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Being the Light

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 24, 2019 • 22 Comments
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Many earnest Americans believe they can fight evil with angry chanting, venomous signs, and even physical attacks on others. And our social media has become a literal breeding-ground of self-righteous rage, where if you disagree with those shouting the loudest, you risk being obliterated altogether! Yet, even with all these well-meant efforts being made by many to right great wrongs, it can be argued that there is more bitterness and rage in this nation now than there ever has been in the worst moments of our history, including in the depths of the Civil War. And apparently even the vitriol of that darkest of times is now being recycled! It has just been announced that The New York Times is going to work to make slavery the permanent center of this nation’s view of its own founding. I have studied and written about America’s founding, and also about the roots of our racial problems; and based on my research, I can tell you that The New York Times’s 1619 Project, how ever well-intended it might be, can only create even more pointless rage while it does nothing good for any living soul.

The immutable laws of spiritual physics ensure that any attempt to further sharpen America’s racial divisions will just be the source of more anger and pain. As we have said here at length, both the work of physicists and the witness of those that we used to think were dead agree that what we experience as human consciousness is the base creative force. It was the great quantum physicist and Nobel laureate Max Planck who made this discovery, and no other explanation of reality has anything like so much supporting evidence; so the jury is still out, but its verdict seems sure. And the base consciousness that generates reality is an energy-like potentiality that exists in a range of vibrations, from the lowest, which is fear and anger, to the highest, which is perfect love. So, far from being just personal and private, what you and I experience as emotion turns out to be the fundamental force for greater evil or for more perfect good that powers all of reality! Therefore, anything that promotes more fear or anger is going to make every social problem that burdens this nation and the world still worse.

It is this fact that lies at the core of the teachings of Jesus, and also at the root of every successful nonviolence movement worldwide. All our efforts to battle evil have only made things a great deal worse, so Americans have no choice now but to espouse what can be demonstrated to ease our divisions while we all work to foster greater working harmony. And fortunately, there are encouraging signs that this sort of positive easing is happening. Americans are weary of political fighting! And proactive groups which are designed to bring peace to our political process are beginning to make some headway. Even the scientific community is paying attention to aspects of our need to sow love and kindness, as is evidenced by the fact that of late Scientific American has been exploring such emotions-based issues as how we might use social media to increase our level of kindness, and even the thorny but fundamental question of how we can better learn to love our enemies.

All of this is hopeful. But it doesn’t go far enough!

We have lately discussed two martyred heroes of the worldwide nonviolence movement, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr. And as we’ve talked about them here, we have come to see how similar they were to one another, both in their terrible historical moments and in their radically love-based approach. Not only did they renounce the notion that violence in words or deeds could be helpful to their causes; but far beyond that, each of them used the Gospel teachings in which their lives were grounded to demonstrate a radical love for humankind that seems almost inconceivable to us now. Dr. Bonhoeffer was battling the Nazi effort to eradicate millions of innocent people, while Dr. King was striving to help his country transcend its appalling racial past. But neither of them actually fought at all! Instead, they worked to ease people’s suffering without head-on tackling the evil that produced it, since they knew that those who fought the evil were only further inflaming it. Instead, each used the quiet power of the love-based message of Jesus and their own beautifully loving examples as the levers by which they worked to move the world. This is an essential lesson that we must internalize as deeply as they did, or we will never be able to accomplish anything of lasting value.

Dr. Bonhoeffer and Dr. King lived and died by the words of Jesus, and it was because they did that so well that their work lives on! The Lord said, But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two” (MT 5:39-41). And He said, Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (LK 6:35-36). They never showed rage or hatred, not even in the face of their own martyrdom. In this, also, they closely followed the Lord!

Jesus was anxious to ensure that the fools who were pounding nails into His flesh would not be blamed. As it was happening, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (LK 23:24).

In the same vein, Dr. King said on the night before His assassination, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land! I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the Promised Land. And I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything. I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”

And Dr. Bonhoeffer said cheerfully to his fellow prisoners from the gallows, “This is the end. For me, the beginning of life.”

