“Hatred is Not Justice”

(The title is a quote from the book, “Nosso Lar” by Francisco Cândido Xavier.  It is translated from Portuguese to English in the book, “Astral City”. )

There are many people in the world right now, who currently say that their hatred leads them to bring justice.  We see and hear many people all over the world saying that their hatred brings justice.  But, all sane people know that their saying this, doesn’t make it true.  Yet, frustratingly, like the others, all of us still have times when we grasp hold of the idea thinking that with our hatred, we can enact justice.

But, hatred is not justice.  When we catch ourselves and step back – stepping back from our own hatred, which we can do, albeit asking God’s help to do this – we can acknowledge that the words of the title statement are true words.

In the moments of hatred rising, why do we take hold of the idea that hatred might bring justice?  More often, it is because of our suffering.  We may believe that to be rid of the pain of hatred as well as the suffering of others or our own being attacked by our human brothers and sisters, we must act out of hatred in return, calling it justice.

But, hatred is not justice.  God’s gift to us is not hatred.  In that vein, we may wonder, ‘then what do we do with criminals and terrorist’s?’

There are many things we can do.  We start with God.  Our prayers, our meditations, our acts from the heart – all of these are where we start.  In addition, as the human race, throughout human history, we also have progressed on a path of developing laws designed to govern behavior.  This evolutionary path is not finished.  We are not at the end of evolving lawfully or socially.   Our efforts to walk a higher road has led humans to strive to design laws and create consequences to breaking those laws according to ever higher principles of honest justice.

For us as individuals, we can take a look at our self.  We can choose to let the statement live in our own behaviors and choices. This can help us as individuals to choose a different behavior towards the people in our lives and the people who we only know about on TV.  We can choose to hold onto the principle that hatred is not justice, and then look for ways to make it real in our day-to-day lives, activities and relationships.

When we choose to remember that hatred is not justice, we can also act from this awareness towards those who think that their hatred is their source of justice.  When we act from hatred, we don’t always realize that our hatred is the same as others’ hatred.  We may deny our hatred, and they do, too.  We may justify our hatred, but so do they.  In the end, where is the difference in hatreds?

There are too many examples in the news, every day, of when people act from the belief that their hatred is different – their hatred is righteous – their hatred is justified – their hatred is a gift from God.  No one religion holds the monopoly on these acts of hatred – every philosophy and religion has people who have acted believing hatred (whether in large ways or small ways) is their way to justice.

But, hatred is not justice.  We will evolve beyond hatred, learning this, if we remember one day at a time, that justice does exist, even though we may never, in our own minds and our own paradigms, understand fully how it could be.  We can evolve beyond hatred, with God’s help.  We can evolve beyond hatred through our prayers, our meditations, one day at a time, through our efforts on each day that we remember God and God’s Infinite and unending Love for each of us.

God will never give up on teaching us – “hatred is not justice” – that God is the Justice we seek, in addition to God being Infinite Understanding, Infinite Patience, Infinite Kindness, Infinite Love, Infinite Forgiveness, Infinite Peace, Infinite Mercy and more.

These are God’s true gifts to us.

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“What would you want heaven to be like?  Are you creating that in your heart and mind, right now?  Are you helping to create that for others in the world?” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2006-2017, 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)

“For us to release ourselves from prison, we must release everyone else, as well. For us to release ourselves from karma, we must release everyone else from the karma we assign to them and expect them to go through, as well. Mercy and Forgiveness are the keys.  We cannot move on, when our hands are holding on to the chains we place on others.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2006-2017, Jodie Senkyrik)

The Good Fight

There are many that are ready to fight the current political establishment.  There are many that are ready to fight against these first people.  Which group of people has something worth fighting for?  Both.  But, what is it that each is fighting for?  This is the question that each of us must ask ourselves.  We can claim that we are fighting for the most noble causes – for people, for security, for freedom, for rights, for this, for that, for the other thing, etc.

