“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)

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

Attacks and Attackers – Part 1

“…what if the soul is so much attacked by others that the body becomes ill and they have no other option but to leave? I ask this because sometimes the soul is forced to leave not because they lived unhealthy or work was finished but because their cycle was cut short. Those who attack simply move on to the next victim. Therefore I would also like to ask what can be done for souls like these who have been decimated in their existence and died because of this? Thank you in advance for your reply and blessings.”  L. L.

As odd as this may sound, your question and view are both coming from a very human perspective within a very human paradigm.  In essence, you’re applying human standards and understanding to an issue that isn’t really what it seems.

As human beings on this Earth, we have a paradigm of experiencing “attacks”.  There are verbal attacks, physical attacks, emotional, psychological, financial, electronic, … etc.  even “self-attacks”.  As human beings, we have experiences of being attacked and being the ones doing the attacking.

As long as we continue with the way of thinking that we are humans in a physical world, attacks and attacking will be part of our human lives and human deaths.  As long as “attacking” is part of our perspective and paradigm, we will continue to participate in both sides of this “attack” issue for a long time.

However, to understand this issue more, let’s take a look at it in a different way.  Let’s take a look at the thought and belief of “attacking and being attacked”.  The “attack” paradigm sets one being against another.  This view can only exist in the human world.  This view is not the reality of what is referred to as the spiritual or non-physical world, because the spiritual/non-physical world doesn’t really work the way the human/physical world works.

The real issue here is who is the attacker and who are we attacking.  We, ourselves, our own personal selves – attack – ourselves.   We are the attackers and we are the attacked of our self as the attacker.  We do so while pointing the finger of blame at others – saying “You are attacking me” or words and thoughts to that effect.  (We do this for specific reasons which I won’t get into at this time.)

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It is a true statement that the person who is 100% completely at peace with themselves is not attacked by anyone.  In other words, a person who does not attack themselves, in turn, does not attack others, and also in turn, does not hold the attack idea when dealing with others.  This is because “attacking” is not a part of this one’s paradigm.  Another person’s actions usually perceived as “attacking” become recognized only to be an attack upon themselves.  In this case, what do we do when we see someone attacking – beating up – harming themselves?

Who among us can say that any of us are completely at peace with ourselves?  And in asking this, who among us can say to ourselves, that we are 100% honest about how we treat ourselves – attacking or any other behavior towards ourselves?

Who among us never thinks anything critical and judgmental about ourselves?  Who among us never says anything critical and judgmental about ourselves – our bodies, our looks, our behavior, our stature, our culture, how we treat others, what we think about others or our place in society, or … anything?  Who among us doesn’t beat ourselves up, when we’re upset with ourselves or someone else?  Who among us looks in the mirror and completely accepts ourselves for who we are – with love in our hearts and the peace that passes understanding inside our souls? And can then know that this is true even deep within the subconscious, and the full consciousness of their full Self?

It is true for ourselves, as well, that “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” applies to how we think, feel, and treat ourselves.  If you think it’s not true, then answer this question – When was the last time you carried on a conversation or thought up an argument or fight inside your own mind with someone (or yourself) in your mind with criticisms, judgment, anger or condemning insults being a part of this event in your mind? The conversation/fight/argument is happening in our own consciousness/mind between one part of our self and another part of our self.  Both sides of the conversation (the fight, argument, criticisms, etc.) are our self.  We are condemning ourselves, judging ourselves, criticizing ourselves, beating ourselves up, and all of this is 24/7, because we live with ourselves 24/7.

If we are attacking ourselves within our own subconscious or unconscious, then what does it matter if we stop someone else from attacking us – we will be continuing to do it to ourselves.  If we learn to stop attacking ourselves or anyone else, from deep within our own consciousness, via accepting, forgiving, being merciful, understanding, being patient and kind towards ourselves as well as towards others, then what does it matter what another soul chooses to do with their mind, heart and soul that appears to be against us.  In the end, our changes will bring in Light that will also be present for them, when they’re ready to choose Light.

As Christ said to Peter along the shore after Christ rose when Peter asked about others, “Peter, you don’t worry about them, I’ll worry about them.  You follow me.”  It is our task to follow in the footsteps of the One who is the Infinite Peace – who is the Infinite Loving Kindness.

I’m not saying don’t worry about those you see attacked.  I’m saying we are called to change in order to stop being the attackers of our self and others, and in turn, learn that as we let go of attacking ourselves, we are also letting go of attacking others.  In the human Earth, when we let go of attacking other humans or other beings of any kind, those other beings lose their illusions of attacking eventually, also.

And those that come forth into our presence for any reason who are lost in the illusion of attacking, we then can pray, “God Bless All Life in all forms, and all that are here with us for any reason, and in any context, and in Your Infinite awareness.  God Bless Us All in all ways, now and for all time.”

If we’re so busy attacking ourselves (and others) in our own mind, heart and subconscious, then no amount of “psychic kung fu” will do anything to protect us from anyone outside ourselves, when the real attack is coming from our self inside ourselves.