It feels hard to say this, but the basis of human society worldwide seems now to be dominance and rage, to the point where even the language we use to plead with one another to be more peaceful is grounded in the problem, and not in the solution. This sadly occurred to me as I was doing additional research before writing this piece. Everything I could find to read talked about promoting “nonviolence” as the goal, as if “violence” were the human normal so that was where our efforts at improvement must begin. But violence is emphatically not the human normal! Every human mind is inextricably part of the Godhead, the base creative force. And in order for us to ever make a difference in the world, we first must ground ourselves in that certainty, and in the Gospel teachings of Jesus as Dr. King and Dr. Bonhoeffer  both did so well. We must love everyone, without reservation!

As Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’.  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous (MT 5:43-45). And we must be peacemakers. As the Lord said, Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called the sons and daughters of God (MT 5:9).

Our work must not be defined as simply a lack of violence! Instead, it must be proactively grounded in nothing but perfect, eternal love. Jesus tells us, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (MT 5:13-16).

Dr. King and Dr. Bonhoeffer can make our need to learn to live the Lord’s love-based truth much easier than it could have been! They can be our spiritual leaders now, our lodestones, our beautifully true examples. Next week we will look at how you and I and all the kindred spirits around us can learn from them how to be the light that this nation and the world now so desperately need….

 

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22 thoughts on “Being the Light

  1. Roberta, but the Nazis were defeated only thanks to the war with them. Calls for peace and prayers did not affect them. Mahatma Gandhi called for Jews to commit suicide collectively. Is the call to pacifism really good then?

    1. Dear Dmitriy, you make my point about “nonviolence” precisely. Thank you!

      Perhaps the best analogy I can give you is to the battle against cancer. When cancer invades a body, it is too late to prevent it, but radical harm must be done to the body to get rid of it. Surgery, radiation, and poisonous chemicals: you’ve got to kill the cancer before it kills you. But now, imagine a world in which we have learned how to prevent cancer! We have come to understand the body’s processes so well that the evil which is cancer cannot get started, so there never again is a need for surgery, radiation, or poisons. Instead, there is only health, forevermore!

      When the consciousness vibration of humankind sinks so low that Nazis are murdering innocents, or that treating people badly for their shade of skin seems to anyone to be a sensible idea, the cancer already has invaded the body. It may be impossible to eradicate it quickly enough to save the patient without perpetrating at least some violence. But that violence – WWII, or racial warfare – is not really going to fix anything, is it? We save the patient, but we don’t make that patient any healthier. We don’t prevent future wars, and we don’t change the world enough for all of us – including The New York Times – to recoil from fostering the racial separation that killed Dr. King and has wrecked the lives of so many other people. But now thanks to Jesus, and thanks to the glorious examples of Dr. Bonhoeffer, Dr. King, and other rays of light, we can see that there is a way to permanently raise the consciousness vibration of humankind, so every form of evil will be no more!

      “Nonviolence” – this fighting the cancer that is already active – can make dramatic harmful gestures like mass suicide actually seem to make sense. But when we work instead to teach and to live and to radiate perfect love to the world, we are beginning to create the glorious new day when all of humankind will have grown enough spiritually that wars and racial hatred are impossible for us. We can then prevent every form of spiritual cancer! And then, at last, the long-dreamed-of day of eternal worldwide love and peace will dawn. We will be living in the kingdom of God on earth.

      It is that much better day that the perfect examples of Dr. King and Dr. Bonhoeffer make possible for us. Jesus taught us the Way. They showed us how to live the Way. And for us now to begin to live it, and to teach it to all the earth, is the greatest mission that any of us ever might undertake.

      Thank you, dear Dmitriy, for giving me the opportunity to make this point so plainly! We’ll be talking more about it next week….

  2. Actually, radiation has killed many people as well; as there are total natural ways to cure cancer in a more non-violent way; that is, the cancer cells just die naturally.

    The war against Hitler was an extra-ordinary circumstance. Let’s say, I have a gun in my pocket, and am in a meeting with 100 people and someone comes in with machine gun ready to kill everyone. Is it non-loving violence to kill the potential evil doer before he can do his evil deed? I would be doing his karma a big favor by preventing him to carry out such horrible evil.

    I believe the heart behind what externally can be seen as violence/violent is also very important here. After the War, the USA helped Germany rebuild with the Marshall Plan. Its heart was in the right place. Very few WWII soldiers had PTSD than from other wars which were less righteous.

