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A Cheerful Giver
Mason Denise Carlisle

We can all recall some of the many phrases we have heard all of our lives. Many of these phrases served as moral guides in regards to our behaviors and the consequences that accompany our choices. One such phrase is ‘It is better to give than receive’. As young people we did not always understand what phrases like this meant. Why in the world is it better to give than receive? We did not start to understand until we became young adults. However, understanding a phrase did not always bring us comfort.

Old sayings are made up of phrases that usually are framed around biblical scripture and are used so frequently they are sketched into our memory for all time. In fact, we have heard the phrase in in the paragraph above from parents and other family members on many occasions. When spoken by a someone close to us, it just seemed confusing, especially as children or when we were adolescent. However, if the phrase is introduced at church it has religious connotations. Church or religious leaders, that include: ministers, preachers, pastors, and/or priest. are seen as stewards of God. This immediately tends to give us a stronger sense of obligation, because when God is included it automatically invokes a sense of obedience. The misunderstanding of what a phrase means, upon the inclusion of God, can also have adverse effects. This can and often does cause some people to give in ways that perhaps they should not. Who we hear a phrase from, where we hear a phrase, and how it is presented depicts how we internally interpret and/or understand what is required of us, particularly when it comes to the Most High. How a phrase is spoken by a significant religious leader, can be easily misunderstood.  

When a phrase such as the one above is expressed by someone close to us, although heard, it will not carry the same level of importance as it does when voiced by a steward of the church. Religion puts such a strong emphasis on giving, along with self-denial, it is easy to become destressed about the required obligation. This problem is intensified when and for those who are in some way emotionally vulnerable. Actually, a misunderstood interpretation of a meaning can have an antagonistic effect on the human psyche.

Honestly, the intense emphasis the church puts on giving money, causes many to avoid attending. In fact, the constant importance placed on what human’s value most, even more than humanitarianism, leads many to wonder why God, who created everything, needs money at all. When one dares to pose this question to religious leaders, for the purpose of clarity and understanding, it is discouraged. Congregation members are told not to question God, basically they are not to lean to their own understanding. Ah, another phrase that is often misleading, ‘Lean not to thine own understanding’. When this phrase is offered in response to questions a parishioner may have, it is, and rightly so, interpreted as meaning, just do as your told and remember, God expects total obedience.

Church leaders have many reasons for requesting financial offerings, usually it is to help build up the congregation’s place of worship. However, often the request is for travel expenses so that the church leaders can spread the word of God. Spread the word of God. This intensifies the congregations sense of obligation, tugging at the hearts of members, causing them to open their purses or wallets. But, there are times when the clear and obvious greed of the church leader, negates the premise of being a cheerful financial giver.

Financial giving, especially for the average person, can become a hardship, burdensome. Cheerful is the last emotion anyone feels when they are burdened by what is presented as an obligation. They begin to wonder why God is creating a hardship for anyone? At some point, the traveling expenses of the church leader, cannot, does not, equal the living obligations required of us all. In the face of these hardships the congregation is advised to pray and have faith. At what point is this suggestion no longer adequate? What are church members to do as praying and having faith become hollow responses when tithing and offerings become a financial burden? Often parishioners are told to hold on to faith because the lord knows their situation, and of course the bigger the sacrifice the greater the reward.  

For many, the rewards never manifest. In fact, they fall behind in financial obligations waiting for rewards that will come for the financial sacrifices made to the church. Timing is everything. Here is another phrase, ‘God may not come when you want him to but he is never too late’. First of all, the Most High is not gender specific. The Most High has seven distinct elements that represent senses and are referred to as Aeons. These Aeons are capable of function apart from the whole. So, this is a blanket phrase that can be greatly misunderstood, especially when it is misrepresented. When a financial sacrifice causes a significant financial obligation to be delayed, such as a mortgage, rent, car payment, etc., and there are negative consequences, it is implied that one’s faith is being challenged or is too weak. In other words, the delay of the reward for the financial sacrifice becomes the fault of the person who made the sacrifice.

Are we seeing a pattern here? If there is ever a wonder as to why excuses are made for a perpetrator, why the victim is always the blame for being victimized, it starts right here, in Church, with religion. If there is a wonder why many backward, illogical customs are a part of our society, it starts with religion. When we realize religion has very little to do with the Most High, we develop an ability to keep what is being presented in proper perspective.

Responsibility is what is required and what the Most High expects. Responsibility is an attribute of Love and the Most High is the author of Love. This is our primary, moral obligation. It is our personal duty to handle our finances in a way that does not cause a serious financial hardship. So, clearly the Most High does not require any of us to do anything that is excessive, not even give. Excessive behavior is sinful behavior, no matter what the behavior is. So, when we have a false sense of obligation, and we give to a point of initiating a personal financial hardship for ourselves, it is no wonder resentment sets in. This resentment is aggravated when we see our religious leaders purchasing fancy cars, nice homes, and traveling all over the world. It is our moral responsibility to inquiry about that which makes us uncomfortable. As a species afforded an intellect, it behooves us to be cautious, be concerned, and yes question what is being required of us, because, at the end of the day we are responsible for our individual obligations.

Another misleading behavior concept is, self-denial. Again, it is natural, should be, and is understandably impossible to be cheerful about anything that is causing a personal hardship. Self-denial goes hand in hand with giving in many instances and is first presented to us via our religious beliefs and customs. Denial of life sustaining necessities is a common human practice. It is rarely seen for what it is, and that is a failure to be humane. The Most High is not inhumane in any way shape or form. But, if we wonder why humans in better financial positions do not feel obligated to assist those who are not—even showing a willingness to providing basic life sustaining entitlements—it is because of this idea of self-denial, long-suffering. It helps comfort and relieve the minds and hearts of those who have, allowing them to show little to no compassion for those who have not or have little.  

How we interpret giving affects every aspect of life. For example: when we take wedding vows, it is expressed that we are now obligated to give, with an open heart, to the person we have shared vows with. It is understood that based on the roles we play in a relationship, we are obligated to give in certain ways to our partner. For example: A wife is expected to freely give her body when the husband requires it. The husband is expected to give financially to his wife, both can often go beyond what is necessary or needed. Here is another phrase to consider, ‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’. We can all realize what happens when this type of giving is excessive. The resentment often leads to the collapse of a relationship.

Resentment is a powerful emotion and is always invoked because of excessive behavior. Manipulation is a very dangerous form of excessive behavior. How we perceive what is required of us, particularly when it comes to giving, is greatly influenced by manipulation. This is a behavior many humans utilize to persuade others. Normally it is used to control how others react to a situation. Manipulation falls under how a phrase is delivered. If there is a desire to persuade others to give, one skilled at manipulation can and often successfully accomplish this. It is how many of us are victimized by those skilled in the art of scamming, which is a form of stealing. Ah, where are we going with this?

How something is presented triggers how we react. If we believe we are supposed to blindly trust people, particularly those in key positions of authority, we are easily manipulated into denying ourselves, thus making it easy for predators to steal from us. Again, how certain phrases are meant to affect our behavior are delivered, plays a vital part in how we interpret what is required of us. As human beings, religious customs condition us to believe it is selfish of us to think about ourselves for a second. Thus, this illustrates how our understanding of selfishness is also misunderstood. This again is a behavior greatly influenced by how our religious leaders have presented this ideal. It is simple, it is easier to persuade and cleverly manipulate people to give once one’s sense of self-worth has been diminished and often totally stripped away.  

So, a blanket phrase that is intended to affect our behavior such as being a cheerful giver, can be interpreted in many ways. Most humans do not possess the talent of discernment. If it were not so, so many people would not fall victims to scams. Nor would there be a need for laws of protection against this type of thing. If discernment was universal everyone would clearly understand when they are being swindled. However, for those who are skilled when it comes to discernment it is quickly understood when someone is trying to mislead and/or misrepresent a matter or situation. Yes, for this reason, the Most High inspires many to be righteous guides capable of expresses what is logically required. These guides understand they are to help with discernment, realization, and understanding, thus opening the senses of those who have been saturated in beliefs and customs that blind, mislead, and confuses them.  

Those who have been entrusted to guide, understand it is important to first make certain concepts and beliefs clear. It begins with understand that we must first care about ourselves if we ever hope to care about another. We must understand that we are responsible for what we do. We all have a moral cord that connects us to the Most High. It is up to us to utilize this connection and allow it to lead us in the right directions. There is not such thing as a DEVIL making us do things we do not want to do. We all do what is in our individual hearts to do. We are responsible for our behavior. Now, our behavior can be clearly manipulated but that does not negate personal responsibility. A key message to take from this article is, ANY excessive behavior is a sin, thus wrong.

When are minds are open to truth it is not hard to understand and discern what phrase are meant to give us moral guidance. We understand that giving can take on many forms. It is not only or always financial. It can be time and time is priceless. Sometimes, giving a little attention is a gift that is immeasurable. Often times, giving good advice is priceless, and there is nothing like an extended hand when needed most. As Gnostic’s it is believed that if it is within our power to give what is needed, it is pleasing to the Most High when we gladly do so.

Prayers are also a form of giving. This is how we give when things are beyond our ability to assist with. Was that clear? We pray when a situation is beyond our ability to provide assistance. An example of such situations can be matters regarding health. Also, problems arise in relationships that are emotionally draining and debilitating. These are often situations of the heart that only time can heal. We give the gift of prayer for someone in this type of situation. We cannot take away their heartache but we can pray that it is eased. We can pray that they find guidance and peace, and that they will be able to accept the resolution or outcome of their situation. We can also pray that they find it in their hearts to forgive any injustices for which they have been subjected.    

The truth is, in some instances, all we can give is an ear, a hug, and words of comfort. All of this is giving and should be done with an open, happy heart. Compassion is a gift, and it should give us joy to show that we care. Sometimes this is something as simple as not participating in behaviors that are emotionally damaging to others. Sometimes we need to stand up and speak out against injustices, especially when we witness these things first hand. It is important to get involved when our input is needed. If a child is being abused, it is our duty to get involved and bring the abuse to an end. If a spouse is being abused it is our duty to get involved and assist the victim. If a person is being attacked and comes to our door for assistance it is our moral duty to open the door and assist. If we see anyone committing an injustice, such as, calling the police on a minority or a child for no reason, it is our duty to call them out on it.

We are living in a time of mean spiritness as we are being led by a very mean man who has no respect for anything that resembles morality. In light of this, all we can do is resist this type of evil, by standing together in protest of injustices. It is also important to give our time and participate in what gives voice to us all, that is to VOTE! This is how we assist those being denied their human rights to life sustaining entitlements we all deserve. When we give our time and stand in solidarity with others who are speaking out against injustices, this is a tremendous form of giving and should be done with joy in our hearts. Again, as human beings we are entitled to life sustaining necessities that include: shelter, clean water, food, and adequate, affordable health care.

When we give to those, or in ways that are excessive, it not only makes us unhappy, it causes bitterness and makes us resentful. On the other hand, when we give from ourselves and it is appreciated and honestly helps another, it gives us great joy. A cheerful give is never left feeling used or unappreciated. A person who gives to a meaningful and beneficial cause is always cheerful. It gives us peace when we know we are making a positive change in the life of another. It is enjoyable when we know that what we are giving, be it time, money, or advice, is actually something that is clearly worthwhile to others.

This is the true meaning of the phrase ‘It Is Better To Give Than Receive’. When we know we are doing what is morally sound, and correct, we know joy in our giving and it is immeasurable. There is no greater feeling of joy and inner peace, than that of knowing you have really provided something desperately needed for another person. Remember, sometimes it is something as simple as observation and intervention. The gift of caring is priceless and makes the giver and the recipient joyous. This is what is pleasing to the Most High and gives credence to the phrase ‘The Lord Loves a Cheerful Giver’.

 

Living A Commendable Life
By Marcus McGinnis

In light of our current political climate and the state of our union, it may be time to take a closer look at how exactly we conduct ourselves in our individual lives. We all like to think we live decent, upstanding lives, but do we? The truth is, most people do not. In fact, the majority of people in the world harbor views, opinions, and negative ideas about various things and ethnic groups, that influence our behaviors. So, it is more than obvious that when harsh views, feelings, and/or beliefs are intense, it affects how a person reacts toward those things and/or others whom they harbor unpleasant feelings. With that said, if a person, in their heart, truly believes he or she is a decent, upstanding individual, on what is that belief based?

There is one sure way to insure we live commendably, and that is MORALITY! Far too many people have allowed themselves to become comfortable and complacent with the negative views, opinions, and beliefs associated with their particular ethnic group. This clan or tribal like mentality is always manifested in one’s cultural and religious customs. These cultural and religious customs also allow people in an ethnic group to feel vindicated about the results and effects their extreme views have on others. For example, the ethnic majority in a society always believe their ethnicity automatically makes them right, favored by their deity, therefore righteous and justified in all that they do.

This is and always has been a terribly misguided premise that feeds into the idea of superiority. Also, it is clear this is a premise that pass down through generations. Where and how did this start? The answer will always be a culture’s religious beliefs. The idea of there being a favored human group is derived from books held sacred. Because this is written in their sacred books, naturally it can only mean those who are favored are born better. These religious doctrines fostered the belief that some are born into privilege and there is no wrong in them. Yes, laws are necessary, but only to refrain the lowly. those not favored. Of course, their unfavorable disposition with the culture’s deity is evident by their deprived financial status. So, the favored are comfortable believing all human are not entitled to civil human rights. These cultural customs make it acceptable to treat the unfavored in the species, in some of the most undignified ways imaginable. What a comfortable position for the majority to be in.  

Religion is a very powerful tool in any society, and when books, doctrines, and literature are pass passed down unchanged, beliefs form and become customs. Sadly, what most religions fail to do is emphasizes a human requirement of morality. Humans must be rooted in morality because this is what opens the heart to civility. It gives way to a strong capacity to love and show compassion, and morality and love are entwined cord that connects All That Live to All That Is, the Most High.

There are many reasons why the Gnostic Faith does not share the god of the Christians or most other religions. We believe in the Most High who is All that Is and know this is the one true Superior. This is the one true deity responsible for every living thing in the universe, not just those who dwell on Earth. Human intellectual capacity is primitive as it is clearly not understood that there is one human species. It is not understood that although we are diverse, we remain one species, human. This means, no one group of humans is better than another group of humans. Every member of the species is morally equal. Males are not superior or better than females. Caucasian are not better than African American, or any other ethnic group that is not Caucasian. The wealthy are not more significant than the poor, and Clergy are not more important than their parishioners. Not in the eyes of All that Is, the Most High.

The All did not foster these concepts and takes no part in such petty notions. These are human concepts, and for this reason humans remain a young, barbaric species. As long as they continue to thrive in a world that allows some to devalue, oppress, depress, repress, subjugate, dominate, and/or tyrannize other members of the species, no human is superior. They can be seen as nothing more than savage, as long as they murder, disparage, and torture others in the species because it is inhumane therefore uncivil.

It is no wonder humans fear encounters and/or visits to our planet from other life forms. Humans treat each other so horribly, it is hard to imagine a foreign species treating the indigenous species any better. There are many in the human species that continue to believe humans are the superior intellectual species in the known universe. THEY ARE NOT the only living species in the universe capable of intellect and to maintain this belief is not arrogant it is ignorant. Humans also remain a young, primitive species as they require a forever parent, a leader. They must have a set of rules that govern them, laws. The human species has shown they are incapable of individual responsibility and self-control. They are comfortable allowing one individual to make decision that will affect their lives.

There clearly is a problem in giving one individual leadership powers. Given these kinds of powers, in the human species, often leads to a grandiose self-image. It leads to controlling behavior, and what follows is always, ALWAYS destruction. Leaders, in many circumstances, prove to be incapable of maintaining civility, compassion, and fairness. They almost always abuse the power that comes with leadership and thousands suffer for it.

Some examples the human types of leaders include: drug lords, godfathers, dons, bad presidents, clergy, bad kings, and bad governments. It is not just power that corrupts them, it is that which humans value most, money. Their thirst for control, power, and financial gain soon overshadows their purpose, the reason they were chosen to take on the responsibility of leadership. Humans have yet to realize they must take responsibility for themselves, how they behave, and what they will allow themselves to do. If they have a strong moral foundation this is all they need to govern how they live their lives.  

As long as humans cannot live self-contained, self-controlled, independent lives that allows them to be completely responsible for all that they do, they will remain in a primitive intellectual condition. It does not matter how much they grow technological, how much they achieve because when this is not tempered with morality it is dangerous. So, what exactly is a moral foundation? The definition of MORALITY is as follows – a system of values and principles of conduct. This is the attributes of a strong human foundation, ESPECIALLY if one wishes to be classified as civil. As long as humans lack the ability to reasonably discern right from wrong there can be no defined leader. It is also why the best of them are remembered and always assassinated.

Human are a mentally lazy species, far too comfortable allowing others to handle their lives. They want to do what is easier and that is always bad or requires little thought and/or effort. They spend far too much time trying to find ways to mask their laziness and irresponsibly. It must be understood there is no profession that exempts a human of bad, irresponsible behavior. Under poor leadership the worst people in a profession are unleashed. Honorable leadership forces a decorum and an ability to maintain upright behavior in the open or in public.

Sometimes bad behavior goes unrestrained for such a long time it takes on a life of its own. This is how and why some law enforcement officers continue to get away with murder. It is how or what allows them to take on the role of an outlaw, while civilians considered them to be law abiding. It is how armed officers can gun down young, unarmed, black male. It allows a male officer to punch, shoved, and/or fling a weaker black, teenage female to the ground. It allows the bad members of ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to carry out the orders of a deranged leader and his band of demon henchmen, calling for the intimidations and unlawful separation of innocent, defenseless, brown children from their parents. Parents who are simply doing the parental thing, attempting to find a safe environment for their children to grow up and thrive.

Any person who is comfortable participating in what is now going on at the American southern boarders, is not a decent person and does not deserve to be classified or respected as such. At some point even saying it is their job is not a good enough excuse. If an employer asks that we di something vile and as inhumane as what is happening to immigrants at our southern border, a truly decent human being would be completely unwilling to carry out such orders. It is unnecessarily cruel. But, clearly, this is a situation where those capable of cruelty, thrive. A place where they can mask the ugly behind something honorable.

Also, in light of how police officers around this country have been shown to gun down unarmed black American citizens, it is barbaric to call them on a black person who is clearly not breaking the law. This is murder on the part of the officer and the person who called the officer out. This is not a righteous thing to do. It is evil. There is nothing more hateful, savage, and/or demonic willfully causing the death of another. In turn, there is not a more shameful department to be a part of than one that allows and tolerates the actions of a few to cast them in such a despicable light. Where is the morality in the caller and the officers that responds to a call and reacts in a deadly manner?

To live a commendable life is to live a life that is governed by morality and consumed with love and compassion. There is no greater reward than the reward of giving and caring. Humans are failing to show they are capable of being humane much less superior. That is way there should only be one true leader for all species. The one and only superior being, All That Is, the Most High. The ability to understand what it is to live a commendable life is to understand life has to be tempered by a moral code of ethics and love, as this strengthens the bond between them and the Most High.

 

Am I Admirable
By Jay Gallo

This article is a discussion about Bad and Good, and throughout this particular passage we will use the terms Malevolent and Benevolent. We should all know the meaning of these two words, but for those who are not sure, the first two words used, good and bad, are both definitions of the second two words, just in a lighter form. Malevolence is evil and Benevolence is righteous. In accordance with this year’s theme or focus, this article also requires some soul searching. /the primary focus is a question that addresses our self-image. Let us start by askinig the question, which one of the core soul characteristic best match our personal view of self? Most people hide their true selves, allowing representatives to be in the forefront of their lives. In fact, most of us have personal representatives that come forward in accordance to the situation we find ourselves in at the time. For example: when we go to an important function that requires us to behave accordingly, we call on a representative good at playing a part best suited to that particular situation.

In many cases, for many people, we have a dominate representative. This dominate representative is closes to who we are at our core. If the core self is malevolent this dominate representative is comfortable lying, manipulating, and even committing acts of violence. If the core self is benevolent this dominate personality is comfortable being helpful and/or showing kindness and compassion. The point is we all call on the strongest part of ourselves to handle the difficult times we encounter throughout our lives. Yes, that means we are all schizo to some degree.

The thing is, representatives can be a real problem for us as we interact with others in our day to day lives, especially if the true self remains hidden behind the dominate representative. Some of us never feel comfortable letting others see our true self. What is scariest about this is when someone we get involved with is malevolent and that side comes out when we least expect it. This is how many women find themselves in abusive relationships. When a partner shows this side for the first time, they know they have gone to far, revealed to much and an apology is offered. Naturally, it is our hope that the apology is sincere because the person that we met and fell in love with is still very important to us. This is how many people die, seeing this side of a person just before they are murdered.

Think of the situation many of those who are murdered find themselves in. Somewhere there is a wife whose husband is about to suddenly snap. In some community tonight, a person who is in a position of authority, a security guard, a police officer, lawyer, judge, senator, representative, or even a president, is about to show an average citizen just how malevolent he or she can be. Malevolent people always seems so nice and they have no trouble making friends because they are very charismatic, but nevertheless, they are also deadly. How can we spot such people? Is that even possible? They are everywhere, all around us all the time.

Can you remember falling in love with someone you thought was nice and perfect for you? Ask yourself, what was it about this person that made you think you were in love. Then, ask yourself if they gave any indication they had a dark side at some time before or shortly after you cross the threshold of realizing you had developed strong feelings for them. Did they ever do anything, no matter how small, that made a hair or two stand up on the back of your neck? Trust me sometimes that is all the warning that will come, in most cases, too few of us heed the simplest, subtlest warnings.

We are good at talking ourselves out of panicking. We are good at convincing ourselves we are making too much of a situation. Some of us want something so much that it is hard to see what is right in front of us. With that said, think about your friends. All of us want to have a group of people we can share with, laugh with, just talk to, and/or get and give advice. How many times have you thought a friend was the kind of friend to you that you are, or were to them, and they proved you wrong? Do you ever wonder what people might think of you as a friend? Do you honestly try to treat people the way you want them to treat you?

Family, how must it feel to grow up with someone and later in life learn they have a real darkness inside them? None of us can see another’s thoughts, not typically anyway, so how do we know? What would it be like to have a sibling who becomes a serial killer? What if you found out your father or mother was someone to be feared, someone who is dangerous, deadly? Think of all the defenseless children who find themselves victims of a malevolent parent or adult.

Actually, if we pay close attention, especially to family members, we notice the signs they show that are malevolent in nature. These signs typically start to really show themselves during puberty. But, there are some cases when malevolence is obvious in a person at the toddler stage. Think about children you have encountered. These are children you may be related to in some way, or perhaps they are the child of a friend. This is a child that does everything they are not supposed to do. They totally destroy their toys and do very costly things around the house, even start fires that cause hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. They enjoy doing mean things to other children, and defenseless animals. They are bullies, mean and spiteful. They have problems in school and often require some sort of disciplinarian response as a consequence of their behavior.

To recognize this kind of person we must remove the blinders and be willing to see all people as they truly are. We also must understand, we cannot always prevent a child from becoming a malevolent person. No matter how good you are to them, how structured their lives are while they live with you. It does not matter if you provide the perfect amount of affection, and interaction with your child. Some people are destined to be malevolent. It is hard for a parent to see a child as they are when they start to show they have a mean streak, violent tendencies, and feet that are swift to do the wrong thing. Deep down we know there is a problem but again we cling to the hope they will outgrow this behavior. We take steps when we acknowledge there is a problem. Many parents rely on prayer, while others turn to a mental health professional if it is affordable.

If we find ourselves always surrounded by certain types of people, good or bad, we have to ask ourselves, what kind of person are we. Here is another example: the current president of the United States. Every person he appoints to a position in his cabinet is malevolent just like him. It is obvious they are not as bad as him, but nevertheless they jumped on the band wagon with him and enjoyed the ride until the king cobra reared his head and showed his fangs. One by one they are backing away. I am sure you have all heard the saying ‘Birds of a Feather Flock Together’. This president, his party members, and cabinet prove that statement very true.

Do you recall when Hillary called his supporters a ban of deplorables? Some of us were not upset by what she said because she was absolutely right. His base is full of racist, sexist, liars who live to manipulate people into seeing things in a way that is untrue. They have no honor, they have no integrity, but most of all, they are without morals. If you want to know about a person, look to the company they keep and you will have your answer. Have you noticed how the mighty are all falling after years of tormenting others weaker than themselves, particularly women and children. Men like: Roy Moore, Bill O’Riley, Steven Wynn, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, John Conyers, and Bill Cosby who was recently found guilty in the case against him.

Finally, think about a person of which you think highly. You might hold more than one person in high regard but pick one and compare that person to the others of which you think so highly. What type of people are they and what type of people are you most comfortable associating with? We are on a journey of self-discovery, searching for the answer to the question, what kind of person am I. After careful thought and some comparisons, answer the opening question, ‘Am I a person that is admired or one whom many would find contemptible’

 

Who Do You Think You Are?
By Mark McGinnis

 

Most of us are certain we know what kind of person we are. Most of us are sure we have figured ourselves out. Sometimes this is true, but the only way to be sure is to first be willing to admit, acknowledge, and accept who and what we know we are. You see, honestly, most of us have false personas, personalities, and/or representatives that we have become so accustom and comfortable allowing to occupy the wheel. We gladly permit our false self to sit in the driver’s seat as we live out our day to day lives. Many of us do not know who we really are. We do not realize that the person we think we are could not be further from who we truly are. The only way to know who we really are is to take down all barriers, remove all mask, and see ourselves as we are at the core of our being. We must be willing to really see, and once we see, we must acknowledge all of what we see, good and bad. This is something some of us never learn how to do. Many people go through life living in false realities, drawing everyone around them into their secluded world, giving off impressions they are someone that is as far from the truth as night is from day.

