The Flame

Dec. 25th, 2016 02:35 am
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The entire sun within the smallest flame -
How can anyone behold such a light?
So simply complex, always overlooked.
The most phenomenal miracle, yet taken for granted.
No one stops to gaze within that small flame,
Time is too short for droll admiration.
A time where thinking is dangerous and annoying,
why ponder a flame?
Must keep moving, no time for pause.
Busy until the day we die.
One hundred years of living,
Until that flame stops burning.
Don’t surrender your chance
To witness the flame.
It’s everything.

Meditation

Sep. 8th, 2016 02:49 am
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I am not bound by you,bound by gravity, bound by earth or fire or water or sky.
I am limitless as the galaxy, as the expanse of the mind, of the energy that feeds our world and our bodies.
I am the fire you feel in your soul, I am the beat you feel from your heart, I am the wind the blows through the trees.
I am you and you are me.
My mind can't stay within the lines, lines that are never there.
I sit still and close my eyes,
I see darkness.
No longer do I see the edges of my body.
I focus on the gracious air that fills my lungs,
in and out...in...and out.
Down from my lungs,
I feel the Earth.
I imagine my roots sinking deep into the ground;
I feel the ageless giant steadying my body...and my soul.
I imagine the energy I feel pumping within my veins spreading out into the air,
as if I am a tree with leaves that breathe life into the world.
Suddenly, I do not feel my body against the Earth.
Suddenly, my body does not end - I am the Earth.
Suddenly, I do not feel the air against my skin.
Suddenly, my body does not end - I am the air.
My mind grows quiet.
My worries drift away with each breath,
with each beat of my heart - a beat that suddenly seems to be coming not from my body but from this...all.
Why worry about such petty things in life?
I am alive.
I am limitless.
I am so connected with this peaceful power.
I feel no fear nor pain.
Suddenly, I forget such things even exist.
I feel only calm...peace...a love so powerful - such a power that no words could describe.
So much love.
What a beautiful thing this is.
To exist as one.
I am everything.
We are everything.
"Created in the image of God"
No, no.
Not right, not right.
I feel it, I feel it.
We are God.
This great being;
A being of limitless power and limitless love.
"As above, so below"
Yes, yes. All one. All a reflection - inception.
As I open my eyes, these feelings still reside within me.
Everything has changed.
I can never be the same again.
How can you ever hate another when you know they are a part of you?
How can you ever devalue life again when you have realized the vastness of their life...your life.
Even as time separates us from this experience, even as we begin to forget reality and fall prey to this belief of separation, you can never shake the feeling.
Once, I was so angry. Filled with so much hatred, so bitter, so cold.
Now my anger has cooled from a wildfire to a candle. Easily snuffed, though the smoke after is still a reminder to me. It burns my eyes so I remember to stop using them to see and use my mind instead. I regret my anger but I do not hold such feelings against myself. Being bitter with myself is as useless and being bitter with another. I accept what happened is done, do my best to learn from it, and move on.
Again I remember the closeness I felt, the Oneness I felt.
Despite what anyone has done to anger or hurt me,
I remember we are one
and I wish them the best.
I love them.
I close my eyes again...and the darkness I once feared as a child has suddenly become my friend.
This is what we are - nothing and everything...
and it is beautiful.

