What Can I Do?

There really are very specific things we can each do when seeking how to respond to all the events  happening on the planet Earth, now.

1. Pray – when we start our efforts with the seeking of a greater communication and connection with the source of wisdom, intelligence, compassion, heart, understanding, patience, loving kindness, mercy and brotherhood – God – then we have a greater chance that our efforts will be healing, helpful, will build rather than tear down, will unite rather than create schisms, and will bring about a real and lasting result.

2. Meditate – when we meditate on the highest spiritual ideals within ourselves – Loving kindness, Peace for souls, cooperation, etc., this reconnects us to our own better parts of ourselves. This also helps to raise the consciousness level available in the world, especially when millions (and there are millions) of others are also praying and meditating for the higher level expressions of Mankind’s presence in this planet.

3. Work on myself, so that I’m not reacting automatically adding to the polarization, anger, blanket accusations, prejudicial statements and hate-filled rhetoric.  Acting responsibly is the ability to respond from a place better than that place where the problem was created.  This doesn’t happen automatically, though.

4. Join with others – when we join others with like hearts and minds, our efforts expand and become stronger in exponential ways. “Where two or more are gathered in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20.  Joining with others strengthens our sense of belonging to a community, it strengthens our own resolve to keep on keeping on, and it strengthens the community as a whole.

Joining with others can also help us feel that we’re not alone in having feelings of great concern for dangerous issues and that we don’t have to face these challenges alone.

5. Pray again.

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Either Hatred or Brotherhood in the World

Our generation in life is in the unique position of seeing many examples of humanity’s expressing hatred. Several generations before us witnessed slavery. The immediate generation before us witnessed the Holocaust in Europe. And today’s generation witnesses terrorism in the world.

In each of these examples, someone can easily say that religion or a particular religion is at the center of these horrors or has brought them about. But this belief is equal to saying that the world is black and white. The world is not black and white.

When slavery existed, Christianity and the Bible were used by many to justify slavery. When Hitler came to power, he said the problem with Germany, Europe and the world was with the Jews. And today, people say the cause of problems is with Islam.

But, hatred and the spreading of that hatred was at the heart of these acts of horror inflicted upon human beings. Religion was an easy target to blame, an easy cloak to hide behind, and an easy tool to usurp to justify and rationalize hatred and the spreading of this hatred.

People who have always used religion in these ways, seek to demonstrate and bring forth their hatred to incite more hatred, so that hatred will grow in the world. As human beings we have the choice of whether we will create hatred inside our hearts and minds first and foremost. After it exists in the heart is when we, as individuals, look for what will justify and rationalize it. Those that choose to hate, then, will join together with others that choose to hate.

The world is not black and white. It is also the billions of colors in between black and white. Christianity did not create slavery, but the tenets of Christianity were manipulated by many to justify the agenda of slavery. The Jewish race was not the problem in Germany, Europe or the world. But, beliefs about the Jewish people were manipulated by many to justify their agenda. Islam is not a religion of hatred, but those that hate have manipulated its tenets – as other religions have been manipulated – to serve and spread the agenda of hatred – calling to others who also hate to join in hatred.

Bringing more hate into the world, by choosing to hate any group will not heal the world of hatred. Changing what is in our own hearts and minds will – because brotherhood, compassion and recognizing Oneness of Life can also spread from person to person in the same way that hatred might. It will always depend on what we – as individuals – choose to bring forth into the world each day we’re here.

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“God will never take away our freewill to choose our own path through life, even if it’s a horrible path.”  (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

“God is not going to hate the people we hate and be bitter towards the people we’re bitter towards.  If we choose hatred and bitterness, we do so without God being with us.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

“For others, pray not against others’ freewill, against others’ right to choose for their own lives. Instead, pray that God’s presence, love, and energy, be with them, surround them and bless them, more and more every day, so they might draw from God when the time comes that they decide their own life.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

Politics and Religion and Bears – Oh, My!

