Welcome Laurel..no worries on typos,happens all the time,so easy to do. You can actually edit with in 15 minutes after commenting, just put your arrow on your post, in will turn kind of pinkish,click on it and then will go back comment to edit it. I've done this a lot. :-) but only have 15min. to do so..
Peace & Respect
Whether "true" or not, the things below are the practice of a life that works, not just for me, for others. A fundamental shift happens when a person becomes "safe" for the rest of the world.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8a and 13
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails....And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
"The fruit of the Spirit (of God) is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
“Whatever you do unto the least of my brothers, you do it unto me.” Christ as quoted in Matthew 25:40
Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
When a man has compassoin for all living creatures then only is he noble.
--Buddha (563? - 483? B.C.)
“What is religion? Compassion for all things, which have life.”—Hinduism. Hitopadesa
“Non-injury to living beings is the highest religion.”—Jainism
“I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”—Abraham Lincoln
“There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to beasts as well as man it is all a sham.”—Anna Sewell, author of Black Beauty
The Earth does not belong to man; Man belongs to the Earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.”—Chief Seattle
“Is not the sky a father and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet or wings or roots their children?; Hear me, four quarters of the world…a relative I am! Give me the strength to walk the soft Earth, a relative to all that is,…all over the Earth, the faces of living things are all alike.”—John G. Neihardt in Black Elk Speaks
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.”—Qwatsinas
“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower livings beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”—Pythagoras
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”—Thomas A. Edison
I feel that religion is neither good nor evil. For me, it is a word and has different meanings for different people. It can be used for good or for evil. Throughout history, religion has been used for evil purposes by the very people who claim to be the holders of the divine truth, who quote scripture, verse and dogma to others. Their path is not peaceful and their intolerance of other human beings is revelaed in their words and behaviour. We are not all like that though as there are many on here, on iPeace, who are peaceful in their words and behaviour and try to help others without enforcing their views. I feel that before we try to change others we should look in the mirror at our own behaviour and find the cause of our own ignorance.
Richard.. I have read and re- read all you have written. I think you toss around a lot of judgements and assumptions of others of which you know little to nothing about. I do not feel "your compassion "nor awareness from your comments here. What I do feel is a lot of anger and self -righteousness ,exactly what you say of others is coming from YOU,,in my humble opinion...
Quote :"So it is in compassion, not anger, that I write strongly and with warrant, but for the mind realms that you and billions live within, I tell you that you if I see those who will speak ill of God, in essence, and simultaneous use the words 'love' and 'peace', then I will speak true and strong, that it has been said, that there was defense of righteousness where a topic that bears the name of this one, and invites the flashy picture brigade to come up with some self-righteous mummblings to pamper the ego that does not wish to face itself in honesty,...."
So, is it the title of this discussion that gives YOU the right to condemn any one else here that does not see things exactly as YOU do? You are stating that you are only one here that is right and are speaking for God and righteously so ? . .um sounds like ego to me and God complex, much ?
Exactly who are you to be telling me or anyone else what is right & what is wrong? What is it that compels you so to be absolutely with out question-right? I get that you strongly believe in all that you do. well good for you, I'm happy for you.
I do see a lot of good sound awareness in much of your "teachings" much of which I learned over 2 decades ago.. I took from it the good and left the parts that were rooted in dogma,as I have from many teachings..it took & takes listening to my inner self and heart to decipher the bits of the what works for me and what doesn't. This is called free will, thinking for myself and being aware of all that surrounds me and is within me. I do not nor would I tell anyone else that my choices are right nor wrong for them..even if that is what I believed to be truth. As is not my place to. Nor is it anyone else's..to do so. Gentle guidance I might give if and only if I am asked to..and I have.
In doing so helped a lot of people, that have come and gone as crossing in our life paths..but only due to being asked would I ever do so..otherwise even if I can see where someone has or is straying from their path in life's journey, I only give a bit of gentle guidance if it is asked of me to do so and is always presented from me as opinion only, the rest is up to other persons free will..seeds planted to grow if chose or not to..is and always should be another's personal choice.
In the title- did not question if God's work evil. It says " Religion- Good or Evil !!" then poses a few questions.
.I do believe in your own words you have said religions and God,not same thing? Did you not? or am I mistaken?
Personally, I think a persons actions, chose to be good kind loving person, to not hate nor cause violence is far more important than what Religion ,if any, they belong to..what faith they have if any,or belief or opinion..these are NOT as important as good caring intent, true Compassion, having understanding for others ,awareness and LOVE for all upon our Mother Earth...
Mocking those of us that say" Peace & Love" and truly believe in it,feel it.. well that Sir is NOT very compassionate..nope not at all...
So, I guess that means you can't answer my simple questions? again you are commanding me, telling me.. not replying to a few questions. You wrote considerably on what you thought, I have the same right to do so..
and I am not ignorant nor an illusion..believe whatever you wish to Richard but no need be nasty and rude about it..
