that it can be very easy to not know what to believe or who to believe.

Now, in a “seeming” change of topic, at last count, there are more than 7.3 billion people on this planet. Of these 7,300,000,000 people, there are no two who are exactly alike. Because we’re different, because we’ve experienced different things in life – all through our life, we, therefore, have experienced different experiences, met different role models, mentors and teachers, felt different feelings, and thought different thoughts about and through all our lives. I mention this, because there are no two people who believe 100% exactly the same in all things of life. So, therefore, all 7.3 billion of us believe different things to be either true or false.

We may not know what is true, but so what. Our own dogged search for the truth via our seeking it from God can be chosen or not chosen per our own freewill.  7.3 billion people believe different things are true. Throughout all of mankind’s history, this has never been the actual source of the problem – beliefs being different. Having different beliefs has always been the way life is, anyway. It’s not a problem, because it’s not the cause of problems. Believing different things are true, is not a problem.

The problem is with how we relate to our beliefs, and therefore, motivate our own actions. In other words, what do we do with our beliefs? What actions do we take regarding our beliefs?

This is where problems arise. With different beliefs, do we choose to bring forth cooperation with others or do we choose to create conflict with others? Do we use our beliefs about what is true or not true to feel an underlying compassion for others or instead an underlying condemning of others? Do we use our beliefs to bring pain and suffering into people’s lives, or do we use our beliefs to motivate us to offer mercy, understanding and tolerance?

The issue is not what we believe, but what we do with our beliefs. Our actions and behaviors – how we relate and respond to others – determines how we walk in this world. It’s possible to believe exactly opposite than someone else, but with both people choosing for themselves to be kind, tolerant and compassionate, there will come to be peace and respect among them. We know people in our lives now, who believe differently than we do, but because they choose to show kindness, respect and patience, we enjoy their company. And there are people in our lives who we may believe so very similar, but yet they choose their behaviors towards others in such a way that we can’t wait to leave the room when they’re in it.

How do we use our beliefs? To help build separation and animosity, or to help build mercy and unity? We can profess to have the highest of beliefs, and even believe that “we know the truth”, but our behaviors and actions will speak more truth than our mind will hold or our mouth will speak. Our behaviors can become so loud, that no one can hear what we profess, anymore.

Actions speak louder than words, and our actions that we demonstrate – loving kindness or condemning judgment – are what shows how we relate to this world full of people. It is truly possible that billions of people can live in peace… and even with different beliefs.

Still, you may believe differently than this, …

and God bless you for it.

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“We have eternity to work this out.” Jesus Christ

“Everything broken can be fixed. Every mess can be cleaned up.  Everything separated can be rejoined.” Jesus Christ

“With God, all things are possible.” Jesus Christ