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Making Sense of God – The Effervescence of Eternity


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As human beings, we interact with the world as physical organisms; that is to say, we use and respond with our senses.  And as a result, we spend a lifetime conditioning ourselves in this way, yet God created us in His image, and that image reflects a Trinity of consciousness; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  And to be specific, it is singularly, the Holy Spirit that God infused into our being as humans, that sets us apart from other “organisms”.  It manifests itself as our conscience (aka, that little voice inside us), and guides us throughout our life; if we choose to listen to it, and act upon it.

When Jesus Christ graced the earth, as flesh and blood, like us, people could easily comprehend His authenticity and Truth, because they could speak with Him, touch Him, see Him, hear Him, even smell him.  Indeed, they got a taste of eternity, without even knowing it.  Similarly, To Believe is To See.

 

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Upon His physical death, brilliant Resurrection, and subsequent glorious Ascension, however, our physical senses became inadequate to directly experiencing Jesus Christ, the human being; the physical organism.  To be sure, God supplanted the memory of the physical Saviour with non-direct methods/alternatives to positively communicate the still, living Jesus Christ to humanity.

Miracles, His work through others, nature/environment, the Holy Spirit, and Supernatural events have been recorded in time that point to the fact and reality that Jesus Christ (along with God and the Holy Spirit) is Alive and is living in eternity.  Body, Mind, and Soul are humanity’s trinity in the image of God, and our Portal to our next life.

 

“Likewise, where our human and physical senses end (hear, see, smell, touch, taste), our Divine or Godly senses begin.  Space and Time (body), via balance and equilibrium; Intuition (mind), via ESP; and Divine Communication (soul), via faith.  Collectively, these eight senses work together to enable and empower our ability to recognize, acknowledge, and embrace the True God throughout our entire earthly life, preparing us for a real, personal, and tangible reunion with God, upon our physical death.”

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And because we were truly created in His image, it is understandable that we travel a similar path leading us into eternity.  Our physical birth, life, suffering, joy, pain, free will, and death, perfectly mimic that of Jesus Christ.  And it similarly goes without saying, that our destiny is an ascension into heaven for our Final Act.  But only, if we truly Believe in God, His Divine Nature, His Unbridled Power, His Perfect Being of Forgiveness, Grace, Love, Judgment, Justness, and His Eternal Presence.  For I is Singular For But One.

Achieving Heaven is truthfully simple, albeit perhaps not easy, yet completely within our control.  Established rules provide boundaries and desired/expected behaviors (Bible), and Free Will affords us the opportunity to create our own unique future via our thoughts, actions, and ultimately, accountability.

The Righteous Side Of Reverence


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Throughout time, people across the world have demonstrated a deep reverence for the deity within their culture, history, and tradition.  Reverence steeped in profound respect, submission, and orthodoxy.  Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, among others.

Many of these deities have common traits; wisdom, insight, calmness, overpowering presence, generosity, and kindness as examples.  Likewise, each of them emphasizes specific behaviors that are required of followers to comply with as believers.

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For Christianity, there are the Ten Commandments and the Words of the Bible, albeit, the core set of rules and expected behaviors for Christians to adhere.  Like many philosophers and thinkers, however, the inevitable question raised in seek of answers revolves around the “Why”.  As in, Why must I follow this rule?  What future does following this rule provide?  And conversely, What is the penalty for violating this rule?

The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by different authors at different points in time.  The miraculous reality is a common theme, even though many of the authors of the 66 books never met each other, let alone, lived during the same period of time.

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Often overlooked, at the core and foundation of the Bible and the Ten Commandments rests Morality.  At the base of what is right and wrong, the morality of life was established and handed down by Jesus Christ and given to Moses to share with humankind.  Of all that is ethical, just and right, the Word of God embodies morality for the ages.  Mankind has attempted to define morality, yet has continuously come up short, as incapable of divine wisdom.  Conversely, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit and God (Divine Trinity), as the Supreme Being and Eternal Lord, singularly possesses and represents perfect knowledge and Truth.  This fact was exemplified by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, followed by His Ascension into Heaven.

And without doubt, perfect knowledge and truth are accompanied and characterized by Supreme Power;  A power not of this world.