But, who is fighting for honesty?  Who is fighting for compassion?  Who is fighting for mercy and forgiveness?  Who is fighting for kindness and patience?  Who is fighting for patience towards yet “not condemning” the other side?

The “fight” for these is in bringing them forth through our behavior.  In effect, letting these live from inside us, coming from our own heart and mind, coming out in how we relate towards those around us is the strongest way to fight for them – by demonstrating them.  It is the strongest way to make honesty alive, real and solid in the world.  It is the strongest way to make compassion, kindness, patience and the others alive, real and solid in the world.  But, it is a fight that few are willing to engage in, dismissing it easily as if Christ never mentioned it.

If we require the acts of others to have these qualities, yet without these qualities being alive in us, through our own actions, then we are not putting forth the good fight.  When fighting for truth, why bother if we aren’t truthful with ourselves?  When fighting for kindness, why bother if we’re not kind to our enemies?  When fighting for mercy, why bother if we don’t show mercy to any group who thinks differently than we do?

Christ taught that the Romans were the brothers of the Jews.  He never condemned the Romans or their system of government.  Christ taught the message that what was worth fighting for was that which we can find within our own hearts.  It requires us to address who we are within ourselves, first and foremost.

Governments and people in the government will come and go, but who will we be during this time slot – a kind and cooperative person if one side wins and a violent and condemning person if the other side wins?

What does it benefit us to gain all we want in government, or all we want within our own business, or in the world, but then lose our humanity, lose our respect and kindness towards others, our dignity and self-respect, lose our ideals and that which we strive for bettering ourselves?  What does it benefit us, if we use our mind and heart to win the insult battle or win at condemning others more, or use our knowledge to belittle anyone, but then lose our spiritual path or lose our very soul in the process.

This will be done plenty, by others and ourselves, but who do we become when we add to the insults and belittling?

As human beings, we have many examples throughout history of when it became fun to cause suffering onto those we saw as less than, who we saw as beneath us in character, or the enemy, idiots or clueless.  We have many examples of when it became easy to pick up the stones with which to stone others.  We laugh at the words, today, that ridicule those we don’t like.

Imagine the world, today, if we put all that energy and effort into praying and meditating for all the people and all life on the Earth.  Imagine if every day more and more people joined in the praying and meditating to lift the spirits of all life on the Earth.

How does something like millions of people joined in praying and meditating come into being and start?  With one person one day deciding “I will.”

“We can do it if we try.”  John Lennon

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“If chaos, selfishness, bitterness and judgement of others gives us joy and peace of mind, and lifts one’s heart into the presence of Love, then by all means hold onto that.  But, if it doesn’t, consider trading up for that which may be better at lifting one’s heart into the presence of Love.”  (The Rainbow Cards, 1996-2017, Jodie Senkyrik)

Can We Heal Karma?

Is there a way to pray to erase bad karma? Can we undo bad acts and bad thoughts before they boomerang on us?  Lisa H.

Karma, or rather a Karmic energy pattern, manifests because of previous causal actions’ vibrations at a certain level “finding” an appropriate circumstance and environment to manifest in a particular person’s life – circumstances and opportunity in which the vibrations of the original causal act/behavior can match. It’s like a round peg finding a round hole to fit in.

Every act we make goes out into the Infinite Consciousness of all Life and gets experienced by all Consciousness – including ourselves when circumstances and the environment match up. We use the term Karma to label causal acts that are painful or harmful. We tend not even to think of positive and helpful acts in the same way, even though all acts/behaviors impact upon Infinite Consciousness and all beings experience them in some manner.

Because the original causal acts are carried out at a certain level of vibration, based on the individual’s and the environment’s vibration, AND because prayer and meditation help to raise vibrations, YES, our prayers can help to raise the vibrations of “Karmic” acts. The influence of prayer and meditation can raise the karmic vibrations set to manifest, like a tuning fork can raise vibrations of lower level tuning forks, and in turn, diminish the impact of Karmic manifestation, and potentially heal it altogether with enough prayer and meditation.  In addition, healing our relationships through kindness, forgiveness, love, compassion, understanding, patience, mercy, humility and more, can also bring in the higher vibrations of God’s Love flowing through our own hearts and minds, which also brings in higher vibrations that can heal or diminish karmic events.

