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General Spiritual Discussion / The World of Dreams
« on: October 13, 2012, 01:38:31 AM »
Why are people born under horrendous conditions in third world countries? Why do natural disasters destroy peoples lives? Why do our loved ones get sick and die? Why must every living thing suffer and die? Why is it that the only way to keep our bodies alive for a little while is to take the life of another? Why is it that so many believe that a perfect God of love created this place when this place is imperfect  and cruel?

These are the sorts of questions that most of the religions and Spiritualities in the world are unable to give any satisfactory answer to. Quantum Physics may give us a clue. According to the Observer Effect waves become particles that appear as objects only when they are observed and thought about. Here are a couple of links.

www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/science/physics_quantum.htm

http://www.abundance-and-happiness.com/quantum-physics.html

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In other words the energy being studied took form immediately based on the thoughts and beliefs of the scientist who was observing it ...

We are not human beings. We are not these fleshy, vulnerable bodies that are doomed to suffer and die. We are Spirit or Awareness. It's a mistake to assume that we were not around before human beings existed. The mind of God has always been, and the physical is nothing more than projected consciousness. It exists because we choose for it to exist. In such a way it is similar to a dream.

Most people believe that they are at the effect when the truth is they are the cause. That is why Miracles such as walking on water and turning water to wine are possible. When one has mastered the mind one may project the physical in anyway he/she chooses. Never think that you are a victim of the universe, or that a wrathful “god” is out to get you. You are the reason why the universe appears, and like the Prodigal Son God will welcome you with open arms. Enlightenment is nothing more than remembering what you have forgotten.

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Christianity / Dr. Laura and Homosexuality
« on: October 11, 2012, 05:39:06 PM »
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dr. Laura show here is a brief description taken from Wiki.

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Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American talk radio host, socially conservative commentator and author.[5] Her radio program consists mainly of her responses to callers' requests for personal advice and has occasionally featured her short monologues on social and political topics. Her website says that her show "preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values and ethics".

Her show has become enormously popular. At one point second only to Rush Limbaugh, and was heard on more than 450 radio stations. In a response to her expressed opinion that as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance, a “fan” of hers posted this letter on the internet. I find it absolutely hilarious and felt I should post it here.

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Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

1. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan, James M Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian)

LOL! ;D ... Like I said hilarious, but all kidding aside I'm curious as to how Christians nowadays view the old testament.

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Judaism / Dr. Laura and Homosexuality
« on: October 11, 2012, 07:02:11 AM »
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dr. Laura show here is a brief description taken from Wiki.

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Laura Catherine Schlessinger (born January 16, 1947) is an American talk radio host, socially conservative commentator and author.[5] Her radio program consists mainly of her responses to callers' requests for personal advice and has occasionally featured her short monologues on social and political topics. Her website says that her show "preaches, teaches, and nags about morals, values and ethics".

Her show has become enormously popular. At one point second only to Rush Limbaugh, and was heard on more than 450 radio stations. In a response to her expressed opinion that as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance, a “fan” of hers posted this letter on the internet. I find it absolutely hilarious and felt I should post it here.

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Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

1. Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev. 24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan, James M Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian)

LOL! :D ... Like I said hilarious, but all kidding aside I'm curious as to how Jews nowadays view the old testament.

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General Discussion / Patriotism
« on: September 27, 2012, 04:30:07 AM »
As I become more and more privy to all the things my government is doing I keep asking myself the same basic question. Is it possible to love the country but not the government? I won't get into all the politics and conspiracy theories as I do not think a Spiritual forum is the place for it, but I'd like to know if it's possible to be patriotic while not supporting the government. 

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General Discussion / Incredible Stunt
« on: September 21, 2012, 10:59:15 AM »

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General Religious Discussion / The Cab Ride I'll Never Forget
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:03:23 AM »
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by Kent Nerburn

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. One time I arrived in the middle of the night for a pick up at a building that was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window.

Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away. But I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself. So I walked to the door and knocked.

"Just a minute," answered a frail, elderly voice.

I could hear something being dragged across the floor. After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie. By her side was a small nylon suitcase.

The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets. There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.

"Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness.

"It's nothing," I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated."

"Oh, you're such a good boy," she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"

"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly.

"Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice."

I looked in the rear view mirror. Her eyes were glistening.

"I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long."

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. "What route would you like me to take?" I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now."

We drove in silence to the address she had given me.

It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico. Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her. I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.

