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Hell is Unworkable. Schizophrenic Religion ensues! - Richard Rohr
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December 16, 2018 02:41 AM PST

Who are you? Who is the one who can die and live to speak about it? Who died and is now living within you? There could be absolutely no fear whatsoever of death if there wasn’t already within you that willingness to feel the fear even a second longer. And what possible good could fear have? Well, none that you have intellectually thought to see. You don’t see with thinking, you see with spontaneous clarity of perception — unless you’ve undergone cultural, societal, and religious programming. For you don’t think and then see. You simply see and awareness makes it so. Thinking makes everything merely conceptual. As a child you also did see but without what your mind terms thinking. You were then fully conscious. There were no airy abstractions, labels, theories or words to obstruct that one immortal sense that your reasoning relinquished and yet will recognize upon being like a child. What is the obstruction? You will know and when you do you will be willing. Surround yourself with no conclusions. God refuses to be known by the intellect but is even now known by the heart.

Hell is Unworkable. Schizophrenic Religion ensues! - Richard Rohr
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December 16, 2018 02:38 AM PST
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Who are you? Who is the one who can die and live to speak about it? Who died and is now living within you? There could be absolutely no fear whatsoever of death if there wasn’t already within you that willingness to feel the fear even a second longer. And what possible good could fear have? Well, none that you have intellectually thought to see. You don’t see with thinking, you see with spontaneous clarity of perception — unless you’ve undergone cultural, societal, and religious programming. For you don’t think and then see. You simply see and awareness makes it so. Thinking makes everything merely conceptual. As a child you also did see but without what your mind terms thinking. You were then fully conscious. There were no airy abstractions, labels, theories or words to obstruct that one immortal sense that your reasoning relinquished and yet will recognize upon being like a child. What is the obstruction? You will know and when you do you will be willing. Surround yourself with no conclusions. God refuses to be known by the intellect but is even now known by the heart.

Edgar Cayce -- This clairvoyant reading derailed FAST
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December 12, 2018 02:32 AM PST
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The late as opposed to the early Edgar Cayce reportedly would get into some trance state and cull all sorts of predictions for people who would be kindly asked to offer him a love gift for his said prophetic renderings. Nostradamus and the old boy Edgar Cayce have actually been sidled up together in casual conversation as opposed to excessively priggish formal conversation. At any rate, the below is a quote by Edgar Cayce and for the life of me I cannot make heads or tails of a meaning Edgar might have believed he was making when he parsed such fecklessly ridiculous senselessness. He reportedly made over 50,000 dollars off of the below bit of blarney. Edgar wasn't on all fours and penned the below with one foot on the bumper.

"The time spent spending time is an expenditure of sands through the hourglasses of bifurcation whereby weeping willow trees grasp the future of modern day daisies as each search for sunlight within the constructs of Danish Modern art forms. Clarity and vertigo are prime examples of examples of vertiginous clarity and redundancy is kith and kin to to Humpty Dumpty and Wee Little Winkie buying sparklers at Sears and Roebucks. I sense your chief problem is in how painfully clear I am in describing your solution thus far insofar as inasmuch as you glean sunscreen in October. I would appreciate your love offering for the aforementioned balderdash and please give it in cash. The larger the bills, the better car I can buy! I drove the Chevy to the levy but the levy was dry. I'm glad I clarified your dilemma and her fleece was white as snow."
~ Edgar Cayce (1877-1945)

What in the hell just happened? The photo of these two expresses deepening despair - particularly on her face and through her eyes. It's as thought she's thinking: "I'd rather take a beating than sit her perched up with this bug eyed freak."

Happiness Chose You - Are You Permitting It? -Alan Watts
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November 25, 2018 08:55 PM PST
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Others now have the power to make you happy or miserable. And much as you now hate the suffering this involves, you find yourself completely helpless. There is never a minute when, consciously or unconsciously, you are not attuned to the reaction of others, marching to the drum of their demands. When you are ignored or disapproved of, you experience a loneliness so unbearable that you crawl back to people to beg for the comfort know as Support, Encouragement, Reassurance. To live with people in this state involves never ending tension; but to live without them brings the agony of loneliness.

