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.
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.”
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.
Life is precious, yes? Even more profound, is appreciating it. Indeed, perhaps, this is the most essential life skill to master.
The pure experiences of nature, our senses, and life’s lessons, distill in us our sense of purpose, being, goals, thoughts, and behaviors. Wisdom is a fleeting thing at best, nearly impossible to attain at worst. Yet we try.
And so it has come to being, my being, in that I believe I have discovered the seeds of immortality through experience, contemplation, observation, experimentation, and maybe a little bit of luck.
“My good fortunes in life initially stem from being the youngest in my family. I had the opportunity to witness life as a child, through the eyes of my brothers and sisters. Indeed, what worked for them, along with what to avoid at all costs. They were, unknowingly, the best teachers I’ve come to realize. The luck came in the form of me recognizing the important moments in my life, analyzing their significance, and creating the path I followed throughout my youth, young adulthood, up to and including my present life.“
And so, I’d like to share with you the 12 things in Life that will all but guarantee the essence of your life to live on forever… in the hearts and minds of those who love you.
Collectively, these paths of life intertwine and grow into and with one another, creating and developing an unstoppable force; the force of You.
It all begins with Feeling the Spirit. Our conscience is the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, minds, and souls. To embrace it is the foundation of understanding our being and purpose in life. Better yet, to act upon its whispers to us.
In focusing on the positive energy in the world, we must Give Gratitude for Life. And not just our own, but every facet and manifestation of it on the planet. Cherish life, as it is precious, meaningful, beautiful; and finite.
Hand in hand, we must Demonstrate Goodwill through our thoughts, actions, and behaviors. In a Pay It Forward mentality, Karma is real and powerful. Develop Goodwill into more than a habit. Make it an instinct.
Recognizing and appreciating that we are not alone, Share the Love of God with others, by being an example of it. You just might be the only Bible someone experiences on a particular day. Be ready to teach as well as learn.
And in being aware of your role in the tapestry of life, use yours to Strengthen the Family, as it is the core that sustains you, nourishes you, emboldens you, and ultimately, helps to mold you into your future.
True wisdom exists when we Accept the Reality, Divinity, and Power of God. Life is no accident, we are not cosmic coincidences, but intelligent beings created by Intelligent Design. Breathe in the life force that is God.
Life is a lot more fun and enjoyable when we Advocate for Peace. We are all made uniquely and with purpose, yet because of that fact, it is nearly impossible to agree on everything with everybody. So, give Peace a chance.
We were born with senses, to not only understand the world around us, but also each other. And in following that learning, there is positive energy, tremendous power and goodness in the Physical Touch and Caring we extend to others in our Walk through Life.
Recognizing patterns in life, culture, family, and society, speaks of things people hold dear. Accordingly, Appreciate and Respect Tradition and others will do the same for you.
It is said that to Know and Not to Do is to Not Know. Following, we must Practice Discipleship through our lives as witness to God, in the interest of helping and supporting each other, and in teaching our children Right and Wrong.
As imperfect human beings, each of us has and will, undoubtedly hurt others through our words and/or actions. Life is a long journey, so the best approach to leveraging it in a positive light, is to Advocate Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Healing. Humility is underrated.
And lastly, to set the example for others to see us more clearly, we must Demonstrate Compassion and Giving in our life to pay homage to our Creator. Indeed, to imitate His ways, actions, and life.
If (and when) we can successfully and effectively meld these 12 seeds into a living, breathing entity, it will grow deep and strong and cause our lives to be more meaningful, impactful, and memorable. And, in the Larger picture of life, isn’t that the ultimate goal each of us truly desires? God Bless us all.
As human beings, each of us is a complexity of experience, genetics, knowledge, opinion, bias, fear, judgment, and imperfection. Throughout our lives, we have gathered information, formulated thoughts, conclusions, and feelings. We react to our environment, especially to other people. Our core values direct our life whether we are aware of it or not.
Facts are indisputable, measurable, and descriptive aspects of physical things in the world around us. They are discovered, formulated, documented, proven and are real. Information is the totality of individual details of anything and everything. Facts and information help us make sense of the world and all that is in it, via dictionaries, reference books, diagrams, formulas, instructions, etc.
“And then there is Truth… Ah yes, those things that exist in a vacuum, that many times cannot be seen, heard, touched or proven, but merely acknowledged… Things like; time, good and evil, the universe, electricity, life itself… and God.”