    The problem indeed is that mankind can stoop so low that it presents itself with no other alternative than to invite violence in order for this evil to get stopped and for sanity to be restored again.

    But such so-called sanity, or peace is not enough, if the resentment remains and can flare up again any time in the future. It’s sad to see King and Bonhoeffer’s message seemingly being forgotten rather than carried through by mankind.

    But each one of us here can make a difference by being lager than life, having a bigger heart, and carrying the light of unconditional love to everyone we encounter.

    I like this sentence: “Love the one you’re with”, and I practice that in the broadest sense: everyone I meet, in the streets, stores, transportation vehicles, work, etc.,; everyone I write, call, text, Facebook, etc. ,etc.

  3. Dear Adri, all the traditional methods of “curing” cancer have killed people – surgery, radiation, and chemicals – which is the point that I was making. Once you have the disease sufficiently fiercely that those are your choices, the violence required to end it is nearly as bad as the disease. There are some wonderful new therapies – immunotherapy, and now Car-T – which are literally miracle cures. They use the body’s own immune system. But they are appallingly expensive, and until very recently insurance wouldn’t cover them.

    Hitler was rare, but wars are not. And any war throws off fear, rage, and every kind of negative emotion and thereby pollutes the consciousness of this planet! You don’t need a Hitler or any kind of big war to do that, as the fact that the vibration of this planet has fallen so tremendously in recent years as a result of small wars and political craziness would abundantly indicate.

    You say, “But such so-called sanity, or peace is not enough, if the resentment remains and can flare up again any time in the future. It’s sad to see King and Bonhoeffer’s message seemingly being forgotten rather than carried through by mankind.” – True, and brilliant! You have just magnificently pointed out what is OURS to do. Yours and mine, and the work of everyone who reads our words and wants to build a better world.

    My own favorite quote (beyond the Lord) is, “Some men see things as they are and say, why. I dream things that never were and say, why not.”

    Why not, indeed?

  4. I agree that the vibrations of this planet have fallen to a very low point, not only for the reasons given (war, political unrest etc.) but also because of the fact that there has been a huge increase in the population, which is adding greatly to the negative thoughts being generated (the latest count is quickly approaching 8 billion!) Most of these people have no idea how powerful their thoughts are as they are stuck in old belief systems that ignore this fact. This needs to be changed, as no matter how many great men like Bonhoeffer and King come along, it is impossible for them to change things on their own without the backup of many others.

    1. Oh my dear Lola, well said! And this is precisely why those of us who can see the tragedy, the impending calamity of it all, and who understand that there really is a fix, need to come together now in love and work to spread the truth to all the world. You’re right in saying that Dr. King and Dr. Bonhoeffer cannot move the world on their own, but we know now that as few as ten percent of the population of this planet all knowing and living the truth will be able to bring the kingdom of God on earth. If ever there were a cause worthy of all our lives, surely it is this one!

  5. Dear Roberta, Thank you for another thought provoking entry! It’s important to start to think “discontinuously” about this change in the cosmic vibration. What happened before is not where we are starting. We are starting NOW, outside of the earth timeline. We must shift our thinking from this perspective we experience as incarnation, to that of the beings of light (to borrow from your apt title) that we always ARE, and — now — love, forgive and, with patience for those not yet ready, set the example of what is already the eternal nature of who we all are.

    As St Francis said and the amazing spirits you have profiled here also did, preach the gospel every day, and if you have to, use words.

    1. Thank you, dear Mike! I also admire St. Francis. Some of the most beautiful people who ever lived have had their words and works preserved by the Catholic tradition of sainthood, and this is a gift to us, whatever our faith might be. These two men, though, are saints for our own day, and the more I learn of them, the more saintly they seem!

      Dr. Bonhoeffer was one of very few clergymen in all of Germany who understood almost right away that Hitler was irredeemably evil, and who worked before he even was a clergyman himself to do what he could to try to save Hitler’s targeted victims. He got out of Germany, as so many did, but his conscience wouldn’t allow him to stay away from where he felt he could be of use; and as a Godly man, he wrestled with the possibility that assassination – murder – might be the best way forward. Bonhoeffer lived the teachings of Jesus with every breath he took! The more I know of him, the more I see him as one of the first true modern exponents of what the first followers of the Lord called the Way.

