Creationist vs. Science – WHY?

Here is a debate/fight that I fail to understand…

… if for no other reason, if you don’t agree, how about trying to UNDERSTAND what you don’t agree about – even if you still don’t agree, you’ll understand:

Or is it that you feel the need to make everyone believe as you do?  You do know that is called conformity, right?  Also, you do realize that no one will ever get the whole world to agree on more than just the basics – there is air, water… etc., right?

Or is it that you’re (creationists) stubborn in your beliefs that you think our Creator will go to you and tell you if your understanding is incorrect?  If you have a direct link to our Creator, then it’s time to prove it… not prove that it’s written, just that you are correct.  If you can’t, accept differences, that’s what this life is about.

My further comments are in this video:

God in a Box

During the past week since my last post, I’ve had many ideas that I thought were worthy of writing, but alas, none had “heart”.  Wednesday morning here in the America‘s, I was going to write about the hatred and all the negativity being expressed concerning the re-election of President Obama – that didn’t have heart either.  With regard to his re-election, I even had selected posts from “religious” people who were throwing literal “hissy-fits” over the election results.  One of my facebook friends posted this picture, then

“I don’t fit in your box”
– God

I re-posted it.  One friend caught on and a conversation followed.

Without divulging our conversation, but at least giving the highlights, this is pretty much what was covered:

… We are a people who love to hate for any number of reasons. Love is something we talk about, but practice in a very limited fashion.

Also, I’m one that not only believes in miracles, but lives them on a daily basis. I don’t claim to know the mind of G-d, but like Albert Einstein, it’s what I strive for. Even as Abraham Lincoln is credited for saying (paraphrased), “It’s not important that G-d is on my side, it’s far more important that I am on G-d’s side.” To live in HIS shadow means that I can be both part of a miracle, and the recipient of such; and if you wish, the observer of a/many miracle(s) that others miss.

Mankind has a L-O-N-G history of screwing things up when we forget who really is in charge, then take matters into our own hands. It’s my suggestion that instead of being so angry and upset over the outcome of an election, embrace what is and seek whatever your role is from our Creator and be a part of what He has either made or allowed and grow.

I only include this here because I made a decision yesterday – I’m not going to write about the ill’s of our world, they’re quite evident.  If this means that I lose even more of my readers, so be it.  I know that “bad news sells”, but this constant rehashing of negativity tends to drag me down with it, and in the end, I don’t like myself or the world in which we live.  I have chosen to focus on all that is great, and what can be through love and compassion.

When my now 31-year-old child was around six years old, we were on vacation and traveling cross-country by car.  Each time we stopped for gas and/or food, I’d talk with people like I’ve known them for a long time (something I learned from my father).  My daughter asked, “Dad, is there anyone that you don’t know?”  I smiled and answered her with a quote from Will Rogers, “Strangers are friends I haven’t met.”  The truth is, I like to make people smile – and think.  Whenever we have the chance, why not make a person smile?  It costs nothing and from time-to-time, the smile you just shared makes you smile too!

For some of my friends and/or readers, if you haven’t noticed by now, I do believe in G-d, and it’s based on my relationship with It.  I say “It”, “Creator”, “Source”, et al because I don’t attempt to put “Him”, “Her” in a box.  For me, it’s enough that I have conversations with our Creator, so gender is of no consequence for me.  If you’re offended by my “liberal” expressions, I guess this blog won’t be of any interest to you – but this does not mean that it will turn religious… I have no desire to make this into a religious blog, but from time-to-time, there will be quotes and thoughts that will come from a belief system.

Anyway, have a great and wonderful weekend and if I’m so inspired, there will be something here to read next week!

All the best!

 

Your Conscious Thoughts Are Your Reality

Carlos Castaneda

Recently, I was watching a made for television movie (one of the main reasons I hate watching television, and do so very seldom) about evil and vindictive spirits and the Catholic Church – you know, the typical “Exorcist” styled movie.  While watching this movie, I thought about people I know that will swear to you that this kind of phenomenon exists all the time.  Then on the other hand, I know people who will swear to you that this is nothing but “hog-wash.”  So, who has it right?

In my youth, I read most of Carlos Castaneda‘s books, “the Teachings of Don Juan“.  They were very enlightening and very thought-provoking.  These books taught a lot of native beliefs and what some call sorcery.  There are some that would say those teachings are evil, they’re malicious, they’re false and so on.  I didn’t find them to be negative at all… I guess that’s because I didn’t start reading the books out of fear or apprehension.   I read them with the mindset of desiring to understand, incorporate these “teachings” in with what I already knew and weigh them in the balance.  For me, life has been and continues to be a journey, not a destination.   As Albert Einstein said (paraphrased), “I love to travel, I hate to arrive.”

