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Ruins of Time 🪄

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On Time Can One Trust?

Under the spell of wanderlust,
A traveller embarked, thereon commenced the quest… On time can one trust?

Swirled round the globe!
Glided through the howling gales,
Amidst melancholic silence and melodious wails.
Under the spell of wanderlust,
Probing, if on time one can trust.

Exhausted of the expedition landed at the New land,
There stood a mighty woman with a torch in her hand.
Her name “Mother of Exiles”,
They flaunt her as an icon of their virtuous profile.
This show has been going on since a long while.

She had promised to embrace the huddled masses longing to breath free and let them what they yearned to be.
The flame of the torch is imprisoned lighting yet gloomier than brightening.

They boast themselves as champions of liberty,
Maybe, they don’t know that ideals need to be cherished in the time’s race to infinity.

With…

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Everything on Earth has a purpose…

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Permacrisis a permanent part of the human condition

Permacrisis = caught by Collins Dictionaries’ word of the year, defined as “an extended period of instability and insecurity, especially one resulting from a series of catastrophic events”.

Permacrisis is not something new, but a permanent part of the human condition.
War, disease, financial disaster – these are not phenomena from the distant past or faraway countries of which we know little.
They have been with us, even here in the UK, all along.

it is not because the world has changed, but because we have.
Rather than seeing change, disruption and unexpected events for what they are, part of life, to which we must adapt,
we have come to think that they cannot, or should not, happen here.
Nothing really bad should happen in Britain. If it does, the Government should protect us.
Normal life should be smooth, unchallenging, and undisrupted.The problem is that, when we begin to think like this, we stop being resilient and start to become fragile. Great world events and the changes they bring seem abnormal, not part of the routine of human existence.

Every risk looms large and the world seems more dangerous than ever.
Then begins a vicious circle in which government must shield us from more and more difficulties.
We start in a world where the state bails out banks but end in one where it caps energy prices, subsidises people to go to work, and restricts our behaviour for our own good – and who knows what next.~ The real permacrisis is in Western civilisation

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History of dreaming, and connection with spirit #3

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Heavenly Path

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

― C.G. Jung.

First let me say, there’s all sort of dreams, provoked by so many reasons, from you being worry about something, that its bothering you, to unfulfilled wish desires, or you just had too much to eat for diner, and have a nightmare, but one thing I will tell you, the dreams you have are a reflection of who you are, and of course your Spiritual side, or the lack of it, will show up, in your dreams.

You would not have Joseph’s kind of dreams, if you are not a Spiritual person, first, because if you are not interested in such thing, as a Spiritual life, it’s like asking a vicious, and evil person, to have good thoughts, and be merciful, it doesn’t…

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Dream interpretation an it’s problems #2

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Dreams Are Magical

The first problem with dreams it’s not how to interpret them, that comes later, the first one it’s to remember them!

It’s well known, that as we age we forget everything specially our short memory, I am at that stage, where I can spend many minutes going crazy looking for something I just put down, somewhere, and cannot figure where?

Despite being methodical, as I age it seems to go with the territory, my dear mother when I was young used to go crazy trying to figure out where she left this or that, in my naivety as a child couldn’t figure out how mother could forget so easily such things?

Well, now I know!

Hardly a day go through, when something so simple as putting something away, can disappear, like if by magic!

Mother wherever you may be, please forgive me! It seems I am even worst than you…

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Our Sense of Belonging

In social psychology, the need to belong is linked to being socially accepted. The need for love and belonging even lie at the center of the Maslow’s Hierarchy as part of social needs. This is why many psychologists today curiously study the concept of “groups”.

All of us enjoy being a part of something – a community of people who understand us, include us, and accept us. And it’s interesting because nearly all human activities like working, playing, and learning occur in groups.

