Fear Not

 

Fear Not

Mat 10:31 Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Fear   φοβέω   phobeō   fob-eh’-o  to frighten, that is, (passively) to be alarmed; by analogy to be in awe of, that is, revere: – be (+ sore) afraid, fear (exceedingly), reverence.

Not   μή   mē   may   A primary particle of qualified negation  (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer); whether: – any, but, (that), X forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, [can-] not, nothing, that not, un [-taken], without.

 

1Jn 4:16-21  And _we_ have known [or, have come to know] and have believed [or, have been convinced of] the love which God has in us; GOD IS LOVE [or, IS AS TO HIS ESSENCE LOVE], and the one abiding in that love abides in God, and God {abides} in him. By this love has been perfected [or, completed] with us, so that we shall be having confidence [or, a joyful sense of freedom] in the day of the judgment, because just as that ONE is, [so] also _we_ are in this world. [There] is no fear in love, _but_ perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. But the one fearing has not been perfected in that love.  _We_ love Him because _He_ first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and shall be hating his brother, he is a liar; for the one not loving his brother whom he has seen, how is he able to be loving God whom he has not seen? And this [is] the commandment we have from Him, that the one loving God should also be loving his brother.

 

When You Don’t Choose Love You Choose Fear

–by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler (Jan 18, 2010)

If we could literally reach into you and remove all your fears – every one of them – how different would your life be? Think about it. If nothing stopped you from following your dreams, your life would probably be very different. This is what the dying learn. Dying makes our worst fears come forward to be faced directly. It helps us see the different life that is possible, and in that vision, takes the rest of our fears away.

Unfortunately, by the time the fear is gone most of us are too sick or too old to do those things we would have done before, had we not been afraid. […] Thus, one lesson becomes clear: we must transcend our fears while we can still do those things we dream of.

To transcend fear though, we must move somewhere else emotionally; we must move into love.

Happiness, anxiety, joy, resentment — we have many words for the many emotions we experience in our lifetimes. But deep down, at our cores, there are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt.

It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But it’s more accurate to say that there is only love or fear, for we cannot feel these two emotions together, at exactly the same time. They’re opposites. If we’re in fear, we are not in a place of love. When we’re in a place of love, we cannot be in a place of fear. Can you think of a time when you’ve been in both love and fear? It’s impossible.

We have to make a decision to be in one place or the other. There is no neutrality in this. If you don’t actively choose love, you will find yourself in a place of either fear or one of its component feelings. Every moment offers the choice to choose one or the other. And we must continually make these choices, especially in difficult circumstances when our commitment to love, instead of fear, is challenged.

Having chosen love, doesn’t mean you will never fear again. In fact it means that many of your fears will come up to finally be healed. This is an ongoing process. Remember that you will become fearful after you’ve chosen love, just as we become hungry after we eat. We must continually choose love in order to nourish our souls and drive away fear, just as we eat to nourish our bodies and drive away hunger.

–Elisabeth Kubler-Ross & David Kessler from “Life Lessons: Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living”

Your paradigm [Belief System] is your set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that have been imprinted on your subconscious mind.

Let’s take a quick look at the two primary filters of perception.

 

Belief System Based on LOVE (you are a host to God):

There is no punishment in God, because God is love.

[There] is no fear in love, _but_ perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. But the one fearing has not been perfected in that love.

There is only reward with God.

It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

There is no limitation in God.

Mar 9:23  So Jesus said to him, “If you are able to believe [or, to have faith]-all [things are] possible to the one believing [or, having faith]!”

 

Belief System Based on Fear (you are a hostage of the ego):

You are afraid of being punished.

You are afraid of not being rewarded.

You are afraid of not being good enough.

Limiting beliefs interfere with many aspects of our lives.

You are afraid of being rejected and abandoned.

Resistance the most useless action

 

Resistance the most useless action

“What you resist; persists.” Carl Jung

Psychology Today Jun 15, 2016-

Psychologically speaking, RESISTANCE AND RESOLUTION are at opposite poles. For RESISTANCE has fundamentally to do with not being able or willing, to deal with the negative experiences in your life. And ultimately your happiness depends a lot more on handling—then letting go of—such adversities than it does, self-protectively, denying them, or fighting against them; In addition, so does (unwittingly) holding onto their associated feelings of hurt, sorrow, anxiety, or anger.

