The Near Death of Spirituality

For a great deal of my adulthood, I’ve wondered why there was a continuous war against Judaism.  Before you go running off thinking this is about Judaism only, please stick around, it’s not only about Jew’s and Judaism.

While I love to read, I especially love to read things that I can learn from, I haven’t read anything about what I’m going to address here.  This is a culmination of many of the things I’ve read about history, most of what you most likely already know, especially if you attended schools during the sixties and seventies.  I say this because it seems that many that attended schools after that era know little to nothing about history – or a very revised history.

Recently, I was preparing for one of my radio programs and this thought came to mind, “Why are people so willing to accept what is told them?”  Well, as life often does, during the radio program, the answer came indirectly through one of my guests.  It was like a huge flash in a pan of hot oil!  After the realization hit me, I felt relieved to finally understand, yet stupid for not adding 2 + 2 for all these years.  What I mean is, I know a lot about religious and secular history; I know a lot about the dark ages and the inquisitions, but I never added the one “ingredient” that made me understand it all a lot better.

I finally came to understand that as Rome fell from its greatness, the Christian Church, which was still new became the Catholic (Latin for Universal) Church.  As one De Paul University professor, a Catholic Priest, explained it in a Comparative Religion Class, “… the word Catholic is Latin for Universal.  This means that at the churches inception, it took the best from all of the major religions of that time…”  He then wrote on the board a long list of old and extinct religions such as Zoroastrianism (still alive), Mithra-ism, Hellenism, Judaism, Christianity, and many more.  In other words, the creators of the Catholic Church were seeking to bind all of the religions of the day into a ‘One World Church’.  If man can have a bit of each religion embodied in one religion, the hope was to makeWarForSpirit 2 the appeal to everyone that they could unite the world.  After centuries of slow growth, the dark ages came upon Europe, meaning that if you weren’t one of the “fold”, the reigning governments under the church could and did make life very difficult for anyone not “sanctioned” to do business as well as making life very difficult.

Okay, most of us know that part, but what I forgot was, the Catholic Church went throughout the world seeking out all those who lived differently than what the church condoned.  What we know is that the church either converted them and/or killed those they found.  What few know or remember is that the church kept the information they came across of any religions that had a strong spiritual basis.  By killing off the smaller groups/societies, they pretty much eliminated the information, leaving the Vatican Archives with most of that information.

Here is where my ‘lighting bolt’ (I’m trying not to say epiphany) of realization flashed in:  When there is one group seeking one-world control through their combining of all of the worlds religions – someone is seeking control.  Every ancient land they went to, they destroyed not only their culture, but specifically their religions… their connections to our source of life, who most of us call, G-d.  So why hate Judaism?  Judaism is NOT just a religion, it is a way of life.  Judaism is something that is lived ever part of everyday, and I do not mean just observances or doing something without knowing why.  While there are many things in Judaism that are not fully understood, there are more that are.  But without getting too deeply involved in that, the point I really wish to bring out is that there is a very strong knowledge and sense of spirituality within Judaism.  Not only has the Catholic Church tried to wipe out Judaism, other religions and governments around the world have tried.  Why?  If you can remove the spirituality from people, if you can remove not only a belief in our Creator, you can control the individual, a community, a country… the world.

Take a look around you – how many people are trying to win your heart, your soul with their beliefs?  From people knocking on your door, asking to speak with you about their beliefs, never asking if you’re seeking for anything, then becoming upset or angry at you for not “believing”: or the fundamentalist atheist who is just as intrusive as his/her religious counterpart, wanting to convince you to lose all belief in any Deity.  Then there are those that get us to focus on money, materialism and possessions.  Let’s not forget those that get us to focus on family and a whole host of other things that can, and oft-times does get us to focus on anything but our connection with our Creator.  Now we have the “Radical Muslim” who is threatening to, and is in some places actually killing those that don’t convert.

What is important to everyone is what most, if not all Jewish Rabbi’s*  will tell you, “You don’t have to be Jewish to know G-d.”  Why is this stated?  Throughout the ‘creation story’, there is NOT to be found any text stating that the Creator created a religion.  The controlling religions tell you that if you leave their fold, voluntarily or by being kicked-out, or excommunicated, you will go to hell.  There is more control in that than any direction to a loving Deity.

The world is actively fighting for control over each one of us – some don’t care, others don’t know, and will willfully go along with the plan of men.  Others will see this as a war for freedom in government and fight their governments, corporations and a financial system only, and ignore their core.  Those of us that see and know the fight is about our soul and what sets us free will fight for each other, because all else is as it should be.