You have lost your capacity to see them clearly as they are and to respond to them accurately because mostly your perception of them is clouded by your need to get your drug.

The consequence of all this is terrifying and inescapable: You have become incapable of loving anyone or anything. If you wish to love you must learn to see again.

And if you wish to see, you must give up your drug. You must tear away from your being the roots of society that have penetrated to the marrow. You must drop out. Externally everything will go on as before, you will continue to be in the world, but no longer of it. And in your heart you will now be free at last and utterly alone. It is only in this aloneness, this utter solitude, that dependence and desire will die, and the capacity to love is born. For one no longer sees other as means to satisfy one's addiction.

Only someone who has attempted this knows the terror of the process. It is like inviting yourself to die. It is like asking the poor drug addict to give up the only happiness he has known and to replace it with a taste for bread and fruit and the clean, fresh morning air and the sweetness of the water from the mountain stream, while he is struggling to cope with his withdrawal symptoms and with the emptiness that he experiences within himself now that his drug has gone. To his fevered mind nothing can fill the emptiness except his drug.

Can you imagine a life in which you refuse to enjoy a single word of approval and appreciation, or to lean on someone's arm; in which you depend on no one emotionally, so no one has the power to make you happy or miserable any more; you refuse to need any particular person, or to be special to anyone, or to call anyone your own? Even the birds of the air have their nests and the foxes their holes, but you will have nowhere to rest your head in your journey through life.

Aloneness and Going thru With it - Adyashanti
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November 25, 2018 08:53 PM PST
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Has it ever occurred to you that you can only love when you are alone.

What does it mean to love?

It means to see a person, a thing, a situation, as it really is and not as you imagine it to be, and to give it the response it deserves. You cannot love what you do not even see.

And what prevents you from seeing? Your concepts, your categories, your prejudices and projections, your needs and attachments, the labels you have drawn from your conditioning and from your past experiences.

Seeing is the most arduous thing a human being can undertake. For it calls for a disciplined, alert mind, whereas most people would much rather lapse into mental laziness than take the trouble to see each person and thing anew in present moment freshness.

To drop your conditioning in order to see is arduous enough. But seeing calls for something more painful still. The dropping of the control that society exercises over you; a control whose tentacles have penetrated to the very roots of your being, so that to drop it is to tear yourself apart.

If you wish to understand this, think of a little child that is given a taste for drugs. As the drug penetrates the body of the child, it becomes addicted and its whole being cries out for the drug. To be without the drug is so unbearable a torment that it seems preferable to die.

Now this is exactly what society did to you when you were a child. You were not allowed to enjoy the solid, nutritious food of life: work and play and the company of people and the pleasures of the senses and the mind. You were given a taste for the drug called Approval, Appreciation, Attention, the drug called Success, Prestige, Power. Having got a taste for these things, you became addicted and began to dread their loss. You felt terror at the prospect of failure, of mistakes, of the criticism of others. So you became cravenly dependent on people and lost your freedom.

Authentic Transformation - Richard Rohr
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November 25, 2018 03:42 AM PST
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Think of the sad history of your efforts at self-improvement, that either ended in disaster or succeeded only at the cost of struggle and pain.

Now suppose you desisted from all efforts to change yourself, and from all self-dissatisfaction, would you then be doomed to go to sleep having passively accepted everything in you and around you?

There is another way besides laborious self-pushing on the one hand and stagnant acceptance on the other. It is the way of self-understanding. This is far from easy because to understand what you are requires complete freedom from all desire to change what you are into something else.

You will see this if you compare the attitude of a scientist who studies the habits of ants without the slightest desire to change them with the attitude of a dog trainer who studies the habits of a dog with a view to making it learn something.

