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.

The Night Sky

Can you see human beings in this picture?

Look into the night sky and what do you see? Depth, light, energy, vastness?

This is the truth of what an individual Human Being is…. with depth of a Cosmos unto ourselves, with Light that we haven’t begun to conceive of, with energy beyond what we understand, and with a vastness of consciousness which we have never yet imagined.

Now, look at a cardboard cutout of a human being – one of those things that stand up by themselves.

This then is what prejudice and bigotry sees of a particular human being…. and believes this is the truth.

Look up to see the truth.

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We Have a Choice

I posted this on social media and I’ll post it here, also.

“Let’s not become that which we hate. We can choose. If we hate violence, let’s not become violence. If we hate profiling, let’s not profile. We have many good leaders who have demonstrated for us how to walk among mankind with respect and honor towards others.

Martin Luther King did not preach violence. Ghandi did not preach violence. Jesus Christ did not preach violence. They demonstrated the best of humanity in the face of violence, and showed us that which they sought – respect and honor.

They died because people instead chose violence rather than respect and honor. But they remain our true and real heroes of the world. Let’s become that which we respect and honor. Let’s become like our real heroes. We can choose. Let’s choose to follow real and true heroes, because…

…because, there are some people who are leaders of prejudice, who love prejudice, who demonstrate prejudice and teach prejudice. These are the ones who lead into violence, who love violence, who demonstrate violence, and who teach and spread violence.

They seek to create more prejudice and more violence in their own arenas. These are true and real cowards. They choose their prejudice and their own leading of people into violence. They’ll look upon their own prejudice and their own spreading of violence which they help create in their world & they will forever know inside themselves that they are the true cowards.”

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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.

 

You Are Valuable

Each of us is so valuable.  We need others, and others need us.

Each of us is so worth our effort to help, to offer for others, to each one in need.

We are needed, even if we only help one other person.  Our life matters to that one other person.  We are valuable to that other person.

Each of us is so valuable.

Each individual, each person, each one of us – we are valuable.  We may feel forgotten.  We may feel worthless.  We may feel lost to the world, alone, disconnected, and unfriended.

But, the Truth is the opposite.  We are so valuable.

Would that I could give everyone who reads this the ultimate feeling and experience of being loved, by Infinite Love, across all time and across all space – known for who we are, and how we have lived, and yet still love for just being our self, … I would make it so.

But, each of us must choose for ourselves if we’re going to open to this experience or not open to it.

“I stand at the door and knock” – Infinite Love says to us every moment of every second, of every minute, of every day.

This is how close we are to welcoming in Infinite Love – Unending Love – the Love that enlivens us, and gives us life abundantly – to being loved Infinitely and without end.

Each one of us is so Valuable.

Whomever told us that we were worthless, was misguided, and has not yet chosen to be loved by Unending Love.  Whomever believed we are not valuable has never known how truly valuable each of us is.

For so many of us, our suffering is so deep.  Our suffering and sorrows lay deep within us, with only ourselves knowing them.  We may come to think and believe any number of things about ourselves or others, related to this suffering.   We may lose our own awareness of Love, of value, of worth and of others.  We may only experience being alone, having no one in our life who knows us anymore.

But, with every experience of alone-ness any of us go through, others of us are knocking at the door.  With every sorrow and pain any one of us – you – may go through, others of us are trying to find you.  We are your family and friends whose names you may not even know.

We are here to help you.

And, we need you, too.

We are your brothers and sisters.  We are your family members, your friends.  We are your parents and your children.

We are also the ones alone and forgotten, and we are the ones who ask for someone to help us, too.

We are the ones who are ready to help you – who know and love you, and know how valuable you are.

We are your friends, because we want to be, not because you have something we want, but because you are you and you are valuable …. and so are we.

We are together.  We need one another.  You are so valuable, because you are.  Even if momentarily forgotten, we are all valuable to each other.  And we try to remind each other of this when we stand at your door and knock.

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God Bless you, you valuable friends and family.

Q and A: Covid-19

I am living in Sweden and, as to date, there has not been any cover-up stories to soothe anxiety. It is the opposite among the news channels – they constantly talk about it and reporting numbers and rates. At first I thought it is the same as with the bird flue – a lot of panic but little substance to justify it. Now I am not so sure anymore. Jodie, if you have any information to us here in Europe about this virus that will help in taking precautions or put it in the right context (if the news are only catastrophical in order to sell), please let us know. I have tried to find other psychic predictions but only managed to get those who are feeding the fear rather than helping. I like you because that is not your approach.  M.