How many of you reading this blog, think that everyone else reading this blog thinks, feels, and votes politically, the same way that you do? are probably in the same camp? are with you on your side? How many? Go ahead and raise your hands. Okay… 1… 2 … 5… 12…

Now step back – how many of any group of us believe that everyone else reading this blog – or in any group we belong to, church we go to, school we attend or organization we are involved with – believe the same way we do about politics, political parties and our elected officials? Of course the answer is “No one thinks that everyone believes, thinks, feels and VOTES – all of these – the same way we do. Similar – sometimes yes, but exactly the same?  God, no.

The diversity of feelings, thoughts, beliefs about politics, political parties, and voting is truly, truly diverse, even among like-minded people.

Yet, we all gather together and attend our own church together. We all gather together and attend school, go to work, support organizations, and read this blog (well, maybe not gathered together to read the blog.)  We all still gather together in our groups, and families, and jobs and etc. etc.  Usually, we gather together, because we don’t talk politics and religion.

(Speaking politically about the different political parties, or different churches or different religions, I say, if you want to rant and rave, and rage against the political and religious machines, go ahead.)

It’s just that I’m reminded that Jesus never once spoke out against the Roman government or Roman officials, who were ruling the area. Jesus never spoke out against any government or government officials.  Nor did he speak out against the Roman religion or the Samaritan religion or the Gentiles’ religions. Christ never spoke out against the established forces and religions of the day.

What Jesus called the Romans was “Brothers”, as in “We are all brothers and sisters.”  Jesus had Roman followers.  John the Baptist did the same – he called the Romans brothers and had many Romans, even soldiers, come to be baptized – and they stayed Roman soldiers afterwards.  John’s instructions to the Romans were be honest with each other – don’t mistreat one another. Do your jobs with respect for others.

Jesus’ directive was “Follow Me.” And we follow someone by walking on the path they walk on. Jesus walked the path of Loving kindness. He walked the path of knowing everyone was His brother and sister. He walked the path of understanding, patience, forgiveness, tolerance, and mercy. He walked the path of helping one another. He walked the path of brotherhood.

Jesus never condemned, criticized or spoke out against anyone, …

except hypocrites and those that buried the people with religious condemnation “from above.”

Jesus never condemned other religions, but we do. Jesus never condemned other political affiliations, but we do. Christ never spoke out against anyone who was different or from a culture or group that was different from his own. He never spoke out against Gays, Lesbians, or Transgendered and they existed then. Jesus never condemned prostitutes, alcoholics, or any subgroup or subculture in society, but we do. Christ never condemned other ethnic groups, immigrants, “illegal aliens,” people from other nations….

but we do.

Jesus Christ never condemned any other group – except hypocrites – those that said one thing but lived another – those that easily condemned others with their message “if you’re not like me, you’re evil” or “wrong” or “condemned” or etc…., or “if you don’t live as I think you should, believing as I think you should, you’re WRONG!”… or “if you don’t live as I tell you to, you’re condemned in the eyes of God.”  How many of us have heard these messages expressed?  How many of us have been on the receiving end of these messages?  (Have any of us said these messages?)

Jesus Christ opened His arms for everyone, every culture, every subculture, every group, every subgroup, every organization, every political party, every religion, every everything, saying ‘Follow me on this path of Love, Kindness, Understanding, Patience, Mercy, and Forgiveness.’ ‘Follow me on this path I walk of Charity, of Brotherhood, of Tolerance, of Compassion, or Cooperation, of Humbleness, and Long-Suffering.’ ‘Follow me on this path I walk of knowing and seeing everyone being equal and deserving of God’s Infinite Love in the Infinite Eyes of God, and of everyone being brothers and sisters – children to Our Creator Father/Mother God – the God of all and the source of all Love, all Compassion, all Mercy, all Patience, all Forgiveness, all Acceptance and all Kindness.’

