Say Something With Your Whole Being

Say Something With Your Whole Being

“When you say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being, not just with your mouth or your intellect, it can transform the world”. Thich Nhat Hanh

I have a cat named “Lil Kitty” who has taught me great lessons. I call her a high “needs” kitty; because when I sit down in the house, at the computer or on the toilet, she is right there to be petted and scratched.

This “need” is really her way of saying “I need you to say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being”. When I am present and give her attention she purrs and half closes her eyes in a state of bliss. When I am not present she will first rub up against me; if I continue to ignore her she will eventually stand up on her hind legs and slowly sink her front claws into my thigh.

Why is it so easy to say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being to an animal rather than a human being?

Well, human beings collect “alleged” offences from other humans and then view these same humans from the “gunnysack” of offences.

Animals don’t collect “alleged” offences from humans and then view these same humans from the “gunnysack” of offences.

A cat is very good at living in the present moment. If you don’t catch a cat at the exact moment of doing something you don’t want it to do; you cannot reprimand it. It will just look at you in an aloof fashion like saying “I would never do that”.

Our pets have an instinct that I call a “forget-ory”. Yell at your pet and they might cringe away for a short while; but they will be right back shortly.

Humans could use a “forget-ory”.

Our pets are world champions at being optimists. On their first approach to you when you get home they will expect only the good and best from you.

We should be more like our pets; find a human and say something like [I Love You]… with your whole being it will transform your world.

Reduce Gun Violence

Reduce Gun Violence

I used to be an NRA member and an avid hunter. I gave up my membership in the 1970’s when the NRA started becoming fundamentalist and radical in their support of 2nd Amendment Rights.

I gave up hunting when hunting became a “throw as much lead” as you can at the animal “sport?” I found a lot of dead and wounded animals; because I spend a lot of time outdoors. I was always a “one-shot” clean-shot hunter.

Allowing semi-automatic and even automatic weapons in the hands of private citizens has never seemed right to me. A private citizen can now legally “out-gun” the first responders at a mass shooting.

Colin Powell:  “I see no need for Bushmasters in the hands of an individual person who might be deranged,” Powell said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You want to fire a Bushmaster, go out to a range and fire a Bushmaster.  But whether or not it’s in our overall interest to have these kinds of weapons in the hands of Americans who might not be responsible is a question we have to answer.  How much are we really giving up if we said that this kind of weapon should not be readily available to anybody who wants to buy one?”

I am also of the opinion that fundamentalist and radical beliefs have no place in a representative government. Lobbyists can be as fundamentalist and radical as they want; but elected officials need to set aside fundamentalist, radical, and polarizing beliefs to represent their constituents equally.

Here is the whole blog post; this is my blog and I invite you there:

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/fundamentalism/

Excerpts –

Fundamentalism, the radicalization and polarization of America

I am a voter registered as an Independent.

I grew up in a Fundamental Evangelical Protestant Faith and can no longer accept the contention that I am right and someone else is wrong because of a difference of opinion.

Since I am not privy to Absolute Truth, every belief that I hold is just an opinion and I accept the same premise for everyone else.

Different opinions….

There have always been, and will always be, opinions which appear to some as right, while the same opinions appear to others as wrong. That is human nature. We must accept that simple fact or be forever condemned to cycles of war.

The mystic Joseph Campbell said:     “everything that you do is evil for somebody”.

In every country, in every religion, we find those who view an opinion as right, while others find that same opinion to be wrong.  Within every country and within every religion there is great diversity of opinion. Throughout history we have had war, conflict and violence in the name of nationalism and in the name of religion, each side ready to fight to the death for their opinion.

We are all different…each and every one of us. We have always been different, we will always be different. We must learn to accept our differences with patience, tolerance, understanding and love or else we will be in continuing strife forever.

Our diversity must be accepted, not denied or attacked. There can never be peace without acceptance of “what is”. All war, all battle, all human conflict is our refusal to accept the way things actually are.

The diversity of mankind will never be overcome by national governments or by religious leaders. Our diversity is the very reason that we exist. We exist to be individuals, we exist to be different. We must accept this simple fact if we want to find the heart of peace. We must simply accept “what is”.

Yet within the tapestry of all of this diversity, with all of our individual opinions, and with all of our individual needs, there is a common center that we all share, regardless of nationality, or race or religion… and that is the center of love.

For those who see through the eyes of love, there is only love, nothing else really matters. Let us move past all the pointing out of differences through tolerance, understanding, patience and love. Nothing else will ever bring peace.

Mankind has tried to overcome his diversity with war, violence, hatred and persecution for thousands of years and yet he never seems to learn the lesson…it has all been a complete failure.

When people don’t like someone else’s opinion, the general reaction is to try to get the other person to change. But that is not the call to action which Life gives to us. The call to action is not about changing the world outside of us, but changing the world within us.

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

We need a new way of thinking!

Us vs Them or We?

Us vs Them or We?