      And then there is Dr. King! To choose to live in the horror of the Jim Crow South when he, too, had managed to escape it – he got his Ph.D. in Boston – and even to subject his young family to that horror was the act of a deeply moral man. He had just turned twenty-seven when someone bombed his house while he was giving a speech. He raced home, found that his wife and his ten-week-old baby were fine, and then stood in front of that house and patiently persuaded the angry, swelling crowd that retaliation would help no one. The crowd dispersed. There is a picture of him taken a few years later in which he is patiently pulling a burned cross from his own front lawn while his toddler son watches him.

      It can be hard for us to imagine how we might apply the teachings of Jesus to our own day. Things are so awful now! How to even begin? But here are two who figured it out in the depth of their own recent awful times. They both proved those teachings work! And so now we begin.

    2. Yes Mike, St Francis of Assisi is someone I admire too, as a living example of ‘hands on’ love and of the Christ within.
      So you are advocating shifting our perspective:
      I guess it is true that we have a ‘human’, time bound, survival oriented self and we also have a ‘soul’ self which is essentially beyond the human one. And you suggest that we enter the perspective of the latter (IE: of ‘beings of light’).
      I wonder if we are outside the earth’s timeline because we ARE growing into beings of light (?) I do agree that it would be silly not to change our thinking since we are now able to do so as we grow.
      I too have learned to see more in terms of eternity, rather than being bound by time markers and by the temporal limits of my own small lifetime. This change is happening quite naturally. And if we can think ‘discontinuously’ about the old, negative vibrations of the earth and surf into shore on new waves of positive cosmic vibration, then so much the better. (Though I don’t mean to suggest this is always easy.)
      I’m going to be more conscious of thinking as a light being living in the ongoing now.
      Thanks – you’ve made me more aware of thinking beyond this incarnation. I actually do wish to move more fully into this shift in perspective!
      🙏🏼👍 🌅

  6. Hi Roberta,
    When thinking about hatred and rage and the world, I have to think about the incredible world population increase and how that may impact spiritual vibrations and outputs. As the world has doubled in population within the past 50 years, I also think about the rate of reincarnation. Of course, in this finite world that mostly sees things and life in finite numbers, both time and space, it’s hard to think about the spiritual realm being infinite with an infinite number of spirits. However, when I see the projection for world population there is a speculation that population may be a bell curve. Then I wonder is the top of the bell curve the earth at its worst and if the population numbers begins a decent will that mean the earth has become more loving and thus the rate of incarnation decreases. Perhaps it is our role to keep loving and forgiving messages being heard during these extra hard times of hate and anger.

    1. Dear Timothy, when Thomas gave me my marching orders for Liberating Jesus in Feb of 2015, he said that within 200 years the population of this planet will be vanishingly small. Which at that time was hard to believe! But I have since been paying attention, and the latest wisdom seems to be that because of the natural tendency for fully developed countries to fall to and then drop below a full-replacement birthrate, projections now suggest that we won’t hit the 11 billion people once projected for 2100, but rather by 2050 the population of the world will top off well below that number… “and then start to decline, possibly forever.” (https://futurism.com/the-byte/world-population-will-fall-never-stop)

      Thomas also told me in 2015 that one big reason for the decline will be a dramatic drop in male fertility, to the point where soon babies will be made only in laboratories; and what horrifies me is that since he said it, the human male fertility rate has been dropping fast. And no one knows why! (https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/10/sperm-counts-continue-to-fall/572794/)

      I wish your optimistic view about a reincarnation bell curve could be borne out in fact! But there are already more beings wishing to come into bodies than there are new bodies being conceived and born. And of course, the fact that there have been nearly 50 million abortions in the United States in the past fifty years has narrowed down the incarnation options still more 🙁

      So, all in all, the future projected for us by those not in bodies – those whose vision is so much clearer! – is a bleak one, unless you and I will act. According to Thomas, by the time 200 years from now when some desperate Christians will decide to start Armageddon on their own in hopes of inducing Jesus to show up, everything will long since have gone to hell on earth.