Without consciously deciding to, you can even get “attached” to feelings you haven’t resolved. But if you become aware of the exorbitantly high costs of not acknowledging, and working through, these feelings, you’ll realize that heedlessly clinging to them hasn’t at all contributed to your welfare; Quite the opposite.

Long ago, the depth psychologist Carl Jung contended that “WHAT YOU RESIST NOT ONLY PERSISTS, BUT WILL GROW IN SIZE.” And today this viewpoint is generally abbreviated to “WHAT YOU RESIST PERSISTS,” with many kindred paradoxical variants—such as, “YOU ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU RESIST.

-Psychology Today Jun 15, 2016

“Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our PSYCHOLOGICAL RESISTANCE to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. RESISTANCE creates suffering. STRESS HAPPENS WHEN YOUR MIND RESISTS WHAT IS...The only problem in your life is YOUR MIND’S RESISTANCE to life as it unfolds.” Dan Millman

Mat 5:37-48 But let your* word be, ‘YES, YES’ [or] ‘NO, NO,’ but the [word which is] more [than] these is from the evil [one].  You* heard that it was said: ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,’ [Exod 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21] but _I_ say to you* NOT TO RESIST THE EVIL, _but_ whoever will slap you on {your} right cheek, turn to him also the other.  And the one wanting to sue you and to take your tunic, allow to him also the cloak. And whoever will compel you [to go] one mile, be going with him two.  Be giving to the one asking of you, and you should not turn away the one wanting to borrow from you.  You* heard that it was said, ‘You will love your neighbor,’ and you will hate your enemy, [Lev. 19:18]  but _I_ say to you*, be loving your* enemies; be blessing the ones cursing you*; be doing good to the ones hating you*, and be praying on behalf of the ones mistreating you* and persecuting you*, in order that you* shall become [or, prove to be] sons [and daughters] of your Father, the [ONE] in {the} heavens, because He causes His sun to rise on evil [ones] and good [ones], and He sends rain on righteous [ones] and unrighteous [ones]. For, if you* love the ones loving you*, what reward do you* have? Even the tax collectors do the same, do they not?  And if you* greet [fig., are friendly towards] your* friends only, what more do you* do [than others]? Even the tax collectors do so, do they not?  Therefore, _you*_ will be perfect [complete], just as your* Father, the [ONE] in the heavens, is perfect [complete].

 

Mother Teresa understood the futility of resistance:  “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.”  ― Mother Teresa

So if you are AGAINST War you are resisting, giving power to War; but if you are FOR Peace this is the “real” way to renounce[declare that one will no longer engage in or support] War.

So if you are AGAINST [fill in what you are against] you are resisting, giving power to [fill in what you are against]; but if you are FOR [fill in your opposite of what you are against] this is the “real” way to renounce [fill in what you are against].

We don’t just will ourselves to be against, resist, or oppose something. Tell yourself I am AGAINST (not FOR) War and I bet the thought of War will pop into your mind. This gives us an insight into the workings of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind does not compute terms of negation, opposition, or resistance. It takes the choice I am AGAINST (not FOR) War and reads it as I am FOR War. Think about millions of people misusing their minds collectively!

Once you realize how the mind really works, it is time to change your way of thinking!

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  Albert Einstein

A big source of AGAINST consciousness is a Belief System based on FEAR.

The Republicans in Congress were AGAINST Obama for over seven years. How did that work out for them?

I am not AGAINST Trump, but I am FOR a lot of things that go counter to his actions.

“To ask the right question is already half the solution of a problem.” — Carl Jung

The right question is:

What do I really believe?

What do I stand FOR?

Agree with your adversary quickly

Agree with your adversary quickly

 

Mat 5:25-26 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; that the opponent not deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, You shall by no means come out from there until you have paid the last kodrantes.  [i.e. a small, Roman copper coin worth about 1/500th of an ounce or 0.05 grams of silver]

Agree   ἴσθι  isthi  is’-thee  agree, be, give thyself wholly to.

εὐνόεω  eunoeō  yoo-no-eh’-o  to be well minded, that is, reconcile: – agree. [resolve, settle]

Luk 6:37  “And stop judging, and by no means shall you* be judged. Stop condemning, and by no means shall you* be condemned. Be forgiving [to free fully, literally relieve, release, dismiss], and you* will be forgiven [freed fully, literally relieved, released, dismissed].

