Archive | January 2016

Have You Considered…?

Have you considered making art or music or writing as being a means of connecting with the Creator, and thereby accessing not only relaxation, but greater awareness, inner healing, and maybe even being able to recognize that Still Small Voice letting you know of His relentless Love for you?

I realized last evening while working on some art ( viewable here: http://yvonne-blasy.pixels.com/featured/tendrils-of-light-yvonne-blasy.html ) that there’s nothing like some “digital doodling” to let go of the day!

Little is more relaxing for me than “weaving pixels of light” while listening to uplifting yet relaxing music in the background. (That’s often my art m.o. these days…) The process is quite freeing as well as enjoyable. This is one of my favorite ways to drift and release the stresses of the day before going to sleep. The music can match your mood. I like to use one of my Pandora stations that I’ve dubbed “Deep Relaxation” to provide the needed sound energy ambience, in order to actually unwind at the end of a day.

It also serves well to put one’s mind into the space of sacred creativity, connecting prayerfully and reverently to the mind of the Creator… “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3)

These are just a few thoughts and visuals to bless your Sunday, dear visitor. Everyone is creative in some way. One of my least favorite things I hear people announce over themselves is “Oh, I’m not creative.”

Might it simply be that, although we may not wind up with a private showing with some swanky gallery in New York, a simple thing like doodling might relax and open us up enough to access some dormant idea or gift? It may not be related at all to what we consider as “the arts”, but your creativity may be there in the form of an idea or a consideration of direction you’ve never noticed before.

Never marginalize your ability to create, dear unknown friend! We’re made in the image of God, Who is first and foremost recognized as Creator and Father of our spirits!

Consider… Contemplate… Create. Certainly the world could use some new ideas and directions. Is there something unique that you alone may have been sent here to Earth Mission 1 to offer or provide? The Creator may have a bigger vision for you than you’ve had for yourself.

Or it could be that He simply wants to let you know He loves you unconditionally.

Walk with Him. There’s so much freshness, refreshing, newness of life and Love to be experienced along His Way.

Sometimes

Sometimes the voyage overtakes us,
casting us beyond our will
upon a far away and unknown shore,
where we find upon arriving,
it is a pleasant place and more.
Yet all too soon arrives a day
when we must, with the winds and tides,
once more cast off and sail away.
Many the twists and turns of life
along this labyrinthine flow,
where we would yearn to fly,
yet Something Deeper whispers to our heart,
You shall not go, you shall not go.
For there is much more here
you’re meant to see, to understand, to know.

Special Eyes

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Several years back, many photos of artists’ renditions of what Jesus may have looked like were strewn across my drawing board, including photos of the Shroud of Turin. I was attempting to come up with some kind of composite based on all of them that would add my creative efforts to the collection. The “portrait” included with this writing is that result.

Yet as I worked on the drawing (now somewhat electronically enhanced here) it seemed that while I worked, He posed the same question to me that He did to His disciples so long ago: “Who do you say I am?” The question haunted me as the days went on…

Jesus knew full well His identity and purpose. Yet He quizzes His disciples on a couple of key points, “What are people saying about Me? What is their comprehension or opinion? What do you hear out there on the street?”

However, His question becomes more personal, deeper. “ Here’s what I really want you to answer: what is your comprehension of Me?”

“… But whom say ye that I am?…

Peter, ever the outspoken one, perhaps announcing on behalf of the Twelve, replies, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God…” At this Jesus pronounces blessing upon Peter at his insight.

Rather than pointing to Peter, however, Jesus points to the revelation that came to Peter directly from God the Father. “… upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:15-18)

It is not the man called Peter upon which Christ’s spiritual church was to be founded, but rather the same revelation which was given to Peter or Petros (pet’-ros) Πέτρος – “a piece of rock”. “This rock” upon which His church is built is petra (pet’-ra) πέτρα – “a mass of rock”.

The revelation of Jesus Christ is the latter, the “mass of rock” – the solid foundation! Peter is Petros, a “piece of rock” (one which, by the way, often sank to the bottom in many a tempest, both spiritual and physical). Certainly he was important as an apostle and cannot be marginalized in that regard. However… Jesus is not saying here that His people were to be based upon the fallible “piece of rock” called Peter, but on the “mass of rock” – the foundational revelation of Christ Himself!

This revelation comes straight from God’s Mind to the inner being – to heart and mind – and is greater than the man Peter! It’s not based on anyone else’s testimony. It comes by way of personal revelation. It’s deeply, intensely personal when Jesus reveals Himself to us!

