ROOT OF EVIL (Part 2)

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

– Matthew 5:38

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If we recognize “evil” as this thing that needs to be dealt with and that violates the fundamental principles of the Father’s creation (see Root of Evil Part 1), then why in the heck would Jesus tell us not to resist it? Let’s look at what he said in Matthew chapter 5 verse 38: “Ye have heard it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth”.

This quotation, going back to the laws of ancient Assyria, a very warlike nation, implies revenge and committing what is seen as justified violence. Much of what is seen as “justice” is actually little more than revenge through a third party. In this case, Jesus likens us going blow for blow with what we see as “evil”, attempting to get some sort of vengeance upon it for whatever wrongs it has done to us.

Jesus then goes on to say “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil..”.

To resist something implies a combative stance; to go against something head to head: force-to-force. This can create the conundrum of the unstoppable force against the immovable object, which results in nothing getting anywhere.

100_0608For years I attempted to do battle with what I saw as evil within me. I tried to outsmart it, I wrestled with it, I fought it, and in the end, I was just kicking the crap out of myself. This would just cause me to feel worse, which would in turn just feed my addiction, and the cycle would perpetuate itself. I realized it was an impossible thing to fight, because it was not a “thing” at all. By trying to battle and hurt “it”, I was really just battling and hurting myself.

I found peace when I would stop trying to fight it, and I would simply surrender to God, walk in another direction, and create another path. In my experience, I have found this process is not necessarily a “one-and-done” deal, and can require repeated bringing in and letting go. This required me to recognize the source of the hurt and self-loathing that came from being stuck in past events, some of which were very repressed and recessed.

When we attempt to forcefully do battle with ourselves, it inevitably creates more suffering. After we recognize what it is, we need to understand it. We need to understand what it wants and what it wants to express. These things within us that cause so much suffering are usually the psyche’s attempt to deal with past trauma. Once again, this principle can be applied to both the individual psyche, and the collective psyche of the human species. Trauma causes separation of the psyche.

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At its very worse, intense or prolonged trauma can create such a detachment that it can give rise to a complete lack of empathy known as psychopathy. As recent studies have found, psychopaths seem to inherently rise to the top of government and corporations. This is because the power structure that governs this planet is psychopathic in its very nature, as it serves its own interests through manipulation and is completely detached from concern for the true well being of the human population and the planet as a whole. This attitude of selfish detachment has trickled down to the consciousness of the masses through the corporate/government controlled media and society as a whole, causing immense damage.

American PsychoHumans have allowed themselves to become separated from the Earth and her children, from each other, and from their own inner being. We have held onto the individual and collective traumas of the past, while continuing to allow ourselves to be traumatized by the world around us. It is time to let all of this go. Trauma is an inevitable part of this three-dimensional existence, and it is our ability to recognize and move through that trauma and express it in a non-harmful way that pushes us through the next threshold of spiritual evolution. Once we have consciously done this, we will no longer feel compelled to re-create the situation of trauma within ourselves or project it onto others.

When we refuse to acknowledge the “ugly” parts of ourselves and cast them away in judgment, like any neglected or abused child, they will inevitably lash out at us in some way. That it is why it is crucial that we be compassionate with ourselves in this process. No actual part of us is “evil”. Evil is a state of being: a by-product of being out-of-balance as well as the description of this principle in action. When we do the work to clean out our belief systems and habits; when we show compassion to our underlying wounds; then we can effectively move out of the way and allow the healing to take place within us and through us. We can then take those same principles of compassion and loving-kindness and facilitate the healing work to our brothers and sisters in the “external” world.

There is so much emphasis on fighting evil in this world. Whether it’s the government-sponsored “war on terror” farce, or grassroots attempts to fight the evil corporations and/or the evil government: it’s all about fighting back against something. Mother Theresa once said that she refused to go to an anti-war rally, but if there were a rally for peace, she would be there. Rudolph Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy and the Waldorf Schools, once said that the best way to fight evil is to create something good. This is why nonviolent civil disobedience and non-compliance is so effective. It also could explain why violent revolutions almost always result in a worse power structure being put in place than the one that was revolted against.