So much of Jesus’ teachings are about WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE US; the kingdom of heaven is within. Could it be that the kingdom of hell is within also?

The following is a description of the greatest adversaries we will ever face.

Excerpts from: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Attention is the ability we have to discriminate and to focus only on that which we want to perceive…

The adults around us hooked our attention and put information into our minds through repetition. That is the way we learned everything we know…

We learned how to behave in society: what to believe and what not to believe; what is acceptable and what is not acceptable; what is good and what is bad; what is beautiful and what is ugly; what is right and what is wrong. It was all there already — all that knowledge, all those rules and concepts about how to behave in the world…

When you were in school…

When you went to church…

It is the same dynamic with Mom and Dad, brothers and sisters…

They were all trying to hook your attention. We also learn to hook the attention of other humans, and we develop a need for attention which can become very competitive…

Every letter, every word in each language is an agreement...

Once we understand the code, our attention is hooked and the energy is transferred from one person to another…

We never had the opportunity to choose what to believe or what not to believe. We never chose even the smallest of these agreements. We didn’t even choose our own name…

The only way to store information is by agreement

As soon as we agree, we believe it, and this is called faith. To have faith is to believe unconditionally…

Children believe everything adults say…

We didn’t choose these beliefs, and we may have rebelled against them, but we were not strong enough to win the rebellion…

The result is surrender to the beliefs with our agreement

In human domestication, the information from the outside dream is conveyed to the inside dream, creating our whole Belief System

And we also learn to judge: We judge ourselves, judge other people, and judge the neighbors…

We train our children whom we love so much the same way that we train any domesticated animal: with a system of punishment and reward

Soon we became afraid of being punished and also afraid of not receiving the reward

With that FEAR of being punished and that FEAR of not getting the reward, we start pretending to be what we are not, just to please others, just to be good enough for someone else

Eventually we become someone that we are not. We become a copy of Mamma’s beliefs, Daddy’s beliefs, society’s beliefs, and religion’s beliefs…

The domestication is so strong that at a certain point in our life we no longer need anyone to domesticate us. We don’t need Mom or Dad, the school or the church to domesticate us. We are so well trained that we are our own domesticator…

We are an auto-domesticated animal. We can now domesticate ourselves according to the same Belief System we were given, and using the same system of punishment and reward

The Belief System is like a Book of Law that rules our mind. Without question, whatever is in that Book of Law, is our truth…

There is something in our minds that judges everybody and everything, including the weather, the dog, the cat — everything. The Inner Judge uses what is in our Book of Law to judge everything we do and don’t do, everything we think and don’t think, and everything we feel and don’t feel…

Every time we do something that goes against the Book of Law, the Judge says we are guilty, we need to be punished, and we should be ashamed

There is another part of us that receives the judgments, and this part is called the Victim. The Victim carries the blame, the guilt, and the shame

And this is all based on a Belief System that we never chose to believe. These beliefs are so strong, that even years later when we are exposed to new concepts and try to make our own decisions, we find that these beliefs still control our lives.

Whatever goes against the Book of Law will make you feel a funny sensation in your solar plexus, and it’s called FEAR

Because everything that is in the Book of Law has to be true, anything that challenges what you believe is going to make you feel unsafe. Even if the Book of Law is wrong, it makes you feel safe…

That is why we need a great deal of courage to challenge our Own Beliefs. Because even if we know we didn’t choose all these beliefs, it is also true that we agreed to all of them…

All these laws exist in our mind, we believe them, and the Judge inside us bases everything on these rules. The Judge decrees, and the Victim suffers the guilt and punishment

True justice is paying only once for each mistake. True injustice is paying more than once for each mistake…

How many times do we pay for one mistake?  The answer is thousands of times…

But every time we remember, we judge ourselves again, we are guilty again, and we punish ourselves again, and again, and again…

Is this fair ?

But nobody abuses us more than we abuse ourselves, and it is the Inner Judge, the Victim, and the Belief System that makes us do this…

If we can see it is our agreements which rule our life, and we don’t like the dream of our life, we need to change the agreements. When we are finally ready to change our agreements, there are four very powerful agreements that will help us break those agreements that come from FEAR and deplete our energy.