There are truths we more readily accept because we don’t or can’t perceive the difference they create by their existence, and then, there are Truths we protect with our lives; justice, freedom, goodwill, fair play, safety, philanthropy, love… and our Faith.
Try as we might, and people have; we cannot prove or disprove faith. Truth can not be compromised or erased. Facts are not the truth. Indeed, that is the fundamental essence of it and which defines it. To understand faith, you must possess it. To understand Evil, you must recognize and know it. To understand goodwill, you must demonstrate it. To comprehend God, you must experience Him. This is precisely why Good and Evil exist in the world; so that people know the difference between them and can recognize them when and where they exist.
As a Christian by choice (you know, that Free Will thing), I believe in my heart that God is Truth, God is Light, Light is Truth, and that Truth is Unconditional, like Love and Compassion. I acknowledge God as my savior and strive to practice His Truth daily, in spite of the fact I am an imperfect being. Indeed, I am imperfect so that I can recognize God.
To fully experience life and grow as a human being, it is essential to face the truth, every time and in every way. The Truth strengthens and enriches your soul. It crystalizes priorities and solidifies motivation. It makes your hopes and dreams achievable and is the basis for happiness.
You can’t stop the Truth, and Only the Truth will set you Free!
Something inside me responds with energy and inertia when I am told I don’t have the skills, resources, determination or vision to accomplish some objective. Is it simply a desire to succeed? Or perhaps, the appeal of a challenge? Maybe, to seek an opportunity to help others? Or, to gain their approval?
“I believe, in my heart of hearts, the driving force that catapults and propels me forward to accomplish any worthwhile objective is the resulting opportunity for me to Witness that God provides whatever is necessary to accomplish His goal(s) through a sinner like me.”
In short, I wholeheartedly crave the ability to credit God as my Power Source in every meaningful thing I do in my life; to Witness to Him as my Lord and Savior. To use His Power in my life to help others, to learn from others, and to help others find themselves and their faith. Collectively, to grow His kingdom on earth.
I have asked myself many times, could it really be that simple? Is God that powerful? Is He that omnipotent? Amazingly, is God that Real? The answer, simply, is yes, Yes, YES, and YES!
“For some, personal power is derived by knowledge, others by the desire to succeed. Still, others believe in a survival instinct of sorts, and yet others rely on successes that build self-confidence. Certainly, there is no singular right answer. All I know is that my motivation comes unilaterally and explicitly from my faith in God and all He provides, allows, bestows, offers, and wills.”
Much like an athlete sets goals for him/herself, their focus yields a building block approach. The football player focuses on the next First Down before the Touchdown. The Nascar driver each lap, before the finish line. The Christian, the next opportunity to Witness, before their personal salvation and resurrection. We are all, in fact, competitors and participants in the game of Life. And, to be successful and grow, we must remain focused and aware of what is directly in front of us each and every day, regardless of the longer-term objective, goal, need or desire.
You see, faith is an incredibly powerful source of energy and Truth. Both emanate from a single point of origin, God the Father. Energy is created through inspiration, survival, fear, need, desire, protective instincts, indeed, love. Truth, however, comes solely from God, is not to be confused with facts, and by design, is accompanied by and rooted in morality. Man possesses no innate morals as morals are learned and man is imperfect. True and objective morality, therefore must emanate from the creator as He is the teacher and is perfect.
Most assuredly, many people have heard the phrase, “Trust your Instincts”, yes? And, in many circumstances and scenarios we face in our lives, our instincts come into play and focus on determining our actions and behavior. Yet, at the core of our spirit and being, those instincts we all possess, are founded in morality, and morality originates singularly from God. The point being that God influences and largely, controls the higher level direction and trajectory of each of our lives, whereas, we are simply charged with our thoughts, actions, behaviors, and ultimately, our choices.
In the end, collectively, a large objective of human life lies within each individual discovering their (our) purpose in life. Once found, life transforms and ascends into something much more meaningful, worthy, and impactful; for us, and for all the other people we come into contact with, along the way. Here is praying, hoping and wishing each of us is open to learning as much as we need to live a Purpose Driven Life. In the big picture of eternity, it’s your life, so live it like you mean it. Who do you want to be? God Bless and Be Well.