You have said it well Leah, you have every right to say what you feel from the heart and Richard seems to want to plunder people in a not peace like manner may I add. This is the rub to when people's egos tell them that they alone know all of the answers to life, and it breeds a poor attitude toward others. Religious zealots cause much of the disention in this world, that is why I stear clear of dogma. Dogma equals dog-fights, of which I want no part.
Richard. You claim you are the incarnation of christ on your page....are you joking? You really think that people on here will buy your ramblings?
It would be one thing if you were respectful to other people, but you're not. Your writings appear to be ego-based and anyone with common sense and intelligence can see that you're in the business of brainwashing people, collecting followers and insulting anyone who exposes your behaviour on here.
It sounds like you feel you are able to "order" people to do this or do that....
That isnt very peaceful now is it Richard?
Trading hate fore love....
A shortcut to save you some time if you are interested in health and peace...
Now that this energy has been rising in my body and going up into the head (a literal current) I've been "dumping" the negative states and all the pain. And for those who have not had a direct experience of this spiritual energy, just consider it hypothetically and take it as a possiblity not like the truth. Let's just say that things like anger, hate, pain, all have a real physical reality in your body and those things get stored. People can die of stress and also being angry. It makes us sick. Pain and negative emotions have weight and occupy space. They not only make you feel bad but you may end up treating other people and animals like crap. They not only ruin the world, they also ruin your health!
If you have any faith in a higher power, even if only yourself, you can try an amazing exercise. Ask the Creator out loud(doesn't have to be God of any religion, just with a faith there is a higher benevolent power that has YOUR best interest at heart), and your higher self to help you heal you. You can dump accumulated negative states, emotions, pain out of your hands and feet. No kidding. Let's say pain is stored in my shoulder. It will likely dump out of the hand on that side of the body. Some yogis do footsoaks and drain it out like that.
Ask for your feet and hands to be opened to dump the stuff out. This process of dumping it out may take months. It is worth it. For every negative thing you dump, you are that much healthier, happier and it gives the place for love.
Do not be shocked if you feel bubbling, pain, heat and different sensations traveling out and down to your hands and feet. Any injury to joints can stop the energy moving out so it may have to take other routes if there is a blockage.
I made a list of all my injuries I can recall and also all the people I had not forgiven, also any negative beliefs or places I am stuck in my life. And have been going down that list, 1 by one...:)))) until there's nothing but love left.
It helps to say out loud during meditation, where the blockage is and it will move out.
Keep mapping it. Because these things are stored in the body and accumulate.
As you dump more and more of the negative states associated with experiences you will feel lighter in your heart, happier, kindof warm and fuzzy. You will be healthier, happier.
It is important to start clearing your energy channels first (meridians) and then the spiritual centers in your body.
You start from the base of the spine and work up. If you start from the head first and have blockages lower in the body, it will be lots of pressure in the head. So just work from the bottom up.
A hot bath will help the energy move.
Think back to anyone who has hurt you or any time you haven't forgiven yourself or others. Forgive them. Ask for help and dump all of that sickness right out of you!!!
Other methods to unstick the negative blocks are massage, exercise to a degree, things like acupressure.
It is important to replace all of the negativity with love and joy. Just ask.
And it may not matter if you see it as "God" or your higher self.
What matters is that you trade the hate for love, the pain for joy, knowing that you can be healed and the world can be healed.
This technique is very powerful and will remove those blocks.The blocks started shaking loose from my body back in November when the energy started rising from the base of my spine. :) I do this meditation every night now knowing that at some point there will not be any more blocks! I already feel fantastic!!!
You can also go back through all of your traumas both emotional and mental and release them.
Clear all programs, beliefs and attitudes that are not loving regarding those things, and just ask for them to
be cleared. Physically they will be released from your body. If you don't clear them they are like pockets of negativity and accumulate more and more.
And warning, do not let ANYONE lay hands on your forehead center or right hand. This can stop the rise of energy and can trap you in a lower state. I can feel that hate energy from people as a searing heat. As you become more awake spiritually you may feel it as an energy field. --Very painful stuff. So there are people who have that burning coming from them and if they lay a hand on that center of your body it can ruin that area. So please take this advice on these 2 things, raise your spiritual awareness in silence and never let anybody place their thumb on your forehead or middle of your right hand (controls of human energy field) or it can land you in big trouble. Even if you don't trust what I say, what will it hurt if you do those 2 things? Forgive and no thumb on the hand or forehead!
Anger is an energy. Love is an energy.
Anywhere you have pain or discomfort, needs to be cleared.
Stress is also a physical energy. Release all that pressure off yourself daily
and see how loving and peaceful you become.
As people collectively dump this accumulation of negative energy the world will drastically improve.