THE FIRST AGREEMENT   Be Impeccable With Your Word

THE SECOND AGREEMENT   Don’t Take Anything Personally

THE THIRD AGREEMENT   Don’t Make Assumptions

THE FOURTH AGREEMENT   Always Do Your Best

End excerpts from: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

 

Let me repeat this verse again…

Luk 6:37  “And stop judging, and by no means shall you* be judged. Stop condemning, and by no means shall you* be condemned. Be forgiving [to free fully, literally relieve, release, dismiss], and you* will be forgiven [freed fully, literally relieved, released, dismissed].

We need to be forgiving [to free fully, literally relieve, release, dismiss] the Inner Judge, the Victim, and the Belief System.

It is right and proper to have beliefs that differ from others…

If we agreed on everything then only one of us would be necessary. It is the differences between us that make life so interesting.  written by Ed And Deb Shapiro February 21, 2013

Advanced Teachings

 

Advanced Teachings

The most advanced teachings of Jesus Christ

Mat 7:7-8 “Be asking, and it will be given to you*; be seeking, and you* will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you*. “For every [one] asking receives, and the one seeking finds, and to the one knocking it will be opened.

Mat 7:9-11 “Or what person is [there] from you*, whom, if his son asks [for] a loaf, he will not give to him a stone, will he? “And if he asks for a fish, he will not give to him a snake, will he? “Therefore, if _you*_ being evil, know [how] to be giving good gifts to your* children, how much more will your Father, the [ONE] in the heavens, give good [things] to the ones asking Him!

Mat 7:12 “Therefore, all things, whatever you* shall be wanting that the people shall be doing to you*, in the same manner also _you*_ be doing to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Can you figure out the nature of the advancement of these teachings?

It is advancement into simplicity and clarity.

Our ordinary understanding of advancement is toward complexity and obscurity.

Mat 18:1-4 In that hour [or, At that time] the disciples approached Jesus, saying, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?” And Jesus having summoned a young child, He set him in the middle of them and said, “Positively, I say to you*, unless you* are turned around [fig., changed inwardly] and become like such young children, by no means shall you* enter into the kingdom of the heavens. “Therefore, whoever will humble himself like this young child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.

By no means a double negative strengthening the denial – not at all, never

Can you see the simplicity and clarity?

What do children possess in unlimited quantity? – Imagination and energy.

First, imagination is the part of us that plays in images, symbols, myths, and stories. It is the capacity we all have for innovative thinking and creative expression.

Second, the imagination is an inner reality, a boundless kingdom not defined by our senses or reason. We enter through our dreams and through certain exercises while awake. It is this KINGDOM OF IMAGINATION that is our interconnection to all things; where all information about all things is stored. In this kingdom we are truly one with everything. This is also the source of our basic energy for life. Sometimes we tell the children around us to just use their conscious will to get something done. Not realizing that the imagination is much stronger than the will. If the children are encouraged to use their imagination to create an exciting or fun way to get something done.  It will happen.

Remember a time when someone you really love, whom you don’t see very often, was coming to visit. First of all you are so excited that you can hardly wait for them to arrive. Are they here yet! Then you stay up very late night after night seemingly not getting tired and enjoying yourself immensely. This tremendous surge of energy comes from the KINGDOM OF IMAGINATION.

Joh 3:6-7 The [thing] having been born from the flesh is flesh, and the [thing] having been born from the Spirit is spirit. “Stop marveling that I said to you, ‘It is necessary [for] you* to be born from above [or, born again].’”

Born from above, from the first, anew, again, from the beginning (very first), the top. Genesis 1:1 (first word) ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing.

Born Again To bring forth from the first principal thing.

There are two kingdoms within. The ephemeral flesh KINGDOM OF I (self) and the eternal spirit KINGDOM OF WE [KINGDOM OF IMAGINATION].

You must set aside the KINGDOM OF I by quieting the physical mind to get to the KINGDOM OF WE.

We still the physical mind with still or moving meditation; things like Yoga, sustained conscious physical exercise, conscious awareness, conscious breathing, and many more.

Here are two mind pictures:

The KINGDOM OF I Is like a lake or pond with a stiff breeze blowing and full of waves. We cannot see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface while our self-centered thoughts clamor for our attention.

The KINGDOM OF WE is like the same lake or pond at a still, calm moment. We have set our self-centered thoughts aside and we can now see the reflection of the Cosmos on the surface and commune with it.