If what you attempt is not to change yourself but to observe yourself, to study every one of your reactions to people and things, without judgement or condemnation or desire to reform yourself, your observation will be non-selective, comprehensive, never fixed in rigid conclusions, always open and fresh from moment to moment.

Then you will notice a marvellous thing happening within you: you will be flooded with the light of awareness, you will become transparent and transformed.

Will change occur then? Oh, yes. In you and in your surroundings.

But it will not be brought about by your cunning, restless ego that is forever competing, comparing, coercing, sermonizing, manipulating in its intolerance and its ambitions, thereby creating tension and conflict and resistance between you and Nature and exhausting, self-defeating process like driving with your brakes on.

Springtime Forever (Getting the Drug Out) -Anthony de Mello
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November 22, 2018 06:08 PM PST
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When an archer is shooting for fun
He has all his skill.
If he shoots for a brass buckle
He is already nervous.
If he shoots for a prize of gold
He goes blind
 Or sees two targets –
He is out of his mind.
His skill has not changed,
But the prize divides him.
He cares
He thinks more of winning
Than of shooting –
And the need to win
Drains him of power.

I feel good because the world is right. Wrong.
The world is right because I feel good.

What? I am here to be love not to become lovable. The truth makes one free and then hated by everyone who cannot accept this one’s breaking away from this need to be needed, this craving to be craved, this seeking of approval that cannot find peace. An infant is lovable until it cries too much. How does an infant cry too much? It cries and laughs because it is what it is. Only when brainwashed adults tell the baby and child that because they don’t like the feelings within themselves (but they’re so unaware they cannot see this), that the baby or child is responsible for the adults negative emotions. It’s like going to the doctor, explaining your emotional problems and then the doctor writing a prescription for the next door neighbor. The same rain that produces weeds in thickets produces roses in the garden. A rose remains a rose regardless of being called something else by using another name. Don’t mistake LOVED for condition. Nor NEEDED for addiction. Nor BLESSED for a historical one time miracle. The rain that disturbs a picnic doesn’t disturb a picnic but only my programming that the picnic should have been without rain. Do you see this? Whether you can or cannot, there’s nothing to SCREAM at.

Words Words Words Until Utterly Senseless — Listen to this laughable example (Absurd reading below)
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November 12, 2018 04:45 PM PST
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If we were all created (event of birth and finitely once) as perfectly non-contingent upon God nor His forgiveness, than we are indeed and from our man-made dogmatic get-goes, self-created perpetual motion machines necessarily and by way of our own unbelievably "Christian" yet (absent Christ) conclusions, already separated from the Godhead of the Father, Christ the son, and the Holy Spirit without any need whatsoever of any further bible reading that is even in opposition of our very "Christian" labeled and highly senseless rebellion even when we're repeatedly told nothing can separate us from God's love. What's going on here?

I've only recently became so miserable that I couldn't tolerate my own conclusions to finally say, 'piss on fear and on where this seeking will send me' to see the absurdity of something much worse than SIN as missing the point, but 44,000 de-nominations seemingly determined to send one another by inclusionary exclusiveness ALL to hell in one hand basket. The whole idea of repentance is wholly pointless because we fervently and religiously and predictably and theologically via culturally asinine conditioning by way of senselessly abstract and conceptually incoherent belief systems continuously find ourselves to be in need of absolutely nothing but any oldie yet newish 1 out of the laughably ludicrous 44,000 random belief systems systemically and increasingly schismatic addendums that are already outrageously self-referentially self-condemning collaboratively divisive Christian effort to pretty much say: "To Bloody hell with with renewing our minds and seeing truth. There is only truth regardless of who says it but debating with the Armenians and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Members is a more favorable distraction. We can't find our denominational asses with both hands and a radar!"

