Posts Tagged ‘sin’

the functional spectrum of meaningful vs meaningless

January 1, 2014

  • There is no inherent meaning to anything which can make it hard to respect the meaning that most make up. There is no meaning of life until one is made up which doesn’t really effect what happens but only really alters the subjectivity of an author. Is that fool’s gold or is an objective approach the way of Satan? What is better than making sense? How about not making any sense ey?
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    • Harry Lieberwirth So uh, in assessment; ”what is the meaning of perceiving no inherent meaning?”Good one. xD
    • Daniel Fritschler Haha…thank you JR has inspired me to write as many things that don’t make sense as possible…this my friend is just the tip of the iceberg. ..and if you don’t think I can make it even more absurd just keep watching  . The only thing I want to do anymore is be absurd…I am a sick man and I need a minister to administer some helpful medicine.
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn The meaning of something- for you- is how you relate to it, how you label it, how you interpret it, how you describe it. If I ever said that the meaning of a communication is the RESULT produced or the BEHAVIOR produced in others (not just their experience), that is also a FUNCTIONAL approach.By functional approach, I mean studying something with an interest in how it functions, how it IS functional, how it COULD BE functional, and so on. People may debate these issues, but if they are arguing, that may not be what I am calling a “functionalist approach.”This approach is actually the normal spontaneous result of curiosity, but extreme efforts may be used to distract people from practicing a functionalist approach, such as by drilling them with social paranoia and idealism. So, instead of focusing on health, they may be pre-occupied with “fighting” a diagnostic label that some high priests say is possessing them.
    • Daniel Fritschler Yes absurdities are very functional in a world related to by many as making sense and being all label conscious. Sometimes you disappoint me when you try to get all functional as if that is really necessary or wanted…..functional could never be absurd just as absurdities could never be functional….grow up sensei you are stuck in “fighting” diagnostic labels with the rigor of a high priest wtf?
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    • Daniel Fritschler My options are that I can live a boring and miserable functional life of pretense or I can live a random and fun filled trivial life….which will it be Neo?
    • Daniel Fritschler Let’s face it functional implies the use of pretense….you can’t have one without the other.
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    • Daniel Fritschler Pre tension is the idea of what present tense? Haha absurd or what?
    • Jahnation Freedman Robert LeeWhen I let go of pretense, the words joy and peace take on real meaning.
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    • Harry Lieberwirth And when neither subjective demands or preferences (like peace, joy, or social dominance for that matter) nor the condition of ”there can only be peace/happiness/joy if… X/Y” are a must (or are seen alike to the demands of a fictional character), ironically, there seems to appear a sense of peace regardless of the sensation, emotion, or desire.. a sort of relaxing into it. Suppose ”trust” could be another word. Like watching a thunderstorm or trees wave in the wind quite contentedly, either way.
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Daniel, you made a “false” either/or “bind.” Here is an example of a functional approach.David (from Rage-Debate) says “low pH causes cancer.” That is fine, but I say “so what?”I know how to alter the pH of cells so that they stop producing the effect(s) called cancer. I can be naturally curious about “what is pH” and “what is cancer?”By not getting caught up in the labels or the conventional models of how people use the labels, I have power. I now that pH is an effect and that cancer is an effect of that effect.

      People who relate to cancer as a cause (or to pH as a cause) may have a paranoid panic of trying to fight “nature.” They are not using language from a functional perspective.

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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn pH is not a “something” that can “possess” someone. It is a scale of measurement.To say “your temperature is high, which is causing your fever,” is the paradigm of nonsense used by people who say things like “cancer is causing a tumor to grow.” The cellular balance of electrons to protons, which can be measured on the pH (“potential Hydrogen”) scale, inhibits the normal functioning of the mitochondria and leads to a cessation of aerobic metabolism and a growth of tumors, which can then be labeled “cancer.” In other words, cancer is also a diagnostic “measurement.”Billions of dollars can be spent to look for ways to profit off of this language system of nonsense and anti-functionality. That is no great concern to me (because I am neither a loyalist to the mainstream medical myths nor an investor in the commercial business of symptom management and pharmaceutical addictions).Even if I had any concerns like those, my higher priority would still be to influence my own pH levels to promote my optimal functionality. In doing that, of course the effect of cancer would discontinue.

      Cancer is just a cellular behavior. If I stop creating that behavior in the cells, then that behavior stops.

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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Here is the original exchange between David, myself, and Mark Dey (whose wife is Angie/”Ang”):

      So ang is gonna try the paleo diet out in the new year. I figure the easiest way…See More
    • J R Fibonacci Hunn So, in language, we can form absurd constructions, like “I would have more hair if it just was not for this baldness slowly creeping back on my forehead.” I occasionally play in the absurdity. However, this is to point out the prevalence of the absurdity to those who are ripe.The fact that we can use language to say “hi, how was your Christmas?” is MIRACULOUS. People who also speak English well and are not deaf can UNDERSTAND that strange sequence of sounds (or read these shapes on this screen). This is fucking amazing.So, if we start with this pattern that I label “respect” and then we “respect language,” of course we encounter a ton of mainstream absurdity and BS and idealism and paranoia and idolatry. However, that is not the point. Respect does not end because we begin to observe the variations of contrasting “disrespect.”That is the sin of the ignorant, the heathen, the goy/goyim, the gentile. Just because lots of them say that they follow Jesus or Isaiah is irrelevant. They are totally ignorant of what sin REALLY is.

      It’s not their fault. It is simply an observable distinction. Whether we use any labels about these distinctions, you notice the very different energy or “spirit” of people. You can tell easily who “reeks” of fear.

      Then there is a stage of mocking disrespect, which can be fun. Again, that is not the endpoint either.

      But if you can’t respect language, then you cannot mock disrespect (disrespectful language). If you cannot mock disrespect, then you are not ready for the next stage. You can, [Daniel], so you are.

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    • Harry Lieberwirth The label respect could be interchanged with what i previously labeled trust or peace. Due to this sense, whether labeled respect, trust, or peace, it seems there is no longer a certain emotionally-attached predisposition towards perception (”something should/should not be a certain way/exist”).. the sense of perpetual frustration is then also absent. Could throw parables or allegory around trying to describe this sense, but if these descriptions are sounding absurd, doubt that would clear much up. If they do not, peace out yo
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Sin is a frightened spirit of contentiousness, a neurochemical panic, a state of distress, the fight/flight response of the “sympathetic nervous system.” If you can witness this distinction, then you can notice it occasionally in your own history.
      Respect it. Notice the trauma/drama in action.It has value. However, there is something else that you might value even more.Mocking it is a function of creating clarity about it and withdrawing repulsion. Instead of saying “I hate the sympathetic nervous system and it’s functions,” with sincere hatred being ironically “sympathetic,” I say “man, this system seems pretty nervous. I think it might be some kind of a nervous system.”

      In that case, the absurdity is SO naked that anyone can see it. Some will think “that statement is stupid. Is that an insult against me? A threat? Why is Daniel laughing at that? I’m jealous!” That is exactly what they should think- and the repulsion or attraction that they should feel.