"Nothing," I said.

"You have to make a living," she answered.

"There are other passengers."

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said. "Thank you."

I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly, lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life. We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware—beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.

Sometimes I think we tend to make spirituality more complicated than it really is.

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General Religious Discussion / The Value of Religion
« on: September 09, 2012, 03:49:11 AM »
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Dawkins: Religion has nothing to teach us. Creationists know nothing.

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_c3#/video/living/2012/09/05/orig-red-chair-richard-dawkins.cnn

I tend to look at religion as a quagmire of good and bad, but is Richard Dawkins absolute statement accurate? Mother Teresa comes to mind. Somehow, if we are to believe what has been said about her, she managed to achieve Enlightenment through Catholicism.  Mother Teresa aside what does religion have to offer us?

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General Spiritual Discussion / Questions for God
« on: September 08, 2012, 04:20:31 AM »
I have a number of questions for God, but my biggest one is probably why God conceals himself so. To me this seems like the cause of much of our suffering. If you have any questions you would like to ask, or if you know the answers, then this is the place to post them.

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General Spiritual Discussion / Drugs and Spirituality
« on: September 03, 2012, 06:05:38 PM »
Last night I had bad stomach cramps. I took too many pain meds including hydrocodone. It was a bad night. The pain gradually subsided and I fell asleep. When I woke up this morning, after throwing up a bit, I feel like I love everybody and everything.

The proponents of LSD claim that it can advance people Spiritually, and the Native Americans seem to have similar thoughts about their drugs of choice. I'd be interested in hearing people's views on this. Is Spiritual advancement benefited or harmed by drug use?

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General Discussion / Omens
« on: August 28, 2012, 11:54:32 PM »
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An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. [1] Though the word "omen" is usually devoid of reference to the change's nature, hence being possibly either "good" or "bad," the term is more often used in a foreboding sense, as with the word "ominous".

They say that just before Napoleon crossed the  Neman River and invaded Russia he was thrown from his horse. Of course the invasion was a disaster. Is there any truth to omens or is it all just baseless superstitions?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omen

http://warandsecurity.com/2012/06/24/june-1812-napoleon-invades-russia/

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General Discussion / The Musical Road to Peace
« on: August 22, 2012, 11:07:13 PM »
Most people understand that there is a certain energy in music, but is this energy enough to lead to peace one day? If it is possible what a beautiful way to achieve it.

http://www.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/world/2012/08/21/pkg-labott-iran-singer.cnn

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General Discussion / Surprise Proposal
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:34:06 PM »

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General Spiritual Discussion / Spiritual Jokes
« on: August 22, 2012, 09:08:33 AM »
Know a good joke that's Spiritually related? Do tell! I'll kick things off.

Three Nuns are killed in a car accident and have arrived at the pearly gates of Heaven. St Peter says to them "Greetings, before you can enter Heaven you must all answer one question."

He turns to the first nun and asks "How many commandments are there?" The  nun answers "10" and with that she passes into Heaven.

Next St Peter asks the second nun "Who were Jesus' parents?" The nun answers "Mary and Joseph" and is allowed into Heaven.

Finally, St Peter turns to the last nun and asks "What was the first thing that Eve said to Adam in the Garden of Eden?" The nun becomes a little flustered and says "Boy, that's a hard one!" St Peter then says "Yes, that is correct! You may now enter Heaven." LOL!

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Astrology / A Troubling Omen
« on: August 22, 2012, 07:06:38 AM »
I've lived with the knowledge that my birthday falls on one of the most infamous dates in all of history for some time now August 6th and the bombing of Hiroshima. I've tried to convince myself that this means nothing, but for some reason I keep thinking about it. If anybody could shed some light on the matter I would appreciate it.

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General Spiritual Discussion / The Lost Soldier
« on: August 22, 2012, 05:58:35 AM »
Taken from another forum with the author's permission.

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While things are a bit quiet at my end of the world, I thought I would tell this story which some may enjoy reading.

This rescue occurred back in 2005.
It was not long while sitting in meditation that I began to quickly drift deeper and deeper into a meditative state where I lost all consciousness of self, only to find that I had been transported to a very dull, dark and gloomy environment. As I looked around from where I seemed to be standing, I could see that much of the ground was heavily up-heaved. There were mounds of dirt and deep craters scattered all around. Smoke slowly drifted through the air leaving thin wisps of blue smoke trails. Then out of the semi-darkened silence I heard a man’s voice call out in a raised whisper, “Get-Down” they will see you.

