What is blasphemy?

The  “Word of God ” is something Christians talk about regularly.  The bible has a line, John 1:1 in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.  That last part is interesting. The word was God.   Is there a misconception about the word of God? Is it really only scripturehanded down from a supreme being to us about how to live our lives.
What are words?

Words are the verbal or written manifestations of thought.  If God is the creator and God is the WORD  then are words the creator? The creator is the thing doing the thinking. Which is you. Speaking or writing the words means you are creating which is to say you’re speaking the Word of God.  The words you use are creating your reality, it becomes clear that in addition to controlling thoughts, it is equally important to be careful with the words that are spoke or written.  What are the results when words are spoken to inspire?  What reality is created from an inspiring speech? What reality is created when words are used to hurt someone.  Have you ever said something with the intention of making some one feel good? What did that create? All things are manifestations of thought, but none are so easily created and shared as WORDS.

Blasphemy  has an official contemporary definition.

a : the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God

MiriamWebster.com

If God is the word then the definition should read;  the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for WORDS.

True blasphemy has nothing to do with insulting some higher deity, or offending a supreme being. True blasphemy is any word or other creation of thought that would result in an unpleasant experience in your own reality or the reality for someone else.

Here are some examples of blasphemy:

We can’t afford it.

I hate….

I’m broke

We’re poor

It’s impossible

You’ll never……

I’ll never

I am not…….

I can’t…..

I’m afraid

I won’t…

These are all examples of creations of impure thoughts and are true blasphemy as they will only create undesirable experiences.  When faced with something unpleasant see if there is an opportunity to catch ones self saying “This always happens.” Remember what true blasphemy is and
adjust you thoughts and speech. Don’t think of it as keeping your thoughts pure, think of it as keeping your eye on the ball. Keep your thoughts only on those things and events that you truly would enjoy experiencing in life. Careful how you speak. Always be speaking in the positive. Positive speech is a easy habit to develop. Try this exercise. Though out the course of an entire week. Respond positively about every event you encounter or have already experienced. Other people will give you opportunities to do this. Some one may ask “Hey how was your weekend? Did you enjoy the movie?  Did you go to the game?  The question may even be as simple as
how are you doing?” These interactions with other people are opportunities for you to respond positively.  You don’t have to lie to people.  Maybe an entire movie sucked. There had to be one part of it that was good. Even if was just the credits. Then say, “I really enjoyed the credits.” Instead of “I hated the whole movie.” The point is to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.  When doing this you will see a difference in the way you experience reality. Small but important changes will appear. You will notice more and more good things. You will experience more good things. Be conscious of these good things. At the end of your day when you are writing in your journal, recall these good things and feel grateful for them. Express in words gratitude for them no matter how small they seem.

Negative speech isn’t always so simple as,” I can’t …..” And sometimes can be hard to identify as actually being negative. Focusing your mind on
the positive is a skill and a habit. Develop the skill and form a good habit. You will see positive results in your life and the world around you.

Surrender and the psalm 23

Why do certain religions emphasize the act of surrender. Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism all ask for a surrender to God. The word Islam literally means submit to God. A Muslim , which is the word for someone who follows Islam, literally means, one who has surrendered to God. I bring it up for two reasons, it’s very well known and is recognizable to most of the modern world. The Christian religion owns this passage but it is a great example of what is truly meant as a surrender to the force known as God or The Universe. Also because it’s relevant to anyone on a spiritual path regardless of religious affiliation. The entire psalm reads like this.

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

That is the classic King James Version of Psalm 23. Usually you hear it being recited in movies as the ship is going down or some one is being escorted to the gallows. It seems to have been turned into the mantra of a death march, but for one very good reason. It’s theme is surrender. When considering this psalm, it has nothing to do with returning your soul like a library book, or surrendering in the form of giving your life to a specific religious sect. It is about faith. This type of faith is called trust. Trust is what is truly meant by the act of surrender. Trust in the creative source that comes from with in. Which for lack of a better word, is called God. Just trust. The same way when you go to bed at night you trust the world will be there when you wake up in the morning. The same way that when you get on a plane, you trust that it will land safely. The same trust you have when you buy a bottle of juice at the store, and trust that there is a safe product inside the bottle to drink. Just trust. Trust that your creative source is working to provide you with whatever it is you are thinking and feeling about. Just relax, enjoy the beautiful scenery and wait for opportunity to arrive. It will. I have rewritten the whole thing as it would be relevant today for everyone.