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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Harry, I am using respect as a verb. (And I recognize that trust, which you mentioned, could fit here too.) I am also setting up analogies that when a brain has available electrons and is PROGRAMMED through language to use them efficiently, then panic subsides *relatively* quickly.It is not that panic or agonizing or sin should not be. It is not that “you should practice respect.” It is that you either do or that you do not.”No try there is.” – Yo, duh!
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Once it is experienced what “sobriety” is, then one can have a little to drink or none at all. However, the panic of urgency to “drown” the shame will subside as the shame relaxes and self-respect develops.The Jedi novice first learns the consequences of the “typical” habits. Then, an interest in cultivating CHI (available electrons) may arise. Then, methods of cultivating it can be explored, as well as a recognition of activities that waste “precious energy.” An interest in the de-programming of crippling mainstream habits may arise as well (one of my recent favorite past-times).The one who has immense reserves of Chi can do things that are “wasteful” (exhausting/crippling) for the novice- or simply impossible. If the novice is attracted to cultivating an abundance of Chi, then certain patterns of activity follow.
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    • Harry Lieberwirth Not sure if you meant to imply you thought i implied ”should practice respect” (?), but i meant that in what i perceive as respect, the persistence of the feeling ”something should/should not be that way or appear to exist” is noticed as absent.. not that emotions, fear, etc, are absent in and of themselves, just an absence of a condemning pre-disposition (pre-judging? lol.) That is to say in the sense that i use respect, the sense of ”should” and ”should not” don’t play a prominent role, or none at all. Not too familiar with the biology, chemistry or neuroscientific sides, can only describe feelings and recollections of experience.. but yes, it seems to make sense that certain behaviours become hardwired, so to say.Have made no study of in how far this can be affected through physical aids (particular diets, drugs, herbs, etc), though it seemed to have coincided with some advaitic, buddhist, and taoist practices. That’s not to say i have the opinion that aids are useless, wouldn’t know, and it seems to make sense that certain compounds in food can can effect chemistry in relatively harmful ways, like poisons, or affect it in relatively beneficial ways, though i don’t know of an example for that. Did read some of the articles on wheat and paleo diet that you shared and they seemed sensible.. but ultimately it seems like either not enough of it is eaten in general to inspire the bouts of extreme emotional conflict, paranoia, etc, or perhaps the effect or intensity thereof varies from body to body.. like allergy?
    • J R Fibonacci Hunn Yes, behaviors do “entrench” neural pathways. That is why the confusion stage is so important- a breaking down of prior entrenchments.
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn One who respects language will notice “you should be quiet in the library” as exactly what it is. We can say things like that or not. The primary difference is in the mindfulness. I can use the same language patterns of a “regular person” and I may use them with distress, with mindful mockery, or with mindful “sincerity” (like to get the students in my class to be quiet in the library- whether through terror or distraction, etc).
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn “I want to congratulate you, class, for how quiet and respectful you are. When we go to the library later today, I am going to be very proud of you for following the rule to speak only very quietly while in the library. I appreciate and value each of you very much. You are such a GOOD class!”
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    • J R Fibonacci Hunn That is just mindful programming. If 60% of the children understand English, that may be enough to sway the entire group, because a class of children function as a herd. They pick up cues from each other. If the “leaders” of the class are enrolled in policing the rest of the class, then the teacher is successful in their manipulation.Even if the manipulation is only partly successful, that is still effectiveness.
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      • Harry Lieberwirth
        Harry Lieberwirth

        ‘Sin is a frightened spirit of contentiousness, a neurochemical panic, a state of distress, the fight/flight response of the “sympathetic nervous system.” If you can witness this distinction, then you can notice it occasionally in your own history.”

        Thank you. Its funny.. some interpretation might see this as saying that state is ”bad”, because ”sin” is often considered a ”bad thing”. Ie, interpret it as an accusation (which is in the spirit of ”sin” in the bible, i hear). But what i read is that you’re simply pointing out, that you perceive that that which in scripture is referred to as ”sin”, is a neurological effect, or a perceivable phenomenal event. I just noticed how if the assumption that ”sin should not exist by definition” is there, and there is an emotional charge or neurochemical panic (”sin”), then the word ”sin” is somehow a huge trigger. or ”A sinner cannot stand to hear the word ‘sin’.” Just seems.. strangely, poetically funny.

        Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (album)

        Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

      • J R Fibonacci Hunn
        J R Fibonacci Hunn

        Right, the “trigger” is perceived as THREATENING accusation. If you accuse me of violating a traffic regulation and you are not a cop, I will probably ignore your accusation.

        Other related words are shame or terror.

      • J R Fibonacci Hunn
        J R Fibonacci Hunn

        As well as something as simple as “tension” or “rigidity” or “fixation” or “compulsion.” If I say “you are bad” and there is a reflexive sense of being threatened, that is the “behavior” of insecurity .

        Monty Python's The Meaning of Life (video game)

        Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Faith and going beyond “the afterlife”

March 23, 2013
(this a reply to private comments on the prior blog post)
The Resurrected Jesus pulls Adam and Eve out o...

The Resurrected Jesus pulls Adam and Eve out of their graves, with Satan bound in Hell, Chora Church, Istanbul, c. 1315. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What you call “the next life” is available now. It is a metaphor. If you take it literally, then you are operating in the realm of belief, not faith. Faith does not need “the next life” as a justification. Justifications are for those with a lack of faith.
You can insist that “the next life” is not here yet, calling it the afterlife. You can say that heaven is eternal but it has not started yet. I say that is foolishness as in naïveté, but those are certainly things that people can use language to say, and so what?
If you have been using “the next life” to perpetuate your own agonizing and stress and dis-ease and hell, that would be “good news” to know. However, many people cling to their agonizing for they are not willing to entertain the thought of heaven being eternal not just later, but all along including right now.
“Shedding of the body” is a concept (a fantasy) that does not give access to eternal heaven. That is another idea of postponement that you may entertain now. It is not the body that must die, but a spiritual death of the persona, of the sinning (the mistaken panicked thinking of the deluded mind). When the delusions die, that is called extinction or nibbana or nirvana.
Stop rejecting the presence of eternal heaven! Of course, it is silly to say “stop rejecting” because you do not even know what it is. You just talk about it like you are an expert. So, the fitting instruction for you now is not to stop but to slow down. If you can slow down your panicking and your agonizing, then eventually you can recognize that those reactions of stress could entirely stop. Once you slow down enough to recognize what sin is directly, then sin is no longer a problem, stress is no longer an enemy, did-ease is no longer a cause for panic. It is the very panicking that can stop. You are so deep in dis-ease and sin that you resist the idea that right now, there could be many who are not panicking or agonizing, but who are experiencing eternal heaven now.
Depiction of Adam and Eve being cast out from ...

Depiction of Adam and Eve being cast out from the Garden of Eden in the Dispersed Falnama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think of stories of Jesus. Did he panic in the midst of sin and dis-ease and stress? Because he knew what sin is, he did not fear it hysterically. He just said things like “that is hypocrisy and vanity” and “this one is close to heaven!”
So, when I talk of dis-ease, I am talking about a state of persistent tension or unease or worrying. I am not talking about sickness, like coughing, or any of the functioning of the immune system. I am talking about gratitude for the body, not suppressing it or shedding it because it is allegedly “so shameful.”
That is contempt (sin). Cease from any contempt for your body. Cease agonizing over it!
“Do not agonize over what you shall eat or what clothes to wear! That is agonizing! That is sinning! Your Heavenly Father will direct the unfolding of the future. Have faith, silly! Stop making the future in to a problem to solve, to agonize over, to justify the perpetuating of misery!” – Jesus
Re: “We will be joined with a perfect, immortal body.” No, you are already eternal spirit, but you practice misery and sin and so you do not recognize eternal spirit as present now and instead you talk about joining it in the future. That is nonsense. Lots of people writing down some nonsense and agreeing on it does not make it any more accurate.
So to address your final question, Wanting to be somewhere else, to become, etc… Is itself the stress and dis-ease and sin that produces misery or hell. I do not mean an interest in going from Phoenix, AZ to Scottsdale, AZ. I mean the hysterical rejection of what is, the panic of “I need to escape from my life,” the neurosis of all that.
English: The story of the Eden Garden. The tem...