These kinds of people literally infect all of us because their life is enthralled in a web of deception. They refuse to acknowledge who they are thus they are unable, or more than likely, unwilling to take responsibility for how and what they do. This is how innocent people are sucked into relationships that are often mentally, emotionally, sexually, and physically abusive. These are the kinds of people who live in such a sense of false reality, they think they are good in a profession they should never be allowed to occupy. In fact, they are so unsuited and unqualified for certain profession, position or stations they often inherit or acquiring in unconventional ways, it only exposes society, many of who are vulnerable, to victimization.  

For example: SOME, not all, police officers, or peace officers if you will. Men and women in a high-level position of authority, entrusted with a very important task of protecting, and bringing order in our communities, are in fact--in far too many instances--the perpetrator of disorder, discontentment, and violence in various communities. No there is no protecting and no order when the ones entrusted with facilitating these tasks are themselves violators. Their station allows them to murder unarmed citizens and make a false claim of fearing for their safety, making themselves the victims. This is allowed because of their position, their respected position. Their honored positions. They are supposed to be above certain behaviors, and the righteous peace officers are, but to continue to allow one bad one to remain in such an honorable position, is one to many. The individuals who are not suited to this profession believe they are because of the false images they have of themselves. They have never acknowledged who and what they really are but one thing is certain, they are not peace-keepers, protectors of the innocent, or individuals that facility order. They never have been, and never will be.

Another example would be clergy, especially the so-called Evangelicals. They love to give the world the impression they are righteous and operating in the service of the Most High. To our great fortune, their façade is cracking, leaving them exposing for more and more of us to see. Our eyes are opening and we now know exactly who they are and what they represent. They have no idea who our Heavenly Father is, they do not have a clue. They deceive, mislead, and abuse the trust of the innocent with false realities and unclear, confusing doctrines. They serve their self-made god, or should I say, the god of this world and that is MONEY. Our God is bigger than their god because Our God is the One and only True God.

The third example is UNQUALIFIED men and women in leadership positions. This would include: the Russian leader, the Philippians leader, the Syrian leader, and many leaders in African countries. There are unqualified, ill-suited leaders in many Middle Eastern counties. Oh, and let us not leave out the Prime minister of Israel, the North Korea leader, and the current President of the United States. These types of sociopaths, narcissistic individuals have a false image of themselves simply believing they are perfect in a leadership position when again, it is clear, nothing could be further from the truth. They are criminals at heart and do nothing but destroy any and everything they have their hands in or on. They are good con-artists, skilled only at deception, misrepresentation, and attempting to mislead everyone they come into contact with. They put entire countries in severe states of turmoil, matched by the turmoil within each of them.

People who refuse to see themselves as they truly are lie to themselves and the world about everything, refusing to acknowledge they do not belong in the positions they are in. The saddest truth is they are willing to do anything to remain in a position they are not suited for. At their core they do not possess the unique qualification a true leader most have. With that said, do you know who you really are? What do you value? What is most important to you? What legacy do you want to leave behind? What do you want to be remembered for? What do you stand for?

A few years back we did an activity that involved looking at ourselves in the mirror for five minutes. Just five minutes. For many of us it was the first time we really saw the person behind the face. For most of us, at that moment, a new person immerged. So, understand, we most first see ourselves as we truly are in order to see if we are ready, really ready to take on a role of leadership, authority, benevolence, integrity, conviction, and principle. We must be willing to take a long hard look at ourselves because this is the only way to bring down the personas we form throughout our lives. Sometimes this happens when we meet and become involved with someone who opens our eyes to who we are, what we are made of, what we stand for, and what we want to be known and understood about what we value.

This year Gnostics will stand for honesty and truth. We will insist upon having this, settling for nothing less. This means we are going to be honest about our feelings to those we love, as well as those we encounter in our lives from day to day. Many of us have family members, friends, or just acquaintances who do and say things we do not agree with. They do things we do not condone and often behave in manners that are outside the realm of being in the service of the Most High.

This article is to accompany an activity, of which, we will first: think about and honestly answer the six questions two paragraphs up. Second: we will think about a person, someone in our lives who fits one of the description above. They might only fit one of the descriptions or they might be guilty of them all. Think about what it is about this person that causes you the most discomfort. Ask yourself what you have done about how this person makes you feel. If nothing, ask yourself when you are going to honestly tell this person how you feel. It could be a sibling, a son, a daughter, a parent, or a friend you have known for years. It will be a person you care about and may feel a little bit reluctant to confront. Make no mistake about this, it will bring about some form of confrontation, because no one likes to be told negative things about themselves.

This is not to give the impression that you approach them negatively, as your approach will depict how extreme the confrontation will be. Let us try to keep it polite, using our words carefully, but not leaving any room for doubt this is troublesome. Most of us do not like to be to confrontational. However, what we must understand, is there will be times when a situation requires that we standup to and for what is right. You see, this person may be aware their behavior is causing some discomfort, and it more than likely is not a problem just for you. Understand, if you have spoken to someone else about this person, describing the things they do that cause you some discomfort, it is time to say these things to this person. In fact, it is always best to first speak to the one you are having a problem with, because if you have spoken to someone else about it, the discomfort is turning into resentment.

Think about it. Are you angry when talk about this person to another? When you vent, as you will. Are you feeling hurt? Do you feel they have done something that has caused you so much discomfort you have to expel it to someone, anyone willing to be a sounding-board? Obviously, this person has caused you some degree of distress. Perhaps they do things that really annoy you, embarrass you, or you feel the things they do are shameful. Again, perhaps this person only invokes one particular form of discomfort. For example: they use to much profanity when conversing. They laugh to loudly. You cannot stand the way they laugh. Maybe they have a substance abuse problem. When they become inebriated while in your company, they do and say things that embarrass you. Then again, this person might invoke all the afore mentioned emotions. Ask yourself, who suffers more by you remaining silent? What good does it do anyone for you to speak to a third party about how this person makes you feel, while remaining silent in your communications with this person?

In essence it is being dishonest to keep your true feelings hidden from the person causing you discomfort. It has become a secret, and as we have discussed, secrets are lies waiting to happen. Besides, what happens if the person you are venting to tells the person you are experience discomfort with, what you said to him or her about how you are feeling? This will certainly lead to them angrily confronting you. Why? More often than not, issues that are relayed by—outside of the immediate situation—individuals, will never be expressed properly. Why? No one can express how you are feeling more and/or better than you. After all you are the one who is having these feelings.

Now you will face being confronted by the individual that causes you some form of discomfort. As you soon realize they have no trouble confronting you about how they feel. Naturally, caught off guard, our first reaction can sometimes be one of denial. Ah the lie. Here is where the deception begins to grow, and tension between the two of you begin to build and fester. Trust me this person knows what they were told, by the third party, is not a complete lie. They have some idea they cause you some discomfort. They know you, so they are not ignorant of the discomfort they cause. You also become angry with the person you confided in, and now the relationship between the two of you is strained. For what? All because you wanted to avoid a necessary confrontation with an individual that is making you uncomfortable.

Speak up! Speak to the one you have the problem with before you go outside the relationship and speak to another. In the future let us bypass the middle person and go right to the source. Listen, all that will happen is the discomfort will stop. Yes, it might mean a severance of the relationship but you will have your peace of mind and the discomfort will be gone. The point is some confrontations are necessary and simply cannot be avoided. It is not easy being honest, but it does give us peace.

It is time for all of us to stand up for what is right. Would that we all did this. When we hear friends saying and doing things we find distasteful, we have to speak up and make it known we do not share the view. Sometimes all it takes is one brave soul in the group to speak up and it will encourage others who share you views to speak up as well. Remember, in all things, in all situations, we first and far most, trust in the Most High’s moral compass. Our trust is never in things that are of this world. Our trust is, and always should be, in the Most High. From this point we start evaluating what type of things are important to us. What are our values? What kind of people do we admire? These things answer the question, do you know who you are? Let us begin…..

 

 

The Truth and Nothing but The Truth
By Mason Denise Carlisle

 

As we look around and observe the world we currently live in, many of us find ourselves wondering if what we see and hear is real. Can it be possible that the state of the union in the United States is in such disarray? Many things are coming to light in this era, also known as the era of Trump. The biggest and most profound issue coming to light, is how many powerful men, subject women to inexcusable acts of sexual harassment.

We have witnessed the disclosure of these behaviors and watched it take down some of the mightiest of men. Men all over the world are being exposed for their dark behavior in regards to women. It is no wonder no real interest in preventing, curbing and/or bringing the sex trade industry, around the world, to an end. It is now crystal clear why this issue has not been taken seriously. Many of the worlds most powerful men are guilty of participating in this despicable behavior.

Before elected, Trump’s comments about women, shocked and amazed us. So much so that after he was elected one of this country’s biggest march of protest happened in 2017. As many if not more people turned out in 2018 in support of the same cause. Violence against women can no longer be tolerated. One thing we must give Trump credit for is bringing this behavior to the surface. His crude comments gave women the courage to speak out openly about what he has done to them. This empowered other women to come forward about awful things they have experienced at the hands of powerful, wealthy men.

Never has the saying, ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’ been more realized. Trump also afforded us a glimpse into the mindset of some men who are born into financial privilege. Without a doubt, they believe they can do just about anything they want, just about whenever they want. They truly believe their money will forever shield them from bearing any responsibility or facing any consequences for their shameful behavior.

These men even believe they can create their own alternative reality that insures they are innocent no matter what. They have even created a god that is partial to them. They have their own church run by the Evangelicals. Yes, we have all seen the true colors of this group and we can honestly say the Evangelicals do not serve nor do they represent the attributes of True God. They have proven their god is earthly, money and power. These are the type who alter sacred books in order to control mass groups of people, thus, swinging the odds in their favor. They are liars, dissevers, destroyers, and disruptors.

Ah the three Ds. These are what make humans reprobate. One who is reprobate is a lost cause, abominable. The harm they do is extensive and long lasting, passing down from generation to generation. Hope is for those who seek the truth, realizing ‘The Truth Will Set Them Free’. The truth works hand and hand with Karma. It is a relief that Karma cannot be purchased or brought off. No one escapes it, not even in death. Would that we answered for our immoralities in life because to answer for them after death is to return into a life worse than the one you are departing from.

What if all the wealthy people in this life realized they would be held accountable for all their behavior even after death? What if everyone, for that matter, realized that death does not abate karma. What if they had undeniable proof they would be reborn and held accountable for their actions in this life good and bad? Imagine all the racists realizing they would return as a minority, the wealthy would return poor, the rapist would return and be raped? If a soul does not graduate in this life, that is learn to live morally, this is exactly what happens.  

Many of us witnessed how upset Bill O’Riley was when he was finally exposed and faced consequences for his despicable misconduct. He blamed God, revealing how many like him feel. They believe they are privilege, born with a right to do what they please when they please. When he realized this was not the case he was shocked, devastated. It is not hard to imagine many of those being exposed are shocked. They are so convinced they are above reproach simply because they are lucky enough to be born into financial freedom. That is how wonderful financial security is for people. To know that you will never want for anything because of your financial status.

The truth is they never want for anything money can purchase, and in this world, there is not much that money cannot purchase. All of us want to live financially stress-free lives. So much so, many people can be persuaded to do just about anything. But, alas there is Karma, and again, Karma is not influenced by one’s socioeconomic status, and no one escapes their individual Karma.

No, there is no hiding and for this reason, being dishonest is useless. Lies allows some to avoid taking responsibility for their reprehensible behavior. Lies allow many people to blame others for wrongs for which they are subjected. Lies give way to victims being blamed for crimes when they are innocent and it devastates their lives. Lying is an attribute of hate and is the most destructive of all acts and behaviors. It is even disruptive for the liar because one lie is the start of a web of lies. Many people have many webs spun of lies and this in itself is a form of prison. It is no wonder many people struggle to sleep at night.

It is said this nations leader does not sleep much. Perhaps it is the threat of all the alternative truths being revealed for the untruths they are. Lies tear families apart, breakup the most sacred relationships. Lies have destroyed companies, institutions, and countries. Once revealed, lies have brought some of the mightiest to their knees. Often times, lies are so destructive lives have been lost and relationships cannot recover from the devastation the lie caused.

As we start this new year let us evaluate our behavior, and come to the realization that lying is evil, and a catalyst for the three D’s. We need only look at the destruction and disruption in the lives of some of this country’s most wealthy, and powerful men. Many of us have seen what lies can do to a relationship. Many of us have had our lives deeply impacted by a lie or lies. To many have had a portion of their life striped away because of a lie. Some have even served time in prison because of a lie. No matter how painful, many of us have felt the relief of truth when a lie is exposed.

There is nothing more honorable than the truth. There is nothing more liberating then the truth. The truth will always set us free. Let’s be clear. This is not about withholding information. This is about saying something that is untrue, something that has, and often does seriously impact the life of an individual or the lives of many people. Honestly, a lie can disrupt the lives of several people in it’s wake.

Some people, men and women, think they have successfully reclassified and renamed lie, lies, and liar. Now an untruth is called alternative truths, and the real truth is under attack and said to be fake. Look at the demeanor of the man who coined the phrase “Fake News”. Look at him and see the evil that is visible in his eyes, in his breath, in his aura. Look at the eyes of all those who support and defend this person. They are without real life. The Christian Bible speaks of the walking dead. They make movies about zombies, or soulless human beings. Need we wonder what this saying in the Christian Bible means? Gnostic call them the soulless. Look at the eyes of those who speak for this individual. It is and always will be the same look of emptiness. See this and remember the eyes are the gateway to the soul.

The year of 2018 is the year we decide where we stand and what we stand for. It is the year we remove all blinders and see things as they truly are. It is the year we celebrate truth. This is the year we vow to always uphold and stand for actuality. This is the year we live by and with the freedom truth has afforded us. This is the year we declare we want the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  

 

In the Service of the Most High

By Jay Gallison

So, what do people mean when they say they are in the service of the Most High? How does one live in the service of the Most High? Is it just a fancy idea or is it literal a lifestyle? And, how does one know if they are living a life of servitude to the Most High? In the Gnostic Faith, most of us became Gnostic after realizing we are and always have lived our lives in a service to the Most High. Naturally we were joyful, and we remain so haven found our place of Zing and Peace. This article presents another activity. It is time to talk about what caused us to walk away from the traditional religions that were a part of our lives growing up.

What was it exactly that opened our eyes once and for all? For most of us the eye-opening experience was forced upon us. What was that something devastating that happened while we were members of our original religious groups. This experience put an end to our ability to accept that we were operating on a righteous path. Some of us toyed with atheism, deciding perhaps this was what we were all along. Let us face it, we all questioned some of the things we heard and witnessed in our previous religions. In fact, some of us did more questioning than worshiping.

The questions most of us struggled and wondered about include: Why so many questionable people were not only members of the church community, but in leadership positions? Why was God so mean, so easily angered? Why did he allow bad things to happen to good people? Why are sinners the most prosperous? Why was not the church doing more to help people? Why are the church leaders always begging for money? And, if they were truly stewards of the lord, why did they feel the need to constantly test the faith of their congregation?

We also wondered why the God in the old testament seemed cruel and somewhat insecure? Why did he favor one particular group of humans, who were calling the elect, and the rest the gentiles? So, what exactly did the phrase “no respect of person” really mean in light of favoring a particular group of humans? How is it that the wealthy came to believe they are the elect, the elite, the appointed by God as the superior humans, the blessed ones? They are the most viciously, mean people so, why are they allowed to live abundantly secure lives while others suffer?

We also questioned the character of this so-called devil. Is not this devil the primary enemy of God? Many of us often wondered what separated the two. It is really hard to tell sometimes. The good God is telling fathers to kill their sons to prove they are worth. The bad Devil is telling fathers to kill their sons for the hell of it. Where is the defining line? What need is there for one group to be better than another group in a species? This is the root of racism, it is petty. So, is God racist and petty? Why is the Christian Bible so unclear and hard to understand? Why would a loving God not want to be understood by all? Also, the Bible is said to be the most violent book written in human history. What kind of God inspired such terrifying piece of literature?

It is real hard to see righteousness in religious beliefs, values, and customs. Religious people attend their places of worship regularly and enjoy pointing fingers, giving condescending looks, passing judgments, and hurling accusations toward others. Basically, the most significant thing religion taught us, was how to classify humans and place them in a specific group. This makes it easier for humans to devalue and dehumanize each other.

Many of us wondered, in our previous religions, what separated us from all the bad people, the sinners. What was our religion doing to inspire significant change in our lives? How were we making any significant differences in the lives of others? Did not Jesus, the Christian name for Yahushua, say we were supposed to help one another? Why was this not happening, and when did he say only help those who tithe regular to the church they or their family attends? Why are there so many different churches, often separated by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status? Is God racist and if so why? 

Faith. Religion teaches us that faith is blind trust. Trust in the elite humans. In the United States this include: the well-off, the males in the human species, and those of a lighter complexion. We are to blindly follow the instruction of corrupt law enforcement officers, crocket, over-priced lawyers, bias judges, and a proven unfair court system and legal process. We are to put our trust in the leaders of our churches. This is said to be the faithful thing to do. We have all noticed how often in movies, particularly comedies, the behavior of church leaders is reenacted. We laugh but the depiction is accurate and the behavior is shameful. It is baffling why congregation members believe church leaders are somehow deserving of so much. We are to believe they are blessed by God, to live such extravagant lives. Blessed or, are the tithes and offerings the congregations give, under the belief this is faithful and necessary to please God, used as payment for delivering the word of God? And, why would God bless anyone with something his enemy is said to be responsible for and uses to rewards those who do his bidding?

 Discernment. To those of us who understand what discernment really means we know it has nothing to do with understanding, articulating, or interpreting what a scripture means. Discernment is our sixth sense our third eye, our chakra pathway. This affords us an ability to recognize and interpret what is good and what is evil so we are not fooled or easily led astray or off our path. This is what allows us to recognize the wolves often draped in sheep clothing. Why is the understanding of faith not clearly defined in religion? Most of all, where is the love of the Most High in religions?

The very first act of discernment is distinguishing between Love and Hate. It is important to know what kinds of behaviors are associated with the Most High and what behaviors are not. The first act of faith is realizing that our lives are ours to live and our morality is inspired by the Love of the Most High. It is our morality that links us to our creator, and knowing it is an unbreakable link is faith.

The next act of discernment opens our eyes and shows us things that are inspired by humans for the benefit of humans. When we realize this, it allows our moral link to the Most High to manifest in our day to day lives. Faith removes all desire to harm others directly or indirectly, in any way, shape, or form. Would that we elected our leaders based on faith instead of political party association or economic status.

When we select a leader, there should be no questions as to where he or she stands or what he or she believes in. Our faith in that leader allows us to trust in his or her decisions and judgement. But when we have a bunch of elected leaders that will do things out of order, in secret, in the dark, it creates turmoil, uneasiness, and unrest. Time and time again we have witnessed how bad leaders create hardships in the lives of thousands. Let us never forget our recent recession.  

So, discernment allowing us to sense what us going on around us. For example, Money. It has no value anymore. It is not worth the paper it is printed on, but the façade is maintained. Discernment makes this visible. That which money’s value is based on has run out. The sooner we realize that the better off we are going to be. But many love existing in a state of perpetual ignorant bliss, and this is what is counted on, relied on. If we but pay attention we can see the signs that the worlds current value system is valueless. In fact, for quite some time we have been transitioning into a credit based system, a point system, a score. Make no mistake about it, this system will continue to weed out and separate those who are considered worthy from those who are not.

This worlds Virgil is out there somewhere and when he reveals himself he will be looked down upon and labeled the anti-Christ. The war on truth has already begun and he will be seen as a threat, Anti-God. Many will call him the devil because of how he will begin to radically change things. Most will not understand why and that it is for the good of all humanity. The transition will meet with great resistance. It is a resistance that will be led by religion. The stage for this has already been constructed. Religion reaches us in the masses and the corruptors, currently in power, know this. Here’s an example: Notice how Trump went to the churches and enlisted the help of religious leaders to help him win the 2016 presidential election. He did this after publicly claiming he didn’t believe he had to ask for forgiveness from religions God.

This world has been conditioned to accept our current tangible system as being right, fair, and just. Most have not yet realized this system has already crumbled even with the evidence right in their faces. We are now being condition to not trust in reliable sources for accurate and fact-based information. We are being led down a path of fantasy and false realities as this will assist in further control of society as a whole. Here’s an example: The internet used to be an information highway but several years ago this highway was shut down. There is now no way for us to get reliable, fact based information unless we can afford college where we can access the college or universities research data base. This maintains an elite group because only they have the facts. The rest in the society have no way of challenging those in the group of college educated, or to determine if facts have been distorted because access has been denied. The general public has Wikipedia, an internet information source anyone can put information on. College professors tell their students Wikipedia is not a reliable research source for this very reason.

The majority of humans lack the ability to discern and this is a form of blindness. They cannot see past the subliminal messages those with the spirit of control, oppression, depression, and degradation are using to deceive. First of all, wealth is obtained by the spilling and/or shedding of innocent blood. This further proves this is not an institution of the Most High and any group, or organization that says otherwise is anti the Most High. They are the devils, the wolves in sheep clothing Yahushua warned us to be on the lookout for. They are the liars, the deceivers, the truly corrupt, hiding behind their titles, political positions, and societal status.

Yes, that means most if not all religions are not inspired by the Most High who is the creator of all that is. Most humans are unable to see, much less understand that any inhuman act is a behavior that lacks morals thus it is not inspired by the Most High. To deny any living being the entitlements they require to sustain their lives is an act of immorality. This is how removed from the Most High many humans are, which brings us to an understanding of the 95/5 theory or hypothesis.

The wealthy have managed to dilute the vision and beliefs of humans in the masses and religion has been their catalyst. When the kings of the past realized what they could do if they had religion on their side they seized the opportunity to capitalize on it. They began to form beliefs and values that started with the process of self-denial. The next step was respect, reverence, and trust in those placed in societal positions of power. They successfully convinced humanity this is the will of God and these people are ordained by the Most High, favored, which is why they have so much and millions have nothing. What kind of God would inspire such a notion? For what purpose? What would it benefit the Most high to inspire such beliefs? The creator of all life does not need to favor one particular group of humans over another. It serves the Most High no purpose.

We, as human, have been trained to believe that if we do not conform to the societal norms good or bad, we have a problem, and it is looked at as a highly egregious act. Those who do not conform are labeled criminals, trouble makers. Anyone who questions the establishment is frown upon because it requires a measure of self-preservation. That is never a good thing.  After all, too care to much about yourself is considered selfish, a sin. We are taught to have too many ideas or views that boost one’s own self-confidence or feelings of self-worth is what us evil. The real devils need compliance, blind compliance. They are heavy on the sublime and the alternative facts they are now pushing.

Discernment. A soul that harbors hate is a soul that is without life, and those with the ability to discern can spot a lifeless person right away. It is something they simply cannot mask. The eyes don’t change, they are a gateway into the soul and a dead soul is reflected in dead eyes. For those who lack the ability to discern they remain blinded by the sublime and the alternative facts. They will always support their leaders. These are the 95 in the human species.

However, the fact is there is no one Devil, as a devil can be anyone who behaves Satanically. This behavior is displayed in anyone who is full of hatred, bigotry, greed, and usually suffering from one of the many forms of mental illnesses. There is no one being with these qualifications unleashed on humanity for the purpose of destroying or corrupting our souls. For those who would spread this notion, this is understandably necessary, because it takes all the view off them and place it on some mythical being. Injecting these beliefs into sacred books and claiming these books are inspired by our creator provided those in control with all they needed to obtain and maintain compliance from entire societies, communities, countries, and nations. The creation of an ominous being absolved them of any responsibility for their deplorable behavior. Here is an example: The rantings of members in one of many white supremacist groups who spread hate and dissention among members of the any society. It is time to think rationally and logically. Why is there a need to create a being more powerful than the creator of all life?

This is done to destroy hope, faith, self-confidence and worth, and a will to fight an establishment designed from the minute the first hominid was transformed into a human. It was necessary to create fear in order to control. To pave the way for some to be considered born into privilege, blessed by God. Blessed and better based on their ethnicity, race, sex, religion, and socioeconomic status. This continues because that which makes one special is passed down through their bloodline, their cultural beliefs and established values.

Discernment opens the door to faith, which opens our eyes to truth. There is no power stronger than the power of the Most High. There is no being that comes close to challenging the authority of the Most High, and at some point we must ask ourselves what is the need to give the impression there is such a being. Who benefits from humanity having this belief? I’ll give you a hint: Not the Most High.

So, let us think about what brought us to the Gnostic Faith. Do we recognize our ability to discern? Are we comfortable with our faith? Do we understand it? If so, let us give instead of beg. Let us make a different in the lives of others who desperately need our help. And most of all let us take responsibility for ourselves. Let us recognize love, know what it looks and feels like, and how it manifests itself in our lives. This allows us to strengthen that cord of morality that connects us to the Most High and allows us to really live righteous lives. This is what it means to live in the service of the Most High.

 

2014 Reflection

By Mason Denise Carlisle

 

In 2017 our focus was on the things in our society that contribute to how we form values in our lives. We discussed messages and images we observe via sight and hearing, and we discussed the messages that are not so obvious but are picked up and stored in our sub-conscious. These would be the subliminal messages that are embedded in the obvious messages we see and hear throughout our day. Subliminal messages are embedded in television shows, commercials, and motion pictures. In fact, this is why many of us find ourselves wondering what is was about that commercial, that talk show, that episode in a series we like, that movie on television or cable, and yes, that movie we went to the theater to see, that left a bad taste in our mouth. Sometimes something about what we see and hear leaves us uncomfortable, angry, hurt. We are left to wonder why we did not particularly care for that commercial, that show, that storyline in a movie.

