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Some people believe that Buddhists are these perfect people and that forgiveness and acceptance come so easily to them.
That's not true.
It is just as challenging for us to begin the journey of learning and controlling our own mind and ego as it is for you.
The ego is a powerful monster to defeat. It tries to consume your mind, filling it with anger and entitlement, judgement and greed.
When someone has hurt you, your first reaction is to either feel self-pity, anger, or both.
To let go of these is a war within your mind. Even the thought of letting go of your anger can stir up more anger.
The difference is that, in Buddhism, we know that this anger is poison to our soul. Emotions such as it do absolutely no good for us - they only make us bitter.
Forgiveness is not only for those you are forgiving - it is for yourself, as well.
Once you begin meditating and get a better grasp of your mind, you find it easier and easier to control those poisonous thoughts and emotions.
We are peaceful because we choose to be; because we have realized that there is no point to waste a moment of your life lingering on bitter feelings and allowing your heart to fill with anger, instead of being joyous for the countless miracles in this beautiful world and the countless blessings in our own lives.
I turned away from the indoctrination of my childhood and chose this path.
I choose the path of peace and love.
Growing up, I never understood the love so many people could feel for a religion - especially those filled with so much hate, judgement, and destruction.
Buddhism, however, fills my heart with so much pride and joy.
It is a difficult religion to follow - you must control the overwhelming ego, take responsibility for your negative actions in life, and learn to understand, control, and silence a mind that never stops spinning with thoughts.
Yet, it is filled with so much pride to know you are trying so hard for yourself, for others, and for the world as a whole to be a better person and fill every corner of this world you reach with peace, happiness, and love.
I am so proud and in love with the path I have chosen. It was so challenging in the beginning but I didn't let myself give up. I slowly began to improve in my meditations and I have mastered so well, now, that I can lose the feeling of separateness from this world and the feeling of my own body entirely and feel completely one with everything.
It might sound strange - it's something you can't even quite comprehend until you've experienced it, but it is the most amazing feeling in the world. As you exist as One, everything calls into perspective. You realize that this life is yours to enjoy and it is silly to waste a bit of time with anger or stress or bitterness, you realize that you are a part of something much greater and that your actions send ripples through everything - that everything you do has an effect in life, you realize you want to continue to feel One and feel such a powerful happiness and the realization of all you can do for this world you are One with, you feel a kind of calm you have never experienced in your life - a sort of acceptance that you are but a piece to a puzzle - a small particle of energy, if you will - that is everlasting because the One never ceases to exist. As you sit there in this brief moment of just a small dose of the power of Enlightenment, you also lose a fear that overwhelms so many people: the fear of death. You realize that your body is but a vessel that, in a way, does not even exist. The truth of reality is the Oneness and this separation we perceive is nothing but just that - a perception.
The first time I entered this state in meditation, I never expected it - never realized such a thing could happen. As a new student, I believed it was just a tool to silence the mind and calm the nerves. That day, however, I realized that it is so much more.
I wish I could share with you even a moment of this experience but, sadly, I can not.
It saddens me to know that so many people will never believe in the existence in such a thing or think of those who experience and share this experience as some crazy spiritualist who has lost sight of reality.
No, no. I have, for the first time in my life, caught a glimpse of what reality really is.
I hope others choose this path but I will never force it upon everyone. Each person has their own path for each life they live. (Buddhists believe in reincarnation because we are all truly just one being living multiple lives to experience the true miracle that life is.)
The path a person chooses every moment of their life is theirs and theirs alone to choose.
Only when they are ready will they begin, on their own accord, the path to enlightenment.
However, if you are curious, if you just want to try even the smallest taste of this path that has brought peace to so many people throughout the world for so many generations back to ancient times, then I encourage you to ask me any questions you might have and for help on your journey if you so decide.
You do not have to run from your religion to begin this path, simply dip your toe into the stream as you hold on to the Earth that is the world you were raised to believe in. If that is just not enough, let yourself wade through water just a bit. If that is not enough, reach down a fill your hands with the water. If, finally, that is not enough, submerge into the water and let it drift you peacefully away. (Which brings me to a very important Buddhist lesson that I shall not go into here but would be happy to if you ask.)