I quickly looked into the direction to where the voice came and could just make out through the hazy darkened atmosphere, a man lying on the ground behind a large lump of dirt, or maybe it was a bunker of some sort, the ones soldiers dig when preparing for heavy battle.

Then at that moment the realization swept over me that this was a “rescue.” (you see, most times I never know what’s going to take place when I sit in meditation. When things such as these occur I’m usually left to myself in having to work them out. But gradually it is getting easier.)

I called back to the soldier who had an American accent, (who will see me), “the Germans,” get down you will give our location away, he whispered in a strained voice. I knew I had to get his attention and try to convince him that the war has been over for a long time and that he was now “dead,” but to do this I had to try to make him aware of the situation he was in without causing more confusion. So I had to go slowly and carefully. He told me the Germans keep repeating the same maneuvers over and over by driving their vehicle in his direction, but then abruptly they would stop and turn back.

I think they know I’m here, they must do otherwise they wouldn't keep coming back all the time. (he said,) but they don’t exactly know where I am. Then suddenly without warning he said (get down) here they come again. I looked ahead and noticed a very bright light which appeared out of nowhere. This light slowly came towards us where he became more frantic with fear, I could see it in his face. Then I noticed that this light was not the light from a vehicle at all, but a light which had an open doorway within it, a doorway which was just barely visible due to the brightness.

At that moment in time I was given by spirit, or from a higher source that the light is for him, it’s his doorway out of this illusion. The illusion which he has caused himself to be imprisoned in. (much like in the rescue I did with the knight)

Then I began to receive thoughts saying: we have been trying for so long to get his attention, but his fear keeps him trapped in his own world which his (mind) has created. He doesn’t know he died, a bomb exploded where he now lays.

There he has remained all this time since WW1. His name is Jimmy. We have tried approaching him many times but because of his state of mind, and that which he has created, we cannot get through. (a long time to be hiding in the dirt I thought) time to him did not exist, not the way we know of it anyway.

I began to speak with him at length, trying to get his trust. Then I told him about the light, what it really was, and not it being a German's vehicle shining its headlights as he thought it to be. I told him of the lights purpose and the reason “why” I am here.

He looked hard at me, then said: (you’re saying I’m dead, and all this is not real.) I could see by the expression on his face that he was trying hard to fathom the words just told him. Then all at once I was able to know his thoughts, I knew them even before he spoke, and the words that came from me were not my words but some other. It was as if someone or something was using me like a puppet in making sure I get through to him, in so doing, the right words had to be given with precision.

(it’s hard to give the exact meaning of what I say here, I guess it’s because back in this third dimension where we exist stops us from being able to fully comprehend all that which exists in a higher dimension, and it’s very difficult indeed in trying to explain it when we come down from this higher level.)

It seemed all this soldier needed was a distraction to be put upon his mind, once this occurred those in spirit could do the rest.

He was silent for a time, then I could see he was beginning to comprehend some of the things said. He rose to his knees and began looking all around him. Some of the things that had occurred right here where he laid, things he couldn’t explain away but kept for so long pushing them to the side. Now it seemed he was slowly starting to accept all that was said, but because his reasoning couldn’t fully comprehend it or even grasp it, (he said) OK, prove it.

I asked him, how do you want me to prove it. (he looked hard at me then said) when that light shows up again, get up and walk towards it. No sooner said the light appeared. I stood up and began approaching the light. Just as I stood before it I turned to look back at the soldier, I beckoned him to do the same by following me, I stretched out my arm and told him to take my hand. Hesitantly he got to his feet and took hold of my hand. I could then for the first time see faces within the light, smiling faces.
I felt a great rush of love coming from this light, or rather it may have been from the faces I was seeing. I knew all these faces were his war buddies and loved ones, getting ready to welcome him in to his new world.

As soon as he was able to see the faces his own face lit up and tears began to form. Where once there was great fear and trepidation now only joy existed. Then once more without warning I was back to full consciousness hearing my brothers voice saying... are you back, are you alright. Yes I replied. I then gave all the details to my brother, and we sent our prayers for all concerned.

There are similar occurrences with each rescue performed. Once the mind breaks free of the things that causes the trap, others then come to take over. It’s ALWAYS the mind that causes the dilemma.

It makes one wonder if the mind can make the world that the soldier believed was real after he had passed is not the mind making this one?

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