Here are a few examples: Why is it that mobster movie place a strong emphasis on the Italian community? Yes, many of us liked the “Sopranos” but for some of us it was somewhat degrading. Movies like ‘The Godfather’, ‘Goodfellas’, and ‘Donnie Brasco’ to name a few, paint a negative, ugly view of Italians and many Italians find these type storylines offensive. Yes, there was a period of time when the Mafia was very powerful, but it was not just Italians who were a part of the Mafia. Where are the stories about how many Italian communities were attacked when they first migrated here? Attacked and murdered. It is similar to the cowboy and Indian movies many of us grew up watching. The Native Americans were always the bad ones, attacking and scalping the White man. When did most of us learn that it was White men who started scalping the Native Americans? The Native Americans just retaliated, doing to White men what was being done to them.

Gangster movies were so easily associated with Italians many people did not realize that the main character in ‘Scarface’ was not Italian. Tony Montana was Cuban. Al Pacino is Italian but the character he played was not. Unfortunately, these type storylines allow many in society to stereotype Italian, deciding they all have mafia ties, and are involved with illegal activity. The message many of us take from gangster movies is all Italians are badass’ shooting and killing everyone. Let’s face it, this is the effect if subliminal messages in a storyline. It is the desired effect as these things do not just happen by chance. It is not hard to understand why Italian Americans do not care to constantly see stores that cast them, their culture, in such a negative, unproductive light.

What about storylines that deal with human bondage, slavery? We can all agree this was a horrible period of time for Black people in the United States. To this day it remains hard for Black people to understand the mindset behind those who held Black people in bondage. The question is, how productive or beneficial is it to continue making movies about this period in American history? It certainly shows us where the fundamental foundation of racism began in American society.

So, what does continuing to shine a spotlight on how badly black people were brutalize do for modern day society? For many it serves to remind us how brutal and tortured their ancestors were. It also seems to feed into the hatred and cruelty embedded in the hearts of today’s most violent, extreme racists. It seems these types of movies only hurt those victimized and empower those who victimize.

Recently, many of us have heard and seen images of a situation, that so far, has received little to no coverage in main stream media. There is a new slavery epidemic occur today that once again subjects black people to the cruelty and depravation of human demons. These are the stories of refugee survivors fleeing places like Nigeria, Libya, and a few other African counties. These survivors describe despicable, deplorable acts of cruelty that simply should not be tolerated. There have been many forms of slavery practiced all around the world for hundreds of years. But, as time goes by, either the brutality of slavery has been hidden and is only now surfacing, or it has simply become more inhumane and brutal. These human demons prey on the most vulnerable, which is normally women, children, and minorities. They are cowards preying on the weak and clearly lack the courage to stand up to or against their equals. Below are some news articles to view regarding this situation:

http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.4065793/migrants-in-libya-are-being-rounded-up-and-sold-into-slavery-un-says-1.4065796

https://www.aclu.org/other/human-trafficking-modern-enslavement-immigrant-women-united-states

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/30/blackwater-founder-pitches-plan-to-quell-libya-migrant-crisis-with-private-police

One of the latest movies in a string of horrific slavery movies is ‘Birth of a Nation’. Understand, ‘Roots’ had purpose. It was a look back over a black man’s ancestry that takes us through the lives of those in his family who were slaves. These other stories do not have the same purpose. Some other recent movies about slavery include: ‘12 Years a Slave’, and the remake of ‘Roots’. Although movies like ‘The Butler’ and ‘The Help’ are not slavery movies they show how badly Black people continued to be treated post slavery. For Black people these stories do more harm than good, thus making them counterproductive. They can also be very traumatizing. The images are so horrifying they create last memories and when reflected on cause pain deep in the soul. It leaves us with the question, can humans make good meaningful movies about these troubling time in history that are not riddled with horrible acts of violence and cruelty? There has to be a far more positive, productive way to relay useful informative about these periods of time in American history.   

How much do subliminal messages, via television and movies, contribute to the problems we struggle with in modern day society? Historical movies about slavery anger and upset people of all ethnicity, rightly so. Any civilized individual is troubled by the lasting images of human brutality displayed in these movies. Black people come away wondering how this could have been allowed, and many White people come away asking similar questions. However, there are some of the most extreme racists who get a form of gratification and see the mistreatment as a show of white strength and the weakness of Black people.

As we discussed, commercials that misrepresent a group of people are also counterproductive. Some subliminal messages in images are not as harmful but show how persuasive this type of messaging can be. For example: what Putin did during the 2016 election year was an effective way of persuading Americans to vote for a candidate that was more to his liking and benefit than that of the citizens of the United States. Subliminal messages also influence how we view others, giving way to discrimination toward those who do not fall into what is considered NORMAL. Subliminal messages have a stronger affect on those who fall in the 95% of human society, which is why certain behaviors are long-lasting, passing from one generation to the next.

Subliminal messages aide in forming values, as well as opinions and expectations. For example: take a look at how we often equate love with how much money is spent in our behalf. Images that give the perception real men drive the most expensive cars because the more they cost the better they are made. Images that suggest the most beautiful women are the thinnest women, and the belief that the less fortunate among us are lazy and sucking the life out of those who are more financially stable. All in all, subliminal messages help form values and these values are always based on what we hear and see.

Ways to overcome the effects of subliminal messages is to first acknowledge they exist. Once we are aware of these types messages it becomes easy to recognize them when we see or ha them embedded in a clear message. We all know what is right because we feel it deep inside. So, we must take responsibility for what we allow in. We can resist the subtly but sometimes direct way false notions are pushed on us in our society. Once our eyes are open we see clearer and begin to realize anything that deceives, destroys, and dilutes reality is demonic. We must also understand that humans are behind demonic behavior. Living breathing human beings. When we reach this point subliminal messages, good or bad, are rendered ineffective. To sum up the message in this year’s theme, it is our job to siphon out the noise that often blinds or obstructs our vision. It is up to us to block or tune out the nonsense we often hear. This is what frees us from the corrupt thinking that has shaped societies for hundreds of years.   

 
In the Service of the Most High

By Jay Gallison

So, what do people mean when they say they are in the service of the Most High? How does one live in the service of the Most High? Is it just a fancy idea or is it literal a lifestyle? And, how does one know if they are living a life of servitude to the Most High? In the Gnostic Faith, most of us became Gnostic after realizing we are and always have lived our lives in a service to the Most High. Naturally we were joyful, and we remain so haven found our place of Zing and Peace. This article presents another activity. It is time to talk about what caused us to walk away from the traditional religions that were a part of our lives growing up.

What was it exactly that opened our eyes once and for all? For most of us the eye-opening experience was forced upon us. What was that something devastating that happened while we were members of our original religious groups. This experience put an end to our ability to accept that we were operating on a righteous path. Some of us toyed with atheism, deciding perhaps this was what we were all along. Let us face it, we all questioned some of the things we heard and witnessed in our previous religions. In fact, some of us did more questioning than worshiping.

The questions most of us struggled and wondered about include: Why so many questionable people were not only members of the church community, but in leadership positions? Why was God so mean, so easily angered? Why did he allow bad things to happen to good people? Why are sinners the most prosperous? Why was not the church doing more to help people? Why are the church leaders always begging for money? And, if they were truly stewards of the lord, why did they feel the need to constantly test the faith of their congregation?

We also wondered why the God in the old testament seemed cruel and somewhat insecure? Why did he favor one particular group of humans, who were calling the elect, and the rest the gentiles? So, what exactly did the phrase “no respect of person” really mean in light of favoring a particular group of humans? How is it that the wealthy came to believe they are the elect, the elite, the appointed by God as the superior humans, the blessed ones? They are the most viciously, mean people so, why are they allowed to live abundantly secure lives while others suffer?

We also questioned the character of this so-called devil. Is not this devil the primary enemy of God? Many of us often wondered what separated the two. It is really hard to tell sometimes. The good God is telling fathers to kill their sons to prove they are worth. The bad Devil is telling fathers to kill their sons for the hell of it. Where is the defining line? What need is there for one group to be better than another group in a species? This is the root of racism, it is petty. So, is God racist and petty? Why is the Christian Bible so unclear and hard to understand? Why would a loving God not want to be understood by all? Also, the Bible is said to be the most violent book written in human history. What kind of God inspired such terrifying piece of literature?

It is real hard to see righteousness in religious beliefs, values, and customs. Religious people attend their places of worship regularly and enjoy pointing fingers, giving condescending looks, passing judgments, and hurling accusations toward others. Basically, the most significant thing religion taught us, was how to classify humans and place them in a specific group. This makes it easier for humans to devalue and dehumanize each other.

Many of us wondered, in our previous religions, what separated us from all the bad people, the sinners. What was our religion doing to inspire significant change in our lives? How were we making any significant differences in the lives of others? Did not Jesus, the Christian name for Yahushua, say we were supposed to help one another? Why was this not happening, and when did he say only help those who tithe regular to the church they or their family attends? Why are there so many different churches, often separated by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status? Is God racist and if so why? 

Faith. Religion teaches us that faith is blind trust. Trust in the elite humans. In the United States this include: the well-off, the males in the human species, and those of a lighter complexion. We are to blindly follow the instruction of corrupt law enforcement officers, crocket, over-priced lawyers, bias judges, and a proven unfair court system and legal process. We are to put our trust in the leaders of our churches. This is said to be the faithful thing to do. We have all noticed how often in movies, particularly comedies, the behavior of church leaders is reenacted. We laugh but the depiction is accurate and the behavior is shameful. It is baffling why congregation members believe church leaders are somehow deserving of so much. We are to believe they are blessed by God, to live such extravagant lives. Blessed or, are the tithes and offerings the congregations give, under the belief this is faithful and necessary to please God, used as payment for delivering the word of God? And, why would God bless anyone with something his enemy is said to be responsible for and uses to rewards those who do his bidding?

 Discernment. To those of us who understand what discernment really means we know it has nothing to do with understanding, articulating, or interpreting what a scripture means. Discernment is our sixth sense our third eye, our chakra pathway. This affords us an ability to recognize and interpret what is good and what is evil so we are not fooled or easily led astray or off our path. This is what allows us to recognize the wolves often draped in sheep clothing. Why is the understanding of faith not clearly defined in religion? Most of all, where is the love of the Most High in religions?

The very first act of discernment is distinguishing between Love and Hate. It is important to know what kinds of behaviors are associated with the Most High and what behaviors are not. The first act of faith is realizing that our lives are ours to live and our morality is inspired by the Love of the Most High. It is our morality that links us to our creator, and knowing it is an unbreakable link is faith.

The next act of discernment opens our eyes and shows us things that are inspired by humans for the benefit of humans. When we realize this, it allows our moral link to the Most High to manifest in our day to day lives. Faith removes all desire to harm others directly or indirectly, in any way, shape, or form. Would that we elected our leaders based on faith instead of political party association or economic status.

When we select a leader, there should be no questions as to where he or she stands or what he or she believes in. Our faith in that leader allows us to trust in his or her decisions and judgement. But when we have a bunch of elected leaders that will do things out of order, in secret, in the dark, it creates turmoil, uneasiness, and unrest. Time and time again we have witnessed how bad leaders create hardships in the lives of thousands. Let us never forget our recent recession.  

So, discernment allowing us to sense what us going on around us. For example, Money. It has no value anymore. It is not worth the paper it is printed on, but the façade is maintained. Discernment makes this visible. That which money’s value is based on has run out. The sooner we realize that the better off we are going to be. But many love existing in a state of perpetual ignorant bliss, and this is what is counted on, relied on. If we but pay attention we can see the signs that the worlds current value system is valueless. In fact, for quite some time we have been transitioning into a credit based system, a point system, a score. Make no mistake about it, this system will continue to weed out and separate those who are considered worthy from those who are not.

This worlds Virgil is out there somewhere and when he reveals himself he will be looked down upon and labeled the anti-Christ. The war on truth has already begun and he will be seen as a threat, Anti-God. Many will call him the devil because of how he will begin to radically change things. Most will not understand why and that it is for the good of all humanity. The transition will meet with great resistance. It is a resistance that will be led by religion. The stage for this has already been constructed. Religion reaches us in the masses and the corruptors, currently in power, know this. Here’s an example: Notice how Trump went to the churches and enlisted the help of religious leaders to help him win the 2016 presidential election. He did this after publicly claiming he didn’t believe he had to ask for forgiveness from religions God.

This world has been conditioned to accept our current tangible system as being right, fair, and just. Most have not yet realized this system has already crumbled even with the evidence right in their faces. We are now being condition to not trust in reliable sources for accurate and fact-based information. We are being led down a path of fantasy and false realities as this will assist in further control of society as a whole. Here’s an example: The internet used to be an information highway but several years ago this highway was shut down. There is now no way for us to get reliable, fact based information unless we can afford college where we can access the college or universities research data base. This maintains an elite group because only they have the facts. The rest in the society have no way of challenging those in the group of college educated, or to determine if facts have been distorted because access has been denied. The general public has Wikipedia, an internet information source anyone can put information on. College professors tell their students Wikipedia is not a reliable research source for this very reason.

The majority of humans lack the ability to discern and this is a form of blindness. They cannot see past the subliminal messages those with the spirit of control, oppression, depression, and degradation are using to deceive. First of all, wealth is obtained by the spilling and/or shedding of innocent blood. This further proves this is not an institution of the Most High and any group, or organization that says otherwise is anti the Most High. They are the devils, the wolves in sheep clothing Yahushua warned us to be on the lookout for. They are the liars, the deceivers, the truly corrupt, hiding behind their titles, political positions, and societal status.

Yes, that means most if not all religions are not inspired by the Most High who is the creator of all that is. Most humans are unable to see, much less understand that any inhuman act is a behavior that lacks morals thus it is not inspired by the Most High. To deny any living being the entitlements they require to sustain their lives is an act of immorality. This is how removed from the Most High many humans are, which brings us to an understanding of the 95/5 theory or hypothesis.

The wealthy have managed to dilute the vision and beliefs of humans in the masses and religion has been their catalyst. When the kings of the past realized what they could do if they had religion on their side they seized the opportunity to capitalize on it. They began to form beliefs and values that started with the process of self-denial. The next step was respect, reverence, and trust in those placed in societal positions of power. They successfully convinced humanity this is the will of God and these people are ordained by the Most High, favored, which is why they have so much and millions have nothing. What kind of God would inspire such a notion? For what purpose? What would it benefit the Most high to inspire such beliefs? The creator of all life does not need to favor one particular group of humans over another. It serves the Most High no purpose.

We, as human, have been trained to believe that if we do not conform to the societal norms good or bad, we have a problem, and it is looked at as a highly egregious act. Those who do not conform are labeled criminals, trouble makers. Anyone who questions the establishment is frown upon because it requires a measure of self-preservation. That is never a good thing.  After all, too care to much about yourself is considered selfish, a sin. We are taught to have too many ideas or views that boost one’s own self-confidence or feelings of self-worth is what us evil. The real devils need compliance, blind compliance. They are heavy on the sublime and the alternative facts they are now pushing.

Discernment. A soul that harbors hate is a soul that is without life, and those with the ability to discern can spot a lifeless person right away. It is something they simply cannot mask. The eyes don’t change, they are a gateway into the soul and a dead soul is reflected in dead eyes. For those who lack the ability to discern they remain blinded by the sublime and the alternative facts. They will always support their leaders. These are the 95 in the human species.

However, the fact is there is no one Devil, as a devil can be anyone who behaves Satanically. This behavior is displayed in anyone who is full of hatred, bigotry, greed, and usually suffering from one of the many forms of mental illnesses. There is no one being with these qualifications unleashed on humanity for the purpose of destroying or corrupting our souls. For those who would spread this notion, this is understandably necessary, because it takes all the view off them and place it on some mythical being. Injecting these beliefs into sacred books and claiming these books are inspired by our creator provided those in control with all they needed to obtain and maintain compliance from entire societies, communities, countries, and nations. The creation of an ominous being absolved them of any responsibility for their deplorable behavior. Here is an example: The rantings of members in one of many white supremacist groups who spread hate and dissention among members of the any society. It is time to think rationally and logically. Why is there a need to create a being more powerful than the creator of all life?

This is done to destroy hope, faith, self-confidence and worth, and a will to fight an establishment designed from the minute the first hominid was transformed into a human. It was necessary to create fear in order to control. To pave the way for some to be considered born into privilege, blessed by God. Blessed and better based on their ethnicity, race, sex, religion, and socioeconomic status. This continues because that which makes one special is passed down through their bloodline, their cultural beliefs and established values.

Discernment opens the door to faith, which opens our eyes to truth. There is no power stronger than the power of the Most High. There is no being that comes close to challenging the authority of the Most High, and at some point we must ask ourselves what is the need to give the impression there is such a being. Who benefits from humanity having this belief? I’ll give you a hint: Not the Most High.

So, let us think about what brought us to the Gnostic Faith. Do we recognize our ability to discern? Are we comfortable with our faith? Do we understand it? If so, let us give instead of beg. Let us make a different in the lives of others who desperately need our help. And most of all let us take responsibility for ourselves. Let us recognize love, know what it looks and feels like, and how it manifests itself in our lives. This allows us to strengthen that cord of morality that connects us to the Most High and allows us to really live righteous lives. This is what it means to live in the service of the Most High.

 

Humanitarianism vs. Entitlement
by Marcus McGinnis

It is that time again, and this article will clearly identify the primary idea.  Let us begin with some definitions. Also…before we begin understand this article will be written in first person as in I, Me, Marcus. I will start with the idea that ‘Entitlements’, are considered a bad, horrible thing, especially to one political party and the people they represent. So, what are ‘Entitlements’? Well, an ‘Entitlement’ is an inherent right. What is Inherent? This is a permanent, ESSENTIAL innate, inborn, ingrained, obvious RIGHT and/or PRIVILEGE. So allow me to further clarify what I am saying. ‘ENTITLEMENTS’ are obvious, essential rights and/or privileges that are automatically understood in regards to a particular species or group.

For example: A Chief Executive Officer CEO of any business or Organization is entitled to a corner office with a fantastic view. The President of the United States is entitled to live in that big white house in Washington DC our nation’s capital. The President is entitled to have a special plane, helicopter, and men and women who guard him or her at all times. Living organisms have rights and/or privileges associated with each species that go without saying, as they are vital to sustain life. These rights and/or privileges are known as ‘ENTITLEMENTS’! This is not to be confused with requirements; these are things that are a given, natural right.

Humans, ALL human beings, are ‘Entitled’ to have things that are necessary to sustain their life. The basics include: food to eat, clean safe water to drink and bath with, access to health care including oral or dental care, clean air to breath, and adequate shelter. These ‘ENTITLEMENTS’ are things that should be understood because these are inherent rights and/or privileges. This ‘Entitlements’ are a given— NO MATTER WHAT— as it is in the species habitual norms. 

Therefore, what is actually unacceptable and wrong is to deny a species those things that are considered standard, thus vital to sustain life. Once again, some among us would have us believe it is wrong to make sure all of us have the life sustaining norms associated with the human species. They would have us believe that to help insure we all have these inherent rights is what is wrong. Morally— and how those who would have us believe it is acceptable to deny any human being those things that are vital to sustaining their life, love to think of themselves as moral, god-fearing, god-loving, upstanding, righteous people. These people are the ones who verbally and sometimes physically attack, assault and degrade the hungry and homeless. They are the ones who have labeled them worthless, undeserving, and somewhat less than human.

These are those who have no trouble turning a blind eye to how the very life force of these people— these struggling people— hangs by a thread because they are being denied the basic necessities needed to sustain their lives. They are reduced to begging, drinking liquor or using drugs in order to stay warm when it is cold, cool when it is hot and full when they are hungry. Drugs and alcohol dull the senses, causing the effect of being cold, hot and hungry to be easily ignored. They walk our streets all day every day, sometimes with everything they own in a grocery cart or in a bag they lug around on their back. They wrap plastic bags around their feet when it is raining and snowing to keep their feet dry. These are human men, women, and sometimes children, as in adolescence. They are the sick, the elderly, our veterans, and our disabled. Where is the humanity in this behavior? What is moral about this image? How did society become so cold and mean hearted?

Remember those subliminal messages we talked about in the previous article? Subliminal messages are an effective tool used to pollute and dilute what a society sees and hears. In light of all this suffering we have elected members in congress, namely those in the Republican Political Party, who feed this notion that only some humans should be allowed to have basic entitlements vital to existence. Now they want to deny millions of poor Americans access to affordable healthcare. They are attempting to justify taking health care away from millions and once again giving tax breaks and retribution to the nation’s wealthiest, by using a subliminal message that covers up their real motivation for doing this. They want everyone to believe they are simply trying to fulfill a campaign promise to repel the Affordable Care Act ACA, also known as Obama care.

They, and some of those they represent, want to continue the crusade they started over seven years ago, to undo the act of a morally responsible leader. The act of providing the people he was elected to serve, a basic entitlement they desperately needed, affordable health care. He started us down a path of access to health care period actually, because many were being denied this basic right for various reasons. It is not a perfect situation, complicated by those who do not believe in basic norms for all, but it was a moral step in the right, normal direction. It is abnormal to deny humans food, water, air, shelter, and access to medical care.

It is common knowledge the United States is the wealthiest country in the world. It is also home to some of the poorest people in the world. Why? Because it is a country built on a mentality that remains strongly alive to this day. It goes beyond the human societal practice of royalty and commoners or peasants. It is the horrible mentality that gives way to dehumanizing many in a society. These are those among us who are financially broken, discriminated against, and gravely oppressed. They are willfully denied the entitlements necessary to sustain life. In fact, every time a president from the Republican political party is elected, the list of those denied what is necessary for survival grows in this country.

Greed and intense acts of selfishness fuel the idea that only a select few are worthy of that which all humans inherently have a right. It should be unimaginable that there are actually people without shelter in the United States of all countries. It certainly is not something any of us should be comfortable with. We should all care because in a society that not only allows this, but tolerates it, all of us are potentially a heartbeat away from finding ourselves in the same situation. For this reason alone none of us should turn a blind eye to the suffering of others. When we live in a society that encourages hateful behavior all of us are at risk and will eventually find ourselves victims. Perhaps it will not be homelessness or starvation, but there are many ways to negatively impact a person’s life. In fact all of is being affected in one way or another is inevitable because hate is a disease that grows, spreads, and is what actually trickles down.

It is not a bad thing in a society to help fellow citizens who are unable to provide for themselves. But because of the slave like mentality, and the degrading, demoralizing behavior that is associated with this mentality, we find ourselves in our current unstable situation. Hate is an unstable condition because it naturally corrupts and disrupts the natural order of things. Too many among us are comfortable with seeing, knowing, and hearing about others who are homeless, hungry, and denied a right to clean water. Now millions face the threat of having their new health benefits taken away. At some point we all have to ask ourselves, what will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back in American society. What will force American citizens into a full government revolt? Well, perhaps denying or stripping away needed health care benefits already in place will be that very straw.

Money is a tool used to facilitate this behavior of denial coupled with legislation, or lack thereof. It should be against the law for a person to be homeless in any city, town, county, or state in the United States. It should be unlawful for a family to live literally in starving conditions in this country. How many cities have a bad water situation like the city of Flint in Michigan? This is, or should be a crime, intolerable under any circumstance. It is just as serious as attempted murder or reckless endangerment.   

Programs designed to help others when they are in need continue to be attacked while money used to fund corporations, far exceeds what is given to needy individuals. Keep in mind taxpayer dollars that go unmentioned when congress talks about cutting entitlements, are those that are given to corporations. These entitlements not only go unmentioned, they also go untouched. A warped mentality is what allows some to have an insatiable need to feel as if they are better, superior, somehow a higher grade of human. Our society has been brainwashed into believing rich and wealthy people should be exulted. They are abundantly given everything they need and want, which is far more than what is needed to sustain life. This openheartedness towards them subliminally reinforces the idea that wealthy humans are better. When in truth they are simply better off financially.  

Entitlement programs such as food stamps, Social Security Disability SSD, Social Security Income SSI, and Temporary Assistance for Needy Family TANF, formerly known as Aide to Families With Dependent Children AFDC, are designed to assist people and families in need. But they have been labeled as ‘ENTITLEMENTS’ and to some of our political leaders, this is a dirty word. It is a sublime message that has desensitized people to the suffering and struggles of others.

For years we were bombarded with comments that claimed AFDC was a horrible program that was causing a gross strain on taxpayers. Most, if not all, of those who benefited from this program were women and children, or nations most vulnerable. The comments by a particular political and those who call themselves Conservatives, insisted taxpayers were being forced to take care of women and their children. In turn, women were continuing to have children— out of wedlock—they were unable to provide for. First: keep in mind only 1% of tax dollars is used to help those in need of financial assistance. The need to blame entitlements allows some representatives in congress to distribute more of our tax dollars toward funding salary increases, and corporate welfare. Second: let us not forget how expensive birth control is, and it is not or was not covered under federally funded drug prescription programs. Poor women were and continue to be unable to afford birth control.

Third: many representatives in congress. who disagree with entitlements, also profess to vehemently shun abortion. They will not cover this procedure under government funded medical insurance programs, preventing poor mothers from ending an unwanted pregnancy. A pregnancy the mother knows will cause her further hardship. They continue to attack Planned Parenthood an organization that helps mostly poor women. So if they truly were concerned about unwed mothers having children, they would insist on birth control and be pleased to save the taxpayer’s money by allowing a mother to decide when she should end a pregnancy. This idea that women were and are just having children for the small amount of welfare they receive is beyond ridiculous. They cannot pay for housing with this small amount so many of them were or are on housing assistance programs. Keep in mind these are women and children.

