Send Peace

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Send Peace.

 Today I’d like to continue with my thoughts about Boston. How are we to be at peace with our “enemies”?

The first and most important part is to be at peace with our selves. After all we can’t give what we don’t have. Once we have decided to pursue this course and we begin to surrender our fears to God and ask for His help peace will begin to settle into our lives. This is a continual process of growth wherein we begin to see the cause of our anxieties are rarely outside of us. The more we become at peace with our inner shadow many things will no longer trouble us. It is thru the process of surrender to God and forgiveness of ourselves and others we will begin to experience the “Peace that surpasses understanding.”

The next step is to begin to give this peace away. Peaceful people do this automatically and not always consciously but by just being at peace they radiate it out to the world. However there will arise situations that require a conscious prayer a “sending of peace” into situations that trouble us.

Because of our journey in discovering our shadow side and finding peace and forgiveness with it we can now relate to the anger and hatred of others and apply the same remedies for them as we applied to ourselves: surrender and forgiveness.

One of the reasons I like the Aramaic translations of the New Testament is the beauty of the poetry and the poignancy of the message becomes so much more obvious. In Roth’s translation of Romans 15:33-16:23 (Netzari Press 2009) he uses the phrase, “send peace” 21 times and twice the phrase “Elohim of Peace.”

His footnote on the phrase is very illuminating: “Often rendered as “salute.” However shalo b’ shlama literally translates as send (through) peace. “Shalom”—the same word—can also mean “hello, goodbye and peace”, but shalo b’ shlama carries a more profound significance in that each one extends and participates in the blessings and prosperity of each other both material and spiritual [italics mine]….Rather, by using this term we are extending peace, reassurance and our love and sending it their way.”

Of course Paul was writing to people of a congregation of Christians in Rome and sending peace to them but there is nothing that says we can’t do the same for those who wish us harm. Jesus asks us to.

A Course in Miracles points out that every attack is a cry for help. So lets help them. By our very presence we can send peace to all those who are hurting and crying for help. As we walk thru the world today maybe we can, we will never know who we have helped be at peace and maybe stopped some random act of violence.

Our only responsibility is to be the peace we wish to see and surrender the rest to the Elohim of peace.

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Click  Here is one way to end the violence.

Luke 6: 27 This is what I say to all who will listen to me:

Love your enemies, and be good to everyone who hates you. 28 Ask God to bless anyone who curses you, and pray for everyone who is cruel to you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, don’t stop that person from slapping you on the other cheek. If someone wants to take your coat, don’t try to keep back your shirt. 30 Give to everyone who asks and don’t ask people to return what they have taken from you. 31 Treat others just as you want to be treated.

32 If you love only someone who loves you, will God praise you for that? Even sinners love people who love them.33 If you are kind only to someone who is kind to you, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners are kind to people who are kind to them. 34 If you lend money only to someone you think will pay you back, will God be pleased with you for that? Even sinners lend to sinners because they think they will get it all back.

35 But love your enemies and be good to them. Lend without expecting to be paid back.[e] Then you will get a great reward, and you will be the true children of God in heaven. He is good even to people who are unthankful and cruel.36 Have pity on others, just as your Father has pity on you.

In this time in of sorrow and grief our hearts cry out for answers. We naturally want an end to all the violence. Boston is just the latest, and as we are well aware now not the last, we naturally look for a solution.

The kingdom of the world offers no solutions. It never has and never will. Dr. Hawkins has stated that for 97% of the worlds history there has been violence and war. Fear, anger, hatred and revenge always lead to the same. One Boston official declared that we will get revenge. If revenge is taken it will be returned. We always get what we give, without exception. Attack brings fear of attack this is why guns are so important to those living in fear. And all the legislation and fear of punishment has never stopped anyone from committing heinous acts. People who do such things no longer care.

The official, calling for revenge is no different than those who committed the crimes. After all our officials only reflect those they serve. Not all their constituents, but I’m sure there are many people in this nation who are reveling right now in the just punishment of these two young men.

Do we wish to end the violence?

We must not meet anger with hatred.

God has been telling us for centuries how to avoid and end ALL violence. The most important line from the quote above is not the body of the text but the first line, “…All who will listen to me.” God has been speaking, have we been listening?

Where is God during the senseless violence and catastrophes? He is in the hearts of ALL those running towards the danger. They are the ones who listened.

Bless you all and pray for all those whom we think of as our “enemies”. Send peace to all those you see as a threat to you.

Changing our minds part 2

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Changing our minds part 2

 In part one of changing our minds I pointed out that Jesus is intent on changing how we perceive God. When he was talking in the Synagogue to people who had been taught that God was a God of vengeance and that any misstep on their parts would result in dire repercussions unless of course they participated in the wiping out of their misdeeds thru countless animal sacrifices. Guilt, blood and fear were the mainstay of their spiritual mindset. I also pointed out that Jesus left out the vengeance phrase when he quoted Isaiah 61.2 see it here.

 One of the most difficult if not impossible things to do is change peoples minds. It is difficult enough on even the most trivial of matters much less on a topic of such import as God. Kinda like trying to get a camel thru the eye of a needle. Especially if the camel doesn’t want to go.

“Do not be afraid of God.”

“If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”

You have nothing to fear from God. Just watch my life and you will understand.

