simple but hard but rewarding

The Three Types of People (as told by inspirational speakers)

Some watch what’s happening.
Some make things happen.
Some wonder what’s happening.

Making things happen:

Imagine the ideal situations you long for (travel, romance,  a special car, more friends, etc.) and then ask: How can I make these ideal situations happen?

The first thing is to know it’s going to take awhile. Knowing this makes it easier to be patient: a talent that goes hand-in-hand with happiness.

The best case scenario:
Since money is the grease making more things possible…

We need to earn enough money to be able to save some while doing something we’re good at, and the “something” should ideally allow time to go by mostly unnoticed while we do it.

We need to move rapidly and learn to notice when we begin to rush. We tend to rush when we don’t have a well-thought-out plan. Not rushing makes it more likely we’ll innovate our way to the above ideal situations by being more positive minded and honing our best abilities.

Be realistic only when we should be. Think big, dream big. This will prompt us to recognize unusual opportunities and notice again opportunities we may have overlooked.

We shouldn’t worry about this taking awhile if we’ve set things up so we are using our best talents. It’s hard work to plan and then put the plan into action, but what a payoff.

So, we work by planning and doing and taking care of our health, allowing us to take better care of ourselves and others.

(Thank you for spending some of your time reading this blog.)

life is a search

If life is a search for purpose and completion (often called “meaning”), what type of life is best? One type is about the desire of making lots of money and is tempting but crowded with sharks of many descriptions where large sums of money can be made and lost by participating.

There are other ways to live where there is one satisfactory completion after another and where there’s love, joy, peace, and gratitude.

Both rich and poor and almost all in-between are in existence’s constant here and now-ness and are constantly thinking, breathing, getting thirsty, working, being hungry, interacting with people, and getting older, yet we don’t know we are missing most of reality, and for humanity, it has been this way for a long-long time.

So, I ask myself, do I have to be rich or famous to live a meaningful life, and I’m thinking…of course not, living a meaningful life is what freedom is about. How do we opt out of the race for fame and/or riches for an normal, everyday life, given the chance?

Maybe by asking “Is there more to life than the race to have fame and more than enough money to survive and retire on”? Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too? Is it up to us?

Here’s the key question. Why wait to become rich or famous in order to relax and savor life? If we wait, relaxing and savoring life may never happen for us. Why do we keep straining?

Knowing we’re already home and set (not having to have the expensive toys of wealth) gives us different options. Plus, taking time to slow down can allow us to see better the speed and direction to go. Relaxation and savoring life has a way of bringing interesting thoughts and trails into our lives.

As we slow down, we are able to notice and appreciate more of what life is full of.

One can be relaxed while building a fortune if one knows a sure way to build a fortune and is willing and able to apply the knowledge without worry or stress by knowing it’s just a matter of time.

What is the need to worry or hurry when we are already content? It’s strange but true…not having to have something makes it easier to obtain.

Can unapplied knowledge come back to haunt us? Yes, it’s called guilt. It’s a psychological instrument we know how to use…by pushing it on others or having to pull it.

Notice guilt for what it is…a reminder. It bothers us or it doesn’t, depending on what it’s about. How strong can guilt be when it’s rightly ignored? Guilt is part of the “would-a” “could-a” “should-a” tradition and has a use or it wouldn’t exist.

booby prize

Is learning how to accept what already is the case, the foundation of the house of happiness? Knowing what is so is constantly changing so it’s hard to keep up with.

Does love communicate naturally? Is health where you take part or loose it? Is knowledge a booby prize but too useful to suspend? Is the first and last truth an experience rather than an idea?

Is truth an idea as well as a physical thing?

What’s the greatest truth? The isness of existence? Or is it finding out what’s for supper? Is the greatest truth the current one?

belief and doubt

Is doubt smart and belief lazy when it comes to religion, but in marriage, is it just the opposite, believing is smart and doubt lazy?

How does a thing change from good to bad? With a stranger, would doubt be smart and belief lazy? Is it always the situation that determines what’s smart or lazy?

Do doubt and belief differ in the way they point to one’s thinking about the future?

Is it that belief makes us feel we a sitting on dead center and need not change a thing, while doubt causes us to get out the saddles and go adventuring.

It seems organized religions are in love with belief and almost all professional scientists are in love with doubt. If so, who do we bet on?

Are the odds even? Are the odds close to the difference between a balloon and a golden ball the same size? Belief stays the same as reason continues to change.

But both are claiming to be the golden ball. So who is almost 100% sincerely wrong about the future of the dead?

my being

Is it that no one but I can take away my ability to journey inside to fellowship with my being or to draw succor from it in a time of need? Or just to visit it as a matter of regular practice?

Is it that my being is never alone or separated from its innate love and strength and wisdom? Is the mystery inside and outside of my every cell?

Is my body my golden horse which will melt in the fires of death? Am I no more than a special dream that will evaporate into nothingness when my miraculous steed perishes?