Let us review some history. Ronald Reagan allowed for large companies to move their manufacturing businesses to poor countries in order to cut labor cost. That’s right. To avoid paying American citizens what they deserve on the job. This saved them money because it not only allowed them to pay lower wages, it illuminated the need to provided benefits like vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, and vision insurance. Outsourcing jobs hit many men where it hurt most, their wallets. When their jobs left they could no longer provide for their families. This caused husbands and fathers to walk away from their families so their wives could get welfare and food stamps. Flint Michigan was one of the cities hit hardest by outsourcing. It was the start of America’s homeless situation, which is now considered an epidemic.

Over twenty years ago Bill Clinton gave America the welfare reform act and as a result, today there 44% more women and children living below the poverty line. The act directly impacted our nations weakest and most vulnerable. It resulted in mothers being forced out of the home to take minimum wage jobs. To work was what matter most, because after all the more people working the more federal taxes they can collect. This allows them to raise their individual salaries and pour more taxpayer dollars into subsidies and tax breaks for the wealthy, otherwise known as corporate welfare. In turn these corporations help fund their campaigns. Ah ha, the real reason they hate entitlements, right? Particularly when it comes to those who need it most.

The regulations under welfare reform forced mothers out of the home giving no consideration to the children now deprived of parental supervision. We have all heard the phrase, ‘latch key kids’, right? Of course these jobs do not pay enough to adequately support mothers and their children. Not to mention mothers now have to put young children in daycare, creating a new expense. Childcare can be just as, if not more, expensive than housing. Many mothers were forced to take on more than one minimum wage job to cover this new expense. Ultimately it forced a need for more government programs such as child care assistance. Again, it is more important for everyone to be working and paying taxes so that our greedy congressmen and women can make more money, alongside corporate America, and many of them do not employee Americans because their industries have been outsourced.

George Bush Senior gave us stricter child support laws. However, if a mother is on TANF child support is collected from the absent parent but she and her children do not see the payment. Even when she is no longer on TANF, the payments collected from absent fathers are used to pay back the government for assisting the mother and children. So the law is a self-defeating requirement. The mother and her children are still suffering financially. Let us also understand that a single mother can now only collect assistance for five years in her entire life, thanks to Bill Clinton’s welfare reform. It is no wonder there are more starving and homeless women and children than ever before. Again, the bottom line is AFDC was only using 1% of all tax dollars 1%. One percent, to help the country’s most vulnerable and weak.

I will mention once again, a large percentage of taxpayer dollars goes to fund corporate welfare programs. The American family pays up to $6,000 dollars a year for primarily republican sponsored corporations. Up to $870 of that goes to subsidies, and over $1,200 per family goes to make up revenue losses in corporate tax havens. This includes large subsidies to major oil companies. Compare this to the average family that pays $36 a year into the food stamp program, a program that helps provide a vital human entitlement. So let us be clear, it is corporate welfare that is depleting federal dollars and increasing our nation’s deficit. So much for entitlements that insure humanity has the essential needs to sustain life causing a drag on the American taxpayer.

George W. Bush gave us the era of greed and cheating. It was a time to take all you can however you can. Make money by lying, cheating, and all of the legal ways of stealing and robbing American citizens. Gas prices skyrocketed and he expanded outsourcing. He also cut more essential entitlements, and gave more subsidies and tax breaks to or nations wealthiest, strongest, and least in need. He and the republicans gave us ARBITRATION that prevents Americans from being compensated when they are wrong by an employer, or organization. He is an oil man, and the obviously the subsidies to oil companies were not enough. Not only was he all for robbing Americans of their tax dollars, he robbed them of their love ones, sending thousands of soldiers off to their deaths to fight a war that was primarily to advance control of the oil industry.  

He privatized our prison system resulting in more people going to jail and receiving the type of sentences that made it near to impossible for them to restart their lives once they are released. It is literally one of the worse incarceration system and only benefits the private businesses that are now in charge of running the prison. To this day our prison system, our judicial system does more to destroy lives than improve them and keep us safe.

GW also cut the housing assistance program, further disparaging our nation’s most vulnerable, women and children. This increased the number of those who are homeless and led to a recession that was compared to this country’s worst period on record. The great depression began in 1929 and lasted until almost 1940. Housing Authorities have been reformed as they now provide limited housing assistance. Not to mention there was something known as Low Income Housing LIH communities that charged tenants 30% of their income for rent. These type communities even accepted Section 8 vouchers. They were known as income restricted communities, and although there may still be some like this, most LIC communities have become AHC communities, Affordable housing communities. This means incomes have to meet a certain standard based on other properties in the area. This again pushes the most vulnerable out into the streets as their income does not meet the community’s requirements.

And then we have cities and communities forced to live with dirty, contaminated water coming from the facets in their homes. Flint is one such city and the people in this community continue to suffer with basically poison water. When will the government adequately address this city and any other cities with this problem? The officials in such cities are obligation to provide adequate safe water service inside the homes of the people who occupy or are residents of the city. Residents are entitled to clean safe drinking and bathing water? This is the one thing our former president should have more forcefully addressed.

Barack Obama is the president who fought tooth and nail to give us affordable healthcare and today the most in need of adequate healthcare are receiving it. Although he was not able to do everything he brought us out of the recession, began to grow the economy again, and gas prices finally began to fall. The republicans fought him at every turn, doing all they could to make sure he failed, including attempting 52 times to repel the ACA. Obama also addressed a growing problem of the unspeakable abuse of children. These are youth who are thrown into confinement. These detention centers were placing these young people in solitary confinement and this is torture for a child. Of course it targeted mostly minority youth literally destroys their young lives before they even begin.

Now we have another unqualified, questionable person in the oval office and a government controlled by the very people who do not believe all humans are entitled to the vital necessities that sustain life. Trump is a real estate tycoon and not a very financially stable one. Like GW he sees the presidency as a way to absolve all his debts and fund more of his personal business ventures, all at the expense of the American taxpayer. He and the political party he is affiliated with want to continue to give to the wealthy at the expense of the most vulnerable. They do not believe adequate health care is a human right. What happened to their humanitarianism? If murder is wrong, why then is the denial of all human beings the entitlements they require to sustain their life, not considered wrong as well? Is it more acceptable to have humans die slower, agonizing, torturous deaths? Perhaps it is more acceptable to these individuals trying to take away essential entitlements, if we are forced to watch women and children starve to death. Perhaps they feel it is all right to see a mother and her new born sleeping on a sidewalk because they have stripped away all the programs that would have prevented this from happening in the first place.

Is it really alright to deny there are contaminants in the air we breathe? Is it fair to deny that coal mining release Sulphur Dioxide and Mercury into the air? Mining and oil drilling both are releasing deadly toxicants destroying the air we breathe and the water we drink. Is it humane to continue to deny this is a problem? Why don’t we just give the companies and industries killing us all slowly, more subsidies and tax breaks? The longer it takes them to do something about what is going on in Flint, the less it will matter. Society will soon be alright watching what contaminated water is doing to the families there. If they can they will strip away health care and five years from now many will be back to watching love ones die because they were denied adequate affordable health care. MURDER is MURDER. Oh and let us not forget the economy they profess to care so much about? Jobs, every time they take away an entitlement it takes away jobs adding to higher unemployment numbers and more people in need of assistance.

Humanitarianism defined is the promotion of HUMAN WELFARE! therefore, it is humane to insure all citizens are granted the basic entitlements required in order to sustain their lives. If this is not happening in this society, we can officially accept the fact we live in a Godless, less then moral, era. Let us admit there is no separation between entitlement and humanitarianism. Let us admit that to deny what all human beings require to sustain their life is anti-social, anti-humane, and anti-the Most High. I think it is time all of those who would deny humanitarianism admit to being the true Atheist in the world. They are the immoral ones. They are the evil ones, the devils, the real demons. They are the barbaric savage killers we should all fear.

We the people should have programs to help with adequate and safe housing, clean and safe air and water, food, and adequate medical care for all citizens. This is certainly so if all citizens are required to pay taxes. The primary needs of all citizens should take precedence over all things followed by a nation’s defense. If this was a nation that truly believed in its own national anthem this gross act of denial of essentials all humans are entitled to would not be tolerable, accepted, and thus allowed.

 

Effect of Subliminal Messages and Images
By Mason Denise Carlisle

In lieu of what is going on in America and around the world, we are getting a clear view of how effective subliminal messages can be. If leaders want their people to believe things are a certain way they can create and send false messages that keep them in the dark about what or how things actually are. Some examples of how effective subliminal messages are can be quiet obvious especially when it comes to things like racism, sexism, homophobia, and stereotypes associated with those who are poor. So…just how effective and damaging are subliminal images and the messages associated with them in any society?

Subliminal messages often have obscure images behind the visual messages we see. Example 1: Commercials about soap. Few people realize they never see Black people in these commercials. Also there have been test that show how everyday commercials affect how children view race. Example 2: The penny with Abraham Lincoln’s image facing in the opposite direction all other presidents on coins are facing. This is a show of their disappointment with him. It is an act of disrespect that is sublime but real. Most people do not realize it. This subliminal message is a clear indication ethnic prejudices remain and very little has changed. Example 3: Older men with younger women, sending a message that older women are not desirable, but, older men are. In fact there is no age when a man is undesirable. This leads to example 4: It is clearly acceptable for a man to be overweight, but, not a woman. This is evident in commercials, television shows, and movies. Finally, conservatism is a subliminal message that masks all of these biases.

When we look at modern politics we continue to hear how the affordable care act is failing, but, no one mentions why it is failing. There were many states under republican leadership and those governors refused to participate. This is the primary reason ACA struggles. This refusal to participate was a carefully planned strategy, aimed at causing the program to fail. This behavior had a great impacted on ACA, countermining and undermining its ability to function effectively. Rarely is this fact ever mentioned when there is a discussion about how it is not working. All we hear is how insurance agencies are pulling out, we never hear why. This gives the impression ACA is simply failing because insurance agents are pulling out for no good reason.  

Let us be straight forward and honest. No media outlet is willing to honestly say what the core issues are when it comes to why ACA is struggling. It is an entitlement that helps Black Americans share in some of the equality in the country of their birth. This inherent abhorrence for African Americans causes legislation to be enacted that insures Black Americans receive as little fairness as possible. The White Americans that are hurt are just casualties, expendable. They do not want entitlements for Black Americans whom they have convinced themselves are lazy and do not try hard enough. They have absolved themselves of any blame for the Black Americans struggle, when in all honesty, racism and prejudice keeps the doors of opportunity closed to most Black Americans. The republicans want to give apparitions to rich and wealthy White Americans but when Black Americans so much as mention this word it is a cardinal sin.   

In previous discussions we talked about Love and all its attributes. Hate, being the opposite of Love also has attributes. Racism is an intolerable attitude. Therefore, it is a behavior or attitude associated with hate, which means it is anti the Most High. Racism oppresses, suppresses, persecutes, and denies equality. These are not righteous behaviors thus it is often hidden. These secretive beliefs based on false notions feed into negative behaviors. It is an attitude that hides behind subliminal images sending negative messages about a particular ethnicity.

Many of the United States elected officials harbor racist views that are disguised under the subliminal ideal known as conservatism. It is a convenient way of covering blatant racist views, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors. Any idea that embraces an unwillingness to accept the very natural concept of progression and natural growth is just wrong. Conservatives embrace the idea that equality, health care, prosperity, and freedom are reserved for only a select few, and this is based primarily on ethnicity. America was built with an ideal of slavery and that mentality continues to this day. This alone proves that it is not wealth that trickles down but hatred.  

These images send false, untrue message about who an individual or group of individuals actually are. We have had conversations about the show The First 48.  The producers of this show would have us believe this is a show about law enforcement cracking down on all crime. Well actually it is a show that targets crimes occurring in one type of community, typically a very poor, poverty stricken, African American community. The subliminal message here is black people, especially black males, are committing the most crimes in this country.

Racial hatred is feed and thrives mostly because of subliminal images behind open messages more so than anything else. Again this is an unrighteous attitude and behavior so it is rarely shown openly. It is unpopular because it is ugly and inhumane. Very few racist individuals want to admit they harbor such beliefs. Some people do not realize they harbor such beliefs until something happens that forces them to evaluate some of their ideas and how those ideas manifest in their day to day lives.

There are other societal stereotypes that have derived in much the same way. Some people have a blatant dislike for homosexuals, for unwed mothers, and for poor and poverty stricken people. A primary catalyst of subliminal images behind visible messages is Religion. They build false hope in people, telling them all they need do is pray, pay tithes, and have faith. Name it and claim it. All things are possible if we just believe. There is more to each and every one of those phrases, more truth. There has to be, because what happens when these things do not work for some of us?

One thing everyone must understand is that the Most High, True God does not personally live our lives for us. Our lives come and go in a micro second in the eyes of the Most High. We are blips of sparking light vibrating in color rays that define our level of development. Life is a cycle and our lives on Earth are currently vibrating in yellow density light ray. Five percent of humanity is already vibrating in the next light ray, which is green. They are passing this course. That means 95 percent are not. Those who remain in yellow ray or lower make this an environment of hell because they harbor ideas that cause them to behave in ways that inflect suffering on others. Yes, we are all in Hell trying to survive. It is up to us to pass the course and the Most High allows this. This is as hellish as it gets. The idea there is a fiery domain some will go to after death is a LIE.

School is always hell and the life cycle course is no different. Most religions want to give people a frightening image of hell and tell everyone this is a possibility if they do not abide by rules the church maps out, rules that are based on laws found in their sacred books. Unfortunately these books have been visited by rulers with an agenda. Part of that agenda is designed to blame and subdue the females in the human species. This is not something the Most High would motivate or inspire in any doctrine. We must ask ourselves, for what purpose? Why would the most High, who has more female Aeons than male, support or inspire a notion that women are not as significant as men?

On the other hand, the male members of the human species would benefit greatly if women, whom they desire sometimes more than food, felt obligated to submit their bodies without question. Because of these religious doctrines, supposedly inspired by the Most High, women are being raised to believe their place is behind or beneath a man. They have no other value but to please and honor men. That alone proves these are not the wishes of the Most High. This is why the practice of older men seeking younger women is acceptable in virtually all societies. Just look at the Viagra commercial, Cialis, and all the male enhancement commercials. The subliminal message here is they can keep an older man viral and able to satisfy a woman he is two, three times older than. He is ageless. The female is not important especially after a certain age. In other words women, in their prime, or only valued sexually.  

Religion also gives society false hopes and unrealistic, fanciful beliefs about life. They are based on teaching the world to believe in things that simply make no sense. Name it and claim it, this is a belief that what you desire can be spoken into your life. If we are all born free to choose our own individual paths, a woman cannot speak a man she desires into her life and a man cannot speak a woman he desires into his life. That man, that woman, might have other plans for their life that do not include being spoken into another person’s life. We are free to make our own decision about every aspect of our individual lives.

The true way to pray is not taught, often because it is not known. Many people think repeating the words in ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ is all we need to say when they pray. They forgot that our lord Yahushua said this is “The Manner”, in which we should pray. He never said we were to recite his words when we speak to the Most High. Name it and claim it, not if this means overriding another’s freewill. Nor does it apply when a love one is stricken with a fatal disease. We can all hope for the best while preparing for the worse. This is to be realistic.

What happens when all the above listed suggestions for a miraculous recovery do not work? What happens when a sick love one dies despite all the prayers, all the speaking life into their ailing bodies? What about parents who let their children go out and play, sometimes in their own yard and suddenly they are gone? Some disturbed person lures them away or snatches them right from their front porch. The parents pray and speak life into that abducted child and more often than not the child is murdered. How are these parents supposed to feel? Did they pray wrong? Is the Most High upset with them? Are they being punished?

Imagine how a person like this feels when their love one, their innocent child dies. They feel abandoned, unloved, unworthy. God has rejected them and they do not understand why. Their lives begin to fall apart as their religion has given them a false perception about the Most High’s role or position in our lives. This is simply not the time to tell these families it is the Most High’s will that their love one has died. Why would True God will such a thing?

What about the single mother who has struggled for years after escaping an abusive husband. She has met men but none wanting to take on her children. Some felt she is an easy catch especially for sex, since she is used goods. Then one day she meets a wonderful, successful man and he is the first and only man who is genuinely nice to her. He finds her beautiful and actually enjoys her children. He has children of his own and they all get along well together. Suddenly she wants for nothing, not even love. She loves him with all her soul because she never doubts his love for her. They have so much in common, except for one thing. They are not the same ethnicity. Despite all the adversity she prays they will overcome it and be together forever. She names it, claims it, but, it was not to be.  

What about the man who is a single father looking for a really good woman to be there for his children in a way their real mother never has been? To his surprise he meets the perfect woman but once again, she is not of his ethnicity. His family refuses to accept her and the minister in his church he attends faithfully, advises him that continuing to see this woman is not a good idea. He is left wondering, is God racist? Who wants to serve a god that is as petty as humans? He is confused, thinking a horrible joke has been played on him. He prayed for the perfect woman for him and his children. Well, he has meet her but now he is in a position where he will have to choose between her, the woman he knows is perfect for him and his children, and his entire circle of family and friends. Who has failed these wonderful, good, deserving, people? Naming it and claiming it is not working nor are all their prayers.  

First of all the Most High does not interfere in our lives this way, but society clearly is. The idea that we have to marry someone in our own ethnicity is the problem. It is not the Most High’s unwillingness to grant what we are praying for or that our faith is weak. Both males in the two scenarios are Caucasian and the women are African American. The males went most of their lives feeling they were not racist nor were their family and friends. Now they are faced with dealing with something they were not aware was an issue. This is not a situation the Most High is responsible for in anyway. It is a human obstruction.

As for the scenarios about death, we are born dying. That is what happens to all the species on this planet. Human life is no more or no less valued than any living species on this planet when it comes to the Most High. Humans may have set themselves on a high self-appointed pedestal but it is not so with the Most High. Animals have families and are loved by them as well as True God. Is this not considered when they are being slaughter for human consumption? Many of those animals live very painful, tortured lives. Has it not been considered that the distress these animals endure before and during the time of their slaughter is being transferred to those of us who consume the meat these animals provide?  

Humans are the most deadly species on Earth. They devastate lives daily, murdering animals, the environment, and even each other. They lie and manipulate each other to achieve a desired outcome that usually provides them with financial gain. They hide behind their subliminal messages that suggest things are very different from the reality. This is also true with the products and services they offer. These things promise to help us achieve a desired weight, find that special someone, give us guidance via psychics, or guarantee us a kitchen or bathroom gadget will do something that makes cooking or cleaning easier. More often than not these products and/or services do not do what the advertisement claims they will do.

The bottom line is, we are responsible for us. In the second relationship scenario, the male should look only to how perfect the female fits into his life and realize she is the one for him. His pray was answered he need only bravely stand up to the racist in his immediately community, because being prejudice is not a reason to allow family and community to prevent him from being happy. The first relationship scenario the male did stand up to his family but it was the people he worked with, his circle of friends that caused a problem. He did not want them to be mean to his love, and they sometimes were.  He also did not want to keep receiving so much stress at work and at other social gatherings. Gladly, this man’s bravery eventually won and the woman’s prayers have also been answered. But no matter how much we pray and speak positively about a situation, it remains up to us and the people in our lives. It depends on our own personal beliefs, the foundation of those beliefs, and the people in our immediate circle. All of these things factor into whether or not our prayers have been answered. The Most High does not see the various ethnicities that make this planet so diverse. He sees humans and only humans.  

As far an illnesses, our bodies are frail, and we must take care of them to the best of our ability. If we still become ill, it is a part of our life cycle not a punishment from the Most High. If a love one dies due to something they willingly did, such as going into a hostile area or braving a daring activity, they did this of their own freewill and the consequence was death. This is not a punishment this is a consequence of the deceased person choices.  

Parents, we live in a hellish world. Unfortunately, that means there is never a time when we can take our eyes off our children, ever. They are never safe, not even in their own yards. We can never be too distracted or too preoccupied. We cannot take our eyes off our little ones for a minute. Not a second. Predators are out there, we all know it. We have to be smart and never let our guards down when it comes to our children. We cannot be satisfied saying, “I only took my eyes off them for a second.” It only takes a second. No, they cannot ride their bike to the corner store, around the corner, or to a park a couple blocks away.

Life is a cycle. When it ends, if we have learned the lessons our souls need to learn and master while in this life, we progress. If those skills are not mastered the life cycle is a failure, a flunk, and has to be repeated. We do not remember our past life experience but Karma remembers. It is the universal justifier that determines what kind of new life a soul will return to live. How one affects others in this life determines what type of new life they will live. If one is a murderer, they will come back and know what it feels like to be murdered.

Those who pass the course the graduate to a better place, leaving Hell behind and progressing as survivors. It is that simple. There is no Devil tempting us. But it is our nature to be defiant and disobedient. It is human nature too do the wrong things simply because we want our way. Well to make bad choices causes serious consequences and repercussion instead of rewards. It is always up to us and only us.

No injustice goes unaccounted for. Every life that one affects, good or bad, is tracked. If a person elects to sell drugs to a woman while she is pregnant, whether the person knows at the time or not, that person is equally responsible for the child’s development, particular if the child’s development is negatively impacted by the drugs the mother takes. If a mother is murdered leaving behind small children and they go on to live horrible lives because their mother was taken from them, the murderer will not only be held accountable for the stolen life, he and/or she will also be held accountable for the horrible lives the children live after their mother was abruptly taken from them. Prison is not the end even if it is a life sentence.

Before one murders, they should take a second to think about who will be affected by the loss of life to the person they are about to murder. We are not talking about killing. Killing and murder are two separate things. Killing is sometimes necessary, without options, as in real self-defense or a true, beyond ones control, accidence. If one decides to murder every life that is negatively impacted by that choice is remembered by karma, even beyond death.

Truth is logical. It makes complete sense. It does not leave any room for question. It is clear, precise. There is nothing sublime in truth. Truth is an attribute of Love and is very liberating.  We return to hell until the required life lessons are learned and mastered. The world will not end until there are no more souls in need of returning. In the meantime, we pray that the blinders keep falling away from the eyes of people. We pray that they stop being affected by the sublime that is a part of everything we see and hear. It can only be a positive thing when all eyes are truly open. When everyone finds the courage to truly see what is real and step away from the misconceptions, lies, and blatant falsehoods we are constantly bombarded with every day.

 

Moments in our Memory
By Loreen G.

What causes moments, events, and occurrences, also referred to in this article as MEOs, to be so vivid in our memory? Some MEOs are easy to recall particularly if it is a tragic memory, or a perhaps a blissful or emotionally touching recollection. Some examples would include things like weddings, deaths, graduations, proms, falling in love for the first time, divorce, domestic violence, all forms of child abuse, concerts, or attending our first live sports event. Some of the most memorable MEOs are those that shake us to our very core, leaving us breathless, stunned, confused, and literally speechless. It can be a negative or positive recollection, but certainly a shocking one. These moments in our memories can literally change and forever shape our lives.

We can all recall our first experience with love. This experience is or was instrumental in how all relationships going forward are, or were handled. Some of us were lucky enough to have found our true heart’s desire the first time we fell head over hills for our life long partner. But….most most of us are not so lucky. Our experiences with relationships can also be based on what we witnessed prior to that initial relationship. For example: our parent’s relationship, the intimate relationships of our older siblings and other people of influence early in life. We have discussed how important parenting is and a primary reason is parents decide what children will be exposed to early in life. Good parents do this in order to protect their children, as well as to preserve their beliefs and values.    

As small children become adolescent, we watch our influence as parents begin to wan a bit. This is when our now teenage children start to develop their own opinions and views. Their thoughts are now influenced by what they see and hear from their peers. Acceptance becomes important to them. They often start doing and saying things that baffle us as parents. We hear them say things that are so against our values and beliefs we are left asking them, “Where did they learn such things?” It can be something like making derogatory racial comments, and we know we are not raising them to have such views. They can start dressing and listening to music we know is gang related, and we certainly know this is not a behavior they are learning at home. We can become aware they are sexually active when they come to us with a medical problem such as an STD or pregnancy.

What parents are often not prepared for, good parents that is, is how intense our teenagers need to fit in quickly becomes. Suddenly the very real concept of peer pressure becomes an enormous problem for parents and teenage children. Imagine how complicated this moment in time is for a child who has so so or bad parents. It becomes very difficult if not impossible for an adolescent to determine what behaviors are morally acceptable and which ones are really bad. They are not getting good messages at home. This leave them unable to understand and/or determine what messages are important and contain valuable lessons and which ones should be discarded.  

High school memories are very lasting memories. If a child is bullied, ridiculed, singled out and teased throughout high school it creates a tremendous hardship for a young person. In fact, sometimes it is so traumatic teenagers mentally snap and successfully end their lives. What do we do? Most of us have been taught the thought of relocating are removing our children from a bad situation is a form of running. Perhaps we need to adjust how we think when it comes to this belief. As parents it is important that we determine when a situation has gotten too far out of control for our teenager to mentally and physically handle. There are clear moments when a parent should intercede and take immediate action.  

Again some parents do not really know what to do, much less how to handle such a situation. When we try to understand why, one reason comes to mind. Perhaps they were victims of bullying as teenagers. They do what is easier, choosing to take the lazy route, telling their teenagers the same thing their parents told them. That speech about how it is important to stand up to a bully because if they run from a problem it will just follow them. They have to learn how to deal with the problem where they are or they will have the same problem everywhere they go. Says who? Have there been any scientific or clinical studies to base such a notion on? To say this allows parents to simply back out as they are not up to a confrontation. Most teachers and school administrators do this as well, down-playing the situation because it is easier than actually dealing with it.

Imagine a teenager realizing they are homosexual, bisexual, or transsexual. Imagine a teenager with a disability, maybe an illness that causes them to lose their hair. Imagine a teenager suffering from acne or battling a weight issue. Oh and let us not forget, being the minority in a school setting. We witnessed the Trump affect on some white students who chanted, “Build the Wall!” caring little if this offended the Hispanic or any other ethnic group not native to America. What if a student is not good in sports? What if they cannot sing or if they struggle in a subject most students seem to have little to no trouble comprehending. There are many things that can subject a teenager to ridicule. As parents it is our responsibility to step up and intercede when it becomes clear the situation is getting out of control.