Jesus opened His arms for everyone that wants Love, Kindness, Mercy, Forgiveness, Tolerance, etc, and He still does. His only request is that we then share these things with each other, ….

and, I guess, patience and long-suffering with those that do speak “condemnation” (which I will admit absolutely takes God’s help to do, sometimes.)

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“No one speaking judgement and condemnation, speaks for God.  No one speaking punishment and retribution, speaks for God.  The one speaking love, forgiveness, understanding, kindness, brotherhood, patience and mercy – this one speaks for God.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1999-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

For Religious Reasons

In our nation’s past and present, the phrase “for religious reasons” has been used by people for many reasons.  Some of these reasons are obvious, some dubious and some confusing.  In essence, what is being stated is:  “I use my beliefs in God to do this/that, or not do this/that.”

The issues I offer here in acting or not acting “for religious reasons” are (1.) Do we want to use our religious beliefs to decide our actions?  and (2.)  Do our actions really reflect our religious beliefs?  These are legitimate questions to examine within ourselves.  And they absolutely must be examined deeply, earnestly, honestly and in full light for ourselves.

Why must they be examined this way?

Because the statement “for religious reasons” has been used for many harmful and destructive acts.  “For religious reasons” has been used to justify slavery.  “For religious reasons” has been used by people to justify segregation.  “For religious reasons” has been used by people to justify judging, condemning, lynching, the Spanish Inquisition, burning people at the stake, stoning people, drowning people, and been used by people to demonstrate prejudice and hatred against so many minorities.

Throughout the world’s history, “for religious reasons” has been used to bring about horrendous atrocities, killing and wars.  And today in our world, “for religious reasons” is used to justify murder and killing still.

“For religious reasons” does get used by people to justify whatever prejudice or hatred anyone has within their hearts towards any group.  Of course, we can take this further and say that if “for religious reasons” weren’t available, “some other reasons” would be used to justify an agenda of prejudice and hatred.

There are many that are willing to hide behind and abuse religion to justify their inner desire to continue the pain and suffering of others.  As time passes, more and more, we will see those that espouse “for religious reasons”, and that they are not espousing the love that religions were, and still are, meant to foster.  They espouse instead the separation and prejudice that has been in their hearts all along.

So, examine deeply, honestly and earnestly how best to use the statement, “for religious reasons”.  It is very easy for us to use our religions beliefs in God to justify not helping those that need help, but whom we’ve judged, and therefore, decide not to help.  It’s very easy to act in some way, siting “for religious reasons”, when there is a deeper agenda hiding within us.  It takes self-honesty to act from our beliefs in a way that can truly serve and help our world.

Yet, how do we then tell if we, ourselves, are acting righteously with regards to our own beliefs?

Follow what Christ said, when asked how will you know the ones that are followers of Christ, “by demonstration of the fruits of the spirit”.  Forgiveness, loving kindness, mercy, patience, understanding, humility, cooperation, faith, charity, unselfishness, joy, etc. – these are the fruits of the spirit.  These are the actions of followers of religious beliefs based on God’s love.

Christ’s two commandments were Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself.  When asked who is our neighbor, He told of the Good Samaritan.

When we use “For religious reasons”, we cannot avoid demonstrating the truth of where we are at.  While we may tell ourselves one thing about our statement, others may see what we choose not to see about ourselves.

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“Everyone has their own different ideas about how to proceed with spiritual growth… even God.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2013, Jodie Senkyrik)