When Christ comes to make Himself known as Who He really is, this forever changes the life and direction of the recipient of this bestowal: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12,13) This revelation is clearly the game changer!

His revelation brings “special eyes” with which to comprehend reality and bestows a heavenly vision and calling, far beyond imagination. It is foretold in Isaiah 35:5 “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened…” Certainly He granted physical sight to the physically blind. Yet must He be the One Who also opens the eyes of our understanding to comprehend Him, and all else He wishes to let us see! He is the Bestower of special eyes.

What’s hinted at is that those upon whom this revelation is bestowed – those who can likewise proclaim with the deep conviction of inner sight, knowing, and understanding – are the ekklēsia (ek-klay-see’-ah) ἐκκλησία – the ones called forth by Him. When He reveals himself to us, He calls and sets us apart for His own purposes! And was He not the One to destroy the works of the evil one, and also to bring many sons to glory? If we have been made one with Him in His death, resurrection, and ascension, then are we also not of the same mind and purpose? “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:17,18)

This revelation is a far cry from the perception of Jesus as yet another “founder” of another world religion, or even a great, wise, enlightened soul – with paths and practices for devotees to adhere to which are futile and difficult to keep and lead nowhwere. Nor is He some “ascended master”, the child of an alien or an angel, or some sort of vague Christ consciousness that lies dormant in every individual… or any of the other contenders for the identity of Jesus THE Christ out there in public opinion.

The revelation of Jesus Christ to the inner being changes the spectacle of the dark events of Golgotha from the outer perception of simply a good man who was unjustly dying for an insurrection against the government and the religious establishment which he did not commit, to the inner perception of what was really going on beneath the surface – something of celestial, cosmic, and earthly magnitude, implication, and importance.

Just as at His beginnings in a humble stable – where it took special eyes to recognize Him as not simply a poor child who was turned away by the inn keeper, but the Savior Who is Christ the Lord – so it takes special eyes to perceive Him at Golgotha, as the Creator, Savior, and Lord of humankind – the One anointed and appointed in those dark hours to crush the serpent’s head and set free all captives to him who would receive Him.

Curiously Jesus finishes this conversation in a most mysterious way: “Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ.” (Matthew 16:20) Why would He have not wanted this stunning piece of information spread far and wide?

He also commands that the demons not express this as well in Mark 1:34: “And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.” See also Luke 4:41: “Demons also were coming out of many, shouting, ‘You are the Son of God!’ But rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ.”

Other references: Mark 1:43-44 after healing a leper, Mark 7:36 upon curing a deaf and dumb man, Matthew 9:30 the healing of two blind men, Mark 9:9 after His transfiguration… these are a few.

There are some (frankly lame) opinions out there concerning why He would have wanted to keep the revelation of His identity a secret, founded on unspiritual, carnal opinions – tying none of these “reasons” into the idea of a profound and personal revelation bestowed by God Himself.

It gives pause for a moment to entertain the question, Why is no one going to Source to ascertain the answer from the Holy Spirit? Or are “we” too wrapped up in theological thinkers’ opinions to go there, substituting someone else’s indoctrination for the special eyes whereby we shall see Him as He is?

Does He not still pose the question in these turbulent times, “whom say ye that I am?”

Unfettered 1

Unfettered One

Made in our Creator-Father’s image and likeness,

we are given the ability to imagine, to vision,

especially to vision as one Mind with the Holy Spirit.

If there ever were a time when our world

needed imagination and vision,

it is now.

Is it only me, or does anyone else sense that

we have long enough been caged?

It is time to soar,

to not allow ourselves any longer

to be talked out of

the birthright of the sons of God.

“But as many as received him,

to them gave he power to become the sons of God,

even to them that believe on his name.”

John 1:12

Meme-ography: Have You Had Your Meme-ogram?

OK, warning. This is way off subject for my usual material. A cross between a lament and a rant. I wrote it because I don’t like what I see happening to the human race especially via “free” electronic social media. Here goes… My pet peeve: memes!

This afternoon I noticed a meme that was being passed along, “Share something today, other than your opinion.” OK here’s my opinion on that opinion. Deal with the fact that it’s MY opinion – not dependent on anyone else’s cuteness or cleverness.

How about actually sharing your own thoughtful opinion on (name a subject) instead of passing around other people’s opinions – as in the case of this meme, which is ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING YOU TO NOT HAVE AN OPINION THAT IS YOURS. Do you see what this is telling you to do in a very subtle way? And when you hit “like” you are assenting to this and affirming it, thus embedding it into your mind. No! No! No!