I know whenever I was a new kid at school, I loved connecting with other new kids joining in that year. At my most recent high school, we formed a lovely group sharing that one thing in common. Being a new kid can be an isolating and lonely endeavour. “Am I the only one who feels this way?” Finding myself in the company of others wrestling…

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Optimism & morality of hope

A morality of hope lives in the belief that we can change the world for the better,
and without certain theological beliefs it is hard to see where hope could come from, if not from optimism.
Optimism and hope are not the same.
Optimism is the belief that the world is changing for the better;
hope is the belief that, together, we can make the world better.
Optimism is a passive virtue, hope an active one.It needs no courage to be an optimist,
but it takes a great deal of courage to hope.The Hebrew Bible is not an optimistic book.
It is, however, one of the great literatures of hope.

~ Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, from his book, To Heal a Fractured World

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Human experience maintained in a fragile existence

… our human experience continues to be maintained in such a fragile existence that could end at any moment and without notice.
Every waking moment we are embarking upon the unknown.
Whether or not we are even conscious of our own living
and dying is another individual matter,
whether or not to believe there might be a presence in an afterlife,
or simply presume that whatever is, just is,
without ever a question about what awaits us on the other side.
~ Thoughts On Living
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Existence in the non-existent and non-existence in the existence

When wondering about the existence, the why and how, there is the darkness around us in which we look for the light. There we find ourselves in a world that has shifted from the here and now. We, looking at the age that has shifted all emphasis to the here, there, yesterday, today and tomorrow, and thus brought about a demonisation of man and his world.

The many things that bind us to each other and to this world we want to curse, but they keep us under their spell. Who plays the game? Who has the strings of our body and soul?

Who is the player of this puppet cabinet, where we are the puppets of who in what world? It was not that we ourselves presented ourselves to be a glove puppet. And who is that One Who plays with the hand puppets of this world?

In this world, we see many who want to seize power and even manage to make money out of their dictatorial traits.  Then they take pleasure in having flocks of dictators around them, until the people wake up, when it is too late and the phenomenon of dictators has already caused great misery. Then people will have to admit with shame that they have allowed such foolishness to take place and to cause so much damage. Then they will have the nerve to admit that mankind has been robbed of his transcendence by the short-sightedness of the super-intellectuals, but also of the foolish followers who turned a blind eye while the others warned.

Many have fallen a victim to unconsciousness.

But then, at last, they come to see, man’s task is the exact opposite: to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.

Neither should he persist in his unconsciousness, nor remain identical with the unconscious elements of his being, thus evading his destiny, which is to create more and more consciousness.

What is the sole purpose of human existence? Is it to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being?

What affects us? What affects him or her who is standing next to us?

For sure

the increase in our consciousness affects the unconscious. {Carl Jung}

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Return to personal integrity


”As long as we are looking for ways to “get away” with something,
willing to shortchange someone else for our own benefit,
or retaliate because we believe that we have been wronged,
we will continue to add to an environment
that looks to bring in the government with its regulations as the “big guns” to protect themselves..”

~ The “Free Range” SolutionOnly Common Sense Site

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Our real self ever perfect and free


“Our real self, the spirit, is ever perfect and free, but we have forgotten that.
So we identify with our present experience of bondage and consequently suffer in countless ways.
Our situation is like someone who is asleep and dreaming that he is being tortured and beaten…
He need not placate, overpower, or escape his torturers.
He needs only to wake up.
~ The Breath of Life: The Practice of Breath Meditation According to Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Jewish, and Christian Traditions. By: Abbot George Burke, Light of Spirit Monastery, 2012. Page 6

 

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People need people


People need people,
we just have to pray that people choose the right people
and don’t let the good get beaten down into invisibility
which is the cruelest state to put a soul in by the scum of the earth:
wolves in sheep’s clothing.
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Catherine Vaughan

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Why does the world exist

 

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Blijf niet alleen afgezonderd op jouw eiland met je vragen zitten – do not stay isolated on your desert island with all your questions

We are here. That much seems clear. We can’t deny our own existence.

