Friday, January 20, 2017
Maria, my wife, and I went to the movie "Hidden Figures" today, an excellent movie about three black women who were very good with numbers and math who worked at NASA during the sixties. These three black women were struggling within a decidedly white male culture that did not believe in them and wanted to hold them back. They were, of course, successful but had to be assertive and hold to their truths along the way, very inspiring. Their struggles spoke directly to me since I am promoting love and spirituality within a materialistic and often reductionistic culture. I also need to be assertive and speak my truth. I love humanity and what I do, very much like them. We shall see if I have an impact.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
When Jesus came and was touched by the force he and I call God he learned and taught of great compassion, love and forgiveness. According to religious scholars, and I agree, religious leaders in the centuries after Jesus then added rules of conduct and some mythology. The additions were quite understandable and even required given the time in history. Today many people such as myself find the additional rules of conduct and mythology to be disturbing, often conflicting with Jesus’ message. Some people tend to reject the whole package, including God and Christ. However, if we as a species are to get through the coming years, we need the great compassion, love and forgiveness.
Today I overdid it, I did to much and pushed myself to do more than I really could and it is important for my humility that I acknowledge that. I’m not beating myself about it but I am "awake" (in the Buddhist sense) and aware but I am still quite capable of human frailties, particularly if I allow my ego attachments and desires to run the show. In this case I spent the afternoon making stuffed grape leaves with egg-lemon sauce, a simple thing - for most people, but not someone with coordination and speed issues such as myself. Stuffing the grape leave requires coordination and something that takes most people twenty minutes is likely to take me two hours. I need to recognize my limitations and balance them. I will now take it easy for a couple of days.
Monday, January 16, 2017
Mark Anthony comments that "At any given moment we are surrounded by invisible waves of energy loaded with vast amounts of information. We may not be aware of this energy, but it’s there. If you don’t believe me, then simply switch on a radio." If part of that energy is Love from the numinous realm I spoke of yesterday, the energy changes things away from the fear, anger and hurt to something positive and constructive. The practices I outline and suggest in my book could bring that about.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
It is clear to me that, as Conrow Coelho writes, "Without the healing power of the numinous [love or God] realm, our wounded psychological patterns will prevail." Meaning that without love we as a species will make decisions based on fear, anger and hurt, decisions that could ultimately hurt or destroy us or the planet we depend on. I will do everything I can to see that does not happen, which is why I wrote my book. I use the terms "love or God" because, as far as I can tell, the words used make no difference, the actions taken matter. She goes on to say "Experiences of truth, beauty and goodness may involve numinosity or a kind of resonance with the sacred presence".