Try it for yourself, a little at a time, and decide for yourself if it is a path you want to pursue.
You do not have to give up your job and your house and your life as a whole to travel to some hidden monastery in the mountains to meditate for hours on end and spend every free moment in charity.
You can follow that path at your own rate, in the way that feels right in your soul.
I will close with this.
If you feel overwhelmed with life, with loss, with anger, with pain, if you feel an emptiness in your life or some emptiness inside you that you can not explain - no matter how well off you may be in life, if you wish to broaden your mind on the beliefs in this world - even if to reinforce your own faith, if you want to live such a life as that of a Buddhist - extreme or not, and if you want to give yourself a chance to experience something life-changing, then I ask you to not hesitate to speak to me.
Asking me questions is no contract, beginning the path is no contract. You may stop at any time and be told you will be punished by some ancient evil, that your soul is not pure, that you are wrong and be forced to accept what we believe.
I will still love you, still accept you, still be kind to you, still be your friend. There are no strings attached so, please, don't be afraid.
Namasté ❤️
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I've always had such a strange perspective on life. I see so much that everyone else seems to miss. I'm the girl who will trip and appear clumsy just to avoid stepping on a bug because I believe all life is valuable. I spend hours just laying in bed, thinking. I constantly look at the people around and wonder what they're thinking about, what's happened in their life that might have changed them, what memories they reflect on when they're alone. I see so much depth in this world but, at the same time, so much emptiness. So many people seem to go through life they're just going through the motions. They're there but...not really. It's like I've seen beyond the matrix and everyone else just keeps walking around blindly. Often times, people aren't much better company than a robot. They can look like a person and talk like a person and act like a person but that spark just isn't there. Something's just missing. This makes me feel so alone, even when I'm surrounded by people. I've only met a handful of people that have that spark and they mean the world to me. They remind me I'm not really alone. But they are so few and far between. Some aren't even in my life anymore. How can words describe what it's like to lose someone when you feel this way? It's like being stranded on a island for so long and suddenly there's some else there with you. You spend days, months, years basking in their company. Then, one day, they're just gone again and that loneliness is just so much deeper than it was before because now you'd finally started to believe. It's like you're a part to puzzle and you meet another piece. Then, somehow, they're lost along the way and for the rest of your life, you're missing something. So don't tell me I take it to hard when someone leaves my life. You don't realize how much I value those people - how much they mean to me. Maybe they don't realize either, I guess. And I guess I don't really know how to show them. I either do it too much or not enough. Mistakes are just a part of being human. I remember that when others mess up but everyone seems to forget that when I do. Even when they judge me, or disappoint me, or hurt me - I still eventually forgive them. Maybe that's one of my biggest flaws. I forgive too much. I forgive too much and I love too much. I won't change either, though. It's who I am and I love those things about myself. It's why I chose Buddhism. The belief of loving and forgiving and accepting the oneness of everything - it just makes so much sense to me. It's not what my family raised me to be - not what they wanted. But, looking back on my life, it's what I was all along. I just never had a name for it. I remember being teased for catching bugs that the teachers would try to kill in classrooms so I could save their lives and set them free outside. I've always been the odd duck.
As for destiny, I'm afraid to decide if I believe or not. Believing in something so powerful could hurt so much. To believe you are meant for something or someone and then being proven wrong - it's just devastating. Just another thing to think about, I guess. So very much to think about. Better get to it, I guess.
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She stood on the roof
And peered out at the stars
Wondering, if she jumped,
If she’d make it back to Mars.
Is she a woman
Or maybe something else?
She never quite belonged
Or understood herself.
She closed her eyes and imagined
She’s from some other place,
An anomaly sent
From the other side of space.
She felt the stardust brush
Her fingers as she soared;
He saw her flying through the sky
And his faith was restored.
A feather from her wings
He hoped to steal
To prove to the world
That angels are real.
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S = Shane, M = Marcus, D = David, Me = me (obviously).