Close your eyes, let go of your body, quiet your mind...
You'll feel it too.
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I've all but lost my faith
In true love and happy endings
Many times.
It is the greatest people
Who suffer the most.
Those who have more than earned their happiness
Find their wishes denied,
While those who commit their lives to fraudulence
Find prosperity and cold pride.
In some sort of manner
I find this all so bittersweet.
They say greatness is born from adversity
And I see truth in this.
Yet, why must this be seemingly a law of the universe?
I see two sides to this coin.
Yet perhaps,
In some paradoxical manner,
Both are just as true as the other.
On one side,
Karma seems to work in reverse.
Those who do wrong
Are rewarded,
Unjustly so.
And yet those same people
Never have the opportunity to truly appreciate the greatness life.
How could you comprehend the beauty of the sun if night never fell?
On the other side,
Those who commit themselves to good
Are seemingly punished,
Unjustly so.
And yet those same people
Are able to truly appreciate the greatness of life.
They have seen the darkness of the night
And so they can comprehend the beauty of the sun.
In this way,
This line of thinking,
I am reminded of the Yin and Yang;
The bad in the good and the good in the bad.
Perhaps,
In a world seemingly ruled by chaos,
At first glance,
We are truly living in a universe devoted to balance.
I find it no coincidence that many Eastern religions,
Such as Buddhism and Taoism,
Find more happiness and peace of mind
Than most others who inhabit this earth.
Their very beliefs are rested upon this theory of balance.
Because of this,
They learn from a young age to see the importance of the bad in the good,
As well as be enabled to see the good hidden in the bad.
Perhaps this world has gone so mad
Because we have forgotten such ancient and sacred knowledge.
We spend our lives fighting for what we want,
Putting our own DESIRES above others' NEEDS.
We struggle to avoid the bad at all costs
And have not learned to find the good in the bad.
We have not learned to see the bad in the good
And end up causing ourselves more suffering when it appears to us unexpectedly.
We have lost sight of what may be life's most important lessons,
As well as the very compassion that could restore the balance we so desperately need.
In Buddhism,
It is believed that what we perceive to be reality
Is not reality at all.
It is best to describe it as a dream.
As you experience it,
It all seems so real;
The happiness, the pain.
Then you awake
And return to true reality.
Much the same,
What we see is not what is.
Buddhists believe that reality is Oneness;
The separation we see -
You and I, dog and cat, tree and sky -
Is nothing but an illusion.
We are all one being.
In a sense,
We are all God.
This easily explains Abrahamic religions' belief
That God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient.
It also explains their statements
That we are all made in the image of God.
Enlightenment is attained when you truly realize and understand this;
When you find the peace within the chaos
And release yourself to unshakable tranquility.
How could one not find such tranquility
When you understand the reality of the universe
As it is
And understand
That this suffering
Is not real.
Have you ever realized
While deep asleep
And seemingly trapped in a nightmare
That you were dreaming?
Suddenly
You're no longer afraid.
You know that the danger is not real.
The suffering is not real.
What you are experiencing
Is not reality.
Enlightenment,
I believe,
Is much the same way.
So perhaps I can find faith;
Not just in this world that I see
But in reality.
I am here to experience life
And learn.
What point is there in existing
In a state of omnipresence, omnipotence, omniscience?
I believe that is why we are experiencing
Life this way.
No need to ask
"What is the meaning of life?"
This is the answer.
The meaning of life
Is the very existence
Of this perceived reality
And separation.
Did you know
That the Big Bang Theory
Is now the Big Bounce Theory?
The universe itself
Seems to have something of a heartbeat.
The omniverse is released from a single point -
Reminiscent to the "Oneness" -
And returns to this same single point.
The beat is slow
Giving ample time for life to form
And evolve
And for countless generations of beings
To experience existence
In this perceived reality.
Looking at humanity,
we continue to evolve -
Notably mentally -
Over time.
Even now,
Many continue to expand their consciousness,
Realizing the mistakes of the past
And building on them to make a better future.
I believe this time we are given
Is comparable to a single lifetime.
When you enter this world,
You are not self-aware.
You are helpless,
Surviving off of pure instinct.
As you grow,
So does your mind.
Now imagine this baby as being representative
Of the beginning of mankind.

As a toddler,
Your imagination begins to develop.
You believe in fairytales and imaginary friends.
All bias aside,
I believe this is where mankind began forming many religions.
Humans blamed both tragedy and prosperity on Gods and Goddesses.
No matter what happened,
They always found a way to link it to these beings.

As a child,
You began to appreciate community.
You wanted to play with other children.
However, your may have been short when it came to sharing.
Many children begin pointing out that each others' imaginary friends
Are not real.
Obviously, this leads to fights
And temper-tantrums.
I believe this is the point in the development of humanity that we began to form communities,
Albeit the common violence found within them.

As a teenager,
You began to believe you no longer needed to depend on anyone else.
You formed cliques.
You became responsible for your own money,
You became more judgmental.
You became rebellious.
Your emotions became even more turbulent.
Fights became violent,
While friendships became more serious.
I believe this is the point in the development of humanity that nations began to form,
That society became more complicated and separate cultures were born.
I believe this is also when true wars began
As nations fought for
Independence,
Title (to be considered the best),
Resources,
Land,
And even over differences
In opinion
Or religion.

As a young adult,
You began to understand the benefits of peace
And allies.
You began to balance benefit and loss
And think ahead before acting out.
You became more strategic
And less impulsive.
Friendships became stronger and deeper yet.
However,
Your emotions could still be turbulent at times
And you often thought of yourself before others.
This is not to say that you were selfish,
Only that the needs and suffering of others
Wasn't something commonly in mind.
You began to have a serious understanding of economics,
Though still struggling to keep everything in check.
I believe this is the point in human development that countries were born,
Treaties were made,
Alliances were built,
War became more strategic -
In some ways, to do more to help others;
In other ways, to do others more harm.
Society continued to become more complex yet.
We understood the importance of science
And technology,
So we began putting in the great time
We knew it would take
To advance our countries in the future.
However,
Such rapid evolution
Lead to greater responsibility
And governments struggled,
And often failed,
To maintain economic balance.
I believe this is the point in human development in which the majority exists.

