A message to you from my higher self

This age that you live in right now is moving fast, sometimes so fast that you can’t grab a breath.  It is hard to keep up with the changes that occur.  It is also hard to carve out a small part for yourself.   It may seem to you that everyone is power hungry and narcissistic.

Do not be so hard on yourself or others.  You are being inundated by the message from the media that you must be famous or infamous to call yourself successful.  This is not true.  The world is changing very fast due to the hard work of ordinary people living very ordinary lives.

These ordinary people realize that to change the world they must live ordinary lives but change their thought processes.  These people may be your child’s teacher, your mail person or even the waitress that serves your food.

When you look at them they appear to be ordinary, hardworking people and poor.   But on the inside they are extraordinary.  They may have lived and loved a house full of adopted children.  They may volunteer as a hospice worker because they don’t want anyone to die alone.  These people are strong independent people who have asked for no recognition, fame or money.  These ordinary people do it because they know it is the right thing for them to do.  These ordinary people know that if they gave up being extraordinary on the inside they could have had fame and fortune.  But they chose this path.

I would like to tell you I am an ordinary person.  I have raised my family and I have loved.  I am not rich or famous.  And I am proud of that fact.  Because I know that every day I am changing the world.  The world is changed by ordinary people.

So my question to you is this, “Are you an ordinary, hard working person?

 

 

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What did the words “having faith” mean to the Bible’s icons?

The Circle of Life
The Circle of Life

In my last post I discussed how the Biblical icons knew that God was as real to them as you or I.  So what did it mean to them when they said that they had faith in God?  To the Bible’s icons having faith meant that they had faith in God’s plan for their lives.  This seems so simple an idea but it is very complex in day to day activities.

The Icons believed that God had a plan for each of us and that he had an even greater plan for the world.  They believed that their lives were very small in relation to the worldview.  The Icons believed that their lives in God’s view were that of an ant in a concrete jungle of humanity, small and unremarkable.

This is a much different viewpoint about faith than what is understood today.  Today’s major religions support and encourage an understanding of having faith in God as a belief that God is real.  This totally contradicts what the Bible means when they say “Have faith in the Lord our God’.  I have no understanding why the major religions changed such a basic construct of God’s words.

If a person changes the way they understand this basic construct of the words, faith and belief it totally changes your understanding of your religious views.  To have a belief in God is to know that God is real as you or I am.  To have faith in God is to know that God has a plan for our lives and that it serves a higher purpose even if we meet a disastrous end or a prosperous end.

Having faith in God’s plan means that you believe that God has a master plan for the universe.  You believe that only heaven knows what this plan is.   You believe that before time began it was wrote in the Book of Life what would occur during your lifetime.  All of your successes and all of your failures are wrote in this book.  You believe that every event in this universe supports another small event (and so on)  until it finally supports a larger event which then supports more events (and so on).   You believe that every victory or disaster in your life is a supporting event until it supports a key larger event ( and so on).  You believe that only heaven knows how your individual victory or disaster impacted key important events in the advancement of the universe.  You believe that God loves you and would not give you disasters or victories without it having a bigger meaning or impact with the universe.

This is why Atheists attack people with a spiritual view of the world.  They say that the spiritual have a need to seek meaning in their disasters in their lifetime.  They say that the spiritual are looking for a reason why their loved one died or why they lost their job (examples).  Quite frankly, as a spiritual person I didn’t need to have a higher spiritual answer as to why my parents died.  My parents both died of lung cancer and it was a horrible disease that ravaged their bodies.  They were both sick and wanted to leave this world.   It didn’t give me any comfort being spiritual to know that there was a higher purpose or reason for my parents to be in that much pain and agony.  Nor did I get angry at God for them being sick.  It was a part of life their dying.  I like to think of it as the Circle of Life.  It was their time to move on.  I have missed them ever since.  But for atheists to actually say that we look for higher meaning is a laughable point when it comes to losing one’s parents or child or sibling or relative.  There is no meaning nor comfort for the loss but the Circle of Life.

What if God were real.

If God walked up to you at your computer in the next 10 minutes, would you be shocked?  Don’t worry about recognizing him; you would know it was him.   Would you be scared?  Would you say, “Oh my gosh, he is freaking real and he is absolutely awesome.”  Would you then decide to live your life differently?  Would you think differently?  How would you react?  How would you change?  I suggest to everyone to stop reading for a moment and really think about that scenario.  You sitting at your computer your back is to the room, then God placing his hand on your shoulder saying, “Hello.”  What is your reaction?

