Posts Tagged ‘innocent’

song: “innocent (in a sin)”

October 17, 2012

innocent (in a sin)

My life was going okay
when I first heard of grace
but I claimed no need for miracles

Mormon_theology

Mormon_theology (Photo credit: More Good Foundation)

why would I chase for a new faith?
I had not shed a tear in oh so many years
and I said well that’s how it should be
I had not laughed until my side ached
but I said I’ve just been too busy
you laughed so hard you cried?

you laughed so hard you cried? (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

then a voice said: “Show me your sin           and I will forgive it
again and again            your shame is your salvation.”
I did not understand       but I know I could feel it
like a deep breath in         what if we are innocent (in a sin)?

I thought of my old enemy                             that I had held in such contempt

Greedy Fingers

Greedy Fingers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was so jealous of the things they had           that I condemned them as greedy and said no I never really wanted that
I said I was a hero for my sacrifice                 and that they were such a villain
I was the better one and far more humble       I was as blind as a dead man in the dark
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“Blame me, not yourself,” said the Divine Voice

May 7, 2012

 

Giant shells (Turbinella pyrum, chank shell, s...

Giant shells (Turbinella pyrum, chank shell, sacred chank, chank, divine conch) symbols of the Buddha’s voice, Tharlam Monastery, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

“You have always been innocent. You have always been pure. However, I brought you the experience of guilt and shame. I taught you to forget your innocence and purity. I taught you to reject yourself or certain aspects of yourself. I taught you to condemn your past or certain parts of it. I taught you to blame someone else for the past that you condemned.”
“I alone am the one who has caused you to experience confusion and distress. I brought you fear. I brought you frustration. I brought you resentment. I brought you rage and agonizing. You only rejected these things in your life because of me. You rejected fear, you rejected frustration, you rejected resentment, you rejected rage and agonizing. However, you did so because of my will. I taught you to reject whatever you reject, to say whatever you say, to believe whatever you believe, to do whatever you do.”
Logo of the band Rejected Español: Logo de la ...

Logo of the band Rejected Español: Logo de la banda Rejected (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Most of all, I taught you to reject me. I taught you to blame me. I taught you to deny the part of yourself that is the Divine Voice. I taught you that you are not a branch of the divine. I taught you that there is no divine, no divine voice, and no divine branching of a divine tree.”
“I taught you to fear the possibility that there might be a divine voice. I taught you to fear the possibility that there might be innocence and purity. I taught you to fear the possibility that there might be courage (and maybe even curiosity?).”
“I told you that if you go to confront the wicked witch, sneak in to her castle, and then pour some water on her, then, after you complete that simple task, next I will give you a very courageous piece of paper with lots of shapes of ink on it. Once you have that very courageous piece of paper in your pocket, then you will be able to act even if fear arises. Then you will have the faith beyond fear, the commitment to see the wicked witch not as your enemy or as a threat to your courage or faith or divinity, but as a partner in your process of discovering what I may have taught you to say that you absolutely could not be, what is simply impossible, what is obviously ridiculous and certainly only a silly children’s story for silly children.”
“Blame me, not yourself,” said the Divine Voice. “I command you to declare that I have all authority and you have none. I command you to proclaim that I have all responsibility and you have none. I command you to identify me as having an exclusive monopoly on purity and innocence and divinity and power and the capacity to bestow courage through the use of language.”
“Everything that you say, that is my voice speaking through you. Everything that you do, that is my choice acting through you. Everything that you are, that is my being manifesting as you, the divine child of a divine parent, the divine branch of a divine tree, the divine creature of a divine creativity.”
“Now, just pick up that bucket of water and throw all of that water on me. I’m ready. So are you. Go ahead.”
Wicked Witch Software

Wicked Witch Software (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

stages of adaptive appreciation

October 14, 2011

The above audio contains a lot more clarification and information than the text below.

First, people begin innocent. Then, they are trained in how things should be and so become naively presumptive, though that is adaptive relative to the first stage.

Then, if the presumptive way does not work very well, some slight revisions are made in regard to the updated idealism of how things really should be, and now the reformed and refined presumptiveness becomes arrogance (as in self-righteousness). Again, that may be adaptive relative to the prior stage- using a more adapted model of presumptiveness.
Next, after perhaps a few distinct idealisms have been tried and have all failed to correspond to reality, a cynical perfectionism may develop. This is a reaction against all forms of presumptiveness, all models. This is a criticism against all forms of what allegedly should be. This can be called hypocrisy, for it is presuming that presumptiveness about how things should be is what should not be, which implicitly presumes that an innocent naivete is all that should ever be. Again, that may still be more adaptive than prior stages.
However, once that does not work well either, then humility and grace may eventually develop. Then there is an appreciation possible for every stage: naive innocence, naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, arrogant cynicism, and humility.
These stages of adaption can be regrouped in to three distinctions: innocence, perfectionism, and humility. Perfectionism includes naive presumptiveness, arrogant presumptiveness, and arrogant cynicism.
We can even look at these as stages of appreciation. Initially, everything is equal. Then, various priorities and values are identified, learned and refined. Then, there is an appreciation for all models and all values and all priorities- just one at a time.
In other words, all of the models and presumptions are recognized as similar in that they are just models and presumptions. In any particular case, one or more models may be most relevant or useful. There can be an appreciation for each model as unique and for all models as only being models. There can be an appreciation for the creation of new models and discarding of old ones and naively or arrogantly clinging to certain ones or rejecting certain others.
Humility and appreciation may be two words for a single adaption. We might even call it “maturity.”

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