Well actually great philosophers have denied our existence. What we can’t deny we suppose is that something exists. There is an experience of existence, of being, that is undeniably the foundation of everything. If nothing existed there would be nothing to contemplate …

Some may even question what it entails to be in or to have “existence”. In what way we experience existence? We can feel ourselves and we can see and touch other things, but that does not yet mean we feel their existence. Though most often as soon as we see and feel something we want to believe we feel and see the proof of its existence.

To what extent do we want to accept that which we can perceive to exist?

But one of the most important questions that most people have is why they exist. The “Why” of being us and the “Why” of being the things around us.

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Young Christian pastors achieving superstar status through the magic of social media

Now, thanks to the wonders of social media,
many young Christian pastors are achieving superstar status through the magic of Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok and the like.
Many of them are using their influence to spread (what they call)  the ‘good news’ of the Gospel
— or at least their particular spin on it.

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A boundless world with endless tasks & a path of life that feels crushed by an unending to-do list

Spiritually, Judaism has been accused over and over again as a path of life that feels crushed by an unending to-do list.The mitzvot, or God’s commandments, have been construed time and again
as an unending set of demands placed upon the world by God.In Jewish culture, the conversation around obligation created the spiritual attitude to fulfill God’s checklist for us.

The Talmud often refers to one who has performed a religious act as being yotze, or “freeing” themselves from the daily requirements of life in the covenant. The problem with this attitude is that it can boil spiritual life down to a task list.
Instead of focusing on how a mitzvah brings meaning and vitality to my life, I can become obsessed with doing it at the right time and precisely the right way.
In other words, Judaism can focus too much on time management instead of soul management.
~ Emor: Soul Management, Rabbi Noah Farkas

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The World standing on three things – according to Simeon the Just

The Jewish High Priest during the Second Temple period, Simeon the Just also termed “the Righteous” because of the piety of his life and his benevolence toward his compatriots, was deeply interested in the spiritual and material development of the nation.

As a high priest of the Great Synagogue he used to say:

“The world exists through three things: the Law, Service (Temple sacrifice, and today prayer), and acts of loving kindness.”

We live in this world and do have to live with it. To guide us through life in this world, the divine Creator has given us His Word and His Law, or Torah.

Torah signifies divine revelation; either the fact of communion between God and man, or the wisdom so imparted. Though to Israel alone the Torah was given, yet Israel in this was representative of humanity. Intercourse between God and man is fundamental, and without it human life above the merely animal stage would be impossible.

The service; this is the service in the temple, regarded as the worship of God in the manner appointed by him. If one special element in the service be intended, that may be the sacrifices, as a symbol of obedience to the divine commands, or the priesthood as the appointed agency for performing the service.

Maimonides interprets the word in the former sense, and this lends itself better to generalisation. ‘Deeds of kindness’, denote unselfish beneficence in the fullest measure, to cover any good that one person can do to another.

The ‘three things’ which are declared to be fundamental in human life are thus found to be Revelation, obedience to God, and brotherly love. It is possible however that the second term ‘the service’ was intended to symbolise worship as a fundamental in human life, including in its meaning both obedience to divine precepts, and the functions of consecrated ministers. The saying is only true when thus generalised; but it would be hard to say how much of that more general meaning was present to the mind of Simeon when he uttered it.

~ Pirke Aboth, Sayings of the Fathers, 1:2 (Herford)

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From the old box: The case for Black English

How many times did not change the impact of a word used. One time you had to use a word because a previous word was considered not right. But later than new word or other words became also considered wrong. As such in our lifetime we had to change already four times the word to talk about coloured people with a brown skin.

The case for Black English

Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker, 15 May 2017

The most energetic but also the most frustrating section of ‘Talking Back’ is a short treatise on the word ‘nigga.’ McWhorter takes the customary care in distinguishing the word from its uglier, older cousin, ‘nigger,’ but he pushes the distinction further than most: for McWhorter, these are not simply two separate English words, let alone two pronunciations of the same word; they are, rather, words that belong to two different dialects. ‘Nigger is Standard English and nigga is Black English,’ he writes, matter-of-factly. ‘Nigga means ‘You’re one of us.’ Nigger doesn’t.’