English: The story of the Eden Garden. The temptation of Adam & Eve by the devil. Pedestal of the statue of Madonna with Child, western portal (of the Virgin), of Notre-Dame de Paris, France Français : L’histoire du Jardin d’Eden. Au premier plan la tentation d’Adam & Eve par le Diable. Base de la statue de la Vierge à l’Enfant, trumeau du portail de la Vierge, Façade ouest de Notre-Dame de Paris. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you just want to become an employee of some company or enter some professional field, then you just apply or get training. There is no misery in that. But you are talking about miserable forms of wanting, not only to become, but actually to avoid, to stop being what you are.
You reject what you are and of course that is the activity of misery. If you just accept that it is optional to reject what you are, then whether or not you accept or reject is no problem. Rejecting your eternal nature or accepting it does not change it. You are eternally what you are eternally no matter what you say you are or what you pretend to be. A human child pretending to be a cow does not alter their humanity or cowify them. It is just a role in a theatre!
As fits your readiness, you will explore your eternal nature and accept what you discover. All you have to do to end your misery is to know what it is to practice misery and then to slow down or even stop practicing misery.
Four Noble Truths

Four Noble Truths (Photo credit: Miguel Ramirez)

That is the basic formula of the four noble truths of Buddhism, but most Buddhists may not understand it (yet). Jesus did. So, he said things like “you are already forgiven! Now, go and sin no more. Stop agonizing. Stop miserabling. Stop hellinating. Be perfect just as your father in heaven created you perfectly. Be still and know the end of stress, of hell, of agonizing, of dis-ease. Be present to the eternal nature I AM, which was present before Abraham and before Isaiah and before Judas and even before Adam and Eve and Satan.”

Painting from Manafi al-Hayawan (The Useful An...

Painting from Manafi al-Hayawan (The Useful Animals), depicting Adam and Eve. From Maragh in Mongolian Iran. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 (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

Hell and the sin of jealousy

October 9, 2012

Jealousy (Photo credit: williamshannon)

I’ve been jealous of you. I’ll give some examples below.
A really simple one would be that you are on the phone and laughing for quite a while while I am feeling lonely or bored. Another would be that I find out that you have gone to a beach in California on vacation (if that sounds attractive to me).
Of course, jealousy can have many forms. I could just say to you (or someone else) “That vacation sounds awesome! I’m so jealous. Tell me about it.” In that case, jealousy can be only momentary- over after being openly expressed. However, repressed jealousy can build up as ill will (“dislike”) and then explode later as a jealous rage (a blind rage).
“Damn it: what the hell have you been doing in California? I thought you said you had a bunch of preparation that you needed to do before next week. Don’t you realize that you being at the beach is probably going to result in a sun burn? I have told you a hundred times not to get a sun burn, and then what do you do but you go right out to the beach! Oh my god, seriously, you just do not have any common sense, do you? I just can’t take this stress anymore. Do you see what you are doing to me? Is this what you wanted? Huh, is it? You probably did not even take your toothbrush with you. Who is going to feed the dog while you are away? What is the temperature there anyway? How are the waves? Wait- stop trying to change the subject on me!”
A blind rage can involve agonizing, shaming others, condemning them, projecting one’s own sense of worry and guilt toward them. Guilt is related to a surge of pleasure and excitement that is so powerful that the person gets disoriented, perhaps even scared to talk about it. I will come back to the topic of guilt later.
"Jealousy and Flirtation" depicts a ...

“Jealousy and Flirtation” depicts a woman jealous of the attention given to another woman by a man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Because a huge outpouring of jealous rage can arise so suddenly, we may be blind to the jealousy until we receive some news and then the latent jealousy comes to the surface and explodes in to rage. Also, the rage can be very intense and consuming, so our perception can be filled with the target of the rage, blinding us to any other perceptions or sensations.
I may be so busy complaining to myself about how cloudy it is today that I do not notice that the sunshine has just burst through the clouds– or I tightly shut my eyes (or cover my eyes with my hand) and do not even look to see the sunlight, for I am so consumed by a raging jealousy. But why would it be such a big deal if it is cloudy? When there is an underlying sense of jealousy or ill will or distress or dis-ease, then any number of details such as a cloudy sky can trigger an explosion of frustration and rage. In that case, there may be no specific person or group involved as the targets of blame for making the sky cloudy, but if I am complaining bitterly about the cloudy sky, that is because I have already been bitter (jealous!).
Obviously, the clouds themselves did not make me bitter. I was bitter first and my way of relating to the clouds revealed the latent bitterness. (In other words, my way of relating to the clouds revealed my latent way of relating: bitterness.)
So, if I am already bitter about some issues in my personal life, then I am much more liable to be outraged about some remote development, such as a political controversy or a questionable ruling by an official in a sporting event. Different people will relate to the same event differently not because of the event itself, but because of their different patterns of relating.
The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) ...

The Douglas Squirrel (Tamiasciurus douglasii) is an example of wildlife. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine three people who are all watching a cat chase a squirrel. One of them gleefully cheers for the cat (without animosity for the squirrel). One of them simply watches without any particular interest (without any partisan interest, without any partiality). The last one is outraged that the cat is willing to be so selfish and violent (“it’s immoral!”) by “taking advantage” of the squirrel’s small size for the personal economic gain of the cat. Then later the anti-cat observer also states their new anti-squirrel criticism: “however, that squirrel is a thief for taking seeds from out of the clearly-marked bird feeder. Karma is a bitch, isn’t it, Mr. Squirrel?”

There was only one cat chasing only one squirrel. However, there were a wide variety of stories and interpretations about the chase.
Why do the different people have such different experiences and commentaries and interpretations and emotions arise about the cat chasing a squirrel? Their way of relating to the chase reveals their latent emotions, such as latent aggression or latent guilt. One who is speaking about the guilt of others (blaming them or shaming them), if doing so passionately and sincerely, may have some suppressed guilt which they have the opportunity to release as they comment on the chase. While there may be a temporary exhaustion (after passionately ranting about how unfair it is for tyrannical, smelly cats to chase after innocent little cute squirrely squirrels), the energy of the rant was already within the ranter. The rant is actually a release of pressure or energy and can be favorable in the maturing of the one who has been ranting or protesting or whining or seething.
Jealousy Curve Press

Jealousy Curve Press (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is like having a balloon that is just about to totally explode, but then letting out a little bit of the pressure. The release of pressure (through the hysterical rant or tantrum) was not the source of the pressure. After the excitement, the person may calm down and feel much more relaxed than they did before the rant. They may not have even realized that they were so stressed or tense until the releasing of the physical tension. Again, rage is not only blinding, but rage is blindness already.

So what exactly is jealousy? How does it ever arise? What leads to it and what results can it have?

[ Jealousy ]

[ Jealousy ] (Photo credit: αвву (definiytely NOT HERE ANYMORE, ya know?))

Jealousy is always connected to a root impulse or desire that is unfulfilled, then a disappointment and frustration about that lack of fulfillment, then a personal blame about the frustration. One can be jealous toward an individual or a group, but there is always some target for blame, like even just a cat.
If I label you as “preventing me from” having what I do not have but am attracted to having, that is blaming, with or without jealousy. If I perceive you as actually having what I am attracted to having, or that you are even perceived as a threat to me accessing it or maintaining access to it, then that would be full-on jealousy, not just blame.

Jealousy implies fixation, resentment, contempt, and vilification. Once someone is targeted for blame, that does not require any additional criticism. With simple blame, there can even be a direct request made for some compensation or reparations. However, once the blame is made in to a jealous vilification of character assassination, then a long list of other patterns or events can be referenced as evidence of not just blame, but of villainy or evil. The perceived villainy of the enemy (the target of jealousy) can be used to justify a variety of forms of revenge or punishment. Punishment is distinct from compensation, which involves a transfer of value. Punishment may be the inflicting of physical pain or the destruction of property.


CLOUDS OVER OKINAWA (Photo credit: Okinawa Soba)

I have not mentioned this yet, so I will also note here that jealous bitterness is also the source of ridicule and arguing. To anxiously argue against an idea or to ridicule it is an expression of a latent bitterness, just like complaining about the evil cat chasing the victimized squirrel or whining about the annoying clouds “ruining my plans.” Are the clouds annoying or was I already irritable and annoyed?

