Apr 28

Political Campaign, Campaign Reform, Politics, Government

 

American Spiritual People are Sensible Voters. Let’s Fix What is Wrong With #Political Campaigns, #Politics, and #Government!

“WE THE PEOPLE” No Longer Have A
“GOVERNMENT OF BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE.”

It is time for “WE THE PEOPLE”  to fix it!   I am an ‘ordinary American’ who would rather try and do something about the problem than whine and cry about the political problems in America.

Are you as FED UP as I am that our government has become a country club and back room legislating machine catering to the Lords & Ladies of American Royalty at the expense of the common man and the great American Middle Class?

Are you as DISGUSTED as I am that our current political parties cannot get the necessary work of government done because they are too busy making fundraising calls and calling each other names?

 Do YOU want something done about:

– How our Political Campaign Process works?
– How Corporations and Wealthy individuals buy votes?
– How our elected officials serve themselves?
– The rape and pillage of the American Middle Class

Would you like to see a NEW POLITICAL PARTY: 

– Work With Others To Do What Is Right?
– Fix campaign process and campaign funding
– Impose term limits on senators and congressmen
– Overhaul the code of ethics in government
– Put an end to self dealing for those elected
– Require that they serve the will of the people.

Will you share?   Would you help?  Every little bit will help.  Your  $5 or  $10 combined with everybody else can make the difference.  If you can send a little more, or a lot more, then God Bless The USA!

With your support, this first round of funding will be used to start the process of properly and legally organizing a political party.  The party name can be determined by vote of the supporters.  At this time I propose:

         THE PEOPLES PARTY
         or
         THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS PARTY (AMC)

Once organized, we can raise additional funds to hire the right people to move this vision forward.  This is a huge task, and will take a lot of money over time, but the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time – so let’s take this one step at a time, together.

The overall goal of the new party will be to encourage ordinary Americans to run for office and support our ideals.  We will also work in future elections to obtain pledges from political candidates at all levels to support our goals as part of their campaign platform and agenda.

When we have enough candidates singing our song, we will then finish the process of becoming a valid Political Party in our own right, providing Branding, Positioning, Voice, Message, and Congressional Action to fix our broken political system.

Is this just an idle fantasy?  Maybe?  But it is also how government is supposed to work.  We the People are supposed to represented not robbed.  Ordinary people with a passion for creating a great country and a better world started our government, and it is time we take it back from the ridiculous state it is in now.

What if your $5, $10. $20 could  help restore the American Dream?  It just might get the ball rolling in the right direction.

Why not skip buying one lottery ticket or skip one movie or one pizza and send us a few bucks to help restore the political system to one that our founding fathers intended.

The Great American Middle Class is the only class that can rescue the Middle Class.  Let’s Restore a GOVERNMENT OF BY AND FOR THE PEOPLE – Together!

Supporters will receive a graphic logo to display proudly on social media to help spread the world!

Apr 19

Comparing Spirituality to Religion: What is the Difference?

Comparing Spirituality to Religion: What is the Difference?


Comparing Spirituality to ReligionSpirituality is a component of personal awareness of, connection to, and mastery of a greater love, truth, and wisdom than the self serving Ego.

Spirituality is a PERSONAL matter and practice.

The spiritual PERSON develops a way of perceiving and experiencing the world from a larger view than ego.  The spiritual person develops a and set of PERSONAL habits and practices intended to help with a quest for truth, knowledge, and love.  The state of spiritual development may begin with the simplest desire to embark on that quest., advance to an important motivation and drive, or culminate in advanced accomplishment of understanding that can even appear other-worldly, strangely powerful while also uncommonly wise and peaceful.  One can be spiritual without being religious at all.

Religion is an institution or group practice

Religion is an organized scheme of lessons, practices and beliefs designed at least in theory by spiritually advanced persons to serve or help the seeking spiritual person find what they seek as long as what is being sought and the method of seeking is approved of by the religious leaders of that religion. Religion becomes a school of thought, a social experience, a culture or subculture that can be helpful to the seeker.  But it can also be judgmental toward other religions and confining – even failing so badly as to convince members to become so dependent that they cannot think for themselves nor complete their spiritual quest.