Then dating enters the scene, homecomings and proms. These events have the most lasting memories in our lives. We have seen this depicted in movies. As parents we want these events to be positive memories for our teenagers. We want them to have a wonderful time. But imagine these events are marred by a tragedy. It can be anything from a date standing them up, to a drunk driver causing a major accident. How parents handle a disastrous homecoming or prom is vital in a teenager’s life.

After high school, what then? Many teenagers will go on to college but many more will not. Many reasons can prevent a teenager from going to college. Perhaps they will choose one of the branches of military. For a young girl, she might have found herself pregnant and is now a young mother. Let us imagine her parents forbid her to terminating the pregnancy, hereby forcing her down a path that means personal success, particularly if she is a minority, will be ten times harder if not impossible. Logically, the life that matters most is the child that is already a living breathing individual. No young girl should be forced, coerced, intimidated, and/or threatened into making a decision that will destroy her future. This is not loving nor is it good parenting.

College may not be possible or encouraged by so so and or bad parents. It could be because of a socioeconomic situation or simply not considered important by these type parents. Good parents want their children to be successful but simply cannot afford to send them to college. The military is always an option but not always encouraged, especially for girls, by all types of parents. Whether they do or do not attend college, or join a branch of the military, the avenue they choose will bring about experiences that create lasting memories good or bad. At this point all they will have to lean on are the examples learned prior to making the decisions that begins their journey down the path their life will take going forward. Parents can no longer intervene and make choices for their young adults. All they can do is be there for advice when and/or if it is wanted.  

There is no perfect life let us understand that immediately. Wealthy children are expected to be perfect. They have so much pressure on them to be successful that when they get to college, realizing they have some semblance of freedom, their wild side is unleashed. Now let us imagine being a child growing up in the most deprived areas. Again college may not be an option for various reasons and joining one of the branches of the military is not encouraged. So after high school most join the ranks of those seeking employment in a world that now offers little to know real prospects. Employers are requiring more and more of applicants and potential employees. These young people are doomed before they can even get started.

Also, there are things that traumatize both wealthy and poor children equally. Females can become potential victims of sexual harassment, abuse, and even rape. In turn, young males are victims of some form of pressure from parents and peers. Wealthy males are expected to excel in everything, sports and academics. They are expected to be accepted into the best colleges and/or universities in order to become doctors, lawyers, and/or politicians. In turn poor males find themselves pressed by poor parents to get out and fin for themselves. Many of them do not know what to do or where to go. They struggle finding employment because of the new education and/or job experience requirements. They are lucky if they get a job in a fast food restaurant and this is only part-time. Rent continues to climb and these type jobs do not pay enough to be self-sufficient. Many are pressured by their peers or simply resort to joining gangs in order to make enough money to provide for themselves. If they choose a life of crime they being their journey down a path that insures their life will quickly be riddled with some form drugs and/or violence, which has two definite outcomes, a life of incarceration, or death.

 As humans we all want to feel some form of acceptance. We want to know we are appreciated, worthy. We want to make our parents proud by becoming successful and achieving what they have achieved or want us to achieve. Imagine the pressure of becoming a lawyer, doctor, or politician like your father or mother. In turn imagine witnessing the adults you are exposed to doing things that are illegal but clearly profitable.

Also, wealthy or poor, moms can be victims of domestic violence. The affects of this on children leave horrible, tragic memories. In a wealthy family, children are often sent away to camp, boarding schools, or military school in an attempt to hide problems their parents are experiencing. Poor children are brushed off, abused, or ignored when parents are struggling in their relationships. If parents decide to divorce, what affect does this have on the children? Imagine returning from boarding school, camp, or military school and learning your parents are splitting up. Now compound that with learning dad has moved on and is now in a new relationship with a younger woman and has started a new family, as she is pregnant. What a tragic memory in a young person’s life. Imagine the effects this behavior leaves on a child or adolescents mind. It is a wonder they struggle to develop healthy relationships of their own.

One thing adults do not understand, not only will karma repay for what has been done to the spouse, it will also repay for the affect this behavior has on the innocent children. We also have to realize what exposure to inappropriate sexual activity has on a young person. It confuses them mentally because all things have a time and a place. To expose anyone to something before they are mentally ready interrupts their development. It greatly impacts their lives and karma will repay. We cannot do whatever we want to do because we think we can. It is not a question of being able to do something. The question is whether we should do something. To ignore a conviction in ones heart, that advises against something even though the opportunity is present and perfect, opens the door to karma.

The thing about karma is it is just, and most of you have heard things like ‘what goes up must come down’, this is true. The Christian bible warns that God will repay tenfold. Some people believe in some form of payback for bad behavior. Gnostics believe in the law of nature and gravity. We believe Karma is that justifier that insures the repayment is indeed tenfold. If it goes up it will come down, picking up debris as it falls, making it heavier, more intense. Karma is a scary thing and no one escapes it, no one. So one does not have to be religious or to even believe in God to understand the law of nature, it is apparent. What goes up comes down, and what we send out will return.

We can also be traumatized as adults. Understand, to witnessing a person being violated in some way affects the witnesses as much as the victim. When children watch their father physically abuse their mother and know they are powerless to help her it is extremely traumatic. When people witness a murder all those who saw it are traumatically affected. When people witness a woman or man being gang raped and they feel powerless to stop it, they are traumatized. When we all witness someone of authority abuse, beat, and murder someone it is frightening and extremely traumatizing to all who witness it.

This is why Gnostics take behavior very serious. We are fully aware that our behavior is a reflection on the Most High, as well as ourselves. We understand our behavior sends messages, and those messages create memories that are lasting. When we represent the Most High we must always be on our best moral behavior. No, none of us are perfect, but we must strive to be morally correct at all times. We must strive to be good husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, in-laws, and friends.

As Gnostics, we do not want to be the one who leaves a bad memory at any moment in another’s life. What we do affects others and we must always remember Karma. None of us are ever too wealthy, too poor, or too powerful to escape Karma. We simply do not want to leave anyone with a bad memory, and moreover, we certainly do not want to give the Most High a bad, memorable moment for which we are responsible for individually. So let us remember that images are lasting as we strive to leave good impression at all times in all situations.  

 

Speak It Live It
By Luke McGinnis

When we think about what defines any individual living person, place, or thing, basically us, our planet Earth, and trees, plants, insects and animals, we quickly realize how unique a person, place, or thing, actually is. Every living thing is solely distinctive and completely individual. No two things are group of things are exactly alike, they may resemble each other but there is something about each individual living thing that separates and makes them stand out. It is the idiosyncratic of living things. This is a fact that those who work in all levels of law enforcement clearly understand. Others may not realize this. Even identical twins have something that makes each of them individually unique.

Our personal image is the primary fundamental element that makes us individual. It is how others perceived who we are. Many do not realize how vital image and personal perception is. To set the tone more clearly let us start with this example. We have all heard sayings like “Birds of a Feather Flock Together”. It is what our grandparents and parents drilled into our heads as we grew up. If this is true, it would behoove us to keep a safe distance from those who are considered insalubrious individuals or groups of individuals, right?

The truth is, in reality, none of us have a right to tell another individual they are undesirable. No one group on this planet has the right to ostracize another group, deeming them unacceptable and placing them in an unsavory category. Nothing and no one can define or determine who we are. Our uniqueness is a gift from The Most High, Adonai.  So, is this, bird’s of feather, idea true? Eh…not really. How we carry ourselves as individuals stands alone.

Yahushua proved this as he was surrounded by individuals who society considered lowly, questionable. He even advised that we were to visit the sick, the forgotten, and those held in confinement. So, this notion that we will automatically be judged because of another’s behavior or activities is absorb. But nevertheless, individuals with the power to shape laws designed to governor a society, continue to enact laws practices that subscribe to this very idea. You see, higher level thinkers realize there is a more accurate saying many of us grew up hearing as well, ‘You Can’t Judge a Book by its Cover’.

Although it may be true, that Birds of a Feather Flock together”, that does not mean they all flap their wings to the same beat. Yahushua is the word of the Most High, true royalty in every way. He did not have a problem talking to prostitutes, an adulteress, and thieves.

Let us consider racism and why it continues to thrive all over the world. The idea some have of being superior to others is a lie that affects us all. This misconception that others are not worthy of hospitality, consideration, understanding, compassion, and respect, at all times, is cruel and malicious. To decide people from a particular ethnicity does not deserving acknowledgment simply because they are not a part of the "assumed" superior fold, is the main ideology that feeds into racism. What makes one group believe or feel they are so superior? One word, ‘socioeconomic’. The primary culprit of racism is the group that has the best socioeconomic standing. They set the rules and send the messages that create an atmosphere of HATE. It is done simply because it is beneficial to those at the highest socioeconomic level. It allows the more privilege to find ways to profit at the expense of those who are not as fortunate, thus maintaining the implied superior standing.

What about religion? Each religious group feels they are the sole group loved by God and if others do not share their beliefs they will not qualify for entry to their idea of Heaven. In fact, when they pass, the Christians believe none Christians will be cast into their idea of hell. This need to be superior, better, right, gives way to discrimination. They do the very thing their religion tells them not to do, ‘judge not or so shale you be judge’.

Sometimes the lines are blurred. For example, rich and wealthy people often will embrace others in the same socioeconomic bracket despite their ethnicity, or race, with the exception of black people. Racial disparity and discrimination is a real problem in our society.  Unfortunately Black people continue to be the most shunned ethnic group. Logically, there is no basis for this behavior so fictional reasons are created, lies are fabricated that cast the shunned ethnic group in a dark light. None of it is real or true. These lies that are passed down from generation to generation create a false negative image of an entire ethnic group. Point: Gnostic do not call humans by a separate race as we are all a part of the human race but are of different ethnicities.

The fact is, for any ethnic group to harbor values that literally give way to human beings in a different ethnic group, being physical harm and often murdered, causes all humans to demand such values and viewpoints be reevaluated. Our views and opinions about various things in life, whether they are learned, or inherited, define our values. Our personal values define who we are as individuals.

What is troubling is the idea that it is all right to behave badly even while representing something or someone who or that is truly noble, such as professing to do something in the name of a deity. It is also troubling when ones behavior does a disservice to one’s own well being. To maintain or harbor a view that creates a problem for oneself is tragic and shows an incredible mental dysfunction. It illustrates a lack of courage when it comes to standing up to or for what is morally correct. Make no mistake, any form of immoral behavior is depraved and should not be tolerated under any circumstances. If a law enforcement officer, guns down an unarmed teenager, and nothing is done about it, in fact those in the officer’s ethnic group commend and financially support him, this is an act of depravity.

Courage is an attribute many lack and this is often the case with those in leadership. They have no trouble dishing out injustices but simply cannot swallow a taste of their own dish. This is very evident just looking at the situations currently going on in the United States government. Courage is what allows all of us to humbly apologize we have wronged someone or many some ones. Arrogance is prevents one from apologizing deciding it is a weakness to do so. There is no morality in arrogance. And, And, Karma misses no one and does not care about your socioeconomic standing.

A bad leader is a weak leader. Once the mask comes off the world can sees the bad leader’s true self. It is a horrible sight to see. All the ugliness they have been party to, comes to light and they attempt to retreat, hide, and shun exposure. Once exposed, bad leaders are unable to face members of their group. They often find themselves turning to the group or groups they have tormented or caused the most harm.

Many people struggle with separating themselves from groups they are a part of be it family, friends, or ethnic association. It is hard to stand out, hard to callout someone or some ones, within one of these groups when what they are doing is wrong or you do not feel right about something they are doing. So courage is one problem and sloth us another. People are too comfortable doing what is easier on and for them. Why invite conflict, trouble, right? Especially when you have witnessed how violent members in your group can be toward others, which brings us to insecurity. Insecure people want to control others and try very hard to control various situations so that they cease to be a threat.

It is so when it comes to religion as well. Most of them use fear to control members in their congregation. The Christian Bible tells Christian they cannot serve two masters. No one can be a steward of righteousness, of love, and also an ambassador of adversity, of hate. They are at opposite ends of the spectrum. None of us can in one breath profess to love while our actions, our behaviors are full of hate and its attributes. Take Speaker Paul Ryan. In one breath he claims to be a man of God, a religious man. On the other hand he sneaks around in the night and tries to do horrible things to many Americans denying them basic needs. Why would any righteous man want to deny the basic need of affordable health care? Nothing justifies this behavior.

So, this is why Gnostics do their best to practice what we preach. This means we must be diligent in our pursuit of truth, honesty, and strive to maintain our integrity, to ourselves and to the Most High we will be true. We vow to never forget our covenants made with each other and with the Most High. We vow to remember our primary objective is not to obey but to LOVE. We vow to forever live our lives in a way we profess with our mouths is right. If you speak it make sure you are leading by example and living it.

 

 

What You See
By Marcus McGinnis

 

     In previous articles we have discussed the importance of sending the right message. I bet you are wondering how you yourself can be sure you are sending positive messages. First of all messages can be sent verbally and nonverbally. This means what we see is a form of communication. The theme for 2017 is “Messages,” or shall we say, all forms of communication verbal or nonverbal. So yes many messages are nonverbal and this is literally a form of communication we effective use, subconsciously, to converse with those close to us, as well as those outside our inner circle.   

    First of all, how we communicate with those around us is always based on how we feel about ourselves. We cannot communicate effectively or positively if we do not have a positive self-image. If we have no confidence, no sense of self-worth, it is clearly noticeable via nonverbal communication. We can all recall meeting someone with low self-esteem. Think about how noticeable it immediately was even before they uttered a sound. Their lack of self-confidence is often apparent by their facial expressions and their body language. Both are forms of nonverbal communication.

    So because facial expressions and body language are both parts of nonverbal communications it explains why confident people are affective and effective communicators. Confident people are often very articulate, funny, and charismatic. Those who lack confidence avoid eye contact, they seem uncomfortable at get-togethers, they sometimes shying away from people around them to avoid conversation, or they are quiet and stay to themselves. We will not call them introverts because there are many introverts who are good communicators. Basically, once we understand and accept how we feel about who we are, this will determine how effectively we communicate with others.

    Charismatic people have no trouble making friends or holding conversations with others, even if they suffer from one of many forms of mental illness. In fact, many very charismatic, outgoing, self-confident people suffer from some form of mental illness. These are the types who often find themselves in leadership positions they should never be allowed to occupy. Consequently, this is the problem with many of those in leadership positions around the world.

    A stable self-image is always important but it is vital for any position that is or will be in the forefront of public view. This would include positions in politics, the media, one who promotes public events, and of course sports and entertainment. When one chooses to pursue a position of this nature it is important to have a positive self-image. This is necessary in order to convey positive images of who we are and what we stand for. It is also important to have confidence in any high profile, profession, particularly in politics. It should be obvious that most positions in public service have a leadership aspect. This would include law enforcement professions, teaching, judicial, and certainly politicians, but not everyone possesses the characteristics needed to be an effective leader.

    There are significant elements a leader should have and these elements define who a person is at their core self. A primary element or characteristic is acceptable behavior. How we behave is the first reflection of who we truly are. That means this is the most prominent element that should be modified and controlled for anyone choosing to embark on a public service career or profession. Unacceptable behavior will always destroy any chance one might have at being success in a high profile position.

    The next element is humility. Humility allows one to maintain integrity. Humility also is an indication an individual has a strong sense of morality. Again, not everyone has leadership qualities especially certain types of people. For example: rich and/or wealthy individuals. Think about the primary images that are associated with those who are rich and/or wealthy. Some immediate images that come to mind include: extravagance, excessiveness, lavishness, and privilege. None of these characteristics are honorable, virtuous, or righteous. Nor do they have any moral bases.

    At some point our society accepted the characteristics associated with those who are rich and/or wealthy, and turned them into something positive, right. While accommodating some of the attributes of the rich and/or wealthy, some in our society convinced themselves these qualities are honorable, and have made them the primary traits they look for in a leader. To some members in our society this is a healthy, normal, safe way of thinking, and they are comfortable with these “Alternative Facts or Truths”. However, for those of us who respect the actual truth and real facts, we know there is honestly nothing safe, right, positive, and certainly not honorable about leaders with these qualifications. Realistically, their nonverbal images immediately convey negative messages.

    The character traits in many of those who are rich and/or wealthy are elements that lack integrity and dignity. In fact these characteristics should automatically disqualify a person from a high profile leadership position. This is particularly so if one is going to have authority over millions who live in lower income brackets. Many rich and/or wealthy people are typically very shrewd business people. They are also very competitive, which often makes them ruthless in their pursuit of winning the economic race of profiting in their business ventures. This leaves no room for concern for others, or the little guy.

    Real leaders need to have a humanitarian quality. Such a person is never defined by his or her economic status, but instead by characteristics that describes who he or she is at their core. Humanitarian qualities include bravery, and a strong sense of morality. A true leader is naturally charitable, compassionate, empathetic, honorable, trustworthy, upright and upstanding. They live their lives in a dignified manner. They are confident and have excellent communication skills. They have no problem being transparent. They are patient, accepting, tolerant, and most of all, they inspire and comfort those they lead.

    Most wealthy people have not been exposed to any true humanitarian attributes. Their privileged life is accompanied with a grandiose attitude. They also have a deep belief their financial status alone, automatically equates to leadership. Some even believe they are favored by the Most High. They are wealthy because they are special, blessed even. Unlike wealthy people, rich people may have been exposed to humanitarian characteristics. However, their sudden higher economic status clouds their thoughts, as they become filled with the material things they can now acquire. Wealthy people have always had this ability. It is naturally a normal way of life for them. They lack an ability to relate to the thousands who live with little to nothing, who struggling from day to day just to survive.

    If you’re wondering why rich is separated from wealth, it is because they are different. A status of rich can be obtained suddenly, but wealth on the other hand, is a status a person is born into. It is generational and far greater than being rich.

    Therefore, this seriously misplaced notion that many in our society have about the rich and/or wealth automatically being righteous is ludicrous. At what point did so many lose touch with reality?  At what point did they start accepting Alternative Facts or Truths? How were they so totally mislead? First of all it is something already within their hearts. It is as Yahushua said, it is what is already within ones heart that defiles them. We talk about the 95/5 but remember there are four levels of mentality included in that 95. Many of those included are people who harbor hate and hatred is blinding. The truth simply becomes unacceptable. An inability to accept what is real is accompanied with doing what is easier, and that has never been more evident.

     Just because a person is rich or wealthy does not mean they are smart. It does not mean they are a part of the 5. Many rich and certainly wealthy people are selfish at their cores, but often do not realize they are selfish. They are so out of touch with the lives of average citizens they are incapable of empathize with their struggles. They literally cannot envision living in such sparse conditions, so this is where the acceptance of “Alternative Facts, and/or Truths” begins and it has always been this way. Their reaction to those less fortunate can often be heartless, and to attempt to understand them or their situation is unimaginable. So, they create “Alternative Facts, and/or Truths” that make it easier to ignore and even accuse them of being responsible for their disparaging living conditions. Remember in Unforeseen Efficacy Virgil started enacting change in the poorest areas of all countries? This is why.

    The primary avenue to spread these “Alternative Facts and/or Truths” has been the media. Networks are owned and/or financed by the wealthy. This means what is reported, exposed, are deem important is usually what network sponsors decide is important. Thus, after a prolonged period, false notions take root and form shapes in the minds of members of a society even if they are poor. This is what causes large numbers of citizens to vote against their own best interests. For example: if Trump and his cabinet are allowed to continue to lie about what is factual, this will become the norm. Trump is a very good example of why a person born into wealth is incapable of being a leader of a country. He feels no need to ponder what the average American’s life is like. He cannot relate to the vast majority of Americans, thus he is not suited to lead them.

    However, those in the society whose hearts are consumed with hatred are always the best messengers for spreading “Alternative Facts and/or Truths”. They are the racist that refuse to accept the reality that they are not favored by the God who is God, because the truth is all people are equal in the Most High’s view. This is a truth, a reality that is unimaginable for them. Among them are also those who refuse to believe that the female does not belong behind the male but at his side, another equality issue. They are also the ones who refuse to acknowledge that all of us are born with free will. That means we can choose our paths without obstruction. So, they make up a false reality, starting with a false God, false religions demands, and false notions they spread via messages. It is a mystical message fostered by an old spirit of hate that has been around for generations and generations.  

    For those of us who know, by way of experience, what it is like to be born into a life of privilege, it is an accepted fact that anything to different from what is considered normal, is frightening. This is so for any group of people, especially when something different is given too much thought. For the wealthy, the very idea of losing their wealth is devastating. In the back of their minds they know many are struggling to get by and they resent them because they represent a very possible way of life. Just as the poor dream of a better life with more money, the wealthy have nightmares of losing their wealth and suddenly being forced to live their lives as poor people, and God forbid in poverty. We all know that there is also a difference in being poor and living in poverty.

    People who are well off struggle with sharing their wealth, because as far as they are concerned too many obtain financial security threatens their financial security. Sublime messages are conveyed to make struggling families believe they are not working hard enough, they want too much, or they simply are not good enough and do not deserve better. The primary nonverbal and verbal message is the less people breaking out of the prison of poverty the better. No they do not want to raise the minimum wage. This will take from their abundance, their excess. It is too much, too many of them and why pay them if they go go automated?

    Part of the group of rich includes the law makers in a society, members of congress. These individuals have the power to alter information the public receives. They hide vital information, cover it up, often preventing society from discovering what is going on until it is too late to do anything about it. What they hide is hidden because they know it will benefit them but negatively impact the rest of society. This began long ago when the wealthy law makers decided to alter sacred books whereby causing many in the society to believe “Alternative Facts and/or Truths”.

    The verbal and nonverbal message all of us receive is how honorable it is to be law abiding. This is how we should conduct ourselves as upstanding citizens in our society. Even if the laws that are being past are not in our best interest, and they are excused, forgiven, or unable to be charged if they violate the laws they enact. The laws they put into place are solely to control mass groups of people. They are not enacted because they are good for average citizens, this should also be obvious. These are examples of unhumanitarian leadership. Remember in UE Virgil did enact the Humanitarian Laws the pertained to everyone without exception.    

    A humanitarian leader has to be able to relate to those he or she leads. Why you might ask? Well this should be obvious as there are many narcissistic men leading countries. They are often overly ambitions, arrogant, and also have a bullying quality. We can categorize these types of leader’s under one primary characteristic, poor behavior qualities. They are all the same and are led by things such as fear, greed, or both. Both fear and greed are negative emotions that fall under the umbrella of HATE.

    Unqualified leaders are everywhere. In fact many of them are not rich or wealthy. Although they do not have much in the way of monetary means, they are very charismatic and good communicators. They often land leadership positions of which they are not well suited. Some of them are conniving and acquire their positions because they are good verbal communicators. They are the wolves in sheep clothing. They look good on paper and their outward appearances help them land leadership position. They are usually a part of a religious group or in a management position for a company or organization.

    A genuine humanitarian leader does not take on the role of leader in a high profile profession haphazardly. They are usually verbally persuaded to take on the position or circumstances move them to pursue a career path that calls for a level of authority and responsibility. They do not take this position for what they will get out of it, on the contrary. They feel a need to stand up for injustices, inequalities, and unfairness in their communities. They recognize the need to be a voice for those who go unheard, uncared for, and often unnoticed.

    If people would but look they would see a person, wealthy or not, for who they truly are. We have to pay attention to the verbal and nonverbal messages we send each other because all of us send messages even if they are not spoken. This is why it is important to evaluate the nonverbal messages we send and receive. As instrument of the Most High, how we appear to others, via nonverbal messages, is essential. It is the most important form of communication we share with others, and we do not want anyone to get the wrong impression about who we are.

 

*The Big Picture*

Marcus, Jacqueline & Mason

Through the Gnostics lens or Mystics, as we are often called, life is lived based on facts, rationale, and reality, combined with faith. What does this mean? It means that while many live life believing in irrational, illogical, fantasy. They ask no question when they are confused they just go with the flow, supporting a belief that mirrors that, parents, family, friends, communities. Their trust in these beliefs is concrete despite the don’t have the aforementioned qualification. This is not so for Gnostics. Gnostics believe anything pertaining to True God can be explained and is very clear. True God is not confusing nor does God subscribed to the human notion of “do as I say and not as I do”. So, what is believing all about? Is there a Hell? Do we know who is going there and if so why? Do we care? What does the BIG PICTURE look like from a Gnostic prospective?

For starters we will not mince words. Things are not the way traditional religion would have us believe they are. Religion has proven to be a form of control rather than a journey toward True God. It has cast our God in a negative light simply by making humanity the center of all life in the universe. Not only is this untrue, it is a ridiculous notion. This has allowed humanity to make True God controversial, conflicting, and contradicting. It has also affected our instruction and parenting skills. Parents are failing to lead children by good example in many ways. In other words, the behavior religion has affixed to True God is being mimic throughout humanity.

Religion has painted True God with an angry, judgmental, punishing disposition. Frankly, traditional religion teaches us to fear God instead of love God. They have made pleasing God stringent, unwavering, without patience, and without compassion. In one breath they tell us God is love and in all other breaths every behavior they affix to True God is an attribute of HATE! Honestly, what does this immediately tell those who are of rational mind? Does freedom fit into this model at all, anywhere? What about forgiveness, is there room for that in this model? Finally what role does Faith play in this model? The three F’s, Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith, all gifts of True God, is that obvious in the above model?

Freedom is a positive thing. However, fear is a form of confinement, imprisonment. So, if True God says we are born with freewill, why would True God require our submission to his will come by way of forced control? The key to understand True God is to first understand the language of True God. We must have a clear understand of negative verses positive, and be able to relate the attributes of HATE verses words that describe behaviors associated with LOVE. True God is Pure LOVE so we as Gnostics, never affix behaviors that are associated with HATE the True God who is God alone.