In truth, it is not enough to show reverence; it is not enough to offer respect.  It is only enough when we understand and acknowledge the Righteous Side of Reverence.

Comprehend the immense and unending Grace of God; Witness His Sovereign Power in the lives of His people; Testify to His Greatness with your life.  That… Is how you will live for eternity.

Which Side will You be on?  God Bless you, Be well.

If Today Was Your Last Day (Nickelback):
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said, “Each day’s a gift and not a given right.
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by.
That first step you take is the longest stride.”
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
If today was your last day
Against the grain should be a way of life
What’s worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts ’cause there’s no second try
So live it like you’ll never live it twice
Don’t take the free ride in your own life
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day
If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it’s never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
‘Cause you can’t rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin’ stand in your way
‘Cause the hands of time are never on your side
If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say “goodbye” to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you had?
(Would you? Would you?)
And would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you’re dreamin’ of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

Eternity Road (The Moody Blues):
Hark listen here he comes
Hark listen here he comes
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
Speeding through a charcoal sky
Observe the truth we cannot lie
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind
You’ll see us all around
You’ll see us all around
Turning, spinning, Catherine wheeling
Forever changing
There’s no beginning
You’re so very far from home
And so very much alone
Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a peace of mind

Truth – A Moment of Eternity


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Truth is not an emotion.  It bears no Anger, Joy, Hate or Love.  Truth be not happy nor sad, for it is but the aggregation, totality and revelation of simply, how things just are.  Jesus Christ is Truth personified as evidenced by his Words in Exodus 3:14:

 

 

“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

And in Revelation 1:8:

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

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Suffice it to say, we, as human beings, are incapable of comprehending the entirety of God, lest we are equal to God.  As sinners, and as children of God, we have the free will to accept or reject God, the Truth of God, the eternity of God, the Salvation of God, the Mercy of God, and especially, the Judgment of God.

When I reflect upon my life, and consider my every life experience, especially my “Moments of Truth”, you know, when the proverbial light bulb comes on, when you see everything in crystal clarity, when you simply know the way things are.  These numerous moments that I have lived have taught me in unequivocal fashion, the absolute certainty of not merely the existence of God, but the incomprehensible Truth, Power, Wisdom and Dimension(s) of a Supreme Being that demonstrates no boundaries, whatsoever.

And then, given that limitless presence, for God to love me unconditionally, uniquely, with compassion, complete knowledge, forgiveness, and empowerment to be able to choose or reject Him, is the most humbling, frightening, and profound reality I can even begin to imagine.  He Died for me!  He created me!  He loves me!  He wants to share His Life with me!  (Jeremiah 1:5)

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

I am simultaneously overcome with Emotion, Love, Sadness, Joy, Excitement, Wonder, Fear, Anxiety, Relief and Confidence about my future, not only now as a physical human being, but more importantly, for all eternity, as His child in heaven… forever.

The conundrum of the concept of time, means absolutely nothing when contrasted with the concept of eternity.  And given the certainty of eternity, there truly is no other alternative belief for me to choose, regarding my acknowledgement, acceptance and embrace of the God that Loves me as His son.

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I would forever choose to live my complete mortal life believing in God, and finding out after death there is none; than to live my life as a non-believer, and then dying, to learn that God indeed exists.

In my heart of hearts, that feeling I experience when I help someone in need, indeed, someone not in need, the exhilaration of knowing I made a positive difference in the life of another human being, is something I cherish as much as life itself, and will not jeopardize, risk or compromise for anything.

For it is within each of us to acknowledge, establish and develop our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  That relationship is not found in a book, a building, a crucifix or blessed water.  It exclusively exists in our heart and is demonstrated each second we live by the thoughts, words, actions and commitment we promise to ourselves.

Truth is my eternal now.  What is Your Truth?