An example of the impact of prayers and meditations is the prediction Edgar Cayce had about New York City. During his reading, he saw New York City being devastated by a city-wide earthquake which leveled the entire city. But, because of prayers and meditations throughout the decades between Edgar Cayce’s time and our time, the karmic manifestation of destructive energy that was returning to its matching starting point was diminished.

On Sept. 11, 2001, only the Twin Towers were destroyed instead of the entire city. Thankfully, this diminishing happened because much of the karmic energy was healed/diminished by people’s efforts. However, sadly, not all of the karmic energy was healed. In doing a reading on it, I saw that it would have taken twice the number people praying and meditating through the decades to keep one building up and 5 times the people to keep both buildings standing. Still, with the people praying and meditating through the decades, we were able to help in the amount demonstrated.

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“It is irrelevant whether we can or cannot do something.  What matters is if we’re willing or not willing in our heart.  It is the one who is not willing, who cannot.  It is the one who is willing, who can.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik)

Boomerang Karma

Those of us who recognize and directly experience the spiritual reality of past lives and future lives, know that what we send out there comes back to us. Karma is simply a boomerang. The trash we send out is the trash that returns to us, and we have to clean up. The problems we create for others (and ourselves) are the problems that return to us, and we are responsible for cleaning up. The disasters we create are the disasters that we’re responsible for cleaning up.

So, when we look at others, it is aaaaaaalllllllllwwwwwwwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaays! easy to point out the boomerang that they’ll be dealing with in their future lives. But, what good does condemning others do for ourselves? None.

Only when we look at our own lives and clean up the messes in our own life are we fulfilling the task that “Boomerang Karma” calls for. The healing we do in relationships, the resolving of issues within ourselves, and the prayers and meditations for others in need – these things are what cleans up our own boomerang karmic messes.

If our life is screwed up, messed up or we’re dealing with problems in any way at all, then we’ve simply received back the boomerang that we sent out. Even judging ourselves is its own boomerang mess.

We can look at the world and fret, gripe, become angered at all the @$#%^#%& that others are dumping into the Earth – our Earth. But remember, if we’re dealing with @$#%^#%& in our own lives, it means only one thing. This phrase is appropriate in this case – “Let He/She who is without sin, cast the first stone.” We all have heard that phrase and know what it means, because we’ve walked that messy path, also.

We created messes in this world, and we now live a life trying to clean them up. We try any number of acts to help make the world a better place.  We are meditators, activists, pray-ers, light workers and more.  And it pisses us off when we’re trying to clean up our mess and others come along and mess it up again.

Others create messes in this world, and they will be responsible for cleaning up their messes. Like watching children make a mess on the floor, or the carpet, or the walls, or the ceilings, or they set the house on fire, we can remember that there is no mess that cannot be cleaned up.  All things broken can be fixed.   All things demolished can be rebuilt.  Life goes on, and as Christ told Peter after Christ had risen, “You don’t worry about them. I’ll worry about them. You follow me.” Put another way, ‘Helping all souls  everywhere through all time is my job.  Cleaning up your life now is your job.’

It is our own work on our self that transforms the energy of who we are. It is this work that in turn, impacts the Earth. It is this energy that transforms the world. The raising of our energy through inner work, raises the Earth energy, which in turns slowly helps those in lower energy be brought up to higher energy, also.

One could say, we are physicians seeking to heal ourselves of the wounds we’ve inflicted on others and ourselves, and in turn, demonstrate to those who observe us (and learn from observing us), how to heal one’s self of one’s own self-inflicted wounds. The Infinite Consciousness of Infinite Love is the foundation of this path and will carry it all the way through to it’s conclusion, and in a way that no soul shall perish or be left behind. The Infinite Consciousness of God has the Infinite Patience that this job calls for.