Here is a long sequence of how jealousy can arise and resolve:
innocence -> attraction
-> hope
-> reflexive presumption
-> action based on presumption
-> confusion (based on a lack of awareness about which presumption was inaccurate)
-> disappointment
-> desperation
-> frustration (continued attempts to operate based on an inaccurate presumption)
-> blame
-> worry (once someone else is blamed as responsible, then worry about possible future disappointment is inevitable)
-> jealousy (“they have or might have what I value”)
-> rage
-> contempt
-> shame (“my life should not even be like this!”)
-> denial (“Excuse me, but I am a very positive person, okay? That is why I hate people who are so freaking negative that I just want to strangle them!”)
-> repulsion (“I simply cannot stand to be around them. I just dislike them. It is common sense!”
-> humility (“Wait, I still have not produced the experience that I am still attracted to. And about all these people who call themselves positive- like I have been calling myself- why are they so focused on what other people are doing or not doing or how things should be? What is the presumption that we have been insisting MUST be accurate?”)
-> maturity (“Maybe I made an error in perception somewhere which led to my past confusion. Maybe the people I vilified were never the core issue.”)
-> forgiveness “I’m really sorry that you did such horrible things to me and were such an evil person. No, just kidding. I apologize for blaming you for my disappointment with the results that my behaviors produced.”
-> clarity (“Wow- so that was the inaccurate presumption. That’s it? That’s all? That is it! That is just so ridiculously simple. I can totally understand how that presumption led naturally to everything else. You know, it’s kind of amazing that I did not notice that before, huh?”)
-> gratitude
-> innocence (recognition of an inherent, eternal innocence)
Here is the much shorter version, which has much less precision by clumping a huge sequence of patterns together, but vastly simplifies the sequence:
innocence -> … suffering (sin) …  -> humility -> maturity -> forgiveness -> clarity -> gratitude -> innocence
You may also notice that while jealous blame and rage notably lack empathy for others (“look at what a victim I am here!”), humility includes empathy. What actually interrupts one’s own pre-occupation with blaming is to notice the pre-occupied blaming by vast numbers of other people. I see their suffering and I recognize the innocence that is present through entire sequence of reflexes: the innocently reflexive disappointment, blame, denial, and so on. I see the fundamental innocence of the sinning and the sinner.
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Cat bliss (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15 (from the New Testament of the Christian branch of Monotheistic Spirituality)
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English: Dead squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris), Tuscany, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, as a final note, I mentioned guilt before. What is guilt? Guilt is when I relate to something as if there is something fundamentally disturbing about it, like some action I took or some result that was produced. Guilt is a disturbance, a dis-ease or anxiety or self-directed ill will. That self-directed ill will often gets projected on to others. Before I can select someone to blame for anything, I must have a sense of frustration and desperation about that thing. Desperation is another word for panic. Panic implies disturbance. Guilt is that disturbance.
Guilt is the fear of revealing some underlying attraction or impulse (of fully experiencing some pleasure). Guilt is always about pleasure. Guilt is being terrified of pleasure.
In the midst of a culture of people who are already guilty about their own attractions to pleasure, any innocent arrival in to that culture will be programmed with a terror for pleasure, a lasting panic, a disturbance, a reflexive guilt. We could call that hell: “I am such a victim here you know because seriously I would be in heaven if it just were not for _____, who is totally ruining my perfect life forever by that one thing they did a long time ago that is blocking me now from the thing that I am really attracted to but I am terrified of actually experiencing or even admitting.”
Guilt is hell. Guilt is temporary. Guilt is a natural, reflexive process that does nothing to alter the fundamental innocence of all creations of God.
Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect, just as your Source in Heaven is perfect.”
Allegory of Jealousy

Allegory of Jealousy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stop blaming God for ruining your life. God is not ruining your life. That is like saying that a tree is ruining a branch of the tree. The branch is the tree. The tree abides in the branch and the branch abides the tree.
If you stop condemning some aspect of your life (your finances, your appearance, your government, your neighbor), then you can simply recognize with humility whatever God is creating, rather than making a terrified, arrogant attack on some branch of God’s creation (on God). Do not argue with God (unless you are attracted to the experience of humility, because that is what arguing with God will always produce).

all authority is a branch of a single authority

June 14, 2012

all authority is a branch of a single authority

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The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Could it be that the Holy Spirit of God has formed you and your life and your actions and your perceptions and even any sequence of words that you might call yours? Could it be that the same Holy Spirit of God has formed everyone and everything and all activities and all perceiving, every hair on every head, every mustard seed and every mustard tree, and every sequence of words including these letters and words visible on your screen right now?

For those without direct knowledge or revelation, God has provided many hopes and beliefs in language, as well as many fears to motivate the fearful toward those hopes and those beliefs in language. Appreciate the possibility of a distant, remote God who rewards your trust, if that is as close to the Authority of God as you are ready to experience.

By the grace of God, we may learn of reports that someone has credited the Holy Spirit of God as the architect of one’s life. We may learn of sayings like “These results are not through my will, but through God’s.” We may be exposed to the idea that “It is not I who do these things, but God who does them through me.”

Many may learn of these sayings, though some may dismiss them as nonsense or irrelevant. Some may study the sequences of words and even worship those words themselves. Some may defend the words themselves as “being as important as God, even equivalent to God” and then harshly condemn anyone who does not repeat them ritually a certain number of times per day and in a certain human language and in a certain specific way.


God forgives all sins, even the sin of such idolatry. However, it may involve a certain amount of faith for there to be an admission of idolatry (a confessing and repenting). In other words, it may involve a certain amount of faith for there to be an experience of the remission of all condemnations.

Of what sins do I condemn others? Could it be that I most fiercely condemn the same ones that I am so ashamed of that I do not recognize that I am vulnerable to the same sin (whether I have been actively involved in a particular behavior or I merely am secretly terrified that I might be in the future)?

One cannot at the same time both drop a stone from one’s hand harmlessly and cast that stone at a target of condemnation. Beware of focusing so much on the personality of one of God’s voices that one does not hear what God is saying through that voice. The instruction is to drop the condemnation. The instruction is to recognize God as the source of all developments, including the behavior of condemning.

It is notable that it is from the same lips that one may condemn people with curses and yet also praise God. However, there is a time for cursing and a time for praise- a time for every activity and development under the Authority of God.

The authority of these words does not come from the shapes on this computer screen or from the letters of ink on some page. The authority of these words is not limited to a particular language.


There is a time to exclusively worship a particular branch of idolatry. There is also a time for recognizing that all of the branches extend from a single source, extending from a single authority.

The word divine is similar to the much more ancient word Diva. The word God derives from an ancient Sanskrit root related to the word Indra. The word authority (and author and auto and even actor and agent) may be derived from the ancient Sanskrit letter sequence of Atma.

Fanatics of thousands of different religious groups have shouted “my religion is the only true religion.” There is a time for such shouting and fanaticism. There is a time for divisiveness and antagonism and holy wars between two groups each claiming an exclusive authority over God, though perhaps not using such openly monopolistic language.

There is a time for such arrogance. There is a time for such naivete. There is a time for such hysteria.

There is also a time to be humbled by the glory of the only authority, one which branches through all of the creatures created by that authority, including every single organism, every single cloud, every single word, every single letter. If you can, show me one thing- even a shadow on the ground- that is not evidence of the glorious authority of God.

I know that your only authority is as a subsidiary or branch of the only authority. You may accept this claim or you may reject it. Either way, I recognize that your response is not your glory or your sin, but only the will of the one who develops all developments according to the timing and sequence through which all forms are actually formed.


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English: Centurion (Roman army) historical reenactment Boulogne sur mer (France). Français : Centurion (armée Romaine) Reconstitution historique à Boulogne sur Mer en France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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more dialogue on the language of identity (and confusion and sin)

June 3, 2012
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Satyajit Padhye is a 3rd-generation ventriloquist and puppeteer, and son of Ramdas Padhye. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Anna’s brother” wrote:

I’m a puppet and I don’t wish to be one.