I think the universe is on my side
Heaven and earth have finally aligned
Days are good and that’s the way it should be
You sprinkle stardust on my pillow case
It’s like a moon beam brushed across my face
Nights are good and that’s the way it should be
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing
And I see colors in a different way
You make what doesn’t matter fade to grey
Life is good and that’s the way it should be
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing “oooh, la la la, oooh, la la la”
You make me sing
‘Cause now I’m shining bright, so bright
And I get lost in your eyes
Now I’m shining bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
You make me sing “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
‘Cause now I’m shining bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
Bright, so bright
And I get lost in your eyes
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining “oooh, so bright, oooh, so bright”
Now I’m shining bright
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Transitioning Into Eternity


Hourglass_TimeThere are numerous examples of Racing and each has its own domain and range.  NASCAR, Marathon Running, World Cup Sailing, Tour De France Bicycle, Olympic Swimming, and more.  None, however, are more striking nor more important, than the Race against Time.

In any race, one must consider the length, the duration, obstacles, requirements (rules), anticipated problem

s, physical requirements and environment, goal…  And then, as a “Racer”, you must perform, survive obstacles…  and lastly, Finish the Race.

“Throughout the Race (aka Your Life), you will need to manage change(s), some planned, others unplanned, some positive, others not so much.  The extent to which you are effective and successful in dealing with change and in adapting to loss, to a large degree, will determine how rich and abundant your life becomes.”

And, with any race, who you have in your “pit crew” largely impacts the outcome of the Checkered_Flagsrace.  Let it be known we are in this race together, to be interdependent, to love, sacrifice, suffer, support, and Help each other.

So, who do want in your crew and how do you select them?  Skill, Experience, Familiarity, Knowledge…  Shared Values?  Secondly, what kind of dynamic(s) do you want to create within your team?  Conformity, Creativity, Commitment, Compassion, Character, Charisma?  Rest assured, designing, recruiting, creating and then, managing your team is no task to be taken lightly.

Managing TransitionsTo be sure, books have been written on each of these important questions and issues; Change, Values, Teams, Racing, Group Dynamics, Values….  Without question, Life is complicated, yes?  So, be very focused and dedicated to living your life with the intent to “go the distance”, to be “true to your heart”, to leverage the gifts God has given you, and ultimately, to reach your destination… On your terms, following your heart, listening to your conscience, living your dream.

 

How We Die – More Important Than Living


Destiny_QuoteWe’ve all heard about and perhaps have even read books about the grand nature of life, e.g., “The Purpose Driven Life“, by Rick Warren; “Chicken Soup for the Soul“, by  Jack Canfield; “Heaven is for Real“, by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent, and “The Last Lecture“, by Randy Pausch.

Books like these, present us with an opportunity to change or better comprehend our perspectives about the significance of (our) life, perhaps a deeper meaning or connection with our spirit and overwhelmingly, insight into our human nature.  They are, without question, all great reads.

What if I told you, however, that how we die is more important than how we live?  Would veterans_funeral_flagyou immediately disagree?  How could this be true?  Isn’t death an ending?  Why focus on the negative?

Certainly, these are all relevant and valid questions or thoughts about something we know precious little about, yes?  Yet, if one views life as an accumulation of knowledge, experience, wisdom and dare I say, faith; well, now you know the purpose of this discussion.

“Have you ever uttered that age-old phrase, “If I had known then what I know now…”? Trust me , you’re not alone.  The essence of that quip, is that living life yields much insight into ourselves, our situation, our environment, and the world, as it relates to people and relationships.”

Easter_CrucifixMany factors intertwine to make us who we are today.  Among them, our childhood, the location(s) we’ve resided, family, friends, education, information about the world, events, and especially our faith.

I’ve assembled a punch list of 10 factors that influence just how prepared we will be when we die.  Prepared, you might ask?  For what?  Well, prepared for what follows our death, of course. The following net outcomes at the time of our death largely determine our path forward:

  1. Have we truly accepted Christ as King?
  2. Have we “Chosen Wisely” using our Free Will?
  3. How did we utilize our Time on earth?
  4. Were we motivated in moving toward life or Running Away?
  5. Did we present ourselves to others in an Authentic fashion?
  6. Have we developed a sense of Inner Peace?
  7. How effective were we at dealing with Change?
  8. Were we in a faithful Mental State?
  9. Did we consider the Bigger Picture as we made decisions?
  10. How effectively did we demonstrate Compassion and Love for others?

Judgment_Day_GateAs evidenced above, when we die is truly irrelevant in the Grand Scheme of our Eternal Existence.  The things we accumulated during our lives are likewise meaningless as they remain behind in their entirety.