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If we want to do something about the evils in the world, all we need to do is “opt-out”. If you don’t want to support big corporate retailers, opt-out and shop at small businesses or just don’t buy their products. If you don’t want to support the big financial institutions, opt-out bank with a community bank, or take charge of your own money. If you don’t want to support the big pharma-healthcare system, opt-out and find a naturopath, or take charge of your own health in some way. If you don’t want to support the federal government using your income tax to primarily fund the war machine and international financial institutions, there are ways to opt out of that too. I, myself, am not quite brave enough to try that last one, but there are people that have done so successfully. The point is we don’t need to participate in aggressive combat to change things in ourselves and in the world, and it would be better off if we didn’t.

At the end of Matthew 5:39, Jesus states: “but whosoever smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

This much-misunderstood statement is not telling us to be complete pacifists and not defend ourselves against physical or psychic attack. In the case of use of aggressive force, there is the inherent “right” that exists in Nature for a being to defend themselves from aggression. However, it should be the apt amount of force to neutralize an attack. This is principle is reflected in martial arts where we seek only to use enough force to stop an attacker. We don’t seek to intentionally maim or brutalize or annihilate. When this intention arises in us, we are no longer “defending ourselves” and have become what we have sought to stop. This principle is another one that applies on multiple levels (individuals, communities, nations, etc.).

This reference to “turning the other cheek” has to do with not taking things personally and allowing resentment to poison our hearts. As stated in previous postings (see Universal Step 4), resentment is a toxic emotion that can lead us to being complicit in all kinds of immoralities and “evils” due to us feeling justified. Even when a person or group is attacking every element of our being (physically, mentally, emotionally spiritually) and saying they are doing so because they hate who we are and want to wipe us off the face of the Earth, in truth they are doing so because they are sick and suffering from their own inner “disease”. They too are suffering from the cancerous poison of resentment.

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We do our best to feel empathy for those who hate and resent to such a degree and understand the type of internal decay that creates. We know that the attack on us isn’t really about us, it is about the disease that is acting through this person that wishes us harm. We know that when one seeks to maliciously harm others, they are doing infinitely more harm to themselves. We pray that the Light fills them and that they discover the fullness of life through being in this Light completely, rather than hiding from it and trying in vain to “snuff it out”.

Many wonder why the loving creator of the universe would allow the principle of evil to exist on any level. I think the Dalai Lama summed up the purpose of external evil wonderfully in this quote:

“ ..in order to practice patience and tolerance, we need an enemy.. Otherwise we’ll have no opportunity to practice (patience and tolerance). Whether the enemy has a good or a bad motivation, as far as we are concerned, the situation will be beneficial, for his harming us provides an opportunity for us to increase patience and inner strength… Nevertheless, when it comes to taking action, if someone is behaving unreasonably and harmfully towards other beings and he or she is doing so continually, then ultimately he or she will suffer. If you understand the situation clearly, then respectfully and without scorn you can take necessary counteraction. In such situations we should take action to stop other people behaving unreasonably, because unless we do so, things will just get worse. We are not only allowed to take such counteraction, but indeed we should, the difference being that we do so not out of anger but with an altruistic intention.”

We are physically manifested in the world of hyper-duality to experience and understand it and grow stronger from it. It’s the principle of using resistance to add strength. The heavier the weight used, the stronger the muscle becomes. The weight of the evils of the world met with the principles of compassion and loving-kindness results in spiritual strength. The purpose of evil is to foster spiritual growth and healing. A wise man once told me, “the greater the darkness, the greater the light”. If we take an objective look at the people and events of the world around us using this principle, it is plain to see that as the Light is growing more and more intense, the shadows become clearer and more magnified.