Fear is a negative condition thus an attribute of Hate. There is no love in fear. There is only control, force. Not only does True God have no need to behave in this fashion, it is impossible for True God to behave so. Throughout time fear has been used as a means of controlling large groups of people, but first comes division. Division from others, and yes even division from God. How? With powerful descriptive words that identify specific behaviors. The function of these descriptive words when heard is to divide. For example: Sin, reprobate, criminal. These are all words that lead to other negative descriptive words such as, lawless, incorrigible, habitual, and HOPELESS! True God does not fit into this model, it is impossible.

Forgiveness is a positive, loving behavior. True God is a God of love and Jesus spoke about how important forgiveness is. So when religion tells us there is an unforgivable word, phrase, act, or individual how then are we to see this other than as a major contradiction?  What do the scriptures tell us about Jesus’ reaction to forgiveness being sold in the synagogues? This act attached a value to True God’s dealings with us. Gnostics do not subscribe to the Old Testament in the Bible because it is riddled with grave cruelty and violence, insecure acts describing godly behaviors, and the use of fear and coercion into worshiping God.  Let us not forget favoritism, which leads to judging and discrimination against others. Oh and the necessity of tithing, assessing a tangible value to how God deals with us. It suggests God’s favor and acceptance can be purchased. We see this behavior in our elected officials every day.

What in turn happens to those who cannot afford to pay for favoritism, comfort? They fall into the prison of poverty and are judged. They have to be sinners and sinners are immediately deemed unworthy, not good enough. This is a reason to discriminate against the poor and those living in extreme poverty, and the homeless. It does not get more hateful particularly just before murder occurs. But is this illustrated any differently in the Old Testament of the Bible? There are stories of wars, innocent babies being slaughter, and people held in bondage, enslaved, and beaten senselessly by those with fortune. Where are the attributes of Love in the Old Testament of the Bible? Few and far between.

A strong emphasis is placed on tithing in modern western churches, with strong disfavor shown toward parishioners who do not participate regularly. They are made to feel as if they are not worthy of the privilege of praising True God. What God does not welcome praise and open acts of affection? It would seem True God is not the same God most religions recognize or worship.

What about the things that are said that are considered unforgivable? One word that describes acts that are unforgivable is Blasphemy. What is that anyway? It is profanity, using bad words, cursing. What they do not tell you is Jesus said piss and damn, both considered bad words. Moreover how can one never be forgiven for blasphemy but viciously taking a life, molesting a child, or raping a woman can all be forgiven. That does not sound rational or logical, and True God is rational and logical all the time.

What about Lucifer who is not guilty of some of the despicable acts of humanity, but traditional religion teaches that he is unforgiveable? Nothing in traditional religion’s teachings regarding Lucifer, first clearly name him as this dreadful Devil, but they pale in contrast to the horrific behaviors we see in humanity. Gnostics believe in accountability and responsibility. We are all responsible for our individual behaviors and choices. Gnostics do believe we are born with freewill and nothing and no one can take that away. Humans try but ultimately the attempt crumbles. Freedom is a God given right to all living things so slavery is a negative behavior and not of God. It is hateful and inhumane.

Faith is a positive word describing positive behaviors. It is simply to trust in the Love of True God. Life is about learning to love unconditionally. For humans, that means learning to be real humanitarians. It is a quality not even the churches are adequately emphasizing. This requires most people have something higher than themselves to call look up to. It is something good, holy, better, setting a positive example for us to govern our lives. Faith is something those who are imprisoned rely on to sustain them. Hope is a positive word and it is where Faith starts. One first has to have hope and then the blind trust known as faith grounds them.

Unfortunately, those born into the privilege that comes with having money never really learn what it means to rely on faith. They do not learn to appreciate the significant of having the love of God in their life much less having the love of another human being. They feel as if they can buy affection and if they cannot buy it they can bully or pay bullies to acquire what they want or need.

Who are these hired bullies? Typically they are in some form of law or powerful government position. They are officials in charge of making and enforcing laws that are suppose to govern our society equally and fairly. But, the laws in the United States are no longer established for the good of all citizens. The elected law makers have been purchased by the wealthy to create laws that serve their interests. In human cultures around the world, we are taught to admire wealth and worship the wealthy. We are taught that the wealthy are blessed and favored by God.

In all honesty, money is a human reward. It is important only to humans and valued only on Earth. So the same idea to design a belief structure we call religion, humans also designed a value system that shows favoritism to those who have an abundance of that is valued. Religion condemns sinners and our human value system considers the less fortunate sinners. They work hand in hand, always have.

 HELL, does it exist? It certainly does, especially for those who are tormented by the prison of poverty. It exist right here on Earth for minorities. Keep in mind the privilege have no interest in pleasing God because they believe they have favor with God. If we need proof of this we have Donald Trump. He and those like him do not care about really pleasing God. They do not care to have the affection of fellow humans in the society. This rings true about too many white Americans who have been conditioned to believe they are better simply because they are white.

Where does this start? Religion is where this begins as it emphasized God’s favor with a particular ethnicity or race of people. God had favorites so why can’t we all? Too be born white is to be born with God’s favor.

Have you all had an opportunity to view Tim Wise’s documentary ‘White like Me’? In this documentary he talks about the way we as a society have been conditioned to be racists. We are conditioned to automatically associate words that describe positive attributes to white people. This is a societal conditioning. Black people are immediately stigmatized with words that have negative connotations even by other blacks. We have been conditioned to believe there is ONE DEVIL and he is Lucifer. He has nothing better to do than bother each of us individually tempting us, lying to us, and causing us to behave badly with is often to behave freely. We have been conditioned to believe Hell is a real place and if we don’t do exactly what our religious leaders tell us to do and give money to the church, thus God, we are going there for eternity.   

HELL is a life of POVERTY! HELL is a life of CONFINEMENT! Both of these conditions are a form of SLAVERY. Too many White Americans have an inherent belief their ethnicity automatically entitles them to privilege, consideration, compassion, and kindness other ethnicities are immediately denied. This is a behavior many associate with God as well. This is evident in how stories are told about historical events and cultures. For example: No black child should grow up unaware of Egypt’s location. They should know it is a country on the continent of Africa. They should not be led to believe it is a country full of white people. It is simply untrue to give them the impressions Egyptian Pharaohs were white men.  

HELL is a place, environment, or way of life void of the love of True God. It is a form of existence the privileged contribute to by creating laws and circumstances that lockout others in particular communities and areas. It is a form of confinement, from incarceration to financial depravity. Documentaries that illustrate this are now being shown on channels like FUSE, and LINK, new channels that replace the History Channels. The History Channel has become another place to view reality TV instead of a place to learn something of substance that is beneficial. They have done away with H2. It is now called Vice and nothing interesting is ever listed in the program schedule. Luckily we have these new channels with fresh outlooks, to bring us reality TV that is beneficial, informative, and enlightening about issues that historically have been significant in the United States.

Fuse has a show called Prison Kids: A crime against America’s Children. It shows how children, black children are being locked up early in life, many being immediately charged as adults. They are being thrown into prison to serve sentences for an amount of time almost as long as they have been alive. These are little black and brown children ranging in age from five and six to seventeen. Taken out of schools and thrown into detention for minor behavior problems. This is HELL even for minority children. It obviously is not enough they are born in poverty, forced to live lives that offer no real hope anyway. They are taken out of one prison and put in another only this one is more restrictive and confining. This is possible thanks to all those wealthy, greedy humans that decided privatizing prison was best. Best for who? The wealthy of course, where is True God in this model?

Religion has managed to confuse faith with foolishness, and to convince many of us that True God is capable of Hate. Hate is the opposite of LOVE! Too tell homosexual’s God hates them is a LIE. Too tell parishioners’ they are sinning if they do not pay tithes is a LIE! Too tell people they are going to hell is to pass judgment, prohibited by the book they hold so sacred. It is a lie because the only hell is the one humanity has created. Thank goodness True God is not human. He does not have favorites. He does not think one human is better than another for any reason. God hates no one, not even Lucifer who is literally a part of the God head.

Jesus said to forgive so there is no unforgivable sin, no one thing that separates us from the love of God except ourselves. We are free to choose or deny God but the separation is an individual choice. What is this all about? Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith. Obedience is not included as it is a word that ignites the control mechanism. It plays into our fears and insecurities. Those of us who love God and accept his love are faithful not obedient. Living a righteous life is a desire not a demand. We serve and make God first in life freely, gladly, and joyfully, not because it is forced upon us accompanied with threats and condemnation.  Let us not confuse the way of man with the way of God. They are immeasurably different.

Our duty is to our fellow man. Our duty is to the continued unification of humanity not the alienation many of us experience as we journey through this thing called life. Our giving is to those in need, as we are able not because of misguided obligation or force. Our support is done within our personal comfort level, cheerfully and willingly, with glad hearts. We are facing a homelessness problem across this country. It is unacceptable. As long as this problem persists no church should receive another dime. This is a situation that requires immediate action. These are people! Human Beings! They cannot shower, brush their teeth, wash their clothes, or rest their heads because they do not have a place to call home. This is unacceptable and to continue to allow ourselves to believe they are there do to some fault of their own is a ridiculous LIE.

God is calling all of us into service. This is his plan for those calling out for help. Unity calls us to reach out to our fellow man and woman and give them a hand. Years of conditioning keep

us from helping each other and this kind of indifference is not of GOD! People need other people and God uses people to help others. This idea of saying I’ll pray for them does not serve God. If you know enough about a situation to offer prayer you know enough to offer some form of help. The answer to the prayer is you. Do what you can. We do not tell a person in need all we can do is pray for them, especially when it is within our power to offer them a hand.  

We all have to help at a capacity we are able and comfortable but to continue ignoring this is inhumane and separates us from God. The whole picture for Gnostics Is ONE LOVE! One powerful unifying love based on Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith. We are in this thing together despite the dividers religion has in place. Christians quote a scripture that says they walk by faith not by sight. Gnostics walk in Hope, Faith, and the unity of  Love.

 

 

The History of Gnosticism

By Marcus McGinnis

As many know, in previous articles and discussions our faith has been the topic. We have answered questions about it, and discussed how we choose to worship and fellowship with members of our Gnostic family. Family is used to describe Gnostic members because as Gnostics we know—as far as our heavenly father is concerned—we are all connected and equal, woven together collectively. We are cut from the same sacred cloth that forever binds us. As Gnostics we also realize we all are striving for and toward one primary goal. The successful return to the Oneness that is all, ascension. To accomplish this we must understand who we are, what our purpose is, and who we represent.

So, where did the Gnostic faith come from? What does it mean? First of all, Gnostic is a Greek word and it means knowledge. Gnosticism is both a mystical and philosophical faith that is actually pre-Christian. It has Hellenistic and Jewish origins thus the terms we often use when referring to our heavenly father and his voice, his word. We choose to refer to The Most High as Adonai and the Word of Adonai as Yeshua or Yahushua.

Post Yahushua, the Gnostics were persecuted by the rising Orthodox Christians because Gnostics were seen as a direct threat to the new religion. To this day we are frowned upon as we do not believe the God in the Bible’s Old Testament is The All Mighty, Alpha and Omega. The God described in the Old Testament of the Bible is not a loving God and possesses none of the characteristics of Adonai.

The Christians decided the Gnostics were pagan, labeling us as witches and accusing us of being wicked. They did this because the Gnostic would not conform to the Christian ways of worship. They would not acknowledge their traditional belief structure and ritualistic practices, going as far as to denounce these behaviors. Today, we respectfully disagree with some of the Christian, Muslim, and other religious ways, but accept everyone has the right to believe and worship in a way that fits their individual comfort levels, and brings them peace.

Post Yahushua, the Gnostics continued to practice their faith their way, angering the Christians. They were slaughter as were many others with differing religious beliefs. The Christians deemed all those who did not share their belief structure and ways of worship as savage, uncivilized, and evil. The church leaders advised their fellow Christian members to shun and avoid those who did not follow the way of a Christian. They believed their way of worship was the right and only way to achieve true salvation. All others were on a sinner’s path. They even went as far as declare them devil worshipers, calling them demons bound to spend eternity in the Christian idea of hell. This belief is the corner stone of discrimination, of intrinsic Hate. It gives credence to acts of persecution, favoritism, and oppression. This behavior remains prevalent in our current society. Then and now Gnostics remain peaceful and have no need to prove or force our customs, values, and beliefs on others.

Yahushua confirmed the pre-Christian belief structure. But his righteous path was difficult for many who relished living their selfish, self-centered, and self-serving ways of life. They were not interested in doing things the right way, nor did they want to acknowledging righteousness for and toward all that live, not even when it came from the very Word of Adonai. They did not want equality for all. They liked feeling as if they were special, higher in stature, more important, and giving the impression they were loved more by the most high. So, they brutally murdered Adonai’s word, Yahushua.

This belief and behavior remains this way in modern times. Humans will kill to silence the voice of reason. Those who called themselves Rabbi and professed to be very devoted and to truly love Adonai were not and remain unwilling to have their status and positions challenged. They did not want to reconsider their ways much less rethink their perceived perception of what is right. Pride can be a very deadly emotion.

Gnostics do not believe in ceremonial worship or rituals of any type. However, we do believe in the fellowship. Also, Yahushua taught us it is better to give than to receive and that is literal. This is why we believe in giving to each other instead of demanding our members pay tithes and give monitory, offerings especially when they do not or cannot afford this. It is not faithful or joyful to give what one simply does not have. It is foolish.

Adonai has blessed some of us with the means to provide and help others. To fail to do this is an abomination. Why? Because this life is a temporary state of existence. It is in our best interest to be proactive in our communities, and joyfully help those who are struggling to help themselves. Those in obvious need are not lazy nor are they moochers. This is a lie that originated with those who are evil, selfish, and greedy. If proof of a need is required one needs only look at the conditions of those in need. View their communities, neighborhoods, and environments. This is right, civilized, and a sign of progression.

You see, many humans are not waiting or asking for handouts, but instead struggle in a world that is unyielding. American’s live in a society that prides itself on how harshly they punish some of their citizens. They also delight in forming policies that make it easy for them to deny many of their citizen’s access to tools that will improve their lives. It is a society that gives to those who have plenty while shunning those in need, creating a living hell for many. The humans who have formed a body of elite have created a worldwide system that requires much and gives little. These groups of manmade elite are far too comfortable with persecution rather than compassion. They come up with slogans and send sublime messages that support the things they are comfortable with. Religion is the catalyst, ushering in these behaviors and perpetuating this elitist ideal. This is why Gnosticisms is not considered a religion but a faith. These selfish attitudes and behaviors turn into acts of savagery, are signs of being uncivil, inhumane, and often are barbaric in nature. It is regressive behavior.

Many of us have been blessed with an abundance of what is valued in this world. This is not to be hoarded but shared as we again understand this is a temporary existence. We are given or allowed to have what we have in order to do Adonai’s great service. Many believe Adonai tests us. In many regards that is an accurate hypothesis. None of us are forced to do the right thing but our journey through life is designed to teach us the right way to react to situations we encounter along the way. When we are faced with a situation that requires us to respond, based on our experiences and exposure, Adonai expects us to react appropriately, this is progressive.

As extension of the most high it is our responsibility to do the right thing at all times. All of us need a hand at some point throughout our journey through life. At these times we pray. Help comes from those who are able to assist. They are Adonai’s answer to these prayers. Gnostics are obedient, accepting joyfully that we are Adonia’s tools. Because we understand we are in the service of the most high, when it is within our means to assist we do not director one in need to pray. We know when we are the answer to their prayer.

In our faith we do not beg, badger, or demand things of others they will struggle to provide. The bottom line is all Adonai needs is human bodies on this planet. Obedient persons that joyfully show what it means to live in the light of Yahushua, and faithfully honor the sacrifice he made for all that live, ALL.

Gnostics know who and what we are. We know who and what we represent. We know there is nothing negative about our faith or our practices. For one thing we are not prideful. We do not need to follow an organized, established set of ceremonies and/or guidelines to show or express our love and devotion to Adonai.

We do not go out and recruit new members but open our doors to anyone who wants to join us or just observe us online or during one of our fellowships. We do not argue our beliefs as we do not believe everything is debatable. Adonai is not debatable. People either know and recognize the love of Adonai or they do not. There is no in between or opposing view.

Once again Gnostics are not in the habit of analyzing and criticizing other faiths, however, we do not hide that we do not agree with the behaviors and practices that are associated with many religions. Gnostics know Adonai is a God of love and only love. This love is ever present as it is transcendent. It is also abominable to associate or attribute any hateful act with The Most High. Adonai is not a God that inspires, leads, encourages, or demands an act of war for any reason. Peace is an attribute of LOVE not war. Humanity creates hardships for others in their attempt to control, degrade, conquer, and oppress. This is believed by many to be a show of strength when actually it is a show of arrogance, destruction, and chaos, all of which are attributes of HATE. To lack understanding of this shows a regression in human mental development.

To claim, accuse, or imply Adonai hates or harbors any of the attributes of hate is blasphemous. To accuse Adonai of inspiring hateful acts that are oppressive, degrading, or that result in unjustified confinement and enslavement of any kind, be it servitude or forced poverty, is blasphemous. Many black people in the United States continue to live in a country that enslaves them in some way, be it unjust confinement or intentional conditions that cause poverty. By intentional conditions that bring about poverty we mean an unwillingness by the majority, to first acknowledge there is a problem, and then refusing to hire and/or pay fair and equal wages. This denies all black people in this country the right to prosperity. This is regressive behavior and it is EVIL, the worst attribute of HATE.

When a practice is honorable it meets with no resistance. When a law is justified and moral it is respected. However, when laws, polices, and practices lack veracity and integrity they become dishonorable, unjust and ungodly. Those who turn laws, policies, and practices into oppression for citizens are without honor and integrity. They are uncivilized and show their regressive state of cognition. There is no love in them because to understand the nature of love brings about a progressive way of thinking. To have a cognitive understanding of this transcendent state of being is what makes a species civilized, progressive, and ready for ascension. This is the bases of the 95/5 premise. It does not matter the status of the perpetrators who is guilty of any of the above mentioned behaviors. In fact when a perpetrator is in a position of authority and/or power it is worse.

Often Adonai needs us to lift up our voices to assist in a matter. If we are in a respectable position it is our responsibility to take a stance against hateful, unjust acts when we are made aware of them. A perfect example of this is the professional athletes who are taking a stance regarding American law enforcement’s acts of excessive force when dealing with African Americans. They are bravely answering the call of the most high by their silent protests. Members of the majority or the elites group, in positions of power and/or authority, oppose the stance of the righteous. They are regressive and attack what they consider a threat to how they want to live.  

Gnostics take their representation of the ways of Yahushua, and our heavenly father Adonai, very seriously. It is very important to us that we are positive representatives of the most high. This can be done despite all the negativity around us. We do not believe any one human is better than another for any reason because this it truth. This is also why we cannot conform too many religious beliefs and practices. Adonai deals with us all equally needing no supposed superior human to speak for or through when addressing us. We all must take responsibility for our relationship with our heavenly father.

Gnostics embrace and appreciate each other as we are all in a close relationship with Adonai and we treasure that closeness. We encourage all to open their eyes to what is going on around then. Try to put oneself in the shoes of the oppressed, and act accordingly. This is honorable, respectable, righteous, civilized, and most of all progressive. There are two links on our links page that open up websites that answer many questions about who we are in great detail for all those who are interested in the origins and background of our faith. We invite those who are interested to please visit the links provided, and to join the forum and participate in our conversation. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have further questions about our faith via the emails provided on our home page.

 

Resolution

By Mason Denise Carlisle

This is a continuance to the response I started in the forum addressing the police killings of black men that is once again in the news. Follow me while I get a little deep with all of you. Let me first say this. All of you know I don’t believe the stories in our history about ancient beings are untrue. These ancient beings we are told are myths are real. This is evident when studying worldwide beliefs and religions. Cultures all around the Earth believe in these beings even if they refer to them by different names. Since there is a worldwide recognition it is time we stop allowing ourselves to be blinded by those who benefit from mass ignorance.  

Haven said that I do not know why this advanced beings are now silent but they are not dead, nor or they to be considered God. They are advanced but there is one True God whom we call Adonai. Gnostics do not refer to the Most High as God because that is too superficial. We use appropriate titles as there are many gods but only one Alpha and Omega. God is a blanket term or word, like mother, father, sister, brother. There are many mothers and many fathers, and many sisters and many brothers. There are also many gods. However, Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the one Supreme Being that is the Oneness who is All surpasses this blanket term. Allow me to keep it real with you right now. The blanket term has been used by many who deceive, disrupt, and destroy, which is the primary reason we rejecting the Old Testament of the Bible.

So, as all higher level beings survey what is occurring on Earth, the positive beings are probably shaking their heads and wondering, how many times will an act of divine intervention be necessary to purge the evil and restart the human species? How many floods, fires, famines and plagues will it take before they decide humans are a lost cause and do a total wipeout? They can, trust me. You see immoral, uncivilized, corrupt behaviors brought on all the historical events listed above. Genocide is not civilized. Oppression is not a show of strength but barbarianism. Most importantly this culture of hate that is continuously perpetuated in this species is downright sickening. A nation without charity, which is Love, is a nation that rejects the Most High. It is a nation that is anti productive and stifles growth.

Yes the Museum of African American History was in the news today and it is significant but the rise of structures, monuments, and memorials, does not cover current pain and suffering. As long as people are suffering with the emotional pain of a loss, this is a ceremonial performance for those whose lives are not currently being touched by monumental tragedies. Yes it is beautiful but for those who cannot pay their rent from month to month, who are living pay check to pay check, the hope of ever even seeing this structure is slim. Those who are losing loved ones at the hands of law enforcement officers, sworn to protect and serve, have little to know interest in ceremonial moments where people gather to witness the openings of significant structures far away from where they live. This idea of forgetting for a moment that a husband was killed in front of his wife, a father was taken out of the lives of his children, and a group of American’s who are not financially secure, are in any mode to celebrate the rise and opening of a structure is ridiculous.

Do something significant for crying out loud. Give us peace, Give us equality. Show us there will be accountability for those who have rubbed us of our love ones for no good reason. Show us life matters no matter what the ethnicity or color of skin. We want all life to be respected and valued, from the air that we breathe, to the plants that grow on our surface, the water that keeps us alive and the animals we share this planet with. We want an acknowledgement that Life is more valuable than money and should be appreciated on all levels.

Start doing something that makes a different like Colin Kaepernick and other athletes. Something like Beyoncé and other entertainers are doing. Speak out in our art, with our talents, with our voices, in our writings. Leaders, lead for a change and demand resolution to this crisis. What I am sick of is listening to White people blame Blacks and minorities for what is being done to them. No White person is ignorant to the oppression black people endure. They are just comfortable blaming black and brown people for how bad they behave. Not only does law enforcement officers breaking the law, need to be held accountable, white people who openly oppress need to be held accountable as well. For those in positions of power like that Governor in North Carolina, it means voting his ass out! For business owners, it means boycotting. It’s time to stand up and be counted. We have waited long enough for them to get it together. We have been peaceful and patient. And we have suffered with them doing everything in their power to drown out our message and blacken our protest. Black Lives Matter! Stop Killing Us!!! Stop acting like life is anything other than a virtual hell for most black people living in America. Stop telling us to leave damnit we have just as much right to be here as any white person.

We Want Real Resolution and we want it NOW!!!

 

Fellowship

By Marcus McGinnis

Well, now that we know praying is simply having a conversation with the most high let us talk about something else that is often misunderstood.  What exactly are those get-togethers we humans often participate in for an event? What are we doing when we come together in groups such as these? Does size matter? Why do we do it? Well, because humans have a common need to fellowship. What the heck does that mean? What in the world is fellowshipping, some church thing? Actually fellowshipping is defined as a friendly gathering of any kind, with people we are associated with, that shares our same beliefs and values. The size does not really matter, and has no bearing on whether or not a group of individuals coming together are fellowshipping or not.

Some of the gatherings that bring us together are sports events. We come together to celebrate special event such as, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations. Sometimes we come together simply to enjoy a night on the town. When people gather together in a place to enjoy the company of others and some are not welcomed, it is felt and affects everyone’s mood. Religious groups come together in a special place and they are called a congregation. They come together to worship. When a larger group of people come together to peacefully express a concern about a matter, situation, or set of circumstances this is a movement. Movements form when like minded people around the world assemble in different locations, joining in solidarity, to show support and unity for a particular concern that affects a single individual, a group of individuals, or a society.  

There are different reasons and causes that bring us together. Sometimes people gather to share in negative beliefs and values. Their values and beliefs helped form their group’s ideology. Negatively charged gatherings are often self-serving and if there is any benefit it is for a select few, such as the majority of those in a particular ethnicity, and sometimes gender. Some of these organizational gatherings occur among highly respected members of society, but they are motivated by doing things that will negatively impact a society.

The best way to negatively affect an entire society is for a group’s message and ideology to harbor all the attributes of hate. One example of a negative group of individuals many align themselves with and support is the republican political party in the United States. This was very obvious during their presidential convention in late July of 2016. There was nothing about the republican convention that was positive in any way.

All those who watched the republican convention bared witness to this party’s core beliefs and values. This was a meeting consumed with nastiness, vileness, and HATE! This cannot be better reflected in the man they selected to represent them and lead their party. How does the Christian Scriptures define the Antichrist?  It had nothing to do with his complexion and everything to do with his persona. We all bear witness to this vile individual as he attempts to take over the United States having no concrete, honorable plan that qualifies him for such an esteemed position.