What matters, when our physical life is distilled, is how prepared were we to die all along the way.  Collectively, our priorities, values, mindset and intent represent the bellwether of how we are to be judged, held accountable and projected forward into eternity.

 

The Tense of Life – Future Perfect


GearsIndeed, time is a fickle thing, albeit a creation of our feeble human minds as a result of our inability to comprehend and understand the vastness and pervasiveness of God, the Universe and Eternity. Endless phrases have been captured (over time) characterizing and lamenting its stronghold over our human lives:

“Time is of the Essence”

“Can’t seem to find the Time”

“No Time like the present”

“I don’t have Time for this”

“There’s never Time to do it right, but always Time to do it over”

“Time waits for no man”

“Time heals all wounds”

“Use your Time wisely”

“Having the Time of your life”

the_time_machine_large_01In truth, time is but a fabrication and rationalization of our minds in an attempt to avoid confusion and chaos.  Simply, time helps us comprehend our existence within the limits of our knowledge. Now, let’s shift our perspective and view time from a spiritual perspective. As Christians, one of the tenets of our faith is the awareness and acceptance that each of us are born as imperfect beings, having inherited that imperfection as a result of the Original Sin committed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The true beauty of Christianity, however, is that by being born again via Baptism, we are cleansed from sin’s blemish on our soul and are blessed to have the opportunity to live this earthly life in God’s Light, striving to become like Him, understanding that at times, we will falter and sin.  And in the wisdom of our Creator, He provided a mechanism for us to redeem ourselves of sins via repentance, along with his Grace via forgiveness.

“Yes, faith is a peculiar construct, however, those that possess it do not perceive it to be peculiar at all.  For you see, the expectation of faith is the realization that a life lived in God’s Light, following His Word, supported by love, kindness, humility, forgiveness and goodwill/intent, will be rewarded by the Perfect and eternal life in heaven, at some Future moment.”

Paradox_of_TimeThus, the Future Perfect tense of life; My Life.  I have but one breathtaking, awe-inspiring, profound, loving and Blessed word to describe this expectation in my life….  Hallelujah!  Be well my friends. Watch and Listen….  and be brought to tears in the Joy of knowing Christ.  God Bless You.

And for you “boomers”, let’s take a walk back in Time and relive another memory.

And something for the more mellow of us.

Lastly, how much Time do you have left?

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If I Were To Die Today – Living Life in Reverse


sunset_last_day_on_earthLife has a funny way of creating habits, routines and the resulting preoccupation with keeping busy.  We have routines for getting up, getting dressed, getting breakfast, getting to work, getting tasks completed, getting things done.   All this getting, getting, getting, however, is quite in contrast to that of Being.

The primary outcome of the “getting” is simply a preoccupation of our time here in this life; an Oh So Precious (and finite) time.  It is this mindset that inevitably results in the demeanor we subsequently create when there is loss; loss of a job, loss of a possession, but most critically, loss of human life.  We lament at funerals how we need to spend more time “living” and less time spending it on trivial matters.

So, in that light, this author offers an acute illustration of Being; “If I Were To Die Today”.

If I were to die today, I would let every person I meet, know that this life is simply too precious, complex and purposeful to be a cosmic Death_Ascension_Spiritcoincidence or accident.  Rather, it is a preparatory phase toward eternal life, one born of spirit and soul.  Our physical bodies were obviously not intended (by design) to last forever.  Our souls, however, are another story.  Pure energy is maintained eternally, so the key point are the transformations that occur along the way of our eternal existence.  Some call it consciousness.

  • Accordingly, spend more time with those you love, acknowledge the presence of Jesus Christ in your life and never, EVER, be ashamed or afraid to profess your faith;  For it is your spiritual legacy, birthright and destiny.  I refer to it as spiritual maturity.
  • Express your heart’s feelings to those on the receiving end, whether they be friends, neighbors, co-workers, family or role models and mentors.  They need to understand not only who you are, but equally important, who they are because of your presence in the world.  Humanity is but a web of inter-connectedness, an interactive and impactful experience that helps us to define and develop ourselves as eternal beings.  Communication is the vehicle that moves us forward toward realizing our potential as human beings.
  • Behave with intent, purpose and a deliberateness that unequivocally demonstrates your essence for others to witness and be likewise changed.  Help other people whenever you can as it cleanses the soul and elevates your spirit.  Have you ever felt badly after having helped another person?   And in contrast, have you ever felt good as a result of hurting another person?  That is precisely the eternal struggle of Good and Evil.  And, it is as Real as the water in the oceans.
  • Do the things that fuel your passions in life, don’t wait for the bucket to empty itself or be emptied by someone else.  Regularly attend to your “bucket list“.

