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I Don’t Believe in “Sins”, But Wasting Food is a Sin

I try very hard not to judge others…..but when it comes to waste, I can’t help having somewhat of a negative opinion about those that are so flagrantly wasteful.

When I see Reality Shows like the one I saw recently…..I think it was called Chef Roble & Co. (Bravo)…I have to wonder what people are thinking….

Here’s a clip found from a website called : Doggie Wedding @ Obsessive Chihuahua Disorder

This is what was on the doggie’s menu at their wedding:

  • Appetizer:  Hudson Valley Duck Meatballs (Duck Breast, Carrots)
  • Entree:  Prime Steak Flank and Eggs (Grass Fed Beef, Watercress)
  • Dessert:  Peanute Butter Wedding Cake and Ice Cream

Total cost for 30 people and 15 dogs: $25,000

This is just the epitome of waste.  Whenever I watch my favorite, the Housewives, and others like the Kardashians, I can’t help but wonder what pleasure these people get from spending millions and millions of dollars on things that last for only one night (Kim Kardashian’s mega ridiculous wedding for example).

And…..when they travel to different parts of the world….how do they feel when they see unbelievable poverty…poverty that could be significantly helped for the price of ONE of their cars.

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Experience Leads to Evolution

According to my own version of reality – or the universe I live within (see “Living in a Parallel Universe“), I believe that all humans are on a path of evolution to higher beings.

Before we evolve, we have to put together the pieces to our own unique puzzle using the tool called “perspective,” given to us from the Life Force of the Universe (God).  We don’t always know what pieces each of us are missing that would allow us to evolve to higher beings that can live together symbiotically, but our job is to figure it out, preferably in this lifetime.

Our experiences influence our perspective.

If our perspective is skewed according to what others tell us it should be – without direct experience of the what it could be…..we are depriving ourselves of the opportunity to evolve.

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Let Me Introduce You to the “Flow”

My brother sent me an article this morning that was fascinating, and, in my opinion, a little scary.

Scientists have apparently been able to identify the area in the brain the an elusive mental state known as “flow” originates.

“Flow” is  that feeling of effortless concentration that characterizes outstanding performance in all kinds of skills. Flow has been maddeningly difficult to pin down, let alone harness, but a wealth of new technologies could soon allow us all to conjure up this state. The plan is to provide a short cut to virtuosity, slashing the amount of time it takes to master a new skill – be it tennis, playing the piano or marksmanship.

Please read the rest of this article…..”Zap Your Brain into the Zone….Fast Track to Pure Focus

Here are my concerns…..

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Defending Humanity…or Just Being Defensive?

When I read my posts over just to remind myself of the things I have spoken about – I am also paying attention to where I may have contradicted myself.

When talking about spirituality vs reality (the physical world that we live in), it becomes hard to express everything that I think about in one post.  I invariably fail to express everything that I feel about the topic…..because I would not be able to stop typing.  And…when I write another post, I still may miss some crucial points that may tie things together.

That is the reason I encourage everyone who is reading my blog to please ask questions.  I may not explain something as fully and as coherent as I would have liked and I will never know unless I get feedback telling me so.

Back to the subject….

I have found one pretty major inconsistency within my blog.  The topic of sticking up for one’s self.

You might say the right to stick up for one’s self is obvious.  It is not so obvious to me according to the way that I think about things.  In fact, intention is always the root of behavior so, in this case intention also matters.

Don’t get me wrong – it is never wrong to stick up for one’s self, but there are many different reasons why one would need to and many different ways to do it – and these variables make the difference to me in how I decide the appropriate time to stick up for myself.

Being defensive is not necessarily a good thing.  Yes, we all get defensive once in a while…but what is it that we are defending.  Are we defending something that maybe we are wrong about and we just don’t want to see the truth – or are we defending our right (and everyone else’s right) to dignity.

That is the question I ask myself (or try to ask myself) if I feel myself becoming defensive.

Here is the difference;

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Karma is a Bitch

I love visiting a site called spiritandword.org for daily inspiration.

Today I found this post:

“Michael Clancy reports in The Arizona Republic that a handful of Roman Catholic bishops are at odds with the Obama administration “over new rules forcing employers to include access to contraceptives and sterilazation procedures in health-insurance coverage.” The bishops claim this is a blow to religious liberty. Phoenix bishop Thomas Olmsted stated, “We cannot – we will not -comply with this unjust law.” While individual dioceses are excluded from compliance with the ruling, other extended Catholic organizations may be forced to comply. So, the Town Square question: 
Does this represent a blow to religious freedom or is the Roman Catholic church trying to force others to abide by its beliefs?” 

If no one is being forced to do anything, then there would be no difference whether the option is offered. Free choice is a human right – according to all religions. And, maybe I am uneducated about this religion, however, isn’t it a “sin” for the priest to get married and thereby a “sin” for the priest to have children – wouldn’t that be another form of contraception. I understand that there is a difference, one involves sex and the other doesn’t, but contraception and sterilization procedures do not inhibit sex.

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Some Questions are Hard to Answer….

I was perusing the internet for stuff and I ran into a post from some guy who, I think, comes up with solutions and approaches for human resource issues.  I assume that his blog is not focused on spirituality what-so-ever, but I ran into this post called “The Illusion of Free Will” and I could not help replying.

His claim was, in a nut shell, that if you feed a set of criteria to a computer and program it to choose one way this time and another way another time and allow it to choose randomly sometimes, it can do that…but does the computer have free will?…He compared this example to humans who have genetic coding as the criteria and if you study human behavior closely, human choices are predictable based on their genetic coding or personality of the person.  You can read the post here: The-illusion-of-free-will

I couldn’t help but reply.

I don’t define free will the same way that you do. I think “free will” is exactly the opposite – a byproduct of our spirit (as opposed to our ego). Our ego does not allow us to have free will, because we are busy serving it.

Our spirit, which is free of ego, has the potential to enjoy the essence of what free will is meant to be.
In other words, willpower is the power to control our will which should not be necessary, because our will wants the best for us – because it comes from our true selves -our spirit.
Accordingly, if we think that free will is the ability to make choices, I would agree that this is a fallacy….however, with true free will there are no choices to be made – because our spirit (the essence of who we are) knows exactly what we want and will always (without thinking or choosing) follow that path…..

To my surprise the guy answered a pretty long answer explaining that I have only redefined free will as opposed to refuting him and for him to fully accept my definition I would have to answer the following questions..

What happens when our spirit wants something we cannot have? Or, does it only want things we can have?
What happens when we take a path that is not in agreement with our spirit?
Our spirit may know what we want, but does it also know how to get it? How does it tell us?  The choices we make aren’t only about what we want but also how do we get it.

Here is my answer:

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Honne and Tatemae

Honne (本音?) refers to a person’s true feelings and desires. These may be contrary to what is expected by society or what is required according to one’s position and circumstances, and they are often kept hidden, except with one’s closest friends.

Tatemae (建前?), literally “façade,” is the behavior and opinions one displays in public. Tatemae is what is expected by society and required according to one’s position and circumstances, and these may or may not match one’s honne.

(from Wikipedia)

I saw a movie called “Freakonomics” last night and I felt like talking about an interesting fact about the Japanese culture.

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