Here’s a thought – after souls are finished in the Earth plane – souls have innumerable other greater dimensions to go to and from which to learn. Don’t worry, we have eternity to do this – plenty of time.

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“An act of forgiveness is an act of giving ourselves freedom and joy. ” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2014, Jodie Senkyrik)

“If you were to want to experience God, would you wish to see water turned into wine? Or would you rather wish to experience being deeply loved or forgiven?” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2014, Jodie Senkyrik)

Cooperating with Love

The reason I don’t title this “Cooperating with God” is because each of us has generated our own idea of God in our heads. We then believe that the idea of God which we have – with all the character traits that we assign to the “God” in our head – is the real God that exists. In essence, as individuals, we have created our own God in our own minds.  Our own minds fall way short in being able to conceptualize the real God.

Even when we join others, in organized religions, or accepted spiritual beliefs systems, we have our own individual slant on these ways of believing. This means that on the Earth today, considering we have 7-8 billion people on the planet, we have that number of ideas of who and what God is. Is there any wonder why when we tell others that our beliefs (ideas in our head of what God is) are right and their beliefs (ideas in their heads of what God is) are wrong (or vice versa)- that we have wars, wars and more wars?

There truly is no way for any human to have a comprehensive and finished idea of who and what God is. If we allow for our learning to change as we grow older, we would also allow for our understanding of God to change as we grow older. The fact is our beliefs and ideas of God were never exactly the same during any part of our lives growing into adulthood. If we continue this path, our idea of God can grow and evolve throughout our entire lives.

The challenge is to accept that our path of learning an ever-growing and changing idea of God, will continue even unto our own death. Don’t worry. This is okay. There is no book, religious or spiritual belief that gives us the task of completely, and comprehensively understanding the ALL OF GOD. We barely learn to understand much of ourselves throughout this entire life. It’s possibly more important to have an open mind about God, than have a complete understanding of God. Remember, once we lock onto the idea, thought or belief that we completely understand God, in any particular moment, we are no longer open to gaining an even greater understanding than we momentarily have.

However, when we start thinking about “Love”, and considering what Love is, we start coming together in similar awareness of the experience of Love. We no longer have billions of ideas of love, but rather billions of experiences of that which is Love. These experiences of love – from the act of loving another person, or life, or life form, we recognize as vastly similar to others’ experiences of love. So, when we talk of Love, each of us has a connection to the concept, feelings, experiences and understanding of Love which other people have as well. For the most part, we all hold to the same sense of what Love is. This is why we can make so many movies with Love as the theme, and so many people can relate and enjoy the movies.

Cooperating with Love becomes understandable. Anyone who loves their partner, spouse, child, parent, sibling, friend, pet, etc, at some point, recognizes that they love them. Loving is a consistent experience. Even if we change the target of our love, we are still able to recognize that we love, when we change targets. When we talk of Love and Loving with someone, we are able to understand the experience to which the other person is referring.

The challenge, then is to cooperate with the Love that we have within us. Instead of acting from an idea of God that is in our head, we act from the love we know first hand. This can vastly change what we put forth into our relationships and into the Earth.

Many will quote the well-known axiom, “God is Love”, but again, we have our billions of different ideas of God that comes with that axiom. In turn, we barely understand what this saying could mean. It’s an idea that starts with an unknown. Some would even say that God is the opposite of Love – anger, hate, vengefulness. Isn’t that what humans exhibit many times when we take up the flag of our own “God” and wage war?

I prefer “Love is God” (Rainbow Cards, ©, 1990-2016). We know the experience of love and loving. The experience of Love and Loving then brings a whole new dimension to the idea of God. This brings a dimension of personal experience. If we’ve experienced Love by loving another, and in turn, allow for the possibility of God being connected to Love, then we can add this experience to our understanding of our limited belief of God. We can add a personal experience of a part of God.