My apologies about my wording leading to your use of the words “cover-up”.  I don’t consider what I see as being a standard “cover-up”.  My apologies also about talking about the US with regards to this slant of trying to “be reassuring” in reporting and not giving an indicator about that not being the slant everywhere.

The European nation government representatives are taking this challenge and facing it head-on.  The governments of Europe have no choice but to do that – with as much inter-European travel that occurs, it is vulnerable to spreading it in the extreme.  High travel areas like Europe are very vulnerable, and so the choice to be as transparent and stark does have advantages and yet, some disadvantages.  Sadly, there are areas of the globe which, because of unsanitary living conditions in some areas – when they reach those areas, the virus will spread quickly.  India is jumping out at me, as having some of these areas – but not the only area.

Do believe that much work is being done by many people in organizations and companies to find effective ways of treating Covid-19 infections …. and will eventually over much time find a vaccine.

The feelings and fears of the people of the world are pulling on the media to report whatever information is collected – the more up-to-date, the better.  Sorely, some of the information coming out feeds the fears of the people.  And the fears of the people are the real trouble-making sources.  Fear is the world’s single greatest trouble-making process.  Even hate comes from fear.

What’s going to happen?

The results of spreading – numbers of infections and deaths – what I see is all over the board for all the different locations, and not possible to pinpoint as to any one path or a few paths of how things will manifest and how many people will be affected.  The paths of numbers, based on behaviors, are too numerous and diverse to discuss, and all of these paths – these different scenarios are looking to be fulfilled somewhere in someway.  Having freewill, people can and do change their minds on how to react and to act.  In the case of the spreading of the virus, caused by the actions or non-actions of people, I only see the action and non-action which people MOST-LIKELY, MAY and CAN carry out, because they are not collectively making all reasonable choices which they will ABSOLUTELY CARRY OUT.  Individual choice is never taken away from anyone.  So, people are acting from fear and panicking and that means Erratic with a Capital E.  So, what I see is “people panicking.”

That which I can see, which is easy to see, is the response to this spread of infection.  The response is strong and it will move those who can develop treatments – to do just that.  So far, I do see the slowing down of the world’s people from their extremely busy, active lives, which in turn, having the effect of  slowing down the spread, but not stopping it.  7.5 billion people are not able to stop living their lives.  We need food, shelter, water, income, etc, to live in this world.

The 3rd of 3 “Events”

Now, … I will add that I’ve written and shared here in the blog through the years, that I’ve been seeing very, very difficult times coming and BEGINNING in 2020, and going until 2026, when finally in 2026, greater cooperation starts happening in order to solve problems in each nation and in the world.  We are now in these difficult times and these things happening are the manifesting of the energies which bring these times of pain.  We are not able to put off or resolve much of the “low vibration”, or “dark times”, and the next 6 plus years.  We are now facing these difficulties in our lives.

By itself, the virus is not the entirety of the 3rd of 3 World Events, but rather 1 of many happenings which make these years added together as the “3rd of 3 World Events”.  The difficulties we are beginning to have and will have from this, is an example of the years 2020-2026 for the people of the world.

The Media

Don’t think of the media, as a whole, as “adding fuel to the fire”.  The consciousness of the people everywhere are pulling on the media to provide information and provide it quickly.  So, the media are each seeking to fulfill that which they are being sought to provide.  Also, this is not as much a media-fueled panic as one may believe, but rather a “people of the world” fueled panic.  Believe me, if no information was being provided, “WE” people would panic more, and then more damage would be done, because we don’t have enough information.

So, consider adding the awareness that there is also good coming from the media’s reporting.  The constant flow of information is – in fact – serving to help many calm themselves.  It’s like going to bed with a radio going in your arms during a time of hurricanes or storms.  People feel better when we believe we have our thumb on the pulse of what is happening.  We feel better when we think we know or someone knows where things stand.  It is easy to perceive the media as being a catalyst, but regardless, it is serving a purpose, as well.  There are enough responsible sources of reporting that are helping to bring as much information, as much “common sense” and as much hope as possible.

At the same time, there are some who are indeed throwing their version of gasoline onto the fire.

HOPE

So, sift through it as best you can, and pray, pray, pray, pray, pray for all life. And know that within our own hearts and minds, we can CHOOSE to have faith and trust in God, and believe that our prayers can help us through these very difficult times – no matter how these times manifest.