The Creative source that comes from within me is my guide. I have everything I need.
It provides me with safety and solace.
It clears my mind and strengthens my soul. It guides me in the direction of doing the most good for the people around me, everyone on earth and myself
Even in the uncertainty of the world I will not have fear or feel anxiety because its presence is known. My family and my friends, they comfort me.
It provides me an opportunity to reach out and resolve the differences that may exist between me and others. It acknowledges our lives as sacred and provides safety and protection; I have more than enough.
Surely goodness and compassion shall follow me all the days of my life and I will experience my true nature from within. Thank you.

Keeping Time

What is our day to day experience of reality and time?  Do we have any control over time or are we slaves to it? Have you ever had the experience where you were going somewhere and thought you had plenty of time only to find yourself tapping your feet and nervously checking the clock because you were running out of time. Time all by it self is a funny thing. Science explains our experience of time is relative to our perspective. So time is experienced differently by people depending on where we are and how fast we’re moving. That’s fine for space ships and interstellar time travel but what about trying to pick something up at the grocery store while taking your kids to school. What about our day to day lives? Einstein says that one minute with your hand on a hot stove would feel like an eternity but one minute with a pretty girl might go by in the blink of an eye. Even that example would be relative to the experience and the observer while leaving the control of the passage of time out of the hands of the observer. Do we on a moment to moment basis have any control over how time moves in our lives?
What is known about time as it relates to our daily lives? We have increments of time with years, months, weeks, days, hours, and minutes, being the most relevant to the average person. All that time is based on the regular rotation and orbit of the earth and it is this incremental time that our lives are driven by. In order for people to exist in these increments of time we have developed the skills of time management. Managing time keeps us on track and aware of time, by allocating amounts of time for each event to take place. Time management fails though when we are caught by surprise by the unknown. Any one who has ever missed a connecting flight has experienced this breakdown of time management, which we have no control over or at least it seems that way. Is there something we are doing to facilitate this break down of time management? Does our own state of mind have an effect on how time is managed and perceived?

I believe hurrying and rushing create our unforeseen or unknown time management problems. A person who is rushing or in a hurry usually has a frantic or worse, chaotic state of mind. A swarm of incomplete thoughts bouncing from subject to subject while doing two or three tasks at a time. What are the effects of a rushed state of mind verses a patient state of mind? People in a rush are more likely to have or cause accidents, make mistakes, and overlook details. While people who are in a patient state of mind complete tasks thoroughly, move from one task to the next efficiently, are more likely to catch mistakes and avoid accidents rather than cause them. Does rushing cause one more effect that isn’t expected. Does rushing eat up time, causing a person to fall behind despite their apparent speed in motion. Could persistent rushing alter the perception of time creating a reality where one is late or running behind despite the efforts of time management? Does having patience create the opposite effect?

Are you in a hurry? Then slow down. Running to the car could save thirty seconds, but what if while running to the car something is dropped, or a person trips and falls, Did that save time? A person runs to the car, makes it safely, it seems they have saved time. They stomp on the gas and speed away only to hit a red light. Did rushing save time? It’s obvious that rushing could cause a mistake that could cost time, but could a rushed state of mind cause you to hit a red light instead of a green one. Could a rushed state of mind create a reality where your connecting flight will be enevitably late.

If reality is created in the mind, then a rushed state of mind would create a reality where unforeseen events transpire to work against time management, so that the reality matches the mind set and vice versa. A patient mind, who doesn’t rush, should find that they have more perceived time and be more likely to be on time or never running behind? Can it be possible that a person in a patient state of mind would create a reality where events fall in line to create efficiency? Formal studies on this subject are difficult to find if there even are any. I have conducted my own experiment and our results support the patient mind but more research needs to be done.

I went to a busy restaurant where servers were constantly rushing around. I chose two servers who seemed to always be in the biggest hurry and one who never seemed rushed at all. For one shift the two servers who were always in a rush were encouraged to slow down at all costs. They were each given a walking pace speed limit, they were not allowed to break the walking pace limit no matter how busy or behind they felt. They were encouraged to complete individual tasks completely before doing another one and most importantly and this was the most difficult part, they were constantly being reminded to calm down. While they were being down shifted we took the other server who never seemed to be in a hurry and did the opposite. He was constantly being told to hurry up. Walk faster, multitask and we tried to create a hurried or rushed state of mind by reminding him how far behind he was and how many people he had waiting in his section all night long. The results that came back were promising for proving this theory but by no means were they conclusive. The two servers who were encouraged to be patient both felt like they had an easier night than most. They both reported getting nice compliment and good tips from the customers. Neither server made a single operational mistake while the rushed server, did. In fact the rushed server made two very big mistakes, but the most important result was that in the sections of the patient servers there was no reports of food being late or running behind. In the hurried section the server was constantly wondering where the entrees were and his guests were asking if he could check on their food despite the fact that the food for that section was coming out at the same pace as the other two more patient sections. So it seems the servers states of mind had an affect on how time was perceived in the sections. All three servers experienced opposite affects from what they typically experience at work. The experiment needs to be done again and better for a longer period of time. Finding a restaurant that is busy enough and willing to participate isn’t easy. It would also be interesting to try this experiment on postal and delivery staff.