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In the ultimate reality of the Creator, evil does not exist. “Evil” is a byproduct of duality and the manifestation of the One into denser and denser forms of reality. The denser the reality, the more “real” something appears to become. If reality is like a computer program, as many scientists are now speculating, then the principle of evil could be likened somewhat to a virus: a virus with a purpose- an agent of the Fire (see Into the Fire: the Alchemy of Purification and Transformation posting). Whether we realize it or not, we have access to the software that has the power to neutralize this virus at any time. That software is the healing Light of the Christos.

And while I am not going to claim that beings that perpetrate “evil” (human or otherwise) are aware that they are actually working towards the evolution of humanity and consciousness through their attempts to destroy it, in the end what is more important: the intentions and actions of those who would do us harm, or our reactions and responses to them? When we use lies and oppression as opportunity, countering with truth and compassion, we become active participants in our individual and collective spiritual (remember ALL is Spirit) growth and evolution. This is the true meaning of “perception creating reality”; not picking and choosing what we want to pretend is or isn’t “real”.

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So while we bring ourselves further into a state of unity consciousness and continued healing, let us not forget that Jesus instructed us to love our neighbor as ourselves: if our fellow humanity suffers, then on some level, so do we. We should take to heart the words of the bodhisattva, Ksitigarbha:

“If I do not go to the hell to help the suffering beings there, who else will go? … if the hells are not empty I will not become a Buddha. Only when all living beings have been saved, will I attain Bodhi.”

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So let us first truly see and recognize the evils objectively for what they are: suffering that is caused by attempting to separate parts of ourselves from the totality of our being and from the principles of Light, Life and Love. Let us then do the work needed to live in accordance with Self and the Laws of Creation, and allow that healing to take place. Then let us not be tricked into creating more strife and suffering, but rather let us forge a new path of truth, compassion and Light in whatever way Self calls us to do. It is at that point when we can reach our hand down to our brothers and sisters and help them to raise themselves up Jacob’s Ladder.Warrior

There is something happening now, and we are at a critical point in which it is up to each of us to do what we can as we are called, putting fear and apathy aside. Regardless of our past or whatever emotional scars we may have, it is imperative that we recognize and come to terms with them, so we can see the gifts that lie hidden beneath the pain and illusions of separation. Let us then take these gifts of spirit and give them up so that we may act as wounded healers in service for the liberation of our brothers and sisters, all the Earth’s children, and the Earth herself.

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ROOT OF EVIL (part 1)

“Jesus pulled out the root of the whole place while others did it only partially. As for us, let each one dig down after the root of evil that is within us and pluck it out of our heart from the root. It will be uprooted if we recognize it. But if we are ignorant of it, it takes root in us and produces fruit in our heart. It masters us. We are its slaves. It takes us captive to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want we do not do. It is powerful because we have not recognized it.”

– Gospel of Philip: “Root of Evil”

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Some might say that “evil” only exists in the individual perceptions of humans, and what is seen as evil is only a construct of belief and preference; i.e., “what is evil to you, may not be evil to me”. Some people think being gay is “evil”. Some people think sex in general is “evil”. Some people talk about the “lesser of two evils”, which works itself in with the Machiavellian perspective that tends to dominate foreign and domestic politics: “the ends justify the means” for what is labeled as the “greater good”. A major marker of “evil” in society is not following the rules, i.e. “breaking the law”. But if what is illegal in one nation is legal in another, how can that actually be any sort of marker for a true universal concept of evil?

Let’s look at what Webster’s says evil is: Evil (noun and verb): Morally bad; causing harm or injury to someone; morally reprehensible, i.e. sinful, wicked- an evil impulse.

Now let’s get down to this notion of “morally bad”. It is the opinion of many nowadays, and pop-culture certainly reflects this, that morality is simply the imposing of outdated cultural and institutional belief structures on people so they would behave in a desired manner. This is true, and it is also not true. This is the sort of confusion that occurs when people attempt to super-impose ego-based beliefs on what is the Natural Law of the universe- Law with a capital “L”. Not the codes and statutes of a state; not common law; not the laws of religious doctrine; not even the law of gravity.