Here is the difference in stark comparison

 

Jesus was a spiritual man.  The Pharisee and Sadducee  of his day were the religious leaders.  About them Jesus said, “You travel the ends of the earth to make a convert, but then with your rules you make them twice as much a son of hell as they were in the beginning.”

 

I am afraid most “Churches” today, whether Christian of any flavor – Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant as well as the many others including Islam, Hebrew, Oriental and etc et. al have fallen victim to the same problems that were suffered by the Pharisee and the Sadducee of Christ’s Day.  But the remnant, the souls that are aware, may yet teach a better way to at least one other…. hmmm ?

 

Apr 13

The Serenity Prayer – An Epiphany & A New Revelation

The Serenity Prayer

The Traditional Serenity Prayer

The Serenity Prayer
An Epiphany & a New Perspective

The Serenity Prayer is a time-honored meditation starter.  It was written by the American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971).

It’s a good beginning when you need to calm the storm.

The way it was taught to me was that It can help a spiritual person to accomplish a peace that passes understanding when they find themselves unable to right a wrong.

Today I enjoyed an epiphany of communion with the Spirit while contemplating the serenity prayer in light of recent events in my spiritual life.

I share the following in hopes it may help somebody else as well.

I usually focus on the name of the prayer.  It’s The Serenity Prayer, after all.  Right?

While meditating on the Serenity Prayer today, I erred in recalling the words.  Perhaps it was a “Freudian Slip” as some may call it, but instead of unconsciously revealing something about myself to another person, the spirit was revealing something to my heart, mind, and soul.

The reason I temporarily recalled the last line as “The Peace to know the difference”, it is probably because I have been very earnestly seeking peace in troubling storms lately.

The revelation in the Epiphany experience today was:

First, I realized that the word “Peace” as I used it was actually supposed to be the word “Wisdom”.

This led me to thinking more deeply about each word and request in the prayer.

 

I have been using the Serenity Prayer as a means of ending distress: Reminding myself that I am not all-powerful and therefore should not blame myself; Reminding myself that there is only so much to my ability; Seeking to close a distressing chapter in my life.

But today I focused on the next request in the Serenity Prayer.  Following the request for “Serenity” comes a request for “Courage”.  Serenity it is not the ultimate purpose of the prayer or meditation.  The Serenity Prayer is not only about Serenity but about preparing for what comes next.

So… about the word “Courage”.  Hmmm.  Courage for what? “Courage to Change the Things I Can” was previously understood as a sort of disclaimer.  If I needed courage to change only some the things, those things that were under my control,  and the issue that led to prayer was something that only God or another person could change, then I needed the courage to accept my limitations.  I understood this as the courage to confront ego and admit that I can only change some things… therefore I am not responsible for those things I cannot change.  Having this courage would bring a relief from false guilt.

Today I was led deeper into the word Courage as used in the Serenity Prayer.  Requesting Courage of the Almighty implies a wish or hope to do something difficult, or to do well in the face of danger, or even to muster the fortitude needed to confront an enemy or do battle.

This concept of asking for courage would be a waste of time if the actual goal or purpose of the Serenity Prayer was to reach a state of peace or serenity.  Instead, the deeper gift of the meditation, at least for me today, was that there is something I need to do.  And I will need courage from above. Today I was led deeper into the Courage in another way.  Courage is not always about the need to conquer something.  Sometimes it means the courage to stand one’s ground in the face of danger instead of retreating.  After all, we are called to STAND in the storms, and to not give ground to the evil one during the storm.

 

But it is NOT our calling to remain standing in a storm for our whole life.

 

Consider:  We are called to realize that the spiritually meaningless works or events of this life will become nothing as they pass through the fire of judgment at the end of days.  When the Serenity Prayer is used as an attempt to put something behind, a way to reach for peace, to escape anxiety or fear – which are not from the Lord, then we are giving attention to that which is ultimately going to be meaningless.

Consider Also:  We are called to know that we should not fear trials but rejoice in them because it is the refiners fire that produces pure gold.  Sometimes we tell the Almighty we are now “golden enough” or that we don’t even want to be golden if it hurts like this.

So a good question is “What is the purpose of Courage in becoming golden… in the spiritual meaning?”

 

If the goal of our journey on earth is to be the remnant, the guard, a member of the spiritual ones who advance the cause of the Holy One or Highest Power by growing strong and pure then we may need a new perspective.  We will need courage to face the refining fire as the meaningless parts of ourselves are burned off in order to leave the pure gold.