Science vs. Religion – the Human Spirit

The Human Spirit Transcends Science: Science is a great tool of and for mankind.  Like any tool, it is useful in certain situation, but worthless in others.  A hammer is great for driving nails. But If I need to drive a screw into a piece of wood, the hammer is not a useful tool. In fact, it makes the job harder, or even impossible.
Our Western, rational world has a tendency to apply science like a hammer to a screw. If we put it in perspective, it’s a great tool.  However, some applications just do not fit.
An example would be to prove my mother loved me – or didn’t love me. Science is not the appropriate tool for this question.  It cannot measure love.  It doesn’t mean that some will not try to apply this tool inappropriately. Science can look at externals, such as what my mother did for me. Then propose a proof of love based on those externals.  But we can match those actions of hers using other people, or even machines. But they won’t have love as their motive. The person might be paid to do some of these duties. The machine has no ability to love.  Yet they “replicate” my mother’s loving actions toward me.
A favorable view of science can morph into worship at the altar of science. That does not bode well for humanity.  Just as money can be a great tool or resource, so can science. But love of money elevates it to an idol we worship.  We can fall into the same trap in our view of science.
Another pitfall is applying science “correctly”, but immorally.  The Nazi experiments on humans are repulsive to any who haven’t killed their conscience.  It was a “proper” use of science as a tool, but totally unacceptable when we consider values.
Is there a lesson here?  Yes.  Recognize the spiritual nature of humanity.  That requires that we acknowledge human values that transcend science.   With that perspective, we can identify the situations where science can be a help.  More importantly, we can identify where it can be misapplied. Treat science like a tool, not a god.  “Have no false gods before me…”  B.B.

Thank you, B.B.  I’m going to add a few additional points to what you’ve said, if you don’t mind.

First, the scientific understanding we have today, is not the scientific understanding we had 50 years ago or 50 years before that. Look at what we’ve learned through scientific discovery in the last 50 years. Look at what science has discovered in the 50 years before that … and before that… and before that… on into millenniums in the past.

Now, tell me what we’re going to scientifically discover in the next 50 years, and the 50 years after that, and after that and on and on into millenniums into the future. Science cannot tell us what we’ll discover, because it hasn’t been discovered. Using science, there’s no way to identify the next 50 years of scientific discovery much less millenniums beyond that.

To do this we must leap beyond the scientific understanding of today. This is the purpose of spiritual and religious thought. Spiritual and religious thought and it’s tenants cannot be proved or disproved using today’s science.   But, inadvertently and on purpose, religion and spiritual thought have given us information about things that we can strive towards – namely motivation to search for ‘the truth’ that is beyond our scientific understanding.  In effect, it hasn’t waited for science to catch up and instead seeks to show us where we’re going.

Using science, we can make conjectures coming from what’s being worked on yesterday and today, and projecting forward with common sense and experience telling us – as we seek, so we shall find – as we seek answers and discovery using science, we will find answers and discovery using science.

Unfortunately, for science, it’s also true that what we do not seek, we will not find.   I mention this in regard to the behavior among many people to ridicule and dismiss scientific research into non-physical phenomenon like spirituality, paranormal, etc.  Instead offering non-scientific based prejudices instead of scientific data.

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It is a fact of science that no matter how much a white person studies and learns about the black race, he isn’t a black person and cannot fully know the black experience. And no matter how much a black person studies and learns about the white race, they aren’t white and can never fully know the white experience. We cannot be what we are not and our knowing of the other is limited.  Science is not meant to be treated as a religion, even though many have turned it into their religion. Religious thought is not gained through scientific method but many assign it to be “science.”

The day will come that science will discover many things that have heretofore been in the realm of the spiritual and religious. Scientific study has discovered the realm of other universes and other dimensions.  It has already discovered that everything that exists, exists as vibration. Atoms are merely vibrational focuses which create certain behaviors, including the behavior that leads humans to experience “matter.” Metaphysically, it is believed that Christ’s ability to heal comes from His being the highest level of vibration of God Consciousness and His touch brought the ill into this higher vibration, changing their physical bodies in the process – like a tuning fork.

But, does scientific discovery of heretofore spiritual aspects mean that there is no God and there never was? Of course not.  To say this is what it means is like the guy in the Patent Office in early 1900 saying, “We might as well close the patent office because everything has already been invented.”  (That’s actually true – someone did say that.)  These things are not the end of discovery or belief in God, they’re the beginning.