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We are talking about the inherent Laws that govern Creation and manifestation; things like the Law of Attraction, the Law of Karma, the Golden Rule (“do unto others”), and the Hermetic Principles (see Truth, Ignorance and the Law posting). We are talking about the governing principles of Light, Life and Love that are expressed through ultimate Truth, and that when fully realized produces sovereignty and freedom in a being and produces harmony, balance and peace in the manifested world. Natural Law is the innate set of rules that are written into the very fabric of Creation by the Creator Itself.

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So if we look at true morality and “goodness” as being what is in harmony with Light, Life, and Love, then evil, in contrast, would be something that is not in harmony with these principles. Where the Christ impulse seeks to bring balance and harmony, evil seeks imbalance and strife; it is Anti-Christ. It manifests itself as fear, resentment, ignorance, confusion, chaos and control. All these people who are looking for the Antichrist need only look at the systems, institutions and beliefs that seem to dominate our world.

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When I was ordained, it was made very clear to me that the free will of an individual was a sacred thing: a Natural Law principle that should never be violated. Yet we see violations of the free will of individuals in our world all the time, and it is often touted as a good thing, with ends justify the means for the greater good reasoning. I dare say that whether government sanctioned or not, murder, theft, abuse of power, predatory manipulation and use of aggressive force and coercion would be considered evils, as they inevitably violate the free will of the individual, which in turn violates the Laws of Nature and Creation.

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One of my biggest criticisms of the modern New Age movement is that it seems to want to pretend that evil doesn’t exist. I’m not talking about the actual New Age that is written in the stars and being born through us, but rather the New Age business brand of cult-like, airy-fairy, feel-good, ego-based fluff that’s all about manifesting new cars and channeling space aliens. If it’s seen as “negative”, they don’t want to hear about it, out of fear of “making it real”. Sadly, though, ego-driven perception does not equate to actual truth or actual reality. The unbalancing potential of evil does exist in the world, it exists within us, and it expresses itself in a variety of different ways.

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When I started on my conscious spiritual path some 13 plus years ago, I was full of ego-driven delusions of how great I was that I had found this path, that I was going to propel MY-self to the next level, and that I was going to overcome all these little defects of character that I felt were holding ME back. It was kinda all about me, really. I was cruising along, makin’ things happen, goin’ back to school, then, WHAM! I found out I had an addiction that I didn’t even know existed and it seemed to stop me dead in my tracks. It turned out the spiritual work I had been doing was only skimming the surface, and I had A LOT deeper I needed to go still. I thought I had it all figured out, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth.

For the next several years, there were times when I felt like I was literally in the pits of hell; that I had made the descent there was no coming back from. I went to places within myself I didn’t know existed. I was delusional, self-serving, self-hating, lying, and manipulative, and I wanted nothing more than to escape from the realities of this world. And regardless of who I hurt emotionally, there was always more than enough justification as to why I was right, or how the wrongdoing lay in their perception somehow. But the real hard truth was that I had been behaving in a similar manner my whole life and I hadn’t even realized it.

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I had been ignorant of the true nature of the monster in the basement of my psyche. The monster I had made through my own self-loathing. I was ignorant that most of the beliefs I had about myself and others were lies. My willful ignore-ance of my own imbalances and illusions allowed a sickness to take root and produce cancerous fruit in my heart. I was the slave of my addiction because I did not and would not see it for what it was.

The Gospel of Philip states that evil “takes us captive to make us do what we do not want; and what we do want, we do not do.”, and that “It is powerful because we have not recognized it.”

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Some Native Americans saw evil as a disease of the psyche and spirit. They called this disease, Weitiko. This disease of evil in its varying degrees fosters a self-destructive tendency in humanity that is unlike any other species on this planet. Internally, the evils within us can take hold of us and are allowed to flourish due to our oftentimes-willful ignorance of it or our refusal to believe that it exists. Or if we know it exists, we allow ourselves to be controlled by it. The exact same principle can be applied to the external world, as it is a reflection of the world within us individually and collectively.