As a young Christian, I was an Altar Boy, learned the Holy Mass in Latin, respected the Institution of Church, and accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. Life was simple; you honored God with your life, you became more familiar with the Bible, and you consciously attempted to avoid Sin.
And then you grew up to join the world of Adults. Life became more complex, more interesting, more opportunistic; indeed, more dangerous. New emotions were born, along with the awesome sense of independence, responsibility, and choice; yet was fraught with anxiety, fear, learning, self-awareness, and sense of purpose. Self-doubt became a familiar foe, and uncertainty, as well as unsureness, occupied the top floor in your mind.
Adulthood was a vast swimming pool, inhabited by a plethora of personalities, agendas, boundaries, opportunities, detours, dangers, and few reassurances, if not, real and true friends.
Even as a young child, then youth, and now, adult, I’ve possessed a unique ability to recognize patterns, whether they be mathematical, associative, visual, environmental, behavioral, societal, or spiritual. Patterns, when examined and analyzed, yielded profound insight, dare I offer to say, wisdom when combined with personal experience and knowledge.
Mind, Body, and Soul, is one of those amazing euphemisms that lends itself to analogies, corollaries, and logical deduction. My intuition leads me to associate it with the traditional Christian prayer and Mass opening symbology, i.e., “In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”. Specifically, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Indeed, Christianity is steeped in Trinity, as in things grouped in three’s.
Let’s begin appropriately with the Mind and how it relates to the Father. The mind is the head or leader of the body, as is the father in a family. It is the origin of thought, ideas, innovation, solutions, and planning, as it relates to the body, as is the father as he relates to his family. Likewise, its primary function is to protect the body, like a father protects his family.
Following, the Body is to the Mind as the Son is to the Father. Both are inherently submissive, take direction and are dependent upon their predecessors. Until fully trained or conditioned, both grow by learning via cause and effect relationship. Both mature from creation and both share an intensely intimate relationship with their Master. Both provide iterative feedback in an ongoing fashion.
And, at last, the Soul and its comparison with the Holy Spirit. As the soul represents the ethereal origin of our human/mortal component of Christianity and our existence, the Holy Spirit shares that role with the Father and the Son. Each represents intangible, yet necessary if not essential form and function as parts of the whole.
“Collectively, with each scenario, a synergistic force is manifested when the three components combine and function or work together. The mind, body, and soul join forces to establish and identify each of us as human beings. And, accordingly, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit meld into what we can only define or describe as the Supreme Being, sometimes referred to as the Divinity. God is what I refer to as the Incomprehensible Truth. Omnipotent, Present and Eternal.”
Most notably, God is the divine and harmonic symphony of Peace, Love, Joy; and Life. We exist solely because of, and for, His preference and direction. It is in our, or more precisely, your best interest to acknowledge His existence and presence. It is, however, your choice to accept Him as your personal savior and King.
Bottom line, to Believe is a Bittersweet Symphony. Accountability with Eternal Life. God Bless you and Be well.
(This article is dedicated to my Parents (Leonard & Agnes), whom I miss greatly, yet whom I undeniably know I will see again. Love you.)
As children, most of us were encouraged, reminded and advised to seek happiness in life. Indeed, a wise and noble observation. And, without hesitation, most of us did. So often, in fact, that seeking happiness became a habit that influences, motivates and to a degree, controls us. Yet, at some point, as we reflect on our mortality as human beings, we must not only contemplate but rather, plan for our swan song.
Make no mistake, seeking happiness in life is key to expressing our core values, self-actualizing our dreams, and living a balanced and fulfilling life. Yet, it is paramount to remain cognizant of the fact that our physical lives on this planet are temporary, while our spiritual lives are eternal. And, sure enough, guess which aspect gets neglected the most?
As our physical lives require attention, discipline, critical thinking, benevolence, and compassion, even more so do our spiritual lives deserve the same. It is completely understandable for this phenomenon occurs across the globe, regardless of location, upbringing, commitment, race, heritage, society, and education. It is, you see, human nature. As children of God, we are bestowed with both physical and spiritual gifts, talents, abilities, and acumen. It behooves us to expend our energies toward both, at different times, to different degrees, yet with the same commitment, resolve, and protection.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” – John Lennon
So, in taking that first step toward planning for the time there will be no time left, ironically, time must be spent assessing and reviewing several aspects of your life; soon to be your legacy. Worth contemplating and in no particular order, are your finances, assets, personal possessions, service arrangements, special wishes, obligations, technology footprint, faith, and the most important yet most neglected, your relationships.
