I've been a member of UMC going on 7 decades. I am a Methodist mystic or at least place a high value to personal growth through mystical experience. To know me is to know this: http://tinyurl.com/bbb2rot I'm very fortunate in to be a Family man. I volunteer as President of Peace and Conflict Resolution . Org Corp, a 501(c)3 (http://tinyurl.com/28l5qvq). The mission of Peace and Conflict Resolution.Org, Corporation is to assist in building world peace by teaching and developing inner peace of the individual with the application of advanced consciousness studies and practices. Peace and Conflict Resolution.Org also sponsors: UMC Unofficial Layman's Open Forum (http://tinyurl.com/22wowwz) and www.SkyWatchMap.Org I enjoy science, spirituality, reading, meditation, aviation, the outdoors especially the water front. My wife Jan and I raised three children in Livermore, CA on the eastern edge of Silicon Valley. My reading list relative to spirituality is posted here: http://tinyurl.com/2av9q9w
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Dealing with ego is our lifelong challenge. To find love and forgiveness in your heart in spite of your suffering is to receive the wonderful gift of grace. It changes everything. "When we speak truth to power we are ignored at best and brutally suppressed at worst. We are confronting a power structure that does not respect its own system of checks and balances, never mind the rights of its own citizens or the international community,".... Jeremy Hammond. Eventually all activists come to terms with ego one way or the other. Either control ego or ego will control you. The system, hacktivist Jeremy Hammond is fighting is exactly as corrupt as he relates. Hammond seems to have been battered by impatience and false expectations of ego. Contrary to Jeremy's comments about Occupy Wall Street's ritual dedication to nonviolence caused the movement to fade, I followed OWS closely (http://tinyurl.com/7qh28pv) and saw that it began to win the hearts and minds of a few Methodist Ministers that seemed to understand the OWS movement had effectively translated a social message, through its committed self-sacrificing Christ Consciousness into a core underlying nonviolent movement of love and grace to elevate awareness across age groups. While nearly all Methodist ministers remained frozen in fear and remained inside the security walls of their rationalized comfort zone, a few doors of progressive churches began to see the parallels of The Christ in the tactics OWS. That in itself was a huge awareness building accomplishment for the movement. OWS either directly or supernaturally seem to know how to work with the limitations of ego. This nonviolent patience in expectations for radical change is the supernatural distinction and earmark of Godly grace intuitively understood by those working closely with OWS. Its prevailing sense when felt renders the soul blissfully attuned in love and probably a good starting point as well as a safe harbor for social change. Jeremy seems to still be sailing the high stormy seas, and needs to find safe harbor once more. The judge, Judge Loretta A. Preska, on the other hand harbors a terrible conflict (read the article linked http://tinyurl.com/kw5bfop ) of interest and should have recused herself. She rendered a foolish sentence on Jeremy Hammond which does not serve the best interests of society she is sworn to protect if peaceful change is her goal.
These two linked stories on Exopermaculture, one of a drone operator, the other of a high-level federal reserve banker, are examples of how national amnesty might start: a safe national forum to share important stories and provide legal protections for the story teller. A national amnesty whistle-blower movement pulls in souls in search of karmic healing, like an extension of the "Confessional." But is our nation even capable of karmic healing? Soul healing translates into our lives as good health among other things. My messy, sometimes random, theme oriented, yet cautious spiritual research brings me as close to the occult secrets as I judge prudent in the interests of protecting, healing and carefully growing my Earthly-self. I have learned and believe it matters very, very much in healing and spiritual growth to find (a) Forgiveness of others and forgiveness of self (b) A greatly heightened sense of respect for the self ... like watching what I eat, or taking time out for exercise, avoiding the false, seeking the truth. At the end of day, it matters....a lot. http://tinyurl.com/lsa54ww
Where does spiritual balance occur in a dynamic system of constant political change? “They need us, we don’t need them. That’s the big secret. We get our freedom back as soon as we take back our responsibilities for food, water, security, the monetary system, power, and manufacturing; that is independence. Independence is freedom, freedom is independence. We’ll never be free as long as we depend on the Fortune 500 for our survival.” “Fixing these problems unfolding overseas starts with fixing the problems in our own backyards. Boycott the globalists, cut off their support, undermine their system, and they lose their ability to commit these atrocities. That will be a real revolution and it can start today. Not burning cities and masked rebels waving flags, but communities no longer dependent and fueling a corrupt system we all know must come to an end.” http://tinyurl.com/kpsa9go
PEACE PATHS (1) LISTEN GENTLY: http://vimeo.com/71753595 (2) HELL'S FIRE: http://tinyurl.com/mcp5p29 (3) AWAKENING -- INNER FOCUS: www.PeaceAndConflictResolution.org (4) START A DIALOGUE: http://umc-unofficiallaymanopenforum.ning.com/
