Re-contextualize

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Re-Contextualize

What is life all about? The first time we ask this question is our first attempt to see things differently—re-contextualize. The question itself presupposes we are in search for a different point of view about this world and our place it. We will do this many, many times throughout our lives until we hit on the one that answers the question for the last time. Our pain keeps us wondering. The journey between our first asking and the final one can take a life time, some even say it can take many life times or eternity.

I’m going to start off with the punch line.

This is a perfect world.

Everything without exception is exactly the way it is supposed to be and everything is happening as it is supposed to happen. There are no accidents in this world and no this does not mean everything is predetermined. Only God is inevitable. No matter what choice we make and no matter the consequences—there are always consequences—it is the right choice. I think this is the meaning of “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

If you are still with me and haven’t thrown up your hands in disgust; thank you for staying and I hope by the end I will have explained myself. Not that I expect you will agree with me but this is the re-contextualization I have come up with in my 63 years on the planet—so far.

Before you go any further please take the time to watch this video. The human race has been stargazing since we could see and wondering [attempting to re-contextualize] what’s it all about?

“Once a photograph of the earth, taken from outside, is available…a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” Fred Hoyle 1948

After watching this video I could see the perfection of our spaceship earth.

This blog is a longer response to the one I left the other day at; “Follow Me Films” February 17th entry Where can I unpack this luggage?? Please advise…her very heart felt sadness, remorse and guilt about her past really affected me. Her crazy journey through bi-polar disorder reflected my own—I still have a bottle of Xanax in my cabinet, why I don’t know? because I haven’t needed it for years. Neither have I needed the alcohol (four years sober), pot (two years) or other prescriptions (many years off those, they never worked for me). They just made me…..well you know?

I too can give a laundry list of all the hurt people I’ve  left in my wake the things I have done to others, all this pain I created in the world.

Twice incarcerated.

I can also recount the things did to me as a child: I can remember being attacked at 8 years old by an older boy, me on my stomach and him laying on my back but that is all I remember until being so angry I wanted to kill him. I remember going home getting a kitchen knife and was going to do just that until I saw him walking down the road. We stopped and stared at each other but I was to afraid so I just threw the knife at him and ran home. Of all the kids I knew when growing up his name is the one I remember most often. Was it an accident that my first pastor had the same name? I asked him if he had ever lived in Florida, he said no. Just recently I met a Buddhist monk with the same first name, he couldn’t  have had the last name because he is Chinese. Coincidence or lesson in forgiveness?

I think this is when my rage started, when I began to lash out at the world. What better way to protect myself than to strike first. My parents who were both raised in abusive situations only new the same when it came to raising us five kids.

I became a bully—Please see “Time to jump into the conversation”—just ask my younger brothers and sisters. I’m the oldest.

My first re-contextualization came in the late 60’s while on acid. After the party was over and all had gone home I decided to walk down to the beach and try and figure out why the world was in such a mess. As I was sitting on the rocks watching the surf I was suddenly looking at the earth as seen in the video above. Maybe the image had been placed in my mind by the recent 1968 telecast of the Apollo 8 journey to the moon when the first image was shot of the earth from outer space.

In this vision I saw the entire earth in front of me. Then I started going back in time to the beginning of human history and the thought came to my mind that the world was in such a mess because somehow we began wrong. Well the only place I knew to find out about beginnings—being raised Christian Science—was in the Bible. I went back to the apartment, waited for my friends to wake up then asked them if they had a copy, the woman did and just happened to be a Christian.

Well this was the beginning of my re-contextualizing at 20 years old. I won’t go into the intervening years but fast forward to what I have come up with so far in regards to circumstances, events, decisions and consequences.

How can I say this is a perfect world? Once we come to know what the purpose of anything is and we see that, that thing is fulfilling it’s purpose we can say it is doing what it is designed to do.

To show what our journey here is designed to do I need to quote a few writings from different religious traditions.

Judaism:

Ecclesiastes 12.13 “Everything you were taught can be put into a few words:

Respect and obey God!
This is what life
is all about.” CEV

Christianity:

Luke 10:25 An expert in the Law of Moses stood up and asked Jesus a question to see what he would say. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to have eternal life?”26 Jesus answered, “What is written in the Scriptures? How do you understand them?”27 The man replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind.’ They also say, ‘Love your neighbors as much as you love yourself.’”28 Jesus said, “You have given the right answer. If you do this, you will have eternal life.” CEV

The Bhagavad-Gita. 12:6-8

Quickly I come

To those who offer me

Every action,

Worship me only,

Their dearest delight,

With devotion undaunted

Because they love me

These bondsmen

And I shall save them

From mortal sorrow

And all the waves

Of Life’s deadly ocean.

Be absorbed in me,

Lodge your mind in me:

Thus you shall dwell in me,

Do not doubt it,

Here and hereafter

Dr David R. Hawkins:“Be passionate for God, not belief systems. That is the only real decision that has to be made and applied to any and all situations. The question is always whether to be at the effect of the world or aligned with the Truth of God instead. The search for enlightenment is different from the seeking of worldly success.” I, Reality and Subjectivity pg 355.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Jesus Matthew 5.14 Amplified Bible

“For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. Jesus, Luke 17.21 Amplified Bible

It is the Kingdom of God the Light of the world in us that is constantly drawing us to God. Teaching us how to love God and our neighbor We reach God and our only happiness when we realize all other sources of happiness have failed us. This happens by the decisions we make and the consequences of those decisions.

There is no other way for us to be cleansed from our selfish tendencies than for God to allow us to do them and experience the consequences and then volitionally turn from them, according to Emanuel Swedenborg. We must use our free will and choose to leave the hell we have made.

This world is the perfect school to accomplish that purpose.

Every person who comes into our life is there to help us regardless if we call the experience good or evil. Our only function is to forgive the situation—the other person—and learn to love our neighbor within the learning opportunity.

Everything we need is right here right now for our complete happiness and fulfillment.

In every life situation I look back on a Divine dance has occurred between all the people involved in that situation—including all my divorces. All of us were brought together via the spiritual principle of ‘Like is drawn to Like’. Our energetic fields brings others to us for the purpose of helping us to grow in consciousness. Sometimes our teachers look like devils and sometimes we play that role. Darth Vader needs a Luke Skywalker. Look at the people you hung out with in the past and see they are not there anymore and see those who are here now—they are and were your teachers as you were theirs. A Divine Dance.

As we move higher and higher in God Consciousness we will see less strife and more peace. More forgiveness and love. More LIGHT. We will radiate more and receive more and the company we keep will automatically change to fit our new consciousness.

To wrap up two more quotes:

“[Love/God] Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,…” I Corinthians 13.4 The Message.

“Love holds no grievances.” A Course in Miracles Lesson 68 in the workbook