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Shaking the mind

Yesterday, I was compelled to call a friend. Her voice was so shaken, I asked, “Is everything okay?”

I then received shocking news. Completely unexpected and undreamed of.

She said, “No, I’m not okay. Eddie (her husband) died two days ago. It’s odd you called, because I wanted to call and ask you to do something for me.”

I said I was sorry, shook my mind free of getting into the sadness of it and asked how I could help. I was able to help. Death is always a trying time, and we shared out gratitude that she will get back on her feet.

Matt. 5:4: Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Psalm. 30:11: You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness

Film: Age of Adaline

I wouldn’t say the film, The Age of Adaline will be a classic but I liked it. The storyline reads: after miraculously remaining 29 years old for almost eight decades, Adaline Bowman has lived a solitary existence, never allowing herself to get close to anyone who might reveal her secret. But a chance encounter with charismatic philanthropist Ellis Jones reignites her passion for life and romance. When a weekend with his parents threatens to uncover the truth, Adaline makes a decision that will change her life forever.

The film crew includes Blake Lively as Adaline, Michiel Huisman as Ellis Jones, and Harrison Ford.

The explanation as to why Adaline didn’t age was a fictional cosmic narrative, nonetheless it didn’t dent what I got out the movie.

Three words.

“She can’t change.”

The show concluded with Adaline regaining the ability to change. She began aging and was glad.

From I Corinthians 15: 50-58, ESV

“I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Beautiful, everytime I read it

“[A]nd assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Matthew 2:4-6 ESV

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Prophets seeing things

Because it’s part of my routine, I read the daily newspaper a day after print. A day late, basically. I’ve checked out my Horoscope and find it inert, or static. The Forecast, and what actually happened to me the day before, have no synergy. This doesn’t bother me, and I got to thinking, maybe it’s because of my view.

I’ve always believed that Forecasters are similar to Fortune-tellers, Psychics, or Prophets. They are Seers.

But what do they “see”? A future world event? Or, do they see human beings who need to do what the Prophet tells them to do? These questions conflict.

If a Prophet, such as Prophets in Scriptures, foretold a future event, does that mean there is no way whatsoever that future event could be changed, altered, or stopped?

This conflicts with a prophesy foretelling advice for people to follow so as to change the future.

It seems that all the “prophets” I know and read about, have a limited scope of knowledge. Bible scholars may have interpreted and transcribed into the Bible, verses that imply that old-time prophets knew about Christ Jesus’ birth, but did they know that one day, we human beings would be sharing organs or flying the skies?

This is when it dawned on me that true prophecy isn’t about a mortal future, but is when God’s work is expressed. God’s work can’t be divided into pieces with some pieces unfinished and about to happen.

God’s work is finished. Genesis 2:2 The work is the work of Spirit, not the human mortal mind or world.

The human mortal world is a tiny glimpse into Spirit; an immature concept of reality. Human events don’t affect Spirit. Sensible prophecy deals with Spirit, not this worlds events.

So, I’m trying to stop wishing someone would tell me about the future, when to sell the house, get a new job, or buy stocks. I’m trying to more-so remember God’s finished work, it is good and expresses universal Spirit.

As I detach myself from human predictions, and attach to the reality of an all-present Spirit, Life, my mind de-clutters. My expectations become reasonable.

 From 21st Century Science and Health, “Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the divine idea—the reflection of God—has come with some degree of power and grace to all prepared to receive the Messiah, or Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of Christ, which baptized these insightful people in the nature, or essence of Love.

Inborn gift

I know we have choices and can choose to entertain happy, courageous mental experiences, but sometimes it doesn’t feel like an easy thing to do, choose. The physical experience keeps nabbing, or jabbing me mentally and pulls me away from self-control.

But, there is a part of me that resonates with this verse from II Timothy, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

The term “gift,” in the Greek, means gratuity, deliverance (from danger), spiritual endowment and qualification. We “fan into flame the gift of God,” mentally. It’s a mental experience. It’s inborn, not received.

The gift isn’t a physical thing, but a power, a right, as God’s image. Self-control is ours by God’s nature of infinitely imaging forth, us.

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Cautious open mindedness

I try to be open-minded without absorbing useless information.


Because I don’t know everything. And, there is a lot of useless information available.

We human beings tread on forces of incomplete knowledge; new knowledge is being revealed each day.

The knowledge in my head is incomplete, so to speak. It’s like a mathematics student who learns the principle of addition. The student gets addition correct but isn’t yet aware of subtraction, division and so on.

Or, the knowledge about my physical body is incomplete. I learn something new each day about the body and even though the body is impressive, it’s still an incomplete, immature idea in knowledge.

So, I need to be open-minded. I need to be open to receiving the knowledge I need for each moment. I can do this with an all-knowing divine Mind, ever revealing useful ideas.

The all-knowing isn’t defined as a mind that knows all at once, all data and statistics and truths. It’s defined more so as a mind always knowing true ideas exactly when needed.

Divine Mind doesn’t know or create incomplete ideas. Therefore, the all-knowing Mind didn’t create physical bodies. Mind created all the right ideas about a body, but not the physical body in and of itself because it always includes an unknown.

We were created to embody complete, spiritual, harmonious, beautiful ideas.

This eliminates the stress that comes with trying to make an imperfect body into a perfect body. We can instead know, and act on, what the all-knowing Mind is knowing, holy, just, purposeful, humble, grateful, honest ideas.

Have you ever experienced a time when you did something unexpected and later discovered it kept you safe? The idea came from divine Mind. Those ideas are present and powerful all the time.

  And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.–Isaiah 30:21, ESV

What really is connected?

Technology has allowed human beings to be more connected than ever before. Until the batteries die.

But, the idea of connectivity has taken hold on consciousness. It’s logical to believe to we all are connected by something. What I do or think affects others, what they do and think affects me, and so on around the world. Most of the time.

So, in thinking about this, I’m concluding that connectivity isn’t between material particles and quantum energy, but between truths.

I think the ideas of honesty, health, holiness, and harmony are all connected.

I think the ideas of dishonesty, disease, hate, and disorder never connect. At least not for long. They seem to always self-destruct.

I watched the film, “I Am,” directed by Tom Shadyac, the other night. “I Am” is a documentary about Shadyac’s pursuit of truth. After an accident, he realized there was more to life than money and fame.

Shadyac interviews prominent thinkers, including Howard Zinn, Desmond Tutu, Lynn McTaggart, for their insights into truth. It becomes obvious to him that there is more good going on in the world, than bad.

An experiment with a bowl of yogurt demonstrated how our emotions and thoughts can influence living beings and things. They discussed the mounting data being collected to verify the power of the human consciousness.

I think the data is only a symbol of the greater reality. The consciousness of good will maintain connectivity, while the consciousness off bad, will disconnect and self-destruct.

Isaiah 55: 8-9, ESV

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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