Headstone_in_MemoryPerhaps most significant, is to leave the world a better place than you found it; by your definition and not by that of anyone else.  Life is to be lived on your terms as opposed to that of any other person(s) or the expectations of society.

If I were to die today, I would be satisfied with my life, sorrowful for any hurt I had caused others, blessed by the presence and guidance of God and most notably, prepared for death’s transformation and passageway into the eternity of tomorrow.  I would gracefully ascend having known I spent every breath of life focused on actualizing my soul.

What would you do if you were to die today?  Be well.

 

A Sensory Encounter with my Book


“Not in Vein”

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Miracle within my Soul

 

The Context of eternity

Why?

“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’  But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”
George Bernard Shaw

At face value, obsessing about death can be depressing and difficult to contemplate.  Due to our collective ignorance about the definition of life beyond what we know as human beings, we have been conditioned to view death exclusively as an event with no curtain call and a very, very final conclusion.

We have been taught that death is something associated with negativity and painful emotions, primarily as a direct result of focusing on our own sense of self and our needs as human beings.  True enlightenment and one of the secrets to an unwavering faith as well as a belief in salvation is a core mindset that focuses on others, their needs and how each of us can play a part in those lives, not only giving of ourselves, but profoundly, in learning about ourselves.

Unsurprisingly, humans are overwhelmed with their physical senses that condition the mind to be self-centered, and this is fairly understandable, given the minimal and limited knowledge we as human beings have about the ‘bigger picture.’

Taking a different perspective, however and peering deeper into the entire thought process and scenario can provide much needed clarity and motivation.

Once a person is past the point of acknowledging their own mortality and physical boundaries; that is precisely the point where the conversation you have with that person in the mirror, begins to get serious and real about your faith, your spirit and soul, about your fundamental purpose in life;  more importantly, about your eternal life.

Surely, it is the thought of the certainty of that mortality, an inability to change it, and the anxious realization about its inescapable arrival as well as the frustration about not knowing when it will occur, that leads most individuals toward an emphasis on the what and how of everyday life and away from any ongoing or serious contemplation of the realm of eternity.

Prodigiously, my thoughts are then followed by a sensation consumed with fear of the unknown.  And typically at that point of my synapse playing ‘connect the dots’, my deep dive into metaphysics is typically extinguished.

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Please don’t hesitate to Comment below or send me an email with feedback.  I sincerely seek it and need it to improve.  Thank you.

Be well….

Michael

 

Incomprehensible Truths – Reality without Discourse


Like most children in elementary, secondary and high school, most of us were taught to learn, appreciate and recognize facts to explain the world around us, to prove hypotheses and to understand why things work or are the way they are.  We have been conditioned to constantly seek cause/effect relationships, to conduct experiments, look for patterns and document results with the intent to demonstrate mastery over the unknown and likewise serve as examples of discovery.

This factual world we now live in, however, as fervently as it tries, still cannot explain nor comprehend certain “incomprehensible truths” that concretely and unequivocally exist for all to witness without mortal comprehension or explanation.  Yet, as inexplicable as these events are to the human eye, mind and soul, they are profoundly “real”, critically “meaningful” and plainly “revealing” of the degree of Life we know little about, speak constantly to, yet absently avoid seeking to understand.

