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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.

Mind, Body, Soul – The Harmonic Symphony Of Faith


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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.

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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.

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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.)

 

When You’re Down – Just Look Up


human-psycheThe human psyche, albeit adrift in a sea of consciousness, survives by convincing itself it has a divine purpose.  We all have a divine purpose, yes?  Agreed.

As any sea can demonstrate, however, it sometimes get a bit rough; so rough, in fact, that constructs like the psyche can bounce around as a bottle with a cork, at the mercy of the tide, winds and currents.

Indeed, quite the chaotic scenario for the psyche.  And as darkness is merely and pragmatically, the absence of light, so it is likewise with the human psyche, that is, the state of being “down and out” is merely and pragmatically, the absence of being “upbeat and positive“.

Helen_Keller_QuoteAnd as the solution to defeat and avoid darkness is the introduction of light, so it follows that the psyche’s mechanism to defeat and avoid the “blues” or “being down” is to merely and pragmatically, Look Up!

Without question, everyone has times in their lives when everything seems to be going wrong, whether it be relationships, personal health or injury, financial stress or job troubles.   Hello!  We live in an imperfect world, remember?  As with all matters of personal choice, each of us has the power to choose our reaction to life’s bumps in the road.

To the point, how we react to adversity, clarifies and largely defines our character, persistence, resilience and outlook on life.  There are people I admire whom have had plenty of adversity in their lives; and have chosen to react in a positive manner.

Michael_J_Fox_Always_Looking_UpMy best example is Michael J Fox.  Loved him as an actor in the Back to the Future movie trilogy and in his hit sitcoms, Family Ties and Spin City.  As most people are aware, Michael J Fox went public in 1998, revealing he was in early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, having been originally diagnosed in 1991.

His reaction?  Certainly not self-pity or anger, but rather, gratitude for all the blessings in his life.  That’s a tough choice to make when faced with the certainty of a debilitating and ultimately, terminal disease.  Further, he funded and created the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in 2010.

One of my favorite books he authored was Always Looking Up, which was published in Gratitude_John_Milton2009.  Definitely worth a read and pause for personal reflection and consideration.

“Truly, even when the world around you appears to be going south, even when you are having a terribly bad day, it may be cliche’, however, each of us can be grateful for simply being alive, for being able to experience this diverse world God has provided to and for us, for sharing our lives with those we love, and for the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives.”

When you’re down, look up, and pray for God’s Grace and Blessings.  It is such a natural thing to do.  And take heart, See Clearly and rest assured, the best is yet to come.  You’ve Got a Friend.  Be well.

 

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My Daily OMG Moment – The Incomprehensible Power of Faith


IcebergAs I reflect today upon my life (as I do daily), I can’t help but become overwhelmed, to the point of tears, with the amazing journey my life has taken, the multitude of paths I have walked; some pleasant and some otherwise.  And the simply astonishing events, dare I say miracles, I have personally witnessed; miracles experienced by myself and upon others in my closest circles.

The collective synergy that these emotions of a lifetime have fused in my mind remains unsurpassed and most notably, unquestionable with regard to the authenticity and incomprehensible Power that I have created by faith.

As I’m sure you will attest, each of us are born with the power to think, analyze and critically, choose what to believe.  The free will I Footprints in the Sandspeak of is not a result of some biological mutation, physical evolution or chemical reaction.  Inexplicable by science, this innate ability to exercise our senses and minds and consequently integrate the data into thoughts, beliefs and memories, can only exist as a result of a deliberate plan or design.  Indeed, none of us are here by accident…  Not a single one of us.

I’ve seen and experienced awe-inspiring behavior by others, words of sacrifice, events beyond coincidence and yes, seemingly impossible outcomes that have unfolded into reality as naturally as a handful of sand blows into the wind and returns to its individually existing millions of granules of silica in a matter of seconds, transparently assimilating back into the environment from which it came forth.  Effortless, magnificent and incredibly profound situations revealed by our sight, sound and mind, created without human intervention or prompting, yet relevantly impacting my life.

My point here is that I believe I am quite qualified to speak of my life in this fashion as you would equally be qualified to speak about yours; the clarity and certainty of the events; especially how, when and why they occurred.

This awareness of reality, at least the reality we are allowed to experience and understand, leads me directly to the conclusion that nothing in our lives occur by coincidence or as a result of some random experiential life generator.

“Each and every moment of our mortal lives occurs by design, within a plan and with specific outcomes for which we are to ponder the significance… and most profoundly, as a direct result of our free will to think, do and act as we choose.”

If one wholly acknowledges and accepts this tremendous, yet simple hypothesis, the resulting, inevitable and extraordinarily liberating Power that is created and realized by faith becomes confounding to our sense of logic as human beings.  Oh, but how so real it is.

BelieveI can only offer to you how stimulating, inspiring and emotionally charged it is to witness life in this active mindset or frame of reference.  My being and aura has always been deeply grounded in an unshakable, solid foundation of faith.   And with this liberating sense of free will, most certainly, comes an equal amount of responsibility to exercise it with the utmost caution, integrity, compassion and sense of gratitude.  To truly and genuinely experience a full life is akin to holding that “Tiger by the Tail”.