The KINGDOM OF WE is where Buddha Nature and the state of flow occur. It is where we experience awe and feel a part of something larger than ourselves. It is also called the inner child where our energy for life comes from.

Can you see the simplicity and clarity?

Envision  tr.v.  To picture in the mind; imagine.

Envision something you would like to experience, see yourself in the picture, and hold complete belief (faith) in it happening. It really is that simple; but it is not easy. It takes a lot of practice and purifying the mind. By purifying the mind I mean your intentions and motives. You have to intend love and good for everything involved; rediscover the innocence of a child.

Mat 20:27 and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave [SERVANT] of [ALL] the others—[MY COMMENTS] The LAST SHALL BE FIRST and the FIRST SHALL BE LAST. If you are in this mode of servant consciousness you will be led by inner vision to help everything around you. This is the real power of envisioning; when you are led by the Supreme One [BEING].

Can you see the simplicity and clarity?

This is an inversion of our whole concept of power. The POWER OF LOVE needs to replace THE LOVE OF POWER.

Mat 7:13-14 “Enter in through the narrow gate, because wide [is] the gate and spacious [is] THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO THE DESTRUCTION, AND MANY ARE THE ONES ENTERING IN THROUGH IT. “How narrow [is] the gate and having been constricted [is] THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO THE LIFE, AND FEW ARE THE ONES FINDING IT!

A very narrow gate means you have to drop all the clutter of life to enter. This is very hard and takes a lot of practice and few are willing to make the effort.

You have often heard that there is safety in numbers. There is only safety in the ONE. There is only ONE power and presence in the universe. I am just a small essence of that ONE; but I AM a part of ONE.

 

I AM BEING; being me

I AM BEING; being me

We start with the first two words in Genesis 1:1:

ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing

אלהים ‘ĕlôhîym el-o-heem’ the Supreme One

Eloheem is a plural masculine noun used with singular masculine verbs. This is contrary to rules of Hebrew grammar, but done on purpose..

The plural is used to show majesty, honor, or fullness.

One not as a separate entity; but as Complete Collective Consciousness (BEING).

Gen 1:1-3 Created by the Elohim were the heavens and the earth. Yet the earth became a chaos and vacant, and darkness was on the surface of the submerged chaos. Yet the spirit of the Elohim is vibrating over the surface of the water. And saying is the Elohim, “Become light!” And it is becoming light.

Spirit  רוּח  rûach  roo’-akh  wind, breath, a region of the sky, mind

Light  אור ‘ôr ore illumination; to be or make luminous (be, give, or show light) enlightened, set on fire, shine.

Let enlightenment or illumination become; this is the first action of the Supreme One. This is the same principal that Buddha called enlightenment or illumination.

I see now that all creatures have perfect enlightenment – but they do not know it.  Buddha

Gen 1:26-27 And saying is the Elohim, “Make will We humanity in Our image, and according to Our likeness, and sway shall they over the fish of the sea, and over the flyer of the heavens, and over the beast, and over all land life, and over every moving animal moving on the land. And creating is the Elohim humanity in His image. In the image of the Elohim He creates it. Male and female He creates them.

Dreams and visions play an integral part in Eloheem passing information to humans. In fact the book of The Revelation is a series of nonsequential dreams and visions. A major portion of the Bible is based on dreams and visions.

Exo 3:13-14 Now Moses said to the One, Elohim: Behold! When I am coming to the sons of Israel, and I say to them, The Elohim of your fathers sends me to you, then they will say to me, What about His name? What shall I say to them?  Then Elohim spoke to Moses: I shall come to be just as I am coming to be. And He said: Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel, I-Shall-Come-to-Be has sent me to you.

היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ to exist; that is, be or become, come to pass

I shall come to be just as I am coming to be  היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ אשׁר ‘ăsher ash-er’  היה hâyâh haw-yaw’ a lot of translations read I AM that I AM.

The Hebrews repeated a word to make it superlative. Like Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace the mind stayed on You, for he trusts in You.  שׁלום shâlôm shaw-lome’ meaning peace is repeated to mean perfect peace.

I AM BEING; being me” is the very essence that the Supreme One placed within us. As we allow enlightenment or illumination to flow from within us to the without we also experience “I AM BEING; being me”.

Num 23:19 God is not a man that He should lie, or a son of man that He should repent. Has He said, and shall He not do it? And has He spoken, and shall He not make it good?