 

THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

WE the people of the United States, in order to form a more

perfect UNION, establish JUSTICE, insure domestic tranquility,

provide for the COMMON defense, promote the GENERAL welfare, and

secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity,

do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States

of America.

 

WE (Merriam-Webster)   : I and the rest of a group that includes me: you and I: you and I and another or others: I and another or others not including you

UNION   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   – Union is the state of being united or joined.

Unity: the state of being united or joined as a whole.  Unity is not “sameness” but “being complementary”.

JUSTICE   From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia – Justice is the legal or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered.

COMMON (Merriam-Webster): of or relating to a community at large: public work for the common good

GENERAL (Merriam-Webster): involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole: not confined by specialization or careful limitation

 

Was our country founded as Us vs Them or We?

 

I originally came from a Christian background, so bear with me.

 

The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Analytical-Literal Translation)

 

Luk 10:25-37  And look! A certain lawyer stood up, testing Him and saying, “Teacher, [by] having done what, will I inherit eternal life?”

But He said to him, “What has been written in the Law? How do you read [it]?”

Then answering, he said, “‘You will love the LORD your God with your whole heart [fig., your entire inner self] and with your whole soul and with your whole strength and with your whole understanding,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'” [Deut 6:5; Lev 19:18] See Below

Then He said to him, “You answered correctly. Do this and you will live.”

But that one wanting to be justifying himself [or, to be declaring himself righteous], said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Then Jesus having taken up [the word] [fig., Jesus replying], said, “A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and encountered robbers, who having both stripped him and having inflicted wounds, they went away, having left [him] as it turned out half dead.

“Now by a coincidence, a certain priest was going down on that road, and having seen him, he passed by on the opposite side [of the road].

“Then likewise also a Levite having been at the place, having come and seen, passed by on the opposite side.

“But a certain Samaritan, being on a journey, came by him, and having seen him, he was moved with compassion.

“And having approached, he bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then having placed him on his own beast [of burden], he brought him to an inn and took care of him.

“And on the next day, when he departed, having taken out two denarii [i.e., two days’ wages], he gave [them] to the innkeeper and said to him, ‘Take care of him, and whatever you spend besides, in my coming again, _I_ will pay back to you.’

“So which of these three do you suppose to have become a neighbor of the one having fallen among the robbers?”

Then he said, “The one having done the mercy with him [fig., having shown him mercy].” Then Jesus said to him, “Be going, and _you_ be doing likewise.”

 

Did Jesus teach Us vs Them or We?

 

The relationship between Jews and Samaritans helps us understand the parable, so bear with me.

 

Jacob then demanded a blessing, and the being declared in Genesis 32:28 that, from then on, Jacob would be called יִשְׂרָאֵל, Israel (Yisra`el, meaning “one that struggled with the divine angel” (Josephus), “one who has prevailed with God” (Rashi), “a man seeing God” (Whiston), “he will rule as God” (Strong), or “a prince with God” (Morris), from Hebrew: שרה‎, “prevail”, “have power as a prince”). – Strong’s Concordance 3478, 8280.

In the Hebrew Bible, the term Israelites, also known as the Hebrews and the Twelve Tribes of Israel, refers to the direct descendants of any of the sons of the patriarch Jacob, or to the descendants of the people who are called Israel, and to a worshiper of the God of Israel, Yahweh. In the period of the divided monarchy it was only used to refer to the inhabitants of the northern Kingdom of Israel, and it is only extended to cover the people of the southern Kingdom of Judah in post-exilic usage. – Robert L.Cate, ‘Israelite’, in Watson E. Mills, Roger Aubrey Bullard, Mercer Dictionary of the Bible, Mercer University Press, 1990 p. 420.

Jewish – southern Kingdom of Judah   Samaritan – northern Kingdom of Israel   Both – Israelites

Both Jewish and Samaritan religious leaders taught that it was wrong to have any contact with the opposite group, and neither was to enter each other’s territories or even to speak to one another. During the New Testament period, the tensions were exploited by Roman authorities as they likewise had done between rival tribal factions elsewhere, and Josephus reports numerous violent confrontations between Jews and Samaritans throughout the first half of the first century. – Mark A. Powell, “Introducing the New Testament: A Historical, Literary, and Theological Survey” ‘Ch.01 The People of Palestine at the Time of Jesus’, Baker Academic, 2009.

 

From Above [Deut 6:5; Lev 19:18]

Deu 6:4-5 (The World English Bible) Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God; Yahweh is ONE: and you shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.

Lev 19:18 (The World English Bible) You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.

Lev 19:33-34 (The World English Bible) If a stranger lives as a foreigner with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who lives as a foreigner with you shall be to you as the native-born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you lived as foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am Yahweh your God.

 

Did Jewish Law teach Us vs Them or We?

 

Us vs Them leaves someone right and someone wrong; someone wins or someone loses. We tries for win-win.

 

Are you really happy when you beat someone or help someone?

 

Would you rather be right or would you rather be happy?