The immense energy we create by our minds, when based in a framework of morality, fairness, goodness and compassion, is indeed noble, significant and eternal.  I am free to be me, and so it is my wish for you to experience an equally exhilarating sense of peace, joy and gratitude to be free, as you define it; but choose wisely, my friend.  Be well.

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Miracle Within My Soul – The Eighth Sense


chrysthanthemumsWhen I was a child, there was nothing that interested, pleased and occupied me more than appreciating the world that immersed me via my core senses.  My path was one of appreciating the visual beauty of a vase of daisies, chrysthanthemums (mums), azaleas and african violets.

I reveled in listening to the soothing sound of a warm summer breeze, yet equally enjoyed a boisterous thunderstorm, or that unmistakable ring of the oven timer, letting me know my mom’s tuna noodle casserole was ready to be devoured.

The pleasant aroma of a fresh rain against the sidewalk and the intense and sweet bouquet of our backyard lilac shrub tickled and motivated my senses like a piercing ray of spring sunshine.  Contrarily, the musty and damp fragrance of my camping tent during a weekend with my fellow Boy Scouts after an overnight deluge, seemed to stick in my nostrils far longer than invited.

During my middle and high school days, I took refuge in metal works, woodworking and learning to repair cars, leveraging the fine motor skills, sensitive dexterity and muscle control I had developed during my youth to effectively create, fix and add/refine beauty as I knew it to the world around me.

Most likely as a result of my mom’s cooking and baking talents, I savored her oh so special Bread Pudding, Cream of Potato Soup, Pancakes and especially our family’s traditional Baked Ham after midnight mass on Christmas Eve as we Walleyed_Pike_Dinnershared opening the gifts under the  Christmas Tree.  Likewise, having been born into a family of fishermen, the unique and full of texture pan-fried walleyed pike and lake perch still excite me to this day as delicacies to be thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated.

As an understatement, my life has been blessed with positive and pleasant experiences of the use, development and appreciation for all of the physical senses I have come to know and depend upon.  Yet, the true treasure and fulfilling experiences I have come to know, cherish and protectively guard in my extensive adult life, cause my physical senses to pale in contrast to them.

body soul spiritSpecifically, I refer to these additional senses as my “Trinity of Truth”.  They include my Mind (I like to call it my mantuition), my Body (health, strength, equilibrium and balance) and most notable and essential, my Soul (faith, conscience, duty to God).

Together and collectively as an orchestra playing a symphony, these eight senses empower my spirit to learn, flourish, help others and allow me to passionately and deliberately live and use my Life as an offering of sorts to give glory to my creator in anticipation (and full expectation) of the eternal life that awaits me when I approach, greet and ultimately pass through “death’s door”.

Let me make one thing crystal clear: I AM READY.  Are you?  Be well.

 

Mind what Matters – The Metaphysical Me


library_photoIn the larger scheme of existence, the human race has collectively, nearly perfected the art of labeling, pigeon-holing, categorizing, describing, containing and visualizing “things”.  Expending considerable energy and resources, we create “Top Ten” lists, dictionaries, image databases, Guinness World Record books, “How-To” best sellers, encyclopedias and Secrets Revealed “Tell All’s”; yet we have largely escaped, perhaps intentionally avoided, defining ourselves in terms of individuality, spirit, essence, journey and Purpose, in fear of learning who we truly are and why we exist.

We dance completely around the most important aspects of life and spend the bulk of it as slaves to a master, perfecting the distractions, because we are ever so good at allowing ourselves to be fooled into worshiping False Gods, to be more concerned with what everyone else thinks of us, all the while paying little attention to the voice and moral compass buried deep within our souls, that is the whisper of God and is revealed to us as our conscience.

Above_the_CloudsPersonally, the past seven years of my life has been an odyssey of paramount awakening, laced with purpose.  I have been presented with opportunities, challenges, revelations, choices and lessons in life to be learned and applied as is a brush to be used to paint a story or picture.  Digesting, interpreting and implementing the totality of this assimilated information has been at times confusing, frustrating and emotionally draining, yet I persevere…  BECAUSE I SENSE THE ENORMITY AND CONSEQUENCE OF THE JOURNEY.

To distill this epic tale into something of focus and comprehension, it is this: Let No-One or No Thing define your spirit, self or life.  Refuse to be limited by the boundaries of others perceptions, yet strive to become aware of your own focus and limits.  Express your innermost Personality, Character and Essence to others and recognize everyone influences and are influenced by each other.  We are indeed a web of humanity.  Use your faith and moral conviction as a magnetic compass to lead you down the path of your life.  Speak to God as you converse with a friend and recognize that He is all you need to survive, learn and flourish as a a human being.

Christ-the-Redeemer-overlooking-Rio-De-JaneiroWe are absolutely on this planet to acknowledge, accept and execute a Divine Purpose and fulfill a likewise Divine Plan.  This plan is revealed during our existence like the stone prior to being chiseled into the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Each of our souls (lives) are perfect works of creation that are transformed by us for others to discover the beauty that radiates within.  Be well.

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