Psa 8:4-5 what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man, that You visit him? For You have made him lack a little just a part of Eloheem; and have crowned him with glory and honor.

The Hebrew expression “son of man” is used to contrast the lower essence of humanity with Eloheem.

Joh 8:24  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM [he], ye shall die in your sins.

Joh 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I AM [he], and [that] I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Joh 9:9  Some said, This is he: others [said], He is like him: [but] he said, I AM [he].

[he] [this was added for grammatical clarity]

Contrast the previous verses with this verse that does not have [he].

Joh 8:58  Jesus said to them, “Most positively, I say to you*, before Abraham came to be, _I_ AM!”

Here is one of the previous verses in another translation without the [he].

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus says to them, “Whenever you folks may lift up high (raise aloft; elevate; or: exalt) the Son of man (Humanity’s Son; the Son of Mankind), then you will come to know by personal experience that I AM, and I from Myself am habitually doing nothing (not one thing), but rather, according as the Father teaches (or: taught) Me, I continue speaking these things.

Jesus was quite clearly not calling himself God, but stating that when you elevate the essence of humanity inside you will experience I AM. “I AM BEING; being me

 

THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE

 

Joh 8:32  “and you will come to know the Truth (Reality) by intimate experience, and the Truth (Reality) will liberate and make (set) you free!”

 

What is this truth?

 

We are an essence from the Supreme One, at the center of our being; that currently has a physical body.

 

What is the nature of this freedom?

 

A lot of times we want to experience freedom “from” something. That is not the nature of this freedom.

This is the freedom “to be” whatever the Supreme One places in us.

The Supreme One (Father within), life itself, goodness itself, is a loving presence that is fully capable of demonstrating the good he/she truly anticipates.

You keep your future choice making free by not making choices in the present moment that apply binding or limiting restrictions. Such as “I am not good at math” “I am clumsy”, etc.

Freedom is also about having no secrets. If you hold no secrets in your life you can’t be shamed or blackmailed.

 

Heavens οὐρανός  oo-ran-os’  the sky and  heaven from root words meaning to rise and to expand

Jesus had a number of parables about the kingdom of heaven. One was about a loaf rising. Many are about things expanding or increasing.

 

Luk 17:20-21  Now having been questioned by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God is coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; neither will they say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ For listen! The kingdom of God is within [or, among] you*.”

 

Joh 3:6-7  The [thing] having been born from the flesh is flesh, and the [thing] having been born from the Spirit is spirit. “Stop marveling that I said to you, ‘It is necessary [for] you* to be born from above [or, born again].'”

 

Born from above, from the first, above, anew, again, from the beginning (very first), the top.

Remember our first word ראשׁית rê’shîyth ray-sheeth’ the first principal thing.

Born Again To bring forth from the first principal thing.

Success

Success

 

Success is not getting there, but earning the right of consciousness to be there

 

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Quotes by Stephen Covey

Comments mine

 

  1. Be Proactive

“Taking initiative does not mean being pushy, obnoxious, or aggressive. It does mean recognizing our responsibility to make things happen.”

Responsibility – the ability to make a response.

Liberty  –  The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one’s own choosing. (physical level)

Freedom  –  The condition of being free of restraints. The capacity to exercise choice, belief, and faith; free will. (spiritual level)

 

  1. Begin With the End in Mind

“(This habit)…is based on imagination– the ability to envision, to see the potential, to create with our minds what we cannot at present see with our eyes…”

 

visualize

v. tr. To form a mental image of; envisage: tried to visualize the scene as it was described. To make visible.

intr. To form a mental image.

 

envisage

tr.v. To conceive an image or a picture of, especially as a future possibility: envisaged a world at peace. To consider or regard in a certain way.

 

envision

tr.v.  To picture in the mind; imagine.

 

  1. Put First Things First

“Create a clear, mutual understanding of what needs to be accomplished, focusing on what, not how; results not methods. Spend time. Be patient. Visualize the desired result.”

Mat 7:7  “Be asking, and it will be given to you*; be seeking, and you* will find; be knocking, and it will be opened to you*.

Mar 11:24  For this reason I say to you*, all [things], as many as while praying you* shall be asking [for], be believing [or, be having faith] that you* are receiving, and it will be [granted] to you*.

