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Beyond Easter & Passover: 'Everything That Is, is Holy!'

 

"If Christ has not been raised from the dead, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More then that, we are then false witnesses to God, because we testified that he raised Christ from the dead, when he did not.. And if Christ was not raised, then your faith is useless.. and those who have died believing in Christ are the deadest of the dead. If therefore, our hopes in Christ are limited to his life only, we are the most pitiable and foolish of men."   -1 Cor. 15: 12-19

The above passage from the Bible is the foundation of all Christianity - the resurrection of Christ from the dead. And pretty much says it all. (Think about it). Makes sense, right? In other words, if Jesus did not rise from the dead as the Bible says to begin with, then Christianity is basically bullshit! And that means, that all the miracle stories attributed to Jesus are most likely bullshit as well. (Or somewhat mythological, like the biblical account of Adam and Eve). Or some kind of legendary fable. That is, it has to be one or the other. Can't be both. (For the most part, anyway). Think about it...

And while we are on this subject, in relation to the Easter Season (and Passover) and the main reason for this post, there is a very interesting book called: The Lost Years of Jesus, by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. There is a fascinating  section in the book, where she writes the following: "John begins his gospel with a quote from the Vedas (the most ancient Hindu scriptures, of all things!) As Sir John Woodroofe notes: The fourth gospel opens grandly, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' These are the very words of Veda: 'In the beginning was Brahman: with whom was Vak or the Word, and the word is Brahman.' Wow. If true, I don't get it myself. (Haven't read the Vedas yet). But it kinda lends some credibility to those who say there is a relationship between the two religions in some way. For instance, the term Monastery and Monk are used in some of the Eastern religions and in Catholicism. Just some food for thought there...

But anyway, I posted a 'Note' on my Facebook page back in April of 2012, in relation to the Easter Holiday Season, and a brilliant Catholic Monk and Mystic by the name of Thomas Merton as follows... 

                            EVERYTHING THAT IS, IS HOLY

                                         by Thomas Merton

The following are fascinating writings and excerpts from a book (that I have had on my bookshelf for many years now) called: "New Seeds of Contemplation", written by a brilliant Catholic mystic (and monk, of all things!) by the name of: Thomas Merton, that definately makes allot of sense, in reference to quite possibly how some very strange religous mentality may have arisen over the centuries. And let me just state here, in that same spirit of insight into human psychology, I do not mean this in relation to myself, (or any other particular individual), but share it here in honor of the two ancient religous holidays of Easter and Passover, (that many are celebrating right now) for meditation purposes, ("contemplation", if you will), if nothing else. (And, for whatever it's worth). I think it is an incredibly brilliant insight into some types of human and "religous" psychology, that has greatly influenced my own views about spirituality and religon over the years. I hope, maybe, like myself, some will get something from it, if one does need hope that is, and is also disillusioned by some of the things that are perpetuated by those individuals who (may, and) have used religon as a form of control, instead of compassion; or, as especially significant of Passover, which seems to tell a story about: 'justice that comes from compassion'. Here are some of the very wise insights (and highlights) from the above referenced chapter...

"We do not detach ourselves from things in order to attach ourselves to God, but rather we become detached from ourselves in order to see and use all things in and for God. There is no evil in anything created by God, nor can anything of His be an obstacle to our union with Him. The obstacle is within our "self", that is to say in the tenacious need to maintain our seperate, external, egotistic will... It is then the false self that is our god, and we love everything, for the sake of this self. We use all things, so to speak, for the worship of this idol which is our imaginary self. In so doing we pervert and corrupt things, or rather we turn our relationship to them into a corrupt and "sinful" relationship. We do not thereby make them evil, but we use them to increase our attachment to our illusory self....

Those who try to escape from this situation by treating the good things of God as if they were evils are only confirming themselves in a terrible illusion. They are like Adam blaming Eve and Eve blaming the serpent in Eden. 'Woman has tempted me. Wine has tempted me. Food has tempted me. Woman is pernacious, wine is poison, food is death. I must hate and revile them. By hating them I will please God...' These are the thoughts and attitudes of a baby, of a savage and of an idolater who seeks by magic incantations and spells to protect his egotistic self and placate the insatiable little god in his own heart. To take such an idol for God is the worst kind of self-deception. It turns a man into a fanatic, no longer capable of sustained contact with the truth, no longer capable of genuine love. In trying to believe in their ego as something 'holy' these fanatics look upon everything else as unholy...