The relationships with the important people in your life typically eclipse all other aspects of your legacy. And this should come as no surprise, as the world largely revolves around the people in it. Take the time (now) to reflect and analyze those important relationships, specifically, why they are important. Then, perhaps for each one, identify what you want to make sure they know about you, that perhaps they do not know, once you have transformed into the next phase of your eternal life. How do you want to be remembered?
Pass on the words you want your spouse to know about you, the intensity and lasting love you always had deep inside, the things you always loved most about them, perhaps, the secrets they never knew, or their secrets that you did know. Speak to your sons and your daughters, let them know how amazing and loved they were (and are), tell them all the things you believe they need to know about your essence, and the things you want them to know to be happy, successful, compassionate and meaningful as human beings. These…. are the things which give your legacy meaning, these are the things which give your legacy life, now, and forever. What a gift to share with your loved ones, yes?
Accordingly, doesn’t it make sense to spend the most time and attention on matters that are more important, lasting, and will describe your life and who you are, without you being able to change the impression as you transition into eternity? Without question, Free Will is understated as is the ongoing conversation with your (our) creator. Gratitude, Humility, Authenticity, and Dedication are key to finding yourself along the path of the journey that is your life, much less, finding happiness of the eternal type.
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
God bless you. Wishing you peace, love, happiness and the time of your life now, and in the future. Be well.
What if… There is indeed a God;
What if… God created the Universe and Humankind;
What if… Humankind was given the gift of Free Will;
What if… through the gift of Free Will, Humankind determined their future and fate;
What if… that future and fate included where Each Human being spends their eternity;
What if… that eternity was defined as Heaven and (or) Hell;
What if… Those that believe in God create their own Heaven after physical death;
What if… Those that believe there is no God, create their own Hell after physical death;
What if… Heaven is an ethereal consciousness with only Beauty, Peace, and Love;
What if… Hell is an eternity of Darkness, Pain, Fear, void of God and Light;
What if… We had this Gift all along and never realized it could be that Powerful;
What if… God left His Consciousness for us to have by simply Choosing to have it;
What if… The Bible was in fact, the Truth of Life Everlasting, of Good and Evil;
What if… Our physical life is but a single phase of the transformation of form;
What if… Our Mind and Spirit truly live Forever;
What if… The Future is ours to create;
Los Lonely Boys (Heaven)
Save me from this prison
Lord, help me get away
‘Cause only you can save me now
from this misery
I’ve been lost in my own place
and I’m getting’ weary
How far is heaven?
And I know that I need to change
my ways of livin’
How far is heaven?
Lord, can you tell me?
I’ve been locked up way too long
in this crazy world.
How far is heaven?
And I just keep on prayin’, Lord
And just keep on livin’.
Having been immersed in various aspects of business my entire life, I’ve learned two truths; first is that the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know; second is that I must never stop learning.
Indeed, we are all travelers in this life, having originated as a Child of God, having learned about the world around us, having learned (and still learning) about ourselves, and the pinnacle of life, learning where we are going.
Let us begin with who we think we are. Each of us has likes/dislikes, fears, joys, values,
opinions, experiences, knowledge, awareness, interests; and goals. Ah yes, goals, those at times, seemingly unattainable, unreachable, yet shimmering wishes of future reality.
I view goals as nothing less than my future self, with my goals being an inextricable part of living my life. As much as I am based in logic and reality, my inner spirit remains unbounded, specific to what I can achieve and most importantly, who I wish to become… Who I Will become.
“And in the business world, there exists something known as a “Gap Analysis“, an esoteric and objective view into the chasm of where we are, where we want to be or go, and the gap that awaits the two ends to become a continuous and joined path. This gap, is what precipitates clear vision, hard work, and determination to build the bridge.”
Building bridges, then, is how we transform ourselves, from who we think we are, to who we desire to become. At times, we may perceive that bridge to be miles long, while at other times, within a stones throw. It is not only an amazing objective and journey, but an amazingly beautiful accomplishment, when we make it our own reality. And the best part, is that WE determine how intricate, wide and long that bridge becomes in reality.
