We all are Tools Of The Universe...
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
This world needs Jesus! Really?
This world already has a Jesus. And what did the people of this world do to him? Then - as now - too many are blinded by ignorance and religious fanatism into hateful self-righteousness against anybody that thinks, looks, acts, feels, loves, behaves differently. We people killed Jesus then. We people are continuing to kill today. We don't need another Jesus to tell us how to fix things. The one 2000 years ago already told us. We don't need somebody or something else to fix things for us. We need to fix things ourselves, by fixing our own selves! What we need is more willingness to:
- put aside traditions and customs and embrace new ideas and perspectives
- turn off our auto-pilot more often and try something new
- stop blindly repeating what others - especially religious people - are saying, and double-check if it is really making the world a better place
- allow others to make their own choices without having to fear to be ostracized
- try to find a "loving" way, rather than always simply following the instinctual animal response (which is usually "fighting", thus usually making things worse, rather than better)
- What did the Universe have in mind when it created you and shaped you?
- How is the Universe using you to create change and improvement in this world?
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Letter to my Turkish friend
Dear Friend, The area you live in has been at the center of development of civilization for many, many centuries. Your people are capable of greatness! Such development came in boosts. With times of stagnation in between those. However, during such rest-phases the seeds for the next boost germinated. You may find yourself in such a phase of stagnation. If so, you may be the part of the seed-starter soil where the next boost is germinating. There are those who blame outside forces for their situation. Such blaming is futile. You can not change outside forces. The best you can do is accept them and move to suit. There are those who stop their work when it is raining. And there are those who accept the situation (i.e. it rains), move to suit (for example put on a rain-coat) and do the work that is possible within the limitations and due to the special circumstances of the outside situation (for example plant seeds). I find, there are many among your neighbors, among the people in your country, and the whole world, who are frozen in centuries old religions and traditions. Like a fish in a block of ice, they are incapable of moving, of growing, or changing. Then there is another large group of folks, who are uneducated and misinformed. They don't understand what is going on in the world, how things are connected, what causes the effects they are experiencing negatively. Their ignorance causes them to fall victim to fear mongering demagogues. They are afraid of anything that looks, sounds, or acts differently then what they are used too. Sucked into their fear like into quicksand, they, too, are incapable of moving or changing. But there are also a few like yourself. Your horizon is wide. Your experiences have opened your mind. Your ability to speak another language indicates you are a communicator. Your willingness to engage in conversations with people that are different than you indicates you are a bridge-builder. I am reminding you of all of this, because I saw the sparkle of idealism and energy in your eyes. Even though it was wrapped in a vail of sadness and frustration, which itself you were trying hard to hide behind a mask of sarcasm and fatalism. You are a descendent of great people. You are capable of greatness. Through you, the frozen have a chance for the ice to melt around them. Through you, the fearful have a chance to see the potential of the changes around them to cause improvement of the situation. You are the best chance the frozen and fearful who come into your life have. I wish for you, that you'll find ways and the energy to do your work. Little by little. One situation at a time. One friend after another. My hope for you is, that you'll be able to help people understand. That you may provide the seeds for thought people need to ask the questions that allow them to make the next step. Just remember, you are not responsible for the greater picture. Nor should you allow the appearance of the greater picture to get you despondent or lose hope. As long as you are doing your share - as little and insignificant as it may appear to you - this is all that is necessary; this is the only responsibility you have. Here's another analogy: In the older days, during the winter months farmers in the Alps would not sit around lamenting that it is cold, that they can neither plant nor harvest anything. They would work on their tools, so when the spring comes they are ready to plant. So, there's no sense in lamenting the situation. Brainstorm about what you can do, given the situation - and do it. Work "indoors". Educate. Inform. Connect with kindred spirits. Support each other. And lastly: stay away from violence. Force destroys. Stick with love! Love conquers all. Love is the only path to real success. Love is the only warmth that thaws the ice of religious and traditionalist fanaticism. Love is the only lotion that soothes and heals fear! In the end it will be all good. If it is not good yet, it just means it is not yet the end; and your contributions are still needed.
I know you must be cringing every time somebody refers to you as "Lord" or "King", since these where the aristocrats that waged war, ruled mostly cruel over their subjects, and got rich on their people's back. You, however, do not rule over us, but gave us free will to do whatever we feel like. You gave us the instinct of inquisitiveness that can help us search for what makes sense, and a brain that can help us in any situation identify many available options, and choose the one that makes the most sense. I am sure, if you had a head, you would shake it in disbelief, every time people start talking about you performing supernatural miracles. You have sent and keep sending us instance over instance, opportunity over opportunity where we could realize that you are not using supernatural magic to improve situations; you are not sending lightning-bolts, not flicking your fingers even if you had fingers. You are working through us humans, you are using us as instruments, as tools to implement the divine intervention. I am convinced, if you had arms, you would through them up every time people are misled and taught useless, illogical religious traditions. Some claim you sent your son to give us the message in clear language, yet, they focus on all kinds of other texts - some in total contradiction of Jesus' simple message: love your neighbor and love your god. Some focus on the question whether Jesus was a real person, and on examples for how his message was implemented 2000 years ago, instead of pondering questions that are relevant today - for example:
- What mode of transportation would Jesus use?
- Would he use styrofoam?
- Would he use his money to pay for cable, weaves, breast implants, or sports tickets?
- Would he glorify the military?
- Would he encourage youth to study science or football, language or soccer, math or basketball?
- To what temperature would he set his thermostat in the summer, and what temperature in the winter?
- Would he vote in the elections? And if so, for whom?
