Archive | January 2015

Beside Still Waters

It is in the stillness that you become aware of Me and of hearing Me. Have you forgotten how to hear Me?

So often people go about muttering to themselves, either inwardly or verbally. If they’re not doing that – usually over something that annoys them – then they are surrounding themselves in fields of sound negativity, with noise that is not fit to be called music. Or else there is radio, television, or incessant chatter. Most of the devices of the electronic age are also designed to keep people in a state of constant agitation and motion. These inventions even create a need for them. And all of it keeps you from real inner peace by way of awareness of oneness with Me.

The antidote to this is to take time daily for sacred stillness, indeed to make time for it. Life ought to flow from the stillness. And as you practice it, you will realize that this is not only a possibility, but how you were created to live. This does not need to be complex, but simply the intention to enter My Presence and allow yourself the quiet for a time. Draw near to Me and I will always draw near to you. I will make make known not only that I am with you, but I will also make known to you the purposes for which you entered into Earth life, and help you with how to live it.

And when you are going about your daily matters, it is good also in the midst of that to develop the habit of inner stillness, for I am everywhere present and desirous to commune with you at all times and all places. At times you may simply intend within yourself, “Now it is time to spend such and such time in a ‘mini vow of silence’.” As you develop this habit, you will begin to be aware of Me, and that I never leave you nor forsake you. The quiet of My healing presence will be as balm to your weary soul.

Your thoughts are often like a herd of frightened deer – startling at every noise or perceived threat from the world. Bid them to lie down beside the still waters that your soul may be restored.

A higher creativity emerges from the sacred silence. Apart from that there is only reactivity to life, rather than it flowing through you from My presence.

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As An Ambassador Of Reconciliation, Where Is My Allegiance?

This is my feeble attempt to address this:

There’s plenty in this link to keep you thinking and maybe challenged for a long time to come.

Another American hero, Gen. Hap Arnold, had this to say about war: “We must not get soft. War must be destructive and to a certain extent inhuman and ruthless.” Does this sound like the Master we claim to follow?

Saint Paul warns (Galatians 6:7) “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”

“And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mt 26:51-53)

One point I’m driving at is the matter of sowing and reaping, per the words of Jesus. What we sow, we reap. Live by the sword (gun), die by the sword (gun). It’s universal / metaphysical law He was showing us, the immutable law of God. Violence is not His way. God is the God of life. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Unconditional love is what holds together all that is. When we step outside that, there are no guarantees.

Ouch. No, I’m not talking pro gun control, anti gun control or the Second Amendment. I’m not anti patriot either. I’m a USAF veteran. But I do think that had I the understanding I have now concerning the role of the military since at least after WW2, I would not have signed up during the Viet Nam era. Had I been born of the Spirit then, I’d have wanted to be true to everything Jesus teaches us.

So are we “taking the name of the Lord in vain” by soldiering or being patriotic? All I know is that for some reason the Holy Spirit is confronting me with some things I have been on the fence about, and to make a decision one way or another. I need to take a look at non-violence in fresh ways, not sullied by political fervor, but discerned at the feet of Jesus. I cannot speak for anyone else. One thing that draws hatred from the worldly and the churchgoer alike is when it comes to unconditional Love, especially when directed toward those who are different or our enemies. Yet that is the radical kind of Love Jesus never withheld from anyone!

Back in the day a name used to stand for something. If you had, or were given, or took someone’s name, you stood for what they stood for. It meant an allegiance to everything that name meant. You were in essence about that person’s business.

What does the Name “Jesus Christ” stand for? And at what level does peculiarly “Christian warfare” take place? Am I sanctified to the mind of Christ alone, or is my heart fickle and drawn away by the popular and very polarized politics of this planet?

Are we with Him whose kingdom is NOT of this world – meaning that our kingdom is not of this world? Are we about the Father’s business – on the Holy Spirit hotline, continually linked to Heaven’s HQ? There is always plenty of room for daily repentance, for self examination and reflection: to whom do I really belong? It’s not “what’s my line”, it’s “what’s my truth”. And then we go from there surrendering ourselves to the Holy Spirit’s grace and guidance fully.

And how do I get that grace and guidance?