They were cheering, releasing balloons, celebrating, unable to see this man for what he is. People who know him warn of his treachery. They are bullied, ridiculed, and threatened for coming forward. Everyone who is a member of the republican party knows this to be true but their selected party leader is simply a reflection of their values. Nothing this man does is honorable. He is unholy, evil, a corruptor and they praise him, support him, and believe they had a successful convention. They have decided success for them includes illegal behavior such as Plagiarism, which was clearly done by their party leader’s spouse.

Their party leader lies, cheats, steals, robs, disrespects, bullies, and threatens all while claiming he will keep America safe. He is this party’s monster as his behavior is indicative of everything the party tries to keep hidden when it comes to their values and beliefs. He is literally a loose cannon they are unable to control. He degrades women, handicap people, minorities, and even war veterans. He is only vocalizing how they feel and desperately try to mask. This is evident when their plans are often leaked buy other officials, revealing how they are attempt to enact a policy or law that will negatively impact many unsuspecting members in society. However, citizens who consider themselves members of this party continue to support their representatives even when what they are doing will negatively impact their lives as well.

This party’s focus is only on things that benefit the wealthy, corporations, and big business. They do not care about the soldiers who fight in their wars. They only care about the money the war will generate. All of this was evident in the speeches given at their convention. For those of us who love God it is easy to see these individuals for what they truly are. We know exactly what they are attempting to do and if they are successful sadly, many will be destroyed by these policies, practices, and procedures.

Another respected group would be the Evangelicals. This is a radical religious group that plays by their own set of established sacramental rules. Their philosophy is built on spreading fear, and convincing others that God is a petty, mean, selfish, vengeful, easily angered, hateful deity. They are negative and this in itself ANTIGOD! Everything listed above is an attribute of hate, and there is no Hate in God! They use God to their advantage, giving society a false image of what is important and valued by the one true God. Evangelicals are a political religious group, and nothing they do represents or serves the One and Only God who is God Alone. They are republican.

The NRA is another example. This is a factious political group serving only one purpose, a continuance of the destruction of life. There is nothing loving or Godly about this organization and there is nothing that can be said that is more profound. This is also a group of republicans. They fellowship in congress and discuss fear mongering, destruction, oppression, and maintaining the production of weapons used to destroy the lives of others. How do we know we are associating ourselves with a negative organization, group, or corporation? The way to determine if a group, corporation, or organization is worthy is by evaluate their values and beliefs.

Let us look at a positive gatherings of like minded individuals, remembering that all gatherings are not only or always for religious purposes. In fact, they often have nothing to do with ones faith or religious beliefs. For example: orderly protest. This is certainly a form of fellowshipping. The Black Lives Matter movement is not some radical, negative, domestic terrorist group coming together to be menacing. It is a positive gathering or time of fellowshipping done to address the obvious dysfunction in our society that has so disenfranchised a group of Americans. They simply want to shed light on a matter that is often ignored and down-played.  

Now, any group coming together to silence a movement with a valid cause, voicing their concerns peacefully, is in itself negative. It only confirms the peaceful group’s need to stand up and be heard. It affirms the need to demand they are no longer ignored, and to march on for their right to life, liberty, and fairness in the land of their birth. For any person or persons to accuse a peaceful group of individuals of doing something bad, especially when it is so obvious they are standing up for those who have been victimized, brutalized, suffered all manner of discrimination and unfairness, been treated unjustly for hundreds of years, and denied equal treatment in the legal system, is again in itself downright evil.

That is way beyond shameful. See to say ‘shame on you’, is the equivalence of a mild slap on the hand. However, to call it evil, disgusting, and sickening, all true statements, is the equivalent of a slap across the face, which is more appropriate. Donald Trump needs to be slapped across his face for some of the revolting things that come out of his mouth. You see when an adult becomes hysterical or is behaving erratically, we often slap them to immediately get their attention so they can reflect on how they are behaving and correct themselves. So some statements require harsher responses. Frankly, if we are all expected to pay our taxes and follow the common norms in our society than we are all entitled to fairness, equality, and justice.

We usually attend scheduled events where we come together to fellowship. Some examples would include political party conventions, religious revivals, and a sports event. As Gnostics we also have set times when we come together to fellowship. With this said, it is natural for members of these groups to desire all those who profess to be a part of their group, take part in their time of fellowshipping to show their solidarity and support.

As Gnostic our kinship is to true God first. Any and everything that goes against the nature of True God will not be supported or condoned. We are obligated to True God, Adonai, and we come together to celebrate our affiliation with the most High. We also support the Black Lives Matter movement and any movement that comes together to peacefully voice an injustice of any kind in a society. Many of us are members of law enforcement so we naturally support law enforcement officers. We do not believe the Black Lives Matter movement does not support law enforcement. They are simply attempting to draw attention to a system that has for too long shown partial and discriminative behaviors toward Black citizens in the United States.  

As Gnotics we may be partial to a political party in our nation. However, if that parties values and beliefs are drastically different from those we attribute to our core values, we step away and separate ourselves. Adonai is first in our lives. Adonai is love. This takes precedence in our lives and will affect who we choose to fellowship with. Of course there are various denominations in the Christian religion and they expect those who share their core values and beliefs to participate when it is time to fellowship. Gnostic do as well.

We are also loyal to God’s interpretation of prosperity, which deals with our core, our eternal souls. This is not the same as man’s idea of prosperity and cannot be mistaken or in any way misconstrued as to be prioritizing matters that serve the human form of prosperity, which is money.

Ethnic groups also have a sense of unity and enjoy activities that those who are a part of their particular group enjoy. For example sports: United States Caucasians enjoy NASCAR, surfing, and hiking. Blacks enjoy basketball, football, and baseball. Italians, French, and Spanish enjoy soccer, rugby, and cricket. Attending these events together is a form of fellowshipping.

Again, Gnostics put God first literally. We do not condone or support any form of racial bias as we are all a part of one race, one species, and that is the human beings. We should celebrate or differences not shun them. Therefore, whenever an ethnic, religious, or political group suggests a hateful act or begins to exhibit unjust behaviors, we reevaluate our affiliation and association with that individual, group, organization, and/or corporation and step away. Adonai is a fair, just, patient, loving God and to honor our affiliation with True God we support groups that share our core beliefs and values. Nothing Godly is affiliated or associated with anything evil, unjust, and unfair.

Gnostics do not share the same ideology as those in the media field either. This is a group of individuals that thrives on saturating the public with negativity. It is their job, their function. They are there to insure a society forms a desired opinion usually supported by a society’s government, citizen majority, and society’s wealthy. If it is in one of these group’s best interest for all citizens to believe something is true or not, this is what the media will report and place emphasis on.

The media is a powerful platform that is very useful in shaping what the citizens in a society believe. For example: if the media downplays racism in the society this message is easily received by the majority and allows them to continue their practice of discrimination because the media says it does not exist. If the media tells us a political candidate is leading in polls, polls some of us never see, leaving many of us continuously ask what polls? Who was polled? And feeling they were not polled. Understand, if polled and fail to make a contribution, your opinion is not counted. The voices of the poor and those who are struggling financial and cannot afford to donate, especially to a organization with millions of dollars, go unheard and uncounted. Therefore, the polls do not matter, they are unfair and inaccurate. The outcome is sublime, and confirms many citizens in the society are not valued. However, if the media says a candidate is polling high the society tends to believe this without requiring any proof.

This is the same with religious leaders. They are aware of the power they posses, fully realizing their parishioner trust them often blindly. We want to trust all our leaders but frankly none of them should be trusted blindly. Humans have proven they do not handle positions of power very well. For this reason our trust must remain in the hands of the only one who deserves our blind trust and that is the lord our God.

Fellowshipping is to be enjoyed and the minute it ceases to be something that is enjoyed participations should cease as well. We need only and always to refer to our personal foundations built on our primary values. If we value truth, honesty, and integrity, then we must never put those values aside to please any group’s values, especially if they not only differ from our own, but contradict our personal values. To thine self always be true.

So, enjoy those you elect to fellowship with because it is a time to enjoy family, close friends, and associates as you come together to participate in activities you all enjoy. It is a time to be with those who share your core values and beliefs. It is a time to reflect on what is important in our lives and most of all remember how much we love and enjoy the people we are fellowshipping with.

 

Prayer

By Mason Denise Carlisle

We begin by clarifying some official names of our recognized deities in the Gnostic Faith. First Gnosticism is a Faith, not a religion. Gnosticism began with the Hebrews prior to Christianity. So as Gnostics we will refer to our deities by their Hebrew names. Jesus is Yahweh or Yahushua and True God is Adonai.

We have all been exposed, in one way or another, to the idea of prayer. Throughout life we have either been asked to pray for someone or something. But it might come as a shock that many people do not understand how to pray. However, it should not come as a surprise people do not understand the concept of prayer. They do not have a clear understanding of what it really means, how it works, or how to properly execute the practice. Moreover many people do not understand or know how to construct a prayer. Believe it or not most people do not even know too whom their pray’s should be directed. Most importantly, people do not understand what they should pray for or about. As Gnostics we pray to Adonai, who stands alone as True God. With that said prayer is simply a conversation with Adonai and/or Yahushua.

Christians believe personal prayers should be done privately, least the devil they believe in, hear and interfere with the transmission of prayers. This devil they believe in, also can and will use their prayers against them, for the purpose of wreaking havoc in their lives. As Gnostics we do not share this belief. We do not talk to each other silently and frankly, we share quite a bit of personal information with each other. In fact some people go so far as to share very private things on reality television. Therefore, what sense does it make for us to speak to Adonai or Yahushua silently?

Gnostics give no credence to the notion of there being one diabolical, fallen Angel said to be the Devil or Satan. First of all Lucifer, the Aeon in question, is far more than an Angel. Second, we do not share the illusion of a devil parched on our ceiling listening to us for the purpose of interfering with our prayers. Realistically, the only ones using our spoken conversations against us are humans. This is particularly true with people in positions of authority such as law enforcement and employers. It is most true when it comes to feuding family members.

Christians have illuminated this diabolical being they believe to be the one and only devil, in a way that makes him more powerful than Adonai. Gnostics know there is no power stronger than the power of True God. Therefore nothing or no one in existence can detain, deter, or interfere, with our conversations with our heavenly father. Gnosticism is based on faith, religion is based on control. Our knowledge of this is part of our mysticism, our wisdom, our spiritual sagacity.

So prayer is a conversation with Adonai or Yahushua, and for those who question how it works or how to do it correctly or effectively, think about conversations we have with anyone in a position of authority. There is a manner in which we speak to these individuals. For example: The President is Mr. President Sir, or President Obama. If we are in court we address the judge as Your Honor. When we are sick and in need of a physician we address this individual as Doctor, followed by their last name. If we are in college we address our instructors by Professor, followed by their last name. Officers of the law or either Agent or Officer, followed by their last name. God is the highest level of authority in existence so we acknowledge that when speaking to Adonai. This is a show of complete respect with a degree of reverence.  

In our former website the proper way to pray was posted. We were unable to recover it so we will repost it here. Yahushua gave us a manner in which we should pray that encompasses what was stated above. We begin with understanding the way Yahushua constructed the MANNER in which we should pray. Keep in mind this is The MANNER, not the prayer, we should always use when having a conversation with Adonai or Yahushua. Think about it. Do we read the same script every time we have a conversation with a human authority figure? No. Prayer is a conversation with the highest of authorities.  

We cannot approach this by reciting the same words over and over. This idea that saying the Lord’s Prayer is the proper way to communicate with Adonai is false. When this is recited over and over it becomes a chant and as Gnostics we do not chant. We know Adonai is a locigal, mathematical deity, and seven is the golden, prime, number throughout the universe. Seven harmonic notes: do, ra, me, fa, so, la, te. Seven primary colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Seven days in a week: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. In fact there are seven emanations in the realm of God, which are senses that can live separately.

The Mind male is first Nous, Heart female is second Alétheia, Creation male, Lucifer, Breath female, Zoe or Nemesis, Word male Yahushua, Spirit female Soul peace and comfort, and Wisdom, female, Sofia. Humans have five distinct senses that are a part of their body which unlike Adonai, are incapable of living separately: sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste. We also have the ability to think, which is true of all dominant species on all worlds. Cognition is what makes them the primary species of their world.   

There are also seven acknowledgements in the MANNER in which Yahushua said we should pray.

First: We acknowledge the highest of authority in existences, “Our Father who art in Heaven,” Adonai heavenly Father.

“Hallowed be thy name,” Sacred is your precious name.

Second: We recognize his authority and why it is so prevalent, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” In your word, Yahushua, we were introduced, shown, and invited to your kingdom. Your ways were revealed and it is our desire to be more like you.

Third: We acknowledge the nature of Adonai, “On Earth as it is in Heaven,” Your love abides and transcends down from your heavenly throne, spreading throughout the universe and your way, which is love, surrounds and sustains everything that lives.

Fourth: We acknowledge the biggest act of Love is forgiveness, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors,” We are a simple, humbled creation Father. Forgive us for our short-comings and help us to forgive the short-comings of other. Forgiveness is an attribute of love something your word Yahushua, taught us. Forgiveness is divine father and we thank you for your forgiveness as we strive to follow the great example Yahushua showed us after being nailed to the perceived cross. He asked that our heavenly father forgive his tormentors for they knew not the great crime they were committing.

Fifth: We acknowledge our weaknesses and how our desires can and often affect our lives, “And lead us not into temptation,” Give us the strength and the wisdom father to turn away from the things that are not good from us, and to be leaders in our lives and not followers. This is where we include petitions to the lord. It is where we ask for considerations, assistance, and guidance, also for strength as we strive to avoiding things that are not righteous, or in our best interest, or the best interest of others. No prayer should be selfish, self-centered, or self-serving. Selfishness is not an attribute of love and any request that is selfish and self-serving is anti-God. Understand, prosperity award, granted, and honored by humanity is not the same prosperity awarded, granted and honored by Adonai.

Sixth: We acknowledge we do not always make the right decision or choices but pray for the strength to discern when things are leading us off our righteous paths. “But deliver us from evil,” Keep us safe lord, from harmful paths others will be determined to guide us toward. These paths can cause us and others mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical harm.

Seventh: We acknowledge that leading a righteous life saves our souls and ushers us into the realm of Adonai, “For thine is the Kingdom, and the power, and the glory, Amen,” We are homeward bound father, realizing we must live our lives in accordance to your will if we are to complete this journey successfully. It is a journey back to our mighty creator, back to our true home. Blessed are we Father and we proudly and joyfully glorify you, Amen.

Again praying is a conversation with the most high who is without a doubt, on a higher level. This is a level of pure love, civility, and graciousness. There are no attributes of hate in this realm. Selfishness is an attribute of HATE, therefore, selfish prayers are seen as lower-level, as in cognition. Hate is a lower level behavior. It is primitive, and uncivil, thus these type prays fall on mute ears. For humans, Godly prosperity is in unity, humanitarianism, righteousness when dealing with each other, compassion, and fairness toward each other. It is treating each other with the attributes of love found I Corinthians 9-13. This is not a treatment reserved for the most prestigious and Earthy fortunate. This is how all humans should be treated. Love is not conditional. It is without respect of person, showing no favoritism. When we pray as civilized humans, we speak to the most high, Adonai, in love and with love for our species and world, meaning Earth.  

Some think that when we ask Adonai for prosperity this equates to tangible monitory prosperity and gain. This is false. Nothing about human monitory prosperity loves. In fact, the extremely wealthy among us acquire their wealth at the expense of millions of people, and often by the shedding of innocent blood. Humanities tangible value system is usually obtained violently and with all the attributes of HATE. It is a lower level system that too many of us admire and place great value. Because it is lower level and without love, we do not ask Adonai to bless us with human monitory prosperity. This is something we look to humans who have the power to grant such a request, and they take pleasure in denying it. They take pleasure in saying no, in classifying people unworthy and undeserving of their form of prosperity.

The Humans with the power to grant earthly prosperity enjoy, take great pleasure, in denying some prosperity. They even enjoy coming up with ways to complicate, restrict, limit, and confine members of their species. They are cruel, unjust, and without compassion. Thankfully, this Earthly system is only valued by humans on Earth. Unfortunately it is often worshiped, cherished, adored, and admired. It takes the place of Adonai too many humans and they have no problem using it to harm other humans, animals, and the planet.  

Gnostics do not put much stock in the Old Testament of the Bible but we know in our hearts the ten steps to righteous living or inspired by the most high. The very first step is to remember there is one true creature. Nothing and no one should be mistaken or perceived as the most high. Adonai is God alone, the first and the last, Alpha and Omega. Yes Adonai has seven individual senses capable of living independently, together they make up one body of God. No other should come or take the place of the one true creator of all that live, all that exist. Humans have created their own deity, and it is monitorial, lower level, primitive, and shrouded in hatred.  

As Gnostics we accredit our wisdom for insuring our complete understanding of FAITH, which is a deeper form of HOPE. This Faith is how we know we will prosper anywhere with the blessing of Adonai’s form of prosperity. Even if we are martyred, we know we go on to a better place that is more in tone with the loving realm of God. We know we can and will succeed within the system that humanity has placed such a sacramental value on.

As Gnostics we realize we live in and with this human system. So our prayers consist of asking for the strength and perseverance needed to survive and manage our lives in this system. We do not pray to be blessed with an abundance of a man made value system. We have all heard the saying, one cannot take his or her wealth with them when they leave this life, but we can take our wealth in Adonai with us when we leave this realm. Our path is one of faith, wisdom, and Love. It is a journey back to the Oneness. The human tangible value system cannot assist us adequately. Not only does it encompass more of the attributes of HATE, which in itself is anti-God, it is tangible and our journey home is a spiritual journey. As Gnostics we accredit our wisdom, which is Sophia, for giving us the spiritual sagacity that allows us to understand the higher cognitive level of Yahushua thus Adonai.

This sagacity also affords us our ability to view things realistically, logically, and rationally. There is a logical, rational, real explanation for everything. If it does not make sense it is not Godly. God makes total sense, holds no secrets, and tells no lies. Understanding this opens the lines of communication with Yahushua and thus Adonai. It opens up the frequency that allows us to communicate with our God whenever and wherever we are. So, talk to your heavenly father on a regular bases, Adonai is listening.

 

The Big Picture

Marcus, Jacqueline & Mason

Through the Gnostics lens or Mystics, as we are often called, life is lived based on facts, rationale, and reality, combined with faith. What does this mean? It means that while many live life believing in irrational, illogical, fantasy. They ask no question when they are confused they just go with the flow, supporting a belief that mirrors that, parents, family, friends, communities. Their trust in these beliefs is concrete despite the don’t have the aforementioned qualification. This is not so for Gnostics. Gnostics believe anything pertaining to True God can be explained and is very clear. True God is not confusing nor does God subscribed to the human notion of “do as I say and not as I do”. So, what is believing all about? Is there a Hell? Do we know who is going there and if so why? Do we care? What does the BIG PICTURE look like from a Gnostic prospective?

For starters we will not mince words. Things are not the way traditional religion would have us believe they are. Religion has proven to be a form of control rather than a journey toward True God. It has cast our God in a negative light simply by making humanity the center of all life in the universe. Not only is this untrue, it is a ridiculous notion. This has allowed humanity to make True God controversial, conflicting, and contradicting. It has also affected our instruction and parenting skills. Parents are failing to lead children by good example in many ways. In other words, the behavior religion has affixed to True God is being mimic throughout humanity.

Religion has painted True God with an angry, judgmental, punishing disposition. Frankly, traditional religion teaches us to fear God instead of love God. They have made pleasing God stringent, unwavering, without patience, and without compassion. In one breath they tell us God is love and in all other breaths every behavior they affix to True God is an attribute of HATE! Honestly, what does this immediately tell those who are of rational mind? Does freedom fit into this model at all, anywhere? What about forgiveness, is there room for that in this model? Finally what role does Faith play in this model? The three F’s, Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith, all gifts of True God, is that obvious in the above model?

Freedom is a positive thing. However, fear is a form of confinement, imprisonment. So, if True God says we are born with freewill, why would True God require our submission to his will come by way of forced control? The key to understand True God is to first understand the language of True God. We must have a clear understand of negative verses positive, and be able to relate the attributes of HATE verses words that describe behaviors associated with LOVE. True God is Pure LOVE so we as Gnostics, never affix behaviors that are associated with HATE the True God who is God alone.

Fear is a negative condition thus an attribute of Hate. There is no love in fear. There is only control, force. Not only does True God have no need to behave in this fashion, it is impossible for True God to behave so. Throughout time fear has been used as a means of controlling large groups of people, but first comes division. Division from others, and yes even division from God. How? With powerful descriptive words that identify specific behaviors. The function of these descriptive words when heard is to divide. For example: Sin, reprobate, criminal. These are all words that lead to other negative descriptive words such as, lawless, incorrigible, habitual, and HOPELESS! True God does not fit into this model, it is impossible.

Forgiveness is a positive, loving behavior. True God is a God of love and Jesus spoke about how important forgiveness is. So when religion tells us there is an unforgivable word, phrase, act, or individual how then are we to see this other than as a major contradiction?  What do the scriptures tell us about Jesus’ reaction to forgiveness being sold in the synagogues? This act attached a value to True God’s dealings with us. Gnostics do not subscribe to the Old Testament in the Bible because it is riddled with grave cruelty and violence, insecure acts describing godly behaviors, and the use of fear and coercion into worshiping God.  Let us not forget favoritism, which leads to judging and discrimination against others. Oh and the necessity of tithing, assessing a tangible value to how God deals with us. It suggests God’s favor and acceptance can be purchased. We see this behavior in our elected officials every day.

What in turn happens to those who cannot afford to pay for favoritism, comfort? They fall into the prison of poverty and are judged. They have to be sinners and sinners are immediately deemed unworthy, not good enough. This is a reason to discriminate against the poor and those living in extreme poverty, and the homeless. It does not get more hateful particularly just before murder occurs. But is this illustrated any differently in the Old Testament of the Bible? There are stories of wars, innocent babies being slaughter, and people held in bondage, enslaved, and beaten senselessly by those with fortune. Where are the attributes of Love in the Old Testament of the Bible? Few and far between.

A strong emphasis is placed on tithing in modern western churches, with strong disfavor shown toward parishioners who do not participate regularly. They are made to feel as if they are not worthy of the privilege of praising True God. What God does not welcome praise and open acts of affection? It would seem True God is not the same God most religions recognize or worship.

What about the things that are said that are considered unforgivable? One word that describes acts that are unforgivable is Blasphemy. What is that anyway? It is profanity, using bad words, cursing. What they do not tell you is Jesus said piss and damn, both considered bad words. Moreover how can one never be forgiven for blasphemy but viciously taking a life, molesting a child, or raping a woman can all be forgiven. That does not sound rational or logical, and True God is rational and logical all the time.

What about Lucifer who is not guilty of some of the despicable acts of humanity, but traditional religion teaches that he is unforgiveable? Nothing in traditional religion’s teachings regarding Lucifer, first clearly name him as this dreadful Devil, but they pale in contrast to the horrific behaviors we see in humanity. Gnostics believe in accountability and responsibility. We are all responsible for our individual behaviors and choices. Gnostics do believe we are born with freewill and nothing and no one can take that away. Humans try but ultimately the attempt crumbles. Freedom is a God given right to all living things so slavery is a negative behavior and not of God. It is hateful and inhumane.

Faith is a positive word describing positive behaviors. It is simply to trust in the Love of True God. Life is about learning to love unconditionally. For humans, that means learning to be real humanitarians. It is a quality not even the churches are adequately emphasizing. This requires most people have something higher than themselves to call look up to. It is something good, holy, better, setting a positive example for us to govern our lives. Faith is something those who are imprisoned rely on to sustain them. Hope is a positive word and it is where Faith starts. One first has to have hope and then the blind trust known as faith grounds them.

Unfortunately, those born into the privilege that comes with having money never really learn what it means to rely on faith. They do not learn to appreciate the significant of having the love of God in their life much less having the love of another human being. They feel as if they can buy affection and if they cannot buy it they can bully or pay bullies to acquire what they want or need.

Who are these hired bullies? Typically they are in some form of law or powerful government position. They are officials in charge of making and enforcing laws that are suppose to govern our society equally and fairly. But, the laws in the United States are no longer established for the good of all citizens. The elected law makers have been purchased by the wealthy to create laws that serve their interests. In human cultures around the world, we are taught to admire wealth and worship the wealthy. We are taught that the wealthy are blessed and favored by God.

In all honesty, money is a human reward. It is important only to humans and valued only on Earth. So the same idea to design a belief structure we call religion, humans also designed a value system that shows favoritism to those who have an abundance of that is valued. Religion condemns sinners and our human value system considers the less fortunate sinners. They work hand in hand, always have.

 HELL, does it exist? It certainly does, especially for those who are tormented by the prison of poverty. It exist right here on Earth for minorities. Keep in mind the privilege have no interest in pleasing God because they believe they have favor with God. If we need proof of this we have Donald Trump. He and those like him do not care about really pleasing God. They do not care to have the affection of fellow humans in the society. This rings true about too many white Americans who have been conditioned to believe they are better simply because they are white.

Where does this start? Religion is where this begins as it emphasized God’s favor with a particular ethnicity or race of people. God had favorites so why can’t we all? Too be born white is to be born with God’s favor.

Have you all had an opportunity to view Tim Wise’s documentary ‘White like Me’? In this documentary he talks about the way we as a society have been conditioned to be racists. We are conditioned to automatically associate words that describe positive attributes to white people. This is a societal conditioning. Black people are immediately stigmatized with words that have negative connotations even by other blacks. We have been conditioned to believe there is ONE DEVIL and he is Lucifer. He has nothing better to do than bother each of us individually tempting us, lying to us, and causing us to behave badly with is often to behave freely. We have been conditioned to believe Hell is a real place and if we don’t do exactly what our religious leaders tell us to do and give money to the church, thus God, we are going there for eternity.   