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The mass of humanity has been hypnotized and taken captive by a powerful evil that many people refuse to acknowledge even exists. It is very old and uses the mechanisms of economic, corporate, governmental, academic, scientific, religious and social institutions to perpetuate itself. There are definitely those who could be seen as “most to blame” for this in one sense, as they consciously use and closely serve it. But this could not happen were it not for the mass of humanity who, on some level, has agreed to ignore some aspect of the evil and allow it to persist and grow.314063_10151126353311383_1805967352_n

It is the mass of humanity who has bought into evil, choosing to benefit from it in some way for the satisfaction of the ego. It is the mass of humanity who has chosen to shrug off true responsibility for the maintenance of themselves and our world, choosing to focus on childish and trivial things. It is the mass of humanity that chooses to believe in and perpetuate self-loathing and self-hatred. This has allowed the evil to manifest outwardly into what has become an increasingly concentrated form, causing unimaginable suffering in our fellow man, and all of Earth’s children.

The “evils” of this world can best be likened to the archetype of the vampire that has not surprisingly become so popularized and romanticized in the media these days. It thrives in darkness and can only enter your home if you invite it in, and once it is there, it will bleed you of everything; physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychically. This vampiric force is embodied in its most concentrated form through the elite ruling class that is in control of finance, media, government, etc. Most overtly, the “food” for these financial elites is currency and the debt slavery imposed on populations through usury (lending at interest), taxation, and other forms of fraudulent financial activity and thievery. Currency is a representation of the “current” that allows things to move and operate; i.e. economic activity. However, the vampirism goes deeper than that.goldstein3

It is no coincidence that major military contractors like Halliburton whose primary shareholders are these financial elites, have been caught running sex-trafficking rings. It is no coincidence that investigation into the pedophilia scandal that has involved many in the highest offices of the UK government has been halted due to “national security concerns. This force, through these men (and women) preys on innocence and purity, feeding off the fear and the vital life force of humanity. A form of power or energy is given off through the sexual degradation, torture, and slaughter of a person that this force will feed upon.

This is why the vampire is being made to be “cool” through the media in shows like “True Blood” and “Vampire Diaries”, and films like “Twilight”. It is to implant the archetype into our conscious mind in a way that it is seen as “sexy” to be preyed upon, as well as to prey upon others. We are then being encouraged to become “vampires” ourselves, perpetuating the cycle of psychic vampirism (feeding consciously or unconsciously on the mental and emotional energy of others) .

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But again we need to LET THEM IN first. If we do not let them into our psyche, meaning we understand their methods and do not buy into the various forms of propaganda and belief systems attempting to be sold to us, they will not be able to make the inroads needed to morally corrupt us. We do this by recognizing this “evil” and practicing discernment with what we take into ourselves. We learn how to protect ourselves from it externally and by getting in touch with our “Guiding Light”- our Inner Sun, we are protected internally. For the vampire cannot stand the Light of the Sun/Son, and will evaporate to nothingness in His presence. When we shine a light on evil, we diminish it, because when we see it for what it is and we realize it has no true power- only the power that WE give it. When we truly let our Inner Light shine, the “vampires” of this world have no power over us.

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A while back, I read a posting on a forum where someone was asking about Jesus “alienating” some he spoke to by seeming to condemn their actions (ie. the Pharisees). Jesus, while compassionate towards all mankind, did not teach this sort of “feel good”, marshmallow fluff brand of spirituality that people want to hear these days. Like Socrates, he was often a polarizing character that made many people uncomfortable. To put it bluntly, he called people out on their B.S. and he did it out of LOVE. There is a difference between judgment and accountability; being condemned versus being asked to take responsibility.