*some clergy who call themselves, "Messianic Jew's" call themselves Rabbi, 
but they're Christians, therefore Judaism does not recognize them as 
authentic Rabbi's

Mastering Self – My Notes

While the audio version of this is airing in podcast on K WAVe 6 Radio, here are my notes for that podcast:

  1. Living in a time when hedonism and narcissism is rampant;
  2. Degrees, diplomas, certificates… anything that speaks of our importance/differences, things that separate, not unite – the documentary Kumaré;Steve+Allen+0001
  3. An inability, or lack of desire to see what is in plain sight, or hidden [though it’s easy to see] – mass media, alternative media – our own ability to discern;
  4. Yielding to popular thoughts and ideas – not learning [because we’re too busy conforming];
  5. Purchasing [material goods] without regard to [the cost on the ecology in] manufacturing;
  6. Spiritual leaders ignored – some should be – the ancient [spiritual leaders that were true leaders for the good of all] were ignored;
  7. Are you a leader, follower, or an individual?
  8. Community vs. Individuality.  Can you be an individual in a/your community?
  9. Can you be “saved” or “ascend” as a community, or only as an individual?

The sentences with square brackets “[ ]” have been added so you can have a better idea of my thoughts.

I hope the nine lines above help you in your quest to Master Yourself.

All the best! 

What We Created

I know, it’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but it’s not for a lack of things to write about.  I’ve found myself in a similar situation to that of many in the world today – concerned about the world we live on and in. Some of my “down-time” was spent in getting to know my thoughts, and why I had them, then I spent a lot of time remembering and putting back into action something that is so crucial to my life, and everyone’s, “How do I want to live?”

Through little fault of our own, our lives become influenced through the association with others, through our media sources, our sources of entertainment, etc., which seems “hell-bent” on telling us how awful life is, and all the bad things that exist in the world.  This gives wind to the conspiracy theorist and their beliefs in the doom and gloom of the world (I even got swallowed up in that to a degree) all because I/we want someone to “Press the Reset Button.”  All of us know that life sucks everywhere on this planet.  I for one would absolutely love to live somewhere where the air is clean, clean water can be consumed from it’s sources, and foods aren’t contaminated, and those I live near are very intelligent, that is,  we can learn from each other and care for our “space” in the world without concerns of life, health and liberty.  Another thing I can definitely live without – MONEY!  However, there is no such place in our current world.  Even if you can find a society that fits your idea of perfection, climate change is wreaking havoc everywhere.

Before I get to my point, please follow me in a little history – from my point of view:

According to Biblical history, our Source of life created a perfect world – then the Source gave each of us “free will”.  Well, some of you may be saying already that this was a mistake; I’d disagree.  Unless you’re out to create robots, you’d want to create something that has a will of its own, while maintaining some control since you’d already know the capabilities of your creation.   Why not?  Mankind has been working at creating Artificial Intelligence for decades now – our own “god complex”.  This same Source gave us very simple “rules” to live by and if followed, life would still be perfect.  Incidentally, with all the instructions given then, there was never any instructions, nor any mention of, “I’ve created all that is AND I created this religion for you to follow, and if you don’t, surely you will die.”  I can’t speak for anyone else, but my father never demanded that I worship him, but he was always close to me as a father, and as a friend, and he was there to listen to me, and help me.  I see our Source as being very similar – not demanding and aloof, leaving his intent for me in the hands of others.

Okay, moving on:  One very simple “don’t” was given us which like children, we had to go find out, “Is He serious?”, then we found out the hard way, “Yep, He was, and is.”  Well, if you were told not to touch a hot stove, but you do, you’ll bear that burn, physically and/or in memory for the rest of your life (okay, even with plastic surgery, you’ll know why it was done, and where), so consider our lives to be the burn mark all of us have to bear.

Part two of our grandest mistakes was violence (Cain and Able), then part three was MAS violence:

Genesis 6:12-14

King James Version (KJV)

12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

… sounds a bit like our current time, doesn’t it?PrisonPlanet-TforG

We’ve created our own prison planet – in more ways than one.

Where all of this becomes confusing is where people have their different versions of what may happen in the future.  There is one thing I know, if our Source doesn’t press the “Reset button”, we will end our own lives through our own violence toward each other, no matter if it’s from greed, avarice, etc.  Incidentally, if you really want to know how “prophecies” were fulfilled, most – but not all – were the product of natural earth phenomenon, instead of some great hand in the sky reaching in to create havoc.

What is the real reason for losing “Paradise”?  Was it disobedience?

What goes before disobedience?  What goes before obedience?

What goes before all action?

Thought!

What do you think about during your day – your night?

Do you think about all the ill’s of the world?  How poor you are?  Do you hate others?  If yes, why?  Is hatred making the world a better place? Do you think about all the things you hope won’t happen?  Are you one that lives in fear, and that’s what you think about most of the time?  If you’re answering “Yes!” to these questions… do you see a pattern?

What you think about is what you’re going to get.  If you’re thinking a lot about the past, that’s where you’re living and you’re not living in the now.

If you’re thinking a lot about the future and suffering anxiety because of the unknown, again, you’re not living in the present – we only have this moment.