Consider Further:  Gold is generally not used in war.   Gold is not a ‘hardened’ metal able to be sharpened and used as a weapon.  Gold is Soft.  Gold is easily pliable.  Gold is bright and attractive.  Gold does not fade, rot, nor rust.  Gold lasts forever.  Thus Gold makes a good metal for adornment rather than war.

 

One of the strangest uses of the idea of Gold in the Bible is that we are told that the Streets of Heaven are Paved with Gold.  Hmmm….  Today I see that we who in spirit have been refined by the fire can become soft, pliable, bright, shiny, everlasting streets attracting others to the Kingdom – perhaps even by allowing ourselves to be walked on.  Whoops.  Wait a minute.  There’s a hard rock of understanding.  I don’t mean being walked on in a negative way.  But in a holy surrender, Jesus was walked on when tortured and crucified.  Yet what was left was something bright, attractive, a path or road leading to “Salvation” which I interpret not as a ticket to heaven but an ability to be fully saved from the corruption of the present world and able to do God’s work within it.

The Kingdom Experience in this life is to know how to sit at God’s right  hand as one who is in Christ. while still letting God be God.  Hmmm….

 

Generally, Christ Followers look forward to a day when the evil in this world is conquered forever,  The bible says evil will become a footstool.  My earlier understanding of this was that the power of evil was denigrated to a subservient role.  Surely this idea means that evil is being punished.

But what if the Creator wants to make sure evil serves as an unwitting footstool to allow a higher reach than one can have without a footstool.  Isn’t that the purpose of the footstool?  A footstool, properly conceived and used, exists to increase our reach, our elevation.  The footstool is not being punished when we use it, as much as we are being lifted to new heights by understanding how to use it.

To Sum:  we are not called to be the punching bag for evil that needs to try to hide in peace.  We are not called to lord it over evil.  We are not called to be helpless passive passengers on this big blue marble we call Earth while waiting for things to be perfect in a life after death.

Christ, and all who are in Him through sanctification and adoption as fellow heirs to the kingdom are called to have Courage to face danger, Courage to face the refining fire, Courage to walk by faith and not by sight, Courage to Live Again, after suffering a horrible loss that feels like death or victimization, here and now, because we are already seated at the Right Hand of God, In Christ, able to use evil as a footstool, to lift up and share the bright joy and power of being Golden, being soft and pliable, not fit for war but becoming a bright and shiny street that never fades, never rusts, and lasts forever, so that others may walk along on their way to many mansions.

 

To surrender to the refining fire is NOT to lose but to become part of the adornment, making a statement about the glory and power of the creator.
The Serenity Prayer begins with the idea of serenity, but does not end with it.  First, we request that the storm is calmed.  But that is not the end.  There is more.  By requesting Courage, we request that we be divinely prepared for next steps.

As the Serenity Prayer ends with the request for “The Wisdom to Know the Difference” we are called to apply divine discernment.  Good enough.  That’s pretty clear.  But again, I ask… Then What?  What do we do once we pass through the stages of Serenity and Courage and achieve an understanding of the difference?

Today I add this line to my personal version of this prayer,.

God grant me the calling and vision and eager desire to write the next book of my life, and may it be a Holy One.

 

My this revelation give you wisdom.  Go now, and be of good courage because light always overcome darkness!

Charles Brite

Jan 24

“The Shack” Book To Become A Movie

Christian Book The ShackWilliam (Wm) P Young’s Book,
The Shack  to be made
into a movie.

The book The Shack offers a profoundly provocative look at spirituality and how God can be encountered in non-traditional ways. The Shack is a gripping and inspiring read for those who may be Atheist, Agnostic or non-traditional spiritual seeker.

The book is available on e-readers such as Kindle, Audible, as well as in hardcover or paperback, at Amazon.com

This is the Amazon.com Description of:The Shack,

“Mackenzie Allen Phillips’s youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.”

 

Watch The Shack,– unofficial Movie Trailer From Youtube… I will try to post a newer one soon.

Dec 22

Christmas Meditation

A Meditation for Christmas:

Sons and Daughters of God…

What Do You With All That Divinity?

Christmas Meditation

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