Fear is the hallmark of the kingdom of the world. Fear is the opposite of Love which is the hallmark of God’s kingdom. The banner at the gates of the kingdom of the world we can read Dante’s warning; “All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” At the gates of the Kingdom of God we may well read; “Do not be afraid, perfect Love casts out ALL fear.” Even the fear of God.

It is the kingdom of the world that Jesus entered.

Many times in the New Testament the people were said to be afraid of the religious authorities. And the authorities themselves were afraid of each other. Fear was as endemic then as it is now because the kingdom of the world never changed. All emotions attract similar emotions and fear is the bedrock of all negative lower conscious emotions, hence those perpetrating the fear would be the ones most afraid. Could this be the reason Nicodemus came to Jesus at night? As a member of the ruling class—the perpetrators of the fear culture—the Pharisees, he needed to come to Jesus at night to get his answers. The only Pharisees who came to Jesus during the day were solely interested in finding a way to condemn Jesus and eventually kill him.

Now to a very puzzling statement by Jesus that would seem to contradict what I have just pointed out. On the surface I always thought this was an echo of one of the many Old Testament injunctions to “Fear the LORD your God, serve him only and take your oaths in his name.” Deut.6.13

Into this spiritual darkness—was Nicodemus in spiritual darkness?—Jesus comes and says many times don not be afraid. “28“And you shall not be afraid of those who kill the body that are not able to kill the soul; rather be afraid of him who can destroy soul and body in Gehenna.”  Then Jesus goes on to describe the love and care of God;

29“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny, and not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father?” 30“But your hairs of your head are all numbered.” 31You shall not be afraid, therefore; you are better than many sparrows.”

He describes his father as a compassionate being so concerned that he knows the smallest details of our life—the hair falling from our heads. And even the tiny sparrows are counted and cared for by him. Is God the father the one Jesus is talking about?

Is God the father the one to throw your body and soul into Gehenna?

When Jesus said if you have seen me you have seen the Father is there anything at all recorded in the gospels that demonstrates the father is like that? Absolutely not.

Are we not worth much more than sparrows and the hair that collects in our drains? Would God be capable of doing such a heinous act as destroying his very life for all eternity in hell. I say his very life because ALL life is of God and is God. LIFE is God’s very nature. Would he be able to do the very thing we would condemn any human for doing. Shall we ascribe to God the role of mass destroyer? A being much worse than any perpetrator of the worst crimes committed by humans against humans?

Who is the one who destroys? Does God destroy life? How could he since He is life itself. To destroy life he would have to destroy part of himself, this makes absolutely no sense at all. Speaking nonsense and attaching God to it does not turn nonsense into rationality (C.S. Lewis). In John 10-10 Jesus says; “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The thief here is normally understood to mean the devil. The personification of evils, the anti-life. Shall we ascribe anti-life principles to LIFE itself? Non-sense! Since I no longer believe in one individual entity that has the power approaching that of God and in fact evil itself has no real life or power over us unless we allow ourselves to live in the lower negative levels of consciousness which attracts evil spirits. This is referred to as spiritual darkness/Gehenna—this was literally the city dump used as a metaphor for a wasted life—hell. The only “one” who has that power is us. “Be afraid of him.”

Listen to what Emanuel Swedenborg says about God and people who think like this: “From these few points you can see how insane people are who think that God can condemn anyone, curse anyone, throw anyone into hell, predestine anyone’s soul to eternal death, avenge wrongs, or rage against or punish anyone. People are even more insane if they actually believe this, let alone teach it. In reality, God cannot turn away from us or even look at us with a frown. To do any such thing would be against his essence, and what is against his essence is against himself.”

This is the picture Jesus paints: God is NOT a God of vengeance, not a God to be afraid of. This is a God who is like the sun who gives His light to everyone without exception and the one who brings life giving rain to all no matter if we call them evil or good, God is constantly giving his life to ALL people. God does one thing, give.

“Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you, which will make everyone happy.” What could make us more happy than God himself coming to earth to show us what he is really like? Is not this the real good news. We no longer need be afraid, of anything. “This very day in King David’s hometown a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-12 CEV. This was spoken by an angel of the Lord. It is interesting to note that in the Old Testament every time an angel appears to someone and if their first reaction is one of fear the first thing an angel says is do not be afraid. In this Christmas story His angels say the same to both Zechariah and Mary. They say this because they saw fear in the hearts of both.

Now Joseph was afraid of public scrutiny if he took the pregnant Mary as his wife thinking she had been unfaithful to him. So the angel deals with his fear exactly where it is needed: “Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife…”Matt. 1:20

Immediately the New Testament goes right to the heart of the world systems’ of religion, government, societal mores and personal well being and says “DO NOT BE AFRAID.” The hallmark of the world system is fear. Fear in all its forms is used to keep us in line and take away our free will. Fear makes us slaves. Love came to set the captives free.

It is my point that the fear of a bulling vengeful God is the model for all other fears. There is a saying in some circles; “As above so below. As within so with out.” Meaning what is held in our highest consciousness will express itself below in our heart and what is held in our heart of hearts will determine our life.

“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever.”

“You have nothing to fear.”

“There is nothing you can do wrong.”

From Proof of Heaven: a Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the after life. By Eben Alexander, M.D.

The only thing God does is give. We are his hands.

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