The reality of this is that God is real.  I know God is real.  I see God in the laughter of a child, in the kindness of a stranger, in the synchronicity of life.  I could fill books with where I find God.  Suffice it to say, I know God is real.  Do you?  Do you know for a fact that at any moment he could appear to anyone and in anyone’s life at any moment?  Do you understand how God helps you throughout your day?  Do you feel God’s presence in your life?

Somewhere along the line Religious institutions have changed the meaning of faith.  Noah had faith, but his faith was a knowing.  He knew God was real.   Every religious person of that era knew that God was real and could manifest in their lives at any moment.  They lived their lives this way.

But today’s religious people have faith that the stories are real.   Stories, really?!  If you called my history a “story” and not history I would feel disrespected.  Then if you told me that you had faith that the stories were real because I seem like an honest person, I would be affronted or insulted.    So why is it not okay to question my history but we question God’s history?  Why is it okay to refer to the holy books as telling “stories” and not telling history?

Words are powerful my friend.  The words we use to describe our lives can cause a barrier to true faith.  God is real.  The holy books are not stories.  The holy books are God’s history of the relationship he has with us.

God is real.

Am I a seeker?

Are you a seeker?  I do not know.  The only person that can answer that question is you.  A seeker is normally defined as a religious or non-religious person who seeks to find their spirituality.   Based upon this definition you will have to make the determination as to if you are a seeker or not.  I always suggest to people for one week say that you are a seeker.  And if you feel like finding answers go and search.    Then the following week state you are not a seeker.  Do not do any research into anything spiritual.  Do not practice any religion except of an organized religion in a physical church/synagogue/mosque.  Then compare the two weeks.  Which felt natural to you?  Which fed your soul with what you were craving.  Which week left you feeling as if something was missing?

I am religious, Christian.  I will be using the Christian faith as a basis when I refer to an organized religion.    I mean no disrespect to any other organized religion by not using them as reference.    This is the religion that I know intimately and I can readily make references.  But when I refer to the Christian religion or the Bible, any religion or religious holy book can be substituted for the sentence.

You may be saying right now, “I am a religious person.  I go to church all the time.  I read the Bible.”  Being religious and being spiritual are two different things.    Being religious is being able to quote the Bible, and going to Church all the time.  It also means bringing your organized Church mandated religion to others.  It could mean reading and studying the Bible all the time.  It could mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  But this is the good side of being religious.

The negative side of religion is vast.  It is when a person says they are religious yet they look down on the poor unwed mothers of this country.  It is when a Christian tells a homeless person they are lazy and to get a job.  It is when a Priest sexually abuses a child.  This list goes on and on.  You can probably name quite a few yourself.   The point is that these people know their holy books, they go to Church but they only say the words.   They only make a show in public.  They are not spiritual people.  They do not understand the words nor the meaning of their holy books.

Spirituality normally has a very vague definition.  It normally is defined as “having to do with the spirit”.    My personal definition is much different.  I believe that every entity on this earth was granted a divine spark of life.  I believe that religion is a way to understand this divine spark.  I believe that spirituality is an action verb.  I believe that spirituality is the cultivation and the growth of this divine spark within us.  I believe that when we use this divine spark within us to understand or even to help we should call it spiritual work.  I believe that whenever we use this divine spark with an action verb it is spiritual in nature.  Hopefully, this definition helps to differentiate religious versus spiritual.

Can a person be religious and find their spirituality in organized religion?  Yes they can.  Many people have.  There are lists of the various saints in all of the organized religions.  But lately people are turning away from organized religion to find their own brand of spirituality.  A spirituality that makes sense to them.  I know I did.

Before you leave organized religion, I suggest you try to make a connection using different methods.   There  is always the possibility that you are not making a connection with your religious leader and or that church.  If you are in this situation then make an appointment with your church elders and discuss your feelings.   Consider going to religious counseling within your church.

If that does not work and you are unable to make a spiritual connection with your religion then consider another religion.  I always suggest to people to research all of the main religions and then visit the various churches/synagogues/mosque.   Read the religious books for that religion.  You should pick the religion that you understand and makes sense to you.  You should always pick a church that feels like home and family.   Don’t give up hope, it is out there.

An organized religion is very important to a family.    As we have a family (mom, dad, son, daughter), we also have an extended family (aunt, uncle, grandparent, etc.).   Most people though do not realize that we also have a community family.  In this technological age our community family is mainly comprised of our organized religion, schools, and work.

It takes a village to raise a family.  So it is essential to keep connections with your community family through either religion, schools and or work.

Good luck on your quest.

Namaste,

Catherine

 

 

A spiritual elder's thoughts for seeking spiritual awakening