  1. Think Win-Win

“Win-Win is a frame of mind that constantly seeks mutual benefit in all human interactions. Win-Win means that agreements or solutions are mutually beneficial and satisfying.”

The universe wants a win for you, but it wants a win for everyone else too…

Mat 5:43-45  “You* heard that it was said, ‘You will love your neighbor,’ and you will hate your enemy, [Lev. 19:18]  but _I_ say to you*, be loving your* enemies; be blessing the ones cursing you*; be doing good to the ones hating you*, and be praying on behalf of the ones mistreating you* and persecuting you*,  in order that you* shall become [or, prove to be] sons [and daughters] of your Father, the [One] in {the} heavens, because He causes His sun to rise on evil [ones] and good [ones], and He sends rain on righteous [ones] and unrighteous [ones].

 

  1. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

“‘Seek First to Understand’ involves a very deep shift in paradigm. We typically seek first to be understood. Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. They’re either speaking or preparing to speak. They’re filtering everything through their own paradigms, reading their autobiography into other people’s lives.”

 

empathy

n.   Identification with and understanding of another’s situation, feelings, and motives.

 

sympathy

n.  A relationship or an affinity between people or things in which whatever affects one correspondingly affects the other

Physiology A relation between parts or organs by which a disease or disorder in one induces an effect in the other.

 

compassion

n.  Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.

 

objective

adj.  Of or having to do with a material object. Having actual existence or reality.

Something that actually exists.

 

subjective

adj.  Proceeding from or taking place in a person’s mind rather than the external world: a subjective decision. Particular to a given person; personal: subjective experience.

Psychology. Existing only within the experiencer’s mind; illusory.

Medicine. Of, relating to, or designating a symptom or condition perceived by the patient and not by the examiner.

 

Our purpose is not to set things right, but to see them rightly. Stress occurs when the conscious mind resists what is (exists). We should not make subjective evaluations about events that unfold around us, but see the cosmic objective (interconnectedness) in all things around us.

 

  1. Synergize

“Synergy works; it’s a correct principle. It is the crowning achievement of all the previous habits. It is effectiveness in an interdependent reality– it is teamwork, team building, the development of unity and creativity with other human beings.”

synergy

n.  The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.

 

entropy

n. A measure of the disorder or randomness in a closed system.

A measure of the loss of information in a transmitted message.

The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.

Inevitable and steady deterioration of a system or society.

 

  1. Sharpening the Saw

“This is the habit of renewal…It circles and embodies all the other habits. It is the habit of continuous improvement…that lifts you to new levels of understanding and living each of the habits.”

 

 

The following is the prayer of a person sharpening the saw:

 

The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

…where there is injury, pardon;

…where there is doubt, faith;

…where there is despair, hope;

…where there is darkness, light;

…where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

…to be consoled as to console;

…to be understood as to understand;

…to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

…it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

…and it is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

Shortcuts in Living

Shortcuts in Living

In the last forty years in every wealthy country on earth, there has been a drastic increase in depression. Depression is now 10 times greater than it was in 1960 and it strikes at much younger ages. While every objective indicator of well-being- purchasing power, amount of education, availability of music, and better nutrition has been increasing; every indicator of subjective well-being has been decreasing.

What is causing this? In southeast Pennsylvania the Old Order Amish have 1/10th the rate of depression as occurs in Philadelphia only forty miles away.

A culture that builds unwarranted self-esteem, embraces victimology, and promotes unrestrained individualism has contributed to the epidemic; but I believe the largest factor is what I call “Shortcuts in Living.”

Shortcuts in Living

Every wealthy nation creates more and more shortcuts to pleasure: television, drugs, alcohol, consumerism, spectator sports, and many more. What would happen if my entire life were made up of shortcuts? What would happen if I never received challenges that called upon my personal strengths and virtues?

Depression

Depression would happen. One of the major symptoms of depression is self-absorption; mostly living life for self alone.

Pleasure vs Gratification (self vs outside of self)

There is a principle referred to in Dr. Martin Seligman’s book “Authentic Happiness”; the difference between “pleasure” and “gratification.”

In summary, Pleasure is an immediate and momentary bodily delight (like chocolate) whereas Gratification is engaging, intellectual pursuits wherein we get long term enjoyment (like raising children, doing good for others, and hobbies). Following pleasure leads us in circles, always seeking more pleasure. Following gratification leads us to enrichment and well-being.