What I have learned along the way is, what you’ve experienced and what others will believe are often not the same.  My many experiences, when relayed to others, does not bring a unity of experiences, a unity of life, i.e., ‘I’ll learn from you, and you can learn from me.’  No, quite the opposite.  When I share, most people will shy away from me, not caring to learn, ask questions or understand what I’ve learned and have or can apply to life.

So, here’s another question:  if some will swear that they’ve seen demons, evil spirits, angel’s, disembodied spirits, et al, why is it others have not?  What separates us in our experiences?

Below is a ten part series on conscious thought and how it creates our reality.  If you have “religious” beliefs, this may help you understand why we’re guided not to counsel with “mediums”, why – honestly – Jewish and Christian scriptures describe hell as an experience akin to manic depression and heaven as ecstasy (not the drug).  There are so many references to ones state of mind in scriptural context, in the sciences, and in literature, why is it we don’t understand this?  We’ve heard the expression, “Garbage in, garbage out” many times in our lifetime, but why does its meaning escape us?

Sentient beings  is a term used to designate the totality of living, conscious beings that constitute the object and audience of Buddhist teaching. Translating various Sanskrit terms ( jantu, bahu jana, jagat, sattva ), sentient beings  conventionally refers to the mass of living things subject to illusion, suffering, and rebirth (Saṃsāra). Less frequently, sentient beings  as a class broadly encompasses all beings possessing consciousness, including Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

In many ways, we create the world around us, yet for most, we’re just living the experiences others have created for us – we’ve given our obligation to be masters of our own destiny, our own experiences, our own choices, to someone else.  We’ve closed our minds to our own possibilities, our abilities and our obligation to be sentient beings.  We speak of freedom and say that we cherish it, but our actions speak differently.

What we see, what we experience is limited to our own acceptance of who and what we are versus what we’re told and accept.  If you’re in a “group” that believes in demons and evil spirits, expect to experience them:  if you’re a person that seeks knowledge, wisdom, understanding, true love… all the wonderful things of life – you will, as long as that is your focus!

Here is the video:  the last time I viewed this, when each segment (ten minutes per segment) ended, the next one would start automatically – however, whether this is still the case, it’s well worth your time to watch and learn.

All the best in your choices!

 

Change You Can Believe In

During this time of election debates and slogans that were created to say in short form what the candidate stands for, let’s choose this one today: “Change You Can Believe In!”

A friend of mine from long ago posted a comment about how so many others think the U.S. President is the one that runs the country.  Ironically, I have two blog posts on that same subject from last month, so I shared them with him.

When President Obama ran with that slogan in 2007, it was a good slogan, but the problem is, society has become ignorant spectators.  Harsh?  I think not – unless you’re accustomed only to soft, delicate language.  Why do I use these two words?:

  • Ignorant:  As I stated in yesterday’s post, our society has not carried on the age-old practice of studying the whole truth.  If what we read, hear or see agrees with our take of something – it’s true!  No it’s not!!!  You just found someone who voices your opinion which gives you the feeling of being vindicated because someone with a larger reputation than you just said what you believe.  Most people don’t even know what the opposing views are, so as I often say, “these people couldn’t argue or debate their way out of a wet paper bag!”
  • Spectators:  Times have changed so much:  in the years of my youth, we’d see people who actively took part in social, economic, political, etc., change – the change started with the person.  Now days, we watch others on our televisions, electronically sign petitions via our computers and possibly a few will participate in OWS protests… and from what I see, even a few will antagonize law enforcement officials trying to make them look worse than what they already are – not every law enforcement officer is bad, but like everything else in life, if one subject gets enough media play, it must be true.  For example, if you don’t know any middle-eastern people, and all you know of them is what you hear, read, view on television, etc., then everyone from the mid-east, except Jew‘s, are Arabic and Muslim… and all the Muslims are terrorists.  If you don’t know any Blacks and all you know of Blacks is from music and what your news service feeds you – that most Blacks commit robberies, muggings, killings and theft… then you’re a spectator.

Is it any wonder that I say that we deserve what is coming?  We want change, but we want someone else to make the change while we enjoy the results.  This is the living example of Albert Einstein’s (paraphrased) quote on, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over, yet expecting different results.”  As long as we expect others to do what all of us are to do, nothing will change and we’ll continue our downward spiral into the abyss.

One last thing to consider:  I’m not talking about elections only, however I’m not excluding them either.  The change we need has to start within each of us to really make a difference in the world – but of far more value is the change that occurs within each of us for our own benefit – our individual futures, then our collective future… for the future of each and every child… or is that a lost cause as well?