HELL is a life of POVERTY! HELL is a life of CONFINEMENT! Both of these conditions are a form of SLAVERY. Too many White Americans have an inherent belief their ethnicity automatically entitles them to privilege, consideration, compassion, and kindness other ethnicities are immediately denied. This is a behavior many associate with God as well. This is evident in how stories are told about historical events and cultures. For example: No black child should grow up unaware of Egypt’s location. They should know it is a country on the continent of Africa. They should not be led to believe it is a country full of white people. It is simply untrue to give them the impressions Egyptian Pharaohs were white men.  

HELL is a place, environment, or way of life void of the love of True God. It is a form of existence the privileged contribute to by creating laws and circumstances that lockout others in particular communities and areas. It is a form of confinement, from incarceration to financial depravity. Documentaries that illustrate this are now being shown on channels like FUSE, and LINK, new channels that replace the History Channels. The History Channel has become another place to view reality TV instead of a place to learn something of substance that is beneficial. They have done away with H2. It is now called Vice and nothing interesting is ever listed in the program schedule. Luckily we have these new channels with fresh outlooks, to bring us reality TV that is beneficial, informative, and enlightening about issues that historically have been significant in the United States.

Fuse has a show called Prison Kids: A crime against America’s Children. It shows how children, black children are being locked up early in life, many being immediately charged as adults. They are being thrown into prison to serve sentences for an amount of time almost as long as they have been alive. These are little black and brown children ranging in age from five and six to seventeen. Taken out of schools and thrown into detention for minor behavior problems. This is HELL even for minority children. It obviously is not enough they are born in poverty, forced to live lives that offer no real hope anyway. They are taken out of one prison and put in another only this one is more restrictive and confining. This is possible thanks to all those wealthy, greedy humans that decided privatizing prison was best. Best for who? The wealthy of course, where is True God in this model?

Religion has managed to confuse faith with foolishness, and to convince many of us that True God is capable of Hate. Hate is the opposite of LOVE! Too tell homosexual’s God hates them is a LIE. Too tell parishioners’ they are sinning if they do not pay tithes is a LIE! Too tell people they are going to hell is to pass judgment, prohibited by the book they hold so sacred. It is a lie because the only hell is the one humanity has created. Thank goodness True God is not human. He does not have favorites. He does not think one human is better than another for any reason. God hates no one, not even Lucifer who is literally a part of the God head.

Jesus said to forgive so there is no unforgivable sin, no one thing that separates us from the love of God except ourselves. We are free to choose or deny God but the separation is an individual choice. What is this all about? Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith. Obedience is not included as it is a word that ignites the control mechanism. It plays into our fears and insecurities. Those of us who love God and accept his love are faithful not obedient. Living a righteous life is a desire not a demand. We serve and make God first in life freely, gladly, and joyfully, not because it is forced upon us accompanied with threats and condemnation.  Let us not confuse the way of man with the way of God. They are immeasurably different.

Our duty is to our fellow man. Our duty is to the continued unification of humanity not the alienation many of us experience as we journey through this thing called life. Our giving is to those in need, as we are able not because of misguided obligation or force. Our support is done within our personal comfort level, cheerfully and willingly, with glad hearts. We are facing a homelessness problem across this country. It is unacceptable. As long as this problem persists no church should receive another dime. This is a situation that requires immediate action. These are people! Human Beings! They cannot shower, brush their teeth, wash their clothes, or rest their heads because they do not have a place to call home. This is unacceptable and to continue to allow ourselves to believe they are there do to some fault of their own is a ridiculous LIE.

God is calling all of us into service. This is his plan for those calling out for help. Unity calls us to reach out to our fellow man and woman and give them a hand. Years of conditioning keep

us from helping each other and this kind of indifference is not of GOD! People need other people and God uses people to help others. This idea of saying I’ll pray for them does not serve God. If you know enough about a situation to offer prayer you know enough to offer some form of help. The answer to the prayer is you. Do what you can. We do not tell a person in need all we can do is pray for them, especially when it is within our power to offer them a hand.  

We all have to help at a capacity we are able and comfortable but to continue ignoring this is inhumane and separates us from God. The whole picture for Gnostics Is ONE LOVE! One powerful unifying love based on Freedom, Forgiveness, and Faith. We are in this thing together despite the dividers religion has in place. Christians quote a scripture that says they walk by faith not by sight. Gnostics walk in Hope, Faith, and the unity of  Love.

Recognizing the Call

By Marcus McGinnis

As we start our year of spiritual focus, let us begin by recalling the face in the mirror activity. To all who participated, and if you have not done this you should, this was a simple activity Jay requested we take part in, asking that we gaze at ourselves in a mirror for five minutes. Jay thought it was important for us to get in touch with who we truly are…our inner self. It turned out to be a very profound five minutes and many of us were brought to tears. As Gnostics we believe in a Higher Self and we know it is that Higher Self that connects us to True God.

We all experienced something that was revealing. It opened our eyes to what God sees when he looks at us. Many of us felt something powerful, which caused our emotional responses. We talked about the activity and came to realize what that powerful feeling was. Getting a view of the inner self allowed us to see who we are at our core. In seeing our true self, we realized we matter, we are somebody, and are truly loved. Some of us thought we knew this prior to viewing our inner self, but in the aftermath of this activity, we were able to completely grasp what it means to know our own significance.

Many of us know or can remember when we had our first eye-opening experience that introduced us to, and allowed us to truly receive God in our lives. It was a transforming moment when we came face to face with our Lord and realized we had a purpose. Let’s be clear, this is not that moment when we may have survived an experience. For example: a moment when we were saved from a serious accident of some kind, the victim of a crime, or present at the time a dangerous crime was taking place. This is that moment that may have occurred before or after these incidences. This is that moment when we heard a voice outside of ourselves that seemed to come from somewhere deep inside, but was all around us.  

It is a subtle, calming voice that immediately gave us peace and we knew we were in a special place, if just for a moment. For many of us it occurred at a significant time in our life. It may have spoken to us to warn us of an impending danger. It might have brought comfort from intense heart-break. It might have talked us off the ledge just before we took that fatal plunge. Whatever the situation, it was a moment when God introduced himself to us personally. He, is used in reference to God, but we all know God is not gender specific. The introduction we experienced was similar to the one Moses experienced on Mt Sinai. God knows when it is time. The call does not happen by mistake. When it happens it is not just our imagination. We are actually hearing a voice that forever changes us and sets us on a path that reshapes and reforms our lives.  

This voice is so powerful it snatched us out of the jaws of death by warning us just before we, or it, reaches us. We are not talking about instinct or intuition. This is stronger than both those abilities. Instinct may give us a bad feeling about something or someone. Intuition is a little stronger reaction to an impending situation or person. This voice is stronger because it literally addresses a specific situation or person. It is more than a feeling we should not to proceed on a particular path, it is a direct warning. It is a voice that stops and grounds us when we are spiraling out of control at times in our life. This could be a struggle with an addiction problem of some kind.

This voice can also call us out of a profession that may be very profitable yet dangerous. For example: football, hockey, boxing, wrestling, and Nascar car racing. These professions are directly harmful to the self. To intentionally harm the self is to disrespect the self and this is not an act of loving the self. This voice can call us out of a bad relationship even when everyone else is telling us to remain, often saying things like “God Hate divorce”. First of all, God and Hate never go together under any circumstances. Second, let’s face it, not all relationships are good relationships nor or they ordained of God. If we are not in God when we make the decision to marry someone the relationship is not ordained of God.

We do not often make a decision based on the right reasons when we are not in God, especially when it comes to marriage. Many of us do not even know what it means to love. For example: if we think there is any situation where love hurts we do not know anything about love. If we do not know how to love and value ourselves, we are incapable of loving others. Those of us who know what Love means know Love never hurts. When defining LOVE we are once again directed to 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. In the Gnostic Faith we understand Love is not an emotion. It is a condition. It is a state of being that invokes emotions, feelings. Emotions do not have attributes. Hate is also a state of being that is contra to Love and True God. It is a condition we will not focus on in our conversations because we serve True God and take the side of Love.

Gnostics know God, being Love, means that love is transcendent. It is all around us all the time—even when we do not feel like we are being loved or that we are loved. So, in realizing love is always around us, think about when you first heard the call to separate yourself from the world around you. Think about how difficult it was in the beginning. No one seemed to understand what was happening with or to you. Suddenly you were not fun anymore. You became square, uppity, and boring. Think about how even members of your family were not very accepting of this ‘New You’.

If they are church goers, you were probably accused of not practicing the right way. You were trying to change things, a trouble maker. You were not doing things according to the established customs, practices, and/or traditions. As we recall all of this, we now know why we came away. We are Gnostic. We fall into the Mystic form of worship more so than the tradition Christian form of worship. The typical Christian person is convinced they know for certain what it means to be a true believer in God. As Gnostics we have no need to convince ourselves or anyone else that we are true believers. We realize and have no problem acknowledging that we are always growing. Therefore we do not know everything and we never profess to be the only path to God. In fact, we know humans are not the center of life, but are simply a part of the life cycle. We know the mystery many Christians resist and/or refuse to accept.

In our studies recall how both Mary Magdalene and Saint Thomas were asked what was said in private conversations they had with our Lord Jesus. They both said if they spoke of it people would not believe them. Why? Well what happens when people speak of it today? To tell Christians there is life on other planets brings about a response that accuses us of not really believing in God. To tell most Christians God does not hate anyone or anything including homosexuals is met with disdain, anger, and confrontation. To tell a Christian there is no devil possessing others is also met with confrontation, and claims that even Jesus specifically referred to Lucifer as this said Devil.

This kind of ideology has been a part of the Christian religion for so long Christians are convinced it is gospel. Lucifer is this devil who has absolutely nothing better to do but track every human on Earth for the purpose of trapping, snarling, whisper temptations, or flat out lie to them about proven matters they should be concerned about. It is hard for us Gnostics to fathom such a high creation of God being so stupid. What a boring existence. To believe this contributes to the deterioration of human mentality. It feeds into the depravity that is the real plague of humanity. Typical Christians do not believe we are born in freewill. Their beliefs signify they have no choice thus they are not responsible for anything they do. They have no power over or feel any sole accountability for anything that goes on in their lives. As Gnostics we know this is not the case.

To Christians humans are only worthy if they are making outrageous sacrifices and performing rituals to appease God. Why? Because to them humans do not deserve consideration, they do not really matter unless they are members of the clergy, wealthy, and/or in a high ranking political or leadership position, otherwise they are insignificant. They behave as if God is an angry vengeful God that often calls them to war, to prejudice, to discrimination, to controlling domineering behavior, and to violence. They believe none compliance with traditional customs will anger God and bring about severe punishment.

They wield their Bibles like weapons judging and condemning each other. We know better than that. We know first of all God is a God of an entire universe and we are not the only living intelligent species in existence. We also know God is a loving God not a vengeful, mean, angry God whom we have to make great physical sacrifice to satisfy. We know God desires we embrace each other and show patience and tolerant with one another as he shows us all.

Gnostics are born and find each other along their journey through life. We are not the typical Christian who goes to church every Sunday and does what the rest of the church congregation is doing. This is a lazy, thoughtless, and effortless way of worshipping True God. Gnostics serve True God. That is our form of worship. We also recall that our Lord Jesus said his yuck was easy and his burden was light, he did not say it was effortless. Gnostics automatically recognize each other and will often smile at each other in a way that is unique. It is a smile and look in the eye that says, “Hi, I know you friend”. We are always happy to see one another. This recognition is a result of us being bound together by an invisible, transcending thread of love.  

When we are summoned we immediately recognize the call. Think about when you were summoned and how your life was forever changed. Think about when you were spiritually awakened and were suddenly aware. Think about how that awakening caused those closest to you to pull away and even shun you. Jesus said easy and light…not effortless. Remember how those closest to you spoke to you, the things they said to you? As you think about these things, think about who became the evil one in your presence at that moment even though they might be avid church goers. What is hard is human reaction to your awakening. What is heavy is human condemnation and skepticism of your awakening and awareness.

Remember in Revelations the Lord said he would be outside the church knocking to get in? Do we all know what he meant? Most Christians have no idea. They are too caught up in their rituals, their traditions, and their general Christian customs to see the real. It is easier to follow. This is discussed in Richard Rohr’s novel, Things Hidden Scripture as Spirituality. As Gnostics we know God is a God of pure Love. To say God hates anyone or anything is a LIE as it is not possible. Remember Love and Hate are opposites and remember what our lord said about a house divided, how it cannot stand. It is not possible for God to hate. He is Love in its totality. However, Hate is something humans do quite well, and it is not because of any one devil. Gnostics know there are many devils among us and many demons, behaving very satanically. We also fully understand that a Devil or Demon is a physical person, and Satan is simply a behavior description.   

Think about all the roads you travel on in your journey of spiritual growth and enlightenment. Think about the people and the things that strengthened you along the way. Think about all those who hindered or tried to knock you off your path. Think about where you are today because you would not be shaken. You remained steadfast even when it seemed everyone abandoned you. Think about what choosing this way of worship cost you, what it meant, how it changed you life entirely. Contemplate hearing that voice and understand why it was a summons from God to open your eyes and see. Evaluate how it forever changed your life. We are in the service of True God. We do not judge, condemn, force, control, and/or hinder personal growth as these are attributes of Hate and we are not a faith of division.


The Gnostic Faith

By Jay G

Gnostic is a faith, a value, a belief. This is a belief based on the teachings of Jesus. We do not discard or limit the value of other faiths; we do not discard any sacred writings. We believe in freedom as defined by Sir Marcus McGinnis. That means we are free to believe in whatever we want to believe in. We are not a faith that bashes other faiths which is what makes us liberal. Our belief in freedom makes us liberal.

Gnostics do not have a particular book we hold sacred because we respect all spiritual books, believing everything that is valued has value. Every belief that something is sacred be it tangible or vague, is precious to those who believe it. What we believe centers on this basic rule, live and let live, freedom, equality, democracy. We have had articles about why Religion should not be a part of government and the damage of classism. The reason why religion and state should remain separate is because there are too many varying religions. There is no possible way for a government to be fair if it leans toward support on particular religion. So in order for a government to function properly, religion must not be in the forefront.

Allow me to make it clear we are not religious. As Gnostic we do not consider ourselves religious. Gnostic is a following of Jesus based on everything he said, based on his intended message. Let me start by saying all religious beliefs are based on one of the following:

  • Archons = rulers
  • Pleroma - (in Gnosticism) The spiritual universe as the abode of God and of the totality of the divine powers and emanations.
  • Monotheism – there is only one God
  • Polytheism – belief in more than one God
  • Theism - Belief in the existence of a god or gods, esp. belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures
  • Deism - Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind.
  • Pantheism - A doctrine that identifies God with the universe, or regards the universe as a manifestation of God. God and the universe are one.

As a Gnostic we embrace all of them as valid and respectable beliefs. We truly believe everyone should be free to interpret how they believe in a way that works for them. We believe as Mason has always said, that all beliefs are a part of ONE TRUTH. It is our motto, ONE LOVE, ONE TRUTH, ONE GOD. Now God, The All, is one God but he is dual, male and female. We believe that the universe was created chaotically, The All sneeze if you will and released life. The life has spread out, some very far from where God, The All’s presence lies. This is not to say it is a mistake but that it was simply formed chaotically thus things are naturally a little chaotic. This accounts for the evils in the world, the universe. This accounts for things that lead to and cause death. People always ask why someone has to die. Well because in this chaotic imperfect world it is something that happens. Nothing and no one is perfect, except for The All and Jesus.

Not only is The All both male and female he passes to us as humans a dualist design. This means we have a perishable component, our bodies, and psychic, and a part of us that never dies, our spirit or divine spark.    

Adult Bullying and Domestic Terrorism

Marcus McGinnis

 

I will begin this month’s article with my infamous definitions and I will start with the official definition of bully or bullying. The dictionary defines this as the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate and typically attempt to force another or others to do something against their will. With that said, this constant threat we continue to have in regards to funding the government and paying debt is a prime example of adults in influential positions trying to force behaviors that are against the will of others. We have determined in our civilized society that bullying is unacceptable. We want our children to understand this type of behavior is unproductive and will not be tolerated. Should not these same rules apply to adults?

Remember the article we had about images and the messages they send. So when you have a faction in congress, in this case the House of Representatives, that have decided they will have their way even if it means disregarding laws they don’t like or agree with, and they threaten and intimidate in an attempt to get their way, what message does that image send? I do not particularly like the speed limit laws in some states. Would that I or an entire group of people like myself decided to disregard these laws and we formed a militant sack that refused to abide by the speed limit laws? Would that American citizens were to act out in this fashion in regards to any and every law they do not support, like, or agree with? Where is the order? What example are these sacs in the house setting for the rest of the country?

We have decided that we will have a set of laws that govern us and a system is in place to establish those laws. A law was passed through the system, upheld by the highest court of the land, and a president was elected twice based on his stance and determination to improve health care in the United States. Again…the majority of people voted and a president was elected, but still this faction refuses to respect our established procedures, and to disregard our diplomatic process in an attempt to force their agendas.

This is certainly a form of bullying. They want to take the American people hostage to force their unwillingness to abide by the law. Again what kind of message does this send? They then want to twist this around and blame the current administration for not allowing them to get away with their bullying tactics. To do so would send a resounding bad message to the American public and the backlash of such a message will be devastating. The only thing that trickles down is bad behavior. What of those who would subsequently break the law and refer to the behavior of this extreme sack in house and how they suffered no consequences for it? What of smart children justifying their bullying tactics base on how one sack of republicans in the house attempted to bully the senate into disregarding the law?

Well now let us look at Terrorism. How does the dictionary define domestic terrorism? Threaten acts by bullies in their own country against their own people. So we have seen the movies about the tactics terrorist use to get their way. We all remember 9/11/2001. I say the Tea Party is not any different than terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda or the Taliban, to name a couple out of a slew of others. Make no mistake about it what the Tea Party is doing is using terrorism and bullying tactics to get what they want and that is to be allowed to disobey the law. No matter how they dress this up it is what it is and anyone who agrees with this behavior and these tactics, cannot possibly be telling their children to obey the laws and rules that govern our society. So what type of individual is really more dangerous, those who grow up in poverty stricken neighborhoods or those who grow up in wealthy areas and are told in every way, they do not have to abide by the laws? They can just push poor people around and force them to do it their way and the law be damned. For several years we have watched some house republicans behave in ways that are unprecedented. This behavior is unbelievable, childish, immature, and self-serving.

Make no mistake about it, this is bullying, and the threat is a form of domestic terrorism. This is against the law and if you break the law, you should suffer the consequences of such behavior. I personal think all members involved with these tactics should face prosecution for their refusal to abide by the established laws. No it is not enough to refuse to bend to their demands, a penalty should be assessed as a consequence just as it is for the average American citizen. Are these the kind of leaders a country as prestigious as the United States wants? I certainly do not, what say you?

The Face In the Mirror

By Jay

When we look at ourselves in the mirror every morning, do we ever question if we like the person looking back at us? Do we ever stop to really look at that face and ask, "Who am I?" What makes me who I am, and am I comfortable with who and/or what I am? We discussed some of the comments Hades made in Unforeseen Efficacy 5 because several really stood out as they pertain to human behavior. For example, it's more than obvious many humans clearly believe it is a necessity for us to all look, act, and live in a similar fashion. In fact in many instances this is required and legally enforced.

One of the topics Hades starts a discussion on was about how of all the many life-sustaining planets in the vast universe, Earth is unique and this is admirable. She is so fascinating because of her diversity. That is not only because of the many species that call Earth home, but also the variations within one species. Hades says this is something to be valued, celebrated, but instead the human species shuns its differences. It would appear they do not appreciate standing out. They want to be like all other species throughout the universe that do not have a variety of different species', and certainly no distinct variations within the primary species. How perplexing it must be to the higher powers observing our behavior. What with us declaring war on each other, enslaving each other, viciously murdering and raping our women, children, and oftentimes other men, oppressing each other, and disrespecting and destroying the planet.

What about your profession? Does your job require you to make life altering decisions that can potentially have agreat impact in or on the lives of others? Do you work in some form of customer service field or any service type field that requires you assist others? Perhaps you have a job that requires you provide physical care for those who cannot care for themselves. Do you work in a healthcare position of any sort, from being an insurer to being one who treats illnesses and injuries? Do you educate or instruct others? Are you a parent, a spouse, a significant other, a friend, an associate, or an acquaintance? Are you male or female, homosexual or heterosexual, wealthy or living in poverty, Caucasian or African American? Do you do the best you can to be the very best you can be in or at your profession? If in a position where you make decision that affect how things operate, are your decision self-serving or are you conscious of others who trust you to make the best choices? Are you the best partner, spouse, or friend you can be to those in your life?

For the sake of argument let us say there is life on other planets, and we are an experiment of sorts. Think about how closely they might be watching us to see what examples we will set because of our diversity. Not only that, add the element of freewill. We can choose to do and be whatever we want to do and be. As we look at that person looking back at us in the mirror and ask these questions, do we like the answers?

Now imagine how life here on Earth would be if humans all look the same, and there was one kind of tree, one kind of lower, and the same kind of grass everywhere. What if there were few mountain and the land looked pretty much the same everywhere. what if there was only one ocean and no other types of water formations. What if suddenly there was no animals and the only pets we had were mechanical ones? What if we woke tomorrow and everything that makes us individually unique was stripped away and everyone looked the same? All the men looked alike in everyway no racial, height, or weight variations and they all had small penises and could only produce one offspring. In turn, what if all women looked alike? What if they had no real distinctive unnecessary curves and very small breasts? Now the women could have more than one child no more then one of each sex and they were allowed to do this simply because that is the females primary function.

What if we all did the same kind of work day after day, and ate the same thing three times a day. Imagine having no variations whatsoever. Could we really appreciate living in a world like that after knowing what it is like to live in a world with so much diversity? This is one of the points Hades made. As frightening as it seemed at first, Hades, Lucifer seemed to really have something significant to say. Most of us believe the Unforeseen Efficacy saga was channeled to Mason and by the fifth volume Lucifer's voice was heard. He spoke to our cowardly behavior toward each other, and our misplaced values.

Lucifer is a striking figure throughout the saga, frightening because we have been trained to fear him. But so many things were put into perspective throughout the saga; fear is not an appropriate emotion we should harbor toward Lucifer. However, we do create an atmosphere of fear amongst each other. Logically, rationally, and emotionally it is time to open our eyes and take some advice from the late Mr. Michael Jackson given in his song "Man in the 0Mirror". As you look at yourself in the raw, meaning after you have dropped the many faces that represent you and stand face to face with the core of who you are, what do you see? If we are not doing the best job we can do, if we donot really value attributes such as, honestly, honor, virtue, and real integrity, are we actually the true faces of evil we have so blatantly used to personify Lucifer?

What kind of person makes decisions and passes laws that torment, victimizes, degrades, terrifies, destroys, and sometimes causes the death of others? What is the true face of evil? For years humanity has passed down a legacy of evil and officially named it the Devil, Satan. But who is Satan really? Does Lucifer have anything to do with this Satan or Devil? Does anyone have anything to really do with the choices we make in regards to our behavior from year to year, month to month, week to week, day to day, hour to hour, and minute to minute? No that is all on us. So again...what is the true face of evil?

Some of us honestly acknowledge racism is and always has been a powerful mechanism wealthy white men in power made use of to occupy the discontent white people living in poverty. They were trained to believe or think; at least they were better than the enslaved blacks. They were given jobs as overseers and whips as instruments to prove their superior status. In truth they were just doing the wealthy slave owners dirty work for them.

After slavery was abolished African Americans all over the growing country became the reason Caucasians struggled. They became the cause of the economic status of poor Caucasians. They were also dangerous and were to be feared and shunned. To this day, wealthy Caucasian Americans maintain this divide between the races in order to divert how unbeneficial their policies and laws are to all Americans. They have to do this because they do not want the general public to see the truth staring them in the face every day. How many of us play into this carefully orchestrated scenario day after day?

So now that we have gotten to a point where we admit it is time to believe our lying eyes and ears, we should be asking ourselves what we think about our world and the roles we play in life from day to day. When we look in the mirror do we know the person looking back at us? If someone asked us about us would we know what to say? How to describe ourselves? Do we even like what we see physically?

It's hard to imagine anyone who knows they are causing others, many others, hardships, especially based on fallacies, truly likes the person they see in the mirror. Does such a person really look at their reflection and see who they are? From time to time it behooves us all to take a long look at ourselves. We should all spend at least five minutes just looking at our reflection in a mirror. While we stand face to face with ourselves we should first introduce ourselves to this person we see, the real core of who we are. What doest hat core person look like? Is it possible Castro, the man who held those young girls captive in Ohio, and all those out there like him, ever look at themselves in the mirror? Do you think it is easy for Zimmerman to look at himself in the mirror every day? What about some of those bad leaders Luke mentioned in his article? What does the true face of evil look like?

We wear many faces throughout the day and some of them we might like more than others, but what about our true self? Now that it is just you, do you like what you see? If not,what about that person looking back at you displeases you? You see hate might be taught, but self-image is individual. We have heard the phrase "Out of Touch", used periodically over the past six years. But, it is possible for us to get in touch with those living a different lifestyle  than our own. It is called walking in another's shoes for a brief moment.

If you do not like what you see, and you see with eyes wide open, what is it you do not like about that person in the mirror? If you do not like what you see, can you now understand why others do not like it either? They may have called you evil, a devil, or possibly the spawn of Satan. Could they be right? As humans the one thing we have in common with each other, which is similar to all other species in the universe, is a degree of telepathy. Some call this common sense but in truth it is a powerful mind link that allows any of us to see a situation through the eyes of others. If we did not all have this ability there would be no storytellers, no movie makers, no novelist, no screen writers, and no entertainers.

What does the true face of evil look like? Have you looked at yourself lately? Can the answer be staring you in the face every time you look in the mirror?