This interpretation helps to explain the odd power that ‘nigga’ wields over blacks and whites alike when said aloud. Richard Pryor’s use of it in his standup act in the seventies was radical not simply because street lingo had made its way onto the stage: Pryor had swung open the door between alternate cultural dimensions. Blacks suddenly felt at home – ’up in the comedy club,’ somebody might have said – and whites relished the brief peek into a room they rarely saw. Something similar happened, and keeps on happening, with hip-hop, many of whose practitioners use the N-word as a kind of challenge to white enthusiasts. It’s become a familiar joke: when the music’s loud, and emotions are high, who dares recite, in full, the lyric that eventually alights on ‘nigga’?

That ‘nigga’ is not only one of our most controversial words but also one of our funniest is revealing, and worth puzzling over. McWhorter doesn’t allow himself the pleasure. The word’s power – and therefore its coherence, its licitness as language – is impossible to understand without a glance at the history of race-rooted subjugation in America. The emergence of Black English is owed in part to straightforwardly linguistic factors: McWhorter convincingly cites the phenomenon of recently enslaved adults straining to learn a new language, plus a syncretistic importation of vocal gestures picked up along the trail of forced migration. But it also developed as a covert, often defiant response to the surveillance state of slavery. Grammatical nuance, new vocabulary, subtleties of tone – these were verbal expressions of racism’s mind-splitting crucible, what WEB Du Bois called ‘double consciousness.’ As Henry Louis Gates, Jr., has written, black vernacular is a literary development as well as a linguistic one. ‘The black tradition’ – from ring shouts to Ralph Ellison – ‘is double-voiced,’ Gates writes, in the introduction to his seminal study, ‘The Signifying Monkey,’ echoing Du Bois. The humor associated with black language play – with jokers like Pryor and Bernie Mac – directly descends from this multivocal tradition, and from the trouble that made it necessary.

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From the old box: Free Speech, but Not for All?

Free Speech, but Not for All?

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The Grace of Humility

It has been almost two weeks since we remembered how a simple man from Nazareth, who had always remained humble, gave himself completely to his heavenly Father in order to be brought to the slaughter like a lamb before God and to die for us.

Never did Jesus claim the credit for the works he could do. He always acted as a servant for Jehovah God, his heavenly Father.

The Grace of Humility

For thus saith the High and Lofty One, who inhabiteth eternity, and whose name is the Holy One:

I dwell in height and holiness, and with the broken and lowly in spirit, to quicken the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the broken. (Isa 57:15)

The grace of humility should be fostered by those who bear the name of Christ; for self-exaltation can find no place in the work of God. Those who would co-operate with the Lord of hosts must daily crucify self, placing worldly ambition second. They must be tolerant and kind, full of mercy and tenderness to those around them…..

True humility is the evidence that we behold God, and that we are united with Jesus Christ. Unless we are meek and humble, we cannot claim to have the true concept of God’s character. Men may think they are serving God faithfully; their talent, wisdom, eloquence, or zeal, may dazzle the eye, flatter the fancy, and excite the admiration of those who cannot see beneath the surface; but unless these qualities are humbly consecrated to God, … they are regarded by God as unprofitable servants (Review and Herald, 11-5-1897).

God has long been waiting for His followers to manifest true humility, that He might impart to them rich blessings. Those who offer Him the sacrifice of a broken and contrite spirit, will be preserved in the cleft of the rock and behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

When Jesus, the sin-bearer, the all-sufficient sacrifice, is more clearly seen, their lips will exclaim the highest praises. The more they see of the character of Christ, the more humble they will become, and the less they will esteem themselves. There will not be seen in their work a foolish presumption….. Self is lost sight of as they realise their own unworthiness (Ibid.). 125

 

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Spanish version: La Gracia de la Humilidad

Dutch version: Genade van Nederigheid

Preceding

Stuck in Mitzrayim looking at an exodus out of slavery

Humility

Willing to be little

More on Grace and Spiritual Fruit – Abide in Me, and I in you

I is for Incompleteness

Learning from ourselves

Your Life: Habit or Freedom?