Quite literally, we are in the dark ages still with regards to what we think is true and what we have no clue about, if we compared what we know today to what we don’t know yet to be discovered tomorrow.

As humans, we tend to consider the God that we think exists, in terms that we can understand with our mind. We’ve built religions around understandings of the mind. This is usually based on the belief that we CAN understand God with our mind – the part of us that analyzes and comes to rational understandings (based on what we understand up to that moment.) This can only mean that our understanding of God is based on what we understand in our own mind – not God’s mind – our own. So, there are limits to our understanding through both scientific thought and religious thought.

But, even so, where is the heart in this analysis? The heart isn’t a part of the analysis of the practical mind. The heart as we’ve all experienced, seems to laugh at the mind at times, because our hearts many times defy logic and analysis, reasoning and practicality.

Yet, our experience is that the heart is where Love exists. And while there may be a few that say Love is only a chemical reaction in the brain, those same people, don’t tell their children “I only love you because the chemicals in my brain go that way. Take away the chemicals and I won’t love you anymore.” Imagine what would happen inside a child’s heart if we did say that to our children.

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I’ve given practical and rational discourse on science and religion. This comes from a mental understanding of the topic. Yet, if we didn’t also have caring and compassion and love and kindness in our hearts, we wouldn’t care what people believed or what conflicts arise from beliefs. The motivation for writing this discourse as well as the motivation for all the searching and believing comes from the heart – the desire to help people understand and possibly feel that we are all in this together.

We are brothers and sisters seeking the same thing – to know ourselves, to love, to learn ultimate truths, to know what is beyond our current knowing and beyond ourselves – to answer the question – “Is scientific understanding all we are or are we more than just analysis in the mind? Are we also Love embodied and as Love embodied, a part of God, the ultimate limitless Love, – a God who possibly exists way beyond our limited scientific understanding which we have today?”

For us to hold to this belief, we must hold to something other than logic and reasoning, we must hold to that which is from the heart – which helps motivate us to open up our minds to possibilities infinite in size and scope. This is so we can answer the question, “Is Love real?”

Imagine if scientific study discovered that Love is real.  For science to do this, it must leap beyond the confines of the physical world, because when it does, it will discover much more than just that.

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“Imagine a world without science – only religion with no science – a world where science was not pursued or allowed. What kind of world would we have?
Now, imagine a different world – one without Religion – a world only of science, unlimited science with no religion – where religious beliefs were not pursued or allowed. What would that world be like?
Now imagine a world with both science and religion where both were pursued and allowed.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 1998-2015, Jodie Senkyrik)

The Conflict between Science and Religion and Religion and Religion

America is very big on religions. In fact, sometimes it’s as if we turn everything into a religion when the opportunity arises. Instead of saying “I don’t understand how it could be true, but I’m open to it being possible” so many of us say, “It’s not part of my beliefs – what I’ve gotten from sources (including religions), therefore it’s not true.” What religions am I referring to? I’m referring to everything that enters the mind of Man -including the religion of politics, the religion of science, the religion of medicine, the religion of technology, psychology, philosophy, and even mathematics!  (Yes, I’m even including Atheism – but that’s easy to see.)

Have you heard someone say either of these – the equivalent of words that mean “It’s not part of the science that I know of, therefore I don’t believe it.” or “It’s not part of the medical knowledge that I know of, therefore there’s no way it can be possible.”  I have.  Then, all we have to do is exchange the words ‘science’ for ‘religion’ and vice versa, and we recognize the comment.

In fact, at times we’ve even heard the equivalent of “You believing differently than this is you being gullible, misguided, delusional, or outright fraudulent.”

This is widespread, and it shows that the person saying something to this effect has turned their beliefs and knowledge into a religion.

We’ve heard so often when people have said the equivalent to “It’s not part of my religious beliefs, therefore I don’t believe it-therefore you shouldn’t either, because only my beliefs are the truth.” We see examples of this in the U.S. and all around the world.