 

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/some-assembly-required/201407/would-you-rather-be-right-or-would-you-rather-be-happy

 

So I ask again; Us vs Them or We?

 

Ignorance

Ignorance

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ignorance is a lack of knowledge. The word ignorant is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware, and can be used to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts or individuals who are not aware of that important information or facts. Ignorance can come in three different types: factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact), objectual ignorance (unacquaintance with some actual object), and technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something that could actually be done).

synonyms:          incomprehension of, unawareness of, unconsciousness of, unfamiliarity with, inexperience with, lack of knowledge about, lack of information about;

informal: cluelessness about

“a statement that shows a complete ignorance of the regulations”

lack of knowledge, lack of education, unenlightenment, illiteracy;

lack of intelligence, stupidity, foolishness, idiocy

 

Ignoring what you really are.

 

ig·nore  iɡˈnôr  verb

refuse to take notice of or acknowledge; disregard intentionally.

“he ignored her outraged question”

synonyms:          disregard, take no notice of, pay no attention to, pay no heed to; More

fail to consider (something significant).

“direct satellite broadcasting ignores national boundaries”

LAW

(of a grand jury) reject (an indictment) as groundless.

 

Refusing to consider what you really are.

 

I am using consider in a very holistic sense see link below:

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/consider/

Psychologists tell us we have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means between 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person. The steady flow of thinking is a thick filter between our thoughts and feelings, our head and heart.

 

The universe gives you many opportunities to find out what you really are.

 

A thought is an opportunity to make a choice; with every deliberate choice you are tuning yourself to receive similar type thoughts. You are also building your belief system with every deliberate choice.

YES, NO, and WOW (Wonder of Wonders).

Mat 5:37  “But let your* word be, ‘Yes, Yes’ [or] ‘No, No,’ but the [word which is] more [than] these is from the evil [one].

What do these three have in common?

They are all complete sentences by themselves and they are the irreducible lowest form of all choices.

http://www.wholenessofliving.com/philosophy-spirituality/the-three-powers-words-of-the-english-language/

We start out in life opened up to everything; but what do we do, we make choices that start the process of limitation.

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]!”

We start out with a mind opened up to all possibilities and then we start to close our mind. I choose to believe that at the level of consciousness all things, which are in your consciousness, are possible. A swan cannot become a duck. A non-musical person cannot be a concert musician.

 

Ignorance is choosing limitation.

Nothing – No Thing

Nothing – No Thing

 

There is a folklore story of a man who becomes very afraid of his shadow and tries to run away from it frantically. He believes that if he could only leave his shadow behind; he would be happy. The man grows more and more anxious as he sees that no matter how fast he runs; he cannot lose his shadow. Not about to give up; he runs faster and faster only to drop dead in utter exhaustion. If he had only stepped in the shade and stopped moving, his shadow would have disappeared.

 

Our own personal shadows consist of those things that we resist and define as unacceptable. Like Karl Jung said “what you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.”

 

The problem is we want to be accepted, but we look to others and our culture for acceptance.

 

We get stuck in an endless cycle of running from the shadow of failure to be accepted by others. If only we would stop in the shade of the unconscious and accept our self just the way we are, the CHASE would end. The CHASE is our SUFFERING. As Karl Jung said “the unfaced and unfelt parts of our psyche are the source of all neurosis and suffering.”

 

So we need to face and feel the shadows that are chasing us; the fear and shame that “I am not good enough.”

 

You see our shadows are Nothing – No Thing. They have no physical existence of their own. They only exist as a very obscure image of our self that can only exist where there is no light (enlightenment or illumination). How very strange that we will allow our self to be chased by nothing.

 

Sacred Silence; the stopping of the CHASE, the timelessness, the being Nowhere and Now Here. The pause that lets us face and feel our shadows.

 

“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” Lao Tzu.

Pop Pop’s Potato Soup

Pop Pop’s Potato Soup

 

Makes 6 quarts of soup

 

Ingredients:

5 lbs. potatoes peeled and diced

8 medium carrots sliced

2 tbs. butter

1 small head of celery (diced)

3 medium onions (diced)

½ lb. bacon (diced)

Sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning (to taste)

Two 10 ½ oz. cans of cream of chicken soup

One 12 oz. can of whole evaporated milk

1 tbs. granulated garlic (more if you like)

1 tsp. turmeric (more if you like)

½ tsp. cumin (more if you like)

Sprinkling of freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

 

Instructions:

  1. Place potatoes and carrots in a large pot, just cover with water, and cook until tender. Do not drain water.
  2. Place butter, celery, onions, and bacon in a cast iron fry pan, sprinkle Old Bay seasoning on top, and sauté until brown and caramelized. Then add to the large pot of potatoes and carrots.
  3. Add cream of chicken soup, evaporated milk, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, granulated garlic, and hard boiled eggs (diced) to the large pot of potatoes and carrots. Stir carefully and slowly bring to a simmer. Dish it and enjoy.