Thank G!d I don't have that burden. I don't know how you can handle it Leo. I walk around feeling blessed as a benefactor of G!d's creation. Car wrecks, hospitalizations, forclosures...I can deal with all sorts of things...but if I had that 'we are nothing but worthless souls' hanging over my head all the time I don't know how I could handle it. A stronger man than I you are Mr. Salinas....I'll just bask in G!d's glory, breathe the fresh air, and enjoy my companions on this trip around the sun...nothing that man can do will save us all. man's righteousness is a filthy rag. only God's Judgement on man will save us all and bring peace to earth. so, the Creator of heaven and earth is our best hope.
nothing that man can do will save us all. man's righteousness is a filthy rag..
Is that because he's still hanging on to his baby blanket? Nothing wrong with some responsibility, clean laundry and fresh towels.......
Peace is a clean white fresh linen cupboard, peace is when the past is washed and smoothed out and we our own good house keepers.
peace - c -
There is still one thing that all life on earth does, and that's conflict with another organism. Life, in it's most basic form, fights to develop. Plants compete with each other for sunlight. Every animal competes for territory, for mates, for food. In the end, even among the most unified humans, there will be conflict over resources.
Leo Salinas said:don't get me wrong, i have family and friends around me to enjoy and laugh with. i am very grateful to God that He has given me happiness, but for some reason on the back of my mind, i keep remembering the suffering and death in this world. its everywhere really. you can't deny the fact that your own children or friends are constantly in danger and though i know in my heart that if something were to happen to them, i know i would see them again, but you know what? it would still hurt like all hell get out! like i said, i enjoy my family and friends very much, but i know i won't be around forever and i also know that eventually they will be taken from me or i from them. i can't ignore the fact that there are people out there dying or are hungry as we are typing what seems to be vain conversations compared to what is really happening in this world. i guess i just have a guilty conscience. but to me, i would rather carry this burden than to be some spoiled rich kid enjoying life pretending that nothing is wrong in this world, when in fact everything has been wrong since the beginning of creation. call me old fashion, i guess.
Great observation, fourgrtkidos. I just wanted to say that if it weren't for Bruce Lipton, I might very well never have found my present spiritual path! When I was a freshman in college, in late 1990 or early 1991, a local esoteric group in Asheville, NC sponsored Dr. Lipton to come speak at the UNC Asheville campus (on `The Consciousness of the Cell'). I attended out of interest, and was invited afterwards, by a member of that group, to come to their regular meetings/meditations. I thus credit Dr. Liptop, and that group, with showing me the way, in this particular lifetime. Doors opened up for me, from that point forward, which might never have done so, otherwise!
I don't believe this is true. I think we accept this idea as fact because of Darwanistic Evolutionary Theory.
With respect to your post on conflict, Leafblade, I would disagree, and suggest that you have actually begged a very important question. That question is - What is our highest Purpose here, on Planet Earth, as Humanity ... and how do we move toward that Purpose?
I do not argue that conflict doesn't exist, or even that it exists for a Purpose! But I do not agree that Humanity is no different than the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms in this respect. The Ageless Wisdom defines Humanity as an essentially Divine being, housed in a living, animal body (which includes not just the flesh, but also our emotional-passionate nature, and our lower [personal] mind).
The question we should ask, then, is how does our Human Purpose differ from that of the animals, and lower Kingdoms? And we can think of this in terms of the Seven Rays, which condition all life upon planet Earth (and in Cosmos). As presented by Alice Bailey, and by other esoteric authors, these Rays are:1st ray of Power, Will or Purpose2nd ray of Love-Wisdom3rd ray of Active, Creative Intelligence4th ray of Harmony through Conflict, or Beauty or Art5th ray of Concrete Science or Knowledge6th ray of Abstract Idealism or Devotion7th ray of Ceremonial Order or Magic or Ritual or OrganisationOf particular note is the idea that Humanity is a 4th Ray entity (also strongly influenced by the 5th Ray, which corresponds to concrete, or lower mind).
What this means, is that all of the CONFLICT which we undergo - and which Humanity will continue to undergo for quite some time, on various levels - HAS A PURPOSE. In simple terms, it is part of God's Plan for helping us, and allowing us (through our own `working out' of that Plan), to develop toward our highest potential.
Animals, and the lesser Kingdoms, are also developing toward a Purpose, yet they are not gifted with mind in the same way that Humanity is, thus they do not develop by making Concious CHOICES. And choice exists where even a simple twofold possiblity between a high road and a low road, presenting tension, or CONFLICT. Even where we do not yet fully understand the nature of that choice, or realize the possible consequences, we are here to LEARN, which can only take place - in some situations - through this `Free Will' (or power-to-choose).
Our real progress, along with the fully conscious, intentional exercising of this power of choice, takes place when we align our will with a Greater Will, the Good of the Whole (aka Divine Will, God's Will, or Spiritual Will). There are many steps, or stages, in this realization, moving from beyond the wants and needs of the separate, isolated self, to the needs of others, to the Good of the Group, and then to increasingly greater Groups - eventually thinking in terms of Wholes (which seems a paradoxical term in the plural, although this is not the case).
Our best hope for Peace on Earth ... is Humanity. This may seem to be a Humanistic statement, or a secular one, but it is not. God, or Divine beings, cannot work to advance the Divine Plan, when that plan involves and REQUIRES Human Cooperation ... if we, as Humanity, do not learn and agree to cooperate - both with Them, and with each other!
Students of the Ageless Wisdom, and spiritually-minded people worldwide of every religion and background, increasingly recognize that it is not a matter of `waiting on God' to finally bring about the Peace on Earth which so many people desperately desire. Instead, it is essentially a matter of assembling a quorum of competent leaders, in every nation and government, as also of assuring that we have the right type of leadership working from within the world's religions, economic organizations, and steering the progress of scientific research, academic progress, etc. It might even be said that if we can just bring about the right type of education, focusing on spiritual values (of importance to ALL of Humanity - every single member), then the rest would take care of itself!
I am reminded of the bumper-sticker which expresses much of this in the phrase, `Think Globally, Act Locally,' as also the expression, `Peace begins with Me,' or `Let Peace begin with me.' There is a mantram, perhaps used by some esotericists, which makes direct invocation to a Cosmic Avatar, the Spirit of Peace, this Spirit being one of three Cosmic Entities forming a Triangle supporting the Christ at this time (the other two are the Buddha, and the Avatar of Synthesis). The 1st Stanza of the ancient mantram, the Great Invocation, goes thus:Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind.Let the Spirit of Peace be spread abroad.May men of goodwill everywhere meet in a spirit of cooperation.May forgiveness on the part of all men be the keynote at this time.Let power attend the efforts of the Great Ones.So let it be, and help us to do our part.There is so much that we can do, both on a small, individual scale, and in connection with the groups of which we form a part - family, social, spiritual and subjective. We can ponder the first few lines of the Dhammapada, which underscore the power of human thought, and remember especially the importance of the energy of Goodwill ...
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage.
- All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts, it is made up of our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.