I would like to lose all the jokes, hear all the punchlines already. Why must I be tormented to be a part of a mockery. 

J.R. replies:

Once upon a time there was a puppet on my hand. I made the puppet’s mouth move and say: “I don’t wish to be a puppet.”

Then I laughed at the puppet and called it an idiot, then added: “You don’t have any choice, do you?” Then the puppet just looked at me with those cute little button eyes…. Why does the puppet on my hand torment me like that?

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English: Jeff Dunham, American comedian, with his puppet / character “Achmed the Dead Terrorist” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The above part is rather simple. The rest is a continuation of the prior dialogue and contains references that will be most clear after a familiarity with the prior dialogue. (See prior blog post.)

“Anna’s brother” also sent me this quote: 

….Some one being must be “greatest in being” and have all desirable qualities to the maximum extent. “Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, goodness, and every other perfection; and this we call God.”

J.R. replies:

That is one way to create God, but it is creating God from a human perspective. God is not only the source of all good, but of all labeling of good and evil, of all language.

If God is the only creator, then God creates a branching of God called the devil and another called evil actions and another called confusion. Confusion arises from believing a false presumption- as distinct from mere ignorance or surprise.

Confusion (and frustration and all that can arise from confusion) involves accidentally mistaking one thing for another, confusing one thing for another. Here is a famous example.

Astronomers and mathematicians studied the movement of the planets and noticed that some planets “move in retrograde” in predictable cycles. For those who insisted that the earth was central and that the other planets orbit around the earth, there was confusion and terror and shame and animosity. The data contradicted their idolatrous beliefs and in their innocent terror, they clung to their idolatry in favor of the actual data.

That is sin. Confusion is the root of all sin. Confusion is always innocent. God recognizes that for God creates both confusion and sin and innocence as well as all other labels in language.

English: A mugshot of Puppet, S.

English: A mugshot of Puppet, S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine sitting in a traveling automobile with a young child. Your vehicle is going faster than another vehicle which is traveling in the same direction as you- perhaps a bicycle. The young child says “wow- look, that bicycle is moving backwards!”

Do you argue with them? Do you condemn them for their ignorance? Do you simply correct them?

If the child is clearly confused about it- or perhaps even distressed- then you might make some response, perhaps explaining in words or demonstrating with some objects. Or, if you are the ruler of an idolatrous, terrified Holy Empire, you might start an Inquisition to discourage people from embarrassing you with “ridiculous” (unfamiliar) explanations about “backward-traveling objects” and retrograde motion.

The ignorant are innocent of their ignorance. You may be the superior authority, but refuse to accept responsibility and authority, and so you condemn the 4 year-old for their innocent mistake. That would be your terror reacting to theirs.

Galileo (who contemptuously insulted the Roman Catholic hierarchy) sinned by political arrogance and so the Holy Empire punished him (or God did through them). The Roman Catholic hierarchy sinned from intellectual arrogance and, one might say that God is providing for their rewards and their punishments.

God also forgives them all. Forgiveness is about a lack of personal resentment (as in fear), not about a lack of consequences.

The symbol of Neptune is a trident. The symbol of Poseidon is a trident. The symbol of the Devil is a trident.

These are the same psycho-mytho-linguistic archetypes. The devil is the ruler of confusion. The devil is the agent of God, the instrument of God, the final mentor of Jesus when Jesus was out in the desert.

The Temptation of Christ, 1854

The Temptation of Christ, 1854 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

To experience hell, one must condemn the devil for unjustly punishing. One must reject the devil’s authority. One must reject the devil as not being God’s agent and not having God’s authority.

Back to the title of the original youtube video on psychological shadows, the only way that one can reject God’s authority in the devil is to reject God’s authority in one’s self. The only way that someone can reject that the devil is God’s agent is to reject that one is God’s agent.

Condemnation is all about jealousy. It is all an innocent mistake. It is all based on a false presumption believed idolatrously. That is called a confusion.

The devil is a joke. God is a joke. You are a joke. I am a joke.

It does not matter if you reject the devil or not. If you do, life is hell. If you do not, you simply cease to exist.

When you reject the part of yourself that you call “fundamentally wrong” (the devil, the evil), then you create the devil as God. God does not claim to create God. That is a logical fallacy. God just is.

Simply being does not require doing anything, but activity may arise. When there is no identifying present to claim glory or guilt, then there is no reference to a who. When there is identifying present to claim personal glory or personal guilt, that is a sin, but all sinning is innocent.

It is rejecting God to claim personal glory or personal guilt. It is rejecting the idea that it is God’s will through which all things are created.

It is better to forget God than to jealously reject God. However, that it is impossible to systematically forget something, because trying to forget it involves maintaining a focus on it, like “do not think about pink elephants” or “do not think about God.”

It is better to know that personal glory and personal guilt are both jokes. It is better to know that God is a joke and language is a joke and the word God is just an arising in language.

It is better to forget jokes. “Better” is also just a joke.

There should be no such thing as irony. There should be no such thing as paradox.

Language is the root of all irony and paradox, which is why I condemn it and reject it. There should be no such thing as language, and, fortunately for you and I, there is no such thing as language. The reason for that is that the devil has frightened God in to pretending to make up stories that are not real stories, but are actually just a bunch of words in no particular order at all.

Whatever you do, beware of relaxing. Relaxing is extremely dangerous because it can lead directly to what you already are and what is already happening.

is there life after hell, shaming, blaming, vilifying, whining, & complaining

March 2, 2012
Don't Blame Us

Don’t Blame Us (Photo credit: redwolfoz)

On “Life After Hell

Hell, as I use the term, is the experience of guilt, or, more specifically, blame. Blaming is the origin of victimhood (isolating and identifying myself as a victim of someone or something).

To stop living in hell as a victim, stop blaming. Stop blaming everyone, including yourself.

Here’s how. First, before you stop making your life hell, get exactly how we pretend to make life hell- not just for other people, but also for ourselves. What we give, we experience.

Whenever we believe that the past should not have been a certain way, and then focus on how the past actually may have been how it should not have been, that is hell. Whenever I believe that I should not have had a certain past, and then focus on how I may have actually had a certain past that I should not have had, that is shame. Shame makes life hell.

Again, hell only exists for me when I have shame. I only have shame when I believe that my past should not be how it may have been. That is, if I believed that my past may have been how it should not have been, only then would it be possible to pretend that life is hell (and thus blame someone or something for possibly making life into how it should not be).

So, only when I was focusing on a certain past that I believe that I should not have had, but yet may have actually had, then from my shame, I may have blamed someone or something. I may even blame myself. If I focus on how I believe someone or something to be a shame, that particular shame may reflect a shame that I believe to apply to me, even if my conscious egoic mind can only handle in a given moment a second-hand experience of that shame rather than the original event in my past that I may have defined at some point as something that should not have been. All of that is hell AKA rejecting what actually may be as what should not be AKA guilt projected as blame for making life be how it shouldn’t be AKA unconscious shame AKA denial.

Fortunately, I have some good news. There is life after hell, and indeed it may be here now.

Here is how to “escape” from hell (which may not actually exist at all). Yes, stop blaming (pretending to create hell). Also, live as inspiration.

Hell only exists in the realm of belief. Focus on a belief of what should not be- rather than on what is- and that experience is hell. In the realm of inspiration, heaven is always now and is here everywhere.

Hell is pretending that heaven does not exist here now. If you have been pretending that this is not heaven, you may wish to stop, if not yet, then as soon as possible now. If you may have been pretending that anyone- you or anyone else- may have ever been how they should not have been, I hereby accuse you of being human.

However, consider that I could be wrong. (More on that later.)