The best mentor, coach, counselor and role model I have found is Jesus Christ. We are all admittedly flawed, sinners and works in progress, yet, the Guiding Light of Christ is unyielding, warm, trustworthy, fulfilling and eternal. The faith each of us possesses is a Shield against evil, and by exercising our faith, that shield is made strong. Each of us determines how strong our faith can be, and accordingly, how strong our resistance is to evil. In Truth, how strong our Love for God can be. If the question is life; the Answer is God.
Lastly, to build that bridge requires tools; Tools of faith, good intent, authenticity, respect, gratitude, reverence, humility, and love. So, gather these tools and learn how they are used to construct Your bridge… Going to anywhere you wish to go.
Amidst the increasing turmoil in the world, politically, spiritually, culturally and scientifically; one stands out from the others in an amazing way. Our spiritual well-being (read: faith) is the singular aspect of our life that we completely and unequivocally determine, ourselves.
Faith, you see, is created and lives inside each of us, if we allow it there. Free Will, the gift God gave us, empowers us to choose for ourselves, what we believe, how we think, how we act, and ultimately, how we live… Forever.
Growing up as a Catholic, I was taught that “Church” was a holy place and a place of
worship. That is still true today, however, my view of Church has matured to realize that in the entirety of religion and faith, Church is funadamentally, a place. In my truth of the world, Prayer is very important, however, I believe one can pray anywhere.
We are doing ourselves a great disservice by creating an imaginary boundary by thinking we are only allowed to pray, to exercise our faith, to grow as Spiritual Beings of God, in a particular place.
“The reality is that prayer can be exercised ANYWHERE, and all that is required is that your mind is properly prepared, that your mindset is pure, humble and in reverence to the Holiness of God. And when you begin to pray, place is inconsequential, immaterial and irrelevant. What IS essential, is the the intent in your heart, the authenticity of your thoughts, and the determination to follow-through on your conversation with God.”
To a large degree, all organized religions have their own self-induced boundaries, limitations, rules and expectations for followers to behaviorally exhibit as requirements to “belong”. While reverence and tradition are certainly important, they are, specific to each religion, intended to control your thoughts and behavior, and fundamentally, keep you coming back, in a survival type of mentality.
With no disrespect intended, I find that demoralizing, overbearing and unnecessary. To clarify, I proclaim myself a Christian, rather than a Catholic. As evidenced in the world today, Satan has wormed his way into Catholicism, the Papal Office and yes, even the Church, i.e., the Holy Place of Worship.
As a Christian, I am a Christ-follower. I rely on the Free Will, the intent of my Heart and the Goodness in my Soul, to direct my faith, including when and where I pray. My foundation is the Bible, not a physical place, but rather, a Supernatural Space.
Indeed, time will tell for each of us… God Bless and Be Well. Pray, because your eternal life depends upon it.
Certainly worth the wait….
Of all the emotions we experience as human beings, none impacts me like the Good I feel when my actions align with my core values. That alignment creates balance in my life, optimism in my heart, and peace in my soul. It enables and empowers me to radiate my authenticity to those around me; it clearly reveals my true self in crystal clear vision, and more importantly, provides me a flawless lens as I interpret, learn, and react to the world and people around me.
Most importantly, when your life is in alignment, only then, can you achieve fulfillment in the sense of self-actualizing or maximizing your potential as a human being and Child of God.
“The “riches” of leading an authentic life are many, i.e., Inner Power, Self-confidence and Esteem, Peace of mind, Gratitude, Commitment, Anticipation, Love of life, Acceptance of other people, and a static-free, powerful and open channel to God via prayer.”
My role in the interdependence of this world (as it was designed) becomes closer to fulfillment, when I follow my heart and live my core values, and it leads to finding my personal purpose in this life. Yes, that feeling is exhilarating, amazing, rewarding, and energizing. My Life is Vibrant and fully Alive.
Alignment begins with a lucid set of core values, an unending faith in God and the courage to base your life and choose your actions and behaviors in accordance with your core values. I say courage, because there are many forces in the world working against “Good”, promoting evil and creating distractions to prevent God’s work in you and others.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Prayer and self-review are essential to grow as a person and spirit. Importantly, both need development, review and exercise. Protect and guard your faith with all your heart and soul as it is the singular key to eternal life. And do not be afraid or hesitate to share that “Secret” with others. Indeed, it is your and my destiny.