There can be Only One…

… All powerful Creator, The Originator of all things known to us, ourselves included.

There is but One ‘God’.

However that One Perfect Being/Entity (entirety) is easily capable of being viewed in or as an infinite number of different ways of being to us far lesser-abled beings and hence why humans have so many seemingly different ways of worshipping the One True God each with our own beliefs in exactly who or what God is to them.

Even if some are contradictory that does not make them wrong, simply that they are all viewing the same thing from different and sometimes from opposing angles/points of view.

It is important, if we are all to love God, as well as loving our fellow man, that we ALL realise, remember and act accordingly at all times, remaining humble in our self while being true to the One God of All.

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Well if AYYY were God…

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I think Chesterton almost got it right… The Earth is not a work garden – it’s a playPEN… where you put the naughty kids till they learn to stick to the rules and play nicely with the all the grown-ups up in the playground.

 

If I were God – Creator and Sustainer of the Universe and all that is therein – the First thing i would do after creating intelligent beings in my own image (for companionship, or amusement, if you will) would be to take all such beings who believed in their heart of hearts that they could do a better job running their lives than I could, y’know – the ones who did not think they needed to follow ALL of MY ‘rules’ while living in the Paradise i created for them, take all of them and give them a planet of their own to run and see just how good a job they’d make of running things without my Help. Let them make their own rules.

This way i win either way – if they can’t do a better job than me then i keep Paradise for me and those who freely choose to stick by the Rules (there was only one rule to start with – don’t eat my damn apples!) and let the rule-breakers play all they want where they can’t do much harm to everyone else. If i’m wrong and they make a better paradise than mine then i Learn from the experience (my real goal in creating thinking beings) and improve Paradise to their new standard and do the same thing all over again.

How can I lose?

So far i don’t see any reason down here for God to change the Original Plan. Some of those in Paradise occasionally choose to drop in on the planet and give a few hints to see if anyone is willing to give up their belief that they are doing better than God ever could and prove it by following the original plan for a hundred years or so – But so far with remarkably little result. (based upon the increasing numbers of humans on the planet who choose to not follow God’s Rules ALL the time! I’d ‘a thought eventually someone would realise that the more people there are the more different opinions on what the right thing to do is and so the more disagreement there will be and hence more discord,leading to more sorrow and misery, war and fighting for the limited resources some enjoy much more than the disgruntled rest of the world… but no, Humans are just not that smart.)

One more Hint mankind…..

… to truly advance you need one, and ONLY one, leader. The One who knows BEST! and you need to ALWAYS do what He says. (Or at least not do what He tells you not to do).

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A Perspective on the Power of Prayer (Patience, Persistence and Purpose) – The Three P’s times 2!

There are currently more than7 billion individuals on this planet: all are similar and yet each is completely unique. The way we look, the way we think, how we are feeling at any instant, what our own moral code is – we differ one from another.

We each have a unique perspective on this life we all have to share and yet, somehow, in order for us and our society to prosper we need to get along and agree upon at least some of the ‘basics’.
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One of the basics should be regarding Prayer – what we ask from, and how we connect to, God, for those who believe fully in Him.

Prayer works by replacing our position of being in a state of want – of needing something we don’t presently have – to a new position where we are better able to see our true predicament and the thing of which we have ‘need’ (be it for ourselves or for others). We do not need to tell God what it is we want as He already knows our needs far better than do we ourselves as He is able to see and understand much much more about us than we ever can at a single point in time (ie. when we feel a need to pray)

By Praying correctly we are able to begin the mental and emotional shift we need to see things differently by way of changing our current point of view ( a general feeling of us lacking something that can/should be given to us) to a new point of view where we have confidence that God will do what is in our best interests and we can be free from the fear of being in a state of lacking/needing/not having that is restricting us from being the truly free and abundantly creative beings He designs us to be. For Prayer to be effective i believe it should be Purposeful ( having a particular positive intent/focus), Persistent ( held in the mind and believed faithfully in that the prayer is already being answered in the positive – even if we do not yet see that it is actually being done) and above all we must be Patient in our prayer and have faith that God delivers in His time and not our own preferred schedule. (If we always got what we asked for the way we asked for it to be and in the time we wished we would often find ourselves in deeper trouble than had we not asked in the first place – we are if anything Imperfect and do not know ourselves what is in our ultimate best interests all that well.

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Agape – A More Convenient Truth

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love (agapēseis) your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love (agapāte) your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love (only) those who love you, what reward have you?

— Matthew 5:43-46
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An Inconvenient Truth (or two even).

 

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Two things you truly need to know:

  1. We ALL contain a perfect being within us!
  2. We ALL live in a world that is corruptible (has death and decay, truth and lies) and as a natural consequence of living with, or surrounded by, corruption we have ourselves built up corruption within or surrounding (containing/restraining) our true and perfect being.

As a result, even though most of us consciously know the ‘right’ thing to do, or know the difference between what is right and what is wrong, we allow this build up of corruption to bias us in certain ways that make us do things we (our inner, original perfect being), were we free of the corruptness,  would chose not to do.

This build up (or aggregation) of  corruptness has been forming with/around us since the very moment of our arrival into this less than perfect world and ensures that corruption (through us) continues on generation after generation. Some effort is put into trying to ‘make things better’ / to make ourself better but which largely fails because we don’t really see the true nature of our situations (i.e. a perfect being restricted by the dross and accumulated corruption we live with every day, both about our self and within our world).

This build up has been occurring constantly since we were born and is now a (major) part of who we are, but only because we passively accept it all, or do not know how to rid ourselves of it permanently (difficult because so much of what put it there in the first place is still always about or affecting us in a myriad of ways).