S: Does anybody realise that every time someone dies, God is aborting them because their final time has not yet come? Does anybody realise that the universe is the womb of God, and that the only thing left for the babies to do is to be reborn again? This has nothing to do with right, or wrong, it has to do with how things are, and how things happen. They have for an eternity.This is my stance on abortion. ‪#‎conservativelogic

S: That's kind of funny. Jesus said the same thing I just did. In order to be born again, you must die to the self. His words, not mine, and look what happened to Him lol

Me: Not a Christian, myself, but glad to hear you're pro-choice! :D

S: The funny thing is it's not about choosing, or discerning, as if some choices are good and others are evil. It is about doing what's right for both the self and others, and the funny thing is nothing you can do can harm or help others, because nothing you can do will do either to your own self. And to be a Christian simply means having a name, because we get the same word to christen from the word "christ" or annointed. And the Name of God as written in Hebrew, YHWY, translated into English means "I AM WHO AM" It means the self. So the God who spoke out of the burning bush was the Higher calling of humanity. It was the self saying come be me. Return to me. Be the Messiah. Be the Christ figure that you are. Be the leader that tells them that your glorious purpose has sent you to liberate humanity.

M: They are killing a living, heart beating, thumb sucking, baby... God is not okay with people destroying his creation!

Me: ^ You obviously don't care to think about what will happen to the child after it's born. Most unwanted children are neglected, abused, and/or raped. That is no life!
We are already over-running this planet - forcing every unwanted child to be born will only worsen our overpopulation. The entire Earth is God's creation and we are hurting it! There are more of us already than our planet can withstand! If it wasn't ok with God, he wouldn't let it happen.

S: The universe is God's creation, you me and everything in it. If you kill a baby, fine. You are accomplishing the will of God. If you let it live, you accomplish the will of God. Nothing you do will not accomplish the will of God, because it is God doing it. If a baby dies, so be it if a baby lives, so be it. Life is natural, and death is an illusion. When you kill, you release, and the only thing left for that which dies to do is to be reborn immediately. It is as if it had never died. Because God is life, and you cannot destroy life

D: So basically you can do whatever you want with no repercussions? That's a messed up way to live..

S: Or you can just live in peace. Your choice

Me: David, you can't live in peace when you believe everyone else must believe and act just like you do. That will never happen. We are all individuals with free will.

D: But you can't live in peace when you believe people can do whatever they want...

S: You can if you don't let what they do bother you

D: So you're saying you'd be able to live in peace knowing at any moment someone could just walk up and shoot you on a whim?

S: Yup. Because you cannot die. don't worry about a fact you cannot change

D: Say that again when someone's about to put a billet through your skull. ..

S: I won't. I will just die and be reborn. Like a lamb led to the slaughter

D: It seems to me that kind of thinking prevents people from living to the fullest

S: Or does it prevent people from dying to the fullest? Either way, I am at peace with my fate. Everyone dies at some point in their life

Me: David, you say that his kind of thinking prevents people from living life to the fullest? How? How does the lack of fear of death prevent you from living life to the fullest? It is the existence of the fear of death that prevents people from living life to the fullest. They never go sky diving or ride a motorcycle or roller coaster because of fear. It is lack of fear that leads to freedom.

Me: If you are a true Christian, you will know that the body is only a vessel. A soul can not die. The Bible itself says so. So all of you claiming it's murder obviously need to read up in your Bibles. I may not be a Christian but I was raised one. David, why would a Christian fear being shot when they know that their souls are safe? What happens to the body doesn't matter - it's the soul that matters. That's why so many Christians allowed themselves to be persecuted - because they didn't care what happened to their bodies. The body is impermanent and disposable. The soul is forever.

Me: As for people doing whatever they want, that's the whole point of FREE WILL. Are you questioning God's decision to give man free will? The Bible itself says not to question God, for it is a sin. It also says not to judge others, for it, too, is a sin. "Let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone."

M: Okay... you all are getting your thoughts and facts twisted. You believe since God created us that "anything" we do is devine and therefore God's will.
First off, If you have read anything in the new testament it clearly teaches to Love and Respect others, which since we are all created from the Holy one we are respecting him. You cannot due this when you kill others. That is not his will. It's even in the 10 commandments. So you cannot sit there and pick out pieces from the bible without using all of it!!
God did give us free will, but just because he gave us this gift doesn't mean we can do whatever. He gave us the gift of "choice" for a purpose. That we may choice his way, or else we would be all robots.