If we are intent on believing that we (and others) should be attacked, and then continuing to attack ourselves (and others) within our own consciousness, and seek to fulfill our own attack, then we will find and latch onto others that will carry this out alongside us.  Like attracts like – attackers attract attackers.

Is this going to take some time to heal?  Oh, my God, Yes!  But, the axiom is true – “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”  How do we change this?  Forgiveness – of ourselves and others for the things over which we assign guilt.  Letting go of judgment – of ourselves and others for the things we’ve decided to judge.  Being aware when we criticize others and ourselves over things that we heretofore considered worthy of criticizing.  Patience – towards ourselves and others while knowing that with God all things are possible … even forgiving, letting go, being patient and kind, and changing ourselves.

We are called to know ourselves.  This includes knowing our own subconscious, so that we may let go of attack thoughts and attack behaviors.  We are a cosmos unto ourselves, and as such have much to learn about who we are within ourselves.  But, we have eternity to do this.

“We can escape from the world that we see by giving up attack thoughts.” The Course in Miracles

“Remember, those that are prayed for have God in their presence more than those that are not prayed for.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1995-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

PS.  I expect questions with this topic.  It is vast in its scope and not comprehensively explained in only one article.  I left a lot of loose ends untied.

Forgiveness and Mercy

When we extend forgiveness and mercy, the person receiving it is changed. Maybe this change is not in a way that we immediately notice, but the act of forgiveness and mercy cannot happen without our cooperating with the presence of God.

This presence of God touching another person in the form of forgiveness and mercy or any other fruit of the spirit, has an effect. Again, this effect isn’t necessarily something we’re going to consciously witness.  (While on Earth, it helps to let go of the need to witness our own efforts on behalf of another take root in that person.)

Need proof? We can take a look at our own life, and our own past lives. Who has extended forgiveness and mercy to us? When have we been touched by another’s bringing forth their connection to Infinite Forgiveness for our sake?  We can take a look at where we are in our spiritual path and our inner healing. We also have been forgiven and shown mercy – by One and/or by many. This has made an impact on our self, as well. We are the proof that being forgiven and being shown mercy have an effect on the soul receiving this forgiveness and mercy. We are where we are today because of forgiveness and mercy helping us to where we are. We are healing inwardly, because we have received forgiveness and been shown mercy.

Why is this all true? Because forgiveness and mercy are aspects of Love. All souls are affected by love. All life is affected by love.  Not in our own time requirements, but in God’s.  It may not be immediately noticeable to us how others are affected – the others which we haven’t yet forgiven or shown mercy to, but the source of Love and the receiver of Love notice it on their soul level.

When we’re deep in darkness, a small touch of forgiveness and mercy becomes a big thing. A seemingly small amount of kindness and light, shine out like beacons, when we’re steeped in the darkness we once created and chose. The touch of the hand of forgiveness and mercy becomes like a drink of clear water, when all we had before was sludge, (because all we gave to others was sludge.)

When we extend forgiveness and mercy, the one we extend it towards, in some way is helped, in some portion is healed, in some part is changed.

Imagine a world where everyone went around forgiving and giving mercy to everyone else. There would be a greater presence of Infinite Forgiveness and Infinite Mercy in the world. Everyone would be touched by the healing hand of Infinite Love.  As individuals, we can start creating this world, by forgiving and showing mercy to those who need forgiveness and mercy in our lives – those who desperately thirst for that clear glass of healing Infinite Water called Infinite Love.

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“Imagine a world where everyone went around forgiving everyone else.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1995-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

“To successfully forgive, we must let go of the benefits we believe we get from NOT forgiving.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

“Has anyone ever wondered who has forgiven us so much that God is now so much in our life?” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2005-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

Today

There are questions that come forth about “What will happen -when or if- this or that comes true as predicted or speculated?”

While these questions can be useful up to a point, it is best for them to be the last questions to ask.  The better question always to ask is a question for us to best ask ourselves, because we ourselves are the ones that know the answers.

“What are we doing TODAY to bring forth the Christ Spirit in our lives and the lives of those we come in contact with?”  As Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow.  Let tomorrow worry about itself.  Deal with today.” Matthew 6:25-34.

The questions of today are way more important to ask. Whether we brought pain and suffering to someone or whether we helped lift someone up, the question is here to ask.

Who is in our life that needs understanding and compassion, TODAY?
or Who were we rude to, or mean to or hurtful to, TODAY?
Who needs a kind word, TODAY?
or Who were we judgmental towards, TODAY?
Who can we forgive TODAY?
or Who’s life did we add pain and suffering to, TODAY?
Who can we show mercy towards TODAY?
or Who did we insult or show disrespect – TODAY?
Who can we pray for, TODAY?
or Who did we hate, TODAY?
Who can we help, TODAY?
Who needs our patience, TODAY?
Who needs gentle kindness, TODAY?
Who did we give a demonstration of love to, TODAY?

If it’s the future or phenomenon, or drama, or amazing and strange earthly occurances that we seek, then these are here today and gone tomorrow.  We more often treat them only as entertainment – and not anything that sways beliefs or actions. But, the acts of understanding, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, mercy and love are the miracles that are capable of changing – lifting up – lives, forever.

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