 

santa versus religious beliefs

Are almost all religions of the world today
in the same category as Santa Claus
because they are based
on beliefs?

Is a good answer
Yes, but Santa has the disadvantage
of eventually being found out, but
with religions the catch is that
you have to die to find out.

Santa says I’ll tell you a secret:
Nobody finds out if there is
or isn’t an afterlife because
there’ll be nothing left of life support
for thoughts or anything else
so there will be no regrets of a missed heaven
or celebrations of not having to go to a hell.

At death will the knowable cease to exist?

We are dubious and ask Santa
How do you know? and Santa says
I know because I die and am
brought to life again and again.

And Santa says, So it’s a tie between an afterlife
and me when it comes to all of the magical
thinking which surrounds us both.

So, the real difference is nobody
has to die to find out the truth about Santa.
Does Santa lose because no one can find out about
religious truth without dying? And Santa says,
Even then, they don’t find out because they are dead
and can’t perceive anything.

So is it a fair fight? How does Santa respond?
He’s so honest about it. He admits he’s lost.
Santa says, For it to be a fair fight the
religions have to prove their beliefs are true
because believing in Santa is fun
but not true.

So Santa says, They can’t prove
their beliefs are true, so it’s a tie.

Santa thinks religious folks dare not
think about magical thinking because it would
aid in destroying their hope and faith.
Santa whispers back, But not their ability to love,
specially the love for children.

Santa admits that believing in him
is truly a belief. What else could he say?

Santa says proving beliefs are facts is
an extremely hard job because
beliefs by definition are
not sureties.

Behind all the fun and commerce,
could this weakness of beliefs be another reason
and lesson for Santa’s, the Easter Bunny’s,
and the Tooth Fairy’s continued existence?

 

a real revival

Do you think any credible and rational religious leader would try to force others to follow his or her religious teachings and beliefs if the other folks didn’t believe in the teachings or beliefs?

The Jesus of the New Testament gave credence to the idea that secular government is separate from religious teaching: “And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. And they marveled at him.” 

Obedience to secular governments is stressed in the New Testament: “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king as supreme or unto governors…”

Is it that Jesus was a credible religious leader who had socialist leanings? Is it that some of today’s most faithful followers ignore many of the wonderful teachings and examples contained in their holy scriptures?

Is it not a religious group’s job to make their beliefs into civil laws but to live lives worth emulating: lives which express “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” and not spending precious time creating laws which hinder other citizens from experiencing all the joys and privileges of their citizenship such as being able to visit each other as family members wherever they may be, as other citizens are able to do?

Why are so many religious followers so far off of their proper path which is to follow their teaching by using love rather than force? Why are they so distracted? Is “satan” the one tempting them with the power found in politics so that they might become discredited and lose their way and their influence? Are they are giving time to almost anything except what they are supposed to be doing?

Is it that if individual believers became a power unto themselves by being authentic believers—not just seat warmers—would they no longer need or be influenced by the rants and raves from many of their leaders?

Why not become spiritually independent simply by living lives worth emulating, and wouldn’t such lives carry no hindrances to having interesting experiences and would this way of living probably lead to having very effective lives?

Would this be a real revival composed of precious long-term thinking and actions? Should believers leave all of the judging to God? Isn’t positive behavior much better than negative behavior when trying to lead others to your way of thinking?

Is it that trying to dominate others by making them feel like second-class citizens, hateful? Are the odds very high that it is hateful—even if the motives seem justified to the persecutors?

If Christians feel persecuted, could it be because of their unjustified persecution of others? Why should anyone be forced by law or any other way to live by religious teachings to which they do not subscribe?

a little bit of background

I no longer believe in or trust in the Christian God, yet I love my Christian heritage and I remember well how good it felt to be safe and secure as a member of the only group on earth which had in its possession the only true set of religious teachings and to be one of those whose destiny is an eternity of joy.

I realized over a period of time that if I had been born into a family with a different religious brand, I would have had the same sincerity and trust in its teachings that I had with the teachings of Christianity.

I now am an agnostic because it makes sense and there’s no need to prove anything, and both of the extremes are beliefs, and it would seem the theists would need several batches of faith because of all their magical thinking, and the atheists would need maybe just a little more than a molecule of faith because of their lack of magical thinking.

So, with some regret, I gave up my magical thinking and I’m taking my chances—since it’s hardly possible and so over the top that there’s an all-powerful creator somewhere keeping complete records of everyone’s thoughts and actions and who is going to torture all non-believers forever in a lake of fire. Those beliefs now seem to me like tales hatched by witch doctors with dreams of power.

 

does dogma corral

Is it that love accepts and understands and hate wants change without a reasonable wait?

Is true spirituality conformity or rebellion? Do I belong because of fear? Have I become intoxicated by thought and do I douse my fear with the fuel of membership and tradition?

Does seeking give experience but little comfort because I’m threatened by it?
Is conformity easy because it’s the default road?

It’s expected that I follow the rules but does dogma corral my awareness?