S: That purpose is to liberate humanity from its differences. You act as if God is not in control, as if there is a distinction. Your purpose is to eliminate that, to become as Christ. To stand up and shake off the chains of difference. And only on that day will there be no more fighting, no more tears, no more suffering. It is distinction and disagreement that causes all wars, when in reality, your purpose is to love your enemy as yourself, because they are your self. Otherwise you are at war with yourself. What you do not realise is that that is what heaven is. No need to disagree, and no need to love, because if you do not need something, you have it. If you disagree with humans, you do not possess them. And if you disagree with heaven, you do not have it, and are in need of it. All of it is disagreeing with God, man, and your self, and the problem is you're making distinctions, just as Adam and Eve did. Just as Lucifer did. Just as "Satan" which means the accuser or the adversary. does. All you are doing is accusing yourself

M: What you are acting like is that to love you must not care or "believe" what everyone else does is okay... This is not true. You can disagree with others and still have compassion. This is what Christ did with the whores, killers, and adulterous. I agree with you about all of us must become one. All be in union. But we cannot disregard what is right and just. There is a right and wrong in this world.

S: No, because unless you become them, you can NOT have empathy or compassion. In order to demonstrate this, God became one of us. God became a man, but what you don't realise is what he realised: that in order for an unstoppable force to meet an immovable, stiff necked people is to become them. To become an unstoppable locomotive. God is one with man already, and God becomes man all the time. Because of your logic and your talk of separation, you will never meet that unstoppable force, and become it. Not until your death. Don't tell me who Jesus is, because you would not recognize him if you saw him. Jesus is union, and union is liberty. When Jesus told the pharisees this, they called him a blasphemer, because he defied their logic

S: But I forgive you because you know not what you do. Why do you not forgive me, because you know not what I am doing?

Me: Too many people focus on the Bible instead of Christ himself. That is the pitfall of Christianity. Christians must remember that the Bible was written long after Christ died by men - men in power with agendas, nonetheless. The Bible was used to control people - that's why it contradicts itself so many times; the rules in the Bible constantly change because it was written by men with different beliefs and different agendas in different times.
Christ taught us to love each other equally and unconditionally, to never judge each other, to help each other, to never look down on someone or shun them - even if they believe differently than you. To give everything you can to those in need - NOT to a church. Unfortunately, that is the exact opposite of what many Christians do. Even here in this thread of comments, there is so much judgement and anger; so many accusations and so much belittling. That is not what God wanted and it is these very behaviors and attitudes that has lead the world into this war-obsessed being it is now. So much poverty because money is given to churches and politicians instead of the poor who are only judged by the churches themselves as being lost, lazy, sinning souls. So much war and suffering - most of which was all brought on by differences in religion and judgement. God does not work in mysterious ways - God's way is simple: love each other and the world around you. It is humans who are complicated - reading too much into everything and committing the very behaviors that lead to our own destruction.

S: Agreed except the thing is we can't destroy the self because we can't destroy God

S: My love for you, is the same as God's:unconditional. It also means that it is the most furious, most passionate love that humanity can ever afford to give. It burns like the fire of hell, but it is as gentle as the sun beating down on you on a cool, breezy spring day in a meadow in the wilderness. And as you know, the sun burns hotter than you could even imagine, yet it can be as gentle and peaceful as you can imagine. And that is like the God of the bible. Every time he got near, the earth would quake, and lightning would flash, and the people would cower in fear. But when He came as a man to teach us what he had been all along, we didn't recognize him. We thought he was only wind and fire and fury, which was the most confusing thing for the people around him. He spoke like a lion, but was as calm and gentle as a lamb. But this is why he was so shocking. Never before had people heard a man talk and act as he did. But this is what he taught that everyone can be

Me: There is no destroying the self. Every mistake we make is just a lesson learned. A child can not just transform into a responsible adult - it must grow and learn. Our souls are no different. We can not just snap our fingers and become enlightened and pure as God - we must make mistakes. We fall for a reason. It does not mean we are evil humans - it means we are functional humans. We are doing what God intended us to do; we were given free will so that we could make mistakes and learn from them in our own time. God loves us no matter what we do; love is our true nature. That's why very old people are so patient and loving; they weren't always that way but after decades of mistakes they learned that love is the true way. Violence and anger only lead to more suffering - both for ourselves and others. Though we can not immediately just free our minds from separation, we can open our minds to all of the information around us and speed up the process. When humans begin looking at things with curiosity and a desire to understand instead of with judgement, we learn so much faster and become that much closer to God.
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 Watching the news of the recent deadly storms that have pummeled Central America in a way that is unusual even for Tornado Alley, it is clear the Mother Nature is sending us a clear message. "Change your ways of living or you shall not live at all."