I’m going to the New Living Translation to answer that, as it carries the fuller meaning of “ask, seek, and knock”.

“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)

It gets even more basic. Pray for the Holy Spirit Himself to be the Light in you! “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?” (Luke 11:13).

Our heavenly Father will never give us a wrong direction if we’re truly seeking Him alone.

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Affirming What Is

We bring glory to our Lord by living in the reality of the New Creation which we are in Christ. This means we have completely been set free from the domain and power of sin, death, the world, the devil, and self/ego.

If you are still imprisoned in strongholds of sin, that means you are living a lie and have not embraced your newness of life and the freedom that is offered through Christ.

Living in death means that you have not awakened to the new reality which you are, nor that new reality Christ has provided for you to experience and enjoy as the new creation you have become in Him.

If you chase after the world’s applause and its charms, you have not yet understood that you were not even made for the world which is always passing away.

If you’re held under the spell of the evil one, you serve lesser gods in some way, who will only deceive you and lead you into further entrapments and darkness. Some of them you have fashioned yourself. They are dead and powerless.

If you live in the service of self, you have not escaped fear, so you have not surrendered your will to that One Whose will is ultimate infinite love and good. Consequently you cannot know He is real. You are separated from the Life He has for you, which is his greatest pleasure – that you receive your ultimate happiness, which does not exist outside of Him.

What must be understood is that we do not “achieve” union with the Divine, but we “receive” it as the ultimate goal of grace, the union with the manifest Love of God, which we can never earn, but which He freely extends to us.

The question is, if the old has passed away and all things have become new in Christ, then why are so many people living an experience that witnesses to so much less?

Because they really have not seen (perceived) this great good!

Oh tell me, have you seen Him, really seen Him?

Scripture proclaims, “Behold the Man!… Behold all things are made new…!” What are you beholding? Is your inner eye of faith comprehending what it was made to perceive?

The inner eye of faith must see/perceive what we are and what is ours in Christ, and our eye must remain single, in order to be full of the Light of His truth – our new reality. So, are we or are we not His body temple? Is His truth our truth or not? What do our lips and lives proclaim and affirm?

A good place to begin the seeing, the perceiving, is to affirm that “I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. The old has passed away. All things are new!” Is there anything better than that?

First of all, let’s demolish that old “5-D” reality! Darkness, disease, dysfunction, divorce, and death characterize the old reality still carried around by and characterizing how all too many of us see ourselves and our lives. Other D words can be substituted as well, but why dwell here? This is something which has been crucified with Christ! It is no more! It does not exist! Can you see that it is no more?

The old 5-D is not the reality God spun us from Himself to experience from the beginning. And when we went walk about in a prodigal way (“the fall”) and fell among thieves and were held captive, He provided a ransom – paid in full by the blood of His son our Elder Brother Jesus Christ, to spring us and bring us back Home. To top that off, the Holy Spirit is given to guide us into all truth and to walk alongside us all the way Home, transforming and restoring us once more to His glorious likeness. When we ask we receive!

All of Earth’s history, if we can also see that for what it actually is, is His Story about setting us free from the old which has already passed away, in order for us to recognize and receive this new reality in His full Grace. Our Heavenly Father simply yearns for us to enjoy the supernal, spectacular, and sublime life for which we were made and which was made for us in the first place – now and here, not just “some” hereafter. So, are you now here or nowhere, and what are you here after, after all?

With Jesus Christ our Elder Brother we are invited to stand and acknowledge that our kingdom is not of this world – the old which has passed away! We are new creatures living in a new creation.

Most of us pay way too much time beholding the old reality and its intrigues, games, dramas, and politics. Hopefully that “spell” can be broken as we see it as the graveyard it really is! There is no one truly alive there! So why seek the living among the dead?

There is nothing in this world for the Soul who knows and understands that its kingdom is not of this world (system), but instead beholds that it already dwells in the fullness of its original freedom, glory, and good – restored by Christ Jesus.

So leave your flowers and flags at the cemetery of what has passed away if you must, but walk out of there once and for all, never looking back, for whom the Son has set free is free indeed. With Him let us do something new: let us be strictly about our Father’s business.

And so it is. Amen.