Think about it. What if we all got together to have lunch, and all we did was hold up placards with memes or sayings on them, instead of catching up on life through conversation? How would that be? (Oh I forgot, everyone is praying to their iPhone with head bowed at the table. Skip the placards.) Conversation is out of the question. However, once the moment of silence is passed, here’s what we’ll do: When I hold up my placard, just hit the red “like” button on the table directly in front of you, and smile. We will all get along just fine! The perfect Pleasantville luncheon.

This is supposed to be “social” media. Nothing could be further from the truth, given the fact that there is little human conversational interaction.

And as far as most “conversation threads” go (considering especially YouTube here), it seems like more of a battle zone, where people seem to be under the impression that they have the duty to bash, criticize, and vilify one another with the most derogatory language. (The worst ones are the religious ones. They seem to have their own holy wars raging.)

Is anybody actually thinking, talking, and interacting? Or are many simply being programmed to give the ditto head nod to memes, or simply go into reactionary mode? People! We go deeper than that! We are not Borg; we are Hu-man, and we need not be assimilated by the collective cyber-mind created by the Dumber-Downers who think of us as the “herd”.

So, how about this for an idea: graduating from the reptilian brain, and even the mammalian brain, “heading on” (if you’ll pardon the pun) into the cerebral cortex, we press forward, in order to engage in some actual rational thought suitable for constructing sentences so as to create conversations? (Or at least consider what a post actually means or implies before sharing it.)

I seldom use email for the same reasons thus far stated. It’s mostly all junk mail. Maybe I should just shut up and get off Facebook too. Here’s another opinion from yours truly: “hashtags” might well be better labelled as “re-hashtags”.

PS: Thanks to all who actually do post something that comes straight from your heart and your day, pertaining to updates about your life or what you’re thinking about. These tiny candles in the darkness do provide the flicker of hope that humankind has a chance of not being swallowed into the abyss of electronic social programming.

Sometimes I wonder if this “free” service isn’t being used to determine things about us, as we’re sized up, quantified, standardized, and eventually marginalized as to our “market value”… Did you ever think of it that way?

I know – you think I’m crazy for posting this. Newsflash: You’re entitled to your opinion. Long live the thinking person capable of rendering an opinion uniquely his or her own!

Hey! That’s you!

Not Evolution But Revolution By Revelation

“According to modern thinking, man is a great being in the making; his attainments are looked on as a wonderful promise of what he is going to be; we are obsessed with the evolutionary idea. Jesus Christ talks about a revolution—’Ye must be born again.'” –Oswald Chambers, from Conformed To His Image.

Thoughts: Out with the old, in with the new. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me…”

That started about 2000 years ago. The only revolution worth being a part of – a spiritual one that begins within the innermost being. To have such a revolution takes an inner revelation. We call it “faith”.

Ask, seek, knock.

The door will be opened.

(Less words from the Messenger these days… But sometimes a small thing comes across that you feel you just have to share. God’s bullet points?)

Standing In Clear Truth

A Sunday morning thought from Oswald Chambers in the daily meditation entitled, The Call of the Natural Life, basing it on Galatians 1:15-16:

“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.”

He says, ”The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call…”, which is to reveal His Son in me.

Something to ponder very carefully and prayerfully.

It’s beautiful how Chambers clarifies things: he speaks here of contact with the nature of God, NOT contact with the God of nature – that “force” thing. Two different entities entirely: one the Creator of all that is; the other deceptively calls itself All That Is, and asserts in the minds of many that it is God. The last thing the latter wants is for the Son to be revealed in us, Christ in us the hope of glory, through regeneration by the Holy Spirit!

Something many do not comprehend, sadly, even among Christians. Why? Because the idea of this “force” concept has infiltrated the minds in the churches, and has put many to sleep.

Consider well. Did not Jesus, when teaching His disciples to pray, instruct us to pray – as the final “petition”, “…deliver us from the evil one”? The last word, so to speak! A great part of that also means praying for the gift of spiritual discernment with Scripture open. Ceaselessly! Especially in these times.

Clearly it’s not a matter of “The force be with you”, but rather recognizing that “the force bewitched you” in a lot of cases. At the very least we need to be able to distinguish between God our Father and His plan for us, and that which the Bible calls the god of this world who blinds the eyes of many toward the truth, and who masquerades as many things – even the created universe itself.