We have abused our Mother Nature far too much and it seems she's fallen into battered woman syndrome. She's sick of being abused and now she's fighting back. Even religions have been warning us of this time for centuries. The evidence is clear both in the present and in ancient history yet STILL we deny it. We stick our heads in the grounds and act like everything will turn out okay - we fool ourselves into believing there's no real immediate need to change. How long before we admit what is already in front of us? The longer we wait, the more we will suffer. Wake up, humanity, before it's too late!





www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/20136141234942995.html

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Unitarians rejected the Trinity doctrine articulated in the Nicene and Chalcedon Creeds in order to affirm the oneness of God. They also tended to support a more optimistic view of human nature than reflected in the Westminster Confession of Faith. Consistently, they appealed to scriptures as they questioned the classic tests of orthodoxy. “Later the Unitarian position was to be summarized in James Freeman Clarke’s “Affirmation of Faith”: “The fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of man, the leadership of Jesus, salvation by character, and the progress of mankind onward and upward forever”

That's what I'm talking about! Question things! Reject that which does not ring true in your soul. If you see b.s. then call b.s.! This is exactly what needs to continue happening now! I know people doubt the things they hear in church - if only they would stand up and question it! Come on, people! Speak out! Our ancestors did it and you can, too! I don't mean this for religion only, either. If there is something in the world that rings false in your soul then call it out!
If you believe without question, that is blind faith. To me, that is the most shameful type of faith.
If you have not questioned, that means you have not found answers and you have not considered any other beliefs.
If you have not considered any other beliefs or have no answers, how do you know your faith is true and right?
You don't.
Hey, maybe you were lucky enough to born into a region and family that preaches the perfect religion. Chances are, however, that that's just not the case.
In fact, how do any of us know that any of the religions on this planet are 100% correct?
We really don't.
The best thing, I believe, we can do is to learn about as many faiths and beliefs as we can, hold on to what rings true in our soul
and throw out all that our soul screams "false!"
I beg of you - even if you feel your religion is the right one, take the time to learn about other faiths. If anything, it will at least help you understand the millions of other people and perspectives around you and make it that much easier for you to make amazing friends in your lifetime.

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I am not religious; however, I also do not hate God nor do I deny the existence of God. I am a Spiritualist (the belief system most people forget about because everyone thinks that the battle is religious vs Atheist - which I am clearly neither.) I believe we are all God - everything is God - and, therefore, to hate or deny God would mean that I hated my deepest and truest state of self or that I denied my own existence (and, therefore, the existence of anything).
This may make me a bit of a white elephant here but I feel all sides in this argument need to remember that everyone has their own beliefs - some that many even forget about - and that this separation and arguing is doing no good for anyone. A Christian can tell an Atheist why they should be Christian but the Atheist won't listen and an Atheist could tell a Christian why they should be Atheist but the Christian won't listen. These arguments do nothing but divide humanity more and more and create more and more anger and hate. It comes to a point in time - and I believe, after many centuries of war that now IS that time - that you realize no one is winning the battle, set down your arms and cease your words, and agree to disagree. We will all believe what we choose to believe. I am not saying that you can not teach others about your beliefs and why you believe what you do - but stop trying to force it on others and judge others because they think differently of you. That gets humanity nowhere other than into yet another war.

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Everyday I teach others about equality and love.
I watch their spirits grow and shine like the stars above.
I spread my love to all human beings - young, old, straight, LGBT.
I spread my love out to all and it echos back to me.
It's easy to feel so different and that difference makes us afraid,
but when you stop and think about it, we're really all the same.
Did you know the universe has a heartbeat? Did you know that plants feel pain?
It's time we all woke up and started protecting our world again.
Christians believe man was created to look after the other creatures,
yet they pave their parking lots with blacktop and cut trees to make their bleachers.
But no one ever thinks of this - no one stop to wonder why.
How many people do you pass every day without having the decency to say hi?
Join me in my mission to spread peace and love and joy.
It's time we started reminding each other that our world is not a toy.
Never will I stand aside, my mind and heart are set.
Even if you shot me now, my students won't forget.
I'm no-longer just a person, I'm the personification of a dream
And even if I die today, you can not stop the scheme.
Through my love my friends will wake and their love will echo out
Until the world is one again and love replaces doubt.


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