Monday, December 15, 2008

What do you believe?

Poll: What do you believe?

Raging Rev has submitted a post that asks the readers to state what they believe and how their environment growing up may have contributed to their current belief system.

Here's your chance to expound on your beliefs!

Here's my answer as posted on Raging Rev's Blog...

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo

How nice of you to let us speak out on this topic. I was raised as a fundamentalist Baptist, but I always had questions about contradictions, the Bible being taken literally, etc. I am no longer a Baptist, and I was never a fundamentalist. Thankfully, my parents taught me to think for myself. They led by example, not with the iron fist.

I am more spiritual than religious and I am not thrilled with organized religion as it stands now. Each person is on a spiritual journey, and it is up to each of us to find our own path.

True Bible study reveals the truth - the Bible is a book, it is not inerrant and it is not meant to be taken literally. It was written by humans, some of whom chose this method to politically control the readers.

I've had many mystical or supernatural events in my life and so I know (for myself) that the Creator exists and that there are many angels and spirits around us.

I do not believe that you must agree with any particular church or denominational doctrine to experience God. I don't even believe that you need the Bible, although there are many good moral lessons to be learned there.

Meanwhile, I live my life as a spiritual seeker, striving to live in harmony with God and to be a blessing whenever I can.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

One True Love?

Do you think you only have one shot at true love?

Not true.

It's a myth.

An article over at Beliefnet says that there are probably 10,000 people who would make you feel the same as you "think" you feel about your one and only true love.

I've been divorced for a couple of years now, but once in awhile, I "think" I miss him. It only lasts a few minutes though (grin). My memory quickly kicks in and reminds me of all the grief I endured in the name of love.

Here is a piece of their advice, which sounds good to me, especially since I believe in the power of postive thinking...

Repeat this 20 times.

“I have never left a relationship that would have made me happier than I am now.”

If you're having trouble letting go of a past love, I highly recommend reading the full article (see link below). I already knew most of it, probably because I read a lot, or maybe because I've been through it twice, but it always helps to be reminded of things you can do to move forward.

One of the things I didn't know is that we should choose to listen to books on tape instead of music, because music takes us back to memories that we are trying to get over. Makes sense. If you're going to listen to music, at least make sure it's upbeat... not one those sad love songs.

20 percent of us suffer from “complicated grief.” According Rob Stein of the Washington Post, “One of the hallmarks of complicated grief is a persistent sense of longing for the lost one and a tendency to conjure up reveries of that person.”

So here's a quick 3-step process (I like to simplify things)

1) Recognize that your lost love was not the greatest person that ever lived... so why keep romanticizing them in your head? Remember the faults, list them if you have to.

2) Remember that there are literally thousands of potential "mates" out there just waiting for you to get over it and move on.

3) Listen to inspirational tapes - not the "oldies" radio station which will only serve to take you back and make you sad.

Don’t assume a connection is sacred just because it persists.

Book to read: How to Break Your Addiction to a PersonOrder the book now

Article at Beliefnet:
* How to let go of past loves

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Time is Dead

time is dead
I have no watch.

I refuse to spend any more money on watches.

All watches die.


Every time I buy a watch, it works until the battery dies. When I go to the jewelry store to have the battery replaced, it dies within 24 hours.

I have tried expensive watches and cheap ones. Same story.

I have replaced the battery myself. I have used a jewelry store and Wal-mart to replace the battery. Same old story.

The best watch I ever had only cost $3. It was on sale in my daughter's favorite clothing store. I bought it on impulse - it was beside the checkout just calling my name. It lasted for 3 years - that was a record. My Seiko only lasted about 18 months.

I do find they last longer if they are the bangle style or bracelet style watches that don't actually have constant contact with my skin. Otherwise they die very quickly.

Does anyone else have this problem or know why this happens?

I also get shocked easily. Getting in and out of the car, going into stores and out, every time I touch metal I get a shock. It's hard to find shoes that keep it from happening. Right now, I only have one pair and they are summer shoes.

I figure the same electrical charges that keep getting me shocked are also killing my watches.

As time goes by, time keeps dying on me.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Divine Intervention

This morning I was at the end of my rope.

I drove to the beach and waited for the bank to open so I could cash the child support check.

I've been stressing for weeks about something and no matter how hard I tried to pray and meditate over it, the answer never came.

Actually, that probably isn't true...

I should say the answer was always there but I couldn't find it or hear it because my mind was trying to solve the problem all by itself instead of listening for the answer (I AM so smart after all).

But this beautiful morning, while sitting there taking in the view, I was reminded of the majesty of creation.

I relaxed and began to just be grateful for the opportunity to live near the ocean, the ability to see and hear it, and to just be grateful that it even exist.

Suddenly - for me at least - in less than ten minutes, I knew what to do and where to go for help.

I cranked up the car, drove there, waited for them to open and somehow managed an appointment for later in the day.

Actually that's not true, either.

Divine intervention provided me an appointment because at first I was told I would be called at some time in the distant future which left me standing there in shock - literally with my mouth open not knowing what to say.

Then I was abruptly asked if I could back in the afternoon.

WOO HOO!! You bet I could come back!

I went back, waited for over an hour, and stayed prayerfully centered.

Finally, at the end of the day (before 5pm), my problem is solved.

Thank God for the sacred places that we can go to when life's struggles has drowned out the beauty of the universe.

I'll be going there more often.