I also prefer, “If we want a direct experience of God, then Love someone.” (Rainbow Cards, ©, 2009)

As human beings, we have the freewill to choose our own beliefs about God and religions. Many will choose “God is hate, God is anger, God is vengefulness” and live from these beliefs – cooperating with these beliefs. But, at anytime, we can also choose to Love, thus making Love real in the Earth and in our relationships – cooperating with Love. Because our understanding of God is ever-changing and ever-growing, we can learn one or the other. While some may choose “God is hate”, we don’t have to do the same. We know that Love is real. We’ve experienced it. We know that Love is good. We’ve experienced that, also. We know that Love is worthwhile. We know that Love is valuable, and we can love at any moment of any day. We know that we can add more Love into this world, and it will change relationships and change the world. We can choose, “Love is God” and make this part of God real in the Earth.

Love is real; love is patient; love is kind; love is forgiving; love is merciful; love is powerful; Love is God.

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God Loves Ordinary People

God doesn’t need spiritual giants in order to work through for Him/Her to be present in our world. God doesn’t need people of great wisdom or anyone who is good at doing public speaking. God doesn’t need anyone special.

God can and does work through ordinary people – like us. God can and does work through any person who has the capacity to love. God can and does work through any person who is willing to help in some way. God can and does work through any person who can be open.

Each of us who opens our hearts and minds to assist or help in some way, opens a channel for the Consciousness of God to be active within that person. Sure, we may not be aware of the Consciousness of God, in those moments, but Christ walked among us and appeared as an ordinary human being.  He can work through us, and it seem like an ordinary experience.

The determining factor is that when we have our hearts and minds open – willing to help someone who may need help – we are focused on an “other” person rather than ourselves. We aren’t concerning ourselves with what benefits our self, or what we get out of something, but rather we are focused on the well-being of another person or many other people.

Christ said, “As the Father is in me, so am I in you.” He also said, “I and the Father are one.” Any time we act from love or kindness or compassion or mercy or patience or any of the other fruits of the spirit, the Infinite Consciousness of God is present, because there is no separation between Christ and Love, God and Love, and therefore, God and us when we act from love. The Spirit of Love comes through us instantly when we love another.

Unfortunately, our own consciousness is not able to conceive of an Infinite Consciousness. It’s sort of like trying to teach a turtle how to perform algebra. There is no comparative conception going on. But, conceiving of an Infinite Consciousness doesn’t have to happen for us to love, and therefore for the Spirit of Infinite Love to be part of the experience.

We are ordinary people. God loves to work through ordinary people, because there are so many of us.  He/She/We can touch more people with the love, kindness, mercy, patience, etc that we have within us. And God can then bless us with His Infinite Healing presence in those moments when we are open and loving kindness is extended to each other.  We may not call it an Act of God, but anywhere Love is, God is.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” God asks us to do this, also for the reason that He then gets to be more present and active in our life when we do.

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“If you want a direct experience of God, then Love someone, for God and Love are never separated.”  (The Rainbow Cards, 1990-2016, ©, Jodie Senkyrik)

Forgiveness: Why It’s So HARD!!!

We all may agree that forgiveness is needed in our lives.  It is a spiritual prerogative.  It is also a social, emotional and psychological imperative.  But, it is one of the hardest things to do within our own heart and mind.

There are so many factors that are involved with forgiving.   There are so many facets of our own psyche that are attached to the circumstances and actions in which we are called to forgive about.  So, of course, it is going to be a difficult challenge, especially if the different parts of us – within us – are struggling against the other parts of us that are within us.

Books and more are written about forgiveness.  There are countless articles and treatises that are written about forgiveness.  The Bible is filled with the calling to forgive, and so we try.

Forgiveness isn’t always a “freeing” experience, like some say.  It isn’t always a wonderful experience.  This is because we are multi-dimensional and multi-faceted individual souls.  There’s a lot going on inside us – in our minds, in our hearts, in our hopes for life, in our dreams, in our motivations, in everything about us.