Here is an instruction which has been repeated in various forms by many prophets:

However you wish others would be, be yourself. Further, whatever you notice may have been missing, cause it. When I notice that I wish another would have been a certain way (which they may not have been), next I may be grateful for noticing, and then I may be so curious how I could be that certain way myself that finally I pray that I am noticing one specific action that I am inspired to do right now.

By the way, go ahead. The rest of the email can wait. If you are inspired right now to confess your blame of someone directly to him or her or them- or to promote any particular possible outcome by some specific action you are inspired to do now, continue reading this after you proceed to do as inspired, but only if you are ever inspired to continue reading this.

To be inspired, be grateful and curious, then pray for inspiration. We could not live as inspiration while we were pretending that life was hell. Life was never how it should not be. Life is always exactly how it is.

The belief that God made a mistake- even maybe just that one time- is sin. Life is exactly how it should be, unless you believe that you are living in a hell created by God to punish you for how your past should not have been. Stop blaming God for making your life hell. Consider that you basically may have done it yourself, which, ironically, may be exactly what you should have done.

Make your life hell. Go ahead. You may be very good at it by now, right?

Whenever you are done with making life hell for someone- which is always your life, by the way- heaven will be waiting for you to forgive God for what God should not have done, until you stop waiting for God to take you to heaven. You may have heard that God created heaven and earth, right? So, who created hell?

What if hell never existed. We just may have pretended that it did.

If I have been upset by something, I may confess my blame (ideally, confessing directly to a group or person who represents to me a

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target for my own blame- and being specific). Any blame that I ever experience is mine.

Rememeber, God does not blame us. God does not create sin. God creates us in God’s own image. If I blame God, that is not about God, but about me. If I blame me, that is about who I may have pretended to be, not the one that God created me to be. Whenever I pretend that I am not who God created me to be, I may blame others for not being who God created them to be. I may blame them for sinning, for being how they should not be. Ironically, that is hell.

God did not create sin or sinners. God created God’s own images. When I was pretending that I was not God’s own image, I created other people in the false self-image that fit my own false self-image of a sinner. I noticed in other people some way of being that I believed they should not be, identifying them with some shame that my ego had buried in my past. By the way, when I identify someone or something as expressing some way of being- when I focus on it with my attention– I identify myself with that.way of being. I may believe that I am focusing on that other someone or something, but what if I was really just focusing on that way of being, just producing an experience of that way of being and using that someone or something as a tool for producing that experience?

In hell, people blame each other for making life hell. If I believed that I was in hell, I may have blamed other people for being responsible for my experience of life as what should not be. However, life was never what should not be. I was never the one who was pretending that life is hell. That was actually a false self-image, or at least it works for me identify myself with God rather than with how life should not have been, by which I mean how my life should not have been, by which I mean that I should not have been. When I focus on any quyality of life, that focusing is my life: me!

Whenever anyone experiences life, that is their experience, so that is their life. Their life is them.

Hell is the belief that I am an ego that should not be. Most simply, hell is the belief that I should not be.

Try this as an experiment. Say to yourself “I should not be here.” Repeat it… a lot. Try it throughout the day, until you choose to stop. Then, consider now whether the experience of “I should not be here” is equivalent with “this is hell!” Listen for yourself saying “this is hell” and notice if you can substitute “I should not be here.” Then, if you are courageous, go all Byron Katie on life and turn “I should not be here” around to this: “Actually, I should be here. This is EXACTLY where I should be, who I should be, when I should be, how I should be. Here I am!”

The imagination of God is the experience of “I am,” of being, of presence of mind. The image of God is the presence of God is the kingdom of God.

God is always. The ego may have pretended to be. So what?

If my ego has been upset by something, the ego may confess it’s own blame (ideally, confessing directly to a group or person who represents to my ego a target for my ego’s own blame- and being specific). Any blame that my ego ever experiences is my ego’s. My ego is my ego as long as I say so. I pretend that I am not God’s image as long as I say so.

If I (as my ego) was afraid, I am grateful for recognizing an opportunity to promote safety and security.

If I (as my ego) was sad, I am grateful for recognizing an opportunity to promote togetherness and curiosity and joy.

If I (as my ego) was angry, I am grateful for recognizing an opportunity to promote compassion and gratitude.

God is grateful. God is curious. God lives as inspiration. God forgives all blame that any ego may have ever pretended should not be.

When God’s image stops pretending that hell ever could have been, God’s image may say something like this: as you do unto them, so you have just done unto me. God’s image may even say to love everyone as if you were them- love them as yourself.

But what about people who call us their enemy, asks the ego? Well, in that case, says one self-image of God, love everyone as if each of us is one of God’s only image. Further, forgive God not just seven times, but seventy times seven times- as long as it takes to stop pretending that you or I could ever be an ungodly being in a hell that obviously should not be.

Go ahead, God: be here now. Heaven, I stop pretending to have been waiting for you. I accept you just as you are, God. I proclaim that Heaven exists- not eventually, not possibly, not “someday maybe” … if only she or he or they will just be more like how they should be.

I stop pretending that other people are God instead of me such that they could have the power to make me into a victim and my life into hell. Only I could pretend to make heaven into hell so well that I actually believed it for as long as I did, though now I know who I am.

Yes, I may have pretended to be a victim. So what?

God’s Kingdom, come. God’s will IS done.

On earth, what happens is God’s will, just as God’s will in heaven is whatever happens in heaven. The two are identical. I stop  pretending to isolate them into a good one and an evil one.

By the way, I pray with gratitude that God gives us today every thing we need today. I also claim with certain faith that God forgives
whatever shame of “that should not have ever happened” that I may have believed to be real, just as I forgive- like in that very moment now- those who may have sinned against me, even thanking them for reminding me of a treasure that I may have buried under a belief in shame.

What treasure could that be? There is no cup large enough to contain all of the blessings in heaven which God has stored for me, keeping the treasures safe through the very mechanism of my belief in hell. Those who did not believe in heaven, but believed that God judged them eternally guilty for doing what they should not have done and being how they should not have been- wouldn’t it be predictable that they might have devotedly trained us that we should not openly experience ourselves as God’s image- at least not just yet? How can we forgive them for pretending that life is ungodly, that we could have ever been ungodly, that anyone could have ever been anything but God’s image? Or, turning around the other cheek: how can we not forgive God’s image for pretending that life should not be how it may have been, pretending that they should not even here here… at least certainly not like this, pretending that God must have made a mistake, pretending to be unholy- given that we have been doing what… the exact same thing?

Of course we may have learned that way of being from others! We may have taught it as well. Haven’t you ever treated someone as if they should not have been how they may have been? Who hasn’t!

Let the one among us without guilt cast the first blame. Hey, where is everyone going? Was it something I said?

I forgive all the churches and all the congregants for perhaps slightly misrepresenting a few of the sayings of a few of the wise teachers in the rich history of human spirituality. In fact, I confess that my ego may have been confused and could have only blamed them in error.

I hereby proclaim all of them, all of us, including me personally and you personally… to be exactly who we are. I proclaim my past to be redeemed from “it should not have been like that” to “God’s will is present in all of the past, all of the present, and all of the future.” I redeem my past and in so doing life itself- including you and I- is redeemed. The Will of God (orthe Way of the Tao, etc etc etc) is however life actually is. When however life actually is… is just one way how life actually may be, then anything is possible through the holy spirit of God’s Creation.

When I blamed you (when I blamed the image that I had made from my own past into my image of you), you were reminding me that I may have forgotten that I am God’s creation and so are you, Thank you so much! I’m sorry. Please forgive my confusion. I love you.

I redeem you and I both to be holographic bubbles reflecting only God’s Holy Creation. In other words, I stop arguing that my life must be a mistake made by an incompetent God.

What a relief! There is life after hell, at least to the extent that hell may or may not have ever eixsted!

If this is good news to you, go and spread the message of God’s spell of inspiration across your entire life now and forever. By the way, if you ever notice yourself worrying about whether to do it or when to do it or how to do it, consider stopping at least for long enough to laugh at yourself.