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Chapel Of The Cross

Months of work have been put into the art you will find on this page. You may have seen these crosses accompanying a number of my blogs. On this page from my main website you will find the entire showcase of them all so far, along with a slideshow accompanied by music.

This project is planned for continuation especially through Lent, as a focal for meditation and contemplation on the meaning of the Cross of Jesus Christ during this most sacred time of year.

Should you desire to purchase prints in a large variety of types and sizes and other items (cellphone covers and throw pillows at this time) imprinted with these crosses, you can find them at my art website

Children, Fathers, And Young Men

Just a few observations while involved in a Bible study of John’s first epistle…

It seems odd, at least to my way of thinking, that John addresses his readership in this order: children, fathers, then the young men (back to 1 Jn 2:12-14) rather than “chronologically” as children, young men, and then the fathers.

Is it possible that there might be a hint here concerning the idea that although the “fathers” (the elders among them, or the eldest) had known the Lord from the beginning, they don’t seem to be much more advanced in understanding, or as Holy Ghost dynamos, than the “children” who are at the beginning of their spiritual journey, while it’s the ones he calls “young men” who’ve overcome the evil one, and are strong, and with the word of God abiding in them?

Could we take this as a subtle hint that sometimes the ones who’ve known the Lord the longest might tend to rest on the laurels of the beginning understandings of faith, but need to re-awaken and come to grips with the need to develop in the Lord and get back to the mission?

The children have been brought into the faith by their “spiritual fathers”. The fathers who bring them in don’t seem to have grown beyond basic understanding or the power of the Holy Spirit. So they are not too distinguished from one another and are lumped together.

It is the young men to whom John gives the kudos.

This could be taken to heart by individuals, and seems to be the spiritual state of much of today’s church – never getting beyond “Christianity 101”.

St. Paul echoes this idea in a couple of places:

1 Corinthians 3:2 – “I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”

Also Hebrews 5:12 – “For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.”

Hebrews 6:1,2,3 – “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit.”

“Going on unto perfection”? Wow!

Something says to me that John and Paul are speaking of the same thing, but John is less frontal than Paul, the quintessential diplomat, the iron fist in the velvet glove.

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Water Rights

Water rights versus privatization? Nothing new under the sun. Maybe what’s “under the sun” reflects our spiritual reality – experientially cut off from the well of our innermost being by private interests who tell us we cannot, that we must go through them for ablutions and solutions. But why? Whose doing would this be? Lets’ explore this a bit, and see if we can find a way back to our “water source” belonging to the children of God.

Jesus, speaking to the Samaritan woman at the well: “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life… But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:14, 23, 24)

Jesus, speaking to “the Jews”: “Ye shall seek Me, and shall not find Me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come… In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that (*see below) believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:34,37-39)

David’s affirmation concerning his personal experience with God: “…He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul…” (Psalm 23:2b,3a)

What was Jesus “standing for” and “crying out” about here among “the Jews” – the religious identifying themselves as God’s chosen, and what was He saying, when He told them, “where I am, thither ye cannot come”? I would submit that He was pointing to a personal and direct inner experience with God, for their relationship with God was a distant one, relying on the middlemen of priesthood and priestcraft. Jesus however taught and exemplified the direct path to the Lord through an interior Way (for all – in these cases both Samaritans and Jews!) instead of approaching God through obedience to ritual formulations, traditions, and dogmatic belief systems. He was identifying that inner well – the“spiritual water rights” of every human soul without exception! Therefore, since their reliance was on outer forms, and His Way points to the interior path, “where He was going” they could not come!

These outer ways in fact were and still are more like the stones and dirt clogging up the well of Grace that springs up from within. So the question is, how do we access this river of living water within?

The simplest way of clearing the stones and dirt is that of “meditation”. This means simply sitting intentionally in the Stillness and Silence – showing up intentionally for the work of Grace, which itself clears away the rubbish since it it from the omnipotent Source. Jesus is identifying Himself with this all powerful inner well.

Meditation is the way to a clear head, not an empty head. The above simple practice is a great place to begin. Some find it helpful to write, to journal the conversation or insights between the soul and the Supernal One in whom we live, move, and have our being. It is here that one dares to think “original thoughts” and receive needed input and direction – not governed by religion, politics, emotional reactions, fear, anxiety, TV, talking heads, the news, pop culture, books (as informative as those may be), or the opinions of others.