      Unless we act! If we can educate the world with sufficient speed, Thomas also tells us that within 200 years we can bring the kingdom of God on earth. So let’s get to it, my dear beautiful friends. The world we still have the power to save is quite literally our own!!

  7. Thanks Roberta. This topic reminds me of how I try to think in terms of what I’m for rather than what I’m against. If you ask someone, “Are you against war, or are you for peace?” in most cases they would think it is basically the same thing, but there is actually a big difference from the perspective of the physics of consciousness. We tend to become what we focus on. If I’m fighting against war, hate, violence, that is what I’m focusing my mind on, and my consciousness is pulled in that negative direction, and if consciousness creates reality, then I am also pulling those sorts of situations towards me. If I’m working for peace, love, reconciliation, I naturally move in that direction, even if I’m enmeshed in the worst case scenario, like Dr Bonhoeffer was. We all find ourselves in the middle of explosive or violent situations at some point in our lives. The more practice we’ve had living from the heart, the better we will be able to handle them in a spiritually proper way. I’m still working on the question of what one does when all has failed and it has gotten to point where the fist, knife or bullet (or blitzkrieg) is about to be launched at you or someone you love. What does LOVE do, knowing that we really are not these bodies? Jesus, King, and Bonhoeffer willingly laid their bodies down, but it was in meaningful and powerful ways, ways that helped change the world, not just laying down and giving up. I feel like I’m getting closer to the understanding I seek, thanks to the discussions we’ve had here. I also look forward to asking my guides about it sometime soon, when the lines of communication get stronger, as you have suggested in the past.

    1. Dear Scott, this is so beautifully said! We are creating more of whatever is in our hearts, and if our hearts are full of “nonviolence” rather than ever more perfect love, then we have lost the precious opportunity to sow more love into our one shared consciousness.

      And my dear friend, please know that no one who lays his body down for peace has died in vain. Neither Dr. King nor Dr. Bonhoeffer expected to have their whole lives remembered by us here primarily because of the way they died, but please think about it: if they had lived long lives and died befuddled, roaming a retirement home in their carpet slippers, who would be remembering them now?

  8. Roberta: Much of what you said is borne out by the garden of Findhorn in Scotland. Findhorn was a windy, rocky, desolate place where not even weeds would grow, and no farmer or gardener would even consider trying. However, a handful of people in the 1960’s were successful in growing many healthy vegetables etc. with cabbages “as large as basketballs” from witness accounts. They did so by sending positive thoughts to the plants and working with what they considered to be “nature spirits,” and all who visited there considered it a “miracle.” The point is that their positive thoughts etc. toward the plants certainly played a major role in their success, so if that can be done for plants, it certainly can be done for the benefit of a better world.

    1. Dear Lola, this is such a wonderful point! I even do recall the project you mention. And a similar experiment was carried on in my own childhood home. Since her death, I have learned that my mother is a fairly advanced being, and I realize now that if I had known more at the time, I would have realized her level of development long since. She was the sunniest person I ever knew, always doing and saying kindly things, and when it came to plants she was a literal wonder! Her kitchen garden was magnificent and bountiful. Her houseplants thrived until they literally took over parts of her house. Then she would give one of her plants to me for my Boston apartment, all glossy and vibrant… and no matter what I would do, it soon wilted and died. While her ability to foster plants became legendary in my family, my own ability to cause them to die in despair became an irritating family joke.

      I have worked in recent decades to raise my vibration, and it is only lately that I have realized one of the fruits of my efforts is the fact that the peace lily someone gave me when my mother died seven years ago has grow hugely, and it still blooms faithfully; and the three plants in my office that see only me are still soldiering on. One of them is even blooming at the moment, and I’m sure it has been on my desk for at least five years!

  9. That is wonderful about the peace lily. Your mother’s vibration was really compatible with her plants because of her positive loving attitude, and now yours is too. I had the same thing happen with a drab, kind of boring looking plant that someone gave me to put on my husband’s grave 9 years ago. I chose to take it home instead and it now looks like a small tree. To me, this proves that the universe in some way is responsive to us in ways we never dreamed of..

    1. Indeed it is! Have you looked at what positive and negative emotional energies can do to water? There are videos around somewhere. It’s amazing!