People, learn your lessons from the past, then let the past be the past.  There have been many people I grew up with that continually wanted to take me back to the past – I ended up leaving them in the past so I can live now and plan and work for my future.  As for our future; say what you want, then let it go.  In my experiences, if you dwell on the future too much, you sink into anxiety.

To close this thought, what I hope you’ll understand from this entry is to see your problems as solvable issues which start with thoughts of, “How can I make this better?”, then finding the solution(s) and acting on them.  Throughout the day and night, and especially in the mornings as you get out of bed; in the evenings before you go to bed, take time to relax your mind, your thoughts and think of what you have, in gratitude, and give thanks for what you have, and what is yet to come.  Listen to that still/calm voice that is within you and follow its lead – that still/calm voice doesn’t lie… if you’re thinking too much and not listening to that still/calm voice, therein are the lies, you’re hearing your own thoughts. Making the mind quiet, letting yourself be free, this is called meditation.  Your body needs rest, so does your mind, your soul… give it some time… quality time, you’ll even sleep better because of this.

If you continually think of all that is wrong, you’ll create more “Wrong” and I think we’ve had enough of that.

So, continuing with what we have been given….

… it’s YOUR choice.

2013 Update

For those that are still subscribed to this blog – GOOD NEWS!  (possibly)

First of all, allow me to apologize for not continuing my blogging: I got burned-out from blogging five days per weeks and working on other things.

Secondly, since some other plans didn’t work out as I had hoped, I’ve created the Your Thoughts Your Reality Radio (YTYR Radio) program, which the blog entries that appear YTYR-Logo-Largebelow are coming from.  This is an internet based show which is currently being archived in YouTube and soon, in other locations as podcast’s.

We – my co-hosts and I – hope that you will follow the blogs which will become a five day a week entry (one per day from each host) and our bi-weekly shows on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.  For more information, click on the second “Home” tab in the navigation bar above.  I’ve had our YTYR Radio information imported to this blog page, so pardon me for any confusion that occurs from the combination of tabs in the above nav bar.

If you wish to contact me or my co-hosts, there is a “Contact” page in the new site and so much more.

We hope to see you there!

All the best, always!

K. William Spencer – YTYR Radio

What We See, What is Seen and What is Understood

The world in which we live in is far more vast than we can even speculate upon.  The unfortunate part of this is that most of us – as a population – would rather concern ourselves with what I call, the mundane… the physical world in which we sense through physical means; sight, sound, smell, touch and taste – the sensory modes of the physical world.  Is there any wonder why there are so many that are addicted to watching movies, sports, anything visual including voyeurism?  I love listening to music, but there are those that are addicted to… talk radio.  Ahhhh, the scent of a woman: the touch of someone who cares, loves, and that of passion: and taste which leads many to over-eat.  But isn’t there more to life than the physical senses?

Let me break the following into two different groups; the mere conformist, which I’ll call merely, conformist; and those that live what they know, which I’ll call, spiritual.  Many years ago when I would engage others in conversations, or if they wished to engage me, I’d ask, “are you religious or spiritual?”  Many had no idea of what I meant, but some did.  Through my experiences, those that are “religious” are the conformists… if whatever is spoken about isn’t written in their scriptures, they either don’t have an opinion; it’s wrong; it doesn’t exist… anything negative, and their minds are closed to anything outside their realm of reality.  Those that are “spiritual” are those that usually admit openly that there is a world of possibilities yet to explore and understand and have little to no problem with incorporating religion and science in order to understand life better – as long as the two are in balance.

In yesterday’s post, we hinted a little on the “connectedness” of man.  Let’s delve a bit more into this today.

One of my thoughts concerning this connectedness has been, is there a type of mass hypnosis applied to all of humanity?  This I doubt, unless you wish to understand the limitations of our senses in a field of frequencies as hypnosis.  Just as our ears can only perceive sounds within certain frequencies, we have the same limitations in sight, taste, touch, smell… etc., but here, we’re only speaking of the physical: what of the spirit?

There are many things we can experience via our spirit… if you really want too.  When you break free from the conformities that we were taught, you begin to understand.  If you’re Christian, you’ll remember this expression, “Seek and you shall find…”.  When you remember that your scriptures (no matter what religion) teaches you the basics, the examples and is a guide to a better life, not only for you, but for all of humanity… to accept others as they are, not as you wish, or believe them to be… just search for your relationship with our Source, then you experience the real world of connectedness, which is spiritual.

Here is another video for you to learn from and contemplate deeply:

More tomorrow!

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!

 

Just Kick It!

 

When I got this picture, I wanted to write something around the thought in it, and I still may do so, BUT since this has been a busy week for me, and seemingly for many of you, I thought this to be a nice way to start our weekends!

Have a great weekend everyone!  … and Kick It!  🙂