Meditation is the place for the inner being to go skinny dipping spiritually. There are no costumes, pretenses, or props here – just you and the Deep Blue, the soul and God functionally one. David sang, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:1,2) Perhaps we yearn, but have become so parched for lack of imbibing Him that we don’t even notice the yearning!

Oh, that we would come to Him continually asking, as the woman at the well! “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?’ “ (John 4:10,11)

The Living Water proceeds from the throne of God, the Fountainhead of all that is. (Revelation 22:1 – “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.”) Yet in the foregoing verses, Jesus connects that with the idea that there is a tributary within our innermost being, where the River of Life bubbles up inside us! This is where we need to go to receive what is pure and clear. Here we become “new creations”.

When we practice daily contact (prayer, meditation, contemplation…) with our Heavenly Father, life imparting spiritual waters well up within us – bringing not only the flow of greater awareness, or consciousness of the Mind of Christ, but imparting the necessary Grace from God which alone can cleanse, heal, restore, and set us free. This is the Primal and Supernal Source of all creativity, illumination, inspiration, intuition, and imagination.

No one has to search far and wide for this, nor will it come from the “right” church or political affiliation or the right rituals or even beliefs. These sacred “water rights” belong to every human soul! The holy river in each and every one is accessible within the interior, the innermost being! Jesus shows us how: “ But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Matthew 6:6). This simple approach can connect us immediately, intentionally, and consciously to the Supernal One in Whom we already live, move, and have our being!

Dogma (religion’s favorite pastime) and programs (politics’ favorite pastime) are some forms of group think used to supplant the water rights within us all, with their distractions and confused beliefs and misunderstandings based in the finite human mind. Hence the need to connect with the Infinite Mind of God (God is Love!) where the answers and the ideas we need already exist.

Few proclaim this simple message: Since you are the temple of the Holy Spirit, it is your right as a child of God to daily and continually access the needed Fountain of Grace by going within your innermost being to the interior Fountainhead! Here it is your right to commune with your Heavenly Father, to be made whole again, to imbibe the unlimited, life-transforming Waters of Grace, Wisdom, and Truth. Jesus Himself lived, exemplified, and taught this approach to the presence of Our Father, unlimited Source of all Being.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) See also Isaiah 55:1-3.

*”believeth on, or believeth in”: from the Greek εἰς (eis / ice) meaning “of one mind”.

If you’d like to explore spiritual water rights further, here are other references:

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Creative Resolve

Last evening it was good to get back to making some art – although it was “only” a digital piece (included with this writing). When I do this kind of art, it is a contemplative process that also relaxes. Even so, because I’ve experienced a “creative block” for quite awhile now, it seemed as if I was dragged kicking and screaming to the artwork. Yet it seemed like now was the time… Just do it, and see what happens.

As I got underway, my insides seemed to normalize, and I began to enjoy creating again, while listening to music, or alternately the jabbering of internet talk radio (the latter may or may not be a good idea). The process of making art was not only refreshing, but it also began to lift a rather strong melancholia which set in a couple of months ago, followed by succumbing to an intense contagion leaving me weak and fatigued.

Melancholia. It seems so much more romantic than depression which sounds so clinical. Why this was so overwhelming I do not know, but this is the first time in my life that I can remember that, not only was I not making any art, but it was the first Christmas season in my entire life where I was not involved in performing or sharing music whatsoever. I’d even written a Christmas song in October, and I never finished it! Suffice it to say, There was nothing for it but to force myself out of this non-creative inertia!

It’s been four years since I was freed up from the workaday, with a view to finally being able to stretch into who I’ve always been – a spiritual and creative person. This has not unfolding as well, smoothly, or quickly as I’d like to have seen it happen. Sometimes when you know you must walk a path, you wind up creating the map also!

For as long as I can recall, the chief interests of my life have been matters of faith and the visual and performing arts. But my “real job” was one that turned out to be a love hate situation within the highly technical environment of allopathic healthcare. While it put bread on the table and a roof over my head, it seemed as if every day was a day where I had to force myself to go to work. This doesn’t mean kicking to the curb the idea of helping people, but the intensity and fast pace of such an environment are probably more rigorous than most people imagine, and one frankly burns out – especially if it’s not really your bailiwick in the first place.