No one will say, there it is over there Jimmy, or no, that's it over there, Bobby Sue, "For the Kingdom of God is within you." We look for spoon feeding but not for a lick of common sense that Jesus made unbearably plain when He said: "If you being evil know how to give good things to your own children (HUGE HINT), how much more will God give truth and awareness to anyone who asks?" To continue to question "how could God love me?" after the experience of our own love towards our children as even pleaded by Jesus to see, isn't rebellion, it's just plain old ONE TRICK PONY stupidity. It's reminiscent of card board sandwich signs with, "God hates you." in Alabama. C'mon. We've surely come farther than this? Not enough uproar. Sound familiar?
Judgmental people judge judgmental people. Thing is, they don’t think they’re judging people. They want to hate a person that they have been told they must always love. Generally a dad or brother or sometimes even a guilty person that hates the image of a person they see when they rarely look in the mirror. But then there’s a father figure they’ve been told about and a lot of people talk about all the time. It’s always talking about but you wonder at times when you forget that you’re supposed to be scared of this Almighty Big male authority figure, why this Almighty God who is said to be love has been described to you by another robed authority figurine clothed in one of hundreds of absurdly silly religious costumes attached to another meaningless label. Pastor or Reverend or Priest, Bishop, Prophet, Apostle, Deacon, Elder, or some other impressive title. After all, they’re the guys who have studied about God and they usually know everything about the God of grace and they’ll remind you to never use grace as a license to sin. By the way, sin literally means to miss the point. Missing the point of why we point fingers at people more than we really just see them as they are before we decide if they’re naughty or nice but we’re told to check twice because a God does the same with us. Got to keep a record of wrongs so we don’t ever imagine we’re lovable enough to have earned or paid our dues to get in. But who has ever needed a license to sin or miss the big picture and question those shouting about hell more than ever being silent just in case something (God forbid) NEW enter the kingdom of God WITHIN you. Jesus said that, not me. Seems like we say that we believe in God a lot. Maybe we need to remind God. Maybe we just need approval not so much from God but the people who we think are thinking about us all the time. Why? Love of God and country? Nah. Love of the self. After all, the dualistic thinking mind says they love a God who believes what even they can’t believe is less loving and forgiving than they are. A God who tells you to love your enemies and even do good to those who hate you. To forgive 70 x 7 and yet apparently He (and it’s always a white old man with grey board) won’t. Folks, you better be careful how and why you occasionally choose you want justice quickly served until it’s your turn to beg mercy’s pardon. The truth will set us free. But I suspect there’s more than just many who are reading this but when your mind isn’t distracted by a very familiar variety of YouTube videos, who looked the other way in the hall today and why, why you’re a Christian and even study the bible but just can’t change other people and stop hating what a certain person did to you or said to you today or maybe it was a few decades ago, why you have good reasons to hate who won’t hate you back and then there’s those times you’ll see someone and get that feeling that you know you wouldn’t like them. And someone even now wonders if they’ll ever be happy. Can’t fix or figure out where your life went wrong. So you blame someone, anyone. And you just won’t stop and wonder why you won’t let a past wrong go. Or maybe why someone you really wronged won’t just let go of it. After all, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Why not let it go? If you were them, you say you would, right? How long can someone possibly hold onto an offense?
Knowing all the answers isn't as time saving and life freeing as merely understanding the questions.
But you gotta ask them, ya know?

Stop trying to be Happy, SEE the programming first
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November 06, 2018 12:45 AM PST
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If people want happiness so badly, why doesn’t it occur to them to question their false beliefs? First, because it never occurs to them to see them as false or even as beliefs. They see them as facts. So deeply have they been programmed. Second, because they are scared to lose the only world that they know. The world of desires, attachments, fears, social pressures, tensions, ambitions, worries and guilt with the flashes of excitement, pleasure and relief these things bring. Think of someone who is afraid to let go of a nightmare because after all that’s the only world he knows. There, you have a picture of yourself and other people. If you wish to attain to lasting happiness you must be ready to hate father, mother and even your own life and to take leave of all of your possessions. How? Not by renouncing or giving them up. Because whatever you give up violently, you are forever bound to. But rather by seeing them for the nightmare they are. And then, whether you keep them or not, they will have lost their grip over you, their power to hurt you. And you will be out of your nightmare and darkness, your fear, your unhappiness. So, spend some time looking at each of these things you cling to for what it really is. A nightmare that causes you excitement and pleasure on the one hand, but also worry, insecurity, tension, unhappiness on the other.