A dictionary definition of Incomprehensible is: “Incapable of being understood” and “Limitless, Boundless”

Everyday examples of “Incomprehensible Truths”:

  • We’ve all first-person witnessed or heard about an individual on death’s bed or having been given “months to live” as a result of a terminal illness or prognosis.  Yet, against all odds of recovery, miraculously is cured (healed) without explanation, reason or logic.  Prayer is the most plausible explanation followed closely by Divine Intervention.
  • Numerous articles documenting a person that has clinically “died”, many times for a lengthy amount of time that

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    reason and logic indicate should result in brain damage, severe complications or death; then, miraculously, has come “back to life”.  Science has no answers, save a miracle.  These experiences are commonly referred to as NDE’s (Near Death Experiences).  In some cases, I’d call them DE’s (Death Experiences).  In all examples, they could realistically represent the eternal life and/or the existence of a soul.

  • Dating back to 330 B.C., Aristotle empirically concluded the Earth was a sphere, however, many other cultures did not truly agree with or support this “theory” until the late 17th century.  Applied Geography and Astronomy were limited in scope, theory and consensus.  Most people and cultures believed, as a result of limited knowledge and science, that the earth was in fact, either a flat disc or surface, resulting in the perceived fear of falling off or sailing off the “edge”.
  • In 1895, Lord Kelvin uttered his now infamous quote, “Heavier-than-Air Flying Machines are Impossible” .  Well, we pretty much know how that story ended… or more appropriately perhaps, began.  Related topics include space flight, “light years”, and the Universe.

All of these examples illustrate the importance and presence of an independent variable, i.e., time.   At the time or era specific to these comprehensions, this mode of thinking was considered an Incomprehensible Truth.  It went without question or challenge that this is simply how the world works or the specific limits of our existence; at the time.  Likewise, each example underscores the need for us to be Bold and question/challenge any or all facets of our life, existence, environment and thought.

In a converse approach, one of my Incomprehensible Truths is that each of us has a soul or spirit, unique as our fingerprint, that inhabits and controls our minds during each of our physical lives.  At the moment of death, the soul separates from the physical body and continues to survive, or more aptly, live on into eternity.  To the primitive limitations of the physical human senses, the separation of body and soul is indiscernible, inexplicable and to many, non-existent.

Out of sight, out of mind, however, has never been one of my mindsets.  Each to their own and mine to me.  I choose to believe in eternal life and a God of Creation as opposed to a singularly mortal or physical existence with a void at the end of it.  That is the beauty of Free Will and the difference between human beings and other life forms.

Excerpt from – Not in Vein


I’d like to share with you another excerpt from my book (work in progress) entitled “Not In Vein”.  The portion below is from Chapter One – The Context of eternity.  Please provide comments and feedback, including suggestions as I need input from others in the process of creating a final product.

Thank you in advance for your help.  I hope it is meaningful to you as well as providing you enjoyable reading.  Be well!

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The Context of eternity

The Incredible Nature of Life and Death

“Life is eternal, love is immortal and death is only a horizon.  Life is eternal as we move into the light and the horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.”     Carly Simon

Throughout most of our lives, we subsist in routines that involve and encompass sleeping, eating, working, talking, moving and physical ‘maintenance’.  We have conditioned ourselves to exist in a pseudo ‘auto life’ mode.

For most adults, these activities typically consume in excess of 90% of our time every day.  When you consider the importance of life itself, much less the meaning of life, this leaves the remaining pittance of 10% or 2-3 hours per day at a maximum, to be reserved for introspection and spiritual development.

That very small fragment of existence occupying our lives seems hardly adequate to do any sort of justice to our spiritual being, much less enable its growth.

Certainly, it is time that should be in high demand, well-planned and then deliberately spent contemplating, acknowledging and then, living.

Real life, indeed, is genuinely experienced within those fleeting yet precious moments of excitement, laughter, tears, agony, sadness, gratitude, humility and joy.

When you strip away all the distractions that occupy the vast majority of our time spent living, it is precisely those briefly spent memories of emotions that ultimately transcend our existence on earth, yet continuously shape our thoughts and actions in the here and now.

Strikingly, it is these experiences that create the cherished and meaningful memories that last our lifetime, and then some.

So, why is it then that we spend such a small percentage of our time attending to our emotional and spiritual well-being?

In the big scheme of things, we have allowed ourselves to become very high maintenance and very low introspective creatures that are somewhat easily distracted by our physical senses.  Bachelor Pad, American Idol, Entertainment Weekly, Angry Birds, eBay, Facebook and Twitter; need I say more?

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