Some men seem to think that a saint cannot possibly take a natural interest in anything created. They imagine that any form of spontaneity or enjoyment is a sinful gratification of "fallen nature". That to be "supernatural" means obstructing all spontaneity with cliche's and arbitrary refrences to God. The purpose of these cliche's is, so to speak, to hold everything at arms length, to frustrate spontaneous reactions, to exorcise feelings of guilt. Or perhaps to cultivate such feelings! One wonders sometimes if such morality is not after all a love of guilt! They suppose that a life of a saint can never be anything but a perpetual dual with guilt...

A saint is capable of loving created things and enjoying the use of them and dealing with them in a perfectly simple, natural manner, making no formal refrences to God, drawing no attention to his own piety, and acting without any artificial rigidity at all. His gentleness and his sweetness are not pressed through the pores by the crushing restraint of a spiritual straight-jacket. They come from his direct docility to the light of truth and to the will of God. Hence a saint is capable of talking about the world without any explicit refrence to God, in such a way that his statement gives greater glory to God and arouses a greater love of God then the observations of someone less holy, who has to strain himself to make an arbitrary connection between creatures and God through the medium of hackneyed analogies and metaphors that are so feeble that they make you think that there is something the matter with religon. The saint knows that the world and everything made by God is good, while those who are not saints either think that created things are unholy, or else they don't bother about the question one way or another because they are only interested in themselves...

To worship our false selves is to worship nothing. And the worship of "nothing" is hell. The "false self" must not be identified with the body. The body is neither evil nor unreal. It has a reality that is given it by God, and this reality is therefore holy... Let him not desecrate his own natural unity by dividing himself, soul against body, as if the soul were good and the body evil... If the two are seperated from one another, there is no longer a person, there is no longer a living, subsisting reality made in the image and likeness of God... For these the body becomes a source of falsity and deception; but that is not the body's fault. It is the fault of the person himself, who consents to the illusion, who finds security in self-deception and will not answer the secret voice of God calling him to take a risk and venture by faith outside the reassuring and protective limits of his five senses..."

Google Plus is Going Away!

 

Received a surprise notification from Google recently, that their social network site: Google Plus is going the way of the Dodo bird on April 2nd, 2019! I have allot of great content there, and would like to find a new home for (at least some of) it, and am therefore looking for possibly other options for re-posting this content to another site. (At least some of the best stuff, I guess). Really hate to lose it, especially with some of my own opinions and comments in relation to some of these posts. (As Google+ can also be used as something like a blog as well). May re-post at least some of this content to possibly my Blogger site. (Which is also currently owned by Google). Also recently opened my own account on Reddit - in looking for other possible options for instance, other then possibly relocating some stuff to my own website here as well, being that the Google+ posts are dated and all - going back at least a few years now, but really do not want to use allot of space here either for this; which I would like to free-up for mostly my own material, and music. Kinda' sad. Almost like losing an old friend in a way, but what are ya' gonna' do? Google is kinda' notorious for this kind of thing to begin with, as I have seen this before in different ways with some apps (that were discontinued for instance) and other Google related accounts, which are also pretty cool (and promising) despite some issues. (Same thing with Facebook, in a way, and definitely MySpace). Which is one of the reasons why I have my own website to begin with. Anyway, judging from some of the comments on YouTube for example, there does seem to be allot of worried people, who have accounts at both sites. (As it was actually sorta like required, if you had a YouTube account - to have a Google+ account as well, when it first came out, and you like had to have them linked together! If I remember correctly). What a mess...

Mohamed Bzeek - The Incredible Foster Father who Cares for Terminally Ill Kids who have no one...