It is similar to someone living on a rubbish tip who no longer notices the vile smell surrounding him and actually clinging to him. When he leaves the tip he may be able to gradually become aware of the freshness about him and how badly he smells and may then wash himself to rid himself of the tip smell, but eventually goes back to his home on the tip and quickly reverts to accepting the smell that soon returns because of where/how he lives.

How can we permanently lose our corrupt ‘smell’ and become the perfect beings we started out as? Good Question.

Since it is impossible (currently) to permanently live outside of this corrupted world and since everything in it is affected by or contains the same corruption it would be foolish to try to use any method to ‘wash’ ourselves with that comes from, or is of, this world.

To become perfect (again) we need to live constantly within perfection. Since that does not exist anywhere on this world we need to imagine it and create it within ourselves  and create our own environment within which our perfection can grow and be retained, protected from any new corruption building up in/on us. We need some kind of shield behind which we can remove all imperfection from ourself and our immediate environment that feeds/protects us and allow only that which is perfect to be in our environment.

Fortunately, we don’t have to (although we may if we wish) do it all by ourselves. Others have sort of come up with the same idea as me but may have explained it somewhat differently. They invented a Perfect Being† that we could look to and copy the way they behave – a template, or perfect desired state of being. Some gave it the name God.

They also gave a few useful tips for you to use in your new and perfect environment that could guide you in the right direction (or help to  wash yourself of your imperfections if you will).

Tips like: Love that One which is truly Perfect above anything or anyone else you love in your life; love everyone else equally to the way you love yourself (that means you have to love yourself because your true self is originally perfect even though you may currently have a bit of a bad smell about you😉 );  tips like, meditate night and day; empty yourself (of your imperfections), become again as a child (have much less certainty caused through previous imperfection) and be willing to learn again without pre-conceived biases. Like – DO to everyone else what you wish THEY would do to you (only do it first and not just because they did); putting that in another way… SHOW everyone (by doing it to them) how you wish to be treated yourself instead of just telling them with words!

That last one actually needs a bit more detail because so many people seem to stuff it up somehow. If you hold a particular opinion about something and you try to do something to someone based upon that opinion in the hope that they then do the same thing back to you, so giving you what you want/believe is right for you, what you are missing is the fact that not everyone you do the thing to may agree with your opinion or chose to do the thing you prefer. Also the fact that they then have every right to do to you what they would like done to them based upon their own different opinions.

Example?   I like Motorsport so i talk incessantly night and day to my friends about the latest motor event in the hope that they will do the same to me and talk about the event from their view. I become dissappointed when all they do is talk back to me day and night about about football or ballet or horse-racing or book club or politics or religion,etc. etc.

Another example? Say I’m a vegetarian, whenever my friends come over for dinner i cook them what i think is a deliciously healthy and good for them vegetarian repast and prattle on about the benefits of a vegan diet and how healthy it can be to adopt as a lifestyle. I get fewer and fewer friends turning up and whenever i go to their place i sense a less than eager desire to conform to my vegan preferences and I choke a little on the smell coming from the barbecue.

Get the picture? Do unto others as you would have done…. but remember for it to be fair and perfect (and not biased in your own favour) it has to work equally BOTH ways. So you may need to spend a little time thinking it through first.  There are many other tips found throughout the ages of mankind designed to help us all find our way off the rubbish tip and back to our original clean and pure perfect smell-free state, ideally while still in this life before we lose this chance.

Hopefully, the more enlightened humans who have done a lot of work to this aim themselves have left us ideas and examples to help us get there sooner that we might just be willing to try and get some help from.  I believe the help is there if you choose to look for it long enough and with as little inbuilt bias as possible.

 

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†This Perfect Being had to be big enough to encompass every possible person and every circumstance they might find themselves in and also had to be able to control every situation and thing in the Universe that may affect someone’s life and would need to know in advance every possible outcome. This would make it indistinguishable from the sum totality of creation, equal to it even, and as impossible as it is for a human mind to fully grasp, some even went so far as to suggest that it was in fact greater than everything that ever was, is or will be and created all this outside of itself – that it exists outside of everything that we can ever know, see, touch, or think about. Yet contradictorily it can also exist within any or everything and ‘speak’ with something as small and completely insignificant to it as our own self is. I am not making any claim as to the validity either way of this, just pointing it out for consideration/explanation.

 

 

 

THIS IS A TEST!

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Relax! you don’t have to study for or sit this, and neither is it meant to be the kind which tries something for the first time to see if it works the way you want it to.

“THIS IS A TEST!”

Those four words have just become my main mantra to help me along my path in this life.

Whenever something occurs, be it me dropping my slice of toast buttered-side down during breakfast or Donald Trump being voted in as the most powerful human on this earth i now have the power, using the mantra, to make sure i am able to stay relatively calm and see things without the massive pressure of an ego-driven response and observe my initial reactions to the said event so as to better be able to deal with them without anger, sadness, despair, annoyance, rage, or any one of fifty other emotions i’d usually be a slave to (sometimes a good one might slip in along with the bad).

Saying “this is a test” means that i can take my ego out of the picture and see all happenings i experience as an opportunity to learn something (hopefully positive). By treating the experience as something i can learn from and not some sort of punishment or negative thing designed purely to upset me or disregard my preferred outlook on the way things should be in life i become better equipped to deal with all the many frustrations and things ( actually both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ ) that happen in this life.

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BIODIVERSITY

A highlight of the article 6th (and final) Great Extinction Event which really says all you need to know about our place on earth and in it’s history…

Hence, ecosystems themselves are a mélange of different species that are continually competing, combating, cooperating, hiding, fooling, cheating, robbing and consuming one another in a mind-boggling variety of ways.

All of this, then, is biodiversity — from genes to ecosystems and everything in between.

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