Forgiveness is, in fact, an act of letting go.  But, there is sometimes great grief in this act.  Why grief?  Because there is a death occurring.  It isn’t a death of a person, but rather the death of a dream and image of something – giving way to the reality of something.

More often, it is the death of who we think a person is, and who we want that person to be, as well as what we think our relationship to the person is, and what we want our relationship to be.  Forgiveness brings us to a realization that the person and our relationship aren’t what we had imagined, thought, believed, hoped, dreamt it all to be.

It is with forgiveness that we come to realize that the person is slightly or greatly different than we had projected onto them.  The death of that “imagined person” comes through the act of forgiveness.  Who we wanted to believe that person or persons were comes to an end (or partially).  There is sometimes great grief that comes with this realization.

This all brings us to the point that we can let that other person become a human being instead of being an imaginary person whom we projected onto.

In our hearts, it is easier to like and love someone who we don’t know that well as a human being.  It is easy to project onto that person.  In our hearts, it is more painful to love an actual human being who is capable of hurting others – someone who we learn about in a deeper way – someone who demonstrates their ability and willingness to disregard and hurt others.

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Forgiveness is an act of growth for us when we forgive.  We open up our mind to see a real person – a real live human being who has thousands of qualities – both good and bad – and not some idealized image of a person whom we only were willing to see either the good or the bad – without the other.

When we put someone on a pedestal, we don’t see the reality of who they are.  We don’t see them as human beings with all their faults.  We only see an image – a false human being – an unreal human being.  That is why it is then so easy to crucify them.

When we forgive, we let them get off the pedestal and become a soul who is trying to learn how to be a human being – regardless of whether they’re successful or not – regardless of whether or not we’re aware of whether they’re trying – regardless of whether they are even trying or not.

When we forgive, we change ourselves into a human being who sees another human being – instead of an image of that human being.  When we forgive, we allow the relationship to be what it is, rather than what we want it to be – leaving us in a better place to decide whether it is a relationship we wish to continue and bring forth a different love or discontinue because of the need to remove ourselves from a bad relationship.

The reason why Christ can love us without reservation is because He forgives us over and over.  Forgiveness doesn’t make the relationship better not even how we relate to Jesus, but it does create an open door for our inner change to happen.  If we’re willing to walk through the open door for change, then the relationship can get better, but not everyone who is forgiven is willing to walk through the open door for change.

That is why forgiveness can also bring grief.  Forgiveness can also bring the reality of a destructive relationship which needs to come to an end.  We can forgive ***and forget*** but it comes with change.  Sometimes that change is to love more.  Sometimes that change is to move on.

The challenge of many of the Jews and others who were alive after WWII was to forgive the Nazis.  The awareness was present for many that only in the forgiving of them did the prisoners become free from the Nazis.  If there was no forgiveness, the two were still tied together.

Forgiveness doesn’t make everything peachy-keen.  Again, it brings a view of the reality of what the relationship is and what the relationship isn’t.  It helps us to see when we have been holding onto someone wanting them to be someone they aren’t.  It helps us to see when we’ve been holding onto a relationship wanting it to be something it isn’t.  And with this awareness, perhaps be able then to choose a better action on our parts other than idealizing someone or some part of someone, and idealizing the relationship or some part of the relationship.

Finally, mercy is always available to help us to forgive.  Remember, each of us has been forgiven many, many, many times and by many, many, many people – including by Christ, Himself.  And we’ll never know the full spectrum and all of the quantity of the times we’ve been forgiven.  As long as we are alive as human beings, we will never know.  We can only know that we’ve been forgiven countless times, but for the rare occasions that we may learn a few of the details of when and why.

We can then participate in our forgiving of others without holding onto expectations – just letting the act of forgiveness itself be a hidden act of mercy, and then moving on with our life.

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Forgiveness is also the act of taking our own heart in our own loving arms, holding our self close with kindness, forgiveness and love.  ©, 2016, Jodie Senkyrik

“Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I can’t take God’s place.” ” Genesis 50:19