Don’t Harden Your Heart

even so, it is well with my soul

When believing in God’s existence and His son, possessing a divine legislation

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Additional reading

  1. A Book to trust #8 Father of the universe wanting His creatures to know Him
  2. the Bible – God’s guide for life #8 Looking to Jesus #1 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
  3. Matthew 7:1-11 – The Nazarene’s Commentary on Neighbor Love Continued 8: Matthew 7:6-11 Giving and neighbor love
  4. Matthew 18:1-6 Reborn and pliable as a child
  5. Matthew 23:1-12 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Prominence and Humility
  6. Servant for the truth of God
  7. Today’s thought “He humbled himself by becoming …” (April 8)
  8. Entrance of a king to question our position #2 Who do we want to see and to be
  9. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin
  10. Heed of the Saviour
  11. Today’s Thought “When the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive …” (June 13)
  12. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  13. Created in the image of the Elohim to use their likeness properly
  14. Let us become nothing, and Christ everything
  15. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  16. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  17. It’s not that I’m so smart
  18. There is no true and constant gentleness without humility
  19. Humility and the Fear of the Lord
  20. Be kinder than necessary
  21. A heart full of love is a fundamental requirement
  22. Do we know the right things
  23. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God
  24. The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands
  25. May the Lord direct your hearts to …
  26. A man who cannot forgive others
  27. Today’s thought “Showing the Gospel, teaching publicly and from house to house,” (November 07)
  28. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
  29. Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful to Him all praise is due
  30. Consecration of the priests
  31. Full text of Pope Francis’ Interview with ‘La Vanguardia’

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Related

  1. Good Measure
  2. Bootstrap Pride
  3. Gone To The Mountains
  4. Where is God at work today? Is He around? Will we hear from Him?
  5. Does true exaltation come from God? What about self-exaltation?
  6. Washing of feets
  7. Humbled
  8. Of Humility & Humiliation
  9. Humility and unleavened bread
  10. Humbling of the heart
  11. Humility Matters More
  12. Late night lessons in humility
  13. April 20, 2022 – ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble
  14. Be Humble Like A Little Child
  15. Surah Al-Mu’minun 23:1-2 – Successful indeed are the believers: those who humble themselves in prayer
  16. Be ready for the Service of the Lord with Humility
  17. The Virtues of Mary: Profound Humility
  18. Learning Humility
  19. Keep Me Humble
  20. Spiritual Warfare #2 Breaking the YokeFor God Alone
  21. The Problem with Pride
  22. Murderous Pride
  23. Unseen Illness
  24. Love as I Have…
  25. Don’t Go it Alone
  26. Adyashanti
  27. You Don’t Have to Be a Rock Star to Lead Worship
  28. Wisdom; April 20, 2022
  29. Generous and overflowing Shalom
  30. St. Martin of Braga
  31. The Suffering Servant
  32. Displaying Glory
  33. Stillnes
  34. The Loveliness of the Cross
  35. WWJD
  36. April 21, 2022

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Beautiful Day

Grow your Life & Soul

What a beautiful spring day! I feel the warmth of the sun coming through the sliding door, making me excited for the new season ahead.

tulips-bed-colorful-color-69776.jpegDo you look forward to the change of seasons? I know I do. For some reason, I feel its a new beginning for Mother Earth, the animals and all the new change about to happen. I feel that change is vital to growth and rebirth. I am constantly finding opportunities or things that give me growth in all areas of my life. I never want to remain stagnate – I feel that would be death for me.

Enjoy the new season upon us! See the growth and beauty in change. May you grow this season, in a big or small way, but grow!

Deanna

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