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A lot of people just want to hear what they want to hear, and never be told what they are doing is causing suffering or harm to themselves or others in some way. Some people even see it as mean to do this. Let’s ask ourselves: Is it loving someone to tiptoe around their feelings (which is really their ego), and not say something that may cause them to ‘feel bad’, while they continue to harm themselves and/or others? Or is it loving to tell someone, “Hey, I love you, but you’re hurting yourself and you’re hurting others by doing what you’re doing.”

Doing the latter may cause others to feel uncomfortable, upset, or even angry, and that’s okay. Truth is always a hard pill to swallow, and some take lifetimes to learn one lesson. However, by causing people to look at their own reflections, while it may be painful at first, it can ultimately cause them to reflect on the way they are living their lives and the belief systems they are subscribing to. This can start a wonderful chain reaction in which the person embarks on the path toward change, growth, and spiritual development. Interventions can save lives.

The still small voice within us always knows what we should be doing. It knows when we are wasting our time with shallow, frivolous things. It knows when we are acting against our true nature. It knows when we are acting against the Principles of Creation. It does not judge, only the ego judges. It does however hold us accountable. It does however turn that mirror we so love to project outwardly, back in on ourselves. That can be quite uncomfortable, but it is always quite necessary.

I can tell you from personal experience that working with the Christ Light within was NOT a path of sugar and spice and everything nice. It has been quite the opposite. ‘Letting go’, is not just about getting rid of a few small, annoying habits or doing some meditation- It is death and birth, with all the throws, agonies and pains. Part of us dies and a new birth takes place to fill that- over and over and over and over again. The more beliefs and attachments you have; the more character defects and resentments you are holding on to; the more painful the process will be. And most people in the modern world have A LOT, even if we would like to believe otherwise.

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This pain can be exacerbated when fight the process or attempt to ignore it or run from it. When I would do things that were counter to the process of nurturing the internal growth process that was taking place inside of me I would suffer IMMENSELY. The Light is intensifying in humanity as a whole, however so many are conditioned to their own suffering that they would rather remain enslaved by the known of their belief systems and what is “comfortable”, than be freed by the “unknown” Light of Christ. I have seen this with people in my own life, and while it saddens me, I know that only the individuals themselves can make the choice between freedom and slavery. I realize these are strong terms but this is strong stuff.

However, great darkness will reveal great light if we allow this process to happen, and this is the key. It won’t happen if we keep holding on, white knuckled, clawing to everything we hold dear. Make no mistake it is called the ‘Way of the Lonely Ones’ for a reason. Jesus said, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

The path of the Christ, if followed in all earnest, will inevitably cause you to become alienated from some people. They will mock and ridicule you, either under their breath or to your face. These may even be people you once thought of as friends; perhaps even some family. The best advice I can give is to follow the Truth of Self and take nothing personally. You may feel isolated from or even persecuted by mainstream society and culture. The path of the Christ, if followed in earnest, is not in line with the thinking of pop culture or social institutions. In fact it is more often than not, the exact opposite. The best advice I can say is to follow the Truth of Self and do the work in the world you are called to do, regardless of what society or government says.

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When you follow the Truth of the Christ Self and understand the true Laws and Principles of Creation, you are protected. Is this to say that nothing painful or unpleasant will happen to you? No. Christ Jesus was the epitome of the enlightened and perfected man, and he was arrested, persecuted, humiliated, tortured, and killed in a slow and painful fashion. Should we expect that sort of an end? Probably not, but if we are following the path of Christ in earnest, we would be wise to expect and prepare for some rough times ahead. These are the times of testing that make us stronger in spirit.

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This is the nature of the Christ as I have come to know It. It is one of loving compassion that calls us to action. It shows us who we are and demands that we step up to the plate and become that which we already are (interesting paradox, huh?). It calls to us, wishing to establish a relationship with It if we will only do the work necessary to see and hear with ALL eyes and ears. If you choose not to answer the call, don’t worry, you will, even if it takes you lifetimes. However, life becomes much richer when you do. For those of us who have answered, we know there is no going back. Once your eyes and ears are open, you can’t close them again no matter how much you may wish you could at times, and this is the gift of wakefulness found in Christ.