 

Appearance, Perception and Reality

 

As a child in parochial schools, I was taught like everyone else, how to memorize, not how to understand.  The indoctrination of Christianity in my experience is about conformity, not about understanding.  As I grew older, I began to question – not a popular thing to do with conformists.  The answers I got can be narrowed down simply to one consistent reply, “… you must have faith.”  Faith for me has never been an issue, but I’ve always sought to understand more, instead of becoming an effective “play-back” machine.

As I continued my journey of understanding, I’ve come across many things that explains what my conformist teachers of old either couldn’t, or wouldn’t explain, but my studies also helped me understand what “man” really is and is capable of.

Here are two examples:

Most of Christianity has been taught that the earth was created in seven days – and they’ll quote Genesis chapter one as their source.  Right here is where their “debate” starts and stops:  this is also the problem with memorization vs. understanding.  Understanding – true understanding is knowing the whole, then comparing the whole with the parts you’re choosing to “debate”.  If you go just a little bit further, to the next chapter – in Genesis chapter two, verse four, it states:

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

Out of curiosity, I compared this to the Torah, the original text, and with Orthodox Rabbi‘s.  While the excerpt is from the King James version, making the language slightly different, it’s correct.

If we look at verse seven of the same chapter, we get to understand just a bit more of our existence:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

As with the former, in comparison to the original, it’s true.

I won’t venture to explain why Genesis one says seven days, then the second chapter says it was all completed in one day, this isn’t the object of today’s post.  My idea is to challenge your belief of reality – how we see and perceive life.

Now, according to Torah and the supporting texts, man was a living, breathing and quite animate being when the “breath of life” was breathed into its – our nostrils.  This being the case, the “spirit” that was breathed into man is what makes him – us different from all other animals.

It has long been my contention that to understand our origins (in this case, from a religious view), we can understand our existence and purpose:  the rest of the text is for history and guidance… examples of choices and consequences.  If we do not understand our origins and purpose, the rest is at best, confusing – left to memorization, never to understanding.

Enter Albert Einstein!  Contrary to the beliefs of some, he was not an atheist.  He was Jewish – albeit a “secular” Jew, his foundation was in religion. If you read yesterday’s blog, there is a quote from him there that states that he wanted to know the mind of G-d, and that all else was mere details.

I’ve found quite a bit of information in my journey to understand who and what we are and our purpose here.  This is not to say that I’ve found “the” answer, nor all of the answers, but as I study, read and press for more information… and take the time to understand what I find, things become much clearer.  The following video may, or may not be difficult for you to understand, but it’s not my place to judge your understanding.  What I hope it will do is to challenge your understanding of creation, spirit and consciousness.

Science is now telling us that they know that for matter to “appear”(based on the theory of relativity), there has to be a consciousness behind it – that nothing comes into being randomly.  In experiments conducted by Einstein and colleagues, they noticed that the experiments would change when they were observed.  For me, this raises a question – yet unanswered – how is it that one person experiences say, the color blue, but another observer doesn’t see something different?  How is it that we see and (physically) sense the same stimuli as anyone else with the same capabilities (sight, hearing, touch, etc.)?  Why not something different?  So far, my answer is – we are all connected!

More tomorrow!

 

Problems, Problems – Problems Everywhere

 

 

We can’t go anywhere these days without hearing about a problem concerning the economy, politics, wars, the downfall of society, civil unrest… the list is almost without end.  For every problem, there is at least one person that swears he or she has the answer.  The supposed answer us usually, “conform, don’t rock the boat”, or it usually sounds like an emotional solution that needs a logical response.  But what got us into the problems we’re having to deal with anyway?

Well, you’ve read here many times, because we (including our parents – or if you’re young enough, your grandparents) did nothing to stop the problem(s) when they started.  Why?  Because we/they trusted our leaders, no matter who they are/were.  The leaders we once had that lead and pushed us to take responsibility for our lives have all passed away.  Leaders such as John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, John Lennon, Malcolm X, and many others who told us to get up and be sure the government is working for us, not against us.

Now we live in a time where the individual is afraid to stand up and (peacefully) fight for what is right, not only for self, but for the whole of humanity.  If it’s not a group or mob effort, it doesn’t get done… does it?

Yesterday I read an article (click on photo for more information) about a man who has skydived from 71,500 ft. this past March, in preparation for a dive from 120,000 ft. in October (yes, next month).  This was also posted in facebook.  A lot of the comments that were made were your typically negative comments such as:

  • Such a waste of taxpayers money – this was and is a private venture paid by Red Bull;
  • Why does he want to do this?  Stay on earth and live long and safe;
  • “Whatever, he’s still a f___ing idiot…”
  • “is he a f___in nut ??”
  • “If he survives…what will it prove? He’s crazy???”
  • “how much money do you think is wasted on this dumb a__ stunt.what is wrong with people?”