However you wish life would be, be yourself. To be inspired, be grateful and curious, then pray for the inspiration to intuitively come to your attention as to what to do next as soon as possible right now.

Stop trying to make life eventually become less hellish. Instead, spread heaven. Go forth and multiply the experience of however you choose to focus.

The Creative Presence of God is among you within. When you stop pretending otherwise, you may notice God’s laughter pouring through your body like a comedian trying very sincerely to keep a straight face, then suddenly failing completely to deny themselves the experience of a heavenly joy.

God may be blessing you right now. If God could be blessing you right now and you may have even just accepted the possibility that this could be heaven already, how do you choose to handle this opportunity?

Published Aug 12, 2009

posted 3/1/2012

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the symbolic language of God’s way of heavenly peace

March 1, 2012
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Orthodox Church of Holy Spirit in Medzilaborce, Slovakia Polski: Cerkiew Świętego Ducha w Medzilaborce, Słowacja Slovenčina: Pravoslávny chrám Svätého Ducha v Medzilaborcach (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now, to the familiar way of thinking and speaking and living, this message may seem to be foolishness, at least at first. In contrast, to the emerging way of thinking and speaking and living, the familiar way may be revealed to be not so wise as it once may have seemed.

Effects are caused. Every effect is also a factor in causing future effects. For each effect, many other earlier effects precede it as the conditions that allow for the next effect.

So, the way that all effects are caused may be called “the way life works” or “the way of being effective.” The way of being effective is not caused by anything. The way of being effective is not dependent on any conditions or on the presence or absence of any conditions. The way of being effective is simply how life works or how organization organizes.

This Way cannot be comprehensively explained or measured. The Way is already functioning in all processes of measuring and explaining, as well as everything else. The Way can be noticed directly, but it cannot be understood. The Way also produces all understanding and all noticing.

Some linguistic symbols for the Way are Tao or Logos or Word or the Will of God or simply God or Divinity or The Almighty or The Void. The Way is the cause of all effects. The way is the source of all conditions.

Every word evidences the Way. Every word is formed by the Way. There is nothing that does not express the Way.

Every language evidences the Way. Every language is formed by the Way. There is nothing that does not reveal the Way.

The Way cannot be blocked. The Way cannot be assisted or resisted. The way is always operating and organizing and forming and causing and creating.

However, the Way can be noticed. The Way can be recognized. The Way can be acknowledged. The Way can be honored.

How do such effects arise? The Way produces them just as it produces anything else.

Grace is the single cause of all conditions, all effects, and all instrumental causes. There is nothing which is not the instrument of Grace.

The Way forms you. The Way compels you to focus on the Way. Whatever the Way may have compelled of you in the past, the Way has only been preparing you for your current condition.

Whatever you may have been focusing on previously, the Way has caused. Now, the Way is continuing to redirect your attention however the Way commands.

Focusing on symptoms may relax and cease. Focusing on identifying causes and effects may relax and cease. Focusing on the forms created by the Way may relax and cease as the Way itself focuses attention on the eternal presence of attention.

You are innocent of all concerns. All concerns and all other conditions are formed by the Way.

You are not a temporary condition. You are not a temporary form. You are not a temporary effect. You are the eternal attention of the Way.

Experience is compelled into being by your attention and focus. Notice your own attention and let the effects of your attention come and go. If you notice your own attention energizing effects, isolating effects, labeling effects, resisting effects, or pursuing effects, then notice those reflexive reactions as additional, new effects.

If you identify with effects, notice what happens next. If you identify against effects, notice your own attention. If you take life personally, notice that happening.

If you resist the effects of your attention, notice that. If you resent the effects of your attention, notice that. If you envy, notice that. If you blame, notice that. If you compete, notice that. If you villify, notice that. If you worship any effect, notice your innocent idolatry and return your attention to the Way.

Sin is an interpretation, a labeling, an identifying. Notice as the Way forms all sinning, all repenting, and all redeeming.

Attention to the Way is the most important creation of the Way. All other concerns are secondary. All other concerns will be fulfilled through attention to the Way. Focus first on noticing the supremacy of the Way. Seek first the Reign of God within, the Heavenly Kingdom of innocence, gratitude, curiosity, and the peace that surpasses all understanding. Be still and know the Way that is like the vine of originating cause… from which arises all branches of temporary effects and conditions.

If you notice yourself disturbing yourself with entanglements or agonizing about what to do and what not to do or cause and effect or good and evil or right and wrong or reward and punishment, notice your attention relaxing from the tree of dualistic knowledge, divisiveness, argument, and animosity. Notice that agonizing is the effect of a cause, and that in the absence of that cause, agonizing exhausts itself and dissolves, revealing peace.

There is no remedy for agonizing. There is agonizing, then noticing agonizing, then the dissolving of agonizing, and then the noticing of attention itself.

I am the Way. Notice my presence. Do as I do. Surrender to my cause. Recognize the Will of God as the source of all temporary individual concerns, the source of all temporary effects, the source of all conditions.

God does not come to judge or condemn anything or anyone. God blesses all of the effects of God, all of the creations of God, and relieves all temporary agonizing about what should be, who is to blame, or what should be done. God reveals all sin to be an innocent misinterpretation. God redeems what previously may have been considered agonizing to now be revealed as the the cultivating of attention to God, the refining of attention to the source, the redirecting of attention to attention itself.

All creations are formed by the Holy Spirit, of the Holy Spirit, and for the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit fills you.

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded by angels, by Giaquinto, 1750s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Notice any relying on other people or any relying on one’s own mind. Repent of these breakdowns in faith and recognize the cause of all effects including the actions of other people and even of one’s one mind, one’s own thoughts, one’s own words, experience, body, and life.

There is only one sin: idolatry- though it may have many forms and names. There is only one remedy: repenting.

Repenting does not arise from one’s own merit. Repenting arises by Grace alone.

The personality cannot keep it’s personal pride or glory by sneaking in to the kingdom of heavenly peace, or by earning access, or by figuring out how to enter. Eternal hell burns away the personality, converting that fuel into a new form, and through the temporary purgatory of humbly worshipping God even in the midst of what may seem to be unfair persecutions, Grace resurrects the one and only God, who rests on the inner throne of the Sovereign Lord.

Now, to the familiar way of thinking and speaking and living, this message may seem to be foolishness, at least at first. Again, to the emerging way of thinking and speaking and living, the familiar way may be revealed to be not so wise as it once may have seemed.

There are many ways to misinterpret and misapply this message, and those ways bear no fruit and are in vain, yet still provide lessons in distinguishing what does work. There is only one way to already recognize heaven now.

This is good news. If it were not good news, it would not produce the unconditional peace of God.

Remember what the most famous prophets have been communicating, for it is a single message with a single spirit and single heart, though in a variety of languages and with many sayings pointing to a single core: “Be pure just as God is pure.” The variety of sayings clarify the message, extending it to a variety of distinctions, such as this: “it is not what you put in your mouth that defiles and condemns you, but what comes out of your mouth.”

Could it be that to curse God is to curse yourself? How would you curse yourself?

Cursing God’s creations is to curse yourself. So, refrain from condemning. Refrain even from condemning any instance of condemning. Instead, withdraw from what you find troubling or disturbing. If, out of spontaneous compassion, you firmly rebuke someone, then the effect will be miraculous. If the effect is not miraculous, consider that spontaneous compassion was not present.

Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit (Photo credit: Barking Tigs)

Respect God and God blesses you, for receptivity to God’s blessings could be your only concern, your only focus, your only responsibility. How would you respect God? Respecting God’s creations as your own creations- even as branches arising from your own root- is to respect God.

There is no other cause but the almighty. Respect the almighty with all of your attention. Respecting the almighty, respect all the creations of the almighty, including your own circumstances and even your own attention.