  10. Dearest Roberta,
    I considered not commenting this week, not because I had nothing to say, but because your blog simply evoked too much. Now, some days later, please allow me to pen just a few things.

    Actually Roberta I’ve noticed a ‘leitmotif’ or two, running through your blog. (IE: A single or a few themes common to, and running through, music or writing.) By reading your blog and then each of your replies in succession there is a kind of narrative that appears. And said leitmotifs start to emerge….

    The first leitmotif is Jesus’ Way. Hence, I’ve noticed that all those great souls described by you evoke Jesus’ Way in stark, even dire form. Bonhoeffer, King and Gandhi. Heck, what great lives to violent ends come! Yet underneath their struggle is the dedication to do God’s will; to have a servant’s heart like Thomas Jefferson and to leave their earthly end in God’s hands.

    It seems like Thomas and your good self are telling us that the Way does move mountains and it will do so now. The Way is the Light. And We are, I guess, being guided to become the Light ourselves.

    Which brings me to the second leitmotif, implicit in the first: transformation.
    Life has taught me that in order to overcome an insurmountable problem or crisis, transformation is required. And only when things become dire, does transformation magnify as a great force within. Then the problem vanishes, as if it’s only purpose was to enable transformation in the first place!

    You know, when I was taught evolutionary science at school, my teacher told me something:
    Eons ago, the seas dried up in places, sea levels changed and great climatic changes wracked the Earth. Certain fish which had developed air lung capacity, crawled from the seas onto the shores and muddy estuarine banks. Fist there was one lung fish that emerged. Then for a long time there were few, then more, then many and finally wet, scaly legions of lung fish crawled out of the waters to live on land. They evolved, eventually transforming into myriad animal species. It was the dire need for survival that lead to wrestling with change and finally to complete, irreversible transformation.

    We humans too, are the biological descendants of those brave lung fish. We have the same pattern of need, changing circumstances, struggle and transformation. I mean, the one really positive thing that is coming out of a modern world of rank inequality, deception, confusion and clamor is that these are precisely the right conditions for real, inner transformation to occur. Right now we are being hothoused for dramatic growth.

    And first there was One who came and invited us to change. They crucified Him and He rose beyond death and forgave them. Then there were few who crawled up the gleaming shores; first liked and reviled in measures, then hanged or shot and finally understood and loved. Deathless now, as true icons of non violence and the power of Love, these great individuals stand for all to learn from. Soon many more will transform as they did. The Way will become the conscious life choice of many.

    And Gandhi recognized this by saying: “If Christians acted like Christ, then the whole world would now be Christian.”
    (Yes, he actually said that!)

    Thanks for letting me share here, Roberta. I’d love to hear your take on all this, my dear. 🙏🏼❣️🌅

    1. Dear wonderful Efrem, this is so beautiful! And it’s so true. Gloriously. What the caterpillar thought was its death turns out to have been just the start of its greater and more beautiful life!

      Gandhi revered the Gospel teachings, and he was fond of rubbing the noses of Christians in just how much they fail to do the Lord’s bidding. He also said, “I did once seriously think of embracing the Christian faith. The gentle figure of Christ, so full of forgiveness that he taught his followers not to retaliate when abused or struck, but to turn the other cheek – I thought it was a beautiful example of the perfect man.” And he said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

      As we work on next week’s blog entry, I come to better understand just how radical King and Bonhoeffer really were! How can enough of us follow their lead, and truly and forever uplift the world? Apparently we can… I’m just trying to better understand how to make this as easy as possible for us all!

  11. Wow. Good point about the caterpillar, Roberta. Surely, the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly is one of the most beautiful miracles (for lack of a better word) in the world. I have heard about the water experiments with people sending loving energy to water to see if it makes a difference, and this appears to be the case. What is exciting is that our bodies have a high percentage of water, so the implications of this are astounding

    1. The implications are indeed astounding! And these experiments are repeated often, always with the same amazing results. But still, the scientific community is insistent that your mind is just an ephemeral artifact of your brain. Their willful ignorance is astounding!!

  12. This is exactly why I stopped looking up scientific explanations for things like this nature. Even in the face of proof, they refuse to look at the whole picture, making their conclusions faulty, if not downright wrong!

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