Wise Steps

Steps to Take

  1. Maintain one’s own good health.  Do that which improves or maintains a healthy body.  One’s own good health, if we can attain or build this, will serve us the best.  As we say in the US, “The best defense is a good offense.”  This means that all wise healthy decisions will serve as a stronger foundation for the possibility that the virus finds its way into our own lives.
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  2.  Work to maintain one’s own  spiritual path and practice.  Our effort at prayer and meditation help to bring about the higher vibrations which in turn, move us out of “the lower vibrations” – also known as the dark times – dark because of the lack of the light – which is higher vibration energy.  We are the tuning forks of this world.  We can choose to help raise the vibrations or we can choose to do nothing to help.
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  3. Put forth effort to try to sift through all the information that is being put out in the world about this and other problems.  Most of it !!! is simply opinions, conjecture, educated guesses and personal beliefs based on feelings, but facts do exist.  It takes effort.
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  4. Let go of judging people harshly for being afraid.  All of us have been afraid and so we can understand how easy it is for any human being to lose ourselves in our own fears for ourselves and fears for those we love.
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  5. Read the article I posted in 2018 on how to face these times:  The New Age of Man Approaches: Part 1 of 2.  In this article are some, hopefully, things to consider on how to approach facing our problems.
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Please, feel free to post questions or comments in the comments area.

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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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Praying for Those Who Have Passed

There’s a story that describes a child in prayer and the child is simply saying the alphabet over and over.  An adult asks why the child is simply saying the alphabet.  The child replies, “God already knows what I’m  praying for, so the words don’t matter.”

First thing to consider, as many of us know, the act of praying is not the act of reciting words.  Even though words are used and reciting can occur, as in saying The Rosary, anyone who prays, knows that it isn’t the words that are the most important part.  It is the feelings, determination, effort and “meaning it” within our hearts which are the most important parts – not for trying to “reach” God, but rather to open ourselves up to God.

Second thing to consider, God does not make barriers to love.  That’s the same as thinking God makes barriers to God.  This is not the purpose, desire or essence of The Infinite Consciousness of Infinite Love who tells us, “Come unto me, and I will come unto you.”

This also means that Death is not a barrier to love or rather Nothing is a barrier to love.  It is our own mind and heart that establish barriers to love, and hence the barriers to our loved ones who pass away.  It is our beliefs that establish barriers.  From our beliefs, we get our motivation.  So, the question is, “Are we motivated to pray for our loves ones who have passed away?”

Our Guides and Angels

Each of us has a host of beings on the other side of the veil of death who want to help us in our life here on Earth.  But, we can help them, as well.

If we are willing to allow the belief that “with God, all things are possible”, then it is possible to send our love to those who have passed on.  And it is possible that they will receive it.  In fact, for those who have been able to develop their intuition or psychic ability, we can see the benefit that is made for those on the other side, when we continue to send them our love, throughout our life.  They receive the energy of this love and they are helped and strengthened by the love – in similar ways that we are while we are in the Earth.  Sending them our love, buoys them, helps them to acclimate to their new surroundings, helps them to further their ability to learn while on the other side, helps them to greater recognize the connection and oneness which we have with each other, and much more.

At the same time, our prayers for them are like for them to stick a finger in an electric prayer plug and absorb the prayer energy which is for them to receive.  Prayers for those who have passed, can help them to open their own consciousness to the omnipresent consciousness of the higher forces.  This can bring a spiritual healing and consciousness healing in the same way that it would if they were in the Earth when prayers were given for them.

Whether in the Earth or no longer in the Earth, our love sent to another (or others) and our prayers sent for another (or others), are worthwhile and brings forth the “Living Food” which each of us are starved for, to our body, mind, and soul.

“The prayers of a few will save many,”  and these many can be anywhere in the Infinite realm of the Infinite Consciousness of God.  We can choose to open our minds and our hearts to realms even beyond death, or we can choose to believe that death is too great a barrier – it’s always up to us to decide which beliefs we will select.  If we put ourselves in our loved ones shoes, would we want to be on the receiving end of them sending their love beyond death’s illusionary veil?  If we were on the other side, would we hope that others care for us enough to pray for us?

Our love and our prayers for those who have passed on, can accomplish a great deal for the well-being of those we still love even though they are no longer with us.

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“We select our beliefs from all the beliefs presented to us throughout our life.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2019, by Jodie Senkyrik)

“Pray for All Life.” Christ

“Where there is willingness, there are ways. Where there is no willingness, there are no ways.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2019, Jodie Senkyrik)

“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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