Judgement: The Root of Evil (Notes from 01/29/14 – Convo with J. Braxton)

28 03 2014

No.  It’s not money.

To find the root of evil, you have to find the origin in our existence.

In Genesis, there were two trees of note.

The Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

The fruit of the tree of life, was life (eternal).

The fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is Judgement.

Good and Evil is the Noun element.  Judgement is the Verb element.

 

Why did we focus on one tree but not the other?  If we focused on “Our” tree, and not “God’s” tree, we would still be in paradise.

Bring that sentence into 2014.

If we focused more on LIFE (Living/Love/Joy) and not JUDGEMENT, our world would BE PARADISE.

How many wars would we have if we all loved each other as we loved ourselves?  (Follow Christ’s Commandments)

In every area of human relation that brings strife, judgement is present.  Rid yourself of judgement and enjoy a new experience called life.  (Enlightenment)

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(Notes) – Dealing With A Broken Soul (Part 2) – 7 Steps to Grieving Process

19 07 2011

In order to grow, no matter whatever is bothering us, we must go through a grieving process.

The issue is never starting it, it is COMPLETING IT.

Complete the process and grow

incomplete process = being STUCK

7 Steps:

1. Name your pain. – What happened?  What did it cost you?  You can’t rebuke everything is Jesus name.  Some things are placed in your face for you to work through to get you to a better place.

2. Grieve your loss.  You can’t heal without it.

3.  Try on your offenders shoes.  Everything about them.  Deep meditation on this point.

4. What pearls came out of your pain?  You become better because of the pain you went through.

5.  Journal your feelings.  Get the pain out of your system.  Even if you have to write a letter to the person who offended you and not send it, do it for the sake of getting the pain out of your system.

6. Release your offender.  Give up the right for revenge or anger.  Untie the knot.

7.  Reach out to your offender.  Forgiveness heals.

 





(Notes) – Dealing With A Broken Soul (Part 1)

19 07 2011

re: Stuck seminar – 2008

Past Hurt causes one to focus on the pain, and not God

It Follows one

Emotionally Unhealthy

Makes one Unproductive

God can heal your past and bless your future

Your history need not hinder your future

God can allow us to see the past but forget the pain

Read Genesis Chapter 41

Manasseh – (God made me forget all my misery)

Ephraim – (God has mad me fruitful in the land of my affliction)

Forget and be fruitful

The solution is growth

Growth happens in the valleys, not on the mountain tops

You cant grow if its everyone elses fault

victims never grow





Work Your Relationship

16 12 2010

People often ask how to keep a romantic relationship that lasts.  With the rise of divorce rates and incomplete media portrayals of love, it seems almost impossible for anyone to expect to live happily ever after with Mr/Mrs Right-Now.  I for one, am no expert on the subject.  I have had my struggles like anyone else on what should or should not constitute a healthy relationship.  What I have learned over the years is that like most things in this world, if you want it, you have to work for it!

Many times, people in relatively new relationships are excited about meeting someone that they feel, “may be the one.”  Its a great feeling to have, especially if you have never been married or dont have children yet.  Your mind starts going a million miles a second, envisioning this person in photos with your family and friends.  You think about how they will fit in within your daily life and how happy and at ease you will be coming home to see their face.

Then you have an argument.

After your first argument, your vision of perfection may still be intact, however it is somewhat diminished.  It may be slightly skewed.  It may be completely off.  Either way, it was not what you thought it was.

Its cool though because life is full of obstacles.  You can’t expect that disagreements wont happen right?

One thing I have definitely learned in my time, is that for every relationship you have, be it personal or business, close or distant, family or acquaintances,  BOTH parties involved have to be willing to work at it growing and flourishing.  If either party is not interested, it will fall apart.  This is how we fall in and out of love, grow close and apart as friends, even get promotions with or change companies we work for.  And no, this does not mean that everything will always be alright.  Sometimes, there will be painful situations.  There will be arguments.  There will be trials and tribulations.  But if both parties are willing to work through the negatives, as well as enjoy the positives together, then they will stay together.

 

You can’t just be there for the harvest.  You have to be there sowing the seeds too.





…by all means necessary…

17 11 2010

When a person learns a martial art, they go through several phases.  Initially, the practitioner is typically very excited and ready, willing and able to show what they can do.  They want to show off, or prove themselves.  Typically this is a very war like time period.  They know enough to defend themselves, but they do not know enough to subdue/beat their main opponent.  Themselves.  They are a person with a weapon.

After many years of developing skill and refining beyond lethality, the practitioner matures in skill and spirit.  They know and fully understand what they are.  They go from having a weapon, to being the weapon.  This knowledge makes one appreciate life.  They no longer find it necessary to showcase their skill.  They conceal it and when confronted, they bury it under mounds of humility.  They have to.  For they know that if they have even a shimmer of pride, that they can and will end someone’s life for something trivial.  This is to be avoided at all costs.

In conjunction with this stage, the practitioner goes into another stage, one there they constantly seek peace.  The weapon ceases to exist.  All that remains is peace.  Its not even a situation of seeking it.  It just is.

I need peace.  I dont want to live a life constantly going to war on many fronts.  Life is not war.  Life is about balance, but constant war is not balance.  All war-mongers typically become the master of their own demise.  I can not accept such a fate.





A Great Honor

19 10 2010

One of the greatest honors you can bestow upon a man is to call him out as your enemy.

 

You think that often of me to see me as against your existence.

You think that much of me to consider me your antithesis.

You think that highly of me to put me in the same category as your friends.  People you acknowledge.  You acknowledge me as SOMEONE.  A someone that is against you.

Thank you for thinking about me and recognizing me.  For if I were truly unimportant to you, you would not recognize me at all, correct?

Too bad the feeling is not mutual.

(Just something to think about.  Not directed to anyone, and therefore directed to everyone.  Peace.)





Life is SOOO HARD!!! (Really!)

3 10 2010

Life is tough right?  You have that mortgage or rent to pay.  You have to go to the grocery store and purchase your organic fruits, veggies and meats for that special dinner tonight that you decided to cook that morning.  You have to take the kids to the doctor for their immunization shots.  You have to work overtime to ensure that the work that you started this week gets done on time.  You have to take your car to get serviced every 3 months.  Hell, even siting in AM traffic can be such a hardship.  I mean, you are only driving 10 miles to work yet it take 45 minutes to get there, so you have to get up an extra 30 minutes early in the morning just to get to work on time.  And lets not even talk about work and all the idiots you have to deal with at work.  How they ever got a job at your place of employment is amazing.

I’m sorry, what were you saying again?

I am currently going through a very tough time in my life.  With all that I am dealing with, I am thankful for what I have been given.  If any of my so-called friends open their mouths up to complain about their lives to me, I will end our friendship by punching you dead in the teeth, which pretty much means you will lose some after I am done.

Shut the fuck up and appreciate what you DO have.

THIS MEANS YOU!