Everything you experience, including who you may think you are or say you are, is the fulfillment of God’s Will. Every branch on the vine of God is a branch on the vine of God.

There is no other vine but the vine of God. There is no other branch but a branch of God.

The seed determines the fruit. The fruit is always faithful to the qualities of the seed. Focus on your own emergence diligently.

written 2/17/2011

republished as a post on 3/1/2012

the shaming animosity of “my god can beat up your god”

March 1, 2012

<note that this video has some spontaneous extra comments beyond the text below. This video is FUN!>

Ah yes, the holy scriptures of some ancient religious tradition– translated, second-hand or third-hand words to discuss. How about these most ancient of prayers: “God, most Christians are so freaking blind- don’t you agree with me, God?” or “God, my sister just does not understand me and how holy I am, and she really should and it’s just so frustrating- don’t you agree with me, God?”

I call that the experience of isolation and condemnation, that is, accusation, which is the “spirit of the divisive one, the devil.” One might notice the repenting from such “sin” and the peace of such repenting.  One may have been trying to get God (or even particular other people) to take their side in some more or less imaginary antagonistic drama. “God, most people do not even recognize the importance of religion, and how proud I am of all the humility I have developed by serving others through forwarding political satires on facebook- don’t you agree with me, God?” “God, did you notice how unenlightened that person’s language is- it’s so negative- how can they even live with themselves- don’t you agree with me, God?”

The isolating and condemning is the worship of a distant God, one that is not within all forms, forming all expressions of God. That is idolatry. That is implying “oh, those Fundamentalists do not have as much God as I do” or “that person is not created in God’s image as much as I am.” That is vanity.

It’s cool, though. Everyone makes “mistakes.” We didn’t even know what we were doing.

We were isolating and condemning God with our language, and it can be a relief to get that- it was just some mistranslation in the language, like a slight confusion between two similar-sounding words when learning to understand a British dialect or idiom, or maybe some little typing error in the software code. It’s kind of funny- not heavy like “this is very important!” – just peaceful.

“Oh, now I see the issue! God, don’t I agree with you? Didn’t I repent of making an enemy out of you? Well, if I was going to blame someone and make myself out to be the big victim of the devil, you were the obvious one to make into a devil, God, because the Lord our God is ONE.”

It’s not that after I forgive someone else of their horrible sin because I am such a holy person, then God forgives me because I earned it. It’s that when I repent of my condemnation, condemnation is revealed as a figment of language, a sign of mental illwillness, madness, temporary insanity, an innocent, instinctual tantrum.

God does not love me more suddenly because I just forgave someone even though they are evil and ugly and stupid and mean and antagonistic and egotistical (like I’ve been?). What shifts is that I receive God’s love as I let it flow through me to the other forms of the single God.

By the way, materialism is totally a non-issue. Materialism is not holy and anti-materialism is not any more holy than materialism, even if anti-materialism is even more vain.

“I know the right way. Your way is wrong. I’m better than you!”

That is the divided antagonistic vanity typical of a developmental advancement of about two years old- which is way more intelligent than eighteen months old, right? Apparently, that developmental stage can take a while to “master,” though, and however long it takes is just however long it takes….

“You’re mean and rude and hypocritical and- gasp- a materialist. You deserve to be punished. I have utterly no compassion for people like you. Plus, your mama is a whore for the mafia. By the way, do you like me?”

It all comes down to attracting attention. Or, hey, maybe I have no idea what I’m talking about…. The bottom line is that my God can beat up your God. 😉

<note: the link on this lower image shows up as “broken,” but then works when I click it. It depicts a nude women being tortured during the Spanish Inquisition, with a seated man taking notes and another man pouring some colored liquid into a funnel that he appears to have forced into her mouth.>

published:  April 12, 2010

relocated as a page: February 29, 2012

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First, consider that there is only one ultimate authority or power, and one word to label it is God. However, beware of worshiping the label and missing what is symbolized by the label. Note that many labels have been used in many languages for the ultimate authority, which is the source of all of those languages and all of those labels. With caution, use the labels. However, do not make any labels or any symbol in to an idol. That would be an error or mistake or sin or foolishness.
Further, turn away from whatever is troubling to you. Let it be. Choose grace and calm.
Leave your troubles to God. Do not leave God for your troubles, making an excuse of them. That is also idolatry.
If your cleverness is useful when you are relaxed, be grateful. However, if you are troubled and then still presume to rely on your cleverness, you may be humbled. Repent from arrogance. Arrogance is the root of antagonism, arguing, resentment and animosity.
Abandon your troubles while they are still small. Direct your attention away from your troubles toward God.
The ultimate authority organizes the capacity for sensations such as seeing and hearing, plus the capacity for language. God is the source of the interactions and interpretations which lead to perception.
If someone else has a different perception from you, that is natural. Different creatures have different capacities for sensation. A hawk sees better than a human. A dog can smell better than a human. A person who is blind may be able to hear better than most other humans.
Further, one who looks from the peak of a hill has a different view than one who looks from the bottom of a hill. The one on the hilltop can see many distant things which appear small, while the other may study something very close that appears huge. If most everyone has the same perception of something, then a new perspective could be of great benefit and advantage.
Differences in interpretation are the most subtle. When a logger and a squirrel look at the same tree, do they experience the same thing? An squirrel may be looking at the tree for nuts or for a place to rest safely. A logger may be thinking of the value of the wood and of the process of cutting and hauling that tree.
Beware of those who would argue over interpretation. They may not yet recognize the authority of God. They may worship their own conclusions, perceptions, interpretations, and linguistic labels, which is idolatry.
However, it is only natural to have interpretations, perceptions, and conclusions. Hell is the developmental stage of experiencing alternative conclusions as a threat to your arrogance. Of course, alternative conclusions in fact are a threat to your arrogance, but perhaps arrogance is not the most valuable quality you could develop or experience. That may be why God has exposed you to alternative conclusions which you rightly perceive as threats to your arrogance: in order to reveal to you your arrogance and turn your attention toward repenting and to God.
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22

I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.”  Isaiah 43:11 

So, if some use repetition of words and songs to turn from whatever troubles them, could that be God’s Will? If some use rituals or scriptures to turn from whatever troubles them, could that also be God’s Will? If some argue with each other and quarrel, leading to the experience of loss and regret and then repent, could that also be God’s Will?

Which of God’s creations is not God’s Will? Which of God’s creation is not the creation of God?

God forms individuals and words and languages. God forms groups and traditions and rituals and songs and oral teachings that may be written and translated and interpreted and argued about and defended with fences and weapons and wars.

So, you may have been taught that God has created you. But have you been taught what God is?

“Timeless truth, I tell you: ‘whoever believes in me, those works which I have done he will also do, and he will do greater works than these, because I am going to the presence of my Father.’ “ John 14:12

What is the source of works greater than the works of a Prophet of God? Further, which of God’s Prophets is not the prophet of God? Indeed, which of God’s religions is not the religion of God? In fact, do all religions point to a few  consistent principles?

“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is corrupt in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is corrupt.” Romans 14:14 

“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that corrupts you; you are corrupted by the [harsh, arrogant] words that come out of your mouth…. The [harsh, arrogant] words you speak come from the heart—that’s what corrupts you [and disturbs you].” Matthew 15:11, 18
Turn away from whatever troubles you. Turn away from whatever disturbs you. Turn away from evil. Turn away from blame, condemnation, animosity, and arrogance. 

Let attention rest at the source of perception and interpretation and the capacity to create. What is the capacity to create? 

Yeshua said, “Those things which are impossible for people are possible with God.”
Mark 10:27  & Matthew 19:26 & Luke 18:27 & Luke 1:37
The same idea is also in the Old Testament. See
What is a single word for the capacity to create? What is a word for the source of all words, all labels, all conclusions in language, and all formations in language, including this sequence of words and every other sequence of words? What is a word for that which anything is possible?

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