For creative, sensitive souls this is probably the most counterproductive environment there is when it comes to squelching creative life! It sucks away time, energy, and enthusiasm – at least that was its effect on me. Yet some tend to get trapped early in the game, and whether or not there’s a way out, what governs that outcome is probably our belief that we’re trapped forever.

However, “jobs” are practical; creativity and the arts are discouraged as anything more than hobbies in our mechanistic, utilitarian world. I’ve always wanted to have a bold bumper sticker that declares, “The work ethic: curse of the creative class!”

Yes, while in God’s garden there are radishes, turnips, parsnips, and carrots, thriving in lots of “fertilizer”, some of us are not that. We need plenty of balance – shade, sunlight, dew, a little rain, and gentle breezes in order to thrive. We don’t do well at all in chaos and contention.

And not the least of the creative’s needs are copious amounts of solitude and stillness, for if making art is anything, it is contemplative process!

This world is a utilitarian place run by, to say the least, self serving occupational forces. The more I embrace a Christian worldview, the more I realize that these “keepers” hate creativity. Why? Creativity means thinking and feeling outside the box of a cookie cutter reality and tapping the deep interior Being where we contact the Supernal One, “our Father” as Jesus encourages us to call Him. When that happens, the game is over. We captives bear the image of the Most High – supernally creative, infinitely loving, omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. And if such Beings growing up into all the fulness of Him (which is the plan), awaken to discover who we are, and once more function within this creative, primal, pristine state of being, Houston, the current occupiers will have a problem. Indeed they do.

For no matter how far into captivity we’ve been taken, it must be seen that a part of our character is not only creativity, but an amazing, unstoppable capacity for expansion of understanding. This means that as this expansiveness reaches a certain point of growth – which I believe we have entered – we will recognize who we are, what our capabilities are, and commence with living accordingly. We will enter into the truth, and the truth will make us free.

Nothing can stop this emergence which is happening now. Therefore we are, as a natural course of celestial children, outgrowing their confines and their control. The keepers know this, and there is nothing they can do about it, except to hasten a faster more overt lockdown which can easily be seen – treacherous, controlling, and murderous beyond belief. With for example, geo-engineering (chemtrails) in the air, fluoride and other pollutants in the water, deadly vaccines, genetic manipulation of plants animals and humans, every avenue of our ability to sustain ourselves on Earth is being threatened. And it’s all right in our face if we dare to look.

They no longer hide it nor attempt to cover up their capricious, greedy, power drunk, morally bankrupt, psychopathic, self serving agendas. However, the upshot of this is that it has become evident who they are and to whom they have sold their souls. The outcome for them will be disastrous, for they will reap all they have sown, since like everyone else, they are not above the natural laws built into the Universe.

The answer? Each and every one of us must become as creative as possible! How? The direct approach is to “draw nigh unto God, and He will draw nigh unto you.” In His mind, heart, and will are the answers to the “how”. He is more than ready and willing to inspire and guide us with how to proceed. God will always make a way forward and upward, granting the Wisdom we need – if we will only ask and keep on asking.

The creative path is the Way of the Creator. It may not mean art, music, dance, writing or the things we ordinarily associate with creativity, but may instead come in the formation of a new idea that seems to haunt you and wants you to give it life.

Believe it or not, simple doodling for example can bring a relaxed state of mind where fresh ideas and inspirations can flow into awareness. To me, this is art used as prayer – no words necessary; just show up in the Presence of omnipresent infinite Love and Wisdom with receptive intention that the answers you need for such a time as this will be given to you, and it will be so.

You may find yourself amazed. Personally for me making art also relieves melancholia, demolishes inertia, and ignites the enthusiasm necessary to do what I’m inspired to do.

In closing, let me just offer that it’s so important to remember and make a space for the creative gifts with which we are sent into the world. This is a huge part of routing out these “occupational forces” from our life and our world. Many conclude that it is time now that this needs to be over and done with. I concur! We need to embrace who we are – the creative, loving children of God who allow no one to convince us of anything less and move forward into the Reality intended for us from the beginning.

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