Father and mother? Nightmare. Husband or wife? Nightmare. Children, brothers and sisters? Nightmare. All your possessions? Nightmare. Your life as it is now? Nightmare. Every single thing you cling to and have convinced yourself that you cannot be happy without? Nightmare.

Then you will hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even your own life, your life as you live it now. And you will seriously take leave of all of your possessions — that is you will stop clinging — and thus have destroyed their capacity to hurt you. Then at last, you will have discovered that mysterious state that cannot be described or uttered. The state of abiding happiness and peace. And you will understand how true it is that everyone who stops clinging to brothers or sisters or father or mother or land or houses is repaid a
hundred times over and enters a state of timelessness called, eternal life.

If a man wants to sue you for your shirt, give him your coat as well. And if a man in authority wants you to go one mile, go with him two.

Take a look at the way you have been put together and the kind of existence you are leading. Inside of your head, there is a programming, a set of demands about how things should be. And about how you want things to be. Who did the programming? Not you. It wasn’t you who decided how you want things to be. The programming was done by your parents, your society, your culture, your religion, your past experiences. They’re the ones that have dictated how the world of things and people should be. And what your wants and values and tastes and attitudes and desires should be.

No matter where you go, your computer, your programming goes along with you and is active and operating at each conscious moment of the day, imperiously insisting that its demands be met. By the world, by people and by you. If the demands are met, the computer allows you to be peaceful and happy. If they are not met, the computer generates negative emotions within you even when you’re not responsible. For instance, when other people don’t live up to your expectations, the computer torments you. It torments you with frustration or anger or bitterness.

Or another example. When things are not in your control or the future is uncertain, your programming insists that you must experience anxiety, tension or worry. Then you spend a lot of energy coping with these emotions and you generally cope by expending a lot more energy trying to rearrange the world of things and people around you. So that the demands of your computer will be met and you will you be granted a measure of precarious peace. Precarious because any moment something, a trifle, a delayed train, a tape recorder that doesn’t work, a letter that doesn’t arrive, anything is going to be out of conformity with your computer’s programming. And the computer will insist that you become upset again. And so you live a pathetic existence, constantly at the mercy of things and people around you, trying desperately to make them conform to your computer’s demands so that you will enjoy the only peace you have ever known. A temporary respite from negative emotions courtesy of your computer and your programming.

Tao - In Everyday Language and Life
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November 04, 2018 11:13 PM PST
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Keep it simple.

Who's this guy know as yourself who's doing the understanding? You say you understand who Jesus the Christ is but you don't know Christ isn't Jesus's last name? Peter found out when Jesus asked, "Who do you say that I Am?" Peter's answer didn't arise within him from asking Pastors or studying scriptures. Because Peter knew Jesus's love towards him wasn't contingent upon Peter's past denials (x 2) while warming his hands by the fire, Peter didn't fear mercy nor a comforting fire. Wasn't about guilty pleas and incidentals. Jesus saw that coming. Imagine that. Can I make superstition less religiously embraceable? And can I make the supernatural more normal? "Born again" isn't nearly as much an emotional Jesus experience with arms failing and wheelchairs rolling and people pew hopping as we think. And if honest, it's embarrassing. Unlearn like children did by having yet learned that more is ludicrous by become like children. Jesus said something like this. Why? Unlearn the very religious dogmas that Jesus crucified and thus, Jesus now the Christ needs no middle management to distort. Holy Spirit. Not freaky stuff. Intuitive is more like this gift that even pre-baptism people had. Understand who you are. Guilty tripping aside, go silent, not introverted. Drop useless thoughts as you observe them. Weed the religious weeds. Now truth outside the Bible is able and willing to be the freedom that makes you free.

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