We also have people who have turned science, medicine and all the rest into religions, as well. Yet, it’s not just a current happening. This very process has been part of mankind for millennium.

Instead of considering that it’s our own knowledge and understanding that falls short, we tend to carry out the religious ritual of pointing to others saying the equivalent to “You’re wrong to believe differently than me. My knowledge may as well be sacred.”

Since this is very easy to see when looking at history, we don’t think of it as being a current process in our society. But, it’s happening now just as often as it ever has been. It’s just that we don’t think to put it in the context of science, medicine, technology or the rest, during today’s time. Too bad, because these have been religions for a long time. It always been the heretics of these “religions” that put forth the idea that “there is something beyond what we believe is true.”  (Heretics like the Wright Brothers and Albert Einstein who pursued what others believed wasn’t true, and oh, yeah – Jesus Christ.)

Yet, bridging what we know and what we don’t know has been a tremendously difficult bridge to build. Why? Because both sides of the bridge have held strongly to that which we know or believe to be possible only, and fought hard against that which we don’t know and don’t believe being possible.

It is rare that people speaking for religions ever make the comment “My beliefs are beliefs, not necessarily proven facts.” It is rare that science or medicine or even technology ever make the comment, “We’ve found this small part to be true, but we don’t know if it could also be false or if anything else in opposition to this or outside this paradigm that we’ve never conceptualized is true or not.”

It is rare that people entrenched in their beliefs say, “I don’t know how my beliefs can mesh with opposing beliefs, opposing knowledge, factual science, but I’m open to both being true somehow.” It’s rare when people representing science and medicine say, “I don’t know how things we haven’t proven may possibly be true, but I’m open to they being possible.”

Instead, we get, people saying “Science is the truth and anything else is a delusion.” We get, people saying “This medical information is true and anything else is fraud.” We get people saying, “My religious beliefs are true, and I won’t consider anything else possible.”

The Saving Grace

The world doesn’t revolve around any persons or groups who may be stuck in their own religion whether it’s traditional religions, Scientific, Medical, Technological or any other belief or knowledge system. The Earth is inhabited by more heretics than fanatics – more open minded people than close-minded people.  These heretics are saying, “There’s more than what you espouse to be true.  You have no belief or knowledge that is omniscient and complete. ”  Thank God.

PS.  Can you see how Politics has become a religion?  How about how “beliefs about money” has become a Religion?

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“Whoever believes the world will be saved by technology, doesn’t remember Atlantis.” (The Rainbow Cards, 2014, ©, Jodie Senkyrik)

“With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed that some people consider science to be their religion, and some people consider their religion to be their science.  Think about it.

Imagine a world, if there was no such thing as science – only religion.  No scientific knowledge or anything that would come from science.  What world would exist, if there was no science of any kind and only religion existed?  And no one challenged these religions?  I know what kind of world I think would exist.  Try to imagine what the world would be like with no science anywhere.

Now, imagine a different world, where there was no such thing as religion.  None whatsoever.  No spiritual beliefs, no belief in a higher power, no belief in a greater consciousness – no beliefs in anything religious or spiritual, and only science existed.  Science alone existed in the consciousnesses of all the people.  And no one ever thought any way except the scientific way.  Try to imagine what this world would be like.

To me, both of these worlds would be so imbalanced that life on either of these worlds would be far, far behind where we are now in our world.  These two worlds would be woefully incomplete and missing SO MUCH!

Now, imagine a world where science and religion both existed.  This is a world where each one may struggle against the other, but each touches and reaches a part inside us, that must be touched or reached.  Each offers something to the contribution of all of life.  In turn, each contributes to society and the growth of life in this world.  Where will they both meet?  Only inside the individual – inside the individual’s choice of finding answers for themselves.  Only within ourselves.

Although there is friction between science and religion, remember, without friction, we would not be able to use two legs and two feet to grip the road beneath us helping us to climb to the mountain tops and see far, far into the distance beyond our own vision.