It seems more probable to me that in the health maintenance of mind, body and spirit, your friend's saying "God knows my heart" can also be used as a calming form of inner discourse between ego-self and higher-divine-self. In this context, your friend is using his comment as a positive interpretation, "I feel a comforting certainty, a calming love. I know the divine knows all of my greed, lust, anger, pride, and attachments along with my unceasing mitigations to transform them, to experienced them in their richest form as love, ambition and devotion." His flowing sense of love, I believe, is the stating point for his own inner healing, understanding and wisdom. The "polarities" within our Christian community I refer to are the fundamental unsettled world perspectives of biblical interpretation: from the Council on Nicea of 325 AD - we are born sinners, God is outside us and other than us, we can only be saved by God's grace; accept these conditions or die, (because we want to control, tax, and enslave you)... Emperial Theology. Compared to the other polarity of "We are born divine" and taught that we are not. The divine is always within us. God's grace already exists, it is the medium, the soup of existence in which we exist, and through which intelligent energy of God can be found, unlocked and known through inner focus, meditation and prayer. It seems to me the higher path in building a lasting church for the long run is for us to strive to accommodate both polarities under one roof. You may believe there is a God that sends the wicked to hell while I may believe we create and choose our own paths to perdition and create our own heavens. We can still build a roof over both theologic polarities and "do church" because we both share love for each other........http://tinyurl.com/22wowwz
There is a whole other experience and faith in the Christian UMC that draws members to an entirely different understanding, that we are born divine beings not sinners. Our divineness has almost been completely driven out by empirical theology (believe or die). The new book of discipline http://tinyurl.com/mhga2z3 dances around these discussions at a crossroads of church life. Our Book ofDiscipline is now immense. We now offer an extensive textual plan for living with historic links back to our earliest years of spiritually inspired organized resistance to the slave trade. This process appears in summary to speak to your higher-self and imply that whenever you sense in life, a scheme of worldly unkindness, be it war, economics, human rights, education, poverty, spirituality, and you feel moved to help mitigate the situation, you are serving within the fold of the church. I would add that we seem to fall short in all that we do, by rarely if ever speaking truth to power as Christ did at the Temple gates in confronting the money changers of his time. We fail to enable and teach personal enlightenment; we discourage search for truth; we fidget and fuss with the notion of "Christ Consciousness" while instructing members to be more Christ-like. We ostensibly celebrate laity http://www.gbod.org/about by directing how laity will express it's voice. All of which feeds one overriding principle: Corporate-centric institutional top-down faith and never bottom-up, self-enlightened, awakening of the person. The Church would be stronger in the long run, I believe, when we learn to accommodate both polarities, addressed through our discipline.
henry, Let's kill the messenger, because I'm not in my comfort zone. There are multiple issues here all being brushed over. (1) Religious discussions in general (2) An intentionally, marginally administer "Conversations" under the Rethink Church, designed to suppress open discussions not foster them (3) Blanket summary rejections of all Methodist Church discussions that come from a life of different experiences. Your experiences are different than mine, therefore only my Faith systems, that keep me in my comfort zone should be discussed. Conversations should be a place we can discuss things in depth with each other on a national plane. Getting back to my original post. Income equality is not the goal, national peace and prosperity is a worthy goal. Phrased this way, we might all be more inclined to consider each other's thoughts, especially on the complicated discussion of reforming our currency and Federal Reserve. Allow me to bring forward the experienced author and bank economist that talks in ordinary nontechnical English even I seem to be able to understand. Ellen Brown: -------------------- http://exopermaculture.com/2013/10/08/ellen-brown-to-the-u-s-government-get-a-grip-there-are-simple-ways-to-avoid-collapse-into-anarchy-andor-martial-law/
danieljd2, You seem to perhaps not be aware that on this particular topic "Income Disparity," the topic is a front and center topic of discussion blogged by our own Methodist Bishop, but with no place for layman to comment. As for my other posts please feel free to go in and individually discuss them as I can only guess what you mean by labeling them as too "liberal" for Methodism. You are respectfully invited to look at my larger range of Methodist oriented blogs here: http://umc-unofficiallaymanopenforum.ning.com/
Searching my emotions for answers to the great problems of the world I turned to poetry and listened to many readings of great and famous voices working through a short, somewhat famous poem: "Ozymandias" After hearing dozens of renditions, I realized what was missing in the deliveries was an emotional attachment to melancholia. Then I discovered the same poem, Ozymandias, rendered by an artist who drew me into his melancholia, an artist whose name I did not know. Here then is Ozymandias Melancholia ......................................................... http://youtu.be/rkwU2ozkMqk ............... This Melancholia is like a temptress that flirts with love and ego as though the ego of the lower self knows the ancient invitation from the spirit of the higher self to take this long and endless journey…. while the sands stretch out unending in all directions…. for my itinerant soul.