 

"When you host a dinner or a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, and you will be blessed; since they cannot repay you..."   -Lk. 14: 12-14 

I was so moved by this story, which I had originally seen in my Twitter feed by NowThisNews, that I just had to blog about it here. If you can, and find it in your heart, there is a GoFundMe page set up for this incredible human being. Faith in humanity restored! Wow...

1958 Episode of ‘Trackdown’ Featured a Character Named Trump Who Wanted to Build a Wall!

Anniversary of John Lennon's Death - Flashback...

 

December 8 marks the anniversary of John Lennon’s 1980 murder in New York. In 1998, Inside Edition spoke with his widow, Yoko Ono, about never-before-heard music she was releasing on his behalf. Ono said his honesty in his music may have led to his death. “It may have offended some people and may have shortened his life,” she said. The killer, Mark David Chapman, was charged with second-degree murder and pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 20 years to life and was denied parole this year.

The New Era - Mid-December (Vid.2)

 

"There's so many things I still remember..."

 

I intended this track to be somewhat like a collage, or like a tapestry, or as in the poem by Earl W. Count, something like a Loom; although much of the lyrics in the song were sorta' like written 'tongue in cheek'...

I have to say, however, there was a very insightful and wise tweet that caught my attention recently, which also kinda' describes my mindset in relation to at least the mid-section of this track, as an element of the inspiration to what I had intended to be a part of this loom, and what many believe to be the true spirit and meaning of Christmas - as well as many of the traditions and folklore (and memories) that have become a part of this beautiful (though often sad, yet hopeful) holiday season...

Hmm, just noticed that the particular twitter post (link) I was referring to above, along with the whole Twitter account no longer exists! Interesting. But anyway, the quote I was referring to went something like this: "The Narcissist and the Empath often come from the same place of extreme trauma; but each personality type reacts to their experience differently. For instance, whereas the narcissist will use their experience to harm and hurt others, the Empath, who understands what it is like to experience suffering themselves, would never 'maliciously' cause harm, suffering, or pain to others." I guess, curiously (in relation to that same spirit of Christmas and all) this kinda' lines up (I have to say) with that pretty profound passage in the Bible (I can still recall from when I was a kid) where (in different ways and translations for instance) it is written: "Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy or boast. It is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way. It is not quick tempered or resentful. It does not rejoice over wrongdoing or falsehood, but rejoices with the truth and what is right..." 

-1 Cor. 13: 1-13  Too Deep...

The New Era - Elderberry Wine

 

                                                  THANKSGIVING

We walk on starry fields of white and do not see the daisies; For blessings common in our sight we rarely offer praises. Our cares are bold and push their way upon our thought and feeling.They hand about us all the day, our time from pleasure stealing. So unobtrusive many a joy we pass by and forget it, But worry strives to own our lives, and conquers if we let it. Full many a blessing wears the guise of worry or of trouble; Far-seeing is the soul, and wise, who knows the mask is double.

We ought to make the moments notes of happy, glad Thanksgiving. The hours and days a silent phrase of music we are living. And so the theme should swell and grow as weeks and months pass o’er us, And rise sublime at this good time, a grand Thanksgiving chorus.   -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

The New Era - Sterling Place

 

"Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future."  -Mattie Stepanek

What did Donald Trump Mean with his 9/11 Tweet?

 

I have to say, that I was totally stunned by President Trump's post on Twitter today, where he tweeted something really strange (even though I know he's said some pretty odd things before on Twitter, to say the least) and it went like this: "I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.” W.T.F.?!

I tell ya, against my better judgement, it almost sounds like he is gloating or something. (Let's hope not). I don't get it? But I thought it was at least worth mentioning and blogging about, being that allot of people (including some psychoanalysts and professional psychiatrists) say he's unstable. (No offense Mr. President). Enough said, I guess. Wow...

Oh, My Love (There's Something Wrong!)

 

From 'The Walkersville Sessions' album. Somewhat of a satirical/parody track, influenced in part, by the disturbing acts that took place on September 11th, 2001, and some of the incredibly bizarre things related to it - when the foxes were given charge of the hen house - and the alarming, creepy, and criminal agenda seemingly associated with these events, in its appearing implications...

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