The negative comments just go on and on.  There was one comment that said it all for me – and it wasn’t something I posted, “People, it’s called pushing the envelope! We owe everything to people who think outside the box. Thank you, adventurers, all! /salute”

For all those that want everyone to live and reason just as you do, just remember, conformist change nothing.  The people I mentioned above were not conformist.  History does not record, or make a favorable record of conformist.  I understand that most conformist are more interested in security rather than adventure.  An adventure for many conformist is a trip to Disneyland/Disneyworld; a vacation trip to the mountains, the beach, to a distant State; to another country and to stay in a safe and luxurious hotel.  But as I just said, conformist, just by the nature of the word – conform.

I’m not suggesting that we go skydiving from 20 some-odd miles above the earth – although it sounds like great fun, and probably the only way to feel like “Superman“, but (coming back to earth) standing up for something you know will benefit your community, or the whole of humanity can be an individual effort.  Many people blog just to have a platform, such as I’m doing, to help others to think through issues that plague us as individuals and as a society.

The one thing we all know, or should know is,

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
Albert Einstein

We cannot solve any problem by just accepting it – by just conforming.  By accepting and conforming, we fall into another expression, “Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”

Whether you decide to stand up for others, no matter how many, or you decide to change yourself, here is something that can help you with your effort to effect change:

“Einstein is quoted as having said that if he had one hour to save the world he would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding the solution.”

“This quote does illustrate an important point: before jumping right into solving a problem, we should step back and invest time and effort to improve our understanding of it. Here are 10 strategies you can use to see problems from many different perspectives and master what is the most important step in problem solving: clearly defining the problem in the first place!”

This is an excerpt from the article found here:  http://litemind.com/problem-definition/

Now!  Let’s go skydiving! 😉

 

Row, Row, Row Your Boat…

 

 

“… gently down the stream…”

Most of us know this old nursery rhyme even from our childhood years.  However, do you remember what the final lines are?

“… merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.”

Have you ever thought, “What is this song telling us?  I’d dare say that most of us haven’t thought much about it.  Do you know when this rhyme was written?  How far back does this thought go back?  Well let’s explore this for a moment.

In the last line of the rhyme it states, “… life is but a dream”.  One of the first people who came to my mind when thinking about this part of the song/rhyme was Albert Einstein and his famous quotation →

I won’t insult you with a scientific explanation of what he means, besides, if I attempted to do that, I would probably embarrass myself to no end, so allow me to give a widely known and accepted explanation that predates Mr. Einstein by at least a few thousand years.

Most all of us know and accept that man is the combination of spirit (energy) and the physical.  Since we can no more destroy energy than we can create it, our spiritual side of life is literally immortal.  Even as a child, I always wondered why I was being taught that we have only one lifetime to get knowledge and understanding – get all “right”, then die.  If you got it right, you go to heaven; if not…  Also, my thoughts always went to, what for me was the obvious – who is right?  Who knows the truth?  With so many others claiming to know the truth, how will we know which “truth” is true?  And finally, why is truth progressive?  Isn’t there an “original truth” that still exists in its original form and state?

I found my truth, and it agrees in part with the nursery rhyme, Albert Einstein and Lao Tzu, as well as many others who understood and those that understand and know that our reality is a passing experience and we’ll lose ourselves if we pay too much attention to the journey, instead of the lessons to be learned and the wisdom to share with others.

Here is an excerpt from the history and the meaning of the rhyme.  I hope you’ll understand it and read the whole article (the link is provided):

“The lyrics have often been used as a metaphor for life’s difficult choices, and many see the boat as referring to one’s self or a group with which one identifies. Rowing is a skillful, if tedious, practice that takes perfection but also directs the vessel. When sung as a group, the act of rowing becomes a unifier, as oars should be in sync for the progression of a rowboat. The idea that human beings travel along a certain stream [time] and suggests boundaries in the path of choices and in free will. The third line recommends that challenges should be greeted in stride while open to joy with a smile.  Some have questioned the song’s implied necessity to row one’s boat downstream. This may in fact be a commentary on the paradoxical nature of time’s arrow with respect to man’s free will in a universe of materialistic causality. The final line, “life is but a dream”, is perhaps the most meaningful. With a religious point of view, life and the physical plane may be regarded as having equivalent value as that of a dream, such that troubles are seen in the context of a lesser reality once one has awakened.”

Row, Row, Row Your Boat – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia