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The Perfect World

Sunday, February 03, 2019

We often come across the phrase "Be the change you want to see in the world".

While this is generally attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, it is contentious as to whether he ever said it, although he has been recorded as expressing similar ideas.

The debate about who said what and when is interesting but in the final wash what does this mean?

For me, it's a question of how would we think, feel and behave in a world that is working the way we want it to be.

Here's a story that may illustrate a different way we can achieve, if we are so inclined.

After the exodus from Egypt and the divine revelation at Mount Sinai, the Children of Israel spent 40 years travelling before finally entering Israel, the land that had been promised to their ancestors by God, the creator of the Universe.

During that time, they did business together and had courts which dealt with civil matters, similar to what we have today.

A case came before the court as follows:
A man had bought a donkey, together with all its kit - saddle bags, harness etc.
Among all this gear was found a very large gem.

So, what was the court case?

TODAY, the case would be brought by the vendor arguing that he had sold everything to do with the donkey. The gem, however, was not associated with the donkey and so was not included in the sale and hence should be returned to the seller. In the modern court the buyer would be arguing that he had purchased the donkey so everything that came with it was part of the sale and so he deserved to keep the gem.

However, in the example occurring during the travels in the wilderness after the most profound spiritual revelation experienced by the entire nation. the case was vastly different.

The buyer brought the case saying that he had bought the donkey and the paraphernalia associated with the donkey. Since the gem had nothing to do with the donkey it still belonged to the seller. The vendor argued that he had sold the donkey and everything connected to it and the gem was in the bag and so it was part of the sale. As you can see the arguments are essentially the same but reversed.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all felt the way these people did?

Their concern for each other and each other's rights was so strong that they would bring this case to a judge to determine.

What would it be like living in a world where each person was more concerned about other people's rights and property than about their own?

Lawyers don't need to worry about being out of a job, but they'd have to change their approach considerably - it would be a very different job from what it is now.

As John Lennon said; "Imagine".

If you were living in that world, how would you be different?

And that brings us back to the original quote of this post: Who would you need to be to be the change you want to see?

Something to think about...

The Movie of Your Life

Sunday, January 27, 2019

According to Jewish tradition, when we die we are judged by a Heavenly Court.

There's a story about someone who comes up before the Court and is told; "Here's the movie of your life. Go away, edit it and bring it back to us."

The person goes away and sometime later returns with the edited version and presents it to the head of the court.

The court officer then replies; "Thank you but the parts we're interested in are what's on the floor i.e. what was edited out."

For a long time I worked on the presumption that what was on the floor were the "bad" bits - those times when we failed to be the best person we could be, when we let people down, hurt someone's feelings or worse, caused injury, financial loss or even the death of someone else.

However, recently I had a different perspective.

We all live with a "movie" running through our heads.

It's who we think we are, how we believe we would behave in a particular situation and more.

Often, when we do find ourselves in one of these situations, we're surprised (sometimes positively, sometimes not) about how we do actually behave.

In my experience, both personally and with others I've spoken to, the view we have of ourselves is quite negative.

The things we remember are normally the times we've failed and let others or ourselves down.

Even King David had this issue - as he said in Psalms 51:3; "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me."

There are many people who assert we have 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, of which 98% are the same as yesterday and 80% are negative.

I'm not willing to go into a discussion around this, but it does reinforce the idea that we tend to see ourselves in quite a negative way.

All of us do good things, not so good things and maybe even terrible things at times.

My question, like Peter Sarstedt sang, is; "Where do you go to, my lovely, when you're alone in your bed? Won't you tell me the thoughts that surround you because I want to look inside your head." (That was in 1969 - I'm really showing my age here.)

What is the movie you are running about yourself?

Is it a happy one filled with joy and accomplishment or one of failure, guilt and sadness?

When it comes to the end of your life and you see your entire life flash past your eyes, what movie will you be watching?

Changing your life view, and indeed your life itself, is simply a matter of changing your thoughts.

For most of us, while this may be simple, it's certainly not easy.

But taking little steps such as shifting your focus from your failures to your achievements and focusing on the good things you've done, will gradually shift your view of yourself to one of being a joyous, happy, fulfilled person.

Of course, you can choose not to do that.

The choice is always yours.

The Holocaust - God's Purpose For It

Thursday, January 03, 2019

The intention of this article is to propose a new perspective on the Holocaust which suggests there was, indeed, a Divine plan behind it. In no way does this downgrade the suffering people went through at that time or since as a result. Rather, it is to show that what they suffered had a deeper purpose and meaning than simply the vagaries and whim of evil people.

I often hear the comment (in denial of God); "How can a loving God allow things like the Holocaust?" My contention is that God didn't ALLOW the Holocaust, He PLANNED it!

There is a story, set in Auschwitz, of a group of rabbis who put God on trial for the Holocaust. Their finding, after much debate and consideration, was that He was guilty. Following the handing down of the verdict they said; "and now it's time for Maariv (the evening prayers)". According to Elie Weisel, "It happened at night; there were just three people. At the end of the trial, they used the word chayav, rather than ‘guilty'. It means ‘He owes us something'. Then we went to pray."

In a similar vein, my proposition that God intended the Holocaust to happen, does not diminish or change our requirement to live our lives in accordance with God's laws, as outlined in the Bible.

English as a language does not deal very well with gender designation. And so, where I use gender specific terms, like He, Man etc these are intended to be non-gender specific and so relate to God as encompassing ALL attributes and humankind.

The Jewish calendar is counted from the time of creation. That in itself has led to many discussions about whether creation took six literal days of 24 hours, or six days of geological time frames. That is beyond the capabilities of this discussion, but for our purposes dates are important. Suffice to say it is now the Jewish year of 5779 which started from September 2018 in the secular calendar.

God's Intention For Creation
Why did God create the Universe? It was because He wanted a relationship through which He could know Himself. In order to do that He needed beings who had attributes which were similar to Him. As we know, we find out a lot about ourselves by our interactions with other people. Similarly, God wanted to experience Himself through others.

And so the Bible says; "Let us make Man in our image". This does not mean that God has a head, body and arms and legs like people do, but rather that we have the character traits He has, like emotion, thought, free will and all the attributes which make us human rather than angels or animals.

So, God created an environment in which His partner, Man, could exist and interact with Him.

The Fall of Man
Once Man was created, God gave him one directive; "Do not eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil".

Man used his free will and thought processes to defy that directive. This was not an act of outright rebellion but rather one of being misguided. Anyway, the outcome was a consequence of these actions and so the first change of environment occurred; being sent out of the Garden of Eden.

Mankind then increased and spread. At the time, they were still connected to the Divine much more directly than we are today.

However, their attitude toward other people was unacceptable to God. In order to have a relationship with His creatures, He needed them to be mature, compassionate and to emphasise their positive attributes rather than the self-focused ones. Sadly, greed and selfishness were the primary characteristics displayed. In many ways, mankind was like a small child who demands attention to have their needs supplied by others with no concern for the impact they have on the world or people around them. As an example, is a baby concerned about the feelings of its parents when it needs feeding or a nappy change? 

What God needs is a relationship with a mature adult, rather than a wilful child.

And, in the same way that we teach our children how to behave, both for their own well-being and that of the people around them, God needed to teach His children and to help them grow into mature, responsible, capable adults.

The Training Begins
The first part of the process was to remove any people who were untrainable. This occurred with the Flood. At that time there was only one family who were sensitive enough and attuned to God's plans for His world enough to be kept alive. This was Noah and his family.

Once God had restarted the process with Noah et al, the human race then soon went into decline. Again, there was a strong connection to the Divine, but the attitude to other people was very poor.

During the building of the Tower of Babel, human life was inconsequential, but building the Tower was the primary purpose. So, if a brick fell there was great distress, but if a person fell and died it was of no consequence. The result of that was that languages changed so that people could no longer communicate with each other. In order to learn to care for one another they needed to develop new languages.

At this time also the spiritual drive, which was so strong, became diverted away from God and into other objects and forces and idolatry became very powerful.

Eventually, a family arose who switched their attention away from the idolatrous thinking and developed a new sense of God. This was Abraham and Sarah.

Abraham realised that objects made by a human could not be more powerful than a human from a spiritual perspective, and so he eliminated man-made idols as a source of power. He then turned his attention to the natural world and, by reviewing the forces of Nature that were being worshipped, realised that there had to be an invisible force which controlled Nature itself. Through that process he came to an experience of God and began to develop a direct relationship with Him.

During the time of Abraham we have the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. These cities were slated for divine destruction. What was the nature of their sin that they warranted that punishment?

These cities were situated in a lush, fertile region which made its inhabitants very wealthy. The crime of the people was not that they defied God, worshipped idols or were evil. Their crime was that they would only allow people to be there who were wealthy. Anyone who needed support was rejected. They had the attitude of "we will decide who comes here". Because of their lack of 'humanity' they were worthy of being eliminated.

Why is it that we don't see more of this going on, since many places nowadays clearly have the same attitude? It is because there are enough people who do have the compassion and decency to care for others. When Abraham was told that these cities were to be destroyed, he argued with God on the basis of "would you kill the righteous with the wicked?"

Having realised the minimum of ten righteous people required to be a seed to bring about a change in these attitudes in the general populace did not exist, he knew the attitude was so ingrained and embedded in the people that nothing would ever change them and so destruction was justified. From this, we see that a small number of people has the potential to bring about major changes. As Margaret Mead said; "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

In his communications with Abraham, God told him that his children would be enslaved in a foreign land. As this was told to Abraham well in advance, it was clearly not related to any actions by his children. The time of slavery was clearly not a punishment. Therefore, it had to have a different purpose.

It is here we see a shift, on God's part, from carrying out punishment for unacceptable attitudes and behaviours to an outline of what will happen in the future. There is no warning that this will be the consequence of actions on the part of the people as there had been when God told Adam not to eat of the tree.

And so, we see this as a lesson that God needs to teach us in order for mankind to become the partner He requires.

The lessons until now had been about caring for individuals, but there was an important lesson to come - that it not acceptable for a person to OWN another person as though they were simply another piece of property.

In order to teach this lesson to his creatures God needed a way to get the message across.

To do that, He took a group of people He knew would be able to survive the process and He put them into slavery. He knew they would survive because there had been three generations of the Patriarchs who had been able to continue the connection with God and properly teach their children to be the type of humans who were needed in God's plan.

So, the Children of Israel became slaves in Egypt. They were treated appallingly by their "owners" and after the designated time had passed, God fulfilled His promise to Abraham to take them out and establish a permanent relationship with them. This was the Exodus which then led to the covenant at Mount Sinai. This occurred in the Jewish year of 2448 (1313 BCE).

Since then the Jewish people have been observing the Festival of Pesach (Passover). The primary message from that festival is that slavery is not acceptable, together with the desirability of freedom, especially personal freedom.

Until quite recently, in historic terms, slavery was a normal part of a country's economy. Britain abolished slavery throughout the British Empire with the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, the French colonies re-abolished it in 1848 and the U.S. abolished slavery in 1865. While many countries had banned slavery during the 19th century it was still an issue until much later. Indeed, in 1948 (remember that date - it's important) the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including an article stating “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.” If the UN felt there was a need to make that statement, presumably slavery was still prevalent.

Returning to the concept of God teaching His children what is acceptable behaviour, once the idea of slavery had become universally abhorrent what is the next big lesson? Genocide.

Genocide is "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious or national group". The term was coined in 1944 by Raphael Lemkin, a lawyer of Polish-Jewish descent who is best known for coining the word genocide and initiating the Genocide Convention.

Clearly, there were genocides before 1944, and many have occurred since the end of the Holocaust. However, it is interesting that before the Holocaust there was no name for it, so it wasn't a significant issue in people's general consciousness. Even during the Holocaust there were many instances of people who had escaped and were trying to draw the attention of the world to the death camps. In general, the reaction was to do nothing because the idea of the camps was literally unbelievable.

So, how does God teach the world that genocide is not acceptable? The same way he did with slavery. He takes a group of people who he knows will survive the process, and who will then take the message to the rest of the world, and puts them through it.

Since the Holocaust the Jewish mantra has been "Never again". That is a world view not just specifically regarding the Jewish people.

On the few occasions I have discussed this idea with people - it's not something I've made generally public until now - the most common response is; "but genocide is still happening therefore you can't be right". The point is that it took over 3,000 years for the anti-slavery concept to become the norm. How long will it take to get the idea across to the world that genocide isn't acceptable? In time, genocide will be as unacceptable as slavery. Sadly, that time is not yet.

I mentioned above to keep in mind the year 1948.

As I pointed out there, that was the year the UN passed a resolution banning slavery.

It was also the year the State of Israel as a Jewish country was established.

And, according to the Jewish calendar, it was the of Abraham's birth.

I'm of the view that there is no such thing as coincidence. Carl Jung talked about synchronicity. This is where events are synchronous if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. Thus, the birth of Abraham and the establishment of the State of Israel and the banning of slavery can be looked at as disparate, unrelated events. And yet, I feel there is a relationship between them.

Along these lines, I had proposed the idea that 2018 would be a significant year for the State of Israel. This was based on the understanding that Abraham was 70 when God first spoke with him directly and gave him the prophecies about his children being enslaved and then coming out of slavery with great wealth. 2018 is 70 years after 1948.

Until 2018 the embassies of all the nations who would deal with Israel were in Tel Aviv, even though Israel declared in 1948 that its capital is Jerusalem. It is quite unusual for an embassy to be not in the capital city. In 2018 the US moved its embassy officially to Jerusalem and a number of other countries have followed suit.

Prior to 2018 no Arab countries would have discussions with Israel about creating alliances. That changed in 2018.

The Chosen People
We often hear about the Jews being God's Chosen People. What does that mean?

The Bible talks about a "Nation of priests and a light unto the nations". This means that the Jews have been "chosen" to bring God's message to the world in terms of how we should relate to each other, to the planet we all share and to God.

The issue is, people don't like being taught how to behave, or being held responsible for their actions. Adolf Hitler said; "Conscience is a Jewish invention; it is a blemish, like circumcision."

So, in one aspect the Jewish people have been "chosen" to go through the difficult lessons that God needs to teach. There is then the reward for that.

After the Egyptian slavery came the Godly revelation and covenant at Mount Sinai.

After the Holocaust came the establishment of the State of Israel, a wish the Jewish people have been expressing for two millennia.

As it says in Ethics of the Fathers: "Rabbi Tarfon would say: The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing. He would also say: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it."

God is the "Master" and we are the workers. It's time to get to work.

Another way of looking at this is like the relationship between a  husband and wife.

A husband or wife can also be a parent. The love and intimacy one shares with a spouse is different to what is shared with a child. Often a spouse will do things for their partner they would not do for any other person, even their children. So it is in the relationship between God and the Jews. While all humans are God's children, the Jews are God's spouse. The Biblical prophets and even King Solomon commonly referred to the relationship between God and the Jews as a marriage.

In brief, God wants a relationship with sentient beings who have, as much as possible, the attributes and characteristics He has. For that purpose He created the world and the human race. Having free will meant that people behaved in a primarily self-interested manner and so, like children, needed to be educated.

The Jewish people were singled out as the group who would be put through experiences which needed to be taught to the world as unacceptable, if we are to be in a mature relationship with the Divine.

The first such major lesson was about slavery. The next was genocide.

May we speedily see the time when all the world and it's people share the joy of the relationship with God in the way He wants it.

This is a work in progress. As such I welcome your comments, feedback, questions suggestions etc.

WBTHTGP Chapter 3 - Karma

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The previous sections have outlined the analogy that you operate in this world like a two-way radio.

Through this process, anything you think, feel, say or do creates thought forms to which you are particularly attuned - they are literally "on your wavelength".

Some of these are life affirming (positive) while others are life depleting (negative).

While both attributes are necessary for life to continue, we associate the negative energies with pain, suffering and death.

(As an aside, try to image life without the food we eat being broken down into its essential nutrients in our bodies, or the lack of fertilisers for plants because nothing breaks down into compost. Clearly life couldn;t continue and so having the positive and negative aspects are important but we need to be mindful of what our contribution to the energetic Universe is - are we adding positive or negative energy?)

Because we have generated these thought forms and they are on our wavelength, they are drawn to us and, as we focus on the event or situation from where they came, we add more and more energy into that entity.

By doing that, we draw that energy or influence back into our lives.

If you (or someone you know) are struggling with trying to break out of a repeating behaviour our experience  pattern, this could be the reason.

As they say, "what you resist, persists."

This is because we keep reinforcing that energy pattern or thought form and so it keeps recurring in our lives.

So how does this relate to karma?

When we do something, we create a thought form.

If what we have done has hurt another person then their pain is incorporated into that thought form.

This send a "destructive" entity into the Universe.

In order for that negative energy to be turned into postive, life affirming energy, it must be transformed.

(Remember, energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be transformed.)

The way it gets transformed is for the "creator" of that form to take it into him/herself and experience the other side of the equation.

By so doing they feel the way they made the other person feel and so the negative energy of pain and anger (for example) gets turned into empathy.

This is what we mean when we talk about "walking a mile in someone else's shoes".

By being on the recieving end of what we have done to others, we experience what they felt and went through.

Of course, each person is responsible for their own responses to things that happen to them and ultimately we can't MAKE someone else feel something.

However, if our actions have caused a negative reaction in a person then we do have some responsibilty for that.

So, by experiencing the pain and suffering we originally caused in someone else we transform the negative thought form into a positive one.

The challenge is, obviously, having the awareness and understanding to tranform that energy.

If, on the other hand, we react with anger and frustration when we receive the energy of the thought form what we end up doing is reinforcing the negative aspects and so making it even harder to transform.

I've often spoken about the idea that when the Universe has a lesson or message for us, it will get the point across, irrespctive of how long it takes.

It works along the idea that first the Universe sends us grains of sand, then rocks, then boulders and finally an avalanche.

At some point we do wake up and get the message.

Now, because energy can only be transformed, this process may take place across multiple lifetimes.

In this case, we don't necessarily see the connection between what we've previously done and what we now experience.

And, of course, it works the other way around - if you do supportive, life affirming things, that's what comes around for you to receive.

Next time we'll cover how Grace fits into this picture.

WBTHTGP Chapter 2 - Your Life As A Radio - Part 2

Sunday, February 04, 2018

In the previous section I started talking about thought forms and covered how you do the same thing as a radio i.e. transform energy into different forms based on your thoughts and feelings.

I also taliked about how you're impacted by people you are connected to because you are "on the same wavelength".

When a thought form is generated, the more energy you put into it, the more powerful it becomes.

Thus, if it is associated with a very strong emotion, it will have more energy than one generated by a fleeting thought.

The universe respinds to your thought forms by adding energy and finding others which are on a similar wavelength.

This is where the idea of a dreamboard comes from; you put images, quotes etc on a board which you have regularly in front of you.

By constantly seeing these things, you will add more energy into the thought form associated with the board.

The more emotional you are about what you have on your board, the greater the energy.

As you focus on these thoughts and feelings, the thought form becomes strong enough so that the universe then finds ways to bring into the physical realm those things you've been thinking about.

The same thing happens with focussed meditation or mindfulness.

By focussing more and more energy into a single idea, it becomes more an more powerful and so MUST come into physical being.

Exactly the same process occurs with negative thoughts; the more you hold them in your mind, the more energy you give them and so, just like the thoughts associated with your dream board, you bring into existence those negative thouoghts and feelings.

You may have heard the phrase, "What you resist, persists."

Your unconscious mind (and the universe) does not discern between good and bad.

It assumes that what you focus on is what you want, and so it supplies what is strongest in your mind.

The images in this post are thought forms.

As you can see, some appear to be gentle while others are violent.

So, depending on what you focus on, this will determine the events and situations which you attract to yourself.

If you are tuned to anger and aggression, then your energetic world will be filled with thought forms associated with anger and aggression and you will find yourself constantly surrounded by people and situations where that energy has expression.

Conversely, if your thoughts are filled with gratitude and love then the thoughts around you will be those and so the situations you find yourself in will engender more gratitude and love.

As you can see the choice is yours.

Unlike anuimals or even angels (a whole different conversation which we won't go into here in detail) you have free choice, and so it is up to each and every one of us to decide what channel we tune our personal "radio" to.

Group Thought Forms

Whenever we are together with other people we have a shared experience.

 As occurs on a personal level, these experiences can be pleasant and happy or uncomfortable and violent.

These are more powerful as there is the energy from each person being added to make up the whole.

That's where we get the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

When you listen to classical music in the comfort of your own home. no matter how good your music system is, the experience doesn't compare with being in a concert hall with hundreds of other people.

This is also what happens with "mob mentality". 

People will do things in a crowd which they would never do on their own.

 So, when asking the question of "Why do bad things happen to good people?" we must be able to understand what channel they are tuned to.

A person who does "good" things but is constantly feeling that they aren't good enough or are inadequate, may be creating thought forms which are ultimately negative and destructive for themselves.

This is also why it is so important to make sure you are surrounded by positive, supportive and encouraging people; because their thoughts ultimately become yours.

What a person does is obviously very important but what energetic world are they living in?

The next question I will be addressing is about karma.

What role does karma play in our current experiences and what is its purpose?

(The thought form images in this section are: Devotion, Peace, Ambition, Anger, Gounod performance, Mendelssohn performance.)

WBTHTGP Chapter 2 - Your Life As A Radio - Part 1

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Whenever you have a thought, idea, feeling or emotion, you create thought-forms.

Hold that thought and we'll come back to it.

Let's look first at how a radio works.

We're not interested in the diodes and transistors that enable a radio to do what it does.

All we're concerned with here is a radio as a black box that has magical properties.

What, you don't think a radio has magical properties?

It is a box which picks up sounds from anywhere in the universe and enables you to hear them, then (if it's a two-way radio) it takes the sounds you make and sends them to the other side of the world (or next planet) and allows someone else to hear what you just said.

What's not magical about that?

As Arthur C. Clarke once said; "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

But I digress...

A radio takes sound waves, which are pulsations in the air (you can't hear anything in space), converts those pulsations into electromagnetic radiation and sends it out into the Universe.

It also has the ability to collect specific electromagnetic radiation and convert it into sound waves which you then hear.

These electromagnetic waves are all around us; we are completely engulfed by them,

And yet, without a "magical" black box we can't hear them.

Exactly the same applies to television signals, messages to and from your phone and many, many other forms of radiation of which we are completely unaware.

In this diagram, you can see the range of radiation in which we are constantly swimming but we only experience directly a tiny part.

We know that all this radiation has an effect on us, but mostly we don't feel or have any conscious experience of it.

We also know that moving a dial on the radio will change the station to which we are tuned.

On one station you will hear people talking about the latest business trends, pick another one and you'll get classical music.

Another means you'll be listening to the latest in pop music, while another will give you heavy rock music and so on.

If your device has the appropriate parts you'll be able to listen (and converse) with police on duty, fire officers, military activities and so on.

As mentioned above, all these messages are around us all the time and without the right technology, we can't access it.

You As A Radio

Right at the beginning of this section, I mentioned thought-forms and that we are constantly creating them.

Thought-forms are generated whenever we have a thought or feeling.

They are like radio waves which we, as energetic beings, create and transform.

One of the most basic laws of physics is that energy cannot be created or destroyed.

However, it can be transformed, and that's what we do.

In the same way as a radio is tuned to a specific wavelength, we are tuned into our own thought-forms.

As well as our own, we are impacted by those people we are closest to as we are also tuned into them.

You've heard the expression; "we are on the same wave-length".

This is exactly what's happening.

Next week we'll continue looking into how thought-forms impact our lives.

WBTHTGP Chapter 1 - Are You Sure It's Bad?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Why Bad Things Happen To Good People

(In order to keep things simple, I'm referring to the title of this series as WBTHTGP.

In this age of Twitter and TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms) I need to be as succinct as possible - hope you don't mind.)

The first thing we need to address when attempting to answer THE BIG QUESTION of "why do bad things happen to good people?" is, "are you sure it's bad?"

Very often, something that seems to be bad at the time often turns out to be a real blessing.

The breakdown of a marriage (or intimate relationship), going bankrupt, losing your job, missing that opportunity you were so sure was your destiny are all things where we feel that it's all bad.

And yet, some time later (it may be almost immediate or perhaps years later), we look back and see that this was one of the best things that could have happened to us.

Here's a short story as an example:
A man had applied for a job as a cleaner at Microsoft.

He went through the screening process successfully and was at the final interview with the HR person, who realised the Email question on his application was empty, and so he asked the man for his email address.

"I don't have an email address" was the reply, to which the HR officer responded; "No email, I can't give you a job here unless you have an email address."

The man was devastated and left wondering what he was going to do, in order to feed, clothe and house himself.

He had a few coins in his pocket, his last bit of cash, and bought a few pieces of fruit.

He then sold these to some passers-by, making a little profit.

He repeated this process and was quite successful.

So successful, in fact, that soon he was able to buy his own fruit cart, which then grew into a shop, then multiple shops and eventually he was the owner of shopping malls.

One day, when he was looking to expand his chain of malls into the overseas market, he was negotiating the purchase of property and so needed a new lawyer.

At the end of the meeting, the lawyer said, "Give me your email address and I'll send you the contracts."

To which he replied; "I don't have an email address."

The young lawyer, astounded, said, "You've done all this and you don't have an email address. Imagine what you could be with one."

TThe man responded, "I'd be a cleaner at Microsoft."

While this is a simple story, it illustrates the point that; often things we see as bad are actually the motivators or opportunities we need to enable us to do or become something or someone who is much happier and fulfilled than if we had continued along the road we were on originally.

In the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Hamlet says; "there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so".

So when we attempt to answer our big question, we first need to look carefully at what we consider "bad" - is it really?

I'll wrap up this section with another story.

In Jewish history, there was a famous Rabbi called Nachum Ish Gum Zu.

He had this name because his reaction to EVERYTHING that happened was "Gum Zu L'Tova" - "This too is for the good."

In his final days, he was totally incapacitated, to the extent that he couldn't move his arms or legs.

The feet of his bed were placed in bowls of water to prevent insects crawling up onto him, as he had no way of brushing them away.

When his students saw him they exclaimed; "Woe to us that we see you in this condition."

He replied; "Woe to me if you don't see me in this condition."

He understood that because we are spiritual beings, the things that happen to us in the physical/mundane/material world are minor compared with our existence in the spiritual world.

In the following chapters, we'll be looking at our human experience from a spiritual and energetic perspective, which I hope will provide the understanding that things which appear bad to us are, in fact, for our great benefit and are really great gifts.

A final word - at this point I'm not saying that nothing bad ever happens.

My point is - we need to make sure we're seeing these things from the correct perspective before we can make that judgement call.

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People? - COMING SOON!

Sunday, January 14, 2018
For many years I've been working on a book called Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

It's been a long-standing project which I have worked on, on and off (mostly off) since 2010.

Rather than keeping it hidden until I have completed the entire book, I've decided to present it here in serialised form.

It's come about through regular discussions with a lot of people and I hope I can provide some insights and understanding of why this happens.

The proposed broad headings are:
- Is It Actually Bad?
- Your Life As A Radio - How You Live In The World Of Energy
- Karma and Grace
- G-d's Plan

I'd love to hear any thoughts or feedback you may have.

Stay connected via my Weekly Soul emails for updates.

The Danger Of Anger

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Here's a story Danita recently told me which she had heard in a course she's doing.

A young child has issues with anger management.

He regularly throws tantrums and screams whenever he can't get what he wants.

To teach him to control his anger, his father gives him a hammer and box of nails and tells him; "whenever you get angry, hammer a nail into the fence."

The child does this.

Every time he gets angry he hammers a new nail into the fence.

Gradually, he starts to find this is tedious and learns to control his outbursts.

Each week the need to hammer in nails becomes less and less until he has completely controlled his temper.

At this point his father tells him; "Each time you feel yourself getting angry, and you control the impulse to shout or scream, take the other side of the hammer and pull out a nail."

Eventually, the child has pulled out all the nails which he'd hammered into the fence.

When all the nails had been removed his father took him out and said to him; "Tell me what you see."

To this the child replied; "The fence is full of holes."

And this is the problem with anger; each time there's an outburst, things are said which are hurtful to others.

This creates holes in the relationship.

The pain and hurt may be forgiven and forgotten but the holes will always remain.

Endings and Beginnings

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The new Zodiac year has just begun with the Autumn (Southern Hemisphere) / Spring (Norther Hemisphere) Equinox.

The entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries is designated as the beginning of the new cycle. This was on March 21 - the Equinox.

Intriguingly, the New Moon was the day before - this isn't very common.

The New Moon is the completion of a lunar month and the beginning of the next one. The position of the Sun and Moon was the last degree of Pisces.

So, on Friday 20th March we had the Sun and Moon on the same degree ie the last degree of Pisces (the ending) and the next day the Sun went into Aries (the beginning).

As I mentioned this is quite an unusual scenario having these events so close together.

So, what's the message?

We're at a critical time in the transition of the planet and ALL its inhabitants as we move from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius.

As we get closer to the final days of Pisces we see the Piscean influence falling away. This influence is particularly strong around things being hidden.

The essential paradigm of Pisces is that the individual has no value other than what they contribute to society.

This leads to a mindset that it's OK to kill one or many people so long as there's a benefit for society as a whole (or at least that's the belief).

This thinking leads to Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot as well as the Inquisition, Islamist Jihadism and on a more subtle level, capitalism, euthanasia and similar.

Part of this mindset is the attitude of "need to know" leading to a lack of transparency in politics, business and interpersonal relationships.

The new paradigm of the cliched 'New Age' (ie the Age of Aquarius) is that the purpose of society is to support the individual in their self actualisation.

This means the whole raison d'etre for a society or community is to provide a supportive and nurturing environment in which every individual can achieve their greatest potential.

Gen Y (and the later generations) are familiar with this attitude and have grown up with it as a core belief.

That's why Baby Boomers are challenged by them - BBs simply don't 'get' the attitude that "the world is there for my benefit".

Of course the flip side also applies: "since I'm part of a society/community, my role is to support and encourage the others in my group". So it's not as selfish as some may think.

We do have examples of this already but usually in so-called primitive societies. We've heard statements like: "It takes a whole village to raise a child" which seem to be the antithesis of the Western nuclear family mindset.

Clearly, in a world which has the core paradigm of "society is there to nurture the individual" transparency is critical.

Thus, in today's governments we're seeing a paucity of real leadership.

When political decisions are based on reaction to the loudest lobby group we find politicians making promises to whoever is in front of them at the time and not considering long term consequences.

Ultimately, this can be beneficial as we see groups like GetUp becoming a voice for individuals in a way which we haven't seen in politics before.

So, returning to my point about endings and beginnings: I believe we are at the end of the Age of Pisces.

The New Testament was written in the early days of this era and one of the prophecies is that of the Rapture in which devout Christians will be taken up to Heaven before the Second Coming of Christ.

We have to be very careful when reading these sort of prophesies because the language is usually obtuse.

Within the last couple of weeks we've seen the deaths of Leonard Nimoy, Terry Pratchett, Gough Whitlam, Malcolm Fraser and obviously more.

While you might not agree with these people's world view or politics they were each leaders and great people who had vision of a better world.

For me, we're seeing a major transition and the process is uncomfortable.

Changing your own beliefs is hard enough for most people. When it's changing the beliefs of the whole world things get really challenging.

But the outcome is worth the effort.

A new world is being born and this time, right now, is critical.

There's a view in Judaism that the entire world is in perfect balance and it only takes a single act of kindness or wickedness to tip the balance in either direction.

We're in that position now.

To what side are you tipping the balance?

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