When you became a more mature adult,
You began to understand how pointless drama is.
You became more responsible with your income and expenses.
Your friendships became closer than ever.
Disagreements became less volatile,
As you preferred to avoid pointless drama
And attempt to find middle ground.
When no middle ground could be found,
You simply parted ways.
You were more likely to help those in need,
Especially considering your own income and expenses were in order,
Enabling you to give more back to society
Without risking your own stability.
You began to reminisce on the community you felt as a child
With your friends and family
And began searching for ways to find that sense again:
In church, in organizations, in your neighborhood, at work, with your family - extended family, even.
You began to return to religion,
Seeing it as a source of answers to deeper questions beyond what science has yet been able to answer.
Or, perhaps, you turned further away from religion,
Believing it to be primitive,
And continued to believe in science rather than the supernatural.
When both sides came together,
Setting aside their differences
To create an even closer community,
Friends were found in unexpected places
And peace began to spread.
However, others turned away because of these differences.
The polarization began to shift
As you continued to grow older.
More and more people
Set aside their grudges
As they let go of dehumanizing
Those who disagreed with them.
Communities continued to spread
And grow stronger bonds
But without the violence
Once common to primitive communities.
I believe the new generations are the beginning of this phase of human development.

As you grow older,
You embrace the great memories of your existence.
You begin to appreciate everything around you - even the little things.
You look back on the battles of your past
And realize how much you learned from them.
You look back at fights with past enemies
And realize how pointless and ridiculous those fights truly were.
You begin to understand the circle of life
And appreciate every part of your own.
You see the lessons you learned in hard times
And the happiness you found in the good times.
You understand that life is a balance of give and take.
You let go of the stresses that once caused you so much grief,
Accepting that what's done is done
And it doesn't really matter so much in the end, anyway.
You find pride in all the good you have done, though,
In what time you had on this earth.
You realize it may never be in history books
And your life may never be a movie
But you made a difference,
No matter how small,
And that's what counts.
You find happiness in the simple fact that you were here;
You were given the blessing of existence.
You accept things the way things are
And release all fear and apprehension
Of what is to come.
This is the phase of human development that I believe very few people have ever reached thus far.
This is the phase of Enlightenment.

Bear in mind,
You yourself may be between phases.
Some evolve more than others.
This is not to say anyone is stupid or slow.
Remember,
All is One.
The separateness of yourself
Is not reality.
You are but a piece of the whole,
Being gifted with the experience of a sense of individual existence.
You are,
In reality,
Everyone.
Therefore,
You have
Or will have
Experienced every life
That exists
Has existed
Or will exist
In this current illusion of "reality"
That we are in.

All of this knowledge
Brings us to the importance of mindfulness.
It is important
To put things into perspective
Every day of your life,
As many times a day
As it crosses your mind.
When you begin to panic,
To feel depressed,
To feel out of control -
Stop to remember what is truly reality.
Remember the importance of finding the good in the bad
While keeping the sense to see that bad in the good.
Remember that the existence of both is what holds the balance.
Remember that,
Someday,
You will look back on your life.
Although you will see the lessons in your struggles
And the mistakes you made,
Do your best
To be sure
You have many wonderful memories
To hold close to your heart
And find great pride in.

Although this may not be the true "reality,"
You are experiencing things this way
For a reason.
This is a gift to yourself.
Appreciate it
And make the most of it.

If everyone could do this,
This version of "reality"
Would be so much more peaceful;
Our experiences would be that much more beautiful
And rewarding.
This does not mean
That the bad
Will cease to exist.
There will always be
A balance
Of good and bad.
However,
The scales do not need
To be so extreme.

Eventually,
This version of reality
Will return to oneness.
Eventually,
Another version of reality
Will be born from that same oneness.
This is not mere philosophy;
This is science.
This version of "reality"
May never exist again.
Appreciate the miracle
Of all of this.
Bring peace to your soul.
Enlighten yourself.
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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 you will never be 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 too 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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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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I wish everyone could experience the world the way that I do. When I reach out to touch the Earth's soil or a tree's trunk, I feel the life flowing inside. When I look into the eyes of an animal, I see another intelligently conscious being staring back at me. The life of every living being from plant to creature is a precious miracle to me. I see myself surrounded by miracles every day of my life and I truly love each and every one of these miracles. To be filled with such a vast love is simply indescribable. Some people find this ridiculous and mock me for it - especially those moments when I'm scrambling to save a tiny bug from being killed. They think I'm being childish for caring about something that consider so insignificant. But no life, in my eyes, is insignificant. Our lives have no more value than any other living being's. The most frustrating part is many of those who mock me call themselves Christians. The Bible itself stresses the equality of all beings and mankind's duty to protect all other life on this planet. In fact, that belief is spread across almost - if not entirely - all of the world's major religions. Egocentrism takes so much happiness out of one's life. Many people will never understand the rewarding feeling of saving the life of a creature who can't help itself - no matter how small. Next time you find a little critter - even a bug - in your house, don't kill it. Remind yourself that it is a conscious being - it feels pleasure and pain just as you do. It is a creature of God, just like you. Religious or not, remember a time in your life when you felt small and vulnerable and needed help. Then, instead of killing it, take the few seconds to minutes of your life to scoop up the creature - be it in your hand or a container - and set it free back outside. Remind yourself that you just saved a life - you saved a creature from death and gave it a second chance just like you've been given second chances in your life - and feel a sort of happiness and pride you may have never felt before. That kind of happiness is addicting and can be found in no other way. Give yourself the opportunity to experience the world like I do and embrace the love and happiness of life.

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