Wanting

What does it mean to want? We grow up thinking in terms of want. When we’re children we tell Santa what we want for Christmas. We are asked what we want to be when we grow up. We have been taught to believe that to want something is to hope that you get it. This not true.

The definition of WANT: to be needy or destitute
: to fail to possess especially in customary or required amount. (Miriam Websters dictionary)

To be needy or destitute, to fail to possess! The experience of not having or lack! Wow that is eye opening. The thought of not having or failing to possess can provoke powerful feelings. If thoughts nourished by feelings create our reality then wanting things seems counter productive. The experience of lack can also evoke feelings of jealously, envy, and resentment. These feelings lead to comparing and judgement, and most of the time when we compare ourselves to others we judge ourselves negatively. In fact you may have already been experiencing the combination of your wanting something, with the feelings associated with wanting. “I want to be wealthy” with the feelings of being poor is creating your poverty. I want (anything) with the feeling of not having it is going to create the experience of not having that thing over and over again. Our thoughts and statements will serve us better if we exclude the word and the feeling of want. Lets replace want with something that is positively creating our reality. I am, is a positive declaration of your intention. I am claims. To Claim means to take possession of. I am has the same creative power as I want except it claims rather than leaving you empty or well, wanting. I am is a declaration of having. I am is the thought. Your feeling of having will nourish that seed and will create that reality. What are feelings of having? happiness. Excitement. joy. sharing. I want is a declaration of having nothing.” That is also a seed. If nourished by the feelings of not having, ( envy, jealousy, resentment) that reality will be created.

Two men stuck in a room.

Two men are stuck in a room. One man sits down in a chair and calmly waits. The other man gets agitated and starts trying to kick down the door. The agitated man hurts his foot and stands defeated with no way out. The man sitting in the chair looks up and notices their is a window.

A mind wandering meditation

One of the most frustrating things for people who start meditating is the mind starts to  wander.  Resisting this tendency of the mind only insures that it will continue. The best way to control the wandering mind is to let it loose.  The wandering mind can be a powerful tool. It often provides wonderful insight, creativity and new ideas. In this form of meditation we are going to pay close attention to where the mind goes, the subjects it visits, the thoughts that the mind has and the pictures it produces. We can use this information to better understand what is holding us back and be in touch with what links us to our divine source and start to discover our true selves. It will also condition you to control these thoughts as they come into your mind so eventually you will be able to sit for longer periods of time with a clear mind.

Set a timer for fifteen minutes. More or less if you like. Sit on the end of a bed, couch or chair with a notebook in your lap and something to write with.  Play calm music if you like or listen to a meditation. Take four very deep breaths and exhale them slowly each time.

Then settle into a four count breath meditation ( in -2-3-4)  (Out -2-3-4). Focus your minds eye on two points of light. One blue, one white and sink into your meditation. Allow you mind to wander. It wont be difficult. When it does, take a pause and write down a note about where your mind wandered to. If it was a thought write the thought. If you thought about your job, write down what it was about. Don’t write a paragraph, a few words will do.  If you thought of an emotion, write down the name of that emotion. If it’s an image write the name of that image. My house for example or a tiger. If it was a person, write that persons name. An event, write the name of the event.  Where ever it is your mind goes write a note about where your mind wandered and then return your mind to the two points of light and settle back into your meditation. Continue doing this for the entire meditation. When your done review your notes. What you wrote down should give you some insight to the things that dwell in your head and prevent you from sitting with a clear mind. Its at that point you can try to eliminate some of the things that are bothering you or act on some of the things you have been avoiding. Try this meditation and see what happens.

Ready to Quit?

So you’re ready to quit. Your negative thought life style isn’t working in your favor and you’re ready to try another method. Like quitting smoking or any other bad habit you must first set a date to start and make a commitment to yourself. I have here a classic contract. A binding contract between you and your new positive, creative self. Print it out or copy it down.  Read it and sign it.

I am open minded and ready to receive and learn.

I am generous and ready to give with out cause.

I acknowledge this is a process of learning and discovery and I am going to be easy on myself if some of my old habits should prove hard to break.