Pleasures (self):

Pleasures involve more of a passive enjoyment of the bodily senses.  Listening to birds.  Enjoying a good meal.  Appreciating music.  It can be more active:  bicycle riding, gardening, and hiking through a beautiful forest.  But it is best done slowly, savoring, and stretching to maximize the pleasure.

Gratifications (outside of self):

A gratification is something you enjoy doing, but it challenges you.  You get totally engaged in the activity.  You have to use your physical, spiritual, and or intellectual “muscles” to do the activity with excellence.  It leaves you feeling very satisfied, competent, and accomplished but you might not feel any emotion while it is going on because you are so “in the zone.”

 

Deliberate Choice (done consciously and intentionally)

Every moment you choose what you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell. You choose how to move your body. You also get to choose value to what is happening to create an experience.

Do you do it consciously and intentionally? If you do not make a deliberate choice to control the input, you will go into automatic mode and accept input from outside as valid. Then Religions, Political Parties, TV advertisements, and etc. get to program subconscious intention; they create your beliefs for you.

Deliberate Belief (done consciously and intentionally)

Deliberate Belief is programmed subconscious intentions that are built by your deliberate choices.

Authenticity

Authenticity is a collection of deliberate choices that you have made that honor who you are.

 

Hint: People looking for shortcuts are probably trying to avoid personal responsibility in living.

Vexation of Thinking

 

Vexation of Thinking

 

“A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

A sect was the same thing as a party, he asserted, and both were unthinkable, for they encouraged the individual to live his life according to the opinions of others rather than by the dictates of virtue.

― Emerson’s Emergence: Self and Society in the Transformation of New England 1800-1845 by Mary Kupiec Cayton

 

Denouncing both religious and political strife, he proclaimed that “a Sect or Party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.” Emerson would emerge out of the “dim confusion” of 1831, resign his pulpit, repudiate “corpse-cold” Unitarianism, and establish himself as the premier philosopher of American individualism in what he called, for better and worse, the “age of the first person singular.”

― 1831: Year of Eclipse by Louis P. Masur

 

My Comments

Ralph Waldo Emerson denounces both religious and political strife.

Anything that encourages the individual to live his life according to the opinions of others rather than by the dictates of virtue is UNTHINKABLE.

Where are we today? Just look at the mindless followers of Religions, Political Parties, and a host of other organizations which discourage free and open thought.

Having someone else do your thinking for you is taking the ultimate “shortcut” in your life!

Invictus

 

INVICTUS

by William Ernest Henley

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

for my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

 

William Ernest Henley (August 23, 1849 – July 11, 1903) was a British poet, critic and editor.

Henley was born at Gloucester and educated at the Crypt Grammar School. The school was a poor relation of the Cathedral School, and Henley indicated its shortcomings in his article (Pall Mall Magazine, Nov. 1900) on T. E. Brown the poet, who was headmaster there for a brief period. Brown’s appointment was a stroke of luck for Henley, for whom it represented a first acquaintance with a man of genius. “He was singularly kind to me at a moment when I needed kindness even more than I needed encouragement.” Brown did him the essential service of lending him books. Henley was no classical scholar, but his knowledge and love of literature were vital.

After suffering tuberculosis as a boy, he found himself, in 1874, aged twenty-five, an inmate of the hospital at Edinburgh. From there he sent to the Cornhill Magazine poems in irregular rhythms, describing with poignant force his experiences in hospital. Leslie Stephen, then editor, visited his contributor in hospital and took Robert Louis Stevenson, another recruit of the Cornhill, with him. The meeting between Stevenson and Henley, and the friendship of which it was the beginning, form one of the best-known episodes in English literature (see Stevenson’s letter to Mrs Sitwell, Jan. 1875, and Henley’s poems “An Apparition” and “Envoy to Charles Baxter”). Stevenson took Henley as the model for his character Long John Silver in the book Treasure Island.[1] Henley’s poem Invictus, an evocation of Victorian stoicism, was first published in 1875.

 

 

  1. ^ in a letter to Henley, dated May 1883, Stevenson writes: “I will now make a confession. It was the sight of your maimed strength and masterfulness that begot John Silver in TREASURE ISLAND. Of course, he is not in any other quality or feature the least like you; but the idea of the maimed man, ruling and dreaded by the sound, was entirely taken from you.”