- Would he run, or send his kids to a Martial Arts studio?
- What kind of food would he buy, prepare, and eat?
- May we start teaching our children to ask in any situation: "What contribution could I make now?", so that the next generation has a chance to fix the problems we're apparently so incapable of resolving.
- May we stop glorifying military and martial arts and guns and fighting, so that peace may come to our streets.
- May we stop trying the same old approaches and wonder why we get the same old outcomes. May we instead change our core world-view, as doing this will automatically change our values, our priorities, our approaches, and our actions.
- May we stop acting like animals, and instead learn to go beyond our animal instincts, so that we become the angels that we were meant to be when we came to this world.
- May we each accept our function as highly sophisticated and specialized tool to work on specific issues in our world in whatever little way we can, may we each search for our specific purpose, and may we each accept our mission to make this world a better place! And may we see in everybody else the potential for being an angel - no matter what color, race, sexual orientation, origin of birth, language, age, background, or whatever..., so we can attempt to help them with their mission, rather than hinder and harass them.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Love Your Neighbor - Commandment or Gauge?
"Love your neighbor" is the center of Christian teachings. The idea is obvious: If you love somebody, you do not use or abuse them, but treat them nicely, you are kind to them, and help and support them. If everybody would love their neighbor there would be no crime, no war, and we all could live in peace and freedom. However, love is an emotion - just like sadness, anger, fear, and hate. Emotions motivate you to act and behave in a certain way. The problem is, you can not fake an emotion. You can try to act as if you had the emotion; however, that becomes very exhausting and is sometimes quite impossible in the first place. There's a causal relationship between emotion and action. Obvioulsy, it's a one-way street - i.e. emotion triggers action, but action as if there was a particular emotion doesn't trigger that emotion. But, luckily, there's something that causes emotions. And that, we can impact! For example: It made me sad when my grandmother died. On first thought, one might think that the event triggered the emotion. But that is not so: I was sad about my grandmother no longer being here many times after she died. So, is it the knowledge of her having passed? No, that isn't it either: I know she is gone form many years now, but I haven't been sad all the time for all these years. I become sad whenever somethign reminds me of her and I become aware of the fact again that she's gone. The event of her passing provided me with certain pieces of knowledge: She is gone, I won't be able to talk to her again. Of all the things that I know, when I focus on that aprticular piece of information, it triggers the emotion of sadness in me. So, the question then is, how can I trigger the emotion of love whenever I am interacting with another person - or with anything else in this world? I'd like to encourage you to find yourself answers to this question that work for you. So far, all I mentioned was pretty objective. No matter what spiritual ideas you choose to believe, the above is not impacted by it. It simply is what it is. Your ability to find an answer to the question and to develop a working strategy to implement it, I think, depends a lot on your spiritual believe system. If you choose ot believe that all of us came to this world on a mission to make it a better place, as a conduit for devine guidance to help improve the situation, as tools used by the Universe to continue the development of this creation, well, then it is relatively easy to see the potential for good in every person. You cannot help but love your fellow soul, and try to be of assistance to them so they can fulfill their mission better. Once you get away from the idea that it is all about you, and you understand that it is all about the unfolding of this magical creation, you automatically try to find a way to differentiate between a person and their actions - i.e. you may not like what a person does, but you still love them as a fellow soul. When you enounter a difficult to take person, instead of lamenting your bad luck, you might see it as the Universe hoping that through you that person will get a chance to improve. Instead of hating the person and feeling the urge to hurt them, you might try to help them find a way to have more of a positve impact on the world. You see, with this believe-system the notion of "Love your neighbor" turns from a never achievable commandment into a gauge. A measuring stick that informs you of your progress on the path towards enlightenment...
Open letter to Judge Robert E. Lee Key Jr.
I read in a NY Times Articleabout a black business man in Alabama, named Walter McMillan. How judge Robert E Lee Key Jr and an overwhelmingly white jury sentenced him to die for the murder of an 18 year old white woman. And that, despite overwhelming evidence of McMillan's innocence. Another example of the broken system that is keeping America down... In case he's still alive, here's an open letter to Judge Robert E Lee Key Jr (and all his colleagues across the whole country and all the way to the supreme court): "Dear Robert, When you go to sleep in the evening, do you think about what your contribution is to this world? Do you believe, what you're doing is the best you can do? When God created you, do you think it was "this that you're doing", that was the hope to be accomplished through you? I don't believe in "evil". We humans are animals, just like a cats, hyenas and snakes. When we act according to our animal instincts others experience us as evil. Only when we grow beyond our animal self the divine of us can unfold, and we can make a positive contribution to this beautiful creation. Sometimes, our ignorance prevents us from seeing how we think and act like animals. But, luckily and miraculously, we get plenty of messages from a many different directions that would help us become more enlightened. This letter is one such message for you. I hope, it helps you see the great potential that exists through you, for positive improvement of a severely malfunctioning system. I hope you'll find a way, that in the end your family a few generations down the line will be proud of being related to you, not embarrassed. It's not yet too late, Saul, to become Paul..." (Originally written 18/November/2014 - forgot to copy it here; did it now...)
Here's a thought: I looked around in my life and found that there are so many beautiful things happening with me and to me. I am allowed to meet great people, I am allowed to see much of the world - all kinds of beautiful places; I am able to work in a profession that is interesting and that provides for my material needs; and I am allowed to experience love, happiness, beautiful music, inspiring movies and so much more... One day I realized: well, the Universe is doing sooooooo much for me. Maybe I could look a little bit at what I could do for the Universe? (Originally written 2/Aug/2012 - forgot to copy it to the blog at that time. Did it now...)